Sunday, August 31st, 2014

MAC Diva Lipstick
MAC Diva Lipstick

MAC Diva Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “Intense reddish-burgundy [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned deepened red with a slightly muted quality–it is a lighter and brighter burgundy to me–and has a semi-matte finish. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is glossier, slightly redder. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is slightly warmer. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Over the years, I’ve had a lot of questions asking whether such-and-such new shade was like MAC Diva, but I didn’t have it to compare to–now I do! I’d love to include more reviews of MAC’s permanent range, but with so many limited edition products, I try to use the time between launches to focus on other brands and products. Diva had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was lightly creamy; just enough that it didn’t tug much on the lips, but it still retained its more matte finish. It’s one of the brand’s more comfortable mattes, and it lasts for six and a half hours while leaving behind a reddish stain. It didn’t dry out my lips, but I wouldn’t call it a hydrating formula either. As always, MAC’s lipsticks are vanilla scented but have no discernible taste.

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Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Kat Von D Hellbent Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Hellbent Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Hellbent Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as “matte crimson red.” It’s a medium-dark, bright-but-not-neon red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier, warmer. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is pinker, brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NYX Chic Red (P, $4.00) is darker. NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is similar. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches /
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The consistency of Hellbent is slightly dry and stiff, but I was able to still get it to apply evenly, and the color payoff didn’t suffer either. It had fully opaque color coverage that really clings and stays on lips for hours and hours. This is a shade that lasted for eight hours and left a stain that persisted for another hour or so. It was lightly drying, but it looks more drying than it actually felt while worn. It faded fairly evenly for me, and I didn’t have any issues with it feathering on me, but it is a color that is best applied with a lip brush for crisper edges as the drier texture made it difficult to get clean lines straight from the tube.

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Friday, August 29th, 2014

Kat Von D Thin Lizzy Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Thin Lizzy Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Thin Lizzy Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sparkling brick copper.” It’s a lightly brightened, copper-red with gold and copper sparkle. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Manhunter (P, $18.00) is brighter, more orange. Kat Von D Gothica (P, $21.00) is lighter, browner. Milani Bronze Beauty (P, $5.49) is lighter, more orange, less red. Givenchy Rouge d’Exception (308) (LE, $36.00) has less shimmer, brighter. NARS Moscow (P, $26.00) has less shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Let us rejoice for a moment, because Thin Lizzy had a lightly creamy consistency that applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t tug or drag on the lips. It isn’t a slippery feeling, so it still retains a mostly matte finish on the lips, but it is comfortable to wear and isn’t a struggle to apply. It had good color coverage, and though it says “sparkling,” it is a finer shimmer that is less present than some of the other more metallic/frosted shades in the range. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating over time.

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Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Kat Von D Motorhead Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Motorhead Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Motorhead Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte black cherry.” It’s a deepened, burgundy-red with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is brighter, cooler-toned, glossier. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, brighter. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is more muted, less red. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Dominate (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Chanel L’Impatiente (P, $34.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Studded Kiss might be one of the more disappointing products of the year, though we’ll see what the rest of the year brings, but it’s certainly in the running. Motorhead is another let-down in all facets with its dry, stiff consistency that made the color apply unevenly as it dragged and tugged at the lips. It lacked color payoff, which was a real surprise. While it clings on for dear life for eight hours, it is fairly drying. It is difficult to apply, uncomfortable to wear, and doesn’t live up to the formula’s claims. I have few more shades left to review, so here’s hoping at least a couple help me forget this one, because my lips quiver in absolute fear at the idea of wearing this ever again.

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

NARS Leslie, Jeanne, Deborah, Bette, Liv Audacious Lipsticks
NARS Leslie, Jeanne, Deborah, Bette, Liv Audacious Lipsticks

Here are the final five shades of the new NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) formula. Stay tuned for a round-up!

NARS Leslie Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “cherrywood.” It’s a reddish brown–almost coppery–with a soft shine. It had fully opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Estee Lauder Emotional (140) (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Camden Chic (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Gisela (LE, $51.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #20 (P, $19.00) is a bit lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Jeanne Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “cherry red.” It’s a medium-dark, rusty red with warm, brown undertones and a glossy shine. It had rich pigmentation that yielded full color coverage. It wore well for five and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating. NARS Sandra (P, $32.00) is a lot lighter and more matte. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. MAC Legendary (LE, $16.00) is browner. See comparison swatches
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NARS Deborah Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “chestnut.” It’s a medium-dark, muted brown with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had full color payoff in a single stroke, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency had a bit more slip in it, but it didn’t impact application. The color lasted for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Jeanne (P, $32.00) is lighter, redder. MAC Legendary (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Tabla (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Bette Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “bordeaux.” It’s a deepened, muted red with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, which made it standout as one of the lesser pigmented shades in the range. The consistency also had more slip, and I did experience light feathering after four hours of wear, though it lasted for almost six hours. It was neither hydrating nor drying. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is much lighter. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy, warmer. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is slightly darker. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more matte. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Unknown Pleasures (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Dark Deed (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Liv Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep aubergine.” It’s a cool-toned, muted berry-purple with a glossy shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but it wasn’t totally even and still had some translucency due to the more emollient consistency. It lasted for five and a half hours and left a stain behind, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Kat Von D Wonderchilde Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Wonderchilde Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Wonderchilde Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “iridescent neon lilac.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-leaning purple with lighter violet and lavender sparkle and shimmer. It had more of a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. This isn’t like Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00), which has a matte finish. Too Faced Lollipop (P, $22.00) is more fuchsia, glossier. Milani Violet Volt (P, $5.49) is pinker. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

After testing several of the mattes and having little luck, I thought I’d try one of the more shimmery shades I bought to change it up. Wonderchilde is definitely better, but it’s not a knock-your-socks-off shade like Poe. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly, as the consistency was lightly creamy, on the thin side (so lightweight), and was fairly comfortable to wear. It didn’t drag or tug at the lips much, and it lasted for six hours when worn without being drying. It has a creme brulee scent but no discernible taste.

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