Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Video Review: MAC Jeanius Collection

First impressions/swatches for MAC Jeanius!  I’m pretty excited that not only is it under 10 minutes, but it is under 8 minutes!  For me, it seems like such a mighty feat… of restraint.

Friday, February 25th, 2011

MAC Cremeblend Blush
MAC Cremeblend Blush

MAC Cremeblend Blush: So Sweet, So Easy, Something Special, Tea Petal

MAC Cremeblend Blush ($19.50 for 0.19 oz.) are back, and this time, MAC has made them permanent in six neutral shades. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at: So Sweet, So Easy (bright yellow pink), Something Special (light coral), andTea Petal (mid-tone reddish brown). Cremeblend Blushes made their debut in Lillyland, back in January 2010. There were four shades released, and only one of them has made a return (So Sweet, So Easy).

  • So Sweet, So Easy is a pale pink. On me, it always looks ghastly–it only succeeds in washing me out. I’m NC25/NC30, so I think this is a shade best suited to lighter skin tones. This shade was originally released with Lillyland.
  • Something Special is a soft, peached coral. Depending on how much you are willing to build, it could work for darker skin tones, but it will tend to suit light to medium skin tones best.
  • Tea Petal is a plummy brown that can worn sheerly or built up to medium coverage. I think this shade would work for light to dark skin tones.

my thoughts on the formula: The shade range tends to be more neutral, and so the color tends to enhance the natural tones of skin without adding significant color, with the exception of Tea Petal (which is deeper and can be built up). They have a soft natural finish, which means there is some sheen, but they do not look oily/greasy. Wear is good–they last six to eight hours without setting powder–and can also act as a base for your favorite powder blush. They apply very easily, and the color is buildable, so it’s difficult to overdo it. These blend out seamlessly whether you use a stippling brush (like the 188) or your fingers.

The Cremeblend Blushes, since permanent, are also available in pan form ($16.50), though I think those are only available at PRO stores and perhaps online will make them available, too (since you can buy powder blush pans online now). They are the same size as the ones in the pot–both of wihch are the same size as powder blush–and fit into MAC’s 6-pan palettes ($14.00).

The Glossover

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MAC Cremeblend Blush Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 2)

B+

I like that they aren’t tacky like Blushcremes were, which was probably their only downside! The shade range in the new Cremeblends is a little limited, and it could use some deeper/more saturated shades for medium to dark skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, February 25th, 2011

MAC Cremeblend Blush
MAC Cremeblend Blush

MAC Cremeblend Blush: Brit Wit, Ladyblush, Posey

MAC Cremeblend Blush ($19.50 for 0.19 oz.) are back, and this time, MAC has made them permanent in six neutral shades. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at: Brit Wit (dusty rosy mauve), Ladyblush (warm neutral coral), and Posey (warm peach).  Cremeblend Blushes made their debut in Lillyland, back in January 2010. There were four shades released, and only one of them has made a return (So Sweet, So Easy).  However, the formula seems a little creamier and less wet than the original launch.

  • Brit Wit is a fleshy, rosy beige. It can be used lightly with ease or built up for a slightly deeper look. I can see this working on light to medium skin tones. From what I can tell, Brit Wit seems a little less mauve and more beige than the original blushcreme.
  • Ladyblush is a muted, peach-coral beige. Like Brit Wit, I can see this working well on light to medium skin tones, possibly darker skin tones for warmth. It seems comparable to the previous blushcreme–perhaps a touch less rose.
  • Posey is a pop of muted, coral-pink. It is more coral and less pink in comparison to the original Posey blushcreme.  This is a shade I can see working across skin tones.

my thoughts on the formula: The shade range tends to be more neutral, and so the color tends to enhance the natural tones of skin without adding significant color, with the exception of Posey (which is deeper and more typical of a blush). They have a soft natural finish, which means there is some sheen, but they do not look oily/greasy. Wear is good–they last six to eight hours without setting powder–and can also act as a base for your favorite powder blush. They apply very easily, and the color is buildable, so it’s difficult to overdo it. These blend out seamlessly whether you use a stippling brush (like the 188) or your fingers.

The Cremeblend Blushes, since permanent, are also available in pan form ($16.50), though I think those are only available at PRO stores and perhaps online will make them available, too (since you can buy powder blush pans online now). They are the same size as the ones in the pot–both of wihch are the same size as powder blush–and fit into MAC’s 6-pan palettes ($14.00).

Unfortunately, I do not have the original Blushcremes of the same names to compare these to. I bought all of them six months or so ago, and when I went to retrieve them to do comparisons, they were all leaking yellow dye. They were brand new, purchased from MAC, and had sat in my living room in the box they were shipped in. I have no idea what happened, but they were pretty gross and were immediately thrown out. Posey was the only one I was able to swatch before tossing (the others had yellow dye on the surface, while Posey just had it beneath the pan, but it was all quite messy). I have these much older swatches of some of the blushcremes here.

Blushcremes, however, are an entirely different formula compared to the Cremeblends.  Blushcremes were much thicker, creamier, and tackier once applied.  When you swatch a blushcreme and then a cremeblend, the blushcreme feels almost gloppy in comparison.  The blendability is there in both products, though, and similarly, they both buildable in color.

The Glossover

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MAC Cremeblend Blush Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 1)

B+
I like that they aren’t tacky like Blushcremes were, which was probably their only downside! The shade range in the new Cremeblends is a little limited, and it could use some deeper/more saturated shades for medium to dark skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, February 25th, 2011

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick: New Temptation, Quite the Thing, Supremely Confident, Ultra Darling

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.12 oz.) is a brand new (but permanent) range of lipsticks. According to MAC, the lipstick has strong, saturated color but comes with a modern glossed sheen, and these are moisturizing (but without tackiness). With fourteen shades in the line-up, I’ve split up them up into three parts, to control the volume of photos being downloaded per load. This post includes: New Temptation (vivid blue red), Quite the Thing! (deep blue plum), Supremely Confident (pale nude), and Ultra Darling (mid-tone yellow pink).

  • New Temptation is a semi-opaque, bright cherry red with a blue-base. It almost looks like a pinky red, especially if you use a sheerer layer. It is comparable to a less opaque, glossier MAC Red.
  • Quite the Thing! is a brightened plum with fuchsia shimmer and a glossy finish. It’s like a softer version of Rebel on me. It is similar to NYX Chloe in color.
  • Supremely Confident is a semi-opaque, cool-toned, pale beige with a slight rosiness. It is similar to Creme d’Nude and Fleshpot.
  • Ultra Darling is a semi-opaque, pinked coral with soft white shimmer and a semi-gloss shine. It’s a little redder than NARS Niagara, a bit pinker than MAC Crosswires.

my thoughts on the formula: Sheen Supremes are light to medium-weight lipsticks that provide some moisturization and wear for three to five hours (lighter shades like Bare Again go for three, while deeper shades like New Temptation hang on for five). Some of shades seem to settle into lip lines a bit, and as they wear and fade, settle even more into lip lines. These have a part-shine, part-gloss finish, though it is more sheen and shine than a truly glossy finish. They are vanilla-scented.

Please read part one for a comparison of Sheen Supremes to Slimshines, as well as commentary on the packaging and size of the Sheen Supremes.

The Glossover

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MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 3)

B+
I like them overall, and I think the shade range presents a good mix of neutral and everyday with a few bolder shades thrown in for good measure. They won’t be displacing my favorite lipsticks, but they are a welcome addition to MAC’s permanent range.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, February 25th, 2011

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick: Good to Be Bad, Gotta Dash!, Impressive, Insanely It, Look at Her!

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.12 oz.) is a brand new (but permanent) range of lipsticks. According to MAC, the lipstick has strong, saturated color but comes with a modern glossed sheen, and these are moisturizing (but without tackiness). With fourteen shades in the line-up, I’ve split up them up into three parts, to control the volume of photos being downloaded per load. This post includes: Good to Be Bad (deep burgundy), Gotta Dash! (pale coral), Impressive (neutral gilded plum), Insanely It (watermelon pink), and Look at Her! (metallic copper).

  • Good to Be Bad is a semi-opaque, reddened burgundy with a semi-gloss shine. This shade can be worn patted down, and it will look more like a lip stain. It’s less purple in comparison to Hang Up; less opaque and redder than Charred Red; and a touch lighter than Darkside.
  • Gotta Dash! is an opaque, lightened peach with a hint of coral. I’m hesitant to call it a coral, because it looks rather peach to me. It’s a little less pink compared to Shy Girl, a bit like Ravishing.
  • Impressive is a plummed rose with a little brown. This is one of the glossier ones, and it has a creamy consistency without being prone to unevenness (like Gotta Dash! has). It seems a little browner than Modesty, a little rosier than Midi-mauve.
  • Insanely It is a semi-opaque, bright fuchsia pink with magenta shimmer. This is one of the boldest shades of the fourteen, and it certainly is bright. It is redder than Full Fuchsia, a little pinker than Pink Fusion; it is very similar to NARS Funny Face.
  • Look at Her! is an opaque, gold-and-bronze shimmered metallic copper brown with a semi-gloss shine. Meltdown is probably the closest dupe in the permanent range, but it’s not really that comparable I’d say. NYX 24 Karat is the closest I could come up with, but it leans more golden than copper.

my thoughts on the formula: Sheen Supremes are light to medium-weight lipsticks that provide some moisturization and wear for three to five hours (lighter shades like Bare Again go for three, while deeper shades like New Temptation hang on for five). Some of shades seem to settle into lip lines a bit, and as they wear and fade, settle even more into lip lines. These have a part-shine, part-gloss finish, though it is more sheen and shine than a truly glossy finish.  They are vanilla-scented.

Please read part one for a comparison of Sheen Supremes to Slimshines, as well as commentary on the packaging and size of the Sheen Supremes.

The Glossover

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MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 2)

B+
I like them overall, and I think the shade range presents a good mix of neutral and everyday with a few bolder shades thrown in for good measure. They won’t be displacing my favorite lipsticks, but they are a welcome addition to MAC’s permanent range.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, February 25th, 2011

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick: Bare Again, Behave Yourself, Can’t Get Enough, Can’t Resist, Full Speed

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.12 oz.) is a brand new (but permanent) range of lipsticks. According to MAC, the lipstick has strong, saturated color but comes with a modern glossed sheen, and these are moisturizing (but without tackiness). With fourteen shades in the line-up, I’ve split up them up into three parts, to control the volume of photos being downloaded per load. This post includes: Bare Again (pinky neutral beige), Behave Yourself (light blue pink), Can’t Get Enough (beige neutral), Can’t Resist (golden purplish red), and Full Speed (bright clean yellow pink).

  • Bare Again is an opaque, pinked-kissed beige with a semi-gloss finish. It is rosier than Cherish; slightly lighter than Kinda Sexy; more opaque version of Hug Me.
  • Behave Yourself is a semi-opaque, cool-toned cotton candy pink with white shimmer. This looks a little patchy and uneven on me, no matter how much I tried to get it to look soft and smooth, it just didn’t quite get there. It seems most similar to Snob but the finish is different.
  • Can’t Get Enough is a semi-opaque, white shimmered peached brown with a semi-gloss finish. It seems like a lighter version of Sweet Ever After.
  • Can’t Resist is a semi-opaque, gold shimmered berried red. It’s not quite as red as Fresh Moroccan but seems similar. It also reminded me of Rose Maiden a little.
  • Full Speed is an opaque, brightened, watermelon coral pink. It reminded me of Red full Stop (Trend F/W ’09). Perhaps if Lustering and Vegas Volt had a baby, it would look something like this.

my thoughts on the formula: Sheen Supremes are light to medium-weight lipsticks that provide some moisturization and wear for three to five hours (lighter shades like Bare Again go for three, while deeper shades like New Temptation hang on for five). Some of shades seem to settle into lip lines a bit, and as they wear and fade, settle even more into lip lines. These have a part-shine, part-gloss finish, though it is more sheen and shine than a truly glossy finish. They are vanilla-scented.

Interesting enough, these actually contain more product than regular MAC lipsticks (0.10 oz. vs. 0.12 oz.), but they are the same price. The packaging is obviously different–cylindrical, glossy black tubes with caps that close with a “click.” The glossy finish will hold fingerprints, though. If you remember the packaging from MAC’s Prolongwear Lipstick line, these are just like those, except with a glossy finish. Going back a few years, Mattenes and Slimshines had a similar relationship; these were both packaged in skinny, cylindrical tubes, and the Mattenes had a matte black finish while Slimshines had a glossy pewter-black finish.

This brings us to the inevitable comparison of the new Sheen Supremes against Slimshines. Personally, I don’t really feel these are like Slimshines. I even dug out an old Slimshine (Kissable), to see if perhaps I remembered the formula inaccurately, but no, the Slimshine was just as I remembered–very creamy, thicker, and incredibly glossy. Sheen Supremes are more like the middle ground between MAC Amplified Cremes and Slimshines–if I had to somehow force these into a box. Slimshines just had a plushier feel and look–really glossy, juicy looking finishes–and Sheen Supreme doesn’t get quite as glossy. I think the change in glossiness might be that modern take MAC was going for.

Slimshines were also amazingly moisturizing, but I still find myself needing a little balm after wearing Sheen Supremes for a few hours. I do think the Sheen Supreme formula is moisturizing, but it is not the most moisturizing formula I’ve tried. My lips feel a little dry after these wear off, which is to be expected after four to six hours of wear, but the most moisturizing lipsticks leave your lips feeling moisturizing during and at the end. With my lips in a relatively healthy state, these are plenty moisturizing enough for my needs, but if you have really dry, cracked, or chapped lips, you may still need to layer balm underneath.

The Glossover

coming-soon

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 1)

B+

I like them overall, and I think the shade range presents a good mix of neutral and everyday with a few bolder shades thrown in for good measure. They won’t be displacing my favorite lipsticks, but they are a welcome addition to MAC’s permanent range.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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