Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

NYX Apple Crisp Intense Butter Gloss
NYX Apple Crisp Intense Butter Gloss

NYX Apple Crisp Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a bold, bright, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly without pulling into lip lines. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, but it is heavier than the original formula of Butter Glosses. It developes light tackiness over time and lasts four hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating over time. There is a faint smell of vanilla but no discernible taste, but the scent seemed off in some way to me. MAC Victoriana (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Opera (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Ruby Woo (LE, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is more muted. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Banana Split Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a brightened, light-medium peach-orange with warm undertones and a creamy, high-shine finish. While it had nearly full color coverage, the thicker consistency seemed to make very prone to settling into lip lines from the get-go. Even when I would try to smooth out the color, the color would sink right back into those lip lines. The gloss lasted for four hours, and the settling just worsened as I wore it. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is sheerer, darker. MAC Live It Up (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gypsy (204) (P, $28.00) is darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Berry Strudel Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a brightened, violet purple with a hint of pink and fairly cool undertones. It had a creamy, glossy finish. The texture was thinner, so it felt more like the original formula, but it was prone to streaking. It was really hard to get the color to look even, and as it wore away, it settled into lip lines. The gloss wore well for four hours on me. It’s a cool color, and it is hard to dupe, so it might be worth the extra effort to make it work if you really have been wanting a purple lipgloss. NYX Violet (P, $6.00) is lighter and a lipstick, so it isn’t as glossy. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is lighter and a lipstick, and again, lacks that glossy finish. Illamasqua Fierce (P, $22.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Belladonna (DC, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) Color Elixir Lip Color

Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich, nearly opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The texture is thicker, mostly non-sticky, and was nicely hydrating while worn. On me, it wore well for four and a half hours. It does have a strong perfume-y scent and soap-like taste. Revlon HD Strawberry Topaz (535) (P, $8.99) is warmer. Dior Magique (479) (P, $35.00) is lighter. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Citrus Evolution (115) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm, yellow undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but the color settled into lip lines from the get-go and only worsened as it wore. On me, it lasted for three hours and was moisturizing while worn. Chanel Exotique (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. Chanel Sensuel (11) (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is darker. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is darker. MAC Live It Up (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Ray of Sunshine (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Overspiced (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Passionate Peony (120) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light pink with subtle neutral-to-warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. When swatched and worn, it looked nothing like it did in the tube. It is slightly thick with a lot of milkiness, which made it pool into lip lines very noticeably. It had semi-opaque coverage, but it’s a gloss that would be better applied over a lip liner or lipstick to minimize it filling up lip lines. It lasted for three hours and was hydrating while worn. MAC Lots of Laughs (LE, $15.00) is darker. NARS Turkish Delight (P, $26.00) is darker. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

MAC Purpurine Lipglass
MAC Purpurine Lipglass

MAC Purpurine Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer peach shimmer with pink and gold pearl.” It’s a peach-tinted clear base with gold and white micro-shimmer with larger pink sparkle/shimmer. MAC Glass Slipper (LE, $15.00) has less shimmer. MAC Happily Ever After (LE, $15.00) has teal shimmer. MAC Beautiful Moves (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Dior Gold Rain (164) (LE, $29.50) is all gold. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned but looks very similar applied. MAC Clear Water (LE, $15.00) has less pink shimmer. Chanel Eau de Rose (86) (LE, $27.00) is pinker. MAC Soft Spoken (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is similar. MAC Rags to Riches (P, $20.00) is pinker, more sparkly. MAC Like Venus (P, $20.00) is pinker. L’Oreal Pretty Precious (LE, $9.99) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC has released several of these very shimmery, very sheer glosses in the past couple of years, so while always pretty and sparkly, they can get repetitive if you’re not someone who goes through them (as most of them have been limited edition). The texture is thick and tacky, as most Lipglasses are, though this shade felt thicker than some of the more recently released sheerer Lipglasses, so it actually felt heavy. It lasted for three hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying.

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Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Estee Lauder Rosy Future Courreges Super Gloss
Estee Lauder Rosy Future Courreges Super Gloss

Estee Lauder Rosy Future Courreges Super Gloss ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink nude,” which makes absolutely no sense. It’s a brightened, fuchsia-magenta with strong, blue undertones. Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, less pink. MAC Unlimited Style (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is sheerer. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is more magenta. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Buxom Berry Blast (P, $19.00) is more muted, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be an “opaque, high shine hint of mod color for lips.” It has a metal, slant-tipped applicator that will squeeze out the product (reminds me of Hourglass’ lip oil applicator). It was nearly opaque with just a hint of translucency where the natural lip color would come through. It had a very smooth, slightly thick consistency that applied somewhat evenly and was comfortable to wear. The texture had moderate tackiness to it that was noticeable after about ten minutes after application (initially, it seemed almost non-sticky). It seemed to have Estee Lauder’s more traditional fig scent (fruity and sweet) but no discernible taste. On me, the color lasted four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

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Saturday, February 7th, 2015

MAC Glass Slipper Lipglass
MAC Glass Slipper Lipglass

MAC Glass Slipper Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light milky pink with pinkish pearl.” It’s a translucent, milky light pink with fine silver and pink shimmer. Applied, you can see the milkiness as it lightens my natural lip color. It has a noticeable amount of shimmer, but it’s not a lot. It’s a subtler gloss than you’d expect, given how shimmery it appears in the tube. The gloss lasted for three hours on me. MAC has put out a lot of barely-there, shimmery kind of glosses, and I think they can be pretty and often look more sparkling (and interesting) in person than in photos. I’d love to have seen a little more pigment in the base, especially since the lipsticks are on the sheer side, too. Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) (P, $8.99) is darker. MAC Poetic (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery. MAC On Cue (LE, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Beautiful Moves (LE, $22.00) is similar. Illamasqua Exquisite (P, $24.00) is more pigmented. Chanel Songe (191) (LE, $29.50) is similar. Chanel Eau de Rose (86) (LE, $27.00) is similar. Guerlain Star Dust (900) (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC Soft Spoken (LE, $15.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches
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MAC Happily Ever After Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “cool milky pink with bluish pearl.” It has a milky, pinky-white base with lots of bluish-teal sparkle and finer silver shimmer. This one was interesting, and anyone who tends to gravitate towards really sparkly glosses might like it. I think it looks more complex in person than it looks in photos, as the pearl is noticeably blue-tinged. It had semi-sheer color at most, but the milky base settled into lip lines, unfortunately. I was surprised this wasn’t called Glass Slipper, as the blue pearl reminded me of them. It wore well for three hours. Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) (P, $8.99) is finer shimmer, pinker. MAC Beautiful Moves (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Reckless Desire (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Playful Petal (LE, $20.00) is pinker. Guerlain Star Dust (900) (LE, $30.00) is less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Firefly (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, February 5th, 2015

NARS Guyane Lipgloss
NARS Guyane Lipgloss

NARS Guyane Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “seashell pink.” It’s a very light beige with a hint of pink and subtle shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff but settled into lip lines noticeably, and it wasn’t completely even. The texture was lightweight, lightly tacky, and lasted three hours but the color settled more and more into lip lines as it wore on. The formula was hydrating while worn. Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is sheerer, warmer. NARS Spring Break (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Orange Tempera (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Emancipation (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Cut Loose (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC C-Thru (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC A Quiet Roar (LE, $15.00) is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Vent Sale Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “silver highlight.” It’s a brightened shimmering white gold with very fine multi-colored pearl and white shimmer. The base color settled somewhat into lip lines, but the shimmer seemed to reflect back and distract from it to some degree. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, primarily through the shimmer. It lasted for three hours on me and was hydrating. MAC Clear Water (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Softly Lit (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is sheerer. MAC Girl on Board (LE, $15.00) is more opaque. MAC A Quiet Roar (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Little Rock (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Guerlain Sable Show (LE, $32.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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