Lorac Alter Ego Lipsticks in Duchess, Show Girl, and Girl Next Door: Swatches and Review

I went a bit crazy for Lorac’s new collection of Alter Ego lipsticks, which are their line of opaque matte lipsticks with ingredients like Acai Berry, Pomegranate extract, and Vitamins C & E. 

Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick

Three colors have found their way into my lipstick stash: Duchess, Show Girl, and Girl Next Door ($16 each)

Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick
I swatched almost all of them at my Ulta and could have walked away with many, many more, but tried to pick some colors that I do not have many dupes for (basically forcing myself away from the gorgeous red). I ended up with a nude, a hot coral pink, and a light pink, all with names that made me smile and giggle. I love the idea of wearing a shade for what you want to embody for the day. So fun!
Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick
I like that the color is visible through the tube so there is no guesswork when you are looking through your purse or makeup bag and there is a subtle vanilla scent to all of these which I really enjoy. Almost MAC-like in nature.
Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick in Duchess, Show Girl, and Girl Next Door swatches
These are very pigmented and opaque in one swipe of the tube, whether against skin (as shown here) or lips, and they will mask your natural lip color well. I have pigmented lips, so I found this a great benefit. These are not complete mattes (although stated to be). They are about 95% matte, but have a bit of creaminess to them. I would say MAC mattes are the most matte, and these fall right after. You do need to prep lips well before use (I did not and it is pitifully evident in the swatch photos below. Sorry!).
Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick in Duchess swatch
Duchess is a rosy nude with opaque coverage and a very creamy texture. It wore well for 4 hours but was completely gone shortly after. This emphasizes lip lines and any dryness, but not so much if you prep well and use over a balm, but really is easy to apply and an easy color to wear. I love this nude on my skin tone.
Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick in Show Girl Swatch
Show Girl is a bit more forgiving and wears slightly longer at 6 hours (fading nicely). It is a lovely watermelon shade that is punchy and perfect for summer. I think this is my favorite of the bunch!
Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door swatch
Girl Next Door emphasized dryness the most and was the most matte on my lips. The Lorac website describes this as a coral, but it is a light pink with some nude and possibly coral undertones but it is not a true coral. This is a pretty shade, but the hardest to apply; I found it less creamy than the others.
Overall, I really love the wear time and feel of these on my lips. They are comfortable and have such a rich feel. I will definitely only be wearing them on days I have time to prep my lips well though! Even though they may look dry, they do not feel so on the lips, which I am thankful for!
Have you tried any of the Lorac Alter Ego lipsticks? What is your alter ego if you could describe it in one word??!!

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19 thoughts on “Lorac Alter Ego Lipsticks in Duchess, Show Girl, and Girl Next Door: Swatches and Review

  1. You have already read my review on these so you know my opinion of these, but goodness gracious the formula just throws me off every time. *Sigh* LORAC is coming out with matte lip pencils for the Fall and I'm still looking forward to those even though I should run in the opposite direction whenever a lip color is matte. I bought MAC Enchanted One from their recent collection and boy oh boy is it difficult for me, but looks amazing on everyone else. It was one of the most coveted shades. It is going in my “Blog Sale” pile. I love the shade so much, but my lips – even with balm and prep – cannot handle mattes.


  2. I agree, I didn't have too much issue with putting these on when I did prep my lips, but after a few hours, the wear is iffy on the lighter shades. I bought these before your review (yes that was a while ago) and just got around to them now. I actually like that they stick around for a while and they feel pretty comfy on me, but the look is still so dry, which makes me a bit self conscious!


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