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Best Lipsticks | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Lipsticks | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products. Here’s a look at the best lipstick formulas I’ve tried:

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to have “bold, creamy color” with “extreme moisture, soft texture, and creamy wear.” The majority of the range is very pigmented–typically opaque with one pass–with a few shades being semi-opaque but usually buildable. The majority of the shades I’ve tested have been lightly hydrating to non-drying and fairly comfortable to wear for the long-haul. They wear longer than average, from four to eight hours, depending on the intensity and propensity of the shade to stain. The range is rather extensive with over 30 shades, so you may find our top 15 best Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks list useful. Some of my favorite shades are: Pickled Ginger, Kale, Sour Cherry, and Spritzer.

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Givenchy Heroic Pink & Heroic Red Le Rouges

Givenchy Heroic Pink (212) Le Rouge
Givenchy Heroic Pink (212) Le Rouge

Givenchy Heroic Pink (212) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark berry with a satin finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that applied with smooth, even coverage. The consistency was incredibly silky and smooth, so it glided on easily and was comfortable to wear while being flattering worn, as it made my lips appear fuller and softer. On me, the color wore for five hours and was hydrating over time. The formula has a floral scent but no discernible taste. Maybelline Berry Bossy (P, $7.49) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Plastics (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Femme Fatale (P, $21.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Hel's Bells (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Babes and Balls (LE, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (80% similar). Bite Beauty #002 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Heroic Red (321) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a smooth, creamy consistency that was easy to apply and sat well on the lips. It made my lips appear softer, plumper, and smoother overall. The color wore well for six hours, left a stain behind, and was hydrating. The formula has a floral scent but no discernible taste. MAC Life's Blood (LE, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay F-Bomb (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Steam Heat (LE, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Starlett Scarlet (LE, $18.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Maybelline Dynamite Red (P, $7.49) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC My Inner Femme (LE, $17.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Rosehip (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (90% similar). Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Candied Maple (LE, $24.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Laura Mercier Cherry on Top (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Do Not Disturb (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Empowered (P, $30.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Jungle Red (P, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Ardency Inn Original Mix (P, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Le Rouge Heroic Pink (212)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Heroic Red (321)
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Givenchy Moonlight Saison & Ambre Saison Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powders

Givenchy Moonlight Saison Healthy Glow Powder
Givenchy Moonlight Saison Healthy Glow Powder

Givenchy Healthy Glow Powder ($52.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a new “baked” powder that comes in five shades; one is a highlighter and four are in various bronzing hues. Some retailers have the highlighter/bronzer separated out, though they seem to be part of the same formula otherwise. I bought the highlighter and one of the bronzer shades to check out. The formula is decent with a very smooth texture, which has a firmer press and requires a dense brush or a heavy hand to get coverage out of it. The powder blends out fairly easily, wears eight hours, and neither shade emphasized pores/skin texture for me.

Givenchy Moonlight Saison Healthy Glow Powder ($52.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a very, very light white with subtle, warm tones and a satin finish. To the naked eye, I could just barely see a sheen on my skin, but it is very, very subtle. I don’t expect that the highlighter will work on that many skin tones, as it is very white-based and has little sheen, but very fair skin types who like subtler finishes may like it. It seemed to last about eight hours on me (harder for me to tell, given the color paired with my skin tone). It is actually described as “radiant” and for “strobing,” and it could function more as a finishing powder or setting powder for similarly-hued skin tones than it does as a highlighter. The shimmer/sheen is actually much less than the bronzer I picked up! Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Glow (Tarteist) (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Releve (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Highlight (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Soft Light (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Lucid (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Left) (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Ambre Saison Healthy Glow Powder ($52.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. The texture was smooth, slightly firm (but not dry/stiff), and sat well on the skin. It produced a soft, lit-from-within kind of glow that didn’t look shimmery or emphasize the skin’s natural texture. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Sunkissed (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Terre d'Ete (LE, $78.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Melina (Highlight) (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bronze Age (P, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Highlighting Powder Moonlight Saison
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total
Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder Ambre Saison
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl Color Enhancing Lipstick for Spring 2016

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl Color Enhancing Lipstick
Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl Color Enhancing Lipstick

Enhance your lip look with Givenchy’s Rouge Interdit Vinyl Color Enhancing Lipstick. This unique formula is infused with black rose oil, a rare and precious active ingredient that delivers extreme moisture and comfort to the lips for hours. It is combined with a silicone resin that forms a shiny, thin, and supple film on the lips’ surface for a second-skin feel. Lips are left with a “vinyl” radiance and a filling effect: lips instantly appear fuller, smoother, and denser. Each high-shine color blurs away all the lips’ tiniest imperfections and reflects the light, and its slick case features a metallic, satin ribbon design that’s inspired by the House’s fashion designs.

Availability

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The Details

Rouge Interdit Vinyl Color Enhancing Lipstick | $33.00 | New, Permanent

  • 01 Nude Ravageur Very natural beige
  • 02 Beige Indecent Orangey nude
  • 03 Rose Mutin Cold nude pink
  • 04 Rose Tentateur Luminous antique pink
  • 05 Rose Transgressif Luminous cold pink
  • 06 Rose Sulfureux Vivid intense pink
  • 07 Fuchsia Illicite Fuchsia
  • 09 Coral Redoutable Coral
  • 10 Rouge Provocant Reddish pink
  • 11 Rouge Rebelle True red
  • 12 Grenat Envoutant Raspberry
  • 13 Rose Desirable Natural rosewood
  • 14 Violine Troublant Slightly mauve nude
  • 15 Moka Renversant Sweet auburn
  • 16 Noir Revelateur Toffee

Givenchy Le Rouge x 2 Mini Lipsticks Set for Holiday 2015

Givenchy Le Rouge x 2 Mini Lipsticks
Givenchy Le Rouge x 2 Mini Lipsticks

Touch up your lip looks on the go with this gorgeous lip duo. Featuring a convenient pack, these two miniature Le Rouge shades will instantly take your lips from everyday to dramatic. The two intensely pigmented colors are perfect for traveling, every day use, or an office touch up. The top-selling Le Rouge is a semi-matte rich and creamy lipstick that coats the lips with radiant, lasting color. Its lightweight, ultra-smooth, and non-sticky texture softly glides onto lips, contouring seamlessly. Pair these shades with Givenchy’s waterproof lip liners (sold separately) for a more precise look.

Availability

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The Details

Le Rouge x 2 Mini Lipsticks | $25.00 ($30.00 Value) | Limited Edition

  • Rose Dressing (202) Light rose
  • Grenat Initie (307) Deep rose

5 Faves: Glossy Lipsticks for Fall 2015

My favorite kind of finish on lipstick is something that’s luminous with slight pearl–a glossier finish one but one that doesn’t wear away in a nanosecond. Here are some of my favorites for fall!

  1. Givenchy Nude Guipure — a light pink
  2. Bobbi Brown Neutral Rose — a subdued pink
  3. Too Faced Melted Villain — a glossy purple
  4. Too Faced Pink Chocolate — a glossy pink-plum
  5. Guerlain Garconne — a glossy red

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

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