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ColourPop Trap & Tulle Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks

ColourPop Trap Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop Trap Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop Trap Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a subdued, gray-ish mauve with hints of pink and an ultra-matte finish. The texture is lightweight, a little runny but with substance, so one coat is more than enough product for both top and bottom lips. It has a quick dry down, so you’ll want to work quickly. I recommend applying to either the top or the bottom lip, then going to the opposite lip to maximize your working time. This one seemed to “crack” a little more after the dry down than some of the other shades, so I liked to relax and smile as it was drying down, which helped the color dry down more smoothly overall. Once it dries down, it feels fairly weightless and doesn’t feel clingy, though if you put your fingertip to your lip, it has a dry “feel.” It will emphasize lip lines but wore down evenly over an eight-hour period. It was non-drying until the very last hour. It was mostly transfer-proof, though if you do more than pat your lips with a napkin, it does flake off very slightly. I don’t have any good dupes for this one, so hopefully readers more familiar with all of the liquid lipstick offerings on the market may be able to chime in with more. NARS Catfight (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Fun Finds (LE, $16.00) is lighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Tulle Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm plum-red with a matte finish. It had fairly coverage that went on evenly and smoothly without pulling into lip lines or emphasizing them too much. It wasn’t too thin, but it wasn’t thick or goopy, so dry down time was a little faster than average but I had enough time to apply to the top and bottom without getting streaks. This shade lasted for twelve hours with minimal fading and what fading there was fairly even. It had minimal transfer until after I ate, and then it seemed to transfer more noticeably but blotting once or twice post-meal should help bring it back down to minimal transfer. For me, I noticed my lips feeling a little dry after six and a half hours of wear, and it was getting painfully dry at the eight-hour mark. Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter, warmer, glossier. MAC Diva (P, $16.00) is brighter, glossier. Burberry Redwood (304) (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Laura Mercier Myth (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Eugenie (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a long-wearing, pigmented lipstick that starts off glossy and dries down quickly to that super flat matte finish. They have minimal transfer with some of the lighter shades having almost none for the first few hours of wear, but any time you’ve had a meal, they lose that transfer-resistant quality to a noticeable degree. They tend to wear anywhere from six to ten hours with darker shades maintaining better color coverage and wear over a longer period of time. Some shades get a little drying about two-thirds to three-fourths through the wear, while a few shades have been fairly non-drying even many hours into wear. They fade away evenly with most color loss occurring from the center of the lips if eating a more oil-based meal but the majority of color survives a meal. Reapplication has been hit or miss and tends to depend on how well it wore away and how easily the shade applies normally, but reapplication tends to emphasize the lip’s natural texture significantly compared to initial application and gives lips a very wrinkled, dried-up look. I’ve layered gloss on top of some shades with moderate success, though it will obviously lose the matte finish and will transfer and I’ll get tiny flakes where the matte lip color has lifted by mixing with gloss but has been pretty minimal. The formula had no discernible taste or scent. After playing with the packaging, it seemed like 16 of the 25 shades I received were significantly overfilled and had regular overflow of liquid lipstick coming out of them for about 10-15 open-and-closes where I needed to use a makeup removing wipe to clean the rim of the tube prior to closing or else the lipstick would ooze out of the closing but seems to have finally stopped (if that changes, I’ll update the post, as I’m still fussing with the packaging!). I have not had this issue with any of my other liquid lipsticks (Anastasia, Hourglass, Kat Von D, Make Up For Ever, Stila) personally, though readers reported experiencing similar issues with Anastasia and the previous Kat Von D packaging.

Re: packaging, over the last three days, I’ve been opening and closing all 25 shades, as well as laying some down and keeping some standing up, rinse and repeat. I’ll also be turning some upside down to see how they fare to make doubly sure that they’re only overfilled, which seems to be the case at this time. If you carry it with you for travel or in a makeup bag, you certainly don’t want to worry about opening/closing it! If you don’t wipe down, the liquid will dry and crust over the base of the tube (that is slightly exposed to air). It’s messy business! 12 of them have had enough accumulated product after one to two openings/closings to ooze out, and then seven more had some excess accumulation after three to four openings. 6 were totally fine even after opening and closing them over a dozen times.

Here are my best tips for applying matte liquid lipstick, as it is a bit of a different animal compared to regular lipstick or liquid lipstick (that doesn’t have the matte dry down):

  • Proper prep is always useful — smoother lips are best, as dry or flaky lips will often be emphasized (lines can get emphasized, too); hydrating with lip balm prior to applying (and then removing before you put on the product) helps keep lips happier longer
  • Start in the middle of the lip and work your way to the edges, try to apply using fluid strokes and then use very short taps and strokes to finish or manipulate any edges
  • Don’t fuss with the color too long; a lot of streaks and unevenness will disappear as the color dries down
  • If you’ve never tried liquid lipstick, you may need to apply a few times to get the hang of it, and removing using jojoba or olive oil is easiest on the lips
  • Keep your lips partially open while it is drying down; avoid the upper and bottom lips touching as the formulas tend to turn a little tacky as they are drying down and this will cause color to lift unevenly and give you patchiness that wasn’t there to begin with
  • Some formulas react well to gloss/balm on top, some don’t (still testing this one for that), which can be helpful for managing the drying factor of some liquid lipstick formulas/shades
Trap
Trap
A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Tulle
Tulle
A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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Givenchy Beige Plumetis, Rose Fantaisie, Moka Imprime Le Rouge-a-Porter

Givenchy Beige Plumetis (103) Le Rouge-a-Porter
Givenchy Beige Plumetis (103) Le Rouge-a-Porter

Givenchy Beige Plumetis (103) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a natural shine. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, but for such a light shade, I was surprised it was really sheer! The texture was smooth when applying, but the lighter color seemed to cling a little more noticeably. On me, it lasted for three hours but settled into lip lines. It was neither hydrating nor drying. MAC Romantic Breakdown (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Catherine (410) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $35.00) is lighter. MAC Naked Bud (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Real Redhead (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Pure Vanity (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Rose Fantaisie (202) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium, cotton candy pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that had a tendency to pull into lip lines, and it looked a little streaky. The color stayed put for two and a half hours, and the color migrated more and more noticeably into lip lines over time. Urban Decay Sheer Obsessed (P, $20.00) is darker. MAC Light English Red (LE, $30.00) is warmer. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is darker. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Real Doll (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Moka Imprime (304) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage that went on fairly evenly, though it could have applied better. The texture was lightweight, a little clingy but not drying. This shade wore for three and a half hours on me. Chanel Grace (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Bittersweet (03) (LE, $50.00) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Scenario (P, $35.00) is warmer. Chanel Suzanne (438) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Bite Beauty Rosewood (P, $28.00) is cooler. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Givenchy Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be a hydrating, sheer coverage lipstick packaged in a slim tube that’s a riff off of the original Le Rouge formula. This formula is significantly lighter in weight and look, as well as much sheerer (and that is by design). The texture has a very smooth, velvety feel to it, almost like a stiffer lip balm, but it doesn’t tug on the lips. The color tended to look more like a stain of color, and it felt a little clingy, even if it wasn’t actually drying. For me, the formula was lightly hydrating at most and tended to wear only a few hours. These have a floral scent that’s noticeable in the tube and once applied, though I didn’t notice any taste.

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Givenchy Rose Perfecto, Corail Decolette, Rouge Atelier Le Rouge-a-Porter

Givenchy Rose Perfecto (204) Le Rouge-a-Porter
Givenchy Rose Perfecto (204) Le Rouge-a-Porter

Givenchy Rose Perfecto (204) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff that went on fairly evenly and lasted for three hours. It was slightly hydrating over time. MAC Quite the Thing! (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, brighter, glossier. MAC Heavenly Hybrid (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Jean (454) (P, $36.00) is brighter, more pigmented. Urban Decay Ladyflower (LE, $22.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Sheer Anarchy (P, $20.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Viva (95) (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Corail Decollete (206) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had sheer, even coverage that noticeably tinted the lips but had a very lightweight look on the lips. This shade wore for three hours and was lightly moisturizing. Guerlain Pamplelune (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, darker. Guerlain Nahema (P, $37.00) is cooler, glossier. MAC Fashion Force (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is darker, brighter, glossier. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $22.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier. NYX Haute Melon (P, $4.00) is brighter. Estee Lauder Charmed (P, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented. MAC Play It Soft (LE, $20.00) is brighter. MAC Call the Hairdresser! (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Desinvolte (97) (P, $35.00) is darker. Chanel Boheme (91) (P, $35.00) is cooler, glossier. Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Rouge Atelier (302) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark red with warm orange undertones and a natural finish. It hda semi-sheer color payoff and was one of the more pigmented shades from the six I bought (which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your preferences for coverage). This shade lasted for four hours on me, so it was also one of the better-wearing ones. It was neither hydrating nor drying. Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $22.00) is brighter, glossier. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is brighter. Chanel Dialogue (P, $35.00) is darker. MAC Flaming Lips (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. Chanel Arthur (440) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Sheer Slowburn (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Envious (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is brighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Givenchy Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be a hydrating, sheer coverage lipstick packaged in a slim tube that’s a riff off of the original Le Rouge formula. This formula is significantly lighter in weight and look, as well as much sheerer (and that is by design). The texture has a very smooth, velvety feel to it, almost like a stiffer lip balm, but it doesn’t tug on the lips. The color tended to look more like a stain of color, and it felt a little clingy, even if it wasn’t actually drying. For me, the formula was lightly hydrating at most and tended to wear only a few hours. These have a floral scent that’s noticeable in the tube and once applied, though I didn’t notice any taste.

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Have We Met & Eat Cake Sheer Lip Gels

Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) Sheer Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) Sheer Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) Sheer Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering warm pink.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with warm, yellow undertones and gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff that delivered fairly even coverage. The more emollient consistency made it easy to apply and felt comfortable once on, though the wear was only three hours. The formula felt lightly hydrating to me, but some of the shimmer and color pulled into lip lines over time. MAC I’m In (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. MAC Bare Hug (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Metallic Tu-tu (P, $21.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Ballerina Shimmer (12) (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. MAC Lip Blossom (P, $16.00) is brighter. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy. MAC Giddy (P, $16.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Las Salinas (P, $45.00) is lighter, glossier. Chanel Vera (420) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Eat Cake (150) Sheer Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rosy nude.” It’s a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly shiny finish. The consistency had some slip and a little more weight to it than with the previous shade. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered evenly with some color pulling into lip lines as it wore on for four hours. Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler. Urban Decay Sheer Liar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted. MAC Grande Dame (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker. Guerlain Avarice (P, $49.50) is darker, less glossy. Chanel Mademoiselle (434) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Bare Hug (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. MAC I’m In (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Marc Jacobs Beauty Sheer Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be hydrating, smoothing, and have sheerer color payoff. The texture has a moderate amount of slip and feels “wet” applied, though it is thinner, so it doesn’t slide around as much as a thicker lipstick would. The wear time is three to four hours typically with a lightly hydrating formula. The lipstick has a sweet, floral scent, but it is very subtle, even when smelled directly from the tube.

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Marc Jacobs So Sofia & Je t’aime Le Marc Lip Cremes

Marc Jacobs Beauty So Sofia (236) Le Marc Lip Creme
Marc Jacobs Beauty So Sofia (236) Le Marc Lip Creme

Marc Jacobs Beauty So Sofia (236) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “electric watermelon.” It’s a bright, medium coral-pink with a satin finish. It had rich, fully opaque pigmentation that glided on without tugging for smooth, even coverage. The texture was creamy enough to feel comfortable during application, but it didn’t slide around. The color wore well for six hours but was a little drying. Marc Jacobs Beauty Core Cora (234) (P, $30.00) is cooler. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is cooler. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Bobbi Brown Watermelon (P, $26.00) is cooler. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is warmer, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Je t’aime (238) (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted. Colour Pop Frenemie (LE, $5.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Burmese Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Je t’aime (238) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rum raspberry.” It’s a slightly muted, medium pink-coral with a very subtle shimmer to it over a satin finish. It had good color payoff paired with a lightly creamy consistency that sat on the lips well and didn’t tug during application. The color wore for five and a half hours and was a little drying over time. Bite Beauty Corvina (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $16.00) is brighter, less glossy. Gucci Beauty Hibiscus Thrill (P, $39.00) is lighter, cooler. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Frenemie (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Core Cora (234) (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty So Sofia (236) (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: 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 has a sweet, floral scent, but it is very subtle, even when smelled directly from the tube.

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
5.5
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Scandal, Infamous, Core Cora Le Marc Lip Cremes

Marc Jacobs Beauty Scandal (226) Le Marc Lip Creme
Marc Jacobs Beauty Scandal (226) Le Marc Lip Creme

Marc Jacobs Beauty Scandal (226) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “intense plum.” It’s a muted, medium-dark berry purple with warmer, pink undertones and fine violet shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff that crept into lip lines and tended to look a little patchy on. The consistency was thinner and had more slip than several other shades in the range. On me, it lasted for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop Leather (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Instigator (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Yung Rapunxel (LE, $16.00) is warmer, glossier. NARS Train Bleu (P, $25.00) is darker. MAC Smoked Purple (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (228) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “soft peony.” It’s a muted, medium rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly without dragging on the lips. The color lasted for five hours and was a little drying. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is warmer. Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste (P, $34.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $50.00) is darker. Urban Decay Sheer Streak (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Cary (LE, $32.00) is darker. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is cooler. Maybelline Touch of Spice (P, $7.99) is lighter, cooler. Clinique Plum Pop (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Core Cora (234) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “brilliant coral.” It’s a bright, medium coral with a hint of pink and a soft sheen. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips with smooth, even color. The texture was lightly creamy and didn’t tug when applied from the tube. On me, it lasted for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Rozz (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Toxic Tale (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is darker, less glossy. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler. Estee Lauder Fierce (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Clinique Poppy Pop (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Je t’aime (238) (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted. Colour Pop Frenemie (LE, $5.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty So Sofia (236) (P, $30.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: 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 has a sweet, floral scent, but it is very subtle, even when smelled directly from the tube.

6.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
5
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
5
Longevity
5
Application
81%
Total
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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