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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.14 oz.) features five shades with warm undertones. Amber Lights and Mulch are both part of the permanent range, while the other three are all repromotes.  Femme-fi is a repromote of a limited edition shade, while the other two are new (I do believe!).  Midnight Hour was the only miss in the palette, and it was a soft miss; because it is a darker color, with a soft, fluffy brush, it can still be usable–it’s just not ideal because it lacks a softer texture that would deliver better color payoff and blendability.  Femme-Fi and Amber Lights were a smidgen powdery at times, but they were quite pigmented and easy to blend.  Mulch could have been softer, denser, but it had fairly good color payoff and was fairly easy to blend.  All of the shades except Midnight Hour wore well for eight hours without fading or creasing; Midnight Hour was slightly faded after eight hours of wear.  This is a nice palette overall, especially given past years’ palettes from MAC at holiday, but the competition on palettes during the holiday is stiff–$40 for 5 shades isn’t the best deal around, so since it’s not a total home run, I’m not sold.

Femme-Fi is described as a “frosty golden cream [with a Veluxe Pearl].” It’s a soft, golden beige with a frosted finish. It had a soft, buttery texture and really nice color payoff. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter. Estee Lauder Halo (P, $24.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Amber Lights is described as a “peachy brown with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm-toned, medium copper with strong orange undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had really intense pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. There are quite a few near-identical dupes for this–see comparison swatches.

Mulch is described as a “red-brown with bronze pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a medium-dark, reddish-toned brown with a golden sheen and warm undertones. It had a pearly finish. The consistency was soft, and it applied smoothly, but it did seem a little lighter/weaker compared to the permanent shade. Too Faced Chestnut (LE) is less red-toned. MAC Eclair (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Socialite is described as a “warm copper [with a Satin finish].” It’s a warm-toned, mustard-y color. This one is a color that I found hard to describe, as it’s a mix of brown, orange, and yellow with a barely-there satin finish. It had excellent color payoff and applied very smoothly. MAC Juiced was the only similar shade that came to mind, but it is yellower. See comparison swatches.

Midnight Hour is described as a “warm blackened plum [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a barely-there satin finish. The texture was a bit dry to work with, but a soft, fluffy brush (like a good crease brush) helped out during application quite a bit. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 is cooler-toned. (LE) MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $15.00) is similar, more matte.Benefit Quick, Look Busy (P, $20.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette Stroke of Midnight/Warm
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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Femme-Fi

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B+

Mulch

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Socialite

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Midnight Hour

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MAC Scene to Be Seen Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Scene to Be Seen Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Scene to Be Seen Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Scene to Be Seen Mineralize Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a two-in-one product that features a section that’s described as a “brick rose with gold reflects” and a larger area described as a “mauve with pink sheen.” I’m reviewing each shade individually as well as when mixed, so there are three sets of swatches and corresponding photos. To make sure it doesn’t get too confusing, each Mineralize Skinfinish will be posted separately.  All three shades lasted the same on me — just under seven hours before there was noticeable fading.  The inner section of the product wasn’t quite as pigmented as the outer shade, but when everything is swirled together, the outer shade makes up for whatever pigmentation is lacking from the inner portion.  Aside from below average wear time, whether the shades were worn separately or together, the finish emphasized pores.

Scene to Be Seen (Inner) is a warm, reddish plum with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was a little chunky. It did somewhat emphasize pores when applied to the cheeks due to the more metallic sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Savage (P, $55.00) is redder. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is similar but smoother. MAC Small Vanity (LE, $21.00) is more muted. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is brighter, redder. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is more plum-hued. See comparison swatches.

Scene to Be Seen (Outer) is a subtly, warm-toned plum with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff, was slightly powder, and did emphasize pores. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $25.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is less warm-toned. Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $43.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Scene to Be Seen is a warm, coppery-plum with a frosted, metallic sheen. The inner shade seemed to overwhelm the outer shade when swirled together. It had good pigmentation, but it did emphasize pores. MAC Small Vanity (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches.

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinish Scene to Be Seen
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.14 oz.) features five shades of cool-toned eyeshadows for the holidays.  This year’s eyeshadow palettes are a definite surprise–and in a good way–because they’re better than the last few years’ palettes in terms of quality. I don’t think they’re the best palette for the holidays now that they’re at nearly $40 a pop (and you’re only getting 0.14 oz.).  Deception had a chunky, glittery texture that felt dry and a little loose, while Romance Me was somewhat stiffer to work with, but the other three eyeshadows were nice overall.  Shadowy Lady felt softer and had more payoff (more readily) than I remember the permanent version having.  Deception had fall out during wear, and Frisco was prone to a little fading after seven and a half hours, while the majority of the shades looked mostly intact by the eight-hour mark.

Fair Sex is described as a “light frosted pink [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light pink with subtle cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had decent to good pigmentation and applied smoothly overall. Too Faced Taffy (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #5 (P) is more metallic. Dior Constellation (864) #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is similar. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Deception is described as a “frosty golden brown [with a Frost finish].” It’s a subtly warm-toned, medium-dark brown with gold sparkle. The texture felt more like a Lustre, as it had a chunky, gritty feel because of the high sparkle content. LORAC Pewter (P) is less sparkly, darker. MAC Damson (LE, $21.00) is more golden. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is smoother. MAC Roasted Chestnut (LE, $32.50) is warmer, darker. Chanel Ebloui (P, $36.00) is a cream product, darker. See comparison swatches.

Romance Me is described as a “warm plum with gold pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a cool-toned, gray-tinged brown with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff, as the texture was somewhat stiff and harder to blend. Disney by Sephora Jaq (LE) is browner. MAC Twilight Falls (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Shale (P, $15.00) is less gray/purple. See comparison swatches.

Frisco is described as a “soft pastel pink [with a Matte finish].”  It’s a light-medium, pink-peach with a matte finish.  It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, velvety, and not powdery. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE) is shimmery. Too Faced Ringleader (LE) is frosted. MAC Orb (P, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is warmer, less pink. See comparison swatches.

Shadowy Lady is described as a “blackened plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deep, purpled burgundy with a matte finish. It had a soft, slightly powdery–but very smooth–texture with good color payoff. It actually seemed softer and easier to use than the permanent version. Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE) is more muted. bareMinerals Nightcap (P) is lighter. MAC Fig. 1 (P, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette Stroke of Midnight/Cool
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Fair Sex

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Deception

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B

Romance Me

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B+

Frisco

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MAC Perfectly Poised Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfectly Poised Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfectly Poised Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfectly Poised Mineralize Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a two-in-one product that features a section that’s described as a “creamy beige with pinkish purplish sheen” and a larger area described as a “bronzy coral with golden tones.” This particular Mineralize Skinfinish wore a little better on me than others, topping in at seven hours, which isn’t great wear but longer than some other shades of Mineralize powders for me.  There is significant emphasis of pores due to the outer shade, which has a very frosted, metallic finish, so when that is used alone or mixed in, pores seem to be at the forefront.

Perfectly Poised (Inner) is a pale, cool-toned beige with a pink, pearlescent sheen. It had a soft, finely-milled texture and was slightly powdery. It emphasized pores somewhat when applied. It seemed to wear well for almost seven hours, which as far as Mineralize products go, not bad. NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC In for a Treat (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC Snowglobe (LE, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Perfectly Poised (Outer) is a warm, medium, slightly muted orange with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, but the texture was a little powdery. It emphasized pores quite a bit and had a very shiny look on the cheeks. This shade also lasted seven hours on me. NARS Luster (P, $29.00) is more golden, darker. MAC Trace Gold (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $23.50) is similar. MAC Solar Ray (LE, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Warmth of Coral (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Perfectly Poised is a muted, light-medium orange with a slight peach coloring. It had a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. It had good color payoff when swirled together. It did somewhat emphasize pores but wasn’t as shiny as when the outer shade was worn alone. Together, they still wore well for seven hours.  MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $25.00) is pinker. NARS Realm of the Senses #3 (LE, $29.00) is lighter. NARS Miss Liberty (P, $29.00) is yellower. MAC Poised (LE, $21.00) is browner, darker. MAC Bareness (LE, $25.00) is less metallic. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinish Perfectly Poised
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
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Chanel Reflexion (71) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Reflexion (71) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss
Chanel Reflexion (71) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Reflexion (71) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss ($32.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is a strawberry pink-red with soft pink and gold micro-shimmer and warm undertones. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Friandise (82) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer, less pink. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is less shimmery. Revlon Strawberry (P, $7.49) is similar–a little less shimmery. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $27.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

It had nearly opaque color coverage applied to the lips, but there was just a hint of translucency so if you have naturally redder lips, they may bring out the red tones in this shade. The consistency is gel-like, lightly tacky, but smooth and comfortable to wear. It wore well for five hours, and it was hydrating while worn. I can see this shade being particular popular come spring and summer.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Reflexion (71)
10
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder
Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder ($69.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pale, pearlescent pink-tinged translucent powder. It brightens and adds a subtle luminosity to the skin all-over. It also extended the wear of my foundation by an hour and a half, though that’s more of a bonus, as the brand’s description says nothing about improving wear.  The pan uses a combination of pink, beige, lavender, and mint green, but the effect of the color swirled is a pale, cool-toned pink. I think the effect is comparable to Hourglass Mood Light, perhaps a bit more luminous.

Technically, Guerlain labels this as a “Radiance Powder” for the face, whereas past iterations of the pressed Meteorites formula are “Exceptional Pressed Powder.” This even contains significantly more product at 0.35 oz., as compared to 0.26 oz. for the Meteorites Voyage / Exceptional Pressed Powders. I really couldn’t detect any difference in texture or effect between the two formulas. Except the most obvious: more bang for your buck, because the permanent Mythic will cost you $55 just for the pan ($170 for the compact and pan). It brightens, softens the look of skin, and adds back a natural luminosity that gives skin a natural look. It works all-over, and on my medium complexion, it didn’t look chalky despite its cooler pink tone. Like other Guerlain powders, it is violet-scented.

I bought this when it popped up late last week on Nordstrom, because ever since falling in love with Wulong (last year’s Meteorites compact) and finding Mythic (part of the permanent range) equally impressive, I knew that there would be no way I’d skip this year’s. I’m glad I didn’t, because here’s why Meteorites are addictive: when I walked by my husband after applying this all over my face, he said, “Hey, you look really beautiful right now.” This after having passed him a dozen or more times, and all I had on was foundation and then used the Crazy Meteorites all-over to set and finish (no eyeshadow, blush, or lip color). I kid you not, as I was working through other swatches, he came over so he could look upon my beauty. So yes, Crazy Meteorites might make people go crazy around you.

Guerlain Radiance Powder Crazy Meteorites
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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