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Dolce & Gabbana Rubino & Topazio Classic Cream Lipsticks

Dolce & Gabbana Rubino Classic Cream Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Rubino Classic Cream Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Rubino Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep red.” It’s a medium-dark red with muted, brown-ish tones. It runs slightly warm, but it’s almost neutral against my skin tone (probably because I’m warm-toned). Chanel Audacieuse (134) (LE, $34.00) is pinker. NARS Hyde Park (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Prolong (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Viva Glam I (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

It has a soft, luminous sheen with semi-opaque color. This shade had a lot of slip when applied, so the color moves around on the lip, which gave me slightly uneven color application towards the center of the mouth. I experienced very faint feathering after the fourth hour of wear–it lasted five and a half hours in total.

Topazio Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden amber-yellow.” It’s a semi-sheer to semi-opaque veil of gold shimmer and sparkle. There’s some color that gets aded, primarily giving my lip color a yellower, warmer, almost tangerine-like hue, but it’s mostly due to the high shimmer content in the product. MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Guerlain Altoum (LE, $35.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $18.00) is brighter and more oapque. See comparison swatches.

It doesn’t apply evenly, unfortunately, and part of that is owed to how slippery the formula is; the sparkle and shimmer tends to overlap and clump together, which keeps it from being a more even dusting of color. Of course, this formula is supposed to be highly pigmented, and it’s definitely not that. Applied very sheerly and blended with a lip brush or finger tip, this might work under a more pigmented gloss (I’m thinking red). It wore three hours on me and was actually a bit drying.

Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Cream lipsticks are supposed to have “bold color” and feel hydrating when worn. One thing worth noting is that the formula is heavily scented with rose and does have a slight rosy taste at times–I’m not particular sensitive to scented lip products, but it is one of the stronger fragranced lipsticks I’ve encountered (which you may love or may not). Both of these shades felt like they had more slip than other shades from the formula, though.

Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick Rubino
Rubino
Rubino
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick Topazio
Topazio
Topazio
D

Limited Edition

6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
3
Application
66%
Total

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Givenchy Beige Mousseline, Beige Plum, Brun Createur Le Rouge Lipsticks

Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) Le Rouge Lipstick
Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) Le Rouge Lipstick

Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light beige.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-beige with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had full, opaque color coverage, and it applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well for four hours and was somewhat hydrating. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $15.00) is slightly pinker. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is a touch browner. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is browner. MAC Yash (P, $15.00) is more matte, browner. MAC Wholesome (LE, $15.00) is less peach. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $15.00) is similar. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Beige Plume (102) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “peachy beige.” It’s a light-medium, coral with beige and a natural finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the consistency of this shade had more slip than others, so it didn’t apply as evenly as others. This shade lasted four hours on me and was somewhat hydrating. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $15.00) is less pink. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Peregrina (P, $34.00) is darker, shimmery. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Coral Bliss (LE, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Brun Createur (103) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dusty rose.” It’s a medium, warm-toned rose–almost like a rosy, but muted, coral–with a satin finish. This applied beautifully with full color coverage that made lips look smooth and full. It wore well for five and a half hours and was nicely moisturizing.  Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is a touch browner. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is similar. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Givenchy Le Rouge Beige Mousseline (101)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Beige Plume (102)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Brun Createur (103)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Buxom Serial Kisser Set

Buxom Serial Kisser Set
Buxom Serial Kisser Set

Buxom Serial Kisser Set ($32.00 for 5 x 0.04 oz.) includes five shades of miniature-sized Full-Bodied Lipsticks. Two of the five shades are part of the permanent range, while three are limited to this set (as far as I know). A full-sized lipstick contains 0.13 oz. of product and retails for $21. The set is pretty much a value of $32 in lipstick, but the benefit is you get five shades instead of one and a half–so for less the price of two individual shades, you get five to play with. I like the idea of variety, as most of us don’t know what it’s like to finish a lipstick (at least not very often!). After trying these, one thing I didn’t love was how skinny the actual lipstick was, as it made application not as easy as when it’s using the full-sized bullet. They’re just really long and skinny, and I was worried they would break, but none of them did after using them, so at least that went okay! The formula is consistent with the permanent range.

Menace is described as a “rich wine.” It’s a rich, brightened berry-red with cool undertones and very fine ruby red shimmer. It had mostly opaque color with a barely-there translucency that kept it looking more lightweight in comparison to other shades in this formula. The finish was still glossy and luminous, though. It wore well for six hours, and it left behind a berry-ish stain. When I wore it, the formula of Menace was somewhat hydrating. Guerlain Gigolo is a bit darker. Guerlain Orgueil is similar. Giorgio Armani #408 is more muted. Burberry Bright Plum is similar. See comparison swatches.

Provocateur is described as a “true red.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium red with very subtle pink undertones and that leans slightly blue. When I swatch it, I see slight blue undertones, but when applied–against my skin tone–it looks slightly warm-toned. It was opaque and wore for six and a half hours. Urban Decay F-Bomb is warmer. Edward Bess Eternal Passion is slightly muted. MAC Ronnie Red is bluer. Guerlain Garconne is darker. Dior Diorling is darker, more matte. Buxom Scoundrel is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #43 is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Mistress is a slightly warm-toned, medium pink with a luminous sheen. It had rich, opaque color payoff and wore well for just over four hours. This shade was nicely hydrating and applied evenly and smoothly. MAC Hoop (DC, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Centerfold is a pinky-mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It applied with mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency seemed a bit more emollient with more slip compared to the other shades. It lasted four hours on me, which is about average, while being incredibly moisturizing. MAC Plumful (P, $15.00) is darker. Guerlain Rendez-vous (LE, $35.00) is shimmery. Chanel Paradis (P, $34.00) is shimmery. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose (LE, $24.00) is darker. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $21.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Moonlighter is a fuchsia-shimmered, cool-toned berry with a pearly shimmer. It was semi-opaque, but it had a noticeable translucency, and in that sense, it was similar to Menace. It wore well for five hours, and then it had a stain that lingered for another hour or so. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is not quite as shimmery. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is richer. Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale (P, $49.00) is purpler. MAC Rebel (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. NARS Valparaiso (P, $26.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick Set 2013 Serial Kisser
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Marc Jacobs Have We Met? (108) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Have We Met? (108) Lovemarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Have We Met? (108) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Have We Met? (108) Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering warm pink.” It’s a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and fine gold shimmer with a luminous sheen. Chanel Surprenante (129) (P, $34.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Sunny Seoul (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Flamingo (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The Lovemarc Lip Gel formula is supposed to be “color-saturated, long-wearing, gellified lipstick with a sleek shine finish.” Have We Met? is mostly opaque, but there’s a little translucency as you can see my lip freckle peeking through. I would expect if you had naturally redder lips, you’d also see that come through and darkening and reddening this color. The consistency is very emollient, definitely gel-like, and the color applies easily without tugging or dragging. This shade wears four hours on me, which is average for lipstick in general (on me) but short of what long-wearing formulas usually is (more like six hours). It doesn’t come as a big surprise, given the high amount of slip this shade had. It was very comfortable to wear, and it was nicely hydrating from start to finish. Marc Jacobs’ lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no taste.

Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel Have We Met? (108)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo & Ametista Classic Cream Lipsticks

Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick

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.

The color payoff was sheer; no matter how many layers I attempted to apply, whether I used a lip brush or not, it was always sheer, streaky, and all in all, horrible. If Dolce & Gabbana are going to take the time to put out a green-hued lipstick and then charge $36 for it, the least they could do was pack it with pigment, least of all by making it apply smoothly (I would settle for mostly even at this point).  The shimmer and color tended to bunch up, too, so it was streaky, crumbly, and patchy. The only nice thing I can say about this shade was that it was hydrating for the three hours it lasted for–it did stain my lips a sort of green-ish-gray. This is a product that made me see red as soon as I applied it, and I was just in total disbelief as to why they would let this go into production. The formula is rose-scented with a slight floral taste at times.

Dolce & Gabbana Ametista Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “bright purple.” Less bright purple, more fuchsia-tinted lavender with iridescent purple shimmer. NYX Castle (P, $4.00) is more lavender, less shimmery. NARS Tender Night (LE, $25.00) is similar but sheerer. MAC Pink Popcorn (LE, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Though both of these lipsticks are part of the Classic Cream range, and these specific shades are touted as “bold, rich color inspired by the stones they are named after” and neither of these fit the bill. Ametista is semi-sheer, and as it is closer to the natural lip color, the sheerness doesn’t look as patchy or streaky, but it’s not a lipstick that deposits color very evenly. It wears two and a half hours on me, though it was moisturizing while I wore it.

Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick Smeraldo
Smeraldo
Smeraldo
F

Limited Edition

3
Product
4
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
2
Application
50%
Total
Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick Ametista
Ametista
Ametista
D

Limited Edition

6
Product
5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
66%
Total

MAC Hautecore Lipstick for Black Friday 2013

MAC Hautecore Lipstick
MAC Hautecore Lipstick

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.

It looks drier in the photos than it actually felt from my initial swatch.  The color payoff is semi-opaque–though I really, really tried to get it as opaque as possible, it wasn’t happening.  You would need to apply a dark lip liner (or maybe black eyeliner) to get something cleaner and more opaque.    It lasted for five hours, and it was neither hydrating nor drying.  The big takeaways that it’s a fussy color, will need some patience and help to maximize its color, and it’s not as matte as you’d expect.

I tried layering this with a few other products, and the one thing I did notice is that because it’s not as dry or as matte as some of MAC’s other shades, it has a tendency to move around when it comes in contact with gloss, which can create a somewhat uneven appearance and encourages the black color from the lipstick to settle into lip lines or gather along the edges of the lips.  I would recommend applying a sheerer layer of the lipstick on first, then adding an additional lip color (gloss or lipstick) on top.  If using gloss on top, use very little and see how it goes.  I thought layering a red gloss on top would be cool, and so I picked a more pigmented shade (MAC Russian Red), but the lipstick seemed to just eat up the color yet applying more improved the reddish-tint I was going for, it also made it more uneven.

This shade will be available online only at maccosmetics.com on Black Friday (November 29th), beginning at midnight. Worth noting, it will also be promoted in the Punk Couture collection, which releases December 26th (but I don’t have much more official information than that). Last year, MAC released Grey Friday, which looked more like a purply-taupe on the lips.

P.S. — If black lipstick isn’t your thing, that’s totally fine, but please refrain from making comments about it being only appropriate for Halloween, stereotyping or insulting the people who might wear it, etc. This is a community where people should feel free to enjoy the products they don’t without judgment from others. Thank you for respecting readers who may have tastes that differ from yours.

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

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