ColourPop Throws It Back Fall 2015 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. 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). Kat Von D Lovesick (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Clueless (LE, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Contempo Lippie Stix
Colour Pop Lippie Stix Contempo
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9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%
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Milani Beloved & Crush Amore Matte Lip Cremes

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.

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Milani Beloved Amore Matte Lip Creme
Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme Beloved
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Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
93%
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I’d like to see brands make more realistic claims or be more forthcoming with what a formula is supposed to do. I’d like to see ingredient lists posted as the standard across all retailers and brand websites–I don’t want to have to email and wait six weeks to get a list from the brand. I’d like to see greater diversity in marketing and base products, and I’d like to see less “this is universal” when it is clearly for fair to light skin tones.

-- Christine

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ColourPop Throws It Back Fall 2015 Super Shock Shadows (Part 2)

ColourPop Mixed Tape Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone cool grey.” It’s a medium, purple-taupe with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to use and applied very true-to-pan. The wear was fantastic–there was no fading or creasing after ten hours of wear. Sephora Collection Swell (P, $13.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). YSL Taupe Drop (03) (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Bluff (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Aristocratic Aura (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Pearl Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Up Too Slate (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Candied Violet (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Super Shock Shadows
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Mixed Tape
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
93%
Limited Edition
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