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MAC Marche aux Puces Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Marche aux Puces Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Marche aux Puces Eyeshadow Duo

March on Past This One

MAC Marche aux Puces Eyeshadow Duo ($27.50 for 0.09 oz.) contains two shades: Chessa (mid-tone golden orange) and Indie Spirit (chestnut brown).  This is a new, but limited edition (aren’t they always?) duo from the latest Styleseeker collection.

Chessa is a bright pop of tangerine-orange with golden orange sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish. The texture was soft, so it applied smoothly and evenly, while the color payoff was good. OCC Mimosa is very similar. Dior Aurora has a shade that’s more golden. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy is a smidgen lighter and has less shimmer.

Indie Spirit is a medium brown with red-orange undertones and a matte finish. This was fussy–it did not want to yield good color payoff, because it was really dry and stiff. When I applied it to the lid, it was easier to use and with enough product, I was able to get it to show up. It blended out better than I anticipated, given the stiffer texture. MAC Soft Brown is darker, less orange. MAC One to Watch is a smidgen less red-toned and shimmery. MAC Tete-a-Tint is very similar in color–slightly less red-toned.

Indie Spirit is such a let-down in texture and color payoff.  It’s a little better during application than when just swatched, but it really takes some effort to get it to show up properly.  I had to go back three times in order to get decent color; my best advice is to work in small areas at a time, because it doesn’t deposit and then blend out.  Chessa is very pretty and would work well for both summer and fall.  It also would pair well with reds, berries, and burgundies.  When I tested these shades, both lasted for eight hours without creasing, and I only had some minor fading with Indie Spirit that was just barely noticeable.

MAC Marche aux Puces Eyeshadow Duo

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MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo

Where Retrospeck is Not Actually Retrospeck… in Retrospect!

MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo ($27.50 for 0.09 oz.) contains two shades: Brule (soft creamy beige) and Retrospeck (mid-tone neutral gold).  It’s a new and limited edition duo from Styleseeker.

Brule is a pale, white beige with very subtle warm undertones. It has a satin finish, though it reads more matte against the skin. It has good color payoff, and it blends really easily. Urban Decay Kinky is lighter, less warm. theBalm Matt Smith is pinker. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is grayer, pinker. MAC Vanilla is warmer, lighter, less beige. Urban Decay Skimp has more of a shimmer-sheen finish and is warmer in tone.

Retrospeck is a molten gold with bronze and gold shimmer. It’s supposed to have a lustre finish, but I’m not entirely sure, since the color is NOTHING like Retrospeck. The texture feels somewhat like a lustre, as it has a looseness of sparkle that is very true-to-lustre-finish. The payoff is much, much more than a lot of lustres, though. I did experience noticeable fall out both during and after application (and the latter is what I worry and look for). Clarins Enchanted Summer is lighter, less brown. Milani Gold Dust is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Amber is very similar but smoother.

I could go on a rant about the ridiculousness of including a shade called Retrospeck, a shade that’s part of your core permanent range, and making it entirely different, but I’ll restrain myself.  I wasn’t originally going to purchase this duo, just the other three, because both of these shades were permanent, but I figured, “Why not?” so I’m glad I did!

I like Brule. It’s a nice highlighter color for light to medium skin tones–it doesn’t look too chalky or pale.  It’s also a nice all-over-lid color; consider patting it all over the lid and carving out the crease with a brown or gray to define eyes.  I’m not loving Retrospeck (V2) due to the residual fall out I experienced during the day when I wore it.  Both shades wore for eight hours over bare lids with no creasing or fading, though Retrospeck had fall out.

MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo

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MAC Hidden Treasure Blush

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush
MAC Hidden Treasure Blush

Not So Hidden Blushes with This Treasure

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “rich burnt red.” It has a velvet finish, according to the back, though the press release had originally listed it as a satin. The color is a dark rusted red with a very subtle sheen, no detectable shimmer or the like, and a warm, red-orange undertone. MAC Ring of Saturn is lighter and has more of a golden sheen–it would still look very similar if used lightly. Tom Ford Savage is lighter, more muted, less red. NARS Liberte is more orange, less red.

The texture is just slightly dry, though it packs plenty o’ pigment–you’ll absolutely want to use a light hand with this blush (and might I also recommend a stippling brush, like MAC’s 187 or 188?).  Since it’s a little drier, it doesn’t blend out as effortlessly as some other blushes. It does take more time and effort to get a soft, faded edge.  I think this blush will look exceptionally beautiful on darker skin tones, because it has great depth and color.  I tested the wear of this shade, and it wore for a full eight hours and was just slightly faded along the edge.

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Product
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Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
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Application
89%
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MAC Local Wares Fluidline

MAC Local Wares Fluidline
MAC Local Wares Fluidline

Not Quite Black, Not Quite Brown Eyeliner

MAC Local Wares Fluidline ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty olive with multidimensional pearl.” It’s a muted dark brown with a gray tinge and subtle gold sparkle. The sparkle isn’t really noticeable once it is applied. It reminded me of CoverGirl Brown, without the shimmer. This collection seems to lean on the warmer side, but this eyeliner reads cooler on me–it actually looks almost gray when I tried it out.

Fluidline is a gel eyeliner that’s supposed to be long-wearing and smudge-proof. It comes inside a clear glass jar with a black screw-top lid. Local Wares has a creamy, pliable texture that glides on and goes on mostly opaque (I used MAC’s 263 brush to apply to my lower lash line), though I did need to go back to get a fully opaque line.  There was no skipping or dragging, because it has a delightfully creamy consistency.  It wore for eight hours without smudging, migrating, or fading when I tested it yesterday.

This collection also includes Dark Diversion, which I’ve reviewed previously, and Rich Ground, which I did buy as well since I can’t remember reviewing it before–though Rich Ground is part of the permanent range.

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl: Cremesheen Glasses (Part 2)


MAC Cremesheen + Pearl

Three More Sheer Glosses that Remind Me of Spring

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl is a new collection now available online (and will hit stores on August 9th) that features eight lipsticks (all with Cremesheen finishes) and seven Cremesheen Glasses. All fifteen lip products are new, but here’s the surprising news: they’re also permanent! This post features these three Cremesheen Glass shades: Pagoda (frosted cool pink), Paper Lantern (frosted soft warm pink), Rising Sun (frosted bright orange).

  • Pagoda is a cool-toned, lilac pink with white shimmer. It doesn’t have too milky of a base, but it does settle into lip lines a bit and doesn’t apply as evenly as I’d like. Because the color coverage is semi-sheer, it doesn’t read as cool-toned as it looks in the tube. MAC Enchantee is cooler-toned and more opaque. MAC Japanese Spring is more opaque, milkier, no shimmer. MAC Going Casual is lighter. MAC Lavender Wind is more iridescent.
  • Paper Lantern is a sheer pink=beige with soft white shimmer. It’s virtually colorless on my lips–it just adds some shimmer and shine. As a result, it looks like any number of sheer lipglosses.
  • Rising Sun a semi-sheer tangerine orange with soft golden orange shimmer. It warms up my natural lip color while giving it an orange-brown kind of tint. MAC Secret Identity is darker, more orange. NARS Hopi is darker, more opaque. MAC Kumquat is lighter and more opaque.

As mentioned earlier, I’m not finished testing the wear of these shades and will make more progress as the day continues.  From the Cremesheen Glasses, I’ve tested Paper Lantern (two and a half hours), Rising Sun (two hours), and just finished wearing Double Happiness (hour and a half).  These glosses typically wear between an hour and two hours on me–sometimes a little longer, but usually between one and two hours. It’s a rather short-wearing formula for me, as I usually average three to four hours on gloss.

I’m not someone who likes to reapply often, but I know that it’s not a deal-breaker for a lot. I do want to point out that these contain less product than the average gloss: these only have 0.09 fl. oz. To contrast, MAC Lipglass has 0.17 fl. oz., while it is an improvement over Dazzleglass, which has a mere 0.06 fl. oz. Combined with frequent reapplication, you’re likely to go through a tube far faster if you use it regularly.

Cremesheen Glasses have a creamy, not quite gel-like, but close, texture that’s thin without being too thin. It’s non-sticky, and it’s a nice alternative to those who find Lipglass to be too heavy/sticky. It is vanilla-scented but has no noticeable taste. They come with a doe-foot applicator inside a clear plastic tube.

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl: Cremesheen Glasses (Part 2)

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MAC Cremesheen + Pearl: Cremesheen Glasses (Part 1)


MAC Cremesheen + Pearl

Are You Ready for Sheer, Spring-like Colors for Fall?

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl is a new collection now available online (and will hit stores on August 9th) that features eight lipsticks (all with Cremesheen finishes) and seven Cremesheen Glasses. All fifteen lip products are new, but here’s the surprising news: they’re also permanent! This post features these four Cremesheen Glass shades: Double Happiness (frosted light nude), Dynasty at Dusk (frosted neutral pink), Floating Lotus (frosted soft rose), and Imperial Light (frosted light peach).

  • Double Happiness is a pale rose-tinted peach nude with pale champagne shimmer. On lips, it gives a lightening effect with a noticeable milkiness and fine shimmer. It does settle into lip lines somewhat. MAC On the Scene is milkier and has less shimmer. Estee Lauder Star is cooler-toned. MAC Soft Dazzle has larger shimmer. MAC Devilishly Stylish is more opaque and has larger shimmer. MAC You’ve Got It is slightly less milky but fairly similar. MAC Partial to Pink is pinker and has less shimmer.
  • Dynasty at Dusk is a pink-coral with light gold shimmer. This one had semi-sheer color coverage–it added a healthy dosage of color but still looks like a gloss (with a certain level of translucency). MAC So Vain is pinker. MAC Richer, Lusher is pinker, less coral. MAC Strange Potion is a bit pinker with pink shimmer. Chanel Pensee is similar but has less gold shimmer and is sheerer.
  • Floating Lotus is a light-medium pink with soft gold shimmer. It looks just slightly cool against my skin tone, and it’s semi-sheer–some color but not full color. This one looks splotchy on my lips, though. Tom Ford Sugar Pink is just slightly pinker and more opaque. Bobbi Brown Cosmic Pink is sheerer. Chanel Confidence is similar but has pink and white shimmer. Chanel Pink Teaser is brighter.
  • Imperial Light is a peachy brown with peach-gold shimmer. It has semi-sheer color coverage, so it adds noticeable color to the lips without covering them up. MAC Celestial Kiss is a smidgen pinker and doesn’t have gold shimmer. Burberry Cameo is more orange. Revlon Rosegold is rosier and has a ton more shimmer. Bobbi Brown Beach is darker.

I was only able to squeeze in testing of one shade yesterday, but I was able to get up early enough to get in an early morning test of another shade 🙂 I will be testing a few more today, too. So far, though, I’ve been able to wear Dynasty at Dusk for two and a half hours and Rising Sun for two hours. Cremesheen Glasses typically wear between an hour and two hours on me–sometimes a little longer, but usually between one and two hours. It’s a rather short-wearing formula for me, as I usually average three to four hours on gloss.

I’m not someone who likes to reapply often, but I know that it’s not a deal-breaker for a lot. I do want to point out that these contain less product than the average gloss: these only have 0.09 fl. oz. To contrast, MAC Lipglass has 0.17 fl. oz., while it is an improvement over Dazzleglass, which has a mere 0.06 fl. oz. Combined with frequent reapplication, you’re likely to go through a tube far faster if you use it regularly.

Cremesheen Glasses have a creamy, not quite gel-like, but close, texture that’s thin without being too thin. It’s non-sticky, and it’s a nice alternative to those who find Lipglass to be too heavy/sticky. It is vanilla-scented but has no noticeable taste. It’s not drying, but they’re not overly hydrating.  They come with a doe-foot applicator inside a clear plastic tube.  A couple of these shades were on the milky side, which did lead to color settling into lip lines.