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Makeup Geek Do-si-do, Curtsey, Salsa Showstopper Crème Stains

01/06

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Do-si-do

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a light-medium beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly, but it was slightly tacky and lifted away if I pressed my lips together within the first hour of wear. It looked a lot darker swatched than on my lips, though. The texture was thin, watery, and after it had dried down, it was extremely clingy and made my lips feel tight. The color lasteed for three and a half hours before there were serious pieces totally missing as it flaked off over time. The formula felt fairly drying.

The Showstopper Creme Stain formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” and “highly pigmented and offers effortless, buildable coverage.” Highly pigmented and buildable make it confusing what the coverage actually is, since something that is buildable means that it is less pigmented but can be layered for greater coverage. The majority of shades were medium to semi-opaque in coverage, hard to build as they often pulled up the first layer and shifted color around. The formula rarely applied well; it was streaky, dried so fast that there was no time for corrections (and attempts to correct just made it worse), and clingy. I found the applicator rougher, and the packaging made it seem that sometimes it was more like I wasn’t getting enough product on the wand to even coverage half of a lip (it seemed like the opening was wiping away too much product from the doefoot applicator). For every single swatch, I had to dip and pull the wand two to three times just to get enough product to cover my lips (it was impossible to stretch out the product very far as it dried as I was spreading it). It did dry to a transfer-resistant finish, but it did not survive eating well (most liquid lipstick formulas have survived better for me). Though transfer-resistant, it remained slightly tacky for one to two hours–and if you use more than one to one and a half layers, it often lifted and separated the color.

The brand’s swatches and lip swatches showcase a seemingly opaque product, but I could not achieve opaque coverage with several shades, even trying four or five layers, and the result after five layers of product was uneven, patchy, and cakey. The wear was average–four to six hours with significant fading from the center, which is more what I’d experience with a typical lipstick and a liquid lipstick–and surprisingly, little staining, even with deeper shades. So far, they have been slightly drying to somewhat drying. There are so many high-performing liquid lipsticks on the marketplace already, so I was caught off guard by the poor application and performance of this formula.

Makeup Geek Showstopper Crème Stain Do-si-do
Do-si-do
Do-si-do
D+

Limited Edition

5.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
6
Texture
6
Longevity
3.5
Application
67%
Total

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Curtsey

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Salsa

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Stellar Beauty Metallic Moon Lipsticks (Part 2)

01/06

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 04 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 04 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 04 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 04 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 04 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 04 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Disco Moon 04

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 04 Metallic Moon Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had medium coverage, which did not build well as it seemed to just shift and move the initial layer around and yielded a patchier, more uneven result that didn’t offer much more coverage. This one might work better for layering than on its own. The texture was rougher compared to most shades in the line-up–it seemed to have more shimmer and have some larger, glittery particles, too. It lasted for four hours but settled into lip lines and moved around a lot.

The formula is supposed to be “velvety soft” with “full coverage” that isn’t drying. There are five shades in the range (at least, at this time), and the pigmentation varied from semi-opaque to opaque. They had a denser, firmer texture that didn’t drag uncomfortably across the lips, but it took greater pressure than the average lipstick to apply across the lips. The result on the lips was thinner but still had coverage. There was no discernible scent or taste to me, except some of the waxiness of the base formula came through.

Stellar Beauty Metallic Moon Lipstick Disco Moon 04
C

Permanent

7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total

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Kat Von D Rock Candy Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

01/04

Kat Von D Rock Candy Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

Kat Von D Rock Candy Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

Kat Von D Rock Candy Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

Kat Von D Rock Candy Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

Rock Candy

Kat Von D Rock Candy Studded Kiss Lipstick Set ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes six, miniature-sized lipsticks in the brand’s Studded Kiss formula. Each lipstick is 0.035 oz., and a full-sized Studded Kiss Lipstick is 0.10 oz. The set contains $44.10 worth of lipstick, so it’s not a value-packed set in terms of the amount of product, but for those who do not typically finish a lipstick, it is like getting six shades for a little more than the cost of two full-sized lipsticks. The formula on these felt creamier than usual for the Studded Kiss range, which made them easier to apply and more comfortable, but the slightly thicker texture seemed to make them prone to sinking into my lip lines as well.

The Studded Kiss formula is supposed to have “lasting wear, one-swipe payoff, and velvet-touch comfort.” I have found that newer releases of the formula have been better than the original shades in the line-up, which were often dry, stiff, and prone to dragging and applying unevenly, though they were certainly long-wearing. The more recent releases have felt more velvety with more slip but not a lot of wetness–dimethicone was the second ingredient in the set’s list–so they glide on better and do not drag as much (or at all). Most shades are very pigmented and wear five to eight hours, though the formula is usually on the drying side overall. The lipsticks in the set were heavily scented with a sweet, caramel and vanilla scent–very, very strong and much more noticeable than past releases in this formula.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set Rock Candy
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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Zero

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Ozzy

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Roxy

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Crush

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Babe

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Ziggy

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Stellar Beauty Metallic Moon Lipsticks (Part 1)

01/06

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 01 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 01 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 01 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 01 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 01 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 01 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Disco Moon 01

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 01 Metallic Moon Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish copper with warm undertones and a fine, metallic sheen. it had nearly opaque color coverage that applied evenly to the lips and didn’t settle into my lip lines. The consistency was fairly smooth with just a hint of the feel of all the shimmer in it, but it did not feel gritty or rough on the lips. It wore well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

The formula is supposed to be “velvety soft” with “full coverage” that isn’t drying. There are five shades in the range (at least, at this time), and the pigmentation varied from semi-opaque to opaque. They had a denser, firmer texture that didn’t drag uncomfortably across the lips, but it took greater pressure than the average lipstick to apply across the lips. The result on the lips was thinner but still had coverage. There was no discernible scent or taste to me, except some of the waxiness of the base formula came through.

Stellar Beauty Metallic Moon Lipstick Disco Moon 01
A-

Permanent

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

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Makeup Geek Foxtrot, Jitterbug, Tango Showstopper Crème Stains

01/06

Makeup Geek Foxtrot Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Foxtrot Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Foxtrot Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Foxtrot Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Foxtrot Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Foxtrot Showstopper Crème Stain

Foxtrot

Makeup Geek Foxtrot Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a medium, peachy pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that didn’t look too patchy, but it was noticeably streaky, even after it had fully dried down. The consistency was thin, watery, and dried down very quickly, so it was hard to correct any mistakes. It lasted for four hours on me and was slightly drying.

The Showstopper Creme Stain formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” and “highly pigmented and offers effortless, buildable coverage.” Highly pigmented and buildable make it confusing what the coverage actually is, since something that is buildable means that it is less pigmented but can be layered for greater coverage. The majority of shades were medium to semi-opaque in coverage, hard to build as they often pulled up the first layer and shifted color around. The formula rarely applied well; it was streaky, dried so fast that there was no time for corrections (and attempts to correct just made it worse), and clingy. I found the applicator rougher, and the packaging made it seem that sometimes it was more like I wasn’t getting enough product on the wand to even coverage half of a lip (it seemed like the opening was wiping away too much product from the doefoot applicator). For every single swatch, I had to dip and pull the wand two to three times just to get enough product to cover my lips (it was impossible to stretch out the product very far as it dried as I was spreading it). It did dry to a transfer-resistant finish, but it did not survive eating well (most liquid lipstick formulas have survived better for me). Though transfer-resistant, it remained slightly tacky for one to two hours–and if you use more than one to one and a half layers, it often lifted and separated the color.

The brand’s swatches and lip swatches showcase a seemingly opaque product, but I could not achieve opaque coverage with several shades, even trying four or five layers, and the result after five layers of product was uneven, patchy, and cakey. The wear was average–four to six hours with significant fading from the center, which is more what I’d experience with a typical lipstick and a liquid lipstick–and surprisingly, little staining, even with deeper shades. So far, they have been slightly drying to somewhat drying. There are so many high-performing liquid lipsticks on the marketplace already, so I was caught off guard by the poor application and performance of this formula.

Makeup Geek Showstopper Crème Stain Foxtrot
Foxtrot
Foxtrot
C+

Limited Edition

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
3.5
Application
78%
Total

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F

Jitterbug

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C+

Tango

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Anastasia Dazed & Currant Liquid Lipsticks

01/07

Anastasia Dazed Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Dazed Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Dazed Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Dazed Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Dazed Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Dazed Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Dazed Liquid Lipstick

Dazed

Anastasia Dazed Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red with warm, brown undertones and a matte finish. It was intensely pigmented and yielded opaque coverage in a single layer. The consistency was smooth, thin but not watery, and easy to spread across the lips for even application. It dried down to a totally matte, transfer-proof finish quickly but not so quickly that you had to work fast to apply it. The liquid lipstick wore nicely for almost eight hours and started to feel drying after five hours of wear.

The Liquid Lipstick is supposed to be an “ultra-saturated” formula that gives opaque coverage in “one swipe” that “stays put for hours.” I think the formula has improved over time, as some of the initial shades I tried were more problematic, but a lot of the newer shades have applied more evenly, been more opaque, and haven’t been quite as drying. The majority of shades are semi-opaque to opaque in a single layer, dry down evenly, and stay on for at least six hours, if not well beyond eight hours. I personally find most shades to be lightly to moderately drying over time.

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick Dazed
Dazed
Dazed
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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A

Currant

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