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Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

Revlon Whimsical (115) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm
Revlon Whimsical (115) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a newer lip color release from Revlon. I picked up a couple of shades from my local drugstore a few weeks ago, but it seems these are permanent as they’re available online. There are ten shades in total. The formula is supposed to have “high shine with balm-like moisture.” They are twist-up jumbo-sized pencils, so no sharpening is required. Though they seemed almost semi-sheer when swatched on the skin, they’re actually quite pigmented on the lips. They have a moderate level of shine, and they feel like a lighter-weight lip balm. I found both shades I tried to be somewhat hydrating–not quite as hydrating as the best lip balm but comfortable to wear. They had a mint scent and slight mint flavor.

Whimsical (115) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a medium-dark, subtly cool-toned pink with a luminous shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage and was mostly even. It wore well for four hours. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P) is more matte. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $15.00) is matte, redder, brighter. Guerlain Illusion (660) (LE, $35.00) is darker. Revlon Sorbet (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Lickable (P, $15.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Vivacious (120) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a pinky-red with subtle warm undertones. This one had a less glossy/balm-like finish and more of a satin finish. It was very nearly opaque on lips, though, and it lasted for almost five hours. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Aphrodisiac (LE, $49.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Impassioned (P, $15.00) is a touch brighter, more matte. Guerlain Gigi (P, $49.50) is similar. Guerlain Gourmandise (P, $49.50) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm Whimsical (115)
B+

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm Vivacious (120)
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Paul & Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) Lipstick CS

Paul & Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) Lipstick
Paul & Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) Lipstick

Paul & Joe Beaute Lipstick CS ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to be incredibly hydrating with vibrant color and is sold as refills. You can choose your case design, which is colored cardboard with a pattern over it, and the cases cost $5 each (mine is encased with the 009 design). The formula was lightweight, moderately moisturizing, and has a rosy scent.

Once Upon a Time (081) is described as a “bright and bold pumpkin shade, reminiscent of Cinderella’s carriage.” It’s a slightly lightened medium orange with warm, yellow and orange undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it wore well for four and a half hours. This type of orange is actually harder to dupe, because it has strong yellow undertones and doesn’t lean red at all. MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Saigon Summer (LE, $15.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Banjee (P, $18.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches.

Paul and Joe Beaute Lipstick CS Refill Once Upon a Time (081)
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Givenchy Magnolia Organza, Mandarine Bolero, Carmin Escarpin Le Rouge

Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) Le Rouge Lipstick
Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) Le Rouge Lipstick

Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright reddish pink.” It’s a bright, bold, medium-dark pink with warm, reddish undertones and a luminous sheen. The color payoff was incredibly rich and yielded full color coverage in a single stroke. It wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. MAC Pleasurefruit (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is darker, slightly warmer. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Force of Love (LE, $15.00) is lighter, pinker. Guerlain Gracy (LE, $49.50) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Mandarine Bolero (304) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “muted red orange.” It’s a muted, coral-orange with a luminous sheen. It had smooth, opaque color coverage, and the consistency applied evenly. This shade wore well for five and a half hours and was lightly hydrating while worn. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is somewhat pinker. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $16.00) is more orange. Chanel Pygmalion (LE, $34.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Carmin Escarpin (306) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “warm poppy red.” It’s a orange-red with warm undertones and a soft, luminous shine. The consistency was lightly creamy, easy to apply, and applied evenly. The color coverage was very nearly opaque, and the lipstick lasted six hours and left behind a soft stain and was nicely hydrating. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is slightly redder. Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is more orange. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is very similar. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is redder. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is similar. Maybelline Neon Red (P, $7.49) is also similar. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $15.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Givenchy Le Rouge Magnolia Organza (301)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Mandarine Bolero (304)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Carmin Escarpin (306)
10
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Pink Peony Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Pink Peony Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) launched recently as a “moisturizing, creamy lipstick.” They’re supposed to “add a splash of rich color and creamy shine” while delivering “intense moisture.” I’ve been testing two shades over the past couple of weeks, and it’s a decent to good formula, but it didn’t knock it out of the park for me. It really wasn’t that hydrating for me; no more than the average lipstick–just lightly hydrating–and the color and shine disappear after two hours of wear or less. If you eat or drink, good luck getting any wear out of these at all; the product just vanishes!

The texture on the lips isn’t gritty, but it’s not quite smooth… almost waxy in some ways. These were best applied on naturally healthy lips, as the consistency/texture tended to accentuate any imperfections on the lips–definitely exfoliate prior to using these. The color is buildable from sheer to semi-opaque color coverage. If a color is going to be one of those super hydrating, buttery balm-like formulas that wears away quickly, it at least needs to be ultra hydrating to make up for it, and I felt like these just stayed middle-of-the-road on all accounts. The lipsticks are packaged in cardboard containers, which may be a deal-breaker for some.  They have a light mint scent, but I didn’t notice a mint taste.  These looked a lot better when initially applied than they actually are in reality, unfortunately!

Pink Peony Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “blushing pink.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink–almost a coral-pink–with a luminous sheen. It was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque color with some translucency. It lasted just under two hours on me. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) (P, $30.00) is similar. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is lighter. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is more matte. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is lighter. MAC Flamingo (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Tulip Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mauve rose.” It’s a medium, warm-toned, rosy pink with a luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable, color. It lasted almost two hours on me. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is warmer, less pink. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is similar. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is more mauve. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is brighter. MAC Grande Dame (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is pinker. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick Pink Peony
Pink Peony
Pink Peony
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick Tulip
Tulip
Tulip
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total

Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre

Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre
Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre

Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre ($7.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich, velvety dark red.” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones, and a soft shine. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $49.00) is a touch brighter and warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) is also a bit warmer, slightly brighter.MAC Night to Remember (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is a smidgen brighter. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is more matte. Guerlain Luxure (P, $49.50) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

The Lip Lustre formula is supposed to be “non-sticky lipcolour, nearly as solid as a lipstick, leaving rich colour on your lips but no goopy tackiness.” They come in lipgloss tubes, but they’re more like a liquid lipstick than a gloss. They can also be purchased as in a trial size (1.5ml vs. 8ml) for $2.00, which, honestly, is plenty of product given how pigmented the shades can be! Winter Romance had mostly opaque color, but there was an all-over translucency that enabled some of the natural color to peek through. It applied evenly, and the color looked smooth on the lips. The consistency is lightweight, lightly creamy, and comfortable to wear. This shade wore well for six hours and left behind a stain that continued going for another two hours. However, after four hours of wear, it started to settle into lip lines somewhat. It was neither drying nor hydrating when worn. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

Fyrinnae Lip Lustre Winter Romance
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral Kissing Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral Kissing Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral Kissing Lipstick (£23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium coral-pink with a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the color applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for four and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating when worn.  Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is lighter. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is a bit darker, less matte. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Guerlain Giulette (P, $49.50) has a golden shimmer. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Underground Kissing Lipstick (£23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, brightened fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It was incredibly pigmented, and it applied and wore beautifully for a solid six and a half hours, plus it left behind a stain that lingered for a couple more hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating while worn; it seemed slightly moisturizing initially but at the four-hour mark, it just seemed neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $15.00) is more matte, redder. Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is slightly darker. NARS Carthage (P, $26.00) is pinker. MAC Rare Exotic (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Moxie (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Impassioned (P, $15.00) is slightly redder. MAC Girl About Town (P, $15.00) is a touch bluer-based. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to have rich, buildable color, not feather or bleed, and leave lips “soft, pert, soothed and hydrated.”  Both shades were lightly creamy–just enough to allow the lipstick to glide over the lips without catching or tugging and still keep the finish on the more satin side.  The finish of Coachella Coral was more of a true satin, where there was a soft sheen but still had a matte-ness to the look, whereas Velvet Underground was a more luminous satin but did become a truer satin after two hours of wear.  I didn’t find it to be a very hydrating formula, though it was not drying.  The formula is lightly scented with sweet vanilla but neither had a discernible taste when I wore them.

Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick Coachella Coral
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick Velvet Underground
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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