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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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E.L.F. blush palette in light review

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I don’t consider E.L.F. to be a hyped brand like Morphe or Sigma, but it’s definitely well liked and very talked about in the beauty sphere. I’d heard a lot about this palette specifically on social media, and decided to pick it up while at my local drugstore.

Did I need more blush? No.

Was it only $6? Yes.

Into my cart it went.

E.L.F. has always seemed like a different type of drugstore brand. Their products are incredibly affordable, bested only by Wet ‘n wild. I mean, at $6, I might as well be paying for the full mirror (which is way bigger than the one that comes with Benefit Hoola and that’s 5x the price)!

Unlike most drugstore brands (I’m looking at you Milani), E.L.F. has incredibly sleek packaging. Most of it is their signature matte black, featured in this palette, but I’ve noticed how they’ve began to introduce a more high end reflective packaging.

So it’s clear that E.L.F. has a strong following for both it’s affordable prices, mostly good quality and sleek packaging.

But I was still a little skeptical. Does this palette reflect it’s price, or does it compare to those sold at Sephora and other high end stores?

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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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Burt’s Bees matte lip crayon review

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I’d always loved the Burt’s Bees normal lip balm, so I was super excited to test out their pigmented crayons. I bought mine based off the recommendation of Stephanie from the Beauty Bucketeer (read her review here) and loved the way Niagara overlook looked on her. When I got to the store, I was worried Niagara overlook would be too dark, so I picked up Sedona sands first. Later, I bought Carolina coast and most recently picked up Niagara overlook which I mentioned in a recent haul.

Keep reading for swatches and my thoughts on them!

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