Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Coral Set
MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Coral Set

MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Coral Set ($32.50 for 4 x 0.08 fl. oz. or 0.32 fl. oz.) contains one Dazzleglass and three Cremesheen Glasses. Both Dazzleglass and Cremesheen Glass a pricey formula, because they don’t contain a lot of product (0.06 oz. and 0.08 oz. respectively), but the holiday kits are an excellent way to snag them for much, much less than they would be individually. The Dazzleglass in the set actually contains 33% more (0.08 oz. compared to 0.06 oz.), so the value of that shade alone is $26.67, while the three Cremesheen Glasses are, essentially, full-sized and are a value of $60. The tubes are slightly wider and shorter than the full-sized versions. Three of the shades in this set are repromotes, while Night is Young is new.

Moth to Flame is described as a “sheer neutral beige with violet pearl.” It’s a peachy beige with white shimmer and sparkle. On lips, it adds some warmth but primarily sparkle/shimmer. It wore well for three hours.  The texture is slightly thick and fairly tacky.  It’s part of the permanent range. Chanel French Toffee (83) (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Zephyr (377) (LE, $29.50) is paler. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is more pigmented. MAC Sublime Shine (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Aurore (LE, $29.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

On the Scene is described as a “pink with pink and white pearl.” It’s a pale, pinky-peach with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it does tend to settle into lip lines, and if you press your lips together, you’ll see lines appear. It lasted for two and a half hours on me. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is slightly lighter. MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Orange Tempera (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Whim (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Kiss Me Softly (LE, $20.00) is similar. Chanel Insouciance (P, $32.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Night is Young is described as a “bright red cream.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based bright red with a cream finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, and it didn’t settle into lips noticeably. It lasted for almost three hours (which is on the longer side for this formula!). NARS Norma (P, $26.00) is more opaque. Chanel Emoi (P, $32.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Star Quality is described as a “bright orange coral.” It’s a light-medium coral-pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and applied evenly for the most part. It lasted for almost three hours on me.  MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. NARS Viva (LE, $26.00) is more orange/brown. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches.

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Nocturnals Lipgloss/Coral

B+

Both Dazzleglass and Cremesheen Glass a pricey formula, because they don't contain a lot of product (0.06 oz. and 0.08 oz. respectively), but the holiday kits are an excellent way to snag them for much, much less than they would be individually. If you like either formula, you'll probably enjoy the kit.

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On the Scene

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Thursday, October 31st, 2013

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Pink Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Pink Lip & Cheek Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Pink Lip & Cheek Bag ($59.50) includes a travel-sized Beauty Powder Blush (0.09 oz. vs. 0.21 oz.), full-sized Lipglass (0.17 fl. oz.), full-sized Lipstick (0.10 oz.), travel-sized #129 brush, and a slim mirror. The set contains $9 worth of blush, $15 worth of gloss, and $15 worth of lipstick for a total of $39 in color products; then there is some value for the #129SE, mirror, and bag–all of which are hard to value. The #129SE brush felt really floppy; the brush head seemed a lot longer than the full-sized #129, and it was also somewhat scratchy. The mirror works as it should, but it’s all mirror, so it’s easy to smudge and get fingerprints on it when removing it from its pouch. The bag is a good size and will fit several products easily.

Formal is described as a “soft pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a barely-there satin finish. It had decent to good color payoff, and the texture was soft, silky, and finely-milled, but it was a little powdery so it’s best applied in layers. It wore well for seven and a half hours and was lightly faded after eight hours of wear. Too Faced Lollipop (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is also more shimmery. Urban Decay Temper (LE) is similar. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is a touch lighter. MAC Easy Manner (LE, $21.00) is less cool-toned, more shimmery. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is a little lighter. See comparison swatches.

How Darling! is described as a “warm pink cream [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the texture was a little gummy–thick in a way–and tended to cake up somewhat on the lips as I applied it. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Chanel Radieuse (217) (LE, $34.00) is more frosted, sheerer. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Vivid Imagination (LE, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Angel (P, $15.00) is similar but slightly frosted. See comparison swatches.

Soft Spoken is described as a “soft pink with red frost.” It’s a clear gloss with iridescent pink and copper shimmer. It has a moderate amount of shimmer and provides no color to the lips. It wore for three hours. MAC Impossibly Sweet (LE, $15.00), MAC Like Venus (P, $20.00), MAC Pleasure Principle (LE, $20.00), and Chanel Petillant (P, $29.50) are all similar. See comparison swatches.

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Stroke of Midnight/Pink

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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9/10

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9/10

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Product

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8/10

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Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Revlon Fire ColorBurst Lipgloss
Revlon Fire ColorBurst Lipgloss

Revlon Fire ColorBurst Lipgloss ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, bright red with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque on the lips, and it had a lovely, high-shine finish. The consistency wasn’t sticky, not too thick or too thin, and applied evenly without settling into lip lines. It wore well for four and a half hours. I couldn’t think of anything truly comparable to this in terms of opacity and finish. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is sheerer. MAC Totally Fab (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Revlon Orchid ColorBurst Lipgloss ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a neutral-cool, light-medium pink with lots of lighter pink and pale gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a high-shimmer finish–almost frosted but the shimmer is fine enough that it doesn’t reach full-on frost or metallic. It had the same lightweight, comfortable, non-sticky texture.. It wore well for three hours. L’Oreal Pucker-Up Pink (LE, $7.99) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Trashed (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. NARS Candy Says (LE, $26.00) is similar. MAC Floating Lotus (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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10/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag ($59.50) includes a travel-sized blush (0.09 oz. vs. 0.21 oz.), full-sized lipglass (0.17 fl. oz.), full-sized lipstick (0.10 oz.), travel-sized #129 brush, and a slim mirror. It is an exclusive set to MAC stores and maccosmetics.com. The #129SE brush felt really floppy; the brush head seemed a lot longer than the full-sized #129, and it was also somewhat scratchy. The mirror works as it should, but it’s all mirror, so it’s easy to smudge and get fingerprints on it when removing it from its pouch. The bag is a good size and will fit several products easily. I liked the lipstick and gloss, and Margin is an old favorite, though it does emphasize pores slightly. The set contains $9 worth of blush, $15 worth of gloss, and $15 worth of lipstick for a total of $39 in color products; then there is some value for the #129SE, mirror, and bag–all of which are hard to value.

Margin is described as a “peach with gold shimmer.” It’s a peachy-brown with a golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and just slightly powdery. There is a slight emphasis of pores with the frosted, metallic finish. It wore well for seven and a half hours. I found this color hard to dupe, actually. MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $23.50) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Pure Sophistication is described as a “gold frost.” It’s a golden-orange-tinted gloss with a ton of gold, copper, and dark gold shimmer. On lips, it warms up the natural lip color but mostly adds a lot of shimmer. It wore well for three hours. MAC Pure Flattery (LE, $15.00) is less gold. MAC Natural Flare (LE, $20.00) is more orange. Bobbi Brown Canary (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Night to Remember is described as a “warm red frost [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a brightened, medium red with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it wore well for five and a half hours, plus it left behind a soft stain. It was neither hydrating nor drying. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is similar. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is warmer. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is more matte. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Cockney (P, $15.00) is a touch warmer. Guerlain Genna (LE, $49.50) is similar. Guerlain Habit Rouge (P, $35.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

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Stroke of Midnight/Coral

A-
The #129SE brush felt really floppy; the brush head seemed a lot longer than the full-sized #129, and it was also somewhat scratchy. The mirror works as it should, but it's all mirror, so it's easy to smudge and get fingerprints on it when removing it from its pouch. The bag is a good size and will fit several products easily. I liked the lipstick and gloss, and Margin is an old favorite, though it does emphasize pores slightly.

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9/10

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9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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B+

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9/10

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Nude Lip Bag
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Nude Lip Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Nude Lip Bag ($39.50 for 0.198 oz.) features a full-size lipstick and Cremesheen Glass, plus a miniature-sized lip pencil.  Each lip bag contains $15.00 worth of Lipstick, $20.00 worth of Cremesheen Glass, and $5 worth of Lip Pencil, bringing the total value of the set to $40–plus there is a zippered bag that comes with the products. Note, Creme d’Nude and Boldly Bare are both part of the permanent range, while the Cremesheen Glass is a new, limited edition shade–but MAC has released many peachy-beige glosses in the past. The lip pencil drastically changes the way the gloss or the lipstick look, as it is significantly darker and browner than either (this is just a note, whether that’s a good or bad thing is up to you!). I’m not really enamored over this set (or the value proposition of the lip bags this year), and you can consider buying two of three separately.

Softly Lit is described as a “soft beige with pink frost.” It’s a pale, warm-toned peach with pink and white micro-shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part (and quite well for such a milky, pale gloss). It lasted an hour and a half on me, which is pretty short on me. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is slightly pinker, less shimmery. MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is darker. Chanel Zephyr (377) (LE, $29.50) is similar. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is similar. MAC Fashion Whim (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Creme d’Nude is described as a “pale muted peach beige [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a pale, pink-tinged beige and a faint sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it can sometimes show “lines” of color if you press your lips together. It wore for three and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $15.00) is warmer, darker/ MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Nude (P, $48.00) is pinker, darker. MAC Luxe Natural (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Ruffian Naked (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Myth (P, $15.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Woo Me (LE, $19.00) is darker. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $15.00) is a little pinker. See comparison swatches.

Boldly Bare is described as a “dirty red brown.” It’s a pink-tinged, medium brown with a matte finish.  It had opaque color coverage.  It lasted six and a half hours on, and it wasn’t really drying, though it felt dry (the way lip pencils often do). MAC Staunchly Stylish (P, $19.50) is browner. MAC Have to Have It (LE) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

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Stroke of Midnight/Nude

B

Note, Creme d'Nude and Boldly Bare are both part of the permanent range, while the Cremesheen Glass is a new, limited edition shade--but MAC has released many peachy-beige glosses in the past. The lip pencil drastically changes the way the gloss or the lipstick look, as it is significantly darker and browner than either (this is just a note, whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you!). I'm not really enamored over this set (or the value proposition of the lip bags this year), and you can consider buying two of three separately.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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7/10

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9/10

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5.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Viva Glamorous Lip Bag
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Viva Glamorous Lip Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Viva Glamorous Lip Bag ($30.00 for 0.27 oz.) includes a lipstick and lipgloss, both the original edition of Viva Glam. Do you know the best part about this bag? Every single cent of the price goes towards the MAC AIDS Fund. Not $1, not proceeds, but the whole thing. If neither of these colors are up your alley, consider one of the other shades in the Viva Glam family if you haven’t. Both of these shades are also available individually. Every single cent of every single Viva Glam product goes towards MAF.

Viva Glam I Lipglass is a muted, medium-dark red with brown undertones and a glossy shine. It had opaque color coverage and did not settle into lip lines. It lasted for four and a half hours. NARS Wonder (LE, $25.00) and NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) are both more orange. See comparison swatches.

Viva Glam I Lipstick is a medium-dark, slightly muted, red with brown undertones and a slight cool tone to it. It has rich, opaque color coverage, and the consistency is lightly creamy and glides on well. Viva Glam I has been a classic red for me for years; it’s a retro, toned down red that works on a lot of skin tones. It wore well for six hours and left behind a stain; it was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Role Play (P, $18.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani The Red (400) (P, $32.00) is less matte. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Such Flare (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Luxure (P, $49.50) is similar. Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is warmer, brighter. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

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Viva Glam I

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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10/10

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