Monday, June 22nd, 2015

ColourPop Trap Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop Trap Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop Trap Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a subdued, gray-ish mauve with hints of pink and an ultra-matte finish. The texture is lightweight, a little runny but with substance, so one coat is more than enough product for both top and bottom lips. It has a quick dry down, so you’ll want to work quickly. I recommend applying to either the top or the bottom lip, then going to the opposite lip to maximize your working time. This one seemed to “crack” a little more after the dry down than some of the other shades, so I liked to relax and smile as it was drying down, which helped the color dry down more smoothly overall. Once it dries down, it feels fairly weightless and doesn’t feel clingy, though if you put your fingertip to your lip, it has a dry “feel.” It will emphasize lip lines but wore down evenly over an eight-hour period. It was non-drying until the very last hour. It was mostly transfer-proof, though if you do more than pat your lips with a napkin, it does flake off very slightly. I don’t have any good dupes for this one, so hopefully readers more familiar with all of the liquid lipstick offerings on the market may be able to chime in with more. NARS Catfight (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Fun Finds (LE, $16.00) is lighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Tulle Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm plum-red with a matte finish. It had fairly coverage that went on evenly and smoothly without pulling into lip lines or emphasizing them too much. It wasn’t too thin, but it wasn’t thick or goopy, so dry down time was a little faster than average but I had enough time to apply to the top and bottom without getting streaks. This shade lasted for twelve hours with minimal fading and what fading there was fairly even. It had minimal transfer until after I ate, and then it seemed to transfer more noticeably but blotting once or twice post-meal should help bring it back down to minimal transfer. For me, I noticed my lips feeling a little dry after six and a half hours of wear, and it was getting painfully dry at the eight-hour mark. Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter, warmer, glossier. MAC Diva (P, $16.00) is brighter, glossier. Burberry Redwood (304) (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Laura Mercier Myth (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Eugenie (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a long-wearing, pigmented lipstick that starts off glossy and dries down quickly to that super flat matte finish. They have minimal transfer with some of the lighter shades having almost none for the first few hours of wear, but any time you’ve had a meal, they lose that transfer-resistant quality to a noticeable degree. They tend to wear anywhere from six to ten hours with darker shades maintaining better color coverage and wear over a longer period of time. Some shades get a little drying about two-thirds to three-fourths through the wear, while a few shades have been fairly non-drying even many hours into wear. They fade away evenly with most color loss occurring from the center of the lips if eating a more oil-based meal but the majority of color survives a meal. Reapplication has been hit or miss and tends to depend on how well it wore away and how easily the shade applies normally, but reapplication tends to emphasize the lip’s natural texture significantly compared to initial application and gives lips a very wrinkled, dried-up look. I’ve layered gloss on top of some shades with moderate success, though it will obviously lose the matte finish and will transfer and I’ll get tiny flakes where the matte lip color has lifted by mixing with gloss but has been pretty minimal. The formula had no discernible taste or scent. After playing with the packaging, it seemed like 16 of the 25 shades I received were significantly overfilled and had regular overflow of liquid lipstick coming out of them for about 10-15 open-and-closes where I needed to use a makeup removing wipe to clean the rim of the tube prior to closing or else the lipstick would ooze out of the closing but seems to have finally stopped (if that changes, I’ll update the post, as I’m still fussing with the packaging!). I have not had this issue with any of my other liquid lipsticks (Anastasia, Hourglass, Kat Von D, Make Up For Ever, Stila) personally, though readers reported experiencing similar issues with Anastasia and the previous Kat Von D packaging.

Re: packaging, over the last three days, I’ve been opening and closing all 25 shades, as well as laying some down and keeping some standing up, rinse and repeat. I’ll also be turning some upside down to see how they fare to make doubly sure that they’re only overfilled, which seems to be the case at this time. If you carry it with you for travel or in a makeup bag, you certainly don’t want to worry about opening/closing it! If you don’t wipe down, the liquid will dry and crust over the base of the tube (that is slightly exposed to air). It’s messy business! 12 of them have had enough accumulated product after one to two openings/closings to ooze out, and then seven more had some excess accumulation after three to four openings. 6 were totally fine even after opening and closing them over a dozen times.

Here are my best tips for applying matte liquid lipstick, as it is a bit of a different animal compared to regular lipstick or liquid lipstick (that doesn’t have the matte dry down):

  • Proper prep is always useful — smoother lips are best, as dry or flaky lips will often be emphasized (lines can get emphasized, too); hydrating with lip balm prior to applying (and then removing before you put on the product) helps keep lips happier longer
  • Start in the middle of the lip and work your way to the edges, try to apply using fluid strokes and then use very short taps and strokes to finish or manipulate any edges
  • Don’t fuss with the color too long; a lot of streaks and unevenness will disappear as the color dries down
  • If you’ve never tried liquid lipstick, you may need to apply a few times to get the hang of it, and removing using jojoba or olive oil is easiest on the lips
  • Keep your lips partially open while it is drying down; avoid the upper and bottom lips touching as the formulas tend to turn a little tacky as they are drying down and this will cause color to lift unevenly and give you patchiness that wasn’t there to begin with
  • Some formulas react well to gloss/balm on top, some don’t (still testing this one for that), which can be helpful for managing the drying factor of some liquid lipstick formulas/shades

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Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow

Last week, there were four new shades of Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) added to the line-up. If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, it’s supposed to be an ultra-sparkly eyeshadow that “feels like a cream but goes on like a powder.” It can be used wet or dry (and it is recommended to use it wet for “intense color payout”), and Urban Decay recommends using fingertips for application, though I have used flat, synthetic brushes myself (my fingertips are far too large!). The effect of these is really pretty on the lid if you like your bit o’ sparkle, and I thought these four felt particularly smooth compared to past shades in the range. Dark Force was the most troublesome of the four; it tended to sheer out a lot on the lid when applied and creased quickly (within six hours), but the other shades stayed more intact, and those other three shades had almost no fall out.

Urban Decay Shockwave Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as “deep berry with pink and blue 3-D sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, copper-brown undertones and lighter purple and copper sparkle. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry with more of the warmer base color coming through, while damp application yielded more intense sparkle and a stronger leaning towards the purple end of the spectrum. On bare lids, it lasted for seven hours before creasing but had almost no fall out. MAC Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (LE, $21.00) is lighter, less pigmented. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Interstellar Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “antique gold with pink and gold 3-D sparkle.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium yellow gold with warmer gold and rosy pink sparkle over a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry with a much more amplified, metallic finish and opaque coverage when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours before creasing and had almost no fall out. Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Naked Bronze (Eye Color) (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Disco (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. Dior Golden Shock #3 (LE, ) is darker. Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Stila Vitality (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is warmer. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is less shimmery. Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE, ) is lighter. Chanel Vision (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Vortex Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “smoky black with green shift and gold 3-D sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark, olive green set over a warmer, bronzy-brown base with lighter green and gold shimmer. This one seemed the smoothest and had the least amount of sparkle, even though it had a lot of sheen. It was semi-sheer when applied dry, and it was fully opaque when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours before fading and had almost no fall out. LORAC Clover (LE, ) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $38.00) is warmer. NARS Gabon (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Cle de Peau Stardust #4 (P, ) is darker. Colour Pop Hammered (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #3 (P, ) is lighter. MAC Sea Worship (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, less pigmented, brighter. MAC Greenluxe #4 (P, ) is darker. Urban Decay Zodiac (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Dark Force Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “taupe-brown with gold and iridescent 3-D sparkle.” It’s a medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and lavender and gold sparkle. This shade was the most sparkly of the four, and it was the problem-child! The texture was noticeably sparkly where the sparkle lifted away from the base color, so it had a lot of fall out during application and tended to sheer out and leave traces of sparkle with minimal color on the skin. It lasted for six hours before creasing and had some fall out. Colour Pop Nillionaire (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Don’t Tell (P, $16.00) is cooler, lower quality. Colour Pop 3 (Three) (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop So Quiche (P, $5.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Diamond Dog (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, June 21st, 2015

NYX Intense Butter Glosses ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) are a richer, more opaque gloss with a cream finish and a glossy shine. When NYX nails the formula, it’s really good, but there are some misses. My favorites were Spice Cake (A), Chocolate Crepe (A-), Apple Crisp (A-), and Toasted Marshmallow (A-). They wore around four hours on average and weren’t drying (nor hydrating) with a light vanilla scent but no taste. They’re heavier than the original Butter Gloss formula, and they’re lightly tacky.

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Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium, gold-shimmered rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted, luminous sheen. Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is warmer. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is . Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer, lower quality. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It is exactly the same as last year’s Spellbound. I strongly would have rather the brand use the same name, because I didn’t know until I received the product and went, “This seems familiar.” It’s a lovely, moderately luminous highlighter otherwise. Laura Mercier describes it as “buildable long-wearing color” to highlight the face. The texture is soft, lightweight, very blendable, and very slightly emphasizes pores at times. I noticed if I used a fan brush, it was fine, but if I used a highlighting or blush brush, there was slight emphasis. The color lasted for eight hours on me.

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Saturday, June 20th, 2015

NYX Spice Cake Intense Butter Gloss
NYX Spice Cake Intense Butter Gloss

NYX Spice Cake Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark berry with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied beautifully with even, smooth color. On me, it lasted for almost five hours and left behind a slight stain. The formula was comfortable to wear but not hydrating. Urban Decay Quiver (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is lighter, warmer. Milani Berry Tempting (05) (P, $5.49) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Toasted Marshmallow Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a deepened, medium-dark plum with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had good color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, though this one emphasized lip lines just a smidgen. The color wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Ruby (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy. Revlon Embellished (P, $7.49) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Fame (206) (P, $28.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Tres Leches Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a cream finish. This shade seemed extra glossy to me compared to others in the range. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but the milkiness of the gloss seemed to make it prone to pulling into lip lines, and it did settle into them further as the gloss wore on (for four hours). It did apply better than a lot of similar-hued glosses do, though. MAC Boy Bait (P, $20.00) is lighter. Buxom Creamsicle (P, $19.00) is cooler. NARS Giza (P, $26.00) is warmer. MAC On the Scene (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Divergent Supreme Ritual (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Divergent Natural Virtue (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Poetic (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: NYX Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a very pigmented gloss that “keeps lips soft and glossy without being sticky.” They are typically very pigmented, but some shades apply better than others; when they apply well, they’re really a great option for anyone who likes their gloss more pigmented. They have a medium-weight consistency that is heavier than the original Butter Gloss formula with light tackiness that develops over time. It’s not hydrating but not usually drying either. The gloss wears four hours on me on average, and the formula has a slight vanilla scent to me, but it seems a little synthetic (something off about it) but had no discernible taste to me.

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Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Givenchy Beige Plumetis (103) Le Rouge-a-Porter
Givenchy Beige Plumetis (103) Le Rouge-a-Porter

Givenchy Beige Plumetis (103) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a natural shine. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, but for such a light shade, I was surprised it was really sheer! The texture was smooth when applying, but the lighter color seemed to cling a little more noticeably. On me, it lasted for three hours but settled into lip lines. It was neither hydrating nor drying. MAC Romantic Breakdown (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Catherine (410) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $35.00) is lighter. MAC Naked Bud (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Real Redhead (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Pure Vanity (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Rose Fantaisie (202) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium, cotton candy pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that had a tendency to pull into lip lines, and it looked a little streaky. The color stayed put for two and a half hours, and the color migrated more and more noticeably into lip lines over time. Urban Decay Sheer Obsessed (P, $20.00) is darker. MAC Light English Red (LE, $30.00) is warmer. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is darker. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Real Doll (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Moka Imprime (304) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage that went on fairly evenly, though it could have applied better. The texture was lightweight, a little clingy but not drying. This shade wore for three and a half hours on me. Chanel Grace (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Bittersweet (03) (LE, $50.00) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Scenario (P, $35.00) is warmer. Chanel Suzanne (438) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Bite Beauty Rosewood (P, $28.00) is cooler. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Givenchy Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be a hydrating, sheer coverage lipstick packaged in a slim tube that’s a riff off of the original Le Rouge formula. This formula is significantly lighter in weight and look, as well as much sheerer (and that is by design). The texture has a very smooth, velvety feel to it, almost like a stiffer lip balm, but it doesn’t tug on the lips. The color tended to look more like a stain of color, and it felt a little clingy, even if it wasn’t actually drying. For me, the formula was lightly hydrating at most and tended to wear only a few hours. These have a floral scent that’s noticeable in the tube and once applied, though I didn’t notice any taste.

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