ColourPop Creeper & Ouiji Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks

ColourPop Creeper Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop Creeper Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “true classic blue red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a smooth, matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a soft feel to the touch once dried down. It didn’t budge at all for eight hours, and it faded evenly overall. I found the formula a little drying after five hours of wear. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Hellbent (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Charlotte (LE, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is glossier (90% similar). Anastasia American Doll (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Cruella (P, $25.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Rich Ruby (P, $7.99) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Estee Lauder Decisive Poppy (P, $30.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Ouiji Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright coral red.” It’s a bright, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had very nearly opaque color payoff with a consistency that ran a little thin and streaked just slightly–the vibrancy of the color made the streaks less apparent, but this is one to work quickly with. The color lasted for seven hours on me with light fading beginning from the center of the mouth. The formula felt lightly drying after five hours of wear. Bobbi Brown Watermelon (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Burmese Kiss (LE, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty So Sofia (236) (P, $30.00) is glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Bachelorette (P, $20.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is glossier (85% similar). Kat Von D Beloved (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $17.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a long-wearing, pigmented lipstick that starts off glossy and dries down quickly to that super flat matte finish. They have minimal transfer with some of the lighter shades having almost none for the first few hours of wear, but any time you’ve had a meal, they lose that transfer-resistant quality to a noticeable degree. They tend to wear anywhere from six to ten hours with darker shades maintaining better color coverage and wear over a longer period of time. Some shades get a little drying about two-thirds to three-fourths through the wear, while a few shades have been fairly non-drying even many hours into wear. They fade away evenly with most color loss occurring from the center of the lips if eating a more oil-based meal but the majority of color survives a meal. Reapplication has been hit or miss and tends to depend on how well it wore away and how easily the shade applies normally, but reapplication tends to emphasize the lip’s natural texture significantly compared to initial application and gives lips a very wrinkled, dried-up look. I’ve layered gloss on top of some shades with moderate success, though it will obviously lose the matte finish and will transfer and I’ll get tiny flakes where the matte lip color has lifted by mixing with gloss but has been pretty minimal. The formula had no discernible taste or scent.

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Colour Pop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Creeper
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
91%
Colour Pop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Ouiji
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
90%

Chanel Swing Eyeshadow

Chanel Swing Eyeshadow

Chanel Swing Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.05 oz.) is medium-dark, navy blue with lighter blue sparkle over a frosted finish. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Dior Rivage #5 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dior Reveuse (271) (LE, $31.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Love Cycle #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Tonight's Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Inglot #428 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Bluebird (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Dark Rite (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to Chanel, the Soft Touch Eyeshadow formula can be used “dry for subtle shading” or “damped for more intense colour.” You know me, see a blue eyeshadow from a high-end brand and I just have to see if one of them will actually do it justice. It’s not winning any best-blue-eyeshadow-awards, as it could use improvement. Ultimately, the texture lacks that finely-milled, silky-smooth quality that I’d expect from this price point for a single eyeshadow. Chanel’s right on the money: it’s semi-sheer applied dry and tends to look uneven and a little patchy, as it is dry and the shimmer feels loose against the powder base, and damp application is semi-opaque and binds together better but tends to fade noticeably once it dries down. The color lasted seven hours on me before creasing, but I had fall out if I used it damp (dry didn’t have as many sparkles actually translate onto the lid).

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Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Swing (116)
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
73%

Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes twenty, new and limited edition eyeshadows, just in time to kick off a long, holiday season of palettes. If you have a great disdain for Urban Decay’s micro-glitter or sparkle, then I would avoid this palette like the plague; eleven shades have micro-glitter, per the brand, and one more has “tonal sparkle.” Some are noticeable in practice, other shades have less and most sparkles drop during application so there isn’t as much fall out during wear, but I would recommend an adhesive primer for best results and minimal fall out. If you have a lot of Urban Decay palettes, you may find that there is more overlap with past iterations (even though these are technically new!). There are some really great shades in this palette, like Underhand, Discreet, Harlot, and Robbery, but there are some duds, like Grip, Flame, Low, and Crowbar.

Bones is described as an “oyster satin with pearl.” It’s a light beige with cooler undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t too thin or dry. It lasted for eight hours on me. Hourglass Graphite #5 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pure Bred #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Polyester Bride (P, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Promiscuous Pearl (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Joie (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Jardin #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Midnight 15 (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Buxom Satin Seduction (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #1 (P) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #1 (P) is cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Air (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Beigely (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Grip is described as a “taupe matte with iridescent micro-glitter.” It’s a faded, medium taupe with warm, brown tones and light sparkle (more sparkle than glitter to me). It’s the type of sparkle where most of it gets lost and doesn’t adhere to the skin without some sort of adhesive base. It was firmer in texture with sheerer coverage and was one of the less easy-to-use shades in the palette. The color faded afters even and a half hours. LORAC Navy #5 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Stony (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Greenluxe #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D-12 (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Adios (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Deadbeat is described as a “black satin with iridescent micro-glitter.” It’s a dark, charcoal gray with cooler undertones and a smattering of iridescent teal shimmer. The texture was on the powdery side, but if you use a light touch, it is blendable on the eye without a lot of effort. It lasted for eight hours on me, and I didn’t notice any fall out. Hourglass Graphite #4 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Plumluxe #5 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Volcano Fairy Wren (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Charbon (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Black Star (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Tall, Dark, & Handsome (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Oyster (Cream) (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Indigo (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Heraklion (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sugarpill Stella (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Smashbox Blackout (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). LORAC Onyx (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette Vice 4
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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MAC Sketch Blush

MAC Sketch Blush

MAC Sketch Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “rich plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Film Noir (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Sketch is one of the hardest blushes to blend out that I’ve ever encountered: it does not want to diffuse, even out, or otherwise look half-decent on the skin. Perhaps it is due to the incredibly dry, powdery consistency that drags across the skin’s surface and has that patchy, uneven coverage even as a swatch that results in an absolutely disastrous application. It seems quite pigmented, but it just doesn’t seem to go on well–even when I tried it over primer and with various brushes, I really couldn’t get decent results at all. The mess that I did make, however, seemed to wear for eight hours, so there’s that.

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MAC Powder Blush Sketch
F
Product
4
Pigmentation
9
Texture
2
Longevity
8.5
Application
1.5
Total
56%

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