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.