Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder
Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder

Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder ($80.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as shades of “beige, pink, and bronze.” It’s a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is more metallic. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is pinker. MAC Belightful (LE) is more sparkly. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is yellower. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is pinker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Whether or not this highlighter is worth the splurge is a discussion between you and your wallet, but I can tell you that the quality is superb. Chanel has created an exceptional illuminating powder that adds a natural, luminous glow that lifts and brightens the face. The shimmer is fine and creates a delicate sheen, rather than a frosted finish, and so it doesn’t emphasize pores. Instead, it gives the skin a smoother, softer look as it reflects light. It can be worn alone over cheek bones or dusted lightly all-over the face, and of course, it can be layered over your favorite blush to add more sheen. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, while the highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours on me. It’s available now as a Nordstrom exclusive.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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9/10

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5/5

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Bronze Brightening Blush
Bobbi Brown Bronze Brightening Blush

Bobbi Brown Bronze Brightening Blush ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “bronze hue.” It’s a medium-dark tan brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a gold, frosted shimmer. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is yellower. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is slightly darker. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is lighter. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is slightly less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a new, limited edition shade from Bobbi Brown’s Surf & Sand collection for summer. It contains three shades, but the size of each really means that they’re best used together, as the strips are quite narrow otherwise. You could also lean left or right when picking up the powder to go lighter or heavier on the bronze shade. The texture was fairly soft, smooth, and not powdery, so the application was straight forward but it could have been slightly more blendable. Surprisingly, despite the more frosted finish, it had a softer, more luminous effect on the skin that didn’t emphasize pores or imperfections. The color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade.

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange
Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange ($42.00 for TBA oz.) is a light-medium, plummy brown with a soft sheen and neutral-to-warm undertones. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is darker, more shimmery. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler-toned, more matte. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is more matte. MAC Baby Don’t Go (P, $23.50) is pinker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Launching soon with Laura Mercier’s fall collection, this limited edition Cheek Melange is supposed to “add natural, glowing colour to cheeks … It provides natural radiance to complexion and is designed to complement all skin tones.” If you are light-medium or fairer, you may get slight color out of this, but on my medium complexion, I applied four layers–packed on–and could barely distinguish the color on me. It does, however, add a soft, luminous sheen to the skin without brightening. The powder is somewhat stiff, which contributes to needing to layer it on, though once dislodged from the pan, goes on smoothly and doesn’t look powdery. It seems to add “natural radiance” regardless of skin tone, but it doesn’t add “glowing color” to all skin tones. It doesn’t have any white base to it, so it can be applied to deeper skin tones without looking chalky, but it will be very subtle and produce mostly a soft sheen. The color/sheen lasts for almost eight hours on my skin. There are better, more finely-milled, higher performing highlighters at the $40+ price point, so this left me unimpressed. It’s too bad, because the shade itself is more unusual, so something with more color payoff and a softer texture would have been interesting.

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6.5/10

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6.5/10

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7/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, July 14th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “dolly pink.” It’s a rich, vibrant magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft, satin finish. Urban Decay Savage (P) is darker. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is darker, redder. NARS Desire (P, $29.00) is similar. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Se Pomponner is one of the more vibrant and bolder shades in the Surratt blush range, but even so, it is still a shade that builds easily or can be buffed/blended away if you feel you’ve applied too much, due to the incredibly soft, finely-milled texture. The powder has such a silky feel that it almost has the texture of a cream product–it’s that smooth. It has a satin finish, so there’s a touch of sheen that becomes more luminous as the blush gets buffed into the skin, but it never emphasizes pores. On me, this shade lasted for almost eight hours before fading.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

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10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “golden opal pearl.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with a frosted, reflective finish. Urban Decay Strip Highlighter (P) is darker. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lighter. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Star! (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Belightful (LE) is darker. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is similar. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s an intensely pigmented, ultra-soft highlighter where a little goes a long way. There’s a definite sweet spot with application, and both your technique and your tool of choice will be key, as too much product can emphasize pores. When it’s applied lightly and buffed into the skin, it looks really lovely and luminous on the skin. I liked using a stippling brush or a moderately dense, tapered highlighting brush and dusting it along the tops of cheek bones. It’s not a foolproof highlighter, though, but it’s not difficult to use, especially if you know that it’s very pigmented so you start with less. The powder’s texture is incredibly soft, almost creamy, and finely-milled with a smooth–not powdery–feel. Applied, the highlighter lasts for almost nine hours before fading, but it never looks patchy.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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10/10

Longevity

9/10

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4/5

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Duchesse Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Duchesse Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Duchesse Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peach with a satin finish. Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is darker. Sleek MakeUP The Surf (P) is a cream product, pinker. MAC Stereo Rose (2014) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is more matte. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is slightly more beige, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

As it is such a light shade, it’s one that shows up best on very fair skin tones, as it is very subtle on my medium complexion, but it doesn’t turn chalky or ashy on me, and the finish gives a lift and subtle warmth to the skin that’s effortless. It really does have good color payoff, but it’s a lighter shade, so it may be harder to see against my skin tone. There’s a very natural sheen that’s not shimmery, but it’s not totally matte either. The powder has a soft, silky texture that almost feels like a cream product, because it has such a buttery, smooth feel that never turns powdery. This shade lasted for almost eight hours on me before fading.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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10/10

Longevity

8/10

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