Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

MAC Genuine Treasure Paint Pot
MAC Genuine Treasure Paint Pot

MAC Posh Paradise Paint Pots Swatches, Photos, Reviews

MAC Paint Pots ($17.50 for 0.17 oz.) are included in the Posh Paradise collection which hits stores tomorrow. I’m not sure how some shades sold out so quickly on maccosmetics.com, but all but Half-Wild are in stock at Nordstrom (free shipping). It doesn’t look like it’s launched at Bloomingdales, Dillard’s, or Macy’s (free shipping over $50), but all of these retailers should also launch the collection today or tomorrow.

There are six shades featured in this post: Genuine Treasure (reflects antique gold), Half-Wild (mid-tone purple), Idyllic (mid-tone copper bronze), Nubile (light peachy nude), Pure Creation (mid-tone frosty blue), and Treasure Hunt (light pearled yellow). All products and shades from this collection are limited edition.

  • Genuine Treasure is a glittery bronze with flecks of antique gold, pewter, and a silvery-gray cast. It’s a very complex color, but the texture is less-than-desirable, because of the glittery finish, it’s gritty and rough. It’s harder to blend out and difficult to get a solid, opaque result in color. I also experienced some fall out after a couple of hours. It is a warmer, browner version of Benefit Skinny Jeans (and obviously, it has a glitter finish compared to a cream one!). I didn’t think it compared well with any of MUFE’s Aqua Creams, though. The finish is similar to those from Cham-pale. It seems a bit similar to Inglot #403 for an eyeshadow version.
  • Half-Wild is a red-toned medium-dark purple with subtle shimmer. It’s a grape-esque purple, but it’s not too bright and has significant red undertones. The closest cream shadow dupe I could think of was Benefit Purple Snap, which is lighter and less red-based. For powder eyeshadow dupes, it seems similar to Inglot #386.
  • Hyperviolet is reviewed here.
  • Idyllic is a burnished reddish-brown. It’s an interesting color, because it incorporates brown, burgundy, red, and copper together. It’s not copper, but it’s also not so dark or red that it’s burgundy. It seems like it would be comparable to MAC Artifact but with a frosted finish as well as Benefit stiletto. Illamasqua Resolute is a bit redder.
  • Imaginary is reviewed here.
  • Nubile is a lightly frosted peachy-beige. It’s a lovely shade that would work well as a general purpose eyeshadow base but also as a wash of color on the lid to brighten the eyes. It’s in the family of Painterly and Soft Ochre–not similar in color but in use–and it’s the most versatile of the eight. It’s lighter and less metallic compared to Benefit RSVP. It seems similar to theBalm Luscious Lani as far as a pressed eyeshadow version goes.
  • Pure Creation is a muted medium blue. It’s like a darkened sky blue to me; it doesn’t have the same lightness as a traditional sky blue would have but similar qualities. It’s not navy blue nor is it ocean blue. It’s much more muted compared to Make Up For Ever #20. It reminded me more of theBalm Sensational. It’s not as as silvered as MAC Moon’s Reflection.
  • Treasure Hunt is a pale yellow gold–but it’s not too gold. It’s not like Goldmine, which has a stronger orange tinge to it. This is so yellow that it almost reads like a cool-toned yellow; more comparable to Gorgeous Gold without the duochrome. It has the most metallic finish of the eight.

With the exception of Genuine Treasure, the texture of these was creamy with just the right amount of glide and slip to make for easy blending but not a long dry down time. Paint Pots wear well on me (twelve hours without budging, creasing, or fading) whether as an eyeshadow base or worn alone as a wash of color. They can be sheered out for softer color or applied heavily; the color payoff is more dependent on your application than the product, as the majority went opaque when applied and only sheered out with actual blending. Again, Genuine Treasure was the one that had the sheerest color overall; it reads more like a glittery layering shade.

Paint Pots come in heavy glass jars with a black, rubberized screw-top lid.  I haven’t had issues with Paint Pots drying out over time, and I’ve had some for more than two years.  The only one that has ever dried out was when I left the lid off for two or three days (aka my fault), and I microwaved it for about 10 seconds, stirred, and let it reset–and it was good as new (just make sure to remove the top before microwaving).  Each jar contains a good amount of product; you certainly won’t run through a jar in a month or two, even if you use it everyday.  I like the 242 or 249 to apply these best.  A fluffy brush like the 217 works well to blend out the edges if you are looking to wear it as a wash.

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MAC Posh Paradise Paint Pots Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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This is a really solid release--they work well overall, and Genuine Treasure is the only finicky one that has a certain appeal but may take more patience and trial/error to get just right. These have a nice consistency and texture so they apply and wear well.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Make Up For Ever #15 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #15 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #15 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #15 Aqua Cream ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “taupe brown shimmer.” It’s too bronzy to be a true taupe–there’s a darker, chocolately bronze as the base color with a lighter bronze sheen. The sheen is almost taupe-like but not grayed out enough. It’s subtly warm-toned but doesn’t read orange or red. #15 has good color payoff and texture–very soft and smooth. It has a more metallic finish, which translates into smooth application. Bare Escentuals A-Ha is similar to the sheererd out version though a little grayer, while Urban Decay Lost resembles the heavier swatch.

Aqua Creams have a quick dry down, and once they have dried, they stay on all day long for me–no budging, smudging, creasing, or fading. They can be worn alone, as a base, or as eyeliner (and some shades can be worn on cheeks/lips, too; a few aren’t meant for eyes but for cheeks/lips entirely).

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Make Up For Ever #15 Aqua Cream Review, Photos, Swatches

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#15 has good color payoff and texture–very soft and smooth. It has a more metallic finish, which translates into smooth application.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, September 8th, 2011

MAC Hyperviolet Paint Pot
MAC Hyperviolet Paint Pot

MAC Hyperviolet & Imaginary Paint Pots

Debuting on September 15th (for North America), Posh Paradise contains eight new and limited edition (but of course!) paint pots. Each paint pot retails for $17.50.  I wish I had more to share with you, but these are the only two paint pots I received! I’m flying to NYC this AM and as soon as I have a free moment, I hope to stop by the PRO store to pick up all of the remaining products but please, please be patient – I would really appreciate it!    The two I have to show you are: Hyperviolet (deep violet) and Imaginary (blackened navy).

  • Hyperviolet is a purpled eggplant with red-burgundy undertones. It’s not as brown as Dark Diversion. Going by memory, it’s a deeper, cream version of Nice Vice but purpler than Artifact. It seems redder than Macroviolet.
  • Imaginary is a blackened violet purple. This is supposed to be a blackened navy blue, and it looks purple in the pot, purple under most lighting, but occasionally, in just the right lighting (particularly low/poor lighting), it looks more navy than it does purple. I don’t have it to compare but by memory, Non-conormist seems similar though not as blackened, bluer, and has a cream finish.

I tested Imaginary on the lid for eight hours, and it worked quite well. It applied well, blended out with little difficulty, and it stayed on without creasing for those eight hours (and no signs that it would crease either). Unlike the paint pots from Cham-pale, the shimmer in Imaginary is subtle and more shimmer-sheen than pure shimmer. It is also much finer, so it doesn’t give it a rougher feel or result in fall out.

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MAC Hyperviolet & Imaginary Paint Pots Review, Photos, Swatches

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The first two I've tried of the eight seem promising, so I look forward to checking out the rest. I've had good luck with Paint Pots over the years, except when they get too glittery (which neither of these are)!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, September 5th, 2011

Make Up For Ever #12 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #12 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #12 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #12 Aqua Cream ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft copper shimmer.” It’s a rich copper with a heavy metallic sheen. Being a copper. it has a reddish orange tone to it, so it tends to suit warmer complexions more than cooler ones. Though it’s a cream, it is similar in color to these powder eyeshadows: theBalm Meep Meep, Urban Decay Baked, MAC Amber Lights, and Giorgio Armani Gold Blitz.

I’m a big fan of Aqua Creams, because they really stay on well. The formula is all about bringing “rich color payoff” with long-lasting wear that does not crease or smudge. These have a creamy consistency that applies easily and smoothes out beautifully, but they do have a quicker dry down time–and once they set, they’re set for the rest of the day. I’ve worn numerous shades since they originally launched, and I’m never disappointed. The wear is truly phenomenal!

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Make Up For Ever #12 Aqua Cream Review, Photos, Swatches

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I love this on warmer complexions, especially deeper ones, as a quick wash or to enhance bronzes and golds. It has a very smooth texture that makes it a great base for powder eyeshadows as well.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, September 4th, 2011


Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Stash

Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Stash

Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Stash ($34.00 for 5 x 0.088 oz.) includes five travel-sized jumbo pencils in these shades: Sin (champagne shimmer), Clash (electric blue with silver sparkle), Juju (medium taupe/brown shimmer), Rehab (dark brown shimmer), and Delinquent (dark purple with purple sparkle).

They’re very nearly full-sized, actually, as a full-sized pencil is 0.10 oz. (FYI, both the back of the Stash box and Sephora report it’s 5 x 0.88 oz., which can’t be right, since the full-sized are 0.10 oz. — it looks like there was an error in the decimal point.) This set is the equivalent value of $88.00, so it is definitely a nice value set for the holidays. It’s an interesting mix of colors, and I’m a little bummed–I really loved how they split up the 24/7 Eye Pencils into colorful and neutral sets. None of this impacted the score, however, just an observation. Perhaps they could have done two sets of four.  What do you think of the color combination here?

  • Sin is a light-medium pink-beige champagne with a frosted sheen. It swatched very comparably to Sin Primer Potion–it seemed less frosty.
  • Clash is a brilliant bright blue with silver sparkle. It is extremely similar to Electric 24/7 Liner–if I look closely, it seems like Clash is slightly brighter.
  • Juju is a pale, gilded taupe brown. It’s just on the edge of taupe–not enough gray in it to place it firmly in the taupe region. How lucky for me that the closest shade is Rehab and it is included in the set! It’s obvious that Juju is several shades lighter than Rehab, so you’re not getting dupes.
  • Rehab is a dark red-toned chocolate brown with a smidgen of taupe. It is similar to Underground 24/7 Liner–a hair darker, cooler, perhaps, but it could be a potential skip in lieu of other shades that are less similar.
  • Delinquent is deep purple violet with lilac sparkle. It’s such a stunning jewel-tone shade. It is completely different from Lust 24/7 Liner, and it doesn’t compare to Ransom 24/7 Liner either.

For a full review of the formula, please read my original review here. In summary, these worked really well in my testing of them. They applied with enough slip and creaminess not to pull and tug at the lids roughly (like MAC Shadesticks do) but not so creamy that it would slide around and end up creasing after a few hours (like NARS Shadow Pencils). These have a quick dry down time, so if you plan to use multiple shades together or need to blend out the edges, I would work one eye at a time. I have no issues with fading, creasing, or smudging over twelve hours.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Stash Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you've wanted to try out the new Shadow Pencils, this is a great way to do so without breaking the bank--for less than the cost of two full-sized shades, you get five nearly full-sized shades.

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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Sunday, August 21st, 2011


MAC Shadesticks in Butternutty, Cakeshop, Heirloom, Street Cool

MAC Me Over: Shadesticks

MAC Shadesticks ($17.50 for 0.05 oz.) may have been discontinued from the permanent range, but occasionally, MAC brings them back for a limited edition stint.  MAC Me Over includes five shades:  Butternutty (frosted light neutral), Cakeshop (frosted pewter), Heirloom (light icy pink), Street Cool (mid-tone grey violet taupe), and Tundra (icy silver).

Shadesticks are twist-up eyeshadows that can be worn alone or as a base. They are more like a cream eyeshadow than a powder, but the formula does set quickly and dry down so it wears well on its own without creasing (in my experience). The texture is creamy enough to deliver decent color payoff on the lid, but it is on the drier side, so you may feel some tugging and drag. After using a multitude of products over the years, Shadesticks are not a product I’d reach for regularly, just because they’re not as comfortable to use. I’d recommend applying with fingers or a brush, rather than straight from the tube.

  • Butternutty is a warm beige with a hint of peach. It has a frosted finish. The color is a bit like MAC Brule but frostier and a tad lighter.
  • Cakeshop is a dirty green-gray with a frosted, metallic finish. I don’t find that this goes on as evenly as you’d like a cream shadow to go out–there is a little grittiness from the size of the shimmer particles in it. It reminded me–ever-so-slightly–of theBalm Run Around Rebecca, which is greener.
  • Heirloom is a soft, grayish pink with a frosted finish. It a gray-toned version of Giorgio Armani #8. It’s darker and grayer than MAC Et Tu, Boutquet?.
  • Street Cool is a purple-tinged taupe brown with a soft, frosted finish. It has the least frosted finish of the shadesticks. It is very similar to Inglot #402 and NARS Grand Palais. It is a lighter version of MAC Satin Taupe.
  • Tundra is a bright silver with a metallic finish. It is similar to Inglot #448.

MAC Me Over is a 51-piece collection for fall, which will launch in North America on August 25th, 2011 and internationally in September 2011. It will launch online approximately August 23rd but there is no concrete online launch date. All products–unless otherwise noted–are limited edition.

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MAC Me Over: Shadesticks Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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The drier formula keeps this from being a standout product, because the dryness results in drag and tugging on the lid, and the color does not deposit evenly or opaquely as a result.

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8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

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