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MAC Art of Powder: Optical Bronzer


MAC Optical Bronzer

MAC Art of Powder: Optical Bronzer

MAC Optical Bronzer ($38.00 for 0.31 oz.) is one of three limited edition specially designed compacts from the Art of Powder Collection, which launches on September 29th, 2011 (North America) and October 2011 (International, at select locations). It contains a good amount of product, and it will take quite some time to get through it.

If you’re not feeling the neon pink, you’re in luck: it doesn’t go all the way through. It’s thicker than your typical overspray, but it definitely does not go all the way through (video is forthcoming with much excavation!). The product is the golden tan you see protruding from the compact. I gouged a chunk out of the corner, and you can see how the pink is only on the surface I also used a small shadow brush to brush back-and-forth against a line of pink and eventually it disappeared and revealed pure golden tan underneath.

The color this bronzer is a warmed-up, medium tan with a very subtle golden sheen. The sheen is almost too faint, actually! It doesn’t impart much of a glowy sheen applied, because the sheen is so subtle–which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your preference. The pigmentation is decent, but the color is on the lighter side. On my medium skin tone, it’s subtle and soft. I expect this is better suited for lighter skin tones. It does have an orangeness to it that may not work well with pinker or naturally red complexions, because it may turn ruddy.

It has a really finely-milled, soft texture, which makes it extremely easy to blend on the skin but there is some powdery dust because of the overall softness. The subtle sheen means it doesn’t emphasize pores or imperfections on the skin. The texture is almost as soft as the Studio Careblend Pressed Powder Bronzers but I find those to be softer overall (but more pigmented, and if you want something foolproof, Optical Bronzer is that).

I wore it on one cheek (had the highlighter on the other–that’s called multi-tasking!), and it wore well for about six hours before starting to fade, which is shy of good (eight hours). It’s decent but not better than MAC’s regular bronzing line-up or various limited edition releases they’ve done every couple of months. The mix of pink and tan could have made for an interesting mix or take on bronzer in general (think Chanel’s Soleil Bronzers) but was not the case here.

MAC Art of Powder Bronzer Optical
Optical
Optical
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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MAC Art of Powder: Street Art Eyeshadow Palette Swatches, Photos, Reviews


MAC Street Art Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Art of Powder: Street Art Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Street Art Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00 for 0.31 oz.) is one of three limited edition specially designed compacts from the Art of Powder Collection, which launches on September 29th, 2011 (North America) and October 2011 (International, at select locations). The palette contains a hefty amount of product; an eyeshadow quad retails for the same amount but contains 0.20 oz. on average.

After testing this palette, I just can’t say the quality is there. It’s the design that will sell this product; it’s more for collectors than it is for someone who is after quality eyeshadow. There are six different shades (tan, beige, periwinkle, orange, turquoise, and pink) but I was only really able to grab distinct swatches of five (the beige was difficult to get individually and then to get to show up was another story!).

The tan shade is a gold shimmered orange-tan that applies very sheerly and not as smoothly as I would like (or expect). One of the better performing shades was the periwinkle shade which is more purple than periwinkle, but it depends on the lighting; it reminded me a fair amount of Digit. Despite the appearance of intensity in the palette, the turquoise shade is incredibly sheer with a slightly roughened texture (it’s not rough or gritty, but it’s not smooth); it’s like the palest teal with silvery shimmer. The orange shade was better, as it was much more pigmented but was dusty; it’s a slightly muted orange with a subtle satiny sheen. The pink shade worked the best, as it applied smoothly and with good color payoff; it’s a yellow-toned light-medium pink with a near metallic finish. There is also a beige shade that disappears against my skin and suffers from sheerness and some powderiness.

Undeterred, I wore this on my eyes (it’s what I wore in several of the photos for the Posh Paradise Mattene lip swatches), and the fall out was incredible. I went with something short and sweet, so I used the purply-periwinkle shade on the lid with the turquoise shade in the crease. The texture is rather dry and doesn’t work well on its own (I figured I’d test it with a base on one eye, without on the other). Even with a base, I had a ton of glittery fall out and really had to pack on the color to get decent color payoff and evenness in color. I tried twice with a base – once with NARS Eyeshadow Primer Potion and the second time with MAC Nubile Paint Pot (using the pink, tan, and orange shades). The second combination had less fall out (but the shades had less shimmer) but took a fair amount of color-packing to get the vibrancy in the palette.

It’s a shame to see such a design-intensive palette perform so poorly. It really is art, because the best thing to do with it is to admire it from afar. Undoubtedly, it will still sell out because of the design alone. The good news is all of the colors go through to the bottom based on digging around each shade to see how deep it went. The only part that is an overlay is the silvered shimmer-sheen that goes across the middle.  You just can’t have problems with wear (fall out, minor fading, unevenness), pigmentation, and texture and come out on top.

MAC Art of Powder: Street Art Eyeshadow Palette Swatches, Photos, Reviews

F
4
Product
6
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
7
Longevity
3
Application
57%
Total

Wet ‘n’ Wild Fly Me to the Moon Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet 'n' Wild Fly Me to the Moon Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Fly Me to the Moon Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Fly Me to the Moon Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Fly Me to the Moon Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a cool-toned mix of white, black, and blue. It’s a shame that this trio ended up being poor performing all around, because I think the color combination is beautiful and could have worked so well together.

The Browbone shade is sheer, frosted cool-toned white. This has a very chunky texture–the shimmer feels like it is in pieces, so it results in fall out when applied to the lid. The color itself is also sheer. It’s a cooler-toned white than theBalm Tempting Tara.

The Crease shade is a mostly matte black with silver sparkle. It’s sheer, chalky, and very dry. The application is poor, because it is difficult to blend out. It’s an inferior version of NARS Night Breed.

The Eyelid shade is a medium-dark navy blue. It is dry and sheer, and the funniest part is that the texture and poor color payoff make it look like a different color than the pan. I did a double-take when I was comparing swatches and photos–I actually re-swatched, and it really is as unmatched as it seemed.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Fly Me to the Moon Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

D
6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
8.5
Longevity
2.5
Application
66%
Total

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Nubar Polished Chic Collection for Fall 2011


Nubar Polished Chic Collection for Fall 2011

This season, Nubar brings you eight new and enticing fashion forward colors of our premium carcinogen and cruelty free nail lacquer with the Polished Chic Collection. Offering contemporary colors perfect for work, casual daytime wear, and even a night out, every woman can look to Nubar’s Polished Chic Collection to update her look.

Nail Lacquer ($7.49)

  • Classic Camel Updated buff creme
  • Faded Putty Modern pale putty creme
  • Edgy Umber Deep brown creme
  • Beguiling Carmine Brick red creme
  • Vogue Vert Contemporary light green creme
  • Mod Aqua Light turquoise creme
  • Stylish Peacock Perfect teal creme
  • Elegant Indigo Sparkling blackened blue

availability: September/October 2011, bynubar.com

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NARS @ Daryl K S/S 2012

NARS @ Daryl K S/S 2012
NARS @ Daryl K S/S 2012

NARS @ Daryl K S/S 2012

“The Spring 2012 collection is an expression of fluidity and softness and modernity in terms of fabrics and shapes and styling,” said designer Daryl Kerrigan. “This season also marks a continuation of my exploration into prints through a collaboration with artist Spencer Sweeney.”

“It complements Daryl’s collection without overpowering it,” said Uzo, NARS International Lead Makeup Artist. “A subtle swipe of blue along the lash line creates a playful affect but the strong brow and radiant skin add confidence.”

Beauty Breakdown

  • Face: Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer – new for Spring 2012; for a similar affect try a light application of Sheer Glow Foundation, Bilbao Lipstick – new for Spring 2012; for a similar affect try Pago Pago Lipstick, Cactus Flower Cream Blush
  • Eyes: Goddess Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow, Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil – new for Spring 2012; for a similar affect try Rue Saint Honore Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, Lhasa Single Eyeshadow – new for Spring 2012; for a similar affect try Ondine Eyeshadow, Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara, Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara
  • Lips: Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil – new for Spring 2012; for a similar affect try a light application of Place Vendome Larger Than Life Lip Gloss, available at Sephora, Bettina Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Tonga Lip Liner Pencil, Papua Lip Liner Pencil

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