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This bag is probably my favorite part of the whole RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday collection… I’m not really a makeup bag fanatic… I have a few that I switch between depending on what purse I’m carrying and the season, but I’m not the type that buys every new, cute bag that comes out. To me, a makeup bag is a necessity and is more for function than fashion, fortunately, the RiRi Hearts MAC bag meets all of my requirements for function and is pretty on top of that!

RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013 Bag 1

 

RiRi Bag 2

This bag is a beautiful metallic pink, going along with one of the accent colors featured in most of the RiRi Hearts MAC collections. The zipper pull on the bag is a gorgeous rose gold and the fabric is made from a high quality, quilted material. What I love about that is that it’s actually slightly padded! I’ve dropped mine several times (I’m clumsy!) and none of my powders have broken as they have in some other bags I’ve carried. The bag also has a small handle on the side, so it’s easy to carry around or pull out of your bag.

RiRi Bag Zipper Pull

On the inside, there’s a silky fabric that’s a pretty light pink with pearly colored writing with the “RiRi <3’s MAC” logo on it. The bag also has a small, thin, clear plastic pocket on one side of the interior that’s perfect for slipping pencils or small brushes into so they won’t roll around and get lost.

RiRi Bag Interior 1

The dimensions for this bag are 6.5″ x 4.5″ x 1.5″, so this bag is small enough to fit into a medium to large purse and can hold everything you need from day to day basics, a night out, or even a weekend trip! I played around with what all I could get in there and I managed to fit a travel brush set, liquid foundation, powder compact, blush, mascara, lipstick, lip pencil, eye liner and a small sample perfume! The shape is great too because it’s somewhat stiff, deep, squared off, and won’t get all floppy and make the items inside move around too much.

Overall, this is my favorite makeup bag I’ve ever had and I definitely recommend picking it up while supplies last!

This is limited edition but still seems to be available at most counters and stores as well as online. The RiRi Hearts MAC bag sells for $40.

 

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There are two brand new Superslick Eye Liners out with the RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday collection and I’m super excited about them! I feel like this eyeliner formula is overlooked far too often, aside from the most popular color, On The Hunt, which is a rich, slick black. The two new colors, Cockiness and Pisces Persuasion, are unique and perfect for the holiday season, so be sure to check these out next time you’re at MAC!

RiRi Hearts MAC Superslick Liner & Box

 

The Superslick formula is water based but also water-resistant, though I’ve found these to be pretty much waterproof. According to MAC’s website, the formula “dries in 15 seconds to provide a sleek, longwearing, wet-look, no-smudge line”… That’s pretty accurate! The Superslick name definitely implies that this formula has a slick, wet look rather than the usual dull matte finish that so many water-resistant eye liners have. I like this because I feel like it draws more attention to the liner and adds something special to the entire look. Wear time is amazing… I get a minimum of 12 hours wear… Usually longer, like until I remove it! I love this because I wear contacts and have allergies, so my eyes water quite a bit. I’ve never had any issues with smudging or smearing with the Superslick liners so I definitely recommend these to anyone who has problems with their liquid liner wearing off too easily!

Packaging for these Superslicks goes along with the rest of the RiRi Hearts MAC collection, being the pearly white with rose gold accents and the signature “R” and “RiRi” on the packaging. The applicator is a super easy to use… “The superior no-fuss, no-wobble application lies in the “magic tip” of the easy-to-control dip-stick applicator”… It’s a somewhat stiff, but not hard, tapered, thin, marker-like tip that’s very easy to control and get anything from a thin, defined line to a big, thick wing with. Another option for application (if the marker tip isn’t your thing) is a MAC 210 or 263 synthetic angled brush… You can use the applicator to put a bit of the product onto a palette, then dip your brush into it. Although Superslicks are water-resistant, they are not recommended for use on the waterline (inner rim of the eye). The water-based formula takes too long to dry and will just end up getting into the eye and causing irritation.

Both of these Superslick Eye Liners were released on Thursday, December 12th and are available now at all MAC stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.com. As far as I know, Cockiness is still available online but Pisces Persuasion is sold out. They both seem to still be in stock at most counters and stores, though. Each of these liners sells for $20.50 and contains 1.8 ml / 0.06 US oz of product. That’s $1 more than the permanent ones, due to the beautiful special packaging, while they still contain the same amount of product.

NOTE:   I will most likely be redoing all of these photos this weekend once I find my black background. They’ll show up much better that way!

RiRI Holiday Superslick Labels

RiRi Superslick Liners

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight (on a sort of cloudy day). Superslick Eye Liners swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight (on a sort of cloudy day).
Superslick Eye Liners swatched on NC15 skin.

I will be adding a better swatch photo soon! This one was taken on a cloudy day and doesn’t show how pigmented and opaque these really are… Sorry! I’ll have the new pic up tomorrow hopefully!

Cockiness

Cockiness

Cockiness:   This Superslick Eye Liner is a “shimmery rose gold”… It’s a very glittery, frosty, medium, warm rose gold with multidimensional copper, pink, and pearly gold shimmer particles. Though it looks somewhat sheer swatched, it applies more heavily to the eye. With one to two dips into the tube (for a pretty thick wing), I get great color payoff and coverage.

One fun thing about Cockiness is that you can make this stand out a bit more by applying it over a darker liquid eye liner like a black, dark brown, dark copper, purple, or blue. I’ve tried it over MAC Fluidlines like Blacktrack, Dipdown, Rich Ground, Macroviolet, and Waveline and it transforms them all to something really unique and beautiful! You can even apply a thinner line of Cockiness over your other liquid liner for a fun, multicolored wing.

Dupes:   I can’t think of anything that’s terribly close to Cockiness… The permanent gold Superslick Eye Liner, Pure Show, is a much lighter, much more yellow gold without any glitter. Rich Ground Fluidline is also much darker and more of a coppery brown.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  5

Packaging:   5

Pisces Persuasion

Pisces Persuasion

Pisces Persuasion:   MAC describes this liner as a “shimmery white”… It’s a light, cool toned white with a gorgeous silvery, pearly shimmer and a very frosted, glittery finish. Like Cockiness, this didn’t swatch as pigmented and opaque as it actually is… While the coverage isn’t as heavy as Cockiness, it does have good color/product payoff with not much product applied. You may have to apply more than one layer of Pisces Persuasion to achieve fully opaque coverage, but it applies smoothly and layers easily, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

Like Cockiness, you can have a lot of fun layering Pisces Persuasion over other liquid liners… I’ve been trying this over all kinds of MAC Fluidlines and other Superslicks to create really fun, different looks. Another trick you can do with this liner is to tap the applicator on the very tips of your upper lashes for a festive glitter lash for the holidays… It almost looks like you have glittery little snowflakes at the tips of your lashes!

Dupes:   I honestly can’t think of any… There’s nothing out there from MAC or any other brands that I know of that’s anywhere close to Pisces Persuasion.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  5

Packaging:   5

As we all know, Rihanna always has flawless, bronzed skin, so of course MAC released a brand new Bronzing Powder with the RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday collection! I’m pretty impressed with the “Love, Rihanna” bronzer because it’s versatile… It’s buildable and not so warm that fair skinned people can’t pull it off, yet it’s pigmented and just warm enough that it also works on dark skin tones.

Love, Rihanna

Love, Rihanna

Love, Rihanna

Love, Rihanna

This Bronzing Powder comes in the beautiful special white pearl packaging with rose gold accents, like the rest of this collection. It also features the signature “RiRi” and “R” on both the packaging and product itself. MAC Bronzing Powders are silky smooth and buildable, so they work well on nearly all skin tones (this one is particularly nice)! While I don’t love contouring with these, as it’s just TOO bronze for a contour shade, they make perfect bronzers to brush on the cheeks for some sun-kissed color.

You can use these alone or with a blush… If using with a blush as well, I like to apply this bronzing powder more towards the back of the cheek and blend the blush from the apples of the cheeks back into the bronzer. For a heavier application of Love, Rihanna, I suggest a more dense brush such as a MAC 129, 116, or 168 angled brush. If you’d like a softer wash of bronzer or are fair-skinned, try a MAC Duo-Fibre brush like a 188, 187, or 159.

This Bronzing Powder is limited edition and was released at MAC stores and counters on Thursday, December 12th and online at www.maccosmetics.com a few days before. It sells for $30 and contains 9.5g / 0.335 US oz of product, so it’s a bit more than other MAC Bronzing Powders that contain 10 g / 0.35 US oz of product and sell for $25… Still, I think that Love, Rihanna is worth it because it’s just so pretty!

Love, Rihanna

Love, Rihanna

Left:   Applied Heavily      Right: Blended Out

Left: Applied Heavily                                     Right: Blended Out
This swatch is WITH the rose gold overspray.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Bronzing Powder swatched on NC15 skin.

I will update this post with an additional swatch photo without the shimmery overspray tomorrow… It’s just too cloudy today to get a good one!

Love, Rihanna is described as a “soft, golden brown powder with overspray of gold pearl”… It’s a medium, soft, slightly warm toned tan-brown with subtle warm, golden-bronze undertones. With the overspray, this is much more shimmery and has a lot more of a warm, copper color to it. Without the overspray, it’s a much more subdued bronzer, which I like. Even with no overspray there is a soft, satiny sheen that contains no shimmer particles.  As I mentioned, this is buildable so the color payoff and opacity really depend on how much product you want to apply. It’s definitely pretty true to the color it is in the pan and gives great, even coverage.

I typically get around 8 hours of wear with MAC’s Bronzing Powders, with Love, Rihanna being no different. Sometimes if you have larger pores or oily skin, shimmery bronzers (or shimmery anything, for that matter) can emphasize shiny areas and pores… However, the shimmery, rose gold “R” on this bronzer is only an overspray and does not go all the way through the product, so it will only show up during the first few applications. Though some of you may be bummed about that, I’m glad! I feel like the “R” contains so much shimmer that it nearly overpowers the gorgeous color of the bronzer itself. If you’re really into the shimmery area and miss that glow once the overspray wears off, try layering Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish over Love, Rihanna!

Dupes:   Soft Sand Bronzing Powder, which was limited edition and released last summer with the Temperature Rising collection, is VERY similar. Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer/Blush duo, which was released with the RiRi Hearts MAC Summer 2013 collection is also similar, but contained a pinkish color as well.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5

 

 

The long awaited RiRi Hearts MAC collection for the Holiday season is finally here! It was released in stores and at counters on Thursday December 12th and online several before, so these lipsticks may or may not still be available… Hopefully you can find them! My apologies for getting this post up late, but I’ve been very busy working and preparing for the holidays so I didn’t have time to take care of photos, swatches and such before this past weekend.

RiRi Woo was also released with this collection, but as I’ve reviewed it previously, it won’t be included in this post. To see that lipstick, please click here.

Bad Girl RiRi and Pleasure Bomb

Bad Girl RiRi       and       Pleasure Bomb

Much like the previous RiRi Hearts MAC collections, these Lipsticks are Matte formulas (but not Retro Matte like RiRi Woo). The packaging is also similar to the other RiRi collections, featuring beautiful rose gold accents and the classic “R” on the packaging and “RiRi” signature on the actual lipsticks themselves.

RiRiHolidayLipsticksPackaging

As I mentioned, both of these lipsticks are a Matte texture, which offers amazing coverage, pigmentation, and wear time. Mattes are drier than something like a Satin or Cremesheen, of course, but they’re still creamy enough that they won’t tug on the lips or feel dry. At first, these lipsticks have a very subtle, creamy sheen, but that fades to a true Matte finish within about 30 minutes. Retro Mattes (like RiRi Woo) are much drier and can almost feel TOO dry in winter months like this, so I’m glad that MAC went with the regular Matte texture for the new colors in this collection. Although Mattes typically wear for 6+ hours, I still recommend using a liner with these to give them even more staying power and added definition to prevent any feathering outside the lip line. Another suggestion is to wear MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip underneath your lipstick to assure a smooth application with no signs of chapped areas you may have! It also helps keep the lipstick in place longer and locks moisture into your lips.

These two lipsticks were for sale in MAC stores and at counters on Thursday, December 12th, so availability may be limited to none in some areas… Some locations may possibly get extra stock at some point in time, so check back with your local MAC store or counter if they’re currently sold out. Also be sure to check the website to see if they restock! This is the direct link to where you can find the lipsticks on MAC’s website:   RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013. You may also want to check websites like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Bloomingdale’s to see if they have any in stock.

Since these lipsticks have that beautiful special packaging, they cost $16.50, rather than the usual $15. They contain the same 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product that other MAC lipsticks do and have the typical soft, vanilla scent but no flavor.

Bad Girl RiRi           &           Pleasure Bomb

Bad Girl RiRi             &             Pleasure Bomb

Bad Girl RiRi               &             Pleasure Bomb

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Bad Girl RiRi

Bad Girl RiRi

Bad Girl RiRi

Bad Girl RiRi

Bad Girl RiRi

Bad Girl RiRi

Bad Girl RiRi

Bad Girl RiRi

Bad Girl RiRI:   This Matte lipstick is described as a “matte taupey nude”… It’s a medium, warm toned taupe-nude with some rose-tinted undertones. The matte finish has a creamy sort of sheen at first that quickly dries down to a true matte. Color payoff is mostly true to how the lipstick looks in the tube, though once it’s applied, the natural pink tone of the lips brings out the rosy undertones of the lipstick. I got complete opacity with little product applied and it glided on smoothly with no tugging. Bad Girl RiRi gave me 6+ hours of wear (with a liner), only needing a minor touch-up after eating lunch. I’m quite fair skinned and tend to steer clear of colors like this but since it’s warm toned, it was still flattering on me. I would say that this is a suitable lipstick for all skin tones.

A few MAC Lip Pencils you can use with Bad Girl RiRi, depending on your natural lip color and skin tone (in terms from lightest to darkest) are: Boldly Bare, Spice, Nice ‘N’ Spicy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, Auburn, Morning Coffee Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, Chestnut, Mahogany, or Bittersweet Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.

Dupes:   As for permanent dupes, the closest one that I can think of would be Taupe, though it has more of a brown tone, but it’s also a Matte. You can also try Touch (Lustre), which is lighter, has more sheen, and is more brown; or Double Shot (Amplified), which is cooler toned and more brown, slightly darker, and has more of a sheen. Double Shot is available online and at PRO stores only.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb:   Pleasure Bomb is described as a “matte fuchsia” and has a Matte finish… It’s a medium-dark, bright, intense, fuchsia with slightly cool, blue-red undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff is fantastic, as well as the coverage. This lipstick feels smooth and creamy, applying easily with no tugging on the lips. Though it is a matte, it has a slight sheen for about the first half hour it’s on, which later dries down and mattifies. With a liner, I got just over 6 hours of wear with Pleasure Bomb. Since this is a bold, cool toned color, it looks great on all skin tones.

If you’re looking for a liner to wear with this that’s similar to the lipstick itself, I suggest Beet Lip Pencil or More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil… Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil also works, but will bring out more red tones, as will Cherry Lip Pencil. You can also try Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth Lip Pencils if you want to go for more contrast and create a vampy, ombre look.

Dupes:   There are a few permanent lipsticks that are similar… I suggest something like Impassioned (Amplified Creme), although it does have a sheen, the colors are very, very similar. Girl About Town (Amplified Creme) is also close, but has the same sheen as Impassioned and has more blue-magenta tones. Lickable (Cremesheen) is lighter, less intense and much shinier. All Fired Up (Retro Matte) is close, but warmer, more pink, and even more matte.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

Oh hey, check it out… A review that isn’t MAC! This palette was too good of a value for me to pass up, so I thought I’d do a review and share it with all of you. From what I understand, this is a Sephora exclusive and is limited edition, so I guess it will be around until they run out or something, so hopefully I’m not too late making this post! I checked online and they seem to be out of stock on the website. I’m not sure if they’ll be restocking but I got mine at my local Sephora store, which still had plenty and said they would get more in later on.

Oops… Guess I didn't notice I was right in front of the mirror haha.

Oops… Guess I didn’t notice I was right in front of the mirror haha.

Artist's Palette for Eyes Palette 2

This limited edition palette is available exclusively at Sephora and costs $48. It contains twelve eye shadows for a total of 0.36 oz of product so that makes this a value of $92 (normally Laura Mercier Eye Shadows are 0.09 oz and sell for $23). The packaging is nice and sturdy with a magnetic flap closure. The textured leather look exterior is stylish and not overdone… It also wipes off easily despite the bumpy texture. The mirror in this is a great size and isn’t the cheap, plastic type of mirror that will crack and scratch up, so that’s another plus. Overall, this palette is a great value, full of high-quality product and is perfect for daily use or traveling.

I haven’t used many Laura Mercier eye shadows before but so far I’m very impressed with these. They all feel silky and apply smoothly. A few of these are less pigmented than others but can be layered and built up. For the most part, these are all highly pigmented and true to pan color. I’ve been testing these and they all lasted at least 7-8 hours before fading. I’ll be more specific about wear time, color payoff, etc, in the individual eye shadow reviews.

Using a primer of some sort is always recommended… My personal favorites are MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pots of Urban Decay Primer Potion. For Paint Pots, I like to use neutral colors for every day use, such as Painterly, Soft Ochre, or Layin’ Low. As for Primer Potion, I prefer the original neutral color. Using a primer gives powder eye shadows something to stick to, making them more intense… It also prevents any creasing or smudging throughout the day, adding several hours to the wear time. All of my reviews are WITH a primer layered underneath the eye shadow. I have always reviewed every product I use like this… Without a primer, you can subtract 2-4 hours of wear.

Another note… Most of these eye shadows seem to be available in the permanent lineup from Laura Mercier, so if you have a lot from this brand already, you may want to check your collection or kit before you invest in this palette. As far as I know (based on the Laura Mercier website), the only limited edition colors are Espresso Bean, Sparkling Dew, and Violet Ink.

Palette Product 1

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Sparkling Dew

Sparkling Dew

Sparkling Dew:   This eye shadow is one of the limited shades in this palette and is a pale, slightly warm toned, peachy-pinkish cream with a soft kind of shimmer. It’s totally opaque with very little product applied and gives true-to-pan color payoff, even without a primer. Sparkling Dew is a little powdery, but feels silky on the skin and blends out easily. I got roughly 8 hours of wear before any fading occurred.

Sparkling Dew is a a great shadow for the lid or as a highlight below the brow or on the inner corner of the eye.

Dupes:   Vanilla eye shadow from MAC is the closest dupe I’ve found so far… It’s less pigmented but looks nearly the same if you build up the product a little. Naked Lunch from MAC is similar, but much more shimmery and a bit more pink and darker. Bootycall from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette is close, but more frosted. Virgin from Urban Decay’s original Naked Palette is less pink and more frosted.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Guava

Guava

Guava:   Guava is part of the permanent range of eye shadows from Laura Mercier and is a “peach-stucco” color with a Sateen finish… It’s a light, warm, peachy pink with a soft, satiny sheen. It’s very opaque with hardly any product applied… However, the more you apply, the more shimmery it appears. It looks slightly less pink on the skin than it does in the pan, but otherwise the color payoff is great. Guava feels less powdery than Sparkling Dew but it’s just as easy to blend out and feels equally silky. I got 8+ hours of wear before noticing any fading.

Guava is a wonderful lid and highlight color for most skin tones, though I would avoid using this as a below-the-brow highlight on anyone darker than medium to medium-dark.

Dupes:   MAC’s Jest eye shadow is close, but less peach and slightly cooler toned. Sweet Lust eye shadow from MAC is pinker and has a larger more glittery type of shimmer. Orb from MAC is also similar, but less frosted and more neutral.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

African Violet

African Violet

African Violet:   African Violet is a permanent color. It’s a “violet copper shimmer” with a Luster finish… It’s a medium violet with cool undertones and a warmer, golden-copper shimmer. Color payoff is good and it looks nearly the same on the eyelid as it does in the palette. It has the same silky texture as the other eye shadows in this palette but I had a bit of an issue with how evenly it applied… It covers well, though the opacity is somewhat compromised due to the fact that this can appear a little patchy. It’s like the shimmery particles keep the violet base from going on evenly. With the right brush, like a MAC 239, you can pat this on without much difficulty. I got just over 6 hours of wear before African Violet started to fade or crease.

This color works on the lid with a darker color in the crease, as well as in the crease with a lighter color on the lid.

Dupes:   This is pretty much a slightly lighter, more true violet and more highly pigmented version of Trax eye shadow from MAC.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Plum Smoke

Plum Smoke

Plum Smoke:   This is part of the permanent line of eye shadows and is described as a ” smoky-amethyst” with a Matte finish… It’s a light-medium, almost but slightly cool toned, greyed, mauvy-plum. The finish is completely matte with no shimmer. It’s true-to-pan color, even without a primer underneath and has about 80% opacity. It’s more pigmented and opaque over a primer.  Since Plum Smoke it matte, it feels drier and more powdery than some of the eye shadows in this palette, but it’s still very smooth and blendable. I noticed a little bit of creasing after about 7 hours, but little fading. This is common with any matte eye shadow.

Plum Smoke is a great lid color is you put something that’s also matte and darker in the crease… It’s also lovely as a crease color with a lighter color like Sparkling Dew or Vanilla Nuts on the lid.

Dupes:   Quarry Eye Shadow from MAC is nearly the exact same, though slightly darker and more plum, less grey. Tease from Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette is close, but more taupe and less plum.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Kir Royal

Kir Royal

Kir Royal:   This eye shadow is permanent and is a “deep aubergine” with a Sateen finish… It looks a bit different on the eye than it does in the palette. It’s a dark, warm reddish plum with brown undertones with an almost golden satiny sheen but not much actual shimmer. The color payoff is good, but not as amazing as some of the other shadows in this palette. Coverage is good and mostly opaque but can appear a little patchy without a primer underneath. Kir Royal has a very smooth, though somewhat powdery texture and blends easily. I wore this in my crease and didn’t notice fading until about the 7 hour mark.

Kir Royal is great all over the lid for a soft smoky eye… It’s also nice as a crease color with something lighter on the lid.

Dupes:   MAC’s Twinks is similar, but more reddish brown. Sketch, also from MAC, is similar but a little darker and more shimmery and contains more reddish undertones… Both Twinks and Sketch are permanent eye shadows… MAC’s Sorcery eye shadow is nearly a perfect dupe, but it was limited and released with the Prep for Colour collection in 2010.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Violet Ink

Violet Ink

Violet Ink:   This eye shadow is one of the limited colors in this palette. It’s a dark, slightly warm, blackened purple with a Matte finish. Color payoff was intense and true-to-palette color and this shadow applied pretty opaquely onto the lid. Since it’s matte, it’s a little powdery but still very soft and smooth… It goes on more evenly and intensely over a primer. Without one it can look a bit patchy in areas if worn as a lid color. Violet Ink gave me roughly 7 hours of wear before creasing or fading.

I generally use colors like this in my crease, but it also works as a lid color for a smoky eye or as a liner.

Dupes:   I’ve only found two MAC eye shadows that are close… Those are Shadowy Lady, which is darker and less warm toned. Indian Ink (PRO) is also close, but slightly lighter and more purple.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Vanilla Nuts

Vanilla Nuts

Vanilla Nuts:   I laugh every time I type the name of this eye shadow. I’m so mature… Anyway, this is described as a “light neutral champagne” with a Matte finish… It’s a light, neutral, creamy vanilla color with a hint of pink and a completely matte finish. The color payoff is fantastic, as well as the coverage. It applies evenly and smoothly with only a slightly powdery texture (typical with mattes). I got over 9 hours of wear without noticing any fading or creasing at all.

This is really nice as a lid color and can be used with any of the colors in this palette. It also works as a highlight below the brow and on the inner corner of the eye.

Dupes:   Vanilla eye shadow from MAC is super close but not as pigmented. It also contains some soft shimmer… Blanc Type and Brule are also very similar, but a tiny bit darker. Ever Ivory Pro Longwear Eye Shadow from MAC is also extremely similar, but has less pink in it. Urban Decay’s W.O.S eye shadow from the Naked Basics palette is very, very similar. Foxy from Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette is much more yellow toned.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Primrose

Primrose

Primrose:   Primrose is described as a “yellow pink with golden pearl” and has a Sateen finish… It’s a light-medium, warm, pinky color with some neutral beige undertones and a golden shimmer/sheen that’s actually quite frosted once it’s on the lid. The color payoff and opacity are wonderful. Primrose feels super silky, which I love. This eye shadow gave me a solid 8 hours of wear before creasing.

I like this as a lid color, but it can also be used as a soft crease color with a lighter eye shadow on the lid.

Dupes:   MAC’s Naked Lunch is less pink and a tad bit lighter. Pink Frontier Pro Longwear Eye Shadow from MAC is more pink and darker. Sin from Urban Decay’s original Naked palette is darker and more neutral, less pink.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Fresco

Fresco

Fresco:   This is a “neutral beige brown” and has a Matte finish… It’s a medium, slightly warm toned brown with no shimmer or sheen. It has great color payoff that’s very true-to-palette, as well as totally opaque coverage. It has a silky texture that isn’t quite so powdery as the other mattes in this palette. This eye shadow gave me over 9 hours of wear before creasing or fading.

Fresco can be used on the lid, but I like it best as a soft crease color or as a barely-above-the-crease color to blend and soften darker colors in the crease.

Dupes:   Soft Brown eye shadow from MAC is nearly exactly the same. Always Sunny Pro Longwear Eye Shadow from MAC is close as well, but a tiny bit lighter. Buck eye shadow from Urban Decay’s original Naked palette is darker and cooler.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Bamboo:   Bamboo is a “golden brown shimmer” with a Luster finish… It’s a medium, neutral, golden brown with a lighter golden shimmer. On the lid, this can look quite frosty if you apply it heavily. I got completely opaque coverage and great color payoff with Bamboo. It felt smooth, though the shimmery part made is slightly powdery. Either way it blended out well and wore for over 7 hours without creasing or fading.

This is a wonderful lid color. Since it’s shimmery, I prefer it on the lid than in the crease, but you can wear it in the crease if you apply it lightly. It’s also a good color for the crease is you’re blending out a darker color on the lid.

Dupes:   On the skin, Patina eye shadow from MAC is similar, though slightly warmer and less shimmery. Tempting from MAC is also close, but darker. Suspect, from Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette is darker and more frosty, while Sidecar from the original Urban Decay Naked palette is darker, warmer, and has ledger shimmer particles.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Truffle

Truffle

Truffle:   Truffle is a “deep chocolate taupe” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium-dark, rich, warm toned reddish chocolate brown with a hint of more neutral taupe undertones and a completely matte finish. It has excellent color payoff as well as 100% opaque coverage. Truffle was the least powdery of all the Mattes in this palette and it almost felt creamy. In the crease or on the lid, I get over 8 hours of wear before any fading or creasing occurs.

Truffle is a perfect crease color, though you can also wear it on the lid for a warm, chocolate smoky eye.

Dupes:   There are several MAC eye shadows that are very close dupes to Truffle… Brown Down is similar, but darker and more red. Corduroy is also deeper. Espresso is cooler toned, but pretty close. Swiss Chocolate is the closest dupe I could find, though it’s a tiny bit darker.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Espresso Bean

Espresso Bean

Espresso Bean:   This is one of the three limited edition colors in this palette… It’s a deep, cooler toned blackened brown with a Matte finish. both opacity/coverage and color payoff are awesome… You need very little product to get rich, dark color, so use sparingly! The texture is super silky and smooth, making it very easy to blend out, which is important with darker matte colors. I got over 8 hours of wear with Espresso Bean, which is nice and not too common with very dark mattes.

If you want a smoky eye that’s not the usual black, this is great to put on your lid. It’s also a fantastic crease color and will make any look darker and more smoky. Since it’s a dark matte, it also works well as a liner.

Dupes:   To be honest, I have yet to find the perfect dupe for this eye shadow… MAC’s Handwritten is close, but still lighter and warmer.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

The Divine Night collection is full of golden tones and shimmer, so of course Mineralize Skinfinishes are one of the products featured in MAC’s holiday collection! Similar to the Mineralize Eye Shadows in this collection, all of these are duo-toned, with one large and one smaller section containing different colors that compliment each other. All of these are suitable for any skin tone and can be used for multiple things… I like using Mineralize Skinfinishes to highlight the face, as a blush (for some colors), or even as eye shadows.

Centre of Attention, Perfectly Poised, and Scene to be Seen

Centre of Attention, Perfectly Poised, and Scene to be Seen

Mineralize Skinfinishes are “A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face. Pairs two rich, contrasting shades with the graphic impact of a luxe powder design”… As I mentioned, these are multi-use, but most people use these on the cheeks as a blush, or on different areas of the face as a highlighter. You can use these colors individually or swirl your brush over both to blend them together. Mineralize Skinfinishes can also be used as eye shadows. Whatever you use them for, they create a beautiful glow and make the skin look absolutely gorgeous!

To use as a highlight, I prefer a MAC 187 or 188 duo fibre brush… This is going to make it very easy for you to control just how much you apply and let you build up the product gradually. That way, you can apply this as a subtle highlight or more heavily as a blush. For a heavier application as either a highlight or blush, you can use a MAC 116, 109, 129, or 167 brush. These brushes are much more dense and will pick up and apply more product than the duo fibre brushes will.

For the eyes, I like to use a 239 brush to apply this on the lid… You want to pat and pack on the color with a flat brush. You can also dampen your brush with Fix+ Spray to get more color payoff and shimmer… I especially recommend doing this with any of the colors with larger shimmer particles to prevent fallout. To blend these into the crease, I like to use a 217 brush or 286 duo fibre brush.

These Mineralize Skinfinishes are all limited edition and are available now at MAC stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.com. They sell for $33 and contain 7.5 g / 0.26 US oz of product. That’s $3 more and 2.5g less product than the permanent MSF’s, but with the special packaging and unique colors, these are worth it!

Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinishes

Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinishes Labels

Centre of Attention

Centre of Attention

Centre of Attention

Centre of Attention

Centre of Attention Left: Separate colors applied heavily   Right: Both colors blended together Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. MSF swatched on NC15 skin.

Centre of Attention
Left: Separate colors applied heavily                                 Right: Both colors blended together
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. MSF swatched on NC15 skin.

Centre of Attention:   This MSF is described as a “pastel peachy pink with fine pink shimmer / 24 carat gold shimmer”. Blended together this is a light, warm, champagne-gold with a gorgeous golden shimmer. The color payoff is good and coverage is semi-sheer, as it should be with Mineralize Skinfinishes. I got about 6 hours of wear before this started to fade. Blended together, Centre of Attention works well as a highlighter on fair to medium-dark skin.

The larger outer area is a light, somewhat peachy-pink, champagne type of color with a soft, warm peachy-pink sheen. Although it’s light, it gives good color payoff and semi-opaque coverage. This color is soft, finely milled, and easy to blend out and apply. This wore well for over 8 hours. I love this color as a highlighter on fair to medium skin, or as an eye shadow.

The smaller inner area is a true 24 carat gold with larger shimmer particles. Color payoff is nice, but it’s not quite opaque. It doesn’t apply as smoothly as the lighter color, due to the bigger shimmery bits. That said, it’s still quite beautiful and I really like using this color applied damp on the eyelid. On the cheeks I only got about 4-5 hours of wear before this faded or moved around. As a highlighter, this is flattering on medium to deep skin.

Dupes:

– Blended Together:   Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Highlighter is very similar, though it was limited edition. Soft and Gentle is permanent but is less golden and lighter.

– Outer Area (Champagne):   Lightscapade is close, but slightly lighter and has more yellow tones. It’s permanent and always available, though!

– Inner Area (Gold):   I honestly can’t think of anything that’s similar to this… Perhaps one of the golden colors in a Mineralize Eye Shadow that I can’t seem to remember the name of (oops).

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Perfectly Poised

Perfectly Poised

Perfectly Poised

Perfectly Poised

Perfectly Poised
Left: Separate colors applied heavily                             Right: Both colors blended together
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. MSF swatched on NC15 skin.

Perfectly Poised:   This is a “bronzy coral with golden tones / creamy beige with pinkish purple sheen”… Blended together this is a light to medium (depending on how much you apply), warm toned,  peachy bronze with a soft, neutral, champagne-pink sheen. It’s really pretty on fair to medium skin if you want a glow and a bit of color that’s somewhere between a blush and bronzer. Both colors in this Mineralize Skinfinish are very finely milled and silky, so they apply easily, give great coverage, and blend together well without any large, blotchy shimmer. Blended together, it’s not super metallic or anything so this MSF doesn’t emphasize pores too much. I got roughly 8 hours of wear before I noticed any fading.

The larger outer area is a warm, medium to medium-dark, orange/coral-bronze with a golden sheen. The color payoff is amazing with very little product applied. It’s a nice bronzer for light to medium-dark skin… The lighter you are, the less you want to apply. I recommend a MAC 188 duo-fibre brush. This color also makes a beautiful highlighter on dark to deep skin. Be careful applying too much on the cheeks if you have larger pores since this color is quite intense and frosty. You can also use this as an eyeshadow! If you want to use it like that, you can use it either dry or damp… Damp will give you more coverage and a more metallic finish. Used on the face, this color gave me slightly less than 6 hours of wear before it began to fade.

The smaller inner area is a pale, almost neutral but slightly cool toned cream color with a cool, pinkish, pearly sheen. This doesn’t have as much coverage as the larger area of this MSF but it does have good color payoff. I love this as a highlighter on fair to light or light-medium skin. It’s very soft and gives a beautiful glow. You can also use this one as an eyeshadow applied either dry or damp. As a highlighter, I didn’t notice any fading until I had this on for over 8 hours.

Dupes:

– Blended Together:   I can’t really think of a great dupe for this… Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish (which is permanent) is pinker, much less bronze, and has larger shimmer particles.

– Outer Area (Golden Bronze):   Center of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish from the Heavenly Creatures collection of Summer 2012 is very similar, though perhaps a little more orange. Trace Gold Blush (part of the permanent line) is lighter and more golden, not as bronze.

– Inner Area (Pale Cream):   Snowglobe Beauty Powder from the Glitter and Ice Holiday collection of 2011 is very similar, though slightly darker and warmer. Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish (permanent) is similar as well but is a bit darker and more intense.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Scene to be Seen

Scene to be Seen

Scene to be Seen

Scene to be Seen

Scene to be Seen
Left: Separate colors applied heavily                               Right: Both colors blended together
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. MSF swatched on NC15 skin.

Scene to be Seen:   This MSF is a “mauve with pink sheen / brick rose with gold reflects”… Blended together this is a medium to medium-dark, rosy plum with a warm, rose-gold frosty sheen. The color payoff and coverage are both great. I did notice that due to the more frosted finish, it can emphasize pores a bit. The texture is very smooth so it blends out and applies easily. I like this as a blush on fair to medium-dark skin… It also works well as a highlight on dark to deep skin. I got about 8 hours of wear with this wearing it either way.

The larger outer area is the one described as a “mauve with pink sheen” and is a medium to medium-dark, plum with a warm, rosy undertone and a frosted finish. The coverage is fantastic, as is the color payoff. It applies smoothly and fortunately it blends out easily since it’s so highly pigmented. I like this as a blush and it works well on fair to dark skin, though on lighter skin you want to apply this sparingly! I suggest a MAC 188 duo fibre brush. It wore well for me for about 8 hours before fading.

The smaller inner area is described as a “brick rose with gold reflects” and is a medium, slightly plummy color with some coppery rose undertones. This part of the MSF contains the “gold reflects” which are fine, golden shimmery bits. It also has a frosty finish, but not as frosted as the other area of this blush. It’s not as pigmented and opaque as the larger outer area either, but still gives really good color payoff and decent coverage. As with the larger area, I like this as a blush on fair to dark skin, making sure it’s applied more lightly on lighter skin tones. I got 6-7 hours of wear with this before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:

– Blended Together:   Small Vanity Powder Blush from the Glamour Daze Holiday collection of 2012 is similar, but has little to no shimmer or frost. For permanent dupes, I would suggest Love Joy or Warm Soul Mineralize Blushes… Love Joy is slightly darker and more coppery, and Warm Soul is a bit lighter and less plum, but those are about as close as you’re going to get!

– Outer Area (mauve with pink sheen):   Lavish Living Mineralize Blush (also from this collection) is similar, though more of a cool toned plum… You could also do Plum Foolery Powder Blush, which is a permeant color. It’s very close but may slightly less shimmery.

– Inner Area (brick rose with gold reflects):   Ambering Rose Powder Blush (permanent) is close, but slightly more coppery and has less plum to it at all. Warm Soul Mineralize Blush (also permanent) is similar as well, though it’s not as dark and is not so rosy.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

MAC’s Divine Night collection is the color collection that was recently released for Holiday 2013. It’s full of shimmery, rich looking colors and the Fluidlines are no disappointment! There are a total of three that came out with this collection. One (Macroviolet) is permanent, so I will not be reviewing that one, but the other two will be included in this post.

Divine Night Fluidlines 1

 

MAC Fluidlines are an “Ultra-smooth, gel formula that provides the precision of a liquid liner with a silkier, softer finish”. They’re a very smooth, easy to apply formula that wears all day without smudging or flaking. I’m not a big fan of liquid liners, but this gel formula is thicker so I feel like it’s easier to control. While there aren’t waterproof, they are smudge-proof on most people (unless your eyes are excessively watery). I don’t recommend these for the waterline, especially these shimmery ones, but they do wear well on both the upper and lower lashlines.

For application you can use so many different brushes… It really depends on personal preference. For a smaller line with more control and detail, a MAC 210 brush will work well… A MAC 209 is also suitable and is a bit bigger, so you’ll get a thicker line. My favorite brushes, especially for a winged look, are the MAC 263 or 266 angles brushes… It’s very easy to get the perfect wing with these! I’ll actually try to post a tutorial soon on how to get a perfect wing using these products 🙂

The Divine Night Fluidlines are limited edition and are available now online at www.maccosmetics.com, as well as at MAC stores and counters. These sell for $17.50 (a little more expensive than usual, due to the beautiful special packaging), and contain the typical 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product.

TIP:   When storing your Fluidlines in your makeup case or drawer, make sure they’re upside down with the label up! This will keep them from drying out.

Divine Night Fluidline Labels

 

Divine Night Fluidlines 2

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Fluidlines swatches on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Fluidlines swatches on NC15 skin.

Deliciously Rich

Deliciously Rich

Deliciously Rich:   This Fluidline is a “shimmering dirty taupe”… It’s a medium-dark, warm toned taupe with loads of multidimensional bronze and golden shimmer. I love this Fluidline because it’s soooo shimmery and perfect for holiday or any other time you want a pop of shimmer. The color payoff is great! I got nearly opaque coverage with Deliciously Rich and about 12 hours of wear before any smudging occurred. Since the shimmer particles in this Fluidline are a little large, I prefer a 266 angled brush to apply this with so it goes on as smoothly as possible.

This color was previously released this year with the Indulge collection, so it’s a repromote… You may want to check your collection before you purchase this in case you already have it!

Dupes:   There aren’t really any Fluidlines I can think of that are similar to Deliciously Rich, but Lord It Up Pearlglide Eye Pencil is very close. It may be a pencil, but it’s very smooth, shimmery and wears all day!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Stares & Speculation

Stares & Speculation

Stares & Speculation:   This is a “dirty olive with gold pearl”… It’s a medium-dark, neutral, slightly olive toned grayish-brown with warmer, almost golden shimmer. When applied, the shimmer gives this Fluidline a nearly foiled effect… It’s so beautiful! I got great great color payoff, opaque coverage, and around 12 hours of wear with Stares & Speculation. This applied very smoothly since the shimmer particles are very small.

Dupes:   I can’t think of any off the top of my head… It’s a pretty unique color and definitely worth adding to your collection if you like Fluidlines!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5