Thursday, May 13th, 2010

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Lustre Drops: Pink Rebel, Sun Rush

MAC To the Beach Collection – Lustre Drops Review, Photos, & Swatches

Lustre Drops are like puff paints (the kind you’d use in crafts).  They’re tiny, but a little goes a long way.  I like these mixed with moisturizer and used on shoulders and legs.  They can be used on the face, though, and I like using it as a shimmered base for a blush or along the cheek bones.

  • Pink Rebel Lustre Drops is a slightly pink-toned peach highlighter. Lustre Drops are, essentially, liquid highlighters. You can use them on your cheeks, brows, decolletage… whatever. You can mix it in with your foundation or moisturizer for an all-over sheen. Naturally, this one suits those with pinker undertones, but it can easily work with warmer complexions as well.
  • Sun Rush Lustre Drops is a golden peach highlighter. This one is definitely more suitable for those with warmer undertones, but if used sheerly (which is really the best way to use these anyway), it’s not so warm that it would turn orange on cooler undertones.

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Thursday, May 13th, 2010

China Glaze Vintage Vixen Collection

China Glaze: Classic Camel, Ingrid, Swing Baby, Goin’ My Way, Riveter Rouge, Foxy

China Glaze Vintage Vixen Collection Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

Vintage Vixen includes twelve new shades of polish, ranging from a khaki beige to a midnight blue to a darkened teal. The collection starts shipping in early July.

The formula on these was consistently good–I had no issues applying these right out of the bottle. As far as I’m concerned, if I don’t have to fuss over a formula and experiment with application, it’s a solid formula. It is a thinner consistency, but each coat still packed quite a bit of pigment. Most of these shades are two-coaters, but you can do three, too, if you so desire (which is usually what I do).

The collection is made up of a mix between frost and microglitter finishes. The feeling is decidedly fall, so it’s perfect for the season (remember–this is China Glaze’s fall collection!).  With twelve shades and sixty photos in total, I split up the two posts to help narrow the focus a bit.  Of these six, my favorites are:  Classic Camel (elegant with a twist) and Goin’ My Way (the way the light hits it is divine).  I also liked Foxy (love the lava-ish look of it), but not quite as much as the other two–there weren’t any dud shades here, really.

  • Classic Camel is a khaki beige with a stronger yellow undertone and golden yellow shimmer. I needed two thicker coats or three mediums coats with this shade.
  • Ingrid is a softened deep, molten chocolate brown with ultra fine, light brown shimmer. I found two coats was optimum with this shade.
  • Swing Baby is a metallic taupe brown with microglitter. I couldn’t get total coverage with three coats, but the microglitter spread pretty evenly overall. It dries down to a slightly bumpy surface–you can feel the microglitter a bit–but a thicker layer of top coat solves that issue.
  • Goin’ My Way is a burnished copper flecked chocolate brown. I love the way this one catches light. It does show brush strokes just a tad, if you’re looking for them. Two coats was just right fro this color.
  • Riveter Rouge is a deep red with flecks of silver migroglitter. Like Swing Baby, the surface can be a little gritty so using a thicker top coat helps to smooth it away. Two coats here was perfect.
  • Foxy is a warmed up, lightened coppered brown with significant red undertones. It’s flecked with copper-orange shimmer throughout. I found two coats to work well here.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you love your polishes on the darker side (whether now or in the fall), these are some excellent choices.

Availability:  July 2010

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Thursday, May 13th, 2010

China Glaze Vintage Vixen Collection
China Glaze: Hey Doll, Bogie, Emerald Fitzgerald, Midnight Mission, First Class Ticket, Jitterbug

China Glaze Vintage Vixen Collection Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

Here are the other six shades from Vintage Vixen!  Just to recap, the formula rocks here.  It may feel a little thin, but each coat packs plenty of pigment, despite the consistency.  It’s easy to apply–I didn’t have to play around with application to get beautiful, even, and smooth color.  Most of these are two-coaters, but they easily work with three, which is my preferred number.

From these, my favorites are easily Emerald Fitzgerald (oh, it’s swoon worthy in its inkiness!) and First Class Ticket (so intense and rich in its color).  I also loved the way Midnight Mission looked.

  • Hey Doll is a rosy-brown with silver shimmer. This was a two-coater.
  • Bogie is a darkened plummy mauve with silver and reddened shimmer. I don’t think I have any color quite like this in my personal stash. Two coats was perfect here.
  • Emerald Fitzgerald is a deep, inky teal with lighter aqua-teal shimmer. Love, love this one. It’s distinctly teal, not black, but yet it’s so dark and delicious. I found two coats was just enough to give a nice, opaque look.
  • Midnight Mission is a midnight navy blue base with silver microglitter. It’s exactly what you’d call midnight blue–with the silver as the twinkling stars over a darkened night sky. Like many other shades in this launch, two coats was just right with this color.
  • First Class Ticket is a rich, lush violet purple with blue-violet shimmer. Absolutely stunning! I thought this was the best shade out of the bunch. It nearly glows. Just two coats with this one as well.
  • Jitterbug is a stormy gray with silver microglitter. It has the same feel and texture as Swing baby, but I was able to get this one to go opaque with three coats. It has a grittier surface once it dries, so a thicker top coat works best.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you love your polishes on the darker side (whether now or in the fall), these are some excellent choices.

Availability:  July 2010

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Thursday, May 13th, 2010

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Golden Bronzing Powder

MAC To the Beach Collection – Golden & Refined Golden Bronzer Review, Photos, & Swatches

Here are both bronzers in their faux-glowing glory!  Keep in mind that both of these shades are permanent and available all year ’round–just in typical black packaging.

  • Golden is a lightened beige-tan with subtle gold shimmer.  On my arm, which is around NC20, it barely shows up once it’s blended out.  I think for our fairer friends, this could work as a subtle, no-fuss bronzer.  For darker beauties, not so much.
  • Refined Golden is a dirty brown with a very fine golden shimmer strewn through the powder that’s barely noticeable when used. I don’t find it turns orange-y at all, so I like it for a bronzing option. It’s dark enough to work on light to medium dark complexions, but it’s not so dark that it will look drastic on lighter skin tones.

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Thursday, May 13th, 2010

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Beach Bronze Cream Bronzer

MAC To the Beach Collection — Beach Bronze Cream Bronzer Review, Photos, Swatches

From MAC To the Beach, we find two cream bronzers, a first from the company to my recollection. They’re creamy, but they’re very thin and lightweight.  They blend out quite a bit, and in the process, sheer out as well.  The products themselves seem pretty large, given that they’re the size of MAC’s bronzing powders–bigger than a blush.

  • Beach Bronze is a creamy, sheer warmed-up, tan-brown with gold shimmer. It can be worn heavily, but it’s hard to really pack on the color and blend it out simultaneously, because once you start blending it, it melts and sheers out a bit. I think it’ll be a nice, subtle bronzer on those with light to medium skin tones. Those with deeper skin tones may find it works well as a cream highlighter or skin brightener than as an actual bronzer.
  • Weekend is an orange-tinged suntan brown with subtle copper shimmer.  This is much more on the orange side compared to Beach Bronze. I’d also say this is a bit darker and more pigmented, so it may work best on deeper skin tones.

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Thursday, May 13th, 2010

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Get-Away Bronze Blush

MAC To the Beach Collection – Blush Reviews, Photos, & Swatches

Wow, these two blushes are at totally different ends of the spectrum–which isn’t a bad thing–but not something we usually see in a single collection.

  • Get-Away Bronze is a lightened, metallic bronze with a frost sheen.  This is definitely going to be a very bold, bronzed cheek–lots of frost and sheen.  Kind of like Other Worldly, which I do love, but it photographs terribly (on cheeks, that is).  I think our tanned beauties (faux or natural) may appreciate this shade more so than lighter, fairer skin tones.
  • Hipness Blush is a soft pink with a hint of coral with a smooth finish–very satiny, not shimmery. It was originally released with the Fafi and MAC collaboration. Hipness is pinker–less orange–and more pigmented than Instant Chic from Pret-a-Papier. Hipness is much pinker and lighter than Marine-Life high-light powder.

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