Sephora Excellence & Girl Crush Rouge Lacquers Reviews & Swatches

01/06

Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer

Excellence (07)

Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich, medium fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque color coverage with a smooth, creamy consistency that glided easily across my lips and delivered even coverage. The texture was lightweight and melted noticeably upon contact, but the more impressive part was how smoothing the formula was of my lip lines. It stayed on well for four and a half hours, left a faint stain behind, and was lightly hydrating 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 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)), CI 15850 (Red 7), Stearalkonium Hectorite, CI 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), Parfum (Fragrance), Propylene Carbonate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), 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 Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer
Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer

Girl Crush (16)

Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium pink with warm undertones and a glossy, cream finish. The texture was more emollient with noticeable slip, so I had to be careful to apply this quickly before it felt like it was melting and creating a thicker layer of product. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which went on fairly evenly but had room for improvement as the edges were a touch streaky and there was some product that sat in my lip lines. It wore well for four hours and was lightly moisturizing 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, 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, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Stearalkonium Hectorite, CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 7), Parfum (Fragrance), 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, 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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Wow, I looked at Girl Crush today as an alternative to $55 TF Mustique. Excellence is beautiful too! Think I’ll order both. (Seems like such a bargain after buying the TF OTRANTO, which I like a lot btw.)
Thank you for the review Christine!

Nice. Nothing I’m interested in, but certainly some nice options for someone out there. I was thinking that Excellence oughta have a lot of dead-on dupes, but that purplish overtone (undertone?) sets it apart — great color!

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