Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Becca Hyacinth Mineral Blush
Becca Hyacinth Mineral Blush

Becca Hyacinth Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “vibrant poppy pink.” It’s a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer, lower quality. Burberry Hydrangea Pink (P, $42.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Mata Hari (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Whole Lotta Love (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, more muted. Chanel Affinite (65) (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. YSL Fuchsia Desinvolte (01) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is more muted. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more muted. NARS Panic (Left) (P, ) is lighter. Sephora Collection Love Sick (22) (P, $15.00) is lighter, more muted. Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It was intensely pigmented–by no means buildable–to the point where you’ll want to use a lighter hand when applying (and fairer skin tones may want to use a more feathery, airy brush as well) as a little goes a long way. The texture was soft, firmer than the more shimmery shades, but still easily blended during application. The color didn’t turn patchy or appear uneven, despite it being such a rich color (which I naturally over-applied the first time I used it!). I suspect this will look cooler-toned on those with naturally cool undertones, as one I diffuse it, the color looks warmer on me due to my undertones. The color lasted for nine hours before fading slightly.

Formula Summary | Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to be a “delicate powder blush” with a “buildable formula” that gives a “natural-looking, flushed appearance.” They typically have a soft, creamy consistency that is a little denser than the average powder but not truly dense. Some of the very shimmery shades feel a little dry compared to the more pearly ones. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to apply and blend on the skin without any need for special tricks; they felt very grab-and-go, the kind of blush where there’s no fight to diffuse and soften edges or get even coverage. They are more pigmented than what I’d term as “buildable,” which some will appreciate, some will be disappointed by. The wear ranges from seven to nine hours with the brighter and more satin-to-matte shades lasting longer. My favorite part of the formula is the luminous sheen they give to the skin, so they don’t look too shimmery on the skin. I think if you find Becca’s pressed highlighters to be too shimmery, you may find their blushes more up your alley with respect to finish.

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Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Becca Gypsy Mineral Blush
Becca Gypsy Mineral Blush

Becca Gypsy Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “ballerina pink.” It’s a light-medium, cooler-toned pink with warmer gold shimmer that gives it a soft, frosted sheen. Illamasqua Lies (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is warmer. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Azalea in the Afternoon (LE, $27.00) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Boba (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It had decent to good color coverage that was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque with a strong sheen. It’s the type of blush that looks as if you applied a separate highlighter over your blush, because the underlying color seems less connected to the warmer sheen. The texture was blendable but a little powdery, slightly dry, though it looked good on the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading along the upper cheek area.

Formula Summary | Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to be a “delicate powder blush” with a “buildable formula” that gives a “natural-looking, flushed appearance.” They typically have a soft, creamy consistency that is a little denser than the average powder but not truly dense. Some of the very shimmery shades feel a little dry compared to the more pearly ones. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to apply and blend on the skin without any need for special tricks; they felt very grab-and-go, the kind of blush where there’s no fight to diffuse and soften edges or get even coverage. They are more pigmented than what I’d term as “buildable,” which some will appreciate, some will be disappointed by. The wear ranges from seven to nine hours with the brighter and more satin-to-matte shades lasting longer. My favorite part of the formula is the luminous sheen they give to the skin, so they don’t look too shimmery on the skin. I think if you find Becca’s pressed highlighters to be too shimmery, you may find their blushes more up your alley with respect to finish.

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette
Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette

Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette ($40.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a set of five, warm-toned neutral eyeshadows with matte and satin finishes. It’s a nice palette overall, and it’s not quite as dupable as your typical neutral palette, but there are a fair amount of dupes for each shade. All five shades coordinate well with each other, and I liked that the finishes ranged from matte to satin, so you could get a little more depth out of the combination while also having an easier time blending out the shades.

Omber Rouge #1 is a light-medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. It wore for eight hours before fading on me. This could be a highlighter on medium to dark skin tones or more of a transition shade on fairer skin tones. Viseart Beige (P, ) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Hey Nude (04) (P, $34.00) is darker. Tarte Barefoot in the Grass (LE, ) is lighter. Becca Ombre Nudes #1 (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Vespertine (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Anastasia Cream (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Macaroon (LE, ) is warmer. bareMinerals Velvet Nude (LE, $14.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Omber Rouge #2 is a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had nice color coverage that was mostly opaque, while the powder’s consistency was blendable with just a smidgen of powderiness in the pan. It wore for seven and a half hours on me. Le Metier de Beaute Smoky Quartz (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarte Pinky Promise (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Smoky Quartz (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Lingering Dusk (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Buzz (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. Aveda Bare Bellis (P, $14.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Omber Rouge #3 is a muted, medium brown with a hint of rosy-beige tones to it and a satin sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage that blended easily on the skin without sheering out. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Make Up For Ever S610 Almond (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Chantille (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Dior Ambre Nuit #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Saint-Honore (P, ) is darker, warmer. LORAC Dusty Rose (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior Golden Shock #2 (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach (P, $5.99) is warmer. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Omber Rouge #4 is a softened, medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff that applied easily to the skin and blended out without issue. The texture was a little firmer compared to the other shades, but it wasn’t difficult to work with in practice. It wore for eight hours before it started to fade. Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Cookie (P, $16.00) is darker. Colour Pop Cornelious (LE, $5.00) is lighter. Zoeva Substitute for Love (P, ) is brighter, warmer. Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is darker. LORAC Unspoken (P, ) is darker. Stila Individual (P, ) is lighter. Anastasia Bengal (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever M650 Cookie (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Frappe (P, $5.99) is lighter. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is more muted. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Saddle (P, $16.00) is darker, brighter, more pigmented, warmer. Urban Decay Beware (P, $18.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Omber Rouge #5 is a lightly brightened, dark brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation, but it was the least pigmented of the five shades, and it also had a drier, firmer texture that didn’t feel as finely-milled. This shade could have been easier to work with on the lid, as it took a little extra patience to blend it out. It wore for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is lighter. MAC Amorous Alloy (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Exposed (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Colour Pop Hot Tamale (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery. Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE, ) is lighter. Laura Mercier Cocoa (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. Colour Pop Mittens (P, $5.00) is cooler. Colour Pop Bandit (P, $5.00) is lighter. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. NARS Dolomites (Right) (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Apricot Blend #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. LORAC Untamed (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Divergent Burnt Mahogany (LE, ) is more muted, cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

Becca Flowerchild Mineral Blush
Becca Flowerchild Mineral Blush

Becca Flowerchild Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink, golden highlights.” It’s a light-medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a light dusting of gold shimmer. This is a very standard shade for most brands to include in their blush offerings, so there is no shortage of dupes! Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Sand (LE, $65.00) is lighter, cooler. Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is less shimmery. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Fervor (Left) (P, ) is lighter. Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is darker. Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker. Tarte Glisten (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer. YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Who’s Your Poppy (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE, ) is more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is cooler. Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P, ) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It has a moderate golden sheen to the skin that gives off a glowing appearance but doesn’t emphasize pores. The texture was soft, smooth, and easily blended on the skin. It was mostly opaque, so I’d recommend using a lighter hand or less dense brush if you prefer sheerer coverage or want to build up the color in layers. On me, this shade wore well for eight hours before fading.

Formula Summary | Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to be a “delicate powder blush” with a “buildable formula” that gives a “natural-looking, flushed appearance.” They typically have a soft, creamy consistency that is a little denser than the average powder but not truly dense. Some of the very shimmery shades feel a little dry compared to the more pearly ones. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to apply and blend on the skin without any need for special tricks; they felt very grab-and-go, the kind of blush where there’s no fight to diffuse and soften edges or get even coverage. They are more pigmented than what I’d term as “buildable,” which some will appreciate, some will be disappointed by. The wear ranges from seven to nine hours with the brighter and more satin-to-matte shades lasting longer. My favorite part of the formula is the luminous sheen they give to the skin, so they don’t look too shimmery on the skin. I think if you find Becca’s pressed highlighters to be too shimmery, you may find their blushes more up your alley with respect to finish.

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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette

If it wasn’t apparent by the abundance of sneak peeks, but we are in the throes of fall color collections and releases. July you say? Well, they come a little earlier everywhere and maybe by 2020, we’ll be looking at fall in April :) The best thing I can do for you is providing early swatches while I work on the testing and writing portion of the review process. (Testing takes the longest, followed by finding dupes, in case you were curious.) For total clarity, I purchased the Becca and Tarte palettes, while bareMinerals sent theirs as a press sample.

Palettes in this post:

  1. bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.)
  2. Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette ($40.00 for 0.20 oz.)
  3. Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.54 oz.)

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Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “soft white gold with pinky peach undertones.” It’s a brightened, light-medium gold with warm, orange-y undertones and a frosted sheen. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter. Sephora Collection Jubilant (21) (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, lighter. NARS Tribulation (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. L’Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Frenzy (Left) (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed is supposed to be a “creamy powder luminizer” that gives a “superb natural glow.” In general, I think Becca’s highlighters have a really great, soft and smooth consistency with excellent color payoff and a high-shimmer finish. It’s not a highlighter for those who like their highlight subtle, as it is very bright and reflective unless you use a light hand. Champagne Pop is soft, blendable, and easy to apply with good pigmentation that can be sheered out or applied at full intensity. I find it can emphasize the skin’s natural texture at times, so it depends on the application. I like using a fan brush or a feathery, less dense highlighting blush to get a luminous glow that looks good without compromising the way the skin’s texture looks. On me, it wore for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

If you already have Moonstone and Opal, the two layered together look identical to this. I would argue that Champagne Pop has a stronger sheen and has a few slightly larger shimmer particles in it (it seems almost looser in the pan, though not really dry or powdery). You can also see my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Guide for all things Becca highlighters. Towards the end of the post, you’ll find swatch comparisons between the three as well as Moonstone and Opal layered and swatched next to Champagne Pop.

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