Thursday, December 30th, 2010


Products pulled for comparisons

MAC Mickey Contractor: Comparisons & Dupes for Lips/Cheeks

  • GANA is neutral, rather than slightly warm, as Chez Chez Lame, while Honour is noticeably darker (more of a soft brown than a champagne). Trace Gold is also darker, still a bit like a champagne shade, but gilded and slightly bronzy. NARS Albatross is significantly lighter, paler, and more of a white gold.
  • FLESH is most comparable to Siss, which is a lipstick, but the colors are very alike. Dolce & Gabbana Caramel Lipgloss has less peach in it.
  • GULABI is a slightly redder fuchsia than Girl About Town (though on lips, I couldn’t see that subtle difference), while NARS Schiap is lighter and bluer-based. Full Fuchsia isn’t quite as dark of a pink, but it is similar.
  • SUR is lightly rosier than Darkly My Dear; darker and more plum than Prim & Proper; plummier and darker than Prism; darker and plummier (totally different) than Gingerly; completely different from Pinch Me; Desert Rose and NARS Dolce Vita may be near dupes for each other, but are completely different from Sur; and finally, Notable is slightly redder.
  • MEHR is rosier than Cosmo, and unfortunately, I do not have some of the other possible dupes for this shade, like Brave and Fast Play. Brave New Bronze is completely different (peachy).
  • YASH is slightly browner than but otherwise close Brave New Bronze; darker than Peachstock; darker and more matte than Freckletone; lighter and less rosy than Velvet Teddy.

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Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Philosophy Hot Buttered Rum
Philosophy Hot Buttered Rum

Quick Review: Philosophy Hot Buttered Rum

Philosophy Hot Buttered Rum Shower Gel ($16.00 for 16 oz.) is a rich, buttery scent of caramel and sweetness; it’s a little sweeter than butterscotch but has the same sweetness of syrup without being overwhelming.  It’s a very foodie scent, but it has quickly become one of my favorite holiday scents from Philosophy this year.

Philosophy Shower Gels are one of my personal favorites for body washes, because they come in an assortment of scents, with new ones each season. They lather up well and leave skin feeling clean without any tightness or dryness. I wouldn’t call these a moisturizing body wash nor do their scents linger. If you prefer your body wash to leave behind a long-lasting scent, these won’t be for you, but if you like to enjoy the scent while you shower but don’t want it to linger beyond, then these are perfect. (I belong to the latter category!) I don’t find them to lather quite as well in the hair, and they work in a pinch to clean hair, but I prefer many other shampoos over this one. It does, however, work well as a bubble bath, too–a little goes a long way.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: If you are a fan of sweet, buttery scents like butterscotch and caramel, you may like this.

WHERE TO BUY: Philosophy

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

MAC Mickey Contractor: Video Review & Swatches

I filmed a first impressions video when I went through and swatched the Mickey Contractor collection.  I’ll be working on getting dupes and the like together, along with an overall/recommendations post per usual. Thanks for your patience! :)

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

MAC Mickey Contractor Lipsticks
MAC Lipsticks: Gulabi, Mehr, Mocha, Yash

MAC Mickey Contractor: Lipsticks

MAC Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) has three new and one permanent shade launching with MAC’s Mickey Contractor. These include: Gulabi (bright fuchsia), Mehr (dirty blue pink), Mocha (peachy yellow brown), and Yash (deep neutral).  These lipsticks are vanilla-scented.  All four of these happen to be opaque and creamy without being drying at all, despite some of the matte finishes seen here.

  • Gulabi is a medium-dark fuchsia pink with subtle blue undertones. It has an amplified finish and goes on opaque. It’s incredibly similar to Girl About Town — I can’t really make any differences out; possibly this is lighter.
  • Mehr is a neutral pink and applies opaquely. It has a matte finish, but it is incredibly creamy and not at all drying (it’s nothing like Ruby Woo, one of the driest lipsticks of all time). It feels much more like a satin or amplified finish, actually. It seems similar to Cosmo, which I think I have, and will include in the comparison post (possibly this is pinker). I’ll have to check to see if I have them in my stash, but Brave and Twig may also be comparable to this. For me, it’s very much my-lips-but-better (if you want my lip color, this sure gets you close, ha).
  • Mocha is a medium-dark peachy brown. It has a satin finish, so it has a creamy consistency with opaque color coverage. This is a permanent shade.
  • Yash is a paled, neutral peachy beige. It has a matte finish. Like Mehr, this is not a drying matte finish at all; it’s creamy and opaque. It’s a touch peachier than Peachstock.

P.S. — On eyes, I am wearing Jaan eyeshadow on the lid, Vivah eyeshadow on the outer lid/crease, Folie in the crease, Burberry Trench to highlight, Ivy fluidline on upper lash line, Urban Decay Perversion on lower water line, Jaan eyeshadow on lower lash line. On cheeks, I am wearing Sur Blush.

MAC Mickey Contractor will be available on January 6th at select North American stores and January 2011 for select international stores. It will be available online on approximately January 4th but may not be available until the 6th.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: I love the consistency, texture, and color pay off of all four shades–they really are lovely. They are, however, very dupeable, so depending on what your MAC stash looks like, you may not find yourself with anything new to look at here.

WHERE TO BUY: maccosmetics.com

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Thursday, December 30th, 2010

MAC Mickey Contractor Lipglass
MAC Lipglass: Flesh, Lust

MAC Mickey Contractor: Flesh & Lust

MAC Lipglass ($14.50 for 0.17 oz.) sees two shades as part of the MAC Mickey Contractor Collection. Flesh (dirty nude brown) is limited edition, while Lust (soft muted pink) is permanent.  Lipglass is a thicker, stickier gloss with a range of finishes and opacities.  They are vanilla scented.

  • Flesh is a orange-tinged medium beige with a creamy look and subtle micro-shimmer. It seems to lean green on me, which is not exactly flattering for me! It has a creamy consistency, so it does settle into lip lines, but on the plus side, it is more pigmented and is semi-opaque. I can’t think of a dupe, though I’m not convinced there isn’t one.
  • Lust is a muted rosy beige with a creamy consistency and finish. It does settle into lip lines, and it’s nearly opaque as far as glosses go. Since it is a thicker, more opaque shade, even though it does settle, it is less noticeable from afar. I see this shade being a lot more wearable than Flesh for many skin tones.  This is a permanent shade.

P.S. — On eyes, I am wearing Jaan eyeshadow on the lid, Vivah eyeshadow on the outer lid/crease, Folie in the crease, Burberry Trench to highlight, Ivy fluidline on upper lash line, Urban Decay Perversion on lower water line, Jaan eyeshadow on lower lash line. On cheeks, I am wearing Sur Blush.

MAC Mickey Contractor will be available on January 6th at select North American stores and January 2011 for select international stores. It will be available online on approximately January 4th but may not be available until the 6th.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: Flesh might work better on those with darker skin tones as well as those with more olive complexions.  It might be one of those try before you buy shades… too bad distribution is so limited.

WHERE TO BUY: maccosmetics.com

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Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

MAC Sur Blush
MAC Sur Blush

MAC Mickey Contractor: Sur Blush

MAC Sur Blush ($18.50 for 0.21 oz.) is new and limited edition blush from MAC Mickey Contractor. MAC describes it as a “dirty rose brown” with a satin finish. When I swatched, I found Sur to be a rosied brown with a pearly sheen. It’s a really nice natural blusher–it’ll give your cheeks a little oh-la-la and dimension without too much color. I see this working well on light to medium-dark skin tones; darkest skin tones may find it gets lost when used.

It seems quite comparable to Notable (Makeup Art Cosmetics, ’09)–possibly a touch lighter and with a more noticeable sheen. It seems similar to Blushbaby, too, though browner.

P.S. — On eyes, I am wearing Jaan eyeshadow on the lid, Vivah eyeshadow on the outer lid/crease, Folie in the crease, Burberry Trench to highlight, Ivy fluidline on upper lash line, Urban Decay Perversion on lower water line, Jaan eyeshadow on lower lash line. On lips, I am wearing Yash lipstick with Lust lipglass on top. On cheeks, I am wearing Sur Blush.

MAC Mickey Contractor will be available on January 6th at select North American stores and January 2011 for select international stores. It will be available online on approximately January 4th but may not be available until the 6th.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: It’s a very easy, everyday kind of blush that’s everyday without adding color but more about definition and dimension.  It does add some color, don’t get me wrong, but it’s very natural.

WHERE TO BUY: maccosmetics.com

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