Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc

Posted in Health and Beauty on October 15, 2010 by sbulletforever

Mind you, I’ve been looking for a cheek highlighter for ages. But nothing I’ve found has worked for me! Most disappear into my skin, making them incredibly hard to see and useless. A few are so glittery/shimmery that it looks silly and cheap. But I finally tried Laura Mercier’s Shimmer Bloc and fell deeply in love.

The Shimmer Bloc comes in a compact and is baked, so it isn’t a loose formula or anything. In fact, the “shimmer” of the bloc is NOT glittery/shimmery at all! It simply is a powder with light-reflecting properties, so no looking like you’ve dipped your face in shimmer. It combines four different complimenting colors that you swirl together with your brush to acheive the perfect shade. You get .21 ounces for $38, which might seem like a steep price, but it’s worth it. The Bloc comes in 5 different shades, so I’ll review those individually.

  • Golden Mosaic Shimmer Bloc– this combines copper, bronze, gold, and golden cream. The colors combined give you a bronze shade with a hint of gold coloring. Extremely beautiful! Completely replaces any bronzer you’ve had before. The shimmer is subtle, but catches the light whether you’re in unnatural light or outside in the sun. Use a lighter hand with this, because the darker bronze shade really stands out.
  • Mosaic Shimmer Bloc– this combines gold, bronze, copper, and champagne. The colors combined give you a muted champagne glow, so the color doesn’t really stand out. I use this as a highlighter on my cheeks, since the light-reflecting properties stand out, and as a finishing powder over my entire face. It doesn’t make my skin look oily or shiny, but the powder gives it a matte, flawless and glowing finish.
  • Peach Mosaic Shimmer Bloc– combines golden pink, bronze, peach and pearl. The colors combines give you a true peachy color, which you can use as a bronzer or blush. Peach doesn’t look so great on my pale skin, so I’d recommend this color for darker skintones. Highly pigmented! Not as light and sheer as the Mosaic Shimmer Bloc, but more vibrant than the bronze Golden Mosaic (at least, I thought so). Use a lighter hand with this color.
  • Pink Mosaic Shimmer Bloc– combines light pink, warm red, brown pink and dust pink. Surprisingly, the warm red and brown pink stand out most, so this isn’t a light pink color! This is a true pink blush color, highly pigmented like the Peach Mosaic Shimmer Bloc. Apply with a light hand, and use as a blush or as a powder over your blush color. The shimmer is muted, remember, so you aren’t getting a shimmer/glitter explosion on your cheeks!
  • Orchid Mosaic Shimmer Bloc– this combines light muted plum, dark violet, light lavender and pink pearl. I thought of this as more of a pinky purple blush color. Less vibrant than the Pink and Peach Mosaic Shimmer Blocs, but still quite pigmented. I liked this better than the Pink Mosaic Shimmer Bloc as a cheek color, especially since you don’t see too many blush colors with lavender in them.

All in all, I’d say these blocs are definitely worth it. I use the Mosaic Shimmer Bloc every day as a highlighter/finisher on my face. The Golden Mosaic Shimmer Bloc is the best bronzer I’ve ever tried, beating even Benefit’s infamous Hoola Bronzer. The Peach was too much for my fair skin, and the Pink was a little too red-tinted for my taste. But the Orchid Mosaic Shimmer Bloc was a cool, charming cheek color. I could find a use for every single one of these colors, and if I had the cash I’d buy every single one!


Dior DiorShow Black Out Mascara

Posted in Health and Beauty on October 15, 2010 by sbulletforever

I’ve been using my NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara for the past year now, and it’s a true favorite of mine. Doesn’t clump/smudge/flake, and it does volumize well. But I’ve been wanting something more dramatic, so I went for the DiorShow Black Out Mascara because I know people swear by Dior mascaras.

It’s $24 for .33 ounces, which is average for top name mascara. Only a dollar less than my NARS. I first curled my lashes and then put on a coat of my DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum. Before the serum dried, I put on a solid coat of the DiorShow Black Out Mascara.

I’m so terribly disappointed! This mascara promises to be an extreme black, lenghtening mascara, and I did see noticeable length, but the color was not very dark. In fact, overtop my white-tinted Dior serum, it came out a murky gray! And it was spidery and clumpy as hell. I’ve had better luck with drugstore brands.

So skip this piece of junk. If you want length, get a mascara with fibers in it that add fake length. If you want volume, grab a volumizing mascara. Having ‘extremely black lashes’ means nothing if they’re spidery, clumpy, and thin-looking.

Tarte Smooth Operator SPF 20 vs. Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

Posted in Health and Beauty on October 14, 2010 by sbulletforever

I’m a big fan of the tinted moisturizer. Put some on before using your foundation and then you have healthier, glowing skin that doesn’t need so much foundation. It also puts a barrier between my acne-prone skin and my foundation. I’m going to compare really quickly two of the best-selling tinted moisturizers on the market.

Naturally, Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizers are the #1 top sellers, but their coverage is so sheer that it isn’t even worth using unless you have perfect skin. Also, it’s $40 for 1 ounce, which is silly. So people like myself who need more than just super light coverage have to turn to a fuller coverage tinted moisturizer, like the Tarte Smooth Operator ($36) or Smashbox Sheer Focus ($30).

The Tarte Smooth Operator SPF 20 is 1.7 ounces and comes in a squeeze tube, so it’s easy to get every last drop out of it. Pumps on liquid products drive me crazy because they never get all the product out! It comes in 10 different shades, but most people are either ‘Agent 04’ (light complexions with beige undertones) or ‘Agent 06’ (light complexions with yellow undertones). These shades are pretty highly pigmented for a tinted moisturizer, so it’s important to find the right shade. The tinted moisturizer itself comes out goopy, being partially thick foundation and partially liquid moisturizer. Shake that bottle well! Also, it’s hard to blend into your skin. Instead of using your fingertips, use the same brush you apply your foundation with. That will help it blend better since it’s so thick. Now, I have heard complaints about this breaking people out, which isn’t surprising considering how thick and pigmented this tinted moisturizer is. But it does add a nice glow to your skin without looking slick, though I did have some problems with excess tinted moisturizer “sliding” off my skin. Blot with this!!

The Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 is a little cheaper, but also contains 1.7 ounces. It also comes in a squeeze tube, making it easy to get every last drop. This comes in only 4 different shades, but it blends extremely well so it’ll just melt into your skintone. This has lighter coverage than the Tarte Smooth Operator, but has enough coverage to diminish red spots, slightly hide pores, and add a healthy, even glow to your skin. You don’t need a brush to apply this- it’s a thinner formula than the Tarte (but it isn’t watery) so you can just use clean fingers to apply. Oil-free, paraben-free, and fragrance-free, this contains less junk ingredients than the Tarte Smooth Operator. It also has a lot of vitamins packed into it, so it actually helps clear your skin. Instead of worrying about breakouts, you can breathe easy.

In the end, I picked the Smashbox Sheer Focus. Even though I need a bit more coverage on my skin, which the Tarte provides, I preferred its smooth, even texture over the goopy, hard to blend formula of the Smooth Operator. Plus, my acne-prone skin practically purrs from all the vitamins and glow-inducing moisture in the Smashbox. I didn’t have a problem looking oily with either one, but I felt the Smashbox melted into my skin while the Tarte sort of sat on my skin like a physical barrier.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer vs. Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Concealer

Posted in Health and Beauty on October 13, 2010 by sbulletforever

MAC just came out with a whole new line of Pro Longwear products. I’ve never heard anything good about MAC foundations, so I was really only interested in their new concealer. The dark circles under my eyes need to be tamed, and I was hoping this long-lasting concealer would do the trick.

I’ve been using the new Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Concealer ($20 for .27 ounces) (even though it contains talc), and it’s worked like magic on my blemishes, but fades under my eyes pretty quickly. The Pro Longwear Concealer is $16.50 for .3 ounces, so it’s a better deal in the first place. Also, MAC’s concealer comes in 15 different shades while the Too Faced comes in only 3.

When it comes to blemishes…I like the Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Concealer best. It has this super thick, super smooth consistency so that when you apply it on a blemish, it sticks to it. It keeps it covered extremely well and keep is moisturized, so you aren’t getting that dry look with it. The Pro Longwear does work, but I feel the Absolutely Flawless Concealer gives fuller coverage and I do get the slightly dry look with the Pro Longwear. Also, when covering pores on my nose, the Absolutely Flawless did a better job.

For under the eyes, the Pro Longwear works better than the Absolutely Flawless. But better isn’t exactly great, either. I use an eye cream and then use a corrective color on my eyes before I apply the concealer. And I only use my fingers to dab and then blend the color in under my eyes (the heat from my fingers helps it blend better). But despite not looking as bad, I still have that damned darkness under my eyes. And with my new foundation giving me flawless looking skin, it truly makes those dark circles stand out!

In the end, it’s kind of a draw. For blemishes, go with the Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Concealer. It blends extremely well, covers pores better, and gives moisture to angry, dry blemish spots. However, it won’t stay well on your under eyes, so use the Pro Longwear for long-lasting coverage. But you’ll need to combine the Pro Longwear with something else to really cover up the darkness under your eyes, because it only gives light/medium coverage by itself.

MAKE UP FOREVER Face and Body Liquid Makeup

Posted in Health and Beauty on October 13, 2010 by sbulletforever

I’ve been looking for a good, medium/full coverage foundation for a long time now. Bare Escentuals was too messy, Clinique was too cakey, Smashbox didn’t have good coverage, Cover FX was cakey (and expensive!), Dior was too light, Laura Mercier was way too light, and Urban Decay (my fav mineral makeup foundation brand) wasn’t cutting it. My face looks like junk right now from stress, hormones, the weather, and a number of other things, so UD’s light/medium coverage wasn’t quite enough.

Now, I’ve tried MUFE before. Their HD Foundation had surprisingly light coverage, which required a bit of building, which made it cakey. I think it’s only good for flawless/older skin, personally. The Mat Velvet + Foundation was better, but the smooth, velvet finish really makes it look like makeup on your skin. I was about to cave and go back to the Mat Velvet + (I save my Urban Decay for my not-so-horrible skin days) when I caught a makeup tutorial that changed my life. This lady named Eman Aziz, a fabulous makeup artist, has a blog and uploads makeup tutorials on Here is her link, btw: Anyways, I checked out her ‘how to get flawless skin’ tutorial and she recommended the ‘Face and Body Liquid Makeup’ for everyday flawlessness and immediately went out to get it.

  1. First thing you need to know: the price is right! For a good foundation (not the gunky, cakey foundation that Clinique and other similar brands sell) you’ll pay a minimum of $34 for 1 ounce of foundation. Most of the time, you’ll pay upwards of $40. With this foundation, however, you get a full 1.69 ounces for $38. And you don’t need a ton, so it’ll last you longer than most foundations will.
  2. It’s waterproof. Not ‘water resistant’ or anything like that. So you can wear this wherever you need, even out to the beach, in the pool, or outside on a hot, humid, rainy day. It won’t budge until you clean it off with soap and water. (Which is how you should clean your makeup off anyways).
  3. It’s an ultra-light, water-based gel formula made up of over 75% water. “A watery foundation? Ick!” you might be thinking. But the foundation stays a true medium/full coverage foundation! It just applies lightly, feels smooth and cool on your face, and gives you moisture! NO MORE HIGHLIGHTING DRY SKIN! You just have to shake the bottle up really well to mix it up and keep it from coming out watery.
  4. It’s transfer-resistant. As long as you blot off any excess foundation from your face/body, this isn’t going to transfer to clothes.
  5. Gives a semi-natural/semi-satin finish. Really, it looks natural but has that dewey, non-shiny look to it. Hard to tell you’re wearing makeup up-close as long as you blend it really well into your skin. Very fresh, very beautiful.
  6. It’s oil-free and talc-free. However, it does contain fragrance, which can break sensitive skin out. In order to fix this minor issue, use a layer of tinted moisturizer underneath your foundation. Not only will it give you more even skintone, meaning you need less foundation, but it creates a healthy barrier between your skin and your foundation. My favorite is the Smashbox Tinted Moisturizer because it’s healthy for you, applies lightly, and won’t make you look oily.
  7. Use the right foundation brush. I HATE the paintbrush-esque liquid foundation brushes most people use. You’re literally painting a layer onto your skin, not buffing it out and blending it well. I recommend the Sephora Collection Professional Mineral Powder Brush ($26) that can be used for any type of foundation, whether it’s loose powder, liquid foundation, creme foundation, or mineral makeup. If not, use a stippling brush (great for liquid foundations or blush/bronzer application, Sephora sells a professional one and a portable one with a cap) or the Sephora Collection I.T. Natural Foundation Brush ($36) that comes with a cap and can be used for any kind of foundation or blush.

This is, so far, my favorite liquid foundation ever! Use a tinted moisturizer under it, and use a loose powder overtop for a perfect finish. I’d recommend either MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Loose Powder or Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Makeup to lightly brush overtop. Both are light and mineral, and give a hint of color. I personally think they look better than the ‘setting’ powders companies sell that have a super soft, but white-tinged finish to them.

Urban My One and Only Shoe Store

Posted in Health and Beauty on October 11, 2010 by sbulletforever

I know, it’s not really makeup or skincare oriented, but this is important. This revolutionary website ( has changed how I buy shoes. I don’t bother browsing expensive brands or the sales at DSW or Dillards anymore because I can buy those same shoes for less than half their original price online now.

I accidentally discovered this little gem of a website last year while searching for white cowgirl boots. I was a pin-up cowgirl for Halloween, but I absolutely needed a heeled, white, knee-high boot. My search took weeks because finding such a boot was nearly impossible! But then I found Urban, and bought my beautiful boots for under $30. “They must be cheap,” you’re saying to yourself. Believe me, I thought the same thing. A year later, they have some wear and tear on them, but they’re still wearable and comfortable as hell.

What sort of shoes do they sell? All sorts. Wedges, pumps, flats, sandals, Halloween costume shoes, heels, ankle-high boots, mid-calf boots, knee-high boots, and thigh-high boots. They sell other items, but nothing worth buying. Even their costumes (Leg Avenue costumes, the best in the Halloween business) can be found cheaper at and is by far the best for Halloween costumes because they always have 20% coupons they send through your e-mail and you can get great costumes for really cheap.

Whatever your shoe needs, this is the place to get them. I bought my Halloween costume shoes from them again this year ($25 classy little Mary Janes) for half of what it would have cost me somewhere else. I had a pair of thigh-high black heeled boots that I wore for years after buying them for a high school dance, and a few months ago I finally had to pitch them. While and other shoe stores want upwards of $100 for similar boots, I just bought a sexy, black heeled thigh-high boot from for $27.90.

It’s not a scam! I’ve seen a lot of questions posted online about whether Urban Original is a scam site, because their prices are so cheap. But I’ve bought three pairs of shoes from them in the past year, no scam or funny business at all. Just good, clean, cheap shoe fun! Whether you want a fun pair of pumps for a party, or you need a pair of shoes for your Halloween costume, or a pair of boots for a sexy look, this is the only place you ever need to look.

MAC Disney Venomous Villains

Posted in Health and Beauty on October 3, 2010 by sbulletforever

It’s cruel to post this, I know. MAC pre-sold more than half of their Disney Venomous Villains collection, and sold out completely the day it came out. Why MAC would only sell a limited number of these items which millions of people want, I’ll never know. If they had more in stock and didn’t make it so ‘exclusive’, they could be making a massive fortune from this collection. Apparently, the people who run MAC are morons, even if they make wonderful products. Anyways, there are 4 different villain looks, each with its own unique style. My mother and I bought a number of the products, so I’ll go through and review each one. And yes, this collection is more expensive than MAC’s regular products!

Cruella De Vil: This was, by far, my favorite collection of the four. Definitely the most wearable colors! Her face is imprinted on all the makeup products, so you can show off which villain you’re wearing.

  • ‘Sweet Joy’ Eye Shadow’– a frosted, creamy pale gold. Frost-finish. Light, shimmery, and great as a bold highlighter or base color. The color was based off of Cruella’s signature white fur coat. ($15.50)
  • ‘De-Vil’ Eye Shadow– a rich, red copper. Veluxe Pearl-finish. It’s a fun color, and I really like the Veluxe Pearl-finish shadows. However, red-toned coppers paired with my pale skin and blonde hair make me look…washed out. Red-eyed and tired, if you will. I passed on this color, but it’s great for warmer skintones. Don’t believe the swatch on– it looks like an orange copper, but the true color is a real red copper. The color was based off of the lining of Cruella’s fur coat and her matching gloves. ($15.50)
  • ‘Carbon Eye’ Shadow– a matte black. Matte-finish, naturally. This is a staple color of MAC’s and not an LE shade, like the rest of them. But nonetheless, it’s different from the normal ‘Carbon’ Eye Shadow because Cruella’s face is on the lid. This color was based off of Cruella’s black dress. ($15.50)
  • ‘Rapidblack’ Penultimate Eye Liner– another signature product of MAC’s that is not LE. It’s a liquid pen-style liner that gives bold, thick strokes of color. Great for cat eyes! ($16.50)
  • ‘Innocence, Beware!’ Lipstick– my absolute favorite product of the whole Venomous Villains collection! Cremesheen-finish. This is a light yellow pink, and it’s the most darling color to ever exist. I’ve never been able to wear nude colors because, with my pale skin and blonde hair, it just washes me out and looks terrible. But this yellow-based pink worked with my golden undertones in my skin and looked natural and sweet. MAC better make this part of their normal lipstick collection! And it goes on so creamy, so it doesn’t highlight the cracks in my lips! There is no dupe for it, not anywhere. I asked a MAC expert to help me find a similar shade for when I run out, and she said the only thing close was a discontinued lipstick called ‘Plink!’. Not sure how this color was chosen, but Cruella does have pale skin, so that might have been it. ($15.50)
  • ‘Heartless’ Lipstick– a shimmery, cherry red. Amplified Creme-finish. It’s a great color, but cherry reds wash me out. I need a tomato red to work with my skintone, so I ended up passing on this. But a great color! And it applies smoothly, so no highlighting the cracks in your lips like a lot of MAC’s lipsticks do. I’d pair this with their ‘Cherry’ Lip Pencil for truly sexy, full cherry lips. This color was based off of Cruella’s signature red lips. ($15.50)
  • ‘Devilishly Stylish’ Lipglass– a light nude with gold pearl. Very much a nude gloss with very shiny, gold-tinted pearl in it. Pairs with the ‘Innocence, Beware!’ Lipstick. The two combined gives you a super nude, super shiny lip that looks supernatural. A very eye-catching duo. But all that nude and gold shine made my lips look too pale, so I passed on this. ($15.50)
  • ‘Wicked Ways’ Lipglass– a deep fuschia with gold pearl. Loved this color! I adore fuschia lip colors, and this one was amazing. The fuschia is really muted and looks more like a wine red, so this pairs with the ‘Heartless’ Lipstick. This is a semi-sheer gloss with serious color, so you could also wear this alone. I almost picked it up to pair with my ‘Red Enriched’ Cremestick Liner (for my Minnie Mouse Halloween costume) but decided to pass. A more sheer, shiny color would be best for my costume anyways. ($15.50)
  • ‘Darkly My Dear’ Powder Blush– a dirty brown plum color. Matte-finish, so apply with a light hand. Far too dark and bland for both my pale skin and my mother’s darker skin. Not a good color in my opinion, can’t imagine who would be able to wear such a dark, brown-based plum color. Not sure where this dark color came from, since Cruella is very pale and doesn’t wear a blush color. ($19.50)
  • ‘Her Own Devices’ Beauty Powder– a cool nude color. I really liked the Beauty Powders better than the blushes, just because they go on softer and you can build the color better. This is a decent warm color, good if you want to wear a blush rather than a bronzer for warmth in your cheeks. But I really love my ‘Melba’ Powder Blush better, and I wasn’t really impressed by this color. My mother, with her warmer skintone, didn’t like it either. I passed on this. Not sure where this color came from either, since Cruella is so darn pale. ($25.00)

The Evil Queen: A very vibrant, purple-toned collection. Better for darker skintones, but I was still fond of the colors.

  • ‘Her Alter Image’ Eye Shadow– a light violet. Veluxe Pearl-finish. In the pot, it looks almost identical to ‘Beautiful Iris’ Eye Shadow. However, ‘Beautiful Iris’ is a more true color violet shade, while ‘Her Alter Image’ is a super pale, very shimmery purple that almost looks white. I himmed and hawed about having to similar shades, but ended up keeping this shadow because it’s so darn pretty. Works as a highlighter for a purple smoky eye or even to dust over my darker purple shades to lighten them up. A lovely color that should be added to MAC’s regular collection. This color was based off of the Evil Queen’s signature light purple eyeshadow.($15.50)
  • ‘Vainglorious’ Eye Shadow– a bronze burgundy. Frost-finish. The swatch on is outrageously wrong! This is a true, deep burgundy purple. Shimmery and frosty, with less-than-smooth application. Very fun! I’m so sad MAC ran out of this color before I could buy it, I truly am. Would be great for any kind of purple eye combination. Hopefully they’ll make this shade part of their regular collection and have it replace that awful ‘Hepcat’ Eye Shadow MAC still sells for some reason. This color was based off of the Evil Queen’s burgundy rope sash she wears tied around her waist. ($15.50)
  • ‘Vile Violet’ Eye Shadow– a deep, dirty blue purple. Matte-finish. This was too dark and matte a color for me, so I passed on it. I’d rather combine two colors (‘Parfait Amour’ and ‘Creme de Violet’?) to get a similar color than have a single, dark, matte color on my eyes. This color was based off of the Evil Queen’s dark violet dress she wears. ($15.50)
  • ‘Universal’ Penultimate Brow Marker– a universal brown shade meant to darken and make your brows more vibrant. I understand that the classic villains all have highly arched, dramatic brows, but I’d never recommend this marker. You’re better off using a brow powder or pencil to shade, define, and dramaticize your brows. That way, you can build the color to your liking and make it look natural. This brow pen is a mess, and I don’t know why they included it in the collection. ($16.50)
  • ‘Toxic Tale’ Lipstick– I desperately wanted to wear this shade, but this intensely bright coral shade made me look like a clown. Best for darker skintones! Satin-finish. Goes on smoothly, but not as nice as the Cremesheen or Amplified Creme-finishes. What a coral color! So stunning, yet too much for pale skintones to wear. This color was based off of the poison the Evil Queen dips the apple in to. ($15.50)
  • ‘Sinister’ Lipstick– on the opposite end of the spectrum from ‘Toxic Tale’s’ bright coral shade, this is a soft brown plumb. Lustre-finish, so it goes on a little more sheer than expected and shines nicely. A very dark plum color, very classy. Reminds me of lipstick shades my mom used to wear in the 90s, though she was really too pale to wear them correctly. But I did like this. ($15.50)
  • ‘Strange Potion’ Lipglass– a soft coral pink. Made to be paired with the ‘Toxic Tale’ Lipstick to tone down the intense coral color of it. I personally pair this with the ‘Innocence, Beware!’ Lipstick to give just a hint of coral color over the pale pink lipstick. Looks sweet and stunning. MAC has no dupe for this LE shade, but a MAC expert told me that ‘Pink Lemonade’ Lipglass was as close as I could get. Hopefully this becomes a regular shade in the MAC collection. ($15.50)
  • ‘Hot House’ Lipglass– a deep raspberry with pink pearl. Meant to be paired with the ‘Sinister’ Lipstick to bring out the plum in it and mute the brown shade. A fun, semi-sheer color, but nothing I could ever wear. Better for darker skintones. ($15.50)
  • ‘Oh So Fair’ Beauty Powder– a clean pink with gold pearl. My favorite of the cheek colors! Such a pretty shade that works wonders on my pale skin, but looks a touch too pink on my mother’s warmer skintone. I like to layer this up and give myself a ‘just in from the snow’ or ‘slightly sunburned’ look to my cheeks to give myself some good pink coloring. Very flattering, and goes on so soft and smooth. A MAC expert told me a good dupe would be their ‘Tenderling’ Powder Blush, but the ‘Tenderling’ looks too nude and doesn’t have that touch of pink I want. Hopefully this becomes a regular shade and not just an LE one, ’cause I adore this. This color is based off of the color fo Snow White’s cheeks. ($25.00)
  • ‘Bite of an Apple’ Powder Blush– it’s described as a soft, coral pink, but this is a darker coral pink to me. Very much an apple color! I’d apply this with a light hand and build as you need, but it’s a true coral pink/red. Matte-finish, so it’s more vibrant and truly requires a lighter hand unless you want super dramatic cheeks. ($19.50)

Maleficent: Truly the most evil of the Disney villains, her collection is extremely dramatic. Lots of purple and red in this collection!

  • ‘My Dark Magic’ Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo– I don’t know if you’ve ever tried the Mineralize Eye Shadow Duos, but I’m no fan. They’re hard to deal with. Mineral shadows always are! This particular duo is 3/4 deep pink with pink pearl and 1/4 deep plum with purple pearl. Goes on so dark!! I mean, very dark and very glittery/shimmery. You can’t tell the pink from the purple with this shade unless you use a super light and fluffy brush to apply it. This is good if you want ultra dramatic eyes with a touch of purple. But to me, it was too much dark and not enough color. Where does all that pink disappear to? This color comes from Maleficent’s signature eyeshadow and her robes, which do have a touch of pink in the sleeves and at the hem. ($21)
  • ‘She Who Dares’ Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo– 3/4 deep navy with blue pearl, 1/4 deep forest green with lime green pearl. This color shows up better than the ‘My Dark Magic’ duo. Makes for a fun, dramatic eye, though I will say the blue looks like a bland dark color, but the green stand out very nicely. Still, not worth $21 to me unless you like to wear dramatic, glittery/shimmery smoky eyes. This color was based off of Maleficent’s skin, though I’m not wholly sure where the blue comes from. ($21).
  • ‘Violetta’ Lipstick– bright, clean violet purple. A darker violet, though. Amplified Creme-finish, so it has smooth application and won’t show those chaps in your lips. An extraordinarily bold color that I think would be stunning on very dark skintones (olive, black), but is too much for pale/warm/medium skintones. This color was based off of the inside lining of Maleficent’s robes. ($15.50)
  • ‘Dark Deed’ Lipstick– burgundy plum. Amplified Creme-finish, so more smooth application for you. A very classy color that looks like a plum red, and one I would even dare to wear with a good black dress. So stunning! Too bad MAC ran out of stock before I could get one. This color was based off of Maleficent’s signature lip color. ($15.50)
  • ‘Briar Rose’ Beauty Powder– soft violet pink with pink pearl. Very shimmery and a light violet/pink that is only good on darker skintones. Looks funny on pale skin. I only wanted this product because Maleficent looks like a badass on the compact lid! Based off of Aurora’s cheek color (Sleeping Beauty, for those of you who don’t know). ($25.00)
  • ‘Bad Fairy’ Nail Lacquer– red with multi-changing pearl. A semi-sheer, irridescent red shade. My mother went nuts and bought three of these, she liked it so much. But MAC is notorious for making great Nail Lacquer shades and then discontinuing them, so don’t get your hopes up about this becoming a part of the regular collection. Where did the red shade come from? I don’t really know, maybe from the fire her dragon form breathes? ($13.00)
  • ‘Formidable!’ Nail Lacquer– teal green with pink multi-changing pearl. Semi-sheer, looks more like dark purple with a hint of fabulous green. Fun and shiny, I liked this dark color best. Even though I don’t like spending $13.00 on nail polish, I did end up buying this shade. This color was based off of Maleficent’s green skin. ($13.00)
  • ‘Mean and Green’ Nail Lacquer– purple with teal multi-changing pearl. Semi-sheer, looks more like a purple with a hint of green glitter to it. Darker than ‘Formidable!’, but the shades aren’t that different. Kind of silly to make two shades that are almost identical! But this was more of a true dark purple than ‘Formidable!’, so I passed this one over. This color was based off of Maleficent’s green skin and purple robes. ($13.00)

Dr. Facilier: a bold Disney villain with true, dark voodoo colors. Interestingly, his name was supposed to be ‘Dr. Duvalier’, but there is a real voodoo witchdoctor in New Orleans with that name. Also, MAC wanted to include a male villain so men and women could feel free to wear this line. I wish they’d chosen Jafar instead! He’s a much more colorful male villain.

  • ‘Melon’ Pigment– this soft, bright, shimmery golden peach is actually a regular MAC shade and not an LE shade. The container with Dr. Facilier’s face on it, however, is LE. Frost-finish, so very shimmery and shiny. Pigments, by the way, are loose powders with true color, making them more vibrant than normal pressed eye shadows. A lovely color that isn’t true gold, but is golder than peach. Not sure where this color comes in to play, because there isn’t an ounce of gold or peach in Dr. Facilier’s costume. Maybe something to do with his voodoo magic? ($19.50)
  • ‘Brash and Bold’ Pigment– a bright, shimmery magenta. Frost-finish. This color is similar to a couple other of MAC’s magenta/fuschia pigments, so finding a dupe isn’t too hard. Very bright and bold! Not for the weak of heart, to be sure. This color is based off of the band of red around Dr. Facilier’s top hat and the sash/belt around his waist. ($19.50)
  • ‘Push the Edge’ Pigment– deep, shimmery bright purple with pearl. Frost-finish. For a dupe, you could mix the ‘Grape’ pigment overtop a darker purple shadow, or just go for a darker, shimmery purple eye shadow. Not too hard to copy this shade. Pretty bold, but I could use this as a crease color for a purple eye combination. This color is based off of Dr. Facilier’s purple vest, the purple feather in his hat, and the purple top of his cane. ($19.50)
  • ‘French Quarter’ Greasepaint Stick– dirty black green with multi-color pearl. This stick applies super smooth, super vibrant color on your eyes, and it ain’t for the weak of heart. It’s sparkly, shiny, and dramatic. This color, I’m pretty sure, is based off of Dr. Facilier’s pants and waitscoat color. But it’s a difficult color, so it’s hard to really tell. ($17.50)
  • ‘Slick Black’ Greasepaint Stick– a true black. Less sparkly and shimmery than the ‘French Quarter’, but still with a shine to it. A matte black color, this one is part of the regular collection and not an LE shade. There’s lots of black in Dr. Facilier’s outfit, so take your pick of where this shade came from. ($17.50)
  • ‘Black’ Zoom Fast Black Lash– a deepest black mascara, part of MAC’s regular collection. Not sure why this is the only villain with a mascara, but probably because Dr. Facilier has noticeable lashes. Honestly, I prefer my Dior lash primer and my NARS Volumizing Mascara because it does not fade, smear, clump, etc. and MAC has notoriously messy mascaras. I’d pass on this. ($14.00)
  • ‘Resort Life’ Lipgelee– an off white with pink pearl lip gloss. The lipgelees provide thicker, fuller lipgloss coverage. Hence the ‘gel’ in the lipgelee. This is a shiny, shimmery, but neutral gloss. Apparently they made all the colors in this particular collection unisex, even the lipgloss. I do like this color very much for an easy, on-the-go color that gives some life to my lips. Hope this becomes part of the regular collection! This color was not, to my knowledge, derived from a particular part of Dr. Facilier’s costume. Possibly from the white skull and crossbones on his top hat? ($15.5o)
  • ‘Truth and Light’ Magically Cool Liquid Powder– sheer shimmer that reflects silver and pink. I’ll eat my hat if this doesn’t become part of the regular MAC collection! This product was made specifically for the Disney Venomous Villains release, and MAC doesn’t sell anything like it. It looks like a loose powder with shimmer, but it’s made of 70% water, so it turns from powder to liquid once it touches your skin! It’ll dampen your brush and make your skin luminous, glowing, and moisturized. Utterly ingenious product, I must have more! Also, you get a lot of powder in this jar, so it should last you quite some time. ($29.50)
  • ‘Cajun’ Magically Cool Liquid Powder– sheer bronze that reflects gold. Same thing as ‘Truth and Light’, only made for darker skintones. Moisturizers, adds luminous shimmer, feels cool on your skin, and there’s a lot of bang for your buck. ($29.50)
  • ‘I’m So Vain’ Mirror– a compact mirror with one regular mirror and one magnifying mirror. Great for makeup checks. ($12.00)

So that’s it! That’s the entire collection. MAC is sure to make some of the shades part of their permanent collection, but not all. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t get to buy any of it, ’cause you had to know well in advance about it coming out to even pre-order and buy it. Hope you enjoyed the review!