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MAC Light Medium Sheer Mystery Powder

MAC Light Medium Sheer Mystery Powder
MAC Light Medium Sheer Mystery Powder

MAC Making Pretty has a Mystery–Powder That Is!

MAC Light Medium Sheer Mystery Powder ($65.00 for 0.56 oz.) is a sheer, pressed powder. Each year, MAC launches it with their “couture” collection (typically at the end of the year), and this is one of three shades. Light Medium is likely a good bet for NC/NW20. It has a mostly neutral undertone, and when sheered out, matches my forearm pretty well (which is around NC20).  It also is available in Medium Plus and Dark Secret.

It can work as a finishing or setting powder. It has a lightweight, finely-milled texture that’s very soft and silky-smooth. Now, one aspect that must be mentioned is that you actually get a refill with your purchase (each pan is 0.28 oz.). To compare, MAC’s Select Sheer/Pressed Powder is $24.00/0.42 oz.  I’ve used this many times in the past, and it helps to set or mattify makeup.  What’s nice about the finely-milled powder is that it doesn’t look powdery on the skin, and it’s impossible to overdo.

This collection is all about packaging, but I think it’s a let-down.  Over the years, the Mystery Powder compacts have gotten lighter and lighter, and this year’s feels the lightest so far.  It’s in the same style as this year’s holiday palettes, but instead of the pastel cushion, it has faux shagreen.  It’s just the metallic edging is all plastic. It doesn’t feel like a $65 compact without some heft.

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MAC Taste Temptation Lipglasses

MAC Good Times Lipglass
MAC Good Times Lipglass

Three Lipglasses to Tempt You

MAC Taste Temptation Lipglasses ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) features three shades: Good Times (pale mauve), Revenge is Sweet (vivid purple), and Perky (mid-tone shimmering lilac)–the latter I do not have but will purchase when the collection launches online. Both Good Times and Revenge is Sweet are repromotes.

Good Times is a pale, gray-ish pink-beige with a cream finish. It yielded mostly opaque color coverage, but it does settle into lip lines. MAC The Wee Coquette is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Pink Fade is pinker, more blue-based.  This shade was released twice last year, so you may already have it.

Revenge is Sweet darkens my natural lip color to a reddish-pink and adds a fine dusting of iridescent fuchsia-purple micro-shimmer. The way it sits and looks reminds me of jelly nail polishes. MAC Dress Kimono is lighter. MAC Fabulous Fun has glitter rather than shimmer.

Perky will be reviewed when I can purchase it.

MAC Lipglass is vanilla-scented, sticky, on the thicker side , and tends to wear a little longer than the average gloss.  I noticed that Good Times had an odd, almost plastic-like scent.  It was not the normal vanilla-scented gloss I’m used to, though there was a lingering vanilla in it, there was also something else.  Good Times wore for four hours, while Revenge is Sweet wore for there hours.  They were neither drying nor hydrating.

MAC Taste Temptation Lipglasses

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8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

MAC Night Blooming Mattene Lipstick

MAC Night Blooming Mattene Lipstick
MAC Night Blooming Mattene Lipstick

Passionately Tempted May Be More Conventional Than You Thought

MAC Night Blooming Mattene Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone blue pink.” It’s a vibrant magenta pink with strong, cool blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. MAC Outrageously Fun is less vibrant, pinker. Le Metier de Beaute Paris is darker, pinker. MAC Dear Diary is more vibrant. MAC Candy Yum Yum is cooler-toned. MAC Pink Pigeon is a touch lighter. MAC Love Forever is lighter, more muted.

It’s rich in color and applies with opaque color coverage. The texture is creamy and glides on easily. The finish is satiny initially, but after an hour or two, it becomes mostly matte. This particular shade did stain my lips (which you may or may not appreciate), and it lasted for six and a half hours plus had a lingering stain for another hour or so.  It is vanilla-scented, and while creamy, it was not too thick or heavy worn.  There are two other shades of Mattenes coming out with this collection, which I’ll review when I’m able to purchase them.

MAC Mattene Night Blooming
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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MAC Passionately Tempted Blush

MAC Passionately Tempted Blush
MAC Passionately Tempted Blush

Start Your Blending Engines!

MAC Passionately Tempted Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone magenta” with a satin finish. It’s a reddish plum with a barely-there sheen. MAC Restores Dazzle is redder. MAC Vintage Grape is more plum, more muted. MAC Magenta is redder, more vibrant.

The pigmentation is incredibly rich and intense, but the biggest drawback is how dry the texture is, because it makes blending much more difficult. The blush applied unevenly and looked splotchy when I used MAC’s 116 brush (very lightly!), and I had to use my foundation brush (with excess liquid foundation on it) to buff around the edges, because it wasn’t evening out easily. It wore for eight hours with minor fading along the edges.  Excellent color payoff is typically a desirable trait, but in a blush, it is imperative that it is also blendable, and that is where this blush falls short.

MAC Powder Blush Passionately Tempted
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
3
Application
82%
Total

MAC Unconventional Blush

MAC Unconventional Blush
MAC Unconventional Blush

Unconventional May Be More Conventional Than You Thought

MAC Unconventional Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pale shimmering lavender” with a frost finish. It’s a pale pink with a hint of lavender and cool under-tones; there is an almost gray pull to the color that gives it a very cool, muted appearance. For a blush listed as a frost, it is softer, more shimmer-sheen than full of shimmer; more like a mix of frost and satin. MAC Lazy Sunday is warmer, pinker. MAC Full of Joy is a touch more lavender and less frosted–but the two are very similar. Make Up For Ever Smooth Talker is a touch pinker and less shimmery.

What was really noteworthy about this blush is that despite its light and cool coloring, it didn’t turn ashy against my medium complexion as some shades in this family are prone to doing. On my complexion, it ended up looking like a cool-toned pink highlighter–so a little shimmer, sheen, and a touch of color.  It had excellent color payoff and was very finely-milled, soft, and smooth to the touch and when applied.  It blended out beautifully.  The texture and application were both some of the best I’ve seen from MAC.  The blush wore for seven and a half hours well with some light but noticeable fading after eight hours.

MAC Powder Blush Unconventional
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

MAC Taste Temptation Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Taste Temptation Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Taste Temptation Eyeshadow Quad

Not Quite as Tempting as Touted

MAC Taste Temptation Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four shades: Look at the Eyes (light violet), Stay Sultry (deep navy), Naval (navy blue), and Carbon (intense black).  It’s a limited edition palette that will launch with Taste Temptation, due for release in-stores on December 13th.

Look at the Eyes is a pale lilac with a frosted finish. It has decent color payoff, though when I used it, I really packed it on to get it to show up. It was the best performing shade out of the four. MAC Creative Whim is similar–a bit purpler. MAC Silverwear is lighter. OCC Datura is more iridescent, brighter.

Stay Sultry is a blackened purple with a bluish shimmer. It’s supposed to have a satin finish. It had a stiff, dry texture when I attempted to swatch it, and it performed similarly on the lid. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard is purpler. MAC Indian Ink is also purpler, but it is similar. MAC Spellcaster is a touch redder.

Naval is an indigo blue; there’s just this purplish tint that keeps it from being as blue as it seems. It seemed even less blue when I was working with it on the eye. It looks like a matte, though it is listed as a velvet finish on the label. OCC Technoir is brighter, bluer. NARS Self Portrait 3 is lighter. Tom Ford Cobalt Rush is shimmery. NARS Self Portrait 1 is more vibrant. This shade is part of the permanent (PRO) range.

Carbon is a matte black. It has sheer color payoff with a stiff, dry texture that makes blending difficult. It’s part of the permanent range, and it’s been repromoted more than a few times recently. Shades like Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine, NARS Self Portrait 2, Milani Pitch Black, and other black eyeshadows are all similar. Matte black is a basic enough color, so it’s really about finding the texture and richness of black that you like best. Carbon is a softer black (I’d describe it as a medium black).

The best part of the quad was inviting one to use the set of four shades together. It’s a very dark set of colors, aside from the one light one, so it was interesting trying to come up with something that used all four. The best shade was Look at the Eyes, which was softer than the other three, and it proved to have the most color payoff. You might say to yourself, “But it looks pigmented in the how-to,” but since the images are static, let me tell you that in order to develop the intensity of the crease color (Naval), I put brush to pan five times. Then, three times a piece for all three shades I used on the lid (Stay Sultry, Look at the Eyes, Carbon). In comparison, for a good eyeshadow, once is usually enough.  I’ve been wearing all four eyeshadows over a primer as well as on bare lids–and you absolutely need a primer to get decent color payoff–for the past six hours, and everything looks good thus far. If I experience any fading/creasing, I’ll update the post later tonight to reflect that.

I don’t think you should have to work this hard, period; more budget-friendly brands have put out higher quality products and have proven that you don’t need to spend a lot to get pigment-packed eyeshadow.  There’s absolutely no reason why a higher-end brand like MAC should put out dry, stiff eyeshadows with chalky, uneven color payoff.  For a similar (but these are not exact dupes!) composition by MAC with higher quality shades from their permanent range, try Beautiful Iris, Indian Ink, Atlantic Blue (for a brighter blue) or Contrast (slightly darker), and Typographic (or your preferred matte black).

MAC Taste Temptation Eyeshadow Quad

D
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
66%
Total

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