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MAC Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Naturally: Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish ($28.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “gold to salon pink degrade,” and it’s a limited edition blush/highlighter from MAC’s upcoming Naturally collection. It is a repromote, though, so if you’re an avid mineralize skinfinish collector, you should check your stash first. Like Blonde, there are four (mostly) distinct stripes of color: gilded champagne beige, deepened champagne beige, peachy champagne, and rosy bronze.

When mixed together, the resulting hue is a lightened champagne beige with warm undertones and a nearly metallic finish. It is similar to MAC Belightful. On my skin tone, it adds a light warmth but mostly a shimmer/sheen without too much color. I expect on fairer skin tones, this could work as a very subtle bronzer with a heavy sheen.

The texture of the powder is soft and smooth, but the finish does tend to accentuate pores, skin imperfections, and the skin’s natural texture, so for those who are concerned about pore size, this may not be the right product for you. It’s not the product I’d reach for to look my very, very best in photos, but the effect is still pretty that it might be worth the sacrifice in the appearance of your skin from time to time! When I tested out Redhead for wear, it wore for around six hours before noticeably fading on my normal-to-dry skin.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Redhead
Redhead
Redhead
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

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MAC Blonde Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Blonde Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Blonde Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Naturally: Blonde Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Blonde Mineralize Skinfinish ($28.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “soft pink to rose degrade,” and it’s a limited edition blush/highlighter from MAC’s upcoming Naturally collection. It is a repromote, though, so if you’re an avid Mineralize Skinfinish collector, you should check your stash first. There are four “stripes” of colors with the lightest being a pale beige-y pink that moves to a medium beige-rose then to rosy pink and finally to a medium-dark rose.

Realistically, it’s a product you’ll swirl and use in combination than in individual strips (unless you used an eye brush to do so). You can go lighter/darker by staying on one half of the product with a blush brush, though. When swirled altogether, it yields a soft rosy beige with a high, not quite metallic, sheen. On fairer skin tones, it may add a bit of rosy color in addition to highlighting, but for medium to dark skin tones, you’ll find this works primarily as a highlighter. The overall mix of color reminded me of Chanel Pink Cloud, which has a subtler finish and slightly pinker appearance.

The powder feels very soft, silky smooth, which would normally make for a product that lies naturally against the skin, but the nearly metallic finish does emphasize the texture of the skin, whether it is pores or imperfections. While I didn’t test out the wear of Blonde (I tested out Redhead on one cheek with Subtle Breeze on the other), other M S tend to wear six hours or so before they begin to fade on my normal-to-dry skin.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Blonde
Blonde
Blonde
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

It takes me a year or longer to finish my go-to eyeshadow for filling in my brows! I’ve never finished a blush before, though MAC Margin has the most pan showing, and that was one of the only blushes I owned for years. For lipstick, I would say a year or longer if it’s in regular rotation. Gloss would be a bit less – but I just don’t use anything consistently enough to finish.

— Christine

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From Finland: What’s in My Makeup Bag?

By Ria, Local Contributor – Finland

After being born and spending her childhood in America, Ria moved to the far reaches of Northern Europe to live in Finland with her parents. Exiled away from beauty brands most of us take for granted, she was forced to branch out and challenged to find new local favorites.

Now 27, her interest in beauty started originally as a hobby about five years ago, when she was looking for something new in her life. However, it soon turned into a full-blown obsession. She also attended makeup school to pursue her interest and has worked with beauty ever since. These days she spends most of her free time studying and writing, trying to finish her master’s thesis for university. She’s interested in the associations and values connected to makeup and is actually writing her thesis on YouTube makeup videos!


Make Up Store China Red Lipstick

From Finland: What’s in My Makeup Bag?

I thought it would be fitting to share myself through some of my favorite products! These are a few of the products you can almost always find in my make up bag and that I’ll buy again and again.  You can always learn a lot a about a person by the products they choose to spend their hard-earned money on, whether it’s shoes or lipstick! Hopefully, this will give Temptalia’s readers some insight into who I am as well as to the European cosmetics market I navigate.  Maybe it will even help someone find a new favorite! 🙂

  • Illamasqua’s Cream Blushes (£16.50) became my staple this summer, and even though summer is over, I’m having a hard time letting go! Pinky coral Rude is my go-to shade, which can look natural or intense depending on your application.
  • Isadora Jelly Kiss Lipstick (€13.00)  isn’t exactly cheap for a drugstore product (around , the consistency is
  • worthy of a brand name! The glossy, sheer texture reminds my lips of Dior’s Addict lipsticks but at
  • a third of the price. Unfortunately the color range is still quite limited, with only five shades
  • available.
  • Make Up Store China Red Lipstick (€19.00) is a my holy grail matte red lipstick!  It’s matte without being overly dry, like some matte lipsticks tend to be and it packs an awesome amount of pigment punch. Stays on forever as well!
  • Isadora Forest Nail Polish (€13.50) is a new shade for fall and has been repeatedly featured on my nails. Forest is a darkened olive green with gorgeous gold shimmer. Swedish drugstore brand Isadora comes up with some of the most interesting seasonal nail colors on the local market every year.
  • Essence Nail Polishes (€1.00) has Europe covered, because they are very affordable and often dupe much  more expensive brands.  One brand which is not very accessible in my part of the world, is Deborah Lippmann. Being a bit of a glitter fanatic, I still adore Lippmann’s interesting glitter nail polishes.  They make perfect dupes of Lippmann favorites like Across the Universe and Boom Boom Pow. The mini bottles are easy to travel with too and come at a fraction of the price for around one euro!

 

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Chanel June Le Vernis

Chanel June Le Vernis
Chanel June Le Vernis

Chanel Spring 2012: Chanel June Le Vernis

Chanel June Le Vernis ($25.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “pastel apricot.” This is a limited edition shade (whereas the other two spring lacquers were not listed as limited). It’s a creamy, lightened orange that’s opaque in two coats. It reminded me of a Creamsicle. China Glaze Peachykeen was the closest dupe I could think of, but it reads less orange. China Glaze Papaya Punch is much, much more intense, brighter, and deeper, but continues in a similar vein.

The formula on this one is good; pigmented enough to deliver opaque color coverage in two coats. It’s not too thick or thin, so it covers the nail evenly without pooling or bubbling. The drying time seemed average (unlike May), which is always nice. I usually get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chips with Chanel’s formula.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour June
June
June
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
97%
Total

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