MAC Boutique Pink, Ladies Who Lunch, Splurge Mineralize Rich Lipsticks

There are nine new and limited edition shades (plus four repromotes) of MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.). The formula is described as a “lightweight, non-sticky formula” that “instantly nourishes lips” with “long lasting colour in a single stroke” for “medium shine finish, buildable coverage.” The consistency of the Mineralize Rich Lipstick formula is very creamy with a fair amount of slip, so while they glide on easily and never tug at lips, sometimes you can see “lines” if you press your lips together. It feels like a light to light-medium-weight formula that’s comfortable to wear, hydrating, and vanilla-scented. I’ll have reviews of the new shades up as I work through testing them, so stay tuned for the rest.

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MAC Boutique Pink Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Boutique Pink
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir & Shoshanna Twinkle Pop Eye Sticks

Here are the other two shades of Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) that I purchased. The formula is supposed to glide on easily with “instant buildable coverage.” It’s a twist-up, creamy eyeshadow pencil that feels cool and water-like when it touches the skin. It sets quite quickly, so it’s easiest to use a single shade as an all-over color or base. If you want to use more than one shade, work one eye at a time and you may find layering the lighter shade back over the darker shade, then blending, is a useful technique. I found this formula to have a very similar look and feel to Chanel’s Stylo Eyeshadow. I didn’t have any creasing with either shade over an eight-hour period, but there was some fall out.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) Twinkle Pop Eye Stick
Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick Au Revoir (406)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
91%
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NARS Zakynthos & Ithaque Nail Polishes

These are the last two shades of NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) that I have to review! :) There are a total of 43 permanent shades, and today (July 15th) is the official launch day. Both the formula and the brush have been changed. According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.

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NARS Zakynthos, Ithaque Nail Polishes
NARS Nail Polish (2014 Formula) Zakynthos
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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Essie Chills & Thrills, I’m Addicted, Vices Versa Nail Lacquers

Today, I’m reviewing three shades from Essie’s Too Taboo collection, which features six shades of neon. All three I tried dry down to a semi-matte/satin finish–it doesn’t have a really flat, chalky matte finish, but it isn’t shiny or glossy. It reminds me a bit of pleather or vinyl in its dry down, and if you prefer a glossier finish, just add your favorite top coat. These wore without chipping for seven days, but there was slightly more tip wear than average for me. The formula was thin, slightly watery, and two of the shades were harder to work with.

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Essie Chills & Thrills Nail Lacquer
Essie Nail Lacquer Chills & Thrills
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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MAC Tropical, Soiree, Quick Million Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Tropical Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “black with rainbow multi-pearl [with a Glitter finish].” It has a sheer, black-tinted base with small-sized light orange and orange-copper glitter (no rainbow glitter–wondering if the description is wrong). After two coats, it was mostly opaque, as the formula spread evenly across the nail–didn’t have to play with the glittery bits to get them into place. It dried down to a slightly bumpy/textured finish, but a layer of top coat will smooth it out without having to apply multiple coats. Cult Nails Blaze (DC, $12.00) is smaller in size and is a top coat so it looks somewhat similar if it is layered over black. China Glaze Electrify (LE, $7.50) has larger glitter in a clear base.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Tropical, Soiree, Quick Million Studio Studio Nail Lacquers
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer Tropical
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach, Glass Slipper, Pop Culture, Rockstar, Shark Bait Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz. each) is now available in five new shades! It looks like most are out of stock at the moment, but they should be restocked soon. All five shades are new and permanent.

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Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Barcelona Beach
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%
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