Dolce & Gabbana Rubino & Topazio Classic Cream Lipsticks

Dolce & Gabbana Rubino Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep red.” It’s a medium-dark red with muted, brown-ish tones. It runs slightly warm, but it’s almost neutral against my skin tone (probably because I’m warm-toned). Chanel Audacieuse (134) (LE, $34.00) is pinker. NARS Hyde Park (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Prolong (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Viva Glam I (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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Dolce & Gabbana Rubino Classic Cream Lipstick
Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick Rubino
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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Givenchy Beige Mousseline, Beige Plum, Brun Createur Le Rouge Lipsticks

Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light beige.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-beige with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had full, opaque color coverage, and it applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well for four hours and was somewhat hydrating. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $15.00) is slightly pinker. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is a touch browner. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is browner. MAC Yash (P, $15.00) is more matte, browner. MAC Wholesome (LE, $15.00) is less peach. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $15.00) is similar. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) Le Rouge Lipstick
Givenchy Le Rouge Beige Mousseline (101)
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%
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Buxom Serial Kisser Set

Buxom Serial Kisser Set ($32.00 for 5 x 0.04 oz.) includes five shades of miniature-sized Full-Bodied Lipsticks. Two of the five shades are part of the permanent range, while three are limited to this set (as far as I know). A full-sized lipstick contains 0.13 oz. of product and retails for $21. The set is pretty much a value of $32 in lipstick, but the benefit is you get five shades instead of one and a half–so for less the price of two individual shades, you get five to play with. I like the idea of variety, as most of us don’t know what it’s like to finish a lipstick (at least not very often!). After trying these, one thing I didn’t love was how skinny the actual lipstick was, as it made application not as easy as when it’s using the full-sized bullet. They’re just really long and skinny, and I was worried they would break, but none of them did after using them, so at least that went okay! The formula is consistent with the permanent range.

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Buxom Serial Kisser Set
Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick Set 2013 Serial Kisser
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
94%
Limited Edition
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Marc Jacobs Have We Met? (108) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Have We Met? (108) Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering warm pink.” It’s a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and fine gold shimmer with a luminous sheen. Chanel Surprenante (129) (P, $34.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Sunny Seoul (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Flamingo (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Marc Jacobs Have We Met? (108) Lovemarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel Have We Met? (108)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
87%

Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo & Ametista Classic Cream Lipsticks

Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “ice-cold, luminous green.” It’s a cool-toned, emerald green with fine emerald green shimmer. Illamasqua Violate (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick
Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick Smeraldo
F
Product
3
Pigmentation
4
Texture
6.5
Longevity
7
Application
2
Total
50%
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MAC Hautecore Lipstick for Black Friday 2013

MAC Hautecore Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “true matte black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deep, dark black with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. The consistency was creamier than the usual MAC Matte finish, so it didn’t tug or drag on the lips, though the color didn’t deposit evenly. It does take some finesse and maneuvering to get the color to be as crisp as one might desire.  I haven’t tried too many full-on black lipsticks, and the only one I could think that would compare was Make Up For Ever #50 (P, $19.00), which is less matte. See comparison swatches. A few readers in the comments (here and on social media) have suggested Illamasqua Pristine as a potential less-fussy black lipstick to work with.

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MAC Hautecore Lipstick
MAC Lipstick Hautecore
C+
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
3
Total
77%