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Shiseido Peruvian Pink, Primrose Sun, Fire Topaz Rouge Rouge Lipsticks

01/06

Shiseido Peruvian Pink (RS418) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Peruvian Pink (RS418) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Peruvian Pink (RS418) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Peruvian Pink (RS418) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Peruvian Pink (RS418) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Peruvian Pink (RS418) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Peruvian Pink (RS418)

Shiseido Peruvian Pink (RS418) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark magenta pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was smooth, light-medium in thickness, and had a denser feel compared to other shades in the more matte finish in this formulation. It had opaque pigmentation that applied evenly across my lips. I noticed that the color separated slightly along my deeper lip lines, though this did not worsen over time and wasn’t noticeable in person (likely due to the brightness). It wore well for five and a half hours and was non-drying.

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Shiseido Desert Quartz & Curious Cassis Rouge Rouge Lipsticks

01/06

Shiseido Desert Quartz (RD124) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Desert Quartz (RD124) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Desert Quartz (RD124) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Desert Quartz (RD124) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Desert Quartz (RD124) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Desert Quartz (RD124) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Desert Quartz (RD124)

Shiseido Desert Quartz (RD124) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation–nearly opaque coverage in a single layer–that applied evenly, but the more velvety texture had a tendency to slip into my lip lines. The consistency was smooth and comfortable to apply and to wear, though. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating.

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Shiseido Dusky Honey, Rose Syrup, Amber Afternoon Rouge Rouge Lipsticks

01/06

Shiseido Dusky Honey (BE323) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Dusky Honey (BE323) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Dusky Honey (BE323) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Dusky Honey (BE323) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Dusky Honey (BE323) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Dusky Honey (BE323) Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Dusky Honey (BE323)

Shiseido Dusky Honey (BE323) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark, peachy brown with warm, orange undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage in a single stroke, though the texture was prone to separating around my lip lines and later on, the color settled into them as the color wore on. The texture felt more velvety and silicone-heavy than particularly wet or cream-like, so I was surprised it didn’t smooth out my lips more. This shade stayed on well for four hours and was lightly moisturizing.

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Sponsored: Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Liquid Foundation Photos & Swatches

01/04

Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Liquid Foundation SPF 20  

Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Liquid Foundation SPF 20  

Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Liquid Foundation SPF 20  

Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Liquid Foundation SPF 20  

Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation ($45.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is the newest liquid foundation from Shiseido. It’s a follow-up to Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation from last year. Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation is–you guessed it–a dewier formula that’s supposed to give a “dewy glow without any shine” with “buildable coverage” and a “serum-like texture.” It also featured broad spectrum SPF 20 and is supposed to have “8-hour hydration.”

You can find your shade in the Foundation Matrix or see below for swatches of the shade range:

Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid

Best Lipsticks | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Lipsticks | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products. Here’s a look at the best lipstick formulas I’ve tried:

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to have “bold, creamy color” with “extreme moisture, soft texture, and creamy wear.” The majority of the range is very pigmented–typically opaque with one pass–with a few shades being semi-opaque but usually buildable. The majority of the shades I’ve tested have been lightly hydrating to non-drying and fairly comfortable to wear for the long-haul. They wear longer than average, from four to eight hours, depending on the intensity and propensity of the shade to stain. The range is rather extensive with over 30 shades, so you may find our top 15 best Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks list useful. Some of my favorite shades are: Pickled Ginger, Kale, Sour Cherry, and Spritzer.

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Shiseido Murrey, First Bite, Toffee Apple, Burning Up Rouge Rouge Lipsticks

Shiseido Rouge Rouge Lipstick
Shiseido Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Murrey (RD305) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a soft sheen. This shade had very, very subtle streakiness due the more emollient consistency. I didn’t notice it from a normal viewing distance, but it is visible in the close-up. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and easy to apply as it didn’t tug or drag on the lips. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly. I was able to get four and a half hours of wear out of the lipstick, and it was moisturizing. Bite Beauty Éclair (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Fiend (DC, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sunny Seoul (P, $17.50) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Shiseido Coral Shore (RD309) (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Truth or Bare (P, $28.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Roussy (426) (P, $37.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Silk Thread (P, $65.00) is cooler (90% similar). Givenchy Rose Boudoir (204) (P, $36.00) is brighter (90% similar). Guerlain #62 (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain #77 (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Still Crazy (P, $7.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Rose Clair (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Pink (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Power Mode (410) (P, $32.00) is darker (85% similar). Cle de Peau Passion Flower (P, $65.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bright Peony (P, $37.00) is brighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Sheer Sin (220) (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shiseido First BIte (RD307) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red with warm, coppery undertones and fine gold pearl. The color coverage was nearly opaque–just a hint of my lip freckle peeking through–but delivered even coverage. The texture was lightly creamy without being slippery and sat well on the lips, as it did not emphasize lip lines or the natural texture of my lips. On me, it lasted for six and a half hours while hydrating my lips over time. Shiseido Toffee Apple (RD308) (P, $28.00) is brighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Must Be Red (LE, $17.50) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Sweet Sakura (P, $17.50) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Dialogue (P, $37.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Maybelline Hot Lava (P, $7.49) is more shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Drop Dead Red (320) (P, $32.00) is brighter (90% similar). Smashbox Get Fired (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Wrath (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Dazzle (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Fyrinnae Winter Romance (P, $7.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Coromandel (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Hong Kong by Night (27) (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty How Rouge (340) (P, $26.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Besame Red Velvet 1946 (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Cruel (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shiseido Toffee Apple (RD308) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a subdued, medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a natural finish. The texture was lightly creamy with some slip but not so much that it was hard to apply. It delivered good pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly without emphasizing the texture of my lips. I was able to wear this shade for six hours, and I found the formula to be moisturizing on my lips. Shiseido First Bite (RD307) (P, $28.00) is more muted, cooler (95% similar). MAC Cockney (P, $17.50) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Get Fired (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Lady Bug (P, $17.50) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Zealot (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain #22 (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Holly (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Brave Red (P, $17.50) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Drop Dead Red (320) (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $54.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced 90210hhh (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Shiseido Real Ruby (RD502) (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Sakura (P, $17.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $17.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Givenchy Rouge Atelier (302) (P, $36.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (DC, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shiseido Burning Up (RD310) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright pop of medium-dark pink with very subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. The pigmentation was fantastic and covered evenly in a single stroke. The texture was lightweight, comfortable to wear, and creamy enough to glide on without tugging but did not slide around or appear streaky. This shade wore well for five hours and was moisturizing to wear. Estee Lauder Never Enough (P, $32.00) is warmer (100% similar). MAC Phosphorescent (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Power Mode (410) (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain #77 (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Love Beam (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flamingo (P, $54.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) (P, $36.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Passion Flower (P, $65.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bright Peony (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine (LE, $25.00) is more muted, less pigmented (85% similar). Chanel Rose Clair (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C306 (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (P, $50.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Givenchy Rose Boudoir (204) (P, $36.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Love at First Bite (LE, $17.50) is cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Spring Pink (P, $37.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Saucy Little Darling (LE, $17.50) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is lighter (80% similar). Estee Lauder Ambitious Pink (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Shiseido Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a vibrant, long-wearing, and hydrating lipstick available in 16 shades inspired by red. The pigmentation varied from semi-opaque to fully opaque with a lightweight, lightly creamy consistency that wasn’t too thin or too thick, so it sat well on the lips and made mine appear smoother. The colors applied evenly on the lips and didn’t drag as the texture is very smooth and emollient enough to have a soft sheen but not enough to slide around easily. The formula lasted anywhere from four to eight hours, which was nicely hydrating.

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