I was intrigued that MAC had yet another new foundation. I wanted to give this one a try since the last few (Pro Longwear; Matchmaster) have not worked for me shadewise and I was hoping to find a matching shade in this. This foundation definitely lives up to is name: moisture! It applies nicely with a stippling brush or Beauty Blender. It provides nice buildable coverage, but if you are looking for a sheer foundation, this is a good product to try. If applied with a light hand it can be very sheer. I wear NC43 in SFF and C7 in SF Powder and F&B (all MAC) but in this foundation I was matched to NC45, which in other formulas is normally much too light. However, it matched nicely. My problem with this foundation is that it looks wonderful on me for a few hours and then BAM!! I look in the mirror and my face is an oil slick. The foundation also "breaks up" for lack of a better term and looks patchy. I really wanted to like this foundation, but sadly it is not my new HG. It reminds me of F&B, but with more ummph to it. I will keep what I have and maybe it will work for me during the dead of winter. Only purchase this if you have super dry skin. I did use a primer (MUFE HD and Avon Magix).
I tried this product a few years ago and was not particularly taken with how it applied or performed. I got tired of using heavy foundation (Studio Fix liquid, Revlon Colorstay, etc.) and ordered MUFE F&B on a whim from a blog sale. I fell in love with it, only after seeing myself in a vacation photo taken by my husband. Not tooting my own horn, but I looked good! Make up looked flawless and very natural, like I wasn't wearing any but just had awesome skin. I retraced my steps and realized I had used the MUFE F&B that day and using it exclusively. Ok, that was two years ago. Lets fast forward to today. My makeup began looking not so good and I couldn't figure out why. I was doing the same thing I had done for the last two years. I hated the way my HG foundation was looking (ruddy) and decided I needed to search for a new one. As any good make up junkie, of course I had like 10 other foundations on hand, but none fit the bill. I had fallen in love with the weightless, airbrushed flawless finish of my beloved MUFE F&B. I wanted to find something that was similar. I remembered that MAC had re-released their F&B in a recent collection and decided to give it a second chance. I'm so glad I did. The consistency is a little thicker than I remember and the color was slightly warmer and richer. In the past it was too watery in consistency and had a grayish tint and left me too light and ashy ( reasons why I threw out my initial bottle, the big 4oz). I purchased the new smaller bottle online from Nordstrom. I ordered the C7 and felt confident in doing so due to the fact that I wear Studio Fix powder in C7. This is the closest color match for my skin tone in any MAC foundation. NC45 is too light and NC50 is way too dark, except in Select SPF. I love the natural finish this gives. It dries quicker than MUFE F&B. It is very easy to build coverage and does not necessarily need to be finished with powder. It wears all day, and my days are long (6am - 6pm, or longer). It's waterproof and transfer proof. I have noticed that my beloved MAC wipes don't always do the trick for removing this, so I have to use two wipes if I do more than one layer. If you have problematic skin, this is not the foundation for you. But if you have slight issues that can easily be corrected with concealer, I would give it a try. It is now my HG! Oh, another benefit, the bottle and applicator. I like that it is plastic and not glass. I'm accident prone and have dropped several foundation bottles my tile floor. The squeeze applicator allows you to control the amount of foundation that comes out of bottle. I use my MAC 187 or 109 brush to apply this.
I'm not very excited about this product. I was expecting a deeper purple based on the picture on Mac.com. It's a light bluish, purple with an almost sheer finish (luster). I'm a fan of MACs luster finishes, but I think this color would have been better suited in a matte or satin finish. When I wore it for the first time, it reminded me of something I already own by MAC maybe Hang Up. The finish is nice and it feels creamy when applied. I was just expecting something different.
I absolutely love this blush!!! It is so amazing. It's a peachy/coral color which really compliments my NC45/NC50 skin tone. I was kinda on the fence about getting this, but then I saw swatches and new I had to have it. The finish is very smooth, almost buttery. I think I read somewhere that it was powdery, but that has not been my experience. I really like that you can use the gold overlay as highlight or blend it with the blush to make an all new color or just use the blush by itself. The only drawback it that you need a small brush to pick up just the blush by itself, but I used my 109 and it was perfect. I'm so happy with this. I never buy backups, but I wish I had gotten one for this. If I ever find it available, I will buy another.
Once I saw the swatch for this on Temptalia's blog I knew I had to have it. I've been lemming this since rumors of this collection began a few months ago. I love the finish of this lipstick. It falls in line with most MAC lipstick as far as quality and finish. The consistency was creamy and not to glossy and the finish was soft looking. The color was amazing! A very nice warm orange with just a hint of red. It looks amazing on my NC45/50 skin tone. I didn't need a liner but I could use one to enhance or alter th color slightly. A few that looked nice paired with this are BBQ, Cork, and Vino or Chesnut applied lightly. I can't wait to wear this out! I tested at homes and paired with a neutral eye and warm blush. The lips were the focus. This is the perfect summer lippie. If you don't have it, you need it. I believe this would work on any skintone.
I really like this mascara! I don't remeber buying this, but I know that I did because it was in my stash. I don't remeber when I first used this, but I do remeber thinking, Wow! my lashes look great. I looked at the tube and I thought it was ProLong Lash, but it was Studio Lash. This was about 2 weeks ago and I used it everyday since. What I like: It lengthens and separates and never clumps. My lashes look great. They look false without looking gaudy. This makes my lashes looke double the length and no matter how many coats, it never clumps. I am thourougly impressed and will continue to purchase.
Liquid -Laura Mercier - Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation
slimchicklovesMAC 4/4/2011 9:21:00 AM
I'm continually on the hunt for the perfect foundation. My holy grail. This one so far comes very close. It's a very good match, color wise, it's oil free; comes in a glass bottle with pump! The price is $42, so it's a little pricey, but I would pay more for my HG. A little goes a long way, so you don't need much, which is a definte plus. It applies smoothly and looks flawless. I kept looking at myself, I just couldn't believe the finish. I applied a light dusting of powder (MAC MSFN in Dark) to set and I did use Smashbox Photo Finish primer before application. I did not purchase did foundation, but recieved a sample at Sephora. I was given a nice amount, enough to last at least a week. I will make my purchase decision at the end of the week and will update my review at the end of the week.
Makeup Brushes -Sigma - F80 Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki (was SS197)
slimchicklovesMAC 3/28/2011 8:51:00 AM
I bought this brush after viewing The Fancy Face Blogspot rave about it. She uses it for her foundation and her pics are always flawless. She went on and on about how it blends the foundation perfectly and left her with an airbrush effect. So I thought I would give it a try. I purchased my F80 directly from the Sigma website. It took about 3 days to arrive, which I thought was totally awesome. I also ordered one of the make up bags and it was much larger than I imagined which was a definite plus and I got a free gift. I was expecting and eye shadow sample or lip liner, but no honey!! I got a free full sized eye shadow blending brush (the 224 dupe). I couldn't believe it!!! So I I'm impressed with Sigma and will order from them again. On with the review: The F80 is like nothing that MAC has, at all! It is a synthetic fiber brush and it is very dense. It has a flat top and the handle is just right. Not to long, not to short. I have used this brush with both liquid and powder foundations and I must say that although it works wonders with liquid, I'm not impressed with its powder application. I much prefer a fluffy, less dense brush for powders. I have used this with MUFE F&B; MAC Select SPF 15 and Revlon CS. It performed well with all. This brush allows you to stipple and blend. I like stippling with this much better than the 187 or 188, because of the density of the bristles, you have less work to do and the blending is easier and faster. Coastal Scents has a similar brush that I ordered a few months ago. I like the CS brush also, but it is larger than the F80 and their performance is the same. The CS brush is less dense than the F80, which makes it a little better to use with powder products as well. I've washed my F80 several times and have not experienced much shedding, maybe 1 or 2 fibers. One definite plus, despite its density it dries completely overnight. I rec this brush for anyone that wants a flawless finish done quickly. This is for beginners and pros, plus it's only $16.
After lemming this product for about 4 years, I finally ordered it from the MAC website. Each time it came out is a collex at my local counter I missed it b/c it would sell out. I kept hearing about what a great shade it is and how it is a great nude for WOC. I was so excited!! However, this shade is not for everyone. I'm all for the pale lips and can rock them better than anyone! But, this just make me look like I'm sick. Really, like I'm physically ill. I thought adding a liner would help, but it just looks, blah. I want to like this lippie soooo bad. But I just can't make it work for me. I'm a DDD btw MAC NC45 & NC50. This shade is kinda drying also. It is a satin finish, but seems drier than MACs other satin l/s. It applies almost like a brownish grey. It looks like a light, warm tan in the tube and it pics, but it doesn't apply that way at all. I really was expecting it to be similar to Freckletone, but with less gloss and more tan than peach. It's more grey than Fresh Brew, which I was scared to death to try, but is not my daily, go to nude lippie. It might be more user friendly in the summer months, but I'm threw making products work. So, back to MAC it goes.
I have wanted to try this foundation for awhile. I really wanted a lighter coverage foundation than what I was currently using (CS HD; Revlon CS and MK med cov). I really wanted the MAC F&B but, after reading several reviews and looking at the Foundation table on Temptalia. It would either be too light or way too dark. I also realized MAC didn't have a shade for me and the store counters did not stock it and I would have to order online.I read several good reviews on MUA about MUFE F&B and went to Sephora and was able to get a sample. I was impressed. The finish was light and natural and it "dried" and didn't smudge or rub off. The coverage is buildable, so you can go as heavy or as light as you like, with making a mistake or looking over done. I found this product at a significant discount on a recent blog sale and decided to give it a try. Sometimes when you get a sample, it's not enough to really wear for more than one day and you need more than one day to know if you want to invest $40 in a foundation. For application, you must first shake the he** out of this bottle to mix the foundation,because it is water based and contains silicon, so it separates as it sits. After shaking vigorously, remove the cap and pour a small amount on the back of your hand ( I keep and use the plastic inserts from my MAC blushes & MSFs so I can keep my hands clean) and apply with a brush. I have tried several ways, including using my fingers. Although using your fingers with the foundation gives it a really nice finish, I like to keep my hands clean, so I use the MAC 109 or 188. The 109 works best for me. The foundation comes out of the bottle in a gel like form, almost the consistency of thin yogurt. Without a pump, you waste a lot of the product, so that is definitely and minus, but now it comes with a pump (Yay!) and I only need 2 pumps to complete my entire face for a natural look and 3 if I want to be more "made up". I use this product in #12 Caramel and it blends perfectly with my skin. I've gotten so many compliments since I started using this foundation. Even, my boss told me how nice I looked. She said she didn't know what was different, but it looked nice. For reference: I've used Revlon CS Combo/Oily in Caramel #400 nice, excellent in photos, but a little too red; MK med coverage in Bronze 507 nice finish, but a little too orangey; MAC NC45 in SF Liquid way too light NC 50 too dark. I'm the DDD skin tone that MAC doesn't have a shade for. So if this is you also, try MUFE
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - 8-pan Palette "Comfort Zone"
slimchicklovesMAC 2/13/2011 6:39:00 PM
I really like this palette. I wanted this the first time I saw it on-line. I really like neutrals. One side of this palette is mostly greens and the other side is beige and browns. I like wearing the Club dupe with the lightest color as a high light. There are so many combos and many different ways to use this palette. The only down side is they didn't really make this an all inclusive palette. For example, if I wanted to travel with this I would still need to take a matte brown or beige or both because there are no matte shades, not one. But for $4.99 its not a major complaint. The shadows are DS and perform as such, there is some fall out, and some are very shimmery. Overall, they are smooth, lay down well, and last all day with a primer. Another plus is that there are several MAC dupes in this palette. I've found All that Glitters, Club, Bronze, Patina and Sketch, Greensmoke, and Sumptuous Olive. For reference I'm a DDD. MUFE F& B #12 and MAC C7.
Bronzers -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish - Golden Lariat
slimchicklovesMAC 2/8/2011 10:43:00 AM
I am so loving this!!! I thought I would complete skip on the MAC WW collex, but I'm so glad I took a chance and got this after watching Temptalia's review. First, the size: this thing is huge! It's a plus and a minus - I don't need a back up, b/c I will never use all of this, but the large size makes it a little awkward to use, esp if you want to swirl all 3 colors together. Second: It's as if you have 3 different products. The MSF is so large, you can easily use each of the 3 shades individually. The middle shade makes a very nice brozer; the golden shade is a perfect highlighter and the peachy/coral shade is an amazing blush. I've used this product blending all 3 together as a blush and I was pleasantly surprised. It gave me a nice glow without being too much and the peachiness really complements my skintone (DDD: MAC C7/MUFE F&B 12). I have also used the bronzer as a contour shade with the highlight above and the peachy color on the apples of my cheeks. I can't wait to use this in the spring/summer months. I would recommend this to any DDD that is looking for that perfect blush. For reference the middle shade is between MSFN Medium Deep and MSFN Dark, with a hint of peach/coral.
This was an okay product for me. I had been hearing such great things about E.L.F. on MUA and thought I would give this a try. I wasn't sure if I should get this one or the Mineral, so I got the reg since it was only $1. I'm AA and C7 in MAC. This primer did not dry to a clear finish. It left a whitish cast on my eyelids and made I had to work harder to apply my e/s to cover all the "white" areas. It did what it was suppose to do, hold my e/s in place all day. That's why I rated it a 4, if it dried clear, I would have given it a 5. I will not repurchase, b/c I have so many options - UDPP; TFSI, etc. If you are of a fair or lighter complexion, I definitely rec this for you, but my DDD skip it.
Bronzers -Revlon - ColorStay Mineral Finishing Powder in 020 Suntan Matte
slimchicklovesMAC 1/24/2011 12:29:00 PM
I tried this powder after watching a Youtube guru use it. She claimed it was a DS dupe for MAC MSFN in Dark. I absolutely love MSFN and thought it would be nice to have this to keep in my car or at work for touch ups. I am displeased with this product. First, it is not as "soft" or "powdery" as MSFN and when you swatch with you finger or a brush, nothing comes off. I guess this is okay if you are trying to control the amount of powder that you are using, but it just wasn't picking up at all. I thought maybe I need to scrape the top, b/c of oils from my fingers, but that didn't work. When I finally was able to get some product on the brush and applied to my face, it did give a nice finish indoors, but in real light and close up, you could see very small amounts of glitter and I didn't like that at all. I wanted a powder that would be a true matte finish. This product does not do that. Although, the light gold veining is subtle, and this could be an excellent highlighter, I was looking for a setting powder, which is how I use MACs MSFN. MSFN gives a "glow", but there is no shimmer. I did like the packaging. The powder is in a cute dome shape similar to MSFN and the case is clear with a nice secure clasp. It is a square shape and easy to store or drop in your bag or purse. It is something you wouldn't mind pulling out. I was also surprised with the price! It was $13.99 at my local Walgreens. I thought that was a tad bit much for DS. I was thinking more along the price of $7.99 or $8.99 no more than $10. I am very glad that my Walgreen's accepts returns because this baby is going back ASAP.
This concealer palette contains 15 shades of concealer including 4 correctors. The correctors are light blue/lavender; yellow; green; pearl white. The remaining concealers range form fair skin tone to deep dark skin tone. Out of the 15 shades: the pearl white makes an excellent highlighter for the inner eye corner; the blue and green are nice e/s bases; I found two concealers that I can mix to make my perfect skintone to hid blemishes. However, this concealer is dry, dry, dry. I found it hard to apply with a brush. It applies better with your fingers. I think it needs the warmth to become creamy. It looks horrible on the undereye area, waayyy to drying for that. I don't find myself reaching for it at all. When I first got it and was trying to use it and find how to make it work for me I did use for about a week or two, but soon went back to my old concealers. I would not purchase this again. I will try to find some uses for it until what I like is gone and then will toss.