Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

It Cosmetics Warm Radiance CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer
It Cosmetics Warm Radiance CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer

It Cosmetics Warm Radiance CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer ($34.00 for 0.57 oz.) is described as a “radiant bronze.” It’s a muted, medium brown with subtle warm undertones and a champagne and bronze shimmer. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is browner, less shimmery. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is yellower, less shimmery, darker. Chanel Sable Beige (LE, $60.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The palette has a mix of a more matte bronze and a more shimmery bronze, with the idea being you can adjust to get the desired finish you want. A little of the shimmer goes a long way; I don’t think I’d describe it as “subtly shimmering” as they do. It seems like a softer frost finish initially, but it had quite a bit of sheen and emphasizes my pores and the natural texture of the skin. The texture of the powder itself feels so lovely; incredibly soft, creamy, and smooth, but it really doesn’t do any favors for my skin once applied. It had good color payoff, and it was easy to blend and apply to the skin. The way the palette is designed, it’s hard to just get the matte bronzer side, as there’s only a wee bit of it peaking through, and honestly, the shimmer is quite woven throughout, even when it appears matte. The shimmer dominates in this palette, so I would only recommend this to someone who loves a shimmery, almost metallic, finish. The formula is also supposed to be waterproof and long-wearing, and it seemed water-resistant to me, but you can’t go swimming it and come out looking the same! Applied, the color wore well for nine hours, which was good wear.

P.S. — Sorry for the crazy eyes! Was already wearing the LORAC palette when this arrived for the day and wanted to try it right away, haha! A little taste of what it’s like behind-the-scenes :)

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Warm Radiance

B+

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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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?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony Vitality Cheek Stain
It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony Vitality Cheek Stain

It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony Vitality Cheek Stain ($24.00 for 0.136 oz.) is a medium-dark, pinky-coral with a gold, frosted sheen. Milani Lady Rouge (06) (LE, $7.99) has no shimmer. NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is a cream product, has no shimmer. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is lighter. NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $29.00) is slightly pinker. NARS Realm of the Senses #1 (LE, $29.00) is lighter. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $29.00) is similar. MAC Simmer (LE, $25.00) is less golden. NARS Deep Throat (P, $29.00) is lighter, less pink. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Vitality Cheek Stain formula is supposed to combine the long-wear of a stain with the ease of application of a powder. The brand says it will give a “naturally pretty flush of color … [and] that lit from within glow.” Pretty in Peony is intensely pigmented with a soft, velvety consistency that feels like a really smooth, buttery powder. A little goes a long way, so if you tend to be heavy-handed or have fairer skin, you’ll want to be sure to use less and build up (and a stippling or feathery brush should help!). It applied evenly, smoothly, and blended fairly easily on bare skin as well as over liquid foundation. There is a fair amount of sheen, though, and I felt like it did slightly emphasize pores along my cheeks. The color wore well for ten hours, though, which was impressive.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, March 8th, 2014

IT Cosmetics Hello Light Illuminating Powder
IT Cosmetics Hello Light Illuminating Powder

IT Cosmetics Hello Light Illuminating Powder ($24.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a warm-toned, medium beige with a frosted finish. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Star! (LE) is similar. MAC Belightful (LE) less gold. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is darker. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is a little lighter. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is more frosted, darker. See comparison swatches.

This is supposed to give a “true airbrushed look that works on all ages.” It’s also supposed to give a “natural radiance” while blurring pores and imperfections. It’s actually a very chameleon-like product, because in the pan and when photographed, it looks almost golden beige, but I noticed that at times, it looked almost showed as a silvery-white gleam on my medium complexion–ashy in a way, so it might be better suited for fairer skin tones. For a less pronounced sheen, I would recommend a stippling brush and a lighter hand. It doesn’t have glitter, but it has very, very fine shimmer that translates into a highly reflective sheen. The only way I could get this to apply and not look metallic was with a fan brush and use very, very little product. It didn’t do well on drier skin, as it emphasized the imperfections. I don’t feel like this blurred any pores or imperfections on my skin at all. The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, almost buttery, and really feels like silk. I love a good highlighter, and there are so many I love and reach for, but this one felt like three times the work to get just right. Once on, it lasts eight hours on me.

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Hello Light

B+

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8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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