Sunday, May 25th, 2014

MAC Pedro Lourenco Collection
MAC Pedro Lourenço Collection

MAC x Pedro Lourenço Collection launches online May 29th and in selected stores on June 5th (I don’t have a list of which locations). Select international locations will see it released sometime in June.  I had serious issues with the texture of the Blush Duo, which made it nearly impossible to use, but the eyeshadow quad was really easy to use and lovely overall, even if it is dupable and contains two permanent shades (so your mileage may vary–it’s not really a must-have, but it is high quality).

BEST PERFORMING: Nude (A), Ruby (A), True Red (A)
WORST PERFORMING: Corol (F)
MOST UNIQUE: Mirror (B+)
PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS: Mirror (B+)

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Sunday, May 25th, 2014

MAC Sharon Osbourne Collection
MAC Sharon Osbourne Collection

Launches June 2nd online on MAC’s website, June 12th at stores and counters. It will also be available at:  Nordstrom, Macy’sBloomingdale’s, Dillard’s (no exact date or time given for online releases at other retailers).

The MAC x Sharon Osbourne Collection also has you covered whether you long for lips, cheeks, or eyes.  The Duchess eyeshadow quad in this set performed better than in Kelly’s collection, though the Patentpolish Lip Pencils are a miss for me in general–it is a weaker overall formula as it’s not particularly hydrating and wears two hours or so.  The lighter shades apply unevenly, but the two newer shades applied better, so at least there was that.

BEST PERFORMING: Peaches & Cream (A-)
WORST PERFORMING: Innocent (C-), Patentpink (C)
MOST UNIQUE: Bijou (B+)
PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS: Peaches & Cream (A-)

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Saturday, May 24th, 2014

MAC Cooler-Toned Purple Eyeshadows

Beautiful Iris is described as a “lavender with sheen [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].”  It’s a light-medium, lavender purple with cool, undertones and a soft, frosted finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Digit is described as a “soft violet with subtle pearl [with a Satin finish].”  It’s a light, muted lavender with cool undertones and a pearly sheen.  See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Indian Ink is described as a “deep eggplant [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Parfait Amour is described as an “blue-violet with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium, bluish-purple with an iridescent, pearly sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bonus:

These two shades are no longer available on MAC’s website, but since they were in my “permanent” palettes and were re-photographed and swatched, I’m including them below (maybe one of the dupes will be helpful!):
Graphology is a deep, dark, muted purple with cool undertones and a matte finish.  See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Purple Haze is a muted, medium purple with a matte finish and subtle, cool undertones. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s Swatch Saturday? I can’t always review products with full, in-depth reviews, but sometimes, I can at least give you photos and swatches, and then also provide a link to dupes and comparisons for those interested! This also helps us to build up our Swatch Gallery and add even more entries to The Dupe List, which can be helpful to readers at any point.

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Saturday, May 24th, 2014

MAC Cranberry Lip Pencil
MAC Cranberry Lip Pencil

MAC Cranberry Lip Pencil ($16.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft yellow pink.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned pink with a matte finish. Urban Decay Rush (P, $19.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Manic (P, $19.00) is a touch lighter, warmer. MAC In Anticipation (P, $19.50) is pinker. MAC Pink Treat (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had really good color payoff in a single pass, and it applied evenly to the lips–a lot of lip pencils do not look as even on their own as Cranberry does. It has a totally matte finish, so it gives lips a slightly drier look, but the pencil itself didn’t feel too clingy or drying. It’s not a particularly comfortable formula to wear by itself, but it is helps prolong the wear when worn underneath a shorter-wearing lipstick that is more hydrating. On its own, it wears six hours and is somewhat drying. I believe this shade was once permanent but then discontinued, and now it is set to be re-released with MAC x Sharon Osbourne.

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Saturday, May 24th, 2014

MAC Bountiful Brown Powerpoint Eye Pencil
MAC Bountiful Brown Powerpoint Eye Pencil

MAC Bountiful Brown Powerpoint Eye Pencil ($16.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “brown rinsed with bronze.” It’s a medium brown with gold shimmer and warm undertones. Sephora Collection Cookie Crunch (P, $9.00) is yellower-toned. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is darker. Urban Decay Smog (P, $19.00) is similar. Urban Decay Scorch (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

In a single stroke, it had mostly opaque color coverage.  The consistency was lightly waxy, so it glided easily across the lash line without tugging or pulling at the skin.  It has faint sparkle and a lightly pearled sheen that works well to add depth to the lash line while brightening.  The color wore well for eight hours before it started to gradually thin, but it didn’t smudge or migrate.  It is part of the permanent range, so it can be bought now or later, and you’ll save $1.50 by buying it in standard black packaging instead.

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Saturday, May 24th, 2014

MAC Kelly Osbourne Collection
MAC Kelly Osbourne Collection

Launches June 2nd online on MAC’s website, June 12th at stores and counters. It will also be available at:  Nordstrom, Macy’sBloomingdale’s, Dillard’s (no exact date or time given for online releases at other retailers).

The MAC x Kelly Osbourne Collection has a few products for eyes, lips, and cheeks, so everything is covered within the collection.  It was a so-so collection with a mix of decent to good products but some products are more dupable than others. Though I really liked the way Kelly Yum-Yum feels on the lips, it is also a color that has been done quite often.  Cheeky Bugger will be nice for fairer complexions.

BEST PERFORMING: Kelly Yum-Yum (A), Cheeky Bugger (A-), Strip Poker (A-)
WORST PERFORMING: Jolly Good (C-)
MOST UNIQUE: Dodgy Girl (B+), Riot House (B)
PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS: Kelly Yum-Yum (A)

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