MAC Sweet Sakura, Dozen Carnations, Pretty Boy Cremesheen Pearl Lipsticks

MAC Sweet Sakura Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “true red with soft gold pearl.” It’s a brightened, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and fine gold pearl. It leans warm to me, but it may appear more neutral on those with cooler or more neutral undertones. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied smoothly on the lips, though it takes a few seconds for the formula to really glide on as it starts off too firm. This shade lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Guerlain Gala (P, $51.00) is less shimmery, glossier. Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer, glossier. Estee Lauder Envious (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer, glossier. Revlon 5th Ave. Red (LE, $7.99) is cooler. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Red Strass (327) (P, $37.00) is brighter. Guerlain Red Hot (328) (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler. MAC Oblivion (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Audacious (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, brighter. MAC Dozen Carnations (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Dozen Carnations Lipstick
MAC Lipstick Sweet Sakura
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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Kat Von D Echo & Witches Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

Kat Von D Echo Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “satin navy blue.” It’s a muted, navy blue with a purple-leaning and strong, cool undertones with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a more difficult application, as it can be streaky to work with. It’s a stunning shade on, but it requires work, and at least two layers of product. Once on, the color lasted for almost eight hours with minimal fading/breakdown, though it felt a little drying after six hours for me. MAC Matte Royal (P, $16.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Kat Von D Echo Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Echo
B
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
84%
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MAC Style Maven Face Kit

MAC Style Maven Face Kit ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, two blushes, and two lipsticks. It’s a cooler-toned, more purple-based palette. The eyeshadows are disappointing, while the blushes were decent. The lipsticks are okay, but they have a thinner consistency that makes them feel clingier applied (and Girl About Town lost some of its depth). Over the last few years, MAC palettes like these have typically been bigger disappointments, and unfortunately, this year’s Nordstrom exclusives haven’t broken that cycle.

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MAC Style Maven Face Kit
MAC Face Kit Style Maven
C-
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
71%
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Urban Decay Backtalk & Carnal Matte Revolution Lipsticks

Urban Decay Backtalk Matte Revolution Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “matte mauve-nude pink.” It’s a muted, medium pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. On me, it leans a little warm against my undertones, but it looks more cool-toned in the tube (to my eye). It had full color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly as the consistency was creamy and glided across the lips without dragging. This shade lasted for five and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Mehr (P, $16.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $50.00) is darker, glossier. Kat Von D Lovecraft (P, $21.00) is less glossy. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. NARS Anna (P, $32.00) is glossier. NARS Vanessa (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier. NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. Colour Pop Squeeze (LE, $5.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Addison (LE, $32.00) is lighter. Maybelline Touch of Spice (P, $7.99) is darker, warmer. Maybelline Touch of Spice (P, $7.99) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Solow (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay Backtalk Matte Revolution Lipstick
Urban Decay Matte Revolution Backtalk
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
96%
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Kat Von D Noble & Bow ‘n’ Arrow Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

Kat Von D Noble Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “petal pink nude.” It’s a brightened, light-medium peach with a hint of pink and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage, but it was one of the harder-to-apply shades in the range. It was sheerer and thinner, so it was prone to streaking, but the formula would allow for you to apply a second coat to get better coverage out of it (and probably minimize some of the streaking). The color lasted for almost six hours, but it had more noticeably faded from the center after four hours for me, so it doesn’t fade as evenly as you’d like (especially with a lighter/brighter shade such as this one). It was slightly drying after four hours of wear. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is darker, glossier. Melt Cosmetics Summer! (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. MAC Riot House (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Anastasia Pure Hollywood (P, $20.00) is cooler. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lament (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Maybelline Daringly Nude (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Kat Von D Noble Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Noble
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
3.5
Total
79%
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Bite Beauty Maple Agave Lip Mask

Bite Beauty Maple Agave Lip Mask ($30.00 CAN for 0.52 fl. oz.) is described as a “bronze shine.” It’s a coppery-brown with lighter gold, pink, and copper shimmer. Dior Ambre Lumiere (227) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pink Cocoa (P, $24.00) is lighter, more muted. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $24.00) is brighter, warmer. Revlon HD Amber (555) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Surratt Beauty Ensoleille (P, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Moon Beach (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Bite Beauty Maple Agave Lip Mask
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask Maple
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
97%
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