REVIEW: MAC x Guo Pei Lipsticks – Zenith & Ethereal Orchid

Hello everyone!

China’s most revered haute couturier, Guo Pei, had teamed up with MAC this season to create a collection that is inspired by her “garden of the soul” (the name she gave for this inspiration), merging vibrant jewel tones with rich neutrals and punctuated by deep graphite.

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Virtually unheard of outside of her home country before this collection materialised, Guo is best known in the fashion world for her ornate and elegant gowns which style is influenced by traditional Chinese imperial court design. Hand-sewn, her creations typically take years and a lot of manpower to create. Her work has been featured in many significant events such as the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2015 Met Gala where Rihanna (in)famously donned in her most ambitious empress-style trailing yellow gown and spawned numerous food (e.g. omelette and pizza) memes. Nevertheless, Guo Pei is indeed an incredibly talented fashion designer (she just needs to pick the appropriate person to reinterpret her work)! I stumbled upon some of her runway pieces and instantly fell in love with them. Floral embroidery in oriental colours, the style is so me! If only they are made for normal everyday wear. But then again, it’s not like I would be able to afford them 🙄

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MAC x Guo Pei Lipsticks (packaging)

In their second collaboration with Chinese designers (after Bao Bao Wan), MAC rolled out a limited-edition collection that features 2 eyeshadow quads (in Morning Light & Night Sky, US$70), 3 gel liners (in Blue Fountain, Darkness of Calm & Palm Tree, US$17.50), 3 lipsticks (in Zenith, Ethereal Orchid & Brave Red, US$30), 3 cremesheen glass (in Bright pink Bouquet, Pale Moon & Love of Roses, US$28), 2 powder blush (in Lotus Blossom & Red Water Lily, US$40), a beauty powder (in Soft Moon Light, US$70) and a pair of brushes (213 Fluff Blush, US$32, & 129 Powder Brush, US$46). Every product in this line – even the brushes – is encased in gold, peony-illustrated fabric stitched along one side. So captivated by the beauty of the design! ❤

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Royally golden metal-like tube... kinda reminds me of Sun Wu Kong's Jingu Bang (Monkey King's golden pole)

Royally golden metal-like tube… kinda reminds me of Sun Wu Kong’s Jingu Bang (Monkey King’s golden pole)

The ingredient list is printed on a separate strip of paper and inserted into the box, just like how it was done for Giambattista Valli collection

The ingredient list is printed on a separate strip of paper and inserted into the box, just like how it was done for Giambattista Valli collection

Unveiling the gorgeous shades of Ethereal Orchid (left) and Zenith

Unveiling the gorgeous shades of Ethereal Orchid (left) and Zenith

Ethereal Orchid (left) & Zenith

Ethereal Orchid (left) & Zenith

I only picked 2 colours from the lipstick line because the third – Brave Red – is a permanent shade which I already have in my stash. Exorbitant is the word to describe the prices for this collection, which correspond to that of Prabal Gurung collection last year. If not for the pretty packaging (well, gotta give props to MAC for knowing how to strike their customers’ soft spots), I wouldn’t have given two hoots about this collection.

But rants aside, I’m sure many of you are curious about the lipsticks (both lustres, by the way like argh, I know right?!).. which probably cost as much as luxury beauty brands like Chanel and Dior *sigh* so let’s get down to the details!

#1 Zenith

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Zenith is a light nude with Lustre finish (US$30 / S$60)

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As most of you know, I have a love-hate relationship with lustres…. ok, perhaps leaning more towards the hate spectrum. They are easy to apply but they normally are too sheer to show on the lips. They’re like lip balms with the humectant qualities and all, just more expensive. Zenith here fits perfectly into my perception of lustre lipsticks – very sheer yet lightweight and hydrating.  It glided on smoothly on the lips but provided little to no difference in the lip colour. But that could just be me because of my medium skin tone which unfortunately tend to camouflage nude shades.

However, unlike Lustres I own (and I’ve a box full of them), Zenith somehow manages to conceal my lip lines very well. Although I don’t really like the colour, I was pleased that it didn’t turn out patchy on my lips. The formula surprisingly surpasses my expectations! Whoa, was it me or did MAC improve the quality for this collection to match the steep price?

#2 Ethereal Orchid

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Ethereal Orchid is a midtone dirty coral with Lustre finish (US$30 / S$60)

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In another turn of events, I found myself enjoying the second Lustre lipstick tremendously. The colour is gorgeous and noticeably different (already received compliments from a friend on this shade) and the coverage is impressive because it doesn’t leave streaky marks behind. Furthermore, the soft sheen adds radiance to my dull lips and make it more healthy-looking and plump. It felt almost like the Huggable formula, just less clingy and definitely wouldn’t last as long.

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You can probably find a cheaper dupe for Zenith but Ethereal Orchid is a unique shade for sure! At least for MAC. Still, much as I love these lipsticks (I thought they were going to be another disappointment like the Cinderella lipsticks but thankfully they’re not), I don’t think it’s worth the hefty price tag. I take consolation that I had actually paid for two designer lipsticks.

What are your thoughts? Share them with me in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

MAC x Guo Pei is now available on Maccosmetics.com and at Tangs at Tangs Plaza.

REVIEW: MAC is Beauty Lipsticks – Highlights, Call the Hairdresser!, Real Redhead, Make Me Gorgeous, Diva-ish & Reel Sexy

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Hey everyone! As promised across all my social media platforms, I’ll be reviewing six of the 12 MAC lipsticks that are slated to be released in Singapore this coming Friday. It took me a while to prep this post because of the colossal amount of new shades this time, although I only bought half the number. But trust me, I would have gotten every single one if my funds allowed it because I’m always very hyped up at the thought of owning new lipstick shades 😀

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This mega collection includes 12 lipsticks, 16 Pro Longwear Fluidline (all Permanent), 4 Eye Shadows (in Yogurt, Preening, Wow Factor & Bouffant), 1 Eye Kohl in I Get No Kick, 4 Cremesheen Glass (in On the Scene, Fashion Scoop, Star Quality & Japanese Spring), 2 Beauty Powder (in Alpha Girl & Pearl Blossom), 3 Studio Nail Lacquer (in French Tipped, To Dye For & Doll Me Up) and 3 LE brushes ( 137 Long Blending, 221 Mini Tapered Blending & 267 Curved Angle)

Unlike the past few launches, MAC is Beauty is truly a Spring-themed collection centering around bright pastel colours which can be a bit of a hit-and-miss for me. On top of that, majority of the lipsticks (8) would be in Lustre finish which I believe isn’t the most popular finish in the MAC community, let alone mine. Thus, I wasn’t very thrilled about the launch when I first saw the product shots although the colours are supposed to be vibrant and fun like springtime. The shades were all too light and bright for my skin tone (sucks to be on the tanner side) and most of them would probably vanish on my lips like my other Lustre lipsticks anyway.

But I’m all about giving second (or third.. kinda lost count) chances. Well, actually… I just had the urge to splurge knowing that there wouldn’t be another new lipstick launch after this for the next month. So yes, gonna let loose a bit and make a bigger haul this time teehee.

Avoiding the lighter pinks and peaches, I picked the ones I felt would have stronger colour payoff – except for Highlights. I got that because I was intrigued by the uniqueness of the colour.

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Official swatch

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My swatch 🙂 Yay or nay?

My first impression about the chosen six was somewhat positive because the colours didn’t immediately remind me of what I already have. That’s a great start! I have 3 Amplifieds and 3 Lustres here. Can you guess which are the Lustres without me telling you? Duh, of course you can.

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Reel Sexy is a bright coral with Amplified finish. (US$16 / S$30)

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Three lipstick shades from this collection are repromotes and Reel Sexy is one of them, having previously released back in Spring 2012. It’s a bright peachy-coral that’s mostly opaque and surprisingly doesn’t wash me out. It tends to be a little clumpy and it’s quite obvious where it does since it’s light so do remember to exfoliate your lips before application. Other than that, it’s a lovely colour 🙂 The closest shade to this I could find in my stash is Ravishing.

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Ravishing, one of my go-to nude shades, is a little lighter whereas Kinda Sexy is darker and more matte.

Call the Hairdresser!

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Call the Hairdresser! is a rosey mauve with Lustre finish (US$16 / S$30)

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I don’t expect to see any remarkable difference for Lustre shades in my before and after pictures because they have been a letdown in terms of consistency and pigmentation so far. But Call the Hairdresser! seems to prove otherwise. It’s such a pretty shade of pink with a subtle sheen that complements my skin tone perfectly. Finally something praise-worthy from the Lustre range. Pity this finish typically doesn’t last long. This definitely deserves a better finish like Satin or Retro Matte.

Real Redhead

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Real Redhead is a mauve nude with Lustre finish. (US$16 / S$30)

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My poor overworked lips lol

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I expected it to be somewhat identical to Call the Hairdresser! since they look really similar on the official swatch but they turn out to be worlds apart in reality. Real Redhead is waaaaay lighter but still visible on the lips. Nevertheless, I kinda like how the lustre is spread evenly across my lips and doesn’t really settle into my fine lip lines. This makes a great MLBB shade if you ask me 🙂

Check out how Call the Hairdresser!, Real Redhead and Reel Sexy compare with other similar shades:

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Highlights

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Highlights is a very pale creamy peach with Lustre finish. (US$16 / S$30)

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This has got to be my least favourite purchase and also the most underperforming one to date. It was one of the first items I added to my cart because the gorgeous peachy-gold swatch on the website instantly caught my attention (it was even sold out at one point). Furthermore, I also had the impression that it was going to be like the orangey-yellow lipstick worn by the model on the foreground of the promo picture above. But it swatched out to be a completely different colour from the bullet itself and everything else I had thought out to be.

It’s basically a complete mess with the shimmers settling straight into all my lip lines and accentuating every unsightly detail of my lips. The more I attempted to even them out, the more they combined to form clusters of chunky sparkle which in my opinion reminded me of biscuit crumbs around my lips like I had forgotten to wipe my mouth after tea break. Extremely awful and not to mention an utter disappointment for something I was looking forward so much to 😦

Adding to my woes, the bullet – which already felt slightly melted when I applied it on my lips – broke when I was swatching it on my hand. *sigh* I would gladly trade this for Silly which I didn’t realise was Matte until recently.

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Bottom line: poor pigmentation, no lasting power, messy and terrible quality

Make Me Gorgeous

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Make Me Gorgeous is an intense coral pink with Amplified finish. (US$16 / S$30)

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Love the colour and how it makes me look unusually *innocent* haha

This lipstick is perfect with excellent pigmentation and coverage. It’s also creamy and it glides over the contours of my lips evenly, concealing all the lines and delivering a lasting vibrant colour with a subtle sheen.

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Swatch comparison

Diva-ish

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Diva-ish is an intense fuchsia with Amplified finish. (US$16 / S$30)

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My favourite purchase from this haul because I’m so in love with this shade of fuchsia. It doesn’t scream for attention like how most bright fuchsias do and most importantly, I actually think I look good in it *chuckles* It is mostly opaque and has great pigmentation and shine, coupled with a nice creamy texture like Make Me Gorgeous which doesn’t dry out my lips. It’s a pretty colour which I see myself wearing often to work! 🙂

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I guess its’s also a rather unique colour? I don’t really have a dupe for it 🙂

And that’s all from me! Doing a detailed review on 6 shades consecutively is no joke (on the lips as well) especially when you have no time like me to do it separately. I wonder how other beauty bloggers do it with all 12 :-S Really hats off to them hahaha.

 

Are you satisfied with your purchase? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

MAC is Beauty is now available on MACCosmetics.com [Lips] [Eyes] and will be launched in Singapore on 24 April 2015.

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REVIEW: MAC x Mia Moretti Spring 2015 Lipsticks – High Tea & Maria Moretti

Hey guys!

New York-based deejay Mia Moretti seems to be working a lot with MAC lately with THREE collaborations under her belt to date – once in summer 2014 and twice this spring. So far, nothing really new and original has emerged from the partnership which makes me wonder if it’s just a smokescreen for MAC to repromote obsolete products though I’m sure these products would still sell (provided that they were popular in the first place) without the backing of a celebrity.

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This collection includes 2 lipsticks, Who’s the DJ? Lip Palette X6, 2 Mia Moretti Casual Colours (cream blush-lipstick in Puttin’ on the Spritz & P.S. I Like You), Mia Moretti Creme Colour Base (in Desert Roadtrip & Summer Wind), Mia Moretti Makeup Bag and a Mia Moretti Tote.

I almost wanted to give this collection a miss until I stumbled upon an article about a new limited edition lipstick shade – or so they say – that was going to be launched in this collection. And then the rest is history. 😉

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Overview

I also got myself High Tea because as a hoarder, one lipstick is never enough.

A part of me actually also wanted to review the entire set of lipsticks from this collection so that you guys know what to avoid when they’re released internationally this month.

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Official swatch

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My swatch. They differ a lot from the official swatch if you ask me 😦

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Pretty obvious which is the new product here.

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But nope, it’s still in regular packaging and I couldn’t help but feel a little cheated. For a moment I thought there was a glimmer of hope 😦

Unboxing these lipsticks started out as a happy affair and I remember being so excited when I saw the colour on the bullet. They looked pretty and promising, especially High Tea. “It’s gonna be my next go-to nude!” I squealed with delight. Then my joy dissipated and everything inside me crumbled into dust at the sight of the swatch on my hand. *cries* Okay drama much. But yes, as you can see from the pictures above, the colours – both of them – are clearly nothing extraordinary. *cries some more*

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High Tea is a beiged pink with pearl with Lustre finish. (US$16)

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This is another repromote (argh MAC stop it already) but I feel that it shouldn’t be brought back at all! Look, it’s terrible. It’s so sheer, I doubt you can see anything on my lips because I couldn’t even see it in the mirror except for the slight sheen because the sunlight was beaming right on me. It felt a little drying and I tend to lick my lips a lot when they’re dry. So this definitely wouldn’t stay past an hour.

This colour is as invisible as both lipsticks from the Cinderella collection, as well as Romantic Breakdown from Bao Bao Wan. Lipsticks are supposed to complete looks, but these obviously don’t do the job. There have been a lot of nudes with Lustre finish lately and I’m sure many MAC users share the same sentiment as me. Hopefully we’ll get to see less of them in the future!

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It’s funny how these Lustre nudes appear so differently on plain skin but totally camouflages themselves on the lips. So yes, never swatch these kinda colours on your hand before purchase. Instead, wear them on your lips. You’ll be shocked at the difference.

And lastly, the highlight of this review.

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Maria Moretti is a cherry red with Amplified finish. (US$16)

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Decided to spice up the shoot with some props HAHA. No prizes for guessing whose cap I was wearing. (Hint: Gotta catch’em all)

I was really looking forward to this colour because the official swatch looks slightly darker? It didn’t occur to me that it would turn out to be another dupeable red. *face palm* Criticisms aside, this has very good colour payoff and I’m very pleased with the creaminess. It applies very evenly with a single application. It’s also very similar to Cardinal but this has a little more shine and perhaps less opaque.

Of course, choosing this shade over High Tea is a no-brainer decision. Unfortunately this colour is already sold out online. But it’s such a common red, I believe there are cheaper and equally durable dupes out there in the market. I say save the money for upcoming launches like Wash and Dry or better yet, the Giambattista Valli collection!

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Reposting this from the Philip Treacy review because it’s essentially a very common shade of red.

All in all, it’s another disappointing collection. And I kinda regret not getting the lip palette because the colours look really fun to play with. I’ll probably get that when it’s launched here, if that’s ever gonna happen. Haha!

 

What do you think of this collection? Did you get anything? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂

Thanks for reading! ❤

MAC x Mia Moretti Spring 2015 is now available on MACCosmetics.com. Release date in Singapore is not known.

REVIEW: MAC x Bao Bao Wan Lipsticks – Lavender Jade, Forbidden Sunrise, Burmese Kiss & Romantic Breakdown

Hey ladies!

As promised, another MAC review within the day (technically it isn’t anymore as it’s past midnight here. But meh).

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Love the metallic brown theme

Before I begin, let’s have a show of hands: who has heard of Bao Bao Wan (or 万宝宝, literally means ten thousands of treasure in English. Destined to be filthy rich, I see 😮 ) prior to this launch? Unless you have a keen interest in fine jewelry or the mega-rich in China, you most probably wouldn’t have known of her existence.

But clearly when it comes to MAC collaborations, the limelight is not shone on the celebrity’s status but on the products that are released with the global cosmetics giant instead. People are more interested in what the collaboration has to offer. And through her Limited Edition MAC line, not only do we know that Bao Bao Wan is a “high-society darling, artist, pop philosopher, muse and jewellery designer” and also “one of China’s most renowned style stars”, we also noticed that Wan really looks like Dr Georgia Lee loves bright, close-to-neon colours. Just look at those lipsticks. Those shades are seriously to die for. *drools*

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How gorgeous!

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Even the names of the lipsticks sound more artsy fartsy than usual

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This collection is awesome because out of the 4 lipsticks released, 3 are MATTE. Yipee!

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Official swatch

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My swatch

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Products from this collection are “outfitted in velvety brown packaging featuring burnished metal, embellished with her signature”. She must be really something to be able to do that. Even Lorde, who had a makeup line with MAC last year, didn’t have such privilege!

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Sleek packaging that exudes radiance charm and elegance

Fortunately, this collection isn’t as massive as Cinderella as it only has a Jewels Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow, the 4 lipsticks featured here, 1 iridescent pressed powder and 3 studio nail lacquers (in Kashmir Blue, Imperial Green and Sunset Tourmaline). If I remember correctly, both Bao Bao Wan and Cinderella were originally slated to be released on the same day (crazy, I know) but somehow plans got changed and this launch was postponed to early March. On behalf of thousands of poor makeup fanatics, thank you for being kind to our wallets, MAC. *teary eyed*

The lipsticks, being so vibrant and out of the ordinary, didn’t seem to be wearable and flattering on me at first glance until I wore them! Two shades particularly surprised me because I never knew I would look good in bright colours.

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Burmese Kiss is a bright coral pink with Matte finish (US$17.50)

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I love everything about Burmese Kiss – the texture and pigmentation especially. It glides on my lips really well and gives me the impression that it can stay on my lips for hours! Yay, finally a vibrant lipstick that I can wear without feeling out of place and having to touch up every now and then. But wait, haven’t I seen this shade before somewhere?

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Burmese Kiss is a 99% dupe for Toxic Tale

Why do this to me? 😦 Oh well, I just gotta convince myself that Toxic Tale (from Maleficent and Red, Red, Red collections) is slightly, perhaps by a mere 1%, darker than Burmese Kiss.

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Forbidden Sunrise is a creamy orange with Matte finish (US$17.50)

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My second favourite shade from this collection, this a really pretty orange with yellow and red undertones that really lights up my face. It’s something I would be apprehensive about at first, but hooked onto it after that. I see myself wearing it very often to work 😀 Like Burmese Kiss, the texture and pigmentation are spot on. I had no problems filling in my lips entirely with this. No unsightly lines spotted either!

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Forbidden Sunrise is a pretty unusual colour. Hence, it’s a worthy buy! 🙂

Moving on to Lavender Jade, the most sought-after shade from this collection which sold out first on site. Now, this is tricky because my camera couldn’t seem to capture its true colour. A quick search on Google also revealed that I’m not the only one facing this problem, so allow me to put my Photoshop skills into action.

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Lavender Jade is a dirty mauve with gold pearl with Matte finish (US$17.50). The colour of the bullet (just for this picture) has been adjusted to approximate its true colour.

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The colour in real life is definitely darker than this.

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Bao Bao Wan wears this shade on the publicity poster for this collection and I felt that it looked really pretty on her. Of course, expectation does not always translate into reality. The cool-toned purple kinda washes me out and needless to say, I think I look terrible in this shade. However, this shade isn’t all bad because it also has great consistency like the two shades above. Its opacity offers great coverage as well.

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The purple family

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Romantic Breakdown is a sheer nude with Lustre finish (US$17.50)

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Pardon the poor quality

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Seriously, what’s with MAC and their obsession with sheer nude lipsticks that do absolutely nothing to the lips? And is it necessary for every collection to have at least one such useless shade? *grumbles on* Don’t be fooled by the sweet nude colour of the bullet. Romantic Breakdown, just like the two disappointing lipstick shades from the Cinderella collection, proves to be another money waster. The colour doesn’t show at all on my lips because of the lack of opacity. I understand that MAC lipsticks with Lustre finish are designed to be sheer, but this is ridiculously sheer to the extent that I can barely see anything. What’s the point of putting on lipstick then? 👿

Grrr.. I’m so tired of lamenting. I should just boycott all nude shades in Lustre finish altogether.

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Comparison with other nude shades that are actually visible

Alright, that’s all for this review! What have you got?

Hope you guys enjoyed this review! I have one more coming up, but first let me get some rest. It’s almost 5am here and I have to be up later for work. The sacrifices I make for my blog 😐

Thanks for reading!

MAC x Bao Bao Wan is now available on MACCosmetics.com as well as in Singapore stores. Grab them before they’re gone!

REVIEW: MAC x Cinderella Eye Shadow and Lipsticks – Stroke of Midnight, Free as a Butterfly & Royal Ball

Hello lovelies!

Gosh, it’s been a while since I blogged anything about beauty. My parcels from MACCosmetics.com kept coming but I hardly had time to review them (photo-taking alone can take up to 2 hours per collection) due to my internship, so please bear with me! In the meantime, do check out my Instagram for more bite-sized updates 🙂

And at last, I’m finally able to write about the highly-anticipated M.A.C. x Cinderella collection which launched many donkey years ago. I’m late with my review again, sorry. But I do hope that this would still be able to help those who are hunting the items down on reseller markets.

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Gorgeous! Have you caught the movie?

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A huge collection that include 1 eye shadow palette (Stroke of Midnight), 2 Studio Eye Gloss (in Pearl Varnish and Lightly Tauped), 2 pigments (in Pretty It Up and Evil Stepmother) , 2 fluidline (in Macroviolet and Little Black Bow), Studio Fix Lash in Boldblack, 2 lipsticks (in Free as a Butterfly and Royal Ball), 2 tinted lipglass (in Glass Slipper and Happily Ever After), Beauty Powder in Mystery Princess, 1 Iridescent Powder in Coupe D’Chic, 1 Glitter in Reflects Pearl, 1 Blending Brush and 1 Large Angled Brush

I witnessed the items, especially them lipsticks, fly off the e-shelf on the day of launch. I think they went out of stock as fast at the Rocky Horror Picture Show collection. Many people couldn’t get what they wanted but lucky me actually predicted the launch time correctly (tip: never ever, ever rely on their mailers because they are sent to millions of subscribers and delays are inevitable) and managed to get everything on my shopping list.

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An overview of what I bought 🙂 For the first time, I actually bought an eye shadow palette from MAC. The colours are just too irresistible.

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Call me biased (since Cinderella is my favourite Disney cartoon and it was always on replay on my TV screen when I was a kid), but this collection is nothing short of breathtaking. Let’s not go into details yet and admire the presentation of the items from this collection. They are in sweet, pearlised light lavender blue packaging that’s specially designed to match the colour of the gown that Cinderella is wearing in the movie poster. Absolutely lovely! 🙂

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Official swatch

This collection comes with only 2 lipsticks (phew!) and it seemed like all eyes were already set on Royal Ball as it was the first item to sell out (followed by the iridescent powder). Both lipsticks are nude-coloured and have Lustre finish. Having owned quite a number of nude Lustre MAC lipsticks, I came to realise that they are all very under-utilised because somehow nude and lustre don’t work for me. Probably because I grew tanner, the shades are invisible on my lips and would sometimes wash me out. So I wasn’t really looking forward to adding the two lipsticks to my stash. :\

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Free as a Butterfly and Royal Ball

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Swatch

Let’s start off with Free as a Butterfly!

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Free as a Butterfly is a Semisheer Golden Nude with a Lustre finish (US$17.50)

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I’d say it’s actually very sheer on me. That is, even after layering it about four times.

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Okay, I probably see a slight difference in my lips because of the glossiness nature but definitely not something I’d spend US$17.50 / S$33 on if not for the packaging. The bullet was very slippery on my lips because it’s quite moist so I suspect that it would feather over time (not like you can see it anyway). Hence, also the reason why I think it wouldn’t last for more than an hour on my lips.

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Royal Ball is a fleshy pink in Lustre finish (US$17.50)

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One word: Disappointing 😦

I was expecting so much more than this but sigh, it turned out to be another Free as a Butterfly, but worse because I felt a little cheated. Where is the fleshy pink I see on the bullet? I was so attracted to the colour I saw on the official swatch (I’m pretty sure everyone else was too that’s why it’s so popular) but it appeared to be a totally different thing on my lips. I’m so grossed out, it kinda reminds me of a milder version of Happy Hibiscus which I sold a few years back because I absolutely hated it. Why, MAC, why?!

I don’t think I was ever so critical in my review but sigh, I really can’t help it 😦 I felt like I bought 2 of the same item because I really can’t tell them apart (besides the colour of the bullet).

But somebody please convince me that I look good in these two lipsticks because I really, really love the packaging hahaha. I’ll probably keep them for future swatch comparisons. 🙄

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Swatch comparisons with other similar nude shades I have!

Oh well, at least I still have an eye shadow palette to hopefully cushion the blow of a disappointing purchase.

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Official swatch

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Stroke of Midnight: Eye Shadow X6 (US$44)

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Vapour (peach pink with violet pearl, Velvet), Phloof! (Frosted Off-White, Frost), Omega (soft muted beige taupe, Matte), Quarry (soft muted plum brown, Matte), Satin Taupe (taupe with silver shimmer, Frost), Stroke of Midnight (black-plum with sparkle pearl, Velvet)

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Swatch!

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On me

This is MAC’s very own Naked (or Basics, since it’s so tiny, perfect for travelling) palette because it’s packed with 6 neutral shades. Five of these shades are already permanent but as you know, MAC likes selling its eye shadows in individual pots so having this palette would really save you a lot of time, money and space.

I’m probably too used to my Naked palettes but the eye shadows are quite difficult to work with because they are not really pigmented. They took me quite a number of swipes for them to be reasonably visible on my lids. Thus, it would never be my go-to palette during the morning rush hour. Having said that, it also has its upside, in terms of mistakes prevention. It’s perhaps more suited for people who are still experimenting with eye shadow colours 🙂

My favourite shades from this palette are Omega, Quarry and Satin Taupe. These were the easier ones to work with.

That’s all for this review! Do stay tuned for the next MAC review coming up very shortly 🙂

Thanks for reading!

On face: Urban Decay Weightless Foundation in 5.0, Benefit Boi-ing Concealer in 02, Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder, Benefit Rockateur Blush, Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Medium, Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter.

On eyes: Smashbox Brow Tech Trio, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Anti-Aging, Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner, MAC Stroke of Midnight Eye Shadow

MAC x Cinderella collection is now out on MACCosmetics.com (mostly sold out though) and in stores.