Monday, October 20th, 2014

Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of darker neutrals with warm undertones that range from light beige to burgundy-brown. I think it’s one of those palettes that performs better in practice as you apply and layer and blend them together than it swatches. It could use more pigmentation across the board (only one shade really nailed pigmentation), but for the most part, the eyeshadows were blendable and fairly easy to apply.

Cuir Cannage #1 is a plum-tinted brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, though the texture was a smidgen dry. It layered and built up well, so it ended up looking better in practice, which isn’t always the case. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #2 is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic, finish. It had nice pigmentation, which on smoothly and evenly, and the consistency was blendable, though a smidgen powdery. I didn’t notice any fading until after the eight-hour mark. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #3 is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. This shade was interesting, because it wasn’t really powdery, yet it didn’t adhere well to the skin, but it was very buildable and almost too intense when I was using it. It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #4 is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had decent pigmentation that had a really soft, blendable texture that made it easy to work with on the lid. It stayed on nicely for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #5 is a blackened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it wasn’t as intense as it looked in the pan. It was fairly blendable, though, which is always a good characteristic for a deeper shade like this. On my lid, it lasted well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

P.S. — Nordstrom started doing this price-matching thing, and this palette is listed at $54 on their site.

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Monday, October 20th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette ($49.50 for 0.287 oz.) contains three eyeshadows, two cheek products, and two lip colors housed in a medium-large sized ivory-hued palette with a strand of “pearls” along the exterior edge of the palette. It has a mirror on the interior and a plastic flap that covers the three cream products and protects them from getting powdery bits mixed in them. I wasn’t wowed by any of the products in this particular set, unfortunately. The pearls feel flimsy–I greatly worry about them lifting while traveling (same goes for all of the compacts like this in the collection). The palette includes: $18 worth of eyeshadow, $5.44 worth of lipstick, $15.40 worth of Cream Colour Base, and $8.63 worth of Iridescent Pressed Powder (best estimate based on last price/oz. I have, since this isn’t a formula MAC has released in a long time individually). There is also a double-ended 275/316 brush included, which adds some value. The value of the color products is $47.47 plus the brush. MAC’s pre-made face palettes always seem to be the least value-packed.

Born to Dazzle is described as a “white gold champagne with pearl.” It’s a very sparkly, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a glittery finish. It is more metallic on the skin, so it does emphasize pores somewhat. The color payoff is nice, and it doesn’t have a white or chalky base to it. On me, it lasted seven and a half hours before turning patchy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Filament is described as a “platinum silver [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a golden silver–like a really, really light warm pewter–with a sparkly finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, in line with the Lustre formula, and a sparkly texture that resulted in some fall out during wear. A lot of the sparkles didn’t seem to translate on the lid, though. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes. /

Aristocratic Aura is described as a “dirty blue grey with silver pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium taupe with a hint of mauve and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was really stiff to work with, which made it frustrating to apply. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It’s made a few appearances in the holiday collection this year, and none of them good. This version was particularly bad, as the color payoff was sheer, while the texture was so, so dry and stiff. You can the ever-growing list of dupes here.

Pearl is described as a “pale gold with icy shimmer.” It’s a light, golden beige with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff that was buildable and blendable, so you could wear it more intensely or as a subtle wash. It had a creamy, emollient consistency that made it easy to spread across the skin, but it only wore for six and a half hours on me. It’s part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Petulance is described as a “mauvey mid-tone nude [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium, pink-tinged peach with a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, but it could be a bit streaky if you’re not careful. It lasted for three hours and felt thin, a little clingy, on the lips. It didn’t seem drying, though, so that was a surprise. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Evening Posh is described as a “clean bright red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage and wore well for six hours. The consistency was creamier than Petulance, so it applied more readily and was comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, October 19th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eye Bag
MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eye Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eye Bag ($39.50 for 0.62 oz.) is a cool-toned set of shades in iridescent lavender and deep plum with a cool purple eyeliner. Both of the eyeshadows are repromotes, while the eyeliner is permanent. The eyeliner was disappointing, as it was sheer and drier. It includes an Extra Dimension eyeshadow duo (0.14 oz.), In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara (0.44 fl. oz.), and a Powerpoint Eye Pencil (0.04 oz.). Everything in the set is full-sized, and it all fits into a small, glittery, zippered bag. In May, MAC released smaller-sized Extra Dimensions eyeshadows at $19.50/0.04 oz., whereas the duo contains 0.14 oz. in total, so there is a value of $68.25 there, plus $22 for the mascara and $16 for the eyeliner, for a total value of $106.25–so it is an excellent deal if they’re products you would use. Even if you just liked the eyeshadow duo, it is almost the same as what you would have paid on two singles (and you’ll get more–I have no idea how they managed to get more product into the compact, given they’re visually the same size as the singles).

Triple Impact is described as an “opalescent pink.” It’s an iridescent, cool-toned lilac with a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer coverage applied damp, and the coverage increased to semi-opaque when applied dampened, but it isn’t the most pigmented eyeshadow. The texture was soft and blendable, though, and it wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Round Midnight is described as a “rich reddish plum.” It’s a depened, plummy burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had incredibly rich, opaque color payoff both wet and dry, and it’s not what I would call buildable (which is how this formula is described)–but you may prefer it that way. Applied, I didn’t notice any fading until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Permaplum is described as a “deep plum with dark shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned violet purple with a pearly sheen. It was a drier pencil, so the coverage was semi-sheer and uneven, unfortunately. I wasn’t able to get it to be fully opaque, even after layering it a few times, as it looked uneven. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before I noticed thinning. It’s part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, October 19th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eye Bag
MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eye Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eye Bag ($39.50 for 0.62 oz.) is a cool-toned set of shades in silver and gray paired with a black eyeliner. The two work together well, though the gray-black is the more unique shade of the two. It includes an Extra Dimension eyeshadow duo (0.14 oz.), In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara (0.44 fl. oz.), and a Powerpoint Eye Pencil (0.04 oz.). Everything in the set is full-sized, and it all fits into a small, glittery, zippered bag. In May, MAC released smaller-sized Extra Dimensions eyeshadows at $19.50/0.04 oz., whereas the duo contains 0.14 oz. in total, so there is a value of $68.25 there, plus $22 for the mascara and $16 for the eyeliner, for a total value of $106.25–so it is an excellent deal if they’re products you would use. Even if you just liked the eyeshadow duo, it is almost the same as what you would have paid on two singles (and you’ll get more–I have no idea how they managed to get more product into the compact, given they’re visually the same size as the singles).

Treasure Me is described as a “light silver.” It’s a brightened pop of silvery white with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque. It was a little dry and soft enough to be almost crumbly, but it was smoother when applied with a dampened brush. This shade wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tall, Dark, & Handsome is described as a “soft black with silver sparkle.” It’s a blackened gray with cool, bluish-undertones and a pearly sheen–one of the less frosted shades with this type of formula. It had the same color payoff, which was opaque, both dry and damp, so it doesn’t have a buildable formula. The texture was soft, blendable, and smooth, while the color wore well for eight hours before fading. This is a repromote. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Engraved is described as a “rich black.” It’s a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff in one stroke, and it wore well for eight hours before fading slightly on the lower lash line for me. It’s part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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9/10

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Sunday, October 19th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Brown Eye Bag
MAC Keepsakes/Brown Eye Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Brown Eye Bag ($39.50 for 0.62 oz.) is a nice set for anyone who’s a fan of the Extra Dimension eyeshadow formula. The duo performed well, and the included eyeliner is nice (not revolutionary, not bad)–I would have loved to see a smokier, more taupe-hued eyeliner to pair with this, though. The set includes an Extra Dimension eyeshadow duo (0.14 oz.), In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara (0.44 fl. oz.), and a Powerpoint Eye Pencil (0.04 oz.). Everything in the set is full-sized, and it all fits into a small, glittery, zippered bag. In May, MAC released smaller-sized Extra Dimensions eyeshadows at $19.50/0.04 oz., whereas the duo contains 0.14 oz. in total, so there is a value of $68.25 there, plus $22 for the mascara and $16 for the eyeliner, for a total value of $106.25–so it is an excellent deal if they’re products you would use. Even if you just liked the eyeshadow duo, it is almost the same as what you would have paid on two singles (and you’ll get more–I have no idea how they managed to get more product into the compact, given they’re visually the same size as the singles!). As a FYI, I didn’t review (or include a rating for) the mascara.

Just Gleaming is described as a “peachy nude.” It’s a light, golden beige with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer color payoff, and applied damp, it was more opaque and smoother. The consistency was soft and blendable. MAC only listed the wear of the formula as six-hours, and it actually lasts for seven and a half on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Stolen Moment is described as a “mauvey nude.” It’s a cool-toned, purple-leaning taupe with hints of brown in the undertone and a frosted finish. It was opaque both wet and dry (not quite the buildable formula as described but might be a welcomed “flaw” for others), but the damp application made it more metallic. It wore well for eight hours on me. This shade has been released previously. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Stubborn Brown is described as a “deep rich brown.” It is a medium-dark brown with a mostly matte finish. It had decent to good pigmentation in a single stroke, while the texture was lightly creamy and didn’t tug at the lash line. On me, it wore eight hours on the lower lash line before thinning. It’s part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, October 19th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.112 oz.) is one of three, 8-pan eyeshadow palettes for the holidays. It has a neutral theme running through it, and the set of shades runs warm-toned. This palette was the best of the three eyeshadows palettes, though I don’t think it’s great. It’s all right–the shades themselves are more dupable than not, and without superb quality to back them up, it ends up falling in the middle.

Each eyeshadow is 0.014 oz., and even though there are eight of them, it’s noticeably less than past holiday palettes. In 2012 and 2013, they were 0.14 oz., and in 2011, they contained 0.21 oz. while pricing has stayed about the same. This year’s holiday packaging is very plastic-feeling, and the “pearls” that wrap around the palette lift a bit, so I don’t know if this is going to be particularly travel-friendly as far as durability goes. Since they put eight shades into the palette, each pan is on the smaller side, though it fits a MAC 239 and 217 brush comfortably. I do not find the quality of the holiday eyeshadow palettes to be on par with the average full-sized eyeshadow.

Her Mistress is described as a “soft pastel egg [with a Matte finish].” It’s a pale, yellowed beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Sweet Sovereign is described as a “frosty gold champagne [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light, golden beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It had decent pigmentation that went on fairly smoothly–it was buildable, at least–and performed better on the lid than the swatch suggested it would. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Faire Maiden is described as a “bright coppering gold [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, yellowed gold with copper sparkle. As the Lustre finish might have you expecting, it is semi-opaque with a noticeable sparkle that does fall out over time (and a lot of it never makes it to the lid, as it tends to sit on the surface rather than bind with the eyeshadow color). See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Tempting is described as a “sinfully rich coco [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a rich, medium-dark golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a subtle golden sparkle–it’s more of a frost finish than a Lustre one. It is also one of the most pigmented Lustre eyeshadows MAC has out (it is part of the permanent range as well). The sparkle doesn’t stick with the color, but most of it doesn’t apply to the lid so there isn’t much fall out that could occur (but what is there will drop). See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Omega is described as a “soft muted beige taupe [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm, dirty taupe with a matte finish. The color payoff was lovely with a really rich, buttery consistency that was a smidgen on the powdery side but really velvety overall. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Quintessential is described as a “dirty olive [with a Frost finish].” It’s a golden brown with subtle, warm, olive undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff that went on smoothly. It was also buildable to a slightly richer, more intense color. It was very blendable. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Mystery is described as a “muted plum brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a drier, stiffer consistency. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Night Whisper is described as a “rich black brown [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a blackened brown with subtle,w arm undertones and a semi-matte finish. There’s a barely-there shimmer in the pan, but once applied, it looks mostly matte. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was stiff and harder to blend. (Note, the press release listed this as a Veluxe Pearl finish, but the back of the palette says (V) which indicates Velvet as (VXP) is typically used to denote Veluxe Pearl, and the finish in real life doesn’t look anything like a Veluxe Pearl finish!) See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Her Mistress

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Sweet Sovereign

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