Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Bite Beauty Dolce BB for Lips
Bite Beauty Dolce BB for Lips

Bite Beauty BB for Lips ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “lip enhancing, five-in-one-balm.” It’s supposed to hydrate, repair, prime, and protect with a “color-rich balm.” I bought two shades to try–one lighter, one deeper–and both performed similarly for me (consistency is always a good thing!).

The texture is lightweight, creamy with a high degree of slip, and has a thinnish texture overall. There’s a soft shine after application with decent color, but I don’t know that I’d use the words “color-rich.” It’s lightly hydrating for me, and in general, I find it leaves my lips feeling softer a couple of hours later but doesn’t make them look good initially and instead seems to accentuate the texture of my lips. The major downside to the formula is really that it has a very thin, slippery texture that means the product wears away quickly and regular reapplication is necessary.

You can layer lipstick over it, but my experience is that it’s less of a primer, as it reduced the wear time of the lipstick on its own, and it didn’t make the lipstick look any better. Matte lipsticks varied; sometimes the slickness of the balm made it so the matte color didn’t go on as evenly, other formulas were okay, so your mileage may vary depending on the formula and finish of the lipstick you’re applying over it. I would describe these as a tinted lip balm with some hydration, but if I was going to go for a lip balm by Bite, I would go for the Agave Lip Mask instead. BB for Lips has a sweet, lemon-vanilla scent and sweet taste that occasionally seems like there’s a mere hint of sunscreen. (Quick note: Sephora lists this as “SPF 18″ but the package indicates SPF 15.) Be careful with flavored lip products as it can tempt you to lick your lips more often, which doesn’t help hydrate lips!

Bite Beauty Dolce BB for Lips ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep purple.” It’s a semi-sheer, muted pink-berry with subtle cool undertones and a soft shine. It applied mostly evenly and lasted for almost two hours. Korres Wild Rose (P, $12.99) is a bit lighter. Chanel Fiction (P, $34.00) is more opaque (true lipstick). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Flush BB for Lips ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage that applied evenly. A light shade like this is going to look more different than similar across individuals, as the natural lip color comes through quite a bit, so the result is that this lightens and warms up the natural lip color to a degree, but the natural lip color will play a huge part. This shade lasted an hour and a half on me. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is darker. Chanel Secret (85) (LE, $34.00) is pinker. Chanel Melba (75) (LE, $34.00) is lighter. Chanel Gourmandise (76) (P, $34.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) Le Rouge
Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) Le Rouge

Givenchy Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz. each) recently released twelve new shades in the range, and I purchased all twelve through Sephora. I’m working my way through testing each one, so you should reviews sooner rather than later! The formula is described as having a semi-matte finish and intense, “one stroke” color. Each lipstick is housed in a tube that is encased in a thin layer of leather. They are rose-scented with no discernible taste. You can see all the shades I’ve reviewed previously here. Here are reviews for the first three I’ve tested:

Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as “medium peach beige.” It’s a slightly-lighter-than-medium peach with beige and warm undertones. The finish is luminous with a soft sheen. The consistency was lightweight, very creamy and smooth, but it had a little more slip than darker and more mid-tone shades in the range. It was mostly opaque, and for as much creaminess/slip this had, it only very, very lightly showed “lines” if you pressed your lips together. This shade lasted four hours on me. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is lighter, more matte. NARS Torres del Paine (LE, $25.00) is rosier. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is lighter, more beige. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is more beige. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is brighter. NARS Isola Bella (P, $25.00) is more orange. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Yash (P, $16.00) is more beige, more matte. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is lighter, yellower in tone. MAC Freckletone (P, $16.00) is darker but sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Beige Deshabille (108) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as “muted light peach beige.” It’s a light-medium, peachy beige with subtle, warm undertones. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but it is one of the sheerer shades I’ve come across within the formula. It is a lot less forgiving applied as well; one of the qualities I really like about the Le Rouge formula is how much smoother lips usually look with it on, but my lips look almost crumbly at times with this shade. A lot of lighter shades, such as this one, have similar issues, but it is always disappointing when a brand doesn’t improve upon it. It has a bit more slip than average, and it does show “lines” if you press your lips together. This shade only lasted three hours on me. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is slightly rosier. MAC Pure Decoration (LE, $16.00) is lighter, yellower. MAC Peachstock (P, $16.00) is a bit lighter. MAC Nearly Nude (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Rose Ruban (211) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pale pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones–it almost has a gray-ish cast. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it suffered from the same problems as Beige Deshabille did–uneven, not smooth, appearance once on, and it, too, will show some “lines” where the color will gather on itself if you press your lips together. This color wore well for three hours when I tested it. MAC Sublime Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, lighter. theBalm Milly (P) is darker, more matte. MAC Fun Finds (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Myth (P, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, May 30th, 2014

OCC Hedonist Stained Gloss
OCC Hedonist Stained Gloss

For summer, OCC has six new shades of Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) now available. All are permanent except for Dune, which is limited edition. The Stained Gloss formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented with a translucent finish.” I feel like if you loved the concept and delivery of the original shades released–that “stained glass” effect that had rich color payoff but that layer of translucency and high gloss finish–these will disappoint. They’re more like lightly glossed Lip Tars; the finish differs quite a bit compared to other Stained Glosses I’ve tried, unfortunately.

OCC Hedonist Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon pastel pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with blue undertones and a soft, glossy shine. The finish was one of the glossiest of the six new shades, but the coverage read heavier–perhaps it’s the light, milky/creamy quality of the color itself–and didn’t have that “stained glass” look of the original formula. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it settled slightly into lip lines and wasn’t the most even applied. The color lasted for three hours and left a very, very slight stain behind. Worth noting is that it did apply better than many other bubblegum pink glosses I’ve tried (though still room for improvement). MAC Pure Silliness (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Armageddon (P, $19.00) is more opaque, matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mannequin (P, $18.00) is matte. Revlon Strawberry Shortcake (P, $7.49) is darker. NYX Merengue (P, $5.00) is lighter, sheerer. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Pink Nouveau (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Narcissus (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Off World Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pearlescent lilac shimmer.” It’s a shimmery, pink-lavender with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It’s fairly sheer–almost between sheer and semi-sheer–and applied very unevenly. The consistency was creamy with a lot of slip, so it moved around a lot and was difficult to keep looking smooth and even. It lasted two hours on me and didn’t leave any stain behind. Bite Beauty Lavender (P, $24.00) is pinker, darker. MAC Pure Silliness (LE, $15.00) is a touch warmer. MAC Carousel (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Patentpink (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. Revlon Cupcake (P, $7.49) is similar. NYX Merengue (P, $5.00) is lighter. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Nomad Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold-laced maroon.” It’s a gold-shimmered, plummy red with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Of all the six shades, this one came closest to replicating that “stained glass” effect that the original shades had. It’s not as glossy, but it has the translucency while still achieving good color coverage. This shade wore well for six hours and a left a stain behind, too, while the formula was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Estee Lauder Decadent (150) (P, $30.00) doesn’t have shimmer, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Bittersweet (03) (LE, $49.00) is less red. Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $25.00) is slightly less red. MAC Hell Bound (LE, $15.00) is glossier. MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is glossier. Dior Belle de Nuit (LE, $32.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, May 29th, 2014

OCC Aurora Stained Gloss
OCC Aurora Stained Gloss

For summer, OCC has six new shades of Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) now available. All are permanent except for Dune, which is limited edition. The Stained Gloss formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented with a translucent finish.” I don’t think any of these really live up to the concept of the Stained Gloss formula, and in general, they’re very different in look and feel from the original shades released. As a general lip color product, shades like Aurora and Concubine still work fine, but they’re not really as described.

OCC Aurora Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink-toned coral.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft shine. It seemed less glossy compared to other Stained Glosses I’ve tried, and the pigmentation was opaque but looked heavier–it didn’t really have that “translucent finish” that seems associated with the formula in general. It lasted four and a half hours on me, and this one stained just slightly after that. This shade totally screams “summer is here!” to me, though. It’s neither hydrating nor drying on me while worn. MAC Go for Girlie (LE, $20.00) is slightly warmer, less glossy. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Damask (LE, $28.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Flamingo (LE, $12.50) is more matte, darker. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is darker, more matte. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is very similar. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Concubine Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm plum neutral.” It’s a muted, pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had full color coverage, but it completely lacked that “translucency” of Stained Gloss–it looks like regular Lip Tar with a bit of shine, but it doesn’t have that really wet, glossy, stained glass-effect that the original Stained Glosses had. This shade didn’t stain at all but lasted for three and a half hours on me. Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is glossier, slightly pinker. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker, matte. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is sheerer. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is a touch darker. Estee Lauder Potent (P, $30.00) is lighter. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is pinker, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is darker, glossier. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is darker. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is darker. MAC Flamingo (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Dune Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne gold shimmer.” It’s a gold-shimmered beige with a heavy dose of very fine, metallic gold shimmer. This was semi-sheer, so the natural lip color comes through quite noticeably, and on my lips, it lightens the natural lip color slightly and adds the gold shimmer. It doesn’t look even, though, and there’s only a soft shine–not true glossiness. This one needed a “sheer” descriptor, because it doesn’t live up to the “highly pigmented with a translucent finish” concept. This one lasted an hour and a half on me–just slips away so quickly!–and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. It was best mixed in with other shades. MAC Gold Mirror (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, glossier. MAC Playland (LE, $16.00) is more metallic, more pigmented, less shiny. Bobbi Brown Candlelight (LE, $24.00) is sheerer, glossier. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Bobbi Brown Canary (P, $24.00) is glossier, larger sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo
MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo

MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo ($33.00 for 0.32 oz.) contains two shades, which are most easily considered a bronzer and highlighter. This set of shades was less powdery than Jolly Good, but it was still slightly powdery and didn’t wear quite as long as the average cheek colors do.

Bronzer is described as a “light summer peach tan.” It’s a medium, yellowed brown with warm, orange-yellow undertones and a satiny sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and it wasn’t too powdery, so most of the color stayed on the skin as applied, rather than disappearing when you went to blend it. The color lasted for six and a half hours before fading. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Divergent Intelligent Bronze (LE) is yellower. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is darker. Burberry Copper Glow (P, $48.00) is darker, more matte. Dior Pink Glow Bronzer (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Highlighter is described as a “golden pink.” It’s a champagne-peach with warm undertones with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, was slightly powdery, but it adhered fairly well. It does emphasize pores and any imperfections on the skin. The highlighter lasted for six hours on me before starting to look faded and patchy. Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is lighter, cooler-toned. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is more orange. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter (P) is less orange/peach. MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $30.00) is very similar, slightly more beige. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is less orange. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

MAC Bloody Brilliant Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Bloody Brilliant Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Bloody Brilliant Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains three new, limited edition shades and one permanent shade. It’s from the upcoming MAC x Osbournes collaboration collection. Generally, the color payoff across the quad was semi-sheer to semi-opaque, but it’s a softer, subtler look overall. I think fairer complexions will get the most mileage out of this color combination, as there will be more contrast seen, but shades like Fizzy Rose and Tickety Boo get somewhat lost on a medium complexion like mine. I wish it was more true-to-pan in regards to the pigmentation, though the textures of the palette were okay and the shades lasted between seven and eight hours before fading.

Spoonful of Sugar is described as a “sparkling platinum [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light silver with subtle warmth and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, and the texture was mostly smooth, but it didn’t have the same buttery, creamy feel of other Veluxe Pearls. It wore well for seven hours on me. theBalm #31 (P, $6.50) is lighter. L’Oreal Silver Sky (757) (P, $7.99) is darker. MAC A Waft of Grey #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC A Party of Pastels #1 (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Platinum Love (LE, $19.50) is lighter, brighter. MAC Silver Screen (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Infini (P, $28.50) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tickety Boo is described as a “soft muted plum brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, warm mauve with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and the texture was soft but a little powdery/dry in feel. It was easy to blend on the lid, though. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #3 (P) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Forbidden (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Amnesia Rose (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Chanel Quadrille #1 (LE) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Nooner (P, $18.00) is slightly warmer. LORAC Mauve (P) is similar. Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $28.50) is a touch warmer. MAC Blackberry (P, $15.00) is darker, warmer. Illamasqua Forgiveness (LE) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #5 (LE) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fizzy Rose is described as a “pale lilac [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink-lavender with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, but the texture was soft and not stiff, so at least it was a more workable eyeshadow. It is best patted on, and if you use a base, even better, too maximize the color coverage. This shade lasted seven hours on me before significantly fading. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #1 (P) is cooler-toned, brighter. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #4 (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shadowy Lady is described as a “blackened plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark, slightly muted, blackened burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. I can’t tell you how many versions I’ve tried of this shade–and it is part of the permanent line-up–and how it swatches every which way. Here, in this quad, it had semi-opaque color coverage, though it was somewhat dry, and I found it harder to blend on the lid–it tended to “stick” where it initially landed. It wears almost eight hours, though. theBalm #27 (P, $6.50) is very similar. theBalm Matt Batali (LE, $16.00) is richer. MAC Graphology (DC, $15.00) is darker, richer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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