Chartreuse is an odd color, but I think we need to give it some more love.

Here are some of my picks for this fun, summer color.

 

MAC recently released their new Spring collection entitled Fantasy of Flowers. As soon as I read the color story I knew I would be picking up a few things from this collection. I mean, this is Bloomin’ Beauty, after all. A collection all about flowers was pretty much meant for me.

Although the collection was chock full of Mineralize Eyeshadows (I don’t care for those) and a few Mineralize blushes, my main focus was the lipsticks- Lustre formulas. They are one of my most favorite lipstick textures. I also picked up one of the new fluidlines, a repromoted Mineralize Skinfinish and a repromoted cremesheen gloss in Galaxy Rose. I had already owned this shade but I’ve sadly misplaced it. You can see my original review of that here.

MAC Phlox Garden

MAC Phlox Garden

MAC Phlox Garden Swatch

MAC Phlox Garden

I’ve been pretty obsessed with purples lately. It’s no surprise I wanted to have a nice purple gel liner in my collection. This one has a bit of pink to it which makes it quite… Radiant Orchid. Perfection.

MAC Rose Lily Lipstick

MAC Rose Lily Lipstick

MAC Snapdragon Lipstick

MAC Snapdragon

MAC Snapdragon Dupe

Swatches L-R: (all MAC) Courting Lilac, Syrup, Snapdragon, Playtime, Sweetie, Pink Pearl Pop, Snapdragon, Pink Popcorn, Rose Lily, Lovelorn

I didn’t really have another MAC lipstick that compared to Rose Lily. It’s quite a light pink shade and although I like it, I haven’t been drawn to those shades in the past.

Snapdragon was closest to Pink Popcorn (which was limited edition). Playtime was quite a bit more intense and more purple. Snapdragon shifts color depending on how the light hits it. It really is stunning.

MAC Heavenly Hybrid Lipstick

MAC Heavenly Hybrid

MAC Heavenly Hybrid Dupe

Swatches L-R: (All MAC) Rebel, Craving, Daddy’s Little Girl, Feel My Pulse, Heavenly Hybrid, Lustering, Girl About Town

Heavenly Hybrid is a gorgeous berry with a wearable purple tone. None of the other shades I had really came close. They are either too bright or too intense to give the same effect. Heavenly Hybrid is one of the most flattering shades I have picked up!

EDIT: I have added a swatch of Heavenly Hybrid vs MAC Plumful:

MAC Heavenly Hybrid vs Plumful

L-R: Heavenly Hybrid vs Plumful

Heavenly Hybrid is more purple than Plumful and although the two are similar, they are not quite the same.

MAC Fleur d Coral Lipstick

MAC Fleur d’ Coral

MAC Fleur d Coral Lipstick Dupe

Swatches L-R: (All MAC) Jazzed, Pleasureseeker, Sweet & Sour, Fleur d’ Coral, Altered Beige, Marquise D’, Creme d’ Nude

I thought Fleur d’ Coral would be easier to dupe. It turns out I must be lacking in peachy-nude shades from MAC! Jazzed and Sweet & Sour are much more coral in tone. Creme d’ Nude and Altered Beige are much lighter.

MAC Dreaming Dahlia Lipstick

MAC Dreaming Dahlia

MAC Dreaming Dahlia Dupe

Swatches L-R: (All MAC) Vegas Volt, Hibiscus, Fresh Salmon, See Sheer, Viva Glam Cyndi, Dreaming Dahlia, Razzledazzler, Sushi Kiss, Ever Hip, Cut A Caper, Flamingo, Reel Sexy

I wasn’t going to get Dreaming Dahlia because I thought it was going to be much more orange-red than it actually is. As it turns out, it’s a lovely muted coral. A must have for a coral-obsessed person like me. The closest shade to Dreaming Dahlia is Hibiscus, but it’s more pigmented, more intense. If Hibiscus were sheer, it would look incredibly similar to Dreaming Dahlia. The shades to the right of Dreaming Dahlia are much lighter and more peach.

MAC Perfect Topping

MAC Perfect Topping

It’s unfortunate but it appears as though MAC has changed the two repromoted MSFs in this collection. Most of the pictures of the “new” Perfect Topping have had very little lavender veining. I was lucky enough to have a significant amount in mine and so the color is different for me. MAC also appears to have changed Stereo Rose. The one I have from the In the Groove collection is much more coral than the one released here. If MAC cannot replicate the shade or wants to change it, they really ought to name it something else as I really feel it misleads eager MAC collectors and makeup lovers alike.

MAC Perfect Topping Comparisons

Comparisons (Clockwise from bottom left, all MAC): Star Wonder, Perfect Topping, Refined, Redhead, Porcelain Pink, Rio

MAC Perfect Topping Dupe 1

Swatches L-R: Star Wonder, Rio, Redhead, Perfect Topping, Refined, Porcelain Pink

MAC Perfect Topping Dupe 2

Swatches L-R: (slightly different lighting) Star Wonder, Rio, Redhead, Perfect Topping, Refined, Porcelain Pink

I was actually quite happy and impressed with both the color and texture of Perfect Topping. I don’t know how the original version of this is, but I know that I like the one I purchased here. I was also reminded of how chunky Porcelain Pink is. Refined has the best texture of all of them. Anyone remember this shade?!

I have to say the lipsticks really won me over here, but I knew they would. MAC lipsticks rarely disappoint. I’m not fond of the Mineralize collections because I think MAC has a long, long way to go to improve that formula. The lipsticks and fluidline were all on point. Perfect Topping surprised me and I am glad to (once again) own Galaxy Rose.

Happy Hump Day!

I wanted to share what I picked up from the newly released MAC Magnetic Nudes collection. I have swatches below and I also recorded a video with my thoughts and comparisons.

MAC Magnetic Nudes Collection

What I picked up: Fluidlines in Chilled, It’s Physical, Extra Dimension Shadow in Silver Dawn, Extra Dimension Blush in Autoerotique, Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Fairly Precious, and the lipstick in Morning Rose

MAC Magnetic Nudes Swatches

Swatches L-R: Silver Dawn, Autoerotique, Fairly Precious, It’s Physical, Chilled, Morning Rose

 

I just got my Hay Sailor! package in the mail today and wanted to share some swatches and comparisons with you. Please remember this is NOT a review- only swatches and photographs, initial thoughts.

Enjoy!

The packaging is a nautical blue and white stripe theme that I thoroughly enjoy.

Nautical Navy

Jaunty

Feeling Fresh

Barefoot

Handforged

Emerald Sea

Blue Stripe

Swatches L-R: Jaunty, Barefoot, Feeling Fresh, Nautical Navy, Emerald Sea, Handforged, Blue Stripe

I was surprised at the pigmentation of these shades because the textures seem slightly drier than usual (Barefoot being the best of the bunch). I swatched all of these without a primer so rest assured pigmentation isn’t lacking here. Feeling Fresh was the driest of the four I purchased. Some have suggested this is similar to MAC’s Wondergrass. I don’t have that shade so I can’t say whether that’s the case. All three liners felt smooth gliding on and are nicely pigmented. I was most looking forward to Jaunty, Barefoot and Handforged (because I looove gold) and they didn’t disappoint.

Sail La Vie

Red Racer

Swatches L-R: MAC Viva Glam Cyndi, Red Racer, Runaway Red, Scarlet Ibis, Hibiscus, Sail La Vie, Neon Orange

Both of these lipsticks are highly pigmented and creamy. Sail La Vie is drier, while Red Racer feels almost buttery on my lips. I don’t have anything quite like Red Racer, but Neon Orange and Sail La Vie are similar- with Sail being less loudmouth orange and a little more red.

Wearing Sail La Vie (Jaunty on upper/lower lashlines, Handforged lower lashline)

Wearing Red Racer (Jaunty on upper/lower lashlines, Handforged lower lashline)

Overall I am pleased as punch with my choices and know I will enjoy these shades throughout the summer. Did Hey Sailor! tickle your fancy or will it leave port without you? Dish!

I told you it was coming! I have several of the MAC In Extra Dimension shadows to show you, including several comparisons to help you decide what you might have that’s close.

Clockwise from top: Havana, Modern Pewter, Sweet Heat

Clockwise from left: Gran Galaxy, Warm Thunder, Rich Core, Blue Orbit, Young Venus

These shadows have a phenomenal texture and wonderful color payoff. I am so impressed with MAC for coming out with something different. I enjoy most of their normal eyeshadow range but these are a step above. I have also compared these to the Mega Metal shadows, and I actually prefer the Extra Dimension shadows because they don’t get powdery.

Clockwise from bottom: MAC Sable, MAC Tempting, L’oreal Bronzed Taupe, MAC Havana, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #6 Khaki Pulse

Swatches L-R: MAC Sable, MAC Tempting, L’oreal Bronzed Taupe, MAC Havana, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #6 Khaki Pulse

Swatches L-R (flash): MAC Sable, MAC Tempting, L’oreal Bronzed Taupe, MAC Havana, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #6 Khaki Pulse

I initially thought that Havana was kind of..well… boring. MAC’s Tempting comes closest but leans quite a bit more gold. Turns out Havana is actually a lovely shade!

L-R: MAC Electra, MAC Silverthorn, MAC Warm Thunder, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #4

Swatches L-R: MAC Electra, MAC Silverthorn, MAC Warm Thunder, GA #4

Swatches L-R (flash): MAC Electra, MAC Silverthorn, MAC Warm Thunder, GA #4

Initially I thought that Giorgio Armani #4 would be closest, and it is. However, it’s also darker. It’s also like a really glammed up version of Electra.

L-R: Guerlain Cruel Gardenia, MAC Swish, MAC Of Summer, MAC Young Venus

Swatches L-R: Guerlain Cruel Gardenia, MAC Young Venus, MAC Swish, MAC Of Summer

Swatches L-R (flash): Guerlain Cruel Gardenia, MAC Young Venus, MAC Swish, MAC Of Summer

I don’t have anything that compares to Young Venus! It’s the perfect light pink.I am *very* picky about what pink shadows I will wear which is why I don’t own that many. Young Venus is right up my alley.

L-R: MAC Sketch, MAC Rich Core, MAC Twinks, MAC Glamour Check!

Swatches L-R: MAC Sketch, MAC Rich Core, MAC Glamour Check!, MAC Twinks

Swatches L-R (flash): MAC Sketch, MAC Rich Core, MAC Glamour Check!, MAC Twinks

Again, I don’t have anything that’s all that similar to Rich Core. It’s such a complex shade!

L-R: MAC Parfait Amour, MAC Blue Orbit, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #3 Purpura, MAC Grand Galaxy, MAC Satellite Dreams

Swatches L-R: MAC Parfait Amour, MAC Blue Orbit, MAC Grand Galaxy, MAC Satellite Dreams, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #3 Purpura

Swatches L-R (flash) MAC Parfait Amour, MAC Blue Orbit, MAC Grand Galaxy, MAC Satellite Dreams, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #3 Purpura

Both Blue Orbit and Grand Galaxy are unique and shifting shades, both absolutely worth it! Also, great to pair together! :

Clockwise from bottom: Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #9 Rock Sand, MAC Superb, MAC Sweet Heat, MAC Dalliance, MAC Modern Pewter

Swatches L-R: GA #9 Rock Sand, MAC Superb, MAC Sweet Heat, MAC Dalliance, MAC Modern Pewter

Swatches L-R (flash): GA #9 Rock Sand, MAC Superb, MAC Sweet Heat, MAC Dalliance, MAC Modern Pewter

Sweet Heat and Superb are almost identical. If you have one you don’t really need the other in terms of shade, but the texture of the shadows is slightly different than the highlighters. Sweet Heat is a bit darker as well. Dalliance and Modern Pewter aren’t close at all.

*whew*

I hope this helped! I *really* enjoy this new formula and wish they would introduce as a permanent part of the MAC line up because it’s definitely worthy of it! All of the swatches above were done dry and without a base! ;)

Will you be trying any of these new shadows? What shade is your favorite?