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Urban Decay Smog, Roach, Bruise XX Vintage Vice Lipsticks

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Smog Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “deep coppery bronze [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium, golden bronze with warm undertones and gold, green, and bronze pearl that give it more of a metallic finish. The consistency was creamy, lightly emollient but not too slippery, and glided on with ease. It had nearly opaque coverage that applied smoothly and evenly. This shade wore well for five hours and was moisturizing while worn. Colour Pop DM (DC, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy (85% similar). NYX New Era (P, $7.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop PYT (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Topazio (LE, $33.00) is lighter, brighter, less pigmented (80% similar). MAC Bronze Shimmer (P, $18.50) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (DC, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Roach Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “deep burgundy-brown [with a Cream finish].” It’s a muted, dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and fine bronze shimmer with subtle, multi-colored pearl. It had nearly opaque color payoff that applied fairly evenly, though it slid around somewhat on the lips, so I could see “lines” if I pressed my lips together. The texture was lightweight and comfortable to wear, but it had more slip than other shades in the Cream finish. It wore well for four and a half hours and was hydrating. NYX New Era (P, $7.50) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson 2 (LE, $18.50) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Headliner (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Caramel Sugar (LE, $17.50) is lighter (90% similar). Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 05 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Aperture (03) (LE, $53.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Maneater (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Act So Cool (LE, $18.50) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Aaron (P, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Conspiracy (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop DM (DC, $6.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Zebra (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Foiled (LE, $21.00) is cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Urban Decay Ember (P, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC I Get So OOC (LE, $18.50) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Copper Chic (P, $54.00) is lighter, less glossy (80% similar). MAC Bronze Shimmer (P, $18.50) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Spanish Fly (P, $18.50) is lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Conspiracy (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (80% similar). MAC Metrochrome (LE, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Bruise Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “sheer deep burgundy red with green shift [with a Sheer finish].” It’s a brighter, medium-dark reddish plum with a lightly glossy finish. There’s a very, very fine bit of bluish-teal pearl, but it’s barely-there–I can’t really detect a shift, even when just swatched on my arm and twisting it in every different direction. The texture was smooth, moderately emollient that glided on easily and had a wettish feel going on. This shade was lightly hydrating and lasted for five and a half hours, and it left behind a stain. Wet 'n' Wild Dark Wine (P, $0.99) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Diva Antics (LE, $18.50) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Infuse (P, $24.00) is more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty Jam (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Hang Up (P, $18.50) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Make Me (Lip Color) (P, ) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bruised Plum (P, $54.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sugared Maple (LE, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Burberry Bright Plum (15) (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Labradorable (LE, $25.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Buxom Menace (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Party Line (P, $18.50) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Ultraberry (247) (P, $37.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Burberry Oxblood (53) (P, $34.00) is more muted (90% similar). Smashbox Fig (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Merlot (P, $26.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Didier (LE, $36.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Drama Berry (510) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Rich Berry (P, $37.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wes (DC, $36.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is available in six finishes, which are primarily distinguished by level of sheen, shimmer content, and coverage. Mega Mattes are the thinnest and have the most “cling” as they are drier and more matte (but most are semi-matte and not a totally flat matte) and can be drying, though they are longer-wearing. Comfort Mattes are creamier, a little denser, with richer color payoff on average (they are the most pigmented out of the finishes), and have a satin finish that is fairly comfortable to wear, usually lightly hydrating, and longer-wearing. Creams are usually softer and creamier, though not too soft (they don’t mush or break from the base easily), with some being tackier and stiffer in the tube until they warm up against the lips; they have good color payoff, are hydrating, and are comfortable to wear but have more typical wear (four to six hours–six hours for deeper/richer shades like a red). Sheers and Sheer Shimmers have a more balm-like consistency that feels a little thinner but is wetter/more emollient than Mega Mattes, so ultimately, they feel quite different applied; they have sheerer coverage, though more semi-sheer to semi-opaque than very sheer, and have the shortest wear time at two to fours with light hydration. Metallized is the most shimmery of the finishes, though some of the other finishes have shades that are actually as shimmery (to me), but the Metallized formula has a thinner, more emollient base that isn’t as dense or as cream-like as the Creams; they feel more like the Sheers but a bit heavier and more pigmented (but seem to run semi-opaque to opaque, not always fully opaque) with average wear (four to five hours), light hydration. The Revolution formula–generally–felt a little more hydrating and pigmented on the lips, but these seem to wear a little longer; some of the shades that were in Revolution and are now in Vice (particularly the Creams, Sheers, and Sheer Shimmers) feel virtually the same on to me. The Comfort Mattes are the only ones that felt largely different–more satiny than matte, less dense compared to Matte Revolution.

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MAC Strip Me Down Lipstick

MAC Strip Me Down Lipstick
MAC Strip Me Down Lipstick

MAC Strip Me Down Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep tone beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy terracotta with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Anastasia Hudson (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Taupe (P, $18.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Blaze of Glory (76) (P, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Molasses (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (95% similar). Maybelline Toasted Truffle (P, $7.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Carnal (P, $18.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $18.50) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Grunge (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (P, $18.00) is more muted, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (P, $18.00) is warmer, less glossy (95% similar). MAC Whirl (P, $18.50) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Almond (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop WYD (P, $6.50) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $18.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Candy (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Just What I Needed (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Buff (P, $37.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Anastasia #4 (Vol. 1) (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Up All Night (P, $6.50) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The texture was velvety, lightweight, and creamy enough that it glided on without tugging on the lips. The color went on evenly, though I had some color catch in my lip lines, which did worsen a bit over time but was only slightly noticeable after five hours of wear. It had rich, opaque pigmentation in one stroke. The formula was comfortable to wear for the most part, but it was a bit drying after the fourth hour of wear. This shade will be released online on September 6th.

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Make Up For Ever C403, C404, C405 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented and had full color coverage after one stroke. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy with enough give to apply without tugging but did not slide around at all–it was less emollient than other shades in the range. It felt like a cross between the Cream and Matte formulas, actually. On me, the color wore well for over six hours and left a stain behind, and the formula felt lightly moisturizing. Estee Lauder Chilean Sunset (LE, $45.00) is cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura (P, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Pure Red (P, $6.00) is more muted (95% similar). Estee Lauder Uninhibited (P, $32.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tarte Mai Tai (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Volatile (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Connor (P, $36.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Habanero (P, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty Marmalade (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $18.50) is darker (95% similar). NYX Indie Flick (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cristiano (P, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar). Pat McGrath Obsessed (LE, $38.00) is glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty Aries (LE, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M300 (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). YSL Le Orange (13) (P, $36.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Orange (P, $37.00) is glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Augmented Reality (LE, $18.50) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop First Class (LE, $6.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C404 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a sligthly muted, medium-dark red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a natural sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered exceptionally well; I felt like the finish made my lips look a bit plumper and smoother overall. The consistency was lightweight, creamy enough to glide on easily but did not move around. This shade lasted for over six hours, did not feather or bleed around the edges, and was lightly hydrating over time. Shiseido Poppy (RD312) (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Primary #3 (Vol. 1) (P, ) is less glossy (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C405 (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). YSL Le Rouge (1) (P, $36.00) is brighter (95% similar). NYX Eden (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Ruby (P, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel No. 02 (LE, $37.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Outlaw (P, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty #078 (P, $18.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Perfect Red (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel No. 01 (LE, $37.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Elegant (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Pretty Vulgar Blood Flower (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Shiseido Ruby Copper (RD501) (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Hi Striker (P, $7.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (Matte) (LE, $18.50) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Como La Flor (LE, $18.50) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Betty Boop Red (LE, $18.50) is brighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C405 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, pinky-red with cool undertones and a satin finish. It’s very similar to C404, but it is noticeably darker and will be more likely to pull cooler on most skin tones (I can see C404 looking closer to neutral at times). The texture was smooth, lightweight, and more satiny, so it didn’t have as much as lip as most of the Cream shades, but it wasn’t clingy or drying. It had nearly opaque pigmentation which covered evenly. This shade wore well for over six hours and was lightly hydrating. Shiseido Ruby Copper (RD501) (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Night Porter (P, $54.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dominic (P, $36.00) is more muted (95% similar). Pretty Vulgar Blood Flower (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Como La Flor (LE, $18.50) is lighter (95% similar). Shiseido Poppy (RD312) (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $34.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Miami Vice (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop On Display (P, $7.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel No. 02 (LE, $37.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Eden (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). MAC Brave Red (P, $18.50) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Screen Siren (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C404 (P, $22.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $18.50) is lighter (95% similar). Burberry Ruby (434) (P, $35.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Elegant (P, $15.00) is glossier (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $37.00) is darker (95% similar). Pat McGrath Major Red (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be long-wearing, “extremely pigmented,” and hydrating. It is available in two finishes–Cream and Matte, indicated by the C or M in the beginning of each shade’s name. The Cream formula is richly pigmented, lightly creamy without being too emollient or slippery, and go on smoothly and feel good while worn (wear ranges from four to eight hours, depending on the shade). The Matte formula is thinner and clings somewhat to lips, though it goes on nicely and doesn’t tug, and it doesn’t always look flattering on as it can emphasize imperfections on my lips but really depends on the shade, as some look great on. I found the Cream formula to be moderately hydrating, while the Matte formula was slightly to moderately drying. All shades had a slight, rosy scent to them, though I didn’t notice any taste.

C403
C403
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
C404
C404
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
C405
C405
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Bite Beauty Cerise Multistick

Bite Beauty Cerise Multistick
Bite Beauty Cerise Multistick

Bite Beauty Cerise Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is dark reddish plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $39.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Hex (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Covet (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is brighter, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Almeria (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Growl (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Seduction (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS G-Spot (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Glamour Feast (LE, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Fiery (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Raging Raisin (P, $7.49) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Vie (58) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). LORAC Infrared (P, $23.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Retro (P, $18.50) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Del Rio (P, $18.50) is lighter, more muted, cooler (80% similar). NARS Flamenco (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. The consistency was velvety, lightly creamy, and glided on easily while blending out with soft, diffused edges. It had medium, buildable coverage overall, but the level of coverage depended on application, as applying directly from the tube in firm strokes yielded higher coverage (semi-opaque) while dabbing the color against the cheeks resulted in sheerer coverage.

This particularly shade applied best as a lip color, as it went on evenly and smoothly, didn’t tug, and lasted for well over six hours. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating over time for me. While the color had a lovely natural sheen and blended out easily on my cheeks, I noticed that some of the color resulted in very subtle darkening of some spots, almost like freckles. It seems like it darkened in areas where the skin just wasn’t perfectly smooth or even by its very nature, so perhaps a smoothing primer underneath would help minimize this effect. Nevertheless, it still wore for over ten hours on me as a blush. The only area that was difficult for me to wear the color was on eyes, as it creased within a few minutes.

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Cerise
Cerise
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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MAC Live Long and Prosper & The Enemy Within Lipsticks

MAC Live Long and Prosper Lipstick
MAC Live Long and Prosper Lipstick

MAC Live Long and Prosper Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “icy rosy champagne [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium copper rose with warm undertones and multi-colored shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage, so this one is likely to look different from person to person, as I find it looks like a pinker color on my lips due to the way color layers over my natural lip color. As a result, I do think it’s rather wearable on its own, but the sheerness would also make it work as a layering shade. I just wish it was described as a sheer product. The color wore well for three and a half hours and had a slight amount of settling into my lip lines. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Warm Ice (LE, $18.50) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Graham (P, $36.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC All I Want (LE, $18.50) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Golden (065) (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $18.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Private Life (01) (LE, $53.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Redemption (LE, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Whip (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lisa (LE, $36.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Rose Gold (LE, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty David (DC, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Gel (P, $18.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC No Interruptions (P, $18.50) is cooler (90% similar). MAC You've Got It (LE, $18.50) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NYX Exposed (P, $7.50) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Colour Pop Lights Out (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Just Beaming (LE, $18.50) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Tanarama (P, $18.50) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC The Enemy Within Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “neutral gold shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a bright, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly, though I had some color slip into my lip lines after an hour of wear. The lipstick lasted for four hours on me and was lightly drying. Colour Pop PYT (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $18.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bite Beauty Gold (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Playland (LE, $18.50) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Golden (065) (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). NYX Mischievous (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Private Life (01) (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Amber (LE, $36.00) is darker (85% similar). NYX Exposed (P, $7.50) is darker (80% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (DC, $18.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Topazio (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Make Up For Ever C304, C305, C306 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C304 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C304 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C304 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, bright, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a creamy finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation–you can see my lip freckle peeking through the color–and I think this was the result of the consistency being more emollient than other shades, so it didn’t cover as well. There was very subtle streaking, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance (only in the close-up photo). This shade wore well for five and a half hours, left behind a reddish stain, and was nicely hydrating. Kat Von D A-Go-Go (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Hourglass I Desire (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC So Chaud (P, $18.50) is darker, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Neon Orange (P, $18.50) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Nearly Neon Orange (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty #008 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Mariko (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Clementine (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Indie Flick (P, $6.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Tourne (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Red Square (P, $27.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Get a Room (P, $7.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Atomic Orange (P, $37.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pare (P, $24.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Warmed Maple (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Quirky (P, $15.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C305 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright pop of peony pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. The texture was slightly more emollient than most of the Cream shades, but it was also thicker, so it ended up applying just as nicely as other shades. I would even argue that it made my lips appear smoother from the thicker texture (but it wasn’t heavy either). The color lasted for five hours on me and was moderately hydrating over time. Colour Pop Asher (P, $6.50) is darker, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Ziggy (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Possession (Left) (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Estee Lauder Ambitious Pink (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Pat McGrath Polaroid Pink (P, $38.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Dilly-Dally (P, $6.50) is more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Makeup Geek Goodie-Two-Shoes (P, $12.00) is more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Anderson (P, $36.00) is more muted (85% similar). Pat McGrath Profumo (P, $38.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Dress Code (515) (LE, $38.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Little Tings (LE, $5.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Anastasia Soft Pink (P, $18.00) is more muted, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Chatterbox (P, $18.50) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Money Side Up (P, $7.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pretty Persuasive (P, $54.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Hourglass My Favorite (P, $34.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Éclair (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C306 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink-coral with warm undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. The pigmentation was insane! It had totally opaque color coverage in one pass, which applied beautifully: smooth, even color that sat well on the lips. It was still going strong after six hours of wear, and it was hydrating while worn. Givenchy Rose Flanelle (202) (P, $37.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Possession (Right) (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Checkmate (P, $18.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Impassioned (P, $18.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Bikini (P, $22.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Tahiti Pink (P, $37.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Love at First Bite (LE, $18.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Party Parrot (LE, $18.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Saucy Little Darling (LE, $18.50) is lighter (90% similar). Shiseido Burning Up (RD310) (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild 15 Minutes Aflame (P, $0.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Queen (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Guerlain #77 (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte So Fetch (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Darling (775) (P, $35.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Dress Code (515) (LE, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Alpha (P, $18.00) is darker, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be long-wearing, “extremely pigmented,” and hydrating. It is available in two finishes–Cream and Matte, indicated by the C or M in the beginning of each shade’s name. The Cream formula is richly pigmented, lightly creamy without being too emollient or slippery, and go on smoothly and feel good while worn (wear ranges from four to eight hours, depending on the shade). The Matte formula is thinner and clings somewhat to lips, though it goes on nicely and doesn’t tug, and it doesn’t always look flattering on as it can emphasize imperfections on my lips but really depends on the shade, as some look great on. I found the Cream formula to be moderately hydrating, while the Matte formula was slightly to moderately drying. All shades had a slight, rosy scent to them, though I didn’t notice any taste.

C304
C304
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
C305
C305
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
C306
C306
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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