MAC x Ellie Goulding I’ll Hold My Breath Blush Duo

MAC I’ll Hold My Breath Blush Duo ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.) consists of a brown and pink, with the brown taking up about two-thirds of the space in the pan. Not bad, not out of this world. I wish they would have just kept it as true duo–half of each–as I think it would be more versatile that way. They are more dupable, particularly the coral (even within MAC’s range). It is a larger compact, and it’s nice to see that they put together special packaging for the collection.

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MAC I'll Hold My Breath Blush Duo
MAC Ellie Goulding Powder Blush Duo I'll Hold My Breath
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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Sneak Peek: MAC x Ellie Goulding Collection Photos & Swatches

Here’s a sneak peek of the upcoming collaboration MAC x Ellie Goulding Collection, which launches online on December 14th and at select MAC locations on the 17th. There are three color products that are also available (two Patentpolish Lip Pencils, which are repromotes and I’ve reviewed previously, and Lustre Drops, also reviewed previously) that are not included in this post. There are three specially packaged brushes (209, 129, and 217) and lashes that will launch with the collection as well (I do not have these).

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MAC x Ellie Goulding Collection

MAC x Mariah Carey All I Want Lipstick

MAC All I Want Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “champagne shimmer.” It’s a light, peachy gold with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. NARS Redemption (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty David (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Warm Companion (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Eddie (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Peter (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, cooler (80% similar). MAC Gossamer Wing (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC All I Want Lipstick
MAC Lipstick All I Want
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
84%

MAC Berry Black Friday Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC Berry Black Friday Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “blackened plum.” It’s a muted, medium-dark purple berry with cool undertones and a natural shine. NARS Damage (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Plum Bright (LE, $17.00) is more pigmented (85% similar). Urban Decay Apocalypse (P, $19.00) is darker, more pigmented (85% similar). MAC Boyfriend Stealer (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Liam (P, $35.00) is more pigmented (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Berry Black Friday Patentpolish Lip Pencil
MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil Berry Black Friday
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%

MAC Dark Desires Studio Eye Glosses

MAC Studio Eye Gloss ($22.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is one of those products that really mystifies me, because I don’t know why it’s launched and included in consumer-geared collections. I wish they were touted as lipglosses, because at least they might be wearable (though the texture is like glue). You can read my in-depth review of the formula here, but I’ll also summarize here. The formula is incredibly sticky, glue-like, and is so tacky that as you apply the product, you can feel your skin lift off of your eyeball, because the eyelid is sticking to your fingertip or a brush and snap back in place. On the lid, my eyelid gets stuck against the skin above my crease. It creases within five minutes (and I’d even just apply it to the lid, but it’s such a jetsetter that it finds its way well past the crease line anyway). The color goes on unevenly and migrates around. It transfers to the lower lash line (from the eyelid). It gets into the inner corner and causes the upper and lower lash lines to stick. I’ve tried barely a dab and a full glob, and the wear is always the same–disappointing and futile. It is more comfortable to apply a similarly-colored eyeshadow and apply a gloss or petroleum jelly on top for a glossy effect that is far more comfortable and less painful to use. MAC says they’re a “gloss for eyes that provides high shine with buildable coverage” and can be used to enhance pigments (which just causes them to crease, migrate, and move everywhere) or worn alone.

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MAC Erogenous Zone Studio Eye Gloss
MAC Studio Eye Gloss Erogenous Zone
F
Product
2.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
0
Longevity
0
Application
1.5
Total
28%
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MAC Into the Well Eyeshadows

MAC Into the Well Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a new, limited edition formula that can be used dry or wet, and there is a well in the middle for mixing the powder with water. I think they are better as eyeliners–used with a wet brush–than as eyeshadow, as they have a tendency to turn patchy and apply unevenly on the skin without a really solid base and some patience. If you’re applying it dry as an eyeliner, I recommend a small, flat edge brush and pressing into the lash line rather than sweeping. If you’re applying it wet as an eyeliner, use enough water that the surface of the powder darkens but not enough that the water is visibly sitting on the surface of the powder. I felt like there was a decent learning curve between too much and too little water; too much resulted in uneven and sheer coverage while too little resulted in dry, dragged-out lines. I think they’re best patted over pencil eyeliner to really set and lock in place–these will add two to three hours on top of my pencil eyeliner’s wear. There are six shades, and I have three of them, which are reviewed below:

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MAC Beg For It Into the Well Eyeshadow
MAC Into the Well Eyeshadow Beg For It
B
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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