Monday, March 23rd, 2015

MAC x Philip Treacy is a collaboration collection that will release online on March 26th (North America) and be available in select stores on April 2nd (North America) with international availability sometime in April 2015 at select locations. This collection had some pretty lipsticks and gel eyeliners, but the lipsticks trended towards being more readily duped. The High-Light Powders had an incredibly soft texture that was also powdery, but more importantly, they didn’t highlight, illuminate, or otherwise give the skin radiance and flattened the skin so it looked ultra-matte and smooth (like a setting powder).  My favorite products were Royal Wink Fluidline and Blue Peep Fluidline as both performed well and were more unique shades.

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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

MAC Who's the DJ Lip Palette x6
MAC Who’s the DJ Lip Palette x6

MAC Who’s the DJ Lip Palette x6 ($40.00 for 0.25 oz.) consists of six lipsticks that range from light beige to aqua blue. All of the colors applied and looked lighter on than they did in the pan. I love the concept; I love seeing non-traditional colors released in a major way, because it’s fun and interesting and different. It would have been really spectacular if MAC launched a coordinating six-pan eyeshadow palette with these shades in eyeshadow form, though! I wish the performance of the shades was better; the blue and green were disappointing and need a base to work (lip primer, concealer, lip liner, and so forth), so it’s more of a miss, but it was fun to play with. I was surprised at how well the lavender shade applied and wore!

Desert Sun is described as a “creamy nude [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a very light, peachy-pink beige with a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly but was quick to pull into lip lines. It lasted for three and a half hours, was drying, and settled heavily into lip lines. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Weekend 1 is described as a “bubblegum pink [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a cool-toned, ultra light pink with a semi-matte finish. This shade also had moderate color coverage that didn’t look streaky on, but it pulled into lip lines. The settling worsened as it wore, and it stayed on for three hours but was drying. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

She’s a Peach is described as a “bright salmon [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a softened, light-medium peachy orange with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage, but it was a little more emollient so it didn’t go on quite as evenly. It wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Weekend 2 is described as a “lilac [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a lightly brightened lavender purple with a smidgen of pink and an overall cooler undertone paired with a satin sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation and applied beautifully–surprisingly even and smooth (given the performance of the three prior shades). It wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Umbrella Sky is described as a “bright sky blue [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a soft, aqua blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a noticeable sheerness to it that really made it look streaky. It also pulled into lip lines due to the more emollient and thicker consistency of the formula. It lasted for three hours on me with significant settling into lip lines. It was a little drying, too. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Vintage Radio is described as a “seafoam green [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium green with hints of gray and warm undertones. It had a soft sheen. The color payoff was semi-opaque, but it had the same heavier, more emollient texture of Umbrella Sky, which led to the color finding lip lines. It lasted for three hours and further settled into my lip lines while also being slightly drying. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Who's the DJ?

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7/10

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Desert Sun

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6.5/10

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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

MAC No Faux Pas Lipstick
MAC No Faux Pas Lipstick

MAC No Faux Pas Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “yellow hot pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertonews and a mostly matte finish. It had intense, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The texture has a slightly thicker, velvety consistency that is heavier (but not truly heavy!) and minimizes the look of lines on the lips. It wears for six and a half hours and leaves a stain behind but is neither drying nor hydrating. This shade was released previously (just this past October). MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less matte. Chanel La Romanesque (50) (P, $34.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $32.00) is darker, more muted. Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is similar. Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is darker. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Cardinal Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “yellow burgundy red [with a Satin finish].” It’s a meidum-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage that applied evenly. On me, this shade wore well for five and a half hours but was lightly drying over time. In my MAC spreadsheet, I have this shade listed as a previously released shade, but I can’t recall where from (I couldn’t find a previous review for it). MAC Maria Moretti (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Audacious (P, $23.00) is similar. MAC Stunner (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is more matte, brighter. MAC Evening Posh (LE, $16.00) is slightly more muted. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is similar. Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (LE, $51.00) is brighter. MAC Dangerously Chic (P, $23.00) is darker. MAC Oblivion (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $22.00) is darker. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Rioja (P, $28.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Pomegranate (P, $24.00) is similar. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is glossier. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is lighter, glossier. MAC Eden Rouge (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Red Racer (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. Guerlain Greta (P, $51.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Gala (P, $51.00) is lighter. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Hollywood Cerise Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “magenta berry [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, fuchsia-berry with cool undertones and a satin sheen. It had nearly opaque coverage that went on with smooth, even color. It was comfortable to wear as it was neither drying nor hydrating over the five hours it lasted. Bite Beauty #002 (LE, $36.00) is more muted, less fuchsia. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $32.00) is brighter. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is brighter. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Pure Pink (P, $50.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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No Faux Pas

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10/10

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Cardinal

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

MAC Puttin' on the Spritz Casual Colour
MAC Puttin’ on the Spritz Casual Colour

MAC Puttin’ on the Spritz Casual Colour ($22.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “bright intense coral.” It’s a brightened, orange-coral with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had buildable color payoff whether patted onto cheeks or applied to lips that could be blended out for sheer color or layered for true-to-pan coverage. I would highly recommend applying this with a lip brush if you want to use it as a lip color, as you’ll get better coverage, evenness, and it will be less drying (but regardless, it is always somewhat drying worn as a lip product–it’s uncomfortable for me after an hour and a half of wear–and lasts two and a half hours). As a blusher, a stippling or duo fiber brush works just fine, but a little goes a long way! It wears for seven hours on the cheeks. Tom Ford Beauty James (LE, $32.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Twist of Fate (LE, $50.00) is similar. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is pinker. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Understudy (114) (P, $30.00) is darker. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is brighter. MAC Coral Lumineux (LE, $70.00) is slightly redder. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is pinker, powder. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is matte, powder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. MAC Ocean City (LE, $32.00) is powder. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is slightly more muted. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is more orange, powder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC P.S. I Like You Casual Colour ($22.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “carnation pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with warm undertones and a soft sheen. As a lip color, it is drying and lasts for two hours. As a blush, it is blendable and wears for seven hours. Chanel Edith (424) (P, $36.00) is darker. Maybelline Blushing Bud (705) (P, $7.49) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Patrick (LE, $32.00) is less glossy. Colour Pop Rocket (P, $5.00) is brighter, more matte. Bite Beauty Tatin (P, $24.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is more muted, matte. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is darker. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is lighter. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Hoop (DC, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is more matte. Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is powder. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is darker, powder. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is powder. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is brighter, powder. Chanel Revelation (63) (P, $38.00) is lighter. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Puttin' on the Spritz

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8.5/10

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10/10

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P.S. I Like You

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10/10

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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

MAC Summer Wind Cream Colour Base
MAC Summer Wind Cream Colour Base

MAC Summer Wind Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pale sand shimmer.” It’s a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft sheen. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is yellower. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter, powder. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker, powder. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $28.00) is more sparkly, powder. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is darker, powder. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is lighter. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is powder. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Cream Colour Base formula is described as a “multi-purpose” product that can be “applied directly to bare skin, or layered over foundation, moisturizer, or powder.” The effect ranges from a “light veil to highly dramatic, depending on method of application.” In the full range, there are sometimes shades that cannot be worn on lips or eyes, and my press sample didn’t have a warning sheet, so I’m not 100% sure on this, but given that similarly light shades like this (think Pearl, Luna, etc.) are fine all-over, it’s probably the case here. The texture of Summer Wind is lovely; it’s lightweight, thin with little slip, but enough slip that it blends and plays well with bare skin as well as over foundation. It sits on the skin exceptionally well and is less dewy than I’d expect; it’s very your-skin-but-better with a golden glow. On my skin tone, the warmth is less apparent than it might otherwise be on fairer skin tones. On me, it wore well for seven hours before sliding around.

P.S. — There is also another shade (Desert Roadtrip) in this collection, which I don’t have at this time.

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Summer Wind

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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5/5

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Saturday, March 21st, 2015

MAC Blush Pink High-Light Powder
MAC Blush Pink High-Light Powder

MAC Blush Pink High-Light Powder ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light pink with silver.” It’s a light, pink-peach with a semi-matte finish. The silver is an over-spray that will disappear after one use. NARS Paloma Highlight (P) is lighter. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is slightly darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Like Nude Pink, this performed more like a setting powder than a highlighter. It took away the natural luminosity of the skin and made my skin look dull and flat, but on the upside, even the paleness of this product didn’t look chalky against my skin tone. Instead of brightening or highlighting, it helped to remove shine and gave my skin a smoother appearance where pores were minimized. I think the powderiness of the texture made it dull the skin, as you could see the powdery finish once applied. If you have oilier skin, it might not look as dry applied (I am normal on my cheeks). It was hard for me to judge how long this wore, but the mattifying effect lasted for six and a half hours before breaking down.

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Blush Pink

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6/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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5/5

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