Illamasqua Stranger Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Stranger Intense Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “metallic gold.” It’s a dirty, antique gold with a green-ish tinge and warmer, bronzy gold shimmer. It’s probably a shock to no one that I don’t have a laundry list of dupes for this shade–in fact, I couldn’t think of anything all that similar. MAC Liquid Lurex had a similar coloring in the tube, but it’s very sheer and glittery. OCC Triptych is warm, yellow-y gold. It’s different, and it’s certainly not a shade for everyone, but I’m really glad I picked it up. I think you can lightly dab it over various lipsticks/glosses to add a metallic shimmer if wearing it on its own isn’t your style.

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Illamasqua Stranger Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss Stranger
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
92%

Giorgio Armani #400 (The Red) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani #400 (The Red) Lip Maestro ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a subtly blue-based, deep red. This is darker, less pink, compared to Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro, which I reviewed previously. Dior Diorling is a bit bluer-based. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is bluer-based, a bit brighter. Guerlain Luxure is a bit browner. MAC Runaway Red has a pink-y edge to it. Chanel Dragon is very similar, but it has noticeable shimmer. It is the closest I’ve come to duping Dragon, and at a stretch, #400 is slightly less blue-based and doesn’t have the same shimmer, but it’s hard to tell if you aren’t looking close-up.

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Giorgio Armani #400 (The Red) Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro The Red (400)
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
99%

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Lip Gloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “dusty mauve.” It’s a gray-tinged mauve with a hint of plumminess and pale mauve shimmer. What it does on my lips is darken the natural lip color, give it a cool-toned cast, and add a healthy dosage of pale mauve shimmer. Chanel Pleasing is warmer, less plum. Urban Decay Perversion is a bit darker.

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Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Lip Gloss
Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss Black Pearl
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
88%

Clinique Grandest Grape (08) Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Grandest Grape (08) Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is berry-red with a glossy sheen. NARS Afghan Red is a touch lighter, less red. MAC Rebel is more fuchsia. Guerlain Guet-Apens is lighter. Guerlain Nuit d’Amour is darker. Guerlain Bee is purpler.

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Clinique Grandest Grape (08) Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Grandest Grape (08) Chubby Stick Intense

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Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
98%

Clinique Heftiest Hibiscus (04) Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Heftiest Hibiscus (04) Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is an orange-coral with hints of red. It has a subtle glossy sheen. MAC Scarlet Ibis is brighter and redder. Tom Ford True Coral is lighter and brighter. YSL Blood Orange is similar but sheerer. MAC Sail la Vie is more orange. Urban Decay 5150 is a touch redder. MAC Hibiscus is a touch lighter and pinker.

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Clinique Heftiest Hibiscus (04) Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Heftiest Hibiscus (04) Chubby Stick Intense

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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
92%

Burberry Antique Pink (303) Lip Velvet

Burberry Antique Pink (303) Lip Velvet ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a pinky-brown with hints of beige. It’s a fairly neutral color, but if I had to pick, I’d say it leans warmer rather than cool, but I think it is rather neutral overall. Urban Decay Naked has a soft pink iridescence and is rosier overall. MAC Impressive is slightly darker and pinker. Bobbi Brown Heather Pink is a touch pinker. Guerlain Avarice is brighter, pinker. MAC Spice is very comparable. Bobbi Brown Uber Nude is browner–lacks the rosiness of this shade.

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Burberry Pink Apricot Lip Velvet
Burberry Lip Velvet Antique Pink (303)
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%