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Sephora Perfect Nude, Paradise Pink, Coral Confession Ultra Shine Lip Gels

Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gel
Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gels

Sephora Perfect Nude (04) Ultra Shine Lip Gel ($14.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, peach with a hint of pink and subdued by beige paired with fine beige shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied evenly but emphasized all the lines on the natural lip, so it may be better as a layering product if that is a deal-breaker. The texture was lightweight, comfortable to wear, lightly hydrating and wore for three hours on me. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is darker. MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Zephyr (377) (LE, $29.50) is more shimmery. MAC Peachstock (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Whim (P, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Overspiced (LE, $15.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Striptease (P, $26.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Naked Dolly (LE, ) is lighter, cooler. MAC Poetic (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $15.00) is cooler. Charlotte Tilbury Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (L.S.D.) (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Revlon HD Smoky Topaz (570) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery. MAC Modest (P, $22.00) is cooler. MAC Lovingly Yours (P, $22.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Paradise Pink (15) Ultra Shine Lip Gel ($14.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium, cool-toned pink with subtle white sparkle. It had semi-sheer color coverage that went on evenly but did settle into lip lines. It wore well for four hours, was hydrating, and felt comfortable while worn.
MAC Petite Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Becca Lychee/Topaz (P, $24.00) is less glossy. MAC Kittenish (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. Revlon HD Pink Sapphire (520) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter. MAC Modern Romance (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Got Style! (P, $22.00) is darker. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is darker. NYX Strawberry Parfait (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter.
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Sephora Coral Confession (24) Ultra Shine Lip Gel ($14.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a brightened, light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and multi-colored shimmer (primarily gold and pink). It had mostly opaque coverage that applied evenly and smoothed out the appearance of the lips. It wore well for almost five hours and was hydrating over time.
Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $29.00) is darker, more muted. NARS New Lover (P, $24.00) is darker, less glossy. Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker. Surratt Beauty Soigne (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Reflexion (71) (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Chanel Friandise (82) (LE, $27.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. MAC Domestic Diva (LE, $15.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: It is supposed to be “inspired by gel nail polishes” with an “ultra-light” texture and hydrating formula. They’re semi-opaque to mostly opaque with a slight translucency that gives them a squishy, jelly-like look. They’re lightweight, comfortable to wear, and mostly non-sticky. I haven’t noticed a taste, but there is a sweet vanilla, almost caramel-like scent (it is a little on the synthetic side, but I don’t notice the scent when I’m wearing it). Despite having a smoother, mostly non-sticky feel, the formula has decent wear time (three to five hours) and is hydrating. All in all, it’s a nice formula that outdoes a lot of the more recently released new gloss formulas on the market–and at a fraction of the cost–when the shade is more pigmented, but when it is sheerer (especially the lighter shades), there is often settling into lip lines. One thing to note, though, is despite seeming like quite a big tube of gloss, it contains only 0.11 fl. oz. It has an interesting hourglass-shaped applicator, where it is curved inversely and can fit the curve of the lip.

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8.5
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8
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7.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
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7
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8.5
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8
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4.5
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80%
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9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Maybelline Craving Coral, Siren in Scarlet, Divine Wine Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

Maybelline Craving Coral Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage, though there was a hint of my lip freckle still visible, so your natural lip color may still come through. It was lightly creamy and sat well on the lips, while the color wore for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. MAC Strange Journey (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is more muted, glossier. Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is brighter. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is brighter, glossier. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Tomango (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Siren in Scarlet Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium, brightened red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It had almost full coverage and applied evenly without dragging on the lips. The color sat well and lasted for six hours with a stain remaining. The formula was comfortable to wear and wasn’t drying. MAC Steam Heat (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Make Up For Ever #43 (P, $19.00) is glossier. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is cooler. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Kat Von D Underage Red (P, $19.00) is warmer, less glossy. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is cooler, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is darker. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is darker. Anastasia American Doll (P, $20.00) is less glossy. Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Tenor Voice (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Opera (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Outlaw (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Divine Wine Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a deepened, slightly muted, dark burgundy with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, though not totally opaque, that went on smoothly and evenly and didn’t pull into lip lines. This shade stayed on for six hours and wasn’t drying. Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Cherry (08) (P, $50.00) is warmer, glossier. MAC Diva (P, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blow (210) (P, $30.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: It is supposed to “deliver a burst of bold lip color” with a “creamy texture” and a matte finish. In general, the formula has good color payoff with a velvety, creamy consistency that covers evenly and most shades seem to make lips appear smoother but some shades were prone to pulling into lip lines as the color wore away. The big thing about these is that they have a mostly matte finish and are more comfortable to wear than many matte formulas due to the velvety feel (almost like a silicone primer, but not quite as heavy and not clingy). The formula was neither drying nor hydrating on me. It had a sweet, plastic-like scent but no taste.

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9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
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9
Pigmentation
9
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10
Longevity
5
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93%
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Divine Wine
Divine Wine
9
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9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Maybelline Lust for Blush, Ravishing Rose, Faint for Fuchsia, Mesmerizing Magenta Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

Maybelline Lust for Blush Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. There is a fine gold micro-shimmer in it, but it’s hard to see. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly. It wore well for four and a half hours but could have faded away a little more evenly. It was neither drying nor hydrating when I tried it. Maybelline Ravishing Rose (P, $7.99) is lighter. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #12 (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Ravishing Rose Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly. The color lasted for four and a half hours, and there was some minor settling into lip lines after three hours of wear. I didn’t find it hydrating, but it also wasn’t drying. Maybelline Lust for Blush (P, $7.99) is lighter. NARS Claudia (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. MAC Steady Going (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Bite Beauty Kumquat (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Silly (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Faint for Fuchsia Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, medium fuchsia pink with strong, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly full color coverage that covered evenly and smoothly. The texture was a little more emollient than the other shades in the line, but it sat better on the lips as a result. This shade stayed on well for five and a half hours and left a slight stain behind, and it was drying. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is darker. NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is darker. MAC Pink Pigeon (P, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is cooler. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $19.00) is brighter, cooler, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $50.00) is darker, more muted. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is darker. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Mesmerizing Magenta Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightend, fuchsia-red with subtle, cool undertones and a violet pearl. It was almost a “warm” fuchsia, but it’s still leaning cooler to me. The texture was lightly creamy, so it applied well, and it looked smooth on the lips with mostly opaque coverage. This shade wore well for five and a half hours and wasn’t drying. MAC Moxie (LE, $16.00) is cooler, less glossy. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is warmer, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Pure Pink (P, $50.00) is darker. Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is cooler. Chanel La Romanesque (50) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is cooler. Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $16.00) is lighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: It is supposed to “deliver a burst of bold lip color” with a “creamy texture” and a matte finish. In general, the formula has good color payoff with a velvety, creamy consistency that covers evenly and most shades seem to make lips appear smoother but some shades were prone to pulling into lip lines as the color wore away. The big thing about these is that they have a mostly matte finish and are more comfortable to wear than many matte formulas due to the velvety feel (almost like a silicone primer, but not quite as heavy and not clingy). The formula was neither drying nor hydrating on me. It had a sweet, plastic-like scent but no taste.

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8.5
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8.5
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8.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
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9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
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87%
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9.5
Pigmentation
9
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10
Longevity
5
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94%
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9
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9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
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93%
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Bite Beauty #006 (Mango Daiquiri) Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Bite Beauty #006 (Mango Daiquiri) Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty #006 (Mango Daiquiri) Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Bite Beauty #006 (Mango Daiquiri) Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “tangy coral/rose.” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a natural sheen. Estee Lauder Surreal Sun (P, $30.00) is cooler, glossier. MAC Make Me Gorgeous (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Burmese Kiss (LE, $16.00) is darker. Maybelline Coral Burst (740) (P, $7.49) is cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Matthew (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is less pigmented, glossier. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is darker. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is warmer, glossier. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter, glossier. First 15 dupes listed, see even more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

As promised, I’m here to to provide dupes for those who missed out on the shade and those who didn’t want to purchase but were curious about the color! The texture is creamy, moderately emollient (seems to have slightly more slip than past shades in the limited releases), but still covers fairly evenly and doesn’t slide off the lips. It was moderately hydrating and lasted for four and a half hours on me.

#006
#006
A-

Limited Edition

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10
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9
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9
Longevity
4.5
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92%
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Maybelline Nude Embrace, Daringly Nude, Touch of Spice Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to “deliver a burst of bold lip color” with a “creamy texture” and a matte finish. I have ten shades that I picked up awhile ago when they first launched, but Maybelline’s website shows the range with twenty shades now (I couldn’t seem to find them online to buy, though), and I haven’t seen anything new at my local drugstores for ages (I’ve gone twice a week for the last month to find summery goodness with no luck!). In general, the formula has good color payoff with a velvety, creamy consistency that covers evenly and most shades seem to make lips appear smoother but some shades were prone to pulling into lip lines as the color wore away. The big thing about these is that they have a mostly matte finish and are more comfortable to wear than many matte formulas due to the velvety feel (almost like a silicone primer, but not quite as heavy and not clingy). The formula was neither drying nor hydrating on me. It had a sweet, plastic-like scent but no taste.

Maybelline Nude Embrace Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium beige with strong, warm brown tones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a creamy consistency, so there was no drag when applied, but the color migrated into lip lines during initial application. Despite trying to smooth the color out of the lines, as it wore on, the color kept gravitating towards the lip lines. It wore for four and a half hours in all and was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop Precocious (LE, $5.00) is lighter. MAC Naturally Transformed (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is brighter, warmer. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is darker. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Daringly Nude Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a peachy-pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had fairly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly, but again, the color had a tendency to emphasize lip lines. It wasn’t as noticeable as it was with Nude Embrace, at least. On me, the color lasted for four and a half hours with more color settling into lip lines over time, though it wasn’t drying. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Kinda Sexy (P, $16.00) is darker. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is darker. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Anastasia Pure Hollywood (P, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Oxblood (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter, warmer. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty First Time (09) (LE, $50.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Touch of Spice Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and smoothly. The texture was creamy, and it was much more forgiving on the lips. It wore well for five and a half hours, and I didn’t have any issues with the color pulling into lip lines. It wasn’t drying when worn. Maybelline Yummy Plummy (P, $7.49) is cooler. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Casablanca (P, $50.00) is cooler, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (228) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Richard (LE, $32.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Cary (LE, $32.00) is cooler, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Nude Embrace
Nude Embrace
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9
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8
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8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
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9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
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9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Clinique Cherry Pop & Wow Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer Lipsticks

Clinique Cherry Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer
Clinique Cherry Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer

Clinique Cherry Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “rich, blue red creme.” It’s a bright, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly and smoothly, and this was the longest-wearing shade that I tried from the range, as it lasted six and a half hours with a strong stain left behind. It was moisturizing while worn. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is glossier. Guerlain Garconne (P, $51.00) is darker, glossier. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is brighter. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is brighter, glossier. Guerlain Greta (P, $51.00) is glossier. MAC Evening Posh (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $50.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (LE, $51.00) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is cooler, glossier. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Luciano (LE, $32.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Alejandro (LE, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Clinique Wow Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “bright, blue pink creme.” It’s a brightened, light-medium cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones and a natural finish. It had good color payoff, though there was a veil of translucency still. The color applied smoothly but over the five-hour wear time, some of the color pulled into lip lines. It was comfortable and hydrating to wear. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, warmer, glossier. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is darker, brighter. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. NYX Privileged (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Preston (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Power Peony (720) (P, $7.49) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is supposed to have a “weightless” feel with “bold, saturated colour” that is combined with a “smoothing primer” so it applies with a “modern-velvet finish” (which Clinique also describes as “demi-matte”) and hydrating, 8-hour wear. As you might expect with a Clinique product, the formula has no scent or taste, which is always a bonus. If I ignore a lot of the claims, it’s a fine lipstick, but color coverage is more semi-opaque to opaque, wear three to six hours, and a couple of shades weren’t smoothing. They do feel lightweight with a thin, lightly creamy consistency that slides over the lips without tugging, and they’re lightly hydrating while worn. The shimmery shades seem to apply less smoothly and are more prone to wear issues (pulling into lip lines, shorter wear).

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