—January 26, 2015—

SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio


Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio (0.39 oz.) retails for $28 USD ($35 CAD) and is said to be "an exclusive, limited-edition trio featuring two shades of blush and a highlighter designed to complement the 2015 Color of the Year."

Spanish Villa (0.11 oz.)
Coral Pink (0.11 oz.)
Marsala (0.17 oz.)
"This limited-edition cheek set is a portable and perfect solution for adding a pop of color to everyday makeup and providing instant glow to cheek bones. The powders are created through a triple jet milled process that allows for intense color payoff and a velvety texure that leaves skin feeling luxurious, but never heavy. The uique blend of naturally derived oils and powders enhance the skin's overall appearance with a sophisticated shimmer for a radiant glow without glitter."
The packaging is a white and rose gold metallic compact that features a mirror. The compact is light-weight, slim and sleek in it's overall design. While it looks more fragile than it is, the palette is sturdy and durable enough to throw in your bag for touch ups on-the-go. The shades in this palette are warmer toned but you'll be surprised by how well they work on any skintone.

Spanish Villa is a light-medium beige with warm undertones and a frosted golden sheen. This shade was soft, smooth, pigmented, easy to blend out and left a luminous sheen to the skin that very lightly emphasized the look of pores or imperfections on the skin. It wore well for +7 hours before fading. (5/5)
Coral Pink is light-medium peach with warm undertones and a satin matte finish. This shade was soft, smooth, finely-milled and had good pigmentation. While this shade was easily blended on the skin, it was rather powdery and appeared almost chalky at times. It lasted +7 hours before fading. (4/5)
Marsala is a medium-dark, muted terracotta red with warm undertones and a satin finish. This shade was soft, smooth, finely-milled and had great pigmentation. The color was buildable, applied evenly and was easily blended out on the skin. It wore well for +8 hours before fading. (5/5) 

Overall, the performance and quality of the powders in this palette are great. All three shades are buildable, have good pigmentation and a soft, blendable texture for a decent value. You can apply these blushes lightly for a subtle hint of color, or build for a more opaque coverage. Although I don't usually reach for warmer toned blushes, this palette will be making appearances come spring time, for sure.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio


Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio

Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio

Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio

Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio

Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio
(L-R: Spanish Villa, Coral Pink, Marsala)

Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio
(L-R: Spanish Villa, Coral Pink, Marsala)


Sephora + Pantone Universe in Spanish Villa

Sephora + Pantone Universe in Spanish Villa

Sephora + Pantone Universe in Coral Pink

Sephora + Pantone Universe in Coral Pink

Sephora + Pantone Universe in Marsala

Sephora + Pantone Universe in Marsala


Disclaimer: All product(s) featured were purchased by me for personal use.

—January 24, 2015—

Chatty Caturday | Video Schedule, Answering Questions & Thank You!


Welcome to another installment of Chatty Caturday to tide you over since activity on my channel and social media has been rather irregular lately - my apologies! Enjoy the rambles and don't forget to comment below with your preferred video schedule!

Happy Saturday, folks! (:

—January 19, 2015—

LAURA MERCIER Smoky Suede Eye Colour Palette


Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour Palette retails for $55 USD ($66 CAD) and contains five suede eye shadows (5 x 0.05 oz.) and a double-ended brush. This palette is limited edition and said to be "a palette of suede-inspired textured eye colors designed to deliver an airbrushed smoky eye."

Noir [LE]
Black Magic [LE]
Graphite [LE]
Slate [LE]
Ivory [LE]
"Create sultry, silky lids and frame eyes with soft, cushiony color. The smooth texture of these cream-to-powder shadows allows for an easy application with no fallout. This set includes a range of colors for a perfect transition from day to night, and includes two full-size brush heads on one compact brush. The unique formula creates a flawlessly airbrushed effect and truly transforms eyes. The palette features a zebra-print motif in keeping with Laura’s wild holiday theme."
The packaging is a plastic compact that features a zebra print design and a mirror. The compact only opens to a 90° angle which can make it difficult to use the mirror properly. My main concern with this palette is the cream products drying out easily since the compact only has a snap closure (not air tight) and while it has an overall sleek look, the plastic feels rather fragile to the touch.

The duel-ended synthetic brush is great. One end is a flat, rounded shadow brush that easily smooths color across lids. The other end is a fine, pointed pencil brush that works great for creating a more defined crease or smudging shades into the lash line as a liner.

The formula is a cream product but has a velvety, smooth texture. The product is weightless and almost bouncy or sponge-like to the touch. When swatched, the shadows almost dry down to a powder finish. However, when applied to the lids, the shadows stay soft, blendable and can be transferred if touched.


This palette is definitely best suited to use as a base for powder products. During testing, I didn't set these with a powder or apply an eye shadow primer. Within the first hour the shades had faded significantly and lightly creased. *Note, I don't have oily lids and products fading is usually never an issue for me.

While these do blend together beautifully, I noticed application could be a bit tricky. Initial application to my lids was flawless and the colors faded into each other like a dream. When I tried to blend the product into my crease, even the smallest amount, it became difficult to get a diffused edge — even using my finger to help blend the product out. I found as soon as I carefully applied any product into my crease, all of the colors mudded together and that flawless fade completely melted away.

Noir is a dark grey black with cool undertones and a satin finish. The texture was soft, semi-sheer and has decent color payoff. This shade took many layers and quite a bit of building on the lid to get a strong wash of color. Noir lasted +2 hours before fading drastically and left behind a faint stain. (3/5)
Black Magic is a dark grey black with cool undertones and a multicolored micro-sparkle. The texture was soft, sheer and had decent color payoff. This shade took layering and building on the lid to get a mostly there wash of color. When applied with a finger, the micro-sparkle adhered beautifully to the skin with no fall out. When applied with a brush, the micro-sparkle was barely noticeable at close inspection. Black Magic lasted +2 hours before fading drastically. (2/5) 
Graphite is a medium-dark, grey taupe with warm undertones and a frosted lilac sheen. The texture was soft, semi-sheer and had decent color payoff. This shade took layering and building the product increased the frosted finish rather than enhancing the color. Graphite wore well for +2 hours before fading and lightly creasing. (2/5) 
Slate is a light-medium, muted silver rose with warm undertones and a frosted pink sheen. The texture was soft, sheer and had barely there color payoff. This specific shade was stiffer, like the product had begun to dry out — it didn't have that same bouncy, velvety texture like the rest. Slate wore well for +1 hour before fading completely. (1/5)
Ivory is a light silver white with cool undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was soft, sheer, had good pigmentation but was almost chunky at times like the product had dried in those areas of the pan. This shade took the least layering and building to achieve good color payoff and a frosted finish. Ivory wore well for +3 hours before fading. (3/5)

Overall, this palette would be excellent as a base for powder products. This product was a  disappointment mainly because it was advertised as a standalone shadow palette. I feel like you end up using a lot of product and the design of the compact fails in keeping air away from the products, thus drying them out quicker over time. Although the shades are fairly basic in the palette, the undertones and micro-sparkle are very beautiful. I would love this palette if it set to a powder or was in powder form. Unless you like a very sheer wash of color and/or you intend on using this palette as a base, I would skip picking it up.

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour Palette

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour Palette

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour Palette

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour Palette

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour Palette
(L-R: Noir, Black Magic, Graphite, Slate, Ivory)

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour Palette (2hrs into wear)
(Inner Lid: Ivory, Mid Lid: Graphite, Outter Lid: Black Magic, Crease: Noir)

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour Brush

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour Brush

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour Brush

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour in Noir

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour in Noir

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour in Black Magic

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour in Black Magic

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour in Graphite

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour in Graphite

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour in Slate

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour in Slate

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour in Ivory

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Colour in Ivory


Disclaimer: All products featured were purchased by me for personal use.

—January 13, 2015—

BITE Mix N' Mingle Lip Minis | Luminous Crème Lipstick Duos


Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duos individually retail for $12 USD ($15 CAD) and are available in four tubes, each containing two shades (2 x 0.05 oz). These deluxe duos are limited edition, however some shades are part of the permanent line. They are exclusive to Sephora and are said to be "limited-edition luminous crème lipstick duos in head-turning hues and packaged in bright red ornaments for the holiday season."

Retsina is described as a natural pink. [P]
Musk is described as a pink brown. [P] 
Fig is described as a nude rose. [P] 
Date is described as a light brown nude. [LE]  
 
Violet is described as a vibrant purple. [P]
Palomino is described as a vibrant magenta. [P] 
Poppy is described as a apple red. [LE] 
Scarlet is described as a deep burgundy. [LE] 
"BITE’s latest breakthrough formula boasts a collection of beautiful nudes, striking reds, and deep burgundies with a matte yet moist texture. The secret is the moisture-locking power of orange peel wax along with the antioxidant properties of resveratrol. The colors are water-resistent, and long wearing."
The Luminous Crème Lipsticks retail for $24 USD ($28 CAD) and contain 0.15 oz. of product. Each duo contains $16 USD ($19 CAD) worth of product, so with that said, you are getting a good value. You're getting to try two shades for half the price of one regular sized, single tube.

If you're new to the brand here are some facts: Bite is exclusive to Sephora and their products are free of synthetics, polybutenes and petroleum byproducts. All lip products are made with nurturing food-grade ingredients that are healthy enough to eat! The founder believes, "You eat what you put on your lips, so your lipstick should be good for you."

The packaging is a matte black, double-ended tube with a silicone texture. These lipsticks have a slight citrus scent that can be notice once applied, but not tasted. The caps feature the name of the product, which my biggest concern is accidentally switching them around and confusing shades.

I really like the idea of a double-ended tube, it's a lot more convenient than individual miniature sizes. However, I wish you had the option to pop them apart in the middle to mix and match ends and create your own combination of shades. (If you happen to buy a couple, of course.)

Retsina is a light, nude beige with neutral undertones and a luminous finish. This shade applied smoothly, opaque and lightly moved around due to the creamy consistency. I found the pale nature of this lipstick emphasized any dry patches and imperfections on my lips. It was lightly hydrating when worn and lasted +4 hours before fading. (4/5)
Musk is a light-medium, rose beige with warm-to-neutral undertones and a luminous finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly, opaque and had good color payoff. This shade is a great "my natural lip color but better" lipstick. It was lightly hydrating when worn and lasted +4 hours before fading. (5/5)
   
Fig is a light-medium, pink nude with warm undertones and a luminous, cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, mostly opaque and had good color payoff. I found the natural pigmentation of my lips did show through in some areas, but it didn't make the lipstick look uneven. Fig wore well for +4 hours and was lightly hydrating. (5/5)
Date is a light-medium, muted brown nude with warm undertones and a luminous finish. This shade applied smoothly, mostly opaque and had good pigmentation. It was lightly drying over time and wore well for +4 hours. (5/5)
 
Violet is a vivid magenta fuchsia with cool undertones and a luminous, cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly, opaque and had great pigmentation. This lipstick did feather slightly and moved around due to the creamier consistency. Violet wore well for +4.5 hours and left behind a stain. (5/5)
Palomino is a vivid fuchsia red with warm undertones and a luminous, cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly, opaque and had great pigmentation. Again, this lipstick feathered slightly and moved around due to the creamier consistency. Palomino wore well for +4.5 hours and left behind a stain. (5/5)
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Poppy is a medium, bright red with cool undertones and a luminous, cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, mostly opaque, lightly feathered and moved around due to the creamy consistency. The color was uneven in some areas and looked almost streaky at times. Poppy wore well for +4 hours and left behind a stain. (4/5)
Scarlet is a medium-dark, burgundy with warm undertones and a luminous cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, semi-opaque and uneven in some areas. I noticed the color lightly settled into any fine lines and appeared more sheered out on the smooth surfaces of my lips. This may have been influenced by using a lip brush rather than applying directly from the tube, as the lipstick broke during testing. Scarlet wore well for +3.5 hours and left behind a stain. (3/5) *This was my first experience with a Bite lipstick breaking.

Overall, while I'm a huge fan of the Luminous Crème Lipstick formula, some of the shades were disappointing (mainly the Poppy and Scarlet duo.) They are creamy, opaque, have good pigmentation and lightly hydrate lips throughout wear. Bite tends to release these dual-ended lipsticks quite often, but if for some reason you can't get your hands on them, I would highly recommend checking out the permanent line!

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Retsina

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Retsina

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Retsina

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Musk

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Musk

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Musk

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo
(L-R: Retsina, Musk)

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Fig

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Fig

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Fig

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Date

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Date

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Date

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo
(L-R: Fig, Date)

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Violet

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Violet

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Violet

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Palomino

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Palomino

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Palomino

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo
(L-R: Violet, Palomino)

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Poppy

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Poppy

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Poppy

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Scarlet

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Scarlet

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Scarlet
(Applied with a lip brush)

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo
(L-R: Scarlet, Poppy)


Disclaimer: All products featured were purchased by me for personal use.