Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

MAC Stone Lipstick
MAC Stone Lipstick

MAC Stone Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “muted grayish taupe brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency with a light-medium thickness that covers well. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Whirl Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty rose [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had full color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The texture was lightly creamy and didn’t tug or pull at the lips during application. The color wore well for four and a half hours but was a little drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep-tone beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium rosy beige with a hint of brown and warm undertones. It had a more satin finish–there’s a very subtle sheen to it for the first two hours of wear, before it wears to a more matte finish. It had nice color payoff with a smooth, creamy texture that glided on evenly. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. I remember this being a go-to beige for me when I first started wearing lipstick. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Persistence Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “peachy cinnamon [with a Matte finish].” It’s a subdued, medium brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it had the same creamy, almost velvety consistency (feels like it has silicones in it) that glides on and doesn’t tug. This shade wore well for five hours and was a smidgen drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “neutral pinky rose [with a Matte finish].” It’s a softened, medium rosy beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly opaque color payoff, and the texture was really creamy, so it was easy to apply, though it didn’t go on as evenly. On me, this shade stayed on for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Naturally Transformed Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “muted golden beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, yellowed beige with a matte finish. It had good color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency, but the texture was thick enough that it seemed to settle into lip lines without smoothing them out. After four hours of wear, the color had pulled and separated into the lip lines noticeably. It was a smidgen drying over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Stone

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Whirl

A-

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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5/5

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Velvet Teddy

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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5/5

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

MAC Matte Royal Lipstick
MAC Matte Royal Lipstick

MAC Flat Out Fabulous Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright plum matte [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark magenta pink with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that had a lightly dry, stiffer consistency, so it does pull and drag on the lips, but it wears for hours without budging. It was somewhat drying over time. This shade was previously released. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright cleanest pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It was less matte than a lot of the shades in the collection, though it wears down to a more matte finish within a few hours of wearing it. On me, the color lasted for five and a half hours, while the consistency was creamier and easier to apply than the Retro Mattes, so it was more comfortable to wear. It was a smidgen drying over time. This shade was previously released. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Steady Going Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light pink matte [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was noticeably dry and firm, where the lipstick tugged at the lips a lot. It was dry enough where it was harder to apply the color evenly. It lasted for four hours and was drying. This shade was previously released. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Men Love Mystery Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “lavender violet [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, subdued purple with a hint of warmth and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly creamy texture that applied evenly for the most part. On me, it lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Matte Royal Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blue [with a Matte finish].” It’s a purpled blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency that was slightly thinner than other shades in the Matte formula. It didn’t apply as evenly as I’d like, but it did apply better and stayed on more evenly when applied with a lip brush. It lasted for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. It’s a really unique shade, and there’s a brightness to it that’s really exceptional in person. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Flat Out Fabulous

B+

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8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

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4/5

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8.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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5/5

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Steady Going

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6.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

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6.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4/5

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

MAC Studded Kiss Lipstick
MAC Studded Kiss Lipstick

MAC Studded Kiss Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dark oxblood red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, red-burgundy with a fairly matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage, but there was a smidgen of the natural lip color coming through. On me, it lasted for six hours with a bit of feathering after five hours, and it was very slightly drying. This shade has been released previously. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC D for Danger Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “brick red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, berry-red with cool, pink undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly as the consistency was lightly creamy without being too thick. It wore well for six hours (and definitely could have lasted longer) and left behind a strong stain after removing. I found it a touch drying overall. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “very matte vivid blue red [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with strong, cool blue undertones and a matte finish. The texture is extremely dry and stiff, which makes it harder to apply as it really pulls at the lips. It was intensely pigmented, but it really takes a lot of effort to get it on. Once on, it lasts for hours and hours and leaves a stain behind, though it is quite drying for me. This shade has been part of the permanent range for years. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC All Fired Up Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia matte[with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia with very, very subtle blue undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color payoff that covers evenly, but it is on the drier side so it can drag. The color holds on for dear life–easily still intact after six hours of wear–but is drying. This shade was previously released. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Dangerous Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “orangey red matte[with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, orange-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that went on evenly with slight drag but was creamier than the other Retro Mattes in this post. Again, the color wears like iron and is still going strong after six hours, but it is drying over time. This shade was previously released. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Studded Kiss

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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D for Danger

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Ruby Woo

B-

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7/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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6/10

Longevity

10/10

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4/5

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

MAC Wash & Dry Collection will launch online on May 14th and head to stores on May 21st. The collection features numerous products to choose from for eyes, lips, and face. MAC’s major summer collection is one I look forward to, but this year’s collection is a definite miss for me, personally, as well as in terms of quality.

My favorites were: Morange Lipstick (A) (permanent, though) andDomestic Diva Lipglass (A-). I would have loved to see MAC come out with more unique lipsticks; I feel like they’re doing a red nearly every launch these days, and the reds are mostly matte–they’re just not interesting. I would have loved to see some of their more metallic finishes promoted here (Thrills comes to mind) or something new that was mostly opaque with a glossy, pearly finish. The Freshen Up High-Light Powder (B+) and Crisp Whites Blush (B+) are more similar in color than I think is ideal for releasing the two together; I think the High-Light Powder would have been more interesting if it had a larger section of pink/red and if there was more shimmer running through it (most of it is an over-spray). Long-time cult favorite Hipness Blush (B) had some quality issues present in this iteration that weren’t in my original–namely, blending is more challenging–and the color itself is a couple of shades darker than the original.  The collection felt uninspired across the board with more dupable, we-just-saw-that (from MAC) kind of shades.

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

MAC 126SE Split Fibre Large Face Brush
MAC 126SE Split Fibre Large Face Brush

MAC 126SE Split Fibre Large Face Brush ($46.00) is a large, paddle-shaped face brush. It’s split in half, such that one half is made out of natural fibers and the other half is made out of synthetic fibers. The brush is flatter with a very rounded edge that flares upwards from the base. The brush head is 47mm in length, 39mm in width, and 20mm in thickness. It has a total length of 7.5 inches / 19 centimeters with a pinched, multi-colored ferrule. The brush is light-medium in density with a little flop towards the end, as the fibers are cut shorter on the exterior and left longer in the center. The synthetic side was soft and silky against the skin, while the natural side was moderately soft but I could feel some of the individual bristles.

I tried using this for setting powder, finishing powder, and highlighting, and it seemed to work best with finishing powders and highlighting (to a degree). I found it too sparse for setting powder, while dusting a finishing powder all-over with this brush ensured a sheer, diffused application; better for a finishing powder that is soft and more “powdery” in a sense than one that is firmer or already really quite sheer. For a more metallic highlighter, this brush’s shape and density worked well to tamp down some of the frost and make it less emphasizing. I personally didn’t find it really excelled for those products based on my preferences, so it’s not a brush that will find its way into my routine (it is also a little too scratchy compared to other brushes I have). I was surprised at the price point on this, as it doesn’t seem that large or dense to merit being more expensive than the 125SE.

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126SE Split Fibre Large Face Brush

I found it too sparse for setting powder, while dusting a finishing powder all-over with this brush ensured a sheer, diffused application; better for a finishing powder that is soft and more "powdery" in a sense than one that is firmer or already really quite sheer. For a more metallic highlighter, this brush's shape and density worked well to tamp down some of the frost and make it less emphasizing.
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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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