Sunday, June 1st, 2014

When I thought about what my top picks for orange blush would be for summer, I had to go for at least a few of the bolder, more vibrant shades. Perhaps I could put together a post about peachy shades as an alternative to these bolder shades? If that’s something you’d like to see, let me know in the comments! :) Onward to my current recommendations…

  1. NARS Taj Mahal — a bright, tangerine orange with a gold shimmer
  2. NYX Cinnamon — orange-red with a satin finish
  3. Make Up For Ever #420 — a slightly muted, medium orange in a cream formula
  4. MAC Modern Mandarin — a shimmery orange with warm, red undertones
  5. NARS Exhibit A — a bold, orange-red with a matte finish

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

What are your favorites?

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as an “Indian rosewood.” It’s a muted, warm-toned orange with a hint of rose and a satin finish. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is more matte. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is lighter, brighter. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is brighter, powder. MAC Ambering Rose (P, $21.00) is darker, powder, more shimmery. MAC Early Morning (LE, $25.00) is a powder product. Chanel Frivole (P, $43.00) is lighter, brighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The pigmentation is rich and intense, so a little goes a long way, but the formula is very forgiving as it is extremely blendable–not just when it’s in its cream form, but as it dries down to a powder-like finish, it can still be blended and manipulated, much like your traditional powder blush. It sheers out readily, but it can be applied more intensely from the get-go or layered for more opaque coveage, depending on what you’re going for. The formula is incredibly versatile as a result. #420 wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

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9/10

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Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “rosewood.” It’s a medium, muted rosy pink with a soft, satiny sheen. It is slightly warm-toned, but it doesn’t turn coral or look reddish. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is brighter, powder. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is slightly more plum, powder. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter, powder. NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I continue to be impressed by the new HD Blush formula, and I’m just so pleased that the shades have performed consistently well. It’s always frustrating when a formula is inconsistent, as you never know whether a new shade will be a hit or miss, but with this range, every shade has been quite good. #310 is no exception! It had excellent, rich color payoff that can be as bold or as subtle as you’d like. The formula itself is lightly creamy but sets and dries down to a powder-like texture after twenty to thirty seconds, but what’s nice is that the powder-like texture is blendable like you’d expect a powder blush to be. It’s just so easy to apply, blend, and then it wears well–a solid nine hours with this particular shade.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic Launches
Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic Launches

Aqua Matic ($21.00)

Simplify your make up routine with an eye-catching new collection of smudge-proof color that stays put no matter where the day, or night, may take you. The latest addition to MAKE UP FOR EVER’S coveted Aqua family, new Aqua Matic is a range of long-lasting, glide-on eye shadow pencils created for make up pros and novices alike.

Aqua Matic was created for make up artists working in extreme environments as well as women wanting high performance make up they can wear every day. This glide-on eye shadow offers crease-proof, high-intensity color, with a lightweight finish making it a must-have for all, whether backstage, on-stage or in real life.

Aqua Matic’s ultra-gliding, creamy texture goes on smoothly and blends easily, providing immediate color payoff and an even result. An additional combination of Silica, Oils and Polymers create a flexible film that locks water out to guarantee long lasting, smudge-proof and crease-proof color.

Aqua Matic is available in 10 shades from neutral to vibrant with satin, metallic, diamond or iridescent finishes and is packaged in a convenient retractable pencil. Swipe your favorite color across your lid for a quick and easy look, or create a multicolored effect by layering on additional shades and blend with fingers or a brush.

  • D-10 Diamond black
  • S-60 Satiny warm brown
  • D-12 Diamond golden grey
  • I-90 Iridescent pop purple
  • I-22 Iridescent electric blue
  • I-20 Iridescent turquoise
  • I-30 Iridescent lime green
  • ME-50 Metallic golden taupe
  • ME-54 Metallic pinky beige
  • S-52 Satiny flesh-colored pink

Availability: Now @ Sephora

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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)
Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush ($26.000 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with warm undertones, hint of pink, and a satin finish. theBalm Cider (P) is lighter, pinker. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is powder. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker, powder. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is more orange, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever’s new HD Blush formula is one of my new favorites, because it has a lightly creamy consistency that applies evenly, smoothly, and blends easily and feels and looks like a powder shortly after applying it to the skin. It’s never tacky, as it dries down to a powder-like finish, which also means it has a subtle, satin finish–nothing too dewy or luminous. This shade had very true-to-pan color payoff, though it’s a lighter shade so it will show up best on fairer complexions. On my medium skin tone, it is a soft, muted blush on me, but it wore well for eight hours before beginning to fade.

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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