Monday, February 9th, 2015

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre
MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light cool pink.” It’s a light-medium lavender pink with cool undertones and a satin finish. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $29.00) is darker, brighter. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is brighter. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, brighter. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is brighter. Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, cream. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is pinker. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is brighter, lighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is darker. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is brighter. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Full of Joy (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Blush Ombre formula is supposed to have an “ultrafine formula [that] provides flawless, medium-buildable coverage and natural-looking radiance.” Azalea Blossom is semi-sheer, and I didn’t find the coverage to build any more than that–I could never achieve more than semi-sheer color coverage. The texture was soft, smooth, but thin. It blended well on the skin, and the satin finish gave it a natural finish that wasn’t too shimmery or dewy. Based on the coverage and color itself, it’s a blush best suited for fairer skin tones than mine. For those with similar skin tones or deeper, I’d recommend trying it in-store to see if you like the coverage/subtlety of the color applied. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes six eyeshadows with a neutral theme. Five of the six eyeshadows are part of the permanent range, which may be a deal-breaker for long-time MAC fans. On the bright side, those five permanent eyeshadows are as good in the palette as they are individually. The only shade I had real trouble with was the limited edition color.

Each eyeshadow is 0.042 oz., which is slightly smaller than full size (0.05 oz.). Depending on how you want to calculate the value, if you take the equivalent price per ounce for single eyeshadows sold in pots, then the palette has a value of $80, and if you take the equivalent price per ounce for single eyeshadows sold in pans, then the palette has a value of $50 in eyeshadow + $10 for a palette to fit them in (since you can purchase five of the six shades in pan form, I think this comparison is the most useful).

Vapour is described as a “peach-pink with violet pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s an iridescent brightened white with a bluish sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it was one of the weaker shades in the palette with respect to intensity. It was buildable, and it was easy to work with otherwise as it blended well. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Phloof! is described as a “frosted off-white [with a Frost finish].” It’s a pinky-beige with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that applied evenly and blended well. The color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Omega is described as a “soft muted beige-taupe [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation that was really soft and finely-milled, which made it easy to blend on the skin. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Quarry is described as a “soft muted plum-brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft and silky, though a smidgen powdery, and the resulting color payoff was mostly opaque. This shade stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Satin Taupe is described as a “taupe with silver shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. The color payoff was excellent, while the texture was soft and smooth. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stroke of Midnight is described as a “black plum with sparkle pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a blackened purple base (mostly black) with a dusting of multi-colored sparkle. It ends up looking mostly matte and like a soft, warm black applied, because the sparkles don’t really translate. The texture was a bit powdery and drier, and I found blending to be more troublesome, though not impossible. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015

MAC Little Black Bow Fluidline
MAC Little Black Bow Fluidline

MAC Little Black Bow Fluidline ($17.50 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “grey with silver pearl.” It’s a dark gray with subtle warm, brown undertones and a metallic sheen. MAC Counterfeit (P, $16.00) is similar. Sephora Collection Starry Sky (P, $9.00) is darker. Urban Decay Moonspoon (LE, $19.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Stone)Fox (58) (P, $25.00) is darker. Buxom I’ll Be Waiting (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade was previously released, so you may want to check your stash for it if you’re a collector of Fluidlines. The consistency is thin, creamy, and spreadable on the skin, which makes it work well as both an eyeliner as well as a cream eyeshadow/base (if desired!). The texture seemed smoother with less noticeable sparkle–yet more of a sheen–than the one before it. The color applies best layered, as you’ll get more even, opaque results that way. It’s semi-opaque in a single layer otherwise. On me, it lasted for ten hours as an eyeliner on the lower lash line.

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Saturday, February 7th, 2015

MAC Mystery Princess Beauty Powder
MAC Mystery Princess Beauty Powder

MAC Mystery Princess Beauty Powder ($25.00 for TBA oz.) is described as a “pink beige with silver shimmer.” It’s a sparkling, cool-toned beige with a white base and a metallic, frosted sheen. MAC also described this as “matte” in the press release, but it is definitely not that, so my guess is that was misprint/mistake. Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 (P, $48.00) is warmer, liquid. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is slightly darker. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, lighter. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is similar. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is warmer. MAC Too Chic (LE, $24.00) is less sparkly. MAC Snowglobe (LE, $24.00) is less sparkly. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $24.00) is less sparkly. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $68.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s not quite as sparklly as Coupe d’Chic, but the texture of the powder felt similar–dense, textured from the shimmer/sparkle content, but still fairly smooth. This one didn’t emphasize pores for me, though it’s metallic enough that if you’re more concerned about pore-size, you might want to try it in person if you can. It blended easily, and I had less issue with the sparkles getting all-over during application, but they do travel throughout wear. This is one of the more shimmery Beauty Powders I can recall, and it really felt and applied like the Iridescent Pressed Powder, but this shade was slightly less sparkly/glittery. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

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Saturday, February 7th, 2015

MAC Glass Slipper Lipglass
MAC Glass Slipper Lipglass

MAC Glass Slipper Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light milky pink with pinkish pearl.” It’s a translucent, milky light pink with fine silver and pink shimmer. Applied, you can see the milkiness as it lightens my natural lip color. It has a noticeable amount of shimmer, but it’s not a lot. It’s a subtler gloss than you’d expect, given how shimmery it appears in the tube. The gloss lasted for three hours on me. MAC has put out a lot of barely-there, shimmery kind of glosses, and I think they can be pretty and often look more sparkling (and interesting) in person than in photos. I’d love to have seen a little more pigment in the base, especially since the lipsticks are on the sheer side, too. Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) (P, $8.99) is darker. MAC Poetic (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery. MAC On Cue (LE, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Beautiful Moves (LE, $22.00) is similar. Illamasqua Exquisite (P, $24.00) is more pigmented. Chanel Songe (191) (LE, $29.50) is similar. Chanel Eau de Rose (86) (LE, $27.00) is similar. Guerlain Star Dust (900) (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC Soft Spoken (LE, $15.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches
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MAC Happily Ever After Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “cool milky pink with bluish pearl.” It has a milky, pinky-white base with lots of bluish-teal sparkle and finer silver shimmer. This one was interesting, and anyone who tends to gravitate towards really sparkly glosses might like it. I think it looks more complex in person than it looks in photos, as the pearl is noticeably blue-tinged. It had semi-sheer color at most, but the milky base settled into lip lines, unfortunately. I was surprised this wasn’t called Glass Slipper, as the blue pearl reminded me of them. It wore well for three hours. Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) (P, $8.99) is finer shimmer, pinker. MAC Beautiful Moves (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Reckless Desire (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Playful Petal (LE, $20.00) is pinker. Guerlain Star Dust (900) (LE, $30.00) is less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Firefly (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, February 7th, 2015

MAC Evil Stepmother Pigment
MAC Evil Stepmother Pigment

MAC Evil Stepmother Pigment ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “black plum with plum pearl.” It’s a blackened purple with cool undertones and a pink shimmer that gives it a more frosted finish. Applied dry, it is less shimmery and goes on unevenly with so-so color payoff. Applied damp, it is more even and more pigmented, but it is hard to blend. The texture was fine but dry, so it wasn’t my favorite pigment to work with. It lasted for eight hours applied. L’Oreal Purple Priority (758) (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. MAC Past Midnight #2 (LE, $21.00) is brighter. Ardency Inn Purple Hearts (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. NARS High Society #3 (LE, $24.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Starless Night (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pretty It Up Pigment ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “olive with pearlized pigments.” It’s a medium-dark bronze brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, sparky finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff applied wet or dry, but it is easier to work with damp, as there’s minimal fall out and the product goes on very smoothly. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. This shade was released as part of a holiday set, but the texture of the version in this collection is much finer and binds together a lot better. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P) is darker. Colour Pop Mooning (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Stun (LE, $18.00) is darker. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Collective Chic #2 (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is darker. Makeup Geek Utopia (P, $6.99) is chunkier. Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze (P, $28.00) is less sparkly, cream product. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani #6 (P, $33.00) is less sparkly. Inglot #422 (P, $6.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Reflects Pearl Glitter ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “fine white glitter with pearl sheen.” It’s pretty much as described–it’s very fine white glitter that when applied over a glitter adhesive looks more like a wet sheen than particles of glitter. This shade is part of the permanent range, and none of MAC’s Glitters are eye safe. As it is a loose glitter, it is best applied over some sort of adhesive base. I was rereading the description for MAC’s Glitters for this post, and MAC actually said it “can be applied directly to the skin.” When one does that, the product is messy to work with, and while some of the glitter sticks, a good deal of it doesn’t. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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It's pretty much as described--it's very fine white glitter that when applied over a glitter adhesive looks more like a wet sheen than particles of glitter.
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