Saturday, December 18th, 2010

MAC Rose Ole Special Reserve Highlighting Powder
MAC Rose Ole Special Reserve Highlighting Powder

MAC Cham-Pale: Rose Ole Special Reserve Highlighting Powder

MAC Rose Ole Special Reserve Highlighter Powder ($28.00 for oz.) is one of two new and limited edition highlighting powders included in the Cham-Pale launch (the other being Chez Chez Lame). MAC describes it as a “soft pink with gold shimmer.”  It is a rosy copper beige with a soft golden sheen.  I was reminded of Pink Bronze pigment, actually, but obviously the finish and texture are quite different!  This shade is darker and thus more pigmented, so it is more appropriate for darker skin tones–it is still subtle and easily sheer enough to work on even pale skin tones, though.  After some more reflection, this is a softer version of MAC’s By Candlelight Mineralize Skinfinish.

P.S. — In the full face photo, I wore Vintage Selection as a base, Retrospeck on the lid with Caviar Dreams in the crease, Feline on the waterline, Rose Ole on cheeks, and Straight to the Head on lips.

MAC Cham-Pale Collection is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North American, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th. It features color products as well as a few skincare items.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: This is a more universally flattering shade than Chez Chez Lame, and though it’s just as soft and easily sheered out, it has more color, which will work for darker skin tones, too.

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics on December 26th (U.S. stores), January 2011 (International)

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Saturday, December 18th, 2010

MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder
MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder

MAC Cham-Pale: Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder

MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighter Powder ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.) is one of two new and limited edition highlighting powders included in the Cham-Pale launch (the other being Rose Ole). MAC describes it as a “soft gold with silver shimmer.”  It’s a softened white gold with subtle yellow undertones and a soft white shimmer-sheen.  I don’t see so much of a silver shimmer as I do a soft white one, though.

The texture is soft and smooth, and it applies beautifully on the face. It has a highly reflective quality that may make it too much glow for some, but it doesn’t seem to emphasize my pores, though.  It doesn’t work for me as a blusher (I wasn’t expecting it to but just a heads up), and I do worry it will be ashy on darker skin tones, because of the paleness of the color and the amount of white shimmer.  It’s not quite as soft as Mineralize Skinfinishes and a bit more powdery, nor as finely milled as beauty powders.  The more neutral tone of this golden highlighter makes it appropriate for both cooler and warmer skin tones.

P.S. — In the full face photo, I wore Vintage Selection as a base, Retrospeck on the lid with Caviar Dreams in the crease, Feline on the waterline, Chez Chez Lame on cheeks, and Straight to the Head on lips.

MAC Cham-Pale Collection is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North American, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th. It features color products as well as a few skincare items.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: The more neutral tone of this golden highlighter makes it appropriate for both cooler and warmer skin tones.

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics, in-stores December 26th, internationally in January 2011.

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Friday, December 17th, 2010

Maybelline Khaki Green Define-a-Line
Maybelline Khaki Green Define-a-Line

Maybelline Khaki Green Define-a-Line

Maybelline Khaki Green Define-a-Line ($4.49 for 0.01 oz.) is a tarnished olive green with soft gold and green shimmer. Interesting enough, while the black eyeliner in this same formula is too creamy and ends up smudging all over the place on me, Khaki Green stays in place as it should. I wouldn’t even describe it as a creamy formula; it’s smooth enough and glides on without tugging and deposits a good amount of color in a single pass. I wonder if the shimmer causes it to be a “drier” formula and subsequently helps it to adhere to the lash line.

Welcome to Swatch-all-idays! To start 2011 off on the right foot (or post, as it may be!), Temptalia is going through a backlog of products we have photographed, swatched, and often tested but in a slightly different manner. Quick reviews may be partially incomplete, such as a blush may only be swatched on the arm rather than shown on the face. It is our hope that what we are able to provide is still helpful!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: It’s a nice alternative for a khaki green eyeliner if you’re on a tighter budget!

AVAILABILITY: Maybelline

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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

MAC Brush Cleanser
MAC Brush Cleanser

Quick Review: MAC Brush Cleanser

MAC Brush Cleanser ($12.00 for 7.9 fl. oz.) is a total go-to for me when it comes to an effective, easy-to-use method to clean my makeup brushes. It works well as a spot cleanser (just spray it on a paper towel and run the brush back and forth, which will draw and pull out whatever is in your brush), because your brush will dry in a few minutes. I also will pour some into a cup and put each brush in it (just a little bit), then rinse with water for a deeper clean.

It would be more convenient if it came with a spray pump, because unless you’re pouring some into a vessel, a spray or two would be plenty without any waste. It takes me about a year to get through an entire bottle, and I’m not at all frugal with it!

Welcome to Swatch-all-idays! To start 2011 off on the right foot (or post, as it may be!), Temptalia is going through a backlog of products we have photographed, swatched, and often tested but in a slightly different manner. Quick reviews may be partially incomplete, such as a blush may only be swatched on the arm rather than shown on the face. It is our hope that what we are able to provide is still helpful!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re in the market for a quick-drying brush cleanser that will disinfect and clean your brushes simultaneously, MAC Brush Cleanser is something to consider! It is definitely one of my staples.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Benefit The Porefessional
Benefit The Porefessional

Quick Review: Benefit The Porefessional

Benefit The Porefessional ($28.00 for 0.75 oz.) is supposed to minimize the appearance of pores. It is a translucent balm that you can apply under or over makeup. Benefit says when applying it under makeup, to apply to clean, lightly moisturized skin, then pat on problem areas and blend with fingertips. For over makeup, pat on lightly over makeup and blend. (Doesn’t sound so different, eh?)

Please note that I did not test this on the face for an extended period of time, due to a sensitivity to dimethicone (second ingredient in The Porefessional). I only applied it to see whether my pores looked minimized. I left it on the back of my hand, and the effect lasted noticeably for four hours.

Porefessional seems to apply a soft focus lens over your skin, which gives it the appearance of a softer, smoother, and less-pore-filled. I wouldn’t say my pores vanish instantly, but they are definitely minimized, which is the goal. It is similar to MAC’s Prep + Prime Line Filler as well as bears some resemblance to face primers in general. It has a silkier texture, though, and it helps to mattify the skin as well. The product works to give skin a little help by minimizing textural issues, which pores can sometimes contribute to. It works pretty well, and it did a nice job of disguising some of the pores on the side of my nose.

Welcome to Swatch-all-idays! To start 2011 off on the right foot (or post, as it may be!), Temptalia is going through a backlog of products we have photographed, swatched, and often tested but in a slightly different manner. Quick reviews may be partially incomplete, such as a blush may only be swatched on the arm rather than shown on the face. It is our hope that what we are able to provide is still helpful!

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For those who don’t already use a face primer on a regular basis, Porefessional may be a nice way to supplement your foundation by softening the look of pores.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Dior Technicolor Red Lipstick
Dior Technicolor Red Dior Addict Lipcolor

Dior Holiday 2010: Technicolor Red

Dior Technicolor Red (873) Lipcolor ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a raspberry pink-red with soft fuchsia and ruby micro-shimmer. It’s nearly opaque on lips, and it’s a beautiful take on a more classic holiday red. If you tend to gravitate towards fuchsias over reds, Technicolor Red offers a happy medium of the two. The texture is delightfully creamy, applying evenly with little pressure and pigmented enough not to need a lot of layering. I was able to wear this shade for a solid five hours, and the Dior Addict Lipcolor formula is creamy and moisturizing. It is heavily rose-scented, so those with sensitivities to scent may want to try it before they buy it.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: The pink in this makes it an excellent shade for cooler skin tones. The subtle coolness of the pink-red combo still makes it a shade that can work on warmer skin tones, too.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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