Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Manicure

My absolute favourite holiday is upon us!  Naturally, I celebrated with a matching manicure, because that's how I do.

I had the idea to do an accent nail over orange or yellow with a web or bat silhouettes, but then I remembered how much I suck at drawing on my nails and went looking for decals I could use to do this.  Instead of decals, I found these nail stickers from Sally Hansen with bats and haunted houses, which were absolutely divine.  And as the perfect added bonus, these bitches glow in the dark!




The downside is they apply like shit.  I have used nail stickers before without issue, so I know I'm not the problem here.  I also wasted a sticker trying to redo one nail to make it perfect, but had the same puckering every time.  The strips themselves are just too thick to stretch out smoothly, and even if you can pull them tight enough to smooth out, they aren't sticky enough so they just pop back up again.  Not cute.

I am heartbroken over this.  I was so excited to find these, and they just won't work properly.  The gaps around the edges are like little tunnels for water to get in - they peeled half off my nail and looked like crap after my very first shower, and I had to remove them.  Why is it brands that are perfectly capable of making good products always half-ass the specialty items?  False eyelashes are thick plastic, costumes are $70 for single-ply polyester.  Just because it's "only Halloween" stuff does not mean it's okay for it to be crap.  If these stickers had been as good as regular nail wraps, I would have bought out the entire stock and used that shit year round.  People like me exist, Sally H.  And we hate you today.

Anyway, here is the best I could do.  Happily, even though they are puckered and only lasted a day, they looked cute as hell anyway during that time.


Zoya "Storm" and Sally Hansen Salon Effects


You can see that they kind of look shitty at the edges.  The thickness of the strips also made it difficult to file off the excess, so they're rough at the tips as well.  But they're just so cute, it's hard to be very mad. 


Dat glow!
 

Better luck next year, I hope!

Anyway, I replaced that with this:






Colours are OPI "It's My Prague-ative" and "Black Onyx".  The Jack-O-Lantern is Sharpie.

As an added bonus, my Halloween "costume":


Rawr

I have these ears at home, I wear them sometimes.  I actually am not even sure why, but whatever.  I do it.  So when my costume idea didn't work out, my partner suggested I could be a cat and then he remembered my ears were not the right kind for a cat.  Challenge accepted!  Lion.  (Someone at work pointed out I could also have gone cheetah, so maybe I'll try that another year).

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ragrets

I'm going to count myself lucky today, because it turns out I haven't wasted a whole ton of money on shitty products.  I went through my collection looking for things I wish I hadn't bought, and I really couldn't find much.  In fact, most of the things I don't use are things I can't use, for whatever reason.  Which is pretty good, I think.


One of those things is this travel-sized retractable kabuki brush from Sephora.




I bought this when I was still getting back into the swing of things and thought I was being so clever saving myself the cost of a $70 bronzer brush by buying this for only $22 instead.  (Which, now that I think of it, is probably more than it's worth even had I liked it).  But it's really not the brush's fault I can't use it.  See, I have this thing called haptodysphoria.  Certain textiles just give me the willies.  For example, I absolutely cannot abide fleece.  Velvet?  No thanks.  Felt?  Kill me now.  Rubbing this brush on my face?  Pure.  Fucking.  Torture.

The problem isn't even actually the brush.  The brush itself seems totally normal.  Until I brush it on my face, and it starts building up static and THAT is what sets me off about this brush.  The fact that I bought it to apply bronzer around my hairline just made it worse - rubbing the brush against my hair like that just made the static absolutely unbearable.  I don't particularly enjoy any brush on my face, if I'm to be perfectly honest, but none of my other brushes have this added problem and are thus infinitely more tolerable.

My experiences with this brush have actually conditioned me Pavlovian-style to be afraid of it.  I didn't even realize it until writing this post, but I keep this brush in a different place away from all my other makeup, somewhere I will never even have to look at it.  I'm cringing just thinking of it now, lurking nefariously in its lonely corner of the bathroom cabinet.  I should probably just give it away to someone non-haptodysphoric who might actually like it.

While browsing in that bathroom cabinet I also found this:


Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in "Vintage Black Gold"


I want to make something clear here: I actually love this shadow.  I think it's really pretty, and the metallic finish is unmatched by anything else I currently own.  That said, I have only used it twice and never will again.  Because this shadow is a literal pain to use.

What I mean is, it hurts.  I wouldn't consider myself someone who has particularly sensitive skin, but both times I used this shadow my eyelids STUNG.  The first time I thought it was just a fluke, but then it happened again the next time I used it.  I'm still occasionally tempted to use it, but I refuse to allow myself to go through with it because I know it's not a good idea. 

This is particularly unfortunate considering the outrageous cost of this shadow.  ($42!)  Even with the small discount I used when I bought it, I'm kind of pissed about this one.

Next up is Too Faced's Lash Injection mascara.


Too Faced "Lash Injection" mascara


This is the worst fucking mascara I have ever used in my life.  I am not exaggerating even a little.  I loathe this product.  And even though I only paid $6 for it I regret every penny.

This mascara is sticky.  Actually sticky, like glue or something.  When I use it, my eyelashes stick together into these weird points, which I need to use a safety pin or tweezers to separate (PS: don't do this - it's totally dangerous).  And the top lashes stick to the bottom lashes, so I have to separate those too and then keep my eye really wide long enough for it to dry so they won't just stick together again next time I blink.  Which they totally do anyway because this mascara is the worst.

As if that weren't enough, it's also this weird plastic rubber type substance, so that when I separate my lashes or pull off a clump, it stretches I swear to God like mozzarella on a cartoon pizza.




This is not something that has happened just once.  This is a normal property of this mascara.  Look, I bet I can get a photo of it:


Like this, but on my EYES


How fucking gross is that?

Probably for the same reason, this mascara comes off in pills when I wash my face.  Little rubber balls of mascara.  I think the rubberiness is meant to coat the lashes like an outer shell or something, to give the appearance of extra thickness.  (A quick look at Sephora's website confirms that it is indeed supposed to "build lush tubes" around each lash).  So I guess these issues might not bother me as much if at least this mascara looked awesome on my lashes.  But it can't even do that.



This photo is the best I could get of this mascara, I swear I tried.


So boring.  So not worth it.

The lipstick in this photo is Kat Von D's Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in "Vampira", by the way.  I initially thought it would end up on this list of regrets because I bought like 30 lipsticks last month (why?!) and a few of them were mildly similar.  On the same day I bought this and MUFE's Rouge Artist Intense #48, which is basically the same colour except glossier, and with a slightly more purple lean (this one leans a touch more brown).  I get so many compliments on the MUFE one every time I wear it that I never wore this one and forgot what it looked like.  I thought maybe I should return it, but that I'd be fair and give it one more shot before doing so.


Kat Von D "Vampira"

Yeah, I am never returning this shit ever.

(And yes, I am sticking my tongue between my teeth in that photo.  It's a habit I've always had - I have an overbite - and usually I remind myself not to do it but clearly I forgot here and didn't notice until it was too late.)

So those are my few regrets (and one almost-but-not-even-a-little-bit-a-regret).  In total less than $70 over the year.  I try to be pretty careful about what I purchase, so it's nice to know I haven't wasted a bunch of money on bad buys.  Kudos, me.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Out, Damned Pot

Today I tried something I never thought I would.  I depotted my makeup.

I didn't used to understand this.  A part of me still doesn't.  Why move makeup out of one package into another package?  Especially when the original package is a lot cuter than a bunch of randoms floating around in a plastic tray?

I guess I've reached the threshold at which things like this begin to make sense.  I have enough makeup that I can't keep it all close at hand.  I've bought storage.  And sometimes I forget about the things I have in that storage.  (Or am just too lazy to go get them when I do remember, which actually happens more often than I should probably admit).  And this is where depotting actually turns out to not be completely nuts.

See, I had this one, lonely MAC eyeshadow single laying around.  When I buy my own shadows, I buy the individual refills so I can put them into a custom palette, but this was a gift so it came as a normal shadow pot.  Just a lonely shadow hanging out in my samples and backups drawer, never getting used.  That drawer also had a couple of Benefit's boxed sets, which are just so bulky I can't keep them stacked with my palettes on the coffee table (yeah, I do my makeup on my living room couch).  So I decided to liberate them.

Benefit's kit packaging is actually pretty adorable.  I ripped up the Feelin' Dandy Lip and Cheek kit before I thought to take photos, but it looks basically like this except pink.


The Bronze of Champions

Because of the cute, I felt mildly weird about busting it up for a couple of days while I was thinking this over.  But once the decision was made and my flat iron was heating, I tore into that shit with zeal.  The Benefit ones were easy, since they're just cardboard.  A bit of ripping and peeling and prying and done.



Benefit "Dandelion" 
Don't do it this way

I cracked Hoola a little, so I decided to come at the shadow a bit differently.




You can see in the photo that the hard cardboard underneath is just stacked, so I peeled back those layers until I had the shadow in view, and then pried it off.  Then I scraped off the glue and was done.  Somehow I still managed to gouge the shadow a little, I don't know.  I'm a klutz.

For the MAC single, the process was a little more involved.  First I had to pry the tray holding the shadow out of the pot.  I used a pin because my kitchen knife was too thick.  Consequently, there is no photo of this step because it is impossible to use a safety pin as a pry-bar one-handed.  This is what it looks like once it's out, though:


MAC "Beauty Marked"


Then I stuck everything into a flat iron to melt the plastic and glue.  This is Hoola.




Some people use a candle to do this part, but that seems unnecessarily involved and dangerous, especially for someone as clumsy as me.  Speaking of which, do NOT try to grab the pans off the iron when you think they're done.  I burned myself no less than three times, because I just kept forgetting that they'd be hot.  Wtf, brain?  Get tongs or gloves or something.  Don't be like me.

For the MAC shadow, I just put that whole tray on there and let the bottom melt away from the pan.




Then I stuck my pin up through the melty bottom to pop the pan up enough to pull it out of there.




And then it was free!  I gouged this one too, because I guess I suck at doing simple things.




I put both the MAC and Benefit shadows into a MAC custom quad that just so happened to have two empty spaces.  You can tell which ones they are because they're the ones that are all fucked up.


Clockwise from bottom right: MAC "Aquadisiac", "Beauty Marked",
"Goldmine", Benefit "Thanks a Latte"
Weirdly, the MAC shadow didn't properly fit in there.  The pan is a bit shallower and the magnet wouldn't grip it properly.  I had assumed the MAC singles were just refills in individual packaging, but that doesn't seem to be the case.  This shadow is also a bit older than the others, so maybe MAC's packaging has changed in that time.  MAC's website says they have the same amount of product, so I don't know exactly what the issue is here.  The Benefit shadow also looks like it fits, but it's actually a tiny bit smaller diameter-wise, and again, there were issues with the magnet.  I had to stick magnets onto the bottom of both depotted pans to make them hold.

The Benefit blush and bronzer went into an empty MAC palette.  Both also needed magnets glued on to help them stick securely.


They look so lonely.


I put the empty MAC shadow tray back on the iron for long enough to make it soft, so that I could un-deform it enough to click it back into the pot.  It still looks a bit funky, but I'm hoping the store will let me Back-2-MAC it anyway.




And that's that.  Hopefully I'll get some more use out of these now that I can keep them with the rest of my daily stuff.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Give Me (Even) More Lip Review

This time last year I owned one lipstick.  ONE.  That one made me curious and so when I saw the "Give Me More Lip" Sephora Favourites set, it seemed like a great way to branch out and try more.  It changed my life.  Since buying that set I have been obsessively amassing lip colours.  I have so many that I probably didn't need to buy this year's kit.

But I did anyway.


Sephora Favourites "Give Me More Lip" 2014

Since I'm not a complete headcase, I did the math to make sure it was still worth my while to buy it.  For one thing, there are at least four samples in this year's set that I already own - two of those because they were also in last year's kit.  Frankly, I think that's kind of lame.  On the one hand, I can understand that these kits are meant to reach out to people who don't already own a lot of lipsticks (ahem - last year me), so putting a few tried-and-true samples in the box is probably to their benefit.  On the other, even those of us drowning in lip colour still have a few brands and colours they might not be familiar with, and as such buy this kit every year, so putting repeats in the box completely defeats the purpose of getting to try all new things.

I'm going to list all of the lipsticks in the set, along with the full-size price and what the price for the sample would be to buy it in that size separate from the kit (assuming that you could, which for most of these you can't).  I'll highlight the ones that are full-sized as well.  The ones in italics are the repeats from last year's set.  Hopefully this list will be of some value to anyone who is on the fence about whether or not it has value for them.

bareMinerals Marvelous MoxieTM Lipstick in Speak Your Mind
Full size: 0.12 oz for $23 ($191.67 per ounce)
Sample Size: 0.05 oz
= $9.58

Benefit Cosmetics Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm in Posiebalm
Full Size: 0.10 oz for $22 ($220 per ounce)
Sample Size: 0.01 oz
= $2.20

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Palomino
Full Size: 0.15 oz for $28 ($186.67 per ounce)
Sample Size: 0.07 oz
= $13.07

Buxom Mini Full Bodied lipstick in Menace 
Full Size: 0.13 oz for $26 ($200 per ounce)
Sample Size: 0.04 oz
= $8.00

Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment
Full Size: 0.15 oz for $26 ($173.33 per ounce)
Sample Size: 0.08 oz
= $13.87

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon
Travel Size: 0.03 oz for $12
Sample Size: 0.03 oz
= $12.00

(Note: this sample is actually available as an 0.03 oz travel size that is sold on its own for $12, so I used the $12 as my measurement toward the total.  The strict per-ounce cost based on the full size is $9.90 - I assume the travel size costs a bit more than that because of the packaging - but since you can't actually buy the sample sans packaging for the true per-ounce cost, I felt is was more realistic to use the travel size price as the total.)

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw 
Full Size: 0.22 oz for $24 ($109.09 per ounce)
Sample Size: 0.10 oz
= $10.91

Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Blush
Full Size: 0.15 oz for $29 ($193.33 per ounce)
Sample Size: 0.09 oz
= $17.40

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Red Armour
Full Size: 0.14 oz for $32 ($228.57 per ounce)
Sample Size: 0.09 oz
= $20.57

Make Up For Ever Waterproof Lip Liner Pencil in 3C
Full Size: 0.04 oz for $23 ($575 per ounce)
Sample Size: 0.025 oz
= $14.38

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia Lip Tar: Matte Test Tube 
Full Size: 0.33 oz for $22 ($66.67 per ounce)
Sample Size: 0.08 oz
= $5.33

(Note: this is a full size test tube at 0.08 oz, but I couldn't find an individual price for those as they're sold in kits of three tubes.  The value here is based on the full size tubes.)

Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion 
Full Size: 0.152 oz for $18 ($118.42 per ounce)
Sample Size: 0.068 oz
= $8.05

Stila Stay All Day® Vinyl Lip Gloss in Nude Vinyl (FULL SIZE)
Full Size: 0.14 oz for $32 
Sample Size: 0.14 oz 
= $32.00

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Moody
Full Size: 0.1 oz for $29 ($290 per ounce)
Sample Size: 0.06 oz
= $17.40

Tarte Lipsurgence Power Pigment in Flush (FULL SIZE)
Full Size: 0.04 for $29
Sample Size: 0.04 oz 
= $29.00

Too Faced Cosmetics La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Naked Dolly 
Full Size: 0.11 oz for $26 ($236.36 per ounce)
Sample Size: 0.05 oz
= $11.82

Too Faced Cosmetics Melted Liquefied Long Wear lipstick in Melted Fuschia
Full Size: 0.4 oz for $25 ($62.50 per ounce)
Sample Size: 0.16 oz
= $10.00

TOTAL: $235.58

Sephora's site claims this set to be a $230 value, which is accurate based on my math (even if you use the actual per-ounce cost instead of the travel size price for Hourglass "Icon").  The products included in last year's set were the Hourglass in "Icon", and Buxom in "Menace", so if I subtract those two the total value for the set is actually $215.58.

Last year's set included four full-sized products (one in each shade family), and this year there are only two. However, this year also included a sample-size lip liner as an additional product, which was not in last year's set, so that evens it out a little bit.  Just a little.

For myself, I also subtracted the colours I already owned (OCC "Black Dahlia", Bite Beauty "Palomino", bareMinerals "Speak Your Mind"), which brought the value to $187.20.  I also looked at what it would cost to buy the few I was most interested in separately in full size (Fresh Sugar Berry, the two from Tarte, and the liquid Too Faced) which was $109.  Since the retail cost for the entire set was $70, and the fun to be had with it is priceless, I'm pretty thrilled with this despite my very few petty grievances.

Another petty grievance:

Sad tuba noise


What the hell?  The lipstick was turned most of the way up before the cap was put on, so the tip was all mooshed.  I think this is actually a manufacturing defect, so it's not really anyone's fault, but it's still annoying and sad.

But how are the lipsticks, you ask?  I've got swatches:

Reds

Reds
Sephora "Rouge Infusion", Kat Von D "Outlaw", Laura Mercier "Red Armour", Hourglass "Icon"

The Sephora lipstick went on pretty sheer, I had to build it up for the swatch.  The colour itself is kind of unexpected and odd... There's a hint of dark orange or brown or something in there that I find intriguing.  I wish it was more opaque, because I'm interested in what that will look like on my face.  The Kat Von D went on opaque in one stroke.  It's a bright poppy red that I probably already own ten of, but I'm hoping will outlast some of them on the lips.  The Laura Mercier also went on well in about two strokes, but the lipstick itself appears to be a bit of a sheerer shade in general.  The Hourglass is also opaque in on one stroke.  It's a darker red, which I love.

When removing, Kat Von D "Outlaw" and Hourglass "Icon" held on to the bitter end - I had to really scrub to get them off.

Pinks


Pinks
Bite "Palomino", Benefit "Posiebalm", Too Faced "Melted Fuschia", Tarte "Flush"

The Bite lipstick went on smooth and opaque in one stroke.  This colour.  This.  Colour.  The Benefit balm is pretty sheer, obviously, because it's a balm.  I think I was hoping it would be more like what Clinique thinks a balm is and it would have more pigment, but it doesn't.  But it's a nice sheer pink shade.  The Too Faced applicator is a bit gimmicky, and I felt like I had to do a lot more swipes than was strictly necessary because the sponge kept wiping the colour back off.  But the pigmentation and colour seem nice in the swatch.  The Tarte "power pigment" is effing powerful.  It went on really thick and opaque in a single stroke.  It's a very dark pink, but I like those so I'm good with it.

When removing, Bite "Palomino" was the last to go.

Berries

Berries
OCC "Black Dahlia", Tarte "Moody", Fresh "Sugar Berry", Buxom "Menace"

The OCC lip tar goes on very strong.  It comes down to a very dark merlot shade, which I absolutely love.  (That's why I already owned it).  The Tarte tint is just that - a tint.  I need to learn to read, because again I was expecting more colour payoff than I got.  The shade is a bit less wine-y than the other three, and I think it gives you some extra variety in the total set.  The Fresh "treatment" is gorgeous and smooth.  It's also a sheerer balm, but I don't mind that with this one for some reason.  (Just don't keep it in your pocket - I melted mine).  The Buxom lipstick is a dark purple-red that went on opaque in one stroke.  I do know that it's a bit more sheer on the lips than it looks in the swatch.  (You can see for yourself here).

When removing, the lip tar and Buxom "Menace" held on the longest, but that's to be expected since the other two are balms.  This won't give any hints about their longevity, sorry.

"Nudes"

Nudes + lip liner
Make Up For Ever "3C"
Stila "Nude Vinyl", Laura Mercier "Blush", bareMinerals "Speak Your Mind", Too Faced "Naked Dolly"

The Stila gloss is very opaque - not truly a gloss at all, I think - and sticky.  I actually don't mind slightly sticky lip stuff, it makes me feel like it won't slide around and reassures me that it hasn't worn off.  Some people hate stickiness though, which is why I mention it.  The Laura Mercier gloss is less sticky, and slightly less pink.  The bareMinerals lipstick goes on smooth and creamy in one stroke.  It's a kind of dusty bubblegum shade.  The Too Faced lipstick is a pink-tinged nude, which was very creamy and needed a couple of strokes to show up well enough for the swatch.

The liner was a great add for this year's set.  Depending on the colour of your lips, a nude liner like this can be used under most of the lipsticks in the set, which allows someone who doesn't already own a lot of lipstick and liner to properly try them all out without going shopping. 

Stila was the only holdout during removal.  It was a bit horrible - like when you're trying to get off the last of the sticker glue when you remove a price tag from something.  I wore this yesterday and it wore off slowly and much more smoothly in real life, which is a relief, in hindsight. 

As a last note, the reason I put quotes around "nude" for this section is that none of these are really nude at all.  They're all pinks.  It's kind of like having a slightly less bright pink section rather than true nudes.  Whch I actually think kind of sucks.  For comparison, last year's set included proper nudes:


Smashbox "Nylon Nude", Stila "Dolce", Laura Mercier "Bare Naked", Buxom "White Russian"

I still use most of these regularly (the Stila lipstick is a bit too brown) and I was looking forward to expanding my nude horizons.  I guess it isn't a huge deal, since the Smashbox from last year is basically the perfect nude lipstick so maybe there's really nowhere left to go from here anyway.  And I've got nothing against light pinks, especially since I actually did need a few more options there.  So this is not a gripe.  Just a gripe-like observation.

Overall I'm very excited about this set.  I'm always excited about lip colours. I looked forward to this release all year and was not disappointed.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The First Step

When I started my makeup collection, I was (and still am, for the most part) very careful about what I would buy. I don't want to throw away money on products that suck, and I consider it a waste to buy two of the same thing. This means that even if I'm intrigued by a new product or love a certain shade, I usually won't buy it if I already have something too similar at home.

Despite this, I've amassed a considerable amount of makeup. More than I can really use, if we're being perfectly honest. A lot of it I've bought, but a good chunk is free samples. I don't even always know what to do with them. I have like 7 blushes now, all samples, and blush is a thing I'm not super-comfortable with and barely use, so they kind of just sit there.

Recently I've been making an effort to do something a little different every day, and avoid reaching for something I used the day before. Even so, it's been kind of slow going, simply because of how much there is and all of the different ways it can be combined.

I've been thinking about this because, while it's a fun problem to have, it also kind of makes me feel like an asshole. Who spends that much time and money on face paint?

Apparently I do. I got this with my last order:








Oops.

On one hand I'm excited because free shipping means I can stop adding $12 items that I didn't really want to my orders just to meet the shipping limit.  And the early access is nice because I don't have as much worry about things selling out. (Though they don't tell you that the item you're looking at is early access, so twice in the short couple of weeks I've been Rouge, I've gone into store looking for items I saw available online only to find out they hadn't been released yet.  They really should highlight those items, but whatever).

On the other hand, this is super embarrassing. Sephora isn't the only place I shop. I'd probably have to add another 50% to the amount I've spent there to allow for things I've bought in other places and get at the true cost of my collection. I might have a problem. But thanks for the tiny lipstick, Sephora. That helps.






The lipstick is a Luminous Crème Lipstick from Bite, which is good. I've had good experiences with Bite's lip colours and tend to really like them. The packaging is pretty sturdy as well, which I appreciate. (My makeup bag is really hard on my things).







It's an exclusive colour called VIB Rouge, based on I guess the Sephora red that's scattered around their store and website design?



Bite Beauty Rouge Crème Lipstick

It's a bright, blue-based red (the most universally flattering kind, very clever, Sephora). The lipstick applies very creamy and stays that way. I put this on around 1230 and reapplied around 7 with absolutely zero dryness. I probably wouldn't even have had to reapply except that I ate soup for lunch with it on, which caused a bit of fading, mostly in the corners. Overall, I'm impressed.


Before
Eating a full pasta dinner with it didn't agree with it quite as well. There's a lot more fading, in the middle as well as the corners. This "after" photo was taken around midnight (yes, we eat late), after reapplying at 7 - about 5 hours. Looks pretty rough. That seems fair to me though. No lipstick should be asked to last through an entire day and a bowl of spaghetti without wearing off.



After
Here is one problem, however. Now normally I try not to complain about things that are free, but this is a somewhat common problem with sample lipsticks - and since the point of sample lipsticks is to sell full-sized lipsticks, I feel it's fair to critique it. (And anyway, is something really "free" if you had to spend $1,000 to get it?) I don't know if I'm the only one who hates this, but I do hate it - a lot - so I'm going to point it out. This lipstick does this:






That lipstick is turned all the way down, but it's still sticking out the top of the tube. I cannot describe how obnoxious that is. I was particularly careful with this one because I was taking these photos, which is probably why I managed to keep it undamaged. Other lipsticks I own that have this issue have been accidentally destroyed just by opening them. That is not okay. Cosmetics companies, take note: the very first time I mangle a lipstick just by taking off the cap, I make a point of never opening it again, and it certainly doesn't inspire me to go out and buy the full size. I have no patience for that shit.

This lipstick isn't the worst I've ever seen in terms of this problem - I expect that once I've used this enough, the tip will end up below the line, but it is just plain stupid that I should have to do that. That said, I probably will use this lipstick because the texture is so nice and the small size makes it good to keep in my bag.

I'm not certain I'll ever buy the full size though, because 1) I have so many lipsticks I'm starting to think I will never use a single one of them all the way up, and 2) many of them are also reds, let's be real, and 3) the full size for this shade (available to VIB Rouge members only) is more expensive than a normal Bite Beauty lipstick. ($32 for 0.13 oz vs $28 for 0.15 oz). Look that over again to be sure you understand what I'm saying: you can buy a normal red Bite Luminous Crème Lipstick for $4 LESS and you will get MORE of the product.

Seriously, fuck you, Sephora. The fact that I spend a lot on makeup does not mean that I don't care about my money or where it goes. I thought being VIB Rouge meant they'd appreciate your business and give you extra bonuses, but apparently it means they think you're a spendthrift moron who will pay anything for anything. I admit there are probably additional production costs involved in making a single shade in far smaller quantity, but I think it's really lame to pass that on to the consumer you're trying to thank by providing this shade in the first place, and that doesn't explain the smaller amount of product.





Just as an FYI, there is actually a pink shade also exclusive to VIB Rouge that is the normal 0.15 oz full size at the normal $28 price. It is only this particular "Rouge" shade that is offensively priced.