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MAC Pressed Pigments for Fall 2013


M•A•C Pressed Pigments take eye shadows to another level with advanced technology. Now in nine sophisticated new shades, go bold with the rich, blue colour of Vanilla Diamond or glamorous in stunning Black Grape. For a softer, luminous look try Pink Pepper or the glistening glow of Summer Honey. Two different applications give you gorgeous versatility – apply dry for a shimmery-sheer effect, or wet for a dramatic, high-gloss finish.

Pressed Pigment ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN)

  • Vanilla Diamond Warm yellow beige (Limited Edition)
  • Moth Mauve with silver pearl (Permanent)
  • Lime Ice Seafoam green (Limited Edition)
  • Rock Candy Mid-tone fuchsia (Permanent)
  • Summer Honey Pastel coral (Limited Edition)
  • Black Grape Deep aubergine with multi pearl (Permanent)
  • Pink Pepper Deep coral with gold pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Damson Deep brown with gold pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Midnight Vibrant deep blue (Permanent)
  • Sweet Acting Midtone pink (Permanent, Repromote)
  • Enlightening Deep silver (Permanent, Repromote)
  • Jet Couture Charcoal black (Permanent, Repromote)

215 Medium Shade Brush ($25.00 / $30.00 CDN)

A paddle-shaped brush with short, extremely dense, natural bristles. Pro-preferred for smoothly shaping/defining the eye with colour. Flawlessly applies both powder and cream eye shadows.

Availability: Online July 25th/In-stores and on-counter August 1st (North America); August 2013 (International)

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Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment (Lipgloss)

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment
Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment ($18.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a clear gloss with a very, very fine shimmer. The shimmer wasn’t visible on the lips, though, and what was visible was a glossy shine (medium in shine; not ultra, ulta glossy but definitely shiny). It has the same lemon-y scent as the original balm. It’s supposed to deliver high-shine will still giving lips hydration and “preserving moisture for up to six hours.”

While Fresh’s original Sugar Lip Treatments are not my personal go-to, they were moisturizing and hydrating when I tried it (my major issue was they didn’t last very long on lips and required frequent reapplication to maintain hydration), but the claim of “up to six hours” made me curious about this one. The consistency is thin, lightly tacky, and fairly smooth initially, but it does get increasingly tacky as it wears on the lips. Reapplying over the tackiness does mean the next application isn’t as smooth on.

I was able to get about two and a half hours of wear, which is decent (particularly for a virtually clear gloss). I can’t say that my lips feel nicely hydrated even after this is gone; even after wearing it back-to-back over an entire day, if I don’t reapply within an hour or so of it fading away, my lips feel a little dry. I think the original lip balm is more effective and much more comfortable to wear, too.

The packaging/applicator could be slightly improved, as unless you have thinner lips, you’ll need three or so pulls of the gloss to get enough for coverage. Every time I pulled the wand out, there was hardly any product on the doe-foot applicator! I doubt this is going to be a deal-breaker for anyone, but it was enough that it was something that I actually noticed while using this for the past few weeks.

All in all, this just felt like a regular, somewhat hydrating lipgloss. The price tag isn’t as killer as some of the higher-end, hydrating glosses on the market, but I’d probably stick with the lip balm for your hydration needs if you’re a big fan of Fresh.

Fresh   Sugar Shine Lip Treatment
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Chanel Presage (62) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Presage (62) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Presage (62) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Presage (62) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as an “apricot.” It’s a medium-dark orange with a hint of rosy pink in it and a satiny finish–not quite matte, but not really shimmery–really a natural-looking finish. Edward Bess Secret Affair is pinker, powder. MAC Ripe for Love is more shimmery, powder. MAC Fiery Impact is darker, powder. Illamasqua Rude is a touch brighter but very similar. Dior Coral Glow is lighter, powder. Chanel Frivole is darker, powder. Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph is lighter. Burberry Blossom is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches.

Presage had very rich, true-to-pan color payoff that applies easily at full intensity or can be applied with a very light hand for a sheerer/softer look (just use less). The nice thing about the formula is it has a lightly creamy, thin consistency that blends out very readily, even if you apply more than you wanted. The texture feels creamy in the pan, but as soon as you apply it to the skin, it feels more like powder–with just the smallest amount of slip–that makes it easy to blend. I’ve used an assortment of duo-fibre, stippling brushes, and they’ve all worked well with the blush formula (like MAC’s 188, 159, 131, 187). I wore this shade yesterday, and it wore quite well and lasted eight hours on bare skin with minor fading noticeable after eight and a half hours, and then nine hours of good wear over foundation with slight, but noticeable, fading after ten hours.

Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel Presage (62)
Presage (62)
Presage (62)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Chanel Alchimie, Elixir, Mysterious Le Vernis Nail Colours

Chanel Alchimie (591) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Alchimie (591) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Alchimie (591) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden khaki.” It’s a warm-toned, golden-shimmered olive green with threads of metallic shimmer. It’s warmer, more yellow-toned, than a true olive green. I used two thicker coats to minimize streakiness (thin coats produced quite a bit of that), and while it self-leveled somewhat, there was still a good deal of visible brush strokes with this shade. OCC Ripley is much darker, more blackened and less green.  The consistency seemed a little watery. Cult Nails in a Trance has less shimmer, so it appears darker. China Glaze Peac eon Earth is more metallic, warmer. China Glasze Agro is much darker. See comparison swatches.

Elixir (589) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “milky pink.” Not sure where milky pink comes from, but it’s a warm-toned, strawberry pink with a cream finish. This shade was almost fully opaque in one coat, but I still applied two for consistency (and sometimes, it looks opaque in person but the macro version will show visible nail line). It applied well, too, with even, fluid color and no pooling or streaking. Rescue Beauty Lounge Smile has slight pearl and is a touch brighter/redder. MAC Vivid Effect is warmer. MAC Impassioned is slightly lighter. Chanel Fracas is pinker and lighter. Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun is warmer, more orange. See comparison swatches.

Mysterious (601) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep khaki.” It’s a deep, dark olive green with a cream finish. It applied evenly and easily with full color coverage in two coats. MAC Fatigues is lighter/ Dior Amazonia is very similar. Chanel Khaki Brun is greener, lighter. Deborah Lippmann Billionaire is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches.

Both Elixir and Mysterious were quite nice and exactly what one would want from a high-end polish: richly pigmented, easy to apply, and a natural shine.  Alchimie was more troublesome and requires a very patient, steady hand to minimize streakiness and to keep the brush stroke from going wonky (I lack the steady hand, unfortunately!).  I typically get a week out of Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Alchimie (591)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Elixir (589)
Elixir (589)
Elixir (589)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Mysterious (601)
0
Product
0
Pigmentation
0
Texture
0
Longevity
0
Application
0%
Total

Chanel Mystere (43) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Mystere (43) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Mystere (43) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Mystere (43) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for fall that features shades of “golden khaki, golden ivory, silver taupe, and matte khaki.” This quad is only interesting if you like softer, sheerer neutrals; the color payoff, with the exception of the golden shade, was sheerer, while the texture of all four shades was slightly dry and ranged from slightly powdery to somewhat powdery. As a result, they all look very barely-there applied to the lid, and the colors lost a lot of contrast and dimension as a result. I experienced noticeable fading after six and a half hours, and after nine hours, it was like I hadn’t put on any eyeshadow (I felt like my lids thought the eyeshadow made for a tasty morsel!).

Mystere #1 is a blackened brown with small gold shimmer. It had so-so color payoff, and it was a bit dry and powdery to work with. I applied it using a small crease brush, and it gave more intense payoff but did need some extra patience while blending. Disney Cinders is similar. Bobbi Brown Black Gold has larger shimmer. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #4 is less shimmery. Dior Night Golds #3 is cooler-toned, lighter. Chanel Topkapi is cooler-toned, darker. bareMinerals VIP is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Mystere #2 is a creamy, pale gold with warm, yellow-y undertones and a golden pearl finish. It had good color payoff, and the eyeshadow applied smoothly but was slightly powdery. Chanel Convoitise is yellower, more frosted, cream. Disney Sand in the Glass is warmer. MAC Femme-fi is similar. Guerlain Calligraphy #1 is also similar. Chanel Pearl River #2 is yellower. Buxom Poodle is yellower, cream. bareMinerals Carte Blanche is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Mystere #3 is a subtly warm-toned, medium-dark taupe with a soft sparkle. It was semi-opaque and was a bit dry and powdery. MAC Romance Me is darker. MAC Earthly is browner. MAC Era is similar. Chanel Prelude #3 is slightly grayer. See comparison swatches.

Mystere #4 is a cool-toned, olive brown with a blackened base and green pearl that’s really not noticeable applied. It was sheer and powdery. theBalm Sophisticated is more shimmery. MAC Mystery is darker. See comparison swatches.

It is listed as a U.S. exclusive, but check with your local Chanel artist to verify–my guess is the baked version will be available globally (which is the norm for for the majority of Chanel quads), just not this formula. I don’t know why Chanel has two formulas, and I can’t fathom why they continue to have two formulas when time and time again readers confirm that the baked version is almost always inferior.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad Mystere (43)
Mystere (43)
Mystere (43)
7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6
Longevity
3.5
Application
69%
Total
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Buxom Provocateur Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Provocateur Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Provocateur Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Provocateur Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “true red.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium red with very subtle pink undertones and that leans slightly blue. When I swatch it, I see slight blue undertones, but when applied–against my skin tone–it looks slightly warm-toned. Urban Decay F-Bomb is warmer. Edward Bess Eternal Passion is slightly muted. MAC Ronnie Red is bluer. Guerlain Garconne is darker. Dior Diorling is darker, more matte. Buxom Scoundrel is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #43 is more matte. See comparison swatches.

The finish is lightly glossy–a healthy sheen but not a full-on high-shine finish like a true gloss would have–and gives lips a smooth, plump look.  The consistency is lightly creamy and glides on with full color coverage in one stroke.  Provocateur wore well for six and a half hours, and it left behind a red stain that persisted for another two hours or so.  The formula is nicely hydrating and very comfortable to wear, and there was no scent or taste.

Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick Provocateur
Provocateur
Provocateur
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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