Thursday, December 29th, 2011

MAC A Perfect Day Lipstick
MAC A Perfect Day Lipstick

MAC Naturally: Lipsticks

There are four limited edition shades of MAC Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) in the Naturally collection: A Perfect Day (light neutral pink), Beach Sand (light tan), Pillow Talk (neutral pink), and Sweet Sunrise (light neutral peach-pink).

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no taste. On average, I get four hours of wear with them, but it often depends on the finish. Finishes like satins and amplifies tend to have better color coverage and wear for four to six hours, sometimes longer, depending on the hue. Two finishes present here–Cremesheens and Lustres–I find drying, with Lustres being more drying than Cremesheens. Lustres tend to wear off in two to three hours for me, unfortunately, likely due to the additional slip in the finish (which can create some unevenness with ultra pale shades like Sweet Sunrise.

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MAC Naturally Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Two finishes present here--Cremesheens and Lustres--I find drying, with Lustres being more drying than Cremesheens. Lustres tend to wear off in two to three hours for me, unfortunately, likely due to the additional slip in the finish (which can create some unevenness with ultra pale shades like Sweet Sunrise.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, December 29th, 2011

MAC Fresh Honey Mineralize Blush
MAC Fresh Honey Mineralize Blush

MAC Naturally: Fresh Honey Mineralize Blush

MAC Fresh Honey Mineralize Blush ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “warm apricot.” It’s more like a softened orange, but it packs a rather orange punch overall. I used it very lightly, because it seemed to go very, very orange, and it wasn’t a particularly flattering look on my warm-toned skin. Thankfully, the texture is soft enough to be forgiving and blendable. It’s similar to MAC My Highland Honey, which is just a touch more peach. Illamasqua Lover is a bit pinker.

The powder feels so, so soft, but of the three from this collection, Fresh Honey was on the powdery side. There was a lot of excess powder kicked up when I tapped my brush against the surface. Even applied, it had a more noticeable texture on the skin than the other two did, though it is still quite lovely and subtle–just not as much as the other two. I tested out Subtle Breeze from this collection for wear, and it lasted for around six hours before it started to look noticeably faded on my normal-to-dry skin. I’ve never had good luck with getting MAC’s mineralize products to wear all day on me, unfortunately.

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Fresh Honey

B+
It has such a beautiful texture that looks even more beautiful when worn--I just wish it would wear longer than six hours! The color payoff is nice but the powder is blendable, so you can get the concentration of color you prefer with ease.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Chanel Eclosion Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Eclosion Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Spring 2012: Chanel Eclosion Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Eclosion Eyeshadow Quad ($57.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described simply as having shades of “peach, gold, beige, and plum.”  It looks like it’s joining the permanent range, per Chanel’s press release.  This color palette should work across skin tones, both warm and cool, light to dark.

The upper left shade is a peachy-orange with a soft frosted finish. It’s not quite peach, but it’s not quite orange. I almost thought it was in the vein of corals but it doesn’t have enough pink in it. The pigmentation is rich, and the texture is buttery and dense, so it’s very soft and smooth. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels has a slightly similar shade, which appears more orange and less vibrant. Make Up For Ever #153 is the closest shade I could find, though it has a golden sheen.

The upper right shade is a pale ivory with yellowy gold sparkle. This is the frustrating shade I mentioned earlier; it is sheer, powdery, and the sparkle gets everywhere. I tried to use this on the inner third of my lid, and the majority of the shimmer landed underneath my eye, plus the sheerness made it look like virtually nothing was on my lid. MAC Carefree is similar but a little yellower in the base color and doesn’t have fall out issues. Make Up For Ever #101 has a stronger gold sheen instead of the gold sparkle.

The lower left shade is a medium-dark beige brown with a pearly sheen. It’s soft and smooth, and the color payoff is nice. Make Up For Ever #13 is more metallic and a bit darker. MAC Sweet Satisfaction is similar but seems warmer. MAC Grain is a touch lighter, while MAC Arena is a little darker.

The lower right shade is a reddened burgundy with red-brown undertones. The pigmentation is intense and opaque, while the texture is silky smooth. Make Up For Ever #17 is more metallic and browner. MAC Festive Delight is redder and lighter. MAC Cranberry is redder and lighter. Inglot #452 is more metallic but similar in color–just a touch lighter.

With the exception of one really frustrating shade to work with (more on that later!), I really enjoyed this quad. I think it’s fairly dupeable, though, so you may want to shop your own stash to see if you can recreate the color palette yourself. I can’t recommend something that has such a dud in it at this price point.

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Eclosion

B+
With the exception of one really frustrating shade to work with (more on that later!), I really enjoyed this quad. I think it's fairly dupeable, though, so you may want to shop your own stash to see if you can recreate the color palette yourself. I can't recommend something that has such a dud in it at this price point.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, December 21st, 2011


Blueblood, Endless Night, Hyperion

MAC for Daphne Guinness: Nail Lacquers

MAC Daphne Guinness Nail Lacquers ($15.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) include three limited edition shades (all to be launched on December 26th in-stores): Blueblood (deep eggplant), Endless Night (pale gray pink with iridescent pearl), and Hyperion (light gray blue-green).

  • Blueblood is a deep burgundy with a cream finish. It’s opaque in two coats. It’s a little darker compared to China Glaze Velvet Bow. It’s similar to Urban Decay Wrecked and Zoya Anja.. MAC Purple Majesty is a little purpler.
  • Endless Night is a pale beige with iridescent pink shimmer. It’s not opaque in two coats, but with three, you’d probably get there (swatches are with two, so there is some visible nail line). It’s a bit grayer and has shimmer compared to MAC Quiet Time.
  • Hyperion is a pale aqua blue with more blue than aqua. It’s opaque in two coats, but the formula was harder to work with; it seemed to pull easily, and I think a ridgefiller might be necessary–you can see the lines of my natural nail and I rarely see those through polish. It’s more opaque and bluer compared to Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom. China Glaze Sea Spray is darker. Chanel Riva is bluer.

Blueblood applied easily and without trouble; the formula was on the thinner side but not problematic. Endless Night was on the sheerer side, which may be a good or bad thing, depending on how you like your nudes–the iridescent shimmer makes it more interesting, though. Hyperion was the hardest to apply, as the initial coat streaked, and even though I waited between coats, the second one still seemed to pull at the first coat. MAC Nail Lacquers typically wear a week on me with minor tip wear but no chips.

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MAC for Daphne Guinness: Nail Lacquers Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Blueblood is really dupeable, while Endless Night and Hyperion are less so. Hyperion had the most troublesome formula, while Blueblood had the best one.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Bobbi Brown Plum Gold High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Plum Gold High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Plum Gold High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “plum with bronze pearl.” It’s like a deep, berry red with gold shimmer. The color coverage is semi-opaque, and this particular shade does settle into lip lines a bit and doesn’t apply perfectly even, unfortunately, though I think both things are less noticeable at a normal viewing distance. For someone who loves the color, you could also consider layering it over a lipstick, which will minimize both issues. Chantecaille Patina is not as berry, more of a red. MAC Lasting Achievement is more opaque and berry hued. It’s very similar to Dolce & Gabbana Amethyst but Plum Gold has the gold shimmer.

I am kind of IN LOVE with Bobbi Brown’s High Shimmer Lipglosses, actually. They have such an amazing sparkle-factor–all dazzle without any tackiness and shine from miles away. Really glossy, shimmery, and comfortable to wear as they’re fairly moisturizing and wear around four hours–even the lighter shades. You may have felt I was more lukewarm than ecstatic in my initial review, and I was, but as I’ve been wearing several of the shades throughout the past couple of months, I’m now ready to tell you that I’m loving them.

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Plum Gold

B+
Even though I love the formula and this particular shade, it does have issues applying evenly, which affected both the pigmentation and application scores.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Holiday 2011: #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a new and limited edition holiday compact that includes a “beige pearl, metallic gold, [and] light green pearl.” You can use this on the face or on the eyes–it’s more like a highlighter for the face, and then the eyeshadows can be used to create a soft look.

The compact first includes a small portion of a pale, muted beige with gold shimmer. It has a soft, smooth texture and applies with good color payoff. It’s a little less peach compared to Urban Decay Booty Call. MAC Baby It’s Cold is similar, perhaps a touch lighter. Shades like Urban Decay Skimp, MAC Butternutty, and Bare Escentuals Serendipitous are a few more that look similar.

In the middle, which is the largest section, is a warm, yellow gold with a frosted finish. The color payoff is a bit sheer, but the texture is fairly soft. There is a lot of similarity in this hue to shades like theBalm Snobby, Chanel Blazing Gold, Urban Decay Eldorado, and Urban Decay Blunt.

The bottom shade, also a small portion (same size as the top shade), is a muted, almost antique-like, gold with a more metallic finish. Like the middle shade, this is a little on the sheer side but still feels smooth and soft. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy has a hue that’s a bit lighter. I think MAC Retrospeck comes rather close, perhaps a little darker.

Applied as a highlighter, it results in a muted champagne-gold shimmer-sheen. It’s more gold than not, but it’s not yellow or orange–it has more of a hint of antique gold without being too dark. It works as a highlighter, but it did emphasize my skin’s texture just slightly. The wear was good, though, with the highlighter mostly intact after eight hours.  I swirled over the entire compact, but you could swirl more towards the upper or lower half to get a lighter or darker golden shade–the middle color will dominate, just because of how large its surface is. Whether you look at it as a highlighter or eyeshadow palette, it comes with a good amount of product.

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Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
I like it but don't love it; of all the holiday highlighters we've seen, this one isn't the best on the market, so if that's your aim, you might consider this season's other releases. I think it performs better as a highlighter than as a set of eyeshadows, just because the underlying sheerness gives it more of a faded look when applied. If you have really fair skin, it might work, but light-medium and deeper may find this doesn't show up as well.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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