Monday, February 3rd, 2014

MAC Pink Sensibilities Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Pink Sensibilities Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Pink Sensibilities Mineralize Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a mix of pink and brown that runs mostly warm, with the exception of the lightest pink, which does have a cool undertone. This was the best of the four released in the collection, as two shades were really nicely pigmented and much smoother and less powdery to work with. It’s not a product I would run out to buy, though, as I still had wear issues (six hours with the exception of one shade, which lasted six and a half hours) and some fall out from the more glittery shades.

Pink Sensibilities #1 is described as a “pinky brown.” It’s a brightened, medium brown with a warm, rosy tone to it and a frosted, metallic finish. It was the least powdery and most smooth, pigmented shade out of the collection. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied with a dampened brush, it was fully opaque. It even wore for about a half hour longer. See comparison swatches.

Pink Sensibilities #2 is described as an “icy blue pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a frosted, sparkling finish. This one had some fall out during wear, as it was on the glittery side. The texture was slightly gritty and powdery, so I would highly recommend patting it over a stick base or applying it with a dampened brush (probably wet it more than usual). It was sheer when I applied it dry, and then it was mostly opaque when applied with a dampened brush. This shade is very similar to at least two of the other “icy pinks” MAC included in the now-permanent Mineralize Eyeshadow Quads. See comparison swatches.

Pink Sensibilities #3 is described as a “yellow pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It wasn’t too powdery, but it was glittery enough that I saw some fall out occur during wear. It was semi-sheer applied dry, then more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. See comparison swatches.

Pink Sensibilities #4 is described as a “chocolate brown.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with muted, reddish undertones and a sparkling, soft frost finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage when applied dry, and then full color payoff when applied with a dampened brush. It was fairly smooth and just a smidgen on the powdery side. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Cremesheen Glasss
MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Cremesheen Glass

For spring, MAC has six shades of Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.09 fl. oz.) in the A Fantasy of Flowers Collection due in-stores on the 6th. Three shades–Galaxy Rose, Pagoda, and Star Quality–are repromotes, while the other three–Flare of Fantasy, Nectarsweet, and Playful Petal–are new; all are limited edition. The formula is light-medium in thickness, creamy, non-sticky, and comfortable to wear, but it is a very short-wearing gloss on me (I usually get three to four hours on average with most gloss formulas) and tends to wear two hours or less. The other major downside is that each gloss contains about half as much gloss as the average gloss; MAC Lipglass contains 0.17 fl. oz. and costs less, so that’s just something to keep in mind as the containers look quite large but aren’t actually that big on the interior.

Flare for Fantasy Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone pink beige.” It’s a light-medium, muted pink-coral with fine, multi-colored shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage; added warmth, a little color, and lots of shimmer. The gloss lasted two hours on me. Revlon Pango Peach (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. MAC Dynasty at Dusk (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented, more muted. Guerlain Frizzy Mango (LE, $32.00) is darker. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $27.00) is pinker, darker. See comparison swatches.

Galaxy Rose Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone violet pink.” It’s a brightened, raspberry pink with neutral-to-warm undertones. When swatched, it seems almost cool-toned, but when applied, it reads warmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which was somewhat even but the gloss had a tendency to settle into lip lines. This shade lasted a little longer than three hours on me. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is lighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Nectarsweet Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft pink peach.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peach with peach and gold shimmer. It had sheer color payoff with most of the noticeable effect being shimmer, though it added warmth and lightness to my natural lip color. The gloss lasted a mere hour and a half on me. Urban Decay Naked (P, $20.00) is darker, slightly. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Zephyr (377) (LE, $29.50) is milkier. MAC Rich & Witty (LE, $15.00) is more pigmented. MAC Kiss Me Softly (LE, $20.00) is more muted. MAC Double Happiness (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Pagoda Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “frosted cool pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned milky pink with white shimmer. It is a milkier gloss, so it does settle into lip lines and is difficult to apply evenly. It lasted for two hours on me. MAC loves to do a cool-toned, milky pink gloss so there are plenty of iterations in the archive. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is similar. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC The Wee Coquette (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Stay Sweet (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Pink Fade (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker, less shimmery. Chanel Bagatelle (P, $29.50) is more pigmented. See comparison swatches.

Playful Petal Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “electric magenta.” It’s an iridescent, muted fuchsia pink. The underlying color is rather sheer–it will tint lips pinker unless you have a lot of natural pigmentation (then it won’t do much in the way of changing the color)–but the selling feature is the iridescent fuchsia sparkle that switches between fuchsia, lavender, and blue. It lasts for an hour on me. I didn’t have anything that I could think of that was quite like this–with the way it sparkles. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, while Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) has no similar but has a similar coloring effect on the lips. See comparison swatches.

Star Quality Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange-coral.” It’s a light-medium coral-pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and applied evenly for the most part. It lasted for almost three hours on me.  MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. NARS Viva (LE, $26.00) is more orange/brown. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches.

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Galaxy Rose

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Saturday, February 1st, 2014

MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Lipsticks
MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Lipsticks

MAC Dreaming Dahlia Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer red-coral [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, medium orange-coral with a luminous shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was lightly creamy, while the color lasted three hours on me. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is more matte, muted. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, more matte. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is slightly lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches.

Fleur d’Coral Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pale creamy peach [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light peach with warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied to lips. If you have warmer lips, this may look more true peach applied, but my corpse-like natural coloring made it look cooler when applied. I wish it applied just a bit more evenly, but it is a shade that shows “lines” if you press your lips together at all. I noticed some of the color settled into lip lines after an hour of wear, and the color lasted two hours on me (average lipstick lasts four hours). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is more matte, warmer. Chanel Melba (75) (LE, $34.00) is sheerer. MAC Woo Me (LE, $18.00) is glossier, more opaque. Make Up For Ever #N40 (P, $19.00) is similar in color. See comparison swatches.

Heavenly Hybrid Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone berry [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage–more pigmented than the typical Lustre finish–and wore well for four hours. Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is more matte. Revlon Fuchsia Shock (P, $7.99) is brighter. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Revlon Lollipop (P, $7.49) is shimmery, darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Naked Bud Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “neutral sheer nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light, peachy-beige with a golden sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it wore for an hour and a half on me–just very quick to vanish. It is a shade that will show some lines if you press your lips together. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is more opaque. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Rose Lily Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer pastel pink [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with blue undertones and a luminous shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage that wasn’t quite even when applied. It was also a shade that was difficult to keep even-looking, as the minute your lips touched, you could see where they were! The color wore well for two and a half hours on me. NARS Stourhead (LE, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, slightly darker. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is not as blue-based. See comparison swatches.

Snapdragon Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone blue pink [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with moderate blue undertones and icy pink shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff when applied to lips. This shade lasted for three hours on me but felt rather clingy. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC What a Feeling! (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

MAC’s Lustre formula is drying in my experience; my lips were dry and chapped after wearing all of these back-to-back. Some readers find Lustres hydrating, others are more neutral, and some find them drying. If you have good luck with Lustres generally, then I’m sure you’ll be just fine, as these feel very par for the course for the formula.

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Saturday, February 1st, 2014

MAC Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralize Blush
MAC Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralize Blush

MAC Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralize Blush ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone cool pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with very subtle, cool undertones and a high, frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, which could be applied lightly and then built up in its intensity or blended out. The texture was mostly smooth with the typical dryness of Mineralize products, and it was somewhat powdery and prone to fading–it was noticeably faded after six hours of wear. MAC Stunner (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Porcelain Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Blonde (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. Chanel Pink Cloud (LE, $43.00) is less frosted, more muted. See comparison swatches.

Petal Power Mineralize Blush ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “coral pink with gold shimmer.” It’s a brightened, medium coral with warm, orange undertones and a golden, frosted finish and sheen. It had a fair amount of sheen, and it did slightly emphasize pores when I wore it. The color payoff was great, though, and the texture, though a little powdery, was easy to blend out on the skin. This blush lasted for six and a half hours on me. NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $29.00) is darker. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is slightly pinker. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is darker. NARS Orgasm is pinker, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, February 1st, 2014

MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfect Topping (2014) Mineralize Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “pale pearlized pink.” The one I just purchased from this collection is a peach muted by beige with a frosted finish. The one I have from when it launched in 2009 is distinctly pink, almost cool-toned really. The colors of the veins did not even appear that similar in the pans, as it seems to be more than an issue of a different distribution of the types of colored veins. The texture was soft but powdery, and it will most likely be a highlighter on all but the very fairest of skin tones. It wore well for six hours before it turned patchy and slightly faded along the edges, which is the norm for me when wearing MAC’s Mineralize cheek products. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $25.00) is less frosted. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Stereo Rose (2014) Mineralize Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “copper bronze.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peach with a frosted, somewhat metallic, sheen. Oh, the difference between this Stereo Rose (again, just purchased from MAC’s website on Thursday AM!) and the one I have from the end of 2012 are like night and day. I used a paper towel to rub off several layers of product from the new version to see if it would get better but no luck. Still a very light peach compared to the deeper pinky-coral of previous years. The texture is soft but on the dry side, so it can be powdery, and it wore well for six hours before showing some fading. It is a couple of shades darker than Perfect Topping #2. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Mineralize Skinfinishes can differ from pan to pan, as it is a mix of different shades and veins, so sometimes there is variance, but I think these go beyond variance. The pans of Perfect Topping don’t look alike at all; we have a mix of lilac, pink, and peachy-beige compared to beige, peach, and a murky lavender. Swatched, the original is definitely pink and on the cooler side. The differences between the two Stereo Roses in the pan seems less obvious–the newly released version appears lighter and less pinky-red, and the most obvious missing component is the coppery veining. However, when swatched, it is such a huge, huge difference.

It’s extremely frustrating that MAC re-releases sought after products, and they’re different. (As an aside, Lily White pigment is also very different from the previously released Lily White.) It is inexcusable to see Stereo Rose so drastically different from when it was released a mere year ago. If MAC can’t keep the color same, they should name it something different – that’s all there is to it. They put out an endless stream of new shades and products with minor differences from something they’ve previously released, but they have new names, so at least no one’s buying it off of older swatches or from previous hype.

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Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

YSL Nude Beige (1) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks

This is the last of my Rouge Volupte re-do/update! I hope you’ve enjoyed it! If you missed the previous posts, check out part one and part two.  Rouge Volupte is still one of the more popular lipstick formulas on the market, and it’s a range that YSL has continued to expand and release additional shades for since it initially launched. (And fun tidbit, they haven’t changed price at all in six years.) The formula is very creamy with a high degree of slip, is medium-weight and slightly thick compared to the average lipstick, and is typically opaque on lips. Because of their creaminess, full color coverage is possible in one stroke with many shades. The finish is glossy and shiny, which gives lips a smoother appearance. One of the primary traits of the formula is that lips look drenched in color and very, very smooth–almost plumper. The formula is moderately hydrating, and the wear time is about average, but it can depend on the shade.

YSL Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, raspberry red with cool undertones and a glossy shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency where the natural lip color came through. For such a deep color, it applied fairly evenly. It wore well for four and a half hours and left behind a stain. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is less red, more berry, so it appears a bit darker and cooler-toned. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $49.50) is slightly warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is less red. MAC Lush Life (P, $22.00) is similar. Guerlain Lou-Ling (LE, $35.00) is more muted. Burberry Bright Poppy (311) (P, $30.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of pink and warm undertones and a glossy shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage. The texture of this shade seemed a bit thicker than other shades, so while it applied evenly initially, when you press your lips together, some lines can show. It lasted for three hours on me. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is less glossy, slightly darker. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant rose pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with subtle yellow undertones and a glossy shine. It had intense, full color coverage in a single stroke. The texture was slightly thick, like Tender Peach, but I didn’t notice the “lines” as much with this shade when pressed my lips together. It wore well for three and a half hours on me. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is darker. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Hoop (DC, $16.00) is more matte, warmer. See comparison swatches.

This next shade is just a bonus, for the sake of completion, as it is no longer available (but you can check out the dupes for something similar!). Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light, pale pink with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall, but it did settle into lip lines just slight. The settling worsened after two hours of wear, and the color itself lasted for three and a half hours on me. YSL Lingerie Pink (7) (P, $34.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Vivid Image (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Femme (P, $18.00) is very similar but less glossy. See comparison swatches.

Just as an FYI, YSL’s own e-commerce website seems to have the largest selection of shades.

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