Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Rock Steady, Spiderweb, Wonderland Lipsticks

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Rock Steady Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “deep wine red cream.” It’s a deepened, dark burgundy red with warm undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but you could see my lip freckle peeking through, though the lipstick applied smoothly and evenly (not always the case with these darker, glossier shades). The texture had moderate slip, so if feathering is something you often experience, you may want to use a lip liner with this one (I didn’t have feathering myself, but it doesn’t happen frequently to me). The color wore well for five hours and left a stain behind, while the formula was comfortable to wear and hydrating. Too Faced Melted Velvet (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Red Velvet (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mulled Maple (LE, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Luxure (P, $49.50) is less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Lipstick
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick Rock Steady
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
92%
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Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Ex-Girlfriend, Phone Call, Plaid Lipsticks

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Ex-Girlfriend Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “sheer nude-rose with pink shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, rosy peach with warm undertones and fine gold pearl. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a luminous sheen. It was comfortable to wear and lasted for three hours on me. The formula felt a little thinner and had more slip compared to the Sheer Revolution formula to me (but not so much that it feels like a different formula necessarily). MAC Soft Talkin' (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Mademoiselle (434) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Forbidden Pink (22) (P, $50.00) is more pigmented, cooler (85% similar). MAC I'm In (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Jersey Rose (DC, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Lipstick
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick Ex-Girlfriend
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz & Serenity Lipsticks

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, pastel pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. It was mostly opaque in coverage, though there’s a translucency throughout where the natural lip color may enhance the pink tones or darken the overall color. It is extremely white-based and feels almost chalky on; I would recommend applying this with a lip brush to get really even edges, as the creamier, thicker consistency yielded jagged edges for me. It applied more evenly than I would have expected, though the color gathers in lip lines over time. The color lasted for three hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Weekend 1 (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Vivid Image (LE, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz Lipstick
Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Lipstick Rose Quartz
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
79%
Limited Edition
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Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Lipgloss Set

Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Lipgloss Set ($28.00 for 0.84 fl. oz.) includes six lipglosses. They’re supposed to be “playful pastels” that give “high-shine color payoff in a single stroke” with “deep hydration and conditioning.” They’re pretty subpar lipglosses; they’re the kind of product that gives house brands/drugstore brands a bad name. They’re uneven, lightly tacky, not moisturizing, and come off in an hour or two. The applicator is rough and barely flocked, so it feels a little sharp at times, and hardly any gloss gets on the applicator. I’m trying to understand the concept of “high-shine color payoff in a single stroke” when the gloss is neither pigmented nor high-shine; these are less shine than some lip balms at times. Though I’m not entirely surprised that a range of pastels ended up sheer and applied dismally, I know Sephora can do better (one of my favorite gloss formulas is by Sephora!).

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Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Lipgloss Set
Sephora + Pantone Universe 2016 Lipgloss Set Modern Watercolors
F
Product
4
Pigmentation
4.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
5
Application
3.5
Total
50%
Limited Edition
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MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick & Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink.” It’s a sheer, pink-tinted gloss with moderate gold and pink sparkle. It lightens my natural lip color slightly but yields primarily shine and sparkle. It can be layered over another lip color, including the lipstick. I noticed this particular shade seemed tackier than recent Lipglasses, though not quite as thick as The gloss lasted for three hours on me. Sephora Collection Good Fairy (LE, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rose de Lune (LE, $30.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Love Buzz (324) (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Eau de Rose (86) (LE, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Star (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass
MAC Lipglass Viva Glam Ariana Grande
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
84%
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NARS Instant Crush & Vida Loca Lipglosses

NARS Instant Crash Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft shimmering apricot.” It’s a light-medium peach with hints of warm, brown and fine white shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation with a light-to-medium-weight consistency that was mildly sticky but not thick or gluey. It didn’t appear streaky, but the color emphasized and sat in lip lines heavily, so it was less flattering worn alone. This shade wore for four hours on me. Sephora Collection Cappuccino (02) (P, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Ultimate Dish (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Collection Perfect Nude (04) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Divergent Supreme Ritual (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Instant Crash Lipgloss
NARS Lip Gloss Instant Crash
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
78%
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