Thursday, July 17th, 2014

MAC All About Pink Look in a Box
MAC All About Pink Look in a Box

MAC All About Pink Look in a Box ($39.50) includes a full-sized lipstick, full-sized lipgloss, full-sized eyeliner, and a Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow trio (0.07 oz.). The lipstick and gloss are worth $31, eyeshadows are worth $20 (based on price per ounce of the full-sized Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palettes), and the eyeliner is worth $16 for a total value of $67 (not sure where they get $72 MAC and Nordstrom confirm it is $72 value as they are stating the value of the Veluxe Pearlfusion Trio at $25).  I will review the other kits as well — please give me time as there is a lot to test!

Embrace Me Lipstick is a brightened, cool-toned fuchsia pink with a matte finish. This shade was released before, but when I compared the two, the version included in this set has a bluer undertone and appears a bit lighter, which gives it a brighter overall look. It lasted for six hours and was lightly drying when worn. It had rich, opaque color coverage and didn’t tug too much at the lips when applied. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is brighter. Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Quick Sizzle (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unlimited Style Lipglass is a medium, blue-based pink with fuchsia and silver sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and some of the color did pull into lip lines but the opacity helped camouflage some of it. It had a slightly thick consistency and wore for four and a half hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is sheerer. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned, less glossy, less sparkly. Milani Flashy (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Silly (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fabulous Three #1 is described as a “soft beige.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed beige with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied both wet and dry, though it was smoother when applied with a dampened brush. The color stayed true for eight hours before fading. YSL Saharienne #1 (P) is less shimmery. Too Faced Riviera (P, $16.00) is similar. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is lighter. MAC Ricepaper (P, $15.00) is yellower. MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Halo (P, $24.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fabulous Three #2 is described as a “frosted peach.” It’s a metallic champagne beige with a high-shine finish and sparkle. This shade had good color payoff both wet and dry, though it was slightly darker when applied with a dampened brush. I didn’t notice any fading until after eight hours of wear, but there was some fall out. Marc Jacobs Beauty Honey Bunny (400) (P, $28.00) is a cream product. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P) is similar. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is warmer. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more glittery. Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.49) is a cream product. MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Benefit RSVP (P, $10.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fabulous Three #3 is described as a “burgundy.” It’s a medium-dark purpled burgundy with a satin finish. It had good coverage applied dry, but it appeared darker and more intense when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft and fairly smooth without being powdery. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. Kat Von D Wonderland (LE) is more shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #7 (P) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #4 (LE) is darker. Burberry Mulberry (24) (P) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Photogravure Technakohl is a dark brown with cool undertones and a matte finish. I’ve reviewed it previously here. It had decent to good color payoff and wears for eight hours on me.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush
MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush

MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light yellow pink with gold pearl.” It’s a medium pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is more neutral, rosier. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is brighter, warmer, more matte. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is darker, less shimmery. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is darker. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, more matte. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, more matte. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was soft, finely-milled, and lightly powdery, though it was certainly easy to blend when applying to the skin. It doesn’t look powdery on the skin, once blended and buffed on. According to MAC, the Mineralize Blush formula is described as a “sheer and lightweight” formula where “colour builds lightly” with “luminous, pearlized shimmer.” This had semi-sheer color payoff in one layer, though it was buildable to richer, more opaque coverage in two to three layers (depending on how much you grab each time). This newly repackaged version (I still haven’t received confirmation on whether or not the formula was updated) seems to have a smoother consistency than the older version, though the color seems about the same. On me, this shade wore well for seven hours before fading.

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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

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Bitter is described as a “vivid green with shimmer [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a brightened, chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lime is described as a “lime green [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium green with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lucky Green is described as a “bright lime [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium, gold-shimmered green with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sour Lemon is described as a “acidy yellow chartreuse [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium chartreuse that leans yellow with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sumptuous Olive is described as a “khaki with pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s an olive brown with warm undertonews and a soft, frosted finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Swimming is described as a “hi-shine sea green [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a lightened, medium green with warm, yellow undertones and a gold sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

MAC Green Room Eyeshadow
MAC Green Room Eyeshadow

MAC Green Room Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone teal [with a Satin finish].” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark green-teal with a mostly matte finish. There’s a very, very subtle sheen to it, but applied, it really looks and acts like a matte finish eyeshadow. Giorgio Armani Iridescent Jade (LE) is more shimmery. NARS Misfit #2 (P, $24.00) is brighter. MAC Newly Minted (DC, $15.00) is warmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Turquoise (P, $14.00) is brighter, lighter. Make Up For Ever #53 (P, $20.00) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the powder was thin, slightly dry, though it had decent to good color payoff and wasn’t too difficult to blend. It didn’t seem to stain my lids while worn, which was nice, as a lot of the deeper teal eyeshadows have a tendency to do so. I wish the texture was denser, because I think it would make the product easier to work with and more pigmented. Applied, it wore well for almost eight hours before fading.

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8/10

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8.5/10

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7/10

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8/10

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

MAC Rain of Flowers, Anti-Fashion, Girl Trouble Studio Studio Nail Lacquers
MAC Rain of Flowers, Anti-Fashion, Girl Trouble Studio Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Rain of Flowers Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep violet with pink and blue pearl [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a deepened, subtly warm-toned blackened violet purple with brighter violet pearl and shimmer. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was a hint of nail line at times. The consistency is slightly thin, almost watery, but it wasn’t too difficult to work with. Zoya Belinda (P, $9.00) is lighter. NARS Fury (LE, $20.00) is a cream, warmer. L’Oreal The Mystic’s Fortune (LE) is is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / / view dupes.

MAC Anti-Fashion Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a ”
mid-tone dirty purple with pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a dusty, muted purple-taupe with fine, iridescent purple shimmer and warm undertones. It was mostly opaque after I applied two coats of polish. The formula on this shade was slightly thick, so be careful when applying as it had a tendency to pool along the edges. Chanel Charivari (603) (P, $27.00) is darker. NARS Manosque (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Festive Finery (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. China Glaze Below Deck (LE, $7.50) is a cream. Zoya Jana (P, $9.00) is lighter, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Girl Trouble Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “super glitter pink [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a slightly muted lavender with warmer, almost golden pearl/shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation after two coats, while the consistency was slightly thin, but it dried down fairly quickly and didn’t streak or bubble. There were a few visible brush strokes, but most of them disappeared as it dried down. NARS Night Rider (LE, $20.00) has larger sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “neutral tan with silver sheen.” It’s a muted, medium copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is warmer. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is warmer, more golden. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is more orange. Urban Decay Baked (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is more orange. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is more orange, coppery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The last time I swatched this shade was when it released in 2007, so it’s been awhile! I couldn’t find one in my stash, so I’m not able to compare the original to the current version. The texture of the powder was soft and fairly smooth, but it was powdery, so there was excess product kicked up in the pan as well as when applied. It will buff away easily enough, but I wish it was smoother. It had good color payoff, and it could be applied with a lighter hand or a fan brush for a warm glow with less color, but it does yield a fair amount of color. The finish is quite metallic and though MAC says “silver sheen” it reads golden on my skin. There was some emphasis of pores and the skin’s natural texture, unfortunately. Applied, the color wore well for seven hours before looking faded and patchy. It’s neat to see MAC bring back a long-ago shade from the range to make permanent, but between this, Cheeky Bronze, and Gold Deposit, they really could have brought back one or two other, more differentiated shades.

The new packaging is glossy black, but the size is the same as the previous compacts. The bottom of the compact is curved inward, so these will fit more snugly together for better storage. They contain the same amount of product, but MAC increased the price from $30.00 to $32.00.

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