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gone swatching: fenty beauty Mattemoiselle lipsticks

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I’ve been following all of the new Fenty Beauty releases, but thus far there hasn’t been anything I’ve wanted to try myself. I talked about my opinions on the products that had come out thus far in this post on the Galaxy palette.

I do want to mention that just because those products don’t work for me, doesn’t mean I don’t like them. The famous foundation would be terrible for my (mostly) dry skin, but I couldn’t support the shade range more.

But these lipsticks? These work for me. I love lipsticks and really don’t need any excuses to buy more than I have, but I think I’m in love with them.

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Gone swatching: bite beauty prismatic pearl multisticks

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I love bite beauty. You can see all my posts on them here, the Amuse Bouche lipsticks made it into my top list of lipsticks, and the matte multisticks made it into my December favorites!

But these multisticks?

These aren’t great.

I feel bad writing a negative bite beauty post because I really like their products, but I honestly can’t comprehend how these made it past testing. Clearly they were designed for editorial makeup, but they don’t seem good enough for even that.

The highlighter market is so oversaturated at this point, so if a company wants to release something new it should be both high quality and innovative. I can’t really call this innovative because it’s basically creamy glitter.

Overall, I think this is a really bad release. I was so excited because I really love the matte formula, but was disappointed overall.

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Gone swatching: too faced white chocolate bar

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So Too Faced has recently launched two new palettes from their popular chocolate bar line: the white Chocolate Bar palette, aimed at lighter skin tones, and the Chocolate Gold palette, aimed at deeper skin tones. This post will be focusing on the white chocolate palette.

Recently, Too Faced has been releasing many products, and not many of those products have received positive reviews. That made me all the more interested to test these out in store, because that’s the only way I can really test for the quality myself.

I’ve been happy with my Peachy Mattes palette, which is the only Too Faced palette I own, so let’s see how these two compare!

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Gone swatching: RMS wild with desire lipsticks

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So Anthropolgie has a killer natural beauty section (and the store near me has recently revamped it) so I have a ton of natural beauty swatches to share.

As you know, between my raving about the un-cover up (I wear shade 00) and the living luminizer, I’m a fan of RMS, a brand that specialized in simple makeup with natural ingredients. So imagine my excitement when I found out RMS was launching lipsticks! I’m a huge lipstick fan, so I was so excited to try them out, as well as one lip liner.

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Gone swatching: Bite beauty holiday collection

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In this post I’ll be swatching, reviewing, and calculating the actual value of all the holiday gift sets Bite Beauty has to offer this year.

As with all gift sets, Sephora offers a supposed “value” of the product you’re getting. While it’s easy to tell if that’s true with a couple of full-sized products, things get dicier when you’re dealing with minis, or minis of different prices.

To figure out the true value of a set, first I calculate the price per ounce (like in this post), and then multiply that by the amount of ounces in the kit. From there, I get the true value of the kit. More often than not (unless you’re Hourglass) the value of the kit is over the price of the kit, meaning you’re getting more value than you’re paying for, which is good. However, equally often, the value of the kit is under the value Sephora states, meaning it’s not as good of a deal as you think it is.

Essentially, I’ll be breaking down the makeup kits Bite Beauty has to offer this year based on their value, and providing swatches. Let’s get into it!

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Gone swatching: Huda beauty desert dusk palette

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This gone swatching post is a little different, mainly because I took the photos in my house, with my backdrop, of a nearly untouched palette, I just didn’t own.

For this, I thank Melissa Korn, the amazing makeup artist, who let me borrow some of her palettes to swatch and play with them for my blog. Thank you!

I wasn’t that interested in this palette, until I watched it and saw how beautiful the shimmery and duo chrome shades are. Now, I’m attempting to convince myself I don’t need it.

Key word: attempting.

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Gone swatching: fenty beauty galaxy eyeshadow palette

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I adore Rihanna, so when Fenty beauty first launched, I was convinced I would buy everything without even knowing what it was. However once it launched and I had the opportunity to try it in store (with a mob of people around it, I should add) the hype sort of died down for me.

I believe that this collection is of amazing quality, however it’s not for me in a couple ways.

a) I have dry/combination skin, so I don’t focus on making my face look super matte. This rules out the foundation, primer, blotting paper, and the concealer match stix.

b) The highlighters felt either very glittery, or too much like other highlights I had. Trophy wife was unique, however I most definitely can not pull off a true gold highlight. I can hardly pull off BECCA champagne pop!

On the other hand, I’m excited to potentially try out the gloss bomb and the shimmer match stix or the contour match stix.

So now that I’ve introduced you to Fenty Beauty and my thoughts on their first collection, I will now give you the (literal) star of the holiday collection: the Galaxy Eyeshadow palette.

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Gone swatching: Charlotte tilbury hollywood lips

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I got to check out the beautiful new lipsticks by Charlotte tilbury at a recent trip to Nordstrom. I was really interested in them, because aside from a few Instagram posts I hadn’t seen much about them.

The set of colors are fairly basic– a ton of nudes, some reds, and some deep plum shades. The packaging is beautiful (of course) and the formula seemed like a mousse, and not very drying. It reminded me a lot of the Julep It’s Whipped lipsticks and the Burberry lip velvets. However, this means it’s not going to be smear proof, transfer proof, or very long wearing. If you want a long wearing lipstick, I recommend the Too Faced melted matte lipsticks (see swatches here and here).

The real question I had was if these were going to be different then the other liquid lipsticks available for sale. The liquid lipstick market is so oversaturated, and at this point there’s a color and formula for basically everything. Are these unique in any way, or do they simply blend in?

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Gone swatching: hourglass confessional lipstick

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So hourglass recently launched an extremely expensive line of refillable lipsticks, something I don’t completely understand. I think the point of these is that you buy one base and multiple lipstick tubes and swap them out when you want to use them, or you can buy the whole lipstick.

I think the main thing people were confused about was how the full lipstick retails for $34 and only comes with .03 oz of product. For comparison, the Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo costs $32 and comes with .09 oz of product. For the lipsticks in the same price range, Burberry Kisses lipstick costs $34 and has .11 oz of product and the YSL volupté tint in balm costs the same price and has .11 oz of product. What I’m trying to saw here is that this is incredibly expensive for an already expensive brand.

So does it hold up to it’s high price?

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