Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman review and comparisons.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman.

I do believe every cosmetics brand has now come out with their version of the matte liquid lipstick.  Understandably, these types of lipsticks are very big sellers. With that being said, Nars Powermatte Lip Pigments Get It On and American Woman ($26 USD/ 5.5mL.) is one of the newer releases that certainly proves somethings are worth the wait.  Everything from the formula, to the applicator head, packaging, amount, etc. is done well.  To boot, who could resist lipsticks named after classic rock songs?  Well played Monsieur Nars.

Nars Get It On

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman.

Nars Get It On

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On.

Nars American Woman.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment American Woman.

  • IMHO, when it comes to liquid lipstick, the one thing that makes or breaks a new release is the applicator head.  Lets face it, formula is important, but truthfully speaking if the applicator head is cheaply made (e.g., large head, long splayed fibers, too thin or thick tip, etc.), the product becomes useless.  Even though Nars is a bit late to the matte liquid lipstick party, they took their time and thoroughly designed a head with precisely cut fibers and a substantial pointed tip–absolute genius.
  • Typically a lipliner is usually used to achieve a crisp outline of the lips; however, with Nars Powermattes the tip virtually eliminates the need for that step.  The softly rounded rigid pointed design glides effortlessly across the skin, depositing pigment with exacting detail.  A lipliner can be used, but more so to add dimension or for color alteration.
  • In addition, the top portion and wand length allows for amazing control during application.  The top is the perfect size and girth for a hardy grasp and the wand length ensures perfect balance during application.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Arm Swatches andFormula:

Nars Get It On and American Woman.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman freshly applied.

Nars Get It On and American Woman.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman after three (3) minutes.

  • The formula of the new Nars Powermatte Pigments is quite thin and watery when compared to other matte liquid lipsticks on the market.  For this reason, Nars strongly advises to shake the pigment prior to application.  Omitting this step will result in uneven color placement and poor longevity.  When the pigment is properly incorporated, one dip will deliver complete opacity on the lips.  Even the lightest shade, Get It On, will absolutely cover and conceal natural lip coloring with one swipe.
  • As expected, the colors deepen slightly when dry.  The above swatches shows Get It On develops a pinker undertone and American Woman develops a rosier undertone.  Both colors look amazing on their own (not too pale) or mixed together (see photo below).
  • In my experience when working with the darker shades in the line (e.g. Rock With You), it would be highly advisable to wipe some liquid off on the sides of the opening before applying the color to the lips.  The applicator head holds quite an ample amount of product that gathers at the corners of the mouth if one is not careful.  When I state these are potently concentrated I am not exaggerating, Rock With You was returned because it was too dark and high maintenance for my liking. Regardless, I was quite impressed with the consistency of all three shades; they all applied smoothly without any patchiness.
  • Also worth noting, a light vanilla fragrance is present, but not as pungent as MAC lipsticks.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Wear Time:

  • As for the wear, I found the formula adhered immediately to the skin without drying down fully. That slight moisture retention is what makes both colors so bearable throughout the day. The color transfer on cups and cheeks (if kissing) is minimal, certainly not as drastic as one would experience from a conventional formula.
  • Unlike the arm swatches, a matte finish develops within thirty (30) seconds on the lips. The lasting power ranges between four to six (4-6) hours (without eating or drinking) with even fading thereafter. The colors layer well, but on my dry lips I could only tolerate one touch up for the day. Multiple layers feel too heavy and drying for my taste; I prefer to wipe away the existing color and start fresh.
  • In all honesty, I cannot wear Nars Powermattes, on their own, for too many days in a row.  Even though the formula is comfortable, my lips were very dry by the third day.  Going forth, I remedied this dilemma by pairing these with my favorite lipsticks, Chanel Rouge Allure Inks (Chanel’s version of a matte liquid lipstick and reviewed here and here).  In comparison, Chanel’s formula has a lot more slip and dries down more gradually than Nars.  The addition of the Rouge Allure Inks, in particular, provides extra hydration and dimension, while yielding a velvety finish. Glosses also work well, but be sure to add just a touch to the center of the lips to prevent bleeding and wear of the liquid lipstick.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Lip Swatches:

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On (one coat).

  • Nars Get It On is described as a “tan rose,” to my eye, the shade is very reminiscent of Dose of Colors Truffle (reviewed here).  This warm beige pinky-peach can be worn on its own for those with light to medium skins. Darker skins will most likely experience a concealer like effect, but adding a darker lipliner will easily alter the shade to be more wearable.
Nars American Woman.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment American Woman (one coat).

  • Nars American Woman is a lovely warm rose shade for those who desire the need for a more robust neutral color.  At first, I was under the impression this shade would be too cool for my coloring, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how rich and warm the color appeared against my complexion.
 Nars Get It On and American Woman

Wearing Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman mixed together (two coats).

  • When the mood strikes, a combination of both colors meld to form a lovely shade for daily use. The silky smooth formula easily blends on the lips by just pressing and rubbing the lips together. The newly formed shade takes on a slightly cooler tone, but still extremely wearable for us olive-skinned ladies.

Comparison Swatches:

Comparison Shades: Jouer Melon, Jouer Creme Brûlée, Dose of Colors Truffle, Nars Get It On, Nars American Woman, Jouer Terra, Pixi Matte Beige, and Dose of Colors Supernatural.

Comparison Shades:
Jouer Melon, Jouer Creme Brûlée, Dose of Colors Truffle, Nars Get It On, Nars American Woman, Jouer Terra, Pixi Matte Beige, and Dose of Colors Supernatural.

  • Dose of Colors Truffle ($18USD/ 4.5mL) is the closest color in my collection to Nars Get It On. Truffle has a slightly deeper brownish undertone, a more whipped consistency and contains less product.  If you have one, you may not necessarily need the other.  Currently, Nars is not cruelty-free, so if that is of significance to you, then DOC may be your best bet.
  • Jouer Terra ($18 USD/ 6mL) is the closest color to Nars American Woman, with a less rosy undertone and a more mousse-like consistency.  Jouer is cruelty-free and their liquid lipsticks are lovely.
  • Out of all the brands swatched, Pixi Matte Beige ($14 USD/ 7 mL) is the only formula that is as fluid as Nars. From the onset, Pixi’s formula seems to require more time to settle and the applicator head is rather flimsy.   
Nars Get It On and American Woman ingredients

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman ingredient list.

**Nars Powermatte Lip Pigments come in twenty (20) shades, are made in Italy and sold at Sephora, Nordstrom, Lord &Taylor, narscosmetics.com, etc.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman are two colors that will surely become staples for many.  Since these two colors have entered my life, I have been shamefully ignoring my other liquid lipsticks.  Considering this formula works so well with other colors and brands, it has almost become automatic to reach for either color on a daily basis.  Which colors are on your radar?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant review.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant.

As you can imagine, I have a overabundance of lipsticks in my collection.  My favorite formulas are satin and comfortable mattes–especially the liquid lipstick variety.  However, as we have come to expect, the matte liquid lipstick range is not the most obliging formulation for mature lips.  I have had the fortune of trying some really good brands, but Chanel Rouge Allure Inks ($37 USD/ 6mL.) in 154 Experiemente and 150 Luxuriant take the cake.  The creamy formula, gradual dry time, comfortable wear and elegant packaging is my idea of the perfect lipstick–or very close to it.  I hope you enjoy.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant.

Packaging:

  • As the photo above shows, both applicators are identical; the concave design is wonderful for hugging the lips to achieve unbelievable color adhesion.  The slightly angled curved tip is ideal for outlining the lip line, to achieve a fuller looking lip.  Unlike some independent liquid lipstick companies, whose applicators can demonstrate slight variations, Chanel’s applicator is the epitome of rigorous quality control and refinement.  The acutely cut fibers pick-up a substantial amount of pigment to last for one application.  IMHO, everything from the frosted glass tube, to the secure click closure, to the golden double “C” top is an example of well thought-out packaging design.
Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant heavy swatch freshly applied.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant swatch after 20 minutes.

Formula:

  • As mentioned in my previous review of 140 Amoureux (reviewed here), the formula is superbly creamy and glossy on initial application.  Some my argue, the consistency has a bit too much slip, but speaking from a purely mature perspective, I truly appreciate the supple nature of this formula.
  • Unlike regular mainstream matte liquid lipsticks, Chanel Rouge Allure Inks do not dry immediately and do not feel uncomfortable throughout the day.  The dry down time is roughly twenty (20) minutes, giving the wearer enough time to manipulate the shape and color.  At this point, I did not experience transfer; I was able to kiss my children without leaving an imprint on their cheeks and drink without seeing lipstick marks on the rim of the glass.
  • The creamy nature of Chanel Rouge Allure Inks melds easily with any lipliner to alter the overall color should the mood strike.  This chameleon-like quality makes this formula so versatile. Not only can one add a liner to change the color/tone, but the lipsticks themselves blend beautifully with each other to create a new shade.
  • Another alluring quality of this formula has to do with the level in which the color can layer on itself.  Whenever, I feel the need for more moisture throughout the day, an additional layer provides hydration and revitalizes the color.  Unlike, traditional matte liquid lipsticks, the outcome is not caky or unbearable, rather smooth, comfortable, non-feathering and vibrant.
Chanel Rouge Allure Ink.

Chanel 154 Experimente Rouge Allure Ink.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 150 Luxuriant.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 150 Luxuriant.

 Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 150 Luxuriant with Chanel Lip Definer 96 on the outer edges of the lips.

Application and Wear:

  • For the above looks, I lined the perimeter of the lips with Chanel Lip Definer in 96 Acajou. For these looks I was not intending to alter the color (I wanted to show true color representation), rather I wanted to even out my asymmetrical upper lip.  Should I have wanted a deeper hue, all I had to do was fill-in the entire lip area with the liner prior to lipstick application.
  • My preferred method of application is to lightly line my enter lip with liner prior to lipstick.  This not only gives me an adequate blueprint for color placement, but the liner acts as an absorbent base, initiating the lipstick’s mattifying properties.  This technique also makes this formula last so much longer.
  • Both colors applied evenly on initial application.  To achieve rich color payoff, two layers are required; waiting a minute between layers gives optimal results.  Admittedly, 150 Luxuriant is my favorite of these two colors.  154 Experimente is undoubtably lovely, but presently, I prefer the brightening effect of 150 Luxuriant against my complexion.
  • In all honesty, both colors wear longer than 140 Amoureux, however, this is not unheard of when it comes to darker shades.  In my experience, these colors stain the lips slightly and wipe off using a bit more effort than 140 Amoureux.  This is not to imply a makeup remover is needed (thank goodness), rather to highlight their resilient quality.
  • The colors last a solid four (4) hours (this will vary based on individual skin chemistry) before a slight drying sensation is felt.  At this point, an additional layer is added simply to combat dryness and to refresh the overall vibrancy of the color.
Chanel Rouge Allure Ink ingredient list

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant ingredient lists.

 

**Chanel Rouge Allure Inks are sold at Nordstrom, Saks, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, chanel.com, etc..**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would reiterate my previous assessment–Chanel Rouge Allure Inks are fabulous.  The incredibly creamy application, gradual dry-time, quality packaging, comfortable wear, versatile formula and vibrant pigment is heavenly for my maturing lips.  My only grievance is with the limited color selection–eight (8) colors in all.  I really wish the brand would expand the range to include more browny nudes and plums in the line.  However, should this day ever come, my wallet will weep uncontrollably–tears of joy of course.  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Jouer Crème Brûlée and Noisette Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick.

Jouer Crème Brûlée and Noisette

You would never know it, judging by the heaps of unused tubes of liquid lipsticks in my drawer, but I adore matte liquid lipstick.  There is something about the promise of opaque coverage, transfer-free wear, and long-lasting results that seems to reel me in every time.  Granted, the super drying feeling inherent in these lipsticks is not their most alluring feature; regardless, I’m still rather hopeful, with every new purchase, to have found “the one.”  So when Jouer Crème Brûlée and Noisette Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick claimed to have the perfect balance of hydration, silky texture, and longevity, IMCT was all over them like stink on a monkey.  Will these newbies be the ultimate liquid lipstick standouts or be condemned to my ever-growing lipstick graveyard?  You’ll see.  🙂

Jouer Crème Brûlée and Noisette

Jouer Crème Brûlée and Noisette

Jouer Crème Brûlée and Noisette

  • Right of the bat, the packaging and amount given (6 mL) is outstanding.  The geometrically designed rectangular prism tube is sophisticated and compact.  The acrylic clear casing not only looks sleek, but seems to be scratch resistant.  For the past two weeks, these tubes have been tossed around in my makeup bag while still maintaining a fresh out-of-the-box appearance.
  • If you are unfamiliar with Jouer Cosmetics, the tracks along the side of the case act like a clicking mechanism for their palette system.  Blushes, bronzers, highlighters, eyeshadows, etc. can be attached to each other to form a personalized makeup palette.  I have yet to explore other Jouer cosmetics, but after this experience, I may do so very soon…oh snap, did I just give away my love for these lippies?  🙂
Jouer Crème Brûlée

Jouer Crème Brûlée Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick.

Jouer Noisette

Jouer Noisette Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick.

  • Another awesome feature of this lipstick is the applicator.  As you can tell, the head is not overly large and the fibers are cut more precisely than most lipsticks in this category.  This well thought-out design is the perfect size and shape for outlining the outer edges of the lips and staying within the lines.
  • The delicate vanilla/chocolate fragrance is scrumptious and the formula is unbelievable creamy on initial application.  As you can tell by the second photo, the lipstick has a nice glossy cream consistency that is not liquidity in the least.  The formula glides on like butter and can be manipulated with a lip brush (if so desired) before fully setting within a minute.

Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick Formula:

Jouer Crème Brûlée and Noisette

Jouer Crème Brûlée and Noisette Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick freshly applied.

Jouer Crème Brûlée and Noisette

Jouer Crème Brûlée and Noisette Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick after drying.

  • Surprisingly, both colors do not change dramatically when dried.  Of the two colors, Noisette’s pink undertone develops slightly when given a chance to dry.
  • The formula feels extremely lightweight and can resist a non-greasy meal without any noticeable issues.  In addition, when the color begins to fade, it does so rather evenly, without flaking.
  • When doing a kiss test the product did not transfer at all.  However, when worn for a couple of hours, the top layer of color does come off when swiped firmly with a tissue.  This surprisingly positive quality makes reapplication over an existing layer more convenient and comfortable.
  • With that said, the lasting power is not as formidable as claimed.  In my experience, when worn on their own, Noisette lasted longer (five hours) than Crème Brûlée (four hours).  This to me is a good thing, because it means the formula is not overly drying.  Truthfully speaking, the five to six-hour mark is my personal breaking point in which I need to touch up any lip color.
  • I have read and seen reviews stating removal can be challenging, but I have not experienced that at all–any oil or makeup remover easily removes all traces of the color from the lips with minimal effort.

Jouer Crème Brûlée:

Jouer Crème Brûlée

Jouer Crème Brûlée Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick.

Jouer Crème Brûlée Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick with Colourpop Brink Lippie Pencil.

Jouer Crème Brûlée Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick with Colourpop Brink Lippie Pencil.

Jouer Crème Brûlée Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick with Colourpop Bound Lippie Pencil.

Jouer Crème Brûlée Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick with Colourpop Bound Lippie Pencil.

  • Crème Brûlée is the lightest color in the line.  This beautiful warm peachy nude is admittedly too stark against my complexion.  This may be due to a heavy amount of white base pigment in the formula, which sadly makes this shade downright unwearable on its own.
  • As with most lighter shades, Crème Brûlée applies quite patchy in a single swipe–two layers are definitely needed for a smoother appearance on the lips.  Personally, I also find this color to be a bit more drying than Noisette.
  • Despite all these flaws, I love this lipstick.  The last two photos above, clearly shows how velvety smooth Crème Brûlée appears when paired with a lipliner.  At this point, the formula not only feels more comfortable, but all patchiness magically disappears.
  • For the above photos, I outlined and filled-in my lips with Colourpop Brink and Bound pencils and simply used one layer of Crème Brûlée over the liners.  Pressing my lips together, melded the colors together seamlessly.  The results lasted comfortably for six hours.
  • I did experience slight color transfer when adopting this method; however, this is to be expected when one changes the original composition and intent of a lipstick.
Wearing Jouer Crème Brûlée Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick in the crease.

Wearing Jouer Crème Brûlée Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick in the crease and on the socket bone.

Jouer Crème Brûlée and Noisette

Jouer Crème Brûlée and Noisette Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick sheered out for use as a blush.

  • To make matters even more tempting, Crème Brûlée looks amazing as a blush and transition shade.  When sheered out, this color has a fair amount of pink in its mixture.  On my dry skin, the formula blended smoothly without patchiness.  The color lasted on the eyes and cheeks for ten hours, with eight of those hours spent in a humid pool environment, while attending a diving meet.
  • FYI, due to the creamy opaque formula, a tiny amount is needed to obtain desired results.

Jouer Noisette:

Jouer Noisette

Jouer Noisette Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick

  • What can I say about Noisette, other than it is perfect.  This warm chocolate nude color is the ideal swipe and go shade–very similar to Marc Jacobs J’Adore (viewed here).  As mentioned previously, Noisette feels noticeably more comfortable than Crème Brûlée, when worn on its own.  I’m not sure exactly why, but I can only assume the lack of a chalky white base pigment may be the reason for this discrepancy.
  • Similar to Creme Brûlée, a lipliner can certainly be paired with Noisette for a more defined look.
  • An additional layer can be added to fill in any spars areas, but I found patting the color on with my finger (as opposed to using the applicator), over an existing layer, yielded more favorable results.
  • As with Crème Brûlée, Noisette can be used as a transition shade and/or blusher.  Against my olive complexion, Noisette resembles a beautiful terracotta shade with pink undertones–totally my kind of blush shade.
Jouer Noisette

Jouer Noisette Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick topped with Dior Fluid
Stick 893 Trompre L’Oeil

  • On a final note, this formula pairs especially well with Dior Addict Fluid Sticks.  For the above photo, Dior Addict Fluid Stick 893 Trompre L’Oeil (reviewed here) was placed on my ring finger and patted over Noisette.  The resulting color did not bleed into my fine lines, lasted for seven hours and my lips felt extremely moisturized the entire time.  Truth be told, I have been breaking out all of my Fluid Sticks and testing out a variety of combinations, with great success.
Jouer Crème Brûlée and Noisette Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick ingredient list.

Jouer Crème Brûlée and Noisette Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick ingredient list.

Wearing Jouer Crème Brûlée

Wearing Jouer Crème Brûlée Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick on the cheeks, crease and lips with Colourpop Bound Lippie Pencil.

**Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipsticks come in 16 shades, are paraben-free and made in the USA.  They can be found at Amazon.com, Nordstrom.com, Beauty.com, Dermstore.com and jouercosmetics.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Jouer Crème Brûlée and Noisette Long-Wear Lip Crème Matte Liquid Lipstick are the most comfortable and supple liquid lipstick formula I have worn to date.  The rich creamy consistency is rather unique and worthy of at least one purchase.  Personally, I have Pétale De Rose on my hit list; however, most colors are sold-out.  If you really want any of the out-of-stock colors make sure to sign up for alerts–or if you are like me, stalk every website obsessively until the universe magically works in your favor.  🙂   Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

Happy Mother’s Day weekend!!!

-Maria

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Dose of Colors Truffle and Stone Matte Liquid Lipstick review, swatches and lip combos.

Dose of Colors

As I have stated many times over, nude lipsticks and olive skin are a bit of a paradox.  The underlying green tones in our skin, clashes with the overly pink and/or white notes used in this lipstick category–hence the allure of darker shades.  However, when Dose of Colors Truffle and Stone Matte Liquid Lipsticks ($18 USD/ 4.5ml) came on the scene, something within knew these two beauties would be exactly what I have been waiting for.  I hope you enjoy.

Dose of Colors

  • Truffle is a beautiful warm caramel brown with pink undertones, very similar to MAC’s Velvet Teddy.  This color will surly be the perfect “nude” shade for all my girls with warm, olive, medium and darker skins.
  • Truffle’s smooth mousse-like texture feels heavenly on initial application and dries down to a completely matte finish within 5 minutes.
  • As with Berry Me and Merlot (reviewed here), opacity is reached with one coat, but personally, I like to apply an additional thin veil of color to make certain all edges are covered completely.
  • Truffle’s matte finish lasts, on its own, for a good 5 hours.  On warmer days, I barely notice a drying sensation on my lips.  However, on cooler drier days, my lips feel a bit parched around the 3½ hour mark.  Clearly this experience will vary, however, Dose of Colors’ formula is hands down the most comfortable matte liquid lipstick formula I have ever tried.

Dose of Colors

  • Stone is a predominantly pink color with strong grey undertones–very popular color lately.  This is the ideal “nude” for all my light, cool skinned girls.  This pairs especially well against blue, green and hazel eyes.
  • Stone is a bit thinner in consistency than Truffle and dries down to a completely matte finish within 5 minutes.
  • Opacity is reached with one coat.  The lasting power of this color was not as impressive as Truffle–on bare lips, I experienced significant fading by the third hour.  Perhaps the thinner consistency requires layers to have more endurance.  In all honesty, I never wear this color on its own, a warmer topper shade is required to make Stone more suitable for my coloring (see below).
  • There are some reviews stating these two colors are very similar, however as you can tell, that is not the case.  The ultimate decision as to which color to choose, rest on one’s skin tone, eye color and personal preference.  The enabler within, says get both and enjoy.   🙂
Dose of Colors

Dose of Colors Truffle and Stone freshly applied.

Dose of Colors

Dose of Colors Truffle and Stone after setting for 5 minutes.

Dose of Colors Truffle and Stone

Dose of Colors Truffle and Stone color transfer.

  • The above photos demonstrate the gradual color depth over a span of five minutes.  On initial application, both colors appear rather pale, boarding on unwearable (at least against my skin).  However, after giving the formula time to develop/dry, the pigment deepens into more flattering variations.
  • As you can tell by the last photo, the formula is not 100% transfer-free.  There is a faint reminisce of lipstick on cups and cheeks, but obviously not as noticeable as a regular lipstick.  I believe the slight malleability is what makes this formula so comfortable to wear, especially when compared to other matte liquid lipstick formulas on the market (looking at you Lime Crime).

Dose of Colors Truffle Lip Swatch and Combinations:

**Excuse the slight skin coloring variations–I am dependent mainly on natural lighting for my photos.  Darker photos reflect cloudy/rainy conditions, brighter photos reflect sunny conditions.**

Dose of Colors Truffle

Dose of Colors Truffle

  • Truffle’s slight pink undertone and contrasting warmth keeps this color from looking like concealer was smeared across my lips.
Dose of Colors Truffle

Dose of Colors Truffle with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD306.

  • For the above photo, Shiseido RD306 was added to Truffle for added moisture and shine.  After the 3 hour mark, the shine noticeably expired, what was left was a creamy stain finish that lasted a total of 6 hours.
Dose of Colors Truffle

Dose of Colors Truffle topped with YSL Kiss and Blush #12 Moca Garconne.

  • For the above photo, YSL #12 Moca Garconne was added to Truffle for the ultimate velvet matte lip look.  The lasting power of this combo was slightly less than with Shiseido, but I’m truly addicted to the finish of this luscious look.

Dose of Colors Stone Lip Swatch and Combinations:

Dose of Colors Stone

Dose of Colors Stone.

  • Against my skin, the underlying grey tones magically shift and transform the color into a lavender hue–not the most flattering shade for me.
Dose of Colors Stone

Dose of Colors Stone with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD306.

  • Pairing Shiseido RD306 with Stone gives the color just enough warmth to make it wearable.  As you can tell, the end results are beyond flattering and to boot, this combo lasted for 6 hours.
Dose of Colors Stone

Dose of Colors Stone with Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Rebellious Rose.

  • For the above photo, Stone was used a lip base for Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick.  The underlying pink matte base gave the lipstick unprecedented lasting power (7 hours) and depth.

Dose of Colors Applicator Head:

Dose of Colors

Dose of Colors Truffle and Stone.

Dose of Colors Truffle.

Applicator Comparison:
Girlactik Demure, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702, Dose of Colors Truffle.

  • The one criticism of the Dose of Colors line would pertain to the applicator head.  Although the large head is great for picking-up product, the erratically splayed fibers are not cut precisely enough for my liking.
  • Shiseido Lacquer Rouge applicator head is an example of true quality.  RD702 has been in my possession for almost four years, and as you can tell, the tip is in optimal condition.  The closely cut fibers pick-up and distribute the perfect amount of pigment every time.
  • Girlactik’s Demure has been in my company for 8 months and the fibers have already worn down, making the remaining color difficult to apply.
Dose of Colors Truffle

Dose of Colors Truffle and YSL Kiss and Blush #12 Moca Garconne

Dose of Colors ingredient list.

Dose of Colors ingredient list.

**Dose of Colors Truffle and Stone Matte Liquid Lipsticks can be found at doseofcolors.com, allcosmeticswholesale.com and naimies.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Dose of Colors Truffle and Stone Matte Liquid Lipstick have exceeded all of my expectations.  The mousse-like texture, comfortable long-lasting wear, flattering colors, paraben-free and vegan formula is enough to initiate additional purchases.  So enamored was I with Truffle, a second tube was procured to have with me at all times.  No matter how they are worn, be it on their own or as lip bases, this formula is truly outstanding.  Now the burning question–will you be getting one or both?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Vincent Longo Daria Velvet Riche Lip Lacquer review and photos.

Vincent Longo Daria

Liquid lipsticks are all the rage; every company has a version to contribute to this growing trend.  They come is a wide variety of finishes from matte, to satin to glossy.  My personal favorites are those that can be layered with traditional lipsticks for added dimension.  Vincent Longo Daria Velvet Riche Lip Lacquer ($24 USD/ 4.5 ml), part of The Alternative Glamour Collection, promises a sensual lip look with comfortable wear, silky smooth formula and Vitamin E to help keep lips hydrated throughout the day.  Will this full-bodied brick-red dress to impress?  You’ll see 🙂

Vincent Longo Daria

Vincent Longo Daria

The Pros to Vincent Longo Daria:

  1. Incredibly smooth–glides on lips like buttah.
  2. Non-sticky formula is extremely emollient and ridiculously lightweight.
  3. Beautiful rich brick-red suits warmer complexions.
  4. Cream finish does not contain shimmers and suitable for all ages.
  5. Uniquely shaped applicator head is designed to outline lips with utmost precision–love it.
  6. When color wears off, a pink stain is left.
  7. Glossy finish remains for a solid two hours and dries down to a satin finish thereafter.
  8. Sturdy acrylic packaging is attractive and lightweight.
  9. Available in three colors: Angela (soft dark berry), Felicity (soft peach), and Daria (dark brick).
  10. Formulated without mineral oil, parabens or fragrance.
  11. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Vincent Longo Daria:

  1. Despite the lip base used (lip liner, lip stain, or matte lipstick) this emollient formula feathers/bleeds into fine lines.
  2. Does not bind well with other lipstick formulas.
  3. Even though the formula does not specify a fragrance in the ingredients, I detect a hint of a synthetic flavor.
  4. Limited retail locations.

Vincent Longo Daria

Vincent Longo Daria

  • Upon seeing Daria (seriously exotic name) for the first time, I was absolutely thrilled by the color selection.  What can I say, brown based lipsticks are my weakness, because they suit olive, medium and dark skins beautifully.
  • When I first applied Daria, the hydrating sensation was quite pleasing–so much so, I immediately ran to my computer to take notes.  However, after an hour and a half, my blissful state was brought to a screeching halt with the discovery of feathering lip color in my fine lines.
  • As usual, I broke out my trusty arsenal of lip bases to combat the problem–my trusty Girlactik Matte Lip Paint (reviewed here) began breaking down within 40 minutes after being topped by Daria. Sephora Collection Color Lip Last in Brown is Back (reviewed here), Dose of Colors Matte Lipsticks (reviewed here) and It Cosmetics lip liners (reviewed here) also met a similar fate in the presence of Daria.
  • This formula is strictly for those who require an emollient lip product and predisposed to smooth skin around the lip area.

Comparison Lip Products:

Chanel

Comparison Swatches:
Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD 702, Vincent Longo Daria, Chanel Audace Rouge Allure Gloss

  • Shiseido Lacquer Rouge (reviewed here) has been used by IMCT for fours years.  RD702 is quite similar in color to Daria, but possess more of a pinky undertone.  Shiseido’s glossy formula is slightly thicker in consistency than Daria–it pairs well with any lip stain, liner or lipstick and the results never fail.  I currently have eight colors in my possession.
  • Vincent Longo Daria Velvet Riche Lip Lacquer feels heavenly on the lips.  I wish I had my 20 something lips back, they would have loved the feel and look of this lacquer.  However, the extremely emollient texture will feather if you are prone to fine lines around the lip area.
  • Chanel Audace Rouge Allure Gloss is obviously a mauve/brown and considered a lip gloss, but as you can tell, it is endowed with ample pigment to wear on its own.  The denser formula is unique in that it does not feather into fine lines and pairs well with other lipstick textures.
Vincent Longo Daria

Freshly applied: Vincent Longo Daria Velvet Riche Lip Lacquer (what a great color) with Vincent Longo Intergalactic Eyeshadow.

 

**Vincent Longo Cosmetics can be found at newly renovated Duane Reade drug stores, macys.com and vincentlongo.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you despite the fantastic color, shine, packaging and incredible feel, Vincent Longo Daria Velvet Riche Lip Lacquer is not the perfect lip lacquer for me.  Feathering color is not cute and is a total deal-breaker.  However, if your lips are plump and line free, then you will indeed love this lacquer and are assuredly deemed my nemesis (just kidding)  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned.  *Daria Lip Lacquer was provided by PR in exchange for an honest review–everything else was purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos can only be used for other social media and publications with granted permission.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose review.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose.

Finding the right neutral lipstick is a very difficult task for those of us with an olive complexion.  The color has to have a perfect balance of cool and warm tones and possess a smooth texture.  So based on my past success with the Sephora Collection Color Lip Last Line (reviewed here), my eye immediately gravitated towards 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose ($13 USD/1.8g).  The rich matte formula, remarkable wear, flattering colors and affordable price are nothing short of amazing 🙂   I hope you enjoy.

Sephora Collection 04 Brown is BAck and 06 Blooming Roses.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose.

Sephora 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Roses.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose swatches.

  • 04 Brown is Back is a pinky brown color that translate to a mauve hue on my lips.  This type of 90’s shade seems to have garnished some serious attention lately–and with good reason–Brown is Back seems to pair beautifully with every makeup look and appropriate for any occasion.
  • 06 Blooming Rose is exactly as the name would imply–the warm pink hue provided just the right amount of freshness without looking too pasty or overdone.
  • The formula of the matte shades perform exactly the same as a matte liquid lipstick–once they set (roughly 2 minutes) the color does not budge.
  • In all honesty, dryness does set in after the three-hour mark on dry cooler days, yet, on warmer days, the matte formula sat comfortably on my lips until I decided to remove it.  Clearly, these results will vary; however, the formula adheres so well to the lips, an oil-free gloss can easily be applied over the lipstick for added moisture and without bleeding into fine lip lines.
Sephora 04 Brown is Back.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back.

Sephora 04 Brown is Back.

Wearing Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back.

Wearing Sephora 04 Brown is BAck

Wearing Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige on the lips and as a blush.

  • 04 Brown is Back applied smoothly without any tugging.  The color was opaque from the get-go and the thin bullet design is perfect for outlining the lips without the hassle of using a lipliner.  In fact, for those who suffer from feathering issues, like myself, the matte formula of the Color Lip Last Line is a Godsend.
  • For the second photo, Brown is Back was applied solely to clean bare lips and lasted perfectly for five hours and started to gradually fade by the sixth hour.
  • The third photo shows how creamy and rich the color appeared when paired with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige.  I prefer to add the smallest amount of gloss on my ring finger and lightly spread out the gloss on to my lips.  This method gives my lips moisture and shine without looking overly gloppy or glossy.  The gloss and lipstick combo lasted comfortably for six hours–longer if hadn’t removed it.   🙂
  • This shade also worked beautifully as a blush, as demonstrated in both photos.  I simply applied the color on my ring finger and proceeded to blend the pigment on to the cheeks.
Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 06 Blooming Roses.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 06 Blooming Rose.

Wearing Sephora Collection 06 Blooming Roses

Wearing Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 06 Blooming Rose with Dior Addict Fluid Stick 219 Whisper Beige.

  • For those individuals that are not too fond of brown based lip products, 06 Blooming Rose is a great everyday, go-with-anything, do-anything type of shade.
  • 06 Blooming Rose applied smoothly and lasted just as well as 04 Brown is Back.  Both colors performed exactly the same with or without a gloss.  The slight sweet grape fragrance is not offensive and dissipates in a matter of minutes.
  • For the above photo, 06 Blooming Rose was applied to clean bare lips and paired with a minimal amount of Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige (reviewed here).

Ingredient List for Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose:

Ingredient List for Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose

Ingredient List for Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose.

**Sephora Collection Color Lip Last are made in Switzerland and can be found exclusively at Sephora.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose are must-have shades.  The long-lasting results, amazing color payoff, affordable price and accessibility have shamelessly made me ignore my higher-end lipsticks.  I have been wearing 04 Brown is Back so often, I’m almost ready to breakout my back-up–and that rarely happens.  Try a shade and see for yourself.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Makeup and Jewelry details:

  1. Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro in 2 Wengewood (here).
  2. NYX Proof-it Eyeshadow base (here).
  3. Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks in Sandglow and Khaki with Kjaer Weis Magnetic Eyeshadow in the crease (here and here). 
  4. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Rosegold used as a facial highlighter (here). 
  5. Guerlain Liquid Liner (here).
  6. CoverFX Custom Drops G40 (2 drops) with G60 (1 drop) mixed with NYX Shine Killer Primer (here and here).
  7. Pomellato Nudo Pink Quartz Earrings (here).
  8. Gold Hoops and circle necklace (custom-made).
  9. Jennifer Meyer Leaf earrings and pendant (here and here).

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ColourPop Lippie Stix review, swatches and photos.

ColourPop Lippie Stix

ColourPop Lippie Stix Ellarie, Brink, Lady, Frida.

With all the buzz surrounding ColourPop Cosmetics, naturally the makeup junkie within caved and purchased a few items.  Seeing as how most of their cosmetics are five dollars, paraben-free, richly pigmented and have an amazing color selection, the check out button seemingly clicked itself.  🙂 ColourPop Lippie Stix ($5 USD/1g) have been developed with a supple formulation that certainly made my purchase well worth the money.  I hope you enjoy.

ColourPop Ellarie

ColourPop Lippie Stix Ellarie.

ColourPop Brink.

ColourPop Lippie Stix Brink.

ColourPop Lady.

ColourPop Lippie Stix Lady.

ColourPop Frida.

ColourPop Lippie Stix Frida.

The Pros to ColourPop Lippie Stix:

  1. Amazing color selection offered in 6 Finishes: Matte, Satin, Cream, Glossy, Pearlized, and Hyper-Glossy.
  2. The texture of the matte are unbelievably smooth without any drag during application.
  3. All four colors were richly pigmented.
  4. Lasted 3-4 hours on bare lips–longer when paired with a lipliner/base.
  5. Light vanilla scent is pleasant and imperceptible after a couple of minutes.
  6. Thin angled bullet makes application easy, especially for smaller lips.
  7. Lightweight packaging is easy to store and great for travel.
  8. Each lipstick has an accompanying lipliner shade that can be purchased separately.
  9. Affordable price makes it easy to try a variety of colors and finishes.
  10. Ingredient lists are posted besides each Lippie Stix on the website.
  11. Not tested on animals, paraben-free, gluten-free and vegan.
  12. Made in the USA.

The Cons to ColourPop Lippie Stix:

  1. Technically, due to the small amount given (1 gram), Lippie Stix are almost the same cost as a MAC lipstick ($16USD/3g)–however, the quality of some shades surpasses MAC.
  2. Due to the emollient composition of the formula, slight feathering does occur with the darker shades if worn without a lipliner/base.
  3. The overall feel of the packaging is geared toward a younger demographic…definitely not as elegant as my Lauder, Ford, Chanel or Lipstick Queen packaging.
  4. If too much pressure is applied, the thin lipstick bullet can easily break.
ColourPop Lippie Stix swatches

ColourPop Lippie Stix Swatches:
Ellarie, Brink, Lady, Frida.

ColourPop Ellarie

ColourPop Lippie Stix swatch Ellarie.

ColourPop Ellarie

Wearing ColourPop Lippie Stix Ellarie.

  • Ellarie is a true cranberry red.  The supposed matte texture felt divine and lasted well over four hours with slight fading thereafter.  On bare lips, I did experience minor color bleeding by the third hour, but that was due in large part to the emollient formula.  This is easily remedied with a lip liner/base.
  • Ellaire is classified as a matte, but the formula felt more like a mixture of MAC’s Satin and Cremesheen formula.  Despite the intense color, Ellarie removed easily with a tissue, which made reapplication effortless.
ColourPop Brink

ColourPop Lippie Stix swatch Brink.

ColourPop Brink

Wearing ColourPop Lippie Stix Brink.

  • Brink is a pinky nude color and definitely more matte in appearance than all the others.  I thought this color would be the perfect your lips but better shade, but the lack of sheen fell flat against my olive skin.  This color would certainly look spectacular on lighter complexions and those with green or blue eyes.
  • Brink was noticeably more dry in texture than the other mattes in my bunch (Ellarie and Lady), but my lips never felt tight or uncomfortable.
  • On bare lips, Brink lasted well for three hours.  When paired with my lip base of choice (Girlactik Matte Lip Paint [reviewed here]), the color lasted for 5-6 hours, but the lightweight feel was somewhat compromised.
ColourPop Lady

ColourPop Lippie Stix swatch Lady.

ColourPop Lady

Wearing ColourPop Lippie Stix Lady.

  • Lady is a plumy-brown hue that is ideal for medium to darker skins–this happens to be my favorite shade of the lot.  Despite the matte label, Lady possess a delicate glossiness that lingered for a couple of hours.  This formula reminded me of Tom Ford Lipsticks (reviewed here), but with better staying power and a more attractive price.
  • The smooth consistency was a pleasure to apply and lasted for four hours.  However, as with all emollient formulas, I did experience slight feathering around the 3½ hour mark, but not terribly noticeable to the average eye.
  • Lady also paired beautifully with Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint for a completely matte lip that lasted for 6 hours sans feathering/bleeding into fine lines (see below).
ColourPop Frida.

ColourPop Lippie Stix swatch Frida.

ColourPop Frida.

Wearing ColourPop Lippie Stix Frida.

  • Frida is a “mid-tone pink” with a hint of a peach undertone.  Against my olive complexion, the peachy notes were rather pronounced and the silky smooth texture was an absolute joy to apply.
  • The buttery satin texture was opaque on the first swipe, similar to MAC Cremesheen formula or Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks–hydrating, creamy and slightly glossy.
  • On bare lips, Frida lasted well for 3½ hours and reapplication over an existing layer was seamless and comfortable.  When paired with a lip base, the color lasted for 5 hours.
ColourPop Lady

ColourPop Lippie Stix Lady over a light layer of Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint.

  • My favorite way to wear ColourPop’s Lady is applied over a light layer of Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint.  The matte lip base soften the brown tone of Lady and left a beautiful plumy mauve in its wake (hard to capture on camera). The resulting finish was truly matte and the color lasted comfortably for six hours with some drinking and a lot of talking.

**ColourPop Lippie Stix can be found exclusively online only at colourpop.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you ColourPop Lippie Stix have exceeded my expectations.  Regardless of how they are worn, be it on their own, paired with other lipstick formulations, or mixed amongst themselves, the results are outstanding.  Take the plunge and try one or a few and see for yourself.  Until next time, be well stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Jewelry: 

  • 2 inch gold hoop earrings purchased ages ago.
  • Sydney Evan Small Diamond Disc pendant and chain (here).

Makeup:

  • MAC It’s Physical Fluidline (reviewed here) on the mobile lid.  ColourPop So Quiche is almost the same color.
  • MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline on the mobile lid (in the last photo) (here).
  • MAC Uninterrupted in the crease and lower lash line mixed with Sweet As Cocoa (here).
  • Guerlain Liquid liner on the upper lash line (here).
  • Cover FX Custom Drops G40 (2 drops) with G60 (1 drop) mixed with CoverFX Illuminating Primer (here).
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational (here).
  • Chanel Destiny Cream Blush (here)
  • Smashbox Waterproof Kohl Bare liner on the waterline (here).

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Sephora Collection Color Lip Last review and photos.

Sephora  #22 Burgundy Spirit and #23 Elegant in Brown.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last #22 Burgundy Spirit and #23 Elegant in Brown.

When the temperature is unseasonably cold and damp, I always seem to seek refuge in Sephora.  There is something about the neatly displayed cosmetics, helpful sale associates, spacious layout and the mid-week calming atmosphere that seems to put me in a good mood.  Naturally, my impromptu visit lead me to the Sephora Collection Color Lip Last #22 Burgundy Spirit and #23 Elegant in Brown ($13 USD/1.7g).  The 10-hour wear claim immediately captured my attention.  Could these delightful slim lipsticks prove, one does not need to spend an arm and a leg to get fabulous results?  You’ll see.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last #22 Burgundy Spirit.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last #22 Burgundy Spirit.

Sephora #23 Elegant in Brown.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last #23 Elegant in Brown.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last swatches.

 Sephora Collection Color Lip Last #22 Burgundy Spirit and #23 Elegant in Brown swatches.

The Pros to Sephora Collection Color Lip Last #22 Burgundy Spirit and #23 Elegant in Brown:

  1. #22 Burgundy Spirit is a matte formula that is described as a “matte mauve”, however on me the color deepens more into a pink based red.
  2. #23 Elegant in Brown is a semi-matte formula that is described as a “deep mauve”, however on me the color translates to more of a deep burgundy red…gorgeous!
  3. Thin stick design allows one to apply the lipstick with more precision than the standard lipstick style.  Compact style fits nicely in the smallest of handbags.
  4. The matte formula settles on the lips within 30-45 seconds and behaves exactly like a matte liquid lipstick (similar to Dose of Colors reviewed [here]).
  5. The matte formula does not budge until it is removed with an oil based remover.
  6. The matte formula will not transfer on cups and cheeks.  🙂
  7. Lasts 6-7  hours before there is a need for reapplication.
  8. #22 Burgundy Spirit can be worn without a lipliner–color does not bleed into fine lines.
  9. Quite comfortable for a long wearing matte formula.
  10. The semi-matte formula is rather saturated with a glossy texture that feels hydrating and makes lips look plump.
  11. #23 Elegant in Brown applies with the greatest of ease and lasts on its own for 4½ hours before there is a need for reapplication.
  12. When the semi-matte formula does wear-off, a potent stain is left.
  13. An additional layer of #23 Elegant in Brown can be applied over an existing layer without feeling heavy or looking caky.
  14. Slight grape fragrance is pleasant and imperceptible after a few seconds.
  15. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil.
  16. Both formulas are made in Switzerland.

The Cons to Sephora Collection Color Lip Last #22 Burgundy Spirit and #23 Elegant in Brown:

  1. #22 Burgundy Spirit wears off in the center of the lips–the spot that comes in contact the most with saliva, food, etc.  The outer color can be difficult to remove without an oil based remover on hand.
  2. Due to the drier texture inherent in the matte formula, an additional layer over an existing layer can look drying, but definitely feels bearable.
  3. Due to the more emollient composition found in the semi-matte formula, feathering does occur by the fourth hour of wear if worn without a lip base/liner.
  4. It goes without saying, oil based foods/glosses will break down both formulas.
Sephora #22 Burgundy Spirit lip swatch.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last #22 Burgundy Spirit lip swatch.

Sephora #22 Burgundy Spirit

Wearing Sephora Collection Color Lip Last #22 Burgundy Spirit.

  • As you can tell by the above photos, #22 Burgundy Spirit is quite an opaque color.  Proper exfoliation of the lips is necessary before application.  Personally, despite the dry matte texture, my lips did not feel dry or uncomfortable, but they were not hydrated either.  After 6½ hours of wear and copious amounts of talking and some drinking, I was able to apply an additional coat to the center of the lips. The results were not as uncomfortable or unsightly as with one would expect from a long wearing formula.
  • Should the matte look not suit your taste, I found the drier texture to pair well with my Dior Fluid Sticks and Shiseido Lacquer Rouge–the results were amazing!
  • This formula is perfect for those who love the look and staying power of matte liquid lipsticks and for those who have feathering issues.  I fall into both categories, so this was a total score of me.
Sephora #23 Elegant in Brown.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last #23 Elegant in Brown lip swatch.

Sephora #23 Elegant in Brown.

Wearing Sephora Collection Color Lip Last #23 Elegant in Brown.

  • As you tell from the photos, #23 Elegant in Brown is not so brown, but a beautiful burgundy red color. Unlike the matte formula, the semi-matte formula would most likely appeal to a wider range of people. The smooth pigmented color wears well and reapplication is hassle free.  Personally, I need to wear a lip base/liner in order to prevent feathering, but if this is not an issue for you, then this lipstick is just as impressive as some higher-end brands.
  • The semi-matte formula is perfect for those that seek a saturated color and hydrating results at an amazing price.  In other words–everyone.  🙂

Ingredients for Sephora Collection Color Lip Last:

Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Polybutene, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Trimethylsiloxysilicate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Ozokerite, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Trihydroxymethoxystearin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Parfum (Fragrance), Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Bis-Hydroxyethoxypropyl Dimethicone, CI 15850 (Red 6), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Trimethoxycaprylylsilane, D-Limonene, Tocopherol.

**Sephora Collection Color Lip Last can be found exclusively at Sephora.com**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Sephora Collection Color Lip Last #22 Burgundy Spirit and #23 Elegant in Brown have impressed me quite a bit.  The 10 hour wear claim is a definite stretch, but there is no denying both colors performed just as well as some higher end brands.  With 26 colors to choose from and three different finishes (matte, semi-matte and metallic) there is sure to be a slim stick to suit everyone’s taste and wallet.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace review and swatches.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace.

Lipgloss has always been one of my favorite products.  My very first lipgloss was Maybelline Rollerball Kissing Potion (cherry was my favorite).  Since this was the only “makeup” I was allowed to wear, I was quite liberal in my application; there was gloss on my lips, over my lips, and everywhere else.  Fast forward to the present day and although my cosmetic education and style has evolved, my basic girlie desires have stayed intact–I still want me some shiny lips.  Enter Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Auduce ($34 USD/6ml), this beautiful tube of decadence is not your typical gloss.  Rouge Allure behaves as all glosses were intended to conduct themselves–she’s smooth, glossy, and does not stray into fine lines. Glamorous, graceful and gorgeous lips are all-encompassing with this gloss; the hardest part is choosing a color 🙂

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace applicator head.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace applicator head.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace applicator head hugs the lips.

The Pros to Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace:

  1. Gorgeous mauve with a caramel undertone with slight multi-colored micro shimmers.  I have been searching for a shade like this for the longest time.
  2. Beautiful/fun packaging.  To open the gloss, you have to press down on the gold top and the applicator pops up.
  3. Fantastic contoured applicator head with closely cut fibers for precise application.
  4. Thick formula ensures color will adhere to the lips with minimal/even fading.
  5. Lips feel moisturized even after color fades.
  6. Pigmented formula does not stain lips when color has worn off or been removed.
  7. Removes easily with a tissue, should you feel the need to apply a fresh layer.
  8. Color and shine lasts for a good four hours without any eating or drinking.
  9. Does not feather into fine lines without a lip liner, if used in moderation.
  10. Audace is the perfect “nude” color for those with deeper skin tones to compliment any look.
  11. The mauve tone of Audace makes teeth appear whiter.
  12. Perfect “one-product” lip product.
  13. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil.
  14. Comes in 10 shades.
  15. Made in France.

The Cons to Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace:

  1. Does not layer well over lipsticks.  Due to the thicker texture, Rouge Allure Glosses will disturb any lipstick base color.
  2. Color will feather into fine lines if a fresh layer is applied to an existing layer.  I prefer to remove the older layer and start anew.
  3. After a week of using this gloss, I experience slight product build-up at the base of applicator wand.  I wipe the base clean after three uses to ensure the opening does not get clogged.
  4. Thicker formula and lack of staining effect may deter some from loving this product.
  5. Contains  slight fragrance–not too overpowering, but can be bothersome to some.
  6. According the Chanel.com, 20 Audace is the only limited edition shade.  This is the best color–WHHHYYYY Chanel?
Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace swatch

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace swatch.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace on bare lips.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace on bare lips.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace over one layer of Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

Personally, this is the perfect neutral shade to compliment my coloring.  I especially love the fact I can get away without using a lipliner.  This is the ideal lip product to own if you are someone who does not like to carry around too many lip products throughout the day.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace on bare lips.

The above photo shows the brightening effect Audace has on teeth.  Finally, a gloss formula that is pigmented, flattering and delivers on the no-feathering claim…imagine that!

Comparison Shades to Chanel 20 Audace:

Comparisons: Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702, Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint, Chanel 20 Audace, Dior Fluid Stick 975 Minut, and Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick 150 Decadent.

Comparisons:
Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702, Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint, Chanel 20 Audace, Dior Fluid Stick 975 Minut, and Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick 150 Decadent.

Comparison swatches removed using one swipe of a baby wipe.

Comparison swatches removed using one swipe of a baby wipe after 15 minutes on the arm.

  • Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702 (reviewed here) has more of a brown undertone and the thinner consistency allows the color to bleed into my fine lines when worn on its own.  However, the Lacquer Rouge formula pairs beautifully with a variety of lipsticks.
  • Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint (reviewed here) is clearly a matte formula.  I find this is the only lip base that works with Chanel Rouge Allure Glosses.  Not only does this product extended the wear of Audace, but Allure gives lovely dimension to the gloss.
  • Dior Addict Fluid Stick 975 Minuit (reviewed here) has a much thinner and cooling texture than Audace.  These are wonderful on their own (for some) and pair beautifully with other lipsticks.  Unlike Chanel Rouge Allure Glosses, Fluid Sticks leave behind a noticeable stain; however, I cannot wear them on their own without some serious feathering issues.
  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick 150 Decadent (reviewed here) is clearly a lipstick, but the color and wear is very similar to that of Chanel 20 Audace.
Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace ingredient list.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace ingredient list.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace

Yoshi wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace [Yoshi thinking] “Someone please save me.”

Should you feel inclined to read another stellar review on three additional colors (and my inspiration for this purchase) Sunny from MostlySunnyBlog.com has an excellent post on her blog (here).

**Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss can be found at Nordstrom, Macys, Saks, Bloomingdale and chanel.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace is one of the best colors and gloss formulas. For someone like me, who has difficulty with glosses feathering into fine lines, these Rouge Allure Glosses are a revelation.  I feel like the clouds have parted and the heavens have given us a wonderful gift.  Now, I’m left with one decision: Do I buy a back-up of Audace or indulge in another color?  What say you?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue review and photos.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue packaging.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue packaging.

What do you do when your significant other asks you what you would like from the store?  My conservative altruistic-self could have answered, “Oh nothing honey, but thank you for thinking of me.”  But such pretenses would have been immediately interpreted as insincere, therefore, I allowed my true nature to take the reins and a list was instantly formed for my beloved to purchase.  Amongst the spoils of the day was Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue ($35 USD/ 5.5 ml).  This gorgeous full-bodied Cabernet color definitely arouses an air of intrigue when worn–I can already hear the whispers when walking the streets, “Who’s that Girl?”  🙂

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue lipswatch.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue freshly applied on bare lips.

Although gorgeous to look at, I found the pigment of this particular Fluid Stick to settle a bit unevenly and appear slightly patchy when applied heavily to bare lips. However, when approached with moderation and/or paired with other lipliners and lipsticks, the formula blended seamlessly.  As with all Dior Fluid Sticks, the applicator head performs brilliantly to distribute the color and outline the lips perfectly.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue applied over Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue applied over Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue four and half hours later.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue four and half hours later.

Typical of all Dior Addict Fluid Sticks, the formula is hydrating and smooth to the touch.  The longevity and staining effect of the darker shades are more pronounced than their lighter counterparts.  For the above photos, Intrigue was applied over a light coating of Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint, the lasting power of this combination was beyond impressive.  I was able to snap a photo by the 4½ hour mark, and as you can see, the color and shine were very much present even after copious amount of talking and laughter.

For those of you who are new to my blog, I use Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint (reviewed here) as my go-to lipliner/base for all of my lip combos.  This wonderous product keeps feathering at bay and lip color in place for the long haul.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue over Estee Lauder Decadent Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue over Estee Lauder Decadent Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

For the above look, Intrigue was placed over Estee Lauder Decadent Pure Color Envy Lipstick.  The wine tone of Intrigue complimented Decadent beautifully; giving this rich brown shade much-needed dimension and shine.  I decided to pair this sumptuous color with a very neutral eye, giving the lips the spotlight they deserved.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Black Tie Lipstick.

BEFORE:
Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Black Tie Lipstick.

AFTER: Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Black Tie Lipstick topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue.

AFTER:
Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Black Tie Lipstick topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue.

For the above photos, Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue also paired perfectly with Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie.  The bright blue based red color was instantly transformed into a deeper red wine color.  This combo lasted comfortably for six hours without any of the color feathering into my fine lines.

Dior Addict Fluid Sticks L_R: 995 Intrigue, 893 Trompe L'Oeil, and 975 Minuit.

Dior Addict Fluid Sticks L-R:
995 Intrigue, 893 Trompe L’Oeil, and 975 Minuit.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick Swatches.

Dior Addict Fluid Sticks L_R:
995 Intrigue, 893 Trompe L’Oeil, and 975 Minuit.

  • #995 Intrigue does not apply as intensely as depicted in the tube (this swatch is three coats).  In fact on me, the wine color transforms more into a succulent cool based grape color.  This would be the ideal shade for those ladies that prefer cool tone plum reds.
  • #893 Trompe L’Oeil (reviewed here) is a much lighter version of Intrigue (this swatch is two coats).  In comparison, Trompe contains more red pigment and the texture is more even and dense.  Personally, I cannot wear any of these colors without a lipliner/base due to my feathering issues; however, if that is of no consequence to you, then this color applies seamlessly on its own.
  • #975 Minuit (reviewed here) continues to be my favorite color of the lot (this swatch is one coat).  This brown based red compliments my skin tone perfectly.  The color remains rather stable and does not appear patchy when worn on its own.

Dior Addict Fluid Sticks can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, Macys, etc…

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue makes an excellent addition to my growing Fluid Stick family.  The deep rich wine color compliments all of my red lipsticks perfectly–just remember to approach this shade with caution.  Will you exude a ton if intrigue when wearing this shade?  Absolutely–at least that’s what I tell myself when I’m walking the dog 🙂  Someone has to look good for my Yoshi.  Special thanks to my husband for putting up with all of my obsessive makeup demands.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Shiba Inu

Yoshi the Shiba Inu, thinking, “Yes, Mommy your lipstick looks nice, now please, just take me for a walk.”

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Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte review, swatches and comparisons.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charolotte.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

When a cosmetics company claims to have formulated a lipstick so revolutionary, so dramatic, so color saturated and yes, so audacious, yours truly stands and takes notice.  Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte ($32 USD/4.2g) is yet another deep dark seductive color that is sure to capture everyone’s attention.  Will this newly mint filly topple my beloved Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage (reviewed here) from the #1 spot in my collection?  You’ll see 🙂

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charolotte.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charolotte swatch.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte swatch.

The Pros to Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte:

  1. Gorgeous burgundy-red color.
  2. Semi-matte finish.
  3. Smooth saturated color that glides on the lips without any tugging.
  4. Lasts for 4 hours on its own, however when paired with a lipliner/base the wear is extended to 5-6 hours.
  5. Castor oil is the first ingredient which makes the lipstick very hydrating.
  6. Leaves behind a noticeable stain when the color has faded.
  7. Layers well over an existing layer.
  8. Formulated without any fragrance, parabens, or mineral oil.
  9. Fantastic sleek black packaging (non-rubberized) with a modern magnetic closure.
  10. Can be used with other lipstick brands to create a unique shade.  I have used Charlotte to brighten YSL 205 and the resulting shade was stunning.
  11. Amazing price/amount ratio…4.2 grams.
  12. The Audacious Line houses 40 delectable shades:  14 of these shades are available through Sephora.com but not in-store (Audrey, Barbara, Bette, Brigitte, Liv, Catherine, Deborah, Grace, Greta, Janet, Leslie, Marlene, Natalie, and Vera);  10 of these shades are exclusive to Barneys NY (Carmen, Dominique, Ingrid, Julie, Kelly, Marisa, Sandra, Silvia, Vanessa, and Vivien).
  13. Highly available from a variety of retailers.

The Cons to Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte:

  1. Charlotte tends to feather into my fine lines by the third hour of wear.  A quality lip liner/base is essential when wearing this color.
  2. These do not play well with glosses of any kind.  When paired with my Dior Addict Fluid Sticks (reviewed here and here), the color started to break down after a couple of hours.  I was left with faded lipstick in the center and a strong outlining color on the perimeter of the lips.  NOT CUTE!
  3. Tends to photograph more like a brick-red than a burgundy.
Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte lip swatch.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte lip swatch.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte over It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lipliner in Perfect Red.

After roughly taking 30 pictures, the first photo, captured what I believe to be an accurate color depiction of Charlotte.  However, in the second photo, Charlotte took-on a more brick-red appearance.  In person, the burgundy tone was definitely noticeable and the color faded into a lasting stain.

Comparisons to Nars Charlotte Lipstick:

Comparison Swatches L-R: Julie Hewett Sin Noir, Nars Charlotte, Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Entourage, Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Black Tie, and Kevyn Aucoin BloodRoses.

Comparison Swatches L-R:
Julie Hewett Sin Noir, Nars Charlotte, Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Entourage, Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Black Tie, and Kevyn Aucoin BloodRoses.

  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205  (reviewed here) has a strong plum tone.  This color is clearly deeper and more robust than Charlotte.  This formula is not as smooth as Charlotte, but the non-feathering aspect and amazing longevity are noteworthy.  YSL The Mats Lipsticks have the most potent staining effect than any other lipstick I own.
  • Julie Hewett Sin Noir is much more brown in its overall tone when compared to Charlotte.  The application is not as smooth as Charlotte, but the lasting power is quite impressive.
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Entourage is deeper and has more of a berry undertone when compared to Charlotte.  The velvet matte finish is so attractive and the silky smooth formula is unsurpassed…need I say more?
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Black Tie is brighter and contains less burgundy pigment when compared to Charlotte.  Just like Entourage, the formula is simply the best.
  • Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses is deeper in tone and glossier than Charlotte.  This is one lipstick that can easily be classified as hydrating, but the longevity is somewhat compromised due to the emollient nature of the formula.

Ingredient List for Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte:

Ingredient List for Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

Ingredient List for Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

Ingredient List for Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

Ingredient List for Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

**Nars Audacious Lipsticks can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom, and Beauty.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte is a truly sensational color and formulation.  I was rather impressed with how smoothly the color applied and the level of pigmentation.  Will Charlotte replace my beloved LQ Entourage?  No..there simply isn’t any other brand that can come close to Poppy’s formula.  However, Charlotte is no slouch, she performs brilliantly and is a proud achievement from an amazing brand.  Have you tried any Audacious lipsticks to date?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie and Entourage are Simply Luxurious.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Black Tie and Entourage ($50 USD/ 3.5g) are the ultimate refined matte lipstick formula.  The smoother than silk effortless application, gorgeous substantial packaging, highly pigmented color, hydrating feel and long-lasting velvety finish are truly deserving of the title QUEEN. Even the mightiest of lipstick kings cannot compare to these reigning stars. Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope lip colors are not your average matte lipsticks; friends this is true luxury at its finest.  I hope you enjoy.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Black Tie.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Entourage.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick Swatches: Black Tie and Entourage.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick Swatches:
Black Tie and Entourage.

  • Black Tie is a deep blue red.  This shade looks particularly stunning when paired with an all black suit and against lighter complexions.  This crimson hue is very reminiscent of the 50’s lip; bold, yet feminine.
  • Entourage is a gorgeous deep wine red.  This shade looks amazing with a variety of makeup looks. Despite the dark coloring in the tube, Entourage’s red undertones balance out the vampy feel of the shade, thus making this stunner suitable for many different complexions. This shade is very reminiscent of the 20’s lip; daring and vivid.
Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Black Tie.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Black Tie.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie.

Just like Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Private Party (reviewed here), Black Tie and Entourage apply with the same level of ease.  The silky smooth paraben and mineral-oil free formula does not tug on the lips and the lightweight feel is like nothing I have ever experienced.  As with most lipsticks these days, silicones are responsible for easy application, but in the case of Velvet Ropes, the color seems to glide on the lips in an incredibly soft and sumptuous manner.  This is a case of, you have to feel-it-to-believe-it.

The packaging is also an example of gold packaging done right.  These beauties do not collect fingerprints and the weighty feel ensures a quality product was produced.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Entourage.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Entourage.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Entourage at the five hour mark.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Entourage at the five-hour mark.  Slight feathering/bleeding on the upper right lip.

Black Tie and Entourage initial application is a bit glossy, but after a couple of hours the colors dry down to a true matte finish.  I am able to wear each color without the need for a topper shade or lip balm.  When applied to bare skin, the lasting power is roughly six hours (without eating or drinking) with slight feathering on the upper lip region.  However, when paired with a long-lasting lip liner or base, the colors remain more consistent (sans feathering) for seven hours.  When the colors do eventually fade, a lovely stain is left.  The natural light peppermint scent is faint and completely imperceptible after 30 seconds.

Wearing Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie topped with Entourage.

Wearing Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie topped with Entourage.

Pairing Black Tie and Entourage together proved to be a match made in heaven. The deeper bordeaux red concoction was not only appealing, but the lasting power was sure to impress most.  This combo lasted so well throughout the day, I was shocked to see a substantial portion of my lipstick intact by dinner time.

Wearing YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 as a base color topped with Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie.

Wearing YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 as a base color topped with Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks also play very nicely with other drier matte formulations.  For the above photo, YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 (reviewed here) was used as a light base and then topped with Black Tie.

Comparison Swatches:

Dark Red Lipstick Comparisons: Tom Ford Black Orchid, Lipstick Queen Black Tie, LipstickQueen Entourage, YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 and YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206

Dark Red Lipstick Comparisons:
Tom Ford Black Orchid, Lipstick Queen Black Tie, Lipstick Queen Entourage, YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 and YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206

  • Tom Ford Black Orchid is noticeably glossier and deeper in tone than Black Tie or Entourage.  The lasting power is not as potent as Velvet Ropes, and on its own, Black Orchid does bleed into my fine lines after a couple of hours.
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 is darker and deeper than Entourage.  The strong plum undertone is more comparable in color to Black Orchid.  The formula is a bit denser in appearance and feel than Velvet Ropes.  However, the stain left is exceptional.
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 has a strong brown undertone.  Even though the application of The Mats is smooth, they are not as smooth as Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope.  However, when combined with VR, the two formulas yield amazing results.

Ingredient List for Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie and Entourage:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Cire De Candelilla), Silica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Perfluorononylethyl Stearyl Dimethicone, Beeswax (Cire D’Abeille), Polyethylene, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernal Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Linalool, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide Cl 77891

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Swatches L-R: Star System, Black Tie, Entourage, Brat Pack and Private Party.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Swatches L-R:
Star System, Black Tie, Entourage, Brat Pack and Private Party (in full sun).

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks can be found at Nordstrom, Beauty.com, SpaceNK, Ulta and lipstickqueen.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie and Entourage are the ultimate beauty indulgence.  These beautiful matte colors are the top of the line in terms of formula and wear.  I do not know how Poppy King did it, but the silky smooth composition of these beauties is unmatched.  As it stands, Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage is my favorite red lipstick.  A bold statement, but one I totally stand behind.  Be well stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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