Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

NARS Chelsea Girls Lipgloss
NARS Chelsea Girls Lipgloss

NARS Chelsea Girls Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink beige.” It’s a slighly muted, light-medium pinky-peach with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly, but I found the color to pull into lip lines. It wasn’t too noticeable from afar, but it did gather more gloss as it wore on. The texture is light-medium in weight, is comfortable to wear with a light tackiness. It stayed on for four hours on me and was hydrating while worn. Several readers mentioned Chelsea Girls Lip Lacquer, but unfortunately, I don’t have that, so I cannot compare the two! NYX Tres Leches (P, $6.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige (P, $22.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted. NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is cooler. NARS Giza (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is lighter, warmer. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted. MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is lighter, cooler. MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Baby Doll Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering candy pink.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium pink with warm undertones and lighte rpink and silver shimmer. It reminds me of strawberry milk but brighter. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage with a high-shine, high-shimmer finish. The gloss had a light-medium weight to it and felt a little thicker than some of NARS’ glosses have in the past, and it seemed to sit in lip lines more with this particular shade. On me, it lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating with light tackiness. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Domestic Diva (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter, cooler. NARS Candy Says (LE, $26.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Urban Decay After Dark Matte Revolution Lipstick
Urban Decay After Dark Matte Revolution Lipstick

Urban Decay After Dark Matte Revolution Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “matte medium-dark berry pink.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark berry with cool, pink-red undertones and fine, iridescent violet pearl paired with a satin finish. It had mostly opaque coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The color lasted for nine hours on me, but even after a full twelve hours (and two meals and two coffees), there was still 65% (or so) color left on my lips. It didn’t feel hydrating, but it never felt drying, and it might actually be a little hydrating to leave lips feeling no worse for the wear even twelve hours later. It faded evenly and didn’t pull into lines, nor did it feather on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Little Pretty (130) (P, $30.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Wolvesmouth (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Gucci Beauty Tiger Lily (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, brighter, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Didier (LE, $32.00) is warmer, glossier. MAC Acai (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Alasdhair (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. Too Faced Metallic Jelly (P, $21.00) is glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Moroccan Rouge (DC, $50.00) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Bittersweet Matte Revolution Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “matte bright purple.” It’s a slightly muted, magenta purple with subtle pink tones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage with a light-medium weight and thickness that felt creamy and applied without tugging on the lips. The finish wore down to a more traditionally matte finish within an hour of wear, or you could blot once and get it immediately (true of most lipsticks with a slight sheen!). The color lasted for eight hours and faded evenly without feathering. It wasn’t drying, and my lips felt the same after eight hours as they did initially. MAC Love Forever (P, $18.00) is glossier. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Colour Pop Drive In (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy. Bite Beauty #007 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, glossier. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Menace Matte Revolution Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “matte medium fuchsia pink.” It is a brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. This was one of the few shades that was actually matte from the beginning–but it’s not a flat matte like MAC Retro Matte or the kind of matte you get from most liquid lipsticks (that dry down)–but it also had less slip and creaminess to the formula. It didn’t tug, but it was a little thinner and clingier as a result. This shade stayed on well for eight hours without bleeding and faded evenly, but it was lightly drying over time. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is glossier. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Pure Pink (P, $50.00) is darker, more muted. Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is glossier. MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is darker, less glossy. Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is brighter, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $32.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $50.00) is lighter, cooler. Maybelline Faint for Fuchsia (P, $7.99) is lighter. MAC Tats (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is darker. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is lighter. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary | Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a new formula releasing on July 8th (later for retailers). There are eleven shades in the range with two exclusive to Urban Decay’s website and freestanding stores. The formula is supposed to be smooth, pigmented, creamy, and “provide long-lasting moisture.” It’s a very pigmented, semi-matte to natural finish formula that wears a really, really long time and wears away evenly without bleeding or feathering. My only issue with these is that they’re more of a satin finish than a true matte one, but if that’s not a deal-breaker, they’re worth checking out. I was extremely impressed by how long-wearing the formula was without being drying. I could wear a shade from 9AM to 9PM and not once think, “I really wish I could apply lip balm.” Some shades have more slip than others, and as a result, the ones with more slip have a more satin-like sheen to them, while a couple were less creamy and applied with more of a semi-matte finish from the get-go. Most shades wore down to a traditional matte (but not liquid lipstick flat-matte finish) within an hour to two of wear. The texture is significantly less creamy with a lot less slip compared to the Sheer Revolution and original Revolution formulas, which have a much more luminous sheen with a slight tackiness to the texture, whereas these have no tackiness and a more velvety feel (they remind me of NARS Audacious Lipsticks in that respect). These hug the lips more as a result but surprisingly, they’re very comfortable to wear. What’s particularly nice is that the texture has some creaminess and weight to it, so while it can transfer onto cups and the like, there’s so much of it that it doesn’t wear away the color, and you can also smooth out any smudges if you dabbed with a napkin. There was no discernible scent or taste.

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

ColourPop 1st Base Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop 1st Base Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop 1st Base Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0. 11 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone true pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a very matte finish. This pulls almost warm-toned me, due to my yellow undertones, but I expect it can look more neutral-to-cool depending on your coloring or what other makeup you’re wearing that day. It applied fairly evenly with good color coverage, but it dries quickly and tends to “crack” once dried (you can see it coming apart just slightly where you have deeper lip lines). It lasted for eight hours but the color pulled into lip lines noticeably. This shade was slightly drying after five hours of wear and worsened from there. Marc Jacobs Beauty Jolly Molly (220) (P, $30.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier. Kat Von D Jeffree (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is darker, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is cooler, glossier. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is brighter, glossier. Maybelline Pink Sugar (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted, warmer, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Donut Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0. 11 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright peach.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a very matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage that went on fairly well. It dries down quickly but has a little time to work, and then once it dries down, it feels soft and thin without cracking when you smile. The color lasted for eight hours and faded a little more heavily towards the center of the lips but not to the point where it left an obvious ring. It was a little drying after five and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop Solow (P, $6.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is darker, glossier. Kat Von D Jeffree (P, $19.00) is brighter, cooler. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Topanga (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Make Me Gorgeous (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Matthew (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter, glossier. Colour Pop Rocket (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: 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. After playing with the packaging and the tubes, it appears that about 16 of the 25 shades I received were significantly overfilled and had regular overflow of liquid lipstick coming out of them for about 15 open-and-closes where I needed to use a makeup removing wipe to clean the rim of the tube prior to closing or else the lipstick would ooze out of the closing. I have not had this issue with any of my other liquid lipsticks (Anastasia, Hourglass, Kat Von D, Make Up For Ever, Stila) personally, though readers reported experiencing similar issues with Anastasia and the previous Kat Von D packaging.

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

NARS VIP Red Lipstick
NARS VIP Red Lipstick

NARS VIP Red Lipstick ($27.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dark brique.” It’s a medium-dark red with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. It’s not strongly orange-toned–it has deeper, almost orange-brown tones to it that keep it from being a brighter red, but it isn’t a dark burgundy either. The finish will wear to more of a traditional matte finish within an hour of wear.
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NARS’ lipstick is supposed to be richly pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear. I typically have good luck with their pigmentation and wear, but the hydration/comfort tends to be the area the formula misses more on. VIP Red is mostly opaque with a barely creamy consistency that just slightly tugs on the lips, though it doesn’t drag or skip, but it is best applied in shorter strokes rather than one continuous glide. The texture is light-medium in weight, clings without being painfully clingy, and wears for over six hours while leaving behind a stain. It was slightly drying after four hours of wear on me. There was no discernible scent or taste from the formula.

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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Bite Beauty #007 Limited Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty #007 Limited Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Bite Beauty #007 Limited Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “bubblegum magenta.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, cooler, less glossy. Maybelline Brazen Berry (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer, glossier. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is more muted, warmer. MAC Love Forever (P, $18.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Night Blooming (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Buxom Swinger (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline Electric Pink (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Pasties (LE, $5.00) is warmer, glossier. Colour Pop Buds (P, $6.00) is brighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Drive In (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. NYX Privileged (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

As usual, this post is mostly to provide dupes for those who missed out or didn’t want to shell out the $36 price tag for July’s shade of the month from Bite. (And on the remote possibility that they ever repromote these monthly releases.) It had very nearly opaque color coverage that applied without dragging and went on evenly. The texture was lightly creamy, not too thick or too thin, and sat well on the lips while worn. There was a strong, pink-red stain left behind. It was comfortable to wear as it was lightly hydrating over time, and the color wore well for six hours on me. The consistency is thinner than the Luminous Creme formula, and this particular shade had less sheen as well. I find the Luminous Creme formula to be more hydrating overall.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick
Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick

Bite Beauty Elderberry Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deepened, burgundy with cool, purple-red undertones and a glossy sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that applied poorly, as the color was uneven, patchy, and settled into lip lines. The texture had a lot of slip and some weight to it, which is why I think it just migrated to lip lines from the get-go. I had a little feathering after four hours of wear, though the color lasted closer to six and left behind a stain. It was lightly moisturizing over time. MAC Dramatic Encounter (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Brazen (P, $30.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Instigator (P, $16.00) is cooler, less glossy. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is cooler, less glossy. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Paramour (LE, $5.00) is less glossy. Bite Beauty Truffle (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Living Legend (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is lighter, less glossy. NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bite Beauty Juniper Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, pinky-red with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage with a light-medium, creamy consistency that covered smoothly and evenly. There was creaminess but not too much slip, so this shade sat well on the lips without sliding around, and it lasted for seven hours without feathering. It was hydrating while worn. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline Vivid Rose (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Petite Red (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Leonardo (LE, $32.00) is cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Luciano (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Kat Von D Bachelorette (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Red Necessity (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Crianza (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter. Dior Minuit (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bite Beauty Plum Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark reddened plum with fine ruby shimmer and a natural finish. It had mostly opaque coverage, but the natural lip color will come through slightly. The finish is definitely not matte, and it had more slip than Juniper but less than Elderberry, so it applied without too much trouble and didn’t feather when worn. I noticed some color migrated into lip lines after three to four hours of wear, but the slip in the formula made it easy to smooth it back out by pressing and rubbing lips together. The color lasted for six hours overall and was lightly hydrating. Guerlain Orgueil (P, $49.50) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #13 (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier. Estee Lauder Brazen (P, $30.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty #001 (LE, $36.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Wes (LE, $32.00) is glossier. MAC The Scene (P, $23.00) is warmer. NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is darker, glossier. NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is warmer, glossier. Bite Beauty Black Cherry (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. MAC Eugenie (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. Maybelline Divine Wine (P, $7.99) is warmer. Bite Beauty #001 (Reformulation) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blow (210) (P, $30.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to leave a “velvet, soft focus finish” with “highly pigmented, moisturizing wearable color” that is also “longwearing.” If you’re not a fan of mattes, don’t fret, these aren’t really matte (and if you’re a fan of matte, you might want to keep looking). There are five shades, and all of them have a satin or glossier finish (two are pretty glossy). The glossier the shade, the more poorly it applied with streaky, uneven coverage that was prone to feathering along the edges of the natural lip, while the more satiny shades were more pigmented with more even application and longer, better wear. On me, I found the formula to be lightly to moderately hydrating with wear ranging between four and seven hours. The formula has a sweet, fruity scent but no discernible taste.

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