This review is for the colour Spice.
I bought this colour with the purpose to dupe Taupe by MAC. I like the colour of Taupe, but it's not cruelty free. After searching high and low for an alternative I came to this, and so far, I have been *really* pleased with it!
Let's start with formula. I was kind of blown away, you guys. It's surprisingly lightweight, like how a soft layer of lip balm would feel (minus the moisturizing qualities of a balm, of course). It's like there's barely anything there (even though it's still completely opaque in one swipe!). However, despite being truly matte, this is ridiculously comfortable. I've been wearing matte lipsticks for years (both bullets and liquid lipsticks) so I've had my share, and this is one of the few that didn't make me grab for a tissue to wipe it off and moisturize after a long day of wearing. It feels like it has been freshly applied all day. It also doesn't get that dry, thick, crusty look that matte lipsticks can have on your lips. The formula is really long wearing, too - naturally, it's not transfer proof (what bullet lipstick truly is?) and I do need some small touch-ups during the day after eating, but it really does stay put, and if it fades, it fades very evenly and elegant. It also doesn't bleed at all: this is one of the few lipsticks I can wear without a lip liner and still looks good at the end of the day.
(However, it's not a lipstick that would convert a former matte-lipstick hater. It's still a matte formula, but just a really really good one!)
Then onto the colour. Online, this looked like a warm reddish brown with some orange tones. My undertone is a pale olive leaning yellow, and it pulls more mauve/rose on me than on other people. When I wear cool colours it looks warmer, but otherwise, it's a rosy brown with a hint of red (Temptalia's swatch is close to how it looks on me, but it's browner and a lot darker on me since I'm very light).
Is it a dupe for MAC's Taupe? I wouldn't necessarily say so. It's definitely *very* close and in the same family, so I don't feel the need to search for a closer dupe as I'm satisfied with this, but Taupe is warmer on me and more brown. If you want an affordable dupe that's closer, Milani's Matte Beauty is very close, but I didn't like the formula on that line.
As for the last details, it doesn't have any scent or taste, which I like. I love the packaging: it's a sturdy metal tube with gorgeous rose gold details. It looks very fancy to pull out of your purse and it feels comfortable in your hand.
I really would recommend these lipsticks to anyone who's looking for a good line of cruelty-free and vegan matte yet comfortable lipsticks, with high quality. I've been wearing this one every day since I got it. I wish there were more colours in the line that spoke to me! (Don't get me wrong, with 36 colours there's more than enough for everyone, but they mostly run cool toned which tend to look bad on me. If they made a medium burnt orange-brown shade, I would never wear anything else).
I paid ~€20 and I definitely think they are worth the money.
**EDIT January 2020: I pretty much finished mine!! Not sure if I would repurchase. I still adore the formula, but the shade is a little too rosy for me. I now also own the shade Brandy (a deep brownish red on me) and I adore the formula with this one as well. It's the perfect formula for a vampy lip since it requires so little maintenance, fades nicely and doesn't bleed.