Sunday, September 28th, 2014

MAC The Ultimate Lipstick
MAC The Ultimate Lipstick

MAC Ultimate Lipstick ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new and permanent formula with a shade range of ten (in the U.S., three additional shades available in Asia). These were supposed to launch online on the 24th, but I haven’t seen them pop up yet. The in-store release date is October 2nd for North America locations. I’m working through some of the other limited edition lip products from the other recent MAC releases, but I will have reviews for these up as well (hopefully shortly after I wrap up the others) — for now, enjoy this sneak peek look at swatches.

Update 10/13/2014: MAC has moved the online launch date to 10/29 and in-store date to 12/1.

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Saturday, September 27th, 2014

MAC x Brooke Shields Lipsticks
MAC x Brooke Shields Lipsticks

MAC Excite Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange-red [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a very subtle gold shimmer. It had a lightly luminous finish with mostly opaque color coverage. This shade wore well for four and a half hours, left a very slight stain behind, and was a little bit hydrating (which is an upgrade, as this finish is usually drying on me). Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is more matte, more opaque. NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is darker, more opaque. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is less red. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is less glossy, more opaque. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is darker. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Gospel Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer rich burgundy [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a medium-dark, plummy red with a soft shine and subtle warm undertones. It is semi-opaque (which may be a pleasant mistake for some), rather than the sheer as described. It was lightly creamy and glided on easily, and it had a very flattering finish applied. The lipstick wore well for four hours and was neither hydrating nor drying over time. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is brighter, pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned, pinker. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is brighter. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler-toned. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is more muted, more matte. MAC Candy Apple (LE, $17.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, September 27th, 2014

MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Lipsticks
MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Lipsticks

MAC Frank-n-Furter Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep raspberry wine [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deepened red with subtle, cool undertones with a matte finish. I don’t get raspberry/wine vibes from it (not even in the tube). It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency that allowed the color to go on evenly and smoothly. This color wore well for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. I didn’t have any feathering/bleeding with this shade, but I’m not prone to either. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is less matte. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Such Flare (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Oblivion Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid bluish-red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a medium, brightened red with a luminous sheen and neutral-to-cool undertones. I can barely detect the blue undertones, as it just looks warm-toned against my complexion. It’s only when I swatched it against more strongly blue- and orange-toned lipsticks that it seemed to look cooler. It was creamy, easy to apply, and lasted for six and a half hours on me. It was lightly hydrating and didn’t feather or bleed outside the edges of my lip line. Guerlain Red Hot (328) (P, $37.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is warmer. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is similar. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is slightly cooler-toned, brighter. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sin Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep dark blue red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark, burgundy-red with subtle cool, fuchsia-ish undertones with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, though it is buildable to fully opaque color. I think it is only when you try one of MAC’s original Matte formulas and then immediately try one of their newer shades that you can appreciate the improvements they’ve made. The texture of this is much drier, so it does drag and tug on the lips somewhat. It was a bit drying over time, though the color lasted for over seven hours. NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is glossier. NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is is cooler-toned. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Endless Drama (P, $18.00) is less matte. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Strange Journey Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “yellowish brick red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, orange-red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had really good color payoff, and the texture was creamy and glided on beautifully (creamiest of the four). The color stayed on well for six hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is redder. NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is similar. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is darker, redder. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is brighter. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — These are supposed to launch online on September 29th and in-stores on October 2nd (MAC Stores only).

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Friday, September 26th, 2014

MAC The Matte Lip Lipsticks
MAC The Matte Lip Lipsticks

MAC The Matte Lip Collection launches online on October 2nd and arrives in-stores (and at-counters) on October 9th. The international release date is October 2014 with no specific date. I don’t have the blushes from this launch, but I will definitely purchase and review them when they go up for sale. Full reviews, photos, swatches, and more to come soon! Please hold questions until I’ve had a chance to review – that is when I will mention possible dupes, wear, color, etc. Thank you!

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Gucci Lipsticks
Gucci Lipsticks

Gucci Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick ($39.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to “grip the lips for bold, saturated color” while feeling “weightless.” It is supposed to have “incredible coverage in a single swipe.” I had a good experience (aside from taste) with one shade, and a less impressive experience with the other shade I purchased. Both were pigmented, though, and they wore for a good length of time (see below for wear times).

The formula is scented with “Blue Chocolate,” which I have no idea what that translates to (initially, I thought it was a scent they had, but I couldn’t find anything on it). It has a sweet, vanilla base with a little earthiness, but it has a “perfume-y” feel overall. The scent is noticeable applied, not just in the tube, and it created a constant taste of soapiness when I wore both shades. As in, for the entire length of time I wore each shade, I felt like I had a bar of soap in my mouth. I don’t normally have issues with taste on most products. You may be less sensitive to taste, or may taste more appetizing to you, so your mileage may vary.

You may be wondering what the difference is between the Audacious Color-Intense formula and the Luxurious Moisture-Rich formula. The description Gucci gives for the latter is that it “delivers bold color with an opulent finish” that “moisturizers” with “incredible coverage in a single swipe.” The reality is that the Luxurious Moisture-Rich formula really only seems to emphasize that it’s hydrating (and has an “opulent finish,” which could mean anything!). My experience was that the Luxurious Moisture-Rich formula is more emollient, thinner, and has a wetter feel overall; the finish is glossier, the wear is shorter (in comparison), and is slightly more hydrating (but both formulas are hydrating). I actually wore Bitter Grape on half my lips with Tiger Lily on the other half (they’re very similar in color), and the difference is fairly pronounced in that side-by-side, particularly when I pressed my lips together. The Audacious formula holds onto lips (but not in an uncomfortable, clingy way) and therefore tends to wear longer and has a less glossy finish.

Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick ($39.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a purpled-berry with cool undertones and a light dusting of violet shimmer. The shimmer is fine and subtle enough that it doesn’t really seem to be present indoors–only under sunlight. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a noticeable translucency where the natural lip color did come through. It had a lightly glossy finish, and it wore well for five hours. It was lightly hydrating while worn. Gucci Beauty Tiger Lily (P, $39.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Primrose (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is less glossy, redder. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is brighter. Guerlain Flirt (LE, $35.00) is similar. Guerlain Bee (LE, $51.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gucci Fever Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick ($39.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, coral-orange with with subtle, very fine gold shimmer. It had opaque color coverage and a luminous finish. I had a lot of application trouble with this one (and it doesn’t seem to show up as much in the photos as it does in real life), as it is overly-clingy so it clings to itself and clumps up on the lips and will catch on any imperfections on the lips. It tugged a bit during application, but it didn’t feel dry. This shade wore well for four and a half hours. Tom Ford Beauty Twist of Fate (LE, $50.00) is more orange. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is lighter, pinker, less shimmery. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, less shimmery. Bite Beauty Cin Cin (P, $24.00) is more orange. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash
Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash

Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash ($39.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes six, miniature-sized Revolution lipsticks with three new, limited edition, exclusive shades to the set paired with three previously released shades (Gash, which was limited edition when it released, and Liar and F-Bomb, both of which are part of the permanent range). I think the set is a great idea, as you can try multiple shades without spending the full-priced equivalent to do so. The only downside is that mini lipsticks can be frustrating to use, because they’re less comfortable to hold (so much smaller!) and are more fragile (two of the six broke at the base while applying). The lipsticks themselves are consistent with the Revolution formula, which is one of my favorites, and I really hope these new shades get added to the permanent range.

Ladyflower is described as a “bright rose-pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia-plum with cool undertones and a luminous finish. It was intensely pigmented and yielded opaque color coverage that wore well for five hours and was nicely hydrating over time. There’s a slightly muted quality to the color that makes it less your typical fuchsia but not quite a plum. NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Vigne (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Heavenly Hybrid (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. L’Oreal Pink Flamingo (180) (P, $8.95) is lighter. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is brighter. MAC Dish It Up (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Illicit is described as a “sheer baby pink.” It’s a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a frosted shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a lightly glossy finish. I’m really glad Urban Decay made mention that this is sheer, because the Revolution formula is known for its pigmentation. This shade lasted for two and a half hours on me, and it was somewhat streaky/uneven applied. If I pressed my lips together, there would be “lines.” Laura Mercier Heartbreaker (LE, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Snapdragon (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Flush (LE, $25.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Crush is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a bold, bright fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones. It’s so bright that it’s not even photographing right for me–it kept giving this golden-orange tinge as a reflection, which I can’t remember ever seeing before! I didn’t see any shimmer or orange-tinge to it in real life–just neon fuchsia. It’s richly pigmented, creamy, easy to apply, and lasts five and a half hours on me while being hydrating. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted. Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is darker, more matte. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is a smidgen cooler-toned (but they’re very similar). Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is cooler-toned. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is similar. Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Please see my previous reviews for Gash, Liar, and F-Bomb as well as Ozone Lip Pencil. :)

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