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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette ($54.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a set of cooler-toned shades ranging from beige to black with a definite slant towards grayish tones. The eyeshadows are arranged by finish from most shimmery to least shimmery. The formula feels different than previous Urban Decay releases; it feels noticeably drier and almost chalky to me, especially in the more satin/matte shades, and the press feels firmer. In a way, they remind me of the dryness I felt in the holiday palettes of last year, but the firmer press resulted in less excess powder kicked up all over the place when used and less fall out during application. They almost feel more like Too Faced or LORAC eyeshadows, though LORAC has a silkier feel overall. This texture made it particularly difficult to use them without primer, and I’ve been able to use the prior releases reasonably well (some better than others) without primer (and in general, I can do so with the majority of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows from the permanent line). For summer, the brand added several new brightly-colored eyeshadows that I was easily able to use without primer (see this post), but this was not workable on bare skin. The texture of these is nothing like the individual shades launched for summer and don’t really feel like any past iteration of their formula. Whether or not it is accurate, the texture and performance feels like a cheapening of the Urban Decay eyeshadow formula on the whole but at the very least, I’ve lost a lot of faith in their ability to put together a high-quality, high-value palette based on the recent palette releases.

One of the brand’s best matte eyeshadows (to me), Tyranny, was in the Urban Decay’s Pulp Fiction Palette, as it was smooth, velvety, and incredibly blendable with little work, while still retaining their color payoff over bare skin (no primer) — and the more recently added Beware and Riff were much easier to use. The mattes here tended to turn patchy when I applied to them in my crease, and they were harder to blend out as they applied unevenly and wouldn’t really go anywhere from there. The satins and mattes were prone to fading and fall out just sitting there; I put Dagger on the middle of my lid, went to apply color to the outer lid/crease, and it had gone from a deeper, bluish-gray to a faded, light-medium gray within twenty minutes. Really packing it on with a flat, synthetic brush (I used MAC’s 242) seemed to intensify it and keep it there a bit longer, but it just seems to settle into a more faded presence within a few minutes, and that’s the state it is in for the next several hours. The more shimmery shades were easier to use (shimmery finishes seem to have better or more binding agents in them that help them in the quest to apply to bare skin), but two of them have micro-glitter and the drier formula seemed to result in a greater amount of glitter fall out over time. I had the best luck applying everything with a flatter, firmer brush (I used the 242) and really pressing the eyeshadows onto the skin and gently lifting it away and doing blending towards the end with a very light hand. However, I think that using an eyeshadow primer is a must-have; it took 45 minutes per look to even get it to be that blended (and it’s not blended–both looks using this palette without primer are disappointing) and only 20 minutes over primer (and infinitely less frustrating).

Occasionally, I am asked why I don’t test eyeshadows with primer, and the reason is that many brands promise the moon and deliver a sliver of the moon instead. Take Urban Decay’s description of their eyeshadow formula as an example: “Every shade features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.” All of those things are often the reason to use primer (make it easier to use an eyeshadow, improve color payoff and longevity), and you can easily take a pretty poor-performing eyeshadow, slap it over a white, tacky base and make it look beautiful–but an eyeshadow that can do it without primer doesn’t benefit as greatly from it (there is less room for improvement–if it is already totally opaque, it’s not going to get more opaque, you know?). My approach is to tell you how it works relative to the brand’s promises, knowing that you can always use primer, a white base, glitter adhesive, or even a colored base to improve the performance of a particular product or to really lock your makeup on for 16-hour days (which is why the scores are broken out so even at a glance, you can see where a product fell short and determine whether that’s an issue for you as well, because we each of our own styles, routines, and deal-breakers!).

It is packaged in a hard, plastic case that is slightly translucent and holds together with a magnetic closure. It’s sturdy, streamlined, and doesn’t feel like it is too bulky. The dual-ended brush is usable, though I think a shading brush would have been more useful (something to pack on color). I think the palette could use one more mid-tone transition shade to suit a greater spectrum of skin tones (perhaps ditch Slanted or Dagger, they are more similar than not, especially as they sheer out).

The palette releases on UrbanDecay.com on July 8th, with retailers like Sephora, ULTA, Beauty.com, and Macy’s to follow. ULTA has given July 12th for online, July 16th for in-stores, and the others have a “mid-July” date per Urban Decay. The palette is permanent.

High is described as a “champagne shimmer with micro-glitter.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen paired with coppery micro-glitter. The texture is slightly dry but still yields good color payoff and adheres to the lid fairly well–you get a smoother, almost metallic finish when applied. Some of the glitter just gets trapped in the brush, but the glitter drops over time while worn. It lasted for eight hours. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. LORAC Champagne (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Snatch (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, cooler. bareMinerals Custom Made (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Love Connection #1 (P, $21.00) is cooler. MAC Sweet Heat (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Urban Decay Sellout (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.49) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Makeup Geek Starry Eyed (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dirtysweet is described as a “medium bronze.” It’s a light-medium, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that felt a little dry and thinner compared to most of the brand’s more metallic eyeshadows. It wore well for eight hours before fading. LORAC Smokey Topaz (LE, ) is darker. Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE, ) is darker. MAC English Gilt (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Tarte Dare to Be Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is darker. Hourglass Exposure #3 (P, ) is cooler. MAC Natural Vigor #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler. Hourglass Exposure #3 (P, ) is cooler. Hourglass Obscura #3 (P, ) is brighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Tempting (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Urban Decay Chase (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Radar is described as a “metallic taupe with iridescent micro-glitter.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellowed undertones and lighter gold sparkle over a frosted sheen. It was a lot firmer and less glittery compared to the version that was in the Vice 2 palette, which is good, but the color also appears less intense and lighter. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is warmer. NARS Ursa Major (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Hourglass Color Field #3 (P, ) is less shimmery. Hourglass Obscura #5 (P, ) is warmer. Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE, ) is cooler. MAC Permanent Press #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Nillionaire (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Nillionaire (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Reign (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Mooning (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Stun (LE, $18.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer.See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Armor is described as a “metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle.” It’s a dark, taupe gray with a frosted, lightly sparkly finish. It had nice color payoff and was the densest shade with respect to texture in the palette, though it felt more prone to crumbling compared to the version that was in the Vice palette. It wore well for eight and a half hours with a tiny amount of fall out, but it was easy to use. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is darker. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is darker. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is darker. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #4 (P, $33.00) is darker, warmer. Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Darkstar (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Surratt Beauty Patine (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler. MAC Keep Your Cool (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, glossier. MAC Stolen Moment (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter, more pigmented, glossier, cooler. MAC Trusted Instinct #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Slanted is described as a “light metallic gray.” It’s a muted, medium gray with cool, bluish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff with a powdery, almost chalky texture that was prone to fading on the lid and going on unevenly. It started to fade after six and a half hours. Estee Lauder Modern Mercury #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Ace (LE, $18.00) is darker. CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is lighter. MAC Smokeluxe #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Thunder and Rain #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Showgirl (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Chimney (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Piaf (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is lighter. Kat Von D Dios (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P, ) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dagger is described as a “medium charcoal with micro-shimmer.” It’s a dark gray with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had a soft, blendable texture, but it was thin, dry, and powdery–this is a shade that I would pat on, then work on another color, and it would look like I had hardly applied it. The color was significantly faded after five and a half hours of wear. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter. theBalm Matt McDonald (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Ace (LE, $18.00) is darker. Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Thunder and Rain #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Chanel Fascination #3 (P, ) is more shimmery. theBalm #26 (P, $6.50) is darker. Givenchy Gris Organza (7) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery. MAC Plumluxe #5 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Hourglass Graphite #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black Market is described as a “jet black satin.” It’s a deepened black with cool undertones and a satiny sheen. It had decent pigmentation and wasn’t too powdery, but it was difficult to blend on bare skin as the texture was thinner and drier. It lasted for six and a half hours before fading. This shade was originally seen in the Vice palette. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #4 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Smokeluxe #5 (P, ) is darker. MAC A Waft of Grey #4 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. LORAC Caviar (LE, ) is warmer. Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $38.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Genre (LE, $30.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Smolder is described as a “deep plum-taupe.” It’s a blackened plummy purple with subtle, warmer undertones in its base (but the sheen looks almost cool-toned). It had good pigmentation, while the texture was soft but a little dry, which made blending more challenging than I would have expected from this shade. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. MAC Pinkluxe #5 (P, ) is brighter. LORAC Deep Purple (P, ) is more shimmery. Too Faced Jungle Love (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Make Up For Ever ME930 Black Purple (P, $21.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #7 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Exposure #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #7 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Exposure #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Hourglass Exposure #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Hourglass Exposure #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. MAC Black Slip (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. L’Oreal Smoldering Plum (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Password is described as a “cool taupe matte.” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was very soft, smooth, but on the drier side, and so this shade was prone to sheering out as it was quite powdery. I found it to be rather blendable, but it was just so sheer on bare skin. It lasted for six and a half hours on me. LORAC Stone (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (P, $21.00) is darker. LORAC Cool Gray (P, ) is warmer. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Whiskey is described as a “rich brown matte.” It’s a muted, dark brown with subtle, warm reddish undertones and a matte finish. The texture was dry and thin, and the firmness is really felt with these matte shades in the palette. It had semi-opaque color payoff and felt dusty in use, but it eventually “melted” on the skin and didn’t looked caked on after a few minutes. It was fairly blendable, and it wore for six and a half hours before fading. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Ground Brown (P, $16.00) is darker. Inglot #360 (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer. Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Solas (P, ) is warmer. Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is darker. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is . Tarte Picnic Basket (LE, ) is warmer. Kat Von D Leather (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Combust is described as a “soft pink-taupe.” It’s a dirty, muted, light beige with a subtle, pink-ish tone that gives it a more cool-toned appearance. It had good pigmentation and was blendable on bare skin. The texture was softer and smoother with this shade, but it was prone to kicking up a lot of excess powder when you put the brush to it. On me, it lasted for seven hours before fading. Bobbi Brown Truffle (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer. Anastasia Nude (P, $12.00) is brighter. Kat Von D South (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Cozy Grey (P, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Habit (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. Inglot #390 (P, $6.00) is lighter. MAC Bisque (DC, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Thirteen is described as a “light beige satin.” It’s a brightened, subdued white-beige with a mostly matte finish. There is a little sheen that becomes apparent when blended out on the skin, but it is slight. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a little powdery but very blendable on the skin. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. This is a shade that I’d make sure to tap your brush off to minimize fall out during application. Kat Von D Lifelike (P, ) is darker, warmer. Bobbi Brown Ivory (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Pick Me Up (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #10 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Kinky (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Chance (P, ) is warmer. Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Liberatus (P, ) is lighter. Makeup Geek White Lies (P, $5.99) is cooler. Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Kat Von D Ink Liner
Kat Von D Ink Liner

Kat Von D Ink Liner ($19.00 for 0.019 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a waterproof liquid eyeliner that wears for up to 24 hours (I only tested for sixteen) with “bold lines with instant color lay-down.” None of the three I bought to try were that opaque, and they’re really very runny when applied to the skin, so they sometimes spread out into the “lines” on the skin (it will depend on your skin type and how your skin is in the area). The biggest issue I had with these is that you can’t intensify the eyeliner, and it’s hard to correct any mistakes, because if you go over the same area with the felt-tip, it erases the color and becomes even more difficult to get even, smooth coverage in that area.

Kat Von D Dali Ink Liner ($19.00 for 0.019 fl. oz.) is described as a “teal.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark blue-teal with a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that wasn’t buildable to greater coverage. It is better applied over your eyeshadow (like winged eyeliner, after you’ve finished your eyeshadow look) than over bare skin, as it really had a tendency to bleed. Once dried, it lasted for sixteen hours with little flaking, and it did seem waterproof. MAC Siahi (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Blue Peep (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Take the Plunge (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Chanel Sweet Star (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Mountain Air (P, $20.00) is cooler. Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. Estee Lauder Electric Teal (LE, $20.00) is darker, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Nerdrum Ink Liner ($19.00 for 0.019 fl. oz.) is described as a “sea blue.” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it was buildable to semi-opaque coverage, but you have to be very, very careful or else it seems to erase what you put down. I had better luck trying to ramp up the coverage while it was still drying than when it had dried down. It had one or two flakes off over a sixteen hour period. MAC Deep Blue Sea (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Mountain Air (P, $20.00) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Glamorous Thief (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Nietzsche Ink Liner ($19.00 for 0.019 fl. oz.) is described as a “periwinkle.” It’s a brightened, cornflower blue that leans purple with a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage when applied, and it was sort of buildable, but it was difficult to get the coverage to be even if you used more than one stroke. It lasted for sixteen hours with a couple of flaked off pieces (hardly noticeable). MAC Royal Wink (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Most Wanted (LE, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer
Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer: Melon Pop, Poppy Pop, Sweet Pop, Love Pop, Plum Pop, Grape Pop

Clinique Love Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone shimmer raspberry.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark berry-red with fine gold and berry pearl. This shade had the most shimmer out of all the shades I bought. It had near full coverage, but there is some translucency where the natural lip color will peek through. It lasted for five and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Sheer Shame (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Lou-Ling (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker. Bite Beauty Brandy (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. Buxom Moonlighter (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Gospel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Clinique Plum Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “soft, neutral plum creme.” It’s a soft, medium rosy plum with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. This shade was quite pigmented with a slightly thicker consistency that covered evenly. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and was hydrating over time. Guerlain Georgia (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is warmer. Buxom Centerfold (LE, $21.00) is glossier. Chanel Rendez-vous (87) (P, $35.00) is glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (228) (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Elise (448) (P, $36.00) is lighter, glossier. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is cooler. MAC Yield to Love (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Plumetis (207) (LE, $36.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Clinique Grape Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “neutrla, blue purple creme.” It’s a softly brightened, medium-dark purple with warmer, rosy pink tones and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that glided on evenly and smoothly. This shade stayed on well for five hours and was hydrating while worn. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is cooler. MAC Romantically Inclined (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Vogue en Violet (P, $23.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is supposed to have a “weightless” feel with “bold, saturated colour” that is combined with a “smoothing primer” so it applies with a “modern-velvet finish” (which Clinique also describes as “demi-matte”) and hydrating, 8-hour wear. As you might expect with a Clinique product, the formula has no scent or taste, which is always a bonus. If I ignore a lot of the claims, it’s a fine lipstick, but color coverage is more semi-opaque to opaque, wear three to six hours, and a couple of shades weren’t smoothing. They do feel lightweight with a thin, lightly creamy consistency that slides over the lips without tugging, and they’re lightly hydrating while worn. The shimmery shades seem to apply less smoothly and are more prone to wear issues (pulling into lip lines, shorter wear).

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

ColourPop Summer 2015 Lippie Stix
ColourPop Summer 2015 Lippie Stix

For summer, there are five new ColourPop Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) from tangerine to fuchsia. The Lippie Stix formula is a twist-up lipstick that comes in a variety of finishes with most of the finishes designed to have richer coverage. Here’s a recap of the formula overall (from yesterday’s review):

Matte finishes are supposed to be: “full coverage” and “long-wearing” and “ultra-comfortable, while cream finishes are supposed to be “full coverage” with “an ultra creamy feel and look.” The satin finish is ddescribed as “full coverage” and “long-wearing” that has a “hydrating feel.” Lastly, the hyper-glossy finish is supposed to have “full coverage” that “melts” and leaves “tons of moisture” with a “glossy finish.” All of the Lippie Stix have a synthetic, vanilla-like scent that sometimes smells synthetic and leans waxy. I don’t notice the scent applied, and I don’t notice any taste. In general, most of the finishes apply without tugging on the lips, have good coverage, and wear at least four hours, but most aren’t hydrating, while the hyper-glossy finish is a little tacky in feel. A few of the really matte shades are drier and can tug, and they can get drying.

Fiesta is described as a “light peachy pink in a cream finish.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium pinky-peach with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had rich color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly for the most part. The texture was creamy, light-medium in weight, and was comfortable on. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is darker. Maybelline Peach Poppy (745) (P, $7.49) is cooler. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Potent (P, $30.00) is lighter. YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is warmer. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer. YSL Peach Passion (13) (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Luau is described as a “bright tangerine in a hyper glossy finish.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with strong, yellow undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. It had mostly opaque coverage; there was a veil of translucency where if your natural lip color is stronger, you may find in influences the end result. The texture is thicker than the other finishes with a slight tackiness to it, but it lasted for five hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Tangerine Dream (P, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. Estee Lauder Daring (P, $30.00) is more muted, less glossy. Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) (LE, $7.49) is darker, less glossy. MAC Forbidden Sunrise (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Peach Satin (540) (LE, $37.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy. Paul and Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Polliwog is described as a “cool toned nude beige in a cream finish.” It’s a yellowed, light-medium peach-beige with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque color paoyff that could have applied more evently; the more translucent coverage seemed prone to streaky compared to other shades (but it’s not awful streaky). The texture is a little thicker and sits in lip lines initially, which isn’t too noticeable, but it gathers more of the color as it wears on for the next four hours. It was slightly drying over time. MAC Touch the Earth (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler. Bite Beauty Cream (P, $28.00) is cooler. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Severine (112) (P, $30.00) is cooler. NARS Floralies (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Naturally Transformed (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Topanga is described as a “mid-tone dusty coral in a satin finish.” It’s a medium-dark pink-coral with a satin finish. It had rich color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly. The consistency was lightly creamy and glided on without tugging on the lips. This shade wore well for five hours and was lightly drying after three and a half hours of wear. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $22.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Burmese Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Maybelline Coral Burst (740) (P, $7.49) is cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Matthew (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is cooler. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Melted Melon (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Estee Lauder Surreal Sun (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Make Me Gorgeous (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Toucan is described as a “bright pinky red coral in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark coral-fuchsia with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich pigmentation that covered evenly, but the texture was noticeably dry and stiff (one of the driest I’ve come across from the brand), which made it painful to apply as it tugged and dragged a lot during application. It lasted for eight hours but was very drying. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is glossier. Estee Lauder Jealous (P, $30.00) is glossier. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is cooler. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is cooler. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $16.00) is brighter, lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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