Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Bite Beauty Centifolia Deconstructed Rose Lipstick
Bite Beauty Centifolia Deconstructed Rose Lipstick

Bite Beauty Deconstructed Rose Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a recently released set of four shades (two included in this post, two I’ll review shortly!) “inspired by the ever-changing color of a rose.” They’re creamy, light-medium in weight, richly pigmented, hydrating, and wear well. The formula is rose-scented, but I didn’t have any issues with taste. In all honesty, the formula didn’t really seem any different from the Luminous Creme lipstick, but an attempt to read through the ingredient list on this one (which is difficult to read on this packaging), while it is similar to the Luminous Creme, doesn’t appear to be exactly the same.

Bite Beauty Centifolia Deconstructed Rose Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “muted peach.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach-orange with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had rich, full color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly without gathering into the vertical lines of the lip. This shade wore well for four hours, which is about average, and it was the shortest-wearing of the four shades. Sephora Collection Samba (LE, $12.50) is brighter, warmer. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is sheerer. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is darker, rosier. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is slightly more matte, darker. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is a touch darker. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is lighter, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Grandifolia Deconstructed Rose Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “fiery red.” It’s a vibrant, orange-red with warm undertones and a luminous shine. The color payoff is intense–extremely rich and full coverage in a single pass. The color lasted for six hours and left behind a warm, reddish stain. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is similar. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is more orange. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is matte. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is very similar. Maybelline Neon Red (P, $7.49) is more orange. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is matte. Guerlain Genna (LE, $51.00) is a touch darker. Hourglass Raven (P, $28.00) is matte, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Monday, May 12th, 2014

MAC Pure Heroine Lipstick
MAC Pure Heroine Lipstick

MAC Pure Heroine Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep plum [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a slightly muted, purple-plum with subtle warm undertones and a glossy sheen. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is shimmery, brighter. MAC Strong Woman (LE, $16.00) is slightly more muted, more matte. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is brighter, lighter, less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a limited edition shade that will be available online in North America on June 5th (select stores will also have it), and later in July for international locations. For those that feared it was going to be too similar to MAC Heroine, it’s not; and those who thought it might be like MAC Punk Couture, it’s not. It’s almost a mix of the two, with the warmer, pinky-plum undertones of Heroine with more of the depth and darkness of Punk Couture. The lipstick had more slip than I’d expect from an Amplified finish, and the coverage was mostly opaque but had some translucency. The finish was rather glossy, and the color seemed to pull into lip lines and did not apply as evenly as I would have liked. The color lasted for about four hours, and I did have a little feathering outside of my upper lip towards the end. It does leave behind a slight stain as well.

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Pure Heroine

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8/10

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Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen Lipstick
Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “papaya coral.” It’s a brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a soft shine. Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is more orange. Bite Beauty Blood Orange (LE, $24.00) is more matte. Tom Ford Beauty Firecracker (06) (LE, $49.00) is a touch darker. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is darker, redder. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is darker. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be “semi-sheer” and moisturizing with a “hint of luminescence.” It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the only way I could achieve “semi-sheer” color is if I only applied color to the bottom lip, then pressed my lips together, and used a lip brush to even it out–which is really how one might get sheerer coverage out of any fuller coverage formula. For some, this might be a happy accident, for others, it may make this shade to bold or rich. The consistency is lightly creamy, a bit emollient, so it glides on easily and applies the color evenly, but it’s not thick or heavy on. It lasted for five hours on me, and it left behind a soft stain, though it was just lightly hydrating for me.

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8.5/10

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8/10

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9/10

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10/10

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4.5/5

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

YSL Corail Affranchi (07) Baby Doll Kiss & Blush
YSL Corail Affranchi (07) Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

YSL Corail Affranchi (07) Baby Doll Kiss & Blush ($40.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a soft, muted medium orange with warm undertones and a gold micro-shimmer that translates into a satiny finish. YSL Orange Fougueux (04) (P, $40.00) is darker. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, powder. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, redder. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty Irresistible (210) (P, $30.00) is lighter, powder. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Frivole (P, $43.00) is slightly redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (Here are some lip color comparisons.)

The Baby Doll Kiss & Blush formula is a liquid product that can be used on cheeks or on lips. What I’ve been liking about it primarily is really that it can be worn on lips without leaving them feeling like they’ve been through a war, and that they apply well and wear nicely on cheeks, too. A product that is designed for both of these things and that can actually do both well is difficult to find! The texture is thin, velvety, and gel-like all at the same time, and it feels creamy and slightly emollient initially, but it quickly (20-30 seconds) turns to a powder-like texture and finish on the cheeks that’s easy to blend. However, on lips, it retains a glossiness that lingers for two to three hours, before it wears down to more of a slight sheen. This shade had rich, intense pigmentation whether used on cheeks or lips, and a little goes a long way as a blusher. As a lip color, it wore well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating, and as a cheek color, it wore well for eight and a half hours. It has a sweet, mango and grape scent but no discernible taste.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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5/5

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Friday, May 2nd, 2014

MAC True Love's Kiss Lipstick
MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick

MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is describeds as a “clean bright red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a very, very fine ruby shimmer and a soft sheen. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $45.00) is warmer, browner. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is brighter. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is slightly warmer. MAC Everyday Diva (P, $22.00) is pinker. MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Red Racer (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Cockney (P, $16.00) is a touch darker. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It seemed less like your typical Amplified finish, as it was more emollient and had more slip, so the finish also looked slightly wetter. It was mostly opaque, but it didn’t completely hide my lip freckle. It applied evenly and didn’t tug or pull on the lip. The color wore well for six hours, and it left a stain behind. I found the formula to be a smidgen drying on the whole, but it wasn’t too noticeable. It was vanilla scented but had no discernible taste (in line with MAC’s regular lipstick formula).

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True Love's Kiss

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8.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Friday, May 2nd, 2014

MAC Anthurium Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Anthurium Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Anthurium Pro Longwear Lipglass ($22.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is described as a “clean bright red.” It’s a vibrant, neutral-to-warm-toned, cherry red with a glossy, creamy finish. Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) has shimmer. Milani Red My Lips (12) (P, $5.49) is very similar. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is a touch warmer. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is warmer. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is shimmery. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Pro Longwear Lipglass formula is supposed to wear for six hours with a shiny finish and rich color. The consistency is quite thick, almost goopy at times, but it wears for awhile–six hours in this case. The texture is about as sticky as Lipglass, but it gets even stickier after a few hours of wear. It’s an easy gloss to catch on your teeth, so beware. This shade applied beautifully with rich, opaque color coverage that didn’t sink into lip lines or bleed/feather outside the natural lip. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating over time. It has a vanilla scent (same as the rest of MAC’s glosses) and no discernible taste. As a heads up, note that this formula contains 0.06 fl. oz., which is significantly less than most glosses.

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Anthurium

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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7/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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