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NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream

NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream
NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream

NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream ($5.99 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, neon pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is darker, glossier. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is darker. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is slightly darker. MAC Pink Pigeon (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $15.00) is brighter, bluer-based. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (LE, $18.00) is brighter, bluer-based. See comparison swatches.

It’s richly pigmented with full color coverage in nearly one swipe. It applies evenly, and it dries down to a satin-matte finish in about thirty seconds. After two to three hours of wear, it is fully matte. The texture is thin, and it almost feels dry when applied, but it’s not drying while worn at all. It’s actually slightly hydrating overall. Addis Ababa wears really well and lasts a long time–a solid six and a half hours plus a stain that lingers for a few more hours. It’s not a particularly original color, but it is a fantastic version of it–and for under $10.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Ardency Inn Twist Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color

Ardency Inn Twist Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color
Ardency Inn Twist Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color

Ardency Inn Twist Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “neon fuchsia pink with blue undertones.” It’s a vibrant, bright fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is a touch less blue-based. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is similar. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is brighter, lighter. MAC Night Blooming (LE, $16.00) is purpler. MAC Pink Pigeon (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $15.00) is more muted. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $15.00) is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches.

The consistency was lightweight, on the thinner side, but still nicely pigmented with full color coverage. It was just creamy enough that it glided onto lips without pulling or tugging. It wore well for six hours and left a lingering stain behind. The formula didn’t feather or bleed on me, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. There’s a faint, almost fruity, scent, but it was really hard to pinpoint anything specific as it was subtle.

Ardency Inn Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color Twist
Twist
Twist
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

Ardency Inn Original Mix Modster Long Play Lip Vinyl

Ardency Inn Original Mix Modster Long Play Lip Vinyl
Ardency Inn Original Mix Modster Long Play Lip Vinyl

Ardency Inn Original Mix Modster Long Play Lip Vinyl ($23.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “red base with orange and neon pink reflects.” It’s a bright, orange-based red with a creamy, shiny finish. Giorgio Armani #400 (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, sheerer. Urban Decay Theodora (LE, $19.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Punch Drunk (P, $19.00) is more orange. Maybelline Neon Red (P, $7.49) is less glossy, more orange. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is blue-based. See comparison swatches.

This is my first time trying Ardency Inn, and this is the only shade I’ve tried in the Lip Vinyl formula, but it’s an extremely pigmented, long-wearing gloss with a high-shine finish that’s slightly glossy. Though it’s described as “non-sticky, thin,” my first thoughts were, “Wow, this is thick and sticky,” so I very much disagree with those two aspects of the description. It has a curved, sponge-tip applicator so it can hug the curve of the lip. The formula is very opaque and one pass will get you full color coverage. Because of the thicker consistency of the product, it can get on teeth initially, so you’ll want to make sure to clean-up any excess. It wore well with noticeble shine for four and a half hours, and then it was not as shiny but still continued to have opaque color for another two hours. It was lightly hydrating while worn, and I didn’t notice any smell/taste to the formula.

If you’re familiar with formulas like Stila’s Vinyl Lipgloss or MAC’s Pro Longwear Lipglass and like either of those, then you’ll probably like this one (and vice versa).

Ardency Inn Modster Long Play Lip Vinyl Original Mix
Original Mix
Original Mix
A-

Permanent

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

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Chanel Farouche, Indecise, Radieuse Rouge Allure Lipsticks

Chanel Farouche (122) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Farouche (122) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Farouche (122) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering chocolate brown.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it lasted for five hours and was slightly hydrating. It didn’t seem quite as creamy as other Rouge Allures. Chanel Scenario (P, $34.00) and Chanel Grace (P, $34.00) are lighter. MAC Caliente (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC So Very Good (P, $18.00) is purpler. MAC Legendary (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $15.00) is glossier. Chanel Imperial (DC, $32.00) is a touch lighter. Burberry Redwood (304) (P, $30.00) is rosier. See comparison swatches.

Indecise (125) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink beige.” It’s a warm, light-medium rosy peach with a soft, frosted finish. It wore well for four hours, and I actually found it a little drying. The color coverage was semi-opaque. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is darker, less frosted. Chanel Interlude (P, $34.00) is less frosty. Tom Ford Beauty Frolic (P, $48.00) is similar. MAC Supreme Style (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $15.00) is less frosted, peachier. Chanel Liberte (P, $34.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches.

Radieuse (217) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “blue pink.” It’s a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a satin finish. This shade had semi-opaque color coverage, and the color wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $22.00) is brighter, darker. Revlon Cupcake (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned, sheerer. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00)is darker. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Vivid Imagination (LE, $15.00) is a bit darker. MAC Please Me (P, $15.00) is darker, less blue-based. MAC Angel (P, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Rose Piquant (LE, $49.50) is sheerer.Dior Candide (P, $31.00) is also sheerer. Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink (LE, $23.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Farouche (122)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Indecise (125)
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Radieuse (217)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

Chanel Controversy (72) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Controversy (72) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss
Chanel Controversy (72) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Controversy (72) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss ($34.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) is described as a lightly warm-toned, dark reddish plum with hints of brown and burgundy along with fine plum shimmer. NARS Rouge Tribal (P, $26.00) is very similar–a touch darker. MAC Lasting Achievement is cooler-toned, less red. (P, $19.50) MAC Feelin’ So Good (LE, $15.00) is browner. MAC Richly Revered (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, much sheerer. Bobbi Brown Midnight Violet (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches.

I noticed immediately how evenly the color applied; a lot of these deeper colors look splotchy on the lips, and this one looked fairly even. Unsurprisingly, the color did settle into lip lines, though it was not too noticeable from a normal viewing distance–this has been my experience with similar shades like NARS Rouge Tribal and MAC Lasting Achievement, where up-close, it is visible but in “real life,” it’s not as noticeable. This gloss is supposed to be long-wearing with bold color, a gel texture, and a hydrating formula. Controversy wore well for five hours, but I did notice some feathering occur after three hours of wear. It was nicely hydrating while worn with a smooth, gel-like consistency that wasn’t tacky. It had semi-opaque color payoff but was obviously not fully opaque.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Controversy (72)
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

Guerlain Provocative (863) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color

Guerlain Provocative (863) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color
Guerlain Provocative (863) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color

Guerlain Provocative (863) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color ($49.50 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep and vibrant pink.” It’s a rich, brightened, medium-dark pink-red with cool, blue undertones and a soft, satiny finish. There wasn’t really any shimmer or pearl, but it wasn’t completely matte. MAC All Fired Up is matte. Urban Decay Catfight is very similar. Chanel Suspense is more muted. Revlon Sorbet is pinker, sheerer. Guerlain Girly is slightly pinker. NARS Jardin des Plantes is shimmery. MAC Impassioned is pinker. Guerlain Gigi is a touch pinker/brighter. Guerlain Gourmandise is a touch lighter and less fuchsia. See comparison swatches.

The color payoff was rich and fully opaque in nearly a single stroke. It has a soft, lightly creamy consistency that allows the color to glide on evenly and smoothly. It wore well for six and a half hours, and it was nicely hydrating the entire time I wore it. Everything about the formula and color is gorgeous–there’s no flaw to be found–but it is a dupable color, and not just dupable in general, but two past Rouge Gs (Gigi and Girly) are very, very similar. Both of those were limited edition, so if you’ve been looking for either of those, then you’re in luck.

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color Provocative (863)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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