Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Kat Von D Berlin Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Berlin Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Berlin Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm rose.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark pink-red with warm undertones and an ultra-matte finish. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is glossier, cooler-toned, darker. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is lighter, pinker. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is glossier, cooler-toned. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is cooler-toned,m glossier. YSL Rose Asarine (34) (P, $34.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Crianza (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is glossier. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is not quite as matte. Guerlain Girly (P, $51.00) is glossier, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It has a thin consistency that spreads well across the lips, and it’s important to apply in a very smooth, even layer in order to get the best coverage and end result. The color dries down fairly quickly to a totally matte finish–no shine at all–and locks onto lips. There’s very little transfer, and I get almost no transfer until I’ve eaten something with the formula on (then it is less durable). It does cling to lips, though it is a lot less clingy (and more comfortable to wear, as a result) than most liquid lipsticks that dry down like this. The color lasted easily for eight hours, and it started to feel drying after four to five hours of wear.

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Monday, December 1st, 2014

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Collection
Tom Ford Lips & Boys Collection

Here are swatches for the second half of the Tom Ford Lips & Boys Collection ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.). They will be available as a full release beginning December 26th, but they’re available today only at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, and Saks. (As a heads up, Neiman Marcus‘ tiered gift card event seems to apply to Tom Ford Beauty, so that is a way to “save” a little, and they’re offering a gift box when you purchase three shades.)

Three of the shades I ordered were sold out and are on backorder, so I do not have those (Stavros, Addison, Julian). I would love to get lip swatches up for the shades, but I’m not sure if I’ll have them finished by today – I will try my hardest! Updated: Lip swatches have been added! :) The following is a list of shades that are repromotes (and I confirmed by comparing swatches, except for Slander and Smoke Red, which I don’t have):

  • Cooper = Pure Pink
  • Adriano = True Coral
  • Alejandro = Slander
  • Leonardo = Smoke Red
  • Xavier = Violet Fatale
  • Collin = Indian Rose
  • Cary = Casablanca
  • Didier = Moroccan Rouge

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Monday, December 1st, 2014

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Collection
Tom Ford Lips & Boys Collection

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipsticks ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a collection of miniature-sized lipsticks (0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz.) that will be available as a full release beginning December 26th, but they’re available today only at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, and Saks. (As a heads up, Neiman Marcus‘ tiered gift card event seems to apply to Tom Ford Beauty, so that is a way to “save” a little, and they’re offering a gift box when you purchase three shades.)

TomFord.com launched these on the 27th (ahead of the 28th as they were supposed to), and the majority of the shades are sold out now, but there were a few still left last I checked: Kyril, William, Sebastian, Omar, and Blake (apparently metallics were unpopular?). Obviously, since these arrived this morning, all I’ve had a chance to do is photograph, swatch, apply, and get the photos ready, but I haven’t even had a chance to process the chaos yet! Three of the shades I ordered were sold out and are on backorder, so I do not have those (Stavros, Addison, Julian). I would love to get lip swatches up for the shades, but I’m not sure if I’ll have them finished by today – I will try my hardest! Updated: Added lip swatches! :) The following is a list of shades that are repromotes (and I confirmed by comparing swatches, except for Warm Sable, which I don’t have, and Addison, which I don’t have yet):

  • Holden = Vanilla Suede
  • Beau = Blush Nude
  • Henry = Warm Sable
  • William = Pink Dune
  • Addison = Pink Dusk
  • James = Twist of Fate
  • Richard = Negligee

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Saturday, November 29th, 2014

MAC Soft Pout Ultimate Lipstick
MAC Soft Pout Ultimate Lipstick

MAC Ultimate Lipstick ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) will hopefully make its grand debut (finally!) on December 1st–fingers crossed! There’s not too much information on them, but the price point, name, and packaging make them seem like they should be similar to the lipsitcks Marcel Wanders collection (some of the shades in this collection were launched previously). The formula is new and permanent. From what I’ve experienced, the majority of the shades have good color payoff with lightweight, creamy textures that go on easily with a fair amount of slip but don’t slide around too much (a few are wetter). I get light hydration with most shades and four to six hour wear. They are vanilla-scented like MAC’s other lip products.

The price is noticeably higher than the standard MAC lipstick, though only a dollar more than the Mineralize Rich Lipstick formula. Worth noting, however, is that these are 50% larger than the standard MAC lipstick. The standard MAC lipstick is $160/oz., while the Ultimate lipstick is $153.33/oz. Of course, if you rarely get through half of a lipstick, then paying less will probably make you better off.

Soft Pout is described as a “sheer pink peach with white pearl.” It’s a semi-opaque, medium peach with beige and warm undertones and a luminous finish. The texture has enough slip in it that it doesn’t apply evenly, though it feels creamy and comfortable to wear. The wear time is shorter than other shades at three hours (but it doesn’t feel like it disappears!) and was lightly hydrating. Charlotte Tilbury Hepburn Honey (P, $32.00) is brighter. Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) (P, $36.00) is similar. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is yellower. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is similar. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

To Savour is described as a “light cool pink.” It’s a pale, light pink with cool undertones and a muted, almost gray-like overcast. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a creamy, emollient texture. It didn’t apply evenly and tended to look streaky applied, unfortunately. The color lasted for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Be Fabulous (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is brighter. NARS Stourhead (LE, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marque is described as a “soft light neutral pink.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy beige with warm undertones and light, gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly. It was lightly hydrating and lasted for four hours on me. Too Faced Shimmering Spice Spice Baby (LE, $22.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Gems (LE, $51.00) is warmer, more glossier. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Lovelight (P, $22.00) is sheerer. Guerlain Garance (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Cherry Blossom (P, $35.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Femme-de-Luxe is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a vibrant, light-medium fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly. It had less sheen compared to several other shades in the range. This one lasted well for four hours on me and was lightly moisturizing. NARS Claudia (P, $32.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is more matte. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is similar. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Cougar (P, $12.50) is less shimmery. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is more muted, darker. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, November 29th, 2014

MAC Audacious Ultimate Lipstick
MAC Audacious 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). The press release doesn’t have any real information regarding the formula, so going off of past years’ Couture offerings, it seems like it should be a hydrating, pigmented lipstick. The released was pushed back from late Semptember to an October 29th (online) and December 1st (in-store) launch, but I’ve yet to see it make its online debut (and I don’t have any updates). Let’s hope they pop up online come the 1st, but nevertheless, here are reviews for three more shades from the range.

To recap: The formula feels very similar to the formula used for the Marcel Wanders’ lipsticks (which is also where the packaging is from). A few of the shades now made permanent were launched previously, too. They’re creamy with some slip, glide on without tugging, are lightly hydrating, and tend to be fairly pigmented with average to good wear. The price is noticeably higher than the standard MAC lipstick, though only a dollar more than the Mineralize Rich Lipstick formula. Worth noting, however, is that these are 50% larger than the standard MAC lipstick. The standard MAC lipstick is $160/oz., while the Ultimate lipstick is $153.33/oz. Of course, if you rarely get through half of a lipstick, then paying less will probably make you better off. Here’s a fun fact: only a $0.50 increase from the price in 2012 (based on Marcel Wanders)!

Audacious is described as a “warm mid-tone red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff that went on evenly, smoothly, and wore well for five hours. It was lightly hydrating over time. The consistency was lightweight, emollient without being too slippery. NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is lighter. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $50.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) is warmer. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Cockney (P, $16.00) is similar. Guerlain Gilda (P, $51.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ravishingly Rich is described as a “bright mid-tone orange.” It’s a medium orange with a lighter, tangerine micro-shimmer and luminous finish. It was creamy and comfortable to wear with rich, opaque color coverage. This shade lasted well for four and a half hours and was lightly moisturizing while worn. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is lighter.Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Bite Beauty Clementine (LE, $24.00) is more matte. NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is lighter. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is lighter. Maybelline Electric Orange (P, $7.49) is less shimmery. MAC Booyah (LE, $18.00) is more muted. MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Neon Orange (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lelss shimmery. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Chanel Sari d’Eau (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Scene is described as a “deep berry.” It’s a rich, burgundy red with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy finish. It was semi-opaque with color that pulled into lip lines somewhat and looked more like a stain than a lipstick. The consistency had a lot of slip and had a tendency to feather on me, which isn’t something I experience often, so it was disappointing. The color lasted well for five hours. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is cooler-toned. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is darker. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Tribalist (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Gigolo (LE, $51.00) is cooler-toned. Buxom Menace (P, $21.00) is brighter. Burberry Bright Plum (15) (P, $30.00) is more matte, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

MAC Nasty Gal Lipsticks
MAC Nasty Gal Lipsticks

MAC Gunner Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep purple [with a Matte finish].” It’s a lightly brightened, dark purple with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied fairly well (though not perfectly, I didn’t notice the imperfections at a normal viewing distance, only close-up). The consistency was lightly creamy and didn’t tug at the lips, but the finish isn’t truly matte as a result. It wore well for six and a half hours and left a fuchsia-like stain behind. It was a little drying over time. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Runner Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “burgundy [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, burgundy red with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but it didn’t look even when applied. There was something about it that looked almost grainy. The color itself wore really long (over six hours), but it was somewhat drying towards the last half of wear. I found it particularly troublesome to apply it from the tube, as it seemed prone to skipping. Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Endless Drama (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Sin (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Stunner Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “clean red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium red with cool, pink undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had nearly full color coverage with a lightly creamy texture that was easy to apply. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind. It was a little drying but the least drying of the three. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is lighter. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier, brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These lipsticks launch on December 4th on maccosmetics.com and at select store locations.

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