Sunday, January 23, 2011

MAC Cham-Pale Rose-Ole Special Reserve Highlight Powder & I Get No Kick Eye Kohl Review & Swatches

The MAC Cham-Pale Collection is a subdued set of frosty and shimmery delights.  Besides Soiree and Very Important Platinum, I also bought Rose-Ole Special Reserve Highlight Powder and I Get No Kick Eye Kohl.

Rose-Ole Special Reserve Highlight Powder is a shimmery pale golden pink champagne.  I like using this one for a very subtle amount of shimmer to highlight or shimmery neutral cheeks.  For some perspective on shimmer, it is far lower than your typical MAC Mineralized Skin Finish or Mineralized Blush.  It is nowhere near as chunky or glittery as some, it's definitely one to check out.  In a way it reminds me of a MAC Beauty Powder (not the Beauty Powder Blushes) of late, that have been fairly sheer.  I don't find this to have a lot of pigment, so don't expect the shade on the pan to appear on your cheeks. 

I Get No Kick Eye Kohl is a pale shimmery champagne.  It has a touch of pink to it so that it is not too white.  It is not glittery the way many Urban Decay 24/7 Liners can be.  I have used this along the lower waterline or just along the inner corner of my waterline.  This doesn't tend to hold up too well for all day wear, more so for 3-6 hours depending on what you are doing. I hope to grab another one of these, one for at-home and another to carry with me for touch-ups.  It's not a shade you see all too often.  The closest product I have to this is Sephora Flashy Liner in Flashy Pink 09.  Flashy Pink is considerably pinker but will do if you aren't able to get a hold of I Get No Kick.  I would suggest just a tad of a white gold frosty eye shadow over top of it, and you'll get a close dupe.

As for the remainder of the collection, I skipped out on the eye shadow quad since two shades were permanent and Et tu Bouquet was a repromote.  I had considered the Paint Pots, but I couldn't really justify getting them when they looked so similar to each other and Bare Study Paint Pot.  As well, mine being only half full in over a year of use, it would be unlikely for me to really need to use them.  The lipgelee's looked fabulous, and I may go back to get one or two of those, but only time will tell :)

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

NOTD: MAC Cham Pale Very Important Platinum Nail Lacquer Review & Swatch

The second nail lacquer of the MAC Cham Pale Collection is Very Important Platinum. Darker than your typical silver with a touch of warmth.  This adds depth to this beautiful shade. 

Unfortunately, it runs a tad sheer.  Even after 3 medium thick coats, I could still see my natural nail colour and perhaps do another coat.  I also had to take great care to prevent streaks.  My right hand is steady, however my nail lacquer is a bit messy on that side. 

With that said, I love the subtle and chic appearance it has.  Great for a night out on the town :)
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MAC Stylishly Yours Dark Diversion Fluidline Review & Swatches

The MAC Stylishly Yours Collection has amazingly bright selection of brights.  While not my usual fair, I chose one of the more understated products: Dark Diversion Fluidline.

Dark Diversion is a deep dark plum.  It is nearly black, but not quite.  It's a great option than the usual Blacktrack to wing out a cat eye.  It is well pigmented and would really do some oomph used as a base.

I think my only confusion with Dark Diversion is how it coordinates with the other products of Stylishly Yours with the exception of Violet pigment.  In any case, Dark Diversion is still lovely and will definitely go into my regular rotation :)

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Monday, January 17, 2011

MAC Stylishly Yours Virgin Isle Cream Colour Base Review & Swatches

MAC Stylishly Yours Collection is chock full of brights. Out of all the beautiful cream colour bases,  lipsticks and pigments, I only bought Virgin Isle Cream Colour Base and Dark Diversion Fludline (review & swatches in separate post).

Virgin Isle is a orangey coral, that bears some resemblance to Joie-de-Vivre Creamblend Blush of the MAC Lilyland Collection from last year.  Dabbed ever so lightly on the cheeks, it can be used for a light flush.  Otherwise, used heavily and it reminds me of Raggedy-Anne cheeks.  Whichever your choosing, this lasts all day, much unlike powder products.  When set with a bit of translucent powder, I can wear this all day without having to worry about touching it up midday or just before heading out for the evening.

I also must mention to try this out for lips, it works wonderfully and lasts just as well as most lipsticks.  Be sure to use a clean lip brush though, it'll make a much easier application.

Dual purpose and long wearing, Cream Colour Bases are definitely ones to check out :)

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MAC Peacocky Kissable Lipcolor Review & Swatches

The MAC Peacocky Collection includes a beautiful array of eye shadows and lipcolour.  MAC Kissable Lipcolours are a lovely hybrid of lipstick and lipgloss.  I found that they lean towards a highly pigmented lipgloss than a lipstick.  I bought and have been wearing Flaunting It, So Vain, Super and Temper Tantra. 
  • Flaunting It is a purpley-mauve.  Touch cool, but not so much that I can't wear it.
  • So Vain is a pinky-coral.
  • Temper Tantra is a reddened-brown.
  • Super is a pinky neutral.

All four are creamy in finish, have a medium-thick texture and have a good 2-4 hours of wear time. Yes as low as two hours, but I think that's because I am more of a grazer type eater.  I eat and drink constantly through the day.  I don't have a problem with gathering into lip lines nor bleeding out. Being a hybrid of lipstick and lipgloss, I was a bit worried about bleeding out.  While I am not blown away by this formula for wear time, I do like that it is more pigmented than your typical lipgloss.  It's glossier most Satin, Amplified Creme, Amplified and Cremesheen finished lipsticks.  So if your preference is for a hint of gloss over your lipstick in a non-frost finish in only one step, these are a great option.

I know I'm enjoying the four shades I chose, which are relatively safe shades on me.  I find them fairly wearable with most of my warm looks with the exception of Flaunting It.  The shade I am wearing most is probably Temper Tantra, it suits my medium skintone and dark brown hair quite well at the moment.  Personally, I don't think I'll be picking up Peacocky, the bright tealy-blue shade and name sake of the collection.  Bit too dramatic and not my cup of tea.   I like the variety of shades in this collection overall, lots of basics in a good formula.  It's sure to find a spot in most MAC addicts stash. 

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

MAC A Tartan Tale Beauties Play It Cool Eye Shadow Palette Review & Swatches

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection Beauties Play It Cool Eye Shadow Palette was on my wishlist prior to Christmas, but I hummed and hawed a bit thinking, no must think of others gifts and charity.  Cool gray's and purple's are shades I don't typically wear, but this palette has a nice selection of each without going into full size eye shadows.

This palette includes Silverwear, Hold My Gaze, To The Ball, Altered State, Magic Moor and Heather Belles eye shadows.

  • Silverwear is a frost finish metallic lavender.  This shade has a silvery pearl sheen.  This one lacks a bit in pigmentation and is a bit on the pale side, so it isn't one that I would use as an all over lid color. 
  • Hold My Gaze is a frost finish medium gray.  This medium gray has a golden sheen that is lovely has an outer crease color.  This is one of my favorites of the palette.
  • To The Ball is a satin finish dusty lavender. I found this one to be the most difficult to work with.  It really needs a moist base, such as MAC Paint or a MAC Shadestick before I could get it to show up well.  Given a good sticky base, it does work well as an all over lid color.
  • Altered State is a veluxe pearl finish blackened plum. This is a beautiful shade that doesn't quite photograph well. 
  • Magic Moor is a veluxe pearl finish purple grape.  Darker and more cool than Altered State.
  • Heather Belles is a satin finish dark charcoal/carbon.  This one seemed more like a super dark greened navy that was almost charcoal, but not quite.  This color does not show up well at all when swatched, but in practice as a crease shade, it works alright.
Of note is that both Hold My Gaze and Altered State are re-promotes from the Sorceress Palette of the Holiday 2009 collection. While similar, they are different enough where I had to get Play It Cool :) 

Overall, this palette is fairly well rounded, I just wish it had a true highlighter shade.  Although Silverware is fairly light, I don't find Silverware to be quite the right shade.  It's a bit stark on the brow bone for my medium NC35/40 skintone.  Perhaps lighter gals may not have the same issue. 

While I haven't taken pictures with looks, I have been able to come up with a few looks using this palette and my old stand-by MAC Femme-Fi Eye Shadow as a highlighter.  Quick and easy:  Femme-Fi on the brow bone, Silverware on the inner third of the lid, To The Ball on the middle and outer third of the lid, Hold My Gaze in the outer crease and Heather Belles in the crease. 

PS. Sorry ladies that this is so late.  Christmas should be relaxing, but it has actually been fairly stressful this year.  Oh well, here's looking forward to a wonderful new year :)

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year's Nails: Sparkling MAC Cham Pale Soiree Nail Lacquer

Happy New Year!  The MAC Cham Pale Collection is a dazzling collection of sparkly confections, including two limited edition shades of nail lacquer.  My favorite of the two is Soiree, described as sparkly light bronze gold in a frost finish.  It reminds me of sparkling pale pink champagne :)  Subtle in color, dazzling in finish, fabulous for any soiree. ;)

I used 3 coats for complete coverage (2 thin and 1 medium), although 2 medium coats would be sufficient.   My only complaint on this shade is that it doesn't tend to hold up well to wear. Any work beyond typing leads to some nail lacquer rubbing off on paper or boxes.  A top coat is definitely required!  Be sure to check it out  :)
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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sephora 500 Point Beauty Insider Perk

Yea! I reached 500 points on my last haul at Sephora.  (Well not quite a haul, just a few little things that were on sale ;)  The newest reward for reaching 500 points as a Beauty Insider is a sampling of Philosophy Skincare products.  Included is Purity cleanser, Hope is Not Enough serum and Hope in a Jar moisturizer.  I had looking into trying Hope in a Jar, so am glad that this set came out when it did. 

I like the resolution on the front of the packaging that, "taking care of your skin is a resolution worth keeping."   It's a great reminder at the end of the day just before washing my face.  Great skin is definitely one of my resolutions, along with many others ;)

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