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MAC Carbon Eyeshadow (Year of the Snake)

MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow

MAC Carbon Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “intense black.” It’s a medium black with a matte finish. NARS Night Clubbing has a soft micro-shimmer. Urban Decay Crave is similar in color.  Carbon is part of the permanent range, as well as come out in various palettes over the years, so you may find you have it at least once in your collection already.

This is one of the better limited releases of Carbon I’ve come across, because it’s one of those shades that seems to get worse each time it’s put into a quad/palette. It’s not the best black eyeshadow on the market, but the color payoff was better and reminded me more of the original Carbon (which, by today’s standards for blackest blacks, doesn’t compare).  It has a slightly stiff, almost dry texture that requires extra blending and use of soft, fluffy brushes to really diffuse and blend out the color.  It wears fairly well on the lid; there was some very minor fading after nine hours (no primer).  This color applies best over a primer, though, because it needs the extra oomph to help in color payoff and blendability.

MAC Carbon Eyeshadow (Year of the Snake)

B
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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MAC Brash & Bold Pigment

MAC Brash & Bold Pigment
MAC Brash & Bold Pigment

MAC Brash & Bold Pigment ($21.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “bright magenta.” It’s a rich, vibrant fuchsia-shimmered pink-red. MAC Passionate is matte and pinker. MAC Tease with Ease is pinker, less red, and not as vibrant. MAC Bright Fuchsia is darker, less red-toned. Brash & Bold is a repromote, so you might want to check your stash to see if you already own it.

It has a slightly powdery texture when used dry, as it has an almost semi-matte base (like Push the Edge), though I found Brash & Bold to be smoother and better-performing in comparison. When applied damp, it has a brighter shimmer-sheen finish and becomes a bit richer and darker in color. It applied smoothly and evenly, and it was easy to blend out–it does stain, though. I trialed this shade yesterday, and it clung on like grim death for a full nine hours; there was some very faint creasing at that point.

Also, worth noting, despite purchasing this directly from the Year of the Snake collection page, along with Push the Edge, this pigment did not come with the limited edition sleeve design–it was your standard black cardboard box. (You can see the specially-designed sleeves here.)

MAC Pigment Brash & Bold
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

MAC Altered State Eyeshadow

MAC Altered State Eyeshadow
MAC Altered State Eyeshadow

MAC Altered State Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep frosted blue purple” with a Veluxe Pearl finish. It’s a darkened purple with subtle burgundy-brown undertones and a dusting of micro-shimmer. OCC Overlook is lighter, redder. Buxom Schnauzer is slightly lighter and a cream product. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #5 is richer, darker.

If it sounds familiar, it has made a couple of appearances in MAC’s holiday palettes. The shade is good, but for a Veluxe Pearl, it’s drier and more powdery than you’d expect–it doesn’t have that dense, almost buttery, feel of a Veluxe Pearl. The color payoff was true-to-pan, and it was blendable and fairly easy to apply. I wore it (along with the other eyeshadows in the collection), and there was a smidgen of fading after wearing it for nine hours (no primer) but no fall out or creasing.  There was some minor fall out during application because of the drier texture.

MAC Eyeshadow Altered State
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

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MAC Push the Edge Pigment

MAC Push the Edge Pigment
MAC Push the Edge Pigment

MAC Push the Edge Pigment ($21.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deep bright purple with pearl.” It’s a rich violet purple with strong fuchsia-red undertones and a frosted finish. NARS Trash is a bit darker and less shimmery, plus it is a cream product. Make Up For Ever #26 is also a cream product, but it is more similar in color.

There’s a slight chalkiness to the base of this color; it’s almost as if there’s a matte or semi-matte purple base along with lots of shimmer/frost, but they don’t quite blend and meld together perfectly. When applied dry, it tends to look and feel powdery, and it yields a sheer, washed out payoff. When applied damp (I used water), the intensity of the color increases, and it looks much smoother and more opaque–the shimmer content also becomes more pronounced. MAC actually markets pigments as a product that will adhere to skin that can be used sheerly or intensely, and that it is long-lasting. I applied it with water to dampen the color and smooth it out, and it lasted for eight hours without creasing or fading.

Like much of this collection, Push the Edge is a repromote, so you may already have it in your stash.

MAC Push the Edge Pigment

B
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

MAC Shell Pearl Beauty Powder

MAC Shell Pearl Beauty Powder
MAC Shell Pearl Beauty Powder

MAC Shell Pearl Beauty Powder ($24.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “pale peach with gold pearl.” It’s a soft pink-tinged peach with a golden shimmer-sheen. MAC Legendary is darker, pinker. MAC Born to Love is quite a bit darker, less peach. Guerlain Peach Boy is a touch darker and more shimmery. Benefit Sugarbomb is pinker, but I would say this is the closest when applied.

The first time I remember seeing it was with Liberty of London. MAC describes this Beauty Powder “as a highlight, soft blush, or overall finish.” It also has a snake skin pattern embossed across the top. Some of it should remain intact after a few uses, but within a dozen or so uses, I think the majority will be softened or flattened, but there’s no overlay masking the real color of the product.  The cardboard box also has the collection’s promotional design printed on a cardboard sleeve, but the compact itself is standard MAC packaging.

Shell Pearl has true-to-pan color payoff, which is, overall, on the lighter side, and it has a pale base, so I expect it will be most appropriate for light to light-medium complexions, with it possibly turning ashy on some darker skin tones.  I’m around NC25/NC30, and it worked as a subtle blusher and highlighter.  The texture was soft, finely-milled, and applied smoothly–but there was some excess powder that kicked up when I was applying it (I used MAC’s 116 brush).  It wore well for seven hours, and after eight full hours, there was noticeable fading.

MAC Beauty Powder Shell Pearl
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Guerlain Romance (601) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Romance (601) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Romance (601) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Romance (601) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened, light-medium pink with very subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish comprised of pink and white shimmer. MAC Haute Altitude is similar on, but it has a creamy consistency without shimmer. MAC Peach Blossom is sheerer and darker. Chanel Flirt is pinker. Guerlain Rose Desir is darker.

This shade was mostly opaque on the lips with a touch of lingering translucency–there are just hints of my natural lip color coming through and altering the color slightly. I’d expect if you had more natural pigmentation in your lip color, you’d see it get darker/redder.  Romance lasted for five hours, and it was hydrating, lightweight, and comfortable to wear.  The consistency of the formula is slick, creamy, but not thick, and goes on evenly. The lipstick range is violet-scented but has no discernible taste, and it is packaged in a tube that opens with a slider.

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color Romance
Romance
Romance
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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