MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Soft Frost

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Soft Frost

It’s snowing! Time for more ethereal glow!

This is the MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in the color Soft Frost. I’ve wanted this since it came out, but many others wanted it too and so it was very often sold out. Luckily, this is a permanent item and keeps getting restocked so I finally have mine. In the pan it looks plain white, only when you tilt it just right you can see the purple shimmer.

Swatch! It’s purple alright. There’s not much of a color shift to it, it changes a little from more pink purple to more blue purple, but that’s only when you look very closely. So, there’s no duochrome quality to it. The base color does not apply as far as I can tell. On me it looks completely invisible unless the light hits in which case it looks like in this swatch. You can buff it out some to make it more subtle as well. So this should be wearable for all skintones despite looking stark white in the pan, but I only tested it on my skin of course.

The shimmer is very fine. I can see no sparkles in it. This is one of the finest highlighters I own.

On my cheeks it lasts about nine hours. Qualitywise one of the best highlighters I own and despite the fact that it’s purple it’s surprisingly wearable. The price is a bit steep though, imo. I do want to mention that Nyx has a very similar highlighter for a lot less money, the color pulls a bit more blue though.

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MAC Snow Ball Pigment and Glitter Kit Pink

MAC Snow Ball Pigment and Glitter Kit Pink

Happy New Year! *throws glitter*

This is a queued post, so when you’re reading this I’m probably sleeping, haha. Unless I messed up the queue and it back posts to Jan, 1st of 2017…

My year in review: I’m actually shocked I managed to keep up my posting throughout the year as I’ve been mostly sleeping and working all the time and I can barely remember the year as I’ve been tired all the time. But there are a lot of posts so my schedule worked out fine. My plans for next year are to keep up the Monday-Wednesday-Friday posting schedule. Productswise I want to pay more attention to drugstore brands because I found quite a few gems there this year and I hope they’ll keep it up. Most luxury brand releases left me unimpressed in 2017. I used to buy a lot more of those.

In 2017 I also bought wayyyy to many MAC products, like, help, I keep falling for those LEs, even though I know it’s silly. But I also gotta say they turned out to be good quality and I’m still using those items. My plans for next year is still to slow it down with the LEs and go for the regular items I’ve been wanting for a while. Let’s see how that turns out, though.

So to make this post not just boring blabber, I’ve also got a review for you! It’s the MAC Snowball Pigment and Glitter Kit in Pink. Yes, Snowball was the Holiday Collection and is already mostly sold out, however, those kits were released later on and right now this kit is still available on the MAC website and it’s even on sale. Also I think those pigment and glitter colors usually pop up again from time to time as well.

Well, the packaging this year was a dream.

And I like that the bag is in fact a lot bigger than it needed to be to hold the three minis. I think you can get about ten single shadows in there at least. The pigments included in this set were: Pigment Whisper Pink, the very lightest shade, Pigment Copper Sparkle, and Glitter Pink.

Swatches: Whisper Pink, Copper Sparkle and Pink.

All of those are loose and produce fallout and are best applied before the rest of the makeup.

Whisper Pink is very light and only barely pink. It’s really more of a shell color if you ask me. The shimmer is a light gold. In fact there is slightly bigger shimmer which is gold and smaller pink shimmer. The color is very pretty and works very well for me, although  am not sure if it works for darker skin tones. This can also be used as a highlighter as you can blend it out well and there’s no real base color.

Copper Sparkle is, well the name is what you get. The color is intense and opaque however, as you can see on my swatch, a bit crumbly at first. It’s best to put some out, then dip a brush in and then really swirl the brush around on the back of your hand before putting that onto your face, so the pigment applies smoothly. Once you do that it’s oky, but I don’t understand where the clumps come from. My full sized pigments don’t do this. I’ve right now pulled out my full sized pigments and I gotta say those are five thousand times smoother. The particles are so much smaller. Does MAC put lower grade pigments into their minis??? Or is it just the colors I have?

Pink is just loose pink glitter. This color is always available, at least in pro stores and online. As there is nothing that makes the glitter hold together or adhere anywhere it’s best used with glitter glue. Then you can just pack it on.

The pigments on the other hand can be used on their own and will – once you’re done and cleaned up the fallout – stick to where you put it. But you can also use mixing medium with the pigments to turn them into creams. The glitter though, even when you use glue there is always a piece of glitter that ends up somewhere like in your hair etc, but that’s just how loose glitter behaves.

Personally I like the colors but I think the best thing about the set is in fact the bag. 🙂 I wish the pigments were the same as the full size pigments but they’re not. As is, I don’t plan on getting more of these holiday kits in the future.

MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson 2

MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson 2

I was debating back and forth if I should pick up the Taraji P. Henson 2 Viva Glam or not. It looked sooo pretty, but also not meant for pasty kids like me but when the promo for the next Viva Glam hit (Sia, a red one) I decided to snatch it up before it was gone for good.

Like the first Taraji P. Henson lipstick the whole case is bright pink. The lipstick itself is a dark bronze, the MAC finish is frost.

Swatch. Note how this is a proper metal finish unlike MAC’s ‘metallic’ finish. With frost finish you never know what you get, it can be a sheer glitter shade or it can be this, an opaque smooth shimmer. The texture is very slippery, it glides on so easily, but it also doesn’t last all that long on the lips. I’d give it like two hours, maybe three. If you have dark skin this could be an amazing nude-ish color for you, one that you can just reapply without a mirror. On me it’s more of a grunge kind of color, very stark and dark but not dark enough to be vampy.

To help the edges and also the wear time I have used lip liner with this color and I would recommend doing so, it helped a lot. First I used Whirl, as I thought it would be the closest match, but it turned out Whirl has a lot more red in. Then I used Stone and it worked perfectly. So despite being such a dark brown bronze, Taraji 2 is actually very cool toned. This makes it such an interesting and unique color.

I hope this helps you deciding on wether you want to pick it up or not. 🙂

MAC Fashion Fanatic

MAC Fashion Fanatic

This is the Fashion Fanatic palette by MAC. It’s part of the Girls palettes, which I think are LE, but available for six months? Anyway these are still available, but I don’t know for how much longer, sorry.

Back of the palette.

The color names were put on the plastic insert. I don’t know why they didn’t just print them on the palette, there’s enough space in the whimsical design. I hate those plastic sheets and usually throw them away.

The palette is actually heavy plastic, it’s not a cardboard palette, although the outer part could be cardboard, I’m not sure.

It contains eight eyeshadows of varying size and one highlighter. I picked up the Fashion Fanatic palette because of the pinks and purples. The other palettes gave me nothing I didn’t own already.

Swatches. The colors are: Totally Fierce (peach), Outfitted (taupe shimmer), On the Hip Side (taupe), Style & Influence (lilac), Shop Shop Shop (mauve), Mad Mod (mauve shimmer), Fahsion Fanatic (strong pink) and Wild Card (deep plum). The last swatch is the highlighter Must Have It.

Let’s start with the highlighter: Must Have It is a warm toned orange sort of terracotta color. It has a base color and a fine shimmer of the same color. I notice no color shift in it, what you see is what you get, although it applies sheerer than it looks like in the pan, otherwise it would be a blush. I can just about still wear it with my skin tone, but it warms me up noticeably. The shimmer is on the more subtle front. It’s an everyday sort of highlighter, not a youtube sort of highlighter. Actually the whole palette strikes me as being more for normal people. It’s colorful, but you mostly get very wearable looks.

On to the eyeshadows: with the exception of the mauve, the pink and the plum, the colors are pretty much pastel. They are on the light side and not super opaque but the colors show up on my lid. They need some patting on, but not too much. Also I noticed no fallout and they all blend well.

The worst shades by far are the two shimmery ones, or should I say glittery. They have no discernible base color once they’re on the lid, you can barely tell them apart. You totally don’t need both. I am usually okay with one badly pigmented glitter shade in a palette, but two? And one of them is in a big pan, too. Meanwhile the best colors in the palette (pink, mauve and plum) are in small pans.

My most used shade is Shop Shop Shop (mauve) by far. I’ve used it in every look I did with the palette – it’s really good but also the only transition shade in there. My second most used shade is Wild Card (plum).

I did all my testing on primer, as usual, and everything lasted the whole day (like ten, eleven hours). I was very pleased. This is without the glittery/shimmery shades, which did fade and wander about a bit, but were still mostly where I put them at the end of the day.

So for me this one was worth it because I love six of the eight shades and the colors work really well on my complexion. I can’t promise they’ll show up as nicely on darker skin, though. The highlighter could be a bit lighter for me, though. Maybe I’ll just use it as a blush in winter.

All Used Up November 2017

All Used Up November 2017

Look, it didn’t take me another three months to do another used up post! Yay. Honestly I don’t even know if anyone reads these but I love doing these kinds of posts and I also love reading these kinds of posts on other people’s blogs, because it means putting your money where your mouth is, kinda? It’s one thing to review products you used for a bit, but which ones do you actually use up?

I’ve managed to use up some makeup again, which is why I’m giddy. But on to that later.

Firstly I don’t wanna bore you, but this is still my fav hand lotion. Already repurchased and I think I’ll stop showing it here to not spam you unless something changed in which case I’ll show it again (like with their Q10 handcream, my previous fav until they changed the formula). Shown in the pic is Balea‘s Handcreme Buttermilk & Lemon which smells fantastic.

More Balea: the infamous unicorn showergel from last year: Regenbogendusche. It had a sweet milky smell and I liked it. This was LE so I can’t repurchase it, but I did also buy the reissue they had on April 1st (same showergel, different picture). I couldn’t bring myself to use that one right after this one, so it’ll be a while until you see it in the empties. I was thinking about keeping the empty packaging, seeing as this was a stupidly hyped item and people actually paid sums for it on ebay (totally crazy since the original cost only between 55 cents and 80 cents) but I hate keeping litter so I threw it out anyway.

Also used up the Reinigungsöl/cleansing oil. This is still my favorite cleanser. It was originally discontinued but by the time I used this one here up and would have had to look around for something else, it was back on the shelves. So I bought a couple back ups, just to be safe. Like with the handcream I won’t show every single bottle I use up here to not bore you. Will update if something changes.

Another handcream, this time by Ahava, the Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream. At first I liked it because when you put it on it feels so good. But then and it took me a while to notice but it only ever happened when I used this particular handcream – my skin got really dry about 15 minutes later. I felt like parchment. Slathering on more didn’t make it any better. So I used it up (I’m very stubborn and also at first I wasn’t sure if it was the cream), but would never repurchase it.

And then I used up the Clarins Instant Light Blush/Eclat Minute Blush in the color Coral Tonic. Woot, woot! I mean how often do you use up color cosmetics and a cheek color, at that? Sure, you could say this was a pretty small amount of product containing only 7ml of blush, but then personally I prefer if a blush is sized so that I can reasonably use it up before it goes bad. Still, looking through my old posts, I swatched it here, and that post is from 2013 so it took me a while to use it up. Haha. It didn’t go bad, always smelled the same, just right at the end when there was barely anything left it thickened up and dried and that was it. I don’t care much about expiry dates since those exist mostly so that you can’t sue the company and it doesn’t mean the stuff goes toxic after that date. My rule is, if the smell stays the same and the texture doesn’t change either it is good to use. So Clarins had produced a real quality item here, it stayed fresh until the end and looked to amazing, plus was easy to use. I stand by my orignal assessment, if Clarins had come out with more of these I would have purchased them all but so far, it was only that one LE that had these blushes. Boo. Admittedly, when they went on sale I snagged up back ups and that might have helped with me using it up too. These were the only color items I ever bought backups for. Nowadays I probably wouldn’t do it as I own so much more makeup now. But then, these were really stellar…

CLARINS BRING THEM BACK! Why do they always discontinue the best items (like with that famous nail polish)?

Okay, enough with the Clarins love. I’ve used up yet another Batiste dry shampoo on my quest to try all the scents (or at least most). This is Blush, and it has left the least impression on me, smell-wise. This is actually good, because it means it’s neutral enough to use it with any perfume. Honestly I can’t even tell you what it smells like anymore even though I used it up only last week. Repurchase highly possible, once I’m done with the other scents.

And last item used up, the MAC CC Cream in the color Illuminate. This is my favorite primer, it comes with SPF 30, meaning I can skip on additional sun protection. The primer is very silicony, giving the usual benefits of that (filling out pores, little wrinkles, helping foundation to stay on) but of course not everyone likes that sort of finish. The color Illuminate is light lavender, making your face glow (will probably work best on light skin tones, there are other colors for darker tones). I use it to color correct my very yellow undertone, giving a neutral result. I love it and have already repurchased it.

All in all, I’m happy I used up some stuff, but it didn’t help in making my pile smaller that much, since I have back ups/repurchased most of these. 🙂 The pink Clarins blush is also almost used up so I’m expecting to see it here soon, other than that I don’t know how it’ll go on. I’m actually trying to use up more of my color cosmetics but no matter how often I use my Chanel lipsticks, they won’t get any smaller???

This concludes my last trash post of the year, see you in january hopefully for the next one.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid

MAC Studio Fix Fluid

*post based on free samples*

The MAC Studio Fix Fluid isn’t a new foundation, but MAC had some sort of promo going on for it lately and so I got two samples, NC 10 and NC 15.

Most of MAC’s liquid foundations are designed for combination to oily skin, they are meant to be long lasting. If your skin is dry you probably won’t be too happy with the finishes of the liquid foundations. I used to prefer the creamier compact foundations when my skin was drier, but I got the dry patches under control with a new skin care regime. Now my skin is more combination/normal rather than extremely combination (oily t-zone and very dry cheeks). So this is why I’m not repurchasing the Mineralize Compact anymore, even though I used to like it.

Back to Studio Fix Fluid: This foundation has no added perfume. It does, however have a super funky smell that you can notice for quite a while after application as well. It doesn’t mean it has gone bad already, that’s just how this thing smells and personally I like that they didn’t try to mask it with some obnoxious flowery scent, but if you’ve never tried Studio Fix before I think you should know about the smell. On the upside, no added perfume components means one less thing that can irritate your skin, which is good, especially if you’re oily (irritation makes skin produce more sebum aka more oil).

The Studio Fix has also a lot of powder in it. It needs to be shaken before use, so that the powder that sunk down can reintegrate with the liquid. The finish between medium and full and looks like you already powdered down. This is a really good foundation for oily skin, while someone with dry skin might feel like they’re in the desert. I found it comfortable to wear, though. I did need more highlighter than usual because the finish is very much not luminous.

When I review foundations I usually say that I got oily in the t-zone after four hours, which is normal etc. That is with powdering down. Well, with the Studio Fix I get four hours without putting powder on top and five hours of no shine if I add powder on top. That’s really good in my books.

Finally, some swatches:

First the two Studio Fix swatches, followed by my trusted MAC Studio Finish concealer, Chanel Les Beiges and my favorite foundation on earth: Essence Camouflage. The last three are quite close together, but the first two lean a lot more yellow if you ask me. Also, no that is not a typo. I swatched the Studio Fix in NC 15 and uinderneath the Studio Finish in NC 15 and they look completely different! I used to think MAC colors are always the same, just with slight differences, but that is not slight. So I unearthed my old Studio Finish in NC 20, from before I was careful with my sun protection.

First the concealer in NC 20, then the Fix fluid in NC 15. They are a lot closer than the other two above.

Soooo, if you think you know your MAC color and want the Studio Fix, go one shade lighter. I’m usually NC 15 and the Studio Fix in NC 10 was not too light for me. If you’re usually NC 10 – well, you’re out of luck. However, if normal MAC shade range is just a bit too light for you, the darkest Studio Fix might work.

So, overall I liked wearing this foundation. The wear was fantastic, the coverage what I personally need (in between medium and full although I could not build it up to full). The finish is just very powdery and also kinda thick. This is certainly no “no make up make up” foundation and it has not the slightest bit of dewyness. While I liked it, I didn’t like it enough to buy a full size.

Also keep in mind that with MAC foundations you always have to purchase an extra pump, so calculate that in if you want to buy one. At the moment since this foundation is being promoted you get a free pump if you buy it, though. (Might depend on country and store.)

MAC Lip Pencil Stone

MAC Lip Pencil Stone

Let’s talk about a useful item from MAC that is non-limited (with all these LEs it’s so easy to get sidetracked). It’s the lip pencil in the color Stone:

Stone has been around for a long time and proved so popular that MAC later on released a Stone lipstick to go with it. But I don’t have the lipstick, only the pencil. Stone is a greyish brown, a taupe so to say. The lighter your skin tone is, the browner this will appear on you and the darker you are the more the grey will pull out. This, like nudes, is a color that will look different on everyone.

Swatch. See how it looks pretty brown on me? It’s still a cool toned brown, but this pencil can look much cooler and more grey on others. Just so you get a feeling for it, Stone is quite a bit darker than the MAC liquid lipstick in Flesh Stone.

Stone comes with the usual MAC lip pencil quality. It applies well and helps the staying power of the lipstick. You can also use it alone or under lipgloss.

Examples of lipsticks you can pair it with:

MAC Stone (obviously); Maybelline Steel Chic (will make the deal opaque); L’Oreal x Balmain Legend; L’Oreal x Balmain Glamazone (will make color stronger and more opaque); Maybelline Gone Greige.

You can also use it underneath non-opaque shimmery things to give them a base color to shine on, use it with all sorts of nude lipsticks to pull them cooler, and use it with all sorts of soft pinks and corals to pull them more nude.

You see it’s a really versatile lip liner. I really go into the very cool toned lips this year (and the metals, but that’s another story).

Do you have Stone? What’s your most used lip liner? What’s the most useful one in your stash? Or do you not use liner at all?

MAC Holiday 2017: Elle Belle, Shimmer & Spice, Stylishly Merry

MAC Holiday 2017: Elle Belle, Shimmer & Spice, Stylishly Merry

MAC‘s Holiday Collection hit the stores here at the start of November, as always. Some places get it a lot sooner, so I apologize if it’s already sold out where you are. The golden design is pretty and I got a matching shopping bag, too!

I tried to limit myself to the things that I filled a hole in my collection. So I got the Extra Dimension Shadow in Stylishly Merry, and the lipsticks in Shimmer & Spice (Frost) and Elle Belle (Amplified). The snowflake design is very pretty, but I already managed to wear most of it off in a single week.

Swatches! First Elle Belle, then Shimmer & Spice and last the eyeshadow Stylishly Merry.

Elle Belle (Amplified) is such a pretty deep berry red. I’d almost forgotten how good the amplified finish is. The color is rich, the finish creamy and the wear time superb. It loses some of the creaminess after a while and it pretty much wears like a matte lipstick. When eating it wore off on the inside of the lips, but not too much. Great lipstick. A similar lipstick with a tad more brown to it, making it more plummy, but with the same finish, is Dark Side. Dark Side is permanent, so if Elle Belle is already sold out, I would take a look at that one. A good lip liner to go with both of those would be Nightingale.

Shimmer & Spice is a frost finish. I’m still not entirely sure where the difference between frost, lustre and metallic lies. Shimmer & Spice is a clear base packed with red-bronze and gold shimmer particles. It is not opaque at all. (All swatches above are a single swipe btw.) It doesn’t get opaque with more layers either, but overall that makes the glitter bomb more wearable imho. I think it looks very festive on. Wear time is terrible, about two hours, maybe three. But it’s not hard to reapply, so I’m okay with that. Eating wipes it out completely except for some stray shimmer. It’s very pretty but not something you’d probably miss that much if it’s already sold out.

Stylishly Merry is sold as an Extra Dimension Shadow, like all shadows in this collection, but this one seems more like a dazzleshadow to me. I applied it with a flat synthetic brush and didn’t get the desired amount of product, so I wet the brush and that did it. With a wet brush the result looks like in the pan, which is soooo pretty. The color is a yellow gold, but with a duochrome color shift from a yellow so yellow it’s almost green (that particular color most people simply call yellow, but to me green-yellow is a different color) to pink. The shift is visible on the eye and very pretty. I made a simple look by applying this all over the lid liberally and pulling it upwards a bit. Then it looked more yellow on the lid and pink in the crease. Then I blended out the crease with a soft matte brown. Super easy but so effectful. I know no dupe for this, but if you like this you can check out the dazzleshadows. Wear time: I got creasing on the ten hour mark which is pretty good I think. (With eye primer, absolutely nothing lasts on me even an hour without.) There was fallout during the application but once I was done I didn’t get any additional glitter juming around on my face, so that’s good, too.

Overall I am very happy with what I got. I wish the eyeshadow would apply dry as it does wet, but I think the Extra Dimension Shadows aren’t actually meant to be opaque.

This collection is so festive I think I’m already out-holidayed with it. I don’t know what other brands could tempt me with now. Maybe I’ll pick up something later, but in the shimmer and gold department I am done right now.

Did you pick up any holiday items? Are you waiting for later releases or sales? Or are you skipping the whole thing?

MAC eyeshadows Haux, Corduroy

MAC eyeshadows Haux, Corduroy

Amidst the LE madness, let’s take some time to appreciate some gems from the regular lineup. Those two pans might not look like much, but they are so useful to me. Shown here are the MAC single eyeshadows in Haux (the lighter one) and Corduroy. I don’t know the official MAC finishes, because the refill pans don’t list them. Haux has a little bit of shimmer and Corduroy seems to have none at all. Both apply matte-looking.

How do I store my refill pans?

Like this. Sure, I could buy an empty MAC palette plus eyeshadow insert, but then… the refills have a magnet at the bottom and are happy to attach to anything metallic. So I put them in this little box here.

Swatch time. First Haux, then Corduroy. Again, they don’t look like much, but for most looks you want colors like these for the crease, or blending (or worn alone).

Haux is absolutely perfect for pale skins. It darkens the lid, but not too harshly. It works both as a subtle crease color or transition color or worn all over the lid. I often put only Haux all over and nothing else. Haux is buttery and blends easily, producing no fallout. It is also pigmented enough. When I doubt, I reach for Haux.

Corduroy is a mid tone brown. It looks pretty dark here, but in reality there are many browns much darker than this. It’s a tad more powedery but I didn’t notice any fallout either. I use this as a crease color or as liner when I want only a gentle brown line. I pair most colorful looks with a brown crease as I feel that helps calming/taming the color.

On me both eyeshadows wear all day (aka 12 hours) with primer. (Without primer nothing stays on my lids at all so I never wear eyeshadow without.)

I can really recommend these two if you’re looking for neutral single shadows.

 

MAC Brow Set Clear

MAC Brow Set Clear

Hello everybody! I hope you’re well. Can you believe it’s November already? What?

Today I’ve got the MAC Brow Set in the color Clear for you. Honestly this isn’t as much a review as it is simply a bottle porn post. Just look at the clear gel and the bubbles and gah! So good! It doesn’t stay like that once you start using it that’s for sure. I won’t post a pic of how it looks now, because gross. You might see the rest of it in a used up post some day in the future.

It started out smelling a lot like glue but has since mellowed down. I’ve been using it for several months by now. It’s pretty much what’s promised. The color is clear and it’s a gel that sets your brows. It lasts okay, up to twelve hours I’d say. You don’t see it unless you put on a lot. The brow hair is stiffer once the gel has set and stays in place.

Using a clear gel is easier than a colored brow gel because if you mess up, nobody sees it anyway. So when I want to be quick, it’s actually better to use a pencil first and then the clear gel rather than using a colored gel on its own. This is also why the gel gets gross looking after a while, because you touch the brush to your pencilled or powedered brow and then back into the tube. I mean the colored gel probably gets gross too but I don’t see it.

And that’s it for this review. No swatch, obviously, since you wouldn’t see anything anyway. What’s your preferred way of doing brows? Do you have enough natural brow hair that you need to set it at all?

MAC Flesh Stone

MAC Flesh Stone

It’s October! Get out the Halloween gear! Ahem. Not that this blog is going to be any spookier than usual. I’m still working through stuff I picked up during summer…

Alright I’m finally getting around to reviewing another liquid lipstick by MAC. (I have three but only reviewed the red one so far.) This is the Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Flesh Stone. For once, a MAC item that is not LE! Whooo!

Half dried arm swatch. It dries quickly and gets very matte. It’s one of those liquid lipsticks that emphasize every nook and cranny so to say. But I think it doesn’t look too bad on the lips:

Fully dried lip swatch. I love how grey the color is. As pale as I am, every brownish color with only a bit of red looks pretty off on me, but this mud color here works.

The product is very long lasting, only oil gets it off at all. When I eat it does get removed on the inside but not too much. As such, it is drying. I can live with that since I use a strong lip balm morning and evening, but those with very dry lips might not like it.

To prevent the color from cracking it is important to smile after application so the color can settle everywhere. Then I had no problems with cracking, but like already mentioned it totally highlights all lip lines. All my very matte liquids do this.

Honestly after I got Flesh Stone I stopped looking for the perfect grungy brownish nude lip color, because this is it. (Then I decided I super needed metal finish lipsticks, because.)

Huge recommendation if you’re looking for a light greyish very matte color. That’s not a specific category at all…

That’s it for today. Be safe and tune in Wednesday for a review on a good affordable face powder.

MAC Nicki Minaj Lipsticks (plus other pink stuff)

MAC Nicki Minaj Lipsticks (plus other pink stuff)

The MAC Nicki Minaj Collection was officially released here on Sept 1st, but it was a bit of an odyssey until I finally had mine. While I was at it I went on a rose gold spree and picked up another metallic lipstick and a pigment from the previous collection as well. The SA chuckled and gave me samples of a rose gold perfume to match.

So here’s my pink haul: Pigment in Rose Gold, Nikki’s Nude, The Pinkprint and Love’s a Gamble (this one not from the Nikki Collection, but from Metallic LE).

So, the Nicki Minaj LE was supposed to be a collection of nude lipsticks and dark skinned girls had hopes of, yaknow, finding a nude lipstick that suited them… and then the majority of the collection turned out to be quite light in tone. On the one hand I’m not surpised as Nicki Minaj is someone who likes her lippies very light, on the other hand how hard can it be to throw in a few properly dark colors? I guess Nicki Minaj isn’t the one to go for if you want subtle and nude. As such I was pleased by her two colors because they are just what I expected – pigmented pinks (those two are so not nude on me). But the criticism of this LE is well justified.

Although, please do watch this video of the wonderful Nyma Tang, who is totally slaying these lipsticks:

Alright, enough soap-box, on to the swatches:

First swatch is Nicki’s Nude (Amplified), then The Pinkprint (Amplified), last swatch is Love’s a Gamble (metallic). You can see that the first two are a lot more pigmented, almost opaque in one swipe. The metallic one isn’t really opaque at all no matter how often you apply it – skin or lip color shows through. At the same time it’s got a lot of shimmer, while the other two are shimmerless. They just look so lush because they’re creamy. Honestly while I love matte lipsticks I’m glad to see something else now.

The two Nicki lipsticks look innocently pink against my veeeeery white skin, but note that these have quite some white pigment in them, making them very pastel on the lips. The Pinkprint is a light pink with yellow undertone. Nicki’s Nude is one of those coral leaning nudes, not as light as The Pinkprint, but also pretty light in color.

Both are easy to apply and last very well, about four to five hours. Eating reduces them but they’re still on. They never dry down and that also means they wander around some. That means they settle in lip lines after a while. This can be lessened by pressing the lips together and moving them around to spread the color again, but once the color has settled in the lines, some of it stays there. After a couple hours the colors also emphasize dry bits of skin. It’s worse with the Pinkprint, I think because it’s the lighter color and therefore more visible. Despite this, the lipsticks feel hydrating and not drying.

A lot of this can be lessened by applying primer and then lip liner. Lipliners that work with these colors for me: MAC Stone, pulling them more into real nude territory; Whirl, also nude but darker and more red undertone; Rosy Rim, staying in the light coral pink territory. Rosy Rim would darken The Pinkprint, but not Nicki’s Nude – it’s actually a good match for Nicki’s Nude, only a bit more pink. Then I’ve got Chic Trick, which is a bright pink and would change the colors the most, but still works. And for non-MAC lip liners I have Bobbi Brown Blondie Pink, which is actually not pink at all but a proper nude and would be the most subtle of all the liners here. And lastly, ModelCo Illusion Nude lip liner, which is a yellowish brown nude.

Too many lip liners? Who, me? But they’re all so different, see!

Before I move on to the next lipstick I want to point out again that The Pinkprint is super pale, almost too light for my comfort (my skin color is NC15) and I prefer to use it with lip liner to ground it some. If you want something similar but a tad more pink or long lasting, try the Retro Matte in Divine Divine (review upcoming).

Love’s a Gamble (metallic) is a salmon color with pink sparkle. The base color is sheer, this is mostly shimmer. It can be used as a topper or alone and will look different on everyone as your lip color will show through. If you pat it on lightly enough you can use it as a highlighter as well. Lasting power is good and this doesn’t slip into lip lines as much because it’s not as emollient as the two lippies above.

And finally, a swatch of the pigment Rose Gold. First swiped on, then sheered out. I prefer it dabbed on as eyeshadow and not sheered out at all, but in theory you could use these pigments as highlighters as well (if the color worked out for you). Like Gold, Rose Gold looks lighter in the bottle. It’s somewhere in between bronze and warm gold I’d say. It’s not as pink as you could expect from the name.

It’s easy to apply but also easy to accidentally spill (don’t breathe too hard when handling this) but once it’s on, it sticks very well. I still use a primer underneath, but I always do. Nothing sticks on my lids without primer.

Phew, thanks for reading this monster post. See you on wednesday with a much more compact review of a Dior item.

MAC Sweets for my Sweet

MAC Sweets for my Sweet

Let’s talk about a non-limited item for once.

A while ago MAC released the Extra Dimension Blushes. Like the Extra Dimension Skinfinishes, they have a fine, yet strong shimmer. The blushes also have more of a base color. All of the blushes are very shimmery, often to the point that they look completely different in the pan than on the skin, because the shimmer is a different color. For me the blushes were too shimmery, it is like applying a strongly colored highlighter. So I picked up one of the darker pinks as this one was the only color that had shimmer in the same hue as base color which makes it not stand out so much.

Lightly applied swatch. The color is rosy pink (almost berry but not quite) with pink shimmer. It can be applied lightly or built up to medium coverage. The color looks innocent on this swatch but on my face I have to use a light hand or be overblushed.

I like this blush and I already made a dent in it. It is so useful because you can skip highlighter and the color goes with everything. The brush picks up the powder effortlessly, no swirling necessary and I need only a quick swipe across cheeks.

It lasts about eight hours on my face, give or take an hour.

So I can recommend this one and I’m sure the others are great as well, but those were too shimmery for me personally. Sweets for my Sweet is certainly the most subdued of the bunch.

MAC Pigment Gold

MAC Pigment Gold

It’s september! I can already smell the pumpkins! Get out the smoky eyes and dark lipsticks!!!

Ahem.

Here we’ve got MAC pigment in gold. The metallic pigments were included in the metallic lips LE but unlike the lipsticks, the pigments are permanent (pro items).

I think the colors look a bit deceiving in the pots. The swatches are where the beauty lies.

But first, this is the inner lid. I like to keep them as it makes operating these things a little less messy.

The other side of the lid. Usually there is enough pigment on it for my whole look. I don’t even need to dip into the pot.

I present you… le swatch. Damn. It’s not so much yellow gold as it is old gold. It makes me want to paint myself head to toe in it.

The pigment is so rich you don’t need much at all. It lasts very well, too. I use this as eyeshadow, because it’s too colored for highlighter (the SA said you could use it as highlighter but I’m not sure how long you’d have to buff for that). And on my eyes it lasted a whole party night. It did not budge. Amazing.

MAC Metallic: Silver Spoon

MAC Metallic: Silver Spoon

The MAC LE for the month of August is called Metallic Lips. In America this is already the second LE with such lipsticks, over here it’s the first one. I was 100% sure I didn’t need anything from it. Then I swatched them. Ahhh, pretty shimmer.

So far I purchased only one, Silver Spoon. This collection seems to sell out much faster than the previous ones, so I apologize if my review comes too late. To my knowledge all the lipsticks are limited edition, at least for now. It is expected some might come back sooner or later. Also included in this collection are shimmery pigments. Those are always available at the Pro stores.

Just so you know, none of the lipsticks in this new metallic finish are opaque. This is especially noticable in the darker colors, which turn out uneven. So I was mostly interested in the lighter colors. I don’t see that much difference between metallic and lustre. They feel similar and are both see through. Also, the metallic finish always has visible sparkle, it’s not a smooth foiled optic.

Swatch of Silver Spoon. It is a greyish silver with pink/red sparkle. That was hard to photograph but is visible on the lips. Very pretty. While not opaque, there is still color payoff. The lips look silver. It’s a great wintery, fairy look. Goes well with duochrome highlighter.

Lasting power was actually pretty good; I got five hours out of it. It wears off evenly. It even survives a small meal (reduced, but still there).

Sooo, here I thought I was gonna skip this LE and now I want even more lipsticks. The white or the lighter pink colors call me.

Verdict: If you want intense color do yourself a favor and skip this LE. If you want pretty sparkles, go for it. Finish is shimmery and sparkly, not foiled!

MAC Chromat: #Shockvalue and #Chromatbabe

MAC Chromat: #Shockvalue and #Chromatbabe

And today in: “Did she fall for special packaging again?” I present you: MAC Chromat. This is MAC’s current LE. It’s a designer collab again. I’d never heard of Chromat before, but I checked them out for this post and their swim wear looks great.

The LE has see through plastic packaging instead of black carton. The blue line design is repeated on the products. If you look closely, it’s not just random lines. I think it forms a female figure/corset.

I bought the eyeshadow x 6 palette (#Chromatbabe Super Pack) and the blue lipstick (#Shockvalue).

The lipstick comes in amplified finish, meaning it’s high color but not matte. Here I swatched #Shockvalue first, followed by Dreampot. While #Shockvalue is LE, I think Dreampot is permanent. (At least it has been in stores since it was released.) On the side I added a swatch of Hi Def Cyan. The color is not identical to #Shockvalue, but close enough that you can use it as lip liner/base if you want to.

Now, #Shockvalue applies very well and did not migrate once it was on. However, it is not a matte lipstick and does not have the lasting power of one. It survives several hours without eating or drinking, but if you do take a sip it will wear off on the inside. After a meal there’s nothing left on the inside. The outer parts survived for me, but I didn’t eat anything super greasy.

Lipswatch! Honestly, this is my new favorite blue lipstick, the clolor just works soooo well!

On to the eye shadow: I swatched them top-bottom, repeat. First row is more matte, second row more shimmery. The colors are in order of my swatches: Sabina Sangre (Satin), Structrued Satin (Satin), Triennial Wave (Satin), Duabandita (Veluxe Pearl), Mindfiles (Frost) and Blue Black (Veluxe Pearl).

So there are no true mattes among the shadows, which I like because mattes can be difficult. You can see a little bit of shimmer in the blue and the orange swatch, but on the lid they look matte. All of the colors are soft and pigmented. It’s a good idea to apply them before the rest of the makeup, just in case you get a lot of drop down, but for me they behaved. Most of the drop down was blue shimmer and that’s the sort of stuff that migrates later on as well.

The first color is Sabina Sangre, a juicy orange. I own a few orange shadows but nothing quite like this shade. It is pigmented and was easy to pat into place.

Structured Satin is black. I like using it as eyeliner. It goes on dark and stays like that. You can blend it out as an eyeshadow as well, though.

Triennial Wave also offers good pigmentation. As with all strong colors I pat it on instead of wiping around with the brush. The color needs no base to shine (I did all my testing without base or primer) but if you wanted to really pop it you could use Hi Def Cyan underneath.

Duabandita is a brown with teal shimmer. Mac has a loose pigment like that, too, but I don’t own it. It’s a very beautiful color and looks different from every angle. It went on like a dream and stayed there, too (usually I get a lot creasing when not wearing primer).

Mindfiles is a gunmetal grey. It actually applies pretty dark. The shimmer makes it look lighter in the pan. This one needs a bit of blending or a light hand when picking the color up with the brush.

I was pleasantly surpised by Blue Black, as the blue aspect really comes out. I have a similar eyeshadow that loses a lot of the blue shimmer when applied and ends up looking mostly black. Blue Black is still a black with blue shimmer but you can still see some of the blue on the lid.

This is one of my testing looks. I wear no other makeup and I didn’t intend to photograph it, but since I did snap a pic I might as well show it. On the lid I wear only Duabandita, you can see both the brown and the teal side of it. In the crease there’s a mix of Mindfiles and Blue Black. The other three (Sabina Sangre, Structured Satin, Triennial Wave) are used as liners. Now for a real look I would probably not use all six at once and I might want to add in a normal transition shade but I think the colors actually work together as well. There’s quite a number of possible combinations with #Chromatbabe.

So, for those who like a little more unusual color in their makeup I can recommend both items. As of now they should still be available as well.

MAC Feels so Grand

MAC Feels so Grand

I finally dared to check out some liquid lipsticks. This is MAC Feels So Grand.

This is the swatch mostly dried down. One swipe. The amount of color you can get from such a liquid lippie is insane. The finish is very matte. In fact MAC calls these the retro matte liquid lip color. This is the mattest stuff I own. It emphasizes you know not the lines, as it doesn’t pool in them or anything, but the lips look super not smooth. Afterwards the lips feel dry but it’s not too bad.

Color comparisons with regular lipsticks. The liquid one is just so much deeper. Colorwise it seems to be in between Mrs Mia Wallace and Viva Glam I.

I like that the applicator it is really precise. You can get good, crisp lines. Once on and dried (it takes a minute to be dry) it just will not come off again. You need oil remover to get it off. Also when you get it on glasses or stuff like tooth brushes, you need to clean those by hand because the lipstick will cling forever. Funnily enough even though it stays on the lips it still rubs off everywhere!

I had a long meal and the lipstick did wear off on the inside, but only there and I think that only a beauty blogger would notice that. I wasn’t left with a two toned mouth or something. So wow, this really works. To be honest I still prefer regular lipstick bcause you can reapply more easily – reapplying on top of liquid lipstick can get weird and flakey. Secondly the liquid calls for a sharp outline which emphasizes how my mouth is not symmetrical at all. But those are personal points. The lipstick is still totally worth it.

MAC Steve J & Yoni P haul

MAC Steve J & Yoni P haul

Steve J & Yoni P is a current collection by MAC with a sort of limited distribution so I apologize if you can’t get it where you are or if it’s already sold out. I bought mine a month after the collection came out and they still had everything left so at least this isn’t one of those annoying collections that sell out at the first hour.

This is the design of the cardborad packaging. I think the lipsticks have only the lip on them and not the eye but I was being a Good Girl and did not buy lipstick even though I really wanted to. This collection includes one permanent lipstick in special packaging, Candy Yum Yum. You can see swatches of Candy Yum Yum in this post.

And this is what the products look like. I bought the eye gloss, Pearl Varnish, the eyeshadow duo Touch me Baby, and the blush Sugar or Syrup.

And this is what they look like opened. Yeah, that gloss is blinding. XD

Swatch time! Right on top is the powder blush Sugar or Syrup, a pinky peach in MAC’s regular powder blush formula. This is actually one of my fav blush formulas, I don’t even know why I bother with other blushes… However that depends on the color also. The other powder blush in this collection gave of zero color upon swatching it in store. This one here works just fine. It gives of more or less color depending on how heavy handed you apply.

Next, the eyshadow duo: The colors included are Soba (satin, light brown) and Keep on Twinkling (Lustre, light pink with sparkle). I didn’t expect to love this so much. Lustre is MAC for ‘shimmer but not much color’ so I was glad to see that while Keep On Twinkling does not give off that much color, the pink is actually visible. Keep on Twinkling is new (but dupable), and Soba is permanent, so you can easily recreate this duo for yourself. Soba is so good and if it weren’t for this duo I would have not noticed that – I thought it would be too yellow for me but it works. Both apply easily and last all day (with primer), and a solid five hours without primer.

Last, the eye gloss: This is a goopy thing with high shimmer. The color is Pearl Varnish, which I think is a reissue. The base is sheer white and it has lots of multi-colored shimmer.

The difference between these eye glosses and the lip glosses which come in the same pot is that the eye gloss is goopier and thicker. The usability of such a gloss is highly situational. Like, this is not for everyday use. It settles into the crease in minutes and destroys all makeup underneath even when worn with primer. You would use this for photoshoots or when the goopy creasing effect is actually wanted. So this is more of a blogger/MUA thing. The shimmer on this one here is sooo pretty, though (and I think you could also use it as a lip gloss although a lip gloss lover will surely already own a colorless base with lots of shimmer).

Out of these three I love the eye shadow duo the most, I wore it every day for two weeks. It’s so easy to use and pretty, although as mentioned, also dupable.

This is a very minimal eye looks with the eyshadow duo lightly applied (you can get more color out but this was just to test the gloss), the pink color on the lid and Soba above the crease and then the Pearl Varnish patted on the middle of the eyelid and in the inner corner. I do think it gives a lovely wet effect. The only place it lasted was the inner corner though.