Here is yet another outdated post for you! Again, my apologies for just now posting this, since it came out last June, but since I have all the photos and swatches done already, I wanted to share them so maybe I can help you all find something similar that you may already have or that’s permanent if you missed out on these Fluidlines when they were released with the Moody Blooms collection! Enjoy!

Black Ivy   -   Copperthorn   -   Nightshade

Black Ivy – Copperthorn – Nightshade

 

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 to me, it’s easier to control. While there aren’t waterproof, they are smudge-proof on most people (unless your eyes are excessively watery… then I just wouldn’t wear them near the bottom inner corner or maybe not below the lower lash line). I don’t necessarily recommend these for the waterline… The shimmery kinds are a definite no-no for that area, but the creamier ones can be tried on the waterline if you want to give it a shot (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 are purchasing a Fluidline or have some at home already!

TIP 1:   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!

These Fluidlines are all limited edition and were released on Thursday, June 26th, 2014. While these are limited, I DID find them on the Dillard’s website with all three colors in stock! This could be a good sign that you might still be able to find them at your local MAC counter or store, unless they have already RTV’d them (sent them back to the company), which they do when limited launch products don’t sell out after a certain period of time. They are not on the MAC website, though. Like all MAC Fluidlines, these come in a glass pot with a black semi-matte plastic, screw-on lid. They contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product and sell for $16.

 

Moody Blooms Fluidline Labels

Black Ivy   -   Copperthorn   -   Nightshade

Black Ivy – Copperthorn – Nightshade

Photo taken outdoors in natural lighting. Fluidlines watched on NC20 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural lighting.
Fluidlines watched on NC20 skin.

Black Ivy

Black Ivy

Black Ivy

Black Ivy

Black Ivy:   This Fluidline is described as a “blackened green” and has a creamy, but somewhat shimmery finish… It’s a deepened teal with cooler, blue based undertones  with a creamy base that dries somewhat matte, and very, very fine shimmer particles. The texture felt smooth and creamy and was pretty easy to apply. Color payoff was good and looked nearly like it does in the pot without any layering. Coverage was also great and didn’t require much product on the brush to get an even application. I got over 9 hours of wear before I noticed any fading or smudging. Black Ivy was by far the best Fluidline out of this collection.

Dupes:   Waveline, which is the only permanent Fluidline from MAC that’s anywhere close isn’t really close at all… It’s MUCH brighter, lighter and a true blue. Shade Fluidline, which was limited edition, it close, but lighter and more green based (I don’t remember the collection it was released with, sorry!). Canard Creme Liner from Laura Mercier is in the same color family, but is more of a brighter, lighter teal.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Copperthorn

Copperthorn

Copperthorn

Copperthorn

Copperthorn:   This is described as a “glittery bronze” and has a very glittery finish… It’s has a  medium, warm toned golden-copper base with pretty decent sized pieces (for a Fluidline anyway) of gold, bronze, and coppery glitter particles. The texture was not my favorite to work with… I hate to say it because it’s sooooo pretty but it did take some effort to apply this evenly, no matter what type of brush I used. The color payoff is good and just as shimmery on the eye as it is in the pan. Coverage, on the other hand, was subpar. It took a bit of layering to get this to go on opaque, with the first layer being semi-sheer at best as far as the base color was concerned. I had to let this completely dry before I added layer two, then it looked much better… The only issue with having to layer a gel liner like this is that you can lose some precision in the process, so I recommend a very skinny brush for the wing! I got about 6 hours of wear with Copperthorn before I noticed some glittery fallout below my eye, but I didn’t notice much, if any, fading or smudging otherwise.

Copperthorn is an absolute NO-NO for the waterline! Do NOT apply this on the inner rim of the eye because the glitter particles can get into your eye causing irritation! I actually liked this Fluidline better as an eye shadow or eye shadow base on my lid, rather than a liner!

Dupes:   Rich Ground is the closest permanent dupe, but it’s not THAT close… It’s deeper, has a micro-shimmer, but no glitter, and is more of a reddish bronze shade. Brassy (long been discontinued) is similar in color, but still has a more yellow based bronze color and no glitter. There are two limited edition shades from MAC’s Indulge collection (Fall 2013) that ate similar as far as the finish goes, but not quite spot on for color… Gilt Gourmet is lighter, more of a yellow-gold, and has smaller glittery particles, while Deliciously Rich is a darker, more cool toned brown/bronze with golden bronze micro-glitter.

Overall Rating:   3.3 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  2

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Nightshade

Nightshade

Nightshade

Nightshade

Nightshade:   This Fluidline is a “blackened plum” and has a soft, shimmery finish… It’s a medium dark plum with warmer purple undertones and a warm sheen, thanks to the reddish/coppery/golden micro-shimmer particles in it! The texture feels smooth and easy to apply, though it seems to look a little patchy, despite the initial creamy feeling of this liner. Color payoff is good, though not as dark or intense as it is in the pot without some layering. If you want fully opaque coverage, you’ll have to do some layering for that as well. With one layer, it was kinda sort of sheer and as I mentioned before, slightly patchy. You definitely want to use something like a MAC 210 brush for application so you don’t lose precision when layering this liner. By layer two, it looked perfectly even and true to pot color. Nightshade gave me about 8 hours of wear before smudging or fading.

Dupes:   Macroviolet, which is permanent, is darker and more of a true, cooler toned purple, but it’s the best dupe I could find!

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Oh em gee! A new post on current products! MAC’s Nasty Gal collection was released on Thursday December 4th online and at select store locations. These lipsticks are all Matte, all gorgeous, and all perfectly on trend for a collaboration with Nasty Gal, which is a website that sells some of my personal favorite clothing, shoes, and accessories. It’s also a name you may associate with the Nasty Gal empire, started by “Girl Boss” author Sophie Amoruso. These shades are intense, bold, and make you feel like you can take on the world when you put them on, making them perfect if you want to feel like your own Girl Boss!

Gunner   -   Runner   - Stunner

Gunner – Runner – Stunner

 

MAC Lipsticks are highly pigmented and feel luxurious, without the outrageous price tag of most high end brands. Since these are all Mattes, you’re going to get awesome color payoff, coverage, and wear time! With any lipstick, especially Matte finishes (because they’re a little more dry), 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. Liners are SUPER important when wearing dark or bright colors, like these, to keep those lines flawless! You’ll see in the pictures that I did NOT have a liner on and how messy it can look when quickly applied without one lol… Keep reading to learn what liners work best with each lipstick!

TIP 1:   Using a lip brush, like a MAC 316 or 318, will help you apply bold colors more precisely! You can also load up your 316 brush with lipstick, pop the cap back on, and toss it in your purse, clutch, or even wallet if you need to touch up later but don’t have room to take a whole tube of lipstick with you!

TIP 2:   Since these are all Mattes, as I mentioned, Prep + Prime Lip is a must, especially during the winter when skin is dry and lips can be chapped a lot of the time! Another thing you might want to try if these enhance the chapped areas on your lips, is exfoliating… I like to use MAC’s Volcanic Ash, the same one I use on my face, because it’s super gentle. You can also try a mixture of olive oil or honey and sugar for a more natural lip exfoliant! Either way, I like to scrub my lips twice a week this time of year, followed by a good lip balm (my favorite is pure organic shea butter from L’Occitane).

All three of these lipsticks are limited edition and came out online and at select MAC stores on Thursday, December 4th. They’re still available online at www.maccosmetics.com with Gunner being the only one that seems to be sold out. Like other MAC lipsticks, these have the typical semi-matte black packaging, containing 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product and sell for $16. Like all MAC lipsticks, these have a subtle vanilla scent, but no flavor.

Nasty Gal Lipstick Labels

Gunner   -   Runner   -   Stunner

Gunner – Runner – Stunner

Nasty Gal Lipsticks with Names

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight (on a semi-cloudy day). Lipsticks Swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight (on a semi-cloudy day).
Lipsticks Swatched on NC15 skin.

Note:   These photos may look a little different than they have in the past… I moved so I’m not used to the lighting setup I have right now and I’m still playing around with all the natural light! Also, if you see a weird shadow above my cupid’s bow on the lip photos, that would be my new philtrum piercing that’s not quite ready to debut since it got sort of irritated while doing all of these photos! I’ll show it off soon ;)

Gunner

Gunner

Gunner

Gunner

Gunner:   This is a “deep purple” with a Matte finish… It’s a dark, cool toned purple with a soft Matte finish, meaning there’s a subtle sheen to it at first that later dries down to be more matte. The texture is pretty creamy and smooth for a Matte lipstick, applying fairly easily, though it will show chapped areas on the lips (like mine!) unless you use something like Prep + Prime Lip first, or exfoliate if your lips are severely chapped. Color payoff is not as intense or dark as Gunner is in the tube, but can be built up with some layering, preferably with a brush. As far as coverage goes, it’s not fully opaque, again, without layering. I got a little over 6 hours of wear with Gunner before it began to fade, and a little longer with a liner first to line and fill in the corners.

Liners:   You can use a a few different liners with Gunner… It all depends on what you want to enhance or how you want to transform this color. I actually like using Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil (available online or at MAC Pro locations) or Ebony Eye Pencil for a really dark, intense black liner, which I bring into the corners for a finished look that’s a black to purple ombre. If you want more of a true purple liner, you can use Rich Purple Chromagraphic Pencil. If you prefer a formula that’s extra long wearing, you can try Bespoken For Pro Longwear Lip Pencil. You can also use the basic dark Lip Pencils like Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth.

Dupes:   Cyber is going to be the closest permanent dupe, though it has a Satin finish and is a deeper, more blackened plum. Smoked Purple is a permanent shade that’s Matte, but is darker and has a warmer, deepened plum tone to it. Punk Couture (Punk Couture – Winter 2013), which was limited edition, is close, but a little brighter and more of a warm toned purple. It does have a Matte finish, though.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Runner

Runner

Runner

Runner

Runner:   Runner is described as a “burgundy” and has a Matte finish… It’s a somewhat warm, dark, true burgundy with reddish-wine stained undertones and a creamy matte finish that starts off with a more satiny look, then dries down to a silky matte later on. Runner’s texture felt smooth and applied easily. Color payoff, like Gunner, is lighter than it is in the tube but is still very pretty. Coverage is good and even, without having to apply much product. It was not fully opaque without a little bit of layering, though. I got about 7 hours of wear with Runner, and slightly longer with a liner.

Liners:   The same deep, reddish, wine toned liners that I would use with Gunner are ones that you can use with Runner… For Lip Pencils, Vino, Currant, and Nightmoth work especially well. Bespoken For Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is another good one. If you want to go extra vampy and dramatic, Ebony Eye Pencil or Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil are perfect. If you’d like something that blends in and gives your definition but no additional color, you can try Brick Lip Pencil.

Dupes:   Sin is permanent and is a near perfect match with a Matte finish, just like Runner has. Diva is another permanent color with a Matte finish that’s very close, but a bit deeper, more pigmented, and has more wine-stained undertones. Fixed on Drama (Retro Matte – Fall 2013) was limited edition, but is similar. Another similar limited edition shade is Studded Kiss (Punk Couture – Winter 2013), is also a Matte, but is deeper and more red. Hearts Aflame (A Novel Romance – Fall 2014) is close and shares a Matte finish, but has more brick red tones. It was limited edition as well.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Stunner

Stunner

Stunner

Stunner

Stunner:   Stunner is a ” red” with a Matte finish… It’s a bold, bright, true red with some cool, but pinky-red undertones and a silky matte finish… I say “silky matte” because while this has a soft sheen at first, it does turn more and more matte the longer you have it on and has a smoother, less dry appearance than most mattes do. This color is truly pretty unique in MAC’s lineup of reds and really flattering on everyone! The texture felt very creamy and glided on easily with no dryness or pulling. Color payoff, like the other lipsticks in this collections, is not as dark as it is in the tube, but still very nice. Coverage was fully opaque with little product applied. Stunner gave me 6-7 hours of wear before fading, and closer to 8 with a liner.

Liners:   For a basic Lip Pencil, I would suggest Cherry to bring out the true red tones, or Beet to bring out the pinkish undertones. If you’d like something with a longer wear time, you could do Pro Longer Lip Pencils in Kiss Me Quick for a true red, or Trust in Red for a brighter,  more pinky-red. Currant Lip Pencil also looks pretty with this if you want to darken it and give it a vampy twist.

Dupes:   Ruby Woo is the closest permanent dupe that I could find… While it is more of a true, blue based red, it can be used with a more pinkish liner (like Beet or Trust In Red) to make a VERY similar color to Stunner. It’s a Retro Matte, though, so it will be drier and looks more matte. For a more recently released limited edition dupe, Damn Glamorous (The Matte Lip – Fall 2014) is slightly lighter, but is in the same pinky-red family.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

Although this collection was released back in June, I’m just not getting to this post… My apologies, but if you read my last post, you know that things have been crazy for me the last few months! Fortunately, most of these eye shadows have dupes that are pretty close, so hopefully I can help you find something similar if you didn’t get these when the collection was released! Thanks for reading!

Top:   Artistic License - Blooming Mad - Deep Fixation Bottom:   Green Room - Hidden Motive - Lucky Green

Top: Artistic License – Blooming Mad – Deep Fixation
Bottom: Green Room – Hidden Motive – Lucky Green

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, Layin’ Low, and Soft Ochre are all good neutrals, or Groundwork if you have deeper skin and don’t want to go too light with Paint Pot. There are also other colors that are bright or bold which can intensify powder eye shadows, so you can really play around with different combinations if you want to.

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!

All of these come in the typical MAC Eye Shadow packaging with semi-matte, black plastic and a clear insert in the lid.

The Moody Blooms collection was released on Thursday, June 26th, so it may or may not be available at MAC stores and counters… I believe most locations have probably RTV’d these (sent them back if they did not sell out) since it’s no longer available on MAC’s website. I did see that some colors are available on partner location websites such as www.macys.com and www.dillards.com, so they might still be available at those stores… It’s definitely worth checking out anyway! Even though five of these colors are limited edition, Lucky Green is permanent.

Like the permanent range of MAC Eye Shadows, these sell for $16 and contain 1.3g / 0.04 US oz of product.

Moody Blooms Eye Shadow Labels

Moody Blooms Eye Shadows with Names

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

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

Artistic License

Artistic License

Artistic License:   This is a “pinky gold” and has a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a light, warm, peachy-pink with a golden sheen and a somewhat frosty finish. The texture feels very smooth and applies easily. Artistic License has great color payoff and good coverage, but is not fully opaque without a little layering. This eye shadow gave me about 8 hours of wear before any fading, and closer to 10 with a Pro Longwear Paint Pot underneath. Artistic License is a limited edition color.

I love this color most when used all over the lid and on the inner corner of the eye. It also works underneath the lower lash line to brighten any look and add some warmth to it. You can use this over many different Paint Pots… I suggest Soft Ochre or Layin’ Low for a more neutral primer, Rubenesque if you would like to use something similar to Artistic License, or even Blackground if you want to make this eye shadow more bold and frosted.

Dupes:   Paradisco is similar, though a bit darker and has a deeper type of peachy tone to it. It’s also a Frost, so the color payoff, opacity, and sheen are more intense. Expensive Pink is close as well and shares the same finish… It’s just a slightly more pink than peachy and a tiny bit lighter.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Blooming Mad

Blooming Mad

Blooming Mad:   This is described as a “mid-tone ultra violet” which has a Frost finish… It’s a light, semi-bright, cool toned violet with pinkish undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It feels smooth but slightly dry for a Frost eye shadow. Color payoff was good, but not as bright as pan color without a primer underneath… Same with coverage; It’s not completely opaque without a primer, but still works if you want a softer look. Wear time was typical for Frost eye shadows and didn’t start fading until about the 7 hour mark, which was with a primer. Blooming Mad is limited edition.

Blooming Mad is really gorgeous and works well as a blending color in the crease as well as on the lid. I like it best when used over Soft Ochre or Blackground Pro Longwear Paint Pots… They’re polar opposites, so each one brings out something different with this eye shadow!

Dupes:   Stars ‘N’ Rockets eye shadow looks almost exactly like Blooming Mad, though perhaps an iiiiiitty bitty bit darker and brighter. Stars ‘N’ Rockets has a Deluxe Pearl finish, while Blooming Mad is a frost, but it does apply more easily and feels smoother. Creme de Violet is another Frost finish eye shadow that’s similar, but is more purple, slightly darker, and has more of a golden sheen to it.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Deep Fixation

Deep Fixation

Deep Fixation:   According to MAC’s description, Deep Fixation is a “metallic brown” and has a Deluxe Pearl finish… It’s a medium dark, warm, rich brown with reddish undertones and a bronze sheen. The finish is softly frosted, while the texture feels nearly creamy it’s so smooth and finely milled. Deep Fixation applied easily with great color payoff and full, even coverage. I got over nearly 9 hours of wear with a primer before this eye shadow began to fade or crease. This eye shadow is a limited edition color.

Deep Fixation looks beautiful where and however you apply it! It’s great as a soft, warm smoky eye when applied on the lid, especially over Constructivist Pro Longwear Paint Pot, then blended up into the crease with a 217 brush. It’s by far my favorite eye shadow in this collection… I even bought a backup of it and I rarely do that!!

Dupes:   Antiqued is the closest dupe I found, though it’s slightly lighter and has less of a red tone to it. They are, however, both Veluxe Pearl finishes, so the sheen is very similar.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Green Room

Green Room

Green Room:   This is a “midtone teal” and has a Satin finish… It’s a medium to medium dark, cool toned teal with more green than blue undertones and a satiny sheen. The texture was slightly dry for a Satin eye shadow, making application a little frustrating. Green Room has okay color payoff and coverage, though it’s not bright or opaque without a primer applied first and some layering (patting it on with a 239 brush works best for me). On the plus side, because it’s a little dry, that made it wear well! i got over 8 hours of wear with no creasing or fading when applied over a primer. Green Room is limited edition.

I really like to wear this color in my crease or for a pop of color under the lower lash line. It can be used as a lid color, but due to it’s texture and not-so-amazing color payoff and coverage, I like it better when it’s blended out somewhere rather than packed onto the lid. If you want to use it on the lid, I suggest using a darker or bold Pro Longwear Paint Pot underneath to intensify this eye shadow… I used Blackground (sounds weird but a very deep color as a base can actually enhance and transform bright colors that applied over it).

Dupes:   To be completely honest, I can’t find a permanent shade that’s comperable to Green Room. The closest I found was Shimmermoss, but it’s quite a bit lighter and much more frosty, since it has a Veluxe Pearl finish… It is permanent, though.

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Hidden Motive

Hidden Motive

Hidden Motive:   Hidden Motive is a “deep aubergine” with a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a medium dark, reddish plum with warm undertones and a subtle frosty sheen. The texture was soft and applied easily with no dryness. Color payoff was great and true to pan with little product needing to be applied. Coverage was also great and fully opaque without having to layer. I got over 8 hours of wear over a primer before Hidden Motive faded or creased. This is a limited edition shade.

This eye shadow works well as either a crease or lid color. If you want a different kind of smoky eye, this is gorgeous, especially if you apply it over something like Blackground Pro Longwear Paint Pot. It’s also great for a crease color or used under the lower lash line for a colorful smoky look.

Dupes:   Nocturnelle is nearly the same color as Hidden Motive… Perhaps a little more purple and with more of a frosty sheen, but it is a Frost finish, after all!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Lucky Green

Lucky Green

Lucky Green:   Lucky Green is a “dark yellow green” and has a Veluxe Pearl finish… This is a light medium, yellowish green with semi-warm undertones and a golden, frosted sheen. It has a very smooth texture and applies well without having to use much product. Color payoff is fantastic, as is coverage! Lucky Green goes on true to pan color with full opacity. When used over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot, I got nearly 10 hours of wear. This eye shadow is permanent, so you can get it anytime!

Lucky Green can be used in many different ways, so you can really play around with it… I like this a lot when used on the inner corner, below the lower lash line, and in the crease as a blending color. You can also use it on the lid, and like Blooming Mad, it works well over different Pro Longwear Paint Pots. Depending on what aspect of this eye shadow that you want to enhance, you can try several colors… When used over Soft Ochre it appears bright, but still soft, while if you apply it over Blackground, it looks much more bold and brighter in addition to the frosty sheen being intensified. If you want this to be more subdued, try it over Painterly or Groundwork.

Dupes:   Since this is part of MAC’s permanent range, you don’t need a dupe… In fact, I couldn’t really find another permanent color that’s similar!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Oh hi there again!

I finally have some down time after getting settled into my new home in Oklahoma so I’m preparing some new posts for all of you!

I know I’m waaaaay behind on MAC collections, and there are a few that I got some items from, photographed and swatched, but never got to posting them due to the previous insanity that I was living! Now I know they’re a bit outdated, but since they were limited products, I’m still going to make posts for them as Collection Catch Ups so I can help you all find the perfect dupes! With some of these, I got the products and never got to photographing them before use since I had to wear them to work, so you’ll have to excuse the fact that some of the Lipsticks and stuff won’t be beautiful and brand new… But hey, at least they’re on here!

Upcoming posts will include:

- Moody Blooms: Eye Shadows, Fluidlines, Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints, and Beauty Powder Blushes

- Viva Glam Rihanna 2: Lipstick and Lipglass

- Mineralize Blush Expansions

- Pro Lipstick Shade Expansions (these were permanent at Pro locations only but are now at all stores and partner locations)

- A Novel Romance: Blushes, Eye Shadow Quads, Lipglasses, and Lipsticks

- Artificially Wild: Eye Shadows, Blushes and a few of the Lipsticks

- The Matte Lip: Lipsticks, new permanent Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, and new permanent Pro Longwear Blushes

- Heirloom Mix (Holiday 2014 Color collection): Mineralize Blushes and a few Lipsticks

For more current collections and other products I’ve recently picked up, I’ll be making these posts:

- MAC Nasty Gal: Lipsticks

- Melt Dark Room Lipstick

- Lime Crime Velvetines: Wicked, Salem, Black Velvet, Utopia, Red Velvet and Suedeberry

- Lime Crime Lipsticks: Styletto, Chinchilla, Poisonberry, and Coquette

In addition to posts for new MAC collections and other products that are limited edition, I’ll be doing random posts on products that are part of MAC’s permanent lineup! Of course these are things that I’ve probably had for a while, so the photos won’t be of brand new, unused, perfect Lipsticks and all, but I really want to share my ginormous collection with people, especially since they’re things you can get your hands on all the time… My desk/makeup station and kit are practically like having my own little MAC store, so I hate for all of it to be kept hidden from the world of fellow makeup addicts and artists!

If you all have any suggestions for how you’d like to see the MAC permanent posts formatted, like favorites, color families, finishes, etc, let me know in the comments section!

I may throw some real life blogs in the mix from time to time, or start doing nail polish/outfit/accessory/shoe of the day/week/whatever posts, so you’ll be seeing some changes and hopefully you’ll enjoy them!

Thanks for reading :)

XO,

Lesley

I don’t typically share anything about my personal life on here, but since I’ve gone missing for quite some time, I feel like I owe my faithful readers an explanation…

Long story short, since about March, I’ve been through a lot. It’s been emotionally, physically, and mentally absolutely draining.

Basically, I went through a super rough breakup and not long after that, I re-tore all the ligaments in my left ankle (nearly on the same date, 2 years apart from when I did it the first time) which triggered my depression and anxiety disorder to sort of go into overdrive. Yes, I have those conditions, as I’m sure many of you do too… I have my whole life, but it’s never been so severe and practically debilitating. I’m going to make a post about that later on, just because I know how awful it feels to think you’re alone if you’re suffering from those things. It sucks. A lot. But you aren’t alone <3

So after the breakup, which was very long, drawn out, and painful, I moved! Yep, I’m back in Norman, Oklahoma now, as of last week… I left my position as a permanent MAC Artist at my counter in Macy’s Manhattan Beach (so heartbreaking to do), worked my last day on Halloween, and started packing up to move the day after! Like I said, life has been beyond hectic but I’m all moved into my same old house I had before, and I’m nearly all unpacked and settled in. I’m hoping to get some time to get back to blogging and hopefully starting on YouTube videos sometime over the next month or so! Of course I’m crossing my fingers I’ll be back to work for MAC soon as well, so send good vibes so I can get back to doing what I love!

Oh, and on one very positive happy note to end this post with, there’s another huge change coming up in my life… A puppy!! I’m getting a Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff) baby likely on, or around, my birthday (December 29th). She was born around the 5th of November, is super adorable, and is already named Wednesday. Needless to say, I’m really excited to have my dream dog very soon!!

 

I know that was waaaaaay off topic from my usual posts, but I thought I’d give you all a brief update on why I’ve been MIA for quite some time. I’ll be back ASAP so check back soon for new posts!!

 

XO,

Lesley

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

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