MAC’s newest collection, Moody Blooms, is full of bold colors that will remind you of the blooms of exotic flowers… There are even some darker colors in here, which I was really excited about. It’s a drastic change from the pastels of the collaboration with the Osbourne ladies but I’m thankful for an excuse to wear a dark lip again! There are six Sheen Supreme lipsticks in this collection, one being a permanent repromote and the rest being brand new colors. I will only be reviewing four in this post… Venomous Violet is available online only and I did not order it.

Note:   I received Moody Bloom in my MAC gratis, so I will be reviewing that Sheen Supreme Lipstick in a separate post!

 

Lust Extract - Pheremonal - Phosphorescent - Quite the Thing!

Lust Extract – Pheremonal – Phosphorescent – Quite the Thing!

 

Sheen Supreme Lipsticks are a hybrid type of formula… The product itself is, of course, a lipstick and applies like one, but it’s not as thick and it has the shine of a gloss. This is MAC’s description of them: “Combining the colour impact of a Lipstick with the shine sheen of a Lipglass, Sheen Supreme creates the perfect hybrid – with no compromise. Lightweight, non-sticky, slick to apply and comfortable to wear”…

They have a creamy, slick texture with great color payoff and nearly opaque coverage.. Some colors offer full coverage, but it varies a bit in this formula. Wear time averages 4 hours or so, being longer with a liner and primer like Prep + Prime Lip, which also helps to hide any dry or chapped areas before applying light, more pastel or milky types of colors. Sheen Supreme Lipsticks are gel-based so they melt onto the lips and allows for a more lightweight texture that isn’t too thick or sticky. They also contain shea butter which gives your lips an instant infusion of moisture that lasts for several hours. I find that when I use these on a regular basis, my lips feel very smooth and don’t get so chapped.

The packaging for Sheen Supreme Lipsticks differs from MAC’s normal Lipstick tubes… These are a shiny, perfectly cylindrical shape, rather than the more matte, tapered type of tube. They actually contain more product than MAC’s “normal” range of Lipsticks, so that justifies the extra dollar that you pay for these!

The Moody Blooms collection was just released this past Thursday, June 26th, and is available now online at www.maccosmetics.com as well as at stores and counters. These contain 3.6 g / 0.12 US oz and sell for $17. Keep in mind that Quite the Thing! is permanent and Venomous Violet is ONLY available online. It seems like Quite the Thing! is sold out online right now but at most locations I’ve been to, it’s usually in stock. All of the other colors are available online and haven’t sold out where I work anyway, so hopefully they’re still around at your local MAC too!

 

Lust Extract

Lust Extract

Lust Extract

Lust Extract

Lust Extract:   This is an “electric violet” with a very glossy finish… It’s an intense, medium to medium-dark, cool toned fuchsia with lots of sheen. Color payoff was slightly lighter than it appears as in the tube, but the color is even brighter on the lips. Coverage was pretty much opaque… It will only be on the sheer side if you don’t apply much, which is typical with Sheen Supremes. The texture is the same as all Sheen Supremes… Extremely slick and creamy, gliding easily onto the lips. I got about 4 hours of wear time before I had to touch up. The color lasts a little longer than the glossy finish does with this type of lipstick, so even when it starts to fade, your lips don’t look completely naked!

Liners:   There are several liners that you can use with Lust Extract, depending on how you want it to look… In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is good if you want a liner that will give definition, but not alter the color of the lipstick much/at all. You can also try Beet or Magenta Lip Pencils for medium amounts of color, with Beet warming this lipstick up and Magenta making it appear cooler and more magenta/fuchsia. If you want a deeper, more hot pink liner, More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil will also work.

Dupes:   There aren’t really any permanent dupes for Lust Extract… Not in the same formula anyway. Zen Rose Sheen Supreme Lipstick is much darker and more purple/magenta. Full Speed is warmer, pinker, and more yellow based… As far as other lipstick formulas go, Bold Spring Mineralize Rich Lipstick is the closest dupe I’ve found based on color and sheen. It may be a teeeeeeny bit lighter, but it’s nearly a perfect dupe.

For limited edition dupes, you can try Daddy’s Little Girl Lipstick (Archie’s Girls, Feb 2013)… The color is close, though it’s a Satin finish and is slightly darker/bolder.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Pheremonal

Pheremonal

Pheremonal

Pheremonal

Pheremonal:   This is described as a “dark blue pink” and has a glossy finish… It’s a medium, bright, cool toned pink (though for some reason, it shows up warmer in the tube and photos than it does on the lips). Color payoff is good, as is coverage. It does take some layering to get full, bold color payoff and totally opaque coverage, but that’s typical with this lipstick formula. The texture is smooth and slick, applying easily. Pheremonal gave me around 4 hours of wear before fading.

Liners:   Just about any medium to medium-dark, bright pink liner will work with Pheremonal… You can try Beet in the normal Lip Pencil formula, or More to Love or Dynamo Pro Longwear Lip Pencils.

Dupes:   Good Taste Mineralize Rich Lipstick is similar, but more intense and a bit darker. I honestly haven’t found any other dupes that are any closer than that one, either permanent or limited edition.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent:   Phosphorescent is an “electric pink coral” with a shiny finish… It’s a medium, bright, warm toned, yellow based pink with coral undertones. Color payoff was good, but softer than how it looks in the tube, while coverage is not quite full… I would say it’s more like 80% opaque. It applied very smoothly and felt moisturizing. I wore this for a little over 4 hours before I noticed fading.

Liners:   You can use several different liners with this lipstick… If you want it to lean more coral, I suggest Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil. To go more pink, try In Anticipation or Dynamo Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.

Dupes:   For permanent dupes, check out Full Speed Sheen Supreme Lipstick… it’s a bit darker and brighter, but very similar. Be A Lady Mineralize Rich Lipstick is also close, but lighter and slightly more pink. Since this formula is so unique and not released as limited very often, I couldn’t find any limited edition dupes.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Sorry this lipstick is not so pretty... I've had it for a while so it's been used a lot!

Sorry this lipstick is not so pretty… I’ve had it for a while so it’s been used a lot!

Quite the Thing!

Quite the Thing!

Quite the Thing!:   This is described as a “deep blue plum” and has a very glossy finish… It’s a medium-dark, cool toned berry fuchsia with very fine, multidimensional shimmer particles. Color payoff is not as dark as it is in the tube, but that’s normal with this formula. Coverage is nearly opaque, but not quite. It feels very smooth and creamy and glides on easily. Quite the Thing! gave me the usual 4-ish hours of wear before I needed to touch up.

Liners:   To brighten this lipstick up, you can use Magenta Lip Pencil. If you want to go a bit deeper with the liner, you can try Currant, Vino, or even Nightmoth Lip pencils.

Dupes:   Since this color is permanent and the Sheen Supreme formula is so unique, I don’t see much reason to find dupes! I would suggest just getting this one! It is sold out online at the moment but I’m sure it will be back in stock very soon.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

 

 

Moody Blooms is a beautiful new collection from MAC that just came out yesterday, June 26th… It’s full of bright, rich colors in shades that remind me of exotic plants and flowers. There’s a wide array of products in this collection for the eyes, lips, and cheeks so you’re sure to find something you like!

It’s near impossible for me to get posts up the day of a collection release because I work for MAC and that’s the time I’m busiest… On the plus side, it gives me some extra time to try all of the products myself, use them on my customers, and get opinions from coworkers!  Over the next few days I’ll be posting reviews, photos, and swatches for the Sheen Supreme Lipsticks, Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints, Eye Shadows, Beauty Powder Blushes, and Fluidlines… Until then, here’s a peek at everything!

 

Not shown but will be included in reviews: Worldly Wealth Beauty Powder Blush

Not shown but will be included in reviews: Worldly Wealth Beauty Powder Blush

I got the Alluring Aquatic collection about a month ago, right after it came out, but since I didn’t get ALL of the lipsticks immediately I was putting off posting this until I got the last one… However, I never ended up getting Siren Song so that one won’t be included in this post… But hey, at least I’m finally getting all of this on here as a Collection Catch Up! Even though a lot of the products from this collection are sold out at some locations and online, I’ve had plenty of time to experiment and find good dupes so hopefully that will help all of you out!

The theme for the Alluring Aquatic collection is, as the name suggests, beachy/aquatic/mermaid inspired, which is perfect for summer and very much on trend right now. The colors and textures in this collection are beautiful and coordinate well with everything else that’s part of Alluring Aquatic… This allow you to really play around with the different products, mixing and matching things to create a really wide variety of looks. These lipsticks are gorgeous and I really like how they’re all very different, so there’s something for everyone… So without further ado; I give you the Alluring Aquatic lipsticks!

 

Enchanted One - Goddess of the Sea - Mythical - Pet Me, Please

Enchanted One – Goddess of the Sea – Mystical – Pet Me, Please

 

MAC Lipsticks are highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. Since these four lipsticks are different finishes, I’ll be more giving more details about the color payoff, texture, wear time, etc, in the individual reviews.With any lipstick, I suggest starting off by applying Prep + Prime Lip… It’s a silicone based primer that contains Vitamin E, so it adds a bit of moisture, locks in that moisture, and smooths out the lip so everything glides on easily and wears longer, even if you have dry or chapped lips! I also recommend using a liner before you put on your lipstick; This will help define and shape the lip, as well as keep everything in place and help prevent bleeding/feathering outside the lip line. Keep reading to learn what liners work best with each lipstick!

The Alluring Aquatic collection features special packaging, like many of MAC’s recent collections… This is, by far, my favorite special packaging from MAC since the Temperature Rising collection from last summer! Not only is the chrome/mirrored, aqua color gorgeous; the texture with the faux water droplets is very pretty and unique too! The boxes also have the same aqua color and water droplet pattern. Since all of the products in the Alluring Aquatic collection feature this special packaging, it bumps up the price a little bit but it’s worth it to me… It’s funny because I was NEVER a sucker for limited edition, colorful packaging in the past but MAC has created some really cute stuff lately that I just can’t resist!

 

Alluring Aquatic Lipstick Tube

 

Alluring Aquatic is a limited edition collection that was released on Thursday, May 22nd. What’s still in stock is available now online at www.maccosmetics.com, as well as at MAC stores and counters. These lipsticks contain the usual 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product but sell for $17.50 instead of the usual $16, due to the special packaging. Like all other MAC lipsticks, these have a soft vanilla scene but no flavor.

 

Enchanted One - Goddess of the Sea - Mystical - Pet Me, Please

Enchanted One – Goddess of the Sea – Mystical – Pet Me, Please

Alluring Aquatic Lipstick Labels

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC20 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Lipsticks swatched on NC20 skin.

Enchanted One

Enchanted One

Enchanted One

Enchanted One

Enchanted One:   This lipstick is a “midtone neutral pink” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, warm toned, dusty peachy-rose. There is a slightly creamy type of sheen when first applied, which dries down to a true matte within about half an hour. Color payoff seems a little softer and less intense on the lips, but it’s still nearly true to the color it is in the tube. Coverage is full and opaque, aside from on the area in the center of the bottom lip (as you can see in the picture), but this is pretty typical with Mattes and can be fixed by lightly blending out that area with your finger or a brush. The texture is smooth and creamy for a matte and only sort of dry… If you have any dry or chapped areas on the lips, this may emphasize them, but that can be hidden by applying Prep + Prime Lip first. I got around 6 hours of wear with Enchanted One before I noticed any fading.

Liners:   You can use a pretty wide array of liners with Enchanted One, depending on your skin tone… All of the ones I recommend are warm toned neutrals… Here they are from lightest to darkest: Subculture, Boldly Bare, Spice, or Chestnut Lip Pencil and Staunchly Stylish or Nice ‘N’ Spicy Pro Longwear Lip Pencils.

Dupes:   For permanent dupes, Honeylove is similar and Matte but it’s slightly more pink… Taupe is another similar Matte but it’s darker and cooler toned. Peachstock is close, but lighter, more peachy, and has a Satin finish. If you do a light layer of Spice Lip Pencil, then apply Peachstock on top, the color is super close but you don’t get a Matte finish… You can mattify it a little by lightly applying translucent setting powder on top.

If you happen to have Cozy Up lipstick from the Apres Chic collection, released in December of 2012, that’s a near exact dupe and shares a Matte finish. On some people, Cozy Up looks slightly lighter but it’s the closest thing I’ve found to Enchanted One!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Goddess of the Sea

Goddess of the Sea

Goddess of the Sea

Goddess of the Sea

Goddess of the Sea:   Goddess of the Sea is described as a “dark, vibrant violet” and has a Cremesheen finish… It’s a medium-dark, cool, berry toned violet with a creamy type of sheen. Color payoff is not quite as dark as it in the tube, but close enough. Coverage is about 90% opaque and even. The texture is smooth and makes this lipstick glide on easily. Since it’s a slicker type of lipstick than a Satin, Matte, or even Amplified, it won’t show any dry areas, even though it’s an intense color. Goddess of the Sea gave me a solid 5 hours of wear before it needed a touchup.

Liners:   For brighter liners with more violet or magenta tones, you can use Heroine (limited edition) or Magenta Lip Pencils… If you want to go a bit more neutral and darker you can try Plum Lip Pencil. For more of an intense, ombre lip, you can try Currant, Vino, or even Nightmoth for a darker, more vampy look.

Dupes:   Dupes for Goddess of the Sea were tricky to figure out… There aren’t any that are exact. Rebel is darker and has pinker undertones. Amorous is closer than anything else I found in MAC’s permanent range, but more mauve and cool toned. Up the Amp is brighter, lighter and more purple. Heroine is darker, more of a true purple, and Matte.

The only limited edition dupe I found was Feel My Pulse, from the Temperature Rising collection which was released for Summer 2013… However, it’s brighter, more intense and has much more magenta tones.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Mystical

Mystical

Mystical

Mystical

Mystical:   This is a “midtone creamy rose” with a Cremesheen finish… It’s a medium, warm toned rosy pink with a natural sheen. Color payoff is, like a lot of Cremesheens, less intense than it is in the tube, but this lipstick can be layered to achieve a bolder color payoff. Coverage is full and opaque. The texture is super smooth and applies easily. I got just over four hours of wear before I noticed any fading.

Liners:   Nearly any neutral, warm pink liner will work with Mystical… A few of my favorites are Dervish, Whirl, Soar, or even Half-Red Lip Pencils.

Dupes:   Amorous is darker and more plum toned. Brave is pinker, lighter, and more yellow based. Viva Glam VI is more neutral and brown toned.

For limited dupes, you can try Venus from the Heavenly Creatures collection of June 2012… It’s barely lighter and pinker, but close enough!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Pet Me, Please

Pet Me, Please

Pet Me, Please

Pet Me, Please

Pet Me, Please:   This lipstick is a “light, shimmering mauve” with a Frost finish… If this name sounds familiar to you, it’s because it was previously released with the Fabulous Felines collection back in August of 2010. It’s a light, slightly golden, shimmery peachy nude with some oddly cool, mauve undertones that don’t really show up until it’s applied to the lip. Color payoff is good, but it certainly looks less golden on than it does in the tube. Coverage is nearly opaque, which is nice to see in a lighter shade with this type of finish. Texture was a little dry, which is typical with some of the super frosted lipsticks, but it still applied smoothly. It did made the drier spots on my lip stand out when my allergies were bad and I had chapped lips, so make sure you put on some Prep + Prime Lip first! Wear time was only about 3 hours before Pet Me, Please began to fade.

Liners:   With such a light color, you don’t want to go too bold with a liner… I suggest something subtle like Subculture, Dervish, or Boldly Bare Lip Pencils.

Dupes:   High Tea is warmer toned, more neutral and a bit darker. Frou is pretty close, but more intense and very slightly cooler toned.

For a limited dupe, Quiet, Please from the Cham-Pale collection of December 2010 is very, very similar, though more golden.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

 

Last but not least… Here is Sharon Osbourne’s Duchess Eye Shadow Quad! Out of all the products I purchased from the MAC x Sharon & Kelly collaboration, this is certainly the one that I use the most! You can create a lot of beautiful looks with this eye shadow quad, from a soft, natural daytime look, to a warm, smoky eye. They’re gorgeous colors that are appropriate for all ages and skin tones. If this is one of the Sharon products that’s on your wish list, you may be in luck… It appears to still be in stock online, and I know that at my counter and many other locations, this is still available! I feel like this was overlooked by a lot of people because it SEEMS plain and similar to other eye shadow quads that have been released recently, but it’s not at all… These colors are actually pretty unique (aside from Embark, which is permanent) and I think that once people figure out how beautiful and high quality this quad it, it will start disappearing much faster!

Sharon Eye Shadow x4 Packaging

MAC Eye Shadows are high quality, highly pigmented powder eye shadows that apply easily with intense, but blendable color. I typically get around 8 hours of wear, depending on the finish, which can be made even longer when these are applied over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot. Using a Paint Pot as a primer will also make the colors show up true to pan color and prevent creasing. I suggest using a shade close to your skin tone or a bit lighter… Painterly, Groundwork, Layin’ Low, and Soft Ochre are all good neutrals.

Natural fiber brushes are best to apply powder eye shadows… My favorite MAC brushes are the 239 (for the lid), the 224 or 217 (for the crease), and the 219 (for a cut crease, to smudge the color around, or to apply on the inner corner or under the eye). These brushes will pick up the eye shadow well and blend everything out very easily!

The packaging for this eye shadow quad is a pretty, bright red, shiny plastic with a clear lid (typical of MAC’s eye shadow quads), which has Sharon’s signature on it in the same light violet color used for Kelly’s packaging… It’s basically the opposite of Kelly’s side of this collection. This is definitely much brighter than the Kelly products, but I really like it! It’s not so bold that it looks obnoxiously bright and I feel like it’s the perfect representation for Sharon Osbourne’s fiery personality! The box this quad comes in matches the packaging and is a shiny red with Sharon’s signature and the MAC logo on the front. Like the rest of the products in this collection, the price for this has been raised slightly, due to the special packaging, but it’s not THAT much. To me, it’s not that big of a deal because you still save money this way… It would cost you quite a bit more to buy similar colors all separately!

Sharon Osbourne Eye Shadow x4 Box

 

The Duchess Eye Shadow Quad is limited edition and was released last Thursday, June 12th. It is available now online at www.maccosmetics.com as well as at stores and counters. This quad contains a total of 5.6 g / 0.19 US oz of product and sells for $44… That’s $4 more than MAC’s permanent premade eye shadow quads, but it’s still $16 less than buying them individually at $15 each, which you can’t even do with most of these colors since they’re limited edition! Even is you build an eye shadow quad at a MAC store, you end up paying $48 total… That’s $10 for each eye shadow refill, plus $8 for the palette to put them in. So yeah, you save money and end up with some unique, beautiful colors if you purchase this quad!

 

Sharon Eye Shadow x4 Label

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye shadows swatched on NC20 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Eye shadows swatched on NC20 skin.

Sharon Eye Shadow x4 w/names

Sweet Eyes

Sweet Eyes

Sweet Eyes:   Sweet Eyes is a “light golden nude” with a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a light, creamy nude with warm peachy-gold undertones and a highly frosted finish. The texture feels very creamy and smooth and applies evenly. Color payoff was great, looking just like it does in the pan and giving full coverage with no sheerness at all. I got about 8 hours of wear before this started to fade… When I wore a Paint Pot underneath, I got closer to 14 hours of wear!

This color looks beautiful on the inner corner of the eye or all over the lid.

Dupes:   Naked Lunch Eye Shadow is very close, but a bit darker and has more pink undertones… This would be your best bet for a permanent dupe. Virgin from Urban Decay’s Naked palette is similar, but lighter.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

SONY DSC

Sexy Eyes:   Sexy Eyes is a “soft warm bronze” with a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s medium, warm, golden toned peachy bronze with a frosted finish. Like Sweet Eyes, this eye shadow felt very silky and nearly creamy, applying and blending out effortlessly. Color payoff was true to pan, and coverage was good too, giving full opacity. Also like Sweet Eyes, this wore for around 8 hours before it began to fade, and even longer over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot.

Sexy Eyes can be applied all over the lid, onto the inner corner of the eye for a highlight, or even used lightly in or just above the crease to soften another color, like Embark or Femme Fatale. You can also smudge this under the lower lash line for a bright, frosty pop of color.

Dupes:   Expensive Pink is lighter and considerably more pink. Gingersnap from the Neutral Warm Eyes x15 palette is close, but still more pink. Trick from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette is also close, but more golden, lighter, and has more actual shimmer particles in it.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Femme Fatale

Femme Fatale

Femme Fatale:   Femme Fatale is a “golden brown” with a Satin finish… It’s a medium-dark, warm brown with golden undertones as well as a golden type of shimmer that adds a nice glow, but isn’t too obvious. The finish has a soft sheen, but has more dimension than most Satin eye shadows. The texture is soft, but felt drier than the previous two eye shadows in this palette. It still applied well and blended out easily. Color payoff is pretty much true to pan color, and coverage is fully opaque. With Femme Fatale, I got over 8 hours of wear both on the lid and in the crease before it faded at all… Wear time was increased to over 14 hours by applying this over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot.

This eye shadow is perfect to use in the crease or to blend out a darker crease color, like Embark. It also works well on the lid or just under the lower lash line for a very soft liner.

Dupes:   Texture Eye Shadow is VERY similar, but perhaps a teeeeeny bit more reddish-orange and darker. This is the closest permanent dupe that I could find!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Embark

Embark

Embark:   Embark is a “dark reddish brown” with a Matte finish and is part of MAC’s permanent lineup of eyeshadows… It’s a dark, warm toned brown with soft red/brick undertones and a truly matte finish. The texture is somewhat dry, but that’s to be expected with a Matte eye shadow… It still very easy to apply and blend. Color payoff is good and and looks nearly like it does in the pan, though maybe slightly lighter, depending on how heavily you apply it. Even though Embark felt dry, it gave full, even coverage and wore for 7-8 hours with no fading. Applied over a Paint Pot, wear time was closer to 12-13 hours.

Embark can be applied all over the lid for a smoky eye, then blended out with another color like Femme Fatale in the crease. You can also use Embark for your crease or outer corner color with a lighter eye shadow on the lid… This also makes a great, soft type of liner.

Dupes:   Ground Brown Eye Shadow, which is permanent, but was also featured in the Maleficent Eye Shadow Quad, is close but a bit lighter. Embark is one of MAC’s permanent colors, though, so you’ll have no trouble finding it.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

Yesterday, I finished the reviews for the Kelly products I got from the MAC x Osbournes collaboration, so today it’s Sharon’s turn! I’m starting off with Cranberry Lip Pencil… Now some of you are probably thinking “umm just one lip pencil, what’s so special about that?”… Well, Cranberry is GORGEOUS! It was permanent at one time but has been discontinued for several years, so I was excited to see that it was making a comeback with this collection! It seems I was not the only to be so happy about this lip pencil, though, as it’s already sold out online and at most locations that I’ve been to or called recently. Luckily, I have some dupes in mind that I will share with you in this post!

Sharon Lip Pencil Box

MAC Lip Pencils are highly pigmented and typically wear for a minimum of 6 hours. Although the texture is somewhat dry, they still apply pretty smoothly and will go on even smoother if you apply MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip first… It’s a silicone based primer which contains Vitamin E, so not only does it completely smooth out the lip, even on the drier, chapped areas, it also adds moisture and makes everything you apply on top of it last even longer than usual! If you apply Prep + Prime Lip first, you can even put your Lip Pencil all over the lip to use on it’s own, or to layer under a lipstick or gloss.

The packaging for Sharon’s Lip Pencil is a bright red color with her signature in lavender… Just the opposite of Kelly’s side of this collection. The box is also a satiny red with the same signature and MAC logo on it. I love this packaging just as much as the Kelly products… It’s classy, feminine and eye-catching, but not overdone and gawdy. It costs more due to this special packaging, but it’s worth it to me.

Cranberry Lip Pencil is limited edition and was released one week ago on Thursday, June 12th. It is available now (if it’s in stock) on MAC’s website at www.maccosmetics.com, as well as at counters and stores. Like all Lip Pencils, this contains 1.45 g / 0.05 US oz of product, but Cranberry sells for $16.50 rather than the usual $15, due to the bright packaging.

Sharon Lip Pencil Label

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lip Pencil swatched on NC20 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Lip Pencil swatched on NC20 skin.

Cranberry

Cranberry

Cranberry:   This Lip Pencil is described as a “soft yellow pink”… It’s a medium to medium-dark (depending on heavy handed you apply it), warm toned , soft pink with yellow based undertones. It has a matte finish and can actually be work by itself on the lips as well as under a lipstick or gloss. However you wear this, I definitely suggest applying Prep + Prime Lip first… Cranberry has a dry texture, but not TOO dry. It feels soft and slightly creamy, yet it’s dry enough to wear well without feathering/bleeding outside of the lip line. Depending on how dry your lips are, it can tug a bit, but this is not normally an issue. If you DO have chapped or dry lips and have a problem with liners tugging, Prep + Prime Lip will solve that little problem for you! The color payoff is wonderful and looks exactly the same on the lips as it does in the pencil. Coverage is great too, giving full opacity with little product applied. As far as wear time goes, I got a solid 6+ hours before this pencil began to fade!

Dupes:   To be honest, I have yet to find the perfect dupe for Cranberry and I’ve even looked at the other brands outside of MAC! The closest thing I’ve found is In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, which is a warm, yellow based pink too, but it’s brighter and lighter than Cranberry. Beet Lip Pencil is also similar, but darker, cooler toned, and has more of a bright pink/magenta color to it… It’s a lot of work, but mixing In Anticipation and Beet together actually creates a color that’s nearly identical to Cranberry!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

I was so incredibly excited when I saw that MAC was finally releasing an awesome brush with one of their limited collections! I’ve been wanting a brush like this SO badly, though I couldn’t find the perfect one, but here it is at last! This collection, collaborating with the ladies of the Osbourne family, Sharon and Kelly, came out at counters and stores last Thursday, June 12th, and online the week before… While many products sold out quickly, I know that this brush is still available at some stores and counters where I live, so I imagine that applies to nearly everywhere. It is, unfortunately, sold out online, so I suggest calling around to your nearest MAC locations if you want to find this brush… And trust me, it’s worth going on a hunt for!

 

183SE

183SE

 

MAC Brushes are super high quality, with this one being no exception! According to MAC’s description, it’s a “short-handle buffer brush made of lush, dense fibres in a circular shape with flat-topped head. Ideal for applying and blending bronzers and powders to any part of the body. Features an aluminum ferrule, which also performs as the handle”…  This brush is perfect for applying any type of setting powder, loose powder, powder foundation, highlighter, or bronzers to both the face and body.

It’s flat top and round shape, packed full of natural fibers, make this wonderful for getting great coverage by stippling a powder product onto the skin, while it’s fluffiness makes it fantastic for buffing things out. Even though this is a fairly large brush, it’s still easy to control for areas of the face, so you don’t just have to use this on the body! The 183SE has replaced my previously favorite 181 Kabuki buffing brush as my go to powder brush… I’ve actually been using this on a daily basis to apply my Mineralize Loose Powder Foundation (which I use over Face & Body) for a perfectly flawless, airbrushed looking finish! Then, once I apply my bronzer and blush, I use the 183SE brush to buff around the edges of everything and soften any harsh lines… I swear this brush is like a magic wand!

The handle for this brush is the same light violet color that coordinates with the other products from the Kelly part of the Osbournes collection. It also has her red signature on the ferrule/handle.

The 183SE (special edition) brush is limited edition and available now (if it’s still in stock) online at www.maccosmetics.com as well as at stores and counters. As I mentioned, last I saw, the 183SE brush is sold out online, but I know that there are several stores and counters in the Los Angeles area that have it in stock, so I imagine that many other locations all over the country do as well. This brush sells for $58, which is about average for brushes this size.

 

Kelly 183SE Brush 2

183 SE

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Fiber Quality:   5

Softness:   5

Size:   5

Packaging:   5

TIP:   Make sure that you spot clean this brush before using it, as MAC brushes have a very light, protective coating to help them keep their shape during shipping.

To clean and sanitize this brush, I suggest using MAC’s Brush Cleanser… It comes in a squeeze bottle, but I prefer to put it into a spray bottle so it doesn’t waste so much cleanser… To spot clean (I try to do this daily or every other day), you simply spray the brush itself or a paper towel, then gently swipe the brush around on the paper towel until you don’t notice any color or product coming off of the brushl. The Brush Cleanser dries quickly too, so you can use the brush again a few moments after cleaning if you need to. The wonderful thing about MAC’s Brush Cleanser is that it sanitizes, removes buildup from product and the natural oils in your skin, and lightly conditions the brush so it will last you a lifetime! I’ve had my MAC brushes for 10+ years, so I can attest to this being the perfect method for caring for your makeup brushes!

To deep clean, which I try to do with my personal brushes once or twice a month, you can mix some Brush Cleanser with water and a gentle soap, like Dr Bronner’s unscented baby formula pure castle soap, in a small bowl… After mixing this up, dampen your brush under running, lukewarm water, then dip just the tip into the soapy cleanser mixture… Holding the brush with the fibers facing downwards (always), you want to gently swirl it around in your hand, then rinse and squeeze out the excess water until there’s no dirty water or soapy residue coming from the brush. Once you see that it’s nice and clean, make sure you softly squeeze out all the moisture you can (I like to wrap a paper towel around it when doing this to absorb as much as possible), while still holding it upside down, then lay if flat to dry. Don’t EVER turn a brush right-side/bristles/fibers up while it’s still damp… This can cause water to get into the ferrule and destroy the glue and wood that holds the brush together! If you treat your brushes well, they’ll do the same for you!

MAC’s collaboration with Kelly and Sharon Osbourne was released a week ago on Thursday, June 12th at counters and stores and a week before online… A great deal of the products from this collection sold out ridiculously fast, the blushes being some of them. Unfortunately, that means you may have some difficulty finding Cheeky Bugger, but I will do my best to recommend some good dupes for you! If you can find it, you’ve very lucky! It’s a gorgeous blush and works well on fair to medium or medium-dark skin tones. I’m extremely lucky because my mom found this for me at a counter back “home” in Oklahoma and sent to to me all the way in Los Angeles so I could have it and review it on here for all of you. Thank you, mom! You’re the best!

 

Cheeky Bugger

Cheeky Bugger

 

MAC Powder Blushes are one of my favorite types of blushes ever… They’re highly pigmented and finely milled, so they always feel smooth and blend out easily. This particular blush is a Satin finish, which means it has great color and feels silky when applied. This finish gives the skin a natural looking sheen without being too glowy or having any shimmer.

There are several brushes I like to apply MAC’s Powder Blushes with… A 116 Blush Brush is small and somewhat fluffy, so it hugs the curve of your cheek and deposits color evenly. A 168 Large Angled Contour Brush works well too, and for some people, this is easier to apply blush with since it’s angled and tapered to fit the shape of the cheek perfectly. For lighter coverage, you can also use a 159 Duo Fibre Blush Brush… This one will deposit less color than the previous two brushes I mentioned, but still more than a Duo Fibre brush like a 188 or 187. MAC Powder Blushes apply best over whatever powder you use to set your foundation with… You don’t necessarily want to apply these directly on top of a liquid or cream foundation (unless it’s a cream to powder type of formula), because dry, powder products will cling to the cream or liquid product and be very difficult to blend out.

Like the rest of the MAC Osbournes collection, this blush has special packaging, which the same color and texture as the rest of the Kelly products, with a the plastic packaging being a light, violet color with a pearly finish. It also features her signature in red on the clear part of the lid. The cardboard box has a satiny finish with the same lilac color as the plastic packaging and also has Kelly’s signature on it. Since the packaging is special, it raises the price slightly, but I think it’s cute so it’s worth it to me!

 

Cheeky Bugger Blush Box

 

Cheeky Bugger Blush is limited edition and (if it’s in stock) available now online at www.maccosmetics.com, as well as at MAC stores and counters (Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, etc). It contains the typical 6 g / 0.21 US oz of product and sells for $23, rather than the usual $21 since it has special packaging.

 

 

Cheeky Bugger Blush Label

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Blush swatches on NC20 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Blush swatches on NC20 skin.

Cheeky Bugger

Cheeky Bugger

 

Cheeky Bugger:   This blush is described as a “soft pink” and has a Satin finish… It’s a light, warm toned peachy pink with yellow based undertones… This make it a natural, but very flattering color for fair to medium skin tones (think anything up to about NC25 to NC30-ish). The finish has a satiny sheen, which gives the cheeks a natural glow without being too shiny. Color payoff is great and true to pan, while coverage is semi-sheer, but buildable… This is typical for a Satin finish blush. I got over 7 hours of wear before I noticed any fading at all. Cheeky Bugger feels very smooth and silky, making it easy to apply, layer, and blend out.

Dupes:   I had a hard time finding the perfect permanent dupe for Cheeky Bugger… Lovecloud Powder Blush is similar, but brighter, a bit darker/more intense, and more pink, but has the same type of Satin finish. Rosy Outlook Pro Longwear Blush is incredibly similar, but maybe a bit more peachy, and it has a more matte finish since it’s part of the Pro Longwear family. For a limited edition product, Legendary Blush (Marilyn Monroe, Sept ’12) is close, but slightly more peachy and has more of a glow, even though it’s also a Satin finish.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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