Thursday, July 16th, 2015

MAC Pretty Natural Lip Kit
MAC Pretty Natural Lip Kit

MAC Pretty Natural Lip Kit ($29.50 for 0.31 oz.) is a pinky-beige set of shades, all in full-size, so this is one of the better value kits from Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale. The set of shades works well together, and for what they are, they are decent. I find MAC’s Lip Pencil formula to be harder to apply as it is quite stiff/firm, and it is quite drying. The lipstick was the best of the set.

Pretty Natural is described as a “midtone warm nude.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-beige with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on fairly evenly, though the color had a tendency to pull into lip lines (which worsened as it wore). The texture was creamy and glided on without tugging, while the color itself lasted for four hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. MAC High Tea (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Japanese Maple (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Love Happens (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Naked Dream (LE, $16.00) is cooler, less glossy. MAC Boca (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Roleplay (110) (P, $30.00) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury Confession (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker. Bobbi Brown Blush (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Wear with Flare (LE, $22.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Wear with Flare (LE, $22.00) is brighter, warmer. NARS Barbara (P, $32.00) is darker. Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $51.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Feeling Fine is described as a “soft beigey pink with pearl.” It’s a light, pink-beige with multi-colored shimmer (a mix of lavender, gold, white, and pink). On the lips, it is sheer, so it doesn’t add a lot of color, and I noticed the lighter base color was visibly lightening my natural lip color while adding noticeable shimmer–but your mileage will vary a lot on this one, as it will depend vastly on your natural lip color. The gloss had a light-medium weight to it, was tacky, and stayed put for three hours. This shade has been released previously (but has always been a limited edition shade). L’Oreal Pretty Precious (LE, $9.99) is less glossy. MAC Dressed to Dazzle (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Star (LE, $29.50) is lighter. Maybelline A Wink of Pink (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Marc Jacobs Beauty Love Buzz (324) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Revlon Snow Pink (P, $7.99) is more pigmented. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Rags to Riches (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. MAC Poetic (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented. MAC Lovingly Yours (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. Bobbi Brown Rose (LE, $24.00) is cooler. MAC Steel Kiss (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. MAC Oh My Darling (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Dior No Angel (353) (P, $29.50) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Subculture is described as am “underground pink.” It’s a muted, medium peachy-brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had a dryer, firmer consistency which really needs firm pressure to achieve color coverage. I’m not a big fan of the standard MAC Lip Pencil formula as I find them hard to use all-over the lips and mildly tolerable along just the edges of the lips. This is part of the permanent range. It lasted for six hours but is pretty drying on its own. MAC Boldly Bare (P, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Boldly Bare (P, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Nice ‘n’ Spicy (P, $19.50) is darker, cooler. MAC Etcetera (P, $19.50) is darker, cooler. MAC Have to Have It (LE, ) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Look in a Box: Pretty Natural

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8/10

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8/10

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8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Saturday, October 18th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Nude Lip Bag
MAC Keepsakes/Nude Lip Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Nude Lip Bag ($39.50 for 0.31 oz.) includes three, full-sized peach-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).

Chic Supremacy Lipglass is described as a “soft creamy yellow nude.” It’s a light, yellowed peach with subtle gold shimmer. It looks mostly like a cream color applied. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it was milky and thick enough that it settled into lip lines and was tough to even out. It lasted for three hours applied. Too Faced Naked Dolly (LE) is lighter. NARS Striptease (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Revved Up (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Divergent Natural Virtue (LE) is similar. MAC Lovingly Yours (P, $22.00) is sheerer. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is warmer. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is pinker. MAC Liquid Passion (LE, $15.00) is yellower. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Peachstock (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Illicit (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Fashion Whim (P, $20.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kiss the King Lipstick is described as a “peachy coral [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, pink-mauve with gold shimmer and luminous finish. While there is warmth from the gold shimmer, the underlying color reads rather cool-toned on me. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a noticeable golden sheen and an overlal lightening of the lips. It lasted for three hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Too Faced Shimmering Marshmallow Bunny (LE, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Lip Blossom (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker. L’Oreal Ballerina Shoes (135) (P, $8.95) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Quiver (P, $48.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Boldly Bare Lip Pencil is described as a “dirty red brown.” It’s a muted, light-medium peach-brown with a matte finish. It lasts for six and a half hours, but it can be hard to apply all-over the lips. It gets a little tacky while it is drying down, so take care not to press lips together initially. It feels clingy and dry, but it wasn’t actually drying while worn. This is part of the permanent range. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $19.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Deep (P, $19.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked (P, $19.00) is pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Nude Lip

B+

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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7/10

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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4/5

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Kiss the King

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

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7.5/10

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Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil
Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil

Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “blood red.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned red with a matte finish. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $19.50) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay 69 (P, $19.00) is pinker. MAC Kiss Me Quick (P, $19.50) is warmer. MAC Cherry (P) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It is designed to match Mrs. Mia Wallace Revolution Lipstick, and they’re definitely close–the lip pencil seems slightly brighter to me, and it is also matte. I’m a huge fan of Urban Decay’s Lip Pencils because they don’t tug; they’re one of the most comfortable to apply and wear lip liners on the market. They’re just creamy and waxy enough that they slide over the lips easily–no dragging or tugging–and deposit rich, even color with precision. It wasn’t hydrating, but it wasn’t drying either. When I tested the lip liner on its own, the color lasted well for eight hours.

The Glossover

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Mrs. Mia Wallace

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Saturday, May 24th, 2014

MAC Cranberry Lip Pencil
MAC Cranberry Lip Pencil

MAC Cranberry Lip Pencil ($16.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft yellow pink.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned pink with a matte finish. Urban Decay Rush (P, $19.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Manic (P, $19.00) is a touch lighter, warmer. MAC In Anticipation (P, $19.50) is pinker. MAC Pink Treat (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had really good color payoff in a single pass, and it applied evenly to the lips–a lot of lip pencils do not look as even on their own as Cranberry does. It has a totally matte finish, so it gives lips a slightly drier look, but the pencil itself didn’t feel too clingy or drying. It’s not a particularly comfortable formula to wear by itself, but it is helps prolong the wear when worn underneath a shorter-wearing lipstick that is more hydrating. On its own, it wears six hours and is somewhat drying. I believe this shade was once permanent but then discontinued, and now it is set to be re-released with MAC x Sharon Osbourne.

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Cranberry

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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10/10

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Sunday, May 4th, 2014

MAC What Comes Naturally Lip Pencil
MAC What Comes Naturally Lip Pencil

MAC What Comes Naturally Lip Pencil ($16.50 for 0.05 oz.) is desdcribed as a “light nude.” It’s a light, warm-toned peachy-beige with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was somewhat creamy but will tug and pull at the lip during application. This particular color seemed to catch on my lips easily, even though I tried swatching it a few times after exfoliating, but I could never get it to look smooth. It’s drying when worn on its own, and it tends to pull and look cracked after a few hours of wear (but it lasts for about six hours). It is better used underneath a more hydrating lipstick or lipgloss. This shade is a repromote. MAC Saunter (LE, $19.50) is slightly less peach, more pink. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Half-Red Lip Pencil ($16.50 for 0.05 oz.) is desdcribed as a “soft burgundy.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy rose with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and this one was easier to apply, as it didn’t catch on the lips but applied evenly and fairly smoothly. It wears six hours, though it will “crack” as it wears, and is drying over time (again, best used as a liner underneath your favorite lipstick/lipgloss). Just a heads up, this shade is part of the permanent range, so you could purchase it in standard packaging for $15 instead. Urban Decay Liar (P, $19.00) is warmer. MAC Absolutely It (P, $19.50) is darker. MAC Pink Treat (P, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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What Comes Naturally

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Product

7.5/10

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9/10

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6.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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3.5/5

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Half-Red

B+

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

MAC Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil
MAC Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil

The MAC Playland Collection features four shades of MAC Chromagraphic Pencils ($16.00 for 0.04 oz.). This formula is permanent at PRO stores, and all shades have existed for awhile now. I have reviewed the formula a few times in the past, so this is a quickie review to include updated swatches, add dupes, and individual ratings. I’m a big fan of the Chromagraphic Pencil formula, because it’s very creamy, intensely pigmented, and long-wearing, but there are some shades that can’t be used on the water line and/or eye area, as well as some shades aren’t to be used on the lip area (all warnings are below).

The following shades are not to be used in the lip area: Black Black, Marine Ultra, NC15/NW20, NW25/NC30, NC42/NW35
The following shades are not to be used in the eye area: Basic Red, Genuine Orange, Process Magenta
The following shades are not to be used in the inner rim of eye: Basic Red, Process Magenta, Genuine Orange, Primary Yellow, Landscape Green, Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Rich Purple

Black Black is described as a “deepest black.” It’s a deep, dark, inky black with a satin finish. Intensely pigmented, incredibly long-wearing, and fantastic on the water line. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Genuine Orange is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a medium, yellow-toned orange with a matte finish. It had rich, opaque color in a single stroke. This shade includes a warning that it is not to be used in the eye area or the inner rim of the eye. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade!

Hi-Def Cyan is described as a “hi-def cyan.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark sky blue with a matte finish. It had great pigmentation, and it was very buildable and creamy. This shade includes a warning that it is not to be used on the inner rim of the eye. I couldn’t think of dupes for this shade either.

Process Magenta is described as a “matte magenta.” It’s a vibrant, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was rich and opaque in a single pass. This shade includes a warning that it is not to be used in the eye area or the inner rim of the eye. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Hi-Def Cyan

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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10/10

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