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.

Product

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.

Product

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.

Product

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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Friday, March 29th, 2013

MAC Silly Nail Lacquer
MAC Silly Nail Lacquer

MAC Silly Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink cream.” It’s a light-medium pink with neutral undertones–it looks almost warm-toned against my skin tone–and a cream finish. MAC Vagabondage is bluer-based. MAC Saint Germain is also bluer-based. MAC Snob is warmer and slightly darker. MAC Pinkly Fresh is cooler-toned. OCC Femme has a similar coloring but has shimmer.

This was the let down of the four polishes, because it was very streaky and milky on the nail. The first coat was extremely streaky, but a second, even thicker coat did not hide the streaking entirely. It had a thick consistency, so it made getting thinner coats difficult to do and had a tendency to pool along the edges. I had to be really careful to keep my nails level so that the polish didn’t bulge on the edges. It was mostly opaque after two coats. I typically get a week of wear with MAC’s polish formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Silly

B-
This was the let down of the four polishes, because it was very streaky and milky on the nail. I felt like the bristles of the brush were really coarse/sharp and made the streaking worse.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, March 29th, 2013

MAC Silly Lip Pencil
MAC Silly Lip Pencil

MAC Silly Lip Pencil ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a medium, brightened pink with subtle cool undertones and a totally matte finish. The closest dupe I could think of was MAC Hip ‘n’ Happy, which isn’t as bright and has a much cooler undertone.

I was able to apply this shade with mostly even and opaque color, but it had such a dry, stubborn consistency that it really takes a lot of maneuvering and back-and-forth motions to get full color if you want to fill in the entire lip. It is easier to apply if you’re only looking to line around the edges of the lip. The coloring combined with the extremely matte finish gave it a slightly chalky look. MAC’s Lip Pencils will wear for hours and hours, but they’re drying and rough to wear on their own, so they do a lot better when used underneath your favorite lipstick or gloss.

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Silly

B
This might be a nice fill in color for a blue-based pink that you'd like to make warmer without totally making it a warm-toned shade.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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