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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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Round-up: Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a new set of shades that’s supposed to have “one-stroke intensity” in an “opaque, creamy clay base.” For the most part, the shade range is mostly opaque to fully opaque with some falling short with semi-sheer to semi-opaque, more uneven coverage. The texture is smooth, creamy, lightweight, and it glides on without tugging or dragging; some shades feel more satiny while others have a bit more slip. Unfortunately, some of the ones in this review were particularly slippery, which made them harder to apply evenly. I’m a fan of the Color Sensational formulas, but the one thing that I’m not a fan of (and that can be a deal-breaker) is the scent, which is a very strong, sweet, lightly perfume-y scent that lingers and sometimes tastes soapy.
01

Maybelline Smoking Red

PPermanent. $7.49/0.15 oz.

Maybelline Smoking Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, muted burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

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Vanity
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

02. Maybelline Dynamite Red

Maybelline Dynamite Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold, bright medium-dark red with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

03. Maybelline Raging Raisin

Maybelline Raging Raisin Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark burgundy-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

04. Maybelline Coffee Addiction

Maybelline Coffee Addiction Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red-brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

05. Maybelline Gone Greige

Maybelline Gone Greige Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

06. Maybelline Grey Over It

Maybelline Grey Over It Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, muted taupe-brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

07. Maybelline Mauve It

Maybelline Mauve It Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, muted mauve with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A-

08. Maybelline Fiery Fuchsia

Maybelline Fiery Fuchsia Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold, bright medium-dark fuchsia with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A-

09. Maybelline Rebel Pink

Maybelline Rebel Pink Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark berry pink with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. Read full review.

A-

10. Maybelline Berry Bossy

Maybelline Berry Bossy Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A-

11. Maybelline Midnight Blue

Maybelline Midnight Blue Color Sensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a blackened blue with cool undertones and very fine shimmer with a satin finish. Read full review.

B+

12. Maybelline Orange Danger

Maybelline Orange Danger Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is bold, bright, medium-dark orange with strong red undertones and a mostly matte finish. Read full review.

B+

14. Maybelline Nude Thrill

Maybelline Nude Thrill Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light beige with warm, peachy undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

B

15. Maybelline Midnight Merlot

Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a dark, red-burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a fine pearl. Read full review.

B

16. Maybelline Wickedly White

Maybelline Wickedly White Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a stark white with a matte finish. Read full review.

B-

17. Maybelline Chocoholic

Maybelline Chocoholic Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, reddish brown with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. Read full review.

C+

18. Maybelline Blackest Berry

Maybelline Blackest Berry Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, dark purple with subtle, warm undertones and a natural shine. Read full review.

C+

19. Maybelline Violet Vixen

Maybelline Violet Vixen Color Sensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold, bright, medium-dark purple with warm, red undertones and a satiny sheen with very fine pearl. Read full review.

D+

20. Maybelline Pitch Black

Maybelline Pitch Black Color Sensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark black with a natural sheen. Read full review.

D

Glossover Breakdown

87%

Average Score
A
10
B
6
C
2
D
2
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
8.5
pigmentation
9
texture
8.5
longevity
9
application
4.5
Total
87%
product
8.5
pigmentation
9
texture
8.5
longevity
9
application
4.5
Total
87%

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Maybelline Fiery Fuchsia, Rebel Pink, Berry Bossom, Blackest Berry The Loaded Bolds Color Sensational Lipcolors

Maybelline Fiery Fuchsia Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Fiery Fuchsia Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Fiery Fuchsia Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold, bright medium-dark fuchsia with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation that applied fairly evenly–there was some slip to the formula that left very, very subtle streaks around the edge, but I did not find these to be noticeable to my eye when looking at myself in a regular mirror. The texture was creamy enough to glide on but didn’t slide around when worn. It wore well for six hours, left a stain behind, and was neither drying nor hydrating. Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Dangerously Red (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Alpha (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced It's Happening (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jared (P, $35.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Lovespell (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Logan (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $55.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Chanel La Merveilleuse (347) (LE, $36.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Chanel La Romanesque (50) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Rebel Pink Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark berry pink with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, so some of the natural lip color can influence the end result, particularly if your lips are darker or more saturated. The texture was lightweight, slightly less creamy than the other shades in the range, but it still applied evenly. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Bite Beauty #002 (LE, $36.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Date Mate (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Menace (P, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Stefania (P, $32.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Carthage (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Rare Exotic (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Bauhau5 (P, $20.00) is less glossy (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Berry Bossy Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff, though not full coverage. The texture was lightweight, moderately emollient, and glided on without tugging. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was very slightly hydrating. Colour Pop Plastics (LE, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Hel's Bells (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Givenchy Heroic Pink (212) (LE, $36.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Afterdark (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Rebel (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Too Sexy (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Femme Fatale (P, $21.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Quelle Surprise (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Venom (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay After Dark (DC, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Babes and Balls (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Oh Lady (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Acai (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Milani Embrace (LE, $8.99) is lighter, less glossy (80% similar). Tarte Twerk (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Little Pretty (130) (DC, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS Valparaiso (P, $26.00) is warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever C506 (P, $22.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Blackest Berry Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, dark purple with subtle, warm undertones and a natural shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentaiton that applied unevenly and looked patchy on the lips. The color had moderate slip, which caused some of the color to gather into lip lines as well. This shade lasted for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. I would also be concerned it could be prone to feathering on some (it did not for me). MAC Cyber (P, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Smoked Purple (P, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Colour Pop Hutch (LE, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Berry Rouge (LE, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Train Bleu (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Troublemaker (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Extrovert (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Nevermind (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Villain (P, $21.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Instigator (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Fervent (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Power My Spirit (LE, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Yung Rapunxel (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Potent Fig (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a new set of shades that’s supposed to have “one-stroke intensity” in an “opaque, creamy clay base.” For the most part, the shade range is mostly opaque to fully opaque with some falling short with semi-sheer to semi-opaque, more uneven coverage. The texture is smooth, creamy, lightweight, and it glides on without tugging or dragging; some shades feel more satiny while others have a bit more slip. Unfortunately, some of the ones in this review were particularly slippery, which made them harder to apply evenly. I’m a fan of the Color Sensational formulas, but the one thing that I’m not a fan of (and that can be a deal-breaker) is the scent, which is a very strong, sweet, lightly perfume-y scent that lingers and sometimes tastes soapy.

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Fiery Fuchsia
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Rebel Pink
Rebel Pink
Rebel Pink
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Berry Bossy
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Blackest Berry
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
77%
Total

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Maybelline Midnight Merlot, Smoking Red, Dynamite Red, Orange Danger The Loaded Bolds Color Sensational Lipcolors

Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Midnight Merlot Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a dark, red-burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a fine pearl. It had a more natural sheen to its finish without being truly glossy, but it did suffer from more uneven application and sheerer coverage due to the extra slip. If it had been more satiny like other shades, I think it would have applied better. This shade lasted for six hours on me, left a stain behind, and only had minor settling into lip lines for me over time. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is cooler, glossier (95% similar). MAC Power Driven (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Living Legend (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Brazen (P, $30.00) is glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Shame (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Tutu (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Orchid (LE, $50.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Soul (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Liquorice (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Smoking Red (P, $7.49) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Raging Raisin (P, $7.49) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Paramour (LE, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Smoking Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, muted burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff was intense, while the consistency was smooth, creamy, and easy to apply. The lipstick went on evenly and lasted for six hours while leaving a stain behind. The formula wasn’t hydrating, but it also wasn’t drying. MAC Runner (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Diva (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is glossier (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Audace (59) (LE, $36.00) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Bad Behavior (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Orchid (LE, $50.00) is more shimmery, cooler, glossier (90% similar). NARS Mona (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Estee Lauder Desirous (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Raging Raisin (P, $7.49) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Your Majesty (P, $35.00) is glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $24.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mistletoe (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Dreaming of You (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Hex (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Buxom Voodoo Spice (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Chocoholic (P, $7.49) is darker (85% similar). Maybelline Midnight Merlot (P, $7.49) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Dynamite Red Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold, bright medium-dark red with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation with a smooth, creamy consistency that wasn’t too heavy or too thin. It sat well on the lips and didn’t slide around over the six hours it lasted. The formula was comfortable to wear but not particularly hydrating. NARS Mysterious Red (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Starlett Scarlet (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Givenchy Heroic Red (321) (LE, $36.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Doubt (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Von Teese (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC My Inner Femme (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $32.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Dubonnet (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Besame Red Velvet 1946 (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (85% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay 714 (LE, $18.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Orange Danger Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is bold, bright, medium-dark orange with strong red undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was one of the more matte shades in the range, but the consistency was firmer and harder to apply–I felt like I really had to press the bullet to my lips in order to get smooth coverage. It lasted for five hours but was somewhat drying. Tarte Mai Tai (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Dangerous (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Temper (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bootie (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Chilean Sunset (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Barbecue (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Flame (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M300 (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Volatile (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Lady Danger (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Habanero (P, $21.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Persimmon (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Feu (57) (P, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Lover's Lane (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC So Chaud (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty #008 (LE, $36.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a new set of shades that’s supposed to have “one-stroke intensity” in an “opaque, creamy clay base.” For the most part, the shade range is mostly opaque to fully opaque with some falling short with semi-sheer to semi-opaque, more uneven coverage. The texture is smooth, creamy, lightweight, and it glides on without tugging or dragging; some shades feel more satiny while others have a bit more slip. Unfortunately, some of the ones in this review were particularly slippery, which made them harder to apply evenly. I’m a fan of the Color Sensational formulas, but the one thing that I’m not a fan of (and that can be a deal-breaker) is the scent, which is a very strong, sweet, lightly perfume-y scent that lingers and sometimes tastes soapy.

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Midnight Merlot
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Smoking Red
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Dynamite Red
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Orange Danger
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Maybelline Mauve It, Raging Raisin, Coffee Addiction, Chocoholic The Loaded Bolds Color Sensational Lipcolors

Maybelline Mauve It Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Mauve It Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Mauve It Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, muted mauve with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation with a creamy, velvety consistency that glided on easily and delivered the coverage as promised–one-stroke intensity. The only drawback to this shade was that some of the color seemed to gather in lip lines as the color wore down, but the creamier formula made it easier to press my lips together to smooth the color out of the lines. This shade lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Amorous (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Craving (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Perf (LE, $20.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Positively Dashing (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Casablanca (P, $50.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Baracuda (LE, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Bite Beauty Rhubarb (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Thomas (P, $35.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 (LE, $26.00)(80% similar). MAC Deliciously Forbidden (LE, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). Kat Von D Lolita (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Raging Raisin Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark burgundy-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque pigmentation with a creamy, glide-on texture that was comfortable to wear and flattering on as it didn’t emphasize the texture of my lips. This shade lasted for five hours, left behind a slight stain, and was neither drying nor hydrating. Chanel Rouge Audace (59) (LE, $36.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Nori (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Endless Drama (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Hex (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Smoking Red (P, $7.49) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Runner (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cerise (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Voodoo Spice (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blow (210) (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Growl (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Unknown Pleasures (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Maybelline Divine Wine (P, $7.99) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Midnight Merlot (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Estee Lauder Desirous (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Cherry (08) (P, $50.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Sin (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Poison (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Diva (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Coffee Addiction Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red-brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. The coverage was fantastic with creamy, opaque color that applied smoothly and evenly. It was comfortable to wear over a five hour period, though it was neither hydrating nor drying. Tarte Latte (LE, $20.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Kae (LE, $6.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Birkin Brown (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ben (P, $35.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Almond (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Crop Top (P, $20.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). NARS Sandra (P, $32.00) is brighter (85% similar). NARS Deborah (P, $32.00) is glossier (85% similar). Too Faced Naughty by Nature (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Limbo (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Chocoholic Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, reddish brown with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It was semi-opaque and had moderate slip, which made it harder to apply evenly as it would seep into lip lines and move around a lot. I didn’t experience feathering, which isn’t something I typically experience, but it might be an issue if you are prone to feathering due to the vampy hue and slippery feel. It lasted for five hours, left behind a stain, but it did sit in lip lines easily. Colour Pop Prim (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Editrix (250) (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Paramour (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Disturbed (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Liquorice (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Living Legend (LE, $17.00) is brighter (90% similar). Maybelline Smoking Red (P, $7.49) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Bite Beauty Whiskey (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Runner (LE, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). Estee Lauder Desirous (P, $30.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a new set of shades that’s supposed to have “one-stroke intensity” in an “opaque, creamy clay base.” For the most part, the shade range is mostly opaque to fully opaque with some falling short with semi-sheer to semi-opaque, more uneven coverage. The texture is smooth, creamy, lightweight, and it glides on without tugging or dragging; some shades feel more satiny while others have a bit more slip. Unfortunately, some of the ones in this review were particularly slippery, which made them harder to apply evenly. I’m a fan of the Color Sensational formulas, but the one thing that I’m not a fan of (and that can be a deal-breaker) is the scent, which is a very strong, sweet, lightly perfume-y scent that lingers and sometimes tastes soapy.

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Mauve It
Mauve It
Mauve It
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Raging Raisin
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Coffee Addiction
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Chocoholic
Chocoholic
Chocoholic
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total

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Maybelline Wickedly White, Nude Thrill, Gone Greige, Grey Over It The Loaded Bolds Color Sensational Lipcolors

Maybelline Wickedly White Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color
Maybelline Wickedly White Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color

Maybelline Wickedly White Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a stark white with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a smooth, creamy consistency that glided across the lips without tugging, but it is more unforgiving applied directly to the lips–it’s something that will be better over a lip liner or primer, but it’s probably most usable as a layering or mixing shade to lighten other colors than worn on its own. It lasted for three hours on me, gathered in lip lines, and was neither drying nor hydrating. Bite Beauty Blanc (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Frosting (P, $17.00) is lighter, more pigmented (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C600 (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Iced (P, $18.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Nude Thrill Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light beige with warm, peachy undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a creamy consistency that applied without tugging. The texture was lightweight and comfortable to wear, though it was not a hydrating formula. As it wears away, the color seems prone to settling into lip lines. This shade wore for three and a half hours on me. MAC Myth (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Vice (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Strip Poker (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is glossier (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C103 (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Nude Lust (920) (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Gone Greige Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightweight, creamy texture that applied well and looked even. This shade lasted for four and a half hours, and it didn’t settle into lip lines like the previous two shades did! The formula was not hydrating on me, but it also was not drying. Tarte Texas Toast (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Oblivion (P, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Kapow (LE, $6.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Bianca (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Dopey (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Tarte Rave (P, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Grey Over It Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, muted taupe-brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation paired with a creamy texture that went on smoothly and evenly. This shade lasted for four and a half hours me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Too Faced Naughty by Nature (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Mess Around (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Limbo (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Stone (P, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Chilly Chili (DC, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a new set of shades that’s supposed to have “one-stroke intensity” in an “opaque, creamy clay base.” For the most part, the shade range is mostly opaque to fully opaque with some falling short with semi-sheer to semi-opaque, more uneven coverage. The texture is smooth, creamy, lightweight, and it glides on without tugging or dragging; some shades feel more satiny while others have a bit more slip. Unfortunately, some of the ones in this review were particularly slippery, which made them harder to apply evenly. I’m a fan of the Color Sensational formulas, but the one thing that I’m not a fan of (and that can be a deal-breaker) is the scent, which is a very strong, sweet, lightly perfume-y scent that lingers and sometimes tastes soapy.

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Wickedly White
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Nude Thrill
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Gone Greige
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color Grey Over It
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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