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This Eye Shadow Quad was released in late May of 2013 along with the rest of the Temperature Rising collection and consists of three limited edition eye shadows (one which is a repromote) and one permanent eye shadow. This is the namesake of the whole collection and is unfortunately completely sold out online… However, I know that many locations I’ve worked at lately still have this in stock!

Temperature Rising Eye Shadow Quad

With this quad, you can create looks that are great for daytime or an evening out… I like to use the lighter on the lids, with the any of the medium colors through the crease for daytime. If you’re going out or like some added drama, you can even use the darkest color all over the lid for a gorgeous smoky eye, then blend it out with the medium and lighter colors.

As you can see, the eye shadow quads in the Temperature Rising collection also have the special matte bronze packaging, like the rest of the items in this collection. They also come in a bronze matte box rather than the typical black type.

Temperature Rising Eye Shadow Quad Box

I love it when MAC creates new Eye Shadow Quads because they’re so easy to come up with looks with, convenient for traveling, plus it’s always a much better deal than buying them all individually! MAC’s description of their Eye Shadows is a “highly pigmented powder formula that applies evenly, blends and builds beautifully”… Now, in the past some of their Eye Shadow Quads didn’t exactly live up to that description. Quite a few over the past year have been chalky, dry, and difficult to blend, but luckily, MAC has stepped up their game and created some top of the line Eye Shadow Quads for this collection!

For lid application, I typically use a dense, flatter type of brush to pack color on with… Such as the MAC 239, 213, 215, 242 or 252 (for larger lid areas). For smaller lids, more detail, or for the inner corner of the eye, I recommend a MAC 219, 231 or 228 brush. In the crease, these eye shadows blend out beautifully with the help of a MAC 217, 224, 275, or 286 brush. If you’d like to smudge this below your eyes or use it as a liner, you can try a MAC 219, 212, 263, 266, or 214 brush.

I typically get around 8-10 hours of wear from MAC Eye Shadows, depending on the finish… You’ll get much longer wear time with a Paint Pot or other primer as a base! It also depends on how oily your eyelids are or how hooded/crepe-y the skin is. Heat and humidity can also play a factor on how quickly your eye shadow may smudge or crease.

MAC Eye Shadows may be used dry or damp, with a damp application creating more intense color and sheen (if it has any). They also work well as liners when used damp. For this type of application, spray your brush with MAC Fix+ Spray, then swipe it along one small section of the eye shadow. Don’t get it damp all over or your eye shadow will develop a really gross, annoying type of crust that makes it near impossible to use dry any more!

TIP:   Prep your lid with a cream shadow or primer, like a MAC Paint Pot or Pro Longwear Paint Pot… This will create a longer lasting look with no creasing or smudging all day long! Neutral Paint Pots, like Painterly or Soft Ochre, will also intensify the color of the eye shadow so it looks the same on as it does in the pan… If you feel like an eye shadow doesn’t give full coverage, try it over a Paint Pot! That usually increases the level of opacity because it gives the powder eye shadow something to stick to.

This limited edition Eye Shadow Quad contains the usual 5.6g / 0.19 US oz and sells for $44… That’s slightly more expensive than usual, but it’s because it comes in that beautiful special packaging! Although this came out earlier in the summer, you may still be able to find it at some stores and at counters!

Temperature Rising Eye Shadow Quad Label

MAC Temperature Rising Quad

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC20 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC20 skin.

Performance Art

Performance Art

Performance Art:   This eye shadow is a “frosted gold mauve” with a Veluxe Pearl finish. It’s a medium, warm toned mauve with a soft golden sheen. The color payoff was great but the coverage was slightly less than opaque. Performance Art felt slightly dry but still applied smoothly. This eye shadow was also released as part of the Whims & Fancies eye shadow duo with the Styleseeker collection in Fall 2012.

Dupes:   There are honestly no permanent colors that I can think of that are similar to Performance Art… The warmth and golden sheen make it really difficult to find a dupe of!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:  4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Temperature Rising

Temperature Rising

Temperature Rising:   Temperature Rising is a “light warm tanned peach” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light, warm peachy color with tiny bits of coppery shimmer (as you can see in this photo). This had the driest, roughest texture of all the eye shadows in this quad, which is common with Lustre finishes. The color payoff was good, but coverage was less than impressive. It’s a beautiful color, but does require some layering to get it to show up. It helped to apply this over a Paint Pot!

Dupes:   The closest permanent color I can think of would be Expensive Pink eye shadow, although it’s much more pink and darker. Another option could be Gleam eye shadow, which is also more pink but it closer with the lighter color and finish.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Swelter

Swelter

Swelter:   Swelter is a “mid-tone grey violet” with a Frost finish… It’s a medium to medium dark, slightly greyed violet with subtle warm undertones and a soft frosted finish. Honestly, this picture sucks (sorry!), but it’s MUCH prettier on than in the pan. It gives nearly opaque coverage, great color payoff and applies and blends out smoothly.

Dupes:   Circa Plum Pigment is nearly the exact same color as Swelter… Circa Plum was limited edition but has been released several times over the past few years, so hopefully you have it if you can’t find the Temperature Rising palette and want Swelter! Quarry eye shadow is also similar (and permanent), but is much more matte and dull.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Beauty Marked

Beauty Marked

Beauty Marked:   This permanent eye shadow is a “charcoal black with red pearlized pigments” and has a Velvet finish. It’s a dark, blackened wine/burgundy color with reddish, coppery shimmer. In the pan, the red and coppery tones show up much more than when it’s applied… On the skin, the blackened wine color shows more with just a hint of the reddish, coppery shimmer.

Occasionally when a permanent eye shadow is released in a limited edition quad, it seems like the quality isn’t as high as the permanent version is… That’s precisely the case with Beauty Marked in this quad! It felt dry and was difficult to blend out. I do like to layer this on the lid for a smoky eye, but I ALWAYS wear either Painterly or Blackground Paint Pot underneath… That will give this color something to stick to so the color payoff and opacity are better. Speaking of opacity, it only gives so-so coverage without the paint pot. I do like this color in the crease to add depth, or as a soft type of liner. Beauty Marked really is a beautiful color and it is worth playing around with to get the kind of color payoff and coverage that you want.

Dupes:   Well, there aren’t really any dupes, but you don’t need them since this is a permanent color! Plus, the permanent version is much higher quality!

Overall Rating:   3.5 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:   3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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This Eye Shadow Quad was released in late May of 2013 along with the rest of the Temperature Rising collection and consists of four brand new and limited edition eye shadow colors. I feel like this one was a better seller than the namesake of this collection, the Temperature Rising Eye Shadow Quad, but these colors are easily dupe-able, so don’t fret if you can’t find this one in stock!

This IS still available online at www.maccosmetics.com.

Bare My Soul Eye Shadow Quad Packaging

Having a quad of eye shadows is super convenient and these four colors work well together in so many ways… You can achieve anything from a soft, golden neutral look to a bronze or steely green smoky eye.

As you can see, the eye shadow quads in the Temperature Rising collection also have the special matte bronze packaging, like the rest of the items in this collection. They also come in a bronze matte box rather than the typical black type.

TR Eye Shadow Quad Box

I love it when MAC creates new Eye Shadow Quads because they’re so easy to come up with looks with, convenient to travel with, and it’s always a much better deal than buying them all individually! MAC’s description of their Eye Shadows is a “highly pigmented powder formula that applies evenly, blends and builds beautifully”… Now, in the past some of their Eye Shadow Quads didn’t exactly live up to that description. Quite a few over the past year have been chalky, dry, and difficult to blend, but luckily, MAC has stepped up their game and created some top of the line Eye Shadow Quads for this collection!

For lid application, I typically use a dense, flatter type of brush to pack color on with… Such as the MAC 239, 213, 215, 242 or 252 (for larger lid areas). For smaller lids, more detail, or for the inner corner of the eye, I recommend a MAC 219, 231 or 228 brush. In the crease, these eye shadows blend out beautifully with the help of a MAC 217, 224, 275, or 286 brush. If you’d like to smudge this below your eyes or use it as a liner, you can try a MAC 219, 212, 263, 266, or 214 brush.

I typically get around 8-10 hours of wear from MAC Eye Shadows, depending on the finish… You’ll get much longer wear time with a Paint Pot or other primer as a base! It also depends on how oily your eyelids are or how hooded/crepe-y the skin is. Heat and humidity can also play a factor on how quickly your eye shadow may smudge or crease.

MAC Eye Shadows may be used dry or damp, with a damp application creating more intense color and sheen (if it has any). They also work well as liners when used damp. For this type of application, spray your brush with MAC Fix+ Spray, then swipe it along one small section of the eye shadow. Don’t get it damp all over or your eye shadow will develop a really gross, annoying type of crust that makes it near impossible to use dry any more!

TIP:   Prep your lid with a cream shadow or primer, like a MAC Paint Pot or Pro Longwear Paint Pot… This will create a longer lasting look with no creasing or smudging all day long! Neutral Paint Pots, like Painterly or Soft Ochre, will also intensify the color of the eye shadow so it looks the same on as it does in the pan… If you feel like an eye shadow doesn’t give full coverage, try it over a Paint Pot! That usually increases the level of opacity because it gives the powder eye shadow something to stick to.

This limited edition Eye Shadow Quad contains the usual 5.6g / 0.19 US oz and sells for $44… That’s slightly more expensive than usual, but it’s because it comes in that beautiful special packaging! Although this came out earlier in the summer, you may still be able to find it at some stores and counter and I know for sure that it’s still in stock online at www.maccosmetics.com.

TR Bare My Soul Quad Label

Bare My Soul Eye Shadow Quad

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadow swatched on NC20 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Eye Shadow swatched on NC20 skin.

Romantico

Romantico

Romantico:   This is a “light taupe brown” with a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a light-medium, soft, slightly warm neutral brown with a warmer type of sheen. It gave very good color payoff and coverage, being mostly opaque with no primer, and totally opaque when applied over a Paint Pot.

Dupes:   For permanent dupes from MAC, I would suggest Sable Eye Shadow, though it’s a bit darker, it still has the same warm tones. Lie Low Pro Longwear Eye Shadow is also a good substitute, but it can appear slightly warmer toned on some people.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Bare My Soul

Bare My Soul

Bare My Soul:   Bare My Soul is a “frosted gold” with a Lustre finish… It’s a medium, warm toned gold with a very frosted finish. For a Lustre, it applied surprisingly smoothly with no fallout. I got perfect color payoff with full coverage too, which is a nice surprise compared to other Lustre finish eye shadows from MAC!

Dupes:   I’m having a hard time finding a perfect dupe for this with MAC’s permanent range of eye shadows… It’s somewhere between Amber Lights and Goldmine.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Summer Indulgence

Friendly

Friendly:   This is a “deep bronzed chocolate” with a Veluxe Pearl finish… In the photo of the eye shadow in the pan, it shows up much lighter than it is when applied because it’s metallic and reflective. It’s a gorgeous, dark, warm brown with a deep bronze, frosted sheen. The texture is incredibly smooth, which makes for easy application, completely opaque coverage and amazing color payoff!

Dupes:   Mulch Eye Shadow from MAC is the closest to this color, though slightly more red. Bronze is also a decent dupe but it is definitely a bit darker.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

When In Rio

When in Rio

When in Rio:   This is a “deep green with copper pearl” and a Frost finish… That description is funny to me because that may be how it looks in the pan, but once you apply it, it’s more of a dark, warm reddish brown with a cooler toned, teal-green pearly sheen. The coverage wasn’t as good as the other eye shadows in this quad… It took some layering to achieve maximum opacity, which still wasn’t 100%. As far as color payoff goes, it does look great, although as I explained, it’s sort of the opposite of how it looks in the pan! Texture was slightly more dry than the other shadows in this quad as well, so blending When in Rio took a bit more effort, but it’s not dry enough that it’s not worth using!

Dupes:   Obviously, Club eye shadow from MAC is going to the be dupe that most people go for, which is pretty similar and always available. Blue Brown Pigment also works as a good dupe. One last option is Green Brown Pigment, which has been discontinued but is somewhat close to When in Rio.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Although MAC’s Temperature Rising collection hit counters in late May, I know for a fact that some locations still have these Powerchrome Eye Pencils in stock… They’re a brand new formula, although they do resemble the Shadesticks of the past. These are a really great product, which I use regularly, but I feel like maybe they were a little misunderstood so they didn’t sell out as fast as the rest of the collection did. On the plus side, hopefully you can still find these if you want to try them out!

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These, like the other products in this collection, have special packaging with bronze accents and come in a matte bronze box with the color of the pencil on the tip.

Powerchrome Eye Pencil Box

Powerchrome Eye Pencils are a creamy pencil that’s very long wearing. They’re highly pigmented so you don’t need much product to get great color payoff. My favorite things about these pencils is that they’re versatile… They work well as either a base for other eye shadows (like a Paint Pot) or on their own and can be used as both eye shadow OR liner. It’s a fat pencil, so you’ll need to have a larger size of sharpener (MAC sells a duo sharpener with for both small and large pencils that works well).

With these Powerchrome Eye Pencils you do have to work quickly to blend them out. They set very quickly, so be sure to have your blending brush handy as soon as you apply your pencil! My preference for brushes is something flat and dense if you’re applying it all over the lid… Like a MAC 239, 215, or 242 brush. For the crease, a 217 or 224 works well. For a liner, any small, dense liner or smudge brush will work… My favorites are a 219, 214, 212, 266 or 263 brush. Even though you have to work quickly with these, once they set, they’re not going to crease or smear or go anywhere, so you’ll easily get 10-12 hours of wear time!! These are one of my favorite products that MAC has released over the past few years… I just wish some were permanent!

Since these were limited edition, they may or may not be sold out at some locations. They contain 1.6g / 0.05 US oz of product and sell for $21. I do know that Polished Jet and Life’s Luxury are both still available at www.maccosmetics.com.

NOTE:   Due to the shimmer particles in these, they are not recommended for use on the waterline and can irritate your eyes if applied to the waterline.

Powerchrome Eye Pencil Labels

Powerchrome Eye Pencils Product

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

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

Copper Strip

Copper Strip

Copper Strip:   This is a “frosty mid-tone copper” with a warm shimmer. It’s a medium, warm toned copper with a warm, golden frosted shimmer. It feels creamy and applies with no tugging on the eyelid. It’s super pigmented and looks true to color on the skin. It also gives completely opaque coverage with little product.

Dupes:   MAC’s Eye Shadow in Bronze is close to this in color, but as a powder, the texture is obviously very different. For a cream shadow, MAC’s Eclair Paint Pot from the Baking Beauties collection (released in Spring of this year), is very close in both texture and color, though it may be a tiny bit darker.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Life's Luxury

Life’s Luxury

Life’s Luxury:   Life’s Luxury is a “deep bronze brown” with a softer type of frosted finish. It’s dark, rich warm bronze that has red undertones and a soft, deep coppery shimmer. It gave perfectly opaque coverage and applied and blended out smoothly. The color payoff is also fantastic without having to layer the pencil at all.

Dupes:    As far as permanent dupes go, Constructivist Paint Pot would be closest for both texture and color. Teddy Eye Kohl is also similar, but a bit lighter. There’s also Carbonized Eye Shadow that’s similar, but a powder formula. It was limited edition and released with the MAC Me Over collection in Fall of 2011 but it will be re-released soon with the Antonio Lopez collection in the Creative Copper eye shadow palette that contains 6 shadows total.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Polished Jet

Polished Jet

Polished Jet:   This Powerchrome Eye Pencil is a “charcoal with pearlized pigments”… It’s a deep charcoal with an almost steel colored, pearly shimmer. Like the other Powerchrome Eye Pencils, this gives totally opaque coverage and perfect color payoff, feels smooth, and blends easily.

Dupes:   Black Swan Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner is probably the closest permanent product you’ll find to Polished Jet… The pearly shimmer and color are very similar, though Black Swan may be a bit darker. Another permanent option would be Blackground Paint Pot, though it’s not as shimmer and is obviously more of a true black color.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Rich Glance

Rich Glance

Rich Glance:   This is a “light gold” with a metallic finish. It’s a light, slightly warm, creamy golden color with a highly reflective golden sheen. This is yet another fabulous Powerchrome Eye Pencil with the same creamy texture that’s easy to blend out. Like the others, it’s also totally opaque and gave me color payoff that’s true to the color it is in the stick.  

Dupes:   To be honest, I can’t think of any really good dupes for this. The closest thing would probably be Mooncake Pro Longwear Paint Pot from the Baking Beauties collection, although it’s more sheer and shimmery. Luckily, that seems to be in stock at several locations where I’ve been recently, so hopefully you can find it if you want to purchase it!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Although Temperature Rising was released back in May of this year, I still wanted to show you all these beautiful blushes that came out with this collection. They’re both bright but can be used year round, not just for summer.

Temperature Rising Blushes 1

 

As you can see, these, like the rest of the products from this collection, have the special matte bronze packaging that’s so beautiful! The boxes were also the matte bronze, as you can see in the photo below.

Temperature Rising Blushes Packaging

 

MAC powder blushes are one of my favorite formulas of any blushes ever… They’re highly pigmented and finely milled, so they always feel smooth and blend out easily. I typically get around 6-8 hours of wear with MAC blushes before any fading occurs. My favorite brushes to apply these blushes with are a MAC 116, 129 or a duo-fibre 187 or 188 for a softer look.

If you can still find these limited edition blushes, they sell for $23 (slightly higher than the normal $21 due to special packaging), and contain the usual 6 g / 0.21 oz of product.

Temperature Rising Blushes

 

Temperature Rising Blush Labels

 

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

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

Hot Nights

Hot Nights

Hot Nights:   This blush is a “mid-tone berry pink” with a Frost finish… It’s a medium to medium dark, bright, bold, warm berry pink with more of a sheen than a truly frosted finish. Even though it’s a Frost finish, I got around 6-7 hours of wear before it began to fade. Since it’s such a bright color, I think it would be easier to use on medium to dark skintones, but if you use the right brush and apply it lately (I suggest a MAC 188 for this), it can be used even on pale and light skin. It gave great color payoff and felt smooth and not dry at all. It was very easy to blend out, even though if you want to apply this heavily, you definitely can and get totally opaque coverage!

Dupes:   Prom Princess blush, which came out with the Archie’s Girls collection later this year, it very similar, though a bit lighter. I can’t really think of any permanent colors that are close 😦

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Ripe for Love

Ripe for Love

Ripe for Love:   This is a “mid-tone peach” with a Satin finish… it’s a medium, but bright, warm peachy coral with a very soft sheen. Since it’s pretty intense, you don’t have to worry about layering this blush to get good color payoff and coverage. Although this blush is really bright, it’s suitable for pale to medium-dark skintones and is finely milled, so it blends out easily. I get a solid 7-8 hours of wear before it starts to fade.

Dupes:   I feel like Ripe for Love is pretty unique, but Springsheen, Peachykeen, or Peachtwist are kind of sort of close and may look similar on, depending on your skintone.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

Temperature Rising was released as the major summer collection this year and came out in late May. It’s full of beautiful, shimmering, sultry color that all work very well together. Although it may be sold out at most locations, I know that some still have a few items leftover. Even if you can’t find these specific products, hopefully I can help you find something similar!

Temperature Rising Lipglasses 1

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Like the rest of the products from Temperature Rising, these Lipglasses have the matte bronze packaging and boxes. I love this packaging and prefer it to the brighter packaging that past Summer collections had. I feel like these look more mature and sexy, which is perfect for Summer!

Temperature Rising Lipglass Box

MAC Lipglasses typically give me about 4 hours of wear before I need to touch up. They’re a somewhat thick, slightly sticky formula, but the stickiness isn’t so noticeable after the Lipglass warms up and melts onto your lips a little bit. The texture of MAC Lipglass is very creamy, giving great color payoff and coverage. These, like other MAC Lipglasses, have a subtle vanilla scent but no taste. For a longer wear time, I suggest wearing a liner with these. You can also use something like Prep + Prime Lip to extend wear time and make these apply easily and not settle into the lines on your lips.

All of the Temperature Rising Lipglasses were limited edition, but may (cross your fingers) still be available at some locations. Due to the special packaging, these cost $16.50, rather than the typical $15, even though they contain the same 4.8 g / 0.17 US oz of product that other MAC Lipglasses do.

Temperature Rising Lipglasses 3

Temperature Rising Lipglass Labels

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

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

Liquid Passion

Liquid Passion

Liquid Passion

Liquid Passion

Liquid Passion:   This is a “creamy nude” with a creamy finish. It’s a light, warm pinky-peach toned milky nude. Like many light, milky glosses, this can settle into the lines on the lips a bit but Prep + Prime Lip seems to solve that problem. It has great color payoff, nearly opaque coverage and wears for about 3-4 hours before fading (longer with a liner). I feel like because this is so light, it’s best on pale to medium dark skintones.

If you want to wear this with a liner, I suggest Naked Liner or Subculture Lip Pencils for pale to light skintones or Etcetera Pro Longwear Lip Pencil or Spice Lip Pencil for light to medium dark skintones. You can also alter colors like this by wearing any kind of brighter liner. For a lipstick to layer under this, you can use any nude, pink, or peach, but Altered Beige (also from Temperature Rising), works perfectly with this Lipglass!

Dupes:   The best permanent dupes I could find for Liquid Passion were Myth (not as peachy), Peachstock (slightly darker), or C-Thru (lighter and more of a true nude).

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Rhythm

Rhythm

Rhythm

Rhythm

Rhythm:   Rhythm is a “vivid magenta violet with pearlized pigments” and a soft, shimmery finish… It’s a medium, slightly purple fuchsia with loads of multi-dimensional shimmer. Obviously it’s not as intense on the lips as it is in the tube… It gives more of a tint than anything, so I would definitely consider this to be semi-sheer. The color payoff is good, though, and definitely adds a bright pop of color to the lips. Even though this is sheer, I got a solid 3-4 hours of wear before it began to fade.

If you’d like to use a liner with this for more color or just to keep in in place, Magenta or Beet Lip Pencils look pretty, or you could even do Embrace Me if you have that one. You can also layer this Lipglass over Feel My Pulse Lipstick, also from the Temperature Rising Collection.

Dupes:   I can’t think of any permanent dupes for this, unfortunately… I know that Astral Cremesheen Glass from the Heavenly Creatures collection in June of last year was pretty close.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Soft Serenade

Soft Serenade

Soft Serenade

Soft Serenade

Soft Serenade:   Soft Serenade is a “mid tone neutral pink with pearlized pigments” and has a very shimmery finish. It’s a medium, slightly warm, soft pink that’s full of pearly, reflective shimmer particles. It has great color payoff but isn’t completely opaque. I got 4 hours of wear before it started to fade.

You can use nearly any neutral or pink liner with this… Some you could try are Whirl, Soar, or Dervish Lip Pencils. You can layer this over nearly any nude or pink lipstick, including Altered Beige from Temperature Rising, or even Caliente or or Sheer Seduction if you’d like to tone those down.

Dupes:   Soft Serenade is nearly identical to Viva Glam VI Lipglass, which is permanent… Viva Glam V is also close, to play around with those and see which you prefer!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Underdressed

Underdressed

Underdressed

Underdressed

Underdressed:   Underdressed is a “bronze plum with multi-dimensional pearlized pigments” and contains lots of shimmer! It’s a medium, warm, coppery plum with shimmery particles that reflect copper, pink, purple, and gold. The color payoff was good, although the coverage was only about 75% opaque. I did get a little over 4 hours of wear before I noticed any fading occurred.

As with Soft Serenade, there are a lot of liners you can use with this… Spice, Chestnut, Dervish, Soar, Whirl, and Plum Lip Pencils would all work, depending on what color in the gloss you want to emphasize the most. This looks very nice when layered over Caliente Lipstick from this same collection.

Dupes:   I honestly can’t really think of any glosses that are perfect dupes for this, but it’s somewhere between Money, Honey and Get Rich Quick Dazzleglasses from MAC.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

 

 

These lipsticks were released in May of this year with the Temperature Rising collection… Indeed, this is another late post and these items may not be available at most locations but I still want to share these with you so you can see that there may be some good dupes out there!

Temperature Rising Lipsticks

Since this was the big collection for Summer, MAC came out with some beautiful special packaging for it… It reminds me of the texture of NARS packaging, but a beautiful, chocolaty bronze color. The boxes were also the matte bronze.

MAC Temperature Rising Lipstick Box

Temperature Rising Lipstick Tube

MAC lipsticks apply smoothly, are highly pigmented, and wear for 4-6 hours (depending on texture/formula). MAC lipsticks have a faint, pleasant vanilla scent but no taste. Although it’s not always necessary, I suggest wearing something like Prep + Prime Lip underneath, especially with the Dazzle lipsticks… That will keep these from looking or feeling dry and hide any chapped spots on your lips for a smoother application. Primer helps the lipstick wear longer too! Also, a liner will help add some wear time and prevent the lipstick from feathering outside your lip line and add some definition. Like primer, it’s not a necessity but it does add a little more of a put together and polished look.

Since these limited edition lipsticks have special packaging, they sell for $16.50, rather than the usual $15. These, like other MAC lipsticks, contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product.

Temperature Rising Lipstick Labels

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

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

Altered Beige

Altered Beige

Altered Beige

Altered Beige

Altered Beige

Altered Beige

Altered Beige:   Altered Beige is a “creamy yellow beige” with a Lustre finish. It’s a repromote and was originally released with the Nordstrom exclusive Colour Forms collection in 2008. This is a pale, warm nude with both pinkish and yellow undertones. The pink seems to add warmth, while the yellow is more part of a soft golden sheen. For a Lustre, it gave really good coverage and color payoff, wearing for 3-4 hours before fading. Since this is SO light, I suggest this for pale to medium or medium-dark skintones only. It can make deeper skintones look a bit zombie-ish.

For a liner, you can use either a true nude or something with a bit of pink to brighten this lipstick. If you want a light nude, Naked Liner Lip Pencil is good… The next step up, like a your lips but better type of nude, would be Subculture Lip Pencil. Subculture also has a nice warm tone to it. For a pinker liner, you could try Dervish Lip Pencil. If you’d like to layer a Lipglass over this, Liquid Passion, also from this collection, would be perfect!

Dupes:   Tropical Mist was limited and more sheer than Altered Beige is, but it’s very close in color… For permanent dupes, I would suggest Japanese Maple Lipstick. Pure Zen is also close, but a bit more pink.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Caliente

Caliente

Caliente

Caliente

Caliente

Caliente

Caliente:   This is a “super dazzle violet” with a Dazzle finish. It’s a medium, warm toned rosy, coppery brown with shimmery/glitter particles that are violet, gold, and copper. The texture is totally different than any other lipstick… While the base color has a creamy feel, it’s the dazzle bits that make it feel slightly rough… Not like a torturous, dragging, unpleasant kind of rough, but they certainly don’t just glide right on. You definitely want to wear a primer under Caliente if you want a smooth application! These will drag across chapped areas pretty badly and emphasize them.

That said, it IS a pretty lipstick, especially on medium to deep skintones. It has great, though not completely opaque coverage… The natural color of your lips will show through a bit. Color payoff is great and it looks nearly the same on the lips as it does in the tube. With Dazzle lipsticks, I get about 3 hours of wear before the shimmery bits start to move around… The color will stick around for more like 4 hours.

For liners, you can use SO many different ones with this… Plum, Half-Red, Spice, Auburn, Chestnut or Mahogany Lip Pencils… There are even more than that, it’s just a matter of playing around with them and seeing what’s best with your own lip color and skintone. A nice Lipglass to layer over this lipstick is Underdressed, which is part of this collection.

Dupes:   Dupes are tricky since this is such an uncommon finish… Oh, Oh, Oh is the closest dupe I’ve found, but it was limited edition. It was released with the Archie’s Girls collection in Spring of this year as well as MAC Me Over in Fall of 2011.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse:   Feel My Pulse is a beautiful “vivid magenta violet” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a medium magenta with some warm pink tones and a soft sheen. It looks more pink on the lips than in the tube, but that’s probably because the coverage isn’t 100% opaque… More like 90%, but that’s still pretty good!. Color payoff is great and the texture is creamy so it applied smoothly. Like most Cremesheens, this gave me around 4 hours of wear before it needed a touch-up.

For liners, the obvious choice is Magenta Lip Pencil. Another option would be Heroine Lip Pencil if you got that when the Fashion Sets collection was released. If you want to bring out the fuchsia/pink tones, I suggest More To Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil… For added contrast or an ombre look, you can try Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth Lip Pencils. If you’d like to use one of the Temperature Rising Lipglasses over this lipstick, I suggest using Rhythm.

Dupes:   Since purples are becoming more and more popular, there are a few dupes for this… For a permanent color, Violetta would be the closest. Heroine, which was limited edition and released with the Strength and Fashion Sets collections earlier this year, is darker and more or a true purple. Midnight Mambo, which recently came out with the Tropical Taboo collection, is the closest dupe and may still be available at some MAC locations… It is a Mineralize lipstick, though, so it costs a bit more but also contains more lipstick in the tube and is a much more nourishing formula!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction:   This is a ” super dazzle brown” with a Dazzle finish. It’s a warm, medium orange-ish bronze with dazzle particles that are copper, gold, and pink. Like Caliente, it has the somewhat gritty texture due to the Dazzle finish, so it feels the same when applied. It gave better coverage than Caliente with no translucency. Sheer Seduction looks nearly the same on the lips as it does in the tube, though a hint warmer, but has great color payoff. As with other Dazzle lipsticks, I got around 3 hours of wear before the dazzling bits started to fade and move around and 4 hours before the base color faded. This lipstick is flattering on most skintones, but be careful if you’re pale to light… You have to rock this with the right look then!

There are several liners that you can use with this… Spice is good if you want a natural line to keep the lipstick in place. You can also try Auburn, Chicory, Mahogany or Chestnut, depending on your preference and skintone. If you’d like to add some gloss, you can layer Soft Serenade Lipglass over this, which is also from Temperature Rising.

Dupes:   Like Caliente, it’s hard to find a dupe for this because it’s so unique… The closest I can think of that are part of MAC’s permanent range would be Meltdown or CB96, though they’re more orange, or maybe Bronze Shimmer.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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

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

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

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

– Marilyn Monroe

– Temperature Rising

– Rihanna (all 3 lipsticks)

– All About Orange

– Tropical Taboo

and the latest…

– So Supreme

 

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

XO,

Lesley