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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MAC Girl Next Door Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches (Archie's Girls)

B-
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.

Product

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 Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick
MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick

MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened plum” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a purple-wine with a glossy sheen. MAC Dramatic Encounter is browner. Chanel L’Impatiente is redder and matte. MAC Rebel is more of a berry, brighter, not as vampy. Thierry Mugler Dream is slightly lighter. Urban Decay Apocalypse is purpler. Dolce & Gabbana Lust is purpler, browner.

It settles into lip lines, and it looks a bit more like a stain than a lip color. I think it would look better applied, blotted, and left as a residual stain or else topped with a gloss on top, because it can look somewhat uneven on its own.  The consistency has a slick feel, but I still find that Cremesheens kind of drag on the lips; I think it might be that the texture is on the thinner side.  It wore for three and a half hours, and it was noticeably drying–which is par for the course with my experience wearing Cremesheens.  I know other readers have better luck and find them hydrating, so consider how your lips react to the finish.

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Boyfriend Stealer

B-
It was noticeably drying--which is par for the course with my experience wearing Cremesheens. I know other readers have better luck and find them hydrating, so consider how your lips react to the finish.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Stay Sweet Lipglass
MAC Stay Sweet Lipglass

MAC Stay Sweet Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light lavender pink.” It’s a pale, milky pink with cool undertones and a creamy finish. MAC Pink Fade is a smidgen purpler but very close. MAC Long Love Love is bluer-based and pinker. MAC The Wee Coquette is lighter. MAC Good Times is whiter, less pink. For whatever reason, MAC really likes their milky pinks!

Not surprisingly, it settles into lip lines quite a bit. It spreads and applies more evenly than other similar-colored glosses, though. The consistency is on the thicker side and is tacky, so one of the unfortunate results of that is that if you press your lips together, you’ll see a raised line of color.  I just wrapped up testing this shade about an hour ago, and it wore for three and a half hours.  This is definitely one of the better-performing variations on milky pink I’ve seen, though, so if it’s the kind of color you like, it may still be worth checking out.  It is also better layered over something more opaque, so then it will not settle as much.

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Stay Sweet

B-
This is definitely one of the better-performing variations on milky pink I've seen, though, so if it's the kind of color you like, it may still be worth checking out. It is also better layered over something more opaque, so then it will not settle as much.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Rimmel #103 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss
Rimmel #103 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss

Rimmel #103 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm, medium-dark pink with a creamy, matte finish. MAC Sunny Seoul is a bit warmer and shimmery. MAC Pink Pearl Pop is closer, but it is also shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is a touch lighter.

It is incredibly pigmented, and it has even, opaque color coverage when initially applied. I wish I could say the texture was different from #107, but this shade had an odd graininess to the texture that made it not-quite-comfortable to wear. It has enough creaminess that you can apply the color to the lips in full, but it feels like it’s just sitting on lips as a layer of product. As it fades away, it fades from the center first, leaving behind a ring of color along the outer edges of the lips. #103 lasted five hours, and it was somewhat dehydrating during that time. On the upside, it contains 0.14 oz. of product, which is more than most lipsticks. I grabbed mine from Walgreens, but I haven’t seen them online yet.

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Rimmel #103 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
The whole time I wore it, I wanted to love it, but there's just something about the way it sits on the lips that feels a little heavy, slightly grainy, and not-quite-right. Depending on how you feel about texture, it might still be worth checking out.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, January 26th, 2013

MAC Dangerous Cuvee Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Dangerous Cuvee Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Dangerous Cuvee Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “frosted cool grey.” It’s a muted mauve with a frosted, metallic finish and a gray cast. If Maybelline Tough as Taupe wasn’t a matte, I think they’d be similar, but Dangerous Cuvee has a ton of shimmer in comparison, so it looks lighter as well. Too Faced Framboise is purpler and a powder product. NARS 413 BLKR is less shimmery and a powder product.

It’s an interesting color, and even though it is a darker color, can still work as a single color worn on the lid–except for its dratted texture, which clings and bunches up and generally makes my eyelid look like a raisin. There is something about how this finish dries down that results in a very dried, frosted, and clingy look. I experience some mild fall out after eight hours, but it wasn’t too noticeable. It didn’t fade or really crease when checked by pulling my lid taut at the end of the twelve-hour test.

It is so weird, because to the touch, it has good slip and a creamy feel, just as you’d expect. The dry down was a wee bit longer than other Paint Pots but barely longer. When it’s set, there’s a very dry, almost flaky feel to it. It was semi-opaque when applied to the lid (I tried both the 242, which is promoted alongside the PLW Paint Pots, and the 217 to blend/soften).  When I tried patting on the color with my fingertip, hardly any color would transfer.

FYI: the ingredient list for the Pro Longwear Paint Pots is the same as for the regular Paint Pots when I compared against the list for Constructivist! It’s off by one ingredient when compared to the Paint Pots from Posh Paradise.

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Dangerous Cuvee

B-
It is so weird, because to the touch, it has good slip and a creamy feel, just as you'd expect. When it's dry, though, it has a dry, flaky feel, and the way it looks, reflects that.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Rimmel #107 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss
Rimmel #107 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss

A Berry-Red by Rimmel London/Kate Moss

Rimmel #107 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep berry-red with cool undertones and a modern matte finish. Guerlain Orgueil has shimmer. MAC Hang Up is darker. MAC What Joy! is a touch more berry-colored. Guerlain Gigolo is a smidgen darker.

The lipstick is incredibly pigmented; you really don’t need more than a swipe to yield opaque color payoff, and the color itself will stain lips quickly. The texture is somewhat creamy, and the overall thickness was a bit heavy. It had this odd, almost grainy, texture that made it hard for me to reconcile the great color payoff with. I noticed that as the color faded, it did have a tendency to leave a ring of color (where it fades from the center and the outer edges of the lips are last to go). This doesn’t usually happen to me, but Lipglossiping also had the same fading issue. Though the color itself wore for five hours well, and then after six and a half, there was noticeable color missing from the center area of the lips.

The color itself is rich and should flatter many skin tones, because of its deep color and slightly undertones. The whole time I wore it, I wanted to love it, but there’s just something about the way it sits on the lips that feels a little heavy, slightly grainy, and not-quite-right. Even writing this review, I’m sad, because this is such a chic berry shade. It was lightly drying (not the most drying matte formula I’ve tried by a long shot), had a fruity scent, and comes in a matte red tube. It even contains 0.14 oz., which is on the larger end of the spectrum for lipsticks. I bought mine at Walgreens about two weeks ago, but I haven’t spotted them online.

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Rimmel #107 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
The whole time I wore it, I wanted to love it, but there's just something about the way it sits on the lips that feels a little heavy, slightly grainy, and not-quite-right. It looks fantastic but feels off, so depending on how you feel about texture, it might still be worth checking out.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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