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NYX Alabama, Merlot, Aria, Siren Matte Lipsticks

01/06

NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick

NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick

NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick

NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick

NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick

NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick

Alabama

NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth consistency that glided on without tugging on the lips and delivered even coverage. The color wore well for over six hours and left a slight stain behind, though the formula was neither drying nor hydrating over time.

The Matte Lipstick is supposed to be “highly pigmented” and have a “velvety, non-glossy” finish. In general, the formula has semi-opaque to opaque color coverage with a velvety texture that glides on without tugging but doesn’t have a lot of slip, so the lipstick won’t slide around while worn. The formula varied from non-drying to moderately drying with wear times that ranged from four to over six hours (deeper, reddish shades lasted quite long). It has a mint scent and no discernible taste. I noticed that the packaging had a tendency to twist up the lipstick too easily (even barely holding it) and sometimes would twist down as I would apply it directly from the tube.

NYX Matte Lipstick Alabama
Alabama
Alabama
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

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Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Molten Gold

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter ($9.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a brighter, medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s supposed to have a “chrome effect” that can be applied “lightly for a subtle glow” or built up for a “bold melted metal look.”

It was quite pigmented in a single layer, though the consistency was soft and pliable, so it was easy to control the amount of product picked up on a brush to get sheerer coverage. The texture was smooth to the touch, soft enough that it was a touch powdery in the pan, but it did not look dry or powdery on the skin. On the cheekbones, it had a noticeable glow that did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. If you wanted really over-the-top, traffic-stopping glow, just spritz your brush (after picking up the product) with a bit of water or facial mist; I found that the texture of this shade was particularly workable damp but is often a trick that can be used with a slew of powder highlighters. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Maybelline MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter Molten Gold
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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ColourPop Sucker, Ice Cube, On a Stick, Lolly Blotted Lips

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Colour Pop Sucker Blotted Lip

Colour Pop Sucker Blotted Lip

Colour Pop Sucker Blotted Lip

Colour Pop Sucker Blotted Lip

Colour Pop Sucker Blotted Lip

Colour Pop Sucker Blotted Lip

Sucker

ColourPop Sucker Blotted Lips ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is a soft, medium coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage to medium opacity. The lipstick had a very lightweight feel–almost weightless–that was thin without feeling clingy. The texture was firmer initially, but it melted and felt more velvety after half a second on the lips. It wore well for four hours on me and wasn’t drying.

The Blotted Lip formula is described as a “sheer matte lipstick” that has “buildable” coverage that ranges from “light to medium” and has a “lightweight” feel. The formula had an interesting texture–firmer, waxy but velvety like a more silicone-heavy formula would feel–so it glided on with ease after it warmed up against the lips but initially felt quite firm in the tube. They look more like a lip stain than lipstick on the lips, as the consistency is thin and adheres well to lips–without emphasizing the texture of them–and the semi-sheer to medium coverage reinforces the stain-like appearance. The wear was average (usually around four hours) but was non-drying.

Colour Pop Blotted Lip Sucker
Sucker
Sucker
A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Ice Cube

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Lolly

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