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Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Face & Body Bronzing Duo

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Face & Body Bronzing Duo
Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Face & Body Bronzing Duo

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Face & Body Bronzing Duo ($42.00 for 0.60 oz.) consists of a bronzer and blush that can be used individually or blended together.  It’s not your typical bronzer, because it’s not an orange/tan-based one, and those who tend to prefer slightly reddish tones to their blush/bronzer in the summer may like the shades included in this duo.  I wasn’t keen on the texture and blendability of the bronzer, unfortunately, as it was difficult to get it to look even and smooth on the skin.  Both shades wore well for seven and a half hours, and after eight hours, I noticed some slight fading along the edges.

Nude Beach Blush is a dirty, reddish-plum with a matte finish. It had good color intensity, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and fairly easy to blend out on the cheeks. NARS Seduction is bolder, darker, redder. NARS Lovejoy is similar in color but has more shimmer. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Nude Beach Bronzer is a dirty, plummy-brown with subtle warm undertones and a satiny sheen. This shade was sheerer, though still somewhat buildable. I had similar issues with blending, though, where it was difficult to soften or diffuse the edges of the color. It looked somewhat splotchy applied as a result. MAC Stylish Me is warmer, lighter. MAC Earthshine is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Face & Body Bronzing Duo Nude Beach
Nude Beach
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Burberry Khaki, Lavender Blue, & Mulberry Eyeshadows

Burberry Khaki Eyeshadow
Burberry Khaki Eyeshadow

Burberry Khaki (08) Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is an olive green with subtly warm-toned, brown undertones. It had a soft, smooth texture that applied well. The color payoff was good, though Burberry’s formula is confusing, as it’s called “Sheer Eyeshadow,” but then it’s supposed to have really true, long-lasting color, so I try to interpret that as a buildable color that can be worn sheer or more intensely. The softness of the texture allows for a wash of color without worry, but it can also be applied more heavily. MAC Flourishing is greener. Lancome Designer is darker, greener. Dior Khaki Design #3 is more shimmery. bareMinerals Eureka is more shimmery. bareMinerals Speaker Box is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Lavender Blue (13) Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a medium lavender with subtle cool undertonees and a satiny finish. It had decent to good pigmentation and was fairly true-to-pan in color. It was slightly powdery in texture. NARS High Society #1 is more muted. NARS Flowers 1 #3 is cooler-toned. MAC Beautiful Iris is cooler-toned and more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Fatal #3 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Mulberry (24) Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a muted, burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Kat Von D Fur Elise is more muted and matte. theBalm Sexy is darker and matte. theBalm Alice Copper is warmer. Maybelline Pomegranate Punk is a cream product. MAC Universal Appeal is lighter. MAC Rich Core is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Fig is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Khaki wore well for eight hours but was slightly faded after nine hours of wear, whereas Lavender Blue was slightly faded after eight hours and Mulberry lasted a full nine hours without fading/creasing.

Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow Khaki (08)
Khaki (08)
Khaki (08)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow Lavender Blue (13)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow Mulberry (24)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Each week, Le Metier de Beaute opens up their vault and unveils product pairings where if you buy one product/set, you’ll get something else, too. One favorite seems to be a polish duo, where you buy two polishes and get two other shades for free. Long-time readers will know I fell in love with Le Metier de Beaute on my first trip to NYC (in 2009), first discovering the brand on my first ever visit to Bergdorf Goodman’s. They have many impressive products and shades and have continued to be one of my favorite brands since 2009. When Le Metier de Beaute asked if I would be interested in curating a pairing of products that my dear readers would get a discount on, it was a no-brainer.

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Buxom Rogue Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Rogue Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Rogue Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Rogue Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “fiery coral.” It’s a brightened, bold, orange-red with a luminous sheen and strong, warm undertones. Maybelline Orange Edge is lighter. Maybelline Infra-red is slightly redder. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is a touch lighter. Maybelline Neon Red is a smidgen brighter. MAC Scarlet Ibis is matte. MAC Sail La Vie is more matte. OCC Psycho is matte. See comparison swatches.

It’s incredibly rich in color and yielded full color coverage in nearly one pass. The consistency is very creamy, though slightly thick (not as thick or as heavy as YSL’s Rouge Voluptes). Rogue glided over the lips without pulling or tugging. I thought I might have issues with the color feathering, because of the texture, but I didn’t have any issues with feathering or bleeding outside of the lip. This shade lasted six and a half hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating during that time. It’s also supposed to plump (“without the usual tingle”) using “encapsulated hyaluronic spheres” (which are also supposed to help hydrate). I didn’t notice any tingle, and I can be hyper-sensitive to lip plumpers, and my lips seemed fuller, but I couldn’t tell you if it was the plumping or simply the bolder color combined with a healthy shine. There was no scent or flavor to this lipstick.

Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick Rogue
Rogue
Rogue
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Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Edward Bess First Kiss Deep Shine Lipgloss

Edward Bess First Kiss Deep Shine Lipgloss
Edward Bess First Kiss Deep Shine Lipgloss

Edward Bess First Kiss Deep Shine Lipgloss ($30.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based, cotton candy pink with a creamy, glossy finish. MAC Style Packed is darker. MAC Silly is slightly darker. MAC Pink Nouveau is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to have “extraordinary shine” with a “kiss of brilliant color” that’s “hydrating.” The shade range “[ranges] from barely there to bold and dramatic.” First Kiss had semi-opaque color coverage, and I think it might have been nearly opaque if it applied more evenly. It had a tendency to settle a bit into lip lines and had a translucency that gave it somewhat splotchy coloring. The consistency is medium-thick and very tacky. It feels a bit gummy and gluey; it’s not as thick as MAC Lipglass, but it’s as sticky, if not slightly stickier. It has a sweet fig scent that might be cloying for some (it was noticeable even when I wore it, and I usually don’t notice scents in lip products once applied). It lasted four and a half hours, which is slightly better than average. It was neither drying nor hydrating while I wore it. This was the first product by Edward Bess that disappointed me; this didn’t feel like a high-end or luxury lipgloss at all.

Edward Bess Deep Shine Lip Gloss First Kiss
First Kiss
First Kiss
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
79%
Total

MAC Ambering Rose Blush

MAC Ambering Rose Blush
MAC Ambering Rose Blush

MAC Ambering Rose Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “muted rose.” It’s a burnished, rosy brown with gold shimmer. NARS Seduction is more burgundy, less warm-toned, but is somewhat similar applied. NARS Taos is slightly darker. MAC Hidden Treasure is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

It has good color payoff that’s buildable from sheer to mostly true-to-pan, opaque color.  The blush feels soft to the touch, but it’s not powdery.  It has a slightly stiffer texture, but it’s still blendable and fairly easy to apply to the skin.  The more it’s blended and buffed into the skin, the smoother the sheen becomes.  On my warmer complexion, it tends to take on a warmer, burnt (but in a good way) coloring, and I expect on cooler, pinker complexions, it may turn more of a rosy hue.  It lasted seven and a half hours when I wore it.  This shade was probably one of the first blushes I ever owned (the very first was MAC Margin).

MAC Powder Blush Ambering Rose
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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