Monday, June 30th, 2014

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquers — Delicate, Quiet Time, Coffee Break, Nocturnelle

MAC Delicate Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale sheer ballet pink [with a Cream finish].” It’s a sheer, light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. Despite the new formula and brush applicator, this shade still applied streakily. The consistency was thicker and didn’t seem to be quite as uneven once applied as it self-leveled to a degree, it didn’t have a great end result. Zoya Rue (P, $9.00) is opaque, darker. MAC Confectionary (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Quiet Time Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “beige nude [with a Cream finish].” It’s a light-medium, gray-beige with subtle neutral undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and the consistency leaned slightly thick, but it didn’t show up in the application. It applied well without streaking or pooling along the edges. YSL Beige Gallerie (39) (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, lighter. Chanel Frenzy (P, $27.00) is darker, grayer. Zoya Farah (P, $9.00) is similar. Zoya Cho (P, $9.00) is lighter. Essie Sand Tropez (LE, $8.00) is grayer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Coffee Break Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “midtone cool taupe [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark, neutral taupe brown with a cream finish. The polish had full color coverage after two coats were applied, though it nearly opaque in a single coat. The texture leaned slightly thick, but I didn’t find it to be a problem during application, as the color didn’t pool along the edges or bubble. MAC Triumphant (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Essie Hot Coco (LE, $8.00) is darker, redder in tone. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Nocturnelle Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich true black [with a Cream finish].” It’s a rich, medium-dark black with a cream finish. It was almost opaque in a single coat, though I applied two to be sure. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so two coats does give it a glossier, plusher look once it dries down. There’s a natural shine to the dry down as well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

MAC Ever Amethyst Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Ever Amethyst Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Ever Amethyst Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 for 0.07 oz.) is one of three new (and permanent!) shades available in the updated Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo range. (I will review the other two new duos soon!) The Mineralize Eyeshadow formula is supposed to be sheer when used dry, more intense when used with a dampened brush, as it is a wet/dry formula. Both halves of the duo had soft, slightly powdery, textures that felt finely-milled and were easy to blend on the lid. Using either shade with a dampened brush helped to minimize the powderiness of the formula.

Ever Amethyst #1 is described as a “soft violet.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy brown with a soft, golden shimmer and sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer coverage and felt a bit more powdery, and then applied with a dampened brush, it applied more smoothly and looked slightly more shimmery. The color wore well for seven hours before starting to fade. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Great Beyond #1 (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS China Seas #2 (P, $24.00) is darker, more plum. MAC A Medley of Mauves #3 (P, $21.00) is darker, more plum. Chanel Quadrille #1 (LE) is more plum, less shimmery. Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $5.99) is lighter. theBalm Just This Once Jamie (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is less brown. MAC Shale (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ever Amethyst #2 is described as a “deep violet.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned reddish plum with a soft, pearly sheen. It was semi-opaque applied dry, and it was fully opaque and smoother when applied with a dampened brush. On me, this shade started to fade after seven hours of wear. NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is less red. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE) is darker. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $6.99) is more shimmery. Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) is darker, browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

MAC Tropical, Soiree, Quick Million Studio Studio Nail Lacquers
MAC Tropical, Soiree, Quick Million Studio Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Tropical Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “black with rainbow multi-pearl [with a Glitter finish].” It has a sheer, black-tinted base with small-sized light orange and orange-copper glitter (no rainbow glitter–wondering if the description is wrong). After two coats, it was mostly opaque, as the formula spread evenly across the nail–didn’t have to play with the glittery bits to get them into place. It dried down to a slightly bumpy/textured finish, but a layer of top coat will smooth it out without having to apply multiple coats. Cult Nails Blaze (DC, $12.00) is smaller in size and is a top coat so it looks somewhat similar if it is layered over black. China Glaze Electrify (LE, $7.50) has larger glitter in a clear base.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Soiree Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkly light bronze gold [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peachy beige with fine threads of metallic shimmer. It had opaque color coverage after two coats. The consistency was slightly thick but manageable without any major impact on application. It dried down to a lightly shiny finish. There were very slightly visible brush strokes, but only from certain angles. L’Oreal The Statement Piece (LE, $6.99) is lighter, yellower. Zoya Tomoko (P, $9.00) is lighter, yellower. MAC Shimmerfish (LE, $17.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Quick Million Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold glitter with large particle pink glitter [with a Glitter finish].” It has fine white gold shimmer and pearl with larger chunks of pink glitter. Some of the pink glitter ends up looking gold due to the other shimmer in the base. The consistency was slightly thicker, but the glitters spread fairly well without a lot of work. If you don’t like textured or bumpy nails, though, this one is noticeably chunky when it dries down. Even with two layers of top coat, it still felt a bit textured. It had semi-opaque color coverage after two coats. I’m not sure of a dupe for this one, so I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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Tropical

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Saturday, June 28th, 2014

MAC Aquas & Dark Greens Eyeshadow Swatches

Aqua is described as a “subdued, pale grey aqua [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, aqua-green with subtle cool undertones and a white base and matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Aquadisiac is described as a “deep sea turquoise [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a medium-dark, bluish-teal with subtle cool undertones and satin finish (with slight silver sparkle). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bottle Green is described as a “deep bottle green [with a Matte finish].” It’s a darkened green with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Greensmoke is described as a “tarnished olive [with a Lustre finish].” It’s an earthy, olive green with a frosted finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Humid is described as a “intense green with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark, forest green with subtle gold shimmer and a pearly finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kelly is described as a “bright kelly green [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, medium green with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, June 28th, 2014

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquers — Instant Crush, Saint Germain, Snob

MAC Instant Crush Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright coral [with a Cream finish].” It’s a brightened, medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque color coverage after two coats were applied, but the first coat was slightly streaky. Thankfully, the second coat helped to even everything out, so the end result was smooth and even. MAC Please Me (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker. MAC Comic Cute (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Angel (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Rescue Beauty Lounge Pepto Pink (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Saint Germain Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light cool pink [with a Cream finish].” It’s a cool-toned, light pink with blue undertones and a cream finish. It had full color coverage after two coats of polish. The consistency was slightly thick but not troublesome to work with. The initial coat was somewhat streaky, but a second coat evened and smoothed everything out for better end results. Cult Nails Falling Hard (LE, $12.00) is similar. Illamasqua Harem (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Vagabondage (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Pinkly Fresh (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Essie Cascade Cool (LE, $8.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Snob Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light neutral pink [with a Cream finish].” It’s a light-medium, muted pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and the polish applied evenly and smoothly. The reformulation is warmer, more neutral, in color. Zoya Brigitte (P, $9.00) is darker, more muted, grayer. NARS Trouville (LE, $19.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, June 27th, 2014

MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft coral with golden shimmer.” It’s a slightly muted, medium coppery orange with gold shimmer. At best, it looks slightly reddish-tinged (“coral”) in the pan, but it seems far more copper than coral. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, redder. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is a cream product, stronger red tones. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Luster (P, $29.00) is more golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade was originally released a few years ago, but it’s back and now part of the permanent set of Mineralize Skinfinishes (it is one of five). The color is just about identical between the one I just purchased and the one I have from years ago, and the texture of the new one is less powdery–still similar in regards to softness and silkiness, but the new one isn’t at all powdery. The shimmer seemed a bit finer, smoother once applied, as it didn’t emphasize pores as much as my older compact did. This particular shade of Mineralize Skinfinish could be used as a highlighter, bronzer, or blush, as it had good color payoff that was buildable to full opacity or easily sheered out for a warm glow. If you want to use it primarily as a highlighter, I recommend a light hand and fan or stippling brush, otherwise you’ll get a fair amount of color. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours before starting to get patchy/faded along the apples of the cheeks.

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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Cheeky Bronze

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