Thursday, April 17th, 2014

MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows
MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows

MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a new and limited edition formula that has eight variations. Each is a trio that features two shades designed as eyeshadows and one shade as an eyeliner. They can be used wet or dry, but nearly all of them needed to be used with a dampened brush and/or over a tacky or creamy base to get decent pigmentation out of them, let alone ensure that the application of each color was smooth and even. The eyeshadows tended to be on the powdery side, while the eyeliner shade is so dry and stiff that the brush has to be truly wet, not just damp, to get any color out of it, but it dries and sets so quickly that managing even, smooth color is a challenge if you want to use it as an eyeliner. (Honestly, using the eyeshadow shades as eyeliners is easier!) I don’t recommend the formula at all; MAC has put out better eyeshadows in the past, and they have better eyeshadows in their permanent range, if you’re really hunting for a new MAC eyeshadow.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

MAC Violet Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Violet Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Violet Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains pink and plum eyeshadows with a purple eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” Looking at the big picture, this trio still doesn’t represent a really high quality product, but within the eight trios released, it is one of the “better” ones. The eyeshadows are both usable, only slightly powdery, and had decent color payoff. The eyeliner still had that stiff, dry texture where you really have to wet the brush significantly to yield any color payoff, but getting even, smooth color isn’t easy. When you manage to get them on, though, the wear is eight hours.

Violet Blend #1 is described as a “light white-pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation whether applied dry or wet–it just became more metallic when applied damp. The texture was a little powdery but not too bad. MAC Pink Sensibilities #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is a touch darker. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is darker. MAC Joy & Laughter #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is similar. MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is similar. Dior Garden Roses #5 (LE) is also similar. Dior Garden Roses #1 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Violet Blend #2 is described as a “deep violet.” It’s a medium-dark, muted purple with subtle cool undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had sheer color payoff when applied dry, which intensified to semi-opaque color payoff when applied with a very damp brush. The texture was fairly dry, stiff, and generally had to be used with a very wet brush to get any usability out of it, whether you wanted to use it as an eyeliner or as an eyeshadow. Makeup Geek Duchess (P, $5.99) is very similar. Giorgio Armani Fatal #4 (P) is darker. Inglot #379 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Violet Blend #3 is described as an “iridescent cool pink.” It’s a brightened, pinky-plum with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer pigmentation, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque. The texture was just a little bit powdery. Illamasqua Ensnare (P) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Pink Lagoon (LE, $34.00) is lighter. Chanel Abstraction (LE, $36.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Violet Blend

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Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4/5

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7/10

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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Violet Blend #2

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6/10

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8.5/10

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

MAC Rose Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Rose Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Rose Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains pink and gold eyeshadows with a gray-purple eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” The pink eyeshadow was on the dry side, while the gold eyeshadow was powdery. The eyeliner shade was more workable and yielded decent pigmentation with a damp application, but it was still problematic. On the lid, all three lasted for eight hours before they started to fade.

Rose Blend #1 is described as a “dirty washout pink.” It’s a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned pink with a satin finish. The texture was somewhat dry and stiff, so it was more difficult to apply dry. With a dampened brush, more color came out with lesser work. It was very sheer applied dry, semi-sheer applied damp. bareMinerals Strawberry Mousse (LE, $14.00) and Urban Decay Strange (P, $18.00) are lighter. Too Faced Taffy (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is lighter. Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Blend #2 is described as a “dirty blue-plum.” It’s a cool-toned, purpled-gray with a satin finish. It had sheer color payoff applied dry, and it was more semi-opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was somewhat dry to work with, but it wasn’t the worst of the eight. I tried using it as an eyeliner as well as an eyeshadow. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. NARS Delphes #2 (LE, $24.00) is more matte. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Interior Life (LE, $15.00) is grayer. MAC Howzat (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Blend #3 is described as a “metallic bright gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted finish. The texture of this shade was rather powdery, which made it more difficult to get a really smooth, even application. Applied dry, it was sheer, and then applied damp, it was semi-opaque. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/product/mac-cosmetics-mineralize-eyeshadow/captivating-1″>MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is smoother. bareMinerals Rising Star (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Standing O (P) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Rose Blend

C+

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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6/10

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7/10

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6.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4/5

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Rose Blend #2

B-

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

MAC Olive Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Olive Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Olive Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains copper and olive green eyeshadows with an olive eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” This is one of the easier shades to use, because the two eyeshadow shades aren’t too powdery and yield the appropriate pigmentation for dry/wet applications, so they don’t feel overly fussy to use. The eyeliner shade is still a troublemaker, but it was easier to use than some of the others have been. Once on, they lasted for eight hours before starting to show signs of fading.

Olive Blend #1 is described as a “rich rose-gold.” It’s a muted, light-medium copper with a frosted, metallic finish. It was semi-sheer when applied dry with a lightly powdery texture, and it was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush and much smoother. theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is slightly darker. Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is more golden. MAC Creative Copper (P, $15.00) is yellower. Disney by Sephora All Aglow (LE) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $18.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Golden Iris (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Olive Blend #2 is described as a “deep olive green.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned green-brown with a satin finish. It was semi-sheer applied dry, then semi-opaque applied with a dampened brush. The texture was still dry and stiff, but it was easier to work with compared to the majority of the other eyeliner shades in the range. I tried using it as an eyeliner as well as an eyeshadow. theBalm #42 (P, $6.50) is cooler-toned. Clarins Forest #1 (LE) is similar. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Cobra (LE, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Olive Blend #3 is described as a “dirty olive.” It’s a medium-dark, olive brown with a hint of green and gold shimmer. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and then very opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was slightly powdery when used dry, but it was easier to apply when it was damp. Clarins Forest #1 (LE) is darker. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, less metallic. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is darker. Dior Khaki Design #3 (P) is slightly darker. bareMinerals Spectacular (P) is more metallic. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Olive Blend

B-

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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7.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Olive Blend #2

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

MAC Indigo Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Indigo Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Indigo Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains blue and purple eyeshadows with a navy blue eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” I continue to struggle with getting these to perform well or readily; the textures are drier, while the eyeliner shade is so stiff and dry, it never wants to apply evenly or blend out. I am, however, surprised that once applied, finessed and blended until your hands hurt, the eyeshadows stay in place for a solid eight hours.

Indigo Blend #1 is described as a “soft, clean sky blue.” It’s a light-medium, pastel blue with a white,f rosted finish. Applied dry, it had sheer color payoff that was a bit powdery and prone to blending out to nothingness. Applied damp, it was semi-opaque, but the color didn’t apply evenly. Dior Rivage #1 (LE) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #4 (P, $2.29) is less frosted. Sephora Collection Sweet Dreams (17) (P, $13.00) is lighter. MAC Moon’s Reflection (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Dimensional Blue (LE, $19.50) is darker. L’Oreal Infinite Sky (P, $7.99) is darker. Chanel Destination (LE, $36.00) is darker, cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Indigo Blend #2 is described as a “deep blue-teal.” It’s a blackened, navy blue with a satin finish. The texture was dry and stiff whether used with a dry or dampened brush–with the worst application being with a dry brush, as trying to extract color out at all required scraping off the top layer. Once I get it on the skin, it does stay well, at least. It’s just a total pain to apply, blend, and so on, whether I tried using it as an actual eyeliner or as an eyeshadow. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #3 (P, $2.29) is similar. Laura Mercier Deep Night (P, $23.00) is more muted. bareMinerals Maven (LE) is similar. MAC Naval (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #332 (P, $6.00) is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Indigo Blend #3 is described as a “deep plum.” It’s a muted, cool-toned, plummy purple with a satin finish. It had sheer color payoff when applied dry, and it was semi-opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was rather dry, a little stiff, so it was a challenge to work with. MAC Eggplant Blend #2 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Starry Night (LE, $14.00) is lighter. MAC Pinkluxe #5 (P) is more shimmery, brighter. NARS Arabian Nights #1 (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Demon Lover #2 (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #2 (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Spellcaster (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Stay Sultry (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Indian Ink (P, $15.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #79 (P, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Indigo Blend

D+

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

5.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Indigo Blend #1

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Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Indigo Blend #2

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Product

5/10

Pigmentation

5/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3/5

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Monday, April 14th, 2014

MAC Eggplant Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Eggplant Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Eggplant Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains pink and silver eyeshadows with a plum eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” The eyeliner shade was poor, oh so sad, with its incredibly sheer color payoff and dry, stiff texture–it was so challenging to even get a smidgen of color to show up. I had better luck with the eyeshadows, but they weren’t great; still on the powdery side with varying pigmentation. The wear, though, has been rather consistent, as this one clocked in at eight hours before there was noticeable fading.

Eggplant Blend #1 is described as a “soft light pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was very sheer, and then applied with a dampened brush, it was semi-sheer. It was somewhat powdery when it was dry. Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is very similar but more metallic. MAC Pink Sensibilities #3 (LE, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #29 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Eggplant Blend #2 is described as a “deep plum.” It’s a dark, subtly cool-toned burgundy purple with a satin finish and a hint of gold shimmer. Using this shade was an exercise in frustration–it didn’t matter whether it was wet or dry, it was sheer and had the most stubborn, difficult-to-use texture. I tried using it as an eyeliner as well as an eyeshadow, but I just couldn’t get it to perform. bareMinerals In Vogue (LE) is lighter. bareMinerals Starry Night (LE, $14.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Pinkluxe #5 (P) is similar. MAC Deceit (LE, $21.00) is also similar. L’Oreal Smoldering Plum (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. Illamasqua Queen of the Night (P, $25.50) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #79 (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Eggplant Blend #3 is described as a “dirty silver-grey.” It’s a light-medium, lightly warmed-up gray with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff when applied dry, which was just slightly smoother and more pigmented when applied damp. Ulta Silver (P, $10.00) is lighter. L’Oreal Silver Sky (757) (P, $7.99) is more sparkly. MAC Virgin Silver (LE) is a cream product. MAC Extra Silver (LE, $19.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Eggplant Blend

C-

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Eggplant Blend #2

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Product

4/10

Pigmentation

4.5/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3/5

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