2020 Lipstick Chronology #5: Bite Beauty Molten Chocolate

Product: Bite Beauty Crystal Crème Shimmer Lip Crayon in Molten Chocolate Date Purchased: April 2020 Grade: A- Can someone tell me what the hell happened to Bite Beauty? For close to a decade, everyone knew them as the brand that produced food-grade, food-themed lip products. Then it was like we collectively glanced away for a … Continue reading 2020 Lipstick Chronology #5: Bite Beauty Molten Chocolate

Tower 28 BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm in Magic Hour

Last summer, I got rid of my Illamasqua cream blush in Zygomatic, one of my all-time favorite beauty products, which I'd bought in the UK in June of 2014. I hadn't noticed a change in its appearance, smell, or performance, but I felt increasingly uncomfortable smearing a six-year-old cream blush on my face. Unfortunately, Illamasqua … Continue reading Tower 28 BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm in Magic Hour

A Red for Citrus Season: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square

This week I'm diverging from the 2020 Lipstick Chronology in order to review my first new lipstick of 2021: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square! I spent much of my January no-buy scouring the web for a replacement for Topshop Matte Lipstick in Rio Rio, which I bought and reviewed back in June … Continue reading A Red for Citrus Season: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square

2020 Lipstick Chronology #3: Revlon Luscious Matte Lipstick in Shameless

Product: Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes Lipstick in Shameless Date Purchased: Feb. 15, 2020 Grade: A Revlon has made some truly bizarre marketing decisions in the last decade. The brand built its reputation on lipstick and continues to produce such heritage shades as Cherries in the Snow and Fire and Ice, yet it went … Continue reading 2020 Lipstick Chronology #3: Revlon Luscious Matte Lipstick in Shameless

2020 Lipstick Chronology #2: Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Divine Wine

Product: Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Divine Wine Date Acquired: January or February 2020 Grade: A- My mother has strong opinions about my lipstick choices, and she's not shy about sharing those opinions. She has expressed distaste for some of my favorite lip products, such as Pat McGrath Madame Greige ("washes you out, … Continue reading 2020 Lipstick Chronology #2: Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Divine Wine

2020 Lipstick Chronology #1: NARS Sheer Lipstick in Dolce Vita (New Formula)

Product: NARS Sheer Lipstick in Dolce Vita Date Purchased: January 4, 2020 Grade: B+ I started this blog in early 2014 with a series called Lipstick Chronology, in which I set out to review all of my lipsticks in chronological order of purchase, musing on the circumstances in which I bought them and the feelings … Continue reading 2020 Lipstick Chronology #1: NARS Sheer Lipstick in Dolce Vita (New Formula)