Friday, April 12th, 2013

MAC Shape the Future Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Shape the Future Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Shape the Future Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “pastel pink with iridescence” and “soft brick with light shimmer.” When swirled together, the resulting color is a darkened orange with reddish undertones and a pinky shimmer-sheen. The lighter color, on its own, is a warm-toned beige with a shimmery finish. The darker color is a darkened orange with red undertones and a frosted finish. NARS Gina is lighter. MAC Fiery Impact is redder, while MAC Blazing Haute is lighter and more orange–if you mixed the two together, you would get close to this (but not as shimmery). Illamasqua Expose is similar in color but is matte in finish. The lighter shade is a bit darker and warmer than NARS Nico. While the darker shade is more shimmery than MAC Fiery Impact but lighter and less red than NARS Liberte.

Of the three Skinfinishes, Shape the Future was the least frosted/metallic, which was a good thing, because it meant that it didn’t emphasize pores as much as the other two did.  There is still some emphasis, but it is subtle and not as noticeable.  Both colors of the product are very pigmented, so there will be no fear for darker complexions on whether it will show up or not.  Lighter skin tones, especially those who tend to fear reddish blushes, may want to use a light hand or stippling brush to apply the color with more control.  The texture is slightly dry but doesn’t appear dry on; and it blends and buffs into the skin nicely.  It lasted eight and a half hours on me (though it is supposed to last for ten) when I tested it.

P.S. — MAC still lists it as coming soon, while Nordstrom will let you order it now but it is backordered (approximate ship date of 4/19).

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Shape the Future

A-
This shade emphasized pores the least out of the three limited edition Skinfinishes, but it wasn't the most flattering blush/highlighter we've seen. It's very pigmented, though, and it is easy to blend.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

MAC Definitely Defined Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Definitely Defined Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Definitely Defined Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “silvery pink/soft rose with shimmer.” Swirled together, it is a soft peach with a hint of pink and a frosted, golden champagne sheen. MAC Light Year is warmer, darker. MAC By Candlelight is lighter. bareMinerals The Love Affair is warmer, more peach. MAC Superb is browner. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold is more beige. Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous is browner. The lighter shade is a pale champagne with a frosted, metallic finish. Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees is more beige, less golden. The darker shade is a peachy-orange with a frosted finish. MAC Utterly Game is somewhat similar in color but is mostly matte.

The lighter shade has a very, very metallic finish, so as a highlighter is incredibly reflective and emphasizes pores and any imperfections in the skin noticeably. The darker shade has a rather frosted finish (rather than a metallic one), but it does somewhat emphasize pores. On lighter complexions, this will show up as more of a highlighter/blush combination, while on medium to dark complexions, it will be subtler and better as a highlighter (generally). It has a soft, slightly dry, consistency and feel, but it applies with good color payoff and builds up well. It does blend out easily, and it doesn’t look powdery on the skin. When I tested Definitely Defined, it lasted for seven and a half hours well, but after eight and a half, there was some patchiness (MAC says this formula will last ten hours).

The Glossover

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Definitely Defined

B
On lighter complexions, this will show up as more of a highlighter/blush combination, while on medium to dark complexions, it will be subtler and better as a highlighter (generally).

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

MAC Flaming Chic Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Flaming Chic Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Flaming Chic Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “bright blue pink.” It’s a coral-pink with subtle, warm undertones, and a satiny finish. Burberry Coral Pink is much, much darker. MAC Whole Lotta Love is cooler-toned. Chanel Rose Initiale is a smidgen pinker. MAC Immortal Flower is lighter and a touch warmer. Tarte Blissful is warmer, more coral. Tarina Tarantino Parasol is similar but shimmery. theBalm Frat Boy is slightly warmer.

The texture had a light dryness to it that didn’t seem to inhibit blending or payoff, but there’s a noticeable dryness to the power (and if you’re familiar with the Extra Dimension formula, it’s consistent with the rest of the line, and also a bit like Mineralize products). It had good color payoff, but I did notice that there was a waxy film on it that needed to be rubbed away before it worked well. I didn’t notice it on the other shades, but this one did. It has a subtle sheen in its finish, and it’s very flattering on the skin–natural and a bit glowy but not metallic of frosted; and it didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. Flaming Chic wore for seven hours before looking a bit faded after eight hours, though MAC only states these have six-hour wear.

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Flaming Chic

A
This color will be suitable for a greater spectrum of skin tones compared to some of the other shades, so if you have a darker complexion and have been looking for one to consider, you might like this one. It is a bit dupable, though.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder ($30.00 for 0.42 oz.) is described as a “light silvery pink base with dark pink flowers and periwinkle leaves.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a blue-gray cast and a soft, white shimmer-sheen finish. Chantecaille Rose Petals is warmer, less pink. Lancome Moonlight Rose is warmer. Guerlani Cruel Gardenia is less pink and warmer. NARS New Order has a similar base color but has gold shimmer and sparkle. MAC Veronica’s Blush is warm-toned. MAC Full of Joy is more lavender. MAC Unconventional is more lavender and blue-based.

Like In for a Treat, it did emphasize pores somewhat; it wasn’t the worst offender I’ve come across, but it didn’t minimize or soften them in any way (and didn’t leave them as-is, either). There is actually something about the finish that reminds me of frosting (but I can’t actually recollect eating frosty with shimmer!). Pink Buttercream could be used as a blush on very fair skin tones, as it does have more color in its base than the other Pearlmatte. On my medium complexion (NC25/NC30), it adds a little pinkness but mostly shimmer/sheen. The texture is very soft and silky, and it blends out easily on the skin. It lasted seven and a half hours on me, and after eight, there was some very faint fading.

The Glossover

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Pink Buttercream

B+
I loved the texture--so soft and smooth--but wish it was more flattering on the skin. If it was, it could be really quite lovely!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

 

NARS Puerto Vallarta Multiple
NARS Puerto Vallarta Multiple

NARS Puerto Vallarta Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “shimmering tangerine.” That description is right on the money–it’s a brightened, tangerine orange with a soft gold shimmer-sheen with warm undertones. MAC Blazing Haute is softer and lighter, plus it is a powder. NARS Gina is darker. MAC Solar Ray is slightly redder and more shimmery. Illamasqua Lover is a touch more orange and matte. As a lip color, it is similar to MAC Delectable (less frosted), NARS Biscayne Park (no shimmer), and NARS Isola Bella (darker, no shimmer).

The Multiple had good color payoff; it starts off as semi-sheer but is a buildable product, so if you want a little more opacity, it’s possible without having to pile on the product. It has a creamy, slightly silicone-like consistency that glides over the skin well. On cheeks, it was blendable and resulted in an added warmth and sheen that didn’t emphasize pores. On lips, it was uncomfortable to wear, drying, and had a dry, frosted finish. It also tends to gather and pill on the lips. When I wore it on cheeks, it lasted for six and a half hours, but it started looking patchy afterwards, and it lasted two and a half hours on lips before it mostly gathered into lip lines.

I like the concept of the Multiple, but I find it really performs best as a cheek product or brow bone highlighter–it is always disappointing as a lip product, and as a result, the overall rating for the Multiple always is lowered significantly!  So, with that being said, if you only want to wear it as a blusher, then it’s better than it appears at a glance.

The Glossover

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Puerto Vallarta

B
It doesn't wear too well on me, and it's hard to wear as a lip product, as it is drying and has an oddly uncomfortable texture.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

MAC Fiery Impact Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Fiery Impact Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Fiery Impact Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “burnt red bronze.” It’s a burnt orange–a little redness to it–with a subdued quality so it doesn’t appear too red or intense–and a barely-there satin sheen. Chanel Frivole is bolder and more matte. Guerlain Peach Boy is brighter and redder. NARS Gilda is redder.

It had buildable color coverage from sheer to true-to-pan color, which is deep and dark enough to work on deeper complexions but still be an easier shade to apply for even fair skin tones. The texture has the dryness present in the formula, but this dryness doesn’t seem to contribute to a powdery look on the skin or difficulty in blending out the product. Instead, the product applies evenly and easily, blends out well, and the finish gets more and more natural the longer you work it into the skin. Fiery Impact wore for eight hours–quite impressive given the wear of other shades and that MAC states these have a six-hour wear time–and didn’t look faded at all.

The Glossover

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Fiery Impact

A
It had buildable color coverage from sheer to true-to-pan color, which is deep and dark enough to work on deeper complexions but still be an easier shade to apply for even fair skin tones.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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