I recently posted about MAC’s limited edition (and no longer available) Huggable Lipsticks in my Weekly Loves post. As that post states, I I try to stay away from the MAC limited-edition hype, but I was very intrigued by the sound of the Huggable lipsticks. I first bought Out For Passion, and I loved it so much that I also bought Rusty. Continue reading
In this weekly series, I’ll be talking about some of my favorites / loves for the week.
A newly purchased product I am loving
I try to stay away from the MAC limited-edition hype, but I was very intrigued by the sound of the huggable lipsticks. I first bought Out For Passion, and I loved it so much that I also bought Rusty. My favorite thing about these lipsticks is that they do really “hug” the lips – they’re not slippery and they transfer less than other lipsticks with similar pigmentation levels and a glossy finish.
I wasn’t planning to review these – they’re sold out now – but let me know in the comments if you’re still interested in reviews/swatches of items that are not available.
A long-time or rediscovered favorite I am loving
I first wrote about Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow back in 2012, and I still love it. Currently, my favorite shades are Solstice Halcyon (that’s the one with the big dip in the upper left corner), Olive Violetear (middle row, right side), and Blackpepper Jay (not pictured; I have a single rather than a pan).
My most-wanted wishlist item
I spent some time playing with several new items at Sephora last weekend, and I love the color of the new NARS Matte Multiple in Laos ($39 at Sephora). The formula seems nice as well, though it’s hard to say since I just swatched it on the back of my hand. Here’s a quick in-store swatch; Laos is the top one. .
(Note: I started writing this post earlier in the week – and then purchased the Laos at The Makeup Show LA yesterday. So this isn’t on my wishlist now, but I’m going to leave the post as-is. Review coming soon!)
A blog post I especially enjoyed reading.
This is not from the last week, but worth posting – Jennifae.com has posted three “Swatchfest Sunday” posts with drugstore lipstick swatches, which I now have bookmarked for reference. Check them out:
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I had initially planned to only purchase one item from the MAC Archie’s Girls collection, the Feelin’ So Good Lipglass (swatched here). However, after seeing Temptalia’s swatches of another Veronica lip product, Boyfriend Stealer lipstick, I decided that had to be mine as well! I ordered it from Nordstrom and it was supposed to arrive last Thursday, the day the collection arrived at counters – however, it didn’t arrive until today. Had I known it would be so delayed, I would have just bought it at a counter Thursday morning in order to swatch Thursday afternoon. (I was also irritated that it was shipped in a small envelope with little padding, and the box was slightly crushed. Luckily I’m not a collector of boxes or limited edition boxes, but Nordstrom didn’t know that. Still, it was not a good ordering experience.)
So – all of that is to say that the lipstick is now sold out pretty much everywhere, and I wasn’t sure swatches would be useful, but since the lipstick looks very different on me (more purple, less berry) than other bloggers, I thought I’d post them anyway.
Boyfriend Stealer is a sheer, but buildable, purple. It is a cremesheen formula – I find the formula neither drying nor moisturizing.
On me, Boyfriend Stealer is definitely purple. It’s a sheer, wearable purple – and I rather like it – but it’s not the berry I was expecting from seeing other bloggers’ lip swatches. Perhaps their lips have a different undertone than mine.
And finally, here is Feelin’ so Good layered over Boyfriend Stealer. It’s actually not this patchy; it is patchy, but looks significantly better in person. This was a too-quickly applied swatch after my first set of swatches didn’t turn out (I had a smudge I didn’t notice til I was editing).
If you purchased Boyfriend Stealer, does it look more berry or more purple on you?
I get frustrated with the way MAC’s limited edition collections sell out before I have a chance to see swatches, so I often just skip them entirely – but one item from the new Archie’s Girls collection caught my eye. I purchased the Feelin’ So Good Lipglass, a very deep, vampy purple-brown lip gloss, based off of just one swatch – and I’m so glad that I did!
I haven’t tested it out thoroughly (but if you’re familiar with MAC’s lipglass formula, this is the same), so this post will be mainly swatches & pictures. It’s actually still available online at Maccosmetics.com; and once it sells out there, it will still be obtainable for a while – it seems that this isn’t going to be a shade that sells out immediately, so you will be able to find it at MAC stores, counters, and other online retailers – I prefer to buy MAC at Nordstrom due to their free shipping / free returns policy.
I don’t usually do heavy and light swatches for lip products, but it seemed useful since this gloss is very different when worn as a sheer layer vs. a when worn more heavily. Note that although there is a tiny bit of sparkle in the swatch, it doesn’t show up on my lips.
I have lip swatches several ways. You’ll notice that in the first three photos, it gathers in my lip lines – this was somewhat visible in person, but not nearly as visible as it in close up photography.
After trying Feelin’ So Good alone, I also tried it over two very different red lipsticks (both swatched alone in this post). Rouge d’Armani 400 is a bright red with a slightly glossy finish; NARS Cruella is a darker red with a matte finish.
My favorite look that I tried is definitely over NARS Cruella – I love how it deepens the color. I tried this over Wet n Wild Cherry Bomb, and loved it so much I had to update this post with a photo! I also adore it over Wet n Wild Ferguson Crest Cabernet – you can see a photo of that combination here. I’ll definitely be layering this gloss over lots of other lipsticks as well; I think it will work well with most cool shades. Any suggestions for what I should try it over?
Did you buy anything from the Archie’s Girls collections? What are your thoughts on limited-edition MAC generally?
Today, we’re taking a break from Japanese Makeup Week to talk about MAC Stolen Moment Extra Dimension eyeshadow. MAC just released quite a lot of Holiday 2012 products – I think there are three separate collections. I bought just one item, Stolen Moment eyeshadow from the Glamour Daze collection.
Stolen Moment is packaged in standard MAC packaging. The pan appears to be the same size as a regular eyeshadow, but it actually contains less – 1.3g, while a regular MAC eyeshadow has 1.5g. It also costs more; $19.50 for an Extra Dimension eyeshadow vs. $15 for a regular eyeshadow ($12 for a pro pan). MAC’s price increases have been talked about a lot in the beauty blogging world; I for one find myself buying less and less MAC the more the price goes up! That said, this is a fantastic eyeshadow, and for me, it’s worth the steep price.
Stolen Moment is described by MAC as a dark taupe, and I agree with that description. It is a really lovely color, a mix of purple and grey with a hint of brown. It has a high-sheen, shimmery finish. the texture is great – soft, smooth, and pigmented.
I have several recent taupe acquisitions – Stolen Moment, the taupe from the Majolica Majorca palette I reviewed yesterday, and Addiction Flack Back (which I will be reviewing later this week). I swatched them all together, along with MAC Moth Brown and Urban Decay Mushroom. I was very pleased to see that each shade is noticeably different – no dupes! Here are the swatches:
Overall, I would definitely recommend this eyeshadow – even at the inflated price. It’s both a great color and a great quality product. And, even better – it’s not sold out everywhere yet! I found it available this morning at Macy’s. It is sold out at MAC online and at Nordstrom (my preferred place to buy MAC), but you might still be able to find it at a counter.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about MAC The Perfect Cheek – first released with the Makeup Art Cosmetics collection in 2009 – so when I heard that it was going to be rereleased with the Marilyn Monroe collection, I was excited to check it out. And, since lately I’ve been reaching for my neutral, easy to wear blush shades most often, it was especially intriguing.
The Perfect Cheek is a matte, pinky-neutral blush. I found it sheer, but buildable. Below, I have swatched it next to my other neutral blushes – MAC Blushbaby, Tarina Tarantino Neapolitan Lane, and Cargo Tonga. The first picture is in natural light, and the second is with flash.
After photographing, I realized Tonga closest was the closest to The Perfect Cheek. They even looked like potential dupes – so I photographed them side by side.
It’s not apparent from the photos, but The Perfect Cheek is more sheer than Tonga – the swatch is built up, while the Tonga swatch is just a few swipes. The Perfect Cheek is also a touch rosier; so not perfect dupes. But, they are very close – I doubt one could detect the difference when worn.
Overall, this is not a unique shade, but I’m happy to have it as part of my neutral blush arsenal.