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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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Smashbox Light It Up Be Legendary Lipstick Set

Smashbox Light It Up Be Legendary Lipstick Set
Smashbox Light It Up Be Legendary Lipstick Set

Smashbox Light It Up Be Legendary Lipstick Set ($29.00 for 0.64 oz.) includes six miniature lipsticks and a miniature Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer. I liked the set overall; I think it is a great value, and I like the addition of the Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer, which adds more versatility to the kit. Insta-Matte feels like a more slippery silicone-based face primer but for lips, which dulls the finish of whatever you already have on your lips to something more satin to matte. It did make whatever I had on slide a bit more initially, though it eventually seemed to wear down and feel more comfortable to wear. I’m a fan of the Be Legendary formula overall; it is typically pretty pigmented, comfortable to wear, and wears four to six hours, so getting six shades for this price point is great–it has just tremendous value, and the price is low, period, for mid-to-high-end makeup. I can easily see these being great for gifts to friends, especially as the shade range has some variety to it–neutral, cool, warm.

The Be Legendary Lipstick formula is supposed to be a creamy, long-wearing, and richly pigmented that feels lightweight and moisturizing. The Creams have a consistency that is light-medium in thickness–not thin but not heavy–that sits well on the lips and adheres for four to seven hours comfortably. Most of the shades had semi-opaque to fully opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. Some shades were nicely hydrating while others were lightly moisturizing but none of the Cream shades were drying. There was a very, very faint vanilla scent to them (I could only detect when the entire tube is untwisted) but no discernible taste.

Value

  • Be Legendary Lipstick: $21.00 for 0.10 oz. or $210.00/oz.
  • Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer: $24.00 for 0.34 oz. or $70.59/oz.
  • Set Values: $100.80 worth of lipstick, $11.29 worth of Insta-Matte
  • Total Value: $112.09

Famous is a muted, medium peachy-pink with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly, though some color seemed to gather in my lower lip lines. The texture was lightly creamy, thin without being clingy, and was comfortable to wear. This shade lasted for four hours on me and was hydrating over time. bareMinerals Kitty (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Koi Coral (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Believer (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Snitch (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). YSL Le Nu (70) (P, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Lili Doree (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Shy Girl (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Jubilee (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Razzledazzler (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fig is a medium-dark, slightly muted, plum with subtle, warm undertones and ultra-fine pearl paired with a glossy finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied with smooth, even coverage. The consistency was moderately emollient and had a glossier finish as a result, so it had some slip and slide when worn. I did not personally experience feathering or bleeding, though. This shade wore well for five hours on me and was hydrating over time. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (2016) (P, $35.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Queen (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Crush It (P, $24.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Dark Wine (P, $0.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Heavy Petting (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Spicy (LE, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Bruise (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Backstab (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Spice It Up! (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Shoegazer (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Tutti Frutti (P, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Make Me (Lip Color) (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Merlot (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia #5 (Vol. 1) (P) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Party Line (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Burberry Oxblood (53) (P, $34.00) is darker (80% similar). Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate (P, $25.00) is warmer (80% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Bon Bon (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Inspiration is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertone and a luminous shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly creamy, emollient texture that glided on without tugging. The color wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. NARS Fanny (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty #002 (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Lickable (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C208 (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Menace (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Girl About Town (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Thrill Seeker (420) (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Hollywood Cerise (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Anarchy (DC, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Neon Pumps (065) (P, $32.00) is less pigmented (85% similar). Chanel La Romanesque (50) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Milan Mode (P, $17.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Legendary is a bright, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered the lips with smooth, even color. The consistency was lightweight, comfortable to wear, and had moderate slip but did not slide around or feather on me. This shade wore well for almost six hours and was moisturizing over time. Wet 'n' Wild Cherry Frost (P, $0.99) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Authentic Red (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Christmas Kiss (LE, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Cherry Frost (P, $0.99) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Tannin (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Rouge Saphir (821) (LE, $55.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Revlon Flirtatious (125) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty #009 (LE, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Life's Blood (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bloodstone (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Vivien (LE, $26.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Smashbox Red Rage (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Tony (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Alejandro (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop JujuRouge (LE, $5.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Russian Doll (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Leonardo (P, $35.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Roxo (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Revlon 5th Ave. Red (LE, $7.99) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Primrose is a soft, medium rose pink with warm, yellow undertones and a lightly glossy, cream finish. The pigmentation was almost full coverage–you can see my lip freckle barely peeking through, though. The lipstick was lightly creamy so it applied evenly and did not tug on the lips, but it was comfortable to wear and was hydrating. I noticed that some of the color pulled into lip lines, but this did not seem to worsen over time. This shade lasted for four hours on me. Estee Lauder Inescapable (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC I'm In (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Apoline (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Peach Blossom (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Last Tango (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Forbidden Pink (22) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Fling It On (Lip Color) (P) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pepper (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Wrong Number (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Truth or Bare (P, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C210 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Mystical (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Eat Cake (150) (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals XOX (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Jiffy (LE, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tabloid is a bright, medium-dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, though this shade had more slip and showed “lines” if I pressed my lips together. The color wore well for five hours and left a slight stain behind, while the formula itself felt hydrating to me. Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $17.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Willful (248) (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bittersweet (DC, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Dose of Colors Love Potion (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Foiled Rose (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Stylist's Tip (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Dose of Colors Dark Secret (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Heroine (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Night Blooming (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Set Light It Up
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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Smashbox Holiday 2016 Launches

Smashbox Holiday 2016 Sets
Smashbox Holiday 2016 Sets

Smashbox loves to celebrate creativity. This season, they collaborated with California neon artist Meryl Pataky to bring you limited-edition kits, featuring their bestsellers in an array of shades—from bold pops of color to chic neutrals.

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Light It Up Lipstick + Mattifier Set | $29.00 | Limited Edition

This set features six Be Legendary Lipstick shades that can be transformed from cream to a velvety matte in seconds with the no-mess, mattifying gel Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer. Each lush, pigment-loaded lipstick formula moisturizes and softens lips with shea butter and vitamins C and E.

  • Famous Pink neutral
  • Fig Red grape
  • Inspiration Bright fuchsia pink
  • Legendary True red
  • Primrose Mauve pink
  • Tabloid Vibrant purple
  • Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer

Light It Up Glossed to Go Set | $25.00 | Limited Edition

Flip the switch on lips! This gloss set lights up your lips with a seasonal mix of bold, saturated color and mirror-like shine to make your pout pop!

  • Bare Light Beige
  • Orange Light Orange
  • Fuchsia Light Fuchsia
  • Lilac Light Lavender
  • Ruby Light Red

Light It Up: Primer Set | $36.00 | Limited Edition

Prep skin for makeup application with this limited-edition, multitasking duo. The full size Photo Finish Foundation Primer was the first product created at Smashbox’s Photo Studios in L.A., and it blurs imperfections, smooths, perfects skin. It’s formulated with a blend of vitamins A and E, grape seed extract, and green tea. This duo includes a portable size of the Photo Finish Primer Water, formulated to leave skin hydrated, vibrant, and radiant for hours—without shine. Use it to restore your skin’s moisture and to refresh it throughout the day.

Light It Up: Mascara + Primer Set | $22.00 | Limited Edition

Light up your eyes—fast! This duo can take you from a classic everyday lash look to over-the-top volume. Includes a full-size X-Rated Mascara, plus another X-Rated Mascara and Photo Finish Lash Primer in easily totable to-go sizes.

Light It Up: Face, Eyes, Lips | $32.00 | Limited Edition

Celebrate the season, L.A.-style! These bestsellers always slay it in our photo studio. Try our iconic, #1 primer, a super-flattering lip/cheek color combo, X-Rated mascara and a lipstick that glides on easily and lasts all day. Includes Primer, L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color, Be Legendary Lipstick, X-Rated Mascara.

Light It Up Essential Brush Set | $55.00 | Limited Edition

Want to rival the makeup artists you’re obsessed with online? These precise, multitasking brushes were developed by pros in our L.A. photo studio. Gear up to get flawless application, ultimate blendability and a camera-ready look. Smashbox loves to celebrate creativity. This season, we collaborated with California neon artist Meryl Pataky to bring you these limited edition kits featuring our bestsellers in a range of shades—from bold pops of color to chic neutrals. “Light affects how we feel, how we look and how we see the world,” says Pataky. “When I plug in one of my pieces of art, it’s like magic!”

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Shade Extensions | 120 Shades

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Shade Extensions
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Shade Extensions

Makeup artists in our L.A. studio were constantly blending colors to achieve lipstick nirvana. That’s why we expanded the line to include 120 jaw-dropping shades! Our creams and mattes stay put and pop on camera, delivering rich, vibrant color in just 1 swipe.

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Smashbox Punked, Violet Riot, Talk to Me Be Legendary Matte Lipsticks

Smashbox Punked Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Punked Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Punked Be Legendary Matte Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark gray with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. It was more of a satin than a matte, as it had some sheen. The texture was lightweight, moderately creamy, and glided on without dragging on the lips. It had good pigmentation, which distributed evenly across the lips. This shade wore well for four and a half hours but had some color pull into lip lines over time. MAC Halsey (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Petit Four (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smashbox Violet Riot Be Legendary Matte Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) id a medium-dark purple with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, but some of the natural lip color was still visible. The texture was lightweight, lightly creamy without being too slippery, and comfortable to wear. On me, this lipstick wore nicely for five and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Jawbreaker (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Pandemonium (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Pandemonium (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Maybelline Violet Vixen (P, $7.49) is brighter (90% similar). Anastasia #9 (Vol. 1) (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Flamingo Road (LE, $21.00) is warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Leather (P, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Notorious (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Punk Couture (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Hellebore (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Recollection (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Leap of Delight (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smashbox Talk to Me Be Legendary Matte Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, neon magenta with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but it did not apply as well as it should have–it emphasized lip lines as color pulled into them and looked uneven along the upper lip. The color lasted for over six hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Kat Von D Babe (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Flamboyish (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Fashion Tide (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $20.00) is brighter, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Savage (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Buds (DC, $6.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Crush (LE) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Tickler (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Whipped Blush (LE, $14.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bachelorette (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M202 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Doo Wop (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty #007 (LE, $36.00) is more muted (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW |
Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to be a creamy, long-wearing, richly pigmented formula that’s lightweight and moisturizing. The texture has a more velvety feel compared to the Cream range, and the finish varied between matte and satin. The formula didn’t cling, but it often accentuated the appearance of lip lines and natural texture on the lips, and it was mostly a non-drying formula. The majority of the colors I tested had good pigmentation and longer wear. There was a very, very faint vanilla scent to them (I could only detect when the entire tube is untwisted) but no discernible taste.

Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick Punked
Punked
Punked
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick Violet Riot
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick Talk to Me
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

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