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MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette ($49.50 for 0.287 oz.) contains three eyeshadows, two cheek products, and two lip colors housed in a medium-large sized ivory-hued palette with a strand of “pearls” along the exterior edge of the palette. It has a mirror on the interior and a plastic flap that covers the three cream products and protects them from getting powdery bits mixed in them. I wasn’t wowed by any of the products in this particular set, unfortunately. The pearls feel flimsy–I greatly worry about them lifting while traveling (same goes for all of the compacts like this in the collection). The palette includes: $18 worth of eyeshadow, $5.44 worth of lipstick, $15.40 worth of Cream Colour Base, and $8.63 worth of Iridescent Pressed Powder (best estimate based on last price/oz. I have, since this isn’t a formula MAC has released in a long time individually). There is also a double-ended 275/316 brush included, which adds some value. The value of the color products is $47.47 plus the brush. MAC’s pre-made face palettes always seem to be the least value-packed.

Born to Dazzle is described as a “white gold champagne with pearl.” It’s a very sparkly, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a glittery finish. It is more metallic on the skin, so it does emphasize pores somewhat. The color payoff is nice, and it doesn’t have a white or chalky base to it. On me, it lasted seven and a half hours before turning patchy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Filament is described as a “platinum silver [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a golden silver–like a really, really light warm pewter–with a sparkly finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, in line with the Lustre formula, and a sparkly texture that resulted in some fall out during wear. A lot of the sparkles didn’t seem to translate on the lid, though. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes. /

Aristocratic Aura is described as a “dirty blue grey with silver pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium taupe with a hint of mauve and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was really stiff to work with, which made it frustrating to apply. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It’s made a few appearances in the holiday collection this year, and none of them good. This version was particularly bad, as the color payoff was sheer, while the texture was so, so dry and stiff. You can the ever-growing list of dupes here.

Pearl is described as a “pale gold with icy shimmer.” It’s a light, golden beige with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff that was buildable and blendable, so you could wear it more intensely or as a subtle wash. It had a creamy, emollient consistency that made it easy to spread across the skin, but it only wore for six and a half hours on me. It’s part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Petulance is described as a “mauvey mid-tone nude [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium, pink-tinged peach with a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, but it could be a bit streaky if you’re not careful. It lasted for three hours and felt thin, a little clingy, on the lips. It didn’t seem drying, though, so that was a surprise. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Evening Posh is described as a “clean bright red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage and wore well for six hours. The consistency was creamier than Petulance, so it applied more readily and was comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Keepsakes Face Palette Smoky
Smoky
Smoky
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
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Born to Dazzle

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Carbon

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Pearl

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MAC Keepsakes/Nude Lip Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Nude Lip Bag
MAC Keepsakes/Nude Lip Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Nude Lip Bag ($39.50 for 0.31 oz.) includes three, full-sized peach-hued lip products, plus a glittery bag to put them in. The set launches October 17th online and will head in stores on the 23rd (see full details here. The set contains $47 worth of products (plus the bag).

Chic Supremacy Lipglass is described as a “soft creamy yellow nude.” It’s a light, yellowed peach with subtle gold shimmer. It looks mostly like a cream color applied. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it was milky and thick enough that it settled into lip lines and was tough to even out. It lasted for three hours applied. Too Faced Naked Dolly (LE) is lighter. NARS Striptease (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Revved Up (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Divergent Natural Virtue (LE) is similar. MAC Lovingly Yours (P, $22.00) is sheerer. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is warmer. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is pinker. MAC Liquid Passion (LE, $15.00) is yellower. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Peachstock (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Illicit (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Fashion Whim (P, $20.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kiss the King Lipstick is described as a “peachy coral [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, pink-mauve with gold shimmer and luminous finish. While there is warmth from the gold shimmer, the underlying color reads rather cool-toned on me. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a noticeable golden sheen and an overlal lightening of the lips. It lasted for three hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Too Faced Shimmering Marshmallow Bunny (LE, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Lip Blossom (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker. L’Oreal Ballerina Shoes (135) (P, $8.95) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Quiver (P, $48.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Boldly Bare Lip Pencil is described as a “dirty red brown.” It’s a muted, light-medium peach-brown with a matte finish. It lasts for six and a half hours, but it can be hard to apply all-over the lips. It gets a little tacky while it is drying down, so take care not to press lips together initially. It feels clingy and dry, but it wasn’t actually drying while worn. This is part of the permanent range. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $19.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Deep (P, $19.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked (P, $19.00) is pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Keepsakes/Lip Bag Nude Lip
Nude Lip
Nude Lip
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Chic Supremacy

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MAC Keepsakes/Red Lip Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Red Lip Bag
MAC Keepsakes/Red Lip Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Red Lip Bag ($39.50 for 0.31 oz.) includes three, full-sized red-hued lip products, plus a glittery bag to put them in. The set launches October 17th online and will head in stores on the 23rd (see full details here. The set contains $47 worth of products (plus the bag). Though I love the color of Ruby Woo (a very classic red), it is drying on me over time, so you may want to carefully prep lips and be aware that you may need a little balm beforehand. Topping with the gloss helps to mitigate some of the drying qualities of the lipstick, but it had a tendency to feather after a few hours (which I don’t usually experience).

Ruby Woo Lipglass is a brightened, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a thick, tacky texture. It bled slightly on me after three and a half hours of wear, though the color wore five hours on me in total. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is more shimmery. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is sheerer. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is not quite as blue-based. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ruby Woo Lipstick is a deepened, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and an ultra-matte finish. It has full color coverage that wears for hours and hours (I took mine off after eight hours). It was somewhat drying on me, unfortunately, after about two and a half hours of wear. Kat Von D Hellbent (P, $21.00) is less blue-based, darker. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is similar, slightly pinker. Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Ruby Woo Lip Pencil is a medium, pink-red with cool undertones and a matte finish. It’s not a comfortable product to wear on its own, and it takes some work to get an even layer of color if you actually fill in all of your lip area. It does cling, and it makes my lips look like raisins. It lasted for eight hours on me, but it was very drying on its own. It was surprisingly a lot lighter than the lipstick, though. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $19.50) is darker. MAC Trust in Red (P, $19.50) is similar. Urban Decay 69 (P, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Keepsakes/Lip Bag Red Lip
Red Lip
Red Lip
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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Ruby Woo

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Chanel Volage (227) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Volage (227) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Volage (227) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Volage (227) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light, muted pink-peach with a luminous finish. NARS Raquel (P, $32.00) is more opaque, lighter.MAC Dream Daze (LE, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Chanel Cheri (61) (P, $34.00) is warmer. Chanel Charmeuse (142) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Fleur d’Coral (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Shy Shine (P, $16.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It is one of the stranger lipsticks I’ve encountered, as it looks quite warm and peach in the tube, and then swatched, it retains that warmth, but applied, it lightens my natural lip color and the end result is more pink than peach. It had semi-opaque color coverage (you can tell by my lip freckle) with a light sheen. The texture was thin with a fair amount of slip, so it glided on without tugging, but it can look streaky. It lasted two hours on me, and it was drying on me. It felt more like a Rouge Coco Shine than a Rouge Allure to me, and it looked it, too, with its sheerer coverage. It’s the only new shade of Rouge Allure from the holiday collection, and I skipped

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Volage (227)
Volage (227)
Volage (227)
6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
72%
Total

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Guerlain Gina Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gina Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gina Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gina Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright golden red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium orange-red with warm undertones and fine gold shimmer. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Fashion Trip (LE, $22.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, redder. Tom Ford Beauty Firecracker (06) (LE, $49.00) is lighter.Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is redder. Giorgio Armani #300 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Maybelline Neon Red (P, $7.49) is less shimmery, brighter. Guerlain Genna (LE, $51.00) is less red. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I was sorting through my Rouge Gs and moving discontinued/limited edition shades to their own containers, so I could have the permanent shades all in one place (to make it easier to find them). And then, something crazy occurred–I discovered I was missing one! I immediately rectified that and bought Gina over the weekend. It had rich, opaque color coverage that didn’t look heavy, while the consistency was lightweight with a light emollient quality that made it slide over the lips like butter but able to stay in place. The color lasted for six hours on me and was nicely hydrating over time, and it left a light reddish stain behind. It’s never a hardship to test a Rouge G, though my wallet feels quite differently!

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color Gina
Gina
Gina
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set
NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set ($49.00 for 0.27 oz.) includes five, travel-sized lip pencils. Each Velvet Matte Lip Pencil contains 0.06 oz., and each Satin Lip Pencil contains 0.05 oz.  It is exclusive to Sephora.  They come in a long, rectangular plastic box (feels like acrylic to me, but I’m not an expert on materials!)–it’s thick, sturdy plastic, and it feels like something you would keep, not toss away. Three shades are limited edition (and two of those were released earlier this year in the Final Cut collection), and two are part of the permanent range. The only real downside to NARS’ lip pencils is that they require sharpening, so there is waste, and they may not be as travel-friendly since they don’t just twist-up. Otherwise, the formula has good color payoff, wears well, and is comfortable to wear.

Descanso is described as a “tea rose.” It’s a lightly pink-tinged peach with a satin finish. It has mostly opaque color coverage that wears for four hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Torres del Paine is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a light-medium, softened peach-orange with a satin finish. It wore nicely for four hours and was lightly hydrating over time. It was semi-opaque with a slight translucency where the natural lip color came through. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Iberico is described as an “intense coral.” It’s a bold, bright orange-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and it was creamy enough that it glided on without skipping and delivered even color. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind. It was a little drying towards the end. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Yu is described as a “shocking pink.” It’s a bright, fuchsia pink with cool, magenta undertones and a luminous finish. The shade yiedled fairly opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. It lasts for six hours and leaves a stain behind, while it felt lightly hydrating. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cruella is described as a “passionate scarlet red. It’s a muted, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. The consistency had a light waxiness to it that gave it that “velvet” feel when applied, so it didn’t skip or drag on the lips. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and it lasted for six hours. I found it a bit drying, which was the only downside. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Holiday 2014 Lip Pencil Set Digital World
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Torres del Paine

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Yu

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