Monday, April 27th, 2015

MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) will release online on May 7th and hit stores on May 14th. The best way to describe these is that: it’s a semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage formula with moderate shine, some cling, and moderate wear with some hydration. They apply best if you let the formula melt slightly against the warmth of your lips prior to pulling the bullet across your lips. Some of the shades are more similar to each other than not, so not all nine (that I have, there is one more that I don’t have) will appear distinct, especially if you have more color to your natural lips than I do.

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Sunday, April 26th, 2015

MAC Huggable Lipcolour
MAC Glamorized, I’m In, Bare Hug Huggable Lipcolours

Here are the final three shades I have to review of MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) — I am missing one (Dramatical, which is a “bright cherry red”). The formula is described as having shine, color, and long-wear (‘up to six hours”). It uses a “gel base” for a “feather-light finish giving immediate moisture.” The collection of ten will launch on May 7th online and May 14th in-stores. The formula clings without feeling dry or uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have as much slip as a lot of glossy, balm-like formulas do, so it does wear a bit longer, though rarely the full six hours. It is lightly to moderating hydrating over time. The color coverage varies but tends to be semi-opaque. You’ll want to let the bullet melt against the warmth of your lips for a few seconds before applying, as this will help it glided across the lips.

MAC Glamorized Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “creamy vibrant pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia magenta with strong, blue undertones and a soft shine. While it had semi-opaque pigmentation, it seemed to apply somewhat streakily, so it looked splotchy on. It lasted for five hours on me and was hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC I’m In Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “warm rose.” It’s a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and fine, gold pearl. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation (slightly less compared to most shades in the set of ten) that applied evenly. The formula was comfortable to wear and moisturizing over time, and it lasted for four hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Bare Hug Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “creamy soft peach/orange.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink-coral with subtle gold pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff that yielded a fair amount of color but had a slight translucency to it where the natural lip color still came through. It was comfortable to wear and lasted for four and a half hours on me. I was surprised at how similar this was to I’m In. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, April 26th, 2015

MAC Huggable Lipcolour
MAC Fashion Force, Love Feeling, Soft Talkin’ Huggable Lipcolours

Here are the next three shades I have to review of MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.), which is supposed to have shine, color, and long-wear (‘up to six hours”). The formula has a “gel base” for a “feather-light finish giving immediate moisture.” Fashion Force is a repromote, but the other two shades are new; all three are limited edition and will launch online on May 7th and in-stores on May 14th. The formula clings without feeling dry or uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have as much slip as a lot of glossy, balm-like formulas do, so it does wear a bit longer, though rarely the full six hours. It is lightly to moderating hydrating over time. The color coverage varies but tends to be semi-opaque. You’ll want to let the bullet melt against the warmth of your lips for a few seconds before applying, as this will help it glided across the lips.

MAC Fashion Force Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “soft tangerine orange.” It’s a muted, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a light shine. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that sat well on the lips and looked even. This shade wore well for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Love Feeling Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “vibrant deep orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, yellow-red undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly and wore well for five hours. The formula felt lightly moisturizing while worn. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Soft Talkin’ Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “warm peachy nude.” It’s a muted, light-medium peach with warm undertones and soft gold pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage that lightened my natural lip color while brightening and adding warmth, but this is the type of translucency and color that is likely going to look different depending on the natural color of your lips. It wore well for three hours and had a slightly more emollient formula compared to the other shades in the range. It was a harder shade to dupe with how it leans peach with more color than sheer but less than opaque. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, April 26th, 2015

MAC Huggable Lipcolour
MAC Flaming Lips, I’m Game, Play It Soft Huggable Lipcolours

MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a formula that’s supposed to give you both shine and color and long-wear (“up to six hours”) that uses a “gel base” for a “feather-light finish giving immediate moisture.” The formula was released previously, and this time we’re seeing ten limited edition shades that will debut on May 7th online and May 14th in-stores; one shade (Fashion Force) is a repromote. It has a light-medium-weight feel with a little slip but it definitely clings (or hugs, if you like) to the lips in a way that isn’t uncomfortable but enables the color to last longer than more emollient formulas would. There’s a soft shine that starts to wear away after two to three hours, while the color itself wears from three to five hours, depending on the shade. If you’re familiar with MAC’s finishes, it’s like a cross between their Cremesheen finish and the Mineralize Rich lipsticks. I find the formula lightly hydrating over time, though they really need time to melt against the heat of the lips to feel good and glossy. When applying, I recommend letting the bullet rest against the lips for a few seconds prior to gliding it across, or else it will drag somewhat.

MAC Flaming Lips Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “deep creamy red.” It’s a muted, medium-dark red with warm, orange undertones and a soft shine with very, very fine shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied fairly evenly. This shade wore well for five hours on me and was nicely hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC I’m Game Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “creamy raspberry.” It’s a softened, medium-dark pink with subtle cool undertones and a soft shine. On me, it looks almost warm-toned, but it is slightly cool-toned. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly and was comfortable to wear. It wore well for four and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Play It Soft Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “bright coral red.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a light shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and didn’t look streaky. The formula really shined here, because that gel consistency kept it from bunching up like it might in a more emollient formula. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Guerlain Yellow It-stick (603) Rouge Automatique
Guerlain Yellow It-stick (603) Rouge Automatique

Guerlain Yellow It-stick (603) Rouge Automatique ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden tone.” It’s a brightened, yellowed base with fine gold shimmer. It’s supposed to have an “iridescent, sheer finish” for a “barely there look,” so as you might expect… it is sheer. If you wanted to wear bright, sunshine yellow on your lips, you’re out of luck. If you wanted a sheer layer of golden shimmer, this is your speed. It has a lightweight, very emollient, wet-like feel on the lips, so it glides on without tugging. On its own, it lasts only two hours, making it one of the shorter-wearing shades I’ve tried in the formula, though it was hydrating. MAC Highlights (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty William (LE, $32.00) is more pigmented, less glossy. NYX Mischievous (P, $6.00) is more pigmented. Tom Ford Beauty Solar Gold (LE, $49.00) is very similar. MAC Playland (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery/pigmented. Dolce and Gabbana Topazio (LE, $33.00) is darker, more pigmented. Guerlain Altoum (LE, $35.00) is more sparkly. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $18.00) is more pigmented, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Fluo Stiletto (662) Rouge Automatique ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “neon pink.” It’s an extremely bright, magenta fuchsia with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly with a lightweight consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin. It wore well for five hours and left a slight stain behind while feeling moisturizing while worn. It is a very dupable color, as this is just one of those shades that every brand seems to do at some point, though less do it with the glossier finish (many options are more matte), but there are still lots of variations on it. NYX Privileged (P, $6.00) is lighter. Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) (P, $7.49) is very similar. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is slightly darker. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Justin (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery. NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is more opaque, cooler-toned. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is similar. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is more muted. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Violet (P, $24.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is brighter, less glossy. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is more matte. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty Happy Ending (116) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is darker. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is brighter. NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Pink Pigeon (P, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $16.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Surratt A La Mode Automatique Lip Crayon
Surratt A La Mode Automatique Lip Crayon

Surratt Automatique Lip Crayon ($34.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be a “high-pigment lip crayon with a lightweight, non-drying matte finish.” It is also described as “moisturizing” and “nourishing.” It might as well be a jumbo-sized lip liner, and despite it looking thicker, it actually contains as much as your typical, lip pencil (0.04 oz.). You don’t need to sharpen this one, as it simply twists up. It’s so dry, painful to use as it pulls and drags at the lips, and feels uncomfortable to wear for however long it wears. The major upsides are that wear time runs long and doesn’t feather or bleed, but if you’re someone who cannot do clingy, dry, and drying lip products, I don’t know that will be much comfort to you. There was no scent or taste to the formula. I found these uncomfortable, bordering on painful, to wear, and I don’t consider myself to have dry lips, yet these made my lips look worse and feel worse. Just as a heads up, the amount contained in this seems a little below average than most jumbo lip pencils.

Surratt A La Mode Automatique Lip Crayon ($34.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “bright coral.” It’s a brightened, coral-pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a drier, stiff consistency that tugs on the lips a lot, so it can be hard to get really smooth color without having to go over the same area a few times. It lasted for six hours and faded from the center of the mouth first. Anastasia Sweet Talker (P, $20.00) is more matte. Kat Von D Berlin (P, $19.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Dynamo (P, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Celestine Automatique Lip Crayon ($34.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep rose.” It’s a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and an ultra-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a very dry, stiff texture that made it difficult to apply, as it dragged and pulled at the lips a lot. It lasted for five hours on me, and it was drying over time, as well as in generally being uncomfortable to wear due to how clingy it was. Flower Beauty Petal Kiss (P, $6.98) is pinker. NARS Sex Machine (P, $25.00) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Half-Red (P) is darker. Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $30.00) is very similar. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Shocking Automatique Lip Crayon ($34.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as an “audacious pink.” It’s a medium-dark, warm pink-red with an ultra-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on somewhat evenly, but the formula is dry and stiff that it does drag, so it can be a challenge to get the color to deposit on the lips well. It wore for six and a half hours, and it was painfully drying–not just dry-feeling–over time. MAC Victoriana (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Bachelorette (P, $21.00) is very similar. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $16.00) is slightly brighter. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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