Sunday, October 12th, 2014

MAC Pink + Rose Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection
MAC Pink + Rose Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection

MAC Pink + Rose Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection ($35.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes four pigments (each containing 0.09 oz.) and one glitter (containing 0.14 oz.). This set ranges from light pink to bronze to copper to deeper pink and plum. The collection releases online October 27th and in-stores on November 6th.

Whisper Pink is described as a “soft beige pink with pearl.” It is a light, milky pink with gold shimmer. The texture was very chunky, so it was difficult to apply as an even layer. It applied smoother dry, but it was mostly gold shimmer when used that way. I would take a mixing palette with a damp brush and smooth out the pigment on it, then apply to the lid. On me, it wore well for eight hours before creasing, but there was some fall out during wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Tan is described as a “muted pinky brown bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, metallic copper brown with warm, red undertones. The texture wasn’t quite as smooth as I remember it being, but it will smooth out if applied damp. It was semi-sheer applied dry, then more opaque applied damp. It lasted for eight hours on me. This is a permanent shade. See swatches of dupes/ view dupes side-by-side.

Rose is described as a “rose with copper sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark pink with a lot of chunky, gold shimmer. It really needs to be pushed and buffed into the skin to smooth it out, though it was possible, and it was easier to do so if you applied the color with a damp brush. It was semi-sheer applied dry, semi-opaque applied damp. The color wore well for eight hours, but there was some fall out during wear. This is a permanent shade. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Reigning Riches is described as a “soft copper [Glitter].” It’s a copper glitter with small glitter particles (but larger than micro-glitter). It is listed as not safe for usage around the eyes or lips.

Heritage Rouge is described as a “dirty brown plum.” It’s a rich, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a pearly finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque and appeared warmer, and applied damp, it was less brown, more plum, with full opacity. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. This is a permanent shade. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as a “highly concentrated loose colour powder” that will “adhere to the skin.” They can be used to “create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect.” The formula is supposed to be “easy to blend and long-lasting.” The majority work best when applied with a dampened brush, as it helps the powder bind and adhere to the skin, though some shades are more pigmented than others for dry application.

MAC now offers “Sized to Go” pigments in select shades, which are the same size as the ones in the set, for $10 ($111.11/oz). Normally, a full-sized jar of pigment is $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.). The set contains $40.00 or $50.40 worth of pigments, depending on which calculation you use. Full-sized glitters are $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.), so there is $19.60 worth of glitter here. All in all, the set contains at least $59.60 worth of product, and on the high end, $70.00. The only annoyance is that the smaller jars can be harder to use, depending on the size of your fingers/hands, but you’ll want to be careful. I usually find the best luck in pouring a little into the cap or onto a metal mixing palette.

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Pink + Rose

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8/10

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Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette
Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette

Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette ($90.00 for 0.42 oz.) includes five eyeshadows and four blushes. When you open the palette, you’ll see a tray of eyeshadows, and when you lift the tray, you’ll see four blushes–two as larger squares, two as smaller, rectangles. The colors chosen for the palette all work together very well, including the blushes. It is an incredibly warm-toned palette, and all of the eyeshadows have more frosted finishes (I would have loved to see two of them be more satiny with a lower sheen). The eyeshadows are extremely dupable, and two of the blushes are sheerer, slightly powdery/dry. Guerlain’s blush formula is interesting, because it’s not a formula that seems to swatch well, yet it looks far better applied to cheeks. They’re more buildable, and they don’t look dry applied nor are they difficult to blend out. I wish they had only done two blushes (or maybe even just one illuminating powder), because I had to use eyeshadow brushes to get the color out of the pan due to each pan being so small. The compact is a slightly mattified gold, and the red bow is an elastic that slides off (Guerlain had an image on its booklet that showed it being used as a hair tie).

Petrouchka #1 is a light, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #2 is a yellow gold with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture. This shade was thinner and a smidgen dry. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #3 is a medium, golden copper with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It had fantastic pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #4 is a medium brown with warm, red undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff was lovely, while the powder had a soft, buttery texture that went on smoothly. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #5 is a dark, bronzy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had full color coverage, and it had the same, smooth, buttery consistency as the third and fourth eyeshadows. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #6 is a light pink with warm, yellow undertones and a faint white sparkle. Unfortunately, my skin tone doesn’t show this shade well–it just got lost as a blush on me, but it may show up for very fair skin tones. It seemed to have decent color payoff, and the texture was soft, though slightly powdery. In person, i was able to detect a very faint pink coloring, which seemed to last seven hours on me. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #7 is a muted, reddish-coral with a matte finish. It was sheer and powdery, though I was able to build it up in three to four layers. It lasted for eight hours applied to the skin. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #8 is a medium-dark, peach with warm, gold shimmer. It had a drier, more powdery consistency, but thankfully it didn’t look dry applied. I think if you had really dry skin, this might not work out as well. The color wore well for eight hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Petrouchka #9 is a brightened, orange with a hint of red and warm undertones. It had more of a satin-matte finish–not flat, but it didn’t have much of a sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture wasn’t powdery but was still blendable. This shade didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Petrouchka

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Saturday, October 11th, 2014

LORAC Mega Pro Palette
LORAC Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro Palette ($59.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes 32 eyeshadows–16 matte, 16 shimmer from white to black to plum to teal. The palette is very warm-toned–only a handful of shades are neutral to cool–and it is a more light to mid-tone palette, but a lot of the shades run together. I don’t think the color composition is as good as it could be. Overall, the formula used in these eyeshadows had a very soft, silky feel, but it was soft enough that it is powdery and lots of excess product gets kicked up in the palette but also drops below the lid if you aren’t careful.

I found the eyeshadows in this palette didn’t apply as well to bare skin as the ones in Pro 1 and Pro 2; many eyeshadows had a tendency to blend away to a very sheer layer of color, so I would recommend using a primer with this. Even the more shimmery shades seemed to have this problem. There were a couple of shades that had a drier consistency that showed on the skin. I was able to use the eyeshadows both wet and dry (including the mattes), but blending some of the matte shades out when damp was more difficult than dry. I would just use a good eyeshadow primer underneath rather than use them with a dampened brush. Though they often looked faded from the get-go, it didn’t fade much from there, so wear time clocked in around eight hours on most shades.

The palette is the size of two Pro palettes, and it is very slim. Interestingly enough, but as a reader had asked about where it was made, I couldn’t locate the information. The palette only indicates that it was assembled in the U.S., but it uses U.S. and non-U.S. materials. It has a large mirror underneath the lid, but it doesn’t stand up, so it may not be that useful.

It’s a limited edition, holiday palette that will only be available on Amazon–LORAC confirmed that there is a shipment “in transit” that is Amazon’s, so there will be more available, but it seems like it goes in and out of stock, so it may be difficult to get. It’s been disappointing to see how the launch has been handled (confusion with launch dates, limited availability, slow to ship/communicate, broken palettes galore), and I really wish LORAC would simply do another run of the palette and earn some goodwill with customers.

On comparison to Pro 1/Pro 2: There are some shades that are more similar than not (from Pro 1: Lt. Brown, Black, Beige, Rose, Cocoa; from Pro 2: White, Cream, Taupe, Espresso, Black, Gold, Lt. Bronze). If you like the formula of Pro 1 and Pro 2, you’ll probably find the formula of Mega Pro to be comparable–at most a little more powdery/soft.

Cream is a pale, brightened beige with a matte finish and soft, warm undertones. It was mostly opaque but was stiffer–it had a thinner, less silky texture compared to most other shades in the palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fawn is a light, peach-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff but was somewhat powdery, though it was very silky. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Camel is a muted, meidum-dark orange with hints of tan/brown and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and was powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sepia is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, terracotta undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was nicely balanced between soft and blendable without being powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dusty Plum is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, though it was somewhat powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Orchid is a lavender-pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery, and it had decent to good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mulberry is a medium-dark, berry red with cool undertones and a matte finish. This shade was very powdery and sheer applied to the skin–it just refused to adhere well, so it really needs something to help it stay on the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Espresso is a dark brown with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish–there is a tiny, tiny amount of shimmer that’s not really noticeable applied. It had good color payoff, but it was somewhat powdery and didn’t adhere well to bare skin (it sheered out a lot). The version in my Mega Pro is lighter and more shimmery (in the pan) than in my Pro palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

White is a bright white with cool undertones and a matte finish. It is quite powdery, as it is almost like a loose powder in the pan–it just gets everywhere. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Khaki is a softened, light-medium brown with a hint of gray and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and it applied without too much trouble. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Brown is a medium, yellow-toned brown with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was on the powdery side, so it didn’t stick well to skin and just blended away on the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stone is a muted, grayed purple with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was only a little powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lilac is a light-medium, cool-toned lavender with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation but was powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wisteria is a muted, medium plum with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It was sheer and very powdery–it is not a shade that can be workable on bare skin whatsoever. It is still challenging to use even with a primer, but a primer is the only way to save this (NYX Milk, in particular–LORAC’s was pitiful paired with this shade). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gray is a muted, msoked bluish-teal with a matte finish. It is not what one would think of as traditionally “gray.” Like Wisteria, it was quite sheer and quite powdery, so little color stayed on the skin, and what did, went on unevenly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black is a medium-dark black with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. It was semi-sheer, a little dry and stiff (similar to Cream), and it was difficult to blend and apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Opal is a warm-toned, white gold with a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, though it was still on the powdery side like the matte shades–it had a softer, almost crumbly texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sand is a light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and it wasn’t too powdery to work with. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Copper is a medium-dark, golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was a little dry but blendable. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sienna is a medium brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Apricot is a brightened pop of tangerine orange with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It seemed to have good color payoff, but the texture was rather powdery, which made it hard to apply on bare skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blush is a light pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was somewhat powdery to work with. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Merlot is a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture wasn’t powdery, so it went on smoothly and evenly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Indigo is a blackened navy blue with blue sparkle over a matte finish. The sparkle sits on top, so it doesn’t bind with the eyeshadow, and as a result, it’s mostly just a matte black eyeshadow on the lid. It had good color coverage, and the texture wasn’t powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vanilla is a warm, white with yellow-y undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the wasn’t powdery, so it was easy to use on the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cashmere is a muted, yellow gold with a metallic finish. It had a slightly dry, crumbly consistency, so it didn’t go on smoothly as one would like. It seemed to emphasize texture on the eyelid. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smokey Topaz is a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had nice color payoff, though it was a little dry and dusty. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dusty Rose is a muted, rosy brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and was powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Granite is a rich, dark bronze brown with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery–best eyeshadow in the palette, easily. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maroon is a medium-dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Teal is a blackened green-leaning teal with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice color payoff, but it had a drier texture–it takes a lot of buffing to work away those dry edges on the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Caviar is a medium-dark black with a very subtle sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was only a little powdery. It was easier to use than Black. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Mega Pro

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9/10

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Friday, October 10th, 2014

NARS  Hardwired Eyeshadow
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, limited edition formula for the holiday color collection. It’s described as “powdered pigments with intense iridescence.” When I was swatching, it felt like a wet/dry formula, and I was able to use all three shades wet/dry without any consequences to the powder later on. The texture is soft, a little dry, and very sparkly. During application as well as during wear, there is a noticeable amount of fall out. The eyeshadows seem to have flecks of sparkle–larger than shimmer, smaller than glitter–that stick best once they’re blended out, which means it isn’t easy to remove the excess fall out merely by brushing it away. The wore well for almost eight hours on me (no primer), and they were easy to blend on the lid. They were fairly pigmented, though it varied shade to shade.

NARS Canberra Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering lavender.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a sparkling, frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff applied dry or damp, though it was smoother and easier to blend with a slightly dampened brush. When it was used dry, it had a drier quality to it. It wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing slightly, and there was a fair amount of fall out during wear. Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #1 (P) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is warmer. NARS Kauai #2 (P, $24.00) is brighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is similar. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is less sparkly. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is more glittery. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Gravity (LE, $18.00) is brighter, less sparkly. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is less sparkly. MAC Grand Galaxy (LE, $19.50) is less sparkly. bareMinerals Encore (P) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Gabon Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bronzed green.” It’s a dirty, dark olive green with lighter golden khaki sparkle and shimmer. This one was the driest of the three, and it takes some buffing to blend out the edges so it doesn’t look dry on the lid as well. I also felt like this one had less pigment when applied damp than dry, though it was buildable. There was some fall out during wear, and this shade lasted for eight hours before creasing. Dior Pied de Poule #5 (P) is less sparkly. theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Greenluxe #4 (P) is darker. Giorgio Armani #24 (LE, $33.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #14 (LE, $33.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Opal Coast Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “iridescent white.” It’s a light, golden white with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage both wet and dry (application didn’t seem to be impacted either way). This one was one of the easiest shades to apply, and it had less fall out during wear. The texture was only slightly dry, but I thought this was the best of the three, despite being less pigmented. It wore well for eight hours before creasing. MAC Regal Affair (LE, $19.50) is more metallic. MAC Plumluxe #1 (P) is more shimmery. Too Faced La Croisette (P, $16.00) is less sparkly. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #2 (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These will launch online on October 15th and in-stores on November 1st.

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

NARS Nail Polish
NARS Nail Polish

NARS Barents Sea Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling deep blue.” It’s a metallic, medium-dark blue with very fine medium blue shimmer that runs through it. The metallic finish leaves some threads of shimmer that you can detect, but it the majority fade as it dries down. The formula on this was thicker, and it had a tendency to pool along the edges if you weren’t careful. It took much longer to dry as well, and it dried down to a semi-matte finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) (P, $18.00) is darker. Chanel Bel-Argus (667) (LE, $27.00) is lighter, brighter. China Glaze Blue Bells (LE, $7.50) is brighter. Zoya Song (P, $9.00) is darker, less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Algonquin Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling lilac.” It’s a muted, medium-dark lavender purple with neutral-to-cool undertones and lighter, silvery-lavender flecks of sparkle and shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there was visible nail line after two coats. The finish had a light shine to it, but I would recommend a top coat with it, as it isn’t as glossy as other polishes in the range. The formula seemed slightly thicker, though it wasn’t problematic to work with. NARS Kalymnos (P, $20.00) is much lighter and a cream. L’Oreal The Reign of Studs (LE, $6.99) is more glittery, brighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Forgiveness (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less sparkly. NARS Night Rider (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid (P, $12.00) is less sparkly. Zoya Nimue (P, $9.00) is darker, finer shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Sherwood Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering violet rose.” It’s a rosy plum with fine rose gold and copper shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage after two coats, so there was visible nail line. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I think a third coat would be possible without it feeling too thick or taking too long to dry. This shade dried down to a lightly glossy finish, so a top coat wouldn’t be necessary. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one–everything I considered was much more copper-hued or a cream (Essie Hot Coco has a similar tone but is a cream).

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Barents Sea

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Monday, October 6th, 2014

MAC Heirloom Mix Pressed Pigments
MAC Heirloom Mix Pressed Pigments

There are eight new, limited edition shades of MAC Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) in the Heirloom Mix collection, which will debut online on October 19th and hit stores/counters on the 23rd. Theese are smaller in size than the permanent versions–these are the size of a normal MAC eyeshadow and contain 0.04 oz., compared to the larger size, which contains 0.10 oz. and retails for $21 (though everything in this collection has slightly higher prices due to the limited edition packaging, presumably). Pressed Pigments are supposed to give a “high shine” when applied dry or a more “dramatic wet look” when applied damp. It has “sheer-to-moderate buildable coverage.” For as sparkly as a lot of these are, the fall out is a lot less than I’d expect with most dropping within the first few hours, but the majority does seem to stay on the lid. I experienced creasing somewhere between seven and eight hours. Most of the shades were fairly pigmented both dry and wet, though all were smoother wet. Sometimes the pigment (not the glitter) portion clumps together when you try to blend, so there’s a crumbly quality to the product that makes it harder to apply and blend (especially dry).

I have a very love/hate relationship with the Pressed Pigments. Often, they have a very pretty, sparkling appearance on the lids, and while far from perfected, they can be lovely in real life as the light catches all of the flecks and sparkles. The light to medium shades are more forgiving, while the darker ones are more nuanced and complex, but they are more difficult to apply and blend out. If you’re a really big fan of glitter and don’t mind some fall out (or have a good, go-to adhesive base), you might still want to take a look. If you’re a no-fallout kind of person, I’d look elsewhere for your glitter fix. Also, if you have a lot of the other shades released from this formula, it seemed like there was a noticeable amount of overlap with past releases (see comparison/dupe links below).

MAC Enchantment Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “violet with blue violet sparkles.” It’s a deep, dark, blackened navy blue with sparkle and finer blue shimmer. It was quite opaque applied dry or damp, though it was easier to smooth out on the skin with applied damp as the consistency was a little dry around the edges. You’ll need to spend some extra time blending it out if you use it dry. It’s definitely not a buildable formula, though it is a formula that can be sheered out the more you blend it. On me, the color lasts a seven and a half hours before creasing, but there is continual fall out during the day. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Modern Majesty Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark brown base with green pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy brown with warm, orange undertones and a teal sparkle. There is a “green pearl” to it in a sense, but it is hard to see once it is applied to th eskin. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque but a crumbly, while applied damp, it was smoother. The color wore well for eight hours before creasing, but there was fall out while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Noble Descent Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “pearly smoky mauve.” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with a sparkling finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque with a smoother, more metallic sheen. This one was easier to apply to the skin, as it blended out more readily. It showed signs of creasing after seven hours of wear, and it did a small amount of fall out throughout wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Noblesse Oblige Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “frosty wood.” It’s a warm-toned pewter–a mix of gold, taupe, and gray–with a sparkling, glittery finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and lighter, warmer in appearance, while applied damp, it was more glittery and opaque. Again, the wear wasn’t bad–seven and a half hours–before creasing occurred, but there is some fall out during wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Nostalgic Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “soft light salmon beige.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peach with a metallic, sparkling finish. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and it was mostly opaque applied damp. It started to crease after seven hours of wear, and it had some fall out during wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Prim and Proper Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black gray with silver sparkles.” It’s a cool-toned, blackened gray with silver sparkle. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque, and applied damp, it was more opaque, metallic, and tended to clump together. This shade was difficult to apply both wet and dry, as dry, it was dry and stiff, where the color clumped together and specks (didn’t really apply like a powder eyeshadow, more like loose glitter), but damp application seemed to make it stick without blending much. It started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear, and I had a fair amount of fall out with this one throughout the day. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Regal Affair Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “white base with fine opal pearl.” It’s a warm, white gold with a sparkling, metallic sheen. It can be clumpy and crumbly, so I’d recommend using a firmer brush to press and work the product into the skin, which helps it smooth out. This shade lasted for seven hours before creasing slightly, and it had only a small amount of fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Victorian Plum Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “plum with violet pearl.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and a sparkly finish. This was an interesting shade, as it was actually a bit more opaque applied dry than damp, though both application methods yielded high pigment. It was smoother when applied with a damp brush. This had a drier consistency, which was particularly noticeable when I was applying it to the lid and trying to blend. There was some fall out during wear, and it started to crease after eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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