AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!! I AM SO STOKED ABOUT THIS LIPSTICK!!!! I bought 2 of them today, and I know I am a crazy person but I am thinking about going back tomorrow and buying a 3rd....and a 4th...... it is truly the PERFECT red. For me anyway. Today I decided to go on a red lipstick hunt at the department store, cruising past YSL, Shiseido, Chanel, Dior, Bobbi Brown, etc to case the joint before pulling the trigger on Heartless, and out of all those counters....Heartless was the winner as the best neutral red, in the most wearable (least migratory, sheer, chunky, and chapping) texture. In the past I have been so frustrated with MAC and their weird reds (like no reds that are amplifieds? The only yellow based reds are either Lustres or Mattes? What is that all about?), and NOW they have finally made a great neutral red in a wearable texture, HALLELUJIA! IF you can get your hands on it, you should grab it and run like wind!
IIiinteresting........MUCH more purple on me than I would have anticipated from the descriptions or from looking at the color in the tube. I swapped for this hoping it would be Lovechild Lipglass in Lipstick form, but it actually shows up quite cool toned, whereas Lovechild (although mauve + gold also) wears more neutral to warm. I agree with everyone that this is a MUCH better Frost texture than most, but I did still feel the need to put some gloss over it as it definitely accentuated my very dry lips. All in all a great color, just darker and with more purple than I had anticipated.
Ok, I will be the only dissenter here.......but I find the green side of this WAY TOO GLITTERY. It is definitely a beautiful color, and the texture is unique, but for me just not wearable except for perhaps to a few holiday parties. Even when applied wet over a black base, the glitters were just too far apart and noticable, vs the blue side which blended beautifully together to form a unified deep blue shimmer sheen (and looks AWESOME over the McQueen Electro Sky paint pot). I will keep this duo mainly because the blue side is everything that I ever wanted Contrast, Deep Truth, and every other shimmery dark blue to be. But I fear that the green side will just sit there glaring it's jealous sparkly eye at me.
Yep, Awesome. Definitely does not show up on my NW20 skin as blue toned as it looks in the pan, it actually is quite a warm rich pink. In fact, I would venture to say that this blush succeeds at looking the most like the "natural rosy flush" I am always searching for with blushes. It IS very pigmented, and so it is possible to go accidentally from "natural rosy glow" to "hectic fever" if you are not careful, but if you pay attention and know when to stop, this blush is gorgeous. EDIT: Had to swap it away because it turned really warm on my cheeks.
This color brings me JOY. I know its totally bonkers, definitely 60s Miami Grandma, Neon coral madness.....BUT I LOVE IT. I cannot believe it works with my coloring as well as it does, but paired with Bite of an Apple blush it brightens up my face in a way that is so pretty, and somehow .....NATURAL. Yes, really. Obviously the color itself is not "natural", but the way that it resides on my face somehow is, and makes me look vibrant and rosy, makes my hazel eyes greener, my eyelashes blacker, and makes my skin look much more alive and fresh. I know that it will take some guts for me to wear this out into the world the first few times (as I am normally more of a Lust or Lovechild Lipglass gal) but I am determined to make this my Summer look. (Yes Summer, I am in the Southern Hemisphere). UPDATE: Still love this lipstick, but just received Coral Polyp (from Dame Edna collection) in swap and THEY ARE THE EXACT SAME COLOR! They are slightly different finishes (CP is an Amplified and TT is Satin), but I am wearing each one one half of my lips and I cannot see the difference between the 2. If you want to get crazy technical CP has the tiniest bit more red and TT has a smidgeon more opacity from a teensy bit more white in it's formula, but again, once on the lips they are identical. IF YOU HAVE ONE YOU DO NOT NEED THE OTHER. EDIT: So so sad, but this color turns BRIGHT orange on my after a few hours :( I really need the hot pinky coral part to stick around for this color to work on my skin, or need to keep a red or pink gloss around to punch it back up, which I am way too lazy for. Bummer, the Coral Insanity search continues.
Blush -MAC - Matte Blush - Bite Of An Apple (Venomous Villains)
piratecaptain 10/10/2010 10:22:00 PM
EVERY TIME I OPEN THIS COMPACT AND SEE THE COLOR OF THIS BLUSH I WANT TO SING!!!!! Seriously, I have never seen such a beautiful color! And for once I am glad that I live in the Southern hemisphere (where it is about to be Spring) so I can enjoy all this coral-y goodness with the tan that I am about to get :) This blush paired with Toxic Tale, some black liner and mascara, a pretty white dress and some cute red sandals......will be my new Summer uniform. Hooray!
Truly a beautiful, subtle, petal pink blush. No shimmer or wildness about it, just really pretty soft pink. Shows up really well on my NW20 skin if I apply it like I mean it :)...........The only thing is, I realized after I got home that this blush is almost identical to Pet Me Mineralized Blush from the Fab Felines collection. In fact, I cleaned one half of my face so I could compare the Oh So Fair on one cheek against the Pet Me on the other, and I could not tell the difference between the two. If I did not already own (and love) Pet Me, then I would absolutely be keeping and loving this beauty powder, but since I do......I am either going to return it, or put it up for swap. For all you ladies who are lemming the COLOR of this blush (and not just the Disney compact) you should seriously just buy Pet Me (which as of October 11th is still available on the MAC website). Also, once applied the texture and sheen (or lack thereof) are incredibly similar as well.
I LOVE THIS PIGMENT!!!!! Such a perfect wearable purple, breathtaking blendability, and really quite versatile. I have had a sample of this pigment for over a year, and always forgot to reach for it, but with the re-release of it for the Venomous Villains collection I had to pull it out of hiding and see what it could do. When swatched dry it is a really "meh" smokey plum, and really underwhelming. When swatched with a damp brush and/or over a good base it becomes a fantastic vibrant, velvety dark purple...and here is the thing, if you apply it thickly it is has a cool royal glow to it.....but if you sheer it out you see a warm pinky iridescence. I don't really understand how it can be both of those things at once, especially since it isn't really shimmery or frosty, and I would NEVER classify it as a duochrome, but it is. And what that means is that you can really play it either way when pairing it with other colors. For example you can use it with Cornflower to highlight the bluer side of it, or you can pair it with Lovely Lily the showcase it's pinkish glory. Today I wore it on the outer half of the lid over Infamous paint (a royal shimmery purple), with Beautiful Iris in the center of the lid, and Vex on the inner corners. I also used Push the edge as a crease color. The whole effect was BEYOND BEAUTIFUL, and totally wearable for day because this pigment is not a shimmer-fest. Just really rich color and pigmentation. I haven't left the house feeling this spectacular in a long time, and today with my gorgeous purple look I felt amazing. The pigment stayed on all day (over TFSI and the Mac Paint), and didn't change color or get weird in any way. Remarkable. I had to wear my purple look straight to the MAC store to buy a full sized jar. Yummy.
I don't even know I am adding my review here since we all know this is the GREATEST MINERALIZED BLUSH in existence.....But I just had to share the joy. I received mine in swap a few weeks ago, all the while thinking I was probably not even going to like it, I mean how could any blush have caused such a fervor? Well, I get it now. I freaking love this blush, for its brightening coral-pink color, its golden glow, and its pink iridescence. It is always just the right blush to put ion when I am feeling pale, or drab, or sallow. Makes me feel pretty and vibrant. LOVE. Go find one.
I really like this eyeshadow! At first I was really disappointed in the mixed color side and briefly hesitated swapping it away..but this morning i decided to give it another go before adding it to my swaplist. SO GLAD I DID! ..........................As everyone else has commented, the black side is VERY pigmented, smooth, and rich (I will never use Carbon again). The mixed color side (red, silver pearl, and black) is very different on each one of these, so I am reviewing mine only, which is very heavy on the red and black, and not so much on the silvery pearl. The swirls are also very close together on mine, and so the colors cannot really be used separately, only mixed. The colors all together come out as a very odd pinky purpley smoke color, not one that looks good on me without a bit of extra effort. So today I put that little bit of extra effort in and added Lily White pigment on the inner corners, and the dark Brown from the Interview Mineralize Trio on the outer corners (instead of using the black in Hot Contrast, which makes it all too grey and cool for me) and the efect was PERFECT. The overall look is a purpley taupe color, looks very natural and brings out the green in my hazel eyes. I love the black side as well, but I will use it with other colors and looks, probably to darken burgandies and bronzes and blues. Overall this was a great purchase, even though I will not be using the two colors in conjunction with one another, i know that I will get a lot of good use out of each.
This is the 30+ yr olds' version of teal pigment. All the color, with half the sparkle. Not that older ladies can't wear sparkle, it's just that THIS lady has decided that if she is going to wear BRIGHT ass turquoise eyeshadow, that reducing the sparkle-factor makes her feel less like she is trying to be the 20 year old she not longer is. (And apparently it makes her refer to herself in the 3rd person). OK, so basically this is a beautiful turquoise pigment, very vibrant, but also sheer enough to be able to use as a wash, or build up to maximum punch. I compared it to Teal pigment and found that when they both hit the light in a certain way that the color was almost identical (with Partylicious being more subdued on the shimmer, and teal being much more relective, shiny almost), but when I tilted my hand out of the direct light Teal appeared much darker green, and Partylicious sort of kept its turquoise glow, like it is just less "dense" if that makes any sense. My favorite use for this pigment is the line my lower last line with it when I use Copperized and Rushmetal on the upper lid. Very lovely for daytime. For night though, this pigment looks great as an all over lid color, either over a black base for depth, or a light base for bright color. Overall, a lovely pigment, and my new Teal replacement.
THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE FABULOUS FELINES RELEASE (in case this Mauvement is slightly different from previous releases). ......................................................SO, I get why everyone loves this pigment, it is beautiful and incredibly versatile! But the first thing I need to say is: DO NOT EVEN BOTHER APPLYING THIS PIGMENT DRY, it is a waste of time and doesn't really show up, it also creates the dreaded sparkly fallout situation. But wet it applies beautifully, and is much more visible. Now on to the color: In the jar it is a lovely mauve/lilac gold, but definitely shows up with less of the purple tones once applied, and ends up looking like more of a neutral taupey gold. The nice thing about it is that it really morphs to become a version of whatever base you apply it over. Over Fresco Rose it became a lovely pink gold, Over Painterly it looked peachy gold, Over MUFE #11 gold cream shadow it became a taupey gold, over a purple base it became lilac gold...etc. And the pigment really fused with the bases and incorporates the color, instead of sitting on top and just reflecting. The one thing I did notice that I wasn't super stoked about is that the vibrancy of the shimmer tends to really dull down after a few hours of wear, and (today over Stray Grey PP anyway) the color began to look a little muddy. But I will do a little more research over different bases to see if this was a one-off situation, it could definitely have been my "muddy" colored base :) LOL
I cannot believe I am the first one writing a review, especially considering that this pigment has been sold out for DAYS!!! Perhaps we all bought the pigment online and nobody has received it yet??? Whatever the case, I just got mine today so it is my duty as a diligent MUAer to tell you how I feel about it..... LOVE IT!!!! Finally a dark MAC pigment!!! (Sorry Dark soul, I don't like silver sparkles, and sorry Deep Blue Green, you are a fallout disaster). Bloodline is a deep, smokey purplish brown (or brownish purple depending on the light), and also has this vague bizarre blue-grey haze in certain lights. I would not go as far as to call that blueness a duochrome, because it is faint, but it gives the pigment a certain something special. Personally I think the best thing about this pigment is it's depth, that you can make it REALLY dark, you can use its darkness as a base for lighter pigments, and it blends REALLY well. I tried it today with vanilla pigment on the inner eye (pretty), then tried Dazzleray (also pretty), and then tried Gold pigment, which was the winner. SO PRETTY! Obviously this pigment will look great with silvers, violets, and cooler highlights, but on me I think it is stellar with yellower golds and bronzes, so don't forget to put this pigment to the test because I think it can handle just about any color you throw at it. By the way, I know that this is sold out online, so if you are not near a MAC counter you can get 1/4 tsp samples at www.thebodyneeds2.com. (Not affiliated with that site, I just love it for MAC pigment samples) UPDATE: Still loving this! I notice now that as this pigment wears, on me it begins to turn into a smokey bluey-purple....it sort of loses it's brown-purple warmth and heads to cooler town. That said, no matter what color I have paired it with, it still works when that happens, and I am NOT generally a person who can wear cool charcoals, so this is still very unique color. Also, it is looks like a matte, so for those of you who need sparkles, you will need to add them yourself :) .....Looks great with Mauvement!
Highlighters -MAC - Iridescent Pressed Powder in Star!
piratecaptain 8/25/2010 8:07:00 PM
Such a beautiful color! Light golden bronze with pink iridescence and light golden sparkle. Beautiful as a cheek and browbone highlight, wearable for day and night. In the pot it looks really glittery, but once applied the glitter mostly disappears, leaving just the golden peachy iridescence. Lovely.
JUST A GIANT GLOPPY MESS. People, seriously? How could anyone like this mascara? Someone mentioned that they needed an "eyelash comb" everytime they used this, but in my experience the glops were wayyyy too big for a even a comb, and I needed to basically use another mascara wand to remove 80% of the tarry mess...and THEN use my fingers to wipe the excess and hold my lashes up while they dried. Also, I have washed my face 4 times (AND used Lancome's Bi-Facil eyemakeup remover each time) and there is STILL mascara on my lashes and below my eyes. My god could a mascara be any more high maintenance than this one?