Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Nude Hydra-Balm
By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Nude Hydra-Balm

By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Nude Hydra-Balm ($36.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to hydrate, “fill in wrinkles and fine lines,” while also smoothing and “boost[ing] volume.” It is a tinted lip balm, in simpler terms, with semi-sheer color coverage, glossy finish, and designed to keep your lips looking and feeling better. Overall, the formula is moderately hydrating and comfortable to wear with a creamy consistency that has enough slip that it doesn’t cling, but it doesn’t glide right off the lips either. I didn’t notice an increase in volume, and it didn’t seem like it helped to fill in lines, but the hydration did linger beyond the initial application. The formula is rose-scented and a slight, almost perfume-y taste. They’re also shorter-wearing, which isn’t a real surprise, but you’ll likely need to reapply throughout the day to maintain the color.

By Terry Bare Balm (1) Hyaluronic Sheer Nude Hydra-Balm ($36.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a very light, pale pinkish-white with light shine and cool undertones. It had semi-sheer color coverage that applied somewhat evenly. Though the formula is supposed to help fill in fine lines, it seemed weakest in that aspect, and the very light color of this shade settled into lip lines as it wore. On me, this shade lasted for two and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

By Terry Innocent Kiss (2) Hyaluronic Sheer Nude Hydra-Balm ($36.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a soft, peach with a hint of pink and lighter beige shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff with noticeable translucency, so if your natural lip colors are darker, you may find this looks a bit different. It applied evenly and smoothly, and it wore well for three hours with very minor settling into lip lines. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

By Terry Nude Pulp (3) Hyaluronic Sheer Nude Hydra-Balm ($36.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, light-medium pink with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. This shade yielded semi-sheer color coverage that was very even and smooth–it looked like a stain but still had the balm-like shine. It lasted for two hours on me, which was the major downside, but the slightly thinner consistency (compared to other shades) kept it from having color that settled into lip lines. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

By Terry Sheer Glow (4) Hyaluronic Sheer Nude Hydra-Balm ($36.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a peachy-orange with warm, yellow undertones and a very fine dusting of gold pearl. It had sheer color coverage–the least pigmented of the five–with a glossy finish and comfortable, hydrating wear. On me, it lasted for two hours and tended to sit in lines. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

By Terry Flush Contour (5) Hyaluronic Sheer Nude Hydra-Balm ($36.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, copper-red undertones and a light shine. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that went on fairly evenly and smoothly. The formula was comfortable to wear, moderately hydrating, while the color wore for three hours. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask
Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask

Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask ($26.00 for 0.52 oz.) is described as a “universal red-wine tint.” It’s a brightened, cherryr ed with cool undertones that turns to more of a pinky-red color applied to lips. NARS Shade IV (LE, $26.00) is warmer. Josie Maran Always Cherry (P, $18.00) is warmer. NARS Rose Gitane (P, $26.00) is warmer. MAC Wake Up! (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Night is Young (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Love Alert (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I haven’t used this extensively (as I would if I was testing a lip balm’s healing/hydrating properties), though I have previously reviewed the original. This is more of a quick review to show how the newest tinted version looks. I think those who were disappointed by the subtle nature of the Champagne version will find this more palatable, as it produces a very noticeable reddish tint to lips. It will be nice for those who have good luck with this formula who want a little more color during the day but need the ultra-hydrating properties of the original. The formula is thicker and heavier, fairly tacky, and the color seems to fade faster than the feel of the balm, where the color seems to disappear after three to four hours, the balm lingers for five to six with some lingering as long as eight hours. The past iterations of this formula have been hydrating for me, and I found this one to feel much like those. The only critique I really have is that it doesn’t always look completely even applied, which is often the nature of sheer, but vibrant, shades like this.

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Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Bite Beauty Champagne Agave Lip Mask
Bite Beauty Champagne Agave Lip Mask

Bite Beauty Champagne Agave Lip Mask ($26.00 for 0.52 oz.) is described as a “rose gold pearl.” It’s a sheer, gold-shimmered pink. It seems to darken and even out my natural lip color slightly while adding a touch of shine. I don’t know of a really worthwhile dupe (something that is more in the “tinted lip balm” family), given that this is an ultra-hydrating formula with such subtle color. If you like the idea of the color but want a true gloss: see comparison swatches.

Generally speaking, it’s a shimmery version of the brand’s original–and top selling–Agave Lip Mask. The original was designed as a treatment that could be applied at night, but many used it during the day, as well, so I suspect this was a way of adding a little oomph to a day time version. You can read my review on the original formula here. Bite also repackaged the Agave Lip Mask, both the original and Champagne, with a softer plastic tube, so it is easier to squeeze out the product. The lip balm itself is quite thick, so it never oozes out easily, but hopefully those who experienced cracking tubes will not experience that with the new packaging (my original, old packaging tube still hasn’t had any issues, on my end).

I found the shimmery version to perform very similarly to the original. The consistency is thick, tacky, and long-wearing (there’s a thin layer still noticeably there after eight to ten hours of wear), though it goes on smoothly and keeps lips feeling comfortable. It has a sweet scent and taste. It’s hydrating and helps improve the health of my lips if they’ve taken a beating (err, swatching). I was surprised that it didn’t add a lot of genuine shine to the lips–it was a very natural-looking shine, and overall, very subtle.

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm
Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm

Earlier, I posted my first review of Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.), which you can find here. According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a hydrating formula that gives lips a better appearance. There are six shades in all, with one being colorless, and the others are supposed to have “juicy tints of color.” The formula is somewhat hydrating–less than a really good lip balm, and it is also less than their regular La Creme lipstick formula, for me–and very short-wearing (only one shade lasts two hours; all the others last less). It has a lightweight feel on the lips, but it is thinner than the La Creme lipsticks. The “tinted” shades seem to emphasize lip imperfections; the formula seems to catch every little imperfection (ones I didn’t know I had!).

Too Faced Pink Slip La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is a very sheer, coral-tinted shade. At most, it maybe adds a slight warmth to lips, but it feels like I’m partially imagining it! It wears an hour and a half on me. Bite Beauty Flush (P, $24.00) is warmer. Korres Quince (P, $12.99) is pinker, darker. bareMinerals Amped Pink (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Just Kissed La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is a very sheer, peachy-coral tint. It’s really a smidgen warmer than Pink Slip, but the two look nearly identical, despite looking drastically different in the tubes. It stayed on for about an hour and a half. Bite Beauty Flush (P, $24.00) is similar. Korres Quince (P, $12.99) is darker, more pigmented. bareMinerals Amped Pink (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Plum Crazy La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is a very sheer, warm-toned plum with a natural sheen. This shade slightly darkened the lips; of all the shades, this had the most visible tint, but it was still very sheer at best. It lasted for two hours on me. Bite Beauty Dolce (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Korres Quince (P, $12.99) is brighter, warmer. bareMinerals Amped Pink (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Too Faced Like Buttah La Creme Lip Balm
Too Faced Like Buttah La Creme Lip Balm

Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is supposed to hydrate lips so they appear plumper and smoother with a “delicious sweet citrus scent.” It comes in six shades (a second review is coming for the other three shades) and five of the six are “juicy tints of color,” while one is clear. The formula has some slip, but it seems less slippery/emollient–less “melty”–than the La Creme Lipstick formula, pehraps because this has a thinner feel overall. All of them give a light natural sheen to lips, and though they’re supposed to be tinted, just about all of them look nearly the same on lips. I have somewhat pigmented lips, but they’re not super pigmented–warmer shades make my lips look a wee bit warmer, cooler shades make them look a bit pinker/darker. I wouldn’t recommend purchasing them for their tinting abilities. On me, the formula is somewhat moisturizing; less so than my favorite lip balms, but the formula is thin enough that it doesn’t stay on for long. I get about an hour to two hours of wear, and then I feel like I have to reapply. The colored ones seemed to accentuate the texture of my lips–it seemed to catch on imperfections I didn’t even know I had. These seemed comparable to Bite Beauty’s BB for Lips. Since these three all look virtually colorless applied, I would rather opt for an ultra-hydrating lip balm than a so-so lip balm with no color or pick up one of their La Creme Lipsticks for greater hydrating and actual color.

Too Faced Like Buttah La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is the clear, colorless shade (as in, intentionally left clear!). It is less glossy than a more liquid-like lip balm, but it is also thinner. The consistency is lightly creamy, lightweight, and applies easily over the lips. It lasts an hour and a half on me.

Too Faced Hunny Bunny La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is a sheer, peachy-beige. On my lips, it adds warmth and darkens my natural lip color just slightly with a smidgen of shine. It lasts an hour and a half on me.
Bite Beauty Flush (P, $24.00) is slightly more pigmented. MAC Taste of Paradise (LE) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Peachykeen La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is a sheer peach. The major difference between this and Hunny Bunny is the undertone; this doesn’t have any beige in it, so it looks peachier–like a mix of orange and pink. It lasts an hour and a half on me.
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Friday, June 6th, 2014

Sisley Paris Baby (2) Phyto-Lip Twist
Sisley Paris Baby (2) Phyto-Lip Twist

Sisley Paris Phyto-Lip Twist ($50.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a twist-up tinted lip balm that’s supposed to be “colored like a lipstick and shiny like a gloss.” According to the brand, it contains Commiphora Resin Extract that “smooths the lips and firms,” along with Phytosqualane, which “hydrates and protects.” The consistency is almost weightless, creamy, and smoothing as it applies. It is very comfortable to wear, and it hydrates well throughout the day–I wore these two shades over and over again over a period of two days. It’s mostly non-sticky, getting just slightly tacky after a few hours of wear. It has no scent or taste. Sisley Paris is a luxury brand, so this formula has a matching luxury price tag; it’s a very nice and well-done product, so the quality is there but whether it’s worth the splurge or not is up to you!

Sisley Paris Baby (2) Phyto-Lip Twist ($50.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, warm-toned pink with very subtle micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage and wore well for three and a half hours. NARS Sweet Revenge (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is glossier. Chanel Pink Pivoine (88) (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, sheerer, glossier. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is less glossy, more opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sisley Paris Berry (5) Phyto-Lip Twist ($50.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a cool-toned, medium-dark berry pink with a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color payoff, and this one was slightly less glossy/luminous compared to Baby. It wore longer, though, and stayed on well for five hours. NARS Quito (P, $26.00) is sheerer, slightly brighter. MAC New Love (P, $22.00) is lighter, glossier. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is sheerer, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Studded Kiss (310) (P, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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