Swatches + thoughts – MAC x Star Trek collection

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I was at San Diego Comic Con last week and got a sneak preview of the MAC x Star Trek makeup collection that had a pre-launch sale there for one day. I steathily swatched everything in store for you while I was deciding what I wanted to buy. Sadly, and regrettably, I did not get anything, even though the Trip the Light Fantastic Powders are seriously out of this world (ha ha).

Trip the Light Fantastic Powders

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From left to right: Luna Luster (sheer wash of soft rose shimmer), Strange New Worlds (sheer wash of golden coral pearl) and Highly Illogical (sheer wash of golden plum with fine pearl)

The textures of the Trip the Light Fantastic Powders were my absolute favourite out of all the products I swatched. Luna Luster is a great highlighter for light skin tones, Strange New Worlds is a gorgeous golden coral, and the quality was just super smooth and pigmented. Highly Illogical is a beautiful plum that would look amazing lightly dusted over any skin tone, especially in the fall. I seriously regret not buying one – the boyfriend and I were in a rush to meet some friends before a panel, and I couldn’t make up my mind over what to buy, so I just left and thought I would come back later, but of course I did not. Not I gotta wait until September, which is a long time away. I suspect this collection will sell out quickly too!

Pressed Pigment Eyeshadows

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From left to right: Bird of Prey (dark olive green with sparkle — frost), Midnight (cobalt blue with pearl sparkle — frost), The Naked Time (taupe pearl with sparkle — frost), and To Boldly Go (reddish copper with sparkle — frost)

I wasn’t a fan of these as I felt like they mostly swatched patchy, dry, and not super pigmented. To Boldly Go was the only exception, as it had the most pigmentation and rich colour. The Naked Time swatched a lot more sheerly, and barely looks taupe (even though it’s taupe in the pan). It would look great layered over other shadows, though, for a pop of glitter.

Lipsticks and Lip Glosses

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Lipsticks from left to right: Kling-It-On (deep purple with fine pink glitter — frost), Where No Man Has Gone Before (pink with gold pearl — lustre), and The Enemy Within (neutral gold shimmer — frost), not swatched is LLAP (icy rose champagne — frost).

Glosses from left to right: Set to Stun (light silver with gold pearl), Khaaannnn! (berry with red reflects), Warp Speed Ahead (plum with blue and pink reflects), and Pleasure Planet (muted gold shimmer).

Personally, I’m not a gloss person, and I especially dislike MAC’s glosses because they are quite sticky and thick, so these are all passes for me. The lipsticks were all pretty frosty, and not super wearable for me, so I also didn’t consider these. If you like frosts and shimmery lipsticks, you will definitely like these. They applied pretty sheerly, and felt lightweight on, so they may be great for layering as well.

I didn’t get a chance to photograph the display or the packaging, but you can see the packaging of these products on BeautyGeeks.

Overall I would recommend going for the Trip the Light Fantastic Powders as your top purchase choice. I seriously could not decide which one to buy, so I guess the answer is all of them… the MAC x Star Trek collection launches September!

Review + swatches + look – MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick review and swatches

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Sticks (C$30) will be available at MAC counters, stores, and online on May 19, 2016. These Pro Longwear Colour Sticks are long wearing with impactful colours, claiming medium-to-full coverage in just a single swipe. MAC also claims that you can use these as a thick liner, or as all over colour.

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick review and swatches

I have four shades to share with you today – Flat White, Madly Sunny, Soft Steel, and Iris Eyes. Flat White is a matte, creme white; Madly Sunny is a matte, creme chartreuse; Soft Steel is a metallic taupe; and Iris Eyes is a metallic light, blue grey with silver pearl. Pigmentation of these Pro Longwear Colour Sticks indeed is very good, all of these swatches were made with just one swipe. The texture is also relatively soft, with the metallic shades softer and easier to apply than the matte, creme shades. I found the creme shades to be drier, and tugged a bit when applying on the eyelids.

The biggest issue I had with these Pro Longwear Colour Sticks was that they did not like to blend out on the lid. I applied these straight-from-the-bullet onto my eyelids, and then proceeded to blend them out right away with a fluffy brush, and within those 3 seconds, the colour had pretty much already set. I tried to go back over it a few times with more colour but it just made it worse because the colour ended up applying very patchy.

Overall I wouldn’t recommend these, there are much better eyeshadow crayon sticks on the market now that are similarly priced but perform much better.

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick review and swatches

The swatches

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stickin Flat White, Madly Sunny, Soft Steel, and Iris Eyes

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick review and swatches

The look

Wearing Soft Steel all over the eyelids, and Iris Eyes to line the lower lash line

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick review and swatches
MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick review and swatches
MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick review and swatches

Review + swatches + look – MAC Vibe Tribe

MAC Vibe Tribe review and swatches

MAC Vibe Tribe is going to be available on May 19, 2016 at MAC counters, stores, and online. Today I have a few products from this collection to share with you.

MAC Vibe Tribe review and swatches

The MAC Powder Blush in Modern Mandarin (C$27.50) is described as a red-orange, but I found it to swatch like a peachy coral. On my cheeks, it looks quite peachy. I haven’t tried MAC’s powder blush formula in a while and I forgot how powdery but pigmented it was. You only need a soft dab of your blush brush in the pan to get pretty intense colour on your cheeks. The texture is harder, but powdery, if that makes sense. It doesn’t feel as finely milled as some of the other blush formulas I’ve tried, but it really does make up for it in colour payoff. I wore this for well over 8 hours before it faded.

I also MAC Technakhol Eye Liner (C$21.50) in Broque and Take the Plunge. Broque is described as a deep brown, which is accurate, and it also has a beautiful metallic finish. Take the Plunge is decribed as a deep ocean blue, also with a metallic finish. This is my first time trying the Technakhol formula and I’m very happy with how soft and pigmented it is. It glides on my lashline like a dream, and pigmentation is also pretty good. I wasn’t happy with the staying power, however, as I felt like most of the colour faded, or transferred to elsewhere on my eyelid within a few hours.

Between the three products, I really like the Powder Blush in Modern Mandarin, but it’s not a must-have. The Technakhol in Take the Plunge is a unique colour that I’m having fun playing with, if only the formula is a bit longer wearing.

The swatches

Technakhol Eye Liner in Take the Plunge and Broque, and Powder Blush in Modern Mandarin

MAC Vibe Tribe review and swatches

The look

Wearing Powder Blush in Modern Mandarin, and Technakhol Eye Liner in Broque

MAC Vibe Tribe review and swatches
MAC Vibe Tribe review and swatches

Everyday favourites – blushes!

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My morning makeup routine is very simple – foundation, powder, blush, mascara. I work in a relatively conservative environment so the makeup I wear is minimal. I like to make it more interesting (as interesting as it can get!) but switching up my blushes to suit my outfit for the day.

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I am a major hoarder of blushes, but I routinely reach for just a few of them. In addition to the Marcelle Jelly Cheek Flushes, I’ve been wearing (from left to right) Chanel Joues Constraste in Rose Initiale (original review), Chanel Joues Constraste in Espiegle (original review), and MAC Prim and Proper, from the Liberty of London collection a few years ago.

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Rose Initiale is a true blue-based pink, Espiegle is a peach with gold shimmers, and Prim and Proper is a beige with some plum and brown undertones. These blushes are all super easy to apply as it is hard to over-apply them, especially during the morning rush while I am still likely half asleep.

My blush brush of choice is Chanel brush #4, which is the perfect size for my cheeks. I also use Rock & Republic blush brush, which was my favourite blush brush before the Chanel one came into my life, but sadly has already been discontinued.

Which are your favourite blushes to use on a daily basis? Please share!

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MAC Wonder Woman – some preliminary photos & swatches

Here are some real-life photos and swatches of the MAC Wonder Woman collection due to be released in February.Official information of this collection can be found here.  These photos were taken from the UrCosme Facebook Group; you can see the rest of them here.

Lady Justice Quad

Marquise D’ and Russian Red lipsticks

Secret Identity and Wonder Woman Lipglasses

Some swatches of the four lip products:

Personally I’ve never had a thing for Wonder Woman, AND I’m not really getting the inflated prices ($23.50CAD for a lipglass instead of the usual $17.50). The duo blushes look pretty, especially Mighty Aphrodite, but I don’t know if I want to plunk down $29 for a MAC blush. I’d rather save up a little more and get Dior or Guerlain.

What are your thoughts of this collection?

I Love Guerlain Gillian… possible dupe?

Ever since I saw Temptalia’s swatches of Guerlain Rouge G in 14 Gillian, I have been in LOVE. It looks like the perfect pink nude for me, although it look brown in the tube when I went to check it out in the store.

I went to the MAC counter today to check out the latest holiday collection, Tartan Tale, as well as the new MAC Viva Glam lip set. I was able to try it on and I saw surprised at how similar Gillian looked to the new Viva Glam when the gloss was worn on top of the lipstick. It is a gorgeous mauve-nude with a hint of brown with gold shimmer.

Sorry for the shitty lip swatch, photo by Blackberry and lack of sleep causes a lot of problems to show up in photos >___> And no I am not wearing any makeup other than the lip stuff.

The only problem is this lip set costs about $50 in Canada after tax (ugh compared to $36 in the US!) so its almost the price of the Guerlain, so might as well buy the Guerlain. But the entire selling price (before tax) goes to charity, so that is a huge dilemma for me. Any thoughts?

FOTD with MAC Venomous Villains Bite of an Apple Blush

So I took these photos before I realized I had forgotten to put on lip gloss (I had planned to do a full VV face that day, so my gloss of choice was of course, Strange Potion). But by the time I realized, I was already running late so I quickly swiped on some gloss and ran for it.

And yes my eyes look a little swollen, I haven’t been sleeping well lately.

Face:

  • Jill Stuart Moist Silk Powder Foundation – Foundation and base
  • MAC Oh So Fair beauty powder (Venomous Villains Collection) – all-over powder

Eyes:

  • Lunasol Skin Modelling Eyes in 01 Beige Beige
  • Anna Sui Lengthening mascara

Cheeks:

  • MAC Bite of an Apple Blush (Venomous Villains Collection) – on apples of cheeks then sweeped up

Bite of an Apple Blush is VERY pigmented. I mean it when I say a little goes a long way. When I swatched it on my arm for the first time, it didn’t seem that bad, but when I applied it with a regular blush brush, it really made my cheeks look red. The flash in my camera definitely washed out some of the colour in the picture, but I would still recommend using a duo fibre brush.

One thing I did notice though, if it is used sparingly and blended out, it looks very much like my natural cheek colour when I blush. Apparently that is the colour that is most flattering to you, so I guess I should be thankful I grabbed this before it sold out everywhere…

Lip Swatch of MAC Venomous Villains Lipglass in Strange Potion

Here is the lip swatch of Strange Potion Lip Glass from the MAC Venomous Villains collection. I have really pigmented lips, so lip products tend to look darker and more muted on my lips (so sad…). Strange Potion looks like a light pink-coral in the tube but looks more orange-coral on my lips. I still love it, and it is definitely one of the prettier coral lip products I’ve tried.

If its not sold out, I definitely recommend you getting one!

The swatch on my arm for reference/comparison

And my bare lips for comparison

MAC Venomous Villains: Purchases, Photos, Swatches

My MAC Venomous Villains order promptly came in today. I ordered them on Tuesday night, which means they shipped on Wednesday (yesterday) via UPS and arrived today to my apartment.

My purchases:

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading

Simple Purple + Taupe FOTD (with tutorial)

I’ve been trying to use up my old eyeshadow palettes lately and for this look, I used the Dior Jazzclub palette in Purple Jazz from last fall. You don’t have to use the same palette, just something similar with similar colours is good of course.

Face:

  • Jill Stuart Moist Silk Powder Foundation in 103
  • MAC Blush Ombre in Ripe Peach (Cheeks)

Eyes:

  • UDPP
  • Dior Jazzclub palette in Purple Jazz (shimmery taupe, shimmery purple and matte purple)
  • MUFE Aqua Eyes in 0L (Matte black)
  • Majolica Majorca mascara base
  • Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara
  • Also wearing GEO Angel Colour Brown circle lenses (review will come soon!)

Lips:

  • MAC Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick

Apply the foundation of your choice. For blush, if you want a lighter, summer look, choose a light pink, neutral or peach blush. If you want to go for more of a fall look, choose a berry, dark rose or plum blush.

For eyes, use a base like Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP) to make eyeshadows last longer and adhere better. Use a shimmery taupe as your base colour and apply all over your eyelid. Then use a matte purple and apply on your outer V/crease. Take a shimmery purple eyeshadow and line the outer half of your bottom lid. Use a highlight shade to shade in your inner V as well as the inner half of your bottom lid. Highlight your brow bone as well.

For lips, apply a light coral lip colour if you want more of a summer look, or a deep rose lip colour if you want a fall look.

And you’re done! I’m wearing Eki’s Elegant Key Necklace with this look.

And some of you have noticed I change all of my display pictures to this picture. Reason being is I usually look weird smiling with my teeth, but this one actually turned out kind of okay. So… here it is XD

What do you think?