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CoverGirl Deep Mauve TruBlend Blush

CoverGirl Deep Mauve TruBlend Blush
CoverGirl Deep Mauve TruBlend Blush

CoverGirl Deep Mauve TruBlend Blush ($9.99 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep berry with cool undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. MAC Blind Score (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Black Up NBL 03 (P, $26.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Exotic (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Flash (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Easy (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Laura Geller Plumberry (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Smashbox Bitten (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Hot Nights (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Viseart Violet #3 (P, ) is darker, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The TruBlend Blush formula is supposed to be blendable and create a “multi-toned result.” It was the richest and deepest shade of the three that CoverGirl came out with this spring. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture (very key with a color like this!) that applied beautifully to the skin. The texture ran a smidgen dusty, but it didn’t look dry or powdery on me. This shade wore well for seven hours before there were signs of fading.

CoverGirl TruBlend Blush Deep Mauve
Deep Mauve
Deep Mauve
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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CoverGirl Light Rose TruBlend Blush

CoverGirl Light Rose TruBlend Blush
CoverGirl Light Rose TruBlend Blush

CoverGirl Light Rose TruBlend Blush ($9.99 for 0.10 oz.) is a light, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a fine, golden shimmer. MAC Spellbinder (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Adored (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Ciate Summer Love (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The TruBlend Blush formula is supposed to be blendable and create a “multi-toned result.” It had good color payoff with a smooth, blendable, but rather dusty, consistency that was prone to sheering out on the skin. It’s the type of formula that actually works best patted on with a damp brush or over still-drying liquid/cream foundation for better hold and coverage. This blush lasted for six and a half hours on me before I noticed fading.

CoverGirl TruBlend Blush Light Rose
B

Permanent

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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CoverGirl Bronze (200) TruBlend Bronzer

CoverGirl Bronze (200) TruBlend Bronzer
CoverGirl Bronze (200) TruBlend Bronzer

CoverGirl Bronze (200) TruBlend Bronzer ($9.99 for 0.10 oz.) is a golden, medium-dark bronze with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. MAC Global Glow (P, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Pyrite (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The TruBlend Bronzer formula is supposed to be blendable and create a “perfect bronze glow.” It had great color payoff with a very smooth, blendable texture that was just a tiny bit powdery, but it was noticeably denser than the TruBlend Blush formula. The one thing I was caught off guard by was how the shimmer didn’t translate nearly as strongly on the cheeks once blended as it did just swatched on my arm–it was much more subdued, and as a result, there was no emphasis of pores either. On me, the bronzer wore well for seven hours before fading.

CoverGirl TruBlend Bronzer Bronze (200)
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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CoverGirl Medium Rose TruBlend Blush

CoverGirl Medium Rose TruBlend Blush
CoverGirl Medium Rose TruBlend Blush

CoverGirl Medium Rose TruBlend Blush ($9.99 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. NARS Liberation (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). LORAC See Beyond (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Antigua (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Wavelength (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Motu Tane (LE, $39.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The TruBlend Blush formula is supposed to be blendable and create a “multi-toned result.” The texture is very soft and smooth, though it is a little on the powdery side; it tended to darken on the skin, but this seemed to ensure that it didn’t look dry or powdery when applied. It is, as described, easily blended and effortless to apply. The finish is really flattering on the skin without being too shimmery or too matte. The downside is that the more powdery texture makes it harder to build-up the color (it’s semi-sheer to semi-opaque), and it only lasted for six and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.

CoverGirl TruBlend Blush Medium Rose
B-

Permanent

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
81%
Total

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COVERGIRL x Star Wars Collection for September 2015

COVERGIRL x Star Wars Collection
COVERGIRL x Star Wars Collection

Colorlicious Lipstick ($7.99) (Limited Edition)

  • Droid — Gold #40
  • Lilac #20
  • Nude #70
  • Stormtrooper — Dark Purple #50
  • Red #30
  • Silver #10

Star Wars SuperSizer Mascara ($7.49) (Limited Edition)

The SuperSizer is the only mascara with a specialized Lash Styler. With a narrow core and shorter bristles, the Lash Styler allows lashes more direct access to the mascara for explosive first stroke impact. End-look lashes are not only dramatic and more voluminous – but 400% bigger! SuperSizer formula stays flexible long enough to play, sculpt and style lashes corner to corner. The 10 COVERGIRL SuperSizer Mascara are divided into 5 Light Side (Waterproof) and 5 Dark Side (Regular) SKUs and include iconic Star Wars movie lines, unique to their corresponding side.

  • 5 x Light Side (Waterproof): “May The Force Be With You”; “Do, Or Do Not, There Is No Try”; “You’re My Only Hope”; “I Feel The Good In You”; “Luminous Beings Are We”
  • 5 x Dark Side On-Pack Quotes (Regular): “I Will Finish What You Started”; “There Has Been An Awakening”; “Indeed You Are Powerful”; “You Will Meet Your Destiny”; “Immune To The Light”

Star Wars Nail Gloss ($6.99) (Limited Edition)

  • Light
  • Nemesis
  • Red Revenge

Availability: The COVERGIRL Star Wars Makeup Collection will be available online starting September 4th and in mass market, drug and food retailers starting mid-September, while supplies last.

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5 Shades of Radiant Orchid for Eyes

You know what I look forward to? Seeing some radiantorchideyes eyeliners. Those are few and far between, particularly for permanently available options. I also look forward to seeing some intensely pigmented, radiantorchideyes-hued matte eyeshadows–or at least, that’s my hope.

What are your favorite orchid-hued eyeshadows/eyeliners?

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