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 23: My Top 5 Melt Cosmetics Lipsticks

On the twenty-third day of Swatchmas, I give you my five favorite lipsticks from Melt Cosmetics! I know, I know… It’s another Melt post, but I’ve been using the lipsticks from this brand since literally the first week they came out and to this day, I still tend to reach for them before any other brand of regular, bullet-type lipsticks. Their pigmentation is insane and their formula may be incredibly matte, but they’re still very comfortable to wear all day long. These five colors aren’t necessarily the ones I’m using the most at the moment, but I went through all of them and these are the one that I’ve used the most over time. I hope that you all like these as much as I do.

If you want to pick up some lipsticks from Melt, you can head to their website at http://www.meltcosmetics.com. Each lipstick sells for $19 and contains about 4 g / 0.14 oz of product. Melt Cosmetics is  cruelty free company and all of the lipsticks featured in this post are vegan.

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The five Melt Cosmetics lipsticks featured in this post are:

  • Voyeur:   Cool toned, glazed pecan shade (ultra-matte)
  • Cherried:   Dark, blackened, wine stained plum with brown-ish undertones (ultra-matte)
  • Lucretia:   Blood red mixed with demure nude aka warm toned, rosy pink (ultra-matte)
  • Shady Lady:   Shadowy magenta and vaguely hot pink (ultra-matte)
  • Pink Heels:   Warm toned pink with a subtle coral undertone (ultra-matte)

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

 

Melt Cosmetics – Janice Liquid Set Lipstick & Nudist AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner

Melt has done it again! By that, I mean they’ve come out with yet another amazing new product with a wonderful, very wearable formula. I know there are a bazillion liquid lipsticks out there these days and a lot of companies have really stepped up their game to make liquid lipsticks MUCH more comfortable to wear, but Melt has gone above and beyond my expectations! The best part about this liquid lipstick is that it’s available in a set with an AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner that doesn’t necessarily match perfectly, but works with the Liquid Set Lipstick shade and compliments the color nicely. Melt’s liners are all very high quality (like all of their products), apply with no drag, and wearing nearly all day long with minimal touchups.

I purchased every shade/set that Melt has launched so far and will be posting all of them in the not-so-distant future. I have a TON of new products to review and post, so I’ll be switching it up day to day, even though I think most of the hot new shit I’ve purchased lately are lip products anyway.

I’m going to get pretty in depth in this post since this is a brand new product and formula, but the following posts for these will be a little more short and sweet. I just want my readers to get the full rundown on these products in case you all are interested in purchasing them!

I hope you all enjoy this post and as always, thanks for reading! Now that Halloween is over with (which is one of my busiest times of the year), I have more time to focus on my makeup blog and have fun with new products! If you’d like to keep up with me and check out everything I’m testing or playing around with, 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 always love chatting with my readers!

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Let’s just start with the basics… The set included Janice Liquid Set Lipstick, Nudist Ultra Matte Lip Liner, and a super cute, very nice little grey pouch featuring the Melt logo. Purchased as a set, this costs $33 but is a $46 value. Purchased individually, the Liquid Set Lipstick is $19 the AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner is $17, and the pouch is $10, so that’s a pretty decent savings if you get it as a set! To purchase these products, go peep www.meltcosmetics.com.

The Liquid Set Lipstick contains 0.12 oz / 3.39 ml of product, which, for the price, is on par with companies like ABH and Dose of Colors. The AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner contains  1.20 g / 0.04 oz of product, so that’s the exact same size as a MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, and feels like a very comparable formula, but costs $4 less than MAC’s version of it!

While Janice Liquid Set Lipstick is vegan, Nudist AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner is not, which is likely due to the fact that it contains Carmine. Carmine is type of pigment/color additive derived from beetles (you seriously have NO idea how many products contain this, and it’s not as gross as it sounds). However, Melt Cosmetics is a cruelty-free company and neither of these products contain palm oil, which makes me one VERY happy girl!

The formula for the Liquid Set Lipstick is incredibly comfortable to wear and feels liquidy without being too runny or too thick and goopy. Typically, thinner liquid lipstick formulas like this end up being streaky but Janice looked absolutely flawless! I only had to dip the wand into the tube once to evenly cover both my top and bottom lip… I have a feeling that the main factor with how easy this is to apply all comes down to the nifty doe-foot wand. This is NOT your typical applicator! It’s angled, tapered, and has a hollow center to hold and collect the product so you don’t get annoying, uneven blobs all over your lip while trying to apply it. It’s also firm without being hard and soft without being flimsy, so you can achieve a precise application even if you don’t want to wear a lip liner. Another bonus to this formula is that it wore well for a LONG time, only fading in the center of my lips. It’s not the least bit drying either, so it didn’t wreck my lips by the end of the day.

Melt’s AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner is just as nice as the Liquid Set Lipstick! It reminds me of the formula that MAC has for their Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, but Melt’s is even smoother. It glides on very easily and is SUPER pigmented, so you don’t need to be heavy handed at all! It wears well under the liquid lipstick or even when applied over/around the edges for touchups. I’ve also worn this alone with a gloss on top and didn’t have any issues with smudging or feathering even then!

I’ll get into wear time, color, etc in the summaries below, so keep scrolling to check those out!

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They really put some thought into both the boxes/unicarton AND the components themselves with these products. As usual, Melt’s packaging is eye-catching, but still classy and not overdone. The liquid lipsticks have holo print on the boxes but the liners do not. I would have liked to have seen that for both, at least for the sets, but it may have increased the price and I mean come on, most of us toss it immediately anyway! One of my boxes tore a bit, but it’s still super pretty!

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As I mentioned, the bag or pouch that it comes with compliments the shades of liquid lipstick and liner that it contains. The pouches have the Melt logo both on the zipper pull and stamped onto the pouch itself, which is a very soft, suede-like material. Don’t be fooled by their size… They hold a LOT more than they look like they do! I can easily fit a few lippies and liners in there, plus my powder compact for touchups, as well as a mini powder brush.

Now onto the products themselves, starting with some quick swatches.

(For the record, I’m a MAC NC20)

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Photo taken outdoors in natural, indirect sunlight. Products swatched on NC20 skin.
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Janice + Nudist | Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight + a ring light. 
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Janice + Nudist | Photo taken indoors using only a ring light.
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Janice + Nudist | Photo taken indoors using only natural, indirect sunlight.

* All product photos taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight as well as a ring light *

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Janice Liquid Set Lipstick:   This shade is described as a “beautiful Victorian Mauve” and is a medium, cool toned mauve with slightly gray-ish plum undertones. At first this wasn’t a color that I was personally drawn to because shades like this usually make me look really washed out, but I actually REALLY love it and get compliments every time I wear it! It has a completely matte finish once it sets and unlike many liquid lipsticks, doesn’t seem to darken much, if at all, as it dries down.

Coverage is full and even with very little product used. As I mentioned, this doesn’t dry down to look much different than it does in the tube, so color payoff and accuracy to how it looks in the packaging is perfect! Wear time is a solid 6-8 hours, even with drinking coffee and having a little snack. As with most liquid lipsticks, it fades in the center first, especially if you eat something like pizza or a salad with oily dressing. As with most matte or liquid lipsticks, it can emphasize dry patches (you can sort of tell in the photos), but exfoliating and lightly moisturizing your lips before applying your lipstick will solve that!

Liners:   Obviously Melt’s Nudist liner that comes in this set is perfect with this liquid lipstick! Other than that, a few good options are Whirl or Plum Lip Pencils from MAC if you want something a similar color. This shade of lipstick can be used with so many liners to alter the color or create an ombre look, so just have fun with it!

Dupes:   As far as other liquid lipsticks go, the closest dupe I’ve found so far is Trouble, which is one of the new ones from Anastasia Beverly Hills… It’s still more of a rosy mauve, though. In the tube, Pure Hollywood, also from ABH, looks similar but once applied it’s much lighter and more nude. Clover from ABH is MUCH more gray/lilac and quite a bit darker. I looked for dupes in the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Lipcolours that I have as well and still didn’t have much luck… Sweet Thing was SUPER similar, maybe a little more pinky-mauve and lighter but unfortunately, it was limited edition. So Me is permanent, but is darker and has more neutral brown undertones.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Although the name didn’t want to focus, you can see the batch number stamped into the pencil.

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Nudist Allday/Everyday Lip Liner:   This liner is a “neutral nude with a hint of pink” and has an ultra matte finish. It tends to pull a little on the cool toned side for me personally, but it’s one of those colors that looks natural and flattering on anyone and can be worn with all types of lipstick shades from nudes to plums to soft pinks!

You can easily achieve full coverage with this liner using a pretty light hand. I’ve worn it all over by itself or, of course, as a liner. Either way, the coverage is very even and it glides right onto the lip. Color payoff is totally opaque and looks just like it does in pencil form, though, as I mentioned, it tends to work with your own skin tone and may look cooler or warmer on some people. Wear time was between 6-7 hours for me before I noticed any fading or feathering.

Dupes:   I don’t have any of the liners from MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil range that are dupes for Nudist, but I DO have a few that are MAC’s regular Lip Pencil formula that come close… Whirl is actually a nearly perfect dupe! Stripdown is more brown, and Plum is darker and more cool toned, but looks fantastic if you want to add more contrast with Janice Liquid Set Lipstick.

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 ***

 

 

Melt Nood Collection Lipsticks

Okay so I know these are sort of old news, BUT they’re some of my absolute favorite lipsticks and have been for a while now, so I figured why not post them?!

As you all probably know, I’m a big fan of Melt! I love their formulas, whether it be for lips or eyes. The company is also cruelty-free and all of the lipsticks in this collection are vegan, which I know is a plus for many people! The formula for all four of these lipsticks is the classic Ultra-Matte, as opposed to their Matte formula found with the Prime Rose collection (I’ll be posting it soon!), or their iridescent formula. All of the lipsticks in the Nood collection are very wearable for most skin tones. The only exception is the lightest, Sext, which may be difficult for deeper skin tones to pull off, but that’s where lip pencils come in so you can make it work!

*Note* I am not sponsored by anyone and didn’t get any type of payment or compensation to do this review. All products mentioned have been purchased out of pocket.

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Sext – Nood – Laced – Catsuit

These are no longer available in a package deal, but you can still get the all individually for $19 each on www.meltcosmetics.com. They each contain 3.2g / 0.11oz of product, which comes out to be $5.94 per gram. This is very comparable to MAC’s pricing at $17 per lipstick / $5.67 per gram, so don’t let Melt’s overall higher price scare you off… They’re worth it, I promise! Also, Melt has sales and special offers from time to time, so be sure to sign up for their emails!

This collection is consistent with Melt’s other lipsticks. The wear time and pigmentation is just as great as anything else they’ve ever release. I’ll go into more detail in the individual reviews, so keep reading!

PRO TIP: Since these are all VERY matte, you MUST make sure your lips are not dry and chapped before applying these lipsticks! Make sure to exfoliate your lips regularly to get rid of any rough or peeling areas, especially during this dry time of year. I also recommend using a lip balm a little while before doing your lips, but wiping off whatever is left right before applying your lipstick… That way, there’s no shine underneath so it will be matte! You can also use a silicone based primer like MAC’s Prep + Prime lip if you like, which will fill in any lines, smooth out dry patches, and even extend the wear time.

Please forgive me if some of the pics have slightly different lighting. I had to redo some of the photos on different days.

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Swatch photo taken outside in indirect natural light. Lipsticks swatches on NC20 skin.
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Sext:   This is the lightest of the lipsticks in this collection and is a slightly warm, peachy (almost peachy-pink) toned nude with a completely matte finish. The texture is smooth and applies evenly with little effort. The color payoff is great, but it may look a little pinker once applied (like in the photo above), due to your natural lip color. That’s actually a good thing when wearing this light of a nude, though, so it doesn’t end up looking too drastic or chalky. Coverage is great as well, but you may have to swipe the lipstick back and forth a few times to get full opacity. Wear time is about 7, give or take a little if you’re eating and drinking. It mostly begins to fade just in the center of the lip after about 3-4 hours, so it makes for easy touchups. Layering this over a liner will maximize the wear time, and will also make it more wearable for medium-dark to deeper skin tones, since you can layer and blend to create a darker nude!

Liners:   My top picks are Naked Liner (true neutral, very light nude), In Synch (light, more pinkish nude), Rosy Rim (light-medium, pinky nude), Boldly Bare (light-medium, peachy nude) or Subculture (light-medium, true nude). If you have a medium dark to deeper skin tone and want to use this lipstick with a liner to create an ombre look, I suggest Spice, Auburn, or Hover, all of which have warmer undertones. You could even do Cork or Chestnut for a cooler undertone if you blend them enough. All of these are part of MAC’s permanent line of Lip Pencils.

If you’re looking for a longer wearing liner, these MAC Pro Longer Lip Pencils are great options and all are permanent: Oh Honey! (light, peachy nude), Etcetera (medium nude with a neutral to warm brown undertone), Cultured (medium, warm toned, pinky-peach nude) or Nice ‘N’ Spicy (medium-dark, warm nude).

Dupes:   Myth is close, but is less pink and has a Satin finish rather than Matte. Creme Cup  has a similar color, but is darker and has a Cremesheen finish, meaning it has a bit of a shine to it. Japanese Maple is another Cremesheen that’s close, but is also darker and more peachy. All of these are permanent lipsticks from MAC.

There is one limited edition lipstick from MAC’s Vibe Tribe collection that’s close and is called Arrowhead, but it’s more of a true nude and less pinky toned than Sext is. It is a Matte, though, so the finish is right.

Milk Shake from Anastasia Beverly Hills is actually the closest match I found for both color and finish, but it’s a liquid lipstick.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Nood:   Nood is just a step up from Sext and is a light, warm, peachy toned nude with a very matte finish. It shares the typical creamy texture with the rest of Melt’s lipsticks. Color payoff looks pretty true to the color it is in the tube, so you don’t have to use much product. Coverage is good and even, but as you can see, this one didn’t stick quite as much in the center of my lips, but that’s an easy fix by gently rubbing it around with your finger. Like Sext, this lipstick wore for about 7 hours, only showing some signs of fading in the center after around 3 hours. You’ll get a longer wear time with a liner and also like Sext, you can make this a little darker or more of an ombre-nude look if you have a deeper skin tone and find it difficult to wear nudes this light on their own.

Liners:   Subculture is a near perfect match. Some other good ones are Boldly Bare (light-medium, peachy nude), Whirl (medium, dusty rose, but works well with nudes), Spice (medium, warm brownish nude), or Hover (medium-dark, rusty nude). To make a more ombre lip for deeper skin tones, Mahogany is beautiful (medium-dark to dark, warm mahogany). All liners mentioned are MAC’s permanent Lip Pencils.

As far as MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils go, you can try Cultured, which is almost the exact same color as Nood, something like Oh Honey! (light, peachy nude), or Nice ‘N’ Spicy (medium-dark, warm nude).

Dupes:   I was lucky to find the PERFECT dupe in both color and finish, and it’s MAC’s Honeylove! A few other Matte lipsticks from MAC that are close are Kinda Sexy (slightly darker and more peachy-pink), Yash (cooler toned, more yellow based, darker nude), and Velvet Teddy (deeper, but in the same color family).

Naked Liquid Lipstick from Anastasia Beverly Hills is also VERY similar in both color and it has a super matte finish.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Laced:   Laced is a medium, neutral to cool toned nude with a hint of a gray/beige undertone. It has the same ultra matte finish as the other lipsticks from this collection, and feels very rich and creamy. It may take a moment to dry down and go completely matte due to the creamier texture. The color payoff is wonderful and looks just like it does in the tube. Coverage is also great, but will begin to fade first in the center of the lips, but this is common with any lipstick, especially mattes! Wear time is about 6 hours or a little longer if used with a good liner. Since this is a medium nude, it’s more wearable for everyone! Some people may not always gravitate towards a cooler toned nude like Laced, but in my opinion, it’s very flattering on anyone I’ve seen wearing it!

Liners:   Some of my favorite MAC Lip Pencils to use with Laced are Cork (medium, slightly warm toned, brownish nude), Plum (medium, cool plum), Stone (medium-dark, grayish-beige), or Chestnut (medium-dark, neutral to cool toned brown). You could even pop on something like Nightmoth (deep, wine/plum) to create a beautiful ombre look.

If you prefer one of MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, you can use Etcetera (medium nude with a neutral to warm brown undertone) if you’d like to warm up the color a bit, or even Bittersweet (deep, rich brown), to darken the look.

Dupes:   This was a tricky one to find a good dupe for, but here are a few from MAC’s permanent lineup of Matte lipsticks: Stone (darker, more cool toned and gray) or Really Me (pinker, lighter, but could be mixed with Stone for a similar look to Laced).

The closest dupe from MAC I found is unfortunately limited edition and has been discontinued for a while, but it’s called Styled in Sepia. It has a slightly warmer, more yellow tinted brown undertone, but it’s very similar!

Overall Rating: 4.8 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 4

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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Catsuit:   This is the darkest of the lipsticks in this collection and is probably my favorite. Catsuit is a dark, warm brown with a rich, almost wine stained undertone, so it works well with all skin tones just as long as you’re a sucker for a dark lip like I am! The texture is similar to Laced and has a creamier type of feeling to it. Also like Laced it does take a minute to dry down to a true ultra-matte finish. Color payoff looks just like it does in the tube, though it can lean a little warmer or cooler depending on your natural lip color. Coverage is full and opaque without having to use much product. Wear time is about 6 hours, with the first signs of fading being in the center of the lip after 3 hours or so. With a good liner, you may get a little extra time before any fading occurs.

Liners:   A couple of great Lip Pencils from MAC to use with this lipstick are Burgundy (true deep burgundy) if you want it to lean more red, Vino (deep wine) if you want to add a bit of a wine-stained tone, Cyber World (deep, cool toned smoked purple) or Nightmoth (deep, slightly warm toned blackened plum). None of the previously mentioned liners are super close to Catsuit, but they compliment it very well. You can also use Chestnut if you want a more neutral liner.

My absolute favorite liner to use with this lipstick is Bittersweet Pro Longwear Lip Pencil from MAC, since it’s more of a deep, true brown.

Dupes:   Out of any lipstick I’ve found to be a near perfect dupe for Catsuit, it’s Antique Velvet from MAC, which is Matte and has the same undertone, but can be slightly more pigmented and deeper. It looks pretty much the same as Catsuit if you apply it lightly, though! It’s also a permanent color, so it won’t disappear anytime soon.

Overall Rating: 5 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 5

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5