Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC Animal Instincts Blush
MAC Animal Instincts Blush

In the upcoming A Novel Romance collection (online August 14th, in-stores August 21st), there are two limited edition shades of MAC Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.).

MAC Animal Instincts Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.). is described as a “shimmering plum [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark warm plum with a soft sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, thin but not powdery, and blendable. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is more shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Fun Ending Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.). is described as a “soft neutral peach [with a Satin finish].” It’s a pink-peach with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. I noticed that this blush had a tendency to darken on the skin if there was any natural oils on it, which made it look very similar to Animal Instincts applied lightly! The texture was soft, blendable, and smooth, while it had good pigmentation. It lasted for almost eight hours on me before fading. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is pinker. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Animal Instincts

B+

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8.5/10

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9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Fun Ending

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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8/10

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5/5

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Parfait Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Parfait Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Parfait Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “coral.” It’s a light-medium, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, satin finish. MAC Love & Laughter (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is a cream product. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is darker, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery. NARS Final Cut (LE, $29.00) is darker, more matte. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is pinker, lighter. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is slightly muted. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is darker, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P) is more shimmery. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is darker. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Surratt’s blush range is nothing if not consistent–every shade I’ve tested so far has been soft, silky-smooth (so smooth that it almost feels like a cream product, but it is a powder blush) with solid, buildable color coverage. The downside is really that it is a more basic or core set of shades, which makes sense for the brand, but may make it harder to indulge as they’re colors many of us already have in our stashes. Parfait is no different; it’s a nicely pigmented product that goes on beautifully, blends nicely, and has a great, natural finish. It has a softly luminous finish that never emphasizes pores or even looks shimmery, but it is more natural than a matte finish would be on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours before it started to fade slightly.

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Parfait

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Monday, July 28th, 2014

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a rich, shimmering copper-bronze with warm, golden shimmer and a frosted finish. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is redder-toned. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is darker. MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is darker, redder-toned. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The powder has a soft, smooth, almost creamy texture. It’s incredibly pigmented, so it’s something that could be worn more as a bronzer or blush on some skin tones if you don’t use a very light hand. It does, however, blend and sheer out quite a bit if you want it to, so you can get more a golden warmth/sheen that highlights the skin without producing a lot of color (which is how I wore it in photos). I found the finish of this one, despite its frostiness, to be more forgiving on the skin than others, as it didn’t feel like there was such a fine line between “glowy goodness” and accentuating pores like the other shades in the formula. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before turning slightly patchy.

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Topaz

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector
Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector

Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a hint of gray and a semi-matte finish. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is less brown, less gray, lighter. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is less yellow. MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is warmer, less gray. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s described as “an adaptive contouring cream that combines the warmth of skin-authentic undertones with natural-looking shadows for a sculpted look.” For those who want a forgiving contour that can be applied softly, you may enjoy Becca’s take on it. The creamy nature of the product makes it very easy to blend on the skin, so there are no harsh or obvious edges, and if you feel like it’s too dramatic, you can easily sheer it out further. It’s moderately pigmented, but the coverage is buildable, so one layer won’t give you the kind of color you see in the pan. The consistency is lightweight, non-tacky, and dries down and seems to set fairly well. On me, it lasted about seven hours before starting to separate slightly. I think it’s best for light to medium complexions, as even when layered, it is a subtle product against my skin tone (which is about medium).

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Lowlight Sculpting Protector

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, July 25th, 2014

MAC All About Plum Look in a Box
MAC All About Plum Look in a Box

MAC All About Plum Look in a Box ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) is described as “shades of cool-toned lilacs, soft pale pinks, and silvery warm greys.” The palette contains two blushes, six eyeshadows, two lipsticks, and a double-ended brush (275SE/316SE). Each eyeshadow is 0.0176 oz. each (0.106 oz. total), blush is 0.14 oz. each (0.28 oz. total), and lipstick is 0.02 oz. each (0.04 oz. total). Based on price per ounce, the kit contains $31.68 worth of eyeshadow, $28 worth of blush, and $6.40 worth of lipstick, which adds up to $66.08. There is also a dual-ended brush, so I guess that’s valued at $34.92 in order to add up to the $101 value listed.

There were a couple of complete misses in this palette, but most of it was just average, which isn’t impressive. There were only three shades (out of 10) that were B+ or better rated. It’s always disappointing when MAC puts out subpar palettes like this, because they can do an excellent eyeshadow, so I don’t know why they don’t improve the formula in these. I’d rather they offer less product if they could be more consistent with the quality.

Lessons in Love (Blush) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen. It had decent color payoff, though it was slightly dry and powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

All Races (Eyeshadow) is a pale, cool-toned, lavender-gray with a matte finish. It is lighter and very, very stiff/dry in the pan–very unlike the single version I’ve used (it is limited edition but has been released previously). It started to fade after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Elementary Pink (Eyeshadow) is a brightened, light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled, though a touch powdery. I noticed fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lingering Dusk (Eyeshadow) is a muted, bronzy pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had a drier consistency, which made getting the pigment out of it more difficult, and it didn’t blend as easily on the skin. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dress to Impress (Lipstick) is a light, cool-toned milky pink. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied fairly evenly, though not perfectly. The lipstick wore well for three hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Style Cast (Blush) is a light-medium, muted orange with gold shimmer. It had decent color payoff that was fairly blendable. The color stayed on for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fashion Beat (Eyeshadow) is a light-medium, golden taupe with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and was easy to blend. The color didn’t fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stormy Sunset (Eyeshadow) is a muted, light-medium gray with a hint of purple and a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t fully pigmented as a result of the slightly dry texture. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blackboard (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark, warm-toned black with a matte finish. It was powdery, semi-opaque, and faded after seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Up the Amp (Lipstick) is a brightened, pinky purple with subtle, cool undertones and a soft shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage and wore well for five hours. This is a permanent shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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All About Plum

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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8/10

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9/10

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8/10

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8/10

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4.5/5

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All Races

D+

Product

6.5/10

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6.5/10

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6/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4/5

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Friday, July 25th, 2014

MAC All About Beige Look in a Box
MAC All About Beige Look in a Box

MAC All About Beige Look in a Box ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) is described as “shades of soft tan, copper, and pewtered bronze.” The palette contains two blushes, six eyeshadows, two lipsticks, and a double-ended brush (275SE/316SE). Each eyeshadow is 0.0176 oz. each (0.106 oz. total), blush is 0.14 oz. each (0.28 oz. total), and lipstick is 0.02 oz. each (0.04 oz. total). Based on price per ounce, the kit contains $31.68 worth of eyeshadow, $28 worth of blush, and $6.40 worth of lipstick, which adds up to $66.08. There is also a dual-ended brush, so I guess that’s valued at $34.92 in order to add up to the $101 value listed. I was underwhelmed by the palette; it’s not the worst I’ve tried from MAC, but it’s still a far cry from when MAC does their best. The quality is all over the map, but several shades suffered from drier, stiffer textures that made them harder to apply and use. As a heads up, the blush pans are on the smaller side, so you’ll need to use a smaller-than-average-sized blush brush for application.

Love & Laughter (Blush) is a medium, orange-coral with a gold shimmer and a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff, but it was drier in texture, and it seemed to be a lot less pigmented on the skin. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Light Study (Eyeshadow) is a light beige with a matte finish and subtle, warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was somewhat stiff. It wore well for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Honesty (Eyeshadow) is a coppery brown with flecks of copper sparkle and finer copper shimmer. This is a permanent shade. It had decent pigmentation, though it had fall out when worn. The color itself didn’t start fading until after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sable Riche (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth, while it lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s Haute? (Lipstick) is a peachy-pink with a satin-matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, was slightly drying, and lasted for three hours on me but settled into lip lines towards the last hour of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Liberating (Blush) is a medium-dark, muted brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was dry, slightly stiff, which made it harder to get color payoff out of the shade. It lasted for seven hours before fading on my skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rocket Girl (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark gold with hints of brown and a soft, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and it applied easily due to its soft, finely-milled texture. On me, the color stayed true for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plum Ember (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark brown with reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had such a dry, stiff texture that resulted in sheer color payoff. It was difficult to use on the lid, as it didn’t want to blend. The color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cocktail Black (Eyeshadow) is a burgundy-brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was drier, so it was difficult to blend, and it didn’t have great color payoff. The color stayed on for seven hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Modern Wow! (Lipstick) is a brightened, almost-neon coral-pink with a soft sheen. It had opaque color coverage, and while the consistency was very creamy, it was slightly thick so that “lines” were created when I pressed my lips together (whether on purpose or inadvertently while talking). The color lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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All About Beige

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Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Love & Laughter

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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8/10

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4.5/5

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Light Study

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6.5/10

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6.5/10

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7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4.5/5

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