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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.

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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

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.

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

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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

Disney’s Ariel Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette (by Sephora)

Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette
Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette

Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette ($30.00 for 4 x 0.049 oz.) consists of four eyeshadows and is a limited edition palette available as part of the Disney and Sephora collaboration for The Little Mermaid (featuring Ariel). It comes in an off-white plastic palette with a scene from the movie (at least, presumably, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen it!) on the cover in shades of blue to violet. Inside, there’s a full-sized mirror and two dual-ended brushes.

Who’s-It is described as a “glittering white.” It’s a semi-sheer, shimmery white with neutral-to-warm undertones. I wouldn’t describe it as glittery; perhaps sparkly but the shimmer seems finer than sparkle. I didn’t have any issues with fall out from this shade. There’s no shortage of shimmery white eyeshadows on the market, but a few of the closer dupes I found were: Disney Ball Gown, which was a touch cooler; MAC How to Marry, which is slightly more pigmented; and NARS Flowers 1 #1, which is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches (there are also several more similar shades that I pulled out).

What’s-It is described as a “matte clay grey.” It’s a soft, muted gray with a hint of brown and lavender. It had a matte finish, and it had good color payoff. The texture was soft without being powdery, and it was incredibly easy to apply and blend out on the skin. NARS Self Portrait 2 #3 is grayer, darker. MAC Parlor Smoke is darker. MAC Creative Whim is purpler. MAC Silver Gull is darker. MAC Silverwear is more shimmery. MAC Look at the Eyes is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Dinglehopper is described as an “iridescent light teal.” It is a semi-sheer, medium-dark green with a pearly sheen. It was a little dry, and I wasn’t able to really build up the color to true-to-pan intensity/color. Chanel Metamorphose #1 is cooler-toned. NARS Delphes #3 is warmer. MAC Lady Grey is less green. MAC Sweet & Sour #2 is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard #2 is similar, slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Snarfblat is described as a “violet with iridescent glitter.” It’s a medium-dark purple with cool undertones and subtle shimmer, plus a few bits and bobs of silver glitter. The glitter seemed to flake away rather quickly, and I really didn’t see it on the lid, or even underneath my lid during application or later on as I wore the eyeshadow (so if you wanted glitter, it really wasn’t present, and if you were nervous about it having glitter, rest easy). It had so-so color payoff but was a bit weak; it can be layered for slightly more intense payoff. Disney Sea Witch is more pigmented. MAC Warm & Smoky is similar. MAC Pink Union #2 is brighter. MAC Drawn to Drama is similar. MAC Dusty Desire is also similar. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple is darker. See comparison swatches.

Overall, the four-pan palette is decent but not as impressive as the larger Storylook palette.  At the price point, if you were just looking to collect a single piece from the collection, I’d still opt for the mirror, and if you had more room in your budget, the Storylook palette.  I didn’t encounter fall out issues, despite two shades being described as glittery, and the eyeshadows lasted well for eight hours but there were signs of fading and then subtle creasing after nine hours of wear.  There is no specific release date yet, but it is expected sometime June or July online.

Disney by Sephora Eyeshadow Palette Part of Your World
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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Dinglehopper

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Snarfblat

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