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.

  • NARS Firework (LE, $26.00).
  • Bobbi Brown Bitten Peach (P, $37.00).
  • L’Oreal Le Nude Independant (P, $13.99).
  • L’Oreal Le Coral Irreverent (P, $13.99).
  • NARS Call Me (P, $26.00).
  • NARS Rouge Palatin (LE, $27.00).
  • ColourPop Usagi (LE, $6.00).
  • ColourPop Paparazzi (P, $7.00).
  • Lisa Eldridge Velvet Rain (P, $36.00).
  • ColourPop Mesmerize (P, $10.00).

Formula Overview

$15.00/0.12 oz. – $125.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “intense color” with a “matte texture” that “won’t crack, fade, or bleed” with long-lasting wear and “8 hours of hydration.” The shades were very pigmented with mostly opaque to opaque color payoff in a single layer, as advertised.

The texture was denser and “firm” in the tube, but they had enough slip to apply comfortably and smoothly across my lips without tugging. They felt creamier than they looked in the tube.

Most of the shades in the range applied evenly and didn’t emphasize lip texture/lip lines, though there were a few outliers that were more prone to settling into lip lines or just didn’t go on as evenly.

They were lightweight, transfer-resistant, and surprisingly comfortable to wear over the six hours they lasted for. A few of the lighter shades wore for four hours, but as most of the range was mid-tone or deeper, they were quite long-wearing overall. They were lightly hydrating over time. They had a subtle, sweet scent but no discernible taste.

These reminded me of Pat McGrath’s Matte Trance Lipsticks but with less creaminess/natural shine–a truer matte finish.

Browse all of our Sephora Matte Velvet Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Isononyl Isononanoate, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), Dimethicone, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Synthetic Beeswax, Lauroyl Lysine, Squalane, Synthetic Wax, Dicalcium Phosphate, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cellulose, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Hyaluronate, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyhydroxystearic Acid.

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Sephora Try Harder Matte Velvet Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vivid, medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. I have found that neon-like hues of pink and coral tend to apply less evenly, in general, which was the case here.

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.

  • Revlon Your Majesty (P, $10.99).
  • ColourPop Barely There (P, $6.00).
  • Melt Cosmetics Alma Gemela (LE, $19.00).
  • Chanel Pivoine (832) (P, $45.00).
  • ColourPop Most Curious (LE, $10.00).
  • Make Up For Ever C305 (DC, $22.00).
  • MAC Bing Bang Boom (LE, $21.00).
  • ColourPop After Shock (P, $6.00).
  • NARS Low Rider (P, $26.00).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Shocking (P, $57.00).

Formula Overview

$15.00/0.12 oz. – $125.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “intense color” with a “matte texture” that “won’t crack, fade, or bleed” with long-lasting wear and “8 hours of hydration.” The shades were very pigmented with mostly opaque to opaque color payoff in a single layer, as advertised.

The texture was denser and “firm” in the tube, but they had enough slip to apply comfortably and smoothly across my lips without tugging. They felt creamier than they looked in the tube.

Most of the shades in the range applied evenly and didn’t emphasize lip texture/lip lines, though there were a few outliers that were more prone to settling into lip lines or just didn’t go on as evenly.

They were lightweight, transfer-resistant, and surprisingly comfortable to wear over the six hours they lasted for. A few of the lighter shades wore for four hours, but as most of the range was mid-tone or deeper, they were quite long-wearing overall. They were lightly hydrating over time. They had a subtle, sweet scent but no discernible taste.

These reminded me of Pat McGrath’s Matte Trance Lipsticks but with less creaminess/natural shine–a truer matte finish.

Browse all of our Sephora Matte Velvet Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Isononyl Isononanoate, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), Dimethicone, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Synthetic Beeswax, Lauroyl Lysine, Squalane, Synthetic Wax, Dicalcium Phosphate, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cellulose, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Hyaluronate, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyhydroxystearic Acid.

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.