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MAC Heavenly Creatures Collection – Photos & Swatches (Preview)


MAC Heavenly Creatures Collection – Photos & Swatches (Preview)

MAC Heavenly Creatures launched online late yesterday. I purchased everything from the collection and overnighted the order, so I just received it today. I’m working as quickly as I can to get through everything ūüôā ¬†Here are some preview photos/swatches to hold you over. ¬†Please hold questions until I’ve had a chance to post reviews — thanks!

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Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette
Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette ($40.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains four eyeshadows and one eyeliner shade. Each eyeshadow has a subtle design on top, which does disappear with the first use. There are two dual-ended sponge-tipped applicators. The entire palette is encased in a “gold” plastic compact–it looks more luxe than it feels as a result. There is a full-sized mirror on the interior.

The first shade is a warm gold with strong orange tones and a metallic sheen. It had pretty good color payoff, and it applied very smoothly. Giorgio Armani #1 has a similar gold in the palette, though it doesn’t have as smooth of a finish. Dior Couture Gold is lighter. Bare Escentuals Golden Iris is darker, more orange.

Next to the gold shade is a violet purple with subtle red undertones and a blue-violet iridescence. It had decent pigmentation, but it was a little dry in texture. Make Up For Ever #26 has a stronger pink-red base. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is similar but doesn’t have any iridescence. MAC Violet is less pink-toned. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is sheerer and less pink-toned.

The third eyeshadow is a warm, medium-dark bronze brown with orange and gold shimmer. This shade had excellent pigmentation and applied very smoothly. I thought this was the best performer in the palette. Buxom Golden Retriever was the closest shade, but it’s not quite as warm/golden. Urban Decay Baked isn’t as dark or as brown–it’s warmer/more golden!

To finish off the eyeshadows, the final shade is a pale silvery white shade–it looks warmer, almost peach/champagne in the pan, but it looks silver/white when swatched. It was very sheer, and it was mostly sparkle rather than a solid color; the texture reflected both things, as it wasn’t as smooth, and it was very prone to fall out both during application and later, as the day wore on. Chanel Fantasme is similar but more silver. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is similar in color but has a less sparkly finish.

A deep, dark chocolate brown with gold and ruby shimmer eyeliner completes the palette; it’s essentially cream/gel eyeliner. The base color reminded me of CoverGirl Brown, which has a shimmer-free finish, while the overall color was closer to Urban Decay Corrupt. It applied only so-so–I really had to go over it a few times to build up the color.

I wasn’t thrilled with this palette, because the color payoff of all of the shades except the darker brown were just decent to good but not excellent. ¬†I had a lot of fall out with the sparkly silver/white shade–it just didn’t want to stick around; there were tons of little sparkles underneath my eye and on my cheeks after a few hours of wearing the palette. ¬†The eyeliner smudged and migrated within four hours, which was another let-down. ¬†The whole palette wore about six hours without creasing, but it was a little faded at that point, and then I had some creasing after eight hours, along with additional fading.

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

C-
7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
5
Longevity
3.5
Application
70%
Total

Tom Ford Illicit Cream Color

Tom Ford Illicit Cream Color
Tom Ford Illicit Cream Color

Tom Ford Illicit Cream Color ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bronze and burgundy shimmered medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones. When it’s sheered out, it’s less red-toned. NARS Surabaya is similar but less metallic. Make Up For Ever #14 is slightly darker. Le Metier de Beaute Bordeaux is redder.

Tom Ford describes the formula as “highly reflective,” “ultra-pigmented”, “non-creasing”, and “long-wearing.” ¬†This shade has a shimmery, sparkly finish that does reflect light, but not to the same degree as¬†Platinum. ¬†The pigmentation is so-so; it is buildable, but it was difficult to get really opaque color, because the color kept slipping around, so it looked more smeared on and opaque in some places but sheered out in others. ¬†I had noticeable creasing after six hours (as compared to minor creasing after eight hours with Platinum), which was a major bummer.

The consistency is a lightweight cream, almost more like a mousse because of its airy quality, that spreads and smooths out easily and evenly. ¬†To apply, I tried using a few different brushes but still went back to MAC’s 242, which is a firm, flat bristled brush, because it gave me the “best” results. ¬†The product stays wet for hours, though for as wet as it feels and seems (if you pressed your fingertip against your lid, there would be transfer), it stays on longer than you’d expect. It’s not great, and it’s not worth the $40 price tag for something that’s supposed to be long-wearing and isn’t.

It’s packaged in a screw-top glass jar and holds a little more than the average cream eyeshadow does. I’m a little surprised to see that the TF logo is a sticker pressed on top. At first, I thought it was just a clear sticker over the actual TF, but I peeled it all the way off and the entire thing came off.

Tom Ford Beauty Cream Color for Eyes Illicit
Illicit
Illicit
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
5
Longevity
3.5
Application
76%
Total

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L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.12 oz.) is a berry-tinted pink with a soft, frosted finish. When applied dry, it has a slightly more subdued, redder appearance–it’s not quite opaque. When applied damp, it takes on a pinker hue and the frosted finish is more pronounced, and the color itself is opaque. At a glance, you’d think it was similar to MAC Cranberry, but it’s not at all–Cranberry is much, much darker, more of a burgundy (so it has more brown in it than pink). MAC Moon Rose is pinker. Milani Pink Twice is pinker as well.

If you’re familiar with Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, these are very similar. I found the biggest difference between the two was in the texture of the formula and the overall appearance of the colors–L’Oreal Infallibles are more one-dimensional, less nuanced, whereas you’ll see an interplay of colors with the Eyes to Kill Intense. L’Oreal owns both brands, so I imagine there was some trickle-down effect in the technology once Giorgio Armani rolled it out. ¬†It’s not really a negative that these are more what-you-see-is-what-you-get in color. ¬†The Eyes to Kill Intense shades can look really stunning in the pot and look a little less complex when swatched.

The texture of Glistening Garnet¬†is soft, smooth, and finely-milled. ¬†It’s a compacted loose powder–you could break it up if you really wanted to, but it arrives already pretty solid, and there’s a little topper inside that you can use to press and compact the powder should it loosen over time. ¬†It can be used wet or dry, though the payoff was significantly better when used wet–but other shades in the line-up were better dry than this one, so it seemed like it fell a little short as far as pigmentation went for dry use.

I originally tested a few shades of the formula that the lovely ladies at Beaut.ie sent me from Ireland, because these weren’t available in the states at the time (and L’Oreal told me they weren’t going to be released here). A few months later, L’Oreal did end up releasing them state-side. I had some trouble with the original shades I tried, so I can’t say that all of the shades perform consistently or as well as this shade did.

Glistening Garnet, however, did perform well, and I didn’t have any trouble using it. Even after 16 hours (without primer!), I didn’t have any creasing, though there was some slight, but noticeable, fading along the outer corner. The only thing I have to note is that I needed to use it wet to make an impact; if you use it over a primer, you might be able to skip that step, but I still preferred applying with a damp brush. I used a small eyeshadow brush (like the MAC 239) to apply it to the lid.

L’Oreal does state that these are supposed to wear for up to 24-hours, which is the same claim Giorgio Armani made. I’m not really comfortable wearing makeup that long personally, so it will take me some time before I work up the courage to test it for that long! The longest I’ve tested these has been 16 hours.

L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Glistening Garnet
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
93%
Total

Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick
Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “true Hollywood red.” It’s a blue-based, brightened medium red with a subtle glossy sheen to an otherwise creamy finish. Guerlain Vega is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani #404 is slightly brighter and has ruby shimmer. Chanel Lover is similar.

Midnight Bloom is very, very rich in color–you hardly need any product to get nearly opaque color payof. The texture is incredibly creamy, not thin but it doesn’t feel heavy and thick–somewhere between there, though you’ll definitely know you’re wearing lipstick. My lips felt nicely hydrated both during and after I wore this shade, which was a good thing, because this red hue lasted eight hours! Red lipsticks do typically last longer on me than lighter shades (same is true with berries and really intense, vampy shades), but eight hours is still a long time. The texture is fairly slick, though, so you can feel the color move around, and if you over-apply (which is not difficult to do), it can get onto teeth quite easily.

Edward Bess’ lipsticks are packaged in glossy black tubes and contain more 0.13 oz. each, while the average lipstick has between 0.10 and 0.12 oz. ¬†I didn’t notice any taste while I wore Midnight Bloom, but there was a soft fig scent I could smell in the tube.

I bought this a month or so ago as a shade to try out from Edward Bess’ lipstick range, and it’s already disappeared from Sephora. I am loathe to review discontinued products, but I was able to find it on Zuneta. If you do some poking around, you’ll also see it appears on discount retailers like StrawberryNet (for $22.50). Sephora does have several other shades, including Roulette Rouge, which is another red (I haven’t seen it, so I couldn’t tell you how it compares).

Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick Midnight Bloom
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
98%
Total

NARS Amour Blush

NARS Amour Highlighting Blush
NARS Amour Blush

NARS Amour Blush

NARS Amour Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a darkened pink-tinted coral. It doesn’t read peachy-pink to me, which tends to be a lighter, warmer color. The finish is matte. Illamasqua Dixie is brighter, less pink. Tarte Blissful is more orange, slightly lighter/softer. theBalm Frat Boy is slightly lighter. MAC Posey is very close, perhaps pinker. MAC Fleet Fast is more coral and has golden orange shimmer. On my cheeks, it looks more pink than coral, but it’s not strictly pink.

The texture of this is drier, stiffer–not really difficult to work with, it just has a thinner, drier texture, so it’s not a really dense blush. You wouldn’t describe it as buttery, for instance. Some powders are really buttery and dense, others are still soft and finely-milled, but they’re thin and feel drier. Amour¬†is the latter. ¬†It packs plenty of pigment, so you can go from subtle tint to full-on color with a tap of the brush, but you won’t have to worry about applying too much too quickly (not like Exhibit A). ¬†The drier texture does mean that you need to spend a little more time blending the color, and because of the matte texture, it can be easier to apply over completely dry foundation (if you’re using liquid). ¬†When I tested Amour¬†to see how long and well it would wear, I was able to get seven hours of good wear; after eight hours, there was some fading along the tops of my cheeks.

NARS Amour Blush

B+
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

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