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MAC Spanking Haute, Tuned In, Hyper-Fabulous Vamplify Lipglosses

MAC Spanking Haute Vamplify Lipgloss

MAC Spanking Haute Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “pinky nude.” It’s a light-medium, pink-tinged peach with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a comfortable-to-wear formula but uneven coverage that was prone to appearing streaky on. It’s not the worst offender I’ve come across, but it has a messy to look to it without a lipstick or liner underneath it. On me, this shade wore for four hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Overspiced (LE, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Sephora Collection Perfect Nude (04) (P, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC 2N (LE, $15.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Sensuel (11) (P, $34.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). NYX Tres Leches (P, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Giza (P, $26.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Tuned In Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rosy nude.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm gold pearl. It had mostly opaque coverage, while the consistency was very smooth and lightweight. The color applied evenly and didn’t settle into lip lines as it wore on. For me, this gloss stayed on well for five hours and was nicely hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Love Drunk (320) (P, $28.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Liqueur (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Chocolate Crepe (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Looks Like Sin (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Audace (20) (LE, $34.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Hyper-Fabulous Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “mauvey brown.” It’s a muted, dark plummy brown with subtle, warm undertones and very fine lavender pearl. In the tube, it looked rather close to Tuned In, but this shade is definitely darker and doesn’t appear as warm as it doesn’t have all the gold shimmer. It was nearly opaque with a lightweight, spreadable consistency that sat well on the lips for the five hours it lasted. The formula applied evenly and smoothly, while it hydrated lips over time. MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Madame Fascine (863) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Chanel Intrigue (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Love Drunk (320) (P, $28.00) is lighter (80% similar). Chanel Audace (20) (LE, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | MAC Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is supposed to have intense, vivid color paired with a moisturizing, glossy, long-wearing formula. Some shades are very pigmented while others are semi-opaque, and some shades apply evenly while others are more streaky. They have a light-medium thick consistency that’s not heavy or goopy, but it’s not really thin; however, they’re really smooth and creamy, so they feel nice on. There’s no tackiness initially, and it feels a lot like lip balm to me–soft, smooth, and my lips felt supple. I find they develop light to moderate tackiness as they wear on. They wear anywhere from three to five hours and are lightly to moderately hydrating over time. The formula has strong, vanilla scent (stronger than their lipsticks; I can smell it for a bit even when it is applied, not just in the tube) but no discernible taste.

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MAC Vamplify Lipgloss Spanking Haute
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
81%
MAC Vamplify Lipgloss Tuned In
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
92%
MAC Vamplify Lipgloss Hyper-Fabulous
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
94%

ColourPop Intoxicate & Jet Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop Intoxicate Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Intoxicate Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “caramel brown.” It’s a medium-dark, yellowed brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and creamy consistency that blended out nicely on the skin without sheering out. I had no issues applying it with a brush (MAC 242), but you can also use fingertips if you prefer. It wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Nude #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Mumu (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Beware (P, $18.00) is more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Givenchy Delicate #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Outre (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #4 (P) is warmer (85% similar). Lancome Sante (P, $19.00) is lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Desire (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Brownluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Jet Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “almost black with the slightest hint of warmth.” It’s a blackened purple with warm, brown edges and a mostly matte finish. It had fairly opaque pigmentation with a smooth consistency that wasn’t wet to the touch, but it wasn’t dry or stiff to use. It does have a tendency to sheer out a bit along the edges and looks more maroon than black unless really layered. The color lasted for ten hours before I noticed any fading. theBalm Matt Batali (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Shadowy Lady (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Straight Trippin' (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Bombshell (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Glamorous (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #5 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Aubergine (P) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Spellcaster (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Jungle Love (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Both of these shades were released a few months ago, and they are limited edition–they fell through the “cracks” so-to-speak when it came to reviewing in a more timely fashion but are still available, so lucky for me :)

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Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Intoxicate
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
97%
Limited Edition
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Jet
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
90%
Limited Edition

Milani Desire & Romance Amore Matte Lip Cremes

Milani Desire Amore Matte Lip Creme

Milani Desire Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a smooth, matte finish. It was intensely pigmented and applied with even coverage, though the more liquid-y consistency does make it a little harder to maneuver around the edges. As always, I recommend trying to remove excess product from the applicator or using a lip brush to make it easier to apply. It wore well for eight hours with minimal fading and was a little drying after seven hours. Colour Pop Succulent (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is glossier (95% similar). Hourglass Raven (P, $28.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Underage Red (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Maneater (P, $24.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Tijuana (P, $21.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Milani Romance Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep red.” It’s a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation but a translucency to it–you could see my lip freckle coming through–but doesn’t look streaky, which was a surprise. It had a softer look to it than some liquid matte lipsticks do as a result. It wore for six and a half hours and left a stain behind, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Charlotte (LE, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Victoriana (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a new, limited edition liquid lipstick that dries to a matte finish. You’ll mostly find them at your local drugstore (I got mine from Walgreens), but they are available online as well through Milani directly. These have a very thin, liquid-y consistency–they easily get outside the lines and in general, the applicator can apply far more than you need, so I highly recommend a little patience and maybe using a lip brush (if you can) to apply and get really precise, neat lines. The formula has a longer dry down–about five to ten minutes before you can press your lips together–and gets very tacky after two minutes or so (do NOT! press your lips together or else you will lift color in large patches!). They’re one of the lesser drying liquid lipsticks I’ve come across (but these did get a bit drying after four to six hours of continuous wear), and they are long-wearing and pigmented. They have a moderately strong sweet, vanilla scent.

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Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme Desire
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
92%
Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme Romance
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
90%

5 Faves: Autumn-Inspired Eyeshadows (Warm-Toned Edition)

One of my favorite color combinations is a very “fall” eye with coppers and rich browns, and I love to add purple or burgundy to that mix for darkening and keeping the look from looking too warm-toned. Here are my favorites:

  1. ARDENCY INN Rose Gold — a pinky-copper
  2. MAC Amber Lights — copper
  3. Make Up For Ever I824 — a rosy pink
  4. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear — a warm, medium-dark brown
  5. Make Up For Ever ME828 — deepened burgundy

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MAC Fleur Power Blush

MAC Fleur Power Blush

MAC Fleur Power Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “soft bright pinkish-coral [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Hipness (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Fleur Power had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a somewhat powdery consistency, even though it felt very fine and smooth to the touch. The color blended out nicely on the skin, and the color looked even with a natural matte finish that didn’t read flat but wasn’t shimmery or shiny either. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

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MAC Powder Blush Fleur Power
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
82%