Makeup by Mario Nikki & Alicia Ultra Suede Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

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Makeup by Mario Nikki Ultra Suede Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, medium orange-copper with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color payoff in a single stroke, and the texture glided on better than most shades in the range, so it was more comfortable to apply and to wear while still staying in place and not feathering/sliding around.

The texture was lightly velvety, firmer in the tube but not overly so. This shade lasted nicely for four and a half hours and felt neither drying nor hydrating.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.14 oz. – $171.43 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a “comfortable matte” finish that offers “full-coverage” that is “non-drying” and has “smoothing gels and texturizing powder” that delivers a “smooth matte, soft-focus appearance.” It’s a silicone-heavy formula that’s thin, very lightweight, and has a “soft matte” finish that is mostly matte but not quite as flat initially as a true matte lipstick would be.

I find this type of formula to be a more common release from a multitude of brands, and they don’t often have a lot of differentiation. It has been my experience, unfortunately, with most of these formulas that they tend to emphasize lip texture and imperfections–particularly catching around flakes, even minor dryness–and separate into lip lines as they wear down. The lighter shades tend to be the worst-applying and worst-performing, while more mid-tone and deeper shades can apply more smoothly and be more flattering on.

I noticed that the red and berry hues in the range seemed to be stiffer in the tube than most of the other shades in the line-up, and this resulted in the base of the lipstick breaking off from the twist-up mechanism (the following shades broke: Alicia, Kiana, Kristen, Amanda).

The pigmentation varied from more semi-opaque to opaque coverage with lighter shades having sheerer coverage relative to deeper shades. The initial consistency was firmer in the tube, though not to the point of tugging painfully, but I found that this tends to deliver less pigmentation and does tend to be a better application when I build up with shorter, overlapping strokes overall.

The formula was non-drying and very lightweight, so it felt like I had nothing on, but they only wore between two and five hours with a few shades exceeding that range (like a red).

Browse all of our Makeup by Mario Ultra Suede Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, DIMETHICONE, CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX (CERA MICROCRISTALLINA), CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, POLYETHYLENE, SILICA, TRIMETHYLOLPROPANE TRIISOSTEARATE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, KAOLIN, MICA, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SYNTHETIC WAX, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX [CERA CARNAUBA], STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-t-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, ROSA CANINA FRUIT OIL, PASSIFLORA EDULIS SEED OIL, TOCOPHEROL, [MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090)]

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.

Makeup by Mario Alicia Ultra Suede Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a brighter, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage that was best applied in shorter, more overlapping strokes as the texture was quite firm and stiff in the tube, so it tugged a bit and was prone to breaking at the base if used in a more fluid motion.

The product applied fairly evenly but was more prone to gathering around lip texture imperfections and separating along my deeper lip lines. It wore decently for five hours, left a moderate stain behind, and felt a little drying over time.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.14 oz. – $171.43 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a “comfortable matte” finish that offers “full-coverage” that is “non-drying” and has “smoothing gels and texturizing powder” that delivers a “smooth matte, soft-focus appearance.” It’s a silicone-heavy formula that’s thin, very lightweight, and has a “soft matte” finish that is mostly matte but not quite as flat initially as a true matte lipstick would be.

I find this type of formula to be a more common release from a multitude of brands, and they don’t often have a lot of differentiation. It has been my experience, unfortunately, with most of these formulas that they tend to emphasize lip texture and imperfections–particularly catching around flakes, even minor dryness–and separate into lip lines as they wear down. The lighter shades tend to be the worst-applying and worst-performing, while more mid-tone and deeper shades can apply more smoothly and be more flattering on.

I noticed that the red and berry hues in the range seemed to be stiffer in the tube than most of the other shades in the line-up, and this resulted in the base of the lipstick breaking off from the twist-up mechanism (the following shades broke: Alicia, Kiana, Kristen, Amanda).

The pigmentation varied from more semi-opaque to opaque coverage with lighter shades having sheerer coverage relative to deeper shades. The initial consistency was firmer in the tube, though not to the point of tugging painfully, but I found that this tends to deliver less pigmentation and does tend to be a better application when I build up with shorter, overlapping strokes overall.

The formula was non-drying and very lightweight, so it felt like I had nothing on, but they only wore between two and five hours with a few shades exceeding that range (like a red).

Browse all of our Makeup by Mario Ultra Suede Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, DIMETHICONE, CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX (CERA MICROCRISTALLINA), CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, POLYETHYLENE, MICA, SILICA, TRIMETHYLOLPROPANE TRIISOSTEARATE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, KAOLIN, SYNTHETIC WAX, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX [CERA CARNAUBA], STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-t-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, ROSA CANINA FRUIT OIL, PASSIFLORA EDULIS SEED OIL, TOCOPHEROL, [MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): IRON OXIDES (CI 77492, CI 77491), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410), RED 6 (CI 15850)]

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.

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