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MAC In Extra Dimension Collection (2013) for Spring/Summer 2013

MAC In Extra Dimension Collection (2013)
MAC In Extra Dimension Collection (2013)

In Extra Dimension Eye Shadow’s creamy, silky, near-fluid formula creates luminous, well-defined eyes in finishes from sheer crystallized light to stunning metallic. In Extra Dimension Blush delivers polished textures that reflect light and leave a smooth second-skin finish. In Extra Dimension Skinfinish, now in a split pan, brings together two shimmering shades for highlighting and sculpting, together or separately. The 128 Split Fibre Cheek Brush and the 235 Split Fibre All Over Eye Brush deliver professional results.

Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($21.00 U.S. /$25.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Extra Silver True silver
  • Opalesse Opalescent white with pink pearl
  • Zestful Pale iridescent lime
  • Triple Impact Opalescent lavender with violet pearl
  • Dimensional Blue Frosty blue
  • Smoky Mauve Mid-tone cool mauve

Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 U.S. /$29.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Bareness Rosy beige
  • Blazing Haute Dirty peach
  • Flaming Chic Bright blue pink
  • At Dusk Mid-tone rose
  • Fiery Impact Burnt red bronze

Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($30.00 U.S. /$35.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Definitely Defined Silvery pink/soft rose with shimmer
  • Shape the Future Pastel pink with iridescence/soft brick with light shimmer
  • Double Definition Soft shimmery gold/patina bronze

Brushes (Limited Edition)

  • 235 Split Fibre All Over Eye ($31.00 U.S. / $37.50 CDN)
  • 128 Split Fibre Cheek ($35.00 U.S. / $42.00 CDN)

Availability: Online April 4th, 2013; in-stores on April 11th, 2013 (North America). May 2013 (International).

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MAC Fashion Sets Collection (2013) for Spring/Summer 2013

MAC Fashion Sets Collection (2013)
MAC Fashion Sets Collection (2013)

M•A•C Fashion Sets flash forward with bold and beautiful brights – shades that pop with a vivid edge and modern vibe. Four distinctive sets feature five impactful ways to wear Lipstick, Lipglass, Lip Pencil, Eye Shadow and Nail Lacquer. Brilliant colour ways set the tone for a season of sophisticated looks that stand out in their allure. From the bright orange apricot of Ablaze to the fuchsia flash of Embrace Me – the overall effect is stunning in its deep, rich infusion of powerful pigments.

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

  • Heroine Bright cobalt blue (Matte)
  • Ablaze Mid-tone coral (Matte)
  • Silly Clean blue pink (Frost)
  • Embrace Me Soft pink (Satin)

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

  • Heroine Bright violet/purple (Matte)
  • Ablaze Bright apricot cream (Matte)
  • Silly Bright pink cream (Matte)
  • Embrace Me Bright fuchsia cream (Matte)

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

  • Heroine Bright purple
  • Ablaze Bright orange
  • Silly Bright pink
  • Embrace Me Bright fuchsia

Nail Lacquer ($16.00 U.S. /$19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Heroine Bright violet (Cream)
  • Ablaze Bright orange (Cream)
  • Silly Bright pink (Cream)
  • Embrace Me Bright fuchsia (Cream)

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

  • Heroine Bright purple
  • Ablaze Bright apricot
  • Silly Bright pink
  • Embrace Me Vivid pinkish fuchsia

Availability: Online March 28th, 2013; in-stores on April 4th, 2013 (North America). May 2013 (International).

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Flower Beauty Foxy Browns Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad

Flower Beauty Foxy Browns Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad
Flower Beauty Foxy Browns Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad

Flower Beauty Foxy Browns Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad ($9.98 for 0.21 oz.) consists of four shades: peach, bronze, dark brown, and taupe.  It’s my first experience with the brand, which is exclusively available at Walmart (I bought mine online).

Foxy Browns #1 is a pale, warm-toned peach with a hint of pink and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, but it is powdery and while very easy to blend, it also sheers out quickly if you sweep it on (so pat and pack!). Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle is warmer, less pink. MAC Double Feature #5 #1 is lighter. Inglot #354 is very similar but matte in finish.

Foxy Browns #2 is a warm bronze-shimmered, medium-dark brown with warm, golden undertones and a pearly finish. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. Benefit Kiss Me, I’m Tipsy is darker, redder toned. Clinique Fuller Fudge is redder (and a cream product). Tarte Brilliant Bronze is more frosted. MAC Mulch is similar, slightly less golden. Milani Caramel Brown is lighter, more metallic. Inglot #421 is much deeper/richer.

Foxy Browns #3 is a darkened, cool-toned brown with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, but as a result of that super finely-milled texture, it was difficult to achieve full opacity because it always wanted to look faded and sheered out. MAC Diamond Dove is grayer. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #5 is darker and grayer. MAC Charcoal Brown is a touch grayer. MAC Brown Down is slightly warmer.

Foxy Browns #4 is a slightly warm-toned taupe with a subtly shimmered finish. It had so-so color payoff, but it was so powdery! This was the most powdery shade out of the bunch. Too Faced Hot Cocoa is rosier, warmer. Bobbi Brown Chino is similar but matte. MAC Magical Mist is darker. MAC Era is similar.

The texture is both amazing and annoying; it is one of the softest eyeshadows I’ve come across but one of the most powdery textures I’ve used. It’s almost as if you’re using a loose product, because it just comes apart with the slightest touch of an applicator. I’d actually recommend using sponge-tip applicators here, because they seemed to disturb the surface the least, so there was less excess product kicked up. I feel like I’m in such a quandary, because it’s all, “Ooh, velvety, smooth, oh, is this silk?” initially but applied, lots and lots of excess product falls underneath the lid. You really have to pat and pack on the product and be careful when blending, as each shade was prone to sheering out very quickly.

I was only able to get six hours of good wear with this without a primer, as by eight hours, it had disappeared. With a primer (NARS Smudge Proof), it was better, but it was still faded after eight hours. I’ve found that really powdery eyeshadows tend to fade faster on me. I would recommend applying this over a stickier, creamier primer–something like a cream eyeshadow or the like–because it would help it adhere and stick better. I have several other products I bought from the range that I’ve yet to test, so here’s hoping I have better luck with those!

Also: when I bought this quad, it was my first time ordering from Walmart online, and everything was thrown into a large box with no bubble wrap or padding; I was utterly surprised nothing was broken (especially given how delicate the eyeshadows are), but I wanted to give you a heads up.

Flower Beauty Foxy Browns Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad

C
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
3
Application
73%
Total

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Burberry Summer Glow Warm Glow Natural Bronzer

Burberry Summer Glow Warm Glow Natural Bronzer
Burberry Summer Glow Warm Glow Natural Bronzer

Burberry Summer Glow Warm Glow Natural Bronzer ($48.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a warm-toned, orange-tan with subtle golden shimmer. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer is slightly lighter and less warm-toned. MAC Nude on Board is lighter, browner. MAC Comfort has more of a sheen but is very similar in color.

It has warm, golden tones to it, so it will do better on naturally warm-toned complexions, as it may turn too orange-y on pinker skin tones. The finish has a soft sheen to it along with a few bits of gold shimmer, but it translates well on the skin without emphasizing pores or imperfections. The color payoff was good; true-to-pan and buildable, which is where the soft, finely-milled texture came in handy. It can be worn at full strength or blended to a softer, sheerer color, depending on your preference and skin tone.  Summer Glow added golden warmth and a gentle glow-y sheen without looking burnt (at least, on my skin tone).  It wore for eight hours without fading, and after nine hours, there was only a touch of fading along the edges.

Burberry Warm Glow Summer Glow
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “pink rose.” It’s a light-medium, cotton candy pink with blue undertones and a satiny finish–not quite matte but not quite a full-on sheen. NARS Gaiety is cooler-toned, bluer-based. NARS Angelika is darker, sparkly. MAC Pink Tea is more shimmery. MAC Peony Petal is cooler-toned. Tarte Dollface is a touch lighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is more muted, slightly lighter.

Normally, I like Bobbi Brown’s blush range for a formula that’s mostly matte, pigmented, and blendable, but Pastel Pink was so dry and stiff. This was another shade from the collection that I had to scrape off layers of color just to get a “heavy” swatch of color.  I really had to swirl and pack on the color to get enough payoff to show up on my skin tone for photographs and testing. If you have any scratchy brushes, I’d recommend using it with this, because it will help dig into the product to yield more payoff.  While I can appreciate that fairer skin tones often prefer a blush that’s not so intense so they can use it with ease, the texture makes this one hard to use even if all you want is soft color.  It’s not very blendable and really needs to be buffed and worked into the skin as it has a tendency to stick and look splotchy.  It lasted for seven hours well, and after eight hours, there was noticeable fading.

Bobbi Brown Blush Pastel Pink

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eyeshadow Palette Quick

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eyeshadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.37 oz.) contains eight shades with “heathery neutrals and dusty pinks designed to flatter all skin tones.”

Overall, this palette was a disappointment due to poor color payoff and drier, powdery textures that were common across far too many shades.  The worst offenders were Barely There, Heather Brown, and Black Chocolate; but then IvoryPale RosePink Lily, and Dusty Lilac were all rather powdery and none of the shades were without flaws.  I think the closest to good was Stormy Grey, but it was a nightmare using on the lid–it’s just too stiff to apply with much color.

Because of the lack of color payoff, I really don’t see this working well on medium or darker complexions; very fair skin tones may find that it’s just enough color for an easy-to-use neutral palette, but I find the textures to be lacking.  When I wore the palette, the whole thing looked faded from the beginning and was all one color after eight hours of wear–quite a bit of fading had occurred.  I felt like I had to really jab and stab at the eyeshadow to dislodge enough product to use for application.  There are too many other neutral palettes on the market to settle for something so below-average.

  • Ivory is a pale, cool-toned beige with a matte finish. It had decent color payoff but was powdery.
  • Pale Rose is a subtly warm-toned taupe with a matte finish. It had good color payoff but was powdery. (I also did not detect any pink in it.)
  • Pink Lily is a frosted, shimmering light pink with subtle cool undertones. It had so-so color but was very powdery and almost chunky. I experienced major fall out with this shade.
  • Stormy Grey is a gray-tinged, medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a pearly finish. It had good pigmentation but was dry and stiff to work with.
  • Barely There is a slightly warm-toned champagne beige with a soft, shimmerys heen. The payoff was horrible with this shade; I had to scrape off layers of product just to get anything to show up. The texture was very dry/stiff.
  • Heather Brown is a medium champagne-shimmered brown with slightly warm undertones. Again, a dry texture that resulted in subpar color payoff.
  • Dusty Lilac is a rosy mauve with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation but was very powdery to work with, so it was prone to fading and sheering out as soon as you went to blend it.
  • Black Chocolate is a cool-toned black-brown with a mostly matte finish. It was dry and stiff–very hard to blend when I used it–but the color payoff was decent.

If you’re interested in a dupe, consider looking through the Swatch Gallery to find a shade that you feel is close enough. I recommend starting in brown eyeshadows and beige eyeshadows! 🙂 Otherwise, feel free to ask and if you have any specific brands/price points in mind, please note that.

Long-time readers will remember that towards the end of the year, I try to kick out some quick reviews, because I have a horrible tendency to over-photograph, over-swatch, and over-test products to the point where I have thousands of unused photos and hundreds of products tested but not reviewed. I’d like to try and write more of these quick reviews throughout the year for certain products that I don’t think need full, in-depth reviews for one reason or another. Remember, these aren’t replacing normal reviews but are in addition to; e.g. an extra review–a cherry on top.  Let me know if this is still useful and/or if you’d rather only in-depth reviews. Thank you!

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eyeshadow Palette Quick

D-
6
Product
7
Pigmentation
6
Texture
6
Longevity
3
Application
62%
Total

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