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Urban Decay Amulet, Studded, Conspiracy Vice Liquid Lipsticks

01/07

Urban Decay Amulet Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Amulet Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Amulet Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Amulet Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Amulet Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Amulet Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Amulet Vice Liquid Lipstick

Amulet

Urban Decay Amulet Vice Liquid Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic, “matte” finish. There was a sheen, but there was still the illusion of a more matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one layer, and it could be made opaque with a second coat. The consistency was smooth, thin without being watery, and covered very evenly and smoothly. This one was one of the better shades for coverage and application, but it never, ever fully dried down. It took about three minutes for it to mostly dry down, but it remained a little tacky and began breaking down after four and a half hours of wear. The formula was non-drying on me.

The Vice Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to be “intensely pigmented” with “complete coverage in one coat” and “nondrying wear” that is “comfortable” and “waterproof.” The majority of the Metallized shades are not even close to one-coat coverage–maybe three or four or coats!–and did not layer evenly, plus they had a tendency to lose sparkle/glitter through wear. Whenever a shade wasn’t opaque in one coat, it often looked streaky or uneven. There were some shades that had fantastic, one-coat coverage, while others featured more medium, buildable coverage but several applied uneven, patchy, and didn’t level or improve after drying down even with a second layer.

The consistency of the formula was smooth, lightweight, and comfortable to apply, but the dry down was lengthy and some shades never fully felt dry (instead, lightly tacky). There was a learning curve to applying and wearing these, too, as they were unforgiving if you accidentally press your lips together before the formula has dried down–the formula is quite tacky as it dries down and pressed lips together results in color lifting away. The wear varied from shade to shade (and between finishes) from four to eight hours, and so far, most were true to the nondrying claim, at least. I didn’t notice any scent or taste with them. They were difficult to remove compared to most products; I had the best luck saturating a cotton pad with eye or lip makeup remover (Neutrogena, Lancome, Shiseido, etc.), yet curiously were not that long-wearing on me (relative to liquid lipsticks)–they seemed to develop a little tackiness with any meal or drink (even just water) and degraded from there. Overall, the formula was extremely disappointing after the successful Vice lipstick launch last year.

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Amulet
Amulet
Amulet
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Lancome Purple Onyx, Cuivre Casting, Mirrored Nude Le Metallique Lip Lacquers

01/06

Lancome Purple Onyx (07) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Lancome Purple Onyx (07) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Lancome Purple Onyx (07) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Lancome Purple Onyx (07) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Lancome Purple Onyx (07) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Lancome Purple Onyx (07) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Purple Onyx (07)

Lancome Purple Onyx (07) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer ($22.00 for 0.10 fl. oz.) is a blackened plum with fine gold, violet, and burgundy pearl. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it did not apply well–it was uneven and all of the color pooled into my lip lines. The gloss still had a tackier, thicker texture, though it was long-wearing at five and a half hours. It was hydrating and comfortable to wear, at least.

The Le Metallique formula is supposed to have “full-coverage” with a “rich, creamy texture” that is hydrating and long-wearing. First and foremost, if you do not like tacky gloss, you’ll want to stay far away from these; the formula is very tacky and is a thicker, denser formula. They are longer wearing as a result, though, and most shades fell within four to six hours of wear for me and retain a really high-shine, high-gloss finish that almost looks wet and lasts throughout the wear time. Most shades were semi-opaque to opaque, but as the formula was thicker, I would hesitate to add more product to get more coverage. They seemed to have no discernible scent or taste to me.

Lancome Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer Purple Onyx (07)

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MAC Ice Follies & It’s a Great Feeling Crystal Glaze Glosses

01/08

MAC Ice Follies Crystal Glaze Gloss

MAC Ice Follies Crystal Glaze Gloss

MAC Ice Follies Crystal Glaze Gloss

MAC Ice Follies Crystal Glaze Gloss

MAC Ice Follies Crystal Glaze Gloss

MAC Ice Follies Crystal Glaze Gloss

MAC Ice Follies Crystal Glaze Gloss

MAC Ice Follies Crystal Glaze Gloss

Ice Follies

MAC Ice Follies Crystal Glaze Gloss ($21.00 for 0.41 oz.) is a a sheer, golden base with pink and blue pearl. This particular shade was described as sheer, though it was so sheer that I’d consider it more like translucent with sheer pearl coverage.

The Crystal Glaze Gloss formula is supposed to be an “ultra-moisturizing gloss” that has “an intense, glossy shine.” The texture was soft, smooth, and almost jelly-like–but denser and not quite as slippery. It felt balm-like on the lips and had no tackiness at all (completely unlike most of their gloss formulas) and had a very light vanilla scent. The glossiness lasted for two and a half hours, but it was very hydrating while worn.

MAC Crystal Glaze Gloss Ice Follies
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC Moons of Saturn Full Face Kit

01/06

MAC Moons of Saturn Full Face Kit

MAC Moons of Saturn Full Face Kit

MAC Moons of Saturn Full Face Kit

MAC Moons of Saturn Full Face Kit

MAC Moons of Saturn Full Face Kit

MAC Moons of Saturn Full Face Kit

Moons of Saturn

MAC Moons of Saturn Full Face Kit ($40.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes two Cream Colour Bases and one Sculpting Powder. The Cream Colour Base formula is supposed to have sheer, buildable coverage with a dewy finish that lasts for “eight hours on face and body” and has “lasting wear for hours on eyes. I tend to prefer Cream Colour Bases on cheeks for better wear and application, but for use on eyes, they’re best used as an all-over wash of color or on the brow bone to add shine. I think this particular kit worked well together, though I’m expecting that the more orange-toned powder to be less-than-ideal for many as it is very warm and orange.

MAC Full Face Kit Moons of Saturn
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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