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Makeup Geek Mambo, Electric Slide, Twerk Showstopper Crème Stains

01/06

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Mambo

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a rich, raspberry pink with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It was one of the more pigmented and easier-to-apply shades with minimal streaking, just “cracking” when I smiled where it was clear the color was pulling away at my lip lines. It had semi-opaque coverage, though it required three pulls of product just to get enough product on the lips for one layer. The consistency was thin, quick-drying, and lightly tacky after it dried down. It lasted for four hours before there was noticeable fading along the center of the lips, and it was drying after three hours of wear. (Surprisingly, it did not leave behind stain.)

The Showstopper Creme Stain formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” and “highly pigmented and offer effortless, buildable coverage.” Highly pigmented and buildable make it confusing what the coverage actually is, since something that is buildable means that it is less pigmented but can be layered for greater coverage. The majority of shades were medium to semi-opaque in coverage, hard to build as they often pulled up the first layer and shifted color around. The formula rarely applied well; it was streaky, dried so fast that there was no time for corrections (and attempts to correct just made it worse), and clingy. I found the applicator rougher, and the packaging made it seem that sometimes it was more like I wasn’t getting enough product on the wand to even coverage half of a lip (it seemed like the opening was wiping away too much product from the doefoot applicator). For every single swatch, I had to dip and pull the wand two to three times just to get enough product to cover my lips (it was impossible to stretch out the product very far as it dried as I was spreading it). It did dry to a transfer-resistant finish, but it did not survive eating well (most liquid lipstick formulas have survived better for me). Though transfer-resistant, it remained slightly tacky for one to two hours–and if you use more than one to one and a half layers, it often lifted and separated the color.

The brand’s swatches and lip swatches showcase a seemingly opaque product, but I could not achieve opaque coverage with several shades, even trying four or five layers, and the result after five layers of product was uneven, patchy, and cakey. The wear was average–four to six hours with significant fading from the center, which is more what I’d experience with a typical lipstick than a liquid lipstick–and surprisingly, little staining, even with deeper shades. So far, they have been slightly drying to somewhat drying. There are so many high-performing liquid lipsticks on the marketplace already, so I was caught off guard by the poor application and performance of this formula.

Makeup Geek Showstopper Crème Stain Mambo
Mambo
Mambo
C

Limited Edition

7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3
Application
74%
Total

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Electric Slide

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Twerk

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Estee Lauder Lure Me On, Plum Bite, Lies & Kisses Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Lure Me On

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich berry with cooler undertones and violet pearl. It had medium coverage, which applied evenly and smoothly across the lips and never tugged during application. The texture was smooth, lightweight, and clingy without being uncomfortably clingy (nor was it drying). The color wore well for six hours, left a stain behind, and was moisturizing.

The formula is supposed to have medium coverage with a lustrous finish. It takes the Pure Color Envy formula and adds shimmer to it with the end result varying from lightly pearlized to more frosted and near-metallic. The shimmer was finer in size, so the lipsticks did not feel gritty on the lips, and the particles didn’t migrate as the lipstick wears down. The coverage was more semi-opaque to opaque, though a lighter hand could achieve medium coverage. . It was lightly creamy with some slip that became more noticeable as the formula warmed up against the lips. The wear ranged from four to six hours and was typically hydrating. The formula featured a vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

Estee Lauder Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick Lure Me On
Lure Me On

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OCC St. Sebastian, Spike, Devotee, Wish Lip Tars

01/06

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

St. Sebastian

OCC St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW ($17.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark purplish taupe with cooler undertones and a metallic shimmer. It had mostly opaque coverage, but more of my natural lip color came through and amplified the purple tones as a result. The color went on evenly with very minimal color that settled into my deeper lip lines. The consistency was smooth, comfortable to wear, and easy to work with. This shade wore well for five and a half hours on me and was non-drying.

The formula is supposed to be “intensely pigmented” with “long-lasting, opaque coverage” with “moisturizing hemp and peppermint oils.” The majority of shades are very pigmented where a little can go a long way, and they’re a lot easier to apply from the tube now that they come with a doe-foot applicator. They are often long-wearing at over six hours, some lasting nearly eight hours, with some shades being slightly drying and others being non-drying. They are mint-scented but have no discernible taste.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar/RTW St. Sebastian
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Spike

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B+

Devotee

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Wish

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Smashbox Girl, Please, Brick Trick, Bad Apple, Crush It Be Legendary Liquid Lip

01/08

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Girl, Please

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip ($24.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is medium-dark brown with strong, warm undertones and very fine peach pearl. It had opaque color coverage in one coat, as described, and the color spread evenly across the lips without streaking. There was noticeable color in my lip lines when I looked up-close, though it was less apparent at a full view as the finish was quite shiny. This shade wore well for five and a half hours on me and was somewhat hydrating.

The formula is supposed to have “the full coverage a lipstick” with “the high shine of a gloss” in “a single coat” and is available in two finishes (metallic and vinyl). To me, it felt more like a gloss than a lipstick overall, as it had the plushness and glossiness I’d associate with a gloss. The coverage was typically mostly opaque to fully opaque across the range, and they went on fairly evenly and smoothly. I noticed that a lot of shades emphasized the lines on my lips up-close, but I couldn’t tell just looking in a regular mirror, as there was such a strong shine. The wear ranged from five to seven hours, which I suspect is partially due to the slightly thicker, moderately tacky texture.

Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lip Girl, Please
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Estee Lauder Intense Emotion, Pretty Lucky, Sweet Sinner Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Intense Emotion

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, pinky red with cool, blue undertones and a barely-there ruby red pearl. It had nearly opaque coverage–definitely greater than medium coverage–in a single layer, so for sheerer coverage, I’d recommend applying to the bottom lip and then pressing to blend the color onto the top lip. The consistency was smooth, creamy with just enough slip to be comfortable to apply and to wear. This shade lasted for over six hours on me, left a stain behind, and was hydrating.

The formula is supposed to have medium coverage with a lustrous finish. It takes the Pure Color Envy formula and adds shimmer to it with the end result varying from lightly pearlized to more frosted and near-metallic. The shimmer was finer in size, so the lipsticks did not feel gritty on the lips, and the particles didn’t migrate as the lipstick wears down. The coverage was more semi-opaque to opaque, though a lighter hand could achieve medium coverage. . It was lightly creamy with some slip that became more noticeable as the formula warmed up against the lips. The wear ranged from four to six hours and was typically hydrating. The formula featured a vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

Estee Lauder Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick Intense Emotion

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Chanel Melted Honey, Noce Moscara, Caresse Rouge Coco Glosses

01/06

Chanel Melted Honey Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Melted Honey Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Melted Honey Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Melted Honey Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Melted Honey Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Melted Honey Rouge Coco Gloss

Melted Honey

Chanel Melted Honey Rouge Coco Gloss ($30.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a light gold with light gold and medium gold pearl. The base color of the gloss had semi-sheer coverage that lightened and warmed up my natural lip color. For such a light shade, it actually applied rather evenly and had just a smidgen of settling on my lower lip. The texture was smooth, comfortable to wear, and hydrating with just a touch of tackiness. It lasted for three hours on me.

The formula is supposed to have “intense shine, hydration” with a “gel-like texture” with shades that vary from “sheer to opaque” in coverage. The consistency has a smooth, lightweight texture that can feel more like a gel-like texture with some of the sheerer shades and more like a cream and gel hybrid with more opaque shades. It’s a formula that’s comfortable to wear with light tackiness that lasts anywhere from two to four hours and is hydrating over time. There was a strong, mirror-like shine across the shades that was very reminiscent of the prior Glossimer formula. There was a faint floral scent, and with some shades, I got a subtle taste of perfume. The doe foot applicator was more unique (at least, to me) with a very curved edge that was great for my bottom lip while flipping it gave me a more paddle-shaped edge that worked better for my top lip. I would love to see Chanel introduce color descriptions on their retail website, especially for a formula like this where there can be such a huge difference in pigmentation (and finish) from one shade to the next that isn’t obvious from a product photo.

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Melted Honey
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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B+

Caresse

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