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

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Hipness

B

Product

8/10

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10/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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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.

The Glossover

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Freshen Up

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

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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Sunday, April 26th, 2015

MAC Huggable Lipcolour
MAC Glamorized, I’m In, Bare Hug Huggable Lipcolours

Here are the final three shades I have to review of MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) — I am missing one (Dramatical, which is a “bright cherry red”). The formula is described as having shine, color, and long-wear (‘up to six hours”). It uses a “gel base” for a “feather-light finish giving immediate moisture.” The collection of ten will launch on May 7th online and May 14th in-stores. The formula clings without feeling dry or uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have as much slip as a lot of glossy, balm-like formulas do, so it does wear a bit longer, though rarely the full six hours. It is lightly to moderating hydrating over time. The color coverage varies but tends to be semi-opaque. You’ll want to let the bullet melt against the warmth of your lips for a few seconds before applying, as this will help it glided across the lips.

MAC Glamorized Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “creamy vibrant pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia magenta with strong, blue undertones and a soft shine. While it had semi-opaque pigmentation, it seemed to apply somewhat streakily, so it looked splotchy on. It lasted for five hours on me and was hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC I’m In Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “warm rose.” It’s a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and fine, gold pearl. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation (slightly less compared to most shades in the set of ten) that applied evenly. The formula was comfortable to wear and moisturizing over time, and it lasted for four hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Bare Hug Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “creamy soft peach/orange.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink-coral with subtle gold pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff that yielded a fair amount of color but had a slight translucency to it where the natural lip color still came through. It was comfortable to wear and lasted for four and a half hours on me. I was surprised at how similar this was to I’m In. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

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Glamorized

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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I'm In

B

Product

8.5/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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5/5

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Bare Hug

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Sunday, April 26th, 2015

MAC Huggable Lipcolour
MAC Fashion Force, Love Feeling, Soft Talkin’ Huggable Lipcolours

Here are the next three shades I have to review of MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.), which is supposed to have shine, color, and long-wear (‘up to six hours”). The formula has a “gel base” for a “feather-light finish giving immediate moisture.” Fashion Force is a repromote, but the other two shades are new; all three are limited edition and will launch online on May 7th and in-stores on May 14th. The formula clings without feeling dry or uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have as much slip as a lot of glossy, balm-like formulas do, so it does wear a bit longer, though rarely the full six hours. It is lightly to moderating hydrating over time. The color coverage varies but tends to be semi-opaque. You’ll want to let the bullet melt against the warmth of your lips for a few seconds before applying, as this will help it glided across the lips.

MAC Fashion Force Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “soft tangerine orange.” It’s a muted, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a light shine. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that sat well on the lips and looked even. This shade wore well for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Love Feeling Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “vibrant deep orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, yellow-red undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly and wore well for five hours. The formula felt lightly moisturizing while worn. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Soft Talkin’ Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “warm peachy nude.” It’s a muted, light-medium peach with warm undertones and soft gold pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage that lightened my natural lip color while brightening and adding warmth, but this is the type of translucency and color that is likely going to look different depending on the natural color of your lips. It wore well for three hours and had a slightly more emollient formula compared to the other shades in the range. It was a harder shade to dupe with how it leans peach with more color than sheer but less than opaque. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

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Fashion Force

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Love Feeling

B

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Soft Talkin'

C+

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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Sunday, April 26th, 2015

MAC Huggable Lipcolour
MAC Flaming Lips, I’m Game, Play It Soft Huggable Lipcolours

MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a formula that’s supposed to give you both shine and color and long-wear (“up to six hours”) that uses a “gel base” for a “feather-light finish giving immediate moisture.” The formula was released previously, and this time we’re seeing ten limited edition shades that will debut on May 7th online and May 14th in-stores; one shade (Fashion Force) is a repromote. It has a light-medium-weight feel with a little slip but it definitely clings (or hugs, if you like) to the lips in a way that isn’t uncomfortable but enables the color to last longer than more emollient formulas would. There’s a soft shine that starts to wear away after two to three hours, while the color itself wears from three to five hours, depending on the shade. If you’re familiar with MAC’s finishes, it’s like a cross between their Cremesheen finish and the Mineralize Rich lipsticks. I find the formula lightly hydrating over time, though they really need time to melt against the heat of the lips to feel good and glossy. When applying, I recommend letting the bullet rest against the lips for a few seconds prior to gliding it across, or else it will drag somewhat.

MAC Flaming Lips Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “deep creamy red.” It’s a muted, medium-dark red with warm, orange undertones and a soft shine with very, very fine shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied fairly evenly. This shade wore well for five hours on me and was nicely hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC I’m Game Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “creamy raspberry.” It’s a softened, medium-dark pink with subtle cool undertones and a soft shine. On me, it looks almost warm-toned, but it is slightly cool-toned. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly and was comfortable to wear. It wore well for four and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Play It Soft Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “bright coral red.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a light shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and didn’t look streaky. The formula really shined here, because that gel consistency kept it from bunching up like it might in a more emollient formula. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

LE
product

Flaming Lips

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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I'm Game

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Play It Soft

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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