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MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencils

MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome Eye Pencil
MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome Eye Pencil

MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencils ($21.00 for 0.055 oz.) are a new product being launched in the collection. The new formula will be available in four shades: Copper Strip (frosty mid-tone copper), Life’s Luxury (deep bronze brown), Polished Jet (charcoal with pearl), and Rich Glance (light gold).

Copper Strip is a warm, coppery bronze with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff in a single pass, and it was creamy enough to apply without tugging or pulling on the lid. Make Up For Ever #22E is a bit lighter. Clinique Fuller Fudge looks nearly identical. MAC Eclair is also very similar. Maybelline Bad to the Bronze is less coppery.

Life’s Luxury is a deepened, warm-toned bronze brown with coppery-red pearl. It had nice color payoff in a single pass and was buildable on the lid. I don’t have it myself, but a guest swatched NYX’s pencil range here, and Black Bean seems rather similar. Benefit Bronze Have More Fun is warmer. Bobbi Brown Bark doesn’t have the frost/shimmer finish.

Polished Jet is a soft, gray-black with silver sparkle. It had decent pigmentation in a single pass but was more buildable. Urban Decay Mercury is bluer. Urban Decay Barracuda is similar. Maybelline Audacious Asphalt is lighter.

Rich Glance is a warm-toned, champagne beige with a metallic sheen. Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy is a bit darker. Urban Decay Sin is pinker. NYX Yogurt is also pinker. Maybelline Barely Branded is lighter. MAC Mooncake is darker and more glittery.

The first thing I noticed was these seemed small; smaller in overall size compared to other jumbo eyeshadow pencils, but the weight is only 0.055 oz. To put this in perspective, consider these competing brands’ jumbo pencils: Make Up For Ever at 0.14 oz., NARS at 0.14 oz., Urban Decay at 0.10 oz., and Clinique at 0.10 oz. It’s only slightly more than your average eyeliner pencil (which is usually 0.04 oz.)–and MAC is more expensive, by the ounce, than all of those brands but even just ignoring the size, only NARS’ is more expensive ($24).

I wore all four shades yesterday, and they lasted for eleven hours without creasing. There was some very slight fading, but it was minimal and all four shades looked mostly intact.  These set nearly instantly, which makes them harder to blend together.  I recommend working very quickly if you use multiple shades and one eye at a time.  I ended up “blending” by lightly stippling color over the shade next to it and using the pencil’s tip to sort of blend the two together, because most of the brushes I tried weren’t getting the job done.  As far as brushes went, NARS’ Small Dome Brush worked the best for blending. The formula is lightly creamy; each pencil glided across skin well and didn’t pull or tug, and there was a good amount of color payoff without having to go back and forth.  

If you used this as a base or only one or two at a time, I think they’d be easier to use. I also tried using two shades as eyeliners, and they held up well–there was some slight thinning apparent after eight hours of wear but no migration or smudging. Lastly, these do require sharpening, so there will be some waste (which is certainly a bummer, given how little product there is!).

MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencil Copper Strip
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total
MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencil Life's Luxury
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total
MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencil Polished Jet
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total
MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencil Rich Glance
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Hot Nights Blush

MAC Hot Nights Blush
MAC Hot Nights Blush

MAC Hot Nights Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone berry pink [with a frost finish].” It’s a bright, bold raspberry pink with a satiny sheen (not very frosted at all). MAC Prom Princess is lighter. NARS Mata Hari is bit lighter, less cool-toned. Tom Ford Narcissist is much brighter and bolder, more magenta. MAC Supernova is very similar. Tom Ford Wicked is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Amazon Princess is also similar.

Hot Nights is very intense–it has amazingly rich color payoff!  In a blush, this is excellent news for deeper skin tones, while it can be taken with less enthusiasm from those with very fair complexions.  For fairer complexions, I recommend using a very light hand, a soft brush, preferably a stippling one.  I applied this using MAC’s fan brush (184), and it was still quite intense even on my medium skin tone. Though rich in color, the texture itself was slightly dry, and I felt like trying to blend such a pigmented blush on my cheeks took a lot of doing. I ended up blending more foundation along the edges to soften them!  Hot Nights wore for eight hours well, and after nine hours, it was beginning to fade.

MAC Powder Blush Hot Nights
Hot Nights
Hot Nights
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

MAC Ripe for Love Blush

MAC Ripe for Love Blush
MAC Ripe for Love Blush

MAC Ripe for Love Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone peach [with a satin finish].” It’s a medium coral-orange with a satiny sheen and warm undertones. Aveda Hibiscus is slightly pinker, less shimmery. MAC Stereo Rose is more frosted, slightly lighter. bareMinerals The Natural High is pinker. Tom Ford Lovelust is less orange, more shimmery. MAC Ripe Peach is very similar but can appear lighter/pinker (depending on where you concentrate your brush).  MAC Marine Life is similar but can turn redder (less orange), depending on how you apply it.

The more you blend the blush out, the more the satiny sheen transforms into a glow. It had a soft, finely-milled texture that applied smoothly and evenly. The texture made it easy to blend on the skin. Ripe for Love had good, buildable color; true-to-pan payoff but easy to sheer out or build up in layers for just the right intensity that you desire at any given moment. When I wore it yesterday, it lasted seven and a half hours well, and it was marginally faded after eight hours–it wasn’t too noticeable under eight and a half hours.

MAC Powder Blush Ripe for Love
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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MAC Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) includes these shades: Romantico (light taupe bronze, Veluxe Pearl), Bare My Soul (frosted gold, Lustre), Friendly (deep bronze chocolate, Veluxe Pearl), and When in Rio (deep green with copper pearl, Frost). The quad will be available online on May 16th and in-stores May 23rd (of course, it usually is online earlier than the stated date). It is packaged in a matte bronze with a rubbery texture–if you’re familiar with NARS’ packaging, it’s very much like that, only bronze in color.

Romantico is a soft, medium-dark bown with a frosted finish and subtly warm, reddish undertones. It had nice color payoff and applied smoothly. Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Eyeshadow #3 is warmer. Too Faced Hot Cocoa is lighter. NARS Flowers 3 is warmer. Milani Caramel Brown has a more metallic finish. MAC Buckwheat is darker. MAC Lie Low is more orange. MAC Sable is darker.

Bare My Soul is a gold-shimmered coppery brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly when I used it on the lid. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #2 is very similar. Guerlain Calligraphy Eye & Lip #2 is slightly darker. Urban Decay Penny Lane is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone is more golden, brighter. bareMinerals Golden Iris has more of a satiny sheen.

Friendly is a rich, chocolatly brown with subtly warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fantastic color payoff, and it applied incredibly smoothly, too. Inglot #421 is slightly more coppery. Laura Mercier Cedar is more matte. MAC Make Your Mark is not quite as intense. MAC Mulch is redder.

When in Rio is a deep, red-brown base with a greenish-teal sheen. It had good color payoff when layered, but it was a little on the drier side and slightly stiff when I tried blending it out on the lid. It’s workable, but it’s not as nice as Romantico or Friendly. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #8 has a much redder base. bareMinerals Mirage is browner. MAC Double Feature #5 #2 is similar in design but much redder in practice. Tarte Exquisite Emerlad is similar though not as intense. MAC Woodsmoke is bluer. Inglot #414 is greener. MAC Club would also be similar, though I think the duochrome is not quite as obvious (and also Blue Brown pigment).

Initially, it reminded me of the Burmese Beauty quad from a few years ago, but they’re definitely not one-for-one. Burmese Beauty had a more golden, rather than copper-toned, shade, but it did have a similarly duochrome blue-brown shade (Burmese Beauty). The other two eyeshadows are not similar to the other two found in this quad.

I liked the quad overall, but at this price point, I really wish When in Rio was softer, more pigmented, and more blendable.  In the world of MAC eyeshadow quads, this is certainly one of the better ones in the past few years.  I wore all four eyeshadows together yesterday, and I didn’t have any issues with creasing or fading after nine hours of wear (no primer).

MAC Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Quad

A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

Sneak Peek: MAC Temperature Rising Collection Photos & Swatches


MAC Temperature Rising Collection

MAC Temperature Rising launches online in North America on May 16th, and then will launch in-stores on May 23rd. I’m working on getting all the photos ready, testing the products, and writing reviews as I wrap up testing. For now, enjoy these sneak peek swatches! 🙂 I would very much appreciate it if you could hold any questions until I’ve had a chance to write the reviews! Thank you!

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Zoya Beatrix Nail Lacquer

Zoya Beatrix Nail Lacquer
Zoya Beatrix Nail Lacquer

Zoya Beatrix Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “tangerine metal sparkle” with a Pixie Dust finish. It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark orange base with twinkling tangerine shimmer and sparkle that gives it a metallic, foil-like sheen, plus a textured finish overall. The closest shade I could think of, which isn’t a dupe at all, was Sinful Cloud 9, which similar coloring and shimmer, but it isn’t textured and is much more subdued. There are some other tangerine-hued polishes, but they were all creams.

With two coats, Beatrix was mostly opaque (there’s a hint of visible nail line from further away and with enough light coming through the free edge of the nail). Zoya recommends one to three thin coats, with three being used for full coverage for the Pixie Dust polishes. They also recommend waiting up to ten minutes per coat. I experienced drying time of five to seven minutes per coat, and I did thin to medium ones. Zoya’s Pixie Dust formula wears incredibly (and impressively) well for a full seven days with no chipping and only minor tip wear–and the tip wear is more like it dusting off at the edge, but it’s not as noticeable as normal tip wear. Another thing I like is that these are versatile; you can always apply a top coat and get a glossier, shinier effect if the textured look isn’t your cup of tea. It’s beautiful either way!

Zoya Nail Lacquer Beatrix
Beatrix
Beatrix
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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