Sunday, August 24th, 2014

When I think about blushes for fall, my mind goes to plum and coppers/browns, which today’s post features. Any recommendations?

  1. Becca Papaya/Topaz — a shimmering, copper brown
  2. MAC Sweet as Cocoa — a rich, reddish brown
  3. Kevyn Aucoin Natura — a medium-dark warm brown
  4. Burberry Earthy — a medium, neutral-warm brown with a satin-matte finish
  5. NYX Taupe — a cool-toned, taupe

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a rich, shimmering copper-bronze with warm, golden shimmer and a frosted finish. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is redder-toned. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is darker. MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is darker, redder-toned. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The powder has a soft, smooth, almost creamy texture. It’s incredibly pigmented, so it’s something that could be worn more as a bronzer or blush on some skin tones if you don’t use a very light hand. It does, however, blend and sheer out quite a bit if you want it to, so you can get more a golden warmth/sheen that highlights the skin without producing a lot of color (which is how I wore it in photos). I found the finish of this one, despite its frostiness, to be more forgiving on the skin than others, as it didn’t feel like there was such a fine line between “glowy goodness” and accentuating pores like the other shades in the formula. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before turning slightly patchy.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector
Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector

Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a hint of gray and a semi-matte finish. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is less brown, less gray, lighter. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is less yellow. MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is warmer, less gray. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s described as “an adaptive contouring cream that combines the warmth of skin-authentic undertones with natural-looking shadows for a sculpted look.” For those who want a forgiving contour that can be applied softly, you may enjoy Becca’s take on it. The creamy nature of the product makes it very easy to blend on the skin, so there are no harsh or obvious edges, and if you feel like it’s too dramatic, you can easily sheer it out further. It’s moderately pigmented, but the coverage is buildable, so one layer won’t give you the kind of color you see in the pan. The consistency is lightweight, non-tacky, and dries down and seems to set fairly well. On me, it lasted about seven hours before starting to separate slightly. I think it’s best for light to medium complexions, as even when layered, it is a subtle product against my skin tone (which is about medium).

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Lowlight Sculpting Protector

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9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette
Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette

Ombre Nudes Eye Palette ($40.00) (New, Permanent)

Create natural depth and softly highlight eyes with velvety soft, ombre nudes that can be applied wet or dry for optimal effect. Matte shades provide pigment-rich, nude tones for a variety of neutral looks—ranging from subtle to bold. The infused Green Coffee Oil helps to brighten the eyes and smooth the lids, while the built-in priming effect extends the wear of your eye shadows.

Shimmering Skin Perfector SPF 25+ ($41.00)

  • Rose Gold Golden rosy pink (New, Permanent)

Availability: Coming soon to Sephora (it’s listed but not yet in stock)

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Saturday, July 19th, 2014

I love a good highlighter, which I’m sure comes as no surprise to regular readers! :) Many of my favorites are limited edition, but I also have a few favorites that you can get year-round and never have to worry about running out of. Check ‘em out:

  1. NARS 413 BLKR — buildable, liquid highlighter
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight — pale, golden beige
  3. Becca Moonstone — a frosted golden champagne
  4. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer — a shimmery gold
  5. Illamasqua Aurora — a glimmering cream highlighter

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Here are five blushes worth considering for darker skin tones! Again, this is a short and sweet list but is by no means exhaustive; I tried to include a variety of colors, finishes, and undertones, but just because you don’t see a blush listed here doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work :) I’d love to hear your personal favorites for dark skin tones in the comments!

  1. Milani Bella Rosa — a bright, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a matte finish
  2. NARS Lovejoy — a medium-dark plum with warm, gold shimmer and a soft satin finish
  3. Becca Papaya/Topaz — a gold-shimmered, copper-brown
  4. NARS Taj Mahal — a vibrant tangerine orange with a luminous sheen
  5. Kevyn Aucoin Fira — a rich, orange-red with a matte finish

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<