I also ended up only getting Shoot for the Maroon from Nicole. I almost got Fabulous is my middle name because it's a bar glitter. But I ended up leaving it because of the same reason. I'm not much into the bar glitters. I love how they look in the bottle and then when I wear them, not so much. I might go back for that one and the Best Pink Ever some other day. But for now, I left them. So here is what I got.
Sally Hansen Gem Crush Be-Jeweled, Lady Luck, Big Money
As far as I could tell in the store, I didn't have any dupes of these. Of course now, I think SH Be-Jeweled might be a dupe for Wet N Wild's It's All In The Cut from the Ice Baby Collection. I did not pick that one up, so I can't say for sure. But what I can say for sure is that Shoot for the Maroon is very, very close to OPI's Tease-y Does It from the Burlesque Collection. I'd go so far as to say that the only difference between the two is the amount of glass flecks in them. Shoot for the Maroon seems to be more concentrated than Tease-y Does It. But the base colors and shimmer colors look the same to me. I actually may go pick up another bottle of Shoot For The Maroon simply because I think it's prettier than Tease-y Does It based on the shimmer factor alone. Here's a comparison:
Shoot For The Maroon, Tease-y Does It, Shoot For The Maroon, Tease-y Does It
Now from MAC, here's a few items that are upcoming in the Naturally and Iris Apfel Collections due to be released next week :)
A Perfect Day, Flamingo, Pillow Talk, Party Parrot, Sweet Sunrise
Some swatches of the lipsticks. I also did some comparisons on items that I thought looked somewhat similar in my own stash.
Out in direct sunlight from L-R: Flamingo, Sweet Sunrise, Pillow Talk, A Perfect Day, Party Parrot
Cut A Caper, Flamingo, Ever Hip, Jazzed
Nars Barbarella, MAC Ever Hip, MAC Cut A Caper, MAC Flamingo
Mac Hibiscus on top and MAC Party Parrot underneath
It seems Flamingo is pinker than the other similar lipsticks I own. Pinker and a bit brighter. It's definitely my favorite from the Iris Apfel lipsticks! Party Parrot is unlike anything I own. Mainly because I don't normally buy colors like it. But it seemed like a fun pink to start with. I'm more of a coral girl. So, this should be a nice gateway pink for me. Sweet Sunrise looks like death on my NC40 face and Pillow Talk is a lot more brown than I thought it would be. But blended out a bit, it took on a more rosy color. A Perfect Day is pretty much beautiful. Overall, I think I might even go back for Scarlet Ibis and another Flamingo. But even if not, these two collections have some items that looked really great imo.
Well, that's it from me for today! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you're all doing well and having a great day!