I get asked a lot of questions, whether it’s through comments here on my blog, through emails, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and in person sooooo I think it’s time I answer all of them on here! It’s hard for me to respond thoroughly to everyone individually sometimes so hopefully I can cover everything in this post. If there’s anything else you want to know, leave a comment on this post and I’ll add it to the list!!

1)   Are you a “real” makeup artist?

Yes! I do freelance work for weddings, events, photos, personal lessons, etc. I’m also an Artist for MAC Cosmetics.

2)   When did you start doing makeup?

I was in high school when I really became interested in makeup, so that would be about 15 years ago? Something like that anyway.

3)   How old are you?

Since I was in high school about 15 years ago… Old. Okay so I’m not THAT old yet, I’m 31 (which looks a lot older when I type it)!

4)   How did you get started doing makeup?

Long story short… I went through an ugly duckling phase as a teenager so my mom was nice enough to take me to a makeup counter so I could get some concealer/powder/lipgloss/whatever. After that I fell in love with makeup because it made me feel so much better about myself. Fast forward a few years… I was COMPLETELY obsessed and started practicing looks from magazines and stuff on myself, family, and friends. I did makeup for my cousin’s prom. I helped out friends when they had events to go to or were getting their photos taken. I did work with photographer friends… I basically took every opportunity possible to do makeup on other people.

5)   What made you want to do makeup as a job?

It’s fun. It’s something that’s always changing and I get to help people feel better about themselves and look their best. It’s really rewarding for me to teach people how to emphasize the things they like about their face and hide the things that they don’t love. I think that everyone should feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside. Sounds cheesy, I know, but it’s the truth! Oh! Also, I got my paws on the books Making Faces and Face Forward by the late and great Kevyn Aucoin… His natural talent and passion were things I saw in myself and I from that moment forward, I knew that I had to follow my dreams and make a career out of doing what I love. Discovering MAC also made me want to become a MAC Artist because the Artists at the counter back home were just badasses and they really inspired me!

6)   Did you go to school for makeup? Where did you learn?

To begin with, I was self-taught. The first 5 or so years that I did makeup, I just practiced on myself and other people. I used to hang out at the MAC counter back home and got to know the artists there, who ended up teaching me some really valuable things that still help me out to this day! YouTube was also a really valuable tool for me to learn a lot about different brands and techniques… Eventually I decided that I didn’t want to be stuck doing makeup just for weddings/proms/senior pictures and I hopped on a plane to Los Angeles to check out Makeup Designory (MUD). I ended up moving out here and completing the Fashion program at MUD so I could fine tune some techniques and learn more about the industry… So yeah here I am today, living my dream!

7)   What inspires you? 

All sorts of things, really… Other artists, of course, like looks I see on Instagram or YouTube, work I see done by artists I work with, fashion and trends, nature, my mood, music… A little bit of everything!

8)   Do your family/boyfriend/friends support your decision to become a makeup artist instead of going to school and doing something else?

They do! I’m surrounded by wonderful people who also do what they love for a living, so I have a great support system… Everyone understands that I’m a creative person and they get that this is my outlet and my passion as well as my job. They don’t just support me either… They all push me to better myself and be even more awesome and never stop progressing, so I’m super thankful for that!

9)   Did you go to college?

I did… I went to a community college and majored in two different things because I couldn’t make up my mind. I tried both Psychology and Biology. I loved them both but I didn’t finish and get a degree in either… I’m only a few credit hours away but I decided to attend MUD and move out to Los Angeles, which basically used up the rest of my college fund. No regrets at all, though! Best decision I ever made!

10)   What would you do if you weren’t a makeup artist?

I would most likely go back to school and work towards a degree in zoology or entomology. I love animals and bugs so it would be fun to work with them and do field research to help with conservation.

11)  Where are you from?

Norman, Oklahoma born and raised! I now live in Manhattan Beach, just south of Los Angeles.

12)   Do you do any special effects makeup?

I know how, but I don’t do much of it any more. I learned how to do basic character makeup and apply prosthetics and do old age makeup, beards, etc at MUD but it’s not something that comes up with most of the work I do these days. It’s fun to do at times, but I definitely prefer making people pretty!

13)   What else are you into? 

You probably don’t want to know lol… I really love animals and nature. I have a ton of pets, most of which being creepy crawlies… My boyfriend and I have a bunch of snakes, geckos, tarantulas, scorpions, a tortoise, and a really sweet, adorable boxer who is more like a child to me than a dog. I love going on hikes and looking for wildlife too. A few more “normal” things I’m into are hoarding clothes and shoes, photography, fishing (which I need to do more of), cooking & baking, reading, writing, and video games… I’m a total nerd. I’m getting more and more into collecting orchids too, thanks to the boyfriend and his nerdiness. Sorry babe, your secret is out!

14)   Why do you review so much MAC makeup?

Well, I don’t just go buy products to review for the hell of it… If I review something, it’s because I got it for myself or for my kit. Most happens to be MAC because I’ve always used and preferred that brand, even before I started working there.

15)   Do you get paid to review products or get free products to review?

Nope! Anything I review is something I’ve spent my own money on. If I did get free stuff, I wouldn’t hype something up, or even necessarily review it if I wasn’t even into it to begin with . So don’t fear, nothing on here will ever be anything but my own, honest opinion about the products I review!

16)   How do you get a job at MAC?

Well, you apply first! Take in a resume, look your best (in all black), and let your personality shine through!

17)   What is your favorite type of makeup to do?

Beauty/glamour I suppose… Yes, that whole “Kim K” kind of look. It’s just fun to look that gorgeous or to make someone else up to look damn sexy! I like to be creative too and do looks that aren’t necessarily the norm for beauty makeup. I like some of my work to be different and unique and really stand out.

18)   Why the name “lesleyrocksface”?

My name is Lesley. I rock, and I rock at beating face… So somehow that transformed into lesleyrocksface. I thought it was cute and I guess it just stuck!

19)   Why don’t you post looks on yourself?

Honestly, because I’ve gone through a super insecure phase over the past few years. Yep, I’m a typical girl when it comes to that kind of thing! I am starting to feel more confident though, and I want to share my looks with everyone, so you can count on seeing a lot more of those soon! I’m most likely to post them on my makeup Ingstagram account, which is @lesleymarshallmua, so go follow me on there!

20)   Do you have a YouTube channel?

Technically, yes, I do, it’s just not being used yet! I am planning on doing tutorials and reviews on there soon. I’ll make a post when I get it up and running!

21)   What are your favorite brands of makeup/cosmetics?

I love MAC (duh), Make Up For Ever, NARS, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Melt, Guerlain, Deborah Lippmann (for nails), and La Mer (for skincare).

22)   What are the top 5 products you can’t live without?

Only 5?! Oh gosh this is tough… MAC Face & Body Foundation, La Mer Creme de la Mer moisturizer, MAC Fast Response Eye Cream, MAC Prep + Prime Moisture Infusion, MAC Invisible Set Powder… Perfect skin is a must for me!

23)   Why don’t you post as often as you used to?

I’ve been busy! I was promoted from a freelance/on call artist for MAC to a permanent Artist soooo between work and real life stuff like taking care of all my pets and finding some me time to relax, I don’t have as much time to blog as I used to. I’m going to try to make at least a post a week, though… Don’t give up me me just yet haha!

24)   Can you help me find the right foundation/blush/lipstick?

Via my blog/email/facebook/whatever? No, probably not. It’s best to go to your local MAC or other makeup counter or store and get a personal consultation with an artist there. It’s just too hard to fully analyze a face via the internet. Sorry!

25)   Can you do my makeup?

If you live in the Los Angeles area and want to pay me, yes, of course I can! As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I do freelance work, so if you need a makeup artist, you can check out my website: www.lesleymarshall.com and contact me from there to set up something!

 

Wow, that took longer than I thought… I hope I covered most everything that my readers, followers, and friends have asked me! If you wanna know more, ask away in the comments section below :)

MAC’s major Spring collection, A Fantasy of Flowers, isn’t just full of beautiful colors for lips and eyes… There are several products for cheeks too! There are two brand new Mineralize Blushes that were released with this collection that I’ll be reviewing in this post. I know this collection was released a little over a week ago, so I apologize for getting this post up so late. I’ve been working a lot and really got to play around with these products before reviewing them, though, so that’s a plus!

A Fantasy of Flowers is a big collection… It actually has two parts with separate displayers at counter, with one being green and displaying the more peachy and neutral colors, and one being pink and displaying the more pink and violet shades. There is one blush on each displayer as one is more warm toned and one is somewhat cool toned. All of these products can be mixed and matched, of course, but by dividing the colors a bit, MAC is just suggesting which colors work best with one another, so that’s kind of nice if you’re new to makeup or need some ideas!

Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power

Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power

MAC’s Mineralzie Blush is described as “Baked minerals refined into a powder formula to provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage. Veils and enhances the cheekbones with a luminous, pearlized shimmer.” MAC Mineralize Blushes are one of my favorite blush formulas of all time. They give off a radiant glow without being frosty. They have shimmer, but it’s subtle and they don’t contain the kind of shimmer particles that appear chunky or heavy. Mineralize Blushes have a soft, fine texture so they blend and layer beautifully. You can apply these as a light wash of color or more heavily for more color and coverage, depending on how much pigmentation and sheen you desire. The best part about these in particular is that they have this really beautiful, reflective almost iridescent pearl. I am OBSESSED with these!

If you want to apply these really lightly, a MAC 188 brush is best and gives you the most control. To apply a little more heavily or to a bigger area, you can use a MAC 187 brush (the larger version of the 188). For the most intense application (which still doesn’t look too heavy), you can use something like a MAC 168, 116, or 129 brush. Mineralize Blushes offer about 6-8 hours of wear before fading. On oilier skin, they may not last quite so long. On extremely oily skin or on skin with large pores, these may emphasize shine and pore size. However, using a mattifying and/or pore minimizing primer, like MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin Smoother, should eliminate or at least help out with that issue!

Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power

Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power

FoF Mineralize Blush Labels

These blushes are both limited edition and available now at stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.com.  They contain the usual 3.2 g / 0.10 US oz of product and sell for $25. These may or may not be in stock at all locations, but I know most in my area still have a couple of them left. I believe that Petal Power may be sold out online for the time being, but check back since sometimes MAC restocks limited launches online!

FoF Mineralize Blushes with Names

Azalea in the Afternoon

Azalea in the Afternoon

Azalea in the Afternoon

Azalea in the Afternoon

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Azalea in the Afternoon:   This blush is a “mid tone blue pink” with a glowy finish. It’s a light to medium (depending on how much you apply), slightly cool toned pink with some soft blue/lavender undertones and a really unique, almost iridescent pearly, glowing finish… It’s like the cool tones actually give a pearlized highlight to this blush once it’s applied to the cheeks. It’s SO pretty! Color payoff is great, though this blush tends to look a bit cooler on the skin than in the pan. Coverage is nearly opaque if you want it to be, or more sheer if you apply it more lightly. This is typical and exactly how Mineralize Blushes should be. It feels a little powdery but still applies, layers, and blends out easily. I got about 7 hours of wear with Azalea in the Afternoon before I started to notice any fading. One note though… Because this is a cooler toned pink, I recommend this for people with very fair to medium skin tones. When applied on any darker skin tones, it can look so cool toned that it makes you look washed out. However, if you are medium-dark to deep, you can always lightly layer this over another blush to cool down the color and add a glow!

Dupes:   Dainty is the closest dupe I can think of that’s permanent, but it’s a warmer, more yellow based pink. It is a Mineralize Blush though, so it has the same type of finish. Other than that, you can try Well Dressed or Pink Swoon Powder Blushes, but they won’t have a glow. You can always layer a Mineralize Skinfinish powder over them (like Porcelain Pink or Perfect topping, which is from this collection), to add the Mineralize glow.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Petal Power

Petal Power

Petal Power

Petal Power

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Petal Power:   This Mineralize Blush is a “coral pink with gold shimmer” and has a super glowing finish. It’s a medium, bright but still soft, warm toned pink with coral undertones and a beautiful, warm golden sheen. Color payoff is bright and a near perfect match to how this blush looks in the pan. Coverage is sheer to pretty much full, depending on what type of technique and brush you use to apply Petal Power. It’s very smooth and silky, so it’s easy to apply and layer even though the color is fairly intense. I didn’t notice and fading with Petal Power until I had it on for about 7-8 hours. This blush is warmer and bolder than Azalea in the Afternoon, so it works on a wider variety of skin tones… I’ve tried this on a lot of people from super fair (like me) all the way up to dark-deep and it’s flattering on most people. The only thing is, it may need to be layered over another similar, more pigmented blush on dark to deep skin to get it to show up well, or it can be used as a warm highlighter on deeper skin tones.

Dupes:   NARS Orgasm is actually really similar but less pink and is harder to work with (in my opinion). For MAC dupes, I can’t think of any right now! If I come up with one, I’ll post it later. Petal Power is definitely unique enough that it’s worth stocking up on!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

MAC’s A Fantasy of Flowers collection is full of bright, beautiful colors that are perfect for Spring. It was released on Thursday, February 6th… I apologize for just now getting these posts up but I’ve been working a lot! The bonus of that is that I got to play around with these products a lot before writing my reviews… The down side is that they may or may not be sold out, especially these Fluidlines. These are so unique and bright that they’re rare little gems in MAC’s world of eyeliner.

A Fantasy of Flowers is a big collection… It actually has two parts with separate displayers at counter, with one being green and displaying the more peachy and neutral colors, and one being pink and displaying the more pink and violet shades. It’s pretty obvious which displayer these two Fluidlines will be sitting one once you see them! They’re bright and intense, which is a perfect counterpart to the lighter, softer colors of the lip and cheek products and even the Mineralize Eye Shadows in this collection. These are perfect if you want a bolder pop of color somewhere!

Phlox Garden and Sassy Moss

Phlox Garden and Sassy Moss

MAC Fluidlines are an “Ultra-smooth, gel formula that provides the precision of a liquid liner with a silkier, softer finish”. They’re a very smooth, easy to apply formula that wears all day without smudging or flaking. I’m not a big fan of liquid liners but this gel formula is thicker and creamier than a liquid so I feel like it’s easier to control. While there aren’t waterproof, they are smudge-proof on most people (unless your eyes are excessively watery). I don’t necessarily recommend these for the waterline, but since these are creamy and don’t have any shimmer, you can always try it (though MAC does not suggest using Fluidlines on that area of the eye).

For application you can use so many different brushes… It really depends on personal preference. For a smaller line with more control and detail, a MAC 210 brush will work well… A MAC 209 is also suitable and is a bit bigger, so you’ll get a thicker line. My favorite brushes, especially for a winged look, are the MAC 263 or 266 angled brushes… Fluidlines are the perfect eye liner for a winged look, so I definitely recommend picking up a 263 brush if you’re into that look and get this liner!

Both of these are limited edition and are available now at www.maccosmetics.com as well as at MAC stores and counters. Unfortunately, since it’s been about a week since this collection came out, these are currently sold out online, as well as at some retail locations (sorry for getting this post up so late!). However, you may want to check back on MAC’s website since they restock limited launches sometimes. These sell for the usual $16 and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product.

TIP:   When storing your Fluidlines in your makeup case or drawer, make sure they’re upside down with the label up! This will keep them from drying out.

TIP 2:   These can also be used as eye shadow bases, like Pro Longwear Paint Pots!

FoF Fluidlines with Names

 

FoF Fluidline Labels

 

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

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

Phlox Garden

Phlox Garden

Phlox Garden:   This is a “vivid violet” with a creamy matte finish. It’s a medium-dark, slightly cool toned, purpley-plum violet that has no sheen at all. Color payoff is true to the color it is on the pot and Phlox Garden is totally opaque with little product applied. The texture is really smooth and applies easily. Wear time is also great… I got around 8 hours of wear before I noticed any fading or smudging.

Dupes:   I honestly can’t think of any! Phlox Garden is really unique!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Sassy Moss

Sassy Moss

Sassy Moss:   Sassy Moss is a “vivid green” that has a creamy finish with a soft pearl. It’s a medium, cool toned, bright minty green with a subtle golden pearl. The pearl effect isn’t as intense as it is in the pot but the color payoff in general is great. Coverage isn’t quite opaque unless you apply this pretty liberally, which is pretty easy to do with the right brush (like the ones I mentioned above). It has a super creamy texture that glides on. Wear time with Sassy Moss was actually better than Phlox Garden, lasting over 10 hours before fading or smudging.

Dupes:   Minted Eye Kohl is close, but is a pencil and lacks the golden pearl.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

 

MAC’s A Fantasy of Flowers collection is full of bright, beautiful colors that are perfect for Spring. It was released on Thursday, February 6th… My apologies for just now getting to these reviews but I’ve been working SO much lately, which actually gave me about a week to really play with all of these products!

A Fantasy of Flowers is a big collection… It actually has two parts with separate displayers at counter, with one being green and displaying the more peachy and neutral colors, and one being pink and displaying the more pink and violet shades. All of the colors are bright, but soft, and that applies to everything, not just the lip products. While half of these Cremesheen Glasses are brand new, Star Quality and Galaxy Rose have been previously released, and Pagoda is part of the permeant lineup.

FoF Cremesheen Glasses

Cremesheen Glasses have a lovely, creamy texture that’s not as sticky as MAC’s normal Lipglass formula… It’s very comfortable to wear and feels somewhere between a Lipglass and Cremesheen Lipstick, but isn’t as heavy as either one. Cremesheen Glasses are well pigmented and usually give fantastic color payoff and coverage. This formula always feels somewhat moisturizing and never leaves a heavy “slime line” around my lips or shows dry or chapped areas. The wand has the same type of doe-foot applicator as other Lipglasses so the product glides on easily and evenly. Like most other MAC lip products, Cremesheen glasses have a very subtle vanilla scent but no taste.  Cremesheen Glasses is typically offer around 4 hours of wear time, since they’re not quite as heavy as other MAC Lipglass formulas. You can get longer wear time when you layer this over Prep + Prime Lip and a liner and/or lipstick.

These are limited edition and are available now at www.maccosmetics.com, as well as at counters and stores. These sell for $20 and contain 2.7 ml / 0.09 US fl oz of product. They have a very subtle vanilla scent but no taste at all.

FoF Cremesheen Glass Labels

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Cremesheen Glasses swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Cremesheen Glasses swatched on NC15 skin.

Flare for Fantasy

Flare for Fantasy

Flare for Fantasy

Flare for Fantasy

Flare for Fantasy:   This Cremesheen glass is a “mid-tone pink beige” and has a shimmery finish. It’s a light to medium, warm, peachy-pink nude that may lean more pink or more peachy depending on how naturally pigmented your lips are (mine are very pink). Flare for Fantasy has a really gorgeous warm golden, peachy micro-shimmer that’s very similar to the pearlized appearance that the Lustre lipsticks in this collection have. Color payoff isn’t quite as dark as it is in the tube, which is normal with Cremesheen Glasses. Coverage is pretty good, with Flare for Fantasy being about 75% opaque, but having a very even sort of coverage. The texture is super smooth and creamy and won’t settle into the lines of your lips. Wear time is typical and around 4 hours.

Dupes:   MAC’s Dynasty at Dusk Cremesheen Glass, which is permanent, looks similar in the tube but is lighter and less pigmented on the lips. It is pretty close, though.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Galaxy Rose

Galaxy Rose

Galaxy Rose

Galaxy Rose

Galaxy Rose:   Galaxy Rose is a “mid-tone violet pink” with a creamy finish. It’s a somewhat warm, medium-dark, bright, berry hued, reddened pink and has a creamy finish with no shimmer. The color payoff is really good but it does look cooler toned in the tube than it does on the lips. Coverage is awesome for a Cremesheen Glass and gives nearly full opacity. This is super creamy and feels smooth on the lips with no stickiness. With Galaxy Rose, I got a little over 4 hours of wear.

Galaxy Rose was also released with the Heavenly Creatures collection in Fall of 2012, so this may look familiar to you.

Dupes:   I can’t think of any glosses I own that are close to Galaxy Rose at all… This is a really unique color!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Nectarsweet

Nectarsweet

Nectarsweet

Nectarsweet

Nectarsweet:   Nectarsweet is one of the new Cremesheen Glasses in this collection and is a “soft pink peach” with a pearly finish. It’s a light, warm, peachy nude with a golden/champagne shimmer. The only pink I see in this is when I apply it to my lips, and that’s likely just the natural color of my lips showing through! Color payoff is good, though it’s not as intensely peachy once applied. Coverage is good to, but is semi-sheer. It feels creamy and smooth and even though this is a lighter color, it won’t settle in lip lines or look milky. I got about 4 hours of wear before Nectarsweet started to fade.

Dupes:   Double Happiness Cremesheen Glass is permanent and is really similar!

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Pagoda

Pagoda

Pagoda

Pagoda

Pagoda:   Pagoda is a “frosted cool pink” with a semi-pearly sheen and is one of MAC’s permanent shades of Cremesheen Glass. It’s a light, cool toned pink with a very soft pearl. The color payoff is fantastic and is pretty much the same color in both the tube and on the lips. Coverage is nearly opaque, but not quite. The texture is very smooth and creamy, feeling a little thicker than some other Cremesheen Glasses, but not in a heavy, sticky way… This is probably due to the heavier, milkier type of coverage (which also makes it settle into the lip lines without a primer or lipstick underneath). I got about 5 hours of wear with Pagoda before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   Pink Fade Lipglass is really close, but has more cool, lavender tones and no shimmer… That one was limited edition… Stay Sweet Lipglass from the Archie’s Girls collection is also close but lighter and had no shimmer. It was also limited edition. I can’t think of any dupes that are permanent at this time.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Playful Petal

Playful Petal

Playful Petal

Playful Petal

Playful Petal:   Playful Petal is a brand new shade and is described as a “electric magenta”… It’s a medium but soft, bright, cool toned pinky-magenta with a super iridescent, multidimensional shimmer that reflects fuchsia, blue, purple, teal, and pink. Playful Petal has a really unique type of iridescence to the base gloss color as well. Color payoff is definitely not as dark or bold as it is in the tube… It shows up brightest if you have naturally very pigmented lips to begin with. Coverage is minimal… It’s very sheer and you mostly just get the effect of the iridescent, multidimensional shimmer. The texture is lightweight and smooth. Wear time alone/over a primer was only about 2-3 hour but it did last longer when layered over a liner and/or lipstick… Playful Petal is actually best worn over something to add shimmer and a hint of color, rather than by itself.

Dupes:   Extra Amps Dazzleglass is a bit warmer, while Funtabulous Dazzleglass is more purple and cooler toned, and Love Alert Dazzleglass is warmer, brighter and more red/pink. Dazzleglasses also have a lot more shimmer, but it has the same kind of iridescent, super reflective particles.

Overall Rating:   3.6 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  2

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Star Quality

Star Quality

Star Quality

Star Quality

Star Quality:   This Cremesheen Glass is a “bright orange coral” with a creamy type of finish. It’s a medium, warm tined pinkish coral with no shimmer. Color payoff is good but it looks more pink and less orange on the lips than it does in the tube since the natural color of lips show through a little bit. Coverage is semi-opaque… Not quite full coverage, but almost. The texture feels creamy and a little on the thicker side for a Cremesheen Glass, which also helps it wear longer! I got over 4 hours of wear before Star Quality started to fade away.

Star Quality is a repromote and was also released with the Reel Sexy collection in Spring of 2012.

Dupes:   There are’t any permanent dupes I can think of, although Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass from the Tropical Taboo collection (Summer 2013) is super similar in color, but has shimmer and is a little less pink.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

 

 

 

MAC’s A Fantasy of Flowers collection is full of bright, beautiful colors that are perfect for Spring. It was released on Thursday, February 6th, so that was about a week ago… My apologies for just now getting to these reviews but I’ve been hard at work showing this collection to my customers hehe. Fortunately, that also means that I’ve had a lot of time to test these products on both myself and a whole bunch of other people!

A Fantasy of Flowers is a big collection… It actually has two parts with separate displayers at counter, with one being green and displaying the more peachy and neutral colors, and one being pink and displaying the more pink and violet shades. All of the colors are bright, but soft, and that applies to everything, not just these lipsticks. It’s right on trend for the upcoming Spring season and is such a nice change from the dark lips and bold eyes of fall/winter. To me, this collection is a perfect representation of Spring and reminds me of walking through a beautiful botanical garden when everything is in bloom. The best part of this collection is that it truly works for all ages and skintones since nothing is TOO bright or TOO bold. It’s definitely worth checking out whether you’re a faithful MAC addict or if you’re just passing by your local MAC counter or store!

FoF Lipsticks 1

All of the lipsticks in the A Fantasy of Flowers collection have a Lustre finish. That means these lipsticks are somewhat on the sheer side but still give you a pretty pop of color with a lustrous sheen. Lustre finish lipsticks are smooth and apply easily. They wear for 4-6 hours… About 4 hours with no liner or primer and closer to 6 hours with Prep + Prime Lip and a liner applied first. While that doesn’t seem like a long wear time, it’s pretty average for most lipsticks that have this type of sheen, which is one of my favorite things about Lustres… They have enough of a sheen to not NEED a gloss on top of them, even if you’re used to having a shiny pout.

The A Fantasy of Flowers collection is available now both online at www.maccosmetics.com and in stores/at counter. These lipsticks are all limited edition and I know a few are sold at at some locations already but most should still be available, especially if your local MAC is having an event for this collection, they may have held back some stock for it. If you can’t find the color that you’re looking for, you may also want to check the website too, since MAC will occasionally do restocks online. These lipsticks sell for the usual MAC price of $16 (yep, there was a one dollar price increase) and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. All MAC lipsticks have a subtle vanilla scent but no flavor.

FoF Lipstick Labels

FoF Lipsticks with Names

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

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

Dreaming Dahlia

Dreaming Dahlia

Dreaming Dahlia

Dreaming Dahlia

Dreaming Dahlia:   Dreaming Dahlia is a “sheer red coral” with a Lustre finish… It’s a soft, medium, warm toned coral that can show up more pink or more orange-ish depending on the natural color of your lips. It has a really pretty sheen with super fine, golden pearlized particles. Color payoff is good, but as a Lustre, it’s not as boldly pigmented on the lips as it is in the tube. Coverage is somewhat sheer but can be layered. The texture is very smooth and applies easily and evenly. Wear time, as I mentioned in the general review, is 4-6 hours. This color is truly flattering on all skin tones and ages!

Liners:   You can use a neutral type of liner with this if you want a softer look… For that, I suggest MAC’s Lip Pencils in Subculture or Spice, whichever is closer to your natural lip color. If you want a brighter liner to enhance the color and intensity of this lipstick, you can try Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil from MAC.

Dupes:   I can’t think of many great dupes for Dreaming Dahlia… Vegas Volt is much brighter, a bit lighter, and more pink. Sushi Kiss (from the All About Orange collection) is the closest dupe I can think of, but was limited edition.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Fleur d'Coral

Fleur d’Coral

Fleur d'Coral

Fleur d’Coral

Fleur d’Coral:   This lipstick is a “pale creamy peach” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light, warm toned, almost milky peachy nude with a warm, pearly sheen. Color payoff is lighter on the lips than it is in the tube, but that’s normal with Lustres. Coverage is semi-sheer but builds up well. The texture is silky, but since this color is a little milky, it can emphasize dry areas on the lips unless it’s applied over something like Prep + Prime Lip or a lip balm. This lipstick wore for about 5 hours before fading. Since Fleur d’Coral is a warm toned nude, it works best on pale to medium skin tones.

Dupes:   Creme d’Nude is more intense, opaque and more of a true nude with no pearly particles. Pure Zen is more pigmented, a bit darker, and peachier. Shy Girl is more opaque, peachier, and deeper.

Liners:   With a lipstick like Fleur d’Coral, I like to go with something light and neutral. My favorites are Naked Liner (for a very nude look) and Subculture Lip Pencils or Summerfruit Cremestick Liner (all from MAC).

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Heavenly Hybrid

Heavenly Hybrid

Heavenly Hybrid

Heavenly Hybrid

Heavenly Hybrid:   Heavenly Hybrid is described as a “midtone berry” and has a Lustre finish… It’s a medium-dark, cool toned, almost magenta type of berry pink that’s surprisingly bold for a Lustre. It has the pretty, pearly sheen that’s typical with the other Lustre lipsticks in this collection. Color payoff is really close to the color of the lipstick in the tube, though a bit lighter. Coverage is almost opaque but not quite. The texture is smooth and applies well. Wear time is about 6 hours with Heavenly Hybrid. This lipstick looks nice on anyone, really, just as long as you like bright lipstick! This lipstick was the first to sell out online and at a few locations where I live, so get this while you can if you find it!

Liners:   The obvious liner choice is Magenta Lip Pencil which is my personal favorite because it gives definition without altering the color of Heavenly Hybrid. You can also use More To Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil. If you want more contrast or an ombre lip, try a darker Lip Pencil like Vino.

Dupes:   Girl About Town is much more intense, opaque, and less pink/berry. Flat Out Fabulous is brighter, deeper, and completely opaque and matte.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Naked Bud

Naked Bud

Naked Bud

Naked Bud

Naked Bud:   Naked Bud is a “neutral sheer nude” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light, warm toned, sort of peachy nude with a pretty golden sheen. The color payoff is good, but if you have pigmented lips it may look sort of pinkish (like it does on me)… This is because it’s semi-sheer. The coverage is good and even, it’s just not very opaque, like many Lustres. It applied smoothly with no dry feeling at all. With Naked Bud, I got a little over 4 hours of wear before it began to fade.

Liners:   Since this lipstick is really neutral, you can use so many different liners with it… From lightest to darkest Lip Pencils, try Subculture, Dervish, Whirl, Soar, Spice and Chestnut. You can also try any other peachy, pink, or nude lip liners. It’s a very versatile lipstick so you can play around with the color a bit depending on the liner and gloss you want to use!

Dupes:   Viva Glam V is darker and more pink. Japanese Maple and Pure Zen are similar but more pigmented.

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Rose Lily

Rose Lily

Rose Lily

Rose Lily

Rose Lily:   Rose Lily is a “sheer pastel pink” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light, somewhat bright, cool toned pink with some lavender undertones and that typical, gorgeous golden sheen seen in all the Lustre lipsticks in this collection. The color payoff is great and it looks just about the same on the lips as it does in the tube. Coverage is also surprisingly awesome, especially for a Lustre! It’s nearly opaque and luckily since it’s a pink and so are lips, the tiny it of sheerness isn’t really noticeable. The texture felt really creamy so Rose Lily glided right on. I had this lipstick on for nearly 6 hours before I noticed it beginning to fade in the center.

Liners:   Hip & Happy Lip Pencil is nearly the same color, so it works really well with Rose Lily. Magenta is a bit darker and more purpley and intense, but also works if you blend and soften it so there’s no harsh line. You can also try Soar or Whirl Lip Pencils. Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is also gorgeous with Rose Lily!

Dupes:   Saint Germain is super close as far as color goes, but it’s much brighter, more pigmented and lacks the lustrous sheen. It does look nearly the same if you just pat it on lightly, though. I can’t really think of any other permanent dupes for Rose Lily! If I find some, I’ll post it later on!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Snapdragon

Snapdragon

Snapdragon

Snapdragon

Snapdragon:   Snapdragon is a “mid tone blue pink” with a Lustre finish… It’s a medium, cool toned pink with magenta undertones and a lustrous sheen. The color payoff is good and looks very close to how the lipstick is in the tube. Coverage is great too and is almost, but not quite opaque. Snapdragon felt a little different than the other lipsticks in this collection, I think because it seems to have more of the microparticles of shimmer in it… It was still smooth to apply but felt a bit drier. Wear time was close to 6 hours with a liner.

Liners:   Magenta Lip Pencil is a good liner with this since it’s a little darker and more bold. Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is a great option too that will wear for nearly 8 hours… You can also do a more neutral pink like Dervish, Soar or Whirl if you want that no-liner, blended in look. Beet is brighter, darker and warmer but looks pretty cool. More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is also darker and brighter but works.

Dupes:   Milan Mode is brighter, darker and a little warmer but is somewhat similar has nearly the same type of sheen… I can’t really think of many permanent dupes other than that, though!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

Bane and Blow are finally here!! After lots of hype and patiently (or not so patiently) waiting, these two new colors are finally available on Melt’s website. They came out about a week ago, so I’ve had some time to test and play around with them and I’m in love. Both lipsticks have the same amazing quality that Melt’s other lipsticks do, so you won’t be disappointed! I’d recommend ordering these babies soon, though, since they’re sure to sell out. Seriously… When it comes to lipsticks, Melt knows how to create some epically rad colors and textures, especially darker ones like Bane and Blow!

Bane & Blow
(That’s just moisture on Blow, don’t worry ’bout it.)

As you all may know, Melt is a small company that was developed by Lora Arellano (aka @lora_arellano on instagram and @loreleicakes twitter) and Dana Bomar (@danabomar on instagram and @thebomar on twitter). Melt is also on twitter and instagram as @MeltCosmetics. They have a Facebook page too, which they were sweet enough to post my other review on… (Thanks, ladies!!). It’s a completely cruelty free company that focuses on quality rather than quantity. They have a dozen different lipstick colors for now, with Bane and Blow being the two newest additions… While that doesn’t seem like many, these colors are all unique must-haves whether you’re a lipstick addict or a professional makeup artist!

Melt lipsticks are ultra-matte and super intense… The matte texture of these is somewhat creamy when applied, so there’s very little drag on the lips. They do feel drier once they set, and as you will see in the swatches and on my lips, there’s a bit of a creamy sheen at first but that dries down to a very matte finish about 15-30 minutes later. These lipsticks are incredibly highly pigmented so there’s no need to layer the product to get phenomenal color payoff and opaque coverage. I got 6-10 solid hours of wear with both Bane and Blow before they started to fade… Wear time is around 6 hours without a primer and/or liner and closer to 10 with primer and liner to keep everything in place. When they do start to fade, it’s in the center of the lip and is easy to touch up by dabbing on a bit more lipstick. These lipsticks have a light, sweet, vanilla like scent that almost reminds me of macarons or cupcakes, but no taste… I seriously end up craving sweets every time I wear these!

Since these are super matte, dark colors, I do suggest priming your lip with something before application, especially if you tend to have dry lips anyway. This will hide any chapped areas, make the lipstick last longer and make application much smoother. My favorite is Prep + Prime Lip from MAC… It’s a must have with any matte lipsticks!

The tube for these lipsticks is simple and sleek… It’s a matte black tube with the cute, classy purple “melt.” logo on the cap.

Bane & Blow Tubes

Melt lipsticks are available online only at www.meltcosmetics.com. They sell for $19 each and contain 4.5g / 0.16 oz of product (for size comparison, MAC lipsticks contain 3g / 0.1 oz of product). Shipping is an additional $7 no matter how many lipsticks you purchase, so I suggest getting more than one to make it worth your money for shipping. The shipping is priority mail though, so it should get to you quickly. Melt also includes super cute stickers with their shipments and with these new lipsticks, I received an awesome little round mirror with the Melt lips image on the back <3

Bane & Blow Labels

Bane & Blow

Bane & Blow

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

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

 

Bane

Bane

Photo taken indoors with natural sunlight + light from my makeup mirror.

Bane

Bane:   Bane is a truly matte, deep black. It’s creepy in the most beautiful way possible! I know there are a lot of brands out there with black lipsticks, but I have yet to see one that has this much intensity. Color payoff is absolutely true to the color it is in the tube, while coverage is totally opaque. When I applied this, I made one swipe on the top and bottom, then dabbed the lipstick on to build up the coverage… That’s the easiest way to get it 100% opaque with this type of color and texture. Bane in particular feels even more matte than some of the other Melt lipsticks and dries down/sets quickly, so dabbing it on and layering, or layering with a brush will give you the smoothest, most even application. With Bane, I got a solid 8-10 hours of wear over MAC Prep + Prime Lip and with a liner. With no liner or primer, I saw some fading after 6 hours or so. There was no staining, surprisingly, which I’ve found with a lot of other matte black lipsticks.

Liners:   My favorite is MAC PRO’s Chromagraphic Pencil in Black, Black just because the texture and how it wears on the lips. That said, something like MAC’s Engraved Powerpoint Pencil (this is long wearing and may stain lips a little but can be removed with wipes or Cleanse Off Oil) or Smolder or Feline Eye Kohls, also from MAC, will work too.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

Blow As mentioned before, that's only moisture droplets on the lipstick and there is nothing wrong with the product itself. This can happen when there's humidity and temperature variations during shipping.

Blow
As mentioned before, that’s only moisture droplets on the lipstick and there is nothing wrong with the product itself. Blow is a creamier lipstick anyway, and this can happen when there are changes in temperature and humidity during shipping.

Blow

Blow

Blow:   Blow is a dark, cool toned, green with some slightly blueish/teal undertones. The finish is unlike any other Melt lipstick… It’s sort of creamy and has an almost pearly sheen even though it’s still matte. It’s very unique and I hope they create more with this finish/texture! Color payoff is great and looks the same as it does in the tube. Coverage is perfectly opaque without having to layer much, if at all. Because of the creamier texture, Blow applies very easily and doesn’t set/dry quite as quickly as some other Melt lipsticks do, so you have more time to apply it directly from the tube without any tugging or anything like that going on. Even though this isn’t as dry of a lipstick, Blow still gave me a good 6-8 hours of wear… 6 hours being lipstick only and 8 hours with primer and liner.

Liners:   You can have a lot of fun playing around with liners for Blow… My favorite is Tarnish Eye Kohl from MAC… It’s a bit darker but it gives just the right amount of contrast. Minted Eye Kohl works too, though it’s lighter and more teal. Jade Way Technakohl Liner from MAC is almost the color of Blow, but I prefer the smoother texture of Eye Kohls, Powerpoint Eye Pencils, and Chromagraphic Pencils (PRO only) for the lips. You can use blues and greens, of course, but you can also try dark, cool toned charcoal/grays and blacks with Blow… Like I said, play around with liners to create different looks with this lipstick!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

 

 

 

We all know that eye shadow palettes are a major craze lately, so I’m happy to see that MAC has finally stepped up to the plate and released not one, but TWO neutral palettes that contain 15 full sized eye shadows each and sell for only $100!! That’s a HUGE savings! Whether you’re just a makeup lover or a professional makeup artist, these palettes are great to have on hand. I actually purchased both of them to add to my kit. Having so much variety in two little palettes has ended up saving me a lot of room in my bag as well as saved me time looking for that perfect color combination!

Both neutral palettes have a great selection of colors that you can achieve pretty much any kind of look with, from a smoky eye to a natural daytime look. There’s also a wide range of texture in the palettes, so you have a lot to choose from for lid, crease, and blending eye shadows. MAC included a few permanent must haves, though most eye shadows are limited to these palettes only. One palette contains warmer tones, while the other has cooler toned eye shadows… The Cool Neutral Palette is the one I’ll be reviewing for this post.

Cool Neutral Packaging

Cool Neutral Palette Product

MAC Eye Shadows are a high quality powder formula that’s well pigmented and applies easily. There are a variety of finishes/textures in this palette, so color payoff and coverage will vary between them… I’ll describe those more in depth in each individual review. For the most part, all give good coverage and color payoff, as well as wear time. With most MAC eye shadows I get somewhere between 6-12 hours of wear. To be honest, wear time depends on the finish of the eye shadow, if you have oily lids, and if there’s a primer underneath.

I ALWAYS use a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot as my primer because it not only gives a good base to even out the texture and color of the skin on the eyelid, but it also gives the powder eye shadow something to stick to so it wears longer. Pro Longwear Paint Pots will keep the eye shadow from creasing, which is a must for people with oily lids or heavily hooded lids… For a good, light neutral color I suggest Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Layin’ Low. Using a light color of primer will also make the color of the eye shadow show up true to how it looks in the pan so it will never look washed out (these colors even work on dark to deep skin tones)! You can also use something that’s similar to the color of the eye shadow itself, or even something like Blackground if you really want to play with color and transform the eye shadow. Blackground works especially well under brighter, more frosted eye shadows.

The packaging for these palettes is fantastic! The palettes are very well made, feel sturdy and hold up to anything from gentle, daily personal to professional use, being tossed around, dropped, and crammed into a makeup kit regularly. The palettes have the clear top so you can see what you’re grabbing for if you have numerous palettes. The shadows are spaced far enough apart that the dust from one won’t travel onto the other and alter the color or anything like that. They are black and shiny, so they will show the dust from the eye shadows a bit, but that’s easy to clean by using a tissue and 99% alcohol to wipe them down and clean them up (you can also lightly spray the alcohol on the shadows themselves to sanitize them before/after jobs or just to keep them clean for yourself). The back of these palettes does tend to show fingerprints but any black plastic packaging does that, so I don’t consider that an issue. The one thing that some people may not like is that you cannot pop these out of the palettes like you can with the eye shadow palettes that you build yourself. That said, I don’t see why it would be necessary since everything you need is already conveniently organized in this palette for you (plus it’s cheaper than building your own)!

These Eye Shadow Palettes are permanent and available now both in MAC freestanding stores and online at www.maccosmetics.com. Unfortunately, these will not be for sale at counters inside stores such as Macy’s, Nordstrom, or Dillard’s as far as I know. Each palette contains 15 full sized eye shadows, coming out to be a grand total of 19g / 0.68 US oz of product. These are a great value, selling for $100 (pro and employee discounts do not apply). For an individual MAC eye shadow (in the plastic pot), it costs $15, while the Pro Palette Refill Pan eye shadows sell for $10… In tees neutral palettes, each eye shadow comes out to be $6.67. Even for people with a MAC PRO discount card, that’s still about how much each eye shadow would cost and you’d probably have to purchase the palette to put them in too! Basically, this is a killer deal for anyone, so it’s definitely worth buying if you need some new eye shadows for either yourself or your kit, especially since so many of these eye shadows are very unique.

MAC Cool Neutral Palette Label

NOTE:   All reviews are based on performance over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot, as I never wear eye shadows without one. Wear time, color payoff, and coverage will all be slightly less without using one as a primer. 

Application Tips:

I don’t normally go so in depth with how you can use the eye shadows in palettes, but because this comes with SO many and you can do so much with it, I want you to teach you my tips and techniques so you can learn how to use them to achieve all of the fun looks that are possible with this palette! MAC Eye Shadows can even be used damp to intensify the color/coverage or to use as a liner, so I’ll include tips on that.

Typically, I use these dry… Since they’re so highly pigmented, a damp application isn’t really necessary. These are much more blendable and easier to apply when used dry. Dry application is great for use on the crease, lid, to highlight below the brow/on the inner corner of the eye or even to line with!

A damp application of will make the colors and amount of shimmer/frost more intense, though it certainly isn’t necessary most of the time. It is nice if you want to use these shadows as a liner, though. Applying damp is best for the lid or lining, as it makes these much more difficult to blend out. For a damp application, simple spray your brush with something like MAC’s Fix + Spray then swipe it on one small section of the eye shadow. For eye shadows that I use damp, I designate one small section for use with a damp brush, otherwise, swiping a damp brush all over the eye shadow will make a sort of “crust” on the product, making it nearly impossible to use dry.

Lid:   When applying powder eye shadows to the lid, a few of my favorite brushes to use (all from MAC) are the 239, 213, 215 (for a more dense, heavier application), 287 duo-fibre (for a lightweight or damp application), 242 (good for dry or damp), or a 252 (dry or damp / for larger eyelids). A 249 brush is also great for damp application, especially on larger eyelids.

Crease:   My favorite crease brushes are the 217, 224, or 286. All three of those are nice and fluffy so they blend out the eye shadow beautifully. If you want more intense color in the crease, I suggest a 214, 215, or 219 (for a super defined, cut crease). The 275 angled brush is also fantastic for the crease because it’s tapered to fit into that area perfectly, but still blend the shadow out so you’ll get the perfect shape and softness.

Liner:   When I’m smudging an eye shadow under my eyes or above my upper lash line as a type of liner, I like to use the 219, 214 or 212. For a damp, more defined liner application you can use whatever liner brush you’re most comfortable with… The 209, 210, 211, 212 work well for a softer liner look, while the 263 and 266 angled brushed will work better for something like a cat eye.

Highlights:   For a below the brow highlight, I like something flat like the 242 or 239 for more intense color payoff. If you want a softer brow highlight, try a 217 or 224. You can also highlight the inner corner of your eye with a smaller type of brush like a 219, 228, or 231 brush.

MAC Cool Neutral Palette - Product with Names

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatted on NC15 skin.

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

Flounce

Flounce

Flounce:   Flounce is described as a “chalky white pink” and has a Matte finish… It’s a light, cool toned pink with nearly lilac undertones. The finish is truly matte and it is indeed a bit chalky, as the description implies. Color payoff is surprisingly great for such a dry, matte color… It does look cooler on the skin than in the pan, but other than that it’s true to pan color and intense. Coverage was great… It was almost opaque with little product used and gave full coverage when applied over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot. The texture does feel slightly dry but it still applies and blends out easily without being too dusty and powdery. I got a solid 8 hours of wear before any fading occurred.

Dupes:   Yogurt Eye Shadow is close but cooler toned and slightly darker.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Sweet Allure

Sweet Allure

Sweet Allure:   Sweet Allure is a “soft light pink” and has a Satin finish… It’s a light, slightly warm toned champagne-pink with a soft satiny sheen. Color payoff is good, though without some layering it doesn’t look completely true to the color in the pan or have as much of a sheen. Coverage is about the same… It will give full coverage after some light layering but not with one quick swipe of product. The texture of Sweet Allure felt silky and applied easily without being powdery or dry at all. With this eye shadow, I got about 7 hours of wear before any fading occurred.

Dupes:   Orb eye shadow is pretty similar but more pink. Naked Lunch is lighter, less pink, and more of a warm, true champagne color.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Sun Tweaked

Sun Tweaked

Sun Tweaked:   Sun Tweaked is a “soft frosty coral” with a frost finish It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink coral with some coppery undertones and a truly frosted finish. Used damp, this eye shadow even looks metallic! This is definitely the warmest shadow in the cool neutral palette but it does work well with the other colors. The color payoff was okay It did take some layering to achieve pan color. Coverage was similar but luckily this eye shadow is easily buildable. For a Frost finish, the texture felt more powdery than usual but this still applied well, especially when patted onto the lid or used below the lower lash line. Wear time was pretty average with frost finishes… I got 6-8 hours of wear before it began to crease or fade.

Dupes:   Arena eye shadow is lighter and more of a peachy color. Gleam is pinker, lighter and more shimmery. Expensive Pink is darker and more of a peachy-pink. All That Glitters is almost similar on the skin, but still is lighter and has more of a pink tone to it.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:  5

After Dusk

After Dusk

After Dusk:   After Dusk is a “mid tone rosy pink with pearl” and has a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a medium, ever so slightly warm toned berry-rose with some coppery undertones that seem to only show up in the sheen. With the Veluxe Pearl finish, it’s in between a satin and a frost, so it has a slightly frosted pearly sheen, but not so much that it looks metallic. Color payoff was great and looked nearly true to pan with little product applied. Coverage was equally wonderful, giving full opacity with only a tiny bit of eye shadow patted onto the lid. The texture is super smooth and easy to blend out, which is typical with Veluxe Pearl eye shadows. I got a little over 7 hours of wear before After Dusk began to fade or crease.

If After Dusk sound familiar, it’s because it was recently released as one of the eye shadows in the Stroke of Midnight Warm Face Palette, which was one of the kits released with the 2013 Holiday collection. Although it was limited then, it will remain permanent exclusively in this palette.

Dupes:   After Dusk is pretty unique and is difficult to find a dupe for! The base color of Trax is similar, but it has a golden sheen to it and appears more purpley on the eye. Star Violet is considerably darker and well, more violet.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Blackberry

Blackberry

Blackberry:   Blackberry is a ” muted burgundy-plum brown” with a Matte finish and is one of the few permanent colors in this palette. It’s a medium-dark, mostly neutral but slightly warm, plummy brown. Once applied, the color payoff seems a little darker than it is in the pan but the color itself is great. Coverage isn’t 100% opaque with the first swipe of a brush but it’s buildable and very easy to achieve full coverage with. The texture is super smooth and not the least bit powdery, especially for a Matte! Blackberry gave me over 8 hours of wear before I noticed any fading. There is no difference in this version of Blackberry compared to the permanent one either, which can sometimes happen with palettes.

Dupes:   I can’t really think of any dupes, and since this eye shadow is part of MAC’s permanent lineup, there’s not really need to find one!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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

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

Pick Me Up

Pick Me Up

Pick Me Up:   Pick Me Up is a “pale ivory” with a Matte finish. It’s a pale, slightly cool toned ivory-beige with a completely matte finish. Color payoff is great, while it does look a little lighter and almost, but not quite, white on the skin. Coverage is also fantastic with Pick Me Up, giving full opacity with little product. The texture is a little dry but in a silky, not too powdery way, so it applies well. As with most Matte finish eye shadow, I got over 8 hours of wear before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   Blanc Type and Brule are both similar but are a tiny bit darker than Pick Me Up.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Cozy Grey

Cozy Grey

Cozy Grey:   Cozy Grey is a “cool grey” with a Matte finish… It’s a light, neutral, though slightly cool toned grey with some brown/mauve taupey undertones that warms it up once it’s applied. Color payoff was good but coverage was only so-so… It definitely applied best when worn over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot and was layered a bit. The texture was drier and almost chalky compared to the other Matte finishes in this palette but it still blended out well. I actually love this color and texture for a blending color in the crease or just above to soften darker eye shadows. The great thing about Cozy Grey being slightly dry is that is gave me 10+ hours of wear before fading!

Dupes:   Malt is warmer and slightly darker. Bisque is similar but lighter and more neutral.  Camel Coat Pro Longwear Paint Pot is actually really close, only a tiny bit darker, but it’s a cream formula.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Crushed Clove

Crushed Clove

Crushed Clove:   This eye shadow is a “dirty gold olive” with a Frost finish… It’s a medium, neutral golden color with a dirty olive type of undertone that cools the color down a bit overall. The more neutral tone shows up mostly in the very frosted, nearly metallic sheen. Color payoff is pretty true to pan color but it does look warmer in this photo than in person, due to the warmer golden sheen reflecting light. The swatch above is more accurate. Coverage was great… I got total opacity without having to use much product. This eye shadow feels incredibly smooth and silky and only has minimal powdery fallout, but only if you get too much on your brush. Crushed Clove wore for about 6-8 hours before any creasing or fading occurred… I prefer wearing Frost eye shadows on the lid, rather than in the crease because of the issue with them fading more quickly in the crease.

Dupes:   Woodwinked is slightly darker, warmer, and more intense. Tempting is similar in color, but as a Lustre, the color payoff and coverage aren’t as good so it ends up looking lighter. It’s also not as olive.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Deception

Deception

Deception:   MAC describes this eye shadow as a “chocolate gold” with a Frost finish… It’s a medium-dark, cool toned, chocolatey brown with some nearly mauve undertones that only show up once applied. The Frost finish is what contains the majority of the golden sheen. The color payoff is great and looks quite true to pan color, with the exception that the mauve undertones show more once applied. The coverage is opaque without applying much eye shadow. It glides on easily and felt very smooth and easy to blend. As with most Frost eye shadows, it wears best on the lid, giving around 7-8 hours of wear time over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot, while wearing for more like 6 hours in the crease over the same primer.

Deception is permanent in this palette only, but has also been previously released… Once in Fall of 2009 with in the Smoke & Mirrors Eye Shadow Palette as part of the Magic, Mirth and Mischief collection, and again in the Stroke of Midnight Cool Eye Shadow Palette with the Holiday collection in Fall of 2013.

Dupes:   Woodwinked is close, but not as smooth or pigmented… It also appears more golden and slightly lighter on the skin. Satin Taupe is cooler and darker.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Brun

Brun

Brun:   Brun is one of the permanent eye shadows in this palette and is a “muted blackish brown” with a Satin finish. It’s a medium-dark to dark, cool toned brown with a hint of a greyed undertone. The finish is considered to be a Satin, but this feels and applies more like a Matte until it’s been layered. The color payoff is good and true to pan color. As far as coverage goes, it does take some layering to get full opacity but that’s easily achieved. The texture is dry, perhaps a bit chalky, but in a very smooth way… The dryness can make it a little hard to blend but if you use a softer brush like a 239 or 217, it should make it easier! Like I said before, until you really get this product built up, it looks drier and more matte than it does once applied more heavily… That’s when the slightly Satin sheen shows up. Wear time is great and lasts for a minimum of 8 hours before any fading or creasing.

Another note… This works great as a brow color or as a liner (I suggest a MAC 208 brush for brows)!

Dupes:   As a permanent color, I don’t see much need to list dupes since you can get this anytime BUT Concrete is lighter and has more of a grey undertone, while Espresso is warmer and a but lighter.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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

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

Silver Fog

Silver Fog

Silver Fog:   This eye shadow is a “white with silver pearl” and has a Lustre finish… It’s a very light, slightly cool toned white-silver with a soft pearly but nearly frosted sheen. Color payoff is pretty true to pan, while coverage was only about 75% opaque, unless you layer it a bit. I was really impressed with the texture… It felt very smooth, gliding on and blending out well without having that powdery, almost gritty feel that some Lustre finish eye shadows do. I found that this also had very little fallout, which is somewhat common with this finish. It wore better than most Lustres, staying put for around 7 hours.

Dupes:   Electra is darker and more frosty. Silver Gull, which was limited with the Iris Apfel collection is close, but more shimmery. To be honest, Silver Fog is pretty unique as far as MAC silver shadows go.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

French Clay

French Clay

French Clay:   French Clay is a “white-grey frost” with a Frost finish. It’s a light, neutral-ish toned taupe-ish grey with an unusual hint of a golden tone thrown in there that will warm this color up a bit when used with certain warmer eye shadow and on some skin tones. In the pan, the warmer tone shows up more but other than that, the color payoff is great and pretty true to pan. Coverage was fantastic and full without having to use much eye shadow. The texture felt like silk and blended out very easily. As with most Frosts, wear time on the lid was around 7 hours, while in the crease it faded a bit sooner.

Dupes:   To be totally honest, I can’t think of any really great dupes for French Clay… Sweet Satisfaction Pro Longwear Eye Shadow is close but a hint warmer and more pigmented.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Cumulus

Cumulus

Cumulus:   This is a “dirty grey charcoal” with a Frost finish… It’s a medium, cool toned taupe-grey with a nearly dirty, mossy brown undertone to it that makes this color seem slightly warmer, or at least neutral, when paired with certain eye shadow and on some skin tones/with some eye colors. It’s really unique! Color payoff is good but like I mentioned, it can appear more neutral sometimes. Other than that, it’s pretty true to pan color. Coverage was good, but not totally opaque by itself. Applying this over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot helped dramatically. Cumulus felt smooth and applied and blended out easily. Wear time was about 7-8 hours on the lid and slightly less in the crease.

Note: This Cumulus is NOT the same Cumulus from years ago… They only recycled the name. It’s NOTHING like the color or texture from before.

Dupes:   I’m stumped. This color is just THAT unique!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Pearled Earth

Pearled Earth

Pearled Earth:   Pearled Earth is described as a “deep blue-grey” and has a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a medium-dark, very cool toned indigo hued grey with a soft type of frosted, pearly sheen. Color payoff is great and spot on to the color this eye shadow is in the pan. I got really good coverage too without having to apply much product at all, though it wasn’t totally opaque with just one layer (unless you use a Pro Longwear Paint Pot underneath). The texture was luxurious and silky, blending out and applying well and with little effort. Wear time was similar to a Frost eye shadow, with around 7-8 hours on the lid and slightly less when worn in the crease.

Dupes:   Scene is similar in color, but is much, much drier, less opaque, and more matte. Smut is darker and has a warmer, wine stained hue. Dangerous Cuvee Pro Longwear Paint Pot is honestly the closest in both color and finish, but it’s a cream product.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Black Tied

Black Tied

Black Tied:   Black Tied is a “black with silver sparkle” and has a Velvet finish. This is one of the permanent colors in this palette… It’s a deep, matte black base with very fine, almost multidimensional micro-sparlke particles. The color payoff takes some layering to be true to pan… Same with the coverage. You definitely want to use a Pro Longwear Paint Pot as your primer and pack this on the lid with a brush like s 239 for a smoky eye. That said, it’s also great in the crease to make any look darker and more dramatic. The texture is smooth, though somewhat powdery, but still easy to blend and layer. You do have to be careful with fallout, as with most black or very, very dark eye shadows, so make sure you either apply this product BEFORE foundation, concealer and face makeup, or hold a tissue/shadow shield under the eye to this doesn’t end up on your cheeks! Surprisingly, this version of Black Tied didn’t seem to have as much fallout as the permanent version that I have. It felt smoother as well. Wear time was about 6-7 hours on the lid and in the crease.

Dupes:   Although you don’t need any since this is permanent and always available, I’ll give you some anyway… Knight Divine is similar, though more of a blue-grey and not as dark, while Carbon is of course a true matte black with absolutely no shimmer at all.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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