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MAC Illustrated Brush Kits Reviews & Photos

MAC Illustrated Brush Kit
MAC Illustrated Brush Kit

MAC Illustrated Brush Kits ($49.50) are available in two selections, one for just face, one for face and eyes. Both kits come with a brush roll, which holds five brushes with a clear plastic flap that protects the brush heads. The brush roll itself is made out of a vinyl-like material. If you recently purchased any of the Illustrated bags, it’s made out of the same material as that. Smooth, slick plastic that’s not quite as shiny as vinyl. The brush roll has a 3/4″ wide black strap that ties the roll together. Each brush has a shiny black handle with a matte black ferrule.

All Over Brush Kit features the 168SE, 287SE, 224SE, 219SE, and 266SE. The 168SE is not as dense or as soft as the full-sized version, but it wasn’t scratchy. I actually felt like the 219SE was softer here than the one I have in full-size, but the 266SE is very scratchy and would work better for brows than on the lid. The 224SE seemed a bit floppy, but it wasn’t scratchy. The 287SE wasn’t scratchy and was soft when I patted and brushed it across my eyelid.

Face Brush Kit features the 129SE, 188SE, 190SE, and 195SE. The 129SE is a big longer and floppier compared to the full size version, which felt slightly denser, too, but it was as soft as my full-size (which isn’t my favorite brush, as it is somewhat scratchy at times). The 188SE is less dense and a bit floppy–seemed narrower at the base. The 190SE and 195SE seemed comparable to my full-size brushes.

Both kits are available exclusively at Nordstrom, as part of their Anniversary sale.

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MAC Harmony Blush

MAC Harmony Blush
MAC Harmony Blush

MAC Harmony Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “muted rose-beige brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with a matte finish. It is slightly warm-toned, but it isn’t orange. NARS Madly is slightly darker and more shimmery. MAC Coppertone is warmer, brighter, more orange. Burberry Earthly is browner, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Harmony has long been used by MAC fans as blush, bronzer, and contour, so it can be a very multi-tasking product in your stash, depending on your skin tone and preferences.  I remember this was my go-to for contouring when I was in college, and I only put it down when MAC came out with Sculpt, which is grayer and more neutral.  It nice, buildable color payoff that went on true-to-pan but could be applied lightly for a softer application.  The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin.  Harmony wore well for almost eight hours and then started to fade.

MAC Powder Blush Harmony
Harmony
Harmony
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

MAC By Request Eyeshadows (2013 Edition)

MAC Eyeshadow
MAC By Request (2013) Eyeshadows

MAC Ashbury Eyeshadow is described as a “matte taupe grey [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, gray-brown with a hint of green (at least on my warmer complexion; I think it will be less apparent on cooler skin tones) and a matte finish. It had good color payoff and had a soft, smooth feel. Urban Decay Pistol is shimmery. NARS Bali is darker. MAC Legendary Black is darker, shimmery. MAC Concrete is darker. Inglot #348 is much darker. See comparison swatches.

MAC Butterscotch Eyeshadow is described as a “matte warm beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a warm-toned, muted yellow with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft though slightly powdery. Bobbi Brown Banana is very similar. NARS Misfit #1 is lighter. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #1 is lighter, shimmery. See comparison swatches.

MAC Chill Eyeshadow is described as a “soft white with shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, cool-toned white with a seemingly matte finish (I really didn’t see any shimmer!). It had decent to good color payoff, and it was fairly smooth and not too powdery. Sugarpill Tako is matte. MAC How to Marry is more shimmery. MAC Vellum is cooler-toned, shimmery. MAC Crystal Avalanche is shimmery. bareMinerals Five Star is more shimmery. Inglot #373 is matte. Bobbi Brown White is matte. See comparison swatches.

MAC Diesel Eyeshadow is described as a “cool grey frost [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark gray with a frosted finish. It had decent to good pigmentation but the texture was just a bit dry. Giorgio Armani #21 is very similar. Urban Decay Asphalt is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is darker. See comparison swatches.

MAC Fiction Eyeshadow is described as a “muted green with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm, olive green with a fine gold and olive green shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and just a smidgen dry. It seemed better than my original Fiction, though. Clinique Whopping Willow is warmer. Urban Decay Jealous is greener. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is less green. Urban Decay Mildew is warmer. NARS Taiga #2 is darker. MAC Greensmoke is greener. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 is warmer. bareMinerals Eureka is warmer. Inglot #419 is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

I wore these shades together, and they were very true-to-form for MAC eyeshadows.  They lasted well for seven to eight hours with some slight fading after eight to nine hours–the mattes tended to fade a bit faster than the more shimmery shades. Voting begins later today on MAC’s Facebook.

MAC Eyeshadow Ashbury
Ashbury
Ashbury
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Butterscotch
Butterscotch
Butterscotch
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Chill
Chill
Chill
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Diesel
Diesel
Diesel
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Fiction
Fiction
Fiction
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC By Request Lipsticks (2013 Edition)

MAC Flavour Lipstick
MAC By Request (2013 Edition) Lipsticks

MAC Flavour Lipstick is described as a “soft, muted peachy-pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium pink-coral with a subtle sheen but fairly creamy finish. It had a soft, smooth consistency that applied well without tugging or dragging on the lips, and it delivered opaque color coverage. It lasted four and a half hours when I wore it, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Urban Decay Native is very similar. Revlon Pink Lemonade is sheerer.NARS Bolero is more matte. MAC Haute Altitude is darker. MAC Ever Hip is warmer. MAC Coral Bliss is warmer. See comparison swatches.

MAC Glam Lipstick is described as a “vivid, bright pinky-red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a rich, vibrant cool-toned red with a strong blue undertone that it turns pink when sheered out. It delivered full color coverage, and the texture was slightly creamy but more comparable to recent Retro Matte finishes like RiRi Woo, Heaux, etc. It wore for eight hours and left a stain that continued on for a couple more hours. It was neither hydrating nor drying. There is no shortage of dupes for this shade, though, as it is a very classic red. MAC RiRi Woo is similar, not quite as pink-toned. NYX Chic Red is darker. NARS Dragon Girl is similar. NARS Luxembourg is brighter. MAC Russian Red is darker, not as cool-toned. MAC Ruby Woo is not as pink-toned. MAC Ronnie Red is similar. MAC Love Goddess is pinker. Guerlain Calligraphy #5 is similar. Dior Marilyn is also similar. Buxom Scoundrel is not as cool-toned. See comparison swatches.

MAC Hoop Lipstick is described as a “mid-tone rosy pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a subtle sheen. It had full color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and like more recent MAC Matte lipsticks. It lasted four hours on me. Urban Decay Rush is more subdued. MAC Force of Love is brighter, darker. MAC Betty Bright is warmer, less pink. Chanel Hyde Park is pinker. See comparison swatches.

MAC Pink Poodle Lipstick is described as a “vivid, fuchsia-pink [with a Glaze finish].” It’s a cool-toned, fuchsia pink with iridiescent bluish-fuchsia shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage; there’s a slight translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through, so if you have naturally redder lips, this will appear redder overall. It wore five hours on me and was slightly drying. Revlon Fuchsia Shock is lighter, not as blue-based. MAC Midnight Mambo is purpler. MAC Rare Exotic is darker. MAC Quick Sizzle is cooler-toned, matte. MAC Lickable is slightly warmer. MAC Girl About Town is darker. Estee Lauder Demure is less cool-toned. Chanel Extatique is lighter. Buxom Exhibitionist is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

MAC Rozz Lipstick is described as a “watermelon reddish pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, coral-orange with strong red undertones and a matte finish. It had really rich, opaque color payoff, and the consistency was lightly creamy so it didn’t tug on lips but didn’t slide around. It wore for six and a half hours and left a light stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Mysterious Red is darker. Chanel Amant is more orange, more muted. MAC Scarlet Ibis is more orange. MAC Lady Danger is more orange, lighter. Hourglass Raven is slightly more orange. See comparison swatches. (Also: In the Originals collection, you may remember Rozz Revival, which was inspired by this shade.)

MAC Tomango Lipstick is described as a “bright reddish orange [with a Matte finish].” It’s a vibrant, brightened medium orange with strong red undertones and a matte finish. It had a lightly creamy consistency that applied evenly and well, and the color was rich and fully opaque on lips. It wore for six hours well and was neither hydrating nor drying. Urban Decay Bang is slightly brighter. Maybelline Orange Edge is similar in color, shinier. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is slightly redder. Maybelline Neon Red is shinier. MAC Scarlet Ibis is redder. MAC Sail La Vie is similar. MAC Morange is lighter. MAC Lady Danger is very similar–perhaps a fraction darker. Buxom Rogue is shinier.
See comparison swatches.

Voting begins later today on MAC’s Facebook.

MAC Lipstick Flavour
Flavour
Flavour
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
MAC Lipstick Glam
Glam
Glam
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
MAC Lipstick Hoop
Hoop
Hoop
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
MAC Lipstick Pink Poodle
Pink Poodle
Pink Poodle
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
MAC Lipstick Rozz
Rozz
Rozz
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
MAC Lipstick Tomango
Tomango
Tomango
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

MAC Coppertone Blush

MAC Coppertone Blush
MAC Coppertone Blush

MAC Coppertone Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “peach brown [with a matte finish].” It’s a medium, muted orange with brown undertones and a matte finish. I get the “peach brown” description, though. NARS Gina is a touch lighter. MAC Seasonal Appeal is less warm. MAC Eternal Sun is a bit darker. MAC Barefaced is more shimmery. Chanel Espiegle is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Coppertone has a soft, smooth texture that applies evenly on the skin.  It’s blendable, and the color goes on slightly darker once applied than it looks in the pan (I think the matte finishes tend to do this; like the natural oils on the skin tend to darken them once applied).  The color is buildable, though it’s fairly pigmented so I would advise using a lighter hand on fairer complexions and gradually building the color up to see how it works for you.  It lasted seven and a half hours well on me, and it started to fade shortly after eight hours.

MAC Powder Blush Coppertone
Coppertone
Coppertone
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Bossa Blue Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Eyeshadows ($23.50 for 0.10 oz.) come in six shades. All six are limited edition.  If you’ve been following this blog for a few years, you’ll know that MAC Mineralize and I, generally, don’t get along.  I love the way they look in their pots, and photographing the Mineralize collections is always fun–everything looks spectacular.  I’m always disappointed by their performance, as they never look as pretty applied as they do in their pots.  This is particularly true with the eyeshadows, and this year’s seemed worse to me than some of the more recent releases.  More or less, the formula seems to have gotten better over the years (finer, smoother, less powdery), but the texture on these, overall, felt like Mineralize Eyeshadows from three or four years ago–drier, kind of powdery.  Color payoff was an issue (even used with a damp brush), and then later on, wear, as all of these looked noticeably faded well before eight hours.

Bossa Blue is described as a “royal blue with brown pearl.” It’s a warm-toned taupe–a grayish brown with a gray sheen. The texture was a bit dry and powdery, and the resulting payoff when applied dry was semi-sheer, while when applied damp, it was more semi-opaque. I found it fairly buildable on the lid, but it does need some layering. There’s no shortage of shades like this, even with MAC’s releases. MAC Pastelluxe #5 is warmer. Disney Midnight Hour #4 is darker. Urban Decay Mushroom is a cream product but similar in color. Urban Decay Armor is a touch darker. Urban Decay Mushroom is similar. NARS Grand Palais #1 is lighter. MAC Keep Your Cool is darker. MAC Twilight Falls is browner. Giorgio Armani #4 is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Caribbean is described as a “rose with pink and red pearl.” It’s a reddish-coral with pink and copper sparkle. The payoff was sheer whether used dry or wet. This shade was really dry, powdery, and glittery–it didn’t bind well together, so it had a lot of fall out during application but throughout the time I wore it. My eye ended up really watery when I wore this, because of how much fall out and how sparkles kept getting into my eye. Milani I Heart You is slightly redder. MAC Raving Mad is less sparkly. MAC Daydreaming is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Cha-Cha-Cha is described as a “deep blue green with green pearl.” It’s a blackened blue with green and blue shimmers. Applied dry, it is sheerer and lighter, and then applied damp, it was semi-opaque and turned a bit bluer. The texture was dry and powdery, but not as difficult to use as Caribbean. Urban Decay Spell #2 is darker, less cool-toned. theBalm Sexy Stacye is grayer. Urban Decay Asphalt is a bit grayer. Urban Decay Ace is less shimmery. MAC Jade’s Fortune is more intense but very similar. MAC Hint of Sapphire is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Dare to Bare is described as a “light cream with gold pearl.” It’s a pale pink with a hint of lavender and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. This shade was slightly powdery, but it seemed to stick to itself fairly well. It was one of the more pigmented shades of the six. It was semi-sheer applied dry and prone to sheering out if you applied it to the lid dry, but applied damp, it went on very nicely and with full color coverage. MAC Pastelluxe #3 is sheerer. Urban Decay SWF is darker. MAC Seedy Pearl is cooler-toned. MAC Love Power is darker, cream product. MAC Good Fortune is more metallic, cream. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is similar. bareMinerals Glitterati is more golden. Shades like MAC Joy & Laughter #1 and MAC Young Venus seemed similar initially but pulled too purple. See comparison swatches.

Time to Tango is described as a “lavender with silver pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark lavender with a gray tinge and gold sparkle. The texture was a little gritty (like Caribbean but not quite as bad) because of the high sparkle content and general looseness of the shadow. Applied dry, it’s a sheer wash of color, and then applied dry, it’s more semi-opaque but doesn’t quite bind together as smoothly as I’d like to see in a powder product. I had a ton of fall out from this shade, unfortunately, throughout the day. NARS Flowers 3 #2 is less shimmery. Milani Purr-fect Purple is darker. MAC Idol Eyes is less purple. See comparison swatches.

Tropica is described as a “silver blue with purple.” It is a cool-toned, lavender urple with a subtle, teal iridescent duochrome sheen. Applied dry, it is fairly sheer, and then applied damp, the duochrome is more pronounced as the product is more opaque and smooths out better. Benefit Fancy Pansy is darker. OCC Datura is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Bossa Blue
Bossa Blue
Bossa Blue
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Caribbean
Caribbean
Caribbean
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Cha-Cha-Cha
Cha-Cha-Cha
Cha-Cha-Cha
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Dare to Bare
Dare to Bare
Dare to Bare
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Time to Tango
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Tropica
Tropica
Tropica
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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