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MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “mid-tonal cool tangerine.” It’s a coral-red with warm undertones with soft, creamy finish and a light sheen. It’s definitely not cool-toned, but it is a rosier red with less orange in it, so it’s not as warm-toned as it could be. Burberry Pink Amber is darker. Chanel Enjouee is pinker. Guerlain Chamade is pinker, less bright. MAC Watch Me Simmer is pinker and brighter. Chanel Flamboyante is a touch redder. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi is a touch more muted.

I was really happy to see Lady at Play as a shade now in MAC’s permanent range, because for a brand that launches an endless stream of limited edition coral-hued lipsticks, there are only a handful (and they’re nice!) in the permanent range.  This is also very reminiscent of Viva Glam Cyndi, only it’s much more opaque, as Lady at Play has full color coverage.  The formula was lightweight, lightly creamy, and comfortable to wear.  It wasn’t ultra-hydrating, but it did add moisture and didn’t leave my lips feeling dehydrated after wearing it.  Lady at Play wore four and a half hours when I tested it.  I thought that this one applied a bit better without the product leaving lines if I pressed my lips together.

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Lady at Play
Lady at Play
Lady at Play
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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MAC Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “soft cool pink cream.” It’s a light-medium pink with a cool, gray-ish cast and a creamy, luminous finish. MAC Girl Next Door is lighter and sheerer (so it does look different on). MAC You’re Perfect Already is warmer. Revlon Strawberry Shortcake is purpler. MAC Enchantee is similar but grayer. Urban Decay Lovechild is brighter. MAC Royal Azalea is lighter.

It delivered mostly opaque color, and the consistency is lightly creamy without being heavy or thick.  It doesn’t look heavy on the lips either, despite having a mostly cream finish.  I did notice that if you press your lips together, there are some lines that can get created; they smooth out all right, but it’s worth noting.  It’s visible in the photo, but from afar, it’s hard to tell.  It was lightly hydrating while I wore it, and Dreaminess lasted three and a half hours on my lips, which is around average (four hours).  For a bit more on the formula, read my original review.

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Dreaminess
Dreaminess
Dreaminess
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “mid-tonal cool pink cream.” It’s a cool-toned, cotton candy pink with a luminous sheen. MAC Pink Nouveau is cooler-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is warmer. MAC Pink Popcorn is more lilac. MAC Naughty Saute is much cooler-toned (almost looks magenta in comparison).

This is a new (and permanent) formula that’s supposed to be hydrating, lightweight, non-sticky, “bright, long lasting colour in a single stroke,” all with a medium shine finish and buildable coverage (well, go figure on one stroke color and then buildable coverage). Divine Choice had mostly opaque color coverage, felt lightweight, and had good glide. I wouldn’t say it has a lot of slip, but there’s enough creaminess in the lipstick that it is easy to apply.  This was the first shade I wore for wear, and it lasted three and a half hours–about average.  I wore the formula across three shades yesterday, and it was lightly hydrating.  I did notice that very faint lines of demarcation can sometimes be seen if you press your lips together (which is something that can get noticeable with light, creamy colors).

The formula actually reminds me of a lot of the “luxe” lipsticks that have come out (Marcel Wanders, Gareth Pugh, etc.). These are even similar in size and price point. And on that note, this lipstick is 40% larger than the regular lipstick (0.14 oz. compared to 0.10 oz.), and the price increased by 46.7%. The packaging is different; it has a magnetic enclosure, so when you place the cap over the bullet, it will slip into place through the strength of the magnet. (Side note: the caps also pull together, if they’re loose!) Now, I also recognize and will point out that unless you finish your lipsticks, then bigger (and more expensive) doesn’t mean better.

I keep trying to think about how to compare it to other finishes in MAC’s range.  It doesn’t have that opaque creaminess that Satin and Amplified finishes tend to have, and it has more glide than Lustre and Cremesheen finishes do (and better color payoff with more even coverage).  A bit of a combination between Glaze and Amplified, I suppose; there’s a slight wetness that gives it the glide and creaminess without making it heavy or thicker.  It is vanilla-scented, as other MAC lipstick formulas are.

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Divine Choice
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “classic red.” It’s a rich, vibrant cherry red with strong blue undertones and a natural sheen. MAC Ronnie Red is very comparable. Guerlain Calligraphy #5 is pinker. NARS Dragon Girl is darker, bluer-based. MAC Ruby Woo is darker.

It applied evenly and smoothly without tugging or pulling on the lip when applied straight from the pencil. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding during the six hours this wore for–and there was a soft red stain left behind that lingered for another hour or so. The consistency is lightweight and thin, but comfortable, as it doesn’t cling and get sucked into the lips. I didn’t find this shade hydrating, though it was not drying.  The color coverage is very nearly opaque, which isn’t quite the “perfect” in-between sheer and opaque as described–so that might be to your advantage or not!

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense

A-
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

Clinique Chunkiest Chili Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Chunkiest Chili Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Chunkiest Chili Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Chunkiest Chili Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “brown red.” It’s a warm-toned, slightly muted red with a frosted finish. CoverGirl Captivate is a touch less warm-toned. Make Up For Ever #44 is similar. Guerlain Luxure is darker. Guerlain Habit Rouge is also similar.

It delivered mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency of the pencil was creamy, so it glided on beautifully and evenly. It was lightweight, didn’t cling, and felt comfortable to wear. Chunkiest Chili wore really well, too, clocking in at just under six hours and did leave behind a soft stain. It was lightly hydrating–it won’t replace a good lip balm–but it won’t dry out lips.  I’m not certain why Clinique is touting this formulas having only medium coverage–nearly every single one I’ve tried so far as borderline opaque coverage.

Clinique Chunkiest Chili Chubby Stick Intense

A
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

Benefit Poutrageous Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit Poutrageous Ultra Plush Lipgloss
Benefit Poutrageous Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit Poutrageous Ultra Plush Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink coral.” It’s a brightened, orange coral with a very subtle shimmer. On lips, it adds warmth and shine, but it’s a sheerer gloss so there’s little visible color, even on my less pigmented lips. Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced is similar when worn, though it has more shimmer. Bobbi Brown Citrus is very similar as well.  (Even with these two, both are sheer formulas, but you can see a greater difference in the actual color of my bare lips compared to my lips with the respective gloss on.)

Again, with a gloss this sheer, I think it’s important that it be clear that it is not the “bright pink coral” you see in the tube but a “sheer bright pink coral.” It’s definitely crossing the line between sheer and clear. Even as far as adding warmth goes, it’s rather subtle. Benefit should reconsider the way it describes the coverage of their new gloss range, because I can read it as a mix of sheer/less sheer, but they also make references to “drenching lips in luscious color … [f]rom crystal clear to hot pink.” To that end, I’m expecting sheer to semi-sheer coverage but not near clear with any of the shades except Icebreaker (which is clear). (The press release was actually more vague.)

The consistency is smooth, gel-like, and glides on easily.  It has a fair amount of slip, and it’s a comfortable gloss to wear.  The “color” of this goes on evenly and you can press your lips together and never worry about it creating lines.  It also doesn’t settle into lip lines.  The formula is lightly hydrating, but it wears away within an hour and a half.

Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss Poutrageous
7
Product
6
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
5
Longevity
4.5
Application
71%
Total

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