Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Estee Lauder Pure Color Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Pure Color Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Pure Color Matte Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00)

Creamy, matte, and intense, this lipstick emphasizes the shape of your lips with saturated matte color. The lightweight, ultra-creamy formula glides on seamlessly, coating lips evenly while leaving a soft and smooth, and the lipstick bullet is shaped to sculpt the curves of your lips. More than a daring lipstick, the luxe, one-click case is a perfectly-chic accessory.

  • Extrovert Blackened plum
  • Stronger Vibrant violet
  • Shameless Violet Rich aubergine
  • Commanding Black cherry
  • Unattainable Bold raspberry
  • Neon Azalea Electric pink
  • Decisive Poppy Crimson red
  • Volatile Fiery tangerine
  • Furious Neon coral
  • Desirous Deep chestnut brown
  • Covetous Nude Light nude
  • Irrepressible Deep brick red (Estee Lauder Exclusive)

Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion ($30.00)

This innovative liquid lipstick hybrid plumps with continuous moisture. Saturates with high-intensity color, without sticky shine. Lips look pouty, sculpted, sexy. Creamy, moisture–rich formula glides on in one effortless swipe of bold liquid color. Goes on wet. Comes on strong. Lasts up to 8 hours. Oil elixir-infused formula is infused with avocado, jojoba and sunflower oils, creating a luxuriously comfortable, satin-matte finish. Dual-sided applicator lets you shape and color with precise definition. One side has a rounded tip that follows the curves of your lips. The other, a well that holds extra color to build impact. Depth, dimension and definition in one stroke.

  • Lethal Red
  • Quiet Riot
  • Cold Fire
  • Naughty Naive
  • Wicked Sweet
  • Strange Bloom
  • Bittersweet
  • Not So Innocent
  • Vague Obsession
  • Fierce Beauty
  • Fragile Ego
  • Pierced Petal
  • True Liar
  • Extreme Nude
  • Naked Ambition
  • Savage Garden

Availability: Sephora (Matte lipsticks), Estee Lauder (Liquid Lipsticks)

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Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Guerlain Summer Edition (2015) Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Summer Edition (2015) Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Summer Edition (2015) Meteorites Pearls ($62.00 for 0.88 oz.) is described as “delicate pastel colors” available exclusively at Nordstrom. According to the brand, it uses “fresh green” for anti-redness, fuchsia to revive, “sunny yellow” for anti-dullness, “pearlescent white” to reflect light, champagne to illuminate, and “rich coral” to enhance. The overall effect is supposed to give “your skin in a pure radiant halo of light while covering your skin in a delicate violet scent.” The back of the container also calls them Rainbow Pearls (rather than Summer Edition), and worth nothing is that they look little like the promotional image.

Whatever the shades, they mix to a pale veil of white-ish powder with lighter gold pearl. I think this one may not work as well as other combinations have for all skin tones, but keep in mind that the skin swatches are rather heavy just to show the product compared to the product applied to the face, where it is used as intended (dusted all over like a finishing powder). This combination seemed to create a more blurred effect with a little shimmer here and there, but it tended to give the skin a smoother appearance without mattifying it as much as traditional loose powder would. For me, the effect of these Meteorites seemed subtler than the usual, and it is already a rather subtle product, so it’s definitely not for everyone. If you’re looking for a more traditional highlighting product, Meteorites are more like brightening or finishing powders that are applied in a more translucent layer, though they can be dabbed on high planes of the face to create a highlighted effect. The latter tends to be more or less impactful depending on the specific shade of Meteorites, and I think this one doesn’t work well for that purpose. The texture seemed slightly chalky to me, but it seemed to last about eight hours (it is harder to really check for wear sometimes with such subtle products but I do my best!).

As you might expect, Meteorites can differ from shade to shade, but there are some that are rather similar. Guerlain Perles du Dragon (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Perles de Nuit (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, July 18th, 2015

NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette
NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette

NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette ($59.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes a highlighter, bronzer, and two blushes, plus a traval-sized ITA brush. I have reviewed most of these shades before, so the list of similar shades is pretty up-to-date, so rather than pull a new link, I’ve included the current lists as they stand. I did test each of these versions for wear, pigmentation, application, and so forth. I think the packaging is really cool, but I wish the compact didn’t feel so bulky. I really like some of NARS’ blushes, but there are a fair amount that have been misses for me. This palette is a bit of a mixed bag, and I find there is too much variance from release to release.

It may seem expensive initially, but each powder is 0.14 oz., while a full-sized highlighter/blush from NARS is 0.16 oz. and costs $30. The bronzer is larger at 0.28 oz. and retails for $39. You’re getting 0.42 oz. of blush, which is a value of $78.75. You’re getting 0.14 oz. of bronzer, which is a value of $19.50. The kit has $98.25 worth of powder products and then whatever value the ITA would bring in (full-size retails for $55, which I don’t have, so I can’t comment on the quality between the two, but I do not like the travel version at all, as it is very scratchy, rough, poorly cut, and sheds).

Satellite of Love is described as a “sparkling gold sand.” It’s sort of apt, because it is a muted, medium brown with warmer, orange undertones and larger gold sparkle that tends to separate from the base powder, so not as much sticks to the skin or gets trapped in your brush. The version in the palette seems a little smoother but drier than the one I have as an individual pan (it is permanent), and it didn’t seem to emphasize pores this time around. It is a Highlighting Blush, so it is a more buildable product, though the best case was semi-opaque. The color wore for seven hours before fading. Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. NARS Jubilation (Right) (P, ) is less shimmery, more pigmented, brighter, darker. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is darker, more pigmented. View all similar shades on The Dupe List!

Casino is described as a “dark brown with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a golden, pearly sheen. It had decent to good pigmentation with a slightly firm texture, but it blended well on the skin and lasted for seven hours on me. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P, ) is more shimmery. View all similar shades on The Dupe List.

Day Dream is described as a “flirty sheer peach.”
This shade has been released previously as a limited edition shade, and the original launch was much more pigmented and almost darker overall, but this version is consistent with the one that was in last holiday’s Laser Cut palette. Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is warmer. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Alpha Girl (LE, $26.00) is darker. Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is cooler. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Sideshow You (LE, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink (P, $21.00) is cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $55.00) is darker. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer, cooler, lighter. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. View all similar shades on The Dupe List.

New Attitude is described as a “cherry blossom pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with a mostly matte finish. The version in this palette seems to lean warmer, whereas the individual version I have of it was distinctly blue-based (even in the pans!). The texture of this blush was soft but a little powdery, and it lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, less pigmented, cooler. MAC Lovecloud (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Blush (P, ) is darker. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is warmer. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter, cooler. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Angelika (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Quickie (LE, ) is darker, brighter, cooler. View all similar shades on The Dupe List/a>.

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Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Bite Beauty Maple Collection
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Bite Beauty Maple Collection is a Canada-exclusive release that consists of five Matte Creme Lipsticks and a new shade of Agave Lip Mask (in Maple). As a heads up, Mulled Maple is the same as Black Cherry (confirmed by Bite Beauty as well as from swatching both myself) from the Frozen Berries collection (U.S. release). Full reviews to come!

Big thanks to Julie over at Swatch & Review for helping me buy this collection! :)

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Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Too Faced Love Hangover Love Flush Blush
Too Faced Love Hangover Love Flush Blush

Too Faced Love Hangover Love Flush Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “perfect warm pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a lighter, golden sheen that gave it more of a satin finish overall. MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is less shimmery. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, lighter. NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is less shimmery. MAC Hipness (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture was soft, blendable, and lightweight on the skin and looked natural without being visibly shimmery. It wasn’t fully opaque, but the coverage was semi-opaque and then buildable up to full coverage in two layers. When I tested it, the color lasted for almost nine hours before fading noticeably.

Formula Summary | Too Faced Love Flush Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is supposed to be an exceptionally long-wearing (16 hours), pigmented, and “buttery soft” blush. It’s a nice blush, but unsurprisingly, it doesn’t last 16 hours. Some shades last eight hours, others last a little closer to ten hours–it is nice wear for powder blush generally, but you’ll find that many shades’ ratings took a hit because of the 16-hour wear claim. The blush has a soft texture that’s just firm enough not to kick up a lot of excess powder, but it’s not too firm where you can’t get good color payoff when you use it. Pigmentation varied from shade to shade and ranged from semi-opaque to totally opaque, while the blush tended to blend well on the skin with a satin to luminous finish. The compacts may be a little hard to open if you have larger fingers/hands (like me), and sometimes I felt like the pattern made it harder to get good pigmentation out of the blush if I used a more feathery brush.

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Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Tom Ford Face Focus Collection
Tom Ford Face Focus Collection

Skin Illuminating Powder Duo ($80.00) (TBA)

Tom Ford created this highlighting and illuminating powder duo to capture the two most flattering types of natural light on the skin: a soft white shade is like the luminous glow of daylight and a radiant golden shade is like the romantic illusion of candlelight. These lightly shimmering shades can be applied individually or layered together to create a multi-dimensional glow.

  • Moodlight

Complexion Enhancing Primer ($74.00) (New, Permanent)

For Tom Ford, sexy, radiant skin begins with a smooth and flawless complexion. This hydrating primer featuring the Tom Ford infusing complex, bridges the worlds of skincare and makeup. It brightens skin’s undertone, reversing signs of dullness or fatigue, and helps neutralize the appearance of discoloration while minimizing the look of pores. Use alone or under the traceless perfecting foundation. offered in two shades to complement a range of skintones.

  • Pink Glow
    Peach Glow

Flawless Powder/Foundation ($80.00) (New, Permanent)

This versatile foundation glides onto skin with a silky, light as air formula to create a flawless and natural-looking canvas for color. Designed to be worn as a buildable foundation offering light to medium coverage or as a luxurious finishing powder, it features micro-fine, light-reflecting powders for a luminous finish. Includes a special sponge applicator to build coverage or set the look. Use flocked white side for a sheer, natural finish. Use flat-sponge beige side for a full-coverage effect.

  • Cream
  • Buff
  • Linen
  • Fawn
  • Sable
  • Tawny
  • Warm Almond
  • Chestnut

Availability: Pre-order at Tom Ford; coming soon to Tom Ford retailers

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