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Charlotte Tilbury Hepburn Honey & Love Bite Kissing Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Hepburn Honey Kissing Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Hepburn Honey Kissing Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Hepburn Honey Kissing Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had rich, opaqued color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for four and a half hours, while the formula was lightly hydrating and creamy enough to glide on without tugging. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is lighter. NARS Isola Bella (P, $25.00) is less glossy. NARS Floralies (P, $25.00) is lighter, yellower. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Posh Tone (P, $22.00) is slightly darker. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Freckletone (P, $16.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Charlotte Tilbury Love Bite Kissing Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium red with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a luminous finish. I think this may look bluer-based on those with strong, cool undertones, but it seems more neutral to lightly warm-toned when I swatch it next to more distinctively blue-based lipsticks. It had rich, full color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for over six hours and left a stain behind. It was lightly hydrating over time and comfortable to wear. There are definitely a lot of similar shades within this type of finish (there are so many that I’ve omitted mattes, but I don’t doubt that there would be matte shades with a similar coloring). NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is slightly warmer. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is more muted. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is a touch more muted. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is warmer. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is similar. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is similar. Guerlain Gilda (P, $51.00) is warmer. Guerlain Gala (P, $51.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick Hepburn Honey
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick Love Bite
Love Bite
Love Bite
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid hot pink.” It’s a neon, cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones and an ultra-matte finish. There are certainly similar shades in regards to the color, but this is the most matte of all I’ve come across. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $21.00) is less blue-based. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is glossier. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is less blue-based, less matte. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is glossier. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is less matte. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade delivers exceptionally well on all but hydration–the formula feels drying after four hours of wear, and it gets more drying until I take off–but the color coverage is excellent, while it was still wearing quite well even after eight hours. You can easily eat most meals (any meal with higher oil content will break down makeup, though), and I like that it doesn’t flake away or fade unevenly. It’s the type of formula that goes on as a creamy, liquid lipstick but then dries down fully to a totally flat, matte finish. You have to work fairly quickly when you are applying it, and you want a thin, even layer to get a really smooth application. It will leave a stain that lingers for hours after. It’s not as comfortable to wear as a more emollient, traditional lipstick, but it doesn’t feel totally like cling-wrap on the lips either. I wish it was more “not drying,” but the trade-off of rich, truly long-wearing color might be worth it for some.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Backstage Bambi
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

Kat Von D L.U.V. Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D L.U.V. Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D L.U.V. Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D L.U.V. Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich violet.” It’s a brightened, magenta purple with warmer, pink tones but an overall cooler undertone and an ultra-matte finish. MAC Vogue en Violet (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Silvia (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier. NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is purpler. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is purpler. MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $16.00) is less matte. MAC Night Blooming (LE, $16.00) is brighter, glossier. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Everlasting Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to be a “long-wear, full-coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth matte finish.” It is also supposed to have ingredients in it for “added hydration.” It’s not a hydrating formula, and unless you often wear satin to matte finishes, it may not be precisely “comfortable” to you either. It’s a liquid formula that goes on glossy and dries down to a very flat, matte finish that doesn’t cling or settle into lip lines, but it does adhere and hug the lips. It’s slightly drying on me after four hours of wear and gets a little more drying over time. The wear time is excellent, easily reaching eight hours with little product having worn away. It was mostly opaque; I think you could possibly get a thin, second layer to get more pigmentation out of it, but you want to apply in thinner layers so it dries evenly. This was virtually smudge-, budge-, and kiss-proof when I tested it, but if you eat something oilier or combine it with lip balm, you may see slight color transfer.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick L.U.V.
L.U.V.
L.U.V.
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Carmine Rouge & Light English Red Lipsticks

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “clean true red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium red with subtle, cool undertones (leans a little pink-ish) and a satin finish. There’s enough of a sheen that it doesn’t look fully matte to me, though it wears down after about an hour and a half into wear. The color lasted for five hours in total, and it was somewhat drying over time. The consistency was lightly creamy and didn’t drag when applied. Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Ruby Woo (LE) is more matte (lip pencil). MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Light English Red Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer beige red [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a light sheen and very, very soft gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage and lightened the natural color of my lips and brought out the pink tones to it, but if you have redder lips naturally, it may look more different applied. The consistency has a light slip and emollient quality to it, and it goes on easily without tugging on the lips. It seems to wear away after two hours of wear, and it was slightly drying after wearing it twice in a row. MAC Snapdragon (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Flush (LE, $25.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. MAC Feed the Senses (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is lighter, more opaque. MAC Vivid Imagination (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. Guerlain Rose Piquant (LE, $51.00) is glossier. Burberry Tulip Pink (P, $30.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink (LE, $23.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Lipstick (Prabal Gurung) Carmine Rouge
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
MAC Lipstick (Prabal Gurung) Light English Red
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Burberry Oxblood & Gold Lip Mist

Burberry Oxblood No. 214 Lip Mist
Burberry Oxblood No. 214 Lip Mist

Burberry Oxblood No. 214 Lip Mist ($33.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish berry with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage–a lot more than the “subtle hint of color” described (though they allude to more buildable color, as they give a tip to apply “twice for stronger colour”), which may be a happy problem for some to have. It lasted for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating. This shade is also available in the permanent range, just in regular packaging. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Audrey (P, $32.00) is similar. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Burberry Gold No. 217 Lip Mist ($33.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a light, subtly warm-toned beige with faint gold shimmer and a glossy shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage; the base color gave my lips a lighter, more beige-hue with some shimmer. The color pulled into lip lines shortly after applying, and it worsened as it wore. The color only wore well for two and a half hours. It was comfortable to wear during that time, though. Tom Ford Beauty Solar Gold (LE, $49.00) is less glossy. MAC Altered Beige (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Sous Le Vent (P, $35.00) is less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Burberry Lip Mist Oxblood No. 214
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Burberry Lip Mist Gold No. 217
Gold No. 217
Gold No. 217
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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MAC Kinky Lipstick (Kinky Boots Collection)

MAC Kinky Lipstick
MAC Kinky Lipstick

MAC Kinky Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid neutral-red matte.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly cool-toned red with a matte finish. Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is darker. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $16.00) is less matte. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #43 (P, $19.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC has released a lot of matte reds in the past couple of years (and they have some classics in their permanent range), so this just doesn’t seem particularly different from those past releases. It is lightly creamy, applies without dragging, and is intensely pigmented. The wear tops in at six and a half hours with plenty of color still going. It works well with the coordinating gloss in the small release, and if you’re in the market for a long-wearing, non-drying (though not hydrating!) red, it might do the trick.

MAC Lipstick Kinky
Kinky
Kinky
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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