Monday, February 3rd, 2014

MAC Great Beyond Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Great Beyond Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Great Beyond Mineralize Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a cool-toned mix of plum, purple, and lavender. The plum is on the warmer side, but the other shades are neutral to definitely cool-toned. I thought these shades felt a lot less powdery than the other eyeshadows in the collection, but they had similar issues when worn–six hours or less of decent wear, not fully pigmented even when applied with a dampened brush. I feel like this collection isn’t a step forward in the Mineralize formula but a real regression.

Great Beyond #1 is described as a “dusky plum.” It’s a muted, plummy-brown with a frosted finish. It was semi-sheer when applied dry, semi-opaque when applied with a dampened brush. It was slightly powdery but was smoother than other shades in this collection. See comparison swatches.

Great Beyond #2 is described as a “soft mauve violet.” It’s a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned lavender purple with a frosted sheen. It was sheer when applied dry, and then the color payoff was semi-sheer when applied with a dampened brush. It wasn’t dry, but it was somewhat powdery and didn’t bind well together. I found I needed to really wet the brush to get it to apply with any visible color to the lid. I noticed this one was faster to fade as well. See comparison swatches.

Great Beyond #3 is described as a “icy white lilac.” It’s a cool-toned, pinky-lavender with a frosted finish. It had a softer, denser consistency that was a little powdery but not dry. Applied dry, it was sheer, and then applied with a dampened brush, it was more pigmented and smoother–more semi-opaque. See comparison swatches.

Great Beyond #4 is described as a “deep blue violet.” It’s a medium-dark, muted cool-toned dusty purple with a pearly sheen and subtle shimmer. It was very sheer when applied dry, and it did amp up when applied with a dampened brush, but it wasn’t as smooth. It took some layering to get decent, even color with this shade. It also faded faster than the other shades. See comparison swatches.

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Great Beyond

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7.5/10

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8/10

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8/10

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Great Beyond #1

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7.5/10

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Great Beyond #2

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6.5/10

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7/10

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Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

MAC Golden Hours Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Golden Hours Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Golden Hours Mineralize Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a warm-toned, peach and brown themed eyeshadow “quad.” It’s the size of your typical Mineralize Eyeshadow, but it is split into four sections. Overall, I found the eyeshadow to be dry, powdery, and quick to fade; everything looked more faded than it already did after application about six hours into wear.

Golden Hours #1 is described as a “copper bronze.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentationi when applied dry, mostly opaque color when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was a little dry, somewhat powdery. See comparison swatches.

Golden Hours #2 is described as a “soft golden peach.” It’s a brightened, yellowed orange with a frosted, glittery finish. This one had a rather chunky texture–more like old school Mineralize Eyeshadows than some of the newer, more finely-milled ones. It was sheer when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied wet, but still incredibly loose and chunky to work with. Highly recommend applying this before any other makeup, because the fall out during application (even with patting it on with a dampened brush) is insane. See comparison swatches.

Golden Hours #3 is described as a “pale yellow gold.” It’s a muted, light-medium gold with yellow undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It was somewhat dry but not too powdery. The color payoff was semi-sheer when applied dry, then just slightly more pigmented when applied with a dampened brush. See comparison swatches.

Golden Hours #4 is described as a “golden brown.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed brown with a golden, frosted sheen. It seemed more pigmented dry than damp, actually, with damp yielding semi-opaque color coverage, while dampened application gave it a sheerer, more uneven appearance. The texture was dry but not too powdery, like #3. See comparison swatches.

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7/10

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8/10

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7.5/10

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6.5/10

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6/10

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Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Cremesheen Glasss
MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Cremesheen Glass

For spring, MAC has six shades of Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.09 fl. oz.) in the A Fantasy of Flowers Collection due in-stores on the 6th. Three shades–Galaxy Rose, Pagoda, and Star Quality–are repromotes, while the other three–Flare of Fantasy, Nectarsweet, and Playful Petal–are new; all are limited edition. The formula is light-medium in thickness, creamy, non-sticky, and comfortable to wear, but it is a very short-wearing gloss on me (I usually get three to four hours on average with most gloss formulas) and tends to wear two hours or less. The other major downside is that each gloss contains about half as much gloss as the average gloss; MAC Lipglass contains 0.17 fl. oz. and costs less, so that’s just something to keep in mind as the containers look quite large but aren’t actually that big on the interior.

Flare for Fantasy Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone pink beige.” It’s a light-medium, muted pink-coral with fine, multi-colored shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage; added warmth, a little color, and lots of shimmer. The gloss lasted two hours on me. Revlon Pango Peach (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. MAC Dynasty at Dusk (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented, more muted. Guerlain Frizzy Mango (LE, $32.00) is darker. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $27.00) is pinker, darker. See comparison swatches.

Galaxy Rose Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone violet pink.” It’s a brightened, raspberry pink with neutral-to-warm undertones. When swatched, it seems almost cool-toned, but when applied, it reads warmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which was somewhat even but the gloss had a tendency to settle into lip lines. This shade lasted a little longer than three hours on me. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is lighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Nectarsweet Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft pink peach.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peach with peach and gold shimmer. It had sheer color payoff with most of the noticeable effect being shimmer, though it added warmth and lightness to my natural lip color. The gloss lasted a mere hour and a half on me. Urban Decay Naked (P, $20.00) is darker, slightly. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Zephyr (377) (LE, $29.50) is milkier. MAC Rich & Witty (LE, $15.00) is more pigmented. MAC Kiss Me Softly (LE, $20.00) is more muted. MAC Double Happiness (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Pagoda Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “frosted cool pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned milky pink with white shimmer. It is a milkier gloss, so it does settle into lip lines and is difficult to apply evenly. It lasted for two hours on me. MAC loves to do a cool-toned, milky pink gloss so there are plenty of iterations in the archive. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is similar. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC The Wee Coquette (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Stay Sweet (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Pink Fade (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker, less shimmery. Chanel Bagatelle (P, $29.50) is more pigmented. See comparison swatches.

Playful Petal Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “electric magenta.” It’s an iridescent, muted fuchsia pink. The underlying color is rather sheer–it will tint lips pinker unless you have a lot of natural pigmentation (then it won’t do much in the way of changing the color)–but the selling feature is the iridescent fuchsia sparkle that switches between fuchsia, lavender, and blue. It lasts for an hour on me. I didn’t have anything that I could think of that was quite like this–with the way it sparkles. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, while Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) has no similar but has a similar coloring effect on the lips. See comparison swatches.

Star Quality Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange-coral.” It’s a light-medium coral-pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and applied evenly for the most part. It lasted for almost three hours on me.  MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. NARS Viva (LE, $26.00) is more orange/brown. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches.

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8.5/10

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Galaxy Rose

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8.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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8/10

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Nectarsweet

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8.5/10

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10/10

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Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

MAC in the Meadow Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC in the Meadow Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC in the Meadow Mineralize Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a single eyeshadow with four quadrants–like a pinwheel. Long-time readers will know that I’m not a huge fan of the Mineralize Eyeshadow formula, and this iteration doesn’t do much to sway me otherwise. The texture was on the dry side across the board, and it’s a product that doesn’t wear well–I get six hours of wear in total, but I noticed some fading after five hours. If I don’t use an eyeshadow base or apply these with a damp brush, the colors instantly look faded when I’ve applied them. They’re just so prone to fading away!

In the Meadow #1 is described as an “ice shimmering white.” It’s a pale, silvery white with a frosted sheen. It had sheer color payoff when applied dry (and was quite powdery and difficult to apply to the lid), and then semi-opaque color payoff when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was somewhat powdery and chunky, so this was my least favorite texture in the “quad.” See comparison swatches.

In the Meadow #2 is described as a “pale yellow.” It’s a pale, yellow gold with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was nearly opaque, and applied with a dampened brush, it was as pigmented but smoother and less powdery. See comparison swatches.

In the Meadow #3 is described as a “golden mint.” It’s a pastel, light-medium green with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It applied semi-sheer dry, and then more semi-opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The consistency was on the drier side, so it needs to be applied over a base if used dry or else with a dampened brush. See comparison swatches.

In the Meadow #4 is described as a “dirty olive green.” It’s a murky, dirty green-tinged brown with a bronze shimmer-sheen. The texture was on the drier side, so the color payoff when applied dry was sheer and powdery. It was smoother and more pigmented when applied with a dampened brush. See comparison swatches.

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In the Meadow

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8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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4.5/5

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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6.5/10

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In the Meadow #2

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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4.5/5

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Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

MAC Chartreuse Bouquet Pigment
MAC Chartreuse Bouquet & Lily White Pigments

MAC Chartreuse Bouquet Pigment ($21.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “shimmering acid green.” It’s a brightened, yellowed chartreuse wtih a soft, frosted sheen–somewhere between pearl and frost. Applied dry, it’s semi-opaque and yellower, and applied with a dampened brush, it’s greener, brighter, and opaque. It wore well for eight hours before starting to crease. Makeup Geek Pixie Dust (P, $5.99) is warmer, yellower. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is very similar–perhaps not as bright. CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is lighter. Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is lighter, more muted. Make Up For Ever #304 (P, $20.00) is brighter, more metallic. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. MAC Double Feature #2 #1 (LE, $15.00) is yellower. MAC Lucky Green (P, $15.00) is much darker. Make Up For Ever #171 (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned–less yellow. See comparison swatches.

Lily White (2014) Pigment ($21.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “pale butter-yellow shimmer.” It’s a pale gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It was semi-opaque when applied dry, and then it was opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The color lasted well without fading until after eight hours. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is lighter. theBalm D3 (LE, $16.00) is darker. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is very similar. Make Up For Ever #101 (P, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches.

As a heads up, Lily White (2014) is nothing like the version previously released. I’ve included a side-by-side comparison swatch for reference–it reminded me of how dazzling Lily White (2007) is.

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

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Saturday, February 1st, 2014

MAC Phlox Garden Fluidline
MAC Phlox Garden Fluidline

MAC Phlox Garden Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid violet.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia plum with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color in a single stroke, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color. The consistency was creamy, easy to apply, and sets down and lasts eight hours on my lower lash line. Worth noting, however, that it did fade after eight hours, whereas I rarely see Fluidlines fade before ten to twelve hours.

Sassy Moss Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid green.” It’s a brightened, medium, slightly cool-toned green with a warmer, gold shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single stroke, but it was buildable to 90% opacity. This shade wore well for twelve hours without showing signs of fading on my lower lash line. The consistency was gel-like, creamy, and easy to apply as an eyeliner.  I also tried it as a cream eyeshadow, and it’s something that would work better as a base with shadow on top, as it can get a little dry to work with as a cream eyeshadow (sets very quickly–great for eyeliner, not as great for eyeshadow!); this latter method was more for experimentation/fun and didn’t impact the rating.  NARS Puerta del Sol (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. Sephora Collection Indulge Yourself (22) (P, $9.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Phlox Garden

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9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

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10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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