Friday, January 15th, 2010

MAC Pop Colour Collection

MAC “Pop Colour” Collection:  Review, Photos, Swatches

Debuting today in-store are eight eyeshadow shades, permanent extensions to the freestanding and PRO store eyeshadow ranges. They will only be available in limited quantity and duration at counters (department stores), though. They’re also available online and should be online for as long as they’re permanent (think of online as much like a freestanding store). These are, thus, available in palette form when you purchase through freestanding/PRO stores or through the MAC website. Four shades were already PRO shades, two were previously limited edition shades, and two are brand new.

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-have: Lucky Green, Atlantic Blue, Winkle

Nice-to-have: Free to Be, Vibrant Grape

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I found the texture and pay off to be pretty good across the board. The mattes tended to needed two or three layers to build up the intensity and make them smooth without a proper base, but since I’ve owned a few of these previously, I can say they work well in practice. I don’t think any of them are poor in quality to merit skipping them based on that; it comes down to whether or not you like a particular shade (e.g. I don’t know if I’m going to love Goldenrod on me). Sunny Spot is the only one of the eight that has a similar shade already in the permanent line (Bitter), but it’s not a dead-on dupe.

Eyeshadows

  • Red Brick is a brick red — that’s really what it is. It’s an orange-y red with a matte finish. It can be pigmented, but it requires building up the intensity and/or a good base. Red Brick has been a PRO color for as long as I can remember. As far as I know, it is pretty much the closest to red eyeshadow I’ve seen from MAC (with the exception of Mi’Lady mineralize eyeshadow).
  • Free to Be is a satin-y coral-pink. It can go on pink, or it can go on more coral; it will depend on what you use it with or your natural skin tone. Thanks to Sarah, she pointed out that the Free to Be from 2005 is actually a dusky gray-green. It is also going to be released as a limited edition shade (and in special packaging) in Give Me Liberty of London in March, as the description is a coral matte (fits).
  • Goldenrod is a brightened golden yellow with a little orange thrown in. It’s much darker and more orange than Chrome Yellow. Like Red Brick, I can’t remember when this wasn’t at PRO.
  • Lucky Green is a golden shimmered yellow-based green. This is one of my all-time favorite shades by MAC, and I’m really happy to see it become part of the permanent range. It was originally released with Belle Azure (2005). It has an amazing texture and goes on so smooth and pigmented, but it is a veluxe pearl, so I’ve come to expect that from my VPs! You can looks I’ve done with it here.
  • Sunny Spot is a matte textured chartreuse shade. It’s a very yellowed green. It’s decently pigmented (more so than similar permanent shade Bitter–also yellower, by the by), but I’d have rather seen Sour Lemon from the PRO line (though that isn’t matte, to be fair). This is one of two brand spankin’ new shades to debut at both freestanding and PRO stores as an extension of the permanent line.
  • Vibrant Grape is a medium dark reddened purple.   This one definitely needs a base underneath it to go on smoothly.  I’ve used it in practice, so I can tell you it’s easier to use than it is to swatch.  It’s been a PRO shade for sometime now, but it will now be permanent at freestanding stores in addition to PRO stores. It was also released in limited edition packaging in Style Warriors last year. And if you’re looking for ideas on how to wear, we have a Look Book for it! You can see the original launch images here. You can see a look with it here.
  • Atlantic Blue is a gorgeous shade of deep ocean blue with kind of a violet twist to it (because it’s not just plain ol’ blue, nor is it a navy blue). I love this shade, and I really love that it’s matte. Works excellently in the crease! This was originally part of the PRO line, but it is now permanent at freestanding stores, too. Check out a few reader-submitted ideas on how to use this shade in our Look Book.  Here are a few looks I’ve done with it: here, here, here.
  • Winkle is a softened sky blue with an edge of periwinkle. It’s not quite periwinkle (not nearly enough purple), but it’s not quite a true sky blue either (check out the PRO shade Sky Blue if that’s what you’re looking for). This is the second of the two brand new shades.

Any favorites for you? What are you getting? (Or not getting?)

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Thursday, January 7th, 2010

MAC in Lillyland Collection

MAC in Lillyland Collection: Overall & Round-up

OVERALL, Lillyland is definitely a very bright and colorful collection. It’s something that will catch your eye when you see it on displayer, even if you’re not necessarily into colors. Between the ultra pigmented Cremeblend Blushes and the ultra dazzling Lip Gelees, this is a very bold, bright, and cheery collection. It feels much more like a summer collection, actually, just because the colors are so bright and, well, summery! I truly am surprised they launched this together with All Ages, All Races, All Sexes; I almost feel like there’s no way to compete with it. But maybe some will be drawn in by the brightness, see neutrals next to them, and end up going that route instead.

Lillyland also included several permanent products, which I did not include in my review — such as three paint pots (Bare Study, Fresco Rose, and Rubenesque) and two technakohl liners (Graphblack and Purple Dash).

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-haves: Preppy Lip Gelee, Lush & Bright Lip Gelee, So Sweet So Easy Cremeblend Blush,

Nice-to-haves: Resort Life Lip Gelee, Joie-de-Vivre Cremeblend Blush, Coconut Ice Nail Lacquer

Skip: Pearlmatte Eyeshadow

Product-by-Product Reviews, Photos, Swatches

What are you loving? What aren’t you loving? But more importantly: what are you buying?

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection: Overall & Round-up

OVERALL, the All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection is really going to be a hit or miss collection for many. I don’t think it has the mass appeal of some of MAC’s previous more neutral collections, like Blonde, Brunette, and Redhead or the N Collection. I think some of the shades may be too “blah” looking, even if they’re good shades to have in your color wardrobe.

I feel like the theme here is playing up your natural beauty; playing around with light and shapes, highlighting and contouring, accentuating brows, etc. It’s, obviously, not about rich, popping color. I didn’t find too many shades that really worked well for my skin tone and matched my personal tastes, but I know others will find more to love and some will walk away with nothing.

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-haves: Universal Mix Pigment, All Races Eyeshadow, Naked Frost Lipglass

Nice-to-haves: Personal Style Beauty Powder Blush, Banshee Eyeshadow, Myself Lipstick, Empowered Lipstick, Liqueur Lipglass

Skip: Equality Lipstick (if you’re not into ultra pale lips)

Product-by-Product Reviews, Photos, Swatches

What products caught your eye? What’s coming home with you?

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

MAC in Lillyland Collection
MAC Lip Gelees: Lush & Bright, Preppy, Shift to Pink, Resort Life

MAC in Lillyland Collection: Lip Gelees Review, Photos, Swatches, Lip Swatches

Last but not least… the lip gelees aka the best part of the collection, IMO! Okay, let me condition that: if you like shimmer/glitter, check out the lip gelees. If you don’t, you won’t like them. Sorry, these are DAZZLING. And more dazzling than Dazzleglass, too… Also, please note that, like dazzleglasses, these lip gelees do look prettier and more shimmer-tastic in real life. It’s hard to pick up on the multi-reflective, shimmering water feel and look of these in a photograph.

Oh, and by the way?  These come with a whopping 0.5 oz. of product.  That’s over three times as much product as lipglass.  That’s nearly ten times the amount of product in a dazzleglass.  Lip Gelees are one of the most affordable lipglosses by the ounce — $28 per ounce.

Lip Gelee ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Resort Life is a gilded beige base with silver-ish shimmer. This is the “lightest” of the four, but it has lots of sparkle on the lips. It warms up the natural lip color a bit while adding lots of shimmer (and not much color).
  • Shift to Pink is a lilac-y pink with a soft pinky pearl base and lots of brighter lilac and pink shimmer. The lilac/purple is much more noticeable on lips than I anticipated, too. I think it definitely gave my lips a decent amount of color and shimmer when applied. I found this one didn’t apply as evenly as the other three, but with some smooshing, it looks fine from afar.
  • Preppy is a semi-sheer, medium fuchsia-pink pearl base with lots of fuchsia shimmer. This is a really pigmented one, actually. It really added plenty of pink to my lips without actually being super hot, fuchsia pink — it’s a very pretty, slightly brightened medium pink with lots of pink and fuchsia shimmer.
  • Lush & Bright is a semi-sheer, coral-orange with pink and gold shimmer. This one is the least “frosty” or shimmery, but it still has a nice level of shimmer. This gave my lips a nice peachy-coral look — I’d say this one didn’t go on as a true-to-swatch as the others did, because it’s much lighter on my lips than the skin swatch.

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Thursday, January 7th, 2010

MAC in Lillyland Collection
MAC Pearlmatte Eyeshadow

MAC in Lillyland Collection: Pearlmatte Eyeshadow & Powder & Coconut Ice Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

The two prettiest-looking items in the collection are my two least favorites of the collection. Both the Pearlmatte Eyeshadow and Face Powder are lovely to look at with their floral design, but the product itself is just okay.

Pearlmatte Eyeshadow

This is basically three eyeshadows in one, and the pieces are big enough that you can get your brush into each. It consists of a lightly shimmered white, a soft yellow-green with gold shimmer (think Juxt), and a medium blue-based pink with light shimmer (think Da Bling, but blue-based). The design dusts off pretty fast — I could barely see any of the floral portions once I did swatches. The shadows themselves are decently pigmented, but they’re not ultra rich. They also felt a little powdery, which I wasn’t thrilled with. Nice design, just an okay product.

Pearlmatte Face Powder

This contains four different shades within the compact, but realistically, as a face/cheek product, you’re going to end up with a swirl of colors, not just any of the four. In particular, the orange shade is incredibly small, so good luck wearing that alone if you’re brave enough to try! Nonetheless, I did swatch the four individual shades, and then I did a swirled swatch. The individual shades are: a yellowed, shimmered gold, mostly matte/satin peachy orange, sheer, deep pink, and a neutral tan-brown with no real shimmer. Swirled together, I ended up with a rather bronzy shade — it ran a little orange and had the yellow-gold shimmer in it. I don’t know if I’d use this as an all over face powder myself, because it seems more like a bronzer based on playing around with it so far.

Coconut Ice Nail Lacquer

I’d like to know why they named this Coconut Ice. Maybe I haven’t consumed enough coconut ice in my life, but I just envisioned a lightened shade — based on the name. I’ve read the description previously, so I wasn’t misled, but the name seemed off to me. This is a brightened peachy-coral kind of shade. It’s like Seasonal Peach with a lot more pink. It has a creamy finish, and I’d say it needs two to three coats to look right. It kind of reminded of an old, old nail polish called Pink Radar, except lighter and less pink. I liked it, but I like corals, so this wasn’t much of a surprise.

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Thursday, January 7th, 2010

MAC in Lillyland Collection
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush

MAC in Lillyland Collection: Cremeblend Blushes Review, Photos, Swatches

Even though my personal favorites from this collection are the lipgelees (review is forthcoming, promise!), I really think the Cremeblend Blushes really stand out. All four are intensely pigmented, rich in color, and really will pop on your cheeks — if you so desire. What’s nice about these is you can use a stippling brush like the 188 (smaller brush-head than the 187, so it’s ideal for cheek color) for a softer, less color-rich look, or you can layer and build up the intensity for a bolder cheek look as well. These seemed thinner and more pigmented than MAC’s Blushcremes as well.

Note, I can’t comment on the wear of these, as I haven’t had them for more than a few hours! I will definitely do my best to use these in a look in the next week.

Cremeblend Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Optimistic Orange is a bright pop of orange. It’s not quite neon orange, but it is pretty bold and bright. Definitely a true orange, though; this is not coral on me whatsoever.
  • Joie-de-Vivre is a bright pink-coral; it leans more pink than orange, which is why it’s predominantly pink, but it’s obvious it’s not a bubblegum pink. MAC described it as a “peachy coral,” but I’d say it’s more like a pinky coral.
  • So Sweet, So Easy is a bubblegum pink. It’s a medium pink with barely-there yellow undertones. It’s the lightest and softest shade of the four.
  • Florida is a bright fuchsia-purple. It’s creamy, ultra pigmented, and WOW-za, you know? This is the kind of the color that can easily scare you away. Again, try a stippling brush, use a light hand, and you may even find using fingers to blend out the color (after the initial brush-based application) may give you the right level of intensity.

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