Monday, April 7th, 2014

Here are some of my personal recommendations for cheek and face products to pick up while Sephora’s offering 15% off! Beauty Insiders use code TICKET, VIBs use code VIBTICKET, and Rouges use code ROUGETICKET. :) Feel free to share your recommendations for other readers to try!

  1. Clinique Cheek Pop (review) are so incredible, I can recommend every single shade without hesitation. Great texture, pigmentation, and not too pricey! (Pictured: Plum Pop)
  2. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (review) are soft, lightly luminous blushes that are great for everyday wear. They’ve gone in and out of stock during the sale, so you might have to look in-store for them if they’re on your list. (Pictured: Ethereal Glow)
  3. Make Up For Ever HD Blush (review) are forgiving, easy-to-use cream blushes that wear well, come in a variety of shades, and have a great texture. (Pictured: #215)
  4. Guerlain Meteorites Pearls (review) is a fantastic way to add subtle glow and softening to the face after applying your favorite foundation, and they’re an indulgence to be sure! (Pictured: Clair)
  5. Givenchy Le Prisme Blush (review) is incredibly finely-milled, velvety, and smooth in texture, so the blush goes on evenly and looks natural on the skin. (Pictured: It-Girl Purple)
  6. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (review) might be “old news” now, but they’re products that can easily be used often and add soft luminosity to the skin. (Pictured: Luminous Light)
  7. Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder (review) is a sweet fix for a craving for rose gold.
  8. Illamasqua Blusher (review) is a lovely option for anyone looking for more satin and matte finish blushes. (Pictured: Lover)
  9. Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush (review) is a richly pigmented, long-wearing, silky-smooth formula. (Pictured: Sensous Rose)
  10. Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzing Powder (review) is a classic option for a finely-milled, silky-smooth, long-wearing bronzer. (Pictured: Moyen Brunettes)
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Not everything released in the past year was impressive, and some products were downright disappointing! When I worked on compiling this list, I thought about cringe-worthy products; ones that I can’t wrap my head around at all. These are products that truly disappointed me with their performance and quality.  Every single brand mentioned below has products I love but not every product can be a winner.

What were the most disappointing beauty products you tried this past year?

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Benefit Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain
Benefit Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain

Benefit Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain ($30.00 for 0.42 fl. oz.) is described as a “candy-orchid tint.” It’s a cool-toned, pinky-lavender with blue undertones and a satin sheen. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Blush (LE) is shimmery, powder. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is a powder, lighter. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is shimmery, powder. MAC Peony Petal (LE, $21.00) is powder, lighter. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is powder. See comparison swatches. (Note, I couldn’t think of any dupes that mimiced the lip stain aspect.)

Lollitint applied to lips was horrific; my lips looked shriveled and terribly dry (I spared you the close-up–it was a total train-wreck). It’s something that I think could be worn as a base, but you’d need something nicely hydrating on top to bring back moisture and smoothness to the lip. It almost had a slightly stinging sensation for the first half a second it was applied, and I tried it on two separate occasions and had the same feeling and end results. It applied somewhat evenly, but it doesn’t stain the lips evenly–it absolutely stains, though. I don’t recommend swatching this on an area you don’t want pink-tinted for the next two days! On lips, the stain aspect seems to last four hours or so. It was unbearably drying, unfortunately. I’m not sure why, but the wear and feel of Benefit’s stains totally varies from shade to shade when it comes to wearing them on lips.

On cheeks, it was infinitely better, both in terms of application as well as the final result. It has a very thin consistency, but it’s not so thin that it’s water-like. You’ll want to work one cheek at a time, as it dries down fairly quickly and doesn’t remain blendable for long. I liked fingertips best for blending and maneuvering the color on the skin. It does apply more easily over bare skin, but I was still able to pat and blend over foundation. You can also apply this more heavily onto bare skin, then apply your foundation and use only light coverage on cheeks–the color will still come through! If you have a liquid foundation that takes a bit longer to dry, it’s particularly nice to apply this when your foundation is still slightly wet. It wore well for ten hours on bare cheeks–at the very least–and that was with a light-handed application.

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Longevity

9/10

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Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

One of my favorite shades in makeup (especially for eyes and nails) is pewter. I love that it’s this mix of gray, gold, silver, and green–it can be such a complex shade.

  1. Dior Millenium — shimmering, warm-toned pewter in a cream formulation that can be worn sheer or opaque
  2. MAC Antique Diamond — a metallic golden pewter with soft sparkle in a cream form
  3. Benefit Skinny Jeans — a classic green-leaning pewter with a golden bronze sheen
  4. Inglot #454 — a lovely light-medium golden pewter with a frosted, metallic finish
  5. Urban Decay Addiction — limited edition but still available (so I couldn’t resist), this is a beautiful green-ish, dirty gold for tips

What’s your favorite pewter-hued beauty product?

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Benefit Rockateur Box o' Powder
Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder

Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder ($28.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “rose gold.” Rose gold is a fairly apt way to describe it; it’s a mix of pink, beige, and brown with slight warm undertones and a satiny shimmer. It is darker than rose gold to me; and of course, the low shimmer makes it less shiny and metallic. There is a very sparkly overlay that can be brushed away after one use (or, if you prefer, brushed away before using). MAC Taste Your Senses is a cream product, less shimmery. Edward Bess Secret Affair is lighter, pinker. Tom Ford Love Lust is more shimmery, pinker. Urban Decay Naked Flushed is more matte, pinker. MAC Stereo Rose is slightly lighter, more shimmery. MAC Light Year is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The texture is softer than any Box o’ Powder I’ve tried, and frankly, the texture feels quite different than the other shades, too. It is sumptuously soft and velvety, and it almost feels like an incredibly finely-milled baked product.  It has a baked feel, but it’s more finely-milled and smoother than traditional baked products. It’s rather like Laura Mercier’s Illuminators and Estee Lauder’s Gelees.  The color payoff was true-to-pan and buildable, so it could be applied at full intensity or applied with a lighter hand for something softer.  It has a very subtle satin finish that becomes more and more glow-inducing as it gets blended and buffed into the skin.  When I wore it, Rockateur lasted well for eight hours and started looking faded after nine hours of wear.  I didn’t notice it emphasizing pores or skin imperfections.

Just a heads up: this contains significantly less product than other Box o’ Powders (which are 0.25 or 0.28 oz. usually) at 0.17 oz., though the price is the same.

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Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Benefit Thanks a Latte Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Thanks a Latte Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Thanks a Latte Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “golden brown.” It’s a gilded, golden medium brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar is slightly darker. Urban Decay Chase is darker. Urban Decay Suspect is browner. Dior Couture Gold #5 is a touch more golden. bareMinerals Cognac is darker. MAC Woodwinked is darker, redder in tone.

Now, this is a Benefit eyeshadow I can get behind! I haven’t had the greatest luck with their relaunch of the eyeshadow range, but Thanks a Latte definitely reminds me of the Benefit eyeshadows I fell in love with. It looks a lot darker in the pan than it does applied or swatched, which I expect is due to how reflective the finish is. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, and it applied the same way. It adhered and sat well on the lid, and it lasted better than a lot of the other shades did, too. I was able to get a full nine hours of wear with no fading or creasing.

This shade can also be found in Benefit’s Easiest Nudes Ever Palette, which contains four eyeshadows and two Creaseless Cream Shadows for $30.00 (the eyeshadows are 0.04 oz. each, and the cream eyeshadows are 0.11 oz. each, but it’s still a way better deal than buying this eyeshadow on its own unless you LOVE this one and loathe all the others).

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Now, this is a Benefit eyeshadow I can get behind! I haven't had the greatest luck with their relaunch of the eyeshadow range, but Thanks a Latte definitely reminds me of the Benefit eyeshadows I fell in love with.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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