Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

MAC Satin Ochre Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Satin Ochre Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Satin Ochre Eyeshadow Duo ($40.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a mix of beige and coral. It’s part of the collaboration with Prabal Gurung, which will launch online on November 20th (in select stores on the 26th). One shade was really nice to work with, while the other needed improvement. At this price point, both shades should hit it out of the park. I also wish these were the equivalent of two full-sized eyeshadows.

Satin Ochre (Left) is described as a “soft pale white gold [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm, golden beige with a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, while the color payoff was mostly opaque. The eyeshadow wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is more muted. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $19.50) is more sparkly. theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is similar. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is a touch darker. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is similar. Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Satin Ochre (Right) is described as a “coral orange [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, muted orange with a matte finish. It had a thinner, slightly stiff, consistency that made application more challenging. It tended to stick to skin without wanting to blend easily. This shade started to fade after seven hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M720 Apricot (P, $21.00) is similar. Laura Mercier Ginger (P, $23.00) is more beige. MAC Samoa Silk (DC, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #368 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Satin Ochre

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Satin Ochre (Left)

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Satin Ochre (Right)

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Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4.5/5

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

MAC Cinder Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Cinder Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Cinder Eyeshadow Duo ($40.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a smoky duo with one more frosted, taupe shade and a more satiny, charcoal gray. The quality is decent but not excellent, and at this increased price point, they really ought to be top notch. The packaging is hefty and substantial, and you can certainly feel as if your money is going towards it.

Cinder (Left) is described as a “smoky cool grey [with a Lustre finish].” It’s an almost sooty, taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had a slight sparkly consistency that is expected from the Lustre finish, but it actually had better payoff than most Lustres, and the eyeshadow looked smoother on the skin. The color wore well for almost eight hours with a bit of fall out. MAC Divine Rule (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Angel (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #2 (P) is darker. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is darker. LORAC Chrome (P) is similar. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is darker. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is grayer. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is darker, grayer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cinder (Right) is described as a “dark charcoal [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark charcoal gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The major problem with this shade was that it had a thinner, drier, and more powdery texture, which resulted in sheerer color coverage and made it harder to blend out on the skin. This shade showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Too Faced Black Licorice (LE, $16.00) is similar. Dior Pied de Poule #3 (P) is similar. LORAC Navy #7 (LE) is darker. LORAC Charcoal (P) is lighter. MAC Gravel (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Typographic (P, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Soot (P, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Nehru (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Les Gris #1 (P) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Amnesia (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Cinder

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Cinder (Left)

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Product

8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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5/5

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Product

6/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

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7/10

Longevity

8/10

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Monday, November 17th, 2014

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipglass
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipglass

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipglass ($30.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “clean true red.” It’s a brightened, neutral red with a creamy, glossy finish. It seems to almost look warm on me, which is often how neutral reds look on my coloring, so it may appear more neutral or even subtly cool-toned depending on your undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a fairly smooth, even application. The texture is slightly thick, tacky, but holds on well and lasts for five hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Ruby Woo (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is darker. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is darker. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) (P, $35.00) is warmer. Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is warmer, brighter. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00) is shimmery, pinker. NARS Norma (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Ultramarine Pink Lipglass ($30.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dirty violet.” It’s a bold, brightened magenta plum with cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It was mostly opaque and applied verly evenly. The consistency is on the thicker side with a noticeable amount of tackiness. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $15.00) is pinker, shimmery. Illamasqua Belladonna (P, $22.00) is slightly pinker. Buxom Berry Blast (P, $19.00) is lighter, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Carmine Rouge

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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5/5

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Monday, November 17th, 2014

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “clean true red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium red with subtle, cool undertones (leans a little pink-ish) and a satin finish. There’s enough of a sheen that it doesn’t look fully matte to me, though it wears down after about an hour and a half into wear. The color lasted for five hours in total, and it was somewhat drying over time. The consistency was lightly creamy and didn’t drag when applied. Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Ruby Woo (LE) is more matte (lip pencil). MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Light English Red Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer beige red [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a light sheen and very, very soft gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage and lightened the natural color of my lips and brought out the pink tones to it, but if you have redder lips naturally, it may look more different applied. The consistency has a light slip and emollient quality to it, and it goes on easily without tugging on the lips. It seems to wear away after two hours of wear, and it was slightly drying after wearing it twice in a row. MAC Snapdragon (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Flush (LE, $25.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. MAC Feed the Senses (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is lighter, more opaque. MAC Vivid Imagination (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. Guerlain Rose Piquant (LE, $51.00) is glossier. Burberry Tulip Pink (P, $30.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink (LE, $23.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Carmine Rouge

A-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Light English Red

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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Saturday, November 15th, 2014

MAC Kinky Lipglass
MAC Kinky Lipglass

MAC Kinky Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer red with multidimensional glitter.” It’s a medium, warm-toned red with fuchsia and red glitter. NARS Misbehave (P, $26.00) is less sparkly, sheerer. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Hell Bound (LE, $15.00) has finer shimmer, darker. MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Totally Fab (LE, $20.00) is less sparkly. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Chanel Daydream (P, $29.50) is less red. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s semi-sheer–I found it somewhat buildable to get between sheer and semi-opaque color, depending on your tolerance for the thickness of your gloss–with lots and lots of glitter. It’s definitely a sparkly, glittery gloss that has some noticeable texture, but it is surprisingly unnoticeable given how full of glitter it is. Despite the brighter, darker color and the opacity level, it applied fairly evenly and didn’t pull into lip lines. The gloss on its own wore well for almost five hours. It’s medium-to-thick, noticeable on, and tacky, which is in line with the Lipglass formula. It’s particularly lovely over your favorite red lipstick (any will do!).

The Glossover

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Kinky

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, November 15th, 2014

MAC Kinky Lipstick
MAC Kinky Lipstick

MAC Kinky Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid neutral-red matte.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly cool-toned red with a matte finish. Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is darker. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $16.00) is less matte. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #43 (P, $19.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC has released a lot of matte reds in the past couple of years (and they have some classics in their permanent range), so this just doesn’t seem particularly different from those past releases. It is lightly creamy, applies without dragging, and is intensely pigmented. The wear tops in at six and a half hours with plenty of color still going. It works well with the coordinating gloss in the small release, and if you’re in the market for a long-wearing, non-drying (though not hydrating!) red, it might do the trick.

The Glossover

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product

Kinky

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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