Saturday, May 16, 2009

MUA swaps + MAC Pleasantry comparison

Since March I've started swapping on MUA, quite fun but takes up a lot of time...and shipping via Canadapost isn't cheap! But its nice to pick up things to try while getting rid of products I don't use anymore.

My first swap there wasn't too exciting, just another Shiseido Hydro-powder to add to my existing collection: Colour - Spring Plum


A warm brownish plum with green iridescent sparkle which is more obvious in real life.


Other things I swapped for: MAC Aquavert eyeshadow (in Lure collection packaging), Tarte cheekstain in Tickled, and my favourite - MAC mineralized blush in Pleasantry.


Aquavert as most people know already, is a pretty light green perfect for spring, definitely a must-have. The Tarte cheekstain is something I've never tried before as they are quite overpriced in Canada ($28 in US, but $39 in Canada + 13% Ontario tax). Will be doing a FOTD with it in the future. Tickled is a basic reddish stain though, similar to what you'd get from Benetint or MAC's Just a Pinch.

Pleasantry blush is a cool toned pink with great payoff, the shimmer is finer than the recent Grand Duo releases, making it more wearable in my opinion. Comparison swatches of this will be at the bottom of this post.


I also did another swap for MAC Parfait Amour, Shimmermoss eyeshadows, Gracious Me shadestick and also backups of Apricot Pink and Softwash Grey pigments (not pictured)

The eyeshadows are pretty common products so I didn't bother swatching but if you don't own these colours already you should! Parfait Amour is the best purple from MAC in my opinion, its cool toned so anyone can wear it without fear of looking bruised. Shimmermoss is like the teal I've been looking for all my life! It has a veluxe pearl finish, so its way better in terms of colour intensity and shimmer (lol) compared with other MAC shades from the same family like Steamy and Aquadisiac.


And something else I've been lemming after a while - Stila Mandarin Mist. I know this was going for pretty cheap at's sale but at least I didn't have to deal with any shipping/custom fees by swapping for it. Its a pleasant citrus scent, exactly my type of fragrance.


I also bought the Pandamonium quad off a reader who had an extra brand new one :) I actually bought this in March but just haven't had the heart to use it yet! Its just so pretty and rare I just kept it to look at so far, haha :D


Possible alternatives to MAC Pleasantry:

The MAC Pleasantry blush is quite sought after and I've seen people on forums wanting to know whether Love Rock duo is similar to Pleasantry, so here is a comparison.


Also threw in Bourjois's Rose D'or blush to compare:


I'd say that Love Rock has more purple tones compared with Pleasantry, which is more blue toned.

Silk Naturals' also makes a dupe of Pleasantry called Charming, which I bought a sample of back in December:


In the pan they look quite comparable, but because the Silk Naturals one is a powder, it tends to go on stronger. It is also slightly warmer toned than Pleasantry.

Left: Pleasantry, Right: Charming

Thats about it for tonight...I will try to write up more posts for the next few days hopefully if things don't get too busy. Please do take a moment to answer my poll on the top right corner, I would like to know if you prefer to have posts almost everyday or less frequently but with a lot more content. Thank you!

P.S. I am also planning to do a small summer giveaway soon, so stay tuned! :)


Liz said...

I have that Bourjois Rose D'or... my second one I think. :) How do you like it?
Your swatch of Charming looks very similar to the Nars Desire I got... I'll do a swatch after my return so you can compare.

izumi said...

ooo! very nice set of swaps :)

Edna said...

MUA is an awesome site to swap. I'm glad you had some good swaps. Some of my eyeshadows I received were cracked :(

Anonymous said...

Awesome blushes! And I love love love the MAC e/s palette! :)

AskMeWhats said...

I felt bad I missed Pleasantry!!! So I'm on a lookout for dupes :D

Cris said...

Swaps rock ;D ^_^!!!
Rose D'Or is Ashes Of Wallflower, right :o?
I want all the Vintage things ;). Thank God things never sell out here XD...

Anonymous said...

serioulsy...shipping is killer!
plus im still lost on the whole even swapping...
but regardless you have swapped some great things :)
cant wait to hear more about the tarte :P

MiuMiu said...

hehe one day you'll cave and use the pandamonium quad hehe
so much mac!

Cheryl Anne said...

I'm so scared to do a swap at MUA. I've heard so many horror could people be so rude?

Great items. I should check out Charming in my next SN haul. THanks!

Whitney & the full effect said...

pleasantry is sooo gorgeous! one of my all time fav mac blushers!

♡ Nic Nic ♡ said...

great swap!!! all the blushes look so pretty.. i havent even got a mineral blush duo :( you must do a fotd with your new colours!! :D

BTW i only own nail colour from majolica mojorca collection... i dont think their bottles are very good value for a tiny bottle haha, and since i find other brands with similar colours too. I remember the texture being very average. I bought a pink and it had tendency to be streaky. One summer collection colour (the green) I have actually a dupe of and its slightly cheaper!

fuzkittie said...

Hehee pleasantry is the only MAC blush I have! It's pretty~~ :]

prettybeautiful said...

i love the stila mandarin mist too!

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