Guerlain KissKiss Roselip Tinted Lip Balms

Guerlain Crazy Bouquet KissKiss Roselip

Guerlain KissKiss Roselip ($37.00 for 0.09 oz.) is new for fall, and it is designed to be a tinted lip balm that is supposed to hydrate, comfort, and protect the skin with a “subt[le] tint.” It’s available in six shades, and I have three of the six. While Morning Rose is said to be colorless, there is some color, but it was certainly the sheerest of the three I tried. The other two had more noticeable color–translucent, semi-sheer coverage. The formula is comfortable to wear with a very light tackiness and is moderately hydrating. It had a perfume-y scent but no discernible taste.

Guerlain Crazy Bouquet KissKiss Roselip ($37.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “delicious red.” It’s a brightened, candy apple red with warm undertones and a natural sheen. Swatched, it appears much more muted, but I think that is due to how the formula softens against the heat of the lips while the consistency adheres more to the lips than my skin. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a noticeable layer of translucency where the natural lip came through. The color lasted for four hours, and it was moderately hydrating–less than the best lip balm but more than your typical lipstick. Givenchy Rouge Atelier (302) (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is brighter, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC 5 Alarm (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Flaming Lips (LE, $20.00) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $22.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Slowburn (P, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is brighter, more pigmented (85% similar). Estee Lauder Envious (P, $30.00) is brighter, more pigmented (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Morning Rose KissKiss Roselip ($37.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “colorless balm.” It’s a light, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It is quite sheer, but it doesn’t seem totally colorless to me; on, it adds warmth and “darkens” my natural lips a bit. It lasted for three hours before it seemed to be mostly gone. The formula felt moderately moisturizing when worn. MAC Koi Coral (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC I'm In (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Just Kissed (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Nippon (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Peachykeen (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Soft Talkin' (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Pink Me Up KissKiss Roselip ($37.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “very fresh pink.” It’s a soft, medium rosy pink with warm undertones and light shine. It had sheer color coverage–I think this one represented the idea of a subtle tint best of the three–that goes on evenly and smoothly without tugging on the lips. The consistency is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and moderately hydrating. It lasted for three and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Sheer Streak (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Roussy (426) (P, $36.00) is brighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Out for Passion (LE, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Love Beam (LE, $20.00) is brighter, more pigmented (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Guerlain KissKiss Roselip Tinted Lip Balm Crazy Bouquet
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
Guerlain KissKiss Roselip Tinted Lip Balm Morning Rose
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
83%
Guerlain KissKiss Roselip Tinted Lip Balm Pink Me Up
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
91%

Urban Decay Holiday 2015 Collection

 

Urban Decay Holiday 2015 Collection
Urban Decay Holiday 2015 Collection

Vice 4 Palette ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

Some sequels leave you wishing the creators had quit while they were ahead. But the good ones keep you hooked and coming back for more. Urban Decay introduces the long-awaited arrival of Vice4—because there’s no such thing as too much Vice. We loaded this limited-edition palette with 20 addictively gorgeous, never-before-seen shades of our iconic Eyeshadow. Deep brights. Smoky neutrals. Gorgeous mattes. From C-Note (a pale metallic green) and Grip (a really beautiful smoky neutral) to Pandemonium (an amazing plum) and Deadbeat (a black satin that’s like nothing we’ve ever done), this palette has it all. We even included a huge mirror, a double-ended brush AND a coordinating bag.

Our inspiration for Vice4 came from a historical, classic UD source: the vintage shade name Oil Slick! We channeled all the darkly gorgeous, dimensional hues of an oil slick (the inspiration for the original shade) into a palette filled with rich, deep jewel tones. Vice4 features a stunning array of colors AND a wide range of finishes, from buttery-smooth mattes and shimmering metallics to shades laced with micro-glitter. The result? Our best Vice palette yet—and maybe even our best palette EVER. Word to the wise: Snatch this one up quick, because it’s guaranteed to go fast!

Vice4 comes in an extra slim case topped with a dimensional web of broken-down facets layered over a matte black lid. Rich, metallic inks give the case a mesmerizing, oil-slick effect and hint at the shades inside. Use the coordinating bag to keep Vice4 protected (and to keep prying eyes out of your prized palette), or use it to stash your brushes and other makeup essentials. Also included along with the palette: a double-ended Shadow and Crease Brush.

  • Bones Oyster satin with pearl
  • Grip Taupe matte with iridescent micro-glitter
  • Deadbeat Black satin with iridescent micro-glitter
  • Beat Down Deep metallic violet with blue micro-glitter
  • Pandemonium Metallic plum with iridescent micro-glitter
  • Framed Light neutral matte-satin
  • Fast-Ball Metallic peachy pink with pink micro-glitter
  • 1985 Metallic fuchsia with fuchsia micro-glitter
  • Underhand Burgundy-brown satin
  • Harlot Metallic lavender
  • Discreet Soft dusty mauve matte
  • Grasshopper Metallic emerald with green micro-glitter
  • C-Note Frosted green with micro-glitter
  • Arctic Bright teal with tonal sparkle
  • Robbery Deep metallic brown-gunmetal
  • Bitter Reddish brown matte
  • Flame Bright orange with gold micro-glitter
  • Low Brown matte with iridescent micro-glitter
  • Crowbar Black with golden metallic pearl and micro-glitter
  • Delete Deep chestnut brown matte-satin

Urban Spectrum Palette ($55.00) (Limited Edition) (UrbanDecay.com Exclusive)

We couldn’t survive without our everyday black basics (tank tops, skinny jeans, boots and, of course, coffee)—but when it comes to makeup, we’re all about color. Urban Decay introduces Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette. Satisfy your color addiction with a stunning spectrum of 15 shades of our iconic Eyeshadow. Experiment with never-before-seen shades like Flashback (an amazing bright, deep purple), Daybreak (a versatile soft bronze) and Flatline (the perfect metallic pale pink highlighter), as well as cult favorites like Junkie (teal green shimmer). Arranged in a gorgeous ombré rainbow of greens, blues, purples, pinks and neutrals, this LIMITED-EDITION palette is a shadow junkie’s dream.

Having a moment of déjà vu? It’s not you; it’s the case! We modeled the component after our coveted 15-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection, only this time we drenched the whole thing in black. And if you thought that palette was amazing, you’ll go nuts for Urban Spectrum. With a veritable rainbow of shades, the combinations are endless! Match up the carefully coordinated trios or go wild and mix them up. We loaded Urban Spectrum with five totally new shades, four of the most popular shades from our current collection, and six returning favorites from past palettes (like the original Book of Shadows, The Vice Palette and Vice 2).

Urban Spectrum comes in a stunning, collectible black case with a smoky gray, faceted “UD” jewel and laser-cut, filigreed edges. The detachable lid houses a full-size mirror and stands up on its own—perfect for on-the-go touchups. Since a palette this gorgeous should live on long after the shadows are gone, we built Urban Spectrum to last! When you’re done with the shadows, remove the tray and use the velvet-lined box to stash jewelry and other mementos.

  • Protest Golden forest green shimmer
  • Junkie Teal green shimmer
  • Madness Bright metallic blue shimmer with blue micro-glitter
  • Deep End Bright teal shimmer
  • Evidence Deep navy blue shimmer
  • Prank Deep navy matte with turquoise floating pearl
  • Omen Bright metallic purple with blue shift
  • Flashback Bright deep purple with pink sparkle (New)
  • Voodoo Metallic purple shimmer with iridescent purple micro-glitter
  • Flatline Metallic pale pink (New)
  • Bordello Pale mauve shimmer with gold micro-glitter
  • Backlash Bright pink with orange floating pearl (New)
  • Daybreak Soft bronze with silver glitter (New)
  • Burn Medium golden brown shimmer (New)
  • West Deep metallic brown shimmer

Naked Illuminated ($29.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Lit Soft bronze shimmer with golden bronze sparkle

24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil ($20.00) (New, Permanent)

Every once in a while, something comes along that changes everything, and THIS is one of those times. Urban
Decay introduces 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil—a liner like no other. Developed specifically for use on the inner rim
in the waterline (and fully legit), this creamy, demi-matte pencil lays down waterproof color that lasts ALL day.

Line just your waterline or use this pencil to tight-line in between your lashes too. Even creamier than our original bestselling 24/7 Eye Pencil (yes, really!), this formula glides on easily and goes anywhere you want to put it. And
after the color sets, it won’t budge. We’re launching this pencil in five never-before-seen shades; once you try it,
you’ll want them all! Never considered using anything but black in the waterline? Steal Wende’s trick and try one
of our colorful shades for a look that really stands out.

  • Legend Black
  • Push Navy
  • Mood Charcoal
  • Street Green
  • Rail Brown

September 12th at urbandecay.com, all other retailers on September 25th; Spectrum palette launches exclusively at UrbanDecay.com on October 20th.

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NYX Rose Gold & Intuition HD Blushes

NYX Rose Gold HD Blush

NYX Rose Gold HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a brightened, medium orange-coral with warm, reddish undertones and a strong, golden frost. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to mostly true-to-pan color. The texture was silky to the touch, which made it easy to blend and work into the skin, and the fineness of the powder helped it adhere smoothly. The only downside is that it is a little powdery and kicks up excess in the pan, but luckily, that powderiness doesn’t translate on the skin. This shade wore for seven and a half hours on me. Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Style Cast (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Intuition HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium, rosy plum with warm undertones and a frosted finish. This blush has an incredibly soft, finely-milled consistency… that gets everywhere, because it is so powdery that is easy to get far more product than you need on the brush and onto your face (it also wastes some!). You need a really, really light touch and just lightly pat the surface of the blush with your brush to minimize the mess. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a more heavily frosted finish, though it didn’t emphasize pores once it is blended out. I noticed fading with this one after seven hours. Bobbi Brown Peony (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Star Wonder (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a Intuition, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

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NYX HD Blush Rose Gold
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
86%
NYX HD Blush Intuition
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
80%

MAC Tease Don’t Touch, Peer Pressure, Suggestive Vamplify Lipglosses

MAC Tease Don't Touch Vamplify Lipgloss

MAC Tease Don’t Touch Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense true red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with strong, pink tones and leans bluer. It had a fair amount of color payoff, but you’ll see the natural lip come through somewhat (my lip freckle is still there), but it looks really even and smooth–I was surprised at just how supple the lips looked. It wore well for five hours, was comfortable and hydrating over time. MAC Suggestive (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Hot/Cold (LE, $15.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Victoriana (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). NYX Apple Crisp (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Tenor Voice (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Peer Pressure Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense red-burgundy.” It’s a muted, dark berry with reddish tones and a creamy, shiny finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation–almost looks like a stain than gloss–with a slightly thin consistency that still spread well but was less glossy compared to other shades in the range. It applied with smooth, even coverage, which is tough for darker, less pigmented glosses, and it wore for five hours on me. MAC Modern Drama (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Crushed Cherry (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sultana (LE, $20.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Revlon HD Carnelian (545) (P, $8.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Intrigue (995) (P, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Suggestive Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense blue-red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with cool, pinky undertones and a creamy, shiny finish. It had good pigmentation, but there’s some translucency so the natural lip color will come through still. It applied really well, though, with even coverage and never looked streaky and somehow managed not to slip into lip lines until after four to five hours of wear. The color lasted for five hours in all and was hydrating over time. MAC Utterly Tart (LE, $15.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Tease Don't Touch (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Hot/Cold (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Crushed Cherry (P, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Brickhouse (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | MAC Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is supposed to have intense, vivid color paired with a moisturizing, glossy, long-wearing formula. Some shades are very pigmented while others are semi-opaque, and some shades apply evenly while others are more streaky. They have a light-medium thick consistency that’s not heavy or goopy, but it’s not really thin; however, they’re really smooth and creamy, so they feel nice on. There’s no tackiness initially, and it feels a lot like lip balm to me–soft, smooth, and my lips felt supple. I find they develop light to moderate tackiness as they wear on. They wear anywhere from three to five hours and are lightly to moderately hydrating over time. The formula has strong, vanilla scent (stronger than their lipsticks; I can smell it for a bit even when it is applied, not just in the tube) but no discernible taste.

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MAC Vamplify Lipgloss Tease Don't Touch
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
91%
MAC Vamplify Lipgloss Peer Pressure
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
91%
MAC Vamplify Lipgloss Suggestive
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
91%