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MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Skinfinishes

MAC Adored Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Skinfinishes

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Skinfinishes ($30.00 for 0.24 oz.) come in five shades: Adored, Gold Deposit (permanent), Lust, Rio, and Soft & Gentle (permanent). Except for Gold Deposit, the Mineralize Skinfinishes are on the lighter end of the spectrum, so for the majority of complexions, they’ll work more as highlighters than blushers or bronzers.  The textures of all five were less powdery than the blushes from this collection.  Gold Deposit was the only one that had a slightly sparkly/less smooth texture.  In my experience, MAC’s Mineralize cheek products don’t last as long as their regular powder blushes do.  I’ve only tested one of the five, and I’m in the process of testing Lust and Rio at this very moment and will update accordingly.  I expect to test the remaining two (which are permanent) tomorrow.  Overall, I think if you normally love and use Mineralize Skinfinishes as highlighters, one of the new shades is worth checking out, but the reality is they’re very similar to each other – each one slightly darker from Adored to Lust to Rio (Rio being the “darkest”).

Adored is described as a “coral with light beige pearl.” It’s a soft, pink-peach with a frosted, champagne shimmer-sheen. This shade is going to work best as a subtle blusher and highlighter on fair skin and then as a subtle highlighter on medium and darker complexions. It is true-to-pan in color, but the texture is soft and finely-milled to the point where it does tend to sheer out as it is applied, rather than build-up. This shade lasted for six hours, and it was noticeably faded after seven hours. On my normal-to-dry skin, it slightly emphasized pores but not too noticeably. MAC Lust is more shimmered and darker. NARS Sex Appeal is matte. MAC Stay By Me is more matte. MAC Light Year is darker, warmer. MAC Keep It Loose is darker. MAC Shell Pearl is slightly pinker, darker. See comparison swatches.

Gold Deposit is described as a “soft reflective golden bronze.” It’s a warm, orange-copper with a golden-copper sparkle and shimmer. The finish on this shade is more metallic, and the texture is a little sparkly, so it’s not as smooth as it could be. It was very pigmented. I will be testing this shade for wear tomorrow. Physicians Formula Light Bronzer is more orange. Urban Decay Baked is slightly less orange, browner. MAC Center of the Universe is similar. MAC Glorify is browner, darker, as is Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon. See comparison swatches. This shade is part of the permanent range.

Lust is described as a “pale pink with cranberry pearl.” It’s a dirty, warm-toned pink with a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. The color payoff was good, with the color getting to the same color as seen in the pan, and as a result, it is on the lighter side so medium and deeper complexions may find this acts more as a highlighter than much of a blusher. Because it does have a higher sheen in its finish, it did somewhat emphasize pores and skin texture. I will be testing this one today. MAC Rio is pinker, less beige/brown. Tom Ford Frantic Pink is pinker. Milani Dolce Pink is slightly pinker. MAC Legendary is less shimmery. MAC Born to Love is similar, slightly darker. MAC Definitely Defined is more beige. Bobbi Brown Peony is a touch pinker. See comparison swatches.

Rio is described as a “bronze with bright pink pearl.” It’s a medium pink with a soft, frosted finish and warm undertones. It had good color payoff with true-to-pan color that was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. On my medium complexion, it added subtle pink color and sheen, so for fairer complexions I could see it working as a highlighter and blush more so than on deeper complexions. I will be testing this shade for wear today. Tom Ford Frantic Pink is less shimmery, darker. Milani Dolce Pink is warmer. MAC Stunner is slightly pinker. MAC Easy Manner is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Soft & Gentle is described as a “gilded peach bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, champagne beige with a frosted sheen. It had true-to-pan in color, though it is a lighter shade, so on all but very fair skin tones, it act primarily as a highlighter.  It only emphasized my pores/natural skin texture very slightly. bareMinerals The Love Affair is more beige. MAC How Beautiful is darker, browner. MAC Whisper of Gilt is more golden/yellow. NARS Nico is less shimmery, more beige, lighter. See comparison swatches.

P.S. — Nordstrom has these listed for $29.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Adored
Adored
Adored
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Gold Deposit
Gold Deposit
Gold Deposit
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Lust
Lust
Lust
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Rio
Rio
Rio
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Soft & Gentle
Soft & Gentle
Soft & Gentle
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Blushes

MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush
MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Blushes

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Blushes ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) sees the launch of three limited edition shades.  All three had rich, intense color payoff, but I did experience shorter wear (which is my typical experience with the mineralize face products), so the ratings reflect that shortcoming.  The other thing was that all three were extraordinarily powdery–the merest touch of MAC’s 116 dislodged quite a bit of powder and left powdery remains pushed to the edges.  MAC’s new 159 brush is better for these, just because it doesn’t seem to disturb the powder as much, so there is less excess and waste, and it is also easier to get less product so you can build the intensity to the desired level rather than starting at level ten.

Exotic Ember is described as an “orange with bronze pearl.” It’s a deep, bronze-shimmered brown with subtle warm undertones. This is a shade that is going to be tricky for some skin tones, amazing on others; I think if you liked Metal Rock, you’ll like the color of this. Aside from the tricky color, the orange shade was difficult to blend with the brown. It was like the two were oil and water and really didn’t want to blend together, so the color looked splotchy applied. I tried it over different foundations (two liquids, a powder, and bare skin), and I still had the same issues trying to get it to look even. I had the best results with I used a fan brush to use it very, very lightly as a contour but the color may not work as a contour for all skin tones (it doesn’t for mine, for reference). As a blush, it did emphasize pores and skin texture. I will try to snap a photo of it being used more as a contour sometime this week. It lasted six hours on my skin, and it was patchy after eight hours of wear (this is typical wear for me with MAC’s mineralize products). MAC Earthshine is less warm-toned, slightly redder/more plum in a way. MAC Pressed Amber is lighter, less warm-toned. Bobbi Brown Bahama is lighter, more plum. See comparison swatches.

Simmer is described as a “burnt rose with peach/gold pearl.” It’s a brightened, pink-coral with gold shimmer. The majority of the color is coming from the red bits, and this is extremely pigmented, so I would use a lot less than you expect and build up. If used very lightly, it only emphasizes pores in a minor way (not too noticeable by others, only if you look in the mirror), but as the color builds up, so does the metallic-like shimmer, which was unforgiving if you don’t have perfectly smooth skin. It lasted six and a half hours on me, and then it was faded and somewhat patchy after eight hours. Tom Ford Flush is more orange. theBalm Frat Boy is more matte. NARS Deep Throat is more muted. NARS Amour is more matte. MAC Star Wonder is less warm-toned but somewhat similar. MAC Flaming Chic is softer, more muted. Benefit Bella Bamba is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Sweet Samba is described as a “dark pink with tan pearl.” It’s a pink-plum with a soft, pearly sheen and neutral-to-cool undertones. It had intense color payoff, so go easy with a brush and lightly tap onto cheeks and then build up the intensity. It’s much easier to build than it is to diffuse and soften if you apply too much. I will be testing out the wear of this shade today.  This had the most forgiving texture and only slightly emphasized pores/the natural texture of the skin. theBalm Cabana Boy is less pink, more plum. NARS Oasis is darker, more plum. NARS Outlaw is similar, more subdued. MAC Mocha is pinker. MAC Star Wonder is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Gentle is pinker. See comparison swatches.

P.S. — Nordstrom still has these listed for $23.50.

MAC Mineralize Blush Exotic Ember
Exotic Ember
Exotic Ember
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total
MAC Mineralize Blush Simmer
Simmer
Simmer
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
MAC Mineralize Blush Sweet Samba
Sweet Samba
Sweet Samba
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

MAC Tropical Taboo Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass
MAC Tropical Taboo Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Cremesheen Glasses ($20.00 for 0.09 fl. oz.) come in four shades: Calypso Beat, Fever Isle, Japanese Spring (repromote), and Narcissus (repromote). All four are limited edition.  If you love the Cremesheen Glass formula, you’ll no doubt love at least three of the four here. I’m not the biggest fan of the formula due to how quickly it wears away coupled with how little is actually in the tube (0.09 fl. oz. vs. 0.17 fl. oz. in Lipglass), so one tube can go rather quickly.  The other is that they tend to be milky or creamy and settle into lip lines, which these do to an extent but a much lesser extent (except for Japanese Spring) than ones in the past have.  The formula is almost creamy but not terribly thick (not like Lipglass), vanilla-scented, and non-sticky.

Calypso Beat is described as a “pale neutral peach.” It’s a light-medium peach with warm, beige-y undertones and a soft, white shimmer. This was semi-opaque applied to lips, and for as light and milky as it is, it applied very, very well and evenly. There is some settling into lip lines, but the opacity helps to minimize the visibility of that. It’s one of the better milky Cremesheen Glasses I can remember trying. The big downside was that it lasted two and a half hours on me. Chanel Zephyr is sheerer. MAC Boundless Beige is very sheer in comparison. MAC Summer Sweetheart is more beige. MAC On the Scene is less shimmery. MAC Fashion Whim is a touch lighter. MAC Kiss Me Softly is less pigmented. See comparison swatches.

Fever Isle is described as a “bright red coral.” It’s a medium-dark, coral-red with fine gold shimmer. It was semi-opaque with some translucency but a lot of color. It applied fairly evenly across the lips, though there was some settling of the color into lip lines–however between the shimmer, glossiness, and color coverage, it was hardly noticeable. This gloss lasted three hours on me. Revlon Papaya is warmer, more orange. MAC Kiss Don’t Tell is lighter, pinker. MAC Star Quality is also pinker. See comparison swatches.

Japanese Spring is described as a “pale dirty pink.” It’s a sheer, milky, pale pink with subtle cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It’s very sheer and just adds a milkiness to my natural lip color more than anything. Because it’s so light, it does settle into lip lines noticeably. It lasted an hour and a half on me. Urban Decay Obsessed is similar. NARS International Velvet is also similar. MAC Petite Indulgence is more pigmented. MAC Going Casual is pinker. MAC Pagoda is more pigmented and shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Narcissus is described as a “dirty eggplant.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark purple-magenta with a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall and didn’t settle too noticeably into lip lines. It wore three hours when I tried it. Urban Decay Crush is pinker. MAC Style Packed is much pinker. MAC Heroine is less purple, more magenta. See comparison swatches.

MAC Cremesheen Glass Calypso Beat
Calypso Beat
Calypso Beat
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Fever Isle
Fever Isle
Fever Isle
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Japanese Spring
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
5
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Narcissus
Narcissus
Narcissus
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Illustrated Bags (2013) by Anja Kroencke and Indie 184 Review & Photos

MAC Illustrated Bag 1 by Indie 184
MAC Illustrated Bag 1 by Indie 184

MAC Illustrated Bags (2013 Edition) ($36.00 each) were designed by Anja Kroencke and Indie 184 (each with two bags). For more background, see the original press release. Each bag is 8″ wide and 6″ tall with a 1″ depth. They felt like vinyl/plastic on the outside, and still like vinyl but not as plastic-like on the interior, which is lined with a different pattern.

The bags designed by Anja Kroencke are black and white drawings, and the interior is the same for both bags. The bags designed by Indie 184 are in “graphic street style,” and each bag as the other bag’s exterior as its interior (which I thought was cool). They’re large enough to hold your lipglosses, lipsticks, eyeshadows, quads, and some of the shorter-handled brushes. The size of these would work best as a makeup bag inside a purse for everyday or as one of many makeup bags for travel.

These will MAC stores (not counters) on July 11th, international stores in August, and will be online on July 2nd.

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MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Rich Lipsticks

MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Rich Lipsticks

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Rich Lipsticks ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) come in five shades: Divine Choice, Glamour Era, Lady at Play, Luxe Natural, and Midnight Mambo. The latter is the only limited edition (and new) shade, which is the only shade I’ll have reviewed in this post, because the other four are permanent and were just reviewed this past March. 🙂

Midnight Mambo is described as an “intense violet.” It’s a fuchsia-shimmered magenta with cool undertones. It as semi-opaque coverage that was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque–most of my lip freckle is hidden but there is some translucency across the whole lip. Given that it’s a Mineralize Rich lipstick, which is supposed to have “medium shine” and “buildable coverage,” it felt a lot like the others in the range, but it did seem slightly sheerer (even if you only compare to the other four featured in this collection). It lasted six and a half hours and left a slight stain behind, and it was lightly moisturizing while I wore it. Revlon Lollipop is more muted. Maybelline Hot Plum is less shimmery. MAC Show Orchid is more iridescent but is very similar. See comparison swatches.

The Mineralize Rich Lipstick range was released in March, so please refer to these links for reviews of: Divine Choice, Glamour Era, Lady at Play, Luxe Natural.  For reference, I have included the photos for all of those shades within this post but for reviews, ratings, dupes, and so on, please read their respective posts 🙂

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Midnight Mambo
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “frosty pink white, deep bronze, carbon black, deep grey and platinum.” #2 was the sparkliest shade, so it was the only one that seemed like it might be prone to fall out. I’ve been wearing this palette together for just over four hours, and there’s very little sparkle underneath my eye thus far, so hopefully there’s not too much more between now and the eight-hour mark. Based on my experience with the wear of these eyeshadows to this point, I expect the others to wear without creasing and might show some signs of fading after nine hours or so. The texture of this palette was slightly less silky compared to the others.

Smokeluxe #1 is a subtly warmed-up, pale beige with a pearly sheen. It’s a bit dry, so the payoff was about the same both wet and dry–semi-sheer to semi-opaque at best. Brownluxe #1 and Greenluxe #1 both have very similar beige shades in them. Urban Decay Broken is lighter, less shimmery. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is similar. Urban Decay Skimp is warmer. MAC Dew is similar. MAC Sahara Dust is similar. MAC Preferred Blonde is more shimmery. MAC Shroom is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #2 is a dirty olive brown with hints of green and then flashes of taupe. It was a very interesting color, and it was one that I swatched three times while getting everything together, because it never looks the same. It also swatches darker than it looks in the pan. Greenluxe #4 is darker. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is greener, lighter. Giorgio Armani #14 is warmer. Giorgio Armani #24 is less shimmery. bareMinerals Speaker Box is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #3 is a warm, brownish-plum with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied wet, it was mostly opaque and appeared slightly darker. Disney Rococo is darker. Disney Chateau is warmer. theBalm Blink 1982 is similar. Urban Decay Roach is darker.
MAC Star Violet is warmer, redder. MAC Prettified is lighter, less warm-toned. Guerlain Turandot #4 is darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #2 is lighter. bareMinerals Euphoria is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #4 is a medium-dark gray with a light silver shimmer. It was semi-sheer applied dry and mostly opaque applied wet–a little drier than other shades. theBalm Matt McDonald is cooler-toned. Chanel Gris Exquis is more neutral, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #5 is a deep, dark black with a satin finish. It is a softer black applied dry, but it is quite dark and rich when applied with a damp brush. Sugarpill Bulletproof is matte. Urban Decay Blackout is matte. Milani Pitch Black is similar. Illamasqua Zeitgeist is similar. See comparison swatches.

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Smokeluxe
Smokeluxe
Smokeluxe
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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