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MAC Taupe Shape Blush

MAC Taupe Shape Blush
MAC Taupe Shape Blush

MAC Strength: Taupe Shape Blush

MAC Taupe Shape Blush ($19.50 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “satiny taupe” with a satin finish. It’s a gray-tinged brown–a brownish-taupe when blended out–with a shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Pressed Amber is less gray. MAC Equilibrium is browner.

This kind of color is usually seen for contouring, but the shimmery finish is fairly reflective and nears frost-level in how shimmery/reflective it is keeps it from being a practical contouring shade. It could work as a natural shade on some complexions or when used very lightly. Taupe Shape was soft and finely-milled, though, and it was easy to blend and apply to the cheeks. I found the shimmery finish did emphasize pores, though, to a degree that was noticeable even at a “normal” viewing distance. This shade lasted seven hours on me, and it looked a bit faded after seven and a half hours.

MAC Powder Blush Taupe Shape
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Poised Blush

MAC Poised Blush
MAC Poised Blush

MAC Strength: Poised Blush

MAC Poised Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “muted pinkish brown” with a satin finish. It’s a medium brown with soft, peach-orange undertones and a shimmer-sheen finish. Burberry Earthy is browner, more neutral and matte. NARS Madly is a touch browner. Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight is very similar, perhaps a bit darker.

Poised has good color payoff, and the texture is soft, finely-milled, and blendable.  It was easy to apply, and the color could be used lightly or heavily, such that it was true-to-pan with little effort.  The sheen it gives off is a few steps above luminous and natural, but it isn’t frosted, and it doesn’t emphasize pores.  I tested this yesterday, and it lasted for six hours well, but it was a bit faded after seven hours.  Like the lipsticks from this launch, this blush (and its partner in crime) sold out within an hour or so of soft launching online, so currently, the only way to obtain one is to track it down at a freestanding MAC store.

MAC Powder Blush Poised
Poised
Poised
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Dior Candide (457) (437) Dior Addict Lipstick

Dior Candide (457) Dior Addict Lipstick
Dior Candide (457) Dior Addict Lipstick

A Rather Candid Pop of Pink

Dior Candide (457) Dior Addict Lipstick ($31.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle yellow undertones and a shiny finish. MAC Vivid Imagination is more opaque, slightly brighter. Bobbi Brown Pink Orchid is a touch lighter. Guerlain Rose Piquant is similar. Chanel Charme is similar in color, a touch cooler, and more shimmery.

The Dior Addict Lipstick formula is creamy, balm-like, and lightweight; it slides on easily and deposits even color while you glide it across the lips.  This is actually one of the more pigmented shades from the range that I’ve experienced–it’s semi-sheer to semi-opaque as there’s a noticeable translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through.  As a result, those with redder natural lip color, this will look redder on you still, but the effect is lightening and brightening, even on my less pigmented lips.  Candide wore for three hours, and it was somewhat hydrating but not as hydrating as I’d expect.

Dior Addict Lip Color Candide
Candide

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China Glaze Angel Wings Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Angel Wings Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Angel Wings Nail Lacquer

Take Flight in These Angel Wings

China Glaze Angel Wings Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “delicate gold dust glitter.” It consists of fine gold glitter with what looks to be some holographic glitter, too–there are little prisms of color throughout that dance and catch the light. All of the glitters are suspended in a clear base. Ozotic #904 has a different texture and isn’t holographic–it just had a (somewhat) familiar look at a glance. China Glaze I’m Not Lion has a similar texture and composition–it’s just a lighter, paler gold. Milani 3D is similar, as it has holographic glitter along with gold shimmer, but it’s more opaque and the gold comes from the shimmer/base color.

This shade has really good coverage; it is mostly opaque after two coats on its own, and it yielded quite a bit of coverage in a single pass layered over China Glaze Merry Berry.  It wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it didn’t feel bumpy.  All of the glittery particles spread out evenly without problems.  I typically get a week of wear with China Glaze’s formula.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Angel Wings
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

China Glaze Merry Berry Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Merry Berry Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Merry Berry Nail Lacquer

Let’s Get Merry with Berry!

China Glaze Merry Berry Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich berry red creme.” It’s a deep red–perhaps with a hint of berry–that for all its darkness, remains dark and almost muted, which is interesting to see in a shade so clearly red. Essie Size Matters is similar. Dior Graphic Berry is more berry-colored. China Glaze City Siren is a touch darker.

It’s opaque in two coats, and it has a beautiful flow and consistency that’s not too thick or too thin, so it applied evenly across the nail without streaking or pooling along the edges of the nail.  Merry Berry is a very classic, deep red cream–you may have something like it in your stash, and if not, a worthwhile version to own.  I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Merry Berry
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Chanel Raffinement Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Raffinement Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Raffinement Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Raffinement Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a palette of “rich mauve, pearly pink beige, shimmering lilac, and deep eggplant.”  It’s a new for spring but will be joining the permanent range.

The first shade (top, left) is a medium-dark brown with hints of plum/mauve and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. Chanel Variation has a darker brown. MAC Smut is a richer version of this shade. Urban Decay Stray Dog is similar, perhaps a bit warmer.

The second shade (top, right) is a pale, peachy beige with a frosted sheen and subtle warm undertones. The pigmentation was lovely, and it applied nicely. MAC A Natural Flirt is warmer, more shimmer. MAC Double Feature #5 is similar but less frosted. Urban Decay Sellout is similar–a little darker. Illamasqua Slink is a touch warmer.

The third shade (bottom, left) is a medium-dark cognac brown–a little orange-red to it but very, very subtle and slight, so it doesn’t take on an overly warm coloring. It had fantastic color payoff, and it was really soft, finely-milled, and smooth when applied. Too Faced Hot Cocoa is lighter. Illamasqua Focus is a cream product, and it is redder. Tom Ford Platinum is similar but a cream product. Urban Decay Wreckage is less red-toned.

The fourth shade (bottom, right) is a deep, dark reddened brown with a satiny sheen–just a step or two above matte. This shade packed quite the punch of pigment; really don’t need much to define the crease at alL! It blended out easily, which is absolutely necessary with anything that’s very pigmented and/or dark in color. Make Up For Ever #162 is matte, slightly richer/more intense. theBalm Presto is a bit darker. MAC Embark is matte and browner. Chanel Ebloui is more shimmery, a touch lighter, and a cream. It compares favorably with Tom Ford Enchanted.

I can see some looking at this quad and going, “Borrrrring!” and others reaching for it all the time. That’s the problem with basics and essentials–they tend to be kind of boring, but they work well and are still shades that most core collections have. I think it is wearable on both cooler and warmer complexions, and the colors offer a good range of light/dark for contrast.  The depth and richness of the darkest shade makes this quad as wearable for work as it does for evening, because it’s so rich, it can really add definition, darkness, and general smokiness for an evening look.

The quality of the quad is lovely, with all four shades having great color payoff, soft, smooth textures, and tip-top wear of eight hours (without a primer) and no signs of fading or creasing.  There was only a very, very slight excess of powder in a couple of shades but so slight–it’s really being nit-picky. All in all, while dupable, a very wearable, easy-to-use quad that will be a nice travel pick as well as a go-to for anyone who is need of more work-friendly shades.

Chanel Raffinement Eyeshadow Quad

A
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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