MAC’s new Patternmaker Collection was finally released last Thursday with Nordstrom’s anniversary sale!

Consisting of Circularity, Pattern Pink, Smoke Ring and Darkspot, together with Star Violet and Shimmermoss, the 6 Cool Eyes Palette ($35) looks *really* pretty even in person. All the colors are new except for Star Violet and Shimmermoss which are both exisiting veluxe pearl colors. Circelearite, is a light beige with silver sparkles in a lustre formula; Patter pink is a frosty rich baby pink; Smoked Ring is a veluxe deep purple with silver specks and Dark Spot is another veluxe pearl gunmetal grey with silver pearlized pigments. I was very tempted to get it but when I swiped the shades onto my hand, I was very disppointed. The only shades that show up pigmented were Star Violet, Shimmermoss and Darkspot. Smoke Ring, despite looking gorgeous on the pan, barely showed up and Circularity and Pattern Pink are pretty but not unique enough.



The 6 Warm Eyes Palette ($35) contains Shroom, Swimming, Shadowy Lady, Equibeige, Unsquare and Rich Symbol. The first three shades are all repromotes. Aqua Beige is a frosty soft khaki beige with silver speckles; Rich Symbol is a frosty penny Brown with gold pearlized pigments and Unsquare is a veluxe rich brown with red undertones. Like the cool palette, the colors are very pretty and coordinate very well with one another. All of them are shimmery except Unsquare and Shadowy Lady. As for the pigmentation, they all showed up well except the Unsquare and Shadowy Lady. I already own 3 of the colors in this palette so I ended up passing on it.



The Powder Blush ($17) looked kind of boring in the pan despite the pretty packaging. Over Print is a blushed up coral and Flush Naked is a mid-tone coral peach. They are both matte and out of the two, Flush Naked is definitely the prettier one. I can totally see Flush Naked working on light to medium skintones but Over Print looks a little too dark and bright.



The Iridescent Powders ($20) are so much prettier than the blushes! There are two of them – Free Form and Belightful. Free Form is a golden peach and Belightful is a gilded peach bronze. They are both very shimmery and highly pigmented. I highly suggest them as highlighters!

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It has been absolutely sizzling here in Chi-town for the past few days so I wanted to do an entry on sunscreens and clear up some of the misconceptions about them.

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Here are a couple of ways to find the right color for your blush:

1. According to Bobbi Brown, the perfect shade of blush should match the color of your cheeks when your skin is flushed or when you are working out. In other words, pick a rosy or peachy shade

2. Noelle Wong claims that the perfect blush color is the one that matches the pink/red that shows on your fingertips (palms up). Simply compare the color of your fingertips to the different shades at make up counters and pick the one that matches the most.

Color Recommendations
Pale Skin: Light pinks and corals are the way to go. Steer clear of anything dark or bright to avoid looking like a clown.

Yellow-toned: Warm pinks, plums and roses will flatter a yellow complexion. Stay away from brown shades that can bring your skin’s natural vibrancy down.

Dark Skin: Warm, tropical tones look hot on dark skin – think warm, terracotta shades, deep plums, and brown pinks or peaches. Avoid light colors at all cost because they will look ashy or may not show up on your skin.

Rule of Thumb
Remember the darker your skintone, the darker your blush color should be.