Milani Desire & Romance Amore Matte Lip Cremes

Milani Desire Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a smooth, matte finish. It was intensely pigmented and applied with even coverage, though the more liquid-y consistency does make it a little harder to maneuver around the edges. As always, I recommend trying to remove excess product from the applicator or using a lip brush to make it easier to apply. It wore well for eight hours with minimal fading and was a little drying after seven hours. Colour Pop Succulent (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is glossier (95% similar). Kat Von D Tijuana (P, $21.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Hourglass Raven (P, $28.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Underage Red (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Maneater (P, $24.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is glossier (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Milani Desire Amore Matte Lip Creme
Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme Desire
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
92%
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Milani Adore & Lust Amore Matte Lip Cremes

Milani Adore Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink nude.” It’s a brightened, light-medium peach with a hint of pink and a flat, matte finish. It had had mostly opaque color coverage, but the texture dried down very, very dry and “cracked” as soon as I smiled or moved my lips, which made it a more uncomfortable shade to wear. This was my least favorite to wear, as it felt noticeably drying after three hours of wear and only lasted for six hours before flaking and fading unevenly. Kat Von D Noble (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Pure Hollywood (P, $20.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Kinda Sexy (P, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). Melt Cosmetics Summer! (P, $19.00) is brighter, warmer, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Milani Adore Amore Matte Lip Creme
Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme Adore
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Product
6.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
74%
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MAC x Brooke Candy Lipsticks

MAC Mind Control Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright cherry red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with cool, bluish undertones and a very, very fine dusting of gold and pink micro-shimmer (it’s really not noticeable as a distinct shimmer, only as a sheen). It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a creamy, moderately emollient consistency that glided on easily and didn’t feel heavy on. It seemed thinner than the typical Amplified. It wore well for five hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Besame American Beauty 1945 (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Clinique Cherry Pop (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Decisive Poppy (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Besame Besame Red 1920 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Stunner (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Charlotte (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Tijuana (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Kinky (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Russian Red (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Rich Ruby (P, $7.99) is more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Mind Control Lipstick
MAC Lipstick Mind Control
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
92%
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ColourPop LAX & Limbo Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatchew

ColourPop LAX Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “vampy blackened red.” It’s a very, very dark burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It felt almost powdery after it dried down, and it was a shade that was challenging to apply evenly as it dried down quickly. It faded unevenly for me, though it wasn’t too noticeable as it stained the lips a bit underneath. The color lasted for six hours decently, and it was drying after four hours of wear. Kat Von D Vampira (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Antique Velvet (P, $17.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $17.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Paramour (LE, $5.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Runner (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). MAC Living Legend (LE, $17.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Estee Lauder Desirous (P, $30.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Milani Crush (LE, $8.99) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop LAX Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
Colour Pop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Lax
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Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
74%
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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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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%
Limited Edition
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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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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
93%
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