Friday, March 29th, 2013

MAC Embrace Me Lipstick
MAC Embrace Me Lipstick

MAC Embrace Me Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as “bright fuchsia cream.” It’s a medium-dark fuchsia pink with blue undertones and a satiny finish (almost like a matte with a hint shimmer). There are a lot of shades that are similar to this–and unsurprisingly, MAC makes most of them, but Maybelline Fuchsia Flash is just a touch less blue-based and has a glossier finish but is otherwise very similar. MAC Pink Pigeon is a touch darker. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl is less bright, slightly more magenta. MAC Candy Yum Yum is brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Dear Diary is a touch bluer-based. MAC Quick Sizzle is darker, pinker.

It applied with rich, opaque color, and it was lightly creamy but less so than other recent matte lipsticks that MAC has released. It didn’t tug exactly, but it just didn’t glide on as well. I tested this shade yesterday as my last of the day, and it wore for five and a half hours well, and then a stain lingered for another hour so. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Because it does have more of a matte finish, make sure you’ve hydrated and exfoliated your lips prior to applying and wearing this shade.

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MAC Embrace Me Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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Depending on how long you've been riding the MAC wave, you just may have a half dozen shades that are very similar to this.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

MAC Ablaze Lipstick
MAC Ablaze Lipstick

MAC Ablaze Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright apricot cream.” It’s a medium-dark coral-red with a barely-there sheen (not quite a flat matte). I actually think it looks very much like MAC Lady at Play, and if there was any detectable difference, it would be that Lady at Play is ever-so-slightly lighter (and of course, it has a more luminous finish). Guerlain Nahema is pinker, more subdued, shimmery. MAC Watch Me Simmer is pinker. MAC Hibiscus is redder, darker, shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild #909D is slightly darker. MAC Toxic Tale is a smidgen darker but very similar.

It’s bold and bright but not neon–there is a lightness to it. Ablaze had rich, opaque color coverage. Though it’s technically a matte finish, it felt more like a satin or amplified creme finish–creamy without being thick or slick, so it applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t tug or pull at the lips. I tested this one first thing, and it lasted five hours well and did leave a very subtle reddish stain behind. It was, unfortunately, a bit drying but not terribly so.

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Ablaze had fantastic color payoff, but it was slightly drying when I wore it, which was disappointing. MAC's Lady at Play is very close in color but a more hydrating formula.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

MAC Heroine Lipstick
MAC Heroine Lipstick

MAC Heroine Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright violet/purple.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned purple with a satin finish. Heroine originally launched with Reel Sexy last March. MAC Seductive Intent is slightly lighter and pinker. MAC Strong Woman is darker, purpler. MAC Violetta has a light shimmer but is otherwise a worthy dupe to consider.

It will shock absolutely nobody that Heroine has already sold out (and in all forms but the polish) on MAC’s website, but do not fear, as it is a normal launch and will be hitting stores and counters next week as well as retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, etc.  Heroine has a creamy consistency that glides on well without tugging or pulling on the lips.  It has full, opaque color coverage and wears well for six hours and does leave a reddish stain behind. It’s neither drying nor hydrating.

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If you don't mind a little shimmer, consider MAC's Violetta, which is part of the permanent range.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, February 4th, 2013

MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pastel lavender pink” with an Amplified finish. It’s a cool-toned, lavender pink with a creamy finish and natural sheen. MAC Budding Love is darker. MAC Fresh Amour is purpler. MAC Quite Cute is a touch pinker. MAC Pink Friday is darker, pinker. MAC I Like It Like That is darker, pinker. MAC Blooming Lovely is a little grayer and darker.  MAC Viva Glam Gaga is pinker and darker.

Viva Glam is by far one of my favorite charitable beauty causes, because it really does give back–the full selling price of the lipstick. It’s not just a gimmick where they give some unknown “portion of proceeds” or a dismal 5%.  Viva Glam Nicki 2 is fully opaque and has good slip and glide. It didn’t pull or tug at the lips while I applied the color from the tube.  When I wore it, the shade lasted four and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating during that time.  This color did seem to make my teeth appear a little yellower.

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It's not a color that will appeal to everyone, but for those who like their really cool-toned pinks with lavender undercurrents, it's going to be a fun shade to play around with.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

MAC Plumful Lipstick
MAC Plumful Lipstick

MAC Plumful Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “blossoming rose-plum” with a Lustre finish. It’s a pinky-plum with a little brightness but nothing too red or too over-the-top. Bobbi Brown Plum Rose is darker. MAC Capricious is more plum. Maybelline Bit of Berry is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose is pinker.

I find that this always looks very pink on me, and it often looks less pink on others. It has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage; there’s translucency so it allows the natural lip color to come through. If you have redder lips, this is going to turn into a reddish plum shade and look less pink.  It has a soft, luminous finish, and it wears for three to four hours on me.  Plumful is probably one of my favorite Lustre finishes, because it isn’t drying and wears a bit longer than the norm.  It is, unfortunately, sold out with the snake skin embossing (although maybe MAC will restock), but Plumful is around in regular packaging all year-round, as it is part of the permanent range.

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I find that this always looks very pink on me, and it often looks less pink on others. Capricious is a good option if you want something more plum than pink, and if you want something more pink than plum, Sweetie. Plumful is beautifully in-between.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

MAC Freckletone Lipstick
MAC Freckletone Lipstick

MAC Freckletone Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “neutral peach” with a Lustre finish. It’s a warm-toned, muted peach with a little burst of orange. MAC Delectable is more orange and opaque. MAC Fashion City is more opaque and lighter. Cle de Peau Calliope is more beige. The shade is also part of the permanent range.

Freckletone has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage–it has a level of sheerness expected of the Lustre finish, and it enables the natural lip color to come through.  Naturally, the more pigmented your natural lip color, the more of an affect it will have on the resulting color.  This version seemed more opaque than the Freckletone I have from a few years ago, so I don’t know if it’s a result of this being a one-off batch (since it’s embossed) or not.  It has a thin, just slightly wet, consistency that applied without pulling or tugging too much on lips.  It wore for three hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating–and for me, “not drying” is a step-up, as I find most Lustres slightly drying.

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Freckletone

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Freckletone has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage--it has a level of sheerness expected of the Lustre finish, and it enables the natural lip color to come through.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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