MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipglass

On January 20th, MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink with sparkling pearl.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with lighter pink and teal sparkle and shimmer. It looks a lot more muted on the lips, and it’s sheer enough that whatever your natural lip color is will greatly impact how this looks on you. The amount and type of sparkle (it’s very iridescent on) makes it harder to dupe, I think. Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) (P, $8.99) is darker, cooler-toned, less sparkly. MAC Social Season (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Seeking Adoration (LE, $20.00) is less sparkly. MAC Ceremonial (LE, $20.00) is less sparkly. MAC Astral (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #505 (P, $29.00) is more pigmented, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipglass
MAC Lipglass Viva Glam Miley Cyrus
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
82%

Maybelline Opalescent Orchid, Radiant Ruby, Mystical Magenta Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss

Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a new gloss released just in time for spring. According to Maybelline, it is “the first lip lacquer with intense liquid lip color and brilliant iridescent shine.” If you’re familiar with the original Color Elixirs, most were fairly pigmented, but the Iridescent range is definitely sheerer in comparison. The shades in this review are some of the more pigmented shades in the range, but it’s not the “intense liquid lip color” as described. They look and feel more like traditional lip gloss, and quite honestly, I’m surprised these weren’t marketed as semi-sheer for a “spring look” (’tis the season for sheer). The shimmer is fine and never gritty, while wear averages around four hours. The formula was nicely hydrating and comfortable to wear with only slight tackiness occurring after a few hours of wear (initially, it feels non-sticky). They have a sweet scent, but there is a very perfume-y taste, and it is noticeable. If you’re very sensitive to lip products with any taste, you probably won’t like these.

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Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss
Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Opalescent Orchid (515)
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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MAC Lightness of Being Mineralize Glass

MAC Lightness of Being Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz. each) includes five new, limited edition shades. MAC released this formula (as part of the permanent range) earlier this year, and there wasn’t a whole lot of information on them regarding color coverage then (Nordstrom lists a description of “delivers luscious color” now), but they consistently ran semi-sheer to semi-opaque with noticeable color and coverage. These are all quite sheer, and with the exception of On Cue, they look nearly the same applied aside from shimmer level. They’re inconsistent with the permanent formula and its 12-shade range. All five shades disappeared within two hours of wear and had a lightly tacky, neither drying nor hydrating formula that was vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste. Sheer gloss may not be everyone’s cup of tea (which is why I think it’s important brands distinguish sheer vs. medium vs. opaque shades and formulas well), but it is surprising to see five shades at this level of sheerness.

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MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass
MAC Mineralize Glass Beautiful Moves
D
Product
6
Pigmentation
3.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
6
Application
5
Total
64%
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Chanel Fleur d’Eau & Crazy Fuchsia Glossimers

Chanel Fleur d’Eau (192) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly coral.” It’s a semi-sheer coral with a glossy, high-shine finish. It seems more coral-tinted, as it just adds warmth and a slight orange-red tint to the natural lip color while still being rather translucent–which I think fits with the “jelly” part of the description. The consistency was non-sticky, comfortable to wear, and lasted for three hours on me while being lightly hydrating. Dior Pink Excess (663) (LE, $29.50) is more sparkly. Chanel Sunny (188) (P, $29.50) seems lighter but looks similar applied. Josie Maran Timeless Coral (P, $18.00) is pinker. NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is redder. Urban Decay Streak (P, $20.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Chanel Fleur d'Eau (192) Glossimer
Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Fleur d'Eau (192)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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Revlon HD Fire Opal, HD Rose Quartz, HD Strawberry Topaz Ultra HD Lip Lacquers

Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bold, brightened medium red with warm, orange undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It was intensely pigmented with full color coverage that applied beautifully and evenly. This shade wore for almost six hours, but there was very light feathering after four and a half hours of wear (and I am not prone to feathering). Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is sheerer. Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is redder. Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is slightly redder. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is a smidgen darker, not quite as orange-toned. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer HD Fire Opal (560)
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
91%
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Revlon HD Citrine, HD Amber, HD Sunstone Ultra HD Lip Lacquers

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a very pigmented, high-shine formula that tends to be tacky (despite the brand saying it is “never sticky”) with a thicker consistency. There’s a very, very faint sweetness as far as scent goes, but it was hard to detect, even in the tube. The formula isn’t hydrating nor is it drying, so it is fairly comfortable to wear (as long as you don’t mind a thicker, tackier gloss to begin with). They feature a brush-type applicator, which seemed to give a rougher edge due to the thicker nature of the gloss. HD Citrine and HD Sunstone really stood out to me as a more unique shades that also performed well.

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Revlon HD Citrine Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer HD Citrine (550)
A
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
94%
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