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Hourglass Euphoric Fusion & Iridescent Flash Ambient Strobe Lighting Blushes

01/07

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Euphoric Fusion

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush ($38.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a soft, medium pinky-plum with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. The powder was incredibly smooth and finely-milled, though it kicked up excess powder in the pan and looked dusty when swatched, but the more I blended it out, the smoother and more luminous it looked on the skin (without looking dusty or dry). It had medium, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque) and the shimmery finish never emphasized my skin’s natural texture. The color stayed on well for eight hours before fading on me.

The Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder is designed to have the “illuminating effects” of their Strobe Lighting Powder with “vivid cheek colors.” The formula features “buildable color” with a “natural-looking, radiant finish.” The texture of the powder is very, very silky and finely-milled, which can result in noticeable powder that gets kicked up in the pan, though they apply beautifully to the skin and never look dry or dusty actually applied (which is where it counts!). One of the things I have noticed over the years is that the depth of color can vary dramatically depending on the marbling of the powders; some have more of the “Strobe” shade and others have more of the “blush” shade.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Euphoric Fusion
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Sponsored: Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Liquid Foundation Photos & Swatches

01/04

Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Liquid Foundation SPF 20  

Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Liquid Foundation SPF 20  

Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Liquid Foundation SPF 20  

Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Liquid Foundation SPF 20  

Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation ($45.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is the newest liquid foundation from Shiseido. It’s a follow-up to Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation from last year. Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation is–you guessed it–a dewier formula that’s supposed to give a “dewy glow without any shine” with “buildable coverage” and a “serum-like texture.” It also featured broad spectrum SPF 20 and is supposed to have “8-hour hydration.”

You can find your shade in the Foundation Matrix or see below for swatches of the shade range:

Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blushes

01/06

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush

Wrapped Candy

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is rich, medium-dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and cooler, violet and pink pearl. It was richly pigmented, and a little went a long way, but the soft, blendable consistency made it easier to control and work with on the cheeks–essential characteristics for something darker and pigmented. As I blended out the powder, it became more luminous and the cooler shimmer made it read cooler than it looked in the pan. The blush started to fade after ten hours of wear.

The Extra Dimension Blush formula is supposed to have “long-wearing colour with prismatic reflections” that wears for “10 hours.” The formula is typically very pigmented with a soft, smooth texture that’s firmer in the pan but not difficult to use–I had no issues grabbing color with even my softest brushes–and has no dustiness or powderiness in the pan. The blushes are usually blendable with a luminous glow on the cheeks that did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. With MAC’s newly-added permanent shades, the wear time has ranged from eight to ten hours.

MAC Extra Dimension Blush Wrapped Candy
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
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Tarte Rum Punch, Salt Lyfe, Sunkissed Color Splash Hydrating Lipsticks

01/07

Tarte Rum Punch Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Rum Punch Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Rum Punch Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Rum Punch Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Rum Punch Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Rum Punch Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Rum Punch Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Rum Punch

Tarte Rum Punch Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, rosy beige with warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff that applied evenly across the lips. The formula felt creamy enough to glide on without tugging but wasn’t too thick nor did it slide around on the lips while worn. There was a smidgen of color that pulled into my deeper lip lines, but it wasn’t something I could notice at a normal viewing distance (only in the close-up photos). The lipstick stayed on well for four and a half hours and was moderately moisturizing.

The formula is supposed to be “long-wearing,” “full coverage,” and hydrating. The consistency has an incredibly smooth, creamy feel to it and has enough substance and thickness to it that it adheres well to the lips and usually doesn’t pull into lip lines. I felt like the formula felt slightly more emollient initially and “dried” a bit to more of a satin-to-cream finish after a few minutes (but not a true dry down, as it wasn’t transfer-resistant!). The majority of shades were very pigmented, easy to apply, comfortable to wear with light to moderate hydration over time, and lasted between four and seven hours on me. A few of the lightest and darkest shades weren’t as pigmented or were less flattering on the lips compared to more of the medium shades. There did not seem to be any added fragrance to it (smelled slightly waxy), and I didn’t notice any taste.

Tarte Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick Rum Punch
Rum Punch
Rum Punch
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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MAC Russian Red, Ruby Woo, Baby’s a Vamp, Yellow Jacket Lipglasses

01/06

MAC Russian Red Lipglass

MAC Russian Red Lipglass

MAC Russian Red Lipglass

MAC Russian Red Lipglass

MAC Russian Red Lipglass

MAC Russian Red Lipglass

Russian Red

MAC Russian Red Lipglass ($17.00 for 0.10 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium red with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied fairly evenly and had minimal settling (I couldn’t tell at all that there was any in person, partially as the color was so bright and the finish so glossy). The gloss had a smooth feel going on, plush but not heavy, and somewhat tacky. It wore well for almost six hours and was lightly hydrating.

The Lipglass formula is supposed to be “pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic color” that can be worn “on its own, over lip pencil or lipstick” and will “condition lips.” MAC could use an update on the description as some shades are more pigmented than others but several are sheerer and likely intended to be that way. The formula has a very glossy, high-shine finish with a light-medium weight and moderate tackiness. I find that newer Lipglasses (over the last couple of years) are smoother and not quite as tacky as the formula was many years ago. They wear from three to six hours on me and are usually lightly hydrating. MAC recently updated the shade range and packaging for the range (though the formula was said to be unchanged), so worth noting is that with that packaging change came a reduction in quantity to 0.10 fl. oz. (was 0.17 fl. oz.), which may matter for some but not everyone.

MAC Lipglass Russian Red
Russian Red
Russian Red
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

01/09

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

Navagio Beach

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is a medium gold with warm undertones and a subtle, pearl sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a smooth, lightly emollient texture that glided across bare skin exceptionally well.

The new, limited edition formula is supposed to be a “buildable formula that delivers sheer, high-impact color on lips and cheeks,” and it’s also said another way: “pairs vivid color with a weightless touch,” which seems to suggest that the “sheer” quality is more with respect to the feel of the product than the coverage. That being said, the coverage seems to be “buildable” but still “vivid.” On my skin tone, this color worked more as a highlighter than a blush, but on very fair skin tones, it may also add subtle warmth. It applied best and easiest over bare skin but was workable over a liquid/cream product; I would avoid using it over powder as it tended to cause splotchiness. As a cheek color, it lasted for seven and a half hours, and as a lip product, it lasted for two and a half hours and was non-drying.

NARS Sheer Pop Multiple Navagio Beach

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