MAC Semi-Precious Lipstick Swatches, Photos, Reviews
MAC Semi-Precious Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) includes four limited edition shades: Gem of Roses (mid-tone strawberry pink), Lush Amber (light nude beige), Musky Amethyst (deep plum), and One of a Kind (mid-tone rosy neutral).
MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste (to me). Their lustre lipsticks are designed to be sheerer in color, so the color payoff of the three lustres in this launch is as expected. Musky Amethyst, which has a frost finish, seems to be a little sheerer given its frost finish. Lustres wear two to three hours on me, while frosts tend to be better at four. In my experience, lustres are a little drying.
Shades like Gem of Roses and Lush Amber will suit warmer skin tones slightly more than cooler skin tones, but these are all on the sheerer side that they're quite workable across the range of skin tones. Musky Amethyst is very much a fall color.
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This product can be purchased at the following retailers:
MAC Cosmetics, July 7th, $14.50 each
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MAC Odalisque, Sugarpill Junebug, MAC Jealousy Wakes, MAC Surf USA
MAC Jealousy Wakes Eyeshadow Comparisons & Swatches (Part 2)
As promised, I did play around with mixing both MAC Teal and MAC Emerald Green pigments to see if it would create something closer. It does — I had the best results when I did Emerald Green as the base color and patted Teal on top–you get a more reflective, metallic-like sheen and the green doesn’t pop as much but it’s close. I also included some more comparisons below. If you’re trying to dupe the color, it definitely seems like mixing a medium green with a shimmery teal will be your best bet.
MAC Odalisque is pretty much a different color entirely–very much blue in comparison.
Sugarpill June Bug has more of a blackened green base with forest green shimmer in comparison.
MAC Surf USA is much bluer, more of a teal. It’s like it has the color of the teal shimmer/sheen of Jealousy Wakes but it lacks the green.
MAC Ego is a blackened forest green and looks much darker than Jealousy Wakes.
Sugarpill Midori is a brighter green–less teal in it–in contrast to Surf USA, this has more of the green base of Jealousy Wakes but not the teal shimmer/sheen.
MAC Sassy Grass is a rich grass green, but it’s not really like Jealousy Wakes.
MAC Teal is more of a teal, so it ends up being bluer.
MAC One-Off, MAC Jealousy Wakes, MAC Emerald Green, MAC Gulf Stream
MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions: Jealousy Wakes Comparison Swatches
Now, I have no problems comparing Jealousy Wakes to other products, because it’s the shade I created and it doesn’t bother me to share comparisons with all of you. Part of me hoped to find something comparable, but the other part wanted to find nothing, just because that was the whole point!
MAC One-Off is more of a green–it has a stronger yellow undertone, less teal/blue (this shade was limited edition).
MAC Emerald Green is significantly yellower. This was one of the inspiration pieces for Jealousy Wakes, but I knew I wanted something with less yellow. This is a PRO pigment (and one of my favorites!).
MAC Gulf Stream is a blue-teal, so it doesn’t end up being comparable–it almost seemed like it would be when I saw it in the pan. This was limited edition.
Urban Decay Graffiti is a much lighter, brighter green with a yellow undertone. Would be pretty with Jealousy Wakes!
MAC Humid is really nothing like it, but I had a few readers ask how close it was.
MAC Shimmermoss ends up looking so much bluer compared to all the green shades. Again, not at all comparable!
I haven’t tried it, but you may be able to get rather close with MAC Teal and Emerald Green pigments – a little mix of both just might get you there. I’ll play around with it later on this week to see.
MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions: Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos
Available online only for U.S./Canada on June 21st, here are photos and swatches of the four eyeshadows included in the collection. Each will retail for $14.50 and be available for a limited time. For official information, please check out the launch post. Please understand that I am not going to rate or review this collection, because of my involvement, as I do not think it would be right. I will provide comparison swatches for Jealousy Wakes very soon!
Jealousy Wakes is an emerald green with teal and gold shimmer. It has a veluxe pearl finish. This is the shade I created, and if you want to learn more about the creation process, check out this post.
Parisian Skies is a dusty, medium-dark blue with a subtle sheen. It has a satin finish.
Hocus Pocus is a dark, brown-tinged gray with green and gold shimmer. It has a satin finish.
Sparkle Neely, Sparkle is a medium-dark, warm brown with subtle gold sparkle (not quite micro-glitter but larger than shimmer).
Please feel free to discuss similar shades and dupes amongst yourselves, but I would prefer only to provide my color descriptions, photos, and swatches. The Swatch Gallery should help you find possible dupes and allow you to compare on your own for this particular collection (I know that the eyeshadow section is not fully up, but I do hope it will help.) I hope you understand.
Evolution Revolution, Caqui, Sonoran Rain, Nitro:licious 2046, All My Purple Life
MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions: Lipglasses Swatches, Photos
Available online only for U.S./Canada on June 21st, here are photos and swatches of the five lipglasses included in the collection. Each will retail for $14.50 and be available for a limited time. For official information, please check out the launch post. I am not reviewing or rating this collection because I do not feel it would be the right thing to do.
Evolution Revolution is a sheer, milky peach with pink shimmer and purple micro-glitter.
Caqui is an opaque, dark orange with a hint a red and has a cream finish.
Sonoran Rain is an opaque, orange-red with fuchsia, ruby red, and gold shimmer.
Nitro:licious 2046 is a semi-opaque, medium-dark, blue-based red.
All of My Purple Life is a semi-opaque, dark purple with silvery-white shimmer.
Please feel free to discuss similar shades and dupes amongst yourselves, but I would prefer only to provide my color descriptions, photos, and swatches. The Swatch Gallery should help you find possible dupes and allow you to compare on your own for this particular collection I hope you understand.
MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35 ($30.00 for 1 fl. oz.) is described as a “lightly tinted in a nearly sheer beige tone to work on an array of complexions, it creamily re-texturizes the skin and then goes on to excel at being a face primer with high everyday UVA/UVB SPF 35 defense.”
First things first, I have no experience using BB Creams as they are known elsewhere in the world, so I urge you to check out Musings of a Muse’s review on this as well as her informative post on what BB Creams are. She pretty much sums them as one major multi-tasking face product that imparts skincare benefits, along with concealing/foundation and moisturizing qualities. On its face, MAC isn’t marketing this as a “true” BB Cream from what I can gather, because it’s designed to work best as a face primer–not as a tinted moisturizer, moisturizer, foundation, concealer, etc.
It’s a soft, sheer shade of yellowed beige with soft shimmer-sheen. It’s not something I could wear alone at all, because it just looked a bit too light on me (I am NC25/NC30 for reference). When I layered Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer over it, it became something I could use. It seems more like an illuminating primer to me; something like MAC Strobe Cream but yellow-based and with a significantly different texture (not as thick or heavy, thinner, not quite as shimmery).
It works well as a primer; it helped keep my makeup looking fresher longer (ten hours) and always felt lightweight. I only tested this product for two days (not back-to-back), though, because it does have dimethicone as the second ingredient in it, which I am more-often-than-not sensitive to, but for readers, I wanted to give it a shot. I didn’t experience any breakouts, but I deliberately tested it on two occasions but with a week between each try.
The packaging is interesting, because it has a very long, needle-nose applicator that squeezes out the merest amount. For a product you wear all over your face, it seems too precise. It’s by no means a deal-breaker, since I would rather squeeze out more than have half the tube squirt out, but I thought it was interesting.