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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Patentpolish Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Patentpolish Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Patentpolish Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Patentpolish Kit ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains four miniature-sized Patentpolish Lip Pencils, which are supposed to have the color and “sheen of a gloss with the precision of a lip pencil.” The formula is also supposed to be hydrating. The texture of the formula is smooth, lightly creamy, and emollient, so it feels thinner and more balm-like on the lips, which makes for a hydrating formula overall, but it tends to have short wear time. Of all MAC’s lip kits, this one seems to be short on value, too.

Value

  • Patentpolish Lip Pencil: $21.00 for 0.08 oz. or $262.50/oz.
  • Total Value: $31.50

Pleasure’s All Mine is a light pink with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer, somewhat buildable coverage (up to medium coverage) with a smooth, balm-like texture that was comfortable to wear, though it only lasted for two and a half hours. The color pulled into my lip lines, but the coverage was even. MAC Samantha Ravndahl (LE, $18.50) is more pigmented (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild A Short Affair (P, $0.99) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Soft Savour (LE, $18.50) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Morning After (P, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Cloud (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Intime (93) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Pink Honey (P, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Sonic Truth (244) (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bamboo (P, $65.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Baby (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Aloof (LE, $18.50) is darker (90% similar). MAC Without Your Love (LE, $18.50) is warmer, lower quality (90% similar). Chanel Olga (422) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). YSL Lingerie Pink (7) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Native (DC, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Voodoo Lily (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX French Kiss (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Revved Up is a soft, light-medium peachy-orange with warm undertones and very fine, golden pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage that went on fairly evenly with only some visible color gathering in lip lines. The texture was smooth and comfortable to wear, while the color itself lasted for two hours on me. bareMinerals Kitty (P, $20.00) is darker, more pigmented (95% similar). MAC NUDE (LE, $17.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Sand (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $17.50) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Jubilee (P, $18.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Stately Shimmer (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Shy Girl (P, $18.50) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Dynasty at Dusk (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Razzledazzler (P, $18.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Supreme Style (LE, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Sweet Dreams (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Atole (LE, $6.00) is lighter, less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (DC, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Interlude (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Greek Holiday (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, glossier (85% similar). MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Julianne (LE, $36.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Snow Day (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, glossier (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s Really Me is a soft, light-medium peach with warm undertones and a creamy sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that covered the lips evenly, but the more emollient consistency caused the product to settle into my lip lines. This shade lasted for two hours and was moisturizing while worn. MAC Fresh Brew (P, $18.50) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Kiddo (LE, $5.50) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Birthday Suit (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Latte (DC, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Revlon Ingenue (145) (P, $8.99) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Candy (LE, $20.00) is darker, more pigmented (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

French Kiss is a muted, medium brown with warm, caramel undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a balmy, emollient consistency that glided across the lips with ease and left behind a moderate shine. This shade seemed to settle least into my lip lines, so it was more wearable on its own. The color wore for two hours, though, so it will need regular reapplication. MAC Nice Cheeks (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (P, $20.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Joan (LE, $36.00) is more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Caresse (LE, $30.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Devore (P, $54.00) is cooler (90% similar). Jouer Fifth Ave (P, $17.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Chanel Nude (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Tame (P, $18.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). bareMinerals Honeybun (P, $20.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE, ) is lighter, more pigmented, glossier (90% similar). Revlon HD Smoky Topaz (570) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, glossier (85% similar). MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Bare Instinct (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Mocha Choco-lata (P, $28.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). MAC Spite (P, $17.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Bun Bun (LE, $18.00) is more muted (85% similar). Pat McGrath 1995 (LE, $38.00) is cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Universal Appeal (P, $54.00) is lighter, more pigmented, less glossy (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $37.00) is more pigmented, warmer (80% similar). MAC Age/Sex/Location (LE, $18.50) is cooler, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Too Faced Candy Cane Melted Matte Lipstick

Too Faced Candy Cane Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick
Too Faced Candy Cane Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick

Too Faced Candy Cane Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a deep fuchsia-red with warmer undertones and a matte finish. Colour Pop Mucho (P, $6.50) is glossier (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M301 (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $18.50) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Dangerously Red (P, $18.50) is cooler (90% similar). NARS You're No Good (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Lovespell (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Pat McGrath Full Panic (LE, $38.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Intoxica (LE, $18.50) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.50) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia #12 (Vol. 1) (P, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Chanel La Merveilleuse (347) (LE, $37.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M204 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jared (P, $36.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC To Matte with Love (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Mars (P, $6.50) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Brooklyn (P, $6.50) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $18.50) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to apply like a gloss but dry to “an ultra-matte, opaque finish” that is “never dry, shriveled, or cracked” that should “last for hours.” In my experience, the formula is hit or miss–some shades apply well and look decent after dry down while others flaked or “cracked” as soon as I moved my lips. This one was more forgiving with mostly opaque color coverage that dried down fairly evenly. The texture was matte after a few minutes, but it didn’t fully dry down for about a half hour–if I pressed my lips together, there was a slight tackiness but no color lifted off, thankfully. It was moderately drying after six hours of wear, though the color lasted closer to eight hours overall.

Candy Cane
Candy Cane
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
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Urban Decay Troublemaker Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Troublemaker Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Troublemaker Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Troublemaker Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “deep oxblood [with a Comfort Matte finish].” It’s a deep, blackened purple with warm, pink undertones and a natural finish. MAC Cyber (P, $18.50) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Hutch (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Berry Rouge (LE, $26.00) is glossier (100% similar). Maybelline Blackest Berry (P, $7.49) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Train Bleu (P, $27.00) is warmer, less glossy (95% similar). Pat McGrath Exxotica (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Nevermind (LE, $5.50) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Wild Flower (LE, $28.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). MAC Smoked Purple (P, $18.50) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Instigator (P, $18.50) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Shady (P, $15.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Vinyl (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Maneater (P, $22.00) is warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever Dark Purple (600) (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Make Up For Ever C506 (P, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This is a new, limited edition shade exclusively available at Sephora, and it will debut on November 2nd. The consistency was lightly creamy–enough that it didn’t drag across the lips but didn’t slide around while worn–and seemed to become a little more emollient as it warmed up on the lips. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly and lasted for six and a half hours, while also leaving behind a stain. The formula felt lightly hydrating over time.

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Dior Grege 1947, Rose Caprice, Darling Rouge Diors

Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Grege 1947 (169) Rouge Dior Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, light-medium coral with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on evenly. The consistency was soft, lightly creamy, lightweight, and emollient, so there was a lot of slip, which made it comfortable to wear and more balm-like on. The downside was that it moved around more, and the wear time only came in at three and a half hours for me. It was very hydrating, though. MAC Coral Bliss (LE, $18.50) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Shy Shine (P, $18.50) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Almondine (LE, $18.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Lip Priming Balm (LE, ) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Liar (DC, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Crunch (LE, $5.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Bare Hug (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Patisserie (LE, $18.50) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Call Back (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Blushing Dream (LE, $32.00) is brighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Kidman's Kiss (P, $34.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C302 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Memento (DC, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Streak (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Guerlain Fancy Kiss (LE, $37.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). Estee Lauder Charmed (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). YSL Corail Urbain (51) (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy (80% similar). Givenchy Corail Decollete (206) (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Rose Caprice (475) Rouge Dior Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cooler, violet pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which applied well enough, but it could have been a bit more even overall. The consistency was thin, balmy, and comfortable to wear as it glided right on and didn’t cling to the lips. It lasted for three and a half hours on me and was hydrating. MAC Purple Panna Cotta (LE, $17.50) is darker (90% similar). YSL Mauve Nihiliste (58) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sephora Cosmic Purple (105) (P, $14.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Wonderchilde (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Too Faced Metallic Violet (P, $21.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Darling (775) Rouge Dior Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia-red with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous finish. The consistency was smooth, lightly emollient, and applied easily and did not tug on my lips. It had good pigmentation, though not fully opaque, that went on evenly. This shade lasted for six hours and left a stain behind, and the formula was moisturizing over time. Estee Lauder Pretty Shocking (230) (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Leader (P, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Carnal Carnation (LE, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Maybelline Vivid Rose (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Gourmandise (DC, $49.50) is warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Lacquered Strawberry (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Framboise (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain #67 (P, $32.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Logan (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C306 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Catfight (DC, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Emilienne (452) (P, $37.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Speak Louder (P, $18.50) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Lava (P, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Girly (DC, $58.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to “highly pigmented” with “lasting comfort” and no “colour streaking” for 16 hours. It’s a solid lipstick formula–fairly pigmented, applies without tugging, wears four to six hours, and is comfortable to wear, but it just is nowhere near 16-hour wear. The satin shades are more hydrating, while the mattes are slightly hydrating to non-drying. The formula has a floral scent but no discernible taste to me. The formula has a strong, floral scent in the tube, and I don’t really notice the scent once it’s on the lips.

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MAC x Helmut Newton Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours

MAC x Helmut Newton Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours
MAC x Helmut Newton Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours

There are three shades of MAC x Helmut Newton Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour ($21.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) that will be available online on October 27th. While I have found MAC’s liquid lipstick to be inconsistent, I actually felt like the three shades in the collection were improved with respect to the formulation itself compared to the permanent range of Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours. The formula seemed more pigmented, smoother, and the dry down was more forgiving as my lips “cracked” less. It wasn’t any less drying than the past, but at least it looked more even and nice on the lips. All three shades wore really, really long–they were still going after eight hours of wear–but were moderately drying.

High Heels is a medium red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was good–not quite opaque but very close to it–and delivered smooth, even coverage in a single layer. It was still going strong after eight hours of wear, but it was drying on me. Kat Von D Tijuana (DC, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Fighter (LE, $5.50) is glossier (95% similar). Estee Lauder Decisive Poppy (P, $30.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Just Add Romance (P, $20.00) is glossier (95% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (LE, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Trust Me (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Hexagram (DC, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Silhouette (LE, $6.50) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay 714 (P, $18.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Weekender (LE, $5.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). Sephora Always Red (P, $14.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Jingle (LE, $5.50) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Nutcracker Rouge (LE, $18.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Self Esteem (LE, $18.50) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Rebel Heart (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Givenchy Rouge Stiletto (P, $37.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $54.00) is glossier (90% similar). Anastasia Ruby (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Feels So Grand (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Primary #3 (Vol. 1) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chateau M is a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly without emphasizing lip lines or streaking. The consistency was thin, spreadable, and easy to work with on the lips. It lasted for over eight hours and was drying over time. Urban Decay Crimson (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC PattyPout (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red (P, $34.00) is brighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Flamenco (LE, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Red Ink (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). NYX Perfect Red (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). Anastasia Primary #3 (Vol. 1) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC PhillipeBlond (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $18.50) is glossier (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $34.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Starwoman (P, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Dance With Me (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Candy Cane (LE, $18.50) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Red Desert (97) (P, $14.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Blood (LE, $5.50) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.50) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Cheerleader (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Self Portrait is a deep burgundy with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a fairly even application, though of the three, this one had room for improvement. The consistency was thin, a little more watery compared to the other two shades, but it spread across the lips and self-leveled as it dried down. Like the other shades, the liquid lipstick wore for over eight hours but was drying. Colour Pop Moondancer (LE, $6.50) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Rock with You (P, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Mamacita (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Griselda (P, $18.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Burberry Black Cherry (439) (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $19.00) is glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty #048 (P, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Homegirl (P, $19.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande (LE, $18.50) is glossier (90% similar). Sephora Purple Red (99) (P, $14.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Sashay (P, $7.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Drop Dead Red (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC High Drama (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Powerhouse (LE, $18.50) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Dose of Colors Saváge (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Auburn Prestige (98) (P, $14.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Fallen Angel (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Uniformly Fabulous (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Anastasia Bohemian (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag ($39.50 for 0.30 oz.) includes a full-size lipstick, Vamplify Lipgloss, and Lip Pencil. The Vamplify and Lip Pencil are repromotes, while the lipstick is new. I verified the color consistency between the two versions of the Vamplify Lipgloss, and then I tested the lipstick and lip pencil for wear but did not retest the Vamplify Lipgloss for wear.

Value

  • Vamplify Lipgloss: $20.00 for 0.16 oz. or $125.00/oz.
  • Lipstick: $17.00 for 0.10 oz. or $170.00/oz.
  • Pro Longwear Lip Pencil: $21.00 for 0.04 oz. or $525.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $58.00

Tuned In is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm gold pearl. It had mostly opaque coverage, while the consistency was very smooth and lightweight. The color applied evenly and didn’t settle into lip lines as it wore on. For me, this gloss stayed on well for five hours and was nicely hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Love Drunk (320) (P, $28.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Pamela (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Audace (20) (LE, $34.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Looks Like Sin (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (85% similar). NYX Chocolate Crepe (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Chenille (12) (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Liqueur (LE, $17.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) (DC, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Magic Spell is a subdued, mauvey brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. The lipstick had mostly opaque color payoff that went on evenly. It had a Cremesheen finish, so it had a more luminous finish but a clingier feel overall. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Urban Decay Lawbreaker (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Smoked Almond (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Throwin' Suede (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Devore (P, $54.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). LORAC Tres Chic (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Script (218) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Among the Fireflies (LE, $18.50) is warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Suede (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Touch (P, $18.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Broken (P, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Cognac (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Rock it (LE, $18.50) is lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Amulet (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

In Control is a muted, medium-dark rosy-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a waxy consistency that was easy enough to maneuver around the edges of the lips but did not work as well for filling in color, as it looked uneven and tugged quite a bit. Once on, the color lasted for eight hours, as described, but it was rather drying on its own. MAC Morning Coffee (P, $19.50) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Manic (P, $20.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Cranberry (DC, $17.50) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Rush (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tuned In

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Magic Spell

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