Friday, March 1st, 2013

MAC Lush Life Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Lush Life Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Lush Life Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep cool plum.” It’s a reddish berry with a soft sheen. I really thought it seemed similar to MAC Rebel, but applied, Rebel is purpler and deeper–it looks richer, in a way, on, because of the depth in color (if you own Rebel, pat on a little balm on top, and you’ll get this, though). Illamasqua Magnetism is a bit more muted, less red. Guerlain Guet-Apens is darker, more berry-hued. NARS Afghan Red is more subdued.

There’s a translucency to the overall color of Lush Life that makes it appear lighter on the lips than in the tube, and it kind of looks a bit like a lip stain (but not, because it is clearly a lipstick).  I thought this shade was very much a chameleon and changed its depth/brightness very much based on the lighting.  In my office, it looks darker, purpler (I have very cool light in my office), while in my bathroom, it looked redder and lighter (which has a ton of light, all of which runs warmer).  It’s interesting, though obviously frustrating from a photography standpoint!  It lasted for five hours, and it did leave a very faint stain behind.  The consistency was slightly creamy, not too slick but not dry, lightweight, and comfortable to wear.  So far, the range has been rather consistent in its texture and hydration (some).

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Lush Life

A-
It wears well without feathering or bleeding, goes on evenly though there's still some translucency, and is comfortable to wear.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, March 1st, 2013

MAC Everyday Diva Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Everyday Diva Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Everyday Diva Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “true red cream.” It’s a subtly blue-based, medium-dark red with a creamy finish and slightly glossy sheen. There’s not much to it, since it’s a creamy red, so there are certainly many similar red lipsticks available, so I wanted to give you similar shades that also had a similar finish. Clinique Mightiest Maraschino is just slightly less glossy. Edward Bess Midnight Bloom is darker. MAC New Temptation is glossier.

The color is opaque without being heavy or thick, and I think that’s really one of the features of this formula. It feels lighter and sits well on the lips. It doesn’t have as much slip as the Sheen Supreme range, but it has a lot more slip than the majority of MAC lipsticks and formulas. As a result, the lipstick glides on without tugging or pulling and delivers a good amount of color in each pass. Everyday Diva lasted five hours, which is short of wear with say, a matte red lipstick, but it is still above average wear for lipsticks and still good wear for a creamier lip product. I wish these were as moisturizing as touted (“77-Mineral Moist Complex” and “maximum moisture” are used describe the formula), though they are still somewhat hydrating.

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Everyday Diva

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Classic red with a slightly glossy sheen. It's not too dark, bright but not screaming bright. The lipstick could be a bit more moisturizing, but it has good color, even coverage, and comfortable wear.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013

MAC Grande Dame Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Grande Dame Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Grande Dame Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “mid-tonal neutral rose cream.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with a soft frost finish–the shimmer is incredibly fine–and is just barely warm-toned. Tom Ford Indian Rose is darker and less warm-toned. Revlon Pink Truffle is browner. Bobbi Brown Pink Peony is pinker and brighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Rose is more muted, less warm-toned.

The formula on this one had less slip and creaminess compared to the other shades I’ve reviewed thus far, and I imagine it is due in part to the shimmer/frost element in Grande Dame’s finish that’s not present in the other shades. It glides on well overall and doesn’t pull at the lips or cling once applied. It wore for a solid four hours, which is good wear, and it was still as moisturizing as the other shades I’ve worn. The finish is less shiny/glossy compared to other shades, too, but it is not matte.  It has mostly opaque color coverage.  There were a few, very faint, lines of demarcation present if I pressed my lips together.

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Grande Dame

A-
This is the kind of color that works well for an everyday lip color that's a few steps up from subtle but not bold or bright. It's wearable, easy to pair with other shades, and the formula is comfortable to wear overall.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013

MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “mid-tonal cool tangerine.” It’s a coral-red with warm undertones with soft, creamy finish and a light sheen. It’s definitely not cool-toned, but it is a rosier red with less orange in it, so it’s not as warm-toned as it could be. Burberry Pink Amber is darker. Chanel Enjouee is pinker. Guerlain Chamade is pinker, less bright. MAC Watch Me Simmer is pinker and brighter. Chanel Flamboyante is a touch redder. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi is a touch more muted.

I was really happy to see Lady at Play as a shade now in MAC’s permanent range, because for a brand that launches an endless stream of limited edition coral-hued lipsticks, there are only a handful (and they’re nice!) in the permanent range.  This is also very reminiscent of Viva Glam Cyndi, only it’s much more opaque, as Lady at Play has full color coverage.  The formula was lightweight, lightly creamy, and comfortable to wear.  It wasn’t ultra-hydrating, but it did add moisture and didn’t leave my lips feeling dehydrated after wearing it.  Lady at Play wore four and a half hours when I tested it.  I thought that this one applied a bit better without the product leaving lines if I pressed my lips together.

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Lady at Play

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I thought that this one applied a bit better without the product leaving lines if I pressed my lips together. It wasn't ultra-hydrating, but it did add moisture and didn't leave my lips feeling dehydrated after wearing it.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013

MAC Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “soft cool pink cream.” It’s a light-medium pink with a cool, gray-ish cast and a creamy, luminous finish. MAC Girl Next Door is lighter and sheerer (so it does look different on). MAC You’re Perfect Already is warmer. Revlon Strawberry Shortcake is purpler. MAC Enchantee is similar but grayer. Urban Decay Lovechild is brighter. MAC Royal Azalea is lighter.

It delivered mostly opaque color, and the consistency is lightly creamy without being heavy or thick.  It doesn’t look heavy on the lips either, despite having a mostly cream finish.  I did notice that if you press your lips together, there are some lines that can get created; they smooth out all right, but it’s worth noting.  It’s visible in the photo, but from afar, it’s hard to tell.  It was lightly hydrating while I wore it, and Dreaminess lasted three and a half hours on my lips, which is around average (four hours).  For a bit more on the formula, read my original review.

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Dreaminess

A-
It had good color coverage, felt comfortable to wear, and was lightly moisturizing while worn. I do think it is more hydrating than other MAC lipsticks.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013

MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “mid-tonal cool pink cream.” It’s a cool-toned, cotton candy pink with a luminous sheen. MAC Pink Nouveau is cooler-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is warmer. MAC Pink Popcorn is more lilac. MAC Naughty Saute is much cooler-toned (almost looks magenta in comparison).

This is a new (and permanent) formula that’s supposed to be hydrating, lightweight, non-sticky, “bright, long lasting colour in a single stroke,” all with a medium shine finish and buildable coverage (well, go figure on one stroke color and then buildable coverage). Divine Choice had mostly opaque color coverage, felt lightweight, and had good glide. I wouldn’t say it has a lot of slip, but there’s enough creaminess in the lipstick that it is easy to apply.  This was the first shade I wore for wear, and it lasted three and a half hours–about average.  I wore the formula across three shades yesterday, and it was lightly hydrating.  I did notice that very faint lines of demarcation can sometimes be seen if you press your lips together (which is something that can get noticeable with light, creamy colors).

The formula actually reminds me of a lot of the “luxe” lipsticks that have come out (Marcel Wanders, Gareth Pugh, etc.). These are even similar in size and price point. And on that note, this lipstick is 40% larger than the regular lipstick (0.14 oz. compared to 0.10 oz.), and the price increased by 46.7%. The packaging is different; it has a magnetic enclosure, so when you place the cap over the bullet, it will slip into place through the strength of the magnet. (Side note: the caps also pull together, if they’re loose!) Now, I also recognize and will point out that unless you finish your lipsticks, then bigger (and more expensive) doesn’t mean better.

I keep trying to think about how to compare it to other finishes in MAC’s range.  It doesn’t have that opaque creaminess that Satin and Amplified finishes tend to have, and it has more glide than Lustre and Cremesheen finishes do (and better color payoff with more even coverage).  A bit of a combination between Glaze and Amplified, I suppose; there’s a slight wetness that gives it the glide and creaminess without making it heavy or thicker.  It is vanilla-scented, as other MAC lipstick formulas are.

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Divine Choice

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It had good color coverage, felt comfortable to wear, and was lightly moisturizing while worn. I do think it is more hydrating than other MAC lipsticks.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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