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MAC Shape the Future Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Shape the Future Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Shape the Future Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Shape the Future Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “pastel pink with iridescence” and “soft brick with light shimmer.” When swirled together, the resulting color is a darkened orange with reddish undertones and a pinky shimmer-sheen. The lighter color, on its own, is a warm-toned beige with a shimmery finish. The darker color is a darkened orange with red undertones and a frosted finish. NARS Gina is lighter. MAC Fiery Impact is redder, while MAC Blazing Haute is lighter and more orange–if you mixed the two together, you would get close to this (but not as shimmery). Illamasqua Expose is similar in color but is matte in finish. The lighter shade is a bit darker and warmer than NARS Nico. While the darker shade is more shimmery than MAC Fiery Impact but lighter and less red than NARS Liberte.

Of the three Skinfinishes, Shape the Future was the least frosted/metallic, which was a good thing, because it meant that it didn’t emphasize pores as much as the other two did.  There is still some emphasis, but it is subtle and not as noticeable.  Both colors of the product are very pigmented, so there will be no fear for darker complexions on whether it will show up or not.  Lighter skin tones, especially those who tend to fear reddish blushes, may want to use a light hand or stippling brush to apply the color with more control.  The texture is slightly dry but doesn’t appear dry on; and it blends and buffs into the skin nicely.  It lasted eight and a half hours on me (though it is supposed to last for ten) when I tested it.

P.S. — MAC still lists it as coming soon, while Nordstrom will let you order it now but it is backordered (approximate ship date of 4/19).

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Shape the Future
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Cheery Cherry & Sweet Tooth Mineralize Lip Balms

MAC Cheery Cherry Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm
MAC Cheery Cherry Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm

MAC Cheery Cherry Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm ($19.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy mid-tone blue pink.” In the tube, it looks like a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and an iridescent pink pearl. It doesn’t impart much color–it adds a slight pinker tinge to my lips and a glossy shine. There is only a hint of shimmer, so it looks like a glossy balm or clear gloss (so dupes abound).

MAC Sweet Tooth Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm ($19.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy lilac.” In the tube, it’s a cool-toned pink-lavender with subtle gold pearl. It has a slightly milky pink appearance on lips, so it emphasizes the natural pink coloring found in my lips but doesn’t impart much color. Instead, it’s mostly a glossy sheen and product that evens out my lips while keeping lips somewhat hydrating.

MAC’s Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm formula is just so-so for a lip balm–it’s nowhere near as hydrating as many other well-known lip balms (and not as good as MAC’s own Tinted Lip Conditioner). I could hardly tell the difference between the two of them applied, so I don’t think having both is necessary–unless you’re a huge fan of the formula! If it were as moisturizing as it was made out to be, I’d like it a lot more, but it’s just so hard to get excited over a product that’s this sheer and only a lightly hydrating when worn (but gave me no lasting moisture). The wear time on these two shades was around two hours, but I have no problem admitting that it was very hard to tell, since there was a lot of color to track–I mostly went on sheen and shimmer and a magnifying mirror.

MAC Cheery Cherry & Sweet Tooth Mineralize Lip Balms

B-
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer
MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright true orange [with a cream finish].” It’s a tangerine orange with warm, yellowy undertones and a cream finish. Dior Mango is brighter, while China Glaze Orange You Hot? is brighter and has faint shimmer. Zoya Arizona is very similar. Sinful Cloud 9 is brighter and shimmery. China Glaze Papaya Punch is darker.

Riot Gear was only somewhat streaky on the first initial coat, but a second coat evened it out and covered any of the remaining streaks from the first coat.  It was the best of the four MAC polishes I swatched yesterday.  It was very nearly opaque after two coats, but at certain angles and when there was more light, there was a hint of visible nail line.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied without pooling along the edges.  I usually get a week of wear out of MAC’s polishes with minor tip wear but no chipping.

MAC Nail Lacquer Riot Gear
Riot Gear
Riot Gear
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

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MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer

MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer
MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer

MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light teal mint [with a cream finish].” It’s a pastel, bluish aqua with a cream finish. Cult Nails Manipulative is a couple of shades darker. Chanel Riva is bluer. Zoya Wednesday is several shades darker, slightly greener. MAC Mischievous Mint is greener but similar.

It’s a very spring-themed color, and mint is certainly a trendy color at the moment, too, but MAC ruins the color with an awful, streaking formula. The consistency was slightly watery, and the formula applied streaky from the first coat, but even a second coat applied with visible streaking. I even tried applying a few different ways and times, even trying three coats, but nothing made it look better (the swatches show two coats, for reference). The color coverage seemed like it would be mostly opaque if not for the streaks and watery patches. This polish did want to pool along the edges, so you really have to make sure to keep your fingertips level.

MAC Nail Lacquer Pistachio Crème
5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
2
Application
70%
Total

MAC Confectionary Nail Lacquer

MAC Confectionary Nail Lacquer
MAC Confectionary Nail Lacquer

MAC Confectionary Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light blue pink [with a cream finish].” It’s a pale, pastel pink with a neutral-cool undertone and a creamy finish. MAC Delicate has barely-there shimmer, but it is similar. Cult Nails Enticing is slightly pinker and has white micro-shimmer. Nubar Pink Lily is a touch pinker but very close.

Streaks, ahoy! This was a troublemaker of a polish; it was all streaks and nothing but. Two coats and there was still so much visible streaking–it wasn’t just the first coat that was being difficult. The color coverage was semi-opaque, as the nail line still comes through quite a bit, even if you overlook the streaky application. It’s such a shame, because I could see someone really loving the delicate look of pale pink–and the sheerness would give it a very soft look. (Of course, it’s not described as sheer.)  The consistency was just a bit watery but didn’t pool along the edges.  I usually get a week of wear out of MAC’s polish with minor tip wear, which is the most consistent characteristic I’ve experienced with the polish.

MAC Nail Lacquer Confectionary
6
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
2
Application
74%
Total

MAC Bleu Velvet Nail Lacquer

MAC Bleu Velvet Nail Lacquer
MAC Bleu Velvet Nail Lacquer

MAC Bleu Velvet Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light periwinkle blue [with a cream finish].” It’s a dusty, bluish purple with a cream finish. Unfortunately, I couldn’t think of anything that was all that close to this shade. Zoya Caitlin is much, much darker. Zoya Skylar is a bit bluer, sparkly, and several shades darker. Neither of those two really compare to this shade.

I like the colors MAC chooses for their nail lacquers, but I am, more often than not, incredibly disappointed by the quality and application of their formula–particularly because their price point is higher (it is more expensive than their regular lipstick and eyeshadow!). If you’re going to put a more premium price tag on your polish, you have to make sure your formula is on point. I think that the bristles MAC uses for their brushes are too sharp or large. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the color coverage seems to be there–if it weren’t for the streakiness. I tried applying a thinner initial coat followed by a thicker second coat, but unfortunately, the thicker coat couldn’t cover all of the streakiness.

MAC Nail Lacquer Bleu Velvet
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
81%
Total

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