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Urban Decay Monarchy, Reverb, Seether Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoats

01/10

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Topcoat over Venom Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Monarchy Topcoat over Venom Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Monarchy Topcoat over Venom Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Monarchy

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat ($18.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, sparkling purple with blue and purple glitter. It had larger and finer particles, so the result was slightly metallic with visible sparkle. Alone, it looked a little rough, as the formula clung to lips as it dried down and made them appear slightly shriveled. It had semi-sheer coverage that deepened my lip color while adding shine and sparkle. This was a shade that applied best over richer, brighter, or darker shades (like fuchsia, raspberry pink, purple, black). It lasted three hours on its own and was moderately drying.

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 Monarchy
Monarchy
Monarchy
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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Reverb

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Seether

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Makeup Geek Mambo, Electric Slide, Twerk Showstopper Crème Stains

01/06

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Mambo

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a rich, raspberry pink with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It was one of the more pigmented and easier-to-apply shades with minimal streaking, just “cracking” when I smiled where it was clear the color was pulling away at my lip lines. It had semi-opaque coverage, though it required three pulls of product just to get enough product on the lips for one layer. The consistency was thin, quick-drying, and lightly tacky after it dried down. It lasted for four hours before there was noticeable fading along the center of the lips, and it was drying after three hours of wear. (Surprisingly, it did not leave behind stain.)

The Showstopper Creme Stain formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” and “highly pigmented and offer 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 than 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 Mambo
Mambo
Mambo
C

Limited Edition

7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3
Application
74%
Total

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Estee Lauder Lure Me On, Plum Bite, Lies & Kisses Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Lure Me On

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich berry with cooler undertones and violet pearl. It had medium coverage, which applied evenly and smoothly across the lips and never tugged during application. The texture was smooth, lightweight, and clingy without being uncomfortably clingy (nor was it drying). The color wore well for six hours, left a stain behind, 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 Lure Me On

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OCC St. Sebastian, Spike, Devotee, Wish Lip Tars

01/06

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

St. Sebastian

OCC St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW ($17.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark purplish taupe with cooler undertones and a metallic shimmer. It had mostly opaque coverage, but more of my natural lip color came through and amplified the purple tones as a result. The color went on evenly with very minimal color that settled into my deeper lip lines. The consistency was smooth, comfortable to wear, and easy to work with. This shade wore well for five and a half hours on me and was non-drying.

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 St. Sebastian
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Devotee

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Wish

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Smashbox Girl, Please, Brick Trick, Bad Apple, Crush It Be Legendary Liquid Lip

01/08

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Girl, Please

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip ($24.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is medium-dark brown with strong, warm undertones and very fine peach pearl. It had opaque color coverage in one coat, as described, and the color spread evenly across the lips without streaking. There was noticeable color in my lip lines when I looked up-close, though it was less apparent at a full view as the finish was quite shiny. This shade wore well for five and a half hours on me and was somewhat hydrating.

The formula is supposed to have “the full coverage a lipstick” with “the high shine of a gloss” in “a single coat” and is available in two finishes (metallic and vinyl). To me, it felt more like a gloss than a lipstick overall, as it had the plushness and glossiness I’d associate with a gloss. The coverage was typically mostly opaque to fully opaque across the range, and they went on fairly evenly and smoothly. I noticed that a lot of shades emphasized the lines on my lips up-close, but I couldn’t tell just looking in a regular mirror, as there was such a strong shine. The wear ranged from five to seven hours, which I suspect is partially due to the slightly thicker, moderately tacky texture.

Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lip Girl, Please
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Estee Lauder Intense Emotion, Pretty Lucky, Sweet Sinner Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Intense Emotion

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, pinky red with cool, blue undertones and a barely-there ruby red pearl. It had nearly opaque coverage–definitely greater than medium coverage–in a single layer, so for sheerer coverage, I’d recommend applying to the bottom lip and then pressing to blend the color onto the top lip. The consistency was smooth, creamy with just enough slip to be comfortable to apply and to wear. This shade lasted for over six hours on me, left a stain behind, and was hydrating.

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 Intense Emotion

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