Charlotte Tilbury Kim K.W., Kidman’s Kiss, Super Cindy Hot Lips Lipsticks

Charlotte Tilbury Kim K.W. Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Kim K.W. Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, pinky beige with warm undertones and a creamy, natural sheen. This shade is part of the original Kissing formula, so it is much creamier, a little weightier, and has more slip than the Matte Revolution range. It was also hydrating and more comfortable to wear over time, though this particular shade ended up applying somewhat streaky due to the amount of slip and the lighter color. It had semi-opaque coverage that did well into my lip lines over time. On me, it lasted for three and a half hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty Sonic Truth (244) (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Sublime Pleasure (LE, $17.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Estee Lauder Desirable (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Earthling (P, $17.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). NYX French Kiss (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Weirdo (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Woodrose (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Taffy (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Native (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Estee Lauder Mischievous Rose (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Cloud (P, $35.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Kidman’s Kiss Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, pinky-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It is part of the Matte Revolution formula. It had medium, buildable pigmentation, which is in line with the formula, that goes on without tugging on the lips but tended to emphasize every imperfection on my lips. The color also pulled into lip lines noticeably after two hours of wear, while the lipstick lasted closer to four hours overall. I found it neither drying nor hydrating. MAC The Fashion Flock (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Donut (P, $6.00) is brighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Hoop (DC, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Kat Von D Beloved (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (80% similar). Too Faced Bachelorette (P, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Rocket (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is darker (80% similar). Kat Von D L'Ecole des Femmes (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Super Cindy Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had medium, buildable coverage that applied easily without dragging or skipping on the lips. The texture had some slip, and as a result, it wasn’t as matte as some shades in the Matte Revolution range, but it was more comfortable to wear and lightly hydrating after the three hours it lasted. Surratt Beauty Celestine (P, $34.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Flower Beauty Petal Kiss (P, $6.98) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Donut (P, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Feelin' Myself (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Double Dare (P, $20.00) is darker, brighter, less glossy (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sexy Sienna (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) has two variations–the original, Kissing, and the matte, Matte Revolution, both of which are featured in the Hot Lips collection. The Kissing formula is supposed to be pigmented and luminous, while also being hydrating, while the Matte Revolution formula is designed to be matte, buildable, hydrating, and long-wearing in a matte finish. The Kissing range is creamier, light-medium in weight, comfortable and hydrating, and average wearing (three to five hours with most shades). The Matte Revolution formula feels velvety, thinner and somewhat clingy (I find that they can sometimes emphasize the texture of my lips or highlight imperfections), wear four to six hours, and are drying to lightly hydrating. Both formulas have a sweet, vanilla scent with no discernible taste.

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Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick Kim K.W.
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick Kidman's Kiss
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick Super Cindy
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
88%

Anastasia Warm Bronze, Fudge, Tara Lip Glosses

Anastasia Warm Bronze, Fudge, Tara Lip Glosses

Anastasia Warm Bronze Lip Gloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark reddish-copper with warm undertones and fine, lighter gold pearl. It rich, opaque color coverage that applied beautifully–smooth, even color that sat well on the lips. The formula was comfortable to wear, mostly non-tacky, and lasted for a solid five hours while hydrating my lips. MAC Enchanter (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) (DC, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Black Tea (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Fudge Lip Gloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a muted, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. The pigmentation was fantastic–completely opaque–and covered beautifully. The consistency was light-to-medium in weight, mostly non-sticky, and comfortable as it wasn’t too thick or too thin. This shade wore nicely for just over five hours and was hydrating while I wore it. MAC Fab Tested (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Krazy Kahuna (LE, $15.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Tara (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS More (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Anastasia Sepia (P) is lighter (80% similar). Maybelline Almond Aura (130) (LE) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Kiss Don't Tell (LE, $20.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Tara Lip Gloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark copper-brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. It was intensely pigmented with smooth, even coverage that was easy to spread across the lips. The texture was comfortable to wear, but it seemed a little more slippery compared to other shades. It didn’t feather on me, but that isn’t something I experience frequently. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was moisturizing over time. MAC Kiss Don't Tell (LE, $20.00) is more muted (95% similar). Anastasia Sepia (P) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS More (P, $24.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Maybelline Almond Aura (130) (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Krazy Kahuna (LE, $15.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Anastasia Lip Gloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is supposed to be “opaque” with “high-shine” that’s “non-drying.” It is one of the more pigmented lipglosses out there that has a smoother, more cushion-y consistency that typically spreads well across the lips. Some shades gather in lip lines, and some shades apply streaky; it seems more common with lighter shades and milkier colors. The formula is non-sticky initially and develops slight tackiness over time. My experience from wearing the formula is that they are often lightly to moderately hydrating and wear three to five hours. They have a vanilla scent that isn’t too overpowering nor does it linger once applied (I notice it mostly in the tube).

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Anastasia Lip Gloss Warm Bronze
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%
Anastasia Lip Gloss Fudge
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%
Anastasia Lip Gloss Tara
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
96%

Makeup Geek Desire Blush

Makeup Geek Desire Blush

Makeup Geek Desire Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, reddish plum with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. LORAC Infrared (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Debbie Harry Blush (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Restores Dazzle (LE, $21.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $45.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). It had good pigmentation that was mostly opaque to begin with, but it would be fully opaque in a layer and a half. The consistency was soft, smooth, and silky to the touch, which was fantastic to find, as it helped make this shade blendable on the skin. Despite the intensity and richness of the shade, it was easy to work with and diffuse on the skin. If you are fairer, you may want to use a feathery brush and very light hand, but it is forgiving enough that it can be sheered out if over-applied. When wore at less-than-opaque coverage, it tended to look pinker rather than red/plum. This shade lasted for nine hours on me before fading.

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Makeup Geek Blush Desire
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
92%
Thanks to Lea for today's question!

What was the last brand that disappointed you?

Kat Von D’s Serpentina palette; the way the release was handled was frustrating, and I don’t know why it was released in such small batches, which made it seem like it was selling out in minutes when now it seems like there is plenty of stock to go around. Then, to make matters worse, the product itself seems to have a lot of quality issues, but these quality issues extend into inconsistencies, too, as readers have reported different shades working differently!
-- Christine

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Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a very pale yellow with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give a “natural, seamless luminescence” to the skin with “natural-looking color.” I think it can be really lovely on the skin and yield a beautiful sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It’s not what I’d consider to be subtle glow, but it’s not a brilliant, high-shine highlighter either. The texture was smooth, but it ran a little dry and kicked up excess powder in the pan with ease. Luckily, it did not look dry or powdery on the skin, which is where it counts the most. The highlighter wore well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably.

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Sephora Microsmooth Baked Luminizer Stardust (01)
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%