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Lipstick Queen Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

01/09

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Mornin' Sunshine

Lipstick Queen Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural finish. It had semi-sheer color that looked more like a lip stain than a lipstick applied.

It’s supposed to give a “wash of happy color” (which is described as “Yellow [that] turns to sheer coral on the lips”) that is “super moisturizing and long-lasting.” The consistency was lightweight, thin without feeling clingy, and glided across the lips without tugging. It was comfortable to wear, moderately hydrating, and lasted for four and a half hours on me.

Lipstick Queen Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick Mornin' Sunshine
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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MAC Zerocool, Anything Once, Nightly Ritual Lipsticks

01/06

MAC Zerocool Lipstick

MAC Zerocool Lipstick

MAC Zerocool Lipstick

MAC Zerocool Lipstick

MAC Zerocool Lipstick

MAC Zerocool Lipstick

Zerocool

MAC Zerocool Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium, springy green with warm, yellow undertones and fine emerald green and gold pearl. I had such hopes for this shade, but it had a lot of slip, which gave it a glossier finish and made it harder to apply, as it was slightly streaky and applied unevenly. There was also color that slipped into my lip lines, which worsened over time. It had medium coverage, which did not build up well due to the amount of slip (just seemed to make the end result look streakier). The lipstick wore well for three and a half hours and was lightly moisturizing.

The Metallic Lips collection features a new (and limited edition!) finish, Metallic, which is supposed to be “rich colour [that] melds with smooth pearlized chrome.” The range of shades is described as “vibrant, intense, [and] on-trend.” The coverage varied from shade to shade–anywhere from semi-sheer to semi-opaque–but many shades look like they’re more suitable for a subtle look or for layering on top of another lip product to add a more shimmery finish. The majority of shades featured finer shimmer, which translated to a more foiled, reflective look, but a few had some shimmer. The wear was between three and five hours, depending on the shade, and most shades had some slip but were not slippery overall, so they were comfortable to wear but not hard to maintain. They were vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

MAC Lipstick Zerocool
Zerocool
Zerocool
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
3.5
Application
68%
Total

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Anything Once

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MAC Jupiter, Modern Midas, Act So Cool Lipsticks

01/06

MAC Jupiter Lipstick

MAC Jupiter Lipstick

MAC Jupiter Lipstick

MAC Jupiter Lipstick

MAC Jupiter Lipstick

MAC Jupiter Lipstick

Jupiter

MAC Jupiter Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a fine, golden sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that was buildable to medium coverage. The lipstick felt smooth with some slip, so it was comfortable to apply and did not drag. The distribution of shimmer could have been slightly better, though, and I think that some of the unevenness is camouflaged by the mid-tone nature of the shade (blended in more with my natural lip color). It wore well for three and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating.

The Metallic Lips collection features a new (and limited edition!) finish, Metallic, which is supposed to be “rich colour [that] melds with smooth pearlized chrome.” The range of shades is described as “vibrant, intense, [and] on-trend.” The coverage varied from shade to shade–anywhere from semi-sheer to semi-opaque–but many shades look like they’re more suitable for a subtle look or for layering on top of another lip product to add a more shimmery finish. The majority of shades featured finer shimmer, which translated to a more foiled, reflective look, but a few had some shimmer. The wear was between three and five hours, depending on the shade, and most shades had some slip but were not slippery overall, so they were comfortable to wear but not hard to maintain. They were vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

MAC Lipstick Jupiter
Jupiter
Jupiter
8
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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Estee Lauder Candy, Blush Tease, Cali Coral Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Candy Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Candy Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Candy Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Candy Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Candy Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Candy Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Candy

Estee Lauder Candy On Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium pink with cooler undertones and a lot of white frosted shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly across the lips. It had a thinner, clingier feel on the lips, though it was never uncomfortable nor was it drying (it was lightly hydrating, actually!). The color wore well for just over four and a half hours on me.

The formula is supposed to have medium coverage with a lustrous finish. It takes the Pure Color Envy formula and adds shimmer to it with the end result varying from lightly pearlized to more frosted and near-metallic. The shimmer was finer in size, so the lipsticks did not feel gritty on the lips, and the particles didn’t migrate as the lipstick wears down. The coverage was more semi-opaque to opaque, though a lighter hand could achieve medium coverage. . It was lightly creamy with some slip that became more noticeable as the formula warmed up against the lips. The wear ranged from four to six hours and was typically hydrating. The formula featured a vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

Estee Lauder Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick Candy
Candy

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Smashbox Space Case, Petal Metal, Haterade, Moscow Muled Be Legendary Liquid Lip

01/08

Smashbox Space Case Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Space Case Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Space Case Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Space Case Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Space Case Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Space Case Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Space Case Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Space Case Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Space Case

Smashbox Space Case Be Legendary Liquid Lip ($24.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a very fine, gray pearl. It had good color payoff, but this shade was harder to apply evenly; I had some issues getting the edges to look even and there was some serious settling in my deeper lip lines. The texture was moderately tacky, not as spreadable as others in the line, and light-medium in weight. The natural lip color came through slightly, which had an impact on the overall tone of the end result, I think. On me, the product wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating.

The formula is supposed to have “the full coverage a lipstick” with “the high shine of a gloss” in “a single coat” and is available in two finishes (metallic and vinyl). To me, it felt more like a gloss than a lipstick overall, as it had the plushness and glossiness I’d associate with a gloss. The coverage was typically mostly opaque to fully opaque across the range, and they went on fairly evenly and smoothly. I noticed that a lot of shades emphasized the lines on my lips up-close, but I couldn’t tell just looking in a regular mirror, as there was such a strong shine. The wear ranged from five to seven hours, which I suspect is partially due to the slightly thicker, moderately tacky texture.

Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lip Space Case
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

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Urban Decay Copycat & Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoats

01/10

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Topcoat over Violate Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Copycat Topcoat over Violate Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Copycat Topcoat over Violate Vice Lipstick

Copycat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat ($18.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is medium-dark, reddish copper with warm undertones and flecks of multi-colored glitter. It had a slightly metallic finish that was visible when applied alone, and the glitter was actally less visible than I expected. It had semi-sheer coverage that applied unevenly to the lips, and after it dried down, it did make lips look slightly drier. It lasted for four hours on its own. When I layered it over a creamier Vice Lipstick, it had a tendency to separate the underlying lipstick, so it seemed to take more trial and error to find the right layering combinations.

The brand describes the formula as a “shade-shifting topcoat” that can be used over their “cream, metallized, and matte shades” of Vice Lipstick or any of the Vice Liquid Lipsticks, but–wait for it–“or wear these shades alone.” They’re supposed to be a “comfortable, gel-cream formula that dries down quickly and provides long-lasting wear that never feels sticky” while also creating a “water-resistant barrier that seals in the color underneath.” The brand also warns that your lips might “feel tingly just after applying.”

As a topcoat, I think they perform the best; it can be hit or miss depending on the underlying shade, and some topcoats are more versatile than others (sheerer ones tended to work well with anything, more opaque ones could be hard to apply). I did not feel like they truly locked the underlying lipstick in, as they transferred and still lasted about as long as the lipstick did on its own. I also felt that it was lightly tacky, and it varied, but a few shades would lift color in places. The tingling effect was least pronounced when layered. In general, layering over very light shades was often where they missed and any unevenness became much more visible.

On their own, they often struggled to go on evenly. The application over bare lips was similar to trying to apply some of the darker topcoats over very light or dissimilar colors, which just made any application shortcomings highly visible (compared to say, blue shimmer over a blue lipstick). They had a very strong, lingering tingle where my lips felt like they do after being numbed (like from the dentist)–almost too big, swollen, and a mixture of tingling, cooling, burning. This effect lasted between two to three minutes before subsiding. I wouldn’t say it’s water-resistant, as it seemed to transfer after drinking water, but if I did not drink anything, it was fairly transfer-proof. The wear has been between two and four hours and drying.

The packaging on these doesn’t make sense to me; they have a very thin, brush-type applicator that is terrible for spreading product across the lips, but the formula was often sheerer so getting crisp lines with the included applicator seemed like an exercise in futility. I think a squeeze-tube or more typical doe-foot applicator would have worked here, but I like the idea of a squeeze tube, which would “force” one to use a separate applicator would make more sense, as using it directly on top of another lipstick would result in lipstick transfer to the wand and back into the tube.

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat Copycat
Copycat
Copycat
6
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
74%
Total

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