Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

MAC For Your Amusement Casual Colour
MAC For Your Amusement Casual Colour

MAC For Your Amusement Casual Colour ($21.00 for 0.43 oz.) is described as a “bright pastel pink.” It’s a light pink with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a satiny sheen. Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $43.00) is darker, warmer, powder. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery, darker, powder. Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is powder. MAC Rosy Outlook (P, $23.50) is more muted, darker, powder. MAC Launch Away (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker, powder. Illamasqua Lies (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s one of three shades coming out in the Playland collection, which will be available online on April 10th April 15th (MAC corporate confirmed as of 4/10 8:26AM PST). This is the only shade I have from the collection, but once it launches, I will purchase the remaining two (just a heads up!). The Casual Colour formula is a lip-and-cheek product, but it’s one that performs better on cheeks than on lips. As a blush, it wears about seven hours and has buildable, semi-opaque color coverage, but due to the lightness of the color, it’s best suited to lighter skin tones (it doesn’t show up on my medium complexion very noticeably). As a lip color, it wears three hours but tends to “crack” and settle into lip lines as it wears, due to the drier consistency. It’s very unforgiving as a lip product if your lips are not completely smooth, as the product will catch easily on any unevenness. I also found it somewhat drying as a lip product and generally uncomfortable to wear, so again, it’s a product that seems best applied as a cream blush. On the upside, each pot contains significantly more product than the average lipstick or cream blush.

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

MAC Lipglass -- Bright Side, Lots of Laughs, Live It Up, Carousel, Pure Silliness
MAC Lipglass — Bright Side, Lots of Laughs, Live It Up, Carousel, Pure Silliness

The MAC Playland Collection includes five new and limited edition shades of MAC LipglassApril 10th April 15th (MAC corporate confirmed as of 4/10 8:26AM PST) and in-stores and at counter on April 17th.

Bright Side is described as a “creamy yellow.” It’s a medium, warm-toned yellow with white pearl. It’s semi-sheer, so when applied to my lips, my natural lip color makes it so it ends up looking like a yellow-peach. It didn’t apply evenly, though, and it tended to settle into lip lines. It wore well for three hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. I wasn’t able to think of any dupes for this one!

Carousel is described as a “creamy pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a creamy, milky finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but I really wished it had applied evenly! The thickness of Lipglass seems to make these creamy, milky shades a total pain in the behind to apply. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Patentpink (LE, $20.00) is less glossy. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is cooler-toned. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $15.00) is purpler. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Live It Up is described as a “creamy orange.” It’s a light-medium, milky orange with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and this shade actually applied fairly evenly, though it wasn’t perfect. It wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Maybelline Glistening Amber (055) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, sheerer, lighter. Chanel Envolee (427) (LE, $29.50) is lighter, sheerer. MAC Imperial Light (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lots of Laughs is described as a “creamy peach.” It’s a light-medium, neutral-to-cool-toned pink with a creamy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it applied so-so–a little unevenly, some settling into lip lines. It lasted for four hours on me, though, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $20.00) is sheerer, darker.Revlon Bejeweled (P, $7.49) is sheerer. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is slightly lighter, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is sheerer. MAC Infinitely Likeable (P, $19.50) is cooler-toned. MAC Stay Sweet (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Angel (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Pagoda (LE, $20.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pure Silliness is described as a “creamy lilac.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink-purple with a creamy, glossy finish. It applied terribly unevenly, though it had semi-opaque color coverage. The color wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Patentpink (LE, $20.00) is lighter. NARS Coeur Sucre (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter.MAC Pink Nouveau (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

MAC Lipstick -- Happy-Go-Lucky, Head in the Clouds, Playland, Red Balloon, Sweet Experience, Toying Around<
MAC Lipstick — Happy-Go-Lucky, Head in the Clouds, Playland, Red Balloon, Sweet Experience, Toying Around

MAC Playland launches April 10th April 15th (MAC corporate confirmed as of 4/10 8:26AM PST) online, April 17th in-stores/counters, and it includes six new and limited edition shades of lipstick.

Head in the Clouds is described as a “red with pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a vibrant, cherry red with subtle cool undertones and a gold micro-shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and easily as the consistency was lightly creamy and didn’t tug on the lips during application. The color wore well for five and a half hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $16.00) is darker, pinker. Chanel Enigmatique (135) (P, $34.00) is warmer, less glossy. NARS Dressed to Kill (P, $26.00) is darker. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Playland is described as a “frosted yellow gold [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium, yellow gold with a metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, but the texture of the lipstick was somewhat on the drier side, so it didn’t apply as evenly as one would like. It is also unforgiving if your lips are not in tip-top shape, so those with naturally drier/chapped lips will want to do additional prep before applying this shade. It lasted for two and a half hours and was lightly drying during that time. Dolce and Gabbana Topazio (LE, $32.00) is slightly darker. MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Guerlain Altoum (LE, $35.00) is sheerer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $18.00) is more opaque, more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sweet Experience is described as a “bright pink [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and didn’t tug or drag on the lips. It lasted for four hours when I tested it for wear and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Vivid Image (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Please Me (P, $16.00) is a few shades darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Femme (P, $18.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Happy Go-Lucky is described as a “hot pink [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a natural sheen. It had rich, opaque pigmentation, and the texture of the lipstick was smooth, creamy, and easy to apply. This shade managed to wear for five hours and left behind a noticeable stain that lingered for another hour and a half. It was very lightly hydrating over time. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is darker, less glossy. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is more matte. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is darker. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is slightly darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (P, $18.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Red Balloon is described as a “hot fuchsia [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark, cool-toned pink with a softly luminous finish. It had full color coverage, and the color applied evenly and smoothly as the consistency of the lipstick was lightly creamy. The color lasted for five and a half hours, and it was very lightly hydrating while worn. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $49.50) is redder, darker. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Incorrigible (08) (LE, $49.00) is lighter, more muted. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P) is slightly cooler-toned, darker. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Moxie (LE, $16.00) is more matte, slightly cooler-toned. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Toying Around is described as a “hot coral pink [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a brightened, medium coral-orange with a soft shine. It had rich, totally opaque pigmentation when applied to the lips, and the color went on evenly, smoothly, and lasted for five hours. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) is darker, more shimmery. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is slightly darker. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is pinker. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is darker, pinker. Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral (P) is slightly pinker, more matte. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is pinker, darker. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is pinker. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

MAC Springsheen Blush
MAC Springsheen Blush

MAC Springsheen Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden tawny peach [with a Sheertone Shimmer finish].” It’s a pinky-coral with a frosted, golden sheen and warm undertones. MAC Petal Power (LE, $25.00) is very similar. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P) is warmer, less pink. Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) is very similar. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is warmer, less pink, darker. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is very similar. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is less warm-toned. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is darker, less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Springsheen is part of the permanent range, and it’s a long-time favorite for many readers. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooth when applied and buffed into the skin. It applies color evenly, and it blends beautifully on the skin. It has a more shimmery finish, so I noticed very slight emphasis of pores, but I was surprised to find it more forgiving than the average blush with this much shimmer–especially as it is blended and softened, it seems to lessen. It had excellent color coverage that was buildable, while the blush wore well for eight hours before starting to show signs of fading.

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils
MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils

The new MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) were disappointing overall, due to their uneven application and short wear time.  They also have a lot less shine than traditional gloss, which may be a great thing if you find gloss too shiny, but it might not be what you’d expect, given these are modeled after lipgloss.  They’re somewhat tacky, thin (almost clingy in a way), lightly hydrating, and have semi-opaque coverage (on average).  At this price point, MAC offers other lip formulas that are better and have more product for your money, too.  There are a lot of jumbo-sized lip pencils on the market, but these fall short.  The most positive aspect was that they are twist-up pencils, there is no need to sharpen, which reduces the amount of wasted product.

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  • Part 1 — Go for Girlie, Innocent, Revved Up
  • Part 2 — Fearless, Kttenish, Patentpink
  • Part 3 — Berry Bold, Hopelessly Devoted, Pleasant
  • Part 4 — Spontaneous, Sultana, Teen Dream

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

MAC Spontaneous Patentpolish Lip Pencil
MAC Spontaneous Patentpolish Lip Pencil

Here are the last three shades from the new MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) range that I’ve finished testing! You can check out part one for an overview of the formula (and in-depth reviews of Go for Girlie, Innocent, Revved Up), part two (Fearless, Kittenish, Patentpink), and part three (round-up coming up next!). To summarize: the formula is lightly hydrating, short-wearing (two to three hours), moderately tacky, and have light to moderate shine. The color coverage varies from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. I’ve also had some issues with even application with some shades.

MAC Spontaneous Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “soft plum with pearl.” It’s a muted, pinky-mauve with fine, champagne shimmer. This shade had semi-sheer to almost semi-opaque color coverage, but it seemed to be one of the sheerer shades in the range. It wore well for two and a half hours on me. MAC Kittenish (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less shimmery. L’Oreal I Pink You’re Cute (175) (P, $8.95) is less glossy. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Maybelline Mauve Mystique (025) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. Buxom Centerfold (LE, $21.00) is less glossy, less shimmery. Chanel Rendez-vous (87) (P, $34.00) is less glossy, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is warmer, less shimmery, less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sultana Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “dark grape.” It’s a neutral-to-warm-toned, reddish-berry with a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it applied extremely unevenly and settled into lip lines. It only wore for three hours, which is quite short for such a deep shade. Revlon Embellished (P, $7.49) is lighter. Chanel Controversy (72) (P, $32.00) is browner. MAC Sweet Succulence (LE, $16.00) is similar, less glossy. Laura Mercier Merlot (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani #408 (P, $32.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Teen Dream Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “bright coral orange.” It’s a brightened pop of light-medium orange with a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had opaque color coverage that applied very evenly overall. This shade even lasted for a full four hours, which was quite long compared to many other shades in the range. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. Givenchy Mandarine Bolero (304) (P, $36.00) is darker. MAC Saigon Summer (LE, $16.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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