Friday, March 29th, 2013

MAC Embrace Me Lipglass
MAC Embrace Me Lipglass

MAC Embrace Me Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as “bright fuchsia.” It’s a medium fuchsia-pink with fuchsia micro-shimmer–it is a redder fuchsia compared to the lipstick. MAC Girl About Town is darker. MAC Full Speed Ahead is less fuchsia, no shimmer. I didn’t feel like anything was all that similar.

It had semi-opaque color coverage; it added a lot of color but still allowed the natural lip color to come through. If you have a redder natural lip color, I would expect this to look and “turn” redder as a result. Embrace Me applied mostly evenly though there was some minor settling into lip lines. It did have a tendency to bunch up somewhat, but it was not as noticeable as it has been in other Lipglasses (especially the lighter ones).  The consistency is on the thicker side, and it is tacky, as Lipglass is known to be. This shade wore for four hours well.

The Glossover

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Embrace Me

B+
This gloss could be more even and thinner, so it would sit better on the lip and be easier to keep even while worn.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, March 29th, 2013

MAC Embrace Me Lip Pencil
MAC Embrace Me Lip Pencil

MAC Embrace Me Lip Pencil ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “vivid pinkish fuchsia.” It’s a bold, bright fuchsia pink with a matte finish and blue undertones. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this, but if you have any ideas, I’d love to hear from you!  This shade was also launched twice previously–first in 2011 with Tour de Fabulous and then re-released with MAC for Beth Ditto.

I was able to apply this shade evenly and also with mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency wasn’t as creamy as I would like, so it did still pull and tug at the lips. It requires a lot of back and forth motions to color in the entire lip with it. MAC’s Lip Pencils can wear like iron on me–six hours or longer, no problem–but are very drying when worn alone. I find that I have to wear them underneath a lipstick or gloss to make them tolerable.

The Glossover

LE
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Embrace Me

B
MAC's Lip Pencil lacks creaminess, so it can be hard to apply evenly and smoothly (and it can be rough on lips, as it tugs and drags a lot). If you only intend to line the outer edges, then it is a lot less painful to use.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, March 29th, 2013

MAC Embrace Me Lipstick
MAC Embrace Me Lipstick

MAC Embrace Me Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as “bright fuchsia cream.” It’s a medium-dark fuchsia pink with blue undertones and a satiny finish (almost like a matte with a hint shimmer). There are a lot of shades that are similar to this–and unsurprisingly, MAC makes most of them, but Maybelline Fuchsia Flash is just a touch less blue-based and has a glossier finish but is otherwise very similar. MAC Pink Pigeon is a touch darker. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl is less bright, slightly more magenta. MAC Candy Yum Yum is brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Dear Diary is a touch bluer-based. MAC Quick Sizzle is darker, pinker.

It applied with rich, opaque color, and it was lightly creamy but less so than other recent matte lipsticks that MAC has released. It didn’t tug exactly, but it just didn’t glide on as well. I tested this shade yesterday as my last of the day, and it wore for five and a half hours well, and then a stain lingered for another hour so. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Because it does have more of a matte finish, make sure you’ve hydrated and exfoliated your lips prior to applying and wearing this shade.

The Glossover

LE
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Embrace Me

A-
Depending on how long you've been riding the MAC wave, you just may have a half dozen shades that are very similar to this.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

MAC Ablaze Lipstick
MAC Ablaze Lip Pencil

MAC Ablaze Lip Pencil ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “bright apricot.” More like a medium-dark orange with red undertones and a matte finish–can’t say I’ve seen an apricot quite this color before! MAC Temperature Rising is brighter, more orange. MAC Entertain Me is more orange. MAC Lasting Sensation is lighter–the difference is more apparent when worn. MAC What a Blast is more orange. MAC Redd is redder, slightly darker. MAC Throw Me a Line is a bit redder.

It has good color payoff in a single stroke, and it is certainly buildable and yields a fair amount of color. The problem is the texture of the lip pencils is rather dry, so it can be hard to get even, opaque color on the lips. I just find the formula drags and tugs and pulls – I feel like I have to press so hard to deposit the color. I was able to apply this one enough that it looked mostly even, but it definitely took some doing to get it there. My experience with MAC’s Lip Pencils is that they tend to be rather drying when worn alone, but they work better when used underneath another lipstick or gloss to either prolong the wear or add oomph.

The Glossover

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Ablaze

B
I just find the formula drags and tugs and pulls - I feel like I have to press so hard to deposit the color. I was able to apply this one enough that it looked mostly even, but it definitely took some doing to get it there.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3.5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

MAC Ablaze Lipstick
MAC Ablaze Lipglass

MAC Ablaze Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with red undertones and golden orange shimmer. Illamasqua Mistress is more coral. NARS Hollywoodlawn is darker, redder. MAC Eclectic Edge is less red, more shimmery. MAC Morange is more orange. MAC Caqui is similar but doesn’t have shimmer. Illamasqua Temper is brighter and has no shimmer.

This is such a lovely gloss from MAC–it had mostly opaque color coverage, but more importantly, it applied beautifully. The color went on evenly and didn’t bunch up on itself or slide around too much. It also seemed glossier than the average Lipglass. It’s a darker, deeper orange, so it doesn’t look neon, but it is still a bolder shade selection. I’m testing this shade right now, and we’re almost at the three-hour mark; based on how it’s wearing, it looks like it will last around four hours (typical of MAC Lipglass).

The Glossover

LE
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Ablaze

A-
This is such a lovely gloss from MAC--it had mostly opaque color coverage, but more importantly, it applied beautifully. It is more orange than the lipstick, though!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

MAC Ablaze Lipstick
MAC Ablaze Lipstick

MAC Ablaze Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright apricot cream.” It’s a medium-dark coral-red with a barely-there sheen (not quite a flat matte). I actually think it looks very much like MAC Lady at Play, and if there was any detectable difference, it would be that Lady at Play is ever-so-slightly lighter (and of course, it has a more luminous finish). Guerlain Nahema is pinker, more subdued, shimmery. MAC Watch Me Simmer is pinker. MAC Hibiscus is redder, darker, shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild #909D is slightly darker. MAC Toxic Tale is a smidgen darker but very similar.

It’s bold and bright but not neon–there is a lightness to it. Ablaze had rich, opaque color coverage. Though it’s technically a matte finish, it felt more like a satin or amplified creme finish–creamy without being thick or slick, so it applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t tug or pull at the lips. I tested this one first thing, and it lasted five hours well and did leave a very subtle reddish stain behind. It was, unfortunately, a bit drying but not terribly so.

The Glossover

LE
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Ablaze

A
Ablaze had fantastic color payoff, but it was slightly drying when I wore it, which was disappointing. MAC's Lady at Play is very close in color but a more hydrating formula.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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