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Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “violet sheen.” This is a rich, vibrant red-toned violet purple with a satiny sheen. When it’s sheered out, it has a much pinker appearance (but still very purple), while when it’s applied more opaquely, it’s a rich violet. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is less red-toned. MAC Plush is less violet. MAC Violet is purpler, lighter. MAC Shock-a-holic is fairly close. Urban Decay Purple Haze resembles the sheer swatch. Inglot #439 is slightly purpler.

I was extremely surprised at how pigmented this shade was, because purple eyeshadows are absolutely notorious for poor color payoff! It doesn’t matter the brand–so many of them are lacking, but #26 is incredibly rich in pigment. You don’t need a lot of product to get opaque color, and if you want a really sheer layer of color, it’s possible–just make sure to use the barest amount and blend out.  Like other shades in the Aqua Cream formula, it dries pretty quickly, so I advise working one eye at the time when it comes to blending out harsh edge.  Once it sets, it’s there for good–I’ve had shades wear for as long as fourteen hours (I don’t usually test a single product that long).  #26 wore for a full eight hours when I tested it alone on bare lids.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #26
#26
#26
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
96%
Total

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MAC Nail Lacquer Collection for Summer 2012


MAC Nail Lacquer Collection for Summer 2012

M·A·C’s first permanent Nail Lacquer collection delivers in 31 colours and 3 finishes. Go dark and cool with Deep Sea and Nocturnelle. Dark Angel and Formidable! are a sultry complement to the poppy-inspired shades of Fiestaware and Morange. Screaming Bright and Discothèque go big with glitter, and sultry Soirée charms with champagne shimmer. Keep it nice and neutral with Skin and Faint of Heart. From trendy to timeless, scorching to sweet, there’s a shade for every mood.

Nail Lacquer ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN)

  • Overlacquer Clear topcoat
  • Faint of Heart Palest milky nude (Cream)
  • Delicate Pale sheer ballet pink (Cream)
  • Skin Light peach beige (Cream)
  • Quiet Time Beige nude (Cream)
  • Snob Light neutral pink (Cream)
  • Saint Germain Light cool pink (Cream)
  • Fiestaware Mid-tone orange coral (Cream)
  • Impassioned Bright warm pink (Cream)
  • Morange Bright cream orange (Cream)
  • Steamy Bright mid-tone blue pink (Cream)
  • Girl About Town Bright blue fuchsia (Cream)
  • Shirelle Classic bright red (Cream)
  • Flaming Rose True red (Cream)
  • Coffee Break Mid-tone cool taupe (Cream)
  • Spirit of Truth Navy blue (Cream)
  • Deep Sea Deep teal (Cream)
  • Rougemarie Dark blue red (Cream)
  • Vintage Vamp Rich deep wine (Cream)
  • Dark Angel Dark grape (Cream)
  • Nocturnelle Rich true black (Cream)
  • Discothéque Super glitter silver (Pearl)
  • Screaming Bright Super glitter gold (Pearl)
  • Soirée Sparkly light bronze gold (Frost)
  • Girl Trouble Super glitter pink (Pearl)
  • Mean & Green Purple with teal multi changing pearl (Pearl)
  • Anti-Fashion Mid-tone dirty purple with pearl (Frost)
  • Formidable! Teal green with pink multi changing pearl (Pearl)
  • Midnight Tryst Dark cool grey steel with pearl (Frost)
  • Nightfall Blackened frosty gunmetal (Frost)
  • Sparks On Screen Super glitter red (Pearl) (Online Exclusive)

Availability: July 5th, 2012 at Nordstrom, August 2nd, 2012 at all other MAC locations; September 2012 for International

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MAC Ruffian Collection for Summer 2012


MAC Ruffian Collection for Summer 2012

Cult New York designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais of Ruffian bring their infamous swagger to M·A·C in three exclusive Ruffian Manicures and Lipsticks. Each ready-to-wear set includes 24 nails that are pre-glued and in assorted sizes to ensure a couture-worthy fit. Touch and go with Spectator ovals, an inky spin on the classic French manicure; turn everything to gold with gilded tips à la Demilune; or push buttons in five-alarm Demoiselle talons. For the power pout: Ruffian Red, Ruffian Naked, a creamy beige, and Ruffian Gold, its 24-carat kin. A triple-threat of colour, texture and style.

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Ruffian Naked Pale peachy nude (Matte)
  • Ruffian Gold Gold glitter metallic (Frost)
  • Ruffian Red Classic rich blue red (Matte)

Ruffian Manicure ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Spectator Cream with black half moon, black French tip and black Ruffian ensignia (Creme)
  • Demoiselle Ruffian red with white half moon and black French tip (Creme)
  • Demilune Matte black with chrome gold half moon (Matte)

Availability: June 18th, 2012 online at maccosmetics.com (North America); September 2012 at select MAC online locations for international

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Guerlain Pour Troubler (220) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Pour Troubler (220) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Pour Troubler (220) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Pour Troubler (220) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Pour Troubler (220) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright warm red.” It’s a rich, pinked ruby red with subtle ruby red and gold shimmer. MAC Scan-delicious is pinker. Guerlain L’Heure Bleue is redder but still rather comparable. Dior Nocturne is darker and has more gold shimmer. Dior Technicolor Red is similar but doesn’t have gold shimmer.

The formula is touted as a “moisturizing and long-lasting lipstick [that] combines bold color with pearly particles.” The color coverage is nearly opaque with a subtle but noticeable underlying translucency. Guerlain absolutely nailed what it sparkle really means–the finish of this is luminous, glistening, and almost looks wet on the lips. It’s a gorgeous finish and look for summer in particular. Now, there are a lot of things to love about this lipstick, and as an avid fan of Guerlain’s lip products, I do, generally, like the formula, but I can always feel the sparkle whenever I press my lips together so it doesn’t seem quite as refined. There are a few stray sparkle particles that have traveled after I’ve worn one. Pour Troubler wears five hours, which is one of the longest wear-times I’ve achieved with this formula (I would disagree with Guerlain on its long-wearing claim).

It is nicely hydrating, though, which contributes to a comfortable feel on the lips, and the slip of the texture gives it an almost balm-like texture, but it’s a little creamier. It glides and applies really evenly and easily, but it’s likely one of the factors that makes this less long-wearing. It has a perfume-y scent, similar to the Rouge Automatiques, and it is packaged in the same type of packaging.

Guerlain Shine Automatique Lip Color Pour Troubler
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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