Thursday, May 31st, 2012

MAC Powder to the People Powder
MAC Powder to the People Powder

MAC & Beth Ditto Powder to the People Powder

MAC Powder to the People Powder ($38.00 for 0.35 oz.) is an odd product. At first, it seemed like a cheek product. It’s listed under Face > Powder on the brand’s website, but the description is, “Play with polka dots to create highlighting effects on your eyes by blending the colours of this ultra-fine, lightweight pressed powder with a velvet-smooth finish.” With all that said, it appears to be an eyeshadow “palette” so-to-speak, but I’m baffled as to why they put it under the powder category instead of under eyes/shadow, if that’s what this intended to be used for. Nevertheless, I tried it as an eyeshadow and swirled together as a cheek color.

I’m only rating this on the performance of the product as an eyeshadow because of how it is described by MAC specifically–I just wanted to cover all the bases and show you how it works and looks as a cheek color, too, because I know a lot of us thought that was what it was initially!

I’m not keen on the texture of the powder. It’s dry, powdery, and half of the shades look chalky applied. When applied as an eyeshadow, it was so-so, but it absolutely needed a primer underneath in order for the colors to show up (which is what I have shown below). The darker brown is the most pigmented shade out of the compact. As a blush, it left a powdery finish on my cheeks that wasn’t particularly flattering.  When I tested it on the eyes for application/color and wear, it lasted about six hours over a primer before fading around the edges (I couldn’t really get it to show up without a primer).  When I tested out the longevity of the product as a blush, it wore for seven hours and only looked a smidgen faded after eight.

The first shade I swatched was a medium-dark terracotta brown with orange undertones. It was the most pigmented of all the shades. It’s more orange and lighter than MAC Soft Brown. It has more brown in it compared to MAC Rule. The second shade is a pale peach-orange with a matte finish that’s sheer and powdery. NARS Ramatuelle was the closest dupe.

The next shade was a medium-dark blue that applied very sheer and chalky. It was darker than Dior Swimming Pool and NYX Cool Blue. MAC Winkle is darker and cooler-toned. The fourth shade was a sallow yellow with a sheer, chalky color payoff. MAC Three Ring Yellow is similar.

The last shade was a soft, light-medium yellow-toned pink that was fairly sheer and powdery. Inglot #359 is a smidgen darker. MAC Paradise Island isn’t as yellow-toned. MAC Launch Away is more pigmented. MAC Crew is a smidgen warmer. When swirled together, the effect is a dirty brown-tan with a mostly matte finish and ends up rather powdery. MAC Sun Dipped is so much better. Chanel Sable Beige is yellower and has a golden sheen.

As an eyeshadow palette, the packaging is a bit frustrating–dust and excess powder from the colors will mix, which means when you’re trying to get pure yellow, you might find brown-hued dust on top, which will give it a dirty look. You get a lot of product, but the price tag is rather steep, too. I imagine it would be more practical and useful to have put together a quad of four colors and priced it at $38 instead. I used MAC’s 239, and it felt almost too big for the polka dots.  At the end of the day, it feels and looks like a collector powder, and it exemplifies a common problem with multi-tasking products: they’re never as good in one as they are separate.

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Dry, chalky, powder, and sheer. You absolutely have to use a primer with this product in order to get decent color payoff! The dry texture makes everything a little stiffer and less blendable.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3.5/5

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012

MAC Life and Beth Nail Lacquer
MAC Life and Beth Nail Lacquer

MAC & Beth Ditto: Nail Lacquers

MAC & Beth Ditto have teamed up to create a collection that features four shades of MAC Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.), and these shades are: Life and Beth (milky peach), Near Beth Experience (light yellow), Nocturnelle (black), and Vagabondage (mid-tone lavender).

  • Life and Beth is a peach orange with a cream finish. It’s mostly opaque after two coats, but it’s very, very thick and streaky, so it takes forever to dry, which can result in drag at the bottom if you apply the second coat too early. I found that the second coat, despite trying to do a thicker one, still applied streaky in places. Chanel June is darker. Chanel Peche Nacree is pinker. China Glaze Peachykeen is slightly darker.
  • Near Beth Experience is a green-tinged yellow with a cream finish. This shade was very streaky as well–it also had a similar thickness as that of Life and Beth but slightly less thick, yet it ended up applying worse. It was streaky on both the first and second coat, so it wasn’t totally opaque after two coats and had a really uneven, gloppy look. It also took a long time to dry. China Glaze Electric Pineapple is darker and greener. China Glaze Lemon Fizz is the closest, but it’s a little yellower.
  • Nocturnelle is a black cream and part of the permanent range. I reviewed it here.
  • Vagabondage is a pink-lavender with a cream finish. It’s almost opaque after two coats. This was the better performing of the three I tested from the launch (I did not purchase Nocturnelle specifically from this launch), as it wasn’t overly thick, though still on the thicker side. It had some streaking on the first coat. MAC Saint Germain is very similar, perhaps a smidgen brighter. MAC Ice Cream Cake is a bit darker.

Nocturnelle, though I did not purchase it from this launch, has typically been a thinner polish that applies fairly evenly. It’s expensive for just a black cream, but it doesn’t have major issues like the new shades from the launch.  I don’t know why nail polish continues to be a category where MAC struggles; it’s like they consistently struggle. Perhaps it’s because they try to do tougher colors (pastels and pale shades like Life and Beth and Near Beth Experience can be tricky), but you can only get so many props for originality. The quality of the three new (and limited edition) shades isn’t there.

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The quality of the three new (and limited edition) shades isn't there. I absolutely would not recommend these polishes, based on the lower quality and high price tag.

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5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Friday, May 18th, 2012


MAC Suntints SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balm

MAC Hey, Sailor: Suntints SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balm

MAC Suntints SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balm ($16.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) comes in three limited edition shades: Abalone (see-through hot pink with no pearl), Au Rose (poppy coraly pink with gold pearl), and Sea Mist (peachy nude with multi-dimensional pearl). Like the name suggests, this product is designed to be incredibly moisturizing while giving a soft tint of color.

  • Abalone is a pale light-medium pink with a cool undertone. It darkens my natural lip color a bit and adds a lot of shine. Any pink-tinged gloss without shimmer will be very similar.
  • Au Rose is a light-medium pink with gold shimmer. This is the most “pigmented” shade out of the three. It adds noticeable shimmer and a very subtle pink tint. There are numerous possible dupes, because it is a really sheer shade.
  • Sea Mist is a sheer pale beige with white shimmer. It adds glossiness and white shimmer.  Again, so many dupes available, because there aren’t any nuances to the color as there isn’t much color!

I’m not a fan of the Suntints. I find that they’re so sheer that they’re virtually colorless on, but the worst part is that they’re not very moisturizing. In the past, they tend to lock in moisture while you’re wearing them but do not provide any real hydration after they wear away. I tested Au Rose, and it was actually drying. The texture is a bit like jelly; a little thick, glides on easily, but it gets very tacky after about ten minutes. Au Rose lasted about an hour and a half on my lips before it had worn away to the point where it was a thin layer of tackiness and some remaining shimmer.

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MAC Hey, Sailor! Suntints SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balms Review, Photos, Swatches

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If they were actually hydrating, these would be worth checking out, but with their short wear time and barely moisturizing (or, in the case of Au Rose, actually drying!), these are something to skip.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Beige Gold Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Beige Gold Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Beige Gold Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Beige Gold Rich Lip Color ($23.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “pale nude with golden pearl.” It’s a pale, subtly warmed champagne-nude shimmer lipstick. MAC Annelie is more metallic, lighter. NYX Fortune Cookie is frostier and lighter. MAC To Joy is pinker.

Of the shades released in the Rose Gold collection, Beige Gold is the least pigmented–it’s more like a heavily-dosed shimmer finish with less underlying color. You get semi-sheer to semi-opaque color, and there’s an overall lightening of the natural lip color with plenty of shimmer. This shade only hung on for two and a half hours, which is rather short, though not entirely unexpected, given its light coloring. Because of the higher shimmer content, it didn’t glide on easily as the other shades, which tend to be creamier. Unfortunately, this shade doesn’t deliver on the Rich Lip Color promises of a long-wearing, moisturizing, and full color formula.

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The lipstick isn't awful nor does it feel like a C- lipstick, but it falls short of nearly every selling point of the Rich Lip Color formula, and so it doesn't live up to the brand's claims.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, January 27th, 2012

NARS Laguna The Multiple
NARS Laguna The Multiple

NARS Laguna The Multiple

NARS Laguna The Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “brown with golden shimmer.” Multiples are a cream-to-powder product that is touted as “all-in-one” and multi-purpose.  It can be used on eyes, lips, and cheeks.  It’s a warm bronze-brown with golden shimmer-sheen.  The color is buildable, so the level of opacity you want depends on how much product you apply or how much you blend it out.  It’s less warm-toned compared to theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer. It’s less red-toned compared to MAC Gilty.

As with most Multiples, Laguna works best as cheeks/face, because it’s very drying on the lips.  It just has this uncomfortably dry feeling when applied to lips that continues and leaves lips parched after an hour or two of wear (it doesn’t even wear well or long!).  On the brow bone, it’s more practical, but on the lid itself, I wasn’t able to get it to stay longer than a few hours before there was noticeable creasing.  Applied to cheeks, Laguna wore for four and a half hours.  By five hours, it looked a bit faded and patchy.

The texture of Laguna is creamy but there’s a dryness to it, which I found difficult to blend over foundation.  It’s easier to apply and blend over bare skin, but I’m not blessed with beautiful skin so it’s not a product I could use without foundation.  You can layer foundation over it, but it makes the routine slightly more complicated and precision will count, so you don’t layer so much that you cover up the bronzer!

I wish I liked Multiples better, but I don’t find they’re nearly as multi-talented as they claim to be!  I’m always a bit disappointed in the wear (four to five hours isn’t good!).  I get better wear out of NARS’ powder blushes!  Laguna may not work for all skin tones; I found it looked a little dirty on me–you might need to have some natural redness or pinkness in your undertones so it brings out the golden hues of the color.

Do you love Multiples? What are your tried and true tips for making them work?

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The dry texture works against this product, because it makes it harder to blend out (which is an absolute must when this is used as a blush/bronzer!) and yields an unpleasant experience when worn on lips.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

3/5

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Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

MAC Vintage Coin Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow<
MAC Vintage Coin Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

MAC Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) will launch nine limited edition shades on December 26th (in-stores), and they include: Cyber (metallic silver with silver pearl), Fusion Gold (light pinky beige with gold pearl), Gold Carbon (metallic taupe), Palladium (metallic ash), Red Hot Copper (warm copper), Rusty (dirty peach gold), Venetian Tarnish (golden tarnished bronze), Vintage Coin (metallic olive green), and Virgin Silver (white with silver pearl).

  • Rusty is a softened copper with golden shimmer-sheen. It’s not as intense as a lot of coppers can be. The finish here wasn’t as metallic as some of the other shades. It’s similar to Urban Decay Chopper, which is a little more orange. MAC Soft Brown is kind of like a matte version of this. MAC Lie Low is a hue or two browner.
  • Venetian Tarnish is a molten gold-shimmered bronze. It has this deeper, darker bronzy base color but the sheen it gives off makes it appear more golden. Urban Decay Snakebite is similar in the base color but the sheen isn’t nearly as strong. MAC Tempting has a similar sheen but warmer base–I think if you layered it over a deeper brown (maybe even just Bronze), you could get close. Urban Decay Deeper is similar, not as bright of a sheen. Inglot #406 is also similar. Urban Decay Smog has less of sheen but pretty similar in color.
  • Vintage Coin is a rich, medium-dark olive green with darker, almost emerald green shimmer. Bare Escentuals Speaker Box is less metallic and warm. Lancome Designer is not as intense.
  • Virgin Silver is a really bright silvery white with a metallic sheen. This was the least pigmented of the range. It’s brighter than Bobbi Brown Tinsel and lighter than MAC Misty. MAC White Frost has less silver. Inglot #447 would make for a really great dupe. Chanel Fantasme is sheerer and more glittery with less white.

Virgin Silver had some pigmentation issues for me; it has a really bright, reflective finish but applies sheer even though I tried to build it up to be more opaque.  The other three shades were nicely pigmented, though, and were some of the creamier, easier to blend out shades of the set.  I liked Venetian Tarnish the most, but it actually seems the most dupeable!

For the full review, please see this post.

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MAC Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

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If you're really into editorial looks and you don't mind extra effort, you might still enjoy snagging one of these. The only characteristic they really nail is pigmentation--the majority of shades are really well-pigmented and buildable--but it's just not a very functional product.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

3.5/5

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