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NYX Blush & Castle Round Lipsticks

NYX Blush Round Lipstick
NYX Blush Round Lipstick

NYX Blush Round Lipstick ($3.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium pink with soft, warm yellow undertones and a light shine. It’s almost so warm-toned that it gets into a pink-coral range, but I think it leans just pink enough to still be a pink hue overall. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a creamy consistency that easily glided onto lips. It had a fair amount of slip, which was great for application, but it did seem like it wore off a bit faster as a result–though it was lightly hydrating while it lasted (three and a half hours). Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is more muted, darker. MAC Hoop (DC, $15.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is similar. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is similar. MAC Flamingo (LE, $15.00) is warmer, a touch lighter. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

NYX Castle Round Lipstick ($3.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a cool-toned, lavender-shimmered, medium purple with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the consistency was very creamy and emollient. It applied evenly for the most part, though it wasn’t perfectly even. This shade wore well for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. I couldn’t think of any previously reviewed shades quite like this. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $15.00) is matte, no frost, so it appears darker and brighter. MAC Seasoned Plum (LE, $18.00) is darker, less frosted. MAC Nocturnal Instincts (LE, $16.00) is grayer. MAC Lavender Whip (LE, $15.00) is lighter, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Digitalis (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. See comparison swatches.

NYX’s Round Lipstick formula is a nice, budget-friendly formula that offers a bajillion colors (real number), so it’s always been a go-to recommendation from me when there’s a color someone wants to try but may not want to splash out a lot for.

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Blush
Blush
Blush
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Castle
Castle
Castle
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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MAC Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses
MAC Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Divine Night Cremesheen Glass ($22.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) includes five new and limited edition shades just in time for the holidays. Cremesheen Glasses have a nice, non-sticky, medium-weight, creamy consistency that is comfortable to wear.  Unfortunately, there are two major downsides:  they don’t last long at all, and there’s little product inside the tube (even though they seem larger–to compare: MAC Lipglass contains 0.17 fl. oz., whereas these contain 0.08 fl. oz.).  They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.  If you normally love this formula or don’t mind the shorter wear time, then pay closer attention to the rating by taking out the longevity scores.

Flair for Finery is described as a “cool nude.” It’s a peachy-beige with subtle warm undertones. It looks almost cool-toned in the tube, but it turns quite peach with a hint of pink applied and swatched. It had semi-sheer color coverage, settled somewhat into lip lines, and will leave lines if you press your lips together. It lasted two hours on me.  NARS Spring Break (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Orange Tempera (LE, $15.00) is more opaque. MAC C-Thru (P, $15.00) is more opaque. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC On the Scene (LE, $20.00) is also warmer. MAC Kiss Me Softly (LE, $20.00) is a little warmer. See comparison swatches.

Prepare for Pleasure is described as a “bluish red.” It’s a brightened, pink-red with cool, blue undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. It wore for almost three hours.  Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is warmer. NARS Norma (P, $26.00) is redder, darker. MAC Forever Rose (P, $19.50) is a bit lighter. Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is darker, shimmery. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Private Party is described as a “plum mauve with pearl.” It’s a subdued, plummy pink with fine pale pink shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it slightly settled into lip lines. It lasted for just over two and a half hours.  NARS Oasis (P, $25.00) is warmer, less pink. MAC Spanking Rich (LE, $20.00) is more glittery. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

You’ve Got It is described as a “nude taupe with green pearl.” It’s a light, beige-brown with light green micro-shimmer. Applied, it seems to lighten lips and added a milkiness to them. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage.  This shade was completely gone after a mere two hours of wear. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is more beige. MAC Glitter & Ice (LE, $20.00) doesn’t have green shimmer. See comparison swatches.

MAC Cremesheen Glass Flair for Finery
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Prepare for Pleasure
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Private Party
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass You've Got It
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
5.5
Longevity
5
Application
78%
Total

Milani Bronze Beauty & Cherry Crave Color Statement Lipsticks

Milani Bronze Beauty Lipstick
Milani Bronze Beauty Lipstick

Milani Bronze Beauty Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “bronze shimmer.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark copper with lighter copper frost and a warm, reddish undertone. It had mostly opaque color coverage, wore well for five hours, and was just a smidgen drying overall. MAC Who’s That Chick (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Sheer Seduction (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less red. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is less frosted. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Authentic (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Cherry Crave Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “red pearl metallic.” It’s a bright red with subtle warm undertones and metallic red shimmer. This shade had full color coverage, and it wore for six and a half hours, plus a residual stain was left behind. It felt a little drying towards the end of the wear. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Role Play (P, $18.00) is a bit darker. Guerlain Pour Troubler (P, $35.00) is pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Super NSFW (P, $18.00) is similar but warmer-toned. See comparison swatches.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Bronze Beauty
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Milani Color Statement Lipstick Cherry Crave
Cherry Crave
Cherry Crave
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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Giorgio Armani #523 Flash Lip lacquer

Giorgio Armani #523 Flash Lip lacquer
Giorgio Armani #523 Flash Lip lacquer

Giorgio Armani #523 Flash Lip lacquer ($29.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a vivid, pink-red with cool, blue undertones finished with an incredibly shiny, glossy sheen. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $27.00) is pinker, shimmery. NARS Mexican Rose (P, $24.00) is more muted. NARS Norma (P, $26.00) is redder. MAC Impassioned (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

It had semi-opaque color coverage–there was a light translucency that let the natural lip color come through slightly. The consistency is less like a traditional gloss, as it has a very gel-like feel that is cushy and plush, lightly tacky. It’s very comfortable to wear, and it’s actually somewhat hydrating while worn. This particular shade lasted six hours on me, which is definitely longer than the average gloss wears for on me. That juicy glossiness that makes lips look plumper lasts for hours and hours, too. The formula is scent- and taste-free.

Giorgio Armani Flash Lip Lacquer #523
#523
#523
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Chanel Ambigue (124) & Equivoque (126) Rouge Allure Lipsticks

Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, muted plum with subtly warm-toned, brown undertones. It has a soft, frosted finish that is somewhere between satin and frost. The color coverage was mostly opaque, though the color did not entirely cover my lip freckle. Ambigue lasted well for four hours, and it was neither hydrating nor drying on me (though it should have been hydrating). Urban Decay Strip (P, $22.00) is rosier. Revlon Pink Truffle (P, $7.49) is pinker. MAC Viva Glam VI (P, $15.00) is similar–more frosted. MAC One of a Kind (LE, $15.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani #526 (P, $32.00) is darker. Benefit I Think I Love You (P, $18.00) is darker and more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Equivoque (126) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with soft, warm undertones and lightly frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage; for a Rouge Allure, it seemed rather under-pigmented. It wore for three hours, and it was a little drying on me. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is also pinker. Revlon Pink Truffle (P, $7.49) is darker. NARS Tolede (P, $26.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is also warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

With the newer shades of Rouge Allures, which are designed to have a more luminous (read: frosted) finish, I noticed they do not look as smooth on the lips as other Rouge Allure shades I’ve worn.  I don’t think the thinner consistency of the Rouge Allure formula works as well with the frost finish, because it doesn’t apply as smoothly.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Ambigue (124)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Equivoque (126)
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total

Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) Le Rouge Sensuously Matte Lipstick

Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) Le Rouge Sensuously Matte Lipstick
Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) Le Rouge Sensuously Matte Lipstick

Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) Le Rouge Sensuously Matte Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “berry rose.” It’s a cool-toned, slightly muted, berry with hints of rosy pink. It has a satin-matte finish. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is cooler-toned, brighter. Bobbi Brown Berry (LE, $25.00) is brighter. Chanel Esprit (88) (LE, $34.00) is a bit redder. Guerlain Rose Bengale (P, $35.00) is more frosted.See comparison swatches.

It had rich, opaque color coverage and was nearly opaque in a single pass. The consistency is creamy, lightweight, and glides right on without pulling or tugging at the lips. The way it sits on the lips is particularly flattering; it looks very smooth and even, which ultimately makes my lips look about 15% nicer than they really are. It wore well for five and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating during that time. The formula is rose-scented, and it seemed a bit stronger in this shade than some of the other shades (or the regular Le Rouge range). I really love the feel of the lipstick, though, and even as someone who doesn’t like floral-scented lip products, it’s a shade I’ve reached for twice on date night (which is a big deal!).

Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick Violine Precieux (312)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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