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MAC Fabulousness Warm Eye Palette

MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette
MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette

Is Your Avera

MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette ($39.50 for 0.14 oz.) contains five eyeshadows: Glamour Light (soft beige frost), Retrospeck (bleached blonde), Honesty (pewtered bronze), Cognac (frosty golden bronze), and Sketch (burgundy with red shimmer). Honesty, Retrospeck, and Sketch are all available as part of the permanent range.

Whew! There is not a lot of product in this palette! For reference, MAC eyeshadow quads ($38.00) typically contain 0.19 to 0.20 oz. (about 0.05 oz. per eyeshadow). Last year’s holiday eyeshadow palettes contained 0.21 oz. (and retailed for $38.00). The prior year’s holiday palettes contained 0.19 oz. (and retailed for $36.00). You used to get six shades, but with this year’s design, you’re getting five.

Glamour Light is a pale golden beige. This has a satin finish. It is a little sheer, but it is a very light shade overall–it tended to disappear against my skin tone in particular, unfortunately! Cinderella A Wish is similar. MAC Sahara Dust is less warm. MAC Baby, It’s Cold is very similar. MAC Dazzlelight is lighter.

Retrospeck is light-medium gold subdued by brown. This has a lustre finish, so it has a fair amount of sparkle and doesn’t apply really smoothly. It’s part of the permanent range. Chanel Apparence is darker. Buxom Poodle is yellower.

Honesty is a coppery orange-brown with lighter copper shimmer and sheen. It is pretty sheer, and it was very, very dry. This has a lustre finish, but it is so much drier and less pigmented in this palette than it is in permanent form. Urban Decay Penny Lane is a bit lighter. MAC Star Myth is darker, redder.

Cognac is a molten golden bronze. This has a frost finish. This was the best performing shade out of all three palettes–it was soft, smooth, richly pigmented, and easy to blend out. Inglot #404 is a bit lighter. Urban Decay Rush is darker, less warm. MAC Romp is darker, browner. Urban Decay Honey is less brown, more golden. MAC Old Gold is similar but has that green-ish sheen.

Sketch is a dark burgundy with a smattering of barely-there-sparkle that you really can’t see once it’s applied. This has a velvet finish. It had good color payoff, and it blended out without trouble when I used it. theBalm Moderato is more subdued. theBalm Sexy is browner.

This palette was the best out of the there eyeshadow palettes (and while I have to crunch the numbers, my big picture view is saying this is the best out of all the palettes).  Retrospeck and Honesty have fall out, being that they’re lustres, with Honesty being a bigger offender.  (I feel like I’m making excuses; it’s like “well, it’s not horrible, so at least that’s good, right?”)  Glamour Light works but could use a softer, denser texture to yield slightly more pigment–it would make it a more versatile shade.  Cognac was really lovely and easy to work with; if the whole palette was like that, we’d have A-quality.  Sketch is true-to-form and is nicely pigmented and dark.  It’s soft enough to be blendable (could be a little easier, though) but is not powdery.

MAC Fabulousness Warm Eye Palette

B-
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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MAC Fabulousness Smoky Eye Palette

MAC Fabulousness / Smoky Eye Palette
MAC Fabulousness / Smoky Eye Palette

Up in Smoke This Set Goes

MAC Fabulousness / Smoky Eye Palette ($39.50 for 0.14 oz.) contains five eyeshadows: Taupeless (lavender pink), Satin Taupe (taupe with silver shimmer), Love Spice (mid-tone rosy pink with pearl), Spellcaster (matte aubergine), and Black Slip (rich blackened plum with pearl).

For reference, MAC eyeshadow quads ($38.00) typically contain 0.19 to 0.20 oz. (about 0.05 oz. per eyeshadow). Last year’s holiday eyeshadow palettes contained 0.21 oz. (and retailed for $38.00). The prior year’s holiday palettes contained 0.19 oz. (and retailed for $36.00). You used to get six shades, but with this year’s design, you’re getting five.

Taupeless is a light pink with silvery-white sparkle. It has a lustre finish, so it is a bit sheerer and has lots of sparkle. I did experience a fair amount of fall out with this shade. This shade has been released before. Chanel Harmonie du Soir is a bit warmer, less sparkly. MAC Love Power is similar but less sparkly. MAC Young Venus is cooler-toned. theBalm Safe Bet Annette is slightly warmer.

Satin Taupe is a medium brown with subtle warm orange undertones and a gray-ish tinge. It doesn’t look like the permanent Satin Taupe at all. It had decent color payoff but it was a little dry. Guerlain Turandot is darker. Dior Fairy Golds is also darker.

Love Spice is a rosy-toned medium brown with a champagne shimmer-sheen. The color payoff was so-so, and the texture was a little dry. Giorgio Armani Champagne is similar but browner. Cle de Peau #207 is similar but grayer and sparkly. MAC Pink Frontier is a touch lighter. MAC Jete is darker. MAC desert is a bit grayer. MAC Earthly is grayer. Here’s a swatch of the permanent Satin Taupe.

Spellcaster is a matte, dark purple with subtle red undertones. It was dry, stiff, and was a pain-in-the-behind to blend. It’s an eyeshadow that you have to grab a lot of, place it, go back for more, place it, and then try to blend those together. Normally, I’d take some product, apply it to the middle of the area I wanted it to be, then I’d take the brush back and forth to blend it out. It just doesn’t work with the texture of this shade. NARS High Society is lighter. MAC Dynamic Duo #4 has a similar shade that was better pigmented. Urban Decay Rockstar is a little lighter and shimmery.

Black Slip is a red-toned brown with hints of burgundy and bronze shimmer. It had good pigmentation, and it was the best performer out of the five. The texture was a lot softer and more blendable. Urban Decay Rapture is lighter. Illamasqua Queen of the Night is not as frosted. MAC Winterized is grayer, less red-toned.

Taupeless had some significant fall out while I wore it, which wasn’t a total surprise, because it had a sparkly, kind of gritty/chunky texture that is common to lustres (which I rarely have good experiences with).  Satin Taupe is unrecognizable in this palette–I’m left wondering if this is even meant to be one and the same as the permanent version.  If not, they really should have named it something else.  Black Slip was the best eyeshadow, but I would say that it is a good but not great eyeshadow.   Spellcaster works really well with the rest of the colors in the palette, but it is difficult to blend and was noticeably faded after eight hours of wear, even over a primer.  I couldn’t get all of these shades to show up without a primer underneath; Black Slip and Spellcaster were the only ones that showed up decently without a primer.

MAC Fabulousness Smoky Eye Palette

C
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
73%
Total

MAC Fabulousness / Neutral Eye Palette

MAC Fabulousness / Neutral Eye Palette
MAC Fabulousness / Neutral Eye Palette

Fabulous This is Not

MAC Fabulousness / Neutral Eye Palette ($39.50 for 0.14 oz.) contains five eyeshadows: Blonde Mink (grey taupe frost), Magical Mist (metallic taupe), Brun (muted blackish-brown), Enviable (cool mint green with pearl), and Smut (muted black with red shimmer). Heads up–Brun and Smut are both part of the permanent range, and Magical Mist has made its way into a couple of past holiday palettes, too.

Whew! There is not a lot of product in this palette! For reference, MAC eyeshadow quads ($38.00) typically contain 0.19 to 0.20 oz. (about 0.05 oz. per eyeshadow). Last year’s holiday eyeshadow palettes contained 0.21 oz. (and retailed for $38.00). The prior year’s holiday palettes contained 0.19 oz. (and retailed for $36.00). You used to get six shades, but with this year’s design, you’re getting five.

Blonde Mink is a sheer, cool-toned, pale white-gray with a soft, frosted finish. It is supposed to have a Lustre finish. It looks grayer in the pan, but swatched, it’s very light and looks rather white. It had a very stiff, firm texture and didn’t yield much color. NARS Vent Glace is similar. Chanel Fantasme is a little reminiscent of this color, but Fantasme is more sparkly.

Magical Mist is a medium-dark brown with copper sparkle. It’s just barely warm. This shade has a lustre finish. The color payoff was decent, but it does have some loose sparkle, so it may be prone to fall out. Urban Decay Nevermind is warmer. MAC Earthly is more cool-toned. Buxom Mutt is barely warmer.

Brun is a dark black-brown, but you wouldn’t know it based on this palette. The texture was so, so dry and stiff. The finish is satin, though Brun tends to look more matte to me. I have it in the full-size, permanent pot, and it’s a dream to work with. Even when I applied this to the eye, it wasn’t easily blended out, and I definitely had to pick up the pigment, place it, and go back for more. For a real look at Brun, check out this swatch. MAC Diamond Dove is similar. MAC Twilight Falls is more taupe. theBalm Matt Ramirez is similar.

Enviable is a smoky forest green with a very subdued quality to it, color-wise. The texture was softer and smoother than the four other shades in the palette, and the color payoff was good. NARS High Society is similar but matte, so it appears darker. Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked is greener, darker. MAC Lady Grey is warmer. Make Up For Ever #84 is darker.

Smut is a red-toned, medium-dark brown with a satin finish. Here, too, Smut is a pale imitation of the permanent version (seen here. I was able to get a little more bang out of it when applied with a brush. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is similar. MAC Legendary Black is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust Heart is similar but has no shimmer.

I had to use an eyeshadow primer to get the colors to show up in a look. When I tried to use and test them without a base, there was so little color payoff.  I had some fall out with Blonde Mink when I used it on the center of the lid, but it was not terrible.  Out of the palette, I used Enviable on the inner lid, Blonde Mink on the center of the lid, Brun on the outer lid, and Smut in the crease.  The reality of this palette is Enviable is the best shade, but on its own, it’s just a so-so shade. The other four eyeshadows are sheer, dry, and stiff–and two have some fall out during wear.  I will go ahead and say that of the three eyeshadow palettes, this one was the worst performing (this just happened to be the one that came alphabetically, so it was the first to be reviewed!).

I’m actually just really sad when it comes to MAC holiday palettes now.  There are so many options for palettes during the holidays, and I’ve already tested at least a dozen of them (reviews are still forthcoming for many) and MAC’s wouldn’t be where I’d go this year.  I’d take my money and check out brands like Bare Escentuals (the Ready palettes for the holidays are incredible!), Tarte (reader reviews have been very positive), and Too Faced–just to name some comparably priced palettes.  Not to mention, Urban Decay released three palettes recently for $36 each with more product than these.

MAC Fabulousness / Neutral Eye Palette

D
6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3
Application
64%
Total

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MAC Hang Up the Glamour Hanging Travel Bag Review & Photos

MAC Hanging Travel Bag
MAC Hanging Travel Bag

It’s Sold Out, to the Store You Go!

MAC Hanging Travel Bag ($40.00) is–apparently–sold out online, so you’ll have to trek to your local freestanding MAC store (or Pro store) if you you’re tantalized by this holiday item.  It’s a roll-up, leopard-print vinyl hanging travel bag with multiple zippered compartments for you to store your treasures in.  I was able to fit three-fourths of the Glamour Daze collection along with the three eyeshadow palettes from Fabulousness into it before rolling it up (it no longer folds if you fill it with stuff).

The exterior is all vinyl, while the interior of each pocket is actually the peachy orange satin (I don’t know if it’s really satin); the same orange that’s used on some of the kits/palettes from Fabulousness.  I see the vinyl making sense, because it’s easy to clean, but the interior being half satin and half vinyl, I’m not sure about.  The exterior has leopard print, while the interior has a lace-print over vinyl.

The first pocket is a short but wide pocket; this section would be good for storing single eyeshadows or eyeliners/flat brushes.  The second zippered pocket is actually bigger than it looks, as it actually spans the entire middle section all the way until you see the third zipper.  There are two pockets in the middle (marked by two flaps and snap closures) that sit over the bottom half of the second zippered pocket.

This larger zippered pocket could hold anything from foundation to skin care to a palette (but keep in mind, it can only fold/roll based on what you put in it).  The two smaller pockets could hold a few lipsticks or glosses. The last pocket is another short, wide zippered number, though it is not quite as short as the top pocket.  It can hold larger brushes, lipsticks, glosses, and a variety of objects.  Each pocket is covered by lace-print over clear vinyl, so you’ll see what you put into each section.

It has a black hanger on the top, so you can hang it somewhere when you travel.  To keep it rolled up, there’s a black ribbon that you tie into place.  The ribbon was the only element I didn’t like or care for.  I think they could have done something that looked better and was more secure.  Maybe a garter-like belt?

If you like the idea but can’t track down this particular item or want a different print, The Container Store and Amazon both have several other comparable solutions.  For a more homemade solution, Etsy might work, too. You might also want to check under jewelry travel bags as well (similarly small-sized compartments!).

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MAC Glamour Daze Nail Lacquer

MAC Endless Night Nail Lacquer
MAC Endless Night Nail Lacquer

A Grab Bag of Holiday Polish

MAC Glamour Daze Nail Lacquers ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) include four shades: Endless Night (pale grey pink with iridescent pearl), Everything That Glitters (black with super multidimensional glitter), Girl Trouble (super glitter pink), and In the Limelight (mid-tone creamy mint).  Because of the white-colored labeling (instead of black), MAC has tacked on $1.50 to the cost of each polish.

Endless Night is a cool-toned, light-medium beige with iridescent pink micro-shimmer. It’s not quite opaque after two coats.  The consistently was a little watery. MAC Quiet Time is darker, no shimmer. Essie Topless & Barefoot is just a smidgen lighter, has no shimmer, and leans slightly pink. Cult Nails Cruisin’ Nude would be similar, though it’s a bit darker–it has the same pink shimmer.

Everything That Glitters is a dark black with multi-colored micro-glitter–lots of blue, pink, and green predominantly. It’s opaque after two coats, and the glitter particles disperse evenly. It is very similar to Butter London The Black Knight from what I can tell.

Girl Trouble is a metallic, cool-toned pink with silver micro-glitter. It is part of the permanent range. The consistency was a little watery. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it dried down faster than the other three shades. China Glaze Encouragement is similar in color but not metallic. NARS Night Rider is darker.

In the Limelight is a cool-toned, mint green with a cream finish. This was very, very streaky. After I applied one coat, I attempted to apply a second coat, and it was a big mess. The only way I could get it to look half-decent was to glob on a second coat and maneuver my hands by waving them around to get the polish to level out without using the brush.   Illamasqua Nomad is much darker, greener. China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint is greener. Zoya Wednesday is darker. MAC Mischievous Mint is very similar.

Everything That Glitters was the best performing shade, because it was opaque after two coats, and the consistently wasn’t too thick or thin, so it applied evenly.  Endless Night is a little sheer, and with this kind of color, some might prefer it that way.  Girl Trouble will drag if you move too quickly on a second coat, and it didn’t apply as evenly as I’d like.  In the Limelight was a nightmare to apply, and in order to get even results, it took over an hour before I could really move my hands, and even then, I took a smudged off a chunk of it just by lightly brushing another finger against it.  It doesn’t level well, so be very, very careful when you apply your second coat.

MAC Glamour Daze Nail Lacquer

B
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
83%
Total

MAC Glamour Daze Extra Dimension Eyeshadows (Part 2)

MAC Round Midnight Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Round Midnight Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Wants You to Travel to an Extra Dimension

MAC Glamour Daze Extra Dimension Eyeshadows ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) includes eight shades, and this post highlights four of them: Round Midnight (dark burgundy), Stolen Moment (dark taupe), Stylishly Merry (mid-tone dusty violet), and Tall, Dark, & Handsome (black with pearl).

MAC first launched this formula this past March, which I reviewed here and here.  You can also read a more in-depth review regarding the new shades here (this post just has a recap and some tidbits regarding these four shades).  The formula feels like a cross between MAC’s regular powder eyeshadows and their Mineralize Eyeshadow formula, because it feels like a powder, but it’s a little dry in a way that’s characteristic of Mineralize Eyeshadows.  These bind and adhere better, though, and tend to apply more smoothly.  Of these four, Stylishly Merry was less smooth compared to the others, but Round Midnight was extremely smooth.  In my testing of five of the eight shades, they wear the six hours MAC claims, but when used dry, they are prone to fading somewhat.  When used damp or over a primer, I was able to wear these for eight hours without fading.

Round Midnight is a purple-burgundy with a soft frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation both dry and wet. It was also exceptionally smooth compared to several of the other shades. MAC Rich Core is a bit lighter, less purple. MAC Deceit is very similar. Make Up For Ever #311 is redder.

Stolen Moment is a plummy taupe with hints of brown and gray and a frosted finish. It had pretty good color payoff when used dry and was totally opaque when used wet. Urban Decay Armor is less plum. MAC Satin Taupe is similar, a little browner. theBalm Come-Hither is darker, grayer.

Stylishly Merry is a fuchsia pink with a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation dry and better payoff when used damp. Urban Decay Noise is pinker. MAC Moon Rose is pinker and darker. Urban Decay Infamous is a bit more purple. Urban Decay Junkshow is more vibrant, less pink. Make Up For Ever #52 is darker, less frosted. MAC Infra-violet is similar, less frosted. Sugarpill 2AM is more purple and matte.

Tall, Dark, & Handsome is a soft gray-black with a soft, frosted finish. It has multi-colored shimmer that’s very fine, so it’s hard to see it on the eye. The color payoff was almost the same both wet and dry, though when used dry, it’s just a little softer. MAC Dark Dare is darker, blacker, less gray. MAC Cinderefella is similar when used dry. Buxom Black Lab is similar but in cream form.

MAC Glamour Daze Extra Dimension Eyeshadows (Part 2)

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

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