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There are several new colors of Pro Longwear Paint Pots that MAC has recently released… There are a few repromotes with this collection as well (Antique Diamond, Blackground and Constructivist) but I’ll be reviewing the newest ones only. Everyone always begs MAC to come out with new Paint Pot colors and I feel like they really listened this time… Not only are there new cool and warm toned neutrals, there’s also a cool greyed taupe, pink/plum, a silvery white, and even an aqua shade. There’s a lot of variety with this release, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding something that’s perfect for you!

Pro Longwear Paint Pots Fall 13

MAC’s description for Pro Longwear Paint Pots is “A highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. Long-wearing, colourfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over the lids.”   Pro Longwear Paint Pots are a cream eye shadow formula that has enough color and staying power to stand on it’s own as an eye shadow, or you can use it as a primer underneath powder eye shadows. As a primer, these are great for enhancing colors and making them pop, as well as making eye shadows crease-proof and long wearing. You can even use these as liners since they wear so well!

There are a few different finishes, with some being more creamy and matte, while other have a hint of shimmer. All of them wear for a long time though… We’re talking 10+ hours of wear! Seriously, I put these on at 10am and everything is still in place when I wash my face at 1 or 2am! They have a wonderful, creamy consistency applies easily and never feels dry or heavy, even after they’ve set.

There are several ways to apply these… You can use your fingers if you feel like you want a soft wash of color (this is how I usually apply if it’s just as a lightweight primer). Using your fingers also helps to warm up the product for easy blending. If you want heavier coverage, try a flat lid brush like a MAC 242, 239, or 282 brush. If you want to be able to blend this out easily or want a softer look, I suggest a fluffier type of brush like a MAC 217 or 286 brush. If you’re using this as a liner, try a MAC 210, 211, 209, or 266 brush.

All of these are permanent, so they won’t be going anywhere! They’re all available now online at  www.maccosmetics.com, or at your local counter or store. Pro Longwear Paint Pots sell for $20 and contain 5 g / 0.17 US oz of product (which will last you a long time).

TIP:   Store your Pro Longwear Paint Pots upside down (label up) to prevent them from drying out as quickly!

Pro Longwear Paint Pot Labels

Pro Longwear Paint Pots 2

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Pro Longwear Paint Pots swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Pro Longwear Paint Pots swatched on NC15 skin.

Camel Coat

Camel Coat

Camel Coat:   This is a “muted beige” with a creamy type of finish that dries to a matte. It’s a cool toned, medium gray type of beige color that looks much warmer in the pot than it does on the skin. It gave me full coverage, good color payoff and applied easily with a creamy texture. This is neutral enough to wear as a base with most eye shadows, especially cooler beiges and neutrals. It’s also really nice on it’s own for a quick, long lasting eye shadow.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Chrome Angel

Chrome Angel

Chrome Angel:   This Paint Pot is described as a “platinum silver” and has a shimmery finish. It’s a light, whitened silver that’s neither warm nor cool, so you won’t see any colored type sheen with it, common to a lot of shades like this. Applied heavily, it has nearly opaque coverage with more of a true silver color payoff. Applied lightly, it looks more like a shimmery white and has much lighter coverage. Either way it goes on smoothly and works well by itself for a soft wash of color or as a base for most eye shadows, especially silvers, whites, light neutrals, or bold, bright colors as it will help those show up true to pan color.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Clearwater

Clearwater

Clearwater:   Clearwater is a “sea foam” color with a mostly matte finish. It’s a light-medium, cool toned aqua with more blue tones than teal or green. It has great coverage whether you apply it heavily or lightly. Applied heavily it has true to pot color payoff, while applied lightly it shows softer, more blue-gray tones. Since this is a bolder color it works really well on it’s own all over the lid or blended into the crease. It’s also great as a base for blues, greens, and aquas.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Layin' Low

Layin’ Low

Layin’ Low:   Layin’ Low is a “creamy beige” with a matte finish. It’s a light-medium beige that has slightly warm undertones… To me, this is like a better, warmer version of Painterly, which used to be my go-to for a daily eye shadow base, but now I tend to reach for Layin’ Low! It’s super creamy and gives great color payoff and coverage. It’s suitable for a base for all skin tones and works really well by itself as a soft all-over lid color. It’s sort of the cream version of Soft Brown Eye Shadow, also from MAC.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Perky

Perky

Perky:   Perky is a “cream coral with white pearl” and has a satin-like finish with a pearly sheen once it sets. It’s a light to light-medium, warm, soft, coral-ish peachy pink. Applied lightly it has good color payoff, though not completely opaque coverage. If you apply it a bit more heavily, it gives true to pot color payoff and full coverage. Perky is beautiful both by itself or as a base for warmer colored eye shadows. This color was released previously as a “normal” formula Paint Pot.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Stormy Pink

Stormy Pink

Stormy Pink:   Stormy Pink is a “muted grey purple” with a matte to satin finish, depending on how much you apply. It’s a medium, cool toned greyed purple/plum that looks deeper and cooler on the skin than it does in the pot. Whether you apply this heavily or lightly, you’ll get great coverage. Applied heavily, this shows more grey tones, while applied lightly, it shows more of the plum/cool pink tones. It applies easily and feels very creamy. Stormy Pink is really nice as an all over lid color or as a base for eye shadows similar in color… So far I’ve used pinks, plums, purples, greys, and deeper colors like Folie or Embark over this and they all look great! I’ve also used this on my lips… It’s definitely one of those unusual, almost undead type of lip looks, but I really dig it.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Tailor Grey

Tailor Grey

Tailor Grey:   Tailor Grey is a “muted grey” with a mostly matte finish. It’s a medium to medium-dark, slightly warm toned taupey-grey. It does look warmer in the pot than it does on the skin, but even when applied, it still leans more warm than cool toned. I got full coverage and great color payoff when I applied this both lightly and heavily and it glided on with a creamy texture that made is super easy to blend out before it set. Tailor Grey looks awesome on it’s own for a soft, smoky look, or you can wear it as a base for any kind of medium to deep neutral.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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MAC released two new Pro Longwear Lip Pencils with this collection that match some of the Lipsticks also part of RiRi Hearts MAC. I’m SO glad these are Pro Longwear! Not only do I think they’re such great quality, they work perfectly with Matte and Retro Matte Lipsticks!

RiRi Pro Longwear Lip Pencil Packaging

 

RiRi Pro Longwear Lip Pencils 2

RiRi Pro Longwear Lip Pencil Boxes

 

 

Like the rest of the products in this collection, these have the special pink packaging and boxes, but they’re like all the other Pro Longwear Lip Pencils on the inside!

Pro Longwear Lip Pencils are all highly pigmented lip pencils that are surprisingly creamy for a long wearing formula, gliding on without any tugging or pulling at the lips. Once these set, they feel a bit more dry but won’t budge or transfer, wearing for around 6-8 hours. Since both of these are a bright and dark, they tend to leave behind a bit of a stain but it’s easily removed with a wipe or remover oil. If you feel like these don’t glide on easily enough, or if you want to fill in with them, I suggest applying something like MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip first, giving it a smooth base to glide over.

Both of these Pro Longwear Lip Pencils are limited edition and came out at counter today, although they were released online earlier this week and at freestanding stores last Thursday. As far as I know, they’re sold out online at probably at a lot of stores, but maybe you can still grab them at your local counter! Because these have special packaging, they cost $21.50 compared to the typical $19.50, although they contain the same 1.2 g / 0.04 US oz of product.

RiRi Pro Longwear Lip Pencil Labels

 

RiRi Pro Longwear Lip Pencils 1

 

RiRi Pro Longwear Lip Pencil Swatches

 

RiRi Woo

RiRi Woo

 

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

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

RiRi Woo:   This Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is a “cool red cream” with a creamy, yet matte finish. It’s a medium to medium-dark, cool, blue based red that’s a perfect match for the Lipstick that shares the same name. It had the usual creamy texture, like other Pro Longwear Lip Pencils and glided on giving perfect color payoff and full coverage. I got 6-8 hours of wear with this before I had to touch up.

Even though this is made for RiRi Woo, it works well with any blue based red… Ruby Woo and Russian Red are other good Lipsticks to pair up with this liner.

Dupes:   Cherry Lip Pencil from MAC is going to be the closest match to this pencil, even though it isn’t Pro Longwear. If you want a Pro Longwear, try Kiss Me Quick… That one is a tiny bit darker but it’s very close!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Talk That Talk

Talk That Talk

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

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

Talk That Talk:   This pencil is a “dark plum cream” with a creamy matte finish. It’s a deep, slightly warm toned plum. Like most Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, this felt smooth and creamy, applying easily and giving me perfect color payoff and great coverage. I got about 7 hours of wear before this liner started to fade. It is a bit darker than the Lipstick with the same name, so if the Lipstick doesn’t give you enough color payoff, I suggest layering Talk That Talk Pro Longwear Pencil underneath!

Since this liner is such a beautiful, dark plum, you can use it with tons of Lipsticks… Some of my favorites to pair this up with are Diva, Viva Glam I, Media, Cyber, and Rebel. You can also try it with lighter and brighter colors for a vampy ombre look.

Dupes:   Talk That Talk is certainly one of a kind as far as Pro Longwear Lip Pencils go, but Currant, Vino, and Nightmoth Lip Pencils are pretty close, with Nightmoth being the best dupe I’ve tried. So don’t worry if you can’t get Talk That Talk!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

Part of MAC’s Retro Matte collection, which was released just yesterday, is some brand new additions to their lineup of Pro Longwear Lip Pencils. These are all brighter types of colors, which was much needed in the Pro Longwear formula! All but one of them is permanent and hopefully the single limited edition will stick around if enough people ask it to. Three of these are already permanent and are just being repromoted because they work well with the lipsticks also released with this collection.

RM Pro Longwear Lip Pencils

 

Pro Longwear Lip Pencils are “A new generation of longwearing lip pencil technology. Glides on fluidly and adheres instantly. Defines the lips with an instant release of rich, saturated colour. Pro-longs the hours between re-application. Transfer proof.”

These are all highly pigmented lip pencils that are surprisingly creamy for a long wearing formula, gliding on without any tugging or pulling at the lips. Once these set, they feel a bit more dry but won’t budge or transfer, wearing for around 6-8 hours. The brighter colors also leave a soft stain behind even after fading, so they’re great for layering under lipsticks as well as using them as a basic kind of liner. If you layer these and fill in the whole lip, you may want to apply a primer like Prep + Prime Lip first so they don’t emphasize any dry or chapped areas on your lips, which they rarely do, but it will also make them wear longer and apply more smoothly!

All of these Pro Longwear Lip Pencils are permanent, with the exception of the limited edition color, Fashion Boost, which I hope will end up sticking around! These were released online at www.maccosmetics.com last week and in stores and at counters yesterday, Thursday September 12th. Pro Longwear Lip Pencils contain 1.2 g / 0.04 US oz of product and sell for $19.50.

TIP:   Due to the dry, yet creamy formula of these lip pencils, make sure you get a good sharpener to use with them… Using the cheap drugstore kind can lead to unwanted breakage and wasting your pencil! I suggest the ones from MAC, Benefit, or NARS.

RM Pro Longwear Lip Pencil Labels

 

RM Pro Longwear Lip Pencils 2

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Pro Longwear Lip Pencils swatched on NC20 skin.

Dynamo

Dynamo

Dynamo:   This is one of the new, permanent colors and is described as an “intense pink cream”. It’s a medium-dark, hot creamy pink with some soft coral-ish undertones. It looks the same on the lips as it does in the stick, giving great coverage and color payoff. It works well with most warm toned bright pink, soft reddish pinks, corals, or coral-pink lipsticks and glosses.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Fashion Boost

Fashion Boost

Fashion Boost:   This is a brand new “bright purple cream” and is, unfortunately, the only limited edition Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in this collection… Why do they ALWAYS do that with the purples?! GRR!! It’s a bright, medium-dark, purple-magenta with some warm, pinkish undertones. It’s a soft, creamy type of finish but still gives amazing color payoff and perfectly opaque coverage. This liner works well with nearly any purple, fuchsia, magenta, or cool toned bright pink lip.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

High Energy

High Energy

High Energy:   High Energy is a “bright orange red cream” that is new and will remain in the permanent lineup of MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils. It’s a very bright, medium-dark, warm, orange-red. Like the other lip pencils in this collection, I got great color payoff and coverage. You can use this liner with any medium to medium-dark orange, yellow/orange based red, or deep coral lipstick or gloss.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

In Anticipation Please excuse how hideous it looks... the cheap sharpener I used sort of ate it up!

In Anticipation
Please excuse how hideous it looks… the cheap sharpener I used sort of ate it up!

In Anticipation:   This is one of the existing permanent Pro Longwear Lip Pencils that’s being repromoted with the Retro Matte collection. It’s described as a “soft yellow pink”… It’s a bright, medium, warm toned pink that gives absolutely opaque coverage and wonderful color payoff. This works well with most medium, neutral to warm pinks, as well as pinkish-nudes if you want to brighten them up a bit.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

More to Love

More to Love

More to Love:   This is an “intense bluish pink” and is one of the existing permanent pencils being repromoted. It’s a medium-dark, bright, slightly cool toned fuchsia, which once applied, can turn more neutral to warm, depending on your own lip color. It gives intense color payoff and full coverage. This works really well with any bold pink, cool toned reddish pink, or fuchsia lipstick or gloss.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Shock Value

Shock Value

Shock Value:   This lip pencil is a “bright pink cream” and is one of the new, permanent Pro Longwear Lip Pencils… It’s a very bright, medium, cool/blue toned pink that looks a little darker and even more cool toned/slightly magenta once applied. The color payoff and coverage were both fantastic, but this pencil did feel a little more dry than some of the others in this collection. This looks really good with any bright, cool toned pink lipstick or gloss.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Staunchly Stylish

Staunchly Stylish

Staunchly Stylish:   Staunchly Stylish is a “pinky beige” that is already part of MAC’s permanent range of Pro Longwear Lip Pencils. It’s a medium, neutral, slightly pinkish brown/nude. It’s kind of one of those you-lips-but-better type of colors. It gives great color payoff and coverage, and as you can see from the photo, has a soft sheen to it so it doesn’t look totally matte until it sets. Staunchly Stylish is a good liner to use with any medium nude-ish pink, nude, brown, or any kind of neutral lip.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Trust in Red

Trust in Red

Trust in Red:   This new and permanent Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is a “bright cool red cream”… It’s a medium-dark, cool toned, blue based red that’s not as bright once applied as it is in the stick… It actually looks a bit darker on the lips too. The texture feels a little dry (and looks that way in the photo as well), but it doesn’t tug on the lips when you put it on or make application uncomfortable. It gave me totally opaque coverage and great color payoff. Since it’s a true, cool toned red, you can use this with nearly any cool toned red lip!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

 

Although Paint Pots are probably a familiar formula for you, Pro Longwear Paint Pots are fairly new… I’m not 100% sure of the change in formulas, but the Pro Longwear type DO seem to last a little longer than the original Paint Pot formula.

Anyway, there are a total of five Pro Longwear Paint Pots with the Baking Beauties collection… Three of these are brand new and limited edition, while Dangerous Cuvee and Let’s Skate are part of the permanent line (I will not be reviewing those in this post). The two I am not reviewing at this time add a bit more variety, though, since Let’s Skate is a “pale pink with pearl” and Dangerous Cuvee is a “frosted cool grey”. There is definitely something for everyone in this collection and Paint Pots are always a good product to get when there are new ones released!

Baking Beauties Pro Longwear Paint Pots

Pro Longwear Paint Pots are, according to MAC, “A highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. Long-wearing, colourfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over the lids. Cream-based, can be mixed with M·A·C shadows and liners.” That’s a mouthful but it’s a very accurate description! They’re a cream eye shadow that can be used on their own or as a base for other eye shadows (like powder eye shadows or pigments). They blend easily and you have a bit of time to blend these out before they set. Once they’re set they will NOT budge or crease all day long! I like these because if I’m in a hurry I can pop one on all over my lid for some shimmer and color and be done. Since Pro Longwear Paint Pots are like a primer and eye shadow all in one, it takes out the step of applying a primer first, so that saves time and makes life a little easier. No matter how you apply these, you should get a long-lasting wear time of at least 8-12 hours.

There are a few different ways to apply these… If you want it to be pigmented and opaque all over your lid, either as a base or as your only eye shadow, I suggest a flat type of brush like a MAC 242, 252 (which is being promoted with this collection), a 249, or even a 287 flat duo-fibre brush. These will pack on the color and apply the product smoothly. To blend these Pro Longwear Paint Pots out, apply them more softly, or blend these into the crease, a MAC 217 is a good brush to use. Alternatively, if you’re using these as a liner or as a base for a liner, you can use any kind of liner brush! They’re so smooth that anything from a MAC 210, 212, 219 or 266 will work. My suggestion is to play around with brushes and see what works best for you!

All of these are available now and are limited edition. You can purchase these for $18.50 at your favorite MAC counter, store, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. Pro Longwear Paint Pots contain 5 g / 0.17 US oz of product, which should last you quite a while!

TIP:   If you have ever had an issue with your Paint Pots drying out, store them upside down (label up), and that should keep them from drying out or shrinking. Same for Fluidlines! 😉

Baking Beauties Pro Longwear Paint Pot Labels

Pro Longwear Paint Pots swatches on NC15 skin. Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.

Pro Longwear Paint Pots swatches on NC15 skin.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.

Eclair

Eclair

Eclair:   Eclair is described as a “light chocolate with gold pearl” and has a pearl finish. It’s a medium-dark, warm, rich, reddish, bronzed brown with a soft, golden frosted sheen. It’s kind of like the cream version of MAC’s Mulch eye shadow.

This was totally opaque and had amazing color payoff with very little product applied. It glided on like silk and set well but still gave enough time to blend out and soften the edges when I wore it all over my lid. I got a full 12 hours of wear with Eclair before any creasing or fading happened. If there’s only one Paint Pot that you get from this collection, this should be it! It’s versatile and flattering on everyone!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Fancy Frosting

Fancy Frosting:   This Pro Longwear Paint Pot is a “frosted white”. It’s a light, cool white with a silvery-white, pearly shimmer. The type of shimmer particles in Fancy Frosting seem bigger than they are in other Paint Pots in this collection… It has a rougher, drier sort of texture than Eclair does and doesn’t apply as smoothly but still layers and wears well. You just have to take care to blend it out so the shimmer particles don’t stick together and look clumpy!

Fancy Frosting is really versatile… It can be layered for full opacity or worn more sheerly (like it is in the swatch above). It works as a base to brighten eye shadows or pigments worn over it (it works well under light, bright, pastel, and metallic colors), or it works well by itself as an all over lid color or a pop of a light shimmer on the inner corner of the eye. Since it’s versatile, the color payoff and opacity vary drastically depending on how you apply it! With a sheer or heavy application, I got around 8 hours of wear before I noticed any creasing or fading.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Mooncake

Mooncake

Mooncake:   Mooncake is a “warm beige” that contains small shimmer particles and has a soft frosted finish… It’s a light, warm golden beige that actually looks more sparkly/shimmery on than it does in the pot.

It has good coverage and color payoff but, like Fancy Frosting, can be applied sheerly or heavily, depending on your preference. Also like Fancy Frosting, the shimmer particles can cling to each other and look slightly heavy unless you blend this out. When I wore this on my lid I had no fading or creasing for about 12 hours.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

The Apres Chic collection is pretty big and full of all sorts of Mineralize products. There are even two brand new products that made their debut in this collection… Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm and Pro Longwear Eye Liner. Apres Chic is my favorite collection since Heavenly Creature and let me just say, the promo image is GORGEOUS!

There are a few products that are part of Apres Chic that I will not be reviewing now… I did not purchase the limited edition Nail Lacquers, although they are nice… I just don’t feel like adding to my already overwhelmingly huge nail polish collection.

I did purchase the new 287 duo fibre eye brush but I will be including that in a brush post later on since it’s now permanent. I’m skipping a review on the 187 brush too because it will also be part of a brush post. Zoom Waterfast Lash Mascara has also been left out because it’s permanent as well and I don’t have it or need a new mascara right now, so I couldn’t convince myself to buy it.

MAC Apres Chic Promo Image

 

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Apres Chic Mineralize Skinfinishes

Mineralize Skinfinish:   These are both limited edition Mineralize Skinfinishes, but they have both been released previously with other collections. Mineralize Skinfinishes work as highlighters or blushes, giving your cheeks a beautiful, shimmery glow. The shimmery particles in both of these are very fine, so they don’t look chunky or emphasize pores like some other MSF’s do. Mineralize Skinfinish sells for $29 and contains 10 g / 0.35oz of product.

For more photos, swatches, and reviews for these Mineralize Skinfinishes, click here.

 

Apres Chic Mineralize Blushes

 

Mineralize Blush:   Mineralize Blushes are my favorite blush formula from any brand, ever! They’re glowy without being too frosted and give the face a beautiful “from within” type of radiance. Mineralize Blushes are buildable too, so you can achieve a soft natural look or apply it more heavily if you want added intensity. These three colors are suitable for anyone and can be used in different ways or even layered with one another. Alpine Bronze and Amber Glow are brand new, limited edition colors, while Gentle is part of MAC’s permanent range. Mineralize Blush contains 3.2g / 0.10oz of product and sell for $23.50.

For additional photos, swatches and reviews of these blushes, click here.

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Apres Chic Mineralize Eye Shadows

Mineralize Eye Shadow:   Mineralize Eye Shadows are a versatile type of powder eye shadow that can be used dry for a softer look, or applied with a dampened brush for more intensity and a more frosted finish. These are all really lovely colors and look great on anyone. All five of these are brand new colors and are limited edition. Mineralize Eye Shadows cost $21 and contain 2.2g / 0.07oz of product.

For more photos, swatches and reviews of these Mineralize Eye Shadows, click here.

 

Apres Chic Pro Longwear Eye Liners

 

Pro Longwear Eye Liner:   These are a brand new eye liner formula that will remain as part of MAC’s permanent line of products. They’re smooth and long wearing, lasting for 12+ hours on the upper lash line (on the lid) and 6+ on the waterline. There are only five colors as of right now, but I’m hoping that MAC releases more later on… I can see these becoming VERY popular! Pro Longwear Eye Liners cost $19.50 and contain  5g / 0.17oz of product.

If you want to check out more photos, swatches, and reviews of Pro Longwear Eye Liners, click here.

 

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Apres Chic Lipsticks 1

Lipstick:   There are five brand new lipsticks out with the Apres Chic collection. All of these are limited edition. There is plenty of variation between the Apres Chic lipsticks, so you’re sure to find one that you fall in love with. These lipsticks are are high quality and have good pigmentation and texture. MAC Lipsticks sell for $15 and contain 3g / 0.1oz of product.

To see more photos, swatches and reviews of these lipsticks, click here.

 

Apres Chic Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms

Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm:   These lip balms are a brand new, limited edition product (although I’m hoping that MAC will make these permanent). Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms are super nourishing and lightweight all at the same time. They’re somewhat sheer, but have a decent amount of color for this type of lip moisturizer. I put these to the test when I was out at sea whale watching, then hiking through redwood forests in really cold weather this past week… They held up well, wore for a long time and most importantly, kept my lips soft and moisturized! Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms contain 10ml / .33fl oz of product and sell for$19.50.

For more photos, swatches and reviews of these Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms, click here.

 

* * *     NAILS     * * *

 

I did not purchase either one Nail Lacquer in the Apres Chic collection because honestly, I’m running out of room to store my nail polishes… So unfortunately, I can’t give you reviews for these, but I have seen these in person and I do think they’re pretty! I like MAC’s Nail Lacquer for the most part… They typically wear pretty well (5-6 days before tip wear or chipping) and apply smoothly. However, I can’t vouch for these because I did not test them. MAC Nail Lacquers contain 10ml / 0.34 US oz of product and cost $16.

On the left is Dangerously Fun, which is a “berry tone blue red”. On the right, we have Hangin’ Loose, which is described as a “dirty pink nude”.

 

Apres Chic Nail Lacquers

There’s another new product out with the Apres Chic collection… Pro Longwear Eye Liner! These eye liners are a great addition to the Pro Longwear lineup and are sure to become a top seller in no time. I’ve had some time to test them out and I must say, I’m impressed. They’re comparable to Powerpoint Eye Pencils, but even longer wearing. They’re very smooth and last a LONG time! The nicest part is that you can smudge them for a soft, smokey look but once they set, they last for 10-12 hours on the eyelid and 6-8 hours on the waterline.

Pro Longwear Eye Liners are available now and will remain as part of MAC’s permanent range of products, so they won’t be disappearing anytime soon. You can pick these up at any MAC counter, store, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. These eye liners cost $19.50 and contain  5g / 0.17oz of product.

Left to Right: Black Ice, Mountain Air, Night Trail, Rich Experience, Snow Shadow

Apres Chic Pro Longwear Eye Liner Labels

Apres Chic Pro Longwear Eye Liner Swatches

Black Ice:   Black Ice is a “rich black” with a silky, semi-matte finish that sets to a true matte. It’s intense and has great color payoff, but is easily smudge-able and feels smooth. Black Ice gave me the best wear both on the lashline and waterline. Black liners are pretty basic, so they work with any eye color.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Mountain Air:   Mountain Air is a “vibrant teal” with a slight sheen, although it’s mostly matte. It’s a cool toned, medium teal-ish blue. The color payoff is fantastic! This liner goes on super smooth and lasts throughout the day, staying in place as well as keeping the bold color. I like this best on people with hazel and brown eyes.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Night Trail:   Night Trail is a “deep navy blue” with a cool toned sheen. To me, it looks like a charcoal-tinged navy blue. It’s nice because it’s not as bold as a black and it looks really good on people with brown eyes. The color payoff for Night Trail isn’t as deep or intense as Black Ice or Mountain Air, but it’s still a great eye liner. Not everything has to be super intense to be a great product… I actually prefer this to a black eye liner for a daytime look.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Rich Experience:   Rich Experience is described as a “true brown”… It’s a dark, rich, neutral brown with a velvety, matte finish. When I applied this, it didn’t go on as dark as it looks in pencil form but you can easily build on it. It did feel a bit drier than the other pencils in this collection but the drier texture didn’t cause any problems when I applied it. I do love this color… It’s great for a softer daytime look and is especially flattering on people with blue or green eyes, although it works on everyone.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Snow Shadow:   Snow Shadow is a “purple violet” that looks a lot brighter on the website than it does in real life! In person, this is a dark, cool toned purple. It’s the sheerest and driest of all of the Pro Longwear Eye Liners, which may be disappointing to some people. It’s still something that I see myself using on a regular basis… A softer look isn’t always a bad thing, especially with bright colors! This is a nice eye liner for anyone with green, hazel, or brown eyes.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

I was not able to make posts for MAC’s Glamour Daze collection by release day (thanks, late UPS man)…  BUT the posts will be going up this weekend! Hopefully all of them will be complete by Saturday night. I have work events all weekend for this collection release or they’d be up sooner! On the plus side, that will give me a chance to play with the products all day long and give you all fair reviews 🙂

Anyway… for the Glamour Daze collection I’ll be doing photos, swatches and reviews for the following products:

  • Extra Dimension Skinfnish
  • Extra Dimension Eye Shadows
  • Powder Blushes
  • Nail Lacquers
  • Fluidlines
  • Lipsticks
  • Lipglasses
  • Kohl Power Eye Pencils (all but Mystery… though I may purchase it later)

So yeah… Lots of fun stuff from MAC’s Holiday collection!

As you may know, MAC also added more permanent Pro Longwear products not too long ago with the Office Hours collection… You also may know how much I LOVE Pro Longwear anything, so naturally I’ll be doing reviews, photos, and swatches of the new Pro Longwear:

  • Lipglasses
  • Blushes
  • Eye Shadows

There’s definitely something for everyone with the extension of the Pro Longwear line, but I really love the eye shadows because they’re matte/satin rather than frosty/shimmery like the first generation of Pro Longwear Eye Shadows. Those posts should be up sometime next week!!

I won’t be taking another break from this blog anytime soon, I promise! Thank you for sticking around and reading 🙂