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Bite Beauty Crush Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Crush Cashmere Lip Cream
Bite Beauty Crush Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Crush Cashmere Lip Cream ($28.00 for 0.26 fl. oz.) is described as a “reddish coral.” It’s a vibrant–nearly neon–coral-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, less neon. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is a smidgen lighter. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is darker, more muted. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is more muted. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is pinker. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is slightly darker, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be a “cream-to-powder matte lip color that delivers an unprecedented 50 percent pigment dispersion.” There’s no question that Crush is intensely pigmented–full, opaque color coverage is easily delivered in a single layer. The consistency is creamy, not too thin or too thick, but it retains a slight slip, so it’s comfortable to wear. It was neither drying nor hydrating on me over the six hours it lasted, and it does leave behind a stain that lingers for another hour or two. I didn’t have any issues with the color feathering or bleeding outside my lip line. The formula has a slight herbal-ish scent that’s very subtle–I only really notice if I smell the actual applicator, but I don’t notice it when it is applied (and there’s no discernible taste). As I’ve mentioned before, the only potential issue is really that it’s not a matte finish from the get-go; it takes at least two hours for the satin finish to wear down to something more matte.

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream Crush
Crush
Crush
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) & Rose Glace (866) Rouge G Lipsticks

Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) Rouge G Lipstick

This summer, Guerlain introduces new shades of Rouge G. Five shades are being added to the permanent range, and there are two limited edition shades–both featured in detail below–that come in specially-colored lacquered cases. They’ll be available at the retailers Guerlain is sold, and right now, only Saks seems to have the new shades available online. Rouge G is a long-time favorite for me, because of the long-wear, rich color payoff, and hydrating, comfortable formula.

Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) Rouge G Lipstick ($54.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “velvety red-pink.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia-pink with subtle cool undertones. At times, it almost looks warm-toned, but it is strongly pink-based, so it is definitely cooler overall. It had rich, intense color coverage, and the color wore well for six and a half hours and left behind a stain. YSL Rose Asarine (34) (P, $34.00) is warmer. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is lighter. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is matte. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $49.50) is warmer, redder. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is lighter, matte. Guerlain Gigi (P, $49.50) is very similar. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $35.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Rose Glace (866) Rouge G Lipstick ($54.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude, barely there pink.” It’s a light, milky pink with white and pale pink shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage that seemed to lighten the natural lip color and added quite a bit of shimmer. I think the formula of this shade felt more like the Rouge G Brilliant, between the glossiness, shimmer, and shine, but as the classic Rouge G, I think it misses on what makes Rouge G special–the long-wear, color coverage, and smooth texture. There was slight, noticeable texture from the shimmer, which I wasn’t in love with. The color wore well for three hours, which is longer than average when it comes to a shade as light as this (with this level of coverage). Guerlain Rose Innocent (LE, $49.50) has a stronger pink color. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color Rose Grenat (864)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color Rose Glace (866)
8
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
74%
Total

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Dior Sunset (660) Rouge Dior Couture Lipstick

Dior Sunset (660) Rouge Dior Couture Lipstick
Dior Sunset (660) Rouge Dior Couture Lipstick

Dior Sunset (660) Rouge Dior Couture Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “fiery red.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with strong, warm red undertones and a soft, golden shimmer, plus a glossy, luminous finish. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is a smidgen lighter. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is darker, less shimmery. Chanel Pygmalion (LE, $34.00) is sheerer. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is warmer, less glossy. MAC Hibiscus (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel (LE, $49.50) is darker, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The look and feel of this shade is really where the luxury is; the consistency is incredibly lightweight, as it is creamy and glides on easily. It applies smoothly, evenly, and better yet, lips look soft, juicy, and lustrous. When a lipstick makes your lips look like they’re in better health–smoother, plumper, softer–you know the formula is a winner. Sunset had mostly opaque color coverage with a hint of translucency that kept it from reading too heavy. It wore well for four and a half hours, and it did leave behind a stain. The formula was nicely hydrating both during and after the color wore away, and I didn’t detect any scent or taste.

Dior Rouge Dior Couture Colour Voluptuous Care Lipstick Sunset (660)
Sunset (660)

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MAC By Request (Spring 2014) Lipsticks

MAC By Request (Spring 2014) Lipsticks
MAC By Request (Spring 2014) Lipsticks

MAC Glam Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid, bright pinky-red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, brightened, medium pinky-red with strong cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency. It wore well for eight hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Dior Minuit (LE, $36.00) is more matte, slightly pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $45.00) is less cool-toned. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is similar. NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is more matte, darker. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is more matte. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Hoop Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rosy pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a satin finish. It had full, opaque pigmentation, and the consistency was moderately creamy and applied evenly. It wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker. NYX Stella (P, $4.00) is pinker. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pink Poodle Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid, fuchsia-pink [with a Glaze finish].” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia-pink with iridescent fuchsia and violet micro-shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the shade lasted for five hours and was a little drying. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Milani Violet Volt (P, $5.49) is purpler. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Yaoi (P, $18.00) is brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Lipstick Glam
Glam
Glam
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
MAC Lipstick Hoop
Hoop
Hoop
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
MAC Lipstick Pink Poodle
Pink Poodle
Pink Poodle
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Bite Beauty Moscato Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Moscato Cashmere Lip Cream
Bite Beauty Moscato Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Moscato Cashmere Lip Cream ($28.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a bold, bright, vivid fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is darker. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is more muted, more matte. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is a bit darker. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (LE, $18.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

If Bordeaux was too dark for you, perhaps Moscato’s lighter and brighter hue is more up your alley (though they are equally bold, showstopping colors!). Moscato was intensely pigmented in a single stroke, comfortable to wear, and wears well for six hours and will last as long as eight with only slight fading. It takes two to three hours for the finish to wear down to something more matte, which is really the only “downside” to the formula–it’s supposed to be matte, but there’s a definite shine to it. To get more of a matte finish from the beginning, I would recommend lightly blotting. The consistency is creamy and stays that way for a few hours, so while it’s not transfer-proof, there’s so much pigmentation that it still wears long and well. There is a slight scent to it that I can’t quite place–a little herbal-y? perhaps that’s subtle and I can only somewhat catch a whiff of it when I smell the applicator.

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream Moscato
Moscato
Moscato
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Urban Decay Gash Lipstick (2014)

Urban Decay Gash Lipstick
Urban Decay Gash Lipstick

Urban Decay Gash Lipstick ($22.00 for 0..09 oz.) is described as a “deep red with tonal shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned red with ruby red micro-shimmer and a luminous shine. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte, brighter. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is less cool-toned, matte. MAC Runaway Red (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Liu (P, $35.00) is similar. Chanel Rouge Byzantin (LE, $34.00) is slightly pinker, less glossy, brighter. See comparison swatches.

It’s exclusive, limited edition shade to Urban Decay’s website, so you won’t find it as the usual suspects like Sephora. When I compared this shade to the previously released Gash (in the older formula), the color was spot-on. The shade was nicely pigmented and yielded mostly opaque color coverage. The texture of the new formula doesn’t feel quite the same as the rest of the Revolution lipsticks, though; it’s slightly stiffer in comparison, though it doesn’t tug or pull at lips while being applied–it’s just not as noticeably creamy or as emollient as the other shades in the range. It was also somewhat tacky, but it adheres well, applies smoothly, and pretty much wears for hours on end. It was still going strong after eight hours (including a meal) with the color being even, bold, and the only component missing was that it wasn’t as shiny (but it wasn’t fully matte either). The formula was moderately hydrating over time as well; I never felt like I needed lip balm, even after eight hours of wearing this shade.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Gash
Gash
Gash
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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