Sunday, September 8th, 2013

One color I definitely associate with autumn is plum, so building on some of the recent lists, I thought I’d do one featuring some pretty plums today!

  1. theBalm Cabana Boy — a soft, muted plum with a luminous golden sheen for cheeks
  2. Zoya Mason — a warm, shimmery plum with a metallic finish for nails
  3. MAC Craving — a beautiful pinky-plum with a satiny finish for lips
  4. Chanel Merveille — a semi-opaque neutral plum with lots of shimmer for lips
  5. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum — a semi-sheer plum with cool undertones and pink and gold sparkle for lips

What are your top three favorite plum beauty products?

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep bronze sugar.” It’s a warm-toned, caramel bronze with pale bronze shimmer. It has a soft, frosted finish–not quite metallic but not just a frost. The consistency was very creamy and emollient–but in a way that didn’t feel too wet or take forever to set when applied to the lid, just in a way that made it apply smoothly and with rich, full color coverage. It sets fairly quickly, so you will want to make sure you work one eye at a time. MAC Brownluxe #4 is darker. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 is similar. Giorgio Armani #10 #4 is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Bronze is similar. Urban Decay Deeper is similar. Chanel Promesse #3 is warmer. bareMinerals Ritzy is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “beige gold.” It’s a pale, warm-toned light gold with subtle yellow undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had fairly good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color. The consistency was lightly creamy but still sets fairly quickly so work one eye at a time. MAC Vanilla Diamond is more sparkly. Chanel Convoitise is yellower. MAC Pastelluxe #1 is more sparkly. Disney Charming is lighter. Disney Sea Shells is also lighter. Urban Decay Illusion is similar. MAC Dazzlelight is lighter. MAC Halo is similar. Benefit Bikini-tini is very similar. Make Up For Ever #126 is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Both shades lasted well on me for eight hours; after ten hours, I had some very subtle creasing and slight fading.

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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Pink Coral Blush
Bobbi Brown Pink Coral Blush

Bobbi Brown Pink Coral Blush ($26.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “bright nectar.” It’s a pink-coral with a matte finish and warm undertones. NARS Soulshine #1 is pinker. Edward Bess Secret Affair is warmer. Tom Ford Flush is brighter, more orange. NARS Deep Throat is more shimmery. MAC Supercontinental is lighter, more orange. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Not to be confused with Pink Coral from the Shimmer Blush range (which is numbered 8, and this is 31, for total clarity) that has been out for sometime, this is new for fall. The new shade for fall is also limited edition, and it’s very un-fall like (relative to what we typically see), which is always nice. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and slightly powdery. Though powdery, it does blend out easily and applies evenly; it also doesn’t look powdery on the skin (which is most important). It had fairly good color payoff, but the powderiness made it readily sheer out on drier skin. Pink Coral wore well for seven and a half hours, but it was noticeably faded around the edges after eight hours of wear.

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Berry Blush
Bobbi Brown Berry Blush

Bobbi Brown Berry Blush ($26.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “muted berry.” It’s a bold, medium-dark berry pink with a nearly matte finish. MAC Keep It Casual is warmer, cream. Chanel Rouge is slightly more shimmery and not as cool-toned. See comparison swatches.

It’s new, and limited edition, for fall from Bobbi Brown’s Rich Chocolate collection, due out officially this September, but I’m sure we’ll see it popping up sooner rather than later (Nordstrom has it online now but won’t ship until 8/24). Berry is an intensely pigmented shade, and it’s definitely not for anyone looking for subtle, easy-going color! If you’re very, very fair, you’ll want to use an incredibly light and airy hand with a feathery brush. This is going to sing beautifully on deeper complexions. The more the color is blended and buffed into the skin, the pinker and more berry-hued it becomes. I haven’t had the best luck with Bobbi Brown’s blushes recently, but this is a winner–it’s soft, finely-milled (and there’s a teeny, tiny powderiness but it’s likely what keeps this blendable!), and still fairly easy to blend and soften. It wears really well, too, and it lasted nine hours on me without fading.

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If you're very, very fair, you'll want to use an incredibly light and airy hand with a feathery brush. This is going to sing beautifully on deeper complexions.

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Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Bobbi Brown Summer Pink Sheer Color Cheek Tint
Bobbi Brown Summer Pink Sheer Color Cheek Tint

Bobbi Brown Summer Pink Sheer Color Cheek Tint ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “sheer bright pink.” It’s a slightly cool-toned, medium pink. Applied to my medium skin tone, it gives just a hint of pink–very natural and subtle. I suspect this will be harder to see on deeper skin tones and then potentially bolder on fairer complexions. Chanel Affinite is slightly darker. Edward Bed of Roses is cooler-toned and a powder product. MAC Weekend Getaway is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Seduce is more plum. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Sunlit Nude Sheer Color Cheek Tint ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden pearl pink.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark bronze that sheers out to more of a golden bronze shimmer and sheen. Against my medium complexion, it’s a barely-there highlighter and adds a dewiness to the cheek without much color or visible sparkle (but that does mean it doesn’t emphasize pores!). Based on the sheerness and tint level, I only see this working for fairer complexions. MAC Bootcamp Bronze is more orange. MAC Worldly Wealth is darker, powder. MAC Glorify is more metallic, darker. See comparison swatches.

I reviewed Nude Beach earlier, and my major issue was the wear time, which was what my concern was with these two as well. The consistency is slick, almost gel-like, and easy to spread and blend out on the skin. They never set (which is why I think they slide around and fade so quickly), and they remain slightly tacky throughout the wear. Both Summer Pink and Sunlit Nude just don’t last on the skin–on bare skin, they’re gone by the fourth hour, and over foundation, they stay on a bit longer but look patchy after three hours. They work best on bare skin, as they don’t seem to cooperate with foundation. If applied to bare skin, then foundation layered over, it doesn’t turn as patchy as quickly, but for anyone with skin darker than fair, this way means you get virtually no color, because the foundation completely masks the underlying tint. I very much wish these more buildable, so they could be used and worn by medium or darker skin tones–that desire has no impact on the rating, of course.

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Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint
Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden pink bronze.” It’s a rosy bronze with a champagne shimmer. , which looks almost plummy. Because it’s just a wash of color, all of the shades that are similar are much more pigmented and are also powder blushes. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach (a powder) is very similar but matte. NARS Lovejoy is more plum. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is also more plum. See comparison swatches.

Based on the actual tint of this, it’s not going to be particularly useful on medium or deeper complexions–it gets completetely lost on my skin tone, which is just a smidgen lighter than true medium. Instead, what you see is mostly a dewy sheen but no visible color. On a fairer complexion, I think you’ll see a glorious tint of plummy bronze–should be quite lovely–but be wary of the wear time, especially if you have an oilier skin type (I’m normal-to-dry). The sheen (and I could see some of the shimmer bits upclose) lasted a mere four hours, and it’s best applied over bare skin. It didn’t play well with liquid foundation after a few hours and caused it to look a bit patchy.

All in all, I love the concept. The consistency is gel-like and glides on so well without skipping, and being sheer and just a tint, it’s impossible to overdo and effortless to blend. It would be nice if it was slightly more buildable, so it could be usable for a variety of skin tones, and it could use improvement on wear time, as I felt like it never set–it was always a bit wet and slightly tacky.

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It would be nice if it was slightly more buildable, so it could be usable for a variety of skin tones, and it could use improvement on wear time, as I felt like it never set--it was always a bit wet and slightly tacky.

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