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Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) Lovemarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “warm peach pink.” It’s a warm-toned peach with a faint hint of pink. The subtle pink hue is only noticeable when applied, but it looks more peach-orange in the tube and swatched. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, rosier. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is similar, slightly pinker. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC To the Future (P, $18.00) is more muted, cooler-toned. MAC In a Heartbeat (LE, $16.00) is darker. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is slightly darker, more matte. See comparison swatches.

The Lovemarc Lip Gel formula is supposed to be a “color-saturated, long-wearing, gellified lipstick.” I’ve really enjoyed this formula–one of my new favorites–but I believe this is the first shade that’s fallen short of expectations. I noticed a slight tendency for the formula to bunch up when applied to lips, so it doesn’t look quite even, and the consistency had a little graininess to it. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and the texture of the lipstick was very slick and emollient, so it did feel like it was slipping around when I wore it. This is a more emollient formula in general, but this particular shade seemed extra wet. It wore for three hours on me, and it was hydrating during that time, but it settled into lip lines over those hours.

Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel Dizzy Spell (104)
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total

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Revlon Adorned, Bejeweled, Embellished Colorburst Lipglosses

Revlon Adorned Colorburst Lipgloss
Revlon Adorned Colorburst Lipgloss

Revlon Adorned Colorburst Lipgloss ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, bright fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and fuchsia shimmer. It’s incredibly pigmented with rich, full color coverage in a single pass. It lasted for five hours and was moderately hydrating when worn. This is one of the best glosses I’ve ever come across–it is spectacularly pigmented, wears well, and is comfortable to wear to boot. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $27.00) is more muted. Estee Lauder Violet Rain (LE, $22.50) is more metlalic. See comparison swatches.

Bejeweled Colorburst Lipgloss ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a light, neutral-to-cool milky pink with barely-there micro-shimmer. Unfortunately, the milky consistency settles into lip lines and applies unevenly. It had semi-sheer color coverage. It lasted two and a half hours on me. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is lighter. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Pink (P, $45.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is similar. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is also similar. MAC Fresh Air (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Fashion Scoop (P, $20.00) is sheerer. Chanel Imaginaire (P, $32.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Embellished Colorburst Lipgloss ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a deep reddened burgundy with subtle warm undertones and fuchsia shimmer. It was semi-opaque on lips–it added bold, noticeable color, but there was a translucency that enabled the natural lip color to come through. There was some settling into lip lines, but it applied evenly for the most part (no splotches or bunching up). It lasted for four hours on me. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is more berry-hued. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is deeper, more shimmery. Chanel Crushed Cherry (P, $29.50) is redder, brighter. Bobbi Brown Aubergine (P, $24.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss Adorned
Adorned
Adorned
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss Bejeweled
Bejeweled
Bejeweled
C-

Permanent

6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
71%
Total
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss Embellished
Embellished
Embellished
B

Permanent

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

Guerlain Star Dust (900) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lip Gloss

Guerlain Star Dust (900) Maxi Shine Lip Gloss
Guerlain Star Dust (900) Maxi Shine Lip Gloss

Guerlain Star Dust (900) Maxi Shine Lip Gloss ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “iridescent ray of pure light.” It’s a virtually clear gloss with multi-colored, iridescent shimmer that flashes aqua, green, blue, and pink. It’s slightly milky, so it mutes the natural lip color just slightly, and it has a fair amount of shimmer. MAC Oh My Darling (LE, $15.00) is similar when applied but not as iridescent. Giorgio Armani #700 (P, $29.00) is similar but slightly warmer in tone. MAC Impossibly Sweet (LE, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

The shimmer is very, very fine, so I don’t feel the texture of the sparkle when wearing the gloss. Alone, it wears about two and a half hours, which is a little longer than I normally see with a gloss this sheer. It’s non-sticky, lightweight, and comfortable to wear. There’s a fruity, slightly perfume-y, scent but I didn’t notice any taste. When I wore this alone, it sparkles and shimmers, and in my office, I can actually see the bluish-violet sparkles as they catch the light. The effect is still subtle indoors, but outdoors it’s like a sparkle bonanza. I thought it did more when layered over a lip color, as it gave the iridescence a better backdrop. Guerlain described it being used as a “top coat” to “[add] a diamond shine.” (And this gloss formula varies from very sheer to semi-opaque, but given Guerlain’s descriptions, this one is supposed to be sheer.) I tried it over Insolence, and it gave it a glossier, more iridescent finish.

Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Star Dust (900)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Guerlain Insolence (144) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Insolence (144) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Insolence (144) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Insolence (144) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant fuchsia.” It’s a brightened coral-pink with subtle warm undertones and a soft sheen. I would almost call it a fuchsia coral, because it is quite bright and bold! Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) isn’t as warm-toned but it is quite similar. MAC Fusion Pink (P, $16.00) is more iridescent, warmer. Guerlain Gourmandise (P, $49.50) is similar. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is warmer, less pink. See comparison swatches.

Insolence is one of two limited edition shades for spring (I purchased the other, but I don’t expect it to arrive until late next week). It had fully opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy, so it glided on evenly and easily–never tugged or dragged on the lips. The Rouge Automatique formula is supposed to be long-wearing and hydrating. This shade was both, as it wore well for five and a half hours and left a stain that lingered for another hour or so, and it was moisturizing while worn. I didn’t feel the need to reach for lip balm at all after wearing this, so it really added hydration, didn’t just maintain it. The formula was comfortable to wear, didn’t feather or bleed, and wore away evenly.

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color Insolence (144)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain

YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain
YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain

YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark orange with strong warm, red undertones and a glossy finish. MAC Morange (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is slightly redder. See comparison swatches. If you really want to replicate the color and finish, I would recommend going for an orange-red lipstick and adding a little gloss on top (here are some orange lipsticks to consider).

It had nearly opaque color coverage, and it applied very evenly. I was surprised at just how well it applied–no settling into lip lines, no splotchiness–just smooth, even, glossy color. The wear was phenomenal, as the color endured for eight hours, while the glossiness managed to stick around for four to five hours. It was lightly hydrating overall. The Glossy Stain formula has a grape-like scent to me, which I don’t particularly care for, but I don’t notice after about ten minutes. The texture of Glossy Stains is very thin and liquid-like initially, but between five and ten minutes, it thickens and turns to an almost gel-like consistency that hugs lips (but doesn’t feel clingy).

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Orange de Chine (8)

MAC Instigator & Punk Couture Lipsticks

MAC Instigator Lipstick
MAC Instigator Lipstick

MAC Instigator Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened plum [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a deep, berry-wine with a satin finish. Officially, it’s labeled as a matte (not a Retro Matte), but it has a noticeable sheen for the first hour of wear. It had mostly opaque color coverage. This shade wore well for six hours and left behind a noticeable berry stain. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Train Bleu (P, $25.00) is very similar–just more matte. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is purpler. MAC Yung Rapunxel (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC Smoked Purple (LE, $16.00) is slightly purpler, less berry but comparable. See comparison swatches.

Punk Couture Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened grape [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark purple with a satin finish. I had trouble getting the color to apply evenly, as it had a tendency to gather/clump in places. It had mostly full color coverage, but I would apply this with a lip brush to improve the evenness.  The color lasted for five and a half hours, but it did seem to settle into lip lines as it wore on. Illamasqua ESP (P, $24.00) is brighter, less cool-toned. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is a bit darker, less pink/red. Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) is a more muted, grayer purple. See comparison swatches.

Both shades are sold out online, and the only real way to get them would be to track them down at a store/counter, or possibly, if MAC restocks it online (but you can’t count on a restock, and you never know when it might occur!). Also, just as an FYI, my Punk Couture lipstick arrived smashed against the top of the inside of the cap, and it had fallen entirely out of the base (so it was loose).

MAC Lipstick Instigator
Instigator
Instigator
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
MAC Lipstick Punk Couture
Punk Couture
Punk Couture
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
80%
Total

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