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Urban Decay Copycat & Bruja Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoats

01/10

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Copycat Topcoat over Violate Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Copycat Topcoat over Violate Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Copycat Topcoat over Violate Vice Lipstick

Copycat

Urban Decay Copycat Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat ($18.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is medium-dark, reddish copper with warm undertones and flecks of multi-colored glitter. It had a slightly metallic finish that was visible when applied alone, and the glitter was actally less visible than I expected. It had semi-sheer coverage that applied unevenly to the lips, and after it dried down, it did make lips look slightly drier. It lasted for four hours on its own. When I layered it over a creamier Vice Lipstick, it had a tendency to separate the underlying lipstick, so it seemed to take more trial and error to find the right layering combinations.

The brand describes the formula as a “shade-shifting topcoat” that can be used over their “cream, metallized, and matte shades” of Vice Lipstick or any of the Vice Liquid Lipsticks, but–wait for it–“or wear these shades alone.” They’re supposed to be a “comfortable, gel-cream formula that dries down quickly and provides long-lasting wear that never feels sticky” while also creating a “water-resistant barrier that seals in the color underneath.” The brand also warns that your lips might “feel tingly just after applying.”

As a topcoat, I think they perform the best; it can be hit or miss depending on the underlying shade, and some topcoats are more versatile than others (sheerer ones tended to work well with anything, more opaque ones could be hard to apply). I did not feel like they truly locked the underlying lipstick in, as they transferred and still lasted about as long as the lipstick did on its own. I also felt that it was lightly tacky, and it varied, but a few shades would lift color in places. The tingling effect was least pronounced when layered. In general, layering over very light shades was often where they missed and any unevenness became much more visible.

On their own, they often struggled to go on evenly. The application over bare lips was similar to trying to apply some of the darker topcoats over very light or dissimilar colors, which just made any application shortcomings highly visible (compared to say, blue shimmer over a blue lipstick). They had a very strong, lingering tingle where my lips felt like they do after being numbed (like from the dentist)–almost too big, swollen, and a mixture of tingling, cooling, burning. This effect lasted between two to three minutes before subsiding. I wouldn’t say it’s water-resistant, as it seemed to transfer after drinking water, but if I did not drink anything, it was fairly transfer-proof. The wear has been between two and four hours and drying.

The packaging on these doesn’t make sense to me; they have a very thin, brush-type applicator that is terrible for spreading product across the lips, but the formula was often sheerer so getting crisp lines with the included applicator seemed like an exercise in futility. I think a squeeze-tube or more typical doe-foot applicator would have worked here, but I like the idea of a squeeze tube, which would “force” one to use a separate applicator would make more sense, as using it directly on top of another lipstick would result in lipstick transfer to the wand and back into the tube.

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat Copycat
Copycat
Copycat
6
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
74%
Total

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Makeup Geek Quickstep, Waltz, Flamenco Showstopper Crème Stains

01/07

Makeup Geek Quickstep Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Quickstep Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Quickstep Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Quickstep Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Quickstep Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Quickstep Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Quickstep Showstopper Crème Stain

Quickstep

Makeup Geek Quickstep Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a muted, light-medium rosy beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had medium color coverage, which was slightly buildable to semi-opaque coverage, but I found that layering tended to amplify how patchy/uneven it looked. It did take three pulls of product to get enough product to yield a single layer as the packaging seemed to wipe away a lot of product from the applicator. It gathered in my lip lines and looked more pronounced as I smiled. It applied unevenly but only had a couple of visible streaks. This shade lasted for three hours and was just 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 Quickstep
Quickstep
Quickstep
D+

Limited Edition

6
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
2.5
Application
67%
Total

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Flamenco

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Estee Lauder Tiger Eye, Tender Trap, Hot Kiss Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Tiger Eye Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Tiger Eye Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Tiger Eye Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Tiger Eye Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Tiger Eye Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Tiger Eye Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Tiger Eye

Estee Lauder Tiger Eye On Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is medium-dark copper with strong, warm orange undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had medium to semi-opaque, buildable color payoff that went on fairly evenly. The consistency was smooth, lightly emollient, and comfortable to apply, though I could feel the texture of the shimmer slightly after a couple hours of wear (never felt rough or scratchy, just that yes, there was shimmer on my lips). It wore well for four and a half hours and was moisturizing.

The formula is supposed to have medium coverage with a lustrous finish. It takes the Pure Color Envy formula and adds shimmer to it with the end result varying from lightly pearlized to more frosted and near-metallic. The shimmer was finer in size, so the lipsticks did not feel gritty on the lips, and the particles didn’t migrate as the lipstick wears down. The coverage was more semi-opaque to opaque, though a lighter hand could achieve medium coverage. It was lightly creamy with some slip that became more noticeable as the formula warmed up against the lips. The wear ranged from four to six hours and was typically hydrating. The formula featured a vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

Estee Lauder Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick Tiger Eye
Tiger Eye

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MAC Pale Rose, Devotional, Digging for Gold Lipsticks

01/06

MAC Pale Rose Lipstick

MAC Pale Rose Lipstick

MAC Pale Rose Lipstick

MAC Pale Rose Lipstick

MAC Pale Rose Lipstick

MAC Pale Rose Lipstick

Pale Rose

MAC Pale Rose Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy copper with warm, brownish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had medium, buildable coverage, up to semi-opaque coverage, that applied evenly on the lips. The consistency had moderate slip, and it felt more like a hybrid between Lustre and Metallic with respect to the finish, as it had more slip than some of the other Metallic shades. It was comfortable to wear, lasted for four hours, and was lightly hydrating.

The Metallic Lips collection features a new (and limited edition!) finish, Metallic, which is supposed to be “rich colour [that] melds with smooth pearlized chrome.” The range of shades is described as “vibrant, intense, [and] on-trend.” The coverage varied from shade to shade–anywhere from semi-sheer to semi-opaque–but many shades look like they’re more suitable for a subtle look or for layering on top of another lip product to add a more shimmery finish. The majority of shades featured finer shimmer, which translated to a more foiled, reflective look, but a few had some shimmer. The wear was between three and five hours, depending on the shade, and most shades had some slip but were not slippery overall, so they were comfortable to wear but not hard to maintain. They were vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

MAC Lipstick Pale Rose
Pale Rose
Pale Rose
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Devotional

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Digging for Gold

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MAC Pearly One, Silver Spoon, In Lust Lipsticks

01/06

MAC Pearly One Lipstick

MAC Pearly One Lipstick

MAC Pearly One Lipstick

MAC Pearly One Lipstick

MAC Pearly One Lipstick

MAC Pearly One Lipstick

Pearly One

MAC Pearly One Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a pale, silvery white with a glittery, metallic sheen. This shade had larger chunks of sparkle/glitter in it, which bunched up sometimes and gave lips a more textured look, but it had more medium, buildable coverage as a result. The shimmer distributed well across the lips, so it looked “even” despite being sheerer. I could feel the sparkle in the tube as I applied. The color wore well for three hours, though some shimmer lingered for much longer. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating overall.

The Metallic Lips collection features a new (and limited edition!) finish, Metallic, which is supposed to be “rich colour [that] melds with smooth pearlized chrome.” The range of shades is described as “vibrant, intense, [and] on-trend.” The coverage varied from shade to shade–anywhere from semi-sheer to semi-opaque–but many shades look like they’re more suitable for a subtle look or for layering on top of another lip product to add a more shimmery finish. The majority of shades featured finer shimmer, which translated to a more foiled, reflective look, but a few had some shimmer. The wear was between three and five hours, depending on the shade, and most shades had some slip but were not slippery overall, so they were comfortable to wear but not hard to maintain. They were vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

MAC Lipstick Pearly One
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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Silver Spoon

Limited Edition
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B+

In Lust

Limited Edition
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OCC Plush, Bon Bon, Scrub, Sybil Lip Tars

01/06

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Plush Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Plush Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Plush Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Plush Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Plush Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Plush Lip Tar/RTW

Plush

OCC Plush Lip Tar/RTW ($17.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had full color coverage in a single stroke, which applied evenly and smoothly. The texture was slightly thicker, and I think one could easily get away with less product than what is on the doe-foot applicator initially. The color wore well for over six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

The formula is supposed to be “intensely pigmented” with “long-lasting, opaque coverage” with “moisturizing hemp and peppermint oils.” The majority of shades are very pigmented where a little can go a long way, and they’re a lot easier to apply from the tube now that they come with a doe-foot applicator. They are often long-wearing at over six hours, some lasting nearly eight hours, with some shades being slightly drying and others being non-drying. They are mint-scented but have no discernible taste.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar/RTW Plush
Plush
Plush
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Bon Bon

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Scrub

Limited Edition
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Sybil

Limited Edition
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