Sephora But First Coffee, Vacation Goals, Backstage Lipstories Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

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Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick

But First Coffee (58)

Sephora But First Coffee (58) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a rich, deep red-brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had rich pigmentation in a single layer, which glided effortlessly across my lips and delivered a smooth, even application. The texture felt lightweight, creamy without being too slippery, and was comfortable to wear. It stayed on nicely for five hours and was lightly hydrating over time.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.14 oz. - $57.14 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "lightweight" with "full-coverage color in one swipe." The majority of shades were pigmented with semi-opaque to full color payoff in a single layer, as described. The more shimmery shades tended to be a bit sheerer overall, while the mattes and creams were usually closer to opaque in coverage.

The textures were typically creamy, lightweight, and not too thin or too thick on the lips, so they were comfortable to apply and to wear. There were some shades where the color pulled into my deeper lip lines upon application, and it was more or less noticeable just depending on the color and finish of the particular.

Some shades seemed hydrating and others were non-drying. They lasted anywhere from three to over six hours on me. There was a subtle, sweet, fruity scent (I couldn't detect it on, just in the tube), and I haven't noticed any taste after wearing them.

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Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Polyethylene, Diisostearyl Malate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), Polybutene, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Disteardimonium Hectorite, CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Fragrance, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, BHT.

But First Coffee (58)

PPermanent. $8.00.
A+
A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
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Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick

Vacation Goals (59)

Sephora Vacation Goals (59) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque color coverage that adhered evenly and smoothly across my lips. The consistency was lightweight, creamy without being too thick or too slippery, though I had some product sink into my deeper lip lines. Thankfully, the settling wasn’t noticeable in person, just in the close-up photos. It wore well for four and a half hours and felt lightly moisturizing while worn.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.14 oz. - $57.14 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "lightweight" with "full-coverage color in one swipe." The majority of shades were pigmented with semi-opaque to full color payoff in a single layer, as described. The more shimmery shades tended to be a bit sheerer overall, while the mattes and creams were usually closer to opaque in coverage.

The textures were typically creamy, lightweight, and not too thin or too thick on the lips, so they were comfortable to apply and to wear. There were some shades where the color pulled into my deeper lip lines upon application, and it was more or less noticeable just depending on the color and finish of the particular.

Some shades seemed hydrating and others were non-drying. They lasted anywhere from three to over six hours on me. There was a subtle, sweet, fruity scent (I couldn't detect it on, just in the tube), and I haven't noticed any taste after wearing them.

Browse all of our Sephora Lipstories Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Polyethylene, Diisostearyl Malate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), Polybutene, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Disteardimonium Hectorite, CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Fragrance, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, BHT.

Vacation Goals (59)

PPermanent. $8.00.
A-
A-
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick

Backstage (60)

Sephora Backstage (60) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep taupe base with green and gold shimmer and light sparkle. It was an interesting, complex color that was harder to dupe, partially because this combination of color and shimmer is hardly ever released! The texture was lightweight, creamy with some slip so it glided on without tugging on my lips but felt a little slippery during wear. There was some product that sank into my deeper lip lines, though the shimmer camouflaged some of that in person. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that could have applied more evenly. It lasted well for four and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.14 oz. - $57.14 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "lightweight" with "full-coverage color in one swipe." The majority of shades were pigmented with semi-opaque to full color payoff in a single layer, as described. The more shimmery shades tended to be a bit sheerer overall, while the mattes and creams were usually closer to opaque in coverage.

The textures were typically creamy, lightweight, and not too thin or too thick on the lips, so they were comfortable to apply and to wear. There were some shades where the color pulled into my deeper lip lines upon application, and it was more or less noticeable just depending on the color and finish of the particular.

Some shades seemed hydrating and others were non-drying. They lasted anywhere from three to over six hours on me. There was a subtle, sweet, fruity scent (I couldn't detect it on, just in the tube), and I haven't noticed any taste after wearing them.

Browse all of our Sephora Lipstories Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Polyethylene, Diisostearyl Malate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), Polybutene, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Disteardimonium Hectorite, CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Fragrance, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, BHT.

Backstage (60)

PPermanent. $8.00.
C+
C+
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
79%
Total
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84%

Average

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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These look so nice. I have many of their lippies and find them a great value and quality. A big deal breaker for me though is they have a VERY perfumes smell and taste. I really hope they reformulate these without the perfume because they’re really nice otherwise.

I’m oddly attracted to Vacation Goals even though I usually don’t go for these grayish shades. It’s got something to it!

These are not my sort of colours at all – I find it very difficult to pull off brown… but then I think these would look STUNNING on beautiful deep skin tones.

LOL, I was wearing PMG 1995 lipstick today while I wrote that comment and that is about as “brown” as I can go – that and Flesh 3, which Deborah S. said was really beautiful… They’re about my limit (and not just because they’re Pat!) and I’m still trying out nude shades after avoiding them for years but there seems to be a common denominator between most brown, beige, peach and some orange shades that makes me look very jaundiced 🙁

And that’s never a good look…

But I’m glad you enjoy them!

Brown lip stick is one of my favorite colors to wear. I haven’t picked up one of these lip sticks yet “But Coffee First” is going to be mine!

I love them ALL. Nice to see Sephora growing their house brand with such well priced, quality offerings!

Oh, that But First Coffee is luxe! Such a rich, gorgeous color with a great opaqueness and shine.. I need this one. The other too, a hard pass. My wallet will be happy for that.

Dayum, I wish Backstage wasn’t so slippery looking. The pigmentation looks uneven. I may pick up Vacation Goals in lieu. Perhaps Backstage over MAC Stone would lend a more consistent look. Hmmm.. both are tempting. I’ll look like my 90’s photos, but with more wrinkles 😆

I thankfully have Chocolatier from Colourpop, so I can skip on But First Coffee. Vacation Goals has me really intrigued, but I would need to swatch it against my skin tone first.

Christine, this is not a snarky question but I am curious about the Temptalia Recommendation? The shade that got the recommendation, Backstage, had a dupe that was 90% and received a C+ rating while the shade Vacation Times got an A- and it’s closest dupe was only 85%. Is there something intangible that makes it a recommendation? I am just curious. I can’t wear any of the shades, LOL!

Wow, these are all really gorgeous! Even though I don’t care for the super glossy formula of Backstage, it’s inexpensive enough I’ll probably still pick it up just because.

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