Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

MAC Freckletone Lipstick
MAC Freckletone Lipstick

MAC Freckletone Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “neutral peach” with a Lustre finish. It’s a warm-toned, muted peach with a little burst of orange. MAC Delectable is more orange and opaque. MAC Fashion City is more opaque and lighter. Cle de Peau Calliope is more beige. The shade is also part of the permanent range.

Freckletone has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage–it has a level of sheerness expected of the Lustre finish, and it enables the natural lip color to come through.  Naturally, the more pigmented your natural lip color, the more of an affect it will have on the resulting color.  This version seemed more opaque than the Freckletone I have from a few years ago, so I don’t know if it’s a result of this being a one-off batch (since it’s embossed) or not.  It has a thin, just slightly wet, consistency that applied without pulling or tugging too much on lips.  It wore for three hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating–and for me, “not drying” is a step-up, as I find most Lustres slightly drying.

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Freckletone has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage--it has a level of sheerness expected of the Lustre finish, and it enables the natural lip color to come through.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

MAC Cockney Lipstick
MAC Cockney Lipstick

MAC Cockney Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer yellow red with multi-dimensional pearl” with a Lustre finish. It’s a luminous, orange-red with very fine, barely-there gold shimmer. Chanel Coromandel is more orange Guerlain Genna is a touch more orange but similar. MAC Ruffian Red is not as warm-toned. Clarins Red Prodige is similar in color and texture/sheen. MAC Strut Your Stuff is brighter.  Cockney is part of the permanent range.

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve reviewed Cockney, and when I first did, it was semi-opaque–there was some translucency–but when I applied the shade from Year of the Snake, it was closer to opaque than anything resembling sheer. There’s a really subtle translucent quality to this version, but you and I both know this is not sheer! (And even the previous tube I had, it wasn’t sheer.)  At the end of the day, I look to the brand to give me guidance on what their product is supposed to do and look like, and this just isn’t sheer.

The Lustre finish really sings here, because it gives a shiny, luminous finish that’s reflective but not frosted or metallic.  It just looks lush and juicy on, even though there’s no gloss!  When I wore this shade, it lasted for five hours on the lips (which is particularly long for a Lustre finish!), but it was a bit drying (on par with my experience with Lustres, though).  The embossing of the snake pattern on the lipstick did not seem to affect the texture or quality of the lipstick. I was also surprised that there was no price increase for the embossing.

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If you love that Cockney is more pigmented than sheer, then absolutely check it out, because it's a pretty lovely shade and looks great--other than it being slightly drying.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

MAC Oh, Oh, Oh Lipstick
MAC Oh, Oh, Oh Lipstick

MAC Oh, Oh, Oh Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer brown plum” with a Lustre finish. Swatched, it’s a muted plum with gold shimmer. On my lips, it looked like a reddish-plum with gold shimmer. NARS Christina is much redder. Benefit Breakup Rumor is purpler. MAC Funbathing is less red and has a stronger golden sheen. MAC Capricious has more plum in it and less shimmer. This shade is a repromote–it originally launched with MAC Me Over.

One of the best things about Oh, Oh, Oh, is that it is oh, oh, oh so different applied than it is in the tube and even, to a small degree, swatched on the skin. It’s a very cool lipstick as a result–it is a total chameleon and very much dependent on your natural lip color, which is a consequence of the translucent nature of the Lustre finish. It has some creaminess, but it has a thinner consistency and didn’t glide completely smoothly across lips.  Oh, Oh, Oh wore for just under three hours on me.

If it wasn’t a Lustre finish, it’s definitely a shade I could see myself using a lot, but unfortunately, Lustres are drying on me–some terribly so, others only mildly–and I know some readers find this to be true, while others have experienced more hydrating wear!  If Lustres are a happy formula for your lips, then I recommend checking this shade out.

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If Lustres are a happy formula for your lips, then I recommend checking this shade out for its color.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

MAC Feelin' So Good Lipglass
MAC Feelin’ So Good Lipglass

MAC Feelin’ So Good Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep blackened plum.” It’s a dark, reddish plum with brown undertones. Bobbi Brown Plum Gold is more berry-colored and has gold shimmer. MAC Lasting Achievement is redder/plummier. MAC Gertruyd is slightly lighter.

It’s semi-opaque–it noticeably tints the lips and makes them look darker, but a lot of the natural lip color can come through. There is a lot of noticeable settling of the darker color into lip lines, and it looked uneven to me even from a normal viewing distance (aka not just up-close-and-personal).  I don’t normally have problems with lip colors bleeding/feathering, but this one did migrate a little outside of my lips.  It  had the normal feel of Lipglass–a thicker formula with a tacky feel.  This shade coordinates really well with Boyfriend Stealer, though this is a smidgen browner overall.  Feelin’ So Good wore just under four hours on me.

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This shade coordinates really well with Boyfriend Stealer, though this is a smidgen browner overall.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Kiss & Don't Tell Lipglass
MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell Lipglass

MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright coral.” It’s a vibrant pink-coral with subtle warm undertones and a cream finish. MAC Star Quality is darker with more red in it. OCC Trollop is brighter, more opaque. MAC Viva Glam Nicki is lighter, pinker.

It has mostly opaque color coverage with some underlying translucency. The color settled somewhat into lip lines but was not particularly noticeable from a normal viewing distance. It did apply evenly and smoothly, though. Kiss & Don’t Tell was the first color I tested for today, and it wore for three hours.  The consistency was on the thicker side (but consistent with Lipglass), tacky, and neither hydrating nor drying.

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It did settle into lines a bit, so it doesn't look completely even sometimes (and be careful if you press your lips together a lot). I was surprised to find it only lasted three hours on me, as I usually get four hours with most glosses but especially Lipglass, since it is a tackier gloss.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, January 31st, 2013

MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow

MAC Carbon Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “intense black.” It’s a medium black with a matte finish. NARS Night Clubbing has a soft micro-shimmer. Urban Decay Crave is similar in color.  Carbon is part of the permanent range, as well as come out in various palettes over the years, so you may find you have it at least once in your collection already.

This is one of the better limited releases of Carbon I’ve come across, because it’s one of those shades that seems to get worse each time it’s put into a quad/palette. It’s not the best black eyeshadow on the market, but the color payoff was better and reminded me more of the original Carbon (which, by today’s standards for blackest blacks, doesn’t compare).  It has a slightly stiff, almost dry texture that requires extra blending and use of soft, fluffy brushes to really diffuse and blend out the color.  It wears fairly well on the lid; there was some very minor fading after nine hours (no primer).  This color applies best over a primer, though, because it needs the extra oomph to help in color payoff and blendability.

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MAC Carbon Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches (Year of the Snake)

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It's not the best black eyeshadow on the market, but the color payoff was better and reminded me more of the original Carbon (which, by today's standards for blackest blacks, doesn't compare).

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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