Thursday, May 13th, 2010

MAC To the Beach Collection

MAC To the Beach Collection — Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches

To the Beach will see the launch of five eyeshadows–three limited and new and two permanent–ranging from a much yellowed green to a peach to a teal.

  • Sweet & Punchy is a very, very yellowed chartreuse green.  It’s pretty much a dead ringer for Rated R, which came out a year ago.  It’s not really like Lucky Green (so much more yellow!).
  • Shimmermoss is a darkened aqua-teal with a frosty sheen. It’s part of MAC’s permanent line, and it’s definitely one of my favorite eyeshadows, too. It’s a shade I think everyone who loves colors and MAC should own. If you depot your products or don’t care about the special packaging, you can snag it in pan form and save a few bucks.
  • Humid is a darkened green with a yellow undertone and slight golden sheen. Like Shimmermoss, it’s a permanent shade, but it’s a classic shade, too. It’s soft, smooth, and has great color pay off. Humid is a must for green fiend like myself!
  • Firecracker is an oranged-coral-red.  It’s not a red, and it’s not a coral, but it’s a mix of all of that.  It has a soft frost sheen and packs a good amount of color.  Looks fab paired with Sweet & Punchy!  I don’t think it’s really similar to Hot Hot Hot.
  • Sand & Sun is a matte peach-nude.  I wasn’t impressed by this, because I really had to layer on about ten layers to get it to show up on my skin tone.  I tried it over a shimmery base later on, and it barely showed up.  To me, this is barely there not done very well–I don’t want to have to jab my brush in there ten times just to have something to show for all that effort.

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Thursday, May 13th, 2010

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Scorcher Nail Lacquer

MAC To the Beach Collection — Nail Lacquer Reviews, Photos, Swatches

To the Beach includes two shades of limited edition nail lacquer ($12 a pop). The one not yet included in this review is Scorcher (creamy bright coral-red), which I will be sure to include as soon as I can.

  • In the Buff is a muted, brownish-green. It’s not quite the green I’d think of when I hear the word “avocado,” but it’s not totally off from there either. It’s almost like an avocado that’s been exposed to air for a few too many minutes. I’m not entirely sure this is a flattering color, but it seems like a unique one to me.
  • Scorcher is a brightened, intense red-coral with a cream finish.  It was pretty easy to apply with very little streaking, even on the first coat.  I used three to get to a nice, solid color.

The application was fine for me, but I generally don’t have issues with MAC lacquers. It has a cream finish, so no shimmer, and two coats is enough to get pretty opaque, but I did three because I messed up on one finger for the second coat.

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Thursday, May 13th, 2010

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Lipglasses: Flurry of Fun, Easy Lounger, Splashing

MAC To the Beach Collection — Lipglass Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC’s To the Beach Collection features four limited edition lipsticks from champagne-gold to deep berry, with each retailing for $14.

  • Flurry of Fun is a sheer, muted tangerine peach with iridescent teal shimmer–yes, teal.  The shimmer in this reminds me of Reflects Transparent Teal, which is kind of cool.
  • Easy Lounger is an ultra sheer light baby pink with silvered shimmer.  The shimmer in this gloss feels different than the average lipglass, to be honest.  It seems incredibly fine and brilliant.  The shade itself doesn’t do much on lips but add a glossy, shimmering look with no real color change.  It’d be nice over a darker lipstick, though.
  • Splashing is a medium pink with yellow undertones and soft champagne shimmer.  It’s pretty pigmented as far as lipglosses go, and it doesn’t emphasize lines too badly, though the milkiness of the gloss does seem to settle there.

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Thursday, May 13th, 2010

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Lipsticks: Thrills, Fun Bathing, Beachbound, Lazy Day

MAC To the Beach Collection — Lipstick Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC’s To the Beach Collection features four limited edition lipsticks from champagne-gold to deep berry, with each retailing for $14.

  • Beachbound is a really sheer golden-champagne shade. It has a glaze finish, and it gives more shimmer than color. It does seem to mute my natural lip color a bit. For me, this is a shade best paired with stronger, more intense shades of lipgloss.
  • Thrills is a stunning combination of red-rose and amber-bronze shimmer/frost. It’s a shade you just don’t see often. The only shade that comes close is nearly three times the price–La Prairie’s Rose Bronze (but that’s much pinker, rosier; same effect, but the base color is stronger). This originally launched with Rushmetal, way back in 2007. I don’t even have to see anything else from To the Beach to tell you this is a must-have from it, though. It’s AMAZING!
  • Lazy Day is a milky cool-toned pink.  It reminds me a bit of Angel.  I feel like this color is something I’ve seen many times before.  I like that it’s pretty pigmented, though.
  • Fun Bathing is a reddened raspberry wine with a metallic bronze shimmer and sheen.  Super pretty!  It has the same feel and look as Thrills.  It’s similar to ‘O’ but lacks that really metallic bronze pop–it’s kind of there in ‘O’ but not as much.  This seems lighter, too.

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Thursday, May 13th, 2010

MAC Marine Life Dupes

MAC Marine Life Dupes — Sorry, Keep Looking

When I think of dupes, I think of something that is pretty close to it — I’m talking 90% or closer — not just similar. There are plenty of similar shades to Marine Life; after all, it’s really just a vibrant coral-red with minimal shimmer in it. NARS Deep Throat and MAC Foolish Me come the closest, though the texture of Deep Throat is obviously different and Foolish Me is a little more orange. It’s not quite as red/orange and intense as Marine Life, but it’s the closest I found of the many shades I do own that were in the running.

  • MAC Ripe Peach (Limited Edition) is lighter, more peach-coral than vibrant red-based coral. Verdict: not really a dupe, maybe a cousin.
  • Benefit CORALista is a pinker, less distinctly coral version with a significant amount of shimmer in comparison. Verdict: not a dupe, but a good friend.
  • MAC Instant Chic (Limited Edition) is much softer pink-coral with a bit of peachiness to it. It has a more powdery look and feel, but it’s so, so subtle. Marine Life is like Instant Chic if it took steroids for a year. Verdict: similar color but so, so much lighter–like a fruit picked too early.
  • MAC Hipness is much pinker in comparison to Marine Life. It’s not quite as intense, and it doesn’t have the strength of the redness that Marine Life as. Hipness is a less shimmery, pinker version of CORALista, though. Verdict: not a dupe, too pink.
  • Illamasqua Hussy is similar in its intensity, but it’s definitely pinker. It’s a more pigmented, matte version of Hipness/CORALista. Verdict: not a dupe, too pink.
  • NARS Super Orgasm is a peachy-pink concoction that pulls a noticeable gold sheen. It has a lot more shimmer (and even Orgasm, which I don’t own, would still be pretty shimmery in comparison). Verdict: not a dupe, too peach, not pink/red enough.
  • MAC Springsheen is very similar to Super Orgasm–it’s that same mix of peach and pink with a gold shimmer-sheen. Verdict: not a dupe, too peach and shimmery.
  • NARS Deep Throat is a pinker version of Super Orgasm/Orgasm, and it’s probably the closest to Marine Life, but it’s still not quite as red or as intense–plus it has the sheen/shimmer that Marine Life definitely doesn’t have. Verdict: almost a dupe, like sisters.
  • MAC Dainty is a sheer peach-coral with a smidgen of pink in it. It’s way too sheer and light to be a great dupe for Marine Life. Verdict: not a dupe, too light and peach.
  • MAC Foolish Me is everything that Marine Life is, except a little more orange.  The two are very similar, both in finish and color, but Foolish Me does run a little on the orange side.  Plus, it’s discontinued, so that sucks. (I thought about this one originally, but it looks so orange in the pan… just swatched it at the last second, and yep, they are indeed surprisingly close.)  Verdict:  similar, like fraternal twins.

I don’t own Fleur Power or Style, but I did swatches here last year, and by referencing those, I can tell you Style is most definitely not a dupe — too orange/peach. Fleur Power comes a little closer, but it seems a bit pinker in comparison to Marine Life.

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Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Hipness Blush

MAC To the Beach Collection — Hipness & Refined Golden Swatches & Photos

I reviewed these originally with the sneak peek from last week. I’m re-posting what I said about both in this post, but the photos are of the products in the limited edition packaging.

  • Hipness Blush is a soft pink with a hint of coral with a smooth finish–very satiny, not shimmery. It was originally released with the Fafi and MAC collaboration.  Hipness is pinker–less orange–and more pigmented than Instant Chic from Pret-a-PapierHipness is much pinker and lighter than Marine-Life high-light powder.
  • Refined Golden Bronzer is a dirty brown with a very fine golden shimmer strewn through the powder that’s barely noticeable when used. I don’t find it turns orange-y at all, so I like it for a bronzing option. It’s dark enough to work on light to medium dark complexions, but it’s not so dark that it will look drastic on lighter skin tones. This is a permanent product, but I have it because it was released with Style Warriors. (Which also released Solar Riche as the second bronzer in that collection, whereas To the Beach features Golden, also a permanent bronzing shade.)

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