Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Makeup Tutorial: MAC In the Groove Purple Look

Here’s the tutorial on how to achieve this bold look!

You will need the following…

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Just Playing:  MAC In the Groove & Togetherness

I wanted to do something quick using the new In the Groove products for something for lip swatches (which I didn’t end up using, LOL), and this is what I ended up with.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Togetherness (lilac) eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid and pull upwards along the inner crease. Lightly blend Fresh & Easy (pink) eyeshadow on the middle of the lid with the 239.   On the outer lid, apply Togetherness (gray) eyeshadow with the 239 and blend into the crease.  Next, apply Togetherness (violet) eyeshadow into the crease with the 226.   Lightly blend Togetherness (lilac) eyeshadow on the inner tearduct and above the crease with the 239.  Blend Brule eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying #11L eyeliner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Haute & Naughty Lash mascara.

For cheeks, apply a swirl of Band of Roses blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116, then lightly pat By Candlelight mineralize skinfinish on the cheekbones.

For lips, apply I Like It Like That lipstick first, and then layer On the Scene cremesheen glass for a complementing lip.

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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

MAC Alice + Olivia Collection
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Trios

MAC In the Groove Collection: Mineralize Eyeshadow Trios

In the Groove is a HUGE collection, and if you love mineralize products, you’re in luck–because that’s the theme.  These are softer, smoother, and have a pearly/satin-y finish rather than glittery or overly shimmery.  There are only a few frosty finishes here, but overall, a lot smoother and less powdery than previous mineralize eyeshadows.

Mineralize Eye Shadow (Trio) ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • In the Groove is a neutral-warm trio of a muted saffron gold, reddish brown, and pale peach with white sheen. This is actually very lovely trio — it works together, but they’re all easy-to-wear shades that could be matched with other products, too. Pigmentation was just right. The lightest yellow-y shade reminded me of an old, long discontinued shade Jasmine.
  • Calm, Cool, & Collected is a cool-toned green trio featuring a grayish-white beige with satin sheen, neutral spring green, and darkened gray-green. The springy green shade was pretty sheer, and the darker green was a little sheer, too.
  • Togetherness is a cool-toned purple trio that includes a soft lilac with a satin sheen, blue-based violet purple with a frostier finish, and a mid-tone silver gray. The pigmentation here was even and rich throughout the trio.
  • Style Influencer is a trio of grayish-white with low-level pearl, darkened navy blue with a frosty finish, and dirty pink-brown with a satin sheen. The dirty pink was a little lacking in pigmentation. The only easily dupeable shade in this trio is the dark blue, which is a good bit like Deep Truth.
  • Blue My Mind is a trio of soft, whitish blue, blue-teal, and soft black. I found that this was the least pigmented, and it was definitely better to use it wet than dry.
  • Love to Love is a trio of soft beige with a low-level satin sheen, copper with an almost metallic sheen, and muted neutral mid-tone brown. All three shades were very smooth and pigmented. The lightest shade is similar to Vanilla or Shroom, while the coppery shade is very much like Amber Lights. The darker brown doesn’t scream a dupe, but it’s likely a bit similar to one of MAC’s many neutral browns–but the satin-y finish is different.
  • Making It Easy is a pearly trio of peach-champagne, champagne, and softened orange-brown. This is a warmer trio, and it could create a very subtle, everyday eye. The middle shade reminds me of Retrospeck, except without the glittery finish.
  • Fresh & Easy is a trio of petal pink with white sheen (similar to Pink Freeze), muted cranberry (a less pigmented version of Cranberry), and muted sky blue.
  • Soften the Mood is a trio of muted sky blue with pearly sheen, mauve-toned champagne, and mid-tone neutral brown with a soft sheen. I feel like this one is a combination of the other trios — the blue from Fresh & Easy, the champagne from Making it Easy, and the brown from Love to Love.

These are a lot more pigmented than previous launches when they’re used dry–they’re more pigmented wet, of course–but they are decent to well-pigmented dry.  They also adhere way better to lids.  I used them over NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow base, and I didn’t see the color fade within minutes like I typically do.  I also had very little fall out, which I was surprised to see (or not see, as the case may be).  I’d say the formula seems much improved–more cohesive, smoother, and user-friendly.

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