MAC Stallion, Blue Beat, Galaxy Grey Liptensity Lipsticks

MAC Stallion Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, inky black with neutral undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It was very pigmented with a lightly glossy, smooth consistency. I did have some issues with the color adhering to the center of my lip, so there’s a bit of translucency there. The texture was lightweight and comfortable to wear without the color sliding around over time. On me, the color wore well for seven hours and was non-drying. NYX Chambord (P, $6.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C604 (P, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $17.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (000) (LE, $30.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Naughty (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC In the Spirit (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Stallion
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
91%
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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer ($65.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a matte finish. Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer
Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Bronzer Java Sun
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%

MAC Hellebore, Ambrosial, Marsala Liptensity Lipsticks

MAC Hellebore Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had good pigmentation but was not “one-stroke” coverage. After about half of a pass on the lips, the consistency started to melt and felt more gel-like as I applied it, but it tugged a bit initially. The color applied fairly evenly, but the application would benefit from a lip liner underneath for better, more even coverage overall. This shade lasted nicely for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop Leather (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Speedball (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Strong Woman (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Punk Couture (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Jawbreaker (P, $17.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Own the Look (LE, $19.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Pandemonium (P, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). Maybelline Violet Vixen (P, $7.49) is cooler (85% similar). Smashbox Violet Riot (P, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Hellebore
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
86%
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Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Set

Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Set ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four miniature-sized Amuse Bouche lipsticks. The shades are housed in a red, metal tin (looks like a mint box to me), and all four shades are part of the permanent range, so you can purchase them individually if only one catches your eye or buy full-size if you finish one, which is nice. The quality is fantastic across all four shades: good color payoff, soft, smooth application, and longer wear.

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Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Set
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Mini Lipstick Set (Holiday 2016) The Perfect Bite Set
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
93%
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Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Trio

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Palette ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes three highlighters that seem to be a hybrid between cream and powder. The formula is supposed to have “ultra-fine, light-diffusing particles” that make the skin look “naturally luminous.” The formula is very interesting, because to the touch, it is one of the smoothest powders I’ve ever come across–it feels so smooth that there’s almost a cooling, wet feel to the powder, but it is definitely a powder product. However, I noticed that airy, less dense highlighting brushes tended to have poor pick up with the product, whereas more traditional blush brushes or flatter highlighter brushes (I had no trouble using softer bristles like squirrel with it, but the shape mattered).

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Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Palette
Stila Highlighting Palette Star Light, Star Bright
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes a finishing powder, bronzer, two blushes, and highlighter inspired by Surreal Light, which is a new shade in the Ambient Lighting Powder family (currently only available in this palette). This palette will work best for someone who is less concerned about a “value-packed” palette/is unlikely to finish their products and really needs everything in a single compact. I think the palette, all being in the same family of Surreal Light, ends up getting muddled a bit between the blush, bronzer, and highlighter with the Surreal Effect blush being the one lone shade that stands out as a bit different. It is a distinctively warm-toned palette, so it will likely not work for everyone. The texture seemed a bit drier across the majority of the powders as the permanent range, though I did not notice the dryness as applied to the face in practice.

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Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%
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