—March 30, 2015—

MAC x Philip Treacy Collection


MAC released their newest collection MAC x Philip Treacy on March 26, 2015 online and April 2, 2015 in-stores. The collection featured limited edition lipsticks, fluidlines, paint pots, highlighting powders and a mascara.

"M∙A∙C Philip Treacy represents a unique partnership – London’s leading couture hat designer collaborating with the world’s boldest makeup brand. Going back through his extraordinary career, Treacy culled inspiration from his work to create a trio of sensational headpieces that showcase the structure of the face. Paired with each hat, a collection of products that enhances the face’s most evocative features."
Here's what I picked up from the collection...

Lipstick $16 USD / $19 CAD (0.10 oz.) [LE]
  •  Cardinal is described as a yellow burgundy red. [Satin]

  •  Hollywood Cerise is described as a magenta berry. [Satin]

  •  No Faux Pas is described as a yellow hot pink. [Matte]
Cardinal is a medium-dark red with warm undertones and a satin finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly, mostly opaque and had good pigmentation. Cardinal wore well for +5.5 hours and was a tad drying over time. (5/5)
Hollywood Cerise is a medium, pink berry with cool undertones and a satin finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly, opaque and had good pigmentation. Hollywood Cerise wore well for +5 hours and left behind a faint stain. (5/5)
No Faux Pas is a bright, fuchsia with cool undertones and a matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly, fully opaque and had rich pigmentation. The formula was lightly creamy but a tad drying over time. No Faux Pas lasted +7 hours before fading and left behind a stain(5/5)  *This shade was previously released this past holiday in the Heirloom Mix Collection.

Fluidline $16 USD / $19 CAD (0.10 oz.)
  •  Blacktrack is described as a solid flat black. [P]

  •  Blue Peep is described as a bright flat teal. [P]

  •  Royal Wink is described as a bright royal blue. [LE]
Blacktrack is a dark black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. This shade dries to a completely flat matte and is mostly opaque in a single stroke and can easily be layered for a fully opaque coverage. Blacktrack wore well for +11 hours. (5/5) *This shade is also being released in the upcoming MAC is Beauty Collection.
Blue Peep is a medium, brightened blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. This shade also dried to a flat matte finish and could be easily layered for a fully opaque coverage. Blue Peep wore well for +11 hours. (5/5) *This shade is also being released in the upcoming MAC is Beauty Collection.
Royal Wink is a medium, brightened cobalt blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. This shade has an almost slippery consistency which made it difficult to layer the product over itself as it would sheer the color out. Royal Wink had decent pigmentation in a single stroke and wore well for +10 hours. (4/5) *This shade is limited edition.
MAC x Philip Treacy Collection

MAC x Philip Treacy Collection

MAC x Philip Treacy Lipsticks
(L-R: No Faux Pas, Hollywood Cerise, Cardinal)

MAC x Philip Treacy Lipsticks
(L-R: No Faux Pas, Hollywood Cerise, Cardinal)

MAC x Philip Treacy Lipsticks
(L-R: No Faux Pas, Hollywood Cerise, Cardinal)

MAC x Philip Treacy Lipstick in Cardinal

MAC x Philip Treacy Lipstick in Cardinal

MAC x Philip Treacy Lipstick in Cardinal

MAC x Philip Treacy Lipstick in Cardinal

MAC x Philip Treacy Lipstick in Hollywood Cerise

MAC x Philip Treacy Lipstick in Hollywood Cerise

MAC x Philip Treacy Lipstick in Hollywood Cerise

MAC x Philip Treacy Lipstick in Hollywood Cerise

MAC x Philip Treacy Lipstick in No Faux Pas

MAC x Philip Treacy Lipstick in No Faux Pas

MAC x Philip Treacy Lipstick in No Faux Pas

MAC x Philip Treacy Lipstick in No Faux Pas

MAC x Philip Treacy Fluidline in Blacktrack

MAC x Philip Treacy Fluidline in Blacktrack

MAC x Philip Treacy Fluidline in Blacktrack

MAC x Philip Treacy Fluidline in Blue Peep

MAC x Philip Treacy Fluidline in Blue Peep

MAC x Philip Treacy Fluidline in Blue Peep

MAC x Philip Treacy Fluidline in Royal Wink

MAC x Philip Treacy Fluidline in Royal Wink

MAC x Philip Treacy Fluidline in Royal Wink

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

—March 23, 2015—

BITE Butter Cream Lipsticks


Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipsticks (0.15 oz.) individually retail for $28 USD ($32 CAD) and are available in eight shades. They are said to be "a creamy lipstick in universal nude and neutral shades."

Pecan is described as a warm dusty pink. [P]
Rosewood is described as a plum rose. [P]
"Enhance your natural lip color with BITE’s Butter Cream Lipstick. To achieve the creamiest lipstick, BITE developed a technique to hand cut each bullet, removing the outer waxy layer to expose each lipstick’s impossibly creamy core. Infused with five nourishing, aromatic butters, including lavender, shea, almond, pomegranate, and chamomile, this hand-cut and flat tipped bullet delivers portable, easy application in a range of universal, wearable nudes and neutrals that leave a silky finish."
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 bullet with a silicone texture. They feature a magnetic closure and are heavier, more weighted than your standard lipstick tube. The lipsticks also have a subtle, natural fruit scent that comes more from the ingredients, instead of being an added fragrance, so the scent isn't overbearing or sickening in any way.

The main selling point of these Butter Cream Lipsticks is that they are hand cut which is said to "remove the outer waxy layer to expose the lipsticks impossibly creamy core." (I should mention the "hand cut" font shown on the lipstick is simply a clear paper tab that is placed over the top.) I can see the blunt, flat edge possibly being troublesome for those with smaller lips, but application was still easy—although I do prefer the traditional teardrop shape.

Pecan is a medium, brown with hints of peach, warm undertones and a creamy finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly, fully opaque and had great pigmentation. It had a slightly thicker, creamy consistency that was moisturizing when worn and didn't move around on the lips. Pecan wore well for +5.5 hours. (5/5)
Rosewood is a medium, dusty rose plum with warm undertones and a creamy finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly, mostly opaque and had good pigmentation. Again, it had a slightly thicker, creamy consistency that was moisturizing and didn't slide around on the lips. Rosewood wore well for +5.5 hours. (5/5)

Overall, these lipsticks come in a great range of neutral to nude shades and the formula is hydrating, richly pigmented and very comfortable to wear. Whether the "hand cut" design actually improves the quality will be up to you, but I found the Butter Cream Lipsticks to be just as creamy as their Luminous Creme Lipsticks just with a slightly thicker consistency. As most of you know, Bite Beauty make some of my favorite lipsticks and these are a great addition to their already phenomenal line—of course, I highly recommend checking them out!

Available now exclusively from Sephora.

Bite Beauty Butter Creme Lipsticks

Bite Butter Creme Lipsticks

Bite Butter Creme Lipsticks
(Showing Magnetic Closure)

Bite Butter Creme Lipsticks
(Showing Hand Cut)

Bite Butter Creme Lipsticks
(Showing Hand Cut)

Bite Butter Creme Lipsticks
(Showing Full Product)

Bite Butter Creme Lipsticks
(L-R: Pecan, Rosewood)

Bite Butter Creme Lipsticks
(L-R: Pecan, Rosewood)

Bite Butter Creme Lipsticks
(L-R: Pecan, Rosewood)

Bite Butter Creme Lipsticks
(L-R: Pecan, Rosewood)

Bite Butter Creme Lipstick in Pecan

Bite Butter Creme Lipstick in Pecan

Bite Butter Creme Lipstick in Pecan

Bite Butter Creme Lipstick in Pecan

Bite Butter Creme Lipstick in Pecan

Bite Butter Creme Lipstick in Rosewood

Bite Butter Creme Lipstick in Rosewood

Bite Butter Creme Lipstick in Rosewood

Bite Butter Creme Lipstick in Rosewood

Bite Butter Creme Lipstick in Rosewood


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