Thursday, July 2, 2009

Mac Colour Craft Review and Swatches

*Image, and color items list, along with some descriptions are courtesy of Specktra.Net

Lets get straight to it. Here is my review of the highly anticipated Colour Craft Collection, which officially launches July 9th.

Lipsticks: These are really nothing to write home about. Like with every collection, there are shades to please everyone. None of them were unique enough to warrant me bringing them home with me.

Madly Creative (Frost)- Frosty light pink with gold/champagne tones. Fairly pigmented, just not at all unique unfortunately.

Ever Embellish
(Lustre) - Sheer plum. Being that its a lustre, it is a bit too sheer for my tastes.

Made with Love (Lustre)- Surprisingly pigmented, a bright pinky coral.

Colour Crafted (Frost) - Frosty milky pink. This color is a bit too 1980's for me, not a fan.

Trimming Talk (Frost) - Frosty bright fuchsia pink. Bright, but not overly so.

Most Popular (Lustre) - Pinky mauve with strong purple tones.

Marbled Lipglass: These are made up of 3 colors that are meant to be mixed together. I was actually pleasantly surprised by these glosses. Unlike the travesty that was the colorless tricolor glosses from Sugar Sweet, these actually have pigment and a beautiful pearl. If I didn't already have a million lipglosses, I would have gotten a couple.

Pretty Pattern - Warm beigey neutral with lots of sparkle. I would imagine this would instantly add dimension to a nude lip.

Crazy Haute - Midtone cool pink. zzzz

Nice Mix Up - Burnished orangey bronze. Very pretty, and very summer

Funky Fusion - Medium warm pink, very pigmented.

Eclectic Edge - A lovely shade of lilacy purple. This is what I wanted Ever So Rich creamsheen glass to look like.

Miss Marble - Mauvey pink, pigmented with minimal glitters.

Mineralize Skinfinish: You know how we all love ourselves some msf's. Three of these are solid, while the other three have three different stripes of color. The textures between all 6 of them vary, but most I noticed to be fairly frosty, without having glitter chunks that some mineralized skinfinishes tend to have. Out of the 6, my favorites were Smooth Merge, and Cheeky Bronze.

Sunny by Nature- Deep orangey bronze. In the pan I could tell it had a significant pink pearl to it, but in swatches it ended up looking more like a muddy brown on me

Cheeky Bronze - I ended up picking this one up. It is a soft bronzed peach and absolutely gorgeous. Not as chunky as some of the other msfs, and with subtle sparkle. Definitely pigmented enough to be a blush on me.

Porcelain Pink - Soft pinky coral with subtle gold pearl- A lot of folks are very excited for this particular repromote. Now don't throw rocks at me, but I wasn't a fan of how this swatched on me at all. I found it too chunky in the glitters, and severely lacking in the pigmentation department. Honestly, if I want a highlight I will use something not so chunky.

Triple Fusion - Left: Soft champagne gold / Center: Soft golden peach / Right: Rose pink with
gold nuances
. Swatched as a pink champagne shade. This one to me was a bit chunky in the glitter department. No bueno.

Smooth Merge - Left: Soft champange pink / Center: Deep rose / Right: Pale cool pink
. Swatched altogether as a frosty raspberry. This was my favorite of the bunch! Smooth and frosty with no chunky glitter, and the color was divine!

Warm Blend - Left: Antique gold / Center: Mahogany Bronze / Right: Copper- Warm brown/bronze. Pretty color, but I just didn't need it. This also had a bit more glitter than the others.

Mineralize Eyeshadows: Each mes comes with four colors in a circular quadrant grid. In each shadow, 2 of the shades are glittery, while the other 2 are more frosty. While I really liked the concept, I did not like some of the color combinations. I also wan't a fan of the glitters in some of the colors.

Assemblage - White with silver pearl / Deep grey / Black with silver glitter / Warm yellow gold
. This one seems to be best suited towards soft smoky eyes. It is pretty, but it is neither unique nor pleasantly textured. The black did not swatch well at all.

Odd Bits - Mid-tone silver grey / Dusty rose with gold pearl / Dark burgundy/ Peachy bronze
- This one almost came home with me, but it was the dusty rose that killed it for me. Like with some of the other shades in these, it was just too frosty!

Fashion Patch - Ice blue / Off white / Black with silver glitter / Light white pink
- I originally thought that this one would come home with me, but I did not like how frosty the colors looked in my swatches. The combination is fun, but it would have been better in a different eyeshadow finish.

Eccentricity - Rich gold / Light violet / Deep plum/ Rich bronze
- This was another one of my favorites out of the bunch. The combination of colors were lovely, and the only slightly chunky shade in this is the gold.

Natural Flare - Copper / Yellow orange / Mid-tone brown / Rich gold
- This one actually ended up being my favorite of the bunch. Both the copper and the yellowish orange shade swatched very pigmented, and I imagine this will be awesome for the summer months!

Girlish Romp - Mid-tone violet / Yellow white with gold pearl / Light pastel coral / Mid-tone pink
. All pastel shades, all very frosty. Not really my cup of tea.

Mineralize Blush: I will preface this review by saying I am not a fan of mineralize blushes. I find them too glittery, and not at all long lasting. I am afraid these are just like all the other mineralize blushes mac has previously released in that regard. The colors are gorgeous, with Style Demon being my favorite, but the formulation just turns me off. Gimme my beauty powder blushes MAC!

Hand-Finish - Peachy gold pink. Fairly glittery, not very pigmented.

Fab-dabulous - Another nice shade gone wrong with the finish, a warm burnt coral

Daft Pink - Bright, Deep cool pink. Too frosty for me.

Improvise - Corally peach meets golden brown. Also fairly chunky in the glitter department.

Cheek & Cheerful - Mid-tone bronzey brown with yellow gold veining

Style Demon - My favorite of the bunch, a deep brick red with copper pearl.

Brushes: I am so thrilled to see a repromote of the 226. It is an amazing crease and outer v brush, and I am very happy to be able to pick up a couple. The 131 is brand new, and I think it will be a fantastic cheek brush. It is dual bristled, and has a flat head, making it just the right shape to soften contours as well.

Here are some initial swatches. More will come soon, with labels!
On the left: Top to bottom are the glosses in Eclectic Edge, Nice Mixup, and Funky Fusion
Very top and almost invisible are mineral blushes in hand finish and improvise
Mineral eyeshadows, top to bottom in Girlish Romp, Eccentricity, Fashion Patch, Odd Bits, Assemblage and Natural Flare
Hand finish (left) Natural Flare on Right
Smooth Merge MSF
Left to Right: MSFS in Sunny by Nature, Porcelain Pink, Cheeky Bronze, Warm Blend, Triple Fusion
Mineral Blushes in Style Demon, Daft Pink, Fab Dabulous, Cheeky and Cheerful

Lipsticks, Top to bottom left to right: Most Popular, Colour Crafted, Madly Creative, Ever Embellish, Trimming Talk, Made with Love

Glosses top to bottom: Miss Marble, Crazy Haute, Pretty Pattern



Shadowy Lady said...

thanks for the review Adina. I still don't know when this is released in Canada :/ But I want Smooth Merge and Cheeky Bronze and maybe Electic Edge

krista carlson said...

I am so glad you do these swatches because I have a tendency to run out and buy things....I think I am passing on this one!!

Krasey Beauty said...

Saadeh, you are very welcome! Good choices ;)

Krasey Beauty said...

Krista, I am so glad that you enjoy the swatches :-D

gio said...

Thanks for the swatches. Most popular lipstick looks gorgeous!

Krasey Beauty said...

Gio, you are very welcome! :)

Aleksis said...

Thanks for the swatches, the blushes look gorgeous, but I just freakin bought one! lol

Aleksis said...

One more thing....any word on what might be kept perm.? thank you! :)

Krasey Beauty said...

Aleksis, you are very welcome! As far as I know, this will all be limited edition.

Jo - retropinuplady said...

Thanks so much, I'm going to look at the collections tomorrow as they've just been released in the UK. your insight has made my job of choosing much easier x

Krasey Beauty said...

Jo, I am thrilled that you found my review so helpful! ;)

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