Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

MAC Matte Royal Lipstick
MAC Matte Royal Lipstick

MAC Flat Out Fabulous Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright plum matte [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark magenta pink with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that had a lightly dry, stiffer consistency, so it does pull and drag on the lips, but it wears for hours without budging. It was somewhat drying over time. This shade was previously released. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright cleanest pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It was less matte than a lot of the shades in the collection, though it wears down to a more matte finish within a few hours of wearing it. On me, the color lasted for five and a half hours, while the consistency was creamier and easier to apply than the Retro Mattes, so it was more comfortable to wear. It was a smidgen drying over time. This shade was previously released. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Steady Going Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light pink matte [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was noticeably dry and firm, where the lipstick tugged at the lips a lot. It was dry enough where it was harder to apply the color evenly. It lasted for four hours and was drying. This shade was previously released. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Men Love Mystery Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “lavender violet [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, subdued purple with a hint of warmth and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly creamy texture that applied evenly for the most part. On me, it lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Matte Royal Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blue [with a Matte finish].” It’s a purpled blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency that was slightly thinner than other shades in the Matte formula. It didn’t apply as evenly as I’d like, but it did apply better and stayed on more evenly when applied with a lip brush. It lasted for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. It’s a really unique shade, and there’s a brightness to it that’s really exceptional in person. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

MAC Studded Kiss Lipstick
MAC Studded Kiss Lipstick

MAC Studded Kiss Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dark oxblood red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, red-burgundy with a fairly matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage, but there was a smidgen of the natural lip color coming through. On me, it lasted for six hours with a bit of feathering after five hours, and it was very slightly drying. This shade has been released previously. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC D for Danger Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “brick red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, berry-red with cool, pink undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly as the consistency was lightly creamy without being too thick. It wore well for six hours (and definitely could have lasted longer) and left behind a strong stain after removing. I found it a touch drying overall. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “very matte vivid blue red [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with strong, cool blue undertones and a matte finish. The texture is extremely dry and stiff, which makes it harder to apply as it really pulls at the lips. It was intensely pigmented, but it really takes a lot of effort to get it on. Once on, it lasts for hours and hours and leaves a stain behind, though it is quite drying for me. This shade has been part of the permanent range for years. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC All Fired Up Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia matte[with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia with very, very subtle blue undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color payoff that covers evenly, but it is on the drier side so it can drag. The color holds on for dear life–easily still intact after six hours of wear–but is drying. This shade was previously released. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Dangerous Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “orangey red matte[with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, orange-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that went on evenly with slight drag but was creamier than the other Retro Mattes in this post. Again, the color wears like iron and is still going strong after six hours, but it is drying over time. This shade was previously released. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, May 18th, 2015

Estee Lauder Ambitious Pink Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Ambitious Pink Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Ambitious Pink Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, subtly warm-toned, light-medium pink with a soft shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly, while the texture and formula made the lips look smoother and plumper. The color wore well for five hours and was hydrating over time. Surratt Beauty A La Mode (P, $34.00) is more matte, darker. Chanel Elise (448) (P, $36.00) is sheerer. Colour Pop Fetch (P, $5.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Pheromonal (LE, $17.00) is darker. Givenchy Hibiscus Exclusif (302) (P, $36.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Damask (LE, $28.00) is similar. Guerlain Geraldine (77) (P, $51.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Chanel Fougueuse (138) (P, $34.00) is darker. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Turn On (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Thrilling Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a reddish-berry with subtle, cool undertones and a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there was a slight translucency to the shade that allowed the natural lip color to come through. It wore well for five hours and was hydrating over time. MAC The Scene (P, $23.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Brandy (P, $24.00) is lighter, more matte. Bite Beauty Winterberry (LE, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Gospel (LE, $16.00) is more muted, lighter. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $51.00) is more shimmery. MAC Heaux (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS Palais Royal (P, $25.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick
Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is supposed to be a multi-tasking product that can be used on lips and cheeks, and the formula says it will hydrate the skin and uses ceramidone that acts like a “poly-filler to refill and plump the skin.” From the description, it sounds like these are a “natural flush,” so not fully opaque coverage but some color. As you might expect, the product performs better on the cheeks than on the lips, though I wasn’t overly impressed with it as a cream blush either. As a blush, it must be applied directly from the tube in order to achieve any visible color; using fingertips, most of the color adhered to the fingertip rather than transferring onto the skin, and with a brush, the formula seemed streaky and very, very sheer and difficult to build up intensity. This meant it wasn’t ideal for applying over a base, as the consistency isn’t so creamy that hardly any pressure is used, so it ended up moving my foundation if I used it over a blush (but I tested longevity on bare skin). Once on, it dries down to a semi-dewy finish; it’s not really shiny or wet-looking, but it’s not matte and never fully sets in place, so the wear time was six hours or less as a blush. As a lip product, they’re just drier in feel, though they weren’t as drying as I expected given how parched they make my lips look. It’s a lip product that really needs a topper, be it lip balm or gloss, to smooth out the lips–the Beach Stick on tended to emphasize the texture of the natural lip, giving it that drier, parched appearance. They yielded more color payoff as a lip product than the cheek (they seem to adhere better).

Charlotte Tilbury Es Vedra Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a “mystic sunset coral.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark coral-red with gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage. It lasted for six hours as a blush, four hours as a lip product (lightly drying but not as drying as it looked). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Formentera Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is “sun-kissed berry.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark brown with hints of rose and a soft sheen. This was one of the less shimmery shades in the range, and it had a more emollient consistency, which helped it look better on the lips but minimized its wear time–five hours on the cheeks, three hours on the lips (lightly drying). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is “burnished bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, rich bronze with warm, golden yellow undertones and light gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff that lasted for six hours on cheeks, four hours on lips (lightly drying). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Las Salinas Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is “candy, fresh, pretty pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with cool undertones and warmer gold shimmer. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff and was one of the more difficult ones to build-up and too many layers made it look incredibly splotchy, so I wouldn’t recommend this for medium or deeper skin tones looking to wear it as a cheek color. As a blush, it lasted for four and a half hours, and as a lip product, it lasted four hours but was moderately drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Moon Beach Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a “rose gold, iridescent peach.” It’s a light-medium, gold-shimmered orange with a hint of red in its undertone. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff that is really more of a highlighter on my medium skin tone, so this is another shade better as a blush shade for fair skin tones but can still work as a highlighter on other skin tones. The color had turned patchy after four and a half hours of wear on cheeks and two and a half hours on lips but settled significantly and was drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Estee Lauder Discreet Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Discreet Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Discreet Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and sat well on the lips. The texture was lightweight, comfortable to wear, while the formula was hydrating and lasted for five hours on me. Bite Beauty Moka (P, $28.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Marzipan (P, $28.00) is browner, darker. Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Fresh and Frisky (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, glossier. Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $22.00) is rosier. Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) (P, $36.00) is rosier. MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Mocha (P, $16.00) is more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (P, $18.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Fierce Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, coral-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and wore for five and a half hours. It was lightly hydrating, but it wasn’t as moisturizing as most of the shades in the range. Marc Jacobs Beauty Rei of Light (212) (P, $30.00) is darker. Colour Pop Frenemie (LE, $5.00) is pinker. Bite Beauty #003 (LE, $36.00) is pinker. Chanel Coco (416) (P, $36.00) is sheerer. Maybelline Rose Rush (735) (P, $7.49) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Adriano (LE, $32.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Diego (LE, $32.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $30.00) is redder. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is brighter. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Willful (P, $48.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty True Coral (P, $50.00) is pinker. Guerlain Genna (P, $51.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Jealous Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium fuchsia-pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color payoff that covered the lips fully, while the formula was lightly creamy and glided on to give even, smooth coverage. On me, this shade lasted for almost six hours, and it was a bit hydrating. Colour Pop Freshman (LE, $5.00) is glossier, darker. MAC Burmese Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Giacomo (LE, $32.00) is more muted. Kat Von D Berlin (P, $19.00) is more matte. Bobbi Brown Watermelon (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Greta (P, $32.00) is brighter. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Tumultuous Pink (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Bite Beauty Crianza (P, $28.00) is similar. Guerlain Insolence (144) (LE, $37.00) is similar. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is more matte. Guerlain Girly (P, $51.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, May 15th, 2015

Estee Lauder Brazen Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Brazen Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Brazen Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, dark reddish-berry with subtle cool undertones and a light sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that applied unevenly and tended to look patchy in places, while some color migrated into lip lines over time. This type of shade seems problematic across brands, and it’s rare to see a good formulation when there is any glossiness to it (and even still, some matte options don’t apply well). On me, it lasted for five hours and left a stain behind, but the color really settled into lip lines. The formula was moisturizing, though! Colour Pop Paramour (LE, $5.00) is darker, matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blow (210) (P, $30.00) is warmer, matte. Tom Ford Beauty Wes (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Runner (LE, $16.00) is matte. Bite Beauty Truffle (P, $24.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is matte. MAC Living Legend (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is lighter. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is warmer. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is matte. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is redder. MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Tribalist (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Sin (P, $16.00) is more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Dangerous Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark brown with hints of warm, rosy red and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque coverage with a creamy, glide-on consistency that gave lips a smoother appearance. This shade wore well for five and a half hours on me and was hydrating over time. Chanel Jeanne (408) (P, $36.00) is darker. Guerlain Gaetane (16) (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Carnal Instinct (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Legendary (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $16.00) is sheerer. Make Up For Ever #20 (P, $19.00) is more matte, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Daring Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium orange with warm undertones and leans yellower (rather than red), and it had a soft shine. It was fully opaque with a rich, creamy texture that was easy to apply and looked smooth and even on the lips. The formula is comfortable to wear, long-wearing at five and a half hours, and hydrating over time. Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) (LE, $7.49) is slightly darker, sheerer. MAC Forbidden Sunrise (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Ravishingly Rich (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Iberico (LE, $25.00) is darker, matte. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is darker. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is more muted. Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is slightly darker. Maybelline Electric Orange (P, $7.49) is slightly darker. MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is a smidgen darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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