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The Holiday Kiss Collection for Sephora | Holiday 2016

Sephora Kiss Collection for Holiday 2016
The Holiday Kiss Collection for Sephora | Holiday 2016

Limited edition cases and shades created exclusively for Sephora.

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Holiday Kiss Collection, $17.00 to $56.00 (Limited Edition)

  • NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick ($32.00)
  • Anastasia Allison Liquid Lipstick ($20.00)
  • Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks ($21.00) Double Dare, Lolita II, Mother
  • Urban Decay Troublemaker Vice Lipstick ($17.00)
  • Too Faced Candy Cane Melted Matte ($21.00)
  • Bite Beauty Mistletoe Amuse Bouche ($26.00)
  • Marc Jacobs Bad Behavior Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00)
  • Tarte Bestie Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint ($20.00)
  • BUXOM White Russian Full-On Lip Cream ($20.00)
  • Guerlain Rouge Saphir Rouge G ($56.00)
  • Make Up For Ever M400 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00)
  • Smashbox Black Cherry Be Legendary Lipstick ($21.00)

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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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Guerlain Shalimar Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Shalimar Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo
Guerlain Shalimar Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Shalimar Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo ($46.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a limited edition set of shades for the holiday season. Guerlain’s weakness seems to be eyeshadows, unfortunately, and the holiday duo left much to be desired. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” with “multiple metallic reflections.” The consistency of the top shade was dry, slightly gritty, and extremely difficult to blend, while the bottom shade was looser and easier to work with but had fall out (and is, between the two, quite dupable).

Shalimar (Top) is a medium-dark, grape-hued plum base with lighter navy blue shimmer. It had a firmer press, which made getting color payoff difficult, and I could not build up the color with multiple layers, as it just didn’t stick to itself well. When I tried to blend out the color, it looked patchy, uneven, and draggy around the edges. It started to crease after six hours of wear. There was really not much to like about this shade, besides the color it was attempting to be! Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #1 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Kauai #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Dusty Desire (LE, $32.50) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Freakshow (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Lunacy (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Vice (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Dance Party (LE, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Butterfly Party (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay ACDC (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Highly Charged (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #14 (P, ) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Sephora Adi (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shalimar (Bottom) is a brighter, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It is the more traditional holiday gold you’d see during the season, so while it performed better than the top shade, it is easily duped with other products rather than acquiring one dud and one decent shade for the price of $46. The texture of this shade was softer, smoother, and more blendable on the skin, but it had some fall out issues over time. It had was mostly opaque in coverage, and it lasted for seven hours before creasing. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #1 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Gold Goddess (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry Gold #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Blonde Cumin (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Naked Gold (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold #4 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Indian Gold (44M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Metal (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Retrospeck (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). LORAC Cashmere (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (P, ) is lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Crimper (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Patina (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo Shalimar
Shalimar
Shalimar
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
3.5
Application
74%
Total
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Guerlain Rouge Saphir Rouge G & Rose Indien KissKiss Lipsticks

Guerlain Rouge Saphir (821) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color
Guerlain Rouge Saphir (821) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color

Guerlain Rouge Saphir (821) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color ($56.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink-red with cooler undertones and a natural finish. Shiseido Ruby Copper (RD501) (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (95% similar). Estee Lauder Boldface (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Elegant (P, $15.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop JujuRouge (LE, $5.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty #009 (LE, $36.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). Givenchy Rouge Insomnie (12) (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Pomegranate (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Christmas Kiss (LE, $32.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Memoire (224) (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Legendary (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Authentic Red (LE, $17.00) is more muted (90% similar). Laura Mercier Vivien (LE, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Luciano (P, $35.00) is brighter (90% similar). Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Alejandro (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Braised (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sancho (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bloodstone (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Iconic Red (400) (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Icon (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a specially packaged Rouge G with a blue “jewel” as the clasp, while the rest of the packaging is the same signature Rouge G component. The formula is supposed to be hydrating and pigmented, which it is. The Rouge G formula has been a long-time favorite for me, and I wasn’t disappointed with the performance of this year’s holiday shade at all. I would like to see Guerlain introduce more shades of the Rouge G throughout the year and in more options than red, though! Rouge Saphir was creamy, lightweight, smoothing, and intensely pigmented. It did seem a bit denser and creamier than some Rouge Gs and had less of a pearly sheen. The color lasted for over six hours and was very moisturizing while worn, and it did not feather or bleed past the edges of my lips.

Guerlain Rouge Saphir (821) KissKiss Lip Color ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark fuchsia magenta with cool undertones and a natural sheen. Estee Lauder Thrill Seeker (420) (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is more muted (95% similar). Maybelline Hot Plum (DC, $7.99) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Whip (P, $5.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Daddy's Little Girl (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (DC, $35.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Revlon Lollipop (P, $7.49) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Girl About Town (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Crush (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Frenemy (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Anarchy (DC, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The KissKiss formula is supposed to be hydrating, have a satin finish, and be long-wearing. It was comfortable to wear, but I found the consistency of the shade to be a little unforgiving on the lips, as it would catch on any unevenness on my lips. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which was a bit less coverage than the line tends to deliver, and some of the color settled into lip lines–the brightness of the color made it less apparent, though. It wore well for four and a half hours and was moisturizing.

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color Rouge Saphir (821)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick Rose Indien (563)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder
Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, reddish brown with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $68.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Glow With It (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Compassion (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Chic Tropic (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Becca Malibu Soleil (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a limited edition bronzing powder for the holidays, which is supposed to give the face an “enhanced and illuminated” effect, and it is scented with the brand’s Shalimar scent (which is noticeable in the pan and to a lesser degree, on the skin). The consistency was soft, just a smidgen dusty, but very blendable and forgiving on the skin, as it didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. There was fine shimmer in the powder that translated to more of a satiny sheen as it was blended and buffed on my skin, so the finish looked natural and luminous but not shimmery or metallic. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Terra India
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Perles
Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Perles

Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Perles ($65.00 for 0.80 oz.) is a translucent, gold-sparkled finishing powder. Guerlain Perles du Dragon (LE, $60.00) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Perles de Nuit (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Light (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Liu (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Perles des Neiges (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls (LE, $74.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This year’s holiday Meteorites Perles are supposed to have three shades: “pink to refresh, gold to illuminate, and a touch of blue to softly correct the complexion.” It is dominated by a lot of smaller gold pearls with a few larger pink and minty green pearls, and when I swatched and used it, it was mostly a translucent, yellowish powder with gold micro-sparkle. This year’s Meteorites’ shimmer/sparkle is more noticeable on the skin as a result, but the overall effect is one of the subtlest I’ve seen out of all the Meteorites I’ve tried. I think those who enjoy using this product and aren’t as concerned about a noticeable effect will be happy with their purchase, but as a fan of the product, I still found the difference to be incredibly subtle. What I noticed, for the most part, was that it gave my skin a warmer, slightly brighter look overall with fine sparkle all over the skin. It had no impact on the wear of my base products, and the sparkles were still visible eight hours later (when I tested for wear on bare skin).

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Perles de Legende
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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