Saturday, April 25th, 2015

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is here to stay with eighteen shades to choose from (whew!); all eighteen are shades that have been released previously, some more recently and some from awhile ago. According to MAC, it’s a formula that ranges from “sheer crystallized light” to a “highly polished metallic effect” that “lasts up to [six] hours.” They can be used wet or dry, though if you prefer richer color, you’re almost always better off using these damp. They work well over bare lids dry and wet, but dry application fades a little faster and has a tendency to look softer overall. Dry, the coverage is often sheerer but buildable in practice, so you don’t have to use the product damp to get opaque coverage, but damp application usually deepens the color and gives it more richness. Alternatively, you can use an eyeshadow primer or base, which seems to meet in the middle between dry and damp results. I get anywhere from six to nine hours with these on average; and I tend to get longer wear when used damp compared to dry. I also liked how intense the colors looked damp, even after they dried down–sometimes applying damp just helps application but actual depth gets lost once the color dries back down but that isn’t the case here.

Some of the shades that were originally launched seem to have a smoother, finer formula today than when they initially launched. I didn’t feel like there were any duds here; they were fairly consistent with respect to color payoff, texture, application, and wear with some being more exceptional and some being a little less impressive, but no true misses. The texture has a dryness to it that is common to this type of powder-gel-liquid formula, but it’s not really a bad dry–it is still blendable, doesn’t fade easily, and doesn’t look dry on the skin.

MAC Amorous Ally Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep terracotta copper.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm, orange and red undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and felt drier and was more prone to sheering out (better for a soft wash) and lasted for six hours. When applied damp, it was smoother with more even, opaque coverage and lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC A Natural Flirt Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as an “iridescent light pink.” It’s a light peach with a hint of pink in the undertone and a more prevalent gold sheen. It had sheer coverage applied dry that lasted for six hours. Applied damp, it had semi-opaque that was buildable to opaque coverage, and it stayed on for eight hours before creasing. I noticed that this seemed substantially less pink-based in the permanent version I have at present compared to the last version I had (here). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Dark Dare Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “charcoal black.” It’s a medium-dark black with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry that intensified to a richer-looking black with stronger coverage when applied damp. The texture was slightly thin, but it was a lot less dry-feeling compared to its original iteration. It wore well for six hours dry, seven and a half hours damp. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Evening Grey Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “steel silver.” It’s a medium silver gray with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had a slightly drier and looser texture, so this is one that really works better damp, as the powder comes together and goes on more smoothly as a result. It had semi-opaque coverage dry and mostly opaque pigmentation damp. Dry, it lasted for five hours; damp, it lasted for seven hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep blue.” It’s a muted, dark purple with a metallic sheen and cool undertones. It had mostly opaque coverage dry, though it wasn’t quite as deep, and it wore well for six hours. Applied damp, it was fully opaque and wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Grand Galaxy Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dirty mid-tone violet.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a metallic sheen. It is less dry and smoother than the original iteration, and it wears better as the dry base seems to come together better, though it applied slightly unevenly still. Applied dry, it is semi-opaque with a less metallic finish and lasts for five and a half hours, while damp application is mostly opaque with a bright sheen and wears for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, March 28th, 2015


MAC Desert Roadtrip Cream Colour Base
MAC Desert Roadtrip Cream Colour Base

MAC Desert Roadtrip Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze.” It’s a copper-brown with warm undertones and a lighter golden copper frosted shimmer-sheen finish. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is yellower. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is a powder.Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is yellower, powder. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is a powder. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is a powder. theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, powder. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is a powder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that could be layered for opaque, true-to-pan pigmentation or blended out for a sheerer look. When sheered out, it tended to yield less shimmer, so the finish was more luminous than over-the-top shimmery. The consistency is lightweight, thin and spreadable, and blends out nicely on the skin, whether used on bare skin or over foundation. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading.

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Saturday, March 28th, 2015

MAC x Mia Moretti Makeup Bags
MAC x Mia Moretti Makeup Bags

Long-time readers know that one thing I still collect are limited edition MAC bags, so I bought the accessories in the MAC x Mia Moretti collaboration when they went online this past week! There’s not much to say about these, as they’re in-line with MAC’s past limited edition makeup bag releases. I don’t think the tote is worth the money, as it has such a narrow width (about two inches) that it just isn’t wide enough to be a useful tote bag to me. I don’t even think it would hold more than a laptop and a book for school. All of the accessories will be easy to wipe down if you spill anything on them, at least.

MAC x Mia Moretti Makeup Bags ($46.00) is a set of three translucent makeup bags with red zippers and a honey-hued plastic exterior with a basketweave pattern. The bags nest within themselves, so you get makeup bags in small (7 x 3.5 inches), medium (8.5 x 5 inches), and large (11 x 7 inches). The shapes and sizes are useful and will store a variety of makeup items, and since they nest, they don’t take up as much space when you’re not using them.

MAC x Mia Moretti Tote Bag ($50.00) shares the same coloring, pattern, and design as the makeup bags. It’s about 17 inches tall, 15 inches in width, and 2 inches in depth. I just don’t think there’s enough depth to make this particularly useful. It seems a lot less practical/versatile as a result, since its carrying capacity is very much restricted by the width of the bottom panel.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2015

MAC is Beauty is collection that launches March 26th now March 30th online (North America) and in select stores on April 2nd (North America) with select international stores to receive sometime in April 2015. It’s a massive collection with twelve lipsticks, sixteen fluidlines, five eyeshadows, four lipglosses, three nail lacquers, three brushes, two face powders, and an eyeliner. There are some shades and pieces that I didn’t have for you to review, and I’ll definitely do my best to buy them when the collection launches–I just can’t guarantee it since sometimes collections sell out so quickly.

Eight of the lipsticks had a Lustre finish, which is my least favorite finish MAC does from experience; I don’t have issues with it simply being a sheerer finish, I have issues with it for being drying, prone to unevenness/settling into lip lines, and being very short-wearing. It also strikes me as wholly unnecessary to launch eight of them in a single launch, as they often look similar applied (four of them are in the “warm peach/beige” family).

The Fluidline formula can be really great for wear, but they don’t always apply as nicely as you might want. I have found very thin angle brushes (263, not the 266!) and very thin eyeliner brushes work the best. The more pearly or glittery shades tend to perform less well compared to more matte/cream shades. The majority of the shades have been previously released, whether permanent as usual or as a limited edition shade in the past, but note that they’re now called “Pro Longwear Fluidline,” rather than just Fluidline. This appears similar to how MAC relaunched their Paint Pot formula (which is now called Pro Longwear Paint Pot). I couldn’t really distinguish differences between the original and “new.” At most, the updated formula might have a little more slip with some shades. If you already have the original, I don’t think it’s necessary to rush out and grab the new formula in the same shade. The sixteen shades featured in this launch will also be added to the permanent range.

The only product that really caught my eye was Blue Peep Fluidline as it is a more unusual eyeliner shade.  Make Me Gorgeous Lipstick was definitely pretty, but it’s dupable enough that it wasn’t as interesting to me.  It was good to see Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder get repromoted, but I wish the texture was better.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2015

MAC Call the Hairdresser! Lipstick
MAC Call the Hairdresser! Lipstick

Here are the remaining six shades of MAC is Beauty Lipsticks ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.). All six shades are more dupable than not, but the non-Lustre finishes performed better on the whole. There are a few repromotes here, too, so long-time MAC fans may see old favorites or long-missed limited edition shades. It was interesting to revisit past reviews and find that my experience (and even ratings!) were nearly identical, which at least says there is consistency, even if a lot of those repromotes could have been improved.

Diva-ish is described as an “intense fuchsia [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a medium-dark fuchsia pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on smoothly for the most part, but it looked like it was less forgiving of any imperfections compared to the average shade in this type of finish (just slightly). It wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Kat Von D Berlin (P, $19.00) is brighter, matte. Bobbi Brown Watermelon (P, $26.00) is warmer. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer. Guerlain Insolence (144) (LE, $35.00) is brighter, more matte. MAC Pleasurefruit (LE, $17.00) is similar. MAC Speak Louder (P, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is brighter. Guerlain Gracy (P, $51.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Me Gorgeous is described as an “intense coral pink [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium coral with a hint of pink, warm undertones, and a soft shine. It had excellent pigmentation that yielded full coverage with smooth, even color. It wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Matthew (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is darker, pinker. Estee Lauder Eccentric (P, $30.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar (P, $26.00) is warmer, more muted. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is pinker, more matte. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is pinker. Bite Beauty Centifolia (LE, $28.00) is lighter. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is a touch pinker. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is brighter. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is darker. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is more matte. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $22.00) is more matte. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is pinker. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is brighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Real Doll is described as a “light pink-lilac [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a hint of lavender and a light shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage that lasted for two hours and pulled into lip lines slightly over time. I also found it lightly drying. It looked a little streaky at times–you have to be very careful not to over-apply as it is very unforgiving if you do. This shade has been released previously. Maybelline Hibiscus Pop (715) (P, $7.49) is brighter. Maybelline Petal Pink (710) (P, $7.49) is lighter, more opaque. Tom Ford Beauty Alexander (LE, $32.00) is darker. MAC To Savour (P, $23.00) is less cool-toned, more matte. MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $22.00) is brighter. Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) (P, $36.00) is brighter, more opaque. Bite Beauty Lavender (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Be Fabulous (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Real Redhead is described as a “mauve nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a peachy-brown with a soft shine and warm undertones. It had semi-sheer coverage that added warmth and evenness to my natural lip color. It lasted for an hour and a half and was drying when worn. MAC Pure Vanity (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC French Twist (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Julia (404) (P, $36.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Caramel (P, $28.00) is warmer, darker. Burberry Gold No. 217 (LE, $33.00) is sheerer. Chanel Volage (227) (LE, $34.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $35.00) is lighter. Chanel Cheri (61) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $51.00) is more opaque, darker. Chanel Charmeuse (142) (LE, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Naked Bud (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Reel Sexy is described as a “bright coral [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a peachy-coral with a very slight hint of pink, warm undertones, and a satiny sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that could be a somewhat streaky at times. It lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating for me, but I had some color settle into lip lines over time when worn. This shade has been released previously. MAC Oxblood (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is more muted. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty First Time (09) (LE, $50.00) is darker. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is glossier, pinker. MAC Modern Wow! (LE, $16.00) is darker. Revlon Jungle Peach (LE, $7.99) is lighter. YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is lighter, glossier. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is more matte. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is a smidgen pinker, lighter. MAC Razzledazzler (P, $16.00) is darker. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Silly is described as a “bright white-pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with slight cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. It applied with opaque coverage and a lightly velvety consistency that didn’t pull or drag on the lips. The color lasted for five hours, was a smigden drying on me, and settled into lip lines to a small degree after three hours of wear. This shade has been released previously. NARS Claudia (P, $32.00) is glossier. Sephora Collection Cougar (P, $12.50) is brighter. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is glossier, cooler-toned. Bite Beauty Kumquat (LE, $24.00) is a bit brighter, lighter. MAC Steady Going (LE, $16.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2015

MAC x Mia Moretti is collaboration collection that launches March 26th online (North America) and in select stores on April 2nd (North America) with select international stores to receive sometime in April 2015. I liked the concept of the lip palette, but the execution left something to be desired for a few of the shades. The Casual Colours work best as cheek colors, rather than lip colors, as they are drying when worn on the lips, but if you only intended to use them on the cheeks, they’re worth a peek. The best product is Maria Moretti Lipstick (A), which is a lovely shade of red, but it is very dupable.

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