MAC x Zac Posen Lipsticks

MAC Sheer Madness Lipstick

MAC Sheer Madness Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer nude [with a Lustre finish]. It’s a very light champagne beige with fine champagne and iridescent pink pearl. It seemed to add a little warmth but mostly shimmer when applied to lips. It is sheer, as you might expect a Lustre to me, so this is a shade that can look quite different from person to person. It had a light amount of slip so it didn’t tug, but the color seemed to gather and emphasize lip lines. It was gone after an hour of wear–at least it was drying (though it wasn’t moisturizing either). Bobbi Brown Pink Gold Shimmer (7) (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Daddy (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). Burberry Gold No. 217 (LE, $33.00) is more pigmented (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Darling Clementine Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright orange [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bright, medium orange with warm, orange-red undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had intense color payoff with a smooth, velvety consistency that glided across the lips without tugging. The consistency was a little clingy after an hour or so. On me, it lasted for five and a half hours and was lightly drying. NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is darker, glossier (95% similar). MAC Temper Tantrum (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Iberico (LE, $25.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Morange (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Warmed Maple (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Clementine (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Neon Orange (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D A-Go-Go (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Dangerously Red Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “blue fuchsia [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, bright, medium-dark fuchsia red with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had opaque color payoff with a creamy, smooth consistency that applied evenly and easily. This shade lasted for six hours, left behind a stain, and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Estee Lauder Jealous (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Impassioned (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Toucan (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Moxie (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Mars (P, $6.00) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). MAC To Matte with Love (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Good Kisser (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Lipstick Sheer Madness
C-
Product
6
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
4
Total
70%
MAC Lipstick Darling Clementine
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
92%
MAC Lipstick Dangerously Red
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
96%

MAC x Zac Posen Collection for Spring 2016

MAC x Zac Posen Collection for Spring 2016
MAC x Zac Posen Collection for Spring 2016


After dazzling women with his modern but timeless designs on the runway and red carpet for 13 years, New York designer Zac Posen presents his debut colour collection for MAC. From the iconic packaging to the square-handled contour and buffer brushes that boast the designer’s mark, every loving detail that Posen adorns on the female form takes on new shape for the face.

Availability

February 25th, 2016 (North America), February 2016 (International), at select MAC Locations

MAC Cosmetics

The Details

Eye Z You Eyeshadow x 6 Palette | $43.50 U.S. / $52.00 CAD | Limited Edition

  • Cozy Grey Soft white pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Phloof! Frosted off-white (Frost)
  • After Dusk Deep lilac (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Performance Art Soft lilac with multi-pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Palatable Deep frost-grey (Satin)
  • Mauve Over Soft mid-tone mauve (Veluxe Pearl)

Lipstick | $18.00 U.S. / $22.50 CAD | Limited Edition

  • Sheer Madness Sheer nude (Lustre)
  • Darling Clementine Bright orange (Matte)
  • Dangerously Red Blue fuchsia (Matte)

Powder Blus Duo | $29.00 U.S. / $34.00 CAD | Limited Edition

  • Haute Contour Matte neutral brown/pink coral with pearl

Prep + Prime Finishing Powder | $27.00 U.S. / $32.50 CAD | Limited Edition Packaging

  • Transparent Transparent pressed powder

Fluidline Pen | $23.00 U.S. / $25.50 CAD | Limited Edition Packaging

  • Retro Black Solid flat black

Brushes | Limited Edition

  • 182 Buffer ($54.00 U.S. / $64.50 CAD)
  • 168 Large Angle Contour ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CAD)

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Natasha Denona Glaze, Gray-Brown, Vintage, Calypso Blue, Electric Violet, Powder Blue, Navy Eyeshadows

Natasha Denona Navy (01V) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.08 oz.) comes in 66 shades with four distinct finishes (Matte, Duo-Chrome, Metallic, and Sparkling). According to the brand, the eyeshadow formula is supposed to have “full, rich and intense color that won’t fade out, be “long-lasting,” and smooth. The majority of the shimmery shades were very pigmented with a soft consistency that was something just right and other times a little prone to crumbling/loosening in the pan, while the mattes were smooth but quite powdery, which resulted it color that didn’t adhere to bare skin as readily. The texture of most shades is soft, blendable, and most of the shimmery shades I’ve tested applied well to bare skin. The wear was fairly consistent, but there was some variance from shade to shade (which didn’t seem related to finish). The wear has ranged from five to eight hours, depending on the shade. Primer helps with longevity, adding two to three hours to the shade’s no-primer wear time, but they seem like shorter-wearing eyeshadows compared to most powder formulas I’ve tried.

Check out my first review for more depth about the formula as well as a pricing breakdown for singles compared to palettes.

Glaze (12M) is a light-medium champagne with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that blended well and stayed on for seven hours before creasing slightly.

Gray-Brown (38M) is a medium-dark, taupe brown with cooler gray leanings but still had a warmer base paired with a frosted sheen. It had great pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft. This shade applied well, blended out nicely, and wore for seven and a half hours on me.

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Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow Glaze (12M)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
87%
Permanent
Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow Gray-Brown (38M)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
91%
Permanent
Natasha Denona Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow Vintage (49M)
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
96%
Permanent
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Anastasia Ash Brown, Pose, Rose, Victorian, Penny Eyeshadows

Anastasia Ash Brown Eyeshadow

Anastasia Ash Brown Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a muted, dark taupe-brown with warm, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had a powdery, drier consistency that made it prone to sheering out. It was harder to apply to bare skin (definitely recommend a primer!) and lasted for seven hours on its own. Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Woodie (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Obscura #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). NARS Coconut Grove (P, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Felt (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Dreamer (LE) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Saddle (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Deep Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Secret Service (P, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Tabac (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Eiffel for You (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Couture (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Yule Be Surprised (LE) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Picnic Basket (LE) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Pose Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm, brown undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was just a smidgen dusty. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Dior Blazing Gold #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Stila Garnet (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (P) is brighter (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Noir (857) (P, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Prom Night (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Burberry Dusky Mauve No. 108 (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Rose Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a denser, lightly creamy consistency that blended out easily and still retained its intensity on the lid. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #2 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Rose Gold (LE) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Unbelievable (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora All Aglow (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Hammamet (Right) (LE, $25.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Tan Lines (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Stila Golden Topaz (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Aurora (825) (LE, $32.00) is cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $45.00) is cooler (80% similar). MAC Reward Yourself (LE, $16.50) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Victorian Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pewter with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a slightly dry, dusty consistency that tended to kick up excess product. It sheered out slightly applied to the skin, but it didn’t lose too much of its coloring–it would benefit from a primer. The color faded noticeably after seven hours of wear. NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #11 (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Pear (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hello Kitty Cookie (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Greenluxe #3 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Lost Coast #1 (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Arctic Grey (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Eyeshadow Ash Brown
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
74%
Anastasia Eyeshadow Pose
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%
Anastasia Eyeshadow Rose
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
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