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— May 17, 2016 —
— May 11, 2016 —
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks (0.15 oz.) retails for $26 USD ($30 CAD) and is available in six new shades for Summer. They are said to be "a collection of high-impact lipsticks in dimensional shades that have been handcrafted to deliver extreme moisture, soft texture and creamy wear."
* Lavender Jade is described as a electric blue-violet.
* Taro is described as a amethyst w/ grey undertones.
* Thistle is described as a mauve infused taupe.
* Kale is described as a deep hunter green w/ black.
* Squid Ink is described as a deep navy w/ black.
* Whiskey is described as a rich mahogany w/ red.
"Swipe on bold, creamy lip color with Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche. Created and crafted by hand, Bite’s small batch, low-heat process preserves a balanced blend of lip-quenching nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils that are essential for achieving healthy-looking lips. Made with 12 edible oils and triple milled pigments, this lipstick provides saturated lip color with weightless coverage and a citrus flavor made from fresh pressed fruit."
— May 04, 2016 —
OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks (0.28 oz.) individually retail for $19.90 USD and are available in an outstanding 42 shades. They are said to be "a creamy, moisturizing, long lasting matte lipstick with full lip color that does not feather."
"OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick is a one step full lip color that does not feather. These vibrant colors will give you a vivacious new look.They are creamy and soft in texture, moisturizing the lips and creating a long lasting lipstick effect. No need to use lipliner, this liquid lipstick gives a beautiful edge to your lip look!
Our formula is a matte color formula but if you want to add some shine to your liquid lipstick try our revolutionary Lipgloss Stick. All shades contain antioxidants and Vitamin E while the formula provides a lightweight layer of lasting color to make you look stunning all day. Color will last in a perfect condition up to five hours without eating or drinking. For best results do not eat or drink for 15 minutes after applying. Please note that this is not a lip stain and does not dry completely but remains on your lips for hours!"
The packaging is a round, gloss style tube with a standard doe-foot applicator. They have a subtle creme brulee scent that can be noticed on initial application but never tasted. The formula itself is a whipped mousse-like consistency that feels light-weight and comfortable on the lips. I found it's best to shake these to ensure the formula is well mixed and pigmented, otherwise they can apply a little more sheer and "watered" down, so-to-speak.
The Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks are matte and do dry down to a degree, but remain slightly transferable unlike your more typical matte liquid lipsticks—they never cling or feel drying. It is a more forgiving formula for drier lips, the color doesn't accentuate dry areas or imperfections. The product can lightly transfer throughout wear, especially once it's first applied since they don't completely set, but they are longer lasting as they typically wear between 6 - 10 hours.
— April 22, 2016 —
Nudestix Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil (0.10 oz.) retails for $24 USD ($28 CAD) and is available in 8 shades. They are said to be "a soft, non-drying matte lipstick, lip liner and cheek blush in an all-in-one pencil."
* Purity is described as a natural lip flesh nude. [P]
"This ultra-long-wearing matte formula is waterproof, smudge-proof, soft, and non-feathering for up to six hours. Its intense pigment load and color provides lips with maximum smooth coverage."
For those that may not know, Nudestix is a Canadian brand that was created by two sisters, who are models and their mother, who has over 20 years of experience in the beauty world. The entire line is geared towards making minimal, no-makeup makeup easy while enhancing your natural features. All of their products are multipurpose, easy-to-use and are enriched with vitamins, antioxidants and moisturizers.
The packaging is a simple wooden crayon style pencil that does require sharpening and has no noticeable scent or taste. Each Nudestix product comes housed in a sleek, black metal tin that features a mirror and includes a sharpener that can also conveniently double as a cap for the pencil (if you take the original cap off, of course) which is incredibly handy for use on the go.
— April 20, 2016 —
Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder (0.16 oz.) retails for $38 USD ($48 CAD) and is available in four permanent shades. They are said to be "a collection of illuminating strobing powders designed to sculpt the face with light, creating depth and dimension for a refined, natural-looking highlight."
* Incandescent is described as an opalescent pearl imparting a celestial highlight. [P]
* Iridescent is described as an illuminating pink powder imparting a soft highlight. [P]
"Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powders are formulated in a sheer base that’s infused with concentrated, ultra-fine mico-pearl particles in a number of sizes and refraction levels for natural-looking luminescence—without leaving a heavy metallic finish. Developed with Photoluminescent Technology it captures, diffuses, and softens surrounding light to refine the appearance of the skin. Use it wet or dry for different levels of intensity, taking you from an everyday strobe highlight to a dramatic evening strobe highlight. These universally flattering shades are perfect for all skintones, and they’re designed to be used with the Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor (sold separately) for the most effortless application."
The packaging is their signature, sleek square compact that opens to reveal a mirror. It's the same size as their Ambient Blush, which are both smaller than the original Ambient Powders and Ambient Bronzers. The only major difference being that these Strobe Powders have metallic silver packaging, rather than brown or gold.
Hourglass also released a slanted sponge that was designed to be used with these powders both wet or dry. Using the powders dry with a brush supplies a more subtle shimmery highlight, while using them damp really intensifies the color and finish—they become much brighter and shimmery on the skin when wet, without ever emphasizing pores or imperfections.