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MAC x Nicki Minaj Among the Fireflies, Baby’s All Right, Bare Bling Lipsticks

01/06

MAC Among the Fireflies Lipstick

MAC Among the Fireflies Lipstick

MAC Among the Fireflies Lipstick

MAC Among the Fireflies Lipstick

MAC Among the Fireflies Lipstick

MAC Among the Fireflies Lipstick

Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, plummy brown with a soft sheen. It had good color coverage in a single layer with a lightweight, lightly creamy texture that glided on with ease but did not feel too slippery on the lips. It wore well for four hours and was neither hydrating nor drying.

Formula Overview

$17.50/0.10 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce

MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying. Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying. The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

Browse all of our MAC Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Oleic / Linoleic / Linolenic Polyglycerides, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax / Candelilla Cera / Cire De Candelilla, Pvp / Hexadecene Copolymer, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate / Hexastearate / Hexarosinate, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyethylene, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polybutene, Cetyl Lactate, Synthetic Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Bran) Extract, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax / Cera Carnauba / Cire De Carnauba, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ceramide 3, Cholesterol, Beeswax / Cera Alba / Cire D'abeille, Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Beeswax, Potassium Sulfate, Alumina, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Silica, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Vanillin. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 21 (CI 45380), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

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B+

Baby's All Right

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Bare Bling

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MAC x Nicki Minaj Easy Babe, Gossamer Wing, Japanese Maple Lipsticks

01/06

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

Easy Babe

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage. The consistency was smooth, lightly creamy–just enough to glide on without tugging but not add slip or shine. On me, it stayed on well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

Formula Overview

$17.50/0.10 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce

MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying. Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying. The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

Browse all of our MAC Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Silica, Tricaprylyl Citrate, Ozokerite, Isononyl Isononanoate, Paraffin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Microcrystalline Wax / Cera Microcristallina / Cire Microcristalline, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax / Cera Carnauba / Cire De Carnauba, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Vanillin, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Stearyl Stearoyl Stearate. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 21 Lake (CI 45380), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 10 Lake (CI 47005).

Easy Babe
Easy Babe
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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B-

Gossamer Wing

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Japanese Maple

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Bite Beauty Holiday 2017 Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set

01/05

Bite Beauty Holiday 2017 Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set

Bite Beauty Holiday 2017 Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set

Bite Beauty Holiday 2017 Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set

Bite Beauty Holiday 2017 Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set

Bite Beauty Holiday 2017 Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set

Holiday 2017

Bite Beauty Holiday 2017 Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set ($22.00 for 0.28 ofl. z.) contains four, miniature-sized liquid lipsticks from Bite. All four shades are available individually in the permanent line. The set’s versions felt consistent to me compared to the permanent versions, which I reviewed earlier this year when they initially debuted, so for the purposes of the review, I did not re-test for wear time but did go through things like pigmentation, texture, and so forth solely based on the set’s versions. I think it’s an excellent holiday set for someone in the market for Bite’s liquid lipstick–just do keep in mind that they are not a matte, dry-down kind of formula; they are liteally a liquid version of a traditional lipstick.

Value

A full-sized Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick retails for $24.00 and contains 0.25 fl. oz. or $96.00/oz. The set contains $26.88 worth of product.

A

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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B+

Whip

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Braised

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Flambé

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Marc Jacobs Cat’s Meow Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

01/08

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat's Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat's Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat's Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat's Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat's Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat's Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat's Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat's Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

Cat's Meow

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat’s Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection ($45.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a new, limited edition set of five, miniature-sized lipsticks (just less than half the size of a full-sized shade). Each shade is part of the permanent range, so they can be purchased individually at any time as well. They come inside a zippered, rectangular-shaped container with a pink leopard print design. The big downside to the set is that the brand makes a very industrious claim of 10-hours for wear, which none of the lipsticks lived up to (and that is consistent with my past experience in using this formula), so that dropped the ratings quite a bit.

Value

A full-sized Lip Creme retails for $30.00 and contains 0.12 oz. or $250.00/oz. The set contains $62.50 worth of Lip Cremes.

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
5.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total

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Bite Beauty Spiced Plum Amuse Bouche Lipstick

01/08

Bite Beauty Spiced Plum Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Spiced Plum Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Spiced Plum Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Spiced Plum Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Spiced Plum Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Spiced Plum Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Spiced Plum Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Spiced Plum Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Spiced Plum

Bite Beauty Spiced Plum Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, reddish plum with warmer undertones and flecks of fuchsia, deep pink, and copper pearl and a few larger sparkles. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly but settled into my lip lines noticeably.

As lovely as the color itself was, and it was nice to see the brand incorporate shimmer into the formula, it just did not have the same consistency or quality as the formula typically does. The texture glided on without tugging but had a fair amount of slip, which contributed to the product pulling into lip lines but also made it more slippery on the lips. It lasted for four hours and was hydrating over time, but more and more color gathered in my lip lines as I wore the lipstick.

Formula Overview

$26.00/0.15 oz. - $173.33 Per Ounce

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to have “bold, creamy color” with “extreme moisture, soft texture, and creamy wear.” The majority of the range is very pigmented–typically opaque with one pass–with a few shades being semi-opaque but usually buildable. All 34 shades are shimmer-free and vary being a soft satin finish to a natural finish (light shine but not glossy).

The consistency is very lightly creamy to lightly creamy with some shades requiring light-medium pressure and can pull the lip a bit when gliding it across the lips, though the color doesn’t appear ragged and the bullet itself doesn’t feel stiff (while other shades applied without tugging, so check individual shade reviews!) The majority of the shades I’ve tested have been lightly hydrating to non-drying and fairly comfortable to wear for the long-haul. They wear longer than average, from four to eight hours, depending on the intensity and propensity of the shade to stain.

Browse all of our Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

Tom Ford Greta, Ellie, Isamaya Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheers

01/06

Tom Ford Beauty Greta Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Tom Ford Beauty Greta Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Tom Ford Beauty Greta Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Tom Ford Beauty Greta Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Tom Ford Beauty Greta Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Tom Ford Beauty Greta Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Greta

Tom Ford Beauty Greta Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warmer undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage with a lightweight, thin texture that applied evenly across the lips but was thin to the point where it emphasized the texture of my lips. This shade lasted for two hours and was a touch hydrating overall.

Formula Overview

$36.00/0.07 oz. - $514.29 Per Ounce

The Lip Color Sheer formula is supposed to have a "semi-sheer effect" with a "creamy" and "hydrating" formula. They are a sheerer lip color, which may or may not be one's cup of tea; if you are looking for pigment, look elsewhere, but if you're someone who likes sheerer coverage, lightweight, hydrating textures, then it might be a formula for you. There are several shades in the range that have a more transformative effect, as they contain a lot of shimmer/sparkle or have a more duochrome or iridescent-like finish. There are others, typically deeper, richer hues (reds, berries, etc.) that are more medium coverage. The wear ranged a lot from as short as two hours to as long as five hours but most wore around three hours. The formula is lightly hydrating with a very lightweight feel on the lips. They are vanilla scented but have no discernible taste.

Browse all of our Tom Ford Beauty Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer swatches.

Ingredients

RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL , CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE , EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAXCANDELILLA CERACIRE DE CANDELILLA , BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2 , CETYL ACETATE , BEESWAXCERA ALBACIRE D'ABEILLE , SILICA , POLYETHYLENE , OLEYL OLEATE , COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA CIRE DE CARNAUBA , FRAGRANCE (PARFUM) , BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER) , HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE , LANOLIN OIL , POLYGLYCERYL-3 DIISOSTEARATE , SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE , CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER OIL , ACETYLATED LANOLIN ALCOHOL , TOCOPHERYL ACETATE , ACRYLATES COPOLYMER , ASCORBYL PALMITATE , ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE , CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE , POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE , CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE , BARIUM SULFATE , VANILLIN , ALUMINA , TIN OXIDE , PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE , [+/- MICA , TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) , IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) , IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) , IRON OXIDES (CI 77499) , COPPER POWDER (CI 77400) , RED 6 (CI 15850) , MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742) , YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140) , RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360) , RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850) , CARMINE (CI 75470) , BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163) , YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985) , RED 33 LAKE (CI 17200) , BRONZE POWDER (CI 77400) , RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410) , BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090)]

Greta
Greta
7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total

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Ellie

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Isamaya

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