Saturday, April 26th, 2014

MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer
MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer

MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange coral [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark orange with strong, warm red undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque after applying two coats, and I didn’t have any issues with application–no streaking, bubbling, or pooling. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. NARS Libertango (LE, $19.00) is similar. Cult Nails Ay Poppy (DC, $12.00) is lighter. NARS Lal Mirchi (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Oriele Orange (LE, $16.00) is slightly redder. Guerlain Nahema (P, $23.00) is redder. China Glaze Life Preserver (LE, $7.50) is also redder, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Dayflower Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “clean plum [with a Cream finish].” It’s a cool-toned, muted berry with a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it applied easily, though the consistency was slightly thin. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is darker. Illamasqua Vice (LE, $17.00) has a rubber finish. Dior Graphic Berry (LE, $24.00) is similar. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised (LE, $20.00) is similar. China Glaze Traffic Jam (LE, $7.50) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale nude [with a Cream finish].” It’s a light, subtly warm-toned beige with a cream finish. It was a little streaky, and it wasn’t fully opaque after two coats, though it is one of the better light beige polishes I’ve tried by MAC (they seem to like this type of shade!). Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Dune (01) (LE, $32.00) is cooler-toned. Zoya Taylor (P, $9.00) is less orange. Rescue Beauty Lounge Thank You (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Style Tip (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Muscle Tone (LE, $16.00) is less warm-toned, lighter. MAC Hangin’ Loose (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

MAC Sunset Beach Blush Ombre
MAC Sunset Beach Blush Ombre

MAC Sunset Beach Blush Ombre ($30.00 for 0.49 oz.) is described as a “pink ombre into beige.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned pink with a satin-matte finish. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $29.00) is warmer. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is brighter, more shimmery. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is brighter, slightly warmer. NYX Bourgeois Pig (P, $5.00) is a touch lighter. NARS Mata Hari (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Whole Lotta Love (P, $23.50) is a touch warmer. MAC Prom Princess (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of this shade was extremely disappointing, as it was stiff and dry. To get any visible color payoff, I had to take my trusty metal spatula and scrape off layers, as the powder just wasn’t dislodging from the surface. When I went to apply it to cheeks, I had to layer the color on five times to get marginal color payoff. From there, it was difficult to blend, as it tended to stay wherever it landed initially, so it looked uneven. With a buffing brush, I was able to finagle it to resemble something not-awful, but this blush required far too much work to merit a purchase. The color wore well for eight hours, though, before it started to fade along the edges.

P.S. — Readers are reporting that they received the opposite blush than they ordered. I ordered one of each, and I received one of each, but it’s hard to say if they were technically “switched” when packed.

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

MAC Ocean City Blush Ombre
MAC Ocean City Blush Ombre

MAC Ocean City Blush Ombre ($30.00 for 0.49 oz.) is described as a “coral orange ombre into beige.” It’s a medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a satin-matte finish. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is lighter, cream. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is more muted, cream. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is lighter, pinker. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is a touch lighter, cream. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is similar–slightly more matte. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is also similar. NARS Gilda (P, $29.00) is similar. MAC Early Morning (LE, $25.00) is redder. MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is darker, more shimmery. Chanel Frivole (P, $43.00) is less red. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was fairly soft and finely-milled, and the color payoff was moderately pigmented. The color payoff was more buildable than intense, so it will show up on deeper skin tones but can be easily applied for a softer look if you are fairer. Though I tried to play with the “ombre effect,” the color always seemed to be quite orange-red. It was easy to apply, blended well and looked even on the skin, while the color lasted for almost eight hours on me.

P.S. — Readers are reporting that they received the opposite blush than they ordered. I ordered one of each, and I received one of each, but it’s hard to say if they were technically “switched” when packed.

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Monday, April 21st, 2014

MAC x Proenza Schouler Collection
MAC x Proenza Schouler Collection

The MAC x Proenza Schouler Collection will debut online on April 21st and hit stores and counters on April 24th. At this time, I’ve reviewed all of the pieces I received early, but I won’t have reviews for the Blush Ombres or the Nail Lacquers (one shade is Nocturnelle, which is permanent) until I’m able to buy them online myself. I suspect that the Blush Ombres will sell well, given that they typically do and MAC doesn’t release them often–plus both shades are new (and of course, limited edition!), so unfortunately, I might not be able to have anything helpful up before they sell out. The below list is incomplete, given there are still five products yet to be seen or tested, but for now…

Heads up!  The collection is now available at Nordstrom, Macy’s, and MAC!  As a note, it looks like the blushes are backordered/haven’t yet arrived per Nordstrom’s beauty rep, but MAC has them to order on their site. I bought the missing products and have them coming overnight, so hopefully they’ll arrive tomorrow (fingers crossed!).

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Thursday, April 10th, 2014

MAC 129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush
MAC 129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush

MAC x Proenza Schouler 129SE Powder/Blush Brush ($38.50) is a short-handled version of the 129 brush, which is typically used for blush, though it can be used with other face and cheek products as well. It’s a medium-sized brush with a flared, domed-shaped brush head. The brush head is 1.25 inches / almost 4 centimeters in length, 1.5 inches / just over 3 centimeters in width, and 3/4 of an inches / 2 centimeters in thickness. It’s moderately dense with some spring/flexibility, but it doesn’t feel floppy or feathery.

I’m not a fan of MAC’s 129 in its permanent, original form, as the bristles are noticeably scratchy against the skin. The only time I ever reach for it is if a blush is so stiff and difficult to use that I need rough, scratchy bristles to dislodge the powder, but I’ll still use something softer and gentler against the skin to actually apply the color. If you do very gentle sweeps of the brush across the cheek at an angle, it doesn’t feel too scratchy, but practically speaking, I would rather use a brush that I didn’t have to worry about scratchiness regardless of how I used it.

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Thursday, April 10th, 2014

MAC Rich Experience Pro Longwear Eyeliner
MAC Rich Experience Pro Longwear Eyeliner

MAC x Proenza Schouler Collection includes Pro Longwear Eyeliners ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) in two, permanent shades and Pro Longwear Lip Pencils ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) in two, permanent shades. I’ve reviewed all four of these previously, so you can read about the full reviews for: Pro Longwear Eyeliners and Pro Longwear Lip Pencils. This post only features photos of the pencils in the limited edition packaging, but the colors, textures, etc. are all the same. (I did re-test them, just in case!)

The Pro Longwear Eyeliner formula was disappointing to me, as they appear noticeably faded by the eight-hour mark–not the twelve hours as claimed–and they aren’t waterproof. They have a lightly creamy consistency that is fairly waxy but needs to be built up for opaque color.

Rich Experience is described as a “true brown.” It’s a dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Ice is described as a “rich black.” It’s a medium-dark black with a satin finish and neutral undertones. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Pro Longwear Lip Pencil formula wears long and hard, though they’re pretty uncomfortable to wear by themselves as they cling and feel more like shrink-wrap on the lips. Underneath lipstick, they definitely add anywhere from an hour to three hours of additional wear, depending on the shade, and they don’t seem to interfere with the way the lipstick itself feels/hydrates, so they’re a lot more comfortable to wear with lipstick or lipgloss on top. They have good color payoff and apply quite evenly.

Dynamo is described as a “bright peony.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink-coral with a matte finish. MAC Dynamo (P, $19.50) Urban Decay Streak (P, $19.00) is the closest that I could think of, but it is warmer and more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

High Energy is described as a “bright orange-red cream.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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