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MAC Join My League Eyeshadow

MAC Join My League Eyeshadow
MAC Join My League Eyeshadow

MAC Join My League Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a dark, smoky taupe brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. NARS Coconut Grove (P, $25.00)(100% similar). MAC Bowl Out (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Ripper (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Backdoor (LE, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M620 Gray Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 20 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Tide Pool (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Give In Take VI (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Sleigh Watch (LE) is more shimmery, warmer, lower quality (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $23.00) is less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Charcoal Sketch (LE) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Ulta Mink (P, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #5 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Defy (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #3 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Mystery (P, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Concrete (P, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This was the shade I was missing from my earlier It’s a Strike collection reviews! It had decent pigmentation with a thinner texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm in the pan, but it was a shade that was more buildable than intense right out of the gate. The eyeshadow took some effort to blend out, though it wasn’t the worst I’ve used, and when built up in layers, it was easier to diffuse the edges. It wore well for eight hours on me.

MAC Eyeshadow Join My League
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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MAC Highlight the Truth & Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinishes

MAC Highlight the Truth Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Highlight the Truth Mineralize Skinfinish

Highlight the Truth

MAC Highlight the Truth Mineralize Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft bronze coral with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Highly Illogical (LE, $34.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Margin (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $22.00) is warmer, lower quality (85% similar). MAC Strange New Worlds (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is warmer (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is supposed to have a “velvety soft” feel and a “radiant finish” with “sheer coverage” — it is a powder highlighter. In my experience, Mineralize Skinfinishes come in a lot of hues and vary from shade to shade with respect to color payoff, though they all tend to be more shimmery/bordering on metallic with so-so wear at six to eight hours. The texture has gotten smoother and silkier over the years with today’s more recent releases having a slightly drier texture that is characteristic of baked formulas, but the powder is finer and sits better on the skin. Highlight the Truth had a smooth, blendable consistency was a smidgen dusty but did not look dry or apply unevenly to my cheeks. On lighter skin tones, it will function more as a highlighting blush, while on deeper skin tones, it will be a warmer highlighter. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that was just shy of pore-emphasizing territory. On my cheeks, the color lasted for seven and a half hours.

Taraji Glow

MAC Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ($33.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “reddish brown.” It’s a rich, medium-dark reddish copper with warm undertones and a satin sheen. Colour Pop Bardot (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Almond (P, $24.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC A Little Lusty (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Evening Beige (340) (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Savage (P, $55.00) is more muted, warmer (80% similar). NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). NARS Taos (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Mineralize Skinfinish Natural formula is supposed to have “medium coverage” with a “natural finish,” and it’s a line that has many flesh-toned shades and is often used as a foundation but can also be used as a highlighter/contouring powder. Taraji Glow is one of the few shades I’ve come across in the formula that is so pigmented as well as more blush-like in coloring. The texture was smooth without being dusty, and it blended out very well on the skin, which is an essential given the pigmentation level. This shade wore well for nine hours on me–one of the longer wearing baked powders. The “downside” is that the coverage is full, not at all medium; just a tap of the brush on the domed powder yielded more than medium coverage. I think this will be a happy accident for many, but it’s not quite as described.

These shades will be released online on September 6th.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highlight the Truth
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Taraji Glow
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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MAC Strip Me Down Lipstick

MAC Strip Me Down Lipstick
MAC Strip Me Down Lipstick

MAC Strip Me Down Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep tone beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy terracotta with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Bite Beauty Molasses (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (95% similar). MAC Taupe (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Grunge (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Carnal (P, $17.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Buff (P, $35.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (P, $17.00) is more muted, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Bite Beauty Almond (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Royally Riotous (LE, $17.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). MAC Whirl (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Candy (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Lolita II (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Carnal (DC, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The texture was velvety, lightweight, and creamy enough that it glided on without tugging on the lips. The color went on evenly, though I had some color catch in my lip lines, which did worsen a bit over time but was only slightly noticeable after five hours of wear. It had rich, opaque pigmentation in one stroke. The formula was comfortable to wear for the most part, but it was a bit drying after the fourth hour of wear. This shade will be released online on September 6th.

MAC Lipstick Strip Me Down
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Khaaannnn! & Warp Speed Ahead Lipglasses

MAC Khaaannnn! Lipglass
MAC Khaaannnn! Lipglass

MAC Khaaannnn! Lipglass ($17.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “berry with red reflects.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and pink and red sparkle. It had semi-sheer color coverage that applied evenly; it is the type of coverage level where the natural lip color comes through noticeably, so it can look very different from person to person based on the natural coloring of one’s lips. The texture was light-medium in weight, moderately tacky, but it was comfortable to wear and didn’t emphasize lip lines. This shade lasted for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. MAC Bidi Bidi Bom Bom (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Itsy Bitsy (P, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Lilac Lumi (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Potent Violet (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Dior Dolly Pink (453) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Foxglove (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Warp Speed Ahead Lipglass ($17.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “plum with blue and pink reflects.” It’s a medium-dark reddened plum with subtle, warm undertones and pink and blue micro-sparkle. The particles in this one felt finer than in Khaaannnn!, so the gloss felt smoother overall. The texture was thicker than average but did not feel heavy or goopy on the lips. I found the color applied evenly for the most part, but some of the color slipped into lip lines, though it wasn’t as noticeable in person as the sparkle and shine did a good drop distracting the eye from it. The gloss wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Spanking Rich (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Real Posh (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, brighter (85% similar). MAC Dressed to the K9s (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Kim (LE, $22.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Private Party (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). MAC Spare Me (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Naked Plum (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $24.00) is brighter, more pigmented, warmer (80% similar). Dior Intrigue (995) (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, brighter (80% similar). Sephora Pomegranate Delirium (20) (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Maybelline Mauve Mystique (025) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Milani Berry Tempting (05) (P, $5.49) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). NARS Oasis (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

MAC Lipglass ($17.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is supposed to have “glass-like shine” with “high coverage.” The finish is glossy with a lot of shine, and the consistency is light to medium in weight with a thicker texture that is noticeably tacky. Some of the older shades of Lipglass are quite tacky, but most of the modern releases are tacky but not goopy–I feel like they have refined the texture a bit over the years. The pigmentation varies dramatically from shade to shade, and they can be ultra sheer to semi-opaque but rarely full coverage. The benefit of the tackier texture is longer-than-average wear with sheerer shades lasting about three hours and richer shades lasting as long as six hours. Some shades are lightly hydrating or non-drying. MAC Lipglass is vanilla scented but has no discernible taste to me.

MAC Lipglass Khaaannnn!
Khaaannnn!
Khaaannnn!
8.5
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total
MAC Lipglass Warp Speed Ahead
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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MAC x Star Trek Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder ($34.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a subdued, medium-dark copper-brown with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Might Be (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Ready to Go (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $32.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to add “sheer luminosity” to the skin with a “creamy” texture that “blends easily.” The powder felt very flat and smooth, but there was a dryness that made it feel a little chalky to the touch–the curiosity was that it didn’t look dry or chalky when applied to the skin, but it was a noisy powder if I rubbed my finger against the surface (that’s unusual). It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that yielded a soft sheen that didn’t emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. This particular shade added noticeable color to my skin, so those fairer or slightly darker may find this works as a highlighting blush/bronzer as well. On my normal-to-dry skin, the powder highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading.

MAC Trip the Light Fantastic Powder Highly Illogical
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC Live Long and Prosper & The Enemy Within Lipsticks

MAC Live Long and Prosper Lipstick
MAC Live Long and Prosper Lipstick

MAC Live Long and Prosper Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “icy rosy champagne [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium copper rose with warm undertones and multi-colored shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage, so this one is likely to look different from person to person, as I find it looks like a pinker color on my lips due to the way color layers over my natural lip color. As a result, I do think it’s rather wearable on its own, but the sheerness would also make it work as a layering shade. I just wish it was described as a sheer product. The color wore well for three and a half hours and had a slight amount of settling into my lip lines. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC All I Want (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Graham (P, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Dior Golden (065) (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Private Life (01) (LE, $53.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Whip (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC You've Got It (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Redemption (LE, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC No Interruptions (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Gel (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty David (DC, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bite Beauty Rose Gold (LE, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Lights Out (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop PYT (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Tanarama (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rory (LE, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC The Enemy Within Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “neutral gold shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a bright, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly, though I had some color slip into my lip lines after an hour of wear. The lipstick lasted for four hours on me and was lightly drying. Colour Pop PYT (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Golden (065) (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Playland (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Gold (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). NYX Mischievous (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Private Life (01) (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Topazio (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Lipstick Live Long and Prosper
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total
MAC Lipstick The Enemy Within
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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