Saturday, May 31, 2014

NYX MACARON LIPSTICKS

NYX MACARONLIPSTICKREVIEW
The Drool Gallery: NYX Macaron 
From the first press photos that were released, these lippies looked like a fun collection. Finally, the mainstream market was getting rainbow lippies at affordable prices. NYX always offers cruelty-free, vegan friendly formulas. When I finally got the lipsticks, of course I was overjoyed at the colors. As for performance, well some of the lippies applied streakily. 
And I don't know why but my lips became painfully sensitive as well. I can't say for sure whether one of the lipstick's caused an allergic reaction or not. I had to set them aside and let my lips get back to normal before trying them again. I did manage to finish swatching the last two: Chambord and Coconut and had no reactions. However I haven't worn any of others since. I will post updates on that when and if I do to see if I get a reaction. Also a weird thing happens with the tube. The lipstick itself seems to slowly fall back down into the case when twisted up. I will post a video of this on my Instagram…so stay tuned. 
Flimsy, cheap design, I guess?

On a positive note, these lippies have a light vanilla-cake scent. 
Usually NYX lippies are unscented. So that was a delightful treat! 
Note: The tube says "Macaron" which is the french spelling for the delicious french pastry.
But it is still pronounced as it is spelled here in the States: "Macaroon".
(Just in case if you were wonderin'.)

These are fun lippies. They are inexpensive too. Now that they are becoming available at other places besides the initial online release, you can get them for BOGO 1/2 off. So take advantage of that! I wish I did. They can be mixed to create ombre lips however I still prefer other products for that. I definitely want to experiment more with them but the ombre below is what I got from using the white and black so far. 
Not bad at all in terms of coverage! 
Prepping and priming your lips creates the best canvas for these lippies as some are unfortunately streaky.
Well onto the swatches!

Retails for: $6.00
Vegan, cruelty-free.
OMBRE OF THE WEEK: Using NYX Chambord & Coconut
Part of the collection are the white and black lipsticks. 
Which can be worn on their own for the daring or mixed with the other colors to lighten or darken a shade. 

Blue Velvet Lips - electric blue.
One of the my favs. 
A beautiful blue that pops. 
Highly pigmented, opaque coverage.
Rating: 5/5
Lavender Lips - lavender.
Another winner.Perfect lavender color. Reminds me of Lime Crime D'Lilac.
Highly pigmented, opaque coverage.
Rating: 5/5

Violet Lips - royal purple.
A deeper purple color.
Not for the faint of heart.
Beautiful shade.
Highly pigmented, opaque coverage.
Rating: 5/5
Key Lime Lips - lime green.
Pretty green shade.
However this one was streaky!
Seems to happen a lot with green.
Good lip prep and lining and filling in with a green eye liner or similar color will help.
Rating: 4/5
Pistachios Lips - mint green.
 This one!
Another fav.
Love the teal color. Absolutely perfect.
And I love pistachios!
Highly pigmented, opaque coverage.
Rating: 5/5
Citron Lips - yellow.
 The color in the tube looked like "Cheetos'.
It seemed cheesy…lol I know.
But on the lips, it's a bright yellow albeit very streaky!
Rating: 3/5
Black Sesame Lips - light gray.
Pretty unique gray shade.
Like the color of my porch! Haha.
Another fav. 
Highly pigmented, opaque coverage.
Rating: 5/5
Rose Lips - lavender pink.
Cute, cute bright pink color.
Bubblegum and Barbie comes to mind.
Highly pigmented, opaque coverage.
Rating: 5/5 
Orange Blossom Lips - orange.
Much lighter on lips than in the tube.
Popping orange.
Somewhat streaky.
Rating: 5/5
Early Grey Lips - powder blue.
Soft powdery blue.
A nice lighter variation from the darker blue in the collection.
Fav!
Highly pigmented, opaque coverage.
Rating: 5/5


What lippies did you get from the NYX Macaron collection?

Stay sweet lovelies!
~Duchess

DISCLAIMER: All products were purchased by the Duchess unless otherwise noted.
Please do not use my photos without my permission.

M.A.C. Alluring Aquatic Collection 2014 - Lipsticks

Alluring Aquatic Lipsticks 

Alluring Aquatic Lipsticks
Ugh, beautiful limited edition lippies* that come in beautiful teal packaging accented with water droplets.
Definite must-haves!
Retails: $17.50
3 g/0.1 US oz.
Pro discount applies.

UPDATE!! Goddess of the Sea Swatch and Siren Song

Goddess of the Sea Lips - dark vibrant purple
A cremesheen lipstick. 
Feel like a goddess of the sea (and not the tuna kind).
Got compliments and hey it's purple!
Winner!
Rating: 5/5

Siren Song - sheer pale beige 


A lustre lipstick.
One of my favs.
For me it functions in 2 ways:
1) As a 'lip balm with a hint of color'. By itself it applies so sheerly yet 
it's moisturizing with soothing Mac vanilla…ahh.
2) As a soft lippie on top of liner(s). In this shot, 
I used Mac Pink Treat on outer and Mac Beurre on inner.
Blend by swiping and make sure to wipe your lippie off.
Rating: 5/5


Mystical - midtone creamy rose
A cremesheen lipstick. 
Beautiful soft medium rose that keeps lips moisturized.
Rating: 5/5

Enchanted One - midtone neutral pink
A matte lipstick. Goes on smooth and is beautiful. 
My fav shade!
Close matches are Kinda Sexy and Velvet Teddy 
which are both permanent lipsticks in the M.A.C. line.
Rating: 5/5

Pet Me Please - light shimmering mauve
A frost lipstick. 
For a frost, this goes on smooth and has a subtle mauve tinge.
Gorgeous!
Rating: 5/5

What did you get from the Alluring Aquatic collection?
Stay sweet lovelies!
~Duchess

DISCLAIMER: All products were purchased by the Duchess unless otherwise noted.
Please do not use my photos without my permission.

M.A.C. Alluring Aquatic Collection 2014 - Nails, Blushes and Bronzers

 Alluring Aquatic - Nails, Blushes and Bronzers

Here is my quick review of the 3 nail polishes, 2 blushes and the bronzers
(there are 4; only got three) in the collection.
All beautiful and must-haves!
Pro discount applies.

M.A.C. Alluring Aquatic - the haul.
Aphrodites Shell - golden bronze w/touch of shimmer
& Delphic - soft brick tan w/touch of shimmer 
These are now some of my favorite bronzers. They don't make my skin look orange.
They are just perfect. They give just the right amount of sun kissed glow.
Aphrodites Shell is my fav and more golden. While the Delphic is a slightly deeper.
Love using both to contour and give my face a healthy sun glow.
The soft liquid-powder bronzers have prismatic reflections thanks to the Extra Dimension formula.
Another definite must-have!
Retails: $33.00
9 g/0.31 US oz.

*Not pictured Alluring Aquatic Bronzing Powder in Golden.
A repromote. It is a lightly frosted, tinted powder. 
Beautiful compact with mirror!
Golden is a muted golden tan-beige with shimmer.
The darker version is Refined Golden - finely spun golden with soft pearl.
Retails: $27.50
10 g/0.35 US oz.

DYK: Water photo taken by me out on Lake Michigan during one of the hottest days in Chitown!
Photo: @photoschmoto on Instagram, Facebook and Flickr.

Sea Me Hear Me - mid tone neutral plum & Seduced at Sea - beige pink
Described by M.A.C. as: "A liquid-powder blush with prismatic reflections. 
Sheer crystallized light to a highly polished metallic effect." 
Retails: $27.50
6.5 g/0.22 US oz
Seduced at Sea and Sea Me Hear Me - Swatch Comparison
Comparison swatches of both blushes. I was asked if I had to choose which one would I get.
Hard as they are both beautiful. But my answer was Sea Me Hear Me as I have many blushes that are warmer in tone. And the SMHM is a plum shade. They both create a subtle radiance. I use them both sometimes to create an ombre color on my cheeks. The Extra Dimension formula is so buttery!


Submerged - dark teal chrome
Anchors away! Loving this color.
Like the deep blue sea…
These high-gloss, limited edition nail colors have conditioners and UV protection.
Retails: $17.50
10 ml/.34 US fl oz

Shimmerfish - sparkling aluminum and Neptune - antique gold
Again lovely colors!

What did you get from the Alluring Aquatic collection?
Stay sweet lovelies!
~Duchess

DISCLAIMER: All products were purchased by the Duchess unless otherwise noted.
Please do not use my photos without my permission.






M.A.C. Alluring Aquatic Collection 2014 - EyeshadowsLege


Alluring Aquatic Eyeshadows

M.A.C. Alluring Aquatic - the haul.

Although they are not the full size eyeshadows that M.A.C. offers, these 'minis' are another definite must-have! The Extra Dimension finish creates beautiful crystallized colors. Each shadow is buttery and easy to work with. M.A.C. describes them as 'shimmering tints'. You can see how they apply sheer on my swatches below or with primer which intensifies the prismatic reflective pigments in each shadow. So you can wear them sheer or deepen the color with primer.
My favs are Fathoms Deep and Legendary Lure.
There are 6 eyeshadows in the collection.
1.3 g/0.04 US oz.
Retails: $19.50


Fathoms Deep - a deep blue
While described as a 'deep blue', it's more of a silvery purple.
Buttery and beautiful over primer.
Black really deepens the color.
One of my favs!
2nd swatch over Stila Smudgestick in Black.

Lorelie - a golden beige.
Pretty shimmery, soft and buttery classic beige. 
Natural pretty by itself and with primer, Intensified pretty.
2nd swatch over Nyx Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil.

Sea Worship - a tarnished olive.
A pretty soft olive green almost like an antique gold.
2nd swatched over Nyx Milk Jumbo Lip Pencil.

Soul Serenade - a deep plum brown.
Very rich plummy brown color!
2nd swatch over Stila Smudgestick in Black.

Legendary Lure - a deep cerulean.
Gorgeous deep emerald green color! My fav after Fathoms Deep.
2nd swatch over Stila Smudgestick in Black.

Silver Sun - a mid-tone dirty sea foam green.
Feelin' like a mermaid with this beautiful green color.
2nd swatch over Nyx Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil.

What did you get from the Alluring Aquatic collection?
Stay sweet lovelies!
~Duchess

DISCLAIMER: All products were purchased by the Duchess unless otherwise noted.
Please do not use my photos without my permission.

M.A.C. Alluring Aquatic Collection 2014 ~ Lipglasses

M.A.C. Alluring Aquatic Lipglass
This is the first of several posts on M.A.C.'s Alluring Aquatic collection. 
I had initially posted my swatches and pics to Instagram after receiving my products. 
More posts and video clips can be seen on there. 
Thanks for following on there! If you're not already please do. I usually post there first.
Here is my review and swatches for the internet community-at-large. Enjoy!

IMO, this is one of the most beautiful M.A.C. collections ever!
From the beautiful textured packaging mimicking freshly sprayed water droplets and the mesmerizing reflective teal blue to the color story that evokes mermaids, waves, water and enchantment —
a definite must-have! 
Pro discount applies.

M.A.C. Alluring Aquatic - the haul
 The first products I decided to try were the lipglasses. 
These colors have renewed my love of the lipglass! 
All lip glasses are a Rating of 5/5.
Retails: $16.50
4.8 g/0.17 US oz.

Modern Lure Lips - deep violet with pink pearl lipglass.
The lip glass is lined with M.A.C.'s Nightmoth liner.
While this is a summer collection, on my skin tone, 
this lippie creates a "fall look" showing how versatile this collection is.

Water Deities Lips - light bronzy pink.
A perfect glossy metallic nude lippie! 
Very lightly lined with M.A.C. Stone lip pencil.

Seducing Sound Lips - mid-tone plum bronze.
Doesn't look anything as described or in the tube…pleasantly surprised and gorgeous lipglass.
 Lined using M.A.C. Stone lip pencil which creates a "taupey" lip look.

Peachstock Lips - creamy true nude (repromote)
Always love a classic cream nude lip. Especially this one… 
If you didn't get this one, get the Peachstock lipstick which is part of the permanent line.

Clear Water Lips - sheer nude with multidimensional pearl.
Pretty. Pretty. 
Very sparkly. 
Great by itself or as a topper on a matte lipstick or lip liner.

M.A.C. Alluring Aquatic Lipglass Chart
Hope you get something from this collection!
It's a perfect addition to anyone's lippie collection and a beautiful way to start the summer out right.
(Especially after a brutal winter, for me!)
Thanks M.A.C.!
[applause]

What did you get from the Alluring Aquatic collection?
Stay sweet lovelies!
~Duchess

DISCLAIMER: All products were purchased by the Duchess unless otherwise noted.
Please do not use my photos without my permission.