Sunday, January 18th, 2015

NARS Liguria Sheer Lipstick
NARS Liguria Sheer Lipstick

NARS Liguria Sheer Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude caramel.” It’s a soft, pumpkin peach-orange with very fine yellowed peach shimmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Covet (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is much sheerer and appears more muted as a result. NARS Floralies (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Sheer Mandarin (LE, $17.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula didn’t feel like NARS’ Sheer Lipstick formula at all; it’s heavier with a thicker, creamier consistency with more of a satin-to-matte finish with fairly opaque color coverage. It seemed to have more in common with NARS’ regular lipstick formula (but not Audacious) than the Sheer Lipstick formula. The thicker consistency paired with subtle frost in it seemed to make it very prone to catching on any imperfections and made my lips look drier than they were (as they weren’t dry at all). It wore well for four hours, but it separated and pulled into lip lines and faded unevenly (left a bit of a ring of color behind). It was neither drying nor hydrating in my experience.

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Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Bite Beauty #001 Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty #001 Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Bite Beauty #001 Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deep burgundy with red undertone.” It’s a medium-dark red with warm, brown undertones and a luminous finish. Tom Ford Beauty Pavlos (LE, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Runner (LE, $16.00) is more matte, cooler-toned, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Cherry (08) (P, $50.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is a smidgen lighter. NARS Jeanne (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Since brands have really embraced the whole “let’s release a way more expensive version and call it luxury” over the past year or so, I think it’s important that brands do it right–that’s the least they can do–and Bite gets it really wrong here. Bite Beauty’s Luminous Creme formula (which has the exact same packaging) retails for $24 for 0.15 oz., which makes this luxury formula 50% more expensive. Huge fan of the Luminous Creme formula and other lip products by Bite, but I really couldn’t feel anything different in this “better” formula, and worse, it under-performed, period. It had semi-opaque color coverage that goes on unevenly with visible streaks and patchiness, while the formula is unforgiving and pulls into lip lines. I had feathering, which is unusual for me, after two hours, and the color was mostly gone after four and a half hours. The consistency had a lot of slip (a little more than their regular formula), but it was also thin, which I think made it shorter-wearing. It didn’t stain, which was also a surprise, given the darkness of the color. It was only somewhat hydrating, but it didn’t seem as moisturizing as their standard formula. The extra kick in the pants was that it had a strong, waxy scent and lemony-soap taste.

You would think that to kick off a 12-month long limited edition release party, they would have come out with guns blazing and given us something to covet, but this was disappointing and you’re far better off looking to their Luminous Creme formula for a better-performing, longer-wearing, and more pigmented option. The packaging should have reflected the up-charge, and the formula should have been near perfection, especially since their Luminous Creme formula is excellent, so there’s no excuse for this under-performing release. Bite can do a lot better.

One last annoyance was that the bottom wasn’t labeled with any name or number, so you might want to mark it!

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Friday, January 16th, 2015

Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss

Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) was a miss in my experience, due to a low color payoff, shorter wear times, and a stronger, more noticeable perfume-like taste. While these are comfortable to wear and most shades are rather hydrating, the taste seemed stronger with this set than the original. I also had issues with several applicators coming broken or partially broken. The formula isn’t like the original Color Elixir range, and Maybelline didn’t indicate that these were less pigmented, only that they were shimmery. Some of them look very similar on, due to sheerness, even though there are only eight shades to choose from. I could only see considering them if you prefer sheerer, lightly shimmery glosses, don’t mind reapplication, and aren’t sensitive to flavored lip products.

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss
Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss

Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a sheer, pink-tinted gloss with fine white shimmer. It’s very, very sheer and adds mostly shimmer. It goes on fairly evenly and wears for two hours on me. I really am surprised Maybelline didn’t make it a point to offer these up as a sheerer counterpoint to their regular Color Elixir range, because these have little in common with the original range. They have a fairly strong perfume/soap-like taste and a sweeter, more creme brulee-like scent. NARS Istria (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Chanel Eau de Rose (86) (LE, $27.00) is similar. Revlon Orchid (P, $7.49) is darker, pinker. MAC Fashion Fanatic (LE, $20.00) is milkier. MAC Icescape (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Bait (LE, $15.00) is milkier. MAC Fashion Scoop (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Enthralling Nude (500) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a peach-tinted base with lighter peach shimmer. It is quite sheer (nowhere near the color payoff that’s described), though it goes on smoothly and has a pretty sparkle to it. It lasts two and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating over time. MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) is pinker. YSL Nude Carat (No. 20) (P, $32.00) is pinker. bareMinerals Dazzler (LE, $18.00) is pinker. Chanel Zephyr (377) (LE, $29.50) is pinker. MAC Jasmine Honey (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Kiss Me Softly (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Hourglass Verse (P, $28.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick
Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick

Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a fuchsia-magenta with cool, blue undertones and very fine iridescent shimmer with a luminous sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is more opaque. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is more matte, more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Justin (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is less glossy, less shimmery. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is brighter. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is lighter. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is less magenta. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is similar. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

At last, the missing (and final) shade of the new spring colors! It had semi-sheer coverage, which could have applied more evenly–it looks a little splotchy to me, where some areas have a more magenta coloring and others are less blue-based, more fuchsia. The consistency has a lot of slip, so there’s no tugging while applyling, but it slidews around and will show “lines” if you press your lips together. On me, this shade wore well for three and a half hours with a slight stain left behind, but it was hydrating over time.

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Maybelline Pearlescent Peach (520) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss
Maybelline Pearlescent Peach (520) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss

Maybelline Pearlescent Peach (520) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a semi-sheer, peachy-coral with warm undertones and fine gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage that applied fairly evenly and was comfortable to wear. The gloss lasted for three hours on me. It’s nowhere near the coverage Maybelline markets the formula as having, though. If you like sheerer glosses and aren’t sensitive to taste (the Color Elixirs have a strong soap-like/perfume-like taste), it might be worth considering. Dior Rieuse (373) (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, more opaque. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is pinker. NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is redder. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is less shimmery. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is brighter, more opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Glistening Coral (525) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium orange with very subtle gold pearl. As it is semi-sheer, the natural lip color will influence how this looks on–for me, it looks more coral (stronger pink) than orange. It lasted for two and a half hours and could have applied a bit more evenly. NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is pinker, more opaque. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is more orange. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Lust for Mauve (535) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a rosy plum with warm undertones and beige and mauve shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage where a lot of the natural lip color is visible, but it did add noticeable color and shimmer when I applied it. This shade wore well for four hours. NARS Corsica (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more opaque. MAC Private Party (LE, $20.00) is more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty Studded Kiss (310) (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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