Saturday, December 18th, 2010

MAC Feline Kohl Power
MAC Feline Kohl Power

MAC Cham-Pale: Feline Kohl Power

MAC Feline Kohl Power ($14.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich black,” and though it is limited edition (yet again!), it has been out several times previously–so you may already have it (or perhaps you simply want a backup). I think the last time it came out, I purchased two or three backups myself!

Feline is such a rich, deep dark black with a smooth, slightly creamy consistency that glides on effortlessly and intensely, because the pigmentation is excellent, too. It’s smudge-able if you so desire, but it wears for three to four hours on my waterline (impressive for me) and all day on my lash line or lid.

I would compare it to Urban Decay’s Perversion (which is not yet available by itself) in terms of the richness in blackness.

MAC Cham-Pale Collection is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North American, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th. It features color products as well as a few skincare items.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 5/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For an ultra black eyeliner, I think Feline is one of the best I’ve come across (and one of the blackest, if not the blackest!).

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics on December 26th (U.S. stores), January 2011 (International)

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Saturday, December 18th, 2010

MAC Very Important Platinum Nail Lacquer
MAC Very Important Platinum Nail Lacquer

MAC Cham-Pale: Very Important Platinum Nail Lacquer

MAC Very Important Platinum Nail Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a a metallic pewter with silver micro-shimmer strewn it. It has a frost finish, and MAC officially describes it as a “dirty platinum.”  Like Soiree, I found the finish to be much more metallic than that of a typical frost, and it has the brush strokes to prove it!  Shown here with two coats, I found it impossible not to have far too many brush strokes messing up the overall look of the polish.  I was disappointed in the consistency, too, which was thick and gloppy.  The color is gorgeous (I love pewter anything!), but the formula itself is one of MAC’s worst in the past couple years–and I like MAC’s lacquers in general.

MAC Cham-Pale is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North American, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th. It features color products as well as a few skincare items.

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  • Product: 21/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 3/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Only if you have the patience of a saint!

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics on December 26th (U.S. stores), January 2011 (International)

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Saturday, December 18th, 2010

MAC Soiree Nail Lacquer
MAC Soiree Nail Lacquer

MAC Cham-Pale: Soiree Nail Lacquer

MAC Soiree Nail Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a is a bright, light bronze metallic-frost with flecks of copper shimmer-glitter. It has a frost finish, and MAC officially describes it as a “sparkly light bronze gold.”  While it’s a frost finish, it is also a bit metallic.  This is really pigmented–swatches are shown with just one coat–and really easy to work with.  It dries down quicker than most MAC polishes.  It initially reminded me of Dior’s Timeless Gold, but it’s nowhere near it–warmer, darker, bronzer.  Zoya’s Austine is the closest dupe I could come up with, but the finish is quite different, and Soiree is darker.

MAC Cham-Pale is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North American, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th. It features color products as well as a few skincare items.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: This was so easy to work with, and the pigmentation was incredible. Very festive, too!

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics on December 26th (U.S. stores), January 2011 (International)

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Saturday, December 18th, 2010


MAC Cham-Pale Collection

MAC Cham-Pale Collection… It’s coming!

I’ve spent the past several hours photographing, swatching, cropping, and now begins the process of reviewing.  Stay tuned–am trying to get through all of the reviews today.  I will review Stylishly Yours separately, and those reviews will not be available until Sunday or Monday, depending on how much I’m able to get done today.

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

MAC Cham-Pale Collection

MAC Cham-Pale Collection

U.S. Launch Date: December 26th, 2010

Only the finest will do for a M∙A∙C toast to the New Year! Cham Pale is a cuvée colour collection that’s cause for celebration – a Champagne smash, shimmering with all the bubbly optimism and golden glow of the best that’s yet to be, in Eye Shadow, from Brule to Et tu, Bouquet?; Paint Pots in Chilled on Ice and Let Me Pop, Lipstick in four shades, especially Quiet Please, and Flustered; Lipgelée from Bubble Lounge to Straight to the Head; two Chromagraphic Pencils (NC15/NW20 and NW25/NC30); Eye Kohl in I Get No Kick; Kohl Power in Feline; Nail Lacquer we call Very Important Platinum!; Studio Fix Mascara, and new Special Reserve Highlight Powder in four shades ending perfectly elegantly in everyone’s favourite: Rosé Olé. All, for every skin tone. To us!

Special Reserve Highlighter Powder ($28.00 U.S. / $33.50 CDN)

  • Chez Chez Lame Soft gold with silver shimmer (Limited Edition)
  • Rose Ole Soft pink with gold shimmer (Limited Edition)

Eye Kohl ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • I Get No Kick Metallic nude (Limited Edition)

Kohl Power ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Feline Rich black (Limited Edition, Repromote)

Chromagraphic Pencil ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • NC15/NW20 NC15 (Permanent at PRO)
  • NW25/NC30 NC25 (Permanent at PRO)

Paint Pot ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN)

  • Chilled on Ice Frosted white gold (Limited Edition)
  • Let Me Pop Frosted light copper (Limited Edition)
  • Vintage Selection Frosted dirty peach (Limited Edition)
  • Dangerous Cuvee Frosted cool grey (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • Soiree Sparkly light bronze gold (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Very Important Platinum Dirty platinum (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Tanarama Pale beige with golden shimmer (Frost) (Permanent)
  • Quiet, Please Frosted pink champagne (Lustre) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Red She Said, ’08)
  • Flustered Frosted pale bronze (Frost) (Permanent)
  • Gel Sheer metallic beige (Frost) (Permanent)

Lipgelee ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Bubble Lounge Sparkly pink peach (Frost)
  • Sin-tillation Sparkly pale icy pink (Frost)
  • Straight to the Head Sparkly bronze brown (Frost)
  • Luxure Off-white with pink pearl (Frost)

Caviar Dreams Eyeshadow Quad ($36.00 U.S. / $43.00 CDN)

  • Brule Soft creamy beige (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Et tu, Bouquet? Frosted pale pink (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from A Rose Romance, ’09)
  • Caviar Dreams Dirty frosted pewter (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Retrospeck Beached blonde (Lustre) (Permanent)

Studio Fix Lash ($14.00 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Black Fix Black (Permanent)

Complete Comfort Creme ($32.00 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Permanent in U.S., Limited Edition in Asia)

Calms and soothes irritated skin immediately and over time and relieves sensitive skin while diminishing the appearance of redness, irritation and blotchiness. Over time, the gentle, soothing formula helps reduce the appearance of broken capillaries and helps even out skin tone. It contains algae extracts that visibly reduce redness and blotchiness on the skin, both immediately and over time. Kukui nut oil provides moisturization and emollience, while kola seed extract acts as an anti-irritant to help soothe irritated skin. It contains wheat germ and barley extracts that help strengthen the skin’s natural lipid barrier over time. It moisturizes and softens the skin immediately and over time and improves skin tone over time.

Fix+ Lavender ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Lip Conditioner SPF 15 + Lavender ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 + Lavender ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Calm Mode Light neutral beige (Limited Edition)

Availability: December 26th, 2010 at all North American MAC locations. January 2011 at all international MAC locations.

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