Melt does it again! The Radioactive stack is by far the brightest, most highly pigmented of their three stacks, and it’s perfect for summer! While these colors may not be for your typical day to day look, they’re sure to add a pop of color to anything you do. On top of that, these aren’t just eye shadows, they’re actually pigments. What this means is that they’re multi-use, so they can be used on top of your favorite bold lipsticks, as well as on your eyes!

I’ve had so much fun testing this stack, so I hope you enjoy the review and get a chance to try these out yourself!

 

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All four pigments in this stack are, well, super pigmented! This is because these are not just shadows, they’re pure pigment, so it means the color payoff is absolutely insane! While two of these have a slight sheen, the other two are more of a true matte finish. The texture of these is very smooth and they’re finely milled, so they apply and blend out easily. The Radioactive stack does have a more dry feeling to it than the eye shadow stacks, but that’s to be expected with any true pigments. The packaging is awesome and convenient, with the top piece of the stack the stack that says “melt” on it having a handy dandy mirror on the other side… All of the other parts lock together tightly with the magic of magnets. This means you can pop this baby right on top of your other Melt stacks and save a ton of room (plus is just looks awesome on your makeup desk or vanity).

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For application on the eyes, I like to use a flat, dense brush on the lid, such as a MAC 233, 239, or 242. If you want to blend them out into the crease, a more domed, fluffier brush like a MAC 217, 224 (though this one gave me some fallout), or 221 can be used. If you want to smudge these under the lower lash line, you can use a pencil brush like a MAC 219 or perhaps a 212 for a heavier payoff and more precision. These can also be used as a liner with a thinner, more precise brush, like an angled MAC 263 or 266… If you’re using any of these as a liner, or want to intensify the color and sheen, you may want to spray your brush lightly with MAC Fix+ Spray, which will give it a creamy texture and super intense color payoff. I recommend dampening your brush after getting the product on there or your pigment will develop a “crust” of sorts if you repeatedly dip a damp brush into it. That said, you can always designate one teeny little spot in the pigment for damp use and dip the brush directly into that area after spraying it.

To apply these on the lips, simply use your finger or a flat, natural fiber brush like a MAC 242 to gently pat these on atop your favorite lipsticks, or even mix them with a gloss!

*TIP* These can potentially stain, due to the fact that they’re pigments, so be sure to use a decent layer of primer or two first! When I use these on my eyes, I used my MAC Prep + Prime 24hr Extended Eye Base AND Soft Ochre Pro Longwear Paint Pot before application. There are always warnings regarding which ones are “eye safe” on Melt’s website, which I will mention in each separate review/breakdown of these colors.

This stack is available now, and online only through Melt’s website www.meltcosmetics.com. This sells for $48 and contains a grand total of 9.268g / 0.328oz of product, making each one of these pretties weigh in at a whopping 2.317g / 0.082oz, which means this stack is quite the steal! Another great feature is that this stack is vegan and Melt is, of course, a cruelty free company, so major points to them for looking out for all of our warm & fuzzy, cute & cuddly friends!

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Photo taken outdoors in indirect sunlight on NC20 skin.

 

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Radioactive

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Radioactive

Radioactive:   This is an incredibly bold hot pink with a matte finish. It has a slightly cooler undertone, which means it’s more of a blue based pink. I love this color because it’s versatile and can be used on top of some lipsticks such as Stupid Love or Shady Lady to brighten and intensify them, as well as make them even more matte! While there is a warning that says this color contains ingredients that are not approved for the eyes, and it does tend to stain a bit, you can use this as eye shadow, but only at your own risk! I’ve worn this on my eyes over a good layer of primer and had no problem, I just keep it away from my waterline😉

The texture of Radioactive is very smooth, but slightly dry, which is typical with matte pigments. It’s still super easy to apply and blend and I actually had very little to no fallout, which was a nice surprise! The color payoff is insane and true to pan, and the coverage is opaque, but you’ll get the most intensity on the eyes if you apply this over something like MAC’s Soft Ochre Pro Longer Paint Pot, or MAC’s Pure White Chromaline (from MAC Pro). Wear time for eyes is great and I got at least 8 hours before I noticed any fading or creasing… On the lips, layered over Stupid Love lipstick, it looked absolutely matte and perfect for 6-7 hours and I didn’t notice any fading until around 8 hours.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dupes:   Magenta Madness pigment from MAC is the closest dupe I could fine, although it’s lighter, brighter, and every so slightly more cool toned. It’s also in a loose form, which can be less convenient for a kit or for travel.

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Radon

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Radon

Radon:   This pigment is a super bright, warm toned true orange with no hint of a brown base at all, which is nice! Like Radioactive, it’s also very versatile and can be used on top of lipstick, as well as on the eye. My favorite lipstick to pop this on top of is Bang Bang, Shady Lady, Belladonna 2, or Summer! Also like Radioactive, Radon comes with the warning that it’s not approved for the eyes, but like I said, you can try it out at your own risk! For a primer on the eyes, try something like MAC’s Soft Ochre Paint Pot, or Pure White or Genuine Orange Chromaline.

Radon has a super smooth, though somewhat dry texture just like Radioactive does, due to the ultra matte finish. It’s also a bit powdery, so if you go in too roughly with your brush, you will stir up excess product, so be gentle! Coverage and color payoff are both fantastic. Wear time on the eyes over a primer is, like Radioactive, around 8 hours, with 6 or so on the lips.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dupes:   The most similar product to Radon has to be MAC’s pigment in Acid Orange, although the MAC pigment is a bit lighter and has more of a yellow toned base. It’s also loose as opposed to pressed.

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Neon

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Neon

Neon:   Neon is one of two colors in this stack that have a very slight, satiny sheen (you can see the micro shimmer in the lower pic). It’s a very bright, true sunshine yellow that doesn’t lean too green at all. I love this color because it can be used with pretty much anything in any of the Melt stacks and work. It’s also eye safe, unlike the two previous pigments in this video. It may sounds crazy, but this looks AMAZING when patted lightly in the center of the lip over Blitzed lipstick. I also like it on top of Summer! or in the center of the lip with Bang Bang.

The texture of this pigment is smooth and a bit more buttery than Radioactive and Radon, probably because it’s more of a natural satin finish than a matte. Color payoff is true to pan, and coverage is fully opaque with little product used. You can put this on top of Soft Ochre Paint Pot, or Pure White or Primary Yellow Chromalines from MAC to make it most intense. Wear time is the typical 8+ hours on the eyes and around 6 on the lips.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dupes:   Chrome Yellow eye shadow from MAC is close, but is matte. Rock-It Yellow Pigment is more neon and lighter, while Primary Yellow Pigment is more dull and has no sheen, and of course the pigments are loose, not pressed.

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Xenon

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Xenon

Xenon:   Like Neon, Xenon has a soft sheen, but this pigment is a bold lime green, with ever so slightly yellow undertones to it. It’s safe for both eye and lip, and looks pretty awesome over some lipsticks like Blow and Blitzed. I also really like this when used as a crease color with Neon on the lid.

Also like Neon, Xenon is buttery smooth and blends like a dream with no fallout. As usual, color payoff and coverage are both amazing, though like the rest of the colors in this stack, are improved by applying over a primer. Soft Ochre Paint Pot or Pure White Chromaline will bring out the color best. You can also apply this over something like Blackground Paint Pot to transform it! Wear time is 6 hours or so on the lip, and 8+ on the eyes.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dupes:   As for eye shadows, MAC’s Lime is similar in color, but it’s matte. If you want use a loose pigment, MAC’s True Chartreuse is close, but a little lighter, not as intense, and it’s also matte… To me, Xenon is one of a kind!

 

MAC’s new spring collection, Flamingo Park, launched just over a week ago and is full of bright hues, most being pinks and corals. I love this collection because it’s a nice change from all the dark colors and super matte textures of fall and winter. Even if bold colors aren’t necessarily your thing, you’re still sure to find something you love in this collection!

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Be Silly – Have Your Cake – Flocking Fabulous – Long Legged & Fabulous – Nice To Meet You – Please Me – Saint Germain – Silly – The Fashion Flock

 

MAC Lipsticks are high quality and highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. Most of these are Matte or Cremesheen, so you’ll either get high pigmentation and little to no shine, or moderate-buildable color payoff and a pretty, glossy sheen. Sometimes with Matte lipsticks, especially really light, bright, and nude colors, they can emphasize dry or chapped areas on your lips… I try to exfoliate my lips once or twice a week to eliminate any dry spots, then I make sure to apply a primer before putting on my lipstick… My favorite is MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, but there are all kinds of lip primers out there. Prep + Prime Lip is silicone based and contains Vitamin E, so it locks in moisture without being too slippery and creates a smooth surface that your lipstick will stick to, also extending the wear time (definitely beneficial with Cremesheen lipsticks). Using a liner will also make your lipstick wear longer without fading or feathering outside the lip lines, which is a must with brighter colors!

Most of these lipsticks are limited edition, with only Saint Germain and Please Me being permanent. They’re all out now and can be purchased at your local MAC store or counter, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. As of right now, they’re all in stock online. They sell for $17 each and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. Like all MAC lipsticks, they have a subtle vanilla scent but no flavor.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC20 skin.

 

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Be Silly

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Be Silly

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Be Silly

Be Silly: This lipstick is described as a “hot fuchsia pink” and has a Matte finish. It’s a medium-dark, bold pink with cool fuchsia undertones and a creamy matte finish. While I’m not typically a fan of bright pinks, I found this to be really flattering on my skintone, as well of everyone else’s who I’ve seen put this on!

As a typical matte lipstick, the texture is smooth and almost creamy, and dries down to a true matte not long after applying it.  The color payoff with Be Silly is super intense and also gives full coverage. Wear time, as with most mattes, is around 6 hours.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Liners: Embrace Me (limited) is perfect with Be Silly, and was released with this collection. It has also been released several times in the past. As for permanent lip pencils, Talking Points works well, or you can even use something like Currant or Vino to create a darker, more ombre look. If you’d like a longer wearing liner, you can try More To Love Pro Longer Lip Pencil.

Dupes: Melt’s Shady Lady is similar, but darker. MAC’s Candy Yum Yum is lighter and warmer toned. Pink Pigeon is slightly lighter and less fuchsia, but is the closest permanent dupe I’ve found.

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Flocking Fabulous

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Flocking Fabulous

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Flocking Fabulous

Flocking Fabulous: This is a “bright coral red” and has a Cremesheen finish. It’s a medium, bright pinky-coral red with a warm, pearly sheen and a warm undertone. This type of color works well for all skintones, and since it’s a Cremesheen, you can apply a little if you just want a hint of color, or you can layer it up for full color payoff.

It has a very smooth texture and isn’t the least bit drying. Color payoff is bright and looks nearly the same on as it does in the tube. Flocking Fabulous also has pretty good coverage, though it’s not completely opaque. I got about a little over 4 hours of wear before I needed to touch up.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: You can use a wide variety of liners with this lipstick, since it has pink/coral/red tones to it. Chic Trick, which was repromoted with this collection, looks perfect with Flocking Fabulous. You could also use Cherry or Redd if you want to go with a more red tint. For a brighter more coral look, you could try Lasting Sensation. I’ve also seen this with Auburn and Mahogany, which will tone it down and deepen it a bit.

Dupes: I can’t really find any great permanent dupes… Ladybug and Cockney are both soft, semi-sheer reds, but they’re not as coral/pink toned. Watch me Simmer (Shop/Cook MAC) is similar, but lighter.

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Have Your Cake

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Have Your Cake

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Have Your Cake

Have Your Cake: Have Your Cake is a “bright magenta” with a Matte finish. It’s a medium-dark, slightly cool toned, bold magenta with a matte finish that has a hint of a satiny sheen. While I personally am not drawn to colors like this, it is really pretty on most skintones, but I do find it to be most flattering on anyone NC/NW30 and up. That said, it still looks great on lighter skintones too, but it does look very bold if you’re naturally fair like I am!

Like some Matte finish lipsticks, Have Your Cake has an extremely creamy texture, which also results in it having the slightest amount of sheen that never seems to turn 100% matte. Color payoff is great, though it tends to look warmer toned on the lips than it does in the tube. It’s mostly opaque, only having some trouble staying put in the center of the lip for some people. I got 5-6 hours of wear before I noticed any fading, and most was in that pesky center area. Overall, I like this lipstick, but it’s not what I expect from a Matte finish.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: Embrace Me (limited), which was rereleased with Flamingo Park, works with this, but will make it more pinky toned. Magenta is an obvious choice, as is Fashion Boost Pro Longer Lip Pencil. If you want to use a darker pencil for a more ombre lip, try Vino, Currant, or even Nightmoth.

Dupes: Heroine is darker and more of a true purple. Flat Out Fabulous is also a bit darker and more cool toned, but it’s pretty close.

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Long Legged & Fabulous

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Long Legged & Fabulous

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Long Legged & Fabulous

Long Legged & Fabulous: This lipstick is a “soft baby pink” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a light, warm toned, yellow based, milky pink with a soft pearly sheen. Because this lipstick is so light and milky, I definitely recommend applying Prep + Prime lip first so you won’t have anything settle in the lines of your lips (like it did in this photo).

Like most Cremesheens, Long Legged & Fabulous applies smoothly and feels creamy. Color payoff is actually really good and very similar to how it looks in the tube, despite the fact that this is only about 85% opaque. I got just over 4 hours of wear before it began to fade. This finish/texture does seem to cause the dreaded “slime line” towards the inner part of the mouth after a couple of hours, though.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: In Synch is permanent and was released along with this collection, and works well with this lipstick. You could also try Rosy Rim, Soar, or Dervish if you want to stay in the light-medium pink range. There are many other liners that will look great as well, but those are a few that I’ve actually tried.

Dupes: Real Doll (limited) is darker and more pink. Sweet Experience (limited) is more coral and intense. Catty (limited) is more coral, but pretty close. As for permanent dupes, Creme Cup is more nude-pink, but is quite similar, especially if you use a brighter, warmer toned liner with it.

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Nice To Meet You

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Nice To Meet You

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Nice To Meet You

Nice To Meet You: Nice To Meet You is a “deep pink red” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a medium-dark, bright, warm toned pinky red with a pearly golden sheen. I love this color because you can apply it lightly, rub it in, and it looks like a gorgeous, natural type of glossy stain. This type of color is beautiful and easily wearable on all ages and skintones.

It has a very smooth texture and glides onto the lips easily. The color is not quite so intense on the lips as it is in the tube, but it’s still very pretty. Coverage is alright, but I would say it’s only about 75% opaque… It’s hard to tell though, since it’s just a bit brighter and more colorful than most people’s natural lip color. That also comes in handy when it begins to fade, making it less noticeable… I got just over 4 hours of wear time with Nice To Meet You.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: If you want to take a more reddish route with your liner, you can try Redd or Cherry. Lasting Sensation and Chic Trick are also nice, and both have more coral undertones. If you’d like this to look more pink, you can go with something like Talking Points, or Dynamo Pro Longer Lip Pencil.

Dupes: Party Parrot (limited) is actually really similar in color, but it’s more intense, more pigmented, and matte. For a permanent dupe, Impassioned is bolder, more pigmented, and more pink. Fusion Pink is pinker and cooler toned.

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Please Me

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Please Me

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Please Me

Please Me: This is one of the two permanent lipsticks being repromoted with this collection… It’s a “muted rosy tinted pink” with a Matte finish. It’s a medium, slightly warm toned pink and is still creamy, even though it’s matte. Please Me has been one of MAC’s best selling pink lipsticks for years, and for good reason. It’s not too bright, not too light, and has just the right amount of a yellow base, so it doesn’t make anyone look washed out.

For a Matte lipstick, Please Me feels buttery and applies without any tugging. Color payoff is good, though doesn’t tend to look as bright as it does in the tube.  Coverage is opaque, except in the center of the lip sometimes, but this is common with Mattes. Wear time usually lasts 5-6 hours for me.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: Nearly any pinkish liner can be used with Please Me. A few of my favorites are Soar, Dervish, Whirl, or even Half-Red, Embrace Me, or Talking Points if you want to add some more dimension. You could also use In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencil if you’d like to add to the wear time.

Dupes: Since this is a permanent lipstick, I don’t think that dupes are completely necessary, and to be honest, I don’t really have any in my collection that are very similar!

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Saint Germain

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Saint Germain

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Saint Germain

Saint Germain: This is the other permanent lipstick that’s been repromoted with Flamingo Park. It’s a “clean pastel pink” with an Amplified finish… It’s a light to medium, pastel pink with a very blue/lavender, cool toned base and a soft shine. Amplified lipsticks are known for their luxurious quality, creamy texture and high pigmentation, and Saint Germain is no exception. Because this is a light, somewhat milky type of pastel, I do recommend applying Prep + Prime lip first so you don’t have to worry about settling into the lines of your lips.

As I mentioned, this lipstick is very creamy and applies easily without any tugging. Color payoff is intense and is nearly as bright as it is in the tube, though it may look less cool toned if you have naturally very pigmented, warmer toned lips. Coverage is nearly opaque and I only ever have any trouble with it staying on the center of my lip, but that’s easily fixable if you just smudge it around a little with your finger. Wear time for me is 4-5 hours, which is typical with most Amplified finish lipsticks.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: I love Hip ‘N’ Happy lip pencil with this because it’s cool toned and a bit darker, so it works perfectly. You can also use pencils like Soar, Dervish, or even Candy Yum-Yum or Embrace Me for more contrast. I also like Shock Value Pro Longer Lip Pencil when I’m looking for something with a longer wear time.

Dupes: Again, since this is permanent, dupes aren’t needed, and I can’t find anything very similar anyway!

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Silly

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Silly

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Silly

Silly: Silly is a repromote, as it’s been released before, but it’s still limited edition. It’s described as a “bright white pink” and it has a Matte finish… Silly is a medium, bright, slightly warm toned pink with a creamy type of matte finish that doesn’t go completely matte or feel dry at all. The part about it being a “white pink” can be confusing, but it means it has a white base so it shows up intense and true to the color it is in the tube!

The texture is smooth and this lipstick applies well with no tugging like you may get with drier types of mattes. Color payoff is equally bright and intense on the lips as it is in the tube. I got full coverage with Silly and a great wear time of about 6 hours.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: There was actually a Silly Lip Pencil released with this in a previous collection, so naturally that’s the perfect match… If you don’t have that, you can use Embrace Me, which came out with Flamingo Park, or something like Candy Yum-Yum or Talking Points.

Dupes: Pink Nouveau is a little cooler toned, but it’s close, and it’s permanent. Pink Pigeon is also very similar, though perhaps a bit darker and cooler toned.

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The Fashion Flock

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The Fashion Flock

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The Fashion Flock

The Fashion Flock: Last but not least, The Fashion Flock is the only online exclusive lipstick from this collection and it’s definitely worth ordering! It’s a “bright pink coral” with a Matte finish, and it’s stunning on everyone I’ve seen wear it! It’s a medium, bright, warm toned pinky coral with a creamy matte finish that never looks too dry.

Like the other Mattes in this collection, this lipstick applies easily, though you may want to put on Prep + Prime Lip first to keep it from settling into the natural lines and creases of your lips, especially if they’re dry or dehydrated like mine were in these photos! Both color payoff and coverage were fantastic, and I got a solid 6 hours of wear, only noticing some fading in the very center of my lip after a little while.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Liners: Chic Trick, which is permanent, but was also promoted with this collection, looks fantastic when paired with this lipstick. If you want to play up the coral tones, you can also use something like Lasting Sensation or 18C Aqua Lip Pencil from Make Up For Ever. To emphasize the pinky tones, you could do Embrace Me, or even In Synch (these require some blending). Rosy Rim is also great and is right between a pink and coral.

Dupes: Vegas Volt is darker and more orange based. Coral Bliss is lighter and peachier. Lipblossom is close, but must softer and less pigmented.

 

 

Mac’s new Flamingo Park collection for Spring 2016 is full of bright pinks and corals to brighten things up since winter will hopefully be coming to an end soon! This is a sneak peek of all the upcoming posts I’ll be making about this collection through Sunday…

Enjoy and thanks for reading!

Note: I will also be reviewing the Beauty Powders, but I still need to photograph them.

 

 

Blush:

Let’s Be Friends – Life’s A Picnic – Oh, My!

Spring Flock – This Could Be Fun – What I Fancy

(Pink Swoon is permanent so I did not purchase or review that one)

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Lipstick:

Be Silly, Have Your Cake, Flocking Fabulous, Long Legged & Fabulous, Nice To Meet You, Please Me, Saint Germain, Silly, The Fashion Flock

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Cremesheen Glass:

Look Who’s Here, Petite Indulgence, Playful Petal, Such Sweeties, Sweet Tooth

(from top to bottom)

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Lip Pencils:

Chic Trick, Embrace Me, In Synch

(better photos will be in the blog post)

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Hi everyone!

As you’ve probably noticed, the break I took was a little longer than expected… Work has been insane but SO inspiring, so in a way, it’s been a good thing!

The main thing I want to address in this post is that this blog will now be using the web address http://www.lesleymakeup.com rather than my good ‘ole lesleyrocksface name. The reason for this is that lesleyrocksface is my personal instagram which is just that… My personal life. It’s not all makeup, it probably has some of my pets on there that weird people out, but hey, that’s my thing… If you dig it, that’s awesome and keep following, but if not…

I will be using the name lesley_makeup on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and (coming soon) YouTube! So make sure you follow/add/subscribe/whatever to all of those accounts to get daily peeks at the girlier parts of my life as well as makeup looks and updates for what will be posted on here!

Also, don’t forget to bookmark http://www.lesleymakeup.com as the new address for this blog!

As always, thanks for reading, and be prepared for all kinds of new awesomeness in 2016!

XO,

Lesley

I’m sure you all are like “Where did Lesley go this time?”, and yes, I’ve been MIA, but it’s because I started working for MAC again recently so my schedule has been hectic!

I’m really, really excited to be doing makeup again and getting to play with all of MAC’s new, awesome products! Obviously makeup is a passion of mine, so I’m happy to be part of MAC’s family after relocating back to Oklahoma and having to leave my job with them when I had to move. I honestly love this job SO much, and it’s even better that I’m now working at the counter where I fell in love with MAC and makeup in general. I learned so much at this counter and now I get to pass on that knowledge to the next generation of our customers!

That said, I’ll be preparing posts on my days off that will post once or twice a week, one on Sundays and likely one on Wednesdays. My apologies for having a serious lack of posts lately but taking this job was an opportunity that came up suddenly and I’ve been fully dedicating myself to my work!

A few new products I’ve picked up lately are the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks, LORAC’s Unzipped and Unzipped Gold eye shadow palettes, as well as a few Becca and The Balm Highlighters, and of course new MAC products!! There’s lots of fun stuff to look forward to, I promise it will be worth the wait!

Thanks again for reading and for your patience❤

XO,

Lesley

Hooray for eye shadow palettes! This palette has been out for some time, along with the Cool Neutral palette, but for some reason I’m just now getting to the Warm Neutral review… I’ve used this palette a TON, especially on clients because I can carry this, the Cool Neutral palette, and one with some brighter colors in it, and I have everything I need for my kit! These were only available at PRO, stores and online for a while, but you can now purchase them at MAC counters as well. At $85 this is an epic value, especially considering that these are full sized eye shadows and they end up only being a little over $5 each this way.

Both neutral palettes have a great selection of colors that you can achieve pretty much any kind of look with, from a smoky eye to a natural daytime look. There’s also a wide range of texture in the palettes, so you have a lot to choose from for lid, crease, and blending eye shadows. MAC included a few permanent must haves, though some eye shadows are limited to this palette only, so it’s definitely worth getting if you need some new shadows in your collection or kit!

Note:   Photos may look slightly different due to lighting and having to redo some photos that were lost. I’ll be sure to let you know which were in natural light! The individual photos are much more true to pan color for the most part.

Warm Neutral Palette Packaging

Warm Neutral Palette Product

MAC Eye Shadows are a high quality powder formula that’s well pigmented and applies easily. There are a variety of finishes/textures in this palette, so color payoff and coverage will vary between them… I’ll describe those more in depth in each individual review. For the most part, all give good coverage and color payoff, as well as wear time. With most MAC eye shadows I get somewhere between 6-12 hours of wear. To be honest, wear time depends on the finish of the eye shadow, if you have oily lids, and if there’s a primer underneath.

I ALWAYS use a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot as my primer because it not only gives a good base to even out the texture and color of the skin on the eyelid, but it also gives the powder eye shadow something to stick to so it wears longer. Pro Longwear Paint Pots will keep the eye shadow from creasing, which is a must for people with oily lids or heavily hooded lids… For a good, light neutral color I suggest Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Layin’ Low… Using a light color of primer will also make the color of the eye shadow show up true to how it looks in the pan so it will never look washed out (these colors even work on dark to deep skin tones)! You can also use something that’s similar to the color of the eye shadow itself, or even something like Blackground if you really want to play with color and transform the eye shadow. Blackground works especially well under brighter, more frosted eye shadows.

The packaging for these palettes is fantastic! The palette itself is very well made, feels sturdy and holds up to anything from gentle, daily personal to professional use, like being tossed around, dropped, and crammed into a makeup kit regularly. The palettes have the clear top so you can see what you’re grabbing for if you have numerous palettes. The shadows are spaced far enough apart that the dust from one won’t travel onto the other and alter the color or anything like that. They are black and shiny, so they will show the dust from the eye shadows a bit, but that’s easy to clean by using a tissue and 99% alcohol to wipe them down and clean them up (you can also lightly spray the alcohol on the shadows themselves to sanitize them before/after jobs or just to keep them clean for yourself). The back of these palettes does tend to show fingerprints but any black plastic packaging does that, so I don’t consider that an issue. The one thing that some people may not like is that you cannot pop these out of the palettes like you can with the eye shadow palettes that you build yourself. That said, I don’t see why it would be necessary since everything you need is already conveniently organized in this palette for you (plus it’s cheaper than building your own)!

These Eye Shadow Palettes are permanent and available now at stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.comEach palette contains 15 full sized eye shadows, coming out to be a grand total of 19g / 0.68 US oz of product. These are a great value, selling for $85 (pro and employee discounts do not apply). For an individual MAC eye shadow (in the plastic pot), it costs $15, while the Pro Palette Refill Pan eye shadows sell for $10… In these neutral palettes, each eye shadow comes out to be $5.67. Even for people with a MAC PRO discount card, that’s still about how much each eye shadow would cost and you’d probably have to purchase the palette to put them in too! Basically, this is a killer deal for anyone, so it’s definitely worth buying if you need some new eye shadows for either yourself or your kit, especially since so many of these eye shadows are very unique.

Warm Neutral Palette Label

Application Tips:

I don’t normally go so in depth with how you can use the eye shadows in palettes, but because this comes with SO many and you can do so much with it, I want you to teach you my tips and techniques so you can learn how to use them to achieve all of the fun looks that are possible with this palette! MAC Eye Shadows can even be used damp to intensify the color/coverage or to use as a liner, so I’ll include tips on that.

Typically, I use these dry… Since they’re so highly pigmented, a damp application isn’t really necessary. These are much more blendable and easier to apply when used dry. Dry application is great for use on the crease, lid, to highlight below the brow/on the inner corner of the eye or even to line with!

A damp application is usually best for color with a more shimmery/frosted finish, though it certainly isn’t necessary most of the time. It is nice if you want to use these shadows as a liner, though. Applying damp is best for the lid or lining, as it makes these much more difficult to blend out. For a damp application, simple spray your brush with something like MAC’s Fix + Spray then swipe it on one small section of the eye shadow. For eye shadows that I use damp, I designate one small section for use with a damp brush, otherwise, swiping a damp brush all over the eye shadow will make a sort of “crust” on the product, making it nearly impossible to use dry.

Lid:   When applying powder eye shadows to the lid, a few of my favorite brushes to use (all from MAC) are the 239, 213, 215 (for a more dense, heavier application), 287 duo-fibre (for a lightweight or damp application), 242 (good for dry or damp), or a 252 (dry or damp / for larger eyelids). A 249 brush is also great for damp application, especially on larger eyelids.

Crease:   My favorite crease brushes are the 217, 224, or 286. All three of those are nice and fluffy so they blend out the eye shadow beautifully. If you want more intense color in the crease, I suggest a 214, 215, or 219 (for a super defined, cut crease). The 275 angled brush is also fantastic for the crease because it’s tapered to fit into that area perfectly, but still blend the shadow out so you’ll get the perfect shape and softness.

Liner:   When I’m smudging an eye shadow under my eyes or above my upper lash line as a type of liner, I like to use the 219, 214 or 212. For a damp, more defined liner application you can use whatever liner brush you’re most comfortable with… The 209, 210, 211, 212 work well for a softer liner look, while the 263 and 266 angled brushed will work better for something like a cat eye.

Highlights:   For a below the brow highlight, I like something flat like the 242 or 239 for more intense color payoff. If you want a softer brow highlight, try a 217 or 224. You can also highlight the inner corner of your eye with a smaller type of brush like a 219, 228, or 231 brush.

This photo was taken in natural sunlight.

This photo was taken using natural sunlight.

Photo taken in natural direct sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC20 skin.

Photo taken in natural direct sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC20 skin.

Hey

Hey

Hey:   This shadow is described as a “metallic coral” and has a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a light, peachy-pink beige with a pretty heavily frosted finish. I like this color best on the lid or inner corner. You can use it lightly below the brow too if you like a shimmery highlight in that area. This shadow is only available in this palette.

The texture feels very smooth, which is common for Veluxe Pearl shadows, so it applied easily and evenly. Color payoff is pretty good, though it’s not quite as intense on the skin as it is in the pan (in the swatch photo, it’s hard to tell because it’s kind of a fleshy color). Coverage is even, though only about 90% opaque, and is best when applied over a Paint Pot. Wear time without a primer is about 4-5 hours, and more like 7-8 with a primer.

Dupes:   Naked Lunch is pretty close, maybe a teeeeeny bit darker, but not much. Phloof is lighter and pinker. Hey is also similar to Sin from Urban Decay’s original Naked palette, but a little lighter.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Warm Breeze

Warm Breeze

Warm Breeze:   Warm Breeze is a “pastel coral” with a Satin finish… It is a light, peachy nude with a soft satiny sheen. This color is great all over the lid or as a highlight on the inner corner or below the brow. This eye shadow is only available in this palette.

It has a soft, very slightly powdery texture, but still applies evenly. Color payoff is good, but better over a primer. Again, since I’m pretty fair, the swatch sort of blends in with my skin! Coverage is mostly opaque without a primer and fully opaque with one. With no primer, I got about 5 hours of wear, and closer to 8 with one applied first.

Dupes:   Motif is sort of close but has much more yellow undertones… I can’t really find a great dupe for this! If I find one I’ll update the post, or if you know of a perfect one, leave it in the comments below!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Gingersnap

Gingersnap

Gingersnap:   Gingersnap is a “deep rosy pink” with a Frost finish… This eye shadow is a medium, warm toned peachy rose with a very frosty, almost metallic finish. It’s a great lid or inner corner color, and looks really pretty when you do a darker shadow on the inner and outer parts of the lid, then pop this right in the center. Purchasing this palette is the only way you can get Gingersnap.

The texture is super smooth and silky and applies evenly. Color payoff is great and looks almost exactly like it does in the pan, being very pigmented, while coverage is fully opaque. Wear time is about 5 hours with no primer and closer to 8 with one.

Dupes:   Mythology is similar in color, but has a Lustre finish so it’s super shimmery in comparison. Antiqued is quite a bit darker. Amaretto from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette is close, but a little darker and has more red undertones… And it smells like chocolate, which is killing me right now because the palette has been open beside me for like an hour and I have no chocolate in my house haha.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Dark Brew

Dark Brew

Dark Brew:   Sooo MAC says that Dark Brew is a “deep chocolate with pink pearl”, and it has a Velvet finish. It’s a medium-dark, warm toned cocoa color with a warm, soft sheen, but has a mostly satin type of base. The pearl particles in Velvet shadows are suuuuuuper tiny, so it just adds more of a glow than an actual shimmer. This color can be used both on the lid or in the crease, depending on the look you’re going for. This eye shadow is available only in this palette.

The texture of Dark Brew is very soft and umm, velvety, so it applies and blends out well. Color payoff is great and it looks just as intense on as it does in the pan. Coverage isn’t completely opaque, but can be applied over a liner and patted on with a flat shader brush like s MAC 239 for fuller opacity. Wear time is great and for me, lasts about 6 hours without a primer and 9-10 with one.

Dupes:   Folie is similar in color but is a bit lighter and lacks the sheen that Dark Brew has. Twinks is sort of similar, but more plum based and shimmery.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dance in the Dark

Dance in the Dark

Dance in the Dark:   Dance in the Dark is described as a “dark brown” and has a Matte finish… It’s a dark, cool toned brown with some grayish undertones. It’s great to pat all over the lid for a soft smoky look (I recommend using a primer to make the coverage and color better, due to it’s texture), or you can use this in the crease or even as a liner. Dance in the Dark was also released with the A Novel Romance eye shadow quad (LE – A Novel Romance – Fall 2014).

This eye shadow felt drier than most others in this palette, so application all over the lid was a little bit tricky without a primer. Color payoff is good, but not quite as pigmented or dark as it looks in the pan (probably because it’s drier). Coverage is also a little patchy and not fully opaque, but can be improved if worn over a primer. On the plus side, drier eye shadows wear well… I got about 6 hours of wear without a primer before I noticed any creasing, and closer to 9-10 with one. This actually wears longer when you use it in the crease/outer lid just to darken your look a bit. It’s more likely to crease or fade when worn all over the lid.

Dupes:   Brun is close, but lighter and more brown… It does have better pigmentation and coverage, though. Espresso Bean from the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette is very similar.

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Warm Neutral Palette Swatches Center

Brule

Brule

Brule:   Brule is a “soft creamy beige” with a Satin finish… It’s a light, slightly warm toned, creamy beige with a very subtle satiny finish… It’s not quite satiny, but not matte either. This is one of my favorite lid and brow highlight colors… Seriously, I probably go through 3-4 of these a year! It’s a permanent color so it’s also available in the pot or in refill pan form.

The texture is smooth and goes on very evenly, especially for a drier type of Satin finish. Color payoff is really nice and is well pigmented. Coverage is about 90% opaque with no primer and full with one. Wear time is 6 hours or so without a primer and about 9-10 with one.

Dupes:   Brule has a TON of dupes, but I like the texture of it more than most of them… Strange from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette is pretty close. White Chocolate from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette is also similar. Blanc Type from MAC is lighter and has a slightly pinker undertone, while Bisque is a tiny bit darker and has a cooler undertone (Brule is kind of like is Bisque and Blanc Type made a perfect little eye shadow baby).

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract:   This shadow is a “soft warm yellow-beige” with a Frost finish… It’s a light, warm toned creamy vanilla color with a more yellow/golden undertone frost. It’s a great lid or highlight color. Vanilla Extract is only sold as part of this palette.

Vanilla Extract feels almost creamy it applies so smoothly. It’s very well pigmented, but due to the frostiness, it looks a teeny bit lighter on the skin than in the pan. Coverage is even and opaque without having to use much product. Since it’s a Frost, wear time (for me), is only about 4 hours on the lid without a primer, but over 7 with one.

Dupes:   Naked Lunch is close but has a more pinky undertone. Sin from the original Naked palette from Urban Decay is also a little pinker. Butter Pecan from Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is more intense and yellow toned.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Honey Lust

Honey Lust

Honey Lust:   Honey Lust is a “bronze-dipped peach” with a Lustre finish… It’s a medium, warm toned peach with an almost pinky-golden sheen. It’s a really nice lid or highlight color. Lustres are pretty shimmery, and some tend to have fallout, but I feel like this version of Honey Lust is easier to work with than the version that you purchase individually in the plastic pot or in refill form… Obviously, this is a permanent color and has been around for a while!

Like I said, the texture is smooth and applies well with little to no fallout. Color payoff is similar to pan color when applied, but not quite as shimmery. The coverage is pretty good, but not totally opaque without a primer. When applied to my lid without a primer, I got about 4 hours of wear before I noticed any creasing or fading, and closer to 7 or 8 when I used a primer.

Dupes:   Chopper from Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette is a little darker. Marzipan, which is from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette is also similar.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Amber Lights

Amber Lights

Amber Lights:   This eye shadow is described as a “peachy brown with shimmer” and has a Frost finish… It’s a medium, golden-amber color with warm, orange/coppery undertones and a nearly metallic finish. This makes for a beautiful lid or inner highlight color and is one of my favorite eye shadows of all time… It is permanent and can also be purchased individually in both refill pan form and in the plastic pot.

The texture of Amber Lights is so smooth and buttery that it both packs onto the lid and blends out easily. Color payoff is intense and super pigmented, looking just like it does in the pan when applied. Coverage is 100% opaque and very even. For a Frost, wear time is good… I get about 5 hours with no primer and over 8 with one.

Dupes:   Goldmine is lighter and more of a yellow gold. Caramel from the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is very similar.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Saddle

Saddle

Saddle:   Saddle is a “golden orange brown” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium-dark, warm toned brown with a definite orange undertone and a soft matte finish. My favorite way to use this color is as a transition or crease color, or all over the lid on medium dark to deep skin tones with a deeper color in the crease. Saddle is a permanent color and can be purchased in the plastic pot or in a refill pan.

It has a very smooth texture for a Matte and doesn’t feel dry at all, so it blends out well. Color payoff looks nearly the same when applied as it does in the pan. Coverage isn’t quite opaque without a primer, but it’s close! It wears very well, giving over 5 hours of wear without a primer and 9-10 with one, especially in the crease.

Dupes:   Texture is lighter and has a more orange undertone. Unseen from Melt’s Dark Matter eye shadow stack is almost identical.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Warm Neutral Palette Swatches Bottom

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart:   This shadow is a “metallic gold” with a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a light-medium, warm lemony gold with a very frosted, nearly metallic finish. It’s a gorgeous shadow for the lid or used as a highlight, especially if you pop this right on the center of the lid. Lemon Tart is exclusive to this palette.

The texture feels buttery smooth and applies very easily. Color payoff usually looks a little lighter once applied, but mostly just because it also looks more metallic and shimmery on the skin, so it reflects light more than it does in the pan. Coverage is totally opaque without having to use much eye shadow at all. I get about 4-5 hours of wear on the lid without a primer (common with more shimmery colors), and closer to 8 hours with a primer.

Dupes:   Gorgeous Gold is darker and more of a dirty golden color with cooler undertones. Nylon is a little lighter and has more of a cream color to it, but is the closest dupe I’ve found.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Creative Copper

Creative Copper

Creative Copper:   This eye shadow is a “frosted gold” with a Lustre finish… It’s a medium golden color with warm, coppery undertones and a very frosty finish. Like Honey Lust, for a Lustre, this had very little fallout and felt very luxurious. It’s a wonderful lid and highlight color. Creative Copper was originally released with the Antonio Lopez collection back in Fall of 2013, and is also available in the new Amber Times Nine eye shadow palette, but is smaller in that one.

Creative Copper has a super smooth texture that applies very easily. Color payoff is amazing for a Lustre, but looks a little warmer when applied than it does in the pan. Coverage is fully opaque and even. Without a primer, I got about 4-5 hours of wear. With a primer, wear time was just over 8 hours.

Dupes:   Nope, can’t find one for Creative Copper! There may be one from a brand I don’t own, so if you know of one, please share it in the comments!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Butterfudge

Butterfudge

Butterfudge:   Butterfudge is described as a “dirty mocha with gold pearl” and has a Satin finish… It’s a medium, soft, almost neutral cocoa brown that has warmer undertones thanks to the golden sheen. I love this as a transition/blending color in the crease, or all over the lid if you’re wearing something deeper in your crease. This eye shadow is only available in this palette.

The texture is smooth and easily blendable. Color payoff is great and slightly warmer once applied, but coverage isn’t completely opaque… It’s very close, but not quite there! Applying it over a primer helps tremendously, though. Wear time is around 5-6 hours without a primer and 8-10 with one before I notice any fading or creasing.

Dupes:   Soba is close, but cooler toned. Era is pretty similar. Sidecar from the original Urban Decay Naked palette is similar in color, but is super glittery.

Overall Rating:    4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Divine Decadence

Divine Decadence

Divine Decadence:   Divine Decadence is a “soft bronze” and has a Velvet finish… It’s a dark, warm chocolatey bronze with a golden/coppery-red, almost frosty sheen. It can be used as either a lid or crease color, whichever you prefer. This eye shadow was originally released individually as part of the Indulge collection back in Fall of 2013, but is now only available in this palette.

The texture felt extra smooth and applied like a dream. Color payoff is super intense and this shadow actually looks darker and has more a coppery sheen once it’s applied. Coverage is fully opaque using very little product. Since this is a Velvet, the base texture of the shadow is on the drier side, even though it has quite a bit of sheen… What that means is that wear time is longer than it is with most shimmery eye shadows! I got 5-6 hours without a primer and 8-9 with one.

Dupes:   Romp is a little darker, but similar. Woodwinked is cooler toned. Lie Low Pro Longwear eye shadow is warmer. Frosting from the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is close.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Unwind

Unwind

Unwind:   Unwind is described as a “dirty olive” and has a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a medium, sandy color with some cooler, more olive undertones and a soft type of sheen… It’s honestly kind of hard to describe because it’s pretty unique! It works well as a lid color or as a blending color in the crease. I’m pretty sure this is the same eye shadow that was part of a Nordstrom palette waaaaay back in 2007 (the name sounds familiar anyway), but it may have been a different color? I’m not 100% certain! Anyway, Unwind is only in this palette and can’t be purchased individually.

The texture felt smooth and applied evenly without much effort to blend or layer. Color payoff is good and perhaps a little less cool toned once it’s on the skin. Coverage is opaque but still maintains a very soft appearance. I get about 5 hours of wear if I don’t apply a primer first, and closer to 8 if I do.

Dupes:   Gorgeous Gold has the same kind of dirty olive undertone, but is lighter and more golden. Patina is more brownish toned.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Finally, here’s the third and last post for the Matte Lip collection! This is probably my favorite of the three posts because it has all of my favorite lipsticks in it! Stone and Whirl are definitely something that everyone has been looking forward to, and are two of the three new colors in this post (the other being Tropic Tonic). Studded Kiss, Steady Going, and Runway Hit have been released in the past but sold really well, so I’m glad they brought them back. All of the lipsticks in this collection will remain permanent, so even if your local MAC is sold out of one or two of them, you’ll be able to get it soon! I know that Stone and Whirl are selling out like crazy, but I’ve been told that restocks won’t take long, even online.

My favorite part about nearly all of the lipsticks in this entire collection is that they work on every single skin tone out there… There may be one or two that could be a little weird for someone who can’t wear some cool tones, but for the most part, all of these look gorgeous on anyone, especially the brighter lipsticks! They’re definitely worth going to take a look at, especially since it’s the perfect time of year for a nude or bright lip.

Note: Matte Royal, the blue color in this collection, will be posted later… It’s on backorder so as soon as I get it, I’ll review it!

Another Note: Some photos may vary in appearance and lighting. Since I received all of these lipsticks on different days, I didn’t do the individual photographs at the exact same time with the same lighting… My apologies that some of these look a little ratchet too… Obviously because some of these are repromotes, I’ve worn them a bit! Also, the photos of the repromoted lipsticks on my lips are from past posts. It’s pretty hard on my lips to try on like 20 lipsticks in one day, so I’ll do whatever I can to spare them!

Left to Right: Runway Hit, Steady Going, Stone, Studded Kiss, Tropic Tonic, Whirl

Left to Right: Runway Hit, Steady Going, Stone, Studded Kiss, Tropic Tonic, Whirl

MAC Lipsticks are high quality and highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. Since all of these are Mattes or Retro mattes, you’re going to get awesome color payoff, pigmentation, and wear time with a velvety matte finish… Retro Mattes are slightly drier and more pigmented than Mattes are, and they typically wear a little longer, but it’s not a super drastic difference between the two finishes. Sometimes with matte lipsticks, especially really bright, nude, and darker colors, they can emphasize dry or chapped areas on your lips… I try to exfoliate my lips once or twice a week to eliminate any dry spots, then I make sure to apply a primer before putting on my lipstick… My favorite is MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, but there are all kinds of lip primers out there. Prep + Prime Lip is silicone based and contains Vitamin E, so it locks in moisture without being too slippery and creates a smooth surface that your lipstick will stick to, also extending the wear time. Using a liner will also make your lipstick wear longer without fading or feathering outside the lip lines, especially with brighter colors.

As I mentioned, all of these lipsticks are permanent and can be purchased at your local MAC store or counter, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. They sell for $16 each and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. Like all MAC lipsticks, they have a subtle vanilla scent but no flavor.

Note: The weird stuff on the lipsticks in these photos is just condensation! They were on a hot UPS truck all day so they were a little sweaty when they got here… If you ever get lipsticks like this, don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with them!

The Matte Lip 2015 Pt 3 Lipstick Labels

Left to Right: Runway Hit, Steady Going, Stone, Studded Kiss, Tropic Tonic, Whirl

Left to Right: Runway Hit, Steady Going, Stone, Studded Kiss, Tropic Tonic, Whirl

Photo taken outdoors in natural direct sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC25 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural direct sunlight.
Lipsticks swatched on NC25 skin.

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit:   This lipstick is described as a “light nude matte” with a Retro Matte finish… It’s a light-medium, warm, peachy coral nude with a velvety matte finish. Since it’s a Retro Matte, there’s very little sheen when you first apply this lipstick like there is with a lot of Mattes. I love this color because it’s bright, but not so bright that it can’t be worn for a softer type of daytime look… It also works well on pretty much everyone, no matter what your age or skin tone. Runway Hit was originally released with the Retro Matte collection in Fall of 2013.

The texture of this lipstick is smooth and applies pretty easily for a Retro Matte. It can emphasize dry areas on the lips since it’s light and bright, so be sure to prime your lips first if they’re at all chapped! Color payoff is intense, but can look slightly more pink once applied due to the natural color of your lips. Coverage is almost completely opaque, only having some sheerness on the center of the lip. Wear time is fantastic… This lipstick wore for over 6 hours with no liner and about 7 1/2 with one.

Liners:   If you’d like a liner that’s a pretty close match to this lipstick, I suggest trying out Fruit Cocktail Lip Pencil, which is new. For a slightly darker, more coral liner, you could go with Lasting Sensation. You can also just use something neutral like Subculture or Boldly Bare if you don’t really want any color and just want to keep the lipstick from fading.

Dupes:   Reel Sexy (LE – MAC is Beauty – Spring 2015) is close, but has an Amplified finish and is a little bit brighter and more coral. Vegas Volt is another Amplified finish lipstick that’s kinda close, but darker, brighter, and more coral. Sushi Kiss is lighter, brighter, and has a Satin finish. Summer from Melt is lighter and more pastel, but at least has a super matte finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going:   Steady Going is a “light pink matte” with a Retro Matte finish… It’s a light-medium, bright candy pink with cool, almost lavender-ish undertone and a truly matte finish from the start. Like Runway Hit, this lipstick is bright, but still soft, so you can apply it lightly or wear it with a liner that’s not too intense for a more subtle look. This color is one of the repromotes from the Retro Matte collection of Fall 2013.

This lipstick feels drier than some others in this collection and tugged at my lips a little when I applied it without a primer… With a primer, I had no problems! Color payoff is great and looks just as pigmented on the lips as it does in the tube. Coverage is really good too and goes on totally opaque. For me, wear time runs about 6 hours without a liner and just over 7 with one.

Liners:   Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is my favorite to use with this lipstick… It’s a very similar color and wears for about 8 hours. As for regular Lip Pencils, you can go with Hip ‘N’ Happy, which is a light, cool toned pink, or even Talking Points, Candy Yum-Yum, or Magenta if you want to add more color and contrast for an ombre look.

Dupes:   Raspberry Swirl (LE – Baking Beauties – Spring 2013) is similar, but cooler toned and has a Cremesheen finish. Pink Nouveau is also cooler toned and has a Satin finish, but is at least permanent. Real Doll (LE – MAC is Beauty – Spring 2015) is lighter, cooler, and has a Lustre finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Stone

Stone

Stone

Stone

Stone

Stone
This one had a lot of condensation left on it from shipping… Sorry!

Stone

Stone

Stone:   Stone is a “muted greyish taupe brown” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, to medium-dark (depending how heavily you apply it), mostly cool toned greyish taupe with warmer brown undertones and a soft matte finish. It has some sheen at first which fades into more of a true matte within about 15-20 minutes. Stone is the type of lipstick that everyone has been begging for and looking forward to for a very long time! So many people have been wearing the Lip Pencil in Stone as a matte lipstick, so I’m super excited that they turned it into an actual lipstick! This is one of my favorite colors from this entire collection.

Stone feels smooth and creamy for a Matte and applies easily. Color payoff is great and looks pretty much just like it does in the tube. When applied, there can be a teeny bit of sheerness in the very center of the lip, but it’s mostly opaque. Wear time is about 5 hours without a liner and just over 6 with one.

Liners:   Stone is the obvious choice for a Lip Pencil, since it matches this lipstick perfectly… If you’d like something a little lighter that’s the same tone and will basically just keep your lipstick in place, you can try Stripdown. For a darker liner that has some cooler brown tones, Chestnut works. If you’d like to warm it up a bit, you can use something like Oak or Hover. To add more contrast and plum/wine tones and a more vampy look, I like to go with Plum or Nightmoth. For a longer wear time with a deeper, brownish toned liner, you can use Bittersweet Pro Longwear Lip Pencil… Basically, you can play around with tons of different liners to create new looks with this lipstick, so have fun with it!

Dupes:   Taupe is warmer and more peachy-brown. Yash (PRO) is lighter, warmer, and more nude. Nude (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Fall 2013) is close, but a little warmer. Exclusive Event (LE – Divine Night – Holiday 2013) is really similar, maybe a little lighter and cooler, but has a Satin finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss This photo was taken a while back when it was still new.

Studded Kiss
This photo was taken a while back when it was new.

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss:   This lipstick is described as a “dark oxblood red” with a Matte finish… It’s a dark, intense, mostly neutral blood red with some subtle warm, almost brownish/brick undertones. It has a creamy matte finish that initially applies with quite a bit of a sheen, but turns more matte after about half an hour. This is a really wearable red because it’s bold, but still somewhat subdued since it’s a deeper shade of red. It’s really pretty on all skin tones, so if you like reds, this is worth picking up!

As I mentioned, the texture is very creamy, so it glides on easily and evenly. Color payoff is bold and looks just like it does in the tube. Coverage is fully opaque without having to apply much product. Since this is a creamier type of matte, wear time is only about 5 hours without a liner and closer to 6 with one. I mostly just noticed some fading in the center of my lip after a few hours or eating/drinking.

Liners:   Pretty much any of your deep, rich red liners will work with this lipstick… A few Lip Pencils I like to use are Brick or Burgundy. You can also create a more ombre look by using something deeper and more purple/wine toned like Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth.

Dupes:   Diva is the closest permanent dupe I’ve found, but is a little darker and has a more wine stained undertone. Dubonnet is close, but lighter and has a slightly berry undertone and an Amplified finish. Stunner (LE – Nasty Gal – Winter 2014) is close but slightly brighter.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic:   Tropic Tonic is a “full power coral” and has a Matte finish… It’s a medium, bright, warm toned coral with a true matte finish from the start… I’m not usually a coral lip type of girl, but even though this lipstick is really bright, it still has a softness to it that makes it easy to wear for just about anyone. I promise that you NEED this lipstick for summer!

The texture feels a little more dry than the other Mattes in this collection, but it still applies very easily without tugging. It also doesn’t seem to show dry areas as much as a lot of light to medium, bright lipsticks do. Color payoff is definitely intense and true to the color it is in the tube. Coverage is awesome and looks completely opaque. I got just about 6 hours of wear without a liner and close to 7 with one, only noticing some fading in the middle of my lips.

Liners:   Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil is a near perfect match for this lipstick. I also like Redd (orange-red) and Cherry (bright true red) blended in for a very soft ombre look. If you’d like a longer wear time and a more orange liner, you can try the Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in What A Blast.

Dupes:   Reel Sexy (LE – MAC is Beauty – Spring 2015) is very similar but has an Amplified finish. Vegas Volt is another Amplified lipstick that’s close, but a bit deeper with more pinky-coral undertones. Sushi Kiss is a bit softer, lighter, and has a Satin finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl:   Whirl is a “dirty rose” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, mostly neutral rosy pink with some subtle, warm brownish undertones and a soft matte finish. It can actually look a little cool toned on some people, or with certain liners, so I like how versatile this lipstick is. Like Stone, this is one of the colors in this collection that was originally a Lip Pencil and I’m pretty sure that liner was sold out just about everywhere for a while when everyone had to have the “Kylie Jenner lip”… Thankfully, this is a lipstick now! I believe this may be sold out online at the moment, but since it’s permanent, it will be available again very soon!

This lipstick has a very creamy texture that’s easy to apply, despite the fact that it’s pretty matte. Color payoff is great, but it does tend to look more pink on the lips and less brown, due to the natural color of lips. Coverage is totally opaque and even. I got about 5 hours of wear if I didn’t apply a liner, and just over 6 when I wore one. The great thing about this lipstick is that even when it starts to fade, you don’t notice since it’s a more natural lip type of color.

Liners:   Since Whirl is the Lip Pencil this was made to match, you can obviously use that. For a warmer neutral, Boldly Bare would work, or even Stripdown or Subculture. If you want to cool this down, you can use Stone, Plum, or even Chestnut.

Dupes:   Persistence is warmer and more brown toned. Bad Girl RiRi (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Holiday 2013) is warmer and more pink. Kinda Sexy is warmer and more of a peachy-nude pink.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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