Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

MAC Brazenly Eyeshadow
MAC Brazenly Eyeshadow

MAC Nudes & Metallics Eyeshadows ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) include eight shades in total, and these are three of them. I grouped these three together as they were all in the Metallics family. This post features: Brazenly (deep metallic purple), Crimson Tryst (deep metallic dirty berry), Deep Fixation (metallic brown). I do not have Love’s Lure (heavily metallic deep red) at this time.

Brazenly is described as a is a purple-berry with a frosted finish and red undertones. It had good color payoff, and the texture was blendable and applied smoothly. There was a smidgen of dryness to it that didn’t seem to impair the overall quality, though. Jasmine Master is purpler. OCC Overlook is lighter and less berry (purpler). Urban Decay Last Call is not as dark but similar. NARS Caravaggio #2 is more violet, less berry. Le Metier de Beaute Fig is not as red but is similar. Inglot #446 is purpler but similar in finish.

Crimson Tryst is described as a “deep metallic dirty berry.” It’s a deepened red with berry hues and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was excellent, and the texture was soft and smooth. MAC Cranberry is darker, less red. Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily is redder and warmer. NARS Douce France #3 is similar in color but is matte. Inglot #450 is very similar–even a bit more metallic.

Deep Fixation is described as a “metallic brown.” It is a darkened, coppery brown with a pearly sheen. It is incredibly pigmented with a rich, smooth texture. MAC Ever Elegant is darker, browner. Guerlain Les Fauves #1 is much browner. MAC Faux Gold isn’t as coppery, slightly browner. MAC Antiqued is much browner. theBalm Racy Kacy is very similar, perhaps not quite as warm-toned. NARS California is not quite as intense but is rather close in color.

All three shades had good color payoff, while Deep Fixation was particularly intense and opaque.  There was a very slight dryness to Brazenly, and none of the three I tried felt as buttery as MAC’s best Veluxe Pearls (think Freshwater).  Each applied well on the lid with true-to-pan intensity and was blendable.  When I wore them together, they lasted for a full eight hours without fading or creasing; after nine hours, there was a hint of fading.  I’m so sad that this collection is PRO only and not easily accessible, because it’s such a solid set of products.  Some shades are more or less dupable, but they’re still shades that I could see a lot of people gravitating towards.

P.S. — The Nudes & Metallics Collection may be frustrating to find. When it launched in PRO stores on the 18th, every store I called was sold out of over half the collection already. The online launch date has been pushed to mid-June (no specific date was given). It is supposed to be for PRO only, which may mean that it is restricted to PROs only even online, but you should be able to call MAC PRO at 1-800-387-6707 and order (for anyone, PRO and non-PRO alike) per a LiveChat I did this morning.

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MAC Nudes & Metallics Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

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The three eyeshadows I tried were nicely pigmented, easy to apply and blend out on the lid, and wore well. I only wish MAC made this a full-scale release.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

MAC Bare Minimum Eyeshadow
MAC Bare Minimum Eyeshadow

MAC Nudes & Metallics Eyeshadows ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) include eight shades in total, and these are four of them. I grouped these four together as they were all in the Nudes family. This post features: Bare Minimum (sheer soft pinky nude with pearl), Body Conscious (*sheer warm mid-tone nude), Exposed (sheer neutral mid-tone nude), and Glimpse of Flesh (sheer warm pink nude).

Bare Minimum is described as a “sheer soft pinky nude with pearl [with a satin finish].” It’s a light-medium peach with a hint of pink and a satin shimmer. It has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff that’s buildable to mostly opaque coverage. bareMInerals Peace is more beige. Tarte Giant Peach is lighter. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is very similar. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is more frosted.

Body Conscious is described as a “sheer warm mid-tone nude.” It’s a medium orange-brown with a barely-there satin sheen. It had rich color payoff (as opposed to the sheer in the description), and the texture was soft and silky. MAC Indie Spirit is browner. MAC Soft Brown is darker, browner. MAC One to Watch is more golden. MAC Tete-a-tint is browner, less orange. MAC Star Myth has a much more frosted finish, but it had a similar orange/brown coloring.

Exposed is described as a “sheer neutral mid-tone nude.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, terracotta orange undertones and a satiny finish. It had incredibly rich, full color payoff (again, not sheer as described) with a soft, silky-smooth texture (that was a smidgen powdery but didn’t look that way applied). It was very easy to blend on the lid. Guerlain Turandot #2 is more plum/less brown. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 is warmer, redder. MAC Rusty is lighter (and a cream product). MAC Soft Brown is very similar, just softer. Inglot #357 is yellower and matte.

Glimpse of Flesh is described as a “sheer warm pink nude.” It is a light-medium beige-shimmered, rosy brown with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation (not sheer at all), and it was soft and smooth. Burberry Pale Nude is more beige, not quite as warm-toned. Too Faced Marzipan is lighter, more beige. MAC Soft Brown is darker, redder, and matte. L’Oreal Blinged & Brilliant is much, much frostier and more beige.

Go figure — MAC puts out eyeshadows that aren’t described as sheer that are sheer, and then they launch these four shades, which are described all as sheer, and they’re really not. They’re some of the best nude eyeshadows MAC has released in at least a year, maybe longer. Swatching and using these was a refreshing experience; I was impressed, and my hope was renewed. Of course, unlike a sheer eyeshadow that isn’t supposed to be sheer (so it never builds up in its intensity), a pigmented eyeshadow can be more readily sheered out or used sheerly simply by using less. The texture of these four are all soft enough that they can be blended out for a softer application, but if you genuinely want barely-there eyeshadows, you might look elsewhere. (Can I just vent my frustration on this? These are amazing eyeshadows except they’re more pigmented than described!)

The texture of all four were consistently impressive; soft, smooth, and silky. They blended and applied evenly and easily, and when worn together, they worked in harmony. When I tested them for wear, all four lasted eight hours with very, very minimal fading that didn’t become noticeable until the ninth hour.

P.S. — The Nudes & Metallics Collection may be frustrating to find. When it launched in PRO stores on the 18th, every store I called was sold out of over half the collection already. The online launch date has been pushed to mid-June (no specific date was given). It is supposed to be for PRO only, which may mean that it is restricted to PROs only even online, but you should be able to call MAC PRO at 1-800-387-6707 and order (for anyone, PRO and non-PRO alike) per a LiveChat I did this morning.

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MAC Nudes & Metallics Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

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These are really standout eyeshadows, relative to MAC's eyeshadow formula in general, but they're all described as sheer when they're all rather quite pigmented. So long as you'd much rather pigmented eyeshadows than the sheer, then consider these rated an A.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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Saturday, April 20th, 2013

MAC Embrace Me Eyeshadow
MAC Embrace Me Eyeshadow

MAC Embrace Me Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft pink [with a satin finish].” It’s a bold, deepened raspberry pink with a matte finish–it may be listed as a satin, but it read very matte when I applied it! MAC More Amour is more subdued, less pink. MAC Tease with Ease is cooler-toned, pinker, and satiny. MAC passionate is barely warmer–a little brighter.

Embrace Me had excellent pigmentation–it was rich, intense, and applied that way, too. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend out on the lid. It didn’t have any dryness, and it didn’t kick up a ton of excess powder or look powdery on the lid. It was nicely balanced in regards to texture (not too dry, not too soft), and it is an example of when MAC’s matte formula can shine. This shade lasted eight full hours–both with and without primer–on the lid without fading or creasing, but I did notice it would stain the lid somewhat when worn without a primer; after nine hours, there was a smidgen of fading without a primer.

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Embrace Me

A+
It was very balanced in regards to texture (not too dry, not too soft), and it is an example of when MAC's matte formula can shine.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, April 20th, 2013

MAC Silly Eyeshadow
MAC Silly Eyeshadow

MAC Silly Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “clean blue pink [with a frost finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with blue undertones and a mostly matte finish (there is no frost in sight). MAC Dynamic Duo #4 is a bit lighter (and so much sheerer/drier that they’re not easy to compare). Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #3 is similar in color but frosted. MAC for Miss Piggy looks rather similar in the pan (but it had poorer quality, so they don’t look as much alike swatched). MAC Feather Pink is slightly lighter and has a satiny finish.

It had good color payoff that was mostly opaque applied. The texture had a very slight powderiness to it when I swatched it, but it seemed to be minimized when applied–but there was some excess powder kicked up in the pan, so be gentle with your brush to avoid waste. Silly was blendable, but it did have a tendency to sheer out somewhat when blended, so the best application method would be to pat it on, and then very lightly blend along the edges only as needed to maintain the intensity. When I tested it for wear, the eyeshadow lasted seven hours before starting to fade without a primer; nine hours with a primer.

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Silly

B+
It's good overall, but it could be more blendable and less prone to fading both during application as well as during wear.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, April 20th, 2013

MAC Ablaze Eyeshadow
MAC Ablaze Eyeshadow

MAC Ablaze Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone coral [with a matte finish].” It’s a reddish-tinged, medium-dark orange with a matte finish. Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #2 is more orange. Guerlain les Fauves #3 is pinker. MAC Neo-Orange is a smidgen brighter but similar (and it was the first shade I thought it might be similar to). Make Up For Ever #5 is very similar. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #2 is satiny and a touch redder. Inglot #361 is pinker.

Ablaze had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable–but a little powdery. I recommend patting the product onto the lid to achieve the best pigmentation, and then lightly blending along the edges. This will help both the color and minimize any fall out from the powdery texture. On the lid, it doesn’t look chalky or powdery, though. Applied over bare lids, this shade lasted seven and a half hours well, and just after eight, it started to fade. Over a primer, I didn’t see any fading when I checked at eight hours.

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Ablaze

B+
I really liked how blendable this was, and it didn't sheer away to nothing when you went to blend it. It can be a little powdery, but it didn't look powdery once applied and blended on the lid.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, April 20th, 2013

MAC Heroine Eyeshadow
MAC Heroine Eyeshadow

MAC Heroine Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “bright cobalt blue [with a matte finish].” It’s a bluish-purple with cool undertones and a matte finish. Cinderella Fairy Godmother is several shades lighter. MAC Blue Orbit is more frosted. MAC Royale is deeper and darker. Urban Decay Blue Bus is pearly and purpler. NARS Self Portrait 1 #2 is somewhat similar in color. bareMinerals On the Rocks is bluer and iridescent. MAC Cobalt is brighter, slightly darker. Inglot #388 is darker.

It had so-so color payoff; it applied fairly evenly, but there was a general sheerness to the color that kept it from looking as rich applied as it did in the pan. The texture was soft, though, and it was easy to blend–and some of MAC’s recent matte eyeshadows have been more problematic in both payoff and texture. This one is somewhat buildable, and a good primer and/or white base both go a long way to improving the pigmentation, as both help the eyeshadow become more intense and to adhere better.  Without a primer, it had a tendency to look noticeably faded after six and a half hours, but over a primer, the wear was mostly intact after eight hours.

When MAC finally launched the eyeshadows on their website, this shade was quick to sell out, but Nordstrom has it on backorder and shipping on 5/4.

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Heroine

C+
This color is workable, and you have to use the right base, tools, and some patience to get it closer to color you see in the pan. This color often has issues, so it's not a surprise to see some of those problems show up in here, too.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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