Thursday, November 13th, 2014

MAC Terre Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Terre Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Terre Eyeshadow Duo ($40.00 for 0.06 oz.) consists of a beige and brown, both with warmer undertones. They work well together, and both shades had good color payoff, soft textures, and wore for eight and a half hours before fading. I really liked the duo from a quality standpoint, and the packaging is very similar to the bronzer/blush–metal compact that feels substantial in the hand. I was disappointed to see that the compact contains a mere 0.06 oz. total, when a full-sized MAC eyeshadow is 0.05 oz. It’s a nice duo (though dupable for sure), but I wish it had at least the equivalent of two full-sized eyeshadows in it (the pans don’t seem that small!).

Terre (Left) is described as a “shimmering neutral beige [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light, golden beige with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that was easy to blend and apply to the skin. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is very similar. Stila Kitten (P) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (P) is lighter. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is similar. NARS All About Eve #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. MAC Sweet Eyes (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Pure Flash (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Terre (Right) is described as a “mid-tone warm brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with a satin finish and warm, yellow undertones. It had fantastic color payoff, while the texture was soft, blendable, and easy to use. Tarte Fresh Brewed Coffee (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever S632 Hazelnut (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S610 Almond (P, $21.00) is rosier. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Plum Ember (LE, $15.00) is redder. LORAC Untamed (P) is darker. Dior Atlantique #5 (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Hipster (P, $5.99) is less warm-toned. Too Faced Hazelnut (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Texture (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Mulch (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P, $29.00) is a smidgen lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Terre

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Terre (Left)

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10/10

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10/10

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5/5

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Terre (Right)

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Product

9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

MAC Ultramarine Pink Lipstick
MAC Ultramarine Pink Lipstick

MAC Ultramarine Pink Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dirty violet [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark berry-magenta with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is brighter. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is similar. Urban Decay Ladyflower (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd (P, $7.00) is very shimmery. NARS Fanny (P, $32.00) is darker. Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00)is lighter, brighter. MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $16.00) is more matte. Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly, while the consistency was lightly creamy and didn’t drag or tug at the lips. It felt a little thinner and clingier overall compared to other Satins. This hugged enough that it felt drying after three hours of wear, though the color lasted for six in total, plus a residual stain that wouldn’t quit. The packaging has a little more heft than the Lipglass did, but there is still a really glaring, plastic component on the interior. I think for the extra $15, it they had done a filigree cage over a gold cap, maybe it would give it that extra oomph for the price increase.

The Glossover

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product

Ultramarine Pink

A

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder
MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder ($70.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “bare shouldered bronze.” It was a medium-dark, tan brown with a subtle gray-tinge and warm undertones. It had a matte finish. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is rosier. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is similar. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more satin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It is housed in a large, hefty metal compact (there’s no lack of weight with this compact). The product inside is part of the permanent range, which can be add for a mere $25.00 (and is also 0.35 oz. in size), so with this you are truly paying $45 just for packaging. It had decent to good color payoff, but the texture wasn’t impressive. It feels almost soft, yet dry, where the powder clumps and sticks together but doesn’t blend out easily. It’s hard to explain, but it lacks silkiness and blendability. On me, it lasted for eight hours before fading. I wish MAC had chosen to create a new, limited edition highlighter, probably with a design on the actual powder, with a really lovely texture; something that would rival luxury, seasonal highlighters that brands like Dior and Chanel release.

The Glossover

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product

Matte Bronze

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MAC Light English Red Lipglass
MAC Light English Red Lipglass

MAC Light English Red Lipglass ($30.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer beige nude.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and fine white shimmer. MAC Bijou (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Lots of Laughs (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Next Fad (P, $19.50) is cooler-toned. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had semi-opaque color coverage (definitely not sheer) that applied surprisingly evenly. There was some minor settling of the color into lip lines, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The texture was thin, light-medium in weight, lightly tacky, and fairly comfortable to wear. It wore well for three and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Given that the formula does feel much like regular Lipglass, this is double the price with the same amount of product in the tube. I was really disappointed with the way the tube felt in my hands, though; it’s so light that it feels cheap and just doesn’t have any of the hallmarks of high-end, designer packaging. MAC’s regular Lipglass feels better to me, as far as packaging goes.

The Glossover

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Light English Red

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base
MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base

MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base ($70.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “vivid coral creme.” It’s a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is a powder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. MAC Ocean City (LE, $30.00) is powder. YSL Corail Affranchi (07) (P, $40.00) is more orange. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is more muted, pinker. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is darekr, powder. MAC Out for Fun (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Not that this luxury holiday collection is a value proposition by any means, but regularly-sized and packaged Cream Colour Bases retail for $21.00 for 0.12 oz. or $175/oz., and this limited edition, over-sized version is $250/oz. It is over twice the amount of product in a regular CCB, though a little goes a long way. The compact is incredibly weighty–it’s probably not one you’d want to keep in a bag for on-the-go, because it is really that heavy–which does give it a more luxe and high-end feeling. It felt sturdy while still being functional. I found that this was less emollient than other Cream Colour Bases, which was a good thing, as it was longer-wearing at seven and a half hours, and yielded richer color payoff from the get-go. It looks more satin-to-matte applied once it sets and dries down.

The Glossover

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Coral Lumineux

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Product

9/10

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10/10

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9/10

Longevity

8/10

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5/5

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Monday, October 20th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette ($49.50 for 0.287 oz.) contains three eyeshadows, two cheek products, and two lip colors housed in a medium-large sized ivory-hued palette with a strand of “pearls” along the exterior edge of the palette. It has a mirror on the interior and a plastic flap that covers the three cream products and protects them from getting powdery bits mixed in them. I wasn’t wowed by any of the products in this particular set, unfortunately. The pearls feel flimsy–I greatly worry about them lifting while traveling (same goes for all of the compacts like this in the collection). The palette includes: $18 worth of eyeshadow, $5.44 worth of lipstick, $15.40 worth of Cream Colour Base, and $8.63 worth of Iridescent Pressed Powder (best estimate based on last price/oz. I have, since this isn’t a formula MAC has released in a long time individually). There is also a double-ended 275/316 brush included, which adds some value. The value of the color products is $47.47 plus the brush. MAC’s pre-made face palettes always seem to be the least value-packed.

Born to Dazzle is described as a “white gold champagne with pearl.” It’s a very sparkly, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a glittery finish. It is more metallic on the skin, so it does emphasize pores somewhat. The color payoff is nice, and it doesn’t have a white or chalky base to it. On me, it lasted seven and a half hours before turning patchy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Filament is described as a “platinum silver [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a golden silver–like a really, really light warm pewter–with a sparkly finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, in line with the Lustre formula, and a sparkly texture that resulted in some fall out during wear. A lot of the sparkles didn’t seem to translate on the lid, though. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes. /

Aristocratic Aura is described as a “dirty blue grey with silver pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium taupe with a hint of mauve and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was really stiff to work with, which made it frustrating to apply. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It’s made a few appearances in the holiday collection this year, and none of them good. This version was particularly bad, as the color payoff was sheer, while the texture was so, so dry and stiff. You can the ever-growing list of dupes here.

Pearl is described as a “pale gold with icy shimmer.” It’s a light, golden beige with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff that was buildable and blendable, so you could wear it more intensely or as a subtle wash. It had a creamy, emollient consistency that made it easy to spread across the skin, but it only wore for six and a half hours on me. It’s part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Petulance is described as a “mauvey mid-tone nude [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium, pink-tinged peach with a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, but it could be a bit streaky if you’re not careful. It lasted for three hours and felt thin, a little clingy, on the lips. It didn’t seem drying, though, so that was a surprise. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Evening Posh is described as a “clean bright red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage and wore well for six hours. The consistency was creamier than Petulance, so it applied more readily and was comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Smoky

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Born to Dazzle

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Product

8.5/10

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10/10

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8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Filament

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4.5/5

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