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MAC Betty Bright Lipstick (Archie’s Girls)

MAC Betty Bright Lipstick
MAC Betty Bright Lipstick

MAC Betty Bright Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light vibrant peach” with a satin finish. Peach, not so much, but pinky-coral? Yes, I see that. It’s a warm, pink-coral with a creamy, natural finish. MAC Cut a Caper is more subdued. MAC Watch Me Simmer is much darker and brighter. Lancome Chris & Tell is more orange. NYX Stella is pinker. MAC Ever Hip is more muted. Bobbi Brown Pink is darker and slightly pinker.  I think MAC Costa Chic may be a little darker and shimmery.

It delivered full, opaque color coverage, and it was creamy with enough slip to apply to the lips without pulling or dragging, but it didn’t move too much once on. Because it is a lighter cream, pressing lips together can create some demarcation to be careful not to over-apply.  It wore for four and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating (on par with my experience of satin-finished lipsticks by MAC).

MAC Lipstick Betty Bright
Betty Bright
Betty Bright
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Ronnie Red Lipstick (Archie’s Girls)

MAC Ronnie Red Lipstick
MAC Ronnie Red Lipstick

MAC Ronnie Red Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright red” with a matte finish. It’s a brightened pink-red with blue undertones and a modern matte finish. Dior Marilyn is a touch pinker. MAC Absolute Power is a smidgen darker. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is also a touch darker. NARS Dragon Girl is cooler-toned and more matte.

This is an incredibly long-wearing red; even by red lipstick standards. It wore six hours and was still going strong, and that was after a cup of (bedtime) tea and dinner. Ronnie Red had no plans on going anywhere any time soon! When I removed it, there was quite a bit of staining left behind and some of it persisted even into early morning. Long, long-wearing.

It was very comfortable to wear, too; not at all drying, and I didn’t feel like my lips were dehydrated after the six hours I wore it for. It is fully pigmented with opaque color coverage. I didn’t experience any bleeding or feathering while I wore it. The texture is creamy enough to enable one-stroke color payoff and maneuver across the lips without pulling or dragging, but it doesn’t have a lot of slip, so it won’t move around once you’ve applied it.  The only “downside” is that it’s a red that we’ve seen before and by MAC, to boot, in the past few months.

MAC Lipstick Ronnie Red
Ronnie Red
Ronnie Red
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

MAC Lucky In Love Pigment (Archie’s Girls)

MAC Lucky In Love Pigment
MAC Lucky In Love Pigment

MAC Lucky In Love Pigment ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “shimmering light blue green” with a frost finish. It’s a subdued aqua-green with a moderate frost finish and subtle metallic sheen. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #2 is greener and darker. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #3 is darker. MAC Sweet & Sour is darker and greener–plus it has a gold shimmer/sheen. Make Up For Ever #302 is darker.

It’s nowhere near as frosted/metallic as Cheers My Dear, so it is more wearable across skin types, since it won’t emphasize any texture of the natural lid like a super frost can. The texture is nice; soft, finely-milled, and it applied smoothly on the skin. The real problem with this shade was it wasn’t as pigmented as the other shades–it was somewhat sheer dry and then still a bit sheer even when applied wet/damp. I typically get around eight hours of wear with MAC’s pigments and only see some slight fading (no primer).

MAC Pigment Lucky in Love
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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MAC Cheers My Dear Pigment (Archie’s Girls)

MAC Cheers My Dear Pigment
MAC Cheers My Dear Pigment

MAC Cheers My Dear Pigment ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “light lavender” with a frost finish. It’s a bright, lilac pink with a frosted, white metallic sheen. MAC Amethyst is more glittery and pinker. MAC Light Violet is purpler and chunkier. theBalm Curtain Call is much less metallic/frosted.

This shade is incredibly frosted and metallic–even when applied dry, the metallic finish is very pronounced. Anything with this much frost/metallic content can have a tendency to look crepe-y on lids, and this one definitely did some of that, but it wasn’t too noticeable, because it smoothed out well and didn’t cake up in places. Similarly, because it has a lot of reflection, it looks lighter applied than it does in the container.  Cheers My Dear was rather pigmented both dry and wet, though it was pinker when applied dry.  It binds together well, so it adheres better to the lid without a primer.  I typically see eight hours of wear with minor fading with MAC’s pigments.

MAC Pigment Cheers My Dear
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

MAC Magic Spells Pigment (Archie’s Girls)

MAC Magic Spells Pigment
MAC Magic Spells Pigment

MAC Magic Spells Pigment ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “blackened teal” with a frost finish. It’s a greenish-teal-tinged black with a frosted, shimmery finish. It has a mostly matte, black base and then it has that dark green-teal shimmer/frost. Urban Decay Loaded is similar but not as black. bareMinerals Max Volume is a bit lighter and less black-based. OCC Poison is greener and lighter.

The underlying matte black base is a little chalky when it’s used dry, but it does come together better when used wet.  It had a tendency to look rather black most of the time, especially the more it is blended out. I wish there was a little more teal in the overall color, because then it would appear as interesting on as it looks in the bottle.  It has plenty of pigment (and some to spare!), and it was a nice touch that MAC decorated the bottle, too (unlike the nail lacquers, which just have white caps).

I didn’t get a chance to test the wear of this shade, but I have tested many MAC pigments (including two just recently that have a similar texture) in the past, and the wear is usually around eight hours with minor fading (no primer).  This shade could be used wet or dry, but you’ll get more nuance out of it if you apply it damp.

MAC Pigment Magic Spells
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

MAC Black Poodle Pigment (Archie’s Girls)

MAC Black Poodle Pigment
MAC Black Poodle Pigment

MAC Black Poodle Pigment ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “blackened pink.” It’s a matte, blue-based black base with a purple-burgundy shimmer sprinkled throughout. MAC Beauty Marked is warmer. MAC Young Punk has more purple shimmer, so it appears purpler overall. Giorgio Armani #2 has more red and purple shimmer, but it has a very deep base, too.

Used dry, the chalkiness of the matte black base comes through, but when used wet, it has a much smoother, richer appearance and holds together better. It’s finely-milled and soft to the touch, but on the skin, it is difficult to blend out, whether used dry or damp.  It sticks better damp, but it can be difficult to diffuse the edges; I recommend applying the majority damp, then using a bit of it dry to diffuse.  I have not had a chance to test the wear of this particular shade, but generally, pigments with this kind of texture and color wear around eight hours with minor fading (no primer).

MAC Pigment Black Poodle
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

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