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MAC Keepsakes/Red Lip Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Red Lip Bag
MAC Keepsakes/Red Lip Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Red Lip Bag ($39.50 for 0.31 oz.) includes three, full-sized red-hued lip products, plus a glittery bag to put them in. The set launches October 17th online and will head in stores on the 23rd (see full details here. The set contains $47 worth of products (plus the bag). Though I love the color of Ruby Woo (a very classic red), it is drying on me over time, so you may want to carefully prep lips and be aware that you may need a little balm beforehand. Topping with the gloss helps to mitigate some of the drying qualities of the lipstick, but it had a tendency to feather after a few hours (which I don’t usually experience).

Ruby Woo Lipglass is a brightened, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a thick, tacky texture. It bled slightly on me after three and a half hours of wear, though the color wore five hours on me in total. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is more shimmery. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is sheerer. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is not quite as blue-based. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ruby Woo Lipstick is a deepened, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and an ultra-matte finish. It has full color coverage that wears for hours and hours (I took mine off after eight hours). It was somewhat drying on me, unfortunately, after about two and a half hours of wear. Kat Von D Hellbent (P, $21.00) is less blue-based, darker. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is similar, slightly pinker. Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Ruby Woo Lip Pencil is a medium, pink-red with cool undertones and a matte finish. It’s not a comfortable product to wear on its own, and it takes some work to get an even layer of color if you actually fill in all of your lip area. It does cling, and it makes my lips look like raisins. It lasted for eight hours on me, but it was very drying on its own. It was surprisingly a lot lighter than the lipstick, though. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $19.50) is darker. MAC Trust in Red (P, $19.50) is similar. Urban Decay 69 (P, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Keepsakes/Lip Bag Red Lip
Red Lip
Red Lip
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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Ruby Woo

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Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette ($59.50 for 0.298 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows and an eyeliner. The eyeshadows all had good color payoff or better with soft, blendable textures that were easy to use. When the weakest performers come in at B+, you’re in good shape. I’m a big fan of the Artist Shadow formula, and in general, only the mattes have any issues (some are lovely, some could use improvement). They can be so soft that they turn powdery, which makes them harder to apply on bare skin or the color payoff is just weaker, but many of them are good, just not perfect. That was the case with the two mattes here–good but not great–and the rest were quite nice. Most of the shades wore between eight and nine hours.

They are pretty consistent with the permanent versions I have, and I524 performed better in this palette than in my other palette (though that one isn’t full-sized). For those who picked up the Artist Palette, there are two overlapping shades in this set (I524 and D926). For those who nabbed the 30th Anniversary Palette, you’ll find these repeats: M100, ME108, and ME122.

The eyeshadows are 0.024 oz. each, which makes them a little larger than a dime, for a total value of $75.60. The eyeliner is full-sized, so it’s worth $19. The total value of the set is $94.60 for the actual products. It comes in a small, but substantial, “traincase” that unlatches to reveal a large mirror and a removable tray of eyeshadows. Underneath is a compartment that could hold whatever made sense to you–it’s about an inch and a half in height–so it could fit blush, lip colors, eyeliner, primers, and even some bottles of foundation (depends on the size of yours). This would only be travel friendly if you used the space underneath the eyeshadows, otherwise it is bulky and unnecessarily large. I would have rather a slim, travel-friendly palette with just the eyeshadows myself. (In which case, you might consider the Artist Palette, which is $42 for 8 eyeshadows in a very travel-friendly format.) Edited to add: You can actually take a pair of tweezers and grab the edge of each pan to remove. They don’t seem glued in, and the bottom of the foam insert may be slightly magnetic, as they pull back in slightly.

M530 Eggshell is a soft white with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff with a slightly powdery consistency but was blendable. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

S516 Sand is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a really soft, smooth consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I544 Pink Granite is a medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was incredibly rich, while the texture was really smooth and applied evenly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ME122 Snow is a bright, cool-toned white with a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was smooth and blendable, but it was a little thinner than other metallic finishes in the range.
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ME108 Steel is a dark, cool-toned gray with a frosted finish. It had fantastic pigmentation that went on smooth as butter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

M100 Black is a dark black with a matte finish. The color payoff was decent to good, and the texture was soft without being powdery. It blended out well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D236 Lagoon Blue is a medium-dark, brightened blue-teal with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation that went on smoothly, as the texture felt creamy and blendable. The permanent version of this seemed slightly richer overall. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D926 Blueberry is a brightened violet purple with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. The color payoff was nice, but the texture wasn’t perfectly smooth compared to other shades. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I218 Indigo Blue is a brightened, dark blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, though not perfect, with a soft, blendable texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I524 Pinky Beige is a light peach with a hint of pink and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation that went on easily and evenly due to the soft, smooth texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D826 Fig is a medium-dark plum with warm, brown undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. The consistency was smooth but there were noticeable sparkles in it. Most of the sparkles stayed on the lid, but there were a couple of stray sparkles at the end of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ME828 Garnet Black is a deepened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was amazing with really rich, smooth results that glided on evenly and easily. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

M10 Matte Black is a medium-dark black with a satin finish. The formula is lightly creamy, so it goes on without tugging at the lash line, and it lays down a fair amount of pigment in one stroke. It was fully opaque after two layers. On me, it lasted for eight hours without smudging. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever Holiday 2014 Eye Kit Studio Case
Studio Case
Studio Case
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.26 oz.) contains five shades that range from a gradiant that goes from white to black with a pop of gold thrown in. It was so close to being a really cool-toned palette, so I wish they hadn’t included a gold. I also think it is harder to incorporate the gold shade with the others for two reasons: the tone and vibrancy is out of sync with the other four, but the texture is denser/thicker, while the others were thinner, so they didn’t blend together well. The palette has a very soft consistency that is powdery, and with the thinner texture, it also feels almost dry at times, which makes it problematic to apply to the skin without something extra (like a primer or tacky base). For the price point, I expected something stellar, and instead, I was pretty disappointed.

As a heads up, Nordstrom has it for $70, but other retailers are listing it for $80. (I bought mine at Nordstrom, so my order did process and that’s what I paid.) I don’t have a press release yet, but since all other retails are showing it at $80, I would guess that’s the correct price.

Oiseaux de Nuit #1 is a cool-toned, medium white with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff with only a slight powderiness to its texture. The color lasted for eight hours applied. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oiseaux de Nuit #2 is a muted, grayed lilac with a frosted, lightly metallic, finish. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was powdery and little dry. I liked it better used with a damp brush, as it held together better. It lasted for eight hours on the lid. See comparison swatches/ view dupes side-by-side.

Oiseaux de Nuit #3 is a blackened purple with subtle, cool undertones and a satin shimmer. It had very sheer color payoff, and the texture was dry and powdery to work with. It lasted for seven and a half hours applied to the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oiseaux de Nuit #4 is a medium-dark black with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture wasn’t powdery, but it could have been more blendable. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oiseaux de Nuit #5 is a darkened gold with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had a lightly powdery texture, but it had decent color coverage. On the lid, it showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Les 5 Ombres de Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit
7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
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B-
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NARS Tech Fashion Lipgloss Set

NARS Tech Fashion Lipgloss Set
NARS Tech Fashion Lipgloss Set

NARS Tech Fashion Lipgloss Set ($49.00 for 0.48 fl. oz.) includes four lipglosses from peach to red. They’re all pretty sheer shades, so it’s possible that you have similar products in your stash already. Each gloss contains about half the amount of a full-sized gloss. They’re lightly tacky, wear two to four hours, and are a little hydrating. I didn’t notice any scent or taste while wearing them. The sheerer shades were shorter-wearing, while the more pigmented ones seemed to last a little longer. Two shades described as “sheer” were more pigmented than that, while one shade not described as sheer was sheer, so the ratings were impacted by this.

Shade I is described as a “shimmering peach sorbet.” It’s a muted, medium peach with orange undertones and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a noticeable amount of sparkle and glossy shine. It lasted for two and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shade II is described as a “shimmering sheer fig.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with pink and white shimmer. It had sheer color coverage that seemed to darken my natural lip color and add sparkle/shine. It lasted for two and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shade II is described as a “shimmering sheer raspberry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark berry pink with cool undertones and white sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff on the lips, and there was only a little bit of sparkle visible–it didn’t seem like a shimmery gloss on. It didn’t settle into lip lines much, and it applied fairly evenly. The color lasted for three and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shade IV is described as a “sheer ruby.” It’s a muted, medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a very fine pink-red shimmer. It’s more semi-opaque than sheer and once on, actually has more of a faded, muted quality to it than when swatched. It looks almost pink-red applied to me. It lasted for four hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Holiday 2014 Lip Gloss Coffret Tech Fashion
Tech Fashion
Tech Fashion
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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NARS Laser Cut Palette

NARS Laser Cut Palette
NARS Laser Cut Palette

NARS Laser Cut Palette ($59.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes three eyeshadows, one lipgloss, one blush, and one bronzing powder. The eyeshadows are marked as “Hardwired Eyeshadow” on the back of the palette, though I couldn’t tell you how they really differ from the permanent formula, other than it seems like a denser, less thin formula. The palette leaves something to be desired — I don’t think it’s NARS at its best–it’s just kind of in the middle.

Shade I is described as a “perfect neutral vanilla.” It’s a light beige with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture was very powdery. See comparison swatches
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Shade II is described as a “shimmering cafe au lait.” It’s a golden brown with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had nice pigmentation, though the texture was a smidgen crumbly and the sparkle did fall out during wear (as well as application), while the color itself stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shade III is described as a “matte army green.” It’s a medium-dark, olive green with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was really soft but incredibly powdery to the point where most of it dusted away and only some managed to stay on the skin. What did adhere to the skin stayed on for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolce Vita is described as a “sheer dusty rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink-plum with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It’s not sheer at all, and this version included in the set matches the original formulation, but it feels more like the new formula (which is a lot cooler and pinker in color). It lasted for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Day Dream is described as a “flirty sheer peach.” It’s a pink-peach with warm udnertones and a satin finish. It’s warmer and less pink compared to the individual version that was released last year. It is sheer as described (though “sheer” was not part of the description when it originally launched), with a thinner, slightly dry, texture, but it wasn’t stiff. My standalone version is more pigmented. It lasted for seven hours applied. See comparison swatches
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Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a meidum-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery?sg=175779,171535,168835,165621,142013,141615,111363,108999,108998″>See comparison swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Holiday 2014 Eye, Cheek, Lip Palette Laser Cut
Laser Cut
Laser Cut
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
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Shade I

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Shade II

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Shade III

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Day Dream

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Laguna

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NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set
NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set ($49.00 for 0.27 oz.) includes five, travel-sized lip pencils. Each Velvet Matte Lip Pencil contains 0.06 oz., and each Satin Lip Pencil contains 0.05 oz.  It is exclusive to Sephora.  They come in a long, rectangular plastic box (feels like acrylic to me, but I’m not an expert on materials!)–it’s thick, sturdy plastic, and it feels like something you would keep, not toss away. Three shades are limited edition (and two of those were released earlier this year in the Final Cut collection), and two are part of the permanent range. The only real downside to NARS’ lip pencils is that they require sharpening, so there is waste, and they may not be as travel-friendly since they don’t just twist-up. Otherwise, the formula has good color payoff, wears well, and is comfortable to wear.

Descanso is described as a “tea rose.” It’s a lightly pink-tinged peach with a satin finish. It has mostly opaque color coverage that wears for four hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Torres del Paine is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a light-medium, softened peach-orange with a satin finish. It wore nicely for four hours and was lightly hydrating over time. It was semi-opaque with a slight translucency where the natural lip color came through. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Iberico is described as an “intense coral.” It’s a bold, bright orange-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and it was creamy enough that it glided on without skipping and delivered even color. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind. It was a little drying towards the end. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Yu is described as a “shocking pink.” It’s a bright, fuchsia pink with cool, magenta undertones and a luminous finish. The shade yiedled fairly opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. It lasts for six hours and leaves a stain behind, while it felt lightly hydrating. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cruella is described as a “passionate scarlet red. It’s a muted, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. The consistency had a light waxiness to it that gave it that “velvet” feel when applied, so it didn’t skip or drag on the lips. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and it lasted for six hours. I found it a bit drying, which was the only downside. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Holiday 2014 Lip Pencil Set Digital World
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Yu

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Cruella

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