Thursday, November 4th, 2010

MAC Cool Thrillseekers Pigments/Glitter Set
Pigments: Cheers My Dear, Mauvement, Silver Fog, Softwash Grey; Reflects Pearl Glitter

MAC Cool Thrillseekers Pigments/Glitter Set

Each pigment/glitter set includes four pigments and one glitter, each contains 0.09 oz. of product, according to the tin. The five glass vials are housed inside a tartan-decorated metal tin, and there is a plastic insert that keeps them standing together, but it’s removable, should you desire. I did find it curious that there were no inserts regarding uses (e.g. what’s eye/lip safe) in any of the sets, though.

This set includes: Cheers My Dear (pale violet), Mauvement (cool taupe with gold pearl), Silver Fog (platinum silver), Softwash Grey (grey with purple pearl), and Reflects Pearl (very fine particle white glitter with a pearl sheen).

  • Cheers My Dear is a pinked lilac with a frosted silver sheen. This is a new and limited edition shade to the set. It’s a cross between Pink Pearl and Kitschmas pigments–it’s not as cool-toned or as purple as Kitschmas, as it’s pinker, but it’s not nearly as pink or fuchsia as Pink Pearl.
  • Mauvement is a bronzy taupe with a mauve undertone and champagne sheen. This is a repromote.
  • Silver Fog is a bright silver with a nearly metallic shine. This is a PRO shade.
  • Softwash Grey is a cool-toned, blue-purple gray with a slight metallic sheen. This is a repromote.
  • Reflects Pearl is a glimmering silver-white glitter with no real color base. This is a permanent shade. I see this working more as a layering shade than alone, because it lacks a cohesive color base so it doesn’t hold together.

I think the pigment sets are a good value, and they’re always worth a peek if you’re into loose color or pigments. You’re getting 0.45 oz. of product for $32.50, while a single, full-sized pigment contains 0.15 oz. of product and retails for $19.50–essentially, this is $60 worth of pigments/glitters.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you love smoky eyes, metallic finishes, or cool tones in general, this is a worthwhile set.

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics (November 4th/11th — check your local store for availability; I’m getting mixed reports)

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Thursday, November 4th, 2010

MAC Sir Teddy

MAC Sir Teddy for Kids Helping Kids

For the holidays, a limited edition Sir Teddy is available in his big boy form and a smaller, keychain size. The larger size is 6″ by 4″ ($15.00), while the smaller version is 3.5″ by 2.5″ ($12.00) and has a keychain clip attached. The larger Sir Teddy’s arms and legs are movable.   The toy is actually made in connection with Gund.

The proceeds from the sale of the teddy bears go towards MAC’s Kids Helping Kids program, which focuses on supporting children affected by HIV/AIDS.  I’m a big supporter of MAC’s Viva Glam program because of the amount of money donated to the cause–it’s not a measly 10%–they make it count.

There really is nothing to review here! They’re cute little bears, and they do make good gifts that don’t break the bank. I like the idea of giving these to any kids you’re gifting this holiday season, but I bought one of each size for myself! :)  They also have Kids Helping Kids Holiday Cards ($8.00) and Gift Tags ($8.00) available.

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

MAC Tartan Tale Colour Video Review

Well, if you have twenty minutes to spare… LOL! :)

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

MAC Tartan Tale

MAC Tartan Tale Collection (Colour): Overall, Round-up, & Recommendations

OVERALL, Tartan Tale doesn’t do it for me.  The eyeshadows look really cool, and they have a lovely soft and smooth texture, but they just seem so muted when you apply them.  Glamora Castle and Semi-Precious were the best of the six, while the other shades felt more appropriate as soft, springy pastel kind of shades.

I don’t like the value of Dazzleglass Cremes, and this batch of five tends to run rather sheer and they start to all look like the next when worn on the lips, and there were too many that were similar to permanent or recently released shades–a few also looked just like Dazzleglass and lacked the “creme” part.   Sheer is great, but seeing it over and over within the same collection is redundant.

My favorites are all of the Pearlglide Eyeliners, though three of them are repromotes–all worth a peek if you don’t yet have them! It’s just such a rich, pigmented formula that glides on like butter and still wears long, I can never pass these up.  I also really enjoyed the pigments that came out with the launch, because I felt like they had depth and stood out amongst past and present pigment releases.  Both nail lacquers were stunning on, but the brushes on both were a bit thick, so I’m not sure if there was a manufacturing defect there or not.

Much of this launch felt decent to good but only some items were really great.  On the flip side, I didn’t feel like anything here was really lacking in quality to merit a skip.

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-haves: Pearlglide Eyeliners (pick your poison!), Style Clan Nail Lacquer, Pigments

Nice-to-haves: Sly as a Fox Nail Lacquer, Gone Romancin’ Dazzleglass Creme, Courting Lilac Lipstick, Glamora Castle Eyeshadow, Semi-Precious Eyeshadow

Skip:  Nothing is terrible, most things just lie in the middle

Skip if…

  • Skip MY HIGHLAND HONEY if you have UTTERLY GAME; they’re pretty similar–Utterly Game is a touch coral.
  • Skip LIGHTLY PRANCING if you have BARE NECESSITY; it doesn’t have as much gold shimmer, but it’s pretty close in color.
  • Skip SOFT DAZZLE if you have MOTH TO FLAME; they look incredibly similar when worn.
  • Skip RADIANT JEWELS if you have CREME ALLURE; it’s a touch darker but similar enough.
  • Skip DEEPEST WISH if you have KITTENISH or MEDIA; it’s just a blotchy version of both of those.
  • Skip SEMI-PRECIOUS if you have HEPCAT or PLUM DRESSING; they are all very close to each other.
  • Skip HER BLOOMING CHEEK if you have AZALEA; Azalea is PRO but incredibly close.

Don’t forget to Check your stash for…

LATER (repromote), SOFT DAZZLE (repromote), FULL FUCHSIA (permanent at PRO).

Recommendations by Skin Tone

Please note that this section is merely suggesting shades that would complement a particular skin tone better than other shades, but these lists are meant to be rather exhaustive of the entire collection; it’s not reflective of must-haves for your skin tone. When it comes to cooler/warmer skin tones, these are products that lean noticeably cool/warm and therefore complement the corresponding skin tone better (but it does not mean you can’t wear a warmer product if you’re cooler!).

Pearlglide Liners: I recommend all shades for all skin tones.  Seriously.

  • Best Picks for Lighter Skin Tones: My Highland Honey Blush, Style Clan Nail Lacquer, The Family Crest Pigment, Moonlight Night Pigment, Soft Dazzle Dazzleglass Creme, Gone Romancin’ Dazzleglass Creme, Courtly Lilac Lipstick, Deepest Wish Lipstick, The Faerie Glen Lipstick, Glamora Castle Eyeshadow, A Wish Come True Eyeshadow, Semi-Precious Eyeshadow
  • Best Picks for Medium Skin Tones: Sly as a Fox Nail Lacquer, Style Clan Nail Lacquer, The Family Crest Pigment, Later Pigment, Moonlight Night Pigment, Passing Fancy Dazzleglass Creme, Courtly Lilac Lipstick, Cut-a-Caper Lipstick, The Faerie Glen Lipstick, Glamora Castle Eyeshadow, Enviably Fun Eyeshadow, Semi-Precious Eyeshadow
  • Best Picks for Darker Skin Tones: Her Blooming Cheek Blush, My Highland Honey Blush, Style Clan Nail Lacquer, Later Pigment, Moonlight Night Pigment, Radiant Jewels Dazzleglass Creme, Deepest Wish Lipstick, Full Fuchsia Lipstick, Glamora Castle Eyeshadow, Semi-Precious Eyeshadow
  • Best Picks for Cooler Skin Tones: Sly as a Fox Nail Lacquer, The Family Crest Pigment, Later Pigment, Moonlight Night Pigment, Gone Romancin’ Dazzleglass Creme, Radiant Jewels Dazzleglass Creme, Courtly Lilac Lipstick, Deepest Wish Lipstick, The Faerie Glen Lipstick, Glamora Castle Eyeshadow, A Wish Come True Eyeshadow, Semi-Precious Eyeshadow
  • Best Picks for Warmer Skin Tones: Sly as a Fox Nail Lacquer, Style Clan Nail Lacquer, Moonlight Night Pigment, Passing Fancy Dazzleglass Creme, Soft Dazzle Dazzleglass Creme, Lightly Prancing Dazzleglass Creme, Cut-a-Caper Lipstick, Enviably Fun Eyeshadow, Follow Your Fantasy Eyeshadow, Golden Crown Eyeshadow

What are you loving? What are you looking forward to?

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

MAC Tartan Tale

MAC Tartan Tale Collection (Chapter 1): Overall, Round-up, & Recommendations

OVERALL, Tartan Tale is both overwhelming and underwhelming–the sheer size makes it difficult to focus on individual products and starts to feel more like an explosion of products. It’s underwhelming in that a lot of the kits/sets aren’t as value-driven as palettes and sets often are, but some of the quality is lacking in the palettes, as well.

For this part of the holiday collection, I have no must-haves. There are some nice colors within the palettes, but I don’t feel that the entire palette/kit is a must-have. These were some of the individual shades I thought were worth noting: Endless Fun (Happily Ever After Lip Kit), Baron’s Rose (Dazzle the Lads Lip Bag), Mellow Mood (Vain & Glorious Lip Bag), and Rolled Gold (Twists of Tartan Palette.  I liked Rockers & Reelers the most out of the palettes and sets, but I didn’t love it.

I also like the Face Kits, and I think they’re worth checking out if you don’t have any of the permanent blush shades included in each. It’s a more affordable way to try three cheek products at once, and at least, if you love the blushes, they’re available in the permanent range, too.  I do always recommend the MAC Viva Glam holiday products. If you love the color of either the gloss or lipstick, but not the bag or both, they are available year-round for purchase.

The one item I specifically do not recommend are the brush sets.  I think the quality is significantly below MAC brushes (full-sized), but worse yet, below more affordable brush options.  Buy one or two full-size brushes and add to your brush collection over time.

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-haves: None

Nice-to-haves: Beauties Play It Cool Palette, Reelers & Rockers Palette, Happily Ever After Lip Kit

Skip: Dashing Lassies Eyeshadow Palette (MAC has better permanent neutrals), Brush Sets

Skip if…

  • Skip ENDLESS FUN if you have OYSTER GIRL; it’s a little less milky but very similar.
  • Skip BARON’S ROSE if you have FUN BATHING; they’re incredibly close–Baron’s Rose is a touch redder.
  • Skip SMOOTH HARMONY if you have GOLDEN BRONZER;
  • Skip CROWN & SCEPTRE if you have ANTIQUED; slightly less metallic but similar enough color-wise.

Don’t forget to…

Check your stash for MOTH TO FLAME (permanent), BABY SPARKS (permanent), IN SYNCH (repromote from Too Fabulous, ’10), MELLOW MOOD (repromote from Electroflash, ’08), MELBA (permanent), PEACHTWIST (permanent), SMOOTH HARMONY (repromote from Heatherette, ’08), DAME (permanent), PLUM FOOLERY (permanent), OH SO FAIR (repromote from Venomous Villains, ’10), SILVERWEAR (repromote from Holiday, ’07), HOLD MY GAZE (repromote from Holiday, ’09), ALTERED STATE (repromote from Holiday, ’09), BRONZE (permanent), BUCKWHEAT (repromote from Naked Honey, ’09), SHOWSTOPPER (repromoted endlessly), WHITE RABBIT (repromote from Holiday, ’09), CARBON (permanent), VAINGLORIOUS (repromote from Venomous Villains, ’10).

Recommendations by Skin Tone

Please note that this section is merely suggesting shades that would complement a particular skin tone better than other shades, but these lists are meant to be rather exhaustive of the entire collection; it’s not reflective of must-haves for your skin tone. When it comes to cooler/warmer skin tones, these are products that lean noticeably cool/warm and therefore complement the corresponding skin tone better (but it does not mean you can’t wear a warmer product if you’re cooler!).

  • Best Picks for Lighter Skin Tones: Happily Ever After Kit, Dashing Lassies Eyeshadow Palette, Beauties Play It Cool Palette, Twists of Tartan Palette, Hark the Heraldry Face Kit, Vain & Glorious Lip Bag
  • Best Picks for Medium Skin Tones: A Fabulous Fantasy Kit, Happily Ever After Kit, Beauties Play It Cool Palette, Reelers & Rockers Palette, A Triumphant Blush Face Kit, Vain & Glorious Lip Bag, Dazzle the Lads Lip Bag
  • Best Picks for Darker Skin Tones: A Fabulous Fantasy Kit, Reelers & Rockers Palette, Twists of Tartan Palette, A Triumphant Blush Face Kit, Dazzle the Lads Lip Bag
  • Best Picks for Cooler Skin Tones: Happily Ever After Kit, Dashing Lassies Eyeshadow Palette, Beauties Play It Cool Palette, Twists of Tartan Palette, Hark the Heraldry Face Kit, Vain & Glorious Lip Bag
  • Best Picks for Warmer Skin Tones: A Fabulous Fantasy Kit, Reelers & Rockers Palette, A Triumphant Blush Face Kit, Vain & Glorious Lip Bag, Dazzle the Lads Lip Bag

What are you loving? What are you looking forward to?

Thursday, October 28th, 2010


MAC A Tartan Tale: Link Roundup

PHEW!  It’s been a grueling week!  We’re finally done reviewing and sharing MAC’s A Tartan Tale with you, and since it’s been a long ride, here’s a quickie round-up of all of the coverage.  To follow, there will be an overall review along with recommendations and all that jazz, per usual.

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection: Colour

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection: Palettes & Sets