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Sunday, April 13th, 2014

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Happy Sunday!

Hope your weekend has been lovely so far! :) We’re halfway through, and I gotta tell you, it’s been busy over here! Productive, at least, but here’s hoping I can keep the productivity streak going today, too.

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

MAC Espresso Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Espresso Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Espresso Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains a copper and brown eyeshadow with a black eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” The copper eyeshadow was the least troublesome, though it wasn’t a boon of an eyeshadow, and the shade itself is one that so many brands do over and over again (MAC included!)–and they do them quite well. The eyeliner shade was stiff, dry, and a real nuisance to blend dry or wet. The brown eyeshadow as drier and stiffer, though not as tough to use as the eyeliner shade. When worn, they lasted eight hours on me.

Espresso Blend #1 is described as a “rich penny-copper.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned copper with a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff when applied dry, while the texture was a bit dry to work with. Applied damp, it was nicely pigmented and much smoother. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is less coppery. Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $5.99) is similar. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is also similar. MAC Amber Lights (P, $15.00) is slightly brighter. Guerlain Calligraphy #2 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Espresso Blend #2 is described as a “charcoal black.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned black with a satin finish. If you’ve been reading the last couple of reviews, you’ll notice that there’s a trend with the eyeliner shade: it’s very difficult to use dry, if you can manage to use it at all, as the texture is incredibly stiff and doesn’t apply with much color and is a challenge to blend. With a very damp brush, it can work with more color payoff, but the blendability is still poor. I tried using it as an eyeliner as well as an eyeshadow, but performance was the same either way. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Espresso Blend #3 is described as a “warm brown.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied dry, but the texture was difficult to work with as it didn’t want to blend–just kind of stuck where it landed and didn’t move from there. Applied with a dampened brush, it was more pigmented and slightly easier to work with, but only for the first couple of seconds. Divergent Bold Espresso (LE) is darker. Laura Mercier Rich Cocoa (P, $22.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Flora (P, $9.99) is more matte. MAC Dark Brew (P, $15.00) is slightly lighter. Dior Golden Flower #5 (LE) is a touch lighter, warmer. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is darker. LORAC Sable (P) is more matte. NARS Flowers 3 #4 (LE, $24.00) is redder in tone. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Espresso Blend

C+

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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LE
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Espresso Blend #1

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Espresso Blend #2

C-

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sunday, April 13th, 2014

MAC Ebony Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Ebony Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Ebony Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains a white and charcoal gray eyeshadow with a black eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” The eyeshadow shades were somewhat powdery when applied dry, and less so when used with a dampened brush, while the the color coverage noticeably improved with a damp application for the gray eyeshadow and eyeliner shades. The black eyeliner shade was barely-there when applied dry, and the texture was very stiff to work with, even when dampened. You really need to wet the brush to get any sort of blendability with this shade, but once it dries down, it doesn’t blend well. Worn, the colors seemed to wear well for eight hours.

Ebony Blend #1 is described as a “white frost.” It’s a neutral-to-warm-toned white with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage applied dry or damp–I really didn’t feel like damp application improved intensity, just minimized the powderiness. It’s a more basic color, so there are plenty of similar shades out there: see comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ebony Blend #2 is described as a “carbon black.” It’s a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned black with a satin finish. It was almost non-existent when applied dry, and with a fairly damp brush, it had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it was a struggle to work with due to a very stiff, dry consistency. I tried using it as an eyeliner as well as an eyeshadow, but performance was the same either way. It was only somewhat manageable once the brush was wet enough. Again, another shade we’ve seen often, so there are many alternative options to consider: see comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ebony Blend #3 is described as a “dirty blue-grey.” It’s a cool-toned, purpled gray taupe with a muted, coppery gold shimmer-sheen. It’s an interesting, complex shade with a lot going on, and what a bummer the whole trio isn’t fantastic. It was semi-sheer when applied dry, and then it was pretty full coverage when applied damp. The texture was a little powdery but blendable. Laura Mercier Twilight (LE, $24.00) is a cream product. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Smokeluxe #4 (P) is darker, grayer. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is browner. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is lighter, cream product. Giorgio Armani #4 (P, $33.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is a cream product, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Ebony Blend

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Ebony Blend #1

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Ebony Blend #2

F

Product

4/10

Pigmentation

5/10

Texture

5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sunday, April 13th, 2014

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Sunday, April 13th, 2014

MAC Apricot Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Apricot Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Apricot Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains a peach and copper eyeshadow with a brown eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” When you work with Apricot Blend dry, it can be powdery and the two eyeshadow shades had a tendency to sheer out during application very easily, so I felt like you really had to layer and pack on the eyeshadows to get them to stay. Working with them damp made the color truer-to-pan and created less fall out/excess powder. The eyeliner shade was stiff and much more difficult to use, regardless of application method. Apricot Blend wore well for eight hours before fading.

Apricot Blend #1 is described as a “champagne beige.” It’s a golden champagne with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque but more metallic. There are so many shades that are very, very similar to this, as it is a more basic shade — see comparison swatches / view dupes.

Apricot Blend #2 is described as a “dirty berry brown.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned brown with a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was very stiff and difficult to blend and had semi-opaque color coverage. Applied damp, it was easier to work with but still felt stiff, and it had more opaque pigmentation. I tried using it as an eyeliner as well as an eyeshadow, but performance was the same either way. Too Faced Soleil (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is lighter. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Anastasia Sienna (LE) is more orange, less shimmery. MAC Beautyburst (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. Guerlain Turandot #3 (LE) is darker. Guerlain Turandot #2 (LE) is a touch lighter.Guerlain Les Fauves #2 (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Apricot Blend #3 is described as a “warm coral peach.” It’s a light-medium, peachy orange with a satin finish. It had good color payoff when applied dry, and it was slightly darker and more intense when applied damp. Tarina Tarantino Trumpette (LE) is more shimmery, warmer. Kat Von D Geek (LE) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #5 (LE) is lighter, warmer. MAC Body Conscious (LE, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Apricot Blend

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Apricot Blend #1

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Apricot Blend #2

D+

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, April 12th, 2014

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