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Essence Be My Highlighter Pure Nude Highlighter

Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder
Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder

Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder ($4.49 for 0.23 oz.) is a soft, light-medium golden peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Cle de Peau Golden Apricot (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a baked, powder formula that is supposed to give “natural luminescence” that “blends easily” and “applies smoothly.” For those who like their highlighters warmer and a bit darker (with more color), this is an excellent option that won’t break the bank. The consistency was smooth, lightly dusty (as much as is typical with baked products), and blendable on the skin. It didn’t look dry, dusty, or powdery applied, and I felt like it “melted” within five minutes of application which gave it an even smoother finish and glow. It is a medium to heavy highlighter, though a fan brush can give it a more diffused, lightly shiny finish, but when I applied it with typical highlighter brushes, it was noticeable and yielded a metallic sheen–but it did not emphasize my pores or my skin’s natural texture. It lasted well for seven and a half hours before it started to fade.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter Be My Highlight
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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ColourPop Jic, Lights Out, PYT, Salt Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipsticks

ColourPop Jic Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop Jic Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop Jic Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and multi-colored shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that covered the lips fairly evenly, but it did pull into lip lines noticeably as it was drying down. The texture was comfortable on the lips and didn’t feel clingy (it felt more comfortable than it looked, I suppose!), and it was non-drying. This shade lasted for four hours on me. MAC Ring My Bell (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented (85% similar). MAC Altered Beige (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Siren Song (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Gossamer Wing (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Lights Out Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium, bronzy gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on somewhat evenly, but it could have applied better. This shade had a tendency to emphasize lip lines as the color would dry down in them and then separate afterward. The texture was smooth and thin, comfortable to wear after it dried down to a matte, metallic finish. The color wore well for five hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Live Long and Prosper (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Private Life (01) (LE, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Golden (065) (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop PYT (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Gold (LE, $26.00) is less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). MAC All I Want (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Mischievous (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop PYT Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a subdued, medium gold with more tarnished, yellowish tones and a metallic sheen. The texture was thin and spreadable, but it was tough to even this color out–it looked patchy as it dried down. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and I think a second layer would work with this one to even it out. On me, it wore well for five hours and was non-drying. Colour Pop Lights Out (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC The Enemy Within (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC All I Want (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Live Long and Prosper (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Smog (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Salt Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark taupe-brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, though not fully opaque, but its asset was that it applied evenly so the lack of opacity wasn’t as noticeable. The texture was smooth, thin, and spreadable. I was able to wear this shade for five hours, and it was just slightly drying over time. Milani Chromattic Addict (01) (LE, $8.99) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Maneater (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

ColourPop Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is supposed to be “super intense” with “high impact metallic pearls” and a “non-drying formula” that “is extremely long-wearing” (but it is “not completely transfer resistant”). Of ColourPop’s liquid lipstick formulas, this had the most slip and least pigmentation (across all four shades)–more semi-opaque, though they were buildable. The consistency spreads well across the lips, but it could look more even; I think the darker coloring of the shades made some of the translucency less apparent. They dry down to a mostly transfer-proof finish, and they are flexible and comfortable to wear. I got between four and six hours of wear with these, and they seemed to break down easily with food compared to the Ultra Satins/Mattes. Two of the four shades were a little drying, while the other two were non-drying.

Colour Pop Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick Jic
Jic
Jic
B-

Permanent

8
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
Colour Pop Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick Lights Out
B-

Permanent

7
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total
Colour Pop Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick PYT
PYT
PYT
C+

Permanent

7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
78%
Total
Colour Pop Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick Salt
Salt
Salt
A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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ColourPop Viper & Notion Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks

ColourPop Viper Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop Viper Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop Viper Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a deep, medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The color was fantastic, and it’s more unique than not, but there was something amiss with the formula, as it dried down and some areas were darker and pinker and other areas were grayer. It was like an ombre lip look gone bad! I thought it hadn’t dried down, but it had (no transfer and didn’t look different hours later). It applied well from the tube, and the product was fully opaque on the lips. The texture was clingy, and it did have noticeable “cracking” when I smiled; I could definitely feel I was wearing a liquid lipstick. This shade stayed on for over six hours with minimal changes in color/intensity, but it was drying. Colour Pop Are & Be (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Oh Lady (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Bijou (LE, $6.00) is cooler (80% similar). MAC Evening Rendezvous (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Bad Habit (LE, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Back Up (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Notion Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a deep berry with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. This shade took an hour to dry down for me! The majority of the color dried down within a minute or two, but there were parts of it that stayed shiny for an hour. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and the texture was thin but fluid and spread easily across the lips, so it was a cinch to get even coverage out of the formula. The color lasted for eight hours but was drying over time. MAC High Drama (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Oh Lady (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M501 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Smashbox Femme Fatale (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

ColourPop 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 anytime 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 Viper
Viper
Viper
B

Permanent

7
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Colour Pop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Notion
Notion
Notion
A-

Permanent

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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ColourPop Flitter, DM, Mugshot Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipsticks

ColourPop Flitter Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop Flitter Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop Flitter Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark rosy pink with a ton of orange-gold shimmer that gives it a more metallic finish. The color dries down to a mostly matte finish, but it is also very shimmery–a matte metallic finish, if you will. The color itself is more uncommon due to the pinker base color and more matte finish, but I wish it applied more evenly and was more opaque (it’s nowhere near “super intense”). The texture was thin and yielded semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation. The dry down did emphasize my lip lines and “cracked” slightly. On me, the color lasted for five hours and was a little drying. Too Faced Metallic Debutante (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Demsey (DC, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Too Faced Metallic Peony (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Mugshot Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, rusty red with warm undertones and a metallic finish. Finally! This shade was nearly opaque in coverage, and the color applied evenly and smoothly across the lips with a minimal emphasis of lip lines. The formula was comfortable to wear, non-drying, and lasted for five and a half hours on me. MAC Pre-Raphaelite (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Show-All (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Kween (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop DM Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a rich, coppery bronze with warm, red undertones and a metallic finish. The texture was thin and was fairly easy to spread across the lips, but the color could have applied more evenly (which became more apparent after it dried down). It was comfortable to wear, as it wasn’t too clingy, but my lips “cracked” slightly when I smiled after the dry down. This shade wore for six hours but was a bit drying. Urban Decay Smog (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Roach (LE, $17.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Bronze Shimmer (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Omar (LE, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). NYX Wrath (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

ColourPop Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is supposed to be “super intense” with “high impact metallic pearls” and a “non-drying formula” that “is extremely long-wearing” (but it is “not completely transfer resistant”). Of ColourPop’s liquid lipstick formulas, this had the most slip and least pigmentation (across all four shades)–more semi-opaque, though they were buildable. The consistency spread well across the lips, but it could look more even; I think the darker coloring of the shades made some of the translucency less apparent. They dry down to a mostly transfer-proof finish, and they are flexible and comfortable to wear. I got between four and six hours of wear with these, and they seemed to break down easily with food compared to the Ultra Satins/Mattes. Two of the four shades were a little drying, while the other two were non-drying.

Colour Pop Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick Flitter
Flitter
Flitter
C

Permanent

6
Product
6
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total
Colour Pop Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick Mugshot
Mugshot
Mugshot
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Colour Pop Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick DM
DM
DM
A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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ColourPop Time Square & Love Bug Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks

ColourPop Time Square Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop Time Square Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop Time Square Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy beige with subtle, warmer undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was thin, almost runny, but smooth and very pigmented. The color was easy to apply on the lips before it dried down, though it didn’t fully dry down for almost an hour (there were a few areas that still has very light transfer). This shade wore well for six and a half hours before starting to fade noticeably, and it was moderately drying after four hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M101 (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Bow 'n' Arrow (P, $20.00) is warmer (80% similar). Kat Von D Lovecraft (P, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Beeper (LE, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Safe Word (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Love Bug Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a deep, plummy brown with warm undertones and a flat, matte finish. This might be one of the worst liquid lipsticks I’ve had the displeasure of trying, because it felt heavy on the lips, clung and emphasized every lip line I had, and then the color flaked off as it cracked when I tried to move my lips. It was very pigmented, and I had no trouble applying an even layer of product before it dried down, but it looked awful on. It wore terribly, as it flaked away just by talking, and it faded significantly faster from the center of the mouth–noticeable after five hours. The formula was also painfully drying. Kat Von D Plath (LE, $20.00) is brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Chilly Chili (DC, $6.00) is more muted (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Birkin Brown (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ben (P, $35.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Kae (LE, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Christopher (P, $35.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

ColourPop 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 Time Square
A-

Permanent

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Colour Pop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Love Bug
Love Bug
Love Bug
D+

Permanent

4
Product
10
Pigmentation
6
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
69%
Total

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ColourPop Candyman & Do Not Disturb Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Candy Man Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Candy Man Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Candy Man Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is deep, coppery bronze with warm, red undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was smooth, lightly wet to the touch, creamy, and seemingly blendable, but despite blending and building the color up, it looked a little patchy with some color dotting my cheeks almost like freckles. It was richly pigmented when applied with fingertips and more buildable with a brush. This shade lasted for over ten hours on me. Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Golden Age (LE, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Gilty Bronze (LE, $29.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Do Not Disturb (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Do Not Disturb Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep brown with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. It’s a darker, less shimmery version of Candy Man, but the two are quite similar applied lightly. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and spread easily but looked a little patchy on my skin. This shade wore well for nine hours. NARS Laguna (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Gilty Bronze (LE, $29.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to have buildable coverage–sheerer coverage when applied with a brush and intense coverage when applied with fingertips–that is long-wearing. It is a cream-to-powder formula that has a very dense, pliable texture in the pot, so it doesn’t have the same wet, emollient consistency of traditional cream blushes–this is more spongy. The texture remains very blendable on the skin, whether using fingertips or synthetic brushes, and sets to a more powder-like consistency. The pigmentation is usually buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque with a more subdued sheen, even when more metallic, on the skin. I get anywhere from eight to ten hours of wear with this formula

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Candyman
Candyman
Candyman
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Do Not Disturb
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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