Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Brush (2014)
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Brush (2014)

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Brush (2014) ($42.00) is a short-handled, red-bristled brush designed to be used with Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing Powders. The brush head is 1.5 inches / 3.5 centimeters in length, 1.5 inches / 3.5 centimeters in width, and 1.5 inches / 3.5 centimeters in thickness. It had a total length of just over 4 inches / 10.5 centimeters with an open ferrule. The bristles are scratchy, and the brush, overall, is poorly cut–it’s just not even at all. I had shedding for the first four washes, but after that, it did seem to abate. I noticed some dye bled for the first three washes as well. At this price point, there are too many higher-quality options to consider this one (and there are more affordable options that are better, too).

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Terracotta Bronzing Powder Brush (2014)

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Saturday, April 26th, 2014

How about a pop of vibrant coral on your lips this summer? Here are a few of my favorites… Check out swatches here in the Swatch Gallery.

  1. Maybelline Shocking Coral — medium-dark, pink-coral
  2. Givenchy Rose Dressing –a bright pop of, light-medium coral-pink
  3. Guerlain Geneva –a brightened orange-coral
  4. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral — a bold, bright coral
  5. Bite Beauty Crush — extremely neon coral

What are your favorite bright coral lipsticks?

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Guerlain Terracotta Sun Celebration Bronzing Powder & Blush
Guerlain Terracotta Sun Celebration Bronzing Powder & Blush

Terracotta Sun Celebration Bronzing Powder & Blush ($76.00) (Limited Edition)

Guerlain is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its iconic product with a truly dazzling bronzing powder, Terracotta Sun Celebration. A bronzing powder and blush rolled into one, this multi-tasking compact creates a sublime sun-kissed glow at a stroke. The soft, lightweight formula of this virtuoso illusion artist replicates a natural healthy glow and brings a fresh flush of colour to cheeks.

Availability: Now @ Sephora

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Guerlain Gladys (78) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gladys (78) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gladys (78) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant fuchsia.” It’s a rich, medium-dark fuchsia-shimmered berry with cool undertones and a luminous sheen. The color payoff was incredibly intense and opaque–one pass is all you need–and the coverage was even and made lips look smoother. This shade wore well for six hours, and it left a noticeable stain behind, while still being hydrating and comfortable to wear. This is a new and permanent shade. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is lighter, brighter, less shimmery. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is darker. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. MAC Commotion (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, more muted. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is darker. Guerlain Gigi (P, $51.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $35.00) is brighter, more fuchsia. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Galiane (15) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude beige.” It’s a light-medium beige with warm, peachy undertones and a creamy, lightly luminous, finish. This is the least glossy of the five new (and permanent!) Rouge Gs. The color coverage is full and opaque, while the texture is creamy, so the color applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for five hours and was nicely hydrating during that time. MAC Woodrose (LE, $16.00) is much lighter. MAC Pure Pout (P, $22.00) is lighter. Maybelline Sin-a-mon (935) (P, $7.49) is browner, darker. MAC Japanese Maple (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Gaetane (16) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark orange-brown with light copper micro-shimmer and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but there was a little translucency with this shade that isn’t present with the other shades. The color wore well for almost six hours, though, and it was moisturizing and comfortable to wear. Revlon Sandstorm (LE, $7.99) is darker, less glossy. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is darker, less glossy. Milani Bronze Beauty (P, $5.49) is more shimmery, less glossy. MAC Who’s That Chick (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, less glossy. MAC Sheer Seduction (LE, $16.00) is slightly more shimmery. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is a touch darker, less glossy. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Authentic (P, $18.00) is darker, more metallic, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, April 14th, 2014

Guerlain Geraldine (77) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Geraldine (77) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Geraldine (77) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “luminous pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool, bluish undertones and a glossy shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the color applied evenly and made lips smoother and plumper than they actually were (which is where Rouge Gs shine). The color wore well for five and a half hours, and it was nicely hydrating while worn. This is a new and permanent shade now available from the brand. Estee Lauder Infamous (P, $30.00) is brighter, less glossy. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is slightly more fuchsia. YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon (31) (P, $34.00) is darker. L’Oreal Pink Flamingo (180) (P, $8.95) is less glossy. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is purpler. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Geneva (48) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “blood orange.” It’s a coral-orange with warm undertones and a slightly muted quality to it; the color is still vibrant, but it’s not neon. The finish is glossy and luminous, which makes lips look healthier than they do bare. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for almost six hours, and it was extremely hydrating while worn and after it wore away. This is a new and permanent shade now available from the brand. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, slightly lighter. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is a bit brighter. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is less glossy, pinker. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is similar. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is slightly darker, less glossy. MAC Hibiscus (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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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)