Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Becca Guava Beach Tint
Becca Guava Beach Tint

Becca Guava Beach Tint ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a natural finish on cheeks, near-matte finish on lips. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is a powder. MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, warmer, powder. MAC Hi Jinks! (LE, $20.00) is pinker. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter, powder. Milani Coral Cove (05) (LE, $7.99) is more matte, brighter, powder. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is slightly warmer. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Becca’s Beach Tint formula has been around for awhile, but when the Souffles came out, I thought now might be a nice time to check out one of the individual components behind the Souffles. It’s supposed to be a stain for lips and cheeks that gives a “natural wash of color.” It’s described as “water-resistant,” “oil-free,” and “streak-free.” The consistency is thin, almost watery, and the formula separates within the tube, so that can be annoying. If you turn it upside down and leave it that way for a bit, it usually helps to mix the product. It also has a sweet, tropical fruit scent–the scent is a bit over-the-top and reads a little syrupy, but once it really dries down, I don’t notice it whether it’s on cheeks or lips.

Unsurprisingly, it’s a formula that performs better as a cheek stain than as a lip stain. It’s clingy and looks drier on the lips, so the lips look worse-off than they would bare, and it has a tackiness to it despite being very thin–press your lips together, and they slowly peel away from each other. It was slightly drying, though it wasn’t as drying as I anticipated, given the way it felt on It was fairly blendable on cheeks, and it has more buildable color, too, so if you have a medium or darker complexion, you can still get visible color on your skin that still has that stained finish. It takes about two minutes for it to dry down, and there’s a very, very slight tackiness to it after that. On lips, it has a mostly matte finish, but on cheeks, there’s a slightly more luminous sheen. It leaves sheer color, just as promised, on cheeks and lips, which lasts seven hours on my cheeks, four hours on my lips.

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Sunday, June 8th, 2014

A few of the new coral blushes that I’ve recently reviewed, plus one long-time favorite that I always reach for when I want a coral blush. I am a fiend for coral blush, I’ll have you know! :)

  1. Becca Lychee/Opal — a shimmery, light coral that can be used as a highlighter or blusher
  2. Clinique Peach Pop (02) — a medium coral with a luminous finish
  3. Tom Ford Love Lust — a warm, orange-coral with a luminous finish (if there could only be one coral in my life, this would be it)
  4. IT Pretty in Peony — a rich, vibrant coral-pink
  5. NYX Pinched — a coral-pink with a soft shimmer

>> See them all side-by-side! <<

What are your favorites?

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Whether you’re looking for shimmery, dewy, luminous, or matte, this round-up of my current top picks for peach blushes to try this summer has you covered!

  1. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper — a soft, shimmery peach
  2. Becca Fig/Opal — a luminous, peachy-beige
  3. Make Up For Ever #225 — a warm, pop of peach in a cream format
  4. Hourglass Dim Infusion — a muted peach with a soft sheen
  5. NARS Sex Appeal — a light peach with a matte finish

>> See them all side-by-side! <<

What are your favorites?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Becca 24/7 Tints Kit
Becca 24/7 Tints Kit

24/7 Tints Kit ($44.00) (Limited Edition, Sephora Exclusive)

24/7 Tints features a blendable kit with two Beach Tints and two Eye Tints to give natural-looking color to eyes and cheeks. They’re infused with vitamin E-rich, oil-free formulas to soothe skin, and they’re water-resistant and streak-free for stay-put hues. $98.00 value.

  • Romanticism Mauve bronze (Eye Tint)
  • Gilt Golden bronze (Eye Tint)
  • Raspberry Deep berry pink (Beach Tint)
  • Grapefruit Pale coral pink (Beach Tint)

Availability: Now online for VIBs at Sephora (not sure if/when it will open up to Beauty Insiders)

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Cheek Souffles
Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Cheek Souffles

Interestingly enough, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes instantly came to mind when first seeing Becca’s blush in the pots, as they both have that marbleized effect, and now, the way I feel about these is also reminiscent of the Hourglass blushes: they’re all more similar than not, and generally, they run quite warm-toned. Guava/Moonstone is a lighter, more golden (compared to coppery) version of Fig/Opal, while Lychee/Opal is the most reflective/frosted and is a warmer version of both Raspberry/Opal and Watermelon/Moonstone. The last two are very similar to each other with Raspberry/Opal being a tiny bit cooler-toned and a smidgen darker. Papaya/Topaz is unlike the other five, as it is much, much deeper and darker in color. Of the six shades, Papaya/Topaz, Raspberry/Opal, and Watermelon/Moonstone are the most easily used as an illuminating blush, while the other three shades are much softer and lighter on the skin, so they’ll be blushes on fairer skin tones but may only illuminate on deeper complexions. I wish there was a better variety of depth and undertone showcased in the range so it would be a more versatile selection of shades.

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Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Becca Watermelon/Moonstone Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle
Becca Watermelon/Moonstone Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle

Becca Watermelon/Moonstone Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle ($27.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “coral red infused with pale gold.” It’s a muted, pink-coral with warm undertones and a gold shimmer-sheen. Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler-toned, powder. MAC Lust (LE, $30.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It delivers that “pop of color” with “illumination” that the formula is supposed to. Watermelon/Moonstone had opaque color coverage that could be blended out to sheerer color or applied more lightly and built up gradually for desired intensity. The finish on this one is less shimmery compared to the majority of the rarnge, which also made it more flattering applied as it did not emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. The consistency is airy and whipped, cool and wet to the touch, and it feels like a cream going on but quickly turns into a more powder-like product that is blends well. It has a sweet, fruity scent that I can detect in the jar but not really applied. It wore well for eight hours on me before I noticed signs of fadinng.

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8.5/10

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5/5

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