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MAC Keep It Casual Lip & Cheek Colour

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

MAC Keep It Casual Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Keep It Casual Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm wine.” It’s a muted red that turns a little raspberry red-like when it’s blended out. It looks a little like MAC Mocha when applied sheer on cheeks. MAC Mighty Aphrodite is pinker. Smashbox Blushing/Peony is similar. On lips, it’s a raspberry red with a muted quality, and it’s opaque with little product needed. NARS Flamenco is redder. NARS Afghan Red is darker. Guerlain Rose Bengale is a smidgen lighter and has shimmer. Guerlain Guet-Apens is more berry-hued. MAC Positively Dashing is more berry, less pink. MAC Deliciously Forbidden has less red.

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 in particular is one of the more intense shades, so it does have a lot more color payoff, which means it’s best to use a lighter hand with it. It’s very blendable, but it’s also incredibly buildable–this will be a real stunner on deeper complexions.  I tested the wear of this yesterday, and it managed to wear as a blush for about seven hours, which was pretty good, and on the lips, just under six hours.

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

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MAC & Beth Ditto Powder to the People Powder

MAC Powder to the People Powder
MAC Powder to the People Powder

MAC & Beth Ditto Powder to the People Powder

MAC Powder to the People Powder ($38.00 for 0.35 oz.) is an odd product. At first, it seemed like a cheek product. It’s listed under Face > Powder on the brand’s website, but the description is, “Play with polka dots to create highlighting effects on your eyes by blending the colours of this ultra-fine, lightweight pressed powder with a velvet-smooth finish.” With all that said, it appears to be an eyeshadow “palette” so-to-speak, but I’m baffled as to why they put it under the powder category instead of under eyes/shadow, if that’s what this intended to be used for. Nevertheless, I tried it as an eyeshadow and swirled together as a cheek color.

I’m only rating this on the performance of the product as an eyeshadow because of how it is described by MAC specifically–I just wanted to cover all the bases and show you how it works and looks as a cheek color, too, because I know a lot of us thought that was what it was initially!

I’m not keen on the texture of the powder. It’s dry, powdery, and half of the shades look chalky applied. When applied as an eyeshadow, it was so-so, but it absolutely needed a primer underneath in order for the colors to show up (which is what I have shown below). The darker brown is the most pigmented shade out of the compact. As a blush, it left a powdery finish on my cheeks that wasn’t particularly flattering.  When I tested it on the eyes for application/color and wear, it lasted about six hours over a primer before fading around the edges (I couldn’t really get it to show up without a primer).  When I tested out the longevity of the product as a blush, it wore for seven hours and only looked a smidgen faded after eight.

The first shade I swatched was a medium-dark terracotta brown with orange undertones. It was the most pigmented of all the shades. It’s more orange and lighter than MAC Soft Brown. It has more brown in it compared to MAC Rule. The second shade is a pale peach-orange with a matte finish that’s sheer and powdery. NARS Ramatuelle was the closest dupe.

The next shade was a medium-dark blue that applied very sheer and chalky. It was darker than Dior Swimming Pool and NYX Cool Blue. MAC Winkle is darker and cooler-toned. The fourth shade was a sallow yellow with a sheer, chalky color payoff. MAC Three Ring Yellow is similar.

The last shade was a soft, light-medium yellow-toned pink that was fairly sheer and powdery. Inglot #359 is a smidgen darker. MAC Paradise Island isn’t as yellow-toned. MAC Launch Away is more pigmented. MAC Crew is a smidgen warmer. When swirled together, the effect is a dirty brown-tan with a mostly matte finish and ends up rather powdery. MAC Sun Dipped is so much better. Chanel Sable Beige is yellower and has a golden sheen.

As an eyeshadow palette, the packaging is a bit frustrating–dust and excess powder from the colors will mix, which means when you’re trying to get pure yellow, you might find brown-hued dust on top, which will give it a dirty look. You get a lot of product, but the price tag is rather steep, too. I imagine it would be more practical and useful to have put together a quad of four colors and priced it at $38 instead. I used MAC’s 239, and it felt almost too big for the polka dots.  At the end of the day, it feels and looks like a collector powder, and it exemplifies a common problem with multi-tasking products: they’re never as good in one as they are separate.

MAC Powder to the People Powder to the People
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
3.5
Application
70%
Total

MAC & Beth Ditto Pro Longwear Lipcremes

MAC Booyah!!! Pro Longwear Lipcreme
MAC Booyah!!! Pro Longwear Lipcreme

MAC & Beth Ditto: Pro Longwear Lipcremes

There are five new (and limited edition) shades of MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme ($17.00 for 0.12 oz.) featured in the Beth Ditto collection. These include: Booyah!!! (bright orange), Dear Diary (bright neon pink), Heart Hangover (deep purple), Love Long Distance (light mauve), and You’re Perfect Already (neutral pale pink).

  • Booyah!!! is a medium-dark orange with some brightness but it doesn’t turn neon. It’s opaque and has a creamy finish. I thought it was a darker orange, but it’s actually not so! MAC Sail la Vie and MAC Scarlet Ibis are darker and redder. MAC Morange and MAC Neon Orange are very, very similar, but they’re both a little brighter. MAC Good to Go is slightly darker. Illamasqua Flare is brighter and matte. Clarins Clementine is warmer.
  • Dear Diary is a vibrant fuchsia magenta pink. It’s opaque and has a creamy finish. MAC Candy Yum Yum is slightly cooler-toned and has more of a matte finish, but it’s very, very close–I think there’s a less neon quality with Dear Diary. MAC Pink Pigeon is a little pinker, not as neon. MAC Show Orchid is darker and pinker. MAC Quick Sizzle is much pinker. NARS Schiap is pinker.
  • Heart Hangover is a brown burgundy. It applies opaque, but I found the consistency of this one surprisingly dry–this formula tends to be creamy, but this pulled and tugged a bit. MAC Soulfully Rich is much darker. MAC Prince Noir is also much darker. Dolce & Gabbana Amethyst is redder. Milani Black Cherry is redder and sheerer. MAC Media is redder. MAC Hang Up is a bit redder.
  • Love Long Distance is a semi-opaque pale, cool-toned pink with white frost. This has a really frosted, metallic-like finish. This was the thirteenth product I swatched, and it was less forgiving on my lips compared to the other shades. Revlon Cupcake is similar in color but has a glossier, less frosted finish. NYX Rose shares the same finish, but it’s warmer and pinker. MAC Behave Yourself is also a bit similar.
  • You’re Perfect Already is a pinky beige with a little hint of peach. It’s opaque and has a creamy finish. On my lips, the peachy tones disappeared for the most part, since there are a few natural pink tones to my lips. MAC Angel is yellower and darker. MAC Playing Koi is peachier. MAC Overtime is yellower. MAC So Sweet, So Easy is pinker.

I think this is a pretty good lipstick formula, but MAC claims it wears for up to twelve hours, and this has always been where I’ve had problems–I get between six and eight hours of wear with most shades I’ve tested.  The Pro Longwear Lipcreme formula is supposed to be lightweight, creamy, comfortable, non-feathering, non-transferring, and moisturizing.  Such a tall order!  All but Heart Hangover were very creamy, and they glided on easily and provided even color without any real effort. Because of the slip and creaminess, they do feel comfortable once applied, though I don’t think I’d say they’re really lightweight. They don’t feel heavy or thick, but I do feel them on my lips.

They have a satin/semi-matte finish–it begins with more of a satiny sheen, but it wears off after the first couple of hours of wear. These are most definitely not transfer-proof. I’ve done kiss-tests in the past, and it certainly leaves behind product on my coffee cup. It’s less prone to transfer compared to the average lipstick, but it does have some transfer. I don’t have feathering problems with the product, but the circular shape of the lipstick itself can make precision application more difficult, especially if you have smaller lips. I always find it turns out a bit wonky around my cupid’s bow if I don’t pay attention.

These are vanilla-scented, but I haven’t detected any taste.  Of this set, I tested out the wear of Dear Diary and Love Long Distance, which wore eight and six hours respectively–true-to-form for these lipsticks.  Darker shades tend to last around eight hours, while lighter shades last around six hours.  My lips always feel normal after wearing one of these for six to eight hours; not dehydrated, not ultra-hydrated.

P.S. — I really loved the sentiment behind You’re Perfect Already. Why hasn’t there been an empowerment collection by MAC? I’d love to see that. Talk about positive, uplifting, and always nice to see.

MAC & Beth Ditto Pro Longwear Lipcremes

B+
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

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MAC Have a Lovely Day! Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Have a Lovely Day! Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Have a Lovely Day! Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Have a Lovely Day! Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Have a Lovely Day! Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “neutral nude.” It’s a rosy, almost mauve-toned shade with hints of beige. Tarte Exposed is browner. Burberry Cameo is a bit darker, plummier. On the lips, it’s pinker, less visible mauve tones. MAC Annemiek is lighter. MAC Angel is pinker. Chanel Candeur is lighter.

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 tested Have a Lovely Day! on the lips, it wore for four hours. I’ve been testing out the wear of this shade since six am, so after five hours, it’s a bit faded and could use a reapplication. The texture is soft, creamy, and incredibly blendable; it’s buildable to true-to-pot color, but this lighter shade is impossible to overdo. It will be particularly great as an everyday shade on light to medium skin tones.

MAC Have a Lovely Day! Lip & Cheek Colour

B+
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

MAC Evening Stroll Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Evening Stroll Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet cream.” It’s a red-toned purple that can look pinker when sheered out, but it’s still more purple than it is pink, no matter how sheer you go. If you’ve ever wanted a “true purple” blush, this gets you close. I couldn’t think of a comparable blush shade; MAC Azalea Blossom isn’t as purple, and MAC Sakura is much pinker. If you’re looking to replicate it as a lip color, MAC Seasoned Plum is slightly darker, MAC Playtime is pinker, MAC Goes and Goes is darker, less pink, and MAC Go For It is slightly less pink.

This is a new (and limited edition) product and shade. MAC describes the new formula as “[v]ersatile, lightweight all-in-one colour for cheeks and lips … [c]reamy, super-blendable, barely there” with vitamin E. I think the best way to think of this product is like this: you’ve spent all day at the beach, and you don’t have time to go home and get ready for an evening out, so you quickly pat on one of these on your lips and cheeks–you look a little dressed up, but it’s never over-the-top, and it’s always natural and easy-going. That’s the best way I can describe the formula in a big picture sense. (The only problem is that this scenario isn’t exactly hygenic usage of this product.)

As a Cream Blush

If you like matte and loathe words like “dewy” and “glowy,” this isn’t the right cream blush formula for you. These are rather dewy on my normal-to-dry skin, and they never seem to dry down completely for me. It feels a little “oily” to the touch; it doesn’t seem oily or greasy, but there’s some kind of slickness that enables it to be pushed and moved around even after a couple of hours after application. I was expecting it to wear off quickly as a result, and while the two shades I’ve trialed (Evening Stroll and Weekend Getaway) so far haven’t made it a full eight hours, they both wore for six hours before starting to look faded.

The consistency is soft, pliant, and creamy without being too thick (it’s not as thin as the Cremeblend Blushes, but it’s not as thick as the Blushcremes were), so it spreads and applies over the skin easily. Though it’s not sticky, there is transfer when I pressed my finger against my cheek or even just put a cloth against it (I wanted to pretend that it was clothing, because there have been many times where I’ve transferred makeup onto my fiance’s shirt). Because not a lot of product is applied to begin with, it’s not as if it all “kisses” off, but some does transfer over. It is vanilla-scented, though I didn’t notice any odd taste when using it on my lips.

I found the best application method was using fingers, because it enabled it to melt better against the skin and blend out evenly. I also liked the 188 and 130 brushes, and both achieved a similar result, they just took a little longer. It blends well over foundation and on bare skin, though I prefer the look of it over foundation, because I don’t have perfect skin, and it just seemed to make my cheeks look splotchier than usual more often than not, and I felt like my pores were beacons in the night, but I’m also more sensitive to “dewy” finishes.

The spectrum of dewy to oily is always hard to judge, because it really ends up being a matter of taste. There are times where I love the glowy, dewy finish of a product, and a reader will comment about how oily my skin looks–and there are times where I think something makes my skin look oily, and then a reader will comment about the glow! On my skin, it read slightly more pronounced than natural dewiness finish–there was a definite sheen and shine that went and went for nearly the entire time it wore.

As a Lip Color

Oddly, though, when it is applied to lips, it has a tendency to really dry down and set, almost feeling clingy without being sucked into every nook and cranny on the lips. It is incredibly lightweight and natural-looking on the lips. Despite the thin consistency on the lips, it’s not drying. It wasn’t moisturizing, but  it wasn’t drying. I recommend using lip balm prior to applying this product, and possibly exfoliating lips, because it does cling and will emphasize any flakes or roughness on the lips. It’s more forgiving than a true matte lipstick, but it can do so. On the lips, I was able to get four hours of wear out of Evening Stroll.

MAC was very generous with this product; it contains four times the amount of most lipsticks or twice the amount of most blushes (for instance, this is over double the size of the Cremeblend Blushes). This is great, except, this is a tub of product that is best applied with fingers yet cream products are much more prone to inhibiting bacteria. I would use this by taking a small amount out with a clean utensil (like a cosmetic spatula), and then using your fingers at that point. Otherwise, I think this is the type of product that will easily spoil before you finish it. A little goes a long way, both on cheeks and on lips, so this oversized pot of color will last you quite awhile.

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

MAC Casual Colour Nail Lacquers

MAC Delicate Nail Lacquer
MAC Delicate Nail Lacquer

MAC Casual Colour: Nail Lacquers

MAC Casual Colour features four shades of MAC Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.), and these shades are: Delicate (pale sheer ballet pink), Fiestaware (mid-tone orange coral), Please Me (mid-tone warm pink), and Style Tip (soft pink nude).

  • Delicate is a sheer, pale white-pink. It’s really a your-nails-but-better kind of color–it brightens and adds a pink-tinge to nails, along with a glossy finish. It has a jelly-like finish and consistency. It’s sheer after two coats, but it’s supposed to be that way. Essie Rock Candy is very similar. Essie Pop Art Pink is much darker. Nubar Pink Lily is an opaque version. Cult Nails Enticing is also very similar.
  • Fiestaware is a barely coral-tinted orange with a cream finish. It’s mostly opaque after two coats. I didn’t have any formula issues with this one. Nails Inc. Porchester Place is more orange. MAC Razzledazzler is lighter.
  • Please Me is a medium pink with yellow undertones and a cream finish. It’s opaque in two coats, but it did have some slight streaking in the initial coat. I used a thicker second coat, which helped cover the majority of the streaks. I reviewed it here.
  • Style Tip is a warm light-medium beige with rosy undertones. It’s opaque after two coats. It’s a little thick, so the initial coat is a bit streaky. Chanel Tendresse is similar, slightly lighter. MAC Myth is peachier.

The new (and limited edition) shades from Casual Colour are definitely better performing than the shades from Beth Ditto!  Delicate will appeal to a very specific audience, but it’s really lovely on nails in a soft, natural way that’s work-friendly and pretty much all-occasion appropriate. It’s not exciting, and Cult Nails‘ version is very similar but better and more versatile (as it is more buildable).  Fiestaware applies easily and evenly, so from a quality standpoint, that was the best out of this set.

MAC Casual Colour Nail Lacquers

B
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

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