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Melt Cosmetics Space Cake, Stupid Love, Summer! Lipsticks

Melt Cosmetics Space Cake Lipstick
Melt Cosmetics Space Cake Lipstick

This review features the other three shades of Melt Cosmetics Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.16 oz.) that I purchased. You can see the first three here as well as get a more in-depth review of the formula. To summarize, the issue with these is really the consistency is quite dry, which means the lipstick tugs and drags on the lips as you apply it. They are somewhat drying on me, though they aren’t as drying as you might expect given their texture. The lighter shades tend to “crack” over time and gather into lip lines as they wear down, though the formula wears quite long in general but will leave a strong stain behind. Removal is somewhat challenging, and I’d recommend busting out your industrial-strength remover and several cotton pads. The formula has a sweet, vanilla scent that almost gets tropical-like, but it can smell and taste like play-doh at times.

Melt Cosmetics Space Cake Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a bluish-gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage. This was actually the creamiest and easiest to apply shade out of the six I bought, though I wouldn’t describe it as creamy–it is still a stiffer, drier matte texture that will pull and drag during application, just less so compared to the other shades. It lasted for eight hours and left behind a stain–caution, the stain looks a bit like a bruise. It was somewhat dry while worn. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Butch (P, $18.00) was the closest I could think of, but it is lighter and bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a bright, neon magenta fuchsia with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had full, opaque color payoff. The texture was somewhat dry and stiff, so it pulled at the lip and dragged as it applied. Once on, it was able to look even and smooth in terms of color coverage, and the color lasted for eight hours and left behind a strong, fuchsia stain. It was drying over time, unfortunately. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is less blue-based. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is more muted. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is less magenta, slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Melt Cosmetics Summer! Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. I had to apply this one on four separate occasions to get it to apply decently on my lips, because it just dragged so badly. It seemed to get slightly less dry as it wore down, but it was a challenge to apply from the tube. This shade lasts about six hours on me but looks horrible after three hours–it cracks, settles and pulls into lip lines, and just looks so, so dry and my lips felt somewhat dry after wearing this. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is darker. NARS Torres del Paine (LE, $25.00) is slightly darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Space Cake
Space Cake
B+

Permanent

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Stupid Love
Stupid Love
B

Permanent

7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total
Summer!
Summer!
C

Permanent

6
Product
10
Pigmentation
5
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
74%
Total

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Round-up: Givenchy Le Rouge Lipsticks — New for 2014 Shades

Givenchy Le Rouge -- New for 2014 Shades
Givenchy Le Rouge — New for 2014 Shades

Recently, there were twelve shades added to the Givenchy Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) line-up. I’ve now finished reviewing them, so here’s a look at all of them together. You can see reviews for all shades, past and present, here. You can compare swatches, both on skin and on lips, for all shades in the Swatch Gallery as well–or further sort by color or undertone.

Reviews, Photos, Swatches — New Shades

  1. Nude Guipure (106)
  2. Brun Vintage (105)
  3. Beige Caraco (107)
  4. Beige Deshabille (108)
  5. Rose Boudoir (204)
  6. Rose Perfecto (209)
  7. Rose Dahlia (210)
  8. Rose Ruban (211)
  9. Hibiscus Exclusif (302)
  10. Corail Decollete (303)
  11. Rouge Egerie (305)
  12. Corail Signature (317)

Reviews, Photos, Swatches — Existing Shades

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Givenchy Corail Decollete, Rouge Egerie, Corail Signature Le Rouge Lipsticks

Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) Le Rouge
Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) Le Rouge

Last up, three new coral shades in the Givenchy Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) formula. It’s a very creamy, lightweight, long-wearing lipstick that is hydrating, comfortable to wear, rose-scented, and is typically very pigmented. Some of the lighter shades don’t apply quite as flawlessly as medium and dark shades, but they’re particularly flattering on lips as they make lips appear smoother.

Givenchy Corail Decolette (303) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pink-toned coral.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. It had rich, full coverage color that applied beautifully without tugging on the lips. This shade wore well for five and a half hours on me. Givenchy Rose Boudoir (204) (P, $36.00) is pinker, more muted. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is more muted. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is pinker. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is a touch pinker. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is darker, pinker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is warmer. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is darker. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is slightly darker. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Rouge Egerie (305) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “coral red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark coral-red with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had intense, full color payoff that applied easily and evenly onto the lips. This shade wore well for six and a half hours and left a stain behind. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is pinker. MAC Hibiscus (LE, $16.00) is more orange, shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Corail Signature (317) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “coral orange.” It’s a medium orange with warm, reddish undertones and a luminous finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the consistency was creamy and helped it apply smoothly to the lips. This shade wore well for almost five hours on me. It’s a more muted shade of orange with less red in it than the average orange lipstick. Paul and Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) (LE, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is sheerer. MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, yellower. MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $16.00) is lighter, yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Givenchy Brun Vintage, Rose Boudoir, Nude Guipure Le Rouge Lipsticks

Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) Le Rouge
Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) Le Rouge

Here are three of the new mid-tone, pink-hued shades of Givenchy Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) that recently released. The Le Rouge formula is lightweight, creamy, pigmented, hydrating, and fairly long-wearing, though some of the lighter shades tend to be less flawleess in application and can wear closer to average in wear time. They have a rose scent but no discernible taste.

Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “muted rose.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and made lips look smoother. This one had less of a sheen compared to other shades in the range. This shade wore well for five hours on me. Chanel Fleurie (139) (LE, $34.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $45.00) is darker, more neutral. MAC Grande Dame (P, $22.00) is warmer. Burberry Rose Pink (307) (P, $30.00) is darker, more matt.e Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Rose Boudoir (204) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rosy pink-toned red.” It’s a slightly brightened, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had fully opaque pigmentation that applied well to lips and didn’t settle into lip lines or tug at the lips. The color lasted for five hours on me. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is warmer. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is similar. Chanel Fleurie (139) (LE, $34.00) is sheerer. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is slightly warmer. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is brighter. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “brownish nude pink.” It’s a light-medium, pink-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a soft sheen. It was mostly opaque, but it wasn’t fully opaque. The texture had a bit more slip to it, so the application wasn’t as flawless as it is with other shades in the formula. This color wore well for four hours on me. Revlon Ingenue (145) (P, $8.99) is browner, sheerer. MAC Spice (LE, $16.00) is darker, browner. MAC Shanghai Spice (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is darker, pinker. NARS Last Tango (LE, $26.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is pinker. Flower Beauty Petal Kiss (P, $6.98) is more matte. NARS Sex Machine (P, $25.00) is lighter, more matte. Giorgio Armani Blush (500) (P, $32.00) is pinker, glossier. Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $30.00) is more matte, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Sisley Paris Phyto-Lip Twists

Sisley Paris Baby (2) Phyto-Lip Twist
Sisley Paris Baby (2) Phyto-Lip Twist

Sisley Paris Phyto-Lip Twist ($50.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a twist-up tinted lip balm that’s supposed to be “colored like a lipstick and shiny like a gloss.” According to the brand, it contains Commiphora Resin Extract that “smooths the lips and firms,” along with Phytosqualane, which “hydrates and protects.” The consistency is almost weightless, creamy, and smoothing as it applies. It is very comfortable to wear, and it hydrates well throughout the day–I wore these two shades over and over again over a period of two days. It’s mostly non-sticky, getting just slightly tacky after a few hours of wear. It has no scent or taste. Sisley Paris is a luxury brand, so this formula has a matching luxury price tag; it’s a very nice and well-done product, so the quality is there but whether it’s worth the splurge or not is up to you!

Sisley Paris Baby (2) Phyto-Lip Twist ($50.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, warm-toned pink with very subtle micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage and wore well for three and a half hours. NARS Sweet Revenge (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is glossier. Chanel Pink Pivoine (88) (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, sheerer, glossier. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is less glossy, more opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sisley Paris Berry (5) Phyto-Lip Twist ($50.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a cool-toned, medium-dark berry pink with a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color payoff, and this one was slightly less glossy/luminous compared to Baby. It wore longer, though, and stayed on well for five hours. NARS Quito (P, $26.00) is sheerer, slightly brighter. MAC New Love (P, $22.00) is lighter, glossier. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is sheerer, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Studded Kiss (310) (P, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Baby (2)
Baby (2)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Berry (5)
Berry (5)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Melt Cosmetics By Starlight, Darling, Shady Lady Lipsticks

Melt Cosmetics Lipstick
Melt Cosmetics Lipsticks — By Starlight, Darling, Shady Lady

Melt Cosmetics Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.16 oz.) is supposed to have an “ultra-matte texture” and otherwise encompass “perfect lipsticks.” The brand describes the scent as “vanilla cake,” and it has a sweet, vanilla scent, but it almost veers tropical fruit to me–it’s very sweet, noticeable when worn, but there’s a bit of a plastic-scent somewhere in the background, which might be why the taste is a bit like play-doh at times. Melt is known for some of the wilder colors, which are nearly always sold out (I gave up trying to catch ’em available, so I bought shades from what was available–would have loved to check out their teal/blue shades). The good: they’re long-wearing, richly pigmented, and when they apply right, they look great. The bad: they’re slightly to somewhat drying, lighter shades pull into lip lines as they wear away, difficult to remove, unforgiving when applied, and tug at the lip. The texture is drier and therefore somewhat stiff, though I will say that despite the dryness, darker shades still applied fairly evenly and ended up looking good. I would recommend applying with a lip brush to maximize the results with these, but you’ll have to do some layering to get the same opacity as you would straight from the tube. As they are really long-wearing and cling on to lips, absolutely use something oil-based to break down the color and a have a few cotton pads (or similar) on hand, but removal may still be a little more difficult. They all stain and persist for a few hours after removal, which you may love or not.

Melt Cosmetics By Starlight Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-toned purple with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and this shade was a little creamier than the other two, but there is still some tugging/pulling during application. This shade wore well for eight hours but some color had pulled into the lines of the lips. It was somewhat drying when I wore it. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is darker. Illamasqua ESP (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned, iridescent. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is darker. Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Belladonna (DC, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Melt Cosmetics Darling Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a cool-toned, light lavender with a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage, and the texture was somewhat dry, so it did tug and pull at the lips when applied from the tube. It requires full prep before application–exfoliate, balm, etc. and your lips have to be in tip-top shape, as the drier consistency will grab onto any imperfections otherwise. This shade lasted five and a half hours but settled and looked “cracked” after four hours. It was somewhat drying when worn. MAC Dodgy Girl (LE, $16.00) is pinker, darker. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is grayer, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “electric pink.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had rich, opaque color payoff, and the texture was a little dry and stiff to work with, so you may want to apply with a lip brush. It wore well for eight hours, was slightly drying when worn, but this shade wore away evenly and didn’t settle into lip lines as time went on. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is less matte, brighter. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is similar, slightly lighter. MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Quick Sizzle (LE, $16.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

By Starlight
By Starlight
B

Permanent

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Darling
Darling
B

Permanent

7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total
Shady Lady
Shady Lady
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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