Dior Trafalgar (844) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Trafalgar (844) Rouge Dior Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant, red-orange with a shiny, luminous finish. There’s really no shortage in high-voltage oranges on the market, so you can really pick the formula and price point that best suits you. Givenchy Rouge d’Exception is browner. MAC Dangerous is matte. Urban Decay Bang is less red. Maybelline Orange Edge is similar. MAC Scarlet Ibis is more matte. MAC Sail La Vie is similar. MAC Lady Danger is matte. Buxom Rogue is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Dior Trafalgar (844) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Rouge Dior Couture Colour Voluptuous Care Lipstick Trafalgar (844)
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
98%

Buxom Menace & Two-Timer Full-Bodied Lipsticks

Buxom Menace Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “rich wine.” It’s a rich, brightened berry-red with cool undertones and very fine ruby red shimmer. It had mostly opaque color with a barely-there translucency that kept it looking more lightweight in comparison to other shades in this formula. The finish was still glossy and luminous, though. It wore well for six hours, and it left behind a berry-ish stain. When I wore it, the formula of Menace was somewhat hydrating. Guerlain Gigolo is a bit darker. Guerlain Orgueil is similar. Giorgio Armani #408 is more muted. Burberry Bright Plum is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Buxom Menace Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick Menace
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
97%
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Buxom Nudist & Hooligan Full-Bodied Lipsticks

Buxom Nudist Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “nude beige.” It’s a pale, warm-toned beige with a soft beige shimmer. It had semi-opaque color but was noticeably translucent, and it was a tad streaky–you could see little lines here and there. This was actually my least favorite of the entire range, because it just didn’t have the same luminous, rich look of the rest of the range. It lasted well for four hours, which is about average, and was marginally hydrating. MAC Pret-a-pretty is paler. Tom Ford Blush Nude is somewhat darker. MAC Innocence, Beware is pinker, darker. See comparison swatches.

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Buxom Nudist Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick Nudist
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
84%
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Revlon Plum Velour Super Lustrous Lipstick

Revlon Plum Velour Super Lustrous Lipstick ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a reddish plum-berry with a luminous, lightly glossy, sheen. Marc Jacobs Seduce Me is brighter, more opaque. Too Faced So Berry Sexy is similar but less shiny. Illamasqua Magnetism is darker, redder. Revlon Berry Couture is lighter. Revlon Sorbet is brighter, pinker. See comparison swatches.

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Revlon Plum Velour Super Lustrous Lipstick
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Plum Velour
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
89%

RiRi Hearts MAC Lipsticks

MAC Nude Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “cool nude cream [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with a gray cast–almost slightly rosy-toned at certain angles–and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage, and it felt very creamy, even for a matte (which is different than a Retro Matte!). It lasted for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Shitaki is warmer, shimmery. MAC Double Shot is warmer, richer. Guerlain Giny is much lighter. Bobbi Brown Uber Nude is rosier. See comparison swatches. I think MAC’s permanent range may have some similar shades to this, but I’m not familiar enough with some of the browner shades to say for sure, though.

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MAC Nude Lipstick
MAC Lipstick Nude
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
92%
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Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick

Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be “an intense semi-matte lipstick” with “long-lasting” wear. The formula is incredibly pigmented and creamy; it glides on effortlessly never pulling or tugging at the lip, and it really does deliver opaque color in a single pass. The finish isn’t fully matte, more of a satiny sheen–definitely less shine than the regular Le Rouge range.  The formula is not as hydrating as the regular range, as I found Rose d’Exception to be neither drying nor hydrating and Rouge d’Exception only slightly hydrating.  It is floral-scented (too strong for my preference; felt like I was eating perfume when I was applying, but I’m particularly sensitive to florals!) and is housed in a leather-wrapped case. The leather is very thin, and it doesn’t feel particularly luxe for me; I could have done just as well as a regular metal tube.

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Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) Le Rouge
Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick Rose d'Exception (206)
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%
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