Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

MAC Flowerscope Lipstick
MAC Flowerscope Lipstick

MAC Flowerscope Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “clean red-pink with blue undertone.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones, fine fuchsia pearl, and a natural finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a noticeable translucency that will let the natural lip color come through. The texture is slightly firm until it warms up against the natural lip. It wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $37.00) is darker. MAC Impassioned (P, $17.00) is warmer, less glossy. MAC Lickable (P, $17.00) is cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Roll the Dice (118) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Voila! (120) (P, $30.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $51.00) is darker, warmer. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is lighter. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less pigmented. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $22.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Tumultuous Pink (P, $30.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Crianza (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is warmer, glossier. Guerlain Very Pink (360) (P, $37.00) is lighter. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Heaux Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “berry.” It’s a medium-dark, berry-red with a hint of pink and subtle, cool undertones (it almost looks warm-toned against my complexion at times). This shade was released previously with a Retro Matte finish, but it is now an Amplified finish. The color is similar, though a little more muted and less cool-toned to me, while the formula applies better and is more forgiving once it warms up, but it doesn’t last as long (it wears for five hours in this formula). It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on evenly, and the formula was neither drying nor hydrating. Burberry Bright Plum (15) (P, $30.00) is darker. Buxom Menace (P, $21.00) is glossier. NARS Palais Royal (P, $25.00) is darker, warmer. Bite Beauty Aubergine (P, $24.00) is cooler. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Moroccan Rouge (DC, $50.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Didier (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. Estee Lauder Thrilling (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Unattainable (P, $30.00) is cooler, less glossy. Estee Lauder Intriguing (P, $30.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Quelle Surprise Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep purple berry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark berry with cool undertones and fine pink and violet pearl. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that went on evenly but pulled into lip lines just slightly after three hours of wear. The color lasted closer to four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Guerlain Bee (LE, $51.00) is lighter, more muted. Guerlain Flirt (LE, $35.00) is darker, more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty Little Pretty (130) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is brighter, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is more muted, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Alasdhair (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay After Dark (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Metallic Jelly (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: MAC Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) has a variety of finishes, which results in color coverage, finish, comfort, wear, and texture to vary from finish to finish. Lustres tend to be sheer to semi-sheer with a thin, slippery consistency and wear one to three hours; they are lightly to moderately drying on me, despite their slip. Cremesheens typically have semi-opaque to opaque coverage, wear an average of four hours, are sometimes drying and sometimes not drying, and have a light shine to their finish. Amplifieds have a light sheen, opaque coverage, slightly thicker consistency but is less “heavy” in look compared to satins; they are typically not drying but not hydrating and can wear four to six hours. Satins have less sheen compared to Amplifieds but have similar coverage and wear. Mattes, particularly newer iterations of the finish, have a velvety, silicone-like consistency that makes them easier to apply without drag, and they typically have opaque coverage and wear four to six hours, but they can be drying. Retro Mattes are ultra-matte with a very flat, nearly no-sheen finish, and they are often stiffer in the tube but thinner in consistency compared to satins or mattes; they are often drying but wear four to eight hours. All MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented with no discernible taste.

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Kat Von D Melancholia Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Melancholia Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Melancholia Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “rose blush.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a flat, matte finish. It had rich, opaque color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, which was a nice surprise. The texture was soft, dried down quickly enough not to feel like it took forever to dry but gave you enough time to work with it to get crisp edges. It lasted for six and a half hours on me with light fading along the center of the lips but not enough to be jarring. It felt a bit drying after five hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is warmer, glossier. Colour Pop 1st Base (P, $6.00) is darker. Colour Pop Fetch (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pow (600) (P, $28.00) is darker, glossier. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is warmer, glossier. MAC Sweet Experience (LE, $16.00) is lighter, glossier. Kat Von D Lovesick (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Lovesick Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “mauve nude.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly opaque pigmentation, though there was a hint of the natural lip color coming through. The color applied evenly, though, and was easy to work with. The texture was lightweight, comfortable to wear for the first five hours, and then drying for the next few (total wear of seven hours). Maybelline Blushing Pout (P, $7.99) is lighter. Kat Von D Melancholia (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer. Maybelline Ravishing Rose (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline Lust for Blush (P, $7.99) is darker, warmer. NARS Anna (P, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Steady Going (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wear, full coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth, matte finish.” Of the liquid lipsticks on the market that go and have a full dry-down, Kat Von D’s formula remains my favorite, as it is the easiest to apply with the kindest learning curve and lasts awhile. Some shades are more drying than others, but typically they don’t get drying until after five to six hours of wear. They often wear anywhere from six to ten hours, depending on what you’ve had to eat or drink during the day. This formula is thin but not watery, has a longer dry down than most liquid lipsticks (but I noticed some of the newer shades dried to a mostly dry finish faster), and layers better than most (you can touch-up or add a second layer for more coverage). It takes about a minute for it to mostly set, but it will remain a little tacky in places for up to three minutes so you’ll want to avoid pressing your lips together if it doesn’t seem totally dry initially. There isn’t a noticeable scent or taste. If you don’t mind the trade-off between very long, near-pristine wear and being drying, it’s worth checking out. As a bonus, these also come with one of the most generous amounts of products within the realm of liquid lipsticks!

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Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Kat Von D Santa Sangre Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Santa Sangre Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Santa Sangre Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “poison apple.” It’s a brightened, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly. The texture dried down in about thirty seconds and didn’t remain tacky for long. On me, the color lasted for eight hours with little fading, and it started to feel drying after six hours of wear. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is lighter, cooler. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is darker, glossier. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Rei of Light (212) (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Temper (P, $22.00) is lighter. Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is lighter, cooler. Bite Beauty Candied Maple (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is glossier. Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Braised Maple (LE, $24.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Nosferatu Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “blood crimson.” It’s a deepened, medium-dark red with subtle, warmer undertones (I think it may lean more neutral on cooler skin tones) with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on evenly, but you can tell it’s not fully opaque as my lip freckle comes through noticeably. There is enough time to work with it, so you could add more product to improve payoff while initially applying the color. It lasted for eight and a half hours and looked little worse for the wear at that point. To me, it started to feel drying at the six hour mark. MAC Extended Play (DC, $18.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Studded Kiss (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is cooler, glossier. NARS Olivia (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier. NARS Jeanne (P, $32.00) is warmer, glossier. NARS Sandra (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. NARS VIP Red (P, $26.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is darker. Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Braised Maple (LE, $24.00) is lighter, glossier. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is lighter, glossier. MAC Viva Glam I (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wear, full coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth, matte finish.” Of the liquid lipsticks on the market that go and have a full dry-down, Kat Von D’s formula remains my favorite, as it is the easiest to apply with the kindest learning curve and lasts awhile. Some shades are more drying than others, but typically they don’t get drying until after five to six hours of wear. They often wear anywhere from six to ten hours, depending on what you’ve had to eat or drink during the day. This formula is thin but not watery, has a longer dry down than most liquid lipsticks (but I noticed some of the newer shades dried to a mostly dry finish faster), and layers better than most (you can touch-up or add a second layer for more coverage). It takes about a minute for it to mostly set, but it will remain a little tacky in places for up to three minutes so you’ll want to avoid pressing your lips together if it doesn’t seem totally dry initially. There isn’t a noticeable scent or taste. If you don’t mind the trade-off between very long, near-pristine wear and being drying, it’s worth checking out. As a bonus, these also come with one of the most generous amounts of products within the realm of liquid lipsticks!

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Friday, July 31st, 2015

Estee lauder Shameless Violet Pure Color Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee lauder Shameless Violet Pure Color Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee lauder Pure Color Matte Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new formula that features “rich saturated color” with a matte finish that is “luxuriously comfortable.” I bought three to try out the formula, and this post features those three. The formula is comfortable to wear with a light-medium weight consistency that is creamy and smooth with good pigmentation, though some shades are more pigmented than others. They’re more semi-matte to satin with none of the three I tried having a really flat, matte finish (like a liquid lipstick), so keep that in mind on whether it aligns with your preference for mattes. All three shades were easy to apply, comfortable to wear, and long-wearing. They reminded me of formulas like MAC’s newer Mattes, Urban Decay Matte Revolution, and NARS Audacious.

Estee lauder Shameless Violet Pure Color Matte Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark purple with subtle, warmer pink tones and a satin sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage that applied without dragging, but it could have applied a little more evenly. The color lasted for seven hours on me and was a little hydrating in the beginning but never drying. Kat Von D Ayesha (P, $20.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy. MAC Matte Royal (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Melt Cosmetics By Starlight (P, $19.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Illamasqua ESP (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee lauder Stronger Pure Color Matte Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark fuchsia-magenta with warmer undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture of this shade was firmer and thinner compared to the other two shades, though it didn’t tug at the lips, but the resulting finish was also the closest to true matte. It had mostly opaque covoerage that applied evenly and smoothly, and it wore well for seven hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Quick Sizzle (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. Le Metier de Beaute Paris (P, $32.00) is lighter. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $20.00) is cooler, less glossy. NARS Silvia (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier. MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler. Colour Pop Drive In (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee lauder Unattainable Pure Color Matte Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a reddish-plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was lightly creamy and glided on easily without tugging on the lips. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered well. I noticed some color seemed to slip into lip lines, but it was hard to notice from a normal viewing distance. On me, the color stayed on for almost eight hours and was neither drying nor hydrating at the end. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is glossier. Givenchy Rose Precieux (311) (LE, $36.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Kat Von D Double Dare Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Double Dare Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Double Dare Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “cocoa blush.” It’s a muted, medium-dark coral-pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that applied really smoothly and evenly, while it wore for seven and a half hours with minimal fading. It only seemed to feel drying after six hours of wear. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is lighter, glossier. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer. Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Negligee (LE, $50.00) is more shimmery, glossier. NARS Bansar (P, $25.00) is warmer, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Richard (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, glossier. Colour Pop Topanga (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Colour Pop Topanga (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. MAC Brick-o-la (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Burberry Redwood (304) (P, $30.00) is darker. Colour Pop Bumble (P, $6.00) is the same. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Mother Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “dusty mauve pink.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark pink with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage (almost opaque) that went on smoothly and evenly, but the dry down seemed to emphasize the the natural texture of the lips a little more than other shades, like Double Dare. The color lasted for nearly eight hours on me and was slightly drying after six and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop Thirsty (LE, $5.00) is glossier. Kat Von D Bauhau5 (P, $20.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is lighter, glossier. MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $16.00) is darker, brighter, cooler. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is lighter, brighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wear, full coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth, matte finish.” Of the liquid lipsticks on the market that go and have a full dry-down, Kat Von D’s formula remains my favorite, as it is the easiest to apply with the kindest learning curve and lasts awhile. Some shades are more drying than others, but typically they don’t get drying until after five to six hours of wear. They often wear anywhere from six to ten hours, depending on what you’ve had to eat or drink during the day. This formula is thin but not watery, has a longer dry down than most liquid lipsticks (but I noticed some of the newer shades dried to a mostly dry finish faster), and layers better than most (you can touch-up or add a second layer for more coverage). It takes about a minute for it to mostly set, but it will remain a little tacky in places for up to three minutes so you’ll want to avoid pressing your lips together if it doesn’t seem totally dry initially. There isn’t a noticeable scent or taste. If you don’t mind the trade-off between very long, near-pristine wear and being drying, it’s worth checking out. As a bonus, these also come with one of the most generous amounts of products within the realm of liquid lipsticks!

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

MAC Star Magnolia Lipstick
MAC Star Magnolia Lipstick

MAC Star Magnolia Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright carnation pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and silver and pink frost. It is one of the more frosty (less pearly) shades in the range, and the texture of the shimmer is noticeable when applying the lipstick from the tube. It wore for three hours and was drying on me. Too Faced Metallic Bunny (P, $21.00) is brighter. Chanel Elise (448) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery. Maybelline Hibiscus Pop (715) (P, $7.49) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Snapdragon (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Powerful (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. MAC What a Feeling! (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is brighter, cooler. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Koi Coral Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pale peachy nude.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with subtle, warm undertones and a soft sheen. This has some of the least noticeable pearl in it. The texture gravitated towards lip lines, though, and didn’t apply evenly. It lasted for two and a half hours and was drying. Chanel Peregrina (P, $34.00) is lighter. Burberry Devon Sunset (P, $30.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Charmed (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, brighter, more pigmented. MAC Bare Hug (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Passion Charge (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Chanel Boheme (91) (P, $35.00) is brighter, warmer. bareMinerals Feel the Love (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Lovelight (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Liberte (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nippon Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “creamy mid-tone coral pink.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink with warm undertones and gold pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied evenly, and it didn’t settle too much into lip lines until after thee hours of wear (which was the total length of wear). It was a little drying overall. Tarte Rare (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Lovelight (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Bare Hug (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Estee Lauder Charmed (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC I’m In (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. MAC Marque (P, $23.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Too Faced Metallic Tu-tu (P, $21.00) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Mademoiselle (434) (P, $36.00) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Legende (428) (P, $36.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Desinvolte (97) (P, $35.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pickled Plum Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright blue-pink.” It’s a medium, fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and faint gold and pink pearl. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that covered the lips with mostly even color, though it pulled into lip lines just slightly. The color lasted for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Happy Ending (116) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Happy Ending (116) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. Too Faced Metallic Dream House (P, $21.00) is brighter. Chanel Jean (454) (P, $36.00) is lighter. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is darker, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is darker, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Justin (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Ladyflower (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: MAC Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) has a variety of finishes, which results in color coverage, finish, comfort, wear, and texture to vary from finish to finish. Lustres tend to be sheer to semi-sheer with a thin, slippery consistency and wear one to three hours; they are lightly to moderately drying on me, despite their slip. Cremesheens typically have semi-opaque to opaque coverage, wear an average of four hours, are sometimes drying and sometimes not drying, and have a light shine to their finish. Amplifieds have a light sheen, opaque coverage, slightly thicker consistency but is less “heavy” in look compared to satins; they are typically not drying but not hydrating and can wear four to six hours. Satins have less sheen compared to Amplifieds but have similar coverage and wear. Mattes, particularly newer iterations of the finish, have a velvety, silicone-like consistency that makes them easier to apply without drag, and they typically have opaque coverage and wear four to six hours, but they can be drying. Retro Mattes are ultra-matte with a very flat, nearly no-sheen finish, and they are often stiffer in the tube but thinner in consistency compared to satins or mattes; they are often drying but wear four to eight hours. All MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented with no discernible taste.

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Koi Coral

C-

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

Results
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Dupes
P
product

Nippon

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
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Dupes
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