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5 Gorgeous Lipsticks for Autumn (2013 Edition)

From blushes to lipsticks, I have my personal five favorites for fall lip color! This idea is courtesy of readers Maribel, Sara, Shahnaz, Camille, and Rebecca, who all wanted to see some great shades for autumn. As always, I look forward to hearing about your top five!

  1. NARS Train Bleu — matte, purple berry
  2. Burberry Bright Plum — bright, bold berry-pink
  3. MAC Endless Drama — deep red
  4. Buxom Runaway — rusty plum
  5. Urban Decay Venom — shimmering berry

What are your top five fall lip colors?

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OCC Anita & Sebastian Lip Tars

OCC Anita Lip Tar
OCC Anita Lip Tar

OCC Anita Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “browned burgundy.” It’s a deep, dark brown with reddish-burgundy undertones; it seems more brown than burgundy to me, but it is certainly a mix of the two. It’s incredibly pigmented, and as is par for the formula, a little goes a very, very long way. It seemed slightly thinner than other Lip Tars, so it was more unforgiving during application.   This shade lasted eight hours on me and continued to linger on as a stain for another two. OCC Black Metal Dahlia is lighter, more cool-toned, less brown. Urban Decay Shame is brighter, redder. MAC Soulfully Rich and MAC Prince Noir are cooler-toned. MAC Chestnut is browner, less red. OCC Black Dahlia is cooler-toned, less brown. See comparison swatches.

Sebastian Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “plum-toned taupe.” It’s exactly that: a mix of gray and beige with a hint of plum. It had opaque color coverage, and again, a little went a long way. It’s certainly an interesting and more unique color (I couldn’t think of any dupes for it, though that doesn’t mean there isn’t something else like it out there–feel free to chime in with a dupe if you have one!). Sebastian wore well for seven hours but didn’t leave behind a stain (which wasn’t surprising, as it is lighter hue).

Both shades will launch at Sephora on August 27th.

P.S. — Please keep an open mind. Just because you don’t like the color(s) or don’t see the point in them, doesn’t mean someone else doesn’t. One person’s everyday color is another person’s once in a blue moon shade–and vice versa. Please be respectful when sharing your opinion. Not liking it on you is one thing, telling others they’re ugly if they wear it is quite different.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Anita
Anita
Anita
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Sebastian
Sebastian
Sebastian
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Top 5 Blushes for Autumn (2013 Edition)

With fall coming around the corner, reader Maribel’s suggestion for a top five on blush picks for fall was spot-on! In this list, I wanted a good variety in color, not just a bunch of plums. I thought about the colors we tend to see more often during fall, like berries, plums, and burgundies, but not just on cheeks but lips, too. When I wear a stronger lip, I like pairing it with cool pinks or neutral browns/beiges, so cheeks can still have color and definition but not too much color.

  1. NARS Dolce Vita — medium-dark, rosy plum with a satin finish
  2. Burberry Earthy — satin-finished medium brown-beige
  3. Chanel Inspiration — slightly cool-toned, light-medium pink
  4. MAC Ambering Rose — warm, rusty plum
  5. NARS Oasis — shimmering plum

What’s your favorite blush for fall?

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Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder

Benefit Rockateur Box o' Powder
Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder

Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder ($28.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “rose gold.” Rose gold is a fairly apt way to describe it; it’s a mix of pink, beige, and brown with slight warm undertones and a satiny shimmer. It is darker than rose gold to me; and of course, the low shimmer makes it less shiny and metallic. There is a very sparkly overlay that can be brushed away after one use (or, if you prefer, brushed away before using). MAC Taste Your Senses is a cream product, less shimmery. Edward Bess Secret Affair is lighter, pinker. Tom Ford Love Lust is more shimmery, pinker. Urban Decay Naked Flushed is more matte, pinker. MAC Stereo Rose is slightly lighter, more shimmery. MAC Light Year is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The texture is softer than any Box o’ Powder I’ve tried, and frankly, the texture feels quite different than the other shades, too. It is sumptuously soft and velvety, and it almost feels like an incredibly finely-milled baked product.  It has a baked feel, but it’s more finely-milled and smoother than traditional baked products. It’s rather like Laura Mercier’s Illuminators and Estee Lauder’s Gelees.  The color payoff was true-to-pan and buildable, so it could be applied at full intensity or applied with a lighter hand for something softer.  It has a very subtle satin finish that becomes more and more glow-inducing as it gets blended and buffed into the skin.  When I wore it, Rockateur lasted well for eight hours and started looking faded after nine hours of wear.  I didn’t notice it emphasizing pores or skin imperfections.

Just a heads up: this contains significantly less product than other Box o’ Powders (which are 0.25 or 0.28 oz. usually) at 0.17 oz., though the price is the same.

Benefit Box o’ Powder Rockateur
Rockateur
Rockateur
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

MAC Indulge Collection Lipglasses

MAC Indulge Lipglasses
MAC Indulge Lipglasses

MAC’s Indulge Collection (online at MAC now, online elsewhere and in-stores on August 22nd for North America locations) features five Lipglass shades in various colors and finishes. Lipglass is tacky, thick, and can vary from sheer to opaque. I typically get between three and five hours of wear with the formula, depending on the color and finish. I’ve only had a chance to try two of these for wear, so I’ll update with the remaining three tomorrow or the next day.

Fashion Punch Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone neutral pink.” I don’t see pink, not even in the tube. It’s a just-shy-of-medium peach with strong warm, orange tones and light gold pearl. It had nearly opaque color coverage with minimal settling into lip lines. It lasted for three and a half hours on me. MAC Pure Flattery is lighter and more shimmery. MAC Imperial Light is sheerer. Chanel Genie is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Liqueur Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering taupe.” It’s a reddish-brown with gold, copper, and pink shimmer. The finish is fairly frosted, and the color coverage is mostly opaque and even. This shade is a repromote (fyi, MAC’s website lists it as Liqueur, but the bottom of my tube has Liquer). MAC Social Light is more plum, less red. MAC Deliciously Demure is lighter, less red. MAC Blessedly Rich is browner. Dior Ambre Lumiere is similar. Bobbi Brown Beach is browner. See comparison swatches.

Lust for Life Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark berry.” It’s a bright, berry red with fuchsia and ruby red pearl. It was semi-opaque–plenty of color but a light translucency that keeps it from looking too heavy. MAC Rebel is less shimmery, more purple. MAC Colour Saturation is similar but less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Ultimate Dish Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light beige with pearl.” It’s a peachy beige with warm undertones and white shimmery. It had semi-opaque color coverage and applied evenly overall, but it did settle into lip lines. This shade wore for three hours on me. MAC Calypso Beat is pinker. NARS Buenos Aires is more muted. MAC Peachstock is less shimmery. MAC Illicit is less shimmery. Hourglass Imagine is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Utterly Tart Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep red.” It’s a rich, deep red with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. There is a hint of pink/berry in it that gives it more depth. It applied with mostly opaque color coverage and did so evenly and almost no settling into lip lines. Chanel Triomphal is warmer, shimmery. MAC Driven by Love is brighter, less pink. MAC Send Me Sailing is less pink. MAC Russian Red is brighter. MAC Cult of Cherry is shimmery. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

MAC Lipglass Fashion Punch
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
MAC Lipglass Liqueur
Liqueur
Liqueur
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
MAC Lipglass Lust for Life
Lust for Life
Lust for Life
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
MAC Lipglass Ultimate Dish
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total
MAC Lipglass Utterly Tart
Utterly Tart
Utterly Tart
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

MAC Indulge Lipsticks

MAC Indulge Lipsticks
MAC Indulge Lipsticks

MAC’s Indulge Collection (online at MAC now, online elsewhere and in-stores on August 22nd for North America locations) features five lipstick shades in various colors and finishes. The only shade I’ve haven’t worn to test is Just a Bite, as it is very much your standard red lipstick from MAC (which isn’t a bad thing), so I expect it to wear well and long, but will test it in full tomorrow.

By Design Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft shimmering beige [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm peach with a frosted, m etallic finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and lasted three hours on me–it was a little drying, too. MAC Posh Tone, MAC Delectable, and MAC Freckletone are all similar in color but lack the metallic finish. See comparison swatches.

Feed the Senses Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone mauvey nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a soft, neutral pink with a subtle mauve tint. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it lasted for two and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Native is warmer. MAC Haute Altitude is similar–more opaque, a touch darker. Dior Candide is cooler-toned. Chanel Confidentielle is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Just a Bite Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone blue red [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned red with blue undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and I expect it would wear between five and six hours with some staining. MAC has released reds like this before. NARS Mascate is more matte. MAC Such Flare is more matte. MAC Runaway Red is slightly lighter. Guerlain Liu is pinker. MAC Absolute Power is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Smash Hit Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer golden sparkle [with a Dazzle finish].” It’s a mix of pale gold, copper, and pink micro-glitter and large sparkle. It doesn’t deposit much color, mostly sparkle. It does have a noticeably gritty texture from the glitters. It wears for about two hours or less, but the glitter travels a lot. This shade is a repromote. MAC Ruffian Gold is less sparkly. Guerlain Altoum is more golden. See comparison swatches.

Sweet Succulence Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep glossy plum [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a purplish berry with cool undertones. It was semi-sheer, and it had a tendency to settle into lip lines and took some blending to apply evenly. It lasted three hours on me. NARS Valparaiso is brighter, more opaque, matte. NARS Afghan Red is more matte. MAC Red Dwarf is slightly pinker. MAC Positively Dashing is lighter. MAC Deliciously Forbidden is much pinker. MAC Plum Bright is purpler. Guerlain Bee is more berry-colored.
See comparison swatches.

MAC Lipstick By Design
By Design
By Design
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total
MAC Lipstick Feed the Senses
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
MAC Lipstick Just a Bite
Just a Bite
Just a Bite
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total
MAC Lipstick Smash Hit
Smash Hit
Smash Hit
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
5
Longevity
4.5
Application
74%
Total
MAC Lipstick Sweet Succulence
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

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