MAC Obi Orange, Tokyo Tizzy Little Buddha Cremesheen Pearl Lipsticks

MAC Obi Orange Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “intense clean reddish orange.” It’s a muted, medium orange with warm, reddish undertones and soft gold and pink pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on evenly for the most part, but it was a little streaky up-close and tended to pull into lip lines after two hours of wear, though it lasted for closer to four in total. It wasn’t drying, but it wasn’t hydrating. MAC Tokyo Tizzy (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less glossy. Guerlain Gipsy (P, $51.00) is darker, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty All the Way (122) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is lighter. Chanel Misia (418) (P, $36.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Sari d’Eau (P, $35.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Obi Orange Lipstick
MAC Lipstick Obi Orange
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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MAC Sweet Sakura, Dozen Carnations, Pretty Boy Cremesheen Pearl Lipsticks

MAC Sweet Sakura Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “true red with soft gold pearl.” It’s a brightened, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and fine gold pearl. It leans warm to me, but it may appear more neutral on those with cooler or more neutral undertones. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied smoothly on the lips, though it takes a few seconds for the formula to really glide on as it starts off too firm. This shade lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Guerlain Gala (P, $51.00) is less shimmery, glossier. Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer, glossier. Estee Lauder Envious (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer, glossier. Revlon 5th Ave. Red (LE, $7.99) is cooler. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Red Strass (327) (P, $37.00) is brighter. Guerlain Red Hot (328) (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler. MAC Oblivion (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Audacious (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, brighter. MAC Dozen Carnations (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Dozen Carnations Lipstick
MAC Lipstick Sweet Sakura
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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MAC Style Maven Face Kit

MAC Style Maven Face Kit ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, two blushes, and two lipsticks. It’s a cooler-toned, more purple-based palette. The eyeshadows are disappointing, while the blushes were decent. The lipsticks are okay, but they have a thinner consistency that makes them feel clingier applied (and Girl About Town lost some of its depth). Over the last few years, MAC palettes like these have typically been bigger disappointments, and unfortunately, this year’s Nordstrom exclusives haven’t broken that cycle.

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MAC Style Maven Face Kit
MAC Face Kit Style Maven
C-
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
71%
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MAC Nordstrom’s Finest Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Nordstrom’s Finest Eyeshadow Palette ($85.00 for 0.68 oz.) includes fifteen eyeshadows, with each being full-sized (the palette is the same size as the empty 15-pan palettes MAC sells). Many of MAC’s pre-made palettes are misses, but I think that the larger 15-pan pre-made palettes (like this one) are better and decent to good. For the price of MAC, it’s not bad, but it is a decent amount to pay for a palette, even if there are 15 full-sized eyeshadows included in it. I do wish MAC would consider making the pans removable, as I think it would offer a lot more functionality as a user or to create smaller, travel-friendly quads for trips and the like. I think this palette is okay; there are three duds that really bring down the overall score significantly (e.g. Carbon), while the rest are more B to A- in ratings. The palette contains an assortment of permanent shades as well as limited edition/exclusive shades, though some of the shades in this palette that may seem new were released in the Gravitas palette, which was limited edition (Soft Brown, Luscious, Carbon, Persuade, Plummed are repeats). I believe only Chains of Love and Felt haven’t been released before (based on my log of MAC eyeshadows).

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MAC Nordstrom's Finest Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x15 Palette Nordstrom's Finest
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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MAC Sophisticate Face Kit

MAC Sophisticate Face Kit ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, two blushes, and two lipsticks. Worth pointing out right away is that the back of my palette says the second blush on the left is Simply Bliss, whereas Nordstrom’s product listing had Cream Soda in its place; I checked both of them, and the blush in this palette is slightly more pink-tinted and a little lighter but not by much.

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MAC Sophisticate Face Kit
MAC Face Kit Sophisticate
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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MAC Pretty Natural Lip Kit

MAC Pretty Natural Lip Kit ($29.50 for 0.31 oz.) is a pinky-beige set of shades, all in full-size, so this is one of the better value kits from Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale. The set of shades works well together, and for what they are, they are decent. I find MAC’s Lip Pencil formula to be harder to apply as it is quite stiff/firm, and it is quite drying. The lipstick was the best of the set.

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MAC Pretty Natural Lip Kit
MAC Lip Trio Look in a Box: Pretty Natural
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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