Lipstick Comparisons: $13 to $25 (Part 2)


Lipstick Comparisons: $13 to $25 (Part 2)

In this price range, lipsticks tend to be more pigmented, have less synthetic scents, and wear an average of four hours. I’m not typically disappointed beyond belief with a lipstick formula in this price range. Brands from MAC to NARS to Smashbox fall into this price tier, while designer brands like Chanel, Dior, and YSL are in the next tier. There are really SO many brands and formulas to choose from in this category that I had to split this post into two parts!

MAC Lipstick ($14.50)

  • PROS: Ridiculously large shade range, variety of finishes, wears from 3 to 6 hours (depends on finish/shade)
  • NEUTRAL: 0.10 oz., Depending on finish, shades range from sheer to opaque; similarly, more matte shades are drier while lustre shades are more moisturizing, vanilla-scented
  • CONS: If you’re not familiar with the MAC range and finishes, it can be overwhelming and difficult to choose the right shade; not all shades are great or consistent against other shades within a finish family
  • MY REC: I like MAC lipsticks quite a bit. I think they have some incredibly flattering shades as well as fun colors in their permanent line, but without having some MAC product knowledge, I can imagine it being daunting trying to figure out which shade is opaque, which is sheer, what finish might be best, and so on. There is a lot of variance between shades and even within finishes. Lustres and glazes tend to be sheerer, while amplified cremes and satins are creamier and more opaque. Mattes are on the drier side with some being exceptionally so (Ruby Woo, I’m talking to you).

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick ($19.00)

  • PROS: Long-wearing (5 to 6 hours on average), pigmented, wide range of shades
  • NEUTRAL: 0.12 oz., range includes wearable shades as well as out of the box shades, scent0free
  • CONS: Shades are a bit one-note, texture is a little dry (but it’s not drying)
  • MY REC: If you have pigmented lips and struggle to find true-to-tube color translate onto your lips, Rouge Artist Intense is a good line to try out, because the colors really are opaque.

NARS Lipstick ($24.00)

  • PROS: Long-wearing (4 to 6 hours on average), moisturizing, creamy, good shade range
  • NEUTRAL: 0.12 oz., scent-free, some really sheer shades while others are opaque
  • CONS: Can smell waxy, lighter/sheerer shades fade in 1 to 3 hours
  • MY REC: Though NARS’ lipsticks are unscented, sometimes the waxiness of the lipstick itself comes through, and it’s not so pleasant. It’s a more moisturizing lipstick than your average lipstick, though if you have ultra dry lips, you may still want to prep lips with some balm. I’ve also found that their sheerer or lighter shades don’t last nearly as long as their medium to dark shades.

Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick ($25.00)

  • PROS: Creamy, moisturizing, glossy, semi-sheer to opaque, wears 2 to 4 hours, good shade range
  • NEUTRAL: 0.14 oz., scent-free
  • CONS: Numbering system can make it difficult to determine colors
  • MY REC: I feel like I rarely see mentions for Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge lipstick line, and it’s really a top notch line. They’re creamy, smooth, and richly pigmented.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick ($22.00)

  • PROS: Creamy, glossy, moisturizing, semi-opaque to opaque colors, wears 3 to 4 hours
  • NEUTRAL: 0.12 oz., vanilla-scented
  • CONS: Limited shade range
  • MY REC: It’s a shame that Smashbox doesn’t expand their lipstick range, because I’ve liked several of the ones I’ve tried from it–but there just aren’t many colors available. These are moisturizing with a glossy finish and creamy texture. Similar to Laura Mercier Stick Gloss and Korres Mango Butters.

Urban Decay Lipstick ($22.00)

  • PROS: Creamy, moisturizing, wears 3 to 5 hours
  • NEUTRAL: 0.13 oz., burnt sugar scent (“caramel” or “creme brulee”)
  • CONS: Sheer to opaque variances make it difficult to buy online or sight unseen, sometimes has an off-taste
  • MY REC: I know that one of the biggest drawbacks to Urban Decay is inconsistency in the scent and taste of their lipsticks. The more shimmery shades seem to have a stronger averse taste than creamier shades. I don’t notice the scent when I wear them, so it’s not a deal breaker for me.

The Lipstick Comparisons series is designed to provide a quick reference summary sheet for some of the many available lipstick formulas. It seems like most brands have at least a couple of formulas, if not half a dozen, and it can be difficult to find the formulas that will work best for your budget, coloring, style, or taste.

This is not necessarily a best of list, and it’s not exhaustive–it is based on actual lipsticks that I’ve tried; they are all, however, decent to excellent lipsticks. (And perhaps, some day, it will be an exhaustive list.) I have summarized my experience based on pros and cons, but also some “neutral” factors that may be pros or cons, depending on your preferences. I will update this series as I try new lipstick formulas.

MAC Plumful Lipstick

MAC Plumful Lipstick
MAC Plumful Lipstick

Maybe Not Sultry, But Still Pretty

MAC Plumful Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted medium pink with a touch of plum, which gives it a slightly darker overall appearance. It has a lustre finish, but it delivers a surprising amount of color pay off (semi-opaque). I originally bought this to use in the Sultry Season, but it’s just not vampy and dark and sultry enough for that purpose! However, it is a gorgeous shade of pink without being milky, candy, or bright. I think it’s very wearable for both cooler and warmer skin tones, though it leans slightly cool. I don’t know how I went this long without Plumful in my stash!

Lustre finishes are supposed to be more moisturizing but can be somewhat drying (but Plumful wasn’t), but they’re often on the sheerer side; I’m happy that Plumful isn’t, just because some of the lustre shades barely show up at all. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste. I typically get four hours of wear out of MAC lipsticks, with some of the darker shades going as long as five.

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MAC Venomous Villains: Discussion #2

MAC Venomous Villains: It’s Here

According to MAC LiveChat (which I did both at 9AM PST and noon PST), Venomous Villains will launch TODAY online at 6PM EST (that’s 3PM PST, 5PM CST) NOW UP 🙂  The consistency in which this is being said gives me hope that it is true, and I’ll be sure to keep you updated with links as they go live.

  • Edited @ 3:17PM PST — Readers are reporting that they’re being told (via MAC reps, either phone or online): “tomorrow morning,” “tonight,” and “midnight.”   I did a LiveChat myself, and they’re now reporting “sometime tonight” and saying “it’s scheduled to launch online tonight.”
  • Edited @ 3:19PM PST — “The collection was actually scheduled to launch Tues (tomorrow), but we are doing an earlier launch tonight due to the demand. I wish I had a better time frame for you, but at this time we can’t make any promises. I just know it will be tonight.”
  • Edited @ 4:01PM PST — COLLECTION IS UP MY LOVES! <3  Direct links below or else search by product name.
  • Edited @ 12:41PM PST (9/28):  Macy’s has Venomous Villains up! 🙂  You can search or go to Beauty > MAC > Venomous Villains.
  • Edited @ 4:05AM PST (9/29): Nordstrom’s has Venomous Villains up!  (The link will take you straight to the collection page.)

VENOMOUS VILLAINS HAS LAUNCHED ONLINE!

The landing page hasn’t been created, but below are direct links to each character’s collection for purchase.  Otherwise, you can search by product name, too.

  • Cruella (Innocence, Beware! @ 8:00AM PST; Wicked Ways @ 10:00AM PST are sold out)
  • Evil Queen (Toxic Tale @ 10PM PST; Strange Potion @ 9PM PST; Bite of an Apple @ 9PM PST, Oh So Fair @ 3:00AM PST are all sold out)
  • Dr. Facilier
  • Maleficent (Bad Fairy @ 9PM PST, Briar Rose @ 10AM PST; Revenge is Sweet, Formidable! and both MES  are all sold out)

Tips & Tricks

  • Make sure you have your log-in information/personal profile up-to-date.  Have your payment method handy or else already on-file.
  • Have your list ready in advance, that way you can add everything quickly.  Just because it’s in your cart doesn’t mean it’s yours.
  • Make two orders — order everything you must have or items you think are going to sell out quickest the first time, and then make your second order more leisurely or for items you want to think about for a bit.
  • IT IS JUST MAKEUP.  I know, I get it, part of the fun is the chase, but it is just makeup, so let the chase be fun, not heartbreaking.
  • If something sells out or you’re not able to get to the website right when it launches, the collection will also be available through retailers like Dillard’s, Macy’s, and Nordstrom.  I asked @nordstrom this morning, and they are reporting in-store and online launch for the 30th.

Free shipping codes:  Looks like the free shipping code VILLAINS is active and working, but you can also use CS106LIVECHAT (which any can get by doing a LiveChat).

References

Free free to chat with other Venomous Villains cyber-stalkers, share your hauls (when you make them), and shoot the breeze while we wait.

<ul>
<li><a href=”http://www.maccosmetics.com/whats_new/3880/index.tmpl” target=”_blank”><strong>Cruella</strong></a></li>
<li><a href=”http://www.maccosmetics.com/whats_new/3882/index.tmpl” target=”_blank”><strong>Evil Queen</strong></a></li>
<li><a href=”http://www.maccosmetics.com/whats_new/3881/index.tmpl” target=”_blank”><strong>Dr. Facilier</strong></a></li>
<li><a href=”http://www.maccosmetics.com/whats_new/3883/index.tmpl” target=”_blank”><strong>Maleficent</strong></a></li>
</ul>

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection for Holiday 2010

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection for Holiday 2010

U.S. Launch Date: October 28th, 2010 for Colour & Palettes; November 4th for Mini Sets

MAC’s holiday collection is always an expansive, kill-your-wallet-and-take-no-names kind of adventure. It includes a color collection as well as holiday kits, palettes, and sets.  

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Cut-a-Caper Mid-tone peachy pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • The Faerie Glen Pale neutral pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Deepest Wish Deep creamy red-brown (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
  • Full Fuchsia Bright blue fuchsia (Amplified) (Permanent at PRO)
  • Courting Lilac Sheer lilac mauve with soft gold pearl (Glaze) (Limited Edition)

Dazzleglass Creme ($18.00 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Radiant Jewels Dark sparkly magenta (Limited Edition)
  • Soft Dazzle Mid-tone peach pink with gold pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Dazzleglass Creme, ’09)
  • Passing Fancy Bright orange coral with soft pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Lightly Prancing Light peach with gold pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Romancin’ Mid-tone lavender with multi-dimensional pearl (Limited Edition)

Eyeshadow ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

Each eyeshadow has a plaid pattern imprinted on the eyeshadow and is similar in size to Mineralize Eyeshadows.

  • Golden Crown Light gold with bronze Tartan striping (Limited Edition)
  • A Wish Come True Dirty mauve with bubblegum pink Tartan striping (Limited Edition)
  • Follow Your Fantay Mid-tone peach with chocolate Tartan striping (Limited Edition)
  • Enviably Fun Grass green with dark green Tartan striping (Limited Edition)
  • Semi-Precious Aubergine with chocolate Tartan striping (Limited Edition)
  • Glamora Castle Dark grey with teal Tartan striping (Limited Edition)

Pigment ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Later Black with transforming purple pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Alice + Olivia)
  • Moonlight Night Blackened teal with teal pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • The Family Crest Blackened bronze with pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Petrol Blue Deep navy with pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Black Line Black with gold pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Undercurrent Teal with pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Black Swan Black with pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Lord It Up Bronze with pearl (Limited Edition)

Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)

  • Her Blooming Cheek Bright iridescent blue-pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • My Highland Honey Bright coral with soft gold pearl (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($13.00 U.S. / $15.00 CDN)

  • Sly as a Fox Creamy mid-tone russet/burnt red (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Style Clan Dark taupe with red pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

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MAC Venomous Villains: MAC PRO Members

MAC Venomous Villains: MAC PRO Members

Several readers have emailed me reporting that if you’re a MAC PRO member, you can purchase Venomous Villains products online.   I don’t know if any orders have gone through or if this changes when it will be online for the rest of customers – but this is the information I’ve received from readers thus far.  If you’ve ordered or seen your order ship, do let me know!

Thanks to all the lovely readers who sent over screenshots for us! 🙂