Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Lippie Awards 2013



And the Lippie Award goes to…

LIPPIE OF THE YEAR: Heroine. The most coveted lippie and no wonder they made it permanent just in time for 2014's Color of theYear (Radiant Orchid). 

COLOR OF THE YEAR: Taupey Nudes. The grey taupey nudes that came out in the RiRi and Divine Night collections were hot and hard to get. 


FINISH OF THE YEAR: Retro Matte. So popular that Mac released more colors and many companies followed suit trying to mimic but not getting close. 


TREND OF THE YEAR: Ombre. The popularity and variety of this look expanded with companies creating 'ombré' products from nail polishes to blushes. 


SEASONAL SHADE OF THE YEAR: Oxblood. Dark, vampy rich lippies won out as year ended. 


DRUGSTORE BRAND OF THE YEAR: WetnWild. Consistently winning out in super affordability and dupe abilit
y-this lip product also has the lowest lead content of many lippies on the market! Win-win!

FAN FAV OF THE YEAR: Pink. Hot pink, bright fuchsia, you name it - bold-in-your-face Pink! 

What were your favs in 2013?

Stay sweet lovelies!
~Duchess

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Definitive Dupe Guide for Rihanna Hearts M.A.C. Lippies!

Here is my definitive guide to dupes. It'll help you get back-ups and find alternatives to the hottest, hyped lippies from M.A.C. in 2013. One thing to note about dupes and the whole 'dupe theory' is that many lippies will be close in color but not in the finish. So while you may get something that matches closely, you will probably not get the same finish. Alas, c'est la vie. 

Most of the lippies from Rihanna Hearts M.A.C. were Retro Matte finishes (RiRiWoo, RiRiBoy, Heaux, Talk That Talk) and others were Matte finishes (Pleasurebomb, Bad Girl RiRi, Nude) and one Frost finish (Who's That Chick).

Additional swatches of dupes will be posted.
Not all dupe swatches are posted.


RiRiWoo = M.A.C. Ruby Woo
Color: cool blue-based red
Finish: Retro Matte
The version created for Rihanna Hearts M.A.C. is only slightly different (a touch bluer) from the original cult classic, Ruby Woo. To the naked eye, you won't be able to tell the difference.
At the time of this post that you can still get RiRiWoo from the maccosmetics.com. I use this more than Ruby Woo and I have several backups. 


Other Dupes: 
NYX Matte Lipstick in "Perfect Red".
Finish: Matte
WetnWild Stoplight Red
Finish: Semi-Matte

Heaux = NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
Color: deep berry
Finish: Retro Matte
It's been a long argument on the net about M.A.C.'s Rebel being a dupe where some say yes, others say no. While it is still in the same color family, the finish is different being a satin and more purply. The NYX Merlot is a matte and is a much closer match.

Other Dupes:
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil "Damned"
Finish: Matte 
WetNWild "Cherry Picking"
Finish: Semi-Matte
UPDATED: I swatched KatvonD's Bauhau5 (formerlyMau5) Liquid Lipstick recently. 
It's very matte and dry but the color is the rich berry of Heaux.
Rimmel Kate 107
Finish: Cream

RiRiBoy = M.A.C. Up the Amp (Amplified Finish)
Color: vivid lavender
Finish: Retro Matte
When this came out, it was hot and still is being it's a purply lippie. It looked like Up The Amp's Retro Matte version.

Other Dupes:
Revlon "Berry Haute"
Finish: Creme
CG "Divine" Lasting Lipcolor
Finish: Creme
NEW LORAC "Free Spirit"
Finish: Matte



Talk That Talk = M.A.C. Fixed on Drama
Color: dark plum
Finish: Retro Matte
This lippie was very dry when I applied it. In my review I gave it a 3/5 lippies.
It reminded me of M.A.C.'s Fixed on Drama: exact color but applied better however that is another Limited Edition! So basically if you have that or any other "Oxblood" color lipstick, you'll be on trend for this lippie. I posted a lip comparison chart and you can see 
how close it is in color to other lipsticks on the market.


Other Dupes:
WetnWild "Cherry Bomb"
Finish: Semi-Matte
M.A.C. Media
Finish: Satin
Milani "Black Cherry"
Finish: Matte


Nude = NYX Butter Matte Lipstick
Color: cool nude cream
Finish: Matte
The surprising hit out of the collection was the cool taupe nude recalling the grunge look of the 90s or as I like to call them "zombie lips" which is how it'll look like on lighter complexions. The amazing thing was finding a dupe in the NYX line again. NYX's Butter Matte lipstick is the same cool taupe nude. A darker version that works well also is the NYX Maison Matte lipstick.

UPDATE: The Buffs by Maybelline has 2 taupe lipsticks that are close dupes.
1) Touchable Taupe - 940 a dark taupe nude
2) Sin-A-Mon - 935 a light taupe nude
Cream finish
3) Raw Reveal LE Maybelline "Dare to Be Bold" collection
4) M.A.C. Stone lip pencil (perm)
>>Check out my review on them for swatches and more!<<



Who's That Chick = CG Temptation Lip Perfection 
Color: mid-tone orange
Finish: Frost
This lipstick is a great topper or combiner to create ombre lip looks. Frost lippies aren't hard to find at the drugstore. I'm sure I'll be adding more to this list.

Other Dupes:
Milani "Orangina"
Finish: Frost
NEW: Mac "Meltdown"
Finish: Frost



Pleasurebomb = Pleasure Bomb This!
Color: bright fuchsia
Finish: Matte
I never bothered looking for a dupe for this one. I just made it at home with two M.A.C. lippies.
RiRiWoo + Candy YumYum


Here's the recipe:
1. Line your lips with M.A.C. Cherry Lipliner
2. Swipe RiRiWoo once
3. Swipe Candy Yum Yum twice
…and watch it transform in to a bright matte fuchsia!
I get compliments on this all the time.
Easy peasey lemon squeezy!

Other Dupes:
Revlon Cherries in the Snow
Finish: Creme
NEW 
Mac Moxie LE
Finish: Matte


Bad Girl RiRi = NYX Euro Trash Matte lipstick
Color: taupey nude
Finish: Matte
This nude lippie is warmer and rosier in tone than the Nude. 

Try UD Naked or Mac Beurre Lip liners.

How are you liking the dupes?

Stay sweet lovelies!
~Duchess



Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pleasurebomb This!

Pleasurebomb This Lips!

So M.A.C.'s online launch of Rihanna Hearts M.A.C. Holiday collection bombed today. For me after I got through the waiting room in 15 minutes after the 12pm EST launch time, all the lipsticks were SOLD OUT with the exception of RiRiWoo. Now RiRiWoo is also sold out. Others reported that it was sooner than that like 5 minutes after they logged onto the site. Still others reported getting through immediately and being able to purchase all three. The sad part was when the reports came in of having put the lipstick product in the chart but it was gone when they went to pay. These things are serious fails and M.A.C. needs to fix this overall online experience!

At this point and IMO, the only way M.A.C. can redeem themselves would be to relaunch the collection as they did with Marilyn and provide plenty of product to meet demands to their loyal customer base. The limited quantities have gotten ridiculous to the point where places have only received 3 lipsticks? Not fair.

Well even though the collection has yet to come out to the stores, I remember how it was the previous RiRi launch and that proved to be annoying as well. Plus it'll be at the height of the holiday shopping season. Madness at the stores! I'm skipping. Although as everyone else wants these lippies, if I get them cool, if not, I've created my own homemade dupe!

Using M.A.C. Candy Yum Yum and RiRiWoo lined with M.A.C. Cherry lipliner, I think I got a pretty close match just by eyeballing it. Heck how can you mess up a matte bright fuchsia? It ain't rocket science. Anyway, I'm rocking this lippie and happy to have saved a few bucks. Besides even though M.A.C. is whack, we still go back! (…and we all still love 'em.) Admit it! Plus there are upcoming collections! Gotta get ready for that. But seriously, M.A.C. does needs to fix this online shopping experience. Sometimes crappy customer service can outweigh the name of the brand no matter how famous it is.


Pleasurebomb This Lips: homemade dupe using CandyYumYum & RiRi Woo; Cherry lipliner

Stay sweet lovelies!
~Duchess

DISCLAIMER: All products were purchased by the Duchess unless otherwise noted.
Please when sharing pics, link back to this blog. 



M.A.C. Hautecore 2013 Review

M.A.C. Hautecore 2013 Review
Not everybody loves black lipstick. Not everybody wears black lipstick.
The thought alone conjures up images of spookiness, black magic, black cats and witchcraft. 
Hey isn't it the lipstick you would dare to wear on that one night of the year…Halloween? 

Black lipstick has come a long way. There are several companies that offer their version. M.A.C. went ahead and released another version. Hautecore is a  matte finish. While the matte finish leaves much to be desired, I had to swipe several times to get the full coverage you see below. There was still a sheen to the finish, not quite the matte I was hoping for. If you didn't get this lippie, it will be released again in the upcoming Punk Couture collection due out on Dec. 26th.

But back to black. It doesn't have to be a scary color. And frankly it's not. It is a chic color. I created other looks using Hautecore that are wearable everyday. The Soft Black look creates a sheer wash and your underlying lip color shows thru. No one would ever figure out that it was black lipstick you were wearing! Shhh…don't tell!

And you can add glitter and pigments and gloss too. There's much to play with and do with a black lippie. Yes black is black. But for this lippie, thinking outside the box will help in lip wear mojo. And a little confidence too. I always say, "Life's too short not to!".

M.A.C. Hautecore Matte Lipstick for Black Friday 2013

My take on black lipstick: Soft Black Lips creating a sheer wash using OCC

2 Liplooks ~ same lipstick! 

Ombre of the Week using M.A.C. Hautecore and M.A.C. Nocturnals Glitter & Pigments
Did you get your Black Friday Hautecore lippie?

Stay sweet lovelies!
~Duchess

DISCLAIMER: All products were purchased by the Duchess unless otherwise noted.
Please when sharing pics, link back to this blog.