MAC Twig Dupes and Comparisons

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I’ve always been a fan of the brown/rose/mauve family of lipsticks, so when I got my hot little hands on the much-loved MAC Twig, I wasn’t surprised when I loved it. Then I realised that I had an embarrassing number of lipsticks in my collection in the same colour family…so why not do a swatch comparison post?

(This is only about a third of my pinky-browns. Like I said, embarrassing.)mac-twig-dupes

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MAC Satin Lipstick in Twig* – This is a lovely pinky-brown colour that’s great for my-lips-but-better looks on darker girls i.e. “Kylie Jenner lips”. It smells pleasantly vanilla. The formula is a bit drying on my lips, but my lips are very prone to dehydration (fat lip life) so most people will fare better. The colour payoff is magnificent, and it’s opaque with one swipe, with a not-quite-matte, not-quite cream finish.

Marc Jacobs Lip Crème in Infamous* – Close colour dupe. This is a tiny bit little pinker than Twig, but has the same sort of finish. It’s very creamy and moisturising for a satin lipstick, with nicely opaque colour payoff. The packaging screams luxury, with a cool magnetic closure that snaps shut with a satisfying click. It’s practically fragrance-free.

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in SultryClose colour dupe. The crayon format of this lipstick makes it very easy to apply, and I love the matte metal detail on the twist-up end, although I’ve found that these Revlon lids crack very easily and then slip off in handbags. The colour is a bit redder than Twig, but it’s pretty damn close! The colour payoff is great. Like other Revlon crayons, this has peppermint oil which gives a minty scent and a weird tingle.

ulta3 Matte Lipstick in Rose BloomClose colour dupe, slightly matter finish. It’s almost the same shade as Revlon Sultry and the colour is fantastically long-lasting. This is an excellent budget option – the main drawback is that the packaging feels flimsy, and the bullet is a bit wobbly in the packaging. Its floral scent also hangs around for a bit, which won’t be to everyone’s liking. It’s a bit drying as well, but for the price it’s hard to complain too much.

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MAC Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection Review

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I love limited edition make-up packaging, and MAC do spectacular designs. Their Isabel and Ruben Toledo collection has one of my favourite designs so far!

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I’m reviewing three items from the collection today:

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* Ripe Peach ombre blush ($54) is my favourite. It’s a flattering blend of coral-hued pink and apricot, with gold sparkle. The gold sparkle isn’t all that obvious on the skin. The colours in this blush look amazing on warm skin, and it’s buildable and easy to use.

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MAC SS15 Trend Forecast Collection review

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MAC’s SS15 looks had lots of bold eye colours and natural, understated lip shades. Here are the matching SS15 Trend Forecast palettes:

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These are MAC’s descriptions of the eye shades:

Superfresh – light mint green
Humble – soft muted beige-taupe
Power Player – deep burgundy
Blue Forecast – light periwinkle blue with white pearl
Urbanist – muted plum brown with slight pearl
Night Walk – deep eggplant with slight pearl

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Concealer creasing comparison 2.0 – Collection 2000 vs MAC

After my original concealer creasing comparison here, I did some digging around to see if there were other concealers that could compare to MAC Pro Longwear. I’ve had a terrible run with MAC breaking me out (and my skin is pretty hardy), so I wanted to try my luck with other brands. I also disliked the packaging of MAC Pro …

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Concealer creasing comparison for oily skin

I’ve always wanted to do controlled comparisons of the eye makeup longevity, but there are lots of issues with actually conducting them on the eyes from a scientific perspective. First off, notice how one eye is usually harder to do than the other? That’s because most people only use their dominant hand, and therefore applying makeup differently from one eye …

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Project Pan Empties #31-40

Yep… still going with my mission to use up all the things! Here are 10 more empties, I’m inching slowly to the halfway mark… 31. Lush Dream Cream – I received this as part of a prize last year, and finally used this massive tub up… just to receive another one at a recent blogger event! It’s very very good, …

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