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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MAC Azalea Blush

MAC Azalea Blush

MAC Azalea Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “bright iridescent blue pink.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool violet pearl that gives it a luminous finish. Colour Pop Pegacorn (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, more muted (95% similar). MAC Full Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Jilted (P) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Rhubarb (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Azalea is intensely pigmented with a soft, finely-milled texture that is easily blended on the skin and can be sheered out if desired. You’ll want to use a feathery brush or a very light hand if you prefer light coverage, but it’s certainly doable–it does lend itself more towards a very pigmented initial application. On me, the color lasted for nine hours with minimal fading.

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MAC Powder Blush Azalea
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
94%

MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadows (2015)

MAC Black Sands Electric Cool Eyeshadow

MAC Black Sands Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black with green pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black with light blue and green pearl paired with neutral-to-cool undertones. It had semi-sheer coverage, and it was really patchy/difficult to blend as it never looked even. It lasted for seven hours before creasing. Lancome My French #9 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #5 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Buxom Black Lab (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Volcano Fairy Wren (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is darker, more pigmented, better quality (90% similar). Chanel Mirifique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Sugarpill Stella (P, $13.00) is darker, more pigmented, better quality (90% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, better quality (90% similar). CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is darker, more pigmented, better quality (90% similar). MAC Black Tied (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Emerald Power Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “emerald green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark emerald green with neutral-to-cool undertones and a pearly sheen. There was a lot of slip to the texture, which resulted in more uneven, patchy coverage. The color wore for eight hours at least! Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Buxom Saint Bernard (P, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Indo (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Sugarpill Midori (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Collection Walk on the Wild Side (08) (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Pre-nup (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Milani Green Safari (P, $6.49) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #52 (LE, $23.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Iggy (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Disney by Sephora Fins (LE) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC In Orbit Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light warm neutral.” It’s a sparkling, golden copper with warm undertones and a pearly sheen paired with copper sparkle. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that was somewhat buildable. This was the better-applyling shade out of the four, but it added a noticeable texture to the lid due to the chunkier consistency. I had some fall out over the eight hours it lasted. MAC Gilded Thrill (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Natural Vigor #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Vitality (P) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Dior Golden Shock #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Dirtysweet (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Vision (LE, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC I Like 2 Watch (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Creative Copper (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Electric Illumination Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright silver.” It’s a bright, very light silver with lighter white and silver sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was noticeably chunky, so it didn’t apply evenly and the glittery bits often clumped together. I had some fall out over time, though the “color” didn’t seem to crease for eight hours. Bobbi Brown Tinsel (LE) is darker (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery, brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Bleuluxe #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #1 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Silver Dollar (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC A Waft of Grey #2 (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME202 Iceberg Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow Black Sands
C-
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
3.5
Total
71%
MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow Emerald Power
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
79%
MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow In Orbit
D+
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
6.5
Application
4
Total
67%
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