ColourPop Vice & Sundae Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks

ColourPop Vice Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a light, pink-tinged peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. This was one of the worst shades in the range, because it applied unevenly. It was extremely challenging to get decent application–the photos in the post are the fourth attempt. Normally, I like to apply color to the top and bottom lip separately, but I had the best success by applying heavily to my bottom lip and then pressing my lips together and quickly finishing the top lip. When I tried to apply a second coat (after waiting fifteen minutes to ensure the first had completely dried down), it looked extremely thick and uneven. This one dries down very, very quickly. The color lasted fairly well for six hours but faded away more quickly from the center of the mouth and left more of a ring of color after four hours, and I hadn’t had anything to eat or drink during that time. It was lightly drying after the fifth hour of wear. Anastasia Pure Hollywood (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Riot House (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Vice Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
Colour Pop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Vice
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Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
3.5
Total
76%
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L’Oreal Lumi Powder Glow Illuminators

L’Oreal Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.31 oz.) is supposed to be a highlight powder that can be used all-over or on the high planes of the face, and there are three shades. Each shade is divided into four colors, though you’ll end up using at least two together unless you use a very, very small brush. I didn’t feel like it mattered a whole lot whether you mixed evenly or leaned towards one side or the other. The texture of these feels soft and smooth in the pan, but it’s a drier powder where the shimmer separates from the powder to a degree, which makes the shimmer emphasize the skin’s natural texture even more than it already does do to the high shimmer and micro-sparkle amount. It read more like a glittery highlighter on the skin than a luminous sheen. I can’t imagine using this all-over as a highlighter unless you were going for a very over-the-top, disco-ball effect, but I don’t think that’s going to work for most. The wear was eight hours across the board, but the sparkle and shimmer travel all over–I had sparkle on my neck and around my nose, so by the end of the day, all of me was effectively highlighted. On my skin tone, there isn’t a big difference between Ice and Rose; on very fair or cooler-toned skin, you might pick up more of a difference applied. What’s funny about this particular highlighter is I think it looks ten times better in photos than in does in person, so maybe if you aren’t actually going out and just need to take a photo, these might do the trick! I’m very disappointed, because the powder seemed promising just touching the powder itself, and there aren’t nearly enough budget-friendly highlighter options on the market.

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L'Oreal Ice Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator Ice
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7
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
78%
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Maybelline Vibrant Violet, Electric Pink, Pink ‘n Chic, Blushing Pout Creamy Matte Lip Colors

Maybelline Vibrant Violet ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, purple with strong, pink undertones giving it a warmer undertone overall paired with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency so the color applied evenly. The color lasted for five and a half hours, while the formula was neither drying nor hydrating but fairly comfortable to wear. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is lighter, glossier. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $19.00) is brighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Grind (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Anastasia Vintage (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy. Colour Pop Lychee (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Zipper (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Maybelline Vibrant Violet ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color Vibrant Violet
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8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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ColourPop Trap & Tulle Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks

ColourPop Trap Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a subdued, gray-ish mauve with hints of pink and an ultra-matte finish. The texture is lightweight, a little runny but with substance, so one coat is more than enough product for both top and bottom lips. It has a quick dry down, so you’ll want to work quickly. I recommend applying to either the top or the bottom lip, then going to the opposite lip to maximize your working time. This one seemed to “crack” a little more after the dry down than some of the other shades, so I liked to relax and smile as it was drying down, which helped the color dry down more smoothly overall. Once it dries down, it feels fairly weightless and doesn’t feel clingy, though if you put your fingertip to your lip, it has a dry “feel.” It will emphasize lip lines but wore down evenly over an eight-hour period. It was non-drying until the very last hour. It was mostly transfer-proof, though if you do more than pat your lips with a napkin, it does flake off very slightly. I don’t have any good dupes for this one, so hopefully readers more familiar with all of the liquid lipstick offerings on the market may be able to chime in with more. NARS Catfight (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Fun Finds (LE, $16.00) is lighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Trap Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
Colour Pop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Trap
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
92%
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Sneak Peek: Maybelline Summer 2015 Creamy Matte Lip Colors Photos & Swatches

Maybelline Summer 2015 Creamy Matte Lip Colors

Just in time for summer, there are ten new shades of Maybelline ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.). I bought mine online at Ulta, and I thought I’d share a sneak peek while I work through testing these!

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NYX Spice Cake, Toasted Marshmallow, Tres Leches Intense Butter Glosses

NYX Spice Cake Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark berry with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied beautifully with even, smooth color. On me, it lasted for almost five hours and left behind a slight stain. The formula was comfortable to wear but not hydrating. Urban Decay Quiver (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is lighter, warmer. Milani Berry Tempting (05) (P, $5.49) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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NYX Spice Cake Intense Butter Gloss
NYX Intense Butter Gloss Spice Cake
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
94%
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