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Monday, March 23rd, 2015

MAC is Beauty is collection that launches March 26th now March 30th online (North America) and in select stores on April 2nd (North America) with select international stores to receive sometime in April 2015. It’s a massive collection with twelve lipsticks, sixteen fluidlines, five eyeshadows, four lipglosses, three nail lacquers, three brushes, two face powders, and an eyeliner. There are some shades and pieces that I didn’t have for you to review, and I’ll definitely do my best to buy them when the collection launches–I just can’t guarantee it since sometimes collections sell out so quickly.

Eight of the lipsticks had a Lustre finish, which is my least favorite finish MAC does from experience; I don’t have issues with it simply being a sheerer finish, I have issues with it for being drying, prone to unevenness/settling into lip lines, and being very short-wearing. It also strikes me as wholly unnecessary to launch eight of them in a single launch, as they often look similar applied (four of them are in the “warm peach/beige” family).

The Fluidline formula can be really great for wear, but they don’t always apply as nicely as you might want. I have found very thin angle brushes (263, not the 266!) and very thin eyeliner brushes work the best. The more pearly or glittery shades tend to perform less well compared to more matte/cream shades. The majority of the shades have been previously released, whether permanent as usual or as a limited edition shade in the past, but note that they’re now called “Pro Longwear Fluidline,” rather than just Fluidline. This appears similar to how MAC relaunched their Paint Pot formula (which is now called Pro Longwear Paint Pot). I couldn’t really distinguish differences between the original and “new.” At most, the updated formula might have a little more slip with some shades. If you already have the original, I don’t think it’s necessary to rush out and grab the new formula in the same shade. The sixteen shades featured in this launch will also be added to the permanent range.

The only product that really caught my eye was Blue Peep Fluidline as it is a more unusual eyeliner shade.  Make Me Gorgeous Lipstick was definitely pretty, but it’s dupable enough that it wasn’t as interesting to me.  It was good to see Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder get repromoted, but I wish the texture was better.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2015

MAC Call the Hairdresser! Lipstick
MAC Call the Hairdresser! Lipstick

Here are the remaining six shades of MAC is Beauty Lipsticks ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.). All six shades are more dupable than not, but the non-Lustre finishes performed better on the whole. There are a few repromotes here, too, so long-time MAC fans may see old favorites or long-missed limited edition shades. It was interesting to revisit past reviews and find that my experience (and even ratings!) were nearly identical, which at least says there is consistency, even if a lot of those repromotes could have been improved.

Diva-ish is described as an “intense fuchsia [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a medium-dark fuchsia pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on smoothly for the most part, but it looked like it was less forgiving of any imperfections compared to the average shade in this type of finish (just slightly). It wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Kat Von D Berlin (P, $19.00) is brighter, matte. Bobbi Brown Watermelon (P, $26.00) is warmer. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer. Guerlain Insolence (144) (LE, $35.00) is brighter, more matte. MAC Pleasurefruit (LE, $17.00) is similar. MAC Speak Louder (P, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is brighter. Guerlain Gracy (P, $51.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Me Gorgeous is described as an “intense coral pink [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium coral with a hint of pink, warm undertones, and a soft shine. It had excellent pigmentation that yielded full coverage with smooth, even color. It wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Matthew (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is darker, pinker. Estee Lauder Eccentric (P, $30.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar (P, $26.00) is warmer, more muted. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is pinker, more matte. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is pinker. Bite Beauty Centifolia (LE, $28.00) is lighter. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is a touch pinker. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is brighter. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is darker. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is more matte. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $22.00) is more matte. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is pinker. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is brighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Real Doll is described as a “light pink-lilac [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a hint of lavender and a light shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage that lasted for two hours and pulled into lip lines slightly over time. I also found it lightly drying. It looked a little streaky at times–you have to be very careful not to over-apply as it is very unforgiving if you do. This shade has been released previously. Maybelline Hibiscus Pop (715) (P, $7.49) is brighter. Maybelline Petal Pink (710) (P, $7.49) is lighter, more opaque. Tom Ford Beauty Alexander (LE, $32.00) is darker. MAC To Savour (P, $23.00) is less cool-toned, more matte. MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $22.00) is brighter. Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) (P, $36.00) is brighter, more opaque. Bite Beauty Lavender (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Be Fabulous (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Real Redhead is described as a “mauve nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a peachy-brown with a soft shine and warm undertones. It had semi-sheer coverage that added warmth and evenness to my natural lip color. It lasted for an hour and a half and was drying when worn. MAC Pure Vanity (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC French Twist (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Julia (404) (P, $36.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Caramel (P, $28.00) is warmer, darker. Burberry Gold No. 217 (LE, $33.00) is sheerer. Chanel Volage (227) (LE, $34.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $35.00) is lighter. Chanel Cheri (61) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $51.00) is more opaque, darker. Chanel Charmeuse (142) (LE, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Naked Bud (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Reel Sexy is described as a “bright coral [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a peachy-coral with a very slight hint of pink, warm undertones, and a satiny sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that could be a somewhat streaky at times. It lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating for me, but I had some color settle into lip lines over time when worn. This shade has been released previously. MAC Oxblood (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is more muted. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty First Time (09) (LE, $50.00) is darker. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is glossier, pinker. MAC Modern Wow! (LE, $16.00) is darker. Revlon Jungle Peach (LE, $7.99) is lighter. YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is lighter, glossier. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is more matte. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is a smidgen pinker, lighter. MAC Razzledazzler (P, $16.00) is darker. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Silly is described as a “bright white-pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with slight cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. It applied with opaque coverage and a lightly velvety consistency that didn’t pull or drag on the lips. The color lasted for five hours, was a smigden drying on me, and settled into lip lines to a small degree after three hours of wear. This shade has been released previously. NARS Claudia (P, $32.00) is glossier. Sephora Collection Cougar (P, $12.50) is brighter. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is glossier, cooler-toned. Bite Beauty Kumquat (LE, $24.00) is a bit brighter, lighter. MAC Steady Going (LE, $16.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about NARS!

my answer: Their regular eyeshadow range is really hit or miss–they have done beautiful eyeshadows, but a lot of them have room for improvement. The Audacious Lipstick and Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ranges are nice but get to be pricey relative to the rest of their line. I was deeply disappointed in the quality of their makeup brushes when they were redone.

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

MAC x Mia Moretti is collaboration collection that launches March 26th online (North America) and in select stores on April 2nd (North America) with select international stores to receive sometime in April 2015. I liked the concept of the lip palette, but the execution left something to be desired for a few of the shades. The Casual Colours work best as cheek colors, rather than lip colors, as they are drying when worn on the lips, but if you only intended to use them on the cheeks, they’re worth a peek. The best product is Maria Moretti Lipstick (A), which is a lovely shade of red, but it is very dupable.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2015

MAC x Philip Treacy is a collaboration collection that will release online on March 26th (North America) and be available in select stores on April 2nd (North America) with international availability sometime in April 2015 at select locations. This collection had some pretty lipsticks and gel eyeliners, but the lipsticks trended towards being more readily duped. The High-Light Powders had an incredibly soft texture that was also powdery, but more importantly, they didn’t highlight, illuminate, or otherwise give the skin radiance and flattened the skin so it looked ultra-matte and smooth (like a setting powder).  My favorite products were Royal Wink Fluidline and Blue Peep Fluidline as both performed well and were more unique shades.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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