Monday, April 6th, 2015

Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss
Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss — Scandal, Savage, Big Bang, Vice, Bittersweet

Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a new formula for summer that will be available in fourteen shades. The gloss is supposed to have “high coverage” with “all the color you crave in one coat” with a “creamy” texture and is hydrating. I’m about halfway through testing the shades, and this grouping represented a good mix of my results.

The majority are fairly pigmented, though I don’t think they’re “one coat” color as most shades have some visible translucency so the natural lip color will still come through. All of the shades have a really smooth, almost gel-like consistency that feels creamy but light-medium in thickness. For the most part, they don’t slide around, and initially, they feel smooth and non-sticky, but the formula gradually gets stickier as it wears. If you do nothing, it takes about two hours for some of that tackiness to develop, but if you blot or take a sip from a cup, it starts to get tacky right after. I consider most of the wear to have moderate tackiness but the texture isn’t thick or goopy, so it doesn’t catch stray hairs as much as a thicker gloss.

However, as they are tacky, they wear longer than the average gloss; I’ve routinely been getting four to six hours of wear. It’s also hydrating over time and comfortable to wear overall (so long as tackiness doesn’t bother you!). Some shades do not apply evenly and look streaky or blotch on, while others go on really nicely and look fantastic. I was surprised to see that some of the more problematic shades are ones like Savage and Bittersweet (to-be-reviewed), while lighter shades like Liar (to-be-reviewed) go on quite well. There seems to be a very faint scent of buttery vanilla, but I can barely detect it even with my nose right at the tube as I twist it open, so it’s not a strong scent and not one I notice when I’m applying or wearing the gloss, and there is no discernible taste.

Urban Decay Big Bang Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink with glitter.” It’s a medium-dark pink-red with fuchsia shimmer. It appears redder on the lips and loses some of that bright fuchsia applied. The shimmer is fine enough that it doesn’t add a noticeable texture to the gloss, even as it wears away. The consistency seems slightly thinner compared to the cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied fairly well, while the color stayed on for six hours and was hydrating over time. I noticed a smidgen of color that settled into lip lines, but with the gloss formula, it was easy to press lips together and even it back out. Urban Decay Vice (P, $22.00) is slightly darker and less bright but surprisingly similar. Chanel Crazy Fuchsia (194) (LE, $29.50) is more shimmery, warmer. Revlon HD Pink Ruby (515) (P, $8.99) is brighter, more shimmery. NARS Sixties Fan (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Glam (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50)is lighter. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Savage Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as an “electric pink.” It’s a brightened, cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff that didn’t apply evenly. The gloss tended to look streaky and uneven. It wore well for five hours and was moderately hydrating while worn. Urban Decay Scandal (P, $22.00) is much darker. Estee Lauder Rosy Future (LE, $26.00) is darker. Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) (P, $8.99) is brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Unlimited Style (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Fearless (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is is more opaque. MAC Silly (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Buxom Berry Blast (P, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Scandal Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a bold, brightened medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly, but there was very subtle streaking that you can see in the close-up that wasn’t noticeable in person. It lasted for six hours on me and hydrating while worn. Estee Lauder Rosy Future (LE, $26.00) is warmer. Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is slightly darker. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is lighter. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is slightlyw armer. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is less glossy, cooler-toned. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Bite Beauty Shade 004 Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty Shade 004 Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Bite Beauty Shade 004 Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rich, luminous fuchsia.” It’s a deepened, medium-dark fuchsia with cool, blue undertones that leans red with a soft shine. It’s almost like a fuchsia-berry kind of color. Tom Ford Beauty Francesco (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $32.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Hot Berry (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. NARS Janet (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. Guerlain Gladys (78) (P, $51.00) is warmer. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Tumultuous Pink (P, $30.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Crianza (P, $28.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Pure Pink (P, $50.00) is more muted, lighter. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $22.00) is glossier. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is more matte, brighter. Urban Decay Jilted (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Plum Lush (05) (P, $50.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is a smidgen warmer. Estee Lauder Insolent Plum (P, $30.00) is darker. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is more muted, darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side. I don’t have swatches quite ready, but Bite beauty’s own Palomino is slightly brighter, while Lingonberry is cooler-toned and lighter; Quince may also be similar, but I don’t have that one.

It had mostly opaque coverage, but a hint of the natural lip color comes through–on me, it’s not really apparent as my natural lip color is effectively lost, but if you have naturally more pigmented lips, you may find your natural lip color will alter the way this looks (perhaps pulling redder, for example). The texture was lightly creamy, which allowed the lipstick to glide on without tugging and apply with smooth, even color. It lasted for six hours and left a stain behind, while it was comfortable to wear and fairly hydrating over time. I don’t think it’s a particularly unique shade, and I get very similar wear, coverage, and hydration (more hydration, actually) from the Luminous Creme range, so the price point on this still remains a bit of a mystery to me (I just don’t feel an upgrade in the formula)–I guess that’s the “downside” to having such a fantastic regular formula! I’d love to see Bite put out more unique shades in the upcoming months, at the very least, though!

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Friday, April 3rd, 2015

NARS x Christopher Kane Lip Glosses
NARS x Christopher Kane Lip Glosses

NARS Glow Pink Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer fuchsia.” It’s a sheer, fuchsia-tinted gloss that looks more like a stain once applied. For as sheer as it seems, it actually darkened and altered my natural lip color considerably, though I suspect those with naturally redder lips may not find the effect as noticeable. The gloss has a light-medium thick quality that is mostly non-tacky and smooth, but the way it stains/applies looks a bit uneven. The glossiness lasted for two hours, and it had worn down to a very subtle stain at that point that was gone by the fourth hour. I found the formula to be neither drying nor hydrating. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Mezmer Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer neon pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy shine. It is a darker, brighter take on Glow Pink. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that didn’t cover evenly but did stain. The texture was smooth and mostly non-tacky, and it was comfortable to wear. It lasted for three and a half hours on me. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Nebulous Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon coral.” It’s an orange-coral with warm undertones and a muted quality to it. I was surprised it wasn’t also described as sheer like the previous two shades. It is fairly sheer but produces a noticeable stained look to the lips, and despite looking completely different when swatched on the skin, the resulting stain (on my lips) is surprisingly similar to Glow Pink. It had the same slightly uneven result on as well. It lasted for three hours on me. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Nucleus Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “seashell pink.” It’s a light, pinky beige with cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had a milky quality to it, so there was some settling into lip lines, though it went on more evenly than a lot of similarly hued shades. It lasted for two and a half hours on me, and the formula was neither drying nor hydrating, but it was comfortable to wear. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

I was surprised that every single shade had a pretty comparable dupe within the permanent range of NARS Lipgloss, so you may want to check your stash if you have a lot of their permanent glosses in your stash.

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Lipslique
Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Lipslique

Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Lipslique ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pinky rose.” It’s a soft, muted pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural shine. Urban Decay Sheer Streak (P, $20.00) is warmer. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is more opaque. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is lighter. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $50.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be an “alternative to lipstick” with a “sheer to medium finish.” (As a note, Sephora also has the following: “Surratt Li[p]slique goes on smooth, delivering sheer yet buildable color. This moisturizing formula features high-coverage and goes on thick for lasting, subtle color and a glossy finish,” which is confusing and contradictory, and Barney’s, which was first to carry Surratt when it debuted, doesn’t have anything like that.) The texture is creamy with moderate slip that glides on easily and feels comfortable to wear without being too heavy or too thin. Perfectionniste has semi-sheer coverage that goes on fairly evenly and smoothly, while the color lasts for four hours and is hydrating over time. There was no scent or taste to the formula. Worth noting is that it comes in a twist-up, slim pencil, and it contains substantially less than your average lipstick (0.05 oz. vs. 0.10 oz.), though it’s not a real surprise, as the slimmer format typically results in this type of quantity (across brands).

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Surratt Beauty Amethyste Lip Lustre
Surratt Beauty Amethyste Lip Lustre

Surratt Beauty Amethyste Lip Lustre ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “violette quartz.” It’s a nearly clear base with a moderate amount of of violet and teal-to-violet shimmer and sparkle suspended in the base. The Lip Lustre formula is described as “sheer,” “long-wearing,” and “moisturizing.” It is a light-medium thick, tacky gloss that feels very smooth going on and holds on well, even with a really sheer shade like this one. This gloss lasted for four hours and was somewhat hydrating while worn. There was no scent or taste that I could distinguish. The base looks more lavender in the tube, but it doesn’t seem to translate on the lips. MAC Reckless Desire (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Impossibly Sweet (LE, $15.00) is less violet. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Beauty Soigne Lip Lustre ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as an “elegant sparkling rose.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and lighter pink and gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that covered evenly for the most part. Again, it had a tacky texture that helped it last for five hours, but it was still hydrating and very smooth and easy to apply. It isn’t incredibly thick, but it isn’t thin, so you can feel that you’re wearing a gloss on the lips. Buxom Trixie (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. MAC Stoke the Flame (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) (P, $28.00) is lighter. NARS Ophelia (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Stolen Kisses (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Revlon Pinkissimo (P, $7.99) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a fun, shimmer-filled formula that feels like a true lipgloss-lipstick hybrid, but it’s a significant departure from the original Melted formula. The Melted Metals have more slip and less pigmentation (though the majority are fairly pigmented) with much shorter-wear time (three to four hours, whereas the original range trended towards six to eight hours). Something I noticed was that “long-wear” was completely removed for this formula; on the original, it’s on the tube, name, and descriptions, but this one is careful to make no mention of longevity. These could be more of a true metallic in finish, as they’re more pearly, frosted, and/or glossy, though they’re more comfortable than many metallic formulas.

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