MAC Blue Beat is a very cool-toned, very dark blue with a natural finish. It is a discontinued lipstick that retails for $21.00 and contains 0.12 oz.
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MAC Blue Beat Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep navy blue with strong, cool undertones paired with a lightly glossy finish that had some visible pearl. It was almost so cool-toned that it looked almost purplish. The consistency of this shade had a bit more slip than other shades, which led to slightly uneven application. For this type of shade, it still went on rather well, but there was still room for improvement. It had good pigmentation, though not quite opaque, in one stroke and was fairly comfortable to wear over time. It wore well for seven and a half hours and left a strong, purplish stain behind (more pink than blue). It was neither drying nor hydrating while worn. Sephora Ice Breaker (46) (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Heroine (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Midnight Blue (DC, $7.49) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Deep (P, $21.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Sapphire Siren (DC, $7.49) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty #054 (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Sephora City Beat (45) (P, $8.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Clapback (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). Kat Von D Bruno (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
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