ColourPop Throws It Back Fall 2015 Lippie Stix

ColourPop Contempo Lippie Stix

ColourPop Contempo Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dusty rose [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a soft, lightly creamy consistency that applied without tugging on the lip but didn’t slide around. It lasted for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Maybelline Lust for Blush (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fiji (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Lovesick (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Clueless (LE, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Dazed Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “berry red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark berry-red with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was pigmented but had a little translucency–you can see my lip freckle peeking through–with a lightweight consistency that applied without pulling on the lips. It wore well for six hours and was slightly drying after three hours of wear. MAC D for Danger (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Heaux (LE, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Boy Gorgeous (222) (P, $30.00) is glossier (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Grunge Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned plum brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with soft, warm undertones and a cooler overtone (almost like a taupe sheen). The finish was more satiny applied, as there was a visible sheen. It had good pigmentation with a light-medium weight consistency and more creaminess than the last two shades. It wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Royally Riotous (LE, $17.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Persistence (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Sheer Plum (P, $17.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). MAC Whirl (P, $17.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Nevermind Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened violet [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark purpled burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a natural finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, but the texture had a moderate amount of slip such that the color applied unevenly and settled into lip lines over time. It lasted for four and a half hours before resembling more of a stain. It wasn’t drying at least! MAC Which Witch (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Smoked Purple (LE, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Instigator (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Train Bleu (P, $25.00) is more pigmented, better quality, less glossy (95% similar). Colour Pop Feminist (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler, better quality (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Colour Pop Lippie Stix Contempo
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%
Limited Edition
Colour Pop Lippie Stix Dazed
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
91%
Limited Edition
Colour Pop Lippie Stix Grunge
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
92%
Limited Edition
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Milani Beloved & Crush Amore Matte Lip Cremes

Milani Beloved Amore Matte Lip Creme

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a new, limited edition liquid lipstick that dries to a matte finish. You’ll mostly find them at your local drugstore (I got mine from Walgreens), but they are available online as well through Milani directly. These have a very thin, liquid-y consistency–they easily get outside the lines and in general, the applicator can apply far more than you need, so I highly recommend a little patience and maybe using a lip brush (if you can) to apply and get really precise, neat lines. The formula has a longer dry down–about five to ten minutes before you can press your lips together–and gets very tacky after two minutes or so (do NOT! press your lips together or else you will lift color in large patches!). They’re one of the lesser drying liquid lipsticks I’ve come across (but these did get a bit drying after four to six hours of continuous wear), and they are long-wearing and pigmented. They have a moderately strong sweet, vanilla scent.

Milani Beloved Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “brown rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich, opaque color payoff with a thin, highly spreadable consistency, which gave really smooth and even coverage, but it does make it a little harder to apply if you don’t wipe the applicator a bit prior to application (think of it like mascara). It wore well for eight hours and was a touch drying after six hours of wear. Colour Pop Bumble (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Double Dare (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted, glossier (90% similar). NARS Bansar (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Milani Crush Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm brick brown.” It’s a dark red-toned brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that looked smooth once it dried down, but it was somewhat uneven–there were places that appeared darker than others, even though I didn’t see so much actual streaking. The color lasted for eight hours before having noticeable fading, and it felt a little drying after the six-hour mark. Colour Pop Limbo (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Lax (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Kat Von D Vampira (P, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme Beloved
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
93%
Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme Crush
B+
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
87%

Sephora Over the Moon (14) Colorful Blush

Sephora Over the Moon (14) Colorful Blush

Sephora Over the Moon (14) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a lightly brightened, light-medium lavender with warmer, pink tones and a satin finish. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Full of Joy (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Azalea Blossom (LE, $32.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. Over the Moon had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable color coverage with a natural sheen that was noticeable without being shimmery. The texture was lightly powdery, thinner than other shades, but it didn’t look powdery on my skin, at least. It lasted for seven hours before there was noticeable fading. From what I can tell, this has since been discontinued, but I have heard you can still find it in some stores. As I had already tested it, I figured I might as well finish it up, but not to worry, it’s merely a bonus review for the day. It’s a shame it was discontinued, though, as a more budget-friendly option for a lavender-hued blush would have been quite welcome.

P.S. — This was the last of the Sephora blushes I had to review! All done 😀

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Sephora Collection Colorful Blush Over the Moon (14)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
87%
Discontinued

Sephora I’m Shocked (09) Colorful Blush

Sephora I'm Shocked (09) Colorful Blush

Sephora I’m Shocked (09) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “flashy fuchsia.” It’s a right, brightened fuchsia-magenta with strong, cool undertones and a satin sheen. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Savage (P) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Homie (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Pegacorn (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Unashamed (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. I’m Shocked is easily the most pigmented and intense shade that I’ve come across in the Colorful Blush line-up. It had semi-opaque to opaque coverage, but it was a harder blush to sheer out unless used with a very feathery brush and light touch. The texture was firm without being dry or powdery, while the blush blended out without too much trouble, it isn’t foolproof. It has a natural finish where it doesn’t read shimmery on the skin, but it doesn’t have a flat, matte finish either. It wore for nine hours before fading on me.

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Sephora Collection Colorful Blush I'm Shocked (09)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%

I’d like to see brands make more realistic claims or be more forthcoming with what a formula is supposed to do. I’d like to see ingredient lists posted as the standard across all retailers and brand websites–I don’t want to have to email and wait six weeks to get a list from the brand. I’d like to see greater diversity in marketing and base products, and I’d like to see less “this is universal” when it is clearly for fair to light skin tones.

-- Christine

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