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Too Faced Candy Cane Melted Matte Lipstick

Too Faced Candy Cane Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick
Too Faced Candy Cane Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick

Too Faced Candy Cane Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a deep fuchsia-red with warmer undertones and a matte finish. Make Up For Ever M301 (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Intoxica (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Dangerously Red (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel La Merveilleuse (347) (LE, $36.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Lovespell (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jared (P, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M204 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC To Matte with Love (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Mars (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M203 (P, $22.00) is cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Brooklyn (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to apply like a gloss but dry to “an ultra-matte, opaque finish” that is “never dry, shriveled, or cracked” that should “last for hours.” In my experience, the formula is hit or miss–some shades apply well and look decent after dry down while others flaked or “cracked” as soon as I moved my lips. This one was more forgiving with mostly opaque color coverage that dried down fairly evenly. The texture was matte after a few minutes, but it didn’t fully dry down for about a half hour–if I pressed my lips together, there was a slight tackiness but no color lifted off, thankfully. It was moderately drying after six hours of wear, though the color lasted closer to eight hours overall.

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick Candy Cane
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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Urban Decay Troublemaker Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Troublemaker Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Troublemaker Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Troublemaker Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “deep oxblood [with a Comfort Matte finish].” It’s a deep, blackened purple with warm, pink undertones and a natural finish. MAC Cyber (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Berry Rouge (LE, $26.00) is glossier (100% similar). Colour Pop Hutch (LE, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Train Bleu (P, $25.00) is warmer, less glossy (95% similar). Maybelline Blackest Berry (P, $7.49) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Nevermind (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Instigator (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Smoked Purple (P, $17.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Dark Purple (600) (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Make Up For Ever C506 (P, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Maneater (P, $22.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This is a new, limited edition shade exclusively available at Sephora, and it will debut on November 2nd. The consistency was lightly creamy–enough that it didn’t drag across the lips but didn’t slide around while worn–and seemed to become a little more emollient as it warmed up on the lips. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly and lasted for six and a half hours, while also leaving behind a stain. The formula felt lightly hydrating over time.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Troublemaker
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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Dior Grege 1947, Rose Caprice, Darling Rouge Diors

Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Grege 1947 (169) Rouge Dior Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, light-medium coral with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on evenly. The consistency was soft, lightly creamy, lightweight, and emollient, so there was a lot of slip, which made it comfortable to wear and more balm-like on. The downside was that it moved around more, and the wear time only came in at three and a half hours for me. It was very hydrating, though. MAC Shy Shine (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Coral Bliss (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Bare Hug (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C302 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Crunch (DC, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Liar (DC, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Kidman's Kiss (P, $32.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Memento (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Fancy Kiss (LE, $37.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). YSL Corail Urbain (51) (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy (80% similar). Urban Decay Streak (P, $17.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Estee Lauder Charmed (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Givenchy Corail Decollete (206) (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Rose Caprice (475) Rouge Dior Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cooler, violet pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which applied well enough, but it could have been a bit more even overall. The consistency was thin, balmy, and comfortable to wear as it glided right on and didn’t cling to the lips. It lasted for three and a half hours on me and was hydrating. YSL Mauve Nihiliste (58) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Metallic Violet (P, $21.00) is darker (80% similar). Kat Von D Wonderchilde (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Darling (775) Rouge Dior Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia-red with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous finish. The consistency was smooth, lightly emollient, and applied easily and did not tug on my lips. It had good pigmentation, though not fully opaque, that went on evenly. This shade lasted for six hours and left a stain behind, and the formula was moisturizing over time. Estee Lauder Pretty Shocking (230) (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Logan (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Gourmandise (P, $49.50) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Girly (P, $55.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Catfight (DC, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Speak Louder (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Emilienne (452) (P, $37.00) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C306 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to “highly pigmented” with “lasting comfort” and no “colour streaking” for 16 hours. It’s a solid lipstick formula–fairly pigmented, applies without tugging, wears four to six hours, and is comfortable to wear, but it just is nowhere near 16-hour wear. The satin shades are more hydrating, while the mattes are slightly hydrating to non-drying. The formula has a floral scent but no discernible taste to me. The formula has a strong, floral scent in the tube, and I don’t really notice the scent once it’s on the lips.

Dior Rouge Dior Lip Color Grege 1947 (169)
Dior Rouge Dior Lip Color Rose Caprice (475)
Dior Rouge Dior Lip Color Darling (775)

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MAC x Helmut Newton Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours

MAC x Helmut Newton Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours
MAC x Helmut Newton Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours

There are three shades of MAC x Helmut Newton Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour ($21.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) that will be available online on October 27th. While I have found MAC’s liquid lipstick to be inconsistent, I actually felt like the three shades in the collection were improved with respect to the formulation itself compared to the permanent range of Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours. The formula seemed more pigmented, smoother, and the dry down was more forgiving as my lips “cracked” less. It wasn’t any less drying than the past, but at least it looked more even and nice on the lips. All three shades wore really, really long–they were still going after eight hours of wear–but were moderately drying.

High Heels is a medium red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was good–not quite opaque but very close to it–and delivered smooth, even coverage in a single layer. It was still going strong after eight hours of wear, but it was drying on me. Urban Decay 714 (P, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Estee Lauder Decisive Poppy (P, $30.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Fighter (DC, $5.00) is glossier (95% similar). Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Trust Me (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Always Red (LE, $14.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Weekender (LE, $5.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Tijuana (P, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Silhouette (DC, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Just Add Romance (P, $20.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Nutcracker Rouge (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Kinky (LE, $17.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Tenor Voice (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Rebel Heart (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia American Doll (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Leading Lady Red (LE, $18.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Jingle (LE, $5.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $17.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Bae (P, $20.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chateau M is a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly without emphasizing lip lines or streaking. The consistency was thin, spreadable, and easy to work with on the lips. It lasted for over eight hours and was drying over time. MAC Candy Cane (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Red Ink (LE) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red (P, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Ribbon (LE, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tarte Firework (P, $22.00) is glossier (90% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Dance With Me (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) (P, $36.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dominic (P, $35.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Blood (DC, $5.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Rouge Improbable (LE, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Self Portrait is a deep burgundy with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a fairly even application, though of the three, this one had room for improvement. The consistency was thin, a little more watery compared to the other two shades, but it spread across the lips and self-leveled as it dried down. Like the other shades, the liquid lipstick wore for over eight hours but was drying. MAC High Drama (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Drop Dead Red (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour High Heels
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Chateau M
Chateau M
Chateau M
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Self Portrait
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag ($39.50 for 0.30 oz.) includes a full-size lipstick, Vamplify Lipgloss, and Lip Pencil. The Vamplify and Lip Pencil are repromotes, while the lipstick is new. I verified the color consistency between the two versions of the Vamplify Lipgloss, and then I tested the lipstick and lip pencil for wear but did not retest the Vamplify Lipgloss for wear.

Value

  • Vamplify Lipgloss: $20.00 for 0.16 oz. or $125.00/oz.
  • Lipstick: $17.00 for 0.10 oz. or $170.00/oz.
  • Pro Longwear Lip Pencil: $21.00 for 0.04 oz. or $525.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $58.00

Tuned In is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm gold pearl. It had mostly opaque coverage, while the consistency was very smooth and lightweight. The color applied evenly and didn’t settle into lip lines as it wore on. For me, this gloss stayed on well for five hours and was nicely hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Love Drunk (320) (P, $28.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Pamela (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Looks Like Sin (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (85% similar). Cle de Peau Chenille (12) (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Audace (20) (LE, $34.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). NYX Chocolate Crepe (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) (DC, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Liqueur (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Magic Spell is a subdued, mauvey brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. The lipstick had mostly opaque color payoff that went on evenly. It had a Cremesheen finish, so it had a more luminous finish but a clingier feel overall. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Smoked Almond (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Touch (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Suede (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Script (218) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Among the Fireflies (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Cognac (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Broken (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Amulet (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

In Control is a muted, medium-dark rosy-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a waxy consistency that was easy enough to maneuver around the edges of the lips but did not work as well for filling in color, as it looked uneven and tugged quite a bit. Once on, the color lasted for eight hours, as described, but it was rather drying on its own. MAC Morning Coffee (P, $19.50) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Manic (P, $20.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Rush (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Cranberry (DC, $17.50) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lip Bag Nude
Nude
Nude
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Bag ($39.50 for 0.30 oz.) includes a full-size lipstick, Vamplify Lipgloss, and Lip Pencil. The Vamplify and Lip Pencil are repromotes, while the lipstick is new (but it is a matte red, so it is definitely dupable). I verified the color consistency between the two repromotes but did not retest them for wear or re-swatch them, so the lip swatches and review are from the last time I wore them.

Value

  • Vamplify Lipgloss: $20.00 for 0.16 oz. or $125.00/oz.
  • Lipstick: $17.00 for 0.10 oz. or $170.00/oz.
  • Pro Longwear Lip Pencil: $21.00 for 0.04 oz. or $525.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $58.00

Suggestive is a bold, bright, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had good pigmentation, but there’s some translucency so the natural lip color will come through still. It applied really well with even coverage and never looked streaky and somehow managed not to slip into lip lines until after four to five hours of wear. The color lasted for five hours in all and was hydrating over time. MAC Utterly Tart (LE, $15.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Tease Don't Touch (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Smart Aleck (LE, $20.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Hot/Cold (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Red Corset (P, $52.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Crushed Cherry (DC, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Brickhouse (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Right Up My Alley (LE, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Exposed (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Lempicka Red (18) (P, $48.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (85% similar). MAC Gumdrop (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay 69 (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Candy Cane is a bright, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had very nearly opaque color that went on evenly, though the texture was a bit firmer in the tube, so it tugged slightly as I applied it and definitely needed more pressure to go on. The consistency was thinner and clung more to the lips, but it was still going strong after six hours of wear. The formula was somewhat drying over time. MAC So Good For You (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Swamp Family (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Chateau M (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Red Ink (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Always Red (LE, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Ribbon (LE, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Anything Goes (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Glam (DC, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Trust in Red is a slightly muted, medium pinky-red with cooler undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was drier and harder to apply to the lips evenly, so it was most comfortable used to line the lips rather than to fill them in. The color was similar to the last version I had, but the texture was drier. I did retest this one for wear, and it lasted for over eight hours but was drying. Urban Decay 69 (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.50)(100% similar). Urban Decay 714 (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Wonderland (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Freehand (LE, $15.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Cherry (P, $17.50) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lip Bag Red
Red
Red
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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