So...I thought it would be cool to look through different brands and find products that are supposed to be the same or similar and compare them all together. For example, I'd take a lipstick from Revlon, one from Maybelline, one from Covergirl, etc. and compare them to each other. It'd be an interesting way to see the pros and cons of each, and it would be helpful in deciding which is the best to buy.
This one is the most expensive at $9.99 (tied with the Revlon one) and it has a doe foot applicator. I have to say I don't love the color of this, it's a little too mauve-y/purple-y for me, but that's kinda my fault for choosing the wrong color. Other than that the quality of this is really good. It's very thick and hydrating, yet not sticky. This one is really opaque, unlike some of the others. It only lasts for a few hours before it has to be reapplied, but it doesn't fade unevenly.
Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color (shade: Captivating Carnation)
(Just for the reference, I posted a review of this a while back- you can read it here if you so please)
The formula of this one is most similar to the L'oreal one (thick, hydrating, not sticky), yet it's not as opaque. It's very glossy, and the color is so pretty and easy to wear. It left my lips a little stained as it wore off, and it had to be reapplied a few times during the day, but it did last longer than a normal gloss. It also has a doe foot applicator, which is very similar to the L'oreal one.
This one is more sheer than the others; it looks more like a traditional gloss rather than a gloss balm type thing. However, this is similar in feel to the L'oreal or Maybelline ones because it's moisturizing and still thick. It didn't have to be reapplied as often as a regular gloss, but it had to be reapplied a few times throughout the day. It's a similar applicator to the Rimmel one, but a little more flexible. It's almost a mix between the L'oreal/Maybelline applicators and the Rimmel applicator. This one gets the award for best names, because each color is named after a dessert and I think that's the cutest thing. This one also has the largest selection of colors, but a lot of them stem towards pink-nude. In addition, these are the cheapest at $5.
Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain (shade: Cannes Crush)
If you're looking for something that still gives the effect of a regular gloss but is a bit more hydrating to the lips, go for the L'oreal, Maybelline, NYX, or Revlon ones. If you're looking for something that's more on the matte side, go for the Rimmel one. The thinnest one is from Rimmel, and the thickest is from L'oreal. The most sheer is from NYX or Maybelline, and the most opaque is from Rimmel. The one that stayed on the longest was from Rimmel, and the rest had about the same amount of wear-time. The one that felt the most comfortable to wear was the NYX one, and the least comfortable was from L'oreal.
Thanks for reading! Which of these do you like the most?