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MAC LarLarLee & Gabriel Zamora Lipsticks

01/07

MAC LarLarLee Lipstick

MAC LarLarLee Lipstick

MAC LarLarLee Lipstick

MAC LarLarLee Lipstick

MAC LarLarLee Lipstick

MAC LarLarLee Lipstick

MAC LarLarLee Lipstick

LarLarLee

MAC LarLarLee Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light, pinky-beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had rich color payoff that applied evenly and didn’t drag on the lips, but the color pulled away at my lip lines and appeared slightly “cracked.” The texture felt more velvety, a little thicker but not heavy, and comfortable to wear over the five hours it lasted for.

This shade is a collaboration between MAC and YouTuber Laura Lee, which launches April 20th and will only be available in the U.S. There are several other shades (with other collaborators) that will release to specific regions: see full press release here. I only have the U.S. and Canadian shades.

MAC Lipstick LarLarLee
LarLarLee
LarLarLee
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
90%
Total

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Gabriel Zamora

Limited Edition
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Stellar Beauty Astral Punch 02, Super Sonic 04, Wicked Aura 01 Infinite Lipsticks

01/06

Stellar Beauty Astral Punch 02 Infinite Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Astral Punch 02 Infinite Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Astral Punch 02 Infinite Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Astral Punch 02 Infinite Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Astral Punch 02 Infinite Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Astral Punch 02 Infinite Lipstick

Astral Punch 02

Stellar Beauty Astral Punch 02 Infinite Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency felt firmer in the tube, and it dragged a bit when I applied it, but it still gave a more satiny sheen despite feeling drier in the tube (sort of magical!). It was lightweight, comfortable to wear (though not hydrating), and stayed on well for five hours on me.

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” (as in “all-day”) with “saturated pigments” and a “satin finish.” Most modern lipsticks are creamier and more velvety, but the formula of these was very firm, almost dry in the tube; reminiscent of old school, more matte formulas. I had two of the six shades I purchased break at the base, and it seemed due to just how stiff/dry the bullet itself was (it can actually happen when a formula is too creamy as well!). The exterior of the lipstick seemed drier, but as I applied each one to lips, they softened and gave a satin finish, as promised. They had a tendency to tug on lips, though I was able to get fairly even, smooth coverage, and most shades were fairly pigmented. The wear ranged from four to six hours (the wear of most formulas, and not “all-day”), and most shades were neither drying nor hydrating. I didn’t notice any added scent or taste, but they did smell slightly waxy.

Stellar Beauty Infinite Lipstick Astral Punch 02
B+

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
10
Application
88%
Total

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Anastasia Allison, Dusty Rose, Madison Liquid Lipsticks

01/07

Anastasia Allison Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Allison Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Allison Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Allison Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Allison Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Allison Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Allison Liquid Lipstick

Allison

Anastasia Allison Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a flat, matte finish. The consistency was smooth, thin but not watery, and spread well across the lips, but the dry down emphasized the texture of my lips and appeared slightly “cracked” along some of my lip lines. It had opaque pigmentation that covered evenly, though, and it lasted for six and a half hours. I noticed some of the color started to flake off after six hours of wear, and it was somewhat drying.

The Liquid Lipstick is supposed to be an “ultra-saturated” formula that gives opaque coverage in “one swipe” that “stays put for hours.” I think the formula has improved over time, as some of the initial shades I tried were more problematic, but a lot of the newer shades have applied more evenly, been more opaque, and haven’t been quite as drying. The majority of shades are semi-opaque to opaque in a single layer, dry down evenly, and stay on for at least six hours, if not well beyond eight hours. I personally find most shades to be lightly to moderately drying over time.

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick Allison
Allison
Allison
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
89%
Total

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Madison

Permanent
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Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02, Dark Matter 03, Dark Matter 04 Infinite Lipsticks

01/06

Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02 Infinite Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02 Infinite Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02 Infinite Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02 Infinite Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02 Infinite Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02 Infinite Lipstick

Dark Matter 02

Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02 Infinite Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, reddish plum with copper and gold pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which was buildable to full coverage with two to three layers. The consistency felt stiffer in the tube, but it applied fairly evenly, though I did use more pressure. The lipstick lasted well for five and a half hours, but I don’t think it’s a formula I’d say has all-day wear, just better-than-average wear (though this type of color often wears five to six hours as it is deeper).

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” (as in “all-day”) with “saturated pigments” and a “satin finish.” Most modern lipsticks are creamier and more velvety, but the formula of these was very firm, almost dry in the tube; reminiscent of old school, more matte formulas. I had two of the six shades I purchased break at the base, and it seemed due to just how stiff/dry the bullet itself was (it can actually happen when a formula is too creamy as well!). The exterior of the lipstick seemed drier, but as I applied each one to lips, they softened and gave a satin finish, as promised. They had a tendency to tug on lips, though I was able to get fairly even, smooth coverage, and most shades were fairly pigmented. The wear ranged from four to six hours (the wear of most formulas, and not “all-day”), and most shades were neither drying nor hydrating. I didn’t notice any added scent or taste, but they did smell slightly waxy.

Stellar Beauty Infinite Lipstick Dark Matter 02
B-

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
9
Application
82%
Total

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NARS Blindfold & London Clinic Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

01/08

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Blindfold

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($27.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a dark, berry red with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied evenly on the lips. The pencil felt smooth, velvety, and thin, which gave it a lightweight feel but made it “cling” a little compared to the typical lipstick. The color was still going strong after six hours of wear, though it started to feel a bit drying after five hours of wear. This shade also left a stain behind.

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with “rich” and “seamless color.” The texture has a more velvety feel: smooth, thinner but glides on easily, and doesn’t have a lot of wetness/creaminess. The pigmentation varied from shade to shade with most shades having semi-opaque coverage. They were easy to apply along the lips and comfortable to apply, as they did not tug. The formula lasted anywhere from three hours to six hours, and some shades were somewhat drying and others were non-drying.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Blindfold
Blindfold

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B+

London Clinic

Limited Edition
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Makeup Geek Do-si-do, Curtsey, Salsa Showstopper Crème Stains

01/06

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Do-si-do

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a light-medium beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly, but it was slightly tacky and lifted away if I pressed my lips together within the first hour of wear. It looked a lot darker swatched than on my lips, though. The texture was thin, watery, and after it had dried down, it was extremely clingy and made my lips feel tight. The color lasteed for three and a half hours before there were serious pieces totally missing as it flaked off over time. The formula felt fairly drying.

The Showstopper Creme Stain formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” and “highly pigmented and offers effortless, buildable coverage.” Highly pigmented and buildable make it confusing what the coverage actually is, since something that is buildable means that it is less pigmented but can be layered for greater coverage. The majority of shades were medium to semi-opaque in coverage, hard to build as they often pulled up the first layer and shifted color around. The formula rarely applied well; it was streaky, dried so fast that there was no time for corrections (and attempts to correct just made it worse), and clingy. I found the applicator rougher, and the packaging made it seem that sometimes it was more like I wasn’t getting enough product on the wand to even coverage half of a lip (it seemed like the opening was wiping away too much product from the doefoot applicator). For every single swatch, I had to dip and pull the wand two to three times just to get enough product to cover my lips (it was impossible to stretch out the product very far as it dried as I was spreading it). It did dry to a transfer-resistant finish, but it did not survive eating well (most liquid lipstick formulas have survived better for me). Though transfer-resistant, it remained slightly tacky for one to two hours–and if you use more than one to one and a half layers, it often lifted and separated the color.

The brand’s swatches and lip swatches showcase a seemingly opaque product, but I could not achieve opaque coverage with several shades, even trying four or five layers, and the result after five layers of product was uneven, patchy, and cakey. The wear was average–four to six hours with significant fading from the center, which is more what I’d experience with a typical lipstick and a liquid lipstick–and surprisingly, little staining, even with deeper shades. So far, they have been slightly drying to somewhat drying. There are so many high-performing liquid lipsticks on the marketplace already, so I was caught off guard by the poor application and performance of this formula.

Makeup Geek Showstopper Crème Stain Do-si-do
Do-si-do
Do-si-do
D+

Limited Edition

5.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
6
Texture
6
Longevity
7
Application
67%
Total

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Curtsey

Limited Edition
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C-

Salsa

Limited Edition
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