Future MAC Swatches & Review

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Future MAC Swatches & Review

MAC are challenging you to reinvent the rules of highlighting with a new Mineralize collection filled with shimmering products for an ultra-luminous complexion. Seriously - if sparkle and glow are your scene, you're going to be in absolute heaven perusing the offerings from Future MAC! The collection launched at MAC counters nationwide on the 11th of April and I have a selection from the range to share with you today.

The Zone

Future MAC - The Zone Mineralize Glass Swatches & Review

Future MAC - The Zone Mineralize Glass Swatches & Review

If you can't bear the thick, tacky viscosity of MAC's regular lipglasses, you've gotta try the Mineralize Glass (RRP $58NZD). Bearing the same (IMO) great vanilla scent as the bulk of MAC's lip products, the Mineralize Glass formula is thin, lightweight and nonsticky but feels just as cushiony and hydrating as the original Lipglass. I need more of these!

They come in a long tube which is flared like a rather subtle hourglass. The applicator is a paddle shaped sponge which has a slightly concave curve to the breadth of it, helping it to hug the lips as you apply. I find this applicator style prevents you from overapplying, as more of the product is held back than with a traditional doefoot, but this can be a bit annoying as it takes several pulls to pick up enough gloss to apply evenly.

Future MAC - The Zone Mineralize Glass Swatches & Review

Future MAC - The Zone Mineralize Glass Swatches & Review

Future MAC - The Zone Mineralize Glass Swatches & Review

The Zone is described as a 'dirty mauve with pearl'. The mauve is more visible in the tube; when applied it's more of a sheer warm brown and has beautiful golden-green shimmer, very easy to wear and it doesn't settle into lip lines. The Zone wore for two and a half hours on me, the shine fading fast while the shimmer lingered, and it was hydrating. 

Future MAC - The Zone Mineralize Glass Swatches & Review

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Cybernaut

Future MAC - Cybernaut Mineralize Lipstick Swatches & Review

Future MAC - Cybernaut Mineralize Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC's Mineralize Lipstick (RRP $58NZD) formula is quite new to me but I really like what I've tried so far. They come in hourglass-esque tubes like the Mineralize Glass, only more short and squat, and the cap is magnetized: lifting the lid slightly and letting it snap back into place will keep me amused for an embarassing length of time. The tube is very wide, making it unable to fit in the dividers of my acrylic storage trays which is somewhat annoying, but not a dealbreaker.

Future MAC - Cybernaut Mineralize Lipstick Swatches & Review

Future MAC - Cybernaut Mineralize Lipstick Swatches & Review

Cybernaut is described as a 'neutral pink'. It's a pale pinky nude in the same vein as Hue from the regular permanent line, although a touch pinker and more opaque. I really love Cybernaut, the touch of extra pink makes it easier to wear than some of MAC's other pale nudes and the Mineralize formula feels lovely and hydrating on. This lasted five hours on me, settling into lip lines somewhat and more noticeably where my lips were drier. 

Future MAC - Cybernaut Mineralize Lipstick Swatches & Review

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Otherearthly

Future MAC - Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review

The updated Mineralize Skinfinish (RRP $64NZD) packaging always looks rather UFO-like to me. Perfectly suited then to a futuristic themed collection! As with the lipstick, the Skinfinish has a magnetic closure and comes with a clear plastic insert as additional protection for the powder. Otherearthly has a raised design with the different colour sections having slightly different heights and dips between each portion.

Future MAC - Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review

Future MAC - Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review

Future MAC - Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review

Otherearthly is a mixture of bronze, pink and silver sections which combine to create a beautiful oyster pink shade. The segments are large enough that you could pick up individual colours with a tapered highlighting brush, like my personal favourite, the NARS Yachiyo brush. Each colour is strong enough on its own, too; they easily double as eyeshadows, making Otherearthly an exceptionally versatile MSF. The formula is wonderful, Otherearthly is easily sheered out or built up and is smooth and flattering to skin, not powdery. The lasting power isn't to be sniffed at either, still clinging on, albeit a touch faded, after ten hours.

Future MAC - Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review

I've paired Otherearthly (worn as a cheek highlight) here with Notoriously Morbid Giant contour powder and Numerology blush. I'm also wearing MAC Blooming Lovely from the Give Me Liberty of London collection (2010) and Urban Decay Naked 2 on eyes, which I recently did a post about.

Future MAC - Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Otherearthly wore for ten hours
  • Otherearthly is flattering on the skin and blends out or builds opacity easily
  • Cybernaut wore for five hours
  • All of the products have smooth & even colour pay off
  • Mineralize Glass formula is non sticky
  • Both the Mineralize lipstick & Mineralize Glass formulas are hydrating
What I didn't like:
  • The Mineralize Glass applicator is shaped so that you need to re-dip several times to get enough product
  • Cybernaut pulls into lip lines slightly
Where to buy:
  • M.A.C Britomart, Atrium on Takutai, Auckland. 
  • M.A.C Ponsonby, 130-134 Ponsonby Road, Auckland. 
  • M.A.C Westfield St Lukes, 80 St Lukes Rd, Mount Albert.
  • M.A.C Botany, Fountain Lane North, Botany Town Centre.
  • Smith & Caughey’s Queen St, 253-261 Queen St, Auckland.
  • Smith & Caughey’s Newmarket, 225 Broadway, Newmarket.
  • Farmers Centre Place, Shop 81, 501 Victoria Street, Hamilton.
  • Beauty Boutique Pop-Up, 102-112 Lambton Quay, Wellington.
  • Farmers Westfield Queensgate, Queens Drive, Lower Hutt
  • Ballantynes, City Mall, Christchurch.
  • M.A.C Westfield Riccarton, 113 Riccarton Road, Christchurch.
  • Arthur Barnett, 285 George St, Dunedin.
Also try:
Have you tried anything from the new Future MAC collection? Are you a fan of the Mineralize formulas?

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MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatic - Enchanted One & Mystical Lipsticks Swatches & Review

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MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Enchanted One & Mystical Lipsticks Swatches & Review

Do you remember the crazy hype when the Alluring Aquatic collection came out? The shiny aqua packaging, studded with faux waterdrops captured the attention of makeup lovers when it came out in May 2014. It certainly shook the cobwebs from my MAC collector instincts, which had been lying dormant after my eldest son was born. I just missed Alluring Aquatic on counters but gradually picked up two of the lipsticks, so let's take a look at them today!

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Enchanted One & Mystical Lipsticks Swatches & Review

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Enchanted One & Mystical Lipsticks Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs

Formula overview:
There were five lipsticks in the Alluring Aquatic collection, four new colours and one repromote (Pet Me, Please, which first appeared in Fabulous Felines, 2010). The lipstick finishes in this collection were a mixture of cremesheens, a lustre, a frost and a matte. Enchanted One is a matte and Mystical is a cremesheen; two of my favourite MAC formulas!  Cremesheens offer semi-opaque colour payoff and are generally comfortable to wear while mattes are super pigmented and velvety in texture. MAC lipsticks have a vanilla scent.

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Enchanted One Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Enchanted One Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Enchanted One Lipstick Swatches & Review

Enchanted One is described as a 'mid-tone neutral pink'. On me, it's a warm peachy nude which I love - it goes with just about anything! The matte finish is smooth and creamy, it doesn't tug or drag during application and it lasted an impressive five hours without being drying. 

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Enchanted One Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Mystical Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Mystical Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Mystical Lipstick Swatches & Review

Mystical is a 'mid-tone creamy rose' with a cremesheen finish. Leaning on the brownish side of rose, the glossy and semi opaque finish softens the impact of the colour so it would work on a lot of skintones. I quite like Mystical but Enchanted One has rather hogged all the glory in this case!

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Mystical Lipstick Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Great colour pay off
  • Wear time was between four and five hours
  • Non drying formula
What I didn't like:
  • Nothing!
Start your hunt here:

Did you grab anything from this collection when it was available? I'd still love to get my hands on Goddess of the Sea lipstick and Aphrodite's Shell bronzer one day.

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Blogger Link Up | A Very Naked FOTD

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Blogger Link Up | A Very Naked FOTD

I'm teaming up with a bunch of lovely ladies from #NZbloggers to share my go to look using the perennially popular Urban Decay Naked 2 palette today! This is a palette I thrashed for months after finally buying it, having previously loved the MUA dupe, Undress Me Too, to a cracked and crumbling death. Then, as is often inevitable with makeup addicts, new eyeshadow palettes came along to turn my head and poor Naked 2 got relegated to the back of the drawer. So it's been nice to unearth it and rediscover my old favourite shades for this link up!

Blogger Link Up | A Very Naked FOTD

Although there are twelve shades in Naked 2, all of which are very good, I always find myself coming back to the first six: Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease and Snakebite. They're perfect for creating the warm bronzed eyes I'm so fond of and pack a lot of sparkle. The shimmer does unfortunately create a bit of fall out - Chopper in particular is chronic for it - but I've found the best way to minimize this and create a beautiful molten metal effect is to layer the shadows over an adhesive base like Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. 

Blogger Link Up | A Very Naked FOTD

The key to using a sticky base is laying down a regular primer and applying your matte shades first. Mattes don't play well with a sticky base and most eyeshadows are difficult to blend over it, so you want to lay down all the groundwork for your crease and any darker shading on the outer V first. Then you can simply apply a thin layer of your sticky base and after giving it a few seconds to become tacky, pat your shimmery eyeshadow over top. The base grabs onto the glitter and sparkle to intensify the effect, as if you've foiled your eyeshadow and it helps to keep it anchored all day, too. 

Blogger Link Up | A Very Naked FOTD

Here I've used Tease on the crease, Foxy to blend out, Snakebite on the outer V and lower lashline, Chopper on the centre of the kid and centre of lower lashline (over Snakebite). Half Baked is on the inner third of the lid and Bootycall is on the inner corner. I then lined and lightly smudged my upper lashline with Maybelline Color Tattoo in Dramatic Black* and used Ardell Brow Pomade in Medium Brown* to carve out some power brows. On my lashes I'm wearing Collection Longer Lash Lengthening Mascara* topped off with Ardell #110 lashes*.

Blogger Link Up | A Very Naked FOTD

On the rest of my face!

FACE
Notoriously Morbid Giant contour**
Notoriously Morbid Numerology blush**

LIPS
MAC Mineralize Lipstick - Cybernaut*

Blogger Link Up | A Very Naked FOTD

I hope you enjoyed this look - do you have this palette too? What are your favourite shades to use from it?

Don't forget to check out the great posts from my fellow #NZbloggers participating in this link up!



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ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Hustle, Sequin, Kimono and Rebel Swatches & Review

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ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Hustle, Sequin, Kimono and Rebel Swatches & Review

ColourPop! Their Super Shock Shadows rocked the beauty world with their unique texture and wallet friendly pricing when they debuted and I, like many others, have not been able to get enough of them since. It's an odd theme that it takes me a long time to blog about a product I'm obsessing over, simply because I'm so busy using it that I don't want to put it away in the 'ready for review' box for a single moment! But I finally sucked it up and I'm ready to show you the first four colours I purchased. 

I grabbed these from a Facebook group lightly used so that I could see whether the formula worked for me before committing to the hefty shipping costs involved in a ColourPop order, so they don't have their boxes, but brand new ones come boxed. ColourPop eyeshadows are housed in a glossy white screwtop pot with a holographic logo. ColourPop advise that the jars need to be kept tightly shut to prevent the eyeshadow from drying out.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Hustle, Sequin, Kimono and Rebel Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs

Formula overview: 
You've probably heard everyone and their cat describe the texture of Colourpop's eyeshadows already :D But they have a malleable consistency like wet clay - should you press a finger into the eyeshadow you'll leave a hollow, it doesn't spring back or cling like a mousse, nor does it resist like a cream or powder. And of course, it's endlessly amusing to prod at! Because of the wetness of the formula it is important to keep the lid tightly shut to prevent the product drying out. Even so, they have a fairly short official shelf life, with ColourPop advising that their eyeshadows will last three years unopened and a year after being opened. I've now had these a little over a year and there appears to be no difference in quality than when I first got them, so it seems ColourPop are being pretty conservative.

There are seven different finishes in the SuperShock range: Glitter Sheer, Satin, Matte, Metallic, Ultra-Metallic, Pearlized and Pressed Pigments; I have a mixture of Pearlized, Metallic and Matte shades to show you today. Many of the Pearlized and Metallic shades contain glitter which is prone to fall out so applying these shades with a finger or a flat shader brush works best to minimise this and press the glitter into place. The Mattes can be applied with any brushes and are easy to blend out seamlessly. Across the board, everything I have tried from ColourPop has had excellent colour pay off, but what really impresses me is how budge-proof they are. They take a few seconds to set and then remain crease proof for the duration of wear - long time readers will know I have ridiculously oily eyelids that laugh in the face of most primers and eyeshadows, so the lasting power on these blew me away. I even put Sequin on the back of my hand and rubbed at it with my finger once it was set, using increasingly hard pressure, and it didn't smear or fade at all. Pretty much the only transfer was a small amount of glitter on my finger.

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Hustle

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Hustle Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Hustle Swatches & Review

Hustle is described as a burgundy violet with a Matte finish, which sums it up perfectly. This applies and blends out really nicely - it's easy to overlook the mattes inbetween all the glittery, metallic goodness ColourPop have on offer, but Hustle reminds me that I definitely need to check out more of them. I think this would make a beautiful cheek colour on deeper complexions too. 

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Hustle Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Hustle Swatches & Review

For this look I've applied Hustle on the outer half of the lid and lower lashline and the LORAC Pro palette for the rest. 

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Hustle Swatches & Review

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Sequin

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Sequin Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Sequin Swatches & Review

Sequin is a 'copper penny-like shade with silver and gold glitter' in a Metallic finish. It. Is. Everything. If you love coppers and rose golds, which it pulls toward on me, you need this in your life now. Sequin is best applied with your fingers because there's a lot of glittery goodness in there and it will fall out like crazy if not pressed into place. Even so, I did notice continuing fall out throughout the day, but the colour and finish made up for it in my book. If fall out drives you nuts though, it may be a deal breaker.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Sequin Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Sequin Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Sequin Swatches & Review

Here I've used Sequin all over the lid and inner of the lower lashline with the LORAC Pro palette for the rest. The lashes are Ardell Wispies.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Sequin Swatches & Review

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Kimono

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Kimono Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Kimono Swatches & Review

Kimono is a darkened cornflower blue with silver, purple and blue glitters. I don't usually go in for blues - they really don't suit me! -  but I have to concede, this is gorgeous. Unfortunately it appears to have been discontinued, so you'll have to prowl Glambot, blog sales and Facebook sales groups if you want to get your hands on it. As jam-packed with glitter as Kimono is, it works best when patted on with a flat synthetic brush or fingers to keep the glitter in place. Though brilliantly pigmented, it still blends out easily. 

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Kimono Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Kimono Swatches & Review

I've paired Kimono with Femme Fatale Construct on the lid here, Too Faced Teddy Bear & Heaven on the crease and to blend out, and these Born Pretty store false eyelashes.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Kimono Swatches & Review

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Rebel

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Rebel Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Rebel Swatches & Review

Rebel is a khaki green in a Matte finish. This was part of Shaaanxo's collaboration quad of colours, all of which have unfortunately been discontinued. I don't love the colour of Rebel on me (although perhaps that's just my dubious colour placement below) but I definitely couldn't fault the performance, it was a breeze to work with. Another one to track down on Glambot or similar if you love it!

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Rebel Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Rebel Swatches & Review

I've used Rebel on the crease here, with Darling Girl Naughty Olive Wonder Wand on the lid and Darling Girl Eclipse on the lower lashline. The lashes are these ones from Born Pretty Store.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Rebel Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Excellent colour pay off
  • Low price
  • Easy to blend
  • Budge proof once set!
What I didn't like:
  • I experience a lot of fall out with some of the glittery shades.
Where to buy:
Have you tried ColourPop's eyeshadows? Have a favourite shade? Share in the comments!

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