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Viva Glam Nicki FOTD feat NARS Rated R eyeshadow duo

I fell in love with Nicki Minaj’s super bright and fun makeup look on the promo pics for the Viva Glam Nicki so I decided I would attempt to recreate it using NARS Rated R eyeshadow duo.

The shades didn’t have the same ultra neon edge that Nicki’s do but it was still fun to do!

To get the look:
Mixture of NYX Jumbo eye pencils in Rocky Mountain Green and Milk on the lid as a base
The green side from NARS Rated R duo patted on to the lid then blend out the edge with a clean blending brush.
Next apply MAC Humid eyeshadow to the outer v
Blend MAC Wedge eyeshadow in the crease
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Electric Blue along the bottom lashline as a base
The blue shade from NARS Rated R on the bottom lashline
Sugarpill Tako eyeshadow on the inner corner
Revlon Matte Kohl eyeliner in White along the water line (best white kohl pencil ever!)
Illamasqua Precision Ink liner in Abyss along the top lashline
Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara on lashes.

Some false lashes would have finished this look off but I didn’t have any that were extreme enough. 

I finished off the look with Illamasqua powder blush in Tweak on the cheeks and Viva Glam Nicki (of course!) on lips lined with NYX lip liner in Toast. 

Not a look I’d wear out but great for a Nicki Minaj costume or an 80’s party!

Viva Glam Nicki

MAC’s Viva Glam Nicki finally arrived at my local MAC store and of course I had to rush over there on my lunch break to pick it up! I didn’t even bother to swatch it, assuming that I would love it!

I thought that, being a Nicki Minaj lipstick, the packaging would have some sort of pink on it but MAC went with red. I love the red though and think it looks elegant.

The tube is the same as MAC’s standard lipstick tube and contains the same amount of product. The lipstick is a satin finish and, while the formula is ok, I can’t help but wish MAC had made this in the same modern matte formula as the Iris Apfel collection lipsticks or went in the opposite direction and used an Amplified finish. I feel like the satin’s can be a bit of a difficult finish to apply in bright shades but maybe that’s just me!

The MAC MUA described the shade to me as a yellow toned pink and I can see what she means. This shade has a definite coral undertone to it that differentiates it from every other bright pink I have in my collection. She told me that this shade will either pull pink or coral depending on the wearer and on me it pulls pink.
I swatched it next to two of my newest MAC lipstick purchases and was surprised to find that it wasn’t similar at all to either. Viva Glam Nicki is in the middle and Party Parrot is on the left and Pink Pigeon on the right. Seeing it next to a blue toned pink like Pink Pigeon really demonstrates the yellow tone in the shade.

My major issue with this shade is that, while I fell in love with this colour as soon as I opened the tube, this colour doesn’t love me so much! I have pigmented lips and with my darker skin tone, shades like this just look a bit odd on me. I’ve spent a long time trying to figure out why over the years and I have decided that it’s due to a lack of definition around the lip line that bright shades cause on darker skin.

I try and make difficult shades like this work for me by applying a darker lip liner around my lips and then blending the lipstick on top. The end result when compared with using the shade without a lip liner is more toned down but also more flattering. I took pictures of both to show you the difference.

Below on the left is me wearing Viva Glam Nicki without lip liner and on the right I’m wearing it with NYX lip liner in Toast (a dark brown) around the outline of my lips. I know there are darker skinned girls out there who can pull off these colour’s without a darker lip liner (Nicki Minaj for one!) but for those of you who have a similar problem to me, try out the dark lip liner.

I purchased my lippie for $36 AUD  and Viva Glam lipsticks are the only ones I’d purchase at Aussie prices since 100% off the price goes towards MAC’s Aid’s fund which is a an extremely worthwhile cause. If you want to find out more click the link here.

What do you think of Viva Glam Nicki? Will you be purchasing it? Also, what’s your favourite Viva Glam lipstick so far?

I’m in bright lipstick heaven with MAC Iris Apfel collection lipsticks in Pink Pigeon, Party Parrot & Scarlet Ibis

MAC has been busy releasing collection after collection but nothing caught my eye until the Iris Apfel collection came along. The moment I saw swatches of the lipsticks from this collection, I had to make them mine! I tried to limit my spending and only picked up 3 of the 5 available shades in Scarlet Ibis, Party Parrot and Pink Pigeon.

I’d never heard of Iris Apfel prior to this collection but, after some well spent time on Google, I can see why MAC chose to partner up with her! This woman is in her 90’s and is still rocking these amazing fashion combo’s that women a quarter of her age would be too scared to wear.

I was trying to figure out why all the items in the collection have a bird related name and I’m going to put that down to the reference of Iris Apfel as a ‘rare bird of fashion’. The pictures I saw of Iris Apfel showed her wearing these shockingly bright colours which I assume is where the inspiration for these amazing lip colours came from. I warn you that these shades are super bright verging on neon but they are fabulous! From left to right is Pink Pigeon, Party Parrot and Scarlet Ibis.

Pink Pigeon is a matt bright blue based pink but this is one of the new generation matt’s which are very creamy on the lips. This shade was a bit patchy on my lips so I would wear it over a lipliner but, then again, I wear all bright shades over a lip liner! This shade is a very close dupe for NARS Schiap except that this shade is much more comfortable to wear than the NARS formula. 

Party Parrot is a beautiful neon watermelon shade and I don’t have anything like it in my collection. This is also a matt formula. This shade was much more opaque than Party Pigeon and went on really even.

Scarlet Ibis is a bright orange based red and is also a matt formula. This shade is almost an exact dupe for NARS Heatwave lipstick. 

I love all the shades that I bought and I can’t wait to wear them out. If I had to recommend just one shade though it would have to be Party Parrot as I think it’s the shade that’s the hardest to dupe but I honestly don’t think you could go wrong with any of these shades.
This collection won’t be releasing in Australia as far as I’m aware so I bought my lipsticks from my fave ebay seller, Michelle from MakeupEmporium1. Her customer service was fantastic as usual and I got my products in a little over a week.
Did you pick up anything from the Iris Apfel collection? 

MAC Half Wild Paint Pot: Purple perfection

After I picked up MAC Pure Creation Paint Pot all I could think about was the beautiful purple paint pot I had decided not to get and decided I needed it in my life. That’s why I went back the next day and picked it up so please meet MAC Half Wild Paint Pot.

It’s this gorgeous red based purple shade and I can see that I’m going to be using this a lot from now on!

Like Pure Creation, Half Wild has some fine shimmer running through it but it’s not overly reflective so it works well under both matte and shimmer shadows.

I spoke about some issues I had with the texture of Pure Creation in my review but I didn’t experience the same thing with Half Wild. This product was really creamy and blendable from the get go.

Here it is swatched heavily on the left and lightly on the right. As with Pure Creation, this colour can be built up for an opaque finish or sheered right down for a wash of colour over the lid.

I used MAC Nocturnelle eyeshadow over the swatches above to show you how it works as a base. On the left is MAC Nocturnelle on its own, then over a heavy swatch of Half Wild and finally over a light swatch of Half Wild. The base really intensifies the colour and allows it to apply more evenly.

Paint pots generally give me about 8 hours wear when worn over a primer. As with Pure Creation, I think this was a good addition to my makeup collection and one which I recommend for those of you who are looking for a good purple base. I picked this up for $35AU but they sell for $17.50 in the US and are a limited addition item released with the Posh Paradise collection. If you’re interested then pick one up quick before they disappear!
What do you think of Half Wild? Will you be picking it up or passing? Also, do you like using different bases for different looks or do you have one staple base that you always stick to? Let me know below!

MAC Matchmaster Foundation: Match made in heaven?

Even though I keep telling myself that I’m going to stop using MAC foundations I still get intrigued whenever MAC releases a new foundation. The latest release is the Matchmaster foundation which is described as (From the MAC website) ‘A virtually “invisible” foundation with coverage influenced by your own skin tone. A breakthrough patented formula technology with a spectrum of 14 light to deep dark shades. Discover shade intelligence!’ and  ‘New Foundation technology using translucent pigments to enable a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin’s undertone. Moisturizing demi-matte finish. Medium buildable coverage. Line-reducing soft-focus powders.’

The MUA told me that this foundation is supposed to work with your skin’s undertones to give you a perfectly ‘matched’ foundation. As soon as I heard this a ‘gimmick alert’ warning siren started going off in my mind but I thought I’d hold my judgment until giving it a go for myself. I’m sick of having a MUA try something on me and tell me ‘it’s a perfect match’ when the colour is clearly wrong so I got a sample of 3 of the 14 shades available to try at my own leisure.

The shade numbering doesn’t follow the standard MAC system of the NC’s & NW’s (because your own undertone apparently shows through) and are simply numbered from 1 to 14. I picked up a sample of shade #4, #5 and #6. I was told that as an NC42, I was most likely to be shade #5 but that some people fall in between so to try the other two as well.

Swatched below is Estee Lauder Double Wear in 5W1 Bronze, MAC Pro Longwear foundation in NC42, MAC Matchmaster foundation in shades #5, #6 and #4.

From left to right: Swatches of Shade #4, #5 and #6 when wet ( on the top) and when dry (on the bottom)

I applied shade #5 on to my face to show you how it looks. I don’t know if it’s ‘matched’ my undertone or whether it just happened to have the right amount of yellow in it for my skin tone but I think #5 was a pretty good match. I just thought it might have been a tiny bit too light in person but not so much that it’s an obvious difference. I’m really curious whether those in the NW shade range who are matched to #5 will find that it shows up with cooler undertones to match their skin. If you know the answer, please let me know below.

Even though I can’t tell you one way or the other whether this actually does what it says colour wise, I can tell you that MAC hit the nail on the head with the ‘demi-matte’ description. The texture of this foundation is really light weight which is unusual for matte finish foundations and it actually feels really good on the skin. I have normal to combination skin and I found that my skin felt really comfortable without the tightness or flaking that I associate with matte foundations.

The coverage is definitely medium buildable and in the picture above I’ve only used the equivalent of one pump. It covers my scarring quite well with minimal product so I was happy. The only thing I will say is that, as a matte foundation, if you apply too much this stuff can start to look really heavy and powdery so just exercise some caution. Like they always say, it’s easier to add more makeup if you’ve put on too little than it is to wipe away makeup if you’ve added too much.

I wore it out from 8 am to about 5 pm (about 9 hours) and it wore really well with minimal fading as you can see in the picture above. This is pretty impressive considering I only set it with a tiny bit of translucent powder. I get quite oily in my t-zone like a lot of people but I found that this foundation controlled the oil quite well so I can see this being a good option for those with oily skin.   I don’t know how this would work on people who have dry skin but generally mattes don’t really play well and something with more moisturising properties is usually better. It also has SPF 15 in it which is either a pro or a con depending on your feelings about the effectiveness of SPF in foundations.

This product is selling for $32.50 US/$59AUD for a 35ml bottle which is slightly pricier than most MAC foundations but you do get about 5ml more. I would recommend this foundation granted you can find a colour match. All in all, even if the ‘matching’ aspect might be a gimmick, this is a pretty solid release by MAC.

Have any of you tried this foundation yet? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know below.

MAC Pure Creation Paint Pot- I’m in Blue (the colour not the band) lovers paradise!

I’ve been avoiding the MAC counter lately because I haven’t been very excited by any of the new collections that have been released. So imagine my suprise when I decided to stop by today for the first time in forever and saw new paint pots! It was basically a case of see, swatch, buy in a matter of seconds!

I love MAC paint pots! They may not be the best cream shadow out on the market but I think they’re pretty great and there’s rarely a day that goes by where I don’t use at least one of these beauties under my eyeshadows. My only pet peeve with them is the limited shade range and lack of exciting colours in the core collection. That’s why I’m always so excited when new colours are released and I’m lucky I stopped by when I did because I picked up the last of the Pure Creation Paint Pot at my local counter.

Pure Creation is a beautiful blue shade with tiny reflective shimmers running through it. It’s not too dark but not too light which is why I was drawn to it. I thought it would be the perfect blue base to use under lots of different blue toned looks.

The consistency of Pure Creation at the MAC counter was just gorgeous and it was really creamy and blendable. For some reason I’m not having the same result with the one I purchased but that could just be because it’s new. I found that there was a slightly waxy residue at the top of mine and I had to keep swatching it to get past this waxy layer.

Here are some swatches with Pure Creation swatched heavily on the left and lightly on the right.

I like this shade because you can definitely build up the colour and get a pretty opaque base happening without too much effort but you can just as easily tone it right down so you get a very sheer wash of colour.

I decided to see how Pure Creation would work as a base so I applied the darker blue side of MAC Sea & Sky Mineralize eyeshadow duo over the top. The swatch on the left is Sea & Sky on its own, the swatch in the middle is Sea & Sky over a heavy appliction of Pure Creation and the swatch on the left is Sea & Sky over a light application of Pure Creation.

I love how it itensifies the colour and gives it a lot of depth. It also definitely helps the eyeshadow apply more evenly.

I haven’t worn this out yet but I find that Paint Pots will give me at least 8 hours wear without creasing as long as I apply them over Urban Decay Primer Potion. If you have less oily lids then you may be able to get away with wearing these on their own without the primer underneath.
Pure Creation is one of 8 new paint pots which launched as a part of the MAC Posh Paradise collection. Unfortunately all the paint pots seem to be limited edition shades so be sure to pick one up soon if you’re interested. I purchased mine for $35AUD but I believe they sell for $17.50US.
I saw some purple toned paint pots in this same collection which I think I may go back to get because I don’t have a good purple eyeshadow base at the moment. There were also some great darker shades but I think they would be wasted on me as I don’t tend to do all over smokey looks that often and MAC Blackground Paint Pot is really all I need.
Did you end up getting anything from the Posh Paradise Collection? What do you think of Pure Creation? Are you a fan of Paint Pots or do you recommend a different cream eyeshadow? Let me know below!