MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder Mother O’Pearl

MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder Mother O’Pearl

So, MAC‘s summer collection is out and despite many complaints that it just isn’t as pretty as last year’s it’s still been selling like hot cakes.

This is the Pearlmatte Face Powder in Mother O’Pearl and that Mickey Mouse face gave me half a heart attack until I realized that was the shirt I wore during photographing. So, the powder comes without creepy faces, I promise. This is the only piece I intended to buy (so far) and as of today it’s still available in some places and already sold out in others.

Swatches, first each color alone and then swirled together. Overall it’s on the sheer end which is normal for a Pearlmatte Powder. The purple is quite, well, purple (I wasn’t sure if the two purples were different so I swatched both), the pink is swatched in between the purple and the bronze, even if you can’t see it and the yellow stripe is swatched underneath the last purple (before the mix swatch). So pink and yellow don’t really give off color, only sheen.

The mix gives a nice blush color. You can get it more pink or more bronze depending on where you swirl your brush. The color is somewhat buildable but never opaque. All colors have a satiny sheen but it’s the least noticeable on the purple. It’s basically blush, bronzer and highlighter in one which is quite useful for summer.

Comparison to last year’s Oh my Passion:

The colors were quite similar so I expected them to be dupes. The yellow and the bronze part are identical, they look only different due to the different embossing. Then Oh my Passion has a light purple and strong yellow toned pink, while Mother O’Pearl has the very light pink and the deep purple.

Swatches, first Mother O’Pearl, then Oh my Passion. Turns out the strong purple makes quite a difference. Mother is more like a blush, while Passion ends up much lighter and bronzier. So if you wished for a version that was darker and pinker than last year’s there you have it.

This years powder comes in a slimmer case, yet at the same time it is heavier. It’s the same amount of product though (8g/0.28oz).

So, I like this powder. The rest of the collection didn’t really wow me although it wasn’t like, bad or anything. I might have gone for the pink lipstick but it was sold out quickly. I also tried the new liquid lipstick line, I think they’re called Oh, Sweetie? They are very scented. Very. They actually feel quite good on the lips and look pretty. Lasting power of a regular lip gloss though and the shimmer migrates into lip lines. Pass.

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MAC Prep&Prime Fix+ Pinklite

MAC Prep&Prime Fix+ Pinklite

Recently MAC released some more Prep&Prime stuff, including a body lotion in Pinklite, some mattifying stuff and Fix+ in Pinklite and Goldlite. I like having some Fix+ as a backup and chose the color Pinklite.

The liquid is colorless but has pink shimmer flowing through it. If you leave it standing it will sink down but you can shake it up again. There’s a ball in the bottle to help with that. This is why my Fix+ up there looks white – I had been shaking it. To show you the beautiful shimmer in the bottle I made a detail photograph:

See the pretty swirls? All of the white and pink here is the shimmer. So clearly this is a shake well before use kind of product. But will you look like a disco ball spraying it on your face?

Fix+ in Pinklite sprayed on my arm. It’s very subtle. I mean there is pinkish shimmer, but you can totally spray this all over and nobody will notice it’s makeup. They’ll just think you are naturally ethereal. 😉

Now the name Fix+ tends to confuse people. This is NOT the sort of setting spray that makes your makeup last longer. MAC’s description says: skin refresher/finishing mist. Not setting spray! How to tell apart refreshing spray and setting spray: when you spray them on your hand the refreshing spray will feel watery while the setting spray will be sticky (that’s what helps the maekup stay on). If the spray is mostly alcohol (often in mattifying sprays) it will evaporate quickly and feel dry afterwards. Fix+ is basically water with skin care ingredients such a cucumber extract.

So how I usually use Fix+ is that when I am done washing my face I spray this over my face for a nice refresh. This moisturizes my face very well, especially when I then put primer on top. The difference for me, especially in winter is that I get less dry skin patches which helps a lot with makeup application. That’s the skin refresher part. The finishing mist, like a finishing powder, is something you can put up after you’re done with makeup, for a luminous finish. Some like to do that with Fix+ when they look too powdery. The water helps the powder to melt into the skin. Personally I prefer to use less powder. So mostly I didn’t put Fix+ on top.

Now Pinklite and Goldlite also contain shimmer particles, so spraying them on before makeup is like putting on a shimmery primer. And when you put it on top of makeup you get that very subtle luminosity. In my opinion those two shimmery ones are the only Fix+ that are also useful to use right after makeup application. When it’s hot you can also spray it on through the day for a quick refresh which is something I do with any Fix+, but not a setting spray (too sticky).

I specifically chose Pinklite because it contrasts with my yellow undertone, to make it more visible. I have also noticed that the whole thing shows up better on darker skin, so depending on your skin tone the results may vary.

I think it’s a cute gimmick, but after I use it up I’ll probably be back to the normal Fix+. Those new Prep&Prime products should be a permanent addition, but I’m not 100% sure.

MAC Grand Illusion Lipcolor

MAC Grand Illusion Lipcolor

A while ago MAC had this display with new glossy lipcolors, the Grand Ilusion Lipcolors. To be honest I don’t know if they were LE or not, but even now that the display is gone you can still get them, so hopefully I’m not too late here.

Originally I got Broken Halo (silver with multichrome shimmer), and the red looking one here is Let’s Rock, which actually belongs to my sis. Let’s Rock is a lighter red (was hard to photograph) with green shimmer.

Then I got this one later on:

Ah, look at it! Rave Bunny, a light pink with blue shimmer.

Swatches of Let’s Rock and Broken Halo.

Swatch of Rave Bunny.

So in my books, these are glosses, even if MAC sorts them among the lipsticks on their site. Yes, the color is almost opaque, but the finish is still super glossy and does not dry down, which makes them glosses. They feel different from MAC’s other glosses, less sticky, more slick. They last fairly well for a gloss, too. I get like three hours of wear time which I think is great for a gloss.

They are supposed to have a cooling effect, which. You know the body can’t actually tell hot from cold, that’s just in your brain? This stuff gives off intense tingling, like from a strong mint. My lips interpret this as ‘chili’, so much that I got hungry for spicy food and ate some and I can confirm chili sauce on your lips feels not identical but very similar. So, tbh the cooling effect is basically a pain response, which can’t be too healthy for your skin. Luckily this tingling stops after about ten to fifteen minutes. I could have done without that effect.

But that’s the worst thing I can say about these, otherwise I loved them which is why I went back to get the pink one. After the tingling is done these are pretty moisturizing, combined with usable lasting power and beautiful shimmer. Broken Halo does pale down the lips considerably and gives off the finest pink shimmer. I have also worn it over matte lipsticks, which looks so good but is hard to touch up. Worn alone it’s pretty editorial and I like it that way.

Despite the green shimmer, Let’s Rock is the more wearable color between the two. Some may not even notice the shimmer is green, interpeting it as yellow gold. Let’s Rock is sparklier than the other two, which have the very finest shimmer.

And lastly, my absolute fave, Rave Bunny. It’s just so bubblegum pink and the blue shimmer is really intense (stronger in artificial light).

I can’t believe MAC actually made me like lip glosses!!! Those fiends! Luckily the majority of the other colors didn’t look good on me. The more normal colors were too dark on me, but will look stunning on deeper skin tones. Some of the lighter colors were not to my taste and some colors were too outlandish even for me. Yes I am willing to wear matte green lipstick, but green gloss is were I draw the line, apparently.

I greatly recommend Rave Bunny for pink with a twist and Let’s Rock for transparent red with a twist. Broken Halo is more for the androids and alien queens.

Now if MAC could do these without the ‘cooling’ they’d be perfect.

 

MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Plum Foolery

MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Plum Foolery

Before I jump into today’s post I’d like to tell you that MAC will re-release fan favorite Whisper of Gilt and this time around it’s here to stay. You can see my swatch and review of Whisper of Gilt here.

Shown in this pic is the Sheertone Shimmer Blush in the color Plum Foolery by MAC. This is a permanent item. MAC’s regular blushes don’t get as much attention, as there is always something limited going on. MAC has four different blush formulas going on: the regular powder blush, the sheertone shimmer, mineralize and extra dimension, so it’s easy to lose track.

This one here is my first sheertone shimmer.

Swatch. There is some shimmer, but compared to the extra dimension blushes it’s sparse. There is more shimmer than in the regular powder blushes. The color applies true to pan, but as the name says sheer (which is good in my books because blending blush that is too pigmented is annoying). The color is plummy, with some pink and some brown undertones. The shimmer is multicolored but appears mostly gold. My pictures here pull a bit yellow. Depending on the light the color has more brown or more pink/berry.

I think it’s a great blush, as it is easy to blend, but also gives a good amount of color in one go. It lasts all day on me.

Plum Foolery goes well with any dark lip. Applied lightly I also wear it with nude lips. For me it’s one of the darker blush colors I can still pull off (my skin tone is NC15). For deeper skins this could be a lovely everyday blush.

I have noticed this with most MAC blushes, that they oxidize a bit after application. The first time I apply them, I barely see anything on my skin and so I apply more and more, which is a mistake. Because somehow MAC blushes need a minute to show up? So now I know to only apply one go, then do something else and only later check if I need more blush (and usually I don’t). I don’t know why this happens, my blushes from other brands don’t do this. The upside is that they tend to look quite natural, as they pretty much melt into my skin. But this is something to watch out for.

Overall Plum Foolery is a great blush, although depending on your style maybe more suited to autumn/winter.

Woman Day Haul Spring 2018

Woman Day Haul Spring 2018

It is April, which here in Austria means Woman Day craziness. Woman Day is a twice yearly shopping extravaganza, where most stores will give you discount. It even extends to stuff like phone contracts by now. (Some stores also call it Gentleman Day or both.) I only did a little shopping:

So the majority of that is samples. I got two samples of Kenzo World (I call it Augenkenzo – the Eye Kenzo) and one of Kenzo Flower Eau de Lumiere. Then a few Lancome samples: two Genifique, one Visionnaire and one Energie de Vie.

The purchased items: The brush is a MAC 239S. MAC has replaced all of their natural bristles with synthetic, which is what the S at the end means. So you can easily tell apart old and new brushes by wether there’s an ‘S’ or not.

At the bottom of the pic there is a Catrice eyeshadow palette from the Lala Berlin Collection. It’s called Prismatic Palette C01 Prismatic Persian.

At the top I’ve got one of the new MAC Mineralize Items: Mineralize Skinfinish in Warm Aura.

The rest is Maybelline: Colorsensational matte metallic in 50 Gunmetal and Colorsensational metallic foil in 85 Zen and 105 Scorpion. Those two are my favorite Maybelline finishes, especially the metallic liquid lipsticks are out of this world. Now I own most of the colors, except for one I think, that was imo too close to another color.

Here are the color items: The Lala Berlin palette claims to be an eyeshadow palette but the pans are big enough for a highlighter brush. The colors are light bases with iredescent shimmer – the didn’t use the word ‘holo’ but tbh ‘prism’ means basically the same thing, doesn’t it?

MAC Warm Aura is a pink highlighter with four quadrants, from light to dark.

Metallic Foil Zen is a light bronze, Scorpion is red. The metallic matte Gunmetal may look black in the tube, but it’s really grey. I can’t wait to wear all these.

I just realized I forogt to put it in the picture but I also stocked up on my favorite foundation, the essence camouflage.

That was my haul and considering every store threw their ads at me I think I was being pretty good.

Reviews of the items will come later when I had time to test them. If there’s one you want sooner rather than later, please tell me, as my backlog is quite big.

MAC Patrick Starr lipsticks + lipliners

MAC Patrick Starr lipsticks + lipliners

So here’s the two lipsticks and liners I also picked up from the previous Patrick Starr collection by MAC: She Betta Werrrk (matte) and Patrick Woo (matte), Brick and Edge to Edge. I liked that the cost was the same as for regular lipsticks and liners. Often you pay extra for special design. In that case I would have skipped them. The lip liners are available in the permanent range with the normal design. The lipsticks were LE.

Swatches: first the lip liner in Brick, the Patrick Woo, She Betta Werrrk and Edge to Edge. Both lipsticks are matte and I feel like the newer MAC mattes are a tad more creamy than old ones, so these don’t feel like your lips are dying while you wear the lipstick. The liners are darker than the lipsticks. You can see it in Patrick’s videos that he likes to do a visible gradient. This is especially useful for deeper skintones to ease into lighter colors. Neither lipstick really needs a liner, but I wore a liner with Patrick Woo most of the time, since you want to be more exact with red. I wore She Betta Werrrk with liner to test it out, but after that I used it without. She Betta Werrrk has quickly turned into an all time fav of mine. It’s just such a perfect nude, not too light or too orange, and it goes with everything. The only way I could love She Betta Werrrk even more if it was satin or amplified.

Comparison swatches:

MAC Red has a lot more blue undertone, and the finish is of course Satin. Ruby Woo is very similar to Patrick Woo (obviously) but it is retro matte and a bit deeper. I think you can see the difference in the pic. Ruby Woo is also sliiiightly more blue in undertone. The lip liner Ruby Woo has less pink undertone than the lipstick and is therefore the best match for Patrick Woo. Brick is darker and pinker. So if you want the closest color and Patrick Woo is already sold out, go for the Ruby Woo pencil.

Edge to Edge has clearly more blue undertones than She Betta Werrrk. Rosy Rim on the other hand, which was already my favoritest lip liner ever, turns out to be an almost exact match. So again, the lip liner might be the best dupe. Pink Plaid on the other hand, matches quite well to Edge to Edge. I don’t have the lipstick Please Me, but it might be a dupe for She Betta Werrrk.

I have not purchased the brown liner and lipstick as I think that would not go so well with my skin. It looks extremely lovely on Patrick’s mum, though.

Overall I really loved this collection and I think Patrick picked colors that would work for most people. I’m looking forward to his next collab with MAC, even though I don’t know yet if I’ll buy them.

MAC PatrickStarr eyeshadow quads

MAC PatrickStarr eyeshadow quads

So the promo for Patrick’s second collab with MAC came out recently – and I haven’t even posted my reviews of the frst one ugh. Sorry.

Here’s my haul. This was a holiday collection in the US, but over here it came out in february. For this post I’ll concentrate on the eyeshadow quads. Hopefully I will have the lip products up next week.

So in the pic above, the upper quad is Glam AF and the one in the lower corner is Goalgetter. While both are neutral colors, the Glam AF has colors from light to dark and one warm toned and three more neutral colors, while Goalgetter is all warm tones and more in the mid range of colors. With Youtubers who reviewed this collection and Patrick himself you caould see that they always reached for both palettes in one look. I did that too, since I had both. I did do looks with only one quad each too, to see if it workes and it was possible, but the range of Goalgetter on it’s own is limited.

Alright here’s the swatches:

Now the majority of those colors are regular MAC colors. Some peeps didn’t like that, but for me it was the reason I got the quads because I’ve been wanting some of those colors forever and now I have them in a very pretty packaging. Obviously, you could just easily recreate the quads with MAC’s refill pans. In this case you’d get Embark (matte), Saddle (matte), Brule (satin), I’m into it (matte), Swiss Chocolate (matte), Amber Lights (frost) and Soft Brown (matte). Omigaud is the only color not available as single. For Omigaud (frost) subsitute All that Glitters (veluxe pearl). Done.

Qualitywise I liked the eyeshadows very much. They were pigmented and I had no problems applying or blending. The mattes were a bit dustier than the others but not unreasonably so. I remember Temptalia gave Omigaud a bad rating, but mine was great. As always I used primer for everything because nothing, absolutely nothing works on me without primer. The shimmery colors I patted on with flat eyeshadow brushes, the others I used mostly with 217 or similar brushes.

The Goalgetter quad looks very warm on me, but it may look less so on people with a deeper complexion, as my skin just brings out the orange in everything. Luckily I think orange is real good eye look.

I like both quads and wore them a lot since february. I guess the collection is not available anymore (sorry) but you may find some left overs, otherwise, like I said you can just recreate them with refills. Infact, unless you really want the design, you should do it with refills.

MAC Lipliners Auburn, Nightingale

MAC Lipliners Auburn, Nightingale

I’m a bit of a lip liner fiend. I just like knowing that I have the right liner for my lipstick should I want one. My favorites are the regular MAC pencils.

So two of my newer liners are Nightingale and Auburn. Nightingale is a lovely berry shade and Auburn is a red with brown undertones.

Swatches of Auburn and Nightingale. Auburn is a great liner for Chili and similar shades. Nightingale goes well with shades like Rebel or Maybelline Berry Bossy.

The liners have the usual MAC liner quality. That’s really all there is to say. Believe it or not, I still have nowhere near the whole range. Although at this point I might just as well pull the trigger on the rest… We’ll see. 😉

 

MAC Viva Glam Sia

MAC Viva Glam Sia

Bet you thought today was gonna be a fragrance review. 😉 But I need some more testing time and I have a brand new red lipstick so here we go:

The newest Viva Glam ambassador is pop star Sia. This is MAC‘s Viva Glam Sia (matte).

The lipstick design is very pretty with the huge Sia written on the side. What I don’t like about the design is that the packaging is completely smooth. I dropped this lipstick several times when trying to open it in the early morning. *sob* The usual satin surface is much better imho.

Swatch. Now look at this gorgeous red. The lipstick is matte, but for MAC more on the creamy side, comparable to Urban Decay Comfort Matte finish. I don’t think it was drying on my lips, but it is january and the temperatures are sub zero, so my lips are dry anyways.

The color is straight up red with no undertones pulling yellow or pink. In certain lights it may look more pink or more yellow but it’s a true red. If you look really closely you can see there is very small red shimmer in it. This is not a shimmery lipstick but I think the shimmer helps the color along to look most vivd. Nail polishes sometimes pull the same trick.

Honestly I know red lipsticks are legion but this one looks so good. Ugh. Have some comparisons:

Viva Glam I is obviously much darker, Ruby Woo is lighter and pinker (and drier), Mrs Mia Wallace is darker and glossier. The closest match is the L’Oreal lipstick Liya’s Red, but that’s also slightly pinker. So far, Liya was my reference for a true red, but now my references will be Sia and Mrs Mia Wallace. But the best drugstore dupe I could find was Liya, which I’m not sure I think it’s still being sold? They always say it’s limited but for the last couple of years it was always in stores.

But back to Sia: I love the color. The lasting power could be a bit better though. From a matte lipstick from MAC I expect four hours of this color on my lips, but it barely lasted three. 😦 It did not leave a stain either, and it wore off on the inside of the lips completely and stayed on the outer parts, so reapplication was very necessary.

I then decided to help it out by applying lip liner. My closest lip liner was Ruby Woo. The liner is less pink than the lipstick so it worked well. Putting the lip liner all over and then the lipstick on top made it last four to five hours and I needed only little touch ups later. Maybe it’ll get less creamy with time and last better. I guess I’m simply spoiled by liquid lipsticks nowadays.

So yes, depending on if you want a true red or not, this one is certainly worth checking it out. It should be available for at least the next six months.

MAC Chili

MAC Chili

This is MAC Chili (matte), from the regular range, no LE. It’s red with hints of a muted orange.

Swatch. Yes, so pretty. There is no shimmer and the color is opaque in one swipe. The finish is matte, but for MAC that’s a very creamy matte, very comfortable to wear. I prefer using it with lip liner as that makes it last better. The lip liner I use with it is MAC lip pencil in Auburn. It’s not an exact color match, but they go very well together.

I have no color comparisons because I have no color that comes even close to Chili. To be honest when I started out with this blog there were lots of bloggers praising Chili and I always thought it looked sorta ugly. It wasn’t a proper red, it was intense yet muted. It took me years to appreciate Chili, but it really looks so good when worn. So now I am a Chili convert. I can recommend it if you’re looking for something special in the normal lineup. LE’s are sometimes so distracting that you don’t see the gems that are already there.

MAC Liptensity: Doe, Smoked Almond, Mulling Spices

MAC Liptensity: Doe, Smoked Almond, Mulling Spices

MAC has been handing out cards with three lipstick samples to promote their newer lipstick range, called Liptensity. They don’t come in their traditional lipstick cases, but in the thin, rounded ones. I think they’ve had a matte range in the same or very similar design as well. To be honest I mostly pay attention to their regular lipsticks, as there are more than enough colors for that already.

This is the card holding the samples. The sample colors are Doe, Smoked Almond and Mulling Spices. I’d call both Doe and Smoked Almond nude shades. Mulling Spices is red.

Swatches. First Doe, then Smoked Almond, last is Mulling Spices. The finish is creamy, satiny. They never dry down completely and feel a bit waxy on. The smell is the same as the normal MAC lipsticks. The swatches here are made with fingers. On my lips I applied them both with fingers and with lip brushes. The coverage was always a bit shy of opaque, but I don’t know if it would have differed if I had applied it from the bullet.

All three colors are beautiful, but my favorite is Smoked Almond. It’s just such an allrounder as a color, goes with everything and should work for a good range of skin tones. Doe is a lighter nude, and pulls orange on me, which Smoked Almond doesn’t, it’s more rosy. Doe is close to Maybelline Clay Crush, except that one is matte and is sliiighlty more pink, but those two are very close.

I have no dupes for Smoked Almond at all, everything is more brown or more pink. Looks like I have a bit of a hole in my collection there. I might have to rectify that.

Mulling Spices on the other hand is a pink toned red. I thought it was going to be a dupe of Ruby Woo, but as it turns out, it is identical to MAC Red. Both have a creamy, satiny finish as well, so there’s really no point in owning both.

On the lips they feel comfortable if you can take the waxy feel. They never dry down comepletely, even if they do get a bit more matte looking after one or two hours. The wear time isn’t really that good, you get two or three hours. Eating vanishes them. The red one leaves a stain so it is more long lasting than the nude ones, but the color bleeds out on the fine lines. With such a visible color I didn’t like that at all. You would need to wear a lip liner with it to prevent that; the closest red liner I have is Ruby Woo. But MAC Red doesn’t do that bleeding thing, so honestly, just go get that one instead.

I didn’t notice any bleeding out of my lips with the nudes, but they did pool in my fine lines.

So overall, I’m no fan of the formula and I don’t really see the point in it, sorry. If I want something that looks like the liptensity colors, I’ll simply go for the normal MAC lipsticks with Satin or Cremesheen finish. The colors themselves are beautiful, but I own dupes already except for Smoked Almond. I think I may go and look for a dupe for that one, because I don’t want to buy the Lipstensity one.

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.

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?