Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Anastasia Sweet Talker Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Sweet Talker Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Sweet Talker Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “watermelon pink.” It’s a bright, neon pink with warm undertones and an ultra-matte finish. Kat Von D Berlin (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer. MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) (P, $28.00) is warmer, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade is intensely pigmented with really smooth, even color coverage. It didn’t settle into lip lines, and it doesn’t look really dry on lips, but it does have a very flat, ultra-matte finish, so if you prefer a little sheen, this formula might not be for you. Over time, I felt the formula was noticeably drying by the fourth hour of wear, and it was very drying after six hours of wear, though it lasted well for almost eight hours. It did fade from the center more than the edges, but it only faded subtly, so it wasn’t too apparent.

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10/10

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9/10

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Anastasia Vintage Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Vintage Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Vintage Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “royal purple.” It’s a medium-dark, eggplant purple with warm pink undertones and a matte finish. Colour Pop Grind (P, $5.00) is brighter, purpler. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $19.00) is lighter, pinker. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is darker, less matte. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is brighter, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had mostly opaque color coverage, though it isn’t fully pigmented and there’s a sheerness to it, so if you have naturally redder lips, I’d expect this to look less purple on. It had an almost two-tone aspect to it, as parts of it looked pinker and other parts looked purpler, and this was especially noticeable along the edges. The texture is thin, watery initially but dries down and adheres to the lips. You’ll want to be careful while waiting for it to dry down, as it gets tackier and tackier while it sets, so if you touch your lips together while it is drying, you’ll lift the color off in sections. Once dry, it’s nearly transfer-proof for me, and I don’t have any issues drinking coffee with this on. It will make it through most of a meal, but it will depend on how much oil is in your meal. On me, the color wears for six hours, but it is moderately drying and gets uncomfortable to wear after three hours of wear for me.

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8/10

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Anastasia Party Pink Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Party Pink Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Party Pink Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid blue pink.” It’s a neon magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $19.00) is darker. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $21.00) is darker. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is more muted, less matte. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is less matte, slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was nicely pigmented and applied with smooth, even color coverage. The texture is thin, but it dries down nicely after about forty-five seconds. It’s important to keep your lips from touching while it is drying down, as it goes from watery to tacky as it dries down, and once fully dry, then it is mostly transfer-free. I noticed that it looked dry/flaky on the very inner portion of my lips (the edge right before it’s actually inside your mouth), so the formula can be unforgiving there. It lasted well for six hours, but it started to fade more noticeably from the center after that. It was somewhat drying over time, unfortunately.

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8/10

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10/10

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Anastasia Pure Hollywood Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Pure Hollywood Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Pure Hollywood Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of pink and an ultra matte finish. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is darker, pinker. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is less matte, pinker. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is darker, less matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lament (P, $18.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC Riot House (LE, $16.00) is much lighter. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is slightly darker, less pink. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is darker, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to have “full coverage” with a “matte finish” that will last “all day.” It’s very pigmented, yet it’s a shade that goes on unevenly with visible streaks initially and seems almost watery when applied. Luckily, it seems to self-level so that as it dries down, the unevenness disappears (so I would recommend not fussing with making it appears perfectly even while it is wet). As it is drying down, it gets very tacky, and you’ll want to ensure you don’t press your lips together while it is drying down, or else color will lift. The consistency is more unforgiving in this lighter shade than American Doll, and it immediately started to pull into lip lines. This only worsened as the color wore on, even though it had minimal transfer on my coffee cup, but it looked settled and made my lips look cracked after a mere two hours. It was very drying, and it was extremely difficult to wear it past five hours–my lips felt so parched that they hurt.

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9/10

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7/10

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6/10

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Friday, January 30th, 2015

Anastasia American Doll Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia American Doll Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia American Doll Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, blue-based red with an ultra matte finish. MAC Tenor Voice (LE, $16.00) is less matte. MAC Opera (LE, $16.00) is less matte, darker. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is darker, less matte. Kat Von D Underage Red (P, $19.00) is warmer. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to offer “vibrant long-wearing color” in “one sweep.” The brand recommends to “swirl wand around tube to evenly mix color before application.” The consistency is thin, almost watery (without being runny), and spreads well. This particular shade applied with one-stroke color payoff and was not just intense, but it applied evenly right off the bat. I did buy a few shades, and a few shades looked streaky before they dried down, while this one always looked even. It dries down and sets in about thirty seconds. Once set, it clings to lips without feeling clingy or drying, and it has a lighter-weight feel. The formula gets drying after five hours of wear, which is really the only downside of the product, though it lasted for eight. It will easily last through drinking, but eating will depend on how much oil is in your meal, as oil will make it break down. I was a little bummed to see it only contained 0.11 fl. oz. (some brands, like Guerlain, Kat Von D, Laura Mercier, have nearly double, though other brands, like Hourglass and Stila, contain about the same).

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10/10

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9/10

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows that range from warm beige to bluish-teal to cranberry to taupe. This is one of the better Anastasia palettes I’ve come across, as the eyeshadows were more consistent in texture and payoff–they weren’t as dry as past palettes I’ve tried from the brand. All except one shade wore well for eight hours, and there was really only shade that was a bit of a let-down (but not a total miss).

Fresh is a light beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s somewhat powdery, but it had decent pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blush is a golden champagne beige with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was a smidgen dry, but it was soft, blendable, and had good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Venezia is a subtly, gold-shimmered bluish-teal with a faded quality and a frosted finish. It was prone to fading, and it was a more powdery, drier textured eyeshadow. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gilded is a bronze-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was a smidgen dry. As a heads up, this really seemed just like Topaz with a new name. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Custom is a taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the consistency was fairly soft, though a little dry feeling. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sangria is a vbirant, berry-plum with warm, copper-orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fantastic color payoff with a soft, buttery-smooth consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bengal is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was somewhat powdery. This also seemed like Caramel, just renamed. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but it was a little dry. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

China Rose is an orange-coral (just a hint of pink/red in it) with a golden, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it was on the dusty side. (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Noir is a deep, matte black. It had good color payoff, but it was harder to blend. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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