Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid hot pink.” It’s a neon, cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones and an ultra-matte finish. There are certainly similar shades in regards to the color, but this is the most matte of all I’ve come across. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $21.00) is less blue-based. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is glossier. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is less blue-based, less matte. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is glossier. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is less matte. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade delivers exceptionally well on all but hydration–the formula feels drying after four hours of wear, and it gets more drying until I take off–but the color coverage is excellent, while it was still wearing quite well even after eight hours. You can easily eat most meals (any meal with higher oil content will break down makeup, though), and I like that it doesn’t flake away or fade unevenly. It’s the type of formula that goes on as a creamy, liquid lipstick but then dries down fully to a totally flat, matte finish. You have to work fairly quickly when you are applying it, and you want a thin, even layer to get a really smooth application. It will leave a stain that lingers for hours after. It’s not as comfortable to wear as a more emollient, traditional lipstick, but it doesn’t feel totally like cling-wrap on the lips either. I wish it was more “not drying,” but the trade-off of rich, truly long-wearing color might be worth it for some.

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Kat Von D L.U.V. Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D L.U.V. Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D L.U.V. Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich violet.” It’s a brightened, magenta purple with warmer, pink tones but an overall cooler undertone and an ultra-matte finish. MAC Vogue en Violet (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Silvia (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier. NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is purpler. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is purpler. MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $16.00) is less matte. MAC Night Blooming (LE, $16.00) is brighter, glossier. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Everlasting Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to be a “long-wear, full-coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth matte finish.” It is also supposed to have ingredients in it for “added hydration.” It’s not a hydrating formula, and unless you often wear satin to matte finishes, it may not be precisely “comfortable” to you either. It’s a liquid formula that goes on glossy and dries down to a very flat, matte finish that doesn’t cling or settle into lip lines, but it does adhere and hug the lips. It’s slightly drying on me after four hours of wear and gets a little more drying over time. The wear time is excellent, easily reaching eight hours with little product having worn away. It was mostly opaque; I think you could possibly get a thin, second layer to get more pigmentation out of it, but you want to apply in thinner layers so it dries evenly. This was virtually smudge-, budge-, and kiss-proof when I tested it, but if you eat something oilier or combine it with lip balm, you may see slight color transfer.

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Monday, November 17th, 2014

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “clean true red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium red with subtle, cool undertones (leans a little pink-ish) and a satin finish. There’s enough of a sheen that it doesn’t look fully matte to me, though it wears down after about an hour and a half into wear. The color lasted for five hours in total, and it was somewhat drying over time. The consistency was lightly creamy and didn’t drag when applied. Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Ruby Woo (LE) is more matte (lip pencil). MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Light English Red Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer beige red [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a light sheen and very, very soft gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage and lightened the natural color of my lips and brought out the pink tones to it, but if you have redder lips naturally, it may look more different applied. The consistency has a light slip and emollient quality to it, and it goes on easily without tugging on the lips. It seems to wear away after two hours of wear, and it was slightly drying after wearing it twice in a row. MAC Snapdragon (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Flush (LE, $25.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. MAC Feed the Senses (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is lighter, more opaque. MAC Vivid Imagination (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. Guerlain Rose Piquant (LE, $51.00) is glossier. Burberry Tulip Pink (P, $30.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink (LE, $23.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Burberry Oxblood No. 214 Lip Mist
Burberry Oxblood No. 214 Lip Mist

Burberry Oxblood No. 214 Lip Mist ($33.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish berry with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage–a lot more than the “subtle hint of color” described (though they allude to more buildable color, as they give a tip to apply “twice for stronger colour”), which may be a happy problem for some to have. It lasted for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating. This shade is also available in the permanent range, just in regular packaging. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Audrey (P, $32.00) is similar. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Burberry Gold No. 217 Lip Mist ($33.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a light, subtly warm-toned beige with faint gold shimmer and a glossy shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage; the base color gave my lips a lighter, more beige-hue with some shimmer. The color pulled into lip lines shortly after applying, and it worsened as it wore. The color only wore well for two and a half hours. It was comfortable to wear during that time, though. Tom Ford Beauty Solar Gold (LE, $49.00) is less glossy. MAC Altered Beige (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Sous Le Vent (P, $35.00) is less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, November 15th, 2014

MAC Kinky Lipstick
MAC Kinky Lipstick

MAC Kinky Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid neutral-red matte.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly cool-toned red with a matte finish. Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is darker. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $16.00) is less matte. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #43 (P, $19.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC has released a lot of matte reds in the past couple of years (and they have some classics in their permanent range), so this just doesn’t seem particularly different from those past releases. It is lightly creamy, applies without dragging, and is intensely pigmented. The wear tops in at six and a half hours with plenty of color still going. It works well with the coordinating gloss in the small release, and if you’re in the market for a long-wearing, non-drying (though not hydrating!) red, it might do the trick.

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Friday, November 14th, 2014

Bite Beauty Fraise Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Bite Beauty Fraise Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Bite Beauty Fraise Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “jewel red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented and yielded full coverage in a single stroke. The consistency is lightweight, a little creamy (but not wet or slick), and holds without feeling clingy. It lasted for six and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating over time. Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (LE, $51.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $50.00) is brighter. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is more matte, pinker. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is similar. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is glossier. Guerlain Greta (P, $51.00) is darker, glossier. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Framboise Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “vibrant pink/purple.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented and easy to use with a lightweight, creamy consistency that applied evenly but didn’t slide around once applied. It wore well for six and a half hours. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is darker. MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is darker. Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is glossier. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is glossier. MAC Good Taste (P, $22.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is brighter. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Peche Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “warm peach.” It’s a medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that applied evenly with smooth, glide-on consistency. The color lasted for five and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Gucci Beauty Fever (P, $39.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Twist of Fate (LE, $50.00) is more muted. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is slightly more orange. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Blood Orange (LE, $24.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Cin Cin (P, $24.00) is glossier. Givenchy Mandarine Bolero (304) (P, $36.00) is darker, glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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