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.

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Viva Glam Miley Cyrus

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8/10

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8/10

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Thursday, January 8th, 2015

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick & Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick & Lipglass

On January 20th, MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick & Lipglass ($16.00 for the lipstick, $15.00 for the gloss) will launch online and on the 22nd in-stores. International locations should see this on February 12th. Full reviews to come :)

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass
MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass

MAC Lightness of Being Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz. each) includes five new, limited edition shades. MAC released this formula (as part of the permanent range) earlier this year, and there wasn’t a whole lot of information on them regarding color coverage then (Nordstrom lists a description of “delivers luscious color” now), but they consistently ran semi-sheer to semi-opaque with noticeable color and coverage. These are all quite sheer, and with the exception of On Cue, they look nearly the same applied aside from shimmer level. They’re inconsistent with the permanent formula and its 12-shade range. All five shades disappeared within two hours of wear and had a lightly tacky, neither drying nor hydrating formula that was vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste. Sheer gloss may not be everyone’s cup of tea (which is why I think it’s important brands distinguish sheer vs. medium vs. opaque shades and formulas well), but it is surprising to see five shades at this level of sheerness.

MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale mint with pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, ultra-sheer milky white with pearl. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Boundless Energy Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet pink.” It is a very, very lightly pink-tinted clear gloss with a subtle milky quality to it. It looks like clear gloss on, so any clear gloss would easily replicate the look. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Loose & Lively Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “peachy orange.” It is a very light, milky peach with sheer color coverage that goes on a bit unevenly and settles slightly into lip lines. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC On Cue Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold pearl.” It’s a gold-shimmered, mostly clear gloss. The shimmer has a slight grit to it after an hour of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Poetic Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale champagne pink with pearl.” It’s a really light, white-peach with soft pearl. It had sheer color coverage–more so than other shades here–and settled into lip lines. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8.5/10

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6/10

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3.5/10

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8.5/10

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6.5/10

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5/5

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8/10

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

MAC Lightness of Being Nail Lacquer
MAC Lightness of Being Nail Lacquer

MAC Lightness of Being Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale beige.” It’s a light, warm beige with a jelly-cream finish. There’s a plushness to it, while it’s still a milkier color. It had semi-sheer color coverage after two coats (and the polish is thick enough that I don’t think a third will work easily). It’s a little streaky and doesn’t level out completely, unfortunately. I typically get good wear out of MAC’s formula–a week with minor tip wear–but the application on this shade was tricky. Chanel Secret (625) (P, $27.00) is more opaque. MAC Thimbleweed (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Dune (01) (LE, $32.00) is more opaque. Rescue Beauty Lounge Thank You (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Muscle Tone (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. MAC Hangin’ Loose (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker. Chanel Beige Petale (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Medium White (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Modern Movement Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “pale lavender.” It’s a a muted, pink-tinged lavender with a little gray cast and a cream finish. It had opaque pigmentation, but the consistency was slightly thick and not fully self-leveling. The first coat was streaky, but the second covered the majority of streaks. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Vapid (P, $10.00) MAC Inert (LE, $16.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Lightness of Being

B-

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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8/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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8/10

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10/10

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

MAC Leap Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Leap Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Leap Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “shimmery lavender.” Here’s the last duo in the collection that I have, and it is one of the least impressive due to the second shade being a really sparkly, sheer, fall-out prone mess to apply to the lid. I would highly recommend using a slightly tacky, white base to improve the consistency, wear, and payoff.

Leap #1 is a pinky mauve with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had sheer pigmentation applied dry, which was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was fairly smooth, and the color lasted well for seven and a half hours before fading. NARS Dolomites (Left) (LE, $24.00) is warmer, darker. Sleek MakeUP Eve’s Kiss (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC A Party of Pastels #4 (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Leap #2 is a glittery purple over a blackened burgundy base, but it is primarily made up of glitter. It had a rougher, sparkly consistency that felt dry and was difficult to apply to the skin, as so little of it wanted to adhere. What little I managed to get onto the eyelid, didn’t stick around for longer than six hours. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Plumluxe #3 (P) is cooler-toned, brighter. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is brighter. MAC Fathoms Deep (LE, $19.50) is darker. MAC Pearled Earth (P, $15.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Candied Violet (P, $16.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Winterized (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

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7/10

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7/10

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7/10

Longevity

7/10

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Leap #1

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8.5/10

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

MAC Uninhibited Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Uninhibited Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Uninhibited Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “shimmery light grey.” The formula can be used wet or dry, with the dry application being sheerer and the color is described as buildable. The color is sheer to buildable, as described, but the texture of the darker shade is drier and almost crumbly.

Uninhibited #1 is a warm gray with a metallic sheen. It had sheer color payoff applied dry, and it intensified to mostly opaque color coverage when applied with a dampened brush. The consistency was slightly dry but went on evenly. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Tarte C’est La Vie (LE) is lighter. NARS Lysithea (P, $29.00) is darker. NARS Lost Coast #1 (LE, $24.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Pewter (LE, $14.00) is darker. MAC Arctic Grey (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Uninhibited #2 is a medium-dark gray with a frosted finish. It was very sheer applied dry, and then it was semi-opaque applied damp, but it was always somewhat uneven and more challenging to blend on the skin. The texture was dry and crumbly to work with. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. Makeup Geek Graphite (P, $5.99) is warmer. Dior Golden Reflections #1 (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is lighter. Illamasqua Graphica (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Uninhibited

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8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4.5/5

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Uninhibited #1

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Uninhibited #2

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7.5/10

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8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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