MAC Claretcast, Eros, Life’s Blood Liptensity Lipsticks

MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Claretcast Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pinky berry with subtle, cool undertones paired with a satin finish. It had full color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly, with just a bit of tugging initially but became easier to glide on as it melted against the lips. The texture was light-to-medium in weight, lightly tacky but comfortable to wear over a six and a half hour period. The formula was a smidgen drying after four hours of wear. MAC Marsala (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Aubergine (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). Estee Lauder Unattainable (P, $30.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Confident (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (DC, $34.00) is glossier (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (DC, $30.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Roman (208) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Commotion (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Shame (DC, $22.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Colour Pop Lyin' King (P, $6.00) is warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Bite Beauty Beetroot (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Winterberry (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Eros Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. The texture was denser and pulled more than other shades, and while I could feel it melting, it did not melt as much and was always a big draggy going on. It had good pigmentation, but it was harder to get smooth, even application; I expect this one to be more unforgiving on those with drier or flakier lips as well. The color lasted a solid six hours, left behind a pinkish stain, and was non-drying. Bobbi Brown Raspberry Pink (P, $35.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty Bellini (LE, $24.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $35.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Voila! (120) (DC, $30.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Red Balloon (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sangria (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Hot Rose (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Roll the Dice (118) (DC, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pink Lady (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #505 (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Life’s Blood Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium red with neutral-to-cool undertones that has a lightly glossy, cream finish. It is the combination of brightness and undertone that seems to appear a bit warmer on me, though to my eye, it is neutral-to-cool. It had nearly opaque pigmentation, and the color went on evenly and smoothly while the consistency seemed to fill in lip lines and made my lips appear fuller and smoother. This shade wore well for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Givenchy Heroic Red (321) (LE, $36.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cardinal (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay F-Bomb (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Spiderweb (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mochi (P, $24.00) is more muted, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Retro Red (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Holly (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Brave Red (LE, $30.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Gala (P, $55.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Mulling Spices (P, $21.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pomegranate (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay No-Tell Motel (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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 Claretcast
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
92%
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Eros
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
83%
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Life's Blood
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
90%

Kat Von D MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette for Holiday 2016

Kat Von D MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette


The MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette is a mashup of bold colors and must-have textures, celebrating the two sides within everyone—whether it’s soft and romantic, rock ‘n’ roll, or both. The palette’s top row features an explosive lineup of exclusive, never-before-seen metallic shades in Kat Von D’s max-pigment Metal Crush Eyeshadow formula, including Synergy, a bestselling bronze from the original collection. The bottom of the palette is a rainbow array of buttery mattes, in a range of tones—from dark and moody to pastel neutrals—all in Kat’s signature blendable, pigmented eye shadow formula. This palette’s array of tones and textures gives you endless combinations for a number of eye looks. Get inspired by the three fearless tutorials, each with step-by-step instructions.

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MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette | $60.00 | Limited Edition

  • Nebula Metallic navy
  • Watt Metallic teal
  • Ignite Metallic sea foam
  • Tinsel Metallic pewter
  • Glitz Metallic rose gold
  • Twinkle Metallic lilac
  • Volt Metallic violet
  • Synergy Metallic bronze
  • Flash Metallic gold
  • Linen Matte white
  • Jet Matte black
  • Velour Matte royal blue
  • Stone Matte cement gray
  • Moss Matte forest green
  • Ribbon Matte deep purple
  • Silk Matte terra cotta
  • Fringe Matte peach
  • Feather Matte dandelion yellow
  • Oak Matte chocolate brown
  • Suede Matte fawn
  • Velvet Matte deep plum

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The product itself has to be high quality, and then it has to include mostly shades I’d use and enjoy using together. I know that I will not look for one palette and pick the one eyeshadow out of 20 in it to use with another set of eyeshadows, so being able to use the palette together (perhaps bringing in a brow bone shade, crease/transition shade, etc.) is part of what I like to see.
-- Christine

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Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette ($69.00 for 0.52 oz.) includes three Shimmer Bricks, which are very shimmery powders. Each Shimmer Brick has five shades, so the color that you get can vary depending on where you concentrate your brush. All three shades have been released before, though only Bronze is part of the permanent range from what I could tell! It’s a powder highlight that features five colors, which are designed to be used together (though you can concentrate your brush in areas as well, or if you have an eye brush, you can use them individually) and applied to the face to highlight.

The three included in the palette all highlight the skin and add noticeable color on my light-medium complexion, so they be even more blush-like on fairer complexion and will likely show up on deeper skin tones with subtler tints. The texture of Gold and Bronze was smoother and more finely-milled with less overt sparkle, whereas Wild Rose was drier and seemed to have larger chunks of sparkle, which were more prone to emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. They were easy to apply, wore for about eight hours, and are well-worth a look for someone who likes a more intense, noticeable highlight. They’re the type of highlighter where a little can go a long way to adding luminosity, so they can definitely be too intense for some people’s preferences.

Gold is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones paired with a frosted, lightly metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that blended out easily on the skin. I did not find that it emphasized my skin’s natural texture, but it does have a strong sheen to its finish. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, warmer, lower quality (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm, reddish undertones and a softer, light-medium golden bronze shimmer. The pigmentation was rich, but the texture was soft and blendable, so it could easily be applied in sheerer layers or diffused for less intense coverage if desired–a little did go a long way, though, and I’d recommend using a lighter hand initially. On me, the powder lasted eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Do Not Disturb (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Stila Kitten (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Palette (Holiday 2016) Bobbi to Glow
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%
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Community Faves | September 18th through September 24th

Here’s a look at our community’s favorites from the past week! 🙂 Any new favorites that you discovered this week?

Most Loved Products

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01. Bite Beauty Pepper

Pepper is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was rich and covered the lips with even, smooth color. Read full review.

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02. Bite Beauty Nori

Nori is a dark, reddish burgundy with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It was glossiest of the four shades in this particular set. Read full review.

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03. MAC Marsala

MAC Marsala Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish berry with subtle, cool undertones and satiny sheen. Read full review.

Most Wanted Products

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01. Bite Beauty Pepper

Pepper is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was rich and covered the lips with even, smooth color. Read full review.

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02. Bite Beauty Nori

Nori is a dark, reddish burgundy with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It was glossiest of the four shades in this particular set. Read full review.

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03. Clinique Pink Honey Pop

Clinique Pink Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. Read full review.

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