Saturday, October 27th, 2012

MAC Divine Desire Paramour Pink Kit
MAC Divine Desire Paramour Pink Kit

Pretty in Pink & Coral

MAC Divine Desire Paramour Pink Kit ($70.00) contains Divine Desire (blush, bright pink), Heart to Heart (lipstick, mid-tone yellow pink), Warm Embrace (lipglass, cool rosy pink with pearl), Purple Dash (Technakohl, intense aubergine), and 129SE (blush brush).

The blush is 0.09 oz. (not full-size, it is about the size of the larger MAC eyeshadow pots), lipglass is 0.17 oz. (full-sized), lipstick is 0.10 oz. (full-sized), and eyeliner is 0.012 oz. (full-sized). The kit contains $53.00 worth of product, excluding the brush. The full-sized 129 retails for $35. The price point of this kit is rather high, and I don’t think that they’re really delivering on value here; at most, you’re getting what you pay for, but it’s not a value kit. Even if we give the brush $20 value, you’re only saving $3 by purchasing everything together. The whole set is housed in a pink satin container with a glossy black trim and bow at the enclosure. You could use it as a very small clutch later on, as the plastic insert is removable. If it’s packaging you would reuse, then this set has more value to you than the products alone.

Divine Desire is a cool-toned, medium pink with a shimmer-sheen finish. It has a frost finish. The texture was soft and blendable, and it lasted for eight hours without fading on my cheeks. MAC Whole Lotta Love is warmer, less blue-based. MAC Supernova is darker, pinker. MAC Weekend Getaway is a bit pinker. Tom Ford Wicked is very similar–it has a bit more of a pink sheen. MAC Feeling Flush is a bit darker.

Heart to Heart is a coral-pink with a soft, frosted sheen. It has a Cremesheen finish. This shade lasted five hours on me, but it was a little drying (Cremesheens typically are drying for me). Chanel Enjouee is darker. Guerlain Gracy is darker and brighter. MAC Force of Love is pinker. MAC Watch Me Simmer is very close, perhaps a smidgen brighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hot Paris Pink is similar. Chanel Phoenix has a little more red in it.

Warm Embrace is a soft, yellow-toned light pink with subtle shimmer. It yields semi-opaque color coverage, and it lasted for three and a half hours on my lips. NARS Candy Says is pinker. Chanel Caprice has gold shimmer. MAC Razzledazzler is creamier.

Purple Dash is an eggplant purple that doesn’t have a strong red undertone. There is subtle gold sparkle and a gentle sheen. It’s weak on color, and even when layered, it doesn’t build well or evenly. Make Up For Ever #4l is similar.

129SE is a dense, slightly domed blush brush. Overall, it is okay; it’s a little scratchier than the full-sized 129, but the 129 isn’t the best blush brush (not the softest, it’s a bit rough on skin). It felt softer before I washed it; once I washed it a few times, I found it shed noticeably and felt scratchy against my skin. I didn’t even realize it came with a brush until I read the press release to get the official color descriptions! In case, you, too, haven’t discovered it, the brush is held in the pouch attached to the interior of the lid.

Three of the four color products worked well. Purple Dash isn’t as opaque in a single pass as it could be, and it doesn’t build up color well–and it’s a problem that a lot of purple eyeliners suffer from. The lipstick and blush were excellent, while the lipgloss was good.

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It's a good kit, but compared to a lot of holiday offerings, it may not have enough value packed into it to merit the $70 price tag. Purple Dash was disappointing, though expected since I've reviewed it before!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Highlight with a Whisper of Gilt

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($29.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “light soft white gold with shimmery sheen.” It’s a lightly warmed-up champagne gold with yellow undertones and a very gilded sheen. Shimmery and high-shine, it’s not quite metallic (unless used damp/wet), the finish will highlight easily. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel is yellower. Guerlain Terracotta in the Sun is darker, yellower.

I reviewed Whisper of Gilt when it originally launched earlier this year in March. For a more in-depth review, I’d encourage you to read this post. I wanted to roll out improved photos, since I know this is a rather anticipated repromote. All of the photos and swatches are of the most recently released version (that came out with Glamour Daze), which is exactly the same as the originally released version. I also re-tested this shade for wear, and it wore for eight hours with some visible light fading along the edges.

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If you love shimmery, high-shine highlighters, you'll like enjoy MAC's Extra Dimension Skinfinishes. They are comparable in formula to Estee Lauder's Illuminating Gelees as well.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish

So Superb, It’s Been Reviewed Twice!

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($29.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “soft peach nude with multidimensional shimmer.” It’s a soft, medium champagne-shimmered peach-brown. It has a high-shine finish that’s almost metallic, depending on how heavily you apply it. Guerlain Terra Inca is similar, more metallic. Bobbi Brown Beach is lighter. MAC Redhead is pinker. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold is a bit more frosted.

I reviewed Superb when it originally launched earlier this year in March. For a more in-depth review, I’d encourage you to read this post. I wanted to roll out improved photos, since I know this is a rather anticipated repromote. All of the photos and swatches are of the most recently released version (that came out with Glamour Daze), which is exactly the same as the originally released version. I re-tested the wear, and it lasted around eight hours with some minor fading along the edges (same as when I tested it before).

If you want to tone down the finish, I suggest using a stippling brush (like MAC’s 188) and lightly dusting it over the areas you want to highlight.  There’s enough color that it can be used as a blusher or bronzer (depending on your skin tone), but you’ll definitely get a greater sheen that way.  If you want a really metallic look, try applying it with a damp brush.

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If you love shimmery, high-shine highlighters, you'll like enjoy MAC's Extra Dimension Skinfinishes. They are comparable in formula to Estee Lauder's Illuminating Gelees as well.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012

MAC Small Vanity Blush
MAC Small Vanity Blush

Allow Me This Small Vanity

MAC Small Vanity Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “dusty rose tan.” It’s a subdued, reddish brown with a warm champagne sheen. It has a satin finish, but the sheen was a little more compared to the other two blushes in this launch–still subtle, though. MAC Stratus is the bolder, more dramatic sister–I think they will end up looking similar if you wear Stratus very, very sheerly. NARS G-Spot is rosier. MAC Petticoat is kind of similar, more metallic and pinker. MAC Notable is a little darker, less red.

Of all three blushes, Small Vanity had the most color payoff–it was good–and was softer than the other two, as well.  When applied, it was easy to blend out the edges and get enough color without having to go back for more multiple times.   I used MAC’s 116 brush to dab this over cheeks, and it wore for eight hours with minor fading around the edges.

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This is an every day kind of blush with a kick--there's just enough color to make an impact but it is tempered by the brown-ish undertones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012

MAC I'm the One Blush
MAC I’m the One Blush

Is This Pink the One for You?

MAC I’m the One Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone blue pink.” Like I’m the One, this shade darkened the minute it touched the skin. It looks lighter in the pan, but swatched (and applied!), it is a lightened, medium pink with strong blue undertones–it almost has a lilac-edge to it, but it’s still very much pink first. It has a satin finish, so there is a very subtle natural sheen that’s most apparent the more blended out it is. NARS Gaiety is incredible similar on–swatched, it appears marginally lighter (and for darker complexions, it is more pigmented). MAC Peony Petal is darker, slightly more magenta but the difference is negligible on.

The color payoff was good, but medium complexions or darker, you’ll find that you need to go back at least once, if not twice more, to get enough color to show up on the cheeks–I used MAC’s 116 brush to apply and blend. This blush works well with really heavy, cool-toned smoky eyes as well as cool-toned complexions in general.   The texture is firm, but it is still soft and easy to blend out when applied.  When I trialed this shade, it lasted seven hours and was slightly faded after a full eight hours.

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It requires some layering to achieve true-to-pan color; it's an overall, sheerer blush, so it might be a happy accident for those who prefer subtle blush on their lighter complexions.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012

MAC Easy Manner Blush
MAC Easy Manner Blush

It’s a Manner of Everyday Ease with This Blush

MAC Easy Manner Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “light dirty peach.” It’s a soft yellow-toned pink–a smidgen coral-pink. It has a satin finish, so there is an ever-so-slight sheen that’s really barely-there and just makes it look natural and not flat on the skin. MAC Legendary is more coral. MAC Rosy Outlook is similar–more matte. Illamasqua Naked is darker, pinker. Tom Ford Frantic Pink is warmer, less pink. Chanel Blush Horizon is less warm. Benefit Hervana is similar. MAC Stunner is similar but has more of a sheen.

Easy Manner is one of those shades that seems to darken when applied.  It does the same on my arm as it does on my face; on my cheeks, it looks a little less pink, but it’s definitely darker than the color in the pan.  It’s a very easy-to-wear color for light to medium-dark skin tones.  On darker complexions, I think it might get lost, but it is definitely buildable and still yielded a lot of color on my medium skin tone without having to pack it on, so it may be worth a look.  It doesn’t have a chalky base color, so it shouldn’t turn ashy.  The texture is a bit dry and stiff, but I didn’t have trouble blending out the color when I applied it (I used MAC’s 116).  This shade wore for eight hours with minor fading along the tops of my cheek bones.

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For light to medium complexions, I could see this becoming a go-to everyday blush color. I wish it was a little softer in texture, but it's a sold blush.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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