Saturday, March 21st, 2015

MAC Blacktrack Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Blacktrack Pro Longwear Fluidline

Here are the other shades of MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) that I received and have finished testing. I really can’t tell if the formula is really different between the original Fluidlines and the Pro Longwear Fluidlines. At most, they seem a little more emollient/thinner with a longer drying time (but not long), but it’s such a subtle difference that it could just be that my original version is also older (and could therefore have dried out slightly over time).

Ivy is described as a “fresh leaf green.” It’s a muted, emerald green with a pearly sheen. It is more slippery and tends to sheer out when applied; it takes some layering, but you really have to wait for it to fully dry down before adding another layer of product. This shade wore well for ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Lowlights is described as a “deep deep brown.” It’s a deep, subtly cool-toned brown with a mostly matte finish (not as flat of a matte finish as Blacktrack). It had semi-opaque coverage in one pass when I tested it on my lower lash line, and it lasted for ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Macroviolet is described as a “sparkly purple.” It’s a lightly brightened eggplant purple with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation and wasn’t too slippery. This shade stayed put for ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Siahi is described as a “deep ocean blue.” It’s a muted, blue with a hint of green and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single stroke that was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage, but it tended to look faded, even when built up. The version here is more muted, less shimmery/more blue-leaning than my prior version. It lasted for ten hours–this formula just doesn’t budge on me. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Silverstroke is described as a “silver.” It’s a brightened silver with a metallic sheen. It had a more emollient consistency that resulted in sheer pigmentation. It was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage with two layers. Once in place and dry, it lasted for ten hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Please note, Royal Wink is a limited edition shade that’s part of the collaboration with Philip Treacy, but for the sake of minimizing posts during the MAC madness, I’ve included it here!

Royal Wink is described as a “bright ink blue.” It’s a bold, brightened cobalt blue with a satin finish. It had rich color payoff but had a slightly more emollient consistency so you have to be careful not to go back and forth, as it will sheer out if you do so–it goes on fairly evenly with more opaque coverage in one stroke. It wore well for ten hours on me. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, March 20th, 2015

MAC Pro Longwear Fluidlines
MAC Pro Longwear Fluidlines

MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is set to add sixteen shades to the existing range of Fluidlines. It seems like this is similar to when MAC redid the Paint Pot range by adding “Pro Longwear” to the name and determined a new set of permanent shades to be available (primarily pulling from long-time favorites and past limited edition releases). I couldn’t really determine too many differences between these and my experience with the regular Fluidline formula; at most, some of these seemed to have more slip and a longer dry-down time (though not long). Once dry, they lasted until I took them off (ten hours) regardless of whether I used them as an eyeliner or as a cream eyeshadow, though they are designed as a gel eyeliner (I just happened to try a few on Wednesday as eyeshadows to pair with Bouffant eyeshadow from the collection!).

Blacktrack is described as a “solid flat black.” It’s a deep black with a matte finish. It dries to a really flat, matte finish in about thirty seconds and stayed put for ten hours as an eyeliner. It had mostly opaque coverage but is best applied in short strokes for maximum coverage. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blitz & Glitz is described as a “intense black with gold pearl.” It’s a deepened black with warm undertones and fine gold shimmer. It had opaque coverage in a single stroke when I tested it on my lower lash line (I used MAC’s 263 to apply). This shade wore well for a full ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blue Peep is described as a “turquoise blue.” It’s a brightened, muted, medium blue with almost “warm” undertones–there’s a teal vibe, but it is bluer than green. It had an ultra matte finish. The liner went only with mostly opaque coverage in one pass and lasted for the full ten hours I wore it for. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Brassy is described as a “brassy gold.” It’s a brightened, golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, but it had more slip than a lot of the other shades, so it applied better in short strokes and layered after it sets slightly. Once on, the color stayed put for ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Copperthorn is described as a “copper bronze.” It’s a medium-dark copper brown with chunky gold and copper sparkle/glitter. It’s extremely chunky and sparkly with more of a sheer base color–the majority of this one is sparkle. I actually found it chunkier than when it was previously released. The majority of the eyeliner seems to stay in place (I can tell where I put it and still see that distinct line after ten hours), but there were glittery bits underneath my eye and on my cheek during wear. Get comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

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9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Friday, March 20th, 2015

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder
MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder ($26.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light pink with silver pearl.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a silvery, frosted sheen. NARS Adoration (Left) (P) is more sparkly. MAC Just a Wisp (P, $27.00) is brighter. MAC Azalea in the Afternoon (LE, $27.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Veronica’s Blush (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Long-time MAC fans might already have this in their stash (I remember it from Barbie Loves MAC in ’07), and I myself remember using this heavily years ago (along with Pearl Sunshine). The color and finish are the same between this newest release and mine from 2007, though the texture is a bit different–my older one has a denser feel to it, more pliable. The texture is smooth but thin in the pan; there’s a firmer press going on these days when it comes to a lot of MAC’s Beauty Powders, I think. It’s not stiff to me, but it is thinner and smooth yet not really silky (usually smooth and silky are characteristics that go together). On my medium skin tone, I get both color, shimmer, and luminosity, though it could be applied with a less dense brush (I used a blush brush) for a more delicate sheen with less color. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to more opaque. It wore well without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture and lasted eight hours on me before starting to breakdown.

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Pearl Blossom

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Friday, March 20th, 2015

MAC Bouffant Eyeshadow
MAC Bouffant Eyeshadow

MAC Bouffant Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pale peach shimmer [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a fairly soft, smooth consistency that was blendable and buildable in color. It wore well for eight hours before creasing on me. I expected this to have some dupes, but it was surprisingly dupable. Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE) is lighter. Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is similar. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is darker. Stila Rose Quartz (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Venitien #2 (P) is similar. Chanel Tisse Camelia #3 (P) is similar. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is similar. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is similar. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more glittery. MAC Jest (P, $15.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC A Natural Flirt (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is similar. bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is more shimmery. Inglot #397 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Yogurt Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “chalky pale pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light, neutral-to-cool-toned pink with a matte finish. The texture was firm and thin, which made it harder to get color off of the surface. It lasted for seven hours before fading. This shade is part of the permanent range. Lancome My French #2 (LE) is much darker. Make Up For Ever M870 Yogurt (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC The Wrong Man (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Elementary Pink (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Fray (LE, $18.00) is darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

There are two other new, limited edition shades in this collection, which I don’t have, but I’ll certainly try to snag them when the collection launches online on March 26th!

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8.5/10

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

ColourPop Birthday Suit Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Birthday Suit Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Birthday Suit Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “neutral pink with a satin finish.” It’s a muted, medium pink with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and silver-ish micro-shimmer. NARS Fervor (Left) (P) is lighter, warmer, powder. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is less sparkly, powder. Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is less sparkly, powder. MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is cooler-toned, powder. YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is a powder. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly, powder. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter, powder. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is a powder. MAC Formal (LE) is more matte, powder. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is less sparkly, powder. NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is less sparkly, darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Though the finish is described as a satin, I’ve found that the shimmer is very hard to see on the skin–they all look semi-matte once they get blended out on the skin. The texture is lightweight, blends easily without looking streaky or uneven, and stays put for eight and a half hours before fading becomes apparent. The texture is sponge-like–a definite cream-based product, but it lacks the slip of most traditional cream blushes. It is supposed to have buildable coverage with the most coverage achieved when applied with fingertips, but even applying with fingertips, I was only able to get semi-sheer pigmentation out of this shade, which was comparable to the coverage achieved using a denser synthetic brush. You can use a duo fiber or stippling brush for sheerer application that is still buildable to semi-sheer color payoff, if desired.

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Birthday Suit

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Sunday, March 15th, 2015

ColourPop Cheerio Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Cheerio Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Cheerio Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deep cranberry in a satin finish.” It’s a reddish berry with subtle cool undertones and a gold and fuchsia micro-shimmer. Surratt Beauty Rougeur (P, $32.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Chamade (67) (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Goulue (P, $29.00) is slightly more muted. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Berry (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $29.00) is warmer. NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Rouge (LE, $45.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula feels spongy and more like clay or play-doh than your traditional cream blush, which makes it a lot less emollient and even lighter-weight as it tends to feel, look, and blend more like a traditional powder blush than a cream one once the product hits the skin. It’s supposed to have buildable coverage with the most color payoff achieved by applying directly with fingertips and a “sheer, airbrushed effect” when used with a duo fiber brush. It may take a few attempts to get into the ease of using the formula (or you might just find your stride immediately). I’ve found the most foolproof way is to apply with a stippling or duo fiber brush (I like MAC’s 159), especially with the deeper and richer shades like this one. It had semi-opaque coverage when applied with fingers, but it doesn’t get to fully opaque color, if that’s your aim. When I was testing this shade, it seemed easier to get even coverage with a sheerer application. The finish appears a more semi-matte on the skin than shimmery, so I wouldn’t let the shimmer scare you if you gravitate towards mostly matte finishes. On me, the blush lasted for nine hours before fading slightly.

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Cheerio

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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4.5/5

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