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Tom Ford Flame, Ruby Rush, Velvet Cherry Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Flame (06) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford Flame (06) Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Flame (06) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich pigmentation that covered the lips easily, while the consistency was lightweight, velvety, and glided on evenly. This shade wore well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is a smidgen lighter. NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is glossier, lighter. Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is similar. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Tomango (LE, $16.00) is brighter, more matte. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is more matte. Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Ruby Rush (07) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was excellent and yielded full coverage. It had a comfortable, lightweight texture that felt velvety and smooth so the color distributed evenly on the lips. On me, this shade lasted for over six hours and left a stain behind, though it was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Opera (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen lighter. MAC Stunner (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is glossier. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Velvet Cherry (08) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had fairly opaque pigmentation, but this one seemed to have a little more translucency compared to other shades; I think if you had more naturally pigmented lips, that pigmentation might come through to a degree (e.g. pull out red tones in this if you had reddish lips). The formula had a little more slip, too, though it was comfortable to wear and applied evenly. It lasted for six hours on me, but I noticed slight settling of the color into lip lines after four and a half hours of wear. I didn’t find it drying, but it wasn’t hydrating either. NARS Sandra (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is glossier, cooler-toned. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is more muted. MAC Extended Play (DC, $18.00) is similar. MAC Diva (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Flame (06)
Flame (06)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Tom Ford Pink Tease, Pussycat, Plum Lush Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Pink Tease (03) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford Pink Tease (03) Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) debuted late last year, and there are six shades that are permanent to the Tom Ford range. They’re described as a “velvet matte” lipstick that delivers “richly pigmented hues.” They’re not an ultra-matte, so they are more forgiving, and the texture is lightweight, velvety, and creamy enough that there’s no dragging or tugging at the lips. You’ll notice that the edges of the lip color are rather crisp, and this can be hard to achieve without a lip brush with drier formulations. All three shades were easy to apply, richly pigmented, longer-wearing, and comfortable to wear. The formula is vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste.

Tom Ford Pink Tease (03) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is light-medium pink with subtle, yellow undertones and a satin finish. it had rich, opaque pigmentation with a lightly creamy, glide-on consistency that felt smooth and went on evenly without sliding around. On me, this color wore well for four and a half hours and was slightly hydrating over time, but some of the color pulled into lip lines slightly after three and a half hours of wear. Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is warmer, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pow (600) (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler-toned, more matte. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Please Me (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches
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Tom Ford Pussycat (04) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is muted, pinky-plum with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had full color coverage that went on evenly and didn’t drag on the lips. This was more matte than Pink Tease, which may have been why it lasted for five hours. It wasn’t drying, but it wasn’t hydrating either. It seemed to be more a unique shade (partially due to the finish) relative to what I’ve personally tried over the years. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Private Party (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Plum Lush (05) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is brightened, medium-dark raspberry pink with cool undertones and a satin-matte finish. It was intensely pigmented and covered lips beautifully. I thought this was a more matte texture that made my lips look smoother, which is harder to find. It wore well for six hours, left a stain behind, and was a smidgen hydrating. Chanel La Romanesque (50) (P, $34.00) is lighter, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $32.00) is more fuchsia, bluer-based. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is slightly darker. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $51.00) is redder. MAC Heaux (LE, $16.00) is darker, less pink. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Pussycat (04)
Pussycat (04)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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MAC Barbecue, Oxblood, Tenor Voice, Victoriana Lipsticks

MAC Barbecue Lipstick
MAC Barbecue Lipstick

MAC Barbecue Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid orange red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff was intense and yielded full color coverage that applied easily without dragging on the lips. It wore well for six hours, and while it wasn’t hydrating, it wasn’t drying either. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Oxblood Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light peachy nude [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, peachy-brown with a hint of pink with a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency so it glided on without tugging, but it didn’t slide around once on. It was comfortable to wear and was neither drying nor hydrating, and it lasted for almost five hours, which is a little longer than average for a mid-tone shade like this. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Tenor Voice Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “true classic red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a rich, brightened red with very subtle cool undertones–it’s almost neutral, but I think it leans a bit blue–with a matte finish. It had full color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly without trouble. It wore well for six hours and left behind a stain, and it wasn’t drying (though not hydrating either). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Victoriana Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone pink red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a slightly muted (relative to the rest, really) pinky-red with cool undertones and a matte finish. The consistency is lightly creamy, which made it apply evenly for smooth, even color application. It was intensely pigmented and lasted for six hours without being drying. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Barbecue
Barbecue
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Oxblood
Oxblood
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Tenor Voice
Tenor Voice
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Victoriana
Victoriana
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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MAC Tenor Voice & Victoriana Lipglasses

MAC Tenor Voice Lipglass
MAC Tenor Voice Lipglass

MAC Tenor Voice Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “true classic red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with fairly neutral undertones. On me, it pulls almost warm-toned at times, but other times, it looks neutral or slightly pink-ish. It was richly pigmented and applied well for the most part. The color didn’t feather over the five hours it wore for. Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) (P, $8.99) is warmer, MAC Anthurium (LE, $19.50) is similar. Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is warmer. Milani Red My Lips (12) (P, $5.49) is slightly warmer. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is similar. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Victoriana Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone pink red.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy red with cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the gloss went on with even color that didn’t pull into lip lines. It wore well for five hours and didn’t feather or bleed on me. MAC Ruby Woo (LE, $15.00) is brighter, redder. NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is similar. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is slightly darker. MAC Strawberry Malt (LE, $15.00) is more muted, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tenor Voice
Tenor Voice
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Victoriana
Victoriana
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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MAC x Toledos Lipglasses

MAC Barbecue Lipglass
MAC Barbecue Lipglass

MAC Barbecue Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid orange red.” It’s a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that settled slightly into lip lines but goes on fairly evenly. It wore well for four hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Opera Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark red.” It’s a deepened, blue-based red with a glossy shine. I swear there is a very, very fine shimmer that’s barely-there. It had semi-opaque pigmentation–there was some translucency so the natural lip color comes through–that goes on evenly. This shade lasted for five hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Oxblood Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light peachy nude.” It’s a muted, pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that did settle into lip lines, unfortunately. It either looks streaky and uneven applied with less product, or else it will settle (pick your poison!). This shade wore well for four hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sin Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep blood red.” It’s a deepened, muted red with subtle, warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color payoff that went on really unevenly with both streakiness and a lot of color settling into lip lines. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me and feathered. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Barbecue
Barbecue
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Opera
Opera
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Oxblood
Oxblood
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total
Sin
Sin
6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
71%
Total

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MAC Opera Lipstick

MAC Opera Lipstick
MAC Opera Lipstick

MAC Opera Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dark red.” It’s a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Stunner (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is similar. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is similar. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is cooler-toned. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is darker, more matte. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a richly pigmented shade that glides on easily without tugging, but it doesn’t have a lot of slip, so it stays in place once applied. The color wears like iron and lasts a full six hours and could have kept going. Though not hydrating, it wasn’t drying either, which made it comfortable to wear throughout the day. As it is a mostly matte red, it is more dupable than not, so you may want to check your stash to see what you have that’s similar. It’s a gorgeous red, to be sure, though! MAC’s lipstick formula is vanilla-scented with no discernia=ble taste.

There are four other limited edition (and one permanent shade, Sin, being repromoted) in the collection, which I hope to be able to purchase when they release. The collection releases January 29th online and February 5th at counters and stores.

Opera
Opera
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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