Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

MAC Catharina Ultimate Lipstick
MAC Catharina Ultimate Lipstick

MAC Ultimate Lipstick ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new and permanent formula with a shade range of ten (in the U.S., three additional shades available in Asia). The press release doesn’t have any real information regarding the formula, so going off of past years’ Couture offerings, it seems like it should be a hydrating, pigmented lipstick. These were supposed to launch online on the 24th, but I haven’t seen them pop up yet, so I’ll keep checking in hopes that the e-commerce site puts up a more descriptive blurb about the formula and will update the review if the formula makes any additional claims.  Update 10/13/2014: MAC has moved the online launch date to 10/29 and in-store date to 12/1.

I couldn’t say for sure if this is the same formula MAC has used in their previous Couture launches (especially since that isn’t always consistent–sometimes it has been the standard formula with fancier packaging), but it feel very similar to the formula used for the Marcel Wanders’ lipsticks (which is also where the packaging is from). A few of the shades now made permanent were launched previously, too. The price is noticeably higher than the standard MAC lipstick, though only a dollar more than the Mineralize Rich Lipstick formula. Worth noting, however, is that these are 50% larger than the standard MAC lipstick. The standard MAC lipstick is $160/oz., while the Ultimate lipstick is $153.33/oz. Of course, if you rarely get through half of a lipstick, then paying less will probably make you better off. Here’s a fun fact: only a $0.50 increase from the price in 2012 (based on Marcel Wanders)!

Catharina is described as a “fuchsia.” It’s a bold, bright fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there’s a slight translucency that gives it a lighter look applied to the lips. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was lightly hydrating. It had moderately slick, glide-on consistency with a bit of tackiness while worn. Bobbi Brown Hot Berry (P, $26.00) is darker, more shimmery. NARS Janet (P, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is bluer. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is slightly bluer, brighter. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is more muted, redder. NARS Carthage (P, $26.00) is bluer. MAC Lickable (P, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is less glossy, slightly bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dangerously Chic is described as a “cool mid-tone red.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-toned red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a glossy sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a very creamy, emollient consistency. I didn’t experience with feathering with this shade (though I am not prone to it), and it lasted for five hours and left behind a soft, reddish stain. I found it slightly hydrating, but it was a little tacky on. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is darker. Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $22.00) is glossier. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter. Urban Decay Gash (LE, $22.00) is slightly darker. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Role Play (P, $18.00) is more matte. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is warmer. Giorgio Armani Red Fuchsia (503) (P, $32.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vogue en Violet is described as a “cool mid-tone violet.” It’s a fuchsia-magenta purple with cool, pink undertones and a glossy shine. It mostly opaque color payoff, and the consistency was lightweight, smooth, and had a fair amount of slip but didn’t slide around too much. It lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. It’s a bit like a glossy version of MAC Heroine. NARS Silvia (P, $32.00) is lighter. Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is pinker. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. MAC Zen Rose (LE, $17.00) is pinker. Buxom Swinger (P, $21.00) is pinker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Gucci Iconic Ottanio Impact Longwear Eye Pencil
Gucci Iconic Ottanio Impact Longwear Eye Pencil

Gucci Iconic Ottanio Impact Longwear Eye Pencil ($32.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bold, brightened medium-dark blue with a pearly sheen and subtle sparkle. Urban Decay Mainline (P, $19.00) is darker. Urban Decay Abyss (P, $19.00) is brighter. MAC Mountain Air (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be “intensely colored” while gliding on smoothly and sets after 30 seconds. It is supposed to have 12-hour wear and be waterproof. The eyeliner is actually really, really good. Regular readers will know I’m fond of teal eyeliner (it is a lot bluer than it looks in the promos), and in a fit of madness, I gave in and added Iconic Ottanio to my Gucci order. A lot of the ultra high-end eyeliner formulas are unimpressive, so I was surprised at how well it performed. The wear was twelve hours, and I still had the majority on after fourteen hours–and as you might expect, it does take a superb makeup remover and a cotton swab to remove (I use Lancome Bi-Facil). The color payoff in one stroke is semi-opaque, and it was fully opaque after two layers. It had a lightly creamy consistency that didn’t drag or tug on the lash line, but it didn’t feather or smudge.

I bought mine from Gucci.com, and it is also available for pre-order at Saks and Neiman Marcus. Some items from the beauty range seem to be in stock but most are showing as back ordered until late October (the official launch is October). I did a chat with Saks’ customer service last night, and the representative I chatted with said that you can return cosmetics “if only used once” and the representative could only confirm this was the online return policy but stores may have a different policy. I don’t live near one, so I have next to nil experience with Saks, and I have never attempted to return cosmetics to Saks (either online or in-store).

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Monday, September 29th, 2014

MAC The Matte Lip Lipsticks
MAC The Matte Lip Lipsticks

MAC Living Legend Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, deep dark berry with subtle warm undertones–it’s like a plummy-red as far as the undertones go. I think this may look slightly cooler against cooler complexions (more berry, less burgundy). The finish was more satin than matte, as there was a noticeable sheen that persisted for about an hour and a half of the total eight hours of wear. It wasn’t hydrating, but it wasn’t drying, so it wasn’t uncomfortable to wear. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and for such a dark shade, it did go on evenly overall but wasn’t perfect. I had a little bit of feathering that I noticed after the sixth hour of wear. NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is glossier. NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is glossier. MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $16.00) is a touch warmer. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Instigator (LE, $16.00) is purpler. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.000) is warmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $18.00) is more metallic, brighter. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Dramatic Encounter (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Nouvelle Vogue Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft blue pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium pink with very subtle blue undertones and a satiny finish. It turns more matte in finish after an hour of wear. The formula was richly pigmented, creamy enough to glide on and deposit even color, and it wore well for five and a half hours. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pander Me Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft peachy mocha [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish (there’s too much of a sheen for it to really be a matte). It applied evenly with full color coverage. The color wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Jane (P, $32.00) is slightly darker. MAC Style Approved (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is more orange, lighter. NARS Casablanca (P, $26.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Styled in Sepia Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty cement beige [with a Matte finish].” It is a muted, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray–almost like a very warm taupe–and a mostly matte finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was smooth and lightly creamy so it applied evenly and without dragging on the lips. It wore well for six hours with little settling into lines towards the end but was not drying (or hydrating). MAC Shitake (DC, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer, less pigmented. Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) (P, $7.49) is lighter, glossier. MAC Nude (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Matte Lip Collection is supposed to be online on October 2nd and in-stores on October 9th.

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Sunday, September 28th, 2014

MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Pigment & Glitters
MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Pigment & Glitters

MAC It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time Pigment ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “sparkling burgundy.” It’s a medium-dark, slightly muted red with warm, copper undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it had a softer, semi-opaque result, and applied with a dampened brush, it was fully opaque and richer/deeper in color. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. The texture isn’t ultra-fine like some of MAC’s Pigments, but it’s not chunky like Kitschmas. Dior Trafalgar #3 (P) is pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Bitten (P, $5.99) is darker, less warm-toned, less shimmery. Kat Von D WTF (LE) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (P, $9.99) is slightly lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #2 (P, $9.99) is redder. Urban Decay Gash (DC, $18.00) is similar. MAC Quartz Fusion (LE, $21.00) is more sparkly. MAC Saffron (LE, $15.00) is more orange. MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily (P, $30.00) is similar. Sugarpill Asylum (P, $12.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Both of the following Glitters are part of the permanent range, and each comes with the following warning: “Keep entirely clear of eye area. If product enters eye, rinse with water. If irritation occurs, consult your ophthalmologist.” I don’t currently give grades to products like Glitters, because they’re more like a tool, since they need to be mixed with or have something added to them in order to function (e.g. adhesive base or medium, mixed with nail polish, etc.).

MAC 3D Black Glitter ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “black with silver holographic effect.” It’s a loose black glitter with holographic glitter. The holographic effect is quite strong, and you can even see it when staring straight-on, not just at angles. Urban Decay Gunmetal (LE, $19.00) is a liquid eyeliner formula with no holographic effect. Lit Cosmetics Superfly (P, $12.95) is bluer. MAC Black (LE, $21.00) is larger, chunkier glitter with no holographic effect. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Gold Glitter ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “sparkling chunky gold.” It’s a gold and orange-gold loose glitter with larger and smaller pieces. Lit Cosmetics Rich & Famous (P, $12.95)See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, September 27th, 2014

MAC x Brooke Shields Lipsticks
MAC x Brooke Shields Lipsticks

MAC Excite Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange-red [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a very subtle gold shimmer. It had a lightly luminous finish with mostly opaque color coverage. This shade wore well for four and a half hours, left a very slight stain behind, and was a little bit hydrating (which is an upgrade, as this finish is usually drying on me). Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is more matte, more opaque. NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is darker, more opaque. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is less red. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is less glossy, more opaque. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is darker. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Gospel Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer rich burgundy [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a medium-dark, plummy red with a soft shine and subtle warm undertones. It is semi-opaque (which may be a pleasant mistake for some), rather than the sheer as described. It was lightly creamy and glided on easily, and it had a very flattering finish applied. The lipstick wore well for four hours and was neither hydrating nor drying over time. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is brighter, pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned, pinker. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is brighter. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler-toned. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is more muted, more matte. MAC Candy Apple (LE, $17.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, September 27th, 2014

MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Lipsticks
MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Lipsticks

MAC Frank-n-Furter Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep raspberry wine [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deepened red with subtle, cool undertones with a matte finish. I don’t get raspberry/wine vibes from it (not even in the tube). It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency that allowed the color to go on evenly and smoothly. This color wore well for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. I didn’t have any feathering/bleeding with this shade, but I’m not prone to either. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is less matte. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Such Flare (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Oblivion Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid bluish-red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a medium, brightened red with a luminous sheen and neutral-to-cool undertones. I can barely detect the blue undertones, as it just looks warm-toned against my complexion. It’s only when I swatched it against more strongly blue- and orange-toned lipsticks that it seemed to look cooler. It was creamy, easy to apply, and lasted for six and a half hours on me. It was lightly hydrating and didn’t feather or bleed outside the edges of my lip line. Guerlain Red Hot (328) (P, $37.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is warmer. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is similar. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is slightly cooler-toned, brighter. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sin Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep dark blue red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark, burgundy-red with subtle cool, fuchsia-ish undertones with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, though it is buildable to fully opaque color. I think it is only when you try one of MAC’s original Matte formulas and then immediately try one of their newer shades that you can appreciate the improvements they’ve made. The texture of this is much drier, so it does drag and tug on the lips somewhat. It was a bit drying over time, though the color lasted for over seven hours. NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is glossier. NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is is cooler-toned. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Endless Drama (P, $18.00) is less matte. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Strange Journey Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “yellowish brick red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, orange-red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had really good color payoff, and the texture was creamy and glided on beautifully (creamiest of the four). The color stayed on well for six hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is redder. NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is similar. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is darker, redder. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is brighter. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — These are supposed to launch online on September 29th and in-stores on October 2nd (MAC Stores only).

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