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MAC x Min Liu Lipsticks

01/08

MAC Dynasty Red Lipstick

MAC Dynasty Red Lipstick

MAC Dynasty Red Lipstick

MAC Dynasty Red Lipstick

MAC Dynasty Red Lipstick

MAC Dynasty Red Lipstick

MAC Dynasty Red Lipstick

MAC Dynasty Red Lipstick

Dynasty Red

MAC Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage that covered the lips evenly. The texture was denser but velvety, so the lipstick glided across the lips with ease and never dragged despite having a more matte finish. The color was still going strong after six hours of wear, and it only started to feel a bit drying after five hours of wear.

MAC Lipstick Dynasty Red
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Makeup Geek Bunny Hop, Moonwalk, Cha Cha Showstopper Crème Stains

01/06

Makeup Geek Bunny Hop Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Bunny Hop Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Bunny Hop Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Bunny Hop Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Bunny Hop Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Bunny Hop Showstopper Crème Stain

Bunny Hop

Makeup Geek Bunny Hop Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is bright, medium-dark pink with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had medium coverage, which was hard to build up as the first layer pulled up and became very patchy and uneven when I tried to put on a second layer. The consistency was smooth, thin, but it spread decetnly across the lips and only had some streaking. It lasted for four and a half hours before fading strongly from the center first, and the formula 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 Bunny Hop
Bunny Hop
Bunny Hop
C+

Limited Edition

7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total

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Moonwalk

Limited Edition
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B-

Cha Cha

Limited Edition
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ColourPop Likely, Exaggerated, Jacquard Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks

01/06

Colour Pop Likely Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick

Colour Pop Likely Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick

Colour Pop Likely Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick

Colour Pop Likely Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick

Colour Pop Likely Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick

Colour Pop Likely Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick

Likely

ColourPop Likely Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a muted, light-medium peachy, brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff that applied decently, but this was one of the streakier shades that was released recently. The formula seemed to run thinner and had less substance to it, which may have been why it looked streaky. It lasted for five and a half hours, but it was slightly drying after four hours of wear and started to pull into my lip lines at the same time.

Colour Pop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick Likely
Likely
Likely
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

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Exaggerated

Limited Edition
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A-

Jacquard

Limited Edition
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ColourPop Fresh Cut, Love Muffin, Chandelier Ultra Matte & Satin Liquid Lipsticks

01/06

Colour Pop Fresh Cut Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

Colour Pop Fresh Cut Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

Colour Pop Fresh Cut Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

Colour Pop Fresh Cut Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

Colour Pop Fresh Cut Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

Colour Pop Fresh Cut Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

Fresh Cut

ColourPop Fresh Cut Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark pink with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It was richly pigmented and spread evenly across the lips. I had no trouble getting crisper lines with little effort, but as it dried down, the final finish emphasized the natural texture of my lips and appeared slightly “cracked” when I smiled. I expected it to be rather drying, but after seven hours of wear, it looked mostly intact and wasn’t drying at all!

Colour Pop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Fresh Cut
Fresh Cut
Fresh Cut
A-

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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B-

Love Muffin

Limited Edition
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A-

Chandelier

Limited Edition
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Anastasia Clover & Requiem Liquid Lipsticks

01/07

Anastasia Clover Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Clover Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Clover Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Clover Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Clover Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Clover Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Clover Liquid Lipstick

Clover

Anastasia Clover Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, grayish purple with cool undertones and a flat, matte finish. It did seem to lighten on my lips compared to swatched, and it looked quite different swatched/applied compared to how it appeared in the tube! It makes me think that it will look a little different across skin tones and undertones. The liquid lipstick was richly pigmented with full coverage in a single layer, and the color spread evenly across the lips without streaking. It dried down with enough time to spread the product but not have to sit around waiting for it dry over an hour. This shade wore well for seven hours and was slightly 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 Clover
Clover
Clover
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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B+

Requiem

Permanent
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Makeup Geek Arabesque, Grapevine, Charleston Showstopper Crème Stains

01/06

Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Crème Stain

Arabesque

Makeup Geek Arabesque Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is light-medium, pinky lavender with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was thin, almost watery, but this one actually spread better across the lips compared to many shades. It had more even, semi-opaque coverage, though it dried down with some streakiness and looked “cracked” when I smiled as the color separated at my lip lines. This shade lasted for four hours 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 Arabesque
Arabesque
Arabesque
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
80%
Total

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D+

Grapevine

Limited Edition
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D

Charleston

Limited Edition
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