MAC Perfectly Poised Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfectly Poised Mineralize Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a two-in-one product that features a section that’s described as a “creamy beige with pinkish purplish sheen” and a larger area described as a “bronzy coral with golden tones.” This particular Mineralize Skinfinish wore a little better on me than others, topping in at seven hours, which isn’t great wear but longer than some other shades of Mineralize powders for me.  There is significant emphasis of pores due to the outer shade, which has a very frosted, metallic finish, so when that is used alone or mixed in, pores seem to be at the forefront.

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MAC Perfectly Poised Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinish Perfectly Poised
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
84%
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MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blushes

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blush ($27.50 for 0.12 oz.) includes three new and limited edition shades just in time for the holidays. The finishes on these is a bit more metallic, high-shine than other iterations of the formula, so those who are very sensitive to pores being emphasized may want to look elsewhere for their blush fix.  It’s definitely a trade-off, and for some, it might be pretty enough on to overlook, but it’s going to be a matter of preference.  The textures of all three were soft, finely-milled,and very blendable, but they were prone to fading and did not last as long as regular powder blushes usually do (including MAC’s blushes).

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MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blushes
MAC Mineralize Blush Lavish Living
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a two-in-one product that features a section that’s described as a “24 carat gold shimmer” and a larger area described as a “pastel peachy pink with fine pink shimmer.”  This was the least impressive Mineralize Skinfinish of the three, because the texture of the inner shade is quite gritty and chunky; it’s a very loose, glittery shade, so that flaw reaches everywhere–glittery bits visible on the cheeks, sheerer color payoff, and is just an unflattering texture against the skin.  I don’t have huge, huge pores (maybe you disagree!), but the texture of both the inner and outer (as well as swirled together) all emphasize pores to some degree with the outer shade emphasizing pores the least (only slightly).  For newer readers, MAC’s Mineralize products tend to be shorter-wearing on me, which is one of my biggest complaints about the formula overall; and Centre of Attention is no exception with the swirled shade almost completely missing-in-action after seven hours.

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MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinish Centre of Attention
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
6.5
Application
4
Total
73%
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Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes (Part 2)

This is part two of our review on Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes ($45.00 for 1.28 oz.). You can read part one here.

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Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes
Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes Be Merry, Be Bright
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%
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Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes (Part 1)

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes ($45.00 for 1.28 oz.) features two palettes, one titled Be Merry, the other titled Be Bright. Each palette has six eyeshadows and two cheek colors. Each eyeshadow contains 0.06 oz. of product, while each cheek color contains 0.14 oz. The two palettes come in a zippered makeup bag with a full-sized Lash Injection mascara. The approximate value of this palette is $285, with a breakout of: $216 worth of eyeshadow, $48 worth of cheek products, and $21 worth of mascara.  Overall, the Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup palette set is quite nice, and the Be Merry palette has solid pigmentation across the board with no troublesome shades; the “worst” was Chocolate Moon, which was a little drier compared to the other shades.  The worst performer in Be Merry was Mauvelous, which was prone to fall out and sheerer.  The majority of the products wore well, with the eyeshadows ranging from eight to nine hours on average with Mauvelous was the only one that had fall out during wear.

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Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes
Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes Be Merry, Be Bright
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%
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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58.00 for 0.35 oz.) contains three shades of the brand’s Ambient Lighting Powders. The three shades include Dim Light and Radiant Light, both which are part of the permanent range, and a new (and limited edition) shade called Incandescent Light. Each shade is 0.116 oz. in size, compared to the full-sized compact which contains 0.35 oz. At a $45 price point for individual shades, the palette is a nice way to try the new powders and have multiple shades to choose from.  You do also get a 0.16 oz. vial of Veil Mineral Primer (worth about $8), which I’ve reviewed here. It’s not a value-packed palette in terms of price-per-ounce (total value of the palette is $53, including the primer), but getting a variety of shades of a product that is quite pricey individually may be worth it–it will take awhile to get through these pans even at this size.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
Hourglass Face Palette Ambient Lighting (Holiday 2013)
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
99%
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