MAC Hellebore, Ambrosial, Marsala Liptensity Lipsticks

MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Hellebore Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had good pigmentation but was not “one-stroke” coverage. After about half of a pass on the lips, the consistency started to melt and felt more gel-like as I applied it, but it tugged a bit initially. The color applied fairly evenly, but the application would benefit from a lip liner underneath for better, more even coverage overall. This shade lasted nicely for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop Leather (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Speedball (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Strong Woman (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Punk Couture (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Jawbreaker (P, $17.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Own the Look (LE, $19.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Pandemonium (P, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). Maybelline Violet Vixen (P, $7.49) is cooler (85% similar). Smashbox Violet Riot (P, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ambrosial Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, medium-dark fuchsia magenta with pink undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was lightly tacky but wasn’t uncomfortable to wear. It wore well for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Make Up For Ever C207 (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (95% similar). Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Daddy's Little Girl (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Silvia (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Frenemy (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (P, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty #010 (LE, $36.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Night Blooming (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Invite Intrigue (LE, $17.00) is more muted, less glossy (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Vogue en Violet (P, $23.00) is darker (85% similar). Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) (P, $7.49) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Anarchy (DC, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Thrill Seeker (420) (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Dragonfruit (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Buxom Swinger (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Crush (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Confection (LE, $24.00) is lighter, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Marsala Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish berry with subtle, cool undertones and satiny sheen. It was richly pigmented with full color coverage and a smooth, light-medium thick texture that sat exceptionally well on the lips. The more gel-like consistency made my lips look smoother and fuller. The color wore well for nearly eight hours before it would be time for a touch-up, while the formula was just a smidgen drying after six hours of wear. Bobbi Brown Brocade (P, $35.00) is cooler (95% similar). YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (DC, $34.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty Sugared Maple (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Claretcast (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Cordovan (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Jam (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Plaid (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mulberry (P, $24.00) is more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Beetroot (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Confident (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Heaux (Amplified) (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Boy Gorgeous (222) (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Roman (208) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (DC, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Hellebore 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 Hellebore
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
86%
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Ambrosial
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Marsala
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
97%

Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Set

Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Set

Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Set ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four miniature-sized Amuse Bouche lipsticks. The shades are housed in a red, metal tin (looks like a mint box to me), and all four shades are part of the permanent range, so you can purchase them individually if only one catches your eye or buy full-size if you finish one, which is nice. The quality is fantastic across all four shades: good color payoff, soft, smooth application, and longer wear.

My husband thinks I’m a bit crazy for purchasing sets that contain items I have reviewed in the past, but experience has taught me that things aren’t always consistent when they are included in palettes or kits. I found noticeable color variance in three of the four shades: Fig is cooler and a bit darker–rosier overall–which I think translates more on the lips than just swatched; Pepper is darker and plummier, it is not as warm-toned; and Honeycomb is slightly rosier, though it is still definitely a warm-toned color. Nori was the only one that was consistent in color, though the formula in the miniature-size was actually a bit smoother and more pigmented to me.

Fig is a slightly muted, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly without tugging on the lips. This shade wore well for five hours, was lightly hydrating, but there was a bit of color that pulled into lip lines noticeably after three hours of wear/ Marc Jacobs Beauty Slowburn (246) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Cabana Boy (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Plink! (P, $17.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Only You (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Audition (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cami (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Blushing Bud (705) (P, $7.49) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Blush (500) (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). NARS Apoline (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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. The texture was lightly creamy but thin, so it didn’t slide around on the lips but was still comfortable to wear. This shade wore well for five hours and was slightly hydrating over time. MAC Cosmo (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pepper (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $50.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bahama Brown (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Rhubarb (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Blush (500) (P, $32.00) is glossier (85% similar). Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C211 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Celestine (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Café (LE, $24.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Mehr (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Hazelnut (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Cami (P, $5.00) is cooler (85% similar). Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte TBT (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Lolita (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Lolita II (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Bobbi (P, $35.00) is warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Mini Lipstick Set (Holiday 2016) The Perfect Bite Set
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
93%
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Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Trio

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Palette

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Palette ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes three highlighters that seem to be a hybrid between cream and powder. The formula is supposed to have “ultra-fine, light-diffusing particles” that make the skin look “naturally luminous.” The formula is very interesting, because to the touch, it is one of the smoothest powders I’ve ever come across–it feels so smooth that there’s almost a cooling, wet feel to the powder, but it is definitely a powder product. However, I noticed that airy, less dense highlighting brushes tended to have poor pick up with the product, whereas more traditional blush brushes or flatter highlighter brushes (I had no trouble using softer bristles like squirrel with it, but the shape mattered).

Transcendence is a light, pinky lavender with cool undertones and an icy, opal shimmer. This was the sheerer shade of the three, with semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to–at most–semi-opaque coverage when packed on. On me, I found it was more noticeable as I moved, as the undertone was more contrasting against my warmer undertones, but it was subtle when I looked straight on. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading a bit.

Kitten is a medium, coppery bronze with warm, orange undertones and soft pink and light copper shimmer. It had medium, buildable coverage paired with an incredibly smooth texture. It had a very lightweight feel on the skin, and despite it having a higher shine finish, it did not emphasize my pores or my skin’s natural texture. On my skin tone, it did had noticeable warmth and a bit of color, so I imagine it will appear more as a highlighting blush/bronzer on fairer skin tones and work well on deeper complexions as a truer highlighter. It lasted well for eight hours on me.

Bronze is a medium, golden copper with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had medium, buildable coverage that had visible color, warmth, and shine on my skin tone. The texture was smooth, almost wet in feel, and it was blendable on the skin, but more feathery brushes did not pick up product well. This one also had a few noticeable bits of actual sparkle, not just fine shimmer, on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

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Stila Highlighting Palette Star Light, Star Bright
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes a finishing powder, bronzer, two blushes, and highlighter inspired by Surreal Light, which is a new shade in the Ambient Lighting Powder family (currently only available in this palette). This palette will work best for someone who is less concerned about a “value-packed” palette/is unlikely to finish their products and really needs everything in a single compact. I think the palette, all being in the same family of Surreal Light, ends up getting muddled a bit between the blush, bronzer, and highlighter with the Surreal Effect blush being the one lone shade that stands out as a bit different. It is a distinctively warm-toned palette, so it will likely not work for everyone. The texture seemed a bit drier across the majority of the powders as the permanent range, though I did not notice the dryness as applied to the face in practice.

Like last year’s palette, the only value is in whether you like the idea of getting five shades for less than the cost of two or three full-sized Hourglass Ambient Lighting products (which range from $38 to $50 in price). There’s only $53.30 worth of product in the palette, so it’s obviously not a value-packed palette. This is something that will be best for someone who wants everything in a single palette and will wear at least three of the five shades often. This year’s palette is marginally better in value than last year’s (which was $48.05 in product value at the same $80.00 price point), but their palettes prior to that were significantly better in value.

Surreal Light is a light, yellowed beige with fine gold shimmer over a matte finish. This is the original Ambient Lighting Powder, which is a finishing powder, so it is something applied after setting powder, at the very end (hence “finishing!”) to “diffuse” and “soften the look of the skin.” It added very subtle warmth and made my skin appear smoother and more matte, but this particularly iteration had very subtle shimmer, which added a little bit of light all-over but was only noticeable in certain lighting in person. The texture was soft, a little dusty and prone to kicking up excess product in the pan, but it applied well and dispersed easily. It was sheer, as promised (and as you would expect for a finishing powder). Tarte Filtered Light (P) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Glow is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, which is in line with the brand’s promise of “buildable color.” It does not deliver the “otherwordly glow” much, as it is more satiny and just keeps the blush from appearing totally flat. The texture was soft, a little dry and dusty, but it blended well and was impossible to overdo on my skin tone as it barely showed up (that’s a warning for those with similar skin tones!). I think this color would be better on fairer complexions. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. NARS Silent Nude (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Zoeva CR040 (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%
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