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MAC Studded Kiss Lipstick

MAC Studded Kiss Lipstick
MAC Studded Kiss Lipstick

In Punk Couture, there are four shades of MAC Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) that will be available. The collection released to most online retailers over the past two days and all but Studded Kiss appear to be sold out, but we’re all still waiting with baited breath (that includes me, as I was only able to snag Studded Kiss!) for maccosmetics.com to launch it–everything says “coming soon” and I saw it pop up that way a couple of hours ago. The collection will be available in-stores tomorrow, the 26th. One shade, Hautecore was released on Black Friday, so I’ve already reviewed that previously.

Unfortunately, since I wasn’t able to purchase the other two shades, and while I’m certainly hoping to snag them when they launch on MAC’s site, I don’t remain hopeful that stock will last for long (especially since the shades have sold out elsewhere). I would recommend buying them if and when you see them available, particularly if you have good luck with MAC’s matte or retro matte finishes. It’s a fairly consistent formula–long-wearing, somewhat creamy to slightly dry, and mostly opaque.

Studded Kiss is described as a “dark oxblood red [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark red with burgundy and brown tones and a matte finish–to be clear, the bottom of the tube says “Matte” and not “Retro Matte.” The texture was lightly creamy–just enough that it didn’t drag or tug at the lips and applied evenly overall. It lasted for six hours on me and left a soft stain behind. I did have some very slight feathering (and I rarely have feathering) after five hours of wear. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is less warm-toned. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Extended Play (P, $18.00) is a touch browner. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

MAC Lipstick Studded Kiss
Studded Kiss
Studded Kiss
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Chanel Melodieuse & Fougueuse Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Melodieuse (136) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Melodieuse (136) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Melodieuse (136) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright coral red.” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft, luminous shine. It had full color coverage applied to lips, and the consistency was lightly creamy so the lipstick glided across lips without pulling or tugging during application. The color distributed evenly and left lips looking smoother. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating during that time. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is lighter. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is slightly pinker/darker. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is similar. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is darker, brighter, redder. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is a bit lighter, warmer. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Guerlain Giulette (P, $49.50) has a faint gold shimmer. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Fougueuse (138) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with very, very subtle cool undertones and a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage–though not quite full coverage–that applied evenly and smoothly across lips without dragging or skipping. The color wore well for four hours, about average, and was lightly hydrating when worn. L’Oreal Pink Flamingo (180) (P, $8.95) is similar. Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is darker, purpler. Urban Decay Turn On (P, $22.00) is deeper. Revlon Fuchsia Shock (P, $7.99) is shimmery. NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is brighter, darker, more matte. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is more matte, brighter. Chanel Insolente (P, $34.00) is less luminous, less blue-based. See comparison swatches.

The Rouge Allure formula is supposed to be long-wearing and hydrating with “intense color with full coverage and a satin finish.” Both shades wore more along the lines of average wear (four hours), so I wouldn’t call them particularly long-wearing. They have mostly opaque to nearly opaque color coverage, though.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Melodieuse (136)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Fougueuse (138)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer

Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer
Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer

Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “muted red.” It’s a warm-toned, muted coral-red with a glossy finish. It looks a lot redder in the tube, but swatched and then applied, it has such a muted appearance that it ended up looking more coral-red than red. Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) (P, $8.99) is pinker. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is warmer. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is slightly pinker but is close. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is warmer, redder. See comparison swatches.

This is one of two shades for Spring (the other is Murmure, but I’ve only purchased Sonate at this time), and both are supposed to be added to the permanent range based on the press release I received. Chanel specifically listed the two spring shade as having “no shimmer,” so if you love the formula of Glossimers and not the sparkle-factor, then these might be just the right ones for you. On the other hand, if it’s that glimmering sparkle that does it for you, it lacks it. The color coverage was semi-sheer to semi-opaque; noticeable amount of color that it changed the coloring of the lips from afar, but it let the natural lip color come through quite a bit (and you can see how much of my lip freckle is visible). For reference, the formula basically ranges from sheer to rich, and there’s typically no indicator as to which shade is supposed to be what. For the most part, it applied evenly, and it only settled slightly into lip lines after an hour of wear. This shade wore just under three hours on me, which is a little short for me. The consistency was lightweight, non-sticky, and comfortable to wear.

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Sonate (178)
Sonate (178)
Sonate (178)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Chanel La Diva (44) Rouge Allure Velvet Lip Color

Chanel La Diva (44) Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Color
Chanel La Diva (44) Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Color

Chanel La Diva (44) Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Color ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “electric pink.” It’s a vibrant, cool-toned fuchsia magenta with blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is less bright. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is darker. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is also darker. MAC Night Blooming (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is glossier, not quite as cool-toned. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (LE, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Just as a point of reference, generally, the Rouge Allure Velvet formula doesn’t work well for me–it’s just not a formula that seems to work on me, though there are plenty of readers who love it. While most beauty products are “your mileage may vary” to some degree, I know that my lips react poorly to this formula while others have no issues.  This shade felt creamier than past shades I’ve tried in this formula with a lightweight consistency that applied evenly for the most part. It had a semi-matte finish that went down to more of a true matte finish about two hours into wear. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and on me, it was somewhat drying over time but more bearable than this formula has been in the past. It lasted for a total of five and a half hours on me and left behind a soft pinky stain.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Diva (44)
La Diva (44)
La Diva (44)
7
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

MAC Huggable Lipcolour (Part 3)

MAC Huggable Lipcolour
MAC Huggable Lipcolours

These are the last four shades of the new MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) formula! It feels good to be done. 🙂  There is a lot of consistency across the shades, particularly in terms of texture, wear, and feel, though there was more variance in level of color coverage–some where semi-sheer while others were semi-opaque. I found the formula was a mix of MAC’s Cremesheen lipsticks and Mineralize Rich lipsticks. The new formula is somewhat hydrating with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color, lasts between two and five hours (lighter colors are quicker to disappear, deeper shades last longest), and have a consistency that’s a bit stiff.  The texture will tug and pull at the lip if you immediately try to glide it across lips; instead, I recommend pressing and holding for about five seconds, than gliding the bullet across lips as the warmth of your lip will help melt the color.  It does feel clingy–huggable–when worn, which is noticeable throughout the wear, but it is not drying.  Please see part one for a more in-depth review on the formula overall (and part two for four more shades).

These are supposed to launch online on December 26th. The press release lists an in-store release date of January 2nd, though I would suggest checking with local counters/stores to ensure it’s not also releasing alongside Magnetic Nude (on December 26th). There are twelve shades available, with two shades being released everywhere but Asia (Rich Marron and Rusty), and two shades released exclusive to Asia (Extra Sweet and Sweet Creation).

Red Necessity is described as a “deep warm wine.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark raspberry red. It had semi-opaque color coverage–more color than most of the other shades in the line-up–and wore well for five hours and left behind a soft, pinky-red stain. Dior Minuit (LE, $36.00) is mor ematte, brighter. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is more matte, less pink. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $16.00) is deeper. MAC Scan-delicious (LE, $19.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Rich Marron is described as a “mid-tone nude.” It’s a medium-dark, warm, rose-tinged brown with a light shine. It was semi-sheer, and it didn’t apply as evenly as I would have liked. It lasted two and a half hours on me. MAC Fresh and Frisky (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $21.00) is more opaque, so it appears a bit darker. MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Mocha (LE, $16.00) is also warmer, more matte. MAC Spice (LE, $16.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Rusty is described as a “deep auburn.” It’s a darkened, warm red with a slight hint of brown and soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the color applied evenly overall. It lasted well for four and a half hours on me. Fyrinnae Winter Romance (P, $7.00) is similar, deeper. Chanel Enigmatique (135) (P, $34.00) is more frosted. NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is more matte, slightly lighter. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is redder, more matte. Guerlain Habit Rouge (P, $35.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Touche! is described as a “light beige.” It’s a light peach with a luminous shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but this one slipped around a bit more and didn’t apply evenly. I also noticed that the color settled into lip lines noticeably after an hour and a half. It lasted just over two hours on me. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is lighter, more opaque, more matte. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Secret (85) (LE, $34.00) is sheerer. Chanel Gourmandise (76) (P, $34.00) looks similar on. Guerlain Sous Le Vent (P, $35.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is slightly pinker and less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

P.S. — Fixed the labeling error and fixed Glossover not showing!

MAC Huggable Lipcolour Red Necessity
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
MAC Huggable Lipcolour Rich Marron
Rich Marron
Rich Marron
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total
MAC Huggable Lipcolour Rusty
Rusty
Rusty
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Huggable Lipcolour Touche
Touche
Touche
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total

MAC Huggable Lipcolour (Part 2)

MAC Huggable Lipcolour
MAC Huggable Lipcolours

Here are four more shades of the new MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) formula that I’ve finished testing.  The new–and limited edition–formula is supposed to be long-wearing (up to six hours), have a glossy finish, leave lips looking and feeling hydrated and smooth.  To me, the formula is somewhere between MAC’s Cremesheen lipsticks and Mineralize Rich lipsticks.  These are somewhat hydrating with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color, last between two and five hours (lighter colors are quicker to disappear, deeper shades last longest), and have a consistency that’s a bit stiff.  The texture will tug and pull at the lip if you immediately try to glide it across lips; instead, I recommend pressing and holding for about five seconds, than gliding the bullet across lips as the warmth of your lip will help melt the color.  It does feel clingy–huggable–when worn, which is noticeable throughout the wear, but it is not drying.  Please see part one for a more in-depth review on the formula overall.

These are supposed to launch online on December 26th. The press release lists an in-store release date of January 2nd, though I would suggest checking with local counters/stores to ensure it’s not also releasing alongside Magnetic Nude (on December 26th). There are twelve shades available, with two shades being released everywhere but Asia (Rich Marron and Rusty), and two shades released exclusive to Asia (Extra Sweet and Sweet Creation).

Commotion is described as a “deep cool plum.” It’s a cool-toned, fuchsia berry with a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage, applied evenly on the whole, and wore for five hours and left a slight stain behind. This is a fairly dupable color, so odds are, if this is the kind of color you gravitate towards, you may already have something similar in your stash. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Revlon Whimsical (115) (P, $8.99) is similar. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is more opaque, brighter, matte. Guerlain Illusion (660) (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is glossier. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is brighter, less cool-toned. Urban Decay Jilted (P, $22.00) is more iridescent. Revlon Sorbet (P, $7.49) is lighter. Guerlain Girly (P, $49.50) is brighter, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Feeling Amorous? is described as a “mid-tone fuchsia.” It’s a medium, fuchsia pink with slight cool undertones–it’s more like a muted fuchsia than a true fuchsia pink. It had a light shine and semi-sheer to semi-opaque color. The color lasted three and a half hours on me. MAC Commotion (LE, $20.00) is darker. Revlon Whimsical (115) (P, $8.99) is a bit darker. Revlon Berry Couture (P, $7.99) is lighter. Revlon Fuchsia Shock (P, $7.99) is pinker. Revlon Sorbet (P, $7.49) is very similar. Too Faced So Berry Sexy (P, $21.00) is less fuchsia. See comparison swatches.

Love Beam is described as a “mid-tone warm pink.” It’s a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a subtle shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage and wore well for three hours on me. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Chanel Surprenante (129) (P, $34.00) is frosted. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

What a Feeling! is described as a “mid-tone cool pink.” It’s a light-medium, blue-based pink with cool undertones and a soft shine. It was semi-sheer to semi-opaque, and this shade didn’t apply as evenly as the others. This shade only lasted for two and a half hours on me. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $21.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $22.00) is a touch lighter, brighter. Revlon Cupcake (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour Commotion
Commotion
Commotion
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
MAC Huggable Lipcolour Feeling Amorous?
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
MAC Huggable Lipcolour Love Beam
Love Beam
Love Beam
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
MAC Huggable Lipcolour What a Feeling!
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total

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