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MAC Lavender Whip Lipstick (2013)

MAC Lavender Whip Lipstick
MAC Lavender Whip Lipstick

MAC Lavender Whip Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light cool lavender [with a] Cremesheen [finish].” It’s a pink-tinted lavender with a soft, pearly finish. MAC Nocturnal Instincts is darker, more mauve, less pink. MAC Budding Love is more lavender. MAC Quite Cute is lighter. MAC Pink Friday is cooler-toned, more opaque. MAC I Like It Like That is more opaque. MAC Blooming Lovely is grayer.

It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff; it hid most of my lip freckle but there was a slight translucency all around that allowed the natural lip color to come through. The finish has a light, pearly sheen, as it is part of the Cremesheen family. It has a lightly creamy consistency that gets creamier the longer it is held against the lip–it always starts off a bit stiff, but as the first layer wears away, it gets better. I wore Lavender Whip yesterday, and it lasted three hours, which is a bit below average for a lipstick. It was neither drying nor hydrating.

So, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Lavender Whip 2013 Edition is not the same as the Lavender Whip that came out in 2008. When I initially swatched it, it seemed pinker, but I thought I remembered wrong and/or lighting differences accounted for it. I went back into the Temptalia archives and compared my 2008 version to the sample I received this past week–and they are definitely different. I took a snap of the tubes themselves (with my phone’s camera and in my office, so apologies for the quality not being quite as good!) and then just added comparison swatches. This year’s Lavender Whip is pinker–it is much less purple. The newer version reads warmer, less lavender. They’re sisters but not twins. If Lavender Whip was too purple, it will be a happy change, but if you wanted something more decidedly purple, you may be disappointed.

MAC Lipstick Lavender Whip
Lavender Whip
Lavender Whip
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as an “iridescent lilac.” It’s true-to-description: it’s an iridescent lilac with a shimmering frost finish. MAC Bubble Gum has more of an iridescent lilac feel (but it has more of a golden shimmer than true iridescence). If you have an iridescent lilac eyeshadow, you could pat it over your lips and get a similar effect.

It’s really like a layer of iridescent lilac shimmer more than it is a color or a lipstick, because the color is sheer. I could see this type of color being used maybe as a layering product on top of other products, but I just don’t see it working very well that way–it has a very dry consistency that would make it hard to spread out over another color. Other Velvet Matte Lip Pencils have not only been incredibly pigmented, but they are creamier and have a more emollient texture that enables good glide and application. Tender Night was harder to apply for even, all-over color coverage. It felt like an old school frost lipstick but with a thinner consistency. It wore just under three hours on me, and it was drying (and it looked dry).

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Tender Night

MAC Sounds Like Noise Lipstick

MAC Sounds Like Noise Lipstick
MAC Sounds Like Noise Lipstick

MAC Sounds Like Noise Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright true orange matte.” It’s a brightened warm-toned orange with a smidgen of red in the undertone and a satiny finish (it doesn’t read entirely matte). That lack of red is actually what makes it stand out against a lot of other orange shades (like MAC Morange and MAC Neon Orange, which both appear darker and redder). OCC Banjee is lighter, yellower. I was surprised to find that none of the orange lipsticks in the gallery came close.

Sounds like Noise is an online-exclusive from the MAC x Hayley Williams collaboration, which is supposed to launch on April 9th (but hardcore fans may want to start stalking a little earlier).  It has opaque color coverage, and it had a nice creaminess to it that fell somewhere between satin and amplified (in terms of finish); definitely creamier than the average matte finish by MAC.  I have it on now, and we’re almost at four hours of wear, and it’s still going (I’m guessing five to six hours in total), and it’s slightly hydrating thus far (will update in the next couple of hours!).

MAC Lipstick Sounds Like Noise
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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MAC Silly Lipstick

MAC Silly Lipstick
MAC Silly Lipstick

MAC Silly Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright pink cream.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with a barely-there sheen that turns mostly matte after a half hour of wear. It has subtle blue undertones but doesn’t pull too cool-toned such that it borders on lavender. Chanel Kensington is darker and more luminous. NYX Pink Lyric is also darker and has a glossier shine. MAC Divine Choice is lighter. MAC Pink Nouveau is cooler-toned–bluer. MAC Naughty Saute is also bluer-based.

Silly has opaque color coverage that looks even and smooth. There’s a subtle sheen after it is initially applied, but it definitely fades away quickly and leaves behind a very matte finish. It has a lightly creamy consistency that made it so the color didn’t drag when I applied it, but it doesn’t feel heavy when worn and it clings to lips (but not in a drying, clingy kind of way) to help the color adhere better and longer. I plan to test this shade late this afternoon (I just put on the Lipglass), so I’ll update with a specific wear time after I’ve finished testing it, but based on prior experience with MAC’s formula and this finish, I would expect five hours of wear or so.

MAC Silly Lipstick

A-
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

MAC Embrace Me Lipstick

MAC Embrace Me Lipstick
MAC Embrace Me Lipstick

MAC Embrace Me Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as “bright fuchsia cream.” It’s a medium-dark fuchsia pink with blue undertones and a satiny finish (almost like a matte with a hint shimmer). There are a lot of shades that are similar to this–and unsurprisingly, MAC makes most of them, but Maybelline Fuchsia Flash is just a touch less blue-based and has a glossier finish but is otherwise very similar. MAC Pink Pigeon is a touch darker. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl is less bright, slightly more magenta. MAC Candy Yum Yum is brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Dear Diary is a touch bluer-based. MAC Quick Sizzle is darker, pinker.

It applied with rich, opaque color, and it was lightly creamy but less so than other recent matte lipsticks that MAC has released. It didn’t tug exactly, but it just didn’t glide on as well. I tested this shade yesterday as my last of the day, and it wore for five and a half hours well, and then a stain lingered for another hour so. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Because it does have more of a matte finish, make sure you’ve hydrated and exfoliated your lips prior to applying and wearing this shade.

MAC Embrace Me Lipstick

A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

MAC Ablaze Lipstick

MAC Ablaze Lipstick
MAC Ablaze Lipstick

MAC Ablaze Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright apricot cream.” It’s a medium-dark coral-red with a barely-there sheen (not quite a flat matte). I actually think it looks very much like MAC Lady at Play, and if there was any detectable difference, it would be that Lady at Play is ever-so-slightly lighter (and of course, it has a more luminous finish). Guerlain Nahema is pinker, more subdued, shimmery. MAC Watch Me Simmer is pinker. MAC Hibiscus is redder, darker, shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild #909D is slightly darker. MAC Toxic Tale is a smidgen darker but very similar.

It’s bold and bright but not neon–there is a lightness to it. Ablaze had rich, opaque color coverage. Though it’s technically a matte finish, it felt more like a satin or amplified creme finish–creamy without being thick or slick, so it applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t tug or pull at the lips. I tested this one first thing, and it lasted five hours well and did leave a very subtle reddish stain behind. It was, unfortunately, a bit drying but not terribly so.

MAC Lipstick Ablaze
Ablaze
Ablaze
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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