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NYX Cosmo & Sunrise Mega Shine Lipgloss

NYX Cosmo Lipgloss
NYX Cosmo Lipgloss

NYX Cosmo Lipgloss ($4.99 for 0.53 fl. oz.) is a shimmering rose gold–a lovely mix of pale pink, copper, and light copper. Applied, it looked lighter, softer, and not as warm-toned–more pink than copper came through. The finish was nearly metallic; incredibly sparkling and reflective.  It had semi-sheer coverage in terms of color, but there was so much shimmer in it, that the end result was more semi-opaque. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying.  As this one is so shimmer-packed, I do feel little bits of shimmer towards the end of wear.  Dior Paradise (732) (P, $29.50) is more coral, darker. Revlon Rosegold (DC, $7.49) is lighter. Urban Decay Naked is more pearly, less shimmery, pinker. (P, $19.00) MAC Social Light (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Blessedly Rich (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Sunrise Lipgloss ($4.99 for 0.53 fl. oz.) is a medium, warm-toned red with coppery gold micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage–it adds plenty of color to lips, but there is some translucency where the natural lip color comes through. I had some minor settling of the color into lip lines, but in general, it’s not easily noticed. It lasted well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is sheerer, less shimmery. MAC Mango Sheen (LE, $19.00) is also sheerer. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is darker, redder. See comparison swatches.

The Mega Shine Lip Gloss formula is supposed to “[deliver] shine, moisture and softness and [envelop] lips with glistening color.” It has a light-medium-weighted consistency that spreads evenly and easily across the lips. The texture is mostly non-sticky with some very light tackiness developing over time. I find that the scent of the formula varies from tube to tube, as some arrive with no scent, some smell almost like plastic, and then some smell like cherry cough syrup.  I didn’t notice the scent once the gloss is applied, only when I smelled the applicator or the product in the tube, and there wasn’t any noticeable taste.

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss Cosmo
Cosmo
Cosmo
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss Sunrise
Sunrise
Sunrise
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral Kissing Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral Kissing Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral Kissing Lipstick (£23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium coral-pink with a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the color applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for four and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating when worn.  Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is lighter. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is a bit darker, less matte. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Guerlain Giulette (P, $49.50) has a golden shimmer. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Underground Kissing Lipstick (£23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, brightened fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It was incredibly pigmented, and it applied and wore beautifully for a solid six and a half hours, plus it left behind a stain that lingered for a couple more hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating while worn; it seemed slightly moisturizing initially but at the four-hour mark, it just seemed neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $15.00) is more matte, redder. Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is slightly darker. NARS Carthage (P, $26.00) is pinker. MAC Rare Exotic (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Moxie (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Impassioned (P, $15.00) is slightly redder. MAC Girl About Town (P, $15.00) is a touch bluer-based. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to have rich, buildable color, not feather or bleed, and leave lips “soft, pert, soothed and hydrated.”  Both shades were lightly creamy–just enough to allow the lipstick to glide over the lips without catching or tugging and still keep the finish on the more satin side.  The finish of Coachella Coral was more of a true satin, where there was a soft sheen but still had a matte-ness to the look, whereas Velvet Underground was a more luminous satin but did become a truer satin after two hours of wear.  I didn’t find it to be a very hydrating formula, though it was not drying.  The formula is lightly scented with sweet vanilla but neither had a discernible taste when I wore them.

Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick Coachella Coral
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick Velvet Underground
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

YSL Corail Aquatique (7) & Pink Taboo (103) Glossy Stains

YSL Corail Aquatique (7) Glossy Stain
YSL Corail Aquatique (7) Glossy Stain

YSL Corail Aquatique (7) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, orange-coral with a glossy shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, applied evenly overall, and wore for six and a half hours when I tested it. While worn, it was lightly hydrating. YSL Corail Fauve (12) (P, $34.00) is darker, redder. YSL Corail Hold Up (105) (P, $34.00) is shimmery.Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is pinker. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is slightly pinker. MAC Whoops (P, $19.50) is more muted. MAC Geo Pink (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is pinker. Burberry Brick Red (P, $27.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

YSL Pink Taboo (103) Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium, reddish coral with fuchsia and copper shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it wore well for six and a half hours, but it was a little drying towards the last few hours of wear. YSL Fuchsia Fugitive (109) (P, $34.00) is more fuchsia-hued. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery, less red. See comparison swatches.

YSL’s Glossy Stains have a watery consistency initially, which develops into a slightly thicker, more gel-like texture that hugs onto lips–and they tend to darken as they “set” (usually within five minutes, but I wait about twenty to thirty minutes before photographing). Their biggest advantage is that they tend to have a lot of color coverage and wear for hours and hours, as they are a stain. These absolutely stain; if you swatch them on your arm or hand, you’ll instantly have a stain that doesn’t go away for hours (for me, it takes a day or longer to get rid of them!). On lips, that stain doesn’t last a day, but it does last for quite a long time, even after the glossiness and majority of the color has worn away, my lips remain somewhat tinted for a few more hours. They’re lightly tacky once they turn into a gel consistency, and they do have a grape-like scent that may be off-putting for some. They scent fades as it dries down, but from the tube initially, the scent is fairly strong.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Corail Aquatique (7)
YSL Rebel Nudes Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Pink Taboo (103)

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Maybelline Signature Scarlet, Mauve Mystique, Couture Color Elixir Lipglosses

Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) Color Elixir Lip Color

Today, I have three more shades from Maybelline’s Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) range. It’s a new and permanent formula introduced this winter, and it’s supposed to have rich color payoff with a plush feel, hydration, and high-gloss shine. Some shades are nice, others apply somewhat streakily, as the consistency is more medium to medium-thick. Sometimes, if you press your lips together, you can see a “line” appear where the color has moved and bunched up. The gloss is non-sticky when first applied, but it does develop a slight tackiness while worn–it never becomes really sticky, though. It has a sweet, creme brulee scent and a perfume-y taste. I notice the taste more with the brighter and darker shades than the lighter ones. They are moderately moisturizing.

Signature Scarlet (020) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, orange-based medium red with a creamy, glossy finish. It’s nearly opaque (there’s just a hint of translucency), and the consistency is medium-weight and applies evenly. It wears for five hours on me. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is similar. NARS Wonder (LE, $25.00) is more orange, more muted. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is slightly more muted. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is less opaque–the colors are very similar but Maybelline’s is better with respect to performance. See comparison swatches.

Mauve Mystique (025) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a pinky-plum with a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with some of the natural lip color coming through. It applied evenly for the most part, but there were some areas where you could see the color was somewhat streaky. I would apply less rather than more, as this was a color that tended to bunch up if you pressed or moved your lips together too much. It lasted for four hours on me. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is brighter. Edward Bess First Kiss (P, $30.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Pink (P, $45.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $19.00) is a bit pinker, less glossy. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is more muted, more mauve. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Curvaceous (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is similar but sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Caviar Couture (050) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, reddened berry with faint fuchsia shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and as you might have guessed, it doesn’t apply flawlessly. There is some settling into lip lines, but it has a somewhat splotchy appearance on the lips. It’s not the worst I’ve encountered, but it’s not as opaque as Maybelline would have you believe and can be a high maintenance color to wear. On me, it wore for four and a half hours. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Crushed Cherry (P, $29.50) is redder. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is pinker, lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color Signature Scarlet (020)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color Mauve Mystique (025)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color Caviar Couture (050)
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
77%
Total

Givenchy Brun Cachemire, Rose Taffetas, Rose Dentelle Le Rouge Lipsticks

Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) Le Rouge Lipstick
Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) Le Rouge Lipstick

Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “plum brown.” It’s a warm-toned, rosy brown with a smooth, satin finish. The color coverage was opaque with one pass, and the consistency was lightly creamy but not so much so that it slipped around once applied. I thought Brun Cachemire left lips looking smoother and softer than they actually were. It wore well for five hours on me and was lightly hydrating when worn. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is browner. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is also lighter. Guerlain Avarice (P, $49.50) is rosier. Buxom Two-Timer (P, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter. See comparison swatches.

Rose Taffetas (201) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light pink coral.” It’s a warm-toned, medium pink with a lightly glossy, luminous finish. It had opaque color coverage, and the formula on this shade felt somewhat more emollient/had more slip compared to other shades in the range, which gave it a shinier finish. It applied evenly for the most part. It wore well for four and a half hours and was nicely moisturizing during that time. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is more muted. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Hyde Park (LE, $34.00) is brighter. MAC Hoop is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Rose Dentelle (203) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep rose.” It’s a rosy coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had rich pigmentation and yielded full color coverage when applied to the lips. It was moderately creamy and applied smoothly and evenly. It’s definitely a formula that makes lips appear healthier, fuller, and softer. It wore well for five hours on me and was nicely hydrating during that time. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is lighter, more matte. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is also a bit lighter. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Givenchy Le Rouge Brun Cachemire (104)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Rose Taffetas (201)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Rose Dentelle (203)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Dolce & Gabbana Rubino & Topazio Classic Cream Lipsticks

Dolce & Gabbana Rubino Classic Cream Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Rubino Classic Cream Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Rubino Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep red.” It’s a medium-dark red with muted, brown-ish tones. It runs slightly warm, but it’s almost neutral against my skin tone (probably because I’m warm-toned). Chanel Audacieuse (134) (LE, $34.00) is pinker. NARS Hyde Park (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Prolong (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Viva Glam I (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

It has a soft, luminous sheen with semi-opaque color. This shade had a lot of slip when applied, so the color moves around on the lip, which gave me slightly uneven color application towards the center of the mouth. I experienced very faint feathering after the fourth hour of wear–it lasted five and a half hours in total.

Topazio Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden amber-yellow.” It’s a semi-sheer to semi-opaque veil of gold shimmer and sparkle. There’s some color that gets aded, primarily giving my lip color a yellower, warmer, almost tangerine-like hue, but it’s mostly due to the high shimmer content in the product. MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Guerlain Altoum (LE, $35.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $18.00) is brighter and more oapque. See comparison swatches.

It doesn’t apply evenly, unfortunately, and part of that is owed to how slippery the formula is; the sparkle and shimmer tends to overlap and clump together, which keeps it from being a more even dusting of color. Of course, this formula is supposed to be highly pigmented, and it’s definitely not that. Applied very sheerly and blended with a lip brush or finger tip, this might work under a more pigmented gloss (I’m thinking red). It wore three hours on me and was actually a bit drying.

Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Cream lipsticks are supposed to have “bold color” and feel hydrating when worn. One thing worth noting is that the formula is heavily scented with rose and does have a slight rosy taste at times–I’m not particular sensitive to scented lip products, but it is one of the stronger fragranced lipsticks I’ve encountered (which you may love or may not). Both of these shades felt like they had more slip than other shades from the formula, though.

Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick Rubino
Rubino
Rubino
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick Topazio
Topazio
Topazio
D

Limited Edition

6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
3
Application
66%
Total

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