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MAC All Woman Eyeshadow Quad

MAC All Woman Eyeshadow Quad
MAC All Woman Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Strength: All Woman Eyeshadow Quad

MAC All Woman Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) consists of four new shades: Flawless Figure (pale warm shimmering white), Brains & Brawn (mid-tone taupe), All Woman (greenish dark grey), and Black Magique (deep, dark black with warm tones).  The color composition reads cool-toned to me, both at a glance and when applied, though it’s not overly cool-toned–closer to neutral-cool.

Flawless Figure is a bright white with a high frosted sheen. It has a veluxe pearl, officially, and it had great color payoff. Cinderella Midnight Hour is similar but warmer-toned. MAC Crystal Avalanche is very similar. Maybelline Too Cool is a touch more metallic, and it is also a cream product.

Brains & Brawn is a medium-dark taupe; a mix of gray and brown for a rather balanced taupe. It has a matte finish, and the color payoff was decent to good. It seemed to apply best with a fluffier brush. It is grayer than Urban Decay Naked 2. MAC Omega is browner, warmer. Estee Lauder Tempting Mocha is similar but a touch purple.

All Woman is a green-tinged dark gray with a dusting of shimmer, though it is mostly matte. This shade had rather weak color payoff, as the texture was dry and stiff. Tarte Stiletto almost looked a bit like this, just darker because it had more pigmentation. bareMinerals Earth is a bit lighter.

Black Magique is a brown-based dark black with a mostly matte finish, though it is officially a velvet finish. It reminded me a lot of Urban Decay Crave. Le Metier de Beaute Fin is darker, richer.

I think the inclusion of the ultra-shimmery shade Flawless Figure doesn’t make the most sense; it’s just very, very shimmery and ended up detracting from the overall composition of the palette. My gut was, “Don’t use it! Don’t use it!” but it’s a quad, so I really wanted to try and incorporate all four shades–and no, I should have went with my gut there!   A better use for it would be to lightly mix it with one of the other shades to create varying levels of shimmer/sheen and lightness.  It performed well, but it seemed out of place in this quad.  

All Woman was disappointing with its drier, stiffer texture, which made it difficult to blend as well as apply. Brains & Brawn is the kind of color I see anyone who wears neutrals getting a lot of use out of, and it’s a shame we don’t see more of these matte taupes in permanent, core ranges (across all brands).  It will work nicely for sculpting and defining the crease on light to medium (possibly medium-dark) complexions.  The eyeshadows wore for just under eight hours without creasing or fading.

MAC All Woman Eyeshadow Quad

B
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

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MAC Triumphant Nail Lacquer

MAC Triumphant Nail Lacquer
MAC Triumphant Nail Lacquer

MAC Strength: Triumphant Nail Lacquer

MAC Triumphant Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone cool brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with a hint of gray, and it has a cream finish. Dior Exquis is darker and has shimmer. NARS Bad Influence is much darker and grayer–more of a taupe. Chanel Khaki Rose seemed the clsoest, though it’s a bit darker.

The formula on Triumphant, was a triumph! over Muscle Tone.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it covered evenly and easily, while the polish flowed across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges.  It was fully opaque after two coats, and it dried down to a slight natural sheen.  I typically get a week of wear with MAC’s polishes; no chipping and just minor tip wear.

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

MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer

MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer
MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer

MAC Strength: Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer

MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale neutral nude.” It’s a light beige with mostly neutral undertones but perhaps leans a little warm when I see it against my skin tone. It has a cream finish. MAC Sandpiper is sheerer but similar. Essie Brooch the Subject is darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude is darker.

This polish didn’t want to apply well at all. I tried three different applications, and the third attempt still came out streaky, uneven, and all-around poorly!  MAC definitely has a stiffer/sharper brush that seems to make their pale creams more prone to streaking.  Even when I layered a really thick second coat on top and tried to minimize how many passes of the brush I used, I couldn’t get it to level and even out. The consistency of the polish was slightly thick, but it didn’t seem so thick that it was going to be problematic (though it was).

MAC Nail Lacquer Muscle Tone
4.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
2
Application
69%
Total

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MAC Taupe Shape Blush

MAC Taupe Shape Blush
MAC Taupe Shape Blush

MAC Strength: Taupe Shape Blush

MAC Taupe Shape Blush ($19.50 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “satiny taupe” with a satin finish. It’s a gray-tinged brown–a brownish-taupe when blended out–with a shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Pressed Amber is less gray. MAC Equilibrium is browner.

This kind of color is usually seen for contouring, but the shimmery finish is fairly reflective and nears frost-level in how shimmery/reflective it is keeps it from being a practical contouring shade. It could work as a natural shade on some complexions or when used very lightly. Taupe Shape was soft and finely-milled, though, and it was easy to blend and apply to the cheeks. I found the shimmery finish did emphasize pores, though, to a degree that was noticeable even at a “normal” viewing distance. This shade lasted seven hours on me, and it looked a bit faded after seven and a half hours.

MAC Powder Blush Taupe Shape
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

MAC Poised Blush

MAC Poised Blush
MAC Poised Blush

MAC Strength: Poised Blush

MAC Poised Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “muted pinkish brown” with a satin finish. It’s a medium brown with soft, peach-orange undertones and a shimmer-sheen finish. Burberry Earthy is browner, more neutral and matte. NARS Madly is a touch browner. Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight is very similar, perhaps a bit darker.

Poised has good color payoff, and the texture is soft, finely-milled, and blendable.  It was easy to apply, and the color could be used lightly or heavily, such that it was true-to-pan with little effort.  The sheen it gives off is a few steps above luminous and natural, but it isn’t frosted, and it doesn’t emphasize pores.  I tested this yesterday, and it lasted for six hours well, but it was a bit faded after seven hours.  Like the lipsticks from this launch, this blush (and its partner in crime) sold out within an hour or so of soft launching online, so currently, the only way to obtain one is to track it down at a freestanding MAC store.

MAC Powder Blush Poised
Poised
Poised
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Dior Candide (457) (437) Dior Addict Lipstick

Dior Candide (457) Dior Addict Lipstick
Dior Candide (457) Dior Addict Lipstick

A Rather Candid Pop of Pink

Dior Candide (457) Dior Addict Lipstick ($31.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle yellow undertones and a shiny finish. MAC Vivid Imagination is more opaque, slightly brighter. Bobbi Brown Pink Orchid is a touch lighter. Guerlain Rose Piquant is similar. Chanel Charme is similar in color, a touch cooler, and more shimmery.

The Dior Addict Lipstick formula is creamy, balm-like, and lightweight; it slides on easily and deposits even color while you glide it across the lips.  This is actually one of the more pigmented shades from the range that I’ve experienced–it’s semi-sheer to semi-opaque as there’s a noticeable translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through.  As a result, those with redder natural lip color, this will look redder on you still, but the effect is lightening and brightening, even on my less pigmented lips.  Candide wore for three hours, and it was somewhat hydrating but not as hydrating as I’d expect.

Dior Addict Lip Color Candide
Candide

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