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I really have to give MAC kudos for recognizing (and appreciating) the power of blogging…and bloggers.
As the story goes, MAC asked beauty bloggers to submit their ideas for either an eyeshadow or lipgloss (or both). Of the something like 80 entries MAC whittled it down to a final list of nine bloggers whose passion for makeup and vision for the “perfect” shadow or gloss inspired the MAC Bloggers Obsession collection.
There are five lipglasses in the collection – I picked up four – and all carry MAC’s signature vanilla scent. The texture of the Bloggers Obsession glosses are like most lipglasses; sticky. apply smoothly and are very glossy.
•LIPGLASS ($14.50 & limited edition)
Evolution Revolution (created by Karen) is a soft pale peach with multi-colored sparkles. This is the lightest of the lipglasses and has very little color pay. However, the shine and soft glisten as the light bounces off the lip on this one is oh so pretty. I have very pigmented lips and found it neutralized them and made for a nice nude gloss on me.
Caqui (created by Lilly) is bright orange with great color intensity. A little of this one goes a long way. In fact, I prefer to apply this shade with a lip brush versus using the applicator.
Sonoran Rain (created by Aileen) is a gorgeous coral-red with a slight pearlescent finish. I’m not usually a fan of anything too red but I positively swoon over this color. The coral-red pulls warm on me (in MAC-speak I’m NC20-25) and leaves the finest hint of sparkle on the lips – nothing chunky or gritty. Sonoran Rain is my lipglass top-pick from the collection.
All of My Purple Life (created by Patrice) is a deep purple. MAC describes this as having subtle sparkle and on my lips, the sparkle wasn’t detectable. This is my pick for chameleon from the collection because you can intensify or lighten the color to pull various shades of fuchsia, and lavender depending on what you layer All of My Purple Life over.
•Eyeshadows ($14.50 & limited edition)
Hocus Pocus (created by Lianne) is a satin finish. The shade is a dirty gray with a hint of silver pearl. When I first saw this in the pan I thought it was pretty but after swatching and applying I danced a jig. This shade is pure magic – Its silky, applies and blends easily – and is one of my top two picks from the shadow collection.
Jealousy Wakes (created by Christine) is a veluxe pearl finish. One of the prettiest, and most unique, green/teal shadows I’ve seen (and this summer I’m all about teal/green) . This shadow feels a tad gritty but applies easily and has a good pay off. For the past few days, this has been my eyeliner of choice!
Sparkle Neely, Sparkle! (created by Amber) is a velvet finish. My top pick of the shadows from this collection, this rusty brown has slight glitter that looks like a light cascade of stardust settled on your lids. I expected this to have lots of fall out and be tough to work with but nope…it applied like a dream. And, the sparkle is subtle making this a day-appropriate shadow.
Parisian Skies (created by Lesley) is a satin finish. I’m so happy I picked this up because it is an extremely wearable gray/blue shadow. I’ve been rocking this as a crease color and (used wet) as a liner. I fully expect to get lots of mileage from this one in the fall/winter months as well.
As a makeup lover and beauty blogger, it thrills me to know women with a passion for beauty had a hand in the creation of this collection. It makes the collection feel that much more intimate and special. Just think, it’s the first time (that I know of) in which the opinion of everyday women inspired a prestige makeup collection…and a sell out at that**! Talk about paving the way and leaving a legacy…
Wouldn’t you love to create a makeup item? I’d probably develop a lipstick infused with endorphin release ingredients.☺ What about you…what makeup legacy would you wish to leave behind with your creation?
P.S. For a peek into each bloggers inspiration for their shade, please be sure to click on their name(s) above. The submissions are creative and say so much about each one of these incredible pioneers.
**Word on the street is that MAC plans to restock the sold out Bloggers Obsession Collection. Be on the look out on maccosmetics.com for more details. I’ll also tweet any news I hear so be sure to follow me on Twitter. ☜
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With bated breath I waited for my Inglot order to arrive and I nearly flung my arms around the UPS man when he arrived at my doorstep today…a position with perks? Hmm…
Anyway, I am busy sorting 80 shades which make up my palette (all but 9 are matte) and getting myself organized to take swatches, etc. Give me about a day or so to have everything ready for you.
In the meantime, I wanted to give you a peek at what I’m “working” on today along with a glance at the NEW matte shades from Inglot – you’ll note there are 71 matte shades on the Inglotusa site. The shades I’m showing you in this post are the new additions to the matte range.
Oh, and because the team I work with at the Fashion Island boutique (that’s in Newport Beach, CA) are simply the BEST, they are extending a 10% discount to anyone who calls (or visits them) with their order, 949-640-9940. Ask for Alexander (the store manager) or Liz (a talented makeup artist) let them know you read this post and tell them “Liz” sent you
More to come…
NOTE: I am not a representative of nor am I commissioned to tell you about Inglot. The discount offer is merely an extension of thanks from my peeps at Inglot to you ❤
Today I did a killer Crossfit workout and needed the support of strong beats to help me get my sweat on. I chose Heavy D & the Boyz lyrical masterpiece, More Bounce to the Ounce. Do you remember shakin’ your thang on the dance floor to this one?
There’s nothing like a good hip hop beat to get the blood pumping and the rump bouncing ;-D
And speaking of bounce, that really is the best way to apply MAC’s new Big Bounce eye shadows from the Flighty collection…in a bouncing off the eye motion (or tap).
The Big Bounce shadows are unique and I know they’ve gotten lots of thumbs down since their debut so let me, right out of the gate, share why I’m giving them a beauty black book thumbs up…
Before I get into my personal experience with the Big Bounce shadows let me address some of the controversy tied to how this product is “suppose” to be used by saying that if you stick to tried and true rules of application (and in turn expectations) you might find yourself frustrated with this product.
What I mean is that while MAC may (or may not) have provided the buying market with a clear set of “do’s” and “don’ts” for this product please remember that it’s only makeup! And I personally toss rules, do’s and don’ts out the window when experimenting with a new product.
For me, if I like the texture, the color and can make a product work without pulling out my hair then it works for me. If you prefer your makeup to be more, shall I say direct, in terms of what it should or shouldn’t do the Big Bounce shadows may disappoint you.
One other thing – because the consistency of this product is like a cross between yogurt, a gel and an eye cream (it is not an eye cream – I’m merely suggesting a point of reference to describe the way this product looks and feels) it will respond differently on oily vs. dry lids, crepy vs. smooth lids, etc. No pair of lids are created equal which is something to consider.
Okay, with that said let me share my personal experiences with these bad boys…
After playing with the shadows for a bit I found that if I wore them alone the color faded rather quickly (within about 15 minutes) and by the end of the day I was left with a sheer wash of color. There are days when I rather prefer the slightly grunge look this delivers when worn alone.
I found the shadows wore better when I used a base (I used Laura Geller’s eye spackle primer for this round of testing).
Under an eyeshadow it works beautifully. In fact, I layered Boy Crazy from the Quite Cute collection over Count Your Assets and it looked fab!
It wore well for most of my day (about 6 hours) and when I layered these two shades in reverse (Count Your Assets over Boy Crazy) shazam…another winna’! You wouldn’t expect a wet product to work over a dry one but it was surprisingly pretty and gave the eye look a more textured – almost metallic – appearance (I’ll post photos of this look in a separate entry for you).
As recommended by MAC, I used the 242 brush. Because this is a synthetic brush it held the product well on the bristles making it much easier to bounce (or tap) the product onto my lids rather than using fingers and it washed off the brush easily.
All in all I like the Big Bounce shadows (because of the wet consistency they can be messy so handle with care when opening the pots). The pearly texture is unique, and it offers me the chance to discover other out of the box ways I can use them both personally and in my professional kit.
In closing I’ll leave you with a message from Heavy D’s More Bounce to the Ounce…”we live too large to live little.”
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