— June 30, 2015 —

Upcoming | BITE Beauty Frozen Berries Collection (July 2015)

Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lipstick individually retail for $24 USD(I'll update once the Canadian pricing is released.)

Barberry [LE]
Black Cherry [LE]
Elderberry [LE]
Juniper [LE]
Plum [LE] 
"A collection of five limited edition matte creme lipsticks inspired by the depth and luster of flash frozen wild berries. Infused with Blueberry and Cranberry seed oils, this antioxidant packed formula boasts highly pigmented, moisturizing wearable color."

Available at Sephora in July 2015. (More details to follow)

Upcoming | BITE Beauty Opal Crème Collection (July 2015)

Bite Beauty Crème Lipstick retails for $24 USD and the Crème Lip Gloss retails for $22 USD. (I'll update once the Canadian pricing is released.)

Opal (Lipstick) is described as a sheer ultraviolet. [LE]
Opal (Lip Gloss) is described as a slick of opalescence. [LE]

"Formulated with two-tone pearl, the sheer Opal Crème Lipstick and Opal Crème Lip Gloss offer an iridescent finish to be applied on its own or on top of any lip color for an ultraviolet dimension. Known for its stunning range of colors as light passes through, the Opal Crème Collection diffracts light into a beautiful spectrum of shades for a mesmerizing, multidimensional lip."

Available at Sephora in July 2015. (More details to follow)


— June 29, 2015 —

URBAN DECAY Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush


Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blushes (0.23 oz) individually retail for $26 USD ($31 CAD) and are available in 12 shades. They are said to be "a blendable, finely-milled powder blush that sweeps on beautifully and delivers eight hours of streak-free color."

Bittersweet is described as a bright purple. [P]
Fetish is described as a medium pink-nude. [P]
Obsessed is described as a light pink. [P]
Rapture is described as a deep mauve w/ hint of shimmer. [P]
Video is described as a soft nude. [P]
"Urban Decay Afterglow Blush leaves a sexy, lit-from-within glow. Fake a perfect flush with this eight-hour formula that creates the lingering, radiant look of a romantic rendezvous. Infused with light-diffusing pigments to enhance and perfect the skin, this highly-blendable, finely milled formula goes on sheer and provides eight long hours of lightweight, wearable, ultra-creamy color."
The packaging is a metallic gunmetal compact with a transparent window in the shape of the brands logo which is intended to show the color of blush. They feature a magnetic closure and the sticker is color coded depending on the shade.

The formula has a very finely-milled, smooth texture and a buildable semi-sheer to mostly opaque, true-to-pan color payoff. The one downfall is that these do tend to lean more on the powdery side, in the sense of there being a lot of loose powder sitting on the pan once product has been picked up—luckily the powderiness doesn't translate to the skin. If you're familiar with the Naked Flushed Palettes (check them out here) you may already be used to the issue, but the Afterglow Blushes aren't nearly as troublesome.

Bittersweet is a medium-dark, brightened purple with hints of fuchsia, cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was incredibly soft, smooth, finely-milled, but I did find excess powder gathered on top of the pan once product had been picked up with a brush. It had great pigmentation that was easy to build and blended out relatively nice on the skin. Bittersweet wore well for +8 hours before fading. (5/5)
Fetish is a medium-dark, muted dusty rose with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, finely-milled, but again had a lot of excess powder—more so than the other shades. It had good pigmentation but had difficulties adhering to the skin which made it troublesome to blend out. Fetish wore well for +7 hours before fading. (4/5)
Obsessed is a light-medium, lavender pink with cool undertones and a satin-matte finish. The texture was ultra silky, soft and finely-milled that again, was powdery in the pan but not on the skin. It had good pigmentation that was buildable despite it's more pale nature and blended out evenly. Obsessed wore well for +8 hours before fading. (5/5)
Rapture is a medium-dark, muted plum with cool undertones and a golden sheen finish. The texture was soft, smooth, silky and finely-milled. This shade, unlike the rest, didn't have any thin or excess powder issues. It had excellent, buildable pigmentation and left a soft, satin sheen to the skin. Rapture wore well for +8 hours before fading. (5/5)
Video is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was again soft, smooth, finely-milled and silky. It had great pigmentation that was buildable and blended out evenly on the skin. I was personally hoping this shade would work as a contour shade, but it leans too orange to look natural—at least on my NW10/15 skintone. Video wore well for +8 hours before fading. (5/5)

Overall, the Afterglow Blushes perform great on the skin, despite being quite thin and powdery in the pan. They seem to stand true to their 8-hour claim and the range has a great selection of neutral to bold shades. Only a small amount of product is needed for a sheer wash of color and you can achieve a brighter, more intense payoff for darker skintones. If you're in the market for some new blushes, I would recommend checking these out!


— June 26, 2015 —

SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Marsala Metalshine Liquid Liner


Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala Metalshine Liquid Liner (0.10 oz) retails for $18 USD ($23 CAD) and is said to "enhance the lashline with bold color and an intense payoff with the long-wear formula to ensure lasting performance."

"This limited-edition Marsala eyeliner was designed to enhance the lashline with bold color and an intense payoff. The soft, flexible brush provides ease of application, and the long-wear formula ensures lasting performance. 

Designed to evoke the sleek, modern lines of the iconic Pantone Chip, and newly imagined with a captivating Marsala ombre color variation, 2015’s Color of the Year Collection makes a stunning presentation. Each product features Sephora Collection’s high performance formulas for rich color payoff and luxurious feel during wear. Refined finishes like matte, cream, metallic, and lacquer allow for a fuller expression of this bold nude shade, from sheer luminosity to wildly rich pigments."

The packaging is a sleek, metallic rose gold tube with two sections; the longer half being the applicator and the smaller half containing the product. The applicator is a thin flexible brush, rather than your standard tapered foam-type brush. The narrow bristles allows total control and precision when applying. It's easy to achieve a very thin line or apply pressure and get a thicker, bolder line.

With most liquid liners, you will want to shake-before-use to ensure the product won't become thin or diluted before applying. While this liner is not waterproof, it is longer-lasting and it does hold up well against humidity without bleeding, fading or flaking.

Marsala is a medium-dark, terracotta red with warm undertones and a metallic finish. The formula applied ultra smooth, evenly and fully opaque in a single stroke. It had rich pigmentation and dried rather quickly, roughly 15-30 seconds after applying. Marsala wore incredibly well for +10 hours before peeling slightly around the edges. (5/5)

Overall, the performance and quality of the Marsala Metalshine Liquid Liner is outstanding. The metallic finish is simply eye catching without being too intense or unwearable. It can easily be paired with the more neutral looks to add a little something extra. Most of the Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala Color of the Year products are sold out, but if you're still able to get your hands on this liquid liner, I highly suggest you do!


— June 16, 2015 —

J.CAT BEAUTY Wonder Lip Paints | 18 Shades!


J.Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paints (0.33 oz.) retails for $4.99 USD and are available in 36 shades. They are said to have "invincible color and impeccable wear, with the twofold blend of endurance and delivery of intense pigmentation."

"For invincible color and impeccable wear, the Wonder Lip Paint serves justice! With the twofold blend of endurance and delivery of intense pigmentation, this will become your heroin of lip colors. Select from numerous colors to paint your lips for your day and nighttime adventures."
The packaging is a simple transparent tube that features a little nozzle that disperses the product—meaning you'll need a lip brush, especially for a more precise application. The names of the shades are printed on a sticker rather than the actual tube itself, which can be a tad frustrating if they peel off accidentally. They all have a mint scent, although I found some of the shades came off more "chemical" smelling than a refreshing mint.

The Wonder Lip Paints are extremely pigmented and apply incredibly smooth. Most have probably seen a similar concept before, especially with the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic Lip Tars, in the sense that only the smallest amount of product is needed and they are exceptionally great for mixing and matching colors to create any custom lip shade that your heart desires.

Before applying you'll want to make sure you knead the tube to mix the product up so it won't come out separated or runny. As I said, only a pea sized amount of product is needed to cover your entire mouth. It's very easy to go overboard and have the color feather or bleed—to prevent those things I would highly recommend pairing a transparent lip liner underneath. Also, a tip on getting the most out of the brighter, more vivid shades—blocking out your natural lip color (with concealer, foundation, etc.) will definitely help the colors stay true and bold.


The Dodo (WLP126) is a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a glossy finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and mostly opaque. I found it had semi-sheer pigmentation which caused it to look slightly uneven at times, but only at close inspection. The Dodo wore well for +4 hours and lightly bled over time. (4/5) *in comparison to By-The-Bye, The Dodo is more sheer, a tad lighter and cooler toned.

Bye-The-By (WLP134) is a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a luminous finish. It had good, mostly opaque pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly across the lips. This shade had a thinner consistency that felt more like a gloss and lightly bled over time. Bye-The-By lasted +4 hours and left behind a faint stain. (4/5) *in comparison to The Dodo, By-The-Bye is more opaque, slightly darker and warmer toned.

Tinkling (WLP123) is a light-medium pink with hints of yellow, warm undertones and a luminous finish. This shade had rich, opaque pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly. It had a thicker consistency that didn't feather or bleed over time. Tinkling wore well for +4 hours before fading. (5/5)

How Puzzling (WLP129) is a medium-dark, rose pink with warm undertones and a luminous finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly mostly opaque and had good pigmentation. Although it did have a thicker consistency, it did bleed ever-so-slightly over time. How Puzzling wore well for +4 hours. (4/5) 

The March Here (WLP128) is a medium-dark, muted burnt orange with warm undertones and a luminous finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and had good pigmentation. While it was mostly opaque, I did find my natural lip coloring did show through in some areas. The March Here wore well for +4 hours. (5/5)

Amuse Us (WLP135) is a medium, brightened orange with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that didn't feather or bleed during wear. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and left a nice glossy shine to the lips. Amuse Us wore well for +4.5 hours. (5/5)

Hello. Goodbye. (WLP133) is a medium, brightened yellow with cool undertones and a luminous finish. This shade applied smoothly, mostly even and semi-opaque. I found the color lightly separated in the fine lines of my lips some areas, but the vibrant nature made it less visible. Hello. Goodbye. wore well for +3 hours. (4/5)

Tea Time (WLP120) is a light-medium, muted chartreuse with cool undertones and a luminous finish. While this shade had rich pigmentation, I did find that the color settled into the fine lines of my lips over time and/or could look almost streaky at times. Otherwise, it applied smoothly and mostly even. Tea Time lasted +3 hours before fading. (4/5)

Dream Me Up (WLP119) is a blackened forest green with cool undertones, green micro-sparkle and a metallic finish. This shade applied sheer, uneven and only semi-opaque. Worn alone, I found the color settled into fine lines, but the metallic sparkle was still highly noticeable. This specific shade would work best being paired over a lipstick, like a black, for much better results. Dream Me Up wore well for +3.5 hours. (3/5)

Mary Unbirthday (WLP125) is a medium, brightened sky blue with cool undertones and a luminous finish. It applied smoothly, semi-even and mostly opaque. It had intense pigmentation, but I found my natural lip color did show through and altered the shade in some areas. Mary Unbirthday lasted +4 hours before fading. (4/5)

Splashed (WLP121) is a medium-dark, muted steel blue with hints of grey, cool undertones and a luminous finishThis shade applied smoothly, mostly even and semi-opaque. It had rich pigmentation that didn't bleed, but again, my natural lip color did show through at times. Splashed wore well for +3.5 hours.(4/5)

Spoke Fancy (WLP122) is a darkened purple berry with warm undertones, fuchsia violet micro-sparkle and a metallic finish. It applied smoothly, mostly even and quite sheer. The metallic finish was beautiful on the lips even though the color did tend to lightly settle in any fine lines. This was another shade to have a thinner consistency but didn't feather or bleed over time. Spoke Fancy lasted +3.5 hours. (4/5)

Talking Flowers (WLP132) is a medium, brightened purple magenta with cool undertones and a luminous finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and mostly opaque. It had intense pigmentation that didn't feather or bleed over time. This was one of the best performing shades from the bunch. Talking Flowers lasted +4 hours before fading.(5/5)

Unanimous (WLP127) is a medium-dark, chocolate brown with hints of red, warm undertones and a luminous finishThis shade had rich pigmentation, but I found the color applied unevenly and appeared almost patchy. It had a thinner consistency that bled easily over time and left behind a faint stain. Unanimous wore well for +3.5 hours. (4/5)

 
Red Queen (WLP131) is a medium, brightened cherry red with neutral undertones and a glossy finish. It had intense pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly across lips. Although this was another shade to have a thinner consistency, it barely bled over time and didn't appear streaky. Red Queen lasted +4 hours and left behind a stain. (5/5)

Golden Afternoon (WLP136) is a medium-dark, berry red with warm undertones and a glossy finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and mostly opaque. It had rich pigmentation, but I found my natural lip color did show through causing it to look lighter in some areas. Golden Afternoon lasted +4 hours and lightly bled over time. (5/5)

 
Little Bumblebee (WLP124) is a true black with neutral undertones and a glossy finish. This shade applied sheer, uneven and semi-opaque. It had a thinner consistency and the color easily settled into fine lines. By itself, this shade looks horribly patchy on the lips—but it would make an excellent shade to pair over dark lipsticks or to mix with other Lip Paints to create a custom shade. Little Bumblebee lasted +2 hours. (2/5)

Curious Oysters (WLP130) is a true white with neutral undertones and a glossy finish. Again, this shade was sheer, uneven, streaky and liked to settle into any fine lines on my lips. It had a thinner consistency and would work great to mix and match with other Lip Paints to create custom shades. Curious Oysters lasted +1.5 hours. (2/5)

Overall, these are a really great, affordable alternative to OCC Lip Tars ($18 USD for 0.33 oz.) While they typically only last +3-4 hours average on their own; they are a relatively cheap, fun way to experiment with lip colors, or to add an extra intensely pigmented pop with a subtle glossy shine over other products.

So whether you're already a fan of Lip Tars, of you've been wanting to give them a go, the J.Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paints are worth checking out!

Available in 36 shades from JCatBeauty.com