MAC Cushy Life, Jealous Girl, Big Bad Blue Soft Serve Shadows

MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “light warm golden beige.” It’s a sparkling, medium copper with warm undertones. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff with a slightly drier texture that made it hard to apply it at anything more than wash of all-over color. It does make me concerned about how it might work over time, as it might get a little drier over months. The color lasted for ten hours and had faint fall out. Dior Phenix (545) (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Asteroid (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Rivage #4 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Gilt-y Pleasure (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Baby It's Gold Outside (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Fool's Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Dirtysweet (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Interstellar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Vision (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Soft Serve Shadow Cushy Life
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
78%
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MAC Plead Gilty, So So Saucy, Quite Yummy, Softened Up Soft Serve Shadows

MAC Plead Gilty Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “vibrant sparkling gold.” It’s a light, glittering white gold with warm, yellow tones and a very glittery finish. This was the most glittery shade out of the eleven I tested. The texture isn’t really rough going on, but it is better applied as more of a wash than trying to make it opaque on the lid. It’s buildable from sheer to semi-sheer, but it can look uneven easily. The color wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading, but there was a moderate amount of fall out over time. Makeup Geek Stargazer (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Pastelluxe #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Best Makeup (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cool Companions #1 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Valley Girl (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Cashmere (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Light Year (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Plead Gilty Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Soft Serve Shadow Plead Gilty
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
80%
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MAC Best Makeup, Girls Girls, Bounce Around, Put Me To Shame Soft Serve Shadows

MAC Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new, limited edition cream eyeshadow formula that’s described as “buildable colour that’s long-wearing [and] non-creasing.” They are similar to formulas like ColourPop Super Shock, Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono, Chanel Illusion d’Ombres, and MAC’s own Electric Cool–it actually made me wonder why they didn’t continue to extend that range, but worth noting: these contain far more product than Electric Cool (those were only 0.07 oz.). I would say these are most like Chanel’s, as the majority are rather sparkly and offer less coverage than ColourPop or Electric Cool (on average). The texture is sponge-like, where you can press on the surface without leaving strong indentations with your brush, but if you pressed your fingertip in it, you would see a depression and even subtle fingerprints left behind. It’s not particularly emollient; it is one of the drier types of this kind of product that I’ve encountered. Most of them aren’t dry to the point where it would impede application. They are, as described, buildable, and I think the formula is best suited for someone who likes semi-sheer washes of lighter color with a fair amount of sparkle. I get all-day wear (10+ hours) with every shade–no creasing, fading, and very little fall out. I used MAC’s 242 brush to apply these, which applied most shades well enough, but some shades would thicken and bunch up, appearing uneven, if I attempted to build up the coverage. I think the finish and end result is similar to the Foiled Eyeshadows, which were a powder formula, but those were easier to work with overall (not as long-wearing, though). The collection launches online on May 26th, in-stores June 2nd.

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MAC Best Makeup Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Soft Serve Shadow Best Makeup
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
90%
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MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks (Part 4)

MAC Ever Evergreen Pro Longwear Colour Stick ($22.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark greenish-teal with subtle, warmer undertones and a pearly sheen. It had sheer color payoff that wasn’t really buildable; it tended to look uneven and patchy. The texture had slight creaminess but dried down quickly once applied. It didn’t seem to apply well with a brush or fingertips–I had the best luck using it directly from the tube. It wore for ten hours. MAC Colourful Life (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Green Room (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sea Mist (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Emerald Power (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Iridescent Jade (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I-20 (P, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Too Glam (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Ever Evergreen Pro Longwear Colour Stick
MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick Ever Evergreen
C
Product
6
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
10
Application
3.5
Total
74%
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MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks (Part 3)

MAC Tea Leaves Pro Longwear Colour Stick ($22.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a medium, golden bronze with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. This one has micro-sparkle/glitter in it, but I didn’t notice any fall out over time unless I rubbed my eye, where a few bits dropped but the color stayed intact. The texture was very lightly emollient so it didn’t tug too much when initially applied, but it dries down almost instantly leaving little room for blending it out. Dior Cosmopolite (P, $29.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Style Icon (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Crushed Clove (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Spiked Cider (LE) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Satin Tan (58P) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Schmooze (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Firecracker (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Court in Cannes (LE, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Tan Lines (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Tea Leaves Pro Longwear Colour Stick
MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick Tea Leaves
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
86%
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MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks (Part 2)

MAC At the Beach Pro Longwear Colour Stick ($22.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a light, peachy beige with a pearly sheen and warm undertones. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque color payoff with a lightly creamy texture that made it one of the more blendable shades in the launch. It lasted for over ten hours with no fading or creasing. LORAC Beige (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Riviera (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Saharienne #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Overdressed (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Truth (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Arena (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC At the Beach Pro Longwear Colour Stick
MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick At the Beach
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
90%
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