Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo & Ametista Classic Cream Lipsticks

Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “ice-cold, luminous green.” It’s a cool-toned, emerald green with fine emerald green shimmer. Illamasqua Violate (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick
Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick Smeraldo
F
Product
3
Pigmentation
4
Texture
6.5
Longevity
7
Application
2
Total
50%
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MAC Hautecore Lipstick for Black Friday 2013

MAC Hautecore Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “true matte black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deep, dark black with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. The consistency was creamier than the usual MAC Matte finish, so it didn’t tug or drag on the lips, though the color didn’t deposit evenly. It does take some finesse and maneuvering to get the color to be as crisp as one might desire.  I haven’t tried too many full-on black lipsticks, and the only one I could think that would compare was Make Up For Ever #50 (P, $19.00), which is less matte. See comparison swatches. A few readers in the comments (here and on social media) have suggested Illamasqua Pristine as a potential less-fussy black lipstick to work with.

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MAC Hautecore Lipstick
MAC Lipstick Hautecore
C+
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
3
Total
77%

Tom Ford Rouge Fatal Lip Color & Trophy Wife Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Rouge Fatal Lip Color ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is vibrant, warm red with orange-brown undertones and a luminous finish. This is very nearly the same as Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00), which I reviewed just yesterday–at the most, Rouge Fatal is slightly redder/not as brown. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is darker, less brown. NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is similar but more matte. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is metallic. MAC Viva Glam I (P, $15.00) is more matte. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is brighter, less brown. See comparison swatches.

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Tom Ford Rouge Fatal Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Rouge Fatal
A+
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
99%
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “classic red.” It’s a medium-dark, warmer red with brown-ish undertone and a glossy shine. It’s a warmer red that doesn’t go orange, as the warmth is coming from a brown undertone. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is darker, less brown. NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is similar but more matte. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is metallic. MAC Viva Glam I (P, $15.00) is more matte. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is brighter, less brown. See comparison swatches.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) Lovemarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel Showstopper (134)
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
98%

Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Rock Song Makeup Kit

Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Rock Song Makeup Kit ($50.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes three eyeshadows (0.10 oz. total) and a full-sized lipstick (0.14 oz.). The eyeshadows are housed within a bow-shaped, red-hued palette with black detailing, with a dual-ended applicator (sponge-tipped and brush)–you might think it’s four, but the silver shade is just repeated. The lipstick is full-sized and comes in a decorated, round tube with the lipstick bullet in the shape of Minnie Mouse (more or less). The lipstick was the best part of the set, and the eyeshadows were just so-so; the colors are, of course, very basic so many will have similar shades in their stash, but the color payoff was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque than richly pigmented. The three-way split pan is also rather small, and an eyeshadow brush (like MAC’s 239) just barely fits within. The tin, though, is nice, and it’s roomy and easily reused for whatever you desire. I was worried that while the aesthetic was appealing that the actual products wouldn’t be quite as impressive, and unfortunately, that was the case.

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Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Rock Song Makeup Kit
Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Makeup Kit Rock It
C
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
76%
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “cherry red.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark blue-based red with a luminous, slightly glossy, finish. It’s cherry red all day long. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $49.00) is less glossy, has some shimmer. MAC Glam (DC, $15.00) is pinker, more matte. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is not quite as bright. MAC Eden Rouge (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC MAC Red (P, $15.00)is matte. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is slightly bluer-bbased but very similar. See comparison swatches.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) Lovemarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel Neo-Noir (126)
A+
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
99%