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The Pumpkin Spice Must Flow! Another Starbucks #PSL Look With Reviews of the New MAC Studio Fix 24-HR Concealer, Patrick Starrr Boy About Town Kit, and More
I’m wearing another pumpkin spice latte look today! (More reviews on the key makeup products, all the new things from MAC that are out right now, in just a sec.) But first, my latest Starbucks adventure…
Like I mentioned yesterday, for years I thought the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte was limited to the standard-issue #PSL, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. If you look around, you can find TONS of different versions of the PSL (even healthy-ish ones)! If you’re not into the super sweet OG latte (which, I admit, can be a little much, even for my sweet tooth sometimes), you’ve gotta try this other version from The Macrobarista, which I got earlier today.
This healthier version of the PSL is spicy and pumpkin-y like the O.G. version, but it’s less sugary. I got mine without the whipped cream, and it was still sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Comforting perfection in a coffee cup!
No joke, I could’ve downed at least three of them, but Tabs, the world (and I) are not properly equipped to handle a hyper-caffeinated K-Dawg. So I just stuck to one, ha ha!
Oh, and if you were wondering, that intense red matte lippie on my lips did not budge one bit as I slammed this.
Which leads me to these thoughts on ‘ze MAC I’m wearing in today’s PSL-inspired look…
MAC Patrick Starr Boy About Town Kit ($42.50)
Nothing says “It’s PSL season” like an ultra matte red liquid lippie, and MAC has one of the best liquid lipstick lines out there with their Retro Mattes. They’re long lasting and super concentrated, with creamy color that won’t budge, no matter how many times you kiss your tabby throughout the day (this is my go-to shade from the line). The #pattypout Retro Matte red in Patrick Starr’s newest LE MAC collab is all of those things, and it has some deep, unexpected burgundy tones — like crushed red cherries — that grab your attention.
The quad… Not the easiest to blend. I swirled my blending brush on my lids like a human Ninja Blender, and yet the three mattes kept skipping. The glittery bronze is challenging, too, because the pieces like to fly all over the place.
I’m wearing MAC’s newest full-coverage, oil-free liquid concealer in this look as both a face foundation and an under-eye concealer, and it’s REALLY good — so good that it just might have converted me back into an under-eye concealer girl again… Maybe.
If you wanted that hyper-perfected, even-toned skin back in the day, your best option in MAC was Pro-Longwear Concealer, and it’s still available, but it isn’t the most user friendly in the world. The pump is tricky, you have to blend quickly because it dries fast, and if you accidentally apply too much, you end up with cake face. Plus, it tends to oxidize, so you have to compensate by going a shade or two down… Sh*t is complicated, yo.
This new 24-HR one has the pigment intensity and full coverage of Pro-Longwear, but it’s so much easier to use on so many levels. There’s no drama with blending at all (I use fingers or a synthetic blending brush dampened with a little MAC Fix+), and it kinda fills out pores, too, so your skin looks really smooth.
Bottom line: This full-coverage, long-lasting yet natural-looking concealer comes in a nice range of shades that stay true to color on the skin (no oxidizing!). Definitely a go, but FYI, you may have to adjust to a shade or two darker than your typical MAC color, since the 24-HR concealers run slightly darker than I expected them to. I usually wear Studio Fix Foundation NC42 on my face, and when I wear 24-HR as a foundation, I go with NC43, because the NC42 is too light.
GIRL. Soft Focus! It’s the name of the yellowish highlighter in this six-pan palette of face powders for bronzing, contouring and highlighting. As a brow bone highlight, it’s perfection, and the key is the sheen. When I blend a little just beneath the highest point of my arch, it subtly reflects the light to make my brows look lifted and higher and my eyes look more open. And unlike your typical frosty highlighter, Soft Focus does this without blinding whomever’s staring at ya.
Pumpkin spice 4 life! 🎃
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,