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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Friday, May 18th, 2012


MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder

MAC Hey, Sailor: Refined Golden Bronzing Powder

MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder ($24.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “finely spun golden with soft pearl finish.” It’s a medium-dark tan brown with warm undertones–a little red, a little yellow–and gold sparkle. This is the darkest/deepest bronzer of the launch, so for more than just a warm tint on deeper complexions, this would be your best bet (though you might consider other shades within the permanent range). This is like a darker version of MAC Soft Sand. Urban Decay Toasted is more red-toned.

The texture is soft, but a little dry, but it applies smoothly and evenly on the skin. I didn’t have any trouble blending it out (not like Soft Sand), and it’s very buildable, so you can go for softer, lighter coverage or intensify it, depending on your preferences and needs. I didn’t test this specific version of Refined Golden, but I tested one I already had (as it gets repromoted often) a couple of weeks ago in anticipation of the launch, and it wore for about seven hours.

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MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
This shade is the most suitable for deeper complexions from the four available in this collection. It can still be used on lighter skin tones, because it is a buildable and blendable product.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, May 17th, 2012


MAC Launch Away! Blush

MAC Launch Away! Blush

MAC Launch Away! Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “true peach” with a satin finish. It looks a little pinked in the pot, but it’s more like a darkened peach–in the pot. On me, though, it turns rather pink! It’s a light-medium peony pink with warm undertones and a subtle sheen. MAC Crew is warmer and a touch darker, and this is noticeable on the cheeks, too–but Crew is also less buildable and pigmented compared to Launch Away! MAC Flower Fantasy is lighter and has a higher sheen. Chanel Brompton Road is a bit lighter and shows up less on the cheeks. Benefit Hervana is darker and sheerer. Burberry Peony is very similar but has more of a true matte finish.

It has the same drier, stiffer texture of Fleet Fast, which is typical of MAC blushes, especially of their satin finished blushes. The powder is soft to the touch and applies smoothly.  The finish of Launch Away! is very subtle–the sheen is barely there and almost imperceptible once applied.  It builds up easily and gave my cheeks noticeable color without having to pile it on, but it is a paler, lighter shade, so it would not be ideal for deeper skin tones–particularly because the drier texture paired with the near-matte finish can look chalky on darker complexions.  When I wore this one for wear, it managed just under seven hours and started to decline and fade after that.

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Launch Away

B+
This is another blush that is going to be best on lighter complexions, but it will work well with both cool and warm undertones. If you don't like a lot of shine, shimmer, or sparkle in your blush, you may also really like the finish of this shade.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, May 17th, 2012


MAC Fleet Fast Blush

MAC Hey, Sailor Collection — Fleet Fast Blush

MAC Fleet Fast Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pinky golden coral” with a satin finish. It’s a muted red-coral with a golden shimmer-sheen. Tom Ford Flush is more vibrant with less shimmer. MAC Immortal Flower is softer and pinker with more of a sheen than a shimmer. Tarte Glisten is very similar but with a more pronounced sheen. Illamasqua Dixie is much more intense and vibrant. Tarte Blissful is brighter and warmer. Tarina Tarantino Feather is lighter. theBalm Frat Boy is a touch pinker and doesn’t have the shimmer/sheen. MAC Early Morning is looks almost burnt in comparison–a little redder.

Even though this and Launch Away! (the other blush in this collection, which I will review after I finish concluding this post!) look rather different in the pot, they don’t look nearly as different once applied. The major difference is the overall tone, as this shade is warmer and redder, while Launch Away! appears pinker.  The texture is soft, finely-milled, and a little stiff/dry; it’s not dry in a bad way so much as it’s just that type of texture. It’s not soft and dense and buttery.  Fleet Fast has good color payoff and applies well against the skin and adds coral and gold warmth to cheeks.  It blended out nicely when I used the 116 to apply it.  I tested out the wear of both blushes yesterday (with some really excellent timing, I managed to test four cheek products, each for eight hours!), Fleet Fast wore for about seven hours before having some minor fading.

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Fleet Fast

B+
This will work well on light-medium to medium-dark complexions, particularly those with warmer undertones. It may look a bit more orange-coral on cooler skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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