Sneak Peek: Sephora Lipstories Lipsticks Photos & Swatches

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Sephora Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Lipstories Lipstick
Sephora Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be a “high-pigment, lightweight lipstick” that has “full-coverage color in one swipe” and comes in 40 shades spread across three finishes. Each lipstick has its own print, and the lipstick cap and base are made out of heavy duty cardboard, while the twist-up mechanism (where the lipstick is held) is thin plastic. I thought I bought all 40 shades, but I think there were a few that were out of stock when these initially launched, so here are swatches of 34 of the 40 shades…


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Mariella Avatar

Seeing this whole new launch of lipsticks has me wondering if they’ve got a whole new range of eyeshadows waiting in the wings too. At least on the Canadian site, ALL the Sephora single shadows are marked down and a whole lot of them aren’t even shown anymore (and quite suddenly – it’s not like they slowly sold out of this shade and then that shade….). All I can think is that very soon, there will be a whole new collection but I’m so sad that I missed out on a few (Don’t Get Me Wrong, especially) and so relieved that I got the last couple I did before they were axed entirely.

Mariella Avatar

Oh yeah – about these lipsticks (DUH!) – I like that the finish is imprinted on the bullet but it sort of figures that most of the colours I like are MATTE and in general I don’t like matte lippies but some of these, like After Hours and Labyrinth City, look more like cream finishes than matte. And I love the look of Coconut Grove. Pretty hard to beat that price, too.

kjh Avatar

Definitely. Noticed that the e/s singles seem to be goners, as well. I got after hours and golden gate. They were far creamier than a true matte finish, but did not look as ‘reflective’ as they did on Christine. They don’t pull on the dry down. Not all of these look great, but most are decent in the swatches. 5 cent cigar? Heck, what we need is a good $8 lipstick. Many of these will qualify.

kinga Avatar

I’ve bought and tried a few – they may be labeled matte but are definitely far creamier! surprisingly, they feel rather moisturizing, too!

saffytaffy Avatar

Thank you for all your hard work and the gorgeous photos.

I really want to see a lip look where something like Ouch! is used to good effect, whether that means using a coordinating liner for opacity or tapping it in the center of a different color. I feel like whenever greens are swatched by themselves on a mouth, they look awful, but I don’t think they’re MEANT to be worn that way. Right? Or no?

collier Avatar

THANK YOU FOR THIS. Scent/taste is always my first question. What’re they like? The vanilla scent (hurk) of the new CP lipsticks is the only reason I’m not buying any — are these in that same sugary / cake batter / dessert-y range?

Kirsten Avatar

No. I probably could have tolerated it if they were foodie, but mine was perfumey. It made me a little sick to my stomach after wearing it for a while.

Susan Nevling Avatar

Like so many of these colors. Some would be great topcoats too.
I have one lippie in the cardboard packaging. It has held up fine. The price and quality of the one i have makes the packaging less important to me.

collier Avatar

Me too — one from ModelsOwn and two from Paul & Joe, and they all hold up great! TBH I’d rather have cardboard than thin crappy brittle plastic … I’ve NEVER had one of the cardboard tube crack, and never had the cap fall off in my purse.

Miradan Avatar

Some of the shades are calling me but kind of dubious about the cardboard packaging, and its ability to hold up over time. Looking forward to your reviews!

Betty Avatar

There seems to be a big difference in quality between shades, I thought the really pale colors seem to have a weird finish. The offbeat colors (blue, green, white, black) don’t seem to fare much better.
My favorites are Matinee, Coconut Grove, and Spring Break. The reds all seem to be pretty good, I especially like Water Bay.

kjh Avatar

Mine don’t. They have a slight texture, compared to the tip after use. Maybe the second run was created to mimic Pat’s more. Liking them so far.. seldom carry-with, so not worried about the cardboard. They prob should have attached the top to the sides, though.

Sílvia Avatar

I just got Hong Kong by Night for my daughter’s birthday coming up soon the color is beautiful! I just realize now it is a metal kind but it swatches beautifully very glossy. I swatched many on my arm and there are some beautiful shades indeed. The packaging is cute! They all seem to have a nice gloss to them wondering how long they’ll stay on lips? I loved Hot in Havana (being from Cuba) and No Cell Service is a gorgeous gold but it wouldn’t look good on me, on darker skin it would look gorgeous though and fuller lips sadly I got none of it. Or perhaps as a topper for other lipsticks. I liked many of them but I love all lipsticks! 😉

Silvia Avatar

Between Colourpop new ones and these Sephora ones they are killing me! I want them all pretty much. Yikes! Ok. Except browns, black and blues and greens I’m too old for that but don’t tempt me too much. Forgot to say…and the price is right!

Lisa C Avatar

These are really good for $8. I have six of these, Deep Water Bay is a gorgeous red! Along with Hong Kong By Night (took me a little while to get that one, stays OOS) Also have Hot In Havana, Yum Yum, Matinee and Spring Break.

xamyx Avatar

I’m quite interested in several of these shades, but I just can’t get on board with the cardboard packaging. I’m not typically one to buy a product because of packaging, but I can easily be dissuaded. For some reason, cardboard packaging *really* bothers me; even if it keeps price down, I’d personally rather pay a few bucks more for a plain plastic… I actually have a few lipsticks in cardboard tubes I picked up at TJ Maxx or Ross years ago, but I never ended up using them, as they just felt so strange in my hand.

kellly Avatar

Road Trip is one of the colors that isn’t here. I know b/c I bought it and really like it. The color is nice and even and it wears well without fading. It’s sort of a brownish-red.

Lisa Avatar

Thb I don’t really buy Sephora brand products because either their packaging never spoke to me or their product itself. (With the exception of their matte lip creams and contour pencils)

These swatches looks amazing and I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ve already made a list lol.

Sandy Avatar

“Ouch” seems aptly named. I notice that the matte lipsticks have the same textured look as Pat McGrath–do you know what the reason for this texture is–is there something different about the formula that results in that look? I don’t recall seeing that before the Pat McGrath lippies came out.

Liz Avatar

Great pictures. I have a couple and these are great lipsticks and a great value. Sephora is really stepping up their game with the Pro Palettes, the Warm was amazing, and these.

MichelleChefNYC Avatar

Hmmm those matte lipsticks have the same weird gravely texture that the Pat McGrath lipsticks have… they look like they perform well too, can’t wait for the review on these. I love the Pat McGrath formula, but the price keeps me from picking up more of them.

Karman Avatar

I bought a bunch of this when they were first released and at this price point, they do not disappoint! Most of mine have been long wearing, comfortable and worth the $8. Some of these perform better than my more expensive lipsticks!

Here are the ones missing from your group 🙂
Toolips 14
Desert Trip 39
Wanderlust 33
Yum Yum 10
Popsicle Lips 28
Ice Breaker 46

Laura Avatar

I haaaaaated the one I got and returned it a day later. I got Brunch Date, and it was much more yellow-brown on my lips than it looks in tube (or on you, Christine. Undertones are wild!). It was also stiff to apply and tasted/smelled awful! I am sensitive to smells in cosmetics, but wowza, this one was really plastic. The colors are all so pretty but I’m not sure if I want to risk trying another one 🙁

lunasol Avatar

I swatched some of these aT Sephora yesterday and I liked city beat but on me reminded me too much of technopagan. I don’t think these are very similar to pat McGRATH’s matte formula. I have 2 of pat’s matte lipstick and I love them. You get what you pay for with her lipsticks. Thanks for watching these because now I won’t be getting them. Money saved

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