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MAC Ablaze Eyeshadow

MAC Ablaze Eyeshadow
MAC Ablaze Eyeshadow

MAC Ablaze Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone coral [with a matte finish].” It’s a reddish-tinged, medium-dark orange with a matte finish. Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #2 is more orange. Guerlain les Fauves #3 is pinker. MAC Neo-Orange is a smidgen brighter but similar (and it was the first shade I thought it might be similar to). Make Up For Ever #5 is very similar. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #2 is satiny and a touch redder. Inglot #361 is pinker.

Ablaze had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable–but a little powdery. I recommend patting the product onto the lid to achieve the best pigmentation, and then lightly blending along the edges. This will help both the color and minimize any fall out from the powdery texture. On the lid, it doesn’t look chalky or powdery, though. Applied over bare lids, this shade lasted seven and a half hours well, and just after eight, it started to fade. Over a primer, I didn’t see any fading when I checked at eight hours.

MAC Eyeshadow Ablaze
Ablaze
Ablaze
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC Heroine Eyeshadow

MAC Heroine Eyeshadow
MAC Heroine Eyeshadow

MAC Heroine Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “bright cobalt blue [with a matte finish].” It’s a bluish-purple with cool undertones and a matte finish. Cinderella Fairy Godmother is several shades lighter. MAC Blue Orbit is more frosted. MAC Royale is deeper and darker. Urban Decay Blue Bus is pearly and purpler. NARS Self Portrait 1 #2 is somewhat similar in color. bareMinerals On the Rocks is bluer and iridescent. MAC Cobalt is brighter, slightly darker. Inglot #388 is darker.

It had so-so color payoff; it applied fairly evenly, but there was a general sheerness to the color that kept it from looking as rich applied as it did in the pan. The texture was soft, though, and it was easy to blend–and some of MAC’s recent matte eyeshadows have been more problematic in both payoff and texture. This one is somewhat buildable, and a good primer and/or white base both go a long way to improving the pigmentation, as both help the eyeshadow become more intense and to adhere better.  Without a primer, it had a tendency to look noticeably faded after six and a half hours, but over a primer, the wear was mostly intact after eight hours.

When MAC finally launched the eyeshadows on their website, this shade was quick to sell out, but Nordstrom has it on backorder and shipping on 5/4.

MAC Eyeshadow Heroine
Heroine
Heroine
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total

Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Eye & Face Palette

Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Eye & Face Palette
Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Eye & Face Palette

Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Eye & Face Palette ($88.00 for 0.37 oz.) contains a bronzer on the top level, and then three eyeshadows on the lower level, which are all housed inside a black compact with a full-sized mirror underneath the lid.

Summer 2013 Bronzer a medium-tan with warm, golden orange undertones and a faint golden shimmer bronzer on the top level. It is soft, finely-milled, and incredibly blendable. It sits beautifully on the skin while adding a glowing sheen but not emphasizing pores. Much of the shimmer/metallic finish seen is an overspray, while the underlying bronzer is much subtler.  It lasted for eight and a half hours on me, and after nine and half, there was very slight fading. MAC Double Definition is darker, browner, more frosted. Guerlain Terra Nerolia is slightly darker. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless is more matte. Burberry Summer Glow is browner.

Summer 2013 Eyeshadow #1 is a warm, golden white with a frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff but was very soft and smooth, and when I applied it to the lid, it was more buildable to opaque color (two layers). There is no shortage of similar shades, as it is a more basic color (versatile, lovely in many ways, but dupable), including: Tarte Bellini, which is slightly yellower; bareMinerals Carte Blanche, which is white; Guerlain Calligraphy #1 is more frosted; and Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic #2 is very comparable (from last fall).

Summer 2013 Eyeshadow #2 is a peachy orange with a pearly finish. It had rich color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft and finely-milled (but a touch powdery). It blended out well on the lid and sat well on the skin. bareMinerals Peace is lighter, pinker. Urban Decay Moonflower is warmer, browner. bareMinerals Nirvana is lighter, more orange.

Summer 2013 Eyeshadow #3 is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a pearly finish. It had fantastic pigmentation and was true-to-pan in color. The texture was soft and smooth, and it applied and blended easily on the lid. Giorgio Armani #10 #4 is very similar. Flower Beauty Foxy Browns #2 is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning is a smidgen lighter. Dior Godlen Savannah #2 is a touch darker.

This summer’s palette delivers on texture in a supremely divine fashion–every shade is blendable, melts against skin, and works together.  The downside is really that this palette is dupable, so you may have something similar.  It makes for a great basic, warm, bronzy palette if you have need for one.  If you’re not interested in the bronzer, but you like the warmer look of the eyeshadows, you might consider Giorgio Armani’s #10 Eyes to Kill Palette which will deliver a similar look but only contains eyeshadow (so it costs $59, rather than $88).   The eyeshadows lasted for nine hours without creasing or fading, without a primer, which was a happy surprise.

Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Eye & Face Palette

A
10
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Fyrinnae Electric Stardust Arcane Magic Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Electric Stardust Arcane Magic Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Electric Stardust Arcane Magic Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Electric Stardust Arcane Magic Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light, glowing, mint green sparkle.” It’s a light, pastel green with a subtle cool undertone and a frosted, sparkling finish. It is quite a bit darker and has a more frosted finish compared to Fyrinnae Jade Ghost, which I reviewed recently. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 is slightly gray in comparison but is close. Cinderella Cinderelly is nearly matte and is more cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #34 is close in color, perhaps appearing darker because it has a satin finish.

Arcane Magic eyeshadows are designed to “[change] hue depending on how the light [hit them].” With this particular change, Fyrinnae has noted that the change is subtler compared to other shades in the range. Applied damp, it has semi-opaque color, and applied and patted over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy, it applied more smoothly and had better opacity. The way this particular shade seems to change is that it turns cooler-toned, almost like a bluish-aqua at a distance. It has a soft, silky texture and feels fine with a little sparkle in it. Applied damp over bare lids, it lasted without creasing for seven hours, over Pixie Epoxy, seven and a half hours (which is designed to minimize fall out, not to prevent creasing or act as an eyeshadow base); and layered over an eyeshadow primer, no creasing after nine hours. There was some minor fall out when it was not worn with Pixie Epoxy–a little but not noticeable unless you get really close and start looking for it.

Also: Fyrinnae tweaked the formula on their loose eyeshadows slightly in January of this year (I purchased this in 2012), and it is supposed to be a subtle reformulation, and the changes may minimize fall out during application and wear and increase wear time. The colors and opacities are supposed to be the same.

Fyrinnae Arcane Magic Eyeshadow Electric Stardust
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

MAC Mooncake Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Mooncake Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Mooncake Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Mooncake Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “warm beige.” It’s a golden beige with pale champagne sparkle and shimmer. I’m surprised MAC’s description didn’t mention any shimmer, pearl, or sparkle, because it is very sparkly. Urban Decay Space Cowboy is darker and more glittery. MAC Jaunty is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Summer Haze is more peach-hued and frosted. MAC Sweet Satisfaction is a bit browner and less shimmery. MAC Pure Flash is lighter.

It applied with mostly opaque color, but the glittery particles tended to cling to the lid and give it a crinkled look. The texture is fairly smooth and even, and it didn’t feel as gritty as some of the other more glittery Paint Pots have. The good news is that there is minimal fall out–I do get some, but it is more minor than it is a big deal and happened towards the end of the wear (the last two to three hours). Mooncake wore for ten hours without fading, but there was some faint creasing and minor fall out. It’s one of the better more sparkly shades of Paint Pots, but it still has some issues. I think those who love the sparkly Paint Pots will likely love this one too, but if you weren’t a fan of them previously, I don’t think this is going to convert you.

P.S. — Baking Beauties is now up on MAC! 🙂

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Mooncake
Mooncake
Mooncake
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

MAC Eclair Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Eclair Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Eclair Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Eclair Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “light chocolate with gold pearl.” It’s a warm-toned, bronzy brown with copper and bronze shimmer. MAC Indianwood is more golden, less red-toned. Chanel Intuition is more frosted and a powder product. MAC Mulch is slightly less red-toned and a powder eyeshadow. Giorgio Armani #28 is browner. Benefit Dandy Brandy is less warm-toned and a powder eyeshadow.

Now, THIS is the kind of shade that embodies what made MAC Paint Pots famous in the first place. Eclair is creamy without being too thin or too thick–creamy without being slick, slippery, or so creamy that the color creases before it has a chance to set. It sets quickly, but it has just enough give to be blendable along the edges. The color payoff is top notch with full color coverage–and if you really want subtler color, apply very little and blend with a fluffy brush or fingertip (which tends to be better, as the warmth of your finger keeps the product more movable). It lasted ten hours without creasing or fading (no primer).

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Eclair
Eclair
Eclair
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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