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MAC Embrace Me Lip Pencil

MAC Embrace Me Lip Pencil
MAC Embrace Me Lip Pencil

MAC Embrace Me Lip Pencil ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “vivid pinkish fuchsia.” It’s a bold, bright fuchsia pink with a matte finish and blue undertones. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this, but if you have any ideas, I’d love to hear from you!  This shade was also launched twice previously–first in 2011 with Tour de Fabulous and then re-released with MAC for Beth Ditto.

I was able to apply this shade evenly and also with mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency wasn’t as creamy as I would like, so it did still pull and tug at the lips. It requires a lot of back and forth motions to color in the entire lip with it. MAC’s Lip Pencils can wear like iron on me–six hours or longer, no problem–but are very drying when worn alone. I find that I have to wear them underneath a lipstick or gloss to make them tolerable.

MAC Lip Pencil Embrace Me
Embrace Me
Embrace Me
7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

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MAC Embrace Me Lipstick

MAC Embrace Me Lipstick
MAC Embrace Me Lipstick

MAC Embrace Me Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as “bright fuchsia cream.” It’s a medium-dark fuchsia pink with blue undertones and a satiny finish (almost like a matte with a hint shimmer). There are a lot of shades that are similar to this–and unsurprisingly, MAC makes most of them, but Maybelline Fuchsia Flash is just a touch less blue-based and has a glossier finish but is otherwise very similar. MAC Pink Pigeon is a touch darker. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl is less bright, slightly more magenta. MAC Candy Yum Yum is brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Dear Diary is a touch bluer-based. MAC Quick Sizzle is darker, pinker.

It applied with rich, opaque color, and it was lightly creamy but less so than other recent matte lipsticks that MAC has released. It didn’t tug exactly, but it just didn’t glide on as well. I tested this shade yesterday as my last of the day, and it wore for five and a half hours well, and then a stain lingered for another hour so. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Because it does have more of a matte finish, make sure you’ve hydrated and exfoliated your lips prior to applying and wearing this shade.

MAC Embrace Me Lipstick

A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

MAC Embrace Me Nail Lacquer

MAC Embrace Me Nail Lacquer
MAC Embrace Me Nail Lacquer

MAC Embrace Me Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia cream.” It’s a medium-dark pink with a little plummy coloring and cream finish. It’s slightly cool-toned. MAC Girl About Town is brighter, pinker, less plum. MAC Toco Toucan is also brighter and pinker. Zoya Areej is similar but more plum in color, more subdued.

Embrace Me was opaque in two coats, but it was quite pigmented in a single coat.  The consistency is on the thinner side, but it isn’t watery, so two coats is really necessary if you don’t use a ridge-filling base coat or if your nails aren’t perfectly smooth.  Two coats also gives is a plusher look, as it does have a slightly glossy finish.  I had no issues with the polish streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges when I applied it.  I thought it was going to be more dupable, but it turns out that darkened aspect of it–what makes it almost like a plummy shade–is what makes it stand out from potential dupes.  I usually see a week of wear with MAC’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

MAC Nail Lacquer Embrace Me
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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MAC Ablaze Nail Lacquer

MAC Ablaze Nail Lacquer
MAC Ablaze Nail Lacquer

MAC Ablaze Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange cream.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with a cream finish. I would describe it as more red than orange, but it’s not just a warm red. MAC Kid Orange is very similar. NARS Lal Mirchi is more orange. MAC Morange is lighter and more orange. Essie Meet Me at Sunset is redder. Essie Braziliant is similar but has shimmer.

It’s a bit redder and richer compared to the lip products in the set, but they’re at least close enough that it’s hard to tell at a glance that they aren’t the same. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed well across the nail without pooling, bubbling, or streaking. It was opaque in two coats, and it had a slightly shiny finish when it dried down. MAC’s nail lacquer formula can be hit and miss, but this one was easy to work with and not at all streaky. I typically get a week of wear with MAC’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

MAC Nail Lacquer Ablaze
Ablaze
Ablaze
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Urban Decay Scratch Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Scratch Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Scratch Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Scratch Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rose gold shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned rosy pink with yellow undertones and a frosted finish. Urban Decay Freebird is lighter and has a golden sheen. bareMinerals Page Six is a touch lighter. MAC Rose Light is cooler-toned. MAC Da Bling is pinker. MAC Rose is darker, pinker. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #4 is more satiny in finish but close in color.

This eyeshadow had excellent color payoff–fully opaque with little product required. Scratch had a soft, buttery texture that was dense and finely-milled, but it was so soft that it was powdery–almost crumbly in a way, but incredibly fine crumbles, not large or chunky ones.  I didn’t experience fall out during wear, but it’s an eyeshadow that requires some clean-up after you initially apply it, so I recommend applying it prior to laying down any base makeup.  It applied with good color payoff to the lid, and it was very easy to blend out the edges.  Scratch lasted for eight hours well, and after nine, there was a hint of fading present.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Scratch
Scratch
Scratch
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Guerlain Champs-Elysees (165) Le Vernis

Guerlain Champs-Elysees (165) Le Vernis
Guerlain Champs-Elysees (165) Le Vernis

Guerlain Champs-Elysees (165) Le Vernis ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a bright, warm-toned reddish-coral with a cream finish. L’Oreal The Queen’s Might is slightly lighter and shimmery. Chanel Suspicious is just a smidgen pinker but very close. Cult Nails Evil Queen is redder. Essie Too Hot is redder and warmer. China Glaze Hey Sailor is redder.

There were three major observations I had shortly after applying: 1) it is insanely pigmented–one coat is very nearly opaque (I used two coats, though, but my pinky nail is just one coat); 2) it dried down faster than the average polish; and 3) it has a high, glossy shine. I just wrapped up doing a wear test of this particular shade, and it lasted for a full seven days with very minor tip wear–it seemed to wear even better than Guerlain’s prior nail lacquers that they released last year. I was most impressed by the shine, though, as a cream color like this is typically rather pigmented, but it has such a glossy, plush look to it. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the polish did not streak, bubble, or pool along the edges.

Guerlain Le Vernis Nail Lacquer Champs-Elysees
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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