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Pat McGrath Major Red & Strange LuxeTrance Lipsticks

01/08

Pat McGrath Major Red LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Major Red LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Major Red LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Major Red LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Major Red LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Major Red LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Major Red LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Major Red LuxeTrance Lipstick

Major Red

Pat McGrath Major Red LuxeTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque pigmentation that drenched the lips in a single layer–I don’t even think a full layer would be needed as it was so pigmented. The consistency was smooth, velvety, and dense enough to fill in lip lines yet managed to feel lighter weight and comfortable on the lips. The color was still going strong after 10 hours of wear–the only difference was the shine had worn away by that point–but that was after latte, water, and two meals. More incredibly, my lips felt hydrated after all that continuous wear. It just might be one of my new favorite reds.

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.14 oz. - $271.43 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a "intense color payoff" with "comfort" and "rich hydration" that has a "satiny sheen." Of the shades I've tried, they are richly pigmented, long-wearing, incredibly comfortable to wear from start to finish, hydrating, and generally flattering on the lips. The texture was smooth, velvety, and creamy enough to glide across the lips with ease but never felt slippery or too clingy. Most shades performed exceptionally well, and while pricey, they at least lived up to a lot of the claims. There was no discernible scent or taste.

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Major Red
Major Red
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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A+

Strange

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MAC x Rossy de Palma Indimenticabile Lipgloss x 3 Palette

01/07

MAC Indimenticabile Lipgloss Trio

MAC Indimenticabile Lipgloss Trio

MAC Indimenticabile Lipgloss Trio

MAC Indimenticabile Lipgloss Trio

MAC Indimenticabile Lipgloss Trio

MAC Indimenticabile Lipgloss Trio

MAC Indimenticabile Lipgloss Trio

Indimenticabile

MAC Indimenticabile Lipgloss Trio ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains a coral-red, pink-red, and dark plum gloss housed in a small compact. Some love lip products in pans while others find they are more work than they’re worth, but I think the quality of the glosses was nice enough assuming tackiness is not a deal-breaker!

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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NARS x Man Ray Photogloss Lip Lacquers

01/06

NARS Muse Photogloss Lip Lacquer

NARS Muse Photogloss Lip Lacquer

NARS Muse Photogloss Lip Lacquer

NARS Muse Photogloss Lip Lacquer

NARS Muse Photogloss Lip Lacquer

NARS Muse Photogloss Lip Lacquer

Muse

NARS Muse Photogloss Lip Lacquer ($26.00 for oz.) is a bright, medium gold with strong, warm yellow undertones and a sparkling finish. It had medium coverage with lots of shimmer in both fine and medium sizes. The gloss could have spread more evenly across the lips, and I did have trouble with a bit of the color sinking into my lip lines. It was certainly wearable on its own but may be better layered over another lip color. The consistency was light-medium in weight with some tackiness present. It lasted for four and a half hours on me but was hydrating.

Formula Overview

$26.00/0.18 oz. - $144.44 Per Ounce

The Photogloss Lip Lacquer formula is supposed to have "saturated color" with "high-shine." All four shades had medium or greater coverage with a light-medium thickness and a fair amount of tackiness, which helped them last longer (four to five hours) and stay in place better. They did not seem to have any scent or taste from what I could discern. The formula was lightly hydrating over time.

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Urban Decay Psycho & Rapid Vice Liquid Lipsticks

01/07

Urban Decay Psycho Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Psycho Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Psycho Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Psycho Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Psycho Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Psycho Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Psycho Vice Liquid Lipstick

Psycho

Urban Decay Psycho Vice Liquid Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a bright, medium pink-red with cool, blue undertones and faint, iridescent pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single layer, and a second layer could be applied to make it opaque. The consistency was thin, almost watery, but it applied evenly on the lips. After the liquid lipstick dried down, it appeared smooth and did not emphasize the lines on my lips. This shade lasted for seven hours but was somewhat drying after four hours of wear.

Formula Overview

$18.00/0.17 oz. - $105.88 Per Ounce

The Vice Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to be “intensely pigmented” with “complete coverage in one coat” and “nondrying wear” that is “comfortable” and “waterproof.” The majority of the Metallized shades are not even close to one-coat coverage–maybe three or four or coats!–and did not layer evenly, plus they had a tendency to lose sparkle/glitter through wear. Whenever a shade wasn’t opaque in one coat, it often looked streaky or uneven. There were some shades that had fantastic, one-coat coverage, while others featured more medium, buildable coverage but several applied uneven, patchy, and didn’t level or improve after drying down even with a second layer.

The consistency of the formula was smooth, lightweight, and comfortable to apply, but the dry down was lengthy and some shades never fully felt dry (instead, lightly tacky). There was a learning curve to applying and wearing these, too, as they were unforgiving if you accidentally press your lips together before the formula has dried down–the formula is quite tacky as it dries down and pressed lips together results in color lifting away. The wear varied from shade to shade (and between finishes) from four to eight hours, and so far, most were true to the nondrying claim, at least. I didn’t notice any scent or taste with them.

They were difficult to remove compared to most products; I had the best luck saturating a cotton pad with eye or lip makeup remover (Neutrogena, Lancome, Shiseido, etc.), yet curiously were not that long-wearing on me (relative to liquid lipsticks)–they seemed to develop a little tackiness with any meal or drink (even just water) and degraded from there. Overall, the formula was extremely disappointing after the successful Vice lipstick launch last year.

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Ingredients

Isododecane, Bis-Hydroxylauryl Dimethicone/Ipdi Copolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Nylon-12, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Propylene Carbonate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Alumina, Silica [Nano] / Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Tin Oxide, Ascorbyl Palmitate. [+/- (May Contain/Peut contenir): Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 15850 / Red 7 Lake, CI 45410 / Red 28 Lake, CI 15850 / Red 6, CI 45380 / Red 22 Lake, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake].

Psycho
Psycho
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC x Rossy de Palma Lipsticks

01/06

MAC Rossy Lipstick

MAC Rossy Lipstick

MAC Rossy Lipstick

MAC Rossy Lipstick

MAC Rossy Lipstick

MAC Rossy Lipstick

Rossy

MAC Rossy Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark purpled mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, though not opaque, that covered the lips with even coverage. The consistency was smooth, almost velvety, and glided across my lips without dragging. The color wore well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating, but I did find the color seemed to sink into my lip lines over time.

Formula Overview

$17.50/0.10 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce

MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying. Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying. The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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Rossy
Rossy
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Tom Ford Lara, Natalia, Romy Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheers

01/06

Tom Ford Beauty Lara Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Tom Ford Beauty Lara Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Tom Ford Beauty Lara Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Tom Ford Beauty Lara Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Tom Ford Beauty Lara Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Tom Ford Beauty Lara Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Lara

Tom Ford Beauty Lara Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with warm undertones and fine pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage that applied evenly across the lips and did not emphasize my lip lines. The consistency was lightweight, lightly emollient but not overly slippery, so while it was comfortable to wear, it did last for a solid three hours. The formula felt lightly hydrating to me.

Formula Overview

$36.00/0.07 oz. - $514.29 Per Ounce

The Lip Color Sheer formula is supposed to have a "semi-sheer effect" with a "creamy" and "hydrating" formula. They are a sheerer lip color, which may or may not be one's cup of tea; if you are looking for pigment, look elsewhere, but if you're someone who likes sheerer coverage, lightweight, hydrating textures, then it might be a formula for you. There are several shades in the range that have a more transformative effect, as they contain a lot of shimmer/sparkle or have a more duochrome or iridescent-like finish. There are others, typically deeper, richer hues (reds, berries, etc.) that are more medium coverage. The wear ranged a lot from as short as two hours to as long as five hours but most wore around three hours. The formula is lightly hydrating with a very lightweight feel on the lips. They are vanilla scented but have no discernible taste.

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Ingredients

RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL , CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE , EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAXCANDELILLA CERACIRE DE CANDELILLA , BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2 , CETYL ACETATE , BEESWAXCERA ALBACIRE D'ABEILLE , SILICA , POLYETHYLENE , OLEYL OLEATE , COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA CIRE DE CARNAUBA , FRAGRANCE (PARFUM) , BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER) , HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE , LANOLIN OIL , POLYGLYCERYL-3 DIISOSTEARATE , SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE , CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER OIL , ACETYLATED LANOLIN ALCOHOL , TOCOPHERYL ACETATE , ACRYLATES COPOLYMER , ASCORBYL PALMITATE , ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE , CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE , POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE , CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE , BARIUM SULFATE , VANILLIN , ALUMINA , TIN OXIDE , PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE , [+/- MICA , TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) , IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) , IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) , IRON OXIDES (CI 77499) , COPPER POWDER (CI 77400) , RED 6 (CI 15850) , MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742) , YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140) , RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360) , RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850) , CARMINE (CI 75470) , BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163) , YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985) , RED 33 LAKE (CI 17200) , BRONZE POWDER (CI 77400) , RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410) , BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090)]

Lara
Lara
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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