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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo taken outdoors in indirect sunlight on NC20 skin.

 

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Radioactive

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Radioactive

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

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

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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

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Radon

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Radon

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

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

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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

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Neon

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Neon

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

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

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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

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Xenon

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Xenon

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

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

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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

 

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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!

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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!

I got the Alluring Aquatic collection about a month ago, right after it came out, but since I didn’t get ALL of the lipsticks immediately I was putting off posting this until I got the last one… However, I never ended up getting Siren Song so that one won’t be included in this post… But hey, at least I’m finally getting all of this on here as a Collection Catch Up! Even though a lot of the products from this collection are sold out at some locations and online, I’ve had plenty of time to experiment and find good dupes so hopefully that will help all of you out!

The theme for the Alluring Aquatic collection is, as the name suggests, beachy/aquatic/mermaid inspired, which is perfect for summer and very much on trend right now. The colors and textures in this collection are beautiful and coordinate well with everything else that’s part of Alluring Aquatic… This allow you to really play around with the different products, mixing and matching things to create a really wide variety of looks. These lipsticks are gorgeous and I really like how they’re all very different, so there’s something for everyone… So without further ado; I give you the Alluring Aquatic lipsticks!

 

Enchanted One - Goddess of the Sea - Mythical - Pet Me, Please

Enchanted One – Goddess of the Sea – Mystical – Pet Me, Please

 

MAC Lipsticks are highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. Since these four lipsticks are different finishes, I’ll be more giving more details about the color payoff, texture, wear time, etc, in the individual reviews.With any lipstick, I suggest starting off by applying Prep + Prime Lip… It’s a silicone based primer that contains Vitamin E, so it adds a bit of moisture, locks in that moisture, and smooths out the lip so everything glides on easily and wears longer, even if you have dry or chapped lips! I also recommend using a liner before you put on your lipstick; This will help define and shape the lip, as well as keep everything in place and help prevent bleeding/feathering outside the lip line. Keep reading to learn what liners work best with each lipstick!

The Alluring Aquatic collection features special packaging, like many of MAC’s recent collections… This is, by far, my favorite special packaging from MAC since the Temperature Rising collection from last summer! Not only is the chrome/mirrored, aqua color gorgeous; the texture with the faux water droplets is very pretty and unique too! The boxes also have the same aqua color and water droplet pattern. Since all of the products in the Alluring Aquatic collection feature this special packaging, it bumps up the price a little bit but it’s worth it to me… It’s funny because I was NEVER a sucker for limited edition, colorful packaging in the past but MAC has created some really cute stuff lately that I just can’t resist!

 

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Alluring Aquatic is a limited edition collection that was released on Thursday, May 22nd. What’s still in stock is available now online at www.maccosmetics.com, as well as at MAC stores and counters. These lipsticks contain the usual 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product but sell for $17.50 instead of the usual $16, due to the special packaging. Like all other MAC lipsticks, these have a soft vanilla scene but no flavor.

 

Enchanted One - Goddess of the Sea - Mystical - Pet Me, Please

Enchanted One – Goddess of the Sea – Mystical – Pet Me, Please

Alluring Aquatic Lipstick Labels

 

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

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

Enchanted One

Enchanted One

Enchanted One

Enchanted One

Enchanted One:   This lipstick is a “midtone neutral pink” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, warm toned, dusty peachy-rose. There is a slightly creamy type of sheen when first applied, which dries down to a true matte within about half an hour. Color payoff seems a little softer and less intense on the lips, but it’s still nearly true to the color it is in the tube. Coverage is full and opaque, aside from on the area in the center of the bottom lip (as you can see in the picture), but this is pretty typical with Mattes and can be fixed by lightly blending out that area with your finger or a brush. The texture is smooth and creamy for a matte and only sort of dry… If you have any dry or chapped areas on the lips, this may emphasize them, but that can be hidden by applying Prep + Prime Lip first. I got around 6 hours of wear with Enchanted One before I noticed any fading.

Liners:   You can use a pretty wide array of liners with Enchanted One, depending on your skin tone… All of the ones I recommend are warm toned neutrals… Here they are from lightest to darkest: Subculture, Boldly Bare, Spice, or Chestnut Lip Pencil and Staunchly Stylish or Nice ‘N’ Spicy Pro Longwear Lip Pencils.

Dupes:   For permanent dupes, Honeylove is similar and Matte but it’s slightly more pink… Taupe is another similar Matte but it’s darker and cooler toned. Peachstock is close, but lighter, more peachy, and has a Satin finish. If you do a light layer of Spice Lip Pencil, then apply Peachstock on top, the color is super close but you don’t get a Matte finish… You can mattify it a little by lightly applying translucent setting powder on top.

If you happen to have Cozy Up lipstick from the Apres Chic collection, released in December of 2012, that’s a near exact dupe and shares a Matte finish. On some people, Cozy Up looks slightly lighter but it’s the closest thing I’ve found to Enchanted One!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Goddess of the Sea

Goddess of the Sea

Goddess of the Sea

Goddess of the Sea

Goddess of the Sea:   Goddess of the Sea is described as a “dark, vibrant violet” and has a Cremesheen finish… It’s a medium-dark, cool, berry toned violet with a creamy type of sheen. Color payoff is not quite as dark as it in the tube, but close enough. Coverage is about 90% opaque and even. The texture is smooth and makes this lipstick glide on easily. Since it’s a slicker type of lipstick than a Satin, Matte, or even Amplified, it won’t show any dry areas, even though it’s an intense color. Goddess of the Sea gave me a solid 5 hours of wear before it needed a touchup.

Liners:   For brighter liners with more violet or magenta tones, you can use Heroine (limited edition) or Magenta Lip Pencils… If you want to go a bit more neutral and darker you can try Plum Lip Pencil. For more of an intense, ombre lip, you can try Currant, Vino, or even Nightmoth for a darker, more vampy look.

Dupes:   Dupes for Goddess of the Sea were tricky to figure out… There aren’t any that are exact. Rebel is darker and has pinker undertones. Amorous is closer than anything else I found in MAC’s permanent range, but more mauve and cool toned. Up the Amp is brighter, lighter and more purple. Heroine is darker, more of a true purple, and Matte.

The only limited edition dupe I found was Feel My Pulse, from the Temperature Rising collection which was released for Summer 2013… However, it’s brighter, more intense and has much more magenta tones.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Mystical

Mystical

Mystical

Mystical

Mystical:   This is a “midtone creamy rose” with a Cremesheen finish… It’s a medium, warm toned rosy pink with a natural sheen. Color payoff is, like a lot of Cremesheens, less intense than it is in the tube, but this lipstick can be layered to achieve a bolder color payoff. Coverage is full and opaque. The texture is super smooth and applies easily. I got just over four hours of wear before I noticed any fading.

Liners:   Nearly any neutral, warm pink liner will work with Mystical… A few of my favorites are Dervish, Whirl, Soar, or even Half-Red Lip Pencils.

Dupes:   Amorous is darker and more plum toned. Brave is pinker, lighter, and more yellow based. Viva Glam VI is more neutral and brown toned.

For limited dupes, you can try Venus from the Heavenly Creatures collection of June 2012… It’s barely lighter and pinker, but close enough!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Pet Me, Please

Pet Me, Please

Pet Me, Please

Pet Me, Please

Pet Me, Please:   This lipstick is a “light, shimmering mauve” with a Frost finish… If this name sounds familiar to you, it’s because it was previously released with the Fabulous Felines collection back in August of 2010. It’s a light, slightly golden, shimmery peachy nude with some oddly cool, mauve undertones that don’t really show up until it’s applied to the lip. Color payoff is good, but it certainly looks less golden on than it does in the tube. Coverage is nearly opaque, which is nice to see in a lighter shade with this type of finish. Texture was a little dry, which is typical with some of the super frosted lipsticks, but it still applied smoothly. It did made the drier spots on my lip stand out when my allergies were bad and I had chapped lips, so make sure you put on some Prep + Prime Lip first! Wear time was only about 3 hours before Pet Me, Please began to fade.

Liners:   With such a light color, you don’t want to go too bold with a liner… I suggest something subtle like Subculture, Dervish, or Boldly Bare Lip Pencils.

Dupes:   High Tea is warmer toned, more neutral and a bit darker. Frou is pretty close, but more intense and very slightly cooler toned.

For a limited dupe, Quiet, Please from the Cham-Pale collection of December 2010 is very, very similar, though more golden.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

 

Playland is one of MAC’s more recent and fun collections that’s full of bright, intense colors that are perfect for Summer! It came out several weeks ago, so I’m a little late on this, but I didn’t even purchase my products from this collection until last week! Unfortunately I only have three of the five Lipglasses to review, but they’re the best out of this collection anyway 😉

 

Top to Bottom: Carousel, Lots of Laughs and Pure Silliness

Top to Bottom: Carousel, Lots of Laughs and Pure Silliness

 

MAC Lipglasses are highly pigmented with quite a bit of shine. The three in this review all have creamy finishes with no shimmer and are nearly opaque. MAC’s Lipglass formula is not a runny type of gloss by any means… It’s quite sticky/tacky, but thins and smooths out once the product warms up on the lips. It’s applies easily with the spongey doe foot applicator, though may take a few swipes back and forth to even out and get full coverage (like I said, the product has to warm up to even out).  I typically get around 4 hours of wear time with MAC Lipglasses before I have to touch up. If you want to extend the wear time, you can apply these over MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, which will also help keep these creamy colors from settling into the lines of your lips. Using a liner first will also help keep these Lipglasses on longer!

MAC’s Playland collection was released on April 17th and is limited edition… I know that some of these are still available at counters and stores and online at www.maccosmetics.com, though. These contain the usual 4.8 g / 0.17 US oz of product and sell for $15. They have a very light vanilla scent but no taste.

Playland Lipglasses with Names

Playland Lipglass Labels

Playland Lipglass Swatches

 

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Carousel

Carousel:   This Lipglass is a “creamy pink” with a cream finish… It’s a bright, medium, slightly cool toned (though it looks warmer in the tube), pink with an almost milky cream type of finish. The color payoff is great and gives nearly opaque coverage. I didn’t find that this settled into the lines of my lips much, if at all, which was a nice surprise considering how pigmented and milky it is. It has the typically tacky, somewhat thicker Lipglass texture but warmed up and felt very smooth once it warmed up on my lips. I got about 4 hours of wear before a touchup was necessary.

Lipsticks & Liners:   If you’d like to layer this over a lipstick, it works well with anything from nudes (to brighten them up) all the way to bright pinks… To be more specific, it looks great when layered over Sweet Experience (to darken and turn it more pink) and Happy-Go-Lucky (to lighten and brighten) Lipsticks also from the Playland collection. If you only want to use a liner with this, I suggest More To Love or In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, Embrace Me Lip Pencil (limited edition), or Process Magenta Chromagraphic Pencil, which was released with the Playland collection but is always available online or at a MAC PRO store location.

Dupes:   Saint Germain Lipglass is close, but cooler toned and lighter. Long Love Love Pro Longwear Lipglass is also similar, but it’s also a little lighter and cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Lots of Laughs

Lots of Laughs

Lots of Laughs

Lots of Laughs

Lots of Laughs:   Lots of Laughs is a “creamy peach” with a cream finish… It’s a light-medium, warmed toned peach with some cooler pink undertones, which make this show up a little more cool toned on the lips that it is in the tube. It has quite a milky cream finish to it, which can make this settle into the lined of the lips a bit if it’s used without something like Prep + Prime Lip underneath. Color payoff was good, but since I have fairly pigmented lips anyway, the semi-sheer opacity make this turn more pink on me than peach. It felt creamy and tacky/sticky, which is typical, and gave me slightly less than 4 hours of wear before I needed to reapply or touch up.

Lipsticks & Liners:   This Lipglass is versatile, so it can be layered over many different colors of lipsticks from nudes to pinks to peaches or corals… My favorite lipsticks to layer it over from the Playland collection is Sweet Experience, but you can also try it over Toying Around to lighten and brighten it. For a liner, I would suggest Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil to bring out the more coral/peachy tones.

Dupes:   Pink Lemonade Lipglass is in the same color family but is darker and more coral. Razzledazzler Lipglass is pretty close, but not as bright. Imperial Light Cremesheen Glass is also close, but darker, more coral and warmer, and has a golden pearl to it.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Pure SIlliness

Pure SIlliness

Pure Silliness

Pure Silliness

Pure Silliness:   Pure Silliness is described as a “creamy lilac” with a cream finish, but I don’t see so much of the lilac myself… To me, this is a medium, bold, cool toned pink with some purple/lilac undertones. It has a creamy, somewhat milky finish that only settled into the lines of my lips a tiny bit without Prep + Prime Lip. Out of these three Lipglasses, Pure Silliness seems to be the one with the most shine. The color payoff was great, though it’s not completely opaque. It’s a bit stickier than the other two Lipglasses I’m reviewing from this collection, but that added a bit of wear time! I got over 4 hours of wear before I needed to touch up at all.

Lipsticks & Liners:   This Lipglass looks great when layered over Happy-Go-Lucky lipstick, also from the Playland collection, though it will work over any bold pink, or even softer pinks if you want to give them a little boost of brightness. For liners, I would go with the same three as I mentioned with Carousel… More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, Embrace Me Lip Pencil (limited edition), or Process Magenta Chromagraphic Pencil.

Dupes:   Saint Germain Lipglass is lighter. Pink Nouveau Lipglass is closer, but is warmer toned.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Although Temperature Rising was released back in May of this year, I still wanted to show you all these beautiful blushes that came out with this collection. They’re both bright but can be used year round, not just for summer.

Temperature Rising Blushes 1

 

As you can see, these, like the rest of the products from this collection, have the special matte bronze packaging that’s so beautiful! The boxes were also the matte bronze, as you can see in the photo below.

Temperature Rising Blushes Packaging

 

MAC powder blushes are one of my favorite formulas of any blushes ever… They’re highly pigmented and finely milled, so they always feel smooth and blend out easily. I typically get around 6-8 hours of wear with MAC blushes before any fading occurs. My favorite brushes to apply these blushes with are a MAC 116, 129 or a duo-fibre 187 or 188 for a softer look.

If you can still find these limited edition blushes, they sell for $23 (slightly higher than the normal $21 due to special packaging), and contain the usual 6 g / 0.21 oz of product.

Temperature Rising Blushes

 

Temperature Rising Blush Labels

 

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

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

Hot Nights

Hot Nights

Hot Nights:   This blush is a “mid-tone berry pink” with a Frost finish… It’s a medium to medium dark, bright, bold, warm berry pink with more of a sheen than a truly frosted finish. Even though it’s a Frost finish, I got around 6-7 hours of wear before it began to fade. Since it’s such a bright color, I think it would be easier to use on medium to dark skintones, but if you use the right brush and apply it lately (I suggest a MAC 188 for this), it can be used even on pale and light skin. It gave great color payoff and felt smooth and not dry at all. It was very easy to blend out, even though if you want to apply this heavily, you definitely can and get totally opaque coverage!

Dupes:   Prom Princess blush, which came out with the Archie’s Girls collection later this year, it very similar, though a bit lighter. I can’t really think of any permanent colors that are close 😦

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Ripe for Love

Ripe for Love

Ripe for Love:   This is a “mid-tone peach” with a Satin finish… it’s a medium, but bright, warm peachy coral with a very soft sheen. Since it’s pretty intense, you don’t have to worry about layering this blush to get good color payoff and coverage. Although this blush is really bright, it’s suitable for pale to medium-dark skintones and is finely milled, so it blends out easily. I get a solid 7-8 hours of wear before it starts to fade.

Dupes:   I feel like Ripe for Love is pretty unique, but Springsheen, Peachykeen, or Peachtwist are kind of sort of close and may look similar on, depending on your skintone.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

Temperature Rising was released as the major summer collection this year and came out in late May. It’s full of beautiful, shimmering, sultry color that all work very well together. Although it may be sold out at most locations, I know that some still have a few items leftover. Even if you can’t find these specific products, hopefully I can help you find something similar!

Temperature Rising Lipglasses 1

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Like the rest of the products from Temperature Rising, these Lipglasses have the matte bronze packaging and boxes. I love this packaging and prefer it to the brighter packaging that past Summer collections had. I feel like these look more mature and sexy, which is perfect for Summer!

Temperature Rising Lipglass Box

MAC Lipglasses typically give me about 4 hours of wear before I need to touch up. They’re a somewhat thick, slightly sticky formula, but the stickiness isn’t so noticeable after the Lipglass warms up and melts onto your lips a little bit. The texture of MAC Lipglass is very creamy, giving great color payoff and coverage. These, like other MAC Lipglasses, have a subtle vanilla scent but no taste. For a longer wear time, I suggest wearing a liner with these. You can also use something like Prep + Prime Lip to extend wear time and make these apply easily and not settle into the lines on your lips.

All of the Temperature Rising Lipglasses were limited edition, but may (cross your fingers) still be available at some locations. Due to the special packaging, these cost $16.50, rather than the typical $15, even though they contain the same 4.8 g / 0.17 US oz of product that other MAC Lipglasses do.

Temperature Rising Lipglasses 3

Temperature Rising Lipglass Labels

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

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Lipglasses swatched on NC15 skin.

Liquid Passion

Liquid Passion

Liquid Passion

Liquid Passion

Liquid Passion:   This is a “creamy nude” with a creamy finish. It’s a light, warm pinky-peach toned milky nude. Like many light, milky glosses, this can settle into the lines on the lips a bit but Prep + Prime Lip seems to solve that problem. It has great color payoff, nearly opaque coverage and wears for about 3-4 hours before fading (longer with a liner). I feel like because this is so light, it’s best on pale to medium dark skintones.

If you want to wear this with a liner, I suggest Naked Liner or Subculture Lip Pencils for pale to light skintones or Etcetera Pro Longwear Lip Pencil or Spice Lip Pencil for light to medium dark skintones. You can also alter colors like this by wearing any kind of brighter liner. For a lipstick to layer under this, you can use any nude, pink, or peach, but Altered Beige (also from Temperature Rising), works perfectly with this Lipglass!

Dupes:   The best permanent dupes I could find for Liquid Passion were Myth (not as peachy), Peachstock (slightly darker), or C-Thru (lighter and more of a true nude).

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Rhythm

Rhythm

Rhythm

Rhythm

Rhythm:   Rhythm is a “vivid magenta violet with pearlized pigments” and a soft, shimmery finish… It’s a medium, slightly purple fuchsia with loads of multi-dimensional shimmer. Obviously it’s not as intense on the lips as it is in the tube… It gives more of a tint than anything, so I would definitely consider this to be semi-sheer. The color payoff is good, though, and definitely adds a bright pop of color to the lips. Even though this is sheer, I got a solid 3-4 hours of wear before it began to fade.

If you’d like to use a liner with this for more color or just to keep in in place, Magenta or Beet Lip Pencils look pretty, or you could even do Embrace Me if you have that one. You can also layer this Lipglass over Feel My Pulse Lipstick, also from the Temperature Rising Collection.

Dupes:   I can’t think of any permanent dupes for this, unfortunately… I know that Astral Cremesheen Glass from the Heavenly Creatures collection in June of last year was pretty close.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Soft Serenade

Soft Serenade

Soft Serenade

Soft Serenade

Soft Serenade:   Soft Serenade is a “mid tone neutral pink with pearlized pigments” and has a very shimmery finish. It’s a medium, slightly warm, soft pink that’s full of pearly, reflective shimmer particles. It has great color payoff but isn’t completely opaque. I got 4 hours of wear before it started to fade.

You can use nearly any neutral or pink liner with this… Some you could try are Whirl, Soar, or Dervish Lip Pencils. You can layer this over nearly any nude or pink lipstick, including Altered Beige from Temperature Rising, or even Caliente or or Sheer Seduction if you’d like to tone those down.

Dupes:   Soft Serenade is nearly identical to Viva Glam VI Lipglass, which is permanent… Viva Glam V is also close, to play around with those and see which you prefer!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Underdressed

Underdressed

Underdressed

Underdressed

Underdressed:   Underdressed is a “bronze plum with multi-dimensional pearlized pigments” and contains lots of shimmer! It’s a medium, warm, coppery plum with shimmery particles that reflect copper, pink, purple, and gold. The color payoff was good, although the coverage was only about 75% opaque. I did get a little over 4 hours of wear before I noticed any fading occurred.

As with Soft Serenade, there are a lot of liners you can use with this… Spice, Chestnut, Dervish, Soar, Whirl, and Plum Lip Pencils would all work, depending on what color in the gloss you want to emphasize the most. This looks very nice when layered over Caliente Lipstick from this same collection.

Dupes:   I honestly can’t really think of any glosses that are perfect dupes for this, but it’s somewhere between Money, Honey and Get Rich Quick Dazzleglasses from MAC.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

 

 

These lipsticks were released in May of this year with the Temperature Rising collection… Indeed, this is another late post and these items may not be available at most locations but I still want to share these with you so you can see that there may be some good dupes out there!

Temperature Rising Lipsticks

Since this was the big collection for Summer, MAC came out with some beautiful special packaging for it… It reminds me of the texture of NARS packaging, but a beautiful, chocolaty bronze color. The boxes were also the matte bronze.

MAC Temperature Rising Lipstick Box

Temperature Rising Lipstick Tube

MAC lipsticks apply smoothly, are highly pigmented, and wear for 4-6 hours (depending on texture/formula). MAC lipsticks have a faint, pleasant vanilla scent but no taste. Although it’s not always necessary, I suggest wearing something like Prep + Prime Lip underneath, especially with the Dazzle lipsticks… That will keep these from looking or feeling dry and hide any chapped spots on your lips for a smoother application. Primer helps the lipstick wear longer too! Also, a liner will help add some wear time and prevent the lipstick from feathering outside your lip line and add some definition. Like primer, it’s not a necessity but it does add a little more of a put together and polished look.

Since these limited edition lipsticks have special packaging, they sell for $16.50, rather than the usual $15. These, like other MAC lipsticks, contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product.

Temperature Rising Lipstick Labels

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

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

Altered Beige

Altered Beige

Altered Beige

Altered Beige

Altered Beige

Altered Beige

Altered Beige:   Altered Beige is a “creamy yellow beige” with a Lustre finish. It’s a repromote and was originally released with the Nordstrom exclusive Colour Forms collection in 2008. This is a pale, warm nude with both pinkish and yellow undertones. The pink seems to add warmth, while the yellow is more part of a soft golden sheen. For a Lustre, it gave really good coverage and color payoff, wearing for 3-4 hours before fading. Since this is SO light, I suggest this for pale to medium or medium-dark skintones only. It can make deeper skintones look a bit zombie-ish.

For a liner, you can use either a true nude or something with a bit of pink to brighten this lipstick. If you want a light nude, Naked Liner Lip Pencil is good… The next step up, like a your lips but better type of nude, would be Subculture Lip Pencil. Subculture also has a nice warm tone to it. For a pinker liner, you could try Dervish Lip Pencil. If you’d like to layer a Lipglass over this, Liquid Passion, also from this collection, would be perfect!

Dupes:   Tropical Mist was limited and more sheer than Altered Beige is, but it’s very close in color… For permanent dupes, I would suggest Japanese Maple Lipstick. Pure Zen is also close, but a bit more pink.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Caliente

Caliente

Caliente

Caliente

Caliente

Caliente

Caliente:   This is a “super dazzle violet” with a Dazzle finish. It’s a medium, warm toned rosy, coppery brown with shimmery/glitter particles that are violet, gold, and copper. The texture is totally different than any other lipstick… While the base color has a creamy feel, it’s the dazzle bits that make it feel slightly rough… Not like a torturous, dragging, unpleasant kind of rough, but they certainly don’t just glide right on. You definitely want to wear a primer under Caliente if you want a smooth application! These will drag across chapped areas pretty badly and emphasize them.

That said, it IS a pretty lipstick, especially on medium to deep skintones. It has great, though not completely opaque coverage… The natural color of your lips will show through a bit. Color payoff is great and it looks nearly the same on the lips as it does in the tube. With Dazzle lipsticks, I get about 3 hours of wear before the shimmery bits start to move around… The color will stick around for more like 4 hours.

For liners, you can use SO many different ones with this… Plum, Half-Red, Spice, Auburn, Chestnut or Mahogany Lip Pencils… There are even more than that, it’s just a matter of playing around with them and seeing what’s best with your own lip color and skintone. A nice Lipglass to layer over this lipstick is Underdressed, which is part of this collection.

Dupes:   Dupes are tricky since this is such an uncommon finish… Oh, Oh, Oh is the closest dupe I’ve found, but it was limited edition. It was released with the Archie’s Girls collection in Spring of this year as well as MAC Me Over in Fall of 2011.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse:   Feel My Pulse is a beautiful “vivid magenta violet” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a medium magenta with some warm pink tones and a soft sheen. It looks more pink on the lips than in the tube, but that’s probably because the coverage isn’t 100% opaque… More like 90%, but that’s still pretty good!. Color payoff is great and the texture is creamy so it applied smoothly. Like most Cremesheens, this gave me around 4 hours of wear before it needed a touch-up.

For liners, the obvious choice is Magenta Lip Pencil. Another option would be Heroine Lip Pencil if you got that when the Fashion Sets collection was released. If you want to bring out the fuchsia/pink tones, I suggest More To Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil… For added contrast or an ombre look, you can try Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth Lip Pencils. If you’d like to use one of the Temperature Rising Lipglasses over this lipstick, I suggest using Rhythm.

Dupes:   Since purples are becoming more and more popular, there are a few dupes for this… For a permanent color, Violetta would be the closest. Heroine, which was limited edition and released with the Strength and Fashion Sets collections earlier this year, is darker and more or a true purple. Midnight Mambo, which recently came out with the Tropical Taboo collection, is the closest dupe and may still be available at some MAC locations… It is a Mineralize lipstick, though, so it costs a bit more but also contains more lipstick in the tube and is a much more nourishing formula!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction:   This is a ” super dazzle brown” with a Dazzle finish. It’s a warm, medium orange-ish bronze with dazzle particles that are copper, gold, and pink. Like Caliente, it has the somewhat gritty texture due to the Dazzle finish, so it feels the same when applied. It gave better coverage than Caliente with no translucency. Sheer Seduction looks nearly the same on the lips as it does in the tube, though a hint warmer, but has great color payoff. As with other Dazzle lipsticks, I got around 3 hours of wear before the dazzling bits started to fade and move around and 4 hours before the base color faded. This lipstick is flattering on most skintones, but be careful if you’re pale to light… You have to rock this with the right look then!

There are several liners that you can use with this… Spice is good if you want a natural line to keep the lipstick in place. You can also try Auburn, Chicory, Mahogany or Chestnut, depending on your preference and skintone. If you’d like to add some gloss, you can layer Soft Serenade Lipglass over this, which is also from Temperature Rising.

Dupes:   Like Caliente, it’s hard to find a dupe for this because it’s so unique… The closest I can think of that are part of MAC’s permanent range would be Meltdown or CB96, though they’re more orange, or maybe Bronze Shimmer.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5