Saturday, August 17th, 2013

MAC Glamour Feast Cremeblend Blush
MAC Glamour Feast Cremeblend Blush

MAC’s Indulge Collection (online at MAC now, online elsewhere and in-stores on August 22nd for North America locations) features two new and limited edition Cremeblend Blush shades. Both shades had good color payoff that was true-to-pan and buildable, so you could get intense, rich color or softer, sheerer color–whatever desired. The consistency of the Cremeblend formula is lightly creamy but not heavy, and they set in about fifteen minutes. The wear varies between six and eight hours (for me), and I was able to get seven hours of wear out of Glamour Feast and just over six hours of wear with tease your tastes.

Glamour Feast Cremeblend Blush ($21.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “deep rose.” It’s a rosy,r eddish plum with a natural finish–slightly glowy but not too luminous. It had good color payoff that was buildable, and the consistency was medium in thickness and creamy, so it was easy to blend out the color. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 is powder and warmer. NARS Seduction is powder and darker. NARS G-Spot is more shimmery. NARS Oasis is powder and pinker. NARS Dolce Vita is powder. See comparison swatches.

Tease Your Tastes Cremeblend Blush ($21.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “soft neutral pink.” It’s a medium peach with a hint of rosiness. It has a natural finish–not too dewy, not matte. It had buildable color that was true-to-pan if desired but could also be sheered out. NARS Gilda is more orange, powder. MAC Fleet Fast is pinker, powder. MAC Early Morning is more orange, powder. MAC Ladyblush is lighter, pinker. Burberry Blossom is slightly pinker, powder. Chanel Presage is more orange, brighter. Marc Jacobs Irresistible is more orange, powder. Edward Bess Secret Affair is more coral. Urban Decay Naked Flushed is slightly darker, matte, powder. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, August 17th, 2013

MAC Deep Cravings Eyeshadow
MAC Deep Cravings Eyeshadow

MAC’s Indulge Collection (online now, in-stores on August 22nd for North America locations) features eight eyeshadows. On the whole, these four performed better than many past recent releases, even if they aren’t perfect, they were all fairly easy to work with. The “worst” one of these four was Sex & the Oyster as the texture was noticeably dry, while Three Ring Yellow was buttery and incredibly pigmented. I’ll update this post with actual wear times after I’ve finished wearing them later today, so the longevity ratings are based on my average experience with MAC’s eyeshadows (with wear in relation to finish, color, and quality). I’m four hours in, so far so good. :)

MAC Deep Cravings Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark shimmery grey [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a dark, charcoal gray with a pearly sheen–it has a very light dusting of pink and copper micro-shimmer. It had good color payoff, and it applied smoothly. The texture was good, but it did feel slightly dry–not as buttery or as soft as other VPs (which is something I’ve noticed in general with recent VP releases). LORAC Slate is lighter, bluer. Disney Flotsam is lighter, also bluer. Urban Decay Ace is very similar. MAC For Effect is similar but a cream. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is similar. See comparison swatches.

Eat, Love Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep emerald [with a Satin finish].” It’s a deep, blackened green with faint emerald green sparkles–it is more like a green-tinted black with brownish undertones. On the lid, it tends to look more like a matte finish, as the satin is very subtle. It had good color payoff, and the texture was only slightly dry. Fyrinnae Jaguar is bluer. Urban Decay Loaded is also bluer. MAC Dark Indulgence is greener. OCC Poison is lighter. Make Up For Ever #80 is lighter, greener. Bobbi Brown Forest is lighter, cream. See comparison swatches.

Sex & the Oyster Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone greyed blue green [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a smoky, bluish-green-tinted light gray. It looks bluer in the pot, but applied, it seemed to take on a grayer coloring overall. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was somewhat dry and almost crumbly but not quite. Disney Destined is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Hijack is darker (this was the first shade that came to mind, actually!). MAC Emerald Dusk is darker, bluer. MAC Water is greener. See comparison swatches.

Three Ring Yellow Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “bright sulfur green yellow [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a green-tinged, medium yellow with a frosted finish. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was soft, smooth, and easy to work with. This is a repromote, and it was also one of the best-performing shades of the collection. Fyrinnae Banan Mochi is warmer. NARS Rated R #1 is greener. MAC Double Feature #2 #1 is more shimmery. MAC Colour Added is similar. MAC Brilliantly Lit is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, August 17th, 2013

MAC Magnificent Feast Nail Lacquer
MAC Magnificent Feast Nail Lacquer

MAC Magnificent Feast Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling true gold.” It’s a medium-dark, brown-tinged gold with large gold and coppery gold sparkles. It has a high-shine, metallic finish. It applied as mostly opaque in two coats, and the drying time was faster than average. The consistency was on the thinner side but not watery. Zoya Kerry is yellower. OCC Cruising is lighter. Dior Diorling is sheerer. ORLY Flare is darker, slightly yellower. See comparison swatches.

MAC Sinfully Sweet Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling champagne with gold pearl.” It’s a pale taupe–gray and brown–with champagne and copper sparkle. This shade seemed okay when I looked at it, but it is actually only semi-opaque and applies unevenly after two coats, so I would recommend three coats for this shade. It had a slightly thin consistency. I couldn’t think of any really similar shades. Dior Diorling is much more golden. Chanel Diwali is more golden, less gray. See comparison swatches.

The other shades in the collection are either permanent (Discotheque, Impassioned) or repromotes that have been reviewed previously (Screening Room, Rebel).  I typically get a week of wear out of MAC’s formula with minor tip wear.  These two polishes are more workable than many of the other shades MAC releases, but they’re not without some problems.

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Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Tom Ford She Wolf Ombre Eye Color Trio Palette
Tom Ford She Wolf Ombre Eye Color Trio Palette

Tom Ford She Wolf Ombre Eye Color Trio Palette ($60.00) is described as “deep black/brown, light charcoal, and silver lead.” It’s a limited edition palette that contains three eyeshadows; mine came in sample packaging (no official labels or boxes), so I’m not sure of the amount of product in each, but the pans don’t look small. Tom Ford’s fall collection has started popping up at local counters but not yet online, though I’m sure it will be soon as the official launch is September. This is a nice, fairly neutral palette–except it does have a sparkly kick–that I could see some using near-daily and really enjoying. For others, it’s too basic, and I’m sure many of us have similar shades in our stashes.

I was actually quite surprised (pleasantly!) that the sparkly shade didn’t have as much fall out as I’ve seen with other Tom Ford palettes (there is some, but I’d describe it as minor–room for improvement, not disastrous). I wore all three shades together, and I didn’t have any issues with the colors fading or creasing over an eight-hour period (no primer) but some faint signs of fading as we neared nine hours (and then it continued to fade).  Tom Ford actually released an eye primer with this collection (I don’t have it), but I’m certainly curious how it would perform with his sparkly shades (it purports to deliver 15-hour wear). The texture of the palette is incredible, as the two less shimmery shades were unbelievably silky, and then the sparkly shade felt more like a cream than a powder.

She Wolf #1 is a dark brown with neutral to cool undertones. It has a matte finish, and it had good color payoff. The texture was very, very soft–incredibly finely-milled, and you don’t need a lot of pressure to get product on the brush. If you use a lot of pressure, it can get a little powdery. Dior Night Golds #3 is sparkly. bareMInerals Apropos is cooler-toned. MAC Showstopper is similar. LORAC Espresso is slightly darker. bareMinerals Boardroom is a touch warmer. theBalm Matt Ramirez is similar. See comparison swatches.

She Wolf #2 is a dark, gray-tinged brown with reddish-orange tones. It appears to be warm-toned, but the surface has a gray cast to it. It had great color payoff, and the texture felt silky-smooth! Urban Decay Barlust is darker. MAC Aloha is lighter. Guerlain Turandot #4 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

She Wolf #3 is a sparkly, medium brown with slight yellow undertones. It feels almost wet in the pan, and it yields good color payoff (surprisingly!) that was both color and sparkle. Applied, there was some fall out (and I patted it on with a flat, firm brush–MAC’s 242) during application, but very minimal additional fall out while worn. I noticed a few sparkles after eight hours of wear, but the majority had somehow managed to stick to the lid. (I have always had fairly bad luck with Tom Ford’s sparkly shades.)   Disney Sultana is less sparkly. MAC Romantico is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

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This is a nice, fairly neutral palette--except it does have a sparkly kick--that I could see some using near-daily and really enjoying. For others, it's too basic, and I'm sure many of us have similar shades in our stashes. I was actually quite surprised (pleasantly!) that the sparkly shade didn't have as much fall out as I've dealt with in other Tom Ford palettes.

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Dior Chimere (821) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Chimere (821) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Chimere (821) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a dirty peach with pink and gold shimmer and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color in one layer, but two layers made it fully opaque. It could also be sheered out for a wash of shimmer. Too Faced Ringleader is lighter, warmer. Aveda Bare Bellis is more matte. theBalm Stubborn is less metallic. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is less pink. Maybelline Inked in Pink is pinker, lighter. MAC Jete is similar. Giorgio Armani #7 is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Meteore (661) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a warm, shimmering copper with a sparkling, metallic finish. It is opaque when applied in a single layer, but the consistency is lightly creamy and blendable, so a sheerer wash of color can be achieved if desired. LORAC Garnet is less shimmery. Guerlain Cuivre Ora is slightly more orange. NARS Isolde #2 is browner. MAC Faux Gold has a redder tone. MAC Antiqued has a redder tone and is darker. See comparison swatches.

The consistency of both shades was in line with other shades I’ve reviewed (see my original review). It had a spongy texture that was between gel and mousse, which applied and felt like a cream on the lid but set and wore like a powder eyeshadow. Both shades wore without fading or creasing for twelve hours, without a primer, but there was some fall out that was only slightly noticeable after nine hours of wear but somewhat noticeable after twelve hours of wear. With a primer, the fall out is lessened. The shimmer in this formula is very, very fine, so the fall out is less noticeable than it would be with a larger particle size (like glitter).

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Inglot 16BJF Face Brush
Inglot 16BJF Face Brush

Inglot 16BJF Face Brush ($36.00) is made out of goat hair and is recommended for bronzing powder (or “applying large amounts of intense color, ideal for contouring.” The brush measures approximately 7.5 inches (19 centimeters) long in total, with the handle length at 4.5 inches (11 centimeters), ferrule length at 2 inches (5.25 centimeters), and the brush head at 1 inch (2.5 centimeters). The brush head is 1.75 inches at its widest part (the top) and just under 1 inch at its base. It tapers upwards and flares out with a flat top. The brush is soft and dense, and it reminded me a bit of a buffer brush, just with a flatter top and a much longer handle. I like it for buffing and blending out other powder products, but I also liked it for applying loose setting powder. I’ve washed it half a dozen times, and I haven’t had any issues with dye bleeding, funny smells, or shedding. It does widen and spread out after the first wash, so it is not as narrow as it appears when you first get it.

20T Synthetic Face Brush ($24.00) is made out of Taklon (synthetic bristles) and is recommended as a cream foundation brush (or “perfect for contour and highlight”). The brush measures approximately 7.25 inches (18 centimeters) long in total, with the handle length at 4.25 inches (11 centimeters), ferrule length at 1.75 inches (4.5 centimeters), and the brush head at 1 inch (2.75 centimeters). The brush is 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) across and 5mm thick. The edge of the bristles is white, while the majority of the bristles are a black-brown color, so though it looks almost like it has a jagged edge in the photos (because the edge gets lost against the white background), it has an angled edge that goes straight (just at an angle). It’s a flatter, firmer brush with a little give but no floppiness or fluffiness. The synthetic bristles make this ideal for cream products, as the product won’t get absorbed by natural hairs. It is soft against the skin and glides nicely. I didn’t experience any shedding, dye bleeding, or funny smells after washing the brush several times. It does work well for laying down more precise contour lines, and then you can lightly feather it away to blend out the contouring color.

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