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Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) Rouge G Lipstick ($54.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “luminous red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with very subtle cool undertones (it has more of a pink base, which makes it appear more neutral than strongly cool or warm-toned) and a soft, luminous shine. MAC Sparks of Romance (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Oblivion (LE, $16.00) is more matte, more muted. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $50.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) (P, $30.00) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is similar. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is similar. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is slightly cooler-toned. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency is lightly creamy–enough that it glides on easily without tugging while yielding even, opaque color coverage in one stroke–but it doesn’t slip around, so the color stays even, no matter if you press your lips together. Unsurprisingly, this rich red lasts for eight hours on me and is hydrating from start to finish. Rouge G is one of my favorite formulas, because the formula is comfortable to wear, pigmented, and moisturizing–my lips always feel even nicer after wearing one for awhile. Though this is a lovely red, it is rather dupable, which is the only downside to it. This particular shade comes in a red lacquered case, but it has the same style and features as regular Rouge Gs (and it is hefty). There is a very light violet scent (I didn’t even notice it initially, but it is there in the tube).

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color Rouge Parade (820)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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MAC Heirloom Mix Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Heirloom Mix Cremesheen Glasses
MAC Heirloom Mix Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Ceremonial Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “hot pink with sparkles.” It’s a fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and very fine violet shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage applied, and it did settle slightly into lip lines. It wore well for two and a half hours and was lightly hydrating while worn. MAC Vibrant Vibe (P, $22.00) is similar. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. MAC Imperial Red (LE, $19.00) is more muted. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is more opaque. L’Oreal Dazzle Me (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Courting Chic Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “deep berry red with gold sparkles.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned red with gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which applied fairly evenly, though some color settled into lip lines. It lasted for three hours on me and was hydrating while worn. MAC Sultana (LE, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Hell Bound (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is warmer. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is redder, brighter. Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is lighter. Chanel Triomphal (LE, $32.00) is more opaque. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Romantic Overture Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “clear base with sparkles.” It’s not quite clear–it’s more like a peach-tinted base with a smattering of champagne sparkle. It definitely adds warmth to the lips, but it doesn’t add much color. It lasts an hour and a half on me, unfortunately, though it is comfortable to wear. There’s not much to it, so there are several similar shades that tend to look the same applied: See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Seeking Adoration Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “plummy pink.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark pink with subtle gold pearl. It had semi-sheer color payoff and applied evenly for the most part. The consistency was comfortable to wear, hydrating, and lasted for two hours. Sisley Paris Berry (5) (P, $50.00) is less glossy, brighter. NARS Sixties Fan (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Quito (P, $26.00) is brighter. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is brighter. MAC New Love (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is similar. Milani Berry Tempting (05) (P, $5.49) is less shimmery. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is darker. MAC Mall Madness (LE, $15.00) is more muted, less pink. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Social Season Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “violet with blue sparkles.” It’s a semi-sheer, muted fuchsia pink with silver and violet sparkle. It applies fairly evenly and feels comfortable to wear as it has a very creamy consistency. The color only lasts for two hours, though. Revlon Sugar Violet (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. MAC Rhythm (LE, $15.00) is warmer. L’Oreal Dazzle Me (LE, $9.99) is similar. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These glosses are from the upcoming Heirloom Mix collection, which launches online on October 19th and hits stores/counters on October 23rd. International locations should see this sometime in November.

MAC Cremesheen Glass Ceremonial
Ceremonial
Ceremonial
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Courting Chic
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Romantic Overture
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Seeking Adoration
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Social Season
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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MAC Heirloom Mix Lipsticks

MAC Heirloom Mix Lipsticks
MAC Heirloom Mix Lipsticks

MAC No Faux Pas Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “hot pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bright, fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had full color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency that applied smoothly and evenly without tugging on the lips. This shade wore well for six and a half hours and left behind a strong stain. It was neither drying nor hydrating for me. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is more muted, glossier. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is a smimdgen lighter. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is glossier. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is glossier. MAC Good Taste (P, $22.00) is more muted, sheerer. NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is warmer. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is lighter. MAC Moxie (LE, $16.00) is slightly redder. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is darker. Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Rebel Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pink plum [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark berry with cool, pink undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it was easy to apply due to its creamy consistency. The color lasted for six hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. This is part of the permanent range. MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is brighter, lighter. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is darker, glossier, warmer. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale (P, $50.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Salon Rouge Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “clean berry red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deepened, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and the texture was mostly creamy and didn’t tug on the lips. It seemed to have a thinner quality, though, and it wasn’t quite as even in application compared to other shades with a similar finish. The color lasted for six and a half hours and left a stain behind. It was slightly drying. MAC Dangerously Chic (P, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Roxo (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Gash (LE, $22.00) is glossier. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is similar. NYX Chic Red (P, $4.00) is more matte. MAC Prolong (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Such Flare (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer, more matte. MAC Runaway Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Absolute Power (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sparks of Romance Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “true red [with a Matte Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark, brightened red with subtle, cool undertones and barely-there gold shimmer. It had almost full color coverage, and the finish is was semi-matte. The consistency didn’t tug at lips, but there was a slight texture that I could feel due to the shimmer content. It wore well for six and a half hours and was slightly drying. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is more muted, less red, matte. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Rioja (P, $28.00) is more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $50.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is brighter. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is glossier. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Tribalist Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep purple berry [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a berry-red with subtle, cool undertones and a very glossy finish. It feels nothing like MAC’s Amplified finish. Due to the high slip in the formula, it doesn’t apply evenly and feathered within two and a half hours of wear. The color lasted for six hours, but it looked disastrous by that point with how much feathering and settling had occurred by then. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is similar. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is slightly redder. MAC Sin (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These lipsticks are from the upcoming Heirloom Mix collection, which launches online on October 19th and hits stores/counters on October 23rd. International locations should see this sometime in November.

MAC Lipstick No Faux Pas
No Faux Pas
No Faux Pas
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
MAC Lipstick Rebel
Rebel
Rebel
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
MAC Lipstick Salon Rouge
Salon Rouge
Salon Rouge
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
MAC Lipstick Sparks of Romance
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
MAC Lipstick Tribalist
Tribalist
Tribalist
6.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
74%
Total

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Gucci Potent Violet & Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip Lacquers

Gucci Potent Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Potent Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a gloss with “intense color” and a “demi-glaze finish.” It is “packed with pigment,” “non-sticky”, hydrating, and scented with the brand’s “Blue Chocolate” fragrance. They also say “intense, saturated pigments.” I make a point to reiterate just how many ways Gucci called this a pigmented gloss, because you’ll see one gloss is nowhere near pigmented, and the other is some pigmentation but isn’t opaque. The gloss itself is mostly non-sticky–I get a little tackiness towards the last hour of wear–and has a lightweight, creamy, comfortable consistency with a fair amount of slip. It’s hydrating while on, but it does give me the same soapy taste while I wear it that I had with the lipsticks. I found the scent to be less intense than the lipsticks but still noticeable applied (not just in the tube). If brands want to have a single gloss formula with various intensities, all I’d like to see is the usage of shade descriptions like “sheer violet” and “opaque violet.”

Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a sheer, pink-lavender base with iridescent shimmer. The thinner texture of the gloss made it so I could feel some of the shimmer in it, though it wasn’t too noticeable. The color itself was sheer, and it wore well for two and a half hours. This was one of the most disappointing products that I bought from the new line. NARS Easy Lover (P, $26.00) is lighter, pinker. Shiseido Nebula (VI207) (P, $25.00) is purpler. L’Oreal Pucker-Up Pink (LE, $7.99) is lighter. Revlon Pinkissimo (P, $7.99) is brighter, pinker. Dior Dolly Pink (453) (P, $29.50) is pinker. Urban Decay Trashed (P, $19.00) is brighter. MAC Asian Butterfly (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Perky (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gucci Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, coral-red with a subtle gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage but a fair amount of the natural lip color comes through. There’s a little bit of settling, but it isn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. It lasted for three hours on me and was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear. Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) (LE, $35.00) is darker, redder. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is brighter, more opaque. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is brighter. MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is lighter. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is pinker. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is slightly darker. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is pinker. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is more orange. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is similar. Chanel Calypso (LE, $29.50) is similar. Burberry Brick Red (P, $27.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gucci Beauty Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip Lacquer Potent Violet
6
Product
4
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
66%
Total
Gucci Beauty Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip Lacquer Crushed Coral
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

MAC Catharina, Dangerously Chic, Vogue en Violet Ultimate Lipsticks

MAC Catharina Ultimate Lipstick
MAC Catharina Ultimate Lipstick

MAC Ultimate Lipstick ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new and permanent formula with a shade range of ten (in the U.S., three additional shades available in Asia). The press release doesn’t have any real information regarding the formula, so going off of past years’ Couture offerings, it seems like it should be a hydrating, pigmented lipstick. These were supposed to launch online on the 24th, but I haven’t seen them pop up yet, so I’ll keep checking in hopes that the e-commerce site puts up a more descriptive blurb about the formula and will update the review if the formula makes any additional claims.  Update 10/13/2014: MAC has moved the online launch date to 10/29 and in-store date to 12/1.

I couldn’t say for sure if this is the same formula MAC has used in their previous Couture launches (especially since that isn’t always consistent–sometimes it has been the standard formula with fancier packaging), but it feel very similar to the formula used for the Marcel Wanders’ lipsticks (which is also where the packaging is from). A few of the shades now made permanent were launched previously, too. The price is noticeably higher than the standard MAC lipstick, though only a dollar more than the Mineralize Rich Lipstick formula. Worth noting, however, is that these are 50% larger than the standard MAC lipstick. The standard MAC lipstick is $160/oz., while the Ultimate lipstick is $153.33/oz. Of course, if you rarely get through half of a lipstick, then paying less will probably make you better off. Here’s a fun fact: only a $0.50 increase from the price in 2012 (based on Marcel Wanders)!

Catharina is described as a “fuchsia.” It’s a bold, bright fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there’s a slight translucency that gives it a lighter look applied to the lips. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was lightly hydrating. It had moderately slick, glide-on consistency with a bit of tackiness while worn. Bobbi Brown Hot Berry (P, $26.00) is darker, more shimmery. NARS Janet (P, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is bluer. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is slightly bluer, brighter. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is more muted, redder. NARS Carthage (P, $26.00) is bluer. MAC Lickable (P, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is less glossy, slightly bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dangerously Chic is described as a “cool mid-tone red.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-toned red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a glossy sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a very creamy, emollient consistency. I didn’t experience with feathering with this shade (though I am not prone to it), and it lasted for five hours and left behind a soft, reddish stain. I found it slightly hydrating, but it was a little tacky on. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is darker. Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $22.00) is glossier. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter. Urban Decay Gash (LE, $22.00) is slightly darker. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Role Play (P, $18.00) is more matte. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is warmer. Giorgio Armani Red Fuchsia (503) (P, $32.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vogue en Violet is described as a “cool mid-tone violet.” It’s a fuchsia-magenta purple with cool, pink undertones and a glossy shine. It mostly opaque color payoff, and the consistency was lightweight, smooth, and had a fair amount of slip but didn’t slide around too much. It lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. It’s a bit like a glossy version of MAC Heroine. NARS Silvia (P, $32.00) is lighter. Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is pinker. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. MAC Zen Rose (LE, $17.00) is pinker. Buxom Swinger (P, $21.00) is pinker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Ultimate Lipstick Catharina
Catharina
Catharina
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
MAC Ultimate Lipstick Dangerously Chic
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
MAC Ultimate Lipstick Vogue en Violet
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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