Friday, July 19th, 2013

MAC Illustrated Brush Kit
MAC Illustrated Brush Kit

MAC Illustrated Brush Kits ($49.50) are available in two selections, one for just face, one for face and eyes. Both kits come with a brush roll, which holds five brushes with a clear plastic flap that protects the brush heads. The brush roll itself is made out of a vinyl-like material. If you recently purchased any of the Illustrated bags, it’s made out of the same material as that. Smooth, slick plastic that’s not quite as shiny as vinyl. The brush roll has a 3/4″ wide black strap that ties the roll together. Each brush has a shiny black handle with a matte black ferrule.

All Over Brush Kit features the 168SE, 287SE, 224SE, 219SE, and 266SE. The 168SE is not as dense or as soft as the full-sized version, but it wasn’t scratchy. I actually felt like the 219SE was softer here than the one I have in full-size, but the 266SE is very scratchy and would work better for brows than on the lid. The 224SE seemed a bit floppy, but it wasn’t scratchy. The 287SE wasn’t scratchy and was soft when I patted and brushed it across my eyelid.

Face Brush Kit features the 129SE, 188SE, 190SE, and 195SE. The 129SE is a big longer and floppier compared to the full size version, which felt slightly denser, too, but it was as soft as my full-size (which isn’t my favorite brush, as it is somewhat scratchy at times). The 188SE is less dense and a bit floppy–seemed narrower at the base. The 190SE and 195SE seemed comparable to my full-size brushes.

Both kits are available exclusively at Nordstrom, as part of their Anniversary sale.

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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

MAC 159 Duo Fibre Blush Brush
MAC 159 Duo Fibre Blush Brush

MAC 159 Duo Fibre Blush Brush ($35.00) is a new brush with a blend of natural and synthetic bristles that launched alongside MAC’s Tropical Taboo collection, which featured many Mineralize Blushes/Skinfinishes. It will be added to the permanent range as well. It has a tapered, dome-shaped edge, with the white bristles coming out just a bit further than the black ones, so the edge has a softer, fluffier feel and less density compared to the rest of the brush, which was dense and firm (but not too firm). At its widest point, it’s just under an inch wide and about an inch tall. It’s somewhat similar in size to the 109 brush, but this is flatter and not as circular (and of course, the shapes are different), but they have a similar height and width, just not a similar depth or circumference.

I’ve been using it for about a week now, and it’s definitely one of the better and more versatile brushes that MAC has put out recently (a lot of them have felt more like uni-taskers!).  It works well with any face product that is incredibly pigmented or too glittery, as it seems to apply product very softly and evenly, while allowing for easy blending because of the fluffiness of the bristles at the edge.  The brush also felt very soft, and I didn’t have any issues with it shedding unnecessarily (there were two or three after the first wash, none on the subsequent four washes) or the dye bleeding.  For reference, this brush was made in China as many of the recent duo fibre brushes have been.

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Saturday, June 29th, 2013

T3 Featherweight Luxe Hair Dryer
T3 Featherweight Luxe Hair Dryer

T3 Featherweight Luxe Hair Dryer ($220.00 regularly, $149.60 today) is available in pink, purple, silver, and black. So last year, I posted about a pink Featherweight 2 a lot of readers were interested, but it sold out relatively quickly. It’s QVC’s TSV, and it is the slightly higher end model of the T3 Featherweight, which has cooling, high/low, and three heat settings, priced at $149.60 for today only. The new colors (all but the black) are QVC-exclusive until October 2013.

I fell in love with T3’s Featherweight blow dryer all the way back in 2008 (I encourage you to read my original review), and my original T3 is still blowing (that’s five years!). For me, it was a life-changing product, because it takes my hair from soaking wet to barely damp within a few minutes, and I can get to dry (and I have a LOT of hair) right now in about seven minutes (my hair is particularly long right now).  I used this one last night, and I still achieved my typical–phenomenal–results that I always have with the T3.

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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

MAC Illustrated Bag 1 by Indie 184
MAC Illustrated Bag 1 by Indie 184

MAC Illustrated Bags (2013 Edition) ($36.00 each) were designed by Anja Kroencke and Indie 184 (each with two bags). For more background, see the original press release. Each bag is 8″ wide and 6″ tall with a 1″ depth. They felt like vinyl/plastic on the outside, and still like vinyl but not as plastic-like on the interior, which is lined with a different pattern.

The bags designed by Anja Kroencke are black and white drawings, and the interior is the same for both bags. The bags designed by Indie 184 are in “graphic street style,” and each bag as the other bag’s exterior as its interior (which I thought was cool). They’re large enough to hold your lipglosses, lipsticks, eyeshadows, quads, and some of the shorter-handled brushes. The size of these would work best as a makeup bag inside a purse for everyday or as one of many makeup bags for travel.

These will MAC stores (not counters) on July 11th, international stores in August, and will be online on July 2nd.

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Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Disney x Sephora Ariel Set the Mood Mirror
Disney x Sephora Ariel Set the Mood Mirror

Disney x Sephora Ariel Set the Mood Mirror ($20.00) is a limited edition compact mirror featured in Disney and Sephora’s upcoming Ariel collection. It’s a heavy, metal compact that opens by pressing on the circular knob on the side. The top has a metal overlay and a faceted clear top, and underneath the clear top is a melange of green and blue with Ariel and Eric in a boat on the water.  It feels sturdy and well-made, but it is metal, so you may find it can scratch.  When it arrives, the back has a clear plastic protector to minimize scratching to you (so you can do the scratching and wear and tear!).  I have my Cinderella mirror in my purse, and it doesn’t look any worse for the wear since I’ve had it, though.

The collection is slated for June online, August in-stores, but there has been some confusion regarding exactly when and if it is still releasing this June.  The mirror is limited edition, and of all pieces in the Disney collaborations, the mirrors have become the most collectible.  As soon as I’m aware of it being online, you’ll see me tweet and post on Facebook (and likely on the blog, too).

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

MAC 167SE Face Blender Brush
MAC 167SE Face Blender Brush

MAC 167SE Face Blender Brush ($34.00) is a limited edition brush designed to help blend out products used on the face. It is gently curved along the edges but has a rather flat, only slightly domed, shape overall. It’s fairly dense with bristles with some give, so it is movable but not floppy. The bristles felt soft against the skin. I liked it best for use for all-over face powders or bronzers, as well as blending and fading out blush and the like.

I reviewed it here previously (which I recommend reading for a more in-depth review). My original review stands and is the same for this one. Despite the fact that my original brush has the designation “SH” (for short-handled) and this one is marked as “SE” (for special edition), I didn’t notice any differences in bristle density, shape, cut, or texture.  The biggest difference is how they look, as this has black bristles and a bronze-hued handle.

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