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).

The Glossover

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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.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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