revlon ultra hd matte lipcolor review

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor: My New Drugstore Obsession

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Hey there, beauties!

Long time no blog! I have missed you so all much, but now that the hectic part of December is over, I am back to posting regularly! *whoop!*  I am so excited, because today, I am reviewing a product that has quickly become  HOLY GRAIL for me. *Drum roll* Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor!

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At first sight, I knew that I needed these babies in my life and I am in love with everything about them from the packaging to the formula… even the scent smells like heaven!  Let’s jump into the review!

First off… THE PACKAGING.  Let’s all just take a moment to stand in awe of all of its beauty.  These tubes are glass with in a matte finish.  They feel like a very durable high end product and I absolutely love the way that they look.  My only complaint is that the shade number and name are not displayed anywhere except for tiny print on the sticker, which has to be removed in order to open the bottle.

The formula is super pigmented and very moisturizing.  I was surprised when I first tried these out by the fact that these are nothing like liquid lipstick.  Instead, they are a gloss that really stays put and has no shine.  I’m not exactly sure that this glorious creation could fit into one category.  If lipgloss and liquid lipstick had a baby, it would be this product.

Since they aren’t as matte as a liquid lipstick, they smudge off a bit when eating or drinking, but they leave behind some color and never completely disappear.  On top of staying put forEVER and never getting stuck on my teeth, these glosses smell like fruity deliciousness and make me wish that I could eat an entire tube of the stuff.  It sounds gross, but smell this gloss and you’ll probably be wishing the same thing!

These Lipcolors are $8.50 a piece, which makes them a bit on the pricier side for a drugstore product… but they are so high quality that I think they are worth every penny!  In my opinion, these glosses are better quality and look much more flattering on me than most high end lipsticks.  I tend to shy away from bright lips, but with THESE, my lips actually don’t look dry or cracked for once in my life.  Also, the applicator makes them extremely easy to have a nice, clean edge.

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Now for the swatching! *squeel*

Firstly, 610 HD Addiction is a gorgeous deep plum shade.  I love how it has a whitening effect on my teeth instead of making them look yellow as some brighter colors can.  Even though this shade is pigmented, it is not in your face and you don’t have to worry about it ever getting on your teeth or smudging!

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625 HD Love is even more vibrant than the previous shade.  Somehow, I am absolutely obsessed with this color even though I usually am terrified or orange-y reds.  This color doesn’t make my teeth look yellow and it actually doesn’t seem too overpowering.  I highly recommend this for the season of red lips and Christmas vibes!

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615 HD Temptation is your perfect everyday pink shade.  It seems to me like it would be a very universally flattering tone for everyone.  I think this shade is a great pick if you want a natural pink lip product for every day wear that won’t rub off and is super moisturizing!

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Lastly, we have 630 HD Seduction.  I had to try out a nude shade since they’re my favorite!  I have never before bought a product that matched the natural color of my lips SO perfectly!  It enhances the look of my lips but doesn’t even look like I’m wearing anything.  I’ve been dreaming about finding a product like this for my entire life up to this moment.  That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but I am extremely excited about my discovery!  I now wear this product every day. I recommend it so highly!

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Thanks so much for reading!  I hope that this post had been helpful to you!  Have you tried out this product?  What are your thoughts?

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A Christmas Giveaway: Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks

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We are all beginning to recover from our Thanksgiving food comas and the season of Christmas is officially upon us!  To kick off the gift-giving, I am having a giveaway!  I am so thankful for this blog and the amazing people I’ve met through it, so I can’t wait to give back to a few of you!

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There will be three winners who will each win one set of Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks, which contain a Deluxe Melted Lipstick and a Deluxe Love Flush Blush:

  • The purple set: Melted Lipstick in Fig and Love Flush Blush in Your Love is King.
  •  The pink set: Melted Lipstick in Peony and Love Flush Blush in Justify my Love.
  • The nude set: Melted Lipstick in Nude and Love Flush Blush in Love Hangover.

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To enter, follow the rafflecopter directions below!  The only mandatory ways to enter are by following my blog and commenting which set you’d like to win!  Besides those entries, there are many other ways to get extra points which will give you a higher chance of winning, but they aren’t necessary!  The giveaway is international and closes on the 23rd of December.  Happy entering! 🙂

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Thanks so much for reading!  I am grateful for each one of you!  Good luck!

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5 affordable blushes

Blush on a Budget: 5 Drugstore Faves

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It’s a fact that buying new makeup goodies is one of the most fun things on the entire planet.  However, if I bought Estée Lauder products every time I went on a beauty spree, I would be very, very broke.  Thankfully, the drugstore is the perfect solution to that problem and I’ve discovered 5 great blushes that will save your wallet!  These affordable products especially come in handy during this season of gift buying and money spending!  I hope that this post might help you find a new drugstore treasure to try out in this bunch of blushes!

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  1. NYX Powder Blush– I’m a huge fan of NYX since they are super affordable and I am always impressed by the quality!  You really can’t beat the price of their amazing pressed powder blushes at only $4.99!    This shade is s gorgeous matte pink.  It is long-lasting and very pigmented.  You have to have a light hand with this one, but the shade is super gorgeous as long as you don’t go too ham on it! NYX Powder Blush Dusty RoseNYX Powder Blush Dusty Rose
  2. Mivagirl Blush #05** – Unlike the previous blush, this one is baked and has a beautiful shimmer to it.  I’m obsessed with this lighter pink shade!  Even though it may seem like too bright of a pink, it actually adds a really natural looking glow.  I use a light wash of this over my cheeks so it’s not too overpowering.  The best part about the slight shimmer of this product is that it has a built in highlight!  For just $3.99, this blush is a TOTAL steal!  With Black Friday deals this weekend, this blush is practically going to be free!  If you’d like to, you can even use my code: HANNH10 for 10% off.   I can’t wait to try out more shades!

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3.  Maybelline Fit Me Blush 306 Deep Coral – Although I’ve heard a multitude of mixed feelings from others about Maybelline’s Fit Me blushes, I really like the formula.  They are described as natural and sheer on the website, which they very much are.  However, I really like natural cheek products since I’m not huge on super bright blushes.  With this blush, I don’t have to worry about going overboard.  It gives me a slight glow and coral tint to my cheeks, which I absolutely love!  If you are into natural blushes, I strongly recommend giving this one a go!

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4. Milani Baked Blush 02 Rose D’oro – This gorgeous rose gold blush is one of my favorites… even over high end products!  It has the most beautiful gold shimmer and is the perfect rose/coral shade.  Make sure you use a light hand with this one though, because let me tell you girl, it is PIG-MENT-ED.  I can’t get over how much I love this shade and I recommend it to all you glowy rose blush lovers out there!

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5.  Covergirl  185 True Plum – Last, but definitely not least, we have Covergirl’s gorgeous plum blush.  This blush is another natural option, but slightly more pigmented that Maybelline’s. It has the most natural and amazing glow. I constantly find myself reaching for this shade in the cooler months since I am drawn to plum shades this time of the year!  This product adds just the right amount of color and I can’t get enough of it!

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Thanks so much for reading!  I hope that you have a very happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!   >>Keep your eyes peeled for my giveaway starting this Black Friday!<<  What are some of your favorite affordable blushes?

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Cozy Cable-Knit: A Fall to Winter OOTD

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The season of twinkly lights and coziness is upon us!   That means it’s time to break out those chunky sweaters and warm jackets!  I absolutely love all things about fall and winter.  In my opinion, this time of year is the best by far.  The Christmas decorations are already up in my house and I am listening to festive music at this very moment.   Of course, I had to include my merry Starbucks coffee that I was sipping while taking these cozy photos -it was keeping me warm in the freezing weather!

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Today, I’m rocking a super cute and comfy outfit to get into the holiday mood, including some clothing pieces that were so kindly given to me by thredUp.  If you’ve never heard of it, it’s an awesome online place to shop for major deals on clothes and accessories!  Most prices are up to 90% off retail price, which is perfect for this gift giving season!  The Ann Taylor jacket that I am wearing today only cost me $50 compared to the original price of $228!  Also, I got a great deal on my cable-knit sweater from the Gap, which happened to inspire this ensemble!  I hope that you enjoy my wintery outfit of the day and it sends rays of coziness to you through the screen.

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While the exact pieces I discovered on thredUp aren’t available any longer, I did find some pretty similar items for the sweater and coat!  You can also check out thredUp for yourself and find some treasures of your own for this cozy weather!  They have a huge assortment of clothes to choose from and you can specify what condition you’d prefer.  Both items I received were brand new with the tags attached!  It’s a great website if you like quality, name brand clothes with better prices. On top of all that, they’re a brand that’s great for the environment since they’ve upcycled 12 million items and saved them from going into the trash!

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Thanks so much for reading! What do you like to wear to stay cozy when it’s freezing outside?

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A Matte Lip That Isn’t Drying: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Review

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Matte lips are all the rage nowadays.  I love them, but the problem is that even the most high end matte products tend to make my lips look awful and chapped.  They always intensify any lip troubles I am having instead of making me look like Kylie Jenner.  On top of that, I usually find them uncomfortable to wear on an everyday basis.  HOWEVER, I am excited to announce that I’ve finally discovered a matte product that works for me: *drum roll* NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream!

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The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream definitely deserves all of the rave that it has gotten -Why didn’t I listen to everyone sooner?  I regret each second of my life not spent with these beauties in it.  I now have four shades to tell you all about, so let’s get to the review!

Firstly, these Matte Lip Creams cost $5.99 a pop.  I’ve seen them at Target, Fred Meyer and Ulta.  If you want the widest range of shades to choose from, check out Ulta’s website, because they usually have double the shades which are available at other stores!

They go on extremely smoothly and evenly.  They smell nice and sweet, but not overwhelmingly strong. The applicator is your typical doe foot, but it’s the consistency of the product itself that really impresses me.  When you apply this cream, it gives your lips the most sharp, crisp, and clean edge!  Since these aren’t a liquid, I find them much easier to handle and get the perfect application.  I’m just too clumsy for liquid lipstick -one shake of the hand and your lips are screwed!  With these creams, I have much more control and my lips come out looking much nicer!

The finish is on the matte side, but I find that they don’t dry down as much as your typical liquid lipstick.  They still let your lips breath instead of feeling like they are encased in pavement.  Also, they last pretty well when eating and drinking, although they don’t have the lasting power of liquid lipsticks.

Let’s begin the swatches with my favorite of the bunch –Copenhagen!  Normally, I never go for deep or dark colors, so I was shocked at how much I loved this shade when I first put it on!  The first thing I noticed was just how evenly the color was applied.  Typically with these deep berry shades, I notice at least a bit of unevenness in color, but this goes on perfectly!  I am obsessed.

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Next up, we have Antwerp, which is a coral/pink shade.  I think this color would be absolutely perfect for spring and summer, however it is a bit bright for my taste. I think the shade is gorgeous, but I’ll probably hold off on wearing it until the warmer months roll around again.

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Milan is a beautiful pink shade.  I was expecting this one to be more on the nude side of things based off of the packaging, however it’s actually pretty bright.  I think that shade is gorgeous and it’s super pigmented, but again, I’ll probably reach for this more when things warm up a bit.

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Last, but most definitely not least, is Istanbul.  This shade is a nude pink. It’s super natural and isn’t too light that it makes you look washed out.  I think this shade is perfect for everyday wear and I know I’ll be reaching for this one a lot!

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Thanks so much for reading!  Have you tried NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Creams yet?  Do you know of any other matter lip products that still look great on dry skin?

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A Casual OOTD: Fall Flannel

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It sure does feel like November!  The leaves are falling and the air is crisp.  Starbucks has come out with their festive Christmas cups and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Autumn is my favorite season -it means cute boots, hot coffee, and everything cozy and nice.  Today, I’ve put together an outfit that’s perfect for this chilly weather.  I wish I could live in these clothes for the rest of eternity.  Give me a flannel and some booties and I’m set for life!


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On The Go Beauty: My Top 5 Essentials

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One of my most valuable lessons I’ve learned over the years: Always keep your makeup essentials by your side.  Okay, maybe that doesn’t seem like a very important lesson, but it’s gotten me out of some close scrapes.  A zit could sneak attack you at any moment when you least expect it.  Your lips or lashes could be in dire need of a touch up.  With your setting powder and travel-size brush in hand, you’ll be ready to save the world.  Oily T-zones be gone!  You never know what might happen, but the tools that you carry in your makeup arsenal will probably save the day.

Today, I’ll share with you my basics that I keep with me wherever I go.  I think that it is a great idea to stash your little makeup necessity bag in your car or purse so you’re always prepared!

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Firstly, a gloss is definitely a must-have at all times.  NYX’s Butter Gloss in the shade Tiramisu is one of my absolute favorites!  I think that for your on-the-go makeup stash, gloss is the way to go since you don’t have to think about putting it on and won’t have to worry about ending up looking like Miranda Sings if you don’t happen to have a mirror on hand.  😉

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If you have troubles with an oily T-zone area as I do, it will be a good idea to keep a powder with you at all times just in case you need to mattify your skin a bit.  I bring with me my travel-sized MUFE HD Translucent Pressed Powder and my mini bareMinerals Full Flawless Face Brush to do the job.

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To me, lashes are extremely important, so I like to always have a mascara by my side.  I’ve been obsessed with this Lancôme Definicils mascara as of late since it gives my lashes volume, separates them, and gives TONS of length.  This little travel-sized version is perfect to throw in my bag and go.

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Concealer is DEFINITELY important to carry with you -maybe even the most important thing in my opinion!  I use my NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer in the shade Custard.  As I said before -zits are sneaky little buggers that can pop up and surprise you at any moment, so it’s a good precaution to keep your concealer weaponry by your side.  This way, you can shoot down the enemy if pimples happen to appear or your concealer wears off throughout the day.

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Lastly is a step that isn’t completely necessary, but very helpful nonetheless!  I personally love wearing eyeshadow at all times, so I like to keep a neutral brown shade with me.  Powder or cream form will do! I like to pick a shade similar to my eyebrow shade so that the eyeshadow can double as a brow filler (although you’ll need to bring a liner brush for that).  We all know that brows are super important for shaping your face, so if you feel naked without filling them in -worry no longer, because this eyeshadow has your back brows!  At the moment, I am absolutely obsessed with Maybelline’s Creamy Beige 24 Hour Color Tattoo.

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Thank you so much for reading!  I hope that this has been helpful to you!  What are some of your essentials?

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A Daytime Glam Eye Look: Neutral Shimmer

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Today, we’re going ham on the glam (teehee) with this shimmery daytime eye look that is simple and fierce.  Who doesn’t love a little winged eyeliner and glittery eyeshadow every once in a while?  I think that this look is very appropriate for fall since it is made up of some gorgeous bronze shades, so I love wearing it during this season when my eyes need a little pop.  This look is really easy to achieve and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!

Daytime Glam Eye Look

Daytime Glam Eye Look

First, I used my NYX Jumbo Pencil in the shade Iced Mocha to prep my eyes.  I blended the edges slightly to smooth out any harsh lines.

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Next, I patted Urban Decay’s Space Cowboy all over my lid with a damp brush.  This eyeshadow is the meaning of glitter.  Using a damp brush helps to intensify the pigmentation of the eyeshadow and reduce fallout.

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Afterward, I used the shades Naked and Buck from the Naked Palette and a fluffy brush to blend the previous shades into the crease.

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To deepen up the look a little more, I took the shades Whiskey and Password from the Naked Smoky palette and focused it on the crease and a bit of the outer V of my eye.

Daytime Glam Eye Look

Daytime Glam Eye Look

I then applied my L’oreal Liquid Liner and Ardell 117 Natural lashes along with using a mixture Urban Decay’s Thirteen and High from the Smoky Palette to highlight my brow bone and inner corners.

Daytime Glam Eye Look

Daytime Glam Eye Look

Daytime Glam Eye Look

And that, ladies and gents, is the finished look.  I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that it was helpful to you!  I think that while this look is on the bolder side of things, it is still totally wearable for any kind of daytime event and isn’t overdone. Thanks for reading!

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The Comparison: Duochrome Eyeshadows | MAC, Makeup Geek, and Urban Decay

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Recently, I have been seeing eyeshadows all over the place that somehow have the magical power of being two shades at once.  THIS IS THE FUTURE, PEOPLE.  One shade (or should I say combination of shades) in particular caught my eye: warm brown mixed with teal shimmer.  I was so intrigued by this wondrous mix of colors that I quickly gathered myself a little collection.

I did not understand how a combination of such opposites could exist and somehow look flattering on my eyelids.  I had to test it out, and test it, I did.  I now have a plethora of eyeshadows in my collection with varying shades of rusty brown hues and teal sparkles.  I shall now do what obviously has to be done and tell you about my discoveries.IMG_8172

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Top: Urban Decay ‘Lounge’ Middle: MAC Blue Brown Bottom: Makeup Geek Havoc

MAC’s Blue Brown Pigment is something that I’ve heard quite a bit about.  I have never tried any of their pigments before, so I was extremely excited to bring this baby home.  It is super pigmented (as pigments tend to be 😉 and has a gorgeous shimmer to it.  At some angles, it is more of a rusty, brick red and, at others, a blue/purple sparkle.  I can’t get over how amazing it is.  The price for the full-sized bottle is $22, but for the smaller size that I picked up is just $10.  There is a ton of product in this little container, so it will last me forever!  Just a heads up: I suggest that if you are using this (or any) pigment, apply your eye makeup before doing the rest of your face so that you don’t have a ton of fallout getting all up in your foundation’s business.

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Makeup Geek’s Duo Chrome Eyeshadow in Havoc is a similar color to MAC’s pigment, but is more on the warm side.  I can definitely see some more brick red/brown coming through with this one. It can be built up to have a teal shimmer, but is farther on the brown side of things than both of the other shadows here. For just $6, this product is such a steal!  It lasts all day and looks so stunning and shimmery!  Depending on how much of the product you apply, the color will look completely different, varying from a warm brown to sparkling teal.

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Urban Decay’s eyeshadows always impress me with their high quality and this one is no exception.  You get what you pay for since they are on the pricier side of things, coming in at $19.  The shade ‘Lounge’ is extremely pigmented and bright.  It has more of a teal hue than both of the other eyeshadows, with a slight warm brown undertone.  It has a gorgeous shimmer that reminds me of mermaids.  I am in love with it.

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Overall, I love each of these eyeshadows for different reasons and think that they all are amazing.  Urban Decay’s Lounge is a bit more teal than the others, MAC’s Brown Blue is more on the blue/purple side of things, and Makeup Geek is the warmest of them all, with the brick red/brown undertone being pretty visible.  Which is your favorite?

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Thank you so much for reading!  Have you tried any duo chrome eyeshadows?  What do you think of them? These shades might be a little much for everyday wear, but they are super fun to own and play around with on special occasions!

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Splurge vs. Steal | A MAC Lipstick Dupe

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It’s common knowledge that MAC lipsticks are tubes of perfection sent from the heavens above.  However, their price is close to the height of heaven itself, so I don’t usually splurge on them.  Don’t get me wrong, I love MAC lipsticks as much as the next girl, but I just love a good deal more.

I get so excited when I discover dupes for high-end products since I am a lover of affordable, drugstore makeup (when it is of good quality, of course).  If you have the same dilemma, I’ll hopefully be able to help you out in that department.  I’ve recently discovered an almost-perfect drugstore match for MAC’s ‘Faux’ -one of my all time favorite lipsticks!

Mac Faux Lipstick Dupe

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Top – Essence 05 Cool Nude \\ Bottom – MAC Faux

Essence’s Nude Long-Lasting Lipsticks are absolutely amazing and I wish I had every shade.  They are super affordable, coming in at just $2.99 a pop!  The shade 05 Cool nude is almost a perfect dupe for MAC’s Faux (which happens to cost $16!).  The formula is slightly less pigmented and just a tad bit darker, but when applied to the lips, you really can’t see any difference.  I may even prefer the dupe to the original!

The formula is creamy with a bit of shine to it.  It’s pigmented and lasts a good few hours.  It does rub off a little when eating or drinking as most satin to glossy-finished lipsticks tend to do, but that is to be expected. It’s hydrating and the shade is very flattering!  I think this color would look amazing on so many skin tones!  It is a cool-toned pink that is on the mauve side.  You guys know how much I love my mauve lipsticks!

Overall, both lipsticks are great.  The formulas are very similar -Essence’s is just a bit more glossy.  The colors are almost an exact match and the lasting power is pretty much the same.  MAC’s does last a little longer, but with a $13 difference in price, I’d definitely recommend Essence’s as the way to go!

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Thank you so much for reading!  What are some great dupes you’ve discovered?

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Hanna


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