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Too Faced Country Star La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Country Star La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Country Star La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Country Star La Creme Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a warm-toned, medium peach with a glossy, luminous finish. MAC Enchanted One (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $34.00) is sheerer, lighter. YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is pinker, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is similar. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is darker, more matte, pinker. MAC Sweet & Sour (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The La Creme formula has a slightly thicker, more emollient consistency normally, but this particular shade seemed extra slippery–it moved around quite bit, so it was difficult to get really even, smooth-looking color. When I pressed my lips together, it would create “lines” and push the product around. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it was nicely hydrating while worn, but it was a high-maintenance lip color. It lasted for two and a half hours on me, and as it wore away, it did pull into lip lines somewhat. It’s a shame, as the color was quite the chameleon; I would stand in one room, and it would pink-tinged, and then in another, it would be peachy. It had a sweet, lemony scent but no discernible taste.

Country Star
Country Star
6.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
74%
Total

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MAC Rebel, Sour Cherry, Shirelle Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquers — Rebel, Sour Cherry, Shirelle

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is the brand’s latest nail polish formula that is supposed to be brand new. The bottle looks the same as before with a black, rubberized cap and clear glass bottle in a cylindrical shape. MAC has widened the brush that uses what seems like (at least to me) finer strands, because I definitely noticed an improvement in application across the board. I didn’t have any wear issues with MAC’s formula in the past, but the polishes often looked streaky and uneven, and the bristles of the brush just seemed too sharply cut or too thick, contributing to streakiness. The brush is wider but not too wide; it fits well on the nail, even my pinky nail, and you can press and flatten it across the nail so that it splays out and you can get almost coverage across the entire nail in one stroke. (This, of course, will vary depending on the width of your nail bed.) I’ve tested seven shades for wear, and they all lasted seven days with minor tip wear for me, which is the norm for me–almost nothing chips on me.

MAC Rebel Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “midtone rich plum [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned berry purple with a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats, and it wasn’t too thick or too thin. The consistency was easy to work with, and I didn’t have issues with the polish streaking or pooling along the edges. In the previous formula, Rebel was somewhat streaky, so there was a definite improvement here (which I owe a lot to the brush, as it is wider, better cut, and seems to use much finer strands). MAC Dayflower (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker, warmer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised (LE, $20.00) is slightly warmer. China Glaze Traffic Jam (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sour Cherry Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark berry red [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned red with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but in brighter lighting, there was a very faint hint of visible nail line. The finish came across as almost a jelly-cream hybrid that leaned towards cream. It applied beautifully, though, and it dried down to a smooth, even, high-shine finish. This shade wore well for seven days and had only minor tip wear. Revlon Bordeaux (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Trophy Wife (LE, $32.00) is slightly brighter. NARS Lost Red (LE, $19.00) is brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Stage Red (LE, $16.00) is darker. Illamasqua Throb (P, $17.00) is similar. Chanel Suspicious (P, $27.00) is cooler-toned, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Shirelle Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “classic bright red [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium, brightened red with subtle cool undertones and a cream finish. It’s fully opaque in two coats (almost in one!). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied without streaking or pooling along the edges. NARS Lost Red (LE, $19.00) is darker. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Touch of Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Flaming Rose (P, $16.00) is pinker. Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer (P, $23.00) is similar. Cult Nails Evil Queen (P, $12.00) is more neutral. Zoya Sooki (P, $9.00) Butter London Pillar Box Red (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rebel
Rebel
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Sour Cherry
Sour Cherry
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Shirelle
Shirelle
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Too Faced Melted Berry, Melted Fig, Melted Marshmallow Liquified Lipsticks

Too Faced Melted Berry Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Berry Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

Too Faced Melted Berry Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a brightened, dark, fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and a lightly glossed finish. It had insanely rich color payoff–a little goes quite a long way. The consistency is lightweight and very easy to apply for even coverage as it begins as a liquid. This shade lasted for eight hours well, and then a very long and lingering stain persisted for hours after. It was neither hydrating nor drying. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P) is lighter. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $51.00) is warmer. Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Moxie (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Melted Fig Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a purpled pink with subtle neutral-to-warm undertones and a glossy finish. It had fully opaque color coverage in a single pass, and it had a lightly glossy finish. This shade lasted for six and a half hours, and it left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Goddess of the Sea (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Romantically Inclined (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is brighter, purpler. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is brighter, purpler. MAC Bust Out (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Flaunting It (LE, $18.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Melted Marshmallow Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a softly glossed finish. It also had rich, intense color payoff like the other two shades. The consistency made it easy to apply and spread out the color for an even, smooth result. This shade wears for five and a half hours on me, but it settles slightly into lip lines after three hours of wear. It was neither hydrating nor drying to wear. MAC Sweet Experience (LE, $16.00) is more matte. YSL Frivolous Pink (19) (DC, $34.00) is similar. MAC Vivid Image (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Femme (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Melted Berry
Melted Berry
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Melted Fig
Melted Fig
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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MAC New Romance Mineralize Blush

MAC New Romance Mineralize Blush
MAC New Romance Mineralize Blush

MAC New Romance Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “peach.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with a soft, champagne frosted finish and warm undertones. Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is warmer, more golden, darker. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery, less pink. MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Light Year (LE, $30.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a new–and, wait for it, permanent!–shade released with the packaging update on MAC’s Mineralize range. I sent in an inquiry about whether the Mineralize products were reformulated or simply repackaged, but I haven’t heard back. From what I can tell through texture, wear, and application, I think that some of the older shades have been updated to reflect some of the more recent textures we’ve seen in the Mineralize range. According to MAC, the Mineralize Blush formula is described as a “sheer and lightweight” formula where “colour builds lightly” with “luminous, pearlized shimmer.” It also looks like these increased in price to $27 (I reviewed two in February ’14, and they were $25), though the size is the same. The updated packaging is similar in size but is now glossy black, and the bottom of the compact curves inwards, which does make them more space-saving, but I wouldn’t recommend stacking these vertically, as they wobble–it is nice if you store them on their side in a container, though.

The texture of the powder was soft, smooth, and silky without being too powdery or dusty, as some of the Mineralize products can be. It had semi-sheer color payoff initially, but it was buildable to fairly opaque coverage (it is a lighter shade, though, so skin tones like mine or deeper will naturally see less wham! color than someone who is very fair) in a couple of layers. The powder blends easily once applied to the skin for a soft, diffused edge, but the high-shimmer finish does somewhat emphasize pores. When I wore this blush, the color stayed true for six and a half hours and then started to fade from there.

New Romance
New Romance
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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NARS Anarchy, Gold Viper, Insidious Nail Polish

NARS Anarchy, Gold Viper, Insidious Nail Polishes
NARS Anarchy, Gold Viper, Insidious Nail Polishes

Here are three more shades from the upcoming nail collaboration between 3.1 Phillip Lim and NARS (official info here). If you missed the first three, check this post. In general, I find NARS’ lacquer formula to be underrated–it’s really quite good, both in terms of color payoff, consistency, as well as with respect to wear. I usually get seven to ten days of wear with very minor tip wear out of this formula.

NARS Anarchy Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “angora.” It’s a light, buttery beige with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finish. For this type of color, it applied quite well, but there was slight streakiness, even after two coats, though the color was opaque in general after two coats. The consistency leaned on the thicker side but didn’t pool along the edges of the nail. MAC Near Beth Experience (LE, $16.00) is yellower, brighter. Zoya Cho (P, $9.00) is less yellow. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Gold Viper Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne.” It’s a light-medium, muted tarnished gold with a metallic finish. It had very lightly visible brush strokes, but the wider brush helped apply them in a straight line, rather than have them look wobbly. The polish had good coverage and was opaque after one coat, but I applied two coats for swatches. The formula on this shade dried down fairly quickly. Revlon Gold Coin (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler-toned. Illamasqua Swinger (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. China Glaze Midnight Kiss (LE, $7.50) is more gold. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Insidious Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “black bronze.” It’s a deep, dark olive brown with murky gold and bronze pearl. It was intensely pigmented and was nearly opaque in one coat, though I applied two for swatches. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied beautifully and didn’t streak, bubble, or pool along the edge of the nails. I don’t think this looks like NARS Mash, which is much greener, less olive/brown, but it was a shade I had in mind initially. Chanel Mysterious (601) (P, $27.00) has no shimmer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Czarina Gold (LE, $24.00) has larger shimmer. SpaRitual Lithophonic (LE, $10.00) is greener. China Glaze Midtown Magic (LE, $7.50) is browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Cult Nails Spring Radiance Collection

Cult Nails Spring Radiance Collection
Cult Nails Spring Radiance Collection

Cult Nails Radiance Collection includes three, limited edition shades. They can be purchased individually for $12.00 each, or you can use code TEMPTALIA12 to buy all three for $24. Alluring and Radiance were both nice shades that were easy to apply and had great end results, but Thrive’s thick consistency made it difficult to work with. It was the shade I was most excited about (personally–I love all things mint green at the moment), and as pretty as it can be, it requires a lot of effort and patience.

Cult Nails Alluring Nail Lacquer is described as a “mauve, leaning neutral, with the most subtle green shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. It was totally opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. The formula went on beautifully and dried down to a high-shine finish (without a top coat!). Zoya Rue (P, $9.00) is lighter. Zoya Brigitte (P, $9.00) is similar. Illamasqua Pink Raindrops (LE, $17.00) is sparkly. Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cult Nails Radiance Nail Lacquer is described as a “one coat, purple-berry.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark raspberry magenta with a cream finish. As described, it was intensely pigmented in a single coat, and the consistency was just slightly thick, which worked for one-coat application, as it gave it that plush, glossy finish that two coats often yields. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $16.00) is brighter, pinker. Zoya Areej (P, $9.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cult Nails Thrive Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “slightly textured mint pastel green.” It’s a brightened, mint green with iridescent green-teal shimmer and pearl. It dries down to a semi-matte finish–there’s a slight sheen, but there is a subtle sparkly texture to it without a top coat. The consistency was very thick, unfortunately, and it seems almost sticky as I applied it. It had mostly opaque color after two coats, but it didn’t apply evenly. Rescue Beauty Lounge Liberty (LE, $20.00) is greener, warmer, darker. Essie First Timer (P, $8.00) is brighter, cooler-toned, cream. Illamasqua Mottle (LE, $17.00) has black sparkle/glitter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom (LE, $20.00) is bluer, less shimmery. China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On (LE, $7.50) is lighter, cream. Butter London Fiver (P, $15.00) is much lighter, brighter, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Alluring
Alluring
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Radiance
Radiance
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Thrive
Thrive
C+

Limited Edition

6.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
10
Longevity
3.5
Application
79%
Total

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