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I know it happens from time to time… I go MIA and return in full force with all the latest MAC collections… Well it’s true I’ve been MIA… Unfortunately I have had all of the newest MAC collections, photographed them and everything and planned on posting them but it all sort of fell through.

Recently my life has become extremely busy between working nearly full time and taking care of my terminally ill dog… My dog is my baby, she comes first and her cancer treatment comes first, so rather than spending my days off blogging, many have been spent at vets and specialists. I’m not looking for sympathy or a coming up with a cop-out, I’m just being honest. On the plus side, my big slobber monster (she’s a bullmastiff), Ava, is quite a trooper! She’s handling chemotherapy for her Mast Cell tumors pretty well and we’re expecting to have a bit of quality time left with her before she can’t handle any more or the cancer takes over and spreads further than her spleen. My boxer, Oliver, was also diagnosed within a week of Ava’s diagnosis, so that was rough too… Fortunately he only had one tumor that was easily removed and is now living cancer free and healthy as ever!

I love makeup… Cosmetics and makeup artistry are my passion and hobby and a huge part of my life. I feel like I need to get back to blogging to retain my sanity, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with it more easily from now on!

I am SO far behind with collections, so I’ll be posting them from oldest to newest… You can look forward to seeing posts on these MAC collections coming up over the next few days:

– Marilyn Monroe

– Temperature Rising

– Rihanna (all 3 lipsticks)

– All About Orange

– Tropical Taboo

and the latest…

– So Supreme

 

Again, thank you for your support and reading my blog.

XO,

Lesley

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The blushes from MAC’s Styleseeker collection are all vastly different from one another… They’re very colorful and well pigmented. Although all three may not be for everyone, you will surely find that one of these is something that you’ll like! They fit in well with the rest of the collection, though, and these blushes are perfect if you want to try something new and trendy.

 

All three blushes from the Styleseeker collection are available now on www.maccosmetics.com or at your local MAC store or counter. Like other powder blushes, these contain 6g / 0.21oz of product and sell for $20.

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight on NC20 skin.

Hidden Treasure (Velvet):   Hidden Treasure is a “rich burnt red”… To me, it’s a medium-dark, slightly warm toned red with rusty undertones. The Velvet texture is something that you may not be familiar with, but it gives the blush a soft, subtle sheen without being shimmery or frosty. As you can see, when swatched heavily, it’s extremely bold! I think this looks best on medium to deep skintones, although anyone lighter can use it if it’s applied carefully, slowly building up the color with something like a MAC 188 brush. The color payoff and texture are both fantastic. Hidden Treasure also wears well… I got 8+ hours of wear without it fading or moving around at all!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight on NC20 skin.

Supercontinental (Satin):   This blush is a “bright cute coral”. It’s a medium, warm, pinky-coral with a soft, natural sheen to it.  This blush is definitely the most “normal” of the three and is wearable by nearly everyone, except perhaps those of you with deeper skin tones (it may look chalky on deeper skin). The color payoff is absolutely wonderful… Supercontinental is really easy to apply and build color with. so it can be as muted or bright as you like. I suggest a MAC 188 brush for building color, or something like a 116 brush to apply it more heavily. This blush gave me a full 8 hour day of wear without much, if any, fading or moving around.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

Photo taken outdoors on NC20 skin.

Worldly Wealth (Frost):   Worldly Wealth is a “shimmering peachy bronze”. To me, this is more like a bronzer than a true blush… It’s a soft, warm, midtone peachy bronze with a golden glow. This can be worn by everyone somehow, it’s just a matter of how you apply it. Since I’m quite fair, I use a small stippling brush, like a MAC 188, and build the color up gradually. I actually really like this as a bronzer, but as a blush, it looks a wee bit funky on my NC20 skin. However, on deeper skin I think that Worldly Wealth would look very pretty and natural as a blush. The color payoff is decent and it goes on very smoothly, making it easily blendable. I got around 8 hours of wear with this blush, although the shimmer in it tends to settle in and emphasize my pores after about 4 hours.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Oh my gosh… I didn’t even realize that I hadn’t published the rest of the Styleseeker posts!!! They were all saved as drafts, just sitting here hidden from the world. I am SO sorry!!

On The Hunt is the second (and only other) eye shadow duo from this collection that I purchased. The other two were great, I just couldn’t talk myself into buying duos that contained permanent colors that I already had.

The On The Hunt Duo is limited edition and is available now at www.maccosmetics.com or at your local MAC store or counter. Each duo contains two normal sized MAC Eye Shadows (1.5g/0.5oz each), and costs $27.50.

On The Hunt is a fairly bold type of duo, but still wearable by all skintones. These colors can be worn for both day and night, and Shadowy Lady (both a permanent color and one of the colors in the Whims & Fancies duo) is great to use with On The Hunt if you want to add some drama and make it a bit more smokey. I’m not normally drawn to bronzed, sort of reddish colors like Raving Mad, but these look lovely and less intimidating once they’re applied. I’m REALLY into these for the fall season!

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight on NC20 skin.

Star Myth (Veluxe Pearl):   Star Myth is a “bronzed violet”… It’s a warm toned eye shadow that leans more coppery than violet. There is definitely violet in there, but it’s more of the pinkish violet. As for the coppery/bronzed side of Star Myth, it’s a midtone reddish color, rather than a brownish bronze. For a Veluxe Pearl finish, it’s quite shimmery. Normally I find Veluxe Pearls to be smooth, but this one does not feel 100% smooth… Probably from the loads of warm, copper-toned microshimmer particles. The color payoff is good, with slightly less than opaque coverage. Star Myth wore well for 12+ hours with no creasing when I applied it over Painterly Paint Pot.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Raving Mad (Frost):   Raving Mad is a “bronzed red” with a Frost finish. It’s a medium red/pink with underlying orange-ish bronze tones. The Frost finish gives it a sheen without being overly shimmery or sparkly. As bold as it looks in the pan, it’s not as bright once applied… It doesn’t go on totally opaque, so it looks more muted once you have it on. Raving Mad gave me 10+ hours of crease-free wear when I applied it over a neutral Paint Pot.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

With the Styleseeker collection, MAC has released a total of four eye shadow duos. I purchased two of them, with Marche Aux Puces being my favorite. The colors are unique and are perfect for fall. I wish that MAC would add these handy little duos to the permanent line… It’s so nice to be able to grab a little palette with two eye shadows in it when I’m in a hurry!

Chessa                                                                  Indie Spirit

 

Both eye shadows in this duo are nicely pigmented. Indie Spirit is a bit drier and takes a more work to blend than Chessa does, but it’s still a lovely color. With the right brush, it applies well and evenly. You can really mix up the placement with these colors and play around with them. They work well in so many ways! Currently, I’ve been wearing Chessa on the lid, Indie Spirit in the crease. Along with this, I like Ricepaper (Retrospeck from the Culturalized Duo also works nicely) on the inner corner of the eye and Embark just on the outer corner of the lid, to add some dimension. You can blend this all out with Texture for the perfect warm, dramatic eye for fall! The great part is that look works well with ALL skin tones!

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight on NC20 skin.

 

The Marche Aux Puces Duo is limited edition and is available now at www.maccosmetics.com or at your local MAC store or counter. Each duo contains two normal sized MAC Eye Shadows (1.5g/0.5oz each), and costs $27.50. That’s a savings of $2.50 if you bought two eye shadows separately, or a savings of $5.50 if you bought eye shadow refill pans and a duo palette to put them in… Not that you could with these, since they’re limited, but the point is this is a money saving way of getting eye shadows!! All MAC Eye Shadows give me 6-8 hours of wear alone, and even longer with a primer like a Paint Pot underneath.

 

Chessa (Veluxe Pearl):   Chessa is a “midtone golden orange”. To me, this is a warm, medium, golden citrus type of orange. It’s not super bright, but it’s definitely bold enough to get noticed. Chessa is a Veluxe Pearl finish, so it’s smooth, has a slightly metallic sheen, and is nicely pigmented. It applies so smoothly and evenly with great color payoff. I so wish this color was permanent! I can’t really think of any that permanent colors that come close to Chessa 😦 I wish there were some, because this eye shadow is gorgeous!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Indie Spirit (Matte):   Indie Spirit is a “chestnut brown”.  It’s a medium, warm brown with slightly reddish-orange undertones. This eye shadow has a Matte finish, so the texture is slightly dry. Not all Mattes are dry like this but Indie Spirit seems much drier than others… Unfortunately, that makes it slightly difficult to blend out and makes the color payoff and pigmentation less than impressive. That said, with the correct brush you can accomplish an even application, like a MAC 239 or 217 brush. I prefer this as a crease color, but it can certainly be work in whichever way you want!

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

It’s not often that MAC releases new Mattene Lipsticks, but when they do, they don’t disappoint! With Styleseeker, MAC included three new colors of Mattenes and two repromotes (Eden Rouge and Delectable). I wish this formula were permanent, and that there were more colors available! This is by far one of my favorite lipstick formulas of all time… From MAC or any other brand.

 

The Mattene formula is truly fantastic and unique. It’s creamy and moisturizing, gliding on easily, evenly, and giving complete opacity and high color payoff with only one layer of product. The texture isn’t 100% matte, but  semi-matte and almost velvety. As time goes on, it becomes more matte, but still does not fade. I got between 5-6 hours of wear with all of these colors. Another thing I like about Mattenes is their packaging… It’s slimmer and the more rubbery, matte feel of the packaging is really cool. Their more slender shape also seems like it gives more control when applying it.

Although I normally rate products and colors individually, Mattenes are consistent enough to rate as a group.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

All of these Mattene Lipsticks are limited edition with the Styleseeker collection and are now available online at stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.com. Each Mattene contains 2.3g/0.08oz and sells for $15… That’s slightly less product than normal lipsticks, and for the same price, but with the high pigmentation with the Mattene formula, I believe that they’re worth it!

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight on NC20 skin.
This is only one layer of product too… Wow! These are so pigmented!!

*** all photos may be clicked on to enlarge them for more detail  ***

Please excuse my crooked, uneven looking lips in these photos… I had just eaten spicy buffalo wings and my lips swelled up all weird haha. I won’t be doing that next time!

Photo taken with natural, direct sunlight so I could best show the texture. It got a little warm though, so that’s why there is moisture on the lipstick.

Photo taken indoors with indirect sunlight + light from my OttLite makeup mirror.

Camden Chic:   Camden Chic is a “rich brick red”. To me, it’s a warm, slightly brownish, deeper kind of red. It’s a new color and the darkest of the Mattenes from Styleseeker. Even though Camden Chic is very deep and rich, it’s still suitable for all skintones, from fair to deep. I am on the pale side myself and I think these type of lipsticks look beautiful on light skin, especially for fall and winter! I can’t really think of any MAC lipsticks that I have that are a dupe for this, although Legendary from Posh Paradise last year might be close, but I don’t have it to compare Camden Chic to… Extended Play Pro Longwear Lipcreme lipstick is slightly similar too, but more red. If you aren’t into Camden Chic on it’s own, try it with Restless Lipglass layered over it… It was also released with Styleseeker and they compliment each other well!

Delectable:   This Mattene is described by MAC as a “orange-beige”… Sure, I can see that. It’s a warm, medium peachy-orange beige. It’s somewhat unique, but it tends to look slightly drier than the other Mattenes from this collection and can show dry areas on the lips. Delectable was also released with Posh Paradise last year. It’s a nice color on certain skintones, but I think on fair-pale, cooler skintones this can give that sickly, zombie-ish type of nude look. That said, it can be worn by ANYONE with the right look, but maybe it’s not a perfect every day lipstick for all.

Eden Rouge:   Eden Rouge is a “bright blue-red”. It’s a medium, bright, slightly cool, blue-based red. To me, this is a perfect red! It’s bright, creamy, and totally opaque. This was also released with Posh Paradise last year, but I didn’t get it then before it sold out… I’m SO happy that I bought it this time! Maybe it’s not the most unique color of red, but the formula makes it worth buying… It feels luxurious and much more expensive than it really is. Eden Rouge is a classic red that’s perfect for all skintones and seasons. Also, if you are into layering these with glosses (not that you need to), Ready to Roam Lipglass that came out with this same collection would look nice.

Fashion Nomad:   This is by far my favorite Mattene from Styleseeker. Fashion Nomad is a “bright red orange”, meaning that it’s a vivid, medium orange with red undertones. Again, this isn’t a super unique color, as it is similar to Morange and Neon Orange lipstick, and Good to Go Pro Longwear Lipcreme. However, like Eden Rouge, it’s the Mattene formula that makes Fashion Nomad stand out. It’s so creamy and pigmented that I would pick this over any other orange! Since this is bright, it looks especially bold on paler skintones, but as I have said before, I dig that kind of thing. If you are into layering, Eclectic Edge Lipglass that also came out with Styleseeker works well with Fashion Nomad!

 

Fun Finds:   Fun Finds is a “light nude pink”. It’s a pale, neutral pinky beige that is MUCH more matte than the rest of the Mattene lipsticks in the Styleseeker collection. It’s still opaque and feels creamy when applied, but does not have the velvety, creamy sheen of other Mattenes. It can show the chapped or dry areas on your lips too… However, this looks great with C-Thru Lipglass layered over it, which was repromoted with Styleseeker! On fair-pale skin, this can make you look washed out if you don’t wear this lipstick with the right type of look… Like this would work with a smokey eye just fine, but not if your eyes AND lips are light. On dark-deep skin tones, this can appear chalky and washed out. If you are interested in Fun Finds, you may want to try it on first and see how you really like it. Also, if you have something like Myth, Creme D’ Nude, or a light nude like that, you may just want to skip Fun Finds all together.

 

One of the things I was most looking forward to with MAC’s Styleseeker collection were the Lipglasses… I know that in some recent collections, the Lipglasses weren’t as pigmented and spectacular as everyone hoped for, but I think these make up for that!

The three new colors are limited edition, and although C-Thru is permanent, it works in this collection so I’ll let it slide 😉 These Lipglasses go well with the Mattene lipsticks that were also released with Styleseeker, so you can layer them… That said, these Lipglasses can definitely hold their own and be worn without anything underneath!

 

Photo taken in natural, direct sunlight

 

MAC Lipglasses wear for about 4-5 hours on me without needing touchups… Slightly longer if applied over a Lip Pencil or Lipstick. The texture is a slightly sticky, but not in an uncomfortable, annoying way…  It feels less sticky after it warms up on your lips. The tackiness actually makes the Lipglass last and not smudge or wear off easily, so it’s not a bad thing! They have a light vanilla scent but no flavor.

Since C-Thru is permanent, it’s always available and has been around for a while. The other three new colors are limited edition and are available today, August 23rd, at any MAC store, counter, or online at www.maccosmetics.com.  MAC Lipglasses contain 4.8g/0.17oz of product and sell for $15.

I am using a new rating system for products I review, and I am going to rate these all individually, as there are variations and I want to give you all the best review possible!

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight on NC20 skin

 

Photo taken indoors with indirect sunlight + light from my OttLite makeup mirror.

C-Thru:   C-Thru is a “peachy beige with shimmer”. It’s a warm, light nude with a hint of warm, golden shimmer. As you can see, this is one of those Lipglasses that settles into the lines of lips and doesn’t look too cute alone… I took this photo wearing C-Thru only, but using something like Prep + Prime Lip underneath, or laying this over a lip pencil will help with this problem. Obviously, this is not a highly pigmented Lipglass, so it’s very subtle. I prefer to wear this over a lipstick or lip pencil, but that’s my own preference 🙂

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Eclectic Edge:   Eclectic Edge is a “mid tone clean true orange”. It’s not super bright or bold, and it does have some slightly pink undertones to it, but it’s mostly a true orange. It also contains warm, golden micro-shimmer. Unlike a lot of Lipglasses with shimmer, you can’t feel the shimmer in Eclectic Edge… It doesn’t add weirdness to the texture or anything. This Lipglass is SO wonderfully pigmented and has good coverage… It’s not as heavy as Ready to Roam or Restless, but I would say that Eclectic Edge is about 90% opaque. This sort of reminds me of Morange, but with shimmer, and Eclectic Edge is not as deep of an orange. Riviera Life from the Hey, Sailor collection is also very similar, but a little bit more red and darker (not much, though). Since this isn’t a deep, bold orange, I think this would look nice on most skin tones.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Ready to Roam:   Finally, a new red Lipglass!! Ready to Roam is a “midtone true blue red”. It’s definitely a cool-toned red, but it’s not dark… It’s a bright, medium, cool red and it actually has a teeny little bit of warm, red pearl to it, which also helps to brighten it up. The pearl is barely noticeable, but it adds some extra dimension to this Lipglass. The coverage is amazing… This is totally opaque with minimal application of product. It’s also very pigmented and wears well without fading for at least 4-5 hours. It’s similar to the permanent Lipglass, Russian Red, although Russian Red is slightly deeper and lacks any pearl or shimmer. Send Me Sailing, from Hey, Sailor, is also close, but a bit darker and even more cool toned and also lacks shimmer. The color payoff and coverage with Send Me Sailing is not as bold or opaque as Ready to Roam. P.S. Another benefit for Ready to Roam is that it makes your teeth look whiter and it looks awesome on everyone!

Overall Rating:   4.9 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Restless:   Restless is described as a “dark burnt bronze”, although to me, it’s more of a reddish, coppery bronze. It has LOADS of gorgeous, warm copper and gold shimmer! This isn’t super fine shimmer, but it doesn’t make this Lipglass feel gritty or add unwanted texture. Color payoff is great, but the coverage is not completely opaque. It does apply evenly, and wears well for over 4 hours. I can’t really think of any Lipglasses that are similar to this, so Restless may be one that you’d like to pick up from the Styleseeker collection! This color is flattering on everyone, but I really love it on lighter skin tones for that drastic, darker gloss look.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5