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Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02, Dark Matter 03, Dark Matter 04 Infinite Lipsticks

01/06

Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02 Infinite Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02 Infinite Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02 Infinite Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02 Infinite Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02 Infinite Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02 Infinite Lipstick

Dark Matter 02

Stellar Beauty Dark Matter 02 Infinite Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, reddish plum with copper and gold pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which was buildable to full coverage with two to three layers. The consistency felt stiffer in the tube, but it applied fairly evenly, though I did use more pressure. The lipstick lasted well for five and a half hours, but I don’t think it’s a formula I’d say has all-day wear, just better-than-average wear (though this type of color often wears five to six hours as it is deeper).

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” (as in “all-day”) with “saturated pigments” and a “satin finish.” Most modern lipsticks are creamier and more velvety, but the formula of these was very firm, almost dry in the tube; reminiscent of old school, more matte formulas. I had two of the six shades I purchased break at the base, and it seemed due to just how stiff/dry the bullet itself was (it can actually happen when a formula is too creamy as well!). The exterior of the lipstick seemed drier, but as I applied each one to lips, they softened and gave a satin finish, as promised. They had a tendency to tug on lips, though I was able to get fairly even, smooth coverage, and most shades were fairly pigmented. The wear ranged from four to six hours (the wear of most formulas, and not “all-day”), and most shades were neither drying nor hydrating. I didn’t notice any added scent or taste, but they did smell slightly waxy.

Stellar Beauty Infinite Lipstick Dark Matter 02
B-

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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NARS Blindfold & London Clinic Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

01/08

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Blindfold

NARS Blindfold Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($27.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a dark, berry red with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied evenly on the lips. The pencil felt smooth, velvety, and thin, which gave it a lightweight feel but made it “cling” a little compared to the typical lipstick. The color was still going strong after six hours of wear, though it started to feel a bit drying after five hours of wear. This shade also 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 Blindfold
Blindfold

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B+

London Clinic

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Makeup Geek Do-si-do, Curtsey, Salsa Showstopper Crème Stains

01/06

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Crème Stain

Do-si-do

Makeup Geek Do-si-do Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a light-medium beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly, but it was slightly tacky and lifted away if I pressed my lips together within the first hour of wear. It looked a lot darker swatched than on my lips, though. The texture was thin, watery, and after it had dried down, it was extremely clingy and made my lips feel tight. The color lasteed for three and a half hours before there were serious pieces totally missing as it flaked off over time. The formula felt fairly drying.

The Showstopper Creme Stain formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” and “highly pigmented and offers 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 and 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 Do-si-do
Do-si-do
Do-si-do
D+

Limited Edition

5.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
6
Texture
6
Longevity
3.5
Application
67%
Total

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D

Curtsey

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C-

Salsa

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NARS Double Decker, Ephelide, Promise Lip Tints

01/08

NARS Éphélide Lip Tint

NARS Éphélide Lip Tint

NARS Éphélide Lip Tint

NARS Éphélide Lip Tint

NARS Éphélide Lip Tint

NARS Éphélide Lip Tint

NARS Éphélide Lip Tint

NARS Éphélide Lip Tint

Éphélide

NARS Éphélide Lip Tint ($26.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It’s a new, limited edition formula described as a “natural hint of color with extremely comfortable wear.” It medium pigmentation that applied fairly evenly across the lips. The product had a thinner, wetter texture going on that immediately developed into a smooth, non-tacky, and gel-like consistency on the lips. It wore well for four and a half hours and was hydrating. There was no discernible scent or taste to the formula.

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Double Decker

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Promise

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Stellar Beauty Metallic Moon Lipsticks (Part 2)

01/06

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 04 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 04 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 04 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 04 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 04 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 04 Metallic Moon Lipstick

Disco Moon 04

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 04 Metallic Moon Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had medium coverage, which did not build well as it seemed to just shift and move the initial layer around and yielded a patchier, more uneven result that didn’t offer much more coverage. This one might work better for layering than on its own. The texture was rougher compared to most shades in the line-up–it seemed to have more shimmer and have some larger, glittery particles, too. It lasted for four hours but settled into lip lines and moved around a lot.

The formula is supposed to be “velvety soft” with “full coverage” that isn’t drying. There are five shades in the range (at least, at this time), and the pigmentation varied from semi-opaque to opaque. They had a denser, firmer texture that didn’t drag uncomfortably across the lips, but it took greater pressure than the average lipstick to apply across the lips. The result on the lips was thinner but still had coverage. There was no discernible scent or taste to me, except some of the waxiness of the base formula came through.

Stellar Beauty Metallic Moon Lipstick Disco Moon 04
C

Permanent

7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total

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MAC Lustrewhite, Gal Friday, Goldfinch, C-Thru Lipglasses

01/06

MAC Lustrewhite Lipglass

MAC Lustrewhite Lipglass

MAC Lustrewhite Lipglass

MAC Lustrewhite Lipglass

MAC Lustrewhite Lipglass

MAC Lustrewhite Lipglass

Lustrewhite

MAC Lustrewhite Lipglass ($17.00 for 0.10 fl. oz.) is a clear gloss with fine white pearl and larger, white sparkle. (Thankfully, MAC listed this one as “clear-glazed with white sparkle,” so the sheerness was as expected.) It had a slightly thinner consistency compared to most of the Lipglasses, though it was still noticeably tackky on the lips. It had semi-sheer coverage with respect to the amount of shimmer in the product. The gloss wore well for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating.

The Lipglass formula is supposed to be “pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic color” that can be worn “on its own, over lip pencil or lipstick” and will “condition lips.” MAC could use an update on the description as some shades are more pigmented than others but several are sheerer and likely intended to be that way. The formula has a very glossy, high-shine finish with a light-medium weight and moderate tackiness. I find that newer Lipglasses (over the last couple of years) are smoother and not quite as tacky as the formula was many years ago. They wear from three to six hours on me and are usually lightly hydrating. MAC recently updated the shade range and packaging for the range (though the formula was said to be unchanged), so worth noting is that with that packaging change came a reduction in quantity to 0.10 fl. oz. (was 0.17 fl. oz.), which may matter for some but not everyone.

MAC Lipglass Lustrewhite
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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B-
B
B-

C-Thru

Permanent
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