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Kitschmas vs. Kitschmas: The Results
Much to the dismay of neat-freaks everywhere, pigments once again exploded in my household. I conducted this messy project in my kitchen (easier to clean) with a very small (pocket-sized!) digital scale that can weigh up to 500 grams. I go through the entire process in detail further into the post. This is a follow-up to my original comparison post from a few days ago. I used ounces for comparison, particularly because you get more decimal places using ounces, so I feel like it’s more accurate that way.
Kitschmas: Original Packaging, Labeled 7.5 grams / 0.26 oz.
- Actual Weight: 8.7 grams / 0.280 oz.
- Empty Jar Weight: 0.402 oz.
- Total Jar Weight: 0.670 oz.
- Bonus: You got 1.2 grams / 0.020 oz. more than you expected!
- Sad: Lost approximately 0.012 oz. in transporting it back into the packaging
Kitschmas: New Packaging, Labeled 4.5 grams / 0.15 oz.
- Actual Weight: 6.0 grams / 0.212 oz.
- Empty Jar Weight: 0.282 oz.
- Total Jar Weight: 0.476 oz.
- Bonus: You got 1.5 grams / 0.062 oz. more than you expected!
- Sad: Lost approximately 0.018 oz. in transporting it back into the packaging
One of the bigger concerns I saw voiced in the comments was paying the same price for 40% less. In the comparison between the two jars of Kitschmas, you still ended up with 0.212 oz. of Kitschmas, even in the new packaging. Everyone believed and expected MAC to give them 0.26 oz. of pigment before (though it is clear that they give you more, which is actually a common practice). So, I’m only going to look at that, but in this instance, you aren’t losing 40%. You’re really losing 0.048 oz. or 18.5%.
Keep in mind that MAC only need meet the advertised label of 0.15 oz., so your mileage may vary. Rich Life weighed in at .212 oz. as well, while Universal Mix weighed in at 0.187 oz. I do want to be honest and tell you that it’s the same Universal Mix I used for the original comparison post, so I imagine I lost (at least, because I did a lot of transferring back and forth) 0.012 oz. (this is based on how much I lost just doing these minimal transfers for Kitschmas comparisons).
From weighing several different jars, it seems common practice for MAC to overfill, rather than exactly fill, their pigment jars. For instance, Push the Edge should only have 0.15 oz. of product in it, but it actually has 0.427 oz.–that’s over twice the amount advertised.
See both instructional step-by-step and full-sized (and additional) photos through the process, PLUS weights of other pigment jars for comparison… Continue reading →
MAC in Lillyland Collection: Overall & Round-up
OVERALL, Lillyland is definitely a very bright and colorful collection. It’s something that will catch your eye when you see it on displayer, even if you’re not necessarily into colors. Between the ultra pigmented Cremeblend Blushes and the ultra dazzling Lip Gelees, this is a very bold, bright, and cheery collection. It feels much more like a summer collection, actually, just because the colors are so bright and, well, summery! I truly am surprised they launched this together with All Ages, All Races, All Sexes; I almost feel like there’s no way to compete with it. But maybe some will be drawn in by the brightness, see neutrals next to them, and end up going that route instead.
Lillyland also included several permanent products, which I did not include in my review — such as three paint pots (Bare Study, Fresco Rose, and Rubenesque) and two technakohl liners (Graphblack and Purple Dash).
Must-haves: Preppy Lip Gelee, Lush & Bright Lip Gelee, So Sweet So Easy Cremeblend Blush,
Nice-to-haves: Resort Life Lip Gelee, Joie-de-Vivre Cremeblend Blush, Coconut Ice Nail Lacquer
Skip: Pearlmatte Eyeshadow
Product-by-Product Reviews, Photos, Swatches
What are you loving? What aren’t you loving? But more importantly: what are you buying?
MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection: Overall & Round-up
OVERALL, the All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection is really going to be a hit or miss collection for many. I don’t think it has the mass appeal of some of MAC’s previous more neutral collections, like Blonde, Brunette, and Redhead or the N Collection. I think some of the shades may be too “blah” looking, even if they’re good shades to have in your color wardrobe.
I feel like the theme here is playing up your natural beauty; playing around with light and shapes, highlighting and contouring, accentuating brows, etc. It’s, obviously, not about rich, popping color. I didn’t find too many shades that really worked well for my skin tone and matched my personal tastes, but I know others will find more to love and some will walk away with nothing.
Must-haves: Universal Mix Pigment, All Races Eyeshadow, Naked Frost Lipglass
Nice-to-haves: Personal Style Beauty Powder Blush, Banshee Eyeshadow, Myself Lipstick, Empowered Lipstick, Liqueur Lipglass
Skip: Equality Lipstick (if you’re not into ultra pale lips)
Product-by-Product Reviews, Photos, Swatches
What products caught your eye? What’s coming home with you?
MAC Lip Gelees: Lush & Bright, Preppy, Shift to Pink, Resort Life
MAC in Lillyland Collection: Lip Gelees Review, Photos, Swatches, Lip Swatches
Last but not least… the lip gelees aka the best part of the collection, IMO! Okay, let me condition that: if you like shimmer/glitter, check out the lip gelees. If you don’t, you won’t like them. Sorry, these are DAZZLING. And more dazzling than Dazzleglass, too… Also, please note that, like dazzleglasses, these lip gelees do look prettier and more shimmer-tastic in real life. It’s hard to pick up on the multi-reflective, shimmering water feel and look of these in a photograph.
Oh, and by the way? These come with a whopping 0.5 oz. of product. That’s over three times as much product as lipglass. That’s nearly ten times the amount of product in a dazzleglass. Lip Gelees are one of the most affordable lipglosses by the ounce — $28 per ounce.
Lip Gelee ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)
- Resort Life is a gilded beige base with silver-ish shimmer. This is the “lightest” of the four, but it has lots of sparkle on the lips. It warms up the natural lip color a bit while adding lots of shimmer (and not much color).
- Shift to Pink is a lilac-y pink with a soft pinky pearl base and lots of brighter lilac and pink shimmer. The lilac/purple is much more noticeable on lips than I anticipated, too. I think it definitely gave my lips a decent amount of color and shimmer when applied. I found this one didn’t apply as evenly as the other three, but with some smooshing, it looks fine from afar.
- Preppy is a semi-sheer, medium fuchsia-pink pearl base with lots of fuchsia shimmer. This is a really pigmented one, actually. It really added plenty of pink to my lips without actually being super hot, fuchsia pink — it’s a very pretty, slightly brightened medium pink with lots of pink and fuchsia shimmer.
- Lush & Bright is a semi-sheer, coral-orange with pink and gold shimmer. This one is the least “frosty” or shimmery, but it still has a nice level of shimmer. This gave my lips a nice peachy-coral look — I’d say this one didn’t go on as a true-to-swatch as the others did, because it’s much lighter on my lips than the skin swatch.
See photos, swatches, and lip swatches! Continue reading →
MAC Pearlmatte Eyeshadow
MAC in Lillyland Collection: Pearlmatte Eyeshadow & Powder & Coconut Ice Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches
The two prettiest-looking items in the collection are my two least favorites of the collection. Both the Pearlmatte Eyeshadow and Face Powder are lovely to look at with their floral design, but the product itself is just okay.
This is basically three eyeshadows in one, and the pieces are big enough that you can get your brush into each. It consists of a lightly shimmered white, a soft yellow-green with gold shimmer (think Juxt), and a medium blue-based pink with light shimmer (think Da Bling, but blue-based). The design dusts off pretty fast — I could barely see any of the floral portions once I did swatches. The shadows themselves are decently pigmented, but they’re not ultra rich. They also felt a little powdery, which I wasn’t thrilled with. Nice design, just an okay product.
Pearlmatte Face Powder
This contains four different shades within the compact, but realistically, as a face/cheek product, you’re going to end up with a swirl of colors, not just any of the four. In particular, the orange shade is incredibly small, so good luck wearing that alone if you’re brave enough to try! Nonetheless, I did swatch the four individual shades, and then I did a swirled swatch. The individual shades are: a yellowed, shimmered gold, mostly matte/satin peachy orange, sheer, deep pink, and a neutral tan-brown with no real shimmer. Swirled together, I ended up with a rather bronzy shade — it ran a little orange and had the yellow-gold shimmer in it. I don’t know if I’d use this as an all over face powder myself, because it seems more like a bronzer based on playing around with it so far.
Coconut Ice Nail Lacquer
I’d like to know why they named this Coconut Ice. Maybe I haven’t consumed enough coconut ice in my life, but I just envisioned a lightened shade — based on the name. I’ve read the description previously, so I wasn’t misled, but the name seemed off to me. This is a brightened peachy-coral kind of shade. It’s like Seasonal Peach with a lot more pink. It has a creamy finish, and I’d say it needs two to three coats to look right. It kind of reminded of an old, old nail polish called Pink Radar, except lighter and less pink. I liked it, but I like corals, so this wasn’t much of a surprise.
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush
MAC in Lillyland Collection: Cremeblend Blushes Review, Photos, Swatches
Even though my personal favorites from this collection are the lipgelees (review is forthcoming, promise!), I really think the Cremeblend Blushes really stand out. All four are intensely pigmented, rich in color, and really will pop on your cheeks — if you so desire. What’s nice about these is you can use a stippling brush like the 188 (smaller brush-head than the 187, so it’s ideal for cheek color) for a softer, less color-rich look, or you can layer and build up the intensity for a bolder cheek look as well. These seemed thinner and more pigmented than MAC’s Blushcremes as well.
Note, I can’t comment on the wear of these, as I haven’t had them for more than a few hours! I will definitely do my best to use these in a look in the next week.
Cremeblend Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)
- Optimistic Orange is a bright pop of orange. It’s not quite neon orange, but it is pretty bold and bright. Definitely a true orange, though; this is not coral on me whatsoever.
- Joie-de-Vivre is a bright pink-coral; it leans more pink than orange, which is why it’s predominantly pink, but it’s obvious it’s not a bubblegum pink. MAC described it as a “peachy coral,” but I’d say it’s more like a pinky coral.
- So Sweet, So Easy is a bubblegum pink. It’s a medium pink with barely-there yellow undertones. It’s the lightest and softest shade of the four.
- Florida is a bright fuchsia-purple. It’s creamy, ultra pigmented, and WOW-za, you know? This is the kind of the color that can easily scare you away. Again, try a stippling brush, use a light hand, and you may even find using fingers to blend out the color (after the initial brush-based application) may give you the right level of intensity.