Milani Adore & Lust Amore Matte Lip Cremes

Milani Adore Amore Matte Lip Creme

Milani Adore Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink nude.” It’s a brightened, light-medium peach with a hint of pink and a flat, matte finish. It had had mostly opaque color coverage, but the texture dried down very, very dry and “cracked” as soon as I smiled or moved my lips, which made it a more uncomfortable shade to wear. This was my least favorite to wear, as it felt noticeably drying after three hours of wear and only lasted for six hours before flaking and fading unevenly. Kat Von D Noble (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Pure Hollywood (P, $20.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Kinda Sexy (P, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). Melt Cosmetics Summer! (P, $19.00) is brighter, warmer, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Milani Lust Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “cool rose.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly while drying down to a soft but not emphasizing matte finish. The formula is consistent with the range: thinner and more water-like, so take care with application to avoid messy edges or over-applying. It wore well for seven hours and felt a bit drying at the five-hour mark. Colour Pop Solow (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Magick (P, $21.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Mehr (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop 1st Base (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a new, limited edition liquid lipstick that dries to a matte finish. You’ll mostly find them at your local drugstore (I got mine from Walgreens), but they are available online as well through Milani directly. These have a very thin, liquid-y consistency–they easily get outside the lines and in general, the applicator can apply far more than you need, so I highly recommend a little patience and maybe using a lip brush (if you can) to apply and get really precise, neat lines. The formula has a longer dry down–about five to ten minutes before you can press your lips together–and gets very tacky after two minutes or so (do NOT! press your lips together or else you will lift color in large patches!). They’re one of the lesser drying liquid lipsticks I’ve come across (but these did get a bit drying after four to six hours of continuous wear), and they are long-wearing and pigmented. They have a moderately strong sweet, vanilla scent.

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Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme Adore
C
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
74%
Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme Lust
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
93%

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MAC x Brooke Candy Lipsticks

MAC Mind Control Lipstick

MAC Mind Control Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright cherry red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with cool, bluish undertones and a very, very fine dusting of gold and pink micro-shimmer (it’s really not noticeable as a distinct shimmer, only as a sheen). It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a creamy, moderately emollient consistency that glided on easily and didn’t feel heavy on. It seemed thinner than the typical Amplified. It wore well for five hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Besame American Beauty 1945 (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Clinique Cherry Pop (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Decisive Poppy (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Besame Besame Red 1920 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Stunner (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Charlotte (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Tijuana (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Kinky (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Russian Red (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Rich Ruby (P, $7.99) is more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Which Witch Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep plum [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a blackened purple with subtle, warm plummy undertones and a dash of violet micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a consistency that had moderate slip–it definitely slides around on me and could be a shade that feathers for some as a result. Application could have been better, but it isn’t the worst I’ve seen; some visible streaky and general unevenness, so I would recommend a lip liner with this one. It wore well for four hours and left a stain behind, while the formula was neither hydrating nor drying. Colour Pop Nevermind (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Instigator (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Smoked Purple (LE, $17.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Train Bleu (P, $25.00) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Yung Rapunxel (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Firm Form (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Extrovert (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Guess (LE, $6.00) is cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Feminist (P, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Scandal (226) (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Fervent (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Lipstick Mind Control
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
92%
MAC Lipstick Which Witch
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
78%

MAC x Brooke Candy Collection for Fall 2015

MAC x Brooke Candy Collection
MAC x Brooke Candy Collection

Lipstick ($17.00 U.S. / $22.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Mind Control Bright cherry red (Amplified)
  • Which Witch Deep plum (Amplified)

Liquid Eye Liner ($21.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Special Packaging)

  • Boot Black Intense black

AVAILABILITY | August 27th at maccosmetics.com (North America), October 15th (International)

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