MAC Escandalo & Billion Dollar Smile Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolours Reviews & Swatches


MAC Escandalo Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark corla-orange with strong, warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was velvety, smooth, and spreadable, but it was more prone to pilling and gathering along even the most minor of lip texture imperfections.

I also had slight streaking along the edges that I could only really soften when I used a fingertip (rather than the included applicator). It had nearly opaque color payoff in one layer, which lasted well for seven and a half hours, left a faint stain behind, and felt a touch drying over time.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.17 oz. – $141.18 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be long-wearing (“10 hours'”) with “immediate” moisture while “[blurring] lines and [smoothing] lips” that doesn’t settle, crease, flake, or feel drying. Per the brand, one applies using the “hourglass-shaped applicator.”

The texture has a more velvety, thicker feel that spreads well and feels plusher with more of a silicone-like glide (if you’ve tried a silicone-based primer, the feel of it on the lips was similar but creamier). The applicator worked well for applying and distributing product evenly, but it gathered more product than necessary for my lips in a single pull of product to the point where I felt like it over-applied product to the detriment of application.

I had better luck applying product my upper lip (especially around the cupid’s bow, as the applicator was better for getting this area) and then pressing my lips together and/or using a fingertip to diffuse and spread out the product to the rest of my lips. This ensured that there wasn’t too much product on my lips; too much resulted in the product pilling a bit and being uneven, especially along the inner area of my month, prone to getting on teeth, and sometimes catching on lip texture/imperfections. For reference: all swatch photos are as-applied with the included applicator only.

They were pigmented with most shades being nearly opaque to opaque but a few that fell slightly below. For a more diffused look, you’d want to apply with fingertips or just to the center of the lips and then use a brush or fingertips to blow out the color. The colors went on fairly evenly, and I found most of the time where it did not, it was an issue with an over-application of product (despite just using one pull of product!) and the formula was more forgiving when applied with less product (but that still was plenty to cover my lips with near-full coverage!).

They mattify over time–as the color wore away–and are more transfer-resistant at that point, but the formula itself is a more flexible, though I could definitely feel it on, and has a more satin-like finish for the first couple of hours of wear. I’d recommend blotting gently on the back of your hand (less likely to get tissue bits on your lips that way) to soften and mattify faster, if desired.

The lighter shades didn’t wear away as evenly and had more noticeable wear along the center of my lips, while the more mid-tone and deeper shades lasted longer and more evenly as they tended to stain a bit. The wear ranged from five to eight hours, but the formula wasn’t providing any “immediate” moisture for me, and after wearing a lot of shades back-to-back, my lips were slightly dehydrated.

Browse all of our MAC Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour swatches.

Ingredients

Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Tribehenin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Isostearic Acid, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Vanillin, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Red 22 Lake (Ci 45380), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]

MAC Billion Dollar Smile Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a vibrant, deep pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer, though I wouldn’t recommend a second layer as the product tended to pill up and look a bit streaky as it was physically too much product to have on. The consistency was lightweight, velvety, and smooth with good spreadability without feeling overly slippery. It wore well for seven and a half hours, left a stain behind, and felt neither drying nor hydrating while worn.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.17 oz. – $141.18 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be long-wearing (“10 hours'”) with “immediate” moisture while “[blurring] lines and [smoothing] lips” that doesn’t settle, crease, flake, or feel drying. Per the brand, one applies using the “hourglass-shaped applicator.”

The texture has a more velvety, thicker feel that spreads well and feels plusher with more of a silicone-like glide (if you’ve tried a silicone-based primer, the feel of it on the lips was similar but creamier). The applicator worked well for applying and distributing product evenly, but it gathered more product than necessary for my lips in a single pull of product to the point where I felt like it over-applied product to the detriment of application.

I had better luck applying product my upper lip (especially around the cupid’s bow, as the applicator was better for getting this area) and then pressing my lips together and/or using a fingertip to diffuse and spread out the product to the rest of my lips. This ensured that there wasn’t too much product on my lips; too much resulted in the product pilling a bit and being uneven, especially along the inner area of my month, prone to getting on teeth, and sometimes catching on lip texture/imperfections. For reference: all swatch photos are as-applied with the included applicator only.

They were pigmented with most shades being nearly opaque to opaque but a few that fell slightly below. For a more diffused look, you’d want to apply with fingertips or just to the center of the lips and then use a brush or fingertips to blow out the color. The colors went on fairly evenly, and I found most of the time where it did not, it was an issue with an over-application of product (despite just using one pull of product!) and the formula was more forgiving when applied with less product (but that still was plenty to cover my lips with near-full coverage!).

They mattify over time–as the color wore away–and are more transfer-resistant at that point, but the formula itself is a more flexible, though I could definitely feel it on, and has a more satin-like finish for the first couple of hours of wear. I’d recommend blotting gently on the back of your hand (less likely to get tissue bits on your lips that way) to soften and mattify faster, if desired.

The lighter shades didn’t wear away as evenly and had more noticeable wear along the center of my lips, while the more mid-tone and deeper shades lasted longer and more evenly as they tended to stain a bit. The wear ranged from five to eight hours, but the formula wasn’t providing any “immediate” moisture for me, and after wearing a lot of shades back-to-back, my lips were slightly dehydrated.

Browse all of our MAC Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour swatches.

Ingredients

Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Tribehenin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Isostearic Acid, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Vanillin, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Red 22 Lake (Ci 45380), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]



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