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Tom Ford Beauty Nikita Shade & Illuminate Lips

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Tom Ford Beauty Nikita Shade & Illuminate Lips

Tom Ford Beauty Nikita Shade & Illuminate Lips

Nikita

Tom Ford Beauty Nikita Shade & Illuminate Lips ($60.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains a bold, medium red and a reddish-burgundy. The red applied nicely, and it wore well, but the burgundy had a lot of slip and feathered on me.

Shade & Illuminate Lips is a lipstick duo that features a formula that is supposed to have “rich color” and “adherence” with a “velvet matte finish.” The duos are designed to have a lighter shade and a darker shade, and they can be worn alone, mixed, or as an ombre lip look. There was also a dual-ended applicator–a sponge on one end and a brush on the other–but the sponge really did not work well to apply the color, as it yielded sheer coverage and seemed to suck all the emollient qualities out of the formula and left behind a drier, almost powdery texture on the lips. The lip brush worked, but for me, the tiny applicator was harder to control and took me three to four times as long to apply compared to a traditional lip brush (which has a longer handle). The actual formula felt like there was a powderiness to it that is not present in any of Tom Ford’s other lipstick ranges, though the formula felt lightly creamy, thin but not too thin, and smooth. Once I applied the color and actually wore it for a few minutes, I did not notice the powderiness that was there when I was initially applying the lipstick.

Tom Ford Beauty Shade & Illuminate Lips Nikita
Nikita
Nikita
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Estee Lauder Bare Instinct, Nude Cult, Pinkberry Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks

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Estee Lauder Bare Instinct Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bare Instinct Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bare Instinct Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bare Instinct Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bare Instinct Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bare Instinct Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Bare Instinct

Estee Lauder Bare Instinct Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, rosy beige with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, but the consistency was less forgiving than most shades in the range as some color pulled into lip lines and it showed a few streaks. It wore well for four hours on me, which was more in line with average than the wear time claimed. The formula was comfortable and hydrating to wear.

The Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick formula is supposed to have “high-intensity color” that hydrate lips with six-hour wear. It’s one of my favorite formulas, as the majority of the shades are creamy, smooth, pigmented, hydrating, and long-wearing (four to seven hours). They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick Bare Instinct

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Tom Ford Beauty Automatic Shade & Illuminate Lips

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Tom Ford Beauty Automatic Shade & Illuminate Lips

Tom Ford Beauty Automatic Shade & Illuminate Lips

Automatic

Tom Ford Beauty Automatic Shade & Illuminate Lips ($60.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains a light, pinky beige and a warmer, medium brown. Both shades had a more satin-to-cream finish rather than “velvet matte.” They were pigmented, average wearing (three to four hours), and hydrating.

Shade & Illuminate Lips is a lipstick duo that features a formula that is supposed to have “rich color” and “adherence” with a “velvet matte finish.” The duos are designed to have a lighter shade and a darker shade, and they can be worn alone, mixed, or as an ombre lip look. There was also a dual-ended applicator–a sponge on one end and a brush on the other–but the sponge really did not work well to apply the color, as it yielded sheer coverage and seemed to suck all the emollient qualities out of the formula and left behind a drier, almost powdery texture on the lips. The lip brush worked, but for me, the tiny applicator was harder to control and took me three to four times as long to apply compared to a traditional lip brush (which has a longer handle). The actual formula felt like there was a powderiness to it that is not present in any of Tom Ford’s other lipstick ranges, though the formula felt lightly creamy, thin but not too thin, and smooth. Once I applied the color and actually wore it for a few minutes, I did not notice the powderiness that was there when I was initially applying the lipstick.

Tom Ford Beauty Shade & Illuminate Lips Automatic
Automatic
Automatic
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Estee Lauder Bois de Rose, Power Grab, Never Enough Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks

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Estee Lauder Bois de Rose Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bois de Rose Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bois de Rose Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bois de Rose Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bois de Rose Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bois de Rose Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Bois de Rose

Estee Lauder Bois de Rose Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) isa medium-dark plum with strong, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage with a smooth, creamy texture that adhered well to lips and was very, very lightly tacky in feel (more like the feel that the lipstick wasn’t going to slide around on me than true tackiness). The coverage was even and lasted for five hours on me while hydrating my lips.

The Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick formula is supposed to have “high-intensity color” that hydrate lips with six-hour wear. It’s one of my favorite formulas, as the majority of the shades are creamy, smooth, pigmented, hydrating, and long-wearing (four to seven hours). They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick Bois de Rose

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Tom Ford Beauty Possession Shade & Illuminate Lips

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Tom Ford Beauty Possession Shade & Illuminate Lips

Tom Ford Beauty Possession Shade & Illuminate Lips

Possession

Tom Ford Beauty Possession Shade & Illuminate Lips ($60.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains a bright, medium pink and a darker, fuchsia pink. The lighter shade could have been a bit more pigmented, while both shades could have applied more evenly. The darker shade was bright enough that its shortcomings in texture weren’t as noticeable. I would recommend using a lip liner with this duo to maximize its potential, though.

Shade & Illuminate Lips is a lipstick duo that features a formula that is supposed to have “rich color” and “adherence” with a “velvet matte finish.” The duos are designed to have a lighter shade and a darker shade, and they can be worn alone, mixed, or as an ombre lip look. There was also a dual-ended applicator–a sponge on one end and a brush on the other–but the sponge really did not work well to apply the color, as it yielded sheer coverage and seemed to suck all the emollient qualities out of the formula and left behind a drier, almost powdery texture on the lips. The lip brush worked, but for me, the tiny applicator was harder to control and took me three to four times as long to apply compared to a traditional lip brush (which has a longer handle).

Tom Ford Beauty Shade & Illuminate Lips Possession
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Chanel Rouge, Nude, Rose Clair Le Rouge Crayon de Couleurs

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Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Nude

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleurs ($37.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a soft, medium brown with warm, rosy undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on evenly, but some of the color slipped into my lip lines. The consistency was smooth, creamy, wet but not too slippery, and comfortable to wear, as it was quite hydrating. This shade lasted for three and a half hours on me.

The formula is supposed to have “rich colour in a single stroke” with a “satiny” finish. The lipstick pencil twists-up (no sharpening required), and the consistency 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.

Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur Nude
Nude
Nude
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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Rouge

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