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 these were disappointing with sheer color payoff that was only somewhat buildable and shorter (six hours) wear.

MAC Whirlpool Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “dark deep blue.” It’s a bluish-teal with subtle green tones and a pearly sheen. It had sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was only somewhat buildable to semi-sheer intensity. The consistency was very waxy, so while it didn’t feel sharp or dry against the lash line, it still tended to skip. This shade lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Take the Plunge Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep ocean blue.” It’s a medium-dark blue with a hint of “warmth” that makes it almost a blue-teal (but I think it is quite blue). It is very creamy and prone to “breaking” and leaving chunks of product when applied, so use a very light pressure when applying to avoid this. It had good color payoff, but it doesn’t like to be layered as it will cause the product to push onto itself and look somewhat uneven. This looked softened and blown out after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Vent Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “metallic lime.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with subtle golden warmth and a metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage in one pass, and it was semi-opaque after a few layers. It, too, had that waxier consistency that made it sheerer but not dry (though it looks that way due to the poor pigmentation). This shade lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Cool Jazz Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “navy blue.” It’s a medium-dark, brightened navy blue with a satin finish. The consistency was slightly dry, fairly waxy, and prone to skipping. It had semi-sheer color coverage in a single pass but was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It started to smudge after six hours (looked blown out). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Metalhead Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “greyish metal blue.” It’s a muted, blackened blue with a pearly shimmer. It had very sheer pigmentation in a single pass, which I was able to build up to semi-opaque color coverage with four or five layers. It looked quite faded and softened after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Cast Iron Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “elephant grey.” It’s a muted, bluish-gray with a satin finish. It was waxy and sheer, though I was able to build it up to semi-opaque color coverage with several passes. It wore well for seven hours before it faded. At least this shade was more unique, though the formula is still disappointing. 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. The lighter beige shades actually performed a lot better than the ones I reviewed previously, so those might be worth considering if you prefer a mechanical eyeliner. The two green-hued shades were a miss for me, though, due to their stiffer consistencies, shorter wear times, and color payoff (or lack thereof).

MAC Bare Asset Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “medium beige.” It’s a light-medium, peachy orange with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The texture was creamy without being too waxy, so it applied smoothly. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (I don’t have single swatches available in the gallery, as the original swatches are quite old, but this seems quite similar to MAC NW25/NC30.)

MAC Risque Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “pale beige.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, which was buildable to mostly opaque color with two layers. Like Bare Asset, it was creamy without being too waxy or too emollient, and it also wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches/ view dupes. (I don’t have single swatches available in the gallery, as the original swatches are quite old, but this seems quite similar to MAC NC15/NW20.)

MAC Snowed In Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “light peach off-white.” It’s a brightened, warm white with a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied in a fluid stroke, and it was slightly buildable but wasn’t fully opaque no matter how many layers I attempted to apply. This shade stayed on well for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Army Style Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “military deep green.” It’s a muted, dark olive green with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was drier, somewhat stiff, yet waxy, and the resulting color payoff was sheer. At best, it was semi-sheer, but it looked so unevenly when layered. It had faded after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sourpuss Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as an “acid green.” It’s a brightened chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single pass, and it was slightly buildable but the color tended to bunch up in places, so it wasn’t as even as I’d like. The consistency was a bit stiffer than other shades, too, which made it less pleasant to apply. The color started to fade after six and a half hours. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this.

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

bareMinerals I Love the Night Life Eyeliner Set
bareMinerals I Love the Night Life Eyeliner Set

bareMinerals I Love the Night Life Eyeliner Set ($29.00 for 0.06 oz.) includes five shades of the brand’s Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liner. As was the case with Afternoon Delights, it’s a frustrating formula to use, as the consistency is very dry and stiff. It drags and pulls at the skin, so the pigmentation suffers a lot, and even when you attempt to layer, the color is often uneven.

True Blue is a medium-dark blue with a pearly sheen. It had sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it wasn’t buildable to much more than semi-opaque, as the drier consistency made it hard to layer. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Constant Copper is a warm-toned, bronze brown with a pearly finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage in one pass, and it never built up more than that as it was very stiff. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Absolute Black is a medium-dark, neutral black with a satin-matte finish. Again, the formula yielded sheer color payoff paired with a really dry, stiff consistency made it difficult to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Certainly Sterling is a brightened silver with a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it was a little creamier compared to the other shades, though it was still quite dry. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Steadfast Slate is a medium gray-black with silver shimmer and sparkle. It had sheer pigmentation in one stroke, and I really couldn’t get it to build to more than semi-sheer–and it was incredibly uneven. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

bareMinerals Afternoon Delights Eyeliner Set
bareMinerals Afternoon Delights Eyeliner Set

bareMinerals Afternoon Delights Eyeliner Set ($29.00 for 0.06 oz.) includes five shades of the brand’s Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liner. It’s a very disappointing formula, and I don’t recommend the formula, period, or this set, due to poor color payoff that is paired with a stiffer, drier formula. The wear is average, which is “good news” compared to all the other characteristics one tends to look for in a go-to eyeliner. I can’t believe they discontinued their Round the Clock formula for this, as these are some of the worst eyeliners I’ve tried in recent memory.

Immortal Emerald is a muted, forest green with a pearly finish. Sheer color payoff that’s not even buildable, due to the very stiff, dry texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eternal Bronze is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with subtle gold sparkle over a satin finish. It was hard to apply, as the consistency was so dry, and the resulting color payoff was semi-opaque after many layers–at best. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Timeless Taupe is a warm-toned, taupe brown with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. This was the creamiest of the three pencils, though it was still stiff and dragged a lot on the lash line. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stay Golden is a brightened, yellow gold with a frosted finish. It was sheer, dry, and painful to use on the lash line due how stiff it was.
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Perpetual Plum is a muted, plummy-brown with gold shimmer over a satiny finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, but it wasn’t buildable as the consistency was just too dry. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Kat Von D Homegirl Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Homegirl Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Homegirl Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte black cherry.” It’s a deepened, muted dark burgundy-red with cool undertones and a matte finish. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is warmer. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

A lot of the issues I had with Motorhead, I also had with Homegirl, unfortunately! While the formula is supposed to have “one-swipe payoff” with 10-hour wear, the color coverage really disappoints here with its semi-opaque and uneven coverage. The consistency of the lipstick is excruciatingly stiff and dry, which makes it tug a lot on the lips, and the color gets distributed in patches. As it has a thin, dry texture, it doesn’t build well on itself and creates patchy color that is darker in some places and lighter in others. The color wears for seven and a half hours and does leave a noticeable stain behind, but it is pure misery to wear it, as my lips were borderline bleeding after wearing this. I’ve been spreading out the testing of these shades with more hydrating formulas in-between to avoid fully drying my lips out, but my lips couldn’t escape this one.

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