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MAC Lightfully Bright Lipglass Swatches, Photos, Review


MAC Lipglass: Astro Cool, Atmospheric, Ethereal, Outer Space

MAC Lightfully Bright Lipglass Swatches, Photos, Review

The Lightfully Bright Collection contains four skincare products (which I am not currently reviewing, since skincare requires 6-8 weeks of testing and I already decide on what to try 3-4 months in advance to plan accordingly) along with four lipglass shades. Each lipglass retails for $14.50 and comes in standard MAC packaging. The shades include: Astro Cool (light lavender with pink pearl), Atmospheric (pink with blue pearl), Ethereal (pale blue with pink pearl), and Outer Space (white with pink pearl).

  • Astro Cool is a pale silvered lavender with flecks of white, silver, and pale lavender shimmer. It just looks like clear gloss with lavender and white shimmer on my lips–it does seem to mute my natural lip color a tad. It looks very similar to She-Zam Dazzleglass–slightly more lavender but hardly noticeable when worn.
  • Atmospheric is a light, neutral pink with silver, white, and teal shimmer. Though I have no idea where mine went off to, it is completely different from the original Atmospheric from Blue Storm (’07). It looks like near-clear gloss with white shimmer on my lips. It is similar to Like Venus Dazzleglass.
  • Ethereal is a pale, cloudy blue with pink, white, and teal-blue shimmer. It gives my natural lip color a cooler tone to it, while adding a lot of silver shimmer. It’s like a shimmery version of Chillin’ Cremesheen Glass or a lighter version of Best of Breed Lipglass.
  • Outer Space is a pale, milky white with pink and white shimmer. It looks like a semi-sheer milky pink with white shimmer on my lips. This is the most pigmented of the four. It is similar to Snowscene. In the tube, it looks very white, but when swatched, there is a lot of pink sheen, so it is also a lighter version of glosses like Cultured, Docile,or Icescape Lipglasses.

As you can tell, these glosses are all quite sheer.  They are great for those who want shimmer without much on lips or else as something to layer over lipstick.  These are all cool-toned, so they will add some coolness and shimmer over any lipstick.

my thoughts on the formula: MAC Lipglasses are vanlla-scented, and they are typically thick and sticky. However, because of their tackiness, they do tend to wear better and longer (four hours for me). The Lightfully Bright Lipglasses seem like they have a finer shimmer, though I wouldn’t describe it as micro-shimmer.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: These shades are sheer, which makes them easier to dupe, because on lips, they look more like clear gloss with shimmer than anything else.  (Usually, when you have more noticeable color, the nuances between colors can be more apparent, but with sheer, there is less to differentiate shades.)  I kind of feel like for as cool as these names are (and the theme), I would have loved to see the shimmer play more with the light; perhaps more reflective or yield a duochrome finish/sheen.

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MAC Wonder Woman: Online & Available for Purchase!


MAC Wonder Woman Collection

MAC Wonder Woman:  Online & Available for Purchase!

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MAC Quite Cute Collection for Spring 2011


MAC Quite Cute Collection for Spring 2011

U.S./Canada Launch Date: April 7th, 2011
International Launch Date: April 2011

“CUTE!” The most fanciful, fun and flattering compliment and young, modern trendsetter could ever want! Our version is the girliest kind of international glam possible, a style ride that combines postage-stamp-sized puppies with pixie swizzle-stick fashion and buttergly kisses for cute boys and even cuter shoes! Cupcake icing colors, vintage romance, an ATM card with Hello Kitty on it – and a way of life that says “yes!” to everything adorable!

Come on, get happy, with the multi-culti cutie, from Tokyo to Toronto to Paris with love! Pastel shades for Eye Quads, Lipstick, Plushglass, and Nail Lacquer…And due to popular demand, we’re completely cute-ifying three favourite Lip Pencil shades from last season that will join the fun and frolic. Flash! You’ll ♥ the Mineralize Blush with the sweet heart baked right into it. If it shines, shimmers and pops it’s completely, contagiously, cute!

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Playing Koi Creamy white peach pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Saint Germain Pastel pink (Amplified) (Permanent)
  • Candy Yum-Yum Neon pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Quite Cute Bright white lavender (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)
  • Play Time Intense violet (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)

Plushglass ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Fashion Fanatic Creamy pale pink (Limited Edition)
  • Bubble Tea Creamy pale nude (Limited Edition)
  • Girl ♥ Boy Bright light blue pink (Limited Edition)
  • I ♥ U Creamy mid-tone purple (Limited Edition)

Lip Pencil ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • In Synch Bright yellow pink (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Naked Light neutral (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Boldly Bare Mid-tone red brown (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

Cutie Eyeshadow Quad ($36.00 U.S. / $43.00 CDN)

  • Moshi! Moshi! Pale white green gold (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Goody Goody Gum Drop Light white pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Boycrazy Pale lavender with silver pearl pigments (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Azuki Bean Mid-tone violet (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Mineralize Blush ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN)

  • Giggly Light pink with pearly plum heart (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Sakura Lavender with pearly deep magenta heart (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Miss Behave Light beige with pearly mint green heart (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($14.00 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Ice Cream Cake Creamy blue pink (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Little Girl Type Creamy pale lavender (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Mischievous Creamy pale blue mint (Cream) (Limited Edition)

False Lashes ($14.00 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • #7 Lash Spiky, slightly separated, high glam lash (Permanent)

Penultimate Eyeliner ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Rapidblack True black (Permanent)

Zoom Lash ($14.00 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Zoomblack Rich black (Permanent)

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MAC Bronze Everyday Collection for Summer 2011


MAC Bronze Everyday Collection for Summer 2011

U.S. Launch Date: April 7th, 2011
International Launch Date: April 2011

Great news: It’s back, for good…Skinsheen Leg Spray, the long-wear gel/mousse body makeup that sheers on legs, arms, décolletage for a subtle golden glow. Water-resistant three times over Love your Lustre Drops? They’re back too, for that touch of chic luminosity, an ethereal glow wherever applied. Two new golden shades of Mineralize Skinfinish Natural plus Mineralize Skinfinish and Bronzing Powders complete the collection, making M∙A∙C all about one-stop Bronzing.

Bronzing Powder ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN)

  • Refined Golden Finely spun golden with soft pearl
  • Golden Muted golden tan-beige with shimmer
  • Bronze Soft bronze with shimmer
  • Matte Bronze Bare-shouldered bronze

Skinsheen Leg Spray ($26.50 U.S. / $32.00 CDN)

  • Medium Dark Sheer soft bronze with golden tan pearl
  • Dark Golden-bronze

Lustre Drops ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Pink Rebel Blue pink with gold pearl
  • Sun Rush Peachy bronze with gold pearl

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ($27.00 U.S. / $32.50 CDN)

  • Give Me Sun! Light summer peachy tan
  • Sun Power Deep terracotta bronze

Mineralize Skinfinish ($28.00 U.S. / $33.50 CDN)

  • Soft & Gentle Gilded peach bronze
  • Gold Deposit Soft reflective golden-bronze

All products are already permanent or will be made permanent as of April 7th, 2011.

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MAC Primed for Perfection Collection for Spring 2011

MAC Primed for Perfection Collection for Spring 2011

U.S./Canada Launch Date: April 7th, 2011
International Launch Date: April 2011

MAC owns the primers category. Now we’re talking Prep + Prime further than ever. Use it under, it under,over during,after makeup application, and marvel at the ease with which it can accept concealer,cooperate with color. And now, with Prep + Prime Vibrancy Eye, P+P advances eyes, focuses potential. A lightweight, quick fix AND long-term solution for puffy, tired-looking creases and bag that targets the three main causes for dark under eye circles — while illumination the eye area with optical effects for instant luminosity.

Pigmentation, visibly weakened capillaries and shadowing — while illuminating the eye area with optical effects for instant luminosity. Vibrancy eye provides pick-me-up powder and moisturization. On step and you’re prepped for makeup magic. A wonderful new shades highlighter debuts with the collection – Prep + Prime Highlighter is lush and cushiony, yet lightweight — in wonderful hues that provides a sheer wash of color to highlight, brighten and perfect. The click “pen” allows for exact application.

Prep + Prime Vibrancy Eye ($30.00 U.S. / $36.50 CDN)

  • A lightweight, quick fix and long term solution for puffy, tired-looking eyes

Prep + Prime Highlighter ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN)

  • Light Boost Soft yellow cream
  • Bright Forecast Mid-tone peachy coral
  • Radiant Rose Light shell pink

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MAC Wonder Woman: Overall & Recommendations


MAC Wonder Woman Collection

MAC Wonder Woman: Overall & Recommendations

OVERALL, I found the collection rather underwhelming, and I was particularly disappointed in the quality of the eyeshadow quads. I had a few readers ask me what I would purchase if I was normal consumer and not a beauty blogger… and I really don’t know if I’d purchase anything. At best, one or both of the blush duos. There are a few too many repromotes from the permanent range, which is more frustrating because all of the prices are increased with the collaboration than they are normally. I’m surprised they did not create any new shades of pigments for the launch.

Heroine lipstick is actually a very lovely shade, but I can see it being difficult to wear. Spitfire is a shade that we’ve been seeing in slightly different variations over the past six months. Wonder Woman lipglass had promise but the sheerness seemed off–this is Wonder Woman, where the packaging is bold and bright! Both blushes had nice pigmentation and were smooth, so I did like those. I’m just not thrilled to see the $24 price tag accompany them–at least you do get more for your money. Golden Lariat mineralize skinfinish pulls rather orange, so it is a more limited shade; it should work lovely on warm, medium to dark skin tones. Pink Power mineralize skinfinish is more universally wearable, but it is awkward to hold and feels gigantic.

I’m not sure which product disappointed me more: the eyeshadow quads or the oversized (but now awkward to use) Penultimate eyeliner. Ultimately, the pigmentation and texture are lacking in all three eyeshadow quads, with Defiance being the least pigmented. Some shades are almost chalky, but the texture is thin–almost had. I felt like I had to scrape out product in order to build up a swatch. Each palette had one, maybe two, shades that did have a soft, smooth texture and decent pigmentation, but one shade does not a palette make.

I tihnk the packaging is fine–you either love it or hate it. It’s certainly not packaging that will appeal to all. I have no emotional attachment to Wonder Woman (didn’t watch her, don’t know her back story, etc.), and it’s not my aesthetic, but I don’t carry around my makeup, so it wouldn’t matter to me that I don’t love it if the product inside high quality–but the packaging would compel me to buy just to have it.

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