Hauling, Hauling.

12 February, 2012

Yesterday (well, two days ago, since it’s now Sunday on the West Coast), I got my stuff from the new MAC collections-and I have to say, I’m in love with all of it.

Let me first give my impressions on the stuff: from the Vera side of things, the Pearlglides are amazing and full of win. The Plushglasses are all very sheer. The Aloha stack is really pretty, as is Strawberry Patch, but the latter is so similar to the pinks in the Stacked 1 set from two years ago. That being said, I may have to get it IF it gets to the CCO…the Pearlmattes are bleh. Not a fan. For an all-over powder, I either go with Lightscapade or Refined-Refined gives me a really nice, tanned look. I seriously need another. Oh, I can’t forget the polishes-the peachy polish is really pretty and I highly recommend it.

Now for what I did buy: Butterfly Party, the blue/purple stack. It’s so full of win, it isn’t funny. The silvery-green is very much like the one in Surf The Ocean from last year (at least that’s what I think it was), but the other three? Very nice. The blurple is just gorgeous, with the multidimensional pearl. I wish it was sold as a pigment, because I would literally buy stock in it. Speaking of which, MAC needs a good blurple, and I’m not heading anywhere near an Inglot stockist anytime soon for comparing. Read the rest of this entry »

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So yesterday three new displayers made their way over to MAC: one skincare, two LE colour ones.

First up is the Iris Apfel displayer, which was a nice, bright one inspired by the famous NYC figure. Sadly, when I got to the store after I got off work, the collection was pretty much sold out! They still had Flamingo lipstick, which was nice but way too milky-and not to mention a Lustre. Morange is permanent, and I prefer Neon Orange anyways, as dry as it can be sometimes. The other three were ones that would have been nice to have, but I have Fusion Pink and Full Fuschia anyways, and as for Scarlet Ibis I have enough reds that I like better. They had the Beauty Powder and all the shadows and polishes-but even on the website, Too Chic is sold out. I must say that this is one of the bigger successes in recent times. Not to mention it’s a timely launch, because we have gift cards. I do have to say though…on that note, I’m shocked as hell that the Blush Ombres are not sold out on the site yet! I’d have thought they would be, but I guess not. Oh well, I’m happy that I got mine. Read the rest of this entry »

This is a sort of brief review, as I am basing this on one testing-but with the Michael Kors, I need just one to tell typically what the important things are. Today was the trying day-and I have to say that I need it! Of course, any Island fragrance is automatically a must-have for me. But this one? It comes with a different intensity that none of the prior ones have had. Surprisingly it was not ULTA that had it, but rather Sephora inside a JcPenney.

Anyways, it’s $65, and the bottle this time has an indigo tint at the bottom.

The perfume itself, on first spray, smelled like an earthier, woodier version of Palm Beach. At least I thought so. I got a definite orange note, and then some creamy woods with a little jasmine mixed in. One spritz seemed on the lighter side to me, so I spritzed a second time. That’s the thing with some of the Michael Kors fragrances: you need to spritz twice just because it seems so light (especially with my body chemistry). It’s definitely something that may seem similar to stuff I already have, but this is not by any means fruity. It’s got the orange tang to it, which my nose certainly loves:)

The drydown though is quite amazing. I had my dad smell it and he said “Wow, that’s intense”. It’s a really nice sandalwood with a little musk in it, but you still get a tiny hint of the orange and rose in there as well. It’s definitely the sort of thing that makes this a unique fragrance, and one that will go for all seasons: it’s not too heavy for the summer, but the creaminess of it just screams “Bundle me up in a robe!”. A good 3 hours after the initial spray I am still getting the drydown on my wrist, so it’s definitely a good one to go with.

It isn’t a very complicated fragrance at all-and that’s one of the things I love about it: simplicity in that you’ll have a little floral in with the orangewood, and then it’ll be a musky sandalwood on the drydown. It’s one that I know I will be wearing a lot, and if I had one gripe, it would be to have a little more tropical floral notes in it. Otherwise, I think this is a good one to own! I do have to say, give it a try first, because I don’t think it will be everybody’s cup of tea.

 

A few weeks ago, when I was down at the MAC Pro store, I knew that I needed to ask about the Lash Mixing Medium. It’s a true Pro product-most people would have no use or inclination to use something like this. Not only is there a steep learning curve to it, but it’s a lot of extra work-both prep and clean-up. For people like myself, though-people who like colour in their lives-this is a product that I deem as being a total must-have for the simple fact that I can create whatever lash colour I want to.

For $14.50, you get a little squeeze tube of the Mixing Medium. However, in order to do this right, you need to get the 205-a little synthetic fan brush-as the design is especially tailored for the lashes. That’ll run you another $18 or so, but it’s definitely worth it.

From there, it’s quite simple. Get a little dish or plexi square, squeeze a little on. Then get a bit of pigment onto the dish, and mix the two together. Start small and then add more-you don’t want to make too much and then have waste, because that’s the part where it gets tricky as this is not something that keeps very easily. It’s truly a product for the artists who need to custom-blend everything-in short, myself:) From there, with the 205, you apply it to the lashes-and it’s actually quite easy. You brush from the base to the tip upwards (on the bottom of your top lashes), and downwards (on the top of them). It takes a lot of perfecting, unfortunately, because there is a tendency for it to clump a little. I did say, though, that the learning curve is a bit steep, so keep that in mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Good news: I have swatches for this! Quality isn’t the greatest, but my camera is working again so I got it all set:)

Tonight was the Glitter & Ice event, and the official kick-off (well early) for MAC’s Holiday collections! There is a LOT to digest in this-and the collection will set the tone for the rest of the holiday. Last year, it was the tartans. This year, it’s glitter and ice as the name implies-sparkly and silver. Quite fun, and could be more than just a holiday collection.

It’s a sizeable collection in and of itself-but since it’s white with silver accent packaging, no B2M on it.

First up we have the eye stuff-and let’s start with the Paint Pots! I am not someone whom has used these, in fact there was one time I nearly bought one and didn’t-and I don’t regret it. Put it this way: they’re the only thing that smudged as I was in the process of swatching (by bumping into the fringe curtain). Yes, I actually did all my swatching and so forth early. The perks of working in the mall! Nonetheless, there are some good colours in there.

The Mineralize eyeshadows are-dare I say it-quite nice! In fact, the one item I bought (so far) is Shimmermint, a pale green one. I did not try them wet in store, but once home I gave Shimmermint a try wet and honestly, it’s the way to go (as always). The ONE MES that I have never had to do wet, actually, is Fresh Green Mix. Over UDPP, the blueish undertones really come out to play. I then swatched it alongside the green from the Surf the Ocean Crush Metal stack and there is DEFINITE difference in the swatches. The green from the stack is way more seafoam green, while Shimmermint, next to the green, pulls VERY blue. It’s a great colour and one that I feel I will be getting a lot of use of. For an Ice Queen look? PERFECTION. I might consider Frozen Blue as well.

The Technakohls are not something that I particularly like. I rarely use pencil liners anymore (the exception being UD Flipside, aka Best Eyeshadow Ever), and my experience with these was that they just drag. They’re so stiff and not creamy that it’s impossible to get anything good. Granted, the ones I had were Full of Fuschia and Colour Matters. I don’t touch them well, ever, anymore. That being said-this is a decent selection of colours, with the one that actually seems worthy of the money being Practice Makes Perfect, a beautiful teal. Read the rest of this entry »

MAC Fall Colour Review

30 September, 2011

It finally came today: the MAC Fall Colour collection! And honestly, it’s a very interesting collection that combines some very interesting products together for three interesting displayers.

But as is very common, a LOT of these are repromotes or PRO products. Of all the products, here are the items that are NOT repromoted or permanent:
Ash Violet Fluidline
Plum Bright lipstick
Emerald Dusk pigment
Blue Storm pigment
Starless Night pigment
Coco Clay nail polish
Oyster Shell nail polish
Pink Fade Lipglass
Orange Tempera Lipglass
Good Times Lipglass
Three Ring Yellow shadow
Royale shadow
Blue Candy shadow

In addition, both of the quads have one repromote each-Cross Cultural in the Parlour Smoke quad, and Chamomile in the Angel Flame quad.

However, half the collection features PRO products-which is great because up until I started going on vacations to California, I had no access. Sure, you can do phone orders, but I’ve heard stories of people being denied them if they weren’t PRO members. I’m particularly excited for the Chromagraphic pencils. Now, these aren’t technically eye-safe, per se. However, the glitters aren’t either, and I still use them, albeit not on my waterline. I know some people swear by these for the waterline, though, but I use gel almost exclusively for that purpose. I picked up Process Magenta, because I honestly like doing those looks with the brights. Hi-Def Cyan is on my list though for when I am in California.

When it came to the lipsticks, I was there to check out two specifically: Plum Bright and Fusion Pink. I’ve said time and time again that Fusion Pink is way too similar to Full Fuschia. NOT ANYMORE. This will potentially be a future blog post, but there’s actually quite a bit of difference that I noted when I swatched all three together. Long story short-Show Orchid is a pink with blue undertones, Full Fuschia is a warmer pink, and Fusion Pink is almost a watermelon colour-way more red. As for Plum Bright, it’s actually a Lustre finish, but a good one at that! It doesn’t look like much in the tube, especially next to Violetta, what with the glowiness that it has. However after swatching it on my hand, it was quite nice. My only concern is that I have Cunning from last year and hardly ever wear it. It’s not close, just somewhat similar-but if I don’t wear that sort of shade in the first place, why do I need two?

The eyeshadows are interesting, and by shadows I mean the single shadows. I didn’t swatch any of them (I was in a hurry) but Blue Candy looks fun, albeit dupeable. It’s almost like a brighter version of Electric Eel. Royale looked fun, but if you have Atlantic Blue you can skip it. Three Ring Yellow is the third newbie, and it’s obvious I got it because I love yellows. This, however, is unique to my collection, because it’s more sour lemon than anything. I know there is a Sour Lemon, or there was, in the PRO line, but this is a Veluxe Pearl. Point already. Swatched, it has a very golden look. I can’t wait to use it in a look, because I have a feeling it will be a fun one. Shock-o-Holic (or whatever it’s called) is a repromote from Dare to Wear last year, and Passionate always is in these eyeshadow collections that feature brights. Lame!

The two quads, though, looked horrendous. It’s almost been a case of the quads are just bound to suck these days-Angel Flame was the only halfway decent shade, and I have the Rose Romance quad where Seeds of Love is very, very similar to Angel Flame. And that quad, regardless of how rarely I use it,

As far as the pigments go, the three new ones looked pretty but would I ever use them? No. Too dark for me. If I wanted shades that dark, I’d go for shadow-and I honestly don’t. However if you like smokey eye looks these would be pretty shades for those. All the rest are available everywhere, so no need to rush buy them.

The lipglasses are all on the more pale side, as they’ve tended to be lately-so I saw no need to buy any. I don’t do gloss very often anyways, although with the upcoming repromote of Pleasure Principle I’m potentially buying two tubes of that.

Nail polishes got rave reviews from the MAC folks, but they’re pale neutral cremes-the sort of shades I don’t even give a single thought to.

When it comes to the face stuff, it’s really good choices. Porcelain Pink is something everyone should have already, based on how often it gets repromoted, so if you don’t have it get it now. I use it as an all-over because it works well for my skin tone, and it’s just pretty. Solar Riche is amazing as a bronzer for those of us who are on the paler side (NW 20 here) but I don’t need any anytime soon, as I have two things of it already and the first one doesn’t even have a dent made in it, even after two years of use. Lightscapade is clearly the star of the show, though, and it may seem to be tricky because of the blues and greens that are veined throughout-but that’s the appeal of it. It swirls together to make a nice balanced glowy shimmer well worthy of the insane amounts people would pay for it on the Fleabay.

On the eyeliner front, three of the four are repromotes. I had Blacktrack, and honestly, I like Stila’s Black Smudge Pot better. The Jumbo Penultimate Liner is meh, and Feline Kohl Power is something I should have since I have been into MAC for years and it’s been repromoted at least four times, but if I need a black pencil liner I have a ton of UD Zero. Ash Violet-the fourth liner-looked decent-ish, but as far as gel liners go I am firmly on the Inglot train.

All in all, though, the collection is a fun one, but unless you’re new to MAC, don’t have access to a PRO store (or for some of these, a CCO), or any of that, the only things that I see being rush-worthy are Lightscapade and Ash Violet.

So today, MAC’s annual Mineralize collection came out-and if it was possible to be more overwhelming than last year’s, it succeeded. Seriously. But not in a good way. It’s a three displayer collection (face/lips, eyes, skincare) but to me, it was a case of the quality was not there like how I hoped.

The Skinfinishes were all nice-but with the amount of stuff that I have, it’s a case of pick and choose. Crystal Pink was nice, but I have Porcelain Pink and Glissade which serve the same purpose. The one I ended up getting-Rose Quartz-is a pinkier version of Stereo Rose, and while not an exact dupe I find I like this for the cheeks. A lot. Goldstone was nice, but from what I heard it was more shimmer than bronzer…and with So Ceylon and Northern Lights, I don’t need it. Pearl, finally, would be nice but if I want an ultra-shimmer, that’s what Shimpagne is for. The thing I like about these is the solid and then a veined section in the center-I’ll be using my solid part of Rose Quartz a lot.

The blushes were actually quite decent, and if I had unlimited funds I would seriously get all three because they were nicely pigmented. Feeling Flush, naturally, was my favourite. It’s a nice bright pink, but not a deep pink like Full Fuschia, Her Blooming Cheek, or any of those. It’s a bit more wearable, which reminds me that I should break out my Hello Kitty blushes. I haven’t used those in ages, and I’m kind of in a blusher rut at this time:) Warmth of Coral was quite pretty, but I have a lot like it already. Maybe if it hits the CCO, I will get it. Pressed Amber, finally, would be a good one to have for a more minimalistic look, for a contour, or maybe if I want to lay off the Key Largo for once.

The eyeshadows-the less said, the better when used dry, but wet? Probably another story. Faux Gold, Dark Indulgence, and Hint of Sapphire are all great, as is Blue Sheen. Smoked Ruby was pretty, but the red did not translate dry. Maybe wet would work better? Quartz Fusion and I believe Clarity (I did not write down my shades) were fallout city-but then again, so was She Who Dares, and used wet that is a beauty. I am sad that I didn’t really have time to play with them, but there’s always another time. At the same time, though, I have similar colours to a lot of this, and unless you are going for very specific nuances in colours I feel that a lot of these can be duplicated easily. I mean, I have She Who Dares, three UD Books of Shadows, and a few pro shadow shades-and I don’t wear a ton of neutrals. That made it easy for me to pass:) Read the rest of this entry »