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Bite Beauty Centifolia & Grandifolia Deconstructed Rose Lipsticks

Bite Beauty Centifolia Deconstructed Rose Lipstick
Bite Beauty Centifolia Deconstructed Rose Lipstick

Bite Beauty Deconstructed Rose Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a recently released set of four shades (two included in this post, two I’ll review shortly!) “inspired by the ever-changing color of a rose.” They’re creamy, light-medium in weight, richly pigmented, hydrating, and wear well. The formula is rose-scented, but I didn’t have any issues with taste. In all honesty, the formula didn’t really seem any different from the Luminous Creme lipstick, but an attempt to read through the ingredient list on this one (which is difficult to read on this packaging), while it is similar to the Luminous Creme, doesn’t appear to be exactly the same.

Bite Beauty Centifolia Deconstructed Rose Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “muted peach.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach-orange with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had rich, full color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly without gathering into the vertical lines of the lip. This shade wore well for four hours, which is about average, and it was the shortest-wearing of the four shades. Sephora Collection Samba (LE, $12.50) is brighter, warmer. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is sheerer. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is darker, rosier. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is slightly more matte, darker. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is a touch darker. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is lighter, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Grandifolia Deconstructed Rose Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “fiery red.” It’s a vibrant, orange-red with warm undertones and a luminous shine. The color payoff is intense–extremely rich and full coverage in a single pass. The color lasted for six hours and left behind a warm, reddish stain. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is similar. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is more orange. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is matte. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is very similar. Maybelline Neon Red (P, $7.49) is more orange. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is matte. Guerlain Genna (LE, $51.00) is a touch darker. Hourglass Raven (P, $28.00) is matte, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Centifolia
Centifolia
A

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Grandifolia
Grandifolia
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “rosewood.” It’s a medium, muted rosy pink with a soft, satiny sheen. It is slightly warm-toned, but it doesn’t turn coral or look reddish. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is brighter, powder. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is slightly more plum, powder. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter, powder. NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I continue to be impressed by the new HD Blush formula, and I’m just so pleased that the shades have performed consistently well. It’s always frustrating when a formula is inconsistent, as you never know whether a new shade will be a hit or miss, but with this range, every shade has been quite good. #310 is no exception! It had excellent, rich color payoff that can be as bold or as subtle as you’d like. The formula itself is lightly creamy but sets and dries down to a powder-like texture after twenty to thirty seconds, but what’s nice is that the powder-like texture is blendable like you’d expect a powder blush to be. It’s just so easy to apply, blend, and then it wears well–a solid nine hours with this particular shade.

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Giorgio Armani #17, 18, 02 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows

Giorgio Armani #17 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #17 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Here are the other three shades of Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.053 / 0.061 oz.) that I have to review. The newest release is supposed to have a formula that’s soft, highly pigmented, and long-lasting formula. Next time Giorgio Armani has a friends and family sale, I’ll probably pick up a few more shades to test out, but for now, this wraps up our coverage on the new formula! 🙂 The matte shades contain 0.053 oz., while the shimmery shades contain 0.061 oz. The matte shades have a very soft, silky texture that’s thinner and almost “dry” in a way, but it’s not truly dry (and not in a bad way), so there is good color payoff, blendability, but they don’t get everywhere. The shimmery shades are incredibly soft, buttery, and smooth–they’re so easy to use and apply. Across these three shades, they wore eight hours, but the navy blue shade was in worse shape (slightly creased) after nine hours, while the other two were just slightly faded.

Giorgio Armani #17 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a brightened, lime green with warm, yellow shimmer and undertones. The texture was soft and blendable, so it was easy to work with, and it was incredibly pigmented. I was really impressed that the brand didn’t shy away from the true intensity of lime green here. Fyrinnae Bitey Tyrannosaur (P, $8.25) is a touch darker. Illamasqua Possession (LE) is a crea product, darker, cooler-toned. MAC Swimming (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Lucky Green (P, $15.00) is slightly yellower (less “lime”). Make Up For Ever #171 (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #18 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a muted, smoky bluish-teal-shimmered navy blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, silky, and easy to blend on the lid. theBalm #17 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Sephora Collection Across the Universe (100) (P, $13.00) is sheerer. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is similar. L’Oreal Timeless Blue Spark (760) (P, $7.99) is bluer, lighter. Giorgio Armani Blue Beetle (34) (LE, $33.00) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #4 (LE) is darker. Sugarpill Magpie (P, $12.00) is brighter, less blue. bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is less iridescent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #02 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.053 oz.) is a purpled, navy blue with a matte finish. It had a soft, silky, and finely-milled texture that was thin but not powdery. It blended easily on the lid, and it had good pigmentation. Laura Mercier Deep Night (P, $23.00) is more muted. bareMinerals Maven (LE) is similar. MAC Naval (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Inglot #389 (P, $6.00) is darker. Inglot #332 (P, $6.00) is lighter, bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#17
#17
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
#18
#18
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
#02
#02
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Round-up: Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Cheek Souffles Thoughts & Comparisons

Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Cheek Souffles
Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Cheek Souffles

Interestingly enough, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes instantly came to mind when first seeing Becca’s blush in the pots, as they both have that marbleized effect, and now, the way I feel about these is also reminiscent of the Hourglass blushes: they’re all more similar than not, and generally, they run quite warm-toned. Guava/Moonstone is a lighter, more golden (compared to coppery) version of Fig/Opal, while Lychee/Opal is the most reflective/frosted and is a warmer version of both Raspberry/Opal and Watermelon/Moonstone. The last two are very similar to each other with Raspberry/Opal being a tiny bit cooler-toned and a smidgen darker. Papaya/Topaz is unlike the other five, as it is much, much deeper and darker in color. Of the six shades, Papaya/Topaz, Raspberry/Opal, and Watermelon/Moonstone are the most easily used as an illuminating blush, while the other three shades are much softer and lighter on the skin, so they’ll be blushes on fairer skin tones but may only illuminate on deeper complexions. I wish there was a better variety of depth and undertone showcased in the range so it would be a more versatile selection of shades.

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Becca Watermelon/Moonstone Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle

Becca Watermelon/Moonstone Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle
Becca Watermelon/Moonstone Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle

Becca Watermelon/Moonstone Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle ($27.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “coral red infused with pale gold.” It’s a muted, pink-coral with warm undertones and a gold shimmer-sheen. Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler-toned, powder. MAC Lust (LE, $30.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It delivers that “pop of color” with “illumination” that the formula is supposed to. Watermelon/Moonstone had opaque color coverage that could be blended out to sheerer color or applied more lightly and built up gradually for desired intensity. The finish on this one is less shimmery compared to the majority of the rarnge, which also made it more flattering applied as it did not emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. The consistency is airy and whipped, cool and wet to the touch, and it feels like a cream going on but quickly turns into a more powder-like product that is blends well. It has a sweet, fruity scent that I can detect in the jar but not really applied. It wore well for eight hours on me before I noticed signs of fadinng.

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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MAC x Lorde Pure Heroine Lipstick , Comparisons

MAC Pure Heroine Lipstick
MAC Pure Heroine Lipstick

MAC Pure Heroine Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep plum [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a slightly muted, purple-plum with subtle warm undertones and a glossy sheen. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is shimmery, brighter. MAC Strong Woman (LE, $16.00) is slightly more muted, more matte. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is brighter, lighter, less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a limited edition shade that will be available online in North America on June 5th (select stores will also have it), and later in July for international locations. For those that feared it was going to be too similar to MAC Heroine, it’s not; and those who thought it might be like MAC Punk Couture, it’s not. It’s almost a mix of the two, with the warmer, pinky-plum undertones of Heroine with more of the depth and darkness of Punk Couture. The lipstick had more slip than I’d expect from an Amplified finish, and the coverage was mostly opaque but had some translucency. The finish was rather glossy, and the color seemed to pull into lip lines and did not apply as evenly as I would have liked. The color lasted for about four hours, and I did have a little feathering outside of my upper lip towards the end. It does leave behind a slight stain as well.

P.S. — Please keep comments focused on the lipstick — condescending remarks about the collaborator, their fans, etc. will not be tolerated.

Pure Heroine
Pure Heroine
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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