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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

MAC - A Rose Romance

Suggesting sonnets celebrated for centuries: "Come into my garden, I would like my roses to see you!" poet Sir Richard Brinsley Sheridan once said, and what lady could resist such flattery?
A tradition in haute-couture, and enduring Icon of love and certainly the only flower acceptable to throw on stage at the Met or clench between teeth in a Buenos Aires tango salon, the rose remains beyond reproach. MAC creates a very modern Rose Romance, our lovely new color collection for the summer season. Spring buds blush in fragrant new hues when Just A Pinch Gel Blush debuts; Fix+Rose refreshes; and our bring-back favorite fragrance, Creations Hue: Dejarose, whispers anew... BUT WITH GREAT BEAUTY THERE IS ALWAYS PASSION AND PERIL... MIND THE THORNS.

Lipstick ($14 US/ 16.50 CDN)
-Way To Love- Creamy light yellow pink
-A Rose Romance- Mid-tone pink with gold pearl
-Odyssey- Spiked-up plum

I want to say that I think ALL the lippies in this collection are to die for. I LOVE the colors! I tried Way to Love, eventhough I think A Rose Romance would have been much better on my complexion. Way to love is a mid-tone pink, on the cool side.

Face Candy Grade: B-

Lipglass ($14 US/ $16.50 CDN)
-Virgin Kiss- Sheer pale pink with multi-dimensional pearl
-Magnetique- Frosted violet fuchsia
-Steal My Heart- Sheer bright pink with multi-dimensional pearl

Virgin Kiss is a perfect pale pink gloss that looks great on top of lipstick or by itself. On my lips the color is less pigmented, because my lips are naturally red. It might look different on you.

Face Candy Grade: B+

See Thru Lip Colour ($14 US/ $16.50 CDN)
-Loving Touch- Sheer pearly light pink
-Tender Tryst- Sheer pearly plum
-Secret Crush- Sheer red berry

Tender Tryst looks deep and dark in the tube, but the color it delivers is much more sheer-berry like. Ever since the Emanuel Ungaro see thru lip color, I've been pretty into them. I want the other two. It's good because you can layer easily and it's not too drying on lips.

Face Candy Grade: A

Eye Shadow
($14.50 US/ 17.50 CDN)
-Of Summer- Frosted light dirty mauve
-Et Tu, Bouquet?- Frosted pale pink gold
-Creme de Violet- Vivid pinkish-violet flecked with gold shimmer
-Silverthorn- Mid-tone gray with silver pearl
-Shadowy Lady- Darkly veiled plum

Et Tu, Bouquet? is a frosty pale pink. It's pretty sheer IMO, maybe I should try it wet. Very subtle. Maybe it's just the texture is kind of hard and chunky. I don't know. It looks nice as a brow bone highlighter. But nothing to call home about.

Face Candy Grade: B-

Pigment ($19.50 US/ $23.50 CDN)

-Mutiny- Clean sky blue with gold pearl
-Circa Plum- Frosty dirty mid-tone lavender

Circa Plum is really pretty. It's got everything that I love in a pigment. It's taupey, shimmery, grayey and plummy at the same time. I personally think pigments are best wet. This one is HOT!

Face Candy Grade: A
Splashproof Lash ($12 US/ $14 CDN)
-Blacksplash- Black

Just A Pinch Gel Blush ($18.50 US / $22.50 CDN)- Sheer gel cheek blush in a pot delivers a rosy glow of coverage for a healthy complexion. Dewy texture blends into a thin film on skin, giving low to medium transparent coverage.
-Just A Pinch- Sheer red pink tint

I was excited, but ultimately let down by this product. Mine is very oily and too sheer, plus the color doesn't stay on that well. I didn't like it for cheeks or lips.

Face Candy Grade: F

Beauty Powder ($22 US/ $26.50 CDN)
-Blush of Youth- Clean pink with gold pearl
-Summer Rose- Soft violet pink with pearl

I tried Summer Rose. It looks more violet in the package than it does on. It's more pink than violet but I also thought it was chalky. I would have preferred to have Blush of Youth. The rose design in the compact is gorgeous, but does that really matter?

Face Candy Grade: C

Fix+ Rose ($17 US/ $20 CDN)- An aqua-spritz of vitamins and minerals, infused with a Calm-the-Skin blend of green tea, Chamomile, Cucumber, topped off with the scent of 100% natural rose water. Adds radiance, finishes makeup.

Nail Lacquer ($11 US/ $13 CDN)
-Love & Friendship- Creamy dirty mid-tone lavender

Creations Hue: Dejarose ($22.50 US/ $28.50 CDN)- A striking bouquet of lush Bulgarian, Turkish, and Tea Red Roses is ruffled with dewy watery and luminous green nuances. Velvety petals of exotic orchid, lily, jasmine and peony are teased with a hint of crimson red raspberry and the gentle texture of pink pepper. The interplay of light and dark woods, weathered teak contrasting with patchouli, adds to the intensity, while hypnotic incense vapours and amber crystals lend a sense of intrigue and allure to this sensuous creation.

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