Blush Of Youth came out with the Rose Romance collection. Like Summer Rose, I expected this Beauty Powder to be a highlighting powder; I didn't think it would be pigmented enough to use as blush, even on my pale skin (NW15). However, it's very pigmented, and one or two swipes with my EcoTools blush brush give me enough product for both cheeks. On me, it shows up as a light true soft pink. (In the product pictures I've seen, it looks peachy - though that may be my computer monitor - but I don't detect any peach in it.) There's no shimmer, and it's very natural looking. The pretty rose design looks like it will hold up quite a while. Once again, I was pleasantly surprised with this product, and I would definitely buy again if I ran out. (11 grams for $22.00.)
Summer Rose came out with the Rose Romance collection. Since it's a Beauty Powder, I expected it to be quite sheer. I figured I would have to use it as kind of a highlight powder. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I applied it with my EcoTools blush brush. On me, it shows up as a light true rose blush, no shimmer. It's very soft and natural looking. Admittedly, I'm very pale (NW15), so this might not work as a blush for darker skinned women, but I could imagine this serving as blush on pale, light, and maybe even tanned skin tones. Really lovely, and I would buy again, though I'll probably never have to. The pretty rose design looks like it will hold up for a while, too, which is a bonus! (11 grams for $22.00.)
Loving Touch came out with the Rose Romance collection. This is my first See Thru Lip Color, and I'm pleasantly surprised. The texture is unlike any I've experienced; it's a super lightweight gel, and it has a cooling effect on my lips as I'm applying. I let it set for about a minute, since it's a stain, before I top it with gloss. Loving Touch is a basic light-medium pink. There is no shimmer. I would say the pigment is medium. The color is pretty, but it's a little boring. I would love for MAC to come out with more of these See Thru Lip Colors and really expand their color selection. Drawback: The amount you get is small - 0.08 fluid ounces for $14.00, so I rated the price at 4.
Way To Love Lustre Lipstick came out with the Rose Romance collection. Since it's a Lustre, it's kind of sheer, but not as sheer as I'd initially thought. On my medium pigmented lips, it shows up nicely as the *perfect* light pink. Seriously, I own hundreds of lipsticks, and I don't have one quite this color, even though I've been searching for it for quite a while. It's such a flattering color, and it's perfect with low key eyes or dark/smoky eyes. Very versatile, and it's even more lovely topped with a sheer milky pink gloss. (I've been topping it with Cremesheen Glass in Partial to Pink.) I'm honestly surprised at how much I like this color, and I'm actually considering buying a backup. (I've only bought backup makeup twice in my life!)
Just A Pinch Gel Blush came out with the Rose Romance collection. In the little 5 gram glass jar, the blush looks alarmingly bright red, but luckily, it's sheer. On my cheeks, it shows up as a light red flush - really cute and flattering, and very natural looking. On my lips, it shows up as a sheer pinky red flush - again, very natural looking. The staying power on both cheeks and lips is quite good. On my cheeks, it lasts pretty much all day; on my lips, the stain lasts 3-4 hours. The texture is light and comfortable. I love this blush/lip stain, and I really hope MAC decides to make it permanent. (Retails for $18.50.)
Et Tu, Bouquet? came out with the Rose Romance collection. It's a frost finish with plenty of pigmentation. I think the color is gorgeous; it's a light, shimmery pink champagne. In certain lighting, it's opalescent. Really beautiful color, and I can see this as my go-to color on days when I want to quickly perk up my eyes. (1.5 grams for $14.50.)
Sugarshot is from the Sugarsweet Collection and is a Lustre finish. This was my first Lustre eyeshadow, and I expected its texture to be inferior to other MAC eyeshadow textures, based on reviews I'd read. However, Sugarshot's texture is soft, and I get quite a bit of color payoff. On me, it shows up as an almost-glittery (meaning, large shimmer particles, but not quite glitter) version of Shroom. It's a light, creamy beige. I pat it on my lid and browbone with the 239, and there's no fallout. Because of the shimmer, it brightens up my eye even better than Shroom. It's also perfect for the inner corners of my eyes. If you don't like a lof of shimmer/glitter, I'd pass on this one and stick with Shroom. But if you do like shimmer, I'd say this one is a must-have. I'd definitely purchase again.
Lip Gloss -MAC - Cremesheen Glass in Partial to Pink
kelpri 2/18/2009 3:59:00 PM
The MA at my MAC store used this gloss alone on my lips, and under the store lights, it was gorgeous: a light, slightly shimmery, milky pink. It perfectly balanced my dark eye makeup. So, despite the fact that it cost $17.50 (and I'd heard it actually has less product than the Lipglasses), I bought it. When I got in the car, I examined the gloss in daylight. It was a pretty light pink, but it didn't have the gorgeous glow it had in the store. Still pretty, still went well with my makeup, but no more "wow factor." It's also quite sheer. So, it's a cute color, but it's not unique in my opinion. I do, however, like the formula. It's light and neither thick nor thin, and it has a faint sweet smell. Doe foot applicator, which is my favorite. I wouldn't buy it again, but it's nice to top off neutral and pink lipsticks.
This has become one of my favorite scents, second only to Sassy Mark. It smells like just-baked sugary lemon squares. When layered over the lotion, it tends to last about 7-8 hours on me. I've noticed that when I wear this, I get more compliments from guys. (With Sassy Mark, I get more compliments from girls.) Obviously, guys love foody scents. I've already purchased this for several of my friends as gifts, and they all love it as well!
This has quickly become my favorite scent. It's hard to describe the actual notes (besides peach, which is very subtle) - on me, it just smells light and clean, yet sweetly romantic. I've gotten more compliments on this scent than on any other fragrance I've ever worn (and I've worn a ton!). Personally, I don't find that it smells like a "grandmother," but then, body chemistry plays a huge role in how fragrance smells on a particular person. Luckily, it agrees with my body chemistry. I'm really glad that mark has decided to make it a part of their permanent line, because I don't have to worry about running out!
At first, I didn't really like this fragrance at all. When I sprayed it on my skin, all I could smell was gardenia, which is one of my least favorite scents. However, now when I use it, I smell the freesia and honey much more strongly. (Maybe the scent just "settled?") It reminds me of a warm summer day, and of swinging in a hammock - very gentle and relaxing. I really love it now, and I'll have to purchase another bottle, since it's LE.
This is a great light, soft berry floral. I purchased the fragrance and the lotion, and layer the two for added staying power. Worn this way, the scent lasts around 7-8 hours, which I consider pretty good staying power. I would definitely repurchase.
Blush -mark - Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint-Sunny
kelpri 8/9/2007 8:33:00 PM
Based on the picture in the magalog, I wouldn't have ordered this. However, it came in a bundle that I purchased, so I decided to try it out instead of giving it away. I'm so glad I tried it. On me, the color is reddish with a hint of bronze. It's a unique color, and one that makes me look like I've been out in the sun a bit too long. It has a creamy texture and great blendability, and it doesn't break me out. It doesn't completely dry to a powder finish; instead, it remains a little creamy, so I have to set it with either loose powder (day) or golden shimmer powder (night), since I have oily skin. All in all, this is a unique product that I'll definitely repurchase.
As much as I liked mark's original Instant Vacation powder bronzer, it didn't have quite enough pigment for me. The new version, Bronze Pro, is definitely pigmented enough for me, and it has less shimmer. The color is a light golden brown, which I can imagine working on most skintones. It goes on smoothly and evenly, making me look like I actually got a real, light tan (which is nowhere near possible for a redhead like me!). The packaging is sleek - it's a black compact with 2 compartments: on top is the bronzer, and when you flip that up, you see a half-moon brush in the bottom ventilated compartment. The brush seems soft, though I must admit I've never used it. I just use mark's Powder Brush, which works perfectly. Overall, this is a fantastic bronzer that I'll definitely repurchase!
Lip Gloss -Maybelline - Shiny-Licious - ALL colors
kelpri 8/8/2007 8:03:00 PM
I saw quite a few of these glosses in the bins at Big Lots several months ago, and since they were only $1.99, I picked up about 7 or 8 (all LE). Each looked absolutely beautiful in the tube. Unfortunately, *every single color* went on clear. Some had shimmer, some had sparkle, but none had color. That really disappointed me, because I had high hopes for them (especially "Do You Salsa" which looked like a pearly nude), and I don't need that many tubes of clear lip gloss (I already have dozens, from other brands of lip gloss that looked pretty but went on clear). Also, they smell strongly of cheap, sharp fragrance. The texture is bad, too; it's very thin and greasy. I'm not sure if the regular colors are clear like the LE colors, or if the texture and smell are different, but I'm not going to waste any money trying to find out.