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Bite Beauty Bordeaux Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Bordeaux Cashmere Lip Cream
Bite Beauty Bordeaux Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Bordeaux Cashmere Lip Cream ($25.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “burgundy.” It’s a deepened, cool-toned burgundy with a subtle reddish tint mixed with purple. It had a satin-matte finish. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is more matte, slightly warmer. MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is a touch darker. MAC Dramatic Encounter (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Boyfriend Stealer (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

The Cashmere Lip Cream formula is supposed have rich pigmentation, feel lightweight, and yield a matte finish. For all those who eschew typical spring lip colors, here’s a review for you–a rich, vampy hue that’s intensely pigmented with full, opaque color coverage. The finish is more satin to natural for the first couple of hours of wear–it absolutely becomes matte at some point, but there was a noticeable sheen that powered on for longer than anticipated. To get a more matte finish right away, apply a lot less with a lip brush, blot, then apply a little more, then blot again. Bordeaux is very long-wearing, and it held strong for over six hours and still made it fairly intact through a meal. After six hours or so, it’s slightly faded but hardly noticeable by any one else. It was lightly hydrating over time, and the consistency was light-to-medium-weight, was comfortable to wear (particularly in the first four hours, where it is a little creamier), and applied evenly. I didn’t have any issues with the color feathering or bleeding. There is a slight scent to it that I can’t quite place–a little herbal-y? perhaps that’s subtle and I can only somewhat catch a whiff of it when I smell the applicator.

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream Bordeaux
Bordeaux
Bordeaux
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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Shiseido Lacquer Gloss

Shiseido Nebula (VI207) Lacquer Gloss
Shiseido Nebula (VI207) Lacquer Gloss

Shiseido Lacquer Gloss ($25.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a new formula that’s described as having “vivid clear color” and “profound moisture,” while the applicator is supposed to enable you to apply with “no streaks.” I bought two shades, opting for the violet-color (because I’m always on the hunt for a delectable purple gloss) and a red (figuring it would be most likely to perform the best) — I try to pick shades that might work well and horribly, if I don’t have the whole range to test, to get some idea about overall performance. The gloss is lightweight, non-sticky with a hybrid cream-gel consistency– a rather emollient feel on the lips–and nicely hydrating. While the wear time varied for me between the two shades, but it was a little longer than the average gloss. The gloss had no discernible scent or taste. The price point, quantity, and overall quality make this a worthwhile formula to check out!

Shiseido Nebula (VI207) Lacquer Gloss ($25.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet with multi-coloured pearls.” It’s a medium lavender-purple with soft, cool undertones and a multi-colored, fine shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, where the gloss noticeably changed the natural lip color but still enabled some of it to come through, so your natural lip color will influence the ultimate result (particularly any undertones). It applied evenly for the most part, but there was room for improvement. This shade wore well for four and a half hours. NARS Annees (P, $26.00) appears more similar when swatched (but has no shimmer), but applied, it is much lighter. MAC Cinestyle (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned, milkier, no shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Shiseido Lust (RD305) Lacquer Gloss ($25.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “blood red.” It’s a brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a very, very fine white shimmer (I didn’t even notice it when I looked in the mirror–only in the close-up photos is it apparent). It ha mostly opaque pigmentation with a little translucency to keep it from looking heavy or like a liquid lipstick. This shade wore well for five and a half hours on me. Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is redder, less shimmery. Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) is redder, more shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is less warm-toned, less shimmery. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is slightly darker. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is more muted, darker. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is a touch more muted. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Shiseido Lacquer Gloss Nebula (VI207)
9.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
Shiseido Lacquer Gloss Lust (RD305)
Lust (RD305)
Lust (RD305)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Estee Lauder Potent & Intense Nude Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

I bought a few more shades of Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.), as I was quite curious to see how well lighter, less intense shades would work out. (You can read my initial review here.) The wear isn’t quite as long as with the deeper shades, which isn’t much of a surprise, but even the lighter shade I tried didn’t settle into lip lines and still applied fairly smoothly. Both shades were nicely pigmented, somewhat hydrating, and comfortable to wear. The formula has a sweet, vanilla scent (no fig!) but no taste.

Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light, pink-coral nude.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied smoothly for the most part. The consistency of this one felt a little higher in slip, so if you over-applied the color, you could see “lines” left if you pressed your lips together. This shade wore well for four hours. MAC Flavour (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is darker, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is darker. Too Faced Taffy (P, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Estee Lauder Intense Nude Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rosy neutral.” It’s a medium, muted plum with soft, warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the texture was lightly creamy and applied smoothly and evenly. The color wore well for four and a half hours. Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $21.00) is warmer, browner. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Strip (P, $22.00) is a touch darker. Revlon Pink Truffle (P, $7.49) is glossier. MAC Brick-o-la (P, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick Potent
Potent
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick Intense Nude
Intense Nude

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Sisley Paris Petal (L13) Phyto-Rouge Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick

Sisley Paris Petal (L13) Phyto-Rouge Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick
Sisley Paris Petal (L13) Phyto-Rouge Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick

Sisley Paris Petal (L13) Phyto-Rouge Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick ($55.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft, satin shimmer finish. Bobbi Brown Ballerina Shimmer (12) (P, $25.00) is sheerer, more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral (P) is darker, brighter. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is similar. MAC Grande Dame (P, $22.00) is several shades darker. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to be a “comfortable, high-coverage lipstick [that] protects your lips all day long.” It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy–just creamy enough to glide across lips without tugging but not so creamy that the color felt like it slipped around once applied! The lipstick wore well for four and a half hours, and it was comfortable to wear and was nicely hydrating, despite the more satin-to-matte finish. It had a strong, powdery scent that was noticeable for the first hour of wear but eventually faded.

Sisley Paris Phyto-Rouge Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick Petal (L13)
Petal (L13)
Petal (L13)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Laura Mercier Bare Baby & Poppy Lip Glaces

Laura Mercier Bare Baby Lip Glace
Laura Mercier Bare Baby Lip Glace

This spring, there are thirteen new shades of Laura Mercier Lip Glace ($25.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) being added to the permanent range. The new shades are supposed to be richer in color with the same “megawatt shine,” “nonsticky” texture, and hydrating formula. I tested two shades, Bare Baby and Poppy, yesterday. The formula is lightweight, not too thin or too thick, glossy, lightly hydrating, and non-sticky. There’s a burnt sugar/caramel-like scent to the gloss, but I didn’t notice any taste.

Bare Baby Lip Glace is a milky, pink-peach with white shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it did settle into lip lines, and it didn’t evenly apply. I think this shade would be better applied over a lipstick for added warmth and lightening. It wore well for two and a half hours. Chanel Rosace (87) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. YSL Nude Carat (No. 20) (P, $32.00) is lighter. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is brighter. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is also brighter. MAC Demure (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Guerlain Rose in Bloom (LE, $32.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet (P, $24.00) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Poppy Lip Glace is a vibrant, poppy red with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. It was intensely pigmented, and it applied beautifully. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me. Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) is shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is similar. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is also similar. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is more muted, sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Laura Mercier Lip Glace Bare Baby
Bare Baby
Laura Mercier Lip Glace Poppy
Poppy

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Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick

Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick
Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick

Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “radiant orchid.” It’s a bright, vibrant magenta with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is more muted, lighter. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is lighter. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is purpler. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is pinker. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is very similar. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is slightly darker. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is lihter. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Swinger (P, $21.00) is similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (LE, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

The description is confusing: “[t]his satin finish moisturizing lipstick offers rich, matte color,” and the formula is also supposed to be hydrating, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear. It’s a satin finish–which is not matte–but it’s also matte. The finish is truer to satin than it is to matte, and it takes two and a half hours before that shine wears down enough that it looks more matte. It did have good color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy without slipping too easily. The formula was lightly hydrating, and the color lasted for six and a half hours and left a stain behind. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Matte Lipstick Radiant Rush
Radiant Rush
Radiant Rush
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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