MAC Center of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Center of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish ($29.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “coral with gold shimmer.” There is absolutely nothing about this that says coral… nothing even suggests it exists in the product at all! Where’s the pink? the red? Even the online “swatch” on MAC’s website shows the same pattern and coloring that my product actually has (thought maybe my veining was causing the problem). It’s a mix of metallic gold, coppery bronze, and orange, which, when swirled together, creates a medium-dark tan brown with gold shimmer. It’s very similar to the lighter side of MAC A Little Bit of Sunshine–swirled, this shade is a bit darker, because half of it has a darker brown color. MAC Sun & Moon is a little darker, less orange. MAC My Paradise looks somewhat similar on, but it can look redder. MAC Glorify is darker, more bronze. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is much darker, browner. MAC Golden Lariat is similar, slightly more golden.

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MAC Center of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Center of the Universe
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
82%

MAC Heavenly Creatures Collection – Photos & Swatches (Preview)

MAC Heavenly Creatures launched online late yesterday. I purchased everything from the collection and overnighted the order, so I just received it today. I’m working as quickly as I can to get through everything :)  Here are some preview photos/swatches to hold you over.  Please hold questions until I’ve had a chance to post reviews — thanks!

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Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette ($40.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains four eyeshadows and one eyeliner shade. Each eyeshadow has a subtle design on top, which does disappear with the first use. There are two dual-ended sponge-tipped applicators. The entire palette is encased in a “gold” plastic compact–it looks more luxe than it feels as a result. There is a full-sized mirror on the interior.

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Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

C-
Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
3.5
Total
70%

Tom Ford Illicit Cream Color

Tom Ford Illicit Cream Color ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bronze and burgundy shimmered medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones. When it’s sheered out, it’s less red-toned. NARS Surabaya is similar but less metallic. Make Up For Ever #14 is slightly darker. Le Metier de Beaute Bordeaux is redder.

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Tom Ford Illicit Cream Color
Tom Ford Beauty Cream Color for Eyes Illicit
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
3.5
Total
76%

L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.12 oz.) is a berry-tinted pink with a soft, frosted finish. When applied dry, it has a slightly more subdued, redder appearance–it’s not quite opaque. When applied damp, it takes on a pinker hue and the frosted finish is more pronounced, and the color itself is opaque. At a glance, you’d think it was similar to MAC Cranberry, but it’s not at all–Cranberry is much, much darker, more of a burgundy (so it has more brown in it than pink). MAC Moon Rose is pinker. Milani Pink Twice is pinker as well.

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L'Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow
L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Glistening Garnet
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
4
Total
93%

Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “true Hollywood red.” It’s a blue-based, brightened medium red with a subtle glossy sheen to an otherwise creamy finish. Guerlain Vega is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani #404 is slightly brighter and has ruby shimmer. Chanel Lover is similar.

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Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick
Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick Midnight Bloom
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
98%