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Estee Lauder Lava & Raging Beauty Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Lava Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lava Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lava Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lava Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lava Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lava Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Lava

Estee Lauder Lava Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is bright, medium-dark fuchsia red with subtle, cooler undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It almost looked like a “warm” fuchsia as it had so much red in it. The consistency was smooth, lightweight, creamy but not slippery, and comfortable to wear. It had nearly opaque pigmentation, though, which was a lot more than described, but some might prefer it that way. There was a bit of color that pulled into my lip lines, though it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. This shade wore nicely for six hours, left a stain behind, 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 Lava
Lava

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Estee Lauder Melon, Nectarine, Killer Kiss Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Melon Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Melon Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Melon Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Melon Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Melon Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Melon Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Melon

Estee Lauder Melon Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly across the lips without dragging or tugging on them during application. The lipstick felt smooth, lightly creamy, and was easy to work with. It was hydrating and comfortable wear over the four and a half hours it lasted.

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 Melon
Melon

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Tarte Fairytale & Festival Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paints

01/08

Tarte Fairytale Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint

Tarte Fairytale Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint

Tarte Fairytale Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint

Tarte Fairytale Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint

Tarte Fairytale Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint

Tarte Fairytale Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint

Tarte Fairytale Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint

Tarte Fairytale Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint

Fairytale

Tarte Fairytale Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark blue-leaning aqua with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which was buildable to opaque with two to three layers. The consistency was thin and spreadable, but it applied streakily and had a tendency to pull into lip lines as it was drying down.

The formula is supposed to have “high-impact, opaque matte color” that is non-drying and doesn’t crack or feather. I’ve tried most shades in this formula, and it can be rather hit or miss–probably more misses than hits. Unfortunately, Fairytale was another miss, as it just did not apply well and absolutely did look “cracked” as soon as I smiled. The color lasted for four and a half hours on me before fading more heavily from the center of my lips, and it was somewhat drying over time.

Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint Fairytale
Fairytale
Fairytale
6
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
3.5
Application
73%
Total

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Festival

Limited Edition
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MAC Cold Front, Royal Hour, Metal Head Lipsticks

01/06

MAC Cold Front Lipstick

MAC Cold Front Lipstick

MAC Cold Front Lipstick

MAC Cold Front Lipstick

MAC Cold Front Lipstick

MAC Cold Front Lipstick

Cold Front

MAC Cold Front Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, grayish lavender with cool undertones and fine pearl. It had medium pigmentation, which was somewhat buildable, but it did not apply as evenly as it should have, so it was harder to wear it on its own but would perform better layered on top of something to add shine and coolness. The consistency was slightly more shimmery in feel, though I would not have described it was rough. This shade wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

The Metallic Lips collection features a new (and limited edition!) finish, Metallic, which is supposed to be “rich colour [that] melds with smooth pearlized chrome.” The range of shades is described as “vibrant, intense, [and] on-trend.” The coverage varied from shade to shade–anywhere from semi-sheer to semi-opaque–but many shades look like they’re more suitable for a subtle look or for layering on top of another lip product to add a more shimmery finish. The majority of shades featured finer shimmer, which translated to a more foiled, reflective look, but a few had some shimmer. The wear was between three and five hours, depending on the shade, and most shades had some slip but were not slippery overall, so they were comfortable to wear but not hard to maintain. They were vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

MAC Lipstick Cold Front
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total

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B

Royal Hour

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C

Metal Head

Limited Edition
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Urban Decay Fever, Ritual, Circuit Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoats

01/10

Urban Decay Fever Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Fever Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Fever Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Fever Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Fever Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Fever Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Fever Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Fever Topcoat over Bittersweet Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Fever Topcoat over Bittersweet Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Fever Topcoat over Bittersweet Vice Lipstick

Fever

Urban Decay Fever Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat ($18.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, coral-orange with warm undertones (a mix of red and orange) paired with pink and silver sparkle. The consistency was thin, not watery but could have easier to spread across the lips (may have been unnecessary hindered by the terrible choice in applicator, though). Of the shades in the line-up, I actually felt like this one looked pretty good alone, as there was enough overall sheen to make it look even while still adding plenty of sparkle. I tried layering it over a Vice Lipstick, and it did not go on as well; it seemed to dry down and “crack” the underlying lipstick and create a tackiness that lifted color after I pressed my lips together (barely!). On its own, Fever wore well for four hours but was somewhat drying. Go figure that one that worked well on its own would have trouble layering, right?

The brand describes the formula as a “shade-shifting topcoat” that can be used over their “cream, metallized, and matte shades” of Vice Lipstick or any of the Vice Liquid Lipsticks, but–wait for it–“or wear these shades alone.” They’re supposed to be a “comfortable, gel-cream formula that dries down quickly and provides long-lasting wear that never feels sticky” while also creating a “water-resistant barrier that seals in the color underneath.” The brand also warns that your lips might “feel tingly just after applying.”

As a topcoat, I think they perform the best; it can be hit or miss depending on the underlying shade, and some topcoats are more versatile than others (sheerer ones tended to work well with anything, more opaque ones could be hard to apply). I did not feel like they truly locked the underlying lipstick in, as they transferred and still lasted about as long as the lipstick did on its own. I also felt that it was lightly tacky, and it varied, but a few shades would lift color in places. The tingling effect was least pronounced when layered. In general, layering over very light shades was often where they missed and any unevenness became much more visible.

On their own, they often struggled to go on evenly. The application over bare lips was similar to trying to apply some of the darker topcoats over very light or dissimilar colors, which just made any application shortcomings highly visible (compared to say, blue shimmer over a blue lipstick). They had a very strong, lingering tingle where my lips felt like they do after being numbed (like from the dentist)–almost too big, swollen, and a mixture of tingling, cooling, burning. This effect lasted between two to three minutes before subsiding. I wouldn’t say it’s water-resistant, as it seemed to transfer after drinking water, but if I did not drink anything, it was fairly transfer-proof. The wear has been between two and four hours and drying.

The packaging on these doesn’t make sense to me; they have a very thin, brush-type applicator that is terrible for spreading product across the lips, but the formula was often sheerer so getting crisp lines with the included applicator seemed like an exercise in futility. I think a squeeze-tube or more typical doe-foot applicator would have worked here, but I like the idea of a squeeze tube, which would “force” one to use a separate applicator would make more sense, as using it directly on top of another lipstick would result in lipstick transfer to the wand and back into the tube.

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat Fever
Fever
Fever
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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Ritual

Permanent
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Circuit

Permanent
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Lipstick Queen Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

01/09

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Mornin' Sunshine

Lipstick Queen Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural finish. It had semi-sheer color that looked more like a lip stain than a lipstick applied.

It’s supposed to give a “wash of happy color” (which is described as “Yellow [that] turns to sheer coral on the lips”) that is “super moisturizing and long-lasting.” The consistency was lightweight, thin without feeling clingy, and glided across the lips without tugging. It was comfortable to wear, moderately hydrating, and lasted for four and a half hours on me.

Lipstick Queen Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick Mornin' Sunshine
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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