Thursday, January 7th, 2010

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection
MAC Impeccable Brow Pencils: Dirty Blonde, Blonde, Taupe, Black

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection: Brow Pencils Reviews, Photos, Swatches

New for the collection are Impeccable Brow Pencils. The new brow pencil is available in four shades, and the names do correspond to what probably fits the majority. I’m more of a brow powder kind of girl, having used MAC Espresso Eyeshadow for about six years now, as my go-to for brows. I like this, but I don’t love it. For those who want more definition, pencil is definitely a better option than shadow. I would still suggest using a fluffier brush like the 266 or a clean mascara wand to brush through brows for a softer, more natural look.

Impeccable Brow Pencil ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)

  • Blonde is a honeyed light-medium brown.
  • Dirty Blonde is a neutral to cool-toned light medium brown.
  • Taupe is a slightly cool-toned light espresso brown.
  • Black is a brown-black. This is the darkest shade of the bunch, but it doesn’t read super, ultra black — though it is still dark and obviously pretty close to black!

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Thursday, January 7th, 2010

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection
MAC Lipglasses: Spirit & Soul, Naked Frost, Liqueur, Glamour For All

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection: Lipglass Reviews, Photos, Swatches, Lip Swatches

I’m pleased with the opacity on these lipglasses — they’re all quite rich in color for lipglasses, and it is quite unusual to find this many pigmented shades in a single launch. If you don’t like frosty lips, though, you may not find yourself swooning over these, because three of the four do have that frosty, glimmering look. Like the lipsticks, whether these are for you is really a matter of personal taste; none of them are bad in formula, texture, or feel, but the colors may not appeal to everyone.

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Glamour For All is a creamy, slightly milky medium pink. It’s harder to find a creamy medium pink, because often, creamy/milky pinks tend to be pale and lightened up a bit — this one isn’t. On lips, it’s very creamy, so it does have a tendency to settle into lip lines.
  • Liqueur is a reddish-brown with multicolored shimmer. It’s a pretty rich shade on lips, and it doesn’t sheer out too much on lips.
  • Naked Frost is a neutral gilded bronze with multicolored shimmer. It has a very frosty and shimmery look on lips. It looks almost like a gilded beige on lips, rather than as deep or as bronzy as it does in the swatch.
  • Spirit & Soul is a slightly cool, kind of neutral tan-brown with multicolored shimmer. It has the same frosty, shimmery finish as both Naked Frost and Liqueur. The gold shimmer really pops when applied to lips.

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Thursday, January 7th, 2010

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection
MAC Lipsticks: 5N, Empowered, Myself, Equality

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection: Lipstick Reviews, Photos, Swatches, Lip Swatches

I think the lipsticks will be hit or miss for many — it’s really about personal tastes rather than the formulas. Three of the four are lustres, but Empowered is a satin finish lipstick and has a spectacular amount of pigmentation, creaminess, and overall feel. It’s not my kind of color, though, which makes me wish it was! Equality is definitely not going to be an easy shade for us to pull off; probably gotta layer it with another lipstick and/or gloss. Myself is really weird, because it is myself on me. Which isn’t bad, but hey, I wear lipstick so I can’t *change* the lip color.

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

Equality is a semi-opaque fleshy-beige. It reminded me a bit of maybe Fleshpot lipstick (PRO) or concealer. This is really “concealer lips” on me, because it is so, so pale. This is not a shade that I’d consider suitable–at least alone–on my medium skin tone. It’s just going to wash me out. It is, however, an interesting way to neutralize the natural pigmentation in one’s lips. It has a lustre finish,which accounts for its slightly uneven application and glossy sheen.

Myself is MLB… not quite better. No, but seriously, I put this on my lips, and I was like, “Where’d it go?” I slathered this sucker on, but it just looked like my lips… but again, not really *better*. I think this might be particularly lovely on those with more naturally reddened lips, because it might cool ‘em down to a lighter pink. This was the sheerest lipstick of the four. It’s kind of a soft, cool-toned dirty pink. It is also a lustre finish lipstick.

Empowered is a creamy, ultra pigmented brown with kind of a lightened peach feel — it’s just not dark brown or even chocolate brown, but it’s definitely brown. On me? Don’t love it. I’m not a brown lipstick kind of gal, but I do think deeper skin tones will appreciate this one. It has a full coverage look, a lovely satin finish, and feels lovely on. Best formula/texture out of the four — just wish I liked the color on me!

5N is a semi-sheer, plummy brown. It’s beautiful on lips, but it can go darker or lighter depending on your lips’ pigmentation — on me, it’s not ultra dark, but it darkens my lips enough that I’m satisfied with the color. It has a glossy finish, as it is also a lustre finish lipstick. This is a repromote from the N Collection from 2008 (correct me if I’m wrong on the year…).

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Thursday, January 7th, 2010

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection
MAC All’s Good Beauty Powder Blush

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection: Beauty Powder Blushes Reviews, Photos, Swatches

The beauty powder blushes are interesting, if only because neither shade seems like a blush at first glance. I think some might find these work for contouring, others for blushing/bronzing. I liked Personal Style the most, because I could see it being just a hint of definition on cheeks when eyes/lips are bold.

Beauty Powder Blushes ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • All’s Good is a dirty brown with just a smidgen of pink in it. It has very, very little shimmer — like barely there shimmer. I think this might be nicer on deeper skin tones, but I keep thinking it’s just going to look dirty on me. The texture is very smooth, and the color itself is pigmented.
  • Personal Style is a neutral-to-cool fleshy beige with no real shimmer (the powder looks like it has some, but I couldn’t detect any in the swatch). This looked like something you might even be able to contour with if you have lighter skin.

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Thursday, January 7th, 2010

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection
MAC All Races Eyeshadow

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection: Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

None of the eyeshadows really spoke to me, which may be more a reflection of them being a little too neutral, too safe and me having more than enough neutral favorites through their permanent line. I suppose my feelings are much like they were with Warm & Cozy from last week — I’d loved to have seen new and different neutrals. I also wish Showstopper would go into retirement for at least a few years! Of the four, my favorite was All Races, and I do think that one is the most worth picking up, because it’s not a shade I’ve seen by MAC at all (no immediate dupes came to mind).

Eyeshadows ($14.50 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • All Races is a cool-toned lilac with a little gray edge. It has a matte finish, and it is a creamy, silky matte–no chalky texture here. I can’t remember seeing a shade like this by MAC. Maybe once or twice, but nothing I can remember at the moment!
  • Banshee is a dirty pink with a little brown to it — it has a silver glitter that makes it a little chunky. It has a lustre finish, which definitely accounts for the glittery feel. I imagine you may have some issues with fall out with this shade.
  • Cross-Cultural is a medium-dark chocolate brown with a matte finish. This is definitely a shade you could use to contour your eye space with; it has a nearly neutral finish, not being too cool nor warm.  I’d say this is similar to maybe Era/Texture or a lighter version of Espresso.
  • Showstopper is an ultra dark charcoal brown with a cool feel to it. This is a shade that’s not permanent yet it comes out often enough that it never feels like you need to stock up. This also has a matte finish to it.  This is similar to Mystery/Brun.

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Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Maybelline Caramel Kiss Lipstick

The Spring Season: Maybelline Caramel Kiss Lipstick

Maybelline Caramel Kiss Lipstick ($8.29) is a creamy browned nude — it’s kind of like a taste of caramel; a little warm, a smidgen golden, but very natural, soft, and wearable. I’m not usually big on brown-based shades, but this is a shade I can work with. I love the kiss of gold shimmer in this color, and the coverage is excellent. It clings and wears really well with lips, because it looks natural and lasts a good four hours on me.

Is this the right nude for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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