Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NARS Audacious Lipsticks | Anita and Brigitte

NARS' Audacious Lipsticks ($32; are their newest launch for fall - its a rich, creamy, full coverage lipstick with a moisturizing formula that comes in 40 shades. The range in general has amazing color payoff and some fabulous colors ranging from neutrals to bright pinks, deep plums and reds. *Press Sample

I tried out two shades, both very wearable rosy pinks - Anita and Brigitte. Anita is a dusky, rosy nude while Brigitte is more of a light pinky neutral. They are both neutrals for my skintone, but can look more pink if your lips aren't as pigmented. Both colors go on true to how they look in the tube and have great pigmentation in just one single swipe. They have a slight sheen, but the overall finish is a satin matte. Anita is a beautiful pink that covers my pigmented lips well and doesn't wash me out. Brigitte is more of lighter pink that can wash me out if worn alone, so I prefer it with a smokey eye or under a gloss.  The packaging of the Audacious lipsticks are really nice - they come packaged in sleek, matte black magnetic cases. They wear well too - I get about 5-6 hours from these. Overall, amazing formula that feels super creamy and very comfortable to wear even though my lips are on the drier side. I like how these can be sheered out as well since they have enough color to be worn as a stain or under a gloss. Anita has got to be my favorite of the two!

L-R : Anita, Brigitte

Wearing the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita

Have you checked out the new Audacious Lipsticks by NARS yet?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace, Agave Lip Mask Champagne

Two new launches from Bite Beauty, the Matte Creme Lip Crayons ($24; and the Champagne Agave Lip Mask ($26; have been among my recent favorite lip products. Bite sent me the Champagne hued Lip Mask and the Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace to try out, so here are some pictures, thoughts and swatches!

The Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace is a dusty rose and a wearable nude pink for my pigmented lips. It has mauve undertones that help cover my natural lip pigmentation and the rich pigment covers in one stroke. The texture is a creamy, satin matte and the color turns up looking just as it does in the tube. The finish can get a tad flat looking as the day goes by and while not the most drying matte, it can be a little drying if you, like me, have very dry lips to start with. I love the packaging and the twist up mechanism with the not so chubby tip that helps with slightly precise lining.

The Agave Lip Mask in Champagne is a sheer, shimmery golden pink that works alone and looks particularly amazing over the matte lip crayon. I found the texture of the Champagne Lip Mask to be a tad thicker and a little more sticky than the original. It does feel just as moisturizing as the original and there's no grittiness from the added shimmer. The newly designed tube is nice too, no cracks so far as well. Overall, both are fabulous products and I love layering them both -  the Champagne Agave Lip Mask over the Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace - the end result is a gorgeous rosy pink with a lovely sheen!

L-R : Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace, Bite Beauty Champagne Agave Lip Mask

Wearing  Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace topped of with  Bite Beauty Champagne Agave Lip Mask

Have you tried any of these products from Bite Beauty?

*Press Sample

Anastasia Amrezy Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia's limited-edition Amrezy Eye Shadow Palette ($29;; Ulta stores) features ten metallic and matte eye shadows in a compact palette. The colors themselves are gorgeous and pair well with one another and work alone as sheer washes too. I found the eyshadows to be pretty pigmented and quite blendable as well. *Press Sample

The matte shades are a tad more smoother than the metallic finishes and make for great colors for the crease. Caramel especially is a beautiful warm matte brown that works even as a transition shade or to soften colors. There is a little bit of fallout from the top row, especially from Emerald and Glisten, so I'd suggest patting them on with fingers or a firm, densely packed brush. The matte shades go on smooth and blend much better. Overall though, its a really nice, wearable palette where every shade is something I'd actually get use out of and particularly love the mix of shimmer and matte!

What are your thoughts on the Anastasia Amrezy Eyeshadow Palette?