Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

MAC Bellgreens Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Bellgreens Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Bellgreens Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a green-hued set of shades. The palette contains six shades in total, with two shades being part of the permanent range (Gorgeous Gold and Charcoal Brown). There was only dud in the palette, while the other five were very easy to work with and performed well. Even the miss of the palette was still blendable enough on the lid that it was still usable, but it will take a little extra effort to get the right level of intensity and diffusion. I was very surprised to see that the palette only contained 0.10 oz. worth of product, which is the equivalent of two full-sized eyeshadows. Despite the size of the palette, it really doesn’t have much product. MAC’s eyeshadow quads typically contain 0.19 oz. almost double what’s inside this one.

Fresh Blade is described as a “pale frosted yellow [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a brightened, golden yellow with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that was dense and buttery. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gorgeous Gold is described as a “muted yellow gold [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a green-tinged, light-medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. There is a green-gold duochrome to it, but it is subtle. The eyeshadow had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture. This shade also lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vicuna is described as a “light neutral olive [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium golden brown with a pearly sheen. It had really nice pigmentation with a blendable texture that was a smidgen powdery at times, but it was just barely powdery. This shade showed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Savant is described as a “mid-tone mustard lime [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, dirty olive green–it really is like mustard and lime together–with a mostly matte finish. It was really velvety with a smooth, soft texture that blended well but still adhered well with good color payoff to bare skin, which was a happy surprise. It wore well for eight hours on me. I couldn’t think of any really great dupes for this shade, because it’s darker and not a brighter, more typical chartreuse-like green. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Charcoal Brown is described as a “muted taupe brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff that was fairly blendable. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and almost felt like a Matte2 with how velvety and blendable it was. On me, the color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sushi Green is described as a “charcoal olive with multi-dimensional pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a dark brown with subtle, olive undertones and a slight gold sparkle. It was a firmer, stiffer shade that had semi-opaque pigmentation that was harder to work with. My best advice is to apply using a fluffier brush to minimize how work it will take to diffuse and blend out. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Bellgreens

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Fresh Blade

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Product

9.5/10

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10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Gorgeous Gold

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

MAC Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC x Toledos Pearlglide Eyeliners

MAC Chlorafill Pearlglide Eyeliner ($17.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “green line with pearl.” It’s a brightened, chartreuse green that leans yellow with very subtle gold sparkle. The sparkle is more of a smattering than a really glittery finish–I almost didn’t notice it initially–especially in comparison to other shades in the Pearlglide formula. It had decent pigmentation in a single stroke, but the consistency has some slip, so it tends to look streaky when applied. It benefits greatly from taking a pencil brush and using it to smudge and blend the eyeliner into place. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. MAC Sourpuss (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide Eyeliner ($17.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “iridescent violet.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and purple sparkle and micro-glitter. It had so-so pigmentation in one pass, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It wears eight and a half hours on me with some glitter migration over time. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $19.00) is less sparkly. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Plum)age (60) (P, $25.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Vice (P, $19.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $19.00) is less sparkly. Milani Perfect Purple (P, $6.99) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Petrol Blue Pearlglide Eyeliner ($17.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep navy with pearl.” It’s a deepened navy blue with a blackened blue base and lighter blue sparkle. It had decent pigmentation in one pass, which was buildable to nearly opaque color with two layers. The eyeliner glided on easily and wore well for eight and a half hours. I had slight migration of the glittery bits with this shade, but it was less than what I had with Designer Purple. Urban Decay Sabbath (P, $19.00) is less sparkly, more muted. NARS Rue Saint-Honore (P, $24.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches
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The Glossover

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Chlorafill

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Designer Purple

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Petrol Blue

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

MAC Opera Lipstick
MAC Opera Lipstick

MAC Opera Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dark red.” It’s a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Stunner (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is similar. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is similar. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is cooler-toned. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is darker, more matte. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a richly pigmented shade that glides on easily without tugging, but it doesn’t have a lot of slip, so it stays in place once applied. The color wears like iron and lasts a full six hours and could have kept going. Though not hydrating, it wasn’t drying either, which made it comfortable to wear throughout the day. As it is a mostly matte red, it is more dupable than not, so you may want to check your stash to see what you have that’s similar. It’s a gorgeous red, to be sure, though! MAC’s lipstick formula is vanilla-scented with no discernia=ble taste.

There are four other limited edition (and one permanent shade, Sin, being repromoted) in the collection, which I hope to be able to purchase when they release. The collection releases January 29th online and February 5th at counters and stores.

The Glossover

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Opera

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, January 19th, 2015

MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombre
MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombre

MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombre ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light coral.” It’s a peachy-orange with subtle reddish tones and a golden shimmer. In the pan, there’s definitely a more coral-pink coloring, but it didn’t seem to translate as much applied to the skin (even when I concentrated my brush there). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is more shimmery. YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is more orange. MAC Love & Laughter (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is slightly pinker, lighter. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Barefaced (LE, $21.00) is darker, browner. MAC Warmth of Coral (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It fairly good color payoff that was buildable from good to full if desired in two to three layers. The texture was soft, smooth, though thin, but more forgiving than Kindergarten Red. It had a soft sheen when buffed and blended on the skin, which didn’t emphasize pores and gave the skin a nice level of luminosity. The blush was blendable, easy to work with, and lasted for eight hours on me. It looks similar (in composition to the Ripe Peach I have from years ago when I compare pans, but the one I have from this collection is a lot more orange/peach when swatched; it may be similar to Mineralize Skinfinishes where your mileage may vary depending on how much pink (or peach) the individual pan has. I’m not entirely sure on that, but the resulting color between the two I have aren’t quite the same. It also seemed less shimmery, and the peach/orange portion seemed brighter (more orange than peach). This version contains more product (0.35 oz. as compared to 0.31 oz.), but since it’s been four years, it is more expensive ($32 as compared to $25).

The Glossover

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Ripe Peach

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, January 19th, 2015

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “crimson into pale nude.” It’s a medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a satin finish. In the pan, it looks like it fades from a light beige to a rosy pink. Guerlain Angelic Radiance (LE, $53.00) is lighter. LORAC Underrated (LE) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter. NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is slightly warmer. Chanel Rose Initiale (P, $45.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush is soft, smooth, but thin, so it ended up having more buildable coverage than really intense pigmentation that was, at most, semi-opaque. I just went back into the archives, and the blush ombre formula was originally described as a “medium-buildable coverage” product. It doesn’t adhere as well to bare skin if it’s on the drier side (my arm is drier than my face) and can look a little powdery initially. Once it gets blended and buffed into the skin, the satin finish really comes forward and gives a light sheen that’s natural but not shimmery or shiny. As it is only semi-opaque at most, it pulls warmer on me, but I would expect those with cooler undertones would see this appear slightly cooler-toned instead. On me, the blush wore well for seven and a half hours before fading.

This will release January 29th online and February 5th at counters and stores.

The Glossover

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Kindergarten Red

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, January 19th, 2015

MAC x Toledos Collection
MAC x Toledos Collection

MAC x Toledos Collection is an upcoming release slated for January 29th online, February 5th in-stores/at counters. I have a few pieces from the collection to share with you with full reviews to come. Enjoy the sneak peek :)

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