Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows
MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows

MAC Dare to Wear: Eyeshadows, Part 1

There are twelve brightly colored eyeshadows releasing with MAC’s Dare to Wear Collection, which is Lady Gaga “inspired.” This is a collection that will appeal to some and hold absolutely zero appeal to others. Not only are the shades on the brighter side, the majority of them have a matte finish.

The collection also has a lot of permanent shades, so check your stash before you run over to the store–and if you’re near a store, keep in mind you can purchase the permanent shades in palette form. The permanent shades are Free to Be, Lime, and Aqua, with Free to Be available at all freestanding stores and the latter two only at PRO stores.

  • Louder, Please is a pinked red with a matte finish. This shade was quite pigmented and required very little fussing to get a nice layer of smooth, rich color. This is the closest to red I’ve seen from MAC (but it is not a true red, to be clear).
  • Free to Be is a pinky coral with a matte finish. It has some pigmentation, but it can be a rather difficult shade to really punch up. This is a permanent shade.
  • Going Bananas is a soft, medium yellow with a frosty finish. It has a nice level of pigmentation, and it’s a particularly flattering yellow because it doesn’t run too bright or full-on yellow. This is a repromote.
  • Sassy Grass is a medium-dark grass green with a matte finish. I thought it might resemble Wondergrass (limited edition, released with C-Shock), but it’s much darker and a wee bit greener.
  • Lime is a muted, medium-dark chartreuse green with slight yellow undertones and a matte finish. This was probably one of the harder shades to work with out of the twelve; it’s a bit stiff and takes some layering. This is a permanent PRO shade.
  • Aqua is a bright pastel aqua-blue with a matte finish. This is one of the more powdery matte shades by MAC, and it can be layered to get a nice level of color intensity, but it may look chalky on some complexions. This is a permanent PRO shade.

Temptalia’s Recommendations

  • Must-Haves: Going Bananas, Sassy Grass
  • Nice-to-Haves: Louder, Please, Free to Be, Aqua
  • Skip: Lime

Recommendations by Skin Tone

  • Light: Free to Be, Going Bananas, Lime, Aqua
  • Medium: Louder, Please, Going Bananas, Sassy Grass, Lime
  • Dark: Louder, Please, Going Bananas, Sassy Grass, Lime, Aqua

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Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

MAC Dare to Wear Lipglass
Lipglass: Wind Me Up, Bold & Brash, So Bad, Gimme That!, Dare to Dare, Ban This!

MAC Dare to Wear: Lipglasses

New and limited edition, MAC Dare to Wear Lipglasses ($18.00 for 0.17 oz.) are like more pigmented, more refined dazzleglasses.  They’re much smoother than dazzleglasses, even as they wear down–the shimmer is incredibly fine to the point where I couldn’t feel it at all when I smooshed my lips together.  These are tacky, though; they are not quite as sticky as traditional Lipglass, but my lips do stick a good bit when I press them together.  Like other MAC lip products, these have their signature vanilla scent as well.

The formula feels creamy, slick, and thin when worn.  It’s not a heavy or thick gloss–not like Lipglass in terms of texture at all.  It takes several passes to get enough product to cover the lips though; I found that not enough product was coming through the tube as I pulled out the wand.   The majority of these weren’t fully opaque; they were certainly close to it, but not quite there.  I do like that they’re a mix of shimmer and rich color, because it makes it a nice two-in-one product.  You don’t have to worry about using a separate lip brush to apply a light, shimmered gloss on top of your wicked pigmented lipstick with these.

When worn by itself, it wears well–I had three hours and going strong, and then I had a creamy pasta dish for lunch.  I’d say 40% made it through lunch — not bad.  You could get away without touching up, but a touch up would still be needed, ideally.

  • Wind Me Up is a coppery browned peach. It’s semi-opaque with a base color of semi-sheer peachy brown color and a high dosage of copper and gold shimmer that lends help to making it look more opaque. This is most flattering on warmer skin tones, since it has stronger orange and copper tones.
  • Bold & Brash is a bright red with fuchsia and ruby micro-shimmer. This is the most opaque shade of the six. I had trouble discerning whether it was a blue- or orange-based red, just because it seemed to change depending on the lighting. I think this is a red that will look good on a variety of skin tones.
  • So Bad is a medium-dark coral melon semi-sheer color base with multi-colored micro-shimmer with predominantly light pink particles. Overall, it’s semi-sheer to semi-opaque. I’d say this is the most wearable of the six.
  • Gimme That! is a brightened fuchsia with a hint of raspberry. It has lots of fuchsia and purple micro-shimmer. It applies nearly opaque.
  • Dare to Dare is a light medium pink semi-sheer color base with white and pink micro-shimmer to make it appear more opaque. This is a very wearable shade, but it is also a little blah. Why is it called Dare to Dare? It pulls a little cool, so it would naturally suit those with cooler undertones, but I think it will work on warmer skin tones, too.
  • Ban This! is a deep wine berry with violet and fuchsia micro-shimmer. It’s semi-opaque, and it has more of a stained look than the thicker, more opaque looks of the other shades.

Recommendations by Skin Tone

  • Light:  So Bad, Gimme That!, Dare to Dare, Ban This!
  • Medium:  Wind Me Up, Bold & Brash, Gimme That!, Ban This!
  • Dark:  Bold & Brash, So Bad, Gimme That!, Ban This!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you don’t mind a little tackiness to along with richer but still ultra shimmery color, you may want to check out the new formula.

AVAILABILITY: MAC

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Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

MAC Dazzle Lipstick
Dazzleglass: Boys Go Crazy, Fabulous Fun, Glamour OD, Hi-Falutin’, Spanking Rich, Utterly Posh, You Got the Look

MAC Digi-Pops: Dazzleglass

Oh, Dazzleglass — why must you be so pricey for such a teeny, tiny amount?  It’s really such a shame, given your packaging–all long and round and large in the right places! Dazzleglass is a slightly tacky, thicker lip gloss with a high dosage of glitter with sheer to semi-sheer color.  Nordstrom will see seven shades as part of Digi-Pops, but for whatever reason, they’re not available for pre-order online (but I know stores were doing pre-orders for them).

Glamour OD, Spanking Rich, and Utterly Posh are repromotes, but the other four shades are new.

Dazzleglass ($18.50 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)

  • Boys Go Crazy is a darkened plum-berry purple with iridescent purple and blue-violet glitter.  It’s a little vampy but the sheerness keeps it from being a total, in-your-face kind of shade.
  • Fabulous Fun is a semi-sheer, brightened fuchsia-pink with fuchsia-purple glitter.   It gave my lips noticeable color, but it’s still on the sheerer side.
  • Glamour OD is a brightened red with a touch of silver and pink glitter. This is a repromote.
  • Hi-Falutin’ is a sheer, softened peach-coral with gold glitter.  It looks more like a milky peach with subtle gold glitter on lips.
  • Spanking Rich is a semi-sheer, softened pink mauve with fuchsia glitter. This is a repromote.
  • Utterly Posh is a semi-sheer darkened orange with a little brown and orange-gold glitter. This is a repromote.
  • You Got the Look is a brightened tangerine orange with almost teal glitter.  It has a rather milky base, and it needs to be applied with some precision to keep it from gathering when you press your lips together.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I’m always going to get frustrated with the itty bitty amount of product you get in each dazzleglass, despite the the lip gloss being rather pretty.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom (on the 15th/16th)

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Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

MAC Dazzle Lipstick
Dazzle Lipstick: Naughty You, Smash Hit, Snazzy, Sweet Bits, Troublemaker, Wham, Win-Win

MAC Dazzle Lipstick for the Glitter Lovers

Check out part one for details on the formula!

Dazzle Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Naughty You is a semi-opaque brightened medium pink with fuchsia glitter.  It’s a brighter, less cool-toned version of Troublemaker.  The application went on pretty even, and the glitter seemed to stay in place for the most part.
  • Smash Hit is a sheer beige-gold with darkened gold glitter. It’s a warmer version of Liquid Lurex.  Since it’s rather sheer, the glittery bits are more noticeable and thus look gritty rather than smooth (but again, it doesn’t feel gritty).  I’d use this layered underneath a lipgloss.
  • Snazzy is a semi-opaque, red plum with fuchsia-purple glitter.  This is one of the most pigmented shades of the thirteen dazzle lipsticks.  It has a nice level of color coverage and is also the most wearable, because it’s glittery without being metallic.
  • Sweet Bits is a semi-sheer grayish lilac with multi-color glitter. It’s kind of like Vex eyeshadow in lipstick form.  I find this color a little hard to wear on its own, so it’s definitely more of a layering shade.  It also has a tendency to look gritty (but it doesn’t feel that way) and has a decent amount of slip-slide with the glitter, so it may look uneven.
  • Troublemaker is a semi-opaque, darkened red-pink with fuchsia glitter. It’s a darker, more opaque version of Naughty You.  I had a lot of slipping with this shade–I definitely had to be careful not to press my lips together or else the color and glitter seemed to smear around and look uneven.
  • Wham is a red-brown with gold and copper glitter.  This one also had a fair amount of slipping when I pressed my lips together–so be careful should you choose this shade.
  • Win-Win is a light baby pink with blue undertones and lilac glitter.  It’s very cool-toned and almost veers on a lilac pink or a milky pink.  It’s very sheer, so it’s better layered with another product than alone, if only because it looks more obvious that you’re wearing glitter with it by itself.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I like the concept, just because it is fun and different from other lipsticks I have. I did find that some of the glitter can slip-slide and end up looking rather uneven on lips if you’re not careful about application. It’s not a big deal, because you just have to make yourself conscious of it.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

MAC Dazzle Lipstick
Dazzle Lipstick: Baby’s On Fire, Glaringly Hip, Hellraiser, Hot Sass, Infused with Glam, Liquid Lurex

MAC Dazzle Lipstick for the Glitter Lovers

Twenty lip swatches later… and now it’s time to actually go through and review the new Dazzle Lipsticks!  MAC has put out thirteen shades of their newest lipstick formula, which contains micro-glitter to the max.  Think Dazzleglass but in lipstick form!  These will debut with Nordstrom’s Digi-Pops Collection (officially out on the 15th) and then later hit MAC stores and other department store counters on August 5th.  I originally previewed Digi-Pops here.

Dazzle Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Baby’s On Fire is a softened ruby red with silver and scarlekt sparkle.  It’s a semi-opaque shade that gives a good dose of color without feeling or looking heavy.  It’s dazzling and shimmery without being unwearable–the glitter in this one also didn’t seem to slip-slide all over my lips.
  • Glaringly Hip is a semi-sheer muted peach with brown undertones and pink and white glitter.  It doesn’t look amazing by itself in my opinion–it seems a little clumpy and gritty (even though it doesn’t feel gritty!).  There was some glitter shifting, but it wasn’t too bad.
  • Hellraiser is a sheer, darkened mauve-plum with bluish-silver glitter.  This one looks and feels like a lustre finish, even though it clearly has all the micro-glitter one could ask for.
  • Hot Sass is a semi-opaque, brightened orange with reddish-copper glitter.  It delivers decent color pay off without too much glitter shift.  It’s one of the more pigmented shades, too, and it doesn’t yellow teeth too much, either.
  • Infused with Glam is a semi-opaque, warmed-up brown with red undertones and gold and copper-red micro-glitter.  You won’t want to smoosh your lips together too much, because the glitter can shift around and look uneven.
  • Liquid Lurex is a sheer yellow gray-gold with silver and copper micro-glitter.  This is an interesting shade, though I think it’d be better paired with a lipgloss on top.

The formula isn’t gritty, but there is a noticeable texture–it’s like you know there’s glitter, therefore you can feel it when you press your lips together, but it’s not what one would describe as gritty.  Even as the lipstick fades, the glitter never transforms into something gritty, but you will likely find glittery bits around your lips and on them by the end of the day.  (I think I have enough sparkle to light up Times Square at the moment…)

They are the very definition of sparkling–very glittery, shimmering, and dazzling–but the effect may be too much for some to wear alone.  A creamier gloss can help to minimize the effect a bit (but still getting some of it), or you can really amp it up by topping with Dazzleglass or Superglass (if you’re really feeling fun!).  The Dazzle lipsticks are going to be something some will love, others will loathe–just depends on your style and preferences.

They wear about two to three hours, though the more pigmented shades run closer to three and a little more than two–which is just below average for MAC lipsticks for me.   The glitter stays on for longer but the base color fades in the time frame I mentioned.  Like other MAC lipsticks, these are vanilla scented and come in the traditional black bullet.

MAC describes these as “long-wearing” (not the case for me) with “rich, creamy color.”  I get creamy–they feel moisturizing and almost like glaze/lustre lipsticks–but the majority don’t seem to have rich color.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I like the concept, just because it is fun and different from other lipsticks I have. I did find that some of the glitter can slip-slide and end up looking rather uneven on lips if you’re not careful about application. It’s not a big deal, because you just have to make yourself conscious of it.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Thursday, July 8th, 2010

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

Ahh, finally! Operation Stereo Rose was a success. Not only did I get to meet several amazing Temptalia readers at my local MAC, but I was able to pick up the Stereo Rose I put on hold!

Stereo Rose is a lightly pinked coral with a golden-bronze sheen. I actually found it difficult to dupe, particularly because the texture is very smooth with a soft sheen rather than obvious shimmer. Ironically, the best dupe I was able to find was mixing Comfort and Petticoat together. NARS Luster also came close, but it lacks the pinkness of Stereo Rose. MAC New Vibe also comes close, but it’s significantly more pigmented/darker a well as redder than Stereo Rose–so perhaps if used lightly, you could come close.

It’s pretty, and it’s easily worn everyday by itself for a nice pop of color and sheen on the cheeks.  It doesn’t emphasize pores, and it doesn’t look orange, either.   It’s not the most amazing blush I ever used, but it is a nice one to have if you’re able to get one.  I don’t think I would drive ten hours to grab one, though ;)

Were you able to snag one yourself? Is it all that and more? Disappointed?

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