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Friday, May 1st, 2015

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Friday, May 1st, 2015

MAC Wash & Dry Lipglasses
MAC Wash & Dry Lipglasses

MAC Domestic Diva Lipglass ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “frosty watery pink.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned pink with a lot of multi-colored, fine shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for almost five hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying. MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $15.00) is sheerer, cooler-toned. MAC Social Season (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented. MAC Astral (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Girl on Board Lipglass ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light creme nude.” It’s a very light, warm-toned beige with white pearly shimmer over a more cream-like finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered evenly but settled noticeably into lip lines. The gloss lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Softly Lit (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. NARS Spring Break (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC A Quiet Roar (LE, $15.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Hot/Cold Lipglass ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “true red.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark pinky-red with a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage (you can still see a hint of my lip freckle) that covered evenly and didn’t pull into lip lines. The gloss stayed on well for six hours, but I had very slight feathering along the upper lip line after four hours of wear, though it was comfortable and non-drying while worn. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Victoriana (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is redder, lighter. MAC Utterly Tart (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. MAC Strawberry Malt (LE, $15.00) is a touch pinker. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Laundry List Lipglass ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid orange.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark orange with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finsh. It had almost full color coverage, but this one did settle in some lip lines, unlike Hot/Cold. This shade wore for six hours on me, and it didn’t feather or bleed. The formula wasn’t hydrating, but it wasn’t drying either. Urban Decay Punch Drunk (P, $22.00) is darker. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is sheerer. MAC Morange (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Krazy Kahuna (LE, $15.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

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Domestic Diva

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Girl on Board

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Hot/Cold

A

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, May 1st, 2015

MAC x Guo Pei
MAC x Guo Pei Collection

Guo Pei, China’s most esteemed haute couturier brings her legendary elegance to M•A•C in an inspired collection of hues, merging vibrant jewel tones with lush neutrals, punctuated by deep graphite. Online and in stores later this year!

When I have more information, I’ll be sure to share! :)

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Friday, May 1st, 2015

MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powders
MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powders

MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder ($35.50 for 0.35 oz.) is a new product in the upcoming Wash & Dry collection. I wasn’t a fan of the Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows, and these aren’t winning me over, either. The texture is stiff, thin, and hardens incredibly easily; I had to jab at the pan’s surface with a metal spatula to get enough visible color for swatches. It’s this texture that is the real bane of this product, because I couldn’t get color out of this with a brush as a result. I don’t have any official descriptive information regarding the new formula, and I can only make some generalizations that it probably has the same type of technology behind it as the eyeshadows and the permanent Studio Sculpt Defining Powder. If I get more specific information, I may adjust the review (e.g. if these were intended to be ultra sheer). For now, I’m reviewing these based on the descriptions of the previously released eyeshadows and current Defining Powders and looked for these to have: “medium buildable coverage” that will “blend easily and comfortably” with a “silky and cream-like” texture.

I’m not sure if it these are limited edition or permanent (most likely limited edition), and as soon as I find out, I’ll be sure to update this post (for now, I’m marking them as limited edition).

MAC Delicates Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder ($35.50 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “neutral deep bronze with fine gold shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. In order get color payoff for a swatch, I had to scrape off a layer of product with a metal spatula. The surface hardened noticeably after using it three times (once to swatch, twice to apply to the face). The texture is very thin and stiff, which made it difficult to dislodge color from the pan. Applied, it doesn’t look bad, and it has a nice, satin-matte finish that doesn’t look flat but isn’t luminous, but unless you’re very fair, you’ll need to pack it on with five or six layers (I used eight just to get it to show up in photos). The powder that I did manage to apply lasted for seven hours before fading. It’s actually blendable once you get it on the brush, so it’s such a shame that it is pressed so firmly. Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is warmer, yellower. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Spice (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is more matte, cooler-toned. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Golden Rinse Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder ($35.50 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light brick reddish bronze with fine shimmer.” It’s a light-medium tan brown with subtle, warm undertones and a barely-there, satiny sheen. The texture felt smooth to the touch, but it was extremely stiff and firmly packed into the pan, so it was a challenge to grab pigment from the powder without scraping off layers or jabbing a rough brush against the surface. The powder itself, once loosened, has a very silky feel that is blendable and sits beautifully on the skin–but getting it on the skin is frustrating. With how firm the powder is, coverage is very sheer, but turned into a loose powder, it is more medium to full coverage depending on application. Applied, this shade wore well for seven hours on me. Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is darker. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is slightly darker. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker, matte. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is darker, matte. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

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Delicates

F

Product

4/10

Pigmentation

3.5/10

Texture

1/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Golden Rinse

F

Product

4/10

Pigmentation

3.5/10

Texture

1/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, May 1st, 2015

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: I’m waiting on some of the new Chanel products I ordered, but they’re not here yet.
  • Weekend plans: Staying in! It should be a fairly low-key weekend for us.
  • Do you like bold or understated accessories more?: I really like pops of color in accessories like earrings and scarves (which are really the only accessories I really wear regularly)!

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Sleepy time!

Friday, May 1st, 2015

MAC Technakohl Liner
MAC Wash & Dry Technakohl Liners

MAC Coin Operated Technakohl Liner ($17.50 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “metal grey with silver pearl.” It’s a warm, gray-taupe with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one pass, which was only buildable to semi-opaque coverage. It did have more creaminess to it than other Technakohls, though the texture was more wax-like than truly creamy. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Colour Matters Technakohl Liner ($17.50 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “lime.” It’s a brightened, yellowed chartreuse with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly well, though it could be creamier and more intense. It wore well for seven hours on me. This shade has been released previously. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Practice Makes Perfect Technakohl Liner ($17.50 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep blue-green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with a hint of silver sparkle over a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that didn’t build to much more coverage than that. The texture was very dry, stiff, and difficult to apply evenly. On me, it wore well for eight hours. This shade has been released before, though the version from this collection is much drier, and subsequently, worse. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Sudsy Technakohl Liner ($17.50 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “marine blue.” It’s a blackened navy blue with lighter navy blue pearl that brightens the overall color. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was fairly buildable and managed to get to mostly opaque coverage with two to three layers. The texture is a little thin and dry, so it can take some layering to get even coverage as well. Applied, it lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Wash & Dry Collection will launch online on May 14th and in-stores on May 21st.

The Glossover

LE
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Coin Operated

C-

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Colour Matters

C+

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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LE
product

Practice Makes Perfect

D-

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3/5

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