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Lancome Crystallized Cobalt, Brushed Gold, Iron Nude, Molten Magenta Le Metallique Lip Lacquers

01/06

Lancome Crystallized Cobalt (10) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Lancome Crystallized Cobalt (10) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Lancome Crystallized Cobalt (10) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Lancome Crystallized Cobalt (10) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Lancome Crystallized Cobalt (10) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Lancome Crystallized Cobalt (10) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Crystallized Cobalt (10)

Lancome Crystallized Cobalt (10) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer ($22.00 for 0.10 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium blue with lighter blue and silver pearl. It appeared brighter swatched than on the lips, as it ended up being semi-sheer and sort of turned my lips into a “I’ve been eating a blue popsicle” kind of color. While the gloss had greater density and was thicker, it managed to find its way into every lip line on my lips. On top of that, the color did not apply evenly and looked horrendous. The color lasted for five hours and was hydrating, so I guess all wasn’t lost. I give credit to Lancome for doing a blue gloss in the first place, and it was translucent, but if it’s going to look this terrible, I’m not sure you’re really doing your brand any favors.

The Le Metallique formula is supposed to have “full-coverage” with a “rich, creamy texture” that is hydrating and long-wearing. First and foremost, if you do not like tacky gloss, you’ll want to stay far away from these; the formula is very tacky and is a thicker, denser formula. They are longer wearing as a result, though, and most shades fell within four to six hours of wear for me and retain a really high-shine, high-gloss finish that almost looks wet and lasts throughout the wear time. Most shades were semi-opaque to opaque, but as the formula was thicker, I would hesitate to add more product to get more coverage. They seemed to have no discernible scent or taste to me.

Lancome Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer Crystallized Cobalt (10)

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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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Bloodstone

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Coral Bliss

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Jasper

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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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Burberry Oxblood & Black Cherry Liquid Lip Velvets

01/06

Burberry Oxblood (53) Liquid Lip Velvet

Burberry Oxblood (53) Liquid Lip Velvet

Burberry Oxblood (53) Liquid Lip Velvet

Burberry Oxblood (53) Liquid Lip Velvet

Burberry Oxblood (53) Liquid Lip Velvet

Burberry Oxblood (53) Liquid Lip Velvet

Oxblood (53)

Burberry Oxblood (53) Liquid Lip Velvet ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a deep, subdued plum with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had intense, full color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly. The liquid lipstick had a velvety, mousse-like texture that was airy and lightweight on the lips. The color spread easily across the lips, lasted for eight hours, and was non-drying over time.

The Liquid Lip Velvet formula is described as having “rich pigment, smooth application” and a “velvet finish that lasts up to eight hours” that is “non-drying.” Overall, the formula is fantastic for those who want the fluidity of a liquid product without the drying aspect of more traditional liquid lipsticks while not sacrificing wear time. The formula does not dry down completely, so there will be transfer, but the product is so pigmented that the color lasts awhile. I’ve found the colors to wear between six and eight hours and easily survive a solid meal. The liquid lipstick has a smooth, velvety consistency that is almost weightless (I forget I’m wearing it) that was never drying and always comfortable to wear. A pleasant surprise was that the formula was unscented (with no discernible taste either), which is not the norm with Burberry’s products.

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet Oxblood (53)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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