Sunday, July 6th, 2014

I’m often asked for recommendations for blushes, and I thought I’d put together an updated, three-part series on blushes for fair, medium, and dark skin tones (I’ve done this at least once before). I’d love for you to share your favorites for your skin tone as well :) The more suggestions, the better! (Keep in mind, this is only a jumping off point–five recommendations at various price points, finishes, and undertones, but there are certainly many more that would suit!)

  1. NYX Flamingo — a cool-toned, matte pink
  2. Illamasqua Peaked — a cool-toned, pink-plum
  3. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane — a muted, rosy brown with a matte finish
  4. Makeup Geek Spellbound — a soft, warm-toned pink with a satin finish
  5. Make Up For Ever #310 — a medium, warm-toned pink

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as “tangerine.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a satin finish. YSL Corail Affranchi (07) (P, $40.00) is more muted. YSL Orange Fougueux (04) (P, $40.00) is redder. Maybelline Coral Burst (LE, $5.99) is powder. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is lighter, shimmery, powder. NARS Rotonde (LE, $41.00) is lighter, powder, matte. MAC Optimistic Orange (LE, $21.00) is redder. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The HD Blush formula is a soft, creamy, lightweight, and extremely blendable. You need that blendability because it is also a highly pigmented formula, but it can easily be applied with a light hand for sheer color or built up for true-to-pan color. The texture feels creamy initially but dries down to a powder as you apply and blend it into the skin, but the powder dry down is still blendable, so you never feel like you have to hurry. #515 wore well for nine hours on me before starting to fade slightly. This is the last shade I had to review, and you can read all my past reviews for other shades here.

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Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Whether you’re looking for shimmery, dewy, luminous, or matte, this round-up of my current top picks for peach blushes to try this summer has you covered!

  1. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper — a soft, shimmery peach
  2. Becca Fig/Opal — a luminous, peachy-beige
  3. Make Up For Ever #225 — a warm, pop of peach in a cream format
  4. Hourglass Dim Infusion — a muted peach with a soft sheen
  5. NARS Sex Appeal — a light peach with a matte finish

>> See them all side-by-side! <<

What are your favorites?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as “raspberry.” It’s a rich, raspberry red with subtle cool undertones and a satin finish. Chanel Chamade (67) (P, $38.00) is lighter, pinker. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is darker, powder. NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Keep It Casual (LE, $20.00) is redder. Chanel Rouge (LE, $43.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

As I mentioned previously, I’m generally a fan of Make Up For Ever, and their newer HD Blush range is one of my favorite cream blush formulas on the market. It feels like a lightweight, thin cream going on but dries down to powder as it is blended into the skin, but it remains blendable even in its “powder” form, which is why it’s so easy to work with. It’s very pigmented, so you can go light or heavy, depending on your preference, though it is forgiving if you’ve used too much. #510 was incredibly pigmented, and it wore well for nine hours before fading but seemed to stain just very slightly (for about an hour and a half after I removed it). You can read my reviews for other shades here.

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Make Up For Ever D-12 Aqua Matic
Make Up For Ever D-12 Aqua Matic

Here are the other three shades of Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) that I tested out. (Did you miss part one?) The formula is supposed to be “unbelievably blendable,” long-wearing, waterproof, highly-pigmented, and “glide on.” Unfortunately, my experience was very much the opposite: difficult to blend, prone to creasing, varying pigmentation, and they tugged during application. I’m a huge Make Up For Ever fan, but these left me disappointed.

Make Up For Ever D-12 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as “diamond golden grey.” It’s a medium-dark taupe with soft, golden shimmer and a pearly finish. It was sheer when applied in a single stroke, and the consistency was dry enough that it was difficult to layer and build up to opaque color as well. This shade creased after six hours on me. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is a powder. Urban Decay Pistol (P, $19.00) is warmer. Anastasia Antique (LE) is purpler. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is similar, powder. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $30.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P) is powder. MAC Bossa Blue (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder, cooler-toned. theBalm Selfish (P, $16.00) is a powder. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Little Black Bow (LE, $16.00) is more sparkly. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S-52 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as a “satiny flesh-colored pink.” It’s a light, peachy beige with a champagne shimmer-sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, and the consistency was almost blendable but still difficult to work with. It showed signs of creasing after six hours on me. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is lighter, powder. NARS Jezebel (P) is powder. MAC Naked (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. MAC Grain (P, $15.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S-60 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as a “satiny warm brown.” It’s a medium-dark, chocolate brown with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had decent pigmentation in a single stroke, and this one was buildable to opaque color. The consistency was creamier than any of the others, and I felt like I could almost blend out the edge. It wore well for seven hours before creasing. This was just the best of a bad lot, but it wasn’t good. Laura Mercier Rich Cocoa (P, $22.00) is darker, powder. Tarina Tarantino Locket Book (P, $15.00) is very similar (eyeliner). Laura Mercier Cocoa (P, $24.00) is warmer. Too Faced Chestnut (LE, $16.00) is powder. Bobbi Brown Bittersweet (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery. MAC Copper Strip (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is more matte, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Make Up For Ever I-20 Aqua Matic
Make Up For Ever I-20 Aqua Matic

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is supposed to be an “eyeshadow pencil [that] glides on and stays put.” It’s supposed to be “unbelievably blendable” without transferring, while it is also “highly-pigmented, waterproof, smudge-free … [and has] intense color payoff.” These are very, very stiff to work with; they apply so-so with minor tugging on the lids but look uneven at a close range and have a drier consistency that makes them extremely difficult to blend and get even, smooth color coverage. I expected that they’d be long-wearing, since they seemed to stay put from the get-go, but some shades creased within six hours (noted below). I was really disappointed in the way these felt, applied, and wore. The only upside is they’re a twist-up pencil with an included sharpener, so at least there is less waste. I have three other shades to review, so expect part two soon.

Make Up For Ever I-20 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as an “iridescent turquoise.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark blue-teal with a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single stroke, and when I tried to layer it, the color was mostly opaque. The consistency was somewhat smooth but did noticeably tug on the eyelid during application. This shade lasted for seven hours on me before creasing. Urban Decay Fringe (P) is a powder. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is darker, greener, powder. Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $8.25) is a powder. Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $6.80) is a powder. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE) is lighter, powder. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is bluer, powder. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $18.00) is bluer, powder. MAC Cool Heat (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, powder. Make Up For Ever #83 (P, $20.00) is brighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I-22 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as an “iridescent electric blue.” It’s a medium-dark, brightened blue with a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. This shade creased after six hours on me, and it faded within six hours when I tried to wear it as an eyeliner as well. It was difficult to blend and apply. Dior Rivage #5 (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. CoverGirl Sapphire Flare (315) (LE, $4.99) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Radium (P, $18.00) is powder. NYX Kiss in Casablanca (P, $4.50) is powder, more muted. Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I-30 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as an “iridescent lime green.” It’s a brightened, chartreuse with strong, yellow leanings and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was buildable to semi-opaque color coverage but wasn’t fully opaque. This shade creased on me after six hours of wear. This one had a slightly more blendable texture compared to the previous two, but it wasn’t great. NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $24.00) is greener, more muted, powder. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is powder. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Brilliantly Lit (LE, $18.50) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I-90 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as an “iridescent pop purple.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toened plummy purple with soft shimmer. It was sheer when applied in a single pass, and it was buildable to almost semi-opaque coverage, but it was noticeably uneven and almost splotchy at times. The consistency was about as blendable as I-30 but still frustrating to work with. This shade lasted for almost seven hours on me before creasing. MAC Violet Impact (LE, $15.00) is a powder, lighter. NYX Violetta (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, powder. NARS Trash (LE, $24.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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