Saturday, July 4th, 2015

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

Hakuhodo x Sephora PRO Brush Collection consists of five face brushes that are made out of synthetic fibers. All five are on the larger side and dense with a lot of spring/give (particularly the Large Teardrop brush, which seems almost floppy as the brush tapers). The edges of all five brushes was very even, and I didn’t have any issues with scratchiness or feeling an odd bristle while trying the brushes in multiple directions. The fibers don’t seem as fine as they could be–IT’s Velvet Luxe line is softer and smoother in feel against the skin. I’m uncertain about some of the shapes and how versatile/useful they will be, but that is a personal call based on my own preferences, but you may want to see them in-store if you can.

It was apt that all but one brush was specifically named as a “Powder Brush,” because these seemed to be best with powders. Their density, though, made then prone to picking up and applying quite a bit of product, so you’ll want to use a light hand or use this with your sheerer to medium coverage products. I do not recommend using this with a bright candy apple red blush, for example, which is my personal test for seeing how much powder is deposited in a pick-up as well as how well the brush blends the color out (red blush is unforgiving, it gets splotchy quite easily without good application). As a side note, all of that intense red blusher washed right off with no staining (which is as expected).

Despite being a synthetic material, which often lends itself to liquid application, the Kusabi (Wedge Sloping Powder Brush) worked poorly with liquid/cream foundation as is very streaky, while the Kusuriyubi (Angled Concealer Brush) must be used to pat concealer into place rather than any sweeping or blending motions as it will leave slight lines. I think the Kusuriyubi is rather large, so it only worked okay underneath the eye (larger area), but it doesn’t fit as well into the grooves of the nose, around the mouth, under the brow, or for concealing acne or spots.

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Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Sephora Colorful Blush - July 2015 Shade Extensions
Sephora Colorful Blush – July 2015 Shade Extensions

Colorful Blush ($15.00) (New Shades)

There appear to be three new highlighter shades, three new contour shades, and two new blush shades now available in the Colorful Blush formula.

  • Secretive (19) Illuminator
  • Serene (20) Illuminator
  • Jubilant (21) Illuminator
  • Love Sick (22) Blush
  • Passionate (23) Blush
  • Los Cabos (24) Contour
  • Fiji (25) Contour
  • Tranquil (26) Contour

Availability: Now at Sephora

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Becca Mineral Blushes
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Here are eight shades of Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) that I bought when I spotted them on Sephora this past week. There is a ninth blush, Damselfly that has been out forever, but it is out of stock and I’m not certain when or if it will be coming back into stock… which I’ve apparently reviewed before (in 2012), so I’ll try to see if I still have it and redo swatches.

From what I can tell, the range has gone through a slight packaging and labeling update, but the ingredients don’t seem to have changed from existing shades when compared against the list I have from 2012. Nightingale, Hyacinth, and Lantana are brand new, though! I hope to review these over time, but for now, enjoy these swatches!

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Friday, July 3rd, 2015

NARS Fall 2015 Collection
NARS Fall 2015 Collection

NARS Fall 2015 consists of eight Velvet Shadow Sticks, two Dual Intensity Eyeshadows, one Lipstick, two Lipglosses, and one Blush. Here’s a sneak peek of all of those shades! Working on testing and getting reviews up soon! :)

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Friday, July 3rd, 2015

NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette
NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette

Here’s an early look at the two palettes for fall: the NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette ($65.00 for 0.41 oz.) and NARS Hardwired Eye Kit ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.).

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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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