MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power review and swatches.

MAC Spellbound

MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

MAC Spellbound

MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

Anyone who enjoys makeup, has had a love/hate relationship with eyeshadow pigments.  The color saturation is love at first swipe, but the unpressed messy format leaves much to be desired.  MAC Chocolate Brown (discontinued), was my first pigment, the rich warm brown color was euphoric; the smooth texture and seamless blending was enough to hook me for life.  Everything was going swimmingly until, my jar inexplicably made sudden contact with my pristine beige carpet.  Since that tragic day, a self-imposed ban on pigment purchases was immediately enforced.  Luckily, MAC Spellbound Shadows ($22 USD/.8 g.) magnetized ionized pigments are said to, “cling to lids like velvet,” all the while remain in perfect form, without spillage.  Will these new incarnations attract or repel my attention?  You’ll see.  I hope you enjoy!

MAC Spellbound

MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

The Pros to Mac Spellbinder Shadows:

  1. Incredibly rich color.
  2. Blackened base color is combined with color pigments.
  3. Ionized pigments are magnetically charged and do not spill out of the container–even when turned upside down–metal plate at the base of the pigment keeps everything contained.
  4. Wave pattern returns to its original design, simply by taping the jar gently on any surface.
  5. Superb color saturation when used with a brush–flat synthetic or natural hair brushes work equally as well.
  6. Patting motions are a must for optimal color payoff.
  7. Very little product is needed.
  8. Can be used with a dampened brush for more intense results–although, not necessary.
  9. Removes easily without staining the skin.
  10. Performs spectacularly when placed over sticker bases, (i.e., shade sticks or glitter glue).
  11. Product is contained in a matte black glass jar.
  12. Very minimal, if not any, fall out.
  13. Magnetized pigments are easily wiped off skin.
  14. Formula does not contain parabens, or mineral oil.
  15. Comes in eight dark colors–part of the permanent collection.
  16. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Mac Spellbinder Shadows:

  1. The price/amount ratio of Spellbound Shadows ($22 USD/ .8 g) in comparison to regular MAC pigments ($22 USD/ 4.5 g) is highway robbery.
  2. Both colors have quite a noticeable reflective finish–clearly not for the office or mature lids.
  3. Formula does not apply well at all with fingers.
  4. Unlike regular pigments, Spellbinder Shadows do not adhere after blending–they will basically wipe off on the second swipe.
  5. On bare lids, the lasting power is roughly seven (7) hours before fading occurred–when placed over an eyeshadow stick (BB Taupe or MAC Long Wear Color Stick) the pigment lasted all day.
  6. Hooded eyes will experience color transfer due to the lightweight texture.
  7. When used damp, the color did not seem to adhere as securely as when used dry.  Color migrated up towards my orbital bone.
  8. This formula seems better suited for mobile lid use.  Crease work requires blending and these blend out into nothing.
  9. Opaque black container is chic, but specific color is not easily determined.
  10. Collection lacks lighter shades.
MAC Dynamically Charged

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Dynamically Charged.

MAC Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Dynamically Charged

  • Dynamically Charged is admittedly, one of the most gorgeous taupe brown colors.  The intense finish hovers on the metallic side.  This is a great shade for all eye colors and most assuredly, for those who are looking to make a dramatic statement.  Personally, I have only applied this color to the mobile lid, but if one does not want that level of intensity, this can easily be utilized in the outer corners to add depth to any eye look.
  • In my experience, color migrated up toward my orbital bone when used with a dampened brush. Even though the pigment appeared more saturated in this state, the adhesion was somewhat compromised.  I can only deduce the technology/additional ingredients behind the ionized pigment formula are somewhat disturbed when dampened.
MAC Higher Power.

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Higher Power.

MAC Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Higher Power.

  • Higher Power is a burgundy/purple shade that will look particularly striking against lighter eye colors.  On my deep-set lids, this shade is very dark and sultry.  Paired with my brown eyes, the look can undoubtedly appear too overdone.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, in retrospect, my twenty-something self would have sported this shade everyday.  Presently, my forty-something self is rather content using this beauty as an outer corner color (see photos below).
MAC Spellbound

Wearing MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

MAC Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

Wearing MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

  • For the above look, Dynamically Charged Spellbinder Shadow was patted on the mobile lid, over MAC Pro Long Wear Waterproof Stick in Sand Bar.  Higher Power Spellbinder Shadow was patted gently on the outer corners to add a bit more dimension.  Bobbi Brown Shade Stick in Taupe was applied on the lower waterline, with Chanel Calligraphie Gel liner (reviewed here) on the upper lash line.  Bobbi Brown Camel was placed thickly on the lower lash line and topped with a bronze shade from Eve Pearl Au Natural palette.  The lightest shade from the EP palette was also placed in the inner corners to lighten the look.
  • Lip combo is Colourpop Brink liner with Chanel 140 Amoureux Rouge Allure Ink (reviewed here).
MAC Spellbinder Shadow ingredients

MAC Spellbinder Shadow ingredient list.

 

**MAC Spellbinder Shadows are found at Nordstrom, Saks, Macys, maccosmetics.com, and anywhere MAC products are sold.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you MAC Spellbinder Shadows are some of the most innovative and bedazzling new releases in a long while.  The beautiful smoky essence of each shade and unique packaging is enough to make any one fall in lust.  The instant adoration is however, quickly brought to an abrupt reality by the cost/amount ratio, delicate nature of application and longevity.  Bottom line, for my personal routine, one color would have sufficed.  Are you tempted by these?  If so, which color is on your radar?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (reviewed here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 Ivory Beige (here).
  3. Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Foundation Creamy Vanilla used as a concealer (use the tiniest dot for both eyes..very concentrated).
  4. MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter in Rose Radiance (reviewed here).
  5. Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder under the eyes and T-zone (reviewed here).
  6. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in 10 Beige (reviewed here).
  7. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (reviewed here).
  8. RMS Living Luminizer (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Nars Smudge Proof eyeshadow base (reviewed here). ♥
  2. MAC Little Black Bow Fluidline used as an eyeshadow (discontinued, but can be found at the CCO or Ebay).
  3. MAC Chilled Fluidline used as an inner corner highlight (reviewed here).
  4. Clarins Auburn mineral eyeshadow used in the crease (purchase here).
  5. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here).
  6. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer mixed with Cargo Waterproof bronzer on the lower lash line.
  7. MAC Rich Ground Fluidline used on the lower waterline (purchase here).
  8. Inglot #90 gel liner used to line the upper waterline (purchase here).
  9. Maybelline Volum’Express One by One mascara (purchase here).
  10. Shu Uemura brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Lip Combo.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Pro Longwear Lip liner in Nice n Spicy (purchase here).
  2. Shiseido RD203 (reviewed here) ♥  My perfect nude lip combo for olive skin tones.
Makeup Brushes of the Week.

Makeup Brushes of the Week (freshly washed).

Makeup Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cheek Brush (reviewed here).
  3. Wayne Goss Brush 02 (reviewed here).
  4. Wayne Goss Brush 01 (reviewed here).
  5. Billy B Brushes (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition in natural light.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition in natural light.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you I have worn this look several times over the past two weeks, since the purchase of MAC Little Black Bow Fluidline from the CCO.  This gray base color with multi-color shimmers should be applied as patiently as MAC Deliciously Rich and It’s Physical Fluidlines.  When paired with Nars Eyeshadow Primer, the color and sparkles of Little Black Bow remain well-behaved and do not migrate.  The sheer blush and light lip color complement this eye look perfectly.  I hope you found this helpful.  Up next, L’Oreal Extraodinaire Gel-Laque review.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity review and photos.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

The cold weather seems to have taken hold of all the moisture in my being.  Lately, I am not satisfied with any of the recent lip products I have purchased.  Some formulas are too dry, some start off feeling heavenly and within the hour my lips go from looking like a succulent grape to a shriveled up raisin, and other formulations are just flat-out odd.  My latest go-to product for a hydrating red lip has been MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity ($20 US/3.2g).  The balm-like texture provides hydration, shine, and comfortable wear.  The following description is used by MAC to describe Huggable Lipcolours:

When it comes to gorgeous lips, don’t compromise shine for colour. You can have it all in a new formula inspired by Asian trends, hugging your lips in 12 hues that stay bright and luminous for up to six hours. Featuring an array of creamy emollients, Huggable Lipcolour provides a lasting, glossy finish that leaves lips smooth and sculpted.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

The Pros:

  1. Beautiful cool toned raspberry-red color (makes teeth appear whiter).
  2. Gel-based formula provides a silky texture that glides on seamlessly and truly “hugs” the lips.
  3. Sheer color tone with substantial color payoff.
  4. Appropriate for daytime; not as opaque and bold as regular lipsticks.
  5. Gorgeous shine makes lips appear plump and luscious.
  6. Milder vanilla scent compared to MAC’s regular lipstick.
  7. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil.
  8. Pairs beautifully with drier matte formulas in MAC’s lipstick range, to provide depth and moisture.
  9. Attractive gunmetal packaging.
  10. 12 colors in the range to suit every taste.
  11. A very close dupe for Chanel Esprit 88 Rouge Coco Shine (reviewed here). MAC is a touch deeper in tone and has more of a shine than Chanel.  In person, my husband barely saw a difference between the two colors.
Comparison L-R: Chanel Esprit 88 Rouge Coco Shine vs. MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

Comparison L-R:
Chanel Esprit 88 Rouge Coco Shine vs. MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

Top Lip: Chanel Esprit Rouge Coco Shine. Bottom Lip: MAC Huggable Lipcolour in red Necessity.

Top Lip: Chanel Esprit 88 Rouge Coco Shine.
Bottom Lip:  MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

The Cons:

  1. Saturated color requires a mirror for application.
  2. Not as long-lasting as advertised; on its own, the color and moisture lasted for 3 hours.
  3. Reapplication is possible, but color build-up can result in feathering.
  4. Due to the emollient nature of the formula, a lipliner is a must if one wishes to avoid feathering (if this is an issue for you).
  5. As expected, Red Necessity does transfer easily on a variety of surfaces (cups, faces, other lips, shirt collars…you get the point 🙂 ).
  6. Limited-edition.
MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity ingredient list.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity ingredient list.

Application:

My favorite use for MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity is to pair it with Studded Kiss (a dry matte formula).  I prefer to use dabbing motions instead of sweeping the color across my lips.  I have serious issues with feathering; therefore, this method works perfectly for my needs.  I have worn Red Necessity on its own (lightly) and with a lipliner and the results were equally as lovely.

MAC Studded Kisses with Red Necessity Huggable Lipcolour on top.

MAC Studded Kisses with Red Necessity Huggable Lipcolour on top.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity with Trust In Red Prolong Wear Lipliner.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity with Trust In Red Prolong Wear Lipliner.

MAC Cosmetics can be purchased at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, maccosmetics.com, etc..

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you are in the market for a lipstick that provides surface hydration, saturated color, shine and comfort then MAC Huggable Lipcolours are for you.  I truly enjoy this formula, but I have to admit, I was hoping the six-hour claim would be true.  Sadly, the “up to six hours” term is an ambiguous statement; bless those advertising executives and their crafty wording.  Up next, L’Oreal Extraordiniare by Colour Riche review.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter review and photos.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

Often times when I look in the mirror, the reflection that stares back appears very tired and drained.  Lack of sleep is usually the culprit, however simply getting more sleep just seems, I don’t know, too easy.  Why waste precious time sleeping when I could go to the store and buy MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter ($25 US) and fake a more relaxed, awakened and refreshed look.  See most problems can be solved at the MAC counter 🙂

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

The Pros:

  1. Seemingly matte pink brightening formula.  Super fine micro-shimmers are undetectable in natural lighting.
  2. Radiant rose in particular is suitable for light to medium skin tones.
  3. Lightweight consistency is very pigmented.
  4. Applies smoothly and blends out seamlessly.
  5. Amazing lasting power (10 hours +).
  6. Convenient click pen applicator dispenses the right amount every time..no wasted product (looking at you Ellis Faas).
  7. Very little product is needed.
  8. Covers amazingly well, in some cases concealer is not needed.
  9. Can be used under the eyes, on the cheekbones, under the brow bone, etc..
  10. Gives a soft focused effect where product is placed.
  11. Blending can be achieved with fingers or a synthetic brush.
  12. Photographs beautifully if applied in moderation.
  13. Offered in 4 colors to suit the palest to the darkest skinned beauties.
  14. Formulated without parabens.
  15. Permanent and easily obtainable at any MAC counter.

The Cons:

  1. The black packaging makes it very difficult to tell when the product requires replacement.
  2. Product dries fairly quickly once on the skin, diligent bending must be done after each application.
  3. Can be too drying for people with excessively dry skin (try before you buy..get a sample).
  4. Can crease, look caky, and flash-back in photos if a heavy hand is used during application (hint: silica is an ingredient, hence the radiant claim).
  5. An overzealous clicker (we’ve all done it) will result in excess product discharge.
MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter ingredient list.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter ingredient list.

On me, Radiant Rose’s pinky hue works as a corrector and concealer all in one.  As a highlighter it performs equally as well.  When placed under the eye and brow bone, the brightening effect lasts all day and the emollient-free formula does not cause mascara to smudge or flake off.

Comparison Swatches L-R: MAC Radiant Rose blended out, MAC Radiant Rose applied heavily, Edward Bess Concealer in Soft Beige, Eve pearl Salmon Concealer light shade in medium duo, EP Salmon Concealer darker shade in medium duo, Sunday Riley Concealer 125W.

Comparison Swatches L-R:
MAC Radiant Rose blended out, MAC Radiant Rose applied heavily, Edward Bess Concealer in Soft Beige, Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer light shade in medium duo, EP Salmon Concealer darker shade in medium duo, Sunday Riley Concealer 125W.

Application:

Application of this little wonder is fairly easy and straight forward.  Twist the base of the pen and product is dispensed through the brush.  Place the highlighter in the intended area, a section at a time; the product dries quickly once placed on the skin.  The brush on the pen is brilliant for product placement in hard to reach areas of the face, such as, the corners under the eye, in the  hollow of the eye socket next to the nose, the brow bone and the center of the face.

Use a clean ring finger or synthetic brush to blend out the product.  As a final step, I also like to go over each RR area with my foundation brush, (which still has some foundation embedded in the bristles) to ensure a seamless finish.  Voila…you are now radiant!

Under eye without MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

Under eye without MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

Application of MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

Application of MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter blended out.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter blended out.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter applied under the eye, down the center of the face and on the brow bone.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter applied under the eye, down the center of the face and on the brow bone.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter can be found at maccosmetics.com, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks, etc.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you are a woman who has kids, has a hectic job, works long hours, are running around all day, are lacking sleep, a student, a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker, then MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter (or any of the other colors) is for you.  As you can tell I’m not into heavy concealers, but a good brightener will always have a place in my heart…I mean my under eyes 🙂  Next up, MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity….Yeah, I’ve been loving MAC lately.  Be well and stay safe.

– Maria

**In all honesty, getting more sleep would be the best thing for your complexion.

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MAC Studded Kiss review, swatches and comparisons.

MAC Studded Kisses.

MAC Studded Kiss.

My red lipstick collection grows on a weekly basis.  What can I say, at heart I’m more Marilyn M. than Bridget Bardot.  Red lips are sensual, bold, colorful, confidence boosting and just so darn pretty to look at. In high school, when all the girls were sporting frosted pink lips, I was sporting the brightest red Brucci lipstick I could find (it was the 80’s…don’t judge).  So when MAC came out with the Punk Couture Collection mid-December, I knew MAC Studded Kiss ($15 US/ 3g) was the color for me.

MAC Studded Kisses.

MAC Studded Kiss.

MAC Studded Kisses ingredient list.

MAC Studded Kiss ingredient list.

The Pros:

  1. Burgundy-red color with a brown undertone.
  2. Matte formula allows for minimal transfer when drinking.
  3. Lasts an astounding 5-6 hours depending on your lip activity.
  4. Layers well over my Daliia Lip Stain in My Best Friend’s Red (here).
  5. The matte texture allows for a gloss to be layered lightly on top.
  6. Applies smoothly for a matte formula without any tugging or pulling.
  7. Can be worn as a stain during the day and full-on for the evenings (lip balm is still need in both cases).
  8. Formulated without parabens with the typical vanilla fragrance (not my favorite, but better than perfume scented lipsticks).
  9. Pairs beautifully with MAC Red Necessity Huggable Lipcoulour for added moisture and dimension (review coming soon).
  10. Would look spectacular on darker-skinned beauties.
  11. Unbeatable price for the amount (some drugstore lipstick are up to $12).

The Cons:

  1. The matte texture will latch onto any dry spots on your lips.
  2. The matte formula tends to dry out the lips after the two-hour mark.  A gloss or lip balm is needed throughout the day.
  3. Oddly enough, I did experience slight feathering around the third hour of wear; a lipliner is recommended.
  4. Limited-edition, already sold-out online.  I was able to call Nordstrom and reserve the last tube in-stock.  According to Nordstrom.com new shipment is scheduled to arrive the beginning of February.
MAC Studded Kisses lip swatch.

MAC Studded Kisses lip swatch.

MAC Studded Kiss full face.

MAC Studded Kiss full face.

MAC Studded Kisses with Red Necessity Huggable Lipcolour on top.

MAC Studded Kisses with Red Necessity Huggable Lipcolour on top.

L-R:  MAC Studded Kiss, Tom Ford Black Orchid, MAC Red Necessity.

L-R swatches:
MAC Studded Kiss, Tom Ford Black Orchid, MAC Red Necessity.

Comparison Reds:

L-R: Dior Diorific, Guerlain M27, Guerlain M69, Laura Mercier Sienna, MAC Studded Kiss, Kevin Aucoin Bloodroses, Nars Majella, Shiseido RD501, Mac Viva Glam I, Lime Crime Velveteen in Red Velvet, Estee Lauder Ruby Glow.

L-R: in natural light
Dior Diorific, Guerlain M27, Guerlain M69, Laura Mercier Sienna, MAC Studded Kiss, Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses, Nars Majella, Shiseido RD501, Mac Viva Glam I, Lime Crime Velveteen in Red Velvet, Estee Lauder Ruby Glow.

L-R: Dior Diorific, Guerlain M27, Guerlain M69, Laura Mercier Sienna, MAC Studded Kiss, Kevin Aucoin Bloodroses, Nars Majella, Shiseido RD501, Mac Viva Glam I, Estee Lauder Ruby Glow.

L-R: with flash.
Diorific Diorling, Guerlain M27, Guerlain M69, Laura Mercier Sienna, MAC Studded Kiss, Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses, Nars Majella, Shiseido RD501, Mac Viva Glam I, Lime Crime Velveteen in Red Velvet, Estee Lauder Ruby Glow.

L-R: Dior Diorific, Guerlain M27, Guerlain M69, Laura Mercier Sienna, MAC Studded Kiss, Kevin Aucoin Bloodroses, Nars Majella, Shiseido RD501, Mac Viva Glam I, Estee Lauder Ruby Glow.

L-R:
Diorific Diorling, Guerlain M27, Guerlain M69, Laura Mercier Sienna, MAC Studded Kiss.

L-R: MAC Studded Kiss, Kevin Aucoin Bloodroses, Nars Majella, Shiseido RD501, Mac Viva Glam I, Lime Crime Velveteen in Red Velvet, Lauder Ruby Glow.

L-R:
MAC Studded Kiss, Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses, Nars Majella, Shiseido RD501, Mac Viva Glam I, Lime Crime Velveteen in Red Velvet, Lauder Ruby Glow.

Wear Test:

Lip color remaining after one swipe with a baby wipe.

Lip color remaining after one swipe with a baby wipe.

Lip color remaining after two swipes with a baby wipe.

Lip color remaining after two swipes with a baby wipe.

Lip color remaining after several swipes with a baby wipe.

Lip color remaining after scrubbing my arm with a baby wipe.

As predicted, MAC Studded Kiss (as most red colors) leaves behind a noticeable stain and lasts well even after my battle with a baby wipe 🙂  **Please ignore the scratch on MAC Viva Glam I…the perils of taking down Christmas decorations.

MAC Cosmetics can be found at Nordstrommaccosmetics.com, Bloomingdales, etc..

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if are in the market for a reasonably priced burgundy-red lip color, then MAC Studded Kiss lipstick would make a good investment.  Despite Studded Kiss’s lovely color and longevity, the drying formula hinders a first-rate review.  Of course, this is a very personal distinction and may not effect others.   Regardless, will you be tracking down this shade or move on to something else?  Be well and stay safe.

Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  *Compensation is not given for any reviews.  *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product.  *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted. 

MAC Its Physical Fluidline review, swatches and photos.

MAC It's Physical Fluidline used as an eyeshadow on the mobile lid.

MAC Its Physical Fluidline used as an eyeshadow on the mobile lid.

As far as eyeshadows are concerned, my preference lies with cream formulas.  My eye shape and depth seem to “hold” onto the pigmentation of cream shadows better than powder eyeshadows.  The only downfall to this situation is the lack of color choices. Granted many brands have developed their version of a cream eyeshadow, but I find the color choices to be quite redundant.  That is why I utilize gel liners as eyeshadows; the color selection, longevity and textures are more unique than the typical cream eyeshadow.  MAC Its Physical Fluidline ($16 US/3g.) from the Magnetic Nude Collection is another perfect example of the diverse functionality of gel liners.

MAC It's Physical Fluidline.

MAC Its Physical Fluidline.

The Pros:

  1. Gorgeous taupe base color with violet shimmers throughout.
  2. Formula is nicely pigmented if used as an eyeshadow.
  3. Creates a soft, smooth and subtle liner for those who find a black liner too harsh.
  4. Smooth consistency and application.
  5. Micro-fine shimmers are not gritty and adhere well to the skin.
  6. If used as an eyeshadow, violet shimmers migrate slightly upward toward the crease rather than on the face.
  7. Cool tone color surprisingly will suit warm and cool skin tones alike.
  8. Lasting power is 8 hours + with a primer.
  9. Violet shimmers become even more prominent and long-lasting when paired with a brown base color (I use Estee Lauder Double Wear Cream Shadow in Bronze).
  10. Layers well without looking caky.
  11. Pairs very well with Chilled Fluidline (dabbed in the inner corner) from the same collection.

The Cons:

  1. An eyeshadow primer is a must with this formula.  Nars eyeshadow primer is fantastic!
  2. Cannot be used as an eyeshadow base for powdered eyeshadows.  Sweeping motions may disrupt the shimmers and cause fallout.
  3. Dabbing motions are best used to ensure color and shimmer payoff.
  4. Due to the sheer nature of the base color, darker-skinned beauties will have a hard time having this color show-up as a liner.
  5. Cannot be used on the waterline due to the heavy shimmer content.
MAC It's Physical Fluidline used as an eyeshadow.

MAC Its Physical Fluidline used as an eyeshadow.

MAC It's Physical Fluidline used as an eyeshadow on the mobile lid.

MAC Its Physical Fluidline used as an eyeshadow on the mobile lid with Chilled Fluidline in the inner corner.  Freshly applied at 9:00 am.

MAC It's Physical Fluidline after 11 hours.  Paired with Nars eyeshadow primer and Estee Lauder bronze cream shadow.

MAC It’s Physical Fluidline at 10:00 pm.  Paired with Nars eyeshadow primer and Estee Lauder bronze cream shadow.

Application:

When used as an eyeshadow, Its Physical does take patience to apply.  I like to apply the first layer with my ring finger and let it set for 30 seconds.  The second layer can be applied with fingers or a synthetic brush using dabbing motions.  Sweeping motions will most assuredly result in a patchy application with shimmers remaining on your finger/brush.  So be gentle!  I suspect a similar taupe/mushroom base color was used for both Its Physical and Deliciously Rich Fluidline (here), with the difference being Its Physical contains violet shimmer and Deliciously Rich contains gold shimmer.

MAC Fluidline Swatches L-R: Chilled, It's Physical and Deliciously Rich.

MAC Fluidline Swatches L-R:
Chilled, Its Physical and Deliciously Rich.

When used as an eyeliner, application is fairly straight forward.  I like to use my Laura Mercier Eye Liner Brush to apply 2-3 layers to the upper lash line for a noticeable, yet subtle eyeliner.  I prefer to pair Its Physical with a thin black line close to the lash line.

MAC It's Physical Fluidline used as an eyeliner.

MAC Its Physical Fluidline used as an eyeliner.

MAC It's Physical Fluidline used as an eyeliner with the addition of a black liner the base of the lash line.

MAC Its Physical Fluidline used as an eyeliner with the addition of a black liner at the base of the lash line.

MAC Cosmetics can be found at Nordstrom, maccosmetics.com, Bloomingdales, etc..

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you MAC Its Physical is a winner in my book.  This unique shade proved to be not only beautiful, but extremely versatile and long-wearing.  When paired with Nars eyeshadow primer, this gel liner performed spectacularly.  Have you tried any of the fluidlines from the Magnetic Nude Collection?  Up next, Nars Eyeshadow primer review, yes it deserves a review all of its own.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Another year has flown by and we are always left with this overwhelming feeling of contemplation. Reflection, regret and resolutions seem to dominate our consciousness during this time of year.  However, when it comes to beauty purchases, reflection can be helpful, regret is useless and I solemnly swear to be a resolute consumer of all beauty items that make me smile 🙂  I hope you enjoy my Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Facial Primer:

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow.

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (photo courtesy of sephora.com) here.

Top Foundation:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (here).

Top Setting/Finishing Powder:

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (here).

Top Powder Bronzer:

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (LE) (here).

Top Cream Bronzer:

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer (here).

Top Powder Highlighter:

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out (here).

Top Cream Highlighter:

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (here).

Top Powder Blush:

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige (here).

Top Cream Blush:

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel.

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel (here).

Top Liquid Liner:

Top Cream Eyeshadows/Liners:

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:  L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java, Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3, YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (reviewed here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (reviewed here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxery (reviewed here) and Copper Strip (reviewed here).

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java (here), Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (here), YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxury (here) and Copper Strip (here).

Top Mascara:

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

Top Lipstick Formula:

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge: L-R:  RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge:
L-R: RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203 (here).

Top Nail Color:

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish (here).

Top Brushes:

Top Brushes 2013: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Foundation Brush, Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Billy B. Brush Set.

Top Brushes 2013:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (here), Tom Ford Cheek Brush (here), Tom Ford Foundation Brush (here), Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02 (here), Billy B. Brush Set (reviewed here).

Top Original Set:

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:  Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:
Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you 2013 was a stellar year for makeup and I look forward to the many more cosmetics goodies in 2014.  What are some of your favorite products from this past year?   In the meanwhile, I would like to wish each and everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year!  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  *Compensation is not given for any reviews.  *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product.  *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

 

 

 

MAC Chilled Fluidline review and photos.

MAC Chilled Fluidline.

MAC Chilled Fluidline.

Since my fascination with MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline (reviewed here) I decided to pay the MAC Cosmetic counter a visit.  To my surprise I was quite delighted to see the new Magnetic Nude Collection out on display.  MAC Chilled Fluidline ($16 US/ 3g) was the one item that immediately caught my eye.  This pot of golden sunshine made mall shopping a little more brighter and bearable.  What can I say, it’s the little things that make me happy.

MAC Chilled Fluidline.

MAC Chilled Fluidline.

MAC Chilled Fluidline vs. Shu Uemura M911.

MAC Chilled Fluidline vs. Shu Uemura IR911.

The Pros:

  1. Amazing cream eyeshadow color.
  2. Gorgeous golden shade with a pearl finish rather than chunky glitter.
  3. Very smooth consistency and application.
  4. Slight whitish base color provides density and excellent color payoff for the gold shimmer.
  5. Layers evenly and dries down seamlessly.
  6. Fantastic staying power (8 hours +).
  7. Ideal inner corner highlight color.
  8. Zero sparkle/shimmer fall-out if used as a cream shadow.  Applying a powder eyeshadow on top will disrupt the shimmers and result in some fallout, but not an abundance.
  9. Far superior formula to Chilled on Ice Pro Longwear Paint Pot.

The Cons:

  1. Not my choice for a liner color.  MAC should start marketing some of these Fluidlines as cream shadows.
  2. Golden color may not be ideal for cooler skin tones.
  3. Multiple layers may result in a caky look.
  4. May look ashy on darker skinned beauties if applied heavily.
MAC Chilled Fluidline used as a cream eyeshadow color.

MAC Chilled Fluidline used as a cream eyeshadow color.

MAC Chilled Fluidline used as an inner corner highlight color.

MAC Chilled Fluidline used as an inner corner highlight color.

MAC Chilled Fluidline used all over the mobile lid.

MAC Chilled Fluidline used all over the mobile lid.

MAC Chilled Fluidline used all over the mobile lid.

MAC Chilled Fluidline used all over the mobile lid.

The golden shimmers in Chilled were being very difficult during our photography session.  I had to purposely blur the third photo to show Chilled’s beautiful golden shimmer.  Personally, Chilled proved to be too luminous for my large lid space; an additional color in the outer corner was needed to break-up the monotony of the look.  My husband liked the color, but commented that Chilled was “too light” for my eye shape as a stand alone color.  Of course, the opposite would be true for individuals with smaller lid space; the light/bright hue is the perfect color to make eyes appear more prominent.

MAC Chilled Fluidline ingredient list.

MAC Chilled Fluidline ingredient list.

MAC Chilled Ingredient list (other side).

MAC Chilled ingredient list (other side).

Chilled can also be used, very lightly, as a topper shade for darker colors and as a base color for any neutral eye look.  The staying power and lack of shimmer fallout makes Chilled an ideal staple in anyone’s collection.  Regardless, I cannot imagine using this type of color as a traditional Fluildline to line the upper lash line.

MAC Cosmetics can be found at Nordstrom, maccosmetics.com, Bloomingdales, etc..

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you MAC Chilled Fluidline is not a complete must have, but proves to be a very versatile color nonetheless.  When used as a cream shadow or inner corner highlight, Chilled lasted beautifully until it’s removal at night.  This color also paired beautifully with MAC Rich Ground Fluidline ♥.  It’s Playful Fluidline, from the same collection, looked promising and worthy of a revisit to the MAC counter.  What will you be getting from the Magnetic Nude collection?  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline is a Savory Sweet Treat!

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline.

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline.

My encounter with MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline ($17.50 US/3g) was a complete accident.  You see when I take my mother shopping, quite often I drift off to other areas within the store (specifically the makeup counters).  I do not mean to abandon my sweet lady, but there is only so much Ralph Lauren clothing I can look at one time (her favorite line).  Maria needs a release, and the techno music and outrageous makeup looks the MAC MUA’s sport, make for the perfect distraction.  Deliciously Rich Fluidline was part of the Divine Night Collection way back in October (years ago in MAC’s world).  This beautiful murky gray base mixed with an abundance of gold sparkle, instantly drew me in and screamed, “CREAM EYESHADOW!!!!!”  I yelled back, “COMING MY LOVE!!!”

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline on the mobile lids.

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline on the mobile lids.

The Savory:

If some of you are not familiar with MAC Fluidlines, they are the company’s version of a gel liner.  Generally speaking, the colors and textures of the Fluildlines are quite good (I prefer Bobbi Brown gel liners reviewed here).  Here comes the savory part, Deliciously Rich Fluidline is a horrible gel liner.  Yup, I said it.  The consistency of the gray base is very thin in comparison to the dense gold shimmer (aka: too sheer to be used as a liner bro). On an arm swatch, you can see and feel the almost “greasy” texture of the sheer base color; what is left is shimmer galore.

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline swatch.

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline swatch.

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline shimmers.

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline shimmer.

The Sweet:

Here comes the sweet portion, Deliciously Rich makes an attractive cream eyeshadow.  The color is a taupe(y) mushroom color that has a glistening effect on the lids.  Gorgeous!  This color combination would suit warm and cool skin tones alike.  Another alluring feature to note about this color is that the sparkles do not migrate downwardly on the face (with the exception of the rogue shimmer leftover on my eyelashes from application).  In my experience, with my eye shape and depth, the sparkles seem to transfer upwardly toward the brow bone. This actually adds a nice touch to the overall effect of my eye makeup.

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline on the mobile lids.

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline on the mobile lids.

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline on the mobile lids.

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline on the mobile lids.

Application:

There is a bit of a learning curve with the application of this little sweetheart.  As mentioned, because the base color is thin compared to the density of shimmer, a synthetic brush is a must.  I apply the first coat of DR with my ring finger, I let it settle for a minute and then reapply a second coat with my Sigma Concealer Brush (I only use this brush for cream shadow application).  I angle the brush tip toward my lashes and pull the color upwardly toward my brow bone (think…thin even layers).  Viola–beautiful color and sparkle saturation.  I also enjoyed the effect of placing DR as a second liner on top of my black liner.  I have even used this Fluidline as a base for bareMinerals Sex Kitten Eyeshadow and..BAM..talk about…..B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L (upcoming Thanksgiving Makeup tutorial).

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline placed along the lash line on top of my black liner.

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline placed along the lash line on top of my black liner.

Longevity:

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline lasted very well until it’s removal (ten hours).  In warmer conditions there was slightly more upward shimmer migration, especially noticeable in a humid pool environment (waiting for my son to finish his diving lessons).  Overall, I was more impressed with MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline than Chanel Initiation Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow (reviewed here).

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline on the mobile lids.

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline on the mobile lids.

MAC Cosmetics is an Estee Lauder owned company and can be found at maccosmetics.com, Nordstrom (where I purchase mine), Bloomingdales, etc..

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline ingredient list (one side).

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline ingredient list (one side).

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline ingredient list (other side).

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline ingredient list (other side).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to go see MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline in person.  This gem may be brushed off as an inadequate gel liner, but I have found other wonderful uses for this deliciously rich color in my life. Won’t you try as well….Next up, my Thanksgiving Makeup Tutorial and Wayne Goss Makeup Brush #2 review… Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Eye Looks and Lip Combinations of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week.

All face products and brushes remain the same as last week (here) unless otherwise noted.

Eye Look of the Week

Eye Look of the Week #1.

Eye Look of the Week #1:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus used as an all over lid color (purchase here).
  3. Shu Uemura Blackest Satin Purple cream liner (reviewed here) mixed with Chanel Mirifique Illusion D’Ombre (reviewed here) smudge on the upper lash line and blended upwardly. (the camera did not pick up the lovely sparkles of Mirifique).
  4. Inglot #90 AMC Gel liner use to tight line the upper and lower waterline (seen here).
  5. MAC Bronze Eyeshadow to line the lower lash line (purchase here).
  6. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen as a liner (reviewed here).
  7. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (reviewed here).
  8. Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week #1.

Lip Combination #1:

  1. MAC Red Enriched lip liner (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Estee Lauder High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal (reviewed here).
Eye Look of the Week #2.

Eye Look of the Week #2.

Eye Look of the Week #2:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 used as a base.
  2. MAC Too Chic Beauty Power used as an all over lid color (discontinued).
  3. Shu Uemura M895 eyeshadow smudged on the upper lash line and blended upwards (purchase here).
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa used in the crease (reviewed here).
  5. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen.
  6. YSL #7 Gold Star to line the lower waterline (purchase here).
  7. Inglot #90 used to tight line the upper lash line.
  8. MAC Bronze Eyeshadow to line the lower lash line.
  9. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.
  10. Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown.
Lip Combination of the Week #2.

Lip Combination of the Week #2.

Lip Combination #2:

  1. Chanel Lip Liner in #3 Roux Sienna (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Casablanca Lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Estee Lauder High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal.
Eye Look of the Week #2 with different lip combination.

Eye Look of the Week #2 with different lip combination.

***Forgot to add the overall look…Lip Combination in the photo: same as lip combination #2 with Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer (reviewed here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you other than my neutral eye look, these two eye looks and lip combinations of the week have been on constant rotation.  I find each look very quick and easy when I am pressed for time. These looks do not require much in terms of talent or technique, but the end results are quite polished.  My Billy B #12 brush has been essential in creating both looks (reviewed here).  I hope you found this helpful. Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

 

Top Ten Makeup Repurchases.

Top Ten Makeup Repurchases.

Top Ten Makeup Repurchases.

In a sea of cosmetics goods, what products truly stand out as being worthy of repurchase?  Taking a cue from the Pinksith, I decided to put my spin on her top ten series by posting my Top Ten Makeup Repurchases.  These products have proven to work well for me and have become a part of my daily routine.  The first installment will be on makeup repurchases, followed by skincare, and lastly nail care. Needless to say, everyone will have a difference of opinion based on personal experiences.  I hope you find this helpful.

Top Ten Makeup Repurchases:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

1.  Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation:  (purchase here) I enjoy all of the Estee Lauder foundations, which is odd considering I have extremely dry skin. I have gone through three bottles of DW, two DW Light, and currently one Maximum Cover (will last a lifetime considering only a dot is needed).  I find all the formulas to work if the skin is well moisturized prior to application and if minimal product is used. This foundation lasts all day and coupled with a dampened synthetic brush (I prefer a brush over the beauty blender) will give you a flawless finish.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.

2.  Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer:  (purchase here)  I have gone through three bottles of this primer in the past three years.  Very little product is required for this light-weight formula to work its magic.  Veil Mineral is essential in the summer months.

Bioderma Makeup Remover.

Bioderma Makeup Remover.

3.  Bioderma Makeup Remover:  (purchase here) I am aware this is not makeup, however a makeup remover is just as important as the makeup we put on our faces.  I use this on a pointed Q-Tip during makeup application to gently remove any mistakes and to give a sharp edge to my eyeliner.  I appall the price of this remover, but admittedly it is one of the best.  Bioderma has a non-greasy, non-irritating, fragrance-free, non-rinse formula.  I have tried Vichy’s 3-in-1 version of the miscellaire formula and it does not compare.  Ordering from a reputable site is always advised.  Beautyhabit.com (here) also sells Bioderma.  I acquire mine (five bottles later) from a pharmacy in NYC.

Red lipstick.

Red lipstick.

4.  Red Lipstick:  This was a toss up between lipsticks and highlighters.  Since I have over twenty red lipsticks and ten highlighters in my collection, the red lipsticks were the obvious winners.  Generally speaking I repurchase red lipsticks over and over again from every brand.  As stated in my Estee Lauder Ruby Glow review (here), the right red can brighten up the sallowest complexion.  Red lips yield a minimal sophisticated look: mascara, blush, bronzer and a dynamite red…DONE!

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

5.  L’Oreal Telescopic Masacra:  (purchase here) I should receive a share in the company’s stocks based on the countless tubes  I have consumed and recommended.  I love the small brush, long handle and the defining and lengthening aspect of this mascara. Telescopic does flake on me a bit by the end of the day, but you cannot beat the price, availability, and performance of this staple.  Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (reviewed here) has since replaced this gem, but I will always recommend L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara as a drugstore favorite.

Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner.

Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner.

6.  Inglot AMC Gel Liners:  (purchase here) If you have not tried these liners, what are you waiting for?  The formula is highly pigmented and the staying powder is unsurpassed (especially for the upper waterline).  I have gone through 2 pots of the #90 Matte Brown and prefer it over the #77 Black.  I find the #77 Black troublesome to remove at night and if applied to the corners of the upper lash line, it does tend to smudge.  The price/amount ratio is also a very attractive feature ($12 US/5.5 g) compared to higher-end brands.

Clinique True Black cream liner.

Clinique True Black cream liner.

7.  Clinique True Black Cream Liner:  (purchase here) This little guy is the creamiest and blackest gel liner (other than AMC) I have found that lasts all day on my peepers.  Two pots later, I still stand by the claim it surpasses Bobbi Brown Black Gel Liner and MAC Blacktrack Fluidline.

MAC Prep-n-Prime Lip.

MAC Prep-n-Prime Lip.

8.  MAC Prep-n-Primer Lip:  (purchased here) Contrary to what the sale associates say at the MAC counters, there is a proper way to use this product.  When I first purchased Prep-n-Prime Lip I dismissed it as just an over-priced lip balm.  Until, I left it on for longer than normal (5 minutes) and then applied my lip color.  I discovered the slight tacky texture, held on to the lip color longer and really did prevent my lipstick from bleeding out into my fine lines. Two tubes later, I cannot wear red lipstick/gloss without this primer.

EOS lip balm.

EOS Lip Balm.

9.  EOS Lip Balm:  (purchase here) The packaging of this little macaroon is fun and easily distinguishable in an overloaded handbag.  I use the EOS balm before I apply a matte formula lipstick, before I go to bed, for my children and even my husband keeps one in his car (the blue one of course).  You can now find a pack of five at Costcos.  The 100% natural, 95% organic claim far surpasses Chapstick which is comprised of some of the most unnatural ingredients on the market.  This is my choice of “lipstick” in the afternoon and evening time.  How many have I gone through?…I lost count.

Favorite Lipliners.

Favorite Lipliners.

10.  Lipliners:  If you are ahead in the age category, a lipliner is a must.  They prevent your lipstick from bleeding into your fine lines and help prolong the wear of your lipstick.  I prefer MAC Prolong Wear formula, MAC Creamstick formula, and Dior Lipliner formula.  When I visit a CCO, I make it a point to stock-up on the Prolong wear pencils (if they have my color).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to find products that work and stick to them for as long as possible.  My Top Ten Makeup Repurchases have been in my makeup vault for the last three years.  My mother on the other hand, has used the same hairspray for the past forty years…yikes, forty years of brand loyalty…that’s crazy talk.  What are your favorites?  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

This post is Yoshi approved.

This post is Yoshi approved.

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.  

Eye Looks and Lip Combinations of the Week.

This week in lieu of my Makeup of the Week, I have decided to focus on the eye looks and lip combinations I have worn for the week.  All other makeup and tools remain the same as last week (seen here), unless otherwise noted.  I hope you find this helpful.

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 Eye Look 1:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Cooper Strip Powerchrome pencil smudged on the mobile lid, lower lash line and waterline (reviewed here).
  3. Life’s Luxury Powerchrome pencil on the base of the upper lash line (reviewed here).
  4. Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 deep brown pen liner (purchase here).
  5. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color (reviewed here).
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner to tight line upper waterline (purchase here).
  7. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 used as inner corner highlight (reviewed here).
  8. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (reviewed here).

Lip combination 1:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Ruby Glow Lip Lacquer (reviewed here).

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Eye Look 2:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas used as a base.
  2. Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink smudged on the mobile lid and used on the upper lash line as a liner (reviewed here).
  3. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 used with a damp brush for lower lash line (reviewed here).
  4. MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome Pencil used on the waterline.
  5. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color.
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner used to tight line the upper waterline.
  7. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.

Lip Combination 2:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner.
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe Lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Shiseido RD203 (purchase here).

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 Eye Look 3:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as a base.
  2. Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple used as an eyeshadow smudged on the mobile lid (reviewed here).
  3. Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple used as a liner for the upper lash line.
  4. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 used with a damp brush for lower lash line.
  5. MAC Copper Strip used in on the water line.
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner used to tight line the upper water line.
  7. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color.
  8. Tom Ford Cognac Sable Palette dark brown/purple color smudge on the edges of Blackish Satin Purple (purchase here).
  9. TF Cognac Sable Palette copper glitter shade patted with my finger over Blackish Satin Purple.
  10. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.

Lip Combination 3:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner.
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe Lipstick.
  3. Estee Lauder Pure Color Liquid Petal Lip Lacquer (purchase here)..Yes, I bought another one–don’t judge!!

**MAC Pressed Amber Mineralized Blush used on top of Chanel (61) Blush (discontinued but found at the CCO).

THE VERDICT: If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to start breaking-out the plums, purples and burgundy in your collection..Fall officially starts on September 22nd and we (makeup addicts) must dress our makeup autumn best 🙂  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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