Friday, June 1st, 2012

MAC Lazy Sunday Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Lazy Sunday Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Lazy Sunday Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Lazy Sunday Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “baby pink.” It looks warmer in the pot, but it ended up looking rather pale, light, and just barely cool-toned. As a blush, this will brighten cheeks, but I think it will look best on lighter complexions–it looks too pale on my skin tone. MAC So Swee,t So Easy is very similar. MAC Full of Joy is more lilac. Make Up For Ever #13 is slightly bluer in undertone. As a lip color, it’s a pale, barely cool-toned pink with a subtle sheen. It does settle into lip lines a bit in a noticeable way, which is due to the overall light color. MAC Enchantee is a bit pinker. Guerlain Rose Innocent is sheerer. MAC Dress It Up is pinker. MAC Royal Azalea is just barely pinker. It’s paler than MAC Viva Glam Gaga.

For an in-depth review of the formula, please see this post. The main takeaways were that as a blush, this yields a dewy finish that might be just the wrong side of dewy for some, but it may be the perfect recipe for those with drier skin; as a lip color, the finish is more like a satin matte, and it has a slightly clingy nature that works as a way to make the color lightweight and very natural-looking.

This shade will be best on light skin tones, because it may wash out medium to deep complexions. The pale color, combined with the subtle cool undertone may give an ashy look on the cheeks for darker skin tones. When I wore this yesterday to see whether it would wear well, it managed about six and a half hours as a blush and three and a half hours as a lip color.

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Lazy Sunday

B+
This shade will be best on light skin tones, because it may wash out medium to deep complexions. The pale color, combined with the subtle cool undertone may give an ashy look on the cheeks for darker skin tones.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, June 1st, 2012

MAC Keep It Loose Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Keep It Loose Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Keep It Loose Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Keep It Loose Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm peach.” It’s a soft warm-toned peach with a soft sheen. It seems to have a little pink in it. As a blush, it shows up without washing out my medium-colored complexion, which was nice. On lips, it takes on a pinker appearance–looks like a pale pink with subtle warm undertones. Make Up For Ever #14 is similar but has more peach in it. MAC Alpha Girl is similar but lighter. MAC You’re Perfect Already is a little pinker on lips. MAC Miami Coral is a bit darker, more coral. Chanel Flirt is pinker and more coral. MAC Ever Hip is more coral.

For an in-depth review of the formula, please see this post. The main takeaways were that as a blush, this yields a dewy finish that might be just the wrong side of dewy for some, but it may be the perfect recipe for those with drier skin; as a lip color, the finish is more like a satin matte, and it has a slightly clingy nature that works as a way to make the color lightweight and very natural-looking.

This is going to be most flattering on light to light-medium complexions, though it should work on medium to medium-dark skin tones as well. It might be too light to work on deeper complexions without looking ashy.  I tested the wear of this shade as a cheek color yesterday, and it only managed five hours before it started a rather quick decline–it was almost gone after six hours. As a lip color, it held on for around three hours.

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Keep It Loose

B+
This is going to be most flattering on light to light-medium complexions, though it should work on medium to medium-dark skin tones as well. It might be too light to work on deeper complexions without looking ashy.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012

MAC Booyah!!! Pro Longwear Lipcreme
MAC Booyah!!! Pro Longwear Lipcreme

MAC & Beth Ditto: Pro Longwear Lipcremes

There are five new (and limited edition) shades of MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme ($17.00 for 0.12 oz.) featured in the Beth Ditto collection. These include: Booyah!!! (bright orange), Dear Diary (bright neon pink), Heart Hangover (deep purple), Love Long Distance (light mauve), and You’re Perfect Already (neutral pale pink).

  • Booyah!!! is a medium-dark orange with some brightness but it doesn’t turn neon. It’s opaque and has a creamy finish. I thought it was a darker orange, but it’s actually not so! MAC Sail la Vie and MAC Scarlet Ibis are darker and redder. MAC Morange and MAC Neon Orange are very, very similar, but they’re both a little brighter. MAC Good to Go is slightly darker. Illamasqua Flare is brighter and matte. Clarins Clementine is warmer.
  • Dear Diary is a vibrant fuchsia magenta pink. It’s opaque and has a creamy finish. MAC Candy Yum Yum is slightly cooler-toned and has more of a matte finish, but it’s very, very close–I think there’s a less neon quality with Dear Diary. MAC Pink Pigeon is a little pinker, not as neon. MAC Show Orchid is darker and pinker. MAC Quick Sizzle is much pinker. NARS Schiap is pinker.
  • Heart Hangover is a brown burgundy. It applies opaque, but I found the consistency of this one surprisingly dry–this formula tends to be creamy, but this pulled and tugged a bit. MAC Soulfully Rich is much darker. MAC Prince Noir is also much darker. Dolce & Gabbana Amethyst is redder. Milani Black Cherry is redder and sheerer. MAC Media is redder. MAC Hang Up is a bit redder.
  • Love Long Distance is a semi-opaque pale, cool-toned pink with white frost. This has a really frosted, metallic-like finish. This was the thirteenth product I swatched, and it was less forgiving on my lips compared to the other shades. Revlon Cupcake is similar in color but has a glossier, less frosted finish. NYX Rose shares the same finish, but it’s warmer and pinker. MAC Behave Yourself is also a bit similar.
  • You’re Perfect Already is a pinky beige with a little hint of peach. It’s opaque and has a creamy finish. On my lips, the peachy tones disappeared for the most part, since there are a few natural pink tones to my lips. MAC Angel is yellower and darker. MAC Playing Koi is peachier. MAC Overtime is yellower. MAC So Sweet, So Easy is pinker.

I think this is a pretty good lipstick formula, but MAC claims it wears for up to twelve hours, and this has always been where I’ve had problems–I get between six and eight hours of wear with most shades I’ve tested.  The Pro Longwear Lipcreme formula is supposed to be lightweight, creamy, comfortable, non-feathering, non-transferring, and moisturizing.  Such a tall order!  All but Heart Hangover were very creamy, and they glided on easily and provided even color without any real effort. Because of the slip and creaminess, they do feel comfortable once applied, though I don’t think I’d say they’re really lightweight. They don’t feel heavy or thick, but I do feel them on my lips.

They have a satin/semi-matte finish–it begins with more of a satiny sheen, but it wears off after the first couple of hours of wear. These are most definitely not transfer-proof. I’ve done kiss-tests in the past, and it certainly leaves behind product on my coffee cup. It’s less prone to transfer compared to the average lipstick, but it does have some transfer. I don’t have feathering problems with the product, but the circular shape of the lipstick itself can make precision application more difficult, especially if you have smaller lips. I always find it turns out a bit wonky around my cupid’s bow if I don’t pay attention.

These are vanilla-scented, but I haven’t detected any taste.  Of this set, I tested out the wear of Dear Diary and Love Long Distance, which wore eight and six hours respectively–true-to-form for these lipsticks.  Darker shades tend to last around eight hours, while lighter shades last around six hours.  My lips always feel normal after wearing one of these for six to eight hours; not dehydrated, not ultra-hydrated.

P.S. — I really loved the sentiment behind You’re Perfect Already. Why hasn’t there been an empowerment collection by MAC? I’d love to see that. Talk about positive, uplifting, and always nice to see.

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MAC & Beth Ditto Pro Longwear Lipcremes Reviews, Photos, Swatches

B+
This lipstick is a good formula with the exception of the wear time not making it to twelve hours--it lasts awhile, and it outlasts regular lipsticks by nearly double. The colors are generally opaque, have a creamy consistency, and apply evenly.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012

MAC Have a Lovely Day! Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Have a Lovely Day! Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Have a Lovely Day! Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Have a Lovely Day! Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “neutral nude.” It’s a rosy, almost mauve-toned shade with hints of beige. Tarte Exposed is browner. Burberry Cameo is a bit darker, plummier. On the lips, it’s pinker, less visible mauve tones. MAC Annemiek is lighter. MAC Angel is pinker. Chanel Candeur is lighter.

For an in-depth review of the formula, please see this post. The main takeaways were that as a blush, this yields a dewy finish that might be just the wrong side of dewy for some, but it may be the perfect recipe for those with drier skin; as a lip color, the finish is more like a satin matte, and it has a slightly clingy nature that works as a way to make the color lightweight and very natural-looking.

When I tested Have a Lovely Day! on the lips, it wore for four hours. I’ve been testing out the wear of this shade since six am, so after five hours, it’s a bit faded and could use a reapplication. The texture is soft, creamy, and incredibly blendable; it’s buildable to true-to-pot color, but this lighter shade is impossible to overdo. It will be particularly great as an everyday shade on light to medium skin tones.

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MAC Have a Lovely Day! Lip & Cheek Colour Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
The texture is soft, creamy, and incredibly blendable; it's buildable to true-to-pot color, but this lighter shade is impossible to overdo. It will be particularly great as an everyday shade on light to medium skin tones.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

bareMinerals The Cliff Hanger Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Cliff Hanger Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Cliff Hanger Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Cliff Hanger Ready Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Suspense (natural stone) and Awe (violet woods). This is one of seven new duos for spring/summer.  Each duo is packaged in a rubberized plastic compact with a full-size mirror inside and a sponge-tipped applicator. Each eyeshadow is the size of the average full-size eyeshadow (0.05 oz.).

Suspense is is a light-medium gray-beige with a matte finish. It’s a lighter taupe, mushroom-y kind of color. The color payoff is excellent, and the texture is soft, dense, and rich without being powdery. Guerlain Les Gris is lighter and shimmery. I was surprised when I wasn’t able to think of any other dupes!

Awe is a cool-toned, ultra dark purple with hints of teal and silver shimmer. It’s almost a blackened-purple, but there’s not enough darkness there (which isn’t a bad thing–blackened colors often lose the color nuance once applied). The pigmentation is good, but it’s not perfect–the texture is a smidgen on the drier side, especially compared to many of the other shades within the formula. bareMinerals Daring is similar but more intense, a little more purple. MAC Indigo Noir is purpler, less gray.

These two shades together aren’t quite as complementary as a lot of the other duos the brand has released. They certainly work together, but for whatever reason, it’s just not as effortless.  I think it might be the beige-ness of Suspense that makes it more difficult.  I love the texture and feel of Suspense, and it’s such a lovely, versatile neutral matte shade to work with. Awe applies fine, but you might need to go back to darken the area you applied it to.  I did have a little fading with Awe after eight hours (without a primer–no fading when used over a primer) as well.

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bareMinerals The Cliff Hanger Ready Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
The quality of the duo is good, but it isn't as good as many of the other duos available. I really love how versatile Suspense is--I could see that being a go-to shade for a lot of people.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Ballet Sparkle Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Ballet Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Ballet Sparkle Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “light pink glitter.” It’s a smattering of rosy pink (with warm undertones) glitter suspended in a translucent base. I don’t really have similar shades to this, since it’s more of a glitter than it is a regular eyeshadow, but Bobbi Brown Black Ruby (which has a sparkle finish as well) came the closest, but it had more color and a little less sparkle/glitter.

This is one of four shades from the spring collection, and all four shades were described as sheer pastels over a translucent base, so they’re not supposed to be intense or opaque. They are supposed to be “crease-free” and “long-lasting.” Ballet was better than Silver Spoon, as it adhered to the lid better and had minimal fall out over the course of the eight hours I wore it on the lid. There wasn’t enough fall out during application to gripe over either. As I mentioned in my previous review, it’s hard to judge “creasing,” since there’s not enough pigment to give an even, opaque layer such that you know where the color ends and begins. The glitter didn’t gather in the crease, though, which is usually what a product like this would do if it was prone to creasing.

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Ballet

B+
I will reiterate that these are more expensive than I would expect from Bobbi Brown, and I don't like that they contain less than Sparkle eyeshadows before them. I had much better luck with Ballet adhering and wearing throughout the day--none of the fall out issues I had with Silver Spoon.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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