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Kat Von D Adora Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Adora Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Adora Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Adora Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic candy apple red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish with a metallic shimmer. NARS Mondore (LE, $25.00) is more muted, darker, no shimmer. Estee Lauder Emotional (140) (P, $30.00) is browner, glossier, no shimmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Role Play (P, $18.00) is darker. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) has no metallic shimmer. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Super NSFW (P, $18.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kat Von D’s redone their lipstick formula, and it’s been repackaged with a glossy, black studded cap and base. It’s decreased slightly in size (0.11 oz. to 0.10 oz.), but the packaging is a lot sturdier than before. The packaging is quite light, though, and the plastic felt a bit thin though not to the point where it seemed fragile. I purchased a few shades when they launched earlier this week, and I was intending to review two or three at a time, but Adora lasted so long that it will probably take a day to test each shade!

Adora topped in at ten hours of wear and lasted through two meals and two cups of coffee; even at nine hours, it was only a little bit faded. It’s worth noting right away that the metallic finishes have a different texture/consistency (from what I can tell) compared to the (shimmer-free) matte finishes. The consistency has a light creaminess that keeps it from tugging on the lips, and it applied with even, opaque color coverage. The formula is vanilla-scented to me (though Sephora describes it as creme brulee) but has no discernible taste. I worried that this was going to be drying, but it seemed to maintain the state of my lips from start to finish, so it never really felt hydrating, but it wasn’t drying and my lips felt fine after wearing nothing but this for ten hours. It’s not transfer-proof, though if you blot once or twice, it is almost transfer-proof from thereon. I didn’t experience any bleeding or feathering with the richer red shade of Adora. The reformulated Adora seems slightly drier and less metallic compared to the original, though the reformulation wears a lot longer on me.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Adora
Adora
Adora
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

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MAC All About Pink Look in a Box

MAC All About Pink Look in a Box
MAC All About Pink Look in a Box

MAC All About Pink Look in a Box ($39.50) includes a full-sized lipstick, full-sized lipgloss, full-sized eyeliner, and a Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow trio (0.07 oz.). The lipstick and gloss are worth $31, eyeshadows are worth $20 (based on price per ounce of the full-sized Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palettes), and the eyeliner is worth $16 for a total value of $67 (not sure where they get $72 MAC and Nordstrom confirm it is $72 value as they are stating the value of the Veluxe Pearlfusion Trio at $25).  I will review the other kits as well — please give me time as there is a lot to test!

Embrace Me Lipstick is a brightened, cool-toned fuchsia pink with a matte finish. This shade was released before, but when I compared the two, the version included in this set has a bluer undertone and appears a bit lighter, which gives it a brighter overall look. It lasted for six hours and was lightly drying when worn. It had rich, opaque color coverage and didn’t tug too much at the lips when applied. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is brighter. Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Quick Sizzle (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unlimited Style Lipglass is a medium, blue-based pink with fuchsia and silver sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and some of the color did pull into lip lines but the opacity helped camouflage some of it. It had a slightly thick consistency and wore for four and a half hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is sheerer. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned, less glossy, less sparkly. Milani Flashy (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Silly (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fabulous Three #1 is described as a “soft beige.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed beige with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied both wet and dry, though it was smoother when applied with a dampened brush. The color stayed true for eight hours before fading. YSL Saharienne #1 (P) is less shimmery. Too Faced Riviera (P, $16.00) is similar. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is lighter. MAC Ricepaper (P, $15.00) is yellower. MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Halo (P, $24.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fabulous Three #2 is described as a “frosted peach.” It’s a metallic champagne beige with a high-shine finish and sparkle. This shade had good color payoff both wet and dry, though it was slightly darker when applied with a dampened brush. I didn’t notice any fading until after eight hours of wear, but there was some fall out. Marc Jacobs Beauty Honey Bunny (400) (P, $28.00) is a cream product. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P) is similar. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is warmer. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more glittery. Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.49) is a cream product. MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Benefit RSVP (P, $10.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fabulous Three #3 is described as a “burgundy.” It’s a medium-dark purpled burgundy with a satin finish. It had good coverage applied dry, but it appeared darker and more intense when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft and fairly smooth without being powdery. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. Kat Von D Wonderland (LE) is more shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #7 (P) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #4 (LE) is darker. Burberry Mulberry (24) (P) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Photogravure Technakohl is a dark brown with cool undertones and a matte finish. I’ve reviewed it previously here. It had decent to good color payoff and wears for eight hours on me.

MAC Look in a Box 2014 All About Pink
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham & Pop-arazzi Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks

Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick
Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick

Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new formula for fall. It’s described as “lightweight,” having a “burst of color–and hydration,” and is long-wearing. If you’re a fan of Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Lip Gels, I don’t think you’ll like these at all; the texture is drier, almost stiff and slightly chalky. The texture is noticeably thick and feels heavier on the lip, though it manages to look better than it feels. These are more like the old school, matte lip color. It’s imperative that you prep your lips prior to applying, as the thicker, drier formula will catch on any imperfections on the lip. I was surprised to see that these are huge–particularly for a lip pencil–at 0.15 oz., which is larger than most lipsticks, let alone jumbo lip pencil. They were also very pigmented, and these two shades wore for five to six hours (see below for specifics), but they tended to “crack” after two to three hours as the color settled into lip lines. I found the formula to be lightly drying–there was no burst of hydration whatsoever.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “coral rose.” It’s a brightened, coral-red with warm undertones and a satin matte finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that lasted for six hours on me but didn’t fade as evenly as I would have liked to see, as it settled into lip lines after four hours. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is redder. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is more orange. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is softer. Guerlain Gracy (LE, $51.00) is pinker, darker. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as an “electric rose.” It’s a bright, cool-toned, medium pink with blue undertones. It had full color coverage, and the color stayed on for five hours and started to “crack” and settle after three and a half hours of wear. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is brighter, bluer-based. This was the least chalky-feeling shade of the ones I tried. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is similar. Sephora Collection Cougar (P, $12.50) is lighter. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is sheerer. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick Wham (604)
Wham (604)
Wham (604)
7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total
Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick Pop-arazzi (606)
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace Revolution Lipstick

Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace Revolution Lipstick
Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace Revolution Lipstick

Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace Revolution Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “deep blood red.” It’s a rich, vibrant, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a soft shine. Urban Decay Gash (LE, $22.00) is more muted, cooler-toned. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is more matte. MAC Such Flare (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Runaway Red (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Dark Deed (LE, $16.00) is darker, less red. Guerlain Gwen (LE, $51.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Guerlain Garconne (P, $51.00) is brighter. Giorgio Armani The Red (400) (P, $32.00) is lighter. Dior Diorling (LE, $36.00) is more matte. Chanel Dragon (DC, $32.00) is glossier, shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Revolution Lipstick formula is supposed to be richly pigmented, hydrating, and have a “creamy shine.” Mrs. Mia Wallace was intensely pigmented with mostly opaque color coverage in a single swipe. It was lightly creamy, but it had noticeably less slip compared to other shades in the range. I felt like it was less glossy in finish, though it still had a noticeable shine, so it wasn’t matte. The formula was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear–long-wearing (seven hours plus a very strong stain) but never clingy or tacky.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Mrs. Mia Wallace
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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NARS Bansar & Mondore Satin Lip Pencils

NARS Bansar Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Bansar Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Bansar Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rose brown.” It’s a warm-toned, plummy brown with a satin-matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage (my lip freckle was just slightly visible), and the consistency was creamy, smooth, and velvety so it applied evenly and looked flattering on the lips. The color wore well for five and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. bareMinerals Break Away (LE) is lighter. Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) (P, $36.00) is brighter, lighter. MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Het Loo (P, $25.00) is more orange, brown. MAC Spice (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Mocha (P, $16.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Mondore Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cranberry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark red with warm, brown undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had rich, full color coverage in a single stroke, and the color applied beautifully as the consistency was creamy and glided over the lips easily. The color wore well for six and a half hours and left behind a stain. Like Bansar, it was comfortable to wear but was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is brighter. NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Bansar
Bansar
NARS Satin Lip Pencil Mondore
Mondore
Mondore

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) Lovemarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly muted, cool-toned, medium-dark berry with a luminous sheen. MAC Primrose (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, glossier. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is darker. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is brighter. Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is lighter, warmer. Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) is more matte. NARS Afghan Red (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Red Dwarf (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Guerlain Bee (LE, $51.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade was originally part of a 1,000 point set from Sephora, but it is now available individually for VIB Rouges as a limited edition, only-only shade. I hope that they’ll eventually release it to everyone, but I don’t have any inside information regarding this shade. The texture was lightly creamy but had less slip than other Lovemarc Lip Gels–it didn’t tug, but it hugged the lips more, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing with a deeper shade like Cabaret. Howeever, it had less of that “gel” feel and felt more like a traditional lipstick. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on evenly and made lips look smoother and slightly fuller. It wore well for almost six hours on me and left a lingering stain behind. The formula was lightly hydrating on me but less so than other shades in the range.

Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel Cabaret (146)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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