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Bite Beauty Anise Multistick

Bite Beauty Anise Multistick
Bite Beauty Anise Multistick

Bite Beauty Anise Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark chocolaty brown with warm, reddish undertones and a hint of orange. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Exotic Ember (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is less glossy (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cocoa (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Bronze #2 (P, ) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Tarte Brownie (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $23.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Hollywood Blvd. (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating! Anise had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation when applied with a brush or fingertips and opaque coverage if applied directly from tubes (in swipes/passes, if you just dotted or dabbed it, then it was sheerer). The consistency was creamy, light-to-light-medium in weight without feeling or looking heavy, and very blendable on eyes, lips, and cheeks. As you might expect by this point, the performance on the eyes was the weakest while the performance on the cheeks was strongest, though it wore well and comfortably on the lips.

As a cheek product, the product was very forgiving on the cheeks and blended out with ease. I had no trouble using synthetic brushes of all kinds as well as my fingertips; the latter is my go-to for most cream cheek color for blending but I like initially laying down color with a synthetic stippling brush. On my normal-to-dry skin, the color lasted for nine hours before fading slightly. It did not dry down fully, so it would transfer if I touched it, I didn’t notice migration or movement over time either (which was a surprise). This shade looks a lot lighter when used at lower coverage levels, instead of the deep brown it appears in the tube; the difference is a bit more dramatic than in other shades to me (I think it’s the warmth that comes through when it appears lighter in hue).

As a lip product, it’s versatile in its pigmentation depending on how you apply it. For ease, I applied it directly from the tube, which yielded opaque pigmentation in a single pass, but you could easily apply with fingertips for sheerer coverage or a lip brush for more precision (it is a rounded tube!). The texture was smooth, creamy, and a little powdery without feeling dry–there’s something to the texture that reminds that there is powder in the formula–and applied even color. It wore well for six hours and left behind a slight stain afterward, and while it was not hydrating, it was also not drying.

As an eye product, I applied with fingertips, which yielded a semi-sheer application, and it was easily built-up to greater coverage, if desired, though fully opaque was a little more challenging without applying it directly from the tube. It blended out easily and while it did not fully set, this particular shade managed to hold on for–wait for it!–two hours before creasing set in.

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Bite Beauty Multistick Anise
Anise
Anise
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Chanel Rosewood (350) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rosewood (350) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Rosewood (350) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rosewood (350) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Bite Beauty Macaroon (P, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rose Initiale (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Joues Contraste formula is supposed to have “buildable coverage” with a “silky texture” that adds “radiance to the cheeks.” The texture was silky and finely-milled, but it was also a little dusty and prone to sheering out. The pigmentation started off semi-sheer and was buildable to semi-opaque coverage, so it is buildable, but if you want really dramatic coverage, you might find it lacking. When I applied it to bare cheeks, I found the formula fairly blendable, but it did require some extra maneuvering and blending to really even out the coverage. The color wore well for eight hours before fading.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Rosewood (350)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Bite Beauty Lotus Multistick

Bite Beauty Lotus Multistick
Bite Beauty Lotus Multistick

Bite Beauty Lotus Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Makeup Geek Valentine (P, $10.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Inspiration (64) (DC, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Personal Pick (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Heartless (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Temper (-, ) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $23.00) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Native Blush (-, ) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Lovesick (P, $20.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Maybelline Ravishing Rose (P, $7.99) is brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. The multi-tasking cream product had a lightly creamy, velvety texture that glided on easily but had more of a light-medium consistency and weight to it, so it felt denser than a really slick or emollient cream blush and had more substance to it than the average lipstick formula. Lotus performed the best as a cheek color, then as a lip color, and lastly as an eye product (unusable without primer and setting powder, though).

On cheeks, I applied by patting on the color with my fingertips and using a synthetic brush to blend out the color, which worked well to diffuse and spread out the color along my cheek area. The blush wasn’t transfer-proof, but I didn’t have any issues with it migrating or moving around, so I was able to enjoy the soft sheen without any mess! It wore well for nine hours on my normal-to-dry skin.

As a lip product, it had nearly opaque coverage when applied directly from the tube, but it will have sheerer, more buildable coverage if applied in a dabbing motion, with a lip brush, or using fingertips. It was comfortable on the lips over the four and a half hours it lasted, but it wasn’t the most flattering on, as it pulled into lip lines slightly from the get-go, which worsened over time. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating while worn.

On the eyes, I had creasing almost instantly–within five minutes–and there was a powderiness present to the color on the lid that I didn’t observe when it was used as a cheek/lip color. As a result, I felt like it made my creases/lines on my eyelids look drier and the area more crepe-like.

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Bite Beauty Multistick Lotus
Lotus
Lotus
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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Becca Bronzed Amber Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Bronzed Amber Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Bronzed Amber Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Bronzed Amber Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark copper-brown with warm, golden shimmer. MAC Stride of Pride (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Crown of my Canopy (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC A Latte Sheen (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #20 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Firework (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Glow (200) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Sand (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt (Bottom) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Daygleam (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Kitten (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Total Package (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Lancome Rosegold Lights (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Jouer Skinny Dip (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Burberry No. 04 Rose Gold (P, $68.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This shade is supposed to be a combination between the brand’s Opal highlighter and Wild Honey blush, and it is exclusive to Becca’s website. The texture was soft, lightly dusty but blendable and didn’t look powdery on the skin. I was actually surprised by the resulting finish, as it was luminous without being metallic–this is the least shimmery highlighter I’ve seen from Becca. It’s very hard to overdo, which made it more forgiving, while a lot of their range is so intense that a light hand is necessary! The texture wasn’t as smooth or as cream-like as the permanent shades, though, but I don’t think it looks dry or powdery on the skin, which is where it counts the most. It had good pigmentation that was buildable from semi-opaque to opaque. On me, the color lasted well for seven and a half hours.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Bronzed Amber
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio
Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio ($36.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains three powder highlighters to “give skin a luminous look” that uses “sophisticated, microfine Naked shimmer” and can be used on face and body. As far as coverage goes, the brand says “the color payoff of a loose powder with the convenience of a pressed powder,” which suggests high pigmentation from my experience with loose vs. pressed products and resulting coverage. If you’re unfamiliar with Urban Decay’s Illuminated formula, it’s actually rather sparkly and would not use the word “microfine” to describe it–these are best for those who want noticeable sparkle on the skin, though the underlying finish is more subdued or in this palette, two of the shades just give random sparkle rather than adding luminosity to the skin. Two of the three shades were rather sheer in this palette as well. It is a baked formula, and I have found these to fade faster than traditional powder blushes.

Pyrite is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen and light bits of gold micro-sparkle. This was the least visibly sparkly on the skin, but it also produced the strongest sheen. The texture was soft, slightly dusty but smooth, applied well and blended out without much effort. The color lasted for seven hours on me before fading. Too Faced You Light Up My Life (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Frosted (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Idol (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 4 Golden Peach (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Tarte Sparkler (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oasis is a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and silver sparkle. The texture was firm, stiff, and difficult to get the product off of as a result. This impacted the color payoff, too, and it was extremely sheer (I could barely get any to show). Applied, I get a few bits of sparkle but almost no detectable luminosity on my skin, so I actually think it misses the mark completely as an illuminator! All the sparkles had vanished within six hours (that’s about all I could judge the wear from). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Twilight is a muted, light-medium peachy-orange with an iridescent pink sparkle. (I was surprised at how similar it was to Aura, actually.) The powder was thinner and dusty to the touch, and it kicked up an excess amount of product in the pan, even with a light hand. I saw visible bits of the pink sparkle on the skin but little in the way of even illumination, so it looked matte in photos. The coverage was sheer to semi-sheer, and it was just barely visible on my skin tone in person (but not in photos). The softness of the powder made it easy to blend on the skin, and it didn’t emphasize my skin’s texture or pores. It seemed to wear for about six hours on me. Urban Decay Fireball (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Hard Candy (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Apricot (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Illuminated Trio Naked
Naked
Naked
5.5
Product
4.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
62%
Total
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Bite Beauty Praline Multistick

Bite Beauty Praline Multistick
Bite Beauty Praline Multistick

Bite Beauty Praline Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a slightly brightened, medium orange with warm undertones and a satin sheen. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier (95% similar). Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is less glossy (90% similar). Smashbox Persimmon (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $23.00) is more muted (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Get Leid (P, $8.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Frivole (P, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Rude (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Ocean City (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Baby Peach (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Daring (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Topless (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. The texture of this shade was smooth, lightly velvety and creamy, so it had great blendability and was easy to spread across the skin without skipping or becoming patchy. It did seem slightly thinner compared to the majority of the shades I’ve tried, but it still performed similarly with longer wear on cheeks and lips, shorter wear on eyes. The coverage varied by application, as directly pressing the tube against the skin and making a swiping motion would leave a rich, opaque line while dabbing or patting from the tube was sheer and buildable. It is, overall, a medium, buildable coverage product.

When I applied it to my cheeks, the color diffused nicely along the edges and looked even without having to work hard. I had no trouble applying with fingertips or with synthetic brushes. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours as a blush.

On the lips, I applied it directly from the tube, and it yielded smooth, opaque pigmentation that sat fairly well on the lips, but some of the color settled into my lip lines within an hour and a half of wear. The formula felt comfortable, though, and lasted for four and a half hours.

As much as I’d love for this to be a true three-in-one product, the performance as a cream eyeshadow left much to be desired, because it creased within ten minutes of applying. Even if I smoothed the color back into place with my fingertip, it would migrate and separate in the crease/lines of my lid.

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Bite Beauty Multistick Praline
Praline
Praline
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
5.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

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