Time for another Back Burner Blast, where I quickly review products that have been lurking in the background. If you'd like to catch up on the series, here are the links:
**All items purchased by me. Affiliate links included.
Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Quince - $24/.09oz @ Sephora
I purchased this on recommendation from Julie @ Jules Darling and Latoya @ Beauty Obsessed. I had asked for cool red lipstick recs in my 'What Lipsticks Am I Missing?' post, and they both said this one!! May I say, both ladies were spot on with this Bite Beauty rec, and I am seriously loving this color!! Thank you!!
On my lips it ends up being slightly more red than on the hand swatch above, which is perfect because it is exactly the kind of cool red I was looking for. Between this and the NARS pencil in Cruella, I feel like I've got my reds covered (ok, some people might disagree, but I don't wear reds that often!). Though these pencils are described as matte, on my lips I find this particular color has between a matte and a satin finish. This pencil is definitely pigmented, applies smoothly and easily, and the formula is very comfortable to wear. I don't find this deeply hydrating, but it provides just enough moisture to not feel drying. With this pigmented of a lip product though, I prefer it not be too moisturizing otherwise I find it has a tendency to bleed into my lip lines. A definite win, and I'm looking forward to checking out other colors in this pencil range.
By Terry Voile Poudre Eclat, Correcting Mattifying Loose Powder in Moon Glow - I purchased this from the SpaceNK sale, but it looks like they are out of stock and I was unable to find any other online links. This powder comes in multiple colors that are still available for about 1/2 of what I paid ($17 on SpaceNK), just not this Moon Glow color. Originally this powder was $69, think I paid $34 or $37 - can't remember exactly?
For a loose powder, I quite like that this container is not as bulky as some other ones I've used. See how the lid covers almost the entire container? Love that they decided to condense that space instead of making it taller.
Anyway, this powder is supposed to be mattifying without being drying, and at the same time it's supposed to also reflect light to give you radiance. While this product comes in a few skin tone type shades, it also comes in this pale lilac-y Moon Glow along with a pale rose color - these 2 colors remind me of the different lighting effects that the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders claim to mimic.
I definitely don't find this drying in the least, but I also don't think it controls oil better than any other powders I have. This Moon Glow color minutely does the following: blurs imperfections, cancels out redness, adds radiance. However, the difference is so slight that I sometimes have a hard time telling the difference. That said, this is amazingly soft and silky and feels beautiful going on. Overall, except for the gorgeous feel, I don't think this powder is that special.
LOVE LOVE this thing!!! I'm no longer worried about knocking brushes off the counter when they are drying, and it takes up so much less space. Also, somehow the brushes seem to dry a little faster when they are upside down like this vs. flat. There are different trees, but I chose this one because it had the best and largest mix of spaces for large and small brushes.
The Benjabelle Sunflower Brush Tree holds everything from my skinniest handled eye brushes, to my thickest handled Tom Ford Bronzer Brush and Koyudo brushes. As a side note, I've also taken to using brush guards while drying (not pictured) and I love how well they help brushes (especially eye brushes!) keep their shape. Anyway, the brush tree is one of those products I think really speaks for itself, and I'm so glad I finally bought one - it had been on my wish list for a long time! :-)