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MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick

MAC True Love's Kiss Lipstick
MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick

MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is describeds as a “clean bright red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a very, very fine ruby shimmer and a soft sheen. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $45.00) is warmer, browner. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is brighter. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is slightly warmer. MAC Everyday Diva (P, $22.00) is pinker. MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Red Racer (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Cockney (P, $16.00) is a touch darker. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It seemed less like your typical Amplified finish, as it was more emollient and had more slip, so the finish also looked slightly wetter. It was mostly opaque, but it didn’t completely hide my lip freckle. It applied evenly and didn’t tug or pull on the lip. The color wore well for six hours, and it left a stain behind. I found the formula to be a smidgen drying on the whole, but it wasn’t too noticeable. It was vanilla scented but had no discernible taste (in line with MAC’s regular lipstick formula).

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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MAC Anthurium Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Anthurium Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Anthurium Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Anthurium Pro Longwear Lipglass ($22.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is described as a “clean bright red.” It’s a vibrant, neutral-to-warm-toned, cherry red with a glossy, creamy finish. Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) has shimmer. Milani Red My Lips (12) (P, $5.49) is very similar. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is a touch warmer. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is warmer. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is shimmery. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Pro Longwear Lipglass formula is supposed to wear for six hours with a shiny finish and rich color. The consistency is quite thick, almost goopy at times, but it wears for awhile–six hours in this case. The texture is about as sticky as Lipglass, but it gets even stickier after a few hours of wear. It’s an easy gloss to catch on your teeth, so beware. This shade applied beautifully with rich, opaque color coverage that didn’t sink into lip lines or bleed/feather outside the natural lip. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating over time. It has a vanilla scent (same as the rest of MAC’s glosses) and no discernible taste. As a heads up, note that this formula contains 0.06 fl. oz., which is significantly less than most glosses.

Anthurium
Anthurium
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipglasses

MAC Clear Water Lipglass
MAC Clear Water Lipglass

MAC’s Alluring Aquatic collection contains five, limited edition shades of Lipglass. The formula on these is medium-thick, moderately tacky (only one is thicker and tackier, noted below), and vanilla-scented. They perform and feel similarly to past iterations of Lipglass. All of them have shimmer except one, and for the most part, they’re so shimmery that they’re the type of gloss that looks more impressive in person, as the light reflects off of the shine and shimmer. You’ll find these online on May 15th, in-stores on May 22nd for North America, and “May 2014” for international locations.

MAC Clear Water Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer nude with multidimensional pearl.” It’s a sheer beige with silver, white, and iridescent cool pink shimmer and sparkle. The underlying base “color” is definitely sheer, but it adds a fair amount of shimmer, which gives it more of an impact applied. It wears three hours on me, and it could be used alone or to add shimmer over any lip color. MAC Oh My Darling (LE, $15.00) is more beige. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is also more beige. MAC Like Venus (P, $20.00) has more pink shimmers. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Modern Lure Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep violet with pink pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark berry-red with a smattering of cool-toned, fuchsia pink shimmer. This is one of the less shimmery shades, so the sparkle effect is subtle. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied fairly evenly and only lightly settled into lip lines. In general, it applied better than a lot of other semi-opaque berry glosses I’ve tried, but it’s not perfect. It is nice for layering over pinks and plums as well. This shade wore well for four hours on me. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is brighter. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Rebel (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Peachstock Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy true nude.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with a cream finish. This shade has been released previously, and the formula has changed slightly–it is thinner, so it didn’t settle as noticeably into lip lines and was easire to apply. The color lasted for three and a half hours on me. Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is lighter. MAC Innocent (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Liquid Passion (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Myth (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Illicit (LE, $15.00) is a bit darker. MAC Fashion Whim (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Seducing Sound Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone plum bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, plummy brown with bronze and plum shimmer. This one is very shimmery with semi-opaque color coverage and even more shimmer coverage. It wears for four hours, and it the consistency was thinner than the average Lipglass. MAC Underdressed (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Liqueur (LE, $15.00) is redder. Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather (P, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Water Deities Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light bronzy pink.” It’s a a light, coppery-brown with champagne and bronze shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage; the actual “color” of the base seems semi-sheer, but there is a lot of shimmer in it, so the shimmer makes it seem like it has more coverage. This shade wore well for four hours on me. NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is pinker. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is also pinker. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is sheerer, finer shimmer, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Lust (LE, $30.00) is less glossy. MAC Double Happiness (LE, $20.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Clear Water
Clear Water
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Modern Lure
Modern Lure
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total
Peachstock
Peachstock
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Alluring Aquatics Lipsticks

MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipsticks
MAC Alluring Aquatic 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.

MAC Mystical Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone creamy rose [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a medium-dark, muted rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and easily without pulling at the lip during application. This sahde wore well for four and a half hours, and it wasn’t drying (which is noteworthy, as Cremesheens are often a bit drying on me). MAC Out for Passion (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is slightly pinker. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is a touch brighter. Burberry Primrose Hill Pink (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pet Me, Please Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light shimmering mauve [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, peachy-beige with a hint of mauve/gray to it, but it still looked rather warm-toned overall. It had semi-opaque color coverage, so the natural lip color is going to influence the tone and color of the lipstick applied. This was released previously, and this version was less pigmented, but the color itself was fairly similar (more influence coming from skin/natural lip color since it wasn’t as opaque). This shade only lasted two and a half hours on me, and it was somewhat drying (not a total surprise, given the level of frost in it!). I think this works best with gloss layered on top. MAC Art Directed (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Felicienne (LE, $22.00) is rosier. MAC Eloquent Air (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Siren Song Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer pale beige [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a very light, champagne beige with a frosted sheen–pretty much as MAC describes it. The way this appears applied is going to depend greatly on your natural lip color, as it is semi-sheer. This shade lightens my natural lip color while adding warmth and gold shimmer. The color wore well for two hours, and it was lightly drying on me, which is typical of my experience with Lustres; worth noting, some readers find the Lustre formula very hydrating, others in the middle, and some, like me, drying, so if you generally find them hydrating, then I would be less concerned about the drying aspect of it. MAC Altered Beige (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Giorgio Armani #111 (P, $32.00) is darker, more opaque. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is more opaque, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Enchanted One Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone neutral pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium peachy-coral with warm undertones and a subtle rosiness, and it has a matte finish. The consistency was lightly creamy and applied evenly and well over lips; and for a matte, lighter shade like this, they can sometimes be unforgiving, but I didn’t have any issues with application. The color lasted for five hours on me and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Flirt (144) (LE, $30.00) is similar. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Antonio‚Äôs Girls (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mystical
Mystical
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
76%
Total
Siren Song
Siren Song
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
Enchanted One
Enchanted One
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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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
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.)

My experience with this shade mirrored what I experienced with Timeless Coral. The formula is supposed to be a hydrating tint that can be applied on lips and cheeks–“natural-looking, never-greasy color.” It performs best as a lipgloss, but it’s more of a gloss, less of a stain. This shade did leave a very, very slight stain behind, and it wore two and a half hours, which was longer. It is somewhat hydrating as a lip gloss, though there are gritty bits here and there in the product. As a blush, it feels oily and slick, and it never sets or remotely dries down, so it moves around and looks uneven as it wears away (or breaks down foundation if you wear it on top of foundation, and I only saw about three hours of decent wear that way) after five hours on bare skin. The texture is dewy and lightly tacky on the cheeks, but it doesn’t feel tacky on the lips. It has a sweet, almost citrus-y, scent and taste.

6
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total

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Sephora Cougar, Flamingo, Samba Rouge Cream Lipsticks

Sephora Cougar Rouge Cream Lipstick
Sephora Cougar Rouge Cream Lipstick

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be a “hydrating lipstick that creates full lips with intense color.” During the sale, I picked up three of the shades that were featured for summer to try out the formula. All three shades I tried had full color coverage with a creamy, light-to-medium weight texture that looked smooth and even when applied to the lips. They were lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, and longer-wearing. I didn’t notice any scent or taste, which is a nice bonus.

Sephora Cougar Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is a vibrant, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It’s a bit more sheen than a satin finish, but it’s not truly glossy. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind, and the formula was creamy, comfortable to wear, and was lightly hydrating. Finding a neon pink has ever been as easy as it is these days–there are so many options just like this one. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is darker. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is darker. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is pinker. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Flamingo Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly, and the color wore well for five hours. It was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is warmer. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is lighter. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is similar. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Hoop (DC, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Force of Love (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Samba Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is a slightly lightened medium orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had full, opaque color payoff in a single pass, and the color went on evenly and smoothly–no tugging or pulling at the lip at all. This shade wore well for five and a half hours, left a slight stain, and was lightly moisturizing while worn. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is sheerer, more muted. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is slightly redder. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is darker. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is pinker. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is slightly more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cougar
Cougar
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Flamingo
Flamingo
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Samba
Samba
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total