Friday, April 22nd, 2011


MAC Flighty Collection – Preview Swatches

It’s really important to me to really test out products in full before reviewing them, which is why I will not be posting my reviews for the new Big Bounce Shadows until tomorrow or Sunday (depending on how today’s testing goes).  I’m trying to test them for a full twelve hours today, which is why I can’t get a review up immediately.

I do understand, of course, the desire to see things right away, so I have included a group shot of the five I received for review and swatches for them. The full review will have more photos. I’m still trying to get an official description of what these eyeshadows are supposed to do or how they are supposed to be used.

I will, as always, purchase the remaining products as soon as I am able to.  I apologize in advance that I do not have all of them to show you.

Initial Thoughts

  • They really do work about a billion times better applied with a brush (the 242 specifically, which is launched with this collection).
  • They remind me of motor oil in their pots (not a compliment!).
  • They have a long dry down time.
  • I wore one as a base underneath eyeshadow, and it lasted without creasing for 8 hours (I had planned to sleep in it, but I just couldn’t!).

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Friday, April 22nd, 2011

MAC Aqua Eyeshadow
MAC Aqua Eyeshadow

MAC Fashion Flower: Eyeshadows

The collection features six shades of Eyeshadows (each $14.50 for 0.05 oz.) — three are limited edition, while three are available in the permanent range; though, all of the editions in this launch are imprinted with the flower design, while permanent editions will be normal. The six shades include: Aqua (aqua blue), Bows & Curtseys (metallic hunter green), Free to Be (bright true coral), Fresh Daisy (frosty white yellow), Groundcover (mid-tone warm grey), and Lucky Green (frosted mid-tone lime).

  • Aqua is a bluish aqua with a matte finish. This is a permanent shade but I felt like it was a little less pigmented here than my permanent pan.
  • Bows & Curtseys is a blackened forest green with bluish shimmer. It looks nearly black when swatched on my arm with the green being hinted at as the color plays with light. When I wore it in a look (albeit with a sheer green base), it seemed to pull out the forest green more. This has a satin finish.
  • Free to Be is a medium-dark coral-red with a matte finish. This is a permanent shade, but I felt like it was a little less pigmented here than my permanent pan.
  • Fresh Daisy is a very bright white with only a hint of warmth. It has a frost finish, but it really looks rather metallic. I tried to wear it as a highlighter, but it’s too frosted and stark on me–I imagine it would be more appropriate on someone with a lighter skin tone. It is, however, very pigmented.
  • Groundcover is a matte, taupe-ish brown gray. It is nicely pigmented but lacks the buttery texture that makes mattes easier to use.
  • Lucky Green is a bright, chartreuse-shimmered grass green with strong yellow undertones. It has a veluxe pearl finish. This is a permanent shade. It’s one of my favorite colors, because it is so pigmented and soft.

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MAC Fashion Flower Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos, Review

B+
I took an average of each eyeshadow to get actual scores for each characteristic, so while shades like Fresh Daisy and Lucky Green are much better than shades like Aqua and Free to Be, it rounds out to the scores seen here. I'd recommend reading through the individual review for each shade!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, April 22nd, 2011

MAC Light Sunshine Beauty Powder
MAC Light Sunshine Beauty Powder

MAC Fashion Flower: Light Sunshine Beauty Powder

MAC Light Sunshine Beauty Powder ($25.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “pastel neutral pink with soft gold and pink sparkles.” This shade has a lot more of a sheen in its finish compared to Alpha Girl, which looks nearly matte on skin. The color is a very pale, light pink. It’s more like a white-washed pink, because it is quite light. It is, however, rather pigmented, but also noticeably powdery because of the paleness of the base color.
It doesn’t work well on my medium skin tone, because it lightens my cheeks instead of brightening them. I think those with light and pale skin tones would like it as a subtle highlighter or finishing powder (if used with a light hand), but it may be ashy on deeper skin tones.

Light Sunshine definitely reminded me of Play It Proper (Stylishly Yours, ’10), though Play It Proper is a smidgen lighter and more cool-toned, but on, I think those differences are downplayed. It also seems comparable to Flower Mist Dew (Emanuel Ungaro, ’08) but more pigmented.

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Light Sunshine

B
I could see those with lighter skin tones liking this best. I would recommend those with deeper skin tones check it out in person before buying, because it looks like it would turn ashy.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, April 22nd, 2011

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder
MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Fashion Flower: Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder ($25.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pale pinky coral with a very subtle satin sheen. I found it was more pigmented when I applied it to cheeks (I used MAC’s 116 brush) than when I attempted to swatch it on my arm. My “heavy” swatch was rather dismal, but it was better on cheeks. Alpha Girl was a touch powdery, and I felt that it made my cheeks look a little dry.

The powder itself is very soft, so it blends out easily, and the softness of the color makes it difficult to overdo. Beauty Powders typically wear eight hours or so on me, but it is often hard to tell since the majority are so subtle!

I’ve always loved how much product you get in a beauty powder, though, because it’s nearly double the size of your average blush, but it’s not double the price!  These beauty powders are packaged in traditional all-black MAC packaging and include a mirror inside the compact.

This shade debuted in the Heatherette collection (back in ’08), so long-time MAC fans will want to peruse their stash of beauty powders to check if they already have this one.

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Alpha Girl

B
It's still rather subtle, though, and for that reason, it's not a color I'd recommend for medium-dark to dark skin tones.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, April 22nd, 2011

MAC Fashion Flower Collection – Coming Soon!

Stay tuned for full photos, swatches, and reviews for six eyeshadows, two lipsticks, two beauty powders, and one lipgelee! :)  I was up late last night photographing and swatching before crashing (1AM), and now I’m up early to roll out the reviews!  Will definitely have to grab some Starbucks ASAP, haha!

Initial thoughts:

  • Alpha Girl applies more pigmented than it swatches but still looks subtle
  • What’s up with all of the super glittery lipgelees?  Love me some glitter but the past six or so have all been glitter bonanzas!
  • Flower design is cute – kind of dig the imprint over special packaging, personally!
  • Aqua and Free to Be seem less pigmented than my pan variations
  • Bows & Curtseys looks way better on than swatched
  • Summer Shower is pretty much colorless with lots of aqua, teal, etc. shimmer/glitter

P.S. — I do also have some products from Flighty and the new Magically Cool Liquid Powder as well.  I’m still waiting for the official description of the Big Bounce Shadows, because I can’t review them properly without knowing what exactly they’re supposed to do.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Chanel Gardenia Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Gardenia Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Summer 2011: Gardenia

Chanel Gardenia Rouge Coco Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark rose pink with subtle golden micro-shimmer and shine. The color applies semi-opaque–almost covering my lip freckle but not entirely–and deposits color evenly. Like many other Rouge Cocos, the finish is shimmery and borders on frosty.

It looks like it is slightly less pink than Camelia (part of the permanent range of Rouge Cocos), but I don’t own it, so I couldn’t compare.  For a more affordable comparison, you might try MAC Ramblin’ Rose, which may be noticeably rosier, though.

my thoughts on the formula: Rouge Coco is a slightly drier formula, because most of the shades are frost finishes, but I don’t find it drying–it’s just not moisturizing. It has a light vanilla-rose scent that’s rather faint but still detectable. It doesn’t seem to linger, though. On average, Rouge Cocos last four hours on me. I like the formula overall, and the shade range tends to be very wearable with a wide variety of colors from pinks to browns to reds.

P.S. – I already reviewed Sari Dore previously.

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Gardenia

B+
There is enough warmth from the golden micro-shimmer to make it wearable on warmer skin tones but not so much gold that those with cooler skin tones won't find it equally flattering. This is the kind of pink that looks good across skin tones, because it's not too pale or deep.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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