Thursday, March 24th, 2011

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters
MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters Preview

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters ($23.00 for 0.12 fl. oz.) is a new and permanent product that will release in-stores on April 7th. There are three shades: Bright Forecast (mid-tone peachy coral), Light Boost (soft yellow cream), and Radiant Rose (light shell pink). They come in a twist-up, pen-type applicator. These highlighters are designed to provide a “sheer wash of color to highlight, brighten, and perfect.” Since it is a new product, I can’t review it without actually testing it — so I ask for your patience while I spend the next day or two testing out the wear.  Please hold all questions until I’ve had a chance to actually test these out!

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Thursday, March 24th, 2011

MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush
MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush

MAC Quite Cute: Sakura

MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new and limited edition shade from MAC’s Quite Cute collection, due in-stores on April 7th. MAC describes this shade as “lavender with pearly magenta heart.” The outer edge is a pinked lavender with a pearled finish, while the heart is a darker pink, not quite magenta, and more of a frost finish. When swirled together, it creates a muted, medium-dark magenta pink with a soft frost finish and cool undertones.

It has the same texture issues as Miss Behave–powdery and sheers out too quickly. It is effortless to blend, but the problem I experienced while applying was it seemed to disappear during the blending process, and I would have to go back and reapply. I think it’s the powderiness of the texture that contributes to this problem, because the color doesn’t stay bound together and thus disappears.

P.S. — No, I wouldn’t normally pair it with those lips, but it was what I had on for swatches – I hope you understand.

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MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush Swatches, Photos, Review

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This shade will work on light to medium skin tones, and possibly on darker skin tones. It is on the sheer side, wihch is why I think it may not work so well on darker skin tones. It is also very cool-toned, which makes it more suitable for cool-toned skin.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, March 24th, 2011

MAC Quite Cute Lip Pencils
MAC Quite Cute Lip Pencils in Boldly Bare and In Synch

MAC Quite Cute: Lip Pencils

MAC Quite Cute Lip Pencils ($13.00 for 0.05 oz.) include three permanent shades from the upcoming collection, which launches in-stores on April 7th. All three shades are actually repromotes from Too Fabulous. The shades are: Boldly Bare (dirty red brown), In Synch (bright yellow pink), and Naked (light neutral).

  • Boldly Bare is a red-based, dirty brown.
  • In Synch is a peached-pink in a way. It’s not quite your typical pink–it’s definitely yellow-based. This would work really well with some more coral-pink lipsticks or glosses.
  • Naked is a light, peach-based beige. I didn’t realize that this was a repromote at the time of swatching, so I did not pull out Naked (which apparently I already own). You can see photos/swatches here.

They’re comfortable enough to be worn alone or as actual lip liner, depending on your needs. With their matte finishes, these hold onto lips well and last six to eight hours. All three shades were nicely pigmented and applied smoothly without skipping.

The Glossover

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MAC Quite Cute Lip Pencils Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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They work! They do what they're supposed to do, and they don't dry out lips.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, March 24th, 2011

MAC Miss Behave Mineralize Blush
MAC Miss Behave Mineralize Blush

MAC Quite Cute: Miss Behave Mineralize Blush

MAC Miss Behave Mineralize Blush ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is new and limited edition shade from MAC’s Quite Cute collection, which launches in-stores on April 7th. It is one of three shades (the others being Giggly and Sakura). MAC describes it as “light beige with pearly mint green heart.”

I actually felt like the pale, mint green heart ruined what could have been a very pretty peach with a hint of beige. The outer color is a light-medium peach with a satin finish, while the pale green heart has a frosted finish. When mixed, the result is a very semi-sheer, pale beige. On my medium skin tone, the color amounts to more of a highlighter than a blush.

The texture was also powdery, and the blush itself seemed to sheer out with little effort–which can be troublesome when the product is already a lighter color. After I applied it, I did feel like it had a powdery look to it, so I spritzed water to help minimize the effect. Surprisingly, the Quite Cute mineralize blushes contain 0.14 oz. worth of product, while regular mineralize blushes only have 0.11 oz. — and there is only a dollar difference ($23 vs. $22).

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MAC Miss Behave Mineralize Blush Swatches, Photos, Review

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This shade would work best on lighter skin tones, as it will give more of a washed out look when applied as a blusher on medium to dark skin tones. My overall rating has nothing to do with it being wearable for me but about the quality of the product–the powderiness takes away from the product as does the sheerness, where you apply, then blend out, and find you need to apply more.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, February 28th, 2011

Video Review: MAC Cremeblend Blush

This pretty much rounds off our MAC posts–for a few weeks at least–I hope, ha!

Sunday, February 27th, 2011


MAC Sheen Supreme: Overall & Recommendations

OVERALL, it’s a good formula, and I think it adds some nice shades to MAC’s permanent range.  I feel like there’s easily at least one shade that catches the eye.  There is a good balance of cool, more neutral, and warm shades here, as well as brights and darks and everyday kind of shades.  The majority of shades have some past shade compares closely, but for the most part, each shade doesn’t have five shades that are exactly the same either.  (One must always keep in mind that not everyone has every past or present shade, and so what is easily duped for one person is a new holy grail shade for another!)  It’s a solid release, and even better because they are permanent.

Photos, Reviews, Swatches

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