Thursday, February 11th, 2010

MAC Cosmetics Spring Colour Forecast

MAC Spring Colour Forecast Review & Round-up

Note: I’ve bumped up this post as the official, in-store launch, is NOW UPON US!  Spring Colour Forecast launches today, the 11th, in-stores in North America. :)  Share your hauls!!

OVERALL, I think Spring Colour Forecast is so large that you’re bound to find at least one or two things that appeal to you. (If you don’t, kudos to you, and I want some of whatever you’re drinking!) It’s hard to pick must-haves, because it still ends up rattling off like a laundry list of products, so I’m just going to go with it, and you can pick and choose depending on what kind of budget you’re on. I know some of you have been saving up for this collection since last year! I do, personally, think MAC went a bit overboard with this collection–it’s just so, so enormous. There are too many products to look at, and I think the rumor about them releasing one per week may have given people an opportunity to feast and enjoy… rather than feast and DEVOUR!

The release date is officially February 11th, but since it’s already online, it may have been moved up by a week to February 4th.  Call your local store either today (2/3) or tomorrow (2/4) to see if they’re putting it out early.  I’ve asked around, and I’ve only been able to confirm February 11th, but sometimes these are really last minute changes!  But call first, so you don’t waste a trip. :)

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-haves: Lipsticks — Bubble Gum, Laugh a Lot, Vicotrian, Fresh Salmon; Lipglasses — Electric Fuchsia, ; Eyeshadows — Very Violet, La La, Straw Harvest, Hot Hot Hot; Blush Ombre — Azalea Blossom

Nice-to-haves: Lipsticks — Pink Burst, Colour Me Coral, Bronzilla; Lipglasses — Hush, Hush Rose, Kumquat, Purple Rage; Crush Metal Pigments Stacked 1!, Stacked 2!; Blush Ombres — Ripe Peach; Colour 4 Eyeshadow Quad

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Review Round-up

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

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper

MAC From Our Lips Collection – Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper for Viva Glam – Swatches & Product Photos

Viva Glam is an absolutely amazing campaign. Period. It doesn’t matter if you love or hate MAC, it’s an incredible campaign that truly cares about its cause. The entire selling price of every Viva Glam Lipstick/Lipglass goes towards MAC’s Aids Fund. Every penny. That’s not proceeds, that’s not a portion of–that’s 100%. To date, MAC Aids Fund has raised over $150 million for the cause.

  • Viva Glam Cyndi is a muted coral-red with a glossy finish and goes on semi-opaque. You get a good amount of color out of this, despite it being a lustre finish.  It reminds me of some limited edition shades, but nothing quite with the same finish/look.
  • Viva Glam Gaga is a slightly cool-toned, bubblegum pink with a glossy finish and also applies semi-opaque. Again, despite its lustre finish, there’s a good amount of color pigmentation. While Cyndi didn’t seem immediately dupe-able, Gaga is similar to shades like Snob. (Though, if you’re going to buy one, why not go Viva Glam so you can donate $14 towards MAF?)

MAC did a standout job with the two latest, limited-edition launches of Viva Glam. The packaging is thoughtful and classy but still fun. Each Viva Glam Cyndi/Gaga Lipstick is housed in traditional black cardboard packaging, but each celebrity’s signature is embossed in metallic red, sprawled across one side of the packaging. The lipstick is the traditional Viva Glam black bullet with a metallic red ring around the center, but uncap the lipstick, and each lipstick also has the celebrity’s signature printed in black inside. I just think this attention to detail is particularly exceptional. Well-done, MAC!

Read all about how MAC AIDS Fund works and what $14 can do at www.macaidsfund.org.

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

MAC Cosmetics Spring Colour Forecast
MAC Lipsticks: Rose Maiden, Fresh Salmon, Victorian, Colour Me Coral

MAC Spring Colour Forecast: Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

And I bring you part two… and the LAST of all of Spring Colour Forecast reviews.  Now, I’m going to go pass out.  Or something!

Spring Colour 2 Forecast — Lipsticks

  • Rose Maiden is a brightened up red-berry with a frosty finish and sheen. It applies nearly opaque on lips.
  • Fresh Salmon is a medium salmon pink with a golden shimmer and lustre finish. When applied, the golden sheen is really apparent.
  • Victorian is a bright pop of cool-toned pink with a golden sheen. It kind of reminded me of my new favorite pink, Guerlain Giulette, but it’s much cooler. When applied, this goes on mostly opaque and almost looks and feels creamy.
  • Colour Me Coral is a light coral with some beige in it and a frost finish. With its frost finish, it does have a tendency to look too frosty on lips, but with a creamy gloss–say Ember Glow–I think it’ll be just fine.

Spring Colour 4 Forecast — Lipsticks

  • Beigeland is a semi-sheer, shimmery pink-beige with almost a metallic sheen. It’s a frost finish, and I think it applies a bit unevenly alone, so it’s something that needs to be used with a lip brush or else finished with a gloss.
  • Bronzilla is a reddened bronze with a very metallic sheen. Like Beigeland, it’s also a frost finish lipstick, but it reads more metallic. I found it applied better than Beigeland for evenness, but I’d personally layer a gloss on top to make it really pop and work in a look.

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

MAC Cosmetics Spring Colour Forecast
MAC Lipsticks: Pink Burst, Phlox, Laugh-a-lot, Bubble Gum

MAC Spring Colour Forecast: Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

If you thought there were a lot of lipglasses in this launch, prepare yourself… NOW! There are more lipsticks! Parts one and two have four each; parts three and four have two each–bringing us a whopping twelve lipsticks. Did I say twelve? *faints*  My favorites: Laugh-a-lot, Bubblegum.  What are your favorites?

Spring Colour 1 Forecast — Lipsticks

  • Pink Burst is a fuchsia pink with a blue-base and softer fuchsia shimmer. It’s actually quite similar to La La Eyeshadow. I’d say it’s also a much tamer version of Show Orchid (PRO shade). Think Hollywood Nights or Girl About Town with fuchsia shimmer.
  • Phlox looks so heavenly in the tube, but I couldn’t get it to show up nearly as well on my skin, let alone my lips. It has a glaze finish, so I did expect it to be on the sheerer side, but this was a little ridiculous. When applied, Phlox does have this fun cool-toned glitter/shimmer that reflects blue, violet, and fuchsia… but it looks like a sheer gloss on me–no color base at all.
  • Laugh-a-lot is like a plummy pink with a pale gold sheen. It is semi-sheer and is a lustre finish lipstick. This applies so well, actually! It gives me decent coverage (though not totally opaque, to be sure), with a glossy sheen. For me, I think it deepened my lips rosiness and pink while giving it a plummy feel.
  • Bubble Gum is a medium pink with a lilac tone to it and gold shimmer. It’s a glaze finish, so the color is so-so when applied–decent pigmentation but takes some patience to make it look even. Those with lighter natural lips will get a nice pinky lip with gold shimmer, while those with darker lips may find it semi-sheer. I think this is a shade that’s going to look different from person to person, because I barely caught the purple-ness in the shade until I applied it to my lips–and then it was like, “Whoa!”

Spring Colour 3 Forecast — Lipsticks

  • Hang-up is a vibrant, dark berry red with a slightly glossy sheen and creamy opaque color. This is a permanent shade–part of the Cremesheen family.  You can see my original review here.
  • Radicchio is a sheer pinky-plum with a shimmer sheen. It’s a lustre finish lipstick, but it did give me a surprisingly amount of color. It really is more of a my-lips-but-better kind of color; on me, it’s like a soft, sheered out plum tint on my slightly pinker lips.  Looks natural but not something I’d have to say is a must-have.

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

MAC Cosmetics Spring Colour Forecast
MAC Colour 4 Eyeshadow Quad: Manila Paper, Flip, Aztec Brick, Creole Beauty

MAC Spring Colour Forecast: Colour 4 Eyeshadow Quad Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Colour 4 is decidedly for those who enjoy their golds and warm-toned browns. So, you know this is my favorite, personally. I love all four shades, and I’m excited that all four are pigmented and smooth. It’s so rare to like *all* the shades in a palette, so it is a nice surprise. I don’t think this is the most original color palette ever, though. I could see duping it with Nylon, Motif, Amber Lights, and Bronze. Not that it’d be exactly the same, it just brought instant “similar but not the same” shadows to mind when I first saw and swatched it.

Eyeshadow Quad — Colour 4

  • Manila Paper is a shimmery white-gold (more white than white-gold!) in a veluxe pearl finish. This is fairly pigmented, but you could probably dupe it with Nylon (which is a little frostier and yellower).
  • Flip is a peachy-gold with gold shimmer sheen with a frost finish. This came out previously, though it was limited edition. I’ve always liked this shade–not quite like anything MAC has in the permanent collection. The closest is something like Gleam or Motif, but it’s not a dupe for either.
  • Aztec Brick is a rich, shimmery copper with gold sheen in a veluxe pearl finish. It reminded me of Amber Lights eyeshadow quite a bit, though perhaps a little more bronzy than Amber Lights.
  • Creole Beauty is a warmed-up, medium-dark bronze with lighter bronze-gold sheen and shimmer with a frost finish. It’s like Romp and Bronze had a baby. Nice pigmentation–probably one of my personal favorites from the launch.

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

MAC Cosmetics Spring Colour Forecast
MAC Colour 3 Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Spring Colour Forecast: Colour 3 Eyeshadow Quad Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Parts 3 and 4 each have an eyeshadow quad, complete in the brand spankin’ new eyeshadow quad packaging. I have to say that I don’t love the new packaging — it’s glossy, so it holds fingerprints a bit, and it looks dirtier once you’ve used the quad a few times compared to the older packaging. It also feels a bit bulkier and not as slim as the older packaging. It looks sleeker and certainly more modern/updated, though. I just hate fingerprints on packaging!

Colour 3 is definitely a cool-toned, purple dominated quad. None of the four shades really grab me personally, but I can see this appealing to others. If you love smoked out purples and plums, this is definitely a quad worth checking out.

Eyeshadow Quad — Colour 3

  • Mink Pink is a soft, dusty fleshy beige pink with a veluxe finish (though it feels more like a matte finish to me).
  • Bruised Plum is a mauvey plum with a silvery sheen. It’s like a more purple version of Shale. It’s a veluxe pearl finish, but it’s not as pigmented as I’d expect for a VP.
  • Black Tulip is dark purple with just a touch of sheen. The finishes of this quad don’t make sense to me, because this doesn’t feel like a frost at all.
  • Jungle Moon is a matte, darkened brown with a plummy feel. MAC describes it as a blackened deep eggplant, and I think that’s a fairly accurate description. It’s a soft, well-pigmented matte eyeshadow that doesn’t feel chalky or dusty.

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