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MAC Temperature Rising Lipglasses

MAC Liquid Passion Lipglass
MAC Liquid Passion Lipglass

MAC Temperature Rising Lipglasses ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) come in four shades: Liquid Passion (creamy nude), Rhythm (vivid magenta violet with pearl), Soft Serenade (mid-tone neutral pink with pearl), and Underdressed (bronze plum with multidimensional pearls).

Liquid Passion is a warm-toned, medium peach with beige and has a creamy finish. It has mostly opaque color payoff, but it does settle into lip lines somewhat–it is surprisingly even for this kind of color and finish, though. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me. MAC Peachstock is similar but thicker, glossier. MAC Naked Space is shimmery and more yellow-beige in tone. MAC Ready or Not! is a touch darker.

Rhythm is a magenta-fuchsia with fine shimmer and sparkle. It mostly tints the lips pink and adds some sparkle. I can see this working well as a quick and easy go-to gloss during the summer. The shimmer is very fine but still has a lot of sparkle. This shade wore well for four hours. MAC Astral is more opaque. Benefit Kiss You is similar in color but not shimmery. Burberry Hibiscus is darker, less shimmer. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is cooler-toned. MAC Aleydis is cooler-toned, more fuchsia. Urban Decay Jilted is similar but has fuchsia shimmer.

Soft Serenade is a soft beige-brown with beige shimmer and sparkle. It has semi-sheer color payoff and evens out my lip color while adding warmth and shimmer. It lasted four hours on me when I wore it. MAC Deliciously Demure is lighter, more frosted. Bobbi Brown Becah is darker, browner. Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather is also browner.

Underdressed is a darkened brown with a hint of plum and gold and copper sparkle/shimmer. This is the sparkliest of the four, and I think it’s the prettiest on. It’s semi-sheer with lots of shimmer, and the base color darkens the natural lip color but doesn’t cover it. This gloss lasted just over four hours on me when I tested it for wear. Dior Ambre Lumiere has much finer shimmer but is close. MAC Spree is cooler-toned. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir is sheerer, less brown.

With the exception of Liquid Passion, the consistency of these seemed thinner, not quite as thick as normal Lipglass. They had finer shimmer, too, and didn’t appear as frosted on the lips. I didn’t feel any grit to the sparkle, either, even as they wore away. I actually see them being big hits for anyone who likes the Lipglass formula (because it is rather tacky, which is a deal-breaker for some) as a sparkling lip color for summer. They performed much like Lipglass in terms of wear; they lasted about average and were neither hydrating nor drying.

MAC Lipglass Liquid Passion
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total
MAC Lipglass Rhythm
Rhythm
Rhythm
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Lipglass Soft Serenade
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
MAC Lipglass Underdressed
Underdressed
Underdressed
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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Illamasqua Harem Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Harem Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Harem Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Harem Nail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright mauve pink.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium lavender-pink with blue undertones and a creamy finish (almost looks like a jelly, because it has a plush, squishy look to it). MAC Vagabondage is pinker and darker. MAC Saint Germain is pinker. MAC Pinkly Fresh is lighter, grayer. MAC Ice Cream Cake is darker and pinker. Essie French Affair is softer, pinker.

I was totally surprised that I couldn’t think of any dupes for Harem–it pulls very lavender/lilac, but there’s still quite a bit of pink in it, so it’s neither lavender nor your expected cotton candy pink. The formula is excellent; no streaking, pooling, or bubbling. It applied fluidly and evenly, and it was fully opaque after two coats of polish (nearly opaque in a single coat, actually). It dries to a glossy finish, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin (just right). Illamasqua really nailed the formula of their latest shade releases–I continue to be impressed (but still sad over the recent price increase!). I typically get at least seven days of fantastic wear out of their formula, but I’ve worn many shades as long as fourteen days with minor tip wear but no chipping.

P.S. — The brush was splayed on this one, but I don’t remember having this issue on any of the other Nail Varnishes I’ve swatched (and there have been a fair number) so it’s either never happened or seldomly happened, so I think this is just a one-off.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish Harem
Harem
Harem
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Urban Decay Mushroom 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil

Urban Decay Mushroom 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil
Urban Decay Mushroom 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil

Urban Decay Mushroom 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “warm pale gray shimmer.” It’s a cool-toned taupe with a silver shimmer-sheen and brown base color. Urban Decay South is a powder product and warmer. Urban Decay Mushroom is very similar (in pressed form). bareMinerals Undercoveris less frosted and a powder product. Make Up For Ever #2 is cooler-toned and more frosted.

It had fairly good color payoff in a single stroke, and it is buildable to mostly opaque color.  I found that it looked somewhat patchy applied, though, so it would work better as a base or sheered out with a fluffy brush or finger tip (the warmth from your finger will help keep the product more emollient and movable).  The consistency was a little on the dry side, though it didn’t tug, but I think this contributed to the unevenness during application.  Mushroom lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing, which is an upside!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil Mushroom
Mushroom
Mushroom
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick Launches May 2nd, 2013

RiRi Loves MAC Lipstick
RiRi Loves MAC Lipstick

Rihanna loves M∙A∙C. The global superstar with style-blazing looks as diverse as her musical hits needs no introduction. Now, get ready for RiRi Woo – our cult classic shade Ruby Woo remixed by Rihanna herself. Exclusively online. It launches May 2nd exclusively online at MAC Cosmetics in North America; May 2013 (International). Also available at Barclays Center, M•A•C Pop-Up Store for concert ticket holders.

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

  • RiRi Woo Matte cool red (Retro Matte)

5/2 @ 8:50AM PST:  ONLINE NOW @ MAC COSMETICS! Big props to MAC for actually handling this launch really well. Launched on time (hey, 10 minutes early is close enough to on time for me!), streamlined checkout process, and doing their best to limit it to one per customer. FYI, only standard shipping was available for me!

MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder

MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder
MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder

MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder ($25.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “finely spun gold with soft pearl finish.” When I swatched it, it was a medium-dark tan brown with a mostly matte finish–hardly any shimmer/sparkle, though I could see it in the pan. Guerlain Terra Nerolia is more orange and shimmery. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless is more yellow-toned. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes is darker.

I had a very odd experience with this shade (as well as the other one, which I’ll be reviewing soon), which was it was nearly impossible to get color payoff out of it. It felt like plastic almost, not a powder; I almost thought it was a cream. I have, actually, once received a powder compact that was filled with a plastic “powder” pan instead of a real powder pan. I thought maybe it was twice lucky… No, it was a powder–I scraped at it with a metal spatula to dislodge enough product to swatch. It felt almost creamy but there was next to no color payoff. But lo and behold, after rubbing off a few layers with a paper towel, it seemed to be more like a powder. I was able to get it to show up on my cheeks. It lasted seven and a half hours on me, and then it was slightly faded after eight hours.

With all of that said, my version is a press sample, and though it was in regular retail packaging (so it wasn’t an early batch or a small-run of products, which just means it should be what you get), I’m so baffled by it, I’m not really sure. This is part of the permanent range, though, and I have had this shade previously without the odd texture issues. My rating is based on this being a one-off, odd occurrence (and rating based on the texture of my older compact) but recommend checking it out for yourself or buying the permanent version (cheaper and available in a black compact).  I’m still finding it a very, very bizarre event.

MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder

B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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