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April 24 2014

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2 posts tagged "lipgloss"

Bite Beauty: Where Two Worlds Collide

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As far as I’m concerned, women fall into two distinct camps: those that prefer gloss, and those that opt for lipstick. I myself am a lipstick girl—the slippery texture and hair-to-mouth situation every time the wind blew never appealed to me. I’ve tried liquid lipsticks that claim to provide the rich color of a classic bullet, but go on like a gloss. For the most part, I find them drying and lacking the creamy finish I so crave. But Bite Beauty may have successfully found a way to bridge the gap between gloss addicts and lipstick lovers with their Cashmere Lip Cream. The new cream-to-powder color goes on via a doe-foot applicator (like your typical gloss), but the formula is much thicker (like a melted-down lipstick) and contains four times the pigment load found in the average lip product. The blend of butters, moisturizing sunflower wax, plant-based silicone oils, and Japanese silica powder produce a nonsticky, slightly shiny finish that stays put without feeling tight. My only complaint: Because the product is more dense, the skinny applicator can be a bit tricky if you’re used to the swipe-and-go method associated with a mistake-proof, sheer gloss or an easy-to-wield lipstick. However, with practice (or a lip brush), perfection can quickly be achieved. It seems that the dividing line between the two beauty classes is finally being blurred—and replaced by the best of both worlds in a single tube.

Photo: Courtesy of Bite Beauty

Worth the Wait: Ilia’s New Natural Lip Glosses

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IliaVancouver-founded Ilia Beauty has earned a following among those seeking a cleaner, greener lipstick with plenty of bold color and modern packaging. The violet-berry Ink Pot is a personal favorite, and like every item in the range, it’s packed with high-quality certified-organic ingredients. But if you prefer a sheer shine as opposed to a matte punch of pigment, behold the brand’s new lip glosses. Originally slated for release last fall, the collection hit a production snag early on. “The oils disliked the bottle so much that they pushed their way to the surface,” says founder Sasha Plavsic of the technical difficulty that resulted in cracks and leaks at the tops of the tubes. Rather than alter the 90 percent organic formula, a lovely blend that includes oils from coconut, sesame, thyme, rosemary, orange, and jasmine, Plavsic decided instead to source a sturdier new container capable of handling the powerful botanicals. The six shades, ranging from nude to oxblood, deliver a serious dose of moisture and subtle tint.

Photo: Courtesy of Beautyhabit