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MAC What Comes Naturally & Half-Red Lip Pencils

MAC What Comes Naturally Lip Pencil
MAC What Comes Naturally Lip Pencil

MAC What Comes Naturally Lip Pencil ($16.50 for 0.05 oz.) is desdcribed as a “light nude.” It’s a light, warm-toned peachy-beige with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was somewhat creamy but will tug and pull at the lip during application. This particular color seemed to catch on my lips easily, even though I tried swatching it a few times after exfoliating, but I could never get it to look smooth. It’s drying when worn on its own, and it tends to pull and look cracked after a few hours of wear (but it lasts for about six hours). It is better used underneath a more hydrating lipstick or lipgloss. This shade is a repromote. MAC Saunter (LE, $19.50) is slightly less peach, more pink. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Half-Red Lip Pencil ($16.50 for 0.05 oz.) is desdcribed as a “soft burgundy.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy rose with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and this one was easier to apply, as it didn’t catch on the lips but applied evenly and fairly smoothly. It wears six hours, though it will “crack” as it wears, and is drying over time (again, best used as a liner underneath your favorite lipstick/lipgloss). Just a heads up, this shade is part of the permanent range, so you could purchase it in standard packaging for $15 instead. Urban Decay Liar (P, $19.00) is warmer. MAC Absolutely It (P, $19.50) is darker. MAC Pink Treat (P, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Half-Red
Half-Red
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Round-up: MAC x Maleficent Collection Overview & Thoughts

MAC x Maleficent Collection
MAC x Maleficent Collection

MAC x Maleficent Collection will be available online May 8th and in select MAC stores and Macy’s locations on May 15th. Internationally, it will be available at select MAC stores and Selfridges in June 2014 (excluding China). The quality of the collection is fairly good, but it’s just disappointing to me as a long-time customer, collector, and fan of the brand.  It’s nowhere near as exciting or interesting as Maleficent’s Venomous Villains collection. This year’s collection has a lot of repromotes of permanent products, and the few new shades are more dupable than unique. I like the idea of smaller, more edited collections, but if it’s mostly repeats, then it’s less exciting–and Maleficent deserves better than that. Even the packaging is more standard than interesting/different (Alluring Aquatic’s packaging completely overshadows this in terms of uniqueness/originality).

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MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 4 x 0.05 oz.) has four, permanent shades of eyeshadows and is housed in a specially-packaged quad with the collection’s design on the palette’s lid. All four shades were fairly good with decent to good color payoff, mostly blendable, and all lasted eight hours on me. he eyeshadow quad contains four permanent shades, so you could purchase these shades right now for $10 per pan, plus the empty quad for $8, which would run you $48, so you would save $4 if you went with the Maleficent quad, and it would come with special packaging. However, if you purchased everything separately, you would be able to remove the shades from the quad at your leisure, whereas the pre-made quad will come with the shades glued in. If, perhaps, you didn’t love all four shades, you could also substitute another shade from the permanent range that would suit your needs better.

Personally, I was terribly disappointed in this collection–particularly since we saw what MAC released for Venomous Villains–and its abundance of permanent products for such a small collection. If it had been a small, well-edited release with new and interesting shades, that would be have amazing. This just feels like a missed opportunity.

Goldmine is described as an “intense gold with shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, yellow-orange gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, though it wasn’t fully opaque, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. It wore well for eight hours on me. Inglot #430 (P, $6.00) is darker. bareMinerals Remix (LE) is similar. OCC Triptych (P, $14.00) is more metallic. Chanel Pearl River #3 (LE) is similar. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $15.00) is darker. Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is lighter. MAC Gilded Night #2 (LE, $21.00) is more glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ground Brown is described as a “dirty deep brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, subtly red-toned brown with a matte finish. The texture was really smooth, but it has a tendency to skip slightly. It applies and is easiest to blend if you use a fairly fluffy blush to apply it. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P) is more muted. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) is darker. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) is similar. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is darker. Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is darker. MAC Embark (P, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #162 (P, $20.00) is similar. Inglot #326 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Concrete is described as a “muted taupe brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, muted brown with a gray-ish overcast but still has some warmer, brown undertones. The texture was soft, smooth, and it had good pigmentation. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #5 (P) is similar. Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is warmer. Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Secret Service (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Bali (P, $24.00) is more matte. MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $15.00) is similar. Benefit Quick, Look Busy (P, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark black with mostly neutral undertones and a matte finish. It’s worth noting that Carbon is usually a subpar black eyeshadow, and it’s often terrible when it is placed in a pre-made quad, but this might be the most pigmented, softest, and best iteration of Carbon I’ve come across. It’s not without its flaws, compared to other black eyeshadows on the market, but it is significantly improved from past releases. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Goldmine

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Concrete

Permanent
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B+

Carbon

Permanent
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MAC 127 Split Fibre Face Brush & 233 Split Fibre Eye Brush (Alluring Aquatic) Reviews & Photos

MAC 127 Split Fibre Face Brush
MAC 127 Split Fibre Face Brush

MAC 127 Split Fibre Face Brush ($35.00) is a medium-sized, tapered, slightly flattened, blush brush. The brush head has a length of just shy of 1.5 inches / 3.5 centimeters, width of 1.5 inches / 3.5 centimeters, and thickness of 0.5 inches / almost 2 centimeters. It has a total length of 6.75 inches / just over 17 centimeters. The ferrule is pinched and metallic teal, while the handle is more of a satin-finished teal and made in China. It’s designed for “light pickup and sheer wash of powders, bronzers, highlighters, and blush.” It is a combination of synthetic and natural fibers, though there seem to be 60-70% of natural fibers. The brush is moderately soft, with the synthetic side feeling slightly softer. I had minor shedding after the first two washes, but I didn’t notice shedding after that. You’ll get less color applied if you use the synthetic side compared to the natural fiber side. The size lends itself best to blush/bronzer application, though angled/positioned just so, it could certainly apply highlighter as well.

MAC 233 Split Fibre Eye Brush ($25.00) is a small, almost square-shaped (there’s a very slight dome to it) brush with a blend of synthetic and natural fibers. The brush head is 10mm in length, 10mm in width, and 4mm in thickness. It had a total length of 6.75 inches / just under 17 centimeters. It has a pinched, metallic teal ferrule with a satiny teal handle and is made in China. MAC says it’s for applying eyeshadow on the lid, and that you can get either “soft and diffused” or “sheer and polished” results (which don’t sound that different to me). Both sides felt soft on the lid, though the synthetic side was slightly softer. Like the face brush, the natural fiber side seems to dominate (so it’s not split down the middle), and it picks up more eyeshadow than the synthetic side, so if you prefer a sheerer look, the synthetic side works well for it. I didn’t have any issues with shedding, dye bleeding, shape retention, etc.

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MAC Dark Gray & Black Eyeshadows Photos & Swatches

MAC Dark Gray & Black Eyeshadows

Typographic is described as an “asphalt black [with a Matte2 finish].” It’s a dark gray with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Soot is described as a “deep slate gray.” It’s a medium-dark, bluish gray with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Print is described as a “muted grey with shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, almost warm-toned gray with a mostly matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nehru is described as a “muted bluish black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark gray with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned black with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Tied is described as a “black with silver sparkle [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a medium black with a matte finish and silver sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s Swatch Saturday? I can’t always review products with full, in-depth reviews, but sometimes, I can at least give you photos and swatches, and then also provide a link to dupes and comparisons for those interested! This also helps us to build up our Swatch Gallery and add even more entries to The Dupe List, which can be helpful to readers at any point.

MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder

MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder
MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder

MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft taupe matte.” It’s a medium-dark, slightly cool-toned brown with a matte finish. NARS Paloma Contour (P) is slightly warmer. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is cooler-toned, grayer. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, slightly warmer. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is rosier, lighter. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is warmer, redder in tone. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is redder in tone, slightly shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sculpt has long been one of my favorite contouring powders, and it’s one that I personally reach for as it is the right balance of color, tone, and depth for my skin tone (NC25/NC30). It can be purchased in pan form for $16.50, as it is part of the permanent Pro range, which is available to all online (and if you live near a Pro store or don’t mind ordering over the phone, you can also get it from Pro stores). There are also four other shades available in the Sculpting Powder range, if Sculpt doesn’t seem like the right fit. I have them all, and I’ve always loved them, just that Sculpt is “the one” for my coloring, so I haven’t used the others often. The texture is soft, smooth, finely-milled, and blendable (so key for a contouring product!). It wears eight hours on me before starting to fade.

Sculpt
Sculpt
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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