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NARS Luster & Torrid Liquid Blushes

01/05

NARS Luster Liquid Blush

NARS Luster Liquid Blush

NARS Luster Liquid Blush

NARS Luster Liquid Blush

NARS Luster Liquid Blush

Luster

NARS Luster Liquid Blush ($30.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a medium orange with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. I expected a lot more shimmer, since the powder version of this shade has it. It had a thin, spreadable consistency that was a little runny but ended up being a lot easier to blend out and apply to the skin than I expected. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

The new formula is supposed to “effortlessly glide on[to] skin for a lasting glow” where “one pump delivers the perfect amount of natural-looking color.” It’s supposed to have “buildable” coverage that’s “blendable” and “lasting.” It has a thin, almost watery consistency that spread easily, blended out well, and looked natural in finish on the skin with semi-sheer to medium, buildable coverage. One pump seemed like twice as much product as necessary in my experience, though. I liked using fingertips or a stippling brush for applying the product to cheeks but would dispense on the back of my hand or a metal palette first. It dried down quickly but did not feel immovable, so a little buffing along the edges was still doable. The formula wore between eight to nine hours on me, depending on the shade.

NARS Liquid Blush Luster
Luster

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Torrid

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Bite Beauty #098, 048, 046, 100 Lip Pencils

01/06

Bite Beauty #098 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #098 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #098 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #098 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #098 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #098 The Lip Pencil

#098

Bite Beauty #098 The Lip Pencil ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had medium, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque) that applied fairly evenly to lips. The consistency was smooth and just creamy enough to be able to blend the color by pressing my lips together if used all over the lips. The color wore nicely for just over six and a half hours and was non-drying. I think it would work best with Amuse Bouche shades: Eggplant (lighter, warmer), Dragonfruit (lighter, brighter) see comparison swatches.

The Lip Pencil is supposed to have “perfect, allover, opaque lip coverage” with a lightweight feel. The formula worked exceptionally well for lining the edges of the lips and keeping lipstick on longer and more within the lines (e.g. a lipstick feathers on its own wouldn’t feather when layered over one of the lip pencils). Some shades worked well for filling in the lips for all over color, but a few applied more unevenly or were less comfortable to fill in with. The consistency was soft, just barely creamy–almost more velvety than creamy–and oddly spreadable, as it was infinitely easier to even out the color by rubbing my lips together than applying more product. The formula has a lightweight feel on the lips, and the wear ranged from five to six hours for light to medium-hued shades with some of the deeper and richer shades lasting well over six hours. They will require sharpening, and as they are creamier, it was easiest to keep them in a cool place or in the freezer (for a few minutes) prior to sharpening to minimize any mess in the sharpener.

Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil #098
#098
#098
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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#048

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#046

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#100

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Chanel Medium Deep Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

01/06

Chanel Medium Deep Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Medium Deep Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Medium Deep Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Medium Deep Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Medium Deep Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Medium Deep Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Medium Deep

Chanel Medium Deep Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour ($58.00 for 0.42oz.) is a medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden sheen. It had medium, buildable color payoff (up to mostly opaque coverage) that applied evenly to bare skin. While I had some trouble genuinely building up color and getting the product to “stick” to bare skin with a few shades, this shade applied easily. The consistency was smooth, silky, and still a little powdery in the pan like the others, but it blended out nicely and did not lose its intensity unless I wanted it to (and buffed it out). It wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

Chanel described the formula as a “powder bronze and highlighter enriched with illuminating pigments” with a “buildable, soft texture.” The brand noted to select a shade lighter than your skin tone for highlighting and darker than your skin tone for bronzing–so it was less of a multi-tasking product and more that one could use it either as a highlighting powder or as a bronzing powder. I think you can get a little illumination and subtle warmth if you choose a shade similar to your skin tone, though, which is the closest to having the best of both worlds.

You can view photos of the packaging and ingredients here, along with swatches of the full range here.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour Medium Deep
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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Thanks for Silvia for today's question!

What brands are most consistent in quality?

Anastasia, Bite Beauty, ColourPop, Make Up For Ever, and Tom Ford all came to mind. They’ve all had a few misses, but I feel like, usually, they’re quite good (or in line with what I’d expect from the brand, even if not technically perfect based on claims).

— Christine

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