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What We’re Wearing, Vol. 055

What We’re Wearing, Vol. 055

On eyes:  Tom Ford Titanium Smoke Eyeshadow Quad, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara, Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy Eyeliner, Urban Decay El Dorado Liquid Eyeliner.  On face:  Make Up For Ever Lift Foundation, Tarte Dollface Blush, Guerlain Voilettes Powder, Guerlain Meteorites Pressed Powder.  On lips:  Bobbi Brown Naked Plum High Shimmer Lipgloss.

What was your favorite look you wore this week?  Share yours in the comments! 🙂

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MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows for 2012

MAC Blue Flame Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Blue Flame Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows for 2012

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) now include: Blue Flame (mineralize black with blue pearl), Cinderfella (mineralize black with silver pearl), Gilt by Association (mineralize black with gold bronze pearl), Smutty Green (cream, warm green, black veining), and Young Punk (mineralize black with pinkish purple pearl). With the exception of Smutty Green, these were originally limited shades that have been brought back for a stint as permanent products. At least once a year, MAC rotates in new mineralize eyeshadows that become permanent for a time, and these are five of ten shades that are now available.

  • Blue Flame is a rich navy blue over a blue-black base. When it’s used dry, the black base is more prevalent, while when it is used damp, the blue sheen comes out. MAC Naval Blue is bluer with a lighter base. MAC Shop & Drop is similar but has a subtler sheen. MAC Blue Storm is bluer with a lighter base.
  • Cinderfella is a brown-black with a silver-gray shimmer. When it is applied dry, it has a chalkier, sheerer look that makes it appear more muted, but when it is applied damp, it appears smoother, more intense, and the black stands out. Chanel Mirifique is the only dupe that comes to mind, though it is a bit different.
  • Gilt by Association is a rich, dark olive brown with olive gold shimmer. Again, when it is applied dry, it has a softer, slightly muted look, but when it is applied damp, it looks much more intense and the metallic sheen comes to the forefront. MAC Golden Gaze is yellower and more golden. I couldn’t think of any other dupes.
  • Smutty Green is a blackened-green base with green and dirty green shimmer. It has rather sheer, uneven color payoff when used dry, but it comes together better when applied wet. It seems awfully similar to MAC She Who Dares, perhaps with more black in it. Make Up For Ever #10 is similar in tone, but it’s not nearly as dark.
  • Young Punk is a blackened-purple base with pink-toned purple shimmer and sheen. When it is applied dry, it looks like a sheer, chalky black with purple shimmer, but when it is applied damp, it looks much more purple and the metallic sheen comes forth. Urban Decay Rockstar is kind of similar but more eggplant-hued. Giorgio Armani #2 has a similar black base but has pink and red shimmer.

I wish I could say this latest batch of Mineralize Eyeshadows was new and improved, but I still had issues with color staying true throughout the day and fall out both during and post-application.  The textures of the shades that have been out previously did seem softer, smoother, so the color payoff was better overall.  Even when I apply Mineralize Eyeshadows damp/wet and over a primer, the colors look faded after a few hours and any shade with shimmer or sparkles leads to fall out throughout the day.  I did a test look using Gilt by Association and Smutty Green, and my under eye area looked like a disco ball.

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows for 2012

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MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass (Part 2)

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass (Part 2)

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass ($19.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a new and limited edition formula releasing next Thursday, March 1st. This post features these shades: Fuji Pink (pale peach with low level pearl), Imperial Red (bright rose with pearl), Jasmine Honey (light cream beige), Mango Sheen (bright coral with pearl), Moon Beach (warm light beige with pearl), and Sweet Bean (cool beige with pearl).

  • Fuji Pink is a milky peach with just a smattering of white shimmer. It lightens lips a bit. Shades like Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle, Giorgio Armani #500, and Guerlain Rose in Bloom are all similar (which is just naming a few).
  • Imperial Red is a darkened pink with fine gold shimmer. The color coverage is semi-opaque and surprisingly even. MAC Totally Bang has a similar base color but the shimmer is different. MAC Radiant Jewels is redder.
  • Jasmine Honey is a milky beige with white-beige shimmer. It is a little lighter than Fuji Pink, but the two are hardly polar opposites. Again, shades like Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle, Giorgio Armani #500, and Guerlain Rose in Bloom are all similar (which is just naming a few).
  • Mango Sheen is an orange-red with gold-copper shimmer. This shade has more semi-opaque color, but it doesn’t apply as evenly as Imperial Red. Revlon Strawberry is similar but a touch pinker. MAC Geo Pink is more orange. MAC Double Dare is similar in color but doesn’t have the gold shimmer.
  • Moon Beach is a sheer pearly beige. It’s mostly shimmer on my lips, so there are lots of sheer lipgloss dupes.
  • Sweet Bean is a mix of coppery-red, rose, and white shimmer. MAC Superglass reminded me of the way this looks, sort of like confetti, but I don’t know of an exact dupe. This one gets a little gritty after it wears away.

Please see part one for a review of the formula.

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass (Part 2)

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MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass (Part 1)

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass (Part 1)

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass ($19.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a new and limited edition formula releasing next Thursday, March 1st. This post features these shades: Almond Blossom (pale pink with high level pearl), Asian Butterfly (lilac with pearl), Black Tea (deep brown with pearl), Cherry Fest (rose with high level pearl), and Dress Kimono (mid-tone frosted plum).

  • Almond Blossom is a pale beige and champagne-gold shimmered gloss that has no real color but a fair amount of shimmer. MAC Jana has lighter shimmer but the two are similar. MAC Pretty Plush is a bit lighter in shimmer color as well. MAC Mary is more golden.
  • Asian Butterfly is a sheer blue-based pink gloss with light and medium pink shimmer. It amps up the natural pink in my lips as well as adds shimmer. MAC Butterfly Dream is similar but has less shimmer. MAC Dressed to Dazzle has less shimmer.
  • Black Tea is a red-toned brown with gold shimmer. This is one of the more pigmented shades, but it does settle into lip lines and doesn’t apply evenly. MAC Get Rich Quick is browner. MAC Pret-a-papier is redder and brighter. Bobbi Brown Plum Gold has more berry coloring. MAC Gertruyd is similar but doesn’t have the gold shimmer. MAC Decorative is similar.
  • Cherry Fest is a sheer warm coral-pink with white shimmer. It looks primarily like white shimmer on my lips, so there are lots of sheer lipgloss dupes.
  • Dress Kimono is a soft fuchsia pink with subtle blue undertones and white shimmer. This one has semi-sheer color that has a tendency to settle into lip lines and doesn’t apply as evenly as I’d like it to. MAC Fabulous Fun has less fuchsia in it. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is brighter and has purpler shimmer. MAC Aleydis is a bit lighter and has iridescent fuchsia shimmer. MAC Totally Bang is a bit brighter and more opaque.

The gloss is described as “soft succulent shades” mixed with “smooth, lush, pearl-rich shine.” Overall, it’s a sheerer gloss with more shimmer than color and a glossy shine. The formula lasts two to three hours on my lips, and while it feels non-sticky initially, after a half hour, it becomes tacky and feels really thin and sticky after an hour or so.  I tested the following shades specifically:  Almond Blossom, Asian Butterfly, Black Tea, Imperial Red, Mango Sheen, and Sweet Bean.

I like the initial consistency; it’s thick and cushion-y and not sticky, so it spreads evenly and easily, but I really don’t care for how sticky it gets as it wears on. This seems to be a progression that a lot of long-wearing glosses go through–except this gloss isn’t long-wearing. They’re not moisturizing, but they didn’t seem drying. These have the same vanilla scent that other MAC glosses and lip products have.

I’m not a fan of click-style/pen-type packaging. It’s probably as hygienic as a regular lipgloss that you plunge in and out of a tube, but I find the congealing gloss left in the brush applicator so gross. It just feels goopy, especially if you don’t use it everyday. I have so many of these types of glosses and end up tossing them because the brush ends up sticky, goopy, and all around unappealing to use. These seem large, but the amount of gloss they actually hold is half the average gloss–a mere 0.08 fl. oz. (which is the same as the under-sized Dazzleglass and Cremesheen Glass).

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass (Part 1)

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MAC Marcel Wanders 2: Lipglosses

MAC Marcel Wanders 2 Lipgloss
MAC Marcel Wanders 2 Lipgloss

MAC Marcel Wanders 2: Lipglosses

There are four limited edition MAC Lipglosses ($22.50 for 0.15 oz.) in the new Marcel Wanders 2 Collection: Jana (creamy beige with gold pearl), Julia (light blue-pink with pearl), Karin (pink-mauve with pearl), and Kim (dirty plum with pearl). These lipglosses are designed to be “super sheer.”

  • Jana is a sheer pale, golden beige shimmered gloss that yields very little color (possibly, a touch of warmth) and mostly a healthy dose of shimmer. There are a lot of possible dupes. Honestly–the sheer lipgloss gallery is full of them. MAC Mary (from Marcel Wanders 1) is more golden.
  • Julia is a barely-there pink with pink and pale beige-gold shimmer. I have no idea how MAC got “blue-pink” out of this at all, because it’s not really cool-toned and there’s no blue undertones that I can spy. This shade has less shimmer compared to Jana. It looks a bit like MAC Beatrix on (from Marcel Wanders 1).
  • Karin is a plum-mauve with plum and pale pink shimmer. It has a healthy dose of shimmer, but I had some issues getting the shimmer to spread out evenly. MAC Comfort & Joy is rather similar but has more shimmer (less sparkle).
  • Kim is a softened red-berry with soft pink shimmer. It settles a bit into lip lines. The color coverage is semi-sheer here–this is the most pigmented of the four. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum is redder. Dior Mauve Accent is less shimmered. MAC Spanking Rich is similar with less shimmer.

The formula is cushion-y and thick without being goopy. They feel non-sticky when you apply them, so they do move a bit, but it doesn’t seem to gather or crease. Like other MAC lip products, these are vanilla-scented but don’t have any discernible taste. The formula is most comparable to the existing Cremesheen Glass but thicker (not in a bad way). Each tube has a “chrome” cap and a brush-type applicator. On me, these only wear about two hours and definitely need a reapplication after three. I don’t have any issues with my lips feeling dry post-wear, though.

The amount you get in these glosses is comparable to both Dazzleglass and Cremesheen Glass (and the overall style of the tube is also similar to these two glosses), which come in at $19 at present, so the price difference isn’t as startling as it is on the lipsticks.

MAC Marcel Wanders 2: Lipglosses

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