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MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette

01/07

MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette

MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette

MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette

MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette

MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette

MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette

MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette

Enhance Me

MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) consists of six cream-based shades that can be used on lips or cheeks. The Casual Colour formula is supposed to be a cheek and lip color with a “dewy” glow that’s blendable and hydrating. In general, I like the Casual Colour as a cream blush–pigmented, blendable, long-wearing–but it falls flat as a lip color, as there’s an almost powder-like feel once they’re on that makes the formula feel clingy and slightly drying over time. The best way (that I’ve found) to use them as a lip color is to apply them lightly on the lips and topped with a balm or sheer gloss as more of a subtle lip stain.

MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette Enhance Me
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Urban Decay Naked, Flame, 1993 Vice Liquid Lipsticks

01/07

Urban Decay Naked Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Naked Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Naked Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Naked Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Naked Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Naked Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Naked Vice Liquid Lipstick

Naked

Urban Decay Naked Vice Liquid Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a soft, medium pink with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly with some color that pulled into lip lines and dried there, so there was a “cracked” look to the finish when I smiled. The consistency was thin but comfortable to wear, but it did not seem to dry down fully–there was a touch of tackiness that lingered (but it did not pull up color after the initial “dry down” phase). This shade lasted for four and a half hours before fading noticeably.

The Vice Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to be “intensely pigmented” with “complete coverage in one coat” and “nondrying wear” that is “comfortable” and “waterproof.” The majority of the Metallized shades are not even close to one-coat coverage–maybe three or four or coats!–and did not layer evenly, plus they had a tendency to lose sparkle/glitter through wear. Whenever a shade wasn’t opaque in one coat, it often looked streaky or uneven. There were some shades that had fantastic, one-coat coverage, while others featured more medium, buildable coverage but several applied uneven, patchy, and didn’t level or improve after drying down even with a second layer.

The consistency of the formula was smooth, lightweight, and comfortable to apply, but the dry down was lengthy and some shades never fully felt dry (instead, lightly tacky). There was a learning curve to applying and wearing these, too, as they were unforgiving if you accidentally press your lips together before the formula has dried down–the formula is quite tacky as it dries down and pressed lips together results in color lifting away. The wear varied from shade to shade (and between finishes) from four to eight hours, and so far, most were true to the nondrying claim, at least. I didn’t notice any scent or taste with them. They were difficult to remove compared to most products; I had the best luck saturating a cotton pad with eye or lip makeup remover (Neutrogena, Lancome, Shiseido, etc.), yet curiously were not that long-wearing on me (relative to liquid lipsticks)–they seemed to develop a little tackiness with any meal or drink (even just water) and degraded from there. Overall, the formula was extremely disappointing after the successful Vice lipstick launch last year.

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Naked
Naked
Naked
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total

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Kat Von D Hawkwind & Crucifix Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

01/06

Kat Von D Hawkwind Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Hawkwind Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Hawkwind Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Hawkwind Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Hawkwind Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Hawkwind Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Hawkwind

Kat Von D Hawkwind Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation–nearly opaque–with a smooth, lightweight texture that wasn’t too thin or too thick. The color spread evenly across the lips, dried down to a flat, matte finish, and lasted for seven hours on me. It was slightly drying after five hours of wear.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Hawkwind
Hawkwind
Hawkwind
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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MAC Carmine Rouge, Breathing Fire, Bunnybeams Lipsticks

01/06

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick

Carmine Rouge

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark pink-red with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff with a smooth, creamy texture that wasn’t too thick or too thin. The lipstick applied evenly, sat well on the lips, and lasted for nearly eight hours. It also left a stain behind, and it was neither drying nor hydrating over time.

MAC Lipstick Carmine Rouge
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Make Up For Ever Warm Beige & Praline Artist Liquid Matte

01/06

Make Up For Ever Warm Beige (103) Artist Liquid Matte

Make Up For Ever Warm Beige (103) Artist Liquid Matte

Make Up For Ever Warm Beige (103) Artist Liquid Matte

Make Up For Ever Warm Beige (103) Artist Liquid Matte

Make Up For Ever Warm Beige (103) Artist Liquid Matte

Make Up For Ever Warm Beige (103) Artist Liquid Matte

Warm Beige (103)

Make Up For Ever Warm Beige (103) Artist Liquid Matte ($20.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark peachy brown with a hint of rose paired with a matte finish. The consistency was a touch thicker, easier to control than other shades in the same formula, but it took longer to dry down and didn’t fully self-level so there was visible streaking. The color “cracked” slightly when I smiled at my deeper lip lines. It had opaque color coverage that lasted for a solid six hours on me before fading noticeably but was not drying.

The Artist Liquid Matte formula is supposed to have “intense color” with an “ultra-matte finish” that is “long-lasting” and leaves lips feeling “soft, nourished.” In general, the formula is quite pigmented with a smooth, thin texture that still had substance to it (but felt looser, like it was almost too easily spread across the lips) as it covered the lips well and didn’t streak. The dry down time was average, and I felt like I could maneuver and perfect the edges without fear of it drying down on me. The formula dried down to a flat, matte finish that didn’t transfer and did not appear “cracked.” The wear varied from five to eight hours on me, and the formula felt slightly drying to non-drying. There was a heavy, floral scent, though–more detectable than the one in their regular lipstick range. While the tube did not seem unusually small, thin, or short, it contained a lot less product than is standard for liquid lipsticks.

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Warm Beige (103)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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Make Up For Ever Cream Beige & Neutral Beige Artist Liquid Matte

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Make Up For Ever Cream Beige (101) Artist Liquid Matte

Make Up For Ever Cream Beige (101) Artist Liquid Matte

Make Up For Ever Cream Beige (101) Artist Liquid Matte

Make Up For Ever Cream Beige (101) Artist Liquid Matte

Make Up For Ever Cream Beige (101) Artist Liquid Matte

Cream Beige (101)

Make Up For Ever Cream Beige (101) Artist Liquid Matte ($20.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly across the lips. The consistency was thin but very fluid, almost too fluid (seemed to take extra effort to keep the product within the lines!). It dried down to a flat, matte finish that was transfer-proof. I noticed fading after five hours of wear, though it lasted closer to six hours before needing a touch-up or reapplication. The formula was slightly drying over time.

The Artist Liquid Matte formula is supposed to have “intense color” with an “ultra-matte finish” that is “long-lasting” and leaves lips feeling “soft, nourished.” In general, the formula is quite pigmented with a smooth, thin texture that still had substance to it (but felt looser, like it was almost too easily spread across the lips) as it covered the lips well and didn’t streak. The dry down time was average, and I felt like I could maneuver and perfect the edges without fear of it drying down on me. The formula dried down to a flat, matte finish that didn’t transfer and did not appear “cracked.” The wear varied from five to eight hours on me, and the formula felt slightly drying to non-drying. There was a heavy, floral scent, though–more detectable than the one in their regular lipstick range. While the tube did not seem unusually small, thin, or short, it contained a lot less product than is standard for liquid lipsticks.

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Cream Beige (101)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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