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China Glaze Avant Garden Collection for Spring 2013

Spring is here and China Glaze® is blossoming with vibrant color with its new collection, Avant Garden. The delectable palette flows between soft hues and vibrant pops of color, offering an unconventional bouquet of cheerful and vivid shades. Take a stroll down the China Glaze® path, passing a bubbling brook of light and bright blues. Take in the view of the mossy green meadow and stop to enjoy the fragrant flowers of soft pink and white. Let Avant Garden take you away to a playful, romantic field of color and innovation this Spring.

  • Budding Romance Moss green
  • Sunday Funday Bright blue
  • Fancy Pants Indigo with pink and purple shimmer
  • Snap My Dragon Bright red with pink shimmer
  • Passion for Petals Bright salmon-pink
  • Mimosas Before Manis Coral with a light wash of shimmer
  • Life is Rosy Blushed mauve
  • Pink-ie Promise Iridescent baby pink
  • Tart-y for the Party Light lavender creme
  • Fade Into Hue Periwinkle creme
  • Keep Calm, Paint On Sea foam green
  • Dandy Lyin’ Around Shimmery vanilla icing

Availability: March 2013. Individual shades retail for $7; 6-piece collections retail for $42.

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MAC Vintage Selection Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Vintage Selection Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Vintage Selection Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Vintage Selection Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “frosted dirty peach.” It’s a subtly, warm-toned, lightened brown with a slightly frosted, champagne sheen. Make Up For Ever #13 is less warm-toned. Benefit RSVP is also similar. bareMinerals Libation is very similar but a powder product.

Of the seven shades (Let Me Pop! wasn’t available for purchase when I bought these, but since there wasn’t a noticeable difference between these and when they originally debuted, you can see a swatch here), Vintage Selection was by far the best performer. It was nicely pigmented, incredibly blendable, and applied beautifully–smoothly, evenly, and wore all day long without fading or creasing. This is the kind of consistency and quality that made Paint Pots my go-to base for years (and more to the point, what made them so popular when they originally debuted).  It’s creamy with just the right amount of slip to make for quick and easy blending and application, but it still dries down and sets without ever gathering in the creases.

FYI: the ingredient list for the Pro Longwear Paint Pots is the same as for the regular Paint Pots when I compared against the list for Bare Study/Constructivist! It’s off by one ingredient when compared to the Paint Pots from Posh Paradise.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Vintage Selection
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

MAC Let’s Skate Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Let's Skate Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Let’s Skate Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Let’s Skate Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “pale pink with pearl.” It’s a soft, pale pink with a gold shimmer-sheen. The closest dupe I could think of was bareMinerals Glitterati which has a similar pale pink base with a golden sheen, but it is a powder product and is more metallic in finish.

This shade had really great pigmentation–it was fully opaque on the lid, and it didn’t need to be built up in endless layers either. It wasn’t the most flattering when it dried down on my lid, but from a normal viewing distance, it didn’t create noticeable crepiness. I didn’t experience any fall out with this shade, which was definitely a happy surprise! It had a creamy, blendable consistency that dried down just slightly longer than a cream/matte Paint Pot but not so long that it had time to gather in the creases and settle there. After twelve hours, there were no signs of creasing or fading.

FYI: the ingredient list for the Pro Longwear Paint Pots is the same as for the regular Paint Pots when I compared against the list for Bare Study/Constructivist! It’s off by one ingredient when compared to the Paint Pots from Posh Paradise.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Let's Skate
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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MAC Frozen Violet Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Frozen Violet Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Frozen Violet Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Frozen Violet Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “frosted purple silver.” It is a mauve-brown with silver sparkle. MAC Dangerous Cuvee is cooler-toned, grayer. Tarte Amazed by Amethyst is a bit darker and less sparkly, plus it is a powder product. MAC Shale is browner and a powder product.

Frozen Violet applied more smoothly and evenly than a few of the other shades, though it was only semi-opaque. I did have to build up the color in really thin, sheer layers, because it would easily clump together if I tried to apply a thicker layer. I noticed a few stray bits of silver sparkle, but it was minor. It wore for twelve hours without fading or creasing. So long as you don’t mind some sheerness to the color, I think this one is worth a look.

FYI: the ingredient list for the Pro Longwear Paint Pots is the same as for the regular Paint Pots when I compared against the list for Bare Study/Constructivist! It’s off by one ingredient when compared to the Paint Pots from Posh Paradise.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Frozen Violet
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

MAC Dangerous Cuvee Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Dangerous Cuvee Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Dangerous Cuvee Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Dangerous Cuvee Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “frosted cool grey.” It’s a muted mauve with a frosted, metallic finish and a gray cast. If Maybelline Tough as Taupe wasn’t a matte, I think they’d be similar, but Dangerous Cuvee has a ton of shimmer in comparison, so it looks lighter as well. Too Faced Framboise is purpler and a powder product. NARS 413 BLKR is less shimmery and a powder product.

It’s an interesting color, and even though it is a darker color, can still work as a single color worn on the lid–except for its dratted texture, which clings and bunches up and generally makes my eyelid look like a raisin. There is something about how this finish dries down that results in a very dried, frosted, and clingy look. I experience some mild fall out after eight hours, but it wasn’t too noticeable. It didn’t fade or really crease when checked by pulling my lid taut at the end of the twelve-hour test.

It is so weird, because to the touch, it has good slip and a creamy feel, just as you’d expect. The dry down was a wee bit longer than other Paint Pots but barely longer. When it’s set, there’s a very dry, almost flaky feel to it. It was semi-opaque when applied to the lid (I tried both the 242, which is promoted alongside the PLW Paint Pots, and the 217 to blend/soften).  When I tried patting on the color with my fingertip, hardly any color would transfer.

FYI: the ingredient list for the Pro Longwear Paint Pots is the same as for the regular Paint Pots when I compared against the list for Constructivist! It’s off by one ingredient when compared to the Paint Pots from Posh Paradise.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Dangerous Cuvee
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

MAC Chilled on Ice Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Chilled on Ice Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Chilled on Ice Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Chilled on Ice Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “frosted white gold.” It’s a pale peach with a bright golden shimmer-sheen. At certain angles, it almost looks cool-toned. Shades like Maybelline Barely Branded and Estee Lauder Halo both have a warm, golden kind of coloring, but they don’t have the same sheen or base color. Make Up For Ever #101 is the closest dupe I could think of, but it is a powder product, and it is not as metallic.

I reviewed it when it originally came out here, when it was just a regular ol’ Paint Pot. Though the formula is touted as highly-pigmented, Chilled on Ice is semi-opaque even when heavily layered. It has a creamy consistency, but it just sucks and clings to the lids and creates creases and lines in a way that only incredibly dry, frosted finishes can do. The texture looks gritty on, and there was some residual fall out during wear, even though it stayed put for twelve hours overall. There seemed to be some sparkle-gathering in the creases just ever-so-slightly.  Whenever I wear the really sparkly Paint Pots, my eyes seem somewhat irritated after six hours or so, and my feeling is that it’s the result of the sparkles getting into my eyes.

FYI: the ingredient list for the Pro Longwear Paint Pots is the same as for the regular Paint Pots when I compared against the list for Bare Study/Constructivist! It’s off by one ingredient when compared to the Paint Pots from Posh Paradise.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Chilled on Ice
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
3.5
Application
72%
Total

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