MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection ♡ Review + Swatches

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection was launched in May 2017 and it features a selection of products ranging from eyeshadow palettes to lipsticks and lipgloss to makeup accessories. I love the packaging of this collection, it reminds me of summer, it's sweet and fruity.

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection
MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection

I bought four items from the MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection and initially my plan was to collect all the bronzing powders, blushes and lipsticks, but I changed my mind as soon as I check out the rest of the products in store, it just seems to me that this collection has no pigmentation at all.

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Coconut Prep + Prime Fix+

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ is described as a lightweight water mist that gently soothes and refreshes skin and finishes makeup. I have a couple of these, but I just don't understand the hype on this product?! It's not a setting spray?! and to be honest I have no idea what it does? I sometimes use it as a midday touch-up spray, it is refreshing on a very hot day, but other than that, it doesn't really do much. The only thing that I love about the Fix+ is the scented ones, especially the coconut scent and that is why I got very excited when I got my hands on the MAC x Fruity Juicy Coconut Fix+. I love the packaging of this and I love the coconut scent.

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Fruity A La La Eyeshadow Palette

MAC has released three eyeshadow palettes for the Fruity Juicy Collection and each palette contains six eyeshadows. The one I bought is called Fruity A La La, it contains pink, orange, rosy and three neutral shades and I adore the name of this palette.

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Fruity A La La Eyeshadow Palette

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Fruity A La La Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Fruity A La La Eyeshadow Palette contains the below shades:
 Glamour Light (warm beige)
 Soleil So Lovely (dirty grey nude)
 Arriba (frosty rose)
 Carnal Charm (bright burnt orange red)
 Fuchsia Fury (bright blue pink)
 Cocktail Black (deep brown grey with pearl).

I LOVE the packaging and the shades from this palette is bright and vibrant, it also gives you a choice to tone down your eyes makeup with the neutral shades.

I AM DISAPPOINTED with the pigmentation and as you can see in my arm swatches below, the colours barely shows up on skin. I have tried to create an eye look with this palette and I find that it works okay when applying using my fingers, but I had to go back and forth when applying with a brush because it's just not picking up colours. Also the eyeshadows are a bit powdery and when applying with a brush, it doesn't blend too well. With the problems of the pigmentation, fellow bloggers has suggested to spray the makeup brushes with Fix+ for the pigmentation to show, but I just think that MAC shouldn't be this quality, ya'know?!

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Fruity A La La Eyeshadow Palette arm swatch
MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Oh My, Passion! Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Oh My, Passion! Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Oh My, Passion! Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Oh My, Passion! Pearlmatte Face Powder is described as an unique face powder featuring a flirty flower pattern with pearlized and satin shades that can be used as a blush and a highlighter. This was one of the products from the Fruity Juicy Collection that I was really looking forward to getting my hands on, purely because of its' packaging.

Whether the quality is good or not, I was ready for it! I need this in my collection because of its' tropical fruity and floral packaging, it looks beautiful inside out.

Looking at the colours in this face powder, I thought it can be used as a bronzer (with the brown shade), highlighter (with the yellow shade) and blush (with the coral and lavender pink shades). I was only right about one thing and it's the blush. The brown shade is too shimmery and too sheer to use as a bronzer and the yellow shade is very pigmented, but the powder is chalky and it looks more like a brightening setting powder than a highlighter on me.

I was impressed with the blush shades though as both colours are pigmented and they are easily to blend. Below I share with you a before and after photo of wearing the blush shades from this face powder. (in the photo I am wearing a Canmake bronzer and MAC Blushing beam as the highlighter).

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Oh My, Passion! Pearlmatte Face Powder arm swatch
MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Oh My, Passion! Pearlmatte Face Powder before and after
MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Shy Girl Lipstick

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection features four lipsticks in raspberry, purple, peach and pinky nude shades, I only bought one and it's called Shy Girl.

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Shy Girl Lipstick

MAC Shy Girl Lipstick is described as a creamy neutral coral beige with an Amplifed finish. It has great pigmentation that applies smoothly and evenly, but it seems to emphasise the imperfection on the lips, it wore for two to three hours on me and it wasn't drying during wear.

MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection: Shy Girl Lipstick lip swatch
Overall, I love the packaging of the MAC x Fruity Juicy Collection, I love the tropical fruits and the summer vibe (I'm so sick of this cold weather, I want summer now!) and my favourite products from this collection is the coconut Fix+, although as mentioned above, until now I am still confused with the use of Fix+, I love the coconut scent and I adore the design on the bottle.

My least favourite item is the eyeshadow palette, the pigmentation was a huge disappointment.


have you tried anything from this collection?
what are your thoughts?

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The Cosmetic Store Haul ♡ ft. Les Merveilleuses LADURÉE, It's Skin, Holika Holika, Too Cool For School, VDL, Etude House, Innisfree & Choosy Lip Mask


I haven't been online shopping for a very very long time due to some changes in life and seriously, I am secretly dying inside. I want to run into a makeup store, I want to give them all my money and that's when I lose control when I visited The Cosmetic Store in Auckland.

Usually I would avoid Asian cosmetics stores in Auckland because 1) I can't stand when their staff follows me everywhere and 2) I can get almost everything shown in this haul for a lot cheaper online.

The first time I visited The Cosmetic Store I was quite impressed with their customer service, no one follows me around and they only checked on me a few times to see if I needed help. Also, their prices wasn't too bad at the time and I got too excited when I spot the Les Merveilleuses Laduree petal blushes.

So, overall I bought a bunch of products that I don't need, but that was the best retail therapy I have in months! I had about two to three months to try out these products and the only advice I would give myself is to take a deep breath before I walk into the store next time. I give this advice to myself because I often get too excited and I would always end up with products that I wish I could return.

Les Merveilleuses Laduree
FACE COLOR ROSE LADUREE #04

petal blushes + pot (usually sold separately): NZD $280.00






It's Skin
POWER 10 FORMULA

NZD $24.90


Holika Holika x Gudetama
FACE 2 CHANGE PHOTO READY BB

NZD $38.90



Too Cool For School
DINOPLATS TRICERATOPS PALETTE

NZD $69.90



VDL
PANTONE COLOR CHEEK 

NZD $52.90



VDL Expert Color
LIP CUBE #01 SERENITY

NZD $39.90


Etude House
TINT MY BROWS GEL #3 GRAY BROWN

NZD $19.90



CHOOSY
Art Lip Packs

rainbow / present kiss: NZD $6.90
milk / banana / strawberry: NZD $4.90



Innisfree
IT'S REAL SQUEEZE MASK

10 for NZD $20.00
black berry / lime / pomegranate / acai berry/ strawberry / kiwi / rose / tea tree


COLOURPOP Ultra Blotted Lips First Impression & Lip Swatches ♡ 7 Shades!

ColourPop is one of my all time favourite makeup brands, I love their affordable pricing and I am especially impressed with their amazing product qualities. Almost every products that I have tried from the brand I love, so when ColourPop introduced its' new Ultra Blotted Lip formula, I was very excited and I couldn't wait to collect all the colours from this collection.

ColourPop launched their new Ultra Blotted Lip collection sometimes back in April 2017 and the collection consist of eight beautiful shades ranging from an everyday rosy mauve to a dark vampy plum. 

ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips

 FIRST IMPRESSION

I managed to get seven shades from this collection because when ColourPop launched their Ultra Blotted Lips, it's always sold out. So I have all the shades except for Doozy, which is their #1 best selling shade from this collection.

As much as I love the colours, I am not a fan of the formula and I don't understand why everyone arounds me is obsessed with this product.

I wasn't impressed with the formula when I first tired it on the lips, but I didn't just stop there, I have given myself almost two months to try and make it work. Which, at the end I just gave up trying because the formula is horrible and here are the reasons why I cannot stand the formula:

 first layer - watery consistency, lightweight formula, but you can never applies it evenly.
 second layer - it's no longer lightweight, it starts to feel drying, it cracks and looks patchy.
 the darker shades - applies uneven and it always applies into the "lip line look" even though I have no intention of doing so.
 during the day - I had to re-apply every two to three hours and it doesn't matter if I have on just one thin layer or a couple of layers. It's not transfer-proof, it's drying and it looks very patchy.
 by the end of the day - so patchy that I don't even want to look at myself in the mirror...

Fellow bloggers has suggested that "one thin layer is perfect" and some says that it's suppose to give you the "just suck on a lollipop" or "popsicle gradient" look. Well... I have tried and it didn't work.

ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips
ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips

 ARM SWATCHES 

ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips

  LIP SWATCHES 

ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips Zuma
ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips Slide
ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips Double Scoop
ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips Out of Beach
ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips Bit-O Sunny
ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips Split
ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips Cherry On Top

have you tried ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lip?
what are your thoughts on this collection?