Monday, December 1st, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. This is the last of the reviews for the new shades, and we don’t end on a very happy note; there are better eyeliner formulas on the marketplace, both more, less, or equally expensive and accessible. MAC created some more unusual colors, but I found the formula to be lacking in color payoff, longevity, and texture.

MAC Sterling Silver Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “silver.” It’s a bright, metallic silver. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, and it didn’t build up color from there. This shade had a waxy consistency, and it lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Counterfeit Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “silver grey.” It’s a medium-dark gray with warm undertones–almost looks like a silvery taupe–with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single pass, which was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage, though it didn’t apply evenly. This color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Clay Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep grey.” It’s a dark warm gray with a pearly sheen. It had a drier, waxier consistency that made it hard to get good color payoff out of it in a single stroke, but it seemed to be more buildable compared to many of the other shades, as after a few layers, I was able to get opaque color. This shade started to look blown out after six and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Steelpoint Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep smoky metallic grey.” It’s a dark gray with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one pass, which was fairly buildable to opaque color. The consistency wasn’t too waxy, and the color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Superfly Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “soft black.” It’s a rich black (not a soft black at all, actually) with a satin finish. It had a waxy feel to it, but it was buildable to opaque color after two layers. The eyeliner looked softened and smudged after six hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, December 1st, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. I wish I could say that these were more impressive than the shades I’ve already reviewed, but these may be even more disappointing. The formula is soft as in waxy, so while it usually glides across the skin, it doesn’t lay down much color while doing so, and the waxiness builds up such that the color goes on unevenly and sticks in some places but not others. The wear is also shorter (though MAC’s saving grace is that they specified eight hours of wear) than most eyeliners, but the wear I get is shorter than they’ve claimed for most shades.

MAC Skyscape Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “metallic deep sky blue.” It’s a muted, medium blue with cool undertones and a metallic shimmer-sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff in a single stroke, which was buildable to semi-opaque color coverage, but it applied unevenly and bunched up on itself, which made parts of it appear darker and thicker. This shade lasted for six hours on me. Such a shame, because it is a more unique shade as far as I can tell for eyeliners. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Raisinette Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “brown-purple.” It’s a deepened, burgundy brown with cool undertones and a satin finish. The texture was waxy and a little stiff, which made it prone to dragging and skipping. It had decent pigmentation, but it was hard to apply. It lasted for seven hours on me before blowing out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Bishop Blue Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “blue-purple.” It’s a muted, dark purple with a hint of blue and a soft, pearly shimmer. It was sheer, dry, and very waxy, which gave it–at most–semi-sheer pigmentation and a faded quality to it at that. For me, this shade had smudged after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Image Conscious Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “purple.” It’s a medium-dark purple with soft shimmer and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single pass, which wasn’t buildable for much more intensity than that. The waxy consistency made it hard to build up the color. On me, this shade lasted for six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Alpha Grey Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “metal grey.” It’s a pewter gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s so sheer with a really waxy consistency that just doesn’t help this apply well. It’s not sharp or painful, but you can’t get good color or application out of it. This shade stayed in place for six hours before it looked smudged/blown out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, November 30th, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. Most of the shades had a waxier consistency, so while the eyeliner would feel soft and glide decently, it doesn’t deposit color evenly, and often, color payoff was lacking–even when layered. These don’t seem to be as soft or as intense as many other Technakohls I’ve tried in the past (but some of the limited edition varieties have been less impressive). The wear varied from five to eight hours, depending on the shade, but overall, they seemed to wear shorter than most eyeliners on me.

MAC Funfare Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “bright true pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was easily built up to opaque color in two layers. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Broque Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and lighter bronze and gold shimmer. It had a waxier consistency, so it didn’t apply evenly and didn’t build to opaque color. It wore well for six and a half hours before looking softened. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Plank Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep bronze brown.” It’s a medium-dark, warm bronze brown with a pearly sheen and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single stroke, but it wasn’t buildable. In fact, I felt like layering it dragged the color around and made it appear uneven. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC $$$ Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone gold bronze.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen and gold sparkle. It had sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, but it was buildable to semi-opaque coverage, at least. It lasted for six hours on me before it looked softened/faded. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Brass Band Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “copper bronze metal.” It’s a golden copper with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one stroke, and it was fully opaque after two layers. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Twinked Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold with sparkles.” It’s a brightened, medium yellow gold with a frosted sheen and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff in a single pass, which was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage. It wore well for six and a half hours on my lash line before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Gucci Potent Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Potent Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a gloss with “intense color” and a “demi-glaze finish.” It is “packed with pigment,” “non-sticky”, hydrating, and scented with the brand’s “Blue Chocolate” fragrance. They also say “intense, saturated pigments.” I make a point to reiterate just how many ways Gucci called this a pigmented gloss, because you’ll see one gloss is nowhere near pigmented, and the other is some pigmentation but isn’t opaque. The gloss itself is mostly non-sticky–I get a little tackiness towards the last hour of wear–and has a lightweight, creamy, comfortable consistency with a fair amount of slip. It’s hydrating while on, but it does give me the same soapy taste while I wear it that I had with the lipsticks. I found the scent to be less intense than the lipsticks but still noticeable applied (not just in the tube). If brands want to have a single gloss formula with various intensities, all I’d like to see is the usage of shade descriptions like “sheer violet” and “opaque violet.”

Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a sheer, pink-lavender base with iridescent shimmer. The thinner texture of the gloss made it so I could feel some of the shimmer in it, though it wasn’t too noticeable. The color itself was sheer, and it wore well for two and a half hours. This was one of the most disappointing products that I bought from the new line. NARS Easy Lover (P, $26.00) is lighter, pinker. Shiseido Nebula (VI207) (P, $25.00) is purpler. L’Oreal Pucker-Up Pink (LE, $7.99) is lighter. Revlon Pinkissimo (P, $7.99) is brighter, pinker. Dior Dolly Pink (453) (P, $29.50) is pinker. Urban Decay Trashed (P, $19.00) is brighter. MAC Asian Butterfly (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Perky (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gucci Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, coral-red with a subtle gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage but a fair amount of the natural lip color comes through. There’s a little bit of settling, but it isn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. It lasted for three hours on me and was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear. Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) (LE, $35.00) is darker, redder. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is brighter, more opaque. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is brighter. MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is lighter. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is pinker. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is slightly darker. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is pinker. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is more orange. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is similar. Chanel Calypso (LE, $29.50) is similar. Burberry Brick Red (P, $27.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base
MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base

MAC Artificially Wild features two new, limited edition shades of MAC Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.). Shell is also being repromoted (but it is part of the permanent range). For those unfamiliar with Cream Colour Bases (also known as CCBs), they’re described as a “versatile and multi-purpose” product that can be “applied directly to bare skin, or layered over foundation, moisturizer, or powder.” You can “apply with a brush, sponge, or fingers.” The color payoff ranges “from a light veil to highly dramatic, depending on method of application.”

I struggled a lot with these, because both shades felt even more emollient–almost greasy–than most CCBs. When I wore then on the eyes, I kept having to pat the CCBs back into place, but they would just pull right into the creases within a few minutes and remained very emollient. I tried applying eyeshadows on top to set, but it creased within a few hours. Then, I tried to wear each shade as a contour color, which worked better but they had to be dabbed on as they were very emollient and would sheer out very easily. Normally, I don’t have so much trouble working with CCBs, and though they don’t wear long on their own, setting usually keeps them in place for a more reasonable length of time–but it didn’t seem to be the case with these two. The best results I had were from dabbing the more shimmery shade on the brow bone or along the tops of cheek bones, as it seemed to last a bit longer and didn’t slide as noticeably.

MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dirty mustard olive.” It’s a dirty, yellowed green with warm, olive brown undertones and a satiny sheen. This shade had semi-opaque color coverage that was more buildable. It lasted six hours on cheeks. Divergent Intrepid Moss (LE) is a powder, more shimmery, browner. MAC A Harvest of Greens #3 (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery, powder. MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $15.00) is a powder, greener, less yellow. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Breaking Ground Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light iridescent mauve.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark taupe with a purple/gray leaning. It had a more frosted finish, which applied semi-opaque at most but naturally wanted to apply sheer. This one was even more prone to sliding around, and I couldn’t get the color to build much more than semi-opaque. It lasted for five hours on the face. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker, powder. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is powder. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is darker, powder, warmer. MAC Parlor Smoke (LE, $15.00) is darker, powder, less shimmery. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a new powder eyeshadow formula that’s available in thirty shades. I thought I’d try these three next, as purples are notorious for being difficult to do well, so I wanted to see if Milani’s newest formula could rise to the occasion.

Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink.” It’s a light, icy pink with cool undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied with a dampened brush, it was richly pigmented. The texture was soft, just a smidgen powdery, but almost buttery and dense. It wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is slightly warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is smoother. Bobbi Brown Pink Lily (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Violet (14) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering violet purple.” It’s a muted, medim purple with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and then it intensified to semi-opaque coverage when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was drier, a little more powdery and prone to disappearing–it did not adhere well to the skin. I tried applying it with a dampened brush on the lid, and it still just didn’t seem to layer or build well. What color managed to stick to the skin stayed on for seven hours. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is darker, brighter. Kat Von D Babe (LE) is warmer. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Purple (15) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich purple satin matte.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a pearly, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque, softer color, while applied damp, it was richer, smoother, and more opaque. The consistency was soft but not powdery, and it was easy to blend on the skin. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Bewitched (P, $6.99) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #2 (P) is lighter. Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Vice (LE, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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