Saturday, October 27th, 2012

MAC Sensual Peach Eye Look Bag
MAC Sensual Peach Eye Look Bag

A Bag of Holiday Tricks

MAC Sensual Peach Eye Look Bag ($46.50) contains an eyeshadow duo that features Dazzle Me (light peach with gold pearl) and Mulch (red-brown with bronze pearl). Mulch is permanent. It also includes a 275SE brush, Opulash Mascara, and Stubborn Brown (deep rich brown) eyeliner, which is also part of the permanent range. The eyeshadow duo is 0.09 oz (full-sized), Powerpoint Eye Pencil is 0.04 oz. (full-sized), Opulash Mascara is .38 oz. (full-sized). The total value of the kit is $58.50 for the cosmetics in it; this doesn’t include the value of the brush and bag.

Dazzle Me is a golden peach with a frosted sheen. It has a frost finish. The color payoff was poor–it was rather sheer–and the texture stiff. theBalm Iron Maid-in is similar. MAC Sweet & Sour is yellower. Dior Couture Gold is more orange. Urban Decay Blunt is similar.

Mulch is a warm medium-dark brown with red undertones and a bronze shimmer. It has a velvet finish. This shade is part of the permanent range, and I’m happy to report that is as lovely to work with in the duo as it is on its own. The pigmentation is excellent, and the texture is soft, finely-milled, and applies smoothly. Urban Decay Deeper is darker. Giorgio Armani #28 is not as warm. Dior Golden Savannah is lighter. MAC Electric Coil is a bit redder.

Stubborn Brown is a dark brown with a matte finish. It had pretty good payoff in a single pass, and it layered well with only two passes. It is similar to Chanel Brun-Teak and MAC Brownborder.

My biggest complaint about the set is actually that the eyeliner and mascara barely fit in the bag! You have to make sure to push the mascara down to the bottom and kind of wiggle in it, then put the pencil on top of that. I just found it odd that it would come with products that don’t fit easily into it (the way it arrives is that the items are in a plastic bag, outside of the vinyl bag). The bag itself is clear vinyl with leopard print and lace print over a bluish-aqua satin.

Dazzle Me just doesn’t work well.  The texture is stiff and difficult to work with, so it doesn’t yield much color.  It really needs to be packed on, and even then, it didn’t appear as it did in the pan.  Mulch is great; if you really like it, you can pick up for $15 in a pot and $12 in a pan.  Though I’ve done the math, the price point of this set seems high.  I think, perhaps, the mascara is not going to be the real draw here, and if you don’t use it, then you lose a lot of value there.  The bag is best for holding lipsticks, glosses, or loose eyeshadows.  It’s fairly small.

The mascara worked well for blackening and lengthening lashes, and I didn’t experience any smudging or flaking during the day. Stubborn wore well for eight hours with very minor fading.

The Glossover

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MAC Sensual Peach Eye Look Bag Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's hard to recommend something where one of four products is a total miss. While Mulch and Stubborn perform well, Dazzle Me doesn't.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, October 26th, 2012

MAC Fabulousness / Smoky Eye Palette
MAC Fabulousness / Smoky Eye Palette

Up in Smoke This Set Goes

MAC Fabulousness / Smoky Eye Palette ($39.50 for 0.14 oz.) contains five eyeshadows: Taupeless (lavender pink), Satin Taupe (taupe with silver shimmer), Love Spice (mid-tone rosy pink with pearl), Spellcaster (matte aubergine), and Black Slip (rich blackened plum with pearl).

For reference, MAC eyeshadow quads ($38.00) typically contain 0.19 to 0.20 oz. (about 0.05 oz. per eyeshadow). Last year’s holiday eyeshadow palettes contained 0.21 oz. (and retailed for $38.00). The prior year’s holiday palettes contained 0.19 oz. (and retailed for $36.00). You used to get six shades, but with this year’s design, you’re getting five.

Taupeless is a light pink with silvery-white sparkle. It has a lustre finish, so it is a bit sheerer and has lots of sparkle. I did experience a fair amount of fall out with this shade. This shade has been released before. Chanel Harmonie du Soir is a bit warmer, less sparkly. MAC Love Power is similar but less sparkly. MAC Young Venus is cooler-toned. theBalm Safe Bet Annette is slightly warmer.

Satin Taupe is a medium brown with subtle warm orange undertones and a gray-ish tinge. It doesn’t look like the permanent Satin Taupe at all. It had decent color payoff but it was a little dry. Guerlain Turandot is darker. Dior Fairy Golds is also darker.

Love Spice is a rosy-toned medium brown with a champagne shimmer-sheen. The color payoff was so-so, and the texture was a little dry. Giorgio Armani Champagne is similar but browner. Cle de Peau #207 is similar but grayer and sparkly. MAC Pink Frontier is a touch lighter. MAC Jete is darker. MAC desert is a bit grayer. MAC Earthly is grayer. Here’s a swatch of the permanent Satin Taupe.

Spellcaster is a matte, dark purple with subtle red undertones. It was dry, stiff, and was a pain-in-the-behind to blend. It’s an eyeshadow that you have to grab a lot of, place it, go back for more, place it, and then try to blend those together. Normally, I’d take some product, apply it to the middle of the area I wanted it to be, then I’d take the brush back and forth to blend it out. It just doesn’t work with the texture of this shade. NARS High Society is lighter. MAC Dynamic Duo #4 has a similar shade that was better pigmented. Urban Decay Rockstar is a little lighter and shimmery.

Black Slip is a red-toned brown with hints of burgundy and bronze shimmer. It had good pigmentation, and it was the best performer out of the five. The texture was a lot softer and more blendable. Urban Decay Rapture is lighter. Illamasqua Queen of the Night is not as frosted. MAC Winterized is grayer, less red-toned.

Taupeless had some significant fall out while I wore it, which wasn’t a total surprise, because it had a sparkly, kind of gritty/chunky texture that is common to lustres (which I rarely have good experiences with).  Satin Taupe is unrecognizable in this palette–I’m left wondering if this is even meant to be one and the same as the permanent version.  If not, they really should have named it something else.  Black Slip was the best eyeshadow, but I would say that it is a good but not great eyeshadow.   Spellcaster works really well with the rest of the colors in the palette, but it is difficult to blend and was noticeably faded after eight hours of wear, even over a primer.  I couldn’t get all of these shades to show up without a primer underneath; Black Slip and Spellcaster were the only ones that showed up decently without a primer.

The Glossover

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Fabulousness Smoky

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Not as bad as the Neutral Eye Palette, but it's not a particularly good palette. It's not where I would spend my holiday money.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, October 26th, 2012

MAC Fabulousness / Neutral Eye Palette
MAC Fabulousness / Neutral Eye Palette

Fabulous This is Not

MAC Fabulousness / Neutral Eye Palette ($39.50 for 0.14 oz.) contains five eyeshadows: Blonde Mink (grey taupe frost), Magical Mist (metallic taupe), Brun (muted blackish-brown), Enviable (cool mint green with pearl), and Smut (muted black with red shimmer). Heads up–Brun and Smut are both part of the permanent range, and Magical Mist has made its way into a couple of past holiday palettes, too.

Whew! There is not a lot of product in this palette! For reference, MAC eyeshadow quads ($38.00) typically contain 0.19 to 0.20 oz. (about 0.05 oz. per eyeshadow). Last year’s holiday eyeshadow palettes contained 0.21 oz. (and retailed for $38.00). The prior year’s holiday palettes contained 0.19 oz. (and retailed for $36.00). You used to get six shades, but with this year’s design, you’re getting five.

Blonde Mink is a sheer, cool-toned, pale white-gray with a soft, frosted finish. It is supposed to have a Lustre finish. It looks grayer in the pan, but swatched, it’s very light and looks rather white. It had a very stiff, firm texture and didn’t yield much color. NARS Vent Glace is similar. Chanel Fantasme is a little reminiscent of this color, but Fantasme is more sparkly.

Magical Mist is a medium-dark brown with copper sparkle. It’s just barely warm. This shade has a lustre finish. The color payoff was decent, but it does have some loose sparkle, so it may be prone to fall out. Urban Decay Nevermind is warmer. MAC Earthly is more cool-toned. Buxom Mutt is barely warmer.

Brun is a dark black-brown, but you wouldn’t know it based on this palette. The texture was so, so dry and stiff. The finish is satin, though Brun tends to look more matte to me. I have it in the full-size, permanent pot, and it’s a dream to work with. Even when I applied this to the eye, it wasn’t easily blended out, and I definitely had to pick up the pigment, place it, and go back for more. For a real look at Brun, check out this swatch. MAC Diamond Dove is similar. MAC Twilight Falls is more taupe. theBalm Matt Ramirez is similar.

Enviable is a smoky forest green with a very subdued quality to it, color-wise. The texture was softer and smoother than the four other shades in the palette, and the color payoff was good. NARS High Society is similar but matte, so it appears darker. Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked is greener, darker. MAC Lady Grey is warmer. Make Up For Ever #84 is darker.

Smut is a red-toned, medium-dark brown with a satin finish. Here, too, Smut is a pale imitation of the permanent version (seen here. I was able to get a little more bang out of it when applied with a brush. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is similar. MAC Legendary Black is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust Heart is similar but has no shimmer.

I had to use an eyeshadow primer to get the colors to show up in a look. When I tried to use and test them without a base, there was so little color payoff.  I had some fall out with Blonde Mink when I used it on the center of the lid, but it was not terrible.  Out of the palette, I used Enviable on the inner lid, Blonde Mink on the center of the lid, Brun on the outer lid, and Smut in the crease.  The reality of this palette is Enviable is the best shade, but on its own, it’s just a so-so shade. The other four eyeshadows are sheer, dry, and stiff–and two have some fall out during wear.  I will go ahead and say that of the three eyeshadow palettes, this one was the worst performing (this just happened to be the one that came alphabetically, so it was the first to be reviewed!).

I’m actually just really sad when it comes to MAC holiday palettes now.  There are so many options for palettes during the holidays, and I’ve already tested at least a dozen of them (reviews are still forthcoming for many) and MAC’s wouldn’t be where I’d go this year.  I’d take my money and check out brands like Bare Escentuals (the Ready palettes for the holidays are incredible!), Tarte (reader reviews have been very positive), and Too Faced–just to name some comparably priced palettes.  Not to mention, Urban Decay released three palettes recently for $36 each with more product than these.

The Glossover

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Fabulousness Neutral

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I'm actually just really sad when it comes to MAC holiday palettes now. There are so many options for palettes during the holidays, and I've already tested at least a dozen of them (reviews are still forthcoming for many) and MAC's wouldn't be where I'd go this year.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3/5

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012


MAC Fabulousness Collection for Holiday 2012 + All for Glamour, Primped Out, Hang Up the Glamour

Haute class, stylish inside and out. Elegant Eye Shadow compacts reveal a palette of five perfectly coordinated colours that blend for softly chic or deeply dramatic holiday looks. You have three choices : 5 Neutral Eyes , 5 Warm Eyes and 5 Smoky Eyes , all in our highly pigmented M∙A∙C formulas . Highlight, contour and glamorize with buildable colour intensity. The satin-tufted compact is a touch of modern romance with its demure black patent bow accent. Includes interior mirror.

Fabulousness / Warm Eyes ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Glamour Light Soft beige frost (Satin)
  • Sketch Burgundy with red shimmer (Velvet)
  • Honesty Pewtered bronze (Lustre)
  • Cognac Frosty golden bronze (Frost)
  • Retrospeck Bleached blonde (Lustre)

Fabulousness / Neutral Eyes ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Brun Muted blackish-brown (Satin)
  • Blonde Mink Grey taupe frost (Lustre)
  • Enviable Cool mint green with pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Smut Muted black with red shimmer (Velvet)
  • Magical Mist Metallic taupe (Lustre)

Fabulousness / Smoky Eyes ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Spellcaster Matte aubergine (Matte)
  • Taupeless Lavender pink (Lustre)
  • Black Slip Rich blackened plum with pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Satin Taupe Taupe with silver shimmer (Frost)
  • Love Spice Mid-tone rosy pink with pearl (Frost)

All for Glamour Face Kit / Gorgeous Bronze ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Hearts-a-flutter (Eyeshadow) Warm pink with silver pearl (Satin)
  • Romance Me (Eyeshadow) Warm plum with gold pearl (Lustre)
  • Shadowy Lady (Eyeshadow) Blackened plum (Matte)
  • Golden (Bronzing Powder) Muted golden tan-beige with shimmer
  • Barely Lit (Lipstick) Neutral pink with gold pearls (Lustre)
  • Headturner (Lipstick) Mid-tone cool cream plum (Cremesheen)

All for Glamour Touch Up Kit / Medium ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Fashion City (Sheen Supreme Lipstick) Neutral coral with pink (Sheen Supreme)
  • Medium (Blot Powder)

All for Glamour Touch Up Kit / Medium Dark ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Bare Again (Sheen Supreme Lipstick) Pinky neutral beige (Sheen Supreme)
  • Medium Dark (Blot Powder)

All for Glamour Touch Up Kit / Dark ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Can’t Resist (Sheen Supreme Lipstick) Golden purplish red (Sheen Supreme)
  • Dark (Blot Powder)

Lip Look Bag / Lavish Coral ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Kiss Me Softly (Cremesheen Glass) Soft peach with gold pearl (Cremesheen)
  • Shy Girl (Lipstick) Creamy neutral coral beige (Cremesheen)
  • Boldly Bare (Lip Pencil) Dirty red brown

Lip Look Bag / Luxurious Pink ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Call Me Gorgeous (Cremesheen Glass) Bright fuchsia with gold pearl (Cremesheen)
  • Lickable (Lipstick) Bright, clean blue pink (Cremesheen)
  • Great Catch (Lip Pencil) Bright cream fuchsia

Eye Look Bag / Sensual Peach ($46.50 U.S. / $55.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Dazzle Me (Eyeshadow) Light peach with gold pearl (Frost)
  • Mulch (Eyeshadow) Red-brown with bronze pearl (Velvet)
  • Stubborn Brown (Powerpoint Eye Pencil) Deep rich brown
  • Bad, Bad, Black Opulash Mascara Black
  • 275SE Medium Angle Shading Brush

Eye Look Bag / Decadently Pink ($46.50 U.S. / $55.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Radial Pink (Eyeshadow) Powder pink with silver sheen pearl (Frost)
  • Shadowy Lady (Eyeshadow) Blackened plum (Matte)
  • Bordeauxline (Powerpoint Eye Pencil) Soulful deep rich plum
  • Bad, Bad, Black Opulash Mascara Black
  • 275SE Medium Angle Shading Brush

Eye Look Bag / Drama Taupe ($46.50 U.S. / $55.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Filament Eyeshadow (Eyeshadow) Platinum silver (Lustre)
  • Black Tied Eyeshadow (Eyeshadow) Black with silver sparkle (Velvet)
  • Engraved (Powerpoint Eye Pencil) Rich black
  • Bad, Bad, Black Opulash Mascara Black
  • 275SE Medium Angle Shading Brush

Perfectly Plush Brush Kit / Mineralize ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • 187SE Duo Fibre Face Brush
  • 130SE Short Duo Fibre Brush
  • 282SE Duo Fibre Shader Brush
  • 286SE Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush

Perfectly Plush Brush Kit / Essential ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • 129SE Powder/Blush Brush
  • 190SE Foundation Brush
  • 275SE Medium Angled Shading Brush
  • 226SE Small Tapered Blending Brush
  • 266SE Small Angle Brush

Perfectly Plush Brush Kit / Advanced ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • 167SE Face Blender Brush
  • 168SE Large Angled Contour Brush
  • 217SE Blending Brush
  • 239SE Eye Shader Brush
  • 212SE Flat Definer Brush

Hanging Travel Bag ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Pack all your M∙A∙C makeup and brushes in one M·A·C Hanging Travel Bag and you’re off for the holidays in chic style. Exterior is satin
covered in an exotic leopard-print plastic. Interior is lined with satin covered in lace-print plastic. Features a hook hanger and black ribbon tie; unfolds to reveal three zippered pockets and two small pockets with snap closures . 12’’ x 18’’ open. (M∙A∙C stores only.)

Divine Desire / Paramour Pink ($70.00 U.S. / $85.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Divine Desire (Blush) Bright pink
  • Heart to Heart (Lipstick) Mid-tone yellow pink (Cremesheen)
  • Warm Embrace (Lipglass) Cool rosy pink with pearl (Frost)
  • Purple Dash (Technakohl Liner) Intense aubergine
  • 129SE Powder/Blush Brush

Divine Desire / Quite Coral ($70.00 U.S. / $85.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Born to Love (Blush) Coral
  • In a Heartbeat (Lipstick) Pale clean coral (Cremesheen)
  • Pure Flattery (Lipglass) Soft coral cream (Frost)
  • Photogravure (Technakohl Liner) Deep chocolate brown
  • 129SE Powder/Blush Brush

Sinfully Chic Face Kit ($70.00 U.S. / $85.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Pursue Your Passion (Blush) Warm bronze
  • Out to Please (Lipstick) Neutral nude cream (Lustre)
  • Be Nice (Lipglass) Shimmery light gold with gold pearl (Frost)
  • Graphblack (Technakohl Liner) Rich graphic black
  • 129SE Powder/Blush Brush

Availability: October 23rd, 2012 online (North America), October 25th, 2012 (North America in-store), November 2012 (International) at MAC Cosmetics

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