Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

MAC 125SE Split Fibre Dense Face Brush
MAC 125SE Split Fibre Dense Face Brush

MAC 125SE Split Fibre Dense Face Brush ($38.50) is a widened, dense face brush with two distinct sides–one with natural fibers and the other with synthetic fibers. The idea behind these split brushes is that the natural bristles give a “soft, diffused look” while the synthetic bristles “fuse colour onto skin.” The brush head is 25mm in length, 39mm in width, and 19mm in thickness. It has a total length of 6.5 inches / 16.5 centimeters with a pinched, multi-colored ferrule. The weighting is nice and it doesn’t feel too top-heavy nor lightweight.

I wouldn’t describe the edge as blunt, but it is only lightly rounded and more of a narrow, flattened surface, which makes it useful for contouring and getting into the hollows of the cheeks. Both sides of the brush are incredibly soft and smooth, which was a bit of a surprise, as I haven’t found a lot of the recent brush releases to be as soft as brushes from years ago. The synthetic side is good with cream contours or highlighters, while the natural side is really good for blending and buffing out contours and highlighters. The only caveat to that is that it is wide enough that it may not work well for those looking for more precise contour lines or who have smaller hollows where the brush would simply be too large to work with. It would still work well for blending out of contour powders and creams, though. I’ve also used it to apply foundation, which it does a nice job of, but I find I prefer the synthetic side more and would rather an all-synthetic brush (as I work primarily with liquid foundations). I’ve washed it five times, and I haven’t had any issues with dye, smell, shaping, or shedding.

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125SE Split Fibre Dense Face Brush

Both sides of the brush are incredibly soft and smooth, which was a bit of a surprise, as I haven't found a lot of the recent brush releases to be as soft as brushes from years ago. The synthetic side is good with cream contours or highlighters, while the natural side is really good for blending and buffing out contours and highlighters.
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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

MAC Wash & Dry Makeup Bag
MAC Wash & Dry Makeup Bag

MAC Wash & Dry Makeup Bag ($35.00) is a new, limited edition zippered, rectangular makeup bag that will be available at select MAC stores and online at maccosmetics.com beginning May 14th (stores on May 21st). It’s tapered so the bottom widens and flattens out, so the bag retains most of its shape even with nothing in it, which helps it stand up as well. The bag is 8 inches / 20 centimeters in length, 4.5 inches / 11.5 centimeters in height, and 2 inches / 5 centimeters in depth. The exterior is 100% PU (a poly synthetic leather), and the interior lining is 100% polyester, which is black in color.

I would have loved to have seen a metallic gold zipper instead of a black plastic one, or at least the zipper pull in a coordinating shade/style to the rest of the bag. It feels comparable to past limited edition MAC makeup bags, which I’ve never had an issue traveling with, but I don’t travel extensively. I think the zipper felt a little cheaper in the type or weight of the plastic use, and it is a bag that will not allow a lot of over-stuffing, as it tapers towards the top and will not zip if you attempt to put much near the top. It’s priced similarly to other MAC makeup bags with similar size dimensions.

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Wash & Dry Makeup Bag

It feels comparable to past limited edition MAC makeup bags, which I've never had an issue traveling with, but I don't travel extensively. I think the zipper felt a little cheaper in the type or weight of the plastic use, and it is a bag that will not allow a lot of over-stuffing, as it tapers towards the top and will not zip if you attempt to put much near the top.
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Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

MAC Green Clean Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio
MAC Green Clean Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio

MAC Green Clean Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio ($27.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a green-themed set of shades that ranges from a light, washed-out green, chartreuse, and olive green. The three shades worked well together, and I liked that the finishes varied a bit. The formula is inconsistent with the color payoff, but the three shades wore well on the eyelid and were fairly easy to use, so if the variance in opacity doesn’t bother you, it may still be worth a look if you’re a big fan of green.

Green Clean #1 is described as a “pale white-green.” It’s a light-medium, soft green with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had very sheer color payoff applied dry, and it was semi-sheer applied damp. It was buildable up to semi-opaque coverage with two to three passes when used damp. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. Make Up For Ever I318 Linen Khaki (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D316 Crystalline Pinky Green (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 (P) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is less shimmery. Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Green Clean #2 is described as a “lime.” It’s a brightened, chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque pigmentation both wet and dry, though damp application gave it a stronger sheen. (The formula is supposed to be sheer when used dry.) The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the lid, while the color adhered well and didn’t start to fade until after eight and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop Sour (P, $5.00) is a cream product. MAC Lisa’s Spikes (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever S336 Lime (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, darker, less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I340 Lime Green (P, $21.00) is brighter. NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is slightly brighter. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is similar. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Green Clean #3 is described as a “deep khaki with gold pearl.” It’s a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm, brown tones and a golden sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied dry, and it was more intense and darker applied damp, but the coverage level didn’t get much higher. It was buildable to opaque coverage with two to three layers of product both wet and dry. The texture was soft, but it could have been more blendable. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Covenant (LE) is darker. LORAC Jade (P) is similar. MAC Olive Blend #2 (LE) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P) is a cream product. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is darker. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

MAC Bronzing Powder
MAC Bronzing Powder

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder ($27.50 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “bronze.” It’s a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture was drier, chalky, and powdery–but very thin–which made it difficult to get it to stick to the skin. It is better applied over still-damp foundation, but over bare skin, it is more difficult to use. It had semi-sheer color payoff that was buildable to semi-opaque coverage. On me, the color wore well for seven hours before fading. This shade is part of the permanent range. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is yellower. Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $65.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder ($27.50 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “finely spun golden with soft pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish-brown with warm undertones and fine gold shimmer. The shimmer tends to act like larger sparkle here, which means a lot of it doesn’t adhere to the skin and either gets dispersed in the air or trapped in your brush’s bristles. It had good color payoff, though the texture had a dryness to it that made it feel almost chalky to me. Despite the dryness, the powder was fairly blendable when I applied it to my cheeks, and it didn’t look too dry on. This bronzer lasted for seven and a half hours. This shade is part of the permanent range. Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is more muted. Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is slightly less red. Guerlain Bronzer (LE, $53.00) is more orange. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is more matte. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is more shimmery. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched (P, $55.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

MAC Permanent Press Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio
MAC Permanent Press Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio

MAC Permanent Press Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio ($27.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a mix of muted white, brown, and taupe. I liked that the darkest shade had less sparkle/shimmer, which enables the trio to have more depth when used as a trio. Unfortunately, that darker shade was a little more difficult to blend compared to the other two more shimmery shades. The color payoff ranges from sheer to mostly opaque, depending on whether you use it dry or wet, which is as described. All three eyeshadows wore for eight hours on me, regardless of whether I used them dry or wet.

Permanent Press #1 is described as a “white beige.” It’s a cool-toned, subdued white with a frosted, slightly metallic finish. Applied dry, it was sheer, while damp application was semi-opaque. The color was buildable to full coverage when used damp and layered. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, and the eyeshadow wore well for eight hours before fading. YSL Eau d’Argent (02) (P, $30.00) is a cream. Colour Pop Acorn (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery. Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #5 (LE) is less shimmery. Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE) is brighter. Colour Pop Tassel (P, $5.00) is lighter. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Camelia #2 (P) is less shimmery. LORAC Snow (P) is lighter. MAC A Waft of Grey #1 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Smoked Cocoa #1 (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Pearl (LE, $32.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Permanent Press #2 is described as a “calm brown-bronze.” It’s a muted, medium brown with a warm, golden metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and it was mostly opaque when applied with a damp brush. The texture became more metallic when it was applied damp, though it was smooth and buildable with both methods. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) (P, $38.00) is a cream. Burberry Nude (No. 002) (P, $29.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Topaz (P) is darker. MAC English Gilt (LE, $21.00) is more metallic. LORAC Smokey Topaz (LE) is darker. Ardency Inn Vintage Gold (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Crushed Clove (P, $16.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Court in Cannes (LE, $9.99) is warmer. MAC Cactus Thorn (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. bareMinerals A-Ha (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Permanent Press #3 is described as a “black with gold pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen with faint shimmer. It had sheer coverage applied dry, while damp application yielded opaque results. The texture of this was a little stiffer, and it wasn’t as easily blended as the other two shades. Once on, though, the color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #4 (LE) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #4 (P) is lighter. MAC Just Before Dawn (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC 2x Dare #5 (LE) is more sparkly. MAC Keep Your Cool (DC, $21.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Wanderlust (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, May 1st, 2015

MAC Warm Wash Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio
MAC Warm Wash Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio

MAC Warm Wash Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio ($27.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a warm-toned set of shades that range from golden beige to copper. This eyeshadow formula is supposed to give “sheer coverage with a soft finish” when applied dry and “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance” when applied wet. My experience with this formula is that sometimes it can be really nice, other times it is a total miss. I think they are most practical used damp or over a slightly tacky base if you want to use them dry. They’re actually longer-wearing than you might think, given how they feel and swatch, but I usually get seven to eight hours of crease-free wear. The other thing I’ve noticed with the Veluxe Pearlfusion palettes has been an inclination to repeat shades (either intentionally or they just have ended up very similar to a previously release).

Warm Wash #1 is described as a “white with orange-gold pearl.” It’s a light beige with warm, golden micro-sparkle and shimmer. It is very sheer applied dry, and then semi-sheer applied damp. It was somewhat buildable on the lid to semi-opaque coverage with a fairly dampened brush, and it lasted for eight hours. Guerlain White Sand (LE, $32.00) is a cream product. Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is similar. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is lighter. Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Trusted Instinct #1 (LE) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is similar. MAC Amberluxe #1 (P) is similar. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #2 (P) is lighter. Cle de Peau #119 (LE, $45.00) is similar. MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Smokeluxe #1 (P) is lighter. MAC Greenluxe #1 (P) is lighter. MAC Brownluxe #1 (P) is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Dew (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Shroom (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Warm Wash #2 is described as a “copper gold bronze.” It’s a muted, copper brown with warm, orange-red undertones and larger copper sparkle over a metallic finish. The texture was flaky, where the sparkle tended to separate from the powder base, which made dry application particularly frustrating (lots of fall out), and even damp application, while certainly closer to full coverage, had fall out over time. The color lasted for eight hours without creasing. Colour Pop KathleenLights (LE, $5.00) is less sparkly, cream. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 (LE) is darker, less sparkly. Sugarpill Penelope (P, $13.00) is brighter. LORAC Unleashed (P) is lighter. Makeup Geek Grandstand (P, $9.99) is less glittery, more muted. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is darker, cream. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE) is less sparkly. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter, less sparkly. LORAC Nude #2 (LE) is less sparkly. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $18.00) is lighter, less sparkly. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Warm Wash #3 is described as a “peachy orange.” It’s a slightly muted, medium orange with warm, gold and orange pearly shimmer. The finish wasn’t fully metallic, but it was a little more reflective than a true pearl finish, I think. It had very sheer coverage applied dry, and it was semi-opaque when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours. Anastasia Orange You Fancy (LE, $12.00) is darker. Kat Von D Platonic (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Sin City (LE, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Casino (LE, $5.99) is yellower. Make Up For Ever I724 Rust (P, $21.00) is darker. Dior Sundeck #3 (LE) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Trumpette (LE) is similar. Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica (P, $6.80) is darker. MAC Fresh Daily (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Chessa (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mimosa (P, $14.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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