MAC Live Long and Prosper & The Enemy Within Lipsticks

MAC Live Long and Prosper Lipstick

MAC Live Long and Prosper Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “icy rosy champagne [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium copper rose with warm undertones and multi-colored shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage, so this one is likely to look different from person to person, as I find it looks like a pinker color on my lips due to the way color layers over my natural lip color. As a result, I do think it’s rather wearable on its own, but the sheerness would also make it work as a layering shade. I just wish it was described as a sheer product. The color wore well for three and a half hours and had a slight amount of settling into my lip lines. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC All I Want (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC You've Got It (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Redemption (LE, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC No Interruptions (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Gel (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty David (P, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Lights Out (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Whip (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Tanarama (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rory (LE, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC The Enemy Within Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “neutral gold shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a bright, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly, though I had some color slip into my lip lines after an hour of wear. The lipstick lasted for four hours on me and was lightly drying. MAC Playland (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Mischievous (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Topazio (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Lipstick Live Long and Prosper
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
83%
MAC Lipstick The Enemy Within
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%

Make Up For Ever C304, C305, C306 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C304 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C304 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, bright, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a creamy finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation–you can see my lip freckle peeking through the color–and I think this was the result of the consistency being more emollient than other shades, so it didn’t cover as well. There was very subtle streaking, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance (only in the close-up photo). This shade wore well for five and a half hours, left behind a reddish stain, and was nicely hydrating. MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Clementine (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Warmed Maple (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty #008 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Atomic Orange (P, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Neon Orange (P, $17.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC So Chaud (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Morange (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M300 (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (80% similar). Tarte Mai Tai (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (80% similar). MAC Love Feeling (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C305 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright pop of peony pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. The texture was slightly more emollient than most of the Cream shades, but it was also thicker, so it ended up applying just as nicely as other shades. I would even argue that it made my lips appear smoother from the thicker texture (but it wasn’t heavy either). The color lasted for five hours on me and was moderately hydrating over time. Estee Lauder Ambitious Pink (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Chatterbox (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C306 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink-coral with warm undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. The pigmentation was insane! It had totally opaque color coverage in one pass, which applied beautifully: smooth, even color that sat well on the lips. It was still going strong after six hours of wear, and it was hydrating while worn. MAC Party Parrot (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Bikini (P, $22.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Checkmate (P, $17.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Impassioned (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Tahiti Pink (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). Shiseido Burning Up (RD310) (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Queen (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Tarte So Fetch (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Alpha (P, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be long-wearing, “extremely pigmented,” and hydrating. It is available in two finishes–Cream and Matte, indicated by the C or M in the beginning of each shade’s name. The Cream formula is richly pigmented, lightly creamy without being too emollient or slippery, and go on smoothly and feel good while worn (wear ranges from four to eight hours, depending on the shade). The Matte formula is thinner and clings somewhat to lips, though it goes on nicely and doesn’t tug, and it doesn’t always look flattering on as it can emphasize imperfections on my lips but really depends on the shade, as some look great on. I found the Cream formula to be moderately hydrating, while the Matte formula was slightly to moderately drying. All shades had a slight, rosy scent to them, though I didn’t notice any taste.

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Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C304
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
94%
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C305
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
96%
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C306
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
98%

Urban Decay Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette Overview, Photos, & Swatches

Urban Decay Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette

Urban Decay Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette ($35.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a limited edition palette that includes 12-pans of lipstick with all shades from the brand’s permanent range of colors. There are two variations available, and between the two palettes, there are three shades that overlap–714, Big Bang, and Firebird. Junkie is slightly cooler in tone (particularly the second row) and includes a few less “traditional” shades. This palette is exclusive to Sephora and should launch sometime in September (I don’t have an exact date).

A full-sized Vice Lipstick retails for $17.00 and contains 0.11 oz., which works out to be $154.55/oz. The palette retails for $35.00 and contains 0.24 oz., which works out to be $145.83/oz. — that’s actually impressive, because it’s just small enough that I thought it might be more expensive by the ounce, but one could easily see the value in having 12 shades for $1.00 more than the cost of two full-sized shades. Another way to look at value is by how many shades there are, which would out to be $2.92 per shade. There is also a twist-up lip brush included in the palette, and there is obviously some value there.

It is important to think about your own habits and preferences, though, because not everyone applies their lip colors with a brush or will take the extra time to do so. It is also less portable than carrying one shade in your bag for touch-ups during the day. I think the palette is small enough to travel well, but it is still a medium-sized palette. If you are the type of person who likes to apply their lipstick with a brush (or doesn’t mind having to do so) and will carry the palette with them/isn’t concerned about touch-ups, it is a great value.

As I just swatched the 120-shade line a few months ago, I’m not going to be extensively reviewing or photographing these (there are just so, so many lip color releases this year that I’m behind as is and would like to feature other brands and formulas as well!). I would consider this an overview or initial impressions, rather than an in-depth review. I hope you understand! 🙂

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Palette Junkie
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%
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Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette Overview, Photos, & Swatches

Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette

Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette ($35.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a limited edition palette that includes 12-pans of lipstick with all shades from the brand’s permanent range of colors. There are two variations available, and between the two palettes, there are three shades that overlap–714, Big Bang, and Firebird. Blackmail runs a bit warm and has more traditional shades. This palette is exclusive to Ulta/Macy’s and should launch sometime in September (I don’t have an exact date).

A full-sized Vice Lipstick retails for $17.00 and contains 0.11 oz., which works out to be $154.55/oz. The palette retails for $35.00 and contains 0.24 oz., which works out to be $145.83/oz. — that’s actually impressive, because it’s just small enough that I thought it might be more expensive by the ounce, but one could easily see the value in having 12 shades for $1.00 more than the cost of two full-sized shades. Another way to look at value is by how many shades there are, which would out to be $2.92 per shade. There is also a twist-up lip brush included in the palette, and there is obviously some value there.

It is important to think about your own habits and preferences, though, because not everyone applies their lip colors with a brush or will take the extra time to do so. It is also less portable than carrying one shade in your bag for touch-ups during the day. I think the palette is small enough to travel well, but it is still a medium-sized palette. If you are the type of person who likes to apply their lipstick with a brush (or doesn’t mind having to do so) and will carry the palette with them/isn’t concerned about touch-ups, it is a great value.

As I just swatched the 120-shade line a few months ago, I’m not going to be extensively reviewing or photographing these (there are just so, so many lip color releases this year that I’m behind as is and would like to feature other brands and formulas as well!). I would consider this an overview or initial impressions, rather than an in-depth review. I hope you understand! 🙂

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Palette Blackmail
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
92%
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Tarte Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation ($39.00 for 1.0 oz.) is supposed to be a full-coverage, cream-gel hybrid foundation with hydrating, 12-hour wear and is rose-scented. I liked it as a medium-to-full coverage option that’s hydrating over time, is more forgiving on dryness or dry patches, with eight- to ten-hour wear. It was very comfortable to wear, never felt tight, and faded/wore away nicely (no major separation), but it never fully set without a powder (which will take down the dewiness of the finish quite a bit, even with a light dusting of powder) and has mild to moderate transfer. I felt like it was quite hydrating, so it seems like it will be more suitable for drier skin types than normal to oily skin types.

It felt like a lighter-weight moisturizer when I used it, not quite whipped or airy but still light-to-medium in weight and didn’t feel greasy on the skin. I agree that it felt like a cream-gel hybrid, and it even felt cooling as it went on the skin. The texture is thick enough with higher coverage that it was less prone to streaking on me but not so thick that it became hard to spread around nor did it feel particularly heavy on the skin. I liked applying it initially with fingertips to spread across the face, like a tinted moisturizer, and then used a synthetic brush (like Real Techniques Expert Face) to get into the nooks and crannies and finish blending toward the hairline. I felt that sponges, like a beautyblender, soaked up more product initially, so again, I’d use fingertips first for most of the initial spreading of the foundation onto the skin and then go back in with a beautyblender for blending and diffusing into edges and corners.

The coverage was more medium-full to full, and you could build to full coverage with two layers. When I used it, I could definitely tell it was a higher coverage formulation than a true medium coverage formula, but it would spread out so easily that it sheered out some, so a second layer was necessary for true full coverage. While I personally seek out foundations that have a more buildable nature to them, so I can use the lightest coverage I need all-over and then build-up just where I need the coverage, that’s not what this foundation promises.

It has a dewy finish; I don’t think it makes me look oily, but it is definitely radiant as described. I don’t think the finish makes the skin appear smoother as Tarte claims, but it didn’t emphasize my natural texture either. However, I expect that unless you encounter extraordinarily longer wear than I, most will still use a setting powder or primer to extend the wear, and the former tends to bring the finish to more of a softly lit sheen.

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Tarte Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation Medium Neutral
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
86%