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MAC Magnetic Nudes Collection: Review, Pics, & Swatches

MAC Magnetic Nudes Collection: Review, Pics, & Swatches

MAC has been busy lately, launching multiple collections the day after Christmas.  My favorite is the Magnetic Nudes collection.  This collection is all about looking very natural and glowy.  My favorite!

This extra dimension collection consists of 3 mineralize skinfinishes, 3 blushes, 5 eyeshadows, 3 fluidlines, 4 lipsticks, and 5 lip glasses.  I love the extra dimension formula as it gives a beautiful sheen without being glittery, chunky, or emphasizing skin texture to the extreme.  I didn’t grab any glosses (I need a new gloss like I need a hole in the head, you know?), although steel kiss looked very unique.  Overall I love this versatile collection.  I get so much use out of these everyday, wearable colors.  Below are descriptions and pictures of what I picked up (for reference, I am currently an NW22).  If you are more into a bold look then you may want to check out Punk Couture which released the same day.   It has dramatic, vampy lippies and bright, 80’s style pigments.

MSF’s

Superb (a repromote) is described as a peachy nude with multidimensional shimmer.  To me it looks like a gorgeous champagne color that would suit just about anyone.  It is very pigmented and long lasting.  One swipe on the cheekbone with a fan brush and you’ll be glowing all day as if you just stepped off Mount Olympus.  It’s beautiful, and if you like highlighters you will enjoy this product.

Fairly Precious is described as a peach with green pearl.  It’s a true, warm peach highlight.  This would best suit lighter skin tones in my opinion.  Like Superb, it has a smooth texture.  There was also Magnetic Appeal, which is a warm coppery color that would look beautiful on deeper skin tones.

MAC MSF Fairly Precious. Photo by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC MSF Fairly Precious. Photo by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Blushes

Autoerotique is described as a dirty coral rose.  This is a warm, easy to blend blush.  As with all extra dimension blushers, the color payoff is subtle but can be built up.  This is a very pretty and unique color.

MAC Autoerotique Blush. Photo by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC Autoerotique Blush. Photo by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

At Dusk (repromote) is a stunning blush described as a dirty cool pink but does not look grey on the cheek.  This is very flattering on lighter skin tones.  Again, it gives a light wash of color but can be built up.

MAC At Dusk Blush. Photo by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC At Dusk Blush. Photo by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Left to right: Superb, Fairly Precious, At Dusk, Autoerotique. Photo by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Left to right: Superb, Fairly Precious, At Dusk, Autoerotique. Photo by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Eyeshadow

Amorous Alloy is described as a deep terracotta copper color with a metallic finish.  I had not intended on purchasing any extra dimension eyeshadow from this collection, but the girl at the counter sold me on this unique color.  It’s warm but not so warm that cool people can’t pull it off.  This is another product that will look great on an array of skin tones and eye colors.  The other eyeshadow colors were very pretty but seemed quite dupable to me.

MAC Amorous Alloy eyeshadow. Photo by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC Amorous Alloy eyeshadow. Photo by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Fluidline

It’s Physical is described as a brown with purple pearl.  This has a lot of purple shimmer in it, more than you can see in the pot.  I prefer using this all over the lid rather than as a liner.  It’s a really lovely color that would suit many eye colors.  The other fluidline that caught my eye was Our Secret, a metallic brown with red pearl.  This is another beautiful color that I had set out to purchase, but once swatched it reminded me of Constructivist paint pot.  I swatched them side by side at the counter and they looked identical on my arm so I did not buy it.

MAC It's Physical Fluidline. Photo by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC It’s Physical Fluidline. Photo by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Lipstick

Morning Rose is described as a soft, cool rose creamsheen.  This is a very wearable, everyday dusty rose shade (again, suitable for multiple skin tones).  The rest of the lipsticks were mostly nudes, and since I don’t need any more nude lipsticks I did not purchase any.

MAC Morning Rose Lipstick. Photo by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC Morning Rose Lipstick. Photo by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

From Left to Right: Fairly Precious, At Dusk, Autoerotique, Amorous Alloy, It's Physical, Morning Rose. Photo by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

From Left to Right: Fairly Precious, At Dusk, Autoerotique, Amorous Alloy, It’s Physical, Morning Rose. Photo by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Did you pick anything up from this collection?  Or is this not your style?  Leave a comment below.  Thanks for reading.

My video on this collection with live swatches:

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7: First impressions review and swatches

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7.  Picture by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Picture by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs is launching his own beauty line, Marc Jacobs Beauty.  When I got the e-mail from Sephora about this it piqued my interest.  The collection preview on Sephora’s website consists of Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow palettes (7 refers to the number of shadows), two Style Eye-Con No. 3 trios, the Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl Sheer lipgloss, the Magic Marc’er Precision Eye Pen liquid eye liner, and the Lip Lock Moisture Balm. The full collection will be available August 9 and will include 122 products.  I opted for the shadows.

The No. 7 palettes are a better value.  At $59 you get seven shadows in a range of finishes and .24 oz of product.  This comes out to about $8.50/shadow; not a bad deal for a high-end eyeshadow.  The No. 3 trios cost $42 for only three shades (though I am unsure of the product weight).  For an additional $17 you get four more shades.  Also, I was not in love with the choice of shades in the available trios.  If you are going to spend money on a high end product, you better love it.

The seven shadow palettes preview come in two color ranges: #202 The Tease and #204 The Starlet.   Tease is chock-full of with purples and pinky-tones: a purple sheen, matte grayish purple, matte pale pink, iridescent champagne sheen, metallic pastel pink w/gold shimmer, matte bright aubergine, and deep aubergine w/iridescent shimmer.  Starlet has a larger range of shades: a metallic muted lilac, metallic champagne pink, metallic dark copper brown, metallic bright copper, metallic gold, metallic bluish silver, and metallic gunmetal gray.  I purchased The Tease (see below for swatches and additional pics).

The packaging is very slender, glossy, and lightweight.  This would be a great palette to travel with as it is much less bulky than, say, the Urban Decay Naked palettes.  This can easily be stored in your purse and has a mirror inside.  The downside is that, even though it comes with a fabric protective case, as soon as you touch it there are big time, noticeable fingerprints.  This makes it look not so sleek and dirty in a hurry.

As for the shadows themselves, overall these are great.  The colors are absolutely beautiful.  Most of the shades are smooth and easy to blend; the shade #7 is the only one that is gritty.  Some have better pigmentation than others.  I find numbers 2,3, and 7 need to be built up a bit, but once they are they provide a gorgeous finish.  I wish the palette would have included a matte mid-tone brown for blending, but it does offer a couple of matte shades so it is not all shimmer and sheen.  These shadows have great staying power (I’m an oily girl, so that’s saying something!).

Is this palette worth picking up?  If you are in the market for high-end eyeshadow and could use an easily-blended palette to spice up a neutral collection-sure.  While not all high end makeup equals high quality, this definitely is (and it’s certainly more affordable than Dior).  Plus purples look great on every eye color.  It can be found here.  If you already own plenty of decent shadows then I wouldn’t break the bank for it.  Remember, at some point it’s just makeup.  You don’t need it to be beautiful.

Have you purchased any of the Marc Jacobs Beauty products?  Let me know what you got and how you like it in the comments below.  Thanks for reading.

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

‘Good’ Looks?

English: Makeup before attendance. Српски / Sr...

English: Makeup before attendance. Српски / Srpski: Шминкање пред наступ. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.” -Ninon de L’enclos

Have you ever stopped to think about what is in your makeup?  Unfortunately we cannot assume that if a product is allowed on the shelves it must be okay.  In fact, it may even be toxic.  Thanks to being born the only girl in a house full of boys, makeup has never been that important to me.  Still, I like to get dolled up on occasion, and I want to feel good about what I am putting on my face.  This post is not an alarmist scare tactic.  Rather, my opinion is that people should be educated about their products so they can make an informed decision.  Below is a list of personal care ingredients that are suspected toxins known as the “dirty dozen,” a brief description of the serious health concerns to which they are linked, and resources for finding non-toxic products.

  • BHA & BHT
  • Parabens
  • DEA-Realated Ingredients
  • Dibutyl phthalate
  • Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives
  • PEG Compounds
  • Coal Tar Dyes
  • Petrolatum
  • Siloxanes
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Fragrance
  • Triclosan

While each ingredient affects us differently, some are known carcinogens, linked to organ toxicity, as well as birth defects, hormone disruption, cancer, skin rashes and irritations, allergens, asthma, and reproductive problems for both genders from either direct use or in utero exposure.  I enjoy makeup, but it is absolutely not worth those risks.  Some argue that many of these ingredients are considered low risk in small amounts.  However, people are not just exposed to them in a one-time use product.  Unfortunately, most personal care products contain one or several of these toxins, from lipstick to shampoo, lotion, soap, and more each and every day (not to mention toxins in other products such as food and cleaning products).  I would rather yield to the Precautionary Principle and limit them as much as possible.  It seems inconceivable that these ingredients would be allowed in so many of our products.

“Most consumer products are unregulated in the U.S., so manufacturers are allowed to use hazardous chemicals without demonstrating the safety of the products and without labeling them as toxic.” (Malkin, 2007).  Stronger regulation of cosmetic ingredients would help reduce or eliminate the risk posed by these components from the products that we put on our skin.  As the skin is our largest organ, the majority of what we put on it gets absorbed into our bodies.  Some of the ingredients above help products penetrate more deeply into our skin, causing us to absorb even more.  Many in-depth resources have been written about toxic ingredients and the lack of laws regulating their use, such as the references listed below.  If these ingredients are in so many products, how can they be avoided?

If you are like me, trying to decipher the ingredients list on a package can make your eyes cross.  What’s more, many of these products are listed under multiple names, such as the many types of siloxanes (generally they are listed as words ending in “–siloxane” and “–methicone”). Luckily there are search engines available that provide information on the safety of product ingredients.  I use Good Guide at www.goodguide.com and Skin Deep at www.ewg.org/skindeep. Each site pulls up a detailed rating regarding ingredient safety and toxicity.  Good Guide even has an app for smart phones.  Although I have found the regular search engine works a bit better, it is convenient to have it at my fingertips in the store.  It has enabled me to avoid purchasing a product with a low health rating numerous times.  Before you think this message is all gloom and doom, be encouraged that many products are available with safe ingredient alternatives (both affordable and high end).  And if you are motivated, you can take action.

-Urge your country’s leaders to pass legislation for safer personal care products.  If you live in the U.S., contact your representative and encourage them to co-sponsor the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (H.R. 1385) here: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5500/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=13369.

If you live in Canada, go here: http://action2.davidsuzuki.org/cosmetics.

-Support health-conscious businesses by purchasing their products that have safe ingredient ratings.  Do not assume that if a product is labeled “natural” or “organic” that they truly are.  Companies recognize that many consumers are interested in healthier product ingredients.  They are trying to capitalize on that, labeling products as natural and organic which are not.  This also happens due to the lack of regulation.  Also do not assume that just because a company makes certain products with low-risk ingredients that all of their products will have the same rating.

-Reduce the number of products you use each day.  And remember, you do not need makeup to be beautiful!  The times in my life I’ve worn the most makeup were when I was most insecure, which is no good reason to wear it.

-Contact cosmetic and personal care companies and retailers to let them know healthy product ingredients matter to you.  For a form letter to retailers, go here: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5500/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12309.

-Spread the word so others can make informed choices about their products.

-Stay informed through campaigns such as the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (http://safecosmetics.org/), Teens for Safe Cosmetics (www.teensturninggreen.org/ ), and the Breast Cancer Fund (www.breastcancerfund.org/), among numerous others (a list of more endorsing organizations can be found on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website).

Don’t be discouraged.  Many companies are making the move toward safer products for their consumers; products that work just as well if not better than the toxic alternative.  It simply takes a little extra time on our part to find them.  Each time we purchase them, we send a message that toxic makeup should be a thing of the past.  Companies will make what people will buy.  Thanks for reading.  Please let me know your favorite low-toxin personal care products in the comments below.

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1Peter 3:3-4

References

Malkin, S. (2007). Not Just a Pretty Face: The ugly side of the beauty industry. Gabriola Island, BC, Canada: New Society Publishers.

Suzuki, D. (n.d.). “‘Dirty Dozen’ Cosmetic Chemicals to Avoid. In David Suzuki Foundation. Retrieved June 4, 2013, from http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals/

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

http://www.goodguide.com/

http://safecosmetics.org/

Watch my YouTube video on this topic: