Thursday, July 31st, 2014

OCC Pagan Lip Tar
OCC Pagan Lip Tar

OCC Pagan Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “blackened purple.” It’s a deep, dark purple with cool undertones and a lightly shiny finish. This color also was prone to staining anything and everything it came into contact with nearly instantly, so be careful when applying! Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) was the only shade that was even worth mentioning, but it is a lot lighter and more muted. OCC Technopagan really doesn’t resemble this, just as a reference. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unfortunately, I found Pagan to have a similar consistency to Vain, so it was thinner, a little runny, which made it harder to wear and apply. It also resulted in a glossier finish that lingered for awhile, even after using the smallest amount for coverage. It is very pigmented, but it was prone to sheering out/smearing as the color was thinner. I would recommend applying a lip primer or lip liner underneath this, which would help it cling and stay in place better. The color is certainly unique within the colors I’ve reviewed myself, but it is a more high maintenance lip color for application and wear. I experienced feathering after three hours of wear, which worsened as it wore on, though the color lasted for eight and a half hours with a substantial stain left behind.

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9/10

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7/10

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8/10

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

MAC Style Approved Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Style Approved Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Style Approved Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright orange coral.” It’s a muted, medium orange with a very, very slight coral tinge and a soft shine and subtle gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage that was buildable from semi-sheer and applied fairly evenly. It wore well for three and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Sephora Collection Samba (LE, $12.50) is brighter, lighter. Paul and Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) (LE, $17.00) is yellower. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is darker. MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $16.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Saigon Summer (LE, $16.00) is darker, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Tropical Buzz Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dirty muted orange.” It’s a brightened, pumpkin orange with warm, yellow undertones and a glossy shine. It had buildable, mostly opaque color coverage, but the texture was slightly thicker and more emollient, so it didn’t apply evenly. This shade wore for three hours on me and was somewhat hydrating. Paul and Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) (LE, $17.00) is darker. MAC Tangerine Dream (P, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Sheer Mandarin (LE, $17.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Banjee (P, $18.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Wear with Flare Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “midtone neutral.” It’s a muted, rosy beige with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had buildable, mostly opaque color coverage, but it didn’t apply totally even as it tended to streak and bunch up due to the more slippery consistency. This shade lasted two and a half hours on me, which is on the short side for me, but it was lightly hydrating. Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $51.00) is lighter, less warm-toned. Maybelline Truffle Tease (930) (P, $7.49) is browner. NARS Pago Pago (P, $26.00) is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

OCC Vain Lip Tar
OCC Vain Lip Tar

OCC Vain Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep, dark indigo.” It’s a rich, medium-dark blue with a soft shine. It’s cool-toned, but it seems to be a subtle, cool undertone. The color will stain the lips for a good while, just as a heads up. I couldn’t think of any dupes of this shade from the blue lipsticks I’ve reviewed in the past.

The consistency of the Lip Tar was thinner, more watery, compared to others I’ve tried, which made application trickier, even though I used OCC’s Lip Brush. It also has a glossier finish that lingers for three to four hours before it wears down to more of a satin-matte one. If you want a matte finish from the get-go, I’d recommend blotting once, which should take down the shine without removing all the color, as it is quite pigmented (despite the thinner texture). I also had some feathering with this shade that was noticeable after six hours of wear and worsened over the next two hours. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me, and it was neither drying nor hydrating.

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8/10

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10/10

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7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Monday, July 28th, 2014

Kat Von D L'Ecole des Femmes Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte bright coral pink.” It’s a pink-coral with warm undertones and an ultra matte finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) (P, $28.00) is pinker, less matte. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is brighter, less matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is darker, pinker, less matte. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is more orange. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is darker, pinker, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This performed a lot better than Coven, luckily. The consistency was slightly creamier, so it didn’t tug or drag quite as much on the lips, but it doesn’t just glide over the lips smoothly. The color, however, did apply evenly overall. It took six and a half hours before the color started to have any visible signs of breaking down, and after eight hours of wear, there was slight fading along the center of the lips and some of the color had pulled into lip lines. This particular shade wasn’t tacky, so by pressing and rubbing lips together, I was able to ease most of the color back into place so that it was still wearable for another two hours. It wasn’t drying over time, and it doesn’t feel too clingy (it feels less clingy than you’d expect given the matte quality). If you have drier lips that have flakes/cracks, the formula can catch on them. It is more forgiving than I expected, though. In general, I think those that are really after long-wearing, ultra-matte lip color, it may still be a very interesting formula. For someone who doesn’t mind reapplication and prefers to have a really comfortable-to-wear formula on, this might not be the one.

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8.5/10

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10/10

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7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Sunday, July 27th, 2014

MAC Dream Daze Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Dream Daze Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Dream Daze Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “midtone pink nude.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that was buildable from semi-opaque to mostly opaque. It was comfortable to wear, lasted for three hours, and applied evenly. MAC Soft Savour (LE, $16.00) is pinker, less warm-toned, more matte. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is sheerer, pinker. YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Too Faced Taffy (P, $22.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is pinker, lighter. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is sheerer, lighter. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is pinker, darker. MAC Shy Shine (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Fashion Trip Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright orange red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had buildable coverage from semi-opaque to nearly opaque. The color wore well for five hours, and it was hydrating while worn. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is redder. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is redder. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is redder. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is redder. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is matte. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is similar. MAC Cockney (P, $16.00) is darker, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Love Temple Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright pink coral.” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a light shine. It had buildable coverage from semi-opaque to mostly opaque color coverage. This shade applied evenly and fairly smoothly without bunching up on the lip. It wore well for four and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) (P, $28.00) is pinker, more matte. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is lighter. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is lighter, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is more matte, darker. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is pinker. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is similar. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is similar. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is pinker. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9/10

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Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Bite Beauty Champagne Agave Lip Mask
Bite Beauty Champagne Agave Lip Mask

Bite Beauty Champagne Agave Lip Mask ($26.00 for 0.52 oz.) is described as a “rose gold pearl.” It’s a sheer, gold-shimmered pink. It seems to darken and even out my natural lip color slightly while adding a touch of shine. I don’t know of a really worthwhile dupe (something that is more in the “tinted lip balm” family), given that this is an ultra-hydrating formula with such subtle color. If you like the idea of the color but want a true gloss: see comparison swatches.

Generally speaking, it’s a shimmery version of the brand’s original–and top selling–Agave Lip Mask. The original was designed as a treatment that could be applied at night, but many used it during the day, as well, so I suspect this was a way of adding a little oomph to a day time version. You can read my review on the original formula here. Bite also repackaged the Agave Lip Mask, both the original and Champagne, with a softer plastic tube, so it is easier to squeeze out the product. The lip balm itself is quite thick, so it never oozes out easily, but hopefully those who experienced cracking tubes will not experience that with the new packaging (my original, old packaging tube still hasn’t had any issues, on my end).

I found the shimmery version to perform very similarly to the original. The consistency is thick, tacky, and long-wearing (there’s a thin layer still noticeably there after eight to ten hours of wear), though it goes on smoothly and keeps lips feeling comfortable. It has a sweet scent and taste. It’s hydrating and helps improve the health of my lips if they’ve taken a beating (err, swatching). I was surprised that it didn’t add a lot of genuine shine to the lips–it was a very natural-looking shine, and overall, very subtle.

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Champagne Agave Lip Mask

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9.5/10

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10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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