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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Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Bite Beauty Dolce BB for Lips
Bite Beauty Dolce BB for Lips

Bite Beauty BB for Lips ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “lip enhancing, five-in-one-balm.” It’s supposed to hydrate, repair, prime, and protect with a “color-rich balm.” I bought two shades to try–one lighter, one deeper–and both performed similarly for me (consistency is always a good thing!).

The texture is lightweight, creamy with a high degree of slip, and has a thinnish texture overall. There’s a soft shine after application with decent color, but I don’t know that I’d use the words “color-rich.” It’s lightly hydrating for me, and in general, I find it leaves my lips feeling softer a couple of hours later but doesn’t make them look good initially and instead seems to accentuate the texture of my lips. The major downside to the formula is really that it has a very thin, slippery texture that means the product wears away quickly and regular reapplication is necessary.

You can layer lipstick over it, but my experience is that it’s less of a primer, as it reduced the wear time of the lipstick on its own, and it didn’t make the lipstick look any better. Matte lipsticks varied; sometimes the slickness of the balm made it so the matte color didn’t go on as evenly, other formulas were okay, so your mileage may vary depending on the formula and finish of the lipstick you’re applying over it. I would describe these as a tinted lip balm with some hydration, but if I was going to go for a lip balm by Bite, I would go for the Agave Lip Mask instead. BB for Lips has a sweet, lemon-vanilla scent and sweet taste that occasionally seems like there’s a mere hint of sunscreen. (Quick note: Sephora lists this as “SPF 18″ but the package indicates SPF 15.) Be careful with flavored lip products as it can tempt you to lick your lips more often, which doesn’t help hydrate lips!

Bite Beauty Dolce BB for Lips ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep purple.” It’s a semi-sheer, muted pink-berry with subtle cool undertones and a soft shine. It applied mostly evenly and lasted for almost two hours. Korres Wild Rose (P, $12.99) is a bit lighter. Chanel Fiction (P, $34.00) is more opaque (true lipstick). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Flush BB for Lips ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage that applied evenly. A light shade like this is going to look more different than similar across individuals, as the natural lip color comes through quite a bit, so the result is that this lightens and warms up the natural lip color to a degree, but the natural lip color will play a huge part. This shade lasted an hour and a half on me. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is darker. Chanel Secret (85) (LE, $34.00) is pinker. Chanel Melba (75) (LE, $34.00) is lighter. Chanel Gourmandise (76) (P, $34.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask ($26.00 for 0.52 oz.) is supposed to be a “soothing, leave-on lip mask that replenishes moisture in lips.” If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that keeping my lips in tip-top shape is not just a priority but part and parcel for sharing lip swatches with all of you! I’ve been specifically trying to branch out and try new lip balms, and after being impressed by some of Bite Beauty’s other products, I figured this would be one to consider. It’s less “mask”-like to me and more like your overnight lip balm/industrial-strength lip balm.

It uses a lanolin base along with castor seed oil, shea butter, agave nectar, and jojoba oil. It also contains “triple the amount of antioxidant trans-resveratrol found in red wine.” I’ve been wearing this for a few weeks now, and I apply it shortly before bed. After eight to ten hours later, there is usually a sheer layer still on my lips, which is something I really want to have happen in a lip balm. My lips feel nourished, smooth, and comfortable the next day. The texture of this product is very thick, which makes it a bit harder to squeeze out of the tube, and it takes a few seconds to “melt” on the lips so that it can be smoothed across for even coverage. It is a fairly tacky product, though not to the level of feeling like glue. It has a sweet, non-descript scent and taste and a soft sheen (not too glossy, not matte).

For me, my lips usually just need an extra boost of hydration on an as-needed basis, but they’re not chronically dry any more and haven’t been for some time. That being said, the Agave Lip Mask maintained the health and smooth texture of my lips (and if I wear nothing for long enough, my lips will start to go back a horrible, winding path of dryness). A little goes a long way, and one tube will last quite awhile as you don’t need to frequently reapply, but I have heard of others having issues with the packaging cracking/breaking over time. I haven’t experienced any issues with packaging deteriorating over time, but I keep mine in my nightstand.

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