Thursday, September 27th, 2012

MAC Charmed, I'm Sure Lipstick
MAC Charmed, I’m Sure Lipstick

How Many Reds Will You Need?

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) includes five shades: Charmed, I’m Sure (dark true red), Deeply Adored (deep scarlet), Love Goddess (mid-tone pink red), Pure Zen (frosted warm nude), and Scarlet Ibis (bright orange red). The latter two are repromotes.

Charmed, I’m Sure is a darkened red with a matte finish. It has subtle blue undertones and opaque color coverage. Guerlain Luxure is slightly darker, a touch browner. MAC Red Racer is brighter. MAC Russian Red is darker. MAC Runaway Red is similar, a smidgen darker. Guerlain Samsara is more blue-based. MAC Ruby Woo is more blue-based.

Deeply Adored is a medium-dark brown-toned red with mostly opaque color coverage and a modern matte finish. NARS Amsterdam is slightly browner. MAC Rocker is less brown. shu uemura Rouge Luster is less red. MAC Extended Play is similar, but it is not quite as red/bright. MAC Such Flare is similar.

Love Goddess is a brightened, pink-red with a satin finish. It has opaque color coverage and applies evenly and smoothly. This shade wore for six hours. Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining is lighter. Guerlain Girly is pinker. MAC Gesina is very similar. Chanel Emotive is lighter.

Pure Zen is a rosy beige nude with semi-opaque color coverage. This shade wore for three and a half hours. MAC Lazy Day is slightly grayer. Chanel Rose Dentelle is a bit pinker. Napoleon Paradis Havana is similar. Cle de Peau #129 is very similar, a smidgen less pale. MAC Angel is pinker.

Scarlet Ibis is a reddened orange with a natural matte finish and full color coverage. This has a matte finish. This shade wore for six hours. MAC Sail la Vie is similar. It’s a little redder compared to Givenchy Candide Tangerine. It is similar to Giorgio Armani #405 with a matte finish. Estee Lauder Wild Fire is a touch lighter. Dolce & Gabbana Sheer is similar but a touch brighter.

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free.  The matte shades in this launch are like the more recent matte launches–creamy, smooth, easy to apply, and opaque. They have a subtle sheen that wears away after an hour or so and results in a true matte finish.  I haven’t had the time yet to test all of these shades, but I plan to do so today and tomorrow and will update with wear times.  Shades like Charmed, I’m Sure and Deeply Adored tend to wear six hours or so, and they have a tendency to stain as well.   Pure Zen was slightly drying, which is typical of my experience with the Cremesheen finish.  Scarlet Ibis was neither drying nor hydrating.  Love Goddess was just a bit hydrating for a few hours.

Keep in mind, online retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Bloomingdale’s will also launch the collection online. These retailers typically launch close in time to the in-store release date (October 4th).

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MAC & Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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Four of the five shades are solid shades; Pure Zen was drying on me over time, but this is what I tend to experience with Cremesheens and I know some readers find it hydrating on the whole.

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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Friday, September 7th, 2012

MAC Yung Rapunxel Lipstick
MAC Yung Rapunxel Lipstick

Purple is a Vamp

MAC Yung Rapunxel Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep plum” with an amplified finish. It’s a dark, vampy purple with red undertones and semi-opaque color coverage. Urban Decay Apocalypse is slightly redder. MAC Fervent is purpler. MAC Smoked Purple is more opaque, so it appears darker and the red undertones are subtler. NARS Train Bleu is more opaque, slightly darker.

It’s a collaboration color with Azealia Banks for Fashion’s Night Out. I just received this yesterday afternoon, and MAC’s website is really the only place the majority of people can access it (it is available at all NYC MAC stores, however)–right now, it says out of stock, but it also says “shipping soon” and allows you to add it to your bag.  It looks a bit more like a stain, because it’s not totally opaque, but it also looks somewhat uneven.  The consistency is creamy and thin (feels a little like a glaze in that regard).  It lasted five hours, and it did stain slightly.  MAC’s lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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Yung Rapunxel

B+
I'm not keen on the unevenness of the color when applied; it's interesting to see this type of color in a slightly less intense way, but the unevenness hurts the end result.

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8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, September 6th, 2012

MAC Double Shot Lipstick
MAC Double Shot Lipstick

Plus 4 — MAC Middle Eastern Collection Adds 4 Lipsticks to Permanent Range

MAC Lipsticks ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) are getting four new and permanent shades: Double Shot (full bodied mocha cream), Mehr (dirty blue pink), Tabla (chocolate brown), and Yash (deep neutral). Mehr and Yash are repromotes from MAC + Mickey Contractor from spring 2011. They’re available online now and will be at stores/counters on September 13th (North America). PLEASE NOTE THAT MAC HAS TITLED THIS SET OF FOUR LIPSTICKS AS MIDDLE EASTERN, NOT ME. If you have problems with how they’re titling the collection, please contact them and voice your complaints–I did not come up with it! :) You can view the collection information here.

Double Shot is a subdued brown with a hint of rose and mauve. It just has the barest tinge of pink/mauve. It has an amplified finish, so the color coverage is opaque while the texture is smooth and creamy.  This shade wore for six hours.  CoverGirl Smolder is warmer, more red-orange. MAC Mocha is a smidgen more orange. MAC Kraft is browner.

Mehr is a subtly blue-toned medium pink. It has a matte finish. The color coverage is opaque, and the finish is mostly matte. The texture was soft and creamy, so it didn’t pull or tug at lips when applied. This shade wore for five and a half hours.  Tom Ford Indian Rose is darker. Chanel Paradis is shimmery, sheerer, and cooler-toned.

Tabla is an orange-toned brown with a hint of red. It has an amplified finish. This had mostly opaque color coverage, and it felt a little “wetter” than the usual amplified finish–very creamy but slicker.  This shade wore for five hours. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this, though I don’t think that means there isn’t one. MAC On the Prowl was the closest in the gallery, but it’s browner, less orange, sheerer.

Yash is a neutral peach–doesn’t read warm or cool. It has a matte finish. The color coverage is opaque, and the texture was smooth and creamy but not slick.  This shade wore for five hours. MAC Delectable is darker, more orange. MAC Peachstock is lighter, more beige. MAC Deletcable is similar, slightly darker. Cle de Peau Calliope is a smidgen darker, glossier.

MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.  The range is rather large, and things like wear time, texture, hydration, and so on depend more on the finish of the lipstick.  Ampflieds tend to be creamier, more opaque in color, while mattes tend to be more opaque, a bit drier. None of the four were drying, though I wouldn’t say any of them were really hydrating.

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MAC Double Shot, Mehr, Tabla, Yash Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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All in all, four nice shades to see added to the permanent range. They're all on the more neutral side, wearable, and apply and wear well. If you're afraid of brown, try wearing a pink or red lip liner underneath!

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, August 30th, 2012

MAC Tropical Mist Lipstick
MAC Tropical Mist Lipstick

MAC & Carine Roitfeld: Tropical Mist Lipstick

MAC Tropical Mist Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer translucent nude.” (I will also note that MAC’s website only describes it as “nude,” which is more misleading than the press release’s description.) It’s a wash of warm beige with a soft, frosted finish. It has a lustre finish. For all intents and purposes, it looks like I put lip balm on, because it looks completely colorless on my lips. As far as dupes go, any lip balm that has more of a sheen than a glossy shine would substitute.

It was hard to judge how long this worn on me, truly, because the only thing I could see visually was that lustre-like finish, kind of frosted but barely. Instead, I took a napkin and pressed my lips against this after two hours (at which point, it seemed like it was gone), and there was nothing on the napkin.  I repeated this experiment twice more – the second time, after an hour and the third time, after three hours. There was a little bit of product visible on the napkin after an hour, and again, none after three hours. The fact that color is coming off shows that it’s not 100% clear or invisible, but because your lips are not invisible or clear, they tend to “absorb” the color so it’s less noticeable on. I’m not a big fan of lustre finishes, as I tend to find them drying, and Tropical Mist was no exception, as it was somewhat drying after wearing it for six hours (back to back).

It’s sheer. It’s translucent. It’s pretty much exactly as described by MAC, except it’s nearly invisible. Sheer doesn’t mean clear, right? Translucent is the adjective more likely to suggest clear, though after reading about ten definitions across various dictionaries online, it suggests something that allows light to pass through but in a slightly diffused manner (e.g. frosted glass).  On that note, I’m going to go with this needs a wee bit more color to give it a more diffused quality but only take off one point.  Since it’s somewhat drying, it’s not something I can recommend, and I think some will be hard-pressed to shell out $16.50 for something that’s going to look virtually colorless and not hydrating. I imagine some will expect a lower grade, but remember: MAC said this was sheer and translucent, so that’s the starting point for discussion.

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Tropical Mist

B-
Since it's drying, it's not something I can recommend, and I think some will be hard-pressed to shell out $16.50 for something that's going to be colorless and not hydrating.

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7.5/10

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9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, August 2nd, 2012


MAC Cremesheen + Pearl

More Easy-to-Wear Lip Color by MAC

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl is a new collection now available online (and will hit stores on August 9th) that features eight lipsticks (all with Cremesheen finishes) and seven Cremesheen Glasses. All fifteen lip products are new, but here’s the surprising news: they’re also permanent! This post features these four lipstick shades: Pure Zen (frosted warm nude), Saigon Summer (frosted bright orange), Shanghai Spice (frosted neutral pink), and Sunny Seoul (frosted light warm pink).

Yesterday, I tested as many of the products for wear as I could fit into the day, and I will continue to test additional shades today (so you might see some updates or rating changes if anything performs significantly above/below past Cremesheens).  Cremesheen lipsticks typically wear between three and four hours on me, with some of the really dark shades lasting up to six hours (think Hang Up).  The formula is thin, barely creamy, and tends to deliver semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage. It’s supposed to be a hydrating formula, but they’re typically not drying or somewhat drying on me.  They are vanilla-scented, like other MAC lipsticks, but have no discernible taste.

Of these four, I was only able to test Shanghai Spice yesterday, which wore for four hours.  I also tested two other shades from the new launch, Coral Bliss and Pink Pearl Pop, which wore three and a half hours and three hours respectively.  My lips were lacking in hydration after I wore these three shades in a row.  All four shades applied evenly, though, so you’ll notice an increase in the pigmentation score. Watch this space for any updates, as I plan to test a couple more shades later today.

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MAC Cremesheen + Pearl: Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

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I know many readers love Cremesheen finishes--if you find these hydrating, I don't think these felt any different compared to the many other shades of Cremesheen MAC has put out. I consistently find they are less comfortable on my lips, just slightly drying, and they don't glide on as easily as other finishes.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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4/5

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Thursday, August 2nd, 2012


MAC Cremesheen + Pearl

Spring and Summer Linger into Fall

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl is a new collection now available online (and will hit stores on August 9th) that features eight lipsticks (all with Cremesheen finishes) and seven Cremesheen Glasses. All fifteen lip products are new, but here’s the surprising news: they’re also permanent! This post features these four lipstick shades: Coral Bliss (frosted light coral), Japanese Maple (frosted light beige), Peach Blossom (frosted cool nude), and Pink Pearl Pop (frosted midtonal pink).

Yesterday, I tested as many of the products for wear as I could fit into the day, and I will continue to test additional shades today (so you might see some updates or rating changes if anything performs significantly above/below past Cremesheens).  Cremesheen lipsticks typically wear between three and four hours on me, with some of the really dark shades lasting up to six hours (think Hang Up).  The formula is thin, barely creamy, and tends to deliver semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage. It’s supposed to be a hydrating formula, but they’re typically not drying or somewhat drying on me.  They are vanilla-scented, like other MAC lipsticks, but have no discernible taste.

Coral Bliss wore for three and a half hours, while Pink Pearl Pop wore for three hours.  Though not reviewed in this post, I wore Shanghai Spice as well, which lasted four hours. My lips felt a little dry after wearing these three back-to-back.  Watch this space for any updates, as I plan to test a couple more shades later today.

Here’s some food for thought: why does MAC make all of these new shades permanent? Why not make some popular limited editions permanent? These aren’t even tested on the market, though I think they’re all general enough to work as everyday shades, so I don’t think they’ll do badly. I’m just surprised by what MAC will make permanent sometimes. I can’t be the only one who thinks this way!

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MAC Cremesheen + Pearl: Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

B
I know many readers love Cremesheen finishes--if you find these hydrating, I don't think these felt any different compared to the many other shades of Cremesheen MAC has put out. I consistently find they are less comfortable on my lips, just slightly drying, and they don't glide on as easily as other finishes.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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