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.

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MAC Quite Cute Lip Pencils Swatches, Photos, Reviews

B+
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

C-
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.

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Sunday, February 27th, 2011


MAC Sheen Supreme: Dupes & Comparisons

If I did not include a swatch or comparison below, it is most likely because I do not own the color to compare.

  • BARE AGAIN is a more opaque version of Hug Me. It is rosier than Cherish, lighter than Kinda Sexy. Woo Me is lighter and pinker.
  • BEHAVE YOURSELF is similar to Viva Glam Gaga and Of RoyaltySnob is cooler-toned and more opaque.
  • CAN’T GET ENOUGH is a little lighter than Sweet Ever After.
  • CAN’T RESIST is slightly less red than Fresh Moroccan. Funbathing is plummier, Rose Maiden is lighter and pinker, Odyssey is much plummier.
  • FULL SPEED is nearly identical to Red Full Stop. Rozz Revival is deeper and redder, while See Sheer is less pink and bright.  Chatterbox and Lustering are really too pink to be anything like it. Vegas Volt is noticeably orange in comparison.
  • GOOD TO BE BAD is a less opaque version of Darkside. Deepest Wish is browner, as is Kittenish. Media has stronger berry tones. Love Peck is also similar, though a touch darker, depending on how you apply it.
  • GOTTA DASH! is lighter than So Vain, more orange and pigmented than Funshine and Blowdry. (I don’t/couldn’t find Ravishing or Shy Girl, unfortunately.)
  • INSANELY IT! is a more fuchsia version of Fusion Pink, while Full Fuchsia is a little too magenta. NARS Funny Face is a little cooler and more purpled.
  • LOOK AT HER! is less red and shimmery compared to Guerlain Ginger, but it is more copper than Bronze Shimmer. Bronzilla is a rosy, pale bronze but not like it.
  • NEW TEMPTATION is pinker and sheerer than Russian Red. I expect it is closer to MAC Red, but I do not own it to compare.
  • QUITE THE THING! is a less opaque, more shimmered version of Rebel. Show Orchid is brighter, more magenta.
  • SUPREMELY CONFIDENT is most like Fleshpot, which is a little darker. Creme d’Nude, Blankety, Myth, and Viva Glam Gaga 2 are all noticeably darker.
  • ULTRA DARLING is a touch darker than NARS Niagara, bit more muted than MAC Crosswires, and little redder than Korres #18. Fast Thrill has more shimmer and less coral.

* I don’t own any comparable to Impressive, though it seems a lot like Modesty and Midi-mauve.

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Saturday, February 26th, 2011


MAC Jeanius: Overall & Recommendations

OVERALL, Jeanius is a very cool-toned collection, and surprisingly, it’s not a total miss for warmer skin tones, though. The inclusion of berries like Indigo Pink lipglass and Riveting Rose lipstick are as wearable on cooler skin tones as they are on warmer ones. The eyeshadows are the major let down here, because of the so-so pigmentation and powdery textures. I think the blushes are the best picks from the launch, though Pink Cult is a great pick for light to medium skin tones (darker skin tones won’t see it show up much on them) while Overdyed works on across all.

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