Thursday, November 13th, 2014

MAC Ultramarine Pink Lipstick
MAC Ultramarine Pink Lipstick

MAC Ultramarine Pink Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dirty violet [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark berry-magenta with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is brighter. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is similar. Urban Decay Ladyflower (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd (P, $7.00) is very shimmery. NARS Fanny (P, $32.00) is darker. Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00)is lighter, brighter. MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $16.00) is more matte. Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly, while the consistency was lightly creamy and didn’t drag or tug at the lips. It felt a little thinner and clingier overall compared to other Satins. This hugged enough that it felt drying after three hours of wear, though the color lasted for six in total, plus a residual stain that wouldn’t quit. The packaging has a little more heft than the Lipglass did, but there is still a really glaring, plastic component on the interior. I think for the extra $15, it they had done a filigree cage over a gold cap, maybe it would give it that extra oomph for the price increase.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Bite Beauty Aubergine Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Bite Beauty Aubergine Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Bite Beauty Aubergine Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “eggplant.” It’s a medium-dark, slightly muted, berry with cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It’s definitely not the matte finish you might expect–and it gives off a higher sheen than even a satin, though the shine does wear down after an hour or two of wear. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that goes on evenly and smoothly, as the consistency is creamy enough not to drag, but it doesn’t slide around once applied. This shade wore well for six hours and was moderately hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is brighter, lighter. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier. Estee Lauder Insolent Plum (P, $30.00) is glossier. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is sheerer. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is sheerer, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Cognac Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “dark brown.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a glossy shine. It was one of the more emollient shades in the range–it had more slip, so it has a thicker, creamier feel on the lips. Luckily, the color still went on evenly, and the wear came in at five hours. The formula was comfortable to wear and hydrating over time. NARS Deborah (P, $32.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Carnal Instinct (LE, $16.00) is more metallic. MAC Legendary (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Truffle Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a deepened, blackened red with cool undertones and a glossy shine. This was the worst-performing shade in the range, because it was too slippery in texture. The color didn’t go on evenly, and it was prone to pulling into lip lines. It is better blotted down and worn more as a stain, which helps to mitigate some of the unevenness. The color lasted for five hours and left behind a stain. Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is more matte. NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is purpler. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is more matte. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is redder. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is redder. MAC Tribalist (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Sin (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Butter London Two Fingered Salute Nail Lacquer
Butter London Two Fingered Salute Nail Lacquer

Butter London Two Fingered Salute Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “muted, patinaed green cream with copper micro glitter.” It’s a dirty, aqua-green with a hint of cooler, blue tones to it with very fine, copper sparkle strewn through it. I wanted to try this shade after readers suggested it as a possible dupe for Illamasqua Melange (which is hard to get in the U.S.), but Melange is a much warmer, medium grassy green more with more golden shimmer/micro-glitter. Cult Nails Grunge (P, $12.00) is very similar in the base color but is a cream. China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On (LE, $7.50) is a lighter cream. Zoya Bevin (P, $9.00) is bluer and has a cream finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was fully opaque after two coats, and it applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges. The consistency seemed thinner than average, but it wasn’t problematic. The polish dries down faster than average and had a flatter finish that wasn’t matte but lacked glossiness, so I would recommend a top coat if you wanted a plusher look to the end result. I typically get a full week of wear out of Butter London’s formula with very minor tip wear and no chipping.

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Monday, November 10th, 2014

Bite Beauty Amaretto Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Bite Beauty Amaretto Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Bite Beauty Amaretto Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “peachy nude.” It’s a muted, light-medium peach with slight beige coloring and a satin finish. It had full opaque color coverage with a lightweight consistency that was creamy without being slippery. The color lasted for four and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating over time. Tom Ford Beauty First Time (09) (LE, $50.00) is pinker. NARS Raquel (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier. Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Estee Lauder Insatiable Ivory (P, $30.00) is lighter. Revlon Jungle Peach (LE, $7.99) is glossier, lighter. YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is lighter, pinker. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is pinker. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is warmer. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $17.00) is glossier, warmer. Chanel Sentiment (P, $34.00) is darker. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Sweet & Sour (P, $16.00) is lighter. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Glace Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “dusty mauve.” It’s a muted, medium rose with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color payoff that covered the lips evenly. This shade stayed on well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Negligee (LE, $50.00) is more matte, darker. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker. Buxom Dolly (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is lighter. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Estee Lauder Irresistible (P, $30.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is brighter. Estee Lauder Intense Nude (P, $30.00) is similar. bareMinerals Break Away (LE) is warmer. NARS Last Tango (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Strip (P, $22.00) is darker. Guerlain Garance (P, $51.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Leche Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “dusty pale pink.” It’s a peachy-pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had full color payoff that went on fairly evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating over time. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is less pink. Tom Ford Beauty First Time (09) (LE, $50.00) is darker, pinker. NARS Raquel (P, $32.00) is glossier, lighter. Revlon Jungle Peach (LE, $7.99) is glossier. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is pinker. MAC Sweet & Sour (P, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, November 10th, 2014

Estee Lauder Reckless (480) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Reckless (480) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Reckless (480) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly muted, pink-berry with cool undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is redder. Chanel Rayonnante (145) (P, $34.00) is sheerer. Chanel L’Amoureuse (47) (P, $34.00) is more matte. Too Faced So Berry Sexy (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is one of the more recently added shades to the range (and the last one that I have for now). It had rich, opaque color coverage that went only smoothly and evenly. The consistency is lightly creamy but not too slippery, so it adheres comfortably to the lips and yields longer wear (six hours on me). The formula is vanilla-scented but taste-free. This particular shade was hydrating over time. I really loved this shade, and I think it’s a great addition to the range–the muted quality to the color makes it more interesting to me.

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Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gone Bad (216) Lust for Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Beauty Gone Bad (216) Lust for Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gone Bad (216) Lust for Lacquer ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “coral red.” It’s a bold, bright coral-orange with warm undertones and a glossy finish. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is pinker. MAC Morange (LE, $15.00) is warmer, less red. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is more muted. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is lighter, less red. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade is part of the full coverage range, which is quite fitting, as it is intensely pigmented with full opacity. I did notice that it looked almost “bubbled” in places, which I think may be due to the fact that is more light-medium in thickness. The consistency is almost gel-like and creamy, but it doesn’t slide around. It’s not a gloss that feels like you’re wearing. It doesn’t bleed or feather on me, and it lasted for five and a half hours. The formula is mostly non-sticky (just towards the end it feels slightly tacky), is mint-scented, and is lightly hydrating on me.

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