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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.14 oz.) features five shades of cool-toned eyeshadows for the holidays.  This year’s eyeshadow palettes are a definite surprise–and in a good way–because they’re better than the last few years’ palettes in terms of quality. I don’t think they’re the best palette for the holidays now that they’re at nearly $40 a pop (and you’re only getting 0.14 oz.).  Deception had a chunky, glittery texture that felt dry and a little loose, while Romance Me was somewhat stiffer to work with, but the other three eyeshadows were nice overall.  Shadowy Lady felt softer and had more payoff (more readily) than I remember the permanent version having.  Deception had fall out during wear, and Frisco was prone to a little fading after seven and a half hours, while the majority of the shades looked mostly intact by the eight-hour mark.

Fair Sex is described as a “light frosted pink [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light pink with subtle cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had decent to good pigmentation and applied smoothly overall. Too Faced Taffy (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #5 (P) is more metallic. Dior Constellation (864) #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is similar. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Deception is described as a “frosty golden brown [with a Frost finish].” It’s a subtly warm-toned, medium-dark brown with gold sparkle. The texture felt more like a Lustre, as it had a chunky, gritty feel because of the high sparkle content. LORAC Pewter (P) is less sparkly, darker. MAC Damson (LE, $21.00) is more golden. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is smoother. MAC Roasted Chestnut (LE, $32.50) is warmer, darker. Chanel Ebloui (P, $36.00) is a cream product, darker. See comparison swatches.

Romance Me is described as a “warm plum with gold pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a cool-toned, gray-tinged brown with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff, as the texture was somewhat stiff and harder to blend. Disney by Sephora Jaq (LE) is browner. MAC Twilight Falls (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Shale (P, $15.00) is less gray/purple. See comparison swatches.

Frisco is described as a “soft pastel pink [with a Matte finish].”  It’s a light-medium, pink-peach with a matte finish.  It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, velvety, and not powdery. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE) is shimmery. Too Faced Ringleader (LE) is frosted. MAC Orb (P, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is warmer, less pink. See comparison swatches.

Shadowy Lady is described as a “blackened plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deep, purpled burgundy with a matte finish. It had a soft, slightly powdery–but very smooth–texture with good color payoff. It actually seemed softer and easier to use than the permanent version. Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE) is more muted. bareMinerals Nightcap (P) is lighter. MAC Fig. 1 (P, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette Stroke of Midnight/Cool
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Fair Sex

Limited Edition
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Deception

Limited Edition
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B

Romance Me

Limited Edition
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B+

Frisco

Limited Edition
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MAC Perfectly Poised Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfectly Poised Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfectly Poised Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfectly Poised Mineralize Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a two-in-one product that features a section that’s described as a “creamy beige with pinkish purplish sheen” and a larger area described as a “bronzy coral with golden tones.” This particular Mineralize Skinfinish wore a little better on me than others, topping in at seven hours, which isn’t great wear but longer than some other shades of Mineralize powders for me.  There is significant emphasis of pores due to the outer shade, which has a very frosted, metallic finish, so when that is used alone or mixed in, pores seem to be at the forefront.

Perfectly Poised (Inner) is a pale, cool-toned beige with a pink, pearlescent sheen. It had a soft, finely-milled texture and was slightly powdery. It emphasized pores somewhat when applied. It seemed to wear well for almost seven hours, which as far as Mineralize products go, not bad. NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC In for a Treat (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC Snowglobe (LE, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Perfectly Poised (Outer) is a warm, medium, slightly muted orange with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, but the texture was a little powdery. It emphasized pores quite a bit and had a very shiny look on the cheeks. This shade also lasted seven hours on me. NARS Luster (P, $29.00) is more golden, darker. MAC Trace Gold (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $23.50) is similar. MAC Solar Ray (LE, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Warmth of Coral (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Perfectly Poised is a muted, light-medium orange with a slight peach coloring. It had a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. It had good color payoff when swirled together. It did somewhat emphasize pores but wasn’t as shiny as when the outer shade was worn alone. Together, they still wore well for seven hours.  MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $25.00) is pinker. NARS Realm of the Senses #3 (LE, $29.00) is lighter. NARS Miss Liberty (P, $29.00) is yellower. MAC Poised (LE, $21.00) is browner, darker. MAC Bareness (LE, $25.00) is less metallic. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinish Perfectly Poised
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
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Chanel Reflexion (71) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Reflexion (71) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss
Chanel Reflexion (71) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Reflexion (71) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss ($32.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is a strawberry pink-red with soft pink and gold micro-shimmer and warm undertones. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Friandise (82) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer, less pink. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is less shimmery. Revlon Strawberry (P, $7.49) is similar–a little less shimmery. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $27.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

It had nearly opaque color coverage applied to the lips, but there was just a hint of translucency so if you have naturally redder lips, they may bring out the red tones in this shade. The consistency is gel-like, lightly tacky, but smooth and comfortable to wear. It wore well for five hours, and it was hydrating while worn. I can see this shade being particular popular come spring and summer.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Reflexion (71)
10
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder
Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder ($69.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pale, pearlescent pink-tinged translucent powder. It brightens and adds a subtle luminosity to the skin all-over. It also extended the wear of my foundation by an hour and a half, though that’s more of a bonus, as the brand’s description says nothing about improving wear.  The pan uses a combination of pink, beige, lavender, and mint green, but the effect of the color swirled is a pale, cool-toned pink. I think the effect is comparable to Hourglass Mood Light, perhaps a bit more luminous.

Technically, Guerlain labels this as a “Radiance Powder” for the face, whereas past iterations of the pressed Meteorites formula are “Exceptional Pressed Powder.” This even contains significantly more product at 0.35 oz., as compared to 0.26 oz. for the Meteorites Voyage / Exceptional Pressed Powders. I really couldn’t detect any difference in texture or effect between the two formulas. Except the most obvious: more bang for your buck, because the permanent Mythic will cost you $55 just for the pan ($170 for the compact and pan). It brightens, softens the look of skin, and adds back a natural luminosity that gives skin a natural look. It works all-over, and on my medium complexion, it didn’t look chalky despite its cooler pink tone. Like other Guerlain powders, it is violet-scented.

I bought this when it popped up late last week on Nordstrom, because ever since falling in love with Wulong (last year’s Meteorites compact) and finding Mythic (part of the permanent range) equally impressive, I knew that there would be no way I’d skip this year’s. I’m glad I didn’t, because here’s why Meteorites are addictive: when I walked by my husband after applying this all over my face, he said, “Hey, you look really beautiful right now.” This after having passed him a dozen or more times, and all I had on was foundation and then used the Crazy Meteorites all-over to set and finish (no eyeshadow, blush, or lip color). I kid you not, as I was working through other swatches, he came over so he could look upon my beauty. So yes, Crazy Meteorites might make people go crazy around you.

Guerlain Radiance Powder Crazy Meteorites
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

MAC Divine Night Lipsticks

MAC Divine Night Lipstick
MAC Divine Night Lipsticks

MAC Divine Night Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) includes five new and limited edition shades just in time for the holidays. I’ll have full reviews, complete with wear times and ratings, when I’ve finished testing. In the meanwhile, here are photos and swatches to get you started. The color collection is available online now, and it will release in-stores on October 17th.

Exclusive Event is described as a “taupe brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned brown with hints of gray and a subtle sheen. It had opaque color coverage, was lightly creamy, and fairly easy to apply for an even, smooth result. It wore well for four and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating.  MAC Nude (LE, $15.00) is much darker, browner, and rosier. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Sebastian (P, $18.00) is grayer, cooler-toned. MAC Naturally Eccentric (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Growing Trend (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Flair for Finery is described as a “cool pink nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones. It seems sheer when swatched, but it is more semi-opaque on lips; it lightens and brightens but has some translucency so the natural lip color will come through. It lasted two and a half hours on me, and it was somewhat drying during that time (typical of my experience with Lustres).  MAC Vivid Image (LE, $15.00) is more opaque, lighter. NARS Paimpol (P, $25.00) is iridescent. MAC Beauty (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC You’re Perfect Already (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is warmer. Guerlain Rose Innocent (LE, $49.50) is bluer-based. Chanel Candeur (P, $34.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Prepare for Pleasure is described as a “clean magenta red [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and a soft sheen. On my lips, it turns redder (still a cool-toned, bluish red, just not so pink) and has mostly opaque color coverage–you can see a faint outline of my lip freckle. It applied evenly and easily. It wore well for five hours and left a slight stain behind, but it was a smidgen drying (this is typical for me with Cremesheen finishes, so if you have the opposite, bump up the rating for yourself). Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $49.50) is brighter, pinker. Guerlain Illusion (660) (LE, $35.00) is pinker. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $15.00) is matte. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is pinker. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $15.00) is similar–a touch pinker on me. Guerlain Calligraphy #5 (LE) is more matte. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is very similar. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is redder. See comparison swatches.

Private Party is described as a “dirty plum mauve [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, cool pink tones and a satin sheen. It had opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy so it glided onto lips without pulling or tugging but didn’t slide around. It wore well for just over four and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. NARS La Paz (LE, $26.00) is shimmery, slightly purpler. Too Faced So Berry Sexy (P, $21.00 is brighter. NARS Never Say Never (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Positively Dashing (P, $18.00)is pinker. MAC Deliciously Forbidden (LE, $16.00) is also a bit pinker. MAC Craving (P, $15.00) is a touch pinker but similar. Guerlain Bee (LE, $49.50) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lydia (P, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

You’ve Got It is described as a “pink undertone with gold frost [with a Frost finish].” It’s a pale beige with gold iridescent shimmer. It’s more like a layering shade than something worn on its own, as the consistency is thin, a little dry, and it skipped a bit on the lips. It just felt dry having it on for a couple of minutes, but I think it might work well underneath gloss or the like. It had sheer color coverage. When I wore it, the shade lasted about two hours, and it was drying.  MAC Warm Companion (LE, $15.00) is slightly more beige. MAC Secret Lover (LE, $15.00) had a cooler pink tone.MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, less frosted. See comparison swatches.

MAC Lipstick Exclusive Event
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
MAC Lipstick Flair for Finery
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
MAC Lipstick Prepare for Pleasure
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
MAC Lipstick Private Party
Private Party
Private Party
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
MAC Lipstick You've Got It
6.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
72%
Total

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blushes

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blushes
MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blushes

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blush ($27.50 for 0.12 oz.) includes three new and limited edition shades just in time for the holidays. The finishes on these is a bit more metallic, high-shine than other iterations of the formula, so those who are very sensitive to pores being emphasized may want to look elsewhere for their blush fix.  It’s definitely a trade-off, and for some, it might be pretty enough on to overlook, but it’s going to be a matter of preference.  The textures of all three were soft, finely-milled,and very blendable, but they were prone to fading and did not last as long as regular powder blushes usually do (including MAC’s blushes).

Lavish Living is described as a “violet with silver pearl base with gold pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, plum with a little hint of berry and brown, with a frosted, partially metallic, finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. It emphasized pores slightly when I applied it for photos. It lasted for six and a half hours but was noticeably faded after that. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is browner. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is pinker. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is pinker. MAC Tea Petal (P, $21.00) is a cream product, browner. Chanel Rose Temptation (LE, $43.00) is similar. Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $43.00) is a bit warmer. See comparison swatches.

Lured to Love is described as a “coral pink base with pink frost.” It’s a light-medium, coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. This shade had the most natural finish of the three, as it had the least amount of shimmer/sheen. The texture was very soft, and it can be somewhat powdery depending on the brush you use with it. It does blend into the skin well, and once worked it, the blush doesn’t look powdery on the skin. It is just slightly emphasized pores, and it wore well for just over six hours. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $21.00) is more orange. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is similar. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Blush (LE, $21.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $55.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, pinker. NARS Deep Throat (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is brighter, pinker. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is pinker, softer. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is more orange. Chanel Fleur de Lotus (LE, $43.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Talk of the Town is described as a “warm brown base with yellow bronze.” It’s a soft, peach-pink with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was a little loose and glittery; it didn’t feel as smooth as it could have been. On cheeks, it can emphasize pores slightly, but if you use a dense brush and really buff it in, then a pretty, somewhat metallic glow, comes forward and doesn’t emphasize pores. This shade will only add a little color on very fair complexions but mostly shimmer/sheen on medium and deeper skin tones. The biggest downfall of this was that it was almost all faded/patchy by the sixth hour. MAC Light Year (LE, $23.50) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

MAC Mineralize Blush Lavish Living
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
MAC Mineralize Blush Lured to Love
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
MAC Mineralize Blush Talk of the Town
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
81%
Total

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