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Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo & Ametista Classic Cream Lipsticks

Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “ice-cold, luminous green.” It’s a cool-toned, emerald green with fine emerald green shimmer. Illamasqua Violate (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

The color payoff was sheer; no matter how many layers I attempted to apply, whether I used a lip brush or not, it was always sheer, streaky, and all in all, horrible. If Dolce & Gabbana are going to take the time to put out a green-hued lipstick and then charge $36 for it, the least they could do was pack it with pigment, least of all by making it apply smoothly (I would settle for mostly even at this point).  The shimmer and color tended to bunch up, too, so it was streaky, crumbly, and patchy. The only nice thing I can say about this shade was that it was hydrating for the three hours it lasted for–it did stain my lips a sort of green-ish-gray. This is a product that made me see red as soon as I applied it, and I was just in total disbelief as to why they would let this go into production. The formula is rose-scented with a slight floral taste at times.

Dolce & Gabbana Ametista Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “bright purple.” Less bright purple, more fuchsia-tinted lavender with iridescent purple shimmer. NYX Castle (P, $4.00) is more lavender, less shimmery. NARS Tender Night (LE, $25.00) is similar but sheerer. MAC Pink Popcorn (LE, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Though both of these lipsticks are part of the Classic Cream range, and these specific shades are touted as “bold, rich color inspired by the stones they are named after” and neither of these fit the bill. Ametista is semi-sheer, and as it is closer to the natural lip color, the sheerness doesn’t look as patchy or streaky, but it’s not a lipstick that deposits color very evenly. It wears two and a half hours on me, though it was moisturizing while I wore it.

Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick Smeraldo
Smeraldo
Smeraldo
F

Limited Edition

3
Product
4
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
2
Application
50%
Total
Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick Ametista
Ametista
Ametista
D

Limited Edition

6
Product
5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
66%
Total

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OCC Little Black Dress Lip Tar Stained Gloss

OCC Little Black Dress Lip Tar Stained Gloss
OCC Little Black Dress Lip Tar Stained Gloss

OCC Little Black Dress Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer veil of black pigment.” It may look like a medium black when squeezed out of the tube, but applied, it’s exactly as described: a sheer wash of black–it gives lips a gray-cast, takes my natural color and gives it a cooler tone, and then a glossy shine. Even though it’s rather sheer, there was some settling into lip lines. Urban Decay Oil Slick (DC, $22.00) is similar in its sheer, gray-tinge. MAC also had Blackware eons ago, which was similar. See comparison swatches.

Alone, the glossiness and subtle gray-ish tint seems to last around four hours on me. It has a very gel-like consistency, wasn’t tacky, and was comfortable to wear. The backbone of Lip Tars is really their versatility and mixability, so naturally, I layered this over a red lipstick (Marc Jacobs Showstopper), and it’s a quick way to instantly vamp-up your favorite lip color. It darkens, cools down, and adds a high-shine, glossy finish. Because it is sheerer, it doesn’t overwhelm the color. It does take careful blending to ensure an even layer of color.

This color will be available beginning Black Friday (the 29th) and will be added to the permanent range at occmakeup.com. It will also be available as a gift with purchase on $75+ orders placed between 11/29 and 12/2.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Stained Gloss Little Black Dress
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

Sephora Red Glow Metallic Glow Lustrous Lip Shine

Sephora Red Glow Metallic Glow Lustrous Lip Shine
Sephora Red Glow Metallic Glow Lustrous Lip Shine

Sephora Red Glow Metallic Glow Lustrous Lip Shine ($13.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, cool-toned, pinky-red with a ruby red, metallic shimmer. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find anything that was all that similar to this shade. MAC Ready to Roam (LE, $15.00) is redder. Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is less metallic. Chanel Fatale (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, sheerer. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

When I was making my VIB order a couple of weeks ago, I saw this show up as a new formula, and it caught my attention so I figured I’d try a red shade for the holidays. It’s supposed to be long-wearing, creamy, and richly pigmented with a “luminous foil finish.” The consistency is medium-weight and spreads evenly and smoothly. It’s non-sticky for most of the time, though it gets just lightly tacky towards the last hour of wear. It doesn’t cling, but it doesn’t bleed or feather either (worth mentioning, though, is that I don’t usually encounter feathering/bleeding). It was nicely pigmented and didn’t settle into lip lines. It has a softly metallic finish; it’s part metallic, part straight-up glossy. This shade wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating while worn. I couldn’t detect any scent to the gloss.

I was hoping the formula was going to be similar to Hourglass’ Extreme Sheen, but this is definitely not as metallic. It’s a nice shimmery gloss, though, that has more of a pearly, glossy sheen.

Sephora Metallic Glow Lustrous Lip Shine Red Glow
Red Glow
Red Glow
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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MAC Hautecore Lipstick for Black Friday 2013

MAC Hautecore Lipstick
MAC Hautecore Lipstick

MAC Hautecore Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “true matte black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deep, dark black with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. The consistency was creamier than the usual MAC Matte finish, so it didn’t tug or drag on the lips, though the color didn’t deposit evenly. It does take some finesse and maneuvering to get the color to be as crisp as one might desire.  I haven’t tried too many full-on black lipsticks, and the only one I could think that would compare was Make Up For Ever #50 (P, $19.00), which is less matte. See comparison swatches. A few readers in the comments (here and on social media) have suggested Illamasqua Pristine as a potential less-fussy black lipstick to work with.

It looks drier in the photos than it actually felt from my initial swatch.  The color payoff is semi-opaque–though I really, really tried to get it as opaque as possible, it wasn’t happening.  You would need to apply a dark lip liner (or maybe black eyeliner) to get something cleaner and more opaque.    It lasted for five hours, and it was neither hydrating nor drying.  The big takeaways that it’s a fussy color, will need some patience and help to maximize its color, and it’s not as matte as you’d expect.

I tried layering this with a few other products, and the one thing I did notice is that because it’s not as dry or as matte as some of MAC’s other shades, it has a tendency to move around when it comes in contact with gloss, which can create a somewhat uneven appearance and encourages the black color from the lipstick to settle into lip lines or gather along the edges of the lips.  I would recommend applying a sheerer layer of the lipstick on first, then adding an additional lip color (gloss or lipstick) on top.  If using gloss on top, use very little and see how it goes.  I thought layering a red gloss on top would be cool, and so I picked a more pigmented shade (MAC Russian Red), but the lipstick seemed to just eat up the color yet applying more improved the reddish-tint I was going for, it also made it more uneven.

This shade will be available online only at maccosmetics.com on Black Friday (November 29th), beginning at midnight. Worth noting, it will also be promoted in the Punk Couture collection, which releases December 26th (but I don’t have much more official information than that). Last year, MAC released Grey Friday, which looked more like a purply-taupe on the lips.

P.S. — If black lipstick isn’t your thing, that’s totally fine, but please refrain from making comments about it being only appropriate for Halloween, stereotyping or insulting the people who might wear it, etc. This is a community where people should feel free to enjoy the products they don’t without judgment from others. Thank you for respecting readers who may have tastes that differ from yours.

MAC Lipstick Hautecore
Hautecore
Hautecore
6.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
77%
Total

Illamasqua Culminate Sheer Lipgloss & Wanderlust Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Culminate Sheer Lipgloss
Illamasqua Culminate Sheer Lipgloss

Illamasqua Culminate Sheer Lipgloss (£14.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as an “iridescent sheer metallic copper.” It’s a warm-toned, orange-copper with flecks of pink and white shimmer and sparkle. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is pinker, more opaque. Revlon Pango Peach (P, $7.99) is pinker. MAC Rising Sun (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Imperial Light (LE, $20.00) is also similar. Bobbi Brown Citrus (P, $24.00) is slightly pinker. Dior Etincelante (432) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery. Dior Ambre Lumiere (227) (P, $29.50) is similar. Chanel Attirance (LE, $32.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Applied, it looks more rose gold due to the semi-sheer color coverage of the gloss and the natural lip color coming through. As you might expect, the Sheer Lipgloss formula is supposed to yield sheer color with a glossy shine. If you like sheerer glosses but still want some color, shine, and sparkle, this is a nice option as it definitely enhances and changes-up the natural lip color but not as drastically as an opaque gloss would. It wears four hours on me, which is about average.

Illamasqua Wanderlust Intense Lipgloss (£14.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep gold.” It’s a blackened brown with chartreuse, gold, bronze, and emerald green shimmer–it tints the whole thing into a mix of black, brown, green, and gold. I’m sure it’s not too surprising, but I don’t know of a dupe for this shade. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it was difficult to apply evenly. This particular shade wore for four and a half hours.  It was neither drying nor hydrating.

Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss Culminate
Culminate
Culminate
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss Wanderlust
Wanderlust
Wanderlust
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
80%
Total

Tom Ford Rouge Fatal Lip Color & Trophy Wife Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Rouge Fatal Lip Color
Tom Ford Rouge Fatal Lip Color

Tom Ford Rouge Fatal Lip Color ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is vibrant, warm red with orange-brown undertones and a luminous finish. This is very nearly the same as Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00), which I reviewed just yesterday–at the most, Rouge Fatal is slightly redder/not as brown. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is darker, less brown. NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is similar but more matte. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is metallic. MAC Viva Glam I (P, $15.00) is more matte. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is brighter, less brown. See comparison swatches.

Rouge Fatal is richly pigmented and fully opaque on lips in a single stroke. The consistency is light-to-medium-weight, creamy, and comfortable to wear; it doesn’t slip around, but it doesn’t cling either. It lasts and lasts for a long six hours and leaves behind a red stain.  The Tom Ford Lip Color formula is supposed to “deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity,” while also being hydrating and applying smoothly. The formula lives up to all of those things–great color payoff, moderately glossy/luminous, and it gives lips a smoother, healthier appearance. It is lightly scented with sweet vanilla but has no discernible taste. It was somewhat hydrating while worn.  The biggest drawback to the Lip Color range is really that most colors are more basic, so they are more easily duped by comparable formulas at a lower price point (case in point: Marc Jacobs’ Showstopper for this shade).

Tom Ford Trophy Wife Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is pink-toned red with cool, bluish undertones and a cream finish. Chanel Rouge Rubis (P, $27.00) is a touch brighter. Chanel Cinema (P, $27.00) is darker. MAC Touch of Red (LE, $16.00) is slightly redder. MAC Russian Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Flaming Rose (P, $16.00) is darker. L’Oreal The Queen’s Might (LE) is pinker. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $23.00) is similar. Chanel Suspicious (P, $27.00) is a bit pinker. China Glaze Hey Sailor (LE, $8.00) is similar. Essie Silken Cord (LE, $8.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

The quality of the formula was very nice with rich, fully pigmented color in almost one coat (but the swatches are with two). It had a consistency that was balanced between thick and thin, so it didn’t accumulate along the edges or shift while drying. Even the dry down seemed slightly quicker than the average polish, and when it dried, there was a moderate shine left behind. If you want a plush, glossy finish, you’ll still need a top coat. I get about a week of wear out of Tom Ford’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping, which is normal for me across most polish formulas (so take that with a grain of salt).

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Rouge Fatal
Rouge Fatal
Rouge Fatal
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer Trophy Wife
Trophy Wife
Trophy Wife
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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