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MAC Lips & Tips / Fashion Sets Collection for Summer 2012


MAC Lips & Tips / Fashion Sets Collection for Summer 2012

availability: May 3rd, 2012 (North America), May 2012 (International; shades may vary)

Rebel in New York, Russian Red in Dubai, Snob in Sao Paulo, Saint Germain in Tokyo, Morange in Paris: these must-have lip shades so coveted by M∙A∙C fans around the world, that we created 3-piece mini-collections of Lipstick, Lipglass, and Nail Lacquer trios in 7 classic palettes. Perfectly coordinated, regionally inspired.

MAC Fashion Sets Collection for Summer 2012

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

  • Saint Germain Light cool pink (Permanent)
  • Myth Light neutral nude (Permanent)
  • Angel Light warm pink (Permanent)
  • Razzledazzler Light cream peach (Limited Edition)
  • Snob Light neutral pink (Permanent)
  • Please Me Mid-tone warm pink (Permanent)
  • Pink Nouveau Mid-tone cool pink (Permanent)
  • Ravishing Mid-tone neutral peach (Permanent)
  • Peachstock Light peachy nude (Permanent)
  • Impassioned Bright warm pink (Permanent)
  • Morange Bright cream orange (Permanent)
  • Spice Mid-tone neutral nude (Limited Edition)
  • Girl About Town Bright blue fuchsia (Permanent)
  • Russian Red Mid-tone neutral red (Permanent)
  • Rebel Mid-tone cream plum (Permanent)
  • Chestnut Rich chocolate brown (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Saint Germain Light cool pink (Limited Edition)
  • Myth Light neutral nude (Limited Edition)
  • Angel Light warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Razzledazzler Light cream peach (Limited Edition)
  • Snob Light neutral pink (Limited Edition)
  • Please Me Mid-tone warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Nouveau Mid-tone cool pink (Limited Edition)
  • Ravishing Mid-tone neutral peach (Limited Edition)
  • Peachstock Light peachy nude (Limited Edition)
  • Impassioned Bright warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Morange Bright cream orange (Limited Edition)
  • Spice Mid-tone neutral nude (Limited Edition)
  • Girl About Town Bright blue fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Russian Red Mid-tone neutral red
  • Rebel Mid-tone cream plum (Limited Edition)
  • Chestnut Rich chocolate brown (Limited Edition)

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

  • Saint Germain Light cool pink (Limited Edition)
  • Myth Light neutral nude (Limited Edition)
  • Angel Light warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Razzledazzler Light cream peach (Limited Edition)
  • Snob Light neutral pink (Limited Edition)
  • Please Me Mid-tone warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Nouveau Mid-tone cool pink (Limited Edition)
  • Ravishing Mid-tone neutral peach (Limited Edition)
  • Peachstock Light peachy nude (Limited Edition)
  • Impassioned Bright warm pink (Limited Edition)
  • Morange Bright cream orange (Limited Edition)
  • Spice Mid-tone neutral nude (Limited Edition)
  • Girl About Town Bright blue fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Russian Red Mid-tone neutral red (Limited Edition)
  • Rebel Mid-tone cream plum (Limited Edition)
  • Chestnut Rich chocolate brown (Limited Edition)

Note: North America includes lipstick, lipglass, and nail lacquer for these top-selling shades: Myth, Snob, Spice, Girl About Town, Russian Red, Rebel, and Chestnut.

For Asia Pacific, Peachstock, Razzledazzler, Ravishing, Angel, Saint Germain, Morange, and Impassioned.

For Europe/Africa, Myth, Spice, Saint Germain, Morange, Impassioned, Russian Red, and Rebel.

For Latin America/Middle East, Snob, Please Me, Pink Nouveau, Morange, Impassioned, Girl About Town, and Russian Red.

All sixteen shades for each product type are available online at maccosmetics.com here.

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Introducing Livefyre Commenting System

Introducing Livefyre Commenting System

We are currently trialing Livefyre’s commenting system, which we chose because we believe it offers some really key features that will improve engagement and interaction.  If you haven’t seen Livefyre before, you may be more familiar with its competitor, Disqus.  At its simplest, they’re both similar (but they are different overall)–they’re another commenting platform that allows for more features/options than the natural WordPress commenting platform.  There are several ways to login using existing IDs you may have around the web as well as a guest (or anonymous) option.  You can follow conversations, get notified of replies to your comments, tag other users in your comments, share with friends, like/flag comments, and more!

We hope you’ll enjoy the additional features, and we’ll be following the process carefully to ensure it’s a good fit for our readers! 🙂

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NARS Odalisque Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Odalisque Larger Than Life Lipgloss
NARS Odalisque Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Odalisque Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Odalisque Larger Than Life Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as “cantaloupe.” It’s a beige peach with a creamy, almost milky, finish. MAC Woo Me is pinker. MAC Super is browner, darker. MAC Lust is a bit darker. MAC Pretty Quick is warmer, peachier.

It’s in the nude family, but it’s very different from Spring Break. This is actually a more wearable nude because it is darker–less pastel, less pale. So while the color is lovely and a nude that suits a lot of skin tones, the way it looks and applies leaves something to be desired. Because of the creamy/milky finish, it settles into lip lines quite a bit, and there is some streakiness to the application.  I think this gloss is best worn over a lipstick than it is on its own, because it just doesn’t look that great alone.

This particular shade had a slightly thicker consistency, though still best described as gel-like, as it slides around and feels smooth. It develops a tackiness over time (non-sticky for the first half hour or less, then progressively stickier as it wears). Odalisque wore for four and a half hours. It’s scent- and taste-free.  The color coverage is semi-opaque, and it’s really the overall streaky feel that gives it that less-than-opaque look.  It is hydrating while worn, though, as my lips never feel like they’re in need of balm post-wear.

This lipgloss formula has a really small brush-type applicator, which I find to be too small–I’d have liked to have seen a smaller brush, sure, but I think it could have met in the middle, rather than going to the opposite extreme. The idea behind the smaller applicator was to make application more precise, which it does, but the trade-off is that it takes much, much longer to apply it. I can’t apply this gloss nearly as well without a mirror as I can with others, and I feel like I’m going back three to five times to get enough color to cover my lips.

NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Odalisque
Odalisque

NARS Makeup Removing Water Review

NARS Makeup Removing Water
NARS Makeup Removing Water

NARS Makeup Removing Water

NARS Makeup Removing Water ($28.00 for 6.7 fl. oz.) is touted as a “soap-free, oil-free, and alcohol-free water that removes face makeup and tones the skin.” It’s designed as a gentle formula that will remove makeup without requiring rubbing while hydrating skin.

This is a makeup remover that is best described as gentle, because that’s exactly what it is, but it’s gentle in every way–it’s not at all stinging, burning, or irritating against the skin, even around the eyes, but it doesn’t effectively remove all your makeup, though it specifically says “face makeup” and not “eye makeup.” Just so we’re clear: if you wear eye makeup, don’t expect this to do much in the way of removal. All it ever seems to accomplish is smudging everything around so I end up looking like a mutant. I absolutely would not use this for anything that says “long-wearing” on the label, including face products.

If you want it to remove light eye makeup, I recommend gently pressing the soaked cotton pad against the eye for 15-20 seconds before gently swiping the product away. You’ll get some, perhaps not all, of it removed this way. Since NARS only mentions face makeup, it seems like you would use something else for your eye makeup.  It’s packaged in a clear plastic bottle with a flip-top that has a small hole so only a little comes out as you need it.

I’d like to think of this as a remover for gentle makeup; lightweight, natural, soft makeup. However you want to term it, it’s good for lighter makeup days. For me, it seems to remove face makeup as well as most facial cleansers are able to. It is very lightweight, doesn’t feel greasy or oily against the skin, and it leaves no trace of residue once it’s wiped away with a cotton pad.  It really does have the consistency and feel of water.  There’s no stickiness, dried, or tightened skin after use either. I need at least two cotton rounds in order to remove about 90% of face makeup.

It doesn’t remove makeup completely, so I feel like I need to use a cleanser afterward or yet another cotton pad. Instead, the way I found this product to be most useful was after using a facial cleanser, so it was only responsible for removing the last bits of makeup the cleanser missed.  You can definitely use it before your cleanser of choice as well–I just like the visual of seeing the cotton pad just picking up stray makeup and knowing that my face is clean.  It also means that I can better control how much product or how many cotton pads I use since this doesn’t eliminate a cleanser.

It’s a superfluous product in my night time regimen; it seems to be an extra step rather than a time-saver. It’s more like a toner in my routine–I don’t trust it to remove all my makeup, but I do trust it to remove the last vestiges of makeup my cleanser may have left behind (especially around my hairline and the edges, which I don’t push the cleanser around as much so it doesn’t get into my hair!). And if I’m going to use NARS as my toner, I’d rather use their Hydrating Freshening Toner, which is one of my favorites, and for me, hydrates a little better than the remover does.  You can use this like you would a toner, however, so if you do include one in your regular routine, this could take its place.

If you’re a fan of micellar water removers, then you may enjoy this recently launched remover by NARS, which has all the earmarks of one (though I didn’t see NARS officially billing it as such).  There are quite a few on the market internationally and a couple in the U.S., but this year has shown major progress with more U.S. brands launching their own versions.  Bottom line:  this will remove some but not every type of makeup, particularly longer-wearing products and heavier textured products, but it’s not designed to do much more than it does do, so it’s pretty good from that standpoint.

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Peg/Ppg-35/40 Dimethyl Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trisodium Edta, Cucumis Sativus [Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract], Chamomilla Recutita [Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract], Sodium Hyaluronate.

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