Saturday, April 6th, 2013

MAC Blazing Haute Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Blazing Haute Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Blazing Haute Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “dirty peach.” It’s a warm-toned tangerine orange with a golden peach shimmer-sheen. MAC Fresh Honey is a touch brighter and more orange. MAC My Highland Honey is more matte and a touch darker. Illamasqua Lover is matte and more orange.

It had better pigmentation compared to the last two shades I’ve tested; it is more buildable and true-to-pan. Also a plus is that because it’s a brighter and more pigmented shade, it will work across more skin tones. The shimmer in the finish of this shade was a bit stronger/more shimmery than others, but it still was rather subtle once blended and buffed on the skin and didn’t emphasize pores or any imperfections in the skin’s texture. It lasted for seven hours well, which was a nice plus, since it is only listed as having a six-hour wear time by MAC. The texture is slightly dry, but this did not seem to interfere with the application.

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Blazing Haute

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It had better pigmentation compared to the last two shades I've tested; it is more buildable and true-to-pan. Also a plus is that because it's a brighter and more pigmented shade, it will work across more skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

MAC Bareness Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Bareness Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Bareness Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “rosy beige.” It’s a soft peach with a subtle warm undertones and a beige shimmer that translates to a satiny sheen when buffed out. NARS Sex Appeal is lighter. MAC Cream Soda is brighter and more matte. Chanel Espiegle is darker, more orange.

The color payoff is sheer to semi-opaque but does require a few layers to get true-to-pan color (and the coverage of these ranges from sheer to greater).  It has a slightly dry consistency that makes it a smidgen on the powdery side. The formula is supposed to wear for six hours, and this does–but it is noticeably faded after seven. I don’t think six hours is particularly great wear, but because it’s all MAC says it’s supposed to last, it meets the claim.

Like At Dusk, this is a subtle color for anyone who is has medium-colored skin or deeper. I’m about NC25/NC30, and it shows up as a barely-there peach–a little warmth and glow–and on fairer complexions, the color may be more apparent. On deeper complexions, it might not show up at all. The finish is really lovely applied, though, as it buffs out to a beautiful, glowing sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores and looks effortlessly natural. If it shows up on your complexion, it’s worth a look-see.

P.S. — Does anyone else find it interesting that the blushes are supposed to have six-hour wear while the Skinfinishes are supposed to have ten-hour wear? The description is off, too, since these don’t actually have a metallic finish at all.  I just wonder what magic is in the Skinfinish that isn’t in the eyeshadows or blushes!

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Bareness

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The finish is really lovely applied, though, as it buffs out to a beautiful, glowing sheen that doesn't emphasize pores and looks effortlessly natural. If it shows up on your complexion, it's worth a look-see. Of course, if you need your blush to last eight hours, it might not be the right formula for you.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

MAC Double Definition Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Double Definition Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Double Definition Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “soft shimmery gold” and “patina bronze.” Together, they create a warm, golden-shimmered bronzed-tan with a frosted, not-quite-metallic finish. The lighter shade is a metallic yellowed gold, while the deeper shade is a pearly gold-shimmered, medium-dark brown with a slightly shadowy cast. MAC Worldly Wealth is warmer, more orange. MAC Glorify and Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon are both darker, warmer. MAC Light Over Dark is somewhat similar. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City is similar to the lighter shade.

The product can be used individually or together, as each section is large enough to accommodate a normal blush brush. The lighter shade has an extremely frosted, metallic finish that’s very, very pore-emphasizing. The darker shade is more flattering against the skin, as it does not emphasize the skin’s natural texture or its pores. Swirled together and then applied, there is still noticeable emphasis of the pores due to the more metallic finish. Aside from the nature of the finish, I think this color will work well on deeper complexions. I feel like if you loved MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinishes with ultra metallic finishes and shades like Metal Rock (which I don’t own, so I can’t compare directly), you’d like this. Double Definition wore seven hours well but showed some patchiness after eight hours.  The texture was soft and blendable, but there was some dryness there–dry in the weird way that this formula can be, such that it feels dry to the touch but doesn’t perform as if it were dry.

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MAC Double Definition Extra Dimension Skinfinish Review, Photos, Swatches

B
This product is incredibly well-pigmented, but it emphasizes pores and imperfections of the skin quite a bit. It also doesn't wear for a full eight hours, so it could use improvement there, too.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush
MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush

MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rose.” It’s a pale, light-medium pink with mostly neutral undertones (it almost has a gray cast) and pale gold shimmer. Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose is more frosted. MAC Stay Pretty is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Naked Rose is pinker and matte. MAC Rosy Outlook is lighter and has no golden shimmer.

If you’ve ever felt like the Extra Dimension Skinfinishes were too shimmery, frosted, or metallic (or else over-the-top), you may appreciate the Extra Dimension Blush formula, which is much, much subtler. The finish is much more like a satin or pearl. At Dusk has good pigmentation, and it is mostly true-to-pan; but by virtue of its coloring, will naturally lend itself to paler complexions. On my medium skin tone (NC25/NC30), it shows up lightly, but I need to layer the color to get it there–and it will work as a subtle, everyday kind of shade on medium skin tones. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and the more you buffed the product into the skin, the prettier the sheen became (more glowing than shimmery). This was the first blush I tested yesterday, and it lasted seven hours but was slightly faded after eight.

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MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
It's a rather neutral-toned blush that would work well on lighter complexions. On medium skin tones, it will be rather subtle, and I'm not sure it will be visible on deeper complexions.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, April 4th, 2013

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft candlelight beige with multi-dimensional shimmer.” It’s a pale, neutral-to-warm-toned white with a frosted, shimmering finish. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel is more golden but similar. Too Faced Spun Sugar is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige is lighter. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is more beige. MAC Snowglobe is more frosted. Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees is more beige and frosted.

Now, last I remember, Lightscapade was supposed to join the permanent range, and it is still available at retailers like Nordstrom but doesn’t exist on MAC’s website when I searched just now. It is set to launch with the MAC x Hayley Williams collaboration on April 9th (but hardcore fans may want to start stalking a little earlier).

What I like about Lightscapade is that it highlights and adds glow wherever you put it, and it doesn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture or pores. My continuing issue with Lightscapade (and MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinishes in general) is that they don’t wear well or long at all–by eight hours, it’s nearly invisible, and there’s noticeable fading after four to five hours. The texture is soft, finely-milled, but there is a smidgen of powderiness so it doesn’t have fantastic color payoff (it takes some building to get an even layer of color). This year’s Lightscapade is very similar to the one I had in 2012, but it has a lot less veining (more beige/white) than the one I have from 2011.

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Lightscapade

B-
It's really the lack of wear time that makes this product such a disappointment! If only it lasted longer on!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, April 4th, 2013

NARS Taj Mahal Blush
NARS Taj Mahal Blush

NARS Taj Mahal Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “blazing burnt orange with golden shimmer.” It’s a bold, vibrant orange with a hint of red and a golden shimmer-sheen. Wet ‘n’ Wild Golden Goddess is more subdued, browner. MAC Center of the Universe is also more muted and browner. MAC My Paradise is more coral/red. Jasmine Rajah (which is an eyeshadow) is very similar but has a subtler golden sheen.

Oh, this is a bold, vibrant shade of blush. There’s no shying away from that! It’s undeniably warm-toned and just brings forth every image of summer. With a very, very light hand, it works as a golden orange gleam, and the more color you use, the deeper and more reddened the color gets.  The pigmentation is insane; incredibly rich that deeper complexions will not need to build up the color to see it show up on their skin tones, while fairer complexions will have to use feathery touches and, perhaps, a stippling brush, to yield softer color.  Taj Mahal had a soft, finely-milled texture that applied smoothly and blended out easily.  This blush wore for nine hours without fading–which makes it one of the best NARS’ blushes I’ve tried.

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Taj Mahal

A+
It's one of the best-performing blushes by NARS. Taj Mahal has intense color payoff, long-wear, and a beautiful texture.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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