Friday, May 1st, 2015

MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powders
MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powders

MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder ($35.50 for 0.35 oz.) is a new product in the upcoming Wash & Dry collection. I wasn’t a fan of the Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows, and these aren’t winning me over, either. The texture is stiff, thin, and hardens incredibly easily; I had to jab at the pan’s surface with a metal spatula to get enough visible color for swatches. It’s this texture that is the real bane of this product, because I couldn’t get color out of this with a brush as a result. I don’t have any official descriptive information regarding the new formula, and I can only make some generalizations that it probably has the same type of technology behind it as the eyeshadows and the permanent Studio Sculpt Defining Powder. If I get more specific information, I may adjust the review (e.g. if these were intended to be ultra sheer). For now, I’m reviewing these based on the descriptions of the previously released eyeshadows and current Defining Powders and looked for these to have: “medium buildable coverage” that will “blend easily and comfortably” with a “silky and cream-like” texture.

I’m not sure if it these are limited edition or permanent (most likely limited edition), and as soon as I find out, I’ll be sure to update this post (for now, I’m marking them as limited edition).

MAC Delicates Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder ($35.50 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “neutral deep bronze with fine gold shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. In order get color payoff for a swatch, I had to scrape off a layer of product with a metal spatula. The surface hardened noticeably after using it three times (once to swatch, twice to apply to the face). The texture is very thin and stiff, which made it difficult to dislodge color from the pan. Applied, it doesn’t look bad, and it has a nice, satin-matte finish that doesn’t look flat but isn’t luminous, but unless you’re very fair, you’ll need to pack it on with five or six layers (I used eight just to get it to show up in photos). The powder that I did manage to apply lasted for seven hours before fading. It’s actually blendable once you get it on the brush, so it’s such a shame that it is pressed so firmly. Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is warmer, yellower. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Spice (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is more matte, cooler-toned. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Golden Rinse Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder ($35.50 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light brick reddish bronze with fine shimmer.” It’s a light-medium tan brown with subtle, warm undertones and a barely-there, satiny sheen. The texture felt smooth to the touch, but it was extremely stiff and firmly packed into the pan, so it was a challenge to grab pigment from the powder without scraping off layers or jabbing a rough brush against the surface. The powder itself, once loosened, has a very silky feel that is blendable and sits beautifully on the skin–but getting it on the skin is frustrating. With how firm the powder is, coverage is very sheer, but turned into a loose powder, it is more medium to full coverage depending on application. Applied, this shade wore well for seven hours on me. Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is darker. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is slightly darker. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker, matte. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is darker, matte. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, May 1st, 2015

MAC Technakohl Liner
MAC Wash & Dry Technakohl Liners

MAC Coin Operated Technakohl Liner ($17.50 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “metal grey with silver pearl.” It’s a warm, gray-taupe with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one pass, which was only buildable to semi-opaque coverage. It did have more creaminess to it than other Technakohls, though the texture was more wax-like than truly creamy. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Colour Matters Technakohl Liner ($17.50 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “lime.” It’s a brightened, yellowed chartreuse with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly well, though it could be creamier and more intense. It wore well for seven hours on me. This shade has been released previously. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Practice Makes Perfect Technakohl Liner ($17.50 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep blue-green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with a hint of silver sparkle over a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that didn’t build to much more coverage than that. The texture was very dry, stiff, and difficult to apply evenly. On me, it wore well for eight hours. This shade has been released before, though the version from this collection is much drier, and subsequently, worse. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Sudsy Technakohl Liner ($17.50 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “marine blue.” It’s a blackened navy blue with lighter navy blue pearl that brightens the overall color. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was fairly buildable and managed to get to mostly opaque coverage with two to three layers. The texture is a little thin and dry, so it can take some layering to get even coverage as well. Applied, it lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Wash & Dry Collection will launch online on May 14th and in-stores on May 21st.

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Thursday, April 30th, 2015

MAC Wash & Dry Lipsticks
MAC Wash & Dry Lipsticks

MAC Creme d’Nude Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light beige-pink nude [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a muted, light peachy-beige with a hint of pink and a natural sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage that went on unevenly and tended to catch on any imperfection on the lips, so I highly recommend exfoliating prior to applying this one. It wore well for three hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. This is a permanent shade. Tom Ford Beauty Vanilla Suede (DC, $50.00) is pinker. MAC Romantic Breakdown (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Sheer Walk of Shame (P, $20.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Orlando (LE, $32.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Holden (LE, $32.00) is pinker. NARS Adriatic (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC What’s Haute? (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Peach Beige (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more opaque. MAC Woodrose (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Fleur d’Coral (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is slightly darker. Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $17.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Morange Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid orange [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a bold, brightened orange with warm, red undertones and very, very fine lighter orange shimmer. It had fully opaque color payoff that went on smoothly. The texture was slightly thicker with a more velvety, satin-like feel with a natural finish. On me, it lasted for five hours. This shade is also part of the permanent range. MAC Love Feeling (LE, $20.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Ravishingly Rich (P, $23.00) is similar. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is similar. Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Clementine (LE, $24.00) is darker, more matte.NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is similar. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is similar. MAC Booyah (LE, $18.00) is slightly redder, darker. MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $16.00) is similar. Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Steam Heat Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid yellow-red [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark red with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had rich pigmentation that covered the lips well with even, smooth application. The consistency was lightly creamy with a sort of velvety, light-medium thick feel that stayed on well. This shade wore for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is brighter. Guerlain Red Strass (327) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $16.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Tumble Dry Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light peachy coral [with a Lustre finish]. It’s a muted, peach-orange with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage–which is in line with the Lustre formula–that is a little streaky going on. It lasted for two hours and was drying for me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Severine (112) (P, $30.00) is more opaque. MAC Sweet & Sour (P, $16.00) is more opaque, pinker, more matte. MAC Posh Tone (P, $22.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Wash & Dry Collection will launch online on May 14th and be available in-stores on May 21st.

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Thursday, April 30th, 2015

MAC Blush
MAC Wash & Dry Blushes

MAC Crisp Whites Blush ($24.50 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “pale tangerine with pearl.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, satiny sheen. It had a fairly soft, smooth texture that was blendable on the skin, while the finish appears pearly at times, once on the skin, it seemed more semi-matte to satin-like, but it wasn’t noticeably shimmery. The color seemed to darken slightly when applied to bare skin (unless you’re very dry, it can happen with some blushes due to the natural oils on the skin) and shows subtly on my medium complexioni, but it is likely a color better suited to lighter skin tones unless you’re going for subtle. It wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Freshen Up (LE, $35.50) is darker, brighter (and potential to be redder). Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is darker. Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC Style Cast (LE, $21.00) is slightly more shimmery. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is darker, more matte. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is yellower. NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Hipness Blush ($24.50 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “light peach.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, thinner texture that wasn’t powdery but was harder to blend on the skin. It seemed to stick in certain areas and darken in some areas but not in others–I highly recommend using a translucent powder under this to make it easier to apply, as it wasn’t forgiving. The version released in this collection is about two shades darker than the version I have from the Fafi collaboration many years ago, and the older version I have didn’t stick or darken in places like this one did. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is a cream blush, pinker. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is pinker. MAC Secret Admirer (LE, $22.00) is a cream product. Tarte Pampered (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is warmer, more orange. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is pinker. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is similar. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is similar. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is darker. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is darker. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is similar. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is similar. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is similar. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is similar. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is darker. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is a smidgen lighter. NARS Amour (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The collection will be available online on May 14th and in-stores on May 21st.

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Crisp Whites

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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5/5

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8/10

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10/10

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8/10

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Thursday, April 30th, 2015

MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder
MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder

MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder ($35.50 for TBA oz.) is described as a “color wave ranging from coral to neutral.” Mixed together, it’s a lightly brightened, peachy tangerine with warm, reddish-orange tones and a very, very fine shimmer-sheen finish. (Keep in mind, most of the gold sheen on the surface is an over-spray, which I removed prior to swatching!) Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is darker. Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is peachier. Laura Mercier Rosegold Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery, darker. Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is more shimmery. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is less orange. YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is darker. MAC Style Cast (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is lighter, less shimmery. Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is brighter, yellower. Guerlain Orange Blush (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is lighter. MAC Fresh Honey (LE, $27.00) is darker. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It’s a tri-colored powder that consists of a deeper, medium-dark coral with warm orange-red tones, yellowed tangerine, and a light yellow beige. As you might expect, it can vary in how light or dark, how yellow or red it is based on where you concentrate your brush. It tends to lean lighter than darker, as the lighter sections make up a greater amount in the compact. I don’t know how much is in the compact, but it is the same size as MAC’s face powders (Beauty Powders, High-Light Powders, Bronzing Powders, etc.) and those typically hold 0.35 oz. or so. The texture is soft, fairly smooth, and doesn’t have the thinner, firmer texture that some of the more recent limited edition cheek/face powders have had. That being said, the texture of the lightest shade seemed a bit firmer compared to the other two shades. I dug through the sections, and the three colors appeared to go all the way through. On my medium complexion, it is subtle, and the finish is satiny, so there is only a smidgen of sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was easily used semi-sheer to semi-opaque depending on application methods/tools. For reference, on my medium skin tone, the color itself is subtle with a low level sheen that didn’t emphasize pores. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Though labeled a “High-Light Powder,” this is a product type that rarely seems to act like a traditional highlighting powder, and for fair to medium skin tones, this is more of a blush than a true highlighter, while darker skin tones may need to concentrate their brush towards the darker coral shade to get more of a blush out of it.

The Wash & Dry Collection will launch online on May 14th and be available in-stores on May 21st.

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Freshen Up

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Sunday, April 26th, 2015

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is going to be a permanent formula with eighteen shades to choose from (I reviewed seventeen of them). All of the shades have been released previously as limited edition offerings. The collection has been postponed to May 14th. They’re a wet/dry formula that ranges from semi-sheer to semi-opaque color dry and mostly opaque to opaque color damp. I get slightly longer wear when I apply the eyeshadows damp, but the wear ranges from six to eight hours.

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