MAC Eyeshadow x 15 and Eyeshadow x 9 Palettes for Spring 2016

MAC Pre-Made Palettes for Spring 2016
MAC Pre-Made Palettes for Spring 2016

Creating your own bespoke eyes has never been easier. These well-edited Eyes x 9 and Eyes x 15 palettes feature a wave of colour-coordinated hues offering countless combinations, now with new reduced prices. Adding to our current lineup, we’re introducing three additional palettes: Eye Shadow x 15 in modern neutrals, Eye Shadow x 9 in dusky rose shades and Eye Shadow x 9 in soft pastel hues.


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The Details

Eyeshadow x 9: Pastel Times Nine | $32.00

  • New Nude
  • Fresh Innocence
  • Spice Bar
  • Flounce (Repromote)
  • Restless Rose
  • Free Roaming
  • Spring Moon
  • Greystroke
  • Sweet Green

Eyeshadow x 9: Dusky Rose | $32.00 | Repromote

Editor’s Note: This palette appears to be the previously released, limited edition MACnificent Me Palette released previously, you can see it here.  MAC lists “Quiet Time” instead of “Quiet Type,” but it seems given the other eight shades the same that it’s likely a mistype (and promo photos from both launches appear the same to me).

  • MACnificent Me (Repromote)
  • Quiet Type (Repromote)
  • Dance in the Dark (Repromote)
  • Fabulous DNA (Repromote)
  • Pleasing to the Eye (Repromote)
  • Sable (Permanent)
  • Frankly Frosty (Repromote)
  • In My Element (Repromote)
  • Cool Complement (Repromote)

Eyeshadow x 15: Mellow Moderns | $65.00 | Repromote

Editor’s Note:  This was previously released last year as Nordstrom’s Finest, exclusive to Nordstrom, but it is now available through MAC directly.

  • Beaded Light golden beige
  • Goldmine Intense gold with shimmer and frost finish
  • Chains of Love Midtone coined bronze with frost finish
  • Cork Muted golden brown with satin finish
  • Carbon Intense black with matte finish
  • Orb Soft peachy-beige with satin finish
  • Plummed Shimmering dark plum with veluxe pearl finish
  • Luscious Neutral bronze with frost finish
  • Soft Brown Soft golden peachy brown with matte finish
  • Trax Burgundy-plum with shimmer and velvet finish
  • Retrospeck Beached blonde with luster finish
  • Persuade Midtone cool grey brown with matte finish
  • Greensmoke Tarnished olive with luster finish
  • Felt Cool neutral army green with satin finish
  • Print Muted grey with shimmer with satin finish

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The Foundation Matrix Updates: Better Results, Faster Matching

We’ve made a major update to the way the Foundation Matrix works and how you can use it, but it should still look very familiar to those who have used it in the past. You can still choose whether to start off by sharing your existing shade match or by selecting your skintone/undertone.

Add Multiple Existing Shades

You can now input up to five existing shade matches, which will help us narrow the skin tone and undertone range by getting more insight into the matches that already work for you. It helps us refine your pool of matches and makes them more tailored than they would be with one shade. But if you only know of one shade that’s a good match for you, no problem — you can still get matched!

Concealers & Foundations, Types

As I went through shades or formulas that needed to be added, I saw two things: too many requests for formulas already in it (which means it’s not obvious that they’re there) and requests for concealers (which have been in there for years!). You will now find formulas are broken out into Foundations and Concealers as well as foundations are also organized by type, such as Liquid or Cream. This way when brands use the same name, or nearly the same name, it will be clearer which one you want.

To that end, you will start to see more formulations with (UK), (Australia), (Canada), or another country in parentheses, and this is our attempt to start pulling out/adding formulas that have different shade ranges in other regions. Formulas that have little to no variance from region to region will not be marked as country-specific. You will see this reflected should you send us a request to add a foundation/shade, as we’ll ask for your region, which helps us go to the right site to make sure it’s not just a shade missing but potentially several, region-specific shades.

Find a Match by Formula

Something I noticed as I would get requests to add a new shade or formula to the foundation was a lot of requests also included saying “I wanted to find out what I shade I was in X foundation.” We wanted to make that easier for you. You can still get all possible matches and then refine by brand, price, type, coverage, and so forth, but you can also just tell us the formula you want your match in, and we’ll give you the closest that we can. If we can’t find a close match, all shades found in that foundation will show as a list so you can read through it (this is most likely to happen for skin tones that have a harder time finding a foundation, e.g. very fair and darker skin tones).

Here’s an example where I’ve added three existing shade matches, and then wanted to get a match in MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Liquid Foundation. Now you don’t have to refine or tease through pages of results if you know exactly what you’re looking to try next!

P.S. — The Matrix is currently updated once every four to six weeks with missing shades and formulations. Sometimes if it is a brand that we’ve missed entirely that has a lot of shades, it may take longer to research and try to figure out how to categorize shades.

Introduction to Guerlain

Introduction to Guerlain

I’m new to this brand. Where should I start?

A Few Notes | I’m a long-time fan of Guerlain’s liquid foundations, though the shade range is limited, but if you can find a good match, they’re worth considering. Two of my favorite setting powders are Guerlain’s Les Voilettes Loose and the pressed (better value in the loose). I really enjoy Maxilash (Volumizing and Curling) for a fluttery, feathery lash that doesn’t get clumpy (it is also more forgiving if you have to reapply hours later). They are well-known for their Meteorites Perles and Terracotta bronzers, both of which I enjoy, but you’ll need to pick the shade that works for you (with the Perles, most will be universal with some being too pigmented for very fair skin tones as a finishing powders or too white-based for darker skin tones).

Their brushes have always disappointed me. Their current powder blush formula along with their eyeshadow formula tend to be more often a miss than a hit. Keep in mind that a lot of their products are scented, some more heavily than others, so depending on your tolerance or preference for scent, you may want to check that out first.

What would you recommend to someone just trying Guerlain for the first time?





Chanel Rose Bronze Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Bronze Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Rose Bronze Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Bronze Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a soft, medium rose pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. Tarte Prim (LE, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Unlawful (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Alezane (260) (P, $45.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Joues Contraste formula is supposed to have “buildable coverage, from natural to dramatic” with a “flattering radiance” and “silky texture.” It’s not a new shade by any means (it’s been around for years), but having loved a few of the recent shades Chanel’s added over the last year, I bought this one with my last Chanel order (the spring collection). The texture is soft and blendable, though I found it dusty and less smooth compared to other Chanel powder blushes–I think it has little bits of larger-sized sparkle that contribute (at least partially) to that feeling. On the skin, it blended out without trouble and yielded a soft, satiny sheen. The coverage is semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable without much effort and layered without becoming patchy or powdery. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Rose Bronze

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