5 Favorites: Pops of Color Eyeliner (Sephora Contour Eye Pencil Edition)

Now that I’ve reviewed all of Sephora’s Contour Eyeliners (one of my favorite formulas, period, with the bonus of being $10 a pop), I thought I’d share my five favorite pops of color from the range as a way to wrap up. (Tomorrow, I’ll share my favorite neutrals/basics, so stay tuned!) What are your favorite budget-friendly eyeliner formulas?

  1. Sephora Love Affair — a deepened plum with a pearly finish–it plays well with so many eyeshadow combinations
  2. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans — a rich blue with a hint of purple
  3. Sephora Surfer Babe — a blue with a hint of teal and a pearly sheen
  4. Sephora Good Mood — a green-teal with a pearly sheen and subtle gold shimmer
  5. Sephora Go For a Ride — a dark forest green with a pearly sheen

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MAC Toxic Tale & 5 Alarm Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, & Swatches

MAC Toxic Tale Lipstick
MAC Toxic Tale Lipstick

MAC Toxic Tale Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright coral [with a Satin finish].” It’s a vibrant, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had rich, opaque color coverage that glided on smoothly and delivered even color that wore well for five hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating over time. This shade is a repromote. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is pinker. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is pinker. Guerlain Geneva (48) (P, $51.00) is similar. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is glossier, slightly pinker. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is lighter. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC 5 Alarm Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft orange-red [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark red with warm, orange undertones and very fine gold shimmer with a luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage, consistent with the Lustre finish, which lasted for three hours. On me, it was somewhat drying over time, which tends to be my experience with this finish, unfortunately. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is more orange. MAC Fashion Trip (LE, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Lipstick Toxic Tale
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
94%
MAC Lipstick 5 Alarm
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%

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