Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Anastasia Party Pink Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Party Pink Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Party Pink Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid blue pink.” It’s a neon magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $19.00) is darker. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $21.00) is darker. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is more muted, less matte. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is less matte, slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was nicely pigmented and applied with smooth, even color coverage. The texture is thin, but it dries down nicely after about forty-five seconds. It’s important to keep your lips from touching while it is drying down, as it goes from watery to tacky as it dries down, and once fully dry, then it is mostly transfer-free. I noticed that it looked dry/flaky on the very inner portion of my lips (the edge right before it’s actually inside your mouth), so the formula can be unforgiving there. It lasted well for six hours, but it started to fade more noticeably from the center after that. It was somewhat drying over time, unfortunately.

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Party Pink

B+

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Marc Jacobs Blow (210) Le Marc Lip Creme
Marc Jacobs Blow (210) Le Marc Lip Creme

Marc Jacobs Blow (210) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dark berry velvet.” It’s a medium-dark, burgundy red with subtle, cool undertones and a satin sheen. Bite Beauty #001 (LE, $36.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Truffle (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is more matte. NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is glossier. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Saboteur (132) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Tribalist (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Diva (P, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The new Le Marc Lip Creme formula is supposed to be a “rich, velvety, ultra-hydrating lipstick” with “vivid pigment” and “10-hour” wear. Sometimes I wonder how many people actually test a product before a brand makes a claim like long-wearing, because 10 hours is a very long time, so I’m genuinely curious how many people test and report back with such-and-such wear time before a brand makes a claim. It is a deeper, richer hue, which tend to last longer than a much lighter shade would, period, but it only lasted six hours for me. Blow is semi-opaque with a noticeable translucency where the natural lip color will come through. The formula is lightweight, lightly creamy, and glides on without tugging on the lips, though there is some unevenness. It was comfortable initially, but I found the formula to be lightly drying over time. The formula has a very, very subtle sweet floral scent, but I could barely detect it in the tube.

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Blow (210)

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Anastasia Pure Hollywood Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Pure Hollywood Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Pure Hollywood Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of pink and an ultra matte finish. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is darker, pinker. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is less matte, pinker. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is darker, less matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lament (P, $18.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC Riot House (LE, $16.00) is much lighter. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is slightly darker, less pink. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is darker, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to have “full coverage” with a “matte finish” that will last “all day.” It’s very pigmented, yet it’s a shade that goes on unevenly with visible streaks initially and seems almost watery when applied. Luckily, it seems to self-level so that as it dries down, the unevenness disappears (so I would recommend not fussing with making it appears perfectly even while it is wet). As it is drying down, it gets very tacky, and you’ll want to ensure you don’t press your lips together while it is drying down, or else color will lift. The consistency is more unforgiving in this lighter shade than American Doll, and it immediately started to pull into lip lines. This only worsened as the color wore on, even though it had minimal transfer on my coffee cup, but it looked settled and made my lips look cracked after a mere two hours. It was very drying, and it was extremely difficult to wear it past five hours–my lips felt so parched that they hurt.

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Pure Hollywood

C-

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, January 30th, 2015

Anastasia American Doll Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia American Doll Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia American Doll Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, blue-based red with an ultra matte finish. MAC Tenor Voice (LE, $16.00) is less matte. MAC Opera (LE, $16.00) is less matte, darker. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is darker, less matte. Kat Von D Underage Red (P, $19.00) is warmer. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to offer “vibrant long-wearing color” in “one sweep.” The brand recommends to “swirl wand around tube to evenly mix color before application.” The consistency is thin, almost watery (without being runny), and spreads well. This particular shade applied with one-stroke color payoff and was not just intense, but it applied evenly right off the bat. I did buy a few shades, and a few shades looked streaky before they dried down, while this one always looked even. It dries down and sets in about thirty seconds. Once set, it clings to lips without feeling clingy or drying, and it has a lighter-weight feel. The formula gets drying after five hours of wear, which is really the only downside of the product, though it lasted for eight. It will easily last through drinking, but eating will depend on how much oil is in your meal, as oil will make it break down. I was a little bummed to see it only contained 0.11 fl. oz. (some brands, like Guerlain, Kat Von D, Laura Mercier, have nearly double, though other brands, like Hourglass and Stila, contain about the same).

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American Doll

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Guerlain Peach Satin (540) Kiss Kiss Lipstick
Guerlain Peach Satin (540) Kiss Kiss Lipstick

Guerlain Peach Satin (540) Kiss Kiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened, medium tangerine orange with fine gold pearl and a luminous sheen. MAC Style Approved (LE, $22.00) is pinker, less glossy. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is darker, redder. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is more muted. Paul and Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) (LE, $17.00) is similar. MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Kiss Kiss formula is supposed to be hydrating with a “fine, even, and rich creamy texture” with “impeccable hold.” For me, they are in-between the Rouge and Shine Automatiques in terms of feel and color coverage. They tend to have a bit of translucency to them, so they’re not as pigmented as the Rouge Automatiques, but they’re more pigmented and less glossy compared to the Shine Automatiques. Rouge Gs are creamier and more hydrating, and they’re typically a little more opaque. Peach Satin is mostly opaque with some translucency where the natural lip color will come through. It was creamy with noticeable slip and glided on easily, but it was a formula that would show “lines” if you press your lips together and could have applied more evenly. It wore well for four hours on me and was hydrating, but it’s not particularly long-wearing. The formula has a violet scent but no discernible taste.

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Peach Satin (540)

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a satin to matte formula with six permanent shades (and two limited edition shades). The formula is good overall with a few shades that could use some improvement and only one that was a miss from my experience. The texture has a more velvety, smooth consistency, so they don’t have some of the dryness often associated with matte formulas (though most of them aren’t fully matte in finish when first applied). Most of them are neither drying nor hydrating with none being unbearably drying. The formula has a subtle vanilla scent but no discernible taste.

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