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MAC Instigator & Punk Couture Lipsticks

MAC Instigator Lipstick
MAC Instigator Lipstick

MAC Instigator Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened plum [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a deep, berry-wine with a satin finish. Officially, it’s labeled as a matte (not a Retro Matte), but it has a noticeable sheen for the first hour of wear. It had mostly opaque color coverage. This shade wore well for six hours and left behind a noticeable berry stain. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Train Bleu (P, $25.00) is very similar–just more matte. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is purpler. MAC Yung Rapunxel (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC Smoked Purple (LE, $16.00) is slightly purpler, less berry but comparable. See comparison swatches.

Punk Couture Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened grape [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark purple with a satin finish. I had trouble getting the color to apply evenly, as it had a tendency to gather/clump in places. It had mostly full color coverage, but I would apply this with a lip brush to improve the evenness. ┬áThe color lasted for five and a half hours, but it did seem to settle into lip lines as it wore on. Illamasqua ESP (P, $24.00) is brighter, less cool-toned. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is a bit darker, less pink/red. Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) is a more muted, grayer purple. See comparison swatches.

Both shades are sold out online, and the only real way to get them would be to track them down at a store/counter, or possibly, if MAC restocks it online (but you can’t count on a restock, and you never know when it might occur!). Also, just as an FYI, my Punk Couture lipstick arrived smashed against the top of the inside of the cap, and it had fallen entirely out of the base (so it was loose).

Instigator
Instigator
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Punk Couture
Punk Couture
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
80%
Total

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bareMinerals Heartbreaker & Feel the Love Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss & Lipstick

bareMinerals Heartbreaker Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss
bareMinerals Heartbreaker Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss

bareMinerals Heartbreaker Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss ($18.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is described as a “peony pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a fine gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage with noticeabe translucency that enabled the natural lip color to come through. I noticed that was some very faint settling into lip lines. It had a light-to-medium-weight texture that was non-sticky and lasted for three hours. It was somewhat hydrating while worn. MAC Floating Lotus (LE, $20.00) is darker. Chanel Caprice (LE, $32.00) is similar. Chanel Confidence (P, $32.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet (P, $24.00) is a bit lighter, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

bareMinerals Feel the Love Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “caramel rose pink.” It’s a muted, rosy coral with a soft, luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply. The color lasted well for four hours and was nicely hydrating while worn. MAC Runway Hit (LE, $16.00) is lighter, matte. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is darker, slightly warmer. Chanel Interlude (P, $34.00) is lighter. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is darker, matte. NARS Montego Bay (P, $26.00) is pinker. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is warmer, more orange. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Ever Hip (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Two-Timer (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker. Burberry Devon Sunset (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Heartbreaker
Heartbreaker
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

MAC Punk Couture Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Dark Outsider Cremesheen Glass
MAC Punk Couture Cremesheen Glasses

In Punk Couture, there are three shades of MAC Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.09 fl. oz.) that will be available. The collection released to most online retailers over the past two days, but we’re all still waiting with baited breath for maccosmetics.com to launch it. The collection will be available in-stores tomorrow, the 26th. So, first things first, if you remember the Style Black collection from 2009, these should look familiar. While called “Glimmerglass” with names like Blackware, Bling Black, and Black Fire… these are the same. They have different names and are technically a different formula, the colors are the same. When I compared them side-by-side, Glimmerglass came with a brust-type applicator instead of a doe-foot, but I didn’t notice any differences between the formulas or the colors. In the tube, swatched, etc. they’re exactly the same. Repromotes are one thing, but when brands release things under the guise that they’re new, it drives me batty. The Cremesheen Glass formula has a medium-weight consistency, is creamy, non-sticky, smells of vanilla, and tends to be shorter-wearing. All three of these wore for less than two hours each on me, which is particularly short in duration for my experience with lipgloss in general.

Dark Outsider is described as a “cream true black.” It’s a sheer, soft black. Applied, it’s a sheer wash of color that darkens and mutes the natural lip color, but it does settle noticeably into lip lines. It’s not a product that wears well alone. I’ve also included swatches of this applied over a red lipstick so you can see how it works. It wears less than two hours on me. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Little Black Dress (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Jet Boy is described as a “sheer black with gold pearl.” It’s a sheer, soft gray-black with gold sparkle. The gold sparkle gives it an almost olive coloring. On lips, it gives lips a darker, slightly muted coloring with noticeable gold sparkle. I don’t know have a comparable gloss with a black base. This shade seemed virtually gone within two hours.

No Apologies is described as a “sheer black with pinkish purple pearl.” It’s a sheer, soft gray-black with pinky-purple sparkle. It gave lips a darker, slightly purple-tinged look with some purple sparkle. Again, I don’t know of a comparable gloss due to the black base color. Like Jet Boy, this pulled a disappearing act after a little over an hour and a half of good wear.

Dark Outsider
Dark Outsider
6
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
3
Application
72%
Total
Jet Boy
Jet Boy
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
5.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
No Apologies
No Apologies
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
5.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total

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MAC Studded Kiss Lipstick

MAC Studded Kiss Lipstick
MAC Studded Kiss Lipstick

In Punk Couture, there are four shades of MAC Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) that will be available. The collection released to most online retailers over the past two days and all but Studded Kiss appear to be sold out, but we’re all still waiting with baited breath (that includes me, as I was only able to snag Studded Kiss!) for maccosmetics.com to launch it–everything says “coming soon” and I saw it pop up that way a couple of hours ago. The collection will be available in-stores tomorrow, the 26th. One shade, Hautecore was released on Black Friday, so I’ve already reviewed that previously.

Unfortunately, since I wasn’t able to purchase the other two shades, and while I’m certainly hoping to snag them when they launch on MAC’s site, I don’t remain hopeful that stock will last for long (especially since the shades have sold out elsewhere). I would recommend buying them if and when you see them available, particularly if you have good luck with MAC’s matte or retro matte finishes. It’s a fairly consistent formula–long-wearing, somewhat creamy to slightly dry, and mostly opaque.

Studded Kiss is described as a “dark oxblood red [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark red with burgundy and brown tones and a matte finish–to be clear, the bottom of the tube says “Matte” and not “Retro Matte.” The texture was lightly creamy–just enough that it didn’t drag or tug at the lips and applied evenly overall. It lasted for six hours on me and left a soft stain behind. I did have some very slight feathering (and I rarely have feathering) after five hours of wear. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is less warm-toned. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Extended Play (P, $18.00) is a touch browner. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Studded Kiss
Studded Kiss
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Chanel Melodieuse & Fougueuse Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Melodieuse (136) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Melodieuse (136) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Melodieuse (136) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright coral red.” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft, luminous shine. It had full color coverage applied to lips, and the consistency was lightly creamy so the lipstick glided across lips without pulling or tugging during application. The color distributed evenly and left lips looking smoother. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating during that time. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is lighter. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is slightly pinker/darker. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is similar. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is darker, brighter, redder. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is a bit lighter, warmer. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Guerlain Giulette (P, $49.50) has a faint gold shimmer. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Fougueuse (138) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with very, very subtle cool undertones and a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage–though not quite full coverage–that applied evenly and smoothly across lips without dragging or skipping. The color wore well for four hours, about average, and was lightly hydrating when worn. L’Oreal Pink Flamingo (180) (P, $8.95) is similar. Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is darker, purpler. Urban Decay Turn On (P, $22.00) is deeper. Revlon Fuchsia Shock (P, $7.99) is shimmery. NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is brighter, darker, more matte. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is more matte, brighter. Chanel Insolente (P, $34.00) is less luminous, less blue-based. See comparison swatches.

The Rouge Allure formula is supposed to be long-wearing and hydrating with “intense color with full coverage and a satin finish.” Both shades wore more along the lines of average wear (four hours), so I wouldn’t call them particularly long-wearing. They have mostly opaque to nearly opaque color coverage, though.

Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer

Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer
Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer

Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “muted red.” It’s a warm-toned, muted coral-red with a glossy finish. It looks a lot redder in the tube, but swatched and then applied, it has such a muted appearance that it ended up looking more coral-red than red. Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) (P, $8.99) is pinker. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is warmer. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is slightly pinker but is close. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is warmer, redder. See comparison swatches.

This is one of two shades for Spring (the other is Murmure, but I’ve only purchased Sonate at this time), and both are supposed to be added to the permanent range based on the press release I received. Chanel specifically listed the two spring shade as having “no shimmer,” so if you love the formula of Glossimers and not the sparkle-factor, then these might be just the right ones for you. On the other hand, if it’s that glimmering sparkle that does it for you, it lacks it. The color coverage was semi-sheer to semi-opaque; noticeable amount of color that it changed the coloring of the lips from afar, but it let the natural lip color come through quite a bit (and you can see how much of my lip freckle is visible). For reference, the formula basically ranges from sheer to rich, and there’s typically no indicator as to which shade is supposed to be what. For the most part, it applied evenly, and it only settled slightly into lip lines after an hour of wear. This shade wore just under three hours on me, which is a little short for me. The consistency was lightweight, non-sticky, and comfortable to wear.

Sonate (178)
Sonate (178)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total