Thursday, May 6th, 2010

MAC Superglass Collection
MAC Superglass: Fab Frenzy, Totally Bang!, Cherry Electric, Superflash!,
Sweet Tart, Gift Wrap, Sugar Overload, Disco Blend, Tunnel of Love

MAC Superglass Collection: Review, Photos, & Swatches

Superglass is latest lipgloss creation by MAC.  My review for these is still the same and reposted with minor edits below.  They are a thick, sticky gloss loaded with both shimmer and flaky glitter particles.  They’re not for those who prefer less rather than more when it comes to shimmer, glitter, or texture.  I personally found it to be one of the thickest glosses I’ve ever worn–almost like the consistency of honey.

I like these, but I don’t love them–I like them a lot more on top of lipsticks for an extra kick of dazzling shimmer, but alone, they’re not as fun.  The texture/formula on these is consistent through all nine shades, so must-haves seem more dependent on your personal tastes.   My personal favorites, though, are Totally Bang! and Cherry Electric.

  • Most pigmented shadesFab Frenzy, Totally Bang!, Cherry Electric
  • Sheerest shadesSweet Tart, Sugar Overload

Are you looking to double your dazzle or streamline your dazzle?

There are some shades of Superglass that are similar to Dazzleglass shades, but I’d say that these, on average, are more pigmented than Dazzleglasses, so the Superglass version is very much a Super-Dazzleglass version.  Whether you’re a fiend for all things dazzling and therefore want to double your dazzle or if you’re looking to get shades different from your Dazzleglasses…

  • Cherry Electric is like a pinker version of Love Alert.
  • Totally Bang! is a pinker version of Ms. Fizz.
  • Sugar Overload is comparable to Sugarrimmed.
  • Fab Frenzy is a much more intense version of Date Night.
  • Disco Overload is like a brighter, more orange version of Bare Necessity.
  • You probably don’t need both Sweet Tart and Superflash–they’re so similar to each other–the latter being a smidgen brighter, but they look nearly the same on lips.

Superglass ($18.00 for 0.15 oz.)

  • Fab Frenzy is is darkened berry-purple with flecks of iridescent fuchsia-purple flakes. It’s decently pigmented, and it does give plenty of color to lips on its own.
  • Totally Bang! is is a vibrant fuchsia-pink with semi-opaque color coverage. It has iridescent purple flakes along with golden and amber shimmer. This is one of the most pigmented shades of Superglass.
  • Cherry Electric is a softened pink with a little extra kick of red. It has iridescent purple flakes along with golden shimmer. The color coverage is semi-sheer with some color but not solid.
  • Superflash! is a sheer baby pink with flashes of amber shimmer and flakes of grayish-purple. This one is definitely on the sheerer side.
  • Sugar Overload is a milky pale pink-nude with gold and white shimmer and then larger grayish-silver flecks of glitter. Very milky looking, not really creamy, but it doesn’t settle into lips too much. It is, however, pretty sheer. It’s a bit like Boy Bait Cremesheen Glass, except with glitter overload. Ha, overload!
  • Sweet Tart is a soft pink with only a slight milkiness to it. It has white and gold shimmer with large flecks of a grayish-purple and peach glitter. It’s a sheerer shade, but it gives more color than Sugar Overload. I feel like it just brings out some of the natural pink in my lips.
  • Gift Wrap is a sheer, muted pinky-coral with flakes of silver-y purple and amber and white shimmer. It has some color, but it tends to just emphasize your natural lip color.
  • Disco Blend is a peachy-beige with a smidgen of brown. The sparkles in it seem to include a gold shimmer, chunkier gray-silver particles, and some peach flecks. Not totally sheer, but it’s not opaque either — it does a decent job of giving my lips a different color, though.
  • Tunnel of Love is a reddish brown with white and gold shimmer along with flecks of grayish-silver and peach glitter. I found this one had the most color pay off, but it has a tendency to look a little uneven on the lips. From further away, it’s not as noticeable, but I just couldn’t get it to look smooth and even. Bonus: it made my teeth look super white!

The formula is thick and sticky, but the glitter never felt gritty to me, even five hours later. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t feel much grittiness, but I think when these fade entirely, there may be a little texture to the glitter. Because it is pretty thick and sticky, the glosses lasted quite awhile on my lips. I slicked on Sweet Tart around 6 PM, and it was still lingering at 11 PM. It wasn’t quite as glossy as it was initially, but it still looked glossy and shimmery. The glitter seemed to stay in place, and none of it migrated to the outer edges of my lips, so all in all, it faded nicely. Oh, and did I mention I ate dinner with it on? Oh, yeah.

I do think the glitter is large and chunky, and it really does remind me of the flecks of glitter you’ll see in some nail polishes, but it’s not so severe once it’s on your lips, particularly at a normal viewing distance. You’ll see flat grayish particles, but they catch light, so this gloss looks best in light/in person, that way it can catch light as you move vs. a still photograph. It’s an interesting look, and I know some will love it, some will find it tacky. I like the concept better over lipstick than worn alone, partially because these are a bit sheer, but also because it makes the glitter pop a little more.

INGREDIENTS: Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Trisostearyl Citrate, Tocepheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Squalane, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Polyacrylate-4, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Vanillin [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxidies (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163,), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985)]

I know some of us (that includes me!) were concerned about just how much product was going to be in these tubes, but it looks like MAC may have considered what we’ve been complaining about–there is 0.15 oz. in Superglass, as compared to 0.06 oz. in Dazzleglass, 0.08 oz. in Cremesheen Glass, and 0.17 oz. in Lipglass. More expensive than Lipglass, but it’s a way better deal than Dazzleglass! The packaging is very much like Dazzleglass in terms of the type of materials, glossy look of the plastic, etc. but it is six-sided, so it won’t roll off your bathroom counter at least!

BOTTOM LINE: These are long-wearing, ultra glittery lipglosses with a thick (but not goopy!) feel and sticky texture. They seem to run from sheer to semi-sheer with some shades being more pigmented than others, but none are entirely opaque. They are vanilla scented, and I didn’t really notice any taste since wearing them.  I think these are best over lipsticks, rather than alone, though some of the more intense shades could be worn alone.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you don’t mind sticky gloss and love yourself some glitter, I’d say give these a shot. You might be surprised at how the glitter translates on your lips! If you don’t like the stickiness of Lipglass, I don’t think you’ll like the feel of Superglass at all. I also wouldn’t go into these expecting 100% opaque color pay off either!

Availability: Nordstrom

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

MAC Superglass
MAC Show Orchid Lipstick + MAC Sweet Tart Superglass

MAC Superglass — A Quick Review & Lip Swatches

Edit: Superglass hits stores today, and I’ll be there as soon as my store opens to grab the remaining shades to swatch and review — just give me some time to get everything done :)  Take a look at these shades in the meanwhile!

Yesterday, I posted some quick photos and swatches of four shades of MAC Superglass. Superglass will debut on May 6th, but some readers have commented they’ve been able to try/purchase them already, so maybe you’ll get lucky at your local store. :) Each will retail for $18 and contains 0.15 oz.

There are nine shades and all of them are limited edition: Cherry Electric (bright cherry pink), Disco Blend (light tan), Fab Frenzy (deep blue purple), Gift Wrap (light pinky peach), Sugar Overload (white beige), Superflash! (mid-tone yellow pink), Sweet Tart (baby pale pink), Totally Bang! (fuchsia), and Tunnel of Love (deep blue brown).

  • Disco Blend is a peachy-beige with a smidgen of brown. The sparkles in it seem to include a gold shimmer, chunkier gray-silver particles, and some peach flecks. Not totally sheer, but it’s not opaque either — it does a decent job of giving my lips a different color, though.
  • Sugar Overload is a milky pale pink-nude with gold and white shimmer and then larger grayish-silver flecks of glitter. Very milky looking, not really creamy, but it doesn’t settle into lips too much. It is, however, pretty sheer. It’s a bit like Boy Bait Cremesheen Glass, except with glitter overload. Ha, overload!
  • Sweet Tart is a soft pink with only a slight milkiness to it. It has white and gold shimmer with large flecks of a grayish-purple and peach glitter. It’s a sheerer shade, but it gives more color than Sugar Overload. I feel like it just brings out some of the natural pink in my lips.
  • Tunnel of Love is a reddish brown with white and gold shimmer along with flecks of grayish-silver and peach glitter. I found this one had the most color pay off, but it has a tendency to look a little uneven on the lips. From further away, it’s not as noticeable, but I just couldn’t get it to look smooth and even. Bonus: it made my teeth look super white!

The formula is thick and sticky, but the glitter never felt gritty to me, even five hours later. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t feel much grittiness, but I think when these fade entirely, there may be a little texture to the glitter. Because it is pretty thick and sticky, the glosses last quite awhile on my lips. I slicked on Sweet Tart around 6 PM, and it was still lingering at 11 PM. It wasn’t quite as glossy as it was initially, but it still looked glossy and shimmery. The glitter seemed to stay in place, and none of it migrated to the outer edges of my lips, so all in all, it fades nicely. Oh, and did I mention I ate dinner with it on? Oh, yeah.

I do think the glitter is large and chunky, and it really does remind me of the flecks of glitter you’ll see in some nail polishes, but it’s not so severe once it’s on your lips, particularly at a normal viewing distance. You’ll see flat grayish particles, but they catch light, so this gloss looks best in light/in person, that way it can catch light as you move vs. a still photograph. It’s an interesting look, and I know some will love it, some will find it tacky. I like the concept better over lipstick than worn alone, partially because these are a bit sheer, but also because it makes the glitter pop a little more.

INGREDIENTS:  Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Trisostearyl Citrate, Tocepheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Squalane, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Polyacrylate-4, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Vanillin [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxidies (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163,), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985)]

I know some of us (that includes me!) were concerned about just how much product was going to be in these tubes, but it looks like MAC may have considered what we’ve been complaining about–there is 0.15 oz. in Superglass, as compared to 0.06 oz. in Dazzleglass, 0.08 oz. in Cremesheen Glass, and 0.17 oz. in Lipglass. More expensive than Lipglass, but it’s a way better deal than Dazzleglass! The packaging is very much like Dazzleglass in terms of the type of materials, glossy look of the plastic, etc. but it is six-sided, so it won’t roll off your bathroom counter at least!

None of the four shades I tried really grabbed me, though. I’m hoping that perhaps Cherry Electric, Fab Frenzy, and Totally Bang! are more up my alley as far as my personal tastes go!

BOTTOM LINE: These are long-wearing, ultra glittery lipglosses with a thick (but not goopy!) feel with a sticky texture. They seem to run from sheer to semi-sheer, but so far, none of these are completely opaque. They are vanilla scented, and I didn’t really notice any taste since wearing them.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you don’t mind sticky gloss and love yourself some glitter, I’d say give these a shot. You might be surprised at how the glitter translates on your lips! If you don’t like the stickiness of Lipglass, I don’t think you’ll like the feel of Superglass at all. I also wouldn’t go into these expecting 100% opaque color pay off either!

Availability: May 6th, 2010

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Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

MAC Pret-a-Papier Collection: Overall Review & Round-up

OVERALL, Pret-a-Papier is a softer, more muted collection for those looking for a more natural look–from eyes to lips to cheeks. I still get a very autumnal feel with this collection, and I think that’s why it has me off-kilter. I’m just expecting to see a little more vibrancy with the summer nearing. I see some loving this for its more neutral feel, but I see others frustrated with the general subtleness of the collection.

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-haves: Fold and Tuck Lipglass, Originality Nail Lacquer, Chromagraphic Pencil, Coral Crepe Paint Pot

Nice-to-haves: Made to Order Lipstick, Pret-a-Papier Lipglass, Tissue Weight Eyeshadow, Instant Chic Blush

Skip: Archetype

Skip if…

  • Skip CUT TO FIT if you have shades like Twinks.
  • Skip GAZETTE GREY unless you’re willing to wear it with a darker base to amp up the pigmentation of such a sheer shadow.
  • Skip GARB if you have pinker undertones (if you aren’t able to try it in person), because it may go orange.
  • Skip KRAFT if you have Touch–unless you wear this type of color often–as Touch is incredibly similar, only a smidgen less red.

Don’t forget to…

Check your stash for BAMBOO (permanent), MEMORABILIA (repromote), ARCHETYPE (repromote), LIGHT OVER DARK (repromote), GROUNDWORK (permanent), and C-THRU (permanent).

Product Photos, Swatches, & Reviews

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

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Lipsticks: Made to Order, Kraft, Dressmaker Dressmaker, Archetype

MAC Pret-a-Papier Collection: Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches

None of the lipsticks blew me away — they don’t quite seem to make it there. Taken as a whole, they’re almost too similar to each other. I think looking at the collection overall, it feels like there are no punches of color or vibrancy. For a summer collection, it definitely feels like something we’d see in the fall. I had trouble with the consistency of Archetype and Dressmaker, Dressmaker to apply evenly and smoothly on lips, but Kraft was true to its amplified finish. Made to Order is a very soft, glossy lustre that applies evenly, so I did like that one.

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

  • Archetype is a yellowed nude with a lustre finish, but it almost feels like a lustre-frost. Archetype is best applied on freshly exfoliated lips, because it really will accentuate any flaw or bit of dryness you have on your lips–not such a pretty sight! This was originally released with McQueen, a few years back.
  • Dressmaker, Dressmaker is a semi-sheer, glossy coral-peach in a lustre finish. I want to love it, because it’s coral-ish, but the way it looks on my lips is just so-so. If you wear a creamy gloss on top, I think it’d come together better.
  • Kraft is a creamy, nearly opaque brownish/reddish beige with an amplified finish. It’s a fairly darker shade, but it has a beautiful finish and feel.
  • Made to Order is a semi-opaque, glossy darked coral-pink with a fuchsia-pink sparkle in a lustre finish. Of the three lustre lipsticks in this launch, Made to Order is definitely the best–it gives even, smooth color while still delivering the glossiness that is inherent in lustre finishes.

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Lipglasses: C-Thru, Pret-a-Papier, Fold and Tuck

MAC Pret-a-Papier Collection: Lipglasses Review, Photos, Swatches

Three lipglasses released with this collection, but being the coral fiend I am, Fold and Tuck was the one that I liked the most. It was a lovely shade of coral that was there but not bright with good color. I love the concept of Pret-a-Papier, but it would definitely look better over a lipstick.

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • C-Thru is a creamy, milky flesh-toned shade. It’s very much a nude lipglass and can settle into lip lines, so it’s a better shade for layering than to wear alone. This is a permanent shade from MAC’s lipglass collection, so no need to rush for this one. Also, though it’s pigmented in a sense, it’s still going to show some of your natural lip color–the more pigmented your lip color, the less nude this will be, though it will still tone your natural lip color down.
  • Fold and Tuck is a beautiful pinky coral with soft golden flecks. It’s everything I wanted Lychee Luxe to be (while pretty, it’s not the coral I’ve been wanting to see from MAC). It’s the most pigmented of the three glosses, and it’s only a little warm, so both warm and cool skin tones can easily wear this.
  • Pret-a-Papier is a darkened amber-reddish bronze. It reminds me of past shades like Liqueur, not so much in terms of color, but in the way it looks and feels and works.

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

MAC Pret a Papier Collection

MAC Pret-a-Papier Collection: Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

Even though there are definitely some products I like in this launch, there is no item that caught my eye more than Originality. If you like nail polish, you gotta get it!

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.50 CDN)

  • Brown Bag is a muted, darkened flesh-toned shade–nude, as they’d say–but it’s much darker than my skin tone (probably NC20/25 on my fingertips). Perhaps if you’re NC/NW35 or 40 it might be your perfect nude. Nonetheless, it’s a creamy nude with flecks of champagne shimmer strewn through it, and it goes opaque in two coats (and pictured with two).  But I gotta say, Brown Bag is a pain-in-the-behind to photograph!
  • Originality is a gorgeous, shimmering warmed-up bronze with copper flecks. This is truly a stunning shade–it’s almost metallic but not quite–it shimmers and dances. It goes opaque in just two coats (and the swatches are of two), dries to a slightly textured finish but it’s fairly smooth, but it removes easily.

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