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MAC Morange, Lychee Luxe, Rambunctious, Impassioned Lipglasses

01/06

MAC Morange Lipglass

MAC Morange Lipglass

MAC Morange Lipglass

MAC Morange Lipglass

MAC Morange Lipglass

MAC Morange Lipglass

Morange

MAC Morange Lipglass ($17.00 for 0.10 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium orange with warm, reddish undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied without streaking, but there was a creaminess to the finish where some color spread into my lip lines. The finish was incredibly glossy, though, and the gloss stayed on well for five and a half hours while being hydrating.

The Lipglass formula is supposed to be “pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic color” that can be worn “on its own, over lip pencil or lipstick” and will “condition lips.” MAC could use an update on the description as some shades are more pigmented than others but several are sheerer and likely intended to be that way. The formula has a very glossy, high-shine finish with a light-medium weight and moderate tackiness. I find that newer Lipglasses (over the last couple of years) are smoother and not quite as tacky as the formula was many years ago. They wear from three to six hours on me and are usually lightly hydrating. MAC recently updated the shade range and packaging for the range (though the formula was said to be unchanged), so worth noting is that with that packaging change came a reduction in quantity to 0.10 fl. oz. (was 0.17 fl. oz.), which may matter for some but not everyone.

MAC Lipglass Morange
Morange
Morange
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Hourglass Nude Bronze Light & Diffused Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzers

01/07

Hourglass Nude Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Nude Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Nude Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Nude Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Nude Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Nude Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Nude Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Nude Bronze Light

Hourglass Nude Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer ($50.00 for 0.39 oz.) is a soft, medium brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a matte finish. The brand said this shade was mixed with “Nude Light,” which doesn’t actually exist in the Ambient Lighting Powder range, but I couldn’t detect any shimmer or sparkle–everything swirled together for a natural, matte finish (matte without being flat). The consistency was smooth, finely-milled, and silky to the touch without being powdery or dusty in the pan. It had semi-opaque color payoff, which was buildable to full coverage in two layers, though it was soft enough in the pan that I could use a lighter hand and get sheerer coverage, if desired. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

The Ambient Lighting Bronzer formula is supposed have a “sheer, airy” feel (sheer as in texture) that give a “natural, sun-kissed glow” with the “illuminating effects of Ambient Lighting Powder” with “bronze pigments” that give it “buildable color.” The formula tends to be more pigmented (usually semi-opaque), but the textures are always soft enough that a less dense brush or lighter hand is an option for picking up less product and getting less coverage. I find that the bronzer formula tends to be less powdery compared to the original Ambient Lighting Powders, which is nice. The wear is typically around eight hours on me.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer Nude Bronze Light
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Kat Von D Dreamer & Roxy Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

01/07

Kat Von D Dreamer Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Dreamer Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Dreamer Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Dreamer Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Dreamer Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Dreamer Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Dreamer Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Dreamer

Kat Von D Dreamer Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, light-medium cyan blue with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It seemed to have a whiter base, which gave it a chalkier finish after it had dried down. It had good pigmentation, but it was not opaque in a single layer, so this was another shade that would benefit from a second layer of product (not normally something I find necessary with this formula!). For the type of color, it applied better than most, but there was visible streaking and “cracked” color when I smiled. This shade wore well for six and a half hours and was non-drying.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Dreamer
Dreamer
Dreamer
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

01/09

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Motu Tane Sheer Pop Multiple

Motu Tane

NARS Sheer Pop Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is a soft, medium pink with warm undertones and a subtle shimmer. It had medium, buildable pigmentation (up to semi-opaque coverage) that was fairly blendable, though it was easiest to use over bare skin and then easy enough to work with over liquid and cream base products. It did not work as well over powder, though.

The new, limited edition formula is supposed to be a “buildable formula that delivers sheer, high-impact color on lips and cheeks,” and it’s also said another way: “pairs vivid color with a weightless touch,” which seems to suggest that the “sheer” quality is more with respect to the feel of the product than the coverage. That being said, the coverage seems to be “buildable” but still “vivid.” The texture of this shadde wasn’t quite as emollient as the other two in the collection, but it was still thinner and wetter compared to the regular Multiple formula. As a blush, the color stayed on well for eight hours, and as a lip color, it lasted for three hours. When I tried it as a lip color, it tended to lighten and add a more metallic sheen to my lips. It was more comfortable to wear than most Multiples, though it was non-drying overall.

NARS Sheer Pop Multiple Motu Tane
Motu Tane

Anastasia Stripped, Veronica, Kathryn Liquid Lipsticks

01/07

Anastasia Stripped Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Stripped Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Stripped Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Stripped Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Stripped Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Stripped Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Stripped Liquid Lipstick

Stripped

Anastasia Stripped Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of rosy beige and a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff that applied nicely to the lips–even, streak-free, and matte without accentuating the texture of my lips. The liquid listick dried down quickly but not too fast, so I was able to maneuver along the edges and tidy up any areas without worry. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours and was slightly drying after five hours of wear.

The Liquid Lipstick is supposed to be an “ultra-saturated” formula that gives opaque coverage in “one swipe” that “stays put for hours.” I think the formula has improved over time, as some of the initial shades I tried were more problematic, but a lot of the newer shades have applied more evenly, been more opaque, and haven’t been quite as drying. The majority of shades are semi-opaque to opaque in a single layer, dry down evenly, and stay on for at least six hours, if not well beyond eight hours. I personally find most shades to be lightly to moderately drying over time.

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick Stripped
Stripped
Stripped
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Kathryn

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Hourglass Euphoric Fusion & Iridescent Flash Ambient Strobe Lighting Blushes

01/07

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Euphoric Fusion

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush ($38.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a soft, medium pinky-plum with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. The powder was incredibly smooth and finely-milled, though it kicked up excess powder in the pan and looked dusty when swatched, but the more I blended it out, the smoother and more luminous it looked on the skin (without looking dusty or dry). It had medium, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque) and the shimmery finish never emphasized my skin’s natural texture. The color stayed on well for eight hours before fading on me.

The Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder is designed to have the “illuminating effects” of their Strobe Lighting Powder with “vivid cheek colors.” The formula features “buildable color” with a “natural-looking, radiant finish.” The texture of the powder is very, very silky and finely-milled, which can result in noticeable powder that gets kicked up in the pan, though they apply beautifully to the skin and never look dry or dusty actually applied (which is where it counts!). One of the things I have noticed over the years is that the depth of color can vary dramatically depending on the marbling of the powders; some have more of the “Strobe” shade and others have more of the “blush” shade.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Euphoric Fusion
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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