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Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Bite Beauty Lush Lip Wipes
Bite Beauty Lush Lip Wipes

Bite Beauty Lush Lip Wipes ($12.00 for 10; $22.00 for 30) are supposed to “remove color, replenish, and mattify.” The moistened wipe says it will “soothe and hydrate while removing your old lip color.” Even if this was an amazing lip color remover, it’s a product that really only makes sense in a more in-case-of-emergencies situation where you just have to remove your lip color on the go, but you’re paying for the convenience. I didn’t like the feel of the product, its efficacy, the size of the wipe, or the way it left my lips feeling after removing the color.

Each wipe is about 4.15″ x 1.65″ — it really is a lip wipe! — but the size is awkward to hold/use, because there’s not a lot of free edge for you to hold while removing the lip color. To remove lip color, I needed a few swipes — I find removal easier and gentler with Neutrogena’s and MAC’s Wipes (both the ones I have at home). I use MAC Wipes for removing lip color when I’m swatching, and it’s the best for removing stubborn lip color with little effort (or wear/tear on the lips), whereas this felt like it required more work and wiping. My lips felt dry (almost puckered–very textured when I looked at them in the mirror), sticky, and a little raw, after using, so it absolutely didn’t soothe or hydrate for me. The wipe itself was well-moistened, but it seems like it has more slip and a smoother surface, so it doesn’t grip the lip color and lift it off as effectively as other remover wipes I’ve tried. I used five of the ten wipes on various lip products ranging from sheer gloss to more opaque, tacky gloss to beige lipstick to deep red lipstick, and I used one on bare lips.

I think there’s room for the convenience of makeup removing wipes, but I’m not sure why these are so much more expensive than even mid-end full-sized, makeup remover wipes (MAC at $0.44/wipe, though if you buy the 100-bulk pack they are $0.29/wipe, Estee Lauder at $0.44/wipe). Bite Beauty’s product pricing is mid to high-end, so it should be priced similarly. Instead, they’re $1.20/wipe or $0.73/wipe if you purchase the larger pack (the larger pack would be more comparable to the $0.44/wipe packs from MAC and Estee Lauder). I think that even considering the individual packaging costs, these still seem overpriced (relative to Bite Beauty’s price point on other products) given that Bite’s wipes are much, much smaller and yet they’re 66% more expensive. Even MAC has a 30-pack demi-sized option for $10 ($0.30/wipe) for travel. The pricing on these reflects a higher-end, luxury price point, e.g. Koh Gen Do’s wipes, which work out to be $1.30/wipe (full-sized, though), which makes the pricing inconsistent with Bite Beauty’s product range. Note, I’m not saying these should be priced like a mass market brand’s wipes, but they should be more in line with brand’s pricing range, and it seems these fall outside of it.

I really enjoy a lot of Bite Beauty’s products, but this was a flop for me as far as the actual product went. It just didn’t remove lip color that easily, and it didn’t make my lips feel better, hydrated, or soothed after using. There was also a weird, sweet but chemical-y taste.

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Lush Lip Wipes

I really enjoy a lot of Bite Beauty's products, but this was a flop for me as far as the actual product went. It just didn't remove lip color that easily, and it didn't make my lips feel better, hydrated, or soothed after using. There was also a weird, sweet but chemical-y taste.
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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


How do you keep your makeup from looking cakey? Share your tips!

Temptalia's AnswerIt’s mostly using the right products and textures for my skin type, and I usually do a final spray of water after I’ve powdered, which helps a lot!

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Ardency Inn Sunday MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments
Ardency Inn Sunday MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments

Here are the next four shades of the Ardency Inn MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) that I’ve tested! I really loved and was impressed by all the shades except one, which was less pigmented, but the other three had fantastic color payoff, soft, buttery textures, and wore for ten hours before fading/creasing.

Ardency Inn Sunday MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “universal beige pearl with gold and pink undertones.” It’s a brightened, light-medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented, and the texture had such a soft, buttery feel. It lasted for ten hours before lightly creasing. Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is cooler-toned. Stila Vitality (P) is darker. Tarte Up to No Gold (LE) is darker. Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $3.99) is darker. Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is more muted. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is slightly warmer. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (LE, $28.00) is a cream product. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is similar. Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Creative Copper (P, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Heaven MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “metallic champagne with silver and bronze undertones.” It’s a neutral-to-cool toned, antique gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It was so intensely pigmented–a little goes quite a ways!–with a creamy, buttery texture that blends and applies well. It wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. NARS Kauai #1 (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. Too Faced Tinsel (LE, $16.00) is a touch warmer. bareMinerals Chart Topper (LE) is warmer, less shimmery. bareMinerals Gold Medal (P, $16.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Vintage Gold MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “sparkly khaki with warm gold reflects.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a sparkly, gold shimmer. The consistency of this shade has an almost wet-feel to it that is thinner but emollient on the skin, and while it is buildable, it was only semi-opaque. It lasted for nine hours before creasing slightly, and I did have a tiny bit of fall out over time. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #4 (P) is grayer. Too Faced Leopard (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC A Harvest of Greens #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is darker. Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Sketchbook (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Hell MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “grey pearl with a slight red undertone.” It’s a dark, warm-toned taupe with reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was buttery and soft. It blended well, and it wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #4 (LE) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is lighter, cooler-toned. Illamasqua Acute (P) is a cream product. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is a cream product. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Nameless (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Lost (LE, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Survey Says

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  • Your skin tone/coloring:
  • Best brand for lipgloss?
  • Best brand for eyeliner?
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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

NARS Audacious Lipstick
NARS Audacious Lipstick

NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is available in forty shades and is a new, permanent formula. For a list of which shades are available at which retailers, see this post. The formula is characterized by rich color payoff paired with a creamy, satiny finish that gives lips a smoother, fuller look. The formula was fairly consistent with only a few shades performing outside of the norm, but the lowest rating was a B-. 32 of the 40 shades were As. The only downside is that the formula isn’t really moisturizing in my experience, and for the price point, I wish it was.

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

NARS Leslie, Jeanne, Deborah, Bette, Liv Audacious Lipsticks
NARS Leslie, Jeanne, Deborah, Bette, Liv Audacious Lipsticks

Here are the final five shades of the new NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) formula. Stay tuned for a round-up!

NARS Leslie Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “cherrywood.” It’s a reddish brown–almost coppery–with a soft shine. It had fully opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Estee Lauder Emotional (140) (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Camden Chic (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Gisela (LE, $51.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #20 (P, $19.00) is a bit lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Jeanne Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “cherry red.” It’s a medium-dark, rusty red with warm, brown undertones and a glossy shine. It had rich pigmentation that yielded full color coverage. It wore well for five and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating. NARS Sandra (P, $32.00) is a lot lighter and more matte. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. MAC Legendary (LE, $16.00) is browner. See comparison swatches
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NARS Deborah Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “chestnut.” It’s a medium-dark, muted brown with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had full color payoff in a single stroke, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency had a bit more slip in it, but it didn’t impact application. The color lasted for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Jeanne (P, $32.00) is lighter, redder. MAC Legendary (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Tabla (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Bette Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “bordeaux.” It’s a deepened, muted red with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, which made it standout as one of the lesser pigmented shades in the range. The consistency also had more slip, and I did experience light feathering after four hours of wear, though it lasted for almost six hours. It was neither hydrating nor drying. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is much lighter. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy, warmer. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is slightly darker. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more matte. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Unknown Pleasures (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Dark Deed (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Liv Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep aubergine.” It’s a cool-toned, muted berry-purple with a glossy shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but it wasn’t totally even and still had some translucency due to the more emollient consistency. It lasted for five and a half hours and left a stain behind, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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