Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

MAC Opera Lipstick
MAC Opera Lipstick

MAC Opera Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dark red.” It’s a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Stunner (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is similar. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is similar. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is cooler-toned. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is darker, more matte. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a richly pigmented shade that glides on easily without tugging, but it doesn’t have a lot of slip, so it stays in place once applied. The color wears like iron and lasts a full six hours and could have kept going. Though not hydrating, it wasn’t drying either, which made it comfortable to wear throughout the day. As it is a mostly matte red, it is more dupable than not, so you may want to check your stash to see what you have that’s similar. It’s a gorgeous red, to be sure, though! MAC’s lipstick formula is vanilla-scented with no discernia=ble taste.

There are four other limited edition (and one permanent shade, Sin, being repromoted) in the collection, which I hope to be able to purchase when they release. The collection releases January 29th online and February 5th at counters and stores.

The Glossover

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Opera

A

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, January 19th, 2015

MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombre
MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombre

MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombre ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light coral.” It’s a peachy-orange with subtle reddish tones and a golden shimmer. In the pan, there’s definitely a more coral-pink coloring, but it didn’t seem to translate as much applied to the skin (even when I concentrated my brush there). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is more shimmery. YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is more orange. MAC Love & Laughter (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is slightly pinker, lighter. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Barefaced (LE, $21.00) is darker, browner. MAC Warmth of Coral (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It fairly good color payoff that was buildable from good to full if desired in two to three layers. The texture was soft, smooth, though thin, but more forgiving than Kindergarten Red. It had a soft sheen when buffed and blended on the skin, which didn’t emphasize pores and gave the skin a nice level of luminosity. The blush was blendable, easy to work with, and lasted for eight hours on me. It looks similar (in composition to the Ripe Peach I have from years ago when I compare pans, but the one I have from this collection is a lot more orange/peach when swatched; it may be similar to Mineralize Skinfinishes where your mileage may vary depending on how much pink (or peach) the individual pan has. I’m not entirely sure on that, but the resulting color between the two I have aren’t quite the same. It also seemed less shimmery, and the peach/orange portion seemed brighter (more orange than peach). This version contains more product (0.35 oz. as compared to 0.31 oz.), but since it’s been four years, it is more expensive ($32 as compared to $25).

The Glossover

LE
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Ripe Peach

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, January 19th, 2015

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “crimson into pale nude.” It’s a medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a satin finish. In the pan, it looks like it fades from a light beige to a rosy pink. Guerlain Angelic Radiance (LE, $53.00) is lighter. LORAC Underrated (LE) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter. NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is slightly warmer. Chanel Rose Initiale (P, $45.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush is soft, smooth, but thin, so it ended up having more buildable coverage than really intense pigmentation that was, at most, semi-opaque. I just went back into the archives, and the blush ombre formula was originally described as a “medium-buildable coverage” product. It doesn’t adhere as well to bare skin if it’s on the drier side (my arm is drier than my face) and can look a little powdery initially. Once it gets blended and buffed into the skin, the satin finish really comes forward and gives a light sheen that’s natural but not shimmery or shiny. As it is only semi-opaque at most, it pulls warmer on me, but I would expect those with cooler undertones would see this appear slightly cooler-toned instead. On me, the blush wore well for seven and a half hours before fading.

This will release January 29th online and February 5th at counters and stores.

The Glossover

LE
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Kindergarten Red

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, January 19th, 2015

MAC x Toledos Collection
MAC x Toledos Collection

MAC x Toledos Collection is an upcoming release slated for January 29th online, February 5th in-stores/at counters. I have a few pieces from the collection to share with you with full reviews to come. Enjoy the sneak peek :)

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Friday, January 9th, 2015

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “hot pink [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with subtle cool, blue undertones and a satiny sheen. Chanel La Romanesque (50) (P, $34.00) is more matte, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $32.00) is darker. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is redder. Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is slightly darker. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $16.00) is a touch warmer. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Roll the Dice (118) (P, $30.00) is warmer. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is lighter. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had nearly full color coverage with a creamy, lightly emollient consistency that glided on easily but still stayed in place. The color lasted for almost six hours, was slightly hydrating, and left a pinky-red stain behind. The formula seemed to have more slip than the average Amplified to me, but it didn’t slide around or feel like a major departure from the formula on average. Though it is well-done, this type of shade has been a favorite for MAC to release in the past year, so I hope it will do well and help raise funds for the MAC AIDS Fund, but it was surprisingly dupable.

The Glossover

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Viva Glam Miley Cyrus

Temptalia Recommends
A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, January 9th, 2015

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipglass

On January 20th, MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink with sparkling pearl.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with lighter pink and teal sparkle and shimmer. It looks a lot more muted on the lips, and it’s sheer enough that whatever your natural lip color is will greatly impact how this looks on you. The amount and type of sparkle (it’s very iridescent on) makes it harder to dupe, I think. Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) (P, $8.99) is darker, cooler-toned, less sparkly. MAC Social Season (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Seeking Adoration (LE, $20.00) is less sparkly. MAC Ceremonial (LE, $20.00) is less sparkly. MAC Astral (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #505 (P, $29.00) is more pigmented, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s sheer, though also quite sparkly, so it will tint the lips a pink-red color while adding a lot of sparkle. I wish the description was more in line with the opacity-level actually seen. If your lips are redder naturally, I’d expect little color difference. It does pair and layer well with the lipstick, though I think any sparkly gloss will do the same. I liked how it applied fairly evenly without setling into lip lines heavily. The consistency is moderately tacky, but it is thinner than most shades in the permanent range for Lipglass (feels like a newer Lipglass to me). It lasted for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating on me. I really love the Viva Glam line, so if sheer gloss is your cup of tea, it’s still worth checking out, and if you’re not keen on this shade, perhaps consider one of the other Viva Glam shades.

The Glossover

LE
product

Viva Glam Miley Cyrus

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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