Thursday, November 4th, 2010

MAC Sassy Neutral Lassies Lipglass Sets
Lipglasses: Stealing Kisses, Girls at Play, Scottish Lilt, Bright & Perky, Spirits A’ Flying

MAC Tartan Tale Chapter 2: Sassy Neutral Lassies Lipglass Set

This year, MAC has released three different miniature lipglass sets. Each set contains five different shades of lipglass, each containing 0.08 oz. of product. Like the other sets from Chapter 2, they are housed in a metal tin that features the tartan pattern on the outside. They also have a plastic insert to keep the glosses standing up evenly within the tin, but it can be easily removed for more storage. Each set retails for $29.50.

Lipglasses are sheer to opaque in color, but they have a tackier, stickier texture. They are supposed to be vanilla-scented, but I did find a couple throughout the sets that smelled like plastic. These have the same sponge-tipped applicators that full-sized lipglasses have, but it seems less spongy and less gloss is pulled through on each pass (not necessarily a bad thing there!).

This set includes: Bright & Perky (classic bronze), Girls at Play (plummy brown), Scottish Lilt (peachy beige), Spirits A’ Flying (pale gold), and Stealing Kisses (glossing spice).

  • Bright & Perky is a semi-sheer, orange-toned brown with orange-gold shimmer.  It seems rather similar to Ornamental (lipglass).
  • Girls at Play is a semi-sheer darkened red with a heavy hit of gold shimmer. It’s a redder version of Pret-a-Papier (from Pret-a-Papier). It’s also the lipglass version of Baron’s Rose and Fun Bathing lipsticks. I would like it more if it didn’t apply so splotchily.
  • Scottish Lilt is a semi-opaque, milky, pale, fleshy beige. It’s similar to C-Thru, but it lacks the red flecks.
  • Spirits A’ Flying is a sheer milky peach gloss base (very sheer!) with tangerine shimmer. It’s a weaker version of Kumquat (from Spring Colour Forecast).
  • Stealing Kisses is a semi-opaque, creamy muted tangerine-brown with white micro-shimmer. It’s similar to Entice, but it’s more orange.

A normal lipglass contains 0.17 oz. of product and retails for $14.50. In this set, you’ll receive 0.40 oz. worth of lipglass for $29.50. This works out to be $85.29/oz. for an individual [full-sized] lipglass and $73.75/oz. for the lipglass set. It’s also worth pointing out that for the price of two full-sized shades, you’ll have five shades to choose from. If you’re someone who doesn’t stick with one gloss long enough to finish, the sets will be more worthwhile for you.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: The glosses, on the whole, are definitely neutral tones, and they’re even neutral colors.  I’m not really pulled either direction with these, as I think they’ll work for a variety of people, but nothing really jumps out at me either.

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics (November 4th/11th — check your local store for availability)

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Thursday, November 4th, 2010

MAC Sassy Coral Lassies Lipglass Sets
Lipglasses: Hearts-a-Beatin’, Jest for Fun, Mimmy, Pretty Quick!, Tad Saucy

MAC Tartan Tale Chapter 2:  Sassy Coral Lipglass Set

This year, MAC has released three different miniature lipglass sets. Each set contains five different shades of lipglass, each containing 0.08 oz. of product. Like the other sets from Chapter 2, they are housed in a metal tin that features the tartan pattern on the outside. They also have a plastic insert to keep the glosses standing up evenly within the tin, but it can be easily removed for more storage. Each set retails for $29.50.

Lipglasses are sheer to opaque in color, but they have a tackier, stickier texture. They are supposed to be vanilla-scented, but I did find a couple throughout the sets that smelled like plastic. These have the same sponge-tipped applicators that full-sized lipglasses have, but it seems less spongy and less gloss is pulled through on each pass (not necessarily a bad thing there!).  Wear time seems to be three to four hours on average, but some shades pull a little longer while others are shorter.

This set includes: Hearts-a-Beatin’ (pale raisin), Jest for Fun (peachy blossom pink), Mimmy (bright pink coral), Pretty Quick! (bright coral), and Tad Saucy (pale muted pink).

  • Hearts-a-Beatin’ is a medium-dark coral with bronzy brown pull and orange-gold and white shimmer. It’s like Tranceplant and Ornamental had a baby.
  • Jest for Fun is an opaque, milky pink beige with just the tiniest leaning of coral. It has ultra fine white shimmer, but the milkiness definitely takes over here. It’s not quite as pale as Underage, but it’s similar. Ample Pink (Plushglass) looks rather similar when worn.
  • Mimmy is a sheer, pale jelly pink with fuchsia and gold flecks of shimmer strewn through the gloss base. This originally launched with MAC’s Hello Kitty Collection.
  • Pretty Quick! is an opaque, creamy light coral with white micro-shimmer. It resembles Strange Potion (from Venomous Villains) a bit, actually, when worn.
  • Tad Saucy is a clear gloss base with a heavy dose of white and pink shimmer. It looks rather frosty on lips, so it may be better as a layering gloss than alone. It seems similar to Bountiful (Plushglass).

A normal lipglass contains 0.17 oz. of product and retails for $14.50. In this set, you’ll receive 0.40 oz. worth of lipglass for $29.50. This works out to be $85.29/oz. for an individual [full-sized] lipglass and $73.75/oz. for the lipglass set. It’s also worth pointing out that for the price of two full-sized shades, you’ll have five shades to choose from. If you’re someone who doesn’t stick with one gloss long enough to finish, the sets will be more worthwhile for you.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I like how the set ranges from light to dark, and it’s not just straight-up coral (though it also seems to miss having a truly outrageous coral shade) but variations on coral.  I feel like I have seen a few of these shades before, but if corals are up your alley, they’re worth a peek.

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics (November 4th/11th — check your local store for availability)

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Thursday, November 4th, 2010

MAC Tartan Tale: Viva Glam, Sir Teddy, & Brush Sets Video Review

I filmed my Tartan Tale Kit/Sets review yesterday, and my throat was scratchy afterward, which had to mean I talked way too long–sure enough, I did! We ended up splitting the video into two parts. It worked out, though, because I spend half of this video on why Viva Glam (and Sir Teddy) are great charitable campaigns, and then the other half on a rant review on MAC’s brush sets.

For my written review and photos of the brush set, you can view it here. (Link to vote is here — I’m Christine Mielke.)

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

MAC Tartan Tale Dazzleglass Cremes
Passing Fancy, Gone Romancin’, Lightly Prancing, Radiant Jewels, Soft Dazzle

MAC Tartan Tale: Dazzleglass Cremes

MAC Tartan Tale Dazzleglass Cremes ($18.00 for 0.09 oz.) feature five new and limited edition shades ranging from sheer neutrals to more opaque red. Dazzleglasses Cremes have a thicker consistency but aren’t as sticky as lipglass. I do find that they have a slightly gritty texture, which becomes more noticeable as the gloss disappears and the glittery bits are left behind. They smell like vanilla.

The shades include: Passing Fancy (bright orange coral with soft pearl), Gone Romancin’ (mid-tone lavender with multi-dimensional pearl), Lightly Prancing (light peach with gold pearl), Radiant Jewels (dark sparkly magenta), and Soft Dazzle (mid-tone peach pink with gold pearl).

Their biggest downfall is how little product you get in each tube: a measly 0.09 oz. To put that into perspective, a normal MAC Lipglass is $14.50 and contains 0.17 oz. I like Dazzleglasses for their high shine, glossy look and very dazzling shimmer, but the pitiful amount drives me batty.

  • Passing Fancy is a soft, sheer coral-nude with white shimmer. This is the least shimmer-filled of the five. I don’t know how this translates to “bright orange coral,” though. It may look it in the tube, but on the lips, not the case. Smile would be the closest permanent dupe, though it has a bit more shimmer.
  • Gone Romancin’ is a semi-opaque lilac pink with lots of light lilac and white shimmer. This one is full of shimmer! It reminds me of Negligee lipglass or a more lilac Cultured. It’s a bit pinker than Via Veneto.
  • Lightly Prancing is a semi-sheer, milky peach nude with soft gold shimmer. It is reminiscent of Sublime Shine, though less gold shimmer. The closest permanent dupe would be Bare Necessity.
  • Radiant Jewels is a semi-opaque, deep fuchsia raspberry with fuchsia shimmer. It looks very much like Creme Allure — maybe just a touch darker, but they look very, very close to me. Love Alert would be the closest permanent dupe.
  • Soft Dazzle is a semi-sheer, milky pink-nude with gold shimmer. Yes, it looks incredibly similar to Lightly Prancing–it’s just a little pink. Moth to Flame would be the closest permanent dupe –it doesn’t have as much gold sparkle.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Gone Romancin’ is fun, and I think with the amount of lilac lip fans, it’ll go over well. The others are rather similar to past or present dazzleglasses/dazzleglass cremes, though.

AVAILABILITY: Online now, October 28th in-store

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Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

MAC Tartan Tale: Viva Glam Lip Bag
MAC Tartan Tale: ‘Tis Noble to Give Viva Glam Lip Bag

MAC Tartan Tale: ‘Tis Noble to Give Viva Glam Lip Bag

This year’s Viva Glam item is ‘Tis Noble to Give Viva Glam Lip Bag ($36.00), which includes full-sizes of Viva Glam V (lipstick) and Viva Glam V (lipglass), both described as a “neutral pink with pearl.” The set comes with a red-dominated tartan-patterened bag, the same as in the other Lip Bags (just a bit bigger than my hand).

  • Viva Glam V (lipstick) is a pinky nude-brown with soft champagne shimmer. It’s semi-sheer on lips, and it’s incredibly flattering. This is the kind of shade that looks good on both warmer and cooler skin tones.
  • Viva Glam V (lipglass) is a peachy nude with soft golden shimmer. It has a milky quality to it, and it’s not nearly as pink as its lipstick counterpart. This is warmer, but I don’t think it’s unduly warm that it wouldn’t work on cooler skin tones.

For all the Bravehearts and beautiful souls that keep the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund flowing, we say, ’Tis Noble to Give… and with every purchase of this gorgeous, grandiloquent world-clan collectible, you are helping to keep the coffers confident – because every cent from every M∙A∙C VIVA GLAM purchase always goes directly to the women, men and kids affected by HIV/AIDS everywhere. It’s our heritage, our proud moment…and yours too. Keep the VIVA GLAM clan alive and thriving!

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I always recommend buying Viva Glam when the colors appeal to you–it is such a fantastic cause.

AVAILABILITY: October 28th at MAC Stores/Counters, Now online

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Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

MAC Tartan Tale: Happily Ever After Lip Kit
MAC Tartan Tale: Happily Ever After Lip Kit

MAC Tartan Tale: Happily Ever After Lip Kit

Happily Ever After Lip Kit ($22.50) is a trio of lip products, featuring one sheer lipglass and two lipsticks. This is a very pink-themed lip palette that does run a bit cool-toned, but it’s very wearable for both cool and warm skin tones.  Lip palettes tend to be a hate it or love it kind of product; either you love the utility and portability of them or find them impractical and frustrating. I belong to the latter camp, so I’ve always leaned towards MAC’s Lip Bags during the holidays!

The lip palette includes: Endless Fun (sheer frosty pink), Cheers All Around (bright candy pink), and To Joy (medium pink). All three shades are new and limited edition to this palette.

  • Endless Fun is a shimmering pale, milky pink with champagne-gold shimmer. It is a lipglass. It’s a lot like Oyster Girl.
  • Cheers All Around is an opaque bright medium pink with blue undertones and lighter pink-fuchsia shimmer. It is a frost finish lipstick, but it’s not very frosty. This shade is a cross between Bombshell and Creme de la Femme.
  • To Joy is a semi-sheer pale peach-pink with heavy frosted shimmer. It is a frost finish lipstick. High Strung was the closest dupe I could think of, but it’s a little darker.  It looks nicer swatched than on my lips!

The palette contains one lipglass (0.03 oz.) and two lipsticks (0.09 oz.). A full-sized lipglass (0.17 oz.) retails for $14.50, while a full-sized lipstick (0.10 oz.) retails for $14.50. It also has a tiny 316SE brush. In this case, you’re getting $2.56 worth of lipglass and $13.05 worth of lipstick–so it’s just over $15 worth of product but the price tag is $22.50. Not such a hot deal in regards to quantity, but the other side of the coin is you get to try three shades for $22.50 vs. $43.50.

MAC’s lipsticks vary from sheer to opaque, and finish doesn’t always tell the story on pigmentation, so these shades seem in line with the brand’s lipstick range.  If you like pinks, this is totally up your alley; if you’re not so into pinks, it won’t make your must-buy list.  I don’t think these shades are the most unique, so if you just spot one you’re interested, try giving one of the suggested dupes a shot.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Though a little cooler in tone, it’s not terribly cool.  I expect that Cheers All Around will grab some eyes, as it’s a nice bright pink without being neon.

AVAILABILITY: October 28th at MAC Stores/Counters, Now online

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