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MAC Love, Rihanna Bronzing Powder

MAC Love, Rihanna Bronzing Powder
MAC Love, Rihanna Bronzing Powder

MAC Love, Rihanna Bronzing Powder ($30.00) is described as a “soft golden brown with gold pearl.” It’s a medium brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a barely-there satin finish. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is slightly darker. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is similar–a touch yellower. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is darker. Burberry Copper Glow (P, $48.00) is similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is browner, more shimmery. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is less orange. Dior Pink Glow Bronzer (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Now, for the first several swatches or uses of the product, it’s a completely different color, because the raised “R” in the compact has a copper-hued frost over-spray which dramatically changes the color to a coppery, medium-dark brown. Unfortunately, it is just an over-spray, as I vigorously brushed away all of the over-spray on the lettering, and it did disappear, and I did, also, dig into the pan a bit and only saw more of the softer brown color come through. I think this could have been more of a special shade if the color on the “R” went all the way through the powder. The consistency of the powdery was fairly soft and velvety, and it blended easily on the skin.  It had decent to good color payoff (judging by once all of the over-spray was removed).  I wore it yesterday, and it wore well for seven and a half hours, and then it started to look a bit faded after eight hours of wear.  The best part about the powder was how blendable it was, but it is similar to a lot of bronzers by MAC (including Hibiscus Kisswhich launched in the summer under the RiRi Hearts MAC banner).

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first 🙂

Please note:  this is a sneak peek.  I’m in the process of testing for wear, and as soon as I wrap up testing, I will update this post with that information as well as a full rating.

MAC Bronzing Powder Love, Rihanna
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
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89%
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MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013 Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, & Swatches

MAC Bad Girl RiRi Lipstick
MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Lipsticks

MAC Bad Girl RiRi Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte taupey nude [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the consistency was just lightly creamy–enough that it didn’t tug or pull at the lips much but still left a matte finish behind.  It wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. It’s nothing like Nude from the fall collection. Bobbi Brown Soft Nude (P, $24.00) is glossier. MAC Spice (LE, $15.00) is not quite as warm-toned and has a sheen but is still very similar. MAC Shanghai Spice (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC Double Shot (P, $15.00) is browner, less matte. MAC Brick-o-la (P, $15.00) is pinker. Guerlain Avarice (P, $49.50) is similar. Burberry Antique Pink (303) (P, $30.00) is lighter just a smidgen. Bobbi Brown Uber Nude (P, $24.00) is browner, less matte. See comparison swatches.

MAC Pleasure Bomb Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte fuchsia [with a Matte finish].” It’s a vibrant, brightened fuchsia with some red and cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had extremely good pigmentation, and it gave full color coverage when applied. The consistency was, again, creamy enough so it didn’t drag much on lips (just a tiny bit) and left behind a matte finish from the get-go. This shade will basically last until you remove it–it’s very, very long-wearing but it starts to get a bit drying after six hours of wear.  Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $49.50) is warmer, redder. MAC All Fired Up (P, $15.00) is redder. Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is less matte. MAC Moxie (LE, $15.00) is a smidgen more fuchsia. MAC Lickable (P, $15.00) is less matte. MAC Impassioned (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Girl About Town (P, $15.00) is a touch bluer-based, less matte. Guerlain Gigi (P, $49.50) is less matte. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $35.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches.

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. The collection also repromotes RiRi Woo (review here).  I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first 🙂

MAC Lipstick Bad Girl RiRi
Bad Girl RiRi
Bad Girl RiRi
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10
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MAC Lipstick Pleasure Bomb
Pleasure Bomb
Pleasure Bomb
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9
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10
Longevity
4.5
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MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag Review & Photos

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag
MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag ($40.00) is described is a muted, medium pink bag that seems to turn almost rose gold when the light hits it. When it’s just duller, cooler lighting, it looks more like a dusky pink. The exterior of the bag feels like faux leather, and the inside is lined with a soft, silk-like liner that has “RiRi Hearts MAC” printed on it. There is a small, clear plastic pocket on the interior of one side of the bag. There is a rose gold zipper pull that says “MAC” on it. The bag is 7 inches in width, 5 inches in height, and just over 1.5 inches in depth. It has a good size–should fit everyday essentials easily as well as a quick, weekend trip’s worth of color products.

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first 🙂

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MAC RiRi Woo Nail Lacquer

MAC RiRi Woo Nail Lacquer
MAC RiRi Woo Nail Lacquer

MAC RiRi Woo Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “matte cool red [with a Cream finish].” It’s a brightened, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It was extremely pigmented–almost totally opaque in one coat–and was fully opaque in two coats. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it spread across the nail easily and didn’t pool along the edges. I typically get a week of wear out of MAC’s polish–usually where MAC polish goes downhill is with the consistency or application, but RiRi Woo applied well and looked great.  Because it is a red cream, it’s easier to dupe, though.  Chanel Cinema (P, $27.00) is similar. MAC Russian Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Flaming Rose (P, $16.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first 🙂

MAC Nail Lacquer RiRi Woo
RiRi Woo
RiRi Woo
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Chanel La Precieuse (317) & La Desiree (327) Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipsticks

Chanel La Precieuse (317) Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipstick
Chanel La Precieuse (317) Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipstick

Chanel La Precieuse (317) Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark blue-based red with a matte finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the color glided on evenly and smoothly fairly well. It wore well for seven and a half hours, but it was drying on me. MAC Glam (DC, $15.00) is similar. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is also darker. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC MAC Red (P, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Calligraphy #5 (LE) is pinker. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is similar. Chanel Rouge Byzantin (LE, $34.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches.

La Desiree (327) Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deeper, medium-dark red with subtle neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly with just slight drag. It lasted seven and a half hours, but like La Precieuse, I did find it rather drying. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is a touch brighter. (LE, $15.00) See comparison swatches.

This is one of my least favorite formulas, because I find it quite drying over time. Many readers have had great experiences with this formula, and others have had some issues with how drying it is. Chanel touts it as “non-drying” (but not hydrating!), but it’s one of the more painful formulas to test for me. Though both shades wore very long, I can’t wear anything after testing one of these for about a day after–I need a lot of extra TLC to get my lips back into shape after wearing one of these!

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Precieuse (317)
6.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
87%
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Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Desiree (327)
6.5
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9.5
Pigmentation
8
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10
Longevity
4
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84%
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LUSH Holiday 2013 Bath Bombs, Bubble Bars, and Gifts Reviews & Photos

Lush Holiday 2013
Lush Holiday 2013

For the holidays, Lush has plenty of offerings to tempt you. Here’s a quickie overview of some of the products I recently tried:

Melting Snowman ($5.95 for 2.1 oz.) is a bath melt, which are supposed to be used either in halves or wholes and tossed into the tub as you fill it with warm water. They’re supposed to add a hydrating element to your soak. He smells of chocolate, cinnamon, and orange. The “chocolate chip” eyes don’t fully melt and tend to float and smear on the tub (not so sexy to look at), and I did find myself needing to scrub those bits away post-bath. It’s definitely hydrating and makes the skin feel softer afterward.

Cinders ($4.95) is a bath bomb that also has “crackling vegan candies,” so you’ll actually hear it crackle and pop a bit once the majority of the bath bomb has fizzed away (about a minute). It smelled like spiced cider, not too sweet or too spicy, and it really was like splashing around in a vat of cider. You can hear the candies crackling here and there for about five to ten minutes. This was my favorite of the bath bombs I tried this season. It turned the water yellow, and I think this might have worked better if it turned the water orange or tangerine? in terms of aesthetics.

The Christmas Penguin ($7.45 for 3.5 oz.) is a bubble bar shaped like a penguin–and he’s a rather pricey bath bomb as a result! Crumble his little penguin body into a hot bath for some bubble action. When used, it will turn the bath water a light blue. It had a slightly tart, slightly sweet mix of citrus going on–a little fizzy and lemon-lime like.

Golden Wonder ($6.95 for 7.8 oz.) is a larger bath bomb that has a treat inside–if you shake it around, you’ll here something rattling inside. It’s golden and has gold glitter on the exterior, and it fizzes away in about a minute and a half. It had a very strong, somewhat synthetic, sweet orange. I didn’t love it–it didn’t give me a really fresh orange fragrance, more cloying and syrupy sweet. Spoiler alert: the portion inside is a vibrant turquoise-blue and did leave some bluish residue along my tub, so be sure to scrub and wash down accordingly.

Luxury LUSH Pud ($6.95 for 7 oz.) is supposed to be a lavender-scented bath bomb. When placed in a hot bath, it turned the water a muted, magenta pink with some foaminess. It took about two minutes for the entire bath bomb to fizzle away. It smelled like a mix of sweet vanilla and lavender.

Sandy Santa ($9.95 for 4.5 oz.) is a body buffer in the shape of Santa. It uses sand and sugar to exfoliate dead skin sells, plus it’s in solid form, so it also contains coconut oil and shea butter for softening and hydration. I wouldn’t say it hydrated all that much, and it really melts very, very quickly. I highly recommend breaking off just a small piece, going over the skin lightly, but then rubbing what you’ve melted off in with your hands, not the bar itself, as you’ll just waste most of it. It smelled primarily of orange oil with a little lemon, and for me, it read synthetic. Breaking him into pieces, I was able to get three scrubs worth of mostly legs and arms but not much else. I was surprised at the price point, given how few uses I was able to get out of him.

Let the Good Times Roll ($12.95 for 3.5 oz.) originally launched for the holidays but made it into the permanent range due to its popularity. It smells like incredibly sweet sugar cookies with a very, very subtle cinnamon spice. It contains maize flour and corn meal, so it is a gentle exofliator with fine bits that leave skin feeling soft but never raw, dry, or red. As a gentler exfoliant, I really liked it, and I’ve been feeling like there’s a void in exfoliators/scrubs in my routine lately, so this has been filling that void nicely. Of all the products I tried this holiday season, this was the only one I’d consider buying.

Celebrate ($29.95 for 7.7 oz.) smells of champagne and citrus–primarily orange–and has a slightly whipped consistency that makes it seem lighter than it is, but it is a rather rich product, because even after two hours of my legs dangling (open to the air!), my legs still felt greasy and slippery. I ended up toweling off what wasn’t absorbing so I could go to bed. I tried it again, and I used the smallest amount possible, and I still felt somewhat greasy after an hour. I would actually say it could make a nice massage lotion, since it never seems to really absorb, so there’s a lot of slip, which is great for massaging! I will also mention that my husband really didn’t like this scent–he found it overwhelming (and he can barely smell, I swear). Like his reaction is encompassed by this scenario: I take one step into his office, and then he says, “What is that smell?” with this face that says, “Please step back.” It had an almost medicinal quality to the orange/citrus in it for me.

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LUSH   Cinders
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LUSH   The Christmas Penguin
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LUSH   Golden Wonder
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LUSH   Luxury LUSH Pud
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LUSH   Let the Good Times Roll
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LUSH   Celebrate
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