Look Feature: Getting Silly With MAC (& Some Dipdown Lovin’)

How often is it that you come across a hot hawt pink that has so many tendencies to go wrong yet goes on absolutely perfect.

Granted to say you’ll need some pretty good lip condition, the right range of skintone as well as the guts to pull it off but it’s a beautiful pink nonetheless.

Not one you’ll see me reaching for on a daily basis but when I feel up for a little more fun and my pinks just aren’t up to the job because they’re not bubble-gummy fun and bright enough then it’s MAC’s Silly to the rescue.

This post actually spun out from a lip swatch shot where I figured I quite liked what I had on the rest of my face and in the face (hurhur) of a color like Silly, it’s one that is best viewed from a distance to see how it ties in with the rest of the look so… Look Feature, why not.

I didn’t really have anything else from my mix of MAC is Beauty items to feature alongside Silly, or rather it didn’t cross my mind since it was suppose to solely be a lip swatch so here you are seeing Silly all alone in it’s own glory.

Well, somewhat alone.

Cause while I’m at it with MAC, I figured why not share my current obsession that doesn’t quite fit in anywhere in the recent scope of things.

Why?

Because it’s not new nor is it recently repromoted amidst the slew of Fluildines but it’s something I’ve come to learn about recently (through Mag) and really grown to love – the MAC Fluidline in Dipdown but get this… for my brows!

Yes, brows.

Evidently that’s what the internet raves about it for. Though it is a mighty awesome deep brown liner in itself but you know me, I love my sleek black flicks so I think this gets more love from me as a brow liner.

Especially so when my hair is a little darker these days and most of the brow stuff I was using are a little light in tone now.

It took some getting used to in both the shade and also the formula (because using a gel pot for the brows is a totally new thing to me) but once I got the hang of it, you could say that I’m downright obsessed right now.

Though of course, as with the makeup realm, love for a product is real but obsession can be fleeting so before I get distracted and hung up on another new and upcoming brow product I thought I would give this its deserving mention first and urge you to go check Dipdown out (for brows) if you’re up for a duo-purpose product that fills your brows and also lines yours eyes! Ha!

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A bitt’o Rambles…

So anyway, that’s about it!

I’m not very sure how I fared in this post and I hope that it’s largely legible, such that the text makes sense and it isn’t too rambly, because I feel like I’m caught in a bit of a word block again these days and my brain just isn’t co-operating.

Not just with the blog but work and all.. it’s like my mind is always on sleep-mode and I can’t boot it up, ha.

It could be added stress from work given the crazy deadlines these days and also tiring home situations because baby’s been extra cranky these days from both the testy-toddler phase and also the pretty bad flu and cough strain she had contracted from school (she’s in Nursery 1 now).

But on a happier note, I’m glad I still managed to ramble something out and just talk to you guys about it. Rambling and ranting on here makes me feel better, somewhat, even though sometimes words fail me and sentences aren’t what I hope they would be I hope you guys enjoy reading nonetheless!

Leaving this off, I’ll have 2 more MAC is Beauty looks to put up and I hope to get them up within the month of June because July is going to be one exciting month!

Trust me, it’s going to be good! :)

Thanks for reading!

MAC Philip Treacy – The Super Quick Rundown (& Swatches) of What I’ve Got!

Hey guys!

Okay I’m dashing in real quick with this post because I know this is going up reaaal late and there are newer collections to talk about (like the massive MAC is Beauty) but we all know how fond MAC is of re-promoting so hopefully this will be of help be it now or eventually!

Last I had heard, which frankly was quite awhile ago too (my bad), a good amount of products were still in stock even a week after Philip Treacy’s launch because the folks at MAC had decided to up the quantity of each piece, really thoughtful!

Though…

I can’t speak much for now because it has been awhile since I heard that (and since Philip Treacy’s release), plus the items are all so beautiful I wouldn’t be surprised they would be snatched up.

So anyway!

About the Philip Treacy collection. Given how late my mention is I’m assuming most of you guys already know the ins and outs of this collection so I wouldn’t bother with press run-downs and go straight to what I have on hand.

Even then, I’m sure you’ve all seen the lipsticks being swatched and liners being worn but if you’re curious to know my thoughts on them, then read on!

Before I get to it, I want to say that the MAC x Philip Treacy promo visuals are absolutely stunning. One of the most visually captivating ones I’ve seen from MAC in awhile!

 

High-Light Powder in Blush Pink

Kicking this collection’s mention off with the pretty pink elephant in the room – the much talked about (because they’re so visually captivating) Highlight Powder.

These are available in 2 shades, Nude Pink and Blush Pink. Of the two, I have Blush Pink, the lighter and more pink-toned variant.

The powder has a beautiful pan design complete with a sparkly silver overspray over parts of the design.

On first look I assumed that the powder was simply a soft luminous (but really largely satin and powdery) pink but upon closer look, there are actually little silver shimmers strewn within the powder. Albeit not concentrated so it doesn’t end up giving you a disco ball look.

The overspray lends a nice silvery gleam and sparkle when swatched but it’s not a finish to shout much about either.

While it is termed a highlight powder, I’ve found myself using it ala a beauty powder – buffing it all over for a soft luminous finish.

The sparkles can look a little evident in some light – not gritty but you will see twinkling on the skin – so I wouldn’t suggest this method to all but under daylight and most indoor lighting you can’t really pick up on them unless someone was staring your skin down.

I would say this powder is a nice thing to own, in the context of a beauty powder more than a highlighter, but not a must-grab either.

Unless you have a weakness for packaging then I can’t really help you there ;)

 

Paintpot in Genuine Treasure

Speaking of sparkles, let’s move on to another glitzy number from this collection, the MAC Paint pot in Genuine Treasure!

This bronzey shimmery beauty does come with a little disclaimer of being a tad patchy to work with and blend but the final result is oh-so-gorgeous so I’ll leave it to you to decide if that slight con is worth it.

To me, maybe because the paint pot is still fresh and lovely to use, I have no problems with the texture. It requires just that bit more patting and blending but it still goes on nicely and the smokey sparkly bronze and gold finish it leaves on the lids is completely worth it, in my books.

My lamp lighting can’t capture the sparkles in the most beautiful way but once worn on your lids, they’ll dance and shine as you blink or move your lids. Spectacular, really!

 

Fluidlines in Blacktrack and Royal Wink

Apart from the paint pot, there are also a couple of Fluidlines launched under the Philip Treacy collection to help you get your peepers ready!

There are 3 shades available and while I do have all 3 on hand, I decided to stagger the feature of Blue Peep to the MAC is Beauty collection since you’ll see it over there as well.

So, seen here would be the signature Blacktrack Fluidline (permanent) and Royal Wink Fluidline, the only Limited Edition shade coming out amongst all of MAC’s recent Fluidline re-promotes.

Blacktrack really needs no introduction, it’s MAC’s signature creamy and smooth black gel liner that’s got a fandom or cult clan of its own, I’m sure, so let’s move on to Royal Wink!

Royal Wink is a striking cobalt blue in the tub that can seem intimidating with its undeniably regal, striking, and captivating aura.

Though I’ve noticed (it’s been a long long while since I’ve used Fluidlines) that the Fluidlines have a tendency to go on a little softer in look and finish (compared to my norm of liquid liners at least). So, for a color like Royal Wink, I dare say it goes on rather wearable!

Wear-ability is a subjective term, I know.

It’s still a cobalt blue and still bright if you’re not used to colored liners but compared to all I’ve seen or used, I think this sits somewhere in the ‘usable’ area and is something I would throw on for work if I felt up for it.

Finish-wise, I do notice that Royal Wink can go on a little patchier with one pass and require some evening out but it has a nice creamy glide to it so going over the line again isn’t a chore.

At least there aren’t any tugging or balling up issues with this!

I have done a Look Feature with this duo so you’ll have a better look at how they wear on the eyes soon!

 

Lipstick in Cardinal and Hollywood Cerise

Finally, here’s the best for last!

Though it’s not to say the earlier products aren’t good but rather I’ve personally got this huuuuuge soft (jelly-like almost) spot for lip products – lipsticks / stains / crayons especially.

The richer, the bolder, the deeper, the better!

There are 3 lipstick releases in this collection, of which I already have No Faux Pas on hand (from the holiday collections) so I’m featuring that alongside newcomers, Cardinal and Hollywood Cerise.

That would explain why No Faux Pas appears in a different outfit from the rest.

The 3 lip shades are all strong and vibrant hues so if rich, deep and intense lip colors are your weapons of choice then you will find yourself absolutely taken with these.

Since I’ve already spoken about No Faux Pas over here, I shan’t go into much detail or spam many photos about it but here it is, swatched with the other 2, just cause.

So, Cardinal is a rich red that appears to have this deeper edge from the tube but once on, that depth isn’t too dark which works out if vampy isn’t your thing. Yet of course it isn’t a fire-engine red on either.

I think it is a stunning shade and compared to a bright bold red, that sometimes you need to feel in the mood to wear, this is considerably more… wearable? Again, wearable is a subjective term.

If red isn’t quite your thing or you’ve got too many reds on hand (is there such a thing as too many reds? Ha) then meet Hollywood Cerise – here’s a color that you don’t see too often. a deep raspberry pink.

I say it’s unique because while it’s mostly like a medium / slightly deeper pink shade, it’s got a nice tinge of purple or what I like to call raspberry-tone in it.

While pink is pink, it’s definitely one of the more unique pinks I have in my stash!

I think I’m threading into self-justifying grounds now so I shall stop. It is a beautiful pink nonetheless and I gladly welcome it with open arms :)

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So, there’s that!

A quick (I hope…) lowdown and look at some of the items released with MAC’s Philip Treacy collection.

I know, I know, everyone’s talking about stuff coming out in June already and I’m still stuck on what came out in March (I think?). My bad! Posting schedules are incredibly irregular for me these days but even then I hope to do a thorough job about it no matter how belated I am (plus MAC loves re-promoting anyway), hurhur. So for Philip Treacy, I’ve got 3 Look Features for you.

Though, I do want to ask…

Would you like to see them right after this or after my product low-down of the newly released MAC is Beauty Collection? For orderly-sake I do prefer spamming Philip Treacy all at once but I’m willing to change the order of things if anyone prefers!

So anyway, wrapping it up, thank you all for reading and catch you around again!

 

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Look Feature: MAC’s Fluidline Eye Pencil in Deep Blue Sea

It’s a tricky thing to transit from having my camera’s settings adjusted to shoot in bright, harsh, and warm daylight (at my parents place) back to my dimly lit room with the light source dependent on my table top lamp (which is pretty awesome but somehow not half as good as Mr Golden Sun).

Of course if I had a little more time to tweak and toggle through the settings, white balance especially, and learn how to angle myself once more to catch the light right it wouldn’t be a big issue but rushed mornings is all I have and I’m not entirely pleased with how the pictures turned out.

Some part of it is too contrast-y, too under and over exposed and more tweaking should be done…

Though thankfully regardless of all that it doesn’t take away from the beauty that is MAC’s Fluidline Eye Pencil in Deep Blue Sea.

This little guy was released with MAC’s A Novel Romance (yes that cheesball collection) and is a Limited Edition offering. Though, if you know MAC, you’ll likely see this being repromoted sometime down the line so… let’s keep a look out for that!

Why?

Because this is one beautiful beautiful Deep Blue (Sea).

It’s not even that deep that all you see is navy and black, the blue is quite obvious and especially so if your peepers aren’t obscured by frames (as mine are, gah). Yet even with their lovely saturation, the color is deep enough for some definition should you choose to wear it alone.

Though given my love for the dark dark liners, I would still tightline with some black should I choose to give the illusion of wearing this liner alone.

The liner gives a very smooth glide and doesn’t skip on my skin. It also draws on nicely and gives good pigmentation with just one glide so it makes it easy and quick to draw on.

As far as the wear goes, I mainly don this on my upper lids and I don’t have issues with wear there so I can’t be the best judge. If anything, it doesn’t imprint on my lids which some extremely creamy and smudge-able ones would even with my not-that-oily lids.

So with all that said and done, it’s a lovely blue-toned liner with a nicely creamy yet not overly slippery texture that is quite a joy to wear with the best part being it comes in an automatic format which means – no sharpening, yay!

p.s. with all the spotlight being on the liner, 
I would just like to quickly say that the eyeshadows 
are from Shu Uemura's Warm Hues Palette (from the 
Pret-a-Palette collection released awhile back).

Have you tried the MAC Fluidline Eye Pencils? Do you like them?

Thanks for reading!

 

MAC’s Fluidline Eye Pencil  in Deep Blue Sea is Limited Edition. I’m not too sure of the price.

 

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