Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base
MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base

MAC Artificially Wild features two new, limited edition shades of MAC Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.). Shell is also being repromoted (but it is part of the permanent range). For those unfamiliar with Cream Colour Bases (also known as CCBs), they’re described as a “versatile and multi-purpose” product that can be “applied directly to bare skin, or layered over foundation, moisturizer, or powder.” You can “apply with a brush, sponge, or fingers.” The color payoff ranges “from a light veil to highly dramatic, depending on method of application.”

I struggled a lot with these, because both shades felt even more emollient–almost greasy–than most CCBs. When I wore then on the eyes, I kept having to pat the CCBs back into place, but they would just pull right into the creases within a few minutes and remained very emollient. I tried applying eyeshadows on top to set, but it creased within a few hours. Then, I tried to wear each shade as a contour color, which worked better but they had to be dabbed on as they were very emollient and would sheer out very easily. Normally, I don’t have so much trouble working with CCBs, and though they don’t wear long on their own, setting usually keeps them in place for a more reasonable length of time–but it didn’t seem to be the case with these two. The best results I had were from dabbing the more shimmery shade on the brow bone or along the tops of cheek bones, as it seemed to last a bit longer and didn’t slide as noticeably.

MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dirty mustard olive.” It’s a dirty, yellowed green with warm, olive brown undertones and a satiny sheen. This shade had semi-opaque color coverage that was more buildable. It lasted six hours on cheeks. Divergent Intrepid Moss (LE) is a powder, more shimmery, browner. MAC A Harvest of Greens #3 (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery, powder. MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $15.00) is a powder, greener, less yellow. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Breaking Ground Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light iridescent mauve.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark taupe with a purple/gray leaning. It had a more frosted finish, which applied semi-opaque at most but naturally wanted to apply sheer. This one was even more prone to sliding around, and I couldn’t get the color to build much more than semi-opaque. It lasted for five hours on the face. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker, powder. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is powder. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is darker, powder, warmer. MAC Parlor Smoke (LE, $15.00) is darker, powder, less shimmery. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2014

MAC Next to Skin Blush
MAC Next to Skin Blush

MAC Artificially Wild features three blushes. Two of them are more contour-hued shades, while one is a blush. Two are shades that have been released previously in some capacity (see below for details). I really loved seeing these three; I feel like they’re colors we don’t see enough of.

MAC Next to Skin Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, gray-ish beige with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that could be blended out for a sheerer application or applied more intensely for true-to-pan color. I think this works really well as a contour shade on fair to light-medium complexions. When applied heavily, it was still visible as a shadowy contour on my skin tone (NC25/NC30). It’s a lot more foolproof for fairer skin tones who want a subtle contour. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade.

MAC Taupe Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft beige brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium, warm-toned taupe–there’s a mix of brown and gray, but it leans warm overall–with a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, velvety without being powdery, and blendable on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. This used to be part of the Pro range, but I didn’t see it on MAC’s site presently. Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is warmer. Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pink Cult Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dirty neutral pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, neutral pink with a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly without looking powdery or totally flat. The consistency was soft, velvety, and blendable, while the color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. This is a repromote. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is lighter. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is brighter. Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is lighter. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Next to Skin

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9/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

MAC Sideshow You Blush
MAC Sideshow You Blush

MAC Sideshow You Blush ($24.00 for 0.33 oz.) is described as a “light peach coral [with a Satin finish].” It’s a lightly brightened, medium pink coral with a semi-matte finish. I found it to be mostly matte with just a smidgen of shimmer, but on the skin, it appears more matte than anything else. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is a touch lighter. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is darker. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is pinker. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is similar. Milani Coral Cove (05) (LE, $7.99) is warmer, brighter. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is pinker. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is more shimmery. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is pinker. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is mor eshimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a new, limited edition shade exclusively available online as part of MAC’s collaboration with The Simpsons, which will launch online on August 28th and in-stores September 4th. It’s an over-sized MAC blush: think the size of Beauty Powders, Mineralize Skinfinishes, and so forth. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and on the thinner side. It had a little bit of powderiness, but it was blendable on the skin and didn’t read powdery applied. It had good color payoff that could be sheered out or layered for a brighter quality. On me, the blush lasted for almost eight hours before fading along the edges.

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Sideshow You

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8/10

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9/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

MAC Pink Sprinkles Blush
MAC Pink Sprinkles Blush

MAC Pink Sprinkles Blush ($24.00 for 0.33 oz.) is described as a “cute blue pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Blush (P) is cooler-toned, brighter. Revlon Haute Pink (002) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is cooler-toned. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is slightly brighter, cooler-toned. Too Faced Lollipop (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is similar. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is brighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is slightly more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a new, limited edition shade available online as part of MAC’s collaboration with The Simpsons, which will launch online on August 28th and in-stores September 4th. The compact is the size of a MAC Beauty Powder or Mineralize Skinfinish, so it is larger than their regular blush compacts. The powder had a soft, somewhat powdery, consistency that was a thinner, drier powder, but it was still blendable when applied to the skin. It also didn’t look powdery applied, which is where powderiness really matters. It had fairly good pigmentation, though it wasn’t quite as intense as it appeared in the pan without three or four layers of product. The color wore well for eight hours before fading.

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Pink Sprinkles

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8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Make Up For Ever S742 Tomato Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever S742 Tomato Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever S742 Tomato Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, orange-red with a very subtle golden sheen. Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is more matte, darker. NARS Exhibit A (P, $29.00) is darker, redder. MAC Out for Fun (LE, $20.00) is a cream product, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (Here are some comparison swatches of eyeshadows.)

This is another shade that’s actually labeled as a blush (compared to “eye shadow” on others), though it is listed as part of the Artist Shadow formula and range. The new Artist Shadow formula is described as a “highly-blendable, gel-powder eyeshadow with vivid color payoff” (guess we’ll substitute eyeshadow for blush!). Like I802 Coral Pink, the texture is truly a mix of gel and powder; it has a slightly creamy feel, but it is very dense and applies and looks more like a powder on the skin. It’s intensely pigmented where the slightest bit goes a very, very long way, while the color wore well for nine and a half hours. I just wish that it was slightly more blendable on the skin; it’s not too difficult, but for a shade this bright and richly pigmented, it would have been very much appreciated.

P.S. — These are supposed to have reduced pricing if you purchase more than one, plus a compact, but I haven’t seen this pricing available online. I spoke with the Make Up For Ever Boutique at Valley Fair (CA), and she said that the LA and NY boutiques will ship anywhere. If you live near a boutique, they have the special pricing in effect. If you buy two or more shades, plus the duo compact, it’s $34 ($17/each), and if you purchase three shades with the trio palette, it’s $44 ($14.67/each). The boutique said they were charging $14.33/each after 3. There is also an 18x and 10x palette available for those who want to fill a larger palette.

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10/10

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Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, coral-pink with a soft, frosted finish. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is pinker. theBalm Crisp is more shimmery. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is lighter. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is similar. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is warmer. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (Here are some comparison swatches of eyeshadows.)

This is technically classified as a blush (see the label on the back of the compact), though it is lumped in with the Artist Shadow formula and range. The new Artist Shadow formula is described as a “highly-blendable, gel-powder eyeshadow with vivid color payoff” (guess we’ll substitute eyeshadow for blush!). The texture is very interesting on this shade; some of the Artist Shadows feel like a regular powder eyeshadow, but some feel more like a firm cream, which this one does. I can take the back of my brush, stab at the eyeshadow, and it creates a dent but doesn’t chip away any product; similarly, I can press and smooth it back out to an even surface. It’s incredibly pigmented with a smooth texture that blends easily on the skin. As an eyeshadow, it lasted for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly, and as a blush, it lasted for eight hours.

Also, I’ve yet to see the special pricing when you buy more than one eyeshadow on Sephora’s website. I spoke with the Make Up For Ever Boutique at Valley Fair (CA), and she said that the LA and NY boutiques will ship anywhere. If you live near a boutique, they have the special pricing in effect. If you buy two or more shades, plus the duo compact, it’s $34 ($17/each), and if you purchase three shades with the trio palette, it’s $44 ($14.67/each). The boutique said they were charging $14.33/each after 3. There is also an 18x and 10x palette available for those who want to fill a larger palette.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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