Friday, March 16th, 2012

MAC 3N Lipstick
MAC 3N Lipstick

MAC By Request – Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC By Request is a collection that’s voted on by the fans–there are 18 shades of lipstick, lipglass, and eyeshadow that MAC has listed for grabs, and your votes will determine the top three from each product type that will go on to be launched in an online exclusive, limited edition collection in August. Voting is open and closes on March 30th and users can vote once per product category per day. Not sure where to cast your vote? I’ve got the goods on the six lipsticks up for a comeback! :)

  • 3N is a pale pink beige nude. It has a lustre finish. The color coverage is semi-sheer and adds a touch of pink. Cle de Peau #129 is more opaque, slightly darker. MAC Lazy Day is a bit pinker, almost a little gray. Korres #13 is similar but warmer.
  • Candy Yum Yum is a bright, neon magenta pink with cool, blue undertones with opaque color coverage. It has a matte finish. MAC Pink Pigeon is a bit lighter, pinker. MAC Show Orchid is darker, more fuchsia. MAC Quick Sizzle is pinker. MAC Rose Hip is lighter and pinker.
  • Eden Rocks is a subtly pink-tinged coppery brown with a frosted shimmer. It has a frost finish and semi-opaque color coverage. MAC Felicienne is subtler, less coppery.
  • Moxie is pinky-red with opaque color coverage. It has a matte finish–I think! Not to worry, it feels like a modern matte: creamy, easy to apply, and doesn’t shrink-wrap your lips. MAC Party Parrot is more coral, no blue undertones. OCC Queen is darker. Guerlain CHamps-Elysees is darker. Guerlain Gigi is very similar but has a glossy sheen.
  • Rocker is a darkened brown-based red with subtle shimmer. I’m not quite sure what the finish is–I had the original listed as a matte. Will inquire! Nonetheless, it yields opaque color coverage with very subtle shimmer. shu uemura Rouge Luster is slightly more orange. MAC Such Flare! is a bit lighter, more orange than brown. MAC Extended Play has more brown in it. MAC Unknown Pleasures is a bit darker. Rimmel Metallic Seduction and Make Up For Ever #48 are darker.
  • Shitaki is a medium-dark warm brown with a pale gold-champagne shimmer-sheen. It has a glaze finish, so the color coverage is semi-sheer. Guerlain Chant d’Aromes is pinker, less brown. MAC Flustered is more golden. MAC Kraft is darker. Lancome Bronze Show is a bit darker, more orange.

The formula on these was typical MAC–I didn’t have any unexpected issues with these.  Generally, I find lustre lipsticks to be drying and wear only two hours or so.  The more matte-like finishes (Candy Yum Yum, Moxie, Rocker) felt creamy and opaque, so no trouble there.  Glaze finishes (Shitaki) are less drying than lustres though still a touch drying over time and tend to wear for a similar short time.  MAC lipsticks are vanilla scented.

Continuing with the fun, here are some shades I think could have been good choices: Ahoy, There! (Naughty Nauticals ’08), Angeldish (Aquadisiac ’03), Big Bow (Hello Kitty ’09), Blue Eve (Eden Rocks ’01), Blueberry Fizz (Cocktails, ’01), Brave New Bronze (Style Warrior ’09), Curtsy (Dance ’06), Fashionably Fuchsia (Classic Coordinates ’06), Flash-n-Dash (Fafi ’08), Gladiola (Dame Edna ’08), High Top (Fafi ’08), Isabella Blow (MAC for Isabella BLow ’05), Jazzed (In the Groove ’10), Legendary Femme (Raquel Welch ’07), Lollipop Loving (Heatherette ’08), Marisheeno (Lustreful ’04), Mellow Mood (Electroflash ’08), Merry Mistress (Black Tied ’01), Pink Maribu (Lingerie ’05), Port Red (Naughty Nauticals ’08), Queen’s Sin (Antiquitease ’07), Rebelrose (Rebel Rock ’05), Red No. 5 (MACouture ’06), Rococo (Rococo ’04), Strawberry Blonde (Catherine Deneuve ’06), Tiger Tiger (Raquel Welch ’07), Wild ‘Bout You (Rockocco ’06).

I was confused when I saw both Eden Rocks and Shitaki being promoted–I thought they were both permanent, but I guess they were discontinued in the past two years or so. (If they were such bestsellers, why were they ever discontinued?!) With a collection concept like this one, I think the older the better–and certainly not shades that were permanent for years! If we’re going to go so recent, might as well repromote the Iris Apfel lipsticks, since those sold out so quickly. It’s just such a great concept and one that fans have been asking to see forever, and I’m left wondering, “What data did you use to come up with these lists?” Because I can’t seriously believe that there was no top selling coral lipstick–historically, MAC corals sell out quickly!

I am however pleased to see Moxie and Rocker make the list — those are two I’ve heard about, and they’re both oldies (but goodies). I don’t think I have most of these in the original forms; I should have 3N and Candy Yum Yum, but I’m not so sure about Eden Rocks. I know I owned Shitaki once upon a time, but I don’t think I kept it.

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I think MAC was most successful with the lipstick category as far as picking shades that would make sense--I loved that they brought back two really old shades (Moxie and Rocker), though they are more dupeable today than they probably were when they initially launched!

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Friday, March 16th, 2012

MAC Cool Heat Eyeshadow
MAC Cool Heat Eyeshadow

MAC By Request – Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC By Request is a collection that’s voted on by the fans–there are 18 shades of lipstick, lipglass, and eyeshadow that MAC has listed for grabs, and your votes will determine the top three from each product type that will go on to be launched in an online exclusive, limited edition collection in August. Voting is open and closes on March 30th and users can vote once per product category per day. Not sure where to cast your vote? These are the six that are up for voting, and these just arrived from MAC – all the labels just say “sample” on the back, so I don’t know if these were a recent production or if these were from original runs. I’m thinking they’re probably from short runs – perhaps just to ensure the colors could still be made or have the recipes ready to go into production as soon as voting is over.

  • Cool Heat is a blue with a hint of teal. This has a frost finish. The color payoff is good, and the texture is soft and smooth–it has more of a satin-like finish than a true frost one. Urban Decay Haight is a bit bluer. Inglot #338 is ver similar but matte.
  • Guacamole is a light-medium almost cool-toned green with golden shimmer (so it ends up looking warmer). This has a frost finish. Out of all of these green eyeshadows, only Make Up For Ever #34 comes close, and it’s a bit yellower. It had good pigmentation and a soft texture.
  • Heavenly Bliss is a medium brown with a champagne-gold sheen. This has a frost finish. It has a very smooth, soft feel and goes on like butter. Bare Escentuals Buxom Mutt is similar, just a little less warm. Urban Decay Suspect is grayer. Urban Decay Spotlight is lighter.
  • Jete is a pinky brown with a frosted, metallic shimmer-sheen. This has a veluxe pearl finish. The texture was soft and smooth, while the color payoff was nice. Make Up For Ever #16 is a bit redder. Giorgio Armani Sweet Fire is a bit pinker.
  • Moth Brown is a purple-tinted gray with a shimmery finish. This has a frost finish. Again, the texture on this one was soft, smooth, and the color applied beautifully. MAC Howzat is lighter and less intense. MAC Moody is a bit darker, less shimmered.
  • Solar White is a pink-tinted white with a yellow gold shimmer and sheen. This has a frost finish. It looks surprisingly pink in the pot, but it doesn’t translate when swatched very well (which may be a good or bad thing, depending on what you want). Shades like Tarina Tarantino Delightful come close, but they’re more integrated, while this really has a sheen to it. Make Up For Ever #101 comes the closest, and it’s pretty close.

The texture on all six was really, really good, actually. I was pleasantly surprised, because lately, MAC’s eyeshadows have been more hit-or-miss. These were nice–soft/smooth textures, good color payoff. I managed to cram five of the six into one look, and they wore beautifully all day long (with a primer), and there was only marginal fading after eight hours without a base.

Just for fun, here are some shades I think would have been nice to bring back: All Races (All Ages, All Races, All Sexes ’10), Atlas (Shades of Venus ’98), Bang on Blue (C-Shock ’07), Casa Blanca (Salsabelle ’04), Cinders (Luxuries ’05), Cosmic (Moonbathe ’07), Elite (Belle Azure ’05), Eyepopping (C-Shock ’07), Fab & Flashy (C-Shock ’07), Femme-fi (Neo Sci-Fi ’08), Firespot (Moonbathe ’07), Goldbit (Tantress ’04), Icebox (Merry MAC-Mas ’00), Meadowland (Madame B. ’05), Metamorph (Madame B. ’05), Queen’s Jewel (Antiquitease ’07), Say Yeah (Rebel Rock ’05), Tease ‘n’ Teal (Luxuries ’05), Whistle (Barbie Loves MAC ’07), and Wondergrass (C-Shock ’07).

If I’m remembering correctly, I only own half of these in their original forms, but I will do what comparisons I can! I absolutely know without a doubt that I don’t have Heavenly Bliss, though! I didn’t even recognize the name when MAC announced the collection. I didn’t get into MAC until 2005!

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It's actually a bummer that these aren't all making it into production for fall, because the quality of these eyeshadows is so much better than some of the past year's launches! The color payoffs and textures were good across the board.

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Friday, March 16th, 2012


2N, Bait, Cult of Cherry, Emancipation, Flash of Flesh, Icescape

MAC By Request – Lipglasses Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC By Request is a collection that’s voted on by the fans–there are 18 shades of lipstick, lipglass, and eyeshadow that MAC has listed for grabs, and your votes will determine the top three from each product type that will go on to be launched in an online exclusive, limited edition collection in August. Voting is open and closes on March 30th and users can vote once per product category per day. Not sure where to cast your vote? I’ve got the goods on the six lipglasses up for a comeback! :) These just arrived from MAC – all the labels just say “sample” on the back, so I don’t know if these were a recent production or if these were from original runs. I’m thinking they’re probably from short runs – perhaps just to ensure the colors could still be made or have the recipes ready to go into production as soon as voting is over.

  • 2N is a peachy orange with soft white micro-shimmer. It looks darker swatched than it does on the lips, where it turns to a brownish peach with mostly opaque color coverage. MAC Ready or Not is similar but a little peachier. MAC Naked Space is lighter.
  • Bait is a light-medium pink with multi-colored shimer and subtle yellow undertones. MAC The Wee Coquette is lighter, bluer. MAC Casual Air is a bit more plum. MAC Good Times is more mauve. MAC Pink Fade is bluer and a touch lighter.
  • Cult of Cherry is a blue-based pink-red with shimmer with semi-opaque color coverage. MAC DRiven By Love is more opaque, deeper. Chanel Triomphal is a bit redder. Milani Photo Flash is pinker.
  • Emancipation is pink-tinted beige with champagne shimmer. On lips, it tends to look like a milky pink on mine, but it depends on your natural lip color–this shade will definitely change based on the underlying tone of your lips. MAC Fresh Air is similar but a little lighter. Urban Decay Peroxide is similar but sheerer.
  • Flash of Flesh is a pink and copper shimmered peach-orange. MAC Good Lovin’ is a little less pink and lighter. MAC Liqueur is several shades darker.
  • Icescape is a icy pink with multi-colored shimmer. It’s semi-sheer on lips. MAC Going Casual has a similar effect.

MAC Lipglass is vanilla-scented, on the thicker side as far as consistency goes, and has a very tacky texture.  It’s one of the stickier glosses on the market, though it wears three to four hours without a problem as a result, even some of the lighter shades.  Some shades are very sheer while others are completely opaque, so pigmentation can be a mixed bag with this formula.

Of all the comeback products, I think the lipglass category was the most disappointing. Icescape? Really? I didn’t even know that was a big deal! I can see why some of these shades may have been popular, but you can see in the photo above–three of the lipglasses look awfully similar. Here are some shades I think would have made a big splash: Bizaarish (Smoke Signals ’07), Check Please (Tailormade ’05), Greenhouse (‘Fab Florals ’02), Headliner (Diana Ross ’05), Magnetique (Belle Azure ’05), Moonbathe (Moonbathe ’07), She Loves Candy (Hello Kitty ’09), or Tartlette (High Tea ’04).

I hope to do some comparison swatches over the next couple of days for the shades I do have the older/originals of. Of these, I don’t think I have Bait or Flash of Flesh but should have the other four.

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MAC By Request - Lipglasses Review, Photos, Swatches

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This is a very tame set of six to bring back--I think having pink and nude is great, but I think they could have had more variety within the six they chose to potentially bring back. MAC puts out numerous nudes and pinks every year, so slightly more original shades would have been great to see return!

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Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Video Review: MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows for 2012 – First Impressions & Swatches

These are new and permanent (well, some are repromotes!), as part of MAC’s Mineralized Eyeshadow displayer. MAC rotates in new shades every 6-12 months, and these are the latest shades to become available.

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Video Review: MAC & Marcel Wanders 2 Collection – First Impressions & Swatches

It was so very strange to see MAC partner with Marcel Wanders again, and it felt like it had (or has) very little fanfare associated with it!   The video features my first impressions of the products as well as swatches.  You can find reviews on the lipglosses and lipsticks posted in full on the blog already :)

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Video Review: MAC and Chen Man Love & Water Collection – First Impressions & Swatches

My first look at MAC’s collaboration with Chen Man called Love & Water, due out in-stores on March 1st. I suspect it will pop online a day or two prior to the in-store release date.