MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, yellow gold with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had sheer color payoff that was somewhat buildable to semi-sheer coverage. The texture of this shade was less emollient than other Cream Colour Bases, so it had less shine and a subtle shimmered effect on the skin. I think the finish is more apparent in person than in photos, but it is a subtler effect. It lasted for seven hours on me (of the eight hours it is marketed as having). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
MAC Firebrush Bronzing Powder ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a smattering of gold micro-sparkle (it’s mostly matte, though). The texture was a little dry and chalky, where the powder seemed to clump together as it was dislodged from the surface. Applied, I didn’t notice the texture issues as much, as it applied relatively easily and blended out without too much work. It isn’t the best or most blendable bronzer, but it isn’t the worst. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, which is apparently as intended, as MAC describes their Bronzing Powder as a “powder that gives skin sheer, antural colour.” It lasted for eight hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is more shimmery, cooler, better quality (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is cooler, better quality (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Editor’s Note: MAC’s newest collection–Vibe Tribe–has generated some controversy over the last couple weeks for cultural appropriation and/or cultural insensitivity. Both Refinery29 and The Huffington Post posted earlier this week with an official statement from the brand, which stated that: “The collection, including the visuals, product lineup, and naming, is inspired by art, outdoor music festivals, and the colors of the desert. The collection has absolutely no connection to nor was it inspired by the Native American cultures.”
Outdoor festivals are rife with instances of cultural appropriation in the form and manner many dress and accessorize (one of the more egregious examples is the wearing of headdresses–something some festivals have actually banned to avoid future instances of cultural appropriation). I don’t think it’s a surprise that between the pattern on the packaging, some of the shade names, promotional imagery, and a collection name with “tribe” in it that it is making some consumers at least question the inspiration/connection. I wish MAC would consider partnering with a Native designer or artist to create a collection that could truly pay homage to that person’s culture, roots, and inspiration of their craft. They have done this in the past where we have seen the collaborator’s inspiration in the forms of shade names and packaging, so it is a disappointment that they didn’t go that route here. I hope the brand will consider doing more research into their themes going forward.
By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise Sun Designer Palette
There are two variations of By Terry’s Sun Designer Palettes ($82.00 for 0.53 oz.), which have six different shades in each. Full reviews to come
Tan & Flash Cruise
Sephora Luxurious Boot Camp Eyeshadow
Recently, there were several new shades released (and tons discontinued) of Sephora Colorful Eyeshadows ($12.00 for 0.07 oz.). When Sephora held their sale a few weeks ago, I picked up twelve shades — here’s an early look at swatches!
Spring 2016 Eyeshadows
Makeup Geek Hot Pants Eyeshadow
For spring, there are 18 new shades of Makeup Geek Eyeshadows ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) that have been added to the permanent range. Two (Casino and Sin City) were released in a palette previously. Below, please see swatches! I intend to review these as soon as I can.
Spring 2016 Eyeshadows