Sunday, September 28th, 2014

MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Pigment & Glitters
MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Pigment & Glitters

MAC It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time Pigment ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “sparkling burgundy.” It’s a medium-dark, slightly muted red with warm, copper undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it had a softer, semi-opaque result, and applied with a dampened brush, it was fully opaque and richer/deeper in color. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. The texture isn’t ultra-fine like some of MAC’s Pigments, but it’s not chunky like Kitschmas. Dior Trafalgar #3 (P) is pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Bitten (P, $5.99) is darker, less warm-toned, less shimmery. Kat Von D WTF (LE) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (P, $9.99) is slightly lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #2 (P, $9.99) is redder. Urban Decay Gash (DC, $18.00) is similar. MAC Quartz Fusion (LE, $21.00) is more sparkly. MAC Saffron (LE, $15.00) is more orange. MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily (P, $30.00) is similar. Sugarpill Asylum (P, $12.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Both of the following Glitters are part of the permanent range, and each comes with the following warning: “Keep entirely clear of eye area. If product enters eye, rinse with water. If irritation occurs, consult your ophthalmologist.” I don’t currently give grades to products like Glitters, because they’re more like a tool, since they need to be mixed with or have something added to them in order to function (e.g. adhesive base or medium, mixed with nail polish, etc.).

MAC 3D Black Glitter ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “black with silver holographic effect.” It’s a loose black glitter with holographic glitter. The holographic effect is quite strong, and you can even see it when staring straight-on, not just at angles. Urban Decay Gunmetal (LE, $19.00) is a liquid eyeliner formula with no holographic effect. Lit Cosmetics Superfly (P, $12.95) is bluer. MAC Black (LE, $21.00) is larger, chunkier glitter with no holographic effect. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Gold Glitter ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “sparkling chunky gold.” It’s a gold and orange-gold loose glitter with larger and smaller pieces. Lit Cosmetics Rich & Famous (P, $12.95)See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, September 28th, 2014

MAC The Ultimate Lipstick
MAC The Ultimate Lipstick

MAC Ultimate Lipstick ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new and permanent formula with a shade range of ten (in the U.S., three additional shades available in Asia). These were supposed to launch online on the 24th, but I haven’t seen them pop up yet. The in-store release date is October 2nd for North America locations. I’m working through some of the other limited edition lip products from the other recent MAC releases, but I will have reviews for these up as well (hopefully shortly after I wrap up the others) — for now, enjoy this sneak peek look at swatches.

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Saturday, September 27th, 2014

MAC x Brooke Shields Lipglasses
MAC x Brooke Shields Lipglasses

MAC Artful Lipglass ($22.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft mid-tone coral.” It’s a muted, medium pink-coral with pink shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied fairly evenly, though it settled slightly into lip lines (but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance). The texture was medium-weight, tacky, and neither hydrating nor drying. It wore well for four hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Stoke the Flame (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, pinker. NARS Stolen Kisses (P, $26.00) is pinker, brighter. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is pinker. MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is darker, warmer, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Knockout Lipglass ($22.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange-red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. There is a tiny, tiny amount of old shimmer that is hard to see. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a moderate translucency that enables the natural lip color to come through. There is very, very minor settling, but it wasn’t noticeable unless you were looking closely in the mirror. It had a medium-weight, sticky consistency that helped it wear a little longer than average, as it topped in at five hours. This is a repromote. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is lighter. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is more opaque. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is redder. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is redder. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is slightly redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The packaging felt extremely lightweight, and the packaging for the glosses felt the cheapest to me overall. They also contain 0.01 fl. oz. less than full-sized Lipglasses.

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Saturday, September 27th, 2014

MAC x Brooke Shields Lipsticks
MAC x Brooke Shields Lipsticks

MAC Excite Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange-red [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a very subtle gold shimmer. It had a lightly luminous finish with mostly opaque color coverage. This shade wore well for four and a half hours, left a very slight stain behind, and was a little bit hydrating (which is an upgrade, as this finish is usually drying on me). Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is more matte, more opaque. NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is darker, more opaque. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is less red. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is less glossy, more opaque. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is darker. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Gospel Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer rich burgundy [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a medium-dark, plummy red with a soft shine and subtle warm undertones. It is semi-opaque (which may be a pleasant mistake for some), rather than the sheer as described. It was lightly creamy and glided on easily, and it had a very flattering finish applied. The lipstick wore well for four hours and was neither hydrating nor drying over time. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is brighter, pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned, pinker. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is brighter. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler-toned. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is more muted, more matte. MAC Candy Apple (LE, $17.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, September 27th, 2014

MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Lipsticks
MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Lipsticks

MAC Frank-n-Furter Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep raspberry wine [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deepened red with subtle, cool undertones with a matte finish. I don’t get raspberry/wine vibes from it (not even in the tube). It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency that allowed the color to go on evenly and smoothly. This color wore well for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. I didn’t have any feathering/bleeding with this shade, but I’m not prone to either. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is less matte. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Such Flare (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Oblivion Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid bluish-red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a medium, brightened red with a luminous sheen and neutral-to-cool undertones. I can barely detect the blue undertones, as it just looks warm-toned against my complexion. It’s only when I swatched it against more strongly blue- and orange-toned lipsticks that it seemed to look cooler. It was creamy, easy to apply, and lasted for six and a half hours on me. It was lightly hydrating and didn’t feather or bleed outside the edges of my lip line. Guerlain Red Hot (328) (P, $37.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is warmer. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is similar. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is slightly cooler-toned, brighter. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sin Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep dark blue red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark, burgundy-red with subtle cool, fuchsia-ish undertones with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, though it is buildable to fully opaque color. I think it is only when you try one of MAC’s original Matte formulas and then immediately try one of their newer shades that you can appreciate the improvements they’ve made. The texture of this is much drier, so it does drag and tug on the lips somewhat. It was a bit drying over time, though the color lasted for over seven hours. NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is glossier. NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is is cooler-toned. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Endless Drama (P, $18.00) is less matte. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Strange Journey Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “yellowish brick red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, orange-red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had really good color payoff, and the texture was creamy and glided on beautifully (creamiest of the four). The color stayed on well for six hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is redder. NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is similar. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is darker, redder. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is brighter. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — These are supposed to launch online on September 29th and in-stores on October 2nd (MAC Stores only).

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Friday, September 26th, 2014

MAC Scone Bronzing Powder
MAC Scone Bronzing Powder

MAC Scone Bronzing Powder ($27.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “neutral tan.” It’s a medium, subtly warm-toned brown with a hint of sheen–it’s almost matte. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter, yellower. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is darker, grayer. NARS Paloma Contour (P) is slightly grayer. Urban Decay Bronzer (P) is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC describes it as a “lightly frosted, tinted powder that gives skin sheer, natural colour effects and highlights.” Initially, it had a stiffer, harder surface, but after a couple of swatches, the powder seemed to give and became softer and easier to use. It had semi-sheer color payoff that was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage, if desired. It had a lightweight feel, didn’t look powdery on, and blended easily on the skin. The bronzer wore well for eight hours before fading on me. I was disappointed that the compact only contained 0.17 oz., whereas a full-sized Bronzing Powder (from the permanent range) contains 0.35 oz. If you prefer your compacts with mirrors, note that this one doesn’t have one.

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