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.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sunday, August 21st, 2011

MAC Evil Eye Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Evil Eye Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Me Over: Evil Eye Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Evil Eye Eyeshadow Quad ($38.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a limited edition set of four shades of rather cool-toned colors. It features Palace Pedigreed (deep berry with soft pink), Spellcaster (blackened violet), Evil Eye (deep yellow grey), and Moody (blackened green).

  • Palace Pedigreed is a blackened burgundy with a barely-there sheen. This has a satin finish. This shade was in the Palace Pedigreed Eyeshadow Quad from Fabulous Felines, and while the pigmentation wasn’t great then, it’s even worse now. It’s dry, sheer, and applies unevenly because of how dry and stiff the texture is. Make Up For Ever #131 is much more red-based. Bare Escentuals Passion is more similar but still has a stronger red-base. Le Metier de Beaute is richer and more red-based. MAC Fig. 1 is similar but possibly darker.
  • Spellcaster is a dark, dark purple with cool undertones. This has a matte finish. Similarly, this shade is dry, stiff, and terribly sheer. Lancome Zip Me Up is the only shade that seems to come close, and though it’s not great, it looks so much better in comparison.
  • Evil Eye is a murky gray with a green tinge. It’s splotchy, sheer, and dry. This has a matte finish. Make Up For Ever #84 is similar in color but has gold shimmer and a frosted finish. Make Up For Ever #47 is greener and less gray (same with MAC Femme Noir.
  • Moody is a purple-tinged gray with soft sheen. This has a veluxe pearl finish. It’s the most pigmented shade of the four, and though it’s better than the other three, it does feel a bit dry for a veluxe pearl. It doesn’t have the same dense, buttery texture come to veluxe pearls and the payoff is still a touch sheer. It is reminiscent of MAC Hint of Sapphire. Inglot #434 is similar but purpler.

This is quite possibly the most disappointing eyeshadow quad I’ve ever had the displeasure of trying by MAC. I think the only MAC product I’ve been more disappointed by were their Suite Array duos from years ago. Even the Big Bounce Eyeshadows, despite not meeting claims, were a product that worked well as a base. At $38, this kind of quality is a slap in the face to a buyer. Three of the four shades have barely-there pigmentation, and those same three have dry, stiff textures that make application frustrating–it doesn’t get better with a brush or on eyes. I appreciate matte and satin finish eyeshadows, but these mattes are exactly why many opt for shimmers and the like.

Side note: I triple-checked the press release, and Moody is described as both a veluxe pearl (and it is listed last on the back of the quad) but it’s certainly not a blackened green–while Evil Eye is that. I think there is a mix-up here, but I can’t confirm it until the work week starts. Since you can’t buy them separately, the determination shouldn’t affect purchasing decisions.

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MAC Evil Eye Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

F
There is nothing that warrants paying $38 for this product. The only way I was able to achieve any color for swatching was by scraping off the product. The textures are so dry and stiff, it renders these eyeshadows extremely difficult to use.

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

4/10

Texture

3/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

2/5

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Sunday, August 21st, 2011

MAC Avenue Fluidline
MAC Avenue Fluidline

MAC Me Over: Fluidlines

There are four new and limited edition shades of MAC Fluidline ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) in this collection. They include: Avenue (charcoal black with gold pearlized pigments), Dark Diversion (darkened plum), Dark Envy (blackened green), and Midnight Blues (blackened blue).

  • Avenue is a dark, black-brown with a hint of gold shimmer. It’s hard to see the shimmer when it’s worn. It’s less intense compared to Blitz & Glitz.
  • Dark Diversion is a reddened burgundy. This is a repromote.  It’s a little redder and deeper compared to Bobbi Brown Violet Ink, but not quite as dark as Bobbi Brown Black Plum.
  • Dark Envy is a teal-tinged green with emerald green and teal micro-shimmer. It’s mostly opaque, but it’s not as solid as Avenue. It’s lighter and not as blackened as Bobbi Brown Ivy Shimmer Ink.
  • Midnight Blues is a dark navy blue with a hint of teal. It has a subtly shimmery finish. It’s a bluer version of Prescriptives Blue Grotto. It is also similar to NARS Kaliste (with a way better formula!). MAC Siahi is similar in that it is that blue-teal feel, but it’s brighter with less of a blackened base.

Fluidline is a long-wearing, smudge-proof gel eyeliner that comes in a glass pot with a black, screw-on lid. I like to use the 208 brush with Fluidlines, because it’s a very thin but firm angle brush. MAC’s Fluidline does a good job of wearing all day without fading, smudging, or budging. It’s definitely one of my favorite gel eyeliners, and I’ve had many for years and none of them have dried out thus far.

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 Fluidline Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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I wish MAC would expand their permanent range of Fluidlines, because over time, it has shrunk quite a bit. I think some of these shades would work well in the permanent range, because they're very classic--dark enough to line with but not so dark it loses the underlying color.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, August 20th, 2011


NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow

NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow

NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “24 karat gold shimmer.” It’s a pop of yellow gold with a metallic sheen. The texture is soft and smooth, which is exactly what you want with a metallic finish, so it really retains its reflective nature. MAC Goldmine is much darker, while Urban Decay Eldorado is very similar but the quality of Goldfinger is much, much better. Inglot #403 is similar but a touch darker. Make Up For Ever #10 is pretty close but a little more orange-based.

NARS Eyeshadows are described as “ultra pigmented, long-wearing, [and] crease-resistant” that can be applied wet or dry. I get around eight hours of wear before I notice subtle creasing with NARS’ eyeshadows, so I would still wear an eyeshadow primer if I wanted all-day wear. The packaging is slim and compact with matte black rubberized packaging that absorbs impact better than a harder plastic. There is a mirror inside the compact as well.

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Goldfinger

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It's bright and sunny--not too much yellow that it isn't still gold. The texture is nice and allows for a smooth application that's easy to blend out.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, August 19th, 2011

Make Up For Ever #2 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #2 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #2 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #2 Aqua Cream ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “silver gray” with a shimmer finish. It’s less silver and gray than it is dirty gray and brown–more taupe than silver. It has a frosted, metallic sheen. When it is sheered out, it looks browner and more taupe-like.  This shade is recommended for both eyes and cheeks, though I suspect most will use it on eyes.  The color reminded me of Chanel Epatant, which has a lot more shimmer.

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 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 #2 Aqua Cream Review, Photos, Swatches

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I like #2 as a quick wash of smoky color when you don't have a lot of time to create a look, but it also makes a great base for a smoky eye. The long-wearing formula makes it more versatile, since you can wear it alone or underneath your favorite powder products.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, August 19th, 2011

bareMinerals The Epiphany Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Epiphany Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Duos: The Epiphany

bareMinerals The Epiphany Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: A-Ha and Foreshadow. This duo launches in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that is “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color” that is long-wearing when worn alone without creasing or budging. When worn alone (without an eyeshadow primer), the new pressed eyeshadows wear around ten hours. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

A-Ha is a warmed-over gray-tinged brown with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was dense and buttery, which allowed for a smooth application. It is a bit less red-toned compared to Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo. It is similar to Bobbi Brown Sandy Rose, just more intense.

Foreshadow is a dark, red-toned brown with a near-matte finish. The powder is so finely milled–it has a soft, silky texture that gives it a very crisp, smooth application with excellent color payoff. It’s less red compared to Make Up For Ever #162, but it’s softer than MAC Embark. It is closest to Inglot #378 but better pigmentation.

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bareMinerals Epiphany Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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This is a lovely duo of neutrals--with a slight warmth, but not too much--and I'm quite surprised at how well both shades work. Even the matte finished shade is a dream to apply; it has such a silky texture that's clearly been milled a few times, which makes it easy to blend while still having good color coverage.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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