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MAC x James Kaliardos Lipsticks

01/06

MAC Almondine Lipstick

MAC Almondine Lipstick

MAC Almondine Lipstick

MAC Almondine Lipstick

MAC Almondine Lipstick

MAC Almondine Lipstick

Almondine

MAC Almondine Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a soft, medium pink with warm undertones and a fine, golden sheen. It has a Lustre finish, which is a sheerer coverage formula with a stronger sheen. It had a soft, lightly emollient consistency that glided across the lips easily, and it only had minimal settling in my lip lines. The lipstick had semi-sheer coverage that went on evenly–the resulting effect was warmer, pinker natural lip color with shimmer and shine–that lasted for two and a half hours.

MAC Lipstick Almondine
Almondine
Almondine
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Hourglass Leader, Lover, Innovator GIRL Lip Stylos

01/06

Hourglass Leader GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Leader GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Leader GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Leader GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Leader GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Leader GIRL Lip Stylo

Leader

Hourglass Leader GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with subtle, cool undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff that covered the lips with even, smooth color. The texture was creamy, thin without being clingy or emphasizing, and softened the look of my lip lines. This shade did not seem quite as hydrating as others in the line, though it was still lightly moisturizing over the four and a half hours it lasted. It also left a subtle stain behind.

The GIRL Lip Stylo formula is supposed to have “modern color with luxurious hydration for a lustrous finish,” while the brand founder is quoted (on Sephora) stating, “I can build as much–or as little–color as I like.” I would describe the coverage semi-opaque and buildable, which seemed to fit the brand’s description. The consistency was smooth, creamy, and lightweight, but the color still adhered well to the lips (three to five hours, depending on the shade). I definitely felt like I could apply a little here, a little there, and then spread the color out by pressing my lips together for sheerer coverage, or I could apply a single layer and get semi-opaque coverage fairly easily. The formula was incredibly comfortable to wear: lightweight, hydrating, and smoothing. Some balm-like formulas that have more coverage can sit in lip lines, but I felt like these filled them and made them look softer. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Leader
Leader
Leader
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Burberry Oxblood & Black Cherry Liquid Lip Velvets

01/06

Burberry Oxblood (53) Liquid Lip Velvet

Burberry Oxblood (53) Liquid Lip Velvet

Burberry Oxblood (53) Liquid Lip Velvet

Burberry Oxblood (53) Liquid Lip Velvet

Burberry Oxblood (53) Liquid Lip Velvet

Burberry Oxblood (53) Liquid Lip Velvet

Oxblood (53)

Burberry Oxblood (53) Liquid Lip Velvet ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a deep, subdued plum with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had intense, full color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly. The liquid lipstick had a velvety, mousse-like texture that was airy and lightweight on the lips. The color spread easily across the lips, lasted for eight hours, and was non-drying over time.

The Liquid Lip Velvet formula is described as having “rich pigment, smooth application” and a “velvet finish that lasts up to eight hours” that is “non-drying.” Overall, the formula is fantastic for those who want the fluidity of a liquid product without the drying aspect of more traditional liquid lipsticks while not sacrificing wear time. The formula does not dry down completely, so there will be transfer, but the product is so pigmented that the color lasts awhile. I’ve found the colors to wear between six and eight hours and easily survive a solid meal. The liquid lipstick has a smooth, velvety consistency that is almost weightless (I forget I’m wearing it) that was never drying and always comfortable to wear. A pleasant surprise was that the formula was unscented (with no discernible taste either), which is not the norm with Burberry’s products.

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet Oxblood (53)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Maybelline Beige Babe, Honey Pink, Naked Coral, Raw Chocolate Sensational Inti-Matte Lipsticks

01/06

Maybelline Beige Babe Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes

Maybelline Beige Babe Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes

Maybelline Beige Babe Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes

Maybelline Beige Babe Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes

Maybelline Beige Babe Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes

Maybelline Beige Babe Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes

Beige Babe

Maybelline Beige Babe Color Sensational Inti-Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium pinky-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that did not apply particularly well; despite the texture feeling creamy and gliding across the lips without tugging, the color separated and caught on every flake and imperfection I had. It wore poorly, as the color moved around, migrated into lip lines, and turned patchy within two hours of wear. I think the only way to make it workable is mixed with a little bit of balm (which doesn’t help the settling but improves the drier appearance) or use over a lip liner.

Maybelline’s Color Sensational line does have a sweet, perfume-y scent to them, though it did not seem quite as overwhelming in the Inti-Matte range compared to past launches to my nose.

Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes Beige Babe
Beige Babe
Beige Babe
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total

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Urban Decay Amulet, Studded, Conspiracy Vice Liquid Lipsticks

01/07

Urban Decay Amulet Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Amulet Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Amulet Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Amulet Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Amulet Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Amulet Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Amulet Vice Liquid Lipstick

Amulet

Urban Decay Amulet Vice Liquid Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic, “matte” finish. There was a sheen, but there was still the illusion of a more matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one layer, and it could be made opaque with a second coat. The consistency was smooth, thin without being watery, and covered very evenly and smoothly. This one was one of the better shades for coverage and application, but it never, ever fully dried down. It took about three minutes for it to mostly dry down, but it remained a little tacky and began breaking down after four and a half hours of wear. The formula was non-drying on me.

The Vice Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to be “intensely pigmented” with “complete coverage in one coat” and “nondrying wear” that is “comfortable” and “waterproof.” The majority of the Metallized shades are not even close to one-coat coverage–maybe three or four or coats!–and did not layer evenly, plus they had a tendency to lose sparkle/glitter through wear. Whenever a shade wasn’t opaque in one coat, it often looked streaky or uneven. There were some shades that had fantastic, one-coat coverage, while others featured more medium, buildable coverage but several applied uneven, patchy, and didn’t level or improve after drying down even with a second layer.

The consistency of the formula was smooth, lightweight, and comfortable to apply, but the dry down was lengthy and some shades never fully felt dry (instead, lightly tacky). There was a learning curve to applying and wearing these, too, as they were unforgiving if you accidentally press your lips together before the formula has dried down–the formula is quite tacky as it dries down and pressed lips together results in color lifting away. The wear varied from shade to shade (and between finishes) from four to eight hours, and so far, most were true to the nondrying claim, at least. I didn’t notice any scent or taste with them. They were difficult to remove compared to most products; I had the best luck saturating a cotton pad with eye or lip makeup remover (Neutrogena, Lancome, Shiseido, etc.), yet curiously were not that long-wearing on me (relative to liquid lipsticks)–they seemed to develop a little tackiness with any meal or drink (even just water) and degraded from there. Overall, the formula was extremely disappointing after the successful Vice lipstick launch last year.

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Amulet
Amulet
Amulet
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Hourglass Icon, Visionary, Protector GIRL Lip Stylos

01/06

Hourglass Icon GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Icon GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Icon GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Icon GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Icon GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Icon GIRL Lip Stylo

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Hourglass Icon GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a bold, medium-dark red with cool, pink undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. It had a creamy, thin (but not too thin!) texture that glided across the lips nicely but didn’t melt too much that it was hard to be precise. The soft sheen and creamier consistency made it appear almost like a lip stain. The color lasted for five hours, was hydrating, and very comfortable to wear.

The GIRL Lip Stylo formula is supposed to have “modern color with luxurious hydration for a lustrous finish,” while the brand founder is quoted (on Sephora) stating, “I can build as much–or as little–color as I like.” I would describe the coverage semi-opaque and buildable, which seemed to fit the brand’s description. The consistency was smooth, creamy, and lightweight, but the color still adhered well to the lips (three to five hours, depending on the shade). I definitely felt like I could apply a little here, a little there, and then spread the color out by pressing my lips together for sheerer coverage, or I could apply a single layer and get semi-opaque coverage fairly easily. The formula was incredibly comfortable to wear: lightweight, hydrating, and smoothing. Some balm-like formulas that have more coverage can sit in lip lines, but I felt like these filled them and made them look softer. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Icon
Icon
Icon
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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