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MAC Masterclass Brush Collection

MAC Masterclass Brush Collection
MAC Masterclass Brush Collection

Introducing an ultra-modern range of unique brushes that delivers a high level of performance and revolutionizes personal makeup application. Ergonomically designed for even and effortless application, lush, silky, synthetic fibres are engineered to expertly pick up and apply product seamlessly. Available in three sizes, Linear 1, Oval 3 and Oval 6 feature a special grip brush handle designed for absolute control, and a tilted tip that keeps fingers and hands out of the way for ultimate precision.

Linear 1 ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)

With a short, narrow shape, the brush delivers a firm, precise stroke to line lashes and lips. Also defines and fills brows. Synthetic fibres. Handle features special grip design and tilted brush tip for ultimate precision. Sleek black finish.

Oval 3 ($32.00 U.S. / $38.50 CDN)

The ultimate multipurpose tool, with an elongated oval shape and slightly pointed tip. Smoothly shades and blends powder or cream eye shadows, powder, and liquid or cream concealer in the hard-to-reach contours of the face. Synthetic fibres. Handle features special grip design and tilted brush tip for ultimate precision. Sleek black finish.

Oval 6 ($42.00 U.S. / $50.50 CDN)

Ideal for blush, foundation or powder, the rounded, medium-sized brush applies, blends and contours all over the face or cheeks for even, flawless coverage. Synthetic fibres. Handle features special grip design and tilted brush tip for ultimate precision. Sleek black finish.

Availability: Now online @ MAC Cosmetics

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Makeup Geek Bewitched, Blitz, Paparazzi, Prince Charming, Utopia Pigments

Makeup Geek Bewitched Pigment
Makeup Geek Bewitched Pigment

Makeup Geek Bewitched Pigment ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light amethyst purple with a slight shimmer.” It’s a medium purple with subtle warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish–almost pearly but a little higher in shimmer. Applied dry, it’s sheer and tended to blend away into an even sheerer color, and then applied with a damp brush, it was more pigmented but didn’t seem to apply as evenly. The texture was somewhat drier and powdery; it wasn’t as easy to work with as other pigments in the range. It showed some signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #1 (P) is darker. Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE) is similar. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is slightly brighter. Dior Garden Roses #3 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Encore (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Blitz Pigment ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “medium brown with red undertones and slight shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, copper-shimmered brown with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It was semi-opaque when applied dry, but it was fully opaque when applied with a damp brush–it also looked more intense. It wore well for just over eight hours before slightly fading. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $15.00) is less red-toned. Clinique Fuller Fudge (P, $16.00) is a cream product. Tom Ford Beauty Illicit (LE, $40.00) is also a cream product. MAC Eclair (LE, $18.50) is lighter and a cream product. MAC Tan (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Twinks (P, $15.00) is darker. Guerlain Les Fauves #1 (LE) is less frosted. See comparison swatches.

Paparazzi Pigment ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “glittery smokey grey.” It’s a dark, charcoal gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and a dusting of silver sparkle. I was worried this shade wouldn’t come together when applied damp, as sometimes more matte bases are prone to applying unevenly, but this worked quite well when applied damp–opaque and even in color, while applying it dry was sheerer and not as even. It wore well for eight hours and started to fade somewhat after that. Urban Decay Poison (LE, $18.00) is similar. Chanel Gris Exquis (LE, $28.50) is lighter. bareMinerals Do Not Disturb (P) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Chateau (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Prince Charming Pigment ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic cool silver.” It’s a medium-dark, silver-shimmered gray with a frosted finish. It is a darker silver, and when applied with a dampened brush, it tended to look less silver, almost grayer. The texture was a little powdery/dry, and it was slightly faded by eight hours. MAC Thunder and Rain #1 (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Warm Thunder (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Utopia Pigment ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “mixture of deep brown and antique gold duochrome shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm undertones and a lot of sparkle. The texture is quite chunky, so it is rather sheer if applied dry and will get everywhere; applied with a dampened brush, it comes together better, but it can make the lid look like it is more textured–crinkled? in a way as some metallic/glittery shades can. It didn’t fade or crease over eight hours, but I did have some noticeable fall out over time. Urban Decay Ambush (LE, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Tempting (P, $15.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #6 (P, $33.00) is yellower. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

This is the last of my Makeup Geek pigments that I have to review, so you can find all shades that I’ve reviewed here!

Bewitched
Bewitched
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Blitz
Blitz
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Paparazzi
Paparazzi
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87%
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Utopia
Utopia
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Tom Ford Jasmine Rouge Color & Holiday Gift Boxes for Holiday 2013

Tom Ford Jasmine Rouge Color for Holiday 2013
Tom Ford Jasmine Rouge Color for Holiday 2013

Introducing Tom Ford’s audacious new red lip and nail pairings: two duos of classic crimson or sumptuous cherry shades inspired by the daring femininity of his private blend fragrance, Jasmin Rouge. They evoke the scent’s decadent, spiced floral notes and iconic red bottle, and capture its mood of hedonistic glamour. Experience the power of crimson with Tom Ford Lip Color in Rouge Fatal and Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Shameless. Indulge in rich cherry with Tom Ford Lip Color Vampire Kiss and Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Trophy Wife.

Lip Color ($49.00)

  • Rouge Fatal Crimson
  • Vampire Kiss Rich cherry

Nail Lacquer ($32.00)

  • Shameless Crimson
  • Trophy Wife Rich cherry

Eye Color Quad ($78.00)

  • Ice Queen Subtle blues and icy grays

Gift Sets

Tom Ford Beauty has developed three luxurious cosmetics gift boxes exclusively for holiday 2013. Each presented in an iconic Tom Ford reflective chocolate brown hinged setup box in crosshatch pattern. Each box allows for customization at counter.

  • 12-Piece Lip Color Gift Box Personalized selection of 12 Lip Colors in a mahogany-colored box ($588.00)
  • 4-Piece Lip & Nail Lacquer Gift Box Personalized selection of two Lip Colors and Nail Lacquers in a mahogany-colored box ($162.00)
  • 4-Piece Lip Color Gift Box Personalized selection of four Lip Colors in a mahogany-colored box ($196.00)

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus

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MAC Viva Glam Announces Rihanna as 2014 Spokesperson


M•A•C Cosmetics is thrilled to announce the next Viva Glam spokesperson: Rihanna. Arriving January 2014.  More information to come as MAC releases official details about the upcoming installment of Viva Glam.

Comments have been turned off on this post. TRIGGER WARNING:  This post has become emotionally triggering for victims and survivors of domestic violence due some comments that seem to misunderstand domestic violence, its cycle, and how complex it can be.  You may want to read more about domestic violence, the cycle of domestic violence, and really, truly understand why victims often return to their abusers and that it can take many attempts to leave before they finally do. You might ask yourself what you would do if your best friend was in an abusive relationship and how your attitude would help or hinder their situation, attempts to leave an abusive situation, and whether your actions give them the vital support they need to finally leave their abuser. We worry for those who return to abusive situations, and it’s OK to think that it isn’t a good idea or to wish that they did not return, but insinuating that they are now deserving of any abuse they get ignores the complexity of relationships in general as well as abusive relationships.

Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Collection

Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Collection
Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Collection

“I have wanted to revisit Oud for years; it is one of the most endlessly fascinating ingredients in a perfumer’s palette. For this collection, I explored how Oud could intertwine with other precious ingredients from the rich and storied culture and artisanal traditions of the Middle East.” — Tom Ford

The Private Blend Oud collection is an olfactive journey that explores three mesmerizing and sensual facets of oud. Two new oud fragrances join the best-selling fragrance, private blend oud wood, a groundbreaking composition of exotic woods and spices that is hailed as a definitive interpretation of oud. The new fragrances, Private Blend Oud Fleur and Private Blend Tobacco Oud, share the signature elements of the original Oud Wood—oud, sandalwood and patchouli—then follow two unique and contrasting directions. They give Tom Ford another opportunity to show his mastery of this rare and precious ingredient. The collection of three oud fragrances also features three bath and body products that offer sumptuous new ways to wear this unforgettable note, creating a complete world of oud within Tom Ford Private Blend. Oud Wood body moisturizer, Oud Wood shower gel and OudWood bath soap are perfumed with the original Oud Wood fragrance.

Oud Wood

Private Blend Oud Wood captures the most sophisticated, precious and highly regarded materials in the Middle East. Rich, elegant oud is paired with smoky birch tar and cistus heart, which impart a sultry, smoky effect reminiscent of burnt incense lingering in the air, further enhancing the fragrance’s depth and sensuality. Adding a perception of warmth and intrigue, notes of patchouli absolute are used as cedarwood atlas creates a sense of animalic depth, leaving an intoxicating trail.

  • 1.7 oz. ($210.00)
  • 3.4 oz. ($290.00)
  • Shower Gel ($65.00)
  • Bath Soap ($35.00)
  • Body Moisturizer ($65.00)

Tobacoo Oud

Private Blend Tobacco Oud explores a secret history of addictive Arabic passions—crafting fragrances from precious oud wood resin and smoking aromatic tobacco. It intertwines mesmerizing oud with an idealized tobacco accord inspired by “dokha,” a blend of herbs, flowers and spice-laden tobacco that was smoked in secret five centuries ago during a ban on smoking— and retains its allure as a widely used tobacco today. Dried quickly in the desert sun, and then mixed with herbs, spices, bark, and dried flowers, Dokha delivers its rush in a potent, dizzying hit. Like a proper Dokha, private blend tobacco oud imparts an extremely smooth, warm blend of woodsy notes for a heady buzz; and then a warm exhale of spicy heat. Fine tobacco dust absolute is intertwined with coriander seed oil to achieve this spice-laden touch.

Roasted tonka organic absolute soaks the tobacco with a warm, addictive pulse of coumarin while streaks of sandalwood bring out mellow, lactonic tones. A seductive amber note is accomplished with high dosages of cistus oil from spain and cistus absolute—an indigenous Mediterranean plant also known as labdanum or rockrose—that contributes leathery-ambery, textural tones.

The regal oud element is further reinforced by fresh woody facets of Cedarwood Atlas Orpur®— sourced from the Atlas mountain range high in the Moroccan desert—and earthy patchouli absolute, while castoreum complements the primal, animalic aspects.1.7 fl. oz. / $210.00.

Oud Fleur

Private Blend Oud Fleur explores the mystique of oud in all its dimensions, including the aspect of prestige and age. It is crafted from a slowly perfected vision of Oud Wood that has been developed over twenty years by harmonizing the finest aspects of many variations.

The Oud Wood core is streaked with additional woody notes to amplify its effects: patchouli for cool earthy tones; sandalwood for warmth; incense for smoky mystery, and styrax, cistus and leather accord for added texture and presence. Ambergris and castoreum lend a wild warmth and mellow ambery comfort.

A complex rose dimension evokes the middle east’s legendary damascus rose. A blend of Rose Bulgaria Orpur®, Rose Absolute Morocco, and Rose Absolute Turkey Orpur® creates a brocade effect that weaves fresh petal, lush nectar and spicy stem-like signatures together. This floral heart is enhanced with Ginger CO2, Cardamom Seed Oil Orpur®, Cinnamon Bark Laos Orpur®, and Pimento Berry; these cool and fiery spice accents awaken the senses. A touch of Geranium Egypt Orpur® lends a peppery-green flourish as tagette, osmanthus, davana oil and date accord lend a beautifully mellowed effect which enhances the sensation of a precious fragrance crafted from superbly well-aged materials. 1.7 fl. oz. / $210.00.

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Hakuhodo G5545, G5556, and J511 Brushes Reviews & Photos

Hakuhodo G5545 Blush Brush
Hakuhodo G5545 Blush Brush

Hakuhodo G5545 Blush Brush ($48.00) is a rounded, flat blush brush made out of blue squirrel and goat hair. It’s 38mm in length, 30mm in width, and 18mm in thickness. It has a total length of just under 7 inches or just over 17.5 centimeters with a pinched ferrule. Prior to my aggressive try-all-the-brushes campaign, I don’t think I had a brush like this–it is a lot flatter than I’m used to. It’s somewhat dense, flat, and just a little rounded around the upper half of the brush head. If you tend to pat your blush on, it’s a good option. It feels incredibly soft against the skin, doesn’t apply too much or too little product in a go, and can softly blend color together. I liked it best with powders. Sephora Pro Precision Blush Brush ($32) is shorter and has a more angled/tapered edge, but it is similar in flatness and overall application; the G5545 is much, much softer (feels like water, almost, against the skin). MAC 116 ($35) is thicker and fluffier overall–and feels much rougher in comparison. Shu Uemura #20 Natural Brush ($50) is the most comparable, though it has a flatter edge, so it is not as rounded, but it has a similar flatness and overall size; it is almost as soft as Hakuhodo’s but not quite (I don’t think you’d notice unless you had both).

Hakuhodo G5556 Powder & Liquid Brush ($69.00) is a blend of goat hair and synthetic fibers. This particular shape of brush is available in a few sizes (and you’ll also find a few in the S series with the red-orange handle if you prefer that aesthetic), there is the G5552-4mm ($45), G5553-2mm ($45), G5554-4mm ($54), G5555-2mm ($54), G5557-2mm ($69). Since I have a history of choosing a brush that’s just slightly smaller than I actually want, I went for what I hoped would be one of the larger versions! From what I’ve seen from readers, this shape/style is supposed to be similar to Shiseido’s Perfect Foundation Brush (which, apparently, is $30, and I had in my mind that it was going to be a $50+ brush, go figure! This also means I’ll probably cave and buy it!). I don’t have Shiseido’s to compare at this time, so I can’t weigh in on that debate.

The G5556 is 28mm in length (from the tallest edge), 28mm in width, and 28mm in thickness. It’s just under 6 inches or 15.5 centimeters in total lenght. It has a round, open ferrule. The brush handle is also very, very thick and round–about 3/4 in diameter and a wide as 1 inch at its widest point. It’s a round, dense brush with a slanted, angled edge that goes flat across (but at an angle). That angle makes it easier to pull the brush into crevices and curves, like around the nose, around the eyes, and along the jaw line. The mix of synthetic and natural bristles makes it work well for liquid as well as powder, so for cream and liquid foundations, this is a nice option. I really liked it for foundation application, but I don’t reach for it over some of my other favorites! It does take a little longer to dry due to its density. This is one of the only angled foundation brushes I own, I think!

Hakuhodo J511 Angled Highlighter Brush ($33.00) is a small-to-medium angled brush made out of goat hair (it is also available with a combination of blue squirrel and goat hair, with black bristles, for $42 as the G511). It’s 28 mm in length, 28mm in width, and 18mm in thickness. It has a total length of 6.25 inches or 16 centimeters. It has a pinched ferrule. The size makes it workable for highlighting, as you can delicately feather a shimmery product on without applying too much or getting it everywhere. For contouring, it works for those with smaller faces or who want a more precise contour. I also thought it was better for applying cream or liquid contours, as I find more precision in placement is more crucial with those textures than with powders. I noticed that this brush also fluffed up quite a bit after an initial wash, so it is more feathery and not as dense as it appears when it first arrives (not really a bad thing!). It is smaller than MAC 168 ($35) and Sephora’s Pro Angled Blush Brush ($32).

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