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MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “mid-tonal cool pink cream.” It’s a cool-toned, cotton candy pink with a luminous sheen. MAC Pink Nouveau is cooler-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is warmer. MAC Pink Popcorn is more lilac. MAC Naughty Saute is much cooler-toned (almost looks magenta in comparison).

This is a new (and permanent) formula that’s supposed to be hydrating, lightweight, non-sticky, “bright, long lasting colour in a single stroke,” all with a medium shine finish and buildable coverage (well, go figure on one stroke color and then buildable coverage). Divine Choice had mostly opaque color coverage, felt lightweight, and had good glide. I wouldn’t say it has a lot of slip, but there’s enough creaminess in the lipstick that it is easy to apply.  This was the first shade I wore for wear, and it lasted three and a half hours–about average.  I wore the formula across three shades yesterday, and it was lightly hydrating.  I did notice that very faint lines of demarcation can sometimes be seen if you press your lips together (which is something that can get noticeable with light, creamy colors).

The formula actually reminds me of a lot of the “luxe” lipsticks that have come out (Marcel Wanders, Gareth Pugh, etc.). These are even similar in size and price point. And on that note, this lipstick is 40% larger than the regular lipstick (0.14 oz. compared to 0.10 oz.), and the price increased by 46.7%. The packaging is different; it has a magnetic enclosure, so when you place the cap over the bullet, it will slip into place through the strength of the magnet. (Side note: the caps also pull together, if they’re loose!) Now, I also recognize and will point out that unless you finish your lipsticks, then bigger (and more expensive) doesn’t mean better.

I keep trying to think about how to compare it to other finishes in MAC’s range.  It doesn’t have that opaque creaminess that Satin and Amplified finishes tend to have, and it has more glide than Lustre and Cremesheen finishes do (and better color payoff with more even coverage).  A bit of a combination between Glaze and Amplified, I suppose; there’s a slight wetness that gives it the glide and creaminess without making it heavy or thicker.  It is vanilla-scented, as other MAC lipstick formulas are.

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Divine Choice
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “classic red.” It’s a rich, vibrant cherry red with strong blue undertones and a natural sheen. MAC Ronnie Red is very comparable. Guerlain Calligraphy #5 is pinker. NARS Dragon Girl is darker, bluer-based. MAC Ruby Woo is darker.

It applied evenly and smoothly without tugging or pulling on the lip when applied straight from the pencil. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding during the six hours this wore for–and there was a soft red stain left behind that lingered for another hour or so. The consistency is lightweight and thin, but comfortable, as it doesn’t cling and get sucked into the lips. I didn’t find this shade hydrating, though it was not drying.  The color coverage is very nearly opaque, which isn’t quite the “perfect” in-between sheer and opaque as described–so that might be to your advantage or not!

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense

A-
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

Sneak Peek: MAC Mineralize Rich Lipsticks Photos & Swatches

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick

Here’s a little sneak peek at MAC Mineralize Rich Lipsticks ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.), which are available online now and will make it to stores and counters next Thursday. All twelve shades are permanent (to North America), so you’ll have sometime to consider any purchases. I tested three for wear yesterday, and I’ll be testing several more today and tomorrow.

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NARS New Order Highlighting Blush

NARS New Order Highlighting Blush
NARS New Order Highlighting Blush

NARS New Order Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sheer highlighter with golden shimmer.” It’s a pale, cool-toned, blue-based pink with golden sparkle and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Veronica’s Blush is warmer, less sparkly. NARS Undress Me is a grayer pink and has silver sparkle (that is more like glitter in particle size).

Despite NARS’ great success with Albatross, their other Highlighting Blushes have a high dosage of sparkle and shimmer that doesn’t bind with the underlying powder/blush color, so a lot of the sparkle gets lost, looks unflattering on the skin, and sometimes travels for parts unknown. New Order has a powdery, almost gritty, texture, as a result of all the sparkle that just seems to sit on top at all times. If this had no sparkle but just a level of golden sheen, I think it would work better.

The pigmentation is as described–sheer–and will add some pink on lighter complexions (like a blush) while perhaps brightening on deeper complexions.  When it blends out, it’s mostly just sparkle/shimmer and the pink coloring fades away.  This shade wore six and a half hours, and then I only saw remnants of sparkle.  This is my second pan of New Order, and while the texture was still on the powdery side, it wasn’t nearly as dry as my original New Order.

NARS Highlighting Blush New Order
New Order

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque white.” It’s a bright, white cream–not too cool-toned, not really warm. It doesn’t look quite as stark as say, corrector, no the nails; I didn’t get that vibe. NARS Ecume is slightly brighter. MAC Vestral White is also a bit brighter. China Glaze Snow is a cooler-toned white.

Chanel touts their lacquer as “long-wearing, high-shine, chip-resistant” while applying “evenly without streaking.” Eastern Light doesn’t apply evenly, and it is riddled with streakiness. It’s one of the better-applying white cream polishes I’ve tried, but it’s not, by any stretch of the imagination, streak-free. The consistency is just slightly on the thicker side, and it self-leveled to an extent but not completely. After two coats, it was mostly opaque, except where areas of heavy streakiness, then the second coat did not cover it entirely. I think three coats would hide the underlying streakiness, but it does get a little thick to wear and will take awhile to dry down fully. It has a great high-gloss finish, but the streaks make this a major no-go–not at $30.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Eastern Light
6
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
76%
Total

New Product Alert! MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Launches

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick

M•A•C’s love affair with lips has led to the launch of a new M•A•C masterpiece. Introducing MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick – it’s larger in size and scope and lavishes lips with nutrient-rich moisture. Featuring a luxurious formula and gorgeous colour, enhanced with a mineral moist complex that provides lips with nourishment and lasting hydration. Lightweight colour glides on with ease for an intense bright with shade retention.

Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (New and Permanent)

  • Luxe Naturale Light beige cream (North America, Europe, UK, Asia, Latin America, South Africa)
  • Posh Tone Soft warm nude cream (North America, Europe, UK, India, Latin America, South Africa)
  • Glamour Era Mid-tonal warm brown frost (North America, UK, Asia, India, Latin America)
  • Style Surge Neutral coral cream (North America, Europe, UK, Asia, India, Latin America, South Africa)
  • Lady at Play Mid-tonal cool tangerine (North America, Europe, UK, Asia, India, Latni America, South Africa)
  • Dreaminess Soft cool pink cream (North America, Europe, UK, Asia, Latin America, South Africa)
  • Divine Choice Mid-tonal cool pink cream (North America, Europe, UK, Latin America, India, South Africa)
  • Elegant Accent Mid-tonal warm rose cream (North America, Europe, UK, India, South Africa)
  • Grande Dame Mid-tonal neutral rose cream (North America, UK, India, Latin America)
  • Everyday Diva True red cream (North America, Europe, UK, India, Latin America, South Africa)
  • Lush Life Deep cool plum (North America, Europe, UK, India, South Africa)
  • All Out Gorgeous Deep warm red (North America, Europe, UK, India, Latin America, South Africa)
  • Splurge Mid-tone cool tanerine (Europe, India, Latina America, South Africa)
  • Utterly Delicious Bright coral Cream (Europe, Asia, India, Latin America, South Africa)
  • Ultraprecious Soft peach cream (Asia)
  • Red Coquette Vivid bright bluish red (Asia)
  • Strikingly Fabulous Mid-tone warm bright pink (Asia)
  • Smart & Sweet Soft coral cream (Asia)
  • Ladies Who Lunch Light cool pink cream (Asia)

Availability: Available online February 28, 2013 www.maccosmetics.com. Available in stores March 7, 2013 in the permanent line.  March 2013 for International.

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