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MAC Annelie Lipstick
There are four limited edition MAC Lipsticks ($22.50 for 0.15 oz.) in the new Marcel Wanders 2 Collection: Annelie (soft peachy beige with pearl), Annemiek (soft neutral pink with pearl), Felicienne (dirty mauve with pearl), and Inez (plum with gold pearl). These are specially packaged in “chrome” so they come at a higher price point than regular MAC lipsticks.
All four shades have a frost finish, but these tended to run more metallic-frost than regular frost. The frost was a little finer, and the sheen was more reflective akin to metal. These are a very specific look to be sure, so it may not work for everyone. Because of the high frost finish, these do not apply as evenly as other lipsticks, and while they seem soft to the touch, they do not glide over lips effortlessly. I tested Annelie and Inez for wear, I was able to get to three hours or so, but both shades felt drying. Not terribly so but left my lips noticeably dehydrated after wearing each for four hours.
These are vanilla-scented like other MAC lipsticks, but the fancy packaging did include an increase in product size: normal MAC lipsticks only contain 0.10 oz. while these contain 0.15 oz., which is 50% more. (Funny how percentages work–50% sounds like so much more than 0.05 oz. more!) The packaging is a magnet for fingerprints, and it felt a bit cheap in my hands. It’s very lightweight, so it lacks the heft of true metal packaging, but even though it is lightweight, the lipstick itself is fairly bulky.
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MAC Zen Rose Sheen Supreme Lipstick
MAC Too Supreme is repromoting thirteen shades of Supreme Sheen Lipsticks ($14.50 each for 0.12 oz.). There are twenty-one shades currently available and that are part of the permanent range. All except Zen Rose, which is described officially as a “bright mid-tone fuchsia.” For the other shades being repromoted in this collection, check out the Sheen Supreme Lipstick tag for previous reviews. I will review the new glosses tomorrow as I’m still testing out the wear.
Zen Rose is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-pink with semi-opaque color coverage (you can just see my lip freckle peeking through). It has a creamy finish but doesn’t settle into lip lines, which is absolutely fantastic. Shades like MAC Quick Sizzle and MAC Pink Pigeon are similar but are noticeably brighter and look more intense when worn. MAC Love Forever is purpler. MAC Show Orchid is irridescent and brighter. MAC Rare Exotic is pinker. MAC Something New is just slightly pinker. NARS Schiap is a smidgen brighter.
Overall, I like but don’t love the formula. The way I feel about it largely depends on the shade, so in the case of Zen Rose, I really do like both the formula and the shade. It’s creamy and slick enough that it glides onto lips with ease but doesn’t slip and slide when worn. The wear is good, too, coming in at four hours (and for something with as much “wetness” as Sheen Supreme, that’s pretty good). I do not find the formula particular hydrating, though it is not drying.
I have a few go-to looks that I usually wear for special occasions or quick mornings, but otherwise, I try to at least use different products!
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MAC Love Cycle Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo
There are three limited edition MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos ($20.00 for 0.10 fl. oz.) in the new Love & Water Collection: Love Cycle (light blue, white, dark blue melange/dark royal blue), Pink Union (taupe, lavender, brown melange/dark violet), and Supersweet (bronze, pink, gold melange/golden pink).
Don’t get too excited–two of these duos are repromotes with new names, which is one of the worst things a brand can do (unless they’re extremely transparent about it, e.g. Urban Decay and their Alice in Wonderland palette). Two of these duos come from Electroflash, which was out four long years ago, so it’s not a bad thing that they’re repromoted–just bad that it’s not clear! (Boy, we’ve come a long way since 2008.)
Love Cycle has a muted medium-dark blue with a silver-ish sheen and frosted finish paired with a rich, deep blue with a frosted metallic sheen. This duo is the same as MAC Sea & Sky. The marbled side is lighter than theBalm Sensational, much bluer than Urban Decay Strip, slightly darker than MAC Moon’s Reflection, and bluer than Urban Decay Mary Jane. The solid side is a more shimmered NARS Outremer and MAC Atlantic Blue, slightly less blue than Inglot #428. Both shades had fairly good color payoff both dry and wet, though when applied wet, as per usual, the color applied smoother, more opaque, and the metallic sheen became more pronounced.
Pink Union has a muted plum-mauve with a frosted, metallic finish paired with a medium-dark violet purple with very, very subtle red undertones. The marble side is, generally, pinker than a lot of mauves on the market. It is a touch pinker than MAC Circa Plum and a fair amount pinker than shades like MAC Tendersmoke. Inglot #445 is purpler and darker. theBalm Curvy Cami is slightly purpler. Inglot #399 is pinker. The solid side is darker than MAC Violet, not as red-toned as Urban Decay Delinquent, and a touch more red-toned compared to MAC Parfait Amour. When used dry, the marbled shade goes on fairly well, though the solid side is much more muted and softened. They both apply more intensely and with a smoother appearance when applied damp.
Supersweet has a muted brown with a hint of gray-taupe in it with a frosted finish paired with a pop of cotton candy pink with a golden sheen. This duo is the same as MAC Pink Split. The marbled side is a bit browner than it is most taupe eyeshadows. If you have more of the gray marbling, you may find it turns more taupe. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is similar but a touch lighter. Inglot #363 is darker and matte. MAC Aloha is less gray. MAC Aurora is a little lighter. The solid side is similar to pinks like Dior Garden Roses, MAC Taupeless, MAC Goody Goody Gum Drop, and Inglot #431, but those pinks lack the strong golden sheen. Both shades, though the pink shade more so, were really chunky–they had a rougher, almost gritty texture, so I would expect a healthy amount of fall out, especially if used dry. The color payoff is so-so when they are both used dry and gets better when applied damp.
Long-time readers will remember that I am not a fan of MAC’s Mineralize formulas. My major issues tend to be fall out and wear, which are both biggies as far as eyeshadows go! As much as I’d like these to work, because they do offer some really gorgeous shades and always look gorgeous in the pan, I continue to experience fall out during application, which continues while its worn (if the shade has sparkles of any sort) and have noticeable fading even when used damp and over a primer. MAC has definitely refined the formula over the years in regards to texture (though Supersweet didn’t seem to get that treatment), because they have felt softer and smoother (overall) each year. I tested Love Cycle (which applied the best) and still had noticeable fading after five hours used damp and over a primer. It faded after three to four hours when used dry and over a primer.