Look Feature: A Peep At Blue Peep (& Japanese Spring Cremesheen)

Hello!

Here’s the last of my extremely belated tributes to the MAC is Beauty collection, a Look Feature showcasing one of the pops of colors that I had received!

You can see my first attempt at getting Dipdown & Silly here, and my second attempt with some Wow Factor over here!

I wanted to attempt a couple of products in this look so I reached for a little something I don’t usually wear for a bit of an interesting mix to the texture and finishes in this look.

I’ll explain more about it in a bit – but first, Blue Peep!

This Blue Peep is one heck of a gorgeous blue. I can’t even really say blue either because it pulls more teal than outrightly blue but blue nonetheless.

Okay enough about assessing where this color stands, let’s have a look at how it applies and goes on though I probably chose the easiest way to wear and showcase this but given the sleek and opaque intensity of a teal as such, I really can’t figure out another way to plop this on and have it still sit in wearable grounds.

Though for the sake of showcasing it, I did slick on a thicker-than-my-usual sort of line but on a more usual basis, I do prefer a thinner peek of color on the lids.

The rest of the lids are kept neutral, boringly but easily so, because Blue Peep was stand out enough on its own.

So anyway, that’s about it for the eyes, for the rest of the face I wanted to go for a soft, sheer and translucent texture to contrast the matte, creamy and intense lids.

For the cheeks, I revisited Hang Loose for a wash of icy silver pink! I’ve noticed Hang Loose is one of those shades I don’t use very often on a day to day basis but it’s one I can fall back upon in times when I want a flattering frost of pale pink on the cheeks.

A bit like that flush you get in icy weather – not that I’ve been in one to know but it seems like a lovely soft wash of color yet barely there at the same time.

On the lips, I wanted to take this opportunity to wear and showcase Japanese Spring, a Cremesheen Glass because I probably wouldn’t reach for it or showcase it much otherwise in my usual channels or daily looks.

Nothing against it really, it’s just me and glosses don’t always go.

What’s more Japanese Spring while a cutesy pale color, goes on rather colorless on my already rather lifeless and not too pigmented lips so… unless I were going for that pale nude look, it’s not a look I always prefer.

Thus, for this Look Feature I will confess that I ‘cheated’ a little by dabbing some Silly lightly on the lip for a slight hint of color before going over it with Japanese Spring.

But only ever so slightly such that the milky pale look of Japanese Spring is still kept intact. Just not as corpse-like compared to if I were to wear it straight on da lips.

Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
PURER Skin Serum
L'OCCITANE Angelica Eye Roll-on
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
Leaders Clinic Sunscreeen
Dior Diorskin Nude Liquid Foundation 
Urban Decay Naked concealer (undereye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES 
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01
Lancôme Fraicheur Rosee palette 
MAC Blue Peep Fluidline
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

CHEEKS
MAC Mineralized blush in Hang Loose

LIPS
MAC Lipstick in Silly (dabbed on)
MAC Lipglass in Japanese Spring

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Andddddd, there you go!

I do apologise again for the whole lull period you guys had to deal with in the month of June. I know my postings were a little boring and incredibly sporadic but I assure you that come July, you’re going to be so flooded with new postings from me that hopefully it makes up for all this silence.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Ha!

That is also hand in hand with that exciting (for me) project that I’ve been talking about and can’t wait to share. So stay tuned!

Speeding Through (and Swatching) MAC is Beauty Beauties!

Okie dokes, hello again you guys!

Well… I know this post is real late and I’ve got more relevant things to share (like MAC Wash and Dry and a whole lot more non-MAC stuff) but if I don’t put this up now it’ll get shoved to the abyss where backlogged posts float about without a purpose or aim in their lives.

Ha, so dramatic, my bad.

So, no matter how late, here’s MAC is Beauty cause I owe you guys this one.

This whole collection, at a glance is a lot of pretty but frankly not a whole load of practical. Though then again, that is subjective and dependent on your makeup style.

Sure there are some nice picks and good choices within like promoting the Fluidlines (which are mostly permanent though, so no rush there) and also the deliciously candy-colored Lipsticks, of which I would say half are a little too pastel and pale for my liking but they do make pretty eye candy nonetheless.

There are some other lovely picks within like the Cremesheen glasses, if those are your thing, and some Beauty Powders within that are nice to have.

With all that said, let’s get cracking on how much of pretty is usable!

 

Eyeshadow in Wow Factor

Getting the lone little eyeshadow out of the way, I have this purple-hued matte in Wow Factor that actually goes on a little bit more usable and wearable than I had imagined.

There are 4 shades launched with MAC is Beauty (if I’m not wrong), all of which are a little light, airy and pastel.

I’m not sure why at a glance I predicted Wow Factor to go on a little chalky and ‘floaty’ – you know how pastel colors have this light base that makes the color go on really pale and appears as if they ‘float’ above your skin? – but surprisingly Wow Factor turned out pretty nice.

The color isn’t chalky at all, it swatches easily and in this case it’s thankfully not immensely pigmented at first swatch. There’s some translucence to this purple that allows it to be more wearable despite its pastel outlook.

Sure the color still needs some building up if you want a true purple to show up but at least it actually does intensify with each layer.

Is it a love? I would say… not really unless you’re seeking a matte pastel-purple. But was it a nice surprise? You could say that.

 

Fluidline in Blue Peep (and Blacktrack)

Next up is something that’s permanent so no matter that this entry is delayed because these little buggers are likely still around. Unless out of stock but they’ll be back in no time, don’t worry about it.

So the line-up of Fluidlines introduced with the MAC is Beauty collection is quite extensive. Like mind-whirling sort of an intensive with a mix of cream and also shimmery finishes though I have a humble selection of 2 to feature. Of which, you’ve already ‘met’ Blacktrack earlier with my Philip Treacy entry.

Spotlighting more on Blue Peep, because honestly, what is there to say about Blacktrack (a smooth creamy black gelliner) that most MAC fans don’t already know?

Blue Peep is a scary little number in the pot. So bright, so intriguing and so stunning but scary, nonetheless.

If you thought that Royal Wink from Philip Treacy is a color that requires plucking up some guts to use, then you had better start plucking those guts and more up if you’re thinking to use Blue Peep!

Though that said, it’s not a color that’s completely unwearable too because what I like about liners is no matter how scary or vibrant (unless it’s a blood red or something unorthodox), all you need is a crisp sharp sleek of black to pair it with and somehow everything just works.

Yes it’s a little bit of a pop compared to the same ole same ole black slick of liner but it’s a fun way to dress up your look without too much effort.

And if you ask me, I think Blue Peep feels like nicely formulated. It applies a lot creamier and more intense than Royal Wink did. It’s almost similar to Blacktrack in terms of the smooth glide of pigmentation, definitely no patchiness or translucence inbetween colors here!

You’ll feel like using it just because it draws on so smoothly and well, ha!

 

Cremesheen Glass in Japanese Spring

Now… on to this little bugger which honestly, I don’t have a lot to share about.

There was a time, when these were first launched I believe, that I actually was quite intrigued by these and chased launches as well as made purchases.

These days, I’m more of a lipstick/lipstain kinda girl so glosses have since been ushered to the back of my mind and I don’t pay much heed to them., much less the softer Cremesheen Glass shades since they’re largely quite soft in pigmentation and solely lend a milkiness to the lips.

It’s not a product that excites me but if Cremesheens are your calling then you might have been quite pleased with MAC bringing them out again (in 3 shades if I’m not wrong) in a variant of cutesy pastel hues for MAC is Beauty.

I did attempt to include this fella in a Look Feature eitherways, despite my lukewarm feelings towards it, so do keep a lookout for that!

 

Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom

I think Beauty Powders are always abit of an underdog.

To me at least when it comes to browsing through product extensive collections because I’ll always get swept away by the lip and eye stuff (and sometimes the blushes) that the last thing I focus on would be the Beauty Powders though truth be told, these are really quite nice little gems.

Depending on the Beauty Powder and the purpose, of course.

Though Pearl Blossom is quite a stunner, though soft and subtlety so.

It reminded me of Shell Pearl (launched with Liberty of London way back) but with a stronger pink tone to it than Shell Pearl’s peachy color of course.

Pearl Blossom is beautifully strewn with fine shimmers within which I swear appear to be a mix of gold and silver flecks but once swatched (on the hand and on the face) the gold hues seem to vanish and instead I see more of a silvery glow. Though not so silver that it is overly cool-toned. I would still rank this as a rather neutral color finish.

My favorite way to use this is with a fluffy buffing brush and sweeping this all over the face for an added glow of both color and soft sheen though it also has enough color (on my skintone and fairer ladies perhaps) to show up as an icy pink blush if you care to build it up.

Beautiful, really!

 

Lipsticks in Silly & Diva-ish

I’ve noticed that this is slowly becoming a trend, where product-extensive collections are concerned, I seem to save the lipsticks for last. Heh.

Told you I’m a bit of a lipstick fiend right now and there’s really no way to resist the temptation of beautifully intense and eye-catching lip shades.

While majority of the lipsticks launched with MAC is Beauty are on the paler and more pastel side of colors (a definite yay for those who love that – pastels aren’t often embraced by brands), there are some notably more vibrant and striking shades within as well.

Silly and Diva-ish, pictured here, are one of the few and boy are they gorgeous!

The thing about these 2 would be that they go on a little lighter and brighter than how they appear in the tube, and it’s not as if they are a different or wholly new formulation either.

Silly is a matte (the only matte lipstick in MAC is Beauty, actually) and Diva-ish comes in Amplified if I remember right.

Though somehow both appear a little deeper in the tube, which was a bit of a pity to me where Diva-ish is concerned because I was really in love with that raspberry tone it had that doesn’t seem to show up as much on my lips.

I have noticed that on more pigmented lips it seems a little more true-to-tube with that deeper hue that I love so much. Bummer!

Nonetheless they are gorgeous shades and, you guessed it, I have Look Features of these guys coming up for you so do look out for that!

How could I not, right?

 

And even if these items may not be available at all MAC counters anymore – told ya I’m super late, my bad –  it’s the GSS period so there’s loads to buy everywhere!

Even if you’re a little bit too lazy to step out of the house to shop (as I am most of the time these days, ha), there are loads of GSS promotions online, so get shoppin’!

Don’t say I didn’t share some relevant news amidst this super belated one, heh!

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Wrapping this up, I’ve got some Look Features from MAC is Beauty to feature! I may not be able to do the OCD thing of having them up in one orderly stream cause there’s just so much more relevant things to talk about but… I’ll try and we’ll see!

Just a heads up in case I break my modus operandi and you guys start wondering what’s up with me, heh.

Anyway, thanks for reading and I’ll be back soon, real soon!

Look Book: MAC Huggables! (feat. Soft Talkin’, I’m Game, Flaming Lips & Love Feeling)

Hey y’all!

So here’s the second installment of my MAC Huggables feature! Sorry it took awhile, this past long weekend was a hectic one where house-errands were concerned.

I know I didn’t show much (in terms of swatches and how everything goes on) in the review entry where I mainly shared my thoughts about them so here I am, back with a Look Book-esque feature of the 4 shades I’ve got!

I’ve included half-lip swatches because where translucent or close-to-lip-shade colors are concerned, I feel that half-lip swatches (while bizarre) give a good gauge of the pigmentation you are laying down. So hopefully these work out helpful!

Also, since these Huggables are a little translucent, do keep in mind that they will likely swatch on differently from person to person.

It’s mostly dependent on the pigmentation of your lip color and my lips aren’t the most pigmented so if yours are they could go on deeper or stronger in tone for you!

 

Soft Talkin’ –

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Half-lip swatch

 

The thing about translucent, sheer-ish glossy shades is that when it comes to neutrals, these aren’t the best.

Often times it’s either it’s so light there’s hardly any pigmentation (gloss, anyone?) and other times they tried to load up on pigmentation that it ends up going on chalky and just bizarre.

I’d say, compared to a few nude attempts at glossy and translucent lipstick finishes, this one isn’t too bad.

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There’s a decent amount of pigmentation that I do see some beige going on after application (and I don’t look so dead) but it’s still a nice spectrum of nude-neutral if you’re looking for that.

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It doesn’t go on chalky or emphasize (my) liplines, from a distance at least, and all in all is a really easy and quick neutral nude color to throw on without much maintenance after.

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Not bad, I’d say!

 

I’m Game –

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Half-lip swatch

 

This is such a pretty shade. So so pretty!

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I classify this as a mid-pink, though some reviews have classified it as a deeper pink, it’s your call really.

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Overall, it’s something that’s nice and wearable but yet still lends a bright splash of color to your look.

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Though not too intimidating that you have to be all made up to pull this off. It works perfectly well with smoked out looks as well as a fresh and bare-faced look, complete with filled in brows.

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I would say it’s highly versatile and even a touch playful such that it has an air of casualness to it. It’s really one of my favorite of the lots and one I would urge you to check out!

 

Flaming Lips –

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Half-lip swatch

 

Now, what can I say about this color…

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It’s extremely pretty, no doubt, but at this stage I think glossy neutral-reds aren’t the most unique in the sea of lip color options though of course it’s still nice for a brand to roll one out should you be a fan of reds.

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As they say, you can never have enough red!

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I don’t know what else to say about this except it’s a pretty juicy red and something quite no-brainer to throw on.

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Perfect if you want an everyday-red or perhaps a stepping stone to the world of red lips!

 

Love Feeling –

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Half-lip swatch

 

Now we’re talking! This shade here is indeed pure love.

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Though that’s me and my biased-ness when it comes to orange and coral lip shades speaking. You see, I’m a little bit queer.

I wear reds often and easily, I reach for pinks quite often because they’re quite fun and casual but yet still striking yet at the end of the day, what captures my heart and takes my breathe away most is really corals.

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They aren’t the easiest to pull off because on tanned skin some oranges can pull too bright (and stark) and on fair pale skin oranges could look out of place but yet if you’ve found a nice one, they are especially pretty to wear.

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Love Feeling is a really good example of a ‘nice one‘ because while it is evidently orange, it’s got enough balance of color in it to make it wearable and not as daunting especially for those who thread carefully when it comes to corals.

If you like oranges but don’t always fancy the full-out tangy orange shades, then Love Feeling is perfect for you too.

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It’s as dressy as reds but not that formal, as vibrant as pinks but not as cutesy and playful. It’s a perfect chill and laidback but yet still striking shade – as much of an oxymoron that is.

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So there ya go!

Amidst corniness I’ve managed to describe the 4 shades that I have on hand.

There are still 6 more shades to check out and those range from dusty mauves to roses, there’s definitely a shade that would be suited for you!

Give the Huggables a chance, if you haven’t, and for all you know it might change your mindset on the idea of glossy, juicy pouts of emollient color that’s great for everyday wear!

 

Thanks for reading!

MAC’s Huggable Lip Colors are available in 10 shades (at all MAC Counters while stocks last) and retail at S$30.

The Huggables are Limited Edition.

Sponsorship disclosure

Is Your Lip Color Huggable? – MAC Huggable Lip Color (Swatches)

Hello!

I’m jumping my own queue here (and even then it’s a little late, heh) because MAC is Beauty was launched before the Huggables but I haven’t mentioned that yet… Oops.

Though MAC is Beauty has been out for a bit so I figured maybe I’ll take this time to spotlight the Huggables first since they are relatively a little newer and my installment on them is shorter and quicker to get done.

Afterwhich, I’ll get back to MAC is Beauty for archiving purposes because, you know MAC. What goes around comes around again, ha!

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So, Huggable!

What an adorable name for this collection, right?

Now, based on my limited knowledge of MAC’s alternate lip ranges, because their original range is enough of a selection to keep you busy already, I believe the Huggables have been launched before and this is perhaps their second time taking the stage?

I could be wrong… but eitherways if you’re not too familiar with thy Huggables then listen up!

 

The formulation & texture –

In MAC’s logic, when it comes to dressing your lips, you should never compromise on shine for color so that’s what you get with the Huggables – a high-shine and glossy finish paired with a juicy kick of color, especially so for the bolder shades.

The formulation is akin to the trend ‘sheer but not actually that sheer‘ lipstick ranges that seem to be all the rage right now. Though I’m not complaining because when it comes to day-to-day lip choices, I seem to reach for formulas like that the most.

The translucent nature makes them easy to slap on and there’s enough of a color kick for some vibrance yet not too much that it makes me feel overly ‘made up’.

On top of that, the emollient and balmy nature of such ranges, paired with a glossy finish, also makes the wear more comfortable and natural. Well, if you can call a juicy and glossy cherry-red lip look natural, that is.

At this point, the Huggables sound a lot like the usual ‘sheer-er’ lipstick ranges but what sets it apart is all in their name, that the Huggables are… well, lip-hugging!

It’s a formulation and texture that I find intriguing and new in my time of playing around with lipsticks.

The lipstick is soft, gel-like and emollient such that it has this soft buttery texture once warmed up but unlike the sleek glide you get with lipsticks of such formulation, this tends to grip and hug the lips with a balmy wrap as you lay color down.

I don’t call it tugging, cause unlike dry mattes it doesn’t cause the same lip pulling effect but it doesn’t just slide on without a care either. For the better or worst, it’s really your preference.

But it is intriguing.

While other translucent and emollient lip colors slide and glide on easier, they wear off incredibly quick too since they have a higher slip but these Huggables aren’t having any of that.

These fellas give your lips a warm and snug bear-hug that feels completely comfy – that nice and balmy moisture hug.

To the point that some have noted a ‘heavier’ balmy finish on the lips that they’re not used to but I personally am a fan of that balmy finish (the balmier the better, heh) so it’s not a problem with me.

As with most lip products that are formulated for long-wear, you will feel some tact with wear but it’s not as much of a hair magnet as some glosses are, and you would only be reminded of the tact when you press your lips together.

Though the itty bitty downside is that ultimately, this is still a glossy, translucent and juicy lip color, not an intensely pigment-loaded matte lipstick or lip-adhering lipstain so the wear to these Huggables cannot be compared with those.

While MAC claims a 6 hour wear, which I don’t doubt if you have this on without interference, they will wear out once you’ve had food and drinks.

The up-side though is the fade looks natural (no funky color ring around the lips) and the more intense shades do leave a soft whisper of life on the lips, but you’d likely be reaching for a touch-up by then so… yeap.

Now with all that rambling about the formula and how this lipstick wears all ironed out, let’s talk about the colors involved with this release.

 

The Colors! –

There are a total of 10 colors released with the 2015 Huggables collection and these shades are, sadly, Limited Edition.

While the selection isn’t huge, I think the colors cover a good enough spectrum, touching on wearable neutrals (and pretty nudes) along with a range of vibrant shades from blue-pinks to cherry-reds and also my favorite, a tangy orange.

Of the 10, I have 4 shades on hand to show (that I have been showing, ha) – Soft Talkin’, I’m Game, Flaming Lips and Love Feeling.

The rest of the shades see a nice mix of rosey colors, dusty colors, mauvey colors and more brick-toned reds, as seen in my swatches (without labelings, oops) here.

As I always say when it comes to translucent finish lip shades, hand swatches are never the best judge since the translucent nature of it makes it swatch a little more muted and less exciting on the hands, somehow.

So do stay tuned for the lip swatch / look book entry to come, alright?

Though meanwhile, for representation purposes, here’s how they look.

So anyway, this entry is getting too long for its own good so I’m going to let you guys off but do remember that the Huggables are Limited Edition so if you spy a shade that you may like, or think the formula has piqued your interest then don’t hesitate! Head down to your nearest MAC counter now!

Thanks for reading!

MAC’s Huggable Lip Colors are available in 10 shades and retail at S$30.

The Huggables are Limited Edition.

Sponsorship disclosure

Look Feature: That sweep of Royal Blue, or rather Royal Wink (MAC Philip Treacy)

Hello you guys!

Here’s the last of my dedicated MAC Philip Treacy look features, though not the last time Philip Treacy products see the light of day on here, I’m sure! They may pop up in other Look Features / LOTDs down the road, who knows!

For this look, I wanted to give the Royal Wink Fluidline a feature because of the recent flood of Fluidlines in MAC’s collection, this seems to be the only Limited Edition release (the rest are permanent but just brought into the spotlight once more).

So while I was at it with the look, I figured why not throw in a sprinkle of other mentions from pieces within the Philip Treacy collection, just cause.

So here’s a look at Blacktrack (the black liner) as well, a permanently offering that is widely popular with MAC fans for being that perfect black gel liner to own.

You’ll see the Highlight Powder in Blush Nude gracing us again with its soft and shy presence in a bit too.

Giving you a little sneak peek of what’s to come, I’ve got the MAC Huggable Lip Color in I’m Game on the lips.

I’ve really come to love the formula of these Huggables, and the name is just adorable. Though I’ll share more about them at a later date, I have a mind to give them a mention sometime next week seeing as the Huggable range (and Pro Longwear Waterproof Liquid Foundation) are both launching today, 15th May, so… I gotta keep with the times, right?

Products Used:

BROWS
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Walnut Brown
Shu Uemura Brow Manicure in Honey Glazed

FACE
PURER Skin Serum
L'OCCITANE Angelica Eye Roll-on
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
Leaders Clinic Sunscreeen
Lancome Mat Miracle Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
Diorsnow Fresh Reveal Color Correcting Powder in 001 Crystal Rose

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette
MAC Fluidline in Royal Wink
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

CHEEKS
THREE Color Veil in 19 Love Kick

LIPS
MAC Huggable Lipstick in I'm Game

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Alrightey, so that’s that! Thanks for popping by this Look Feature and stay tuned for more to come!

As always, thank you for sticking around my side/site, hurhur, while I bustle and buzz around in life.

Thanks for reading!

Look Feature: Genuine Treasure with A Pop of Hollywood (Cerise)!

Hello!

It’s time again for a Look Feature!

Now. while you’re not here for long stories I just want to repeat that often (actually, all the time) my Look Features are actual looks that I do for a day at work because weekday mornings are the only time I can manage to plop on this amount of makeup. Weekends are always a rushed and family oriented affair so makeup fun-time is almost zilch.

That said, I’m currently in a relatively new work environment and have donned safe neutrals for about a month now and feel it’s about time I take some baby steps towards more played up makeup, and in the process, be able to squeeze out some Look Features for you guys!

So with that essay done, let me introduce this look!

Okay, if anything, I know it isn’t flamboyant but I would say it’s a tad flashier than what I’m used to – simple soft brown neutrals and all.

This look is slightly smokey with a beautiful amount of shimmer and sparkle (sadly not full captured in this lighting) and even with all that ‘drama’, to me at least, I still paired it all with a bright lip color.

If it counts for anything, I donned it on a Friday which makes it okay to be a little flashier, yes? Heh.
For the lids, all I had on was Genuine Treasure, a paint pot released with the MAC Philip Treacy collection, and this right here is pure love.

The formula could be perfected a little more and it could apply creamier and blend a tad better but overall it’s pretty okay.

Plus the fact that it’s absolutely stunning and sparkly just about makes up for it.

I thought to line the lids with Blacktrack (re-promoted with Philip Treacy) but preferred a richer and more crisp patent-black liner look so liquid liner it is!

The sparkles within Genuine Treasure is the real gem here but under my strong lamp lighting they’re a little washed out and muted. If you’re in a dimmer lighting situation (e.g. warmer light, or even washroom lighting) you’ll see the shimmers really sparkle and shine as you blink – it’s quite beautiful!

If you’re wondering about whether the shimmery bits tend to migrate or fall on the cheeks with wear then my answer to that is – yes.

Though, as you can see, the shimmer flecks are quite fine so if you’re good with a little sparkle on the cheeks as you move then you should be fine with any fall out or migration from this. Definitely no disco-ball action, thankfully.

Plus, with something this gorgeous, that minor bit of a con is something I can live with.

Given the smokey and sparkly eye look, I could have gone with a nude lip look but instead decided to go on a more playful route and pop on Hollywood Cerise, a bright raspberry pink!

I swept on a light veil of color on the cheeks using my favorite blush for that soft flushed effect – THREE Color Veil in Lovekick. Since the eyes and lips were already played up so much, it’s only wise to give the cheeks some color (to balance the look) but nothing too overpowering either.

I think it’s the lack of sleep these days that’s making my double eye-lid do weird hooded things again. I’ve been quite annoyed with it in some of the recent Look Features I’ve snapped. Grr.

Products Used:

BROWS
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Walnut Brown
Shu Uemura Brow Manicure in Honey Glazed

FACE
PURER Skin Serum
L'OCCITANE Angelica Eye Roll-on
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
Leaders Clinic Sunscreeen
Lancome Mat Miracle Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
Diorsnow Fresh Reveal Color Correcting Powder in 001 Crystal Rose

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Genuine Treasure Paintpot
Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
THREE Color Veil in 19 Love Kick

LIPS
MAC Lipstick in Hollywood Cerise

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And that’s the look!

I’ll admit that while I’ve tried wearing some slightly flashier and not-so-neutral looks to work a couple of times, I still have second thoughts about it when I sit down and think to put together a more striking / smokey / colorful look for the day.

While bright lips is something I have started throwing on since Week 1 at New Job, I still get some colleagues commenting about how ‘red’ my red lipstick is… Heh.

Baby steps I guess, baby steps.

I’m definitely not going to do some full-out smokey cleopatra-esque sorta eye look anytime soon of course.

 

Thanks for reading you guys! Look forward to my last Philip Treacy Look Feature that features a bright pop of blue! :)

Look Feature: MAC Philip Treacy – Cardinal Lips & Pink Blush Cheeks!

Hello guys!

Kick-starting the Philip Treacy Look Feature with this mild little one here, it’s a quick look at how the Philip Treacy Blush Pink Highlighting Powder and Cardinal Lipstick wears, from afar, because a super zoom up lipswatch (seen here) can only showcase so much and no one’s going to look at your lips that near, right?

This was one of my first few attempts at wearing the Blush Pink Highlighting Powder and also one of the instances I realized… Wow okay, this bugger isn’t going to show up and capture easily.

In person, it does lend a nice soft touch to the skin, akin to the finish of meteorites but not as ethereal or soft glowy.

I think Temptalia hit the nail on the head when she described this is as a counter-productive highlighting product because its own formulation tends to mute the skin out a little, as opposed to lending a glowy finish to the skin.

For me, I still see some skin brightening going on, largely due to how the powder is slightly fairer than my skintone and a little pink in hue so you know, that gets the whole correcting and brightening aspect covered.

Sheen and glow-wise, it doesn’t quite cut it though there are really fine silver shimmers strewn into the product (albeit nicely dispersed) it doesn’t lend an obvious glimmer or shine to the skin.

You can see the shimmers under some light and up close but from afar, it’s quite faint. Which works out well because it’s not a glowy sheen, it’s actual small silver speckles so I doubt that would be flattering if they were obvious.

Anyway, in my face-spams, I tried to capture that brightened skin look and a little of the shine that the silver shimmers lend (there is a little but incredibly mild compared to glowy skin finishes that I love) but I don’t think I really managed to.

It’s something you have to see in person more.

But bottomline, I ended up using Blush Pink as more of a finishing powder and setting the face on occasions when I’m not really wearing much product that needs a flawless finish (i.e. weekends where it’s just sunscreen or tinted mosturizer).

There are some silver speckles but it doesn’t bother me for weekend-use since I’m not aiming for a flawless face finish anyway. Plus some skin brightening in the absence of makeup (liner and all) could do me some good.

 

I doubt I need to talk much about the lips but since I’ve shed so much light on Blush Pink already, let me just give Cardinal a little bit of love.

So, Cardinal is simply said a really beautiful red. My favorite sort of red, really.

I like the bright fire-engine red when I feel up for it or when situations call for a matte, bright and bold red but most of the time, the kind of reds that catch me eye (and heart) are the ones with a slightly deeper edge.

Cardinal is red and vibrant but with a little bit of depth to it as well that gives it a slightly sultry vibe but nothing too vampy either that some would deem hard to pull off.

It is stunning and a shade that I hope MAC re-promotes again. Everyone could use with a Cardinal in their stash! Heh.

And that wraps up this Look Feature! I think I really took it to town with the rambles but I hope you guys enjoyed this read nonetheless.

Again, I do feel a little abashed that my timeframe is a little off and my mentions all going up so belatedly but, as said, I hope that they still provide a good form of resource one way or another!

I could very simply just do away with mentioning it – so late, might as well don’t say? – but… I guess for my own purpose I wanted to log it all down as well. It’s fun doing looks and talking makeup and it doesn’t always have to be on trend and the latest, right? That’s just like what everyone else is doing, heh.

Okay, forreal now!

Thanks for reading!

Sponsorship disclosure

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!

 

Sponsorship disclosure

Upcoming for MAC Summer (And Some Spring) 2015 – MAC is Beauty, Huggable Lips, Pro Longwear Waterproof & More!

Hey everyone!

First of all I do want to apologize for the absence on here as life just got way too busy. To the point that these days I would say I’m a little out of touch with every nitty-gritty release within the beauty realm and only keep tabs on major brand releases because, well, those are a little hard to miss.

Thus, attending these little preview/catchup beauty sessions are really quite liberating. It’s like being in the know once more, catching up with brand peeps I’ve worked with a long time and also playing with makeup all at the same time.

Boy, do I miss that amidst the current work-work-baby-baby sort of lifestyle. I’m losing touch of that frivolous beauty admiring self, a little. Just a little…

But anyway!

We’re not here to talk about me but rather these upcoming MAC Spring/Summer collections so let’s get to it!

Before I go into detail about the upcoming collections I’ll say that these are coming out pretty fast and furious (with one launching later this week and the rest in subsequent weeks) so get ready to prepare your heart and wallet for these!

Unlike before, I don’t have many swatches or detailed snaps of the collections for you and lighting kinda sucks as well but I didn’t have another way around it – sorry guys!

Though wait for my detailed product post about the pieces I’ve gotten from each collection because that would have better lighting, pictures and swatches, I’m sure!

Enough talk, let’s get started with the soonest release first and work our way to the back!

 

MAC is Beauty –

Available 24th April 2015 at all MAC locations

So, if my facts are right this collection isn’t entirely new-new but considerably so to the International market. If I remember right, the MAC is Beauty Collection was first released in South Korea last year and made its way to the International markets this year.

The release date isn’t of importance but that info does give you some idea on where this collection is coming from, focused on color trends within South Korea, which would explain the soft cutesy pastel approach it takes along with some vibrant pinks because we know Koreans love their pop of lip color, paired with clean and soft luminous skin.

One more thing you might want to know about the collection before I continue is that it is huge.

Like 48 piece collection kind of HUGE.

The entire collection rundown consists of 12 lip colors, 16 Fluidlines, 4 Eyeshadows, 4 Creamsheen Glass, 3 Nail Lacquers, 2 beauty powders as well as an assortment of some brushes, liners, mascaras and such!

I didn’t manage to get shots of everything within the collection, because not all of it was present, so here’s some press visuals for (better) representation of some pieces.

Now, a couple of shots I took during the preview.

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While the collection can be a little overwhelming given how huge it is, I honed in on the lip products (lipsticks, really) with the visually pleasing array of milky soft shades. Though the winners for me would really be the stronger and more vibrant colors like Silly and Diva-ish, those 2 shades are gorgeous!

The Fluidlines are pretty too especially with all the glass pots placed together like this but, unlike the Lipsticks where all the shades are Limited Edition, the Fluidlines are permanent shades.

Nonetheless, it’s a good time to get acquainted with them if you’re always overlooking the Fluidlines!

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Since I couldn’t quite match name to color in the image above I hope the quick color descriptions below help you put a name to the product!

Items in this collection:

  • Lipstick in Highlights – pale creamy peach(S$30)
  • Lipstick in Real Redhead – mauve nude (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Pure Vanity – pale peach nude (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Reel Sexy – bright coral (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Real Doll – light pink-lilac (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Silly – bright white-pink (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Notice Me – pale lilac (S$30)
  • Lipstick in French Twist – light pink nude (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Make Me Gorgeous – intense coral pink (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Call the Hairdresser! – rosy mauve (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Diva-ish – intense fuschia (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Catty – light creamy pink (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Lowlights – deep deep brown (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Copperthorn – copper bronze (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Our Secret – milk chocolate brown (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Deliciously Rich – shimmering taupe with gold (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Shade – deep green (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Midnight Snack – deep metal grey (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Macroviolet – sparkly purple (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Looking Good – sparkly burgundy (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Ivy – fresh leaf green (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Blue Peep – turquoise blue (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Siahi – deep ocean blue (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Brassy – brassy gold (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Silverstroke – silver (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Blacktrack – solid flat black (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Blitz & Glitz – intense black with gold pearl (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Waveline – navy blue with gold pearl (S$30)
  • Eyeshadow in Yogurt – chalky pale pink (S$30)
  • Eyeshadow in Preening Pale – mint-green shimmer (S$30)
  • Eyeshadow in Wow Factor – medium lavender (S$30)
  • Eyeshadow in Bouffant – pale peach shimmer (S$30)
  • Beauty Powder in Alpha Girl (S$42)
  • Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom (S$42)
  • Studio Nail Lacquer in French Tipped (S$23)
  • Studio Nail Lacquer in To Dye For (S$23)
  • Sudio Nail Lacquer in Doll Me Up (S$23)
  • Eye Kohl in I Get No Kick (S$30)
  • Studio Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20 (S$39)
  • Penultimate Liner in Rapidblack (S$34)
  • Zoom Lash in Zoomblack (S$32)
  • 137 Brush (S$83)
  • 221 Blending Brush (S$41)
  • 276 Brush (S$44)

What a list!

 

Huggable Lip Color –

Available 8th May at Sephora, 9th May at Ngee Ann City and Bugis. 15th May at all MAC locations.

Next up on the launch pad is the MAC Huggable Lip Color collection!

Well, the Huggable Lip Color collection is actually launching in the same time frame as the Pro Longwear Waterproof but nevermind that, let me talk about these lippies before we get all about that base (about that base…. okay, I’ll stop).

So, Huggables!

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I don’t believe that this is the first time MAC is putting out their Huggable range of lip colors, I think the Huggables have been introduced prior but this is my first time giving the range a look and a go.

MAC has a tendency of launching some ‘aside‘ lip collections and I can’t really keep up with those – the Mineralize Rich Lipsticks and Marcel Wander Lipsticks.

So, comparing the Huggables to their usual range of lipstick finishes, I would say these do stand on their own ground where finish and wear is concerned.

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MAC describes the Huggables as a lasting , glossy finish which I think sums them up loosely but there are more aspects to this semi-sheer and glossy lipstick that seems to hug the lips like a balm once on.

I’ll share more about them in my detailed post to come but for now, I will let you know that I’ve been quite obsessed about these fellas!

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This release is accompanied by 10 lip shades which sees a nice mix of soft neutrals as well as color kickers that range from pink, to reds and oranges. You’ll find a little something for yourself, I’m sure!

There were only 9 colors available during the preview and I have them swatched below but due to their semi-sheer finish I can’t quite put a name to the swatches right now – oops – so the best thing to do is check these out for yourself when they launch!

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While it is launching 15th May islandwide, it will first reach Sephora ION on the 8th of May and Ngee Ann City as well as Bugis on the 9th of May, complete with the Huggable bear pictured above!

Items in this collection:

  • Huggable Lip Color in Bare Hug (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in Dramatical (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in Soft Talking (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in I’m Game (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in Love Feeling (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in I’m In (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in Play It Soft (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in Glamorized (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in Flaming Lips (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in Fashion Force (S$30)

 

Pro Longwear Waterproof Foundation –

Available 8th May at Sephora, 9th May at Ngee Ann City and Bugis. 15th May at all MAC locations.

I’ll be honest and say that the recent MAC foundation releases (fairly recent at least) have got me a little confused because where my MAC foundation knowledge is concerned, it’s still stuck in the early eras when I first got into MAC.

After all, I never got around to learning the A-Zs of their foundations because I was always distracted by collections so frankly, I’m still learning about their new foundation / concealer releases as I go but what’s easy to understand about this is that Pro Longwear Waterproof is like an upgraded more nourishing, lasting, and of course waterproof version of the Pro Longwear.

If you’re a Pro Longwear die-hand fan, fret not because Pro Longwear Waterproof is an add-on to the range and the original version will not be discontinued (…. yet? heh).

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This foundation could be a little confusing given it’s longwearing (usually suited for oily/combination skin) yet there’s that word ‘nourishing’ within the name which makes one think it’s richer and more suited for dry skin.

Though according to MAC, it’s suppose to be able to fit most skintypes be it if you’re dry, oily, or combination.

Upon swatching the formula on my hands I will say that it goes on rather watery and creamy first and sets quite quick but doesn’t leave that cakey crepe-y look that some heavier and longer wearing foundations do. I can’t speak for wear time and performance yet but I’ll be sure to check back with you all!

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The Pro Longwear Waterproof launch is paired with a Pro Longwear Compact Powder.

Now, as I had said about my limited MAC foundation knowledge, I’munsure about whether this is a new introduction or a re-promote along with this base collection but eitherways, this compact seems to function like a touch up powder though I’m sure you could choose to use it at the start of the day too, your choice.

I don’t have much of an impression of this guy just yet as I only did a quick swatch of it at the preview so I’ll have to go it a go and see what I find!

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Now, the all important question is how many shades does Pro Longwear Waterproof come in and how many are we bringing in?

Well, this range has 16 shade selections and I believe we will be getting all of them at our counters – yay!

I can’t wait to give the foundation a go and share my thoughts about it soon!

It feels and sounds really promising so far, for the whole full day at work in a cold and dry air condition environment coupled with humid and hot lunch breaks.

Items in this collection:

  • Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation (S$62)
  • Pro Longwear Powder Pressed (S$44)
  • 193 Angled Brush (S$62)
  • 135 Large Flat Brush (S$83)

 

MAC Wash & Dry –

Availability sometime in June – to be confirmed.

Now, this is a collection I have very little information on because the launch period is still a little ways away (yes, phew finally a little breathing space between collections) in June but I’ve got some visuals on some of the products so I thought I would let you have a look.

I’ll be giving this collection a more detailed look again in May when MAC has more press pieces on hand to show so I’ll likely give you another update to come!

But for now, here’s the group shot!

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The perfect collection for Summer with all the gold gleams and coral hues, I can already tell that I’ll be so in love with the pieces from this collection just by looking at the lipstick shades, that beautiful highlighter (I think?) and the veluxe pearl eyeshadow palette.

After the introduction to Bao Bao’s Jewels, I’ve come to love MAC’s Veluxe Pearl Eyeshadow finish even if it means living with some sparkly bits of fallout on my cheekbones.

That pearl glint and the hi-shine finish of these shadows are to-die-for!

And did I already mention the summery coral lipstick hues?

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I think I did… but aren’t those 2 lip colors just so vibrant and fun!

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Well, to be fair I didn’t get to swatching any of these so I’m not sure how they perform on but they do look promising and if anything it’s a collection I’d say to keep your sights on!

I can’t decide how I feel about the whole tie-dye gradient sort of a look to the packaging but it’s fun, bright and tropical enough for the whole Summer theme that I’m just going to let it slide.

So, more information about this hopefully soon!

Items in this collection:

  • Unsure of the full line-up yet!

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And there you go!

A really quick rundown of the collections I managed to preview earlier this week! I hope I didn’t end up rambling too much because I haven’t been proof-reading my entries too much these days; I hardly have time to write already!

I have some pieces from the collections mentioned above and I can’t wait to share about them though I know it’s a bit of a challenge to churn like before so I’m not even sure when I can get those posts up but hopefully it wouldn’t be too far away from their launch dates!

Gah, I really do miss spamming this space and you guys with entries but… oh well, life happens!

 

Eitherways, thanks for sticking around and stay tuned you guys!

MAC Toledo – Swatches of The Lips & The Eyes (Oxblood, Tarot & Opera)!

Hey guys!

I know, I know, it’s another one for MAC but what can I say, I’ve done these brand spams before and you know when I get on a roll with a brand, I really get on a roll.

I will repeat my whole stall and slowdown on the blog issue again (incase you missed my constant complaint and lament about leaving this space empty for too long) but I’ll keep it short: Yes, I’m still disappearing a little and that can’t be helped, sadly!

So much I want to say and post but time on here has been short so this space has been moving pretty slow, my bad!

I only hope that regardless my entries are still informative and helpful to those who choose to stop by and read (thank you :D)!

So… Toledo!

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To cut to the chase, because Toledo is already so talked about, I’ll skip out on all the backstory of the collaboration and general product information (that is covered here actually) and go straight to the products I have on hand.

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Now, Toledo is a pretty huge collection and there are many things to browse, swatch and consider but what I have here is simply some lip and eye stuff. Really simple and quick items to talk about and show so I assure you, it shouldn’t take up too much time.

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The lip items I have on hand would be the Oxblood Lipstick and Lipglass as well as a Lipglass in Opera.

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Now when the term Oxblood is mentioned, in respect to makeup (or fashion even), we’re so wired to immediately bring to mind a deep vampy or mildly maroon red shade that would be stunning for the evening or a perfect fit for Fall fashion.

Though MAC apparently decided to throw a little curveball with their take on Oxblood and roll out a peachy-nude shade in that name. Trust me, that took some getting used to.

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Oh you mean this is Oxblood? Hmm…

 

Choice of name aside, the color is actually quite a pretty one and definitely one that most would find wearable because while it’s a nude, it isn’t a dead-nude shade either and lends enough peachy hues to give your complexion some color.

Though it is still admittedly quite a nude lip look that not everyone will love but from the looks of it most do as it flew off the shelves when Toledo did their initial launch (on 1st March) at Sephora ION.

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I find the formula of Oxblood, while creamy in application, a little patchy and some attention is required during application to ensure it goes on perfectly well.

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However if it is any consolation, the patchiness I observed is me being critical and viewing the super close lip shots of this on. From a regular distance, as if someone were speaking to you but not in your personal space, it isn’t that glaring.

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The Oxblood Lipglass (left nude one) is something I would recommend more than the Lipstick if you don’t mind gloss.

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The gloss is opaque enough to lend color to the lips, and that’s pretty decent considering it is a nude shade, and the gloss aspect makes it go on in a finish that is easier to pull off as opposed to the matte one of the lipstick.

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I wouldn’t recommend using both together unless a dab of gloss in the middle of your lips just to add dimension or a little smoothed out to make the lipstick less patchy is what you have in mind because given the pigmentation of both the Lipstick and Lipgloss it could end up looking like a whole lot of product on if you applied both liberally.

The next lip item is the Lipglass in Opera, one of the many reds launched with the MAC Toledo collection.

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I can’t recall where Opera stands in the nuances and hues of the reds but I feel it’s an absolutely stunning red gloss to have.

Like the Oxblood Lipglass, Opera is equally pigmented in color with a nice glossy finish if that’s your kinda thing!

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The one issue or concern I have with incredibly pigmented gloss is that I’m always wary about them migrating or hair being caught on the lips and then dragging streaks of gloss over parts of the face so… there these concerns are a little evident with Opera Lipglass but thankfully it didn’t seem to feather much with wear.

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You may want to be a little cautious should you be wearing this and eating at the same time. My advice would be to wipe it off before so as to avoid mess.

Less is more as well with pigmented and strong colored glosses as they can get on your teeth should you apply too much.

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Alrightey, I think I’ve rambled on a little too much about the lip items so I’ll try to keep the next part a little shorter. After all, it’s a simple lil mascara so there’s only so much I can talk about it since I’m not an avid mascara user right now.

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So I believe there are 4 mascaras released with Toledo and apart from one of them being the mandatory noir shade, the other 3 are pretty fun injections of color.

The mascara even comes with a brush as quirky as the design of the collection itself. While adorable being all swirly and curvy, I did find that the intriguing shape did pose some trickiness when you’re trying to angle the bristles for certain lashes, namely the lower lashes.

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I can’t really speak for how well the mascara volumizes or curls considering I got the pretty purple on in Tarot and my preferred choice for using this would be on the lower lashes instead of the upper ones.

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Speaking a little bit of the color, I think Tarot is quite beautiful where purple mascaras are concerned. It isn’t the typical darkened kind and it has a pastel edge to it that brightens the shade up, but that also means it’s something that requires some thought as opposed to a darkened purple mascara that you can throw on any day for any eye look.

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Just for example-sake, I tried to snap some shots of me with Tarot on (my lower lashline) but as you can tell I applied it in some moderation that it gives a nice glimmer when it catches the light without making it look like I have purple-colored lower lashes.

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It’s a pretty mascara, that’s for sure but if you are looking for something more unique, there’s a lime green shade within the Toledo collection as well!

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So there you go! My thoughts and also some snaps of the Toledo pieces that I have on hand.

This might have come a little belatedly and I sincerely hope some pieces are available still. If not, I hope it serves as a little reminder to give these a look again should you have picked up these pieces and perhaps chucked them aside forgetting about them!

 

Thanks for reading!

The MAC Toledo collection is Limited Edition and was launched 3rd March 2015.

The Lipsticks and Lipglasses retail for S$33 while the Mascara retails for S$40

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