Friday, December 30th, 2011

MAC for Iris Apfel Nail Lacquers
MAC for Iris Apfel Nail Lacquers

MAC for Iris Apfel: Nail Lacquers

There are three limited edition shades of MAC Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) , which include: Oriele Orange (bright orange coral), Sandpiper (creamy pale stone beige), and Toco Toucan (bright blue-fuchsia).

  • Oriele Orange is a rich reddened orange–it looks more orange on me at a lot of angles, but sometimes, it does look more fiery, redder, more of that orange-coral that MAC describes. It was a hard shade to photograph for some reason! It’s opaque in two coats and was easy to work with. Essie Meet Me at Sunset is redder. Essie Braziliant is closer. China Glaze Life Preserver is redder. MAC Scorcher is redder but similar.
  • Sandpiper is a pale neutral ivory beige. I used two coats for swatches, but there was still visible nail line. This was thick and streaky; it also had a longer than average drying time. Zoya Minka is yellower and has shimmer. Chanel Beige Petale is kind of similar, but since it’s really sheer, hard to tell!
  • Toco Toucan is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia cream that’s nearly opaque in one coat, though I did two for swatches. Essie Super Bossa Nova is brighter and has more of an iridescence. Urban Decay Woodstock is more magenta. China Glaze 108 Degrees is a touch redder and has shimmer. Orly Fiesta is not quite as dark. Zoya Dana is similar but less blue-based.

MAC Nail Lacquers have worn well on me; I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping. The formula on Oriele Orange and Toco Toucan are lovely–really good consistency, not too thick or thin, and they are very pigmented. Sandpiper was harder to work with and really requires a deft hand to navigate the thicker, pooling consistency and the longer drying time as a result.

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MAC for Iris Apfel Nail Lacquers Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Oriele Orange and Toco Toucan are more like A- polishes, while Sandpiper was the shade that brought down the overall score, because it was thick, almost goopy, and sheer.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, December 30th, 2011

MAC Diamond Dove Eyeshadow
MAC Diamond Dove Eyeshadow

MAC for Iris Apfel: Eyeshadows

There are five limited edition shades of MAC Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) in the Iris Apfel collection: Diamond Dove (deep gray-brown), Early Bird (bright coral), Howzat (deep gray with silver sparkle), Robin’s Egg (mid-tone teal), and Silver Gull (blue-gray with sparkle).

  • Diamond Dove is a dark brown with subtle cool undertones. It has good color payoff, but it is definitely a drier matte, so you may or may not like that type of texture (it’s more like most of MAC’s matte finishes–not at all like the Matte2 finish). This has a matte finish. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is a slightly less gray brown in the palette. MAC Brun is grayer. MAC Copperplate is a bit lighter and much grayer. It’s a bit darker than MAC Double Feature 3.
  • Early Bird is a medium coral-pink. This has a matte finish. The color payoff is good, but again, it is a drier matte, which you may love or hate. If you didn’t like working with MAC Free to Be (which is a bit darker but otherwise very similar), I doubt you’ll like this one. They’re both fairly dry. I actually found this to need more packing on the lid (I think to apply it to my inner third of the lid, I applied five or six times to get true-to-pan intensity). Inglot #361 is also similar.
  • Howzat is a bluish gray with a sheen. This has a satin finish. I didn’t like it the first time it came out, nor the second, and I still think it’s subpar. The color payoff is terrible with a really dry, stiff texture that’s just not worth the effort. MAC Interior Life is similar but more matte.
  • Robin’s Egg is a bluish-teal. This has a matte finish. This is the type of color that’s going to look bluer/greener depending on the colors you pair it with but your underlying skin tone will have an affect, too. For instance, warmer complexions will probably see this as more of a teal shade, while cooler complexions may find it turns bluer. The texture of this is different than the other matte eyeshadows–it’s much softer, not quite as soft as Matte2 finishes, but still softer and much easier to work with. It’s similar to MAC Double Feature 3 and Inglot #372.
  • Silver Gull is a pale, neutral-toned gray with silver sparkle. This has a velvet finish. The base color has more of a matte finish, while the sparkle lies on top of the product, which does cause significant fall out (even just swatching, the sparkle doesn’t bind with the actual color). It’s also on the sheerer side and a bit powdery. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit has a slightly similar gray. Unfortunately, I couldn’t think of any other dupes.

These are some of the better single eyeshadows I’ve seen from MAC since Surf Baby (which was an exceptional set!). I think what will sway you is simply how you prefer your matte finishes–if you like them drier, more consistent with most of MAC’s matte range, you’ll like these. If you prefer softer, denser, almost buttery mattes, these are not like those. In my experience, drier mattes perform just as well as more buttery ones once you apply them, but it’s in a quick swatch that you might find the major discrepancy. I wore Early Bird, Robin’s Egg, and Silver Gull to test out the wear of these, and I did have fall out issues with Silver Gull (which also required packing of color to get it to show). Robin’s Egg is the easiest to work with, because it’s soft and very pigmented–so you don’t need a lot of it, and you can easily blend it out, too.

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MAC for Iris Apfel Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
If you like them drier, more consistent with most of MAC's matte range, you'll like these. If you prefer softer, denser, almost buttery mattes, these are not like those. In my experience, drier mattes perform just as well as more buttery ones once you apply them, but it's in a quick swatch that you might find the major discrepancy. I do not recommend Silver Gull for it has fall out and pigmentation issues.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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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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