Here are complete swatches of this collection. I already mentioned in the previous MAC Art Supplies review that I truly love the greasepaint sticks and pearlglide liners, but I am not loving the lipstain markers at all. Upon seeing them all today at the MAC counter, my opinion hasn't changed. I was a little on the fence about pearl glides but I fell in love with Undercurrent, a beautiful blue teal that would really make brown eyes pop, so I snagged this. I also got Dirty greasepaint stick, a blackened taupe with pearl which would be amazing with my favorite MAC pigments like Sweet Sienna, Coco and Subtle.
Aren't they gorgeous? I already mentioned Charred Mauve, Brown Now, and Below Ground in my previous review, but the others are breathtakingly grease-like. Color pay-off is phenomenal. Zinc Zone is a dark gunmetal which would make a great base or liner for smokey eyes. Dirty is very popular because of the reason I mentioned above. Uniformly Blue is great for intense blue looks. Greengrease beckoned; it was a blackened forest green - gorgeous. And of course, Slick Black is your staple deep, dark black which would be perfect for a wide variety of looks.
I fell in love with the Pearlglides, but my favorite of them all is Undercurrent. I would definitely use this in several of my eye looks. Petrol Blue is nice as well - a deep navy, but I prefer my Fly By Blu pearlglide which is brighter than Petrol Blue. Designer Purple is another gorgeous color, an iridescent violet. Industrial is a periwinkle grey. Almost Noir is a dirty plum, and Black Line is black with strong green shimmer.
Pro LongWear Lipstain Markers:
I believe these lipstain markers are not getting good reviews because they really don't look that great when worn alone. I believe when they are applied over or under a tinted lip balm or underneath a lipglass, people might like it better. I might layer lipglasses over my lipstain markers and will update my review. My favorite colors are the reds because they really do make a bold statement. I was thinking these markers will also make great body makeup - I mean, look how amazing they look on plain skin! They might work great in creating masks for Halloween or just about any occasion when creativity calls for it.
As I said, the winners of this collection are truly the greasepaint sticks and pearlglides. Do try them out at your stores or counters. I'm pretty sure you will find at least one from these that will pique your interest.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I am torn on MAC Art Supplies: there are products from this collection that I would consider some of the best MAC has come up with, and are probably must-haves in my book, but there are others that really don't pique my interest. Nonetheless, this is a cool collection because you can be as creative as when you were 3 years old in preschool using these crayons-for-your-face from MAC.
I am totally, totally in love with the greasepaints. They are technically shadesticks on steroids and since I love shadestick (especially Beige-ing that I have been using as a daily eyeshadow base for many years), the greasepaints are my kind of products. The greasepaints, true to their name, somehow have a grease-like look and staying power because they do not budge on the skin. The pigmentation is way off the charts. They don't tug on the skin like the old shadesticks did, they glide like butter on the lids and are very easy to apply. Staying power is very good. That's the reason why you can use these greasepaints either as eyeshadow base, eye liner or eyeshadow. They are very versatile and the possibilities are endless with these babies.
Brown, Now is a blackened burgundy that would be great for browns, reds, coppers. Below Ground is my favorite - it's a blackened bronze that would be amazing with neutrals, golds, or basically anything especially warm colors. Charred Mauve is a beautiful blackened violet that would be great with pinks, purples, plums, blues. These would work as a nice eye liner as well to make the eyes pop.
The greasepaints above were from the DSquared and Style Black collections of last year, and as you can see from the swatches, they are very pigmented and vibrant, which are the characteristics we all want in shadows, liners and even for colored eyeshadow bases. So you see, I can't rave enough about the greasepaints. They are long-wearing, transfer and water-resistant (although for me, I still use a good neutral base underneath the greasepaints). For me, they are the winners in this collection.
The pearlglide formula has been around since two or three years ago, but this time, they added a new characteristic: a new shimmering sparkle effect, not just micro-glitters. This is the reason why the Black Line pearglide which is described as a "true black" is not exactly true black- it has these shimmery bits of sparkle that make it look like a greenish duochrome to my eyes. Almost Noir is a dirty plum that has tiny little specks of gold particles. They glide like butter on the skin and are very pigmented. However, I wouldn't recommend them on the waterline or tightline because the tiny shards of shimmery particles might irritate your sensitive eyes. Since I tend to use mostly liquid, gel or mineral liners for the upper lashline, I tend to forget that these Pearlglide liners are great on the lashline because they're very pigmented and glide easily on the skin:
the old Pearlglide colors
I have not tried my Pearlglides in ages, and this new collection makes me want to break them out of their boxes and play with different looks using these.
PRO LONGWEAR LIPSTAIN MARKERS:
See rest of the review and swatches after the jump
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Here's a look featuring MAC Trend F/W '09 collection's Tone: Grey quad. I am liking the combination of grey and blue because it's a breath of fresh air amidst the proliferation of many grey and black eye looks. The blue gives a new look to the greys, making a more vibrant overall appearance.
I used the DSquared greasepaint stick in "B" to prime the outer V of my eye and the lower lashline.
I used Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Skinny Jeans to prime the lid for the grey shadows.
I used Silverthorn eyeshadow from MAC A Rose Romance collection together with the shadows in the Tone:Grey quad.
I used L'oreal's Lineur Intense liquid liner which is quickly becoming a favorite for everyday use.
I used On A Mission beauty powder blush from Style Warrior with Sculpt powder to contour.
I used Nico Now lipglass.
Here's a step-by-step. All eye products MAC unless otherwise stated.
Apply Bare Canvas paint all over lid and browbone. Apply Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Skinny Jeans on lid using a fluffy brush. Using the 239 brush, Tone Grey lightly on the lid to even the color. Apply B Greasepaint stick on the outer lid.
Intensify B Greasepaint stick on the outer V.
Using the 239 brush, apply Silverthorn on outer 2/3 of lid. Using the Sonia Kashuk blender brush, apply Tone Grey on mid to outer lid.
Apply The Right Smoke on the crease and outer V using the Sonia Kashuk blender brush. Add Waft using the same brush and in gentle but quick one-direction sweeps, blend the colors together.
Using the Stila No. 5 brush, apply A Warmer White on the browbone. Using the 219 brush, apply Vanilla pigment on the tearducts/inner corners. Apply L'oreal Lineur Intense liner on upper lashline. Apply B greasepaint stick on lower lashline.
Using the 219 brush, apply The Right Smoke on lower lashline over the greasepaint stick.
Monistat gel as primer
Missha Perfect Cover BB cream (review coming up!)
DreamWorld mineral foundation in Theia
Lumiere radiance (complexion enhancer) in Winter Silk (review coming up!)
MAC Sculpt powder to contour
MAC On A Mission beauty powder blush
MAC lipliner in Whirl
MAC lipglass in Nico Now