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MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

01/09

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

Golden Bronze

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose ($29.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a soft, peachy brown with warm undertones and a fine, golden pearl that yielded a moderate glow. It was glowing without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture, and it did had color to my skin tone–it looked a bit like a highlighting bronzer on my skin tone and would be more my-skin-but-better on medium-tan and deeper complexions.

The consistency was silky, smooth, and easy to blend, and it had enough weight to the mix that it didn’t fly everywhere when I initially picked it up, though you’ll want to tap off excess into the pot or cap if you tend to be heavy handed. It had good pigmentation, but a lighter hand or picking up less product made it more buildable if one preferred. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Formula Overview

$29.00/0.42 oz. - $69.05 Per Ounce

The formula is described as a "finely milled mixture of mica and pigments" that have a "subtle glaze of colour" but have an "intense pearl" finish; they even recommend to apply it "sparingly at first" because it can be quite concentrated. It can be used on "bare skin," "mixed into" foundation or moisturizer, or applied "over foundation." The consistency was finely-milled, silky, and very soft to the touch. As it is a loose powder, it can be quite pigmented or sheer depending on how much is picked up on a brush; I felt like a moderate pickup of color (coating the edges of a tapered highlighting brush) yielded good color coverage in a single layer that diffused easily on my skin. There was a moderate sheen on my skin once the product was blended out, and there was subtle to moderate color visible depending on the shade. The formula lasted eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

It applied well over bare skin or over foundation, and if one wanted to mix it into foundation or moisturizer, that was certainly doable, but you'll want to shake out a good bit of product and mix in the palm of your hand or on the back of your hand to thoroughly disperse the product.

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MAC Spoil Yourself & Sugar Poppy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolours

01/07

MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

Spoil Yourself

MAC Spoil Yourself Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour ($21.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a pearly, glossy finish. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which spread evenly across my lips and stayed out of most of my lip lines, though it pulled into a few of them (mostly visible on the upper lip). The gloss had a smooth, spreadable texture that was moderately sticky but comfortable to wear over the five hours it lasted for. The formula felt neither drying nor hydrating on me.

Formula Overview

$21.00/0.17 oz. - $123.53 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to "wear evenly" with "megawatt colour" and have a "tingly, cooling sensation" that makes lips "fuller." The coverage ranged from shade to shade, though most were fairly pigmented, and some seemed more multidimensional than others (they seemed just shimmery/pearly). Some shades applied evenly while others were more uneven or pulled into lip lines.

The finish had a lot of shine and shimmer, so any unevenness/settling wasn't as apparent in person as it might appear in close-up photos. The consistency was smooth as it applied and developed a lot of tackiness within a minute or so of application, and the tingling lasted noticeably for 20-25 minutes on me. The glosses lasted between four and five hours on me and were comfortable to wear but was mostly non-drying.

They have a sweet, mint scent and subtle tingle and almost seemed to have a slightly sweet taste, but I couldn't tell as I felt like I was breathing in the sweet mint a bit from the scent alone.

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MAC Polar Fleece & Ruby Princess Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolours

01/07

MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

Polar Fleece

MAC Polar Fleece Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour ($21.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a pale pink with subtle, cool undertones and pink and silver pearl. It looked significantly darker applied to my lips, and I triple checked the shade because it was so different… and also ridiculously similar to Party Sparkle, even when worn side-by-side! The consistency was lightweight, more medium in thickness with some tackiness, but the gloss itself felt smooth and spread fairly well across my lips. There was a slight bit of product that gathered in my deeper lip lines, while the color coverage was more semi-sheer than “megawatt.” It wore well for four hours and felt non-drying.

Formula Overview

$21.00/0.17 oz. - $123.53 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to "wear evenly" with "megawatt colour" and have a "tingly, cooling sensation" that makes lips "fuller." The coverage ranged from shade to shade, though most were fairly pigmented, and some seemed more multidimensional than others (they seemed just shimmery/pearly). Some shades applied evenly while others were more uneven or pulled into lip lines.

The finish had a lot of shine and shimmer, so any unevenness/settling wasn't as apparent in person as it might appear in close-up photos. The consistency was smooth as it applied and developed a lot of tackiness within a minute or so of application, and the tingling lasted noticeably for 20-25 minutes on me. The glosses lasted between four and five hours on me and were comfortable to wear but was mostly non-drying.

They have a sweet, mint scent and subtle tingle and almost seemed to have a slightly sweet taste, but I couldn't tell as I felt like I was breathing in the sweet mint a bit from the scent alone.

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MAC Sweet as Cocoa Powder Blush

01/06

MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush

MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush

MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush

MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush

MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush

MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush

MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush

MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush

MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush

MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush

MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush

MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush

MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush
MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush
MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush
MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush
MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush
MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush

Sweet As Cocoa

MAC Sweet As Cocoa Powder Blush ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum-brown with faint gold sparkle over a satin finish. Though this particular shade was labeled a “Sheertone Shimmer,” I wouldn’t describe it as sheer in terms of coverage; medium to semi-opaque coverage that was then buildable from there. The consistency was drier, slightly firmer in the pan, so if I used a lighter hand, I could get less coverage, but this is generally true of most powder product and less so that it is inherent in the formula. It was, though, “just enough shimmer” that gave it more of a natural sheen–glowing but not overtly shimmery–once buffed and blended on my cheeks. I didn’t have any trouble diffusing the edges of the blush, which I worried about initially. The color lasted well for eight and a half hours on me.

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.21 oz. - $114.29 Per Ounce

Per the brand, the formula is supposed to "provide fantastic colour with ease and consistency" that "applies evenly, adheres lightly to skin." There are five distinct finishes within the range: Frost ("iridescent, lightly shimmering color"), Matte ("flat, matte finish... builds well"), Satin ("adds subtle highlights to the skin"), Sheertone ("sheer-on micro-refined powder ... that goes on faint"), and Sheertone Shimmer ("just enough shimmer to make light dance on your cheeks"). Their permanent blushes are available in compact form as well as pan-only (the latter will be cheaper).

The following overview has been updated to reflect the most current iteration of the brand's permanent range (whether or not there's been any official change) as I repurchased the majority of the permanent shades as of June 2018. I make a point to say that because I felt that the textures of several shades, particularly the frost finish shades, was noticeably different; they were much smoother and had more slip but were less shimmery/frosted (on average) and seemed to be a bit weaker in pigmentation (but still buildable). Some of the mattes felt like I've encountered in the past (a little drier, pigmented, and fairly blendable), while some felt more velvety and finely-milled.

MAC has a solid blush range but some shades are harder than others to blend out or diffuse, and as it does for most formulas (from any brand), it really comes down to some shades falling shy of expectations. The matte finish had a tendency to darken on my skin within five minutes of application; for most shades, I would recommend applying over a powdered face and/or avoiding applying on still-drying complexion products to make blending the easiest. The matte shades seemed to be semi-opaque to opaque, buildable, and long-wearing (about eight hours).

Only a few of the shades in the permanent range seemed to be particularly frosted/metallic on the skin; most shades that had shimmer appeared more softly luminous or pearlescent on the skin to the point where there was little sheen/reflection captured by my camera (I did a double take for a few and re-did swatches only to find the same finish captured yet again!). The Sheertone Shimmer performed most consistently with this: very subtle sheen, more "my skin but better" with having a slightly more noticeable sheen than matte. There were a few shades that had a strong sheen on the skin (like Peachykeen), though. The Frost finish just seemed to have stronger, larger shimmer in it, but the effect on the skin ranged being subtle to moderate. The same was true with Satin--some were more satin-like and some seemed more like a Frost (like Modern Mandarin).

Most shades were blendable, while pigmentation varied from sheer to opaque depending on the shade, but most had decent, builable coverage. The textures were firmer than the average powder blush of current times, but they don't have excess product kicked up in the pan at all. The wear ranged between seven and nine hours with deeper, intense mattes (like Fever or Film Noir) lasted longer.

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Ingredients

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Silica, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

MAC Dazzleshadow Liquids

01/04

MAC Beam Time Dazzleshadow Liquid

MAC Beam Time Dazzleshadow Liquid

MAC Beam Time Dazzleshadow Liquid

MAC Beam Time Dazzleshadow Liquid

MAC Beam Time Dazzleshadow Liquid

MAC Beam Time Dazzleshadow Liquid

MAC Beam Time Dazzleshadow Liquid

MAC Beam Time Dazzleshadow Liquid

MAC Beam Time Dazzleshadow Liquid
MAC Beam Time Dazzleshadow Liquid
MAC Beam Time Dazzleshadow Liquid
MAC Beam Time Dazzleshadow Liquid

Beam Time

MAC Beam Time Dazzleshadow Liquid ($22.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. This was the least sparkly shade that I tried, and it had a stronger, more metallic sheen with less larger sparrkle in it. It was also more semi-opaque in a single layer, though it could easily be sheered out (or applied with less product) for sheerer results. I was also able to dab on a second layer to get full coverage. It had a smooth, thin texture that wasn’t quite as watery as other shades, and it applied evenly, blended out nicely, and dried down fast enough that it didn’t settle into fine lines/lid lines. The color lasted well for nine hours without creasing or yielding fallout.

Formula Overview

$22.00/0.16 oz. - $137.50 Per Ounce

It's a liquid-based formula that's supposed to have a "wash of brilliant colour" that lasts for "eight hours" and goes on "even[ly]" without creasing and is "safe for contact lens wearers." The shades I tried had varying color payoff in a single layer ranging from sheer (Panthertized) to semi-opaque (Beam Time). I was able to build up coverage on my lid as well, but additional layers did result in a thicker, more textured appearance of the product on my lid, though it didn't make the product more prone to flaking over time. The consistency was watery and thin, but it didn't run or settle into my fine lines/creases readily. I was able to diffuse and blend the edges, and I liked the product for layering over other eyeshadows; for example, Panthertized had a sheer, blackish base, which is hard to get to be even on bare skin, but it added violet and green sparkle over a black eyeshadow. They applied fairly evenly with a brush or fingertip (as recommended) and lasted for eight hours with minimal fallout and no creasing.

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MAC It’s Just Candy, Just Hustlin’, Party Sparkle Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolours

01/07

MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour
MAC It's Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

It's Just Candy

MAC It’s Just Candy Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour ($21.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a bright, pinky-red with lots of fine pink and red pearl with a few bits of sparkle. (I really just wanted to go with the obvious “candy apple red” description here.) The texture was smooth, light-medium in thickness but lightweight, and had moderate tackiness. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly, though in the close-up, I can tell it did not go on quite as evenly as other shades in the formula have for me. This shade stayed on well for five hours and was lightly hydrating over time.

Formula Overview

$21.00/0.17 oz. - $123.53 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to "wear evenly" with "megawatt colour" and have a "tingly, cooling sensation" that makes lips "fuller." The coverage ranged from shade to shade, though most were fairly pigmented, and some seemed more multidimensional than others (they seemed just shimmery/pearly). Some shades applied evenly while others were more uneven or pulled into lip lines.

The finish had a lot of shine and shimmer, so any unevenness/settling wasn't as apparent in person as it might appear in close-up photos. The consistency was smooth as it applied and developed a lot of tackiness within a minute or so of application, and the tingling lasted noticeably for 20-25 minutes on me. The glosses lasted between four and five hours on me and were comfortable to wear but was mostly non-drying.

They have a sweet, mint scent and subtle tingle and almost seemed to have a slightly sweet taste, but I couldn't tell as I felt like I was breathing in the sweet mint a bit from the scent alone.

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