MAC Fashion Punch, Lots of Laughs, Short & Snappy Lipglasses

MAC Fashion Punch Lipglass

MAC Fashion Punch Lipglass ($10.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a medium peachy-brown with warm undertones and gold pearl. The coverage was semi-opaque, but the creamier finish made this one noticeably settle into lip lines, though it went on evenly (which doesn’t always happen with this type of color or product!). I felt like the shininess of the gloss helped to disguise some of the settling from a normal viewing distance. This shade wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Spanking Haute (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Au Naturelle (P, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Overspiced (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). NARS Instant Crash (LE, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Satisfaction (214) (DC, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Undressed (P) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Sensuel (11) (P, $34.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Fashion Punch (LE, $15.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Lots of Laughs Lipglass ($10.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with warm undertones and a creamy finish. It had good color coverage, though the natural lip color will still peek through, that went on evenly but had a tendency to settle into lip lines. This shade wore well for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. Worth noting, it was more pigmented and darker than its previous release. Sephora Rose Petal (05) (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Light English Red (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Creamsicle (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Tooth (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Sisley Paris Baby (2) (P, $50.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Maple Blondie (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lots of Laughs (LE, $15.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Pink Pivoine (88) (LE, $27.00) is warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Canvas (P, $28.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Hoop (LE, $15.00) is brighter (85% similar). Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Ten (Watercolor) (LE) is darker (85% similar). NYX Sorbet (P, $5.99) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Short & Snappy Lipglass ($10.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark coral-red with fine gold pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly and smoothly. The texture was light-medium in weight, moderately tacky, and comfortable to wear over the six hours it lasted. MAC Truly Everlasting (P, $24.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Dior Wonderland (575) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Hibiscus (P) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Neon Carnival (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) (LE, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Revlon HD Strawberry Topaz (535) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) (LE, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | MAC Little MAC Lipglass ($10.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a miniature-sized version of MAC’s regular Lipglass, so the formula is exactly the same and even includes shades previously released as limited edition. The Lipglass formula is supposed to be pigmented, shiny, and hydrating. I find that pigmentation can range from very sheer to totally opaque from shade to shade–there is a ton of variance–with a light-medium to medium-weight texture that’s thicker, moderately to very tacky, and lasts four to six hours. I don’t mind Lipglass myself, despite the tackiness, but if you loathe sticky glosses, Lipglass is probably not going to be your number one favorite! They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste. For comparison, full-sized MAC Lipglasses are $15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz. or $88.24/fl. oz. while the miniature-sized is $125.00/fl. oz. The smaller size makes the most sense for those who like more variety rather than more product or who do not typically finish a gloss.

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MAC Sized to Go Lipglass Fashion Punch
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
MAC Sized to Go Lipglass Lots of Laughs
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
87%
MAC Sized to Go Lipglass Short & Snappy
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
91%

Makeup Geek Puppy Love Blush

Makeup Geek Puppy Love Blush

Makeup Geek Puppy Love Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium mauve-y brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Cinematic (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Seduce (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). This blush was very pigmented, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, but it wasn’t dusty or powdery, so it didn’t sheer out immediately upon being blended. It was easy to maneuver and diffuse the edges of the blush on the skin for a very blended look. This shade wore well for just over eight hours on me before I noticed slight fading.

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Makeup Geek Blush Puppy Love
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%

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Make Up For Ever M402, M500, M501 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly without emphasizing the texture of my lips too much. The color wore well for over six hours and left a stain behind, while the formula felt lightly drying after four and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop TGIF (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Studded Kiss (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). NARS Infatuated Red (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam I (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Consuming Red (P, $25.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS VIP Red (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Swamp Family (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is lighter (85% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Bae (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M500 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage with a lightly velvety consistency that glided on without tugging and distributed color evenly. The formula felt somewhat drying after four and a half hours, while the color lasted for nearly seven hours and left behind a strong, reddish stain. Colour Pop Chateau (P, $5.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Sin (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Manbun (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Growl (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark berry with pinky undertones and a semi-matte finish. Oddly, the lipstick had an iridescent green sheen to it (in the same way some of Urban Decay’s matte Vice lipsticks had!) but doesn’t actually have shimmer. It’s hard to find true matte berry-hued lipsticks, from my experience, as there aren’t too many dupes for this one. It had a smooth, velvety texture that didn’t tug as it applied, and it laid down color evenly. The consistency wasn’t as flat-matte as it could have been, but I think that helped it be more forgiving when applied. This shade wore nicely for over six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Smashbox Femme Fatale (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Oh Lady (P, $20.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Smashbox Jam On It (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Acai (LE, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be long-wearing, “extremely pigmented,” and hydrating. It is available in two finishes–Cream and Matte, indicated by the C or M in the beginning of each shade’s name. The Cream formula is richly pigmented, lightly creamy without being too emollient or slippery, and go on smoothly and feel good while worn (wear ranges from four to eight hours, depending on the shade). The Matte formula is thinner and clings somewhat to lips, though it goes on nicely and doesn’t tug, and it doesn’t always look flattering on as it can emphasize imperfections on my lips but really depends on the shade, as some look great on. I found the Cream formula to be moderately hydrating, while the Matte formula was slightly to moderately drying. All shades had a slight, rosy scent to them, though I didn’t notice any taste.

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Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M402
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
91%
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M500
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
92%
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M501
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
93%

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows (Fall 2016)

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a “new,” limited edition formula available in six shades for fall. NARS’ has used the term “Hardwired Eyeshadow” before, though they were more like typical powder eyeshadows and several were matte, and then two of the six shades (Outer Limits and Stud) were released in previous seasonal collections as regular eyeshadows (but were quite different from NARS’ standard powder formula!). NARS’ describes this formula as “high-pigment,” “high-shine,” and long-wearing. It’s a pressed eyeshadow with a high amount of metallic shine and reflective sparkle. The six in the launch are very similar in feel and application, and the two repeated shades are similar to their original launches (Outer Limits was a little lighter/less pigmented to me). The formula compares to MAC Pressed Pigments and Urban Decay Moondusts; they have similar almost-wet, smooth texture with lots of sparkle and shine but adhere better and have less fall out than traditional glitter/sparkle eyeshadows. NARS’ formula is semi-opaque to opaque with sparkle that varies from finer and smoother (like the latter three) to larger, chunkier, and looser, so the wear varies from minimal to moderate fall out.

NARS Earthshine Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light rose with warm undertones and larger, chunky dark pink and lighter pink sparkle and glitter over a metallic finish. It seemed to have a greenish shift in the pan, but I couldn’t find it when I swatched it (I felt like a contortionist trying to angle my arm to find it!). The texture of this one was noticeably sparkly, so it wasn’t as smooth or as refined, which made for messier application and definite fall out while worn. I think it performs better with even a damp brush, but this is one I’d still feel compelled to use with an adhesive base. The base color was semi-opaque and fairly blendable on the skin, and I didn’t have any creasing with this shade, just slight fading, but there was moderate fall out after eight hours. Too Faced Mauvelous (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). YSL Paris #3 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Provocateur (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced The Strip (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Glitterrock (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC In My Element (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Specter (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Sweet Acting (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Free Hug (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek Halo (P, $12.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Lunar Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium lavender with warm undertones and lavender and rose sparkle. This is supposed to be a new shade, but I found it very, very similar to the right side of a duo released previously, just a bit lighter and less metallic (the difference minute enough to be credited to normal variation). It had opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly, and it blended out fairly well, though some of the reflects pull from the base color when blended. It wore well for eight hours with light fall out. NARS Parallel Universe (Right) (LE, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blacklight (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Tonic (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Outer Limits Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium orange with warm undertones and pink and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly loose consistency, where some of the glittery bits separated from the base so it can be messier to use and has moderate fall out over time. It did not seem quite as loose as the original released, but it also appeared lighter and a bit less pigmented. The base color lasted for eight hours before creasing slightly. Burberry Shell (003) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sphinx (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Outer Limits (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Tea Party (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Flipper (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Earthshine
C
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
6.5
Application
4
Total
76%
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Lunar
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
88%
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Outer Limits
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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