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MAC x Lorde Pure Heroine Lipstick , Comparisons

MAC Pure Heroine Lipstick
MAC Pure Heroine Lipstick

MAC Pure Heroine Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep plum [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a slightly muted, purple-plum with subtle warm undertones and a glossy sheen. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is shimmery, brighter. MAC Strong Woman (LE, $16.00) is slightly more muted, more matte. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is brighter, lighter, less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a limited edition shade that will be available online in North America on June 5th (select stores will also have it), and later in July for international locations. For those that feared it was going to be too similar to MAC Heroine, it’s not; and those who thought it might be like MAC Punk Couture, it’s not. It’s almost a mix of the two, with the warmer, pinky-plum undertones of Heroine with more of the depth and darkness of Punk Couture. The lipstick had more slip than I’d expect from an Amplified finish, and the coverage was mostly opaque but had some translucency. The finish was rather glossy, and the color seemed to pull into lip lines and did not apply as evenly as I would have liked. The color lasted for about four hours, and I did have a little feathering outside of my upper lip towards the end. It does leave behind a slight stain as well.

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Pure Heroine
Pure Heroine
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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Giorgio Armani #09, 16, 01 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows

Giorgio Armani #09 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #09 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.053 / 0.061 oz.) is the newest eyeshadow formula from the brand. It’s supposed to be a soft, highly pigmented, and long-lasting formula. The three below have good color payoff, soft, silky textures, and all wore well for eight hours, with the matte shade lasting just shy of eight hours before creasing slightly. The matte shades contain 0.053 oz., while the shimmery shades contain 0.061 oz.

Giorgio Armani #09 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a golden taupe with a frosted, almost metallic, finish. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. Maybelline Nude Compliment (90) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is a touch darker. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is darker, less shimmery. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned/ Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Magnetism (P) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #16 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a smoky, muted purple with neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was incredibly soft and buttery. MAC Pearled Earth (P, $15.00) is a touch grayer. Too Faced Candied Violet (P, $16.00) is more sparkly. Makeup Geek Drama Queen (P, $5.99) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $18.00) is brighter. MAC Winterized (LE, $21.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is darker, brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #01 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.053 oz.) is a medium-dark black with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It has a very soft, silky texture that doesn’t get powdery but is thin, so it applies better in practice than merely swatched. It had fairly good color payoff, and it was very blendable on the skin. It lasted just shy of eight hours before slightly creasing. It’s a basic black, so there are lots of similar shades — see comparison swatches / view dupes.

#09
#09
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
#16
#16
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
#01
#01
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) & Intrigue (995) Dior Addict Fluid Sticks

Dior Vie d'Enfer (869) Dior Addict Fluid Stick
Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl oz.) is a brightened, medium, blue-based red with a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for five hours on me. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #400 (P, $29.00) is warmer. NARS Norma (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Intrigue (995) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl oz.) is a cool-toned, purpled berry with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage–it was the least pigmented out of the shades I bought to try–and settled noticeably into lip lines. The gloss managed to wear just over five hours on me. MAC Modern Lure (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Wet Violet (P, $45.00) is darker, purpler. MAC Rebel (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

To recap, the formula is supposed to have the effect of “shiny gloss and pigmented lipstick into one color-rich product.” It is also described as long-wearing, lightweight, and having coverage “that is between a gloss and lipstick.” The texture is lightweight, creamy, and almost cool-to-the-touch when initially applied, but it thickens slightly and clings more to the natural curvature of the lip without being uncomfortable. A slight tackiness develops shortly after application and gets progressively tackier as it wears on, though it never feels too sticky or gluey. It feels mostly like a more opaque lipgloss than a liquid lipstick. It was fairly hydrating and wore longer than the average gloss. It had a perfume-y scent that is stronger during application than it is worn. At times, I felt like I was tasting it here and there (almost soapy), but it was faint enough that sometimes I thought I was imagining it.

P.S. — This wraps up all my reviews on this formula — all shades I bought have now been reviewed! 🙂 If you missed any, you can see them all here!

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Becca Raspberry/Opal Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle

Becca Raspberry/Opal Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle
Becca Raspberry/Opal Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle

Becca Raspberry/Opal Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle ($27.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “raspberry infused with golden opal.” It’s a muted, medium warm-toned plum with gold shimmer and a frosted sheen. Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is more metallic, cooler-toned, powder. MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $30.00) is darker, powder. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Lust (LE, $30.00) is lighter. NARS G-Spot (P, $39.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is one of the “cooler”-toned shades in the range, though they all seem to be on the warmer side. It had good, buildable color payoff that was mostly opaque and could be sheered out if desired. The finish is more metallic–straddling that fine line between frost and metallic–and just very slightly emphasizes the pores on my cheeks. In person, I don’t think it’s too noticeable unless you’re really looking for it. The formula delivers the “pop of color” promised along with the “illumination.” It has a wet, spongy texture that feels airy and whipped, so it’s extremely easy to apply and blend on the skin (whether bare or over foundation). It has a slightly tart, fruity scent that I can detect in the jar but not really applied. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me before showing signs of fading.

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Dior Tiny Pink (269) & Rieuse (373) Dior Addict Fluid Sticks

Dior Tiny Pink (269) Dior Addict Fluid Stick
Dior Tiny Pink (269) Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Tiny Pink (269) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl oz.) is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with some translucency, but it covered the natural lip color for the most part. There was some minor settling of the color into vertical lip lines, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is less glossy, darker. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is darker. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is a touch lighter. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Rieuse (373) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl oz.) is a slightly muted, medium coral-pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich, mostly opaque pigmentation that covered my natural lip color. It applied evenly and smoothly, and it wore well for five hours on me. Dior Magique (479) (P, $35.00) is pinker. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is similar. 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 shimmery. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is slightly pinker. Illamasqua Mistress (P, $22.00) is brighter. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This formula is supposed to have the effect of “shiny gloss and pigmented lipstick into one color-rich product.” It is also described as long-wearing, lightweight, and having coverage “that is between a gloss and lipstick.” The texture is lightweight, creamy, and almost cool-to-the-touch when initially applied, but it thickens slightly and clings more to the natural curvature of the lip without being uncomfortable. A slight tackiness develops shortly after application and gets progressively tackier as it wears on, though it never feels too sticky or gluey. It feels mostly like a more opaque lipgloss than a liquid lipstick. It was fairly hydrating and wore longer than the average gloss. It had a perfume-y scent that is stronger during application than it is worn. At times, I felt like I was tasting it here and there (almost soapy), but it was faint enough that sometimes I thought I was imagining it. I also had issues with the color getting on my teeth.

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Becca Papaya/Topaz Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle

Becca Papaya/Topaz Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle
Becca Papaya/Topaz Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle

Becca Papaya/Topaz Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle ($27.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “bright tangerine red infused with golden bronze.” It’s a rich, copper-shimmered reddish bronze with warm undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is redder, less warm-toned. MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is less red-toned, powder. MAC Exotic Ember (LE, $25.00) is darker, less golden. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Worldly Wealth (LE, $21.00) is less red-toned, powder. See comparison swatches / a href=”https://www.temptalia.com/makeup-dupe-list?id=165142″>view dupes.

Of all the shades in the range, this is the deepest and darkest, but the formula is forgiving, blendable, and buildable, so it can be worn very sheerly or applied at full-strength. Becca’s newest cream blush is supposed to give a “pop of color” while still highlighting the skin, as it combines their Beach Tints and Shimmering Skin Perfectors into a single product. The texture is wet to the touch, spongy, airy, and whipped, and on the skin, it applies smoothly, evenly, and sets and feels more powder-like once on. It has a tropical, sweet fruity scent that I can detect in the jar but not really applied. One downside is the high-shimmer content did just slightly emphasize pores along my cheeks–not too noticeably but still a bit. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours when I tested it.

Papaya/Topaz
Papaya/Topaz
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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