Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Set

Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Set

Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Set ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four miniature-sized Amuse Bouche lipsticks. The shades are housed in a red, metal tin (looks like a mint box to me), and all four shades are part of the permanent range, so you can purchase them individually if only one catches your eye or buy full-size if you finish one, which is nice. The quality is fantastic across all four shades: good color payoff, soft, smooth application, and longer wear.

My husband thinks I’m a bit crazy for purchasing sets that contain items I have reviewed in the past, but experience has taught me that things aren’t always consistent when they are included in palettes or kits. I found noticeable color variance in three of the four shades: Fig is cooler and a bit darker–rosier overall–which I think translates more on the lips than just swatched; Pepper is darker and plummier, it is not as warm-toned; and Honeycomb is slightly rosier, though it is still definitely a warm-toned color. Nori was the only one that was consistent in color, though the formula in the miniature-size was actually a bit smoother and more pigmented to me.

Fig is a slightly muted, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly without tugging on the lips. This shade wore well for five hours, was lightly hydrating, but there was a bit of color that pulled into lip lines noticeably after three hours of wear/ Marc Jacobs Beauty Slowburn (246) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Cabana Boy (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Plink! (P, $17.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Only You (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Audition (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cami (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Blushing Bud (705) (P, $7.49) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Blush (500) (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). NARS Apoline (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pepper is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was rich and covered the lips with even, smooth color. The texture was lightly creamy but thin, so it didn’t slide around on the lips but was still comfortable to wear. This shade wore well for five hours and was slightly hydrating over time. MAC Cosmo (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pepper (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $50.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bahama Brown (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Rhubarb (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Blush (500) (P, $32.00) is glossier (85% similar). Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C211 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Celestine (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Café (LE, $24.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Mehr (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Hazelnut (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Cami (P, $5.00) is cooler (85% similar). Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte TBT (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Lolita (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Lolita II (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Bobbi (P, $35.00) is warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Mini Lipstick Set (Holiday 2016) The Perfect Bite Set
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
93%
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Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Trio

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Palette

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighter Palette ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes three highlighters that seem to be a hybrid between cream and powder. The formula is supposed to have “ultra-fine, light-diffusing particles” that make the skin look “naturally luminous.” The formula is very interesting, because to the touch, it is one of the smoothest powders I’ve ever come across–it feels so smooth that there’s almost a cooling, wet feel to the powder, but it is definitely a powder product. However, I noticed that airy, less dense highlighting brushes tended to have poor pick up with the product, whereas more traditional blush brushes or flatter highlighter brushes (I had no trouble using softer bristles like squirrel with it, but the shape mattered).

Transcendence is a light, pinky lavender with cool undertones and an icy, opal shimmer. This was the sheerer shade of the three, with semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to–at most–semi-opaque coverage when packed on. On me, I found it was more noticeable as I moved, as the undertone was more contrasting against my warmer undertones, but it was subtle when I looked straight on. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading a bit.

Kitten is a medium, coppery bronze with warm, orange undertones and soft pink and light copper shimmer. It had medium, buildable coverage paired with an incredibly smooth texture. It had a very lightweight feel on the skin, and despite it having a higher shine finish, it did not emphasize my pores or my skin’s natural texture. On my skin tone, it did had noticeable warmth and a bit of color, so I imagine it will appear more as a highlighting blush/bronzer on fairer skin tones and work well on deeper complexions as a truer highlighter. It lasted well for eight hours on me.

Bronze is a medium, golden copper with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had medium, buildable coverage that had visible color, warmth, and shine on my skin tone. The texture was smooth, almost wet in feel, and it was blendable on the skin, but more feathery brushes did not pick up product well. This one also had a few noticeable bits of actual sparkle, not just fine shimmer, on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

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Stila Highlighting Palette Star Light, Star Bright
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes a finishing powder, bronzer, two blushes, and highlighter inspired by Surreal Light, which is a new shade in the Ambient Lighting Powder family (currently only available in this palette). This palette will work best for someone who is less concerned about a “value-packed” palette/is unlikely to finish their products and really needs everything in a single compact. I think the palette, all being in the same family of Surreal Light, ends up getting muddled a bit between the blush, bronzer, and highlighter with the Surreal Effect blush being the one lone shade that stands out as a bit different. It is a distinctively warm-toned palette, so it will likely not work for everyone. The texture seemed a bit drier across the majority of the powders as the permanent range, though I did not notice the dryness as applied to the face in practice.

Like last year’s palette, the only value is in whether you like the idea of getting five shades for less than the cost of two or three full-sized Hourglass Ambient Lighting products (which range from $38 to $50 in price). There’s only $53.30 worth of product in the palette, so it’s obviously not a value-packed palette. This is something that will be best for someone who wants everything in a single palette and will wear at least three of the five shades often. This year’s palette is marginally better in value than last year’s (which was $48.05 in product value at the same $80.00 price point), but their palettes prior to that were significantly better in value.

Surreal Light is a light, yellowed beige with fine gold shimmer over a matte finish. This is the original Ambient Lighting Powder, which is a finishing powder, so it is something applied after setting powder, at the very end (hence “finishing!”) to “diffuse” and “soften the look of the skin.” It added very subtle warmth and made my skin appear smoother and more matte, but this particularly iteration had very subtle shimmer, which added a little bit of light all-over but was only noticeable in certain lighting in person. The texture was soft, a little dusty and prone to kicking up excess product in the pan, but it applied well and dispersed easily. It was sheer, as promised (and as you would expect for a finishing powder). Tarte Filtered Light (P) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Glow is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, which is in line with the brand’s promise of “buildable color.” It does not deliver the “otherwordly glow” much, as it is more satiny and just keeps the blush from appearing totally flat. The texture was soft, a little dry and dusty, but it blended well and was impossible to overdo on my skin tone as it barely showed up (that’s a warning for those with similar skin tones!). I think this color would be better on fairer complexions. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. NARS Silent Nude (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Zoeva CR040 (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%
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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette ($95.00 for 0.25 oz.) contains six, shimmery eyeshadows that feature a wet/dry powder formula. I think if you like more pigmented eyeshadows that are blendable and wear well, you will enjoy this palette. That being said, there was not much of a difference between wet and dry for most shades; a couple of shades became more metallic and one had better color payoff applied damp. The formula was soft, smooth, and finely-milled and felt almost velvety to the touch, as it didn’t kick up powder but wasn’t really dense or cream-like either.

The compact itself has heft and has a very solid clasp. The black-hued portion is not plastic, and it has a softer, slightly plush feel–like leather (or pleather), but I’m not certain if it’s real leather or not, and it is carried through all of the collection’s compact products.

Fired Sapphire is a bright, medium blue with cooler undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque and wasn’t as pearlized as it was when it was applied damp, where the shimmer was more noticeable and gave the color a brighter look overall (and it was totally opaque). The consistency was soft, blendable, and silky, so it was easy to work with on bare skin and did not need a primer to perform well at all! This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. MAC Freshwater (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Inglot #426 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Radium (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sugarpill Holy Ghost (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). NYX Kiss in Casablanca (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Stormer (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Blue Moon (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME216 Electric Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Nile (LE) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Beehive Blue (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Weirdly Wonderful (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Wishful Thinking (LE, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Nile (LE) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Stila Lapis (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Switch to Blue (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). City Color It's a Boy (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #12 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Milani Bella Cobalt (25) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blonde Cumin is a light-medium gold with warm, brown undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It was richly pigmented both applied dry and damp, while damp application made the shimmer appear smoother and more reflective. The texture was soft, smooth, and easy to work with on the lid as the color blended out easily without losing its intensity. On me, it wore for eight hours before I noticed subtle fading. Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Bananas (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Peach Sorbet (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC My Fantasy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Crimper (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Retrospeck (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Sugar Frost (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Yellow Topaz (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Standing O (P) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Buxom Poodle (P, $18.00) is lighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Naked Gold (P, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Montaigne (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Eye Palette Original
A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
92%
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