MAC is Beauty Lipsticks (Part 1)

This set of MAC is Beauty Lipsticks ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is more of a miss as all six in this post have a Lustre finish. This type of finish is characterized by sheerer color payoff and a shinier finish by design. Unfortunately, my experience with these (and Lustres in general) is uncomfortable, as they are drying. They’re typically shorter-wearing (two to three hours) and some can apply unevenly. If you normally find this finish hydrating, these may perform like past Lustres, as these performed consistent with past Lustres for me (I just don’t have good results!).

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MAC is Beauty Lipsticks
MAC Lipstick Call the Hairdresser!
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Product
7.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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Chanel Elise, Ina, Emilienne Rouge Coco Lipsticks

Chanel Elise (448) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pink lilac.” It’s a softened, medium pink with cool undertones and a subtle, pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage with a fair amount of translucency; if you have more pigmented lips than myself, you may find it even less noticeable applied. The texture was lightweight, emollient, and lightly hydrating, though it lasted two and a half hours and didn’t apply evenly. NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is more opaque, lighter. Givenchy Hibiscus Exclusif (302) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Guerlain Geraldine (77) (P, $51.00) is brighter. Estee Lauder Powerful (P, $30.00) is more opaque, lighter. MAC What a Feeling! (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $22.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick (2015) Elise (448)
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Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
76%
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Givenchy Delicate (9) Prisme Quatuor

Givenchy Delicate (9) Prisme Quatuor ($58.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a set of lightly warm-toned neutrals with more matte finishes. Often, when a new formula comes out, I try to pick a shade that is more of a “gimme” and one that may be more challenging, and if a brand can’t put out decent warm-toned neutrals, then it really isn’t looking good for the formula. This quad is better than Tentation, but it still suffers from a texture that while soft to the touch, is firmer that makes it harder to blend and apply. I was able to get a decent look out of it, and it was only the deepest shade that was really difficult to work with. I don’t recommend it, because I think you can get better performing neutrals right out-of-the-palette at an assortment of prices equal or less than this from a myriad of brands, but if you were looking to make it work, I would highly recommend a primer or good base underneath to help combat some of the blending, pigmentation, and longevity issues present.

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Givenchy Delicate (9) Prisme Quatuor
Givenchy Prisme Quatuor Delicate (9)
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Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
74%
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Maybelline Rebel Bloom Color Tattoo Eyeshadows

For spring, there are five new, limited edition shades of Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows ($6.99 for 0.14 oz. each). They’ve just popped up locally for me, and as far as I know, you’ll probably have to track them down in-store if any of them appeal to you (usually, limited edition collections from drugstore brands aren’t available online).

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Maybelline Petunia Punk (120) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Petunia Punk (120)
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Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
6
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
64%
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Chanel Olga, Cecile, Suzanne Rouge Coco Lipsticks

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.10 oz.) has been reinvented with a “renovated formula and vibrant colour spectrum.” Each shade is “inspired by Coco Chanel and her closest friends.” The formula is touted as “ultra hydrating,” “rich,” “bright,” and “luminous.” The texture is lightweight with moderate slip so it glides on without tugging. These were comfortable to wear, but they weren’t “ultra hydrating” to me, and the color payoff didn’t see vibrant, rich, or bright.

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Chanel Olga (422) Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick (2015) Olga (422)
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Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
76%
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Estee Lauder Burgundy Suede, Electric Cobalt, Emerald Volt Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencils

Estee Lauder Burgundy Suede Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a darkened burgundy purple with warm undertones and subtle pearly shimmer. It has a very waxy base, so while it glides across the skin without tugging, the color payoff in a single stroke is semi-sheer. It was buildable to mostly opaque color, and while I love the color but don’t find the formula to be particularly long-wearing as it thins after seven hours of wear. MAC Nightshade (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Darkside (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Raven (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals 6AM (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Estee Lauder Burgundy Suede Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil Burgundy Suede
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Product
7
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
74%
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