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Guerlain Forever Brown & Rouge Kiss KissKiss Lipsticks

Guerlain Forever Brown (305) KissKiss Lipstick
Guerlain Forever Brown (305) KissKiss Lipstick

I just wrapped up testing two more shades from Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.), which has a staggering twenty-five shades to choose from. I haven’t spotted it at too many retailers yet, but Saks has it online now at least. You can check out my first review from earlier this week if you missed it. The KissKiss formula falls somewhere between Rouge Automatiques and Shine Automatiques; it has more of the slip and feel of the Shine (and also a glossier finish), but the color payoff is more in line with the Rouge. I don’t think they are comparable to Rouge Gs; they have a thinner, more emollient consistency and wear shorter (on average). They have a violet scent but no discernible taste.

Forever Brown (305) is a medium-dark, plummy-brown with warm, red undertones and a very subtle, gold micro-shimmer (it looks glossy but not really shimmery). It had mostly opaque color coverage–there’s a very light translucency that gives the formula a lighter look on. The color wears four and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating on me. Estee Lauder Decadent (150) (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $25.00) is cooler-toned, less red, more shimmery. Maybelline Untainted Spice (950) (P, $7.49) is more muted, cooler-toned. MAC Rusty (LE, $20.00) is redder, brighter. Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $22.00) is much lighter. Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Chanel Farouche (122) (P, $34.00) is slightly darker, more matte. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $16.00) is sheerer. Chanel Imperial (DC, $32.00) is more plum, less brown. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Starling (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever #20 (P, $19.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rouge Kiss (325) is a brightened, coral-red with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. This shade didn’t appear to have any shimmer, for those who prefer their lipsticks to be shimmer-free. It had mostly opaque color coverage that looked and felt lightweight and comfortable. It lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. Guerlain Geneva (48) (P, $51.00) is more orange. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is more matte, lighter. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is more muted. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is pinker. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is slightly more orange. MAC Hibiscus (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel (LE, $51.00) is slightly redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick Forever Brown (305)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick Rouge Kiss (325)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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OCC Covet Lip Tar

OCC Covet Lip Tar
OCC Covet Lip Tar

OCC Covet Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “buff neutral.” It’s a light-medium, orange beige with strong, warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Tropical Buzz (LE, $22.00) is more orange, darker. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less orange. NARS Floralies (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Sheer Mandarin (LE, $17.00) is more orange, darker, shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Banjee (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter, more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency was in line with the Matte Lip Tars; not too thick or too thin, never watery, and very pigmented so a little goes a long way, even with a lighter color like Covet. It’s a more unusual color, which I found harder to dupe, so it was nice to see this get added to the permanent line-up. It wears a total of eight hours on me, but the color pulls into lip lines noticeably after six hours of wear. It takes about an hour for the satiny shine to wear down to a matte finish. It was neither hydrating nor drying over time, and it was comfortable to wear.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Covet
Covet
Covet
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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OCC Manhunter Lip Tar (Metallic)

OCC Manhunter Lip Tar (Metallic)
OCC Manhunter Lip Tar (Metallic)

OCC Manhunter Lip Tar (Metallic) ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “red-orange with golden shimmer.” It’s a vibrant, orange-red with warm undertones and a very fine, coppery-gold metallic shimmer. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is redder. Chanel Enigmatique (135) (P, $34.00) is more muted, redder. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is redder. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Super NSFW (P, $18.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a new and permanent shade in the Lip Tar range. Manhunter had intense, fully opaque color coverage with barely any product. The consistency was lightweight, thin but not watery, and easy to apply/blend across the lip for a smooth, even color application. It has more of a semi-matte finish and a light shimmery sheen, but it is a lot less metallic than other hues in the Metallic range, which also gave it a smoother feel on the lips. It wears nine and a half hours on me with a few stray shimmers going outside the natural lip line over time, but the color wears well and leaves behind a strong stain. I found it just slightly drying towards the very end of wear.

P.S. — A few readers mentioned it wasn’t yet available at Sephora, but Beautylish has it online now.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Metallic Lip Tar Manhunter
Manhunter
Manhunter
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner & Pow Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks

Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick
Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick

I originally reviewed this new Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) formula a few weeks ago, and now I have the other two shades I bought to share with you. The formula is described a “highly-pigmented lipstick that provides a burst of long-wearing, kissable color,” which is actually a different description than what was available two weeks ago (which read: “Give lips a burst of color—and hydration—when you swipe on this gel lip shade from Marc Jacobs”). The press release listed, “Color glides on effortlessly and lasts for hours, locking in hydration with advanced ingredients.”

Headliner (608) ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “berry sangria.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark raspberry pink with a satin-matte finish. There’s a slight shine to the finish, but it is fairly matte. It had full color coverage, and it applied smoothly and evenly. This was actually the best-performing shade of the four I bought. It was lightly creamy and didn’t tug or pull at the lips, and it was more comfortable to wear. It didn’t feel as thick, and it didn’t feel chalky at all. On me, it wore well for six and a half hours and was lightly drying–and it didn’t “crack” like the other shades I tried. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is slightly muted. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is brighter. Guerlain Gladys (78) (P, $51.00) is more shimmery. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is warmer. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is glossier. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is a touch darker, more shimmery. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pow (600) ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “peony pink.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage, but the consistency had a thicker, chalkier feel going on, so it did drag here and there. I was able to get mostly even color, but after two and a half hours of wear, the color started to pull into lip lines and “crack.” The color wore for about five hours. It was lightly drying while worn. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is warmer. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Please Me (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick Headliner (608)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick Pow (600)
Pow (600)
Pow (600)
6
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total

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Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte vivid hot pink.” It’s a brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and an ultra-matte finish. This is no longer an uncommon color, so I’ve tried to zero in on really similar shades that have a more matte finish (so I didn’t consider satins, but there are other shades that are similar in color with a glossier finish as well). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is more muted, less blue-based. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is darker. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is brighter. MAC Quick Sizzle (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is less matte, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade has been the best-wearing of the matte finishes I’ve tried from the Studded Kiss range. It isn’t really creamy, so there’s a bit of tugging when the color is applied from the tube, but it doesn’t drag or apply unevenly–it also starts to glide a little better as it warms up against the lips. The color goes on and looks smooth and even, and it doesn’t feel thick or too clingy, despite how matte it is. It wears almost nine hours on me and leaves a stain behind, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. There’s no dreaded ring around the lip where the color has faded from the center, so even as it wears away, it is still wearable. It isn’t the most comfortable lipstick formula to wear, but it is fairly comfortable for such a long-wearing, matte product.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Backstage Bambi
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Guerlain Air Kiss (304) & Rosy Boop (369) KissKiss Lipsticks

Guerlain Air Kiss (304) KissKiss Lipstick
Guerlain Air Kiss (304) KissKiss Lipstick

Launching this August at Bergdorf Goodman/Neiman Marcus and later on in September at Nordstrom, Sephora, Saks, Dillards, and Bloomingdale’s, Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) introduces twenty-five shades in its reformulation. The updated formula is supposed to have a “lip-shaping and plumping effect” from hyaluronic acid spheres and “incredibl[e] hydration” with a “fine, even, and rich creamy texture … with impeccable hold.” So far, my experience with these is that they’re a lightweight, very creamy and fairly emollient/slippery formula that’s lightly hydrating and gives lips a smoother appearance. I find that they have more color and less slip compared to Shine Automatiques but more slip and shine than Rouge Automatiques. They’re lighter-weight, more emollient, and less hydrating than Rouge Gs. They wear longer than Shine Automatiques but shorter than Rouge Automatiques and Rouge Gs. If you like the shine and shimmer of the Shine Automatique range but want more color coverage, then this might be the right formula for you. If you prefer the wear and hold of Rouge Gs, this formula is noticeably different. The lipsticks are violet-scented but have no discernible taste.

Guerlain Air Kiss (304) KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened, medium-dark plum with subtle warm undertones and pink and gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage that felt and looked lightweight and had a glossy shine. I can feel the shimmer slightly when I apply the lipstick, but the color goes on evenly and smoothly. I don’t notice the shimmer in it once on until after three hours of wear. It lasts for four hours on me when I tested it. Estee Lauder Decadent (150) (P, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Bittersweet (03) (LE, $49.00) is slightly warmer. Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $25.00) is similar. Chanel Scenario (P, $34.00) is warmer. MAC One of a Kind (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Giorgio Armani #526 (P, $32.00) is pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is is a light-medium, rosy pink with neutral-to-cool undertones. Against my warmer skin tone, it tends to pull neutral-to-warm, but in the tube and swatched, it has a very subtle cool-ish cast to me. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly for the most part. The consistency was nicely creamy but not too slippery, so it stayed in place well. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is brighter, warmer. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is similar. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Flamingo (P, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick Air Kiss (304)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick Rosy Boop (369)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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