Monday, July 6th, 2015

NARS VIP Red Lipstick
NARS VIP Red Lipstick

NARS VIP Red Lipstick ($27.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dark brique.” It’s a medium-dark red with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. It’s not strongly orange-toned–it has deeper, almost orange-brown tones to it that keep it from being a brighter red, but it isn’t a dark burgundy either. The finish will wear to more of a traditional matte finish within an hour of wear.
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NARS’ lipstick is supposed to be richly pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear. I typically have good luck with their pigmentation and wear, but the hydration/comfort tends to be the area the formula misses more on. VIP Red is mostly opaque with a barely creamy consistency that just slightly tugs on the lips, though it doesn’t drag or skip, but it is best applied in shorter strokes rather than one continuous glide. The texture is light-medium in weight, clings without being painfully clingy, and wears for over six hours while leaving behind a stain. It was slightly drying after four hours of wear on me. There was no discernible scent or taste from the formula.

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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Bite Beauty #007 Limited Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty #007 Limited Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Bite Beauty #007 Limited Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “bubblegum magenta.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, cooler, less glossy. Maybelline Brazen Berry (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer, glossier. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is more muted, warmer. MAC Love Forever (P, $18.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Night Blooming (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Buxom Swinger (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline Electric Pink (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Pasties (LE, $5.00) is warmer, glossier. Colour Pop Buds (P, $6.00) is brighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Drive In (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. NYX Privileged (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

As usual, this post is mostly to provide dupes for those who missed out or didn’t want to shell out the $36 price tag for July’s shade of the month from Bite. (And on the remote possibility that they ever repromote these monthly releases.) It had very nearly opaque color coverage that applied without dragging and went on evenly. The texture was lightly creamy, not too thick or too thin, and sat well on the lips while worn. There was a strong, pink-red stain left behind. It was comfortable to wear as it was lightly hydrating over time, and the color wore well for six hours on me. The consistency is thinner than the Luminous Creme formula, and this particular shade had less sheen as well. I find the Luminous Creme formula to be more hydrating overall.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick
Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick

Bite Beauty Elderberry Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deepened, burgundy with cool, purple-red undertones and a glossy sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that applied poorly, as the color was uneven, patchy, and settled into lip lines. The texture had a lot of slip and some weight to it, which is why I think it just migrated to lip lines from the get-go. I had a little feathering after four hours of wear, though the color lasted closer to six and left behind a stain. It was lightly moisturizing over time. MAC Dramatic Encounter (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Brazen (P, $30.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Instigator (P, $16.00) is cooler, less glossy. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is cooler, less glossy. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Paramour (LE, $5.00) is less glossy. Bite Beauty Truffle (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Living Legend (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is lighter, less glossy. NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bite Beauty Juniper Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, pinky-red with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage with a light-medium, creamy consistency that covered smoothly and evenly. There was creaminess but not too much slip, so this shade sat well on the lips without sliding around, and it lasted for seven hours without feathering. It was hydrating while worn. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline Vivid Rose (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Petite Red (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Leonardo (LE, $32.00) is cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Luciano (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Kat Von D Bachelorette (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Red Necessity (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Crianza (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter. Dior Minuit (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bite Beauty Plum Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark reddened plum with fine ruby shimmer and a natural finish. It had mostly opaque coverage, but the natural lip color will come through slightly. The finish is definitely not matte, and it had more slip than Juniper but less than Elderberry, so it applied without too much trouble and didn’t feather when worn. I noticed some color migrated into lip lines after three to four hours of wear, but the slip in the formula made it easy to smooth it back out by pressing and rubbing lips together. The color lasted for six hours overall and was lightly hydrating. Guerlain Orgueil (P, $49.50) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #13 (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier. Estee Lauder Brazen (P, $30.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty #001 (LE, $36.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Wes (LE, $32.00) is glossier. MAC The Scene (P, $23.00) is warmer. NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is darker, glossier. NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is warmer, glossier. Bite Beauty Black Cherry (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. MAC Eugenie (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. Maybelline Divine Wine (P, $7.99) is warmer. Bite Beauty #001 (Reformulation) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blow (210) (P, $30.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to leave a “velvet, soft focus finish” with “highly pigmented, moisturizing wearable color” that is also “longwearing.” If you’re not a fan of mattes, don’t fret, these aren’t really matte (and if you’re a fan of matte, you might want to keep looking). There are five shades, and all of them have a satin or glossier finish (two are pretty glossy). The glossier the shade, the more poorly it applied with streaky, uneven coverage that was prone to feathering along the edges of the natural lip, while the more satiny shades were more pigmented with more even application and longer, better wear. On me, I found the formula to be lightly to moderately hydrating with wear ranging between four and seven hours. The formula has a sweet, fruity scent but no discernible taste.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick
Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick

Bite Beauty Barberry Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, muted, medium-dark pinky plum with a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The finish had a definite sheen to it, which lasted for hours, and then it became more semi-matte. It had a light, creamy texture that glided on without tugging on the lips. The color lasted for six and a half hours, left a stain behind, and was hydrating while worn. This one seemed harder to dupe for me, based on products I’ve reviewed in the past. Bite Beauty #002 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Burgundy (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler, glossier. Too Faced Metallic Jelly (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Erik (456) (P, $36.00) is warmer. MAC Goddess of the Sea (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lydia (P, $18.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Kat Von D Bauhau5 (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Guerlain Bee (LE, $51.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, warmer. Guerlain Bee (LE, $51.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bite Beauty Black Cherry Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a lightly brightened, dark reddish burgundy with warm undertones, very fine ruby shimmer, and a glossy sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied somewhat evenly, but the color could have been smoother at the end. The texture had a lot of slip to it, which made it prone to sliding around. I had some light feathering along my upper lip after five hours of wear, and the color lasted for almost seven hours in all. It was lightly hydrating over time. Bite Beauty Plum (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. Bite Beauty #001 (Reformulation) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. Bite Beauty #001 (LE, $36.00) is warmer. NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Saboteur (132) (P, $30.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to leave a “velvet, soft focus finish” with “highly pigmented, moisturizing wearable color” that is also “longwearing.” If you’re not a fan of mattes, don’t fret, these aren’t really matte (and if you’re a fan of matte, you might want to keep looking). There are five shades, and all of them have a satin or glossier finish (two are pretty glossy). The glossier the shade, the more poorly it applied with streaky, uneven coverage that was prone to feathering along the edges of the natural lip, while the more satiny shades were more pigmented with more even application and longer, better wear. On me, I found the formula to be lightly to moderately hydrating with wear ranging between four and seven hours. The formula has a sweet, fruity scent but no discernible taste.

P.S. — A few of mine arrived with an almost jelly-esque bit on the edges of the lipstick itself, and I’m not sure if it was heat-related as my samples came from NYC (I’m in California) or not.

P.P.S. — Reviews for the other three soon! :)

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Monday, June 29th, 2015

MAC Cherry Popping Dazzleglass
MAC Cherry Popping Dazzleglass

MAC Cherry Popping Dazzleglass ($20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is described as a “fuchsia with purple pearl.” It’s a muted, pinky-red with lighter violet and pink sparkle and shimmer. It was semi-sheer on lips with noticeable color that went on evenly but still let the natural lip color come through. The texture was medium-thick with a tacky feel. On me, the gloss lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Social Season (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Love Alert (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. L’Oreal Dazzle Me (LE, $9.99) is cooler. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Rollergirl Dazzleglass ($20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is described as a “nude with pink pearl.” It’s a light, beige-brown with lighter gold and pink sparkle. It is sheer with a little creamy, warming tint but for some, the natural lip color may be darker/stronger and see even less impact. The texture was tacky, thicker, but it was a little hydrating over time. It wore for four hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza Nights (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer. Bobbi Brown Candlelight (LE, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Phiff (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less pigmented. MAC Moth to Flame (P, $20.00) is less pigmented. Bobbi Brown Beach (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | MAC Dazzleglass ($20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “non-sticky, non-tacky, lightweight, and moisturizing” gloss with “exceptional shine with a crystalline iridescence” with “sheer colour.” Dazzleglasses are a very sparkly, longer-wearing gloss that is heavier and very tacky (it’s incredibly thick and noticeable on the lips–it’s not for someone who doesn’t like gloss). The tackier quality helps the wear trend towards three to five hours, and it helps prevent the sparkle from feeling gritty when worn while also keeping it from traveling all over the place. It has a brush-type applicator, and it is worth noting that despite the thicker plastic tube, it actually contains only 0.06 fl. oz. (Lipglass contains 0.17 fl. oz.). They are typically sheer to semi-sheer with their best qualities being the high-shine finish that’s very sparkly. They’re usually non-drying to lightly moisturizing for me. They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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Monday, June 29th, 2015

Maybelline Baby Lips Lipgloss
Maybelline Baby Lips Lipgloss

These are the last four Maybelline Baby Lips Lipglosses ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.), and all four have a jelly finish. The gloss is a new formula that’s supposed to be shiny, non-sticky, and hydrating for four hours with twelve shades divided into three finishes. These all looked similar applied, so from a color standpoint, it’s unnecessary to have them all. The jelly finished shades have a slightly thicker texture to them, though they feel very similar once you apply to the lips. The formula feels lightweight, mostly non-sticky (a very slight tackiness develops after two to three hours of wear), wears for one to three hours, and is comfortable and hydrating. There is a sweet, fruity-floral scent that tastes like perfume-y soap during the entire length of wear; I could taste it just talking to someone, and it ruined anything I ate or drank. They were comfortable to wear, though, and they don’t feel heavy and keep and maintain hydration going for an hour or two after most of the gloss has worn away. The formula is sheer (as it is supposed to be) with a lot of shades looking the same once applied, but they may vary wildly from person to person due to much of it being dependent on your natural lip color.

Maybelline Coral Craze Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a subtly, orange-tinted gloss. It darkens and adds warmth to my natural lip color. It lasted for an hour on me, so I ended up wearing it a few times to ensure it was hydrating at least. Maybelline Berry Chic (P, $4.49) is brighter, less glossy. MAC Loose & Lively (LE, $22.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Pink Pizazz Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a barely-there, pink-tinged gloss. This one darkened my natural lip color without altering it with any warmth/coolness, so it appears less reddish compared to Coral Craze. It was gone after an hour, though it was hydrating if you kept reapplying it. (By the by, that is how Maybelline spelled it.) Maybelline Tickled Pink (P, $4.49) is lighter. Maybelline Pink-a-boo (P, $4.49) is lighter. Chanel Rose Reve (189) (LE, $29.50) is lighter. Chanel Rose Reve (189) (LE, $29.50) is lighter. MAC Boundless Energy (LE, $22.00) is warmer. Maybelline Fab & Fuchsia (P, $4.49) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Fab & Fuchsia Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium pink-tinted base with a glossy finish. It was another short-wearing shade at a whole hour for wear, but at least it was still hydrating–I just have balm that lasts longer and is more hydrating, so that’s why it’s disappointing. Sephora Collection Raspberry Punch (21) (P, $14.00) is darker, cooler. Bite Beauty Three (Watercolor) (LE, ) is lighter. NARS Glow Pink (LE, $26.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Pure Magnificence (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer. Maybelline Pink Pizazz (P, $4.49) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Berry Chic Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a muted, orange-tinted gloss (not sure what’s berry about it!). This gloss wore for one and a half hours, and it was hydrating while worn. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter, more pigmented. Bite Beauty Eight (Watercolor) (LE, ) is more pigmented. Maybelline Citrus Evolution (115) (LE, $8.99) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented. Maybelline Coral Craze (P, $4.49) is brighter, less glossy. See comparison swatchescompare dupes side-by-side.

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