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Estee Lauder Power Mode, Thrill Seeker, Sly Ingenue Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Power Mode (410) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Power Mode (410) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Power Mode (410) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Power Mode (410) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Power Mode (410) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Power Mode (410) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Power Mode (410)

Estee Lauder Power Mode (410) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and fine lighter pink and warmer pink pearl. This shade had less shimmer than a lot of the other shades, but it also seemed to apply more evenly and have greater coverage (which you may prefer, though the formula is supposed to be medium in coverage). The texture was lightly creamy with just a touch of slip, but it didn’t slide around and lasted for a solid four and a half hours.

Estee Lauder Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick Power Mode (410)

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Estee Lauder Bold Innocent, Sheer Sin, Pretty Shocking Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Bold Innocent (210) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bold Innocent (210) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bold Innocent (210) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bold Innocent (210) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bold Innocent (210) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bold Innocent (210) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Bold Innocent (210)

Estee Lauder Bold Innocent (210) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and fine, gold pearl. The finish had a noticeable pearl and light sheen to it, but it wasn’t too emollient or slippery on the lips as it had a very light tackiness to it overall. The texture was on the thinner side but not clingy, and it was comfortable to wear, though I noticed some color slipped into lip lines over time. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which a bit more than medium described. This shade wore well for four and a half hours and was moisturizing.

Estee Lauder Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick Bold Innocent (210)

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Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

01/09

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Mauvember 2016

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pinky plum with cooler undertones and a satin finish.

It’s a limited edition shade, where 100% of the proceeds of sales go toward men’s health. It appears to have sold out online, but it is supposed to be available in-stores in Canada (seems like online only for U.S., unsure whether they will restock or not). They released a shade like it last year (see review) in the Luminous Creme formula, which was cooler and purpler overall, whereas this year’s shade is a bit warmer in comparison (and is of the Amuse Bouche formula). The consistency was firm without being stiff, lightly creamy, and sat fairly well on the lips. It had excellent, full color coverage that lasted for six hours. I found the formula lightly hydrating overall.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Mauvember 2016
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
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bareMinerals Your Kiss Is On My List Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick Set

bareMinerals Your Kiss Is On My List Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick Set
bareMinerals Your Kiss Is On My List Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick Set

bareMinerals Your Kiss Is On My List Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick Set ($35.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes eight miniature sized Gen Nude Radiant Lipsticks (which are all available in full size, if you only like one or two). The Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick formula is best for someone who likes lighter coverage, natural to glossy finishes, and doesn’t mind reapplying every few hours. It’s a comfortable, hydrating formula but doesn’t last long and can sometimes settle into lip lines due to the more emollient, slippery texture. The set is a nice value, and there is some variety in tone within the eight shades.

Value

  • Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick: $20.00 for 0.12 oz. or $166.67/oz.
  • Total Value: $53.33

Formula Overview

bareMinerals GEN NUDE Radiant Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “creamy, moisturizing” lipstick with “medium coverage and a balmy shine.” The formula is moderately hydrating and tends to last between two and a half and four hours on me, but it is a shorter-wearing formula due to the more balm-like texture. It has a very slippery, wet-feel on the lips, which can lead to “lines” when you press your lips together or, in some cases, the color settling into lip lines. The pigmentation varies from semi-sheer to semi-opaque, which I feel is fairly consistent with the “medium coverage” claim. The finish tends to be glossier running from natural to noticeably glossy but feels lightweight on. The formula has a soft, sweet vanilla scent but no discernible taste.

Make Up For Ever Holiday 2016 Artistic Lip Ink & Brush Set

Make Up For Ever Artistic Lip Ink Set
Make Up For Ever Artistic Lip Ink Set

Make Up For Ever Artistic Lip Ink Set ($40.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) includes an Artistic Lip Ink and a lip brush to apply it with, which are housed in a decorative, metal tin. The brush had a good length for dipping in the container, but it was a bit long and had a thinner edge than seemed ideal as I applied it, but I was able to get sharp, relatively clean edges without a lot of effort with it.

Red Ink is a bright, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. The formula was watery and thin in the container, and it took about 15 minutes to dry down on lips, but even after a half hour, it had not dried down on my arm (which is why the swatch has more sheen). Initially, it looked rather streaky, but it seemed to even out as it dried. After it dried down, the product didn’t feel clingy or dry, but it was still thin and lightly tacky for another 15-20 minutes. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding over the seven hours it lasted. The formula felt drying to me after four hours of wear.

MAC Como La Flor (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, glossier (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Always Red (LE, $14.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dominic (P, $35.00) is glossier (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Chateau M (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Bae (P, $20.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Charlotte (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is glossier (90% similar). Dior Splendor (950) (LE, $38.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Candy Cane (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Rouge Improbable (LE, $28.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Rich Ruby (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Tijuana (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Make Up For Ever Artistic Lip Ink Red Ink
Red Ink
Red Ink
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Besame Holiday 2016 Mini Lipstick Set

Besame Holiday 2016 Mini Lipstick Set
Besame Holiday 2016 Mini Lipstick Set

Besame Holiday 2016 Mini Lipstick Set ($25.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes five miniature sized lipsticks, which are all available individually (should you only like one or two, or perhaps, minis aren’t your cup of tea). The Classic Color Lipstick formula is described as a “budge-proof finish that stays put” with “smooth” color and a “satin meets matte” finish. It’s a nice set of medium and deeper shades with two reds, one burgundy, one rose, and one copper/brown. The tubes are really small, and of the minis this year, the size did feel awkward to use, though I did not have issues with breakage.

Value

  • Classic Color Lipstick: $22.00 for 0.12 oz. or $183.33/oz.
  • Total Value: $32.08

Noir Red 1930 is a blackened red with warm, brown undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, though not quite full coverage, that went on fairly evenly. Of the five, this had slight patchiness towards the center of the mouth and noticeable color that had settled in my lip lines. The color wore for six hours, left a stain behind, and was lightly hydrating. Colour Pop Tutu (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Double Fudge (LE, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Living Legend (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Disturbed (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cherries (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C407 (P, $22.00) is warmer, glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Paramour (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $16.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Bad Behavior (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Dionysus (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Bite Beauty Liquorice (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Prim (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Chateau (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cherry Red 1935 is a medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was lightly creamy, light-medium in weight, and felt comfortable over the six hours it lasted. NARS Shirley (P, $32.00) is glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty Red Velvet (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Infatuated Red (LE, $25.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Dior Diorling (LE, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (LE, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Shiseido Bloodstone (RD503) (P, $28.00) is more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Dubonnet (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Besame Red Velvet 1946 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Experimente (154) (P, $37.00) is more muted, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is less glossy (90% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $32.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Brave Red (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). NARS Eva (LE, $32.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Red Velvet 1946 is a medium red with subtle, warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that was easy to apply, as the texture was lightly creamy without being too slippery or too stiff in the tube. The color wore well for six hours and left a stain behind. I found the formula slightly hydrating overall. Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C406 (P, $22.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (DC, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Besame Cherry Red 1935 (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (DC, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Red Ego (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Dubonnet (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $32.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Brave Red (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (LE, $18.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (P, $25.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Red Velvet (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Drop Dead Red (320) (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Shiseido First Bite (RD307) (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Doubt (P, $17.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Urban Decay Zealot (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). MAC Cockney (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Maybelline Dynamite Red (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dusty Rose 1969 is a muted, medium-dark rose with subtle, warm undertones and a creamy finish. It was richly pigmented with a lightly creamy, smooth texture that glided on without tugging on the lips. It was comfortable to wear over the five hours it lasted, and the formula was moderately hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Casablanca (P, $50.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cary (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Soft Sell (P, $18.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Offshoot (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Del Rio (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Nude Rose (No. 405) (P, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Love (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Ciate Pin Up (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Laura Mercier Sophia (LE, $26.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Tampered (P, $17.00) is more muted (85% similar). bareMinerals Queen (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Kiss 1970 is a medium-dark coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. This was the most pigmented–full coverage–shade in the set. The texture was a touch less creamy, but it didn’t drag on the lips at all, and it wore for just as long as the reds at six hours. The only thing I noticed was that the texture was thicker compared to the other shades, so it felt and looked heavier on. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Femme Fleur (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Starling (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Carnal (P, $17.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Royally Riotous (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Tabla (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Taurus (P, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Speed Dial (LE, $6.00) is lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Carnal (DC, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). NARS Leslie (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Besame Mini Lipstick Set Holiday 2016
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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