Saturday, May 24th, 2014

MAC Cranberry Lip Pencil
MAC Cranberry Lip Pencil

MAC Cranberry Lip Pencil ($16.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft yellow pink.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned pink with a matte finish. Urban Decay Rush (P, $19.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Manic (P, $19.00) is a touch lighter, warmer. MAC In Anticipation (P, $19.50) is pinker. MAC Pink Treat (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had really good color payoff in a single pass, and it applied evenly to the lips–a lot of lip pencils do not look as even on their own as Cranberry does. It has a totally matte finish, so it gives lips a slightly drier look, but the pencil itself didn’t feel too clingy or drying. It’s not a particularly comfortable formula to wear by itself, but it is helps prolong the wear when worn underneath a shorter-wearing lipstick that is more hydrating. On its own, it wears six hours and is somewhat drying. I believe this shade was once permanent but then discontinued, and now it is set to be re-released with MAC x Sharon Osbourne.

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Bite Beauty Rioja Cashmere Lip Cream
Bite Beauty Rioja Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Rioja Cashmere Lip Cream ($28.00 for 0.26 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep red.” It’s a medium-dark, blue-based red with a satiny sheen. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is lighter, not as blue-based. NYX Chic Red (P, $4.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Runaway Red (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Absolute Power (LE, $16.00) is also similar. Giorgio Armani #406 (P, $32.00) is pinker. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is the last shade of the six I’ve tried from the formula (see previous reviews here), and the formula is very consistent. It’s long-wearing and intensely pigmented as marketed, though it doesn’t have the matte finish, as there’s a noticeable sheen that is present for the first two to three hours of wear. Rioja lasts six and a half hours on me before it is visibly faded, though it is still surprisingly intact. The formula is comfortable to wear, and it was neither drying nor hydrating while worn. It has a slightly herbal scent but no discernible taste. I’d also like to reiterate that one of the six tubes I had leaked and had faulty packaging (see that review here.

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Estee Lauder Impassioned (330) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Impassioned (330) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Impassioned (330) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright vibrant orange.” It’s a medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had rich, fully opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly without settling into lip lines. The consistency was lightly creamy but didn’t feather over the six-hour wear time. It was lightly moisturizing while worn. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is a touch lighter. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is darker, redder. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is slightly redder. Giorgio Armani #300 (P, $32.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is brighter. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is glossier. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is darker, matte. Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Envious (340) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “warm, bright poppy-red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. The color applied evenly and smoothly while delivering rich, full color payoff. This shade lasted for six hours and left a slight stain behind as well. It was nicely hydrating while worn. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $21.00) is a touch more muted. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is similar. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is brighter. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Chanel Dialogue (P, $34.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Cockney (P, $16.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

You can see my original review on the formula here. You can see all the shades I’ve reviewed here.

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

MAC x Pedro Lourenço Lipglasses
MAC x Pedro Lourenço Lipglasses

The MAC x Pedro Lourenço collection has two new, limited edition shades of Lipglass. It is specially packaged with a rubberized, soft black cap. Both shades were semi-opaque, and they had a high-shimmer finish that looked almost metallic in person.

MAC Gold Mirror Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “neutral gold.” It’s a medium, brown-ish gold with multi-colored shimmer, though it is dominated by peachy-gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage. This shade lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. It is totally loaded with shimmer, though, and that’s really why it is more distinct compared to other gold-shimmered glosses, including the recently released MAC Pussywillow (LE, $15.00), which is a lot less packed with shimmer. MAC Water Deities (LE, $15.00) is less gold. MAC Pure Sophistication (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Mirror Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “neutral silver.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, pewter gold with silver and gold shimmer that dominates, but it also includes multi-colored shimmer that adds a rainbow-esque glimmer to it. Again, it is totally jam-packed with shimmer, which gives it a near-metallic finish. The overall result was semi-opaque coverage. It wore well for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one.

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

MAC x Pedro Lourenço Lipsticks
MAC x Pedro Lourenço Lipsticks

MAC x Pedro Lourenço Lipsticks ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) will be available in four new, limited edition shades. The collection launches online on May 29th and in-stores on June 5th. All four shades are Amplified finishes, so they are more opaque and longer-wearing than the average MAC Lipstick. None of these were hydrating on me, but none were drying either. They were all more dupable than not, so you may want to check your stash for similar shades.

Peach Beige is described as a “light pinky nude [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a light, pink-beige with a satiny sheen. It had full, opaque color coverage, and the consistency was really creamy, almost a little wet. It has a tendency to create lines if you press your lips together, so it is more high-maintenance than you might want. The color lasts about four hours on me and isn’t drying (though not hydrating), but it pulls into lip lines slightly. MAC Strip Poker (LE, $16.00) is warmer but very similar, more matte. Maybelline Bare All (910) (P, $7.49) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $17.00) is pinker. MAC Ruffian Naked (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Myth (P, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Fleshpot (P, $16.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Roxo is described as a “deep red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a medium-dark, blue-based red with a satiny sheen. It’s just slightly muted overall. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The color wore for six hours on me, plus left a stain behind, but I had some slight feathering along the upper lip line. Urban Decay Gash (LE, $22.00) is slightly brighter. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is redder. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is more matte. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure (LE, $16.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Absolute Power (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ruby is described as a “mid-tone blue red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a bright, medium red with very subtle blue undertones–it almost looks warm-toned against my complexion. It had good, nearly full color coverage, and it applied smoothly without settling into lip lines. It wore well for almost six hours and left a stain behind, and I didn’t have any feathering issues with this shade. I would describe it more as a neutral red. There are a surprising number of shades that are similar, so this list isn’t quite exhaustive. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) (P, $30.00) is a touch darker. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is similar. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is slightly warmer. MAC Everyday Diva (P, $22.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

True Red is described as a “vivid bright coral red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a bright, medium-dark orange with reddish tones. It almost looks like it has very, very fine orange shimmer in it. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and it was easy to apply and didn’t tug on the lips. The color lasted for six hours before fading, and it was comfortable to wear. It’s a lovely color and nice formula overall, but this color is extremely common. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is lighter. NARS Short Circuit (LE, $26.00) is slightly more orange. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is similar. Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is more orange. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is very similar. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is very similar. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is more matte. Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is lighter. Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

MAC x Sharon Osbourne Patentpolish Lip Pencils
MAC x Sharon Osbourne Patentpolish Lip Pencils

The upcoming MAC x Osbournes Collection features four shades of Patentpolish Lip Pencils, which were a new (and limited edition) formula that released at the end of March of this year. Two of the shades are repromotes, so since I just tested them two months ago, I didn’t re-test them for wear, but the shades are the same in regards to texture/color/application. The Patentpolish Lip Pencil formula is supposed to have “the colour and shine of a gloss, the precision of a lip pencil.” They come housed in a jumbo-sized, twist-up lip pencil and contain slightly less product than a lipstick (0.10 oz.). The two new shades in this collection are actually better than many shades I tried when the formula initially launched, as both applied evenly and lasted a bit longer.

MAC French Kiss Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($21.50 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “warm caramel.” It’s a warm-toned, medium brown with muted, orange tones. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, and the color actually applied quite evenly and smoothly. The shade only lasted two hours on me, though. Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is more opaque, lighter. MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is darker, more opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Innocent Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($21.50 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “nude beige.” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a creamy, lightly glossy finish. This applied very unevenly, but it did have semi-opaque pigmentation. It lasted an hour and a half. MAC Naked Bud (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Maybelline Nude Lust (920) (P, $7.49) is slightly warmer. MAC Softly Lit (LE, $20.00) is glossier, more shimmery. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is a touch less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Patentpink Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($21.50 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “washed-out lilac.” It’s a cool-toned, light pink with bluish-gray undertones and a light shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which applied somewhat evenly–more evenly than anticipated for this type of color–but could use improvement in that area. It wore well for just over two hours. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is glossier, lighter. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $15.00) is glossier, brighter. MAC Enchantee (LE, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Ruby Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($21.50 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rose.” It’s a medium-dark, muted berry with cool undertones and a glossy shine. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque poigmentatoin that applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t settle into lip lines. This shade wore for three hours but didn’t really leave a stain. NARS Sixties Fan (P, $26.00) is brighter. NARS Quito (P, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more berry-hued. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is brighter, cooler-toned. Milani Berry Tempting (05) (P, $5.49) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Studded Kiss (310) (P, $28.00) has shimmer. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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