Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Super Shock Cheek

In February, ColourPop Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) released in twenty shades from peach to fuchsia. I haven’t had much time with these yet, so I don’t have any insight to share quite yet (I’m wrapping up testing NARS’ formula, then I’ll move on to this one!). Hopefully I can start posting a review for a shade or two later this week or next. :) The formula is designed to be similar to the Super Shock Shadows, which means it is a firmer, cream-based product (no depotting!)–the brand does say that fingertips result in highest coverage, flat synthetic brushes have “more coverage” than duo fiber brushes, which will have “sheer, air brushed” coverage. All of these have already been added to the Swatch Gallery for easy comparisons.

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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

ColourPop Rebound Collection
ColourPop Rebound Collection

ColourPop Rebound Collection ($20.00 for 4 x 0.07 oz.) includes four shades for spring/summer 2015. Those who tend to prefer more matte finishes may like that this set includes three more matte shades and one sparkly shade. There’s something to be said about reading carefully, though, as this set includes three Super Shock Shadows and one Super Shock Pressed Pigment (Ex); with the latter being “not intended for use in the immediate eye area.” I missed that until I sat down last week to write-up the review, so you’ll see it included in the eye look with the other shades, but I tested it as a blush (and it is only be rated as a blush) after that.

One & Done is described as a “soft butter cream ivory with a matte finish.” It’s a light, subdued yellowed beige with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. There’s a little sheen to the finish that keeps it from being totally matte. It had fairly opaque coverage that could build to fully opaque color with two layers of product. The consistency was blendable, while the formula was long-wearing and stayed on for nine hours before creasing. Hourglass Obscura #1 (P) is powder. Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is lighter, powder. Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is lighter, powder. LORAC Undressed (P) is a powder. Kat Von D Damned (LE) is less yellow, powder. Tarte Breakfast in Bed (LE) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Mirage (LE, $5.99) is darker, brighter, powder. Make Up For Ever M510 Vanilla (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is powder. Kat Von D Entomology (P) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Soon is described as a “golden peach with pink opal iridescent duochrome finish.” It’s a softened, peachy-orange with warm undertones and pink and pale gold sparkle. It was semi-opaque and slightly buildable, but I couldn’t get fully opaque color (even with fingertips). The texture is blendable with little fall out during application, and there were a few stray sparkles that drop while it is worn, but it was minimal. The color itself stayed on well for nine and a half hours before creasing slightly. Colour Pop Halo (LE, $5.00) is darker, less sparkly. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is darker. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Escapade (LE, $42.00) is brighter, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ex is described as a “bright coral red with a matte finish.” It’s a muted, light-medium coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage in a single pass with fingertips, but with a stippling brush, it was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque buildable coverage. Since the brand released a blush formula, their recommendations were to use fingertips for the most coverage, but advised that a flat brush could be used for higher coverage (but less than fingertips) and a duo fiber brush for a “sheer, air brushed effect.” I haven’t tried their blushes yet (I did order) so I’m not sure how the Super Shock Shadow/Pressed Pigment formula differs, but I tried to use that as my guideline when I went to test this as a blush. When I used it on my eye (again, it is not safe for the immediate eye area), it did require two layers for more opaque color–it’s definitely one that lends itself to fingertip application for best pigmentation. It lasted for eight hours as a blush. Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, powder. MAC Sideshow You (LE, $21.00) is lighter, powder. Milani Coral Cove (05) (LE, $7.99) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Adios is described as a “smokey taupe gray with a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark taupe with warmer, brown undertones and an overcast of gray. It had more of a semi-matte finish than a true matte–there was a very slight sheen to it. It had mostly opaque pigmentation applied with fingertips or with a brush, so I used a brush to apply it to the lid and had no issues doing so. The texture was lightweight, blendable, and the color itself wore well for ten hours before creasing slightly. Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is warmer. MAC Lofty (LE, $15.00) is darker. Burberry Storm Grey (No. 27) (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is less shimmery. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Exec (LE) is grayer. Lancome Volcano (P, $19.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, February 21st, 2015

NYX Beach Babe HD Blush
NYX Beach Babe HD Blush

NYX Beach Babe HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a brightened, gold-shimmered brown with warm, reddish-yellow undertones and a frosted finish. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is less red. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is slightly darker. Too Faced Sun Bunny #2 (P) is lighter. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is darker. MAC Global Glow (P, $30.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was nicely pigmented with color that could be applied at true-to-pan intensity. The texture was soft with a fairly silky feel that didn’t get too powdery–the least powdery shade I’ve tested so far from the new HD range–that blended easily on the skin. I also found that despite seeming rather shimmery when swatched, the finish is softer and more luminous than a true frost on the skin. It seemed to buff and diffuse especially well in practice. When I wore this blush (or bronzer), it stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading.

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Friday, February 20th, 2015


ColourPop Sour Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Sour Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Sour Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light neon lime with satin finish.” It’s a brightened, yellowed chartreuse green with a pearly sheen. It had fairly good color coverage, but it was a shade that required two layers for full opacity. It layered and blended easily, and it wore well for ten hours. Colour Pop Mermaid Kiss (P, $5.00) is darker. MAC Lisa’s Spikes (LE, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S336 Lime (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, less yellow. Make Up For Ever ME338 Acidic Green (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, greener. Make Up For Ever I340 Lime Green (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever I-30 (P, $21.00) is similar. NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $24.00) is similar. Urban Decay Thrash (P) is less shimmery. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is similar. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is similar. CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is similar. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Chipper Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone minty green … with multi-coloured glitter.” It’s a light-medium, sea foam green with lighter, aqua glitter. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly with very little fall out during application. I had minor fall out during wear, but the color itself hadn’t faded or creased after ten hours. Urban Decay Dragon (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #2 (P) is darker, warmer. MAC Apple Squishee (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever S312 Mint Green (P, $21.00) is less glittery, darker. Make Up For Ever I332 Meadow Green (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Kelly (P, $15.00) is matte. Disney by Sephora Cinderelly (LE) is lighter, less sparkly. Disney by Sephora Fins (LE) is slightly darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Pop Rocks Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned cornflower blue … with multi-coloured glitter.” It’s a medium-dark blue with lighter silver and blue glitter. It swatched as semi-opaque, but it seemed to go on fully opaque when I applied it to the lid (I used a flat, synthetic brush) to the point where a little went further than anticipated. I didn’t notice any glitter fall out when I was blending this shade, but there were a few stray glittery bits after a few hours of wear. I didn’t have any creasing or fading at the ten-hour mark. Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $37.00) is much darker. Urban Decay Freeze (LE, $18.00) is more muted. Make Up For Ever ME232 Turquoise Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter. Shiseido Esmaralda (BL 620) (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Poolside (P, $5.99) is warmer. Kat Von D Bukowski (LE) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #6 (P, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora Diamond Sky (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Unhinged (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Peace (P, $18.00) is lighter. NARS South Pacific #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Parrot (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Lace Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep rich blue violet with a pearlized finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with a blackened purple base and lighter purple shimmer and amethyst glitter. I thought this one was a bit trickier to get opaque color coverage with using a brush, as it tended to look darker and less vibrant when applied with a brush (the same brush I could use with the previous three without issue). The first time I swatched it, the color payoff was very intense, but every subsequent time, it was weaker. The texture was blendable, and it stayed on well without any fading or creasing over a ten-hour period. MAC Victorian Plum (LE, $19.50) is darker. Ardency Inn Royal (P, $21.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Simbad’s Seas (LE, $9.99) is bluer. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is more muted. Disney by Sephora Sea Witch (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is warmer, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, February 20th, 2015

NYX Soft Spoken HD Blush
NYX Soft Spoken HD Blush

NYX Soft Spoken HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a soft, light peach with a hintr of pink and a golden shimmer-sheen. Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery. Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE) is less shimmery. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is darker. Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery . Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach (LE) is darker, more shimmery. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter. MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is slightly darker. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is pinker. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Adored (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is less pink. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a blush that will naturally suit lighter skin tones the best as a result of being on the lighter end of the spectrum, as it will show up as more of a highlighter on medium and deeper skin tones (as it does on me). The powder was soft, smooth, and powdery, though it didn’t feel chalky. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was buildable to a degree, but it tended to soften more readily than it did intensify to opaque color. The finish is luminous without being too frosted, so it didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture, and despite the powderiness, it didn’t look that way on the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading on me.

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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

NYX Taupe HD Blush
NYX Taupe HD Blush

NYX Taupe HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium-dark, taupe brown with subtle warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Kat Von D Sombre (P) is very similar but slightly warmer. MAC Next to Skin (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is rosier. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is warmer, more shimmery, lighter. MAC Taupe Shape ($21.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Notorious (LE, $45.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The consistency of the powder is definitely very soft, but it is quite powdery and kicks up a lot of excess in the pan. Luckily, it doesn’t look powdery on the skin and blended out easily. The color payoff was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque with some buildability, but this particular shade wasn’t intensely pigmented. This seemed even cooler-toned compared to the regular Powder Blush version of Taupe, which may make it an even more suitable contouring shade for fair to medium-dark skin tones, but I wish it wasn’t quite so thin in texture. It also contains slightly more product (0.16 oz. vs. 0.14 oz. but costs $1.50 more) and doesn’t have talc as an ingredient. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading.

As a note, this product seems potentially extra fragile, as I received three of the blushes I ordered from ULTA completely shattered, and several readers had similar stories–but more worrying was that some readers experienced blushes breaking in their bags on the way home. That being said, I ordered a dozen or so from NYX directly and none of them arrived broken.

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