Friday, June 5th, 2015

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to “deliver a burst of bold lip color” with a “creamy texture” and a matte finish. I have ten shades that I picked up awhile ago when they first launched, but Maybelline’s website shows the range with twenty shades now (I couldn’t seem to find them online to buy, though), and I haven’t seen anything new at my local drugstores for ages (I’ve gone twice a week for the last month to find summery goodness with no luck!). In general, the formula has good color payoff with a velvety, creamy consistency that covers evenly and most shades seem to make lips appear smoother but some shades were prone to pulling into lip lines as the color wore away. The big thing about these is that they have a mostly matte finish and are more comfortable to wear than many matte formulas due to the velvety feel (almost like a silicone primer, but not quite as heavy and not clingy). The formula was neither drying nor hydrating on me. It had a sweet, plastic-like scent but no taste.

Maybelline Nude Embrace Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium beige with strong, warm brown tones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a creamy consistency, so there was no drag when applied, but the color migrated into lip lines during initial application. Despite trying to smooth the color out of the lines, as it wore on, the color kept gravitating towards the lip lines. It wore for four and a half hours in all and was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop Precocious (LE, $5.00) is lighter. MAC Naturally Transformed (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is brighter, warmer. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is darker. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Daringly Nude Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a peachy-pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had fairly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly, but again, the color had a tendency to emphasize lip lines. It wasn’t as noticeable as it was with Nude Embrace, at least. On me, the color lasted for four and a half hours with more color settling into lip lines over time, though it wasn’t drying. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Kinda Sexy (P, $16.00) is darker. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is darker. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Anastasia Pure Hollywood (P, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Oxblood (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter, warmer. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty First Time (09) (LE, $50.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Touch of Spice Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and smoothly. The texture was creamy, and it was much more forgiving on the lips. It wore well for five and a half hours, and I didn’t have any issues with the color pulling into lip lines. It wasn’t drying when worn. Maybelline Yummy Plummy (P, $7.49) is cooler. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Casablanca (P, $50.00) is cooler, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (228) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Richard (LE, $32.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Cary (LE, $32.00) is cooler, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Clinique Cherry Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer
Clinique Cherry Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer

Clinique Cherry Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “rich, blue red creme.” It’s a bright, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly and smoothly, and this was the longest-wearing shade that I tried from the range, as it lasted six and a half hours with a strong stain left behind. It was moisturizing while worn. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is glossier. Guerlain Garconne (P, $51.00) is darker, glossier. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is brighter. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is brighter, glossier. Guerlain Greta (P, $51.00) is glossier. MAC Evening Posh (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $50.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (LE, $51.00) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is cooler, glossier. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Luciano (LE, $32.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Alejandro (LE, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Clinique Wow Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “bright, blue pink creme.” It’s a brightened, light-medium cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones and a natural finish. It had good color payoff, though there was a veil of translucency still. The color applied smoothly but over the five-hour wear time, some of the color pulled into lip lines. It was comfortable and hydrating to wear. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, warmer, glossier. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is darker, brighter. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. NYX Privileged (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Preston (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Power Peony (720) (P, $7.49) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is supposed to have a “weightless” feel with “bold, saturated colour” that is combined with a “smoothing primer” so it applies with a “modern-velvet finish” (which Clinique also describes as “demi-matte”) and hydrating, 8-hour wear. As you might expect with a Clinique product, the formula has no scent or taste, which is always a bonus. If I ignore a lot of the claims, it’s a fine lipstick, but color coverage is more semi-opaque to opaque, wear three to six hours, and a couple of shades weren’t smoothing. They do feel lightweight with a thin, lightly creamy consistency that slides over the lips without tugging, and they’re lightly hydrating while worn. The shimmery shades seem to apply less smoothly and are more prone to wear issues (pulling into lip lines, shorter wear).

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer
Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer: Melon Pop, Poppy Pop, Sweet Pop, Love Pop, Plum Pop, Grape Pop

Clinique Love Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone shimmer raspberry.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark berry-red with fine gold and berry pearl. This shade had the most shimmer out of all the shades I bought. It had near full coverage, but there is some translucency where the natural lip color will peek through. It lasted for five and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Sheer Shame (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Lou-Ling (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker. Bite Beauty Brandy (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. Buxom Moonlighter (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Gospel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Clinique Plum Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “soft, neutral plum creme.” It’s a soft, medium rosy plum with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. This shade was quite pigmented with a slightly thicker consistency that covered evenly. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and was hydrating over time. Guerlain Georgia (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is warmer. Buxom Centerfold (LE, $21.00) is glossier. Chanel Rendez-vous (87) (P, $35.00) is glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (228) (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Elise (448) (P, $36.00) is lighter, glossier. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is cooler. MAC Yield to Love (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Plumetis (207) (LE, $36.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Clinique Grape Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “neutrla, blue purple creme.” It’s a softly brightened, medium-dark purple with warmer, rosy pink tones and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that glided on evenly and smoothly. This shade stayed on well for five hours and was hydrating while worn. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is cooler. MAC Romantically Inclined (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Vogue en Violet (P, $23.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is supposed to have a “weightless” feel with “bold, saturated colour” that is combined with a “smoothing primer” so it applies with a “modern-velvet finish” (which Clinique also describes as “demi-matte”) and hydrating, 8-hour wear. As you might expect with a Clinique product, the formula has no scent or taste, which is always a bonus. If I ignore a lot of the claims, it’s a fine lipstick, but color coverage is more semi-opaque to opaque, wear three to six hours, and a couple of shades weren’t smoothing. They do feel lightweight with a thin, lightly creamy consistency that slides over the lips without tugging, and they’re lightly hydrating while worn. The shimmery shades seem to apply less smoothly and are more prone to wear issues (pulling into lip lines, shorter wear).

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

ColourPop Summer 2015 Lippie Stix
ColourPop Summer 2015 Lippie Stix

For summer, there are five new ColourPop Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) from tangerine to fuchsia. The Lippie Stix formula is a twist-up lipstick that comes in a variety of finishes with most of the finishes designed to have richer coverage. Here’s a recap of the formula overall (from yesterday’s review):

Matte finishes are supposed to be: “full coverage” and “long-wearing” and “ultra-comfortable, while cream finishes are supposed to be “full coverage” with “an ultra creamy feel and look.” The satin finish is ddescribed as “full coverage” and “long-wearing” that has a “hydrating feel.” Lastly, the hyper-glossy finish is supposed to have “full coverage” that “melts” and leaves “tons of moisture” with a “glossy finish.” All of the Lippie Stix have a synthetic, vanilla-like scent that sometimes smells synthetic and leans waxy. I don’t notice the scent applied, and I don’t notice any taste. In general, most of the finishes apply without tugging on the lips, have good coverage, and wear at least four hours, but most aren’t hydrating, while the hyper-glossy finish is a little tacky in feel. A few of the really matte shades are drier and can tug, and they can get drying.

Fiesta is described as a “light peachy pink in a cream finish.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium pinky-peach with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had rich color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly for the most part. The texture was creamy, light-medium in weight, and was comfortable on. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is darker. Maybelline Peach Poppy (745) (P, $7.49) is cooler. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Potent (P, $30.00) is lighter. YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is warmer. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer. YSL Peach Passion (13) (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Luau is described as a “bright tangerine in a hyper glossy finish.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with strong, yellow undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. It had mostly opaque coverage; there was a veil of translucency where if your natural lip color is stronger, you may find in influences the end result. The texture is thicker than the other finishes with a slight tackiness to it, but it lasted for five hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Tangerine Dream (P, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. Estee Lauder Daring (P, $30.00) is more muted, less glossy. Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) (LE, $7.49) is darker, less glossy. MAC Forbidden Sunrise (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Peach Satin (540) (LE, $37.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy. Paul and Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Polliwog is described as a “cool toned nude beige in a cream finish.” It’s a yellowed, light-medium peach-beige with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque color paoyff that could have applied more evently; the more translucent coverage seemed prone to streaky compared to other shades (but it’s not awful streaky). The texture is a little thicker and sits in lip lines initially, which isn’t too noticeable, but it gathers more of the color as it wears on for the next four hours. It was slightly drying over time. MAC Touch the Earth (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler. Bite Beauty Cream (P, $28.00) is cooler. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Severine (112) (P, $30.00) is cooler. NARS Floralies (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Naturally Transformed (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Topanga is described as a “mid-tone dusty coral in a satin finish.” It’s a medium-dark pink-coral with a satin finish. It had rich color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly. The consistency was lightly creamy and glided on without tugging on the lips. This shade wore well for five hours and was lightly drying after three and a half hours of wear. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $22.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Burmese Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Maybelline Coral Burst (740) (P, $7.49) is cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Matthew (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is cooler. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Melted Melon (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Estee Lauder Surreal Sun (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Make Me Gorgeous (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Toucan is described as a “bright pinky red coral in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark coral-fuchsia with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich pigmentation that covered evenly, but the texture was noticeably dry and stiff (one of the driest I’ve come across from the brand), which made it painful to apply as it tugged and dragged a lot during application. It lasted for eight hours but was very drying. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is glossier. Estee Lauder Jealous (P, $30.00) is glossier. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is cooler. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is cooler. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $16.00) is brighter, lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Clinique Melon Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer
Clinique Melon Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is supposed to have a “weightless” feel with “bold, saturated colour” that is combined with a “smoothing primer” so it applies with a “modern-velvet finish” (which Clinique also describes as “demi-matte”) and hydrating, 8-hour wear. As you might expect with a Clinique product, the formula has no scent or taste, which is always a bonus. If I ignore a lot of the claims, it’s a fine lipstick, but color coverage is more semi-opaque to opaque, wear three to six hours, and a couple of shades weren’t smoothing. They do feel lightweight with a thin, lightly creamy consistency that slides over the lips without tugging, and they’re lightly hydrating while worn. The shimmery shades seem to apply less smoothly and are more prone to wear issues (pulling into lip lines, shorter wear).

Clinique Melon Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “light, light creme peach.” It’s a light-medium, pink-peach with fine pearl and a natural finish. It had semi-opaque coverage, but the texture was thin enough that it emphasized lip lines, while the lighter color pulled into them even at initial application. The shimmer in it made it seem almost grainy when I was applying it, though it didn’t actually feel gritty once on. As the color wore away, the color further pulled into lip lines, so it didn’t wear away as evenly as I’d like. All told, it lasted for three and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. YSL Peach Passion (13) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, brighter, glossier. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Chanel Cheri (61) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Chanel Cheri (61) (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Real Redhead (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Fiesta (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. MAC Ever Hip (LE, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Coral Bliss (P, $16.00) is cooler. Burberry Devon Sunset (P, $30.00) is darker, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Clinique Poppy Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone orange creme.” It’s a brightened, medium orange-red coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly without gathering into lip lines. This shade lasted for six hours on me and was hydrating while worn. Estee Lauder Fierce (P, $30.00) is more muted. Bite Beauty #003 (LE, $36.00) is brighter. Maybelline Rose Rush (735) (P, $7.49) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Adriano (LE, $32.00) is cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Diego (LE, $32.00) is warmer. Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $30.00) is brighter, glossier. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty True Coral (P, $50.00) is cooler. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Clinique Sweet Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “bright, yellow pink creme.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff that went on fairly smoothly. It leans bluish in the tube, swatched, and applied, though if you swatch it next to a very strongly blue-based pink, it doesn’t look as cool-toned, but next to yellower pinks, it stands out, but it might be one of those shades that will lean warmer/cooler depending on your undertones and what you pair it with. It lasted for four and a half hours and was hydrating over time. Marc Jacobs Beauty Jolly Molly (220) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Sweet-Thing (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter. Colour Pop Fetch (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Powerful (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Bobbi Brown Pink Flush (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter. YSL Fetish Pink (8) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC What a Feeling! (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

ColourPop Sundays in Silverlake Lippie Stix
ColourPop Sundays in Silverlake Lippie Stix

ColourPop Sundays in Silverlake Lippie Stix Set ($30.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes six, limited edition shades for summer that go from peach to bright pink. The Lippie Stix formula is a twist-up lipstick that comes in a variety of finishes with most of the finishes designed to have richer coverage. Matte finishes are supposed to be: “full coverage” and “long-wearing” and “ultra-comfortable, while cream finishes are supposed to be “full coverage” with “an ultra creamy feel and look.” The satin finish is ddescribed as “full coverage” and “long-wearing” that has a “hydrating feel.” Lastly, the hyper-glossy finish is supposed to have “full coverage” that “melts” and leaves “tons of moisture” with a “glossy finish.” All of the Lippie Stix have a synthetic, vanilla-like scent that sometimes smells synthetic and leans waxy. I don’t notice the scent applied, and I don’t notice any taste. In general, most of the finishes apply without tugging on the lips, have good coverage, and wear at least four hours, but most aren’t hydrating, while the hyper-glossy finish is a little tacky in feel. A few of the really matte shades are drier and can tug, and they can get drying.

Ace is described as a “light warm pink [with a cream finish].” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a creamy finish with a light sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly, but it had a slightly thicker consistency that made it pull into lip lines noticeably, which worsened as the color wore on. For me, the color lasted four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating, but it kept getting into the lip lines on my bottom lip over time. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Dusk (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Dusk (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, darker. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is lighter, less pigmented. YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is lighter, glossier. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is darker. YSL Lingerie Pink (7) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. YSL Lingerie Pink (7) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. YSL Frivolous Pink (19) (DC, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler, glossier. Bite Beauty Bouquet (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Melted Marshmallow (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pow (600) (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Soft Savour (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Parker is described as a “mid-tone warm nude [with a matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It’s not really matte; there’s a definite sheen there that doesn’t go away for a few hours, though you could blot it away without lifting too much color off of the lips. It was opaque in coverage, but the product did seem to emphasize lip lines to a noticeable degree. On me, the color wore well for five hours, was lightly drying over time, and did separate into lip lines just slightly. Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) (P, $36.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $22.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Fresh and Frisky (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented, glossier. MAC Fresh and Frisky (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented, glossier. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Mocha (P, $16.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chella is described as a “mid-tone bright peachy coral [with a cream finish].” It’s a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered well and lasted for five hours on me. It wasn’t drying or hydrating, but there was minor settling into lip lines after four hours of wear. The consistency is really creamy, so it glides on easily, but there is a slight tackiness to it that seems to prevent it from looking streaky. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty James (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Twist of Fate (LE, $50.00) is darker. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler. NARS Catherine (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Style Approved (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer. Bite Beauty Centifolia (LE, $28.00) is glossier. Sephora Collection Samba (LE, $12.50) is darker, brighter. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Fall in Love (LE, $20.00) is more muted. Bite Beauty Heather (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler. Chanel Misia (418) (P, $36.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Thirsty is described as a “cool-toned berry pink [with a satin finish].” It’s a softened, medium-dark pink-plum with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The consistency was creamy enough not to tug but didn’t feel heavy or slide around. It wore for six hours and was slightly drying after four hours of wear, but it didn’t pull into lip lines. Chanel Fougueuse (138) (P, $34.00) is brighter, glossier. Urban Decay Turn On (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Yield to Love (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Givenchy Hibiscus Exclusif (302) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Chanel Rayonnante (145) (P, $34.00) is brighter. Colour Pop Sweet-Thing (LE, $5.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Sheer Ladyflower (P, $20.00) is darker, less pigmented, warmer. Estee Lauder Reckless (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter, glossier. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pasties is described as a “bright cool-toned magenta [with a hyper-glossy finish].” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia magenta with cool, blue undertones and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly, despite having a thicker, more emollient texture. It has more weight to it than the other finishes, but it wasn’t drying at all (I wouldn’t call it hydrating, though!). It lasted for five hours and left behind a stain. There are a lot of dupes for this type of shade with very matte finishes, but there are still plenty of dupes that are satin or shinier. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is darker, less glossy. Urban Decay Crush (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is less glossy. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is lighter. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is brighter, less glossy. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Violet (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is cooler, less glossy. Guerlain Fluo Stiletto (662) (LE, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) (P, $7.49) is less pigmented, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cougar is described as a “bright pinky-red [with a matte finish].” It’s a bold, brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-red with cool, pink undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was richly pigmented with just enough slip that it didn’t tug much at lips and didn’t catch on the lips’ imperfections. It wore for eight hours, but it started to feel drying after five hours of wear. Marc Jacobs Beauty Voila! (120) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is lighter, glossier. Bite Beauty Crianza (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Tumultuous Pink (P, $30.00) is brighter. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $22.00) is glossier. Guerlain Gladys (78) (P, $51.00) is darker, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted, cooler. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. Colour Pop Freshman (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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