MAC 30% off lips, highlighters, and blushes (with swatches)

If you were already thinking of checking out the MAC sale, I thought I’d share some swatches to help you shop. I’m showcasing products that I feel are less talked about or at least less talked about among what is current and new to the market.

To shop the sale, use the code MACSPRING30 at checkout. I did test the code on all the available items I have swatched, and they were marked down successfully. The only exceptions are some blushes that are no longer available due to being limited edition or discontinued. I will make a note of those items below the pictures.


Love Me Lipstick – Bated Breath, $21.00

MAC Love Me Lipstick Bated Breath swatch dark skin
MAC Bated Breath (Love Me Lipstick)

Satin Lipstick – Del Rio, $19.00

MAC Del Rio Satin Lipstick swatch dark skin
MAC Del Rio (Satin Lipstick)

Matte Lipstick – Heroine, $19.00

MAC Heroine Matte Lipstick swatch dark skin
MAC Heroine (Matte Lipstick)

Hyper Real Glow Highlight Palettes, $39.50

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Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom (114 Glow Swatch and Review)

Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom 114 Glow Swatch

The new Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom is a comfortable formula with a beautiful shine. It applies smoothly and the pigmentation is great for such a balmy feeling product. While there is no tingling feeling, the formula does seem to be slightly plumping. Unfortunately, it has no longevity and on me it doesn’t wear away evenly.

Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom 114 Glow swatch dark skin
Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom in 114 Glow

It only takes about an hour and a half to two hours to need a touch up. As it wears down, the color that is left behind is more muted and the shine is gone. Obviously, that change can be expected, but it happens a little faster than I’d prefer. I was eating, drinking, and talking while trying this out, so I guess if you somehow manage not to do any of that, you will have better staying power. So after about an an hour or two (depending on eating and drinking) it was worn off at center of my lips and it had sunk into my lip lines. The way it wore off meant that the only choice was to reapply. I will say that it was easy to apply on top of itself, I didn’t need to clean off my lips and start fresh.

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What’s Old at Sephora (VIB Sale April 2021)

I have to give a shout out to Emily Noel on Youtube for this concept. It has been a while, but she has done a couple older videos about What’s OLD at the Drugstore that I enjoyed. So I thought with the Sephora VIB sale starting soon, I’d talk recommendations that aren’t the newest things to the market. The sale dates are 9 April 2021 – 19 April, 2021 depending on your membership tier.

Shiseido Visionary Gel Lipstick – 212 Wood Block, $26.00

Shiseido Visionary Gel Lipstick 212 Woodblock swatch
Shiseido Visionary Gel Lipstick in 212 Woodblock

This only has 1.6 g of product and traditional lipsticks have about 3.0 to 3.5 g, so that is something to keep in mind.  If you are a bang for your buck kind of shopper, I’d pass on this one.

Shiseido Visionary Gel Lipstick 212 Woodblock swatch dark skin
Shiseido Visionary Gel Lipstick in 212 Woodblock

This formula has somewhat of a slick or slippery feeling when you apply it but it does dry down to feel more creamy. It has nice pigment to it and doesn’t accentuate my lip lines. This line of lipsticks is also well reviewed by Temptalia, so you can check her site for swatches of the other colors.

Bobbi Brown Mini Shimmer Brick Highlighter – Bronze, $25.00

If you have ever been curious about the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick this is already a good deal but even better with the extra percentage off. Since highlighter takes a long time to use up anyway, I don’t think the smaller size is an issue. I find the quality to be consistent with the regular $48 size. I think this is a nice formula, it can get a little shimmery if you pack it on, but with a light hand I do think it can be applied in a subtle way.

Bobbi Brown Mini Shimmer Brick Sunset Pink and Bronze swatch dark skin
L to R: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Sunset Pink and Bronze

Sephora only has the shade bronze currently in stock, but the Bobbi Brown website does have the shade rose in stock as well (they are having 25% off until 11 April 2021 @ 11:59 PT). The shade Sunset Pink was a limited edition color, but this was the only picture I had to be able to showcase the bronze shade for you.

Bobbi Brown Mini Shimmer Brick Bronze swatch dark skin
L to R: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Sunset Pink and Bronze

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat, $29.00

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Swatches

In my mind, this is a naked basics palette. I think that if they had marketed this palette as the Naked Heat Basics Eyeshadow Palette, there may have been a better reception. I think that since the marketing focused on the shades being brand new colors, reviewers spent too much time comparing it to the Naked Heat Palette. Not a lot of people talked about it as a stand alone product, or even as a companion to other eyeshadows you may already own. It is easy to forget that not everyone wants or needs 12 shades of eyeshadow.

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Swatches dark skin
Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat

This is a nice little palette. The texture is slightly drier and a little dusty compared to the Naked Heat and the Naked Cherry, but I don’t find that to interfere with performance. However, if you like a creamy matte texture, I don’t think you’ll enjoy this formula.

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Swatches dark skin
Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat

Sephora Lip Stories – 10 Yum Yum, $9.00

I don’t have a picture of this product, but wanted to shine some light on it anyway. The formula on this lipstick is smooth and creamy. I was disappointed to find out that something in the formula irritated my lips because I was really impressed by the formula. I don’t think the formula will be in issue for most people. The way they were hyped up back when they were first released, I didn’t hear of anyone else having irritation or sensitivity issues. I do want to warn you that the packaging does feel cheap, but it is only $9.00 at Sephora, so I’d say that should be expected. The entire Sephora Collection will be 30% off during the sale, so that brings the price down to $6.30. This discount can not be combined with the VIB sale code.

Happy Shopping!

  • 9 April 2021 – 19 April 2021 – VIB Rouge tier can shop
  • 13 April 2021 – 19 April 2021 – VIB tier can shop
  • 15 April 2021 – 19 April 2021 – Insider tier can shop

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The Monday Edit, April 5, 2021

articles to read

The Dior Dune collection for Summer 2021 should start showing up at retailers this month. As usual has a great breakdown of the entire collection. I haven’t been buying as much Dior in the last couple of years, but I’m hoping for some good reviews.

The beauty industry needs to wake up – you can’t be ‘ethical’ if you’re exploiting people of colour – While we should always aim to reduce harm rather than trying to be perfect, this article gives us all something to think about when it comes to ethical purchasing. We should pay attention to ethical labor practices as much as clean and cruelty free concerns.

I am a researcher by nature, so I often find myself doing deep dives into random topics. A little while ago I started looking into the Endowment Effect, which is when we assign more value to an item simply because we own it. I started to notice that I owned products that I don’t think are objectively better, but I still prefer to use them over a comparable better option. That got me thinking about why that might be, and as it turned out, several of them I happened to own longer and have more experience with. As a beauty blogger I spend more time analyzing my makeup products than most “average” consumers, so I get that the “why” of things doesn’t always matter. I just have a curious mind and I tend to enjoy this type of information. The endowment Effect: Why ownership makes you overvalue your things – is a long read, and it gets into a lot of research, but I found it fascinating and wanted to share it.

Videos to Watch

I always find videos from Audrey Coyne helpful, but I thought this video in particular was worth sharing. I thought it was a great example of finding ways to recreate the feeling of an outfit without buying anything new.

I am not at all handy, but I absolutely love watching people restore old homes to their former glory.

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