MAC Caitlyn Jenner Collection Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

This spring MAC partnered with Caitlyn Jenner for a second beauty collaboration featuring some lovely color creations that are easy to wear for everyday. The collection has a mix of new limited-edition shades and classic repromoted colors. I have some press samples and purchased items to feature for you. Overall I think the collection is worth a look as there are some great colors that are very wearable. Nude lip lovers will rejoice as there’s a new nude neutral lipstick called Rockit! that is simply stunning. Items I have swatched for you today include:

MAC Caitlyn Jenner Collection Glowing Gold and Compassion | The Beauty Look Book

Up first includes the Glowing Gold Veluxe Pearl Eyeshadow and Compassion Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. Both are rich in pigment with a smooth easy to blend texture. Glowing Gold is a stunning shimmery warm yellow gold. The color is just gorgeous. Compassion is described as a cool brown but on me it pulls more neutral warm. Right now I’m a bit too light to pull this one off (I would say I’m in between MAC NC25 and NC30 for the Studio Fix Fluid, colors swatched here) but I think they would look amazing on those darker than me. I can use these with a light hand blended and layered with other shades but alone Compassion is a bit too deep for my complexion right now. The quality, pigment and texture for both the shadow and MSF these are excellent.

MAC Caitlyn Jenner Collection Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

For the lips, Soar Lip Pencil has been repromoted with special-edition packaging. It’s a deep rose which I find to be a classic kind of color. For lipsticks I bought RockIt! Cremesheen Lipstick as it looked like the perfect neutral nude rose and it is. I have too many neutrals for lips to count but this one is one of the best ones I think MAC has released. Even though there is a high chance that I could dupe it, I think it’s just perfect. It doesn’t wash me out, has full smooth creamy coverage and a natural sheen.

MAC Caitlyn Jenner RockIt! Cremesheen Lipstick and Soar Lipliner | The Beauty Look Book

I swatched a few comparisons for reference:

  • MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Shanghai Spice
  • Tom Ford Lips and Boys in Bradley (on lips here)
  • MAC Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy (on lips here and here)
  • MAC Liptensity in Smoked Almond and Doe (on lips in this post)
  • MAC Lustre Lipstick in Touch
  • MAC Lustre Lipstick in Hug Me

MAC Caitlyn Jenner RockIt Lipstick Comparisons | The Beauty Look Book

Soar Lipliner comparisons:

MAC Caitlyn Jenner Soar Lipliner Comparisons | The Beauty Look Book

For the Cremesheen Glass, there are three options. Kindness is a shimmering gold but on the lips it’s pretty much clear. It has a smooth cushiony texture that gives the lips a pretty sheen, but if you have sheer glosses or balms I would say you could skip this one. Beautifully Bare is a neutral nude pink. It’s semi-sheer and has a creamy finish. On the lips my natural lip shows underneath just the slightest bit, but it still looks good and for me it’s not a deal breaker. Tolerance is a shimmery soft plum I find to be on the sheerer side. It gives the lips a healthy plum glow. I would have liked this one to be more opaque or in lipstick form because the color is SO PERFECT in the tube. I do like the way it looks even though it’s semi-sheer. All three are easy to wear everyday for a natural but polished look. I’ve swatched comparisons in case you have a lot of MAC and want to shop your stash. I have no regrets buying the nude and plum ones.

MAC Caitlyn Jenner Cremesheen Glass | The Beauty Look Book

Comparison swatches to:

  • MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 (on the lips here)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Kristen, Vintage (here), Liquid Lipstick Crush
  • MAC Vamplify Tuned In and Anything But Demure
  • NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound (review here)
  • MAC Lipglass in Lovechild (on lips here)

MAC Caitlyn Jenner Cremesheen Glass Comparison | The Beauty Look Book

Swatches of my MAC Caitlyn Jenner Lip picks, all on bare lips, foundation worn is NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Groenland:

MAC Caitlyn Jenner Collection Lip Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

For those who crave more color there are two bright reds for lipsticks in Understanding and Authentic Red. In addition there are two bold eyeshadows in Malibu Bronze and Worthy. I was seriously tempted to order the other eyeshadows as they look perfect to add some color and depth to the eyes but still neutral enough to wear. I resisted though as it’s only the middle of January and new beauty launches are just getting started.

You can find the MAC x Caitlyn Jenner Collection online at maccosmetics.com or at MAC stores. Have you checked anything out yet? What did you think?

Press samples include Glowing Gold, Compassion MSF Natural, Kindness Cremesheen Glass and Soar Lip Pencil. Other items purchased by me.

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Review and swatches of the MAC Shadescents Collection featuring Creme d'Nude, Velvet Teddy, Candy Yum-Yum, Lady Danger, Ruby Woo, Heroine via The Beauty Look Book blog

Over the holiday season MAC launched a Shadescents Collection with six perfumes inspired by six of their most iconic lip colors. They re-launched the lipsticks with special limited-edition packaging in tinted caps to match the lipsticks themselves along with color-coordinated fragrances. The concept is just genius and as soon as I opened up the package I just couldn’t wait to see what Crème d’ Nude or Velvet Teddy would smell like in perfume form. The scents are all Eau de Parfums and run at $57 each for 50 ml/1.7 fl oz. The Lipsticks are $17 each for 3 g / 0.1 oz with special edition packaging.

The six options include Heroine (purple, matte), Ruby Woo (deep red, retro matte), Lady Danger (bright coral red, matte), Candy Yum-Yum (bright neon pink,matte), Velvet Teddy (neutral nude, matte) and Crème d’Nude (pale beige, cremesheen).

Review and swatches of the MAC Shadescents Collection featuring Creme d'Nude, Velvet Teddy, Candy Yum-Yum, Lady Danger, Ruby Woo, Heroine via The Beauty Look Book blog

MAC Shadescents Lipstick Heroine, Ruby Woo, Lady Danger, Candy Yum-Yum, Velvet Teddy and Creme d Nude swatches

MAC Shadescents Lipstick Heroine, Ruby Woo, Lady Danger, Candy Yum-Yum, Velvet Teddy and Creme d Nude swatches

Crème d’Nude Lipstick is one I could never wear alone and still can’t. It’s more of a layering color for me whether I mix it with another deeper lipstick, gloss or liner. The Crème d’Nude Scent is described as an amber velvet musk which I find accurate. This one is my favorite and the only one I can see myself wearing on a regular basis. It’s almost like a daytime version of Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black. The throw is extremely strong and lasts all day from morning to late afternoon without fading.

Review and swatches of the MAC Shadescents Collection featuring Creme d'Nude Lipstick and Eau de Parfum via The Beauty Look Book blog

Velvet Teddy is a classic nude lip color. I was interested to see what it would smell like in perfume form. The scent is described as oriental amber with wild honey and creamy musk. This is definitely a sweet honey like scent with a bit of spice. If you like honey scents this will be right up your alley. The spice notes are prominent giving it a velvety feel. On my skin it pulls very strong and very rich. This is my second favorite.

Review and swatches of the MAC Shadescents Collection featuring Velvet Teddy Lipstick and Eau de Parfum via The Beauty Look Book blog

Candy Yum-Yum is a neon pink in color, bright and vibrant. The scent is extremely sweet described as fruity floral gourmand with pink guava. It’s distinctly sweet and when I spritzed it I was 100% sure I would not be able to wear it. Surprisingly on my skin it works for a fun and pretty scent. I still don’t think it’s really my cup of tea due to the sweetness but the times I wore it I was pleasantly surprised.

Review and swatches of the MAC Shadescents Collection featuring Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick and Eau de Parfum via The Beauty Look Book blog

Lady Danger is a bright coral red. The scent is described as a woody oriental floral with patchouli. It’s very spicy and masculine with a strong incense kind of vibe. It’s too dramatic and rich for my taste. The scent is definitely a head-turner as described.

Ruby Woo is described as a woody floral. This has leather notes that makes it even deeper and more dramatic than Lady Danger. It’s rich, dark and deep – not something I would wear although I do think it could make an interesting home scent in candle form.

Left is Ruby Woo (darker shade), right is Lady Danger:

Review and swatches of the MAC Shadescents Collection featuring Ruby Woo and Lady Danger Lipstick and Eau de Parfum via The Beauty Look Book blog

Lady Danger Lipstick worn below on a full look, foundation shade worn is Studio Fix Fluid in NC30 which is just the slighted bit too dark on my skin as it pulls really olive but many of you have asked to see my MAC shade on my face. On the cheeks is Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish, on the eyes is Honeylust Eyeshadow. You can see swatches and comparisons of NC25, 30, 35 and 37 to other foundation brands for reference in this Tom Ford Face Collection post here:

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick Swatch

Heroine is a purple cream lipstick. It’s not one I had ever looked at before as it’s more dramatic and purples really aren’t my thing. The scent is described as woody leather with a primal feel. It’s the most masculine scent out of the lineup, definitely not something I would wear. Although after spritzing it in our house as a room spray in a small area the dry down is interesting and actually pleasant.

Review and swatches of the MAC Shadescents Collection featuring Heroine Lipstick and Eau de Parfum via The Beauty Look Book blog

 

MAC Shadescents Perfume and Lipstick Heroine, Ruby Woo, Lady Danger, Candy Yum-Yum, Velvet Teddy and Creme d Nude Review via The Beauty Look Book

Overall a really interesting concept. I do think the creators of this collection managed to capture the lipstick in a scent that made sense. Scents are so personal and everyone has different tastes so I do not think these will be everyone’s cup of tea. My favorite is Crème d’Nude but my husband is not a fan of it on me. If you’re near a MAC Store I’d recommend you definitely give these a look. They’re worth checking out and it’s always fun to play at the freestanding stores. If anything I love the special edition packaging of the lip colors – I’m tempted to buy another Velvet Teddy although I will probably resist because the lipsticks usually last a very long time. The color-coordinated caps and black base are so sleek and pretty!

The collection is available at MAC Cosmetics. Have you checked it out yet? What did you think?

Many thanks to MAC for sending these for review!

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What's In My Celine Belt Bag Truffle Pouch Jcrew Sunglasses Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip

Happy Wednesday everyone! I have the first what’s in my bag post of the year. Lately the purse I’ve been carrying the most frequently is the Celine Belt Bag in the mini size (review of what fits inside plus thoughts on style in this post here). I own two of the same style, just in different colors. I alternate between the Light Taupe (shown) and Black. For the spring 2017 season they added another size called the Micro which is smaller, has a longer removable strap and can be worn as a crossbody. I took a quick peek while in LA at one a couple months ago and promptly walked away so I would not be tempted – but I will say it’s really cute!

I picked up some new sunglasses from J.Crew called the Irving Sunglasses in the Smoke Olive color. I love the ones that come in lighter colors because they’re fun and different. These frames are small enough for my face size and shape so I could not resist! The store near me only carried it in two colors otherwise I would have probably bought the light clear pink ones.

I’m currently carrying multiples of the Clarity Clutch in the mini size from Truffle. I ordered the Nude and White last fall during one of their sales and like that they are small enough to throw in most of my purses. They’re just the right size and proportion to fit what a few things and keep contents edited.

As usual I have one too many lip products carried with me. I have my two favorite balms of the moment the Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade and Lanolips in Strawberry. I’ve used them repeatedly for weeks now. The weather has been on the cold side so we’ve cranked up the heater in our place which makes everything dry. Plus I’ve still been trying to get over a cold so my lips have been extra dry. These have kept my lips from peeling and cracking – I’ve been sure to apply on clean fingers instead of directly on the lips to keep them clean and free of germs.

Other staples for lips include NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight which I like to layer with MAC Lip Pencil in Boldly Bare, Whirl or Dervish (neutral nude lip liners swatched and compared in this post here). The Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme (c/o) in Truth or Bare and Slow Burn have been worn frequently the past week. The Chanel Gloss Volume is pretty basic but it’s one of my favorite clear lip glosses for the pretty shine it gives and cushiony feel.

For fragrance I’ve been reaching for Byredo options a lot, I’ve been loving Oud Immortel although I probably need to switch things up to something a bit lighter and more cheery to lift the mood. I’ve still been dreaming about splurging on the Unnamed Perfume. It’s one of those scents I spritzed at the counter back in August and it still haunts me even months later. However I have promised myself to save up for the Creed Virgin Island Water before I buy any other perfume. Right now I don’t think it’s quite appropriate for the current weather or season, but in a couple of months I think it will be perfect and by then it will be mine! It’s the ultimate dreamy tropical vacation kind of scent I want to wear all spring to summer.

Last but not least I can’t help carrying the Tom Ford Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette. It’s not really all that practical to carry around but I love the sturdy compact and large mirror makes reapplying lipstick so much easier compared to the tiny mirrors you get in most compacts. If you haven’t checked them out I recommend you do (review on both colors here). They are both 100% worth the splurge.

Hope your first week of the new year is going well! I’ll have some reviews on MAC Shadescents and the Louis Vuitton perfumes coming up next! They’ve been on the to-do list for weeks now – I know many of you have been waiting so thanks for your patience!

What’s in your bag right now?

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Best makeup discoveries in 2016 Tom Ford Chanel Anastasia NARS MAC

I can hardly believe another year has flown by! Thank you to each and every one of you who followed me along on my beauty journey this past year. Today I have a round up of my 2016 favorites in makeup (skincare to follow in a separate post). As a long-time nail polish junkie I was surprised to find this past year was pretty light on the nail polish features and reviews – I remember in past years going through tons of nail wheels and bottles of polish remover. Perhaps by now I simply have collected all the possible colors? 2016’s focus seemed to be all about lips and highlighters for me. As always I’d love to hear what your favorite makeup discoveries were for the year! I picked out items that were new in 2016 (they’re listed in alphabetical order by brand):

Lips

Face and Cheeks

Eyes

Nails

  • Chanel Le Vernis in Organdi (review here) was my most-worn color this year
  • Louboutin had the best colors and formulas for me this year, I loved Miss Mars and the Hawaii Kawai Trio minis were so fun to shoot, there were three Red Nail Extensions that I was able to play with back in May to swatch for you, months later I ended up buying Jazzy Doll and Edgypopi

What were your makeup favorites this past year? They can be new launches, rediscoveries or new-to-you products! I love reading about your favorites so please feel free to share in the comments below. Several of you have asked that I bring back the monthly roundups on a regular basis, some have asked for a hits and misses roundup as well. I’ll be starting a monthly review series in the new year!

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The holiday season is in full swing and finding small beauty items that fit inside a clutch or an emergency makeup bag can sometimes be challenging. The upside of holiday season for beauty is the fact that there are tons of sets with smaller sized minis that are perfect for testing out product and also compact enough to fit in the smallest of purses. I’ve picked out some favorites for quick touch ups or refreshers along with some long-lasting options that don’t require any touch ups if you’re on the go or out during holiday parties or gatherings.

Up first are picks for the lips. I’m a glossy lip kind of person whether it’s a sheer lipstick with shine or straight up gloss because they’re more forgiving when it comes to fading. You don’t get that dark ring around the edges like you do from remnants of lipstick. But sometimes for the holidays liquid lipsticks are the way to go because they last a long time and you don’t have to worry about touch ups.

Holiday Lip Essentials Laura Mercier Tom Ford Lips and Boys Armani Lip Magnet Stila

  • Laura Mercier Kiss of Shine Lip Glace Collection (c/o) has five miniature glosses, one sparking sheer white and the others are creams, I received a press sample of the kit without names so unfortunately I don’t know what each color is called
  • Tom Ford Lips and Boys (c/o) are the perfect clutch-sized lipstick, current holiday favorites are Ashton, Bradley and Jake (shown)
  • Armani Lip Magnets are the best liquid lipstick I’ve tried because they have a satiny matte finish but don’t look like matte lips, these last a long time, longer than most lipsticks so they’ll stay put and you don’t have to worry about lipstick to teeth transfer, I bought some of the neutral shades and will have them reviewed on the blog soon (quick take is even the lighter neutrals are still on the bright and deep side, there aren’t really any nudes in the formula, at least not yet)
  • Stila Stay All Day, Sparkle all Night Lip Set has five mini liquid lip colors and a shimmering top coat for the lips, these dry to a matte finish and truly last all day, the set has tiny ones that are small enough to fit in the tiniest of clutches

Laura Mercier Lip Glace minis set swatched:

Laura Mercier Kiss of Shine

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks swatched:

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set

If you need to refresh the hair Oribe is always a great option with minis and Laura Mercier has a cute compact with all the colors you need that will go with virtually any outfit you wear for day or night.

Oribe Mini Dry Texturizing Spray Dry Shampoo and Laura Mercier Going Glam Palette

Next Oribe Gold Lust Set (Nordstrom Exclusive) has both the Dry Texturizing Spray and Dry Shampoo great for hair refreshers. In the set you also get a hair oil but it’s not really purse-friendly so it’s not shown in this post. The Laura Mercier Going Glam Palette has four neutral eyeshadows in Coffee Ground, Vanilla Nuts, Boudoir, Steal Pink, two blushesin Poesie and Bellini which are just perfect and a shimmering peach gloss in Bellini. I like that the shadows have a partition to keep the powder inside so it doesn’t transfer to the blushes.

Laura Mercier Going Glam Palette Swatches

Finding a classic simple black leather clutch under $100 is harder than it sounds like it would be, this textured leather clutch shown from Halogen fits all the things I need and is simple and sleek. For perfume there are tons of rollerball perfumes at Nordstrom. Also be sure to check out the holiday fragrance sets because lots of brands have sampler sizes and minis. I have some Jo Malone minis I saved from previous sets. This year’s Cologne Collection has Lime Basil and Mandarin, Basil and Neroli, Pomegranate Noir, Mimosa and Cardamom, Wood Sage and Sea Salt. For the cheeks as much as I love powder, for on the go you need a brush to apply so creams for parties and touch ups are the way to go for me. The RMS Mix Master is something that adds a sheer sheen and dewy glow. MAC Studio Quiktrik Sticks are double sided with a shimmery side and a contour color you can use on cheeks and eyes. I like Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny which is the one shown below. I’ve also swatched another color as well. For mascara the Stila Huge Lash is one of my favorites and it comes in a mini size in the Huger than Huge Duo.

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MAC Quiktrik Stick and RMS Mix Master

One last look:

Clutch Essentials Holiday Oribe Mini Dry Texturizing Spray Dry Shampoo and Laura Mercier Going Glam Palette

Hope you enjoyed this post! You can shop the items from Nordstrom below, also don’t forget to check out their Gift With Purchase page. There’s a 25 piece GWP going on right now in beauty:

What are your holiday party beauty essentials? Do you have small items you keep for your clutch?

Many thanks to Nordstrom for partnering to sponsor this post.

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