Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

MAC Moody Blooms Fluidlines
MAC Moody Blooms Fluidlines

There are three shades of MAC Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) that will be releasing in the Moody Blooms collection. Two of them were under-performing, unfortunately! Copperthorn was quite mesmerizing applied, so I think the sheerness can “work” in that sense, but it’s not pigmented as Fluidlines are supposed to be (without a modifier in the description, then it falls short).

Black Ivy is described as a “blackened green.” It’s a dark, bluish-teal with very fine teal micro-shimmer over a semi-matte base. It had fairly good color payoff, and the consistency was creamy, lightweight, and easy to apply along the lash line. It wore well for ten hours on my lower lash line without fading or smudging. Revlon Emerald (P) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Exotic Teal (LE, $35.00) is slightly richer. Urban Decay Invasion (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Midnight Blues (LE, $16.00) is slightly brighter. Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal (LE, $22.00) is bluer. bareMinerals 1PM (LE, $15.00) is a touch bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Copperthorn is described as a “glittery bronze.” It’s a glittery, medium copper with flecks of copper and gold sparkle and micro-glitter. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and to build color payoff, you really had to allow the first layer to totally dry down. It’s an interesting and fun shade to use (I tried it on the inner third of the lower lash line), but there is a lot of fall out/migration. After eight hours, I had glittery bits all along my under eye area, unfortunately. MAC Cockiness (LE) is a liquid. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nightshade is described as a “blackened plum.” It’s a medium-dark plummy purple with an almost golden, pearly sheen. It had warmer undertones and a soft sheen. The color payoff, unfortunately, was pretty poor. The left part of the swatch is the product applied with an angled brush as if to mimic applying a single stroke across the lash line, and it just doesn’t seem to apply smoothly or evenly. This is usually an issue I see with the more glittery shades (like with Copperthorn) with the Fluidline formula, so I was disappointed by this one. On the upside, this shade wore well for ten hours. Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet (P, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Blackheart (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $19.00) is darker. bareMinerals 6AM (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

MAC Moody Bloom Collection
MAC Moody Bloom Collection

Here’s a sneak peek of the upcoming MAC Moody Blooms Collection which launches June 19th now moved to June 24th online at maccosmetics.com and lands in stores and at counters on June 26th. International readers, expect it sometime in July. Full reviews, photos, and swatches coming soon! :)

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Saturday, June 7th, 2014

MAC Beige Eyeshadows Photos & Swatches (Part 1)

Blanc Type is described as a “creamy beige [with a Matte2 finish].” It’s a neutral, light beige with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dazzlelight is described as a “neutral with shimmer [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a very light, yellowed beige with a frosted finish and warm undertones. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mylar is described as a “creamy-white with shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It’s a very light beige with subtle warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Phloof! is described as a “frosted off-white [with a Frost finish].” It’s a pink-tinged beige/white with a frosted finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vanilla is described as a “peachy-ivory with reflects [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a light beige with subtle yellowed tones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vapour is described as a “peach pink with violet pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a light beige with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bonus

This shade is discontinued but was included in the re-swatch (it just lives in the palette, since it was a favorite for me!).

Femme-fi is a light, warm beige with a soft, frosted finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

MAC Skin Nail Lacquer
MAC Skin Nail Lacquer

MAC Skin Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light peach beige [with a Cream finish].” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with warm undertones and a cream finish. MAC Thimbleweed (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Pop (LE, $16.00) more orange. MAC Pep Pep Pep (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Peachstock (LE, $16.00) is more beige, darker. MAC Myth (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Life & Beth (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Hangin’ Loose (LE, $16.00) is lighter, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency was just slightly thick, but it didn’t pool along the edges or take too long to dry (about average). It had semi-opaque color coverage after two coats, but the major issue with this shade was the streaky application and end result. I hoped that it would self-level, but no such luck, so it looked a bit patchy and streaky in places. MAC makes this type of color over and over again, but I rarely have great success with the formula. The bristles of the brush seem too sharp or harshly cut so they make it difficult to get really even, smooth color. I typically get a week of wear out of MAC’s formula, which is normal for me for most formulas.

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Monday, June 2nd, 2014

MAC Corol Blush Duo
MAC Corol Blush Duo

MAC Corol Blush Duo ($33.00 for TBA oz.) is consists of two blushes, with them being split unevenly–the lighter shade covers about two-thirds, while the plum shade is about a third of the compact. It is larger than MAC’s normal blush compact–more like their Beauty Powders. It is packaged in a rubberized black with gold trimmings. What you really need to know is that the texture is incredibly stiff and stubborn to work with: all swatches required use of a metal spatula to scrape off layers of powder. Once layers were dislodged, I was able to jab at them with a brush to loosen and apply, but the powder in the compact felt almost like plastic to the touch. After it was loosened and crushed into a fine powder, the actual texture from there was softer and fairly blendable–but getting to that point required extreme measures. It took a fair amount of product to get “decent” color payoff, even after scraping away at it. It did not improve with use, unfortunately, and I’m pretty sure I caught it laughing evilly at me. I don’t know if I’ve encountered quite as stiff of a powder as this that wasn’t really plastic–I am totally flabbergasted that this made it out of production.

I purchased an additional Corol through maccosmetics.com to see if it would be any better. I’m happy to report that it is better in texture–there was no need to scrape layers off.  The texture was soft, a little powdery, and the lighter shade was almost chalky, but the consistency of the powder was infinitely better than the one I received as a sample.  When I compared the two powders together, I noticed that the lighter side darkens after you remove a few layers.  At first, I thought the shades differed, but after I brushed away several layers from the second powder, the two matched.  A few readers also reported that their powders were manageable, which is great news.  The original rating was 0.5, 3, 4, 6.5, and 0.5 for the powder as a whole; I’m updating the rating to reflect the consumer version available based on the one I purchased but leaving the original review so that we have a complete story going forward.

Corol #1 is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-coral with a hint of pink and has a matte finish. I couldn’t get pigmentation to show up with a brush or sponge applicator; I scraped off layers of product, which I was then able to smash into a finer powder, and that is what I could apply. I had two options: show you bare skin, or at least show you what the color could look like (with some extreme measures taken) so we could talk dupes instead, because the product is quite difficult to use. At best, this lasted six hours on me (from what I could distinguish). Hourglass Diffused Heat is pinker, but it is one of the closer shades that is also permanent. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is darker. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is darker, more shimmery. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is nearly identical. Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss (LE) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Corol #2 is described as a “mid-tone neutral plum.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle warm undertones and a satiny sheen. The texture of this one was only marginally less difficult to work with, but I still took a metal spatula to it to scrape away product, which I then smashed and manipulated so it turned into a loose powder. The problem is just swiping it with a brush, sponge, etc. yields nothing–it just doesn’t give color out at all. This shade wore well for six and a half hours before fading away. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, May 31st, 2014

MAC Warm-Toned Purple Eyeshadow Swatches

Fig. 1 is described as a “eggplant purple [with a Matte² finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Haux is described as a “Soft muted rosy brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a soft, muted plummy mauve with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shadowy Lady is described as a “blackened plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened burgundy with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shale is described as a “mauve-plum with subtle shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It’s a smoky, muted mauve with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stars N’ Rockets is described as a “purple w/pink pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, iridescent fuchsia-purple with a lavender sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vibrant Grape is described as a “bright magenta violet [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium, magenta purple with a soft violet micro-shimmer (it looks mostly matte applied). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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