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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix
Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix

Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four mini-sized High Pigment Lip Pencils. They come in a red, metal tin (much like a mint tin), and each pencil is 0.05 oz. Full-sized pencils are $24.00 for 0.09 oz. or $266.67/oz., which makes this set worth $53.33. Sable and Winterberry seem to be exclusive to this, while Rhubarb and Pomegranate are part of the permanent range. I have reviewed a few shades previously here, and my experience with the pencils in this set are similar to ones I’ve had with full-sized, which is a good sign. All four shades were quite pigmented with creamy, glide-on textures that never dragged on the lips, but they weren’t slippery, so they didn’t slide around once applied. The wear varied from shade to shade, but they wore four hours or longer (see below). They’re comfortable to wear, as they don’t cling, and they were lightly hydrating. Bite describes the finish as “modern matte,” but they’re more satin to natural in finish–there’s a noticeable sheen.

Sable is described as a “nude.” It’s a light, rosy beige with soft, warm undertones and a light sheen. It had opaque pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly, and over time, the color faded but didn’t pull into lip lines (often an issue with lighter shades like this). The color wore well for four and a half hours on me. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Rhubarb is described as a “plum rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with a luminous finish. This shade had full color coverage, and again, it went on beautifully–no dragging, just even, smooth color. It lasted for five hours and was lightly hydrating over time. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Winterberry is described as a “festive raspberry red.” It’s a berry-red with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous sheen. This shade a little more slip compared to the other three, though it still went on evenly and smoothly (and I didn’t have any feathering/bleeding over time). The color lasted for six and a half hours, and it left behind a soft stain. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Pomegranate is described as a “rich red.” It’s a bright, medium red with soft, blue undertones. I can tell it’s blue based, as there is a pinkish tone to it when blended out, but it reads closer to neutral due to my coloring (so I’d expect it to be a bit cooler on cooler skin tones). It had very, very rich color payoff that glided on easily and delivered smooth, even color coverage. The color lasted for six hours and stained slightly. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet
Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) includes four, miniature cream eyeshadow pencils. The quartet is/was exclusive to Sephora, and they’re completely sold out online (but it’s possible it’s still available in stores), but just about every other retailer that carries the brand has a six-piece set available. The six-piece set has all four of these shades, plus Copper and Khaki. I really regret not getting the six set now! Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks normally retail for $28/0.05 oz. (or $560/oz.), so the four-piece set is a total value of $67.20, and the six-piece set is a total value of $100.80 (each of these is 0.03 oz.). The formula is touted as “long-wearing, transfer- and crease-resistant” with “rich color payoff.” I really liked this set of four; they worked really well together, but they were creamy, opaque, blendable, and long-wearing. I could actually wear them together as a look, which isn’t always easily achieved with jumbo pencils like these (they often dry down too quickly or work better as sheer washes or eyeshadow bases). All four shades wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. The only downside is that the kit is pretty warm, and the colors are similar enough that while they blend seamlessly into each other, there isn’t a lot of contrast.

Rosegold is described as a “dirty pink with golden shimmer.” It’s a golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was fully opaque in one stroke and was easy to blend the edges or blend out for a sheerer wash of color. It wore well for nine hours before creasing. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Moonlight is described as a “pewter.” It’s a golden bronze with a hint of khaki in the undertone. It had a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff in a single pass, and the consistency was easily blended on the skin. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Amethyst is described as a “soft mauve with pearl.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, medium-dark taupe brown with a frosted sheen. It had rich color payoff in one go, while the texture was creamy and glided on beautifully but remained blendable long enough to work with it–yet it didn’t settle into creases either. The color stayed on well for nine hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cocoa is described as a “chocolate brown.” It’s a dark, yellow-toned brown with very fine bronze pearl, but it has more of a semi-matte finish applied. It had nice pigmentation in one stroke, and it went on evenly. With a deeper shade like this, the ability to blend it out is so important, and I had no issues blending and using it in the crease. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with just a hint of gray and a high-frost finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, creamy, and extremely blendable. It wore well for nine hours on me. Ardency Inn Rose Gold (P, $21.00) is more mauve. Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $6.99) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is a touch lighter. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is darker, cooler-toned. YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. Ulta Taupe (P, $10.00) is less shimmery. Laura Mercier Bamboo (P, $23.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Shakedown (LE, $18.00) is less frosted. Urban Decay Lost (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M842 Wine Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium, muted berry with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a silky, finely-milled texture that was slightly powdery. Of all of Make Up For Ever’s finishes, the mattes feel the most like your traditional powder eyeshadow and the most like their original formula (but I think their mattes are smoother and silkier). Wine has some trouble adhering to bare skin, though plenty of pigment lifts off the surface–it just doesn’t stick. On me, it wears seven and a half hours before looking slightly faded. Sleek MakeUP Valley of Diamonds (LE, $9.99) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Honeymoon in Hollywood (LE, $9.99) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Eyelid (LE, $2.29) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Sha La La (LE) is brighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches
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Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, creamy consistency that was blendable and never powdery. The finish is really nice, as it has a barely-there shimmer that just keeps it from looking too flat on the skin, but it doesn’t look shimmery applied. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. bareMinerals Yes Please (P) is lighter. Tarte Chocolate Kisses (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Make Up For Ever S-60 (P, $21.00) is a cream product, more shimmery. MAC A Harvest of Greens #4 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Cry Later (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Texture (P, $15.00) is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, olive brown with warm, golden frosted shimmer and yellow-ish undertones. It had a very metallic, shimmery finish. The color payoff was incredibly intense, while the texture felt almost wet and creamy, and it went on smoothly and evenly. The color wore well for almost nine hours before fading. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Flicker (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME624 Black Gold (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is lighter. theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Greensmoke (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #24 (LE, $33.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #14 (LE, $33.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Spectacular (P) is less shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, bronze with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fantastic, full color coverage that went on even and smoothly. The consistency had a creamy, buttery texture. Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is less metallic. YSL Fetiche #1 (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Papilio (P) is less shimmery. theBalm #10 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Golden Quartz (P) is a cream product. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is slightly darker. Illamasqua Dart (P) is a cream product, less shimmery. Urban Decay Ambush (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Friendly (LE, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is a touch lighter. NARS Isolde #2 (P, $24.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME310 Fir Tree Green Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dark, forest green with warm, olive brown undertones and a pearly sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, though it is the weaker of the four in this post. It had a soft, smooth texture, and it was blendable on the skin. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? (P, $6.80) is lighter. Sephora Collection Rolling in the Grass (10) (P, $13.00) is brighter. NARS Night Porter (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. MAC Smutty Green (P, $21.00) is darker. L’Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is lighter, warmer. Sugarpill Junebug (P, $12.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #310 (DC, $20.00) is more shimmery. Inglot #418 (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches
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Make Up For Ever ME624 Black Gold Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a deep brown with warm, olive undertones and a fine gold and green shimmer-sheen. I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but it was richly pigmented with a creamy, buttery texture that applied so smoothly. A lot of these Artist Shadows are nearly effortless to apply–they just go on, a couple of swishes of your brush, and voila. It wore well for eight and a half hours before slightly fading. Make Up For Ever D326 Black Bronze (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Gilt by Association (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani #24 (LE, $33.00) is darker. is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, September 5th, 2014

Clé de Peau Pastel (11) Luminizing Face Enhancer
Clé de Peau Pastel (11) Luminizing Face Enhancer

Clé de Peau Pastel (11) Luminizing Face Enhancer ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a cool-toned, white with a golden micro-shimmer/sheen that has a very luminous, glowing finish. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) has a stronger yellow/golden sheen. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

After about 0.5 seconds of consideration, I ended up buying the other two shades of Luminizing Face Enhancer, which both looked cooler-toned online. The reality is while it appears very cool-toned in the pan with pale blue and lavender bits, it is more white-based but still has a warmer, golden sheen. It’s not nearly as warm as the other two shades I reviewed before, though, and it should work well on very fair skin tones without adding noticeable color. The texture of the powder is silky, finely-milled, and very easy to apply and blend out. It’s very pigmented–you don’t need much and even my softest brushes had no problem grabbing a good amount of product, so I’d opt for a lighter hand and build up to the desired intensity. It’s glowing and luminous without emphasizing pores, but it’s a noticeable sheen. On me, it lasted for eight and a half hours.

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Friday, August 29th, 2014

Clè de Peau Gold (12) Luminizing Face Enhancer
Clè de Peau Gold (12) Luminizing Face Enhancer

Clè de Peau Gold (12) Luminizing Face Enhancer ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pale, yellow gold with a luminous sheen. Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter. Divergent Gleaming Pearl (LE) is more iridescent. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is darker. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is lighter. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is darker. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer. Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $39.00) is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $42.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is the other shade that I purchased with Sand Beige (13). There’s not a lot of information about the product, other than it’s a highlighting powder that “illuminate[s] your complexion.” (Sometimes straightforward is nice!) I bought both of mine as just pans, but you can purchase it in Clè de Peau’s compact for $95 (you can see it here). I have mine in a Z-palette, and since it is a metal pan, it stays in place nicely. Gold (12) has the same soft, finely-milled, silky texture as the previous shade, but it was just a tiny bit powdery in comparison. It had good color payoff, which you could apply lightly or more heavily depending on how intense you want the golden sheen to be. It blends and sheers out easily, and it doesn’t accumulate, so it doesn’t emphasize pores even when applied more heavily. This shade lasted for eight hours before fading slightly on me.

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Gold (12)

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10/10

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