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MAC Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “soft cool pink cream.” It’s a light-medium pink with a cool, gray-ish cast and a creamy, luminous finish. MAC Girl Next Door is lighter and sheerer (so it does look different on). MAC You’re Perfect Already is warmer. Revlon Strawberry Shortcake is purpler. MAC Enchantee is similar but grayer. Urban Decay Lovechild is brighter. MAC Royal Azalea is lighter.

It delivered mostly opaque color, and the consistency is lightly creamy without being heavy or thick.  It doesn’t look heavy on the lips either, despite having a mostly cream finish.  I did notice that if you press your lips together, there are some lines that can get created; they smooth out all right, but it’s worth noting.  It’s visible in the photo, but from afar, it’s hard to tell.  It was lightly hydrating while I wore it, and Dreaminess lasted three and a half hours on my lips, which is around average (four hours).  For a bit more on the formula, read my original review.

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Dreaminess
Dreaminess
Dreaminess
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “mid-tonal cool pink cream.” It’s a cool-toned, cotton candy pink with a luminous sheen. MAC Pink Nouveau is cooler-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is warmer. MAC Pink Popcorn is more lilac. MAC Naughty Saute is much cooler-toned (almost looks magenta in comparison).

This is a new (and permanent) formula that’s supposed to be hydrating, lightweight, non-sticky, “bright, long lasting colour in a single stroke,” all with a medium shine finish and buildable coverage (well, go figure on one stroke color and then buildable coverage). Divine Choice had mostly opaque color coverage, felt lightweight, and had good glide. I wouldn’t say it has a lot of slip, but there’s enough creaminess in the lipstick that it is easy to apply.  This was the first shade I wore for wear, and it lasted three and a half hours–about average.  I wore the formula across three shades yesterday, and it was lightly hydrating.  I did notice that very faint lines of demarcation can sometimes be seen if you press your lips together (which is something that can get noticeable with light, creamy colors).

The formula actually reminds me of a lot of the “luxe” lipsticks that have come out (Marcel Wanders, Gareth Pugh, etc.). These are even similar in size and price point. And on that note, this lipstick is 40% larger than the regular lipstick (0.14 oz. compared to 0.10 oz.), and the price increased by 46.7%. The packaging is different; it has a magnetic enclosure, so when you place the cap over the bullet, it will slip into place through the strength of the magnet. (Side note: the caps also pull together, if they’re loose!) Now, I also recognize and will point out that unless you finish your lipsticks, then bigger (and more expensive) doesn’t mean better.

I keep trying to think about how to compare it to other finishes in MAC’s range.  It doesn’t have that opaque creaminess that Satin and Amplified finishes tend to have, and it has more glide than Lustre and Cremesheen finishes do (and better color payoff with more even coverage).  A bit of a combination between Glaze and Amplified, I suppose; there’s a slight wetness that gives it the glide and creaminess without making it heavy or thicker.  It is vanilla-scented, as other MAC lipstick formulas are.

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Divine Choice
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “classic red.” It’s a rich, vibrant cherry red with strong blue undertones and a natural sheen. MAC Ronnie Red is very comparable. Guerlain Calligraphy #5 is pinker. NARS Dragon Girl is darker, bluer-based. MAC Ruby Woo is darker.

It applied evenly and smoothly without tugging or pulling on the lip when applied straight from the pencil. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding during the six hours this wore for–and there was a soft red stain left behind that lingered for another hour or so. The consistency is lightweight and thin, but comfortable, as it doesn’t cling and get sucked into the lips. I didn’t find this shade hydrating, though it was not drying.  The color coverage is very nearly opaque, which isn’t quite the “perfect” in-between sheer and opaque as described–so that might be to your advantage or not!

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense

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NARS New Order Highlighting Blush

NARS New Order Highlighting Blush
NARS New Order Highlighting Blush

NARS New Order Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sheer highlighter with golden shimmer.” It’s a pale, cool-toned, blue-based pink with golden sparkle and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Veronica’s Blush is warmer, less sparkly. NARS Undress Me is a grayer pink and has silver sparkle (that is more like glitter in particle size).

Despite NARS’ great success with Albatross, their other Highlighting Blushes have a high dosage of sparkle and shimmer that doesn’t bind with the underlying powder/blush color, so a lot of the sparkle gets lost, looks unflattering on the skin, and sometimes travels for parts unknown. New Order has a powdery, almost gritty, texture, as a result of all the sparkle that just seems to sit on top at all times. If this had no sparkle but just a level of golden sheen, I think it would work better.

The pigmentation is as described–sheer–and will add some pink on lighter complexions (like a blush) while perhaps brightening on deeper complexions.  When it blends out, it’s mostly just sparkle/shimmer and the pink coloring fades away.  This shade wore six and a half hours, and then I only saw remnants of sparkle.  This is my second pan of New Order, and while the texture was still on the powdery side, it wasn’t nearly as dry as my original New Order.

NARS Highlighting Blush New Order
New Order

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque white.” It’s a bright, white cream–not too cool-toned, not really warm. It doesn’t look quite as stark as say, corrector, no the nails; I didn’t get that vibe. NARS Ecume is slightly brighter. MAC Vestral White is also a bit brighter. China Glaze Snow is a cooler-toned white.

Chanel touts their lacquer as “long-wearing, high-shine, chip-resistant” while applying “evenly without streaking.” Eastern Light doesn’t apply evenly, and it is riddled with streakiness. It’s one of the better-applying white cream polishes I’ve tried, but it’s not, by any stretch of the imagination, streak-free. The consistency is just slightly on the thicker side, and it self-leveled to an extent but not completely. After two coats, it was mostly opaque, except where areas of heavy streakiness, then the second coat did not cover it entirely. I think three coats would hide the underlying streakiness, but it does get a little thick to wear and will take awhile to dry down fully. It has a great high-gloss finish, but the streaks make this a major no-go–not at $30.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Eastern Light
6
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
76%
Total

Disney Jasmine Storylook Palette (by Sephora) (Part 2)

Disney Jasmine Storylook Palette
Disney Jasmine Storylook Palette

Disney Jasmine Storylook Palette ($55.00 for 0.79 oz.) contains both eyeshadows and cheek products all housed in a slide-out palette. I’ve split the review into two parts, and this one features the remaining five eyeshadows as well as the blush and bronzer. You can read part one for the first ten eyeshadows.

Lapis is a darkened blue with a hint of green (just enough to make it slightly teal around the edges) and a mostly matte finish. Like Blue Oasis, it was incredibly powdery, which contributed to sheerer color and excessive fall out. This color was more buildable, but it is still fast to fade. Milani Olympian Blue is bluer, brighter. Illamasqua Burst is tealer. Urban Decay Haight is close in color but frosted.

Mystical Wonder is a medium-dark violet purple with blue undertones and a frosted finish. It had so-so pigmentation–not totally sheer but definitely not opaque. It was a little dry in texture. Urban Decay Blue Bus is darker. MAC Blue Orbit is bluer and lighter.

Rajah is a brightened, medium orange with a softer, golden oraneg shimmer-sheen over a pearly finish. It had fantastic color payoff with a soft, smooth feel and application. MAC Chessa is quite a bit lighter. MAC Fresh Daily isn’t as bold/bright. MAC Rule is more muted and matte.

Arabian Sunset is an orange-red with a golden sparkle and sheen. This shade was powdery, and the gold sparkle doesn’t bind with the actual color, so it mostly ends up underneath the eye or stuck between your brush’s bristles. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #2 is lighter. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 is redder. MAC Dynamo is more muted.

Bazaar is a warm-toned, medium brown with strong orange/tan undertones and a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation but was somewhat powdery. Inglot #357 is darker and matte. MAC Soft Brown is less orange and matte. MAC Tete-a-tint is a bit lighter and matte. Urban Decay Beware is a touch darker, less warm-toned.

Thrilling Chase is a reddened plum with very subtle golden shimmer that translates as a barely-there sheen. It has more of a satin-finish as a result. The color payoff is amazing–super intense and rich–with a soft, buttery texture that’s very blendable. NARS 413 BLKR is a cream product, but it is still rather similar (no gold shimmer). NARS Seduction is a touch darker, but if you go with a lighter application, it’s hard to tell on. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is more plum, less reddened. MAC Stratus is a touch more muted and has a stronger sheen. It’s also similar to NARS Mounia, just warmer, and to NARS Oasis, which is slightly less red (more plum).

Golden Sands is a warm, orange-toned, medium-dark brown with a golden-copper frosted finish. Like the blush, the color was nicely pigmented, and the texture was soft, smooth, and easily to apply and blend. It is very frosted, though, and as a result, does emphasize pores and imperfections in skin texture. I see this being a love/hate product for some, since it may be too orange/warm for them. Wet ‘n’ Wild Carnaval in Rio is darker, less shimmery. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is darker, browner. Guerlain Terracotta Mosaic browner, less shimmery.

For an in-depth review on the products, please refer to part one. As a summary: the palette is good but not fantastic–Sephora didn’t knock this one out of the park, and for me, the Cinderella Storylook palette was better and more consistent. Jasmine’s palette suffered from some powderiness in a handful of shades, which then created problems with color payoff, wear (fading), and/or blendability.

Disney Jasmine Storylook Palette (by Sephora) (Part 2)

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