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ColourPop Boa, Back Up, Climax Matte X Lippie Stix

ColourPop Boa Matte X Lippie Stix
ColourPop Boa Matte X Lippie Stix

ColourPop Matte X Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is supposed to have “full coverage” in one stroke that is “long-wearing” with “the smoothest, most velvety glide” while still retaining a “super matte finish.” The formula glides on really well, and they have a smooth, lightweight texture that feels thin and has a more powdery, matte finish on the lips. Some are really comfortable to wear for most of the time, a few are somewhat drying earlier on and may look drier or “cracked,” though the majority look good applied. They are longer-wearing; not quite as long as the Ultra Matte or Ultra Satin range but longer than the average lipstick. I found most shades that I’ve tested thus far (about half the range) to be comfortable for most of the time. The formula held up fairly well to eating and very well for drinking/sipping out of a cup or mug. As they are thin, they don’t really slide or move around on my lips, so once they do start to fade or lose color, it’s better to re-apply than try to smooth back into place. The formula has a light vanilla scent but no discernible taste. They come in the same type (and amount) as the regular Lippie Stix range, so it’s worth noting that they contain less than a standard lipstick tube at 0.035 oz. (the average tube is around 0.10 oz.).

Neat discovery: the consistent, thinner (but opaque) formula makes them very easy to blend into each other for an ombre lip effect.

ColourPop Boa Matte X Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is a light-medium, pinky lavender with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color payoff, but the texture “cracked” visibly on me from the get-go, even though it had seemingly good coverage and didn’t drag at all (very velvety applied). The color wore six hours with the color still remaining “cracked” but didn’t seem to work into lip lines from there. It was drying after six hours. Makeup Geek Arabesque (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Pepper (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Dodgy Girl (LE, $17.50) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Seesaw (LE, $6.50) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Koala (LE, $6.50) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Back Up Matte X Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is a muted, purpled plum with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with even, smooth coverage that applied without tugging or dragging on the lips. The color lasted for seven hours and was lightly drying. MAC Evening Rendezvous (LE, $17.50) is darker (95% similar). MAC Dancing Flowers (LE, $17.50) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Tomboy (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Are & Be (P, $6.50) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Viper (P, $6.50) is darker, warmer (80% similar). NARS London Calling (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Makeup Geek Urbanista (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (80% similar). Bite Beauty Aquarius (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Pat McGrath Antidote (LE, $38.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Climax Matte X Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is a slightly muted, deep purpled-blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, but it could have been richer for true, one-stroke opaque coverage. The texture felt smooth and glided on without dragging, but the thinner consistency seemed prone to emphasizing lip lines and natural texture of my lips. The color lasted for six and a half hours with slightly uneven fading overall. The biggest upside is the non-liquid format makes it easier to apply around the edges. Too Faced Who's Zoomin' Who (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Cobalt (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Heroine (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Indigo-go (LE, $17.50) is lighter, warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Midnight Troll (LE, $17.50) is lighter, brighter, glossier (80% similar). Kat Von D Poe (P, $18.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Echo (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Wild Child (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Kat Von D Bruno (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). Kat Von D Dagger (P, $20.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Boa
Boa
B+

Permanent

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Back Up
Back Up
A

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Climax
Climax
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Laura Mercier Cherry on Top & Sweet Guava Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalms

Laura Mercier Cherry on Top Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm
Laura Mercier Cherry on Top Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm

Laura Mercier Cherry on Top Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12oz.) is a bright, medium orange-red with strong, warm undertones and a creamy, shiny finish. It had rich color payoff with a creamy, lightweight, and emollient texture that applied well with even, crisp lines. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. Urban Decay EZ (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). Chanel No. 04 (LE, $37.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Lover (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Burberry Regiment Red (37) (P, $34.00) is brighter (95% similar). Chanel Fiction (222) (P, $37.00) is cooler (95% similar). Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Orange Edge (DC, $7.99) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $17.50) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Flaming Red (823) (LE, $58.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Devil Inside (Lip Color) (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Givenchy Rouge Fetiche (325) (P, $36.00) is cooler (90% similar). Givenchy Heroic Red (321) (LE, $36.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Orange (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Short Circuit (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Underage Red (P, $19.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass I Crave (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Scarlet Rouge (P, $54.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laura Mercier Sweet Guava Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12oz.) is a bold, bright, medium coral-red with warm undertones and fine gold and pink micro-shimmer. It had very nearly full color coverage, while the lipstick had a creamy, balm-like feel that glided on effortlessly (almost “melting” against the warmth of the lips) that left a glossier finish than other shades. It was a bit more emollient as a result, so it can slide around more, though I did not personally experience feathering. This shade lasted for four hours on me, and it was moisturizing over time. Guerlain Poppy Cap (020) (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Envious (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty #003 (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Must Be Red (LE, $17.50) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Arthur (440) (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $17.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Slowburn (DC, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Frenemie (LE, $5.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Guerlain Rouge Kiss (325) (P, $37.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Sweet Sakura (P, $17.50) is darker, more muted, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have the “comfort of a lip balm, the coverage of a lipstick, and the shine of a gloss.” The formula is really quite pigmented, creamy, and hydrating; their downfall is longevity was typically less than similar-hued shades with a less emollient consistency (not entirely unexpected). There was a slight, sweet scent to them but no discernible taste. It’s a really comfortable formula to wear, and if you don’t mind reapplying or transfer, well worth a look!

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Marc Jacobs No Angel, Sonic Truth, Slowburn Le Marc Lip Cremes

Marc Jacobs No Angel Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick
Marc Jacobs No Angel Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick

Marc Jacobs No Angel Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “apricot nude.” It’s a muted, medium peachy-brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had a really creamy, smooth consistency that applied without tugging and left behind even, opaque color. Though it didn’t wear for the ten hours promised, it did go on for six and a half hours, which is good for this type of color. It was neither drying nor hydrating on me. Estee Lauder Covetous Nude (P, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $37.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Uptight (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Honeycomb (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Strip (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). NYX Sable (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass I'll Never Stop (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Shiseido Dusky Honey (BE323) (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Milkshake (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Magic Wand (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Abstract (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Hourglass I've Never (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Honey (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Get It On (P, $26.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Honey (P, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Stark Naked (DC, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Clay Crush (P, $7.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Melted Chihuahua (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Bite Beauty Blondie (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Sonic Truth Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “creamy nude.” It’s a light-medium pinky-beige with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff, but the consistency was creamier and more emollient than other shades in the range (which have a more satiny feel overall), so it didn’t apply as evenly as a result. It lasted for five hours on me and was very lightly hydrating. NYX French Kiss (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Give In (LE, $17.50) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pleasure's All Mine (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Ace (LE, $5.00) is brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Kim K.W. (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Sugarcane (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Spiced Honey (P, $54.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Meringue (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Nude Reveal (110) (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Desirable (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Shiseido Hushed Tones (RD713) (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Cle de Peau Bamboo (P, $65.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Addison (P, $36.00) is darker (85% similar). Givenchy Street Rose (04) (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Sugarcane (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Boca (LE, $17.50) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Slow Burn Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “creamy nude rose.” It’s a muted, medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation with a smooth, lightweight, and creamy texture that glided on effortlessly and yielded smooth, even color. This shade wore for six hours on me and was lightly drying. Tarte Cabana Boy (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cami (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Mmmmmm (LE, $17.50) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Fig (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sake (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Audition (P, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Backtalk (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS American Woman (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Salt Lyfe (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Baby's All Right (LE, $17.50) is darker (90% similar). Pat McGrath Madame Greige (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). NYX Euro Trash (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Hype Girl (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Pat McGrath Modern Woman (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Anita (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Vanessa (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Makeup Geek Old Soul (P, $12.00) is darker, less pigmented, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) claims 10-hour wear with “vivid pigment” and a “rich, velvety” texture that is “ultra-hydrating.” As you might expect, they don’t last ten hours; they last four to six hours with some leaving a stain. The texture is lightweight, creamy, and glides on without dragging or tugging on the lip, but it doesn’t have a lot of slip so it stays in place. The formula isn’t hydrating, and it can be drying, depending on the shade. The lipstick had a sweet, floral scent, but it was very subtle, even when smelled directly from the tube.

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
5
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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MAC Vibe Tribe Lipsticks

MAC Tanarama Lipstick
MAC Tanarama Lipstick

MAC Tanarama Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium, pale gold with warm undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied fairly evenly, but I noticed it tended to emphasize lip lines and separate slightly near them. I could feel the texture of the shimmer particles when applying, but it wasn’t chunky or rough to apply or to wear. This shade was lightly drying but lasted for three hours. Dior Golden (065) (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Carine (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC No Interruptions (P, $17.50) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline White Gold (P, $7.49) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rory (LE, $36.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Metalwork (LE, $17.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Spoiled Fabulous (P, $17.50) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Liquid Lurex (LE, $17.50) is less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). MAC Live Long and Prosper (LE, $17.50) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC You've Got It (LE, $17.50) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC All I Want (LE, $17.50) is darker, warmer (80% similar). NARS Redemption (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pure Vanity Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a lightly emollient texture that applied fairly evenly. It lasted for two hours on me and was somewhat drying. This shade has been released previously. MAC Highlights (P, $17.50) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Walk of Shame (DC, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Mascu-linity (LE, $17.50) is lighter (95% similar). Givenchy Beige Plumetis (103) (P, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Petulance (LE, $17.50) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Little Darling (DC, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Romantic Breakdown (LE, $17.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Volage (227) (LE, $37.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC French Twist (LE, $17.50) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Lust (920) (P, $7.49) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Naked Bud (LE, $17.50) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (DC, $30.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). YSL Corail Intuitive (15) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Catherine (410) (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Ingenue (168) (P, $37.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Real Redhead (LE, $17.50) is darker (90% similar). NARS Raquel (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Adrienne (402) (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Arrowhead Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light, pinky-beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the texture was thicker and a little drier. It seemed to “crack” when I smiled, even though it wasn’t a flat, matte liquid lipstick or nearly that clingy/dry applied. The color lasted for three hours and was lightly drying. MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $17.00) is less pigmented (95% similar). Maybelline Bare All (910) (P, $7.49) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Vice (LE, $6.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Hot Chocolate Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a smooth, even application due to a lightly creamy texture. This shade wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. This is a repromote from a past limited edition launch. Colour Pop Stingraye (LE, $6.50) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Lolita (P, $20.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Tampered (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Bite Beauty Shiraz (P, $24.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Anastasia Dead Roses (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Faithfully Yours (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Maybelline Brown Blush (P, $7.99) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Till Tomorrow (DC, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Bite Beauty Rhubarb (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Twig (P, $17.50) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Chanel Stunt (LE, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Baracuda (P, $6.00) is darker (80% similar). Bite Beauty Pepper (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Concord Grape (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Bond (P, $37.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Casablanca (P, $54.00) is brighter, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Socialite (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Painted Sunset Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and very fine gold pearl. It had rich, opaque pigmentation with a lightweight, creamy, lightly emollient consistency that glided on without tugging. This shade wore well for five hours and left behind a slight stain. It was also somewhat moisturizing. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $17.50) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Orange (P, $37.00) is brighter (95% similar). Maybelline Orange Edge (DC, $7.99) is glossier (95% similar). Maybelline Neon Red (DC, $7.99) is brighter, glossier (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #300 (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $32.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Short Circuit (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Diego (LE, $36.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gala (LE, $36.00) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Bang (DC, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Gina (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) (LE, $38.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Firecracker (06) (LE, $50.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Editor’s Note: MAC’s newest collection–Vibe Tribe–has generated some controversy over the last couple weeks for cultural appropriation and/or cultural insensitivity. Both Refinery29 and The Huffington Post posted earlier this week with an official statement from the brand, which stated that: “The collection, including the visuals, product lineup, and naming, is inspired by art, outdoor music festivals, and the colors of the desert. The collection has absolutely no connection to nor was it inspired by the Native American cultures.”

Outdoor festivals are rife with instances of cultural appropriation in the form and manner many dress and accessorize (one of the more egregious examples is the wearing of headdresses–something some festivals have actually banned to avoid future instances of cultural appropriation). I don’t think it’s a surprise that between the pattern on the packaging, some of the shade names, promotional imagery, and a collection name with “tribe” in it that it is making some consumers at least question the inspiration/connection. I wish MAC would consider partnering with a Native designer or artist to create a collection that could truly pay homage to that person’s culture, roots, and inspiration of their craft. They have done this in the past where we have seen the collaborator’s inspiration in the forms of shade names and packaging, so it is a disappointment that they didn’t go that route here. I hope the brand will consider doing more research into their themes going forward.

Tanarama
Tanarama
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Pure Vanity
Pure Vanity
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total
Arrowhead
Arrowhead
7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Urban Decay x Alice Through the Looking Glass Lipsticks (Part 2)

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Lipstick
Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Lipstick

Urban Decay Mirana Alice Through the Looking Glass Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “matte berry with tonal shimmer.” It’s a deep burgundy with cool undertones and ruby micro-shimmer and sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a creamy, lightweight texture that had just a bit more slip than I’d think is ideal for such a deep shade. Some color gathered into lip lines, and as it wasn’t totally opaque, it appeared uneven in places. This shade wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Jon (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, glossier (95% similar). Makeup Geek Acoustic (P, $15.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Jasper (LE, $17.50) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Double Crossed (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Biker Babe (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Kat Von D Mercy (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Musky Amethyst (LE, $17.50) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Iracebeth Alice Through the Looking Glass Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “bright red matte.” It’s a bold, bright, pinky-red with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, lightweight texture that applied smooth, even color without tugging on the lips. This shade wore well for six hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $17.50) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Trophy Wife (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Victoriana (LE, $17.50) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Clinique Cherry Pop (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Incantevole (184) (LE, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Frenesi (LE, $17.50) is darker (90% similar). MAC Glam (DC, $17.50) is brighter (90% similar). NYX Perfect Red (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.50) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Pomegranate (LE, $25.00) is cooler (85% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is darker, more muted, less glossy (85% similar). Kat Von D Outlaw (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Petite Red (LE, $17.50) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mirana
Mirana
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate, Cinnful, Red Velvet Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalms

Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm
Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm

Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish plum with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a very smooth, creamy, and balm-like texture that was fairly emollient. The texture is thin enough that it doesn’t feel slippery, but feathering might be a concern for those more prone to it (I didn’t experience it, to be clear). This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me and was hydrating. Tarte Escape (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Manic (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Thrilling (P, $32.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Laura Mercier Tutti Frutti (P, $25.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Pat McGrath Beautiful Creature (P, $38.00) is more muted (85% similar). Tarte Spicy (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (85% similar). Hourglass I Can't Live Without (P, $34.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Candy Apple (LE, $17.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Smashbox Rose B4 Bros (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Shoegazer (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Hibiscus (P, $37.00) is cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Makeup Geek Plain Jane (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Fig (P, $21.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laura Mercier Cinnful Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a creamy, lightweight texture that glided on and felt very nourishing while worn. The color wore for three and a half hours on me. Hourglass Influencer (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass I'm Addicted (P, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Margs (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Latte (LE, $24.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Rich Marron (LE, $20.00) is darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Estee Lauder Naked Desire (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Joan (LE, $36.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Devore (P, $54.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Futurist (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Siesta (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Waltz (LE, $12.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Garance (P, $58.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Velvet Teddy (P, $17.50) is more muted, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Nude (P, $37.00) is lighter (85% similar). Pat McGrath 1995 (LE, $38.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). MAC MamaStarrr (LE, $17.50) is darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Neutral Rose (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Nude (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Pat McGrath She's Heaven (P, $38.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laura Mercier Red Velvet Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12oz.) is a bright, pinky-red with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, though there was a little more translucency across the board. The consistency was creamy and smooth, which made it comfortable to wear and apply, and I noticed this shade had a bit less slip than the other two. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and was moisturizing over time. Revlon 5th Ave. Red (LE, $8.49) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sheer F-Bomb (DC, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Dimitri (442) (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dressed to Kill (P, $54.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Devil Inside (Lip Color) (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.99) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have the “comfort of a lip balm, the coverage of a lipstick, and the shine of a gloss.” The formula is really quite pigmented, creamy, and hydrating; their downfall is longevity was typically less than similar-hued shades with a less emollient consistency (not entirely unexpected). There was a slight, sweet scent to them but no discernible taste. It’s a really comfortable formula to wear, and if you don’t mind reapplying or transfer, well worth a look!

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