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Estee Lauder Naked Truth, Flash Nude, Languid Love Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Naked Truth Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Naked Truth Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Naked Truth Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Naked Truth Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Naked Truth Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Naked Truth Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Naked Truth

Estee Lauder Naked Truth Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brighter, medium pink-coral with a golden, frosted shimmer. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly across the lips without dragging. The consistency was smooth, lightweight, clingy without being drying or uncomfortable, and didn’t slide around. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me 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 Naked Truth

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Smashbox Crimson Chrome, Brains ‘n’ Bronze, Mauve Squad, Foiled Brat Be Legendary Liquid Lip

01/08

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Crimson Chrome

Smashbox Crimson Chrome Be Legendary Liquid Lip ($24.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium ruby red with fine, red pearl. The pearl was similar in tone compared to the base color, which gave it a stronger metallic sheen–it looked more foil-like than other shades. The consistency was smooth, not too thick or heavy but more substantial on the lips than your average gloss, with some tackiness. It was intensely pigmented with a bit of color that sat in my lip lines, though I did not notice that at a normal viewing distance. The color stayed on well for over six hours and was slightly 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 Crimson Chrome
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Chanel Bourgeoisie, Burnt Sugar, Rose Pulpe Rouge Coco Glosses

01/06

Chanel Bourgeoisie Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Bourgeoisie Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Bourgeoisie Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Bourgeoisie Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Bourgeoisie Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Bourgeoisie Rouge Coco Gloss

Bourgeoisie

Chanel Bourgeoisie Rouge Coco Gloss ($30.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a moderate amount of light pink sparkle. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that went on somewhat unevenly. I felt like it was easy to get “lines” any time I pressed my lips together as the gloss had a creamier, more slippery feel on the lips compared to some shades. I could feel some of the shimmer/sparkle on the lips but only occasionally. The color lasted for three and a half hours and was hydrating 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 five 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 Bourgeoisie
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Tom Ford Clutch-Size Lip Balms (Part 2)

01/06

Tom Ford Beauty Fathom Clutch-Size Lip Balm

Tom Ford Beauty Fathom Clutch-Size Lip Balm

Tom Ford Beauty Fathom Clutch-Size Lip Balm

Tom Ford Beauty Fathom Clutch-Size Lip Balm

Tom Ford Beauty Fathom Clutch-Size Lip Balm

Tom Ford Beauty Fathom Clutch-Size Lip Balm

Fathom

Tom Ford Fathom Clutch-Size Lip Balm ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium, pinky-red with subtle, cool undertones and a moderate sheen. It darkened my natural lip color and, to my eye, it seemed to make them look a little warm-toned–sort of like a very sheer, neutral-to-warm reddish stain to my eye. It had sheer, even coverage that applied easily as the texture was smooth, thin but not clingy, and comfortable to wear. The shine lasted for an hour and a half, while the appearance of the tint lasted for two and a half hours on me. It was lightly hydrating.

It’s a new, limited edition formula for summer, which is supposed to have a “jelly-like” feel that is hydrating, tinted (described as “subtle shades to enhance your natural lip color”), and shiny. This is the type of product that I’ve found some readers love–quick, easy for every day, and comfortable–and others can’t see paying this much for something that is sheerer. The formula was thin, slightly shiny, somewhat hydrating, and tinted; some shades had a more noticeable tint than others, but it was very much like a lip stain or tinted balm, where a lot of the natural color came through. They wore down within one to three hours, but some of the deeper shades left behind a subtle stain afterward. I did not find the formula to be all that hydrating (the brand’s regular, squeeze-tube Lip Balm is a favorite for me). They had a very subtle vanilla scent and are similar in size to the brand’s Lips & Boys Lip Colors.

Tom Ford Beauty Clutch-Size Lip Balm Fathom
Fathom
Fathom
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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NARS Bait, Disruptor, Impossible Red, Suck Velvet Lip Glides

01/07

NARS Bait Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Bait Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Bait Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Bait Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Bait Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Bait Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Bait Velvet Lip Glide

Bait

NARS Bait Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright, cotton candy pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly. There were very slight “lines” that were visible if my lips pressed together as well as from when I moved the applicator along the edges of my lips. The consistency was smooth, gel-like but not too dense, and comfortable to wear. It lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating.

The Velvet Lip Glide formula is supposed to have high coverage without being “drying or feeling sticky” while applying like a gloss but looks like a lipstick. They have stronger color payoff, a non-tacky consistency, and a smoothness to their consistency that is a lot like a good lipstick, while they have a plusher, thicker texture that gives lips a plumper, fuller look along with a glossy sheen that is more like a gloss. They develop a more “velvety” finish, which is code for “less shine” after two to three hours, and at that point, they tend to look more like a natural finish lipstick than a gloss. I would classify the formula more as a pigmented gloss than a glossy lipstick, if I had to put it firmly in one box. The formula has a vanilla scent but had no discernible taste to me.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide Bait
Bait
Bait

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NARS Cruella, Infatuated Red, Consuming Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

01/06

NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Cruella

NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($27.00 for 0.08 oz.) is dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly to the lips. The texture was thin, velvety, and smooth enough to glide on without tugging on the lips but still appear flat and matte. This shade wore well for six hours, was somewhat drying, and left a stain behind.

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with “rich” and “seamless color.” The texture has a more velvety feel: smooth, thinner but glides on easily, and doesn’t have a lot of wetness/creaminess. The pigmentation varied from shade to shade with most shades having semi-opaque coverage. They were easy to apply along the lips and comfortable to apply, as they did not tug. The formula lasted anywhere from three hours to six hours, and some shades were somewhat drying and others were non-drying.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Cruella
Cruella

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