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NYX Pastel Chic & Baby Doll HD Blushes

NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush
NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush

NYX Pastel Chic HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a very pale pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It is almost like a washed-out lavender. There is a strong white base, so on my skin tone, it looks chalky, and obviously I’m unable to show it to its best appearance as a result, even though it had semi-opaque coverage. (It is going to be ideal for someone who is fairer and finds most blushes too dark for their preferences.) The texture is very, very powdery, despite having an incredibly silky consistency to the touch but remains easy to blend out on the skin and looks even applied. On me, it wore for seven hours before fading. Guerlain Carousel (LE, $62.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Full of Joy (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P) is darker (85% similar). MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Unconventional (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Baby Doll HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a pop of light-medium pink with subtle, cool blue undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation that was buildable to totally opaque coverage in two layers with a moderate shimmer that was noticeable without emphasizing pores. The blush had a somewhat powdery consistency in the pan, but it applied well and sat nicely on the skin. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Barbe a Papa (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Well Dressed (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Cherry (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Clinique Pink Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Crush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a Baby Doll, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Pastel Chic
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
78%
Total
NYX HD Blush Baby Doll
Baby Doll
Baby Doll
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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NYX Bronzed & Glow HD Blushes

NYX Bronzed HD Blush
NYX Bronzed HD Blush

NYX Bronzed HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a softened, medium copper-brown with warm, reddish undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that was a smidgen powdery but didn’t look it on the skin. The blush seemed to “melt” against the skin to a degree, as the finish had a natural sheen that didn’t emphasize pores but helped the skin look like skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Alezane (260) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Black Opal Rose Gold (P, $8.95) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Deep Plum (P, $6.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Glow HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium, orange-toned brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, while the soft, silky texture made it easy to blend out the edges or to sheer it out, if desired. The texture gets a little powdery, as it is so soft, but it doesn’t look powdery on the skin. When I tried it, the blush lasted for eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Suqqu Hanachaori (02) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Honeysuckle (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Sunswept (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Liberating (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Bronzed
Bronzed
Bronzed
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
NYX HD Blush Glow
Glow
Glow
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Milani Adore & Lust Amore Matte Lip Cremes

Milani Adore Amore Matte Lip Creme
Milani Adore Amore Matte Lip Creme

Milani Adore Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink nude.” It’s a brightened, light-medium peach with a hint of pink and a flat, matte finish. It had had mostly opaque color coverage, but the texture dried down very, very dry and “cracked” as soon as I smiled or moved my lips, which made it a more uncomfortable shade to wear. This was my least favorite to wear, as it felt noticeably drying after three hours of wear and only lasted for six hours before flaking and fading unevenly. Tarte Namaste (P, $20.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). Kat Von D Noble (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Pure Hollywood (P, $20.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop She Bad (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced When In Doubt (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Knotty (LE, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Peach Tart (LE, $14.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sorry Not Sorry (P, $22.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Dior Tender Matte (340) (LE, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lady Be Good (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Platform (DC, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Kinda Sexy (P, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). Too Faced Child Star (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC Riot House (LE, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). Melt Cosmetics Summer! (P, $19.00) is brighter, warmer, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Milani Lust Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “cool rose.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly while drying down to a soft but not emphasizing matte finish. The formula is consistent with the range: thinner and more water-like, so take care with application to avoid messy edges or over-applying. It wore well for seven hours and felt a bit drying at the five-hour mark. Colour Pop Solow (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Magick (P, $21.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Mehr (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Cami (LE, $5.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $17.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Cami (P, $5.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Criminal (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop 1st Base (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Bestie (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a new, limited edition liquid lipstick that dries to a matte finish. You’ll mostly find them at your local drugstore (I got mine from Walgreens), but they are available online as well through Milani directly. These have a very thin, liquid-y consistency–they easily get outside the lines and in general, the applicator can apply far more than you need, so I highly recommend a little patience and maybe using a lip brush (if you can) to apply and get really precise, neat lines. The formula has a longer dry down–about five to ten minutes before you can press your lips together–and gets very tacky after two minutes or so (do NOT! press your lips together or else you will lift color in large patches!). They’re one of the lesser drying liquid lipsticks I’ve come across (but these did get a bit drying after four to six hours of continuous wear), and they are long-wearing and pigmented. They have a moderately strong sweet, vanilla scent.

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme Adore
Adore
Adore
6.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total
Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme Lust
Lust
Lust
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

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ColourPop LAX & Limbo Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatchew

ColourPop LAX Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop LAX Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop LAX Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “vampy blackened red.” It’s a very, very dark burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It felt almost powdery after it dried down, and it was a shade that was challenging to apply evenly as it dried down quickly. It faded unevenly for me, though it wasn’t too noticeable as it stained the lips a bit underneath. The color lasted for six hours decently, and it was drying after four hours of wear. Colour Pop Prim (P, $6.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Deep Love (LE, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Vampira (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Disturbed (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Frenemy (P, $20.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $17.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Antique Velvet (P, $17.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Paramour (LE, $5.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Living Legend (LE, $17.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cherries (P, $21.00) is glossier (90% similar). Estee Lauder Desirous (P, $30.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). MAC Runner (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Milani Crush (LE, $8.99) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Manbun (P, $20.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Limbo Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep chocolate brown.” It’s a muted, dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that applied fairly evenly and smoothly. The consistency was easily spread across the lips but didn’t easily feather or skip outside the natural lip line. It wore well for seven hours but faded a bit faster from the center of the lips. Too Faced Naughty by Nature (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Kae (LE, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Hollywood Blvd. (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Crop Top (P, $20.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Chilly Chili (DC, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gustavo (LE, $35.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). Maybelline Grey Over It (P, $7.49) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). NARS Deborah (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (80% similar). Milani Crush (LE, $8.99) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (DC, $22.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). Maybelline Coffee Addiction (P, $7.49) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: ColourPop Ultra Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a long-wearing, pigmented lipstick that starts off glossy and dries down quickly to that super flat matte finish. They have minimal transfer with some of the lighter shades having almost none for the first few hours of wear, but any time you’ve had a meal, they lose that transfer-resistant quality to a noticeable degree. They tend to wear anywhere from six to ten hours with darker shades maintaining better color coverage and wear over a longer period of time. Some shades get a little drying about two-thirds to three-fourths through the wear, while a few shades have been fairly non-drying even many hours into wear. They fade away evenly with most color loss occurring from the center of the lips if eating a more oil-based meal but the majority of color survives a meal. Reapplication has been hit or miss and tends to depend on how well it wore away and how easily the shade applies normally, but reapplication tends to emphasize the lip’s natural texture significantly compared to initial application and gives lips a very wrinkled, dried-up look. I’ve layered gloss on top of some shades with moderate success, though it will obviously lose the matte finish and will transfer and I’ll get tiny flakes where the matte lip color has lifted by mixing with gloss but has been pretty minimal. The formula had no discernible taste or scent.

Colour Pop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Lax
Lax
Lax
C

Permanent

6.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total
Colour Pop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Limbo
Limbo
Limbo
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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ColourPop Throws It Back Fall 2015 Lippie Stix

ColourPop Contempo Lippie Stix
ColourPop Contempo Lippie Stix

ColourPop Contempo Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dusty rose [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a soft, lightly creamy consistency that applied without tugging on the lip but didn’t slide around. It lasted for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Urban Decay Backtalk (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Personal Pick (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Sake (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Lust for Blush (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fiji (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pastille (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Dopey (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Clueless (LE, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Last Call (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Fomo (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Lovesick (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Bite Beauty Lotus (P, $24.00) is cooler, glossier (80% similar). Too Faced Queen B (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Dazed Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “berry red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark berry-red with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was pigmented but had a little translucency–you can see my lip freckle peeking through–with a lightweight consistency that applied without pulling on the lips. It wore well for six hours and was slightly drying after three hours of wear. MAC D for Danger (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Heaux (LE, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Liberty (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Boy Gorgeous (222) (P, $30.00) is glossier (90% similar). Chanel Luxuriant (150) (P, $37.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Dance With Me (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Grunge Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned plum brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with soft, warm undertones and a cooler overtone (almost like a taupe sheen). The finish was more satiny applied, as there was a visible sheen. It had good pigmentation with a light-medium weight consistency and more creaminess than the last two shades. It wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Smoked Almond (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Strip Me Down (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Molasses (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Frick 'n' Frack (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Royally Riotous (LE, $17.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Almond (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Chilly Chili (DC, $6.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (DC, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Sheer Plum (DC, $17.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). MAC Persistence (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Whirl (P, $17.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Tarte Crop Top (P, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). Chanel Rouge Angelique (174) (P, $36.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Make Up For Ever C107 (P, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Nevermind Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened violet [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark purpled burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a natural finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, but the texture had a moderate amount of slip such that the color applied unevenly and settled into lip lines over time. It lasted for four and a half hours before resembling more of a stain. It wasn’t drying at least! MAC Power My Spirit (LE, $19.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Smoked Purple (P, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Train Bleu (P, $25.00) is more pigmented, better quality, less glossy (95% similar). MAC Which Witch (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Instigator (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Hutch (LE, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Cyber (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Blackest Berry (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Troublemaker (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Berry Rouge (LE, $26.00) is more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Feminist (DC, $5.00) is darker, cooler, better quality (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Oh Snap Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “pale dirty pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, rosy beige with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a light-medium weight consistency that was moderately creamy. It wore for four hours on me and was neither drying nor moisturizing in my experience. NARS Little Darling (DC, $26.00) is less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). NARS Barbara (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pure Pout (P, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Dream Big (LE, $20.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Aquarius (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Alexander (2016) (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Scandola (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter, glossier (85% similar). Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Structure (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Adrienne (402) (P, $37.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Kinda Sexy (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Poison Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “deep brown red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark brick red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was intensely pigmented and applied with even coverage, though the texture was stiffer compared to the other five shades. It tugged slightly when I applied it directly from the tube. It wore well over six hours but was somewhat drying. MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS VIP Red (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop TGIF (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Diva (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Camden Chic (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Cherry (08) (P, $50.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Studded Kiss (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Silk (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Hex (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler, better quality (85% similar). Kat Von D Chula (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (80% similar). Maybelline Raging Raisin (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) are slim, twist-up lipsticks that have a sweet, vanilla-y scent (that sometimes smells a little waxy, too) in a variety of shades and finishes. Each finish has its own formula, and all six shades in this post had matte finishes. This type of finish is supposed to have “full coverage,” long-wear, and be “ultra comfortable.” Some can be dry, others have just enough creaminess not to be difficult to use. Similarly, some have a more matte finish than others. Wear varies from shade to shade but leans towards four or longer, and some shades are drying over time.

Colour Pop Lippie Stix Contempo
Contempo
Contempo
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Colour Pop Lippie Stix Dazed
Dazed
Dazed
A-

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Colour Pop Lippie Stix Grunge
Grunge
Grunge
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Colour Pop Lippie Stix Nevermind
Nevermind
Nevermind
D+

Limited Edition

6
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
69%
Total
Colour Pop Lippie Stix Oh Snap
Oh Snap
Oh Snap
A-

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Colour Pop Lippie Stix Poison
Poison
Poison
A-

Limited Edition

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Milani Beloved & Crush Amore Matte Lip Cremes

Milani Beloved Amore Matte Lip Creme
Milani Beloved Amore Matte Lip Creme

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a new, limited edition liquid lipstick that dries to a matte finish. You’ll mostly find them at your local drugstore (I got mine from Walgreens), but they are available online as well through Milani directly. These have a very thin, liquid-y consistency–they easily get outside the lines and in general, the applicator can apply far more than you need, so I highly recommend a little patience and maybe using a lip brush (if you can) to apply and get really precise, neat lines. The formula has a longer dry down–about five to ten minutes before you can press your lips together–and gets very tacky after two minutes or so (do NOT! press your lips together or else you will lift color in large patches!). They’re one of the lesser drying liquid lipsticks I’ve come across (but these did get a bit drying after four to six hours of continuous wear), and they are long-wearing and pigmented. They have a moderately strong sweet, vanilla scent.

Milani Beloved Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “brown rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich, opaque color payoff with a thin, highly spreadable consistency, which gave really smooth and even coverage, but it does make it a little harder to apply if you don’t wipe the applicator a bit prior to application (think of it like mascara). It wore well for eight hours and was a touch drying after six hours of wear. MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Bumble (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Mayflower (DC, $26.00) is less pigmented, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted, glossier (90% similar). NARS Bansar (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Mosh Pit (LE, $5.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Double Dare (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Beach Bum (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Tarte TBT (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Liar (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Milani Crush Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm brick brown.” It’s a dark red-toned brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that looked smooth once it dried down, but it was somewhat uneven–there were places that appeared darker than others, even though I didn’t see so much actual streaking. The color lasted for eight hours before having noticeable fading, and it felt a little drying after the six-hour mark. Kat Von D Plath (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Vampira (P, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Kae (LE, $6.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Limbo (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Rooch (LE, $6.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Lax (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme Beloved
Beloved
Beloved
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total
Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme Crush
Crush
Crush
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

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