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Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark orange with strong red undertones and a luminous sheen. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is very similar–it doesn’t read quite as glossy but you don’t need both. MAC Scarlet Ibis is close in color but matte in finish. MAC Sail La Vie is mostly matte and a touch lighter. OCC Psycho is a bit more orange and matte. See comparison swatches.

Whew, boy! Orange Edge is incredibly pigmented in a single swipe; you’ll have no trouble getting full color coverage with this shade.  It is similar enough to Vibrant Mandarin (which is permanent) that if you can’t find this particular shade locally, I’d consider opting for the permanent shade instead.  The consistency was creamy with some slip and slickness, so it glided easily across the lips without tugging or pulling.  It also applied with even, smooth color coverage, and it felt comfortable to wear.  Orange Edge lasted six hours well on me and left a reddish stain for another hour.

As a note:  the packaging of this one was off; the bullet twisted up very, very slowly and wasn’t normal at all but not totally broken.

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color Orange Edge
Orange Edge
Orange Edge
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Maybelline Infra-Red ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Infra-Red ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Infra-Red ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Infra-Red ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is an orange-toned red with a glossy, luminous finish. MAC Everyday Diva is lighter.MAC Ruffian Red has gold shimmer. MAC Red Racer is more neutral. MAC Must Be Red is less bright. MAC Cockney isn’t quite as opaque but is very close in color. Guerlain Genna is slightly more orange.  See comparison swatches.

It was rich in color with opaque color coverage. The consistency is lightly creamy with some slip, so it glided across lips easily and distribued even, opaque color well. Because of the creaminess, it leaves behind a slightly glossy finish.  Despite the slip, it still wears quite well, as Infra-Red lasted six hours on me and left behind a noticeable stain that lingered for another hour and a half.  I found the formula lightly hydrating during the time I wore it.  It has a lightly fruity scent but no discernible taste.

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color Infra-red
Infra-red
Infra-red
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Illamasqua Posture Lipstick

Illamasqua Posture Lipstick
Illamasqua Posture Lipstick

Illamasqua Posture Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “cool mauve.” It’s a cool-toned, gray-tinted lavender with a matte finish. MAC Nocturnal Instincts is pinker, not as cool-toned/gray. MAC Fresh Amour is more opaque, cooler-toned. MAC Lavender Whip is pinker. OCC Digitalis is also pinker. See comparison swatches here.

The good news is that this wasn’t nearly as dry as ESP! It has mostly opaque color payoff, and the color applied fairly evenly and smoothly. The consistency of the formula is a bit dry and stiff, so it will tug a bit at the lip, but it doesn’t drag or catch to the point where application is really difficult or the resulting coverage is patchy. The drier texture does cling somewhat to lips, but it didn’t actually seem drying over the five and a half hours it lasted on my lips. I didn’t see this listed on Sephora’s website, so I’m not sure if it will be launching at Sephora with the rest of the Paranomal collection or not, but it is available on Illamasqua’s website.

Illamasqua Lipstick Posture
Posture
Posture
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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OCC Rhythm Box Lip Tar Stained Gloss

OCC Rhythm Box Lip Tar Stained Gloss
OCC Rhythm Box Lip Tar Stained Gloss

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rhythm Box Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 oz.) is described as a “translucent purpled burgundy.” It looks burugndy-red in the tube, but applied, it’s a cool-toned, pinky-red with hints of berry and a luminous shine. OCC New Wave is lighter, redder. Guerlain Girly is slightly darker. NARS Jardin des Plantes is a bit brighter, matte. Maybelline Vivid Rose is very similar. MAC Love Goddess is a smidgen redder. MAC Scan-delicious is pinker. Guerlain Gigi is slightly brighter. Guerlain Gourmandise is brighter. See swatch comparisons here. You can also see all shades of the Lip Tar Stained Glosses.

OCC’s new Lip Tar Stained Glosses are a thinner, glossier version of their famous Lip Tars. If you felt like Lip Tar was too opaque or heavy, you may like the Stained Glosses. It’s not sheer color as in barely-there color; indeed, it is exactly like stained glass windows where there is strong, noticeable color that you can still see through. There is some translucency to the color, so the natural lip color comes through (but depending on what that is, it may have little to no effect), but you can see that while burgundy in the tube, it applies much pinker. Rhythm Box lasted eight hours well with moderate glossiness for four hours. It did leave behind a lingering stain for another two hours or so.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Stained Gloss Rhythm Box
Rhythm Box
Rhythm Box
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
98%
Total

Illamasqua ESP Lipstick

Illamasqua ESP Lipstick
Illamasqua ESP Lipstick

Illamasqua ESP Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “vivid violet.” It’s a rich, violet purple with pink undertones and a matte finish. Nothing that I could think of seemed to come very close–this is very purple; not pink, not fuchsia, and then not ultra dark/vampy. OCC Belladonna was the closest, but it’s lighter. MAC Potent Fig and MAC Fervent are much darker, less violet. MAC Violetta and MAC Heroine are both much pinker. Illamasqua Kontrol is purpler, grayer, and quite a bit darker. See swatch comparisons here.

Though it’s a more unique color, and anyone who’s been on the hunt for a brightened purple will be tempted by ESP, the texture is very, very unforgiving. It’s incredibly dry, which made application problematic, wear uncomfortable, and the color looked dry and patchy applied. I would highly recommend laying down a smidgen of balm first–just enough to make everything smooth over better–and applying the color with a lip brush.It’s very easy to break the bullet because of how much pressure you exert just to swipe the lipstick across the lips (it tugs, drags, and pulls). It will come as no surprise but this is uncomfortable to wear, because it feels like it is clinging to the lips and is somewhat drying (but not as drying as it looks). The upside, I guess, is because it is clingy, whatever you do apply will last quite awhile (six hours for me).

Illamasqua Lipstick ESP
ESP
ESP
5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
4
Texture
10
Longevity
3
Application
68%
Total

Burberry Bright Plum (15) Lip Cover Lipstick

Burberry Bright Plum (15) Lip Cover Lipstick
Burberry Bright Plum (15) Lip Cover Lipstick

Burberry Bright Plum (15) Lip Cover Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, berry wine with cool, pink undertones and a luminous finish. MAC Rebel is more berry, less red. NARS Palais Royal is redder. NARS Valparaiso is lighter, less red. MAC Red Dwarf is lighter, pinker. MAC Endless Drama is browner. MAC What Joy is darker. Guerlain Gigolo is a bit darker, less berry-hued. Guerlain Bee is purpler, lighter. Chanel L’Impatiente is darker. See comparison swatches here.

Burberry’s lipstick formula is always a joy to test, because it’s very consistent (which always makes it easier!) in quality: long-wearing, lightly hydrating, rich color, and is comfortable to wear. Bright Plum is mostly opaque with rich, even color that applies evenly and smoothly. The consistency of the lipstick is lightly creamy, so it glides across lips without pulling or tugging, but it’s not so slippery that it will bleed or feather while it’s worn. With this shade, it lasted six and a half hours rather well, and then it started to fade and left behind a strong stain for another hour or so. It does have a slight floral scent but no discernible taste.

Burberry Lip Cover Bright Plum (15)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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