Housecleaning through the lockdown, going via my lipsticks… and I am compelled to confess that quite a lot of these shades are replicas of one another.
I are likely to gravitate in direction of the identical tone/shade in each lipstick assortment, so all of them look just about the identical when worn, except you’ve a really sharp eye for the slightest variation in coloration.
So I assumed I would publish a a fast overview and swatches of a number of the related shades I’ve in several manufacturers. The formulation range when it comes to value, general high quality, and strengths.
PS — I don’t know what my pores and skin tone/undertone is. I actually can not determine if I’m cool or heat or impartial. I seen that Contact of Spice, for instance, seems to be rather a lot hotter, redder or browner on different folks than it does on me, however I am unsure why, so any recommendation in that space can be significantly appreciated.
LIP SWATCHES: ROSY/PINKISH/MAUVES
1. MAC Satin Lipstick, in Twig
On me, it seems to be like a midtone pink-mauve with purple and brown undertones.
Software: easy, however works effectively with a balm beneath too
Finest in: depth of coloration. In comparison with its two dupes on this checklist, the colour is wealthy however much less shiny than Contact of Spice, and fewer flat than Beige Reveur
2. L’oreal Color Riche Matte Lipstick, in Beige Reveur
Barely extra purple than Twig.
Software: easy and creamy
Finest in: light-weight feeling. It is as creamy as the opposite bullets on this checklist, but it surely feels a contact lighter on the lips than Twig and Contact of Spice, which have barely thicker formulations. As soon as it dries on the lips, it does not switch an excessive amount of, except you eat or drink.
3. Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick, in Contact of Spice
Barely brighter and extra pink/lilac than Twig.
Software: easy, however works effectively with a balm beneath too (that is higher than their powder matte formulation which I discover extra drying and which are likely to tug on the lips)
Finest in: worth for cash. Particularly for those who await on-line gross sales, there is no such thing as a beating the standard you get for this value level. By way of formulation, consolation, coloration, and endurance, it stands toe-to-toe with Twig which prices as much as 4 occasions as a lot. (Similar may very well be stated of the L’oreal bullet, which is simply barely dearer than this Maybelline model.)
4. Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick, in Omi
A midtone rose with lilac, purple, and grey tones
End: true matte
Software: easy, however works effectively with a balm too
Finest in: matte lipstick formulation. In comparison with the opposite bullet mattes on this checklist (Maybelline and L’oreal), that is the one true matte. However someway it is easy and creamy upon software. I am unable to say sufficient good issues about this formulation. It additionally leaves a good stain of coloration on the lips because it fades away after a number of hours.
And the colour is implausible too. It isn’t clear in footage however Pat McGrath designed quite a lot of her shades for ladies of coloration, and it is evident in Omi, which lends coloration to the face with out trying “pretend” or “plastic” or “neon,” like quite a lot of different lipsticks designed for Western pores and skin tones. Omi and KVD’s Lolita II are the colours that look finest in direct daylight. Every thing else turns into garish and overbright.
LIP SWATCHES: WARM RED/TERRACOTTAS:
5. Kat Von D Eternal Liquid Lipstick, in Lolita II
Terracotta nude, principally a muted orange with brick tones
End: true matte
Software: easy, the formulation will not be too thick and really pigmented; seems to be very shiny upon first software however dries down darker and extra muted
Finest in: consolation. This liquid lipstick, in contrast to quite a lot of different liquid mattes available on the market (cough, BLK) is non-drying on the lips. It additionally dries fully, in contrast to the Max Issue liquid lipstick which stays a bit sticky. As soon as it settles, it’s transfer-proof, lasts for hours, and fades away evenly even for those who eat or drink. You may put this on and never fear about lipstick for the subsequent 5 hours.
(Sadly I’ve made a private pact to not purchase something from KVD once more so I am looking out for a liquid matte lipstick formulation nearly as good as this one.)
6. Chunk Magnificence, in Chai
A reddish brown with purple undertones
Software: easy and creamy
Finest in: Moisturizing formulation. This model is understood for its cruelty-free substances and this lipstick is the one one on this checklist that really appears to make my lips really feel extra moisturized after I put on it. Like a lipstick with the nourishing energy of a balm. (The draw back is that it’s extremely shiny on the lips and transfers on the whole lot, so you need to watch out while you put on it.)
7. Max Issue Lipfinity, in Spice
A deep terracotta with robust purple tones
End: true matte
Software: it is a two-in-one product, a liquid lip coloration and a balm in a tube. You are supposed to place the balm on prime but it surely truthfully additionally wants a balm beneath, in any other case it’s extremely drying and liable to cracking.
Finest in: Endurance. This stays and stays and stays. You want balm or make-up remover to get it off. The irritating factor is that since balm takes it off, it loses its superstaying energy as soon as you utilize the accompanying balm on prime (to not point out, the balm is just too gentle and retains warping and breaking in our humidity and warmth).
(Offhand I would say the Maybelline Superstay Liquid Lipstick is a greater and cheaper formulation than this, though the colours are typically extra flat and fake-looking.)