Saturday, March 21st, 2015

MAC Blacktrack Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Blacktrack Pro Longwear Fluidline

Here are the other shades of MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) that I received and have finished testing. I really can’t tell if the formula is really different between the original Fluidlines and the Pro Longwear Fluidlines. At most, they seem a little more emollient/thinner with a longer drying time (but not long), but it’s such a subtle difference that it could just be that my original version is also older (and could therefore have dried out slightly over time).

Ivy is described as a “fresh leaf green.” It’s a muted, emerald green with a pearly sheen. It is more slippery and tends to sheer out when applied; it takes some layering, but you really have to wait for it to fully dry down before adding another layer of product. This shade wore well for ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Lowlights is described as a “deep deep brown.” It’s a deep, subtly cool-toned brown with a mostly matte finish (not as flat of a matte finish as Blacktrack). It had semi-opaque coverage in one pass when I tested it on my lower lash line, and it lasted for ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Macroviolet is described as a “sparkly purple.” It’s a lightly brightened eggplant purple with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation and wasn’t too slippery. This shade stayed put for ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Siahi is described as a “deep ocean blue.” It’s a muted, blue with a hint of green and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single stroke that was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage, but it tended to look faded, even when built up. The version here is more muted, less shimmery/more blue-leaning than my prior version. It lasted for ten hours–this formula just doesn’t budge on me. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Silverstroke is described as a “silver.” It’s a brightened silver with a metallic sheen. It had a more emollient consistency that resulted in sheer pigmentation. It was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage with two layers. Once in place and dry, it lasted for ten hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Please note, Royal Wink is a limited edition shade that’s part of the collaboration with Philip Treacy, but for the sake of minimizing posts during the MAC madness, I’ve included it here!

Royal Wink is described as a “bright ink blue.” It’s a bold, brightened cobalt blue with a satin finish. It had rich color payoff but had a slightly more emollient consistency so you have to be careful not to go back and forth, as it will sheer out if you do so–it goes on fairly evenly with more opaque coverage in one stroke. It wore well for ten hours on me. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, March 20th, 2015

MAC Pro Longwear Fluidlines
MAC Pro Longwear Fluidlines

MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is set to add sixteen shades to the existing range of Fluidlines. It seems like this is similar to when MAC redid the Paint Pot range by adding “Pro Longwear” to the name and determined a new set of permanent shades to be available (primarily pulling from long-time favorites and past limited edition releases). I couldn’t really determine too many differences between these and my experience with the regular Fluidline formula; at most, some of these seemed to have more slip and a longer dry-down time (though not long). Once dry, they lasted until I took them off (ten hours) regardless of whether I used them as an eyeliner or as a cream eyeshadow, though they are designed as a gel eyeliner (I just happened to try a few on Wednesday as eyeshadows to pair with Bouffant eyeshadow from the collection!).

Blacktrack is described as a “solid flat black.” It’s a deep black with a matte finish. It dries to a really flat, matte finish in about thirty seconds and stayed put for ten hours as an eyeliner. It had mostly opaque coverage but is best applied in short strokes for maximum coverage. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blitz & Glitz is described as a “intense black with gold pearl.” It’s a deepened black with warm undertones and fine gold shimmer. It had opaque coverage in a single stroke when I tested it on my lower lash line (I used MAC’s 263 to apply). This shade wore well for a full ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blue Peep is described as a “turquoise blue.” It’s a brightened, muted, medium blue with almost “warm” undertones–there’s a teal vibe, but it is bluer than green. It had an ultra matte finish. The liner went only with mostly opaque coverage in one pass and lasted for the full ten hours I wore it for. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Brassy is described as a “brassy gold.” It’s a brightened, golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, but it had more slip than a lot of the other shades, so it applied better in short strokes and layered after it sets slightly. Once on, the color stayed put for ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Copperthorn is described as a “copper bronze.” It’s a medium-dark copper brown with chunky gold and copper sparkle/glitter. It’s extremely chunky and sparkly with more of a sheer base color–the majority of this one is sparkle. I actually found it chunkier than when it was previously released. The majority of the eyeliner seems to stay in place (I can tell where I put it and still see that distinct line after ten hours), but there were glittery bits underneath my eye and on my cheek during wear. Get comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

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9/10

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10/10

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured
Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured ($38.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “soft gold infused with rose tones.” It’s a light-medium, peachy brown with a hint of reddish copper tones, gold shimmer, and strong, warm undertones overall. It had a luminous sheen. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is darker, powder. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is slightly rosier. LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is warmer, powder. Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE) is powder, less shimmery. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is lighter, powder. Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is rosier, powder. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is a powder. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is sheerer. MAC Margin (P, $21.00) is rosier, powder. View swatches of similar shades / compare dupes side-by-side.

At last, the final shade of the five new Poured shades (which means a comparison is coming soon–I promise!). Mine arrived in a bit of a state, after having been rerouted to the wrong location, and I’m wondering if its extra four days to go from southern California (where it went mistakenly) to northern California during a particularly hot weekend caused it to liquefy in transit. I’m not entirely sure, but my other four arrived pristine, while this one spent over a week in transit (the others went air). Other than not looking so hot, it feels and performs like the other four shades do. The texture is lightweight, not too emollient but has enough slip that it easily blends on the skin. It had fairly rich color payoff–mostly opaque–that added color to my complexion while also adding a noticeable shimmer and luminous sheen. This one seemed slightly more shimmery compared to some of the other shades. On medium-dark and deeper skin tones, I expect it’ll add some warmth but primarily a rosy sheen, whereas on lighter complexions, it can work as a highlighter and blush/bronzer in one. The finish can emphasize pores slightly if you apply it as more of a blush–it was more forgiving when it was applied semi-sheer. Rose Gold wore well for eight hours before fading on my skin.

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9.5/10

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Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Clinique Pansy Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Pansy Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Pansy Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium lavender with a hint of pink and a satiny sheen. Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is pinker. Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is warmer. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $29.00) is pinker, brighter. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter, pinker. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is lighter. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is brighter. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Full of Joy (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Oh, I can’t tell you what joy I felt when I saw Clinique released six new shades in the Cheek Pop formula (one of my all-time favorite blush products!). I ordered all of them, but three of them are on back-order, so I don’t know when I’ll have those, but I do have the other three to share! Pansy Pop is up first (seriously, a lavender? of course that’s first!). The texture was soft, smooth and very blendable on the skin, while the finish is softly luminous without being too shimmery or dewy, so it didn’t emphasize pores and gave skin a smoother appearance. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage, but it was one of the lesser pigmented Cheek Pops I’ve come across. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

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Friday, March 13th, 2015

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured
Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured ($38.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “golden opal pearl.” It’s a medium, champagne gold with warm undertones and a shimmery, luminous sheen. NARS Jubilation (Left) (P) is yellower. NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is lighter. Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is slightly darker. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is a smidgen lighter. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is similar. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is a smidgen lighter. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to fuller coverage if desired, but it could also be sheered out (or applied more sparingly) for a warm, luminous sheen. The fairer your skin tone is, the more of the underlying color will be apparent. On my medium skin tone, it gives a very slight warmth to wherever I apply it, but it is primarily a luminous sheen that’s not too dewy or too metallic. It highlights without emphasizing pores or the skin’s natural texture. The consistency is creamy but thinner without too much slip, so it doesn’t have any tackiness to it, which helps it apply better over base products as well as performing well on bare skin. This wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

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8.5/10

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Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Becca Blushed Copper Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Blushed Copper Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Blushed Copper Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “warm copper infused with rose gold tones.” It’s a muted, medium-dark copper-brown with gold and copper micro-shimmer and pearl. MAC Linda (LE, $21.00) is much lighter, less shimmery. Colour Pop Swift (P, $8.00) is darker, less shimmery. NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is more metallic, redder. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is lighter. LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is lighter. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is redder, less shimmery. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is warmer. Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is more muted, redder. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is a cream product, redder. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is a touch lighter. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is a cream product. MAC Worldly Wealth (LE, $21.00) is browner. MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is darker, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

According to Becca, the formula behind this particular shade “fuses together the soft shimmer of a luminizer with the subtle pigment of the blush.” It actually had mostly opaque color coverage that was blendable to more semi-opaque to semi-sheer coverage, but it starts off rather pigmented if you use a more traditional blush or highlighter brush. I was able to get more subtle results if I used a fan brush, but even a feathery highlight blush laid down strong, noticeable color. I think it is going to work extremely well on medium and darker skin tones as a luminous blush. With the right application, lighter skin tones can use it as well, but it’s not what I would call “subtle pigment,” so keep that in mind when it comes to selecting a tool! I thought that with a fan brush I could get more of the sheen without color, but I still had a fair amount of color on my medium complexion–and that was with barely touching the edges of the fan brush to the pan!

Aside from it being far more pigmented than described, it’s really a lovely product, and I hope Becca will venture into more luminous blush shades in the future. The powder is soft, smooth, and dense while remaining incredibly blendable on the skin for a really diffused, even appearance. Applied with a fan brush, the finish was luminous without emphasizing pores, and when applied with a dense brush, it stopped just shy of emphasizing pores, but it’s shimmery enough that it is a fine line between beautifully glowing and pore-emphasizing. I find that Becca’s highlighters look even better in person with the way the light reflects off the sheen. This shade wore well for nine hours on me before fading.

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9.5/10

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7.5/10

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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