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Maybelline Almond Rose, Toasted Truffle, Brown Blush Color Sensational Inti-Matte Lipsticks

01/06

Maybelline Almond Rose Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes

Maybelline Almond Rose Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes

Maybelline Almond Rose Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes

Maybelline Almond Rose Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes

Maybelline Almond Rose Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes

Maybelline Almond Rose Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes

Almond Rose

Maybelline Almond Rose Color Sensational Inti-Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a slightly brighter, medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had excellent coverage with a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that glided across the lips comfortably. It wore well for four and a half hours with a bit of color that had settled into my deeper lip lines, but overall, it was lightly hydrating and didn’t emphasize the texture of my lips like some of the other shades in the Inti-Matte range did.

Maybelline’s Color Sensational line does have a sweet, perfume-y scent to them, though it did not seem quite as overwhelming in the Inti-Matte range compared to past launches to my nose.

Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes Almond Rose
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Urban Decay Menace, Tilt, Tryst Vice Liquid Lipsticks

01/07

Urban Decay Menace Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Menace Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Menace Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Menace Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Menace Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Menace Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Menace Vice Liquid Lipstick

Menace

Urban Decay Menace Vice Liquid Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a bright, fuchsia pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque in one layer, with a smooth, thin but not watery consistency that applied the color fairly evenly. The color lasted for six hours before fading more noticeably, and the fading wasn’t as even/flattering as I have come across in other formulas. The formula was comfortable to wear and non-drying over time.

The Vice Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to be “intensely pigmented” with “complete coverage in one coat” and “nondrying wear” that is “comfortable” and “waterproof.” The majority of the Metallized shades are not even close to one-coat coverage–maybe three or four or coats!–and did not layer evenly, plus they had a tendency to lose sparkle/glitter through wear. Whenever a shade wasn’t opaque in one coat, it often looked streaky or uneven. There were some shades that had fantastic, one-coat coverage, while others featured more medium, buildable coverage but several applied uneven, patchy, and didn’t level or improve after drying down even with a second layer.

The consistency of the formula was smooth, lightweight, and comfortable to apply, but the dry down was lengthy and some shades never fully felt dry (instead, lightly tacky). There was a learning curve to applying and wearing these, too, as they were unforgiving if you accidentally press your lips together before the formula has dried down–the formula is quite tacky as it dries down and pressed lips together results in color lifting away. The wear varied from shade to shade (and between finishes) from four to eight hours, and so far, most were true to the nondrying claim, at least. I didn’t notice any scent or taste with them. They were difficult to remove compared to most products; I had the best luck saturating a cotton pad with eye or lip makeup remover (Neutrogena, Lancome, Shiseido, etc.), yet curiously were not that long-wearing on me (relative to liquid lipsticks)–they seemed to develop a little tackiness with any meal or drink (even just water) and degraded from there. Overall, the formula was extremely disappointing after the successful Vice lipstick launch last year.

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Menace
Menace
Menace
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Tilt

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Tryst

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MAC x Kabuki Magic Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours

01/08

MAC Fallen Angel Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Fallen Angel Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Fallen Angel Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Fallen Angel Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Fallen Angel Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Fallen Angel Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Fallen Angel Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Fallen Angel Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Fallen Angel

MAC Fallen Angel Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour ($21.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a deep berry with cool undertones and a matte finish. I wish it performed better, as the color was gorgeous, but it was semi-opaque and applied unevenly. It was thin, watery, and harder to control as the color spread too easily. The color lasted for six hours, stained, and was moderately drying over time–but it seemed shorter-wearing than most of the Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours for me.

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Fallen Angel
6
Product
7
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
71%
Total

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Makeup Geek Beach Bunny, Soccer Mom, Goodie-Two-Shoes Plush Lip Mattes

01/06

Makeup Geek Beach Bunny Plush Lip Matte

Makeup Geek Beach Bunny Plush Lip Matte

Makeup Geek Beach Bunny Plush Lip Matte

Makeup Geek Beach Bunny Plush Lip Matte

Makeup Geek Beach Bunny Plush Lip Matte

Makeup Geek Beach Bunny Plush Lip Matte

Beach Bunny

Makeup Geek Beach Bunny Plush Lip Matte ($12.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is a muted, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. While it had rich color payoff, the lipstick did not apply well at all! The lipstick pulled away near lip lines, sank into them, and there was a grainy quality to the texture that translated onto the lips. The texture seemed velvety, not too thick or too thin, and spread easily across the lips, but there was just something amiss. This shade lasted for three hours before it had separated and turned patchy. The formula did not seem drying while on, but after wearing this shade and the next one back-to-back, my lips felt raw.

The formula is supposed to be a “cross between a cream and a mousse” that is “highly pigmented” with a “soft matte” finish. The consistency has an incredibly velvety, creamy feel without being slippery or wet, so it felt very smooth going on the lips and lightweight. I liked the way it felt on the lips for an hour or so of wear, but after testing about half of the range, they did not wear down well with an uneven fade and significant color in lip lines. While traditional liquid lipstick can dry and look “cracked,” I noticed that despite feeling quite forgiving, the finish often was not as lip color settled into and separated away from lip lines. The formula wasn’t designed to dry down to a flat, matte finish, and it does not, so the transfer was similar to that of a traditional, satin-finished tube lipstick for me. On me, the liquid lipsticks have lasted between four and six hours on me. They seem mostly non-drying on but seemed more drying as I wore them, particularly if I wore two in a row, which would leave my lips feeling raw. Just a heads up, each tube contains a surprisingly small amount of product (0.06 fl. oz.) relative to a lot of popular liquid lipstick formulas (Kat Von D contains 0.22 fl. oz., Anastasia contains 0.11 fl. oz., Smashbox contains 0.13 fl. oz., Stila contains 0.10 fl. oz., MAC contains 0.17 fl. oz.).

Makeup Geek Plush Lip Matte Beach Bunny
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
6
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total

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MAC x James Kaliardos Lipsticks

01/06

MAC Almondine Lipstick

MAC Almondine Lipstick

MAC Almondine Lipstick

MAC Almondine Lipstick

MAC Almondine Lipstick

MAC Almondine Lipstick

Almondine

MAC Almondine Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a soft, medium pink with warm undertones and a fine, golden sheen. It has a Lustre finish, which is a sheerer coverage formula with a stronger sheen. It had a soft, lightly emollient consistency that glided across the lips easily, and it only had minimal settling in my lip lines. The lipstick had semi-sheer coverage that went on evenly–the resulting effect was warmer, pinker natural lip color with shimmer and shine–that lasted for two and a half hours.

MAC Lipstick Almondine
Almondine
Almondine
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Coral Bliss

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Hourglass Leader, Lover, Innovator GIRL Lip Stylos

01/06

Hourglass Leader GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Leader GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Leader GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Leader GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Leader GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Leader GIRL Lip Stylo

Leader

Hourglass Leader GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with subtle, cool undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff that covered the lips with even, smooth color. The texture was creamy, thin without being clingy or emphasizing, and softened the look of my lip lines. This shade did not seem quite as hydrating as others in the line, though it was still lightly moisturizing over the four and a half hours it lasted. It also left a subtle stain behind.

The GIRL Lip Stylo formula is supposed to have “modern color with luxurious hydration for a lustrous finish,” while the brand founder is quoted (on Sephora) stating, “I can build as much–or as little–color as I like.” I would describe the coverage semi-opaque and buildable, which seemed to fit the brand’s description. The consistency was smooth, creamy, and lightweight, but the color still adhered well to the lips (three to five hours, depending on the shade). I definitely felt like I could apply a little here, a little there, and then spread the color out by pressing my lips together for sheerer coverage, or I could apply a single layer and get semi-opaque coverage fairly easily. The formula was incredibly comfortable to wear: lightweight, hydrating, and smoothing. Some balm-like formulas that have more coverage can sit in lip lines, but I felt like these filled them and made them look softer. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Leader
Leader
Leader
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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