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Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Colors (Part 1)

01/06

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Pink Pop

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied fairly evenly, but there was a bit of color that sunk into my deeper lip lines. The texture was lightweight, thin but not clingy, and had a fair amount of slip. The lipstick stayed on well for four hours on me and was lightly moisturizing.

I’ve reviewed this formula (and I believe the majority of shades released) before, but it’s one of my favorite drugstore lipstick formulas and wanted to update swatches. I was dismayed to see how many shades were discontinued, though, as there are only seven in the current range. The Vivids formula is supposed to have “vibrant color” and a hydrating feel. I repurchased the seven shades still available, and I re-tested them (and re-swatched/photographed!). Overall, the Vivids formula has a very smooth, creamy consistency that has moderate slip and a luminous sheen and semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation. They felt hydrating to me over time and were comfortable to wear. They have a moderate, sweet, floral scent but no discernible taste.

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color Pink Pop
Pink Pop
Pink Pop
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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LORAC Beauty and the Beast Lip Gloss Collection

01/03

LORAC Beauty and the Beast Lip Gloss Collection Lip Gloss Collection

LORAC Beauty and the Beast Lip Gloss Collection Lip Gloss Collection

LORAC Beauty and the Beast Lip Gloss Collection Lip Gloss Collection

Beauty and the Beast Lip Gloss Collection

LORAC Beauty and the Beast Lip Gloss Collection ($34.00 for 0.90 fl. oz.) includes five, full-sized lipglosses in hues of pink, coral, and red. The MOD Lip Gloss formula is described as a “non-tacky, moderate-shine gloss.” The brand made no specific claims with respect to pigmentation level, though they stated that the glosses could be used on top of the lipsticks also released in this collection. Lipgloss is typically not opaque and on average, falls somewhere in the middle–some pigmentation/coverage so they can be worn alone but not full coverage, which the standard I held these glosses up to. The coverage varied from sheer to medium with moderate, noticeable shine with a smooth, non-sticky texture. While they were comfortable to wear, they wore away quickly and would need very regular reapplication.

LORAC Lip Gloss Collection Beauty and the Beast Lip Gloss Collection
B-

Limited Edition

7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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B-

True Beauty

Limited Edition
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B+

Red Rose

Limited Edition
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C+

Belle-ieve

Limited Edition
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C

Tres Chic

Limited Edition
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B

Savoir Faire

Limited Edition
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LORAC Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection

01/03

LORAC Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection Lipstick Collection

LORAC Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection Lipstick Collection

LORAC Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection Lipstick Collection

Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection

LORAC Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection ($36.00 for 0.55 oz.) includes five, full-sized lipsticks in hues of pink, coral, and red. The MOD Cream formula is described as a “creamy, moderate coverage” lipstick. I, on the other hand, would describe the MOD Cream formula has a highly pigmented, creamy, and luminous lipstick with wear that varied from three and a half hours to six hours that was hydrating and comfortable to wear. The big “downside” was that the pigmentation was typically nearly opaque and only one shade was actually “moderate coverage.”

LORAC Lipstick Collection Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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B+

True Beauty

Limited Edition
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A

Red Rose

Limited Edition
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B+

Belle-ieve

Limited Edition
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B+

Tres Chic

Limited Edition
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B-

Savoir Faire

Limited Edition
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NYX Temptress, Audrey, Natural Matte Lipsticks

01/06

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

Temptress

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium, pink-coral with warmer undertones and a semi-matte finish. This shade had a stronger white base, which seemed to make the lipstick appear lighter on the lips than initially swatched or in the tube. The texture was lightly creamy, comfortable to apply, and did not slide around over time. It had nearly opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly with just a bit of color that settled into my lip lines after two and a half hours of wear. This shade lasted for four hours and was non-drying.

The Matte Lipstick is supposed to be “highly pigmented” and have a “velvety, non-glossy” finish. In general, the formula has semi-opaque to opaque color coverage with a velvety texture that glides on without tugging but doesn’t have a lot of slip, so the lipstick won’t slide around while worn. The formula varied from non-drying to moderately drying with wear times that ranged from four to over six hours (deeper, reddish shades lasted quite long). It has a mint scent and no discernible taste. I noticed that the packaging had a tendency to twist up the lipstick too easily (even barely holding it) and sometimes would twist down as I would apply it directly from the tube.

NYX Matte Lipstick Temptress
Temptress
Temptress
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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B+

Audrey

Permanent
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B+

Natural

Permanent
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Becca Champagne Dream x Bellini, Opal x Jade, Rose Quartz x Seashell Liquid Crystal Glow Glosses

01/07

Becca Champagne Dream x Bellini Liquid Crystal Glow Gloss

Becca Champagne Dream x Bellini Liquid Crystal Glow Gloss

Becca Champagne Dream x Bellini Liquid Crystal Glow Gloss

Becca Champagne Dream x Bellini Liquid Crystal Glow Gloss

Becca Champagne Dream x Bellini Liquid Crystal Glow Gloss

Becca Champagne Dream x Bellini Liquid Crystal Glow Gloss

Becca Champagne Dream x Bellini Liquid Crystal Glow Gloss

Champagne Dream x Bellini

Becca Champagne Dream x Bellini Crystal Glow Gloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a peachy gold with warm undertones and flecks of gold, green, and pink pearl. This one was one of the more “shifting” shades in the range, as it sometimes appeared warmer and golder and pinker and peachier at other times. The base had a milky quality to it, so there was a bit of color that gathered in my lip lines, though the shiny, sparkly finish made this less noticeable from a normal viewing distance. It had semi-sheer color payoff that went on fairly evenly and lasted for two and a half hours. The formula was moisturizing while worn.

Becca describes the formula as a “mix of unique pearls blended together to create a multi-dimensional finish” with “nourishing ingredients that leave lips lavishly soft and smooth” and a “luxurious coconut and vanilla scent.” They can be worn alone or applied on top of other lip colors for shine/shimmer, but the brand did not seem to make any more specific claims with respect to pigmentation–given that they are supposed to be worn on top of products but could be worn alone, I am expecting semi-sheer to medium coverage.

In general, the formula is more like a sheer to semi-sheer gloss with moderate pearl, sometimes with more nuance and other times was more like a traditional, shimmery gloss. The formula was lightweight, thin, lightly tacky, and comfortable to wear but only lasted two to three hours. For most of the shades, I detected the scent throughout the wear but only tasted soapiness with one (Topaz x Gilt). The glosses were less shifting in their shimmer/pearl as they were just sparkly and mirror-like in shine.

Becca Liquid Crystal Glow Gloss Champagne Dream x Bellini
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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B-

Opal x Jade

Limited Edition
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Bite Cava Multistick

01/08

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick

Cava

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a light-medium, pinky mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a smooth, creamy, and velvety feel that glided across the lips and skin easily. As a cheek color, whether dabbed on or used with a brush to apply, it had buildable coverage from medium to opaque. If swiped directly from the tube, it had more opaque coverage. It felt lightweight as a cream blush, which lasted for almost ten hours on me, and as a lip product, it had a more powdery, thicker feel on the lips but was non-drying and stayed on for five hours. When I wore it as a cream eyeshadow, it had faint creasing within an hour and a half of wear.

It’s a new shade addition to the Multistick range, which I’ve reviewed extensively in the past (see this extensive overview). It is a cream formula that can be worn on eyes, lips, and face, and it is supposed to be “blendable, breathable, and buildable” with a “soft focus finish. The consistency is medium in thickness–more noticeably thick when used on the lips, as it is quite dense–and is quite blendable across the majority of shades. I really liked the formula as a cream blush, as it was blendable, buildable, and long-wearing. As a lip product, it was decent to good (the performance depended largely on the shade), and as an eye product, it was a total miss for me due to poor wear.

Bite Beauty Multistick Cava
Cava
Cava
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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