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MAC Weekend Getaway Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Weekend Getaway Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Weekend Getaway Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Weekend Getaway Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Weekend Getaway Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “cool rose.” For some reason, I really want to describe this as a strawberry pink! It’s a subtly cool-toned medium-dark pink. As a blush, it add a pop of pink or built up to more true-to-pan color. Tom Ford Wicked looks a bit more plum. MAC Lovecloud is a smidgen lighter. Illamasqua Seduce is a darker pink. MAC Feeling Flush has more purple in it. Urban Decay Afterglow is very similar. On lips, it’s an opaque subtly blue-based medium pink. MAC Please Me is more yellow-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is less cool-toned. Revlon Carnation is darker. MAC Cheers All Around is just slightly pinker. Rimmel Dizzy is a smidgen darker.

For an in-depth review of the formula, please see this post. The main takeaways were that as a blush, this yields a dewy finish that might be just the wrong side of dewy for some, but it may be the perfect recipe for those with drier skin; as a lip color, the finish is more like a satin matte, and it has a slightly clingy nature that works as a way to make the color lightweight and very natural-looking.

When I trialed this yesterday for wear, it wore for seven hours as a blush and five and a half hours as a lip color, which was definitely on the longer end out of the eight shades of the new formula.  Weekend Getaway isn’t so cool-toned that it won’t flatter warmer complexions; there’s a subtle brightness in the overall color that makes it seem really effortless and appropriate for summer looks. Out of the eight, this one was my favorite–and it so pleased me to find it was one of the longer-wearing shades, too.

MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour Weekend Getaway
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Relaxation Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Relaxation Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Relaxation Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Relaxation Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Relaxation Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm pink.” It looks more like a subtly cool-toned light-medium pink. It reads cool-toned when I wear it as a blush and as a lip color. As a blush color, it’s rather light and spring-like. MAC Pink Tea is pinker. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is similar but matte. NARS Gaiety is much bluer-toned. NYX English Rose is comparable. Make Up For Ever #4 is pinker, brighter. On lips, the coverage is opaque, and the color seems less cool-toned but definitely doesn’t look warm against my skin tone. MAC Lazy Sunday is lighter, more white-based. MAC Snob is cooler-toned. MAC Enchantee is more muted. MAC Dress It Up is fairly close.

For an in-depth review of the formula, please see this post. The main takeaways were that as a blush, this yields a dewy finish that might be just the wrong side of dewy for some, but it may be the perfect recipe for those with drier skin; as a lip color, the finish is more like a satin matte, and it has a slightly clingy nature that works as a way to make the color lightweight and very natural-looking.

Relaxation will work best on lighter skin tones, but light-medium to medium skin tones may be able to work it, depending on the look they’re going for and what else they pair the blush with. It’s a smidgen too pale for my personal liking on my medium complexion (around NC30 at the moment). Yesterday afternoon, I tested the wear of this and Weekend Getaway (coming up next!), and this shade lasted just over six hours on my cheeks and four hours on my lips.

MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour Relaxation
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

MAC & Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liners

MAC Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liner
MAC Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liners

MAC & Beth Ditto: Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liners

MAC Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liners ($22.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a brand new product type for the brand that launches specifically in this collection. There was originally five shades in the collection, but one was pulled out of production (no reason given). According to the very nondescript blurb online, it’s a dual-ended product with an eyeshadow on one end and a Greasepaint liner on the other end to create “the perfect smoky eye.” If you read through the color description that MAC gives, it’s easy to figure out which side is supposed to be the shadow and liner.

The four shades are: Beth Mask (reddish brown bronze liner / golden peach pink shadow), Beth or Glory (deep brown liner / bright blue shadow), Drag, Strip (smoky navy liner / pale blue shadow), and Little Miss Moffet (true black liner / true white shadow). Each dual-ended pencil has a side with a rounded tip, which is supposed to be the liner, and a slanted tip, which is supposed to be a shadow, based on the color descriptions.

This is not a positive review, and this was an incredibly frustrating product to test. What I experienced with this product made me go, “Either it is one of the worst products MAC has ever launched to-date OR I’m doing it wrong.” The concept of using a product in such a wrong way that it doesn’t work is something I find very, very suspect–most of us are not new to the makeup game, and a lot of products are similar to ones we’ve used in the past. This product is called “Shadow/Liner,” so naturally, one would expect to use it as an eyeshadow and an eyeliner. This means actually applying it to the eyelid and on the lash lines. The results were so terrible (more on that in a second) that I decided I would reach out to MAC to ask them more about this product: what was it supposed to do and if they had any tips on how to use them. I was informed these are long-wearing and water-resistant.

MAC Senior Artist, Keri Blair had these application tips:

The tapered end is the “liner” so it’s better for more detailing and defining (I don’t recommend it for the water line) however the slant tip makes it easy to apply to the eye lid or inner corner of the eye. Use it to pop the lid and with a flip of the wrist you can use the rounded side to smoke out the outer and inner corner of the eyes. The rounded side is great for smudging and “smoking” out the eye. You can blend with your finger or a brush but work quickly because this long wearing, water resistant formula dries fast! My best advice is to work one eye at a time to achieve a perfect Smokey smudgy look.

On occasion, I get to utilize a very interesting test: I ask long-time reader, guest writer, and makeup artist Dustin Hunter if he managed to find a way to make something work. If there is ANYONE who will find some use for a product, it’s him. Me, on the other hand, I’m less likely to bother finding really creative ways to make a truly awful product work–I don’t have the time, desire, or energy to do so. There are too many excellent products waiting to be discovered and reviewed! We had a rather long exchange on both Twitter and via e-mail on the difficulty in using and testing this new formula, because it just wasn’t working.

The formula, regardless of which end, is dry. It is extremely dry, which results in poor color payoff and painful application. When I first tried applying Beth Mask to my lid (using the peach side as a lid color), it was so incredibly painful–there was so much tugging, pulling, and drag. For all of that, there was hardly any product on my lid, and what little there was ended up uneven and sparsely applied. I used several different tools in attempt to get color to transfer onto my lids: fingers, brushes (231, 208, 212, 316), and straight from the tube. I had the “best” results straight from the tube.

Some shades were more difficult to work with, but they were all poor performers. I couldn’t use any of these as eyeshadows, and a few of them were better as eyeliners, but the wear wasn’t there. On the lid, I had creasing after five hours. As eyeliner, the ones I tried (Beth Mask, Beth or Glory, and Drag, Strip) were smudged after four hours. When I used them on the lid, blending was futile–because they start out so dry, it’s already immensely hard to blend them out, and they do dry further after being applied. Trying to apply them over a bare lid wasn’t working, so I tried applying over a primer (I used NARS’ Smudgeproof), and it was easier to apply, but it was only marginally better. The result really speaks for itself.

I didn’t expect them to be as bad as they were, because when I swatched them, I was able to build up the color on most of the shades, but I did have to go back and forth several times with firm pressure–and that firm pressure just doesn’t translate well to the eyelid. When MAC has outstanding formulas like Shadesticks, Greasepaint Sticks, etc., how this product can fall so short, I’ll forever be baffled by. I’m also rather disappointed to see there was a measly 0.03 oz. in the product (the average regular eyeliner is 0.04 oz.).

This may be one of the worst products I’ve seen from MAC or any brand. There are flops, and then there are products that make you wonder what kind of testing happened. You want to read those reports. I know Big Bounce was a flop, but at least there was a way to use them that wasn’t too far off from how one might use them anyway (as an eyeshadow base–you just couldn’t use them alone). I might as well write my to-do lists with these, because you won’t see me ever going through the pain of using one of these again.

MAC & Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liners

F
0
Product
3
Pigmentation
1
Texture
3
Longevity
0
Application
16%
Total

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MAC Out for Fun Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Out for Fun Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Out for Fun Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Out for Fun Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Out for Fun Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark orange with a little hint of red, so it has a coral-like tint. On cheeks, it looks like a peachy-tangerine, and it can be built up to a more intense shade of orange. MAC Optimistic Orange is more orange. It’s like a cream version of MAC Modern Mandarin. Make Up For Ever #5 is similar but matte. On the lips, it has a coral-orange appearance with opaque color coverage, but it definitely comes out more coral on the lips than when applied to the cheeks. Laura Mercier Kissed Lips is pinker. NYX Haute Melon is a smidgen pinker. Guerlain Nahema is darker. NARS Niagara is a touch pinker. Laura Mercier Tangerine is very close. MAC Crosswires is also quite similar!

For an in-depth review of the formula, please see this post. The main takeaways were that as a blush, this yields a dewy finish that might be just the wrong side of dewy for some, but it may be the perfect recipe for those with drier skin; as a lip color, the finish is more like a satin matte, and it has a slightly clingy nature that works as a way to make the color lightweight and very natural-looking.

Out for Fun is a great summer shade–it’s that warm pop of coral that so many brands offer during the warmer season. It looks more coral on the lipsthan on the cheeks, due to the natural pinkness often found on bare lips. As one of the darker shades in the launch, it’s flattering across the spectrum of skin colors, from light to dark and everything in-between. Those with warmer undertones will find it slightly more complementary than those with really cool undertones. When I wore this shade for testing, it lasted seven hours on the cheeks and five hours on the lips.

MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour Out for Fun
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

MAC Lazy Sunday Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Lazy Sunday Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Lazy Sunday Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Lazy Sunday Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Lazy Sunday Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “baby pink.” It looks warmer in the pot, but it ended up looking rather pale, light, and just barely cool-toned. As a blush, this will brighten cheeks, but I think it will look best on lighter complexions–it looks too pale on my skin tone. MAC So Swee,t So Easy is very similar. MAC Full of Joy is more lilac. Make Up For Ever #13 is slightly bluer in undertone. As a lip color, it’s a pale, barely cool-toned pink with a subtle sheen. It does settle into lip lines a bit in a noticeable way, which is due to the overall light color. MAC Enchantee is a bit pinker. Guerlain Rose Innocent is sheerer. MAC Dress It Up is pinker. MAC Royal Azalea is just barely pinker. It’s paler than MAC Viva Glam Gaga.

For an in-depth review of the formula, please see this post. The main takeaways were that as a blush, this yields a dewy finish that might be just the wrong side of dewy for some, but it may be the perfect recipe for those with drier skin; as a lip color, the finish is more like a satin matte, and it has a slightly clingy nature that works as a way to make the color lightweight and very natural-looking.

This shade will be best on light skin tones, because it may wash out medium to deep complexions. The pale color, combined with the subtle cool undertone may give an ashy look on the cheeks for darker skin tones. When I wore this yesterday to see whether it would wear well, it managed about six and a half hours as a blush and three and a half hours as a lip color.

MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour Lazy Sunday
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC Keep It Loose Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Keep It Loose Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Keep It Loose Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Keep It Loose Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Keep It Loose Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm peach.” It’s a soft warm-toned peach with a soft sheen. It seems to have a little pink in it. As a blush, it shows up without washing out my medium-colored complexion, which was nice. On lips, it takes on a pinker appearance–looks like a pale pink with subtle warm undertones. Make Up For Ever #14 is similar but has more peach in it. MAC Alpha Girl is similar but lighter. MAC You’re Perfect Already is a little pinker on lips. MAC Miami Coral is a bit darker, more coral. Chanel Flirt is pinker and more coral. MAC Ever Hip is more coral.

For an in-depth review of the formula, please see this post. The main takeaways were that as a blush, this yields a dewy finish that might be just the wrong side of dewy for some, but it may be the perfect recipe for those with drier skin; as a lip color, the finish is more like a satin matte, and it has a slightly clingy nature that works as a way to make the color lightweight and very natural-looking.

This is going to be most flattering on light to light-medium complexions, though it should work on medium to medium-dark skin tones as well. It might be too light to work on deeper complexions without looking ashy.  I tested the wear of this shade as a cheek color yesterday, and it only managed five hours before it started a rather quick decline–it was almost gone after six hours. As a lip color, it held on for around three hours.

MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour Keep It Loose
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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