Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Bite Beauty Crianza Cashmere Lip Cream
Bite Beauty Crianza Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Crianza Cashmere Lip Cream ($28.00 for 0.26 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark pink with red undertone.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink-red with subtle cool undertones (it almost looks warm-toned against my complexion, depending on the warmth of the light around me). Guerlain Insolence (144) (LE, $35.00) is lighter. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $51.00) is warmer. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is warmer, matte. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Party Parrot (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is lighter. Guerlain Gigi (P, $51.00) is similar. Guerlain Gourmandise (P, $49.50) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had really rich, intense color payoff that went on smoothly, without settling into lip lines, and evenly. This formula wears really long and well on me, and with this shade, it wore nicely for six and a half hours and left a reddish stain behind that lingered for another hour or so. The one aspect that I don’t find holds true to how Bite Beauty positions the product is it having a matte finish–it has a noticeable shine for at least the first two hours of wear. The formula is comfortable to wear, and it was neither drying nor hydrating while worn. It has a slightly herbal scent but no discernible taste. I’ve reviewed a few shades from the formula previously (see them here), and I’d also like to mention that one of the six tubes I have leaked and had faulty packaging (see that review here).

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Saturday, May 17th, 2014

MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick
MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick

MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dark vibrant violet [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark purpled berry with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, natural finish. Bite Beauty Burgundy (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Romantically Inclined (LE, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Feel My Pulse (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Bust Out (LE, $16.00) is slightly purpler. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lydia (P, $18.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had mostly opaque color coverage, which applied evenly and smoothly without streaking or settling into lip lines. The consistency was lightly creamy but not heavy, so it is comfortable to wear and doesn’t feather over time. On me, this shade wore well for five hours and was just slightly drying. Unfortunately for me, Cremesheen lipsticks tend to be a little drying, but others find them hydrating. As is typical, it is vanilla-scented with no discernible taste. If you missed this when it launched on MAC’s website, the collection will still launch at other retailers next week and in-stores/at counters on the 22nd. You can see the reviews of the other lipstick shades from the collection here.

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Friday, May 16th, 2014

Bite Beauty Burgundy Cashmere Lip Cream
Bite Beauty Burgundy Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Burgundy Cashmere Lip Cream ($28.00 for 0.26 fl. oz.) is described as a “berry purple.” It’s a rich, medium-dark berry-purple with cool undertones and a soft shine. MAC Pure Heroine (LE, $16.00) is darker, purpler, less berry. MAC Feel My Pulse (LE, $16.00) is lighter, muted. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is shimmery, purpler, brighter. MAC Strong Woman (LE, $16.00) is darker, purpler, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I’ve reviewed a few shades from the formula previously (see them here), and when Sephora had their last sale, I couldn’t resist trying a few more. The formula is supposed to be a “cream-to-powder matte lip color” with intense pigmentation. This shade was richly pigmented, applied evenly and smoothly, and wore well for six hours while also leaving behind a stain. It was neither drying nor hydrating on me, and the finish doesn’t wear down to matte for two to three hours. The consistency is light-medium in weight (noticeable but not heavy), lightly creamy, and has a herbal-ish scent that is detectable from the applicator but not really when worn.

Now, something happened with the packaging on this particular tube, because I had it resting on my hallway banister, along with a couple of other shades, and when I went to put it away, it had leaked — there is a berry-stain in the shape of the tube as a result, which I greatly look forward to removing the paint and repainting. I can’t imagine what kind of damage this might have done if it had leaked in a makeup bag, purse, etc. I checked, and the cap was on securely, and it seemed to have stopped leaking color and oil (the two separated during the leaking process). I moved it over clear plastic, and it didn’t seem to leak any more, but the liquid in the tube is much more of a creamy paste as a result. Also, the doe-foot applicator arrived bent/partially snapped. I haven’t had either of these issues with any of the other shades I have (six in all), and I purchased all of mine online at Sephora, which suggests this is unusual, not the norm, but I hope it is very, very rare.

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Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Bite Beauty Damask Deconstructed Rose Lipstick
Bite Beauty Damask Deconstructed Rose Lipstick

Bite Beauty Deconstructed Rose Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a recently released set of four shades (I reviewed two here, and this post features the other two shades) “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 Damask Deconstructed Rose Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rosy pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a glossy shine. This one seemed glossier than the other shades, but it still applied evenly and smoothly with full color coverage. This shade lasted for four hours on me. Sephora Collection Flamingo (LE, $12.50) is lighter, brighter. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is warmer, less pink. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is slightly warmer. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is pinker, matte. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is darker, warmer. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is very similar. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is less glossy. MAC Hoop (DC, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. Chanel Hyde Park (LE, $34.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Crimson Deconstructed Rose Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “muted dark purple.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium-dark berry-red with cool, blue undertones. It’s one of those shades that seems red, fuchsia, plum, and berry all at the same time. It had rich, opaque pigmentation and applied very evenly and smoothly to the lip without streaking or settling into lip lines. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is lighter. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is darker, sheerer. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Commotion (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $21.00) is slightly cooler-toned, brighter. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is brighter, more matte. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $51.00) is slightly brighter. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is more matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is darker. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Lush Life (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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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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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.

P.S. — Please keep comments focused on the lipstick — condescending remarks about the collaborator, their fans, etc. will not be tolerated.

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