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.

MAC Single Shadows: Expensive Pink, Cranberry, Paradisco

MAC Single Shadows: Expensive Pink, Cranberry, Paradisco

Reddish toned eyeshadows are a huge trend right now. But sometimes you get so distracted by all the new limited editions palettes and things that you forget there’s also great stuff in the regular range, right?

I got myself some MAC singles to build my own custom palette. This isn’t the whole deal – I’ve got some neutrals as well. I’m not necessarily wearing these three together but they are in the same vein, so I’m putting them in one post.

The colors are: Paradisco (top, the bright peach), Cranberry (left, the red) and Expensive Pink (right, rose gold).

Swatches! same order as before, Paradisco, Cranberry, Expensive Pink. Ususally I put the finish (like Satin, Veluxe Pearl, etc) next to the name but my refill pans offer only the name, not the finish. I guess you’d have to buy them with the pot to learn the finish… Sorry about that.

Paradisco is an intense peach with fine golden shimmer. The color is just so good, lively and pretty and well I just like rose or peach with gold very much, okay.

Cranberry is deep red with red shimmer. But it’s muted enough to not look weird or off-putting. You can wear it alone or combine it with other colors.

Expensive Pink looks way lighter in the pan than it is applied, because the gold shimmer is so intense. The base color is a darker mid tone coral. I think it’s got too much red in it to really call it a pink. The color looks amazing on the lid.

All of these colors are great. I find them to be pretty fuss-free, I had no noticeable fallout either and they last very well. Mind you, I always have to use a primer on my lids, but with primer they last about ten hours. I can recommend all three. For the summer I’ll especially recommend Paradisco, it’s such a happy color.

All of these are permanent colors and can be bought as singles or as refills. The refills are quite a bit cheaper. They come with a magnet. You can buy an empty MAC palette to put them in but you don’t have to. Any empty metallic container will do.

MAC Fruity Juicy Haul

MAC Fruity Juicy Haul

Hello here’s my haul from MAC‘s current summer collection, Fruity Juicy:

I picked up the Fix+ Coconut, the Pearlmatte Face Powder and an eyeshadow palette. I was really good and skipped the lipsticks even though I wanted them all.

Before I go on to the makeup items, a few words about the Fix+: Firstly the name Fix+ is misleading as it is not a spray that keeps your makeup on longer. You can put it on top of your finished makeup and it will take the powderyness down a notch. Or you can use it to wet your brushes or to mix a pigment. As it is full of antioxidants you can also just spray it on after cleansing your face, that’s what I prefer to do. Since it’s basically water, glycerin and antioxidants it will help makeup adhere better (the glycerin) if you put it on before makeup (instead of afterwards). Now, this version here is not the normal one, it’s the coconut one. It includes actual coconut extract. The smell is a lot more gentle than I expected (considering the last item I reviewed was the Physicians Formula Bronzer!) In fact I can barely smell it. But, what I didn’t expect is that (since the liquid is clear in the bottle) the spray comes out milky! It dries down to colorless, but I’m sure my other Fix+ never did this. Okay so that was longer than I expected I really only wanted to say, guys good news, no obnoxious coconut scent!

On to the makeup. The pearlmatte powder in Oh my, Passion! is certainly the center piece of the collection. Usually I skip these kinds of things, because sure they’re pretty in the pan, but will I use them? Well this time the swatch was just so pretty…

The Eyeshdow palette is Love in the Glades, the one with green colors. The other two are more orange/pink and included some colors I already owned, so this one here was more unique to me.

Swatches for Love in the Glades. Shade names are (from left to right as swatched, the order is reversed in the palette): Russian Blue (matte), Palm Leaves (satin), Neoprene Green (veluxe pearl), Bye Bye Bahamas (frost), Cumulus (frost) and Grey Stroke (Satin). I’m surprised the Veluxe Pearl Shade has less shimmer than the two Frost ones, but then I’m not the biggest expert in MAC shadows and also it works better this way, you don’t need an intense green with a ton of shimmer.

Now the reason this palette is so cool is that while it can also be seen as tropical it is also literally cool (toned). You can go for a green toned holiday look, but since there are so many greys you can also go for a futuristic look, like a robot from a dystopian future (I have been reading a lot of comic books lately…). Seriously, you can go for conventional beauty or, with the right combination, a really disturbing look. The lightest shade is what makes or breaks the weird look because it is not a traditional highlight or blend out shade – it is too obviously grey for that. Pair it with a grey or blue lip for maximum alien-ness.

All of the shades apply well. I am glad that the greens apply properly opaque. For Neoprene Green you could use the Paint Crushed Emerald as a base but you don’t need to. I do need a good primer underneath but I always do. Without primer they stay about four to five hours, with primers all day on me. I am also glad the darkest color, Russian Blue applies so smoothly, it can work as an all over shade, as a crease shade, as eyeliner. I love using shadow as eyeliner and am annoyed when the shade is too crumbly for that. In the swatch it looks quite dark grey but it can be sheered out as well.

Overall I’d say the colors apply semi-opaque and can be built up to full opacity.

Swatch of the Pearlmatte Powder in Oh my, Passion! And yes, that’s the exact punctuation. Anyone else feel like that comma should be somewhere else?

Anyway, I swatched the individual parts and then all of them together. While you could pick up the individual colors with small brushes, in real life I only used them swirled together. And it gives off the prettiest color. Don’t get fooled by my pic here, the color can be built up quite a bit so I am sure it’ll also show up on darker skin tones. This is really the all over cheek product – blush, bronzer, highlight. It looks amazing and very summery, like you were sunkissed and are flushing at the same time. I use it like a bronzer, so generously on the cheeks, and a bit across the nose and forehead. You can apply it lightly or get it stronger. The first time I used it I used too much and ended up looking quite flushed. XD

I love the look because while it’s of course makeup it also imitates my natural look quite well. In summer I get a bit of color where the sun hits me from above and because it’s hot my cheeks are red at the same time. This is that, but prettier.

I hope that by now this isn’t all sold out already. You never know with MAC, but the big summer collection is usally not that bad… In case you can’t get the items anymore I am sorry. In case they still have the face powder left, I highly recommend it.

 

MAC Make-up Art Cosmetics: Coral Bliss, Overnight Sensation, Cracked Emerald

MAC Make-up Art Cosmetics: Coral Bliss, Overnight Sensation, Cracked Emerald

Well. MAC‘s Make-up Art Cosmetics was a limited collection that came out several weeks ago already. Originally I didn’t intend to buy anything, but I broke down when Douglas had 20% off. So that’s why this review is super late. I apologize if these products are already sold out, but we can always hope MAC brings them back again.

I bought these three items: two paints from the Kabuki Magic part, Overnight Sensation and Cracked Emerald; and a lipstick from the James Kaliardos part, Coral Bliss (Cremesheen). Coral Bliss isn’t actually new, it was either part of LEs before or available in the regular lineup.

I really like the special packaging here and that it says “Spring/Summer 2017”. So in the future I’ll know exactly when I got it. XD

Coral Bliss has a cremesheen finish, meaning it’s not opaque and has a glossy finish. The color is a pinky toned light coral, a very happy color. Due to the finish it does not last that long, maybe three hours and the color pulls into lip lines/emphasizes dry parts. I solve that by reapplying. I like the way it looks and it has been my most used lipstick lately. The color is such a no-brainer, I use it whenever I don’t know what to wear (as I have to get up in the morning way too early this happens a lot; I put my makeup on in zombie mode).

Overall: if you can live with the cremesheen finish it’s a great lipstick.

These are my first ever MAC paints. They used to be in the lineup several years ago but then got discontinued when they introduced the Paint Pots. GREAT INJUSTICE! These Paints are five thousand times better than the Paint Pots! I know the Pots have many fans but they never worked for me at all. They are hard to put on evenly and they crease two hours in. They are also too dry to be a good makeup base, imho. These paints, though. Look at the swatches:

Overnight Sensation is a purple with blue shimmer, Cracked Emerald is matte green. The green doesn’t fade out more than the purple, I just took less product out of the tube. The colors are perf, pigmented, easy to put on the lid (I used a flat synthetic brush for full coverage and to use as eyeliner, a fluffy synthetic for less coverage and I’ve also used my finger). And then they dry down and stay uncreased until the end of time. Yet, they can be removed with any regular makeup remover quickly. I am in love!

Since they come in these little tubes, it’s best to squeeze only a tiny bit and put the cream onto a surface (back of hand or some artist’s plates) and then pick up the product from there. Work quickly as it dries up fast. The purple one was a little eager, the tube kept releasing more cream even when I didn’t touch it. But overall I found them easy to work with and the fact that the cream is kept in tubes with a small opening surely keeps them from drying out too fast, unlike cream shadows in pots.

I seriously hope MAC plans on releasing more of these again. I would buy them in a heartbeat.

MAC Work It Out: Chromagraphic Pencils

MAC Work It Out: Chromagraphic Pencils

The current Work It Out Collection by MAC includes Chromagraphic Pencils again, so I picked up what I didn’t have yet.

The colors are Landscape Green, Genuine Orange and Primary Yellow. The whole Work It Out Collection has a special outer packaging on top of the regular black packaging. The products have the usual black MAC design. The chromagraphic pencils are permanent Pro items, meaning you can get them anytime online or in a MAC pro store, but with this Collection you can get them everywhere. Other colors also included in the Collection: Process Magenta, Rich Purple and Marine Ultra.

This pic brings out the kid in me. Happy crayon colors!

All three go on smooth and pigmented. The yellow might be a tad creamier than the others. But none of them smudges much and they go on well in the waterline. They hold reasonably well in the waterline, but they are not waterproof, so a waterproof pencil will last better. According to the packaging all of these can be used in the lip area, Genuine Orange should not be used in the eye area or the waterline and the other two shouldn’t be put into the inner rim of the eye either. That’s just a precaution, though (so that you can’t sue them if you turn out to be allergic or something). I’ve totally used them in the waterline and lived to tell the tale.

So these colors are probably a bit unusual but I like using orange, red or yellow underneath the eye, often with a regular brown colored smokey eye look. Other than that they can be used as lip liner for the currently very trendy colorful lipsticks and of course they can be used for all sort of special makeup, like Sugar Skulls etc.

There were also a whole lot of colored mascaras in this collection, but unlike pencils mascara dries up so I skipped them even though I sort of wanted some freaky colors.

MAC Colour Rocker: Indigo-Go, Deep With Envy

MAC Colour Rocker: Indigo-Go, Deep With Envy

MAC has what feels like a hundred LEs out at the moment and I’m getting fatigued. But there’s this one, called Colour Rocker that includes so many unusual lip colors. All lipsticks are matte and I had to really hold myself in. Can’t spend a hundred bucks on blue lipsticks, right? But I chose two: Indigo-Go and Deep With Envy. The first is a muted mid-tone blue; it’s sort of a dark jeans blue and not as neon as the other blues. Deep With Envy is emerald green.

Even before I got into unusal colored makeup I knew I wanted to own a mid to high end green lipstick. I wanted one for years, even before I was confident enough to wear red lipstick. XD And for the longst time there were no good ones available so I had to have this one here. The blue I chose because it loked pretty.

Both are in MAC’s matte formula, so they are somewhat dry and long lasting. Of course with colors like these, wear is much more visible, but I found that Indigo-Go was a bit more forgiving of wear than Deep With Envy. Indigo-Go wore off evenly and left me with a transparent stain. Of course, that look was a bit ghoulish, but you’re not going to be wearing such colors unless you are okay with that anyway. Indigo-Go also felt a bit creamier on application so it went on smoother. Both colors needed two coats to look opaque.

Both lipsticks last around four hours on me, then they are still on but visibly reduced.

As for liner I do not know of any matching lip liner. You could use an eye liner. I tried using Landscape Green for Deep With Envy but that doesn’t work out – Landscape Green is much more yellow than Deep With Envy. And Indigo-Go is more muted than most blue liners. However, since they went on nicely there is no real need for liner. I did not notice much migration either during my wear. To get the lines crisp you can use a lip brush or you can use a Q-tip with makeup remover afterwards and/or apply skin color around the mout afterwards. When I want to do that I tend to use the Chromagraphic Pencil in NC 15/NW 20. But all those tricks were mostly not necessary.

In a nutshell: Indigo-Go was slightly better than Deep With Envy, but I can recommend both.

And now someone save me from purchasing more of these, argh. To my knowledge the Colour Rocker Collection is limited edition, although the MACista I was talking to said she wouldn’t be surprised if some of them stayed or came back later.

MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson

MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson

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February means a new Viva Glam from MAC. After Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande, the new Viva Glam ambassador is Taraji P. Henson and because she is so awesome the lipstick got an extra special packaging. It’s all pink. 😀

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Lipstick Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson (matte). As usual, you get the red metal with the signature on. The lipstick itself is a deep raspberry pink with shimmer.

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Swatch in the shade. The color leans more into blue. Honestly I thought I had maybe a thousand lipsticks like this, but it turns out, I have none like it. Not only the shimmer makes it unusual, but it is also a shade darker than what I personally own.

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Color comparisons! On top, the new Taraji P. Henson, which has a matte finish but with pink shimmer, making it less flat. Then the purple Ariana Grande 2, also matte, Pink Pigeon, also matte, Miley Cyrus 1 looks closest in finish, but that one is actually Amplified finish with no shimmer in it. And last I swatched Estee Lauder Stronger, because I had it lying about. 🙂

Taraji is a deeper, darker pink. That makes it universally flattering on all skin tones.

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Lip swatch.

The lipstick lasted around five hours with eating. It wears off mostly even, it didn’t pull into lip lines. It did however leave one hell of a stain. I could barely get it off again. Despite being matte I didn’t find it drying on my lips (I always apply balm underneath).

Another great Viva Glam! I recommend. 🙂

MAC 4Eva

MAC 4Eva

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Last fall there was another expansion of MAC’s permanent line. There were many great colors included and I want most of them. XD So it was only a matter of time until I picked up another one. This time it’s the purple 4Eva (matte). Unlike all the other purples I showed on this blog, this one does not flirt with pink. It’s straight up purple with a hint of white pigment. It reminds me of the packaging for Milka chocolate.

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Swatch. The finish is the typical MAC matte finish, so don’t expect this to be hydrating. Purple always gets pulled a bit darker when applied on my lips, so let’s have a lip swatch as well:

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Mwah!

Lasting power: four hours until it started to show some wear. Wears off on the inside of the lips when eating. Pulled visibly into lip lines when it started to wear off, but pressing my lips together and moving them around helped some.

I wish it lasted a bit longer, but this is just the sort of outlandish color that shows wear more than a pink. It needs a bit of reapplication from time to time (only on the inside of the lip).

Still, this is such a cool color. I paired it with orange tones and looked so easterly. XD

4Eva is part of the permanent range.

MAC Viva Glam V

MAC Viva Glam V

Happy New Year!

I hope you’re all safe and well. To kick off the new year I decided to start with a charity item: MAC Viva Glam V:

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Viva Glam V (lustre) is part of the permanent six Viva Glam Shades. I already owned the red I and the nude II and then I made a jump in the numbers. My goal is to own all of them eventually. You can always buy them as single lipsticks, and usually they are also included in the Holiday Collection somehow, though usually in a pan. I prefer the traditional lipstick bullet.

V is sort of a MLBB (my lips but better) shade, but with a twist: being lustre, it is very shimmery.

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The shimmer is mostly fine gold, but also frosty. The more you apply the more shimmer you get. The color itself is not opaque, but not sheer either. It lasts only about three hours on my lips, the shimmer clinging on a little while longer. It settles some in lip lines, but not bad. The texture is creamy, so you can still move it around by pressing the lips together. It’s not too creamy, though. The color stays on the lips and doesn’t go wandering off. In fact, compared to all my other lipsticks, the texture is almost a bit gel-like.

Viva Glam V is the perfect lipstick for when you want to try out the current trend of metallic finish, but not get too obvious about it. Plus, 100% of the proceeds go to the MAC AIDS fund.

Best of 2016

Best of 2016

It’s that time of the year again! I didn’t feel much like doing a best of beauty products last year, but this year I have enough product loves to make a list:

  1. best lipstick: 2016 was my purple pink year. I bought probably too many similar shades, but my absolute fav this year was MAC‘s Ariana Grande 2.
  2. best new perfume release: There are so many releases each year I usually only discover them later on. But of the new ones I smelled this year, Chanel N°5 L’Eau was the best. Even if I can’t smell the drydown, it so good while it lasts.
  3. best bottle: Moschino Eau Fresh. The smell is boring but the bottle is hilarious.
  4. best mascara: essence forbidden volume top coat. The plain mascara of this line is good, too, but the top coat rocks everything.
  5. best cheek product: I’m still on the fence with the blush part of the Zoeva rose golden palette, but everytime I put it in storage I missed the highlighter so much I had to get it out again.
  6. best foundation: Chanel Les Beiges (although essence camouflage is a strong contender here)

I don’t have a best nail polish because I loved pretty much everything I put on this year. Go to the tag and take your own pick. 🙂

 

Products most used that I didn’t purchase in 2016:

  1. lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure Precieuse
  2. base: Urban Decay primers. Still a life saver.
  3. perfume: Chanel N°5, probably.
  4. eyeliner: Chanel Santal. Sadly, my Chanel liners are slowly falling apart, they’re not as sturdy as I want them to be.
  5. eyeshadow: Dior quads, surprisingly. They have the most interesting color combinations in my stash.
  6. nail polish: Essie nourish me basecoat goes under everything I put on.

 

Some picture impressions:

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Moschino Fresh

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Urban Decay Sin 1

So, it seems a little Chanel heavy. Funny, but I guess I only buy Chanel items when I really love them also they are decorative and so most often out of storage* compared to other brands…

 

*storage being a desk drawer.

So, that concludes 2016 for me, next post will be in the new year. 😀

What were your favorites this year?

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils Rich Purple & Marine Ultra

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils Rich Purple & Marine Ultra

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Let’s talk about MAC‘s chromagraphic pencils. Those two here are Marine Ultra and Rich Purple. I already own a few Chromagraphic Pencils and I like them so much that ultimately I want to have all of them. These are Pro items, you can get them in MAC Pro stores or on the regular MAC website. They are not limited edition, you can get them anytime.

Those pencils are multi-use, you can do whatever you want with them (I mean, you can always do whatever you want with everything, but these aren’t designed as eyeliners or something is what I mean). Now that’s the theory but these MAC products always come with a little slip of paper in the packaging with warnings. These say that Marine Ultra is not to be used in the lip area or in the inner rim of the eye and that Rich Purple is not to be used in the inner rim of the eye. (The warning differs between general eye area and the inner rim. All the reddish colors aren’t to be used in the general eye area either). Now, AS USUAL I did not find this slip of paper until AFTER I’d used these products and I have worn Rich Purple in the inner rim and live to tell the story. Personally I ignore these warnings, but you might want to know these things before you buy them, so that’s why I put it here.

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They look like regular pencils. Top: Marine Ultra, bottom Rich Purple.

As a whole, these pencils adehere well to the skin and apply without tugging. They are not eye pencils per se, though and that means they do not smoke out well. If you want a smoky pencil look, use a regular eye pencil or even better, a khol. These are what I use when crisp color is the goal. They can also be used to lay down a base color. As mentioned above I have also used them on the waterline and the color payoff wasn’t that great. A creamy eye pencil would be better there.

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Swatch of the colors in the shade. Marine Ultra is a pretty bright blue, yet still on the darker end of blue. Rich Purple is more subdued.

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Same swatch in direct sunlight.

Now, while the most obvious way to use them would be as eyeliner, lately unusal lip colors have been all the rage so I have also used them as lip liners. They don’t match up exactly with my lipsticks, but it works out. Examples:

Colorwise, Matte Royal is actually closer to Rich Purple than Marine Ultra, but it can work with either of them (depending on the goal, one would pull it more into blue, the other makes it darker purple).

Leap of Delight from the Holiday Collection is way more red than Rich Purple, so using them together pulls the whole deal more purple.

The mid tone purple lipstick 4Eva (review upcoming) is lighter than Rich Purple, this can be used for an ombre effect.

And lastly, since these pencils don’t really smudge and are long lasting they can also be used for any kind of special makeup like Halloween etc.

My biggest problem with these is that since I have used them for both eyes and lips I don’t know if I should put them with the eye pencils or with the lip liners (I keep those seperately, because I have a lot of pencils). XD

 

Blue lips trend: MAC Dreampot, Soft Hint

Blue lips trend: MAC Dreampot, Soft Hint

Well I hope you guys like MAC, because I have yet some more MAC lipsticks to show. These are… a little unusual though. XD At the start of fall, MAC has expanded their regular lineup again, and they put in so many awesome non traditional colors! I am in love. Sadly I can’t buy everything (boo) so I picked out the two most non traditional lipsticks they had:

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These two babes are Dreampot (matte, a solid blue) and Soft Hint (frost, a sheer shimmer).

You know, there used to be a time when blue was only for the eyes and red only for the lips. But the current biggest trend is to have red on the eyes and blue on the lips (not at the same time though!). I mean the real current trend is anything goes, but even the more traditional brands have put out reddish eyeshadows this year and some put out blue lipstick as well. Most are more of a dark blue, like Matte Royal. The difference between dark purple and dark blue is minimal anyway. But these two here, they are bright! 😀

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Swatch in the shade. Dreampot is a solid matte color, no shimmer. Soft Hint is an almost clear base with lots of blue and violet sparkle in. The base isn’t completely clear. It’s a light turquoise.

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Same swatches in direct light. You can see the multi-colored sparkle in Soft Hint.

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And this is a wavey line of High-Def Cyan atop of Dreampot. So you can see how much lighter Dreampot is. And here I thought High-Def Cyan was a light, bright blue. I guess you could use those two to create an ombre lip but I haven’t yet tried that.

Dreampot is a great lipstick. It looks pretty freaky on the lips, but the lipstick itself is creamy and goes on well. I didn’t feel the need for a liner (not that I would have one in this color). And when it was on, it stayed put pretty well. I even ate dinner with it and the color got less, but not patchy or anything. I did need three layers in the beginning to completely block out my real lip color, though.

With Soft Hint I knew it gave barely any color. I bought it as a glitter topper. It works well as a topper, although I learned that it would be best applied with a finger or patted on with a brush. Then as I was experimenting anyway I realized it also makes for an amazing cheek highlighter! The shimmer is just soo pretty! And I guess it could also be patted on the eyelid. So that’s what I bought it for, but then I tried it on my lips alone as well and that also looked quite good. With three layers the base color actually comes through and the lips look tinted blue and not just sparkly. I didn’t expect that so the lipstick was even better than I thought! The color never gets opaque, though, don’t expect that.

So, these two are a bit special, but they really work when I’m going for the faerie, otherwordly look. The look works out if I keep everything ethereal and super highlighted.

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Here’s a lipswatch of Dreampot. I think it looks amazing, even though I have to admit I wear Soft Hint more often.

These lipsticks are non limited (aka they will be in the regular range as long as they sell) so there’s no real hurry to get them. They also got a load of amazing purples and some more of the shimmery ones. Sadly the only green looking lipstick swatched solid gold, so I still have no green one.

MAC Holiday Haul

MAC Holiday Haul

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This year MAC has this beautiful pink purple themed Holiday Collection, Nutcrakcer Sweet. I actually only bought three items (so far) but it still ended up a picture heavy post. 😉 Even the bag is pretty!

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And the items themselves! I bought a full size lipstick, a blush/highlighter face combo and a lipstick set.

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The full sized lipsticks come half bright pink, half dark purple. It’s actually sort of ugly, but it works if you put it next to the other items. XD

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I bought Leap of Delight (matte). All colors were pretty, but this one struck me as the most unusual, a dark purple that doesn’t lean reddish.

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The mini lipstick set comes in a beautiful box. The lipsticks themselves have a pink/black design, different from the full sized ones (and prettier if you ask me). The box itself was my bane. In theory the plastic is slanted so that you should be able to get the licksticks out by pressing one end, raising the other. In reality, this was a world of nope. I had to remove the little drawer from the box (it doesn’t usually come out completely), remove the inner plastic and then pop out the lipsticks from behind. 😐 On the upside, I could put the box back together and with the plastic layer removed it fits a lot more lipsticks than just four. It can also hold full sized ones. So the box itself is a keeper.

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There are three lipstick mini sets: pink, nude and red. I opted for red, because it was the only set that didn’t include colors I already owned. XD All lipstick sets include permanent colors only! So if you didn’t get a set anymore that had a color you really wanted, you can still get that color anytime!

The colors in the red set are: Lady Danger (matte), Mac Red (satin), Diva (matte) and Rebel (satin). So while you’ve got a variety of colors in this this set, there’s not a lot of variety in finishes. But those two are the most trusty, long lasting finishes which is what you’d want in a set of intense colors, right?

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Swatches of all lipsticks ltr: First Lady Danger, which is an intense orange red. It was the most matte of the bunch. On the lips it looks almost neon.

Next to it, Mac Red. It is a bit washed out by having Lady Danger next to it. But let me assure you, there’s a reason this is MAC Red. It’s the most beautiful red ever. It has a blue undertone, which is why it looks pinker when put next to Lady Danger. I always wanted Mac Red, ever since I first started looking for red lipsticks. But there was always something else to get first. XD

Next color is Diva, a beautiful dark red, great for autumn.

Last color in the mini set was Rebel, which is very pretty, but arguably not so much red as raspberry pink. It looks purple in the bullet, but really applies lighter than that. The color absolutely beautiful on the lips and not too dark (for those who don’t want to look too goth). It was the creamiest of the four.

Personally, I like that there is some variety in the set. If you went for a stricter definition of red you would narrow it down too much.

The last color in the swatch is the full size, Leap of Delight. It is a dark purple. It goes on quite dark. Nothing for the goth-phobes. The full sized products in the Holiday Collection are limited edition (they might of course come back at a later point).

All lipsticks were long lasting. They only wore off a little on the inside of the lip. Leap of Delight really surprised me there, because dark colors tend to show wear most obviously, but this one really clung to the lips! Even after lunch it barely wore off. The matte finishes lasted a bit better than the satin ones, but the satin were pretty good, too.

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On to the last item, the blush/highlighter compact. It’s the darker of the two available sets, the Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact. There was also one with a more silvery highlighter and a light pink blush. This one has a golden highlighter and a ruddy bronzey blush. The exact colors are Whisper of Gilt (highlighter) and Pleasure Model (blush). Both are in the extra dimension finish, which is very silky. At least the highlighter is a repromote, so you may own it already.

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Swatch. The highlighter is pretty intense and golden. Perfect for strobing, although you can apply it more subtly with a light hand The blush also contains shimmer particles, but worn alone does not appear to be super shimmery. The color is quite dark on my face (MAC NC 13) and will look more natural on darker skin tones. I do think I can wear it, although it is more of a bronzer to me. I sort of also want the lighter duo, but my wallet does not want it.  😉

That’s it, these were all the items I got. I really like the collection and the quality – at least of the items I got – is great.

MAC Lip Liner Whirl

MAC Lip Liner Whirl

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Hello! Today I want to talk about a liner I like a lot: MAC lip liner in Whirl. Depending on your skin color, Whirl is either nude or brown. In either case it’s useful for the nineties brownish lips which are still a huge trend right now.

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Swatch. The small line is the lip liner Whirl. The big one is the Urban Decay lipstick in 1993. The colors are fairly close, even if they are not completely identical. MAC also offers a matching lipstick in Whirl, which I don’t own. Often it’s the lipstick that exists first and then they make a matching liner, but in the case of Whirl and a few other well loved liners, it was the other way round.

The liner applies well and leaves you with nice and crisp lines. You can either use it only for the edges, or as I like to do it, apply it all over. You could stop there, it gives a matte look which isn’t totally opaque and looks more natural than a lipstick look. Or you can apply lipstick on top. Whirl lasts a good six hours on me (liner with lipstick on top). It wears off evenly, so you don’t even have to reapply, it will still look good even when it’s not fresh.

You don’t have to pair the liner in Whirl just with a matchy-matchy lipstick, either. You can use it to change the color of a lipstick as well. You can make a darker brown less harsh, you can make a rosy nude more brown etc.

Basically, I love this for when I’m going for 90ies supermodel brown lips.

MAC Invite Intrigue

MAC Invite Intrigue

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Shown up here is MAC lipstick in Invite Intrigue (matte). To be honest I completely lost track of MAC releases so I can’t tell you if this was a limited release or a permanent one, sorry. If it was limited, I’m sure it’ll be back sometime.

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2016 is the year I went crazy for this pink/purple color. I bought way too many similar lipsticks, but at least I also wear the hell out of them. I’m so used to it, at some point I thought to myself, today I’ll do a subtle makeup, and while thinking this I was smearing Invite Intrigue on. XD Then I was like, whoops.

So, the lipstick is matte, typical MAC matte. There is no shimmer. The color is intense and it’s either a pink leaning purple or a blue leaning magenta. Let’s see some comparisons:

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So here we have Invite Intrigue, Maybelline Magnetic Magenta, which is lighter and pinker. Last is Estee Lauder Stronger, which is slightly darker. Then, as I really wasn’t sure about this, I made a thin line with Stonger atop of Invte Intrigue. They are pretty close, but it seems this depends on the light, because I also made this swatch comparison here:

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And here I see more of a difference between Invite Intrigue and Stronger. (And yes the pink one here is Invite Intrigue and not the Maybelline one! I always snap a pic of the lipstick bullet before doing a swatch.)

Anyway, you probably don’t need both Invite Intrigue and Stronger. XD

The quality of the lipstick is great, it holds on really well to the skin. It’s drying though.

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Lip swatch.

If you wanted to use a liner with it, I think the MAC Heroine liner works, since it is pinker than the Heroine lipstick.

tl;dr: good lipstick, if not exactly unique.