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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick
Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick

Bite Beauty Elderberry Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deepened, burgundy with cool, purple-red undertones and a glossy sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that applied poorly, as the color was uneven, patchy, and settled into lip lines. The texture had a lot of slip and some weight to it, which is why I think it just migrated to lip lines from the get-go. I had a little feathering after four hours of wear, though the color lasted closer to six and left behind a stain. It was lightly moisturizing over time. MAC Dramatic Encounter (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Brazen (P, $30.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Instigator (P, $16.00) is cooler, less glossy. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is cooler, less glossy. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Paramour (LE, $5.00) is less glossy. Bite Beauty Truffle (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Living Legend (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is lighter, less glossy. NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bite Beauty Juniper Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, pinky-red with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage with a light-medium, creamy consistency that covered smoothly and evenly. There was creaminess but not too much slip, so this shade sat well on the lips without sliding around, and it lasted for seven hours without feathering. It was hydrating while worn. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline Vivid Rose (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Petite Red (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Leonardo (LE, $32.00) is cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Luciano (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Kat Von D Bachelorette (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Red Necessity (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Crianza (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter. Dior Minuit (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bite Beauty Plum Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark reddened plum with fine ruby shimmer and a natural finish. It had mostly opaque coverage, but the natural lip color will come through slightly. The finish is definitely not matte, and it had more slip than Juniper but less than Elderberry, so it applied without too much trouble and didn’t feather when worn. I noticed some color migrated into lip lines after three to four hours of wear, but the slip in the formula made it easy to smooth it back out by pressing and rubbing lips together. The color lasted for six hours overall and was lightly hydrating. Guerlain Orgueil (P, $49.50) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #13 (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier. Estee Lauder Brazen (P, $30.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty #001 (LE, $36.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Wes (LE, $32.00) is glossier. MAC The Scene (P, $23.00) is warmer. NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is darker, glossier. NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is warmer, glossier. Bite Beauty Black Cherry (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. MAC Eugenie (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. Maybelline Divine Wine (P, $7.99) is warmer. Bite Beauty #001 (Reformulation) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blow (210) (P, $30.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to leave a “velvet, soft focus finish” with “highly pigmented, moisturizing wearable color” that is also “longwearing.” If you’re not a fan of mattes, don’t fret, these aren’t really matte (and if you’re a fan of matte, you might want to keep looking). There are five shades, and all of them have a satin or glossier finish (two are pretty glossy). The glossier the shade, the more poorly it applied with streaky, uneven coverage that was prone to feathering along the edges of the natural lip, while the more satiny shades were more pigmented with more even application and longer, better wear. On me, I found the formula to be lightly to moderately hydrating with wear ranging between four and seven hours. The formula has a sweet, fruity scent but no discernible taste.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

The Hit List

What’s the Best Lip Brush that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :)

Honestly, I haven’t found one that I’ve hated by any means, and it’s probably a brush I use least (since I typically apply from the bullet itself!). I look forward to seeing if there are some favorites among you guys!

Thanks to Di for today’s question!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks
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Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a new formula that takes the Revolution formula we’ve become accustomed to and given it more of a matte finish. There will be nine shades available. I don’t have a full press release yet, but according to Wende’s Instagram, it’s a “comfy version of matte” that will release this July 8th. As soon as I have full details, I’ll be sure to post, and reviews to come as I work through testing these :)

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00)

BECCA collaborated with YouTube beauty celebrity and makeup artist Jaclyn Hill to create a new limited-edition shade of their number one bestselling luminizer powder. Featuring her dream shade, Champagne Pop—a soft white, gold shade with pinky peach undertones—this creamy luminizer leaves the skin with a soft pearlized glow. It’s infused with light-reflecting pearls that beautifully catch the light, allowing your favorite features to pop. Just apply to targeted areas, or simply sweep it up on the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose for quick, radiant perfection.

  • Champagne Pop Soft white gold with pinky peach undertones

Availability: Now at Sephora

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Hakuhodo x Sephora PRO Brush Collection
Hakuhodo x Sephora PRO Brush Collection

These beautiful brushes feature an innovative synthetic bristle material—the first to benefit from exclusive technology—that creates a softer, fluffier feel with actual bounce while retaining the benefits of synthetic bristles. As a result, these brushes are soft as cashmere, yet deposit more product onto the face due to less absorption and are more hygienic than natural hair. The result of the first ever collaboration between a beauty company and highly-skilled traditional Hakuho-do craftsmen, these brushes benefit from the expertise of the Sephora Pro team and are handmade in Japan using a traditional, 200-year-old manufacturing technique. This ensures the highest quality design, materials, and assembly for astounding results.

Concealer Brush ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

This beautiful multitasking brush can be used to apply blush, contour, or for more detailed application and can also create an ideal natural look. The innovative synthetic bristle material is the first to benefit from exclusive technology that creates a softer, fluffier feel with actual bounce while retaining the benefits of synthetic bristles. As a result, these brushes are soft as cashmere, yet deposit more product onto the face due to less absorption and are more hygienic than natural hair.

Fan Cheek Brush ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

This beautiful multitasking brush can be used to apply powder, contour, or for bronzer. The innovative synthetic bristle material is the first to benefit from exclusive technology that creates a softer, fluffier feel with actual bounce while retaining the benefits of synthetic bristles. As a result, these brushes are soft as cashmere, yet deposit more product onto the face due to less absorption and are more hygienic than natural hair.

Wedge Sloping Powder Brush ($54.00) (Limited Edition)

This large angled powder brush—a brand-new shape developed by the Sephora Pro team—can be used for the self-application of powder, bronzer, or for neck shading. The new shape is designed to sculpt and provide maximum control when applying makeup to yourself. The innovative synthetic bristle material is the first to benefit from exclusive technology that creates a softer, fluffier feel with actual bounce while retaining the benefits of synthetic bristles. As a result, these brushes are soft as cashmere, yet deposit more product due to less absorption, and are more hygienic than natural hair.

Small Teardrop Pointed Highlighter ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

This beautiful multitasking brush can be used for precision contouring and highlighting. The innovative synthetic bristle material is the first to benefit from exclusive technology that creates a softer, fluffier feel with actual bounce while retaining the benefits of synthetic bristles. As a result, these brushes are soft as cashmere, yet deposit more product onto the face due to less absorption and are more hygienic than natural hair.

Large Teardrop Pointed Powder Brush ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

A large pointed powder brush to apply powder, contour, or bronzer.

Availability: Now at Hakuhodo x Sephora PRO Brush Collection (early access for VIB Rouge/VIB)

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Chikuhodo x Beautylish Sakura Brush Set
Chikuhodo x Beautylish Sakura Brush Set

Chikuhodo x Beautylish Sakura Brush Set ($215.00) is a five-piece brush set created as a collaboration between retailer Beautylish and Japanese brush maker Chikuhodo (see reviews here). I haven’t had much time to use the brush set, so these are first impressions (and may be the only “review” I’ll write-up, as these are almost sold out). All five brushes appeared very even across the edges upon arrival, and the brushes are incredibly soft, with the exception of the Detail brush, which isn’t scratchy but comes to such a fine point that it is a firmer brush so you’ll want to use light pressure when working with it. The price point is higher than your average brush set but seems in line with the pricing of most handmade, Japanese brushes, if not a little cheaper. The handles have cherry blossoms cascading vertically, and I tried scratching at them with my nails, and none of the sheen or color flaked off. Three of the brushes (Powder, Crease, Detail) are shapes that I don’t find my collection, so that was a nice touch. I’m not sure about the usefulness of the crease brush, but I’m certainly game to give it a try. I think the best brush in the collection is the Cheek brush, with the Powder and Shade brushes right behind it.

Chikuhodo x Beautylish Powder Brush is a large powder brush with a very rounded, angled edge that is flatter than your typical, round powder brush. The angle almost made me think it wasn’t cut right, but the angle is deliberate (described as “allows you to emphasize your most flattering features”). The angled edge is new to me, but it fits well when you brush across the cheek bones, going from the nose to the outer edge of the cheeks. It is incredibly soft and airy, and you don’t feel any of the individual bristles when using it. It is made out of a mix of grey squirrel and goat hair. The brush head is 54mm in length, 42mm in width, and 23mm in thickness. It had a total length of 6.5 inches / 17 centimeters with a lightly pinched ferrule. I compared it to Chikuhodo’s GSN-03 Cheek Brush ($127), which is made out of the same type of hairs, but the Sakura Powder brush is noticeably softer with finer bristles; they are similar in general size and shape, except the Sakura Powder brush has the angled edge and is flatter overall.

Chikuhodo x Beautylish Cheek Brushis a small-to-medium-sized cheek brush with a rounded dome shape that is flatter than some blush brushes (it isn’t rounded as a whole). The shape is perfect for patting on blush and then sweeping to blend and diffuse the edges. It will pick-up less powder than a goat-haired brush will, so the effect is subtler from the get-go and often makes applying blush more foolproof. It is very soft and smooth, and no matter the direction, it never irritates the skin. It is made out of grey squirrel hair. The brush head is 37mm in length, 28mm in width, and 16mm in thickness. It had a total length of 6 inches / 15 centimeters. I compared it to Chikuhodo’s Z-4 Cheek/Highlight Brush ($73), which is wider and fluffier; and SUQQU Cheek (£80.00), which is smaller, flares from the base more, and is more rounded with an airier feel overall, while the softness of the Sakura Cheek is very comparable to both.

Chikuhodo x Beautylish Crease Brush is a very long, tapered, and pointed crease brush that has hairs that start short on the exterior and get longer and longer as they taper. While it comes to a more distinct point, it doesn’t feel sharp (likely because the bristles taper, so there are only a few that reach the very tip) and is feathery (not very dense). This one is going to take some practice to work with, and it has such a light touch that it sometimes tickles to use (for me). It is made out of grey squirrel hair. The brush head is 20mm in length, 6mm in width and thickness (at its widest). It had a total length of 5.25 inches / 13.5 centimeters. I compared to Wayne Goss #04 Crease Brush ($28), mostly for size, as the way they’re designed is quite different.

Chikuhodo x Beautylish Shader Brush is a medium-sized, flat dome-shaped eye brush. This type of brush is similar to more well-known brushes like MAC’s 239, and it is good for depositing powder product on the eyelid. The flatter shape makes it ideal for patting and packing on eyeshadow, but the domed edge and ultra-soft bristles allow maneuverability along the lid as well as into the crease and for light blending. It is made out of grey squirrel hair. The brush head was 12mm in length, 11mm in width, and 5.4mm in thickness. It had a total length of 5 inches / 12.5 centimeters. The brush is wider and flatter compared to Chikuhodo’s GSN-09 ($25), which is also made out of grey squirrel (and one of my favorite brushes).

Chikuhodo x Beautylish Detail Brush is a very tiny brush that is flat and tapers to a rounded tip–it looks almost like a triangle. It is made out of fitch and horse hairs. The brush head is 7mm in length, 4.3mm in width, and 2.2mm in thickness. It had a total length of 4.75 inches / 12 centimeters. It is a very small brush and best used with light pressure, as it is rather pointed, and so it will feel almost sharp if you use too much pressure. I could see it being useful for applying eyeshadow on the lower lash line, inner corner, pin point concealing, or concealing underneath the brow bone or along the lips.  More for reference, I showed it next to Chikuhodo’s Z-10 ($45), which is a more pointed crease brush, but it is quite a bit larger.

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