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MAC Ring of Saturn Mineralize Blush

MAC Ring of Saturn Mineralize Blush
MAC Ring of Saturn Mineralize Blush

MAC Ring of Saturn Mineralize Blush

MAC Ring of Saturn Mineralize Blush ($23.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “terracotta and gold melange.” It’s a gold-shimmered coral-red with warm undertones.  The powder contains a pinky-peach and muted red. Tom Ford Savage is more muted, more matte, but very similar in base color. MAC Buddy Up is less red, darker. MAC Fleet Fast is pinker. MAC Modern Mandarin is more orange, less red, brighter.

Ring of Saturn packs plenty of color punch; you may find you need to use a lighter hand during application to avoid going overboard.  It has a soft, faint golden shimmer-sheen that didn’t seem to emphasize pores or the texture of the skin.  The texture of the powder was soft, smooth, and came together nicely both swatched and applied to cheeks.  When I wore this shade yesterday to see how well it would wear, it managed seven and a half hours and looked only a wee bit faded after eight hours.

MAC Mineralize Blush Ring of Saturn
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish ($29.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “tarnished bronze with gold pearl and pink reflects.” It’s a red-toned brown with burgundy and gold shimmer. The powder is composed of a dirty gold, peach-orange, and burgundy.  I don’t have Metal Rock, but it might be similar to this (so check your own stash!)–from what I can recall, Metal Rock is browner. MAC Warm Blend has a similar-colored strip in the middle, though it’s not as red-toned. MAC Pressed Amber is much lighter and browner, less red-toned.

This shade is really, and I mean, REALLY intense. Like use a stippling brush with a feather light hand if you have a medium or lighter skin tone. I can’t stress how easy it is to go overboard with this shade, and the texture is extremely unforgiving. It doesn’t want to diffuse at all; it barely blends along the edges, but with enough persistance, it can be blended out to look one with the skin. This color will work well with deeper complexions, and it can certainly work on lighter skin tones, just be prepared for some trial and error.

The texture of Earthshine is dry and powdery, which did make blending more difficult and I ended up cheating a bit by using loose powder around the edges to blend out the edges. Its finish is decidedly metallic; it was extremely reflective, though not glittery, and it did emphasize my pores.  The wear on Earthshine was better than Center of the Universe, as it lasted for seven hours before it started to fade noticeably.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Earthshine
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
3.5
Application
82%
Total

MAC Center of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Center of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Center of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Center of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Center of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish ($29.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “coral with gold shimmer.” There is absolutely nothing about this that says coral… nothing even suggests it exists in the product at all! Where’s the pink? the red? Even the online “swatch” on MAC’s website shows the same pattern and coloring that my product actually has (thought maybe my veining was causing the problem). It’s a mix of metallic gold, coppery bronze, and orange, which, when swirled together, creates a medium-dark tan brown with gold shimmer. It’s very similar to the lighter side of MAC A Little Bit of Sunshine–swirled, this shade is a bit darker, because half of it has a darker brown color. MAC Sun & Moon is a little darker, less orange. MAC My Paradise looks somewhat similar on, but it can look redder. MAC Glorify is darker, more bronze. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is much darker, browner. MAC Golden Lariat is similar, slightly more golden.

Depending on how heavily you concentrate on the golden shade, you may have a soft shimmer finish or something more metallic.  The shimmer from the golden color doesn’t seem to be too sparkly, though it doesn’t bind together perfectly, so it’s not completely smooth.  This was one of the sheerer shades out of the four from this collection.  It’s very warm-toned, too, with strong orange tones.  I see this working best on light-medium complexions with warm, yellow undertones.

Yesterday was interesting, as I crammed four cheek products on my face, because with eight products needing anywhere from six to eight hours of testing, it’s hard to test all eight and get you reviews the next day!  I went with two stripes on each cheek (going vertically) and left a small gap between the two colors, which made me look a little like a zebra, but it worked out.

The reason I really want to test as many of these as possible is because they don’t wear very well on me typically, but occasionally, there are some shades that wear better than others.  Center of the Universe wore for about six hours before it started to fade and separate.  I have normal-to-dry skin, which is mostly normal now that it’s summer.  Not great wear for me, so it was a let-down, but it is what I typically experience with Mineralize Skinfinishes.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Center of the Universe
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

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MAC Heavenly Creatures Collection – Photos & Swatches (Preview)


MAC Heavenly Creatures Collection – Photos & Swatches (Preview)

MAC Heavenly Creatures launched online late yesterday. I purchased everything from the collection and overnighted the order, so I just received it today. I’m working as quickly as I can to get through everything 🙂  Here are some preview photos/swatches to hold you over.  Please hold questions until I’ve had a chance to post reviews — thanks!

MAC Heavenly Creatures Collection for Fall 2012


MAC Heavenly Creatures Collection for Fall 2012

Heavenly Creature colour collection features 9 Mineralize Eye Shadows, 4 Mineralize Skinfinish and 4 Mineralize Blushes, orbited by 5 Lipsticks, 5 Cremesheen Glass and False Lashes Mascara. Skin gets a nourishing boost with Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser, Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel and Moisture Eye Cream. Returning for a limited time, Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator gently cleanses and exfoliates for radiant skin. Create your celestial Mineralized look with 3 Duo Fibre Brushes. Natural goat hair lifts off, applying the perfect amount of Powder and Pigment while synthetic fibres fuse colour onto skin for a polished, luminous finish.

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Cusp of Dawn Beige pink (Lustre)
  • Pleasureseeker Creamy peach (Glaze) (Repromote)
  • Cut a Caper Mid-tone peach pink (Lustre) (Repromote)
  • Venus Sheer yellow pink with pearlized pigments (Lustre)
  • Fire Sign Red pink (Lustre)

Cremesheen Glass ($19.50 U.S. / $22.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Celestial Kiss Pale cool peach
  • Strictly Plutonic Mid-tone pink brown
  • Meteoric Mid-tone vibrant coral
  • Astral Bright yellow pink
  • Galaxy Rose Mid-tone violet pink

Mineralize Blush ($23.50 U.S. / $28.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Ring of Saturn Terracotta and gold melange (Frost)
  • Solar Ray Peach and gold melange (Frost)
  • Supernova Magenta and burnished gold melange (Frost)
  • Stratus Amethyst and gold brown melange (Frost)

Mineralize Skinfinish ($29.00 U.S. / $34.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Earthshine Tarnished bronze with gold pearl and pink reflects
  • Light Year Peachy pink with gold shimmer
  • Star Wonder Plummy pink with multi-dimensional pearl
  • Center of the Universe Coral with gold shimmer

Mineralize Eyeshadow ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Aurora Peach, green, brown melange
  • Magnetic Attraction Orange, pink, gold melange
  • Neo Nebula Cream, warm amethyst, warm pink melange
  • Universal Appeal Gold, bronze, violet melange
  • Invincible Light Icy white, lavender, warm gold melange
  • Earthly Beige, peach, cool brown melange
  • Water Yellow, lime green, blue melange
  • Bright Moon Grey, silver, icy green melange
  • Sky Green-gold, turquoise, cobalt melange

Brushes

  • 286 Brush Duo-fibre tapered blending brush ($30.00 U.S. / $36.50 CDN) (Repromote)
  • 187 Brush Duo-fibre face brush ($42.00 U.S. / $50.50 CDN) (Permanent)
  • 188 Brush Small duo fibre face brush ($34.00 U.S. / $41.00 CDN) (Permanent)

Minheralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator ($28.00 U.S. / $33.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

A highly effective, dual-purpose foaming, cleansing and exfoliating scrub blending natural Volcanic Ash with fine sugar crystals. Refines and unclogs the skin, adds instant moisture: leaves skin feeling soft and comfortably clean. Mineral-rich. May be used effectively on any part of face or body. Rinses off with warm water.

Mineralize Charged Water Cleansing ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN) (Permanent)

A lightweight cleanser formulated with our ionized Super-Duo Charged Water technology. Removes all makeup (except waterproof and longwearing) with a wipe – no rinse-off required. Leaves skin nourished, soft, absolutely clean.

Mineralize Charge3d Water Moisture Gel ($37.00 U.S. / $44.50 CDN) (Permanent)

An ultra-light, gel-like cream that absorbs instantly to give the skin intense hydration. Infused with our exclusive Super-Charged Water technology, this formula leaves skin softer, more luminous. Use day or night.

Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream ($35.00 U.S. / $42.00 CDN) (Permanent)

A luxuriously rich eye cream. Infused with our ionized Super-Duo Charged Water technology. Moisturizes and adds radiance, while instantly – and over time – reducing the look of dark circles, lines and puffiness.

Availability: Now online at maccosmetics.com; July 5th, 2012 on-counter (North America), July 2012 (International)

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Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette
Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette ($40.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains four eyeshadows and one eyeliner shade. Each eyeshadow has a subtle design on top, which does disappear with the first use. There are two dual-ended sponge-tipped applicators. The entire palette is encased in a “gold” plastic compact–it looks more luxe than it feels as a result. There is a full-sized mirror on the interior.

The first shade is a warm gold with strong orange tones and a metallic sheen. It had pretty good color payoff, and it applied very smoothly. Giorgio Armani #1 has a similar gold in the palette, though it doesn’t have as smooth of a finish. Dior Couture Gold is lighter. Bare Escentuals Golden Iris is darker, more orange.

Next to the gold shade is a violet purple with subtle red undertones and a blue-violet iridescence. It had decent pigmentation, but it was a little dry in texture. Make Up For Ever #26 has a stronger pink-red base. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is similar but doesn’t have any iridescence. MAC Violet is less pink-toned. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is sheerer and less pink-toned.

The third eyeshadow is a warm, medium-dark bronze brown with orange and gold shimmer. This shade had excellent pigmentation and applied very smoothly. I thought this was the best performer in the palette. Buxom Golden Retriever was the closest shade, but it’s not quite as warm/golden. Urban Decay Baked isn’t as dark or as brown–it’s warmer/more golden!

To finish off the eyeshadows, the final shade is a pale silvery white shade–it looks warmer, almost peach/champagne in the pan, but it looks silver/white when swatched. It was very sheer, and it was mostly sparkle rather than a solid color; the texture reflected both things, as it wasn’t as smooth, and it was very prone to fall out both during application and later, as the day wore on. Chanel Fantasme is similar but more silver. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is similar in color but has a less sparkly finish.

A deep, dark chocolate brown with gold and ruby shimmer eyeliner completes the palette; it’s essentially cream/gel eyeliner. The base color reminded me of CoverGirl Brown, which has a shimmer-free finish, while the overall color was closer to Urban Decay Corrupt. It applied only so-so–I really had to go over it a few times to build up the color.

I wasn’t thrilled with this palette, because the color payoff of all of the shades except the darker brown were just decent to good but not excellent.  I had a lot of fall out with the sparkly silver/white shade–it just didn’t want to stick around; there were tons of little sparkles underneath my eye and on my cheeks after a few hours of wearing the palette.  The eyeliner smudged and migrated within four hours, which was another let-down.  The whole palette wore about six hours without creasing, but it was a little faded at that point, and then I had some creasing after eight hours, along with additional fading.

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

C-
7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
5
Longevity
3.5
Application
70%
Total

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