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MAC Aphrodite’s Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer

MAC Aphrodite's Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Aphrodite’s Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer

MAC Aphrodite’s Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze with a touch of fine shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium golden brown with a soft, golden shimmer and satin finish. It had warm, yellow undertones. Urban Decay Bronzer (P) is warmer, darker. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is darker, browner. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is a touch darker. MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is described as long-wearing (specifically a whopping “ten hours”) and as having a “luminous” finish. This is going to be a shade that is best for very fair to light complexions; it just barely shows up at all on my skin tone (medium or NC25). The texture is thin, a little dry, though “smooth” to the touch, but the product doesn’t easily loosen from the surface, so the initial coverage is sheer. It’s somewhat buildable, but it takes several layers and a scratchier brush (which helps to get more product off of the surface of the pan). The color seemed to last for around eight hours (it was more visible in person than in photos, so I was able to track the wear, thankfully!), but it didn’t get to ten.

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MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick

MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick
MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick

MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dark vibrant violet [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark purpled berry with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, natural finish. Bite Beauty Burgundy (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Romantically Inclined (LE, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Feel My Pulse (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Bust Out (LE, $16.00) is slightly purpler. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lydia (P, $18.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had mostly opaque color coverage, which applied evenly and smoothly without streaking or settling into lip lines. The consistency was lightly creamy but not heavy, so it is comfortable to wear and doesn’t feather over time. On me, this shade wore well for five hours and was just slightly drying. Unfortunately for me, Cremesheen lipsticks tend to be a little drying, but others find them hydrating. As is typical, it is vanilla-scented with no discernible taste. If you missed this when it launched on MAC’s website, the collection will still launch at other retailers next week and in-stores/at counters on the 22nd. You can see the reviews of the other lipstick shades from the collection here.

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

MAC Silver Sun Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Silver Sun Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Silver Sun Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Silver Sun Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dirty sea foam green.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly yellow-toned green with a golden, frosted sheen. Sleek MakeUP Fauna (P, $9.99) is darker, less metallic. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is lighter, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #2 (P) is darker, matte. NARS Delphes #3 (LE, $24.00) is less metallic. MAC Sweet & Sour #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was fully opaque. The texture was soft, buttery, and smooth, so it was easy to apply and blend out on the skin. It wore well for seven hours before starting to fade just slightly–and MAC touts the wear of the formula at six hours. If you missed this when it launched on MAC’s website, the collection will still launch at other retailers next week and in-stores/at counters on the 22nd. You can see the reviews of the other shades here.

Silver Sun
Silver Sun
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Stila Mint Julep, Cobalt, Ultramarine Smudge Stick Eyeliners

Stila Mint Julep Smudge Stick Eyeliner
Stila Mint Julep Smudge Stick Eyeliner

Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is touted as a richly pigmented, long-wearing, waterproof eyeliner. It’s a formula I really like for its creamy, glide-on consistency that doesn’t tug or pull at the lash line, diverse shade range, and generally good wear. Some shades are more pigmented than others, though, as you’ll note below. I actually bought several more shades during their most recent sale after trying some of their recently released shades, so you’ll see more reviews over the next couple of months as I work my way through them (I went overboard).

Stila Mint Julep Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “mint green.” It’s a light, pastel green with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color in a few layers. It wore well for eight hours before thinning. NARS Barrow Street (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stila Cobalt Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “deep teal blue.” It’s a medium blue with a matte finish (I really don’t see the teal in this at all). It had good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to full opacity in two passes. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Glamorous Thief (P, $15.00) is very shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Radium (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. MAC Hi-Def Cyan (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. bareMinerals 4AM (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stila Ultra Marine Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “shimmering navy blue.” It’s a sparkling, medium-dark blue; it still has some brightness to it, so it doesn’t look black on the lash line. It was quite sheer in one pass, and it really didn’t layer well so I could never achieve full opaque color. It started to fade and thin after seven and a half hours. NARS Most Wanted (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Cobalt (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (P, $9.00) is brighter. MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #3L (P, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil

Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil
Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil

Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil ($57.00 for 0.7 oz.) is supposed to be a mattifying, translucent loose powder and comes in three shades. I tried Medium, and it was darker than the previously-released variation on this product that I have (but I don’t think I ever got around to reviewing) in Medium, which was frustrating as a long-time customer (consistency is important, especially in foundation shades!). It seems darker than their medium liquid shades (like #03s), just as a heads up, but it is a good match for Joli Teint’s Natural. I wish they had more shades available as well (there is one lighter and one darker).

The powder is very silky and finely-milled, and it sits nicely on my normal-to-dry skin without looking powdery, caked on, or unnatural. It goes on effortlessly over cream and liquid foundations, and it helps to set everything in place. It seems like my base makeup lasts about an hour longer if I use this palette, compared to not using one. The powder instantly mattifies the skin and toning down any natural luminosity that comes through, so it’s ideal for someone who wants a very matte finish, but it does darken the color of my foundation (because the Medium shade is too dark for me), so it will add color. It helps the skin look softer and smoother–pores really get de-emphasized with it on–but I think the pressed version does an even better job. The packaging is overly large–they could scale it back to make it more travel-friendly and easier to store in your drawers! I’ve also had trouble keeping it open/closed so that it doesn’t explode powder half the time I open it (I feel like it never actually closes), which isn’t an issue with the previously-released version (same packaging!). It makes getting the right amount to apply quite difficult and renders using the included powder puff unusable (which is how Guerlain says to apply it), as it leads to over-application.

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Bite Beauty Burgundy Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Burgundy Cashmere Lip Cream
Bite Beauty Burgundy Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Burgundy Cashmere Lip Cream ($28.00 for 0.26 fl. oz.) is described as a “berry purple.” It’s a rich, medium-dark berry-purple with cool undertones and a soft shine. MAC Pure Heroine (LE, $16.00) is darker, purpler, less berry. MAC Feel My Pulse (LE, $16.00) is lighter, muted. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is shimmery, purpler, brighter. MAC Strong Woman (LE, $16.00) is darker, purpler, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I’ve reviewed a few shades from the formula previously (see them here), and when Sephora had their last sale, I couldn’t resist trying a few more. The formula is supposed to be a “cream-to-powder matte lip color” with intense pigmentation. This shade was richly pigmented, applied evenly and smoothly, and wore well for six hours while also leaving behind a stain. It was neither drying nor hydrating on me, and the finish doesn’t wear down to matte for two to three hours. The consistency is light-medium in weight (noticeable but not heavy), lightly creamy, and has a herbal-ish scent that is detectable from the applicator but not really when worn.

Now, something happened with the packaging on this particular tube, because I had it resting on my hallway banister, along with a couple of other shades, and when I went to put it away, it had leaked — there is a berry-stain in the shape of the tube as a result, which I greatly look forward to removing the paint and repainting. I can’t imagine what kind of damage this might have done if it had leaked in a makeup bag, purse, etc. I checked, and the cap was on securely, and it seemed to have stopped leaking color and oil (the two separated during the leaking process). I moved it over clear plastic, and it didn’t seem to leak any more, but the liquid in the tube is much more of a creamy paste as a result. Also, the doe-foot applicator arrived bent/partially snapped. I haven’t had either of these issues with any of the other shades I have (six in all), and I purchased all of mine online at Sephora, which suggests this is unusual, not the norm, but I hope it is very, very rare.

Burgundy
Burgundy
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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