Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

The upcoming MAC x Cinderella collection features a mix of products for eyes, lips, and face. The products come in limited edition, shimmery blue packaging that has a slight iridescent quality to it, but the plastic itself is almost semi-matte so it’s not as shimmery as you might think. Most of the collection under-performed, so unfortunately, I can’t be enthused about the collaboration, despite Cinderella being my favorite childhood movie.  The eyeshadow palette was a surprise high performer, but it contains five permanent shades, which is great if you’re new to MAC, but less exciting if you already own a few of them.  Pretty It Up pigment was the other higher performing product in the collection, but it was already released in the past.

If you’re really looking for something to buy for packaging, I would recommend the eyeshadow palette or one of the cheek products (so long as you don’t mind sparkle).  I think Happily Ever After Lipglass is pretty in person as well, but it’s not a particularly great product all in all.  I wish the collection also featured a makeup bag and/or fancy mirrored compact.

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Tom Ford Spring 2015 Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Spring 2015 Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Spring 2015 Cream Color for Eyes ($42.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “smoky grey.” It’s a blackened taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones. The color is complex; more like a melange of black, brown, and gray that sometimes looks grayer and other times looks browner. MAC Trusted Instinct #5 (LE) is grayer, lighter. Make Up For Ever ME624 Black Gold (P, $21.00) is greener, warmer. Make Up For Ever D326 Black Bronze (P, $21.00) is similar. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #1 (P) is lighter, grayer. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $31.00) is grayer. MAC Legendary Black (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Gold Carbon (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s ridiculously pigmented; like the merest dip of the brush will provide enough product to cover the entire eyelid in an opaque layer of product. The consistency is lightweight, spreadable, and very blendable, so if you wanted a sheerer result, you could achieve it, but it will go on opaque very easily. It dries down to a more powder-like finish, so it doesn’t emphasize the texture of the eyelid at all. This wore well for fourteen hours on me without creasing or fading.

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Anastasia Vintage Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Vintage Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Vintage Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “royal purple.” It’s a medium-dark, eggplant purple with warm pink undertones and a matte finish. Colour Pop Grind (P, $5.00) is brighter, purpler. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $19.00) is lighter, pinker. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is darker, less matte. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is brighter, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had mostly opaque color coverage, though it isn’t fully pigmented and there’s a sheerness to it, so if you have naturally redder lips, I’d expect this to look less purple on. It had an almost two-tone aspect to it, as parts of it looked pinker and other parts looked purpler, and this was especially noticeable along the edges. The texture is thin, watery initially but dries down and adheres to the lips. You’ll want to be careful while waiting for it to dry down, as it gets tackier and tackier while it sets, so if you touch your lips together while it is drying, you’ll lift the color off in sections. Once dry, it’s nearly transfer-proof for me, and I don’t have any issues drinking coffee with this on. It will make it through most of a meal, but it will depend on how much oil is in your meal. On me, the color wears for six hours, but it is moderately drying and gets uncomfortable to wear after three hours of wear for me.

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

MAC Lightly Tauped Studio Eye Gloss
MAC Lightly Tauped Studio Eye Gloss

MAC Lightly Tauped Studio Eye Gloss ($21.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “light beige gloss with pearl.” It’s a dirty olive with fine, multi-colored shimmer. It’s basically a slightly warming clear gloss with a smattering of shimmer. This isn’t a type of product I’ve come across often, so I don’t know of any dupes that are designed for use on eyes. The glossy effect coupled with the barely-there amount of shimmer when actually applied to the lids is really replicated by any glossy product that could be applied to the eyes.

The Studio Eye Gloss formula is supposed to give a “high shine” and can be used with pigments or as a “wash of gloss and a hint of color” on its own. I’d love to know the reasoning for including this formula in a mass, consumer-driven collection like MAC x Cinderella, because this is everything that you’d expect to find in a PRO-only product… because it IS a PRO product. It is a high maintenance product that’s best for photoshoots or for someone who wants a very specific look and doesn’t mind the pitfalls of what amounts to as a lipgloss you put on your eyes.

It’s tackier than any gloss I’ve tried, and it physically snaps the skin on my eye lid back as it sticks to my finger or brush (anyone who is concerned about tugging or pulling at the skin around the eyes, stay far away). I applied it using a flat, synthetic brush all over the lid and above the crease, and it settled into the creases within five minutes. I could feel the gloss migrating immediately, and the area near my inner corner gave me the sensation of my eyelid becoming glued shut. Every time I blinked, I could feel my upper and lower lash lines sticking together and slowly releasing. The product is so sheer and within a few minutes, most of the shimmer settles into the creases, so it just looks like you’ve applied clear gloss–I can get the same glossy effect using Vaseline, which is more comfortable to wear, since it isn’t tacky.

I tried patting pigment on top of it, and the loose pigment stuck well to the glossy base. It was hard to apply, and it’s very finicky as you’ll get big clumps of product lifting off of the area as you work. It actually lasted a bit longer than I anticipated–creasing occurred two hours into wear, but surprisingly, I didn’t feel like the effect was glossy (the pigment looked the same applied damp).

MAC doesn’t make a whole lot of claims about it on their website, so I don’t know if it’s supposed to be long-wearing or crease-resistant, but it’s not even short-wearing, because the formula gravitates towards the creases immediately for me. I can only see this working for an editorial shoot, where the look is high-shine, glossed eyelids, where the eyes can be touched up constantly for that specific shot.

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Monday, February 9th, 2015

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre
MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light cool pink.” It’s a light-medium lavender pink with cool undertones and a satin finish. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $29.00) is darker, brighter. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is brighter. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, brighter. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is brighter. Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, cream. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is pinker. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is brighter, lighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is darker. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is brighter. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Full of Joy (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Blush Ombre formula is supposed to have an “ultrafine formula [that] provides flawless, medium-buildable coverage and natural-looking radiance.” Azalea Blossom is semi-sheer, and I didn’t find the coverage to build any more than that–I could never achieve more than semi-sheer color coverage. The texture was soft, smooth, but thin. It blended well on the skin, and the satin finish gave it a natural finish that wasn’t too shimmery or dewy. Based on the coverage and color itself, it’s a blush best suited for fairer skin tones than mine. For those with similar skin tones or deeper, I’d recommend trying it in-store to see if you like the coverage/subtlety of the color applied. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

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Monday, February 9th, 2015

Sugarpill Strangeling Loose Eyeshadow
Sugarpill Strangeling Loose Eyeshadow

Sugarpill Strangeling Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep metallic violet with aqua reflects.” It’s a brightened violet purple with cool undertones and a metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque. It was a more buildable product rather than richly pigmented right out of the jar. The texture was very soft and silky, and it blended well on the skin. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose (P, $9.99) is darker, less metallic. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Pop Culture (P, $5.99) is less metallic. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is more iridescent. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is more iridescent. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Charmy Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pinky peach with iridescent fuchsia reflects.” It’s a light-medium coral with warm undertones and gold and fuchsia shimmer over a satin finish. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry, though it applies deeper when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was very silky and finely-milled, while going on evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Mortal #3 (LE) is similar. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P) is lighter, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink (P, $21.00) is pinker. Make Up For Ever I752 Electric Coral (P, $21.00) is warmer, brighter. L’Oreal Cherie Merie (LE, $7.99) is darker. Urban Decay Freelove (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. MAC Paradisco (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Dynamo (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #2 (LE) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Penelope Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “metallic copper.” It’s a brightened copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry, but it was a richer, more molten copper shade when applied with a dampened brush, and it had a more metallic finish. The texture is smoother than a lot of loose coppery shades like this, but it wasn’t as finely-milled as a shade like Charmy, and it is better pressed into the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. LORAC Unleashed (P) is lighter. Makeup Geek Flame Thrower (P, $9.99) is less metallic. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is a cream product, more muted. Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is less metallic. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is similar. MAC Copper Sparkle (P, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Brash (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Amber Lights (P, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Countess Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “metallic maroon with a splash of aqua reflects.” It’s a muted, burgundy brown with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was semi-opaque applied dry over skin, and it was fully opaque when I used a dampened brush. The color started to crease after eight and a half hours of wear, but the texture was soft and easy to work with. Makeup Geek Showtime (P, $9.99) is warmer, browner. MAC Plummed (LE, $15.00) is less metallic. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P) is less metallic, warmer. Tarte Plum Away With Me (LE) is slightly warmer, less metallic. Make Up For Ever D826 Fig (P, $21.00) is similar. NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is warmer, less metallic. NARS China Seas #2 (P, $24.00) is less metallic. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE, $12.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $6.99) is similar. Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is similar. Chanel Fatal (837) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #7 (P, $9.99) is warmer. theBalm Alice Copper (P, $16.00) is less metallic. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Idyllic (LE, $18.00) Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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