MAC Haul | Review & Swatches

8/13/2014



I've been meaning to review these gorgeous four MAC make-up items I purchased almost amonth ago but testing of the fantastic Canon 600D got in the way and I was so obsessed with testing that new piece of technology - I completely forgot that I've already snapped product photos with my Nikon p310 ages ago. That's why this post will feature review and swatches while I'll prepare two MAC-centric make-up looks as a separate post, demonstrating all these beauties in one go. First beaut I want to showcase is MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Craving. Now this, ladies and gentlemen, was not an accidental purchase. I've been thinking ahead and preparing for autumn and this lippie is just about the most perfect autumn lipstick ever. This lipstick has one of best textures and pigmentation I've ever come across. It's pigmentation is through the roof, it applies evenly in one solid stroke. It clings to lips and stays put for more than 5h without drying the lips as it's so damn nourishing and creamy. Extremely easy and enjoyable to wear. Although Craving is the epitome of creaminess, it doesn't slide or slip around lips - this is one solid fella. I'd describe the shade as a pinky-plum (or berry) and I'm glad that pink undertones prevail as too much purple wouldn't make Craving so wearable. It features that signature MAC vanilla scent and comes in the classic MAC bullet.

Vec duze vrijeme namjeravam da recenziram prekrasne cetiri MAC stvarcice koje sam kupila prije skoro mjesec dana - ono sto mi je poremetilo planove je testiranje fenomenalnog Canon 600D foto aparata. Toliko sam bila opsjednuta idejom da pofotkam sto vise proizvoda sa njim te da ga upoznam sto bolje dok je bio kod mene na testiranju da sam zaboravila kako sam vec odmah po dolasku MAC stvarcica iste i fotografisala sa vjernim Nikon p310 kompaktom. Zato sam odlucila da u ovom postu predstavim swatcheve i recenziram odabranu MAC kozmetiku dok cu u zasebnom postu napraviti barem 2 make-up look-a koristeci ih i demonstrirajuci kako izgledaju na licu. Prva ljepotica o kojoj zelim da vam pisem jeste MAC Amplified Creme ruz za usne u nijansi Craving (40KM). Dame i gospodo, ovo nije bila slucajna kupovina. Razmisljam unaprijed i ovaj ruz je nabavljen sa namjerom da bude najvise koristen tokom hladnijih mjeseci. Ono sto ga odvaja od ostalih ruzeva su fantasticna tekstura i pigmentacija - jedna od najboljih na koje sam do sada naisla. Posebno zelim pohvaliti pigmentaciju posto samo jedan lezerni sloj ovog ruza ostavlja ujednacen i intenzivan trag. Prijanja uz usne, zadrzava se na njima i nesto preko 5h + ne isusuje usne posto je tako kremast i hranljiv. Iako je Craving pojam kremastog ruza, uopste ne migrira po niti izvan linije usana. Nijansu bih opisala kao ruzicasto-sljivastu (ili cak nijansu bobicastog voca) i drago mi je sto su ruzicasti podtonovi izrazeni - isuvise ljubicaste bi ogranicilo nosivost ovog ruza. Krasi ga klasicni vanilasti MAC miris i pakovanje poput metka.



Second lipstick from this haul and fourth one from my humble MAC collection is the MAC Lustre Lipstick in Viva Glam V. This lipstick has been touted as the one which suits all skin tones and preferences - how can you not be intrigued? This indeed is one of the most wearable neutral pink lipsticks I’ve ever tried. Red bullet lippie is described as a neutral pink with pearl. I'd say that it looks like brown nude in the bullet but on the skin and lips it's more of a pinky neutral with a slight golden shimmer running through it. Because this is a true neutral, it will look gorgeous on both cool and warm skin tones. Its a luster finish lipstick and goes on semi sheer however, it can be built up as a striking nude look. This is actually a good thing here because it makes lips very beautiful and plump. You'll see when I make my MAC 'looks' for you. The lipstick is very hydrating and although it's not as creamy as the stunning Craving one, it is pleasant to wear and glides on effortlessly. Longevity is approx 3h. This is basically a perfect lipstick for women who love glosses but - without the sticky feeling.

Drugi ruz, nabavljen u sklopu nedavne shopping sesije i ukupno cetvrti MAC ruz u mojoj skromnoj kolekciji je MAC Lustre ruz za usne u nijansi Viva Glam V (40KM). Za ovaj ruz se pise i govori da je to onaj pravi - onaj koji pristaje svim tonovima koze i ukusima. Kako ne biti zaintrigiran ovim ljepotanom? I zaista, ovo je jedan od najnosivijih nude ruzeva za usne za koji znam. Klasicno MAC pakovanje se istice crvenim detaljima a sama nijansa je opisana kao neutralno ruzicasta sa bisernim sjajem. Rekla bih da ruz u pakovanju izgleda kao smedjkasta nude boja no na kozi i usnama je bliza opisu i uklapa se u ruzicasto-nude kategoriju uz njezni zlatni shimmer kojim je prozet. Posto se ovdje zaista radi o neutralnom ruzu, odlicno pristaje kako toplijim tako i hladnijim tonovima koze. Luster finis ovog ruza bih nas naveo da mislimo kako se radi o odbojnom frost finishu (od kojeg bjezim kod ruzeva), no stvarno je shimmer krasno inkorporiran sa pigmentom. Pigmentacija je slabija/poluprozirna no itekako se moze intenzivirati uz dodatni sloj-dva. Ova nijansa cini usne nevjerovatno punim i socnim te je idealna uz smokey-eye. Ruz je jako hidratantan te, iako nije kremast poput Craving nijanse, jako je prijatan na usnama. Trajnost nije impresivna, iznosi prosjecna 3h. Ovo je ustvari savrsen ruz za usne za sve zene koje vole sjajila i njihov efekat a zele izbjeci ljepljivost sjajila. 



This almost bluish green wonder with a very subtle gold frost finish is MAC Frost Eye Shadow in Steamy. This isn't my first choice of MAC eye shadows as neutrals and earthy warm tones along with taupes rule in my eyes but this basically is my first MAC eye shadow. I was really anxious to try some of their offerings so this one just had to do. MAC describes Steamy as 'Bluish-Green with Gold Pearl' and the finish is 'Frost'. Though the shade is bluish green the shade leans more towards green. It also looks more turquoise or teal in different lighting - it's a perfect base for a colorful smokey-eye. It's not as pigmented or bright as I expected based on many photos and swatches and it isn't as buttery as I hoped for it to be. I may not sound too enthusiastic about it because I'm not completely sold but I'll try to make a make-up look with it so you can see how it looks. Frosty quality isn't intimidating and it is a lovely shade, it's just - it doesn't pack the punch I love and know from my Urban Decay eye shadows. Lasting power is average with approx 5h - 6h of wear and fallout isn't noticeable. Which MAC eye shadow would be your first pick?

Ovaj skoro pa plavicasti disk sa suptilnim zlatnim frost finishom je MAC Frost sjena za oci u nijansi Steamy (30KM). Ovo ne bi bio moj prvi odabir medju MAC sjenama za oci no bila sam relativno ogranicena u smislu da nije preostalo neutralnih sjena kod Svijet Kozmetike, preko koje sam i narucila ovu kozmetiku. Obicno bih prvo potrazila tople tonove, zemljane neutralce i sivkaste taupe nijanse no ovom kameleonu je izgleda sudjeno da bude moja prva MAC sjena. MAC opisuje Steamy kao plavicasto-zelenu nijansu sa zlatnim bisernim odsjajem (zvanicni frost finish). Mislim da je jasno kako zeleni podton preovladava kod ove sjene. Takodjer, na odredjenom svjetlu djeluje svjetlije ili tamnije tirkizno i zato sam je ranije nazvala kameleonom. Rekla bih da je savrsena baza za neobican, malo zivlji smokey-eye. Istinu govoreci, nije toliko intenzivna niti pigmentirana kako sam ocekivala na osnovu swatcheva i fotki na netu. Takodjer, nije jednako puterasta poput npr.MAC rumenila koje recenziram u nastavku. Mozda ne zvucim ocarano jer jos uvijek nisam impresionirana no fotkama sjene u sklopu make-upa koji planiram napravtii nesto kasnije za blog cemo zajedno procijeniti kako djeluje "u akciji". Mozda su me Urban Decay sjene razmazile? Trajnost je prosjecnih 5h-6h na kapcima bez baze i nisam primjetila znacajnije rasipanje sjene pri koristenju. Koja MAC sjena za oci bi bila vas prvi odabir? Sta bih mogla kupiti slijedeci put po vasem ukusu?



Finally, we have a lovely blush that I'm actually wearing today. MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Springsheen is easily becoming the most worn blush of the summer. Every other day it resides on my cheeks! Springsheen is one of those truly universal shades that suit all skin tones - from fair to dark. On fair skin it casts a beautiful pigment and a nice sheen while on medium, olive and darker skin tones it looks like a highlight/blush hybrid. It's of a wonderful peachy-coral shade and it's shot through with very fine micro shimmer (no obvious sparkles). This golden sheen it features sculpts cheekbones effortlessly and it's truly a multitasker. It provides such a definition to the face in one easy swipe. I also think that Springsheen is perfect for any season - it's so good at making the skin revived and perked up. Color payoff is fab and the texture is buttery to the touch + it's very buildable. Lasting power is amazing- entire day on my cheeks. Such a fabulous blush this Springsheen - a very good beauty investment indeed.

Napokon, za kraj sam ostavila prekrasno rumenilo koje sam nosila danas - i vecinom dana tokom posljednjeg mjeseca. MAC Sheertone Shimmer rumenilo u nijansi Springsheen (50KM) se velikom brzinom se premjestilo medju grupicu rumenila koja najcesce koristim sa velikim zadovoljstvom! Springsheen je jedna od istinski univerzalnih nijansi koja pristaje svim tonovima (i podtonovima) koze - od izrazito svijetlih do tamnih. Na porculanskoj kozi pruza krasan ruzicasto-breskvasti pigment i sjaj dok na srednjem, maslinastom i tamnom tenu djeluje kao hibrid hajlajtera i rumenila. Fantasticne je breskvasto-koralne nijanse i prozeto je jako finim mikro shimmerom zlacane boje (necete vidjeti upadne sljokice). Zlatni shimmer kreira uniforman veo suptilnog odsjaja na kozi i jako lijepo istice jagodice jer se svjetlo prelama tacno na mjestima gdje bi pozeljele. Tako lijepo definise lice - pravi je multitasker. Isto tako, mislim da je Springsheen prikladno rumenilo za sva godisnja doba jer u svakoj prilici ozivi ten i razbudi lice sto je dosta zgodno nama kojima hronicno nedostaje sna. Pohvalna pigmentacija, puterasta tekstura i mogucnost intenziviranja u slojevima su takodjer prednosti ovog rumenila. Trajnost je izvrsna - cijeli dan na mojoj kozi (sto znaci, preko 8h). Ovo je jedna jako isplativa kupovina i rumenilo Springsheen definitivno ima toplu preporuku od mene, kao i draga M. sa Facebook stranice Svijet Kozmetike preko koje sam narucila sva cetiri komada MAC kozmetike.

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