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24 Aug

The new MAC Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have a “lighter-than-air texture” with “all-day moisturization” paired with “intense color and soft shine.” They had semi-opaque to fully opaque color coverage in a single layer, and most of the shades applied evenly and smoothly to my lips without emphasizing lip texture or sinking noticeably into my lip lines.

The texture was very lightweight, lightly creamy without too much slip, yet there was a distinctive shine to the finish. The luminosity wore down within an hour or so of wear. The formula seemed like a cross between Amplified and Cremesheens, yet there was no tackiness, and the Love Me formula was much lighter and thinner (without being clingy). The wear has ranged from three to six hours and has been lightly to moderately hydrating. They had a sweet, vanilla scent (typical of the brand) but no discernible taste.

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E for Effortless
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A

MAC E for Effortless Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich, deep red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a creamy, luminous finish. It…

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MAC E for Effortless Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich, deep red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a creamy, luminous finish. It…

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02.
Mon Coeur
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A

MAC Mon Coeur Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright, medium plum with cool undertones and a cream finish. It was a bit less luminous–a…

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MAC Mon Coeur Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright, medium plum with cool undertones and a cream finish. It was a bit less luminous–a…

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03.
Coffee and Cigs
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A

MAC Coffee and Cigs Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a soft, muted plum-brown with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had nearly opaque…

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MAC Coffee and Cigs Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a soft, muted plum-brown with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had nearly opaque…

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Maison Rouge
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A

MAC Maison Rouge Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a deep, pinky-red with strong, cool undertones and a lightly glossy, cream finish. It had…

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MAC Maison Rouge Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a deep, pinky-red with strong, cool undertones and a lightly glossy, cream finish. It had…

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05.
Joie de Vivre
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A

MAC Joie de Vivre Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. The lipstick…

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MAC Joie de Vivre Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. The lipstick…

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06.
Hey Frenchie
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A

MAC Hey Frenchie Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had…

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MAC Hey Frenchie Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had…

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07.
Killing Me Softly
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A

MAC Killing Me Softly Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a brighter, medium plum with subtle, cool undertones and a natural sheen. It was…

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MAC Killing Me Softly Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a brighter, medium plum with subtle, cool undertones and a natural sheen. It was…

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08.
Give Me Fever
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A

MAC Give Me Fever Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a brighter, medium red with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. It had rich…

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MAC Give Me Fever Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a brighter, medium red with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. It had rich…

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09.
Tres Blasé
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A-

MAC Tres Blasé Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had rich color…

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MAC Tres Blasé Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had rich color…

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10.
Bated Breath
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A-

MAC Bated Breath Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with strong, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque…

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MAC Bated Breath Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with strong, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque…

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11.
My Little Secret
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A-

MAC My Little Secret Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright, coral-red with warm undertones and a cream finish. The texture was…

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MAC My Little Secret Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright, coral-red with warm undertones and a cream finish. The texture was…

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12.
Nine Lives
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

A-

MAC Nine Lives Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a deep, raspberry pink with cool undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It had good color…

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MAC Nine Lives Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a deep, raspberry pink with cool undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It had good color…

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13.
La Femme
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B+

MAC La Femme Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous finish. It had…

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MAC La Femme Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous finish. It had…

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14.
Under the Covers
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B+

MAC Under the Covers Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with moderate, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had good…

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MAC Under the Covers Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with moderate, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had good…

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15.
You’re So Vain
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B+

MAC You’re So Vain Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. The lipstick…

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MAC You’re So Vain Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. The lipstick…

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16.
Shamelessly Vain
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B+

MAC Shamelessly Vain Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red-orange with warm undertones and a cream finish. The consistency…

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MAC Shamelessly Vain Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red-orange with warm undertones and a cream finish. The consistency…

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17.
Vanity Bonfire
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B+

MAC Vanity Bonfire Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had good color…

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MAC Vanity Bonfire Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had good color…

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18.
Laissez-Faire
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B+

MAC Laissez-Faire Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a soft, rosy pink with muted, warmer undertones and a luminous finish. It had good color…

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MAC Laissez-Faire Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a soft, rosy pink with muted, warmer undertones and a luminous finish. It had good color…

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19.
As If I Care
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B+

MAC As If I Care Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural finish. It had good color…

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MAC As If I Care Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural finish. It had good color…

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20.
DGAF
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B

MAC DGAF Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque…

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MAC DGAF Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque…

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21.
French Silk
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B

MAC French Silk Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright pop of mid-tone coral with warmer undertones and a natural sheen. It had…

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MAC French Silk Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright pop of mid-tone coral with warmer undertones and a natural sheen. It had…

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22.
Pure Nonchalance
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B

MAC Pure Nonchalance Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, pinky-lavender with warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had good color…

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MAC Pure Nonchalance Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, pinky-lavender with warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had good color…

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Daddy’s Girl
MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $19.00/0.1 oz.

B

MAC Daddy’s Girl Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with moderate, warmer undertones and a natural sheen. It had good…

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MAC Daddy’s Girl Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with moderate, warmer undertones and a natural sheen. It had good…

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Glossover Breakdown

90%

Average Score

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12
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11
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0
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0
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pigmentation
9.5
texture
9
longevity
9
application
5
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product
8.5
pigmentation
9.5
texture
9
longevity
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application
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24 Aug

Walk of Shame

Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame Eyeshadow Quad ($52.00 for 0.18 oz.) is the newest quad in the brand’s line-up, inspired by their Walk of Shame Matte Revolution Lipstick. I imagine if you’re someone typically likes the brand’s formula, the quad seemed consistent with that. The Pop shade (#3) under-performed but not much of a surprise in its performance. I wish the last shade was a bit softer and more yielding.

Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame #1 Eyeshadow
Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame #1 Eyeshadow
Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame #1 Eyeshadow
Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame #1 Eyeshadow
Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame #1 Eyeshadow
Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame #1 Eyeshadow

Walk of Shame #1

Walk of Shame #1 is a soft, golden peach with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque pigmentation with a silky-smooth consistency that was a smidgen dusty but not prone to fallout during application. The eyeshadow applied evenly and blended out easily on my skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading a bit.

Walk of Shame #2

Walk of Shame #2 is a slightly muted, medium-dark copper with warm, red undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had rich pigmentation with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that was more firmly-pressed in the pan but not to the point where it was stiff or difficult to blend out on my skin (just no fallout and easy to control). It lasted nicely for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed any fading.

Walk of Shame #3

Walk of Shame #3 is a light-medium copper with moderately warm undertones and flecks of gold and copper sparkle. The texture felt more emollient, but it also seemed to have more of a transparent base. It had sheer coverage applied dry, and it was more medium coverage when applied with a dampened brush. I had the best luck applying it with a dampened, flat, synthetic brush or a fingertip and building it up slowly, though there was a moderate amount of fallout from doing so. The eyeshadow stayed on well for seven and a half hours with light fallout over time.

Walk of Shame #4

Walk of Shame #4 is a muted, medium red with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had nearly opaque color coverage that applied well to bare skin with an even lay down of product that blended out well along the edges. The consistency was thin and felt drier, though, and I felt like it didn’t sit as well on my skin compared to the first two shades in the quad. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading noticeably.

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24 Aug

Shamelessly Vain

MAC Shamelessly Vain Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red-orange with warm undertones and a cream finish. The consistency felt lightly creamy, smooth without being too slippery, and comfortable to apply and to wear, though the product separated along my deeper lip lines and could have applied more evenly along the edges. It had opaque color payoff that stayed on well for five hours, while the formula felt lightly moisturizing over time.

Give Me Fever

MAC Give Me Fever Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a brighter, medium red with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. It had rich pigmentation in a single pass, which adhered evenly and smoothly across my lips without tugging. The consistency was lightweight, creamy without being too emollient, and was a bit thicker than other shades in the range. It wore well for six hours, left a pinkish stain behind, and was lightly hydrating over time.

There were odd specks of black on the tube, and I thought I felt a bit of texture from them when I applied, though a third application didn’t seem to have any remaining. I don’t have any idea what they could be, and I noticed that they were also on a few other shades from the launch as I went through the photos again.

Nine Lives

MAC Nine Lives Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a deep, raspberry pink with cool undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It had good color coverage in one layer, though it wasn’t quite opaque and didn’t seem to build up fully either. The texture was thinner, lightweight but had enough slip to glide across my lips without dragging during application. The color lasted nicely for five and a half hours, left a subtle, pinkish stain behind, and felt lightly moisturizing while worn.

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24 Aug

Cool Pink

Smith and Cult Cool Pink Flash Flush Powder Blush ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and cooler, pink shimmer throughout. The finish took on a more luminous sheen, glowing but not frosted, when applied and buffed into place on my skin. The texture felt slightly drier and thin, but it ended up applying well enough and blended out without difficulty. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, though, which seemed much more than expected based on the brand’s claims. This shade stayed on well for seven and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.

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24 Aug

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24 Aug

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24 Aug

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23 Aug

NARS Schiap Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark fuchsia pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, which applied evenly and just barely tugged on my lips during application. The consistency was thin, incredibly lightweight, and didn’t feel clingy, though it was firmer in the tube, so it took more pressure to apply it in a fluid stroke. This shade stayed on well for six hours, left a faint stain behind, and was non-drying.

  • Urban Decay Menace (P, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Colour Pop Poppin’ (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Urban Decay Noise (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Pin Wheel (LE, $6.50) is darker (90% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever M203 (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • MAC Good Kisser (P, $19.50) is lighter (90% similar).
  • NARS Let’s Go Crazy (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar).
  • Colour Pop Cherry Bomb (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • Urban Decay Menace (DC, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • Colour Pop Out of Sync (LE, $6.00) is glossier (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$26.00/0.12 oz. – $216.67 Per Ounce

NARS has reformulated their core lipstick range, which now includes 72 shades across three finishes: matte, sheer, and satin. The formula is supposed to go on “smoothly and evenly with a light feel” that is “long-lasting” and “resistant to bleeding and feathering.” The sheer finish has “subtle, sheer color that shines,” while the satin finish has “creamy rich color” and the matte finish has “intense color with a velvety finish.”

The matte finish has a very thin, featherweight feel to it, but they didn’t feel clingy or too prone to dragging during application, though they were definitely a firmer texture in the tube. There was enough glide from the inclusion of dimethicone (first ingredient for the matte finish) that went on evenly, felt velvety but didn’t feel as powder-like as some of the other more silicone-heavy matte lipstick formulas that have been released in the last couple of years. Most shades were pigmented and nearly opaque to opaque. The wear ranged from three to six hours with deeper, richer shades staying on a bit longer and leaving slight stains. They were comfortable to wear but felt more non-drying than particularly hydrating.

The satin finish has more slip, feels thicker (though not actually thick or heavy) compared to the matte finish, and of course, there was subtle to light shine/sheen. They applied smoothly, comfortably, and for the most part, went on evenly and didn’t sink noticeably into my lip lines but there was some variance between shades. They were typically semi-opaque to opaque in coverage with four to six-hour wear that was lightly hydrating.

The sheer finish had coverage that ranged from semi-sheer to true medium coverage but most had some translucency to them, which gave them a sheerer finish. I found most of the shades I tried were buildable to some degree. The texture was a bit firmer, but they felt more emollient and “melted” a bit more against my lips than I recall the original line of lipsticks doing. Some shades applied well with even application and were flattering on, but there were a few that sank more noticeably into my lip lines. This finish tended to wear between three and five hours.

I don’t have many of NARS’ original lipsticks in my stash (I have mostly Audacious as they haven’t been releasing many in the core range) to compare to. The matte finish was definitely thinner, more matte, and had a velvetier look on lips compared to the original which had a subtle sheen to it. The satin finish seemed a bit more pigmented and not quite as luminous/glossy as the previous formula, while the sheer finish was creamier, more emollient, and was easier to apply. It didn’t feel like a vastly different formula, but it felt a bit easier to work with (smoother, more emollient but still lighterweight and thin, far less slip than any of the Audacious range) and was more comfortable to wear across the board for me.

I didn’t notice any scent or taste, though there is “fragrance (parfum)” listed in the ingredients–it smelled neutral, not waxy but I just didn’t get any scent.

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Ingredients

Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Polyethylene, Isohexadecane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Kaolin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire De Candelilla, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Polysilicone-11, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydroxyapatite, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Propylene Carbonate ·Simethicone, Bht, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, [+/- ( May Contain): Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Mica, Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)].

NARS Funny Face Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, fuchsia-berry with cool undertones and a barely-there iridescent sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that adhered evenly but seemed more prone to emphasizing lip lines (partially due to the texture). The lipstick was thin, drier, and firmer to the point that it was stiff and difficult to apply in a fluid motion. I had the best luck gently dabbing it across my lips in short strokes. It wore well for over six hours but felt a little drying over time.

  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Flaming-Oh (330) (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Revlon Wild Orchid (P, $8.49) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).
  • Colour Pop The Rabbit (P, $7.00) is more shimmery, lighter, glossier (85% similar).
  • Guerlain #888 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, glossier (85% similar).
  • Kat Von D Sexer (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • MAC Buzzed Out (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Logan (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, cooler, glossier (85% similar).
  • NARS 413 BLKR (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • MAC Whole New World (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • Colour Pop Too Sexy (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$26.00/0.12 oz. – $216.67 Per Ounce

NARS has reformulated their core lipstick range, which now includes 72 shades across three finishes: matte, sheer, and satin. The formula is supposed to go on “smoothly and evenly with a light feel” that is “long-lasting” and “resistant to bleeding and feathering.” The sheer finish has “subtle, sheer color that shines,” while the satin finish has “creamy rich color” and the matte finish has “intense color with a velvety finish.”

The matte finish has a very thin, featherweight feel to it, but they didn’t feel clingy or too prone to dragging during application, though they were definitely a firmer texture in the tube. There was enough glide from the inclusion of dimethicone (first ingredient for the matte finish) that went on evenly, felt velvety but didn’t feel as powder-like as some of the other more silicone-heavy matte lipstick formulas that have been released in the last couple of years. Most shades were pigmented and nearly opaque to opaque. The wear ranged from three to six hours with deeper, richer shades staying on a bit longer and leaving slight stains. They were comfortable to wear but felt more non-drying than particularly hydrating.

The satin finish has more slip, feels thicker (though not actually thick or heavy) compared to the matte finish, and of course, there was subtle to light shine/sheen. They applied smoothly, comfortably, and for the most part, went on evenly and didn’t sink noticeably into my lip lines but there was some variance between shades. They were typically semi-opaque to opaque in coverage with four to six-hour wear that was lightly hydrating.

The sheer finish had coverage that ranged from semi-sheer to true medium coverage but most had some translucency to them, which gave them a sheerer finish. I found most of the shades I tried were buildable to some degree. The texture was a bit firmer, but they felt more emollient and “melted” a bit more against my lips than I recall the original line of lipsticks doing. Some shades applied well with even application and were flattering on, but there were a few that sank more noticeably into my lip lines. This finish tended to wear between three and five hours.

I don’t have many of NARS’ original lipsticks in my stash (I have mostly Audacious as they haven’t been releasing many in the core range) to compare to. The matte finish was definitely thinner, more matte, and had a velvetier look on lips compared to the original which had a subtle sheen to it. The satin finish seemed a bit more pigmented and not quite as luminous/glossy as the previous formula, while the sheer finish was creamier, more emollient, and was easier to apply. It didn’t feel like a vastly different formula, but it felt a bit easier to work with (smoother, more emollient but still lighterweight and thin, far less slip than any of the Audacious range) and was more comfortable to wear across the board for me.

I didn’t notice any scent or taste, though there is “fragrance (parfum)” listed in the ingredients–it smelled neutral, not waxy but I just didn’t get any scent.

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Ingredients

Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Polyethylene, Isohexadecane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Kaolin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire De Candelilla, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Polysilicone-11, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydroxyapatite, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Propylene Carbonate ·Simethicone, Bht, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, [+/- ( May Contain): Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Mica, Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)].

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23 Aug

Cranberry (2019)

Natasha Denona Cranberry (2019) Eyeshadow Palette 5 ($48.00 for 0.4 oz.) has arrived in its permanent, white-hued packaging (compared to its special packaging from last holiday), and the formulas were tweaked. Sakura and Blossom have been changed from the Cream-Powder formula to a pure powder form, though the back of the packaging still listed them as “CP,” the ingredient list was quite close to Creamy Matte shades released in the last few months. That being said, I noticed ingredient changes in Daisy, Botanic (which changed from 192M to 192DC), and Nude. I have never seen a brand tweak and alter their eyeshadow formula as often as Natasha Denona.

The color, finish, and overall performance was pretty on the nose for Daisy, Botanic, and Nude, while Sakura and Blossom were substantially different in feel and application but also in color. Sakura is deeper, pinker, and fully matte, while Blossom is deeper plum with a matte finish instead of a deeper, pink-red with a subtle sheen. I actually liked the original Cream-Powder formula, but I can see why some did not, and I do think that the composition is more versatile now that both shades are distinct shades.

Daisy (190CK)

Daisy (190CK) is a brighter, light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had excellent color coverage in a single layer, which applied evenly to bare skin and blended out easily without fallout. The texture was soft, smooth to the touch, but it felt a touch drier than the original release. It wore nicely for eight and a half hours on me before I noticed fading.

Sakura (191CM)

Sakura (191CM) is a medium-dark, pinky red with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even application that remained blendable on my skin. It lasted nicely for eight and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.

Botanic (192DC)

Botanic (192DC) is a medium orange with warm, yellowish undertones and pink and gold sparkle that gave it a sparkling, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that felt a bit more yielding compared to the original release. This shade stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me before showing signs of fading.

Blossom (193CM)

Blossom (193CM) is a medium-dark, rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had rich color coverage that adhered well to bare skin without losing its intensity, but I found it harder to diffuse and soften the edge. The texture was soft, slightly drier to the touch, and felt thinner (less powdery, though) compared to some of Natasha Denona’s recent matte eyeshadows. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before I noticed any fading.

Nude (140CP)

Nude (140CP) is a brighter, peachy beige with warm undertones and flecks of pink and gold sparkle throughout. It looks like the brand dropped “sheer” from the description of this shade, which is a good thing, as it has been consistently quite pigmented! The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable without being too firmly nor too loosely pressed in the pan. It seemed to have slightly more binder than the last release. This shade lasted well for eight and a half hours on me before showing signs of fading.

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