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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #113

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul:  MAC Naturally + Iris Apfel
  • Weekend plans:  Celebrating New Year’s with my fiance! Ooh, fiance.
  • What are your New Year’s Eve traditions?:   I used to play mahjong with my immediate family for most of the night and watch various NYE shows as it hit midnight across the world.  For the past couple of years, I’ve spent it with Shaun and trying to stay up until midnight.  Sometimes we’re like senior citizens 😉  Still working on creating some of our own traditions!

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MAC Naturally Lipsticks

MAC A Perfect Day Lipstick
MAC A Perfect Day Lipstick

MAC Naturally: Lipsticks

There are four limited edition shades of MAC Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) in the Naturally collection: A Perfect Day (light neutral pink), Beach Sand (light tan), Pillow Talk (neutral pink), and Sweet Sunrise (light neutral peach-pink).

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no taste. On average, I get four hours of wear with them, but it often depends on the finish. Finishes like satins and amplifies tend to have better color coverage and wear for four to six hours, sometimes longer, depending on the hue. Two finishes present here–Cremesheens and Lustres–I find drying, with Lustres being more drying than Cremesheens. Lustres tend to wear off in two to three hours for me, unfortunately, likely due to the additional slip in the finish (which can create some unevenness with ultra pale shades like Sweet Sunrise.

MAC Naturally Lipsticks

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MAC Naturally Lipglasses

MAC Naturally Lipglasses
MAC Naturally Lipglasses in Fresh Air, Hot Spell, Naked Space

MAC Naturally: Lipglasses

There are four limited edition shades of MAC Lipglasses ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) in the Naturally collection: Fresh Air (light pink), Hot Spell (bronze with multi-colored pearl), Naked Space (creamy mid-tone nude peach), and The Wee Coquette (naked neutral pink).

  • Fresh Air is a sheer light pink with white micro-shimmer. On my lips, it adds a touch of pink and lightens my natural lip color. It’s rather sheer, so it looks like a lot of sheer lipglosses. MAC Right Image is a bit pinker. Urban Decay Peroxide is similar in color but doesn’t have shimmer.
  • Hot Spell is a subtle, rusted brown with beige and gold shimmer. It has semi-opaque color coverage. MAC Spree is a bit less red and has a lot more shimmer. MAC Bright & Perky is a touch browner, sheerer, and has more copper shimmer.
  • Naked Space is a peach with off-white shimmer. The texture of this felt extra thick, even though Lipglass is already on the thick side, so it was difficult to apply it evenly. It just didn’t want to even out for me. It’s a little lighter compared to MAC Illicit.
  • The Wee Coquette is a milky, pale blue-based pink with white shimmer. It tends to settle into lip lines. This was just out in MAC Me Over, so I don’t know why they’ve brought it back so quickly (and why do they seem to bring back random products, rather than ones everyone fussed over?). It’s similar to MAC Enchantee.

MAC Lipglasses are thick and sticky, which means they have a tendency to last longer on lips (I usually get an average of four hours). The thicker texture doesn’t always work, though; in some of the lighter shades, this increases how likely the color is to settle into the natural lines on the lip and often makes it difficult to smooth out the gloss so it appears even in color. MAC Lipglasses are vanilla-scented but have no distinct taste. For whatever reason, Naked Space (which I just bought) smelled like plastic, which was odd but felt like I had to disclose that.

MAC Naturally Lipglasses

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MAC Naturally Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Cloudy Afternoon Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Cloudy Afternoon Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Naturally: Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows ($20.00 for 0.07oz.) make an appearance in the Naturally collection as well, with five new and limited edition shades to choose from: Cloudy Afternoon (cream with gold, grey, and pink veining), Daylight (peach with dirty blue lavender veining), In the Sun (gold with violet veining), Summer Haze (palest gold with deeper gold veining), and Twilight Falls (cool brown with bronze veining).

  • Cloudy Afternoon is a slightly gray-brown with a silvered edge. It has a frosted finish. When applied dry, it looks less brown and has some sheerness, while when applied damp, it holds together better. I applied this to my lid, and it looked mostly gray, because it tends to lose the character it takes on when applied damp once it dries down and “settles” in a way. theBalm Selfish is darker and browner. NARS Grand Palais is browner. More like Bobbi Brown Rockstar, which had subpar pigmentation.
  • Daylight is a pinked lavender with a frosted finish that turns more metallic when it is applied damp. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, though. MAC Circa Plum has more purple. MAC Tendersmoke is smokier.
  • In the Sun is burnished copper with gold sparkle. The pigmentation is good both wet and dry, but it has a grittier consistency, which I suspect is partially due to the larger sparkle used in this. I would anticipate some fall out with this shade as well. MAC Red Hot Copper is similar in color. MAC Coppering is more intense and coppery.
  • Summer Haze is a beige champagne with a metallic finish. It takes on a darker quality when it is applied wet, but the color payoff is nice both wet and dry. The beige in Chanel Eclosion is similar but a bit darker and has a subtler finish. MAC Sweet Satisfaction looks darker because it has less of a metallic sheen.
  • Twilight Falls is a dark, almost sooty, brown with subtle teal sparkle. It’s softer when applied dry compared to the result when applied wet, but the payoff is decent both ways. Urban Decay Busted is more intense. theBalm Silly is more burgundy. theBalm Caught in the Act Courtney is also similar.

I tested out three of the five shades by wearing them in a look yesterday for ten hours: I wore Summer Haze on the inner two-thirds of the lid with Cloudy Afternoon on the outer third of the lid and Twilight Falls in the crease. There was noticeable fading after six hours when used over a primer (fading after four hours, creasing after six without a primer), which has always been a major issue for me when it comes to the Mineralize product line as the wear never seems to last a full work day (eight to nine hours). There was also a fair amount of fall out underneath my eyes. I feel like these get better each year, especially texturally, but I’m still missing the wear. When an eyeshadow fades over primer and used wet, it’s just not a product that endears itself!

The texture is soft, and only In the Sun felt a little rougher, almost gritty, from the sparkle. If you’re normally a fan of Mineralize Eyeshadows, I imagine you’ll enjoy these–they feel a little softer without being powdery than previous iterations. If you’re less of a fan but like your colors soft, you may not mind the faded look of these. For me, especially when shelling out $20 a pop as I did with these, I want true color for at least a day of wear.

MAC Naturally Mineralize Eyeshadows

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2012 Readers’ Choice Awards – Nominations Open!


2012 Readers’ Choice Awards – Nominations

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN! Starting today, you can nominate your favorite brands and products for our annual Readers’ Choice Awards here.  Each year, we take some time to recognize the best products we’ve come across, even if sometimes we stray and try other products, these are products that have earned their rightful place in your stash.  I cannot emphasize how important it is to be part of the nomination process, because sometimes it only takes a handful of nominations to make the short list (and sometimes it takes hundreds).  Please consider participating by nominating brands/products for the categories you can–you do not need to nominate something for each category; do the ones you want, whether that’s just a few or all. 🙂

Last chance – nominations close December 31st!!

2012 Readers’ Choice Awards – Nominations

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