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Sneak Peek: MAC The Matte Lip Collection Photos & Swatches

MAC The Matte Lip Lipsticks
MAC The Matte Lip Lipsticks

MAC The Matte Lip Collection launches online on October 2nd and arrives in-stores (and at-counters) on October 9th. The international release date is October 2014 with no specific date. I don’t have the blushes from this launch, but I will definitely purchase and review them when they go up for sale. Full reviews, photos, swatches, and more to come soon! Please hold questions until I’ve had a chance to review – that is when I will mention possible dupes, wear, color, etc. Thank you!

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Gucci Bitter Grape & Fever Audacious Color Intense Lipsticks

Gucci Lipsticks
Gucci Lipsticks

Gucci Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick ($39.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to “grip the lips for bold, saturated color” while feeling “weightless.” It is supposed to have “incredible coverage in a single swipe.” I had a good experience (aside from taste) with one shade, and a less impressive experience with the other shade I purchased. Both were pigmented, though, and they wore for a good length of time (see below for wear times).

The formula is scented with “Blue Chocolate,” which I have no idea what that translates to (initially, I thought it was a scent they had, but I couldn’t find anything on it). It has a sweet, vanilla base with a little earthiness, but it has a “perfume-y” feel overall. The scent is noticeable applied, not just in the tube, and it created a constant taste of soapiness when I wore both shades. As in, for the entire length of time I wore each shade, I felt like I had a bar of soap in my mouth. I don’t normally have issues with taste on most products. You may be less sensitive to taste, or may taste more appetizing to you, so your mileage may vary.

You may be wondering what the difference is between the Audacious Color-Intense formula and the Luxurious Moisture-Rich formula. The description Gucci gives for the latter is that it “delivers bold color with an opulent finish” that “moisturizers” with “incredible coverage in a single swipe.” The reality is that the Luxurious Moisture-Rich formula really only seems to emphasize that it’s hydrating (and has an “opulent finish,” which could mean anything!). My experience was that the Luxurious Moisture-Rich formula is more emollient, thinner, and has a wetter feel overall; the finish is glossier, the wear is shorter (in comparison), and is slightly more hydrating (but both formulas are hydrating). I actually wore Bitter Grape on half my lips with Tiger Lily on the other half (they’re very similar in color), and the difference is fairly pronounced in that side-by-side, particularly when I pressed my lips together. The Audacious formula holds onto lips (but not in an uncomfortable, clingy way) and therefore tends to wear longer and has a less glossy finish.

Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick ($39.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a purpled-berry with cool undertones and a light dusting of violet shimmer. The shimmer is fine and subtle enough that it doesn’t really seem to be present indoors–only under sunlight. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a noticeable translucency where the natural lip color did come through. It had a lightly glossy finish, and it wore well for five hours. It was lightly hydrating while worn. Gucci Beauty Tiger Lily (P, $39.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Primrose (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is less glossy, redder. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is brighter. Guerlain Flirt (LE, $35.00) is similar. Guerlain Bee (LE, $51.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gucci Fever Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick ($39.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, coral-orange with with subtle, very fine gold shimmer. It had opaque color coverage and a luminous finish. I had a lot of application trouble with this one (and it doesn’t seem to show up as much in the photos as it does in real life), as it is overly-clingy so it clings to itself and clumps up on the lips and will catch on any imperfections on the lips. It tugged a bit during application, but it didn’t feel dry. This shade wore well for four and a half hours. Tom Ford Beauty Twist of Fate (LE, $50.00) is more orange. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is lighter, pinker, less shimmery. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, less shimmery. Bite Beauty Cin Cin (P, $24.00) is more orange. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gucci Beauty Audacious Color Intense Lipstick Bitter Grape
Bitter Grape
Bitter Grape
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Gucci Beauty Audacious Color Intense Lipstick Fever
Fever
Fever
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash

Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash
Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash

Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash ($39.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes six, miniature-sized Revolution lipsticks with three new, limited edition, exclusive shades to the set paired with three previously released shades (Gash, which was limited edition when it released, and Liar and F-Bomb, both of which are part of the permanent range). I think the set is a great idea, as you can try multiple shades without spending the full-priced equivalent to do so. The only downside is that mini lipsticks can be frustrating to use, because they’re less comfortable to hold (so much smaller!) and are more fragile (two of the six broke at the base while applying). The lipsticks themselves are consistent with the Revolution formula, which is one of my favorites, and I really hope these new shades get added to the permanent range.

Ladyflower is described as a “bright rose-pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia-plum with cool undertones and a luminous finish. It was intensely pigmented and yielded opaque color coverage that wore well for five hours and was nicely hydrating over time. There’s a slightly muted quality to the color that makes it less your typical fuchsia but not quite a plum. NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Vigne (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Heavenly Hybrid (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. L’Oreal Pink Flamingo (180) (P, $8.95) is lighter. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is brighter. MAC Dish It Up (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Illicit is described as a “sheer baby pink.” It’s a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a frosted shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a lightly glossy finish. I’m really glad Urban Decay made mention that this is sheer, because the Revolution formula is known for its pigmentation. This shade lasted for two and a half hours on me, and it was somewhat streaky/uneven applied. If I pressed my lips together, there would be “lines.” Laura Mercier Heartbreaker (LE, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Snapdragon (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Flush (LE, $25.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Crush is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a bold, bright fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones. It’s so bright that it’s not even photographing right for me–it kept giving this golden-orange tinge as a reflection, which I can’t remember ever seeing before! I didn’t see any shimmer or orange-tinge to it in real life–just neon fuchsia. It’s richly pigmented, creamy, easy to apply, and lasts five and a half hours on me while being hydrating. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted. Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is darker, more matte. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is a smidgen cooler-toned (but they’re very similar). Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is cooler-toned. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is similar. Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Please see my previous reviews for Gash, Liar, and F-Bomb as well as Ozone Lip Pencil. 🙂

Urban Decay Lipstick Stash Full Frontal
Full Frontal
Full Frontal
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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Ladyflower

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Illicit

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Crush

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Gash

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Liar

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F-Bomb

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Ozone

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Too Faced Under the Mistletoe Set

Too Faced Under the Mistletoe Set
Too Faced Under the Mistletoe Set

Too Faced Under the Mistletoe Set ($28.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes three shimmery takes on three of the brand’s La Creme Lip Creams. Each is full-sized, so the set contains $66 worth of lipstick. The glittering pink mini bag it comes doesn’t feel particularly well made, and it flakes glitter everywhere. The formula is supposed to be like their La Creme (highly pigmented, hydrating, smooth), just with shimmer. They’re not as thick or as creamy, and with two shades, you can feel some of the shimmer–not gritty or really rough, but you can feel it when applying. They have more of a semi-matte finish from a normal viewing distance, despite the shimmer.

Shimmering Naked Dolly is a gold-shimmered, muted peach with warm undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it had some slip but the consistency was thinner overall. This one didn’t seem to apply as well, and it looked streaky on the lips. The color wore well for two and a half hours on me and was lightly drying. Urban Decay Peroxide (DC, $22.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Frolic (P, $48.00) is sheerer, darker. MAC Innocence (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shimmering Marshmallow Bunny is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a shimmery finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation. It glided on without tugging on the lips, as it had an emollient feel, but the color tended to look streaky. If I pressed my lips together, it would create “lines” where the product would build-up. This shade lasted for two and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pleasure Model (P, $18.00) is lighter, more matte. L’Oreal Ballerina Shoes (135) (P, $8.95) is darker. Urban Decay Peroxide (DC, $22.00) is warmer. NYX Chic (P, $4.00) is darker. MAC Giddy (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ShimmeringSpice Spice Baby is a reddish-coral with a light dusting of gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff, and the texture of this one was smoother–I didn’t notice the texture of the shimmer when applying–and it applied more evenly without looking streaky. It lasted for three and a half hours on me and was very lightly hydrating. Chanel Impulsive (132) (LE, $34.00) is darker. Urban Decay 5150 (DC, $22.00) is redder. Revlon Cruise Collection (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. Guerlain Pamplelune (P, $35.00) is similar. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel (LE, $51.00) is redder. Chanel Teheran (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Lip Trio Holiday 2014 Under the Mistletoe
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total
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Bobbi Brown Hot Berry, Lady Ruba, Watermelon Lip Colors

Bobbi Brown Hot Berry Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Hot Berry Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Hot Berry Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright, pink berry.” It’s a bright, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and violet iridiescent shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a smidgen of translucency that enabled the natural lip color to come through (this may turn red on those with more natural red pigment in their lip color). The consistency was lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply and didn’t have any issues on or when I pressed my lips together (a problem with some of the other shades in the range). It wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is brighter, warmer. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Tumultuous Pink (P, $30.00) is slightly brighter. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $22.00) is redder. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is more matte, no shimmer. Urban Decay Jilted (P, $22.00) is slightly redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright, reddish coral.” It’s a bold, orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It was incredibly pigmented and yielded full color coverage in a single stroke. The consistency was light-to-medium in weight but applied smoothly and stayed even throughout the wear. It lasted for six hours on me, though it was neither hydrating nor drying. This is a very common color–there are a lot of extremely similar shades to it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobbi Brown Watermelon Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright orange, pink.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-coral with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. On me, it almost looks cool-toned, but it is a warmer pink. It had rich, opaque color payoff, and the formula felt comfortable to wear, creamy, while it applied smoothly and evenly. This shade wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) (P, $28.00) is lighter. Guerlain Insolence (144) (LE, $35.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is similar. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobbi Brown Lip Color Hot Berry
Hot Berry
Hot Berry
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Bobbi Brown Lip Color Lady Ruba
Lady Ruba
Lady Ruba
Bobbi Brown Lip Color Watermelon
Watermelon
Watermelon
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre

Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre
Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre

Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre ($7.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright magenta with gold shimmer and highlight.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia pink with gold shimmer. The layer of gold shimmer seems to be a more defining characteristic of this shade, as it made it harder to dupe. Kat Von D Lullabye (P, $21.00) is more matte, no gold shimmer. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is a gloss, redder, less shimmery. MAC Pink Poodle (DC, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Milani Flashy (DC, $6.49) is less golden. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Yaoi (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, lacks the gold shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lip Lustres are supposed to be “non-sticky lipcolour, nearly as solid as lipstick, leaving rich colour on your lips but no goopy tackiness.” It had intense color payoff that yielded full color coverage. The color went on evenly and smoothly for a forgiving finish that was lightly shiny but not glossy (indeed, more like a liquid lipstick). The consistency is more liquid-like, but it isn’t runny as it has a denser, drier texture that is more comfortable applied than it seems initially, but it isn’t drying (nor hydrating). It also non-sticky as described. On me, the color lasted for five and a half hours before fading, and it left behind a slight stain. There was no discernible taste or smell.

Fyrinnae Lip Lustre Sexy Nerd
Sexy Nerd
Sexy Nerd
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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