Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Spoiled Rich Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Spoiled Rich Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Spoiled Rich Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains four shades: Pin-Up Purple (mid-tone orchid), Spoiled Rich (rich purple), Ron Ron Run (deep navy), and Gravel (charcoal).

Pin-Up Purple is a pink lavender with a barely-there sheen. It has a frost finish, but it’s the least frosted finish I’ve seen! It feels and acts more like a satin. It had good color payoff and was fairly soft and smooth. Lancome Always Fuchsia is purpler and more metallic. bareMinerals Boudoir is brighter/bolder. bareMinerals Elixir is pinker. Urban Decay Tainted is just a touch more lavender.

Spoiled Rich is a darkened, medium purple with red undertones and a dusting of muted copper shimmer (which doesn’t translate at all to the lid). It has a frost finish, but it looks very, very matte on the lid. The pigmentation was decent, but there was some sheerness. It did need to be packed onto the lid. Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet is pinker. MAC Power Boosted is pinker and more shimmery. Urban Decay Purple Haze is similar but a true matte.

Ron Ron Run is a darkened navy blue with a dusting of navy blue micro-shimmer and a purple edge. It has a satin finish, but like Spoiled Rich, really ended up looking more matte than anything else once applied. This one was stiff, dry, and a pain to use–subpar color payoff, and it did not want to blend. theBalm Kissy, Kissy is purpler. MAC Double Feature #8 is a bit bluer.

Gravel is a darkened gray with a matte finish. It has a matte finish. This shade was very powdery and dry, which resulted in sheer color. When I applied it into my crease, it didn’t want to blend as readily as I would have expected, and it tended to look dry on the skin. MAC Heatherbelles is similar. Guerlain Les Gris #1 is also similar.

I wish Pin-Up Purple was slightly lighter or more frosted, because without either or both, it tends to just disappear next to Spoiled Rich. Just a little more lightness, and it would really pop on the inner lid against Spoiled Rich–or, if the frost was turned up, you’d see a higher reflective sheen.  Pin-Up Purple was the best-performing shade in regards to both color payoff as well as blendability, while the other three lacked (to varying degrees) pigmentation and texture.  I really did not like Ron Ron Run or Gravel.  Spoiled Rich was more workable, but the right-most two shades were stubborn and sheer.  I wore all four shades together, and there was some fading after eight hours of wear (no primer).

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Spoiled Rich

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I'm sure it doesn't come as much surprise to long-time readers that a pre-made, limited edition eyeshadow palette didn't do so hot. MAC continues to have texture and payoff problems in these pre-made palettes that just makes paying $44 for them beyond painful.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Stay Sweet Lipglass
MAC Stay Sweet Lipglass

MAC Stay Sweet Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light lavender pink.” It’s a pale, milky pink with cool undertones and a creamy finish. MAC Pink Fade is a smidgen purpler but very close. MAC Long Love Love is bluer-based and pinker. MAC The Wee Coquette is lighter. MAC Good Times is whiter, less pink. For whatever reason, MAC really likes their milky pinks!

Not surprisingly, it settles into lip lines quite a bit. It spreads and applies more evenly than other similar-colored glosses, though. The consistency is on the thicker side and is tacky, so one of the unfortunate results of that is that if you press your lips together, you’ll see a raised line of color.  I just wrapped up testing this shade about an hour ago, and it wore for three and a half hours.  This is definitely one of the better-performing variations on milky pink I’ve seen, though, so if it’s the kind of color you like, it may still be worth checking out.  It is also better layered over something more opaque, so then it will not settle as much.

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Stay Sweet

B-
This is definitely one of the better-performing variations on milky pink I've seen, though, so if it's the kind of color you like, it may still be worth checking out. It is also better layered over something more opaque, so then it will not settle as much.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Kiss & Don't Tell Lipglass
MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell Lipglass

MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright coral.” It’s a vibrant pink-coral with subtle warm undertones and a cream finish. MAC Star Quality is darker with more red in it. OCC Trollop is brighter, more opaque. MAC Viva Glam Nicki is lighter, pinker.

It has mostly opaque color coverage with some underlying translucency. The color settled somewhat into lip lines but was not particularly noticeable from a normal viewing distance. It did apply evenly and smoothly, though. Kiss & Don’t Tell was the first color I tested for today, and it wore for three hours.  The consistency was on the thicker side (but consistent with Lipglass), tacky, and neither hydrating nor drying.

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Kiss & Don't Tell

B
It did settle into lines a bit, so it doesn't look completely even sometimes (and be careful if you press your lips together a lot). I was surprised to find it only lasted three hours on me, as I usually get four hours with most glosses but especially Lipglass, since it is a tackier gloss.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Mall Madness Lipglass
MAC Mall Madness Lipglass

MAC Mall Madness Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone pink violet.” It’s a pinky-plum with gold, fuchsia, and violet micro-shimmer. MAC Dress Kimono is similar in color but has a lot less shimmer. MAC Dare to Dare is sheerer and has larger sparkle. MAC Imperial Red is a touch darker. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is sheerer and a bit purpler.

Applied, it yielded semi-opaque color coverage with a good amount of color and shimmer. The color didn’t settle into lip lines, and it went on smoothly and evenly. Lipglass has a thicker consistency that’s rather tacky, and this shade wore for just over three hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. It has really subtle shimmer, despite it seeming to have so much of it, so if you like just a little sparkle, you may like this shade a lot. There’s just enough color that it’s not a barely-there gloss, but it’s not too dark or bright. I want to call it spring-but-better. MAC Lipglasses are vanilla-scented and come with a doe-foot applicator.

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Mall Madness

B+
There's just enough color that it's not a barely-there gloss, but it's not too dark or bright. I want to call it spring-but-better.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Betty Bright Lipstick
MAC Betty Bright Lipstick

MAC Betty Bright Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light vibrant peach” with a satin finish. Peach, not so much, but pinky-coral? Yes, I see that. It’s a warm, pink-coral with a creamy, natural finish. MAC Cut a Caper is more subdued. MAC Watch Me Simmer is much darker and brighter. Lancome Chris & Tell is more orange. NYX Stella is pinker. MAC Ever Hip is more muted. Bobbi Brown Pink is darker and slightly pinker.  I think MAC Costa Chic may be a little darker and shimmery.

It delivered full, opaque color coverage, and it was creamy with enough slip to apply to the lips without pulling or dragging, but it didn’t move too much once on. Because it is a lighter cream, pressing lips together can create some demarcation to be careful not to over-apply.  It wore for four and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating (on par with my experience of satin-finished lipsticks by MAC).

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Betty Bright

A-
If you like your corals with a hint of pink, and you have found too many dark/bright corals, you may like this lighter version. There's still some brightness, but it's not as bold as some other corals by MAC.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Ronnie Red Lipstick
MAC Ronnie Red Lipstick

MAC Ronnie Red Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright red” with a matte finish. It’s a brightened pink-red with blue undertones and a modern matte finish. Dior Marilyn is a touch pinker. MAC Absolute Power is a smidgen darker. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is also a touch darker. NARS Dragon Girl is cooler-toned and more matte.

This is an incredibly long-wearing red; even by red lipstick standards. It wore six hours and was still going strong, and that was after a cup of (bedtime) tea and dinner. Ronnie Red had no plans on going anywhere any time soon! When I removed it, there was quite a bit of staining left behind and some of it persisted even into early morning. Long, long-wearing.

It was very comfortable to wear, too; not at all drying, and I didn’t feel like my lips were dehydrated after the six hours I wore it for. It is fully pigmented with opaque color coverage. I didn’t experience any bleeding or feathering while I wore it. The texture is creamy enough to enable one-stroke color payoff and maneuver across the lips without pulling or dragging, but it doesn’t have a lot of slip, so it won’t move around once you’ve applied it.  The only “downside” is that it’s a red that we’ve seen before and by MAC, to boot, in the past few months.

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Ronnie Red

A+
This is an incredibly long-wearing red; even by red lipstick standards. It wasn't drying, wore well, and didn't feather or bleed while I wore it.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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