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5 Shades of Aqua Eyeshadow

Reader Sylirael asked if I had done a post on aqua eyeshadows, and the last time I did one was back in ’11, so I thought three years later might be a good time to update my top five!

  1. Giorgio Armani #10 — a metallic, aqua-blue
  2. Sugarpill Mochi — a muted, aqua blue with a satin finish
  3. Inglot #345 — a minty, aqua green with a matte finish
  4. Make Up For Ever #93 — a bold, bright aqua-green
  5. Urban Decay Shattered — a gold-shimmered, muted aqua blue

What are your favorite aqua-hued eyeshadows?

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5 Bright Green Eyeshadows to Try

I love green eyeshadow! Whether it’s a soft, pastel green or a deep, emerald green or a murky, earthy, olive green. Here are some of my favorites for brighter pops of green for spring.

  1. Make Up For Ever #91 — a bright, medium green with yellow undertones
  2. Illamasqua Pivot — a pop of chartreuse with a matte finish
  3. Sugarpill Tipsy — a shimmery, frosted green
  4. MAC Lucky Green — a bright, shimmering yellow-toned green
  5. Illamasqua Fledgling –a vibrant, grass green with a matte finish

What are your favorite shades of green for spring?

Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “flamingo pink.” It’s a light-medium, soft pink-coral with a satin finish and warm undertones. Milani Coral Cove (05) (LE, $7.99) is darker, powder. Sleek MakeUP Newport Peach (P) is very similar. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is pinker, powder. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is powder. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is more shimmery, powder. MAC Something Special (P, $21.00) is less pink. MAC Keep It Loose (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

If you prefer your coral to lean a little pink (rather than orange) and are in the mood for something easily described as light, fresh, and springy, #215 is one to consider. The formula on this shade is consistent with the other shades I’ve tested: lightly creamy, non-sticky, nicely pigmented, and turns to a more powdery feel as it is blended and worked into the skin. Even though it takes on a more powder-like feel and look, it retains the blendability of a cream and has a beautiful satiny finish that doesn’t have a lot of sheen but doesn’t look flat. This shade lasted almost eight hours on me before fading.

Make Up For Ever HD Blush #215 HD Blush
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

See more photos & swatches!

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Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “cool pink.” Urban Decay Blush (P) is powder. Sleek MakeUP Macaroon (P) is warmer, darker. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is powder. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is brighter, cooler-toned, powder. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is powder. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is darker. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker, powder. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches.

After trying #330 and #410, I was pretty impressed with the newest cream blush formula from Make Up For Ever. #210 is lightly creamy, somewhat emollient, when initially applied, but it dries down and sets to a very powder-like finish–so it’s smooth, blendable, but it won’t slip around throughout the day. The texture gets more velvety and powder-like when applied, but it still retains the blendability and evenness in color of a traditional cream blush. It had excellent, true-to-pan color payoff, that could easily be applied with a lighter hand for softer, sheer color, or more intensely for a more opaque color. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before it started to fade.

P.S. — For those that were concerned about lack of cool-toned shades in the new range, don’t trust Sephora’s stock photos–they’re definitely off significantly! The image for this shade makes it look like an orange-coral!

Make Up For Ever HD Blush #210 HD Blush
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

See more photos & swatches!

10 Cream Blushes to Try this Spring

It seems like cream blush is the thing for spring, so here are ten of my favorites! What are your favorite cream blushes to pull out during spring?

  1. Make Up For Ever #330 — a medium pink with subtle cool undertones
  2. Illamasqua Peaked — muted, raspberry pink with a satin finish
  3. Chanel Affinite (65) — brightened, cool-toned pink
  4. MAC Posey — brightened, pinky-coral
  5. Illamasqua Seduce –a muted, pinky-plum
  6. Chanel Inspiration (64) — a light, cool pink
  7. Make Up For Ever #410 — a medium, coral-orange
  8. Illamasqua Sleek — medium-dark, coral-brown
  9. Chanel Chamade (67) — rich, reddish-pink
  10. MAC Ladyblush — a neutral, peachy-pink

Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “coral.” It’s a medium, coral-orange with a satin finish and warm undertones. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is more muted, powder. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is more orange, lighter. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is darker. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE) is powder, warmer. See comparison swatches.

This is the other shade from Make Up For Ever’s new HD Blush formula that I tested, and it was consistent with the first shade. It had a lightly creamy texture in the compact that applied and felt like traditional cream blush initially, but after sitting on the skin for about thirty seconds, it turned into a powder finish that was satin-to-matte. The color applied evenly and smoothly, and it was easy to blend and work the color into the skin. It was nicely pigmented, so the color could look true-to-pan if desired, but it was easy enough to apply less or blend for a softer, sheerer look. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Make Up For Ever HD Blush #410 HD Blush
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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