MAC Alluring Aquatics Lipsticks

MAC’s Alluring Aquatic collection contains five shades of limited edition lipsticks, and I have four of them to share with you (I’ll review the missing one as soon as I can purchase it!). The collection releases online May 15th and in-stores on May 22nd (North America), and the only date I have for international locations is “May 2014.” Each lipstick is packaged in metallic blue-teal plastic tube with “water droplets” on the case, and the droplets are actually raised–and it’s some of the coolest packaging I’ve seen, personally (and to be clear, “cool” packaging doesn’t impact on the rating of the shades). It really does look wet, and it’s not so thick/textured that it won’t store well.

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MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipsticks
MAC Lipstick Mystical
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
94%
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Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil

Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant cool red.” It’s a subtly cool-toned, medium cherry red with a glossy finish. NARS Rose Gitane (P, $26.00) is warmer. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is similar. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is warmer. Chanel Emoi (P, $32.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (For blush comparisons, look here.)

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Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil
Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil Always Cherry
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Product
6
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4
Total
76%
Permanent

Josie Maran Timeless Coral Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil

Josie Maran Timeless Coral Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant warm coral.” It’s a muted, medium coral with warm, reddish undertones and a glossy finish. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is less warm-toned. NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is similar. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is darker. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (For blush comparisons, look here.)

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Josie Maran Timeless Coral Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil
Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil Timeless Coral
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Product
6
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
6
Application
4
Total
74%
Permanent

MAC Playland Lipglasses

The MAC Playland Collection includes five new and limited edition shades of MAC LipglassApril 10th April 15th (MAC corporate confirmed as of 4/10 8:26AM PST) and in-stores and at counter on April 17th.

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MAC Lipglass -- Bright Side, Lots of Laughs, Live It Up, Carousel, Pure Silliness
MAC Lipglass Bright Side
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Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
76%
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NARS Belize, Stolen Kisses, Risky Business, Supervixen, Istria Lipglosses

Belize is described as a “pink mauve with flecks of gold.” It’s a medium, muted rosy pink with a light dusting of gold sparkle and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage (you can barely make out my lip freckle), but there was enough translucency that if you have really pigmented lips, the shade might look somewhat different on your lips. This shade wore well for four hours on me. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is less glossy, less shimmery. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. MAC Floating Lotus (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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NARS Lipgloss – Sweet Dreams, Belize, Stolen Kisses, Risky Business, Supervixen, Istria
NARS Lip Gloss Belize
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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Maybelline Dare to Go Nude Color Elixirs

For spring, Maybelline released six new and limited shades of their Color Elixir ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) gloss. I picked up four of the six shades (the other two were tampered with), and the two shades I’m missing are Polished Petal (105) and Radiant Bloom (110). My local Walgreens just put out the display for this collection last week, and the glosses definitely move more slowly compared to the limited edition Color Tattoos. I’ve reviewed the formula in the past, so here’s a recap of the formula: it’s non-sticky for the most part (gets a little tacky after three hours of wear), has a creme brulee scent and somewhat perfume-y taste (can be a deal-breaker if you’re more sensitive to off-tastes or if you do a lot of drinking/eating with your gloss on!), and is hydrating. Maybelline pushes the gloss as having “high impact” color, the coverage tends to be more semi-opaque.

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Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) Color Elixir
Maybelline Color Elixir (Spring 2014) Sandy Sensation (115)
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Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
6.5
Application
4
Total
76%
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