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Revlon Elusive & Striking Colorburst Matte Balms

Revlon Elusive Colorburst Matte Balm
Revlon Elusive Colorburst Matte Balm

Revlon’s new Colorburst Matte Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is supposed to give you a “velvety matte look,” while still having the hydrating, comfortable feel of a balm. It’s a twist-up, jumbo-sized lip pencil, so there’s no need to sharpen (and therefore, no waste). Both shades I tested in this post were nicely pigmented, had good wear time, and were fairly comfortable to wear overall, though I wouldn’t describe them really as balm-like but more as lightly hydrating. They had a slight mint scent.

Elusive Colorburst Matte Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned pink with yellow undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had mostly full color coverage, and the texture was light-medium in thickness–noticeable but not heavy. The consistency was lightly creamy but didn’t feel slick or slippery on. This shade wore well for four and a half hours. MAC Hoop (DC, $16.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is warmer. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Striking Colorburst Matte Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a medium, muted orange-red with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. This shade had a stronger sheen that lasted for about twenty minutes, but then it was mostly matte. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and it wore well for five hours. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is brighter, redder. NARS Moscow (P, $26.00) is browner, warmer, darker, less red. See comparison swatches.

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm Elusive
Elusive
Elusive
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm Striking
Striking
Striking
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon & Rose Neillia Rouge Volupte Lipsticks

YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon (31) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon (31) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon (31) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage in a single stroke. The consistency is on the thicker side relative to the average lipstick, but it doesn’t feel heavy–and better, it doesn’t look it. The color applied smoothly and evenly, and it wore well for four and a half hours and left behind a subtle stain. It was moderately hydrating while worn. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is cooler-toned, less pink, less glossy. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is brighter, darker. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is brighter, cooler-toned, less glossy. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is lighter, more muted. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is brighter, darker. MAC Pink Pigeon (LE, $16.00) is brighter, slightly darker, less glossy. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $16.00) is less glossy, darker, more muted, more fuchsia. See comparison swatches of all shades or view them side-by-side on The Dupe List.

Rose Neillia (33) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a glossy shine. It had full color coverage, and the consistency was slightly thick with a high degree of slip. It applied evenly for the most part, but sometimes, if I pressed my lips together, I could tell where they were–just slightly. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me and was moderately moisturizing. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is warmer, less glossy. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is lighter. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is darker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is glossier, warmer. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is darker. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is brighter, more matte. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches of all shades or view them side-by-side on The Dupe List.

Kat Von D Armageddon Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Armageddon Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Armageddon Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Armageddon Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “carnation pink.” It’s a cool-toned, light pink with strong, blue undertones and a flat, matte finish. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mannequin (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is more muted, darker. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $16.00) is less matte, slightly purpler. See comparison swatches. (Or see it on The Dupe List.)

This is a new shade added this spring (you can see the other I tried here), and the last I have to review. The formula is described as a “long-wear, full-coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth matte finish.” It is also supposed to have “added hydration.” It had rich, full color coverage in a single stroke, and the color applied evenly and smoothly. It begins as a liquid, and initially, it is glossy, but it quickly dries and sets for an ultra matte finish (about twenty to thirty seconds). Be sure not to press lips together while it’s drying, as the formula will stick and lift wherever the lips are touching. This shade wears six hours on me and is lightly drying. It does feel clingy to a degree, so it may be uncomfortable to wear if you are used to more emollient/slippery formulas.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Armageddon
Armageddon
Armageddon
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

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NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick

NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick
NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick

NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sheer burnished berry.” It’s a medium-dark, berry-red with neutral-to-cool undertones. (On me, those generally translate slightly warmer.) Too Faced Pink Chocolate (P, $21.00) is creamier, warmer. Laura Mercier Cozy (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Candy Apple (LE, $17.00) is slightly pinker/cooler-toned. Chanel Ce Soir (P, $34.00) is more muted, lighter. See comparison swatches. (You can see it on The Dupe List here!)

The Sheer Lipstick formula is supposed to have “sheer, long lasting color pigments” with “sophisticated shine.” Flair lasted five hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear. It looks almost like a stain, because of the level of pigment, slight glossiness, and darker coloring. It does settle into lip lines slightly, but I didn’t have any issues with the color feathering over time. Though described as sheer, it’s more like semi-sheer to semi-opaque–which is something I’ve seen with the majority of NARS’ Sheer Lipstick range. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

NARS Sheer Lipstick Flair
Flair

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Kat Von D Underage Red Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Underage Red Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Underage Red Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Underage Red Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright crimson.” It’s a neutral-to-cool-toned, medium red with a matte finish. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is similar. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Cruella (P, $25.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Russian Red (P, $16.00) is less matte, slightly cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #43 (P, $19.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches.

It’s new for spring, and the formula is described as a “long-wear, full-coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth matte finish.” It is also supposed to have “added hydration.” It is intensely pigmented–there is no doubt about that!–and the finish is an ultra matte, so very flat, no shine at all. Because it’s a liquid formula, it initially appears glossy as you apply it, but it quickly dries down to a fully matte finish within thirty seconds or so. You’ll want to avoid pressing your lips together as it fully dries, because it can “stick” if you have your lips closed, which will result in color lifting in any areas that weren’t completely dry. The color applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wears and wears, and as long as you’re not eating anything really oily, it lasts and lasts; on me, it wore a full eight hours and still looked nearly perfect on. I wouldn’t say it’s hydrating, and if you tend to wear glossier, more emollient lipsticks, you may fuss with your lips when you first wear this, as it clings to the lips in the way that liquid, matte finishes do. It seemed a little drying to almost not drying (but not moisturizing).

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Underage Red
Underage Red
Underage Red
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Color (Part 2)

Bobbi Brown Pink Gold Shimmer (7) Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Pink Gold Shimmer (7) Lip Color

These are the last three shades of Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Colors ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) that I have to review. (See part one here.) The formula is supposed to be a “soft, buttery feel” and be hydrating. The press release also mentioned that it would leave a “thin veil of light-reflecting color that lasts for hours without feathering or drying.” These definitely have more than a mere “thin veil” of color–they’re closer to semi-opaque. Pink Gold Shimmer was the sheerest, but it wasn’t that sheer. The sparkle is fine, lovely and dazzling when it catches the light, and multi-dimensional. These have a slick, emollient texture that enables them to glide on easily but they tend to wear away a bit faster than the average lipstick, though they are lightly moisturizing. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

Pink Gold Shimmer (7) Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pale peachy pink.” It’s a pink-tinged peach with gold shimmer, but applied, it looks like a light-medium warm-toned pink with gold shimmer. The color coverage was semi-sheer. It wore well for two and a half hours. Too Faced Taffy (P, $21.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is also lighter, less shimmery. NARS Mitzi (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Supreme Style (LE, $17.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Rose Desir (LE, $49.50) is pinker. Chanel Gardenia (P, $34.00) is less glossy, darker. See comparison swatches.

Calypso Shimmer (10) Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright peach coral.” It’s a medium, slightly muted, orange with gold shimmer. This shade applied with semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency where the natural lip color will come through. The texture of this one was on the thicker side, and as a result, you could see “lines” appear if you pressed your lips together. It wore well for three hours. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is less shimmery, brighter. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Chanel Etonnante (131) (P, $34.00) is darker, redder. Chanel Mystique (57) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Interlude (P, $34.00) is less glossy, pinker. Chanel Pimpante (P, $34.00) Burberry Heather Rose (P, $30.00) is darker. Benefit Saucy (P, $18.00) is a smidgen darker. See comparison swatches.

Ballerina Shimmer (12) Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone pink.” It’s a medium, subtly cool-toned pink with gold shimmer. It was semi-opaque color coverage, so some of the natural lip color came through (so it will alter the way it looks, if you have more natural pigmentation in your lips). It wore well for three and a half hours. MAC Love Beam (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Pink Peony (P, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Lip Color Pink Gold Shimmer (7)
Bobbi Brown Lip Color Calypso Shimmer (10)
Bobbi Brown Lip Color Ballerina Shimmer (12)

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