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Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick
MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick

MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty mauve with gold pearl [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium lavender purple with a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly. The texture was a little thick overall, and I noticed some of the color pulled into lip lines after four hours of wear, though total wear time was around five hours. It was lightly drying after three hours. Maybelline Lilac Flush (725) (P, $7.49) is pinker, glossier, sheerer. Colour Pop Brills (P, $5.00) is pinker, more matte. NYX Violet (P, $6.00) is darker. Kat Von D Coven (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Melt Cosmetics Darling (P, $19.00) is lighter. MAC Dodgy Girl (LE, $16.00) is lighter, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is lighter, grayer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Digitalis (P, $18.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “creamy orange [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium orange with strong, yellow and red undertones with a very subtle gold micro-shimmer and a more satiny finish. The texture had that same, slightly thickened consistency but still applied well with even, opaque color coverage. On me, it wore well for six hours and felt a bit drying at the four-hour mark. The lightness coupled with the stronger yellow undertones make it less common compared to the more typical orange-red. Guerlain Peach Satin (540) (LE, $37.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Ravishingly Rich (P, $23.00) is darker. NARS Iberico (LE, $25.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is darker, glossier. NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is darker. Paul and Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) (LE, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Tangerine Dream (P, $16.00) is lighter, yellower. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is darker. MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $16.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Romantic Breakdown Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, light peach with a hint of beige, warmer undertones, and a subtle shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a noticeable sheen and slight shimmer, which is what you might expect from a Lustre finish (they are designed as a sheerer option). The texture is thinner with some slip, and it applied fairly evenly though it pulled into lip lines as I wore it. This shade lasted for two and a half hours on me and was drying. Urban Decay Sheer Walk of Shame (P, $20.00) is less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Orlando (LE, $32.00) is slightly warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Holden (LE, $32.00) is pinker. Burberry Gold No. 217 (LE, $33.00) is sheerer. Chanel Volage (227) (LE, $34.00) is less glossy. Chanel Charmeuse (142) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Fleur d’Coral (LE, $16.00) is slightly pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is warmer. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — This collection has gone really quickly online, unfortunately, so your best bet may be to find a local store that carries it, but I would recommend calling prior, as the distribution is “select locations,” but I don’t have any specific location information to pass on. Bloomingdale’s has Burmese Kiss and Romantic Breakdown still in stock (it also showed Forbidden Sunrise, but when I tested it in check out, it said out of stock), which is the same situation at Macy’s.

The Glossover

LE
product

Lavender Jade

A-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Dupes
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LE
product

Forbidden Sunrise

A

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

Results
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Dupes
LE
product

Romantic Breakdown

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
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Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Bite Beauty Shade 003 Lipstick
Bite Beauty Shade 003 Lipstick

Lip Lab Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00)

  • Shade 003 / Chilly Pepper Fire red/coral (Limited Edition)

Availability: Now at Sephora

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

MAC Summer Opal Beauty Powder
MAC Summer Opal Beauty Powder

MAC Summer Opal Beauty Powder ($28.00 for 0.39 oz.) is described as a “light bronze with golden shimmer.” It’s a light, golden peach with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is lighter. Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $28.00) is warmer. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is darker. Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is darker. MAC Stereo Rose (2014) (LE, $30.00) is peachier. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $30.00) is pinker. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is lighter. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is darker. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is more sparkly. MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $30.00) is less peach. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC describes it as a “subtle luminescent glow” with a “micro-fine” and “silky” texture that has “sheer” coverage. It had semi-sheer color coverage when I applied it to the skin, but it seemed buildable if you wanted greater warmth/shimmer. The texture feels smooth, but it’s thinner and drier with the powder having a firmer press overall, though it didn’t seem stiff to me–I didn’t have any problems getting the highlighter onto the skin even with my softest natural hair brushes. It has enough shimmer in it to be luminous and lightly frosted, and it very slightly emphasized pores on my skin. With my medium skin-tone, it added a subtle warmth and sheen, but fairer skin tones may see a greater color impact and deeper skin tones may find it doesn’t add warmth, just shimmer. It wore well for eight hours before fading on me.

P.S. — This collection has gone really quickly online, unfortunately, so your best bet may be to find a local store that carries it, but I would recommend calling prior, as the distribution is “select locations,” but I don’t have any specific location information to pass on.

The Glossover

LE
product

Summer Opal

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

Results
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Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

MAC x Julia Petit Collection
MAC x Julia Petit Collection

MAC x Julia Petit Collection launches online next week on March 12th, 2015 (though it wouldn’t be surprising if launched the Monday before as well) and will be available at select MAC locations on March 19th, 2015. Here’s a sneak peek of the collection with full reviews to come!

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

MAC x Bao Bao Wan Collection
MAC x Bao Bao Wan Collection

MAC x Bao Bao Wan Collection has sold very quickly online, though there are a few pieces available scattered at various retailers. It launches in-stores on March 5th, though it is only available at select locations (and I don’t know which ones, so I highly recommend calling your location prior to heading over!). Edited: Updated with swatches of Burmese Kiss lipstick and Bao Bao’s Jewels Eyeshadow Palette!! :)

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