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MAC Love, Rihanna Bronzing Powder

MAC Love, Rihanna Bronzing Powder
MAC Love, Rihanna Bronzing Powder

MAC Love, Rihanna Bronzing Powder ($30.00) is described as a “soft golden brown with gold pearl.” It’s a medium brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a barely-there satin finish. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is slightly darker. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is similar–a touch yellower. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is darker. Burberry Copper Glow (P, $48.00) is similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is browner, more shimmery. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is less orange. Dior Pink Glow Bronzer (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Now, for the first several swatches or uses of the product, it’s a completely different color, because the raised “R” in the compact has a copper-hued frost over-spray which dramatically changes the color to a coppery, medium-dark brown. Unfortunately, it is just an over-spray, as I vigorously brushed away all of the over-spray on the lettering, and it did disappear, and I did, also, dig into the pan a bit and only saw more of the softer brown color come through. I think this could have been more of a special shade if the color on the “R” went all the way through the powder. The consistency of the powdery was fairly soft and velvety, and it blended easily on the skin.  It had decent to good color payoff (judging by once all of the over-spray was removed).  I wore it yesterday, and it wore well for seven and a half hours, and then it started to look a bit faded after eight hours of wear.  The best part about the powder was how blendable it was, but it is similar to a lot of bronzers by MAC (including Hibiscus Kisswhich launched in the summer under the RiRi Hearts MAC banner).

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first 🙂

Please note:  this is a sneak peek.  I’m in the process of testing for wear, and as soon as I wrap up testing, I will update this post with that information as well as a full rating.

MAC Bronzing Powder Love, Rihanna
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013 Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, & Swatches

MAC Bad Girl RiRi Lipstick
MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Lipsticks

MAC Bad Girl RiRi Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte taupey nude [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the consistency was just lightly creamy–enough that it didn’t tug or pull at the lips much but still left a matte finish behind.  It wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. It’s nothing like Nude from the fall collection. Bobbi Brown Soft Nude (P, $24.00) is glossier. MAC Spice (LE, $15.00) is not quite as warm-toned and has a sheen but is still very similar. MAC Shanghai Spice (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC Double Shot (P, $15.00) is browner, less matte. MAC Brick-o-la (P, $15.00) is pinker. Guerlain Avarice (P, $49.50) is similar. Burberry Antique Pink (303) (P, $30.00) is lighter just a smidgen. Bobbi Brown Uber Nude (P, $24.00) is browner, less matte. See comparison swatches.

MAC Pleasure Bomb Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte fuchsia [with a Matte finish].” It’s a vibrant, brightened fuchsia with some red and cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had extremely good pigmentation, and it gave full color coverage when applied. The consistency was, again, creamy enough so it didn’t drag much on lips (just a tiny bit) and left behind a matte finish from the get-go. This shade will basically last until you remove it–it’s very, very long-wearing but it starts to get a bit drying after six hours of wear.  Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $49.50) is warmer, redder. MAC All Fired Up (P, $15.00) is redder. Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is less matte. MAC Moxie (LE, $15.00) is a smidgen more fuchsia. MAC Lickable (P, $15.00) is less matte. MAC Impassioned (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Girl About Town (P, $15.00) is a touch bluer-based, less matte. Guerlain Gigi (P, $49.50) is less matte. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $35.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches.

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. The collection also repromotes RiRi Woo (review here).  I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first 🙂

MAC Lipstick Bad Girl RiRi
Bad Girl RiRi
Bad Girl RiRi
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total
MAC Lipstick Pleasure Bomb
Pleasure Bomb
Pleasure Bomb
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

The Best Holiday Palettes for Holiday 2013

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Kat Von D Spellbinding theBalm Balm Voyage Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette Sugarpill Cold Chemistry LORAC Pro Palette Too Faced Pretty Rebel Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Sleek MakeUP Vintage Romance

As promised, here are my top picks for palettes to snag during the holidays! 🙂  Also… as I review other palettes from the holidays (I don’t think I have too many more!) and find other great choices, I’ll be sure to add them here.

  1. Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Set ($45.00 for 1.28 oz.) consists of two “books” of makeup–each has six eyeshadows and two blush/cheek colors. The quality was good across the board, and there was a nice variety of colors and textures. You can read part one and part two of my reviews on it.
  2. Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 1.20 oz.) contains twenty-four (24!!!) eyeshadows, and they’re even designed to be layered and used together, so you can have an endless amount of combinations and textures! You can read part one and part two.
  3. theBalm Balm Voyage ($42.50 for 1.21 oz.) has sixteen eyeshadows and three lip/cheek colors, but the eyeshadows are the stars. This is a great choice for someone who prefers more matte/satin finishes. Check out part one and part two for reviews on this palette.
  4. Urban Decay Vice 2 ($59.00 for 0.60 oz.) has twenty eyeshadows to choose from with a variety in texture and color to choose from. If you love pigmented, buttery, soft eyeshadows–this one’s for you. You can read part one and part two of my reviews.
  5. Sugarpill Cold Chemistry ($34.00 for 0.48 oz.) is a wintry mix of cool-toned gray, white, purple, and teal for someone who loves bold, rich colors and a lot of them. Not limited edition but a perfectly-timed release for the holiday season. Read my review here.
  6. LORAC Pro Palette ($42.00 for 0.55 oz.) is a cult-favorite palette for a reason–it combines mattes with high frosts. There are eight matte shades and then eight more frosted shades, and you can mix and match them for satin and pearl finishes, too! Permanent and available year-round, there’s no hurry to snag one, but with holiday deals and sales, now’s a great time to try it. Read my review here.
  7. Too Faced Pretty Rebel ($46.00 for 0.50 oz.) contains ten eyeshadows, which might not be as sexy as a mega palette, but these are ten fantastic eyeshadows. If you love jewel-tones, bold and bright shades, and your frost finishes, this is a palette worth considering. Read my review here.
  8. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58.00 for 0.35 oz.) is for those who love a beautiful, glowing complexion and flawless canvas. Ambient Lighting Powders are amazing on their own but getting three for a little more than the price of one? Great opportunity to try more shades or add them to your routine. Read my review here.
  9. Sleek MakeUP Vintage Romance Eyeshadow Palette ($9.99 for 0.36 oz.) is my more budget-friendly pick for a fall/winter palette with great quality–nicely pigmented shades in hues of gold, berry, and purple. Read my review here.

What palettes would you recommend to others for the holidays?

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MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag Review & Photos

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag
MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag ($40.00) is described is a muted, medium pink bag that seems to turn almost rose gold when the light hits it. When it’s just duller, cooler lighting, it looks more like a dusky pink. The exterior of the bag feels like faux leather, and the inside is lined with a soft, silk-like liner that has “RiRi Hearts MAC” printed on it. There is a small, clear plastic pocket on the interior of one side of the bag. There is a rose gold zipper pull that says “MAC” on it. The bag is 7 inches in width, 5 inches in height, and just over 1.5 inches in depth. It has a good size–should fit everyday essentials easily as well as a quick, weekend trip’s worth of color products.

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first 🙂

MAC RiRi Woo Nail Lacquer

MAC RiRi Woo Nail Lacquer
MAC RiRi Woo Nail Lacquer

MAC RiRi Woo Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “matte cool red [with a Cream finish].” It’s a brightened, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It was extremely pigmented–almost totally opaque in one coat–and was fully opaque in two coats. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it spread across the nail easily and didn’t pool along the edges. I typically get a week of wear out of MAC’s polish–usually where MAC polish goes downhill is with the consistency or application, but RiRi Woo applied well and looked great.  Because it is a red cream, it’s easier to dupe, though.  Chanel Cinema (P, $27.00) is similar. MAC Russian Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Flaming Rose (P, $16.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first 🙂

MAC Nail Lacquer RiRi Woo
RiRi Woo
RiRi Woo
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Chanel La Precieuse (317) & La Desiree (327) Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipsticks

Chanel La Precieuse (317) Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipstick
Chanel La Precieuse (317) Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipstick

Chanel La Precieuse (317) Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark blue-based red with a matte finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the color glided on evenly and smoothly fairly well. It wore well for seven and a half hours, but it was drying on me. MAC Glam (DC, $15.00) is similar. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is also darker. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC MAC Red (P, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Calligraphy #5 (LE) is pinker. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is similar. Chanel Rouge Byzantin (LE, $34.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches.

La Desiree (327) Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deeper, medium-dark red with subtle neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly with just slight drag. It lasted seven and a half hours, but like La Precieuse, I did find it rather drying. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is a touch brighter. (LE, $15.00) See comparison swatches.

This is one of my least favorite formulas, because I find it quite drying over time. Many readers have had great experiences with this formula, and others have had some issues with how drying it is. Chanel touts it as “non-drying” (but not hydrating!), but it’s one of the more painful formulas to test for me. Though both shades wore very long, I can’t wear anything after testing one of these for about a day after–I need a lot of extra TLC to get my lips back into shape after wearing one of these!

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Precieuse (317)
6.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Desiree (327)
6.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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