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MAC Huggable Lipcolour (Part 1)

MAC Magnetic Nude Huggable Lipcolour
MAC  Huggable Lipcolours (Cherry Glaze, Commotion, Fashion Force,
Feeling Amorous, Fresh & Frisky, Love Beam)

MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) are supposed to be long-wearing for as long as six hours, pigmented, hug lips while providing a glossy finish that gives lips a “smooth and sculpted” appearance and “immediate moisture.” If you’re familiar with MAC’s lipstick formulas, I would describe this as a cross between the Cremesheen finish and Mineralize Rich Lipsticks. They wear a little longer than Mineralize Rich Lipsticks and Sheen Supremes, but they have a thinner, clingier consistency that is much more like the Cremesheen finished lipsticks; I don’t think they’re very similar to Sheen Supremes, as they have a lot more slip, creaminess, and a glossier shine. The consistency isn’t lightweight, because it’s noticeably there, as it does feel a bit gel-like, slightly glossy, but mostly… clingy–maybe I mean huggable. It’s a little tacky, too. I wouldn’t describe the consistency was creamy, as the bullet does skip and tug at the lips. The best way to apply is to rest the bullet against your lip for about five seconds, and then slowly pull to glide the color across the lips–this seemed to give me the best glide and smoothest results. I’ve only worn four so far, and I have eight to go, but these four were somewhat hydrating.  They did not feel immediately hydrating to me; there was some hydration over time, though.

I think someone who likes a glossier shine to their lipstick formula, fair amount of color payoff (but not fully opaque), likes their lipstick to hug (or cling) to their lips and not slip around at all, and doesn’t mind a little tackiness may like this formula. Some people will definitely find it uncomfortable to wear. As I wore these, I found they were unforgiving on flakes, dryness, and did not reapply well. They were best applied over freshly exfoliated, hydrated lips, and to reapply, you really need to remove whatever may be left. It’s also a product that takes about five minutes to smooth out on the lips; I suspect as the warmth of your lips heat the color, the color becomes more blendable, so it smooths and evens out just so. If you like Giorgio Armani’s Rouge Ecstasy formula, you’ll probably like these.  Their biggest downside is really that they about average for wear–not long-wearing.

It is a new (and limited edition) formula that launches online on December 26th. The press release lists an in-store release date of January 2nd, though I would suggest checking with local counters/stores to ensure it’s not also releasing alongside Magnetic Nude (on December 26th). There are twelve shades available, with two shades being released everywhere but Asia (Rich Marron and Rusty), and two shades released exclusive to Asia (Extra Sweet and Sweet Creation).

Cherry Glaze is described as an “orange red.” It’s a warm, orange-toned, medium red that’s brightened but not quite neon red. It had semi-opaque color coverage, a light sheen, and applied evenly for the most part. It wore well for five hours and did leave a slight stain behind. Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $21.00) is shinier but very similar. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is also similar but not quite as warm-toned. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is similar. Chanel Dialogue (P, $34.00) is darker. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $16.00) is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

Fashion Force is described as a “cool coral.” It’s a light-medium, slightly muted, pink-tinged coral with a luminous shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied to the lips. It lasted three and a half hours on me. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is more matte. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is a touch browner. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Fresh and Frisky is described as a “soft neutral peach.” It’s a light-medium, orange-peach wih a luminous shine. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff. It applied mostly evenly and wore well for three hours on me. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $16.00) is more orange. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Ravishing (P, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC In a Heartbeat (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is more matte, lighter. Bobbi Brown Peach Sorbet (LE, $23.00) is sheerer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Out for Passion is described as a “soft warm rose.” It’s a muted, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation when applied to the lips. It appeared mostly even when I applied it and lasted three and a half hours. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is brighter, glossier. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) (P, $30.00) is lighter, shimmery. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is warmer, lighter. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is slightly pinker. Revlon Lover’s Coral (P, $7.99) is brighter. NYX Haute Melon (P, $4.00) is less pink. MAC Grande Dame (P, $22.00) is pinker, a touch warmer. See comparison swatches.

Cherry Glaze
Cherry Glaze
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Makeup Geek Glamorous, Goddess, Hipster Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Hipster Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows: Glamorous (inner lid), Mango Tango (middle of lid),
Simply Marlena (outer lid), Duchess (crease), Peach Smoothie (brow), Liquid Gold (lash line)

Makeup Geek Glamorous Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery bronze gold.” It’s a golden copper with subtle hints of brown and a soft, frosted finish. At a glance, it doesn’t seem overly complicated, but when swatched and applied, there are so many layers to it–it’s not quite orange, copper, or brown, but a mix, and the golden shimmer makes it look lit from within. It had excellent color payoff, was soft and silky to the touch, and blended easily. It wore well for eight and a half hours before showing signs of fading. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) is browner. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is more orange, sparkly. LORAC Gold (P) is similar but more frosted. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is slightly more orange, more frosted. Guerlain Cuivre Ora (LE, $35.00) is darker, more orange and frosted. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is more golden. See comparison swatches.

Goddess Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic pale copper.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery brown with a soft, satiny finish. It didn’t read metallic when I swatched it; quite the opposite, smoother, softer, and satin to pearl in finish. It is darker, warmer, and more orange compared to Glamorous. The color payoff was fantastic, and the consistency was soft and buttery.  It wore well for almost nine hours before fading.  Cle de Peau #121 (LE, $45.00) is browner. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is more metallic but very similar in color. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is more metallic. Sugarpill Asteria (LE, $12.00) is also more metallic, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is more metallic, lighter. Guerlain Cuivre Ora (LE, $35.00) is similar but more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Hipster Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “dark sand and light taupe tan with slight shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, muted brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was easy to blend, but it could be a little softer and more pigmented. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade on the lid.  Urban Decay Factory (P, $18.00) is darker. NARS Flowers 3 #3 (LE, $24.00) is a touch lighter. Dior Fairy Golds #5 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Glamorous
Glamorous
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Goddess
Goddess
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Hipster
Hipster
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Round-Up: MAC Magnetic Nude Collection

MAC Magnetic Nude Lipglasses
MAC Magnetic Nude Lipglasses

The MAC Magnetic Nude Collection hits stores and counters on December 26th. I suspect it’ll pop up online sometime between now and then, but I do not have a specific launch date for online at this time. All of the products I have to review from this collection have been reviewed in full (including any shades from yesterday that were waiting for wear results!), so if you missed any, check the list below to get caught up! 🙂

  • Personal Favorites: Amorous Alloy, Silver Dawn, Sweet Heat
  • Most Original: Superb, A Natural Flirt, Silver Dawn
  • Most Easily Duped: Magnetic Appeal, Morning Rose, Sensual Sparks, Platinum Love

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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MAC Magnetic Nude Lipglasses

MAC Magnetic Nude Lipglasses
MAC Magnetic Nude Lipglasses

Launching December 26th, MAC’s Magnetic Nude collection includes five limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.), with one repromote (A Quiet Roar). Lipglass is a thicker, tacky formula that is vanilla-scented but has no discernible taste. It’s strongest point is the variety in color and finish, and then its wear time tends to be longer, due to the sticky consistency. Hell Bound wore the longest at four and a half hours, while the two sheerer glosses wore for less than three hours. I find Lipglasses slightly drying on the whole, which was the case with A Quiet Roar and Overspiced. The other three shades were neither drying nor hydrating.

A Quiet Roar is described as a “creamy off-white.” It’s a pale, milky white gold with white and pale gold shimmer. It has semi-sheer color coverage and noticeably lightens the lip color while adding glossiness and shimmer. Because it is milky and light, it can be difficult to apply it evenly (or keep it looking even once applied). The consistency was fairly thick, even for Lipglass. It wore well for two and a half hours on me. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is sheerer. MAC Girl on Board (LE, $15.00) is slightly whiter. MAC Little Rock (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle (P, $24.00) is also sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Hell Bound is described as a “brick red with gold pearl.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark red with copper-orange shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. The consistency seemed slightly thinner and less tacky than other Lipglasses. When I tested it, the color lasted for four and a half hours. I did notice a little bit of the texture of the sparkle after three and a half hours of wearing the gloss. MAC Mango Sheen (LE, $19.00) is sheerer. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker, browner. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is redder. Hourglass Siren (P, $28.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Oh My Darling is described as a “pale yellow pink.” It’s a pale, pinky-beige with warm undertones and multi-colored shimmer–I saw bits of green and gold in there. Applied, it had semi-sheer coverage and what was most noticeable was how shimmery it was. The gloss seemed to lighten my natural lip color slightly, but the effect was largely sparkly. It lasted two and a half hours on me. The multi-colored nature of the sparkle seemed almost holographic, and so I didn’t feel like I came up with any truly comparable shades, but you can see some other sheer, sparkly shades I pulled: See comparison swatches.

Overspiced is described as a “dirty muted coral.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium peach with a hint of beige and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it was a thicker, slightly goopy, gloss that settled into lip lines and was troublesome during application. The color just didn’t want to apply or blend or move and look even. It wore well for three and a half hours on me. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is very similar. MAC Fashion Punch (LE, $15.00) is less glossy. MAC Ready or Not (P, $19.50) is much lighter. MAC Peachstock (LE, $15.00) is also a lot lighter. MAC Myth (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Chanel Genie (P, $32.00) is slightly pink-tinged. See comparison swatches.

Steel Kiss is described as a “dirty mauve with green pearl.” Swatched, it is a taupe-shimmered, muted dark brown with subtle warm, caramel undertones. It has multi-colored, fine shimmer–very much to the tune of Oh My Darling. Applied, they do look different, as Steel Kiss gives lips a warmer, browner appearance–slightly darkening–with plenty of shimmer. It wore well for almost three hours. As with Oh My Darling, I didn’t feel like shades I thought of were similar enough, as they were less dimensional, but here were the ones I considered: see comparison swatches.

A Quiet Roar
A Quiet Roar
7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total
Hell Bound
Hell Bound
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total
Overspiced
Overspiced
6.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total
Steel Kiss
Steel Kiss
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

MAC Magnetic Nude Fluidlines

MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Fluidlines
MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Fluidlines

There are three shades of MAC Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) in the upcoming Magnetic Nude collection, which launches in-stores and at-counter on December 26th. I tested two yesterday, and I’ll be testing the third today, so the rating for Chilled will be added once I’ve finished wearing it for the day.

Chilled is described as a “frosted white gold [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a cool-toned white with a pale gold frosted sheen. It has a slightly sparkly consistency, so it doesn’t apply as smoothly as a true cream finish would. It had a metallic finish and semi-opaque color coverage.  I had some stray sparkles go elsewhere after a few hours of wear, so it the wear was as impeccable as I’ve typically experienced with the formula. MAC Gilded White (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

It’s Physical is described as a “brown with purple pearl [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a dark brown with yellow-ish tones with purple shimmer. It looks more interesting in the pot than it does on, as the brown tended to dominate. It had decent color payoff but wasn’t fully opaque. It was something buildable, though, and on my lash line, it wore well for nine hours. Urban Decay Underground (P, $19.00) is less sparkly, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Corrupt (P, $19.00) is browner. MAC Added Goodness (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Our Secret is described as a “metallic brown with red pearl [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color coverage in a single stroke, and it was buildable and could be worn as a base, too. The color lasted well for nine hours on my lower lash line. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Hustle (LE, $19.00) is very similar. Burberry Midnight Brown (P, $27.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Skinfinishes

MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Skinfinishes
MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Skinfinishes

There are three shades of MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.31 oz.) in the upcoming Magnetic Nude collection, which launches in-stores and at-counter on December 26th. Superb is a repromote, while the other two shades are new (and of course, limited edition). Those are the two that I’m testing for wear today, so I will update with ratings and wear times once I’ve finished wearing them.

Fairly Precious is described as a “peach with dimensional pearly green.” It’s a light-medium, peach (that leans a little orange) with a warm undertone and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and easy to blend out on the skin. On medium and deeper complexions, it will primarily add sheen with, at best, a little warmth. On fairer complexions, it will do both. It looks soft, glowy, and luminous on the skin and just slightly emphasizes pores and the skin’s texture.  It lasted for seven and a half hours before showing signs of fading. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $30.00) is darker, more orange. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is darker, less orange. NARS Realm of the Senses #3 (LE, $29.00) is similar but less frosted. MAC Solar Ray (LE, $25.00) is more orange, darker. Chanel Espiegle (P, $43.00) is darker, pinker, less frosted. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Magnetic Appeal is described as a “medium tan with fine gold sheen.” It’s a coppery-brown with a copper-gold shimmer and warm undertones. This was less frosted compared to the other two, but when blended, it does take on a more metallic finish (but not quite as metallic as Fairly Precious or Superb). I’m surprised to see this one, because it was really quite similar to MAC’s Glorify–the range isn’t so extensive that you’d expect to see such close releases. It had excellent pigmentation, and the color applied well on the skin and blended very easily. I saw slight emphasis of pores/skin texture, but it was minor (and compared to its metallic finish, again, impressive). It wore well for a full eight hours before starting to fade at the edges.  bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is more golden. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less brown. MAC Gold Deposit (P, $30.00) is more orange, less brown. MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is slightly browner, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Superb is described as a “soft peachy nude with multidimensional shimmer.” It’s a soft, muted beige-brown with champagne frost and shimmer. This shade has been repromoted twice in the past, and I’ve reviewed it twice before, so I won’t be re-testing this, but the photos and swatches are from the latest release (but is the same as the past releases). To recap, it’s a rather frosted, shimmering finish. Depending on the skin tone, it can add both color as well as a highlighting sheen. It has a fairly metallic finish, and yes, it does emphasize pores, but it is very slight, and for something as metallic as this, it’s impressive how little it does that. It wears eight hours with minor fading on me. Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $42.00) is lighter. MAC Redhead (LE, $30.00) is less beige. MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $30.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Superb
Superb
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
92%
Total