Maybelline Just a Glimmer, A Wink of Pink, Fuchsia Flicker, Lilac Lumi Baby Gloss Lipglosses

Maybelline Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a new formula that’s supposed to be shiny, non-sticky, and hydrating for four hours with twelve shades divided into three finishes. I’m reviewing them based on finish, so this post features the four shimmery shades. They’re lightweight, mostly non-sticky (a very slight tackiness develops after two to three hours of wear), wear for one to three hours, and are comfortable and hydrating. The formula has a sweet, fruity-floral scent that tastes like perfume-y soap during the entire length of wear; I could taste it just talking to someone, and it ruined anything I ate or drank. The shimmer in these shades is noticeable in texture, though they are fine enough not to feel particularly gritty, but the thinner consistency made them apparent on the lips. They were comfortable to wear, though, and they don’t feel heavy and keep and maintain hydration going for an hour or two after most of the gloss has worn away. The formula is sheer with a lot of shades looking the same once applied, but they may vary wildly from person to person due to much of it being dependent on your natural lip color.

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Maybelline Baby Lips Lipgloss
Maybelline Baby Lips Lipgloss Just a Glimmer
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
6.5
Application
5
Total
86%
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L’Oreal Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminators

L’Oreal Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a liquid highlighter that can be used as a specific highlighter (like on cheek bones) or all-over (likely mixed in with a base product, like foundation or moisturizer). The biggest con to these is that they have a very, very short working window as they dry down almost immediately, and they dry down and don’t want to move much and instead the shimmer/sheen flakes off than diffuses or blends out. The texture is liquid but thicker than your typical liquid-based highlighter (which are often a little watery or thin) and is viscous enough to hold its shape in a dollop when you squeeze it out. The squeeze-tube offers a good amount of control over how much you get per use, which is nice. The liquid highlighters seemed to have less visible sparkle/glitter than the powders did, though there are a few bits. It gave the skin a metallic sheen that’s by no means subtle, but it didn’t seem to emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. They can be mixed with a base product, but you’ll want to use something with a thinner consistency to help this spread out. The shimmer is larger and may be too intense when mixed in for all-over use, but it will depend on your preferences.

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L'Oreal Ice Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator Ice
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
88%
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Maybelline Burgundy Blush, Nude Nuance, Clay Crush Creamy Matte Lip Colors

Maybelline Burgundy Blush ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish burgundy with warm, brown undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on evenly but had a slightly drier consistency compared to most of the range. The texture was lightweight and slightly drying over time, but I only felt the drying quality kick in after four hours of wear, while the color lasted for closer to six in all. MAC Extended Play (DC, $18.00) is warmer. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is more muted. MAC Diva (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Runner (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Cherry (08) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Studded Kiss (P, $16.00) is lighter. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Maybelline Divine Wine (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Tulle (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter, warmer, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Maybelline Burgundy Blush ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color Burgundy Blush
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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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
C
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
C+
Product
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
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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