Friday, July 11, 2008

M.A.C Sonic Chic, Electroflash, and New View Haul and Swatches

Hi Bellas!

So Thursday was the big day of MAC's release of three collections--all linked together by being mineralized makeup. To be honest, I wasn't too hype about this collection. Of course I read the new updates on Specktra and checked out the swatches. Initially I was most excited about the mineralized blushes from Sonic Chic...but my opinion totally flipped when I went into the store.

First off, let me start by saying that I am on a makeup budget! I went to MAC Pro in Orlando and broke the bank, so I wanted to control myself this time. I wanted at least one item from each collection so I could do an accurate review...ummm and just cause I'm a collection fiend, lol! I was really good and only spent $65 (sure that includes the Pro discount but it still counts, he he) which is really good for me!

So onto the haul!

New View
I was really intrigued by this collection since it was half natural MSF and half shimmer. I knew that this collection would give me the opportunity to try a new MSF while getting some shimmer at the same time. I swear by my natural MSF in medium dark which I wear everytime rock foundation. It's both my setting powder and foundation when I don't feel like wearing anything heavy. I saw that they had the MSF in med dark with its coordinating shimmer, but I didn't want to get another MSF in med dark with only 20% shimmer in seemed like a waste. Instead I went one shade darker and got the dark msf. I love how it's dark enough for me to use as a contour color and then the shimmer part works as a perfect highlighter! I can also test it out on my clients (after proper sanitation of course) and see how it looks on darker skin tones...probably those in the 45s. All in all, I would recommend this product if you haven't tried out the MSF naturals or if you want to try a new shade. IMO, the combo is a great deal.

Sonic Chic
I was really excited about this collection because the idea of mineralized blushes sounded too fabulous! I saw the swatches online previous to the release and I figured I would be getting Warm Soul. Well let's say I tried it on and I couldn't really even see it! That's why I got Gleeful's pigmented enough to show up on my skintone and can be sheered out as well. I noticed when I swatched the blushes, they came out pretty sheer for the most part. You'd need a dense blush brush to get more pigmentation. Personally, I think I'm cool with just one of these blushes because they weren't that all that more amazing than some of my other blushes. So with this collection...if you've got enough blushes, you could probably pass.

My favorite collection of the three! I wasn't that excited by the pre-release boy I was surprised when I swatched these in person! Talk about gorgeous! I personally think the Fresh Green Mix and Sea and Sky will be sold out first. The colors are extremely vibrant.
-Sea and Sky reminds me of Freshwater and Rebelrock Pigment with a shot of adrenaline. One swipe of my finger and it was super bright!
-Fresh Green Mix also reminds me of some vamped up eyeshadows from the Perm intense swimming and Juxt.
I only wanted to get three duos at the max, so I had to consult with the MAC artist for a final decision. We ended up on Odd Couple because of the Vibrant purple. Gorgeous! It's like Parfait Amour on steroids. I don't rock purple that often but this one can't be denied. The rest of the colors were also really nice, but were all dupeable in my opinion--lots of golds, grays, silvers, peaches, etc...that can be replicated with pigments and eyeshadows. I hope I get use out of these babies since I tend not to use my individual pot shadows as much. If it's not in my palette I forget about them! Let me also add that these Mineralized Eyeshadow Duos are way brighter and more pigmented than the old ones. So if you're turned off by the fact that it's a mineralized duo, don't be skurred! They're gorgeous I promise. Lastly, when I swatched them, the product is so silky that it kind of flaked off in the pan. My UD deluxe eyeshadows do the same thing. So make sure to tap off the excess from your brush during application.


If anything, get at least one mineralized eyeshadow duo. Too gorgeous to pass up! Get the MSF if you don't have one already...and the blushes are decent...but you could probably pass.

Here's the video I filmed of my haul, enjoy!

Time for swatches! Click on the pics to expand and get a closer look at the shimmers in the makeup. All swatches taken with a swipe of the finger and no base.

Swatches of the Mineralized Eyeshadow Duos
-left to right, Sea and Sky, Fresh Green Mix, and Odd Couple

Swatches of Gleeful Blush (I had to really get my finger and swipe a few times to get it this vibrant)and MSF in dark and shimmer

Here's a quick look I threw on after I filmed the video and before the BF and I headed out for our Thursday dinner date night. The look only took me 15 min max. I used the blue and green eyeshadow duos along with vanilla e/s as a highlight.

Here's What I Used (All MAC unless specified):

-sea and sky mineralized e/s duo
-fresh green mix mineralized e/s duo
-vanilla e/s
-revlon colorstay liquid liner in blackest black
-kohl spencil in smolder
-shiseido mascara base
-telescopic mascara
-anastasia pencil and tinted brow gel

-msf natural med dark
-msf duo in dark and shimmer
-gleeful blush

-hush hush tendertone

It's funny because when I asked my BF what he thought of my makeup (like I always do right after I finish) he told me it looked nice but more subdued than usual. He told me, "I thought it would be more vibrant. You went more subtle this time huh?" some people this is a bright look! He saw my swatches once I purposely showed him as soon as I got home (not that he cared but I showed them anyways) and saw how bright they were. I used a cheap fluffy eyeshadow brush for the entire look so the colors came out less vibrant. For my tutorial I'll probably pick a bright base and use better brushes to get the color impact yall are used to.



yummy411 said...

we are on the same page with this collection. i wanted to write my review last nite, but.... eh it'll be up today LOL!

out of all the stuff, i only bpught that lime green duo and i'm pissed that i didn't check my veining. the other side didn't look like a seafoam/dark green like i had swatched. it's coming out silvery blue =((( must return!

yummy411 said...

oh btw.. love your look ;) it's bright with a certain softness to it. don't know how to describe it. hahahha @ your bf. love your top/dress (?) very cute with your makeup!

Vanessa said...

I love this look! I wore mine today too haha, but have yet to take a pic, it's too early in the morning, LOL. I am glad we got the same ones, the other colors I thought were "dupable" in some fashion, although I was eyeing "Two to Glow" and "Play on Plums", but I feel you on being on a budget, if my boss didn't give me a gift card I probably would have bought just two things...

Debbie said...

Great review.. I got fresh green mix, polar opposite, and hot contrast, and planning to go back to get sea and sky.. those babies are also great when applied wet.

Joyce said...

I could've swore I posted a comment earlier! Grrr, now I forgot what I said. :(

Anyway, I was gonna ask you what shade did you go for for your Anastacia brow kit? I went to Sephora on my lunch break (haha, sneaky, sneaky!!) and I picked up medium ash. Now I'm looking at it but it looks eehhh (brow shader). I think that's the closest to me so I might end up using my MAC as a shader again. =/

B said...

Great review! swatches! swa

yummy411 said...

hey girlie! big request as i'm shameful my kit doesn't stand up to yours... but i'd love to share with you! your kit will put my little kit to shame! ;)

Product Junkie Diva said...

Hey Renren
Thanks for checking me out. I LOVE your blog, consider yourself linked on my page :-).
I was also checking your youtube videos...AWESOME!
I am thinking about getting Vanity's Child lipstick from the Electro Flash collection.
THanks for your review.
Product Junkie Diva

Roxy said...

i love that blue/green look you did! i need to go back for fresh green mix!

Yellow Fever said...

oooh girl..ur making me want this collection even more-i'm going to check it out today! btw i love ur swatches b/c ur close to my skintone!

Beauty is Androgynous said...

that look is really cute.
It reminds me of parrot colors. very tropical bright yet soft.
It looks really good on you.

Dao said...

Hi Renren,
I've been reading your blog since forever but never commented until today. You're so pro! I love the way you do your makeup. Btw, how did you get a sharp v at the outer corner of your eyes?

Dominican Enigma said...

sweetie, thanks so much. Your blog is fantastic too, and you're beautiful. I'll add you as soon as my computer allows me to (having problems with it today.) hugs, DE

Aleca said...

I didn't believe that there are so many into makeup and beauty as I am! I first fell inlove with your Tiger Eye..found it on a google page through youtube, so I checked out your blog. Awesome stuff, great inspiration.
ps great colors and I am loving your eyes for great color demos. They are georgous!

Tia said...

Ahhh, you're not the only one on a makeup budget! But after watching your video review, I really want to get my hands on the mineralized eyeshadow duo. I'm going to have to go check them out, tomorrow. I mean, today! I LOVE the sea and sky mineralized e/s duo on you, you make it look SO good. I am scare to rock blue colors, hehe.

Also, I wanted to see if you can suggest a good matte primer or anti-shine lotion for my T-zone. Don't doesn't cause breakouts. I bought Cosmedicine Medi-Matte Oil Control Lotion SPF 20 and have used it for only 4days and I can feel bumps on my forehead, about to turn into pimples or so. =( This is exactly what happened with my Mac Studio Fix Powder, too. The only product that don't break me out and helps control my oily T-zones is the MAC blot powder. But I want something that will last all day. Do you have any rec? Thanks in advance! Great review!

Emilee @ GMM said...

Phew! I'm finally catching up on all my blog feeds. :)

I still haven't had a chance to see the collection yet, but I'm already thinking I'm going to pick up a few of the MES duos. I didn't like the previous releases, but everyone says they're much better this time around, so I guess we'll see!

p.s. you are a video machine! I don't know how you do it! :)

jstar said...

Love this look! I can see why to some people it is bright, but I agree with your bf - I see it more as a subtle colorful look. =)

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