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Sneak Peek: Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon Photos & Swatches

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

Recently, I bought all the new shades of Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.), and while I haven’t had a chance to wear most of them yet, I thought seeing swatches in the meanwhile might be helpful for those shopping Sephora’s sale. 🙂

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Estee Lauder Insatiable Ivory, Eccentric, Irresistible Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks

Estee Lauder Insatiable Ivory (110) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Insatiable Ivory (110) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Insatiable Ivory (110) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened peach with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had opaque color coverage, and while it didn’t apply perfectly, it applied fairly well with minimal streakiness. The color lasted for four and a half hours (shy of the six-hours promised), but it was very hydrating and comfortable to wear. NARS Raquel (P, $32.00) is pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lament (P, $18.00) is more matte, lighter. Melt Cosmetics Summer! (P, $19.00) is brighter. Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) (P, $36.00) is browner. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is more matte. Revlon Jungle Peach (LE, $7.99) is a touch pinker, darker. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is darker. MAC Sweet & Sour (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Eccentric (260) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is brightened, pink-coral with warm undertones and a lightly glossy sheen. It had rich, full color coverage with a very smooth, even application. This shade, with its sheen, made my lips look smoother and plumper. The color lasted for five hours on me and was hydrating over time. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is darker, pinker. Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is darker. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is pinker, darker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $22.00) is pinker, darker. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Irresistible (440) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, rosy plum with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage–a very slight translucency at most, which will be more apparent with those with more natural pigmentation–that covered well and went on evenly. The formula was comfortable to wear, moisturizing, and lasted for six hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Negligee (LE, $50.00) is warmer, less glossy. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker. Buxom Dolly (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Bittersweet (03) (LE, $49.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Out for Passion (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Too Faced Pink Chocolate (P, $22.00) is warmer, brighter. Urban Decay Strip (P, $22.00) is very similar. Chanel Ce Soir (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned. Revlon Pink Truffle (P, $7.49) is sheerer. MAC Glamourdaze (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Gracia (P, $51.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Buxom Winner Takes All Lip Set

Buxom Winner Takes All Lip Set
Buxom Winner Takes All Lip Set

Buxom Winner Takes All Lip Set ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) includes three shades of Full-On Lip Cream and three shades of Full-On Lip Polish. The Lip Cream formula is described as a “creamy, no-shimmer lip gloss” with “sheer to medium” coverage.
The Lip Polish formula is described as a “sheer, shimmering lip gloss with a tingling, plumping effect.” The texture of both formulas was light-medium in thickness, creamy, and moderately tacky (the Lip Creams seemed slightly less tacky than the Lip Polishes). The Lip Creams had a tendency to settle into lip lines, and they’re true to the “no-shimmer” part of the description. The Lip Polishes are sheer with a fair amount of fine shimmer with a glossy shine.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to test the wear of these formulas, as the tingling sensation was just too much for me (I am often sensitive to lip plumping products, particularly any that really have a tingle you can feel); just swatching through them and testing the wear for two shades was too much for my lips. I would expect two to four hours, given how tacky they are, though, and the two I did test were White Russian and Chloe, both lasting three hours. I wish I could be more helpful!

White Russian is a peachy-pink with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and lasted three hours on me. It does settle into lip lines and doesn’t appear even when applied, though it is not the worst offender I’ve come across. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Berry Blast is a cool-toned, medium-dark fuchsia pink with a creamy, glossy finish. This shade had semi-opaque color payoff, and it went on a little more evently than White Russian, but there was some settling into lip lines. I felt like the deeper color helped to camouflage some of the settling, though. See comparison swatches
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Creamsicle is a milky, pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and this particular shade seemed to have a thicker consistency than the others. It settled into lip lines noticeably as well. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chloe is a peachy-coral with fine gold and peach shimmer. It had sheer color, but it had a fair amount of shimmer, which gave it a more “opaque” look in a way. This was the other shade I managed to test, and it also lasted for three hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Trixie is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and gold shimmer. It had sheer color coverage with a moderate amount of visible god shimmer. It seemed to brighten and add warmth to my natural lip color. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sophia is a light-medium, pinky-mauve with gold shimmer. It actually seemed more like a combination of the two formulas, as this one had a creamier look applied, which tended to cover some of the shimmer. It also settled into lip lines and didn’t go on as evenly. The coverage was semi-opaque, which is more pigmentation than as described. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Chloe

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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set ($39.00 for 9 x 0.04 oz.) includes nine, mini-sized shades from the permanent range (all of them can be had individually, if desired). Overall, I didn’t find that the formula of the minis to be different from the full-sized shades I have. The formula is a drier, stiffer consistency that often drags and tugs on the lips. Some of the lighter shades look almost chalky on, while some of the more red-hued mattes seem to be least problematic. The shimmery shades are usually creamier, but they tend to be less pigmented. The brand claims that these will “comfortably coat lips with bold color for 10 hours” (they even claim “one swipe application). Wear time varies but tends to be longer than the average lipstick, though shorter than the 10-hour wear claim. I do not find the formula comfortable to wear, and it’s hard to apply color in “one swipe” since they drag a lot. Some shades are drying, some are neither drying nor hydrating, which is far from the brand’s claim that the formula will leave “lips feeling supple.” The caps of these come off very easily, so you may not want to carry them in your purse. Mine have just been sitting in a plastic bin, and I had problems with them coming off any time products shifted around at all (unusual–can’t say I specifically recall this being an issue with another brand, or the full-sized versions).

Note: as I had already fully reviewed and tested about half of these shades, I didn’t reshoot the product photos for those particular shades. I only retested Agatha, as it was the only one that seemed noticeably different than the full-sized I had. Shades I hadn’t reviewed before were photographed and tested as normal.

Agatha is a light, pink-tinged beige with a matte finish. This is one of the more drying shades in the range, and the full-sized version I have was noticeably drier and stiffer to use than the mini in the set, which did apply more evenly and with better color coverage. I retested using the mini, and it lasted for six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lovecraft is a muted, rosy mauve with a matte finish. The color lasted for seven hours. It was one of the better-applying shades, but it will wear away unevenly (center first). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wonderchilde is a brightened, magenta purple with fuchsia undertones and violet shimmer. The color wore well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. It had a creamier consistency that helped it apply and feel more comfortable, though it wasn’t full coverage. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sexer is a bright, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and fuchsia micro-shimmer over a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly dry and tugged somewhat, but it did lay down even color. It wore well for eight hours on me and was slightly drying over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Countess is a bold, brightened orange-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It dragged just slightly, but it was nicely pigmented and lasted for eight hours. It was a little drying but not uncomfortable. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Adora is a medium-dark, warm-toned red with metallic ruby red shimmer over a matte finish. This is one of the best shades in the range, as it does last well for ten hours, isn’t drying, and has enough creaminess that it isn’t painful to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hexagram is a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage with a lightly dry consistency, so there was some drag. Luckily, it wasn’t so dry that it interfered with the resulting color, as I was able to get it to look smooth and even. It lasted for eight and a half hours and was a little drying. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bachelorette is a brightened, pinky-red with almost warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly opaque pigmentation, while it had the same slightly dry, stiffer consistency which made it drag and pull at the lips when applied from the tube as other shades in the range. It did wear for seven and a half hours, and it was somewhat drying. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Motorhead is a deepened, reddish-burgundy. It has such a stiff, painful-to-use consistency. This shade wears for eight hours, but it is incredibly drying while worn, and it doesn’t look great on as it is uneven. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Studded Kiss
Studded Kiss
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total
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NYX Rose, Orange Blossom, Citron Macaron Lipsticks

NYX Rose Lippie
NYX Macaron Lippie

NYX Rose Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, pastel cotton candy p ink with a semi-matte finish. The consistency of this shade was the least creamy of the entire range, though it didn’t drag or tug–it was still lightly creamy, just not slippery like other shades. It had opaque color coverage, but between the drier consistency and lightness of color, it almost looked chalky on. The color wore well for five hours, but it pulled into lip lines over time. Kat Von D Armageddon (P, $19.00) is brighter, darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mannequin (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Snob (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Orange Blossom Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a lightened, soft peach-orange with warm undertones and a satiny shine. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a very creamy, emollient consistency. There was a little bit of streakiness, but it applied fairly well despite the slippery formula. On me, the color lasted for four hours. The closest shade to it that I could think of was Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Covet (P, $18.00), which is much darker (I wouldn’t call it a dupe).

NYX Citron Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium yellow with warm undertones and a soft shine. It applied better than one might expect, though it was somewhat streaky and not nearly as pigmented as some of the other shades in the range. It wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

Rose
Rose
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Citron
Citron
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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Sneak Peek: Tom Ford Lip Color Matte Photos & Swatches

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford Lip Color Matte

Here’s a quick peek at the newly launched Tom Ford Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.). Six of the eight shades are permanent (First Time and Black Dahlia are limited edition). They’re available online at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Tom Ford. With this type of formula, I expect it’ll take several days to test them all, so I hope you enjoy this sneak peek.

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