Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Estee Lauder Empowered Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Empowered Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to be a medium coverage, hydrating lipstick with a “luminous shine.” They have semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage with a luminous finish. Some shades have a faint pearl shimmer, but the shimmer is hard to detect when worn (I wouldn’t describe them as shimmery, for example). The wear time ranges from four to six hours, and the formula is hydrating while worn. The texture is more balm-like with some tackiness, but it’s comfortable to wear. I couldn’t detect any scent or taste from the formula.

Estee Lauder Empowered Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, orange-red with warm undertones and very fine pink pearl paired with a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque coverage with a light translucency, so the natural lip color can peek through, but it is still a fair amount of coverage. This shade lasted for six hours and was hydrating while worn. Chanel Arthur (440) (P, $36.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Sheer Slowburn (P, $20.00) is less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Diego (LE, $32.00) is more matte. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Love Bite (P, $32.00) is redder. MAC Fashion Trip (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is brighter. Estee Lauder Envious (P, $30.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Firecracker (06) (LE, $50.00) is lighter. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is redder. Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $22.00) is redder. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is more orange. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is redder. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is more orange. Guerlain Gilda (P, $51.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Genna (P, $51.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Heavenly Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a softened, medium orange with pink-red tones and fine tangerine shimmer. This was one of the more shimmery shades that I tried. It had semi-opaque color payoff that covered evenly and gave lips a smoother, more rounded look. The color lasted for four and a half hours, and it felt moisturizing while worn. Chanel Sari Dore (414) (P, $36.00) is more orange. Gucci Beauty Fever (P, $39.00) is lighter, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (P, $50.00) is lighter. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is lighter, sheerer. MAC Fashion Force (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery, sheerer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Mischievous Rose Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but the lighter color of this shade made it prone to applying unevenly–it’s not as bad as the worst offenders, but it is one of the lesser shades that I tried in the range. It lasted for four hours and was moderately hydrating when worn. MAC Catty (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Olga (422) (P, $36.00) is sheerer. Chanel Vera (420) (P, $36.00) is sheerer. Maybelline Blushing Bud (705) (P, $7.49) is brighter, pinker. MAC Dream Daze (LE, $22.00) is similar. MAC Soft Savour (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Chanel Intime (93) (P, $35.00) is lighter. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Impulsive (P, $30.00) is slightly darker. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $50.00) is pinker. YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Too Faced Taffy (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Shy Shine (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Gabrielle (P, $51.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Estee Lauder Blossom Bright Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Blossom Bright Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to be a medium coverage, hydrating lipstick with a “luminous shine.” They seem to be designed as a sheerer, glossier option but based on the Pure Color Envy Sculpting formula. They’re not much sheerer, but they have a lighter look to them as they have some translucency (coverage is closer to mostly opaque, though) with a glossier, shinier finish. Some shades have faint pearly shimmer but some have next to none.

The texture of these has a little more cling to me, but not in a drying kind of way, but there’s a little tackiness that keeps them wearing longer than the average glossy lipstick would. They are lightly creamy and tend to “melt” as you apply them, so they soften as they heat up against the lip. I found them to be moderately hydrating and comfortable to wear. Curiously, the formula is unscented (and no taste either), but the original Sculpting lipsticks were vanilla-scented, while the majority of Estee Lauder’s lip color line is fig-scented, so it’s an interesting development–a happy one for anyone who prefers unscented.

Estee Lauder Blossom Bright Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is brightened, medium-dark pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a veil of translucency. The color wore well for almost six hours, and it was nicely hydrating over time. Colour Pop Frenemie (LE, $5.00) is more matte, warmer. Maybelline Coral Burst (740) (P, $7.49) is lighter. Guerlain Rouge Kiss (325) (P, $37.00) is warmer. Guerlain Geneva (48) (P, $51.00) is warmer. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is similar. Guerlain Gracy (P, $51.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Charmed Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, light-medium pink-coral with a very subtle gold pearl and luminous finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that covered fairly evenly and smoothly. The color stayed on well for four and a half hours, and the formula felt hydrating while worn. Estee Lauder Surreal Sun (P, $30.00) is brighter, pinker. MAC Call the Hairdresser! (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Bite Beauty Heather (P, $28.00) is warmer. Estee Lauder Eccentric (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose (P, $30.00) is darker, pinker. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $22.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is warmer. NYX Haute Melon (P, $4.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Inspiring Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark pink-plum with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. This shade seemed to be true to the “medium coverage” part of the formula, but it is buildable to slightly more opaque color if desired. It lasted for five hours and was moderately hydrating over time. MAC Gospel (LE, $16.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Rhubarb (P, $24.00) is warmer. Too Faced Pink Chocolate (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Candy Apple (LE, $17.00) is brighter. Chanel Ce Soir (P, $34.00) is lighter, more muted. Buxom Hooligan (P, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Intriguing Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is medium-dark, plum-berry with fine violet pearl and a soft shine. This shade was less glossy compared to the other three. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on evenly for the most part, but more surprisingly, the color really didn’t pull into lip lines; there’s enough tackiness and thickness to the formula that seems to minimize the chance of this happening. It wore well for five hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Sheer Shame (P, $20.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Aubergine (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Splurge (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Estee Lauder Insolent Plum (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler-toned, brighter. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned. Buxom Moonlighter (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $51.00) is more opaque, brighter. Chanel Esprit (88) (LE, $35.00) is lighter. Chanel Fiction (P, $35.00) is lighter. MAC Lush Life (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Lou-Ling (LE, $35.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Guet-Apens (P, $37.00) is slightly cooler. Burberry Bright Plum (15) (P, $30.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

bareMinerals Dream Big Marvelous Moxie Lipstick
bareMinerals Dream Big Marvelous Moxie Lipstick

There are three limited edition shades of Modern Pop bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.), which is a formula that’s supposed to be “creamy, super-saturated” with “ultra-pigmented color” in a “satin finish” that is also hydrating. All three had good color payoff, though not quite full coverage, as the texture had a lot of slip to it, which made it prone to having a bit of translucency that lets the natural lip color come through. This gives it a lighter look than a true full coverage lipstick, but it can be harder to keep it perfectly smooth and even. The wear time was average at three to four hours, but the formula was comfortable to wear and hydrating. It had a vanilla mint scent but no discernible taste.

bareMinerals Dream Big Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude peach.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with a natural finish and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque coverage, but it’s not quite the truly creamy and full coverage promised–the formula has more slip to it that makes it prone to having a bit of translucency so the natural lip color can peek through. It wore well for three hours and was hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

bareMinerals Express Yourself Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright peach.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had a very creamy, emollient consistency that was slippery enough that you could see “lines” if you pressed your lips together. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered well, but it will let the natural lip color come through slightly. It wore well for four hours and was moisturizing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

bareMinerals Fall in Love Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “tawny peach.” It’s a medium-dark, muted orange-brown with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had fairly opaque color payoff that went on evenly and smoothly, though it has the same really creamy, moderately slippery texture that gives it a very slight translucency. This shade stayed on well for four hours and was hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, May 25th, 2015

Tom Ford Electric Pink (15) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford Electric Pink (15) Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Electric Pink (15) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, medium fuchsia-pink with strong, cool blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had opaque color coverage that glided on evenly and smoothly, as the texture was lightly creamy but not too slippery. It felt lightweight on, and while it lasted for six and a half hours easily, it was lightly drying towards the end. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $19.00) is lighter, more matte. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is less matte. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is brighter, glossy. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is more muted. MAC Quick Sizzle (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Pink Pigeon (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Velvet Violet (16) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish berry with cool, fuchsia-pink undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had fairly opaque coverage that applied evenly and smoothly without emphasizing lip lines. The color was still going strong after eight hours of wear, but I found it to be slightly drying after about four hours of wear. MAC D for Danger (P, $16.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Boy Gorgeous (222) (P, $30.00) is warmer. MAC Acai (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $32.00) is lighter, less matte. Tom Ford Beauty Plum Lush (05) (P, $50.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Fanny (P, $32.00) is lighter, more muted, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Pure Pink (P, $50.00) is lighter, less matte. Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale (P, $50.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, May 24th, 2015

OCC Cosplay Lip Tar
OCC Cosplay Lip Tar

OCC Cosplay Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “teal-toned green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with very subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had rich pigmentation that covered the lips evenly and smoothly without turning patchy/streaky, which is what I have found many green-based shades suffer from in the past. The color sits in lip lines slightly, but it didn’t seem to worsen during wear. It wore for seven and a half hours and left behind a bluish stain. It is mint scented, like other Lip Tars, and it was a little drying towards the end. Colour Pop Bunny (P, $5.00) is darker, more shimmery, warmer. Colour Pop Charm (P, $5.00) is lighter. NYX Risque (P, $6.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

OCC John Doe Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale ash-toned taupe.” It’s a gray-ish, light beige with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had good color coverage that went on fairly evenly. The color pulled into some of my most obvious lip lines, and after about five hours of wear, the color settled more noticeably into lip lines, though the color lasted about six and a half in all. It was neither drying nor hydrating for me. MAC Obviously Bare (LE, $15.00) is sheerer, glossier, warmer. MAC Peach Beige (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Sebastian (P, $18.00) is much darker. MAC Angel’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Chanel Amorosa (487) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Amorosa (487) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Amorosa (487) Rouge Coco Shine ($36.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warm, reddish tones and a fine gold shimmer. Tom Ford Beauty Rose Soleil (P, $50.00) is more shimmery. Bite Beauty Moka (P, $28.00) is more opaque, lighter, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Blake (LE, $32.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Bansar (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, more matte. MAC Moody Bloom (LE, $17.00) is cooler-toned. Estee Lauder Irresistible (P, $30.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Bittersweet (03) (LE, $50.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $26.00) is darker. Chanel Ambigue (124) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

I typically find Rouge Coco Shines to actually be drying, when it’s supposed to be a hydrating formulation with sheerer color coverage (whereas the regular Rouge Cocos have more coverage and less shine and the Rouge Allures have even more coverage and a more satin-like finish). In promos, this looked more like a taupe, and long-time readers will know that I love more unusual colors, and this one is limited edition (the other three shades in the collection are not), I figured I’d try it. It’s by no means taupe, and it behaved much like Rouge Coco Shines have in the past–two and a half hour wear and slightly drying over time. The texture is balm-like, lightweight, and glides on well, and the coverage is more semi-sheer with this particular shade, though I’d expect if you have more color in your natural lips, it’ll be hard to tell either way.

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