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The Best & Worst | Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur
Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur ($37.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a lipstick pencil that twists-up (no sharpening required) and has a consistency that is incredibly creamy, soft, and smooth. The coverage varied from mostly opaque to opaque, depending on the shade, and the wear time ranged between three to five hours with some shades (like the reds and fuchsias) leaving a stain behind. It was a very hydrating and comfortable formula to wear, but they’re so soft that I felt like it was easy to over-apply the product when there isn’t much product in each tube (0.04 oz. compared to a standard Chanel lipstick, which is 0.12 oz.). Twist-up pencils usually contain less product than a twist-up tube of lipstick, but I wish these had a little more (like 0.08 oz.) or else not quite as pricey. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

The Best & Worst | Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick
Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is supposed to be “intensely pigmented” with “complete coverage in one coat” and “nondrying wear” that is “comfortable” and “waterproof.” The majority of the Metallized shades are not even close to one-coat coverage–maybe three or four or coats!–and did not layer evenly, plus they had a tendency to lose sparkle/glitter through wear. Whenever a shade wasn’t opaque in one coat, it often looked streaky or uneven. There were some shades that had fantastic, one-coat coverage, while others featured more medium, buildable coverage but several applied uneven, patchy, and didn’t level or improve after drying down even with a second layer.

The consistency of the formula was smooth, lightweight, and comfortable to apply, but the dry down was lengthy and some shades never fully felt dry (instead, lightly tacky). There was a learning curve to applying and wearing these, too, as they were unforgiving if you accidentally press your lips together before the formula has dried down–the formula is quite tacky as it dries down and pressed lips together results in color lifting away. The wear varied from shade to shade (and between finishes) from four to eight hours, and so far, most were true to the nondrying claim, at least. I didn’t notice any scent or taste with them. They were difficult to remove compared to most products; I had the best luck saturating a cotton pad with eye or lip makeup remover (Neutrogena, Lancome, Shiseido, etc.), yet curiously were not that long-wearing on me (relative to liquid lipsticks)–they seemed to develop a little tackiness with any meal or drink (even just water) and degraded from there. Overall, the formula was extremely disappointing after the successful Vice lipstick launch last year.

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The Best & Worst: Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo
Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo ($34.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a new, permanent twist-up jumbo lip crayon available in 20 shades. The formula had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a smooth, creamy, and lightweight consistency. I felt like I could apply a little here, a little there, and then spread the color out by pressing my lips together for sheerer coverage, or I could apply a single layer and get semi-opaque coverage fairly easily. The formula was incredibly comfortable to wear: lightweight, hydrating, and smoothing. Some balm-like formulas that have more coverage can sit in lip lines, but I felt like these filled them and made them look softer for the most part. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

01

Hourglass Icon

PPermanent. $32.00/0.08 oz.

Hourglass Icon GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a bold, medium-dark red with cool, pink undertones and a natural sheen. Read full review.

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Vanity
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

02. Hourglass Protector

Hourglass Protector GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium-dark berry with hints of magenta and a natural sheen. Read full review.

A+

03. Hourglass Liberator

Hourglass Liberator GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark berry with reddish undertones and a natural sheen. Read full review.

A+

04. Hourglass Achiever

Hourglass Achiever GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark brown with a hint of plum paired with a lightly glossy sheen. Read full review.

A

05. Hourglass Leader

Hourglass Leader GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with subtle, cool undertones and a soft sheen. Read full review.

A

06. Hourglass Innovator

Hourglass Innovator GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium-dark brick red with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

A

07. Hourglass Visionary

Hourglass Visionary GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a deep, coppery red with warm undertones and a soft sheen. Read full review.

A

08. Hourglass Creator

Hourglass Creator GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a natural sheen. Read full review.

A-

09. Hourglass Activist

Hourglass Activist GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a soft, muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

A-

10. Hourglass Inventor

Hourglass Inventor GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a natural finish. Read full review.

A-

11. Hourglass Lover

Hourglass Lover GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. Read full review.

A-

12. Hourglass Seeker

Hourglass Seeker GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a bright, pop of pink with warm undertones and a natural sheen. Read full review.

A-

13. Hourglass Influencer

Hourglass Influencer GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a soft, medium brown with subtle, rosy undertones and a natural sheen. Read full review.

A-

14. Hourglass Peacemaker

Hourglass Peacemaker GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a muted, medium pinky brown with warm undertones and a natural sheen. Read full review.

A-

15. Hourglass Warrior

Hourglass Warrior GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a dark burgundy with cool undertones and a soft sheen. Read full review.

B+

16. Hourglass Believer

Hourglass Believer GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium, pinky beige with warm undertones and a natural sheen. Read full review.

B

17. Hourglass Explorer

Hourglass Explorer GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium coral with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

B

18. Hourglass Futurist

Hourglass Futurist GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a soft, rosy brown with warm undertones and a lightly glossy finish. Read full review.

B

19. Hourglass Dreamer

Hourglass Dreamer GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a brighter, medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

B

20. Hourglass Idealist

Hourglass Idealist GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium, peachy brown with warm undertones and a soft, glossy sheen. Read full review.

B-

Glossover Breakdown

92%

Average Score
A
14
B
6
C
0
D
0
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
9
pigmentation
9.5
texture
9
longevity
8.5
application
5
Total
91%
product
9
pigmentation
9.5
texture
9
longevity
8.5
application
5
Total
91%

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Best & Worst | Lancome Le Metallique Lipglosses

Lancome Le Metallique Lip Lacquers
Lancome Le Metallique Lip Lacquers

Lancome Le Metallique Lip Lacquers ($22.00 for 0.10 fl. oz.) is a new lipgloss formula that is available in 13 shades. The quality was a bit all over the map, and a lot of the range lacked the coverage promised by the brand. They had a very high-gloss, shiny finish, and they had longer wear, as they were quite tacky (which may or may not be a deal breaker for you!). I think if you like tacky, thicker gloss formulas with medium coverage, lots of shine, and fine shimmer, you might like the formula.

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