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MAC Lavender Whip Lipstick (2013)

MAC Lavender Whip Lipstick
MAC Lavender Whip Lipstick

MAC Lavender Whip Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light cool lavender [with a] Cremesheen [finish].” It’s a pink-tinted lavender with a soft, pearly finish. MAC Nocturnal Instincts is darker, more mauve, less pink. MAC Budding Love is more lavender. MAC Quite Cute is lighter. MAC Pink Friday is cooler-toned, more opaque. MAC I Like It Like That is more opaque. MAC Blooming Lovely is grayer.

It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff; it hid most of my lip freckle but there was a slight translucency all around that allowed the natural lip color to come through. The finish has a light, pearly sheen, as it is part of the Cremesheen family. It has a lightly creamy consistency that gets creamier the longer it is held against the lip–it always starts off a bit stiff, but as the first layer wears away, it gets better. I wore Lavender Whip yesterday, and it lasted three hours, which is a bit below average for a lipstick. It was neither drying nor hydrating.

So, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Lavender Whip 2013 Edition is not the same as the Lavender Whip that came out in 2008. When I initially swatched it, it seemed pinker, but I thought I remembered wrong and/or lighting differences accounted for it. I went back into the Temptalia archives and compared my 2008 version to the sample I received this past week–and they are definitely different. I took a snap of the tubes themselves (with my phone’s camera and in my office, so apologies for the quality not being quite as good!) and then just added comparison swatches. This year’s Lavender Whip is pinker–it is much less purple. The newer version reads warmer, less lavender. They’re sisters but not twins. If Lavender Whip was too purple, it will be a happy change, but if you wanted something more decidedly purple, you may be disappointed.

MAC Lipstick Lavender Whip
Lavender Whip
Lavender Whip
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as an “iridescent lilac.” It’s true-to-description: it’s an iridescent lilac with a shimmering frost finish. MAC Bubble Gum has more of an iridescent lilac feel (but it has more of a golden shimmer than true iridescence). If you have an iridescent lilac eyeshadow, you could pat it over your lips and get a similar effect.

It’s really like a layer of iridescent lilac shimmer more than it is a color or a lipstick, because the color is sheer. I could see this type of color being used maybe as a layering product on top of other products, but I just don’t see it working very well that way–it has a very dry consistency that would make it hard to spread out over another color. Other Velvet Matte Lip Pencils have not only been incredibly pigmented, but they are creamier and have a more emollient texture that enables good glide and application. Tender Night was harder to apply for even, all-over color coverage. It felt like an old school frost lipstick but with a thinner consistency. It wore just under three hours on me, and it was drying (and it looked dry).

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Tender Night

MAC Sounds Like Noise Lipstick

MAC Sounds Like Noise Lipstick
MAC Sounds Like Noise Lipstick

MAC Sounds Like Noise Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright true orange matte.” It’s a brightened warm-toned orange with a smidgen of red in the undertone and a satiny finish (it doesn’t read entirely matte). That lack of red is actually what makes it stand out against a lot of other orange shades (like MAC Morange and MAC Neon Orange, which both appear darker and redder). OCC Banjee is lighter, yellower. I was surprised to find that none of the orange lipsticks in the gallery came close.

Sounds like Noise is an online-exclusive from the MAC x Hayley Williams collaboration, which is supposed to launch on April 9th (but hardcore fans may want to start stalking a little earlier).  It has opaque color coverage, and it had a nice creaminess to it that fell somewhere between satin and amplified (in terms of finish); definitely creamier than the average matte finish by MAC.  I have it on now, and we’re almost at four hours of wear, and it’s still going (I’m guessing five to six hours in total), and it’s slightly hydrating thus far (will update in the next couple of hours!).

MAC Lipstick Sounds Like Noise
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Guerlain Candy Stripe (468) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Candy Stripe (468) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain Candy Stripe (468) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Candy Stripe (468) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is warm, coral-red with a very dusting of gold pearl (it looks mostly like a cream applied the shimmer is so fine and sparse). Korres Pomegranate is a touch lighter. Revlon papaya is pinker but similar. MAC Geo Pink has more shimmer. Revlon Strawberry is pinker. Hourglass Nectar is brighter. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi is lighter. Illamasqua Mistress is brighter and bolder.

It had semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency. Candy Stripe applied evenly and smoothly, and it didn’t settle into lip lines because it has such a thin consistency. The gloss feels thin, nearly weightless, and non-sticky. It lasted for four hours well, which is about average. It feels almost gel-like when it’s on, and it has slip, but it doesn’t slide around. My lips, consistently, feel more hydrated after wearing one of Guerlain’s new glosses, and Candy Stripe was no exception. They have a floral-like scent and come in a flat, clear tube with a slanted doe-foot applicator. It has good shine but not quite enough glossiness that it gives lips a fuller appearance.

Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Candy Stripe
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Guerlain Browny Clap (402) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Browny Clap (402) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain Browny Clap (402) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Browny Clap (402) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a medium brown with very fine white shimmer and subtle warm undertones. Urban Decay Glinda is similar–slightly more metallic. Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather is darker, more mauve. Revlon Rosegold is more mauve. Dior Intimate Bronze has gold shimmer.

It has semi-opaque color coverage–there’s translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through–but enough color that it hides the majority of my lip freckle. The consistency is thin, non-sticky, and lightweight; it hardly feels like you’re wearing much at all. Browny Clap wears three and a half hours on me, which is shy of my four-hour average. This shade has more of a pearly finish, so it’s not as sparkly/shimmery as Cherry Swing, and it isn’t quite as shiny. The formula is hydrating and always leaves my lips feeling better than they did when I initially applied the gloss.

Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Browny Clap
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Guerlain Cherry Swing (467) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Cherry Swing (467) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain Cherry Swing (467) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Cherry Swing (467) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle cool undertones and plenty of gold and pink shimmer and sparkle. MAC Astral is redder and less shimmery. Korres #54 is similar but less shimmery.

On my lips, it noticeably darkens and turns my lips almost a coral-red-pink with gold and pink shimmer/sparkle. Cherry Swing has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage; I would describe the underlying base color as semi-sheer but the amount of shimmer and sparkle takes it up to semi-opaque.  The new gloss formula is supposed to be hydrating, have “varying degrees of coverage and pigment intensity,” and gives “lips a shimmering, radiant and plumping finish.” Cherry Swing has a thin, featherweight consistency that’s gel-like and never sticky. For a thin gloss that doesn’t have any tack, it does wear rather well. It’s hydrating, comfortable to wear, and the shimmer and sparkle don’t travel. It has a high-shine finish that gives lips a fuller appearance.

This is really a product you have to try on to appreciate, because it sparkles and shimmers like glistening, shimmering water. If you’re a fan of shimmery lipglosses (think Chanel Glossimers, Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipglosses, and so on), this shade is right up your alley.  It’s packaged in a long, widened tube with a black cap and a contoured doe-foot applicator. The scent is like Guerlain’s lipsticks–floral. It actually contains more than the average lipgloss (0.20 fl. oz.); and it is 25% more than Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss Gloss (0.20 fl. oz.) (and somehow, it costs $2 less). Just to put it all in perspective, one of the popular sparkling lipglosses is MAC’s Dazzleglass, is one of the worst in terms of value ($333/oz.; this Guerlain gloss is $120/oz.).

Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Cherry Swing
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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