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MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

01/08

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

Viva Glam Sia

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. MAC described it as a “warm” red, though it looked cooler on me and occasionally, neutral, but it had a pinkish base when I sheered it out.

It had rich, opaque pigmentation that covered my lips with smooth, even color in a single stroke. The texture was dense, slightly firm, but it slid across my lips in a fluid motion with moderate pressure that avoided dragging. It was lightweight, thin without being clingy, and it sat well on my lips. The color was still going strong after five hours of wear, and it was neither drying nor hydrating over time.

Formula Overview

$17.50/0.10 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce

MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying. Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying. The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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Ingredients

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MAC x Jeremy Scott Future Emotions Lip x 9 Palette

01/07

MAC Future Emotions Jeremy Scott Lip x 9 Palette

MAC Future Emotions Jeremy Scott Lip x 9 Palette

MAC Future Emotions Jeremy Scott Lip x 9 Palette

MAC Future Emotions Jeremy Scott Lip x 9 Palette

MAC Future Emotions Jeremy Scott Lip x 9 Palette

MAC Future Emotions Jeremy Scott Lip x 9 Palette

MAC Future Emotions Jeremy Scott Lip x 9 Palette

Future Emotions

MAC Future Emotions Jeremy Scott Lip x 9 Palette ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains nine shades of lipstick with a few being from the brand’s permanent range. The biggest thing to note is that where I’ve tried a color in the past (as a traditional, twist-up lipstick), it was always inferior in the palette–thinner, drier, or clingier in the pan version. The second characteristic that seems important to note is that there’s really not much product in the palette; just a little more than a single lipstick (0.10 oz.), which retails for $17.50.

MAC x Jeremy Scott Lo-Fi Eyeshadow x 29 Palette

01/16

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi (with Primer!) | Look Details

MAC Lo-Fi (with Primer!) | Look Details

MAC Lo-Fi (with Primer!) | Look Details

MAC Lo-Fi (with Primer!) | Look Details

Lo-Fi

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette ($75.00 for 0.51 oz.) is an example where there’s a lot of attention paid to the packaging but not enough toward the actual product inside. I like the concept, and one thought to solve the “wasted space” aspect of the palette would have been to made a hinged lid (that was black) that hid additional shades, so you could get the visual effect while providing more shades (perhaps making each pan a little bigger).

Unfortunately, the formula used throughout the palette is weak, even compared to past misses by MAC. Most of the shimmers are bordering on atrocious–dry, loosely packed, almost sandy–and many of the mattes are sheer, dry, firm, or chalky. The quality was bad enough that it was difficult to put together any semblance of a cohesive look without primer, as there was so much patchiness, sheerness, and unevenness that it looked like I wasn’t even trying. So, I tested the palette with and without primer, and while it did improve over primer, it was still a difficult palette to use–it took be two to three times longer to get decent results (that were still not where I’d want them to be) compared to other, better performing “bright” style palettes.

The palette contains quite a bit of eyeshadow spread over a lot of shades, and MAC lists the total weight as 0.51 oz., which would work out to be 0.0175 oz. per shade. Depending on whether you’d compare it to single pans or smaller palettes or single eyeshadows, you might get a different total value; I’d say that using the smaller palettes (like the pre-made 9-pan palettes) might be the most one-to-one methodology – that would yield a value of $90.67. The highest value would be using single eyeshadows, which would yield a value of $163.20.

If you normally use larger brushes, the pans may seem too small, and if you have very rounded, fluffy crease brushes, those may also not fit as comfortably in each pan. I didn’t have trouble using brushes with the palette myself, but I do tend to use small and medium-sized brushes normally.

Lo-Fi
Lo-Fi
5.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
3
Application
64%
Total
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MAC x Jeremy Scott Acoustica Cheek x 3 Palette

01/06

MAC Acoustica Jeremy Scott Cheek x 3 Palette

MAC Acoustica Jeremy Scott Cheek x 3 Palette

MAC Acoustica Jeremy Scott Cheek x 3 Palette

MAC Acoustica Jeremy Scott Cheek x 3 Palette

MAC Acoustica Jeremy Scott Cheek x 3 Palette

MAC Acoustica Jeremy Scott Cheek x 3 Palette

Acoustica

MAC Acoustica Jeremy Scott Cheek x 3 Palette ($35.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a new, limited edition trio of cheek colors that features a highlighter, bronzer, and blush. The highlighter was very nice to work with but very metallic, while the bronzer and blush were matte and had thinner textures that weren’t as blendable or as pigmented, though some might prefer building up the coverage.

Acoustica
Acoustica
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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MAC Moon Landing, Buzzed Out, In Retrograde Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

01/06

MAC Moon Landing Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

MAC Moon Landing Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

MAC Moon Landing Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

MAC Moon Landing Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

MAC Moon Landing Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

MAC Moon Landing Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

Moon Landing

MAC Moon Landing Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic ($21.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a deep, navy blue with cool, violet undertones and a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that did not apply evenly and was extremely prone to drying down into my lip lines and looking “cracked” when I smiled. The consistency was lightweight, thin but not clingy, but I noticed this particular shade seemed a little more watery and took longer to dry down (which may have contributed to application problems across the board). This shade lasted for six hours, left a stain behind, and was on the drying side.

Formula Overview

$21.00/0.17 oz. - $123.53 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "pure matte metallic colour" that "lasts and lasts" for eight hours. Most of the shades were quite pigmented--semi-opaque to opaque--and applied evenly, though there were a few misses that had more watery textures that either lacked in pigmentation or went on patchily. I'd say about half the range felt non-drying over time but some were noticeably drying. They were vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste.

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6
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
3
Application
71%
Total

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MAC Coral Plated, Foiled, Metrochrome Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

01/06

MAC Coral Plated Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

MAC Coral Plated Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

MAC Coral Plated Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

MAC Coral Plated Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

MAC Coral Plated Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

MAC Coral Plated Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

Coral Plated

MAC Coral Plated Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic ($21.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium, orange-copper with warm, yellow undertones and faint, golden pearl. It had opaque color payoff in a single layer, and the color was fluid enough to apply evenly across the lips without having to work at it. The texture was thicker than others in the line-up, but it wasn’t too thick and did not take long to dry down, though there was a bit of product that dried down into my deeper lip lines. It wore well for six hours and was non-drying.

Formula Overview

$21.00/0.17 oz. - $123.53 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "pure matte metallic colour" that "lasts and lasts" for eight hours. Most of the shades were quite pigmented--semi-opaque to opaque--and applied evenly, though there were a few misses that had more watery textures that either lacked in pigmentation or went on patchily. I'd say about half the range felt non-drying over time but some were noticeably drying. They were vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste.

Browse all of our MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic swatches.

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Metrochrome

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