Friday, November 1st, 2013

MAC Nocturnals/Green & Teal Set
MAC Nocturnals/Green & Teal Set

MAC Nocturnals/Green & Teal Set ($32.50 for 0.55 oz.) contains three pigments and two glitters. Each pigment contains 0.09 oz. of product, while each glitter vial contains 0.14 oz. of product. None of MAC’s glitters are listed as eye safe, and 3D Gold also not lip safe. This set contains $37.80 worth of pigments and $39.20 worth of glitters for a total value of $77.00. You could try using the glitters in nail polish, in the hair, and on the body. These are loose glitters, so you will need some sort of adhesive base or mix to have them stick to skin. I applied the glitters over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy for swatches. I wish MAC would test or use a grade of glitter that was eye safe, especially if they’re going to include them in consumer kits like this.

Reflects Gold is described as a “white glitter that flashes gold.” It looks like a silvery-white at one angle, then more of a golden champagne at another angle. It is one of the finer glitters that MAC has. It’s part of the permanent PRO range. I don’t have another glitter in this color that I can recall, though I’m sure it is something dupable by brands with full glitter ranges (Lit, OCC, etc.).

Old Gold is described as a “high frosted tarnish gold.” It’s a medium-dark, green-ish gold over an olive brown base with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff applied both wet and dry, though it was more metallic when applied with a dampened brush. It wore well for seven and a half hours, and then it started to show signs of creasing. It’s part of the permanent range. Too Faced Twinkle (LE) is less olive. NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is a cream product. Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed (P, $6.80) is greener. See comparison swatches.

Deep Blue Green is described as a “rich deep bluish green.” It’s a bluish-teal over a blackened base with a frosted finish. It is a bit darker and only semi-opaque when applied dry, and when applied with a dampened brush, it’s more metallic, smoother, and opaque. It wore well for eight hours. It’s part of the permanent range. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #4 (LE) is lighter. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is less frosted. Urban Decay Hijack (LE, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Just Before Dawn is described as “warm taupe frost.” It’s a medium-dark, gray-leaning taupe with subtle warm undertones and a soft, satin finish. Applied dry, it had fairly good color payoff but appeared browner and lighter. Applied damp, it was grayer and fully pigmented. It lasted for almost eight hours without fading or creasing. Disney by Sephora Jaq (LE) is warmer. MAC Romance Me (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Keep Your Cool (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Wanderlust (P) is similar.See comparison swatches.

3D Gold is described as a “sparkly chunky gold.” It’s more like a golden chartreuse glitter with a mix of iridescent glitter that gives a rainbow of color as it flashes around. It’s very, very pretty, and it’s such a shame it isn’t eye or lip safe. I know that many MAC artists use the glitters on the runways, and I’ve included a shot of using it on the lid, but I get too nervous using it myself.

Note, there are no ratings for glitter because it’s not a product that really fits the criteria we use in The Glossover at this time.

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Friday, November 1st, 2013

MAC Nocturnals/Black & Gold Set
MAC Nocturnals/Black & Gold Set

MAC Nocturnals/Black & Gold Set ($32.50 for 0.55 oz.) contains three pigments and two glitters. Each pigment contains 0.09 oz. of product, while each glitter vial contains 0.14 oz. of product. None of MAC’s glitters are listed as eye safe, and these two glitters are listed as “not safe for the eye or lip area.” This set contains $37.80 worth of pigments and $39.20 worth of glitters for a total value of $77.00. You could try using the glitters in nail polish, in the hair, and on the body. These are loose glitters, so you will need some sort of adhesive base or mix to have them stick to skin.  I applied the glitters over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy for swatches. I wish MAC would test or use a grade of glitter that was eye safe, especially if they’re going to include them in consumer kits like this.

Naked is described as a “flesh beige with pearl.” It’s a pale, peachy-beige with a soft, champagne shimmer-sheen. Apply dry, it’s a very sheer wash of color with some sheen, and then when applied with a damp brush, it’s opaque, warmer, and darker. It wore well for seven and a half hours before showing some signs of fading and very, very faint creasing. This shade is part of the permanent range. NARS Jezebel (P) is similar, MAC Phresh Out #3 (LE) is more frosted. Too Faced Cheers! (LE) is similar. Kat Von D Precious (LE) is also similar. NARS Nepal (P, $24.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

Gold is described as a “sparkly chunky gold.” It contains small, gold glitter particles that go between champagne gold and a more coppery gold. It’s part of the permanent PRO range. I don’t have another glitter in this color that I can recall, though I’m sure it is something dupable by brands with full glitter ranges (Lit, OCC, etc.).

Museum Bronze is described as a “rich taupe with gold pearl.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, golden frost and a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was more frosted, and then applied with a damp brush, it was more metallic, but both applications had full, opaque color. It wore well for almost eight hours before showing signs of fading. It’s part of the permanent PRO range. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is more glittery, cream product. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights is similar. Urban Decay Ambush (LE, $18.00) is less golden. Urban Decay Radar (LE, $18.00) is darker. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 (P, $30.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Cognac (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more golden. MAC Tempting (P, $15.00) is not as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Copper Sparkle is described as “super frosty copper flecks.” It’s a vibrant, orange-copper with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture is very chunky, and it needs to be pressed/smoothed into the skin, which is why it tends to work best when applied with a damp brush as it helps to smooth the consistency out. It’s part of the permanent range. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is similar. Sugarpill Asteria (LE, $12.00) is more orange. Guerlain Cuivre Ora (LE, $35.00) is slightly browner. NARS California (P, $24.00) is redder. MAC Star Myth (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Brash (LE, $15.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Black is described as a “sparkly chunky black.” It’s small-to-medium black glitter. I’d love to hear how you guys would use this one, because it really doesn’t have a lot of reflective qualities, so it doesn’t dance in the light like real glitter. It just… looks like black grit. I noticed this one was a total pain to remove, too; it was best removed by running water all over the skin as makeup removing wipes and cotton pads just smeared it everywhere. Again, I’m sure it is something dupable by brands with full glitter ranges (Lit, OCC, etc.), but I don’t have any specific to call out.

Note, there are no ratings for glitter because it’s not a product that really fits the criteria we use in The Glossover at this time.

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Monday, October 28th, 2013

The Face Chart by Dustin Hunter
The Face Chart by Dustin Hunter

The Face Chart is a tool that helps makeup artists or enthusiasts capture makeup looks on paper–but more like a canvas that takes well to makeup. It’s designed by friend and reader, Dustin Hunter (of YouTube fame), using an original design that really captures the nuances of what elements are needed in something like this. It uses textured paper that can be used with cream as well as powder products. On the right, you’ll find the blank face, and on the left, you’ll find plenty of space to note the products you’ve used to create the look. Each sheet is standard A-size (8.5″ by 11″) and can also be slid into clear protector sheets and into a binder to create a portfolio or book to flip through.

I really like just how detailed these are from cover-to-cover. It just feels like a product that someone who needed them personally, so they knew exactly what was missing from other versions and what they needed in their own, that then was extended to the world. The cover itself lifts on the opposite end you’d expect so that it can keep the loose edges from getting wrinkled, damaged, and torn, as the binding on the other side protects that side. I’ve been playing with them here and there in my spare time, and though I have nothing I’m proud enough of to share with you, I did con Dustin into sending me some that he’s done so I could show you what these are capable of! (Also, so I could have some study material for my own attempts.)

They’re available in a 25-pack (bound so you can keep them together, or you can tear off one sheet at a time to give to a client, post on a wall, etc.) for $12 as well as in a 100-pack (loose, so they are not bound) for $36 (normally $42). Dustin recommends using a setting spray (the type used for pencil and charcoal drawings) to set everything and to prevent any smudging. All of the finished ones I have in my possession have stayed beautifully intact without smudging or fading. For anyone who loves makeup and has an inner artist, it’s a great way to play. I have absolutely no artistic inclination, but I’m slowly but surely working my way to, “maybe one day I’ll share with the class,” but for now, it’s something nice to do as a stress-reliever.

The binding has held up well to prolonged use, tossing into bags and backpacks, and doesn’t get sticky. The textured paper isn’t too thick or too thin–it has a good weight to it, though.  I didn’t have any problems getting powder, liquid, and cream products to adhere to the paper, either, and in the past, some paper takes well to creams but not as well to powder, so it’s nice to be able to reach for any type of product and use it with The Face Chart. I also appreciate that there is actually enough space to write on the left, both in terms of overall area but also in the height of each line.

If you’ve always wanted to experiment with face charts of your own, I hope you’ll consider these! They’re well-made, beautifully drawn, and work well for their purpose. If you’re interested, Temptalia readers can purchase these for 20% off with code temptalia (all lowercase) now through November 11th at The Face Chart! :)

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Friday, October 25th, 2013

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag
MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag ($40.00) is described is a muted, medium pink bag that seems to turn almost rose gold when the light hits it. When it’s just duller, cooler lighting, it looks more like a dusky pink. The exterior of the bag feels like faux leather, and the inside is lined with a soft, silk-like liner that has “RiRi Hearts MAC” printed on it. There is a small, clear plastic pocket on the interior of one side of the bag. There is a rose gold zipper pull that says “MAC” on it. The bag is 7 inches in width, 5 inches in height, and just over 1.5 inches in depth. It has a good size–should fit everyday essentials easily as well as a quick, weekend trip’s worth of color products.

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first :)

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Monday, September 30th, 2013

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes
Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes

Now that I’ve concluded my reviews for Make Up For Ever’s new Artisan Brush range, it’s time for a round-up (in case you missed any) and a few overall impressions/thoughts. I like the variety in brushes, as there are numerous shapes and sizes to choose from, though I was very disappointed in the crease brushes I tried as they weren’t practical for applying–very sharp, floppy, and narrow. Often, a brush can still be of high quality, even if it’s not a shape that makes sense for me (or someone else), but these were incredibly odd to use and just didn’t work. I also experienced a weird greasiness/oiliness that lingered in 4 of the 12 brushes I tested that would not rinse out with soap, despite washing all at least a dozen times. This is something I experienced with the face brushes, too, and it is the number one factor for why all the excitement about this range was deflated very quickly. I liked the #250 and #260 eyeliner brushes best, as they worked well and didn’t have any issues.  The #300 Lip Brush was also nice and did all that it was supposed to, but it’s not a style of brush I use every day personally–and it doesn’t feel any better (or worse) than a lot of other lip brushes on the market.

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Make Up For Ever #228 Medium Precision Shader Brush
Make Up For Ever #228 Medium Precision Shader Brush

Make Up For Ever #228 Medium Precision Shader Brush ($25.00) is a flat, fairly firm, brush with a rounded edge. The brush head is 11mm in length, 10mm in width, and 4mm in thickness. It had a pinched, metal ferrule, and a total brush length of just under 6.5 inches or 16.5 centimeters. This shape is good for applying cream products all over the lid, as it is not too big or too large, and it will apply a cream product with good opacity. This brush was incredibly greasy and oily, despite over a dozen washes. It is not as thick or as narrow as the MAC 242 ($25).

#250 Extra Fine Eyeliner Brush ($18.00) is a very thin, pointed eyeliner brush. The brush head is 7mm in length, 2mm in width, and 2mm in thickness (1mm in width/thickness at its narrowest point). It had a round, open metal ferrule, and a total brush length of 6.25 inches or 16.5 centimers. This one holds its shape well, so it can be useful for achieving really thin, precise lines. It also deposits product well and evenly, as it doesn’t trap the product in-between the fibers. MAC 209 ($20) is not quite as thin, and MAC 211 ($20) is a wider brush that is also shorter.

#260 Bent Eyeliner Brush ($24.00) is a narrow, triangle-shaped brush that comes to a point that has a bent ferrule, so eyeliner can be applied at an angle. The brush head is 5mm in length, 2mm in width, and 1mm in thickness. It has a bent metal ferrule that opens at the top, and it has a total brush length of just under 6.25 inches or 16.5 centimeters. It’s great for applying gel and cream eyeliner along the lash line with precision and control.  I can’t recall having a brush like this, though I know that there are several others available, and the most popular one that I can recall would be Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush ($5.99).

#300 Lip Brush ($21.00) is a small, flat, rectangle-shaped brush designed to fill in with lip color blend out lip products. The brush head is 7mm in length, 5mm in width, and 2mm in thickness. It had a pinched, metal ferrule, and it had a total brush length of just under 6.5 inches or 16.25 centimers. It worked well for applying lipstick more precisely, though I found it a good size for my lips, it seemed like it might be too large for those with thinner lips. MAC 316 ($20) is slightly rounded and a bit smaller overall.

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#228 Medium Precision Shader Brush

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