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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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MAC Superb & Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish

01/06

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Superb

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The color seemed to be slightly rosier than the last version of this I had (from a limited edition release). It had excellent color coverage that applied evenly to bare skin. The texture was smooth to the touch without being dry or dusty in the pan. It was easy to apply at full coverage and then diffuse the color or to use a lighter touch for less intense shine. The finish, while nearly metallic, did not accentuate the texture of my skin. This shade wore well for nine hours on me.

The Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula is supposed to give “the perfect glow to the skin” with a “creamy powder formula” that wears for “10 hours.” It’s a powder highlighter that I’d describe as a moderate to intense highlighter, and they come in varying hues with some that might work as highlighting blushes/bronzers are on some skin tones and true highlighters on other skin tones. In general, the formula is very pigmented, blendable, and wears around eight to nine hours on me.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Superb
Superb
Superb
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Cle de Peau 105 Serenity Eye Color Duo

01/03

Cle de Peau 105 Serenity Eye Color Duo (Refill)

Cle de Peau 105 Serenity Eye Color Duo (Refill)

Cle de Peau 105 Serenity Eye Color Duo (Refill)

105 Serenity

Cle de Peau 105 Serenity Eye Color Duo ($55.00 for 0.15 oz.) contains a deep, navy blue paired with a soft platinum. I loved the color combination, but the navy blue could have performed better–it was a little drier and more prone to sheering out, which could be somewhat uneven in appearance without a good primer underneath it.

The formula is supposed to have a “silky” feel, be moisturizing on the lids (though it is a powder formula), long-wearing, and have true-to-pan color. I like the effect of Cle de Peau’s eyeshadows on the lid; I think that “moisturizing” aspect of them makes them sit well on the lid as time passes, where they meld well to bare skin. I find that they can be semi-opaque to opaque, more buildable and very easy to wear as a wash of color, if desired. The eyeshadows are rose-scented, though I only just noticed the scent with the compact open but not applied.

As a FYI, Cle de Peau sells the duos as a pan-only, which is not magnetized but you could stick a magnet to it so it would adhere to most freestyle palettes, or purchase their case for $25.

Cle de Peau Eye Color Duo (Refill) 105 Serenity
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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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

Limited Edition
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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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A-

Double Decker

Limited Edition
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A-

Promise

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