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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.

Read on for swatches and more pictures of this beautiful palette!

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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: 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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Gone swatching: ABH blush trios

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While in New York, I got to swatch a ton of new releases at the giant Sephora in midtown. I was really interested in these because Anastasia Beverly Hills seems to be the unofficial queen of cheek products, but they have yet to introduce a blush.

I was really happy with the colour selection in these. A lot of times, blushes completely ignore deeper skin tones, but there are plenty of deeper and brighter blushes. Let’s check it out!

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Gone swatching: bite beauty nearly neons collection

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Bite beauty has finally created the antithesis to their popular Edgy Neutrals lipstick line. Both lines are using their amazing amuse bouche formula that I’ve raved about here and here. It’s creaming, long wearing, and super pigmented.

I was thrilled when I saw on their Instagram that Bite Beauty launched this collection of vibrant neons. By the way, there’s nothing “nearly neon” about this. These are pure neon lipsticks.

It’s amazing when brands launch collections featuring unconventional colors and more interesting shades then your average line of boring nude lipsticks. While I’m not planning on buying any of these lipsticks because (for now) purple lipstick isn’t something I wear, I think this collection is perfect for people who love colorful lipsticks.

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Gone swatching: Tarte clay face shaping palette

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While I was in New York I got the chance to visit the largest Sephora in the world, stocked with all the newest releases, one of which being this palette. I was really excited for the launch of this on Tarte and I was super excited to test it out for myself.

Tarte describes this as a palette that can be used to sculpt all parts of your face. You can use this as eyeshadow, brow powder, contour powder or bronzing powder. All of the shades in this are matte.

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Gone swatching: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche liquified lipsticks

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In my opinion, Bite Beauty can do no wrong. I love their Amuse Bouche lipsticks (review here), and I’ve also recently tested out their whipped cherry lip scrub and their priming stick. I typically don’t use either of those things because I can easily make a lip scrub myself and I get lazy when lip looks require multiple steps because that’s hard to apply on the go.

However, in the time I’ve tested those items out, I’ve loved them. Bite beauty products are all natural which is great especially for a lipstick company because I care most about how natural products are if they’re on my lips.

I was at the Bite Beauty lip lab in New York (post on that soon!) while I was there last week where they had the entire Amuse Bouche liquified lipstick for sale and to test. I, of course,  jumped at the chance to swatch it all took photos to share with all of you!

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