And now the highly anticipated part two 😉
Gosh I really have a lot of lipsticks….
Lots of different brands in this selection!
So what do we have here?
- NYX Liquid Suede Cherry Skies
- Besame Cosmetics Merlot
- BH Cosmetics Moody Merlot
- 4. Lipstick Queen Wine Sinner
- Julie Hewett Coco Noir
- Maybelline 14 hr Timeless Crimson
- WnW Cinnamon Spice
- NYX Snow White
- Kat Von D Nosferatu
- Too Faced Melted Velvet
- Too Faced Melted Berry
So this whole Birds of a Feather thing actually started with the Maybelline. I hate that floral smell/taste so much but I loved how ridiculously long the lipstick lasted and how pigmented it was. Every time I go through my stash I keep almost just giving up and throwing it out, but I kept saving it since I loved the color. Being a total red-fiend, I knew I must totally have a dupe for the color already, but I really wanted to be “scientific” about it and actually prove that to myself! Hence, the great swatching was born!
Sooo many reds. Enough reds to last me two decades of daily use, at least.
See, there’s that Maybelline! Totally dupable.
- NYX Liquid Suede Cherry Skies — same problems as its Vintage friend. Really hard to get even and never properly dries. It isn’t as nice and pigmented as the Too Faced Melteds at all. One very thin layer is a nice stain, but it’s very finicky to achieve that. If this doesn’t get any use this winter… I may say goodbye. (KEEP, for now)
- Besame Cosmetics Merlot — yesss I love all my Besame lipsticks. I find them easy to apply, creamily pigmented, and matte without being drying. This is a nice rich color without being too purple / vampy for everyday wear. It is slightly browner than Lipstick Queen Wine Sinner, darker and richer than Maybelline Crimson. (KEEP)
- BH Cosmetics Moody Merlot — whoa this one is creamy. I’ve gotten so used to awesome forever-lasting matte formulas that this one is super annoying to me. You’d pretty much have to do the ‘lip pencil + lipstick + pat it off + lipstick again’ formula to keep this lasting without smudging. It’s a nice rich color but it’s just way too creamy for me and gets everywhere. It’s similar to LQ Wine Sinner. (DESTASH)
- Lipstick Queen Wine Sinner — I got this baby on sale last winter but totally forgot about it. I really wanted to try the LQ line and I think I got this for ~60% off retail from a friend who never used it. I like the matte, rich pigment of the Sinner line. This color is a wee bit plummer than Besame Merlot, but they’re comparable. On my lips, Wine appears darker than Merlot and that may be because Merlot is more buildable aka intensifies with each swipe whereas Wine is pretty intense out of the tube and it would require tissue patting to de-intensify it (totally making up words for this haha). (KEEP, but gosh darn it, I need to remember to wear it!!)
- Julie Hewett Coco Noir — oh gosh Julie Hewett! What a nice formula. I got this one at DermStore.com for ~30% off during some sale. Worth it! It’s a very intense rich pigment in one swipe and its’ a very comfortable long-lasting matte. This color is remarkably flattering on me; it has just enough mute/brick to it that it isn’t a crazy vampy color to wear in the daytime, and it’s amazingly not a true dupe to anything I already own! I want to buy another in this range but I wish I could see more swatches from people…. I really don’t need another red unless it’s seriously different from ones I already have. (KEEP)
- Maybelline 14 hr Timeless Crimson — this ol’ lipstick is finally ready to depart. Strong floral taste and smell; you open the cap and it’s like perfume! If you don’t mind that, it’s an intense pigment and seriously lasts all day. This was my very first long-lasting matte lipstick and I was very impressed with how truly long-lasting it is. It is more red than WnW Cinnamon Spice, and very similar to Lipstick Queen Wine Sinner. (DESTASH, finally)
- WnW Cinnamon Spice — The Wet’n’Wild lipsticks are really good for their price point, although those darn caps are awful! No matter how careful I am, I always smudge them with lipstick since it doesn’t screw all the way down. Other than that, this is a great color for fall. It’s more muted / browner than some of my other reds. I think it’s more of a buildable, thinner texture but that’s a nice thing for days when you don’t want to be full-out bold red lips. I need to wear it more often though; it gets sidelined compared to other lipsticks. (KEEP)
- NYX Snow White — creamy! But not as bad as the BH Cosmetics one. I like this color and that’s pretty much why I still have it around. I really like my super matte long-lasting lipsticks more than anything creamy, but this is a lovely medium-dark red. It’s redder than the Wet’n’Wild, and darker than a light application of Too Faced Melted Velvet. (KEEP, for now)
- Kat Von D Nosferatu — ahahaha help me, I keep buying liquid lipsticks. This one might be my favorite (mainstream) one though. Like seriously. KvD knocks ColourPop out of the water in my opinion, because they are so much more comfortable! ColourPop is the driest formula but is great for the price point. Stila is middle ground, and I don’t find them as drying as some people. KvD is best of both worlds; not painfully drying and has an awesome color range like ColourPop’s. Notoriously Morbid is still my favorite indie liquid lipstick, as long as you don’t expect super flawless all-day lasting power like KvD’s. Nosferatu is a beautiful deep red and leans cool which I love! It’s one of my favorite red shades for my skintone. (KEEP, I love it)
- Too Faced Melted Velvet — I have four Melteds and I really need to remember to wear them. Velvet is a super intense red. The Melted formula is awesome because its super pigmented and ultra comfortable. These are absolutely not a liquid-to-matte lipstick though! They last all day mostly becuase they pack on so much pigment. It’ll wipe off on your cup, your straw, anyone you kiss, your chin while you eat (this isn’t just me, right??), etc. etc. But because of the intense pigment, you’ll still have a deep stain of lipstick by the end of the day. These are not for clumsy or forgetful people, haha. I forgot I was wearing Velvet the other day and leaned my face against my hand while thinking and I got lipstick all over my hand. The color is buildable and can be applied lightly or intensely for different opacities of color. One layer is lighter and brighter than Nosferatu or any of the other lipsticks in this group. Layered up, it’s similar to Nosferatu or Julie Hewett. (KEEP)
- Too Faced Melted Berry — see above. One thing I love about the Melteds it how consistently great they are across the line. Any color will be just as lovely and pigmented as any other color. Berry is less red and more purple than Velvet. On my lips they’re verrry similar, with Berry being slightly darker, more cool, and a bit more ‘berry’ colored. Honestly, you only really need one especially if you already have a lot of reds. (KEEP)
Holy lipsticks, Batman! My hands hurt from typing this giant text wall, haha. This one was a very diverse group of lipsticks.
Favorite formulas are Besame, Julie Hewett, KvD, and Melteds. Out of those, Besame and KvD I find are the easiest to wear and forget about, Julie coming up slightly under Besame in terms of favorites (and honestly it’s because I’m stupidly in love with Besame’s aesthetic).
Favorite colors are Julie Hewett Coco Noir, KvD Nosferatu, and Too Faced Melted Berry.
This is the end of the “dark reds”. There’s definitely some ~medium-darks~ in there too, but this whole dark-light spectrum is pretty wibbly-wobbly, especially when you have a billion similar red lipsticks to begin with; it’s so hard to break them into groups!
Thanks for reading this really long post! I’ll have more Birds of a Feather soon; next up is…..even more reds 😀
til later lovelies,