Thursday, December 18th, 2014

MAC Uplifting Mineralize Blush
MAC Uplifting Mineralize Blush

MAC Uplifting Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “peach with bright orange marble.” It’s a lightened, slightly muted, orange with hints of brown and a metallic sheen. There is a fair amount of silver sparkle running through it, too.
Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is darker, less sparkly. MAC Style Cast (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. MAC Highlighter (LE, $30.00) is less sparkly. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is less sparkly. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $30.00) is darker. NARS Realm of the Senses #3 (LE, $29.00) is less sparkly. MAC Trace Gold (P, $21.00) is darker, less sparkly. MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Warmth of Coral (LE, $27.00) is darker, less sparkly. MAC Solar Ray (LE, $27.00) is darker. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade will launch on December 26th in-stores and pop-up a bit earlier on MAC’s website on the 23rd. Like Please Yourself, the finish is more sparkly, and with this particular shade, almost metallic, too. I noticed this one emphasized pores more than the other blush as a result of the very shimmery finish. It also seemed to go on lighter than it appeared, so it ended up as more of a slightly warming highlighter on my skin tone (NC25/NC30 for reference). The texture was soft but almost felt dry, as I could feel the sparkly bits. The color wore well for six and a half hours on me, and there was a lot of sparkle migration over time (it was everywhere).

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Uplifting

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

MAC Slate Eye Pencil
MAC Slate Eye Pencil

MAC Slate Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “dark grey.” It’s a dark gray with neutral undertones and a matte finish. Tarte Charcoal (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Dark Majesty (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Metropolis (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Lure (P, $20.00) is a smidgen lighter. bareMinerals Mesmerized (LE, $14.00) is similar. Sephora Collection 5th Avenue (03) (P, $9.00) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Black Market (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Smoke (P, $19.00) is similar. NARS Madison Ave. (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Smoke (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This new, limited edition shade will launch on December 26th in-stores and pop-up a bit earlier on MAC’s website on the 23rd. The Eye Pencil formula is supposed to “provide rich, consistent colour” while still being “comfortable to apply.” It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single stroke, though it was buildable to opaque color in two to three passes. The consistency is smooth and almost powdery, but it’s not really creamy. I would highly recommend swatching on the back of your hand softly to wear down the initial, or else it is very sharp to use, and once the tip is worn slightly, it goes on fairly easily. It’s not as comfortable to use on the lash line as more waxy formulas, though. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before thinning. I’m not in love with the formula, but I wonder why MAC doesn’t have a gray in the Eye Pencil range that’s around permanently, since it would be a great addition color-wise.

The Glossover

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Slate

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

MAC Touch the Earth Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Touch the Earth Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Touch the Earth Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light wood brown.” It’s a muted, light-medium beige-brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft shine. MAC Styled in Sepia (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. Maybelline Truffle Tease (930) (P, $7.49) is slightly darker, less yellow. MAC Shitaki (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade will launch on December 26th in-stores and pop-up a bit earlier on MAC’s website on the 23rd. There are four other shades in the collection (Be Fabulous, Luxe Natural, Dreaminess, and Style Surge), which are all are repromotes. The formula is supposed to feel “lightweight, non-sticky” with “maximum moisturizer and “long-lasting colour in a single stroke” (though the coverage is described as “buildable”). It was mostly opaque with a thin, creamy consistency that glided onto lips easily. For the most part, it went on evenly, but it can streak a little bit and will leave “lines” if you press your lips together. It was nicely hydrating, though, while it wore well for three and a half hours on me.

The Glossover

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Touch the Earth

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

MAC Force of Nature Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Force of Nature Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Natural Vigor Mineralize Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “shimmery champagne peach.” MAC described the finish as “half pearl/half frost.” It seems less like a duo differentiated by finish and more like a traditional duo with one lighter and one darker shade, though they’re both in the same color family.

Natural Vigor #1 is a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque, and applied damp, it was fully opaque and slightly more metallic. The texture was soft and fairly smooth, and the color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Too Faced Butter Pecan (P, $16.00) is a smidgen lighter. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is darker. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is brighter. Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is less yellow. Stila Vitality (P) is darker. Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is less shimmery. Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Natural Vigor #2 is a muted, medium gold with brown and a more metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry, and it was more opaque applied damp but not fully opaque. On me, this shade lasted well for seven and a half hours with some sparkle fall out. Tarte Dare to Be Gold (LE) is darker. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is less orange. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #1 (P) is slightly redder, darker. Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $18.00) is brighter, yellower. Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE) is very similar. MAC Rocket Girl (LE, $15.00) is darker. Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $3.99) is slightly yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Force of Nature Mineralize Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “shimmery brown [with a half pearl/half frost finish].” I really liked one side, but the other side was drier and sparkly enough where it was prone to fall out.

Force of Nature #1 is a medium-dark, taupe brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was less frosted but had good color payoff, and then applied damp, it was more shimmery and reflective. The consistency was soft, smooth, and easy to blend on the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE) is yellower. Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is similar. Anastasia Custom (P, $12.00) is lighter. MAC Mortal #5 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is yellower. Sleek MakeUP Genie (LE, $9.99) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is more sparkly, yellower. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Until Dawn #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $42.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay YDK (LE, $18.00) is similar. Chanel Topkapi #2 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Force of Nature #2 is a dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones, but it is a lot grayer than the lighter shade in the duo. It was sheer when I applied it dry, but it was more opaque applied with a dampened brush. The texture is drier, and as a result, it doesn’t apply as smoothly as one might like. I felt like the brush had to be fairly damp to really get it to smooth down. The color showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear with some fall out. Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler-toned. LORAC Granite (LE) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #4 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is browner, brighter, darker. Sleek MakeUP Genie (LE, $9.99) is darker. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is less shimmery. YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is warmer. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned, grayer. Chanel Topkapi #2 (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Natural Vigor

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Natural Vigor #1

A-

Product

8.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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8/10

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5/5

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Natural Vigor #2

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

MAC Please Yourself Mineralize Blush
MAC Please Yourself Mineralize Blush

MAC Please Yourself Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light pink with plum marble.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and silver sparkle and finer silver shimmer. Tarte Embraced (LE, $26.00) is less sparkly, darker. Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (P, $6.99) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is darker, less sparkly. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is less sparkly. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $55.00) is less sparkly, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was fairly soft, but there is a lot of sparkle/glitter in the blush, so it doesn’t feel totally smooth on the skin. The sparkle is very noticeable on the skin, and it did seem to get everywhere. Beyond the sparkle, it has a frosted sheen that slightly emphasize pores. It had decent pigmentation, which was buildable to mostly true-to-pan color if desired. The color blended nicely and looked even and smooth on the cheeks. On me, the blush lasted for six and a half hours on me, but there was a lot of glittery bits all over my face by the end of the day.

The Glossover

LE
product

Please Yourself

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a golden, pearlescent sheen–the base looks almost neutral-to-cool but the shimmer is strong enough that I think it ends up leaning warm. This version seemed slightly less frosted/metallic to me than the permanent version. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is cooler-toned. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is more sparkly. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Too Chic (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I swear, I review this Mineralize Skinfinish at least once a year! I actually purchased this shade to review when it was added to the permanent earlier this year, but I never got around to it (such is the life of a permanent product–go sit in the corner until I’m done with these limited editions!). It gives a a soft sheen that’s luminous without being metallic, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or skin imperfections. The color payoff is decent, but it is a more buildable product than one that’s intense right out of the pan. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and goes on smoothly without looking powdery on the skin. On me, it actually lasted six and a half hours, which is improved from a few years ago–I have found that MAC has improved their Mineralize products over the years (especially in regards to texture).

The Glossover

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Lightscapade

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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