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5 Favorites: Lipglosses for Layering

I love a glossy, sparkly lip, so I often top a go-to lipstick with a shimmery lip gloss to get that effect! Here’s a list of five I really like layering with 🙂

  1. Surratt Beauty Amethyste — A Cool Sheer with a Sparkle finish.
  2. Giorgio Armani #701 — A Cool Blue with a Frost finish.
  3. MAC Rags to Riches — A Warm Pink with a Sparkle finish.
  4. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum — A Cool Plum with a Glitter finish.
  5. Bobbi Brown Canary — A Warm Gold with a Glitter finish.

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Bobbi Brown Pink Cloud, Brocade, Plum Brandy Luxe Lip Colors

Bobbi Brown Pink Cloud Luxe Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Pink Cloud Luxe Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Pink Cloud Luxe Lip Color ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pale pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a light shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a moderately slippery texture–it does move around more than other shades, even if it is very comfortable on. I found this shade to be more high maintenance as a result, though, as you could easily see “lines” if you pressed your lips together and some color pulled into lip lines over the four hour wear time. Estee Lauder Nude Reveal (110) (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Bamboo (P, $65.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Vanessa (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Mischievous Rose (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Impulsive (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pleasure's All Mine (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Addison (P, $36.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Naked Dream (LE, $17.50) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Shiseido Hushed Tones (RD713) (P, $28.00) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam II (P, $17.50) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Pretty Natural (LE, $17.50) is warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Fame (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Rosy Boop (369) (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Givenchy Street Rose (04) (P, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Mustique (LE, $55.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Last Call (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Dream Daze (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Boca (LE, $17.50) is less glossy (85% similar). NARS Last Tango (LE, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bobbi Brown Brocade Luxe Lip Color ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright purple plum.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned berry with red undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on very evenly and smoothly, which is always nice to see in a berry-hued shade (many miss in this department!). The color wore well for almost six hours and was hydrating over time. Too Faced Berry Naughty (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jack (2016) (P, $36.00) is more muted (95% similar). NARS No Shame (LE, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Black Cherry (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Givenchy Purple Fiction (07) (P, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Rebel (P, $17.50) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Marsala (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (DC, $30.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mulberry (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Venom (DC, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Bitter Grape (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Liberator (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Buxom Graphic Grape (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (DC, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sabotage (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ingrid (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Aubergine (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Venom (P, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Hel's Bells (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bobbi Brown Plum Brandy Luxe Lip Color ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep purple plum.” It’s a slightly muted, dark plummy burgundy with subtly cool undertones and a moderate sheen. It had good color coverage, though not fully opaque, that went on evenly and looked smooth on the lips. The color wore well for five hours with a little color gathering in the lip lines after three and a half hours of wear. Bite Beauty Infuse (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Plum (LE, $24.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Plum Bite (P, $32.00) is brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Brazen (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Labradorable (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Siren (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Your Majesty (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Dramatic Encounter (LE, $17.50) is darker (90% similar). NARS Liv (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jay (DC, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blow (210) (P, $30.00) is warmer, lower quality (85% similar). Estee Lauder Lies & Kisses (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Backstab (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Ingrid (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have one-stroke color coverage with a hydrating, smoothing formula, and “nourishing shine.” I was impressed with the formula as a whole, as the majority of the shades were very pigmented in one pass with a creamy consistency that glided on easily. There’s a richness to the texture that does feel more “luxe” in a way. The natural-to-luminous shine level gives lips a smoother, plumper look, while the formula itself is hydrating and many shades are longer-wearing. I noticed that the lighter shades tended to perform more poorly relative to more light-medium to medium-dark-hued shades. There was a faint floral scent (that was a surprise, I wish they had gone the unscented!), but I didn’t have issues with taste and found it very subtle on (it’s no Dior/Chanel-level scent!). In general, I like Bobbi Brown’s lipstick formulas, and this one feels creamier and more hydrating than others, but for pigmentation, you can’t go wrong with this or the Rich Lip Color formula.

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5 Faves: Glossy Lipsticks for Fall 2015

My favorite kind of finish on lipstick is something that’s luminous with slight pearl–a glossier finish one but one that doesn’t wear away in a nanosecond. Here are some of my favorites for fall!

  1. Givenchy Nude Guipure — a light pink
  2. Bobbi Brown Neutral Rose — a subdued pink
  3. Too Faced Melted Villain — a glossy purple
  4. Too Faced Pink Chocolate — a glossy pink-plum
  5. Guerlain Garconne — a glossy red

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Bobbi Brown Spring Pink, Posh Pink, Raspberry Pink Luxe Lip Colors

Bobbi Brown Spring Pink Luxe Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Spring Pink Luxe Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Spring Pink Luxe Lip Color ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “true pink.” It’s a bright, light-medium pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a creamy finish. It had mostly opaque coverage, but this shade had more slip than the average shade in this formula, so it didn’t apply as evenly as anticipated–there were very subtle streaks/lines when I pressed my lips together. The formula was comfortable to wear and moderately moisturizing, while the color lasted well for four and a half hours on me. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $17.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Ambitious Pink (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). Givenchy Hibiscus Exclusif (302) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Silk Thread (P, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Good Luck Mochi (LE, $20.00) is more muted, less pigmented (90% similar). Guerlain Georgia (P, $58.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Éclair (P, $24.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Geraldine (77) (P, $58.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Edith (424) (P, $37.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Damask (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Shiseido Burning Up (RD310) (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Seoul-ful (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kelly (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Chanel Conte (202) (P, $37.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). NARS Marisa (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Cle de Peau Water Lily (LE, $65.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bobbi Brown Posh Pink Luxe Lip Color ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “creamy violet pink.” It’s a light-medium, cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones and a creamy finish paired with a light shine. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a fair amount of slip, so while it didn’t tug on the lips, it seemed to slide around slightly during wear, which gave it a more uneven appearance at times. The formula is hydrating but only lasted for three and a half hours. Estee Lauder Powerful (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Virgin Rose (P, $54.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Marisa (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dream Obscene (Lip Color) (P, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (DC, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Preston (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Speed Dial (P, $17.50) is darker, brighter (85% similar). YSL Fetish Pink (8) (P, $34.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Brat (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Water Lily (LE, $65.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Power Peony (720) (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Bite Beauty Kumquat (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Clinique Wow Pop (P, $18.00) is cooler, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bobbi Brown Raspberry Pink Luxe Lip Color ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright blue fuchsia.” It’s a bold, bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with strong, blue undertones and a light shine. It had nearly opaque pigmentation with a lightweight, creamy consistency that sat well on lips and made them look smoother and plumper. The texture had less slip than the average shade in the range, but it never tugged and glided on readily from the tube. This shade wore well for six hours and was hydrating while worn. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $36.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Roll the Dice (118) (DC, $30.00) is brighter, warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Eros (P, $21.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty Bellini (LE, $24.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Alex (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Hot Rose (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty #004 (LE, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Voila! (120) (DC, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Phone Call (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Leader (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Freshman (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Palomino (P, $24.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Logan (P, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Aphrodite (LE, $52.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Flowerscope (LE, $17.50) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have one-stroke color coverage with a hydrating, smoothing formula, and “nourishing shine.” I was impressed with the formula as a whole, as the majority of the shades were very pigmented in one pass with a creamy consistency that glided on easily. There’s a richness to the texture that does feel more “luxe” in a way. The natural-to-luminous shine level gives lips a smoother, plumper look, while the formula itself is hydrating and many shades are longer-wearing. I noticed that the lighter shades tended to perform more poorly relative to more light-medium to medium-dark-hued shades. There was a faint floral scent (that was a surprise, I wish they had gone the unscented!), but I didn’t have issues with taste and found it very subtle on (it’s no Dior/Chanel-level scent!). In general, I like Bobbi Brown’s lipstick formulas, and this one feels creamier and more hydrating than others, but for pigmentation, you can’t go wrong with this or the Rich Lip Color formula.

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Bobbi Brown Neutral Rose, Pink Buff, Soft Berry Luxe Lip Colors

Bobbi Brown Neutral Rose Luxe Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Neutral Rose Luxe Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Neutral Rose Luxe Lip Color ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “neutral pinky rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy pink with warm undertones and a moderate shine. It was richly pigmented with true, one-stroke color payoff. The texture was creamy, light-to-medium in weight (not heavy, but it’s not featherweight), and comfortable to wear. The color wore well for four and a half hours, while the formula was nicely hydrating from start to finish. Urban Decay Strip (DC, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Rosewood (P, $28.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Too Faced Honey Bear (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Touch of Spice (P, $7.99) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pepper (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Irresistible (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Hazelnut (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals XOX (P, $20.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Anita (P, $34.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Richard (P, $36.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Cinnful (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cary (P, $36.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Soft Berry (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Glamourdaze (LE, $17.50) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Heaven (P, $20.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bobbi Brown Pink Buff Luxe Lip Color ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “creamy nude beige.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with warm undertones and a creamy finish paired with moderate shine. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single pass of product, and the color distributed evenly and smoothly over the lips. The glossier finish combined with the full coverage made lips look plumper and fuller. This shade wore well for four and a half hours, and it was hydrating while worn. MAC Gabriel Zamora (LE, $17.50) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $17.50) is less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Carnal (DC, $22.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (P, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass I'm Addicted (P, $34.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Tarte Candy (LE, $20.00)(90% similar). Hourglass I've Never (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Brick Dust (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Nude (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Among the Fireflies (LE, $17.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Colada (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Molasses (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Strip Me Down (LE, $17.50) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Epigram (LE, $17.00) is glossier (85% similar). Estee Lauder Nude Cult (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Double Shot (P, $17.50) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Siesta (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass I Want (P, $34.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Glamour Era (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bobbi Brown Soft Berry Luxe Lip Color ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “neutral rose berry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage with a creamy consistency that glided on easily. The color wore well for five hours, and it was moisturizing during as well as after it wore away. Shiseido Rose Crush (RD715) (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Ce Soir (DC, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Glamourdaze (LE, $17.50) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Bois de Rose (P, $32.00) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Mosh Pit (DC, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Rosewood (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Hitch Hike (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Richard (P, $36.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Cognac (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Negligee (LE, $54.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Daniel (DC, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Torte (LE, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Finally Free (LE, $17.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cary (P, $36.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Marmalade (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Zin (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Pure Marsala (LE, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Neutral Rose (P, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Touch of Spice (P, $7.99) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Too Faced Pink Chocolate (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have one-stroke color coverage with a hydrating, smoothing formula, and “nourishing shine.” I was impressed with the formula as a whole, as the majority of the shades were very pigmented in one pass with a creamy consistency that glided on easily. There’s a richness to the texture that does feel more “luxe” in a way. The natural-to-luminous shine level gives lips a smoother, plumper look, while the formula itself is hydrating and many shades are longer-wearing. I noticed that the lighter shades tended to perform more poorly relative to more light-medium to medium-dark-hued shades. There was a faint floral scent (that was a surprise, I wish they had gone the unscented!), but I didn’t have issues with taste and found it very subtle on (it’s no Dior/Chanel-level scent!). In general, I like Bobbi Brown’s lipstick formulas, and this one feels creamier and more hydrating than others, but for pigmentation, you can’t go wrong with this or the Rich Lip Color formula.

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