MAC Zac Posen Collection Lipstick Review + Swatch

MAC Zac Posen Sheer Madness

Hello again!

Today I’m doing a review on this lipstick from the Spring 2016 MAC X Zac Posen collection. I have seen these limited edition products being sold online (eBay, Amazon) and in store (warehouse sales) and so I thought that a review might be helpful if you happen to spot this somewhere.

MAC Zac Posen Sheer Madness

Firstly, the packaging of this lipstick is a bit bulky but I like the shape and feel of it. This has a very sweet cupcake scent which I enjoy; I don’t feel that it is over powering. The formula is very similar to that of a lip balm as it glides on the lips and feels moisturizing. It lasts for a few hours if you do not eat or drink but it isn’t at all long wearing.

Swatched on my hand below; the iridescence that this shade has is not detectable in the photo below but this lipstick has a beautiful pink/gold shine to it that would suit every skin tone. This shade really doesn’t have much color at all; just a nice shine so it can be used as a lipstick or lipliner topper.

MAC Zac Posen Sheer Madness

Would I recommend this for the full price? – No, but if you happen to find this on sale somewhere and you need something like this then yes, I would recommend it.

Have you tried anything from this collection?

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MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Labradorable Review + Swatches

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick

Hi everyone!

I was super curious to try a different formula of lipstick from MAC and this looked interesting because it is a mineral lipstick that claims to be super moisturizing.

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Labradorable

I love the packaging; it is a bit bulky but it has a magnetic closure and looks sleek with the matte and shiny black. I also love wearing deep purple/wine shades in the winter and wanted something moisturizing that wouldn’t suck the life out of my lips in the colder months.

The lipstick itself feels extremely balmy and is very soft and creamy however, the pigment is underwhelming. In one swipe (see picture below) I get a very light uneven pigmentation; there is a lot of product on my hand but it’s a clear balm. However it can be built up to a nice shade but the amount of product on the bottom swatch is crazy it would feel so weird on the lips and not to mention bleed outside of the lines at the first movement.

I do like the feeling of this and perhaps this formula doesn’t work well with such a dark shade. I could see this working much better with a nude shade. It claims to be long lasting but this formula doesn’t stay on very long, however this dark shade does leave a nice pink stain.

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Labradorable

Unfortunately this formula in this shade was a let-down for me; I was expecting much more. e.l.f. has great mineral lipsticks that are super pigmented and moisturizing and not to mention only $3.00!

What is your favourite mineral lipstick?

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MAC Eye Brows Crayon in Stylized Review + Swatches

MAC Eye Brows Crayon

Hello everyone!

I realized that I use the same brow products everyday and hardly experiment with new brow pencils or brow gels. I’ve seen amazing reviews online on this brow pencil so I was excited to give it a try!

MAC Eye Brows Crayon Stylized

First off, the packaging is decent – it is a mechanical pencil that is “self-sharpening” which basically means it’s very thin so there is no need for sharpening. Once you twist the product up it won’t go back down; lots of mechanical brow pencils are like that so watch out! I like that it is very thin so I can draw “hair-like” strokes; the end result is much more natural than a brow pomade or a thicker pencil. The downside of the packaging is that it doesn’t contain a spoolie on the other side which I think is essential.

The color that I got is described on the website as “brown” with no indication of the undertone so I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, this brown has a slight warm undertone but isn’t as pronounced if you run this very lightly on the brows. The actual product is slightly dry and waxy so you need decent pressure to get pigmentation which isn’t so bad in my opinion because it prevents the infamous “sharpie brow”. The lasting power of this brow pencil is great – doesn’t fade or smudge the entire day!

MAC Eye Brows Crayon in “Stylized”. One layer on top swatch, multiple layers on bottom swatch.

MAC Eye Brows Crayon Stylized

Overall, I think this is a good brow pencil but I think I prefer the Etude House brow pencil over this; better price and a better shade for me.

What is your current brow routine (products)?

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MAC Mineralize Foundation Review + Swatch

MAC Mineralize Foundation

Hello everyone!

I know that this review is on a foundation but my review will be based on how it works as a cream bronzer (hence the darker shade). I have been wanting a long-wearing cream foundation to layer under my bronzer so that my bronzer can last more than just a few hours and I think I have found the perfect product!

MAC Mineralize Foundation NC35

After applying my primer, foundation and concealer, I apply this to the areas where I would bronze. I then set my entire face with translucent powder and then follow up with a powder bronzer on top and continue the rest of my routine. This product melts so nicely into the skin; it looks incredibly natural. It has a hydrating/satin – almost dewy finish that I like in a bronzer because it gives me a healthy glow. It is suppose to be long-wearing (8 hours) and I definitely notice that my bronzer is lasting all day with minimal fading. This product is also non-acnegenic and dermatologist tested.

MAC Mineralize Foundation

The packaging is sturdy, comes with a mirror and has a sponge underneath the product so it is definitely travel friendly.

MAC Mineralize Foundation NC35

MAC Mineralize Foundation nc35

Overall, I really enjoy using this as a cream bronzer; I may even get this in my own shade to use as foundation but I’m not sure how it would work because I have a very oily skin type and this is targeted towards dry/mature skin.

Have you tried this (or any Mac) foundation?

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MAC Face and Body Foundation Review + Swatch

MAC Face and Body Foundation

Hello again!

I haven’t done a foundation review in a while so I thought today would be a good day to review this very dewy foundation that is perfect for the summer time! This review is on the shade C1, which is the lightest shade.

In terms of packaging I think this plastic squeeze bottle is great; it contains 50mL of product which is more than a regular foundation bottle. They also offer this in a 120mL bottle as well; both are a great deal given the amount of product you get. The only negative is that it can get a bit messy under the cap since this is a runny formula.

This is a light coverage foundation; you may be able to build it up to a medium coverage. It works best with either your fingers or a very densely packed kabuki, which is what I like to use. This foundation is definitely buildable but the trick is to let each thin layer dry before putting on another layer. The unique thing about this foundation is that it looks like skin; it honestly is not detectable at all; even up close. It does not crease, settle into any lines, look cakey, break apart on oily skin types or cling to dry patches.However, it does not cover much, is a dewy finish and will look incredibly shiny if not set properly and blotted/powdered throughout the day.

C1 squeezed out of the bottle. This very light shade has a yellow undertone.

MAC Face and Body Foundation C1

This claims to be long wearing and water-resistant and I would have to agree with that. Besides the fact that it makes me look extra oily than usual, it does somehow last very well on me without much fading.I also applied this on the back of my hand and ran it under water and it is indeed water-resistant.

What is your go-to foundation during the warmer months?

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MAC Viva Glam 2 Lipstick Review + Swatches

Mac Viva Glam 2

Hi again!

I thought I would do a review on the lipstick that is my go-to when I don’t know what to pair my eye look with. This shade just goes with every and any makeup look; it is a “my lips but better” color.

The finish is satin; it looks like a matte with a slight sheen. The formula is creamy upon application and has great staying power but I do notice this formula drying out my lips after a few hours of wear. I have to apply a balm under this to prevent my lips being dried out but I do like that it “sticks” to my lips and doesn’t slide around.

This is a mauve, pink shade with a grey-undertone, it looks very flattering on and is a great color for over-drawing your lips because it is very similar to my natural lip color.

Mac Viva Glam 2

Mac Viva Glam 2

100% of the purchase price of the Mac Viva Glam lipsticks go to the MAC AIDS Fund.

Have you tried the Mac Viva Glam 2?

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