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MAC Embrace Me Eyeshadow

MAC Embrace Me Eyeshadow
MAC Embrace Me Eyeshadow

MAC Embrace Me Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft pink [with a satin finish].” It’s a bold, deepened raspberry pink with a matte finish–it may be listed as a satin, but it read very matte when I applied it! MAC More Amour is more subdued, less pink. MAC Tease with Ease is cooler-toned, pinker, and satiny. MAC passionate is barely warmer–a little brighter.

Embrace Me had excellent pigmentation–it was rich, intense, and applied that way, too. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend out on the lid. It didn’t have any dryness, and it didn’t kick up a ton of excess powder or look powdery on the lid. It was nicely balanced in regards to texture (not too dry, not too soft), and it is an example of when MAC’s matte formula can shine. This shade lasted eight full hours–both with and without primer–on the lid without fading or creasing, but I did notice it would stain the lid somewhat when worn without a primer; after nine hours, there was a smidgen of fading without a primer.

MAC Eyeshadow Embrace Me
Embrace Me
Embrace Me
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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MAC Silly Eyeshadow

MAC Silly Eyeshadow
MAC Silly Eyeshadow

MAC Silly Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “clean blue pink [with a frost finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with blue undertones and a mostly matte finish (there is no frost in sight). MAC Dynamic Duo #4 is a bit lighter (and so much sheerer/drier that they’re not easy to compare). Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #3 is similar in color but frosted. MAC for Miss Piggy looks rather similar in the pan (but it had poorer quality, so they don’t look as much alike swatched). MAC Feather Pink is slightly lighter and has a satiny finish.

It had good color payoff that was mostly opaque applied. The texture had a very slight powderiness to it when I swatched it, but it seemed to be minimized when applied–but there was some excess powder kicked up in the pan, so be gentle with your brush to avoid waste. Silly was blendable, but it did have a tendency to sheer out somewhat when blended, so the best application method would be to pat it on, and then very lightly blend along the edges only as needed to maintain the intensity. When I tested it for wear, the eyeshadow lasted seven hours before starting to fade without a primer; nine hours with a primer.

MAC Eyeshadow Silly
Silly
Silly
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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

Milani Perfect Purple Liquid Eye Pencil

Milani Perfect Purple Liquid Eye Pencil
Milani Perfect Purple Liquid Eye Pencil

Milani Perfect Purple Liquid Eye Pencil ($6.99 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “bright purple with shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned purple with violet and silver shimmer. It is very similar to MAC Designer Purple, but it has smaller sparkle. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister is similar in color but has more of a satin finish.

From what I can tell, Liquid Eye is really Liquif’Eye just renamed and probably underwent some reformulation, but I really couldn’t tell the difference between the two in regards to texture (even the numbering of the shades is the same). What’s even better is that a good purple eyeliner can be a challenge to find, but Milani nailed this one. It’s intensely pigmented with fantastic color payoff even in a single stroke.  The consistency is creamy and glides on beautifully, and once it sets, it stays put.

Now, Milani says that it’s “smudge-proof” and “long-lasting,” and according to Milani, long-lasting means “up to 24 hours.” I didn’t and don’t plan on testing this for 24 hours any time soon (the thought of going to bed with makeup always makes me uncomfortable!), but I did wear this for 16 hours, and it did well overall–there was a slight thinning of the line but no smudging below the liner or migration into the outer or inner corners. So, it wasn’t perfect wear over a 16-hour time period, but for most people, I think the wear will be fantastic for the time they need.  It was impeccable after eight hours, just for reference. Based on the thinning I saw between eight and 16 hours, I would expect this to still look decent after 18-20 hours. (But I really wish products weren’t marketed with 24-hour wear!)

Milani Liquid Eye Pencil Perfect Purple
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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