bullet lipstick, lip products

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick “Bond Girl” AKA “M.I.Kiss” | Review

Hello friends!

Before jumping any further into the review I want to point out that Bond Girl got a name change, so even though my product has that shade name, it is now sold as M.I.Kiss and will be referred to as that for the rest of this review!

Color: M.I.Kiss is described as a berry red on the Sephora website, but I don’t fully agree with that description. It’s not something I’d consider deep enough to be a berry, and instead looks to me like a neutral deep pink. I don’t feel like I get berry or red out of this color.

Finish: Despite this being the “matte revolution” lipstick, I felt like (and you’ll be able to see in the swatch, which sat on my hand for more than 5 minutes before the picture) that this was more of a satin or even cream finish. When I think of matte, I think MAC Ruby Woo, where it is completely flat with no shine. I do believe that the softer finish is more appealing to a larger group of people, however.

Packaging: The packaging of this lipstick is absolutely the standout – it’s a metal rose gold tube with lines running up and down the sides. The top of the cap has a CT stamped onto it, and when the cap is taken off you can see Charlotte Tilbury on the area where the tube of lipstick comes out. The bottom of the lipstick has a sticker with the product name.

Applicator: The bullet for this lipstick is shaped a bit different than a normal lipstick. Instead of the standard teardrop shape, the lipstick has a more rectangular shape. The top looks to have been “cut”into, giving it a more convex look as you get further down in the product.

Application: Despite the uniquely shaped bullet, I didn’t find application any easier or harder than normal. It was simple enough to get the color distributed on my lips, and I just tilted the bullet so the tip was in the corner of my lips to get color there.

The product has a soft vanilla scent that does not linger when applied to the lips.

Read more: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick “Bond Girl” AKA “M.I.Kiss” | Review

Transfer: Thinking back to the number of times I wore this product, I don’t recall transfer being anything stand out for it. It transferred just like any other cream bullet lipstick, with product coming off when I would eat or drink. It never seemed to really “set”.

Fading: I expected this to have a little more wear power than it did! It faded away extremely quickly after eating any sort of food, and left only a very subtle ring of pink around the outside of my lips. I noticed it sank into my lip lines as it faded, and even bled outside of my lip lines. I’m not sure if this was because it just smudged out or if it actually bled, which would be strange for a bullet lipstick.

Comfort: With this being more cream than matte, it remained very comfortable throughout the wear time. I forgot I was wearing it on some occasions, and only felt the need to take it off at the end of the night when all of my makeup came off.

Overall: Honestly, for as expensive as this product is I was disappointed in how it performed. Not to say it was a bad lipstick – it was just very average. I have lots of much cheaper lipsticks that perform the same or even better. I do know, however, that people with a smaller collection who may not have hundreds of options would probably think this is wonderful, especially with how luxe it is! I’ll be gifting it to my mom, who I’m sure will love the color, formula, and the luxurious packaging.

Price Point: This lipstick sells for a whopping $34, which is certainly no small chunk of change! I got mine in a Sephora lip kit, so the price didn’t hurt as much, but if I’d spent the full amount on this I’d have been sad. If the beautiful packaging and formula are something that you’re willing to shell out the money for, I don’t think you’ll be too upset. Just make sure you have your expectations in the right place!!

You can purchase this product from Sephora, Charlotte Tilbury’s website, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, and other department stores.

lip products, liquid lipstick

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick “Chicory” | Review

Hello friends!

A bittersweet review – as will all of my Bite Beauty reviews be from now on! One of my favorite lipstick brands, Bite Beauty, has announced that they will no longer be producing makeup, and instead solely focusing on their Lip Labs.

There’s no Lip Labs local to me, so I’ll have to just cherish the products that I already have! The good news is that I have a large assortment of Bite Beauty products despite my lack of reviews on them – that’ll have to change!

Color: Chicory is a warm toned brown, that leans somewhat orange on my lips.

Finish: The liquified lipstick formula is exactly as it sounds. The finish is creamy like a gloss, but more opaque than a lip gloss. It really does look on the lips like a cream lipstick that was never solidified into a bullet.

Packaging: The packaging is a grey soft touch shaped like a rectangle, with an acrylic spot on the bottom of the tube where the color is exposed. There’s a sticker on the bottom and the Bite logo printed on the cap.

Applicator: The applicator looks similar to a traditional doefoot, but is longer than is typical. This particular shape works very well with the product, as it is a bit thicker.

Application: I thought the application of this product was really nice! I love the shape of the applicator, and it made it easy to apply with one quick swipe and just a bit of cleaning up on the edges because I was messy with it.

There is a citrusy scent in this product – while it’s not super strong or offensive to me, it did linger for about 10 minutes after application before dissipating.

Read more: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick “Chicory” | Review

Transfer: Unfortunately, this particular formula is definitely one that transfers a lot. It never seems to set down and so drinking or eating definitely leads to lipstick on your cup, your food, your chin, etc. However, even something as simple as accidentally touching your lips will mean that you will definitely need to wipe it off of your finger or whatever might have accidentally touched it.

There doesn’t ever seem to be a point where it stops transferring, so it can get frustrating to constantly be checking your face or hands to make sure there’s not lipstick there.

Fading: Despite the amount of transfer, I felt like the color ended up staying pretty consistent throughout the wear. Part of that could be that the shade is close to my natural lips in depth, so that hides fading pretty well. Either way, it does end up looking like the color it starts with for a while. The glossiness of it does fade with the more product that transfers off the lips.

Comfort: This formula feels pretty hydrating, but I noticed that as it continued to transfer it got a little more sticky over time. Not sticky in the sense that your lips would be stuck together or that it was stringy, but it just got a little more tacky feeling and heavier instead of weightless.

Overall: While I enjoy the color and adore Bite as a brand, this formula just wasn’t a hit for me. I like products that are no fuss, and this is definitely not one of those if you’re out and about doing things, eating, drinking, etc. I will be moving this out of my collection to allow more breathing room for the rest of my makeup.

Price Point: Even before Bite Beauty was closed, this formula has been discontinued for a while now and there’s no way of getting ahold of it. It was $24 at the time of it being available.

bullet lipstick, lip products

Colourpop Creme Lux Lipstick “Belle” | Review

Hello friends!

In true Colourpop fashion, when I ordered from their website I just had to get free shipping, so I put a few things in my cart to make it up to $30 – no surprise the stunning Disney collection helped get me there!

Colourpop Creme Lux Lipstick "Belle" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Belle is a deep mauve-pink with warm undertones. It’s definitely on the neutral side in terms of a pink, but I don’t think I could say it’s a nude like I had originally thought when purchasing. Colourpop’s website describes it as a “rosy berry”, which I think is very accurate.

Finish: Despite the name of this lipstick being “creme”, I think the finish is closer to a satin-cream.  It’s not as creamy looking as other bullet lipsticks, but there is a bit of shine so it’s not a flat matte either.

Colourpop Creme Lux Lipstick "Belle" | Review - A Midwest Belle

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