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Friday, November 26, 2010

NYX Black Label Orchid Vs. MAC Violetta

I had been lusting for Violetta for a long time since I saw swatches of it on Temptalia. It was just such a unique and beautiful Magenta color. I was very excited when it recently released in the Venomous Villains collection so I made sure to pick one up. If you didn't get a chance to do so, Violetta can be purchased at MAC Pro stores. With that said, I also love the NYX Black Label lipsticks and recently hauled a few lipsticks from Cherry Culture. To my surprise, I ended up picking a color very similar to Violetta. When I opened the cap and looked at the color from the tube, I immediately thought "wow, this color looks familiar...I wonder if..." Anyways let's cut to the chase and show you some swatches and comparison.

There's is definitely a difference when you see them side by side from the tube. Violetta looks like a more blue-toned magenta. Violetta is vanilla scented and Orchid is grape scented. I love the smell of MAC's lipsticks. I wished all lipsticks smelled like theirs. As far as packaging goes, NYX Black Label is definitely prettier but bulkier.

I was amazed at how close they are on the swatch. I was getting dupe alert flashing in my mind. However, there is a noticeable difference in the formula, which makes them slightly different.

As you can see Violetta has a lot more blue iridescence than Orchid. However, the base color is pretty much the same. Violetta also feels creamier and more pigmented, whereas Orchid feels glossier and not as creamy.

I would say this is probably the closest dupe to Violetta you will ever come across. The difference you will notice most is the prominent blue sheen from Violetta. Orchid also has a blue sheen but not as loud as Violetta. The base color for both lipstick is the same. They are both not easily accessible but one is cheaper. Violetta retails for $14.50 and Orchid for $7.50.

What do you think of these colors, dupes or not? Are they too bold for your taste?


  1. you look gorgeous in that lipstick!! i find your blog really helpful, so thank you for the swatches and all that :)


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