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MAC: Peacocky Collection
Release Date: January 6th, 2011
International: February, 2011
We fetishize the exotic peacock as a symbol of extreme beauty, raging against everything simplistic. New Kissable Lipcolour combines full flash with creamy comfort. Mega Metal Shadow gleams like chrome – yet is creamy, crease-resistant, with vitamin-fortified flexibility. Dramatic doesn’t begin to begin to describe the girl who knows she’s Peacocky.
Spring isn’t quite here yet, but that shouldn’t stop any of us from flaunting our beauty with a little help from the MAC Peacocky collection. I love the imagery of the collection name. Peacocks are beautiful and bold. They know what they want, but they don’t chase after it. They make what they want come to them simply by displaying their beauty.
MAC’s Peacocky Collection offers two limited edition products, Kissable Lipcolour and Mega Metal Shadow. The eyes and the lips are my two favorite features to enhance and MAC seems to help us all do it so well. I do wish this collection included a brush or two for application of the Mega Metal Shadow. Any time there is a new eye product, I am never quite sure which brush will work best. I guess experimentation is the way to go.
The shadow appears to be a powder, but with a texture that is creamy and smooth so you don’t see creases. I am curious to know if it is truly crease-resistant and what the texture of the Mega Metal Shadow is overall. Another thing to note is that the Mega Metal Shadows come with more product, containing .11 oz. The regular eye shadows MAC offers contain .5 oz. The Mega Metal shadow is more expensive than the eye shadows, but it’s not even double the price and you are getting more than double the amount of product.
The Kissable Lipcolour looks interesting as well. Anything with the word kissable in the title tends to intrigue me. They are all vanilla scented which is one of my favorite scents. So for me, that is another plus. The product is supposed to go on with the ease of a lipgloss, but have the finish and strength of a creamy rich lipstick.
I tend to buy lipgloss more often than lipstick because I like the application process better so I am excited to try this product. There are definitely those times that you want the finish look of a lipstick. I often feel more like a flirty little girl with lipgloss, but lipstick makes me feel like I am ready to do business in the boardroom. If this product can offer me both feelings, I will be sold.
I am most intrigued by the Kissable Lipcolour Vanity Fair. I am not sure if I will actually like it, but I am curious to know how a color can be a midtone blue pink. I don’t usually wear blue on my lips, but I do usually wear pinks so I want to know what this color will look like on. We all know that not every color looks the same on everyone. What are the colors you want to see on you?
If you are in the mood to treat your eyes and your lips to a little something new this winter, check out the full list of products included in the Peacocky Collection.
Enchantee – light blue pink (Limited Edition)
Exxxhibitionist – redtoned coral (Limited Edition)
Flaunting it – grey mauve (Limited Edition)
Love peck – blackened blood red (Limited Edition)
Peacocky – sky blue with red pearlized pigments, (Limited Edition)
Scandelicious – blue fuchsia (Limited Edition)
So vain – muted midtone coral, (Limited Edition)
Strut your stuff – bright rue red (Limited Edition)
Super – muted neutral brown (Limited Edition)
Temper tantra – midtone reddish brown (Limited Edition)
Vanity fair – midtone blue pink (Limited Edition)
Woo me – light pinky nude (Limited Edition)
Centre stage – frosted chocolate brown (Limited Edition)
Dalliance – light champagne (Limited Edition)
Dandizette – navy with silver pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
Ego – forest green (Limited Edition)
Mating call – midtone frosted violet (Limited Edition)
Noir plum – true purple with silver pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
Odalisque – deep teal (Limited Edition)
Paparazzi – she-deep copper bronze (Limited Edition)
Peek-at you – frosted yellow white (Limited Edition)
Prance – frosted mauve pearl (Limited Edition)
Top of the posh – frosted white pink (Limited Edition)
Tweet me – gold bronze (Limited Edition)
Sexpectations – metallic burgandy (Limited Edition)
Spectacle of yourself – deep bronze (Limited Edition)
Unflappable – frosted black with purple pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
MAC & Mickey Contractor Collection
Release Date: January 6th, 2011
As M·A·C’s Director of Makeup Artistry for India, Mickey has mentored Artists around the world. This collection of his musts is about natural skin and total performance. Foundation, Concealer, goddess-gorgeous eye shades and his favorite brushes to star in your own Bollywood hit.
Mickey Contractor is the Director of Makeup Artistry for MAC Cosmetics in India. He is known for his exquisite eye and beautiful taste. Have you ever seen how beautiful the makeup is on the Bollywood movie stars? Mickey Contractor has been the makeup artist for many of the famous who can be seen in the Bollywood spotlight. MAC has teamed up with his genius to bring us the MAC & Mickey Contractor Collection.
Why is it if something is harder to get, I just want it more? Please tell me I am not alone in this. The MAC & Mickey Contractor collection is a limited in-store launch. At this point, it looks like only 22 of MAC’s top stores will be carrying the collection.
Some of the collection is a little bit disappointing to me in that there are a lot of repromotes. I am always more curious to see what MAC is coming out with that is new. It is okay to have one or two repromotes in a large collection, but I feel like this one has just a few too many. That being said, there is one repromote I am very excited for.
I love the Prep + Prime Finishing Powder. It gives the skin such a great glow with an overall finished look. I especially like to wear it on days when I don’t wear as much makeup. It can just give the clean, smooth, youthful look all over. I have seen several reviews that state it is not the best for someone with sensitive skin so that is definitely something to take into consideration if you think you might want this product.
The colors and eyeshadows have quite a bit of new material with some permanents intermixed. The eyeshadow quad does look like something I’d like to have in my makeup bag. The colors are the typical colors I would use, but you can tell that when used together, the four colors work really well to compliment one another.
Overall, I think the collection has a lot to offer, but I feel it lacking. I don’t even know what exactly I was hoping for, just more when it comes to the combined genius of Mickey Contractor and MAC. What catches your eye about this collection? Did you want more or is it just what you expected from the notorious Mickey Contractor and MAC?
Gulabi—Bright fuchsia (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
Mehr—Dirty blue pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Mocha—Peachy yellow-brown (Satin) (Permanent)
Yash—Deep neutral (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Flesh—Dirty nude brown (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Lust—Soft muted pink (Frost) (Permanent)
Marvel – Deep purple with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Oomph – Forest green with soft gold pearl (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
Rani – Bright fuchsia with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Saffron – Deep coral caramel (Satin) (Limited Edition)
Eyeshadow Quad – Athma
Carbon -Matte black (Matte) (Permanent)
Folie -Reddish-plum brown (Satin) (Permanent)
Jaan – Light neutral with soft gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
Vivah – Brown with gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
Ivy – Bright green (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Siahi – Deep turquoise blue (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Gana—Bright white gold (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Sur—Dirty rose brown (Satin) (Limited Edition)
NC41 (Limited Edition)
NC43.5 (Limited Edition)
NC44.5 (Limited Edition)
NC23 (Limited Edition)
NC43 (Limited Edition)
NC44 (Limited Edition)
NC45.5 (Limited Edition)
Moisturecover Double-End Concealer
Coral Corrector/Yellow Corrector (Limited Edition)
Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (Permanent)
116 Blush Brush (Permanent)
219 Pencil Brush (Permanent)
239 Eye Shader (Permanent)
How to Spot Fake MAC Cosmetics Products
If you are looking to save a bit of money on your MAC makeup addiction, you might be tempted to take advantage of some of the deals you can find online. While it is possible to find some good bargains on MAC on places like eBay, counterfeit MAC is becoming increasingly more common. Here are a few tips on how to identify counterfeit MAC Cosmetics and avoid buying fake MAC items.
First, trust your instincts. If a price sounds good to be true, you should look at the item with a very skeptical eye. It’s extremely difficult to find true bargains on MAC Cosmetics products these days. If it’s just a few dollars off of retail, it is more likely to be legitimate. If it’s a limited edition pigment from 1999 being sold for $2 new in box, you can rule it out right away.
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In order to determine the validity of the item in question, you need to examine it closely. If buying online, you should request pictures from the seller of the item from several angles including the top, bottom, side view, inside of lid, and the box. You need to compare these with original items either from your own collection or using pictures found online. There are a lot of subtle differences that fake MAC makeup products carry.
The packaging is one area where fakes tend to stand out if you know what to look for. For example, many counterfeit MAC eyeshadows come in a pot that looks suspiciously like the real thing… until you notice the compartment with the mirror and applicator underneath. MAC pot shadows never come with applicators or mirrors yet somehow this is very common on fakes. Also, the lid on many fake MAC shadows has a higher dome and opens at a smaller angle than real MAC shadows.
The packaging can offer several clues as well. Often counterfeit MAC boxes will have a very convincing MAC logo but the font on the rest of the box is very different from that of legitimate MAC boxes. Because many of these fakes are manufactured in other countries, you can often spot misspellings on the packaging as well. In some cases, the dimensions of the boxes might be different than real boxes too. If you suspect an item is not real MAC, pore over it very carefully before committing to buy it. Compare the item in question with one that you know is real and scrutinize the size, shape, writing, color and finish of the lid, weight, and scent.
Another tip-off to potentially fake MAC items is the source. Legitimate MAC products can be purchased from MAC counters, MAC stores, MAC’s official website, and Cosmetics Company Outlet stores. Sometimes individuals will sell their MAC items secondhand for extra cash online. eBay is a overrun with MAC items but the sad truth is that many of these are counterfeit. When shopping for MAC on eBay, look at the seller’s history. Check their feedback carefully for complaints of counterfeits. Look at the other items they are selling. If they have hundreds of new MAC items up for sale, especially without boxes, there is a good chance what they are selling isn’t MAC at all.
Unfortunately, you have to do a bit of detective work when you are buying MAC from unofficial sources. Counterfeit MAC makeup items are not just poor quality imitations of the real thing. Some of these items might even contain ingredients that can irritate your skin or eyes. Truly good deals on MAC are few and far between but if you look very carefully, you can still find a few bargains.
How to Create Your Own Eyeshadow Palette
For a lot of makeup fans, eyeshadows can be hard to resist. You might go to a cosmetics counter to pick up something else but while you’re standing there waiting for the sales associate to ring you up, there they are… dozens of pretty, fresh eyeshadows begging you to buy them. The next thing you know, you’re at home trying to find a place in your already-overflowing makeup drawer for your newest five shadows. If this sounds like you, it’s time to make your own eyeshadow palette.
Making your own eyeshadow palette makes sense for a lot of reasons. First of all, it’s very practical because it frees up space in your cosmetics drawers. Even if you end up using this newly empty space to justify future makeup purchases, you still have to admit it’s handy. If a lot of your eyeshadows are from MAC, this is also a good idea from an economic standpoint because once you take the eyeshadow pans out of the pots, you can return the empty pots to MAC and get a free lipstick as part of their recycling program.
photo credit: Melissa Gray
Perhaps the best reason to make an eyeshadow palette is because this enables you to group colors that go together well all in one place so you can apply them more easily. It can actually take a fair amount of time to shuffle through your makeup drawers and dig out different colors to see if they look good together every day. When you make a palette, you do all the matching work beforehand and then you have everything laid out together for the future. This also helps you use up those colors that you always seem to forget about. Depending on the size of your collection, you could make a few palettes of different color families such as a warm, cool or neutral eyeshadow palette, a summer vs. winter eyeshadow palette, as well a few others like a neon, bright, shimmer, cream or matte eyeshadow palette.
This task will be easiest if most of your shadows are the same size. Many cosmetics brands sell empty palettes that their shadows can fit into. If your shadows are various sizes or from different manufacturers, or if you want to include blushes or other products, you can always make a homemade palette. This is also a great way to save some money. All you need is an empty CD case and some magnetic sheets, which you can pick up from craft or office stores for a few dollars. Take out the plastic piece that holds the CD (this is usually black) and trace it onto the magnetic sheet. Then cut out the piece of magnet and glue it into the CD case. Some eyeshadow pans will stick to the magnet on their own. If not, you will need to cut out some magnetic strips and stick them to the bottom of the shadow pans.
If the shadow comes in some type of compact or other packaging, it will be necessary to remove the shadow from the pot first. This can usually be accomplished by carefully melting the glue underneath the pan. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to de-pot eyeshadows by MAC and other brands. Alternatively, you can often buy shadows in simple pan format. Pan eye shadows are available from MAC on their main maccosmetics.com website as well as their macpro.com website.
It’s always a good idea to label your shadows when you make a palette. It might not seem important now but once you hit the pan and need to replace a shade, you may not be able to remember the name of the color. When you make your palette, create a color guide on a sheet of paper. Make swatches of each color in the same order that they appear in your eye palette and write the name of the shade underneath. Use a piece of paper the same size as a CD booklet and simply insert it into the cover of the CD case. Then close the CD case and there you have it: your very own homemade custom color eyeshadow palette!
MAC: False Lashes Mascara Collection
Release Date: December 26, 2010
False Lashes Mascara adds dramatic volume, the rich, creamy, volumizing formula magnifies and multiplies the look of each lash, creating dramatically thick, long, curled, exaggerated lashes. The lush brush applies a deluxe dose of heavy pigment to the lashes and works in combination with the product to create incredible volume, length and density. The pigments in the formula are treated to allow for maximum colour payoff that remains true, deep, uniform and wears all day long. It’s flake- and smudge-resistant, ophth-tested and safe for contact wearers.
The MAC False Lashes Mascara collection marks the release of the latest in a string of new mascaras released by MAC. Despite all the success MAC Cosmetics has had in the realm of lip and eye products, they are still chasing that elusive wonder formula that will truly put their name on the mascara road map. MAC’s mascara history is mostly full of misses, although their most recent effort, Opulash, showed some big steps in the right direction.
With False Lashes mascara, it looks like MAC is continuing an upward trend when it comes to mascara. This mascara aims to give you the look of false lashes without the hassle of applying them and keeping them in place. It boasts the typical mascara claims- namely fuller and longer lashes. A special formula and brush are designed to work together to give the illusion of lashes that are so thick and long they almost seem fake.
One good thing about False Lashes mascara is that it doesn’t dry out your lashes the way lots of lengthening mascaras can. Despite its creamy texture, it manages to stay put all day. The brush is similar to the Opulash brush which was specially engineered to deliver mascara to each lash. The brush may take some getting used to at first but it actually does a great job of delivering mascara to your lashes.
As usual, MAC has put a lot of effort into engineering this mascara. It has been tested by ophthalmologists and it’s safe for contact lens wearers. Best of all, it doesn’t flake, which means no annoying pieces of mascara falling into your eyes. It’s not drying or irritating, which is a big plus.
So far it’s only available in black but if this formula really takes off, we might be lucky enough to see some fun shades of purple, blue, and green. The black version is highly pigmented, which adds to the effect of full, thick lashes. It’s a great starting point and definitely one of MAC’s better mascaras so hopefully they will branch out and expand their False Lashes Mascara range beyond just the basic black.
False Lashes Mascara – $18.00 US/$21.00 CDN
* False Black – Black
MAC Coupon Code: MACSAMPLE | Get a Free Sample of MAC’s Pro Eye Makeup Remover
Enter promo code MACSAMPLE when checking out at maccosmetics.com and get free shipping on your order plus a free sample of MAC’s Pro Eye Makeup Remover. Good until Novermber 14, 2010 or while supplies last.
How to De-Pot MAC Eyeshadows and Blushes
Many people prefer having an eyeshadow palette so they can see all their shadows at once and keep them organized and in one place. Depotting MAC eyeshadows will allow you to create your own customized eyeshadow palette. Even better, you can return the empty shadow pots to MAC to get a free lipstick once you accumulate six of them under their Back to MAC recycling program. The same de-potting process can also be used on MAC powder blushes.
Taking the shadow pans out of the black pots that case them can be a bit tricky at first, but it’s quite simple once you get the hang of it. The hardest part is not breaking or shattering the shadow itself, but this is easy enough to avoid if you work slowly with a soft towel underneath to cushion any accidental falls. There are many different methods to depot MAC Cosmetics shadows. Many people use a flame to melt the plastic on the bottom of the pot but this can be downright dangerous. Some people use an iron, which is an improvement on the flame method. However, I find that the easiest and least risky method is using a hair straightening iron.
To get started, you only need a few items that most people already have on hand. You will need a sharp knife, a bit of wax paper, a soft towel, and a flat iron. You can use any type of flat iron as long as the plates are flat. Finally, if you are super organized, you might want to get some round sticky labels so you can label your shadows. The ¾ inch size works well on MAC shadow pans.
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1. Lay the towel down on your working space to avoid any eyeshadow breakage disasters.
2. Open up the shadow pot and look for the line near the clasp where the shroud for the pan sits in the pot. Insert the knife into this line and gently wiggle it back and forth until you are able to pop out the shroud. You may be surprised at how easily the shroud pops out so work over the towel just in case! Set the pot aside and use it for Back to MAC.
3. Turn on your flat iron and rest it on one side, so that one of the plates is facing up and the other is facing down. Cut a piece of wax paper about four inches by four inches and place it on the plate that is facing up.
4. Set the shroud on top of the waxed paper, ensuring that it is positioned over the plate of the flat iron. You should leave it on top of there for several minutes so the heat can melt the bottom of the shroud and the glue a bit. How long this takes depends on your iron, but around five minutes should do the trick. Carefully check the bottom of the shroud and look for an indent in the middle. This signifies that it’s ready for the next step.
5. Stick your knife into the melted indent on the bottom of the shroud and push up gently. The plastic should be soft and the knife should slide right in. The pan should lift out easily. If not, let it cook a little more on the flat iron. You don’t want to push it out all the way- just lift it out a little.
6. Turn the shroud over and place the blade of your knife underneath the pan. Use the blade to lift the pan out and set it on the towel to cool. The metal of the pan will be extremely hot so don’t touch it! Once it cools, it’s ready to be placed into your palette. You can use cotton swabs dipped in alcohol to remove any extra glue that remains stuck to the pan. You can also attach a magnet or sticker if desired.
Now you’re all set to create your own custom MAC eyeshadow palettes!
MAC: Cham Pale Collection
Release Date: December 26, 2010
MAC’s new Cham Pale collection draws on flutes of crisp, bubbly champagne for its inspiration. Think of shimmering shades of beige, gold, lavender and pink and you won’t be too far off. After the bold, dark colors of the holidays, this collection- to be released December 26- offers a welcome contrast with its muted colors.
Perhaps the most coveted item in this collection is the Caviar Dreams Eyeshadow Quad. This quad features some colors we’ve seen before such as Et Tu, Bouquet? from A Rose Romance and the MAC classics Brule and Retrospeck. These shades are combined with the new frosted silver Caviar Dreams to create a palette of complementary shades that work together to create subtle beauty on your eyelids.
MAC is listening to the demands of their loyal fans and releasing some new lipgelees with this collection. Lipgelees are popular for their light consistency and squeeze tube application. Of the three sparkly shades, Bubble Lounge is a real standout for its peachy-pink shimmer as well as its fun name. Luxure is a pink-white gloss that gives lips a pearlized look rather than relying on shimmer. Frosty lipsticks like the soft bronze shade Flustered are perfect alone for a muted look or for sheering out deeper shades.
There is a new product called Special Reserve Highlight Powder that adds a noticeable shimmer to skin that’s not too over-the-top. There is also a new skincare product called Complete Comfort Creme that uses botanical ingredients to help even out skin tone and add moisture. Kukui nut oil, wheat germ, and algae extracts are just a few of the ingredients in this dermatologist-tested lotion geared toward reducing redness and softening skin.
MAC is also adding lavender to some of its more popular products such as Fix+ and Lip Conditioner for Cham Pale. They are also releasing a limited edition lavender tinted lip conditioner for the occasion. The beige Calm Mode tinted lip conditioner is sure to satisfy fans of neutral lips. And it’s certainly worth mentioning that there are several very muted paint pots in this collection as well as a repromote of the ever-popular true black Feline Kohl Power. Cham Pale gives makeup fans something to look forward to after Christmas.
MAC: Stylishly Yours Collection
Release Date: December 26, 2010
Just in time for New Year’s, MAC is coming out with a colorful collection called Stylishly Yours. The bright and deep shades in this collection are a stark contrast to the muted pale colors in Cham Pale, also released on the same day. This collection is anything but timid with a bright orange lipstick and a magenta cream colour base.
Finally MAC has come out with some Fluidlines that fans can really get excited about. Fluidline gel eyeliners are a great product because you can wear them so many different ways and they stay in place very well in the eye area. However, MAC hasn’t been releasing a lot of new shades for some reason. Fluidline fans can breathe a sigh of relief with the advent of Dark Diversion. This is a plummy black shade that is universally flattering but it is especially nice on green eyes.
Several new pigments have made their way into Stylishly Yours. These shades are not for the faint of heart. New Fixation is a frosty fuschia red. It’s more the sort of shade you would expect in a nail polish. Follow Your Fancy is a pearly bright coral color that seems to work best on the cheeks. Perhaps the most accessible of the three new pigments is Madly Personal. It’s a very bright pink but it could easily be made more wearable by blending in a bit of Fairylite or another neutral pigment.
The lipsticks in this collection are the real headline-grabbers here because they are colors that definitely get noticed. Neon Orange Amplified Cream certainly lives up to its name. The bright violet Style Curve has a commanding presence that is only slightly tamed by its soft Cremesheen texture. The blue-based bright pink Something New is like the new pigment Madly Personal for the lips. These bright pink shades are particularly fun at the time of year this collection is being released- New Year’s.
Two new limited edition Cream Colour Bases are also part of Stylishly Yours. Keeping up the bright pink theme is Tickle Me Pink, which is as fun to wear as the name implies. The blue-red Movie Star isn’t a color that suits everyone but if you can pull it off, it’s absolutely stunning. If the muted shades of Cham Pale aren’t for you, you are certain to find something more suitable in this collection.
MAC: A Tartan Tale Collection
Release Date: October 28, 2010
A Tartan Tale is part of MAC’s upcoming holiday collection. MAC is keeping the details under tight wraps but it looks like it’s going to be a pretty memorable release. The theme here is tartan plaid and the promotional materials feature a redheaded model decked out in red, green, and blue plaid. Hopefully MAC will incorporate this theme into the packaging since MAC tends to get creative with holiday packaging.
This collection will be divided into two mini-collections called Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. Some of the product names have already been released. You can see the Scottish influence as you peruse the list. For example, a lipstick called Faerie Glen and a blush named My Highland Honey both call to mind the Scottish countryside.
The two blushes in this collection will complement fair skin nicely. Her Blooming Cheek is a very bright pink that gives a healthy flush to cheeks. My Highland Honey is a more subtle choice for those who want a honey-toned glow.
MAC Pigment fans will be thrilled to learn that MAC is also planning to release some new pigments with this collection. The Family Crest is a dark grey pigment packed with duochrome gold shimmer and Moonlight Night is a shimmery blackened green. There will also be a re-release of the Later pigment from Alice + Olivia.
There will be a few new Dazzleglass Creams released with this collection. Radiant Jewels and Passing Fancy are just a few of the new Dazzleglass Creams in store for A Tartan Tale. There will also be several new lipsticks. Details are still unknown but it’s fun to imagine the possibilities with names like Courting Lilac, Full Fuchsia, Deepest Wish, and Cut a Caper.
There is plenty of inspiration for makeup when you consider the emerald green countryside and the colorful tartan plaid kilts that are such an identifiable part of Scottish culture. This should be a fun collection and there is a good chance there will be plenty of offerings to suit fair-complected girls.
Have You Tried: MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Permaplum?
MAC Powerpoint Eyeliner in Permaplum is a very versatile shade that is perfect for everyday use. When you wake up in the morning and want to throw on some makeup quickly without thinking about coordination, it is a very safe bet because it goes with almost everything and will last all day.
Permaplum is a dark purple shade with a very subtle hint of pink shimmer. The shimmer is so subtle that you probably won’t even notice it. It is just enough to make the color look a bit more “awake” rather than flat and dull but not enough to see the individual shimmer particles. The purple is so dark that it can almost pass for black, which means it goes with almost everything. Permaplum has just enough purple in it to help green, hazel, and brown eye colors stand out.
Like all of the MAC Powerpoint eyeliner, Permaplum has excellent staying power. Pencils tend to wear off throughout the day, but the Powerpoints stay in place all day with only minimal smudging. It does not last through swimming as well as the Liquidlast liners do but it is perfect for a long day at work. It is also very easy to apply on the go so you can bring it in your bag and touch it up in even the tiniest bathroom mirrors to take your look from day into night.
To get the best look with a Powerpoint eye pencil, begin with a very sharp tip and apply to the top lash lines first. This gives you the most control over the thickness of the line. You can get a deeper color by going over the outer third of the line twice with the pencil. After applying the liner to the top of the lids, the point will have softened a little. This leaves it in the perfect condition for giving the lower lash line a softer look. One very light swipe across the bottom lash line, working from the outside corner to the inside, is enough to define the eyes. If it looks too heavy, a quick trace with a cotton swab will help smudge it a bit. You need to make a decision about smudging quickly though. You only have a few seconds before the liner sets and then it will be much more difficult (although not impossible) to smudge nicely.
MAC’s Permaplum liner scores high points all around. It’s a great color that is flattering but not too daring. For ease of application, portability, lasting power, and economy, it is an excellent choice. It’s easy to throw it on even when you’re half-awake and you don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day.
MAC: Venomous Villains Collection
Release Date: September 30, 2010
From time to time, MAC collaborates with celebrities and fashion designers to come up with a special collection. From Liza Minelli to Hello Kitty, MAC is always finding an interesting twist for their makeup. After lots of speculation, now it is official: MAC is teaming up with Disney to create Venomous Villains, a collection of makeup inspired by the villainous characters in some of Disney’s most popular movies. Yes, that’s right- Disney. It may seem like an unlikely combination but think more along the lines of Cruella de Vil and Maleficent than Donald Duck and you’ll see that MAC has plenty of fodder for this collection.
One of the main draws of this collection is a new product called Magically Cool Liquid Powder. This is a powder highlighter that feels cool and refreshing on the face and appears to melt into skin and give a finish more like the kind you’d expect from a liquid. Truth and Light is the best choice for lighter skin tones with its sheer color and silvery-pink shimmer, whereas the bronzey Cajun is perfectly suited to medium to dark skin.
The Mineralize Eye Shadows in this collection are stunning. She Who Dares combines a dark green and pearlescent lime with a pearly navy blue. The two colors look great together and even better when worn in conjunction with the blackish green French Quarter Greasepaint stick.
Hot House Deep lipglass from Strange Hybrid is back. This is a surprisingly wearable blue-based raspberry gloss with a pink shimmer that gives the illusion of fuller lips. There is also a great blush called Bite of an Apple that gives cheeks a coral flush and looks particularly nice on Snow White complexions. Heartless is a bright cherry red lipstick that is really hard for most people to pull off with everyday looks but would be great if you are actually dressing as a Disney villain for Halloween.
The packaging features the various Disney villains on top of the typical black MAC packaging with a fun twist- they are making different expressions on different products! Overall it’s a fun collection with some must-have products even for non-Disney fans.
MAC: Fabulous Felines Collection
Release Date: August 26, 2010
Fabulous Felines is one of those gigantic MAC collections that seem to emerge each fall. If you think you can skip this one because you’re not a big fan of cats, think again. This collection is a lot more than just clever names. The colors stand on their own and will draw you in whether you want them to or not. The products in this collection are divided into three color themes: blue/grey/purple, golds, and smokey greens. There is also a designer bag that goes with each of the color themes.
MAC is unveiling its new Superslick Liquid Eyeliner in this collection. This liner is easier to apply than traditional liquid liners thanks to its innovative flocked tip and it also boasts the long lasting power of Liquidlast liners. The color selection is perfect for fall with metallic golds, silvers, and greens. Desires & Devices is a stunning sparkly forest green that can easily transition to holiday wear as well.
The eyeshadow quads take the stress out of choosing fall colors, with the Burmese Beauty Eye Quad being the most versatile and autumn-like of the three. There are lots of new lipsticks, lipglasses, and cremestick liners. The easy favorite here is A Quiet Roar lipglass with its soft white gold sheen.
Fabulous Felines also meets the expectations of pigment lovers with a new pigment called Bloodline. This pigment combines dark purple and dark brown to create a definitive answer for those who can’t seem to choose between the two shades when applying makeup. MAC also dug out some old favorites such as Antique Green. This pearly blue-green pigment almost looks like it was made to go with the new Desires & Devices Superslick liner.
This is indeed a large collection but it’s a very complete one and you could easily find everything you need to get through fall without having to look outside of the Fabulous Felines display cases.
Guerlain Mascaras – The Rundown…
Among the most popular products offered by Guerlain is their mascara. All of their mascara is well-formulated and features some of the most sleek and appealing packaging to be found on any mascara anywhere. The most coveted of all the Guerlain mascaras is the new Le 2 de Guerlain.
Le 2 de Guerlain is an innovative mascara that features two wands. There is a rubbery thick wand designed for applying mascara all over your top lashes and a smaller wand that helps you to fine tune the bottom lashes and lashes in the inner and outer corners of your eyes. The smaller wand also works well for applying a second coat on your top lashes. It does take longer to dry than your average mascara but it definitely delivers on its promise of long, thick lashes. It holds a curl well but can be a bit clumpy without proper combing. It is also available in several colors that go beyond the typical black and brown mascara shades such as deep blue and shimmery purple. It stays in place very well which means it can be tricky to remove. An eye makeup remover that is formulated for waterproof makeup is a must if you want to get all of this off of your lashes.
photo credit: Nathan Branch
Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara helps create the illusion of thicker lashes. In fact, it can be so thickening that an eyelash comb is a must-have when using this product. It does a great job of thickening but not enough to make it stand apart from other thickening mascaras on the market. The formula is also a bit on the dry side. After a few weeks of use, the remaining product tends to dry out rather quickly so it’s important to keep the cap tightly closed if you tend to go through mascara slowly.
Divinora is one of Guerlain’s most popular mascaras and although it has been recently discontinued, it is still relatively easy to find and has obtained a cult status. This mascara will not give you dramatic eyelashes that will leave people wondering if they are fake. However, it is perfect for every day, office, or outdoor wear. It makes your lashes look full and separated without looking obvious that you are wearing mascara.
Guerlain has something to offer everyone with their mascara selection. Whether your lashes are too short, too thin, or not defined enough for your liking, you will be able to find a mascara from Guerlain that can improve the appearance of your lashes.
MAC: Pro Longwear Foundation & Concealer Collection
Release Date: September 16, 2010
In the world of Pro Longwear, Foundation and Concealer carry the show with creamy, medium buildable coverage right through to a flawless, natural finish. Marathon makeup to go, made from micronized pigments to promote the smoothest application and colour purity.
One of the more exciting products MAC has launched recently is the Pro Longwear Concealer. If you are wearing concealer, it’s because you want to hide something. Concealer is one of those products that you don’t want to fade during the day, especially considering that reapplying in public isn’t the most elegant feat. Finally MAC has come up with a concealer that truly stays in place. Pro Longwear Concealer is transfer-resistant as well as water-resistant so you can even keep your flaws under cover while swimming. MAC promises this will last for up to fifteen hours without changing color. This is a welcome change from other long-wearing concealers on the market that tend to turn orange toward the end of the day.
The finish is very natural. It’s a bit on the matte side but the formula isn’t drying. This concealer is equally suited to the under eye area as it is to blemishes. It doesn’t contain pore-clogging ingredients so you can cover pimples without worrying about creating new ones in the process. You don’t have to shy away from the eye area with this product because it’s ophthalmologist tested.
MAC has come out with the ultimate in long-wearing foundations with their Pro Longwear Foundation. This foundation lasts a whopping fifteen hours which means it outlasts all of the other foundations in their line. It also gives you a few minutes to blend before it dries and becomes budge-proof. The coverage is medium but it’s buildable for those who need something more heavy duty. Like the Pro Longwear Concealer, it doesn’t change color and it is non-acnegenic and ophthalmologist tested. It also contains special ingredients to help control oil throughout the day. This foundation has an SPF of 10 and broad-spectrum UV protection so you don’t need to use a separate sunscreen with this product if you’re only outdoors sporadically.
Overall, the MAC Pro Longwear Foundation and Concealer are two stellar products. They really do stay in place and the fact that the color doesn’t change is a big plus. These are products that MAC devotees will be thrilled with and may even convert some non-MAC fans as well.