Sunday, October 12th, 2014

MAC Silver + Blue Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection
MAC Silver + Blue Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection

MAC Silver + Blue Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection ($35.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes four pigments (each containing 0.09 oz.) and one glitter (containing 0.14 oz.). This set has a cool tone running through it and ranges from white to black to blue and teal. The collection releases online October 27th and in-stores on November 6th.

White is described as a “soft pearl white.” It’s a bright, silvery white with a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque. It had a soft, silky texture that was easy to use. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. This shade is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blue Noir is described as a “dirty grayish blue.” It’s a muted, medium-dark bluish teal with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff both wet and dry, though it was smoother and more even when applied damp. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dark Soul is described as a “charcoal black smoked with gold.” It’s a muted, medium black with silver sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry, opaque color applied damp. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. There was a little bit of fall out from the sparkle. This shade is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Grey is described as a “sparkly chunky grey.” It’s a cool-toned, purple-gray chunky glitter. It is not eye or lip safe.

Deep Blue Green is described as a “rich deep bluish green.” It’s a rich, blackened teal with a bluish leaning and frosted finish. It was semi-sheer applied dry and more opaque applied damp. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. This shade is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as a “highly concentrated loose colour powder” that will “adhere to the skin.” They can be used to “create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect.” The formula is supposed to be “easy to blend and long-lasting.” The majority work best when applied with a dampened brush, as it helps the powder bind and adhere to the skin, though some shades are more pigmented than others for dry application.

MAC now offers “Sized to Go” pigments in select shades, which are the same size as the ones in the set, for $10 ($111.11/oz). Normally, a full-sized jar of pigment is $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.). The set contains $40.00 or $50.40 worth of pigments, depending on which calculation you use. Full-sized glitters are $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.), so there is $19.60 worth of glitter here. All in all, the set contains at least $59.60 worth of product, and on the high end, $70.00. The only annoyance is that the smaller jars can be harder to use, depending on the size of your fingers/hands, but you’ll want to be careful. I usually find the best luck in pouring a little into the cap or onto a metal mixing palette.

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Silver + Blue

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Sunday, October 12th, 2014

MAC Pink + Rose Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection
MAC Pink + Rose Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection

MAC Pink + Rose Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection ($35.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes four pigments (each containing 0.09 oz.) and one glitter (containing 0.14 oz.). This set ranges from light pink to bronze to copper to deeper pink and plum. The collection releases online October 27th and in-stores on November 6th.

Whisper Pink is described as a “soft beige pink with pearl.” It is a light, milky pink with gold shimmer. The texture was very chunky, so it was difficult to apply as an even layer. It applied smoother dry, but it was mostly gold shimmer when used that way. I would take a mixing palette with a damp brush and smooth out the pigment on it, then apply to the lid. On me, it wore well for eight hours before creasing, but there was some fall out during wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Tan is described as a “muted pinky brown bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, metallic copper brown with warm, red undertones. The texture wasn’t quite as smooth as I remember it being, but it will smooth out if applied damp. It was semi-sheer applied dry, then more opaque applied damp. It lasted for eight hours on me. This is a permanent shade. See swatches of dupes/ view dupes side-by-side.

Rose is described as a “rose with copper sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark pink with a lot of chunky, gold shimmer. It really needs to be pushed and buffed into the skin to smooth it out, though it was possible, and it was easier to do so if you applied the color with a damp brush. It was semi-sheer applied dry, semi-opaque applied damp. The color wore well for eight hours, but there was some fall out during wear. This is a permanent shade. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Reigning Riches is described as a “soft copper [Glitter].” It’s a copper glitter with small glitter particles (but larger than micro-glitter). It is listed as not safe for usage around the eyes or lips.

Heritage Rouge is described as a “dirty brown plum.” It’s a rich, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a pearly finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque and appeared warmer, and applied damp, it was less brown, more plum, with full opacity. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. This is a permanent shade. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as a “highly concentrated loose colour powder” that will “adhere to the skin.” They can be used to “create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect.” The formula is supposed to be “easy to blend and long-lasting.” The majority work best when applied with a dampened brush, as it helps the powder bind and adhere to the skin, though some shades are more pigmented than others for dry application.

MAC now offers “Sized to Go” pigments in select shades, which are the same size as the ones in the set, for $10 ($111.11/oz). Normally, a full-sized jar of pigment is $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.). The set contains $40.00 or $50.40 worth of pigments, depending on which calculation you use. Full-sized glitters are $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.), so there is $19.60 worth of glitter here. All in all, the set contains at least $59.60 worth of product, and on the high end, $70.00. The only annoyance is that the smaller jars can be harder to use, depending on the size of your fingers/hands, but you’ll want to be careful. I usually find the best luck in pouring a little into the cap or onto a metal mixing palette.

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Pink + Rose

B

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8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

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8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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8/10

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Sunday, October 12th, 2014

MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection
MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection

MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection ($35.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes four pigments (each containing 0.09 oz.) and one glitter (containing 0.14 oz.). MAC’s Pigments can be a lot of fun to use, if you like loose eyeshadow, and I’ve always liked them as colored eyeshadow bases. They’re actually designed as a “highly concentrated loose colour powder” that will “adhere to the skin.” They can be used to “create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect.” The formula is supposed to be “easy to blend and long-lasting.” The majority work best when applied with a dampened brush, as it helps the powder bind and adhere to the skin, though some shades are more pigmented than others for dry application.

MAC now offers “Sized to Go” pigments in select shades, which are the same size as the ones in the set, for $10 ($111.11/oz). Normally, a full-sized jar of pigment is $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.). The set contains $40.00 or $50.40 worth of pigments, depending on which calculation you use. Full-sized glitters are $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.), so there is $19.60 worth of glitter here. All in all, the set contains at least $59.60 worth of product, and on the high end, $70.00. The only annoyance is that the smaller jars can be harder to use, depending on the size of your fingers/hands, but you’ll want to be careful. I usually find the best luck in pouring a little into the cap or onto a metal mixing palette.

Lithe is described as a “peachy nude.” It’s a light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was sheer, and applied damp, it was fully opaque. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

English Gilt is described as a “bright champagne.” It’s a metallic, golden bronze with warm undertones and a high-shine finish. It was a finer pigment, and it yielded semi-sheer color coverage applied dry, and then full coverage applied damp. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Pretty It Up is described as a “dirty olive with pearl.” It’s a murky, bronze and gold-shimmered brown with hints of olive/khaki. It had a chunkier texture, so it didn’t apply as smoothly as other shades and is trickier to apply, as there is a lot of fall out. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque. It wore well for eight hours but did have fall out over time. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Gold is described as a “sparkly chunky gold [Glitter].” It’s a chunky, gold glitter. MAC has a warning on the box that says it is not for use around the eye area. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Brown is described as a “dark chocolate brown.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was very, very finely-milled and silky. Even dry, it is more buildable to opaque color as it layers well. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and it was opaque applied damp (and it seemed to go on okay with a damp brush, despite it being a matte finish). On me, it lasted for eight hours before fading. This shade is part of the permanent range. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

The collection releases online October 27th and in-stores on November 6th.

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Gold + Beige

B+

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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9/10

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Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Guerlain Coque d'Or Perfumed Shimmer Powder
Guerlain Coque d’Or Perfumed Shimmer Powder

Guerlain Coque d’Or Perfumed Shimmer Powder ($95.00 for 0.61 oz.) is described as a “silky halo of a golden shimmer.” It’s a fine misting of gold shimmer, just as described. Guerlain says it can be used to “illuminat[e] hair, face, shoulders, and the top of the decollete.” It is a scented powder, which the brand says is a “chypre composition based on bergamot, rose, jasmine, and patchouli.” It’s very subtle when I tried wearing it all-over arms–it’s no substitute for perfume–and I only get a hint of a scent when I have my nose to my skin. It’s warm, sweet, and slightly woody with a little earthiness.

Guerlain’s holiday Shimmer Powders are no doubt a luxury item, and it is most likely going to appeal to collectors. It adds a gorgeous sparkle–that’s finer than glitter but more noticeable than shimmer–to the skin that dances in the light as one moves. I can only imagine that one bottle has many, many uses out of it, as one “spritz” has a fair amount of sparkle (enough for both arms). It’s best applied about six to twelve inches away, and you may want to turn the nozzle, because of the wide, bow-like bottle, the way it arrives means that a lot of the sparkle settles on top of the bottle (instead of on you!). I would also recommend applying a body lotion or moisturizer first, and then spritzing the powder on just before it finishes drying.

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Coque d'Or Perfumed Shimmer Powder

Guerlain's holiday Shimmer Powders are no doubt a luxury item, and it is most likely going to appeal to collectors. It adds a gorgeous sparkle--that's finer than glitter but more noticeable than shimmer--to the skin that dances in the light as one moves.
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Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette
Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette

Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette ($90.00 for 0.42 oz.) includes five eyeshadows and four blushes. When you open the palette, you’ll see a tray of eyeshadows, and when you lift the tray, you’ll see four blushes–two as larger squares, two as smaller, rectangles. The colors chosen for the palette all work together very well, including the blushes. It is an incredibly warm-toned palette, and all of the eyeshadows have more frosted finishes (I would have loved to see two of them be more satiny with a lower sheen). The eyeshadows are extremely dupable, and two of the blushes are sheerer, slightly powdery/dry. Guerlain’s blush formula is interesting, because it’s not a formula that seems to swatch well, yet it looks far better applied to cheeks. They’re more buildable, and they don’t look dry applied nor are they difficult to blend out. I wish they had only done two blushes (or maybe even just one illuminating powder), because I had to use eyeshadow brushes to get the color out of the pan due to each pan being so small. The compact is a slightly mattified gold, and the red bow is an elastic that slides off (Guerlain had an image on its booklet that showed it being used as a hair tie).

Petrouchka #1 is a light, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #2 is a yellow gold with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture. This shade was thinner and a smidgen dry. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #3 is a medium, golden copper with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It had fantastic pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #4 is a medium brown with warm, red undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff was lovely, while the powder had a soft, buttery texture that went on smoothly. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #5 is a dark, bronzy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had full color coverage, and it had the same, smooth, buttery consistency as the third and fourth eyeshadows. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #6 is a light pink with warm, yellow undertones and a faint white sparkle. Unfortunately, my skin tone doesn’t show this shade well–it just got lost as a blush on me, but it may show up for very fair skin tones. It seemed to have decent color payoff, and the texture was soft, though slightly powdery. In person, i was able to detect a very faint pink coloring, which seemed to last seven hours on me. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #7 is a muted, reddish-coral with a matte finish. It was sheer and powdery, though I was able to build it up in three to four layers. It lasted for eight hours applied to the skin. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #8 is a medium-dark, peach with warm, gold shimmer. It had a drier, more powdery consistency, but thankfully it didn’t look dry applied. I think if you had really dry skin, this might not work out as well. The color wore well for eight hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #9 is a brightened, orange with a hint of red and warm undertones. It had more of a satin-matte finish–not flat, but it didn’t have much of a sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture wasn’t powdery but was still blendable. This shade didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Petrouchka

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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Petrouchka #2

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9/10

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9/10

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8/10

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9/10

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Sunday, October 12th, 2014

MAC Fleeting Romance Pro Longwear Blush
MAC Fleeting Romance Pro Longwear Blush

MAC Fleeting Romance Pro Longwear Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “coral.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-coral with a satin-matte finish. There’s just enough of a sheen that it keeps it from looking flat on the skin, but it doesn’t have a shimmery finish. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is similar. Milani Coral Cove (05) (LE, $7.99) is brighter, lighter. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is similar. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is more muted. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, pinker. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is a cream product, warmer. NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE) is warmer. Dior Coral Glow Blush (LE) is warmer, brighter. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is a touch brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was soft, silky, and very smooth. It was just a smidgen powdery compared to the other two I reviewed recently, but only by comparison–I don’t think I would have noticed otherwise. It had buildable color payoff as described that went from semi-sheer to mostly opaque (two to three layers), so it should work well on a variety of skin tones. The silkiness of the powder made it easy to apply and blend on the skin as well. MAC claims eight-hour wear, and that’s exactly what I had: eight hours before there was slight fading along the edges. You can also purchase it in pan format through MAC and pop it into your empty palette of choice, which will save you $7 (which almost pays for the empty palette!).

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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10/10

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