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Tarte Adorbs, Twerk, Yassss Tarteist Lip Paints

Tarte Adorbs Tarteist Lip Paint
Tarte Adorbs Tarteist Lip Paint

Tarte Adorbs Tarteist Lip Paint ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a neon, medium, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and it is so bright that it really might require a pair of sunglasses! 😉 The texture was a little thicker, more mousse-like, though not as dry as the thicker/most mousse-like shades in the range. It doesn’t have as much of a shine as some shades, but it’s not totally matte. The color lasted for six hours, but it does settle into lip lines. The thicker consistency does allow you to rub your lips together to smooth out the color again, though. It was slightly drying. Tarte Hey Sailor (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Personal Statement (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Crush (P, $17.00) is more muted, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $50.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Faint for Fuchsia (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pink Lady (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Bite Beauty #092 (P, $18.00) is more muted (85% similar). Makeup Geek Cha Cha (LE, $12.00) is darker, more muted, lower quality (85% similar). MAC Pink Pigeon (P, $17.50) is cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Kimchi (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Menace (DC, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Troublemaker (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). Kat Von D Crush (LE, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Date Mate (LE, $5.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Twerk Tarteist Lip Paint ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is slightly muted, medium-dark berry with hints of cooler, fuchsia tones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but the natural lip color will come through to a small degree. The texture had small clumps of pigment in it (well, seemed like it wasn’t fully mixed). At least the color applied evnely, though, and it did wear six hours while leaving a stain behind. The color is a little thinner, so I didn’t notice it pulling into lip lines as much as Adorbs. NARS Warm Leatherette (P, $26.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Give It Up (P, $26.00) is less glossy (90% similar). NARS Fanny (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (90% similar). NARS Damned (P, $27.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass When I'm With You (P, $34.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Si, Si, Me! (LE, $17.50) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Fly (P, $20.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Milani Embrace (LE, $8.99) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Bauhau5 (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (85% similar). Stellar Beauty Wicked Aura 01 (P, $22.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Violet (16) (P, $50.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty #096 (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Xavier (DC, $36.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Makeup Geek Cougar (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Anastasia Plumeria (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Miss Argentina (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (85% similar). Maybelline Berry Bossy (P, $7.49) is darker, more muted (80% similar). MAC Acai (LE, $17.50) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Yaassss Tarteist Lip Paint ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium purple with subtle, cool undertones and a natural sheen. It had good color coverage, though not fully opaque, with a runnier texture that wasn’t too thin or too thick, but it had a tendency to emphasize lip lines and settle there after a couple hours of wear. The formula was drying and lasted for four hours. The color is more unique, though, and given the penchant for purple products to under-perform, it’s actually better than anticipated. Kat Von D Ozzy (LE, ) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Makeup Geek Daredevil (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Action (P, $21.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Twitch (P, $18.00) is more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Lemon Drop (LE, $6.00) is more muted (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Belladonna (DC, $18.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (85% similar). NYX Twisted (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Cruz (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (80% similar). Bite Beauty Spritzer (P, $26.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). MAC Recollection (P, $21.00) is darker, less glossy (80% similar). MAC Lured In (LE, $17.50) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a pigmented, matte liquid lipstick that’s long-wearing. First thing to note is that these never fully dry down, so they are not transfer-proof, but they are less drying than the typical liquid lipstick that dries down completely. They are quite pigmented and despite transferring onto cups, while you eat, and so forth, a lot of the color is left behind. You can also touch-up without having to completely remove the formula. The texture is inconsistent; some shades are thin and have a soft shine even after ten minutes of wear, while others are almost mousse-like in the tube, and these ones tend to be more matte from the get-go. There is a very subtle mint scent, but I don’t notice it at all once it is on. I do notice that it is easier to get these on the teeth than other lip products. The formula is lightly to moderately drying over time with average to long-wear, depending on the shade. Some shades settled into lip lines over time. The majority are satin to semi-matte with a little sheen, which you can either blot once for a matte finish or wait about an hour or two for it to naturally mattify (like any satin finish really).

Adorbs
Adorbs
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Twerk
Twerk
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Yaassss
Yaassss
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Bite Beauty Confection / Marmalade Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo

Bite Beauty Confection/Marmalade Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo
Bite Beauty Confection/Marmalade Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo

Bite Beauty Confection/Marmalade Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) consists of a bright, pop of fuchsia pink paired with a warmer, medium orange. It’s another good set of shades that performs well and lives up to its claims! Bite’s Luminous Creme formula is very consistent for me, so I’m happy to see it is equally consistent in their mini duos.

Confection is a pop of medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. There’s a slightly muted quality to the color, which makes it appear softer compared to its more neon cousins. The texture was light-medium in weight, creamy enough to glide on, but it wasn’t as emollient as other shades in the range, and I found it a little less hydrating overall but it was still somewhat moisturizing. This shade wore well for four and a half hours. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $17.50) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Nouveau Pink (P, $0.99) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jack (P, $36.00) is cooler (95% similar). Estee Lauder Power Grab (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (DC, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Daddy's Little Girl (LE, $17.50) is darker (90% similar). MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Privileged (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Cougar (P, $12.50) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Angela (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) (P, $7.49) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Aim for Gorgeous (LE, $17.50) is warmer (85% similar). Clinique Wow Pop (P, $18.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Violet (P, $24.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $17.50) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty #007 (LE, $36.00) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Marmalade is a bright, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a natural sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, creamy consistency that was comfortable to wear and applied beautifully. The color wore well for five hours and was nicely hydrating over time. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $28.00) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C403 (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Orange (P, $35.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Lana (P, $34.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Short Circuit (LE, $26.00) is glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty #008 (LE, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar). Maybelline Orange Edge (DC, $7.99) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Cray Cray (P, $20.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pare (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lobster (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Bang (DC, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Flambé (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #300 (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC So Chaud (P, $17.50) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Atomic Orange (P, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $17.50) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Free Spirit (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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MAC Fashion Legacy, Mademoiselle, & To Matte With Love Matte Liquid Lipsticks

MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a an “intense fire truck tred.” It’s a bright, medium-dark orange-toned red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich pigmentation with a smooth consistency that delivered even coverage. It was easy to apply and dried down in about a minute or less. The color wore well for seven and a half hours, but the formula was moderately drying after four hours of wear. MAC Lady Danger (P, $17.50) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay 714 (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Milani Desire (LE, $8.99) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is brighter, better quality, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nikita (Left) (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Succulent (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop First Class (DC, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $17.50) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay 714 (P, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Temper (DC, $22.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Von Teese (LE, $17.50) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Dangerous (P, $17.50) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Gold Blooded (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, glossier (95% similar). MAC Dynasty Red (LE, $17.50) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Beauty Queen (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Don't Stop (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Mademoiselle Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright creamy coral.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, though it had some visible streakiness at some angles (sometimes they were hardly noticeable). There was slight “cracking’ when I smiled, where you can see the color pulling away. This shade lasted for five hours before it had faded unevenly enough to require removal or reapplication. It was one of the more unique shades (to me) within this range, due to the yellower tones. Urban Decay Interrogate (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Platform (DC, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Exaggerated (DC, $6.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Likely (LE, $6.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Insanity (P, $17.00) is more muted, glossier (85% similar). Anastasia Peachy (P, $18.00) is more muted, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Stark Naked (P, $17.00) is more muted, glossier (80% similar). Makeup Geek Curtsey (LE, $12.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC To Matte With Love Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright raspberry.” It’s a medium-dark, warm fuchsia pink with a matte finish. It was richly pigmented, and the color applied with really smooth, even coverage as well. While it was drying, it did wear for almost eight hours. Colour Pop Brooklyn (P, $6.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy (P, $34.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Mars (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC A Killing Smile (LE, $17.50) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Toucan (DC, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel La Merveilleuse (347) (LE, $37.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jared (P, $36.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Pat McGrath Full Panic (LE, $38.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M203 (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Get Up Stand Up (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Berlin (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M301 (P, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Pin Wheel (LE, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $17.50) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Dangerously Red (P, $17.50) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Kat Von D Bachelorette (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is pigmented, liquid lipstick formula that dries down to a flat, matte finish that is mostly transfer-proof. They have a runnier mousse-like consistency; it is not quite mousse-like in thickness, but it is not as runny as some liquid lipstick formulas–somewhere in-between there. The formula of these is thicker than their Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolours (which is like the OG of matte liquid lipstick to me). The lighter shades are the least forgiving and most of them “crack” as soon as they dry down and I move my lips or smile. They don’t flake off in chunks, and most of them fade relatively evenly. I get slight transfer on occasion when drinking anything more than water (e.g. latte), and while a lot of the color will make it through a meal, it will vary depending on the oil-content of your meal. They do respond well to layering or touch-ups after there is an initial layer done. They dry down within thirty seconds to two minutes (darker shades took longer to dry), and I was able to manipulate the color as it was drying down without lifting the color entirely. Some shades appeared streaky during initial application, but once it dried down, most of the streaks disappeared (kind of like nail polish can self-level). I found the formula moderately drying after three to six hours of wear. They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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Bite Beauty Holly/Tannin Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo

Bite Beauty Holly/Tannin Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo
Bite Beauty Holly/Tannin Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo

Bite Beauty Holly/Tannin Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a dual-ended lipstick, so there is a lipstick shade on each side. This is a double dose of red–one warmer and brighter, one cooler and deeper. Both shades are lovely to apply and wear, and there were no issues with application, hydration, or wear; both shades could have been a little bit more pigmented.

Holly is a medium, orange-red with warm undertones and a creamy, natural sheen. It had great color payoff with a lightweight, creamy texture that glided on and was comfortable to wear. It lasted for six hours and was nicely hydrating over time. Shiseido Poppy (RD312) (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Hourglass Lover (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Flaming Red (823) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery, glossier (95% similar). MAC Fireworks (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Noirish (P, $32.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bite Beauty Candied Maple (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Audacious (P, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $54.00) is glossier (95% similar). Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Spiderweb (LE, $18.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Hourglass Innovator (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Zealot (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). NARS Rita (P, $34.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Cle de Peau Dragon Red (P, $65.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Infra-red (DC, $7.99) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay F-Bomb (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Steam Heat (LE, $17.50) is more muted (90% similar). Shiseido Toffee Apple (RD308) (P, $28.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Surrender Dorothy (124) (DC, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Burberry Regiment Red (37) (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tannin is a slightly muted, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a natural sheen. It was mostly opaque, but you could still see my lip freckle come through and how the color had some translucency where the natural lip color can be seen (so depending on your coloring, it may or may not influence the end result or tone of the lipstick itself). On me, it wore well for five and a half hours and was moisturizing. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.99) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Mind Control (LE, $17.50) is darker (95% similar). MAC Como La Flor (LE, $17.50) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Boldface (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Brave Red (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $35.00) is glossier (95% similar). Sephora Perfect Red (LE, $15.00) is more muted (95% similar). Hourglass Icon (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Shiseido Ruby Copper (RD501) (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Stunner (LE, $17.50) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Tannin (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Tony (P, $36.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Miami Vice (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Besame Besame Red 1920 (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Legendary (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Pat McGrath Major Red (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (DC, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sancho (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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MAC Recollection & Tailored to Tease Matte Liquid Lipsticks

MAC Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense bright violet.” It’s a slightly brightened, medium-dark violet purple with subtle, cool fuchsia undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a smooth, matte finish. It applied evenly for the most part, but there were a few areas that seemed to have less coverage than others; I didn’t think it was noticeable from a normal viewing distance, just up-close. The color wore well for six and a half hours but was moderately drying after four hours. Anastasia Rage (P, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia #9 (Vol. 1) (P, ) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Unicorn (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Twitch (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Flamingo Road (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Pandemonium (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Illamasqua ESP (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Pandemonium (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Kat Von D Ozzy (LE, ) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Jawbreaker (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics By Starlight (P, $19.00) is more muted, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Smashbox Violet Riot (P, $21.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Heroine (P, $17.50) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Tarte Yaassss (P, $20.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). Urban Decay Crank (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Daredevil (P, $12.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). Colour Pop Be-dazzled (LE, $6.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Tailored to Tease Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly, but there was a dryness present to the end result that flaked off a little as powdery bits over time. The color wore well for six and a half hours, which was shorter than I’d expect for a deeper shade like this. The formula was, like other shades, drying for me. MAC Quick Sizzle (LE, $17.50) is glossier (90% similar). NYX Sweet Pink (P, $6.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Personal Statement (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $17.50) is darker (90% similar). NARS Michiyo (P, $34.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Pitch Perfect (P, $22.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $50.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Sundae (DC, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay WSM (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Cougar (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is brighter, glossier (85% similar). MAC Have Your Cake (LE, $17.50) is glossier (85% similar). MAC Invite Intrigue (LE, $17.50) is lighter, cooler, glossier (80% similar). Kat Von D Bauhau5 (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Drive In (DC, $6.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). NARS Never Say Never (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is pigmented, liquid lipstick formula that dries down to a flat, matte finish that is mostly transfer-proof. They have a runnier mousse-like consistency; it is not quite mousse-like in thickness, but it is not as runny as some liquid lipstick formulas–somewhere in-between there. The formula of these is thicker than their Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolours (which is like the OG of matte liquid lipstick to me). The lighter shades are the least forgiving and most of them “crack” as soon as they dry down and I move my lips or smile. They don’t flake off in chunks, and most of them fade relatively evenly. I get slight transfer on occasion when drinking anything more than water (e.g. latte), and while a lot of the color will make it through a meal, it will vary depending on the oil-content of your meal. They do respond well to layering or touch-ups after there is an initial layer done. They dry down within thirty seconds to two minutes (darker shades took longer to dry), and I was able to manipulate the color as it was drying down without lifting the color entirely. Some shades appeared streaky during initial application, but once it dried down, most of the streaks disappeared (kind of like nail polish can self-level). I found the formula moderately drying after three to six hours of wear, and it is one of the more drying formulas I’ve tried, personally. They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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Tarte Bae & Lovespell Tarteist Lip Paints

Tarte Bae Tarteist Lip Paint
Tarte Bae Tarteist Lip Paint

Tarte Bae Tarteist Lip Paint ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark red with subtle, cool blue undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The texture was lightweight, comfortable to wear, and didn’t cling, but to be sure, this is not a formula that dries down to that very flat, matte finish. It will transfer over time. The color lasted for six hours on me with a fair amount of staining afterwards. It was lightly drying after four hours. Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red (P, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Juicy (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NYX Eden (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Swamp Family (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Crimson (P, $18.00) is more muted, less glossy (95% similar). MAC Charlotte (LE, $17.50) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) (P, $37.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). NYX Perfect Red (P, $6.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Red Ink (LE, ) is less glossy (95% similar). Pretty Vulgar Blood Flower (P, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). Estee Lauder Decisive Poppy (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Stunner (LE, $17.50) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Always Red (LE, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Weekender (LE, $5.00) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Kinky (LE, $17.50) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Lady Balls (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Maybelline Rich Ruby (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is warmer (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Lovespell Tarteist Lip Paint ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark fuchsia red with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented and applied well without streaking. The consistency has some slip to it, so if you press your lips together, you can create “lines” if you over-apply the product. It was slightly drying overall, though the color lasted six hours comfortably on me. I have found the darker shades seem to be better-wearing than some of the lighter ones. Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Radish (P, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jared (P, $36.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $17.50) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Alpha (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath Full Panic (LE, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Dangerously Red (P, $17.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Intoxica (LE, $17.50) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC A Killing Smile (LE, $17.50) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M204 (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Out of Sync (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia #12 (Vol. 1) (P, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M203 (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mix (P, $24.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Moxie (LE, $17.50) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Fiery Fuchsia (P, $7.49) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass I Can't Wait (P, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Tats (LE, $17.50) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a pigmented, matte liquid lipstick that’s long-wearing. First thing to note is that these never fully dry down, so they are not transfer-proof, but they are less drying than the typical liquid lipstick that dries down completely. They are quite pigmented and despite transferring onto cups, while you eat, and so forth, a lot of the color is left behind. You can also touch-up without having to completely remove the formula. The texture is inconsistent; some shades are thin and have a soft shine even after ten minutes of wear, while others are almost mousse-like in the tube, and these ones tend to be more matte from the get-go. There is a very subtle mint scent, but I don’t notice it at all once it is on. I do notice that it is easier to get these on the teeth than other lip products. The formula is lightly to moderately drying over time with average to long-wear, depending on the shade. Some shades settled into lip lines over time. The majority are satin to semi-matte with a little sheen, which you can either blot once for a matte finish or wait about an hour or two for it to naturally mattify (like any satin finish really).

Bae
Bae
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Lovespell
Lovespell
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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