Friday, December 31st, 2010

MAC Noir Plum Mega Metal Eyeshadow
MAC Noir Plum Mega Metal Eyeshadow

MAC Peacocky: Mega Metal Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches, Part 2

MAC Mega Metal Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.11 oz.) are a new long-wearing metallic powder with an intense metallic finish with medium-buildable coverage that is not supposed to fade or crease. This post features these five shades: Noir Plum (true purple with silver pearl), Odalisque (deep teal), Paparazz-she (deep copper bronze), Peek-at-You (frosted yellow white), and Prance (frosted mauve pearl).

  • Noir Plum is a purple violet with subtle silver micro-shimmer and a faint metallic sheen. This seemed to have the weakest metallic finish. It seems like a darker version of Violet pigment or lighter version of Grape pigment. It is a cooler-toned, more vibrant version of Marvel (Mickey Contractor, ’11).
  • Odalisque It seems bluer than Shimmermoss (permanent) but more comparable to Talent Pool (Starflash ’08).
  • Paparazz-she is vibrant, coppered orange with a metallic sheen. This shade was ridiculously pigmented–the most intense of the bunch. It’s like a richer version of Amber Lights (permanent).
  • Peek-at-You is a pale, white gold with a metallic sheen. This was the lightest and sheerest shade of the fifteen. It seemed similar to Dazzlelight (permanent).  It’s lighter than Dreammaker (Starflash, ’08).
  • Prance is a cool-toned mauve-tinged pink-silver with a metallic sheen. It’s like a lighter, less purple version of Shale (permanent). It seems like a mauve version of Grand Entrance (Starflash ’08)–I wouldn’t say they’re dupes, but it had the same feel.

Buttery, smooth as silk, blendable beyond belief, and richly pigmented, the new Mega Metal Eyeshadows are easily one of the best new products I’ve seen MAC put out in the past year (if not longer). The best part about these is the consistency across the fifteen–they all have the same creamy, silky texture and solid pigmentation across the board. Though the color range is not necessarily the most unique, the formula is fantastic, which makes the quality top notch. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy duplicate shades, but every shade is worth checking out. I feel like it’s been too long since I’ve said that about a MAC product.

These are over double the size of regular MAC eyeshadows ($14.50 for 0.05 oz.) and are the same size as Cream Colour Bases (in shape/packaging), and the texture is richer, almost thicker in a way, than veluxe pearl finish shadows. They have some of the intensity and the pearly finish of Starflash shadows, but they stand out on their own, too.

P.S. — I have also used these wet (“foiled”) and have not noticed any wet spot left behind, but it’s only been a few hours–so I’ll get back to you on that!

MAC Peacocky launches on January 6th, 2011 in-stores across North America, January 2011 for international. The approximate launch date for online is January 4th but may not be exact. It features 15 Mega Metal Eyeshadows ($19.50 each) and 12 Kissable Lipcolours ($18.00 each). All products are limited edition.

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: Slightly subdued, these shades are as wearable for color-fiends and more neutral fans. There are shades that are sure to appeal to everyone, but the power of these lies in the quality–smooth, buttery textures combined with intense pigmentation, effortless to blend, and cohesive application.

WHERE TO BUY: MAC Cosmetics, January 6th for North America; January 2011 for international

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Friday, December 31st, 2010

MAC Centre Stage Mega Metal Eyeshadow
MAC Centre Stage Mega Metal Eyeshadow

MAC Peacocky: Mega Metal Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches, Part 1

MAC Mega Metal Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.11 oz.) are a new long-wearing metallic powder with an intense metallic finish with medium-buildable coverage that is not supposed to fade or crease. This post features these five shades: Centre Stage (frosted chocolate brown), Dalliance (light champagne), Dandizette (navy with silver pearl), Ego (forest green), and Mating Call (dirty frosted violet).

  • Centre Stage is a rich, smoldering chocolate brown with soft bronze metallicized shimmer. It reminded me of a cooler-toned Bronze (permanent)–maybe like Chocolate Brown pigment (permanent).
  • Dalliance is a pewter gold with a metallic shimmer-sheen. As a pewter fan, it’s one of my favorite shades of the fifteen, but it’s also one of the more unique shades, too. The closest dupe I could think of was Patina (permanent), which may be a little lighter.
  • Dandizette is a navy blue with soft silvery-blue micro-shimmer and subtle metallic sheen. It’s similar to Deep Truth (permanent) but seems bluer, along with the many Deep Truth dupes out there, including Star by Night (Starflash ’08).
  • Ego is a medium-dark forest green with a soft gold shimmer-sheen. It’s not nearly as black as Oomph (from Mickey Contractor), and it is less green than Humid (permanent).
  • Mating Call is a pinked lavender with a silvery-lilac shimmer-sheen. It reminded me of Lotusland (Starflash ’08).  It’s more lilac than Stars ‘n Rockets, though (which is more fuchsia).

Buttery, smooth as silk, blendable beyond belief, and richly pigmented, the new Mega Metal Eyeshadows are easily one of the best new products I’ve seen MAC put out in the past year (if not longer).  The best part about these is the consistency across the fifteen–they all have the same creamy, silky texture and solid pigmentation across the board.  Though the color range is not necessarily the most unique, the formula is fantastic, which makes the quality top notch.  I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy duplicate shades, but every shade is worth checking out.  I feel like it’s been too long since I’ve said that about a MAC product!

These are over double the size of regular MAC eyeshadows ($14.50 for 0.05 oz.) and are the same size as Cream Colour Bases (in shape/packaging), and the texture is richer, almost thicker in a way, than veluxe pearl finish shadows.  They have some of the intensity and the pearly finish of Starflash shadows, but they stand out on their own, too.

P.S. — I have also used these wet (“foiled”) and have not noticed any wet spot left behind, but it’s only been a few hours–so I’ll get back to you on that!

MAC Peacocky launches on January 6th, 2011 in-stores across North America, January 2011 for international. The approximate launch date for online is January 4th but may not be exact. It features 15 Mega Metal Eyeshadows ($19.50 each) and 12 Kissable Lipcolours ($18.00 each). All products are limited edition.

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value:  10/10
  • Ease of Use: 5/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: Slightly subdued, these shades are as wearable for color-fiends and more neutral fans.  There are shades that are sure to appeal to everyone, but the power of these lies in the quality–smooth, buttery textures combined with intense pigmentation, effortless to blend, and cohesive application.

WHERE TO BUY: MAC Cosmetics, January 6th for North America; January 2011 for international

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Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

MAC Athma Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Athma Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Mickey Contractor: Athma Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Athma Eyeshadow Quad ($36.00 for 0.21 oz.) is new and limited edition from MAC Mickey Contractor. It includes four shades: Jaan (light neutral with soft gold pearl), Folie (reddish-plum brown), Vivah (brown with gold pearl), and Carbon (matte black).

Jaan is a peachy beige with soft gold sparkle. The pigmentation was nice, but I did experience some fall out when applying this on my lid. This has a lustre finish. It is a darker, sparkly version of Bamboo; or a lighter, sparkly version of Soft Brown.

Folie is a red-toned medium-dark brown with a soft, pearly sheen. It never swatches very nicely, but it is quite nice when used. This has a satin finish and is permanent.

Vivah is a lightly warmed up medium-dark chocolate brown with peach-gold sparkle. There was nice color pay off, but like Jaan, I did experience noticeable fall out. This has a lustre finish. It has a less frosted finish and less red undertones, but it is somewhat similar to Sable. It is a warmer, sparkly version of Courduroy. It also seems similar to Bobbi Brown Copper Sand (which I don’t own).

Carbon is a medium black. It works nicely to darken shades, even though it doesn’t swatch very well. It’s one of those better-in-practice mattes. This has a matte finish and is permanent.

I don’t typically like lustre eyeshadows, because the glittery bits are prone to ending up under your eye rather than on it, and these don’t do much to convince me otherwise. I recommend patting, rather than sweeping, on lustre eyeshadows, possibly with a damp brush for particularly fussy shades, to minimize fall out. If you do your eye makeup before your face makeup, then it will be easier to clean-up, too.

Initially, I thought this might be similar to Urban Decay’s Naked Palette, but there is not much shade overlap. They’re both neutral palettes, but there are not any direct dupes.

MAC Mickey Contractor will be available on January 6th at select North American stores and January 2011 for select international stores. It will be available online on approximately January 4th but may not be available until the 6th.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: With two lustres that did prove to have some fall out along with two permanent shades, I can’t comfortably recommend this eyeshadow quad, as much as I do feel these are very flattering, easy-to-wear neutrals. I’m happy that both lustres are rather pigmented and don’t also suffer from sheerness like some lustre-finish shadows do. (Please note that this product scores high on value, which boosts up the overall rating by a third of a grade.)

WHERE TO BUY: maccosmetics.com

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Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

MAC Marvel Eyeshadow
MAC Marvel Eyeshadow

MAC Mickey Contractor: Eyeshadows

There are four new and limited edition Eyeshadows ($14.50 for 0.05 oz.) in MAC’s Mickey Contractor Collection. They include: Marvel (deep purple with soft pink pearl), Oomph (forest green with soft gold pearl), Rani (bright fuchsia with soft pink pearl), and Saffron (deep coral caramel).

  • Marvel is a grape purple with soft purple micro-shimmer. I had some pigmentation issues with this shade; it seemed a little sheer–really couldn’t get it to build up as nicely as I’d like to see. This is a frost finish. It is a brighter version of Top Hat (Starflash ’08), less intense version of Push the Edge pigment (Make Up Art Cosmetics ’09), less pigmented version of Grape pigment, similar to Violet pigment, and more purple than Fertile (Strange Hybrid ’08). I’d also say it’s a mix of Satellite Dreams and Purple Haze as far as permanent shades go.
  • Oomph is a blackened forest green with subtle gold shimmer-sheen. This is a veluxe pearl finish. Given the veluxe pearl finish, it seems less pigmented and not nearly as buttery as other shades in the same finish. It’s slightly greener than Greensmoke (discontinued), darker and blacker than Humid NARS Night Porter is closest but more pigmented.
  • Rani is a brightened medium fuchsia pink with subtle white micro-shimmer. It’s a little sheerer than I’d like to see. This is a frost finish. It’s a less iridescent version of Romping (C-Shock ’07, Hello Kitty’ 09), significantly pinker than Passionate, and pinker (less fuchsia) than Madly Personal (Stylishly Yours ’10).  I’d opt for Make Up For Ever #75 if you want something really pink.  NARS Divine (pink side) also seems quite similar.
  • Saffron is a softened, burnt orange with subtle micro-shimmer. This is a satin finish. It was smooth, pigmented, and easy to blend out. It’s a less orange, rustier version of Rule.  Maybe like a combination of Red Brick and Rule but with a satin finish.

Oddly enough, it is the neutral shade (Saffron) which has the best pigmentation and smoothest texture. The other shades were a little disappointing in pigmentation, and I think they are easier to dupe. Also, noteworthy, Oomph only has 0.04 oz., while the other three are the typical 0.05 oz. size. I wonder why that is!

MAC Mickey Contractor will be available on January 6th at select North American stores and January 2011 for select international stores. It will be available online on approximately January 4th but may not be available until the 6th.

FINAL THOUGHTS: I would skip Marvel, consider Oomph and Rani, while Saffron would be my top pick.  I’m not keen on handing out an overall rating across four eyeshadows with varying pigmentation issues.  Saffron certainly does not deserve a lower rating because Marvel suffers from pigmentation and textural issues!  Saffron lies in the B+/A- range, while Marvel is at the bottom at a C/C+ range.  Oomph and Rani hover around a B/B-.

WHERE TO BUY: maccosmetics.com

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Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Dior Gris Gris Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Gris Gris Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Spring 2011: Gris Gris

Dior Gris-Gris (034) 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.21 oz.) is new and is part of Dior’s spring collection. (I’m not sure about the permanence of this product–still waiting for confirmation.) It is aptly named, as it consists of five shades that are variations on white/black/gray.

There is a blue-tinged white with a frosted finish; medium-dark bluish-gray with a satin finish; pewter gray with a metallic-frost sheen; bright snow white with a high metallic-frost finish; and a dark, matte black with silver micro-sparkle. For the traditional, more monochromatic smoky eye, this is a perfect palette to create those kinds of looks. I like the gradual intensity of gray from white to black, which allows for a lot of different variations in how light or dark you want to go.

This quint has very smooth, buttery eyeshadows that are nicely pigmented, not powdery, and effortlessly blendable. I did not feel like there were any problem children in this palette, which is really nice to see, because often there is at least one imperfect shade in any palette.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: It’s a high quality palette with rather classic shades of white, gray, and black; whether it’s a must-have depends on your stash. None of these shades are out-of-this-world unique, but they work well together and come in a convenient palette, too.

WHERE TO BUY: January 2011

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Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Spring 2011: Ombres Perlees

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new and limited edition eyeshadow palette from Chanel’s spring collection that features five shades.  It contains: a pearled, metallic barely gold-tinged white; metallic pinked bronze withc hampagne sheen; dirty mauve gray; darkened, charcoal foreest green with metallic sheen; and dirty charcoal navy blue with sheen. All five were really pigmented except the purple shade, which was noticeably sheerer. The finishes on these is rather metallic, with some being true metallics and others being a cross between frost and metallic.

Initially, I likened the texture of these shades to Stila’s Jewel Eyeshadow Palette or Urban Decay’s Stardusts — but not quite. Those two have a wetter, glittery texture, while these as drier but smoother and are about shimmer, micro-shimmer, sheen, but not so much about glitter. They’re similar but different enough that I wouldn’t say they are the same.

These are creamy, buttery shadows; they feel almost like a cream-to-powder eyeshadow, but they’re powder. The texture is really lovely, and if you have the chance to, get a feel (though I have no idea how well these hold up as testers!). Again, all of the shades except the purple one were pigmented; the swatches are shown with just a single pass of color–there’s no layering required–and they’re incredibly easy to blend out, because they apply so smoothly. I liked using the 239 or the 242.

I am disappointed in the amount of product, though, because the average eyeshadow quad contains 0.24 oz. of product, which retails for $56, and while this one is $65, you’re getting only 0.17 oz. I don’t, however, think this will prevent it from being one of the more sought after items from the spring collection, and I can certainly see why it has been flying off the shelves before it’s even officially hit counters.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: The texture is phenomenal and something one has to try out in person to really understand, but I’m not sure this color scheme is as workable as I’d like to see in a palette. It runs cooler, with even the coppery shade seemingly cool, so it will work best on cooler skin tones. I think because the shades are darker but cool, warmer skin tones can still pair them with warmer shades for an easy look.

WHERE TO BUY: Nordstrom

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