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MAC High Drama Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

01/06

MAC High Drama Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC High Drama Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC High Drama Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC High Drama Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC High Drama Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC High Drama Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

High Drama

MAC High Drama Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour ($21.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a deep berry with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied somewhat evenly. As it dried down, the color didn’t self-level so there were some visible streaks. The formula had a more watery consistency, which made it harder to apply and control along the edges of the lips, and the color seemed to sink into some lip lines. This shade lasted for six and a half hours before starting to fade on me, and the formula was somewhat drying.

The Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour formula is supposed to be pigmented, last eight hours, and be “non-feathering.” They are typically pigmented and long-wearing, but the quality of the formula is all over the place–some shades wear down evenly, aren’t too drying, and apply well, while other shades are patchy, streaky, or prone to flaking (and also terribly drying!).

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour High Drama
High Drama
High Drama
6
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total
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MAC Into the Madness Lipstick

01/06

MAC Into the Madness Lipstick

MAC Into the Madness Lipstick

MAC Into the Madness Lipstick

MAC Into the Madness Lipstick

MAC Into the Madness Lipstick

MAC Into the Madness Lipstick

Into the Madness

MAC Into the Madness Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, light-medium chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage (almost to full coverage) that applied evenly. The consistency was lightly creamy, not too thick or too thin, and was comfortable to wear, though I had some color pull into lip lines over time. This shade wore well for four and a half hours and gave my lips a slightly peachy stain, and the formula was neither drying nor hydrating.

MAC Lipstick Into the Madness
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette

01/07

MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette

MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette

MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette

MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette

MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette

MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette

MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette

Enhance Me

MAC Enhance Me Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) consists of six cream-based shades that can be used on lips or cheeks. The Casual Colour formula is supposed to be a cheek and lip color with a “dewy” glow that’s blendable and hydrating. In general, I like the Casual Colour as a cream blush–pigmented, blendable, long-wearing–but it falls flat as a lip color, as there’s an almost powder-like feel once they’re on that makes the formula feel clingy and slightly drying over time. The best way (that I’ve found) to use them as a lip color is to apply them lightly on the lips and topped with a balm or sheer gloss as more of a subtle lip stain.

MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour x 6 Palette Enhance Me
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Urban Decay Naked, Flame, 1993 Vice Liquid Lipsticks

01/07

Urban Decay Naked Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Naked Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Naked Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Naked Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Naked Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Naked Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Naked Vice Liquid Lipstick

Naked

Urban Decay Naked Vice Liquid Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a soft, medium pink with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly with some color that pulled into lip lines and dried there, so there was a “cracked” look to the finish when I smiled. The consistency was thin but comfortable to wear, but it did not seem to dry down fully–there was a touch of tackiness that lingered (but it did not pull up color after the initial “dry down” phase). This shade lasted for four and a half hours before fading noticeably.

The Vice Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to be “intensely pigmented” with “complete coverage in one coat” and “nondrying wear” that is “comfortable” and “waterproof.” The majority of the Metallized shades are not even close to one-coat coverage–maybe three or four or coats!–and did not layer evenly, plus they had a tendency to lose sparkle/glitter through wear. Whenever a shade wasn’t opaque in one coat, it often looked streaky or uneven. There were some shades that had fantastic, one-coat coverage, while others featured more medium, buildable coverage but several applied uneven, patchy, and didn’t level or improve after drying down even with a second layer.

The consistency of the formula was smooth, lightweight, and comfortable to apply, but the dry down was lengthy and some shades never fully felt dry (instead, lightly tacky). There was a learning curve to applying and wearing these, too, as they were unforgiving if you accidentally press your lips together before the formula has dried down–the formula is quite tacky as it dries down and pressed lips together results in color lifting away. The wear varied from shade to shade (and between finishes) from four to eight hours, and so far, most were true to the nondrying claim, at least. I didn’t notice any scent or taste with them. They were difficult to remove compared to most products; I had the best luck saturating a cotton pad with eye or lip makeup remover (Neutrogena, Lancome, Shiseido, etc.), yet curiously were not that long-wearing on me (relative to liquid lipsticks)–they seemed to develop a little tackiness with any meal or drink (even just water) and degraded from there. Overall, the formula was extremely disappointing after the successful Vice lipstick launch last year.

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Naked
Naked
Naked
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total

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ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadows (Part 2)

01/04

Colour Pop Wake Up Call Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Wake Up Call Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Wake Up Call Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Wake Up Call Pressed Powder Shadow

Wake Up Call

ColourPop Wake Up Call Pressed Shadow ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is a light, peachy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The new Pressed Powder Shadow formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with an “ultra-velvety and silky” texture that is “long-wearing” and “adheres easily to the eyes.” It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which did not seem to build on me at all. When I tried it over an eyeshadow primer, it seemed to look richer but the consistency still seemed thinner and felt firmer in the pan. It started to fade on me after seven hours of wear.

Colour Pop Pressed Powder Shadow Wake Up Call
B-

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8
Product
8.6
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
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NARS Wildfire (Spring 2017) Velvet Shadow Sticks

01/04

NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick

NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick

NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick

NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick

Belle-Ile

NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a brighter, medium copper with warm, orange undertones and a golden, pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage, which I was able to build to nearly full coverage with three layers of product. The texture was smooth, slightly creamy but not quite as emollient as most shades in the range. There was some unevenness in the texture as I layered the color, though it did not appear patchy. I noticed creasing after six hours of wear.

NARS Velvet Shadow Stick Belle-Ile
Belle-Ile

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