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

2020 Lipstick Chronology #4: Urban Decay Lip Chemistry Tint in X-Ray

Product: Urban Decay Wired Vice Lip Chemistry Lasting Glassy Tint in X-Ray Date Purchased: Mar. 1, 2020 Grade: B Let's take a time machine back to the United States on the first day of March in the year 2020. After a shaky start to his primary campaign, Joe Biden has just emerged as the presumptive … Continue reading 2020 Lipstick Chronology #4: Urban Decay Lip Chemistry Tint in X-Ray

Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit in Shady Witch (and a New Wave Halloween)

In the past five years or so, I've owned at least one dark lipstick in almost every color family: red, purple, pink, plum, brown, even blue and gray. Until this year, though, I had never bought a true black lipstick. Black lips were a little too predictably goth, too Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way. A … Continue reading Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit in Shady Witch (and a New Wave Halloween)

Lipstick Queen Black Lace Rabbit: Just Another Gimmick?

Lipstick Queen is a brand that confuses the hell out of me. When I first heard of it, about five years ago, I got the sense that it specialized in high-quality, beautifully packaged, somewhat overpriced renditions of traditional lipstick shades. Despite reading favorable reviews online, I found the shade range uninspiring and the price point … Continue reading Lipstick Queen Black Lace Rabbit: Just Another Gimmick?

Stress-Fueled Impulse Purchase #2: Milani Matte Fearless

Prior to this year, I felt ambivalent about Milani. It was the only cruelty-free brand with a decent selection in my local CVS (no NYX or Wet n Wild for this backwater), but its offerings included heavily fragranced, drying lipstick, sticky lip gloss, coarsely milled eyeshadow, and too-shimmery baked blush. 2015 has changed all that. I … Continue reading Stress-Fueled Impulse Purchase #2: Milani Matte Fearless

In Search of Lost Witchcraft: NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in Enamored

As a preteen and young teenager, I had a brief flirtation with witchcraft. There was something in the air at the time: The Craft had come out several years before, the Harry Potter series was gaining worldwide popularity, and bookstores were full of titles like Spells for Teenage Witches. Growing up in San Francisco made … Continue reading In Search of Lost Witchcraft: NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in Enamored

I Have a Plum Problem: MAC x Giambattista Valli Eugenie

By ordering Eugenie, a matte plum lipstick from the six-piece MAC x Giambattista Valli collection, I broke four of my cardinal makeup-buying rules: No limited-edition makeup, and especially no limited-edition products from MAC No makeup that I haven't seen in person first No makeup that isn't certified cruelty-free No near-dupes of anything I already have … Continue reading I Have a Plum Problem: MAC x Giambattista Valli Eugenie