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RiRi Hearts MAC Summer Collection for Summer 2013

RiRi Hearts MAC Summer
RiRi Hearts MAC Summer Collection

This is more than summer love. Rihanna and M∙A∙C strike a chord with an online-exclusive colour collection created by the global superstar. Bronze and cool coral combine for a Powder Blush Duo in the unforgettable Hibiscus Kiss, while Retro Matte Lipsticks in RiRi Boy, Heaux and the instant classic RiRi Woo make a statement against sheer, shimmering skin highlighted with rose gold Lustre Drops.
Exclusively online.

Lipstick ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • RiRi Woo Matte cool red (Retro Matte)
  • RiRi Boy Matte vivid lavender (Retro Matte)
  • Heaux Matte berry (Retro Matte)

Powder Blush Duo ($26.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Hibiscus Kiss Cool coral blush and matte neutral bronze duo

Lustre Drops ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Barbados Girl Rose gold bronzer

Availability: North America June 18, 2013 at www.maccosmetics.com at NOON EST, 1.800.588.0070; International June 2013 at www.maccosmetics.com, 1.800.588.0070.

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Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash Review & Photos

Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash
Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash

Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash ($11.00 for 5.0 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “gentle, sulfate-free foaming cleanser that removes daily toxins and makeup.” Skincare seems to be a new venture (well, beyond body creams) for Pacifica, which I’ve personally known primarily as a fragrance brand, so I didn’t have high expectations for this. I’ve been loving all things coconut-scented lately, though (it’s the summer–coconut always reminds me of warm summer days spent at the beach), so I figured I’d give it a try.

I actually quite love it! It has been surprisingly great as a cleanser, and even better? It’s very budget-friendly. It has a gel-like consistency that’s clear, but it lathers into a creamy, kind of milky-like, lather and really breaks down all bits and bobs of my makeup–even heavy eye makeup and mascara. I work it into my entire face, and I have no issues with my eyes burning, stinging, tearing, or clouding when using this. Every time I’ve used it, I’ve reveled at how remarkably gentle it is, and Muse, who is more discerning about her skincare than I am, felt the same way. My skin felt soft and clean but never stripped, tight, or dry. It smells primarily of coconut, but there’s a little citrus and zest to it.  The purity of the coconut, though, smells a lot like raw coconut oil to me.

Ingredients: purified water, cocomidopropyl betaine (coconut source), sodium cocoyl glutamate (coconut source), sodium cocoyl sulfoacetate (coconut source) sodium cocoamphoacetate, decyl glucoside (corn source), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycerin (vegetable), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycerin (vegetable), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, glycol stearate, carica papaya extract, lemon bioflavanoids, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) water, citrus acid, tocopherol acetate, panthenol, NaPCA, allantoin, nori extract, garcinia mangostana peel extract (mangosteen), camelia sinensis leaf extract (white tea), sea algae extract, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin, fragrance (all natural).

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theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush

theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush
theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush

theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “petal pink.” It’s a bubblegum pink–a light-medium, blue-based pink–with a matte finish. NYX English Rose is more shimmery, darker. MAC Stay Pretty is warmer. MAC I’m the One is brighter. Chanel Pink Explosion is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

It had rich, true-to-pan color payoff. It packs quite a punch, so I’d recommend using a light hand to build up the color to your desired intensity. The texture is soft, finely-milled but not powdery. It blends well if you use a light touch, but I noticed that it has a tendency to stick where it’s placed once it is buffed into the skin to a degree. Argyle lasted well without fading or becoming patchy for a solid ten hours, so it is indeed long-wearing. It removed easily, though, with makeup remover, whereas a traditional stain would still leave something behind, so I wouldn’t describe this as a cheek stain, but it was an exceptionally long-wearing powder blush.

theBalm Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush Argyle
Argyle
Argyle
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
97%
Total

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Zoya Buy One, Get One Free on Summer Flashback Shades!


ZOYA is doing a buy one, get one free sale on any of the shades from the summer flashback page now through 6/16 (11:59PM EST) with code FLOGO. If you purchase four polishes, you’ll get four more for free, plus free shipping–that would make it $32 for eight polishes, shipped!

Here are some swatches of the cream shades and swatches for twelve of the frosted shades available!

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OCC Lovecraft Metallic Lip Tar

OCC Lovecraft Metallic Lip Tar
OCC Lovecraft Metallic Lip Tar

OCC Lovecraft Metallic Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as an “iridescent pink/lilac metallic.” It’s a brightened, light-medium, blue-based pink with a metallic finish. Maybelline Pink Pop is warmer, not metallic. MAC Pink Nouveau is similar in color but doesn’t have a metallic finish. MAC Outrageously Fun is close in color but lacks the metallic finish. MAC Naughty Saute is lighter, not metallic. OCC Narcissus is similar in color but a matte finish. See comparison swatches.

Lovecraft is very, very, very metallic. As a result, it’s a little gritty, and it’s on the whole, somewhat drying, even if it wears well and lasts six and a half hours. It just wasn’t comfortable to wear, and the high metallic finish made it look chunky/gritty applied. It was quite pigmented, though, and maybe mixed with a little gloss, it would be easier on the lips, both in terms of application as well as for how it feels when worn.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Metallic Lip Tar Lovecraft
Lovecraft
Lovecraft
6
Product
10
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
78%
Total

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss (Berry Allure, Kiss Me Coral, Pango Peach)

Revlon Berry Allure Super Lustrous Lipgloss
Revlon Berry Allure Super Lustrous Lipgloss

Revlon Berry Allure Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a darkened, fuchsia pink with no shimmer. It looks purpler and more berry-like in the tube, but applied, it turned rather fuchsia/pink. It had semi-sheer color coverage, and it was only somewhat even when applied (it made my lips look splotchy). Berry Allure lasted two and a half hours on me. MAC Call Me Gorgeous is similar, has more shimmer. L’Oreal Dazzle Me has more shimmer. Chanel Pink Pulsion is less pigmented. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is similar in tint but has shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Kiss Me Coral Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a brightened, coral-red with silver/white shimmer and warm undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied fairly evenly. This hue lasted three hours on me. Revlon Papaya is slightly pinker. MAC Whoops is less coral, not as warm-toned. MAC Meteoric is pinker. Guerlain Candy Stripe is very similar. Hourglass Nectar has no shimmer. Burberry Brick Red is warmer, less red. See comparison swatches.

Pango Peach Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a soft, warm-toned pink-peach with golden shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff. This shade lasted two hours on me. MAC Strange Potion is lighter, more pigmented. MAC Richer, Lusher is lighter, creamier. MAC Dynasty at Dusk is slightly lighter. MAC Meteoric is pinker. Guerlain Frizzy Mango is similar. Chanel Nakkar is less shimmery. Burberry Cameo Pink is brighter, more opaque. Bobbi Brown Citrus is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Though I haven’t reviewed any previously on the blog, I do have a few (that I always intended to review!) in the original formula. The original formula contained 0.20 fl. oz., had a fruity scent (all of the new ones I bought were unscented even when I sniffed from the tube), were sticky (the new ones are completely non-sticky), and contained SPF 15 (the new formula has no SPF rating). Generally speaking, I think the formula improved, but the decrease in size is, of course, not one of the areas they improved on.

The new formula’s texture is lightweight, thin, and comfortable to wear. It is non-sticky, and all three were lightly hydrating when I wore them. After about two hours of wear, there is a very, very light tackiness but I wouldn’t go as far as calling it tacky.  I couldn’t detect any scent or flavor to the gloss (and no waxy or plastic-like scent either). It has an angled, doe-foot applicator and comes inside a large, round-shaped plastic tube.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss (2013) Berry Allure
Berry Allure
Berry Allure
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss (2013) Kiss Me Coral
Kiss Me Coral
Kiss Me Coral
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss (2013) Pango Peach
Pango Peach
Pango Peach
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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