Bite Beauty Cortado/Latte Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo

Bite Beauty Cortado/Latte Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a dual-ended lipstick, so there is a lipstick shade on each side. This duo features a warm, rosy plum and a lighter, rosy brown. The duo is sold out online, though you may be able to find it in store still. Definitely making a mental note to cave on these earlier in the season for next holiday.

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Bite Beauty Cortado/Latte Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo
Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo Cortado/Latte
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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NARS L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour Eyeshadow Palette

NARS L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette that features twelve eyeshadows; four are over-sized and eight are more normally sized. What’s interesting to me is that I can’t find a single call out from the bran that the formula is any different than their typical powder eyeshadow, and I think that with the exception of mattes, they’re quite different. They have a much denser and creamier consistency–you can feel the silicone in it–that makes it comparable to newer formulas like Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows, MAC Colour Drenched Pigments, and Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows (to name a few). I personally find that NARS’ standard eyeshadow formula to be one of the weaker high-end formulations, though there are some that are great. This palette, overall, is significantly more pigmented, easier to work with, and more blendable than the majority of NARS eyeshadows I have tried to-date. I think the weakest point is that these creased on me at the seven-hour mark, so they definitely require a primer based on my testing for longevity.

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NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour Eyeshadow Palette
NARS Spring 2016 Eyeshadow Palette L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Dior Rose Garden (451) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Rose Garden (451) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for spring. The eyeshadow formula feels different than their standard, permanent eyeshadow formula but similar to the formula used in the limited edition holiday palettes–more in the vein of MAC Extra Dimension and NARS Dual Intensity–but I couldn’t find anything from Dior that indicated these are actually wet/dry, though for your perusal, I swatched them both dry (left) and damp (right), so this review only covers dry application. I think that the eyeshadows perform much better damp, though, or with primer, as they run crumbly and/or powdery, so they tended to look a little dry or uneven applied to the lid as-is.

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Dior Rose Garden (451) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Glowing Gardens Eyeshadow Palette Rose Garden (451)
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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Bite Beauty Mulberry/Scarlet Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo

Bite Beauty Mulberry/Scarlet Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a dual-ended lipstick, so there is a lipstick shade on each side. This is one of the darker sets of shades, and unfortunately, the deeper burgundy shade was problematic, as this type of shade often is (so it’s really the norm rather than the exception).

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Bite Beauty Mulberry/Scarlet Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo
Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo Mulberry/Scarlet
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Bite Beauty Palomino/Pomegranate Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo

Bite Beauty Palomino/Pomegranate Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a duo of fuchsia and neutral red. The Mix ‘n’ Mingle duos are a good way to try the Bite formula without having to spend a lot–you get two-thirds of a full-sized shade for $14 (instead of $24). I’m a big fan of the Luminous Creme formula, which is supposed to be richly pigmented, hydrating, and long-wearing; and it usually lives up to those claims. Both of these shades are nice, and they are also both part of the permanent range should you love only one or want to pick-up a full-size.

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Bite Beauty Palomino/Pomegranate Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo
Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo Palomino/Pomegranate
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
96%
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Bite Beauty Confection / Marmalade Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo

Bite Beauty Confection/Marmalade Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) consists of a bright, pop of fuchsia pink paired with a warmer, medium orange. It’s another good set of shades that performs well and lives up to its claims! Bite’s Luminous Creme formula is very consistent for me, so I’m happy to see it is equally consistent in their mini duos.

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Bite Beauty Confection/Marmalade Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo
Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo Confection/Marmalade
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%
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