Thursday, March 11th, 2010

MAC Liberty of London Collection

MAC Give Me Liberty of London: Overall & Round-up

Now available online at MAC Cosmetics & Nordstrom.  Use LIBERTY for free shipping on all orders on maccosmetics.com!

OVERALL, I like the packaging a lot — I just think it’s spring-y and fun. It’s not actually my personal style/taste, but I dig it. I really liked the lipsticks (so creamy and pigmented!) and beauty powders (even though both were previously released); the lipglasses are nice but since I haven’t seen two, I’m still just waiting to see whether they grab me or not. While the eyeshadow shades fit the theme of the collection, I definitely see myself mixing the shades more with other shades I already own than just using them altogether!

Edited: Give Me Liberty of London eyeshadow, Perennial High Style & A Different Groove lipglasses, and Peachstock lipstick reviews, photos, and swatches now up. :)

There are several permanent/repromoted shades in this collection, so you may want to check your stash to make sure you don’t already have them. Permanent shades are Peachstock (PRO), Free to Be, and Dirty Plum (PRO). Repromoted shades are Dame’s Desire (Dame Edna), Shell Pearl (various), Summer Rose (Rose Romance), and Vestral White (Hello Kitty).

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-Haves: Ever Hip Lipstick, Frankly Fresh Lipglass, Shell Pearl Beauty Powder, Bough Grey Eyeshadow, Prim & Proper Blush

Nice-to-Haves: Blue India Nail Lacquer, English Accents Lipglass, Petals & Peacocks Lipstick, Blooming Lovely Lipstick

Skip: Vestral White Nail Lacquer, Free to Be Eyeshadow (permanent–unless you want it for packaging!)

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

What’s on your list?  What are you loving?

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

MAC Too Fabulous Collection

MAC Too Fabulous Collection: Lip Pencils Review, Photos, Swatches

Too Fabulous also included the release of six lip pencils, five of which are limited edition (Chestnut is the only one that is permanent/pre-existing). Why they have limited edition lip pencils… I’m puzzled. It’s like when they release limited edition skincare! These should be staple items, so they’re not a passing trend so much as something that might become part of your daily routine.

Lip Pencils ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • Naked is a flesh-toned beige.
  • In Synch is a peached-pink in a way. It’s not quite your typical pink–it’s definitely yellow-based. This would work really well with some more coral-pink lipsticks or glosses.
  • Mouth Off is a coral-orange–I see this working with more orange-coral lipsticks and glosses.
  • Boldly Bare is a deepened brown-nude with a little mauve in it.
  • Trimmed in Pink is a brightened blue-based pink. It’s not quite fuchsia or ultra hot pink, but it would work well to brighten up pink glosses and help keep your favorite hot pink lipstick in check.
  • Chestnut is a deep chocholate brown. I’m not sure what I’d wear this myself, since I don’t typically wear brown lipsticks (or dark lipsticks, for that matter… what, I like eyes!). This is the permanent shade–it was already existing in the Lip Pencil line-up.

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Thursday, March 4th, 2010

MAC Too Fabulous Collection
MAC Cremesheen Glass: Double Dare, Richer Lusher, Partial to Pink, Just Superb (x2),
Fashion Scoop, Deelight, Over Indulgence, Boy Bait

MAC Too Fabulous: Cremesheen Glass Reviews, Photos, Swatches, Lip Swatches

Cremesheen Glass is a creamy, milkier kind of gloss that’s creamy without being overly thick. Cremesheen glass is vanilla-scented and a non-sticky gloss that tends to be sheerer when applied to lips. I was pleasantly surprised to see a few more pigmented shades included in the launch (and now added to the permanent range, from what I have been told), like Double Dare. These are packaged in the lengthened tube like Dazzleglass, and they don’t contain nearly as much product as traditional lipglass and lustreglass do (0.08 oz. vs. 0.17 oz.) and are $4 more.

Update: Loud & Lovely review, photos, swatches, and so forth now included! :) 3/4/10

My favorites are Double Dare and Richer, Lusher! What are yours?

Cremesheen Glass ($18.00)

  • Partial to Pink is a yellow-pink with subtle gold shimmer. On my lips, it looks like a milky baby pink with decent coverage but still a bit sheer. This is a repromoted shade.
  • Double Dare is a slightly toned-down creamy red with no real shimmer. Once applied, it looks like an almost coral-red with a very glossy finish. Kind of makes me think “juicy.”
  • Just Superb is a neutral pink that might lean just a smidgen blue-pink, but it’s fairly neutral. It looks a lot like Partial to Pink, but more muted, on my lips.
  • Richer, Lusher is a creamy, peach coral. Despite looking so rich when swatched on skin, once on my lips, it gives them a very light, pinky-peach look, but definitely nothing like the tube!
  • Fashion Scoop is a sheer, shimmered icy blue-pink. When I applied this to my lips, it gave me a paler, milkier pink lip with noticeable shimmer (this is one of the more shimmery shades of Cremesheen Glass). This is a repromoted shade.
  • Over Indulgence is a creamy, kind of milky, slightly warmed-up brown. Though it looks rather brown in the swatch, on my lips it’s surprisingly wearable–it’s like a muted peachy-brown on my lips.
  • Boy Bait is a creamy peachy nude. I know this is a favorite amongst fans of Cremesheen Glass, but it doesn’t do much on my lips — kind of a creamy look, but seems to emphasize my lip lines. This is a repromote.
  • Deelight is a milky, muted plum. This looks very natural on my lips, because my lips are naturally a pinked plum with a little bit of corpse thrown in.
  • Loud & Lovely is a brightened medium-deep pink that goes on semi-sheer–it’s not an opaque gloss (I was kind of anticipating coverage like Double Dare), but it does give more color than the average Cremesheen Glass.

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Thursday, March 4th, 2010

MAC Too Fabulous Collection
MAC Mineralize Blush Duo: (Clockwise) Rhapsody in Two, Buddy Up, Bi-Tone, Chic Couple, Sun & Moon

MAC Too Fabulous: Mineralize Blush Duo Reviews, Photos, Swatches

On March 4th, Too Fabulous will launch launches in-stores, but you can expect it to pop-up online on either Monday (the 1st) or Tuesday (the 2nd) as well. Included in the collection are six shades of Mineralize Blush Duos ($23.00), nine shades of Cremesheen Glasses ($18.00), and six shades of Lip Pencils ($13.00). I’m missing one mineralize blush (Two Virtues) and one Cremesheen Glass (Loud & Lovely), as well as all of the lip pencils–I will have the missing pieces reviewed on the launch date once I get to the store and purchase them, so please be patient! Update (3/4/10):  Everything is now reviewed and all that!  :)

The Mineralize Blush Duos are soft, smooth, and have kind of a “dirty” look to them, overall. I’m not a big mineralize blush fan because they have a tendency to break me out, so I rarely wear them. I also find that they fade faster than a typical powder blush, so they’ve just never been worth the breakout-potential! Rhapsody in Two is the only one I really liked, as the others just felt too “dirty” for my personal preference. I’d say Bi-Tone might be my second favorite, if you made me pick one!

Mineralize Blush Duos ($23.00)

  • Bi-Tone is contains a pinky plum and a coppery gold. Together, they create a muted, coppery coral-red with golden shimmer.
  • Buddy Up is a mix of muted plum and brightened pink. When swirled, they create a muted reddened plum shade that goes on fairly sheerly and doesn’t have too much glitter.
  • Chic Couple is a duo of peachy-copper and neutral brown with gold-green shimmer. The two mix to form a very bronzy brown with orange undertones and gold shimmer.
  • Rhapsody in Two is a mix of light yellow-pink and light peach-orange with a frost finish. The two create a a lightened, played down pink champagne, almost. I think may end up being a favorite for many, though I see it being used primarily as a highlighter. This is the only one that really caught my attention.
  • Sun & Moon is predominantly beige-y brown with pink-brown chunks within it. Together, they swirl to form a peachy copper brown with pink and gold shimmer. When used lightly, it can look very soft and pretty, but intensified, and I think it may feel too orange.
  • Two Virtues is a mixture of a cool-tone, blue-based frosty medium pink with violet-purple pieces.  Together, they make a light medium pink with silver shimmer.  The violet doesn’t really come through that much.  It can be layered on more heavily for a pinker look, but it’s fairly sheer.

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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

MAC Liberty of London Collection
MAC Lipsticks: Petals & Peacocks, Ever Hip, Blooming Lovely

MAC Give Me Liberty of London: Lipstick Reviews, Photos, Swatches

The lipsticks are in white packaging with the MAC for Liberty flowers and bird printed on the tube itself. There are four shades released, three of which are new, and one of which is PRO–Peachstock.

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

  • Petals & Peacocks is a creamy, brightened up fuchsia pink with an amplified finish. It’s like a mix of Show Orchid and Girl About Town–like the color of Show Orchid, but the texture and look of Girl About Town. It’s fun and playful, but you may have a hot pink in a similar shade.
  • Ever Hip is a peachy-orange with a glossy sheen in a cremesheen finish. On my lips, it translates a bit more coral-pink because of the pink hue of my natural lip color. It’s not quite as opaque as I’d like once it gets on my lips, but it’s a nice shade of coral.
  • Blooming Lovely is a subdued mauve-y lilac with a glossy sheen in an amplified finish. This an interesting color, because I’m not sure it’s one I could pull off by its lonesome. I’d definitely have to pair it with a gloss to brighten it up and make it more wearable for me. It’s like a lighter, more lilac version of Up the Amp, but it’s a way darker and less blue-based Saint Germain/Snob.
  • Peachstock is a peachy-nude with a very creamy finish and opaque result. Reminded me of Freckletone a bit, but better coverage and less orange.

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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

MAC Liberty of London Collection
MAC Dirty Plum Blush

MAC Give Me Liberty of London: Blush Reviews, Photos, Swatches

The blushes are also housed in the white packaging of the collection, but they have clear lids with the MAC for Liberty bird and flowers printed on top (same pattern as the lipglasses from what I can tell!).

Blushes ($18.50 U.S. / $22.0 CDN)

  • Dirty Plum is a dirtied dark plummy purple with a soft sheen almost. It’s listed as a matte shade, but I detect sparkle in the pot (even with the naked eye) and a bit of a sheen when swatched. Even though the descriptions seemed to differ, this is the same Dirty Plum as released with Riveting. I swatched both and they were identical in color, though Dirty Plum from Liberty of London swatched better!
  • Prim & Proper is a softly shimmered beige-y nude with a champagne sheen. It’s smooth, soft, and I think will surprise some people. It’s like a softer version of Notable blush.

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