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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Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Bite Beauty Grape Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Bite Beauty Grape Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Today, I have the remaining three shades of Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.), so if you missed the first three, check out part one. The formula is supposed to be a “moisture-rich, matte-finish lipstick with a delicious citrus scent.” The colors are rich and opaque, while they’re lightly hydrating (I don’t know if I’d go as far as to say “moisture-rich”), comfortable to wear, and long-wearing. They have a lemony-herbal-y scent to me, which may or may not be appealing to you. The only true downside is that these are 0.05 oz., as compared to the average-sized lipstick, which is around 0.10 oz.

Bite Beauty Grape Matte Creme Lip Crayon is described as a “muted violet.” It’s a medium-dark, magenta purple with cool undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had intense pigmentation that fully covered the lips in smooth, even color. The shade wore on for almost six hours, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is slightly more fuchsia. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is more matte, pinker. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is more muted, purpler. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is more muted, purpler. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is brighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Satsuma Matte Creme Lip Crayon is described as a “fuchsia pink.” It’s a brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It was extremely well-pigmented, and the color applied very evenly. This shade lasted for five and a half hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Sweety Orange Matte Creme Lip Crayon is described as a “coral pink.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a satin-matte finish. Like the rest of the shades in the range, the pigmentation-level was full coverage, and it applied beautifully without streaking or settling into lip lines. This shade lasted five hours on me, and it was lightly moisturizing during that time. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji (P, $32.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, April 18th, 2014

Chanel Cheri (61) Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Cheri (61) Rouge Coco Lipstick

For spring, Chanel’s released two new shades of the Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colors ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) formula. This formula is supposed to have “full coverage finishes,” “lightweight” feel, and be hydrating. Cheri is permanent, but Irresistible is limited edition.

Chanel Cheri (61) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy-peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff, but there was some translucency as you could see my lip freckle peeking through. It applied evenly overall, but you may get slight “lines” if you press your lips together; thankfully, they’re not noticeable from a normal viewing distance–only up-close. It managed to wear for three hours on me. Revlon Jungle Peach (LE, $7.99) is lighter. YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is lighter. YSL Corail Intuitive (15) (P, $34.00) is similar. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Irresistible (62) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark, pink-shimmered plum with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it covered the lips fairly evenly with color. It lasted for three and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating during that time. Urban Decay Rapture (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Ce Soir (P, $34.00) is warmer. Maybelline Yummy Plummy (P, $7.49) is less shimmery/glossy. MAC Craving (P, $16.00) is less shimmery/glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Bite Beauty Blood Orange Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Bite Beauty Blood Orange Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to be a “moisture-rich, matte-finish lipstick with a delicious citrus scent.” All three shades featured in this review are richly pigmented with a texture that’s moderately creamy but lightweight. They were really comfortable to wear, even though they have more of a matte finish; they don’t feel clingy, and I experienced light to moderate hydration across these shades. The matte finish combined with the pigmentation makes it a long-wearing formula, too. I didn’t have issues with feathering or bleeding, though I’m not prone to either of these. They have a lemony-herbal-y scent to me, which may or may not be appealing to you. The only downside is that the pencil is only 0.05 oz., which is half the size of the average-sized lipstick. I’ll be reviewing the other three shades in the range soon, so stay tuned!

Bite Beauty Blood Orange Matte Creme Lip Crayon is described as an “electric citrus red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium, orange-red with a matte finish. The color coverage was rich, fully opaque, and applied flawlessly–even, smooth color. This shade wore well for six hours and was lightly hydrating during that time. MAC Mangrove (LE, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is darker. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Clementine Matte Creme Lip Crayon is described as a “citrus orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had full color coverage, which applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was creamy, lightweight, and didn’t feel clingy. This shade wore well for six hours and was lightly hydrating. Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is lighter. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is redder. MAC Tomango (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC Neon Orange (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is similar. Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is glossier, redder. Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Kumquat Orange Matte Creme Lip Crayon is described as a “pink grapefruit.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin-matte finish. It applied with rich, opaque color, which went on smoothly and evenly. This shade wore well for five hours, and it was moderately moisturizing. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is darker. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is darker. MAC Silly (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

MAC Giddy Lipstick
MAC Giddy Lipstick

MAC just added several previously released shades (that were limited edition) to their permanent range, and three of them I haven’t already reviewed in the past, so I bought those shades so I could share photos/swatches with you!

MAC Giddy Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with warm, rosy undertones and a soft, gold shimmer. Officially, it has a Lustre finish, but the texture wasn’t quite as glossy–a little drier overall–and the pigmentation was mostly opaque, which is unlike traditional Lustres, as those tend to be sheerer. It lasted for three hours on me, but it was somewhat drying. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Pink Peony (P, $16.00) is darker. NYX Chic (P, $4.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Lip Blossom Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned pink with a gold, frosted shimmer. The shimmer makes it appear a bit lighter once applied. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the texture was creamy with some slip. MAC labeled this a Lustre, per the label. It wore well for three and a half hours, but it was a bit drying on me. Guerlain Gems (LE, $51.00) is more orange. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Fleurie (139) (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer, less shimmery. Tarte Pink Peony (P, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) (P, $30.00) is slightly pinker. Guerlain Giulette (P, $51.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Shy Shine Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a soft, muted coral-beige with fine champagne shimmer and a luminous finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, though it, too, is a Lustre finish according to the brand. The texture was fairly emollient and glided on easily, though slight “lines” were visible if you pressed your lips together. It lasted two and a half hours on me and was lightly drying. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is pinker. Too Faced Taffy (P, $21.00) is lighter. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is lighter. NYX Chic (P, $4.00) is pinker. MAC Coral Bliss (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker. Guerlain Rose Desir (LE, $51.00) is pinker. Giorgio Armani Blush (500) (P, $32.00) is pinker, darker, more opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Guerlain Gladys (78) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gladys (78) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gladys (78) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant fuchsia.” It’s a rich, medium-dark fuchsia-shimmered berry with cool undertones and a luminous sheen. The color payoff was incredibly intense and opaque–one pass is all you need–and the coverage was even and made lips look smoother. This shade wore well for six hours, and it left a noticeable stain behind, while still being hydrating and comfortable to wear. This is a new and permanent shade. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is lighter, brighter, less shimmery. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is darker. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. MAC Commotion (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, more muted. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is darker. Guerlain Gigi (P, $51.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $35.00) is brighter, more fuchsia. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Galiane (15) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude beige.” It’s a light-medium beige with warm, peachy undertones and a creamy, lightly luminous, finish. This is the least glossy of the five new (and permanent!) Rouge Gs. The color coverage is full and opaque, while the texture is creamy, so the color applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for five hours and was nicely hydrating during that time. MAC Woodrose (LE, $16.00) is much lighter. MAC Pure Pout (P, $22.00) is lighter. Maybelline Sin-a-mon (935) (P, $7.49) is browner, darker. MAC Japanese Maple (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Gaetane (16) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark orange-brown with light copper micro-shimmer and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but there was a little translucency with this shade that isn’t present with the other shades. The color wore well for almost six hours, though, and it was moisturizing and comfortable to wear. Revlon Sandstorm (LE, $7.99) is darker, less glossy. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is darker, less glossy. Milani Bronze Beauty (P, $5.49) is more shimmery, less glossy. MAC Who’s That Chick (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, less glossy. MAC Sheer Seduction (LE, $16.00) is slightly more shimmery. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is a touch darker, less glossy. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Authentic (P, $18.00) is darker, more metallic, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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