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Urban Decay Trivial, Backtalk, Brat Vice Liquid Lipsticks

01/07

Urban Decay Trivial Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Trivial Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Trivial Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Trivial Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Trivial Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Trivial Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Trivial Vice Liquid Lipstick

Trivial

Urban Decay Trivial Vice Liquid Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a fine, pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied without streaking, but the color pooled in my lip lines and made them appear deeper. The consistency was smooth, thin but not watery, and felt good going on. This shade started to fade after three hours on me–incredibly fast!–and felt slightly tacky after a mere sip of water.

The Vice Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to be “intensely pigmented” with “complete coverage in one coat” and “nondrying wear” that is “comfortable” and “waterproof.” The majority of the Metallized shades are not even close to one-coat coverage–maybe three or four or coats!–and did not layer evenly, plus they had a tendency to lose sparkle/glitter through wear. Whenever a shade wasn’t opaque in one coat, it often looked streaky or uneven. There were some shades that had fantastic, one-coat coverage, while others featured more medium, buildable coverage but several applied uneven, patchy, and didn’t level or improve after drying down even with a second layer.

The consistency of the formula was smooth, lightweight, and comfortable to apply, but the dry down was lengthy and some shades never fully felt dry (instead, lightly tacky). There was a learning curve to applying and wearing these, too, as they were unforgiving if you accidentally press your lips together before the formula has dried down–the formula is quite tacky as it dries down and pressed lips together results in color lifting away. The wear varied from shade to shade (and between finishes) from four to eight hours, and so far, most were true to the nondrying claim, at least. I didn’t notice any scent or taste with them. They were difficult to remove compared to most products; I had the best luck saturating a cotton pad with eye or lip makeup remover (Neutrogena, Lancome, Shiseido, etc.), yet curiously were not that long-wearing on me (relative to liquid lipsticks)–they seemed to develop a little tackiness with any meal or drink (even just water) and degraded from there. Overall, the formula was extremely disappointing after the successful Vice lipstick launch last year.

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Trivial
Trivial
Trivial
6
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
5
Longevity
4
Application
67%
Total

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Backtalk

Permanent
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B

Brat

Permanent
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Urban Decay Going Native Naked Flushed Cheek Palette

01/06

Urban Decay Going Native Naked Flushed Cheek Palette

Urban Decay Going Native Naked Flushed Cheek Palette

Urban Decay Going Native Naked Flushed Cheek Palette

Urban Decay Going Native Naked Flushed Cheek Palette

Urban Decay Going Native Naked Flushed Cheek Palette

Urban Decay Going Native Naked Flushed Cheek Palette

Going Native

Urban Decay Going Native Naked Flushed Cheek Palette ($34.00 for 0.49 oz.) includes a bronzer, highlighter, and blush poured into a single pan (so each shade does touch!) with the bronzer taking up the most space and the highlighter taking up the least. Each shade is supposed to be “intensely pigmented” and “blend beautifully.” The blush was a real bust–firm, stiff, lacking pigmentation–and the bronzer was just so-so, though the highlighter was quite nice.

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Cheek Palette Going Native
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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MAC Digging It, Night Mint, In the Spirit Lipsticks

01/06

MAC Digging It Lipstick

MAC Digging It Lipstick

MAC Digging It Lipstick

MAC Digging It Lipstick

MAC Digging It Lipstick

MAC Digging It Lipstick

Digging It

MAC Digging It Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a rich, mahogany brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The texture was lightly creamy so it didn’t tug on my lips when I applied the color directly from the tube, but the consistency sat well on the lips and did not slide around over the six hours this shade lasted for. I noticed a slight, reddish stain left behind after wear. The formula was non-drying to me.

MAC Lipstick Digging It
Digging It
Digging It
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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B+

Night Mint

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A-

In the Spirit

Limited Edition
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NYX Snow Rose Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

01/07

NYX Snow Rose Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Snow Rose Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Snow Rose Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Snow Rose Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Snow Rose Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Snow Rose Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Snow Rose Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

Snow Rose

NYX Snow Rose Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder ($7.99 for 0.21 oz.) is a very light, cool-toned beige with pink-to-lavender pearl that gave it more of a soft, frosted sheen. This was one of the more interesting shades (though the type of duochrome it had is something we have seen before), as it can really alter whatever it is layered over. On its own, the whiteness of the base color is rather apparent, so on my skin tone, it would be best when layered over another blush or highlighter. For someone very fair, it could definitely be worn more on its own without looking like it lightened one’s skin. The consistency was smooth, firm but not stiff or difficult to get pigmentation out of. It applied evenly to the skin, blended out well, and didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. The highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading on me.

NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder Snow Rose
Snow Rose
Snow Rose
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Kat Von D Muneca & Ludwig Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

01/06

Kat Von D Muneca Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Muneca Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Muneca Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Muneca Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Muneca Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Muneca Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Muneca

Kat Von D Muneca Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, peachy coral with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which was buildable to opaque coverage if I applied two distinct layers. The consistency was thin, prone to streaking, and while I typically find that the formula self-levels while drying down, it did not with this shade. It lasted for five hours on me and faded more noticeably from the center of the mouth–a lot shorter in wear than the majority of the range. The consistency also seemed thinner and more watery to me. The formula was neither hydrating nor drying on me.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Muneca
Muneca
Muneca
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
3
Application
73%
Total

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Ludwig

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Hourglass Liberator & Warrior GIRL Lip Stylos

01/06

Hourglass Liberator GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Liberator GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Liberator GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Liberator GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Liberator GIRL Lip Stylo

Hourglass Liberator GIRL Lip Stylo

Liberator

Hourglass Liberator GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark berry with reddish undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that applied beautifully to the lips with smooth, even coverage. The finish was luminous without being too glossy or emollient, so the wear time wasn’t compromised, but my lips looked smoother and plumper. This shade wore well for just over five hours and left a subtle stain behind. The formula felt hydrating to my lips.

The GIRL Lip Stylo formula is supposed to have “modern color with luxurious hydration for a lustrous finish,” while the brand founder is quoted (on Sephora) stating, “I can build as much–or as little–color as I like.” I would describe the coverage semi-opaque and buildable, which seemed to fit the brand’s description. The consistency was smooth, creamy, and lightweight, but the color still adhered well to the lips (three to five hours, depending on the shade). I definitely felt like I could apply a little here, a little there, and then spread the color out by pressing my lips together for sheerer coverage, or I could apply a single layer and get semi-opaque coverage fairly easily. The formula was incredibly comfortable to wear: lightweight, hydrating, and smoothing. Some balm-like formulas that have more coverage can sit in lip lines, but I felt like these filled them and made them look softer. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Liberator
Liberator
Liberator
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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B+

Warrior

Permanent
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