Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

MAC Love Power Electric Cool Eyeshadow
MAC Love Power Electric Cool Eyeshadow

I tested and reviewed the Electric Cool Eyeshadow formula extensively when it originally launched in 2012. They have a sponge-like texture that has a little bit of spring, but you can press and smooth out like putty. If you’ve tried Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombres or Buxom Stay There Eyeshadows, these are similar in regards to texture. MAC’s version has decent color payoff, but it can vary from shade to shade, and they tend to apply best patted on, not swept or blended out much. I recommend MAC’s 242 for application, as it lays down color well and you can use it to blend out the edges. They wear well without creasing or fading, but there is some fall out with the more sparkly shades. Some of these work really well if you like a sparkling, all-over wash of color on the lid. The bolder and darker the shade, the more patchy and problematic it is to apply for an even, smooth, and opaque result. The lighter the shade, the better it performed.

MAC Love Power Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft shimmering rose.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a frosted finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage that applied decently–it seemed easier to apply with this year’s version compared to my experience in 2012. The color was going strong after nine hours of wear. Sephora Collection Star-Crossed Lovers (103) (P, $13.00) is darker, powder. MAC Pink Sensibilities #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, powder. Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $36.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) is darker, powder. MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P) is more sparkly, powder. theBalm Safe Bet Annette (P, $16.00) is more muted, powder. MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $15.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Gilded Thrill Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “gold.” It’s a brightened, coppery-gold with copper sparkle and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but this was one that applied somewhat patchy on the lid. It had a tendency to sheer out and only leave behind a smattering of sparkle. I did have fall out with this shade but no creasing or fading over an eight hour period. Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is lighter. Kat Von D Summerfly (P) is less sparkly. MAC Phresh Out #2 (LE) is similar but powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Coil Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “copper bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had intense color payoff in a single layer and could be sheered out for softer color with less of a sheen. It lasted well for almost nine hours without fading/creasing. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is powder, darker. YSL Fetiche #1 (LE) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Sable Riche (LE, $15.00) is warmer, less shimmery, powder. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $28.00) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #3 (LE, $16.00) is similar, powder. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) warmer, powder. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is powder. Chanel Charming #3 (LE) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Highly Charged Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich purple with pink pearl.” It’s a medium-dark purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but it was a shade that easily sheered out whenever you tried to blend it. It lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. Ulta Purple (P, $10.00) is darker, powder. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is brighter, powder. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Plush (DC, $21.00) is powder. MAC Push the Edge (P, $21.00) is powder. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #3 (LE) is powder. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler-toned, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I’ll have a review for the other three polishes up soon! :) As a reminder, these are from MAC’s upcoming A Novel Romance collection, which will launch online on August 14th and be in-stores on August 21st.

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Friday, June 13th, 2014

MAC Blushing Berry Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint
MAC Blushing Berry Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is supposed to be a formula that uses “PH pigments that work with body’s natural temperature to give you a fresh color that yours alone.” The formula is described as “lightweight,” “moisturizing,” and “lipgloss with a tint.” They are click-type glosses, so you twist and gloss is dispensed over a brush-type applicator. I struggled with these quite a bit last year when they initially released (these have all been out before). I feel like the formula has changed, as these seemed to stain/darken a lot less. I waited about forty minutes before taking photos for each gloss but they really didn’t change color once applied. They just seemed lighter overall.

When I wore these, the texture seemed medium-thick in consistency, gets quite tacky after about thirty seconds, and I still had some issues with the color feathering outside my natural lip line with the darker shades. These also fade poorly, as the color from the center disappears and leaves a noticeable “ring” of color. There is also an off-taste–like a lemon-y chemical taste–though it has a sweet vanilla scent. This formula is still a miss for me, unfortunately.

Blushing Berry is described as a “mid-tone cool red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pinky-red with cool undertones and a glossy shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage that applied unevenly–it just looked splotchy once on. This shade wore well for four hours and left a very subtle stain behind. It wore fairly well for four hours, and after five, there was uneven fading and a splotchy ring of color left behind. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00 is more shimmery. MAC Love Alert (LE, $20.00) is more sparkly. Chanel Emoi (P, $32.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bubblegum is described as a “soft warm pink.” It’s a light, milky pink with warm, yellow undertones. It was semi-sheer applied to lips. The milkiness of the color made it harder to get an even application, as it would show “lines” if you pressed your lips together and tended to gather in the lip lines. This shade wore well for four hours on me. MAC Bijou (LE, $15.00) is more opaque. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is similar. NARS Turkish Delight (P, $26.00) is lighter. Chanel Murmure (179) (P, $29.50) is sheerer. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is lighter. NYX Maple Blondie (P, $5.00) is more opaque. MAC Angel (LE, $15.00) is more opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Glorious Intent is described as a “warm plum.” It’s a medium, raspberry pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy shine. It was slightly splotch applied and had semi-sheer color payoff. It wore well for almost five hours before it started to fade from the center and, unfortunately, left that dreaded ring of color along the outer area of the lip. There was feathering that appeared after an hour and a half of wear. Sisley Paris Berry (5) (P, $50.00) is less glossy. NARS Quito (P, $26.00) is similar. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is darker. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more muted. Milani Berry Tempting (05) (P, $5.49) is darker. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gwi-yo-mi is described as a “mid-tone raspberry.” It’s a medium, slightly muted, pink with subtle cool undertones. Applied against my skin tone, it almost turns warm-toned. It had semi-sheer color coverage, but this one applied more evenly compared to the others. The color lasted for almost four hours, but it didn’t feather as quickly as some of the other shades. Chanel Baie Rose (89) (LE, $27.00) is lighter. Revlon Pink Pop (P, $7.99) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Simply Wow is described as a “mid-tone cool mauve.” It’s a pinky-mauve with cool, blue undertones. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, which didn’t apply too evenly–it settled and gathered into lip lines. This shade lasted for just over four hours but there was feathering visible after four hours with a very faint stain along the edges of the lips for another hour. NARS Angelika (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Fearless (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Milani Pink Lady (07) (P, $5.49) is lighter. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is less glossy, lighter. MAC Pink Nouveau (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Make Up For Ever D-12 Aqua Matic
Make Up For Ever D-12 Aqua Matic

Here are the other three shades of Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) that I tested out. (Did you miss part one?) The formula is supposed to be “unbelievably blendable,” long-wearing, waterproof, highly-pigmented, and “glide on.” Unfortunately, my experience was very much the opposite: difficult to blend, prone to creasing, varying pigmentation, and they tugged during application. I’m a huge Make Up For Ever fan, but these left me disappointed.

Make Up For Ever D-12 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as “diamond golden grey.” It’s a medium-dark taupe with soft, golden shimmer and a pearly finish. It was sheer when applied in a single stroke, and the consistency was dry enough that it was difficult to layer and build up to opaque color as well. This shade creased after six hours on me. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is a powder. Urban Decay Pistol (P, $19.00) is warmer. Anastasia Antique (LE) is purpler. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is similar, powder. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $30.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P) is powder. MAC Bossa Blue (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder, cooler-toned. theBalm Selfish (P, $16.00) is a powder. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Little Black Bow (LE, $16.00) is more sparkly. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S-52 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as a “satiny flesh-colored pink.” It’s a light, peachy beige with a champagne shimmer-sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, and the consistency was almost blendable but still difficult to work with. It showed signs of creasing after six hours on me. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is lighter, powder. NARS Jezebel (P) is powder. MAC Naked (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. MAC Grain (P, $15.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S-60 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as a “satiny warm brown.” It’s a medium-dark, chocolate brown with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had decent pigmentation in a single stroke, and this one was buildable to opaque color. The consistency was creamier than any of the others, and I felt like I could almost blend out the edge. It wore well for seven hours before creasing. This was just the best of a bad lot, but it wasn’t good. Laura Mercier Rich Cocoa (P, $22.00) is darker, powder. Tarina Tarantino Locket Book (P, $15.00) is very similar (eyeliner). Laura Mercier Cocoa (P, $24.00) is warmer. Too Faced Chestnut (LE, $16.00) is powder. Bobbi Brown Bittersweet (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery. MAC Copper Strip (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is more matte, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

MAC Indigo Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Indigo Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Indigo Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains blue and purple eyeshadows with a navy blue eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” I continue to struggle with getting these to perform well or readily; the textures are drier, while the eyeliner shade is so stiff and dry, it never wants to apply evenly or blend out. I am, however, surprised that once applied, finessed and blended until your hands hurt, the eyeshadows stay in place for a solid eight hours.

Indigo Blend #1 is described as a “soft, clean sky blue.” It’s a light-medium, pastel blue with a white,f rosted finish. Applied dry, it had sheer color payoff that was a bit powdery and prone to blending out to nothingness. Applied damp, it was semi-opaque, but the color didn’t apply evenly. Dior Rivage #1 (LE) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #4 (P, $2.29) is less frosted. Sephora Collection Sweet Dreams (17) (P, $13.00) is lighter. MAC Moon’s Reflection (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Dimensional Blue (LE, $19.50) is darker. L’Oreal Infinite Sky (P, $7.99) is darker. Chanel Destination (LE, $36.00) is darker, cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Indigo Blend #2 is described as a “deep blue-teal.” It’s a blackened, navy blue with a satin finish. The texture was dry and stiff whether used with a dry or dampened brush–with the worst application being with a dry brush, as trying to extract color out at all required scraping off the top layer. Once I get it on the skin, it does stay well, at least. It’s just a total pain to apply, blend, and so on, whether I tried using it as an actual eyeliner or as an eyeshadow. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #3 (P, $2.29) is similar. Laura Mercier Deep Night (P, $23.00) is more muted. bareMinerals Maven (LE) is similar. MAC Naval (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #332 (P, $6.00) is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Indigo Blend #3 is described as a “deep plum.” It’s a muted, cool-toned, plummy purple with a satin finish. It had sheer color payoff when applied dry, and it was semi-opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was rather dry, a little stiff, so it was a challenge to work with. MAC Eggplant Blend #2 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Starry Night (LE, $14.00) is lighter. MAC Pinkluxe #5 (P) is more shimmery, brighter. NARS Arabian Nights #1 (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Demon Lover #2 (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #2 (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Spellcaster (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Stay Sultry (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Indian Ink (P, $15.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #79 (P, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, April 14th, 2014

Tom Ford Solar Gold Lip Shimmer
Tom Ford Solar Gold Lip Shimmer

Tom Ford Lip Shimmer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new formula released in two, limited edition shades for summer. These are supposed to give a “glimmering effect” or “veiled over [lipstick] to add radiant shimmer,” and the formula is supposed to be hydrating as well. If you’re not into sheer, shimmery color, you’ll want to just skip this post entirely; both shades are on the sheer side–mostly shimmer without a lot of color. I did not find the formula moisturizing; I actually felt like it was somewhat drying, and the high frost/shimmer content was a little uncomfortable to wear. Initially, it feels very slick and emollient–like a glaze–but it dries down and all that glossy goodness disappears and all that is left is shimmer, which has a noticeable texture once the shine is gone. I also tried the gold shade as a highlighter, but it’s somewhat tacky on the skin and doesn’t sit as well on the skin as a true liquid or cream highlighter does.

Tom Ford Solar Gold Lip Shimmer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium, yellow gold shimmer. It has a subtle base color that does seem to add warmth to my natural lip color, but the primary effect is shimmer. It lasted for two hours on me. MAC Playland (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Dolce and Gabbana Topazio (LE, $32.00) is slightly darker. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Guerlain Altoum (LE, $35.00) has larger sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Moonlight Lip Shimmer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a frosted, silvery-white with a high frost finish. This one was more pigmented–it had semi-sheer color coverage–but this felt so drying when worn for longer than an hour, though it managed two and a half hours. MAC Eloquent Air (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Iced (P, $18.00) is more pigmented, more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Moonlight

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8.5/10

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Thursday, April 10th, 2014

MAC Rich Experience Pro Longwear Eyeliner
MAC Rich Experience Pro Longwear Eyeliner

MAC x Proenza Schouler Collection includes Pro Longwear Eyeliners ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) in two, permanent shades and Pro Longwear Lip Pencils ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) in two, permanent shades. I’ve reviewed all four of these previously, so you can read about the full reviews for: Pro Longwear Eyeliners and Pro Longwear Lip Pencils. This post only features photos of the pencils in the limited edition packaging, but the colors, textures, etc. are all the same. (I did re-test them, just in case!)

The Pro Longwear Eyeliner formula was disappointing to me, as they appear noticeably faded by the eight-hour mark–not the twelve hours as claimed–and they aren’t waterproof. They have a lightly creamy consistency that is fairly waxy but needs to be built up for opaque color.

Rich Experience is described as a “true brown.” It’s a dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Ice is described as a “rich black.” It’s a medium-dark black with a satin finish and neutral undertones. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Pro Longwear Lip Pencil formula wears long and hard, though they’re pretty uncomfortable to wear by themselves as they cling and feel more like shrink-wrap on the lips. Underneath lipstick, they definitely add anywhere from an hour to three hours of additional wear, depending on the shade, and they don’t seem to interfere with the way the lipstick itself feels/hydrates, so they’re a lot more comfortable to wear with lipstick or lipgloss on top. They have good color payoff and apply quite evenly.

Dynamo is described as a “bright peony.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink-coral with a matte finish. MAC Dynamo (P, $19.50) Urban Decay Streak (P, $19.00) is the closest that I could think of, but it is warmer and more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

High Energy is described as a “bright orange-red cream.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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