Saturday, February 2nd, 2013


Thanks for staying with us these past few days as we reviewed MAC’s Archie’s Girls’ Collection! Because there were so many posts, here is a round-up of all of them in case you missed one! (And I’m half-way through testing Feelin’ So Good, and after that, I’ll do testing for Oh, Oh, Oh, and then we’ll officially be over and out on this launch!)  I will be reviewing Viva Glam Nicki 2 soon as well as the three lipsticks from Year of the Snake soon.

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P.S. — I was always a Betty & Jughead fan. Knew it would never happen but always wanted it to! :)

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

MAC Oh, Oh, Oh Lipstick
MAC Oh, Oh, Oh Lipstick

MAC Oh, Oh, Oh Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer brown plum” with a Lustre finish. Swatched, it’s a muted plum with gold shimmer. On my lips, it looked like a reddish-plum with gold shimmer. NARS Christina is much redder. Benefit Breakup Rumor is purpler. MAC Funbathing is less red and has a stronger golden sheen. MAC Capricious has more plum in it and less shimmer. This shade is a repromote–it originally launched with MAC Me Over.

One of the best things about Oh, Oh, Oh, is that it is oh, oh, oh so different applied than it is in the tube and even, to a small degree, swatched on the skin. It’s a very cool lipstick as a result–it is a total chameleon and very much dependent on your natural lip color, which is a consequence of the translucent nature of the Lustre finish. It has some creaminess, but it has a thinner consistency and didn’t glide completely smoothly across lips.  Oh, Oh, Oh wore for just under three hours on me.

If it wasn’t a Lustre finish, it’s definitely a shade I could see myself using a lot, but unfortunately, Lustres are drying on me–some terribly so, others only mildly–and I know some readers find this to be true, while others have experienced more hydrating wear!  If Lustres are a happy formula for your lips, then I recommend checking this shade out.

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If Lustres are a happy formula for your lips, then I recommend checking this shade out for its color.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

MAC Feelin' So Good Lipglass
MAC Feelin’ So Good Lipglass

MAC Feelin’ So Good Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep blackened plum.” It’s a dark, reddish plum with brown undertones. Bobbi Brown Plum Gold is more berry-colored and has gold shimmer. MAC Lasting Achievement is redder/plummier. MAC Gertruyd is slightly lighter.

It’s semi-opaque–it noticeably tints the lips and makes them look darker, but a lot of the natural lip color can come through. There is a lot of noticeable settling of the darker color into lip lines, and it looked uneven to me even from a normal viewing distance (aka not just up-close-and-personal).  I don’t normally have problems with lip colors bleeding/feathering, but this one did migrate a little outside of my lips.  It  had the normal feel of Lipglass–a thicker formula with a tacky feel.  This shade coordinates really well with Boyfriend Stealer, though this is a smidgen browner overall.  Feelin’ So Good wore just under four hours on me.

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This shade coordinates really well with Boyfriend Stealer, though this is a smidgen browner overall.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

MAC Strawberry Malt Lipglass
MAC Strawberry Malt Lipglass

MAC Strawberry Malt Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright red.” It’s a pinky-red with cool undertones with no shimmer. MAC Cult of Cherry is darker and has ruby shimmer. MAC Send Me Sailing is redder. MAC Wicked Ways is a touch redder. NARS Strawberry Fields is pinker.

It has mostly opaque color coverage with a subtle translucency that gives it a very juicy, almost jelly-like, finish. It also seemed extra glossy compared to other shades in the Lipglass family. I didn’t have any problems with this feathering or bleeding on me when I wore it.  This will definitely pair well with Ronnie Red and give it a really rich, glossy look.  Strawberry Malt wore for four hours well.  The texture and consistency were as expected for Lipglass, which is a thicker consistency and tackier texture than the average gloss.

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This will definitely pair well with Ronnie Red and give it a really rich, glossy look.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

MAC Girl Next Door Lipstick
MAC Girl Next Door Lipstick

MAC Girl Next Door Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid blue pink” with a Lustre finish. It’s a light-medium pink with blue undertones and white shimmer. Revlon Cupcake is pinker, not as white-based. MAC Love Long Distance is a darker pink with bluer undertones. MAC Annemiek is lighter, less pink. Chanel Candeur is a touch lighter. Guerlain Rose Innocent is also similar.

Being a Lustre finish, it is a sheerer shade; it yielded semi-sheer color payoff with a general translucency that enabled the natural lip color to come through. This lightened my natural lip color while boosting the natural pink tones.  I don’t have great experiences with Lustres, because they tend to be less forgiving on lips when applied (they seem to emphasize lip texture) and they can be drying when worn.  Girl Next Door applied decently and didn’t settle into lip lines, but it was a bit drying for the two and a half hours it lasted on my lips (the average non-long-wearing lipstick lasts around four hours on me).  The consistency was a little thin, so it pulled a touch when I applied it.

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I don't have great experiences with Lustres, because they tend to be less forgiving on lips when applied (they seem to emphasize lip texture) and they can be drying when worn.

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8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

MAC Comic Cute Nail Lacquer
MAC Comic Cute Nail Lacquer

MAC Archie’s Girls Nail Lacquers ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) include four shades: Comic Cute (bright coral), Double Trouble (deep navy), Past Curfew (deep berry), and Pep Pep Pep (light peach nude). As an important note: they do NOT have any designs on the actual bottle; the caps are white but that’s it (promo images showed Betty/Veronica on the glass itself).  I purchased these, so it’s not a problem with an early run or anything like that.

Comic Cute is a pop of medium pink with yellow undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats, and the consistency was slightly thick. MAC Please Me is a touch darker. OCC Extravaganza is darker and has shimmer.

Double Trouble is a deep, dark, navy blue with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was some underlying translucency. It wasn’t too thick or too thin, but it was a bit streaky when I first applied it. shu uemura Bleu Splendor is similar. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like is lighter. ORLY La Playa is very similar.

Past Curfew is a darkened red with hints of berry and pink in it with a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it was the best-applying shade out of the four. China Glaze Merry Berry is redder. MAC Dangerously Fun is much redder. Dior Graphic Berry is very similar. Essie Size Matters is also very comparable.

Pep Pep Pep is a pale peach with a cream finish. It was somewhat opaque after two coats, but it was a little streaky and uneven. The consistency was very thick and almost gloppy. MAC Life & Beth is just a touch darker.

MAC’s brush continues to be problematic and exacerbate any formula issues a shade has, because the bristles are very roughly cut and stiff. Two of the bottles had some splayed bristles as well. At $17.50 (and for 0.34 fl. oz.!), you can’t have those kinds of issues!  I know–broken record–but the price point of MAC’s polishes is absolutely killer and the quality is frequently not there.  The only shade that was worth thinking about was Past Curfew, except a berry-red cream is very, very dupable. I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with MAC’s formula, which is the most consistent thing about them.

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I know--broken record--but the price point of MAC's polishes is absolutely killer and the quality is frequently not there. The only shade that was worth thinking about was Past Curfew, except a berry-red cream is very, very dupable.

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6/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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