It’s that time again! Since everyone loved Swatchmas last year, I figured this would be a great way to get back into blogging and making regular posts. This year, I’ll only be posting lip and eye products, since that’s what got the best feedback, so I hope you all are cool with that!
To start things off, I wanted to post one of my favorite holiday sets that’s come out this year… Fenty Beauty’s Glossy Posse Mini Gloss Bomb Set. It sells for $42 from both Sephora and www.fentybeauty.com, and features five mini Gloss Bombs, each containing 5.5 ml/g / 0.35 oz of product (compared to the full size gloss bombs, which contain 9 ml/g / 0.3 oz of product and sell for $18 each). Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is a cruelty-free brand and these are very moisturizing, comfortable glosses, so they’re one of my favorite formulas.
The colors included in this gift set are:
Confetti: Shimmering iridescent opal
Fu$$y: Shimmering dusty pink (permanent)
Pretty Please: Shimmering fuchsia
Cheeky: Shimmering bright red-orange
Hot Chocolit: Shimmering rich brown
These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.
On the first day of Swatchmas, I give you the Highlight Heaven Glow Palette from TIME Los Angeles! This is the brand’s first highlight palette and it is GORGEOUS!
If you want to pick this baby up, it’s available from www.shoptimela.com for $32. This palette is vegan and cruelty-free and contains four highlighter shades, so you’re sure to find one perfect for your skin tone! In this palette, you get:
Heavenly: A pale pearl shade
Bliss: A pale gold shade
Eternal: A neutral pink champagne
Goddess: A bronze gold shade
The full review for this palette will be up soon, and I’ll be sure to update this post with a link to the review when it is. You can also follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, all @lesley_makeup if you want to stay in the loop and know what products I’m testing and loving.
These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.
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!
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!
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!
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)
* All product photos taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight as well as a ring light *
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
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 5
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
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 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 ***
Since I can’t resist a new highlighter (and who can, right?!), I purchased these during the first launch and have been testing them for quite a while now. I promise you that if you didn’t get these the first time, it will be worth the wait when the restock goes live. If you’re a highlighter addict like me, you will absolutely fall in love with these!
The Skin Frost formula is very finely milled and has a buttery sort of texture to it, so they blend out and build up easily. They do vary with color payoff and such, but I’ll cover that in the individual reviews. I would describe the feel of these to be a cross between Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector and the highlighters in Anastasia’s Glow Kits. I also love how the logo is stamped into the product, and surprisingly, it doesn’t seem to fade very quickly, even with frequent use.
They all apply best with a small-ish, preferably tapered, somewhat dense, fluffy brush like Anastasia’s A23, Real Techniques Setting Brush (the one with the pink handle), or MAC’s 133 Brush. Used dry, they give you anything from a light, subtle glow up to something more intense, depending on how much you apply and layer the Skin Frost. Another way to get a softer, more natural highlight is to use a dry, fluffy fan brush like a MAC 184 (from MAC Pro or online). Fan brushes will actually provide the widest range for levels of color payoff and coverage, depending on how much product you get on them and whether or not you use it dry or damp.
If you want that mega glowing, almost metallic, goddess-from-another-planet type of highlight, you can spray your brush with something like MAC’s Fix + Spray AFTER swiping your brush through the highlighter and picking up a good amount of product… If you spray your brush first, your brush may be too damp and you can end up with that icky crusty buildup on your highlighter that will make it difficult to use later on. That’s not something unique to these highlighters though, it will happen with any type of powder that you use a wet brush with.
Pro Tip: You can multitask with these! Need an inner corner highlight for your eyes? Pop on the same Skin Frost you used on your cheeks! I use these as eye shadows all the time and I’ll even pop a little bit onto the center of my lips after applying lipstick for a glowy pout without using a gloss.
All of these are available on the Jeffree Star Cosmetics website and they sell for $29 each. They contain 15g / 0.53oz of product, so they’re absolutely massive and a really good value… In comparison, the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector’s contain 8g / 0.28oz of powder and go for $38, while the Laura Gellar Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator’s contain 4.5g / 0.16oz and sell for $26. The closest high end highlighter, value wise, is MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish, which contains 10g / .35oz and costs $32.
The Skin Frosts are all out of stock as of right now (end of July), but according to Jeffree’s Instagram, there will be a restock of Peach Goddess and King Tut on Thursday, August 11th at 10am PST, and four new shades will also be launching at that time… There’s another shade, Mint Condition, that I did not purchase, so I’m sorry but that one won’t be in this review. I hope to get it eventually, and I’ll be sure to post it when I do!
In addition to these being huge and a great value, the packaging is also really nice. It’s made from a sturdy, bright pink plastic and has a mirror inside that’s the full size of the compact! On the outside, the logo is printed on the lid in a very pretty, metallic pink that looks super cute and classy. Luckily, I haven’t dropped one of these yet, but I’m assuming that due to the soft formula, the powder could potentially be fragile, but that’s how it is with most highlighters. One thing I noticed, and appreciated, is how quickly my order processed and shipped, and how thorough they were with their packaging… These highlighters were wrapped in SO much pink bubble wrap and tissue paper, I think the apocalypse could have happened and my skin frosts still would have survived!
Now for the individual reviews!
Ice Cold: This Skin Frost is a light creamy color with a warmer type of golden undertone. On me, this is the one that glows the most without having to apply much. However, my skintone ranges from a MAC NC15 to NC25/C3.5 depending on how much my spray tan has faded haha. I feel like this is a shade that so many fair to light beauties have been praying to the makeup gods for. It’s so well pigmented without looking too light once applied, so it makes for the absolute most PERFECT highlight that gives you a beautiful, ethereal glow! Another great thing about this shade is that it’s so neutral that it compliments any blush that you’re using, whether it’s a cool toned pink, or a warmer peach or coral, so it’s something that’s definitely wearable every day.
As I mentioned earlier, Skin Frosts have a very buttery texture and glide right onto the skin with little to no blending required when using the proper brush (the ones I suggested are the best I’ve found, and trust me, I have a billion brushes). Coverage and color payoff are fantastic, but the fluffier the brush, the less you’ll get of either. I find that to be a good thing though, because it makes it easy to customize your level of glow. Wear time seems to be pretty much all day… These don’t fade easily or quickly unless you’re out in some serious heat and humidity, but the rest of your makeup is probably melting off at that point anyway! If I apply a Skin Frost around noon, it’s still there by midnight. With Ice Cold, it can begin to fade about 6 hours after I’ve applied it, but only a little, and it actually ends up looking prettier because it just melts right into the skin, giving the glow a softer, sexier, more magical appearance.
Overall Rating: 5 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 5
Dupes: MAC’s Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish is very close, but has a cooler, more pastel undertone and not as much pigmentation. Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone has the same type of warm, golden tone, but is a little bit darker. The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer also has the same undertone, but is darker than both Moonstone and Ice Cold. Becca’s Opal is darker and has more of a pink undertone… So I think it’s safe to say that Ice Cold is very unique!
Peach Goddess: Peach Goddess is a medium, peachy pink with warm undertones. When I’m more tan, this can be subtle if I apply it lightly, but it also looks amazing applied more heavily because it gives a super pretty, warm glow to light/medium to darker skin tones. While I feel like this shade isn’t quite as pigmented as Ice Cold or King Tut, it could also be because once it’s on the skin, it’s more of a warm neutral, even though it looks pretty bold and rosy in the compact itself. I definitely get better color payoff with Peach Goddess when I use a more dense brush (the Real Techniques Shading Brush is my favorite for this shade), and/or use a damp application technique.
Peach Goddess has the same texture as the other Skin Frosts, so it’s a very creamy feeling powder that applies easily. As I said though, the color payoff and coverage may take a heavier or damp application or more layering with this shade. Like Ice Cold, this shade looks beautiful all day with minimal fading… All of that said, when I’m more tan, I tend to reach for Peach Goddess more than any other highlighter because it looks so good with the warmer toned blushes I use during summer! Even if I don’t wear much makeup, this is easy to pop on as a highlight and eye shadow to give my face a little bit more life.
Overall Rating: 4.8 / 5
Color Payoff: 4
Wear Time: 5
Dupes: In the pan, MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Cheeky Bronze looks very similar, but the texture feels different and it’s not quite as glowy, even if the color is close. Global Glow MSF is darker and less pink, and has some thicker gold shimmer particles in it. MAC’s Soft & Gentle MSF is pretty close, but a little lighter and less rosy toned. Becca’s Champagne Pop is lighter and peachier, while Opal is lighter and has a more golden undertone. Laura Geller’s Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Peach Glow is the closest dupe I’ve found, but it’s the tiniest big lighter, even though the general color and undertone are very much alike.
King Tut: King Tut is a stunning golden color fit for a queen and has subtle warm undertones that are a true golden bronze, rather than a pink or reddish type of undertone found in a lot of deeper shades of highlighters. Even though King Tut looks quite dark in the compact, it blends out without looking too intense, even on lighter skintones. I managed to pull this off as an NC15, and I’ve seen NW/NC50+ rocking this highlighter too, so I would say this is the most versatile of the three Skin Frosts I purchased.
I’m happy to say that the super smooth texture is the same with all of the Skin Frosts. It’s nice to have so much consistency in a product! As far as color payoff and coverage go, like I said, King Tut is the most versatile of the three shades and can be applied and blended out lightly, or really built up to look just like it does in the pan. This shade wore well on me for a solid 8 hours before I noticed any fading, probably because it’s so pigmented, but when it does begin to fade it’s like the others and still gives you a glow, but becomes slightly softer. Now just wait till you get to the dupes… I know some of you diehard MAC fans are going to be VERY happy 😉
Overall Rating: 5 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 5
Dupes: Okay so this is the best part… When applied lightly to moderately, King Tut looks a LOT like MAC’s Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish that was limited edition! Whisper of Gilt is just a little lighter, but they’re SUPER close. Another Extra Dimension Skinfinish that’s even more similar to King Tut is Oh Darling, which was limited edition and released during the 2015 holiday season. MAC’s Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish is a little deeper bronze toned and has bigger shimmer particles, but it’s the closest dupe I can find that’s permanent… Of course, being quite pale most of the time, I don’t personally have many golden toned highlighters to sit here and compare King Tut to, so if you know of any awesome dupes, feel free to post them in the comments below!
MAC’s Strength collection brings together products that highlight the fearless, elegant, and strong sides of women. There are soft colors for cheeks, bold colors for lips, and a mixture of both for the eyes. Using these products together creates some strikingly beautiful looks, whether you go for dramatic or natural. For me, the lipsticks really stand out… I’m the type of girl who puts on a bold lip and feels like I can take on the world! I think that polished, empowered feeling is what MAC wanted to embrace with this collection, and I must say, they did a great job!
This collection was released the day after Christmas… My apologies for not getting this collection up on the blog sooner, but I was out of town for my 30th birthday!
I did not purchase the Nail Lacquers that were released with Strength, but I will include the promo image and brief description of them. I also did not swatch or review the Penultimate Eye Liner, Kohl Power Eye Pencil, Technakohl Liner, or Opulash Mascara that are repromotes with the collection, because they are all permanent products that I plan on covering in future posts.
* * * LIPS * * *
The Lipsticks in this collection are all limited edition products, three of which are new (Absolute Power, Firm Form, and Strong Woman) and two of which are repromotes (Party Parrot and Pink Pigeon). All five lipsticks have a Matte finish, but feel surprisingly creamy! I definitely think that these are top of the line quality and are all unique colors, so they’re worth checking out if you can find them! MAC lipsticks contain 3g / 0.1oz of product and sell for $15.
For additional reviews, photos and swatches, you can click here to read my post for the MAC Strength Lipsticks.
Both of the Lip Pencils in the Strength collection are nothing new, but Embrace Me is a limited edition that you might want to get your hands on while you still can! Lasting Sensation is part of the permanent line. Both of these go well with Pink Pigeon and Party Parrot Lipsticks. MAC Lip Pencils cost $15 and contain 1.45g / 0.05oz of product.
For more photos and reviews, click here to see my post on the Strength Lip Pencils.
* * * CHEEKS * * *
Poised and Taupe Shape are two new, limited edition, neutral blushes that work well on a variety of skintones. They apply and blend easily and have fantastic color payoff! For powder blushes, these are great quality and are worth buying, or at least checking out! MAC Powder Blushes contain 6g / 0.21oz of product and cost $20.
For more photos, swatches, and full reviews of these blushes, click here.
* * * EYES * * *
There are two Eye Shadow Quads in the Strength collection. Both are neutral, but versatile enough to be used for day and night looks, whether you want something soft and natural or dramatic and smokey. The All Woman Eye Shadow Quad is the warmer of the two, while Inner Strength has slightly cooler tones. The quality is equal for both Eye Shadow Quads, with some colors seeming more dry and sheer than others… When worn over something like Painterly Paint Pot (as all eye shadows should be worn!), the Eye Shadows perform well and are much easier to work with. Layering over a Paint Pot or another primer also increases the wear time for eye shadows and prevents them from creasing, so try it out! It’s a necessity to me, both personally and professionally!
Both All Woman and Inner Strength are limited edition and contain four eye shadows adding up to 5.6 g / 0.19 US oz of product. They sell for $40, which is a steal, considering that individual eye shadows are $15 each and to make a palette containing four eye shadows, it costs $57!
For more photos, swatches and reviews of the All Woman Eye Shadow Quad, click here.
For more photos swatches, and reviews of the Inner Strength Eye Shadow Quad, click here.
* * * NAILS * * *
There are two Nail Lacquers that came out with the Strength collection… Neither of which I bought… Not because I don’t love them, but because I’m running out of room for nail polish! It’s seriously an addiction. Anyway, I like MAC’s Nail Lacquer for the most part. Some can be hit or miss but they typically wear pretty well (5-6 days before tip wear or chipping) and apply smoothly. However, I can’t vouch for these because I did not test them. MAC Nail Lacquers contain 10ml / 0.34 US oz of product and cost $16.
On the left is Triumphant, a “midtone cool brown” and on the right is Muscle Tone, a “pale neutral nude”. Both of these have a Cream finish.
There are five eye shadows in MAC’s Hey, Sailor collection. Four of these are limited edition but Crystal Avalanche is permanent. There are both neutrals and bright colors, so there is a little something for everyone.
Since the packaging on these is all nifty and striped, that means that the price is $16 rather than the usual $15. I don’t buy eye shadows for the packaging, but it’s definitely cute and I like the nautical theme.
Like other MAC eye shadows, I recommend using a primer such as a Paint Pot like Painterly or Soft Ochre underneath these so that the color is as bold and true-to-pan-color as possible. Using a primer before applying these will also ensure that they wear as long as possible with no creasing (usually lasting 8-12 hours on me that way), although even without a primer these will wear from 6-8 hours before any creasing or fading occurs.
Barefoot (Veluxe Pearl): Barefoot is a “tarnished gold” color. To me, it’s a warm mid tone golden color that has some hints of olive or dirty bronze to it. It’s very pretty and has good color payoff, even without a primer. It’s unique, as I can’t seem to find any other MAC eye shadow that is a good dupe for it. Goldmine is much brighter gold and a little bit lighter. Since Barefoot is a Veluxe Pearl finish, it has some frosty sheen to it without being totally shimmery. It applies very smoothly and blends easily. All in all, this is one of my favorite eye shadows in this collection.
Crystal Avalanche (Veluxe Pearl): This is described as a “white with reflects”… It’s a clean, bright white that’s exceptionally frosty for a Veluxe Pearl, and contains super fine reflective particles. Like other Veluxe Pearl eye shadows, it applies very smoothly and it has opaque coverage with little product. Crystal Avalanche is part of the permanent range of MAC eye shadows.
Feeling Fresh (Frost): Feeling Fresh is a true “bright green”. It’s like a kelly green or grassy green that doesn’t lean towards the blue or yellow side of… It’s just very, very green. As a Frost finish, it’s not as frosty as I’d have expected. The green part of the eye shadow has a sheen to it but isn’t completely frosty… the silver particles in it give it most of it’s shimmer. The color payoff is best over a primer… Without a primer it’s not all that opaque and doesn’t apply completely evenly. Feeling Fresh is a great color, you just have to know how to work with it!
Jaunty (Frost): Jaunty is a “light yellow beige”. It’s a very neutral eye shadow and doesn’t actually seem the least bit yellow to me. On most light to medium skin tones, this will show up as a natural looking eye shadow, but still has a great deal of frostiness to it. It’s not completely opaque but it applies evenly and smoothly with good color payoff. If you wear this over something like Painterly Paint Pot it will be much more opaque. I like Jaunty as a lid color or even a brow highlight. As simple as this color is, it’s still unique and it’s my favorite in this collection.
Nautical Navy (Satin): Nautical Navy is described as a “blue”… Kinda vague there, MAC! It’s a navy blue with silvery blue shimmer particles. As a Satin eye shadow, I expected this to give better color payoff and apply much smoother than it did. Without a primer, it was difficult to work with and felt chalky, not blending evenly. Once I put it on over a neutral Paint Pot it was much easier to work with and turned out to be nicely pigmented. I wouldn’t say this is a totally unique and different color, but it’s nice. Shop and Drop eye shadow seems really close to Nautical Navy, but that one was limited. If you can’t find this one, the closest dupes in MAC’s permanent line would be Contrast, although it’s a bit more gray, or Deep Truth, which is a brighter blue and is more frosty.
Here are all the lipsticks featured in MAC’s Fashion Sets collection, with the exception of Chestnut and Spice, which I did not purchase. This collection came out a while back, but the majority of these lipsticks are permanent and are still available at your local MAC counter, store, or online. I am dividing these into two groups, as I did with the Lipglasses so it’s a little easier to compare them and you can get a good quality image of the swatches and products. Thanks for reading!
Angel (Frost): This lipstick is a “soft pink” that’s a warm, light-medium shade of pink. It contains very fine shimmer particles that give it a frosted finish. Angel yields opaque coverage and wears well for around 4-6 hours. I like to use Dervish or Subculture Lip Pencil with Angel.
Girl About Town (Amplified Creme): Girl About Town is a “bright blue fuchsia”. It’s a very bold, cool toned fuchsia that still appears more pink than purple, despite the blue-ish undertones. As an Amplified Creme finish, it gives opaque coverage and bright color payoff with a creamy, shiny consistency that leaves my lips feeling soft. Since Amplified Creme’s are so intense, Girl About Town gives me around 6 hours of wear before I need to touch up. I like to use Magenta or Embrace Me Lip Pencil or More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil with this shade.
Impassioned (Amplified Creme): This is an “amped-up fuchsia” that is warm toned and contains more deep pink and reddish undertones than blue or purple. It’s an Amplified Creme finish so the color payoff is great, giving opaque coverage without having to apply much product and has a shiny, creamy texture. This lipstick wears for about 6 hours without needing to be touched up. I like to use Embrace Me Lip Pencil or More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil with Impassioned.
Morange (Amplified Creme): Morange is described as a “loudmouth orange”. It’s a warm, slightly reddish orange that’s very intense. Like other Amplified Creme Lipsticks the color payoff is great and very much opaque and this Lipstick feels smooth and creamy on the lips, wearing for around 6 hours. My favorite Lip Pencils to use with Morange are Entertain Me and What A Blast!, which is a Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.
Myth (Satin): Myth is one of my all time favorite nude lipsticks! It’s a “light neutral nude” which is fairly neutral, but still warm, so it looks good on nearly any skintone and never looks too yellow or brown. It’s light, but not so light that it gives you zombie lips like some nudes do. As a Satin finish, it’s very smooth and somewhat shiny on the lips. I get opaque coverage with Myth, although I find that it’s so creamy that it can sometimes look a bit streaky or uneven when applied heavily from the tube. To fix that issue, I usually use a brush to apply it with, or spread it around with my finger a bit after I put it on. Myth wears for around 6 hours on me. Some good nude Lip Pencils to use with Myth are Subculture, Naked Liner, or What Comes Naturally.
Peachstock (Satin): This Lipstick is a “creamy beige peach”. It’s a warm, midtone nude color that’s definitely peachy and beige. It’s a Satin finish so it goes on creamy and is slightly shiny on the lips. It has a thick consistency and gives opaque coverage that wears for about 6 hours before I need to touchup. Stripdown or Subculture Lip Pencils work well with Peachstock, as well as Nice ‘N’ Spicy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.
Pink Nouveau (Satin): Pink Nouveau is a “bright pink” that is intense and has cool/blue undertones, but still looks good on nearly everyone. It’s a Satin finish, so it has a smooth texture and gives a slightly shiny appearance to the lips. The coverage with Pink Nouveau is totally opaque without having to apply much product. A few Lip Pencils that you could use with Pink Nouveau are Just Wonderful, Dervish or Embrace Me or even Magenta for a brighter look with more contrast.
Please Me (Matte): Please Me Lipstick is a “muted rosy-tinted pink”. It’s a medium shade of pink with yellow based, warm undertones so it’s flattering on all skintones. As a Matte finish, it has a thick, creamy texture and has a slight bit of shine to it. Please Me gives opaque coverage with very little product applied and wears well for 5-6 hours. A few nice Lip Pencils that you can use with Please Me are Subculture (nude/neutral), Whirl or Dervish (pinks), or In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, which is nearly a perfect match.
Ravishing (Cremesheen): Ravishing Lipstick is a “clean light peachy coral”. That description sums it up pretty well. It’s a lovely, warm, soft coral that’s suitable for all skintones, in my opinion. Ravishing has a Cremesheen finish, so it has good color payoff with opaque coverage, as well as a slightly glossy shine to it. Cremesheen Lipsticks typically give me about 4-5 hours of wear before I need to touch up. I usually use a neutral Lip Pencil like Subculture with this color, or for something a bit more bold, you could use Lasting Sensation. A little bird tells me that there’s a pretty coralish Pro Longwear Lip Pencil that just came out with the Hey Sailor! collection too.
Razzledazzler (Lustre): This is a “light creamy coral”. It’s a warm, soft type of coral that’s really pretty on light to medium skintones. Since it’s a Lustre finish, it has a glossy sheen to it and surprisingly (for a Lustre anyway) gives almost opaque coverage. I get 4-5 hours of wear before I need to touch up with this Lipstick. This reminds me of Flamingo lipstick, although Flamingo was a bit more pink. You could use a neutral Lip Pencil like Subculture with this for added definition, or if you have it Mouth Off was a nice one too.
Rebel (Satin): Rebel is one of MAC’s all time most popular colors. It is a permanent shade but they really seem to like repromoting it every few months to make sure everyone knows about it… Probably a good thing, since just by looking at the product itself, it can seem kind of dark and intimidating.
Russian Red (Matte): Aside from Viva Glam I, this is my favorite red lipstick of all time. It’s flattering on everyone and makes your teeth look nice and white! It’s an “intense bluish red”. Russian Red is a Matte finish so it gives totally opaque coverage and wears well and a bit longer than most other MAC Lipstick finishes, giving around 6 hours of wear before needing any touch up. Although it’s a Matte, it still has a slight sheen to it. This pairs up nicely with Cherry or Brick Lip Pencil, or even Kiss Me Quick Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.
Saint Germain (Amplified Creme): This is a “clean pastel pink”, although I see it as almost a Barbie or Pepto kind of pink. It’s a very bright, light-medium, cool toned pink. Amplified Creme Lipsticks give intense, opaque color payoff and last for around 6 hours without touchups. For a liner, you can use a neutral like Subculture Lip Pencil, or even go with something like Hip N’ Happy or Magenta for a brighter, more contrasting lip.
Snob (Satin): Snob Lipstick is a “light neutral pink” that tends to look more cool toned than neutral on most people. It’s a Satin finish, so it gives creamy, opaque coverage with a bit of shine and lasts around 5-6 hours. I like to wear this with Dervish or Hip ‘N’ Happy Lip Pencil.
Since these are all spaced out and arranged by color on the other Fashion Sets posts, I wanted to make a collective post of all the Lipglasses so it’s easier to compare them all side by side. I am dividing these into two different groups so the photos and swatches are better quality, but they’re all here (except for Spice and Chestnut, which I didn’t purchase)!
Angel: Angel Lipglass is a “light warm pink” that contains very fine shimmer particles. It doesn’t have as much shimmer as the lipstick does, but you can still see a little bit. Despite the light pink color, this Lipglass gives opaque coverage.
Girl About Town: This is a “bright blue fuchsia” color with opaque coverage. Unlike the Lipstick, this contains a hint of microshimmer particles, which could be good or bad, depending on your personal preference. They layer nicely together and match well, although the Lipglass does seem to have a bit more red to it.
Impassioned: This “bright warm pink” Lipglass is a perfect match for the corresponding Lipstick and is a warm toned, bright pinkish fuchsia. It contains no shimmer. It’s just creamy, shiny, opaque and gorgeous!
Morange: This lipglass is referred to as a “bright cream orange”, which is perfectly accurate. It’s slightly more or a true orange than the Lipstick is (in my opinion anyway), and gives opaque coverage.
Myth: Myth Lipglass is not a perfect match for the Lipstick. It’s said to be a “light neutral nude”, but is much more peachy/yellow and a hint more cool toned. It’s almost opaque on the lips but not quite, despite how incredibly thick and creamy it feels. I think because of the thickness of this particular lipglass, it also make it settle into the lines on my lips. Myth Lipglass also contains the slightest bit of shimmer. It almost reminds me of the Viva Glam Gaga II Lipglass, but lighter and not at brown.
Peachstock: Peachstock Lipglass is a “creamy beige peach” and matches the Lipstick of the same name quite well. It’s a thicker than normal, creamy Lipglass and gives opaque coverage, although like some other nude-ish colors, it can settle into the lines of the lips a bit.
Pink Nouveau: This Lipglass is a perfect match for the Lipstick and is a true “bright pink”, although when worn alone it’s not quite as intense. It has a creamy texture and is nearly opaque but not quite.
Please Me: This Lipglass is a perfect match to the “muted, rosy-tinted pink” of Please Me Lipstick. It’s very thick and creamy and will give you nearly complete opaque coverage when worn by itself. On me, it seemed a little uneven at first but once it warmed up on my lips it looked just fine.
Ravishing: Ravishing Lipglass is about the same color as the “clean light peachy coral” Lipstick, although it has a bit deeper of an orange tone to it. Also unlike the Lipstick, Ravishing Lipglass contains some soft microshimmer particles, as you can tell from the swatch.
Razzledazzler: Razzledazzler Lipglass gives a thicker, more opaque coverage than the “light creamy coral” Lipstick does and it has a very thick, milky texture. It’s also a bit more pink than the lipstick.
Rebel: This Lipglass is a perfect match for the “midtone creamy plum” Lipstick in this set. It’s not completely opaque when worn alone and tends to look streaky at first, but once it warms up on the lips it evens out and looks quite nice.
Russian Red: Unlike all of the other Lipglasses in this collection, Russian Red is permanent. It’s a good match for the “intense bluish red” Lipstick, although it may be a hint warmer and lighter. It’s very thick and creamy and gives opaque coverage.
Saint Germain: This Lipglass isn’t quite a perfect match for the “clean pastel pink” Lipstick. Although they’re close and compliment each other well, it’s lighter, more milky in texture and not as opaque.
Snob: This Lipglass is more of a true neutral than the slightly cool toned “light neutral pink” which Snob Lipstick is, but it still leans towards the cool side. The coverage is nearly opaque but not completely. This Lipglass can settle into the lines on the lips when worn alone if applied too heavily.
Fashion Sets is MAC’s newest collection featuring “sets” of matching Lipstick, Lipglass, and Nail Lacquer. The colors were chosen based on how popular these shades of lipstick are in different regions of the world. This set features Snob, a permanent Lipstick and limited edition Lipglass and Nail Lacquer.
All three Saint Germain products are available online, at counters, and in stores and are part of the North America and Latin America/Middle East groups of Fashion Sets. These sell for the usual prices, with Lipstick and Lipglass costing $14.50 and Nail Lacquer selling for $16.00.
Snob Lipstick (Satin): Snob Lipstick is a “light neutral pink” that tends to look more cool toned than neutral on most people. It’s a Satin finish, so it gives creamy, opaque coverage with a bit of shine and lasts around 5-6 hours. I like to wear this with Dervish or Hip ‘N’ Happy Lip Pencil.
Snob Lipglass: This Lipglass is more of a true neutral than Snob Lipstick is, but it still leans towards the cool side. The coverage is nearly opaque but not completely. This Lipglass can settle into the lines on the lips when worn alone if applied too heavily.
Snob Nail Lacquer (Cream): Snob Nail Lacquer isn’t quite the same as the lipstick, as it’s brighter and more of a midtone neutral/warm pink. In the glass jar it looks cool toned, but it’s not. Weird… Anyhow, it gives opaque coverage after two coats but looks streaky after the first. The second coat will even it all out though.
As with all MAC Nail Lacquers, I get close to 4-5 days of wear without much chipping or tip wear. With a topcoat like MAC’s Overlacquer, it will last closer to a week.
Fashion Sets is MAC’s newest collection featuring “sets” of matching Lipstick, Lipglass, and Nail Lacquer. The colors were chosen based on how popular these shades of lipstick are in different regions of the world. This set features Saint Germain, a permanent Lipstick and limited edition Lipglass and Nail Lacquer.
All three Saint Germain products are available online and are part of the Asia Pacific and Europe/Africa groups of Fashion Sets. These sell for the usual prices, with Lipstick and Lipglass costing $14.50 and Nail Lacquer selling for $16.00.
Saint Germain Lipstick (Amplified Creme): This is a “clean pastel pink”, although I see it as almost a Barbie or Pepto kind of pink. It’s a very bright, light-medium, cool toned pink. Amplified Creme Lipsticks give intense, opaque color payoff and last for around 6 hours without touchups. For a liner, you can use a neutral like Subculture Lip Pencil, or even go with something like Hip N’ Happy or Magenta for a brighter, more contrasting lip.
Saint Germain Lipglass: This Lipglass isn’t quite a perfect match for the Lipstick. Although they’re close and compliment each other well, it’s lighter, more milky in texture and not as opaque.
Saint Germain Nail Lacquer (Cream): Saint Germain Nail Lacquer is an almost perfect match with the Lipstick. It’s a thick, creamy, cool toned light-medium pink. It was opaque with two coats, although it still appeared slightly streaky, so I added a third for good measure.
As with all MAC Nail Lacquers, I get close to 4-5 days of wear without much chipping or tip wear. With a topcoat like MAC’s Overlacquer, it will last closer to a week.