11. 09. 2011

By now, all of you have heard about MAC’s latest collection, MAC Me Over. For the first time in quite a while I was actually pretty excited for this release. MAC is hit and miss with it’s limited edition collections for me, and when I finally see one that catches my eye, I go a little crazy. The last time I liked so many things from one collection was almost a year ago, when Venomous Villains released.

MAC Me Over- Lady Grey Eyeshadow Quad

 

Swatches L-R: All Races, Tendersmoke, Lady Grey, Hazy Day

This is the first quad in quite some time that I have been attracted to, even remotely. I happened to swatch the entire collection at my local MAC Counter before it released, and as soon as I touched this, I knew it would be mine! Hazy Day is my favorite of the four, but all of them work well together. All Races looks sheer in the swatch, but on the lids, it’s actually quite pigmented. I was taken back by how good it looked on.

MAC Me Over Creamy Bisque

 

MAC Me Over Moleskin

MAC Me Over Outre

 

Swatches L-R: Creamy Bisque, Moleskin, Outre

Initially, the only shadows that appealed to me were Moleskin and Outre, just because I felt like those were shadows that MAC didn’t have something comparable to in their permanent range. But, again, swatching them in store first left me with another one on my list…Creamy Bisque. It was so utterly smooth and gorgeous. And actually, not like any other MAC shadow I own or that I was able to see in their permanent line at the counter…even the MUA was impressed with it (we swatched them for the first time together). I’ve actually become quite chummy with her, and we can talk makeup for literally over an hour while swatching….it’s happened more than once ;)

MAC Me Over Cakeshop Shadestick

 

MAC Me Over Seaside Cream Colour Base

 

MAC Me Over Midnight Blues Fluidline

 

MAC Me Over Avenue Fluidline

 

L-R: Cakeshop, Seaside, Avenue, Midnight Blues

Cakeshop and Avenue appealed to me instantly. After seeing swatches online, they were already firmly on my wishlist. Seaside and Midnight Blues had intrigued me, but I hadn’t seen any concrete swatches of these two and was therefore more hesitant. But, once I touched them for myself, it was clear they would be in my collection. Seaside is an absolutely stunning peachy highlighter. Midnight Blues is a lovely teal fluidline, and I didn’t yet have a gel liner in a teal shade so it seemed perfect for my teal obsession. Avenue is a gorgeous dark brown with sparkle in it. If you look at the picture of the fluidline itself, you can see gold and copper and it’s one of the prettiest gel liners I own.

MAC 226 Brush

The one item I heard about the most was the elusive 226 brush. They didn’t sell this online and I have to give a huge thanks to Kia from Killer Lipgloss for getting this for me. It is an AMAZING crease brush.

The 226 up close

It is soft and does a great job for adding color and blending out the crease. No shedding yet in the first week, but I will keep you all posted if it starts acting up on me.

For me, this collection was one that needed to be seen in person. There were some items I didn’t particularly care for, but was happy to order and now use all of the items here. In fact, I use Moleskin every single day now to blend out all of my eyeshadow looks.

Then, as long as I was already ordering from MAC, I picked out two lipsticks.

L-R: Korean Candy and Patisserie

Jessica from Getting Cheeky recommended Patisserie as a great nude lip, and I am thankful she did. It’s a great “my lips but better” shade on me.

I posted a twitpic of me wearing Korean Candy last weekend, but if you care to see how it looks on another lovely blogger, check out Tiffany from Will Work For Makeup’s post where she shows this shade as well. It’s really a nice shade. I pretty much love the entire Sheen Supreme line, so it’s not a shock that I enjoyed this one.

Did you pick anything up from this collection? I am thrilled with all of my purchases.

‘Evening ladies! Wow, I feel like I’ve been a bit absent lately. Do you ever get that feeling like, “how in the world did it become Thursday already?” That’s me, only that’s every week :) . I’ve had a stellar week albeit a busy one. I hope it’s been the same for all of you!

I wanted to share some newer brushes to my collection. I say newer a bit tongue in cheek because I’ve had all of these a nice long time. For some reason, I’ve just put off this review in lieu of other things. But, as promised, here we go.

Real Techniques Brushes L-R: Stippling, Blush, Kabuki

First I have to say that I absolutely adore the fact that these babies stand up all on their own. Brilliant! Presentation wise, I love the handles, the ends of which all being a rubberized material appropriate for gripping. Think of how NARS packaging feels and these are about on point with that. Now to the good stuff, these brushes are quite possibly the softest brushes I own. They feel so good on my face. The stippling brush is perfect for cream highlight, cream blush, or just pigmented powder blush. I don’t use it for foundation, though I am sure you could. It’s different from other stipple brushes I own because the bristles are actually quite short. I think it makes it more precise. Also, NO SHEDDING! How many times have I used a stipple brush that shed and I get those annoying little hairs in my product. This has never shed even one tiny hair. EVER. Same goes for the Blush and Kabuki brushes. Both are equally as soft as the Stippling brush. I use the Blush and Stippling brush more than the Kabuki. Being honest, the Kabuki was a bit of an impulse buy because I like that it flipped open.

Real Techniques Kabuki opened

Isn’t that cute?! I also like the fact that it is angled. I usually keep this brush in my travel bag because it can easily be used for bronzer, blush or all over powder touch ups. The Blush brush is actually quite large, rendering it a bit more difficult to actually use to apply my pigmented blushes, though I have used it for blushes/bronzers that aren’t as pigmented and I find it works lovely with them. I like using it to apply bronzer all over because of the slight point it comes to. It makes it easier to get into the contours of your face with it.

Real Techniques Eye Brushes L-R: Eyeliner brush, Accent Brush, Deluxe Crease Brush, Brow Brush, Base Shadow Brush

The same description as above applies here: no shedding, very soft, lovely grip at the end. Sad news: these do not stand up on their own :(  Oh well! My favorites in this set are def. the Brow Brush and the Base Shadow Brush. The Brow Brush is by far THE best brow brush it’s ever been my pleasure to try. Something about the bristles and the way it picks up and deposits powder is wonderful and precise, without making my brows overdone. It’s not as…flat as other brow brushes. It’s also lovely for using eyeshadow as liner as it creates a nice soft focus line. The eyeliner brush doesn’t suit my taste all that well, and I prefer other brushes I have (like the Sonia Kashuk one here)The base shadow brush is also a bit of a miracle worker for me. Interesting in shape too, when I think of my other shadow brushes.

Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush

It’s flat without being thin, and it’s longer and more narrow than other shadow brushes I own. This works AMAZING for shadows that are more difficult to work with and have fall out problems. Again, not sure what it is about the brush, but I really enjoy it. If fits nicely on my eyelid too. My ideal shadow brush for patting or packing on the shades!

Sonia Kashuk Pointed Foundation Brush

I am over the moon for this foundation brush. I use it in conjunction with my tarte foundation brush. I talked about here.  This gets into the corners and crevices of your face so well. it fits nicely under the eyes, and I have often used it for blending my concealer. I love that is is round and pointed, it is the ideal brush for under the eyes in my opinion.

Sonia Kashuk Pointed Foundation Brush Shape

It is soft and easy to blend with. Once again, this doesn’t shed. I purchased mine at a Target store. For some reason, it doesn’t look like it’s available online.

NARS Yachiyo Brush

I had this brush on my list for quite awhile after seeing it in several videos on YoutTube. It’s expensive, there’s no doubt about it. Coming in at $50 it is a bit of a luxury item. There is no question in my mind though, that this brush is mostly worth every bit of that. It does apply blush (particularly pigmented ones like NARS) fantastically. It’s lightweight, and smaller than I’d envisioned it to be. I love the wound handle and overall shape of this brush. It is soft, but not as much so as the brushes above. Can I apply blush with other brushes just fine? Sure. But the shape and design of the brush and bristles makes this a unique piece to own. I’d like to see the price of this brush come down to about $35-$40, but I doubt that will happen. Just make sure to pick it up with a coupon code, which is usually floating around somewhere for the NARS website for 17% off (orders of $75+).

Top view of Blush Brush and Yachiyo

Just to illustrate the size difference of the brushes; the Yachiyo is quite a bit smaller than the Real Techniques Blush Brush.

Overall Breakdown:

Have you found any great brushes lately? Any brushes you couldn’t do without that you already own? Do tell!

Happy Friday y’all! I am excited for the weekend! Celebrating a friends birthday tonight, and brunch with another friend tomorrow. What are your weekend plans?

My makeup preparation will include my most favorite recent discovery from Sonia Kashuk’s spring release at Target, her pointed eyeliner brush! Check it out!

SK Pointed Eyeliner Brush

Testing out the awesome ease of movement of the brush....

I didn’t have to practice writing that, or even do it twice. This brush works with ease to create cat eyes, winged out liner, thin lines, thick lines and everything in between. This is positively the best eyeliner brush I have ever used. It almost feels like a calligrapher pen! It is a must have in my book. Even better is the price point! $5.99—you simply cannot find a better deal than that. This brush is available now from Target. My advice? Run and get this brush ladies!

P.S.- The gel liner I used above is MAC’s fluidline in Rich Ground.