Sephora Excellence & Girl Crush Rouge Lacquers Reviews & Swatches

Sephora Excellence (07) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich, medium fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque color coverage with a smooth, creamy consistency that glided easily across my lips and delivered even coverage. The texture was lightweight and melted noticeably upon contact, but the more impressive part was how smoothing the formula was of my lip lines. It stayed on well for four and a half hours, left a faint stain behind, and was lightly hydrating over time.

Givenchy Framboise Couture (323) (P, $36.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Electrique (P, $54.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Otranto (P, $55.00) is lighter (85% similar).Givenchy Fuchsia Angora (204) (P, $37.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).YSL Rose Saint Germain (49) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).MAC Eros (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar).Urban Decay Caliente (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar).Urban Decay Sheer Shame (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).L’Oreal Laminated Fuchsia (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar).Urban Decay Ladyflower (P, $18.00) is lighter (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$13.00/0.1 oz. – $130.00 Per Ounce

The lipstick is supposed to have a “silky smooth melting formula” that yields “intense long-lasting color and high-shine” with “instant hydration.” Most shades were creamy without being so slippery that they felt that way or went on unevenly. They do melt quickly, though, so if they are left in a warmer area (with all my photography lights running) and applied, they feel substantially creamier than at room temperature (about 72 degrees).

The texture was smooth, creamy, and comfortable to apply and to wear with most of the shades applying well, though lighter and very deep shades tended to have application problems. The lighter shades tended to separate and sit in my lip lines, while deeper shades were less pigmented and more prone to patchiness (but didn’t pull into my lip lines as noticeably as the lighter shades did). The majority of the shades had semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation with a few coming in at more medium to semi-opaque coverage.

As there are 30 shades in the range, wear time definitely varied from three to six hours, depending on depth and pigment level with deeper, redder shades lasting longer than pale beiges and peaches. The formula has been moderately hydrating without feathering on me so far, but I’m not particularly prone to that but would worry about it for those who find it a more frequent occurrence with some of the deeper shades in the lineup.

They had a scent that Sephora lists as having these notes: “vanilla, peony, and intrepid patchouli,” and I’d describe the scent as a subtle, sweet, vanilla-floral hybrid mix (nothing specific to my nose) and on most shades, I didn’t notice a taste but some shades gave me a bit of one (enough that I was like, “hmm”).

 

Ingredients

Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polybutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydrogenated Styrene/Methyl Styrene/Indene Copolymer, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Synthetic Wax, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)), CI 15850 (Red 7), Stearalkonium Hectorite, CI 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), Parfum (Fragrance), Propylene Carbonate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), BHT, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Beta-Sitosterol, Squalene, Citric Acid.

Sephora Girl Crush (16) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium pink with warm undertones and a glossy, cream finish. The texture was more emollient with noticeable slip, so I had to be careful to apply this quickly before it felt like it was melting and creating a thicker layer of product. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which went on fairly evenly but had room for improvement as the edges were a touch streaky and there was some product that sat in my lip lines. It wore well for four hours and was lightly moisturizing while worn.

Tom Ford Beauty Mustique (P, $55.00) is more muted (90% similar).Estee Lauder Powerful (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Bobbi Brown Posh Pink (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).Clinique Sweet Pop (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar).MAC Chatterbox (P, $18.50) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar).Colour Pop Sweet-Thing (LE, $5.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Burberry Primrose (21) (P, $34.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar).Make Up For Ever C209 (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).L’Oreal Burnished Blush (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar).MAC What a Feeling! (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$13.00/0.1 oz. – $130.00 Per Ounce

The lipstick is supposed to have a “silky smooth melting formula” that yields “intense long-lasting color and high-shine” with “instant hydration.” Most shades were creamy without being so slippery that they felt that way or went on unevenly. They do melt quickly, though, so if they are left in a warmer area (with all my photography lights running) and applied, they feel substantially creamier than at room temperature (about 72 degrees).

The texture was smooth, creamy, and comfortable to apply and to wear with most of the shades applying well, though lighter and very deep shades tended to have application problems. The lighter shades tended to separate and sit in my lip lines, while deeper shades were less pigmented and more prone to patchiness (but didn’t pull into my lip lines as noticeably as the lighter shades did). The majority of the shades had semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation with a few coming in at more medium to semi-opaque coverage.

As there are 30 shades in the range, wear time definitely varied from three to six hours, depending on depth and pigment level with deeper, redder shades lasting longer than pale beiges and peaches. The formula has been moderately hydrating without feathering on me so far, but I’m not particularly prone to that but would worry about it for those who find it a more frequent occurrence with some of the deeper shades in the lineup.

They had a scent that Sephora lists as having these notes: “vanilla, peony, and intrepid patchouli,” and I’d describe the scent as a subtle, sweet, vanilla-floral hybrid mix (nothing specific to my nose) and on most shades, I didn’t notice a taste but some shades gave me a bit of one (enough that I was like, “hmm”).

 

Ingredients

Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polybutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydrogenated Styrene/Methyl Styrene/Indene Copolymer, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Synthetic Wax, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Stearalkonium Hectorite, CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 7), Parfum (Fragrance), Propylene Carbonate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, CI 15850 (Red 6), BHT, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Beta-Sitosterol, Squalene, Citric Acid.

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