MAC Burmese Kiss Lipstick

MAC Burmese Kiss Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright coral pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a vibrant, bold pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is slightly lighter. MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $16.00) is redder. Gucci Beauty Hibiscus Thrill (P, $39.00) is glossier. Bobbi Brown Watermelon (P, $26.00) is pinker. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is glossier. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is pinker. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is lighter. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is brighter, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is pinker. MAC Toxic Tale (LE, $16.00) is slightly more orange. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Burmese Kiss Lipstick
MAC Lipstick Burmese Kiss
A
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
93%

MAC x Bao Bao Wan Lipsticks

MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty mauve with gold pearl [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium lavender purple with a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly. The texture was a little thick overall, and I noticed some of the color pulled into lip lines after four hours of wear, though total wear time was around five hours. It was lightly drying after three hours. Maybelline Lilac Flush (725) (P, $7.49) is pinker, glossier, sheerer. Colour Pop Brills (P, $5.00) is pinker, more matte. NYX Violet (P, $6.00) is darker. Kat Von D Coven (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Melt Cosmetics Darling (P, $19.00) is lighter. MAC Dodgy Girl (LE, $16.00) is lighter, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is lighter, grayer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Digitalis (P, $18.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick
MAC Lipstick Lavender Jade
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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Too Faced Melted Villain Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

Too Faced Melted Villain Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “black plum.” It’s a blackened purple with reddish-violet undertones and a glossy, cream finish. Colour Pop Feminist (P, $5.00) is more matte, darker. NYX Betrayal (P, $6.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pagan (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Smoked Purple (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Too Faced Melted Villain Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Melted Villain
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%

NARS Craving Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Craving Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a highlighter and bronzer duo. The two work together well, and when applied dry, they can be quite flattering on the skin, though dry application doesn’t have the best staying power. Both shades tended to emphasize the skin’s natural texture and any imperfections when applied with a damp brush, unfortunately, as the shimmery finishes intensified. To reiterate what I’ve mentioned in previous reviews: NARS describes the damp application as a sheer wash of color, but the reality is that this type of application yields deeper, richer, more opaque coverage than dry, and it also makes it harder to work with, as it doesn’t blend as readily as the formula does used dry.

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NARS Craving Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Duo Craving
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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Giorgio Armani Flannel, Cold Copper, Rose Ashes, Gold Ashes Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) are a really fun, interesting formula that’s one of the better liquid-to-powder eyeshadow formulas I’ve tried. They can be worn together as a more blended, complex look (see this post), opaque, all-over shade, or sheerer wash of color. The formula starts of as a thinner liquid with an almost cool feeling against the skin, and once it dries down, it transforms into a powder product; it remains blendable even after it “dries” for about a minute, because it really just looks, feels, and acts like a powder eyeshadow. If you press your fingertip to the dried down results, a bit of color will transfer to your fingertip (not all of it, and it is in line with the same effect as accidentally touching your fingertip to your eye with powder eyeshadow). It feels weightless, comfortable, and doesn’t “shrink” on the lid. Giorgio Armani markets these as having 16-hour wear, which isn’t quite what I get, but the formula wears twelve to fourteen hours on me, which is longer than most powder eyeshadows for me.

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Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Flannel (08)
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
82%
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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer ($24.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) is thickened, liquid-cream concealer that has medium-to-full coverage that doesn’t settle into or exacerbate fine lines underneath the eyes. It’s definitely a full coverage concealer, but it’s spreadable enough that you can get more medium coverage if desired. It brightens and minimizes the shadows underneath the eyes while subtly softening fine lines (they’re still there, but they seem less severe). I like to pat the concealer into place with a fingertip, then buff and blend it out using a fluffy eyeshadow brush. The concealer wears a full nine hours on me (without setting powder).

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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer
IT Cosmetics   Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
98%
Permanent