Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

MAC Plumful Lipstick
MAC Plumful Lipstick

MAC Plumful Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “blossoming rose-plum” with a Lustre finish. It’s a pinky-plum with a little brightness but nothing too red or too over-the-top. Bobbi Brown Plum Rose is darker. MAC Capricious is more plum. Maybelline Bit of Berry is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose is pinker.

I find that this always looks very pink on me, and it often looks less pink on others. It has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage; there’s translucency so it allows the natural lip color to come through. If you have redder lips, this is going to turn into a reddish plum shade and look less pink.  It has a soft, luminous finish, and it wears for three to four hours on me.  Plumful is probably one of my favorite Lustre finishes, because it isn’t drying and wears a bit longer than the norm.  It is, unfortunately, sold out with the snake skin embossing (although maybe MAC will restock), but Plumful is around in regular packaging all year-round, as it is part of the permanent range.

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I find that this always looks very pink on me, and it often looks less pink on others. Capricious is a good option if you want something more plum than pink, and if you want something more pink than plum, Sweetie. Plumful is beautifully in-between.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

MAC Strawberry Malt Lipglass
MAC Strawberry Malt Lipglass

MAC Strawberry Malt Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright red.” It’s a pinky-red with cool undertones with no shimmer. MAC Cult of Cherry is darker and has ruby shimmer. MAC Send Me Sailing is redder. MAC Wicked Ways is a touch redder. NARS Strawberry Fields is pinker.

It has mostly opaque color coverage with a subtle translucency that gives it a very juicy, almost jelly-like, finish. It also seemed extra glossy compared to other shades in the Lipglass family. I didn’t have any problems with this feathering or bleeding on me when I wore it.  This will definitely pair well with Ronnie Red and give it a really rich, glossy look.  Strawberry Malt wore for four hours well.  The texture and consistency were as expected for Lipglass, which is a thicker consistency and tackier texture than the average gloss.

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Strawberry Malt

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This will definitely pair well with Ronnie Red and give it a really rich, glossy look.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “golden peach base with coral hearts.” The base color is a warm peach with a soft, frosted finish (and it is reminiscent of Cream Soda in some ways). The hearts are a medium pink-coral with a subtle golden sheen. When everything is mixed together, the resulting shade is a soft, pinky-coral with a light golden sheen. It’s slightly warm-toned. MAC Legendary is just a touch pinker. MAC Immortal Flower is much, much pinker. Tarina Tarantino Feather is brighter, pinker. Guerlain Blush G is pinker and has a stronger sheen. MAC Shell Pearl is similar but a touch more muted.

I had the same problem with Flatter Me as I did Veronica’s Blush–the hearts did not want to yield color at all. I took a metal spatula to it and started scraping off flakes of it, so I could at least show the color on the skin. What you’re seeing on my skin are chunks of the product smoothed out! It seems better when you really pass the brush back and forth a few times, because the combined color is tinted pink enough that clearly there is some payoff coming from those hearts!

The texture is very soft to the touch with a finely-milled powder that does kick up some powder. On the skin and blended out, it doesn’t look powdery, and the finish is a soft shimmer-sheen so it doesn’t emphasize the skin’s texture or pores. This shade lasted eight hours well, and after nine hours, I noticed some minor fading, but it had good wear overall.   Because of the overall lightness of the color, it may not show up well on deeper skin tones; on my medium complexion, it shows up as a kiss of pink-coral. Of all the products not to sell out, this one surprised me the most–a coral face product with hearts–I still can’t believe it.

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Flatter Me

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Of all the products not to sell out, this one surprised me the most--a coral face product with hearts--I still can't believe it. Does that mean we're all coral-ed out?

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Betty Bright Lipstick
MAC Betty Bright Lipstick

MAC Betty Bright Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light vibrant peach” with a satin finish. Peach, not so much, but pinky-coral? Yes, I see that. It’s a warm, pink-coral with a creamy, natural finish. MAC Cut a Caper is more subdued. MAC Watch Me Simmer is much darker and brighter. Lancome Chris & Tell is more orange. NYX Stella is pinker. MAC Ever Hip is more muted. Bobbi Brown Pink is darker and slightly pinker.  I think MAC Costa Chic may be a little darker and shimmery.

It delivered full, opaque color coverage, and it was creamy with enough slip to apply to the lips without pulling or dragging, but it didn’t move too much once on. Because it is a lighter cream, pressing lips together can create some demarcation to be careful not to over-apply.  It wore for four and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating (on par with my experience of satin-finished lipsticks by MAC).

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Betty Bright

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If you like your corals with a hint of pink, and you have found too many dark/bright corals, you may like this lighter version. There's still some brightness, but it's not as bold as some other corals by MAC.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Cheers My Dear Pigment
MAC Cheers My Dear Pigment

MAC Cheers My Dear Pigment ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “light lavender” with a frost finish. It’s a bright, lilac pink with a frosted, white metallic sheen. MAC Amethyst is more glittery and pinker. MAC Light Violet is purpler and chunkier. theBalm Curtain Call is much less metallic/frosted.

This shade is incredibly frosted and metallic–even when applied dry, the metallic finish is very pronounced. Anything with this much frost/metallic content can have a tendency to look crepe-y on lids, and this one definitely did some of that, but it wasn’t too noticeable, because it smoothed out well and didn’t cake up in places. Similarly, because it has a lot of reflection, it looks lighter applied than it does in the container.  Cheers My Dear was rather pigmented both dry and wet, though it was pinker when applied dry.  It binds together well, so it adheres better to the lid without a primer.  I typically see eight hours of wear with minor fading with MAC’s pigments.

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Cheers My Dear

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Cheers My Dear is one of the more versatile pigment shades from the launch, because it can be used on its own as a wash of color, one of several colors, or as a base for other colors.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Magic Spells Pigment
MAC Magic Spells Pigment

MAC Magic Spells Pigment ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “blackened teal” with a frost finish. It’s a greenish-teal-tinged black with a frosted, shimmery finish. It has a mostly matte, black base and then it has that dark green-teal shimmer/frost. Urban Decay Loaded is similar but not as black. bareMinerals Max Volume is a bit lighter and less black-based. OCC Poison is greener and lighter.

The underlying matte black base is a little chalky when it’s used dry, but it does come together better when used wet.  It had a tendency to look rather black most of the time, especially the more it is blended out. I wish there was a little more teal in the overall color, because then it would appear as interesting on as it looks in the bottle.  It has plenty of pigment (and some to spare!), and it was a nice touch that MAC decorated the bottle, too (unlike the nail lacquers, which just have white caps).

I didn’t get a chance to test the wear of this shade, but I have tested many MAC pigments (including two just recently that have a similar texture) in the past, and the wear is usually around eight hours with minor fading (no primer).  This shade could be used wet or dry, but you’ll get more nuance out of it if you apply it damp.

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Magic Spells

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It has plenty of pigment (and some to spare!), and it was a nice touch that MAC decorated the bottle, too (unlike the nail lacquers, which just have white caps).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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