Saturday, February 25th, 2012

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass (Part 2)

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass ($19.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a new and limited edition formula releasing next Thursday, March 1st. This post features these shades: Fuji Pink (pale peach with low level pearl), Imperial Red (bright rose with pearl), Jasmine Honey (light cream beige), Mango Sheen (bright coral with pearl), Moon Beach (warm light beige with pearl), and Sweet Bean (cool beige with pearl).

  • Fuji Pink is a milky peach with just a smattering of white shimmer. It lightens lips a bit. Shades like Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle, Giorgio Armani #500, and Guerlain Rose in Bloom are all similar (which is just naming a few).
  • Imperial Red is a darkened pink with fine gold shimmer. The color coverage is semi-opaque and surprisingly even. MAC Totally Bang has a similar base color but the shimmer is different. MAC Radiant Jewels is redder.
  • Jasmine Honey is a milky beige with white-beige shimmer. It is a little lighter than Fuji Pink, but the two are hardly polar opposites. Again, shades like Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle, Giorgio Armani #500, and Guerlain Rose in Bloom are all similar (which is just naming a few).
  • Mango Sheen is an orange-red with gold-copper shimmer. This shade has more semi-opaque color, but it doesn’t apply as evenly as Imperial Red. Revlon Strawberry is similar but a touch pinker. MAC Geo Pink is more orange. MAC Double Dare is similar in color but doesn’t have the gold shimmer.
  • Moon Beach is a sheer pearly beige. It’s mostly shimmer on my lips, so there are lots of sheer lipgloss dupes.
  • Sweet Bean is a mix of coppery-red, rose, and white shimmer. MAC Superglass reminded me of the way this looks, sort of like confetti, but I don’t know of an exact dupe. This one gets a little gritty after it wears away.

Please see part one for a review of the formula.

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MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

B-

I like both non-sticky and sticky lipgloss formulas, but I'm not keen on this one, especially as it gets to this thin, tacky consistency over time. I wish the colors would apply more evenly, as uneven gloss can be really noticeable.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, February 25th, 2012

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass (Part 1)

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass ($19.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a new and limited edition formula releasing next Thursday, March 1st. This post features these shades: Almond Blossom (pale pink with high level pearl), Asian Butterfly (lilac with pearl), Black Tea (deep brown with pearl), Cherry Fest (rose with high level pearl), and Dress Kimono (mid-tone frosted plum).

  • Almond Blossom is a pale beige and champagne-gold shimmered gloss that has no real color but a fair amount of shimmer. MAC Jana has lighter shimmer but the two are similar. MAC Pretty Plush is a bit lighter in shimmer color as well. MAC Mary is more golden.
  • Asian Butterfly is a sheer blue-based pink gloss with light and medium pink shimmer. It amps up the natural pink in my lips as well as adds shimmer. MAC Butterfly Dream is similar but has less shimmer. MAC Dressed to Dazzle has less shimmer.
  • Black Tea is a red-toned brown with gold shimmer. This is one of the more pigmented shades, but it does settle into lip lines and doesn’t apply evenly. MAC Get Rich Quick is browner. MAC Pret-a-papier is redder and brighter. Bobbi Brown Plum Gold has more berry coloring. MAC Gertruyd is similar but doesn’t have the gold shimmer. MAC Decorative is similar.
  • Cherry Fest is a sheer warm coral-pink with white shimmer. It looks primarily like white shimmer on my lips, so there are lots of sheer lipgloss dupes.
  • Dress Kimono is a soft fuchsia pink with subtle blue undertones and white shimmer. This one has semi-sheer color that has a tendency to settle into lip lines and doesn’t apply as evenly as I’d like it to. MAC Fabulous Fun has less fuchsia in it. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is brighter and has purpler shimmer. MAC Aleydis is a bit lighter and has iridescent fuchsia shimmer. MAC Totally Bang is a bit brighter and more opaque.

The gloss is described as “soft succulent shades” mixed with “smooth, lush, pearl-rich shine.” Overall, it’s a sheerer gloss with more shimmer than color and a glossy shine. The formula lasts two to three hours on my lips, and while it feels non-sticky initially, after a half hour, it becomes tacky and feels really thin and sticky after an hour or so.  I tested the following shades specifically:  Almond Blossom, Asian Butterfly, Black Tea, Imperial Red, Mango Sheen, and Sweet Bean.

I like the initial consistency; it’s thick and cushion-y and not sticky, so it spreads evenly and easily, but I really don’t care for how sticky it gets as it wears on. This seems to be a progression that a lot of long-wearing glosses go through–except this gloss isn’t long-wearing. They’re not moisturizing, but they didn’t seem drying. These have the same vanilla scent that other MAC glosses and lip products have.

I’m not a fan of click-style/pen-type packaging. It’s probably as hygienic as a regular lipgloss that you plunge in and out of a tube, but I find the congealing gloss left in the brush applicator so gross. It just feels goopy, especially if you don’t use it everyday. I have so many of these types of glosses and end up tossing them because the brush ends up sticky, goopy, and all around unappealing to use. These seem large, but the amount of gloss they actually hold is half the average gloss–a mere 0.08 fl. oz. (which is the same as the under-sized Dazzleglass and Cremesheen Glass).

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MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

B-

I like both non-sticky and sticky lipgloss formulas, but I'm not keen on this one, especially as it gets to this thin, tacky consistency over time. I wish the colors would apply more evenly, as uneven gloss can be really noticeable.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, February 24th, 2012

MAC Marcel Wanders 2 Lipgloss
MAC Marcel Wanders 2 Lipgloss

MAC Marcel Wanders 2: Lipglosses

There are four limited edition MAC Lipglosses ($22.50 for 0.15 oz.) in the new Marcel Wanders 2 Collection: Jana (creamy beige with gold pearl), Julia (light blue-pink with pearl), Karin (pink-mauve with pearl), and Kim (dirty plum with pearl). These lipglosses are designed to be “super sheer.”

  • Jana is a sheer pale, golden beige shimmered gloss that yields very little color (possibly, a touch of warmth) and mostly a healthy dose of shimmer. There are a lot of possible dupes. Honestly–the sheer lipgloss gallery is full of them. MAC Mary (from Marcel Wanders 1) is more golden.
  • Julia is a barely-there pink with pink and pale beige-gold shimmer. I have no idea how MAC got “blue-pink” out of this at all, because it’s not really cool-toned and there’s no blue undertones that I can spy. This shade has less shimmer compared to Jana. It looks a bit like MAC Beatrix on (from Marcel Wanders 1).
  • Karin is a plum-mauve with plum and pale pink shimmer. It has a healthy dose of shimmer, but I had some issues getting the shimmer to spread out evenly. MAC Comfort & Joy is rather similar but has more shimmer (less sparkle).
  • Kim is a softened red-berry with soft pink shimmer. It settles a bit into lip lines. The color coverage is semi-sheer here–this is the most pigmented of the four. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum is redder. Dior Mauve Accent is less shimmered. MAC Spanking Rich is similar with less shimmer.

The formula is cushion-y and thick without being goopy. They feel non-sticky when you apply them, so they do move a bit, but it doesn’t seem to gather or crease. Like other MAC lip products, these are vanilla-scented but don’t have any discernible taste. The formula is most comparable to the existing Cremesheen Glass but thicker (not in a bad way). Each tube has a “chrome” cap and a brush-type applicator. On me, these only wear about two hours and definitely need a reapplication after three. I don’t have any issues with my lips feeling dry post-wear, though.

The amount you get in these glosses is comparable to both Dazzleglass and Cremesheen Glass (and the overall style of the tube is also similar to these two glosses), which come in at $19 at present, so the price difference isn’t as startling as it is on the lipsticks.

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MAC Marcel Wanders 2: Lipglosses Review, Photos, Swatches

B
It's a decent to good gloss overall, though the shorter wear time was frustrating. The sheerer color is expected, though Kim is actually too pigmented given that MAC used the term "super sheer" to describe the color opacity of these!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, February 24th, 2012

MAC Annelie Lipstick
MAC Annelie Lipstick

MAC Marcel Wanders 2: Lipsticks

There are four limited edition MAC Lipsticks ($22.50 for 0.15 oz.) in the new Marcel Wanders 2 Collection: Annelie (soft peachy beige with pearl), Annemiek (soft neutral pink with pearl), Felicienne (dirty mauve with pearl), and Inez (plum with gold pearl). These are specially packaged in “chrome” so they come at a higher price point than regular MAC lipsticks.

  • Annelie is a metallic gilded beige with a frost-metallic finish. The color coverage is semi-opaque’ it’s sheer in places but opaque when the light hits it because the reflective quality is so high. MAC Quietly Please is darker, less opaque. MAC Gel is much more golden. MAC Tanarama is darker, yellower. MAC Bechbound is more golden. Benefit Fame Game comes the closest but is less metallic.
  • Annemiek is a light-medium pink with a frost-metallic sheen. The color coverage is semi-opaque, but this shade doesn’t apply as evenly as I’d like it to. Chanel Candeur is similar in color but less metallic. Guerlain Rouge Innocent is darker and less metallic.
  • Felicienne is a muted pink with a hint of mauve and a bright silver metallic finish. The color coverage is semi-opaque. MAC Lazy Day reminded me of this shade, but due to the metallic finish, they are pretty different. MAC Win-Win is similar but sheerer. MAC Whirls & Twirls is similar but a touch pinker.
  • Inez is a berry-plum with gold shimmer and a frosted finish. The color coverage is semi-opaque. MAC Aristo-cat is similar but less purple. MAC Plum Bright doesn’t have the shimmer and is much more intense. MAC Courting Lilac has a much lighter base.

All four shades have a frost finish, but these tended to run more metallic-frost than regular frost.  The frost was a little finer, and the sheen was more reflective akin to metal.  These are a very specific look to be sure, so it may not work for everyone.  Because of the high frost finish, these do not apply as evenly as other lipsticks, and while they seem soft to the touch, they do not glide over lips effortlessly.  I tested Annelie and Inez for wear, I was able to get to three hours or so, but both shades felt drying.  Not terribly so but left my lips noticeably dehydrated after wearing each for four hours.

These are vanilla-scented like other MAC lipsticks, but the fancy packaging did include an increase in product size: normal MAC lipsticks only contain 0.10 oz. while these contain 0.15 oz., which is 50% more.  (Funny how percentages work–50% sounds like so much more than 0.05 oz. more!)  The packaging is a magnet for fingerprints, and it felt a bit cheap in my hands.  It’s very lightweight, so it lacks the heft of true metal packaging, but even though it is lightweight, the lipstick itself is fairly bulky.

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MAC Marcel Wanders 2: Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches

C+
Not overly impressed with this set of four, which is a shame, because the price increase at least comes with a quantity increase, so it's not quite as painful as it could be. These shades don't apply evenly, tend to cling to lips, feel a bit drying, and wear only three hours (four hours is my average).

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, February 24th, 2012

MAC Zen Rose Sheen Supreme Lipstick
MAC Zen Rose Sheen Supreme Lipstick

MAC Too Supreme: Zen Rose Sheen Supreme Lipstick

MAC Too Supreme is repromoting thirteen shades of Supreme Sheen Lipsticks ($14.50 each for 0.12 oz.). There are twenty-one shades currently available and that are part of the permanent range. All except Zen Rose, which is described officially as a “bright mid-tone fuchsia.” For the other shades being repromoted in this collection, check out the Sheen Supreme Lipstick tag for previous reviews.  I will review the new glosses tomorrow as I’m still testing out the wear.

Zen Rose is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-pink with semi-opaque color coverage (you can just see my lip freckle peeking through). It has a creamy finish but doesn’t settle into lip lines, which is absolutely fantastic. Shades like MAC Quick Sizzle and MAC Pink Pigeon are similar but are noticeably brighter and look more intense when worn. MAC Love Forever is purpler. MAC Show Orchid is irridescent and brighter. MAC Rare Exotic is pinker. MAC Something New is just slightly pinker. NARS Schiap is a smidgen brighter.

Overall, I like but don’t love the formula. The way I feel about it largely depends on the shade, so in the case of Zen Rose, I really do like both the formula and the shade. It’s creamy and slick enough that it glides onto lips with ease but doesn’t slip and slide when worn. The wear is good, too, coming in at four hours (and for something with as much “wetness” as Sheen Supreme, that’s pretty good). I do not find the formula particular hydrating, though it is not drying.

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Zen Rose

A-
It's a pretty shade that should flatter most complexions, because there's that less-than-natural purple edge to it--purples tend to be very lovely (especially when red-toned) on both warm and cool skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

MAC Budding Love Lipstick
MAC Budding Love Lipstick

MAC Chen Man Love & Water Collection: Lipsticks

There are two limited edition MAC Lipsticks ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) in the new Love & Water Collection: Budding Love (pale lavender) and Force of Love (vivid honeysuckle pink).

Budding Love is a blue-based lilac-pink with a lustre finish. The color coverage is semi-opaque; if you want a really sheer tint of color, it’s possible, as the color is buildable from sheer to semi-opaque. MAC Dress It Up is pinker. MAC All Styled Up is lighter. MAC Vanity Fair is brighter. MAC Pink Friday is brighter and a little lighter. MAC I Like It Like That is similar but a smidgen brighter.

Force of Love is a bright coral-pink with a hint of orange and has a matte finish. It has opaque color coverage. MAC Watch Me Simmer is similar but more orange. Laura Mercier Evening Pink is pinker. MAC Fusion Pink is much darker and redder. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hot Paris Pink is darker and redder. OCC Trollop is slightly less pink.

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no noticeable taste in my experience.  The wear depends on the formula and depth of the shade.  In general, I find lustres shorter-wearing (two to three hours) and a bit drying over time, while mattes are longer-wearing (five to six hours) and are neither drying nor moisturizing.  Force of Love is a creamier matte and doesn’t drag or pull on the lips when applied.

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Force of Love

A-
I suspect Force of Love is going to sell quickly, because it's similar to Watch Me Simmer, which was a really popular product just a few weeks ago! Budding Love is similar to a lot of blue-based lilac/pink shades that have come out before, it's just a little sheerer.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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