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MAC x Aaliyah Collection Review + Swatches

June 21, 2018

MAC Aaliyah Collection Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

The MAC x Aaliyah Collection launches in stores today with limited-edition pieces for eyes, lips and cheeks. I wanted to share some quick swatches and first impressions as I suspect some pieces will sell out quickly. The overall vibe is what MAC calls moody, deep and neutral. I’d say it’s just that. The color scheme has more of a fall vibe but I think there are some stand out pieces that I think you should not miss. The items in the collection include:

  • Lipsticks ($18.50 each) in four shades – Try Again (matte), More Than a Woman (amplified), Street Thing (frost), Hot Like (amplified)
  • Lipglass ($17.50 each) in four shades – Brooklyn Born, At Your Best You Are, Li Li’s Motor City, 1 in a Million
  • Lip Pencil ($18 each) in two shades – Nevermore and Follow Your Heart
  • Age Ain’t Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 ($32) – Age Ain’t Nothing (mix of finishes)
  • Bronzing Powder ($28) – Baby Girl (pearl finish)

Up first are the lip products. There are four Aaliyah Lipsticks, three of which are very creamy and smooth, one is semi sheer and a little patchy on my lips. From left to right we have Try Again (matte nude brown), Hot Like (perfect red cream), More Than a Woman (the perfect wine plum cream), Street Thing (shimmery sheer black). All of these have that signature soft vanilla MAC lipstick scent.

I think More Than A Woman is the most perfect wine color I’ve ever tried. Plum wines are hard to pull off for my complexion – so many are either too blue or turn fuchsia on my lips. Try Again almost looks almost deathly on my olive complexion. Street Thing was the worst for my lips – it swatched nicely on the arm and as I was swatching I thought to myself I wish this color was in eyeshadow form, powder or cream because it would make for a unique black shadow with shimmers.

MAC Aaliyah Lipsticks | The Beauty Look BookMAC Aaliyah Lipsticks Try Again, Hot Like, More than a Woman, Street Thing

There are four Aaliyah Lipglasses. They don’t necessarily match the Lipstick colors exactly but can be worn alone or layered on top of the lip colors. We have left to right: Brooklyn Born (soft champagne pearl), Li Li’s Motor City (orange cream), At Your Best You Are (sheer wine), and 1 In A Million (sheer/patchy deep plum brown). My favorite is Brooklyn Born which has the smoothest pearl and actually didn’t wash me out. At Your Best You Are is another perfect plum for me. Li Li’s Motor City is fun for summer but with my olive skin sometimes orange can be a hard color to pull off all the time. 1 in a Million is so pretty color-wise but pulled streaky as it contrasted with my natural lip tone quite a bit. If you have deeper lips the contrast won’t be as obvious. I think if I were to add a deep liner underneath and blend it would smooth out.

MAC Aaliyah Lipglass Brooklyn Born, Li Li's Motor City, At Your Best You Are, 1 in a Million review and swatches

MAC Aaliyah Lipglass Brooklyn Born, Li Li's Motor City, At Your Best You Are, 1 in a Million review and swatches

MAC Aaliyah Lipstick and Lipglass Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

There are two Aaliyah Lip Pencils which I think were odd color choices given the range of lipstick and lipglass colors. Nevermore is a deep blackened purple which would go well with Street Thing or 1 in a Million but would contrast sharply with all the other shades. Follow Your Heart is a standard brick red which would go well with the reds, but not so much with any of the other shades. Still they are creamy and soft in formula.

MAC Aaliyah Lip Pencil Review and Swatches

MAC Aaliyah Lip Pencil Review and Swatches

Finally there is one item for eyes and one for the cheeks.

MAC Aaliyah Bronzer baby girl and Aaliyah Age Aint Nothing Eyeshadow Palette

MAC launched an Aaliyah Bronzing Powder called Baby Girl which I have mixed feelings on. On my complexion it applies nicely but it has a very stiff texture and sheer finish. The color is going to be better suited for women who are light to medium in skin tone, I think it will be too light to show up on deeper skin tones. It works for me but I feel like it would have been better to have at least 1 more shade option. For this particular bronzer it looks nice – but I think there are much better options including the Becca Sunlit Bronzers or Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzers to name a few.

The Aaliyah Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette called Age Ain’t Nothing which is excellent in pigment and texture. Some of the other Nine Eyeshadow Palettes have great colors but aren’t the best in terms of texture. This one in the Aaliyah collection is smooth and well pigmented. The colors can create a variety of looks. I find myself gravitating towards the bottom two rows but every single color blends and layers well together. As usual my recommendation for palettes are to buy only if you think you’re going to use most of the colors. Texture and quality-wise it’s really good.

MAC Aaliyah Eyeshadow x9 Age Aint Nothing and Baby Girl Bronzer Swatches

Overall some nice pieces, but I don’t feel like I really gravitate towards most of the colors. The three stand outs for me are the More Than A Woman Lipstick, Brooklyn Born Lipglass and At Your Best You Are Lipglass. These aren’t seasonal colors but I can appreciate a really nice wine-colored lip. And for Brooklyn Born I feel like the texture and shimmer are so smooth they add a really pretty shine. Whether or not you like these colors I hope this post along with all of mine helps as a reference guide especially if you don’t have in-person access or can’t get to a counter right away.

You can find the MAC Aaliyah Collection out now. Everything is limited-edition. Online at MAC, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard’s and Bloomingdale’s.

Many thanks to the MAC team for providing the MAC Aaliyah collection provided courtesy for review.

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MAC Patrick Starrr Summer Starrr Full Face Kit + Hot and Heavy Face Powder

June 17, 2018

MAC Patrick Starrr Summer Starrr Collection Review + Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

MAC has quite a few new launches this month and I’m working as quickly as I can to swatch them for you! Up first is the MAC Patrick Starrr summer collection with the Summer Starrr Full Face Kit ($49.50) and Hot and Heavy Face Powder ($34). The items are limited-edition and the whole vibe of this launch is warm.

The Summer Starrr Full Face Kit comes at an incredible value price. You get an Eyeshadow Quad called Heat Stroke, Bronzing Powder in Give Me Life and two Lipglasses in Cream Pie and Fashion Punch. Colors for the lips and cheeks are very wearable for any skintone, the quad is more trendy and VERY warm with reds and oranges. Heat Stroke has four very pigmented and smooth eyeshadows. I’m one who still cannot really pull off the full-on reddish eyeshadow trend although every single one of my friends embraces it. And also everyone else I see wear it looks AMAZING while I do not. The NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette is still one of the few pinkish-toned palettes I can actually wear. Below is a closer look at Heat Stroke Eyeshadow quad. I tried it a number of ways and colors are just not for me.

MAC Patrick Starrr Summer Starrr Heat Stroke Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Patrick Starrr Summer Starrr Heat Stroke Eyeshadow Quad swatches

The Lipglasses are both light and neutral. They’re creams without shimmer. I feel like the Fashion Punch color has been launched before in the older original packaging. It’s a beige cream. Cream Pie is a neutral pink cream. I’ve swatched them below next to the Patrick Starrr Holiday 2017 lipglasses as well since he had two neutrals.

MAC Summer Starrr Lipglass Fashion Punch and Cream Pie swatches

MAC Summer Starrr Lipglass Fashion Punch and Cream Pie vs You Betta Werrrk and Mamastarrr

MAC Summer Starrr Lipglass Cream Pie and Fashion Punch swatches

The two cheek products are warm and summery. The Give Me Life Bronzing Powder is part of the Full Face Kit. It’s a warm matte brown that has a soft semi-sheer finish. On my skin it’s warm but not orangey. It’s a lot more wearable than it looks from what I see in the pan. The best item in the entire collection to me is the Hot and Heavy Face Powder which is available separately. It’s a soft golden champagne shimmer which is perfect! Shimmer is fine and smooth without any heavy frost.

MAC Give Me Life and Hot and Heavy

MAC Give Me Life and Hot and Heavy swatches

MAC Patrick Starrr Summer Starrr Collection Review + Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

MAC Patrick Starrr Summer Starrr Collection Review + Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

The quality is excellent for everything in this launch. Colors are all smooth and apply beautifully. I think the face kit is an excellent value. I also fully support and applaud brand and influencer collaborations like this. It makes me really happy to see these kinds of partnerships! The colors have a good mix of neutral and on trend aspects. That being said, with kits I feel the same way about kits as I do palettes – they can be tricky if you don’t 100% love all the colors. For the Full Face Kit I cannot wear the Heat Stroke Eyeshadow quad by itself. It takes a lot of mixing with cools or neutrals for me to be able to pull off the colors easily – I did test everything for several days and embraced the red eye look at home and while out and about. It was well outside of my comfort zone. The rest of the items are more my vibe although I do think the color are dupeable. If you are looking to add more to your collection at a value price these items are great. If you own a lot of MAC already you may want to shop your stash.

My favorite item is the Hot and Heavy highlighter. It’s the perfect mix of warm gold + champagne for my skintone! I also really like the Cream Pie Lipglass as a wearable pale milky pink. Have you tried anything from this launch yet? What did you think?

You can find the MAC Patrick Starrr Summer Starrr Face Kit and Highlighter out now. The Summer Starrr Full Face Kit runs at $49.50 and Hot and Heavy Face Powder retails for $34. Available now at MAC Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Ulta, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Dillard’s.

MAC Patrick Starrr items provided courtesy of MAC for review.

 

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New MAC Launches: Strobe Collection, Mineralize Blush and Galactic Glitter

April 30, 2018

MAC Roundup Strobe Collection, Mineralize Collection, Galatic Glitter Launch

I’m catching up on some recent new MAC launches – there are so many I feel like you can literally blink and miss them! Today I’ve rounded up three launches with the Strobe Collection, Mineralize Blush and Galactic Glitter.

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Strobe Collection

MAC Strobe Collection Review and Swatches

Up first is the Strobe Collection which brings us new ways to glow. MAC is truly one of the leading trendsetters – I feel like they were the first to launch amazing highlighters and glow creams! In this collection we have:

  • Strobe Body Lotion in Opalite ($33 for 3.4 fl oz/100 ml) is a soft thin lotion with a beautiful pink iridescent gleam. If you’re looking for something that has a more natural sheen versus glitter/sparkle this is the one for you! It has the prettiest soft pink glow without being overdone. It’s also lightweight and not sticky which is going to be a plus for me in Florida heat.
  • Prep + Prime Fix+ Shimmer in Pinklite and Goldlite ($26 each for 3.4 fl oz/100 ml) is the Prep + Prime mist with shimmer added! There are little metal balls in the bottles to stir up the shimmer since it settles. These add a very natural sparkle to the face when you set. On me it’s very very natural, Pinklite has pink flecks while Goldlite has a warm gold sheen.
  • Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt and Show Gold ($34 each) are both repromotes, I feel like Whisper of Gilt is the classic soft gold champagne everyone needs to try! Show Gold has a duochrome sheen and is more glitzy on the skin. The formula in general has a high shine shimmer frost finish.

I have all the other Extra Dimension Skinfinishes so I swatched them below in case you haven’t seen them before. Left to right: Whisper of Gilt, Show Gold, Beaming Blush, Double Gleam, Glow With It, Oh Darling, Soft Frost, Superb.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Highlighter Swatches

Strobe Lotion swatches were hard to capture. Once you blend it disappears into the skin to give the most beautiful gleam! I swatched it straight out of the tube along with the Strobe Creams (for the face):

MAC Strobe Body Lotion in Opalite vs Strobe Cream

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Mineralize Blush Matte

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Nuanced and Mineralize Matte Blushes

The Mineralize line has been a favorite of mine for their highlighters and powders. Mineralize Skinfinishes in Global Glow and Lightscapade are my favorites in the shimmer finish and I use the Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus and Medium Golden to set makeup. I’ve collected a number of the blushes over the years but this launch they added a matte version. They are on the sheer side and are very natural. If you want a natural blush these are amazing! There are also four highlighters each with 4 shades in the pan. I picked up one. The MAC highlighters usually last all day long on me, the blushes are sheer and faded by afternoon. I still like them for the natural look – they are easy to touch up without looking muddy.

  • Mineralize Skinfinish in Nuanced ($34 for 8 g/0.28 oz) is a soft quad with neutral pink tones, when swirled it gives a soft pink sheen to the skin, it is on the shimmery side but on me it did not emphasize pores or texture (your mileage will vary depending on your skin type)
  • Mineralize Blush Matte ($29 for 4g / 0.14 oz)
    • Humour Me is a dusty brown neutral
    • Naturally Flawless is a soft nude peach
    • Hey Coral Hey is a soft coral pink, I initially thought this would be a dupe for Chanel’s Foschia Rosa, but the MAC one is a lot sheerer and lighter
    • Like Me Love Me is a light medium peach
    • Sweet Enough is a mauve pink neutral

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Nuanced and Mineralize Matte Blushes

Two beauty looks with the Mineralize Skinfinish in Nuanced (left) and Mineralize Matte Blush in Hey Coral Hey (right). Base worn is Sunday Riley The Influencer Foundation 190, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus, Hourglass Arch Brow Gel in Soft Brunette, Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Quad in Transformeyes.

MAC MSF Nuanced and Matte Blush Hey Coral Hey

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Galatic Glitter – New Lipglass Shades

MAC Lipglass Very Go Lightly, Mystic Powers, Elemental Forces, Good Juju, All Things Magical, Magically Delightful, Soar

I almost skipped the Galactic Glitter launch just because of the word “glitter.” There are new glitters in the small pigment glitter jars which I don’t wear, but what caught eye were the new Lipglass shades ($ for)! There are a number of new colors along with a few repromotes. If you’re new to MAC lipglasses they have a wide range of colors. Last year they redid the packaging to what you see above. My original haul and picks here. They are semi-thick with a high shine and slightly sticky. This makes them last a long time on me and they don’t budge. If gloss is prone to sliding around on you, I’d recommend adding a liner first. New ones I bought:

  • Very Go Lightly is a sparkling pale champagne
  • Mystic Powers is an iridescent pink opal glow
  • Elemental Forces is a warm beige
  • Good Juju is a pretty warm pink shimmer
  • All Things Magical is a perfect mauve pink shimmer
  • Magically Delightful is a medium-warm pink
  • Soar is a classic mauve (repromote in this collection but it was always sold out when I stopped by the counters near me!)

MAC Lipglass Swatches Very Go Lightly, Mystic Powers, Elemental Forces, Good Juju, All Things Magical, Magically Delightful, Soar

MAC Lipglass Swatches Very Go Lightly, Mystic Powers, Elemental Forces, Good Juju, All Things Magical, Magically Delightful, Soar

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MAC Roundup Strobe Collection, Mineralize Collection, Galatic Glitter Launch

Overall lots to love with MAC. I can always find something new that catches my eye. Since I’ve been collecting MAC since my high school days I’ve accumulated a lot of their products so it’s only natural that one begins to see similarities between launches.

If you’re a MAC junkie like me and already own a lot, I’d say my top picks to check out are the Strobe Body Lotion, Nuanced Mineralize Skinfinish and Matte Mineralize Blushes. I’m obsessed with Lipglasses in general and am happy with all the new shades. My top 3 favorites are Elemental Forces, All Things Magical and Magically Delightful.

One last thing that I wanted to mention is that the MAC Gently Off Wipes + Micellar Water are now available in the small travel size. This makes them more travel-friendly as the full size is HUGE! I bought two of these the last time I was at the store. They’re not as emollient as the Regular Wipes.

You can find the MAC launches out now. I usually purchase mine in store or online at MAC Cosmetics or Nordstrom.

Press samples include the MAC Strobe Collection. All other items purchased by me.

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MAC Roundup: Hyper Real Glow, Mineralize Skincare, Prep + Prime Fix+ and New Brushes

February 20, 2018

MAC Newness, Scented Fix+, Mineralize Skincare, Hyper Real Glow Palettes, Synthetic Brushes

MAC has launched quite a few new things this year and I feel I blinked and almost two months have already passed by. New products roll out at lightening speed which I can barely keep up on so today I have a roundup of several launches.

Hyper Real Glow Palettes

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette

Up first are two new highlighter palettes called Hyper Real Glow ($39.50 each). There is a warm gold option called Get it Glowin’ and a cool pink option Flash + Awe. They come in cardboard packaging with a magnetic closure and mirror inside. Both seem pretty sturdy in packaging. The shimmer is very smooth and doesn’t emphasize pores or imperfections on the skin. They can be built to a high shine frost but if you layer them over blush or bronzer the shimmer effect is smoother and not quite as intense. The colors in each palette aren’t the most unique – if you own a lot of highlighters these will probably be similar to other MAC shades. The formula is really good and I think these are a pretty good value for the price.

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette Review and Swatches

Get it Glowin has two golds that look really similar on my skintone, the variations are slight once on the skin. Then there is one warm bronzey shade. At the moment I’ve just started to get back a little of my tan after being in Miami over the weekend. Right now Get it Glowin adds a lot of warmth and glow to the skin. As I get darker I suspect it will be more of a highlighter.

Flash + Awe surprised me because I was almost certain this would look white on my olive skin. The shades are pale and definitely highlighter material but they aren’t as pale as I anticipated. The colors are similar on my skin but I really love the soft diffused pink glow these give. Lasting power is really good with these powders and there is very little powder fall out.

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette Swatches Get It Glowin' and Flash + Awe

Both palettes applied the face on two separate occasions:

Left with Get it Glowin’:

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette Swatches Get It Glowin' and Flash + Awe

Right with Flash + Awe:

New Brush Launches

Next are the new brushes. MAC redesigned all their Makeup Brushes with synthetic materials. Some of the classics have remained but there are also new shapes and options. If you want a more detailed review of their brushes I can do a separate post on them. For now here’s a quick look at some of the new ones alongside a few others I had purchased before.

Some brushes like 125S, 128S and 127S are split fibers which gives two different effects. The one side you’ll see below is the brown fibers for powders and the other side is a different material more ideal for creams.

All the brushes are very well made with smooth and super soft tips. My MAC brushes have lasted a long time over the years, some I think I’ve had since 2003 and they’ve held up without any issue. So far the synthetic version seems to perform just as well as the originals.

My top 4 MAC brushes are the 239S, 219S, 140S and 217S.

In addition MAC has also started carrying beautyblenders in their stores and on their website. These are the best makeup sponges I’ve tried. Nothing really quite compares to them!

MAC New Brushes Synthetic Launch

Mineralize Skincare Additions and Fix+ Scented

MAC Mineralize Reset & Revive Charcoal Mask, Mineralize Charged Water Charcoal Spray, Fix+ Scented

Last but not least are some new additions to skincare. There are two new products in the Mineralize Skincare Line. They launched two new charcoal infused products which are designed to detox the skin. The Mineralize Reset and Revive Charcoal Mask ($31 for 100ml) is a gentle purifying mask that removes excess oil without stripping the skin. On the face it feels really soothing. It will shrink a little as it dries but not so much that it feels overpowering. Skin is left feeling a lot more clean and less oily. They’ve launched a Mineralize Charged Water Charcoal ($26 for 100ml) spray with you can use before moisturizer or to set makeup. To me this has a similar feel to the MAC Fix+ on my skin. I do like to use it as a freshening product before I apply moisturizer, but to me the effect is almost identical to the MAC Fix+ just a tad bit more moisturizing.

Perhaps my favorite launch is the MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Scented Mist ($26 each for 100ml) . These came in the mini sizes last year in Rose, Lavender and Coconut. I stocked up on TONS of these since the minis were limited-edition. I’m beyond thrilled that they launched these in the full size. I love these to set makeup, refresh the skin or even to prime before moisturizer and foundation. I find them really versatile and the scents are soft and not overpowering.

That wraps up my MAC roundup! Of course as I’m finishing this post more launches have already arrived. I’ll be reviewing more in the weeks to follow.

You can find the new MAC launches out now. Available online at MAC, Nordstrom, Ulta Beauty and Saks Fifth Avenue.

MAC launches provided courtesy of MAC for review.

 

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MAC Jade Jagger and MAC x Patrick Starrr Collections

December 14, 2017

MAC Jade Jagger and Patrick Starrr Collections Review + Swatches

There are two new MAC collections that launch today! I have both the MAC Jade Jagger and Patrick Starrr Collections reviewed with swatches and first impressions.Everything is limited-edition and I wanted to get these up as soon as I could before items sell out. Up first is the MAC Jade Jagger Collection which has a focus on MAC’s mineralize products in new shades. I’ve been a long time fan and collector of the Mineralize Skinfinish and Skinfinish Natural along with the blushes. I’ve found the eye and lip products can be hit or miss. Everything is beautiful in color and very wearable – but your preference for shimmer might make you pass on the shadows.

There are two Mineralize Eyeshadow Quads in Burning Nights (cool tones) and Golden Shine (warmer tones). Both quads are with the baked formula which makes the shadows harder and stiff. They are all on the shimmery/sparkly side true to what I’d envision someone like Jade Jagger to wear. I found they swatched poorly on the arms but applied better on the lids if I prime them. When I applied these they are prone to fallout – there’s quite a bit of sparkle so you will need to do some clean up on the cheeks. The good news for me is once I applied them they stayed put. There is also a gorgeous Mineralize Skinfinish with a shimmer and matte bronze called Satin Shimmer. This has medium-sheer pigment and looks natural on the skin. I adore this duo but found it similar to my favorite MSF in Global Glow (also swatched below).

MAC Jade Jagger Mineralize Eye Shadow in Burning Nights, Golden Shine and MSF in Satin Shimmer

MAC Jade Jagger Mineralize Eye Shadow in Burning Nights, Golden Shine and MSF in Satin Shimmer

MAC MSF Jade Jagger Satin Shimmer vs Global Glow

MAC Jade Jagger Satin Shimmer vs Global Glow

I have two of the three new Mineralize Rich Lipsticks in Sunset Pearl (nude pink) and Rolling Red (deep red). Both are super smooth in texture and feel hydrating on the lips. In other shades I’ve tried the Mineralize Rich Lipsticks are sometimes on the sheer side. These are good in pigment with a pretty soft shine to them.

MAC Jade Jagger Mineralize Rich Lipstick Sunset Pearl and Rolling Red

Swatches below:

MAC Jade Jagger Mineralize Rich Lipstick Sunset Pearl and Rolling Red

MAC Jade Jagger Mineralize Lipsticks Sunset Pearl and Rolling Red Swatched

Up next is the MAC x Patrick Starrr Collection which I absolutely love everything in. The Eyeshadow Quads have a lot of repeat shades but for some reason the formula in these quads feels a lot better than most of MAC’s single shadows. They’re smooth, buttery and rich. I think they’re just beautiful. There are two in Patrick Starrr Glam AF with Brule, OMIGAUD, Saddle and Embark and the GoalGetter has Soft Brown, Amber Lights, Swiss Chocolate and I’m Into It.

MAC Patrick Starrr Eyeshadow Quads Glam AF and Goalgetter

MAC Patrick Starrr Eyeshadow Quads Glam AF and Goalgetter swatches

The Set Powder is something I’ve never tried before and I’m thoroughly impressed with this one. It looks translucent but there’s a soft beige tint to the powder which works perfectly for my medium skin tone. I’m ordering a few back ups of this one – I’ll have to investigate the other shades from their regular line as well. It is a soft matte without any white cast on my skin and lasts an impressive amount of time.

MAC Patrick Starrr Set Powder

Next are the lips which come in matching lipstick and lipglass shades. There are corresponding lipliners from the permanent lineup but they come in special-edition packaging. Lipsticks and Lipglasses come in the following shades: She Betta Werrrk is a pale but wearable pink, Mamastarrr is a perfect nude, Patrick Woo is a bright vibrant red. Lip Pencils come in Edge to Edge (pink), Mahogany (brown) and Brick (deep red). I really appreciate the fact that the pale pink shade is wearable even on my pigmented lips and olive skin tone.

MAC Patrick Starrr Lipsticks and Lipglasses

MAC Patrick Starrr Lipsticks and Lipglasses swatched

MAC Patrick Starrr She Betta Werk, Mamastarrr, Patrick Woo Lipstick and Lipglass swatches

Quick look with a little bit from both collections wearing:

MAC Beauty Look with Jade Jagger x Patrick Starrr Items

MAC Jade Jagger and Patrick Starrr Review + swatches

Overall thoughts: I really like everything in the MAC Patrick Starrr collection. The shades are wearable, the quads are excellent in formula and I’m 100% obsessed with the setting powder. I do think the lipliners are ones you can skip. The colors are good and classics but they’re permanent (except for the special edition packaging) so there’s no rush to get them if you’re on your list. The Jade Jagger collection is really pretty – I love the colors and the Mineralize Skinfinish, but I still haven’t been super wowed by the other products in the Mineralize line. Out of the two quads I do like Burning Nights a lot more – pigment is better and it’s easier to apply on the eyes for me.

You can find both collections online now at MAC Cosmetics. I believe the Jade Jagger collection will be available only at select MAC stores (I called a few near me and neither of them said they were going to receive it). The MAC x Patrick Starrr Collection is also available at Nordstrom. Everything is limited-edition.

MAC Jade Jagger and Patrick Starrr items provided courtesy of MAC for review.

 

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MAC Snow Ball for Holiday 2017

November 16, 2017

MAC Snow Ball Collection Review and Swatches

I’m rounding up one of the prettiest holiday collections this year with the MAC Snow Ball Collection. Everything is limited-edition and some pieces are harder to find as there are a few retailer exclusives. By now some of the items have sold out online but you may want to check your local stores to see if you can find anything. The entire collection launched a few weeks ago but as this is a pretty hefty collection it’s taken me a while to swatch, test and review everything. I received a number of press samples but tracked down some items at my local Nordstrom and MAC store. There’s still a massive amount of sets and palettes not featured today so know if you’re into more bold shades, pinks, glitzy glitters etc. there are definitely some other options to pick from that you can still find easily. Featured today includes:

MAC Snow Ball Lips

First are some lip picks. I love the MAC holiday lip sets because they often have minis and are color-themed. Being the nude lip lover that I am I knew I had to get the Snow Ball Nude Lip Bag because it has one of the prettiest nude lipsticks!

MAC Snow Ball Nude Lip Bag, Mini Nude Glosses and Lipsticks

There are six individual Snow Ball Lipsticks in the collection. It seems they’re sold out everywhere except MAC online. I have four which I purchased including:

  • Warm Ice which is a metallic pale gold beige (similar to Gel)
  • Holiday Crush is a metallic soft pink rose
  • I’m Glistening is a metallic taupe grey mauve
  • Elle Belle is one of the prettiest deep red creams

MAC Warm Ice, Holiday Crush, I'm Glistening, Elle Belle Lipstick swatches

MAC Snow Ball Nude Lip Bag, Mini Nude Glosses and Lipsticks Swatches

The Nude Lip Bag is my absolute favorite even if it seems dupe-able:

  • Sending Love Cremesheen Lipstick is the one of the most perfect nude pink lipsticks I’ve ever seen
  • Doubletime Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is permanent, it’s a toffee pink brown
  • Iced Dream Lipglass is a sheer sparkly pink gloss

The Snow Ball Nude Mini Lip Gloss Kit has three mini glosses all exclusive to the set, I love all the colors and they wear very well:

  • Below Freezing is a Cremesheen Glass formula with clear base with loads of pale pink sparkles
  • Iced Over is a Metallic Vamplify formula in a metallic but very wearable beige shimmer
  • Winter Warmer is a Cremesheen Glass formula which is a warm pink brown with a tiny bit of sheen

MAC Nude Lip Bag Swatches, MAC Nude Lipglass Mini Swatches

MAC Snow Ball Nude Lip Bag, Mini Nude Glosses and Lipsticks Swatches

MAC Snow Ball Highlighters

For the face there are lots of highlighter options. I don’t even want to admit how many MAC highlighters I own because it’s a ridiculous amount. I’m always surprised they manage to make new ones because it seems like all the colors have to have been done already. There are two individual Face Powders in an Opalescent Finish. They’re called Happy Go Dazzling which is a pale beige gold and Here Comes Joy which is a peachy shimmer. Both are noticeable on the skin but in comparison to other highlighters they have a slightly stiffer texture which makes them sheerer and less metallic. I love these because they don’t look garish on the skin but have a soft diffused look.

There are also some sets called the Snow Ball Face Bag which are a MAC and Nordstrom exclusive. Nordstrom has two options, a Peach Face Bag with Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish (duochrome pink peach with loads of sparkle) and the Gold Face Bag which has Whisper of Gilt (metallic gold). These come with a sequins bag and small 140S brush in a metallic handle.

MAC Snow Ball Face Powders Happy Go Dazzling and Here Comes Joy, Snow Ball Face Bag Show Gold

I added a swatch of Whisper of Gilt that I have from older launches:

MAC Snow Ball Face Powders Happy Go Dazzling and Here Comes Joy, Snow Ball Face Bag Show Gold

MAC Snow Ball Eye Makeup

MAC Snow Ball Eye Makeup Swatches and Review

There are a few palette options, I received a press sample of the Snow Ball Eye Compact in Gold. Palettes can be tricky especially if you don’t 100% love all the shades. This one performs well for a smoky eye look but two of the colors are very glittery with a lot of fallout unless you pat it on the lids.

Mac Snow Ball Eye Compact in Gold swatches

For eye makeup all the single Extra Dimension Eye Shadows pretty much sold out the day they launched. I tracked them all down in stores and am not really sure why they sold out in record time. They are indeed super beautiful but very metallic. The texture is smooth and easy to apply. On the lids they are perfect party-wear shadows. Only Starry Starry Night, Delicate Drift and It’s Snowing are ones I feel like I could wear for regular everyday wear. The swatch photos don’t capture the metallic quality as well as I’d like but I hope they give you a good reference. Colors include:

  • Frostwinked metallic white glitter frost
  • Delicate Drift metallic soft pink glitter
  • Stylishly Merry duochrome bronze pink glitter
  • It’s Snowing shimmering silvery mauve
  • Starry Starry Night shimmering deep charcoal with silver flecks

There’s an eye bag set called the Snow Ball Smoky Gold Eye Bag with a duo of Extra Dimension Shadows of Just Gleaming (champagne pink) and Snowdusk (shimmering taupe) with a Technakohl Eyeliner in Photogravure and In Extreme Lash Mascara in Black.

MAC Snowball Extra Dimension Eyeshadow and Snow Ball Smoky Gold Eye Bag swatches

Last but not least is one of the brush sets which is the Snow Ball Brush Set Mini. It has three short-handled rose gold brushes in a brushed metallic handle finish including 421SE, 535SE and 560SE. I feel like I know my MAC brushes well but don’t remember seeing any of these numbers before. They perform really well for MAC brush sets – I often find the quality of the brush sets aren’t as good as the full size/individual brushes but these are really good for powders.

MAC Snow Ball Mini Brush Kit

One last look below. Overall lots to explore and love in this holiday collection. I really think there is something for everyone. If you’re looking for something under the $50 price point for gifts I think any of the lip bags are great. I love the Snow Ball Nude Lip Bag for $39.50 and the Mini Lipstick Kits or Gloss Kits are $29.50 each. I would personally pass on the eyeshadow palettes as I don’t 100% love all the shades. The individual eyeshadows are stunning but are on the glitzy side which makes them a bit challenging for everyday wear if you need a conservative look.

MAC Snowball Collection Review and Swatches

You can find the MAC Snow Ball Collection online and in stores at MAC Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Ulta Beauty, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. Everything is limited-edition and I’d definitely recommend you browse all the retailers as each store has something exclusive.

Press samples and purchased items featured. Press samples include the Face Powders, Mini Lip Gloss Kit, Eyeshadow Palette, Mini Brushes and Eye Bag Set.

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MAC x Nicki Minaj Collection Review + Swatches

September 26, 2017

MAC Nicki Minaj Lipstick and Lipglasses | The Beauty Look Book

The MAC x Nicki Minaj collection just launched which includes an entire collection of nude lipsticks and glosses. It’s literally a nude lip lover’s dream come true. There are two special edition nudes that were created by Nicki Minaj that come in gorgeous pink packaging along with eighteen other lipsticks and six lipglasses (some repromotes, some are new). I’m one of the biggest fans for nude lips but since I have olive skin and a naturally pigmented lip undertone finding one that works is super tricky. I’ve found over the years the trick with a lot of nude lip shades is that layering with pencils and gloss is key. Luckily brands have expanded their range of neutrals so I’ve actually found quite a few that don’t require extra work.

I bought the entire MAC x Nicki Minaj collection online since MAC select members had early access. The same day my order arrived a beautiful press package arrived so I ended up with two of everything. I’m passing along the duplicates I ordered to a few friends and my niece, but stay tuned I’ll be doing a giveaway on another post later this week. Many of these shades are on the lighter side and a lot look very similar on me (like super pale concealer). Also because I have a pigmented lip my natural lip shows through on many of the swatches which looks like it could be a dark lipliner but I assure you it’s not. It’s just my natural lip tone showing through.

MAC Nicki Minaj | The Beauty Look Book

What I have reviewed and swatched for this collection:

  • MAC x Nicki Minaj Lipstick The Pink Print
  • MAC x Nicki Minaj Lipstick Nicki’s Nude
  • Lipglass in: Under the Sheets, N-U-D-E, Please Me
  • Lipsticks in: Gossamer Wing, 2N, Bare Bling, Creme d’Nude, The Right Note, Derriere, Japanese Maple, Stripped, A Girl’s Got Needs, Easy Babe, Age Sex Location, Among the Fireflies, Playing Koi, Bosom Friend, Pretty Please, Baby’s All Right, Patisserie, Mmmmmmm

MAC x Nicki Minaj Review Swatches via The Beauty Look Book

Up first are the MACxNicki Minaj Lipstick colors in The Pink Print and Nicki’s Nude. Both have an amazing smooth opaque formula that covers the lip in one swipe. The Pink Print is a pale opaque pink peach however it’s on the soft side and the lipstick broke in the tube. To continue using it I’m most likely going to have to put it into a pot. A quick look at other reviews shows that I’m not the only one with the issue of breakage. Just something to keep in mind when applying – apply if very gently. Nicki’s Nude is a deeper baby peach. This one isn’t quite as soft for me but still smooth and soft.

MAC x Nicki Minaj The Pink Print and Nicki's Nude Lipstick

MAC x Nicki Minaj The Pink Print and Nicki's Nude Lipstick

Next are the MAC x Nicki Minaj nude lipsticks which I’ve split into two groups (based on order they were displayed in the box). Shown below include:

  • Gossamer Wing a pale soft shimmer pale beige
  • 2N light cream colored nude
  • Bare Bling light beige tan cream
  • Creme d’Nude peachy cream nude
  • The Right Note light-medium tan
  • Derriere muted medium brown
  • Japanese Maple pink peach sheer
  • Stripped medium tan nude
  • A Girl’s Got Needs medium tan brown
  • The Pink Print and Nicki’s Nude added in the swatch below

MAC Nicki Minaj Lipstick Review | The Beauty Look Book

MAC Nicki Minaj Lipstick swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Foundation worn is Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation in Natural (my MAC Studio Fix Fluid equivalent is NC35/37, these shades are also swatched here). As mentioned above all the lip swatches are on bare lips. There may be a visible dark ring around the edges as that is my natural lip showing through. All lip swatches done on bare lips.

MAC Nicki Minaj Lipstick Review swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Next set of nude lipstick colors include the following:

  • Easy Babe is a cafe latte brown
  • Age Sex Location is a slightly deeper brown neutral
  • Among the Fireflies is a mauve pink brown
  • Playing Koi is a pale warm pink (on me it’s like light concealer)
  • Bosom Friend is a pale cool pink
  • Pretty Please is a sheer lustre pink with a tiny bit of shimmer
  • Baby’s All Right is a muted cool mauve pink
  • Patisserie is a sheer glossy pink
  • Mmmmmmm is a deeper mauve pink rose

MAC x Nicki Minaj Lipstick Review Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

MAC x Nicki Minaj Lipstick Review Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

MAC x Nicki Minaj Lipstick Review Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

MAC x Nicki Minaj Lipglasses shown below in:

  • Under the Sheets is a sheer sparkly pale pink
  • N-U-D-E is a soft peachy pink shimmer (reminds me of Love Nectar)
  • Please Me is a pale pink cream, alone it’s a bit on the streaky side
  • Beaux (swatched/reviewed here) is a soft brown tan shimmer
  • Spite (swatched/reviewed here) is a cool toned neutral pink-brown-taupe
  • Spice (swatched/reviewed here) is a warm tan pink

MAC Nicki Minaj Lipglasses | The Beauty Look Book

MAC Nicki Minaj Lipglasses | The Beauty Look Book

MAC Nicki Minaj Lipglasses | The Beauty Look Book

I didn’t swatch any of the lip liners repromoted with this collection but in case you’re looking for a nude. I swatched quite a few side by side from various brands in my Neutral Lip Pencil post here.

MAC x Nicki Minaj Lipstick | The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line, even though many of these colors are hard for me to wear alone, I still think this launch is a nude lip lover’s dream. If you search for swatches of these online you’ll see many of the colors that look like concealer on me look quite different on those with lighter skin or lip tones. Playing Koi for example actually looks more true to tube on some while on me it’s just a washed out mess.

My favorites include: The Right Note, Japanese Maple, Stripped, A Girl’s Got Needs, Age/Sex/Location, Among the Fireflies, Patisserie and MMMMMM. I think Patisserie is the most natural looking neutral on my complexion and I think it would most likely be one of the more universal shades in the bunch. For the lipglasses nothing would have stopped me from buying Under the Sheets and NUDE however I do think they are similar to existing shades.

What’s your favorite nude lip right now? I know everyone has a different definition of nude so I’d be interested to hear what yours is!

You can find the MAC x Nicki Minaj collection out now, I usually buy mine at MAC and Nordstrom.

MAC x Nicki Minaj collection provided by MAC for review. Items also purchased by me.