Thursday, April 11th, 2013

MAC Bleu Velvet Nail Lacquer
MAC Bleu Velvet Nail Lacquer

MAC Bleu Velvet Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light periwinkle blue [with a cream finish].” It’s a dusty, bluish purple with a cream finish. Unfortunately, I couldn’t think of anything that was all that close to this shade. Zoya Caitlin is much, much darker. Zoya Skylar is a bit bluer, sparkly, and several shades darker. Neither of those two really compare to this shade.

I like the colors MAC chooses for their nail lacquers, but I am, more often than not, incredibly disappointed by the quality and application of their formula–particularly because their price point is higher (it is more expensive than their regular lipstick and eyeshadow!). If you’re going to put a more premium price tag on your polish, you have to make sure your formula is on point. I think that the bristles MAC uses for their brushes are too sharp or large. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the color coverage seems to be there–if it weren’t for the streakiness. I tried applying a thinner initial coat followed by a thicker second coat, but unfortunately, the thicker coat couldn’t cover all of the streakiness.

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Bleu Velvet

B-
The color is rather unique (to me), as I don't have anything like it in my stash, but it's streaky and hard to apply as a result, because the color doesn't look even.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Hare Polish Rococo Grandeur Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Rococo Grandeur Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Rococo Grandeur Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “baby blue jelly with soft pink glitter in several shapes and sizes, with gold accents [with blue shimmer].” It’s a grayish, pale blue creamy jelly with small, pale gold glitter and then larger pink glitter in circular, hexagonal, and square shapes. I don’t have a dupe for this, and the only shade that it reminded me of was China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze which has a much whiter base color, more glitter, and very bright/colorful glitter at that.

I had some trouble getting this shade to apply evenly–the base color just looked patchy and uneven no matter how many attempts I made to get everything to play nicely together. I applied two coats of the polish alone, and it had semi-opaque color coverage with good glitter content that spread fairly evenly. It was just that bluish base color that didn’t want to cooperate. The consistency didn’t seem too thick or too thin either (a little thicker than the average polish but as thick as most jelly finishes are), but the problem persisted. Hare’s formula wears a week on me with minor tip wear but no chipping.

P.S. — They will be restocking their Etsy shop soon!

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Hare Polish Rococo Grandeur Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
The concept was interesting, but I couldn't get the application to work well--the underlying base color looked streaky, patchy, and uneven. The glitter distributed evenly, and the color was just what a jelly finish would have.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

MAC Pure Decoration Lipstick
MAC Pure Decoration Lipstick

MAC Pure Decoration Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light white peach [with a Cremesheen finish.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a soft sheen. MAC Peachstock is darker. Guerlain Guerlinade is darker, browner. MAC Salute has a little more yellow in it.

It had mostly opaque color coverage once applied, but it had a tendency to cling to the lips. I highly recommend exfoliating lips prior to applying this, because even though I had, it still made my lips look a bit dry because of the way it clung. The consistency was somewhat creamy, but there was a little tugging when I used it on the lips.  Pure Decoration lasted three and a half hours on me, and it was slightly drying but did not ravage my lips (it was consistent with my experience with Cremesheens–slightly drying).

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Pure Decoration

B-
A lot of Cremesheen lipsticks are somewhat drying in my experience (which is the opposite of what they're supposed to be), and Pure Decoration was consistent with this. It was also less flattering applied to the lips as it seemed to cling a bit.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

MAC Baking Beauty Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm
MAC Baking Beauty Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm

MAC Baking Beauty Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm ($19.50 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy light peach.” It looks like a yellowed tangerine in the tube, but applied, it takes on a lighter, peachier coloring with subtle pink shimmer. It is similar to shades like NARS Buenos Aires, MAC Kiss Me Softly, and MAC Poetic License.

This formula is supposed to “[add] moisture while providing the right pop of color and mirror-like shine.” It has a thicker consistency (somewhere between Lipglass and Lustreglass), a slight tackiness, which gets tackier the longer you wear it, and is slightly hydrating but doesn’t replace other standalone lip balms I’ve used. Baking Beauty has semi-sheer color payoff, though it generally translates to more of a nude-ish shade on my lips, you can see how much “covers” my lip freckle to get a better grasp on the coverage. It only wore two hours on me, which was shorter than I’ve experienced with the original release of shades

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Baking Beauty

B-
It isn't as hydrating as other lip balms I've tried, and it wears away really quickly, so it needs to be frequently reapplied.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

Urban Decay Diamond Dog Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Diamond Dog Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Diamond Dog Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep brown with white-gold sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark brown with a hint of gray and an orange-tan undertone and champagne sparkle/shimmer. Chanel Intuition #3 is less sparkly. Urban Decay Nevermind is warmer and less sparkly. MAC Aloha is warmer, more metallic. Make Up For Ever #15 is similar in color but not in finish. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is cooler-toned and less sparkly. Inglot #402 is similar but does not have glitter/sparkle.

Applied dry, the payoff was semi-sheer, but it intensified to mostly opaque color when applied with a damp brush. When using a damp brush, it does help to minimize fall out during application (not entirely but certainly less than if applied dry). Without an adhesive or tacky base, Diamond Dog is prone to fall out during wear. The sparkle of the eyeshadow is very, very fine, so it’s not as noticeable as the micro-glitter fall out from Urban Decay’s powder eyeshadows. The effect of the eyeshadow is very smooth, reflective, sparkling, and shimmering–more like glimmering water. I didn’t have any trouble with the underlying color creasing or fading when I wore it. For a comparison to their Stardust eyeshadows, please read this review.

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Diamond Dog

B-
Diamond Dog is best applied with a damp brush (and over an adhesive or tacky base, if you have one) in order to achieve the best color payoff, smoothness, and least amount of fall out.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, April 4th, 2013

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft candlelight beige with multi-dimensional shimmer.” It’s a pale, neutral-to-warm-toned white with a frosted, shimmering finish. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel is more golden but similar. Too Faced Spun Sugar is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige is lighter. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is more beige. MAC Snowglobe is more frosted. Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees is more beige and frosted.

Now, last I remember, Lightscapade was supposed to join the permanent range, and it is still available at retailers like Nordstrom but doesn’t exist on MAC’s website when I searched just now. It is set to launch with the MAC x Hayley Williams collaboration on April 9th (but hardcore fans may want to start stalking a little earlier).

What I like about Lightscapade is that it highlights and adds glow wherever you put it, and it doesn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture or pores. My continuing issue with Lightscapade (and MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinishes in general) is that they don’t wear well or long at all–by eight hours, it’s nearly invisible, and there’s noticeable fading after four to five hours. The texture is soft, finely-milled, but there is a smidgen of powderiness so it doesn’t have fantastic color payoff (it takes some building to get an even layer of color). This year’s Lightscapade is very similar to the one I had in 2012, but it has a lot less veining (more beige/white) than the one I have from 2011.

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MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
It's really the lack of wear time that makes this product such a disappointment! If only it lasted longer on!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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