Babes and Balls
MAC Babes and Balls is a very cool-toned, dark berry with a satin finish. It is a limited edition lipstick that retails for $19.00 and contains 0.1 oz.
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MAC Babes and Balls Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a "deep burgundy [with a Matte finish]." It's a deep berry-plum with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips with even color. The texture was lightly creamy, which made it glide on without tugging on the lips, but it didn't slide around or feather on me while worn. This shade was still going strong after six hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating over that period of time. Make Up For Ever M501 (DC, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC P for Potent (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Rocker Chick (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Givenchy Violine Retro (P, $37.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Daring Mulberry (218) (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). ColourPop Galore (LE, $7.00) is warmer (95% similar). Milani I Am Powerful (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Toung 'n' Chic (LE, $18.50) is lighter (90% similar). Pat McGrath Deep Orchid (P, $38.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Smashbox Femme Fatale (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Hourglass I Hide My (P, $34.00) is glossier (90% similar). ColourPop Persuasion (LE, $7.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia #10 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Hel's Bells (P, $37.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass If I Could (P, $34.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). ColourPop Srsly (LE, $9.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Joie de Vivre (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath Wrecked (DC, $40.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay CSB (DC, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Leo (93) (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
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Babes and Balls
LELimited Edition. $19.00.
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Formulated to shade, define and showcase the lips, M·A·C Lipstick is available in every nuance of your favorite color and high-fashion texture. It's the iconic product that made M·A·C famous. AMPLIFIED CREME (A): Ultra-creamy. Quietly shiny. Color-packed! Hi-res: hi-impact. CREMESHEEN (C): Creme-based lipstick that imparts bright full color, with a soft and supple shine. FROST (F): Excellent color payoff with medium to high frosted shimmer-and-shine finish. LUSTRE (L): Demi-sheer with wet-look lustre finish. Very slick. Makes lips look soft, smooth, ultra-moist. MATTE (M): Pigment rich with intense color pay-off. No-shine, all matte finish. SATIN (S): Color-rich. Soft satin, semi-matte finish. Conditions while adding intense color.