Thursday, December 29th, 2011

MAC Cloudy Afternoon Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Cloudy Afternoon Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Naturally: Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows ($20.00 for 0.07oz.) make an appearance in the Naturally collection as well, with five new and limited edition shades to choose from: Cloudy Afternoon (cream with gold, grey, and pink veining), Daylight (peach with dirty blue lavender veining), In the Sun (gold with violet veining), Summer Haze (palest gold with deeper gold veining), and Twilight Falls (cool brown with bronze veining).

  • Cloudy Afternoon is a slightly gray-brown with a silvered edge. It has a frosted finish. When applied dry, it looks less brown and has some sheerness, while when applied damp, it holds together better. I applied this to my lid, and it looked mostly gray, because it tends to lose the character it takes on when applied damp once it dries down and “settles” in a way. theBalm Selfish is darker and browner. NARS Grand Palais is browner. More like Bobbi Brown Rockstar, which had subpar pigmentation.
  • Daylight is a pinked lavender with a frosted finish that turns more metallic when it is applied damp. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, though. MAC Circa Plum has more purple. MAC Tendersmoke is smokier.
  • In the Sun is burnished copper with gold sparkle. The pigmentation is good both wet and dry, but it has a grittier consistency, which I suspect is partially due to the larger sparkle used in this. I would anticipate some fall out with this shade as well. MAC Red Hot Copper is similar in color. MAC Coppering is more intense and coppery.
  • Summer Haze is a beige champagne with a metallic finish. It takes on a darker quality when it is applied wet, but the color payoff is nice both wet and dry. The beige in Chanel Eclosion is similar but a bit darker and has a subtler finish. MAC Sweet Satisfaction looks darker because it has less of a metallic sheen.
  • Twilight Falls is a dark, almost sooty, brown with subtle teal sparkle. It’s softer when applied dry compared to the result when applied wet, but the payoff is decent both ways. Urban Decay Busted is more intense. theBalm Silly is more burgundy. theBalm Caught in the Act Courtney is also similar.

I tested out three of the five shades by wearing them in a look yesterday for ten hours: I wore Summer Haze on the inner two-thirds of the lid with Cloudy Afternoon on the outer third of the lid and Twilight Falls in the crease. There was noticeable fading after six hours when used over a primer (fading after four hours, creasing after six without a primer), which has always been a major issue for me when it comes to the Mineralize product line as the wear never seems to last a full work day (eight to nine hours). There was also a fair amount of fall out underneath my eyes. I feel like these get better each year, especially texturally, but I’m still missing the wear. When an eyeshadow fades over primer and used wet, it’s just not a product that endears itself!

The texture is soft, and only In the Sun felt a little rougher, almost gritty, from the sparkle. If you’re normally a fan of Mineralize Eyeshadows, I imagine you’ll enjoy these–they feel a little softer without being powdery than previous iterations. If you’re less of a fan but like your colors soft, you may not mind the faded look of these. For me, especially when shelling out $20 a pop as I did with these, I want true color for at least a day of wear.

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MAC Naturally Mineralize Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you're normally a fan of Mineralize Eyeshadows, I imagine you'll enjoy these--they feel a little softer without being powdery than previous iterations. If you're less of a fan but like your colors soft, you may not mind the faded look of these. For me, especially when shelling out $20 a pop as I did with these, I want true color for at least a day of wear.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, December 29th, 2011

MAC Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Naturally: Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish ($28.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “gold to salon pink degrade,” and it’s a limited edition blush/highlighter from MAC’s upcoming Naturally collection. It is a repromote, though, so if you’re an avid mineralize skinfinish collector, you should check your stash first. Like Blonde, there are four (mostly) distinct stripes of color: gilded champagne beige, deepened champagne beige, peachy champagne, and rosy bronze.

When mixed together, the resulting hue is a lightened champagne beige with warm undertones and a nearly metallic finish. It is similar to MAC Belightful. On my skin tone, it adds a light warmth but mostly a shimmer/sheen without too much color. I expect on fairer skin tones, this could work as a very subtle bronzer with a heavy sheen.

The texture of the powder is soft and smooth, but the finish does tend to accentuate pores, skin imperfections, and the skin’s natural texture, so for those who are concerned about pore size, this may not be the right product for you. It’s not the product I’d reach for to look my very, very best in photos, but the effect is still pretty that it might be worth the sacrifice in the appearance of your skin from time to time! When I tested out Redhead for wear, it wore for around six hours before noticeably fading on my normal-to-dry skin.

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If the wear was improved, and perhaps if it didn't accentuate skin imperfections and texture, this would be a really nice product to pull out to highlight (and blush for fairer skin tones).

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, December 29th, 2011

MAC Blonde Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Blonde Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Naturally: Blonde Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Blonde Mineralize Skinfinish ($28.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “soft pink to rose degrade,” and it’s a limited edition blush/highlighter from MAC’s upcoming Naturally collection. It is a repromote, though, so if you’re an avid Mineralize Skinfinish collector, you should check your stash first. There are four “stripes” of colors with the lightest being a pale beige-y pink that moves to a medium beige-rose then to rosy pink and finally to a medium-dark rose.

Realistically, it’s a product you’ll swirl and use in combination than in individual strips (unless you used an eye brush to do so). You can go lighter/darker by staying on one half of the product with a blush brush, though. When swirled altogether, it yields a soft rosy beige with a high, not quite metallic, sheen. On fairer skin tones, it may add a bit of rosy color in addition to highlighting, but for medium to dark skin tones, you’ll find this works primarily as a highlighter. The overall mix of color reminded me of Chanel Pink Cloud, which has a subtler finish and slightly pinker appearance.

The powder feels very soft, silky smooth, which would normally make for a product that lies naturally against the skin, but the nearly metallic finish does emphasize the texture of the skin, whether it is pores or imperfections. While I didn’t test out the wear of Blonde (I tested out Redhead on one cheek with Subtle Breeze on the other), other M S tend to wear six hours or so before they begin to fade on my normal-to-dry skin.

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If the wear was improved, and perhaps if it didn't accentuate skin imperfections and texture, this would be a really nice product to pull out to highlight (and blush for fairer skin tones).

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

MAC Tour de Fabulous Collection Lipglasses
MAC Tour de Fabulous Lip Pencils

MAC Tour de Fabulous – Lip Pencils

Just in time to spend those holiday gift cards, there are eight new and limited edition shades of MAC Lip Pencils ($14.00 for 0.05 oz.). These shades include: Embrace Me (vivid pinkish fuchsia), Entertain Me (clearly orange), Have to Have It (soft warm beige), Hip ‘n’ Happy (dirty blue-pink), Just My Type (intense warm brown), Just Wonderful (dirty mauve), Lasting Sensation (bright coral), and What Comes Naturally (pale peachy beige).

MAC Lip Pencils are a drier lip pencil, so the application can pull and tug at the natural lip, but some are drier than others. I’ve discovered there is a fair amount of inconsistency within the texture in this particular range. There is a trade-off, though, because while that drier texture does nothing to endear itself to your pillowy lips, it does mean that the color clings on and doesn’t fade away easily. These are fairly transfer-resistant on their own, though if you apply really, really firm pressure, you may see some transfer. You could drink a cup of coffee or the like and see very minimal, if any, color on the edge of the cup.

The texture is dry, but if you are only applying one at the start of your day (rather than attempting to do eight back-to-back; not recommended!), you won’t find your lips parched by the end of the day. They are not moisturizing, and if you only wear this and this alone for eight hours or longer, your lips will likely want some hydration, which is really expected after prolonged wear without any additional moisture. They feel drier, initially, compared to the Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, but when worn on their own, these feel better overall. If you’re looking for something to use in conjunction with balm, lipstick, or gloss, I’d opt for the Pro Longwear Lip Pencils just because the glide and creaminess of the texture made them easier to apply, especially around the edges.

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Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass
MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass

MAC for Daphne Guinness Cremesheen Glass

MAC Cremesheen Glass ($18.50 for 0.09 oz.) sees the launch of four shades as part of the Daphne Guinness collection (due in-stores on December 26th). The four shades are: Borealis (pale gray pink with iridescent pearl), Japanese Spring (pale dirty pink), Narcissus (dirty eggplant), and Richly Revered (deep brown plum). They’re all limited edition, though Richly Revered is a repromote and still available online now from when it last launched.

  • Borealis is a milky bluish-white with gold and copper micro-shimmer. It’s semi-sheer–you can see a lot of natural lip color, but it’s still milky enough that it lightens lips. MAC Chillin is similar.
  • Japanese Spring looks like a pale blue-based pink with a milky appearance when swatched. On lips, it doesn’t read quite as cool, but it is very milky, pale, and does settle into lip lines a bit. MAC Viva Glam Gaga is more opaque. Shiseido Pop Life is shimmery and not quite as blue-based.
  • Narcissus is a magenta purple (not sure where they came up with “dirty eggplant”) that’s nearly opaque in color coverage. It’s a creamy color, and because of its opacity and intensity, it doesn’t look like it settles into lip lines. MAC Athena’s Kiss comes the closest, but it is pinker.
  • Richly Revered was reviewed here.

Cremesheen Glass is a formula that glides onto the lips easily, feels comfortable without being thin or thick, and tends to be on the sheerer side in color, though both Narcissus and Richly Revered are rather opaque. It’s non-sticky (as compared to Lipglass, which is very thick and sticky), and it typically wears two hours or so on me before wearing away. Each tube seems large, but it only holds 0.09 oz., which is about half the size of your average lipgloss.

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When Cremesheen Glasses are more opaque, they look better on lips as they don't settle into lip lines or look as uneven as the lighter colors do, as they have a tendency to settle into lip lines and apply unevenly. I'm not a fan of the wear time, though, which is only two hours or so, whereas the average gloss lasts three to four hours on me.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

MAC Approaching Storm Pro Longwear Lipcreme
MAC Approaching Storm Pro Longwear Lipcreme

MAC Daphne Guinness: Pro Longwear Lipcremes

With the Daphne Guinness collection (due in-stores on December 26th), there are four limited edition shades of MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme ($17.00 for 0.12 oz.): Approaching Storm (deep rose), Red Dwarf (blue pink), Seasoned Plum (mid-tone lavender), and Warp Speed (light silver).

  • Approaching Storm is a dark berry red with a hint of brown. It has opaque color coverage. The shade reminded me of Endless Drama, which is perhaps a touch deeper. It’s also a bit like MAC Musky Amethyst.
  • Red Dwarf is a muted raspberry pink with opaque color coverage. It’s a bit darker and more berry compared to MAC Positively Dashing. It’s not as vibrant as MAC Deliciously Forbidden. It’s just a hint more muted compared to Guerlain Bee. Milani Sexy Rose is similar in color but has a frosted finish.
  • Seasoned Plum is a pinked purple with a cream finish. It delivers opaque color with little product. MAC Goes and Goes is less pink (and I think it’d be the same with Up the Amp).
  • Warp Speed is a pale silver with shimmer. I’d say the coverage is semi-opaque, but it’s hard to judge, because it applies very unevenly and doesn’t sit well on lips. It tends to bunch up in color. It’s not as cool-toned or as opaque as MAC Metal Maven. It’s more silvered and less metallic compared to MAC Bubbles. It’s more silver and creamier in comparison to MAC Eloquent Air.

These resemble shades I feel like we’ve seen recently. I was actually surprised at how similar Approaching Storm and Red Dwarf were to the Pro Longwear Lipcremes that came out with Styledriven just a couple of months ago! I do think that they’re both very flattering shades for both cool and warm complexions, and they’re very appropriate fall/winter shades. They’re not too vampy, either, which should make them more wearable. I can see Red Dwarf being very pretty with a neutral eye.

These lipsticks don’t quite get to the stated wear (12 hours), but they do wear well; I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with darker shades (think Approaching Storm and Red Dwarf), while lighter shades tend to wear about average or less.  Warp Speed doesn’t seem to wear well, though, and it looks like it needs a reapplication after two and a half hours.  Generally, the formula is creamy and glides on easily without being drying. For a detailed review of the Pro Longwear Lipcreme formula, please see this review.

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MAC Daphne Guinness Pro Longwear Lipcremes Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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These lipsticks don't quite get to the stated wear (12 hours), but they do wear well; I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with darker shades (think Approaching Storm and Red Dwarf), while lighter shades tend to wear about average or less. Warp Speed doesn't seem to wear well, though, and it looks like it needs a reapplication after two and a half hours. Generally, the formula is creamy and glides on easily without being drying.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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