Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix
Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix

Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four mini-sized High Pigment Lip Pencils. They come in a red, metal tin (much like a mint tin), and each pencil is 0.05 oz. Full-sized pencils are $24.00 for 0.09 oz. or $266.67/oz., which makes this set worth $53.33. Sable and Winterberry seem to be exclusive to this, while Rhubarb and Pomegranate are part of the permanent range. I have reviewed a few shades previously here, and my experience with the pencils in this set are similar to ones I’ve had with full-sized, which is a good sign. All four shades were quite pigmented with creamy, glide-on textures that never dragged on the lips, but they weren’t slippery, so they didn’t slide around once applied. The wear varied from shade to shade, but they wore four hours or longer (see below). They’re comfortable to wear, as they don’t cling, and they were lightly hydrating. Bite describes the finish as “modern matte,” but they’re more satin to natural in finish–there’s a noticeable sheen.

Sable is described as a “nude.” It’s a light, rosy beige with soft, warm undertones and a light sheen. It had opaque pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly, and over time, the color faded but didn’t pull into lip lines (often an issue with lighter shades like this). The color wore well for four and a half hours on me. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Rhubarb is described as a “plum rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with a luminous finish. This shade had full color coverage, and again, it went on beautifully–no dragging, just even, smooth color. It lasted for five hours and was lightly hydrating over time. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Winterberry is described as a “festive raspberry red.” It’s a berry-red with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous sheen. This shade a little more slip compared to the other three, though it still went on evenly and smoothly (and I didn’t have any feathering/bleeding over time). The color lasted for six and a half hours, and it left behind a soft stain. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Pomegranate is described as a “rich red.” It’s a bright, medium red with soft, blue undertones. I can tell it’s blue based, as there is a pinkish tone to it when blended out, but it reads closer to neutral due to my coloring (so I’d expect it to be a bit cooler on cooler skin tones). It had very, very rich color payoff that glided on easily and delivered smooth, even color coverage. The color lasted for six hours and stained slightly. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet
Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) includes four, miniature cream eyeshadow pencils. The quartet is/was exclusive to Sephora, and they’re completely sold out online (but it’s possible it’s still available in stores), but just about every other retailer that carries the brand has a six-piece set available. The six-piece set has all four of these shades, plus Copper and Khaki. I really regret not getting the six set now! Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks normally retail for $28/0.05 oz. (or $560/oz.), so the four-piece set is a total value of $67.20, and the six-piece set is a total value of $100.80 (each of these is 0.03 oz.). The formula is touted as “long-wearing, transfer- and crease-resistant” with “rich color payoff.” I really liked this set of four; they worked really well together, but they were creamy, opaque, blendable, and long-wearing. I could actually wear them together as a look, which isn’t always easily achieved with jumbo pencils like these (they often dry down too quickly or work better as sheer washes or eyeshadow bases). All four shades wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. The only downside is that the kit is pretty warm, and the colors are similar enough that while they blend seamlessly into each other, there isn’t a lot of contrast.

Rosegold is described as a “dirty pink with golden shimmer.” It’s a golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was fully opaque in one stroke and was easy to blend the edges or blend out for a sheerer wash of color. It wore well for nine hours before creasing. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Moonlight is described as a “pewter.” It’s a golden bronze with a hint of khaki in the undertone. It had a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff in a single pass, and the consistency was easily blended on the skin. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Amethyst is described as a “soft mauve with pearl.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, medium-dark taupe brown with a frosted sheen. It had rich color payoff in one go, while the texture was creamy and glided on beautifully but remained blendable long enough to work with it–yet it didn’t settle into creases either. The color stayed on well for nine hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cocoa is described as a “chocolate brown.” It’s a dark, yellow-toned brown with very fine bronze pearl, but it has more of a semi-matte finish applied. It had nice pigmentation in one stroke, and it went on evenly. With a deeper shade like this, the ability to blend it out is so important, and I had no issues blending and using it in the crease. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Gucci Antique Gold Magnetic Color Shadow Mono
Gucci Antique Gold Magnetic Color Shadow Mono

Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Mono ($37.00 for 0.07 oz.) is the brand’s single eyeshadow compacts. They’re larger than the average eyeshadow (say like MAC or Urban Decay, which are 0.05 oz.), but they’re not massive eyeshadows either. Of all the products I’ve tried from Gucci’s beauty range, I liked the single eyeshadows the best, which is unfortunate, because it’s one of the most expensive products in the range. The consistency of the three I bought was soft, buttery, lightly creamy, and blendable.

Antique Gold is a light-medium, pale yellow gold with a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, buttery consistency that applied nicely on the skin. It’s still a warmer-toned gold, but the muted quality and subtler warmer tones may make it a more wearable gold for those who avoid more orange-toned ones. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Canter (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Anastasia Legend (LE) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC My Fantasy (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is warmer. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is more sparkly. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is lighter. MAC Treasure Hunt (LE, $18.00) is a cream product. MAC Impeccably Rich (LE, $16.50) is a cream product, brighter. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is warmer. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #18 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Standing O (P) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sasso is a cool-toned, light-medium taupe that leans gray with a frosted, metallic finish. It’s very shimmery, and it’s a shade that works well as a wash when sheered out as well. It had nice color payoff, and the texture felt soft, blendable, and was easy to work with on the lid. This shade stayed on well for eight and a half hours. This one was harder to dupe compared to Antique Gold–it’s the brighter, lighter quality of the color as there are more dark, cool-toned taupes than there are lighter ones. Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE) is much darker. MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is darker, warmer. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is darker, cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Iconic Ottanio is a vibrant blue-teal that looks bluer when applied at full intensity and more teal when blended out (the green comes through in the undertone). It had a frosted finish with intense pigmentation. Luckily, the consistency was soft and blendable, so you could diffuse the edges or wear it as a sheerer shade if desired. The color started to fade after nine hours of wear. Make Up For Ever ME230 Peacock Blue (P, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Fringe (P) is lighter, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Madness (LE, $18.00) is bluer. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE) is warmer, lighter. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00)is lighter. Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $18.00) is darker, less shimmery. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Pre-Packaged (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Dior Gold Shock (001) Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder
Dior Gold Shock (001) Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder

Dior Gold Shock (001) Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder ($80.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a highlighter “infused with golden yellow shimmer.” It’s a yellow gold with gold shimmer and slight sparkle. Becca Champagne Gold (P, $38.00) is very similar, just more shimmery and more gold than yellow, but applied, they’re similar (just Becca is way better). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani No. 04 (P, $59.00) is a liquid. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is lighter. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $42.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is one of the more disappointing high-end highlighters I’ve come across, and while I don’t usually find Dior’s eyeshadows to be impressive, I usually have good experiences with their cheek and face products. The texture of the powder was dry, almost chalky, and it’s more yellow than it is really shimmery or luminous on the skin. The only thing about the powder that feels luxurious to command an $80 price tag is the compact, which is hefty, though it is thick and smaller in diameter than your average highlighter powder. The majority of the sparkle you see initially is an over-spray; there is still some gold sparkle within the powder itself, so it is subtler than it appears. I’m really frustrated by the texture, though, as the drier, chalkier consistency means less color payoff and shorter wear-time (six and a half hours)–but it just doesn’t feel like a luxury product. At least it doesn’t emphasize pores, and the included brush isn’t that scratchy.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Guerlain Geneva Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Geneva Rouge G Lipstick

Here are the currently available warmer orange/reds from the Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) range–there are a surprising amount of them! The Rouge G formula is a long-wearing, moisturizing lipstick with a moderately creamy consistency that glides on easily and leaves a lightly glossy, luminous finish behind. Most shades are mostly opaque to fully opaque, though a few are less pigmented. I find the formula to be consistent overall, but there are a few that I like less than others. I reviewed the majority the range four or five years ago, and of course, any newly released shades since–hope you’ve enjoyed this update! :)

>> You can find Rouge Gs at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus <<

>> See all the permanent Rouge Gs in the Swatch Gallery! <<

Geneva is a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm udnertones and a glossy, luminous sheen. It had rich color coverage that gave lips a fuller, plumper look. It wore well for five hours and kept my lips feeling hydrated both during and after wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Genna is described as a “poppy red.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a luminous finish. It had full color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. This shade lasted for six and a half hours on me, and it was incredibly comfortable and moisturizing while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gilda is described as a “warm red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark orange-toned red with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It was intensely pigmented and applied evenly with rich, smooth color. This shade wore well for six and a half hours on me and left behind a light stain. The formula was lightweight, moisturizing, and comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gipsy is described as a “deep tangerine.” It’s a muted, medium orange with lighter, tangerine shimmer and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied evenly overall. It seemed a little more emollient than the average shade in the formula. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was very hydrating during that time. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gisela is described as a “terracotta rose.” It’s a deepened, muted rusty red with warm, orange undertones and orange pearl. It had a less glossy finish compared to much of the Rouge G range, but it still had a light shine. The color wore well for six and a half hours, and it left behind a subtle stain. It was nicely hydrating throughout the wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Guerlain Galiane Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Galiane Rouge G Lipstick

Here are the currently available beiges/browns from the Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) range–a lot of their lighter beiges seem to be discontinued now. The Rouge G formula is a long-wearing, moisturizing lipstick with a moderately creamy consistency that glides on easily and leaves a lightly glossy, luminous finish behind. Most shades are mostly opaque to fully opaque, though a few are less pigmented. I find the formula to be consistent overall, but there are a few that I like less than others. I reviewed the majority the range four or five years ago, and of course, any newly released shades since, but I thought it was time for an update for the shades still available today. :)

>> You can find Rouge Gs at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus <<

>> See all the permanent Rouge Gs in the Swatch Gallery! <<

Galiane is described as a “nude beige.” It’s a light, pink-tinted beige with a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly. It stayed on well for five hours and was moisturizing over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Garance is described as a “muted rose.” It’s a light-medium, pink-beige with warm undertones and a luminous finish. There’s a very, very fine pearl shimmer to the color. It had opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and didn’t look streaky. It wore well for four and a half hours, and it was comfortable to wear as it was very hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gracia is described as a “muted plum.” It’s a soft, warm-toned plum with subtle gold, pearly shimmer and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and lasted for four and a half hours. The formula was creamy, hydrating, and comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gaetane is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-toned brown with warm undertones and a light, tangerine pearl. It had a luminous finish with opaque color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for six and a half hours, and the formula was comfortable and hydrating while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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