Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Anastasia Vintage Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Vintage Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Vintage Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “royal purple.” It’s a medium-dark, eggplant purple with warm pink undertones and a matte finish. Colour Pop Grind (P, $5.00) is brighter, purpler. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $19.00) is lighter, pinker. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is darker, less matte. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is brighter, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had mostly opaque color coverage, though it isn’t fully pigmented and there’s a sheerness to it, so if you have naturally redder lips, I’d expect this to look less purple on. It had an almost two-tone aspect to it, as parts of it looked pinker and other parts looked purpler, and this was especially noticeable along the edges. The texture is thin, watery initially but dries down and adheres to the lips. You’ll want to be careful while waiting for it to dry down, as it gets tackier and tackier while it sets, so if you touch your lips together while it is drying, you’ll lift the color off in sections. Once dry, it’s nearly transfer-proof for me, and I don’t have any issues drinking coffee with this on. It will make it through most of a meal, but it will depend on how much oil is in your meal. On me, the color wears for six hours, but it is moderately drying and gets uncomfortable to wear after three hours of wear for me.

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Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Bite Beauty Shade 002 Lip Lab Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty Shade 002 Lip Lab Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Bite Beauty #002 Lip Lab Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “Japanese Eggplant, a perfectly balanced purple/pink.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-berry with cool undertones and a satin finish. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is slightly brighter. Estee Lauder Reckless (P, $30.00) is pinker. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Ladyflower (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is brighter, cooler-toned. Kat Von D Bauhau5 (P, $19.00) is totally matte but very comparable in color. MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $16.00) also has a very matte finish with similarity in color (a little brighter). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I’m happy to report that this month’s release is much, much better compared to January’s. It had fairly opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was lightly creamy and medium-thick; the formula felt less creamy than their Luminous Creme formula, so it had less slip overall in comparison. It was lightly hydrating, but the Luminous Creme formula has been more hydrating in my experience (note, I’ve had much more experience with the Luminous Creme and this is only the second shade I’ve tried in this formula). This shade wore well for five and a half hours.

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9.5/10

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9/10

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Friday, February 6th, 2015

MAC Free as a Butterfly Lipstick
MAC Free as a Butterfly Lipstick

MAC Free as a Butterfly Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “semi-sheer golden nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light golden beige with a frosted sheen. The Lustre finish is a sheerer formula, and indeed, it is sheer, though it seemed a bit sheerer than the average Lustre. It lightens my natural lip color and adds a lot of shimmer/sheen. The color lasts for two hours and is drying over time (the latter is something I generally experience with Lustres). Too Faced Shimmering Naked Dolly (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Solar Gold (LE, $49.00) is warmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Hollywood (P, $18.00) is more pigmented. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Pet Me Please (LE, $16.00) is less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Royal Ball Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “fleshy pink [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned pink with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied fairly evenly, but the color pulled into lip lines as it wore. The payoff was more than most Lustres. It lasted almost three hours on me, but it was drying and thin enough that it felt clingy the whole time. Too Faced Shimmering Marshmallow Bunny (LE, $22.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pleasure Model (P, $18.00) is similar. Guerlain Gabrielle (P, $51.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Free as a Butterfly

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6.5/10

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Anastasia Party Pink Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Party Pink Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Party Pink Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid blue pink.” It’s a neon magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $19.00) is darker. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $21.00) is darker. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is more muted, less matte. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is less matte, slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was nicely pigmented and applied with smooth, even color coverage. The texture is thin, but it dries down nicely after about forty-five seconds. It’s important to keep your lips from touching while it is drying down, as it goes from watery to tacky as it dries down, and once fully dry, then it is mostly transfer-free. I noticed that it looked dry/flaky on the very inner portion of my lips (the edge right before it’s actually inside your mouth), so the formula can be unforgiving there. It lasted well for six hours, but it started to fade more noticeably from the center after that. It was somewhat drying over time, unfortunately.

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Party Pink

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8.5/10

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Marc Jacobs Blow (210) Le Marc Lip Creme
Marc Jacobs Blow (210) Le Marc Lip Creme

Marc Jacobs Blow (210) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dark berry velvet.” It’s a medium-dark, burgundy red with subtle, cool undertones and a satin sheen. Bite Beauty #001 (LE, $36.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Truffle (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is more matte. NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is glossier. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Saboteur (132) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Tribalist (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Diva (P, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The new Le Marc Lip Creme formula is supposed to be a “rich, velvety, ultra-hydrating lipstick” with “vivid pigment” and “10-hour” wear. Sometimes I wonder how many people actually test a product before a brand makes a claim like long-wearing, because 10 hours is a very long time, so I’m genuinely curious how many people test and report back with such-and-such wear time before a brand makes a claim. It is a deeper, richer hue, which tend to last longer than a much lighter shade would, period, but it only lasted six hours for me. Blow is semi-opaque with a noticeable translucency where the natural lip color will come through. The formula is lightweight, lightly creamy, and glides on without tugging on the lips, though there is some unevenness. It was comfortable initially, but I found the formula to be lightly drying over time. The formula has a very, very subtle sweet floral scent, but I could barely detect it in the tube.

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7/10

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8/10

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6/10

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4.5/5

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Anastasia Pure Hollywood Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Pure Hollywood Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Pure Hollywood Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of pink and an ultra matte finish. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is darker, pinker. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is less matte, pinker. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is darker, less matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lament (P, $18.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC Riot House (LE, $16.00) is much lighter. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is slightly darker, less pink. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is darker, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to have “full coverage” with a “matte finish” that will last “all day.” It’s very pigmented, yet it’s a shade that goes on unevenly with visible streaks initially and seems almost watery when applied. Luckily, it seems to self-level so that as it dries down, the unevenness disappears (so I would recommend not fussing with making it appears perfectly even while it is wet). As it is drying down, it gets very tacky, and you’ll want to ensure you don’t press your lips together while it is drying down, or else color will lift. The consistency is more unforgiving in this lighter shade than American Doll, and it immediately started to pull into lip lines. This only worsened as the color wore on, even though it had minimal transfer on my coffee cup, but it looked settled and made my lips look cracked after a mere two hours. It was very drying, and it was extremely difficult to wear it past five hours–my lips felt so parched that they hurt.

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6/10

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