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Laura Mercier Heartbreaker Gel Lip Color

Laura Mercier Heartbreaker Gel Lip Color
Laura Mercier Heartbreaker Gel Lip Color

Laura Mercier Heartbreaker Gel Lip Color ($23.00 for 0.11 oz.) it’s a light-medium, rosy pink with subtle warm undertones and a luminous sheen. MAC Pinkfringe (LE, $16.00) is more frosted, lighter, cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Flush (LE, $25.00) is similar. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is more opaque. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is darker, more opaque. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. NYX Paparazzi (P, $4.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

For summer, Laura Mercier released four limited edition shades in a new formula, Gel Lip Colour, which is described as “comforting, sheer colour with a shine finish and subtle vanilla flavor,” and unsurprisingly, it’s also supposed to be hydrating. I’ve only tried one shade, so perhaps the others are better, but I didn’t love Heartbreaker. While the consistency was gel-like, felt smooth, and glided on easily, the resulting finish looked uneven, and it seemed to catch on every single imperfection on my lips. I would apply this, and it wouldn’t look right, so I’d apply something else, and that something else looked just fine. This just seemed to accentuate the texture of my lips, and it possibly also “balled” up on itself. It had semi-sheer color coverage, where it provided noticeable color but had a fair amount of translucency so the natural lip color would come through. If you pressed your lips together, it would create unevenness/lines. It had a very subtle vanilla scent that jockeyed with its waxy base, and it had a sweet taste. The color lasted two hours on me, and it was somewhat hydrating while worn.

Laura Mercier Gel Lip Color Heartbreaker
Heartbreaker
Heartbreaker
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
77%
Total

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Chanel Conquise (144) & Rayonnante (145) Rouge Allure Lip Colours

Chanel Conquise (144) Rouge Allure Lip Colour
Chanel Conquise (144) Rouge Allure Lip Colour

For spring, Chanel’s released two new shades of the Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colors ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) formula. If you’re unfamiliar with this formula, it’s supposed to be “intense, long-wearing colour with full coverage and a satin finish.”

Chanel Conquise (144) Rouge Allure Lip Colour ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is softly muted, medium orange with a hint of rosiness and a soft shimmer. It had rich, opaque color coverage that didn’t look heavy and felt lightweight. It applied well and laid down even, smooth color. This shade wore well for four hours on me, and it was lightly moisturizing during that time. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is slightly darker. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Ravishing (P, $16.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Rayonnante (145) Rouge Allure Lip Colour ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is brightened, pinky-plum with cool undertones and a luminous finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, so it didn’t deliver the “full coverage” as promised. The texture was lightly creamy with some slip, and it felt lightweight and comfortable to wear. It was lightly hydrating, and it lasted for four hours on me. Chanel Fougueuse (138) (P, $34.00) is brighter, pinker. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is darker. Urban Decay Turn On (P, $22.00) is brighter. Too Faced So Berry Sexy (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Conquise (144)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Rayonnante (145)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Chanel Cheri (61) & Irresistible (62) Rouge Coco Lipsticks

Chanel Cheri (61) Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Cheri (61) Rouge Coco Lipstick

For spring, Chanel’s released two new shades of the Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colors ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) formula. This formula is supposed to have “full coverage finishes,” “lightweight” feel, and be hydrating. Cheri is permanent, but Irresistible is limited edition.

Chanel Cheri (61) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy-peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff, but there was some translucency as you could see my lip freckle peeking through. It applied evenly overall, but you may get slight “lines” if you press your lips together; thankfully, they’re not noticeable from a normal viewing distance–only up-close. It managed to wear for three hours on me. Revlon Jungle Peach (LE, $7.99) is lighter. YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is lighter. YSL Corail Intuitive (15) (P, $34.00) is similar. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Irresistible (62) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark, pink-shimmered plum with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it covered the lips fairly evenly with color. It lasted for three and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating during that time. Urban Decay Rapture (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Ce Soir (P, $34.00) is warmer. Maybelline Yummy Plummy (P, $7.49) is less shimmery/glossy. MAC Craving (P, $16.00) is less shimmery/glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour Cheri (61)
Cheri (61)
Cheri (61)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour Irresistible (62)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons (Part 1)

Bite Beauty Blood Orange Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Bite Beauty Blood Orange Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to be a “moisture-rich, matte-finish lipstick with a delicious citrus scent.” All three shades featured in this review are richly pigmented with a texture that’s moderately creamy but lightweight. They were really comfortable to wear, even though they have more of a matte finish; they don’t feel clingy, and I experienced light to moderate hydration across these shades. The matte finish combined with the pigmentation makes it a long-wearing formula, too. I didn’t have issues with feathering or bleeding, though I’m not prone to either of these. They have a lemony-herbal-y scent to me, which may or may not be appealing to you. The only downside is that the pencil is only 0.05 oz., which is half the size of the average-sized lipstick. I’ll be reviewing the other three shades in the range soon, so stay tuned!

Bite Beauty Blood Orange Matte Creme Lip Crayon is described as an “electric citrus red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium, orange-red with a matte finish. The color coverage was rich, fully opaque, and applied flawlessly–even, smooth color. This shade wore well for six hours and was lightly hydrating during that time. MAC Mangrove (LE, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is darker. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Clementine Matte Creme Lip Crayon is described as a “citrus orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had full color coverage, which applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was creamy, lightweight, and didn’t feel clingy. This shade wore well for six hours and was lightly hydrating. Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is lighter. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is redder. MAC Tomango (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC Neon Orange (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is similar. Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is glossier, redder. Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Kumquat Orange Matte Creme Lip Crayon is described as a “pink grapefruit.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin-matte finish. It applied with rich, opaque color, which went on smoothly and evenly. This shade wore well for five hours, and it was moderately moisturizing. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is darker. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is darker. MAC Silly (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon Blood Orange
Blood Orange
Blood Orange
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon Clementine
Clementine
Clementine
A+

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon Kumquat
Kumquat
Kumquat
A

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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MAC Giddy, Lip Blossom, Shy Shine Lipsticks

MAC Giddy Lipstick
MAC Giddy Lipstick

MAC just added several previously released shades (that were limited edition) to their permanent range, and three of them I haven’t already reviewed in the past, so I bought those shades so I could share photos/swatches with you!

MAC Giddy Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with warm, rosy undertones and a soft, gold shimmer. Officially, it has a Lustre finish, but the texture wasn’t quite as glossy–a little drier overall–and the pigmentation was mostly opaque, which is unlike traditional Lustres, as those tend to be sheerer. It lasted for three hours on me, but it was somewhat drying. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Pink Peony (P, $16.00) is darker. NYX Chic (P, $4.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Lip Blossom Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned pink with a gold, frosted shimmer. The shimmer makes it appear a bit lighter once applied. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the texture was creamy with some slip. MAC labeled this a Lustre, per the label. It wore well for three and a half hours, but it was a bit drying on me. Guerlain Gems (LE, $51.00) is more orange. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Fleurie (139) (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer, less shimmery. Tarte Pink Peony (P, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) (P, $30.00) is slightly pinker. Guerlain Giulette (P, $51.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Shy Shine Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a soft, muted coral-beige with fine champagne shimmer and a luminous finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, though it, too, is a Lustre finish according to the brand. The texture was fairly emollient and glided on easily, though slight “lines” were visible if you pressed your lips together. It lasted two and a half hours on me and was lightly drying. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is pinker. Too Faced Taffy (P, $21.00) is lighter. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is lighter. NYX Chic (P, $4.00) is pinker. MAC Coral Bliss (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker. Guerlain Rose Desir (LE, $51.00) is pinker. Giorgio Armani Blush (500) (P, $32.00) is pinker, darker, more opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Lipstick Giddy
Giddy
Giddy
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
MAC Lipstick Lip Blossom
Lip Blossom
Lip Blossom
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
MAC Lipstick Shy Shine
Shy Shine
Shy Shine
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Guerlain Gladys (78), Galiane (15), Gaetane (16) Rouge G Lipsticks

Guerlain Gladys (78) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gladys (78) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gladys (78) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant fuchsia.” It’s a rich, medium-dark fuchsia-shimmered berry with cool undertones and a luminous sheen. The color payoff was incredibly intense and opaque–one pass is all you need–and the coverage was even and made lips look smoother. This shade wore well for six hours, and it left a noticeable stain behind, while still being hydrating and comfortable to wear. This is a new and permanent shade. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is lighter, brighter, less shimmery. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is darker. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. MAC Commotion (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, more muted. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is darker. Guerlain Gigi (P, $51.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $35.00) is brighter, more fuchsia. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Galiane (15) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude beige.” It’s a light-medium beige with warm, peachy undertones and a creamy, lightly luminous, finish. This is the least glossy of the five new (and permanent!) Rouge Gs. The color coverage is full and opaque, while the texture is creamy, so the color applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for five hours and was nicely hydrating during that time. MAC Woodrose (LE, $16.00) is much lighter. MAC Pure Pout (P, $22.00) is lighter. Maybelline Sin-a-mon (935) (P, $7.49) is browner, darker. MAC Japanese Maple (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Gaetane (16) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark orange-brown with light copper micro-shimmer and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but there was a little translucency with this shade that isn’t present with the other shades. The color wore well for almost six hours, though, and it was moisturizing and comfortable to wear. Revlon Sandstorm (LE, $7.99) is darker, less glossy. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is darker, less glossy. Milani Bronze Beauty (P, $5.49) is more shimmery, less glossy. MAC Who’s That Chick (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, less glossy. MAC Sheer Seduction (LE, $16.00) is slightly more shimmery. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is a touch darker, less glossy. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Authentic (P, $18.00) is darker, more metallic, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color Gladys (78)
Gladys (78)
Gladys (78)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color Galiane (15)
Galiane (15)
Galiane (15)
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color Gaetane (16)
Gaetane (16)
Gaetane (16)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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