Sephora Be the Boss, Survivor, Love Letter Rouge Lacquers Reviews & Swatches

01/06

Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer

Be the Boss (12)

Sephora Be the Boss (12) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright, poppy red with warmer undertones and a glossy, cream finish with the barest hint of micro-shimmer (not enough that I’d call it shimmery!). The consistency was creamy, balm-like, and had moderate slip to the point where it felt like it melted as I glided across my lips. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied smoothly and didn’t sit in my lip lines. It wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating over time. I didn’t experience feathering myself, but it had the type of texture where I could see it being a potential concern for those who may be more prone to feathering.

Formula Overview

$13.00/0.1 oz. - $130.00 Per Ounce

The lipstick is supposed to have a "silky smooth melting formula" that yields "intense long-lasting color and high-shine" with "instant hydration." Most shades were creamy without being so slippery that they felt that way or went on unevenly. They do melt quickly, though, so if they are left in a warmer area (with all my photography lights running) and applied, they feel substantially creamier than at room temperature (about 72 degrees).

The texture was smooth, creamy, and comfortable to apply and to wear with most of the shades applying well, though lighter and very deep shades tended to have application problems. The lighter shades tended to separate and sit in my lip lines, while deeper shades were less pigmented and more prone to patchiness (but didn't pull into my lip lines as noticeably as the lighter shades did). The majority of the shades had semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation with a few coming in at more medium to semi-opaque coverage.

As there are 30 shades in the range, wear time definitely varied from three to six hours, depending on depth and pigment level with deeper, redder shades lasting longer than pale beiges and peaches. The formula has been moderately hydrating without feathering on me so far, but I'm not particularly prone to that but would worry about it for those who find it a more frequent occurrence with some of the deeper shades in the lineup.

They had a scent that Sephora lists as having these notes: "vanilla, peony, and intrepid patchouli," and I'd describe the scent as a subtle, sweet, vanilla-floral hybrid mix (nothing specific to my nose) and on most shades, I didn't notice a taste but some shades gave me a bit of one (enough that I was like, "hmm").

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Ingredients

Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polybutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydrogenated Styrene/Methyl Styrene/Indene Copolymer, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Synthetic Wax, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, CI 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)), CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Stearalkonium Hectorite, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 15850 (Red 7), Parfum (Fragrance), Propylene Carbonate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, BHT, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Beta-Sitosterol, Squalene, Citric Acid.


01/06

Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer

Survivor (10)

Sephora Survivor (10) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a cream finish. The pigmentation was nearly opaque in one pass, which adhered evenly and smoothly across my lips. The texture was lightweight, balm-like–emollient and glossy–but it didn’t feather beyond my natural lip line while worn. I really loved how much it smoothed out my lip texture and lip lines as well. It wore well for five hours, left a faint stain behind, and was hydrating while worn.

Formula Overview

$13.00/0.1 oz. - $130.00 Per Ounce

The lipstick is supposed to have a "silky smooth melting formula" that yields "intense long-lasting color and high-shine" with "instant hydration." Most shades were creamy without being so slippery that they felt that way or went on unevenly. They do melt quickly, though, so if they are left in a warmer area (with all my photography lights running) and applied, they feel substantially creamier than at room temperature (about 72 degrees).

The texture was smooth, creamy, and comfortable to apply and to wear with most of the shades applying well, though lighter and very deep shades tended to have application problems. The lighter shades tended to separate and sit in my lip lines, while deeper shades were less pigmented and more prone to patchiness (but didn't pull into my lip lines as noticeably as the lighter shades did). The majority of the shades had semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation with a few coming in at more medium to semi-opaque coverage.

As there are 30 shades in the range, wear time definitely varied from three to six hours, depending on depth and pigment level with deeper, redder shades lasting longer than pale beiges and peaches. The formula has been moderately hydrating without feathering on me so far, but I'm not particularly prone to that but would worry about it for those who find it a more frequent occurrence with some of the deeper shades in the lineup.

They had a scent that Sephora lists as having these notes: "vanilla, peony, and intrepid patchouli," and I'd describe the scent as a subtle, sweet, vanilla-floral hybrid mix (nothing specific to my nose) and on most shades, I didn't notice a taste but some shades gave me a bit of one (enough that I was like, "hmm").

Browse all of our Sephora Rouge Lacquer swatches.

Ingredients

Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polybutene, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydrogenated Styrene/Methyl Styrene/Indene Copolymer, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Synthetic Wax, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, CI 15850 (Red 7), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, CI 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Stearalkonium Hectorite, Parfum (Fragrance), CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), Propylene Carbonate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, CI 15850 (Red 6), BHT, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Beta-Sitosterol, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Squalene, Citric Acid.

01/06

Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer

Love Letter (11)

Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright, pink-red with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy, cream finish. The consistency was smooth, creamy, and emollient enough that it felt as if it was melting against my lips as I applied the color. It had good pigmentation in a single layer, though I wouldn’t recommend building it up beyond that as it felt overly slippery built up. It stayed on nicely for four and a half hours, left a slight stain behind, and was lightly moisturizing over time.

Formula Overview

$13.00/0.1 oz. - $130.00 Per Ounce

The lipstick is supposed to have a "silky smooth melting formula" that yields "intense long-lasting color and high-shine" with "instant hydration." Most shades were creamy without being so slippery that they felt that way or went on unevenly. They do melt quickly, though, so if they are left in a warmer area (with all my photography lights running) and applied, they feel substantially creamier than at room temperature (about 72 degrees).

The texture was smooth, creamy, and comfortable to apply and to wear with most of the shades applying well, though lighter and very deep shades tended to have application problems. The lighter shades tended to separate and sit in my lip lines, while deeper shades were less pigmented and more prone to patchiness (but didn't pull into my lip lines as noticeably as the lighter shades did). The majority of the shades had semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation with a few coming in at more medium to semi-opaque coverage.

As there are 30 shades in the range, wear time definitely varied from three to six hours, depending on depth and pigment level with deeper, redder shades lasting longer than pale beiges and peaches. The formula has been moderately hydrating without feathering on me so far, but I'm not particularly prone to that but would worry about it for those who find it a more frequent occurrence with some of the deeper shades in the lineup.

They had a scent that Sephora lists as having these notes: "vanilla, peony, and intrepid patchouli," and I'd describe the scent as a subtle, sweet, vanilla-floral hybrid mix (nothing specific to my nose) and on most shades, I didn't notice a taste but some shades gave me a bit of one (enough that I was like, "hmm").

Browse all of our Sephora Rouge Lacquer swatches.

Ingredients

Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polybutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydrogenated Styrene/Methyl Styrene/Indene Copolymer, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Synthetic Wax, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, CI 15850 (Red 7), Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)), Stearalkonium Hectorite, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Parfum (Fragrance), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Propylene Carbonate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, BHT, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Beta-Sitosterol, Squalene, Citric Acid.

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Sephora Rouge Lacquer $13.00/0.1 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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These three are lovely! I bought two colors in the sale…Slay and Rise Above and they are both going to be great for spring/summer. Glad you’re reviewing all of them for us! :o)

For so many reasons; Survivor is the clear winner here. I may have a few too many reds, but this one is pulling at the heart of me. ❤️

I’m now telling myself that I do not need anymore lipsticks this year, I’m set for five years if they don’t all turn bad.
I love both Be the Boss and Survivor, I might have reds like them, but nothing as glossy. Love Letter is very pretty as well, it just didn’t make me feel the need as much as the other two.
Your eye makeup is gorgeous, it looks simple to copy at first, but then looking closer and checking the products used I can see that a lot of work and thought went into it. You are very good at your job, Christine!

I love Survivor and Love Letter…so rich and glossy

So many of the shades in this line have been so pretty, but I’d be too worried about them smearing off my lips to actually wear them lol

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