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MAC Stares & Speculation Fluidline

MAC Stares & Speculation Fluidline
MAC Stares & Speculation Fluidline

MAC Stares & Speculation Fluidline ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty olive with gold pearl.” It’s a subdued, green-tinged brown with warm undertones and a golden bronze micro-shimmer. Sephora Collection Roof Top Party (P, $9.00) is similar–a little lighter. Urban Decay Stash (P, $19.00) is very close but in pencil form. bareMinerals 10AM (LE, $15.00) is greener. See comparison swatches.

It had fairly good color payoff in a single stroke (applied with MAC’s 208) and can be applied more heavily, as if it were a cream eyeshadow. The consistency was creamy, not too thick or too thin, and spread well–it was very true to the Fluidline formula.  I wore this along the lower lash line, and it didn’t move for twelve hours (until I took it off).  No smudging or flaking!

I’ve reviewed Deliciously Rich and Macroviolet is part of the permanent range (each time they repromote it, I think I’ve reviewed it, and each time, I find out I’m wrong), but I have a swatch of it here.

MAC Fluidline (Discontinued) Stares & Speculation
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Dior Golden Winter Collection for Holiday 2013

Dior Holiday 2013 Collection
Dior Holiday 2013 Collection

The Dior Golden Winter Holiday Color Collection is inspired by Versailles at the heart of winter. The collection is based around shades of pink and gold, which have been among the most emblematic codes of the House of Dior since the first couture collection in 1947. Today, the tradition continues with Raf Simons, whose current creations feature gorgeous combinations of pink and gold.

5-Couleurs Eyeshadow ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Golden Snow (634)
  • Golden Flower (644)

Diorific Lipstick ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Diva (038)
  • Winter (042)
  • Royale (045)
  • Minuit (046)

Dior Addict Gloss ($29.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Enchanted Rose (451)
  • Pink Fantasy (776)

Diorific Vernis ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Winter (128)
  • Frimas (318)
  • Marilyn (751)
  • Minuit (995)

Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo ($39.00) (Limited Edition)

Inspired by the magnificent adornments of Versailles, the Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo combines two versions of Diorific Vernis: a sumptuous gold lacquer to apply as a base and luminous crystal micro-pearls to sprinkle on top for a three-dimensional result.

Availability: November 2013 at retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s; Sephora has a sneak peek of select items now!

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NYX Blush & Castle Round Lipsticks

NYX Blush Round Lipstick
NYX Blush Round Lipstick

NYX Blush Round Lipstick ($3.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium pink with soft, warm yellow undertones and a light shine. It’s almost so warm-toned that it gets into a pink-coral range, but I think it leans just pink enough to still be a pink hue overall. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a creamy consistency that easily glided onto lips. It had a fair amount of slip, which was great for application, but it did seem like it wore off a bit faster as a result–though it was lightly hydrating while it lasted (three and a half hours). Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is more muted, darker. MAC Hoop (DC, $15.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is similar. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is similar. MAC Flamingo (LE, $15.00) is warmer, a touch lighter. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

NYX Castle Round Lipstick ($3.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a cool-toned, lavender-shimmered, medium purple with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the consistency was very creamy and emollient. It applied evenly for the most part, though it wasn’t perfectly even. This shade wore well for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. I couldn’t think of any previously reviewed shades quite like this. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $15.00) is matte, no frost, so it appears darker and brighter. MAC Seasoned Plum (LE, $18.00) is darker, less frosted. MAC Nocturnal Instincts (LE, $16.00) is grayer. MAC Lavender Whip (LE, $15.00) is lighter, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Digitalis (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. See comparison swatches.

NYX’s Round Lipstick formula is a nice, budget-friendly formula that offers a bajillion colors (real number), so it’s always been a go-to recommendation from me when there’s a color someone wants to try but may not want to splash out a lot for.

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Blush
Blush
Blush
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Castle
Castle
Castle
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Dior Little Black Palette Collection for Holiday 2013

Dior Holiday 2013 Collection
Dior Holiday 2013 Collection

The Dior Little Black Palette Collection for Holiday 2013 is inspired by the elegance of Parisian style. Featuring sleek black patent and tassel finishing.

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara Set ($28.50) (Limited Edition)

Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara duo features the revolutionary curved-brush mascara to style every single lash from top to bottom. Its high-precision formula gives you intense definition without clumping or smudging and it even strengthens and smoothes your lashes for long-lasting vitality. Duo includes: Iconic Overcurl mascara and 5 Couleurs eyeshadow palette in Bleu de Paris.

Diorshow New Look Set ($28.50) (Limited Edition)

Diorshow New Look mascara delivers infinite volume and an unparalleled lash-multiplying effect. The exclusive nano-brush catches and coats every last lash from the roots with the precision of a couturier’s hand. Paired with a mini 5 Couleurs eyeshadow palette in Royal Khaki for the perfect eye effect.

Couture Lip & Nail Palette ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

The iconic Rouge Dior 999 shade takes center stage in a palette of hues for your lips and nails. Includes Rouge Dior 999, Creme de Rose, and sparkling red gloss lip colors and Rouge Dior 999 Nail Lacquer.

Couture Eye Palette ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

Dior’s eye palette designed for the holidays features eyeshadow, base, liner and highlighter, all in flattering neutral shades. It even includes applicator brushes and a mirror, making on-the-go touch-ups a breeze.

Face Palette ($85.00) (Limited Edition)

A pretty zip-around case contains all you need to look your finest this holiday season, including two sets of eyeshadows and lip colors, shimmering Diorskin Nude pressed power, a travel-size of Dior’s newest mascara Diorshow Iconic Overcurl and an assortment of applicators for eyes, lips and face.

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom; official launch is October

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MAC Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses
MAC Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Divine Night Cremesheen Glass ($22.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) includes five new and limited edition shades just in time for the holidays. Cremesheen Glasses have a nice, non-sticky, medium-weight, creamy consistency that is comfortable to wear.  Unfortunately, there are two major downsides:  they don’t last long at all, and there’s little product inside the tube (even though they seem larger–to compare: MAC Lipglass contains 0.17 fl. oz., whereas these contain 0.08 fl. oz.).  They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.  If you normally love this formula or don’t mind the shorter wear time, then pay closer attention to the rating by taking out the longevity scores.

Flair for Finery is described as a “cool nude.” It’s a peachy-beige with subtle warm undertones. It looks almost cool-toned in the tube, but it turns quite peach with a hint of pink applied and swatched. It had semi-sheer color coverage, settled somewhat into lip lines, and will leave lines if you press your lips together. It lasted two hours on me.  NARS Spring Break (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Orange Tempera (LE, $15.00) is more opaque. MAC C-Thru (P, $15.00) is more opaque. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC On the Scene (LE, $20.00) is also warmer. MAC Kiss Me Softly (LE, $20.00) is a little warmer. See comparison swatches.

Prepare for Pleasure is described as a “bluish red.” It’s a brightened, pink-red with cool, blue undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. It wore for almost three hours.  Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is warmer. NARS Norma (P, $26.00) is redder, darker. MAC Forever Rose (P, $19.50) is a bit lighter. Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is darker, shimmery. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Private Party is described as a “plum mauve with pearl.” It’s a subdued, plummy pink with fine pale pink shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it slightly settled into lip lines. It lasted for just over two and a half hours.  NARS Oasis (P, $25.00) is warmer, less pink. MAC Spanking Rich (LE, $20.00) is more glittery. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

You’ve Got It is described as a “nude taupe with green pearl.” It’s a light, beige-brown with light green micro-shimmer. Applied, it seems to lighten lips and added a milkiness to them. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage.  This shade was completely gone after a mere two hours of wear. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is more beige. MAC Glitter & Ice (LE, $20.00) doesn’t have green shimmer. See comparison swatches.

MAC Cremesheen Glass Flair for Finery
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Prepare for Pleasure
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Private Party
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass You've Got It
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
5.5
Longevity
5
Application
78%
Total

MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a two-in-one product that features a section that’s described as a “24 carat gold shimmer” and a larger area described as a “pastel peachy pink with fine pink shimmer.”  This was the least impressive Mineralize Skinfinish of the three, because the texture of the inner shade is quite gritty and chunky; it’s a very loose, glittery shade, so that flaw reaches everywhere–glittery bits visible on the cheeks, sheerer color payoff, and is just an unflattering texture against the skin.  I don’t have huge, huge pores (maybe you disagree!), but the texture of both the inner and outer (as well as swirled together) all emphasize pores to some degree with the outer shade emphasizing pores the least (only slightly).  For newer readers, MAC’s Mineralize products tend to be shorter-wearing on me, which is one of my biggest complaints about the formula overall; and Centre of Attention is no exception with the swirled shade almost completely missing-in-action after seven hours.

Centre of Attention (Inner) is a glittery, yellow gold with strong, warm undertones, and a soft, frosted finish–with lots of glittery bits. It is a chunky, glittery shade, so the texture is somewhat gritty and rough. The glitter seems very loose, too, so it tends to flake away from the color and gets everywhere. This was patchy on me after six hours of wear and the glitter has traveled to various points on my face. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is more metallic, less yellow. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is less yellow. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is lighter. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is lighter, less glittery. Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $39.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $42.00) is yellower, less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Centre of Attention (Outer) is a pale, pearlescent of pink-tinged beige with a soft, pearly finish. It was very soft and a little powdery, and it does sheer out a lot. I would recommend applying this wet or over liquid foundation while still slightly damp to maximize adhesion to the skin This was almost entirely faded on me after seven hours of wear. NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Porcelain Pink (LE, $23.50) is darker, pinker. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Centre of Attention is a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic sheen. It’s less glittery than the inner shade alone, but the gold from it definitely alters the coloring of the outer. It’s just a slightly smoother, less chunky version of the inner shade. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is similar in color. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is darker. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is yellower. Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $39.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The big takeaway from this is the inner shade is very glittery, which tended to have a loose, obvious appearance on the skin–it was just bits of gold glitter all over the cheek when the inner shade was worn alone or when it was mixed with the outer color.

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinish Centre of Attention
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total
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