Monday, March 2nd, 2015

MAC x Julia Petit Collection for March 2015
MAC x Julia Petit Collection for March 2015

Whether fearless and exotic or classically demure, Julia Petit’s brazen approach to style and makeup artistry has transformed her into one of South America’s most revered lifestyle bloggers, and a cult beauty icon. In her namesake M·A·C collaboration, she brings the exotic women and fantastical urban landscape of São Paulo into sun-kissed hues primed to release your inner Brazilian bombshell.

Lipstick ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Boca Soft pink nude (Satin)
  • Petite Red Strawberry cream (Satin)
  • Acai Vivid deep violet (Matte)

Lipglass ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Purpurine Sheer peach shimmer with pink and gold pearl

Liquidlast Liner ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Wet Road Black with pearl

Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 U.S. / $26.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Morganite Sunstoned (soft pink champagne, Lustre) / Choco Cake (dark chocolate, Matte)
  • Sagu Druzy (dirty mauvy purple, Lustre) / Black Plum (deep blackened plum, Matte)
  • Moving Sand Mumu (soft nude brown, Matte) / Noite (black with pearl, Lustre)

Lustre Drops ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Pink Rebel Blue pink with gold pearl (Repromote)

Powder Blush ($24.00 U.S. / $28.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Linda Soft pink bronze

Prep + Prime Powder ($28.00 U.S. / $33.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Transparent Finishing Powder Pressed

Availability: Online March 12th, 2015 now March 19th (as of 3/12 9AM PST) (North America), at select MAC locations on March 19th, 2015 (North America) and March 2015 (International)

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Monday, March 2nd, 2015

MAC Eyes on MAC Collection for March 2015
MAC Eyes on MAC Collection for March 2015

Designing your own unique eyes has never been easier thanks to Eyes on M∙A∙C. These well-edited Eyes Times Nine and Eyes Times Fifteen palettes feature colour-coordinated hues that offer countless combinations. Each palette provides an array of textures for both day and night. All are packaged in a convenient compact for easy portability. Eye Shadow x 9 Value: $53.

Eye Shadow x 9: Amber Times Nine ($40.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Cozy Grey Cool grey (Matte)
  • Kitties Pale bronze (Frost)
  • Georgia Peach Dirty rose pink (Matte)
  • Ricepaper Peachy gold with shimmer (Frost)
  • Creative Copper Light beige (Lustre)
  • Cork Muted golden brown (Satin)
  • Don’t Tell Sparkly brown (Lustre)
  • Aromatic Matte brown (Matte)
  • Pepper Please Sparkly bronze copper brown (Velvet)

Eye Shadow x 9: Burgundy Times Nine ($40.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Honey Lust Bronze dipped peach (Lustre)
  • Poppyseed Mid-tone mauvey nude (Satin)
  • Quarry Soft muted plum brown (Matte)
  • Antiqued Ash brown with bronze (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Embark Intense reddish brown (Matte)
  • #Noir Deep black brown with gold pearls (Velvet)
  • Haux Soft muted rosy brown (Satin)
  • Star Violet Pinky brown plum (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Sketch Burgundy with red shimmer (Velvet)

Eye Shadow x 9: Purple Times Nine ($40.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Sweet Lust Soft champagne pink with pearls (Lustre)
  • Lightly Sugared Soft lilac with pearl (Frost)
  • Poignant Soft lavender (Satin)
  • Mancatcher Matte lavender taupe (Frost)
  • Satellite Dreams Plum with violet pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Bon Nuit Deep plum (Matte)
  • After Dusk Soft red wine (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Beauty Marked Black red with sparkle pearl (Velvet)
  • Shadowy Lady Blackened plum (Matte)

Eye Shadow x 9: Navy Times Nine ($40.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Silver Fog Silver gray (Lustre)
  • Blonde Mink Pale khaki with sparkles (Lustre)
  • Copperplate Muted mid-tone gray (Matte)
  • JG Gray Frosty gray blue (Frost)
  • Mulled Over Matte cool blue gray (Matte)
  • Cast Iron Matte charcoal (Matte)
  • Cloudscape Khaki (Velvet)
  • Club Red-brown with green pearl (Satin)
  • Black Tied Black with silver sparkle (Velvet)

Availability: Now at Nordstrom, Macy’s; March 5th, 2015 all locations (North America), April 2015 (International)

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

I’ve always loved the idea of more darker, slightly muted versions of your typical spring colors! While Laura Mercier’s take was disappointing, it inspired me to take a look through shades that exist that might satisfy that craving for subdued pastels and shades of spring. I narrowed down my list to a mere five, but if you wanted to see how many I started with, check out the many I considered here.

  1. Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash — a muted, pink-purple with a satin finish
  2. Makeup Geek Duchess — a muted, cool-toned purple
  3. Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar — a lightly brightened blue-teal
  4. Make Up For Ever M240 Prussian Blue — a dusty, navy blue
  5. MAC Typographic — a sooty gray

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Saturday, February 21st, 2015

‘Tis the season for pastels, and you don’t have to go far for a pretty lavender these days. Check out five of my current favorites:

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

The upcoming MAC x Cinderella collection features a mix of products for eyes, lips, and face. The products come in limited edition, shimmery blue packaging that has a slight iridescent quality to it, but the plastic itself is almost semi-matte so it’s not as shimmery as you might think. Most of the collection under-performed, so unfortunately, I can’t be enthused about the collaboration, despite Cinderella being my favorite childhood movie.  The eyeshadow palette was a surprise high performer, but it contains five permanent shades, which is great if you’re new to MAC, but less exciting if you already own a few of them.  Pretty It Up pigment was the other higher performing product in the collection, but it was already released in the past.

If you’re really looking for something to buy for packaging, I would recommend the eyeshadow palette or one of the cheek products (so long as you don’t mind sparkle).  I think Happily Ever After Lipglass is pretty in person as well, but it’s not a particularly great product all in all.  I wish the collection also featured a makeup bag and/or fancy mirrored compact.

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

MAC Lightly Tauped Studio Eye Gloss
MAC Lightly Tauped Studio Eye Gloss

MAC Lightly Tauped Studio Eye Gloss ($21.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “light beige gloss with pearl.” It’s a dirty olive with fine, multi-colored shimmer. It’s basically a slightly warming clear gloss with a smattering of shimmer. This isn’t a type of product I’ve come across often, so I don’t know of any dupes that are designed for use on eyes. The glossy effect coupled with the barely-there amount of shimmer when actually applied to the lids is really replicated by any glossy product that could be applied to the eyes.

The Studio Eye Gloss formula is supposed to give a “high shine” and can be used with pigments or as a “wash of gloss and a hint of color” on its own. I’d love to know the reasoning for including this formula in a mass, consumer-driven collection like MAC x Cinderella, because this is everything that you’d expect to find in a PRO-only product… because it IS a PRO product. It is a high maintenance product that’s best for photoshoots or for someone who wants a very specific look and doesn’t mind the pitfalls of what amounts to as a lipgloss you put on your eyes.

It’s tackier than any gloss I’ve tried, and it physically snaps the skin on my eye lid back as it sticks to my finger or brush (anyone who is concerned about tugging or pulling at the skin around the eyes, stay far away). I applied it using a flat, synthetic brush all over the lid and above the crease, and it settled into the creases within five minutes. I could feel the gloss migrating immediately, and the area near my inner corner gave me the sensation of my eyelid becoming glued shut. Every time I blinked, I could feel my upper and lower lash lines sticking together and slowly releasing. The product is so sheer and within a few minutes, most of the shimmer settles into the creases, so it just looks like you’ve applied clear gloss–I can get the same glossy effect using Vaseline, which is more comfortable to wear, since it isn’t tacky.

I tried patting pigment on top of it, and the loose pigment stuck well to the glossy base. It was hard to apply, and it’s very finicky as you’ll get big clumps of product lifting off of the area as you work. It actually lasted a bit longer than I anticipated–creasing occurred two hours into wear, but surprisingly, I didn’t feel like the effect was glossy (the pigment looked the same applied damp).

MAC doesn’t make a whole lot of claims about it on their website, so I don’t know if it’s supposed to be long-wearing or crease-resistant, but it’s not even short-wearing, because the formula gravitates towards the creases immediately for me. I can only see this working for an editorial shoot, where the look is high-shine, glossed eyelids, where the eyes can be touched up constantly for that specific shot.

The Glossover


Lightly Tauped












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