Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains “five complementary shades that glide on and blend beautifully for infinite day-to-night looks.” MAC describes it as a “hybrid formula” that can be applied dry for sheer color, wet for opaque color. This might be better titled as “Purpleluxe,” since it’s more like variations on purple than plum. It’s characterized by a lot of glitter, sparkle, and metallic finishes, which makes it harder to wear on its own as the powdery, sometimes crumbly, quality of the glittery shades shows up on the lids and creates a lot of fall out both during application as well as throughout the time I wore them. I think the way the Veluxe Pearlfusion formula sparkles can be really pretty, but they can be such a high maintenance product to apply/wear.

Plumluxe #1 is described as a “frosty white.” It’s a glittering, bright white with a metallic finish and subtle warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry and more opaque pigmentation when applied damp. The texture wasn’t glittery exactly, but it wasn’t smooth–almost crumbly where flecks of sparkle/shimmer acted more like chunks. I had a lot of fall out with this shade when I wore it. Too Faced La Croisette (P, $16.00) is less glittery. Tarina Tarantino Glinda’s Kiss (LE) is less glittery. Dior Golden Snow #3 (LE) is warmer. MAC 2x Dare #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is more muted. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is less glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #2 is described as a “white pink with pearl.” It’s a subtly, cool-toned, light-medium pink with a sparkly, metallic finish. It had sheer color that was very powdery when applied dry, which was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. It had moderate fall out when worn, though the color itself didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $3.99) is less glittery. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is less glittery. Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #2 (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is less glittery. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P) is similar. Too Faced Marshmallow (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is darker. Urban Decay SWF (P, $18.00) is less glittery. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #3 is described as a “lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium purple with silver and white sparkle/shimmer. It had a more glittery, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was sheer and a bit crumbly, and applied with a dampened brush produced smoother, more pigmented results. I had some fall out with this shade when I wore it, though the color didn’t start fading until after seven and a half hours of wear. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is darker. NARS Kauai #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Bewitched (P, $6.99) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is darker. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is similar. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly, darker. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is darker, less sparkly. Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is similar. MAC Grand Galaxy (LE, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #4 is described as a “dark purple with light pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a pearly shimmer. It was sheer and powdery when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush, which helped most of the powderiness. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) (P, $29.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Freakshow (P, $18.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Vice (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Highly Charged (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #5 is a dark gray with a pearly sheen and subtle,c ool undertones. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer but not powdery, and then applied damp, it was slightly more pigmented. The color lasted for almost eight hours before fading. There is a surprisingly amount of shades very similar to this — see comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, August 7th, 2014

MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains “five complementary shades that glide on and blend beautifully for infinite day-to-night looks.” MAC describes it as a “hybrid formula” that can be applied dry for sheer color, wet for opaque color. Amberluxe is a warm-toned, orange-y palette that goes from warm white to dark brown. The formula is quite blendable, but some shades are so soft that they are almost crumbly and prone to powderiness. I highly recommend applying the palette prior to any base makeup, as there is a ton of fall out (both in the form of powder and glitter/sparkle) during application, even when lightly patting color on. There is fall out during wear as well with the more sparkly/glittery shades. I find these look prettier on and in person than they appear in photos, but you have to like a fairly glittery look. I have the best luck applying these when using a dampened brush, as the dry application tends to go on unevenly as the powder doesn’t adhere quite as well.

Amberluxe #1 is described as a “white.” It’s a white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was sheer, and when applied damp, it was fully opaque and smoother. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. MAC Fabulous Three #1 (LE) is very similar. MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE) is less golden. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #2 is described as a “yellow gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was sheer, and it was mostly opaque after applying it with a dampened brush. The texture was a bit powdery, though. It lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is more metallic. theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Sunset Blvd. (LE) is warmer. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) (P, $4.99) is darker. Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is similar. NARS Goldfinger (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Gorgeous Gold (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Remix (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #3 is described as a “bronze.” It’s a brightened, coppery brown with a pearly sheen. It was actually quite pigmented applied dry–it was opaque regardless of application method, which is great for those who prefer to skip that step, but it isn’t true to the formula’s promise (so you’ll see the rating reflect that). It wore well for eight hours before fading. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Olive Blend #1 (LE) is lighter. theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is more muted. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is browner. Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is similar. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #2 (P, $21.00) is more metallic. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is more metallic. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Amber Lights (P, $15.00) is warmer, richer. bareMinerals Hoopla (LE) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #4 is described as a “peachy orange.” It’s a sparkling, medium orange with warm undertones and a glittery finish. The texture of this shade was somewhat crumbly, so it was very prone to fall out during application and doesn’t bind together as well as the other shades. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and it was more opaque applied damp. The color lasted for seven and a half hours, but there was a lot of fall out during wear. MAC Golden Hours #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Chessa (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #5 is described as a “dark brown.” It’s a dark brown with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones with a satin finish. Applied dry, it was sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque, but the texture was stiffer and difficult to blend. On me, the color stayed true for seven and a half hours before fading. MAC Rising Passions (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #5 (P) is darker. MAC Well Put Together (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Collection
MAC A Novel Romance Collection

MAC A Novel Romance Collection will launch online on August 14th and arrive in-stores and at-counters on August 21st (North America); later on in September for international locations. It’s a very large collection featuring eyeshadow quads, lipsticks, lipglosses, blushes, eyeliners, and nail lacquers.  There were hits and misses with products getting As as well as one product getting a D+.  Some of the lipsticks, lipglosses, and eyeshadows seem more dupable than not, so you might want to check your stash for similar shades from past launches.  I was really happy to see that the three eyeshadow quads performed fairly well.

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Nail Lacquers
MAC A Novel Romance Nail Lacquers

MAC Midnight Storm Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep magenta.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy berry with warm undertones and a subtle, metallic shimmer. The way the shimmer runs through this one gives it more depth but doesn’t make it look shimmery. It was nearly opaque in a single coat, but I applied two for good measure. The consistency was slightly thick. NARS Elbrus (P, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Dayflower (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Rebel (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Midnight Strata Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark violet.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and a very, very subtle pearl. I could hardly see it, even under bright lights. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pagan (LE, $10.00) is less shimmery. NARS New York Dolls (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Faux Pas (LE, $17.00) is less glossy, lighter. Zoya Mira (P, $9.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sunset Sky Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone crimson. It’s a deepened, dark red with warm, brown undertones and a barley-there pearl. It had full color coverage in two coats, and the consistency was balanced–not too thick or too thin–and applied evenly. Essie Shearling Darling (P, $8.00) is darker. NARS Chinatown (P, $20.00) is brighter. Dior Apparat (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Rouge Fatal (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

MAC Pure Flash! Electric Cool Eyeshadow
MAC Pure Flash! Electric Cool Eyeshadow

Here are the other four shades of MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) launching with the A Novel Romance collection (August 14th online, August 21st in-stores). To recap, these have a sponge-like texture with some spring, so they are a cream eyeshadow but dry down and set to more of a powder finish. If you’ve tried Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombres or Buxom Stay There Eyeshadows, these are similar in regards to texture. The performance of these really ranges from shade to shade, and the major weakness is really in the application/texture as some shades sheer out easily or apply unevenly (usually the darker shades). They don’t crease easily, and only the very sparkly shades have a bit of fall out.

MAC Pure Flash! Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pale champagne.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color in one layer, and it applied evenly for the most part on the lid. It doesn’t crease, and I only noticed slight fading after nine hours of wear. Marc Jacobs Beauty Honey Bunny (400) (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is darker, powder. NARS Jezebel (P) is a powder. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Kat Von D Precious (LE) is a powder. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is a powder. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $15.00) is slightly pinker, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Superwatt Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light shimmering taupe.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-taoned taupe brown with a hint of gray and frosted, metallic finish. It was mostly opaque with one layer of product, which could be sheered out for more of a wash if desired. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to fade. Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) (P, $28.00) is slightly darker. YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is darker, powder. NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is powder. Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is darker, powder. Clarins Forest #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, powder. Too Faced Crisp Apple Strudel (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Shakedown (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Blacklit Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black with multidimensional pearl.” It’s a soft, medium black with multi-colored sparkle–the teal sparkle seems to dominate. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied evenly for the most part. It was buildable with two to three layers. The color lasted for eight hours with minor fall out. MAC Tonight’s Temptation #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder. CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned, powder.. Sephora Collection Jungle Party (09) (P, $13.00) is greener. Sephora Collection Animal Instinct (01) (P, $13.00) is less multi-colored in its shimmer. Urban Decay Oil Slick (P, $18.00) MAC Cinderfella (P, $21.00) is a powder. Buxom Black Lab (P, $18.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Switch to Blue Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich cobalt.” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with a pearly sheen. It seemed to have good color payoff, but it had a tendency to sheer out and apply unevenly on the lid. The color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly. Make Up For Ever I-22 (P, $21.00) is brighter. Dior Atlantique #4 (LE) is lighter, powder. Sleek MakeUP Acid #5 (P, $9.99) is powder, more shimmery. MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #3 (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. MAC Tonight’s Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter, powder. Urban Decay Radium (P, $18.00) is lighter, powder. Maybelline Electric Blue (P, $6.99) is darker. Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

As a reminder, these are from MAC’s upcoming A Novel Romance collection, which will launch online on August 14th and be in-stores on August 21st.

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Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

MAC Love Power Electric Cool Eyeshadow
MAC Love Power Electric Cool Eyeshadow

I tested and reviewed the Electric Cool Eyeshadow formula extensively when it originally launched in 2012. They have a sponge-like texture that has a little bit of spring, but you can press and smooth out like putty. If you’ve tried Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombres or Buxom Stay There Eyeshadows, these are similar in regards to texture. MAC’s version has decent color payoff, but it can vary from shade to shade, and they tend to apply best patted on, not swept or blended out much. I recommend MAC’s 242 for application, as it lays down color well and you can use it to blend out the edges. They wear well without creasing or fading, but there is some fall out with the more sparkly shades. Some of these work really well if you like a sparkling, all-over wash of color on the lid. The bolder and darker the shade, the more patchy and problematic it is to apply for an even, smooth, and opaque result. The lighter the shade, the better it performed.

MAC Love Power Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft shimmering rose.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a frosted finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage that applied decently–it seemed easier to apply with this year’s version compared to my experience in 2012. The color was going strong after nine hours of wear. Sephora Collection Star-Crossed Lovers (103) (P, $13.00) is darker, powder. MAC Pink Sensibilities #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, powder. Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $36.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) is darker, powder. MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P) is more sparkly, powder. theBalm Safe Bet Annette (P, $16.00) is more muted, powder. MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $15.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Gilded Thrill Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “gold.” It’s a brightened, coppery-gold with copper sparkle and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but this was one that applied somewhat patchy on the lid. It had a tendency to sheer out and only leave behind a smattering of sparkle. I did have fall out with this shade but no creasing or fading over an eight hour period. Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is lighter. Kat Von D Summerfly (P) is less sparkly. MAC Phresh Out #2 (LE) is similar but powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Coil Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “copper bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had intense color payoff in a single layer and could be sheered out for softer color with less of a sheen. It lasted well for almost nine hours without fading/creasing. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is powder, darker. YSL Fetiche #1 (LE) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Sable Riche (LE, $15.00) is warmer, less shimmery, powder. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $28.00) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #3 (LE, $16.00) is similar, powder. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) warmer, powder. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is powder. Chanel Charming #3 (LE) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Highly Charged Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich purple with pink pearl.” It’s a medium-dark purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but it was a shade that easily sheered out whenever you tried to blend it. It lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. Ulta Purple (P, $10.00) is darker, powder. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is brighter, powder. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Plush (DC, $21.00) is powder. MAC Push the Edge (P, $21.00) is powder. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #3 (LE) is powder. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler-toned, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I’ll have a review for the other three polishes up soon! :) As a reminder, these are from MAC’s upcoming A Novel Romance collection, which will launch online on August 14th and be in-stores on August 21st.

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