Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base
MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base

MAC Artificially Wild features two new, limited edition shades of MAC Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.). Shell is also being repromoted (but it is part of the permanent range). For those unfamiliar with Cream Colour Bases (also known as CCBs), they’re described as a “versatile and multi-purpose” product that can be “applied directly to bare skin, or layered over foundation, moisturizer, or powder.” You can “apply with a brush, sponge, or fingers.” The color payoff ranges “from a light veil to highly dramatic, depending on method of application.”

I struggled a lot with these, because both shades felt even more emollient–almost greasy–than most CCBs. When I wore then on the eyes, I kept having to pat the CCBs back into place, but they would just pull right into the creases within a few minutes and remained very emollient. I tried applying eyeshadows on top to set, but it creased within a few hours. Then, I tried to wear each shade as a contour color, which worked better but they had to be dabbed on as they were very emollient and would sheer out very easily. Normally, I don’t have so much trouble working with CCBs, and though they don’t wear long on their own, setting usually keeps them in place for a more reasonable length of time–but it didn’t seem to be the case with these two. The best results I had were from dabbing the more shimmery shade on the brow bone or along the tops of cheek bones, as it seemed to last a bit longer and didn’t slide as noticeably.

MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dirty mustard olive.” It’s a dirty, yellowed green with warm, olive brown undertones and a satiny sheen. This shade had semi-opaque color coverage that was more buildable. It lasted six hours on cheeks. Divergent Intrepid Moss (LE) is a powder, more shimmery, browner. MAC A Harvest of Greens #3 (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery, powder. MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $15.00) is a powder, greener, less yellow. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Breaking Ground Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light iridescent mauve.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark taupe with a purple/gray leaning. It had a more frosted finish, which applied semi-opaque at most but naturally wanted to apply sheer. This one was even more prone to sliding around, and I couldn’t get the color to build much more than semi-opaque. It lasted for five hours on the face. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker, powder. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is powder. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is darker, powder, warmer. MAC Parlor Smoke (LE, $15.00) is darker, powder, less shimmery. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2014

MAC Next to Skin Blush
MAC Next to Skin Blush

MAC Artificially Wild features three blushes. Two of them are more contour-hued shades, while one is a blush. Two are shades that have been released previously in some capacity (see below for details). I really loved seeing these three; I feel like they’re colors we don’t see enough of.

MAC Next to Skin Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, gray-ish beige with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that could be blended out for a sheerer application or applied more intensely for true-to-pan color. I think this works really well as a contour shade on fair to light-medium complexions. When applied heavily, it was still visible as a shadowy contour on my skin tone (NC25/NC30). It’s a lot more foolproof for fairer skin tones who want a subtle contour. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade.

MAC Taupe Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft beige brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium, warm-toned taupe–there’s a mix of brown and gray, but it leans warm overall–with a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, velvety without being powdery, and blendable on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. This used to be part of the Pro range, but I didn’t see it on MAC’s site presently. Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is warmer. Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pink Cult Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dirty neutral pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, neutral pink with a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly without looking powdery or totally flat. The consistency was soft, velvety, and blendable, while the color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. This is a repromote. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is lighter. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is brighter. Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is lighter. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2014

MAC  Artificially Wild Lipglass
MAC Artificially Wild Lipglass

There are four shades of MAC Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) featured in the upcoming Artificially Wild collection, which releases online on August 28th and in-stores on September 4th. Two are permanent.

MAC De-Nude Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “dirty golden beige.” It’s a muted, light-medium, yellowed, orange-beige with a soft pearly shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly with only a little bit of settling into lip lines. I didn’t feel like the settling was noticeable from a normal viewing distance. This shade wore well for four and a half hours on me. I went through orange, copper, brown, beige, gold, and yellow lipglosses and the only shade that was remotely similar was Maybelline Glistening Amber (055) (P, $8.99), but it is much sheerer so it looks a lot different applied. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Explicit Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden bronze with icy silver shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with taupe and bronze shimmer. It has semi-sheer color coverage–mostly in the form of shimmer and sparkle–with a high gloss finish. It wore for four hours on me. It is a permanent shade. MAC Deliciously Demure (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Beach (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Obviously Bare Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light cream grey nude.” It’s a cool-toned, light taupe with subtle pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, so it noticeably changes the lip color, but it does allow some of the natural color to come through. It settled slightly into lip lines (and worsened over time), but it was fairly even for such a light, creamy gloss. It lasted for three hours on me. Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is warmer, sheerer. MAC Softly Lit (LE, $20.00) is warmer. NARS Spring Break (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Orange Tempera (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Emancipation (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, less beige. MAC C-Thru (P, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Spite Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “muted plum taupe brown.” It’s a plummy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly and smoothly without gathering too much into lip lines (a little but not enough that it’s really noticeable from a normal viewing distance). It wore well for four hours on me. It is a permanent shade. Buxom Dolly (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Satisfaction (214) (P, $28.00) is warmer, shimmery. Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #524 (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Wallflower (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is darker. Bobbi Brown Pink Cocoa (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2014

MAC Artificially Wild Lipsticks
MAC Artificially Wild Lipsticks

In the upcoming MAC Artificially Wild Collection, it appears MAC has brought back some classic, 90s favorites for a limited time.

MAC Icon Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “frosted neutral beige [with a Frost finish].” It’s a cool-toned, taupe-brown with a frosted, metallic shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which went on fairly evenly. It wore well for four and a half hours, but it was little drying. It’s a more unique shade when I look through past lipsticks I’ve reviewed. Bobbi Brown Twilight Shimmer (6) (P, $25.00) is warmer, glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Photo Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “golden brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange and red undertones and a satiny finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly. The color lasted for five hours and was neither hydrating nor drying while worn. It is part of the permanent range. NARS Deborah (P, $32.00) Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) MAC Tabla (P, $16.00) MAC Photo (P, $16.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Shitake Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep brown glaze [with a Glaze finish].” It’s a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage and applied evenly. The consistency had a moderate amount of slip and glided across the lips easily. It lasted for three hours on me. As far as I can tell, this is the discontinued Shitaki, but I have it as Shitaki from years ago, yet this one is labeled Shitake both on the bottom of the lipstick and in the press release. Chanel Icone (55) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Chanel Patchouli (LE, $34.00) is rosier. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, more opaque. Bobbi Brown Sunset Beach (LE, $23.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2014

MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad
MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad

MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a mix of greens, more or less. There are four shades housed in a metal compact all in a row. The pans seem the same size as full-sized eyeshadows, but the quantity is actually smaller. The usual pre-made eyeshadow quads contain 0.19 oz. (almost always have one Veluxe Pearl, which are 0.04 oz. in full-size, individual pans, whereas other finishes are 0.05 oz.), so you are getting a bit less here. A few shades in this palette were on the powdery side, which made them more difficult to use and prone to fading/sheering out during application, so I think using a good primer underneath these is a real must.

Lisa’s Spikes is described as a “lime green [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, yellowed green with a satiny sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, though the texture was blendable, it was also on the powdery side. It was slightly faded after seven and a half hours of wear. Make Up For Ever I-30 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cream. NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $24.00) is brighter, slightly less yellow. Urban Decay Thrash (P) is more matte, brighter. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is darker. Aveda Papyrus (P, $14.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Icon (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Apple Squishee is described as a “mid-tone Kelly green [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, medium grass green with a pearly sheen. It had really good color payoff, but it was somewhat powdery–I also found it was very prone to sheering out when applied to the lid. I felt like I had to pat it on firmly and barely blend the edges or else it would disappear. It seemed really promising when I initially swatched it, but in practice, it stumbled. On me, the color wore well for seven hours before fading. Makeup Geek Appletini (P, $5.99)is slightly warmer. MAC Wondergrass (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Guacamole (LE, $15.00) is more muted. MAC Feeling Fresh (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

2 Dozen and One Greyhounds is described as a “dirty olive green [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light, golden green with warm, olive undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and very blendable. It wore well for eight hours before fading. YSL Avant Garde #5 (P) is cooler-toned. theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is darker. MAC In the Meadow #3 (LE, $21.00) is greener. Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #3 (LE) is more muted. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is cooler-toned. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chalkboard Dreams is described as a “deep blackened teal [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a blackened teal with subtle lighter teal sparkle over a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a powdery, drier texture that kicked up a lot of excess product both in the pan as well as during application, so you’ll want to pat it on and probably do eyes first (and base after). It was fairly blendable, which was a surprise. On me, the color didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. Chanel Fascination #4 (P) is bluer. MAC Blue Spruce (LE, $15.00) is darker. Guerlain Les Aquas #1 (P) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2014

MAC Marge Simpson's Cutie-cles Nail Stickers
MAC Marge Simpson’s Cutie-cles Nail Stickers

MAC Marge Simpson’s Cutie-cle Nail Stickers ($16.50) have a shiny, yellow background with the cast of the Simpsons drawn in black. It’s the same pattern/design as featured on the boxes in this collection. You get two strips, each with eight diffently-sized “nails.” They’re about an inch in length (from the usable edge to the tip).

I don’t know if I’ve ever used nail stickers, but at least not in the last decade, so I was honestly surprised at how easy these were to apply and how nice they looked. The instructions were helpful, and as someone who has pretty much nil experience with it, I only had one goof where the sticker creased a tiny bit on one nail. I started by peeled the back of the sticker halfway, which exposed only the lower half of the sticker, so I could maneuver that along the bottom of each nail, and then slowly peeled the remaining bit off as I stretched and pressed the sticker onto the nail. Then, I bent the excess sticker over the free edge of my nail, rounding along the curves, and used a glass nail file to remove the excess. I did all ten nails in about five minutes–it was extremely easy! I’ve had them on for seven days, and they’re no worse for the wear: they look exactly the same eight days later as they did when I put them on. To remove, I used regular nail polish remover and felt, and it removed easily (pretty much like regular polish), and bonus: no yellow staining.

They don’t look as natural as something done yourself to me, because the bottom edge of it is so perfectly curved/neat, and obviously the drawings are perfect across all your nails. The pre-cut nails fit fairly well on me; only on one nail on each side was the width not quite right, but I was able to easily cut the excess sticker by just rounding my thumbnail along that edge. It’s hard to tell that these are Simpsons-related from afar, as the drawings are smaller. I was also really bummed with how the drawings were translating onto the nails. Not a single nail (and mine are longer, 0.6″ from base to tip) has Marge on it. Smithers shows up on six of the ten nails, and Edna shows up on four of the ten nails. Part of Maggie’s head is visible on six of the ten, then Lisa and Homer show up on two of the ten. Mr. Burns shows up once on each pinky nail, and there’s a bit of Sideshow Bob visible on the pinky nail design as well. I really wish they had broken up the design and thought more about who was going to be visible towards the base (which everyone will use).

These new, limited edition nail stickers are part of MAC’s collaboration with The Simpsons, which will launch online on August 28th and in-stores September 4th.

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