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MAC Tropical Taboo Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass
MAC Tropical Taboo Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Cremesheen Glasses ($20.00 for 0.09 fl. oz.) come in four shades: Calypso Beat, Fever Isle, Japanese Spring (repromote), and Narcissus (repromote). All four are limited edition.  If you love the Cremesheen Glass formula, you’ll no doubt love at least three of the four here. I’m not the biggest fan of the formula due to how quickly it wears away coupled with how little is actually in the tube (0.09 fl. oz. vs. 0.17 fl. oz. in Lipglass), so one tube can go rather quickly.  The other is that they tend to be milky or creamy and settle into lip lines, which these do to an extent but a much lesser extent (except for Japanese Spring) than ones in the past have.  The formula is almost creamy but not terribly thick (not like Lipglass), vanilla-scented, and non-sticky.

Calypso Beat is described as a “pale neutral peach.” It’s a light-medium peach with warm, beige-y undertones and a soft, white shimmer. This was semi-opaque applied to lips, and for as light and milky as it is, it applied very, very well and evenly. There is some settling into lip lines, but the opacity helps to minimize the visibility of that. It’s one of the better milky Cremesheen Glasses I can remember trying. The big downside was that it lasted two and a half hours on me. Chanel Zephyr is sheerer. MAC Boundless Beige is very sheer in comparison. MAC Summer Sweetheart is more beige. MAC On the Scene is less shimmery. MAC Fashion Whim is a touch lighter. MAC Kiss Me Softly is less pigmented. See comparison swatches.

Fever Isle is described as a “bright red coral.” It’s a medium-dark, coral-red with fine gold shimmer. It was semi-opaque with some translucency but a lot of color. It applied fairly evenly across the lips, though there was some settling of the color into lip lines–however between the shimmer, glossiness, and color coverage, it was hardly noticeable. This gloss lasted three hours on me. Revlon Papaya is warmer, more orange. MAC Kiss Don’t Tell is lighter, pinker. MAC Star Quality is also pinker. See comparison swatches.

Japanese Spring is described as a “pale dirty pink.” It’s a sheer, milky, pale pink with subtle cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It’s very sheer and just adds a milkiness to my natural lip color more than anything. Because it’s so light, it does settle into lip lines noticeably. It lasted an hour and a half on me. Urban Decay Obsessed is similar. NARS International Velvet is also similar. MAC Petite Indulgence is more pigmented. MAC Going Casual is pinker. MAC Pagoda is more pigmented and shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Narcissus is described as a “dirty eggplant.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark purple-magenta with a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall and didn’t settle too noticeably into lip lines. It wore three hours when I tried it. Urban Decay Crush is pinker. MAC Style Packed is much pinker. MAC Heroine is less purple, more magenta. See comparison swatches.

MAC Cremesheen Glass Calypso Beat
Calypso Beat
Calypso Beat
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Fever Isle
Fever Isle
Fever Isle
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Japanese Spring
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
5
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Narcissus
Narcissus
Narcissus
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Illustrated Bags (2013) by Anja Kroencke and Indie 184 Review & Photos

MAC Illustrated Bag 1 by Indie 184
MAC Illustrated Bag 1 by Indie 184

MAC Illustrated Bags (2013 Edition) ($36.00 each) were designed by Anja Kroencke and Indie 184 (each with two bags). For more background, see the original press release. Each bag is 8″ wide and 6″ tall with a 1″ depth. They felt like vinyl/plastic on the outside, and still like vinyl but not as plastic-like on the interior, which is lined with a different pattern.

The bags designed by Anja Kroencke are black and white drawings, and the interior is the same for both bags. The bags designed by Indie 184 are in “graphic street style,” and each bag as the other bag’s exterior as its interior (which I thought was cool). They’re large enough to hold your lipglosses, lipsticks, eyeshadows, quads, and some of the shorter-handled brushes. The size of these would work best as a makeup bag inside a purse for everyday or as one of many makeup bags for travel.

These will MAC stores (not counters) on July 11th, international stores in August, and will be online on July 2nd.

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MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Rich Lipsticks

MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Rich Lipsticks

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Rich Lipsticks ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) come in five shades: Divine Choice, Glamour Era, Lady at Play, Luxe Natural, and Midnight Mambo. The latter is the only limited edition (and new) shade, which is the only shade I’ll have reviewed in this post, because the other four are permanent and were just reviewed this past March. 🙂

Midnight Mambo is described as an “intense violet.” It’s a fuchsia-shimmered magenta with cool undertones. It as semi-opaque coverage that was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque–most of my lip freckle is hidden but there is some translucency across the whole lip. Given that it’s a Mineralize Rich lipstick, which is supposed to have “medium shine” and “buildable coverage,” it felt a lot like the others in the range, but it did seem slightly sheerer (even if you only compare to the other four featured in this collection). It lasted six and a half hours and left a slight stain behind, and it was lightly moisturizing while I wore it. Revlon Lollipop is more muted. Maybelline Hot Plum is less shimmery. MAC Show Orchid is more iridescent but is very similar. See comparison swatches.

The Mineralize Rich Lipstick range was released in March, so please refer to these links for reviews of: Divine Choice, Glamour Era, Lady at Play, Luxe Natural.  For reference, I have included the photos for all of those shades within this post but for reviews, ratings, dupes, and so on, please read their respective posts 🙂

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Midnight Mambo
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Giorgio Armani No. 04 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 04 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 04 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 04 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, sheer yellow with a subtle, luminous shimmer and sheen. As a highlighter, the effect is similar to Chanel Or or bareMinerals The Shining Moment to a subtler degree (see comparison swatches here).

Fluid Sheer is described as “an illuminating veil of radiance” that can be used as a base, corrector, or “radiance [booster]” applied alone, over, mixed with, or under foundation, as well as applied as a more traditional blush, bronzer, or highlighter (depending on the shade and your skin tone/color). No. 04 make look intimidating in the bottle, and when initially pumped out, it’s definitely yellow, but it sheers out beautifully to a soft, yellowy shimmer that will work really well on warmer complexions to add a golden warmth and sheen. I like it mixed with moisturizer or foundation (depending on what I’m doing), as well as patted along the high planes of the face as a highlighter.  When mixed with foundation, the wear seems to be the same as whatever I normally get with that particular foundation (but there’s no breakdown of the foundation because of this), and when worn just as a highlighter (as I am in the photo below), it wears seven hours well, and then starts to fade away.

It’s definitely a very versatile, nearly error-proof formula, because it’s spreadable, blendable, and can be worn over/under liquids as well as powders. Some liquid products don’t react well to powder and end up looking patchy or start flaking away, but this worked nicely even layered on top of setting and finishing powders as a last minute addition.  One bottle will last you quite awhile, because a little goes a long way (be careful when pumping out the product if you only want to use it as a spot highlighter/blush).

P.S. — I recommend watching Dustin Hunter’s video on the Fluid Sheers, because his video is what made me NEED this.

P.P.S — Giorgio Armani Beauty is also having their Friends & Family sale now through the 30th, so that’s 20% off + free shipping when you spend $75.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 04
No. 04
No. 04
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

Cult Nails Walk of Shame Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Walk of Shame Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Walk of Shame Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Walk of Shame Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is an assortment of multi-sized gold glitters and smaller, holographic micro-glitter suspended in a clear base. I layered one coat over Zoya Hazel. Though I have no photographic evidence, I am also wearing this layered over OCC Ripley on my toes, and it’s quite lovely. To give you an idea of the spread and opacity of the top coat on its own, I applied two coats on my thumb nail. One coat is dense enough to give a good smattering of glitter and sparkle as a top coat, and the glitters spread evenly. I didn’t have to push and tug the glitters into place with the brush–just applied it like a normal polish. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so you could easily get away with two coats without feeling like you had a really thick layer of polish on your nails. The holographic micro-glitter in this is what makes it interesting, because you can see the rainbow flashes as your fingers move and at different angles. It was also what made it difficult for me to dupe (I have no suggestions, but I very much welcome yours!).

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Walk of Shame
A

Discontinued

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Chanel Ingenue & Interlude Rouge Coco Shines

Chanel Ingenue Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Ingenue Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Ingenue Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a soft, yellow tangerine with a glossy shine. On lips, it looked like gold-shimmered peach, and because it was semi-opaque, my natural lip color seemed to mute some of the brightness of the color. Because of the lightness of this shade, it didn’t look as even applied as some of the other shades I’ve tried. It lasted three and a half hours, which is short of average, but was slightly moisturizing while I wore it. Chanel Sentiment is similar but less glossy. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower is warmer, more opaque. MAC Shy Girl is less warm-toned. MAC In a Heartbeat is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Interlude Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a warm-toned, pink-coral with a soft shine. It wasn’t as glossy as Ingenue. It had semi-opaque color with some translucency but quite a bit of color–true to the finish and feel of the Rouge Coco Shine, but with more amplified color, as promised. This shade wore three hours on me, as the formula of the Rouge Coco Shines tends to be very creamy and slick (and while very comfortable to wear, shorter on wear). Chanel Sentiment is warmer. Tom Ford Frolic is similar but more shimmery. NARS Montego Bay is more matte. MAC Reel Sexy is lighter. MAC Razzledazzler is slightly less pink. MAC Ever Hip
MAC Coral Bliss is pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches.

If you like the feel of lipstick-lip balm hybrid products but found Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine to be lacking in pigment, you may enjoy the new additions to the range, which were all designed to have more pigmentation.  The consistency is creamy, slick (almost wet but not quite), and lightweight.  It’s a comfortable formula to wear, but you may need to reapply more frequently than with a more traditional lipstick.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Ingenue
Ingenue
Ingenue
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Interlude
Interlude
Interlude
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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