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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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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection
NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection

The Fall 2015 Color Collection, created by NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars, stars a lush and lavish mix of shades for eyes, lips, and cheeks. The look begins with natural sculpting of the face. Eyes dramatize in smoky shimmering brown and golden ombré. Lips captivate in tones of iconic red. Making its official launch is the Velvet Shadow Stick, a silky, velvety shadow in a range of sumptuous shades for layering under and over, blending and setting, creating looks that are modern, sophisticated and always tempting.

Velvet Shadow Stick ($28.00)

  • Hollywoodland Pale gold
  • Aigle Noir Black infused with gold shimmer
  • Glenan Navy
  • Goddess Pink champagne
  • Oaxaca Quartz
  • Sukhothai Shimmering peacock
  • Filbuste Black
  • Reykjavik Grey

Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00)

  • Telesto Brown with gold shimmer
  • Pasiphae Shimmering peacock burgundy

Lipstick ($27.00)

  • VIP Red Dark brique

Lip Gloss ($26.00)

  • Chelsea Girls Pink beige
  • Baby Doll Shimmering candy pink

Blush ($30.00)

  • Tribulation Shimmery rosy sand

NARSissist Six Appeal Hardwired Eye Kit ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

For Fall 2015, NARS Cosmetics introduces every NARSissist’s eye essential – smoky, subtle, minky, bold – the combinations are endless. The limited-edition eye kit features a compact of six shadows ranging from pale lilac to smoky charcoal, a mini Via De’Martelli Larger Than Life® Eyeliner and a newly designed travel size Wide Contour Brush #43 for easy application on the go. It’s neutrals worth noticing.

Availability: July 15th at NARS; August 1st at department and specialty stores

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Bite Beauty Shade 007 Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty Shade 007 Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Lip Lab Limited Release Crème Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

  • Shade 007 (“Snapdragon”) Bubblegum magenta

Availability: Exclusively at Sephora at 9AM PST/Noon EST on July 1st for U.S. customers; July 15th at Noon EST for Canadians (different stock)

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Eye Palette
NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Eye Palette

NARSissist Day & Night Series Eye Palette ($65.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

From day to night, these eight eye shades take looks from work day to evening. Featuring four matte and four shimmer shadows, this palette includes the mini Night Series Eyeliner in a Night Clubbing—a standout, black shade with gold pearls for head-turning looks.

  • Nassau Creamy French vanilla
  • Maya Bay Rosy clay
  • Ithaca Warm nougat
  • Dogot II Charcoal black
  • Mandchourie I Golden-infused denim
  • Bonifacio Pink sand with shimmer
  • Zagreb Chocolate-infused with raspberry shimmer
  • Heraklion Starry night
  • Night Clubbing Black with gold pearls (Night Series Eyeliner)

Availability: Exclusively at Sephora (early access for VIB Rouge/VIB)

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Giorgio Armani #2 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani #2 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 02 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a sparkling, light golden beige with larger, more glittery particles than fine shimmer. It had sheer coverage that illuminated skin when applied as a highlighter on the cheek bones and just barely emphasized pores, but the sheerness made it less apparent (if applied more heavily, I think the effect would be more noticeable). It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. This one also works nicely for decolletage, as the larger shimmer makes it more noticeable to the eye. Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, more pigmented. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, more pigmented. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Becca Mineral Blush
Becca Flowerchild Mineral Blush

Mineral Blush ($32.00)

Create your perfect cheeks with this effortlessly buildable formula. Infused with antioxidant vitamins for all skin types, even the most sensitive, it’s enriched with micro-fine minerals and antioxidant vitamins to achieve a natural-looking, flushed appearance. Wear it alone or layer it over BECCA’s Beach Tint for added luminosity. [Editor’s note: It appears that this is a relaunch and/or reformulation of Becca’s Mineral Blush formula. It is unclear whether Damselfly will return as well.]

  • Flowerchild Peachy pink, golden highlights
  • Gypsy Ballerina pink
  • Songbird Peachy pink
  • Sweetpea Rosy plum nude
  • Wild Honey Peachy nude
  • Nightingale Deep mulberry
  • Hyacinth Vibrant poppy pink
  • Lantana Ultra poppy crimson

Availability: Now at Sephora

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