There are new lippies causing a stir in the makeup community, not only for their looks but also the low price tag. I’m talking about the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints. When I spotted the display at PHAMExpo almost immediately after treating myself to two Too Faced Melted lipsticks, I did a double take.
The L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints are said to have the intense pigment of a lipstick, with the shiny finish of a lip gloss (which is basically the recurring trend for new lip products this summer). My first impression when stumbling upon them: the packaging is undoubtedly based on the Too Faced Melted tubes. Not only that, but they had an extremely similar color range. So much so, that I grabbed two shades almost identical to the Melted lipsticks I purchased earlier that day for comparison. Let’s start from the outside and work our way in.
Both products are housed in squeeze tubes. While the Melted lipsticks look larger, they actually contain the exact same amount of product (.40 fl oz). I mean, come on people, there is no denying the striking similarity of the packaging.
One of the main differences between the two products is the applicator. The Melted lipsticks have a doe foot applicator, where the product dispenses from tiny openings. It’s pretty easy to get controlled application with this, and the lipstick comes out slowly for even coverage.
The Glazed Lip Paints have a plastic applicator with a standard lip gloss dispenser. To be honest, it’s really hard to apply the Lip Paints straight from the tube. Because of their glossy texture, it is way too easy to dispense too much product with this packaging. Things can get messy fast if you’re not super careful. I prefer to apply them by dispensing a bead of product onto a lip brush and going from there.
The formulas differ in three main ways:
- The Glazed Lip Paints have a much glossier texture while the Melted lipsticks are more creamy.
- The Melted lipsticks will last you up to six hours through eating, while the Glazed Lip Paints need to be reapplied after a meal, and start to fade around hour four.
- The Glazed Lip Paints seem to dry down to a satin matte finish after about three hours, which is also around the same time my lips started to feel dry. The Melted lipsticks feel comfortable throughout their wear time, and the finish doesn’t seem to change.
The main similarity, besides packaging, is the shades. Just by looking at the ranges, you can see which colors match up.
Melted Fig and Blushing are both purple-toned mauves. Blushing is only a tad sheerer, and of course more glossy.
Melted Ruby and Pin-Up are both bright, blue-based reds. Again, Pin-Up has the slightest translucency, but is still highly pigmented.
Both formulas only require a little bit of product to get full coverage color. If you apply too much of either, you risk feathering (especially with the Glazed Lip Paints).
Overall, I would say that the $4 Glazed Lip Paints can be suitable dupes for the $21 Melted lipsticks in terms of shades and pigmentation. While the formulas have some key differences, you can still achieve a bright, bold lip with the more affordable alternative.
Do you think they are similar enough to be considered dupes?