Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 405P Pearly Plum Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark reddish plum with warm undertones and lighter pink and white shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly. The texture is moderately tacky with noticeable thickness, though it isn’t goopy, and the gloss lasted for five hours and was hydrating over time. Maybelline Lust for Mauve (535) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned. Chanel Audace (20) (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Corsica (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever 502P Beetle Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a black-based gloss with fine green, blue, and teal micro-shimmer. Swatched on the skin, it appears like a bluish-teal packed with shimmer. Swatched on the lips, the semi-sheer color payoff means the black base comes thorugh quite a bit, which leaves it looking more like an uneven, purplish-black with multi-colored shimmer. I think it looks more interesting in person than in swatches, but it is a lot less complex applied than it appears in the tube or even just swatched on the skin. I think a more opaque, deeper base would go a long way, as this shade would be better layered than a lone, due to its uneven application. On me, the gloss stayed put for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. Giorgio Armani #701 (P, $29.00) has a sheerer base with lighter, bluer shimmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever 503 Black Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a neutral, black cream. It is, unfortunately, semi-sheer to semi-opaque with a noticeably thick texture that goes on and feels somewhat goopy. It doesn’t apply evenly, and it looks patchy while settling into every lip line. On me, it wore well for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. This is yet another gloss that would is only workable layered over something with better coverage, and it continues to miss the mark of “vivid color.” MAC Jet Boy (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. MAC Dark Outsider (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Love Buzz (324) Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “rose-gold shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with fine, lighter gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff with more noticeable shimmer than color coverage (but nonetheless, a far cry from “maximum color”). It lasted for three and a half hours on me and was lightly moisturizing. Make Up For Ever 203P Golden Pink (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. Surratt Beauty Soigne (P, $32.00) is pinker. Revlon HD Petalite (540) (P, $8.99) is pinker. MAC Stoke the Flame (LE, $15.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) (DC, $28.00) seems to pretty much be the same (so I expect Love Buzz to be the replacement). NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Dynasty at Dusk (P, $20.00) is warmer. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $29.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Pink Gold (P, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Some Girls (328) Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “punch-pink shimmer.” It’s a slightly muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a fine dusting of pink and gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. It wore well for four hours and was hydrating over time. Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose (P, $19.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever 203P Golden Pink (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Pearlescent Peach (520) (P, $8.99) is brighter. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (DC, $28.00) is very similar. MAC Meteoric (LE, $20.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Uproar (336) Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “melon shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with peach and pink shimmer. It had sheer coverage that primarily darkened and added warmth to my natural lip color, but I would expect this one to look different from person to person as the natural lip color will change this one a lot. The shimmer is fine and hardly noticeable on. It’s comfortable to wear during the three hours it lasts, and it was somewhat hydrating. Maybelline Enthralling Nude (500) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (L.S.D.) (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery. MAC Bared for You (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Divergent Supreme Ritual (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) is pinker. YSL Nude Carat (No. 20) (P, $32.00) is similar. bareMinerals Dazzler (LE, $18.00) is similar. Dior No Angel (353) (P, $29.50) is pinker. Chanel Zephyr (377) (LE, $29.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, May 4th, 2015

Make Up For Ever 500 Lilac Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 500 Lilac Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 207 Candy Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. The consistency was light-medium and tacky. It went on somewhat evenly with semi-opaque coverage. It was neither drying nor hydrating, but it wore well for five hours on me. Bite Beauty Eleven (Watercolor) (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Scandal (P, $22.00) is slightly darker, more opaque. Estee Lauder Rosy Future (LE, $26.00) is similar. Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is similar. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Silly (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever 500 Lilac Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium pink-purple with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which made it one of the more pigmented glosses I tried from the range, but it does have some issues with application. The color looks slightly uneven, and there is some settling into lip lines. The gloss lasted for the five hours as marketed, which was good. It wasn’t drying, but it wasn’t moisturizing either. Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $22.00) is darker. NYX Berry Strudel (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Narcissus (LE, $20.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever 501 Purple Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark purple with warm, pink tones and a cream finish. It had decent color payoff, though it isn’t the “vivid color” promised. It goes on unevenly, unfortunately, which gives it a sort of splotchy look on the lips. On me, the gloss wore well for five hours, and it was lightly hydrating.
Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $22.00) is slightly darker. MAC Narcissus (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, May 1st, 2015

MAC Wash & Dry Lipglasses
MAC Wash & Dry Lipglasses

MAC Domestic Diva Lipglass ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “frosty watery pink.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned pink with a lot of multi-colored, fine shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for almost five hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying. MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $15.00) is sheerer, cooler-toned. MAC Social Season (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented. MAC Astral (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Girl on Board Lipglass ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light creme nude.” It’s a very light, warm-toned beige with white pearly shimmer over a more cream-like finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered evenly but settled noticeably into lip lines. The gloss lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Softly Lit (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. NARS Spring Break (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC A Quiet Roar (LE, $15.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Hot/Cold Lipglass ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “true red.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark pinky-red with a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage (you can still see a hint of my lip freckle) that covered evenly and didn’t pull into lip lines. The gloss stayed on well for six hours, but I had very slight feathering along the upper lip line after four hours of wear, though it was comfortable and non-drying while worn. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Victoriana (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is redder, lighter. MAC Utterly Tart (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. MAC Strawberry Malt (LE, $15.00) is a touch pinker. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Laundry List Lipglass ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid orange.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark orange with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finsh. It had almost full color coverage, but this one did settle in some lip lines, unlike Hot/Cold. This shade wore for six hours on me, and it didn’t feather or bleed. The formula wasn’t hydrating, but it wasn’t drying either. Urban Decay Punch Drunk (P, $22.00) is darker. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is sheerer. MAC Morange (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Krazy Kahuna (LE, $15.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, April 30th, 2015

MAC Wash & Dry Lipsticks
MAC Wash & Dry Lipsticks

MAC Creme d’Nude Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light beige-pink nude [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a muted, light peachy-beige with a hint of pink and a natural sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage that went on unevenly and tended to catch on any imperfection on the lips, so I highly recommend exfoliating prior to applying this one. It wore well for three hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. This is a permanent shade. Tom Ford Beauty Vanilla Suede (DC, $50.00) is pinker. MAC Romantic Breakdown (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Sheer Walk of Shame (P, $20.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Orlando (LE, $32.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Holden (LE, $32.00) is pinker. NARS Adriatic (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC What’s Haute? (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Peach Beige (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more opaque. MAC Woodrose (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Fleur d’Coral (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is slightly darker. Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $17.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Morange Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid orange [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a bold, brightened orange with warm, red undertones and very, very fine lighter orange shimmer. It had fully opaque color payoff that went on smoothly. The texture was slightly thicker with a more velvety, satin-like feel with a natural finish. On me, it lasted for five hours. This shade is also part of the permanent range. MAC Love Feeling (LE, $20.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Ravishingly Rich (P, $23.00) is similar. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is similar. Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Clementine (LE, $24.00) is darker, more matte.NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is similar. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is similar. MAC Booyah (LE, $18.00) is slightly redder, darker. MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $16.00) is similar. Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Steam Heat Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid yellow-red [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark red with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had rich pigmentation that covered the lips well with even, smooth application. The consistency was lightly creamy with a sort of velvety, light-medium thick feel that stayed on well. This shade wore for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is brighter. Guerlain Red Strass (327) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $16.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Tumble Dry Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light peachy coral [with a Lustre finish]. It’s a muted, peach-orange with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage–which is in line with the Lustre formula–that is a little streaky going on. It lasted for two hours and was drying for me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Severine (112) (P, $30.00) is more opaque. MAC Sweet & Sour (P, $16.00) is more opaque, pinker, more matte. MAC Posh Tone (P, $22.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Wash & Dry Collection will launch online on May 14th and be available in-stores on May 21st.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Make Up For Ever 203P Golden Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 203P Golden Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 203P Golden Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a gloss with “vivid color and high-shine” that will wear for “five hours” with a non-sticky texture. It’s not a bad gloss formula, as far as glosses go, but it doesn’t really deliver on its promises of “vivid color,” as many of shades I’ve tried (nine) are more semi-sheer to semi-opaque. I haven’t worn all of them yet, but I have tested these three, which I found to be longer-wearing than the average gloss, but they are tacky with a light-medium weight to them. I felt like not enough product was pulled onto the applicator each time the wand was pulled out of the tube, and the applicator is interesting, but I don’t think it applied better (or worse) than the traditional doe-foot. The split-tipped applicator is more spongy and pliable, so those with more curved lips may find it easier to use than traditional applicators. I didn’t notice any scent or taste with this formula.

Make Up For Ever 203P Golden Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and gold pearl. The gloss had semi-sheer color coverage that lightened, brightened, and added a gold sparkle to my natural lip color, but it may be less noticeable on those with darker natural lip color. It wore well for four hours on me and was moderately tacky. It was a little hydrating over time and comfortable to wear overall, but there was slight settling into lip lines. Marc Jacobs Beauty Some Girls (328) (P, $28.00) is darker. Buxom Trixie (P, $19.00) is warmer. Buxom Sophia (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. NARS Sweet Revenge (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Super Orgasm (P, $26.00) is similar. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Rosace (87) (LE, $27.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery. MAC It’s a Wow (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Gold (P, $24.00) is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a muted, coral-red with pink and silver shimmer. This shade had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that went on somewhat evenly, but it could have looked smoother and more even. It wore well for five hours, was tacky, and slightly moisturizing. Maybelline Pearlescent Peach (520) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Gucci Beauty Crushed Coral (P, $32.00) is warmer. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is lighter. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is warmer, darker. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is pinker. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever 302P Golden Coral Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a light-medium orange-coral with gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but as it was a milkier color, it did pull into lip lines even from the beginning. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. The texture was light-medium in thickness and noticeably sticky. Revlon HD Amber (555) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery. Chanel Exotique (12) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, more orange. MAC Artful (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. NARS Greek Holiday (P, $26.00) is sheerer. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. MAC Imperial Light (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, sheerer. MAC Dynasty at Dusk (P, $20.00) is sheerer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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