Me So Chic
MAC Me So Chic Patrick Starrr Face Kit ($49.50 for 0.74 oz.) contains an eyeshadow quad, blush duo, lipstick, and lipgloss–and everything is full-sized, so it’s actually a great value set if you happen to like the shades included. Based on the last price I have for a blush duo, I’m getting a value of $95.50. Of the two sets, I felt this one performed better overall with a very lovely cheek duo, easy-to-wear lip products, and a decent eyeshadow palette.
MAC Sweet MamaStarrr Lipstick (0.10 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy coral with warm undertones and a cream finish. The consistency was smooth, lightweight, and dense enough to give full, even coverage without emphasizing my lip lines. It lasted nicely for four and a half hours and was lightly moisturizing over time.
- MAC Kinda Sexy (P, $19.50) is less glossy (90% similar).
- Tarte Sunkissed (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
- MAC Spotlight Me (LE, $19.50) is brighter, warmer (90% similar).
- Hourglass True Love Means (LE, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
- Maybelline Honey Pink (P, $7.99) is darker, less glossy (90% similar).
- YSL Corail Intuitive (15) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
- Charlotte Tilbury Rising Star (P, $34.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar).
- Makeup Geek Gullible (P, $15.00) is less glossy (90% similar).
- Kat Von D Muneca (P, $19.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar).
- Marc Jacobs Beauty Shakedown (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar).
$19.50/0.1 oz. - $195.00 Per Ounce
MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying.
Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying.
The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.
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MAC MamaStarrr Kiss Lipglass (0.10 oz.) is a light, golden beige with flecks of pink and silver sparkle. Per the official description, it was actually listed as a “sheer nude,” which it most definitely was. It’s a fun, sparkly gloss that doesn’t add much color and only had a touch of product that gathered in my lip lines (though I didn’t notice from a normal viewing distance, likely in part due to the high-shine finish). The texture was smooth, moderately tacky, and generally consistent with the Lipglass formula. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating.
- MAC Dreamlover (LE, $18.50) is cooler (95% similar).
- Colour Pop New Day (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- MAC Saint No Angel (LE, $17.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
- MAC Clear Water (LE, $17.50) is more shimmery (90% similar).
- MAC Under the Sheets (LE, $17.50) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar).
- Pat McGrath Love Potion (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).
- Giorgio Armani Luce (101) (P, $38.00) is more pigmented, warmer (90% similar).
- MAC Anti-Reality (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).
- MAC Scarcely Seen (LE, $17.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
- Too Faced Angel Tears (LE, $19.00) is more pigmented (90% similar).
$17.50/0.1 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce
The Lipglass formula is supposed to be “pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic color” that can be worn “on its own, over lip pencil or lipstick” and will “condition lips.” MAC could use an update on the description as some shades are more pigmented than others but several are sheerer and likely intended to be that way. The formula has a very glossy, high-shine finish with a light-medium weight and moderate tackiness.
I have found that newer Lipglasses (over the last couple of years) are smoother and not quite as tacky as the formula was many years ago. They wear from three to six hours on me and are usually lightly hydrating. MAC recently updated the shade range and packaging for the range (though the formula was said to be unchanged), so worth noting is that with that packaging change came a reduction in quantity to 0.10 fl. oz. (was 0.17 fl. oz.), which may matter for some but not everyone.
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Stay with Me
MAC Stay with Me Eyeshadow Quad (0.19 oz.) is a decent quad overall, particularly if you prefer more buildable coverage for your deeper or richer shades. Personally, I felt that the texture of the eyeshadows used in the Floral Realness collection seemed different than MAC’s typical eyeshadow formula; the mattes felt denser and more substantial but softer and a bit more powdery (rather than firmer that I tend to associate with MAC mattes) with the shimmers having more slip like they had added silicones in them. I don’t think that they swatched any better or worse than MAC’s previous eyeshadows (often a mixed bag just swatched) but were a little easier to work with on the lid. The real downside was that they seemed a little more prone to fading and shimmers didn’t seem to stay as intense over time.
Daddystarrr is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a smooth, blendable texture that wasn’t too firmly nor too softly pressed in the pan. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me.
- Sydney Grace Haven (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter (95% similar).
- LORAC Orchid (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar).
- Wet 'n' Wild Hard Being the It Girl #1 (DC, $2.29) is lighter (95% similar).
- MAC Flock & Roll (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
- Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 1) #12 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).
- LORAC Inner Beauty (LE, $19.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar).
- MAC Sugar Snack (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar).
- Viseart Ballet (GPV1 #17) (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar).
- Makeup Atelier Wood Pink #2 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).
- Too Faced Peach Smoothie (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar).
Yesss is a soft, pinky-plum with a pearl finish. It had good color payoff that was buildable to full coverage with a second layer or just go in with a dampened brush. The consistency was smooth with noticeable slip–it wasn’t too thin or too thick, but it did seem to have a creaminess that I don’t typically find in MAC’s formula. The eyeshadow applied well, blended out with ease, and wore well for seven and a half hours on me.
- MAC Stylishly Merry (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar).
- MAC Serenade (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
- MAC Shop Shop Shop (LE, ) is darker (90% similar).
- City Color U Jelly? (P, $6.99) is darker (90% similar).
- BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #12 (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar).
- Colour Pop Exo (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar).
- MAC Pinkluxe #3 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar).
- Too Faced Sprinkles (Holiday 2016) (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar).
- Make Up For Ever ME840 Pink Chrome (DC, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
- MAC Plum Dressing (DC, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
Queen Patrick is a medium-dark purple with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a smooth, moderately slippery texture–it felt thinner and creamier than most of MAC’s shimmery eyeshadows. I liked how it blended and applied, but it always looked a bit faded within a few minutes of application (though it didn’t change significantly after that for hours). This shade stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading (well, again).
- Disney by Sephora Snarfblat (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).
- Tom Ford Beauty Purple Reign (LE, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar).
- MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar).
- Natasha Denona Amethyst (141M) (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- NARS Pulp Fiction #2 (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
- Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
- Sephora Sapphire (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar).
- BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #10 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
- Anastasia Deep Purple (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar).
- Anastasia Iridescent Purple (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
Bon Nuit is a deep purple with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was very velvety and silky to the touch, though it was a bit powdery in the pan. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that was easy to blend out and control on the lid, both aspects I find critical for deeper shades like this one. It wore well for eight hours on me.
- Viseart Cool Mattes 2 #12 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).
- MAC Lover In Me (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar).
- Anastasia Violet (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar).
- MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #2 (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
- Smashbox Orchid (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar).
- Kat Von D Ribbon (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar).
- MAC Spellcaster (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar).
- NARS Demon Lover #2 (DC, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar).
- Juvia's Place Ife (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar).
- Tarte Still Life (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar).
I'm Not Blushing
MAC I’m Not Blushing Powder Blush Duo is a coral and brown duo that had good pigmentation, blended well, and lasted for eight hours on me.
I'm Not Blushing (Top)
I’m Not Blushing (Top) is a medium coral with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The color payoff was fantastic, while the texture was smooth, velvety, and finely-milled, which ensured for supreme blendability and ease of use. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading a bit.
- MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- Hourglass Incandescent Electra (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).
- MAC Just a Pinch (P, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
- MAC Oh You Pretty Things (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).
- Tarte Extraordinary (LE, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).
- Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $60.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar).
- Make Up For Ever B314 (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
- Urban Decay Low Key (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar).
- MAC Miss Cupcake (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar).
- Makeup Geek Romance (DC, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar).
$24.00/0.21 oz. - $114.29 Per Ounce
Per the brand, the formula is supposed to "provide fantastic colour with ease and consistency" that "applies evenly, adheres lightly to skin." There are five distinct finishes within the range: Frost ("iridescent, lightly shimmering color"), Matte ("flat, matte finish... builds well"), Satin ("adds subtle highlights to the skin"), Sheertone ("sheer-on micro-refined powder ... that goes on faint"), and Sheertone Shimmer ("just enough shimmer to make light dance on your cheeks"). Their permanent blushes are available in compact form as well as pan-only (the latter will be cheaper).
The following overview has been updated to reflect the most current iteration of the brand's permanent range (whether or not there's been any official change) as I repurchased the majority of the permanent shades as of June 2018. I make a point to say that because I felt that the textures of several shades, particularly the frost finish shades, was noticeably different; they were much smoother and had more slip but were less shimmery/frosted (on average) and seemed to be a bit weaker in pigmentation (but still buildable). Some of the mattes felt like I've encountered in the past (a little drier, pigmented, and fairly blendable), while some felt more velvety and finely-milled.
MAC has a solid blush range but some shades are harder than others to blend out or diffuse, and as it does for most formulas (from any brand), it really comes down to some shades falling shy of expectations. The matte finish had a tendency to darken on my skin within five minutes of application; for most shades, I would recommend applying over a powdered face and/or avoiding applying on still-drying complexion products to make blending the easiest. The matte shades seemed to be semi-opaque to opaque, buildable, and long-wearing (about eight hours).
Only a few of the shades in the permanent range seemed to be particularly frosted/metallic on the skin; most shades that had shimmer appeared more softly luminous or pearlescent on the skin to the point where there was little sheen/reflection captured by my camera (I did a double take for a few and re-did swatches only to find the same finish captured yet again!). The Sheertone Shimmer performed most consistently with this: very subtle sheen, more "my skin but better" with having a slightly more noticeable sheen than matte. There were a few shades that had a strong sheen on the skin (like Peachykeen), though. The Frost finish just seemed to have stronger, larger shimmer in it, but the effect on the skin ranged being subtle to moderate. The same was true with Satin--some were more satin-like and some seemed more like a Frost (like Modern Mandarin).
Most shades were blendable, while pigmentation varied from sheer to opaque depending on the shade, but most had decent, builable coverage. The textures were firmer than the average powder blush of current times, but they don't have excess product kicked up in the pan at all. The wear ranged between seven and nine hours with deeper, intense mattes (like Fever or Film Noir) lasted longer.
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TALC, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, ZINC STEARATE, ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL. MAY CONTAIN: SILICA, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090), CARMINE (CI 75470), CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN (CI 77289), CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS (CI 77288), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), RED 6 (CI 15850), RED 6 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410), RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985).
I'm Not Blushing (Bottom)
I’m Not Blushing (Bottom) is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was the type of matte finish that seemed to take on the skin’s natural sheen just slightly when buffed and blended on the skin. It was richly pigmented and had a smooth, velvety texture that was very finely-milled. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading on me.
- Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).
- Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is brighter (95% similar).
- The Estee Edit First Lover (01) (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar).
- Colour Pop Getting Handsy (LE, $7.00) is darker (90% similar).
- MAC Cantaloupe (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar).
- Surratt Beauty Chaleur (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar).
- By Terry Tropical Sunset #6 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar).
- Makeup Geek Infatuation (DC, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar).
- Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar).
- By Terry Savannah Love #5 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar).