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Now, I’m going to give you my take on the top row’s shades: a soft, buttery semi-matte pale dusty pink; a frosty, icy silver with pink pearl; a deep red-tone purple with magenta; a dark navy blue with gray; and a gray-black with light sheen. The second row’s shades: a soft, semi-sheer peach with a buttery feel; a peach-toned copper with a frost finish; a warm-toned golden caramel brown; a muted teal with gray-blue; and a rich, deeply pigmented burgundy-black with purple flecks.
I found all ten shades to have a soft, smooth texture and all of them had decent to great pigmentation. The only two that has slightly less pigmentation were the first shades in each of the rows–which I’d attribute more to them being softer shades overall, and thus just not appearing as pigmented as the other eight shades. It’s an interesting mix of colors, and I can definitely see several combinations just jump out at me, which is something in its favor.
It’s actually a very value-heavy palette, because each shadow is 1.75g/0.06 oz.–which is more than a single, standalone MAC eyeshadow (which is 1.5g/0.06 oz.)! If it’s cheaper than MAC, it’s pretty much going to be a better deal than most other high-end brands, too. It’s actually great to see a palette that gives you plenty of product while pricing it right.
Recommendation: Palette lovers, rejoice! Value, pigmentation, and usability combine to make this a very worthwhile palette. I personally didn’t love the packaging, but it’s such a minor point when what’s inside is so good!
Philosophy When Hope is Not Enough Hydrating Body Scrub ($30.00 for 8 oz.) is a gentle, mild exfoliator for body that’s easily used in the shower. Though many of us can use coarser scrubs like sea salt, some people find those too harsh either from personal preference or their skin just doesn’t take kindly to it. Enter Philosophy’s When Hope is Not Enough Hydrating Body Scrub! (They really need an acronym for this — WHNE, anyone?)
While I liked the Body Lotion from this line, I love the scrub much more. The major reason is the scrub holds a lot more value than the lotion, which I felt I’d run through too quickly to merit the price tag ($35). The scrub will last me anywhere from four to six months, easily, using it two to three times a week.
This scrub has gritty but tiny scrubbing particles that help exfoliate your skin without irritating it or over-exfoliating. I’d call it more of a body polish than a scrub, actually, based on the scrub’s texture.
Recommendation: If you’re into body polishes instead of coarser, grittier body scrubs, check this one out!
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Launching on September 10th, MAC’s In High Def Collection (see full collection details here) contains several hand-picked products from the existing line as well as some new products that are designed to work well in the high definition environment. There are four new shades of lipstick: Close to Real, High Def, Resolutely Red, and Sharp Focus.
Of the three I tried, none of them really jumped out at me as must-haves. High Def and Resolutely Red are flattering shades, while Close to Real may be more difficult for some to pull off (it is for me, at least!).
Recommendation: If you’re a fan of lustre finishes but have always wanted a bit more color… you might like these, because they pack a lot more pigmentation than your average lustre!
Availability: MAC Cosmetics (August 27th)