Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

MAC Opera Lipstick
MAC Opera Lipstick

MAC Opera Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dark red.” It’s a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Stunner (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is similar. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is similar. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is cooler-toned. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is darker, more matte. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a richly pigmented shade that glides on easily without tugging, but it doesn’t have a lot of slip, so it stays in place once applied. The color wears like iron and lasts a full six hours and could have kept going. Though not hydrating, it wasn’t drying either, which made it comfortable to wear throughout the day. As it is a mostly matte red, it is more dupable than not, so you may want to check your stash to see what you have that’s similar. It’s a gorgeous red, to be sure, though! MAC’s lipstick formula is vanilla-scented with no discernia=ble taste.

There are four other limited edition (and one permanent shade, Sin, being repromoted) in the collection, which I hope to be able to purchase when they release. The collection releases January 29th online and February 5th at counters and stores.

The Glossover

LE
product

Opera

A

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, January 19th, 2015

MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombre
MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombre

MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombre ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light coral.” It’s a peachy-orange with subtle reddish tones and a golden shimmer. In the pan, there’s definitely a more coral-pink coloring, but it didn’t seem to translate as much applied to the skin (even when I concentrated my brush there). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is more shimmery. YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is more orange. MAC Love & Laughter (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is slightly pinker, lighter. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Barefaced (LE, $21.00) is darker, browner. MAC Warmth of Coral (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It fairly good color payoff that was buildable from good to full if desired in two to three layers. The texture was soft, smooth, though thin, but more forgiving than Kindergarten Red. It had a soft sheen when buffed and blended on the skin, which didn’t emphasize pores and gave the skin a nice level of luminosity. The blush was blendable, easy to work with, and lasted for eight hours on me. It looks similar (in composition to the Ripe Peach I have from years ago when I compare pans, but the one I have from this collection is a lot more orange/peach when swatched; it may be similar to Mineralize Skinfinishes where your mileage may vary depending on how much pink (or peach) the individual pan has. I’m not entirely sure on that, but the resulting color between the two I have aren’t quite the same. It also seemed less shimmery, and the peach/orange portion seemed brighter (more orange than peach). This version contains more product (0.35 oz. as compared to 0.31 oz.), but since it’s been four years, it is more expensive ($32 as compared to $25).

The Glossover

LE
product

Ripe Peach

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, January 19th, 2015

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “crimson into pale nude.” It’s a medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a satin finish. In the pan, it looks like it fades from a light beige to a rosy pink. Guerlain Angelic Radiance (LE, $53.00) is lighter. LORAC Underrated (LE) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter. NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is slightly warmer. Chanel Rose Initiale (P, $45.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush is soft, smooth, but thin, so it ended up having more buildable coverage than really intense pigmentation that was, at most, semi-opaque. I just went back into the archives, and the blush ombre formula was originally described as a “medium-buildable coverage” product. It doesn’t adhere as well to bare skin if it’s on the drier side (my arm is drier than my face) and can look a little powdery initially. Once it gets blended and buffed into the skin, the satin finish really comes forward and gives a light sheen that’s natural but not shimmery or shiny. As it is only semi-opaque at most, it pulls warmer on me, but I would expect those with cooler undertones would see this appear slightly cooler-toned instead. On me, the blush wore well for seven and a half hours before fading.

This will release January 29th online and February 5th at counters and stores.

The Glossover

LE
product

Kindergarten Red

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, January 19th, 2015

MAC x Toledos Collection
MAC x Toledos Collection

MAC x Toledos Collection is an upcoming release slated for January 29th online, February 5th in-stores/at counters. I have a few pieces from the collection to share with you with full reviews to come. Enjoy the sneak peek :)

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Monday, January 19th, 2015

MAC x Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection for Spring 2015
MAC x Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection for Spring 2015

Lipstick ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Oxblood Light peachy nude (Matte)
  • Barbecue Vivid orange red (Matte)
  • Victoriana Mid-tone pink red (Matte)
  • Tenor Voice True classic red (Matte)
  • Opera Dark red (Matte)
  • Sin Deep blood red (Matte) (Permanent)

Lipglass ($16.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Oxblood Light peachy nude
  • Barbecue Vivid orange red
  • Victoriana Mid-tone pink red
  • Tenor Voice True classic red
  • Opera Dark red
  • Sin Deep blood red

Bellgreens Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 U.S. / $53.00 CDN)

  • Fresh Blade Pale frosted yellow (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Gorgeous Gold Muted yellow gold (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Savant Mid-tone mustard lime (Satin)
  • Vicuna Light neutral olive (Frost)
  • Charcoal Brown Muted taupe brown (Matte)
  • Sushi Green Charcoal olive with multi-dimensional pearl (Velvet)

Moodyblu Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 U.S. / $53.00 CDN)

  • Midnight Snow Pale silver (Frost)
  • Idol Eyes Silver violet with gold (Lustre)
  • Deep Truth True dark blue (Frost)
  • Knight Divine Black with silver pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Exotic Purple Dark navy (Satin)
  • Indigogo Blackened navy with multi-dimensional pearl (Veluxe)

Violetwink Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 U.S. / $53.00 CDN)

  • Sweet Allure Soft l ight pink (Satin)
  • French Clay White grey (Frost)
  • Stars ‘n’ Rockets Purple with pink pearl (Velxue Pearl)
  • Tendersmoke Muted silver lilac (Frost)
  • Frizzyplum Dark violet with multi-dimensional pearl (Frost)
  • Overnight Cool black (Matte)

Blush Ombre ($32.00 U.S. / $39.00 CDN)

  • Ripe Peach Light coral
  • Azalea Blossom Light cool pink
  • Kindergarten Red Crimson into pale nude

Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Designer Purple Iridescent violet
  • Chlorafill Green line with pearl
  • Petrol Blue Deep navy with pearl

Modern Twist Lash ($24.00 U.S. / $29.00 CDN)

  • Vinyl Black
  • Caligrafy Navy
  • TarotPurple
  • Chlorafill Lime

Nail Lacquer ($13.50 U.S. / $16.00 CDN)

  • Faint of Heart Palest milky nude (Cream)
  • Venus Red Clean true red (Cream)
  • Vixen Deep burgundy red (Cream)

Brush ($38.50 U.S. / $46.00 CDN)

  • 129SE Powder/Blush Brush

Makeup Bag ($35.00 U.S. / $42.00 CDN) (Select MAC Stores)

  • Makeup Bag Isabel and Ruben Toledo

Availability: Online January 29th, in-stores on February 5th at all MAC locations; for international, March 2015 (excluding France, Mexico, Spain)

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Sunday, January 18th, 2015

LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette

The new LORAC Unzipped Gold Palette (review, comparison to original) & Unzipped Cheek Palette (review) are both available for sale at ULTA today! :)  Anyone snagging one or both?