Thursday, December 18th, 2014

MAC Touch the Earth Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Touch the Earth Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Touch the Earth Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light wood brown.” It’s a muted, light-medium beige-brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft shine. MAC Styled in Sepia (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. Maybelline Truffle Tease (930) (P, $7.49) is slightly darker, less yellow. MAC Shitaki (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade will launch on December 26th in-stores and pop-up a bit earlier on MAC’s website on the 23rd. There are four other shades in the collection (Be Fabulous, Luxe Natural, Dreaminess, and Style Surge), which are all are repromotes. The formula is supposed to feel “lightweight, non-sticky” with “maximum moisturizer and “long-lasting colour in a single stroke” (though the coverage is described as “buildable”). It was mostly opaque with a thin, creamy consistency that glided onto lips easily. For the most part, it went on evenly, but it can streak a little bit and will leave “lines” if you press your lips together. It was nicely hydrating, though, while it wore well for three and a half hours on me.

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Tom Ford Luca Lipstick
Tom Ford Luca Lipstick

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “corals to oranges.”

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Luca Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, coral-orange with a frosted finish. It had a light shine to it but wasn’t really glossy or luminous. The consistency was lightly creamy and applied fairly easily, but some of the color pulled into lip lines early on. It had semi-opaque color coverage and lasted for three and a half hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Matthew Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, coral-pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. There’s a very subtle hint of silver/white pearl. The color was richly pigmented, comfortable to wear, and lasted for five hours while being hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Adriano Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark coral with a hint of pink and a luminous shine. It is very close to being orange, but there’s this tint of pink that is really visible (particularly against orange lipsticks)–which is actually what makes it a little more unique. It had fully opaque pigmentation that went on beautifully and lasted for five and a half hours on me. This was comfortable to wear and moisturizing while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tomas Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with lighter copper shimmer and a subtle, metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but there’s a definite translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through. It had a thinner, more emollient texture compared to the less shimmery shades in the range (like Adriano), which made the color glide on easily. The color wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rafael Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had intense color payoff and covered lips fully. The consistency was creamy, moderately hydrating, and easy to wear. This shade stayed on well for six hours. It is a very dupable shade, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Tarte Glitzy LipSurgence Lip Tint
Tarte Glitzy LipSurgence Lip Tint

Tarte Glitzy LipSurgence Lip Tint ($24.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium-dark pink-plum with warm undertones and gold sparkle and shimmer. Tom Ford Beauty Richard (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Negligee (LE, $50.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is darker. MAC Moody Bloom (LE, $17.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Falbala (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Oh, Oh, Oh (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Bel Ami (P, $34.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The LipSurgence Lip Tint formula is supposed to be hydrating, have sheer color, and is mint-scented. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage with a fair amount of shimmer. The consistency is lightly glossy and glides on easily without tugging on the lips, and it feels moist and comfortable to wear, though it does slide around a bit (it doesn’t feather or bleed, but I do find a few stray sparkles outside the lip line after a few hours!). The color wore well for four hours on me, and it was nicely hydrating over time. I could feel some of the texture of the sparkle after three hours of wear.

This seems like it is the same product as Glitzy in the LipSurgence Lip Lustre range (which is listed at $16, marked down from $24, and the Lip Lustre range appears to be discontinued), but the packaging of the one I have for spring is in LipSurgence Lip Tint packaging.

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Monday, December 15th, 2014

Tom Ford Kyril, William, Sebastian, Omar, Blake Lip Colors
Tom Ford Kyril, William, Sebastian, Omar, Blake Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “metallics.” Some of the colors are cool-looking, but I think the performance of the majority in the metallic family leave something to be desired. At this price point, you really should be getting near-perfection (if not perfection). There just shouldn’t be application issues like streakiness or patchiness. The only one I liked in this set was Sebastian, as it had the color payoff that was expected, but it wasn’t perfect, either.

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Kyril Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a very light silvery-white with cool undertones and pearly shimmer. It’s semi-sheer and somewhat streaky. I don’t think that this feels or looks like a luxury lipstick on its own; it will work better layered, of course, but on its own, it’s disappointing. It lasted for two hours and was neither hydrating nor drying, though it had a fair amount of slip. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

William Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium orange with lighter golden-copper shimmer and a light metallic sheen. The finish is more like a matte frost, as it doesn’t have a lot of glossiness or shine, but there’s a fair amount of shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff but applied evenly. It lasted for three hours on me, but it was drying over time, and I could feel a bit of the shimmer after two hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sebastian Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a rich, coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and lighter golden orange shimmer. This one had more of a metallic sheen without being totally matte. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and lasted for four and a half hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Omar Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a deepened, copper-shimmered brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s really a darker version of Sebastian to me, though it’s not as shimmery and has weaker color payoff (semi-opaque). This one was lightly hydrating, though, and it still wore well for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blake Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark plummy-brown with warm undertones and copper shimmer. I love the idea of this color, but in practice, it needed improvement (and at this price point, it should be top notch). It had a more emollient consistency, so the color didn’t go on as evenly and looked almost patchy. The color coverage was semi-sheer to semi-opaque in places, but it wasn’t as pigmented as Tom Ford’s Lip Color formula usually is. It wore well for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, December 15th, 2014

ColourPop Feminist Lippie Stix
ColourPop Feminist Lippie Stix

ColourPop Feminist Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “black purple in a matte finish.” It’s a blackened purple with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pagan (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Smoked Purple (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Firm Form (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be comfortable to wear and moisturizing, and then the coverage of the matte finishes is supposed to be full and extra long-wearing. It is intensely pigmented, and it lasted for eight hours, at which point I went to bed, but it left a significant stain behind (that was more fuchsia in nature). I wouldn’t consider this really a matte, as there is a decent shine to it that lingers for two to three hours before wearing down to a more matte finish. It is lightweight with a light creaminess; enough that it doesn’t drag or tug at the lips, but it doesn’t slide around. I was able to apply it fairly easily straight from the tube, but to get a really crisp edge (and it’s worth the extra step for a color like this), I’d still recommend a lip brush or going back in with concealer to clean-up the edges. It’s neither drying nor hydrating over time, and there’s a little tackiness to the color after a few hours, but it doesn’t seem to lift or disturb the color. The color is rich enough that it had no trouble surviving coffee and dinner. The formula seems to have a very subtle vanilla scent to me, but it isn’t noticeable once applied.

Worth noting, you don’t get a lot of product in the twist-up tube relative to your average lipstick tube (which is typically 0.10 oz. or 0.12 oz.), but it is more in line with similarly-packaged lip products (e.g. Bite Beauty’s Lip Crayons are 0.05 oz., NARS Pure Mattes are 0.07 oz., Tarte Power Pigments are 0.04 oz., Buxom True Nude Lip Foundations are 0.03 oz. and seem to have nearly identical packaging).

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Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel

As promised, here are the remaining swatches of the Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) shades. Marc Jacobs Beauty has a deal where you can get any three shades for $70 (instead of $90) (use code LIPKIT, ends 12/16), which I took advantage of when I bought these twelve. I still haven’t heard back whether or not this formula is being discontinued (as Sephora only shows eight of the 17-shade range, and of the eight, five are out of stock).

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It’s a more emollient formula with a fair amount of slip–the darker shades seemed to have the most slip–and I have found that the creamier finishes perform better than the more shimmery ones. I could feel the pearl in Little Pretty, which I wouldn’t describe as gritty, but the consistency was thin enough that it wasn’t smooth (I’d just describe it as textured). Some shades are really pigmented, others are semi-opaque to semi-sheer.  In my experience with the formula (I’ve only tested a handful of shades previously), the formula is typically hydrating and comfortable to wear, and the creamier shades were the best-performing for me.  I haven’t tested any of these.

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