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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.

 

 

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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
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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

On to Part 2 of this trilogy of posts for MAC’s newest Matte Lip collection! While these typically release in the fall and contain limited colors, MAC went ahead and released these for the summer season this year and ALL of the colors will remain permanent! Every one of the lipsticks in this post, aside from Instigator, are brand new and have never been released, so you’ll definitely want to take a peek at these!

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 with the way they look and there might be lighting differences. I pulled some photos of Instigator from a past post, and 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.

So without further ado, here are the NEW Matte Lipsticks!!

Left to Right: Antique Velvet, D for Danger, Instigator, Men Love Mystery, Naturally Transformed, Persistence

Left to Right: Antique Velvet, D for Danger, Instigator, Men Love Mystery, Naturally Transformed, Persistence

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, you’re going to get awesome color payoff, pigmentation, and wear time with a velvety matte finish… 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 2 Labels

Left to Right: Antique Velvet, D for Danger, Instigator, Men Love Mystery, Naturally Transformed, Persistence

Left to Right: Antique Velvet, D for Danger, Instigator, Men Love Mystery, Naturally Transformed, Persistence

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

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

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet:   Antique Velvet is an “intense brown” with a Matte finish… It’s a dark, chocolatey brown with warm undertones and a soft matte finish. Since this is a normal Matte and not a Retro Matte, it has more of a sheen to begin with, which turns into more of a true matte a little while after you apply it.

The texture of this lipstick feels very creamy when applied and goes on smoothly. The only issue is that since it’s a dark matte, it can show dry spots on the lips, as you can probably see in the photo above. Color payoff looks pretty darn close to how it appears in the tube, though maybe a tiny bit lighter once applied. Coverage is about 95% opaque, only having slight issues in the very center of the lip, which is common with Mattes. You can usually fix that by drying your lip a bit before applying your primer and/or lipstick. Wear time is about 6 hours without a liner and closer to 7 with one. I only noticed some fading in the center of the lip after about 3-4 hours but that’s an easy touchup!

Liners:   If you want a liner that won’t show much contrast and just keep everything in place, you could go with something lighter than the actual lipstick, such as Chestnut Lip Pencil, since it’s a pretty neutral type of brown. If you’d like to warm things up, you can use Mahogany. If you want to add some more purple/plummy tones and contrast, you can even try something like Vino or Nightmoth, but the BEST match I’ve found for a liner is Bittersweet Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, which will also help your lipstick wear longer.

Dupes:   Media is about the closest dupe I could find, but it has a Satin finish and more reddish/plum undertones. Talk That Talk (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Fall 2013) is darker and has a more blackened plum undertone, but at least has a Retro Matte finish.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

D For Danger

D for Danger

D For Danger

D for Danger

D For Danger

D for Danger

D For Danger

D for Danger

D for Danger:   This lipstick is described as a “brick red” and has a Matte finish… It’s actually more of a bold, medium-dark red with cool, raspberry undertones. Like the other Mattes in this collection, it applies with a soft, creamy sheen that fades to a true matte within about 30-60 minutes. This color can also be applied really softly by dabbing it on to make it look more like a subtle stain.

This lipstick feels very creamy and goes on easily without any tugging… It doesn’t show dry areas on the lips too badly either, especially for a bold color. Color payoff is intense, but it looks a little brighter and more pinky on the lips than it does in the tube. Coverage is totally opaque with very little product applied. I got about 6 hours of wear without a liner and slightly longer with one.

Liners:   What liner you use with this depends on what tones you’d like to emphasize… If you want something nearly the same color, you can use Lip Pencils like Beet or Talking Points. To bring out the more reddish tones, try Cherry or Brick. You can also opt for a deeper liner for a more dramatic ombre look, like Currant, Nightingale, Vino, or Nightmoth. For a longer wearing liner, you could go with Trust In Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.

Dupes:   To be totally honest, D For Danger is pretty unique… The closest dupe I found for both color and texture is Pleasurebomb (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Holiday 2013), but that one is still lighter, brighter, and more pink. Fashion Revival (LE – The Matte Lip – Fall 2014) is a little deeper and more pink as well.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Instigator (after being used for a while)

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator (new)

Instigator
(new)

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator:   This lipstick is a “deep blackened plum” with a Matte finish… It’s a deep blackened purple/plum with some subtle, warmer wine stained undertones, so even though it’s really dark, it won’t give you that totally goth, washed out look. It has a barely there sheen at first that turns much more matte very quickly. I am SO excited that they brought this color back as permanent, since it’s one of my favorite dark lip colors and I feel like it’s wearable by more people than something like Cyber is. Originally, Instigator was released with the Punk Couture collection in late December 2013/early January 2014.

The texture of Instigator is pretty smooth, but is a little drier than the other Mattes in this collection, so make sure you prime those lips before application! Color payoff is a little lighter and more purple than it looks in the tube. Coverage is mostly opaque, only looking a little sheer on the very center of the lip. Wear time is pretty good, being a little over 6 hours without a liner and closer to 7 or more with one. The only fading I noticed after a little while was right in the center of the lip, where it tends to apply more lightly anyway.

Liners:   You definitely want to wear a liner with a dark lipstick like this! There aren’t a ton to choose from that are very similar, but a few of my favorite Lip Pencils (from lightest to darkest) are Vino, Nightmoth, or Cyber World.

Dupes:   Smoked Purple is similar, but is cooler toned. Cyber is also cooler toned, darker, and has a Satin finish.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery:   Men Love Mystery is a “lavender violet” which has a Matte finish… It’s a medium, soft lavender/purple with very slightly pinkish undertones and a subtle sheen that dries down to more matte after about half an hour. What I really like about this lipstick is that the pinkish undertones are warmer, while the overall color of the lipstick is cooler, which makes it kind of adjust to pick up the undertones of your own skin, making it flattering on anyone. Most of the time, I’m not drawn to colors like this because they don’t always look right on me, but Men Love Mystery won me over!

The texture of this lipstick feels creamier than most of the others in this collection do, making it easy to apply and unlikely to show any dry or chapped spots, but causing it to take a little longer to set as a true matte finish. Color payoff is intense and looks almost exactly how it does in the tube. Coverage is totally opaque using very little product. With this lipstick, I only got about 5 hours of wear without a liner, and just over 6 with one, but that’s probably due to the creamier texture.

Liners:   The most similar liner I’ve found is Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, which is great because it’s also long wearing! You can also try Lip Pencils like Magenta, which is a little darker and more pinky/magenta, or Heroine, which is darker and more purple. If you want something to create an ombre lip or more vampy type of look, try Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth.

Dupes:   Heroine is darker and more purple, but has the same type of finish. Up The Amp is lighter, cooler, and has an Amplified finish. RiRi Boy (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Summer 2013) is barely darker and warmer, but is SUPER close and has a Retro Matte finish, so it’s actually drier and more matte than Men Love Mystery is.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed:   This is a “muted golden beige” with a Matte finish… It’s a light to light-medium, mostly warm toned golden beige-nude with yellow undertones that can make it appear a bit cooler toned at times, especially if you have a cooler, more yellow based skin tone. It doesn’t have a lot of sheen at first, so it doesn’t take long to look like a true matte. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this shade on myself, but I’m thinking I just haven’t found the perfect liner to go with it just yet… However, I do think this would make a lovely nude on medium to dark skin tones, especially with a warmer toned liner.

As I said, Naturally Transformed looks pretty matte to begin with, but the texture is still pretty creamy and glides on without showing dry areas. Color payoff is great, but definitely warmer and less yellow on the lips than it looks in the tube. Coverage is pretty good and mostly opaque, with only some blotchiness in the center of the lip. Like Men Love Mystery, this lipstick only gave me around 5 hours of wear with no liner and closer to 6 with one.

Liners:   Like I said, I haven’t really found the perfect Lip Pencil for my own taste yet, but here are a few that do work with this color and you might like! Of course you can use something like Subculture or Boldly Bare for a barely-there type of liner that will warm up this lipstick a bit. Stripdown would work as well, and is cooler toned. HoverCork, Oak, and Chestnut are all good medium neutrals too… I honestly think the key to being able to rock this lipstick is having a good neutral liner that works with your skin tone without cooling down the tone of this lipstick too much.

Dupes:   Yash (PRO) is warmer and a little darker… That’s the closest dupe I’ve found so far since Naturally Transformed is pretty different! If you know of another please leave it in the comments below!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence:   Persistence is a “peachy cinnamon” and has a Matte finish… It’s a medium, spicy peachy nude with subtle, warm terra-cotta undertones and a creamy matte finish that sets to a true matte pretty quickly. I love this color because it reminds me of the lipsticks that were so popular in the 90’s and seen on iconic supermodels like Cindy Crawford. There’s just something about this type of color that’s timeless and universally flattering on people of all skin tones and ages.

The texture feels smooth and silky for a Matte and doesn’t emphasize dry areas at all. Color payoff is fantastic, but tends to look less orangey on the lips than it does in the tube. Coverage is about 95% opaque, only showing some sheerness on the center of the lip. Wear time was just about 6 hours without a liner and closer to 7 with one.

Liners:   My absolute favorite Lip Pencil with this lipstick is Spice! If you wanted to go a little lighter, you could use Boldly Bare. Staunchly Stylish Pro Longwear Lip Pencil also works well. If you have a medium-dark to deeper skin tone, you can also try Chestnut, Auburn, Mahogany, or Morning Coffee Pro Longwear Lip Pencil if you’d like a longer wear time.

Dupes:   Mocha is similar, but a little more peachy-pink and has a Satin finish. Half ‘N Half is cooler toned and has an Amplified finish. Bad Girl RiRi (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Fall 2013) is close, but darker and more brown.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

It’s time for new Matte lipsticks from MAC! Although they typically release these in fall, thankfully they’re doing this round of The Matte Lip for summer this year since everyone has been dying for new Matte finish colors and I don’t think we could have waited any longer… The only waiting that will have to be done is waiting until the next two posts to see the newest colors! I know, I know, I’m soooo mean, but I’ll have both of those up within the next few days! I had to split this collection up into 3 parts so it’s not so overwhelming and brain-frying for me to sit down and write, plus they arrived on different days. This post will cover the shades that were already available, but don’t fear, ALL of the lipsticks in this collection are permanent and will stick around!

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.

The lipsticks in this particular post all look pretty haggard, but I don’t exactly have the funds to go out and buy new ones just to take photographs of, so bear with me… I also can’t seem to find my Ruby Woo lipstick, so it won’t be included in the group photos of these lipsticks, but I did manage to find photos of it that were from another post, so I will still review it. Another note: The photos in all three of the posts for this collection were taken on different days, so the lighting may vary since I use mostly natural daylight with some supplemental lighting… That just means sometimes photos can be brighter or cooler or whatever, depending on the time of day and such. I’ll get the lighting in this house figured out eventually! Wow, this post sounds like it’s just going to be a hot mess, but I swear it’s not! These are some of my favorite shades of lipstick, so it’s definitely worth checking out, even if they have been worn and look a little “loved”.

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!

Matte Lip 2015 Pt 1 Lipsticks 1

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 these are all Matte or Retro Matte, you can guarantee that they’re the most pigmented, long wearing, and well, matte formulas out there! The only real difference between the two finishes seen in this collection is that Retro Mattes are slightly drier, more matte, and more pigmented than Mattes are, but that means they wear longer and are even more bold! With all of these lipsticks being matte and nude or bright, you’ll want to make sure that your lips are nice and smooth when you apply them, since those are the three most common colors and finish of lipsticks that will show dry or chapped areas… I try to exfoliate my lips once or twice a week using a mixture of either olive oil and sugar or honey and sugar (this one is a little more tasty), 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.

Matte Lip 2015 Pt 1 Labels

Left to Right: All Fired Up, Dangerous, Flat Out Fabulous, Heroine, Kinda Sexy, Pink Pigeon, Please Me, Velvet Teddy

Left to Right: All Fired Up, Dangerous, Flat Out Fabulous, Heroine, Kinda Sexy, Pink Pigeon, Please Me, Velvet Teddy

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

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

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

All Fired Up:   This is a “bright fuchsia matte” with a Retro Matte finish… It’s a bold, medium-dark fuchsia pink with some warm reddish undertones and an uber matte finish. It has very minimal sheen when applied that fades very quickly to the true, flat Retro Matte finish.

The texture of All Fired Up is a bit dry, but not so dry that it tugs on your lips unless they have chapped/dry areas, so it does apply pretty easily for a Retro Matte lipstick anyway. Color payoff is nearly identical to how it looks in the tube without having to apply much product. Coverage is fully opaque. I typically get about 7 hours of wear with All Fired Up, only noticing some fading in the center of the lip after a few hours or after eating/drinking… You can actually extend the wear time by applying a liner first, which will make it wear for closer to 8 hours.

Liners:   Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is a really good match for this lipstick… It may be a little darker but it will give you the longest wear time out of any liner. You could also try Lip Pencils like Beet, which is deeper and more pinker, or Cherry, which is more of a bright, true red. Heroine is also a fun liner to use if you want to add some purple for an ombre lip. If you’d like more contrast with your liner, try something like Vino, Nightingale, or even Nightmoth, all of which will add extra drama to your look.

Dupes:   Relentlessly Red is warmer and more reddish. La Vie En Rouge (LE – The Matte Lip – Fall 2014) is lighter and warmer. Damn Glamorous (LE – The Matte Lip – Fall 2014) is darker and more red. Red Balloon (LE – Playland – Spring 2014) is also similar, but more red and has an Amplified finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous:   Dangerous is an “orangey red matte” with a Retro Matte finish… It’s an intense, medium-dark, warm, yellow based orange-red with an ultra matte finish. Like All Fired Up, Dangerous only has a little bit of a sheen at first, but it dries to the Retro Matte finish within about 15 minutes.

This lipstick has a drier texture than typical Mattes, but that’s the norm with Retro Mattes… It still applies easily, especially with a primer underneath. Color payoff looks just like it does in the tube. Dangerous is also 100% opaque with very little product applied. I get around 7 hours of wear without a liner, 8 hours with one, and only have minimal fading in the center of the lip occasionally.

Liners:   High Energy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is really close and will give you extra long wear time. What A Blast Pro Longwear Lip Pencil will also work, but is more of a true orange. You can also use Redd Lip Pencil, which is an orange-red, or Cherry, which is more of a true red. If you’d like a deeper, more neutral liner to tone this down, or if you have a darker skin tone, you can try ChestnutAuburn, or Mahogany.

Dupes:   Lady Danger is a bit more red, and darker. Morange is brighter, more of a true orange, and has an Amplified finish. Scarlet Ibis (LE – Marilyn Monroe – Fall 2012 & Iris Apfel – Winter 2011) is slightly lighter, brighter, and has more coral undertones than orange. Bang Bang from Melt is lighter, brighter, and more orange.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous:   This lipstick is described as a “bright plum matte” and has a Retro Matte finish… It’s a very bright, medium, magenta-plummy-pink with cooler undertones and a super matte finish. It seems to have less sheen than the previous two lipsticks do when it’s applied… The sheen only lasts for a moment before it fades to the Retro Matte finish.

The texture of Flat Out Fabulous, like other Retro Mattes, is slightly drier than normal, but not so dry that it makes application difficult at all. Color payoff is just as intense and bright as it is in the tube, but is a bit warmer on some lips (like mine), due to the fact that some people have more pigmented lips than others. Coverage is completely opaque using just a little bit of lipstick. Flat Out Fabulous gives me just under 7 hours of wear without a liner and about 8 with one. Like other Retro Mattes, some fading in the center of the lip might occur after a little while, or after eating.

Liners:   Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil works well with this lipstick and is a similar color. More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is also nice, but is more pink. You can also try Magenta or Heroine (now permanent) Lip Pencils. If you’re going for an ombre look, you can try a few darker liners too, like Nightingale or Vino.

Dupes:   Heroine is darker and more purple. Girl About Town has more pink undertones and an Amplified finish. Melt’s Shady Lady is pretty close but has slightly more pinkish undertones.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Heroine

Heroine

Heroine

Heroine

Heroine

Heroine

Heroine:   Heroine is a “bright purple” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium-dark, bold purple with a hint of warmer, pinky undertones. It has a Matte finish rather than a Retro Matte, so the sheen that lasts a bit longer before it sets into a true matte finish. It also feels creamier than the lipsticks previously reviewed in this post.

The texture is smooth and applies easily with no dryness or tugging. Color payoff is slightly more intense in the tube than it is on the lips, with opacity being nearly complete, except for just in the center of the lip (common with any matte lipstick). Wear time for Heroine is usually around 6 hours, and closer to 7 with a liner. Some fading tends to happen towards the center of the lip after a few of wear.

Liners:   Of course Heroine Lip Pencil is the perfect match for a liner… You can also try Magenta if you want it to be warmer/more pinkish, or even Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil if you’d like a longer wear time. If you’re going for a more vampy sort of ombre lip, check out NightingaleVino, or Nightmoth.

Dupes:   Flat Out Fabulous is obviously lighter and more pinky-magenta toned. Feel My Pulse (LE – Temperature Rising – Summer 2013) is lighter, brighter, and has a Cremesheen finish and slightly warmer, more pink undertones. RiRi Boy (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Summer 2013) is cooler toned and lighter/more lavender. Melt’s By Starlight is close, but cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy:   Kinda Sexy is a “neutral pinky-rose” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, peachy-pinkish rose with warm undertones and a soft matte finish. I really like this color as a nude because it’s not like an undead, extra light nude, so it actually works well from anyone from fair to dark skin tones and you can deepen or warm it up even more depending on what liner you use it with.

This lipstick feels really creamy and applied smoothly with no tugging… The only issue you may have is if your lips are dry are chapped, since it’s a nude, so be sure to prime your lips or be sure they’re moisturized first! Color payoff is great, but it may show more pinky tones once applied to the lip, due to the natural color of your lips. Coverage is full and opaque without having to apply much lipstick. I usually get about 6 hours of wear without a liner and closer to 7 with one.

Liners:   You can use pretty much any nude, neutral, neutral-pink, or neutral-peachy liner with this lipstick, depending on what kind of look you’re going for… For a lighter type of nude liner, I suggest Subculture or Boldly Bare Lip Pencils. If you want a little more contrast, you can use Spice to warm it up a bit, or Chestnut if you have a deeper skin tone.

Dupes:   Honeylove is more nude, lighter and cooler toned. Velvet Teddy is also a cooler toned nude. Shy Girl is kind of similar in color but has a Cremesheen finish, so it’s shinier and more sheer.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon:   This lipstick is described as a “bright cleanest pink” and has a Matte finish… It’s a very bright, medium-dark, pink with cool fuchsia undertones and a creamy matte finish. It has a soft sheen for the first hour or so, then dries down and looks like a soft matte later on.

Pink Pigeon feels very smooth and applies easily without ANY dryness whatsoever. Color payoff is just as bright on the lips as it is in the tube, but to me, it looks slightly cooler toned once applied. Coverage is 100% opaque using very little product. Like most Mattes, I get around 6 hours of wear if I don’t apply a liner first, and about 7 hours if I use a liner.

Liners:   There are several liners that are pretty close to this color… Talking Points Lip Pencil works well, as does Candy Yum-Yum. You can also try Magenta or Heroine to add a darker, more purple tone for a fun ombre look. Beet also works and will warm up this color and add some contrast. More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil also works if you want the longest wear time possible.

Dupes:   Candy Yum-Yum is brighter and lighter. Fusion Pink is similar, but slightly warmer and has more shine since it has an Amplified finish. Melt’s Stupid Love is brighter and a little bit warmer, but is otherwise pretty close.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Please Me

Please Me

Please Me

Please Me

Please Me

Please Me

Please Me:   Please Me is a “muted rosy-tinted pink” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, soft rosy pink with warm undertones and a soft matte finish that starts out more creamy, then dries down after 30 minutes or so. This is one of my all time favorites and also one of MAC’s best selling pinks!

The texture feels creamy and applies easily without any tugging or dryness. Color payoff is cooler and more pink once applied to the lips. Coverage is pretty much fully opaque, but as with some of the creamier types of mattes, it can have some sheerness and fading towards the very center of the lip. Wear time is typically around 6 hours without liner and 7 with one.

Liners:   There’s a wide variety of pinky liners that you can use for Please Me… One of my favorite Lip Pencils to use with it is Dervish, since it will give you definition but not add a ton of color. You can also use Soar, which is slightly deeper. Rosy Rim is also really nice, and is one of MAC’s newer colors. If you want pretty much no color difference and just want something to keep the lipstick in place, try Subculture, since it’s basically just a light, very natural color.

Dupes:   Pink Plaid is slightly darker and much cooler toned. Snob is also cooler and has a Satin finish.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo:   This is MAC’s best selling lipstick of all time and it’s a classic “very matte vivid blue-red” with a Retro Matte finish… It’s a medium to medium-dark, intense blue based red (which makes teeth appear whiter), and has a super matte finish… Since it’s a Retro Matte, it’s a bit drier than some other lipstick formulas, but this is THE original Retro Matte… Anytime I think of this finish or a red lipstick, Ruby Woo comes to mind! It’s probably the most flattering bright red lipstick in the world, other than Viva Glam I, which is deeper and more neutral, so if you need a good red it’s worth checking out!

Ruby Woo feels a little dry because it’s a Retro Matte, but it still doesn’t tug on the lips… It does apply easiest and most evenly over something like Prep + Prime Lip or just make sure your lips are lightly moisturized first (but not with something too slippery and vaseline/carmex feeling). Color payoff is obviously fantastic and true to tube color. Coverage is equally great and full with little product applied. I usually get 7-8 hours of wear time without using a liner, and closer to 8-9 with one!

Liners:   MAC actually makes a Ruby Woo liner now, so that one is perfect! You can also use Cherry, which is another bright, true red Lip Pencil and the liner that most everyone used with this lipstick for many, many years. For more contrast, try Brick or BurgundyCurrant, Vino, or even Nightmoth will also work for a more vampy ombre look… Another option if you want an even longer wear time is Kiss Me Quick Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.

Dupes:   Russian Red is darker and more subdued. RiRi Woo (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Summer & Fall 2013) is pretty similar, maybe a bit more blue based. Melt’s Belladonna 2 is close, but a little brighter.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy:   This is a “deep tone beige” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a soft matte finish… It has a slightly creamy sheen that fades into more of a matte a little while after you apply it.

Velvet Teddy feels quite smooth and applies evenly. Color payoff is a little peachier and less beige on the lips than it is in the tube, but that’s because the natural color of lips. Even though some natural lip color may warm up this lipstick a bit, it’s still very opaque and provides full coverage. Like most matte lipsticks, the only fading/unevenness tends to happen in the very center of the lip. Wear time is 6+ hours without a liner and 7+ with one.

Liners:   Like Kinda Sexy, you can use nearly any nude/neutral liner with this lipstick… For people with light to medium skin tones or someone not wanting much contrast, you can use Subculture, Boldly Bare, or Spice. If you have a medium dark to deep skin tone, I suggest something more like Chestnut, which may cool it down but is a great neutral for darker skin tones, or Auburn if you want something a bit warmer.

Dupes:   Kinda Sexy is more of a pinky-peach. Honeylove is lighter and cooler. Yash (PRO) is a little darker and more cool toned. Cozy Up (LE – Apres Chic – Winter 2012) is warmer.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

It’s here at last! As you all know, I love Melt, so I was super excited to see that they released a new, bright, not-so-average shade of lipstick! I’m a fan of these type of colors because they’re unique and it’s just fun to wear something like this. Spring is here and Summer is creeping up on us, so there’s no better time to rock a bright teal lip and not think twice about it! I know some of you may look at this and be like “how the hell do I pull that off?” Well, you slap it on your pretty lips and tame it down with a liner until you’re comfortable enough to wear it with it’s full intensity! I’ll go over liners and combos you can use to switch things up later on in this review… If you have your own favorite combinations, feel free to leave them in the comments! I love to learn from everyone else and hear new ideas!

Melt is a 100% cruelty-free, mostly vegan brand, with Blitzed being one of their vegan lipsticks… I love this about the brand because it shows their dedication to pleasing a wide variety of customers, plus it proves how much they wuv animals! It’s not s HUGE cosmetics company (yet), but I like that… I feel like they really listen to what people want and strive to make awesome products without slacking on quality. I also just think it’s great to support small businesses, especially ones with such amazing products! Obviously, Melt is a company that thinks outside the box, and with founders Lora Arellano and Dana Bomar being make artists themselves, they come up with really creative colors that this industry needs! While Melt is a teeny bit more expensive than something like MAC (only by $3), it’s worth it because I PROMISE you will not find this kind of lipstick from any other brand!

PS: You can follow Melt (@meltcosmetics), Lora (@lora_arellano), and Dana (@danabomar) all on Instagram to see even more photos their products, plus their gorgeous faces and the faces of lots of other makeup artists that come up with epic looks using Melt’s goodies!

Okay, okay, I won’t keep you waiting any longer… I give you Blitzed!

Blitzed

Blitzed

The texture of Blitzed is the typical, creamy formula found with most of Melt’s ultra matte lipsticks. Because it’s uber matte, it can feel a wee bit dry for a brief moment when you first go to apply it, but letting it warm up on the lip by patting it on for a second will make it go on smoothly and easily. As with all Melt lipsticks, Blitzed is highly pigmented so there’s no need to layer the product to get phenomenal color payoff and opaque coverage. It has a very subtle, sweet scent, sort of like vanilla or macarons, but no flavor.

Since these are super matte, I do suggest priming your lip with something before application, especially if you tend to have dry lips anyway. This will hide any chapped areas, make the lipstick wear longer and make application much smoother without having to deal with tugging or dragging that may happen if your lips are dry. My favorite lip primer is Prep + Prime Lip from MAC… It’s a must have with any matte lipsticks! Also, because this lipstick is SO bright, I recommend using a brush, at least around the edges. It will make the line nice and precise! You can use a brush all over anyway, just to get everything as even as possible!

The tube for these lipsticks is simple and sleek… It’s a matte black tube with the cute, classy greige “melt.” logo on the cap, which I’ll photograph tomorrow… I guess I got a little giddy when I was taking these photos and forgot to take one of the tube and label. Oops! The box is a really pretty matte black with and has “melt” printed on it in glossy script, as well as their logo in the same greige color that’s on the tube.

Melt Blitzed Box

Melt lipsticks are available online at www.meltcosmetics.com. They sell for $19 each but they’re well worth it. They contain 3.2 g / 0.11 oz of product, compared to MAC’s lipsticks which are $16 for 3 g / 0.1 oz of product, so it’s not like they really cost any more than your average lipstick does, and in my opinion, you’re getting a better quality product (if you like ultra matte lipstick anyway) with the best pigmentation possible! Shipping is an additional $7 no matter how many lipsticks you purchase, so I suggest getting more than one lipstick, or even an eye shadow stack, to make it worth your money. Shipping is done through USPS I believe, and you get a tracking number so you can stalk your lipstick while it’s on the way to your doorstep. Since it’s priority mail, it gets to you very quickly! It only took about 3 days from the time I placed my order to the time I received my lipstick here in Oklahoma (it shipped from California).

Blitzed

Blitzed

Blitzed

Blitzed

Blitzed

Blitzed

Photo taken indoors in natural, indirect sunlight.

Photo taken indoors in natural, indirect sunlight.
For skin tone reference, I’m a NC15 in MAC terms.

Blitzed is a medium to medium dark (depending on how much you apply and what you wear it with), bright, teal green with cool undertones and an ultra matte finish. As I mentioned, the texture feels creamy and applies easily, but takes just a sec to warm up on the lip… Using a brush to apply it helps with this if you find it troublesome, which you probably won’t anyway, or you can just use a brush because it’s fun and makes you feel pro. Color payoff is exactly how it looks in the tube… Beautiful and bright AF! It’s so pigmented that you need VERY little product! Coverage is also great and is totally opaque and even. The few times I’ve worn Blitzed so far, I got around 6-7 hours of wear with no liner, and only noticed fading around the edges and center of the lip after about 4-5 hours. With a liner, I got over 8 hours of wear with no feathering or fading at all! You can also extend the wear time up to 8-10 hours if you use a liner AND set this by patting a tiny lil bit of translucent powder on your lips after applying Blitzed! That also makes it transfer-proof so you can smooch your main squeeze without worrying about it budging. Or, if you’re like me and don’t have anyone to smooch, you can at least drink your coffee and eat your pizza without worry about your lipstick going anywhere.

Liners:   This part was so fun for me… There are a TON of liner that you can use, depending on the look you want, but here are some of my favorites (all from MAC). Hi-Def Cyan (similar in color, slightly darker), Marine Ultra (a darker, more intense blue), and even Landscape Green (bold, medium green) Chromagraphic Pencils from PRO. You can also use Undercurrent Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner if you want something similar in color, but with glitter… It’s also a smidgen deeper, but looks SUPER pretty with Blitzed! Another more matte liner you can use that’s similar in color, if not a bit lighter and more minty, is Minted Eye Kohl. This liner will give you a defined look without much contrast between lipstick and liner. Tarnish Eye Kohl works too, if you want a darker, more forest green liner to create a ombre look with. Blooz Eye Kohl will also give you this look, but with a more navy blue tone. Two more that can work for a super dramatic look are Phone Number (dark, smoky gray) and Smolder (black) Eye Kohls, which sound a little intimidating, but look rad if you do enough blending!

Dupes:   I’m honestly not aware of any. Just go getcha some Blitzed.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

TIP:   Blitzed looks really awesome if you put it in the center of the lip with Blow or DGAF around the edges of your lip, like a liner… You can even add a little bit of Bane just to the outer corners to create an even deeper, more dramatic ombre with a broader gradient of colors. Also, you can pat a bit of Blitzed in the center of the lip, blended into Space Cake around it, and Bane on the outer corners, or Space Cake in the center of the lip with Blitzed, then Blow of DGAF, then Bane if you reeeally wanna go cray and use as many Melt lipsticks at once as you possible can. Yikes! Sorry… I got a little excited there… Don’t get confused, please.Basically, you can do just about any combo using Blitzed, Space Cake, DGAF, Blow, and Bane.

I haven’t tried it myself yet, but I’ve seen people blending Blitzed into colors like Summer, Darling, By Starlight, and pretty much every other Melt lipstick, and nothing looks lame, so go HAM and have a blast messing around with Blitzed and the rest of your babies from Melt! If you do this PLEASE tag them, and me (@lesleyrocksface or @lesleymarshallmua) on Instagram so we can see your masterpieces!

Well this only took me a lifetime to get posted… On the plus side, I’ve had TONS of time to test it out so I can give you all an in depth, honest review!

I really love this palette because it has such a nice mixture of finishes and colors, most of which I find to be usable on a regular basis… It’s not like Too Faced threw in a bunch of random shadows that will never be touched, so I appreciate that! Another awesome thing about this palette is the fact that it really does smell like chocolate, but not it an icky, fake, overly sweet way… It’s strangely relaxing and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside whenever I’m using it. Greatest marketing idea ever on their part… I mean come on, what woman doesn’t want to inhale chocolate while putting on their makeup?! The value and quality of the Chocolate Bar palette make it a must have as well…  Just shy of $50 for 16 really nice eye shadows is a steal! In my opinion, this is one of the best (mostly) neutral palettes out there these days, but I’ll let you be the judge!

Note:   I will admit that the product photos in this post are less than fantastic due to a new, weird lighting setup that I had used and bad natural light that day… If it wouldn’t bother you all, I’d be happy to redo them sometime if you don’t mind seeing these eye shadows now that they’ve been used! They aren’t in pristine condition like they were when my palette was brand new, but I think the colors would be more accurate (I feel like they’re most accurate in the photos of the whole palette.) Please comment below if you’d like me to redo some of these photos!

TF Chocolate Bar Palette Packaging

Nearly all of these eye shadows felt really luxurious and applied easily (you’ll find out which ones didn’t in the individual reviews). Coverage kind of depends on the finish, but it’s mostly pretty good with little product used. While the mattes tend to wear a little longer than the shimmery or metallic finish shadows, I got an average of 4-6 hours without a primer and closer to 8-10 with one. A primer is also going to make the color of the shadow more true to pan color… You can use a huge variety of primers, and Too Faced makes one called Shadow Insurance if you want to stick with this brand. My favorite, however, is the line of Pro Longwear Paint Pots from MAC… I usually stick with a neutral shade like (from light to dark) Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Layin’ Low. Even if you have a deeper skin tone, you can still use these lighter colors to intensify the color of the eye shadow… It looks a little crazy at first, but trust me, it works!

The palette itself resembles a chocolate bar (makes sense)… It’s metal and doesn’t feel flimsy or cheap at all. It also contains a good sized, nice mirror that isn’t the cloudy looking plastic kind that easily warps and scratches. My only issue is the fact that the magnetic closure feels a little less powerful than it should be to hold this palette shut… I prefer magnetic closures to ones that clip or latch, because that leaves one less thing to break, but I sometimes worry that if I drop my Chocolate Bar palette (which I inevitably will at some point, since I’m so clumsy), it’s going to break… I’m going to stay optimistic about this packaging, since I haven’t heard anything about that happening yet, but I’ll keep you updated if my opinion on that changes at all!

Too Faced Chocolate Par Packaging

On the back of the package, it reads “Indulge your craving for chocolate with these 16 antioxidant-rich cocoa powder infused matte and shimmer shades of neutral browns, delicate pinks, and luscious plums. Inspired by our best-selling cocoa powder infused Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, the collection of decadent shadows is the perfect complement to any skin tone”… It’s made with 100% natural cocoa powder, so you aren’t putting weird, synthetically perfumed stuff on your delicate eyelids. It also does not contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates, so that’s even better! As that little description mentions, there are also other chocolatey products from Too Faced, including another eye shadow palette and bronzers, which I will be reviewing soon! While some of Too Faced’s products are vegan, this palette is not one of them. However, they are a completely cruelty-free company that’s against animal testing, which makes them super awesome in my book!

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Label

While the palette itself doesn’t list the colors printed on it like the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette does, the box has them listed on the back, so you could cut that off and keep it if you want. The palette also comes with a clear protective cover over the eye shadows that has the names of the shadows on it, so you can always keep that in there as well. What this palette DOES come with is a little guide with a few looks that you can create if you get stumped for ideas! All of these work well together on pretty much all ages and skin tones, though, so I don’t really think you can go wrong with any combination that you may come up with.

SONY DSC

I sort of failed at cropping this straight… Oops.

The Chocolate Bar palette is permanent, so it’s not going anywhere anytime soon! It’s available from Too Faced’s website, Sephora, Ulta, and just about any retailer that sells Too Faced. It costs $49 no matter where you get it from, but a lot of websites that sell it have sales and frequently offer discount codes! The two larger eye shadows contain 2.8 g / 0.10 oz of product each, while the other fourteen smaller eye shadows contain 0.95 g / 0.03 oz… That makes a grand total of 18.9 g / 0.62 oz of product! By eye shadow palette standards, that’s a really good deal for such high quality stuff!

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette with Colors

Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Gilded Ganache

Gilded Ganache

Gilded Ganache:   This shadow is a dark, neutral brown with a warmer type of golden bronze sheen. It has very, very fine glittery/shimmer particles in it that may cause fallout if you apply it too heavily or with a very fluffy brush. The texture of this shadow felt soft and smooth, despite the micro-shimmer (those usually feel a little dry). Color payoff was really good and actually looks a bit warmer on that it does in the pan. Coverage was even and opaque without using much product. I got about 5 hours of wear without a primer and closer to 8 with one.

Dupes:   Rum Raisin from the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is much warmer. Darkhorse from Urban Decay’s original Naked palette is similar, maybe a bit cooler toned, but still a closer match than Rum Raisin.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   4

White Chocolate

White Chocolate

White Chocolate:   This is a pale, neutral cream color with slightly warm/beige undertones and a matte finish. It wasn’t powdery at all and both packed on and blended out well. Color payoff on the skin seems a little lighter than in the pan. Coverage was mostly opaque, and gets better the more you layer this shadow. With White Chocolate, I got just over 6 hours of wear without a primer about 10 with one.

Dupes:   There are a lot of dupes for an eye shadow like this! Strange from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette is close, but has a more satin finish and a pinker undertone. Blanc Type from MAC is VERY, very similar!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Milk Chocolate

Milk Chocolate

Milk Chocolate:   Milk Chocolate is a medium, neutral brown that can appear warmer once applied, depending on your skin tone. This shadow has a matte finish and a really nice, smooth texture that’s easily blendable. Color payoff, as I mentioned, usually looks a little warmer on the skin. Milk Chocolate has pretty good coverage… I would say it’s about 90% opacity with the first layer. Wear time was around 6 hours no primer, and closer to 10 when worn over a primer.

Dupes:    Mousse from Too Faced’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate palette is lighter, but close. Buck from the original Naked palette by Urban Decay is lighter and warmer. The MAC shadows Cork and Wedge are close, but not quite the same… Cork is cooler, while Wedge is lighter.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Black Forest Truffle

Black Forest Truffle

Black Forest Truffle:   This eye shadow is a medium dark to dark, plummy, reddish brown with a satiny sheen and warm, pinky bronze micro-glitter. Because of the micro-glitter particles, I wasn’t a big fan of this texture… It felt rather dry and gritty, making application troublesome with the fallout it created. Color payoff was good, but not as intense as it looks in the pan. Coverage was only semi-opaque, due to the fact that the texture made is apply less evenly than most other shadows in this palette. Wear time was only around 4-5 hours without a primer, but improved and went up to 7-8 when applied over a primer.

Dupes:   MAC’s Sketch is similar in color, but without the annoying micro-glitter. Beauty Marked, also from MAC, is a little darker, but has about the same amount of shimmer, and applied more evenly. Blackheart from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette is darker, more intense, and even more glittery.

Overall Rating:   3.5 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Triple Fudge

Triple Fudge

Triple Fudge:   Triple Fudge is a dark to deep (depending on how it’s applied), warm toned, fudge brown with a hint of reddish undertones and a matte finish. Texture was similar to the other matte shadows in this palette… Smooth and bendable without being dry. Color payoff was good, but not as rich and deep as in the pan… Same with coverage. It wasn’t quite totally opaque at first and took some layering to get it about as dark as it is in the pan. I didn’t notice any fading or creasing until I had this on for around 5-6 hours, and around 8-9 hours with a primer.

Dupes:   Hmm… This seems like a color that would be pretty easy to dupe, but I can’t find anything close to it from any brand I have! Embark from MAC is as deep and rich, but MUCH warmer and reddish/plum toned.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Swatches 2

Salted Caramel

Salted Caramel

Salted Caramel:   This shadow is a medium, warm peachy brown with a matte finish… It felt even smoother than most of the other mattes in this palette and both blended out and packed on with ease. Color payoff is nearly identical to how it looks in the pan, while coverage is even and opaque with very little product used. There was no fading or creasing with this shadow until I had it on for a little over 6 hours, and closer to 9-10 with a primer.

Dupes:   MAC’s Tete-A-Tint is nearly identical in both texture and color. Soft Brown, also from MAC, is lighter and more neutral. Peanut Butter from the Semi-Sweet Chocolate palette is darker, more intense, and more orange.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Marzipan

Marzipan

Marzipan:   Marzipan is a light, warm, peachy nude with a creamy sheen and frosted finish. It felt silky and applied very easily. It’s a little lighter on the skin than it is in the pan, but I would say color payoff is pretty good. You also don’t need to use much to get fully opaque coverage. Since it has a metallic finish, it doesn’t wear quite so long as the mattes in this palette do… I got around 4-5 hours of wear without a primer, and just over 8 when I used a Pro Longwear Paint Pot first.

Dupes:   This is another one of those shadows that you can find a lot of dupes for… Sin from Urban Decay’s original Naked palette is pretty similar for both color and finish. Naked Lunch from MAC is lighter. MAC’s All That Glitters is also very close, perhaps with more of a pink/champagne undertone, though.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Semi-Sweet

Semi-Sweet

Semi-Sweet:   This eye shadow is a medium dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was smooth and not dry at all, applying and blending easily. Color payoff is lighter on the skin than in the pan, but can be built up if desired. Coverage was even but not totally opaque with the first layer I applied. I got about 6 hours of wear without a primer, and just over 9 with one before any creasing or fading occurred.

Dupes:   Corduroy from MAC is very close, maybe a little more reddish and lighter. Folie, also from MAC, is much more reddish.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Strawberry Bon-Bon

Strawberry Bon-Bon My apologies for this rotten photo… It got cloudy! The color towards the top of the photo is most accurate.

Strawberry Bon-Bon:   This shadow is a pale, cool toned pink with a matte finish. The texture felt nice and buttery smooth with no dryness. Color payoff is lighter and less intense on the skin than it looks in the palette, but improves a lot when worn over a primer. Coverage was actually really good and even, despite the lack of color intensity. Wear time was the average 6 hours without a primer, and 9-10 with one.

Dupes:   Limit from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette is darker and much cooler/lavender toned. Pink Freeze from MAC is similar in color, but totally different in texture since it has a Frost finish… I honestly can’t really find the ideal dupe for this shadow.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Candied Violet

Candied Violet
Again, my bad for the ugly photo! Not only was I losing my light, but the shimmery particles make is near impossible to focus on!

Candied Violet:   Candied Violet is a medium, cool toned gray-ish violet with a pearly sheen and pinkish-purple, multidimensional micro-glitter particles. Once again, the texture of one of the only sparkly shadows in this palette was disappointing… It felt stiff, dry, chalky, and had quite a bit of fallout, making it not terribly fun to work with! Forget blending this color out or using a fluffy, blending brush… You’ll have fairy vomit (my term for glittery fallout) all over the place! Color payoff wasn’t as dark or intense as it was in the palette, while coverage was sort of sheer as well, thanks to the dry, icky texture. I only got about 4 hours of wear with Candied Violet before it started to crease and fade, but that was bumped up to around 7 hours when applied over a primer.

Dupes:   To be completely honest, I can’t find a dupe for this in my collection, so at least it’s a unique color! I’m trying so hard to find a positive here haha!

Overall Rating:   3 / 5

Application:   2

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   2

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Amaretto

Amaretto

Amaretto:   Amaretto is a medium dark, rusted brown with a warm, bronze sheen and a frosted finish… It’s an incredibly smooth, silky feeling eye shadow that applies evenly, While color payoff wasn’t as intense as it looks in the palette, it was still pretty good. Coverage was almost totally opaque, but not quite. Since this is a frost, wear time was only 4-5 hours with no primer, and around 8 with one.

Dupes:   MAC’s Sable is similar, but a little cooler toned. Antiqued, also by MAC, is actually closer because it’a warmer than Sable.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Hazelnut

Hazelnut

Hazelnut:   This shadow is a medium dark bronzed brown with a golden bronze sheen and frosted finish. It felt very smooth and applied easily. Color payoff was a little lighter on the skin than in the pan, but still looked great. Coverage was completely opaque with very little product applied. I didn’t have any issues with fading or creasing until nearly 5 hours of wear time, and closer to 9 hours of wear when applied over a primer.

Dupes:   Bronze from MAC is almost identical, but maybe a teeny bit deeper. Snakebite from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is cooler and darker. Frosting, which is in Too Faced’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette, is lighter and cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Creme Brûlée

Creme Brûlée

Creme Brûlée:   Creme Brûlée is a medium, golden amber shadow with warm undertones and a frosty, metallic finish. It has a super silky smooth texture that applies like a dream. Color payoff is nearly the same as it looks in the palette, with coverage being 100% opaque without having to use much product. For a metallic eye shadow, wear time was pretty good… I got about 6 hours when applied alone and 9+ over a primer.

Dupes:    Amber Lights from MAC is pretty close, maybe with more of a peachy-golden undertone, though. Caramel from the Semi-Sweet palette is lighter and much peachier. Half-Baked from both Urban Decay’s Naked and Naked 2 palettes is close, but a bit lighter… The one in the original Naked palette is a little closer than the version of Half-Baked in the second Naked palette.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Haute Chocolate

Haute Chocolate

Haute Chocolate:   This shadow is a dark, bronzed chocolate shade with warm undertones and a highly frosted finish. Like Amaretto, it felt incredibly smooth and buttery, applying super easily and evenly. Color payoff isn’t as deep as it is in the pan unless you layer it, but it’s still gorgeous! Since Haute Chocolate applies so evenly, it also has superb coverage. As far as wear time goes, I got a little less than 6 hours without a primer and just over 8 with one before I noticed any creasing or fading.

Dupes:   Snakebite from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is darker and cooler. Carbonized from MAC is very close, but it was unfortunately limited edition.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Cherry Cordial

Cherry Cordial

Cherry Cordial:   Cherry Cordial is a medium dark to dark (depending on application), wine stained shadow with warm reddish brown undertones and a mostly matte finish, though it does have some micro-glitter bits in it. While the sheen it pretty, I feel like those little shimmer bits make the texture of some of these shadows dry, with this being one of them. Color payoff was alright, though not as intense as it is in the palette, while coverage was only semi-opaque, thanks yet again to that dry, itty bitty shimmery texture. On the plus side, the drier texture made this wear well for over 6 hours without a primer, and about 9 with one.

Dupes:   MAC’s Embark is darker and more brown. Deep Damson, also from MAC, is close in color, but matte has slightly more plum undertones and is a Matte finish.

Overall Rating:  3.5  / 5

Application:   2

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Champagne Truffle

Champagne Truffle

Champagne Truffle:  This shadow is a pale cream with neutral to cool pinky undertones (it leans more cool/pinky depending on your skin tone and what primer you use). It has a beautiful frosted metallic finish and feels very creamy and smooth, applying easily and blending out with no trouble at all. Color payoff looks about the same as it does in the pan, and coverage is totally opaque without needing to apply much product. Wear time was a solid 6 hours without a primer, and I had no creasing or fading for at least 8-9 hours when using a primer first.

Dupes:   Phloof from MAC is very similar for both color and finish/texture. Virgin from the original Naked palette has the same finish, but more of a true champagne tone. Bootycall from Urban Decay’s naked 2 palette is a little darker and not as cool/pink as Champagne Truffle.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

For the sake of getting this post up ASAP, I won’t be writing every single word of this from scratch… Since I just made a post about Melt’s Dark Matter Eye Shadow Stack, I’ll be copying and pasting some of that… Please forgive me! I’m just really behind and want to be able to make new posts on here for you guys every day SO it’s more important for me to get this stuff done! There aren’t a TON of differences anyway, aside from colors and finishes… The quality is equally epic, so most of the last review also applies to this product as well 😉 Enjoy!

I’m super in love with Melt’s entire brand, so the addition of the eye shadow stacks is a pretty big deal! They’re gorgeous eye shadows that will work on anyone, for any occasion (seriously, you can make a bajillion looks with these things). PLUS they’re just pretty and I love the design… 1) because it allows for the eye shadows to be huge but store easily; 2) there are no little parts that open and close that my clumsy self can break, since each shadow sticks and stacks together with the magic of magnets; and 3) it just looks cool and it’s fun to take the stack apart and put them back together… It’s like legos for makeup loving grown ups.

On top of the fun factor, the eye shadows in the Love Sick stack are super versatile so they be used for a lot of different looks. You have warm and cool, bright and subtle, and matte and shimmer, so you’re sure to have a blast playing around with this stack! I think that to a lot of people, Melt is seen as being more on the edgy side, but with the addition of eye shadows, it’s going to make them blow up even more than they already have and sneak their way into the collections of a lot more people who may not have checked out this brand otherwise. Like I said, because of the variety of colors and finishes offered in the Love Sick stack, you’ll be able to do a lot with it, whether it’s a daytime makeup for a tame lunch (like a 2 mimosa limit… ha!) or you’re getting all dolled up for a crazy weekend in Vegas! I’ll do my best to describe some different looks you can do with this stack under the reviews for each color, and I may even take some photos of a few looks and post them later this week!

Love Sick Stack 1

Stack Packaging

All four eye shadows in this palette are intensely pigmented, and have both matte and satiny/frosted finishes. The ones with more of a sheen can be intensified from a satin to a full on frost just by dampening the brush you apply it with (I’ll tell ya how to do that in a minute)! What’s so great about these is that you can get insane color payoff with them if you pack them on the eyelid using a flat brush, like a MAC 239, but they also blend out easily for a softer look if you use something like a MAC 217 or 224 brush. If you want to smudge these under the lower lash line, you can use a pencil brush like a MAC 219, or even use them 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 shimmer, you may want to spray your brush lightly with MAC Fix+ Spray. This will make it super easy to use these as a liner, since it will turn them into a much creamier consistency that makes for a perfectly precise line or wing. Fixated works well for a liner with all of the other shadows in this stack! One suggestion if you use ANY powder eye shadow as a liner: Pick one area of the product and designate is as your wet spot (that sounds bad, but you know what I mean)… If you’re all over the place where you use a damp brush on the product, it will start to get a weird, hard “crust” on it that won’t stick to any fluffier type of brush when you go to use it dry! These shadows all wear really well alone (6+ hours no creasing), but if you want an even longer wear time (more like 8-12 hours) and the best color payoff possible, you can apply these over a primer, like a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in a color that’s light and neutral… A few of my favorites are Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Layin’ Low.

Tip: Since there are two shimmery colors in this stack (Amelie and Promiscuous), you can even pat these on top of Melt’s matte lipsticks to totally transform your lip look!

FYI, as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, these eye shadows are HUGE! (I’ll try and get a comparison photo up soon). They’re slightly larger than MAC’s Pro Longwear Eye Shadows are, but are a much better value! Plus these have a legit mirror (not the cheap feeling plastic kind that cracks) included in the stack. The packaging is sleek, easy to use and store, and sturdy enough to toss in your bag for a weekend getaway or touchups (not that you’ll need to do any of those with the wear time these eye shadows have). Since the stack is held together by magnets, it’s not going to come open easily if it gets knocked around a bit!

Both of Melt’s Eye Shadow Stacks are available exclusively from www.meltcosmetics.com. They sell for $48 and contain a total of 14.28 g / 0.5 oz of product, so that makes them equal to $12 and 3.57 g / 0.125 oz each… That’s actually a really good value, considering the fact that a MAC eye shadow quad costs $48 and contains a total of 6 g / 0.21 oz of product, and individual MAC shadows sell for $16 and contain only 1.5 g / 0.05 oz each… So in comparison to MAC, you’re getting about three times as much product for just a few bucks more! Both stacks are permanent, but sell out from time to time… As of right now, Love Sick is in stock, so go getcha one! Shipping costs a flat $7 in the US, so you may want to get both palettes, or grab lipstick or two as well to make the postage a little more worth it… My favorite Melt lipstick to use with the Love Sick stack are Summer, Dark Room, Shady Lady, Stupid Love, 6six6, and Space Cake (currently out of stock… Sad face). I have a feeling I’m going to love Blitzed with this stack too! Review on that lipstick will be soon… I just ordered it yesterday 😉

Note: Melt is a cruelty free company and three out of four of the shadows in the Love Sick stack are vegan! Those include Promiscuous, Fixated, and Amelie. Love Sick is the only shade that is not vegan.

Left to Right:   Promiscuous, Fixated, Amelie, and Love Sick

Left to Right: Promiscuous, Fixated, Amelie, and Love Sick

Melt Love Sick Labels

Photo taken outdoors in natural, but not direct sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural, but not direct sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.
Honestly, these swatches suck and I need to redo this photo… I’ll get to that this week when I get a sunny day!

This is the updated swatch photo! Taken in natural, indirect sunlight on a much brighter day!

This is the updated swatch photo!
Taken in natural, indirect sunlight on a much brighter day!

Note:   The bottom photo of each shadow is taken in direct, natural sunlight so you can see how intense it is even in such bright lighting! They are, however, not that light in person or in “normal” lighting. I just wanted to show off the pigmentation and intensity of these shadows!

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous:   Melt’s description of this eye shadow goes like this: “A beautiful color changing violet-blue! Use it alone, or combine it with black to reveal a completely different shade!” which is a great tip! Using a black primer, like MAC’s Blackground Pro Longwear Paint Pot underneath will transform Promiscuous to a SUPER iridescent, intense new color! Anyway, this is a medium to medium-dark (depending on application), purple with some cool violet undertones to it, which will show more cool blue-violet tones when used over a black primer, or used damp. It has a soft, satiny sheen to it that’s easily intensified and bumped up to a true frost. This is a great multi-purpose eye shadow that you can use on the lid, in the crease, smudged under the lower lash line, as a liner, and even on top of lipstick (try it over Bane, Dark Room, By Starlight, Shady Lady, and Space Cake)! I typically wear this on the lid using a MAC 239 brush dry or MAC 242 brush damp, with some Fixated in the crease/outer v with a MAC 217 brush, and blended out with Blurr from the Dark Matter stack with a MAC 224. I’ll also use Amelie all over the lid, applied with a 239, with Promiscuous blended into the crease and smudged under the lower lash line with a 217, then add a bit to Fixated and/or Love Sick in outer v area with the same 217. This eye shadow is also super pretty as a liner with a little bit of Amelie or Blurr on the lid, or even on a naked eyelid, just for a pop of color!

The texture of Promiscuous feels super silky, and both packed onto the lid and blended out easily. Color payoff looks the same as it does in the pot, but may need some building up, or use with a damp brush, to get oodles of shimmer. Coverage was even and surprisingly opaque for a shimmery eye shadow that feels SO lightweight! I got over 6 hours of wear both on the lid and in the crease before I noticed any fading or creasing. When I used a primer, wear time went up to 10-12 hours!

Dupes:   Plush Pro Longwear Eye Shadow from MAC is close, but not close enough to be a true dupe… It’s lighter, more cool toned and less violet, and doesn’t have that intense shimmer or pigmentation… Promiscuous is pretty unique!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated:   This eye shadow is “A gorgeous matte grey inspired by one of our favorite lipsticks, Space Cake, so pigmented and cool you have to see to believe” (I MUST redo my swatches, because it really is intense and they don’t reflect that!)… It’s a medium dark to dark (depends on how you apply it), grey with cool, blue/stone undertones and a true matte finish. This color is really versatile because it can be used all over the lid with a MAC 239 brush for a soft smoky look, which you can blend out with pretty much any other color in this stack, depending on how colorful of a look you’re going for. You can also use Blurr or Unseen from the Dark Matter stack to blend this out with! Fixated also makes a great crease, under eye, or liner color with ANY other Melt eye shadow! Since it can be applied so lightly if you use the right brush (a MAC 217 with a light hand, or a MAC 224 works well), you can also use this to cool down and deepen any eye shadow, especially in the crease. As Melt mentions in their own description, since this was inspired by the lipstick Space Cake, you can pat this OVER Space Cake to make it even more of an intense, velvety looking matte lip!

Fixated has the same smooth, matte texture as the shadows in the Dark Matter stack, without any dryness or skipping, so it applies really well! Color payoff is intense with little product used, and looks the same as pan color. Coverage is opaque when packed onto the lid with a flat brush, or you can even build it up to a deep, opaque payoff by layering with a fluffier brush. Wear time was great for a darker type of matte shadow… I got nearly 7 hours on the lid and in the crease with no primer, and 12+ hours in both areas with a primer applied first.

Dupes:   Weathered Pro Longer Eye Shadow by MAC is similar, but has a sheen and is a little more blue. It’s also not as pigmented. Prussian (discontinued not long ago) eye shadow from MAC is lighter and more blue, and Nehru, also from MAC, has a deeper navy tone.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie:   According to Melt, Amelie is a “perfectly peachy gold, you’ll want to add it all over Cheeks! Highlight! Eyes! It glistens and glides on with ease”… It’s a light to light-medium peach with warm golden sheen. You can intensify the color and sheen by using this damp, and you can even try using it over a darker bronze or black primer to REALLy change up the color and bring out the shimmer! Amelie is a great multipurpose eye shadow that you don’t just have to wear on your eyes… Probably why this is my favorite eye shadow in this stack! For use on the eyes, this is a gorgeous lid and inner corner color, and can even be used really lightly just below the brow for some sheen, but not much color. It’s gorgeous with any of the other shadows in this stack in the crease, and also looks great with any of the ones in the Dark Matter stack! For use on the lips, it looks amazing when lightly tapped over colors like Summer, Bang! Bang!, Stupid Love, Belladonna 2 (especially just in the center of the lip), and even on top of Bane for a really unique iridescent, blackened gold lip! And yes, you can even use this as a highlight on your gorgeous face, like on the areas of the tops of the cheeks, tip of the nose, and anywhere else you want to add a goddess like golden glow!

Amelie felt really silky, just like Promiscuous. Color payoff was awesome, even using little product. It both built up and blended out without much work at all. Color payoff looks just like it does in pan, and can be made more intense when dampened and used over a dark primer. Coverage was solid with no uneven spots you can see in some other shimmery shadows. On the lid, I got around 7 hours of wear before I noticed any fading or creasing, and more like 6 hours in the crease. With a primer applied beforehand, I got closer to 12 hours on the lid and 10 in the crease!

Dupes:   Pink Frontier Pro Longer Eye Shadow from MAC is lighter and definitely more pink, it’s also less intense. Trick, from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette, is lighter, cooler, and more coppery than peachy-pink. Mythology eye shadow from MAC is darker, more coppery, and has a ton of bigger shimmery particles (and fallout). Expensive Pink, also from MAC, would be your best bet for a dupe but it’s darker, more pink, and less intense.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick:   Love Sick is described as “a beautiful ultra-matte burgundy-red …inspired by our most popular lipstick 6six6″… It’s a medium to medium-dark, intense burgundy red with some warm-neutral, rusted undertones. This shadow has the same matte finish as Fixated and as the shadows in the Dark Matter stack. Red’s may not be for everyone, but they should be! You can use Love Sick lightly, blended out in the crease with a MAC 217 or 224 brush, with ANY colors in either one of Melt’s stacks, You can also use this patted onto the lid with a MAC 239 brush and blended with, well, any of Melt’s other shadows in the crease. I also REALLY like adding a bit of a warm, smoky look under the eyes by smudging this around with a MAC 219 pencil brush. For a red, it really is versatile and can be used to add something bright and special to any look you wear!

The texture of Love Sick is smooth and soft, just like all of Melt’s other matte shadows. It’s not dry or gritty, like many red shadows are (yay!). Intensity and color payoff is insane on the lid, but can also easily be tamed down and blended out in the crease. Coverage is easily made opaque by applying with a flat brush, or a pencil brush. When applied to the lid, I got 6 hours of wear with no fading/creasing, and closer to 12 with a primer. In the crease or smudged below the eye, I got the same, about 6 hours of wear without a primer and more like 10-12 with one.

Dupes:   Finding a dupe for a red matte shadow is damn near impossible, so I have yet to find one for this! Enigma from the Dark Matter stack is deeper and has a more rust/brown undertone. Red Brick eye shadow from MAC is lighter, less intense, and has a much more orange tone to it.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5