ColourPop Contessa Lux Lip Duo Overview & Swatches


Color Pop Contessa Lux Liquid Lip & Gloss Duo ($ 15.00 for 0.31 oz.) Is a new duo that includes a liquid lipstick and a lip gloss. However, both can be purchased individually if desired. Fatale was more pigmented than marketed while Panache was a little less pigmented, but otherwise they worked consistently with their respective formulas and were easy to work with, comfortable to wear, and lasted three to four hours on me.

Fatal is a medium peony pink with moderate warm undertones and a satin finish. It took about an hour for the finish to be more of a real, soft mat (or you could dab!). The texture was very light, pliable, and thin, so it spread out easily over my lips but didn't emphasize my lip lines. The color coverage was mostly opaque in a single layer, which was a higher coverage than the "medium buildable" marketing. It carried well for four and a half hours and felt slightly moisturizing over time.

MORE READING: Formula overview for details on general performance and properties (such as fragrance).

NARS Vahine (LE, $ 25.00) is darker (95% similar); MAC Sultry (P, $ 19.00) is less shiny (95% similar). Color Pop Dilly-Dally (P, $ 7.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Fanfare (P, $ 20.00) is shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Please Me (P, $ 20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Spellbound (P, $ 32.00) is darker (90% similar). Color Pop Sphynx (P, $ 7.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Blossom (P , $ 14.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Spring Pink (P, $ 37.00) is shimmery, darker, shinier (90% similar); Hourglass My Favorite (P, $ 34.00) is lighter (90% similar).

Formula overview

$ 8.00 / 0.17 oz. – – $ 47.06 per ounce

The formula is intended to have a "medium buildable cover" that has a "soft, diffuse" effect. It is a reinforced version of the Blotted Lips concept or a slightly "washed out" version of the Ultra Matte / Ultra Satin range. The formula is much thinner – almost weightless – and spreads evenly with a single layer. I would argue that most of the shades were often semi-opaque rather than medium-sized and buildable – and I only used what was on the doe-foot applicator to apply to both the upper and lower lips (without adding any more back go).

The consistency was airier, lighter, thinner, and spreadable with a soft dryness that didn't feel fully enclosed (like Ultra Mattes) but had significantly less transfer than a traditional lipstick (or even the Ulta Satins). They weren't the most forgiving lip texture or lip line, but they were more flattering than most of the formulas I've tried that are similar in effect and coverage. Some shades had more of a matte finish shortly after being applied, while others had a subtle sheen that fell off to a matte finish within an hour or less.

The lifespan was anywhere from three to six hours with some hues leaving subtle stains, and for the most part the formula didn't feel drying to me. It had a sweet vanilla scent but no discernible taste.

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Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, dimethicone cross-polymer, polyglyceryl-2-triisostearate, cyclohexasiloxane, dimethicone / vinyl-dimethicone cross-polymer, dimethiconol, aroma, caprylic / capric triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (grape) seed extract, Lycium barbarum fruit; May contain: blue 1 lake (ci 42090), iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77482, ci 77499), red 7 lake (ci 15850), red 27 lake (ci 45410), titanium dioxide (ci 77891), yellow 5 lake (ci 19140).

Verve is a light pink with moderate warm undertones with shimmer in a glossy finish. It had a pure to semi-transparent color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly to my lips without sinking into my lip lines. The texture was light, smooth, and plush with minimal stickiness. It stayed good for three hours and felt slightly moisturizing over time.

MORE READING: Formula overview for details on general performance and properties (such as fragrance).

MAC Rainbow Interlude (LE, $ 18.50) is shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Huda Beauty Snobby (P, $ 18.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Summer Vibes (LE, USD 16.00)) is shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Rose Quartz x Clam (LE, $ 22.00) is shimmery, cooler (90% similar); MAC Under the Sheets (LE, $ 19.00) is shimmery, pigmented, warmer (90% similar) .MAC MamaStarrr Kiss ( LE, $ 19.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, warmer (90% similar) .Jouer St. Tropez (LE, $ 16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar)). Color Pop Check In (P, $ 8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Be an Angel, Darling (LE, $ 20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Color Pop New Day (LE, $ 6.00) is more pigmented, warmer, less shiny (90% similar).

Formula overview

$ 8.00 / 0.16 oz. – – $ 50.00 per ounce

The formula is said to have "shine" with a "pillow-soft" texture that "moisturizes the lips". The brand is not clear on how pigmented or how pure the formula should be. Instead, they have the "perfect amount of color in one". Based on what I can deduce from promotional images, their marketing and typical lip gloss claims (in the industry), gloss is usually a transparent cover rather than an opaque cover. Based on this, I will evaluate the expectation of medium coverage.

The formula has a smooth consistency that is more like a gel cream in that it feels denser ("pillow-like") without being heavy or sticky. I didn't feel like they were the most forgiving, however, as most of the shades settled in my lip lines to a small extent. The cover was purely to semi-transparent, which meant that the color tones looked more similar than in the tubes (the initial set-up could therefore have been much more diverse). They lasted between two and three hours and were moisturizing to wear.

No taste was apparent and they had a sweet, sugary smell.

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hydrogenated polyisobutene, seed oil from Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba), copolymer made from ethylene / propylene / styrene, squalane, octyldodecanol, seed oil from Ricinus communis (castor), extract from pink hybrid flowers, fruit extract from Vanilla planifolia, seed extract from Papaver somniferum, Copaiferalsa officaminal )) Resin, Punica Granatum seed oil, Aluerites Moluccanus seed oil, calcium-sodium borosilicate, calcium-aluminum-borosilicate, aluminum-calcium-sodium silicate, synthetic fluorophlogopite, silica, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) wax, isopropyl myristate, polyethylene, Glycine soy (soy) oil flavor, dimer-dilinoleyl-dimer-dilinoleate, tocopherol, saccharin, caprylic / capric triglyceride, tin oxide, triisostearin, propylene carbonate, butylene / ethylene / styrene copolymer, stearalkonium hectorite, hydrated silicon dioxide, pentaerythrity -tyrene-di-tyryl-ticyl-tetroxyl-tetroxyl-tetroxyl-tetyl-tyryl-tic-tyryl-tic-tyrol-phenyl-tetroxyl-tetroxyl-tic-tyrene-phenyl-tetroxyl-tetroxyl-tic-tyr yl-tic-ty-ty-ty-ty-ty-t glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene glycol. may contain: bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163), blue 1 lake (ci 42090), iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499), manganese violet (ci 77742), mica (ci 77019), red 6 lake (ci 15850)), red 7 (ci 15850), red 7 lake (ci 15850), red 27 lake (ci 45410), red 28 lake (ci 45410), red 40 lake (ci 16035), titanium dioxide (ci 77891), yellow 5 (ci 19140 ), yellow 6 lake (ci 15985).


Katherine Clark