My collection of lip products is always growing and all but one of these are new to me in the past few months. I thought some of these might be very similar when it comes to color, but they're all much more different than I expected. I guess this isn't much of a comparison. In my other comparison posts, some products are very interchangeable like slight variations among reds, but I don't think I could replace any of these with each other color-wise. I'll just write a short review (and one that's a bit long) for each and hopefully this will be helpful to others thinking these colors might've been similar like I originally did or those just looking for a specific lip color. Lip swatches are included after the cut, note that I have neutral undertones.
Illamasqua lipstick in Posture is a cool-toned, chalky lavender with a matte finish. This is much more drying than Illamasqua's usual lipstick formula, which I find to be a quite drying on my lips anyway. It's slightly better if I wear and mix it with lip balm, but not by much. It appears creamier in the lip swatch after the cut because it's freshly applied, but it dries down a lot chalkier and clumps off after about two hours of wear. It's way too expensive of a lipstick to be this complicated. I wouldn't recommend this unless you absolutely have to have the color and you're willing to deal with the fussiness.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics lip tar in Sebastian is a slightly mauve, grey-ish taupe with a semi-matte finish. Out of the 30+ lip tars I own, this is top 5 material. The formula is fantastic and ideal for a lip tar, plus the color is interesting and unique. It doesn't stain and would be easy to work with as a first lip tar since it's forgiving and won't create too much of a mess if you over or under apply it. Plus, it's great for mixing and toning down the intensity other lip products. I can't think of one negative thing to say about it. I should note that I always prep my lips by exfoliating and using lip balm before applying lip tar, but I don't consider that a bad thing.
Limnit Lipsticks lipstick in Goodness Graycious is a medium grey-ish taupe with a semi-matte finish and looks slightly lavender on the lips. I reviewed this more in depth here. Overall, it's non-drying with lip balm and wears comfortably but slightly fades nearest to the opening of the mouth. I've worn this several more times since then and love it more every time I wear it. Since my first review, I've tried using a tiny bit more lip balm and applying more of the lipstick and it wears almost perfectly.
Melt Cosmetics lipstick in Space Cake is a slightly steel blue, cool-toned grey with a matte finish. I've been waiting months to try this lipstick after seeing this photo of Rihanna wearing what seems to be the same shade, maybe with something else mixed in or lining her lips. In other photos, it seems quite teal so I thought it would be similar to Illamasqua's Apocalips, but it's not at all.
It applies super creamy but dries down matte. The first time I wore this, I didn't prep my lips as usual. It was forgiving on the dry spots of my lips since I didn't exfoliate enough, but it felt very drying and accentuated imperfections the longer I wore it. It faded and clumped nearest to the opening of my mouth after an hour and I had to take it off since it kept getting in my mouth. I wore it again with my lips prepped with more lip balm than usual and after a few hours of wearing it, I really liked it. It was still drying, but not too uncomfortable, and it still clumped, but after several more hours than the first try. The only thing I dislike about the lipstick itself is the smell, which I can't describe any better than the dog chew toy aisle at a pet store. That's exactly it to me, although my mom says it just smells like cheap lipstick. Luckily it fades within the first hour of wear.
I originally wanted try to more shades, but I had a hard enough time justifying one lipstick since the total with shipping came to around $26. That's really pricey for one lipstick from an indie brand that's so new to the game. But guess what? They're popular as fuck on Instagram. There's no way they're going to rethink or lower the price of the lipstick. I don't blame them. The lipsticks are consistently sold out and most of them were restocked recently for the first time in months. Some people treat them as if they were limited edition MAC lipsticks and there's been such a shitstorm. There's no doubt they would buy them if the prices were even higher. Melt Cosmetics hit it big really soon for an indie brand and I'm pretty fascinated by it. I'll probably wait for them to make a color I really love to justify the price before I buy anything else.
Illamasqua lipstick in Apocalips is a medium blueish teal with a matte finish. This is also more drying than Illamasqua's usual formula, but nowhere near as bad as Posture. It's fine and long lasting on me as long as I wear enough lip balm underneath. This is one of my favorite lipsticks ever, mostly for the color. It can be difficult to work with if you're inexperienced and I only recommend it if you're familiar with adjusting to drier, matte formulas.
Limnit Lipsticks lipstick in League of My Own is a vivid teal with a semi-matte finish. The formula is very consistent with Goodness Gracious. I love how vibrant it stays the entire time, unlike other products which slowly lose vibrancy after a few hours. I only have sample sizes at the moment, but I plan on picking up full sizes of several shades from Limnit Lipsticks when they're available.
SEE MORE LIP COLOR COMPARISONS:
› FUCHSIA, VIOLET
› MELON, CORAL, ORANGE, RED-ORANGE
› NYX MACARON LIPPIES + OTHER UNTRADITIONAL COLORS
› SIMPLE, GO TO & ON THE GO
› TEAL, BLUE
› YSL GLOSSY STAIN, OCC STAINED GLOSS, L'OREAL WET SHINE STAIN
LIP SWATCHES AFTER THE CUT
Illamasqua lipstick in Posture
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics lip tar in Sebastian
Limnit Lipsticks lipstick in Goodness Graycious
Melt Cosmetics lipstick in Space Cake
Illamasqua lipstick in Apocalips
Limnit Lipsticks lipstick in League of My Own