Thursday, November 1st, 2012

MAC Lavish Rose Lip Gloss Set
MAC Lavish Rose Lip Gloss Set

A Mix of Cool-Toned Glosses for the Holidays

MAC Lavish Rose Lip Gloss Set ($32.50) includes four shades: Demure (warm pink with blue pearl), Going Casual (no description), Colour Saturation (no description), and Boys Go Crazy (deep amethyst).

Each Dazzleglass contains 0.09 oz., while each Dazzleglass Creme/Cremesheen Glass contains 0.07 oz. Of all MAC’s holiday products, their lipgloss sets are one of the best in terms of value. The Dazzleglasses in the kits are larger (in quantity) than the full-sized versions. In this set, there is $29.25 worth of Dazzleglass, $34.13 worth of Cremesheen Glass, and $15.17 worth of Dazzleglass Creme, which is a total of $78.55 in lipgloss.

Demure is a pale, cool-toned milky pink with iridescent blue sparkle. It has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage and some settling into lip lines, though the sparkle distracts from that. It wore for two hours on me. MAC Pagoda is darker. MAC Going Casual is similar but doesn’t have the same kind of shimmer–a little more pigmented. MAC Cultureclash is similar.

Going Casual is pale, blue-based cotton candy pink with very subtle shimmer. It is mostly a cream finish, and it was hard to apply it evenly–it had a tendency to slide over itself and create lines. This shade is a repromote. This shade wore two hours on me. MAC Long Love Love is more opaque, lighter. MAC Snob is lighter and cooler-toned. MAC Angel is warmer.

Colour Saturation is a rich red-berry with a creamy, glossy finish. It is semi-opaque and though some settles into lip lines, it is not noticeable. This is a repromote. This shade lasted three hours on me. MAC Galaxy Rose is softer. MAC Rebel is more berry and darker. Dolce & Gabbana Vibrant is similar, a little darker. MAC Indigo Pink is shimmery. NARS Bougainville is redder.

Boys Go Crazy is a semi-opaque purple-berry with purple, violet, and blue sparkle. It was a bit of a pain to apply evenly, and as soon as I pressed my lips together, it was uneven again. This shade is a repromote. This color lasted four hours on my lips. MAC Spanking Rich is a lot lighter and sheerer. MAC Flight of Fancy is much darker, redder.

All four glosses are vanilla-scented, but the Dazzleglasses have a brush-type applicator, while the Cremesheen Glasses have a doe-foot applicator. Cremesheen is a lighter-weight, non-sticky formula, while Dazzleglasses are thicker and have a tacky texture. Dazzleglasses tend to wear longer on me as compared to Cremesheen Glasses, which is a formula that is lucky to last two hours on me (I normally get three to four with glosses!)

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MAC Lavish Rose Lip Gloss Set Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
Two of the four had noticeable problems with achieving even color, so they are less versatile (better over another lip product), and two shades were short on wear.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012

MAC Cocktail Coral Lip Gloss Set
MAC Cocktail Coral Lip Gloss Set

A Set of Warm-Toned Glosses for the Holidays

MAC Cocktail Coral Lip Gloss Set ($32.50) includes four shades: On the Scene (peach with pink and white pearl), Sublime Shine (clean yellow pink with red pearl), Geo Pink (no description), and Out for Glamour (clean yellow pink with red pearl).

Each Dazzleglass contains 0.09 oz., while each Dazzleglass Creme/Cremesheen Glass contains 0.07 oz. Of all MAC’s holiday products, their lipgloss sets are one of the best in terms of value. The Dazzleglasses in the kits are larger (in quantity) than the full-sized versions. In this set, there is $29.25 worth of Dazzleglass, $34.13 worth of Cremesheen Glass, and $15.17 worth of Dazzleglass Creme, which is a total of $78.55 in lipgloss.

On the Scene is a soft, warm, light peach with a hint of pink with semi-opaque color coverage. There is some settling into lip lines, and this shade is a repromote. This shade wore for just over an hour on me. MAC Illicit is darker. MAC Peachstock is a touch darker. NARS Odalisque is similar.

Sublime Shine is a muted tangerine orange with orange and gold sparkle. It has semi-sheer color payoff. This is also a repromote, and it lasted for two hours on me. MAC Pure Flattery is lighter. MAC Celestial Kiss is also lighter. Revlon Sunset Peach is darker.

Geo Pink is a rose-tinged orange with gold and white micro-shimmer. This is also a repromote. The color coverage is semi-opaque, and this shade wore for three hours. Chanel Calypso is more orange. MAC So Bad is similar but more vibrant.

Out for Glamour is a light-medium pink with yellow undertones and pink and silver sparkle. It is sheer with mostly sparkle, and it lasted for two and a half hours on me. MAC Sweet Bean has more shimmer/sparkle. MAC Asian Butterfly has more color. Bobbi Brown Pastel is a touch lighter.

All four glosses are vanilla-scented, but the Dazzleglasses have a brush-type applicator, while the Cremesheen Glasses have a doe-foot applicator. Cremesheen is a lighter-weight, non-sticky formula, while Dazzleglasses are thicker and have a tacky texture. Dazzleglasses tend to wear longer on me as compared to Cremesheen Glasses, which is a formula that is lucky to last two hours on me (I normally get three to four with glosses!)

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MAC Cocktail Coral Lip Gloss Set Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
All four of these wore away pretty quickly, so they're a gloss I would need to reapply very frequently compared to a lot of other glosses. The wear is really the major drawback of these!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

MAC Nicely Nude Lip Gloss Set
MAC Nicely Nude Lip Gloss Set

Four Variations on Nude Lipgloss

MAC Nicely Nude Lip Gloss Set ($32.50) includes four shades: Fashion Whim (light beige), Satin Slip (soft beige with gold pearl), Get Rich Quick (warm yellow brown), and Kiss Don’t Tell (warm chocolate creme).  Fashion Whim and Get Rich Quick are part of the permanent range.

Each Dazzleglass contains 0.09 oz., while each Dazzleglass Creme/Cremesheen Glass contains 0.07 oz. Of all MAC’s holiday products, their lipgloss sets are one of the best in terms of value. The Dazzleglasses in the kits are larger (in quantity) than the full-sized versions. In this set, there is $29.25 worth of Dazzleglass, $34.13 worth of Cremesheen Glass, and $15.17 worth of Dazzleglass Creme, which is a total of $78.55 in lipgloss.

Fashion Whim is a peach-beige with very, very fine (and sparse) shimmer. It is semi-sheer to semi-opaque. As it is a lighter color, it does settle into lip lines somewhat.  It lasted two hours on my lips. MAC Peachstock is more opaque. MAC Illicit is darker. MAC Ready or Not is a bit darker and more opaque–also creamier in finish.

Satin Slip is a warm-toned, peach-orange with gold and pink shimmer. It is semi-sheer on lips; it darkens my natural lip color and adds a fair amount of shimmer.  I really felt the grit of the sparkle in this particular shade right off the bat, which was unexpected.  It wore for three hours.  Revlon Sunset Peach is a smidgen darker. MAC Spirits-a-flyin’ doesn’t have pink shimmer.

Get Rich Quick is a rosy, medium-dark brown with pink sparkle. It has semi-sheer color coverage and lasted for four hours. Revlon Rosegold is less brown. MAC Blessedly Rich has a lot more shimmer. Bobbi Brown Beach is browner.

Kiss Don’t Tell is a medium-dark rosy brown with a cream finish. It has mostly opaque color and wore for two and a half hours. Bobbi Brown Uber Suede is a little browner and has gold shimmer. NARS More is a touch lighter (more orange-brown than rose-brown) and less glossy.

All four glosses are vanilla-scented, but the Dazzleglasses have a brush-type applicator, while the Cremesheen Glasses have a doe-foot applicator.  Cremesheen is a lighter-weight, non-sticky formula, while Dazzleglasses are thicker and have a tacky texture.  Dazzleglasses tend to wear longer on me as compared to Cremesheen Glasses, which is a formula that is lucky to last two hours on me (I normally get three to four with glosses!).

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MAC Nicely Nude Lip Gloss Set Review, Photos, Swatches

B
The longevity of this set of glosses was weak, which did bring down the overall rating noticeably. The grit of Satin Slip was unexpected, while Fashion Whim did settle into lip lines.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Illustrated Red x3 Lip Color & Bag

MAC Illustrated: Freehand, Totally Fab, Must Be Red!

MAC Illustrated Red x3 Lip Color & Bag ($39.50) includes three products plus a small makeup bag: Freehand Cremestick Liner (new and exclusive), Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme (repromote), and Must Be Red! Cremesheen Lipstick (new and exclusive).  This set is limited edition and exclusive to Nordstrom for their anniversary sale, but it is available in-store and online.

Freehand Cremestick Liner is a medium yellow-based red that’s not too blue-based. It has good color coverage. The Cremestick Liner formula is fairly creamy without being something that would slip and slide–it will stay in place on its own or help your favorite lipstick last just that much longer. When I tested Freehand on its own, it lasted for an impressive eight hours, but my lips were noticeably parched after that.

Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme is an ornage-red with pink and white sparkle. Chanel Triomphal is blue-based and darker. MAC Russian Red is more opaque and blue-based. MAC Sonoran Rain has mor gold shimmer. YSL Golden Red is comparable but the gold shimmer is larger. MAC Wonder Woman is similar. Dior Little Red Dress is also comparable. It has semi-opaque color coverage. It wore for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. There was some settling into lip lines, but the color coverage helped to hide it.

Must Be Red! Cremesheen Lipstick is a subtly yellow-toned red with barely-there gold micro-shimmer. MAC Ruffian Red is a little more orange-toned. MAC Red Racer less yellow-toned, but they are similar. CoverGirl Hot is similar but more opaque. Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood is also comparable. It’s mostly opaque, but you can still see a hint of my lip freckle peeking through. This applied more easily than a lot of other Cremesheen lipsticks–it seemed a bit creamier. It wore for six hours and was slightly drying.

Whenever MAC releases lip kits like these, it’s actually one of the few true value sets they launch. You’re getting three full-sized products for $39.50, and if they were available individually, would set you back $48.50.  This set was definitely better than the pink set, though Must Be Red! was still a little drying (not as bad as Vivid Imagination, though!).  Even though all three reds are lovely shades, they seem rather dupeable, so you may already have similar reds in your stash.

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MAC Illustrated Red x3 Lip Color & Bag Review, Photos, Swatches

A-
This set was definitely better than the pink set, though Must Be Red! was still a little drying (not as bad as Vivid Imagination, though!). Even though all three reds are lovely shades, they seem rather dupeable, so you may already have similar reds in your stash.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

MAC Pink Treat Cremestick Liner
MAC Illustrated Pink x3 Lip Color & Bag

MAC Illustrated Collection: Pink x3 Lip Color & Bag

MAC Illustrated Pink x3 Lip Color & Bag ($39.50) includes three products plus a small makeup bag: Pink Treat Cremestick Liner (part of the permanent range), Julia Dazzleglass Creme (new and exclusive), and Vivid Imagination Cremesheen Lipstick (new and exclusive).  This is a Nordstrom exclusive and is available both online and in-store now.

Pink Treat Cremestick Liner is a medium-dark neutral-cool pink. It comes in a twist-up mechanical pencil, and it contains 0.009 oz. I think Pink Treat was the first lip liner I ever bought (for sure, the first mid-range/high-end one). I don’t have that many lip pencils in my stash, so I don’t know what may or may not be dupes for this particular shade. It is significantly darker than the lipstick included in the set, though. I like Cremestick Liners, because they’re a lot more forgiving during application and when worn than other lip pencils. The only downside is, like most mechanical pencils, there isn’t a whole lot of product in ‘em, and if you use it regularly, you’ll find yourself going through it relatively quickly.  This lip liner wears about six hours on its own.

Julia Dazzleglass Creme is a rosy beige-brown with soft pink and gold shimmer. There’s not a lot to the gloss–it’s really on the sheer side and adds mostly shimmer rather than color. It seems to bring out the redness in my natural lip color. It looked and acted a lot more like a regular Dazzleglass than the Dazzleglass Cremes (which typically have more color payoff). You could easily dupe this with any sheer, shimmer-filled gloss. Here’s a whole gallery of options. When I wore this, it lasted a mere hour and there was some traveling glitter particles.

Vivid Imagination Cremesheen Lipstick is a light-medium yellow-toned pink with a creamy finish. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is darker. Bobbi Brown Orchid PInk iis lighter, less opaque. MAC Please Me is extremely similar–at most, marginally darker! It yields mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency is thin for as creamy as this looks. It does pull and tug a little bit, though not like a particularly dry, hard-to-apply lipstick, but it doesn’t glide-on. I tested the wear on this shade, and it managed four hours (which is average), but it was a bit drying.

Whenever MAC releases lip kits like these, it’s actually one of the few true value sets they launch. You’re getting three full-sized products for $39.50, and if they were available individually, would set you back $48.50.  I’m not over-the-moon about this set, unfortunately.  The best part about it is Pink Treat as far as quality goes, and if you like the design, then the bag might take the prize. (I dig it!)

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MAC Illustrated Pink x3 Lip Color & Bag Review, Photos, Swatches

B
I'm not over-the-moon about this set, unfortunately.  The best part about it is Pink Treat as far as quality goes, and if you like the design, then the bag might take the prize. (I dig it!)

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

MAC Tartan Tale Dazzleglass Cremes
Passing Fancy, Gone Romancin’, Lightly Prancing, Radiant Jewels, Soft Dazzle

MAC Tartan Tale: Dazzleglass Cremes

MAC Tartan Tale Dazzleglass Cremes ($18.00 for 0.09 oz.) feature five new and limited edition shades ranging from sheer neutrals to more opaque red. Dazzleglasses Cremes have a thicker consistency but aren’t as sticky as lipglass. I do find that they have a slightly gritty texture, which becomes more noticeable as the gloss disappears and the glittery bits are left behind. They smell like vanilla.

The shades include: Passing Fancy (bright orange coral with soft pearl), Gone Romancin’ (mid-tone lavender with multi-dimensional pearl), Lightly Prancing (light peach with gold pearl), Radiant Jewels (dark sparkly magenta), and Soft Dazzle (mid-tone peach pink with gold pearl).

Their biggest downfall is how little product you get in each tube: a measly 0.09 oz. To put that into perspective, a normal MAC Lipglass is $14.50 and contains 0.17 oz. I like Dazzleglasses for their high shine, glossy look and very dazzling shimmer, but the pitiful amount drives me batty.

  • Passing Fancy is a soft, sheer coral-nude with white shimmer. This is the least shimmer-filled of the five. I don’t know how this translates to “bright orange coral,” though. It may look it in the tube, but on the lips, not the case. Smile would be the closest permanent dupe, though it has a bit more shimmer.
  • Gone Romancin’ is a semi-opaque lilac pink with lots of light lilac and white shimmer. This one is full of shimmer! It reminds me of Negligee lipglass or a more lilac Cultured. It’s a bit pinker than Via Veneto.
  • Lightly Prancing is a semi-sheer, milky peach nude with soft gold shimmer. It is reminiscent of Sublime Shine, though less gold shimmer. The closest permanent dupe would be Bare Necessity.
  • Radiant Jewels is a semi-opaque, deep fuchsia raspberry with fuchsia shimmer. It looks very much like Creme Allure — maybe just a touch darker, but they look very, very close to me. Love Alert would be the closest permanent dupe.
  • Soft Dazzle is a semi-sheer, milky pink-nude with gold shimmer. Yes, it looks incredibly similar to Lightly Prancing–it’s just a little pink. Moth to Flame would be the closest permanent dupe –it doesn’t have as much gold sparkle.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Gone Romancin’ is fun, and I think with the amount of lilac lip fans, it’ll go over well. The others are rather similar to past or present dazzleglasses/dazzleglass cremes, though.

AVAILABILITY: Online now, October 28th in-store

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