Saturday, June 6th, 2015

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

Maybelline Lust for Blush Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. There is a fine gold micro-shimmer in it, but it’s hard to see. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly. It wore well for four and a half hours but could have faded away a little more evenly. It was neither drying nor hydrating when I tried it. Maybelline Ravishing Rose (P, $7.99) is lighter. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #12 (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Ravishing Rose Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly. The color lasted for four and a half hours, and there was some minor settling into lip lines after three hours of wear. I didn’t find it hydrating, but it also wasn’t drying. Maybelline Lust for Blush (P, $7.99) is lighter. NARS Claudia (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. MAC Steady Going (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Bite Beauty Kumquat (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Silly (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Faint for Fuchsia Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, medium fuchsia pink with strong, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly full color coverage that covered evenly and smoothly. The texture was a little more emollient than the other shades in the line, but it sat better on the lips as a result. This shade stayed on well for five and a half hours and left a slight stain behind, and it was drying. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is darker. NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is darker. MAC Pink Pigeon (P, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is cooler. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $19.00) is brighter, cooler, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $50.00) is darker, more muted. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is darker. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Mesmerizing Magenta Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightend, fuchsia-red with subtle, cool undertones and a violet pearl. It was almost a “warm” fuchsia, but it’s still leaning cooler to me. The texture was lightly creamy, so it applied well, and it looked smooth on the lips with mostly opaque coverage. This shade wore well for five and a half hours and wasn’t drying. MAC Moxie (LE, $16.00) is cooler, less glossy. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is warmer, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Pure Pink (P, $50.00) is darker. Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is cooler. Chanel La Romanesque (50) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is cooler. Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $16.00) is lighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: It is supposed to “deliver a burst of bold lip color” with a “creamy texture” and a matte finish. In general, the formula has good color payoff with a velvety, creamy consistency that covers evenly and most shades seem to make lips appear smoother but some shades were prone to pulling into lip lines as the color wore away. The big thing about these is that they have a mostly matte finish and are more comfortable to wear than many matte formulas due to the velvety feel (almost like a silicone primer, but not quite as heavy and not clingy). The formula was neither drying nor hydrating on me. It had a sweet, plastic-like scent but no taste.

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Friday, June 5th, 2015

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to “deliver a burst of bold lip color” with a “creamy texture” and a matte finish. I have ten shades that I picked up awhile ago when they first launched, but Maybelline’s website shows the range with twenty shades now (I couldn’t seem to find them online to buy, though), and I haven’t seen anything new at my local drugstores for ages (I’ve gone twice a week for the last month to find summery goodness with no luck!). In general, the formula has good color payoff with a velvety, creamy consistency that covers evenly and most shades seem to make lips appear smoother but some shades were prone to pulling into lip lines as the color wore away. The big thing about these is that they have a mostly matte finish and are more comfortable to wear than many matte formulas due to the velvety feel (almost like a silicone primer, but not quite as heavy and not clingy). The formula was neither drying nor hydrating on me. It had a sweet, plastic-like scent but no taste.

Maybelline Nude Embrace Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium beige with strong, warm brown tones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a creamy consistency, so there was no drag when applied, but the color migrated into lip lines during initial application. Despite trying to smooth the color out of the lines, as it wore on, the color kept gravitating towards the lip lines. It wore for four and a half hours in all and was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop Precocious (LE, $5.00) is lighter. MAC Naturally Transformed (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is brighter, warmer. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is darker. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Daringly Nude Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a peachy-pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had fairly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly, but again, the color had a tendency to emphasize lip lines. It wasn’t as noticeable as it was with Nude Embrace, at least. On me, the color lasted for four and a half hours with more color settling into lip lines over time, though it wasn’t drying. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Kinda Sexy (P, $16.00) is darker. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is darker. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Anastasia Pure Hollywood (P, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Oxblood (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter, warmer. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty First Time (09) (LE, $50.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Touch of Spice Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and smoothly. The texture was creamy, and it was much more forgiving on the lips. It wore well for five and a half hours, and I didn’t have any issues with the color pulling into lip lines. It wasn’t drying when worn. Maybelline Yummy Plummy (P, $7.49) is cooler. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Casablanca (P, $50.00) is cooler, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (228) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Richard (LE, $32.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Cary (LE, $32.00) is cooler, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, June 4th, 2015

ColourPop Pegacorn Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Pegacorn Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Pegacorn Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deep violet in a satin finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and lighter pink and fuchsia micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which is intense on most skin tones as-is, but if you want truly opaque coverage, it needs a few layers to build up to that. The texture has a slightly more emollient consistency than a lot of the other cheek shades (closer to the highlighter/pearlized finish feel), and it seemed a little harder to get even color when applied to the skin. The shimmer is hard to detect once applied as well. On me, it wore well for nine hours. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Prenup Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone plum pink in a satin finish.” It’s a muted, medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a lighter pink shimmer. It had good color coverage that was fully opaque when applied with fingertips and semi-sheer when applied with a brush. The texture was lightly creamy with slight slip, but it wasn’t wet or thick, so it was easily blended out. It wore well for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Sweet Sentiment (LE, $27.00) is darker. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is lighter. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is lighter. Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Tarte Whimsy (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Blush (P, ) is less shimmery, brighter. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is brighter. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Quarters Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dusty coral in a satin finish.” It’s a muted, medium orange with a hint of brown and a subtle, golden satin shimmer that gives it a very, very soft sheen. It was intensely pigmented when used with a dense blush brush or fingertips, and a duo fiber brush yielded semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage (depending on how heavy handed you are). The texture was smooth and velvety with just enough slip to make getting color out of it easy, but it doesn’t over-apply or feel heavy on the skin. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading. NARS Liberte (, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Gilda (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Early Morning (LE, $27.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Get Leid (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Tasty (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted. Tarte Fame (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Bonus (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter. Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

ColourPop Summer 2015 Lippie Stix
ColourPop Summer 2015 Lippie Stix

For summer, there are five new ColourPop Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) from tangerine to fuchsia. The Lippie Stix formula is a twist-up lipstick that comes in a variety of finishes with most of the finishes designed to have richer coverage. Here’s a recap of the formula overall (from yesterday’s review):

Matte finishes are supposed to be: “full coverage” and “long-wearing” and “ultra-comfortable, while cream finishes are supposed to be “full coverage” with “an ultra creamy feel and look.” The satin finish is ddescribed as “full coverage” and “long-wearing” that has a “hydrating feel.” Lastly, the hyper-glossy finish is supposed to have “full coverage” that “melts” and leaves “tons of moisture” with a “glossy finish.” All of the Lippie Stix have a synthetic, vanilla-like scent that sometimes smells synthetic and leans waxy. I don’t notice the scent applied, and I don’t notice any taste. In general, most of the finishes apply without tugging on the lips, have good coverage, and wear at least four hours, but most aren’t hydrating, while the hyper-glossy finish is a little tacky in feel. A few of the really matte shades are drier and can tug, and they can get drying.

Fiesta is described as a “light peachy pink in a cream finish.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium pinky-peach with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had rich color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly for the most part. The texture was creamy, light-medium in weight, and was comfortable on. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is darker. Maybelline Peach Poppy (745) (P, $7.49) is cooler. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Potent (P, $30.00) is lighter. YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is warmer. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer. YSL Peach Passion (13) (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Luau is described as a “bright tangerine in a hyper glossy finish.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with strong, yellow undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. It had mostly opaque coverage; there was a veil of translucency where if your natural lip color is stronger, you may find in influences the end result. The texture is thicker than the other finishes with a slight tackiness to it, but it lasted for five hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Tangerine Dream (P, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. Estee Lauder Daring (P, $30.00) is more muted, less glossy. Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) (LE, $7.49) is darker, less glossy. MAC Forbidden Sunrise (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Peach Satin (540) (LE, $37.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy. Paul and Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Polliwog is described as a “cool toned nude beige in a cream finish.” It’s a yellowed, light-medium peach-beige with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque color paoyff that could have applied more evently; the more translucent coverage seemed prone to streaky compared to other shades (but it’s not awful streaky). The texture is a little thicker and sits in lip lines initially, which isn’t too noticeable, but it gathers more of the color as it wears on for the next four hours. It was slightly drying over time. MAC Touch the Earth (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler. Bite Beauty Cream (P, $28.00) is cooler. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Severine (112) (P, $30.00) is cooler. NARS Floralies (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Naturally Transformed (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Topanga is described as a “mid-tone dusty coral in a satin finish.” It’s a medium-dark pink-coral with a satin finish. It had rich color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly. The consistency was lightly creamy and glided on without tugging on the lips. This shade wore well for five hours and was lightly drying after three and a half hours of wear. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $22.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Burmese Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Maybelline Coral Burst (740) (P, $7.49) is cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Matthew (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is cooler. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Melted Melon (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Estee Lauder Surreal Sun (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Make Me Gorgeous (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Toucan is described as a “bright pinky red coral in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark coral-fuchsia with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich pigmentation that covered evenly, but the texture was noticeably dry and stiff (one of the driest I’ve come across from the brand), which made it painful to apply as it tugged and dragged a lot during application. It lasted for eight hours but was very drying. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is glossier. Estee Lauder Jealous (P, $30.00) is glossier. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is cooler. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is cooler. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $16.00) is brighter, lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

ColourPop Sundays in Silverlake Lippie Stix
ColourPop Sundays in Silverlake Lippie Stix

ColourPop Sundays in Silverlake Lippie Stix Set ($30.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes six, limited edition shades for summer that go from peach to bright pink. The Lippie Stix formula is a twist-up lipstick that comes in a variety of finishes with most of the finishes designed to have richer coverage. Matte finishes are supposed to be: “full coverage” and “long-wearing” and “ultra-comfortable, while cream finishes are supposed to be “full coverage” with “an ultra creamy feel and look.” The satin finish is ddescribed as “full coverage” and “long-wearing” that has a “hydrating feel.” Lastly, the hyper-glossy finish is supposed to have “full coverage” that “melts” and leaves “tons of moisture” with a “glossy finish.” All of the Lippie Stix have a synthetic, vanilla-like scent that sometimes smells synthetic and leans waxy. I don’t notice the scent applied, and I don’t notice any taste. In general, most of the finishes apply without tugging on the lips, have good coverage, and wear at least four hours, but most aren’t hydrating, while the hyper-glossy finish is a little tacky in feel. A few of the really matte shades are drier and can tug, and they can get drying.

Ace is described as a “light warm pink [with a cream finish].” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a creamy finish with a light sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly, but it had a slightly thicker consistency that made it pull into lip lines noticeably, which worsened as the color wore on. For me, the color lasted four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating, but it kept getting into the lip lines on my bottom lip over time. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Dusk (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Dusk (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, darker. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is lighter, less pigmented. YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is lighter, glossier. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is darker. YSL Lingerie Pink (7) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. YSL Lingerie Pink (7) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. YSL Frivolous Pink (19) (DC, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler, glossier. Bite Beauty Bouquet (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Melted Marshmallow (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pow (600) (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Soft Savour (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Parker is described as a “mid-tone warm nude [with a matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It’s not really matte; there’s a definite sheen there that doesn’t go away for a few hours, though you could blot it away without lifting too much color off of the lips. It was opaque in coverage, but the product did seem to emphasize lip lines to a noticeable degree. On me, the color wore well for five hours, was lightly drying over time, and did separate into lip lines just slightly. Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) (P, $36.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $22.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Fresh and Frisky (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented, glossier. MAC Fresh and Frisky (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented, glossier. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Mocha (P, $16.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chella is described as a “mid-tone bright peachy coral [with a cream finish].” It’s a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered well and lasted for five hours on me. It wasn’t drying or hydrating, but there was minor settling into lip lines after four hours of wear. The consistency is really creamy, so it glides on easily, but there is a slight tackiness to it that seems to prevent it from looking streaky. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty James (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Twist of Fate (LE, $50.00) is darker. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler. NARS Catherine (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Style Approved (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer. Bite Beauty Centifolia (LE, $28.00) is glossier. Sephora Collection Samba (LE, $12.50) is darker, brighter. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Fall in Love (LE, $20.00) is more muted. Bite Beauty Heather (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler. Chanel Misia (418) (P, $36.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Thirsty is described as a “cool-toned berry pink [with a satin finish].” It’s a softened, medium-dark pink-plum with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The consistency was creamy enough not to tug but didn’t feel heavy or slide around. It wore for six hours and was slightly drying after four hours of wear, but it didn’t pull into lip lines. Chanel Fougueuse (138) (P, $34.00) is brighter, glossier. Urban Decay Turn On (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Yield to Love (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Givenchy Hibiscus Exclusif (302) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Chanel Rayonnante (145) (P, $34.00) is brighter. Colour Pop Sweet-Thing (LE, $5.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Sheer Ladyflower (P, $20.00) is darker, less pigmented, warmer. Estee Lauder Reckless (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter, glossier. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pasties is described as a “bright cool-toned magenta [with a hyper-glossy finish].” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia magenta with cool, blue undertones and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly, despite having a thicker, more emollient texture. It has more weight to it than the other finishes, but it wasn’t drying at all (I wouldn’t call it hydrating, though!). It lasted for five hours and left behind a stain. There are a lot of dupes for this type of shade with very matte finishes, but there are still plenty of dupes that are satin or shinier. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is darker, less glossy. Urban Decay Crush (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is less glossy. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is lighter. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is brighter, less glossy. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Violet (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is cooler, less glossy. Guerlain Fluo Stiletto (662) (LE, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) (P, $7.49) is less pigmented, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cougar is described as a “bright pinky-red [with a matte finish].” It’s a bold, brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-red with cool, pink undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was richly pigmented with just enough slip that it didn’t tug much at lips and didn’t catch on the lips’ imperfections. It wore for eight hours, but it started to feel drying after five hours of wear. Marc Jacobs Beauty Voila! (120) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is lighter, glossier. Bite Beauty Crianza (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Tumultuous Pink (P, $30.00) is brighter. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $22.00) is glossier. Guerlain Gladys (78) (P, $51.00) is darker, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted, cooler. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. Colour Pop Freshman (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

ColourPop Homie Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Homie Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Holiday Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “true mid-tone peachy pink in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink-coral with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. There’s a very faint shimmer in the finish when swatched or looked at closely, but on the skin, it’s more of a natural matte finish–not flat but not shimmery. It had good, opaque coverage when applied with a fingertip and more buildable, medium coverage when applied with a duo-fiber brush. The texture was velvety and smooth with a thin, lightweight feel on the skin that was easily blended. On me, it lasted for eight hours. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE, ) is less shimmery. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is lighter. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Tarte Unleashed (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Homie Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “vivid magenta in a matte finish.” It is an intensely brightened, medium-dark magenta purple with cool, violet undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a fingertip, which was buildable to mostly true-to-pan color, if desired, while a duo-fiber brush will give semi-sheer coverage. The consistency is smooth, velvety, but a smidgen drier than other shades, though it doesn’t seem to impact the application/finish on the skin (but I think it is why it isn’t as opaque). On me, the color wore well for ten hours. NARS Desire (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Savage (P, ) is darker, warmer. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Unashamed (LE, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter. NARS Starscape (LE, $30.00) is cooler. Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Mochi Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “bright blue pink in a matte finish.” It’s a light-medium pink with moderate, blue undertones with a satin-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage when applied with a fingertip, which was somewhat buildable but never fully opaque (even after three layers). The texture had that smooth, velvety, spongy feel that felt like powder when it was applied and worked with on the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is more muted. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, cooler. NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is warmer. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay Quickie (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is lighter. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $30.00) is darker. Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is cooler. Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier. Urban Decay Blush (P, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer. Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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