Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipsticks to be Discontinued

Bite Beauty just announced that the Luminous Creme Lipstick range will be discontinued as on February 12th.  One of those few times where at least the brand gives you a heads up, but I know I’ll be sad to see the formula go (one of the more pigmented and hydrating formulas out there).  Stock up on your favorite shades at Sephora. Here’s hoping the replacement formula is at least as good.

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NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette (Spring 2016)

NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette

NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette ($65.00 for 1.01 oz.) includes a highlighting/contour duo, bronzer, and four blushes. Three of the blushes are exclusive to the palette with one blush being part of an exclusive offering for Sephora VIB Rouge members (as a single). Strangely, the Paloma duo, which is available in the permanent range (see my original review here), was very chalky and clumpy in the palette–it felt smooth and soft to the touch, but it looked dry and chalky on the skin. I wish NARS (and other brands guilty of it) wouldn’t include one-size-fits-all contouring products; matte highlighters are also difficult to make inclusive (without the shimmer, it is hard to salvage one that really doesn’t work for one’s skin tone).

Paloma Highlight is a pale beige with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was sheer, chalky, powdery, and looked all those things on the skin. It’s harder to tell the wear on a shade like this on my skin tone, but based on how powdery the skin looked in the area I applied it, it seemed to wear about six hours. Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Mythic (P, $59.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Light (P, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Nico (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Highlight (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Paloma Contour is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm rosy tones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer consistency that was hard to blend out or build-up in coverage. It wore for six and a half hours on me. NARS Gienah Highlight (P) is darker (95% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Sculpt (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Sombre (P) is cooler (80% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is more shimmery, lighter, better quality (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laguna is a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. This version was firmer, sheerer, and harder to blend on the skin than many others that I have tried. It is similar in color, but the performance is sub-par. It lasted for seven hours on me. Too Faced Spice (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Divergent Intelligent Bronze (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is darker (95% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #2 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Cheek Studio Palette Spring 2016
C
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
76%
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Sephora Oh My Gosh Colorful Blush

Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) Colorful Blush

Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) Colorful Blush ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “red.” It’s a bright, medium-dark orange with strong, warm red undertones and a matte finish. It’s more orange than it is red, though. Colour Pop Girl Power (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula–generally–has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. It was intensely pigmented; I wouldn’t describe as a buildable formula at all, because even the barest touch of the brush results is very strong coverage. The consistency is lightly dusty, not too thin or too dense, and blends fairly well but could be a little easier to diffuse and even out on the skin. The color stayed on for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Sephora Collection Colorful Blush Oh My Gosh (10)
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
83%

Sneak Peek: Natasha Denona Purple-Blue Eyeshadow Palette Photos & Swatches

Natasha Denona Purple-Blue Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Purple-Blue Eyeshadow Palette

Here’s the other mega-palette, the Natasha Denona Purple-Blue Eyeshadow Palette ($239.00 for 2.24 oz.), which includes 28 eyeshadows from matte to metallic. The brand’s eyeshadow range will be debuting at Beautylish soon. Reviews to come!

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