Thursday, April 10th, 2014

MAC x Proenza Schouler Collection
MAC x Proenza Schouler Collection

The MAC x Proenza Schouler Collection will debut online on April 21st and hit stores and counters on April 24th. At this time, I’ve reviewed all of the pieces I received early, but I won’t have reviews for the Blush Ombres or the Nail Lacquers (one shade is Nocturnelle, which is permanent) until I’m able to buy them online myself. I suspect that the Blush Ombres will sell well, given that they typically do and MAC doesn’t release them often–plus both shades are new (and of course, limited edition!), so unfortunately, I might not be able to have anything helpful up before they sell out. The below list is incomplete, given there are still five products yet to be seen or tested, but for now…

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Thursday, April 10th, 2014

MAC 129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush
MAC 129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush

MAC x Proenza Schouler 129SE Powder/Blush Brush ($38.50) is a short-handled version of the 129 brush, which is typically used for blush, though it can be used with other face and cheek products as well. It’s a medium-sized brush with a flared, domed-shaped brush head. The brush head is 1.25 inches / almost 4 centimeters in length, 1.5 inches / just over 3 centimeters in width, and 3/4 of an inches / 2 centimeters in thickness. It’s moderately dense with some spring/flexibility, but it doesn’t feel floppy or feathery.

I’m not a fan of MAC’s 129 in its permanent, original form, as the bristles are noticeably scratchy against the skin. The only time I ever reach for it is if a blush is so stiff and difficult to use that I need rough, scratchy bristles to dislodge the powder, but I’ll still use something softer and gentler against the skin to actually apply the color. If you do very gentle sweeps of the brush across the cheek at an angle, it doesn’t feel too scratchy, but practically speaking, I would rather use a brush that I didn’t have to worry about scratchiness regardless of how I used it.

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129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush

If you do very gentle sweeps of the brush across the cheek at an angle, it doesn't feel too scratchy, but practically speaking, I would rather use a brush that I didn't have to worry about scratchiness regardless of how I used it.
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Thursday, April 10th, 2014

MAC Rich Experience Pro Longwear Eyeliner
MAC Rich Experience Pro Longwear Eyeliner

MAC x Proenza Schouler Collection includes Pro Longwear Eyeliners ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) in two, permanent shades and Pro Longwear Lip Pencils ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) in two, permanent shades. I’ve reviewed all four of these previously, so you can read about the full reviews for: Pro Longwear Eyeliners and Pro Longwear Lip Pencils. This post only features photos of the pencils in the limited edition packaging, but the colors, textures, etc. are all the same. (I did re-test them, just in case!)

The Pro Longwear Eyeliner formula was disappointing to me, as they appear noticeably faded by the eight-hour mark–not the twelve hours as claimed–and they aren’t waterproof. They have a lightly creamy consistency that is fairly waxy but needs to be built up for opaque color.

Rich Experience is described as a “true brown.” It’s a dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Ice is described as a “rich black.” It’s a medium-dark black with a satin finish and neutral undertones. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Pro Longwear Lip Pencil formula wears long and hard, though they’re pretty uncomfortable to wear by themselves as they cling and feel more like shrink-wrap on the lips. Underneath lipstick, they definitely add anywhere from an hour to three hours of additional wear, depending on the shade, and they don’t seem to interfere with the way the lipstick itself feels/hydrates, so they’re a lot more comfortable to wear with lipstick or lipgloss on top. They have good color payoff and apply quite evenly.

Dynamo is described as a “bright peony.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink-coral with a matte finish. MAC Dynamo (P, $19.50) Urban Decay Streak (P, $19.00) is the closest that I could think of, but it is warmer and more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

High Energy is described as a “bright orange-red cream.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, April 10th, 2014

MAC x Proenza Schouler Lipsticks
MAC x Proenza Schouler Lipsticks

MAC x Proenza Schouler Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) come in four, limited edition shades. The collection launches online on April 21st and in-stores on April 24th. Each lipstick is housed in metallic, square tubes.

Mangrove is described as a “bright clean orange-red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium coral-red with warm, orange undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly without dragging or tugging at the lip during application. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind, though it was just slightly drying. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Rozz (LE, $16.00) is redder. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is darker, more orange. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pinkfringe is described as a “vivid flamingo pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with subtle neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and the texture was very creamy and emollient, so it did create “lines” if you pressed your lips together. The color wore well for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. YSL Fetish Pink (8) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, a little lighter. MAC What a Feeling! (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $21.00) is sheerer. Maybelline Pink Pop (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Primrose is described as a “sheer berry plum [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned berry plum with a glossy shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied somewhat unevenly with a little settling of the color into lip lines. As the color wore away, it did seem to migrate and settle more into the lip lines. It managed to wear four hours and left a stain behind, which is quite long for a Lustre finish, and it wasn’t drying. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is more opaque. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is brighter.Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned, less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Woodrose is described as a “light pink with beige [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light beige with a rosy tint and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, though Lustres are a sheerer range, so it is unusually opaque. The consistency was creamy with enough slip to apply without tugging, and it applied evenly the most part. It wore well for three and a half hours and was a little drying. MAC Pure Pout (P, $22.00) is warmer. Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is not quite as pink. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Crème d’Nude (P, $16.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

MAC Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil
MAC Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil

The MAC Playland Collection features four shades of MAC Chromagraphic Pencils ($16.00 for 0.04 oz.). This formula is permanent at PRO stores, and all shades have existed for awhile now. I have reviewed the formula a few times in the past, so this is a quickie review to include updated swatches, add dupes, and individual ratings. I’m a big fan of the Chromagraphic Pencil formula, because it’s very creamy, intensely pigmented, and long-wearing, but there are some shades that can’t be used on the water line and/or eye area, as well as some shades aren’t to be used on the lip area (all warnings are below).

The following shades are not to be used in the lip area: Black Black, Marine Ultra, NC15/NW20, NW25/NC30, NC42/NW35
The following shades are not to be used in the eye area: Basic Red, Genuine Orange, Process Magenta
The following shades are not to be used in the inner rim of eye: Basic Red, Process Magenta, Genuine Orange, Primary Yellow, Landscape Green, Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Rich Purple

Black Black is described as a “deepest black.” It’s a deep, dark, inky black with a satin finish. Intensely pigmented, incredibly long-wearing, and fantastic on the water line. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Genuine Orange is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a medium, yellow-toned orange with a matte finish. It had rich, opaque color in a single stroke. This shade includes a warning that it is not to be used in the eye area or the inner rim of the eye. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade!

Hi-Def Cyan is described as a “hi-def cyan.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark sky blue with a matte finish. It had great pigmentation, and it was very buildable and creamy. This shade includes a warning that it is not to be used on the inner rim of the eye. I couldn’t think of dupes for this shade either.

Process Magenta is described as a “matte magenta.” It’s a vibrant, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was rich and opaque in a single pass. This shade includes a warning that it is not to be used in the eye area or the inner rim of the eye. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

MAC Playland Pigments
MAC Playland Pigments

The MAC Playland Collection features four shades of MAC Pigments ($21.00 for 0.15 oz.). Two shades are part of the permanent PRO range, while one is part of the permanent range.

Ever So Yellow is described as a “soft yellow with pearl.” It’s a vibrant, medium yellow with a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it has more of a satin-like finish, but applied with a dampened brush, it becomes much, much more pearly and high-shine. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, though, but it can be a little powdery if used loose and dry. This shade stains, so you might want to use a thicker base or primer to avoid the staining on the skin. It wore well for eight hours before showing very slight creasing. Makeup Geek Lemon Drop (P, $5.99) is very similar. Sephora Collection Banana Split (05) (P, $13.00) is slightly darker. NARS Flowers 1 #5 (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC Bright Sunshine (P, $15.00) is a touch lighter. Make Up For Ever Jaune (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever #24 (P, $23.00) is a cream product, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Olive is described as a “high frosted green-gold.” It’s a medium-dark, muted green with warm undertones and a golden khaki frosted finish. Applied dry, it had fairly good color payoff and had a frosted finish, and applied with a dampened brush, it had excellent color payoff and a high-shine sheen. This shade wore well for almost eight hours before I saw slight creasing. For reference, this shade is “not for use in the lip area” per the warning on the box. Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Spread the Wealth (LE, $16.50) is a cream product. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hi-Def Cyan is described as a “cyan blue.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with a matte finish. It’s part of the permanent PRO range, and I remember buying this, along with the rest of the neon pigments, and discovering just how much work it was to get it to perform half-decently. The texture is very finely-milled but dry, almost chalky, so it doesn’t apply evenly and is difficult to blend. It’s very prone to fading and creasing–within six hours–but leaves a green-ish stain behind. For reference, this shade is “not for use in the lip area” per the warning on the box. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #2 (LE, $2.29) is darker. NARS Mad Mad World #1 (P, $24.00) and MAC Electric Eel (P, $15.00) are much darker. MAC Blue Candy (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Make Up For Ever #118 (P, $20.00) is warmer. Inglot #371 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Neo-Orange is described as an “intense neon salmon.” It’s a brightened, coral-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. Like Hi-Def Cyan, it’s difficult to use, because it has a very chalky, dry consistency and feel. It’s a real challenge to apply, blend, and even wear, as it fades within six hours but leaves a splotchy stain behind. For reference, this shade is “not for use in the lip or eye area” per the warning on the box. Sephora Collection Rio (91) (P, $13.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Placebo (LE) is pinker. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #5 (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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