Sunday, May 24th, 2015

OCC Cosplay Lip Tar
OCC Cosplay Lip Tar

OCC Cosplay Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “teal-toned green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with very subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had rich pigmentation that covered the lips evenly and smoothly without turning patchy/streaky, which is what I have found many green-based shades suffer from in the past. The color sits in lip lines slightly, but it didn’t seem to worsen during wear. It wore for seven and a half hours and left behind a bluish stain. It is mint scented, like other Lip Tars, and it was a little drying towards the end. Colour Pop Bunny (P, $5.00) is darker, more shimmery, warmer. Colour Pop Charm (P, $5.00) is lighter. NYX Risque (P, $6.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

OCC John Doe Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale ash-toned taupe.” It’s a gray-ish, light beige with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had good color coverage that went on fairly evenly. The color pulled into some of my most obvious lip lines, and after about five hours of wear, the color settled more noticeably into lip lines, though the color lasted about six and a half in all. It was neither drying nor hydrating for me. MAC Obviously Bare (LE, $15.00) is sheerer, glossier, warmer. MAC Peach Beige (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Sebastian (P, $18.00) is much darker. MAC Angel’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Chanel Amorosa (487) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Amorosa (487) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Amorosa (487) Rouge Coco Shine ($36.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warm, reddish tones and a fine gold shimmer. Tom Ford Beauty Rose Soleil (P, $50.00) is more shimmery. Bite Beauty Moka (P, $28.00) is more opaque, lighter, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Blake (LE, $32.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Bansar (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, more matte. MAC Moody Bloom (LE, $17.00) is cooler-toned. Estee Lauder Irresistible (P, $30.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Bittersweet (03) (LE, $50.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $26.00) is darker. Chanel Ambigue (124) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

I typically find Rouge Coco Shines to actually be drying, when it’s supposed to be a hydrating formulation with sheerer color coverage (whereas the regular Rouge Cocos have more coverage and less shine and the Rouge Allures have even more coverage and a more satin-like finish). In promos, this looked more like a taupe, and long-time readers will know that I love more unusual colors, and this one is limited edition (the other three shades in the collection are not), I figured I’d try it. It’s by no means taupe, and it behaved much like Rouge Coco Shines have in the past–two and a half hour wear and slightly drying over time. The texture is balm-like, lightweight, and glides on well, and the coverage is more semi-sheer with this particular shade, though I’d expect if you have more color in your natural lips, it’ll be hard to tell either way.

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Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Sephora Ultra Violet (18) Ultra Shine Lip Gel
Rose Petal, Fresh Peach, Deep Rose, Ultra Violet, Pretty in Pink, Fresh Mango

Sephora Ultra Violet (18) Ultra Shine Lip Gel ($14.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and fine lighter fuchsia and violet pearl. It had mostly opaque coverage that went on very evenly and smoothly with a glossy shine. The gloss wore well for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating while worn. The gloss has a lightweight texture that has a very creamy, gel-like feel that is mostly non-sticky and has a sweet, vanilla caramel scent. Make Up For Ever 207 Candy Pink (P, $19.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Whip It (304) (P, $28.00) is slightly redder. Revlon HD Pink Ruby (515) (P, $8.99) is brighter, darker. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Boom Boom (210) (DC, $28.00) is very similar. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Pretty in Pink (23) Ultra Shine Lip Gel ($14.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with warm undertones and a very light dusting of fine gold pearl. The shimmer is minor and hardly noticeable, but if you detest shimmer in all forms, then I’d look elsewhere. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly and smoothly. The gloss stayed on well for four and a half hours while also being moisturizing. Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) (LE, $8.99) is warmer. Revlon HD Strawberry Topaz (535) (P, $8.99) is warmer. MAC Red Blazer (LE, $15.00) is pinker, more shimmery. Dior Wonderland (575) (P, $35.00) is slightly warmer. Illamasqua Follow (DC, $22.00) is pinker, less shimmery. YSL Grenade Pepite (No. 15) (P, $32.00) is pinker, sheerer/ Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is pinkerwarmer, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Fresh Mango (26) Ultra Shine Lip Gel ($14.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium orange with warm, reddish undertones and a fine gold pearl. Again, the shimmer in this shade is fine as well as only a dusting. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on evenly for the most part. It lasted for four hours and was hydrating while worn. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Laundry List (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Exotique (12) (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Teen Dream (LE, $20.00) is lighter, pinker. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is darker. Burberry Coral (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, May 22nd, 2015

MAC Instigator Lipstick
MAC Instigator Lipstick

MAC Runway Hit Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light nude matte [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium pink-coral with a matte finish. The texture is dry and very firm, which makes it harder to apply from the tube as it tugs and drags along the lips. The Retro Matte formula is one best applied with a lip brush to minimize irritating the lips. It had mostly opaque coverage, and it lasted for five hours but the color pulled into lip lines somewhat. The formula was drying over time, which is my typical experience with the Retro Matte finish. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Please Me Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “muted rose tinted pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had excellent pigmentation that fully covered the lips and did so evenly. The color lasted for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Heroine Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright purple [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, pink-tinted purple with a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and lasted for six hours without being drying (but it’s not hydrating, to be clear). It left behind a reddish-pink stain. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Instigator Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened, purpled wine with berry-pink undertones that leans slightly cool and has a satiny sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it has a little more slip to it that makes it look somewhat patchy. It’s not the worst offender for this shade family, but I would recommend wearing a lip liner underneath to minimize unevenness. It lasted for six hours and left a stain behind, but it was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Antique Velvet Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “intense brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, dark chocolate brown with warm, mahogany undertones and a satin sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage, which went on fairly evenly, though it wasn’t quite as smooth or as even as a lot of the other matte shades in this launch. It lasted for five hours and was a smidgen drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Sephora Rose Petal (05) Ultra Shine Lip Gel
Rose Petal, Fresh Peach, Deep Rose, Ultra Violet, Pretty in Pink, Fresh Mango

Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gel ($14.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is supposed to be “inspired by gel nail polishes” with an “ultra-light” texture and hydrating formula. My experience with them (across six shades, the other three to be reviewed separately) is that they’re semi-opaque to mostly opaque with a slight translucency that gives them a squishy, jelly-like look. They’re lightweight, comfortable to wear, and mostly non-sticky. I haven’t noticed a taste, but there is a sweet vanilla, almost caramel-like scent (it is a little on the synthetic side, but I don’t notice the scent when I’m wearing it). Despite having a smoother, mostly non-sticky feel, the formula has decent wear time (three to five hours) and is hydrating. All in all, it’s a nice formula that outdoes a lot of the more recently released new gloss formulas on the market–and at a fraction of the cost. One thing to note, though, is despite seeming like quite a big tube of gloss, it contains only 0.11 fl. oz. It also has an interesting hourglass-shaped applicator, where it is curved inversely and can fit the curve of the lip. I also wish Sephora would add actual color descriptions, especially to indicate which shades have shimmer.

Sephora Rose Petal (05) Ultra Shine Lip Gel ($14.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium, neutral-to-warm-toned pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that covered evenly but had some noticeable settling into lip lines. The glossy finish distracts from it overall, but it is an issue. On me, this shade lasted for three and a half hours and was hydrating. Becca Lychee/Topaz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. Becca Guava/Opal (P, $24.00) is warmer, more shimmery. Urban Decay Failbait (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Light English Red (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Bijou (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is brighter. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is slightly darker. NYX Maple Blondie (P, $5.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Deep Rose (06) Ultra Shine Lip Gel ($14.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink-plum with cool undertones and fine gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on evenly and looked fairly smooth. The shimmer is noticeable but doesn’t turn the gloss frosted or metallic, so if you aren’t a big fan of shimmer, you may still like it. It wore well for four and a half hours and was hydrating over time. MAC Domestic Diva (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Make Up For Ever 405P Pearly Plum (P, $19.00) is warmer. Bite Beauty Ten (Watercolor) (LE) is lighter, less shimmery. Maybelline Lust for Mauve (535) (P, $8.99) is warmer. NARS Corsica (LE, $26.00) is slightly more opaque. MAC Seeking Adoration (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Spontaneous (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Private Party (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is lighter. NARS Oasis (P, $25.00) is sheerer. MAC Richly Revered (LE, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Fresh Peach (07) Ultra Shine Lip Gel ($14.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a coral-pink with warm undertones and a lot of lighter golden peach shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation as the base color blends with the natural lip color a lot, but the shimmer is very noticeable. The shimmer is incredibly fine, so I never felt the texture of it, even as the gloss wore down. It lasted for four hours and was moisturizing. Make Up For Ever 302P Golden Coral (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. Buxom Chloe (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. MAC Water Deities (LE, $15.00) is warmer. NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Freestyle (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

MAC Stone Lipstick
MAC Stone Lipstick

MAC Stone Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “muted grayish taupe brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency with a light-medium thickness that covers well. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Whirl Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty rose [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had full color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The texture was lightly creamy and didn’t tug or pull at the lips during application. The color wore well for four and a half hours but was a little drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep-tone beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium rosy beige with a hint of brown and warm undertones. It had a more satin finish–there’s a very subtle sheen to it for the first two hours of wear, before it wears to a more matte finish. It had nice color payoff with a smooth, creamy texture that glided on evenly. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. I remember this being a go-to beige for me when I first started wearing lipstick. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Persistence Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “peachy cinnamon [with a Matte finish].” It’s a subdued, medium brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it had the same creamy, almost velvety consistency (feels like it has silicones in it) that glides on and doesn’t tug. This shade wore well for five hours and was a smidgen drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “neutral pinky rose [with a Matte finish].” It’s a softened, medium rosy beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly opaque color payoff, and the texture was really creamy, so it was easy to apply, though it didn’t go on as evenly. On me, this shade stayed on for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Naturally Transformed Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “muted golden beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, yellowed beige with a matte finish. It had good color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency, but the texture was thick enough that it seemed to settle into lip lines without smoothing them out. After four hours of wear, the color had pulled and separated into the lip lines noticeably. It was a smidgen drying over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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