Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio
Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio

Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio ($28.00 for 0.39 oz.) is a limited edition set of two blushes and a highlighter. This year’s trio is definitely worth considering from the Color of the Year collection, as much like last year, it’s pretty good overall (could wear a little longer) with good color payoff, soft, blendable textures, and has good value. It’s a warm-toned set of shades, so if you prefer cooler-tones, you might check out some of the dupes listed.

Spanish Villa is a golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency. It does slightly emphasize pores if you’re not careful–I found using less dense brushes (like fan brushes) made it really easy to get luminous results that didn’t also make my pores stand out. On me, it lasted for seven hours before fading. Just a heads up, this is the same shade in last year’s Color of the Year blush trio. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is more metallic, lighter. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (P) is yellower. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more golden. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Coral Pink is a light-medium peachy-orange with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It looks mostly matte on the skin, though, even when really buffed and worked into the skin. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, but it was a smidgen powdery, which may translate to chalky depending on the skin tone. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was moderately buildable. When I tested it, the color lasted for seven hours on me. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is darker. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is darker, more orange. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, cream. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is darker, more beige. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marsala is a medium-dark, plummy brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had excellent pigmentation that was very blendable with a soft, smooth texture. The color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. NARS Almeria (LE, $29.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is browner. NARS Seduction (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, slightly more plum than red. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is browner. MAC Ambering Rose (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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palette

Shimmering Marsala

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Spanish Villa

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Coral Pink

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Chanel Angelique (190 Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Angelique (190 Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Angelique (190 Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “coral.” It’s a medium coral that leans slightly pink, but it is quite close to true coral to my eye. It had a matte finish, even when buffed and worked into the skin. I think it will a little pinker if you have naturally pink undertones. Tarte Pampered (LE, $26.00) is similar. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is darker. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is pinker. MAC Sideshow You (LE, $21.00) is similar. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is more orange, cream. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is slightly pinker. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is similar. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker, pinker. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is lighter. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is similar. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a new blush, just released with Chanel’s spring collection. If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, it’s described as a “silky” blush with “buildable coverage” and “easy application.” The texture is very silky and finely-milled, though a smidgen on the powdery side if you’re not careful. It had buildable coverage that went from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. It sits well on the skin and doesn’t look powdery or too flat, though there’s no sheen at all. The silky consistency made it easy to blend on the skin as well. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

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Angelique (190)

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose
Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose ($55.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “duo of pinks.” It’s a light-medium, muted pink with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It seems to have less sheen than a satin, but it’s not quite matte once it is blended and buffed on the skin. MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is a touch lighter, cooler. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is warmer. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is very similar. Divergent Misty Rose (LE) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever #330 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is warmer, darker. bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Formal (LE) is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is similar. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is similar. NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is slightly darker. MAC At Dusk (LE, $25.00) is darker. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture is finely-milled, but it’s also a little firm, particularly in comparison to Chanel’s blushes and cheek products. It had decent to good, somewhat buildable pigmentation, though it is a subtler shade. I’m medium (about NC25/NC30), and it is subtle on my skin tone, so it might be one to try in-store for those with similar or darker skin tones. I would also recommend using a smaller blush brush, as a larger one didn’t seem to swirl quite as well in the pan, so it applied the colors unevenly. I noticed this more because the blush itself didn’t blend as effortlessly as many Chanel blushes do. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. I was surprised to see it only contained 0.10 oz., whereas a regular blush contains 0.21 oz., though the compact itself is the same size as the Joues Contraste blushes.

The Glossover

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product

Jardin de Chanel

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, December 19th, 2014

Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a champagne-shimmered peach with warm undertones and a luminous finish. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is slightly more beige. Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more golden. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is more beige but very similar applied. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is more metallic. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is similar. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is similar. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is similar. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

If you’re familiar with Candlelight, this is a new shade in the range. It’s darker and warmer, more orange/peach-based than beige-based. The texture was soft, almost creamy, and smooth that applied flawlessly to the skin; it was so, so easy to use as it blended beautifully and sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores but still giving off that luminous glow. Some products are just top notch; as soon as I applied this and saw it in the mirror, I was like, “Yep, that’s the stuff.” When I wore it, the effect lasted well for just over nine hours before fading. Only bummer is that when they redid the packaging on The Celestial Powder, they reduced the size quite a bit (0.17 oz. to 0.11 oz.), but the price is the same, and it would have been nice to see a slight price drop (maybe $36 or so).

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Starlight

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A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “shimmery pale peach with lavender marble.” It’s a golden peach with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE) is more sparkly. Tarte Champagne (LE) is similar. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is similar. theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is similar. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade will launch on December 26th in-stores and pop-up a bit earlier on MAC’s website on the 23rd. It is a repromote, so you may already have it in your stash if you tend to pick up the Mineralize Skinfinishes that get released. The texture felt soft and finely-milled once dislodged from the pan, but the pattern makes it feel less smooth to the touch compared to the more domed pan of the regular Mineralize Skinfinishes, though I think this is slightly drier in comparison. That being said, the color of this one differs noticeably from my version of it from this year–this is a lot more golden, way less peach (which was also unlike the version I have from 2009…). I don’t know if it’s a genuine change or if it’s the difference in pans, as the actual pan of the product featured in this post has significantly more gold/yellow areas and less brown/peach (so the way it swatches is consistent with the proportions of veining/colors in the pan). It produces a soft sheen that doesn’t seem to emphasize pores while still looking luminous but not oily or overly dewy. It had good color payoff that was easily applied true-to-pan for a bit of color (more for fairer skin tones) or as a highlighter with less opacity. On me, the effect lasted well for almost seven hours before fading.

The Glossover

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product

Perfect Topping (Lightness of Being)

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

MAC Uplifting Mineralize Blush
MAC Uplifting Mineralize Blush

MAC Uplifting Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “peach with bright orange marble.” It’s a lightened, slightly muted, orange with hints of brown and a metallic sheen. There is a fair amount of silver sparkle running through it, too.
Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is darker, less sparkly. MAC Style Cast (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. MAC Highlighter (LE, $30.00) is less sparkly. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is less sparkly. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $30.00) is darker. NARS Realm of the Senses #3 (LE, $29.00) is less sparkly. MAC Trace Gold (P, $21.00) is darker, less sparkly. MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Warmth of Coral (LE, $27.00) is darker, less sparkly. MAC Solar Ray (LE, $27.00) is darker. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade will launch on December 26th in-stores and pop-up a bit earlier on MAC’s website on the 23rd. Like Please Yourself, the finish is more sparkly, and with this particular shade, almost metallic, too. I noticed this one emphasized pores more than the other blush as a result of the very shimmery finish. It also seemed to go on lighter than it appeared, so it ended up as more of a slightly warming highlighter on my skin tone (NC25/NC30 for reference). The texture was soft but almost felt dry, as I could feel the sparkly bits. The color wore well for six and a half hours on me, and there was a lot of sparkle migration over time (it was everywhere).

The Glossover

LE
product

Uplifting

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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