MAC Yellow Topaz CCB & Firebrush Bronzer

MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base

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.

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MAC Cream Colour Base Yellow Topaz
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
89%
MAC Bronzing Powder Firebrush
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%

Sneak Peek: Makeup Geek Spring 2016 Eyeshadows Photos & Swatches

Makeup Geek Hot Pants Eyeshadow
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

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MAC Vibe Tribe Lipsticks

MAC Tanarama Lipstick

MAC Tanarama Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium, pale gold with warm undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied fairly evenly, but I noticed it tended to emphasize lip lines and separate slightly near them. I could feel the texture of the shimmer particles when applying, but it wasn’t chunky or rough to apply or to wear. This shade was lightly drying but lasted for three hours. MAC You've Got It (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rory (LE, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC All I Want (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). NARS Redemption (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pure Vanity Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a lightly emollient texture that applied fairly evenly. It lasted for two hours on me and was somewhat drying. This shade has been released previously. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (95% similar). NARS Little Darling (DC, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Givenchy Beige Plumetis (103) (P, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Petulance (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Walk of Shame (DC, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Volage (227) (LE, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Romantic Breakdown (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (DC, $30.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Naked Bud (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Lust (920) (P, $7.49) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Catherine (410) (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). YSL Corail Intuitive (15) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC French Twist (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Barbara (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Real Redhead (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Raquel (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Adrienne (402) (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Dream Big (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Mimosa (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Arrowhead Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light, pinky-beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the texture was thicker and a little drier. It seemed to “crack” when I smiled, even though it wasn’t a flat, matte liquid lipstick or nearly that clingy/dry applied. The color lasted for three hours and was lightly drying. MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $17.00) is less pigmented (95% similar). Maybelline Bare All (910) (P, $7.49) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Vice (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Hot Chocolate Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a smooth, even application due to a lightly creamy texture. This shade wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. This is a repromote from a past limited edition launch. Colour Pop Stingraye (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Shiraz (P, $24.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Bite Beauty Rhubarb (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Faithfully Yours (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Till Tomorrow (DC, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Chanel Stunt (LE, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Casablanca (P, $50.00) is brighter, cooler (80% similar). Bite Beauty Pepper (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Lipstick Tanarama
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
MAC Lipstick Pure Vanity
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
77%
MAC Lipstick Arrowhead
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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