MAC Mulling Spices, Fireworks, Habanero Liptensity Lipsticks

MAC Miptensity Lipstick

MAC Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, medium-dark red with strong, cool, pink undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation, but it covered incredibly evenly and smoothly, so I could barely tell (my lip freckle was the only indication it wasn’t opaque). The consistency was soft, lightly balm-like as it melted against the lips, though it is noticeably firm initially. The formula sat well on my lips, didn’t emphsaize lip lines, and made them appear fuller while lasting for a good six and a half hours. It left behind a stain and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Guerlain Samsara (P, $37.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Leonardo (P, $35.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Tannin (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty #009 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C405 (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Vega (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mochi (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sour Cherry (P, $26.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Just a Bite (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Life's Blood (LE, $21.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C404 (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC MAC Red (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Vivien (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Garconne (P, $55.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Fireworks Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange with warm,r ed undertones and a lightly glossy, creamy finish. It had good color payoff, though it was not fully opaque, that covered somewhat evenly. The major issue I had with this shade was that the color gathered in lip lines noticeably, and it was more prone to visiblyl streaking to my eye. It was comfortable to wear and lasted for six hours on me. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is brighter, glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty Holly (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Cardinal (LE, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay F-Bomb (DC, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Spiderweb (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay No-Tell Motel (P, $17.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Guerlain Gala (P, $55.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is glossier (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Retro Red (P, $35.00) is brighter (90% similar). Shiseido Poppy (RD312) (P, $28.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly brighter, medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had nearly opaque color coverage, but the texture remained a little draggy when applying, so it did not look as even and as opaque in a few places. The texture is a bit thicker, but it did not feel heavy and was fairly comfortable to wear. I was able to wear this one for six and a half hours, but it started to feel drying after four hours. Bobbi Brown Flame (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C403 (P, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Maybelline Neon Red (P, $7.49) is brighter (95% similar). Guerlain Gilda (P, $55.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mimosa (LE, $24.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Maybelline Orange Danger (P, $7.49) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have “intense amounts of pigment” with a gel-like texture that melts on lips that leaves behind a satin finish and wears for “eight hours.” It’s supposed to be “comfortable” to wear, but there are no claims about hydration–and overall, they were non-drying. The majority of the range varied from semi-opaque to fully opaque in one stroke, while the texture had some body and thickness to it but was not heavy. The consistency feels firmer in the tube, but it became softer and more pliable as it warmed up against the lips. This was also true about how the color settled and looked on the lips–it tended to fill up lip lines without emphasizing them as much after thirty seconds of wear. The formula didn”t have a lot of slip, and it was actually lightly tacky, which helped it stay in place better. The wear ranged from four to eight hours with lighter shades typically wearing shorter than deeper and more intense shades. The finish was anywhere from satin to natural with noticeable sheen, sometimes glossiness, but it often wore to a satin to semi-matte finish after a few hours. The formula has MAC’s typical vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

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MAC Liptensity Lipstick Mulling Spices
A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
92%
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Fireworks
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
87%
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Habanero
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%

Dior Splendor Collection for Holiday 2016

Dior Splendor Collection for Holiday 2016
Dior Splendor Collection for Holiday 2016


The new holiday color collection from Dior is called Splendor.

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The Details

5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette | $63.00 | Limited Edition

The legendary palette bears the sequin motif inspired by the work of the Haute Couture ateliers. The texture blends into the lids and sculpts the eyes with pearly light and dense ultra-pigmented shadow. A texture that deposits an ultra-pigmented veil with no powdery effect.

  • Smoky Sequins (066)
  • Precious Embroidery (776)

Diorific Lips | $38.00 | Limited Edition

Diorific is housed in a gold Dior collector case, the jewel of the collection. A unique formula in rich shades with a luminous, long-lasting matte finish and perfectly shaped and defined lips to create a captivating, sophisticated look. Apply in a swath of dense magnetic colour, or in touches at the center of the lips.

  • Golden (006)

Diorific Matte Lipstick | $38.00 | Limited Edition

In a limited edition, Diorific reinvents the purest expression of the powdery matte finish for the first time in a fine film that glides on with incredible comfort. An easy-wearing matte whose secret lies in its unique use of an exceptionally soft and velvety micronized silicon powder. The “powdery” silicon smoothes colour with no streaking while striking a subtle balance between hold and comfort. Unlike traditional matte makeup, this formula continuously moisturizes lips without drying them. Finer, sheerer and less opaque, Diorific Matte radiates colour with a subtle velvety finish. From an easy rosewood to the iconic red, along with the flashiest and trendiest corals and pinks, this utterly modern and elegant matte lipstick truly makes a statement and can be worn on any lips.

  • Charm (440)
  • Ravissement (560)
  • Fascination (880)
  • Splendor (950)

Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow | $31.00 | Limited Edition

A weightless texture that blends into the skin and dresses the eye in velvety colour. In a single step, it creates an even and intense matte finish for a professional makeup effect.

  • Infinity (751)

Diorific Vernis | $28.00 | Limited Edition

  • Nova (Top Coat)
  • Golden (328)
  • Splendor (850)
  • Cosmic (899)

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Chanel Super Nude & Super Coral Rouge Allure Glosses

Chanel Super Nude (137) Rouge Allure Gloss

Chanel Super Nude (137) Rouge Allure Gloss ($37.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, peachy-coral with warm undertones and very fine gold pearl. It had almost opaque color coverage, which applied smoothly without streaking, but some of the color welled up into my lip lines, though it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The consistency was thin but spreadable, lightweight, and just a touch tacky after a half hour of wear but never heavy or truly sticky. It wore well for four and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. Divergent Natural Virtue (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Vida Loca (LE, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pleasure First (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Dainty (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fashion Whim (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Mystery (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Lingerie (11) (P, $48.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Tres Leches (P, $5.99) is more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Divergent Supreme Ritual (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Artful (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 302P Golden Coral (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Super Coral (157) Rouge Allure Gloss ($37.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a slightly bright, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a cream finish. It was semi-opaque with even coverage, but the slightly thinner consistency made it less smoothing and plumping on so some of the color emphasized lip lines. The formula was hydrating over the five hours it lasted on my lips. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $30.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Maui (P) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Tattoo My Heart (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Tropiques (379) (P, $35.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Dior Rieuse (373) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is brighter (90% similar). Dior Magique (479) (P, $35.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Never Say Never (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is darker (85% similar). Illamasqua Mistress (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (DC, $28.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss ($37.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to have the “colour intensity of a lipstick” with the “shine of a lipgloss” paired with hydrating, “long-wearing coverage.” It’s a solid gloss formula for someone who likes semi-opaque to opaque coverage and doesn’t mind a bit of tackiness (I find it develops within an hour or so of wear, but it is never heavy or super sticky). I tend to get wear between four and six hours, and the formula is hydrating and comfortable over time.

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Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss Super Nude (137)
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss Super Coral (157)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%
For me, not really, because I tend to forget to use samples, and I have enough makeup bags to house half my collection (which you know, is a lot). The latter is not the norm, and I can see why GWPs are popular. I like when they include one or two full size items, or else decent travel-sized versions of bestsellers (more than a handful of uses).
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Round-up: Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection Overview

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection

Here’s a look at how the products I tried from the new Estee Lauder x Vicoria Beckham Collection performed!  My personal favorites are the Modern Mercury Highlighter and Eye Palette.

There are a few remaining pieces available via Bergdorf Goodman and most through Selfridges, while Saks has the collection available for pre-order.  Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and NET-A-PORTER are also supposed to launch the collection on October 1st.

01

Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Victoria Beckham Highlighter

Limited Edition. $65.00/0.26 oz.

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter ($65.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and soft pink and gold shimmer.

A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
A

02. Estee Lauder Java Sun Victoria Beckham Bronzer

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer ($65.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

B+

05. Estee Lauder Black Myrrh Eye Ink

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Black Myrrh Eye Ink ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a deep black with silver sparkle. Read full review.

B+

06. Estee Lauder Bitter Clove Eye Metals

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Bitter Clove Eye Metals ($45.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark golden blackened-brown with larger, gold flecks of sparkle and shimmer that has a more metallic finish. Read full review.

B

07. Estee Lauder Brazilian Nude Victoria Beckham Lipstick

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Brazilian Nude Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Read full review.

B

08. Estee Lauder Charred Emerald Eye Metals

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Charred Emerald Eye Metals ($45.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep, blackened teal with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. Read full review.

C

09. Estee Lauder Burnt Anise Eye Foil

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Burnt Anise Eye Foil ($36.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is an inky, bluish-black with silver and teal sparkle paired with a metallic sheen. Read full review.

D+

10. Estee Lauder Moroccan Heat Victoria Beckham Lip Gloss

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Moroccan Heat Lip Gloss ($36.00 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, peachy orange with warm, yellowy undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

Glossover Breakdown

86%

Average Score
A
3
B
5
C
1
D
1
F
0

Glossover Averages

Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Black Myrrh Eye Ink & Burnt Anise Eye Foil

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Black Myrrh Eye Ink

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Black Myrrh Eye Ink ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a deep black with silver sparkle. Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Midnight (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #5 (LE) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). City Color Oh So Naughty (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Burnt Anise (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Mirifique (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Oyster (Cream) (LE, $45.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It is supposed to be a “pressed gel-creme formula” with “deep, rich” pigmentation. It actually felt similar to the Eye Metals to the touch, but the ingredient list shows them to be different, and it did feel creamier and more like a cream-based product than a powder one. I think it is the density and lack of glossiness/a lot of slip that made it seem less like a traditional cream eyeshadow. It lasted for seven hours before starting to crease on me, and when I tried it as an eyeliner, it was harder to apply with the same intensity as when I used a flatter, wider brush (doesn’t seem to play well with finer brushes), but it lasted a bit longer at eight hours. It was richly pigmented and blendable on the skin.

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Burnt Anise Eye Foil ($36.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is an inky, bluish-black with silver and teal sparkle paired with a metallic sheen. Estee Lauder Black Myrrh (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Midnight (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). City Color Oh So Naughty (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Mirifique (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #5 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to have “high-shine” and give a “liquid-metal effect.” It’s very thin, almost water-like, and applies better to my arm/hand than to my eye when used with the included doe-foot applicator. I had a little more luck using a flat, synthetic brush, but it is so thin that trying to blend and spread the product across the skin’s surface did more to some product but not all, which resulted in an uneven layer of coverage. It had a longer drying time, so it easily migrated into creases when I used it alone, and it had a tendency to cause underlying products to crease if used as more than just a dab (like patting on top of an eyeshadow with your fingertip). I also experienced some burning sensation as it was drying down. Once it dried down, it was fairly smudge-proof and budge-proof; it took a lot of rubbing with my fingertip (against my hand) to get any transfer, and it was mostly shimmer. I saw only a few sparkles that had dropped over time, and it didn’t seem to crease further once it dried down — it’s just more finicky to avoid the creasing in the first place.

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