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MAC Natural Beauty Powder

MAC Natural Beauty Powder
MAC Natural Beauty Powder

MAC Natural Beauty Powder ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft peachy pink.” It’s a very pale, pink-tinged white-beige with a satin-matte finish and subtle, cool undertones. Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is darker. MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC In for a Treat (LE, $30.00) is warmer, more shimmery. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. MAC Forever Marilyn (LE, $24.00) is similar, just a bit pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

One question that gets asked often whenever a Beauty Powder releases is, “How do I use it?” They can be used as highlighters, blushes, bronzers, contour powders, or finishing powders, much like Mineralize Skinfinishes, and so it depends on the shade of the Beauty Powder and your own skin tone. Generally, they’re a subtle product, often used as highlighters, finishing powders, or barely-there blushes. Natural is very light, and it has almost no shimmer to it, so it lightens the area it is applied to generally, but if you have very fair skin, it could be used as an all-over finishing powder as well. On my skin tone, for instance, it adds a bit of light to the tops of my cheek bones, but it did look somewhat ashy, depending on the angle/amount of light in the room, but dusting it all over looks as if I’m trying to lighten my entire face a few shades, so it doesn’t work in that fashion for me. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and powdery enough that it may look chalky if you aren’t very fair. This is definitely an instance where I think MAC could have released two shades, one for lighter complexions and one for deeper complexions.

Natural
Natural
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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MAC Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Eyeshadows

MAC Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Eyeshadows
MAC Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Eyeshadows

MAC Alluring Aquatics Collection introduces six new, limited edition shades of small-sized Extra Dimension Eyeshadows. I have five of the six (all except Silver Sun, which I will review once I’m able to purchase it) reviewed below. The texture of these was incredibly soft and smooth, and in general, I like the Extra Dimension Eyeshadow formula, but it tends to have a slight dryness to it (more in terms of feel than in regards to performance), but these felt very smooth. MAC describes the Extra Dimension formula as a buildable one that can go from sheer to heavier pigmentation and will last for up to six hours; these are all quite pigmented, whether applied dry or wet, and all of these lasted around six to seven hours. The formula seems improved since the very initial release of it a couple of years ago. If you actually wanted a sheer application, you would need to use very little product and blend it out, which may or may not be something you’re looking for.

MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep blue.” It’s a deepened, muted purple with subtle cool undertones and a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage applied dry, and it was more metallic and fully opaque applied with a dampened brush. L’Oreal Purple Priority (758) (P, $7.99) is darker, less metallic. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned, lighter. Too Faced Badass (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Frost at Midnight (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Grand Galaxy (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac (LE, $24.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Legendary Lure Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep cerulean.” It’s a a deepened, cool-toned forest green with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied wet, it was fully opaque. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Loaded (P, $18.00) is bluer. MAC Clarity (LE, $21.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Cyber Green (LE, $24.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “golden beige.” It’s a light-medium, coppery-peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was fully opaque. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is a touch lighter. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is similar. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Cinderella (P, $5.99) is slightly warmer. NARS Nepal (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Heat (LE, $19.50) is slightly browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sea Worship Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “tarnished olive.” It’s a murky, olive green with a frosted, metallic finish. It was fully opaque whether applied dry or wet–so getting a sheer application with requires a teeny, tiny amount of product that’s sheered out. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is lighter. MAC A Harvest of Greens #3 (P, $21.00) is less metallic. Kat Von D Hexagram (LE) is warmer. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is greener. Giorgio Armani #14 (LE, $33.00) is browner, darker. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is darker, less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Soul Serenade Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep plum brown.” It’s a deep, dark taupe with cool undertones and an almost metallic sheen. It was semi-opaque applied dry, then fully opaque when I applied it with a dampened brush. MAC 2x Dare #5 (LE) is less metallic. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is less metallic, cooler-toned. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $19.50) is lighter, purpler. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is a cream product, slightly purpler. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fathoms Deep
Fathoms Deep
9.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Lorelei
Lorelei
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Sea Worship
Sea Worship
9.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
9.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick

MAC True Love's Kiss Lipstick
MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick

MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is describeds as a “clean bright red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a very, very fine ruby shimmer and a soft sheen. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $45.00) is warmer, browner. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is brighter. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is slightly warmer. MAC Everyday Diva (P, $22.00) is pinker. MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Red Racer (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Cockney (P, $16.00) is a touch darker. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It seemed less like your typical Amplified finish, as it was more emollient and had more slip, so the finish also looked slightly wetter. It was mostly opaque, but it didn’t completely hide my lip freckle. It applied evenly and didn’t tug or pull on the lip. The color wore well for six hours, and it left a stain behind. I found the formula to be a smidgen drying on the whole, but it wasn’t too noticeable. It was vanilla scented but had no discernible taste (in line with MAC’s regular lipstick formula).

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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MAC Anthurium Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Anthurium Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Anthurium Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Anthurium Pro Longwear Lipglass ($22.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is described as a “clean bright red.” It’s a vibrant, neutral-to-warm-toned, cherry red with a glossy, creamy finish. Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) has shimmer. Milani Red My Lips (12) (P, $5.49) is very similar. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is a touch warmer. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is warmer. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is shimmery. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Pro Longwear Lipglass formula is supposed to wear for six hours with a shiny finish and rich color. The consistency is quite thick, almost goopy at times, but it wears for awhile–six hours in this case. The texture is about as sticky as Lipglass, but it gets even stickier after a few hours of wear. It’s an easy gloss to catch on your teeth, so beware. This shade applied beautifully with rich, opaque color coverage that didn’t sink into lip lines or bleed/feather outside the natural lip. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating over time. It has a vanilla scent (same as the rest of MAC’s glosses) and no discernible taste. As a heads up, note that this formula contains 0.06 fl. oz., which is significantly less than most glosses.

Anthurium
Anthurium
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipglasses

MAC Clear Water Lipglass
MAC Clear Water Lipglass

MAC’s Alluring Aquatic collection contains five, limited edition shades of Lipglass. The formula on these is medium-thick, moderately tacky (only one is thicker and tackier, noted below), and vanilla-scented. They perform and feel similarly to past iterations of Lipglass. All of them have shimmer except one, and for the most part, they’re so shimmery that they’re the type of gloss that looks more impressive in person, as the light reflects off of the shine and shimmer. You’ll find these online on May 15th, in-stores on May 22nd for North America, and “May 2014” for international locations.

MAC Clear Water Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer nude with multidimensional pearl.” It’s a sheer beige with silver, white, and iridescent cool pink shimmer and sparkle. The underlying base “color” is definitely sheer, but it adds a fair amount of shimmer, which gives it more of an impact applied. It wears three hours on me, and it could be used alone or to add shimmer over any lip color. MAC Oh My Darling (LE, $15.00) is more beige. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is also more beige. MAC Like Venus (P, $20.00) has more pink shimmers. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Modern Lure Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep violet with pink pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark berry-red with a smattering of cool-toned, fuchsia pink shimmer. This is one of the less shimmery shades, so the sparkle effect is subtle. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied fairly evenly and only lightly settled into lip lines. In general, it applied better than a lot of other semi-opaque berry glosses I’ve tried, but it’s not perfect. It is nice for layering over pinks and plums as well. This shade wore well for four hours on me. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is brighter. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Rebel (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Peachstock Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy true nude.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with a cream finish. This shade has been released previously, and the formula has changed slightly–it is thinner, so it didn’t settle as noticeably into lip lines and was easire to apply. The color lasted for three and a half hours on me. Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is lighter. MAC Innocent (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Liquid Passion (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Myth (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Illicit (LE, $15.00) is a bit darker. MAC Fashion Whim (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Seducing Sound Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone plum bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, plummy brown with bronze and plum shimmer. This one is very shimmery with semi-opaque color coverage and even more shimmer coverage. It wears for four hours, and it the consistency was thinner than the average Lipglass. MAC Underdressed (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Liqueur (LE, $15.00) is redder. Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather (P, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Water Deities Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light bronzy pink.” It’s a a light, coppery-brown with champagne and bronze shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage; the actual “color” of the base seems semi-sheer, but there is a lot of shimmer in it, so the shimmer makes it seem like it has more coverage. This shade wore well for four hours on me. NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is pinker. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is also pinker. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is sheerer, finer shimmer, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Lust (LE, $30.00) is less glossy. MAC Double Happiness (LE, $20.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Clear Water
Clear Water
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Modern Lure
Modern Lure
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total
Peachstock
Peachstock
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Sea Me, Hear Me, & Seduced at Sea Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Sea Me, Hear Me Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Sea Me, Hear Me Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Sea Me, Hear Me Extra Dimension Blush ($27.50 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “beige pink.” It’s a muted, warm-toned coral with a satiny sheen. The texture was incredibly soft, finely-milled, and smooth, but it never veered powdery; it was extremely blendable on the skin, and it had good pigmentation that was buildable. It wore well for almost eight hours on me before starting to fade. Divergent Obscure Coral (LE) is warmer, more shimmery. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is lighter. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is brighter, pinker. Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P) is lighter. Tarte Dazzled (P, $26.00) is similar. Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is lighter. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Seduced at Sea Extra Dimension Blush ($27.50 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone neutral plum.” It’s a muted, medium orange with a hint of pinky-red and a golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, while the consistency was soft, velvety, and smooth. I had no issues applying it to the skin, blending it out, or getting it to look even. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores either, which was a happy surprise. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, redder, brighter. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $29.00) is lighter. NARS Gilda (P, $29.00) is redder. MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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