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MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipglasses

MAC Clear Water Lipglass
MAC Clear Water Lipglass

MAC’s Alluring Aquatic collection contains five, limited edition shades of Lipglass. The formula on these is medium-thick, moderately tacky (only one is thicker and tackier, noted below), and vanilla-scented. They perform and feel similarly to past iterations of Lipglass. All of them have shimmer except one, and for the most part, they’re so shimmery that they’re the type of gloss that looks more impressive in person, as the light reflects off of the shine and shimmer. You’ll find these online on May 15th, in-stores on May 22nd for North America, and “May 2014” for international locations.

MAC Clear Water Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer nude with multidimensional pearl.” It’s a sheer beige with silver, white, and iridescent cool pink shimmer and sparkle. The underlying base “color” is definitely sheer, but it adds a fair amount of shimmer, which gives it more of an impact applied. It wears three hours on me, and it could be used alone or to add shimmer over any lip color. MAC Oh My Darling (LE, $15.00) is more beige. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is also more beige. MAC Like Venus (P, $20.00) has more pink shimmers. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Modern Lure Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep violet with pink pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark berry-red with a smattering of cool-toned, fuchsia pink shimmer. This is one of the less shimmery shades, so the sparkle effect is subtle. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied fairly evenly and only lightly settled into lip lines. In general, it applied better than a lot of other semi-opaque berry glosses I’ve tried, but it’s not perfect. It is nice for layering over pinks and plums as well. This shade wore well for four hours on me. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is brighter. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Rebel (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Peachstock Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy true nude.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with a cream finish. This shade has been released previously, and the formula has changed slightly–it is thinner, so it didn’t settle as noticeably into lip lines and was easire to apply. The color lasted for three and a half hours on me. Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is lighter. MAC Innocent (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Liquid Passion (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Myth (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Illicit (LE, $15.00) is a bit darker. MAC Fashion Whim (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Seducing Sound Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone plum bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, plummy brown with bronze and plum shimmer. This one is very shimmery with semi-opaque color coverage and even more shimmer coverage. It wears for four hours, and it the consistency was thinner than the average Lipglass. MAC Underdressed (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Liqueur (LE, $15.00) is redder. Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather (P, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Water Deities Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light bronzy pink.” It’s a a light, coppery-brown with champagne and bronze shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage; the actual “color” of the base seems semi-sheer, but there is a lot of shimmer in it, so the shimmer makes it seem like it has more coverage. This shade wore well for four hours on me. NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is pinker. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is also pinker. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is sheerer, finer shimmer, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Lust (LE, $30.00) is less glossy. MAC Double Happiness (LE, $20.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Lipglass Clear Water
Clear Water
Clear Water
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
MAC Lipglass Modern Lure
Modern Lure
Modern Lure
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total
MAC Lipglass Peachstock
Peachstock
Peachstock
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total
MAC Lipglass Seducing Sound
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
MAC Lipglass Water Deities
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Alluring Aquatics Lipsticks

MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipsticks
MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipsticks

MAC’s Alluring Aquatic collection contains five shades of limited edition lipsticks, and I have four of them to share with you (I’ll review the missing one as soon as I can purchase it!). The collection releases online May 15th and in-stores on May 22nd (North America), and the only date I have for international locations is “May 2014.” Each lipstick is packaged in metallic blue-teal plastic tube with “water droplets” on the case, and the droplets are actually raised–and it’s some of the coolest packaging I’ve seen, personally (and to be clear, “cool” packaging doesn’t impact on the rating of the shades). It really does look wet, and it’s not so thick/textured that it won’t store well.

MAC Mystical Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone creamy rose [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a medium-dark, muted rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and easily without pulling at the lip during application. This sahde wore well for four and a half hours, and it wasn’t drying (which is noteworthy, as Cremesheens are often a bit drying on me). MAC Out for Passion (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is slightly pinker. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is a touch brighter. Burberry Primrose Hill Pink (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pet Me, Please Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light shimmering mauve [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, peachy-beige with a hint of mauve/gray to it, but it still looked rather warm-toned overall. It had semi-opaque color coverage, so the natural lip color is going to influence the tone and color of the lipstick applied. This was released previously, and this version was less pigmented, but the color itself was fairly similar (more influence coming from skin/natural lip color since it wasn’t as opaque). This shade only lasted two and a half hours on me, and it was somewhat drying (not a total surprise, given the level of frost in it!). I think this works best with gloss layered on top. MAC Art Directed (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Felicienne (LE, $22.00) is rosier. MAC Eloquent Air (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Siren Song Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer pale beige [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a very light, champagne beige with a frosted sheen–pretty much as MAC describes it. The way this appears applied is going to depend greatly on your natural lip color, as it is semi-sheer. This shade lightens my natural lip color while adding warmth and gold shimmer. The color wore well for two hours, and it was lightly drying on me, which is typical of my experience with Lustres; worth noting, some readers find the Lustre formula very hydrating, others in the middle, and some, like me, drying, so if you generally find them hydrating, then I would be less concerned about the drying aspect of it. MAC Altered Beige (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Giorgio Armani #111 (P, $32.00) is darker, more opaque. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is more opaque, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Enchanted One Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone neutral pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium peachy-coral with warm undertones and a subtle rosiness, and it has a matte finish. The consistency was lightly creamy and applied evenly and well over lips; and for a matte, lighter shade like this, they can sometimes be unforgiving, but I didn’t have any issues with application. The color lasted for five hours on me and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Flirt (144) (LE, $30.00) is similar. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Antonio‚Äôs Girls (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Lipstick Mystical
Mystical
Mystical
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
MAC Lipstick Pet Me Please
7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
76%
Total
MAC Lipstick Siren Song
Siren Song
Siren Song
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
MAC Lipstick Enchanted One
Enchanted One
Enchanted One
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil

Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil
Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil

Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant cool red.” It’s a subtly cool-toned, medium cherry red with a glossy finish. NARS Rose Gitane (P, $26.00) is warmer. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is similar. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is warmer. Chanel Emoi (P, $32.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (For blush comparisons, look here.)

My experience with this shade mirrored what I experienced with Timeless Coral. The formula is supposed to be a hydrating tint that can be applied on lips and cheeks–“natural-looking, never-greasy color.” It performs best as a lipgloss, but it’s more of a gloss, less of a stain. This shade did leave a very, very slight stain behind, and it wore two and a half hours, which was longer. It is somewhat hydrating as a lip gloss, though there are gritty bits here and there in the product. As a blush, it feels oily and slick, and it never sets or remotely dries down, so it moves around and looks uneven as it wears away (or breaks down foundation if you wear it on top of foundation, and I only saw about three hours of decent wear that way) after five hours on bare skin. The texture is dewy and lightly tacky on the cheeks, but it doesn’t feel tacky on the lips. It has a sweet, almost citrus-y, scent and taste.

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil Always Cherry
6
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total

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Sephora Cougar, Flamingo, Samba Rouge Cream Lipsticks

Sephora Cougar Rouge Cream Lipstick
Sephora Cougar Rouge Cream Lipstick

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be a “hydrating lipstick that creates full lips with intense color.” During the sale, I picked up three of the shades that were featured for summer to try out the formula. All three shades I tried had full color coverage with a creamy, light-to-medium weight texture that looked smooth and even when applied to the lips. They were lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, and longer-wearing. I didn’t notice any scent or taste, which is a nice bonus.

Sephora Cougar Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is a vibrant, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It’s a bit more sheen than a satin finish, but it’s not truly glossy. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind, and the formula was creamy, comfortable to wear, and was lightly hydrating. Finding a neon pink has ever been as easy as it is these days–there are so many options just like this one. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is darker. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is darker. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is pinker. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Flamingo Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly, and the color wore well for five hours. It was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is warmer. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is lighter. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is similar. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Hoop (DC, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Force of Love (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Samba Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is a slightly lightened medium orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had full, opaque color payoff in a single pass, and the color went on evenly and smoothly–no tugging or pulling at the lip at all. This shade wore well for five and a half hours, left a slight stain, and was lightly moisturizing while worn. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is sheerer, more muted. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is slightly redder. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is darker. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is pinker. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is slightly more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick Cougar
Cougar
Cougar
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick Flamingo
Flamingo
Flamingo
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick Samba
Samba
Samba
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

NYX Merengue, Strawberry Parfait, Sugar Cookie Butter Glosses

NYX Merengue Butter Gloss
NYX Merengue Butter Gloss

NYX Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is supposed to have sheer to medium color coverage, a non-sticky texture, and be a hydrating formula. They feel really creamy going on, and they’re comfortable to wear with a lightly tacky texture that doesn’t feel heavy. The wear is slightly below average (three hours), but for something with as much creaminess, it is decent. Something I kept experiencing was just uneven coverage, though, where the color tended to settle into lip lines and/or look splotchy applied. I think they work better as a layering product (over lipstick or the like), rather than alone. The formula has a sweet, vanilla scent and was lightly hydrating.

NYX Merengue Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink lilac.” It’s a cool-toned, light cotton candy pink with blue undertones and a cream finish. It’s the type of milky pink that looks pretty in the tube, but it doesn’t work as well on its own as the color settles into lip lines. It had semi-opaque pigmentation. This one applies better than many iterations I’ve tried, but it doesn’t look great by itself–it’s really a product that would be better layered over a lipstick or lip liner. The gloss wore three hours on me. MAC Pure Silliness (LE, $15.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Carousel (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Patentpink (LE, $20.00) is less glossy. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is similar. MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Strawberry Parfait Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “fuchsia.” It’s a medium, cool-toned pink with a cream finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which applied so-so; it blended in more with the natural lip color, which helped camouflage the unevenness, but it was there. This shade wore well for two and a half hours on me. NARS Angelika (P, $26.00) is less glossy. Chanel Baie Rose (89) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Milani Pink Lady (07) (P, $5.49) is a touch lighter. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Sugar Cookie Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, which applied somewhat evenly but it did look splotchy at times. This shade wore well for three and a half hours. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is brighter, redder. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is purpler. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Butter Gloss Merengue
Merengue
Merengue
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total
NYX Butter Gloss Strawberry Parfait
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total
NYX Butter Gloss Sugar Cookie
Sugar Cookie
Sugar Cookie
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

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Josie Maran Timeless Coral Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil

Josie Maran Timeless Coral Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil
Josie Maran Timeless Coral Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil

Josie Maran Timeless Coral Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant warm coral.” It’s a muted, medium coral with warm, reddish undertones and a glossy finish. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is less warm-toned. NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is similar. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is darker. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (For blush comparisons, look here.)

I picked this up during the sale a couple of weeks ago, because it was new and sounded interested. The formula is supposed to be hydrating and works as a tint for lips and cheeks. Josie Maran describes it as “natural-looking, never-greasy color.” As far as I’m concerned, this is only a lip product, because on cheeks, it feels oily, lightly tacky, doesn’t set or dry down, and slides around after five hours of wear. I found it difficult to wear with foundation, whether applied over or under, as the emollient texture makes applying foundation over it difficult, and applying it over foundation led to the foundation breaking down after two to three hours. I had the best results over bare skin, but they weren’t great results.

Though it felt greasy on the skin, it was comfortable to wear on the lips–very cushion-y, gel-like, and somewhat hydrating. The major downside is that as a lip product, it needs regularly reapplication as it doesn’t really leave a stain behind, and the color and glossiness wear off in two hours or less. I also found it gritty, and I don’t know why there was any grit element to it at all, but it was something I noticed when swatching both on skin, applied to cheeks, and on lips. It had a sweet, citrus-y scent and taste to it that I couldn’t really place but is there. It’s a real disappointment, because the price point is fantastic, and even better, it contains a lot of product.

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil Timeless Coral
6
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total

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