Mac Feel My Pulse : Possible Dupes & Comparisons

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse, Maybelline Brazen Berry, Strong Woman, Heroine, Seductive Intent, Feel My Pulse

From the photo above you can tell that none of the mentioned lipsticks are actually dupes. Very close, but not dead on. Now paired with a liner or gloss the difference may be very minimal to none. But I myself had to have it! Brazen Berry seemed to come the closest to me even though Feel My Pulse is more purple. I guess the finish being the same makes them seem so similar. Hope this helps a bit for those who were unsure of whether they should purchase Feel My Pulse or not. 

To see my Temperature Rising haul and swatches as well as recommended must haves and which items I could've passed on click HERE

What are your thoughts on Feel My Pulse?

Mac Temperature Rising Haul + Swatches

Refined Golden

Strobe Golden Elixir Liquid

Refined Golden               Strobe Golden Elixir
 Hot Nights                                                        Ripe For Love
Hot Nights                                 Ripe For Love

 Temperature Rising Quad

Performance Art, Temperature Rising, Swelter, Beauty Marked

Bare My Soul Quad

 Romantico, Bare My Soul, Friendly, When In Rio

Rhythm & Liquid Passion
Altered Beige

 Feel My Pulse

Liquid Passion, Rhythm, Altered Beige, Feel My Pulse

Overall I was pleased with my purchases, with the exception of 2 things. I could've totally passed on Altered Beige and the Temperature Rising Quad. Altered Beige was a bit too sheer for my liking, and the eyeshadows in the Temperature Rising Quad were not as great of quality as the usual Mac eyeshadows. They swatched super sheer and patchy.

Now the Bare My Soul quad is a must have!! I haven't purchased a Mac quad this lovely in a long time! I don't usually back up quads, but I may have to do so in this case. All of the shades were unique and very pigmented.

Feel My Pulse is another must have in my opinion. Mac has released many similar shades in the pass, so if you missed out I'd definitely say grab it. But even though I own many purple lipsticks, this one seemed to be right up my alley. I'm a cremesheen/amplified/lustre sort of girl. I tend to stray away from mattes and satins. I like them at times, but I often end up pairing a gloss on top which alters the color in most cases. Feel My Pulse gives me that sheen and pigmentation all in one. None of my other purple Mac lipsticks does that. I'm a purple lover as well, so either way it was coming home with me. To see Feel My Pulse possible dupes and comparisons click HERE

Lastly, Golden Elixir Strobe liquid. Looove that stuff! I usually use Mac Lustre drops mixed into my tinted moisturizer or foundation during the warmer weather, and this strobe liquid gives that same effect. Gives off a glowy sort of appearance that looks amazing!! I'm new to Strobe liquids but I'm so glad I finally gave it a try. This is another product I definitely plan on backing up

All of the must haves that I mentioned above were the first items sold out when the collection hit online. I'd totally check them out when it launches in stores May 23rd before you regret it :)

Have you purchased anything from the Temperature Rising Collection? Any favorites?

Dupe Alert!! OCC Belladonna Lip Tar

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is a very popular cosmetic company well know for their unique shades of lip tars. I have done a few post's raving of them, also providing swatches which can be seen HERE and HERE

Well the lovely shade above, Belladonna was a very popular shade that has been discontinued. Many, including myself have searched high and low for comparable colors, and I've never come across one that was close enough to the amazing shade. Now I had experimented with the different shades on numerous occasions and found out that most of the shades mixed together equals another. I passed on a few shades because of that. I then figured that I'd be able to dupe Belladonna with some of the colors I already owned. And I was right!!

The colors that I combined to make a shade similar to Belladonna were:
OCC Butch
OCC Pretty Boy
OCC Hoochie
Sleek Peek-O-Bloo (Substitue for OCC RX)

  1. I started off with 20 drops of Butch and 20 drops of Pretty Boy
  2. The color was too pink, so I then added a few drops of Hoochie, a more magenta shade
  3. That brought the mixture to a form of purple, but wasn't as vibrant, and still a bit too light
  4. I then added Sleek Peek-O-Bloo and that sealed the deal darkening it and giving it that kick!

I then got the shade below...

 OCC Belladonna next to my mixture
(notice the color separation, you must mix well)

Belladonna vs My mixture 
(with flash)

 Belladonna vs My mixture
(without flash)

 These are the tubes that I used to store my mixture. They can be found HERE

Belladonna vs My mixture
As you can tell by the pics above, the shades are extremely close! Almost identical actually. I notice a tiny bit of a difference when swatched, but when I tried them on the lips they looked exactly the same!! 
Now, I have to say the key factors in getting a very close shade match is to use OCC Butch (gives that neon effect that Belladonna has) and a magenta sort of pink shade. As you can see above, I used Sleeks Paint Pout as a substitue and it worked out fine when mixed with the lip tar. So Sleeks Paint Pouts are definitely a cheaper alternative. I own a few shades and they are very comparable to lip tars!

So for those that loved the discontinued Belladonna, or for those who never got a chance to try the purple loveliness in a tube, give this concoction a try! If you're a purple lover such as myself, whatever shade you end up with is bound to be a pretty one :)

Have you ever tried OCC's lip tar in Belladonna or any of their other lip tars? 
What are your thoughts?

RiRi ♥ MAC: RiRi Woo

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Mac now has joined forces with the lovely Rihanna! She has a few collections set to be released over the next few months. RiRi Woo is the first item to be launched. Rihanna was a major fan of Mac's permanent and well known lipstick Ruby Woo. So the popstar teamed up with Mac and made her own version. It's a perfect shade red, and looks amazing on may skin tones! It was an online only item, and I had missed out. It sold out in 3 hours!! BUT she set up a Mac Pop Up Shop at her concert that I attended, so I was able to grab a few :-)

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