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MAC’s new spring collection, Flamingo Park, launched just over a week ago and is full of bright hues, most being pinks and corals. I love this collection because it’s a nice change from all the dark colors and super matte textures of fall and winter. Even if bold colors aren’t necessarily your thing, you’re still sure to find something you love in this collection!

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Be Silly – Have Your Cake – Flocking Fabulous – Long Legged & Fabulous – Nice To Meet You – Please Me – Saint Germain – Silly – The Fashion Flock

 

MAC Lipsticks are high quality and highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. Most of these are Matte or Cremesheen, so you’ll either get high pigmentation and little to no shine, or moderate-buildable color payoff and a pretty, glossy sheen. Sometimes with Matte lipsticks, especially really light, bright, and nude colors, they can emphasize dry or chapped areas on your lips… I try to exfoliate my lips once or twice a week to eliminate any dry spots, then I make sure to apply a primer before putting on my lipstick… My favorite is MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, but there are all kinds of lip primers out there. Prep + Prime Lip is silicone based and contains Vitamin E, so it locks in moisture without being too slippery and creates a smooth surface that your lipstick will stick to, also extending the wear time (definitely beneficial with Cremesheen lipsticks). Using a liner will also make your lipstick wear longer without fading or feathering outside the lip lines, which is a must with brighter colors!

Most of these lipsticks are limited edition, with only Saint Germain and Please Me being permanent. They’re all out now and can be purchased at your local MAC store or counter, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. As of right now, they’re all in stock online. They sell for $17 each and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. Like all MAC lipsticks, they have a subtle vanilla scent but no flavor.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC20 skin.

 

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Be Silly

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Be Silly

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Be Silly

Be Silly: This lipstick is described as a “hot fuchsia pink” and has a Matte finish. It’s a medium-dark, bold pink with cool fuchsia undertones and a creamy matte finish. While I’m not typically a fan of bright pinks, I found this to be really flattering on my skintone, as well of everyone else’s who I’ve seen put this on!

As a typical matte lipstick, the texture is smooth and almost creamy, and dries down to a true matte not long after applying it.  The color payoff with Be Silly is super intense and also gives full coverage. Wear time, as with most mattes, is around 6 hours.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Liners: Embrace Me (limited) is perfect with Be Silly, and was released with this collection. It has also been released several times in the past. As for permanent lip pencils, Talking Points works well, or you can even use something like Currant or Vino to create a darker, more ombre look. If you’d like a longer wearing liner, you can try More To Love Pro Longer Lip Pencil.

Dupes: Melt’s Shady Lady is similar, but darker. MAC’s Candy Yum Yum is lighter and warmer toned. Pink Pigeon is slightly lighter and less fuchsia, but is the closest permanent dupe I’ve found.

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Flocking Fabulous

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Flocking Fabulous

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Flocking Fabulous

Flocking Fabulous: This is a “bright coral red” and has a Cremesheen finish. It’s a medium, bright pinky-coral red with a warm, pearly sheen and a warm undertone. This type of color works well for all skintones, and since it’s a Cremesheen, you can apply a little if you just want a hint of color, or you can layer it up for full color payoff.

It has a very smooth texture and isn’t the least bit drying. Color payoff is bright and looks nearly the same on as it does in the tube. Flocking Fabulous also has pretty good coverage, though it’s not completely opaque. I got about a little over 4 hours of wear before I needed to touch up.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: You can use a wide variety of liners with this lipstick, since it has pink/coral/red tones to it. Chic Trick, which was repromoted with this collection, looks perfect with Flocking Fabulous. You could also use Cherry or Redd if you want to go with a more red tint. For a brighter more coral look, you could try Lasting Sensation. I’ve also seen this with Auburn and Mahogany, which will tone it down and deepen it a bit.

Dupes: I can’t really find any great permanent dupes… Ladybug and Cockney are both soft, semi-sheer reds, but they’re not as coral/pink toned. Watch me Simmer (Shop/Cook MAC) is similar, but lighter.

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Have Your Cake

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Have Your Cake

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Have Your Cake

Have Your Cake: Have Your Cake is a “bright magenta” with a Matte finish. It’s a medium-dark, slightly cool toned, bold magenta with a matte finish that has a hint of a satiny sheen. While I personally am not drawn to colors like this, it is really pretty on most skintones, but I do find it to be most flattering on anyone NC/NW30 and up. That said, it still looks great on lighter skintones too, but it does look very bold if you’re naturally fair like I am!

Like some Matte finish lipsticks, Have Your Cake has an extremely creamy texture, which also results in it having the slightest amount of sheen that never seems to turn 100% matte. Color payoff is great, though it tends to look warmer toned on the lips than it does in the tube. It’s mostly opaque, only having some trouble staying put in the center of the lip for some people. I got 5-6 hours of wear before I noticed any fading, and most was in that pesky center area. Overall, I like this lipstick, but it’s not what I expect from a Matte finish.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: Embrace Me (limited), which was rereleased with Flamingo Park, works with this, but will make it more pinky toned. Magenta is an obvious choice, as is Fashion Boost Pro Longer Lip Pencil. If you want to use a darker pencil for a more ombre lip, try Vino, Currant, or even Nightmoth.

Dupes: Heroine is darker and more of a true purple. Flat Out Fabulous is also a bit darker and more cool toned, but it’s pretty close.

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Long Legged & Fabulous

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Long Legged & Fabulous

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Long Legged & Fabulous

Long Legged & Fabulous: This lipstick is a “soft baby pink” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a light, warm toned, yellow based, milky pink with a soft pearly sheen. Because this lipstick is so light and milky, I definitely recommend applying Prep + Prime lip first so you won’t have anything settle in the lines of your lips (like it did in this photo).

Like most Cremesheens, Long Legged & Fabulous applies smoothly and feels creamy. Color payoff is actually really good and very similar to how it looks in the tube, despite the fact that this is only about 85% opaque. I got just over 4 hours of wear before it began to fade. This finish/texture does seem to cause the dreaded “slime line” towards the inner part of the mouth after a couple of hours, though.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: In Synch is permanent and was released along with this collection, and works well with this lipstick. You could also try Rosy Rim, Soar, or Dervish if you want to stay in the light-medium pink range. There are many other liners that will look great as well, but those are a few that I’ve actually tried.

Dupes: Real Doll (limited) is darker and more pink. Sweet Experience (limited) is more coral and intense. Catty (limited) is more coral, but pretty close. As for permanent dupes, Creme Cup is more nude-pink, but is quite similar, especially if you use a brighter, warmer toned liner with it.

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Nice To Meet You

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Nice To Meet You

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Nice To Meet You

Nice To Meet You: Nice To Meet You is a “deep pink red” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a medium-dark, bright, warm toned pinky red with a pearly golden sheen. I love this color because you can apply it lightly, rub it in, and it looks like a gorgeous, natural type of glossy stain. This type of color is beautiful and easily wearable on all ages and skintones.

It has a very smooth texture and glides onto the lips easily. The color is not quite so intense on the lips as it is in the tube, but it’s still very pretty. Coverage is alright, but I would say it’s only about 75% opaque… It’s hard to tell though, since it’s just a bit brighter and more colorful than most people’s natural lip color. That also comes in handy when it begins to fade, making it less noticeable… I got just over 4 hours of wear time with Nice To Meet You.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: If you want to take a more reddish route with your liner, you can try Redd or Cherry. Lasting Sensation and Chic Trick are also nice, and both have more coral undertones. If you’d like this to look more pink, you can go with something like Talking Points, or Dynamo Pro Longer Lip Pencil.

Dupes: Party Parrot (limited) is actually really similar in color, but it’s more intense, more pigmented, and matte. For a permanent dupe, Impassioned is bolder, more pigmented, and more pink. Fusion Pink is pinker and cooler toned.

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Please Me

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Please Me

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Please Me

Please Me: This is one of the two permanent lipsticks being repromoted with this collection… It’s a “muted rosy tinted pink” with a Matte finish. It’s a medium, slightly warm toned pink and is still creamy, even though it’s matte. Please Me has been one of MAC’s best selling pink lipsticks for years, and for good reason. It’s not too bright, not too light, and has just the right amount of a yellow base, so it doesn’t make anyone look washed out.

For a Matte lipstick, Please Me feels buttery and applies without any tugging. Color payoff is good, though doesn’t tend to look as bright as it does in the tube.  Coverage is opaque, except in the center of the lip sometimes, but this is common with Mattes. Wear time usually lasts 5-6 hours for me.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: Nearly any pinkish liner can be used with Please Me. A few of my favorites are Soar, Dervish, Whirl, or even Half-Red, Embrace Me, or Talking Points if you want to add some more dimension. You could also use In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencil if you’d like to add to the wear time.

Dupes: Since this is a permanent lipstick, I don’t think that dupes are completely necessary, and to be honest, I don’t really have any in my collection that are very similar!

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Saint Germain

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Saint Germain

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Saint Germain

Saint Germain: This is the other permanent lipstick that’s been repromoted with Flamingo Park. It’s a “clean pastel pink” with an Amplified finish… It’s a light to medium, pastel pink with a very blue/lavender, cool toned base and a soft shine. Amplified lipsticks are known for their luxurious quality, creamy texture and high pigmentation, and Saint Germain is no exception. Because this is a light, somewhat milky type of pastel, I do recommend applying Prep + Prime lip first so you don’t have to worry about settling into the lines of your lips.

As I mentioned, this lipstick is very creamy and applies easily without any tugging. Color payoff is intense and is nearly as bright as it is in the tube, though it may look less cool toned if you have naturally very pigmented, warmer toned lips. Coverage is nearly opaque and I only ever have any trouble with it staying on the center of my lip, but that’s easily fixable if you just smudge it around a little with your finger. Wear time for me is 4-5 hours, which is typical with most Amplified finish lipsticks.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: I love Hip ‘N’ Happy lip pencil with this because it’s cool toned and a bit darker, so it works perfectly. You can also use pencils like Soar, Dervish, or even Candy Yum-Yum or Embrace Me for more contrast. I also like Shock Value Pro Longer Lip Pencil when I’m looking for something with a longer wear time.

Dupes: Again, since this is permanent, dupes aren’t needed, and I can’t find anything very similar anyway!

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Silly

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Silly

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Silly

Silly: Silly is a repromote, as it’s been released before, but it’s still limited edition. It’s described as a “bright white pink” and it has a Matte finish… Silly is a medium, bright, slightly warm toned pink with a creamy type of matte finish that doesn’t go completely matte or feel dry at all. The part about it being a “white pink” can be confusing, but it means it has a white base so it shows up intense and true to the color it is in the tube!

The texture is smooth and this lipstick applies well with no tugging like you may get with drier types of mattes. Color payoff is equally bright and intense on the lips as it is in the tube. I got full coverage with Silly and a great wear time of about 6 hours.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: There was actually a Silly Lip Pencil released with this in a previous collection, so naturally that’s the perfect match… If you don’t have that, you can use Embrace Me, which came out with Flamingo Park, or something like Candy Yum-Yum or Talking Points.

Dupes: Pink Nouveau is a little cooler toned, but it’s close, and it’s permanent. Pink Pigeon is also very similar, though perhaps a bit darker and cooler toned.

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The Fashion Flock

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The Fashion Flock

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The Fashion Flock

The Fashion Flock: Last but not least, The Fashion Flock is the only online exclusive lipstick from this collection and it’s definitely worth ordering! It’s a “bright pink coral” with a Matte finish, and it’s stunning on everyone I’ve seen wear it! It’s a medium, bright, warm toned pinky coral with a creamy matte finish that never looks too dry.

Like the other Mattes in this collection, this lipstick applies easily, though you may want to put on Prep + Prime Lip first to keep it from settling into the natural lines and creases of your lips, especially if they’re dry or dehydrated like mine were in these photos! Both color payoff and coverage were fantastic, and I got a solid 6 hours of wear, only noticing some fading in the very center of my lip after a little while.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Liners: Chic Trick, which is permanent, but was also promoted with this collection, looks fantastic when paired with this lipstick. If you want to play up the coral tones, you can also use something like Lasting Sensation or 18C Aqua Lip Pencil from Make Up For Ever. To emphasize the pinky tones, you could do Embrace Me, or even In Synch (these require some blending). Rosy Rim is also great and is right between a pink and coral.

Dupes: Vegas Volt is darker and more orange based. Coral Bliss is lighter and peachier. Lipblossom is close, but must softer and less pigmented.

 

 

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Mac’s new Flamingo Park collection for Spring 2016 is full of bright pinks and corals to brighten things up since winter will hopefully be coming to an end soon! This is a sneak peek of all the upcoming posts I’ll be making about this collection through Sunday…

Enjoy and thanks for reading!

Note: I will also be reviewing the Beauty Powders, but I still need to photograph them.

 

 

Blush:

Let’s Be Friends – Life’s A Picnic – Oh, My!

Spring Flock – This Could Be Fun – What I Fancy

(Pink Swoon is permanent so I did not purchase or review that one)

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Lipstick:

Be Silly, Have Your Cake, Flocking Fabulous, Long Legged & Fabulous, Nice To Meet You, Please Me, Saint Germain, Silly, The Fashion Flock

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Cremesheen Glass:

Look Who’s Here, Petite Indulgence, Playful Petal, Such Sweeties, Sweet Tooth

(from top to bottom)

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Lip Pencils:

Chic Trick, Embrace Me, In Synch

(better photos will be in the blog post)

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It’s here at last! As you all know, I love Melt, so I was super excited to see that they released a new, bright, not-so-average shade of lipstick! I’m a fan of these type of colors because they’re unique and it’s just fun to wear something like this. Spring is here and Summer is creeping up on us, so there’s no better time to rock a bright teal lip and not think twice about it! I know some of you may look at this and be like “how the hell do I pull that off?” Well, you slap it on your pretty lips and tame it down with a liner until you’re comfortable enough to wear it with it’s full intensity! I’ll go over liners and combos you can use to switch things up later on in this review… If you have your own favorite combinations, feel free to leave them in the comments! I love to learn from everyone else and hear new ideas!

Melt is a 100% cruelty-free, mostly vegan brand, with Blitzed being one of their vegan lipsticks… I love this about the brand because it shows their dedication to pleasing a wide variety of customers, plus it proves how much they wuv animals! It’s not s HUGE cosmetics company (yet), but I like that… I feel like they really listen to what people want and strive to make awesome products without slacking on quality. I also just think it’s great to support small businesses, especially ones with such amazing products! Obviously, Melt is a company that thinks outside the box, and with founders Lora Arellano and Dana Bomar being make artists themselves, they come up with really creative colors that this industry needs! While Melt is a teeny bit more expensive than something like MAC (only by $3), it’s worth it because I PROMISE you will not find this kind of lipstick from any other brand!

PS: You can follow Melt (@meltcosmetics), Lora (@lora_arellano), and Dana (@danabomar) all on Instagram to see even more photos their products, plus their gorgeous faces and the faces of lots of other makeup artists that come up with epic looks using Melt’s goodies!

Okay, okay, I won’t keep you waiting any longer… I give you Blitzed!

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Blitzed

The texture of Blitzed is the typical, creamy formula found with most of Melt’s ultra matte lipsticks. Because it’s uber matte, it can feel a wee bit dry for a brief moment when you first go to apply it, but letting it warm up on the lip by patting it on for a second will make it go on smoothly and easily. As with all Melt lipsticks, Blitzed is highly pigmented so there’s no need to layer the product to get phenomenal color payoff and opaque coverage. It has a very subtle, sweet scent, sort of like vanilla or macarons, but no flavor.

Since these are super matte, I do suggest priming your lip with something before application, especially if you tend to have dry lips anyway. This will hide any chapped areas, make the lipstick wear longer and make application much smoother without having to deal with tugging or dragging that may happen if your lips are dry. My favorite lip primer is Prep + Prime Lip from MAC… It’s a must have with any matte lipsticks! Also, because this lipstick is SO bright, I recommend using a brush, at least around the edges. It will make the line nice and precise! You can use a brush all over anyway, just to get everything as even as possible!

The tube for these lipsticks is simple and sleek… It’s a matte black tube with the cute, classy greige “melt.” logo on the cap, which I’ll photograph tomorrow… I guess I got a little giddy when I was taking these photos and forgot to take one of the tube and label. Oops! The box is a really pretty matte black with and has “melt” printed on it in glossy script, as well as their logo in the same greige color that’s on the tube.

Melt Blitzed Box

Melt lipsticks are available online at www.meltcosmetics.com. They sell for $19 each but they’re well worth it. They contain 3.2 g / 0.11 oz of product, compared to MAC’s lipsticks which are $16 for 3 g / 0.1 oz of product, so it’s not like they really cost any more than your average lipstick does, and in my opinion, you’re getting a better quality product (if you like ultra matte lipstick anyway) with the best pigmentation possible! Shipping is an additional $7 no matter how many lipsticks you purchase, so I suggest getting more than one lipstick, or even an eye shadow stack, to make it worth your money. Shipping is done through USPS I believe, and you get a tracking number so you can stalk your lipstick while it’s on the way to your doorstep. Since it’s priority mail, it gets to you very quickly! It only took about 3 days from the time I placed my order to the time I received my lipstick here in Oklahoma (it shipped from California).

Blitzed

Blitzed

Blitzed

Blitzed

Blitzed

Blitzed

Photo taken indoors in natural, indirect sunlight.

Photo taken indoors in natural, indirect sunlight.
For skin tone reference, I’m a NC15 in MAC terms.

Blitzed is a medium to medium dark (depending on how much you apply and what you wear it with), bright, teal green with cool undertones and an ultra matte finish. As I mentioned, the texture feels creamy and applies easily, but takes just a sec to warm up on the lip… Using a brush to apply it helps with this if you find it troublesome, which you probably won’t anyway, or you can just use a brush because it’s fun and makes you feel pro. Color payoff is exactly how it looks in the tube… Beautiful and bright AF! It’s so pigmented that you need VERY little product! Coverage is also great and is totally opaque and even. The few times I’ve worn Blitzed so far, I got around 6-7 hours of wear with no liner, and only noticed fading around the edges and center of the lip after about 4-5 hours. With a liner, I got over 8 hours of wear with no feathering or fading at all! You can also extend the wear time up to 8-10 hours if you use a liner AND set this by patting a tiny lil bit of translucent powder on your lips after applying Blitzed! That also makes it transfer-proof so you can smooch your main squeeze without worrying about it budging. Or, if you’re like me and don’t have anyone to smooch, you can at least drink your coffee and eat your pizza without worry about your lipstick going anywhere.

Liners:   This part was so fun for me… There are a TON of liner that you can use, depending on the look you want, but here are some of my favorites (all from MAC). Hi-Def Cyan (similar in color, slightly darker), Marine Ultra (a darker, more intense blue), and even Landscape Green (bold, medium green) Chromagraphic Pencils from PRO. You can also use Undercurrent Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner if you want something similar in color, but with glitter… It’s also a smidgen deeper, but looks SUPER pretty with Blitzed! Another more matte liner you can use that’s similar in color, if not a bit lighter and more minty, is Minted Eye Kohl. This liner will give you a defined look without much contrast between lipstick and liner. Tarnish Eye Kohl works too, if you want a darker, more forest green liner to create a ombre look with. Blooz Eye Kohl will also give you this look, but with a more navy blue tone. Two more that can work for a super dramatic look are Phone Number (dark, smoky gray) and Smolder (black) Eye Kohls, which sound a little intimidating, but look rad if you do enough blending!

Dupes:   I’m honestly not aware of any. Just go getcha some Blitzed.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

TIP:   Blitzed looks really awesome if you put it in the center of the lip with Blow or DGAF around the edges of your lip, like a liner… You can even add a little bit of Bane just to the outer corners to create an even deeper, more dramatic ombre with a broader gradient of colors. Also, you can pat a bit of Blitzed in the center of the lip, blended into Space Cake around it, and Bane on the outer corners, or Space Cake in the center of the lip with Blitzed, then Blow of DGAF, then Bane if you reeeally wanna go cray and use as many Melt lipsticks at once as you possible can. Yikes! Sorry… I got a little excited there… Don’t get confused, please.Basically, you can do just about any combo using Blitzed, Space Cake, DGAF, Blow, and Bane.

I haven’t tried it myself yet, but I’ve seen people blending Blitzed into colors like Summer, Darling, By Starlight, and pretty much every other Melt lipstick, and nothing looks lame, so go HAM and have a blast messing around with Blitzed and the rest of your babies from Melt! If you do this PLEASE tag them, and me (@lesleyrocksface or @lesleymarshallmua) on Instagram so we can see your masterpieces!

Oh hi again! This feels pretty good getting back to blogging almost every day! I’m gonna give ya a little break from other brands and get back to my roots with a couple of MAC posts!, though! These posts will cover all but two of the lipsticks recently released with the MAC is Beauty collection, and will be split into two parts, just because my brain would hurt doing these all in one ginormous long post! Silly and Reel Sexy won’t be included because I already have those and have reviewed them in the past, so you can find those reviews and photos by clicking on the lipstick’s names right there.

All of the colors and finishes in this collection are ideal for Spring/Summer and are a bright, shiny break from the deep, matte lips from Fall/Winter (although I still wear those all the time). Since a lot of these are Lustres, they can be worn sheer, or built up/layered over liners for a bolder look. I really like this type of lipsticks and these sort of shades, especially this time of year, because so many people are focusing on skin right now… When you have versatile, feminine shades of lipsticks like the ones from MAC is Beauty, you can add a pretty pop of color to the lips without taking away any attention from your gorgeous, glowing skin! That’s what it’s all about this season, enhancing your natural beauty with glowing finishes and subtle, but bright pops of color!

Left to Right:   Call the Hairdresser, Catty, Diva-ish,  French Twist, Highlights

Left to Right: Call the Hairdresser, Catty, Diva-ish, French Twist, Highlights
FYI you can click on any images to enlarge them!

MAC Lipsticks are high quality and typically highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. All of these are Lustre finishes, aside from Diva-ish, which is an Amplified, so I’ll go into more detail about each finish and such in the individual reviews. While I’m loving most of these, Highlights really fell short of my expectations, even for a sheer type of Lustre… Hate to burst your bubble if you were looking forward to that one, but I speak the truth! That said, I’m actually super impressed with the lipsticks in this collection… I feel like MAC has been listening to their customers and has possibly changed up the formula for some of their newer Lustre lipsticks, although I haven’t confirmed that yet. I mean yeah, Lustre is meant to have a soft sheen, which they do, and be semi-sheer, which they still are, but the color payoff and coverage has improved dramatically for the most part! Thanks, MAC!

With any lipstick, I suggest starting off by applying Prep + Prime Lip… It’s a silicone based primer that contains Vitamin E, so it adds a bit of moisture, locks in that moisture, and smooths out the lip so everything glides on easily and wears longer! I also recommend using a liner before you put on your lipstick; This will help define and shape the lip, as well as keep everything in place and help prevent bleeding/feathering outside the lip line. Keep reading to learn what liners work best with each lipstick!

These lipsticks are all limited edition, and these are still available online at www.maccosmetics.com. They sell for $16 and contain the usual 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. Like all MAC lipsticks, these have a subtle, lovely vanilla scent, but no flavor.

MAC is Beauty Lipsticks Part 1 - 2

MAC is Beauty Lipsticks Part 1 Labels

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

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

Call the Hairdresser

Call the Hairdresser

Call the Hairdresser

Call the Hairdresser

Call the Hairdresser

Call the Hairdresser
Photo taken indoors with natural, indirect sunlight.

Call the Hairdresser:  This lipstick is described as a “rosy mauve” and has a Lustre finish… It’s a light-medium, subtle coral with warm rosy undertones. Since it’s a Lustre, it has a beautiful, natural type of sheen and smooth texture that applies easily. Color payoff is great, especially for a Lustre… These are typically semi-sheer, so I never really expect a lipstick with this finish to be quite so bright as Call the Hairdresser is! Coverage is also fantastic, and it took little product to get a decent amount of color all over the lip. As I said, these aren’t meant to be totally opaque, so this shade is really impressive! Wear time is around 3-4 hours without a liner, and more like 4-5 with one, which is also typical with a Lustre.

Liners:   Rosy Rim Lip Pencil (new), is really similar in color if you don’t want much difference between your liner and lipstick. Lasting Sensation will also work with this lipstick and bring out more of the coral tones. Boldly Bare is perfect if you want a no-liner type of look, since it’s a warm type of medium nude.

Dupes:   Lipblossom (Lustre) is similar, though a little brighter and shows more pinky-coral tones. See Sheer (Lustre) is also close, but has more orange-coral tones.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Catty

Catty

Catty

Catty

Catty

Catty

Catty:   Catty is a “light creamy pink” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light, creamy pink with warm, very pale peachy undertones and a soft sheen. It feels silky and glides on with ease… The only thing I noticed is that it can emphasize chapped areas, like most light colored lipsticks will… However, that’s easily remedied by using Prep + Prime Lip first! Color payoff is lighter and not as intense as it looks in the tube, but that’s typical with this finish. Coverage, like Call the Hairdresser, is phenomenal for a Lustre and actually about 75% opaque… I have naturally pigmented lips and this still covered well. Wear time was around 4 hours without a liner and more like 5 1/2 with one before I noticed any fading.

Liners:   Rosy Rim Lip Pencil is really pretty with Catty and will warm it up a bit, bringing out more peachy tones as well as adding some dimension around the lips, but it still blends together easily. You can also use In Synch if you want something more similar as far as color goes, though on some lips, it can appear light. Another good option is Subculture… Since it’s a light type of nude, it gives you definition without looking like you have much, if any liner on.

Dupes:   I had a very hard time finding anything extremely close to Catty, due to the fact that it’s got such a soft wash of color, though it’s still pigmented (if that even makes any sense)… Flamingo (Lustre) is a bit darker and more coral. Angel (Frost) is darker and less peachy. Plink (Lustre) is peachier and lighter.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Diva-ish

Diva-ish

Diva-ish

Diva-ish

Diva-ish

Diva-ish

Diva-ish:   This gorgeous lipstick is an “intense fuchsia” and has an Amplified finish… It’s a bright, medium or medium dark (kinda depends on how pigmented your own lips are and how much you apply), fuchsia with warmer pink tones. Texture feels super smooth and applies evenly. Color payoff looks nearly the exact same on the lips as it does in the tube. Diva-ish is about 95% opaque, even with little product applied. I got around 4-5 hours of wear without a liner and a little over 6 with one before any feathering or fading became noticeable.

Liners:   Chic Trick Lip Pencil (new), is a nearly perfect match for Diva-ish and will accentuate the warmer tones in this lipstick perfectly. You can also try Talking Points (also new), if you want to bring out the cooler fuchsia tones. For a longer wearing option, you can go with Dynamo Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.

Dupes:   Fusion Pink (Amplified) is warmer, but very close. Impassioned (Amplified) is lighter, warmer, and more of a bright pink. Show Orchid (Amplified) is lighter and has a considerable amount more cool, purple tones, while Girl About Town (Amplified) is also cooler and more purple, and a bit deeper than Show Orchid.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

French Twist

French Twist

French Twist

French Twist

French Twist

French Twist

French Twist:   French Twist is a “light pinky nude” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light nude with more peachy than pink undertones (to me, anyway), and a natural type of sheen. It actually has a teeeeeeny bit of very, very fine shimmery particles that add really pretty dimension to the lips. It felt smooth, but being such a light shade, it can potentially show dry areas. I didn’t have any problems with it settling into the lines of my lips, which is great for a nude! It’s surprisingly really close to the same color on the lips as it is in the tube, and covers evenly and looks pretty darn opaque for a Lustre! I didn’t notice any fading until I had this on for around 4 hours, and got closer to 5 or 5 1/2 hours of wear time with a liner.

Liners:   My favorite liners with this are Subculture and Boldly Bare Lip Pencils because they give you definition without too much color. If you want to alter the lipstick and add more color and dimension, you can also try Fruit Cocktail Lip Pencil, which will give this more of an orange-peachy tone.

Dupes:   Shy Girl (Cremesheen) is VERY close, but a tiny bit peachier. Pure Zen (Cremesheen) is a little lighter and has a more pinky tone, but is also quite close. Shanghai Spice (Cremesheen) is darker and more coral. Shy Shine (Lustre) is brighter and more of a peachy-pink.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Highlights

Highlights

Highlights

Highlights

Highlights

Highlights

Highlights:   The description on MAC’s website calls this color a “very pale creamy peach” and it has a Lustre finish… This color is unique and sort of hard to describe! It’s just about the lightest lipstick I’ve ever owned, and is a peachy nude with a golden sheen. It’s a soft wash of color that warms up your natural lip color, or can be layered over another lipstick or liner to change up the color of it and add a hint of gold and shine. You can TRY to really layer this up to get better color payoff if you have lightly pigmented lips, but that may not work for all people. It felt smooth, but somewhat thin, even for a Lustre. In the tube, it has a much more tangerine tone, so color payoff is off from what you would expect it to be, but it also changes depending on the pigmentation of your own lips. Coverage is pretty sheer and really only about halfway opaque. Since it’s so sheer, it’s hard to notice fading with Highlights, but I would say I got around 3 hours of wear time with no liner, and 4 to 4 1/2 with one.

Liners:   Since this is sort of a hint of color, you can use pretty much any liner you want! Personally, I like to mostly fill in my lips with something like Boldly Bare Lip Pencil for a natural looking lip with a golden sheen. You can also apply Stripdown all over for a cooler toned nude lip with a more coppery looking sheen. If you aren’t looking to layer, try Subculture, Stripdown, or Boldly Bare, or whatever other liner you find is closest to your natural lip color, and blend it out around the edges before applying Highlights.

Dupes:   Tropical Mist (Lustre), from some limited collection ages ago, is really close, but actually less pigmented (if that’s even possible), and more peachy than golden. Other than that, I’m lost for a good dupe!

Overall Rating:   3.2 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  2

Color Payoff:   2

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

I didn’t wanna leave you all hangin’, so without further ado, here’s the second installment of posts for the MAC is Beauty lipsticks! This post, as well as Part 1, will cover all but two of the shades released with this collection… You can check out Silly and Reel Sexy by clicking on the names of them right there! Also, for the sake of time saving, since I got behind today while sitting in a salon getting my hair done allll afternoon, I will be copying and pasting bits and pieces from Part 1! I know, I know, y’all are thinking I’m getting lazy, but I swear it’s just so you all have something to read every day 🙂 I don’t wanna have any more lapses in posts from now on!

All of the colors and finishes in this collection are ideal for Spring/Summer and are a bright, shiny break from the deep, matte lips from Fall/Winter (although I still wear those all the time). Since a lot of these are Lustres, they can be worn sheer, or built up/layered over liners for a bolder look. I really like this, especially this time of year, because so many people are focusing on skin right now… The lipsticks in this post are all a little more on the pastel side versus the lipsticks in Part 1, but they’re equally beautiful and wearable by pretty much anyone!

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Left to Right: Make Me Gorgeous, Notice Me, Pure Vanity, Real Doll, Real Redhead

MAC Lipsticks are high quality and typically highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. All of these are Lustre finishes, aside from Make Me Gorgeous, which is an Amplified, so I’ll go into more detail for each finish in the individual reviews. I’m actually super impressed with the lipsticks in this collection… I feel like MAC has been listening to their customers and has possibly changed up the formula for some of their newer Lustre lipsticks, although I haven’t confirmed that yet. I mean yeah, Lustre is meant to have a soft sheen, which they do, and be semi-sheer, which they still are, but the color payoff and coverage has improved dramatically for the most part! Thanks, MAC!

With any lipstick, I suggest starting off by applying Prep + Prime Lip… It’s a silicone based primer that contains Vitamin E, so it adds a bit of moisture, locks in that moisture, and smooths out the lip so everything glides on easily and wears longer! I also recommend using a liner before you put on your lipstick; This will help define and shape the lip, as well as keep everything in place and help prevent bleeding/feathering outside the lip line. Keep reading to learn what liners work best with each lipstick!

These lipsticks are all limited edition, and these are still available online at www.maccosmetics.com. They sell for $16 and contain the usual 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. Like all MAC lipsticks, these have a subtle, lovely vanilla scent, but no flavor.

MAC is Beauty Lipsticks part 2 - 2

MAC is Beauty Lipsticks part 2 Labels

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

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

Make Me Gorgeous

Make Me Gorgeous

Make Me Gorgeous

Make Me Gorgeous

Make Me Gorgeous Photo taken indoors with natural, indirect sunlight.

Make Me Gorgeous
Photo taken indoors with natural, indirect sunlight.

Make Me Gorgeous:   This lipstick is described as an “intense coral pink” and has an Amplified finish… It’s a bright, medium coral with warm, pinky undertones and a hint of a golden sheen. It feels very creamy and applies well. Color payoff is nearly as intense as it is in the tube, while coverage is about 90% opaque… If you have highly pigmented lips, it may emphasize more of the pinky undertones in Make Me Gorgeous. I got a solid 4 hours of wear without a liner, and around 6 with one before it started to fade. Even then, it was mostly just in the center of my lip.

Liners:   Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil is a near perfect match with this lipstick. Chic Trick will also work, even though it’s cooler toned and more pink… It will actually bring out the pink tones in Make Me Gorgeous and create more dimension. If you’d like more contrast, you can also use Cherry, which will give more of an ombre look.

Dupes:   Crosswires (Cremesheen) is really similar, though slightly more pink. Vegas Volt (Amplified) is more similar in color, and shares the Amplified finished, though it’s not as pigmented as Make Me Gorgeous.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Notice Me

Notice Me

Notice Me

Notice Me

Notice Me

Notice Me

Notice Me:   Notice Me is a “pale lilac” with a Lustre finish… It’s a pale, cool toned lilac pink with a soft sheen. It felt smooth and creamy, but because it’s so light, it can emphasize chapped areas if you don’t prime your lips first. Color payoff wasn’t quite as lilac as it looks in the tube, but it was extremely close… I think it’s mostly because natural lip color warms up the cooler undertones of Notice Me. Coverage was semi-sheer, which is to be expected with a Lustre finish lipstick, but I would say it was about 80% opaque, which is impressive. Wear time was 3-4 hours without a liner and 4-5 with one. Fading was barely noticeable, though, since this color is so subtle to begin with.

Liners:   Hip ‘N’ Happy Lip Pencil is warmer, but is similar in color, so it adds just enough definition when used with Notice Me. You can also use a light nude like Subculture for a no-liner look, or even a more mauvey, deeper liner like Edge to Edge for a more dramatic look.

Dupes:   Angel (Frost) is darker, warmer, and more pigmented. Saint Germain (Amplified) is MUCH brighter, more intense, cooler, and pinker, though I THINK that if you barely apply it and use something like a lip balm over it, it may work as a dupe. Other than that, Lavender Whip (Cremesheen), which was limited, is the closest dupe I can find.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity:   This is a “pale peach nude” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light, peachy nude with a subtle sheen. It felt smooth and applied easily, but like other pale nudes, can emphasize dry areas if you have any. It looks less pigmented on the lips than in the tube, but it’s still a very pretty color. Opacity was pretty good for a Lustre, and it covered very evenly without streaking or settling into the lines of my lips. I didn’t notice any fading until near the 3 1/2 to 4 hours mark without a liner, and only had some fading after about 4 1/2 to 5 hours with a liner.

Liners:   Since this is a pretty light nude, the usuals like Subculture or Boldly Bare Lip Pencils will work well for a barely there type of liner. If you want to bump up the color a bit, you can try Fruit Cocktail or even Lasting Sensation, but be prepared to blend those in around the edges since they’re brighter and darker!

Dupes:   Real Redhead (from this same collection) is actually similar, just a few shades darker and not as creamy. Razzle-Dazzler (Lustre) is darker and more coral, as is Peach Blossom.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Real Doll

Real Doll

Real Doll

Real Doll

Real Doll

Real Doll

Real Doll:   Real Doll is a “light pinky lilac” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light, pastel pink with cool lilac undertones and a natural type of shine. Like the other Lustres in this collection, it felt exceptionally creamy and smooth when applied. While it’s not quite so bright on the lips as it is in the tube, it’s still very well pigmented and colorful for a Lustre. Coverage was great and looked opaque and even. Wear time was about 4 hours without a liner, and a little over 5 hours with one.

Liners:   Hip ‘N’ Happy Lip Pencil is absolutely perfect to use with Real Doll if you don’t want much contrast between your liner and lipstick. You can also play around with a bolder rosy toned liner, like Soar, if you want more definition. If you’d like full on barbie doll pink lips and more of an ombre look, you can even try Shock Value Pro Longer Lip Pencil, which requires a bit of blending, but turns out very pretty and bold!

Dupes:   Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick is the closest permanent dupe I’ve found, but it’s a little darker and more pigmented. If you happened to pick up A Novel Romance (Cremesheen) lipstick from the collection of the same name last fall, it’s also similar, but brighter and warmer.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Real Redhead

Real Redhead

Real Redhead

Real Redhead

Real Redhead

Real Redhead

Real Redhead:   This lipstick is described as a “mauve nude” with a Lustre finish… When I look at it, I see more of a light, peachy nude with warm undertones and a golden sheen, thanks to the uber small shimmer particles. Texture was smooth, but it had the typically slightly drier feel to it that a lot of Lustres with more of a shimmer-sheen have… That said, it still applied easily and felt fine on my lips without drying them out at all. Color payoff is really close to the way it looks in the tube, while coverage was a bit sheer, so it doesn’t reflect the color payoff well, unless you build it up a bit. I noticed no fading or feathering until I had Real Redhead on for around 3-4 hours, and it lasted closer to 4-5 hours with a liner.

Liners:   Yet again, the typical nude liners come into play… Subculture and Boldly Bare are great if you don’t want oodles of contrast. Other than that, you can play around with any of your favorite nude and peachy liners!

Dupes:   As mentioned earlier, Pure Vanity (also from this collection) is like a lighter version of Real Redhead. For a permanent dupe, you can try Shanghai Spice (Cremesheen), which is similar, though a bit more coral. If you pair Boldly Bare Lip Pencil, lightly applied all over the lip, with Shanghai Spice lipstick over it, it’s a pretty close match!

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

MAC’s major Spring collection, A Fantasy of Flowers, isn’t just full of beautiful colors for lips and eyes… There are several products for cheeks too! There are two brand new Mineralize Blushes that were released with this collection that I’ll be reviewing in this post. I know this collection was released a little over a week ago, so I apologize for getting this post up so late. I’ve been working a lot and really got to play around with these products before reviewing them, though, so that’s a plus!

A Fantasy of Flowers is a big collection… It actually has two parts with separate displayers at counter, with one being green and displaying the more peachy and neutral colors, and one being pink and displaying the more pink and violet shades. There is one blush on each displayer as one is more warm toned and one is somewhat cool toned. All of these products can be mixed and matched, of course, but by dividing the colors a bit, MAC is just suggesting which colors work best with one another, so that’s kind of nice if you’re new to makeup or need some ideas!

Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power

Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power

MAC’s Mineralzie Blush is described as “Baked minerals refined into a powder formula to provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage. Veils and enhances the cheekbones with a luminous, pearlized shimmer.” MAC Mineralize Blushes are one of my favorite blush formulas of all time. They give off a radiant glow without being frosty. They have shimmer, but it’s subtle and they don’t contain the kind of shimmer particles that appear chunky or heavy. Mineralize Blushes have a soft, fine texture so they blend and layer beautifully. You can apply these as a light wash of color or more heavily for more color and coverage, depending on how much pigmentation and sheen you desire. The best part about these in particular is that they have this really beautiful, reflective almost iridescent pearl. I am OBSESSED with these!

If you want to apply these really lightly, a MAC 188 brush is best and gives you the most control. To apply a little more heavily or to a bigger area, you can use a MAC 187 brush (the larger version of the 188). For the most intense application (which still doesn’t look too heavy), you can use something like a MAC 168, 116, or 129 brush. Mineralize Blushes offer about 6-8 hours of wear before fading. On oilier skin, they may not last quite so long. On extremely oily skin or on skin with large pores, these may emphasize shine and pore size. However, using a mattifying and/or pore minimizing primer, like MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin Smoother, should eliminate or at least help out with that issue!

Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power

Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power

FoF Mineralize Blush Labels

These blushes are both limited edition and available now at stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.com.  They contain the usual 3.2 g / 0.10 US oz of product and sell for $25. These may or may not be in stock at all locations, but I know most in my area still have a couple of them left. I believe that Petal Power may be sold out online for the time being, but check back since sometimes MAC restocks limited launches online!

FoF Mineralize Blushes with Names

Azalea in the Afternoon

Azalea in the Afternoon

Azalea in the Afternoon

Azalea in the Afternoon

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Azalea in the Afternoon:   This blush is a “mid tone blue pink” with a glowy finish. It’s a light to medium (depending on how much you apply), slightly cool toned pink with some soft blue/lavender undertones and a really unique, almost iridescent pearly, glowing finish… It’s like the cool tones actually give a pearlized highlight to this blush once it’s applied to the cheeks. It’s SO pretty! Color payoff is great, though this blush tends to look a bit cooler on the skin than in the pan. Coverage is nearly opaque if you want it to be, or more sheer if you apply it more lightly. This is typical and exactly how Mineralize Blushes should be. It feels a little powdery but still applies, layers, and blends out easily. I got about 7 hours of wear with Azalea in the Afternoon before I started to notice any fading. One note though… Because this is a cooler toned pink, I recommend this for people with very fair to medium skin tones. When applied on any darker skin tones, it can look so cool toned that it makes you look washed out. However, if you are medium-dark to deep, you can always lightly layer this over another blush to cool down the color and add a glow!

Dupes:   Dainty is the closest dupe I can think of that’s permanent, but it’s a warmer, more yellow based pink. It is a Mineralize Blush though, so it has the same type of finish. Other than that, you can try Well Dressed or Pink Swoon Powder Blushes, but they won’t have a glow. You can always layer a Mineralize Skinfinish powder over them (like Porcelain Pink or Perfect topping, which is from this collection), to add the Mineralize glow.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Petal Power

Petal Power

Petal Power

Petal Power

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Petal Power:   This Mineralize Blush is a “coral pink with gold shimmer” and has a super glowing finish. It’s a medium, bright but still soft, warm toned pink with coral undertones and a beautiful, warm golden sheen. Color payoff is bright and a near perfect match to how this blush looks in the pan. Coverage is sheer to pretty much full, depending on what type of technique and brush you use to apply Petal Power. It’s very smooth and silky, so it’s easy to apply and layer even though the color is fairly intense. I didn’t notice and fading with Petal Power until I had it on for about 7-8 hours. This blush is warmer and bolder than Azalea in the Afternoon, so it works on a wider variety of skin tones… I’ve tried this on a lot of people from super fair (like me) all the way up to dark-deep and it’s flattering on most people. The only thing is, it may need to be layered over another similar, more pigmented blush on dark to deep skin to get it to show up well, or it can be used as a warm highlighter on deeper skin tones.

Dupes:   NARS Orgasm is actually really similar but less pink and is harder to work with (in my opinion). For MAC dupes, I can’t think of any right now! If I come up with one, I’ll post it later. Petal Power is definitely unique enough that it’s worth stocking up on!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

MAC’s A Fantasy of Flowers collection is full of bright, beautiful colors that are perfect for Spring. It was released on Thursday, February 6th… I apologize for just now getting these posts up but I’ve been working a lot! The bonus of that is that I got to play around with these products a lot before writing my reviews… The down side is that they may or may not be sold out, especially these Fluidlines. These are so unique and bright that they’re rare little gems in MAC’s world of eyeliner.

A Fantasy of Flowers is a big collection… It actually has two parts with separate displayers at counter, with one being green and displaying the more peachy and neutral colors, and one being pink and displaying the more pink and violet shades. It’s pretty obvious which displayer these two Fluidlines will be sitting one once you see them! They’re bright and intense, which is a perfect counterpart to the lighter, softer colors of the lip and cheek products and even the Mineralize Eye Shadows in this collection. These are perfect if you want a bolder pop of color somewhere!

Phlox Garden and Sassy Moss

Phlox Garden and Sassy Moss

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 and creamier than a liquid 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 necessarily recommend these for the waterline, but since these are creamy and don’t have any shimmer, you can always try it (though MAC does not suggest using Fluidlines on that area of the eye).

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 angled brushes… Fluidlines are the perfect eye liner for a winged look, so I definitely recommend picking up a 263 brush if you’re into that look and get this liner!

Both of these are limited edition and are available now at www.maccosmetics.com as well as at MAC stores and counters. Unfortunately, since it’s been about a week since this collection came out, these are currently sold out online, as well as at some retail locations (sorry for getting this post up so late!). However, you may want to check back on MAC’s website since they restock limited launches sometimes. These sell for the usual $16 and contain 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.

TIP 2:   These can also be used as eye shadow bases, like Pro Longwear Paint Pots!

FoF Fluidlines with Names

 

FoF Fluidline Labels

 

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

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

Phlox Garden

Phlox Garden

Phlox Garden:   This is a “vivid violet” with a creamy matte finish. It’s a medium-dark, slightly cool toned, purpley-plum violet that has no sheen at all. Color payoff is true to the color it is on the pot and Phlox Garden is totally opaque with little product applied. The texture is really smooth and applies easily. Wear time is also great… I got around 8 hours of wear before I noticed any fading or smudging.

Dupes:   I honestly can’t think of any! Phlox Garden is really unique!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Sassy Moss

Sassy Moss

Sassy Moss:   Sassy Moss is a “vivid green” that has a creamy finish with a soft pearl. It’s a medium, cool toned, bright minty green with a subtle golden pearl. The pearl effect isn’t as intense as it is in the pot but the color payoff in general is great. Coverage isn’t quite opaque unless you apply this pretty liberally, which is pretty easy to do with the right brush (like the ones I mentioned above). It has a super creamy texture that glides on. Wear time with Sassy Moss was actually better than Phlox Garden, lasting over 10 hours before fading or smudging.

Dupes:   Minted Eye Kohl is close, but is a pencil and lacks the golden pearl.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5