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MAC Strawberry Malt Lipglass (Archie’s Girls)

MAC Strawberry Malt Lipglass
MAC Strawberry Malt Lipglass

MAC Strawberry Malt Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright red.” It’s a pinky-red with cool undertones with no shimmer. MAC Cult of Cherry is darker and has ruby shimmer. MAC Send Me Sailing is redder. MAC Wicked Ways is a touch redder. NARS Strawberry Fields is pinker.

It has mostly opaque color coverage with a subtle translucency that gives it a very juicy, almost jelly-like, finish. It also seemed extra glossy compared to other shades in the Lipglass family. I didn’t have any problems with this feathering or bleeding on me when I wore it.  This will definitely pair well with Ronnie Red and give it a really rich, glossy look.  Strawberry Malt wore for four hours well.  The texture and consistency were as expected for Lipglass, which is a thicker consistency and tackier texture than the average gloss.

MAC Lipglass Strawberry Malt
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Girl Next Door Lipstick (Archie’s Girls)

MAC Girl Next Door Lipstick
MAC Girl Next Door Lipstick

MAC Girl Next Door Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid blue pink” with a Lustre finish. It’s a light-medium pink with blue undertones and white shimmer. Revlon Cupcake is pinker, not as white-based. MAC Love Long Distance is a darker pink with bluer undertones. MAC Annemiek is lighter, less pink. Chanel Candeur is a touch lighter. Guerlain Rose Innocent is also similar.

Being a Lustre finish, it is a sheerer shade; it yielded semi-sheer color payoff with a general translucency that enabled the natural lip color to come through. This lightened my natural lip color while boosting the natural pink tones.  I don’t have great experiences with Lustres, because they tend to be less forgiving on lips when applied (they seem to emphasize lip texture) and they can be drying when worn.  Girl Next Door applied decently and didn’t settle into lip lines, but it was a bit drying for the two and a half hours it lasted on my lips (the average non-long-wearing lipstick lasts around four hours on me).  The consistency was a little thin, so it pulled a touch when I applied it.

MAC Girl Next Door Lipstick (Archie’s Girls)

B-
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

MAC Archie’s Girls Nail Lacquers

MAC Comic Cute Nail Lacquer
MAC Comic Cute Nail Lacquer

MAC Archie’s Girls Nail Lacquers ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) include four shades: Comic Cute (bright coral), Double Trouble (deep navy), Past Curfew (deep berry), and Pep Pep Pep (light peach nude). As an important note: they do NOT have any designs on the actual bottle; the caps are white but that’s it (promo images showed Betty/Veronica on the glass itself).  I purchased these, so it’s not a problem with an early run or anything like that.

Comic Cute is a pop of medium pink with yellow undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats, and the consistency was slightly thick. MAC Please Me is a touch darker. OCC Extravaganza is darker and has shimmer.

Double Trouble is a deep, dark, navy blue with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was some underlying translucency. It wasn’t too thick or too thin, but it was a bit streaky when I first applied it. shu uemura Bleu Splendor is similar. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like is lighter. ORLY La Playa is very similar.

Past Curfew is a darkened red with hints of berry and pink in it with a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it was the best-applying shade out of the four. China Glaze Merry Berry is redder. MAC Dangerously Fun is much redder. Dior Graphic Berry is very similar. Essie Size Matters is also very comparable.

Pep Pep Pep is a pale peach with a cream finish. It was somewhat opaque after two coats, but it was a little streaky and uneven. The consistency was very thick and almost gloppy. MAC Life & Beth is just a touch darker.

MAC’s brush continues to be problematic and exacerbate any formula issues a shade has, because the bristles are very roughly cut and stiff. Two of the bottles had some splayed bristles as well. At $17.50 (and for 0.34 fl. oz.!), you can’t have those kinds of issues!  I know–broken record–but the price point of MAC’s polishes is absolutely killer and the quality is frequently not there.  The only shade that was worth thinking about was Past Curfew, except a berry-red cream is very, very dupable. I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with MAC’s formula, which is the most consistent thing about them.

MAC Archie’s Girls Nail Lacquers

C
6
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
76%
Total

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MAC Archie’s Girls Pearlglide Eyeliners

MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Archie’s Girls Pearlglide Eyeliners ($16.50 for 0.04 oz.) includes four shades: Black Swan (black with gold pearl), Designer Purple (violet with pearl), Lord It Up (bronze with pearl), and Petrol Blue (deep navy with pearl).  Also, all of these shades are part of the permanent range, so if you don’t care about special packaging, you can grab the permanent version (standard black packaging) for $15.00–$1.50 less.

There are (at present) some stocking issues, as both Black Swan and Lord It Up are missing-in-action. They were up briefly, and I was able to add them to my cart, but by the time the Pearlmattes were purchasable  the two eyeliners were removed from my cart. I wasn’t able to actually purchase them, and they have since been fully removed from the listing (not even as “coming soon!” or “sold out.” It might be a stocking or manufacturing issue, but if other retailers and counters/stores have them available, then hopefully online will eventually have them, too.

Black Swan is a dark black with subtle brown undertones and blue/silver shimmer–it looks silver straight no, then flashes a little to blue at an angle. It has great color payoff in a single pass and is buildable–it doesn’t bunch up or skip if you go back and forth. (Part of Betty’s products.)

Designer Purple is a violet purple with subtle red undertones and silver sparkle. This had decent pigmentation in one stroke, but it was less buildable than the other shades. For a purple eyeliner, it is pretty good. The sparkle in this shade is particularly chunky. Urban Decay Delinquent is more muted. (Part of Veronica’s products.)

Lord It Up is a medium-dark brown with yellow-brown undertones and a gold/copper shimmer. It had decent to good color payoff in a single pass, and it was also rather buildable. It is similar to Urban Decay Corrupt. (Part of Betty’s products.)

Petrol Blue is a rich, navy blue with lighter navy blue shimmer. It had fairly good color in a single go, and it was also buildable. For dupes, you can see comparisons to other navy blues here. (Part of Veronica’s products.)

Pearlglides are soft and very creamy, but in my experience, they wear well.  I get a full eight hours with all of these shades without the colors migrating, smudging, or fading.  They’re rather pigmented in a single stroke, but one pass back and forth is usually enough for full opacity and the texture isn’t very waxy, so they build up color well.  One word of caution: be careful if you wear them on your lower lash line not to get them on the water line, because the sparkles in the eyeliner can be very irritating to the eye.  (This, of course, will depend on your sensitivity.) As far as I know, these are not waterline safe, which makes sense, given the sparkly nature of the pencils.

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner Lord It Up
Lord It Up
Lord It Up
10
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass (Archie’s Girls)

MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass
MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass

MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light peach.” It’s exactly that: a pale, milky peach with a creamy consistency and look. MAC Peachstock is darker, more beige. MAC Orange Tempera is lighter, paler. MAC Ready or Not is more orange. NARS Odalisque is darker, more orange. MAC Woo Me is lighter.

It settles into lip lines, and it looks a little thick on the lips. It has fairly good opacity, though, as it is semi-opaque and covers most of my lip freckle. There is some translucency all around, so the natural lip color will come through and, depending on your natural lip color, may alter the resulting color. Despite it having a thicker, tackier consistency (but on par with MAC’s Lipglass formula), it only lasted two and a half hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating during the time I wore it.

MAC Lipglass Summer Sweetheart
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total

MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick (Archie’s Girls)

MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick
MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick

MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened plum” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a purple-wine with a glossy sheen. MAC Dramatic Encounter is browner. Chanel L’Impatiente is redder and matte. MAC Rebel is more of a berry, brighter, not as vampy. Thierry Mugler Dream is slightly lighter. Urban Decay Apocalypse is purpler. Dolce & Gabbana Lust is purpler, browner.

It settles into lip lines, and it looks a bit more like a stain than a lip color. I think it would look better applied, blotted, and left as a residual stain or else topped with a gloss on top, because it can look somewhat uneven on its own.  The consistency has a slick feel, but I still find that Cremesheens kind of drag on the lips; I think it might be that the texture is on the thinner side.  It wore for three and a half hours, and it was noticeably drying–which is par for the course with my experience wearing Cremesheens.  I know other readers have better luck and find them hydrating, so consider how your lips react to the finish.

MAC Lipstick Boyfriend Stealer
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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