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Dolce & Gabbana Mandorla, Petal, Dahlia Classic Cream Lipsticks

Dolce & Gabbana Mandorla (125) Classic Cream Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Mandorla (125) Classic Cream Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick ($33.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, richly-pigmented, and hydrating formula. In May, the brand added twenty new shades to its range for a total of forty-two. The formula is rose-scented but has no discernible taste for me. The consistency is creamy, light-to-medium in weight, comfortable to wear, and moderately moisturizing.

Dolce & Gabbana Mandorla (125) Classic Cream Lipstick ($33.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “beige pink.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with a creamy, natural finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency applied easily over the lips without tugging or dragging. It didn’t have too much slip, though, so the color stayed in place well. This shade lasted for four hours on me, which is average and not particularly long-wearing for me. Too Faced Country Star (P, $22.00) is glossier, slightly darker. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $34.00) is pinker, sheerer. Chanel Charmeuse (142) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolce & Gabbana Petal (135) Classic Cream Lipstick ($33.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “neutral lilac rose.” It’s a medium, warm-toned rose with a natural sheen. It had nearly full color coverage, but you could see a shadow of my lip freckle. It glided on across the lips without dragging and felt comfortable to wear without being too slick. It wore well for four and a half hours on me. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Flirt (144) (LE, $30.00) is lighter. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is warmer. NARS Sex Machine (P, $25.00) is pinker, more matte. MAC Shy Shine (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolce & Gabbana Dahlia (320) Classic Cream Lipstick ($33.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “red wine.” It’s a deep, dark berry-red with subtle cool undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, intense color payoff that applied well without settling into lip lines or feathering over time. The consistency was lightly creamy, so it had good glide, but it didn’t slip around once applied. This shade lasted for seven hours and left a stain behind, though neither are surprising given how rich and dark this shade is. MAC Primrose (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier. Laura Mercier Myth (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) is more matte. MAC Sweet Succulence (LE, $16.00) is warmer. NARS Palais Royal (P, $25.00) is more matte, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick Mandorla (125)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick Petal (135)
Petal (135)
Petal (135)
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick Dahlia (320)
Dahlia (320)
Dahlia (320)
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Bite Beauty Corvina & Violet High Pigment Pencils

Bite Beauty Corvina High Pigment Pencil
Bite Beauty Corvina High Pigment Pencil

Bite Beauty Corvina High Pigment Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a brightened, pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft shine. It’s incredibly pigmented in a single stroke, and the consistency was lightly creamy so the color went on smoothly and evenly. This shade lasted for nearly six hours on me and was moderately hydrating during that time. The only downside is that if you were looking for the “modern matte” finish they promise, this starts out with more of a satin finish, though it does mattify after an hour or so. It has a subtle citrus scent but no taste. Guerlain Geneva (48) (P, $51.00) is more orange. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) has shimmer. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is lighter, more matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is darker, pinker. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is darker. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Violet High Pigment Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “lavender violet.” It’s a muted, medium magenta purple with a soft, satiny shine. The pigmentation is excellent with full color coverage in one layer, but the finish has more shine than you’d expect based on the brand’s description. It wears well for five hours and was lightly hydrating while worn. It has a subtle citrus scent but no taste. Too Faced Melted Violet (P, $21.00) is purpler, brighter. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is brighter, pinker. Bite Beauty Violet (P, $24.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is brighter, pinker. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is brighter. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is more matte, slightly darker. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is pinker. MAC Love Forever (P, $18.00) is glossier. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is slightly more matte. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is more fuchsia. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil Corvina
Corvina
Corvina
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil Violet
Violet
Violet
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm (Part 2)

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.

Too Faced La Crème Lip Balm Pink Slip
Pink Slip
Pink Slip
6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
73%
Total
Too Faced La Crème Lip Balm Just Kissed
6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
73%
Total
Too Faced La Crème Lip Balm Plum Crazy
Plum Crazy
Plum Crazy
6.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
74%
Total

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Bite Beauty Bouquet & Chablis High Pigment Pencils

Bite Beauty Bouquet High Pigment Pencil
Bite Beauty Bouquet High Pigment Pencil

Bite Beauty Bouquet High Pigment Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a semi-matte finish. It’s richly pigmented, as described, though the finish has a tiny bit more shine initially than a “modern matte” typically has, but that little bit of shine is worn away within an hour and a half of wear. The consistency is moderately creamy so it glides on well while still applying evenly. The color itself stays on well for four and a half hours and is lightly hydrating. It has a very subtle citrus-y scent. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is lighter. Laura Mercier Heartbreaker (LE, $23.00) is cooler-toned. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is similar. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is brighter, pinker. MAC Giddy (P, $16.00) is slightly warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Chablis High Pigment Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “soft coral rose.” It’s a softly muted, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin shine. This shade had fantastic, full color coverage, though the finish wasn’t quite as matte as described. It stayed on well for five and a half hours with a lightly hydrating formula. It was comfortable to wear, and it was easy to apply as the texture was creamy without being heavy. The muted quality to the color is what makes it different from some other corals, which have a brightness to them. It has a very subtle citrus-y scent. Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) (P, $36.00) is slightly pinker. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is more muted, less coral. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is less pink. Guerlain Geneva (48) (P, $51.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is brighter, darker. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Out for Passion (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, warmer. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is less pigmented. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil Bouquet
Bouquet
Bouquet
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil Chablis
Chablis
Chablis
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm (Part 1)

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.
Bite Beauty Flush (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Taste of Paradise (LE) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced La Crème Lip Balm Like Buttah
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
Too Faced La Crème Lip Balm Hunny Bunny
6.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
74%
Total
Too Faced La Crème Lip Balm Peachykeen
Peachykeen
Peachykeen
6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
73%
Total

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Too Faced Country Star La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Country Star La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Country Star La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Country Star La Creme Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a warm-toned, medium peach with a glossy, luminous finish. MAC Enchanted One (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $34.00) is sheerer, lighter. YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is pinker, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is similar. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is darker, more matte, pinker. MAC Sweet & Sour (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The La Creme formula has a slightly thicker, more emollient consistency normally, but this particular shade seemed extra slippery–it moved around quite bit, so it was difficult to get really even, smooth-looking color. When I pressed my lips together, it would create “lines” and push the product around. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it was nicely hydrating while worn, but it was a high-maintenance lip color. It lasted for two and a half hours on me, and as it wore away, it did pull into lip lines somewhat. It’s a shame, as the color was quite the chameleon; I would stand in one room, and it would pink-tinged, and then in another, it would be peachy. It had a sweet, lemony scent but no discernible taste.

Too Faced La Crème Country Star
Country Star
Country Star
6.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
74%
Total

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