Well. It’s 21h30 and I’m only getting a rogue hour to blog now for the first time this week (Monday’s post was done on Sunday). Within the course of a week my routine has changed pretty drastically. The changes are interesting but mostly good – although my workload and responsibilities have just about doubled in the past couple of days I’m embracing it and feeling seriously productive and accomplished.
But the show on the side lines (i.e. this blog) must go on because I’m really excited about these recent additions to my little MAC collection.
MAC Mineralise Blush in New Romance, R300
Never have I ever fallen for a makeup product this hard. Ok maybe I have, but I don’t recall. Say hello to the most perfect blush of all time* that manages to tick all the boxes.
It’s glowy and highlighting, it’s natural-looking, it gives a beautiful sheen without any detectable shimmer, it’s peachy with a hint of pink. IT WAS MADE FOR ME. I am aware that I was reasonably excited about Milani Luminoso last month, but this blush takes the cake, the candles and the birthday gifts too.
I should probably mention why this beaut is in my posession – I received it because the mineralise products are being repackaged. I very much like the new packaging – the lid is magnetised and the matte black looks very sleek. I do struggle to open it almost daily though – I keep wanting to lift the little lip at the front with the lid, but it’s actually part of the base. Hopefully I’ll get the hang of it soon *hangs head in shame*
The baked texture is incredibly soft and my blush brush picks up (and wastes) loads of product if I swipe it, so I find it best to just gently dab the brush in the product for the perfect amount of blush.
I’m a little fuzzy on the details, but it seems like New Romance is a new permanent shade and should be available in the next couple of weeks – I’ll update here if it’s any different.
MAC Cremeblend Blush in Posey, R245
A couple of months ago I went in for a one-on-one with the MAC artistic team to learn about the latest SS14 trends (more on that later). Aside from some other magic, makeup artist Craig dabbed some of this blush onto my lips and cheeks. I had a very natural look when I left, so the bit of colour was absolutely perfect.
In other news, I’m such a sucker for blush.
MAC Strobe Liquid, R335
I’ve heard about Strobe Liquid and Strobe Cream so much, but the name always made me think it’s a stark white highlighter so I steered clear of it – I never even swatched it. Turns out that couldn’t be further from the truth – MAC Strobe Liquid doesn’t contain even a hint of shimmer, it’s just a beautifully brightening product that can be used under makeup, mixed with makeup or, you guessed it, on top of makeup.
I mostly use it as a brightening primer under my foundation and I’ll dab a bit onto my cheekbones afterwards if I’m feeling frisky. Aside from being brilliantly brightening, it seems to have a slight oil control effect too – which is pretty handy if you’re going for sheen, not shine.
MAC Technakohl Eye Liner Kajal in GraphBlack, R195
Aside from having a terrible name, this is a perfect kohl liner. The tip is delicate enough to allow precision application, and it smudges very easily. Once you’ve smudged it, it kind of settles though and it seems to not move all that much once it’s ‘set’ – perfect for that designer dishevelled look.
MAC Sweet Experience Lipstick (Amplified Creme)
I’ll just start out by saying that this lipstick was part of the limited edition Playland collection, and you’ll probably only find it in the far corners of ebay now. I initially disregarded the shade for being way too milky, but I then realised that it makes a brilliant base for nude gloss if I first blot it down a bit. My lips lean more toward having a reddish pigment, so getting the traditional nude lip colours to look right is sometimes a mission – this shade (or similar shades) is a perfect way to keep it light and bright.
For more details, visit the local MAC site. Have you tried any new MAC products lately? I’d love to hear as my MAC obsession is growing daily.
*For the time being. Or forever, who knows.