Thursday, August 25th, 2011

bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Quads: The Afterparty

bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains four shades: Cheers, Mingle, Rowdy, and Lights Down.  This quad 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, I was able to wear several of the new duos (which have the same formula for pressed eyeshadows) for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

Cheers is a white with a soft, frosted finish. It has a reallyd ense, buttery texture that gives it great color payoff and smooth application. It’s not a particular unique shade, though, and as such, it is similar to several other white eyeshadows like: Cumulus and theBalm Lab Coat.

Mingle is a subtly blue-toned, light-medium gray with a silvery sheen. It has pretty good pigmentation, but the texture isn’t as dense or as buttery as Cheers–it’s still very soft and easy to work with. It’s a touch lighter than Inglot #448, lighter and less metallic compared to Deja Vu. It is closest to Inglot #324 but that has a matte finish.

Rowdy is a brown-gray-plum with a pearly sheen. It looks grayer swatched than it does in the pan. The texture is soft but less dense and creamy compared to Cheers (expected, given the more matte-like finish), but the color payoff is good. Generally, you want a matte eyeshadow that’s soft and pliable, so it’s not dry and stiff, but you don’t want it so soft that it becomes powdery, as this can often lead to chalky or uneven application. This hits a good balance between softness and blendability. It’s grayer than MAC Tendersmoke, but I couldn’t find anything else in the gallery that seemed to be very close.

Lights Down is a mostly matte black base with silver sparkle. The texture is good, and the matte base has nice color payoff. As expected, the silver sparkle doesn’t translate so much on the eye–it tends to get lost. This is the kind of color (and concept) that a lot of brands have done–think NARS Night Breed, Lancome The New Black, MAC Black Tied, etc. For as much shimmer as there is in the pan, you can see how there is very little visible in the swatch. The good part about that is there is less worry about fall out, since it doesn’t even make it to the eye!

Rowdy is one of the more unique shades in the quad, but it may be the odd one out, too–I can easily see the combination of white, gray, and black working, but Rowdy throws a wrench in there. It’s a blend of brown, plum, and gray but none of those really dominate. It’s almost like a burgundy-taupe. I like that included a variety of finishes in the quad, and as several of the other duos/quads have been, these are more basic, core colors than revolutionary shades (which is fine!).

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The After Party

B+
I like it, but I don't love it. For cooler skin tones, this could be nice for a very classic smoky eye palette, and Rowdy could be an interesting way to mix it up.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, August 22nd, 2011


MAC Seaside Cream Colour Base

MAC Me Over: Seaside Cream Colour Base

MAC Seaside Cream Colour Base ($17.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “soft peach rose.” It has a very warm, slightly bronzed look to it with a hint of peach–the rose is very, very subtle. I can see some using this as a highlighter, and I think it will work particularly well on darker skin tones as such. It has more of a sheen than shimmer to its finish, and it can easily be blended out for a glowy sheen on cheeks. It’s rosier than MAC Peachtwist but has a lot more shimmer than Burberry Russet.

Cream Colour Bases tend to wear poorly when worn alone, because they have a lot of slip and take awhile to dry down, especially if you use them opaque–if you sheer them out to a wash, they will cooperate better when worn alone. I recommend setting with powder if you wear it over the lid. The creaminess of the formula, however, enables it to glide on like butter and easily blended across wherever you might apply it.

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MAC Seaside Cream Colour Base Review, Photos, Swatches

A-
It could act as a shimmery bronzer on lighter skin tones as a glowy highlight on darker skin tones. It seems like a rather versatile shade, though it distinctly warm, so it will complement warmer complexions better.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, August 21st, 2011

MAC Me Over Eyeshadow
MAC Moleskin Eyeshadow

MAC Me Over: Eyeshadows

There are six shades of MAC Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) launched with MAC Me Over. They include: Carbonized (frosty dark brown), Creamy Bisque (mid-tone ivory with pearlized pigments), Moleskin (nude brown), Mythical (frosty copper red), Outre (mid-tone mustard), and Satin Taupe (taupe with silver shimmer).

  • Carbonized is a rich chocolate brown with bronze shimmer. The color payoff is lovely with a really soft and smooth texture. This shade has a veluxe pearl finish (so it is only 0.04 oz.). Urban Decay Lost is a bit similar, but it has a more reflective sheen and appears lighter, which is the same reason why Inglot #422 is not a dupe.  It’s similar to MAC Centre Stage but with less shimmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is less brown.
  • Creamy Bisque is a soft, creamy ivory with a pink tint. The finish has a pearly sheen. The pigmentation is pretty good, and I can see this being a go-to highlighter for some. This shade has a frost finish. MAC Blanc Type is more beige. It’s more like a less frosted Phloof!
  • Moleskin is a softened, medium brown with a subtle, caramel warmth. This shade has a matte finish. It feels more like a satin to me, though–it has the same texture and, to some degree, the finish. It has good color payoff. It is a touch warmer than Urban Decay Naked but similar, though Naked has a softer formula. Inglot #337 is similar but has a redder base.
  • Mythical is a coppery brown with a metallic shimmer-sheen. This shade has a veluxe pearl finish (so it is only 0.04 oz.). The pigmentation is good, but the color itself has a faded quality to it, and the texture is smooth and soft. It is lighter than theBalm Racy Kacy, less brown and red-tinted compared to MAC Faux Gold. It’s also a muted version of Coppering.
  • Outre is a mustard-y brown–it has this mustard yellow tinge to it. This shade has a matte finish. It has a soft, smooth texture with lovely color payoff. It is reminiscent of MAC Ochre Style, which had shimmer in it. Double Feature 4 is muddier–it is grayer and browner. It’s darker and more yellowed than MAC Bamboo.
  • Satin Taupe is a dark taupe with a hint of burgundy and a frosted finish. This shade has a frost finish, and it is part of the permanent range. It is similar to Bare Escentuals Meteorite.

The four I’ve tested so far are good.  The texture of both Mythical and Satin Taupe are excellent, but the color payoff is good across the board.  I think Moleskin, despite its demure manner, will be one that many will look to grab when it launches, because of its similarity to the famous Urban Decay Naked–consider it a sleeper hit.  I know Outre will look awful on me, but it has that so-ugly-it’s-pretty kind of appeal.

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 Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos, Reviews

A-
The single eyeshadows definitely have a theme: neutral. They are more universally wearable, subtler, and generally more versatile as a whole. They will work well together or paired with existing shades in your stash.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

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4/5

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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

B
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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