Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Revlon Legacy Collection Super Lustrous Lipsticks
Revlon Legacy Collection Super Lustrous Lipsticks

For spring, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) sees the limited edition return of five iconic shades from the past as voted by Revlon customers. I found mine last week at CVS, and the display looked like it had just been put out, so hopefully if these interest you, you’ll find them locally! The Super Lustrous formula is supposed to be hydrating, smooth, and creamy. I found all five shades to be lightly hydrating with pretty good pigmentation and about average wear. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

5th Ave. Red is a lightly cool-toned, medium-dark red that’s a little muted–not too bright. On me, it almost pulls neutral rather than distinctly cool-toned. It had rich, mostly opaque color coverage that didn’t look heavy and had a soft, natural shine. It wore well for four and a half hours and left a light stain. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is warmer. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is brighter. NARS Hyde Park (P, $25.00) is less glossy. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. Dior Lady (LE, $36.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches.

Icy Violet is a cool-toned, plummy brown with a lavender and purple frost finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me. Dolce and Gabbana Ametista (LE, $32.00) is sheerer, more iridescent. Guerlain Rose Bengale (P, $35.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Jungle Peach is a light-medium, warm-toned peach with a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich color payoff, and the texture was very creamy and emollient. It wore well for three hours on me. YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is pinker. NARS Torres del Paine (LE, $25.00) is less glossy, darker. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $17.00) is darker. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Sandstorm is a medium-dark, copper-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a slightly frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and this shade didn’t apply as evenly as the rest, though from afar it was not too noticeable. The color lasted three and a half hours on me. MAC Carnal Instinct (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Synopsis (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Snow Peach is a brightened, pink-coral with a creamy, glossy finish and warm undertones. It had rich, opaque color coverage that didn’t look heavy, while the consistency was very creamy and emollient. It wore well for four hours on me. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is very similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is darker, less glossy. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is very similar. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is darker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is similar. Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral (P) is less glossy. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is darker. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans — #26-44

#25 is medium-dark, cool-toned taupe with a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was very soft but a little powdery though easy to blend. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE) is slightly warmer. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is darker, cream. MAC Interior Life (LE, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals Rowdy (P) is more mauve. See comparison swatches.

#26 is a dark, cool-toned gray with a soft, satiny finish. It had good pigmentation, but it was a little on the powdery side, so it looked somewhat dry applied. If you apply over a primer, it seems to smooth out more. The color lasted just over seven and a half hours on me. bareMinerals Panorama (LE) is warmer. theBalmtA4 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Kat Von D Siouxsie-sioux (P) is warmer. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $15.00) is more metallic. LORAC Slate (P) is cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Ace (LE, $18.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Genre (LE, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

#27 is a neutral-to-cool-toned, blackened purple with a satin-matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, but the texture was on the drier side, so the coverage wasn’t even. When worn, the eyeshadow lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Pinkluxe #5 (P) is darker, more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE) is lighter. Lancome Zip Me Up (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #79 (P, $20.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

#28 is a muted, warm-toned burgundy with a metallic finish. It had decent pigmentation, but there was a dryness to the texture that didn’t give it the most intense, smoothest finish. It wore well for seven and a half hours before it started to fade. Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $5.99) is less metallic. Chanel Fatal (837) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Chanel Seduction #1 (LE) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #7 (P, $9.99) is more metallic. theBalm Alice Copper (P, $16.00) is very similar but has more pigmentation and a better texture. MAC Cranberry (P, $15.00) is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Crucible (LE, $30.00) is darker. Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

#29 is a muted, yellow gold with a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff was okay, but it wasn’t opaque or intensely pigmented. The texture was a little dry and powdery but blendable. On me, it wore well for seven hours before showing signs of fading. theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is yellower, brighter. theBalm #12 (P, $6.50) is yellower. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Lemon Tart (P, $15.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Sunset Blvd. (LE) is darker. Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is yellower. MAC Dreammaker (LE, $15.00) is similar. Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $28.50) is yellower. See comparison swatches

#30 is a dark, olive green with a golden shimmer. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before it started to fade slightly along the edges. Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P) is a cream product, darker. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is a little lighter. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is similar. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is similar. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

There are forty-four shades of eyeshadows available in pan-form from theBalm, which launched at the beginning of this year. They can be purchased at their San Francisco store or by calling 415-817-1800. Each eyeshadow pan is available for $6.50 and comes in a cardboard sleeve. The 9-pan palette is $8.00, while the 16-pan palette is $10. If you fill either the 9- or 16-pan palette up at the time of purchase, they will run you $44.00 (normally, $66.50) and $64.00 (normally, $114.00) respectively. Each palette is made out of thick cardboard–same as theBalm’s eyeshadow palettes have been in the past–and come with full-sized mirrors on the top flap. For more information about sizes, the palettes, and a general overview of the custom palette/eyeshadow pan system, please read this post. You can view swatches all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page.

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Milani Rose Powder Blush Comparisons

Milani Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.60 oz.) introduced four new and limited edition shades for spring. Unfortunately, all four of them were misses for me. The colors were gorgeous, and the design delicate and lovely in the pan, but the performance was where this product fell–and fell hard. The texture of all four shades was incredibly powdery and dry, and three of the four shades also felt like they had chalky bases (maybe an excess of talc). They’re the type of product that really needs help to perform decently, so if you’re someone who typically applies blush over a cream or liquid foundation, doesn’t mind having to spend a little time blending and evening out the blush, then maybe they’re still worth considering, but I really don’t think they’re worth the work. I would steer you in the direction of Delizioso Pink or Bella Rosa, both intensely pigmented blushes that performed well (both by Milani).

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  3. Love Potion
  4. Tea Rose
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.60 oz.) is described as a “light rose.” It’s a muted, almost dusty, medium pink with subtle cool undertones and an ultra matte finish. NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is lighter, warmer. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is lighter. MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

This was the best-performing shade of the new-for-spring set of four, but it was still disappointing and frustrating to use due to the dry, powdery texture. It’s a powder that seems soft but almost turns into a loose powder with the lightest touch. This shade didn’t feel as chalky as the other three, even though it still has a lot of powdery excess and had trouble adhering to bare skin. It needs some sort of emollient base (moisturizer, oilier skin, liquid/cream foundation, etc.) to help it stick to the skin. Otherwise, bare skin is an uphill battle, as the blush goes on unevenly, looks splotchy, and is very sheer (because so little of it stays on the skin). Over foundation, I was able to get the color to stay, and with some work, blended and even enough that it was presentable. What managed to stay on bare skin almost seven hours, and wear was definitely improved over foundation–more like eight to nine hours. I’m so used to blushes that have no problem applying to the skin, whether bare, powdered, or fully made-up with primer and foundation, including some by Milani.

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Milani Love Potion (07) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Love Potion (07) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Love Potion (07) Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.60 oz.) is described as a “dark rose.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with a matte finish and cool, blue undertones. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is warmer. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is more pigmented. Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery. MAC Prom Princess (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is a cream, cooler-toned, brighter. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to be a “luxurious matte blush” that has a “micro-milled … powder.” The product is so incredibly powdery and chalky–even the lightest tap of the brush to the pan creates a lot of excess powder getting everywhere. The powder doesn’t adhere well to bare skin; it was quick to blend away on my normal-to-dry forearm, and it was only moderately better on my face, which is normal at the moment. If you wear a liquid or cream foundation or some sort of emollient base, you can get the pigment to stick better, but blending this shade was somewhat challenging. It did not appear as splotchy as Lady Rouge, but it wasn’t easily blended. I highly recommend using much, much less than you think and gradually building up the color to the desired intensity. When I wore this shade, the color lasted well for seven and a half hours before showing signs of fading and some patchiness.

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Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick
Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick

For spring, Maybelline released two limited edition shades of Master Glaze in its Dare to Go Nude Collection. The Master Glaze formula is supposed to give cheeks a “dewy and gently glazed” look with “the sheerest color.” They have a slick, very emollient consistency, so they blend out really easily, even over foundation, without disturbing underlying base products. They never fully set or dry down, which leaves the finish looking noticeably luminous and dewy–for some, it might look “oily,” as it is a higher level of sheen. Wear time is short, though, and I don’t get much longer than six hours of wear before it looks faded and patchy.

Nude Rebellion (201) Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick ($8.99 for 0.24. oz.) is peachy-bronze with a champagne sheen and metallic finish. This one is more metallic, and it did emphasize pores somewhat, depending on the angle and how the light hit the skin. It lasted six hours on my skin before looking patchy. It is rather sheer on cheeks, and even when built up, gives merely a slight warmth to the natural skin tone (fairer skin tones may see more color). Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is less metallic, darker. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is darker, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is lighter. MAC Superb (LE, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Barely Pink (202) Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick ($8.99 for 0.24. oz.) is a light-medium, warm-toned pink with soft gold shimmer and a frosted finish. This shade was less metallic on, and it didn’t accentuate pores or skin imperfections, though it sadly only lasted for five and a half hours. Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) has more of a golden sheen. MAC Rio (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) has more golden shimmer. See comparison swatches.

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