Friday, June 17th, 2011


Evolution Revolution, Caqui, Sonoran Rain, Nitro:licious 2046, All My Purple Life

MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions: Lipglasses Swatches, Photos

Available online only for U.S./Canada on June 21st, here are photos and swatches of the five lipglasses included in the collection. Each will retail for $14.50 and be available for a limited time. For official information, please check out the launch post.  I am not reviewing or rating this collection because I do not feel it would be the right thing to do.

  • Evolution Revolution is a sheer, milky peach with pink shimmer and purple micro-glitter.
  • Caqui is an opaque, dark orange with a hint a red and has a cream finish.
  • Sonoran Rain is an opaque, orange-red with fuchsia, ruby red, and gold shimmer.
  • Nitro:licious 2046 is a semi-opaque, medium-dark, blue-based red.
  • All of My Purple Life is a semi-opaque, dark purple with silvery-white shimmer.

Please feel free to discuss similar shades and dupes amongst yourselves, but I would prefer only to provide my color descriptions, photos, and swatches. The Swatch Gallery should help you find possible dupes and allow you to compare on your own for this particular collection :) I hope you understand.

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Friday, June 3rd, 2011


MAC Beauty Balm

MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35

MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35 ($30.00 for 1 fl. oz.) is described as a “lightly tinted in a nearly sheer beige tone to work on an array of complexions, it creamily re-texturizes the skin and then goes on to excel at being a face primer with high everyday UVA/UVB SPF 35 defense.”

First things first, I have no experience using BB Creams as they are known elsewhere in the world, so I urge you to check out Musings of a Muse’s review on this as well as her informative post on what BB Creams are. She pretty much sums them as one major multi-tasking face product that imparts skincare benefits, along with concealing/foundation and moisturizing qualities.  On its face, MAC isn’t marketing this as a “true” BB Cream from what I can gather, because it’s designed to work best as a face primer–not as a tinted moisturizer, moisturizer, foundation, concealer, etc.

It’s a soft, sheer shade of yellowed beige with soft shimmer-sheen. It’s not something I could wear alone at all, because it just looked a bit too light on me (I am NC25/NC30 for reference). When I layered Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer over it, it became something I could use. It seems more like an illuminating primer to me; something like MAC Strobe Cream but yellow-based and with a significantly different texture (not as thick or heavy, thinner, not quite as shimmery).

It works well as a primer; it helped keep my makeup looking fresher longer (ten hours) and always felt lightweight. I only tested this product for two days (not back-to-back), though, because it does have dimethicone as the second ingredient in it, which I am more-often-than-not sensitive to, but for readers, I wanted to give it a shot. I didn’t experience any breakouts, but I deliberately tested it on two occasions but with a week between each try.

The packaging is interesting, because it has a very long, needle-nose applicator that squeezes out the merest amount.  For a product you wear all over your face, it seems too precise.  It’s by no means a deal-breaker, since I would rather squeeze out more than have half the tube squirt out, but I thought it was interesting.

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Thursday, May 19th, 2011

MAC Surf Baby Lipglasses
MAC Surf Baby Lipglasses

MAC Surf Baby: Lipglass

MAC Surf Baby Lipglases ($15.50 for 0.17 oz.) include four shades: Girl on Board (pale white gold), Good Lovin’ (soft peachy pink), Krazy Kahuna (warm mid-tone brown), and Strange Potion (soft coral pink).

  • Girl on Board is a semi-opaque white shimmered gloss. I see this working better for layering than on its own, though. It’s similar to Almondine (Spring Colour Forecast, ’10). The closest permanent dupe would probably be Underage, which leans a little pink.
  • Good Lovin’ is a sheer, beige-y nude with a little rosiness and beige and champagne shimmer.  It seems similar to Prrr.
  • Krazy Kahuna is a reddened terracotta with very subtle flecks of white shimmer. It is nearly opaque on my lips. I can’t think of a dupe for this shade in the permanent range.
  • Strange Potion is a lightly pink shimmered, soft pinky-coral that’s semi-opaque in coverage. This was originally launched with Venomous Villains (’10). Pink Lemonade would be the closest dupe in the permanent range, but it is pinker.

MAC Lipglasses are vanilla-scented but taste-free. They are sticky glosses (some of the stickiest on the market) with a thicker consistency than your typical gloss, but they do wear a solid four hours on me as a result of the tackier formula. Pigmentation ranges from sheer to opaque, but all three of these shades are more pigmented than the average lipglass–even Girl on Board, which is more shimmer than color, covers my natural lip color a good deal.

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MAC Surf Baby Lipglasses Swatches, Photos, Reviews

A-
Shades like Girl on Board and Strange Potion are really easy to wear across skin tones, though Girl on Board will be more flattering for most when layered than worn alone.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, May 19th, 2011

MAC Lipstick
MAC Lipstick

MAC Surf Baby: Lipsticks

MAC Surf Baby Lipstick ($15.50 for 0.10 oz.) includes four shades: Bust Out! (dirty mid-tone violet), Hibiscus (bright orange coral), Mocha (peachy yellow-brown), and Naturally Eccentric (creamy white nude). Mocha is permanent and Naturally Eccentric (Naturally Eccentric, ’05) is a repromote.

  • Bust Out! is a semi-sheer to semi-opaque pinked purple with a lustre finish. It’s darker and less glossy compared to Playtime (Quite Cute, ’11). It’s darker, purpler, less fuchsia in comparison to Style Curve (Stylishly Yours, ’10). It seems a little pinker than Up the Amp (permanent).
  • Hibiscus is a brightened, medium-dark red-coral with soft gold shimmer. It has a cremesheen finish.  It’s like a richer, deep version of Viva Glam Cyndi.  It’s a little redder than Coral Polyp (Dame Edna, ’08). It’s a touch less bright than Toxic Tale, and the finish makes it appear a little different, too.
  • Mocha is a warm, medium-dark brown with yellow undertones. It has a satin finish, so the coverage is really opaque and the finisy very creamy.
  • Naturally Eccentric is a semi-opaque, really light nude which leans a little pink on me. It has a lustre finish. It’s a little less pink than Hue. I think the lustre finish gives it a slightly uneven look that’s less than lovely.

MAC lipsticks are vanilla scented but taste-free. Lustre finishes, like Bust Out! and Naturally Eccentric, are designed to be sheer with a slightly glossy finish, so the pigmentation on both is as expected. Mocha, as a satin finish, is creamy and opaque, as it should be. I typically get two to three hours of wear out of lustre finishes, with four to five hours of wear out of satin finishes.

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B
Naturally Eccentric seems like the hardest color in the collection wear--it is really, really light. I imagine it will wash out a lot of people, while Hibiscus will probably draw a lot of people in (corals always seem to do well).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, May 19th, 2011

MAC Surf Baby Nail Lacquers
MAC Surf Baby Nail Lacquers

MAC Surf Baby:  Nail Lacquers

MAC Surf Baby is right around the corner–the full collection hits stores on May 26th (PRO stores should put it out a week earlier) and should start popping up online as early as the 23rd. There are two Nail Lacquers ($13.50 for 0.4 fl. oz.) coming out: Hangin’ Loose (dirty pink nude) and Ocean Dip (mid-tone creamy aqua).

  • Hangin’ Loose is a pale, peachy nude with soft white shimmer. It looks more peach, less nude in natural light than it does in brighter light. I used three coats and was able to achieve opaque color, but two coats does get close to opaque. Formula flowed easily over the nail and applied well.
  • Ocean Dip is a creamy bluish teal. I used two coats to get opaque color coverage. Even after I rolled it a few times, the formula was on the watery side.

my thoughts on the formula: MAC polishes always wear a full week for me, with no chipping, and minor tip wear.  The formula isn’t as consistent as I’d like, though, as some shades are thin, some thick, and a couple of them are watery.  Though recently I’ve had some issues with splayed applicators, both were perfect in these two bottles.

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Ocean Dip

B+
I found Ocean Dip to seem like a less dupeable shade, just because of the intensity of the color and the way it leans bluer, rather than green, as many teal/aqua shades do. Hangin' Loose has a better formula, though.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, May 13th, 2011


From top left: This & That, Sage & Wisdom, Heaven & Earth, Mix & Switch, Pretty & Prim, Thunder & Rain

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos (2011) vs. In the Groove Mineralize Eyeshadow Trios

As speculated in my review, the new duos (which I’m still waiting to get official word on re: release date for in-stores, how long they’ll be available for, etc.) are definitely reincarnations of the trios from In the Groove. Five of the six duos correspond with a trio, while one duo requires taking a shade from two different trios to match–but for the most part, they are all quite similar. All swatches are applied wet (using water to dampen).

  • This & That is a duo that I had to take a shade from two different trios. The ivory side in This & That is warmer than the ivory in Cool, Calm, Collected. The beige side in This & That is indistinguishable from the beige (middle strip) in Making It Easy.
  • Mix & Switch compares closely to Making It Easy. The lighter peach side looks about the same in both. The coppery shade in Mix & Switch is more orange-based than in Making It Easy, which is a little browner and redder.
  • Sage & Wisdom is incredibly similar to Cool, Calm, Collected. I couldn’t tell the difference between the two in terms of color. The darker shade swatches slightly better in Sage & Wisdom than in Cool, Calm, Collected.
  • Heaven & Earth is a near perfect match to Blue My Mind. The blue in Heaven & Earth is slightly more pigmented and looks a little deeper, but they are very much the same, as are the two black shades.
  • Thunder & Rain matches Togetherness well–the purples are indistinguishable from each other, while the silver in Thunder & Rain applies smoother than the one in Togetherness, but the colors are about the same.
  • Pretty & Prim is quite similar to Fresh & Easy. The lighter pink seems a little yellower in Pretty & Prim compared to Fresh & Easy, but the darker berry shade seems the same. I had several readers ask how Pretty & Prim compared to Band of Roses, but the two are from different planets – not at all similar.

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