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MAC By Request (Spring 2014) Lipsticks

MAC By Request (Spring 2014) Lipsticks
MAC By Request (Spring 2014) Lipsticks

MAC Glam Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid, bright pinky-red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, brightened, medium pinky-red with strong cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency. It wore well for eight hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Dior Minuit (LE, $36.00) is more matte, slightly pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $45.00) is less cool-toned. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is similar. NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is more matte, darker. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is more matte. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Hoop Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rosy pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a satin finish. It had full, opaque pigmentation, and the consistency was moderately creamy and applied evenly. It wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker. NYX Stella (P, $4.00) is pinker. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pink Poodle Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid, fuchsia-pink [with a Glaze finish].” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia-pink with iridescent fuchsia and violet micro-shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the shade lasted for five hours and was a little drying. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Milani Violet Volt (P, $5.49) is purpler. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Yaoi (P, $18.00) is brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Lipstick Glam
Glam
Glam
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
MAC Lipstick Hoop
Hoop
Hoop
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
MAC Lipstick Pink Poodle
Pink Poodle
Pink Poodle
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Bite Beauty Moscato Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Moscato Cashmere Lip Cream
Bite Beauty Moscato Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Moscato Cashmere Lip Cream ($28.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a bold, bright, vivid fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is darker. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is more muted, more matte. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is a bit darker. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (LE, $18.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

If Bordeaux was too dark for you, perhaps Moscato’s lighter and brighter hue is more up your alley (though they are equally bold, showstopping colors!). Moscato was intensely pigmented in a single stroke, comfortable to wear, and wears well for six hours and will last as long as eight with only slight fading. It takes two to three hours for the finish to wear down to something more matte, which is really the only “downside” to the formula–it’s supposed to be matte, but there’s a definite shine to it. To get more of a matte finish from the beginning, I would recommend lightly blotting. The consistency is creamy and stays that way for a few hours, so while it’s not transfer-proof, there’s so much pigmentation that it still wears long and well. There is a slight scent to it that I can’t quite place–a little herbal-y? perhaps that’s subtle and I can only somewhat catch a whiff of it when I smell the applicator.

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream Moscato
Moscato
Moscato
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Chanel Bliss & Tocade Glossimers

Chanel Bliss (181) Glossimer
Chanel Bliss (181) Glossimer

Chanel Bliss (181) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a medium, pinky-coral with subtle gold shimmer. Applied, it looks much lighter and milkier with semi-opaque color coverage. It doesn’t even look sparkly! The color lasted for four hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Modest (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Lovingly Yours (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is very similar. MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is lighter, more opaque. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Tocade (182) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, fuchsia-berry with cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the gloss didn’t apply as evenly as desired–it looked a little splotchy, though thankfully it wasn’t too noticeable from afar. It was comfortable wear, mostly non-sticky, lightly hydrating, and lasted for five hours. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, more muted, warmer. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is cooler-toned, brighter. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is more opaque, brighter. NARS Mexican Rose (P, $24.00) is more muted. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Bliss (181)
Bliss (181)
Bliss (181)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Tocade (182)
Tocade (182)
Tocade (182)
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

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Urban Decay Gash Lipstick (2014)

Urban Decay Gash Lipstick
Urban Decay Gash Lipstick

Urban Decay Gash Lipstick ($22.00 for 0..09 oz.) is described as a “deep red with tonal shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned red with ruby red micro-shimmer and a luminous shine. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte, brighter. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is less cool-toned, matte. MAC Runaway Red (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Liu (P, $35.00) is similar. Chanel Rouge Byzantin (LE, $34.00) is slightly pinker, less glossy, brighter. See comparison swatches.

It’s exclusive, limited edition shade to Urban Decay’s website, so you won’t find it as the usual suspects like Sephora. When I compared this shade to the previously released Gash (in the older formula), the color was spot-on. The shade was nicely pigmented and yielded mostly opaque color coverage. The texture of the new formula doesn’t feel quite the same as the rest of the Revolution lipsticks, though; it’s slightly stiffer in comparison, though it doesn’t tug or pull at lips while being applied–it’s just not as noticeably creamy or as emollient as the other shades in the range. It was also somewhat tacky, but it adheres well, applies smoothly, and pretty much wears for hours on end. It was still going strong after eight hours (including a meal) with the color being even, bold, and the only component missing was that it wasn’t as shiny (but it wasn’t fully matte either). The formula was moderately hydrating over time as well; I never felt like I needed lip balm, even after eight hours of wearing this shade.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Gash
Gash
Gash
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Bite Beauty Bordeaux Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Bordeaux Cashmere Lip Cream
Bite Beauty Bordeaux Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Bordeaux Cashmere Lip Cream ($25.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “burgundy.” It’s a deepened, cool-toned burgundy with a subtle reddish tint mixed with purple. It had a satin-matte finish. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is more matte, slightly warmer. MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is a touch darker. MAC Dramatic Encounter (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Boyfriend Stealer (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

The Cashmere Lip Cream formula is supposed have rich pigmentation, feel lightweight, and yield a matte finish. For all those who eschew typical spring lip colors, here’s a review for you–a rich, vampy hue that’s intensely pigmented with full, opaque color coverage. The finish is more satin to natural for the first couple of hours of wear–it absolutely becomes matte at some point, but there was a noticeable sheen that powered on for longer than anticipated. To get a more matte finish right away, apply a lot less with a lip brush, blot, then apply a little more, then blot again. Bordeaux is very long-wearing, and it held strong for over six hours and still made it fairly intact through a meal. After six hours or so, it’s slightly faded but hardly noticeable by any one else. It was lightly hydrating over time, and the consistency was light-to-medium-weight, was comfortable to wear (particularly in the first four hours, where it is a little creamier), and applied evenly. I didn’t have any issues with the color feathering or bleeding. There is a slight scent to it that I can’t quite place–a little herbal-y? perhaps that’s subtle and I can only somewhat catch a whiff of it when I smell the applicator.

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream Bordeaux
Bordeaux
Bordeaux
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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Shiseido Lacquer Gloss

Shiseido Nebula (VI207) Lacquer Gloss
Shiseido Nebula (VI207) Lacquer Gloss

Shiseido Lacquer Gloss ($25.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a new formula that’s described as having “vivid clear color” and “profound moisture,” while the applicator is supposed to enable you to apply with “no streaks.” I bought two shades, opting for the violet-color (because I’m always on the hunt for a delectable purple gloss) and a red (figuring it would be most likely to perform the best) — I try to pick shades that might work well and horribly, if I don’t have the whole range to test, to get some idea about overall performance. The gloss is lightweight, non-sticky with a hybrid cream-gel consistency– a rather emollient feel on the lips–and nicely hydrating. While the wear time varied for me between the two shades, but it was a little longer than the average gloss. The gloss had no discernible scent or taste. The price point, quantity, and overall quality make this a worthwhile formula to check out!

Shiseido Nebula (VI207) Lacquer Gloss ($25.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet with multi-coloured pearls.” It’s a medium lavender-purple with soft, cool undertones and a multi-colored, fine shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, where the gloss noticeably changed the natural lip color but still enabled some of it to come through, so your natural lip color will influence the ultimate result (particularly any undertones). It applied evenly for the most part, but there was room for improvement. This shade wore well for four and a half hours. NARS Annees (P, $26.00) appears more similar when swatched (but has no shimmer), but applied, it is much lighter. MAC Cinestyle (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned, milkier, no shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Shiseido Lust (RD305) Lacquer Gloss ($25.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “blood red.” It’s a brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a very, very fine white shimmer (I didn’t even notice it when I looked in the mirror–only in the close-up photos is it apparent). It ha mostly opaque pigmentation with a little translucency to keep it from looking heavy or like a liquid lipstick. This shade wore well for five and a half hours on me. Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is redder, less shimmery. Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) is redder, more shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is less warm-toned, less shimmery. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is slightly darker. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is more muted, darker. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is a touch more muted. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Shiseido Lacquer Gloss Nebula (VI207)
9.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
Shiseido Lacquer Gloss Lust (RD305)
Lust (RD305)
Lust (RD305)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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