Saturday, June 21st, 2014

MAC Peach Eyeshadow Swatches

Arena is described as a “soft gold-peach with pearl [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium peach with a hint of beige, warm undertones, and a satin finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bamboo is described as a “light beige with peach [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium peach with subtle beige tones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Jest is described as a “soft peach with icy shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light, pink-tinged peach with a frostoed sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Naked Lunch is described as a “minimal pink with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light, pink-peach with a pearly sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bonus

These shades have been discontinued, but I’ve included some potential dupes for reference!

Samoa Silk is a brightened, peach-orange with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Say Yeah is a gold-shimmered, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tete-a-tint is a light-medium, muted orange brown with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, June 20th, 2014

MAC Shadow over Instant Crush Nail Lacquer
MAC Shadow over Instant Crush Nail Lacquer

MAC Shadow Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “sheer blackening top coat.” On the brush and in the bottle, it looks exactly as described: a sheer, black-tinted polish. I tried it over a few shades, but I honestly couldn’t really tell that it darkened any. In the photos, I went with a more medium shade, Instant Crush, and I left the middle finger without a top coat, but the difference is incredibly subtle. It would be more versatile if the effect at least darkened a half a shade to a full shade. The difference is slight enough that you’re hunting for it and hoping you see it. I don’t know of any dupes from products I’ve tried, though I’m sure there are top coats out there that may replicate the effect–feel free to share any finds you have!

MAC Texturize Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “clear leather effect top coat.” It takes down the glossiness of the underlying nail lacquer while adding a subtle texture (without being too rough), but it still has shine. There’s definitely a visible effect with one layer of Texturize applied over another shade (I used Sour Cherry). I tested this particular top coat for wear, and I had minimal tip wear after seven days (which is normal to me; almost nothing chips on me). I know there are a few leather top coats on the market, but I can’t recall trying one before, so I don’t have any dupes to suggest. As always, if you have one in mind, please share in the comments!

MAC Highlight Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “sheer blue pearl transformer.” It’s a sheer, shimmery top coat with a duochrome that goes from blue to violet. It applied fairly well, though it could have been more even overall (I tried it over Rebel). With the way the shimmer flashes and changes, any unevenness wasn’t too noticeable. The consistency was slightly thick but not goopy or too difficult to work with. I tested this one for wear, and it lasted for seven days with minor tip wear and no chipping (again, almost nothing chips on me). I haven’t come across any top coats that are duochrome in nature, only more solid colors, so I’d love to hear any suggestions for similar products if you know of them.

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Thursday, June 19th, 2014

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer — Rebel, Sour Cherry, Shirelle

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer is a newly reformulated nail polish that features not just a new formula but a new design that is wider than MAC’s previous brush. The bottle itself has the same look and feel with a rubberized black cap and a clear glass bottle. MAC has decreased the price (but the size is the same, 0.34 fl. oz.) to $12.00. There will be 27 shades in total, all permanent, plus two top coats and one base coat. Full reviews, photos, swatches, and so on to come. Stay tuned!

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Thursday, June 19th, 2014

MAC Nail Lacquer
MAC Nail Transformations Nail Lacquer

MAC Nail Transformations consists of six transforming top coats. They’re also promoting three nail lacquers with it (repromotes), and all shades are being added to the permanent range. In case you missed it, MAC has actually decreased the pricing on their lacquers to $12 (from $17!), and they have widened the brush. The bottle itself is the same style with a rubberized black cap, clear glass bottle, and 0.34 fl. oz. size. Today is a day of sneak peeks as I get everything written up and reviewed in full over the next few days :) The Nail Transformations’ shades launch online June 26th and at select locations July 2nd.

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Saturday, June 14th, 2014

MAC Beige Eyeshadow Swatches Part 2

Brule is described as a “soft creamy-beige [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a satin finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Grain is described as a “golden beige with icy shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It is a light, warm-toned beige with a pearled sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Malt is described as a “soft pinkish-beige [with a Matte finish].” It is a light-medium, rosy beige with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Orb is described as a “soft peachy-beige [with a Satin finish].” It is a pink-tinged beige with a satiny sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ricepaper is described as a “peachy gold with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It is a light, golden beige with warm, yellow-y undertones and a pearly sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shroom is described as a “soft beige with shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It is a light beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bonus

This shade has been discontinued but was re-swatched in the process, so… bonus :)

Bisque is a cool-toned, light beige with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, June 13th, 2014

MAC Moody Blooms Collection
MAC Moody Blooms Collection

MAC Moody Blooms Collection is set to launch online on June 19th, now moved to June 24th and will be in stores and at counters on June 26th. International readers can expect it to arrive July 2014 (call your local stores to see if they have a more definite date). There are some hits and misses in this collection; it is really an assortment of quality from my experience. I hope to buy Green Room when it launches online and review that, but that review will, at best, go up a few days after the online launch, so unfortunately, I cannot get any thoughts on that shade up beforehand.

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