Thursday, August 21st, 2014

MAC Pink Sprinkles Blush
MAC Pink Sprinkles Blush

MAC Pink Sprinkles Blush ($24.00 for 0.33 oz.) is described as a “cute blue pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Blush (P) is cooler-toned, brighter. Revlon Haute Pink (002) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is cooler-toned. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is slightly brighter, cooler-toned. Too Faced Lollipop (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is similar. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is brighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is slightly more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a new, limited edition shade available online as part of MAC’s collaboration with The Simpsons, which will launch online on August 28th and in-stores September 4th. The compact is the size of a MAC Beauty Powder or Mineralize Skinfinish, so it is larger than their regular blush compacts. The powder had a soft, somewhat powdery, consistency that was a thinner, drier powder, but it was still blendable when applied to the skin. It also didn’t look powdery applied, which is where powderiness really matters. It had fairly good pigmentation, though it wasn’t quite as intense as it appeared in the pan without three or four layers of product. The color wore well for eight hours before fading.

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

MAC x The Simpsions Lipglasses
MAC x The Simpsions Lipglasses

There are four new, limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) featured in the upcoming collaboration with The Simpsons, which releases online on August 28th and in-stores on September 4th.  I think seeing these made me long for lipsticks, too, as MAC often does lipgloss and lipstick pairing.  Over the years, it’s often their limited edition lipstick shades that sell out the quickest, and I kept thinking, “What would they have created to pair with yellow lipgloss?”

MAC Grand Pumpkin Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright creamy orange.” It’s a slightly muted, medium orange with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that just slightly settled into lip lines (but it wasn’t too noticeable). It lasted for four hours on me when I tested it. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is slightly brighter. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Live It Up (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as an “electric blue violet.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia magenta with cool, blue undertones and violet shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for five hours. MAC Unlimited Style (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is purpler. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Heroine (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Narcissus (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, purpler. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Nacho Cheese Explosion Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright neon lime yellow.” It’s a bright, green-tinged yellow–like highlighter yellow–with faint yellow pearl. Applied, it turns my lips more of a yellow-orange kind of color, as it had semi-sheer color coverage. This applied horribly; it settled into lip lines, was impossible to even out, and in general, a very fussy lip color. If you apply a very small amount (less than one pull of gloss), you might get semi-decent evenness in the application. On me, it wore for three hours. I could only think of one other yellow gloss: MAC Bright Side (LE, $15.00), which is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Red Blazer Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a bright, fuchsia-red with pink pearl and subtle, cool undertones. It had fairly opaque pigmentation, and it applied evenly and smoothly. It lasted for five hours on me. MAC Glam (LE, $15.00) is redder. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is more opaque. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is redder. Milani Flashy (DC, $6.49) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #505 (P, $29.00) is redder. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $27.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Grand Pumpkin

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8.5/10

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

MAC Artificially Wild Collection
MAC Artificially Wild Collection

Full reviews, photos, and swatches of the upcoming MAC Aritificially Wild collection coming shortly! For now, enjoy this sneak peek :)

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

MAC x The Simpsons Collection
MAC x The Simpsons Collection

Full reviews, photos, and swatches of the upcoming MAC x The Simpsons collaboration collection coming shortly! For now, enjoy this sneak peek :)

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

NARS Anita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Anita Audacious Lipstick

This post features five of the more beige-hued shades of the NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) formula.

NARS Anita Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as an “antique rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fully opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly, while the color lasted for four and a half hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. NARS Vanessa (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Dream Daze (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is pinker. NARS Sex Machine (P, $25.00) is sheerer, lighter. Giorgio Armani Blush (500) (P, $32.00) is glossier. Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $30.00) is more matte, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Jane Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “terracotta rose.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for five hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is browner. Givenchy Rouge d’Exception (308) (LE, $36.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Brigitte Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “nude rose.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had full color coverage in one pass, and the color glided on easily and evenly. On me, the color lasted for four and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating. MAC Modern Wow! (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Sisley Paris Petal (L13) (P, $55.00) is pinker, more shimmery. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is darker. YSL Peach Passion (13) (P, $34.00) is lighter, less pink. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $16.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Barbara Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “tan rose.” It’s a muted, peachy-beige with a hint of pink. It had rich pigmentation that covered the lips entirely, and it was smooth and even when it applied. The color wore well for four and a half hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying. NARS Raquel (P, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Wear with Flare (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $51.00) is lighter. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Raquel Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pink beige.” It’s a lightly pink-tinted, light-medium peach with a glossy finish. It had opaque color payoff, but the consistency had more slip compared to other shades in the range, so it didn’t apply as evenly. It also will show “lines” if you press your lips together. On me, this one lasted for three and a half hours (I believe the shortest of all the shades I’ve tested so far) and was lightly hydrating. NARS Barbara (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Enchanted One (LE, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $51.00) is more muted, less warm-toned. YSL Peach Passion (13) (P, $34.00) is warmer, pinker. MAC Sweet & Sour (P, $16.00) is warmer, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Kat Von D L.U.V. Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D L.U.V. Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D L.U.V. Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte rich violet.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark magenta purple with warm, pink undertones and a matte finish. Too Faced Melted Violet (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is purpler. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $16.00) is less matte. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Studded Kiss formula is supposed to have “10-hour wear, one-swipe payoff, and velvet touch comfort.” It had semi-opaque color coverage, but the consistency is slightly stiff, so it is difficult to get “one-swipe payoff” as it doesn’t glide across the lips in one go. It tugs, pulls, and drags somewhat, so you may be better off applying this with a lip brush. The coverage is fairly even, though it isn’t even in some places. It lasted for seven hours, though it was slightly drying towards the end. I was surprised that this shade was actually lacking pigmentation, as it is a deeper shade. The Studded Kiss formula has a creme brulee scent but no discernible taste.

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L.U.V.

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6.5/10

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7.5/10

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