If there is one brand you can go to for some of the finest and classiest lipsticks, it is MAC. With the speed at which lip trends keep changing, it is a miracle that any brand manages to keep up. But MAC has proven to be up to the task, as shown by the highly coveted duo of MAC Honeylove vs Velvet Teddy Matte lipsticks.
You may go “Whoa, what is going with MAC? Giving us the same lipstick with different names?” But a closer look would show you that both lipsticks are not as similar as they appear to be at first.
Therefore, this comparison article is going to detail these core differences to help you pick which suits you better. Then we will list the similarities; these similarities will show you why they are perfect dupes for each other.
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Comparison Overview – MAC Honeylove vs Velvet Teddy Matte Lipsticks
As we have mentioned before, both come in almost the same shade. But here is the one key difference, almost imperceptible to the untrained eye.
Honeylove is a light shade of beige with a light rose color undertone. It sits pretty between warm and cool, nothing too loud about it. It can go with any outfit and for any event. And it is a superb dupe for the usual nude or neutral shades.
On the other hand, Velvet Teddy is warmer. The color is a darker shade of beige than the Honeylove, with a darker shade of rose undertone. Nevertheless, it can still pass as nude, if you are so inclined.
Before we go further, we need to point out that the Honeylove is in no way inferior to the Velvet Teddy. Each stands as a classy lipstick on its own.
Price/Value Ratio – MAC Honeylove vs Velvet Teddy Matte Lipsticks
MAC products tend to be pricey, making them high-end makeup products. And these lipsticks are no different.
However, they offer just about the same value as some less expensive nude lipsticks. But because they are all the rave, and from MAC, the prices are up there.
Comparison Table – MAC Honeylove vs Velvet Teddy Matte Lipsticks
|Color||Light shade of beige||Dark shade of beige|
|Texture||Slightly creamy||Same as Honeylove|
|Undertone||Light rose||Dark rose|
|Skin Tone||Almost all skin tones||All skin tones|
|Weight||0.16 ounces||0.32 ounces|
Who Should Wear Which – MAC Honeylove vs Velvet Teddy Matte Lipsticks
|Your skin tone plays a major role in deciding if you should wear it and when you should wear it.
Those with very pale skin may find it difficult to make this work. It does have a little color but you do not want a lipstick that would wash out your skin tone.
A warmer skin tone would totally rock this, to any occasion. No jokes. You may have to add a little color to your eye makeup to even things out.
You could use a nude lip liner to give your lips a fuller look.
|Everybody likes a dash of color sometimes, even if it is just a little. This lipstick goes with any skin tone, pale or dark.
Those with pale skin would totally make this work. This is because it does not draw attention their paleness yet, it adds some color to their general look.
People with a darker skin tone would equally rock this. Whatever the occasion is, the Velvet Teddy is your go-to.
To give you more plumped-up looking lips, you could equally use a nude lip liner or a lip plumper.
Properties Common to Both – MAC Honeylove vs Velvet Teddy Matte Lipsticks
Most noteworthy of everything else is the texture when first applied. They both have the same creamy feel and not completely dry as you would expect a matte lipstick to be.
Over time, though, they would dry out but not to the point of flaking on the lips. If you have naturally dry lips, you may want to use a lip balm first before applying either of them.
Their balance between full matte and creaminess gives them staying power. They both have the ability to stay for long hours without reapplication.
They are just right for all skin tones. Well, in the case of Honeylove, we can say it suits almost all skin tones.
This is because it is paler than the Velvet Teddy. And because of this, those with very pale or light skin tones may find it difficult to pull off. Just as not everyone can pull off black or navy lipsticks, not everyone can comfortably wear the Honeylove.
As the title clearly shows, both lipsticks are matte. However, they are not complete matte because they have a slightly creamy texture to them.
Complete matte or retro matte lipsticks are very dry, with no creaminess or satiny feeling to them. Usually, when they are worn, the wearers use a lip balm to avoid having lips that are totally dried out.
They have a sweet, vanilla-like scent. This scent seems to be a trademark for all MAC lipsticks and it sets them apart.
As sweet as they are, though, some users still don’t like scents in any makeup or skincare product. So it could put them off.
These two lipsticks come in the same tube shape and color. There is practically nothing distinguishable, one from the other. The only way to tell them apart is from the bottom of the tubes. That is where the names are indicated.
Video: A Review of the Honeylove
Watch as this excited user explain how the lipstick feels and how long it wears…
Feature Unique to Each – MAC Honeylove vs Velvet Teddy Matte Lipsticks
The two lipsticks have different undertones. While the Honeylove has a light rose undertone, the Velvet Teddy has a darker rose undertone.
These varying undertones give each lipstick a different hue or outcome. The dark rose undertone makes the velvet teddy have a warmer color. And the light rose undertone gives the honeylove a more natural and pale hue.
Unique Pros – MAC Honeylove vs Velvet Teddy Matte Lipsticks
Pro Unique to the Honeylove Lipstick
i. Its almost-nude shade gives it a balance between complete nude and pigmented nude. It has that slight color without being completely nude.
Pros Unique to the Velvet Teddy Lipstick
i. The higher pigmentation of the Velvet Teddy opens it up as an option of either a nude lipstick or a normal one.
ii. It is suitable for every skin tone.
Video: What Velvet Teddy Lipstick Looks Like
Let this video give you a look at what the Velvet Teddy lipstick looks like on light skin. Can you rock it? Check it out…
Unique Cons – MAC Honeylove vs Velvet Teddy Matte Lipsticks
Con Unique to the MAC Honeylove Lipstick
i. It is not exactly suitable for every skin tone.
Con Unique to the MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick
i. It doesn’t last long.
Common Pros – MAC Honeylove vs Velvet Teddy Matte Lipsticks
Velvet Teddy Lipstick
|Slightly Creamy||MAC honeylove lipstick is matte but not full-on matte. It is slightly creamy.||This slight creaminess is also applicable to the Velvet Teddy.|
|Occasion||In addition to the above, it can also be worn to any occasion, be it day or night.||More so than the Honeylove, the Velvet Teddy is just perfect for any event.|
Common Cons – MAC Honeylove vs Velvet Teddy Matte Lipsticks
Velvet Teddy Lipstick
|Expensive||It is quite expensive, as is the custom with MAC products.||Similarly, the Velvet Teddy is expensive.|
|Not Easily Accessible||Because it is a high end product, you are not likely to find it just about anywhere.||Likewise, the Velvet Teddy is not easily accessible.|
What Users Feel about Them – MAC Honeylove vs Velvet Teddy Matte Lipsticks
|Firstly, there are more people who like the color than those who do not.
For some, the earthy tone is the attraction while for others, it is the reason for not buying it.
There seems to be a high percentage of people who say it stays on for long and does not dry out their lips.
Finally, the price is something that many talked about. Of course, there were those who did not mind. But for others, they felt that if they have to pay so much for a tube of lipstick, it better be worth it. And there are a few who do not think it meets that criterion.
|The Velvet Teddy has more customers than the Honeylove. Maybe it is just about it having more color. Or maybe it has much more to do with Kylie Jenner wearing it at some point.
Whatever the case, it is the rave among trend-setters and nude lipstick lovers.
However, this lipstick seems to wear off quickly.
Nevertheless, as long as it stays on, it gives a nice feel to the lips. It does not dry it out, especially if a lip balm is used.
And it is suitable for any occasion, even more so than the Honeylove. The edge of color it has over the honeylove makes all the difference to many users.
What We Have to Say – MAC Honeylove vs Velvet Teddy Matte Lipsticks
|We like that it stays long, despite its lower pigmentation.
We also like that it doesn’t dry the lips out, even though you get all the perks of using a matte lipstick.
Are these all worth the price? We leave that to you. But it is one nude lipstick that is worth a try.
|Just like the Honeylove, we like the color. Maybe we like it a little more than that of the honeylove. The reason is because it gives more presence to the wearer.
Another attraction we have to it is that it can suit every skin tone.
But we still aren’t ecstatic about the price. We would still recommend it, though.