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Man this semi precious just keeps going on and on doesn't it? We haven't even hit the eyeshadows yet! I can feel a receptive strain injury coming on....
All three of the blushes in this collection have a soft marbling effect of corresponding colours and are all matte formula. Overall I found them a little chalky but quite easy to blend and there is at least one shade for everyone which is great. Below is the swtaches and review for the complete collection of blushes!
Oh my lord is Feeling Flush pigmented, I'm not kidding when I say my swatch really is one swipe of product. Its got to one of the most pigmented products I have encountered! Feeling Flush is a berry toned pink that leans quite purple. It should suit a wide range of skin tones due to the pigmentation in this bad boy I'd say it will show up on even the darkest of skin tones however it does have potential to go a little ashy due to the super matte finish it has. If you are fair please use a light hand unless you are from the Ronald Mcdonald School of Make Up, you have been warned!
Pressed Amber is my favourite out of the three, I'm having quite the bronzer moment aren't I? Don't worry it will pass I bore extremely easy. Forever and a day ago someone called this the ultimate dirty cowgirl bronze shade and I have to agree this is everything and more that you wished Benefit's Dallas was but clearly isn't. Its a beautiful mid tone taupe brown that really works on medium skin tones. Now this one really isn't for everyone, I'm afraid it has potential to look the wrong kind of dirty (muddy) on fair skin and lets just be honest on dark tones it will be ashy due to the matte formula. However if you are a medium toned skinned gal snap it up it has a multitude of uses (contour, blush, bronzer the whole she-bang) in one little pot and it really is super flattering on.
Now I love anything peach/apricot/coral/orange toned its my favourite shade of anything and I mean that so it saddens me to say that Warmth Of Coral is not worth splashing the cash on. Its all my favourite shades swirled around to form a lovely slightly brown toned apricot blush but man is it hard work to get any colour pay off from this. Lets not beat around the bush any blush that requires you to dampen the product before you get it to show up on your skin is a complete fail non? Yep I had to dampen my arm to get a swatch of this shade and when it dried it turned rather chalky. If you just brush this on dry you are left with nothing and I mean nothing, I'm not dark skinned at all and honestly I could see no trace of blush on my cheeks once blended. This seems to be the general consensus so please go in store and swatch this don't blind buy via the net as you may be sorely disappointed like myself.
Okay dinner time and then I shall be back with round three, the eyeshadows!
The gods truly are smiling on me today its not even four o'clock and my Mac delivery is here! Anyways I have a lot to get through today so expect three posts all in, its just to much Mac for one blog post to handle! Anyways below is some more Mac Semi Precious Swatches and a few reviews enjoy...
The MSFs that came today reminded me why I fell in love with them originally. Yes essentially the lighter ones are just glorified highlighting products but man the ones that are more blush/bronzer hued really do make me giddy. You see they highlight and add a beautiful shade to the cheeks and make you look like you've swallowed a 100 watt light bulb, its glow from the inside out I live for baby! Try them and you'll see what I mean either that or you'll come away thinking I'm as mad as a box of frogs!
Rose Quartz MSF is well rose in shade (what did you expect) with a minty green center, make describe it as pink champagne (they describe everything as champagne) with a dirty green center which its not the pink shade is most definitely a warm mid toned pink that will suit the majority of light to medium toned skins as its not too cool nor warm toned that anyone is isolated that being said sadly if you are dark it will just be a highlighting product or a super large eyeshadow duo! There is no solid glitter in this MSF just light shimmer particles that reflect light not make a mockery of your large pores (yes I'm clearly talking about myself here).
When I first saw this I was like oh feck its just a larger Giggly blush (Quite Cute Collection) but luckily its not overly similar that being said if you are watching the penny's or not a huge fan of pink blushes you can happily skip this if you already own Giggly.
In all honesty Goldstone is my favourite MSF out of the bunch it works so well with a tan (don't worry that counts a tan that came from a bottle), it gives a glowy and sun kissed look that most of us are after this time of the year. Again the Mac description fails it, in no way is it a rosy pink, its a warm yellow based bronze tan shade with a light pink center. This one does have glitter particles but don't worry they are minuscule and suitable on even the largest of pores. I don't recommend this for pale skinned girls as it may be just a bit too much and come across as orange toned rather than beach babe bronze. I'd say this is better suited to the NC/NW 25+ gals of the world.
Gem of Roses is such a beautiful and easy to wear shade. Mac have hit it on the head when the say its a strawberry pink, yes its mid tone but I'd say its most definitely a pinky brown and quite close in shade to Bobbi Brown's Powder Pink. Its such a universal and flattering shade that I suggest you don't overlook it but go in store and swatch it as I can see the majority of people loving it as an everyday/work lip colour.
Stay tuned for the Semi-Precious Blushes just coming up!
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
This is only part one of my semi precious haul hopefully my other goodies will get here tomorrow but we shall see, I've probably pissed of DHL with my ranting that they've dumped my boxes in the River Clyde or used my make up as face paint! I joke workers of DHL should you be reading this I love you really ;). Anywhooo on to my first Semi Precious review with lots of lovely swatches!
Does anyone else get inexplicably excited when Mac bring out new MSF's? Me too!! However when you think about it most are just fancy highlighting products with a few being a shimmery blush, ah well they are super pretty so I don't feel too bad.
Crystal Pink is a light beige pink with a deeper pink and bronze center, though Mac do describe this as a Champagne shade. This is most definitely a highlighter and I don't think anyone could use it for any other purpose, well maybe an eyeshadow but that's your donald duck. Crystal Pink is soft with no heavy chunks of glitter so it will be ideal for those with large pores. Crystal pink may look a little odd on warm skin tones as it is really cool toned and on dark skin it may look ashy. I like it but don't love it nor do I love that Mac have reduced the size of the MSF's but the price has remained the same..not cool dudes not cool at all.
Pearl is again a light toned MSF and again will be best suited as a highlighter on the whole however if you own a small blush brush the center can be used as a bronzer. Pearl is a light beige almost flesh toned with a deep bronze center. I feel this is a little warmer in tone than Crystal Pink and will suit a larger variety of skin tones. Again it is soft with no traces of glitter just fine shimmer. It really is a beautiful highlighter and would be a great addition to any ones make up bag.
Now a few people have said that they really dislike the Lush Amber lipstick but I personally find it very flattering. I think the main problem is it wont show up on those who have pigmented lips but I was not blessed in that department so it shows up quite nicely on me. Lush Amber is a lustre formula and is a light beige nude that like most Mac nude lipsticks it leans yellow. If you are looking for a nice nude lipstick I highly suggest going into Mac and swatching this shade as you may just be pleasantly surprised!
The winner of the Mac £50/$50 voucher is Jade whom I have emailed this morning, you have 48 hours to reply or I will re-draw the giveaway. Thanks to all that entered.
I say haul but it's probably not. Today at 5.40pm my first half of my HUGE Mac delivery showed up, normally i'm not one to grumble about delivery times but when you pay close to £7 for it all to get to you the next day, you kinda expect it to not half of it! I blame DHL personally anyways on to the goodies.....
After all the hype from youtube and various American blogs I caved and bought Light Sunshine Beauty Powder and i've got to say i'm majorly disapointed, its far too light! I can tell just by looking at it it will turn ashy grey on my skin or just simply not show up, so I haven't bothered to swatch it as I'm returning it. On the plus side the flower imprint is really pretty.
Bows and Curtseys eyeshadow is my kind of shade, a deep metallic hunter green that can add a little twist to a smokey eye. It is very similar to Bourjois Noir Emeraude eyeshadow and it would be a great dupe ( I will add up a comparrison a little later tonight).
Bows and Curtseys is average pigmentation wise but its in no way chalky and would be really lovely if you are into foiling eyeshadows. It is a really pretty colour and I can see it complimenting most eye colours.
I picked up three out of the four lipsticks from this collection, I passed on Summer Shower as I have no need nor desire for a teal blue lipstick.
Ever Hip is honestly such a beautiful shade and I'm so glad I got a back up now that it has sold out. Ever Hip is a creamsheen formula and is a lovely bright creamy yellow based coral. I personally feel you'll be hard pushed to find a skin tone this shade doesn't suit. I don't have anything similar in shade to suggest a dupe but Mac do say its similar to Vegas Volt ( it isn't Vegas Volt is far more red based and a whole lot deeper in tone).
Mlle...umm do you know who Claudia Winkleman is? Well this is the sort of shade she sports all the time. Mlle is a whitened pink and is a glaze formula, I'm surprised at how pigmented it is considering it is a glaze. Its a funny shade you'll either love it or hate it, I'm the latter its really not flattering on me at all. The closest dupe I can think of is Barry M's Baby Pink Lip Paint and perhaps NYX's Strawberry Milk.
Growing Trend is basically a less glossy version of Mac's Creme d'Nude both are light nude shades that lean slightly yellow and both are shades that I simply can't pull off! Growing Trend looks like I have concealer on my lips and for that reason I shall not be wearing it EVER! I don't want to look like one of those chain smoking neds(chavs if you aren't Scottish) with the orange faces, white necks that insist on offending my eyes with as much skin on show as possible!
Anyways that is my little Fashion Flower Haul did you pick up anything? Or are you kicking yourself hard now that you've missed out on Ever Hip TWICE!!! Tut tut.