Swatchmas Day 21: My Top 5 Dark Lipsticks

On the twenty-first day of Swatchmas, I give you my current five favorite dark lipsticks! These vary from more “wearable” dark hues, to the more dramatic type, and I’ve included matte and satin finishes, as well as liquid and bullet-style lipstick formulas in this list.

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1) Melt Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lipstick in 6SIX6:

This bullet style, deep blood red lipstick is highly pigmented, very matte and long wearing, but still easy to apply and non-drying on the lips. This has been my absolute favorite lipstick from Melt since day one and I cannot imagine my life without it! It contains 3.20 g / 0.11 oz of product and sells for $19 from the Melt website or Sephora’s website. Melt is a cruelty-free brand and 6SIX6 is vegan.

2) TIME Los Angeles Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick in Corruption:

Corruption is a deep oxblood plum shade that’s very vampy and intense, but still stunning, even with minimal makeup. TIME’s liquid lipstick formula is creamy, but not too thick, easy to apply, well pigmented, and dries down to a long wearing matte finish (just stay away from oily, greasy foods or it will fade more quickly). Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks sell for $16 individually and contain 6.3 g / 0.22 oz of product. You can also get Corruption in TIME’s Nude Spectrum Bundle, which contains five other liquid lipsticks and sells for the discounted price of $60 ($10 per Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick). Corruption, as well as other TIME Los Angeles products, can be purchased on their website at www.shoptimela.com, and TIME is a cruelty-free brand.

3) MAC Diva Lipstick:

Diva is one of MAC’s top selling darker lipsticks, and has always been a staple in my personal makeup stash as well as my kit. This is your typical, creamy, bullet style lipstick and it is an intense reddish-burgundy with a matte formula and finish. This lipstick contains 3 g / 0.1 oz of product and sells for $18.50 from MAC counters (including the ones inside Ulta stores), MAC freestanding stores, online from MAC’s website, or online from most stores that sell MAC products, including Ulta.

4) Melt Cosmetics Liquid Set Lipstick in Velvet Room:

Velvet Room is a beautiful, deep black cherry shade. Melt’s Liquid Set Lipstick formula is super pigmented, thin and fluid-like so it applies easily and evenly, and is long wearing and matte. This lippie contains 3.17 ml / .107 oz of product and sells for $19 on the Melt website. Melt Cosmetics is a cruelty-free brand and Velvet Room is vegan.

5) Dose of Colors Lip It Up Satin Lipstick in Lava Cake

Lava Cake is the lightest, most day-to-day type of dark lip in this post. It’s a plum red brown with a satin finish, so it’s very creamy and comfortable on the lips, especially during the drier, winter months. Dose of Colors Lip It Up Satin Lipsticks contain 3.12 g / 0.11 oz of product and sell for $17 from both the Dose of Colors website and Ulta website. Dose of Colors products are also available in some Ulta stores, but be sure to check your local store’s availability online before you head over there! Dose of Colors is a cruelty-free brand and this lipstick is vegan.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

 

These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 13: My Top 5 Holiday Red Lips

On the thirteenth day of Swatchmas, I give you my five favorite red lips for the holidays, or for anytime, really! These are all bold, bright reds that will really make your look stand out in the best kind of way. There are both liquid lipsticks and typical bullet lipsticks in this post, and from several different brands, so there’s bound to be a little something for everyone.

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1)   MAC’s Viva Glam I Lipstick: 

This bullet style, creamy matte, blue based red lipstick is the first shade of Viva Glam lipsticks that MAC ever created, and every penny of the $18.50 this lipstick costs goes directly to the MAC AIDS Fund. It contains 3 g / 0.1 oz of product, just like MAC’s other lipsticks, and can be purchased at any MAC counter (including the ones in Ulta stores), MAC freestanding store, online from MAC’s website, or online from most stores that sell MAC products.

2)   TIME Los Angeles Crimson Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick: 

This gorgeous, deep vampy red liquid lipstick has a very lightweight consistency that dries down completely matte. It’s comfortable to wear and wears for a long time, too! TIME’s Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks contain 6.3 g / 0.22 fl. oz of product and sell for $16 individually, or you can get this liquid lipstick in their Festive Bundle (which is perfect for Fall/Winter) with 5 other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks for only $60. You can get Crimson directly from www.shoptimela.com. TIME Los Angeles is a cruelty-free company.

3) Anastasia Beverly Hilly Ruby Matte Lipstick: 

Ruby is a true red, comfortable matte formula, bullet style lipstick that’s creamy to apply but dries down to a somewhat long wearing, soft matte texture. ABH’s Matte Lipsticks contain 3.5 g / .12 oz of product and sell for $18 from the ABH Website, Ulta, Sephora, and several other major retailers. Anastasia Beverly Hills is a cruelty-free brand.

4) Melt Cosmetics Immoral Liquid Set Lipstick:

Melt’s liquid lipstick formula is thin, but not watery, and it’s incredibly pigmented so a little bit goes a long way. It applies easily, then sets down to a long wearing, matte finish. Immoral is a bright red that’s perfect for a classic, but bold holiday look. This liquid lipstick contains 3.12 ml / 0.106 oz of product and sells for $19 from the Melt Cosmetics website. Melt is a cruelty-free brand and Immoral is vegan.

5) MAC Russian Red Lipstick:

Russian Red is one of MAC’s best selling red lipsticks ever, and for a good reason! It’s flattering on absolutely everyone since it’s a blue based red, and is a little brighter than Viva Glam I. However, like Viva Glam I, it has the same matte finish with a creamy, long wearing formula. This lipstick contains 3 g / 0.1 oz of product and sells for $18.50 from MAC counters (including the ones inside Ulta stores), MAC freestanding stores, online from MAC’s website, or online from most stores that sell MAC products.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural, direct sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

 

These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 3: My Top 5 Go-To Neutral Lipsticks

On the third day of Swatchmas, I give you my five favorite neutral lipsticks that I use all the time! All of these are permanent products and are different formulas from different brands, but I feel like just about everyone, no matter their age or skintone, could pull these off, so maybe you guys will fall in love with them too!

My top 5 go-to neutral lipsticks are:

  • 1)   Brave Lipstick from MAC Cosmetics:

This lipstick is a creamy, easy to apply formula with a Satin finish and is described as a pink-beige with white pearl. It contains 3 g / 0.1 oz of product and sells for $18.50 from MAC’s website or any MAC freestanding store or counter (which can now be found in select Ulta stores).

  • 2)   Blushbaby Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick from TIME Los Angeles:

Blushbaby is an absolutely gorgeous matte liquid lipstick with a very lightweight, comfortable, long wearing formula. It’s a mid-tone dusty mauve that’s flattering on so many people and with so many looks. It contains 6.3g / 0.22 fl. oz of product and sells for $16 from www.shoptimela.com. This liquid lipstick is vegan and TIME is a cruelty-free brand.

  • 3)   Pillow Talk Matte Revolution Lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury:

This luxurious lipstick is a nude pink with a creamy matte formula. It contains 3.5 g / 0.12 oz of product and sells for $34 from Sephora or the Charlotte Tilbury website. Charlotte Tilbury is a cruelty-free company.

  • 4)   Spanked Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick from Fenty Beauty:

Spanked is a very creamy, natural matte formula that is a beautiful shade of dusty rose. It contains 1.7 g / 0.06 oz of product and sells for $18 from both Sephora and the Fenty Beauty website. Fenty Beauty is a cruelty-free brand.

  • 5)   Honeylove Lipstick from MAC Cosmetics:

Honeylove is described as a light beige tone with rose, and is one of MAC’s best selling matte lipsticks. Like Brave, it contains 3 g / 0.1 oz of product and sells for $18.50 from any MAC store, counter, or from www.maccosmetics.com or www.ulta.com.

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Left to Right: MAC Brave, Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk, Fenty Beauty Spanked, MAC Honeylove, TIME Los Angeles Blushbaby
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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

 

This product was purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

My Favorite Lip Products of 2018

Happy New Year, everyone! I feel like 2018 was pretty overwhelming in the makeup world with all of the new products and collections that seemingly launched every other week. I thought it would be a lot more difficult to come up with my favorites, but there were some really phenomenal products that either came out last year, or that I discovered last year, so it was actually pretty easy to create this list. There will be other 2018 favorites post, too, so check back each weekend in January for those!

I’m curious what YOUR favorites were for 2018, so leave me a comment and let me know!

I’ve been really bad about being active on social media since the holidays but most of the time I’m on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat quite a bit, so make sure you go follow me! You can find me @ lesley_makeup on all three platforms. I try to make sure I tell you all what I’ll be posting and what I’m testing, and I love hearing from you guys so don’t be afraid to say hi and let me know what you want to see on here and IG!

Alright enough rambling, let’s jump into these favorites!

Lip Scrub:

  • Budget:   Homemade lip scrub using sugar mixed with honey or coconut oil. This is what I typically use because I keep forgetting to restock my more expensive lip scrub, and also because I have no use for sugar now that I’m doing the whole Keto thing.
  • Boujee:   Bite Beauty Agave Lip Scrub. Available from Sephora, this lip scrub costs $18, contains 0.26 oz / 7.39 g of product, is cruelty free and contains no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. It’s a great lip scrub, it smells nice, has a nice flavor to it, and gently exfoliates my lips without being too rough.

 

Lip Balm:

  • Budget:   Aquaphor Lip Repair. You can pick this up from pretty much any drugstore for about $5. Each tube contains 10 ml / 0.35 oz of product and one tube lasts a pretty long time. I’m on the fence about this product because I’ve heard mixed things about their parent company’s cruelty free status, but it does work incredibly well and has rescued my lips when they were literally peeling off every day from being out in the cold, so I figured it was worth mentioning.
  • Boujee:   Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. You can pick this up from Sephora for $26. Each tube contains 15 g / 0.52 oz of product and this is available in four other colors/flavors/scents/whatever other than the original clear variety. Each color is pretty sheer, so no matter which you choose, it won’t be too bright or over the top. These are very comfortable to wear and absorb well. I actually reviewed this product in the past so you can click this link if you want to check that out. Bite Beauty is a cruelty-free company and these are natural and free of gluten, parabens, phthalates, and sulfates.

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Lip Primer:

  • MAC Prep + Prime Lip. This isn’t really something new to me, but it’s a tried and true lip primer that I reach for year after year. You can get it at any MAC store, counter, or online for $18.50. It contains a 1.7 g / 0.05 oz of product, but one tube lasts several months.

 

Lip Liner:

  • Budget:   NYX Slim Lip Pencils and NYX Suede Matte Lip Liners. These are amazing lip liners and only cost about $2 to $4 from the NYX website, Ulta, or pretty much any drugstore. Each pencil contains 0.03 oz to 0.04 oz of product and is cruelty free. They come in so many colors ranging from neutrals to brights so there’s something for everyone. Both formulas remind me of MAC’s Lip Pencils, but as you can see, these are much easier on your bank account.
  • Boujee:   Melt Cosmetics AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner. Each pencil sells for $17 and contains 1.20 g / 0.04 oz of product. Some shades are vegan, but all are cruelty free and Melt is a cruelty free company. The formula for these is very highly pigmented so even though they’re somewhat creamy and don’t always last as long (like, in months) as a drier formula does, you don’t have to use much product, so that makes up for it in my opinion.
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Melt Cosmetics Allday/Everyday Lip Liners in Love Note, Modest, Foxy and French Kiss
  • Honorable Mention:   MAC Lip Pencils. These are a favorite pretty much every year because they’re just great… That’s all there is to it. They’re my ride or die lip liners because I know each shade and what lipsticks they’ll work with so well. You can purchase these from MAC’s website, or at any MAC store or counter for $18 and they contain 1.45 g / 0.05 oz of product. In the US and most countries, MAC is a cruelty free company. However, in China, they allow independent agencies to test their products on animals when the government requires to do so, as does every other brand that’s sold there.

 

Lipstick:

  • Budget:   Colourpop Crème Lux Lipstick. You can get these lipsticks from the Colourpop website as well as Ulta (not sure if they’re available in store but they do sell some shades online). They sell for $7, contain 3.5 g / 0.12 oz of product, and most, if not all shades, are vegan. Colourpop is also a cruelty free company, so that’s a major plus too. The formula for these is so buttery and smooth and oh my gosh these are PIGMENTED. I can’t really think of many creamy lipsticks, drugstore or high end, that compare.
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C’Mon Sis, Oouuuu!, and Quickie from the first Shayla x Colourpop collection
  • Boujee:   Melt Cosmetics Lipsticks. These lipsticks are available from www.meltcosmetics.com and sell for $19 each (they’re usually only $5 when they do their sales, though). Each lipstick contains 3.8 g / 0.13 oz of product and many of them are vegan. Melt is also a cruelty free company. I know I go on and on about Melt all the time, and these lipsticks aren’t a new product to me, but they’re so pigmented and wear so well that they’ll forever be a favorite. Melt started with lipsticks, all of which I purchased the week (if not the day) they came out, and they certainly do lipsticks better than just about every brand out there.
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Melt Cosmetics Lipsticks in Voyeur, Cherried, Lucretia, Shady Lady, and Pink Heels
  • Hella Boujee:   Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick. These sell for a whopping $34 each and are available directly from www.charlottetilbury.com as well as Sephora. Each tube contains 3.4 g / 0.12 oz of product and is paraben free and cruelty free. These are pricey, but the formula for these is incredibly comfortable and lightweight for a matte lipstick, so I imagine I’ll venture out and try a few more colors this year!
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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in English Beauty, Pillow Talk, Very Victoria, Bond Girl

 

Liquid Lipstick:

  • Budget:   Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick. These are available at nearly any drugstore or store like Ulta, so they’re easy to get your hands on. They sell for about $9 to $10 and contain 4.82 g / 0.17 oz of product. Maybelline is now a cruelty free company, so that’s another bonus to these liquid lipsticks. They wear forever and are really pigmented, but I will note that if you apply them too heavily, they feel pretty thick and I dunno, crunchy? after a while. I learned that the hard way and actually hated these at first but now I can’t get enough of them!
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Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in the shade Ruler
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TIME Los Angeles Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick Tropical Bundle | Top to Bottom: Nuditude, Peach Mimosa, Flamango, Crystal Fizz, Bombshell, Twilight
  • Honorable Mention:   Melt Cosmetics Liquid Set Lipstick. There isn’t a huge shade range with these, but they’re pretty versatile so that makes up for it (for me, anyway). You can purchase these from www.meltcosmetics.com for $19 each (usually $10 when they have sales) and each tube contains about 0.12 oz / 3.39 ml of product, although it varies slightly from color to color. As I’ve mentioned, Melt is a cruelty free company and all shades of Liquid Set Lipstick are vegan. This is another extremely pigmented, lightweight liquid lipstick formula that’s comfortable to wear all day without being drying. It’s more thin and runny than the TIME liquid lipstick formula, but not in a bad way… It’s very easy to apply but does take a minute or so to set. Once it’s on, it’s there all day, though!
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Janice Liquid Set Lipstick + Nudist AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner

 

Lip Gloss:

  • Budget:   Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip. These awesome little glosses are available from www.colourpop.com as well as Ulta and sell for $6. Each gloss contains 3.0 g / 0.11oz of product and the finishes vary from creams to shimmer and opaque to sheer, so there’s something for everyone. These glosses have a really comfortable formula that isn’t heavy or too sticky so they’re easy to wear alone or layered on top of a lip pencil or lipstick. Colourpop is cruelty free and a great deal of their glosses are vegan.
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Shayla x Colourpop Neat Freak Ultra Glossy Lip
  • Boujee:   Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. These glosses are available directly from www.fentybeauty.com or Sephora and sell for $18. Each gloss contains 0.3 oz / 9 mL of product, is free from parabens and phthalates, and is also cruelty free. There are only three colors available and all are somewhat sheer and quite shimmery, but they’re all flattering on absolutely everyone. The formula is amazing… It’s not sticky, it’s hydrating, and it’s super glossy and wet looking, so it makes your lips look very plump and juicy. It also has a lovely peachy-vanilla scent that I wish was available as a fragrance or body spray!
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Fenty Glow (left), Fu$$y (bottom), and Diamond Milk (top right)
  • Honorable Mention:   TIME Los Angeles Luxe Sparkle Lip Gloss. Okay so these are only an honorable mention because they’ve only been out a very short amount of time. That means I haven’t used them nearly as much as my Fenty and Colourpop glosses, BUT that doesn’t mean that these aren’t amazing and that I’m not in love with them! You can get these from www.shoptimela.com for $16 each and each tube contains 5 g  / 0.176 fl. oz of product. They’re cruelty free and while there are only three shades available, they’d look great on anyone! All three glosses are sheer and sparkly, so they can be worn alone or on top of a lipstick or lip pencil. They have a lightweight, non-sticky formula loaded with shimmer and they actually wear for a pretty long time for a lip gloss. I really like the way these apply and look, so I’m hoping that Ashley from TIME will create some more gorgeous glosses for us in 2019!
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Aphrodite (left), Ethereal (middle/right), Aurelian (bottom)

 

 

These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 15: My Favorite MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinishes

On the fifteenth day of Swatchmas, I give you my favorite Extra Dimension Skinfinishes from MAC Cosmetics! These are great highlighters if you want something that can range from a soft, subtle glow up to a much more blinding highlight. A dry application with a fluffy brush will give you less pigmentation and glow, while a damp application will give you more more payoff and make you practically visible from outer space!

You can purchase these from your local MAC counter or freestanding store, or online at www.maccosmetics.com or www.ulta.com. Each Extra Dimension Skinfinish sells for $34 and contains 9 g / 0.31 oz of product. I believe I’m lacking two or three shades, but the six in this post are permanent now, so they’ll be available for quite some time.

If you want to know what I’m posting, testing, and loving, be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. You can find me @ lesley_makeup on all three platforms and I love hearing from you guys! If there are any products you want to see featured during Swatchmas (we’ve got 9 more days), or see reviews for any particular products soon, hit me up on social media and let me know or leave me a comment!

The six Extra Dimension Skinfinishes featured in this post are:

  • Soft Frost:   White that breaks violet (aka has a violet shift)
  • Show Gold:   Peach that breaks pink
  • Doublegleam:   Beige that breaks silver
  • Beaming Blush:   Pink that breaks gold
  • Oh, Darling!:   Metallic gold
  • Whisper of Gilt:   Light soft white with shimmery sheen (to me, it’s a light, pearly gold)
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Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight. Skinfinishes swatched on MAC NC12 skin.

 

These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

 

Makeup Look: Pat McGrath Mothership V Palette + Dark Lip using TIME Los Angeles Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick

Since I did makeup for my good friend Suzannah earlier and got to play around with the new Pat McGrath Mothership V: Bronze Seduction Palette (which I’m still testing), I thought I would post it on here real quick and give you all a rundown of the products I used! Let me know if you all like seeing looks on here and I’ll be sure to post them more often.

If you wanna see more looks and keep up with me, go follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat @lesley_makeup. I love hearing from you all, so don’t be afraid to say hi!

I didn’t get out my good camera and just ended up using my iPhone for these photos, but I’ll bust out the Canon next time! The images are completely unedited, so this is how the makeup looks as is. The lighting is just natural, indirect light and a ring light 🙂

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  • Primer: First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer
  • Luminizing Primer: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in Light
  • Foundation: NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Gobi + Fiji
  • Concealer: Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer in Almond
  • Under Eye Setting Powder: Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder
  • Face Powder: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder in Light Plus
  • Bronzer: Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Coconut Bronzer in Tan-Tastic
  • Contour: MAC Sculpt Powder in Sculpt – from the Light/Medium Studio Fix Sculpt & Shape Contour Palette
  • Blush: MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul
  • Highlight: MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt
  • Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Taupe
  • Brow Set: MAC Brow Set in Clear
  • Eye Primer: MAC Soft Ochre Pro Longwear Paint Pot (set with whatever is left on the powder brush)
  • Eye Shadows: Pat McGrath Mothership V: Bronze Seduction Palette

Transition Color/Upper Crease: Entrapment

Outer V/Crease: Disobedient & Extreme Aubergine

Lid: Gilty Pleasure

Inner Corner: VR Fire Opal

Lower Lashline: Entrapment, Disobedient & Extreme Aubergine

  • Brow Highlight: MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt
  • Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Rockstar
  • Waterline & Tightline: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Rockstar
  • Mascara: Lancome Monsieur Big
  • Lashes: Ardell Demi Wispies
  • Lip Primer: MAC Prep + Prime Lip
  • Lip Liner: MAC Current Lip Pencil
  • Lipstick: TIME Los Angeles Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick in Corruption

 

My Go-To Look using MAC X Patrick Starrr Eye Shadows

Oh hey there! Glad you stopped by to check out my face!

I was debating even posting this because I was just having fun and setting up my camera last night but I figured I’d make a post out of this little test run and see how you all like it. I promise the next look will have more photos and they’ll be better quality… I’m still learning how to use my new camera!

If there are any looks you want to see or products you want to see me use in a look, please leave me a comment and let me know!

This is pretty much my go-to look using some of my favorite products, including some eye shadows that are part of Patrick Starrr’s collab with MAC. I don’t actually HAVE that collection so I won’t be reviewing it (Sorry!), but the shadows are mostly permanent colors that have been a staple part of my every day makeup forever, so I just grabbed those.

Details for the products and brushes used will be below the photos. I’ll also link you to where you can get them and to a review of them if I’ve done one… Sound good? Okay then. Enjoy!

BTW I posted these first on my Instagram and Twitter so be sure to follow me on both of those @lesley_makeup! I like to give updates and show you all new products that I’m playing around with on my Snapchat too, which is also lesley_makeup, so feel free to add me on there! I love hearing from you guys!

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FACE:

Primer:   Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow | $49 from Sephora.

Foundation:   Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation in 120 Classic Ivory – $7.99 from Ulta. | Brush: Morphe E6 – $15 from Morphe.

Under Eye Corrector:   It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer in Medium – $24 from Ulta. | Blended with a Beauty Blender – $20 from Sephora.

Concealer:   Tarte Shape Tape in Light – $27 from Ulta. | Blended with a Beauty Blender.

Under Eye Powder:   Shiseido Translucent Setting Powder – $35 from Nordstrom. | Brush: TIME  104 – $16 from www.shoptimela.com. (You can get the brush in a set too, which is a better value).

Face Powder:   MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder in Light – $34 from MAC.| Brush: Morphe R2 – $15 from Morphe.

Bronzer:   Stila Stay All Day Bronzer in Light – $36 from Ulta. | Brush: TIME 102 – $16 from www.shoptimela.com.

Contour Powder:   MAC Sculpting Powder (MAC PRO product) in Sculpt – $17 from MAC. | Brush: TIME 104 – $16 from www.shoptimela.com.

Blush:   MAC Powder Blush in Blushbaby – $23 from MAC. | Brush: Morphe 556 – $10 from Morphe.

Highlight:   Melt Cosmetics Digital Dust Highlight in Gold Ore$39 from www.meltcosmetics.com. | Brush: Morphe R36 – $8 from Morphe.

BROWS:

Brow Pencil:   Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown – $21 from Ulta. | Brush: Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 – $18 from Ulta.

Brow Powder:   MAC Brun Eye Shadow – $16 from MAC. | Brush: Anastasia Beverly Hills #12

Brow Concealer/Cream Highlight:   NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Light 2 Vanilla – $30 from Sephora. | Brush: Anastasia Beverly Hills A2 – $18 from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Brow Gel:   MAC Brow Set in Clear – $18 from MAC.

EYES:

Primer:   MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Layin’ Low – $22 from MAC. | Brush: Anastasia Beverly Hills A2 (I use the same one with a little of my concealer on it too). I also like to set this primer with whatever is left on the brush I used for my under eye powder or face powder so the shadows don’t cling to the primer too much and look patchy 😉

Note: All of the shadows I used can be found in the MAC X Patrick Starrr Eye Shadow Palettes, which sell for $32 from MAC. Buying them like that is basically like getting four shadows for the price of two! I’ll mention which palette each shadow I used is in, but you can get them all individually, too (except for one that’s exclusive to that collection).

Transition/Crease Shadow:   MAC Soft Brown (Goalgetter Palette) – $16 (individually) from MAC. | Brush: TIME 103 – $16 from www.shoptimela.com.

Crease Shadow:   Swiss Chocolate (Goalgetter Palette) – $16 (individually) from MAC. | Brush: Morphe 513 – $6 from Morphe.

Outer Crease/Outer “V” Shadow:   Embark (Glam AF Palette) – $16 (individually) from MAC. | Brush: TIME 206 – $16 from www.shoptimela.com.

Lid:   Amber Lights (Goalgetter Palette) – $16 (individually) from MAC. | Brush: TIME 205 – $16 from www.shoptimela.com.

Inner Corner/Brow Arch Highlight:   Melt Cosmetics Digital Dust Highlight in Gold Ore – $39 from www.meltcosmetics.com. | Brush: Morphe M431 – $5 from Morphe. Btw, that brush is awful. It felt SO scratchy and actually started to make my eye water! I would recommend using another pencil brush like a MAC 219 or something similar and softer!

Lower Lash Line: Soft Brown and Swiss Chocolate | Brush: Morphe 431 and TIME 205 (which is WAY softer)!

Mascara:   Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Big Shot Mascara (from the collab with Makeup Shayla) in Baddest Black – $8.49 from Ulta. Btw, they’re buy one get one 50% off right now and the same deal was going on at Walgreens this week!

Lashes:   TIME Luxury Synthetic Lashes in the style “Introvert” – $18 from www.shoptimela.com. If you noticed, I did not wear liner for this look because with these lashes, the band is bold and black enough that you don’t have to!

LIPS:

Primer:   BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Clear $26 from Sephora. I apply this with my finger before I start my makeup then blot off the excess before I apply my lipstick. It’s a lifesaver in the winter time! I’ve had the same tube since summer and I use it every day, so don’t let the $26 price tag scare you.

Lip Liner:   MAC Lip Pencil in Soar – $17.50 from MAC.

Lipstick:   TIME Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick in Velvet Rouge$16 from www.shoptimela.com. You can also get this in the Festive Bundle, which contains a total of six liquid lipsticks for $60.

 

THANK YOU for checking out this post! I plan on doing stuff like this more often, especially once I get used using my new camera, so I hope you all liked it!

TIP:   Keep in mind that you can get a lot of these products from different retailers both online and in store (aside from the indie brands). The prices may be different from various retailers but always check to see who has the better deal, especially with drug store brands like Maybelline! Also, a lot of the time brands like Tarte, MAC, Stila, etc, will have deals and promo codes that you can use to buy products directly from their websites, which can end up saving you a TON of money!

 

*** Products used in this post were purchased with my own money. I have not been paid or asked to use or promote any products mentioned in this post. ***

 

 

MAC Topped With Brandy Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

These are one of my favorite matte and/or liquid lip formulas of all time… I said that when I reviewed another color but I’m still saying it because they’re up there with the ABH and Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks, to me anyway! I know people had complaints about this formula when it was initially released almost two years ago, but MAC has fixed all of those issues since then. Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolors are now very smooth and creamy, super pigmented, and they wear forever!

Since I’ve reviewed this formula before, I’ll try to keep this short and sweet! If you want to stay up to date with new products I’m testing or playing around with, or just want to chat, you can follow me on Instagram @lesley_makeup , twitter @lesley_makeup or add me on Snapchat, which is also lesley_makeup. Don’t be afraid to message me… I really enjoy hearing from you guys!

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Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks sell for $21 each and contain 5ml / 0.17 fl oz of product. They are a permanent product and are available at www.maccosmetics.com as well as partner locations such as Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s. They’re also available at other major retailers overseas. Oh and btw, MAC is now available at Ulta! As far as I know, MAC is only at certain locations and online, so you’ll have to check your local store or the website for more availability info.

The packaging is a sleek, elongated bullet which is clear, so you can easily see the color of the lippie you’re searching for. The cap is pretty much visually identical to the one on MAC’s classic lipstick container, except this one screws on and off. The inner part of the packaging keeps the liquid lipstick from leaking out and catches any extra product so nothing is wasted. These have a very soft, tapered type of doe foot applicator that allows for a precise and even application, with no extra brush or blending necessary.

The formula for all of the shades is somewhat liquidy, which allows you to play around with it for a moment and evenly apply it before it dries down in roughly a minute. Once it sets, it’s not going anywhere! While I have not put the kiss-proof/transfer-proof factor to the test myself, I have plenty of customers who have tested that out for me and planted a kiss on their significant other right at my counter, and NOTHING comes off! The staying power is impressive, but the best part is that it’s non-drying, even though it wears for 7-8 hours with NO smudging or feathering. When these do begin to fade, it’s usually in the center of the lip and they fade gradually rather than coming off in uneven chunks like some liquid lipsticks do. You don’t even need a liner with these since they wear so well and apply so precisely, although can you definitely use one if you like. Most colors don’t seem to stain the lips but there are a few of the deeper ones that can… I’ll let you know which ones do as I review them individually!

MAC’s claims for this product include what’s listed below (taken directly from their website), which after testing, have proven to be accurate!

  • Long-wearing, eight hours
  • Colour wears evenly and smoothly, eight hours
  • Provides stay-true colour, eight hours
  • Non-feathering, non-bleeding

 

TIP:   If you feel like liquid lipsticks dry out your lips after a while, as most of us do, make sure you apply a lip balm before putting on your liquid lipstick, and I mean WAY before! I like to put something super hydrating on my lips at least 30 minutes before my liquid lipstick and I just blot off the excess balm so it doesn’t mess up the formula or application of the lipstick going on after it. My favorite right now is Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask because it soaks in really well and quickly and locks the moisture into your lips all day long! I actually just did a review on that product, which you can check out here: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask.

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Photo taken outdoors in indirect, natural sunlight. Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour swatched on NC15 skin.
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Photo taken indoors in indirect natural sunlight. For reference, I was a MAC NC15 at the time.

Topped With Brandy:   This is described as a “deep dirty rose” and is a medium to medium-dark, cool toned dusty rose with a completely matte finish. I’ve seen people of all ages and skin tones wear this and it honestly makes a great every day sort of color on everyone! This is a little creamier than a few of the other shades in this line, but it’s still not too thick, so it’s easy to apply without using too much product or having it end up clumpy. It takes about a minute to set and fully mattify, so you have time to make sure your application is even. As you can see in the above photo, these don’t stick to the inner/center part of the lip very well, which is common with any lipstick and especially liquid lipsticks. Luckily, this problem is easily fixable by applying liner all over the lip THEN applying Topped with Brandy. Color payoff is fantastic but depending on your skin tone, this may look more or less cool toned… But don’t worry, that’s not a bad thing because it sort of adapts to be flattering on you whether you’re NC20 or NW50! Coverage is full and opaque using little product. Wear time was about 8 hours before I noticed any fading, which occurred first in the center of the lip. The fading in that area can happen even sooner if you eat food that’s oily or greasy but it’s an easy touch up!

Liners:   You can use SO many liners with this since it’s a pretty neutral type of rosy color, as in it works on everyone… A few of my favorite MAC Lip Pencils, from lightest to darkest, are: Soar (slightly more pinky and lighter, but it brightens up this lip), Whirl (nearly the same color), Plum (a little darker, more plum and cool toned), Half-Red (darker and more reddish-plum), Chestnut (neutral brown that looks beautiful to blend this color for dark to deep skin tones), and Vino (darker and more purple yet, but makes a nice ombre look).

Dupes:   Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Poet Liquid Lipstick is very similar, perhaps a bit lighter and more pink, but they’re close enough, especially if you pair and layer MAC’s Whirl Lip Pencil with Poet! NYX’s French Maid Lip Lingerie is also similar, but lighter, less cool toned and more pink, and not as pigmented. As far as normal lipstick formulas go, the closest thing I found was Whirl, also from MAC, which has a matte finish but is cooler and more plum.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***

MAC Oval 6 Brush

I’ve been obsessed with this brush since I purchased it not long ago and actually ended up purchasing a second one. It’s a versatile brush that can be used for several tasks and with different types of products. I’ve been very happy with the results I get with the Oval 6 brush, especially when applying a liquid or cream foundation, so I had to share it with all of you! I hope you enjoy this review and thanks for reading!

This brush sells for $42 (MAC Pro & Staff discounts do not apply) and can be picked up at freestanding MAC stores as well as www.maccosmetics.com. It’s been out for a while now and cannot be purchased at counters, but I’m hoping they’ll change that soon! If that changes, I’ll be sure to let you all know. But back to the price… I know $42 seems sort of high for a brush, but something like a MAC 187 brush costs the same, and considering that the Artis Oval 6 sells for $57 and is honestly the exact same brush, you’re getting a good deal with the MAC version of the Oval 6!

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The MAC Oval 6 Brush is ideal for applying liquid, cream, or powder products. It’s dense, synthetic fibers are perfect for buffing out foundation, concealer, or cream blush, while it can also be used for gentle stippling if you need a little extra coverage in some areas. There are many other uses for this brush too… I’ll go into detail about using it with different formulas and types of products below, so keep reading if you’re interested in how to use this brush!

It’s a medium size, comparable to MAC’s 170 and 196 brushes, which are also very dense and can be used with creams and liquids. The main difference between them is that the 170 and 196 are both made in the typical brush fashion, rather than having a slanted, ergonomic type of handle like the Oval 6 does. Due to the shape of this brush, it’s made from plastic rather than wood (since it doesn’t have a metal ferule), but I like that because I find that it holds up really well and comes clean more easily. This type of handle is amazing for personal application but it makes it difficult to use on other people, so this is not a brush I would recommend for a kit or professional use.

This brush does not seem to use up nearly as much product as a Beauty Blender, especially with liquid foundation. It’s so dense that you don’t get a lot of product seeping into the depths of the bristles either, as I’ve found with some other foundation brushes, so that cuts back on how much product you have to use, as well as makes it much easier to clean!

As far as packaging goes, this comes in a very sturdy box, rather than just having a sleeve on it. I don’t like that fact that the box seems to be a waste of materials, but it does give this brush a more luxurious first impression.

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Dupes:   As I mentioned earlier, the two brushes I’ve found to be most similar to the Oval 6 that are made by MAC are the 170 Synthetic Rounded Slant Brush and the 196 Slanted Flat Top Foundation Brush. In my opinion, the 170 is more similar than the 196 because the brush fibers seem to be nearly the same and are incredibly soft and smooth, as well as tapered and domed. The 196 is more sharply slanted, which makes it fantastic for carving out contour or getting very close to the eye area, but it doesn’t naturally hug the curves of the face quite as well as the Oval 6 and 170 brushes do. I also find that the 196 requires more of a stippling motion for application, rather than a gentle, gliding motion like I do when using the 170 and Oval 6.

And of course I must mention the Artis Oval 6 Brush as a dupe! It’s basically the same brush… I’m not even kidding. Both brushes were designed by the same gentleman, who used to be part of the MAC family. After parting ways with MAC, he became a consultant and partner for a major brush manufacturer and has launched his own line of brushes under the brand Artis. Basically, if you get the Artis brush, you’re just paying for the way it looks… It costs $15 more than the MAC Oval 6 and the only difference is the color and/or material of the handle. The Artis version of this brush may look more luxurious and fancy, but I personally prefer the sleek look of MAC’s Oval 6, as well as MAC’s price! I have used both, although I don’t own the Artis version, and I can assure you that they do the exact same job!

If you’d like to know more about application techniques, please scroll down past the photos.

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Application:

I am going to try to take photos this week to demonstrate how to hold this brush for each application technique since it’s still a new concept for some people. The “level” of wordpress that I have right now won’t allow me to post videos, but I plan on using this brush a lot in upcoming YouTube tutorials, so I’ll link that as soon as my videos go live!

Liquids:   When applying a liquid foundation, I recommend dabbing the product onto your face with your finger, then blending it out with the Oval 6 brush. The type of motion you’ll want to use is more of a gentle, gliding motion to sweep your foundation all over the face, rather than a circular buffing motion that you may be used to doing with other brushes. You can also softly stipple with this brush if you’re trying to blend your concealer! The shape of this brush allows it to fit under and around the eye, nose, and mouth with ease. You’ll also notice that you don’t need to use nearly as much product with this brush, especially if you’ve been using something like a Beauty Blender!

Creams:   With creams, you’ll use pretty much the same gliding motion as you do with liquids, although I find that a circular buffing motion tends to work alright with creams, while when I do that with liquids, it seems to thin out the coverage a bit. You can even use the side or edge of this brush if you’re applying a cream contour… The shape allows you to get a precise line, then gently buff it out. When applying a cream blush, you’ll want to use the more rounded part of the brush to buff it onto the apples of your cheeks. The Oval 6 Brush also works well with cream concealers since the shape allows you to get right into your under eye area!

Powders:   I’ve found that the buffing and gliding motions work best for powder foundations. I don’t recommend using this brush to apply powder over a liquid foundation, though, as it can sort of wipe away or streak your foundation that you’ve already applied. That said, I absolutely love this brush if I’m in a hurry and want to put some Studio Fix Powder on real quick! It gives great coverage when used with that type of powder. I also LOVE using this brush to apply powder under my contour line on my cheeks to clean it up and add definition! Powder blushes can be a little tricky, depending on how pigmented they are… Because this brush picks up a lot of product, if you aren’t careful and use a light hand, you can end up looking like a clown! The few times I’ve been successful at applying blush with the Oval 6, I’ve gently patted it onto the apple of my cheek, then used light, circular motions to blend it out.

Primers/Skincare:   While I personally prefer to use my fingers for skincare and primers, since the heat of my fingers melts those type of products into my skin, you can use this brush if you want to have a more pampered, spa-like experience. The only downside is that primers and lotions tend to be more liquidy, so the brush will soak those up more than it will foundations.

Cleaning:   I always make sure to spot clean all of my brushes daily… To do so, I have my MAC Brush Cleanser in a spray bottle, which I’ll spritz onto a paper towel, then gently swipe the brush across a couple of times until most of the product is off of the brush. For deep cleaning, you can mix MAC Brush Cleanser with water or use a gentle shampoo diluted with water (I like Dr Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap, but it’s very concentrated, so you only need a few drops). Like other brushes, make sure you don’t submerge the entire brushhead in water, as this can loosen the bristles. You only have to dip about the top third into the water/shampoo mixture, then gently swoosh it around in the palm of your hand. To rinse, run your thumb across the bristles while holding the brushhead under running water (again, just part of the bristles). You can pat it dry with a paper towel, then make sure it’s reshaped before putting it back into your brush cup  or holder to air dry the rest of the way!

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***

MAC Flamingo Park – Lipsticks

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

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

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

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

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

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: 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: 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

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.