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Estee Lauder Rose Tea, Inescapable, Incensed Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Rose Tea Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rose Tea Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rose Tea Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rose Tea Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rose Tea Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rose Tea Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Rose Tea

Estee Lauder Rose Tea Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, pinky mauve with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had good color coverage, though not quite opaque, that applied evenly and smoothly across the lips without tugging. The lipstick was creamy, lightweight, and hydrating without being too slippery on the lips. This shade stayed on well for just over five hours on me.

The Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick formula is supposed to have “high-intensity color” that hydrate lips with six-hour wear. It’s one of my favorite formulas, as the majority of the shades are creamy, smooth, pigmented, hydrating, and long-wearing (four to seven hours). They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick Rose Tea
Rose Tea

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Tom Ford Ravish Cheek Color (2017)

01/08

Tom Ford Beauty Ravish Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Ravish Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Ravish Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Ravish Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Ravish Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Ravish Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Ravish Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Ravish Cheek Color

Ravish

Tom Ford Ravish Cheek Color ($60.00 for 0.28 oz.) is deep, reddish copper with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The original version was a bit lighter, more pink than copper, and definitely more shimmery (see comparison here). The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a little thin, though I had no trouble applying or blending out the color on my cheeks. It had rich color payoff, which was not true to the claim of buildable, but with a lighter hand and less dense blush (something like a fan or highlighter brush), sheerer coverage was certainly possible. The color stayed true for nine and a half hours on me.

For 2017, Tom Ford reformulated this powder blush formula, and the new formula is described as “layers of possibility, from a sexy glow to a more dramatic, color-rich look” (that sounds like “buildable”) that is supposed to apply “with the comfort of a cream.” Overall, the texture is thinner, finely-milled but drier than the original formula, and the shimmer has become finer and less apparent through many of the new-old shades. The formula was still fairly blendable to very blendable and particularly long-wearing with semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation.

Tom Ford Beauty Cheek Color Ravish
Ravish
Ravish
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

01/08

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

California Dreaming

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette ($30.00 for 0.48 oz.) contains four cheek colors to add “highlight, color, and glow” to your skin. The texture of the four shades was very similar to their permanent Colour Source Buildable Blush and Light Source Highlighter formulas. They felt smooth, soft without being too dusty or dry on the skin, and had pigmentation that ranged from medium to opaque (the “downside” to both formulas has always been they’re often more pigmented than buildable, which you may prefer or may be a deal breaker). This is a rather warm-toned palette, so it will work best for someone who likes warmer, brown and peach shades along with a fair amount of shimmer.

LORAC Cheek Palette California Dreaming
B+

Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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B+

Sunlight

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Wavelength

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Ray

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Bite Beauty #002, 004, 006 Lip Pencils

01/06

Bite Beauty #002 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #002 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #002 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #002 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #002 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #002 The Lip Pencil

#002

Bite Beauty #002 The Lip Pencil ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a light-medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation in one stroke, and it applied decently for all-over color on my lips. The texture was thin, smooth without being truly creamy or emollient, and I found the best way to smooth and even out the color was to press and lightly rub my lips together. This shade lasted for five hours on its own and was non-drying but some color seemed to clump in my lip lines. Bite Beauty recommends wearing this particular liner with Sugarcane; I think it would work well with Sorbet (slightly darker, pinker), Meringue (lighter, warmer), Sugarcane (lighter), and Fig (darker) — see comparison swatches.

The Lip Pencil formula is supposed to have “perfect, allover, opaque lip coverage” with a lightweight feel. I think the formula worked exceptionally well for lining the edges of the lips and keeping color on longer and more within the lines (e.g. a lipstick feathers on its own wouldn’t feather when layered over one of the lip pencils). Some shades worked well for filling in the lips for all over color, but some applied more unevenly or were less comfortable to fill in with. The consistency was soft, just barely creamy–almost more velvety than creamy–and oddly spreadable, as I found the best way to “even” out the coverage was to press my lips together, and while there was a touch of tackiness, the color almost always appeared more even after that than if I kept trying to maneuver and push the color around with the pencil itself. They do feel lightweight, and they lasted anywhere from five to six hours on their own. They weren’t spectacularly long-wearing as a standalone lip product, but they extended the wear of lipsticks by two to four hours.

Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil #002
#002
#002
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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