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Bite Beauty Lip Pencils (Review & Swatches)

Bite Beauty Lip Pencils

I’m always sooo curious when Bite Beauty decides to venture outside of doing just lipsticks. Granted, their brand new Lip Pencils (and subsequent lip pencil shade extension launch) is still very much FOR YOUR LIPS, but I’m still always like “oooo”. And frankly, I suppose a lip pencil is long overdue for them since they ARE so known for their lipsticks, but hey, I’m intrigued, okay?

Bite Beauty Lip Pencils
Bite Beauty Lip Pencils

When Bite launched their lip pencils, they basically boomed into Sephora. And onto Influenster (seriously, who DIDN’T see those on blogs, Instagram and Twitter??). The shade selection was impressive at the time, and even more so now since they’ve launched additional colours. Looks for a navy lip liner? You got it! Black? YES! And white too!

Bite Beauty Lip Pencils
Bite Beauty Lip Pencils

The Bite Beauty version of the lip pencil is what I would call fairly standard: it’s a wooden pencil that you sharpen with any old standard sized eye/lip pencil sharpener. The lip pencils contain whipped shea butter and glide on the lips smoothly. These are not a stiff, overly drying lip pencils – I was impressed with how easily it was to pencil in my lips without causing ANY dragging. As a result, you may find the formula is on the softer side, which will require a little bit more sharpening than some of the dryer, harder formulas out there.

Bite Beauty Lip Pencils - swatches
Bite Beauty Lip Pencils – swatches

I was sent a wide variety of shades, which was really, really nice since it gave me the opportunity to play around with the differences between shades. I was really, REALLY happy to see that 054 shade. A colour to match my Bite Squid Ink lipstick?? Heck YES!

Bite Beauty Lip Pencils – Lip Swatches

Bite Beauty Lip Pencil - 046
Bite Beauty Lip Pencil – 046
Bite Beauty Lip Pencil - 054
Bite Beauty Lip Pencil – 054
Bite Beauty Lip Pencil - 074
Bite Beauty Lip Pencil – 074
Bite Beauty Lip Pencil - 078
Bite Beauty Lip Pencil – 078
Bite Beauty Lip Pencil - 092
Bite Beauty Lip Pencil – 092
Bite Beauty Lip Pencil - 100
Bite Beauty Lip Pencil – 100

Final Thoughts

I did the daring thing (for me) and wore these under lipstick without any primer. For those new here, I am incredibly prone to lip line bleed out unless I use a lip primer so I was basically taking my life in my hands while testing these out. (A bit dramatic, I know.) What I experienced was very interesting – even with a super creamy lipstick, this lip pencil gave me the most amount of protection towards lip line bleed out that I have ever experienced outside of primer. Sure, there was a tiny bit of bleedout, but considering I am usually required to wear a lip primer with any lipstick, this was extremely impressive. So two big thumbs up for that.

Lip line bleed out covered – I can assure you that these are a very comfortable lip liner to wear because they are inherently creamy. That being said, they’re not so creamy that you’ll find your lipstick moving around (huge plus). It’s like it’s creamy, but dry enough to stay put, but definitely not uncomfortable.

The only downside though? I’m not a huge fan of the cap – I think it’s designed really weirdly and could be done a lot better.

Overall, if you like lip pencils, you can’t go wrong with these. I like them not only because they’re lovely, but also because they’ve got some oddball shades covered in there. Hooray for not just your standard nudes, pinks and reds!

The Bite Beauty Lip Pencils can be purchased at sephora.ca for $20 CAD each or on sephora.com for $18 USD.

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Aurora (Review & Swatches)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Aurora

At this point it should be no surprise that I go bananas over every new Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit launch. It first started with Gleam, then I fell madly in love with Moonchild and Sweets, and then finally I tried out the Nicole Guerriero palette. So I was ecstatic when we discovered that the new Aurora palette was going to be available at IMATS New York when we were there last month!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Aurora
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Aurora

I had a few up and down moments with this palette. The shots online looked absolutely glorious: the shades were very different than the previous Glow Kit launches and they seemed really, really beautiful. However, when I got my hands on it IRL, I felt a bit deflated. The colours seemed less saturated (possibly a good thing), but it also seemed like the WEIRDEST mix of colours for a Glow Kit. (That being said, there’s so many highlighters on the market that it can be hard to top every previous launch, so I do understand why the colours are a bit kooky.)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Aurora
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Aurora

As a result, I spent a bit of time looking at this palette being like “what the heck?”. And I think I finally figured out why I felt that way: on my skin tone, the shades I was most excited about (Spectra and Orion) verge on being unwearable. I’ve seen a few people commenting that this is much better for deeper skin tones than myself, so that may be a potential factor.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Aurora - swatches
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Aurora – swatches

Taking a look at the shades, four of them are “easy enough” to wear: Eclipse, Luna, Helia and Lyra. Spectra and Orion are extremely colour heavy and when I wear them on my face I feel like I am overtly aware of my highlighter. I know that’s a weird thing to say for someone who does love off-colour highlighter (blues and greens are my favourite), but there’s something about those shades that just doesn’t work for me right out of the gate.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Aurora – Face Swatches

Let’s take a look at the individual face shots:

Wearing Eclipse
Wearing Eclipse

In the pan, Eclipse looks very peach but I feel it comes out more pink-toned on my skin.

Wearing Luna
Wearing Luna

Luna is a silver-white that would fall under your basic “silver-white” highlighter category.

Wearing Spectra
Wearing Spectra

Spectra is very, very interesting. It a pigmented purple with a pink reflect. The face shot is not showing nearly the amount of pigment that comes off on this colour – it can be very difficult for me to wear. I can’t go in full blast and I do have to have a bit of a tan (my body is tanned and I’m wearing a darker foundation in these shots) to make this colour work.

Wearing Helia
Wearing Helia

Helia is the most incredible looking colour in the pan – it’s a weird green-yellow hybrid that comes off a lot more golden on the cheekbones. This is a LOT more wearable than the pan makes it look.

Wearing Orion
Wearing Orion

Orion is a total failure on me and I have no clue how to make this one work. While the shot above looks okay-ish, in person it’s a disaster. This is a straight up blue streak on my face with a highly reflective sheen.

Wearing Lyra
Wearing Lyra

My favourite of the whole lot is Lyra. In the pan it’s very orange (which I’ve been looking for in a highlighter), but it comes out beautifully peachy on my cheeks. This shade does have some specks of glitter in the pan – which doesn’t bother me, but I know some people do not want glitter in their highlighters.

Final Thoughts

I don’t know how I feel about this palette. Maybe just neutral? The Aurora Glow Kit has a nice array of shades that haven’t been available in any of the previous Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighter palettes. I appreciate this, but I’m also starting to feel totally tapped out on highlighters now because I feel like we’ve explored every single shade that’s out there that could be workable. It’s entirely possible that this Kit would look better on a deeper skin tone and just missed the mark for me in that respect (which is fine! Not everything is or should be tailored to paler skin tones!). Alternatively, you could also use these as eyeshadows but that’s not something I find myself doing with highlighting palettes.

In the end, for me, I do feel that this is a barely wearable palette and I much prefer the Moonchild and Sweets palettes (which are still available on their web site). So if you want to pick up a Glow Kit, I’d steer you more towards those.

If you’ve tried this palette out, I would love to hear your thoughts!

NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg (Review & Swatches)

NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg

NARS has just recently launched their Charlotte Gainsbourg collection- a 15-piece collection of which I have two items. For those uncultured fools (I’d be one of them), Charlotte Gainsbourg is a French woman born from two icons: British movie star and Hermès muse Jane Birkin (Birkin bag anyone?) and French music legend Serge Gainsbourg. Interestingly enough, Gainsbourg has been quoted as saying she doesn’t wear much makeup and the best piece of advice she ever received (in regards to makeup) was “to not put too much on”.

NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg
NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg

So perhaps it’s for that reason that the collection focuses a lot on glowing tints of colour (although the eyeshadow duos say otherwise) via the Multiple Tints, the Hydrating Glow Tint, as well as the Lip Tints. The bulk of the collection is geared towards natural beauty and sheerness – an effortless aesthetic that is often associated with the French.

NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg - Multiple Tint in Jeanette
NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg – Multiple Tint in Jeanette

Most interesting to me was the Multiple Tint. I have a few Multiples (which is NARS‘ version of a combo lip and cheek product, although I almost always wear it on my cheeks) that are a chockful of colour which means you need to tread lightly with the product. While it can be nice to have full pigmentation, for the summer, and on my cheeks, that’s generally not what I’m going for. I want something more luminous, sheer, but with a solid wash of colour.

And the Multiple Tint delivers! This particular shade is Jeanette – a sheer berry by their standards (and a poppy pink by mine!).

NARS Kohliner in Zinc
NARS Kohliner in Zinc

The other item I tried out is the Kohliner in Zinc – a slate grey pencil that you’s swear was actually blue by that colour tag at the bottom of the pencil. This is a twist up product (but be careful – it doesn’t wist back down!) that smudges out easily. You’ve got plenty of time to layer it on your eye and then go in with a brush before it sets. Once it does set though – it’s definitely not going anywhere!

NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg swatches - Multiple Tint in Jeanette and Kohliner in Zinc
NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg swatches – Multiple Tint in Jeanette and Kohliner in Zinc

The Multiple Tint in Jeanette is absolute perfection in my books – that’s the EXACT colour I want on my cheeks when I’m going for that flushed look. And I love how it’s got a hint of sheerness to it – makes for much easier blending on the cheeks. Although it appears creamy in my swatch, rest assured that it dries down completely on the cheeks.

I’m not much of a eye pencil person (liquid’s my jam) but the Kohliner in Zinc is very easy to use. I appreciate how it glides on smoothly with minimal fussing. I also seriously appreciate the fact that it doesn’t dry down immediately and there’s some wiggle room – I was able to go in with a pencil brush after layering it down to smoke it out a little bit.

Wearing the Kohliner in Zinc smudged along my upper lash line
Wearing the Kohliner in Zinc smudged along my upper lash line

Wearing Zinc along my upper lash line. I was able to layer it down, smudge it with a pencil, and then add a bit more to roots of my lashes to add depth.

Wearing the Multiple Tint in Jeanette on my lips and cheeks
Wearing the Multiple Tint in Jeanette on my lips and cheeks

For reference, I have some bronzer on towards the back of my cheekbones, but I’m not wearing any highlighter. What you see on my cheeks and lips is only the Multiple Tint in Jeanette.

Full face wearing the Multiple Tint in Jeanette on my lips and cheeks, and the Kohliner in Zinc on upper lash line
Full face wearing the Multiple Tint in Jeanette on my lips and cheeks, and the Kohliner in Zinc on upper lash line

Final Thoughts

Although I only tried two products from the NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg collection, I was quite enchanted by them. The Kohliner is really quite nice, even though it’s not a product that’s in my usual wheelhouse of looks. The Multiple Tint though… that thing has stolen my heart. Any kind of cheek tint in that kind of luscious red colour is an absolute win for me.

Did anything from this collection pique your interest? Let me know!

To check out the whole NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg collection, take a peek at it on sephora.ca or on sephora.com.

 The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration.

tarte Clay Pot Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liners (Review & Swatches)

tarte Clay Pot Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liners

I’ve accidentally turned this blogging week into tarte week! But I ain’t mad about it because they make some absolutely glorious products. Today’s post is all about these beautiful bright coloured gems – the Clay Pot Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liners.

tarte Clay Pot Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liners
tarte Clay Pot Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liners

tarte actually makes one of my favourite gel pot style eyeliners ever (which can be evidenced by my absolutely decimated empty of it from a post a few years back), so I was really excited to try out their brightly coloured versions as well.

tarte Clay Pot Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liners
tarte Clay Pot Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liners

Sephora has these listed as a limited edition item that is available only online (just in case you were looking in stores).

tarte Clay Pot swatches - Prom Queen, Crystal Ball, Bubblegym, Lucky Penny, Margarita and Blue Moon
tarte Clay Pot swatches – Prom Queen, Crystal Ball, Bubblegym, Lucky Penny, Margarita and Blue Moon

How much fun are these colours? I’m especially in love with Crystal Ball which has an a ridiculous amount of sparkle and sheen to it, Lucky Penny which is just an absolutely stunning melted copper colour and Blue Moon which is electrifying!

tarte Clay Pot Eye Swatches

Wearing Prom Queen
Wearing Prom Queen

I was really, really pleased with how well Prom Queen came out on the eye. I had been a little bit skeptical based on my swatch, but it came out beautifully!

Wearing Crystal Ball
Wearing Crystal Ball

Crystal Ball floored me. This is like the ultimate glitter liner without it being in a wet and sticky formula. I wore it alone, so you can see there is plenty of pigment in the product, but I bet this would look incredible on top of a black liner.

Wearing Lucky Penny
Wearing Lucky Penny

Another favourite! Lucky Penny is the kind of shade that screams my name and I loved how it looked as a winged liner. I’ve never used a colour like that for a wing, but I’m 100% sold on this look now!

Wearing Margarita
Wearing Margarita

Sadly, my Margarita pot was a little it dried out which made application a bit difficult. I also found that this shade flaked off my eyes a bit throughout the day. I attribute this to the dryness in the product from an improperly sealed lid as opposed to being inherent to the product itself though.

Wearing Bubblegum
Wearing Bubblegum

I’m not sure how often I’m likely to wear a hot pink liner, but for those of you looking for one – look no further! Bubblegum is the perfect name for this hot pink beauty.

Wearing Blue Moon
Wearing Blue Moon

Blue Moon is another favourite! Intensely pigmented and such a standout shade.

Close up to show texture
Close up to show texture

I’ve included a close up shot so you can see what the texture of the liner can look like. Because of the brightness of the shades, this will emphasize some lines around your eyes. Unlike with a black or a brown which masks any kind of lines, you will find that brighter colours will display that texture a bit more. I’m not personally concerned with it because that’s just the nature of skin – but I thought some people would want to be aware of it.

Final Thoughts

Aside from the slightly dry Margarita shade, there really isn’t a dud in the formula of the tarte Clay Pots. I do find them overall a bit less creamy than the black version, but I think that’s perhaps part of the coloured pigment base. That being said, I love these so, so much. They glide on the lids smoothly and they all have fantastic colour payoff which means you aren’t going back over your liner multiple times in order to get maximum intensity. I love how vibrant and bold the shades are – it makes me so happy!

My personal picks are Lucky Penny, Blue Moon and Crystal Ball. In particular, Crystal Ball is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in a gel pot format so I love how unique it is!

The tarte Clay Pot gel liners can be purchased on sephora.ca for $25 CAD each or on sephora.com for $21 USD. The Canadian site has wayyy more shades available by the way!

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration. Post may contain affiliate links.