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MAC So Supreme Sheen Supreme Lipsticks

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick
MAC SO Supreme Supreme Lipsticks

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.12 oz.) has been launched again with the So Supreme collection, and there are five limited edition shades and one repromoted shade (that is also part of the permanent range).  All of the shades felt consistent with the Sheen Supreme formula, except Pret-a-Pretty, which had a drier consistency and a lot less glossiness/shine.  The formula tends to be comfortable to wear with a fair amount of slip and creaminess, and they’re not drying but not particularly hydrating in my experience.  I typically get between three to four hours of wear with this formula, with brighter or deeper shades lasting four hours or slightly longer, and then very pale or pastel-like shades lasting around three hours. I’ll be testing these shades for wear over the week and will update with exact times, so the  ratings are subject to change, but I would not expect drastic changes.

Candy Apple is described as a “midtonal warm plum.” It’s a brightened, muted reddish plum with a glossy finish. You might say there’s a little plum in it, which gives it that muted feel, but it’s still rather red and vibrant. Urban Decay Manic is deeper, redder. Chanel Dialogue is redder. Revlon Wild Watermelon is a bit brighter. Guerlain Chamade is redder. See comparison swatches.

Gotta Dash! is described as “pale clean coral.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with very subtle pink tones–but it is more peach than it is a pink-coral. If you have really pink lips naturally, I expect this to be closer to coral on you. It had mostly opaque color coverage.  The lighter color paired with the higher slip consistency does mean little lines can be created if you press your lips together. This shade is part of the permanent range. MAC Naked Proof is less glossy. Chanel Sentiment is similar but less glossy. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower is warmer. MAC Sweet & Sour is more matte, lighter. MAC Reel Sexy is more matte, pinker,. Burberry Pink Apricot is more matte, darker. See comparison swatches.

Playtime is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool, blue undertones and fine shimmer. It had mostly full color coverage. OCC Lovecraft is metallic. NYX Pink Lyric is darker, pinker. Maybelline Pink Pop is lighter, as is MAC Divine Choice. MAC Outrageously Fun is a touch more magenta. MAC Naughty Saute is cooler-toned, lighter. OCC Narcissus is purpler. See comparison swatches. Long-time MAC fans may remember Slimshines, which is a formula I compared to this formula when it originally came out (they’re not quite similar), and Kissable was one of the few I had–and this shade immediately reminded me of it; Kissable is glossier with more shimmer and is, perhaps, a smidgen lighter, but they are comparable.

Pleasurefruit is described as a “bright warm pink.” It’s a brightened, medium fuchsia-pink with subtle warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage. Revlon Sorbet is similar. MAC Lickable is cooler-toned. MAC Impassioned is more matte, brighter. Guerlain Gigi is redder. See comparison swatches.
collection, and there are five shades and one repromoted shade (that is also part of the permanent range).

Pret-a-Pretty is described as a “soft warm pink.” It’s a pale, pink-tinged beige with a satin finish. Though it is the Sheen Supreme formula, it actually was quite a dull sheen rather than the shinier, glossier finish the others had. This one was the least forgiving, as it tended to settle into lip lines and emphasize any imperfections. It was mostly opaque but there was noticeable sheerness. MAC Of Beauty is pinker. MAC You’re Perfect Already is pinker, darker. MAC Fun Finds is more beige. MAC Myth is similar. MAC Innocence Beware is less pink, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Sweet Grenadine is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a slightly muted orange with a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency. Of all the shades, it had the thinnest consistency and sat best on the lips. MAC Tart & Trendy is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick Candy Apple
Candy Apple
Candy Apple
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick Gotta Dash!
Gotta Dash!
Gotta Dash!
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick Playtime
Playtime
Playtime
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick Pleasurefruit
Pleasurefruit
Pleasurefruit
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick Pret-a-Pretty
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick Sweet Grenadine
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation for Fall 2013 (August 1st)


Expanding its foundation lineup, NARS introduces Radiant Cream Compact Foundation. This lightweight formula combines the supple feel of a cream foundation with the weightless
coverage of liquid makeup for a truly glowing complexion.

Enriched with the NARS exclusive Advanced Emulsion Technology, the velvety cream formula blends seamlessly and uniquely allows for the modern artistic versatility of a wet or dry application. The buildable formula delivers medium to full coverage and sets in seconds, leaving skin soft, smooth, and glowing — all with the ease of a portable compact.

Radiant Cream Compact Foundation ($38.00)

  • Siberia Light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
  • Mont Blanc Light with pink undertone
  • Gobi Light with yellow undertone for Asian skin
  • Deauville Light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
  • Fiji Light with yellow undertone
  • Ceylan Light-medium with yellow undertone
  • Punjab Medium with golden, peachy undertone
  • Vallauris Medium with pink undertone
  • Santa Fe Medium with peachy undertone
  • Stromboli Medium with olive undertone
  • Barcelona Deeper medium with golden, peachy undertone
  • Syracuse Medium-dark with brown undertone
  • Tahoe Medium-dark with caramel undertone
  • Cadiz Medium-dark with caramel and red undertone
  • Macao Medium-dark with deep yellow undertone
  • New Guinea Dark with red undertone
  • Trinidad Dark with warm, yellow undertone
  • New Orleans Dark with yellow undertone
  • Benares Dark with golden undertone
  • Khartoum Dark with espresso undertone

Availability: August 1st @ NARS Boutiques, narscosmetics.com

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Rescue Beauty Lounge An Accidental Interloper & Fashion Polish Nail Lacquers

Rescue Beauty Lounge An Accidental Interloper Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge An Accidental Interloper Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge An Accidental Interloper Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “silver with an edge faceted by multi-shimmer hues.” It’s a darkened, charcoal gray shot through with silver shimmer and lots of it. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency was not too thick or too thin (but thinner compared to the average polish by the brand). The formula applied fairly well and had minimal noticeable brush strokes as it self-leveled nicely. MAC Grey Friday is the only shade I have that is remotely similar, but it is more of a blackened gray with silver shimmer, but not metallic shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Fashion Polish Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “black base with gold and red glitters.” It’s a medium-dark black with a brownish edge and pinky-red and gold micro-glitter. There also seemed to be some green micro-glitters in the mix. This shade definitely needs a thicker top coat, because the micro-glitter makes the surface quite bumpy as the black base is actually quite thin. Three coats would probably be better, too, for really dense, inky color, though two coats made it opaque. Illamasqua Creator has silver glitter. Dior Diva has shimmer instead of glitter but is surprisingly similar–it isn’t as densely-packed with shimmer/glitter, though. Color Club Show Time has silver shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer An Accidental Interloper
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total
Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer Fashion Polish
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

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Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “shimmering soft pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a satiny finish, though it looks like a healthy matte. MAC Royal Sunset is a powder and is lighter, warmer. Chanel Rose Initiale is powder and not as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

This is the last of the Chanel blushes that released this fall, and I’m so happy to find that it’s just as high quality as the other five shades I’ve tested. There’s not a dud within the range, and I think Chanel did an excellent job with this new formula. Revelation is nicely pigmented with color that is true-to-pan but can be applied as a soft, sheer layer or more heavily for richer, more opaque color coverage. I love that they’re versatile in pigmentation, so they can work for fairer complexions as well as deeper skin tones. The consistency is lightly creamy in the pan but quickly turns to powder once it touches the skin. It remains blendable, though, and it doesn’t turn powdery. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours but was noticeably faded after eight and a half hours, which is slightly shorter wear than other shades in the formula.

Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel Revelation (63)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

MAC Pressed Pigments for Fall 2013


M•A•C Pressed Pigments take eye shadows to another level with advanced technology. Now in nine sophisticated new shades, go bold with the rich, blue colour of Vanilla Diamond or glamorous in stunning Black Grape. For a softer, luminous look try Pink Pepper or the glistening glow of Summer Honey. Two different applications give you gorgeous versatility – apply dry for a shimmery-sheer effect, or wet for a dramatic, high-gloss finish.

Pressed Pigment ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN)

  • Vanilla Diamond Warm yellow beige (Limited Edition)
  • Moth Mauve with silver pearl (Permanent)
  • Lime Ice Seafoam green (Limited Edition)
  • Rock Candy Mid-tone fuchsia (Permanent)
  • Summer Honey Pastel coral (Limited Edition)
  • Black Grape Deep aubergine with multi pearl (Permanent)
  • Pink Pepper Deep coral with gold pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Damson Deep brown with gold pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Midnight Vibrant deep blue (Permanent)
  • Sweet Acting Midtone pink (Permanent, Repromote)
  • Enlightening Deep silver (Permanent, Repromote)
  • Jet Couture Charcoal black (Permanent, Repromote)

215 Medium Shade Brush ($25.00 / $30.00 CDN)

A paddle-shaped brush with short, extremely dense, natural bristles. Pro-preferred for smoothly shaping/defining the eye with colour. Flawlessly applies both powder and cream eye shadows.

Availability: Online July 25th/In-stores and on-counter August 1st (North America); August 2013 (International)

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Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment (Lipgloss)

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment
Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment ($18.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a clear gloss with a very, very fine shimmer. The shimmer wasn’t visible on the lips, though, and what was visible was a glossy shine (medium in shine; not ultra, ulta glossy but definitely shiny). It has the same lemon-y scent as the original balm. It’s supposed to deliver high-shine will still giving lips hydration and “preserving moisture for up to six hours.”

While Fresh’s original Sugar Lip Treatments are not my personal go-to, they were moisturizing and hydrating when I tried it (my major issue was they didn’t last very long on lips and required frequent reapplication to maintain hydration), but the claim of “up to six hours” made me curious about this one. The consistency is thin, lightly tacky, and fairly smooth initially, but it does get increasingly tacky as it wears on the lips. Reapplying over the tackiness does mean the next application isn’t as smooth on.

I was able to get about two and a half hours of wear, which is decent (particularly for a virtually clear gloss). I can’t say that my lips feel nicely hydrated even after this is gone; even after wearing it back-to-back over an entire day, if I don’t reapply within an hour or so of it fading away, my lips feel a little dry. I think the original lip balm is more effective and much more comfortable to wear, too.

The packaging/applicator could be slightly improved, as unless you have thinner lips, you’ll need three or so pulls of the gloss to get enough for coverage. Every time I pulled the wand out, there was hardly any product on the doe-foot applicator! I doubt this is going to be a deal-breaker for anyone, but it was enough that it was something that I actually noticed while using this for the past few weeks.

All in all, this just felt like a regular, somewhat hydrating lipgloss. The price tag isn’t as killer as some of the higher-end, hydrating glosses on the market, but I’d probably stick with the lip balm for your hydration needs if you’re a big fan of Fresh.

Fresh   Sugar Shine Lip Treatment
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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