FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
These are the dupes the editor has pulled but not yet rated and officially entered.
- Chanel Cassis (P, $37.00).
- Makeup by Mario Amanda (P, $24.00).
- MAC Burning Love (P, $22.00).
- Bite Beauty Jam (DC, $26.00).
- ColourPop Main Character (LE, $9.00).
- Lancome Nuit Parisienne (493) (P, $32.00).
- Bite Beauty Mulberry (P, $28.00).
- Tom Ford Beauty Jack (2016) (P, $36.00).
- MAC More Than a Woman (LE, $19.00).
- Hourglass Warrior (P, $32.00).
$34.00/0.05 oz. – $680.00 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to have “10-hour wear” that has “one swipe, instant payoff” that is “transfer-resistant” and “lightweight” with “all-day comfort.” Those are some big claims, and while I think the formula is solid–lightweight, longer-wearing, and semi-opaque to opaque in coverage–they don’t quite last 10 hours (more like five to six hours, which is good just not ridiculously long as claimed).
They have a lightweight, more of a velvety-cream feel that helped them apply comfortably without dragging and be somewhat forgiving of lip texture, but I would recommend proper exfoliation prior to wearing these. They were somewhat transfer-resistant but lost most of that resistance after a meal, and they tended not to last that well through a meal in general (part of why they don’t get to 10 hours). The formula felt more non-drying to barely-hydrating, so comfortable as claimed.
Worth mentioning, they did not swatch so well on my arm but applied significantly better on my lips, which is something I have found to be true with more silicone-heavy lipstick formulas. They had no discernible taste or scent.
Note: The lipsticks are in a slim-style bullet, which is typically much smaller than the average lipstick (often around 0.07 oz. for a slim lipstick vs. 0.10 oz. for a standard tube), but these are 0.05 oz. a pop, so they are quite small.
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Isododecane, Synthetic Wax, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Caprylyl Methicone, Dicalcium Phosphate, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax, Lauroyl Lysine, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyethylene, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Polysilicone-11, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, [+/-(May Contain/Peut Contenir): Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)].
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