MAC Adobe Brick & Painted Canyon Blushes

MAC Adobe Brick Blush

MAC Adobe Brick Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium red with warm, orange undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a thin, slightly drier texture that was harder to blend out on the skin. I would recommend patting loose powder over the skin first, and then applying the blush as it helped to make the blush more blendable for me. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably. Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, $37.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is more muted (85% similar). Becca Lantana (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Painted Canyon Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a smattering of gold micro-shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that blended out easily enough and wore for eight hours before fading.
Smashbox Geranium (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Savage (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is brighter (90% similar). Zoeva CR010 (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is lighter (85% similar). NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is cooler (80% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is lighter (80% 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 Powder Blush Adobe Brick
B-
Product
7
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
9
Application
3.5
Total
81%
MAC Powder Blush Painted Canyon
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%

Free for Haul Friday, Volume #338

Share any beauty goodies you may have picked up in the last week or so, or maybe what’s on your way or on your wish list for next week or month. :)

  • Haul: Cle de Peau #2 Lipgloss, Cle de Peau Golden Apricot Highlighter
  • Weekend plans: Try to take advantage of the lovely weather before it gets hot, hot, and hotter in May by going for some walks :)
  • Last feel-good movie you saw?: I hope the Intern counts!

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Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencils for Summer 2016

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners


A pro artist favorite, Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Liner’s superior, long-lasting formula will not smudge, crease, or fade until you remove it. Its innovative formula blends intense, rich color with a super-gliding texture. This versatile liner’s smooth texture effortlessly glides onto lids without skipping or tugging while delivering intense, one-swipe color that lasts all day. Perfect for creating a tight line or smudging for a shadow effect, it features shades that range from everyday neutrals to bright pastel pops.

Availability

Sephora

The Details

Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner | $21.00 | New, Permanent

  • M-92 Matte pastel purple
  • I-90 Iridescent pop purple
  • M-80 Matte plum
  • D-62 Diamond brown
  • M-60 Matte dark brown
  • S-50 Satiny taupe
  • ME-42 Metallic bronze
  • M-40 Matte pastel yellow
  • I-36 Iridescent khaki
  • I-34 Iridescent pop green
  • M-30 Matte pastel green
  • I-32 Iridescent lagoon green
  • M-26 Matte pastel blue
  • I-24 Iridescent blue with green sparkles
  • M-22 Matte majorelle blue
  • S-20 Satiny navy blue
  • M-16 Matte white
  • M-14 Matte charcoal gray
  • D-12 Diamond black
  • M-10 Matte black

Charli XCX Festival Faves | $49.00 | VIB Rouge, Limited Edition, Online Only

Instantly create intense liner looks with Charli XCX Festival Faves 4 Waterproof Eyeliners. MAKE UP FOR EVER joined forces with pop star Charli XCX, best known for chart-topping hits, such as “Boom Clap,” “Fancy” with Iggy Azalea and “I Love It” with Icona Pop. Her bold, artistic, transformative nature and energetic stage presence exemplify the creative spirit of MAKE UP FOR EVER and the Aqua XL collection. These eye pencils feature an innovative formula with an ultra-creamy glide and waterproof, rich color for fun makeup looks that last from show to show. Includes:

  • M-10 Matte black
  • I-24 Iridescent blue with green sparkles
  • M-80 Matte plum
  • M-30 Matte pastel green

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MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks (Part 1)

MAC Flat White Pro Longwear Colour Stick

MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick ($22.00 for 0.049 oz.) is supposed to be a “medium-to-full coverage” cream eyeshadow pencil that can be used “all-over” the lid or as “statement liner.” The formula is described as “long-wearing, vibrant, and impactful” as well as waterproof. They have decent to good color payoff with fairly smooth consistencies, but they aren’t the creamiest nor the most emollient, so some shades can tug (the more metallic/shimmery shades tended to be the more emollient, while some of the matte to semi-matte shades were drier) or pull on the lid or lash line. The formula is waterproof and fade/smudge-proof; I didn’t have any issues with creasing after ten hours of wear with any of them. I did, however, find them hard to apply and blend out, as they dry down almost instantly. They are pretty hard to use together, as they don’t like to blend into each other, whether you use fingertips, a brush, silicone applicator, foam applicator, damp brush, synthetic brush, natural brush, or the shadow stick itself. This is also true with an attempt to use it all over the lid as a single color; I had the best luck using some of the lighter shades as a wash of color and applying with my fingertip, which helped to keep the product a little more malleable. They are easiest to use as a base, but they have a drier texture that made powders look a little dry/chalky on top at times. They can work as a liner as well (eight to ten hours), and a few of the lighter shades I tried on my lower waterline with varying degrees of success (six to eight hours), though I am not sure if they are recommended for waterline usage (MAC should likely have that info listed when they go live on the website).

MAC Flat White Pro Longwear Colour Stick ($22.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a stark, bright white with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. The texture was a little stiff and thicker than other shades and emphasized the texture/lines of my lid. On me, it wore for a full ten hours without issue, but it was very hard to blend out on the skin. Inglot #318 (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Milk (P, $4.50) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora Daisy's My BFF (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Viseart Chroma #1 (P) is more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is more muted (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Silver Coin Pro Longwear Colour Stick ($22.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a light-medium, bright silver with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had sheer to semi-opaque color payoff after three layers. The texture had some slip, but it could have used more to apply more evenly and have some semblance of blendability. The color lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing. Viseart Boheme Dream #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Trompe L'Oeil (011) (LE, $31.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME116 Silver (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Extra Silver (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Moonshine (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Tin (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Interstellar (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Silver (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Pure Platinum (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Silver Sky (757) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Iris Eyes Pro Longwear Colour Stick ($22.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a medum, steely bluish-silver with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque to mostly opaque, buildable coverage with a lightweight, somewhat emollient texture that applied more smoothly and evenly than other shades featured in this review. The color was very slightly blendable if I worked immediately (about 10 seconds maximum to work), and once it set, it was on for ten hours without fading or creasing. MAC Bleuluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Steel (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Bright Moon (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Clinique Big Blue (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Showgirl (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Blueberry Swirl (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Showgirl (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip (DC, $19.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #3 (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick Flat White
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
10
Application
2.5
Total
79%
MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick Silver Coin
C
Product
6
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
10
Application
3
Total
73%
MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick Iris Eyes
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
86%
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