Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Chanel Vivacite (88) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Vivacite (88) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Vivacite (88) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, fuchsia-berry with cool, blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. There’s a barely-there sheen that becomes more noticeable when the blush is really buffed into the skin. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00)is lighter, more shimmery. Guerlain Cherry (02) (LE, $42.00) is a cream product. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is darker, brighter. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is slightly lighter, more muted, and has sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush feels very finely-milled, but it also seems somewhat dry, so it doesn’t stick to skin well unless you’ve used a primer, liquid/cream foundation, or have normal-to-oily skin (any of these gives the powder blush something to adhere to). Since it doesn’t adhere well, the color payoff is semi-opaque but not buildable to full color coverage. It blended decently, but I wish that it was more blendable, as a richer shade like this can be more challenging to apply and blend to an even, smooth layer of color as a result. Once on, the blush wore well for seven and a half hours before starting to fade.

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Vivacite (88)

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

MAC Hi Jinks! Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Hi Jinks! Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Hi Jinks! Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($21.00 for 0.43 oz.) is described as a “bright coral.” It’s a medium, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had good, buildable color payoff, and the texture was thin, emollient, and creamy. On the lips, it’s very unforgiving and will cling to any unevenness, dryness, cracked/chapped areas on the lips, and in general, it looks dry (and feels drying) on. The color lasted four hours on my lips, but it wore longer on cheeks at seven hours. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, powder. theBalm Pie (P) is similar, slightly pinker. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is lighter, powder. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $55.00) is brighter, powder. Illamasqua Dixie (P, $26.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

MAC Young at Heart Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($21.00 for 0.43 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a cool-toned, cotton candy pink with a luminous sheen. Again, as a lip product, it’s a poor performer–clingy, drying, terribly unflattering on (makes lips look totally devoid of moisture!)–though it wears three and a half hours as a lip color/stain. It’s better as a blush, clocking in at seven hours of wear and has buildable, medium color coverage. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is a powder. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Blush (LE) is more shimmery, powder. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is lighter, powder. Too Faced Lollipop (LE) is warmer, powder. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is warmer, powder. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is powder. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, powder. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is warmer, powder. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is powder. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Hi Jinks!

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Bronzing Wardrobe
Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Bronzing Wardrobe

Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Bronzing Wardrobe ($44.00 for 0.39 oz.) is a new, limited edition palatte that features three of Too Faced’s Bronzers. Each bronzer is “cocoa-infused” with textures that range from matte to shimmer. It’s housed in a metal tin that also includes a flat-topped kabuki brush that fits inside. If you have wanted to try Too Faced’s bronzers or often use bronzer in your routine, the palette is a great value, as you get three bronzers to try out, each a little less than half the size of a full-sized product. To put it in perspective, the size of these is more in line with a blush than a bronzer, but it’ll take quite awhile to get through any of these shades, even with daily use.

Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned brown a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, so it the color appeared true-to-pan and could be used as a sheer, light layer or applied normally for more opaque color. The texture was soft, silky, and very finely-milled. On me, it wore well for seven and a half hours before starting to fade. It is also available permanently for $30.00/0.35 oz. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is warmer. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer #1 is described as a “rich satin bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-brown with warm, gold frost. I reviewed this in one of last holiday’s palettes, and it was more shimmery in that palette; here it is a lot more subdued, and it was a bit less intense and appeared lighter. The texture was soft, blendable, and didn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for seven and a half hours. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is lighter. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer #2 is described as a “satin suntan.” It’s a light-medium, gold-shimmered orange with a soft, pearly sheen. I’ve reviewed this previously when it was released in a holiday palette, and I felt like this version was drier, a little stiff, so the color payoff wasn’t as intense or as rich. (It was also… reversed in terms of which shade was on top/bottom.) This shade lasted for seven and a half hours well. It is available permanently for $30.00/0.35 oz. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is warmer, more shimmery. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is darker. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer is described as a “golden bronze, delicate pink, white, [and] fawn glimmer.” Swirled together, it’s a lightened, golden bronze with a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, blendable, and smooth, so it was easy to apply on the skin. It did emphasize pores somewhat, though, so that might be a deal-breaker for some. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. It is also available permanently for $30.00/0.28 oz. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is darker. Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is darker. Chanel Sable Beige (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Bonjour Soleil

B+

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Laura Mercier Golden Pink Sheer Creme Glow
Laura Mercier Golden Pink Sheer Creme Glow

Laura Mercier Golden Pink Sheer Creme Glow ($35.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “pinkish gold.” It’s a light pink–almost a cool-toned-pink–with a gold shimmer. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is a powder, less shimmery. darker. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is brighter, darker. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is a powder, slightly darker. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a new, limited edition formula/shade that’s supposed to provide a “soft veil of colour.” It’s described as an “ultra-sheer, blendable formula” that leaves the skin looking “soft and highlighted” and should last for eight hours. I wanted to love it, because I’m easily won over by gold-shimmered pinks, but it really emphasized the texture of my skin and the size of my pores. I felt like it just made my cheeks look rather rough, when I know they’re not. I’ve more metallic/frosted powder shades look worse, but for a cream, it wasn’t as forgiving as I expected. The color is sheer, as stated, but it’s quite shimmery, so it will add a sheen to most skin tones, but the pinky color will get lost on deeper skin tones. It was very blendable and easy to apply, and once on, it lasted for seven hours on me.

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Golden Pink

B

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

MAC For Your Amusement Casual Colour
MAC For Your Amusement Casual Colour

MAC For Your Amusement Casual Colour ($21.00 for 0.43 oz.) is described as a “bright pastel pink.” It’s a light pink with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a satiny sheen. Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $43.00) is darker, warmer, powder. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery, darker, powder. Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is powder. MAC Rosy Outlook (P, $23.50) is more muted, darker, powder. MAC Launch Away (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker, powder. Illamasqua Lies (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s one of three shades coming out in the Playland collection, which will be available online on April 10th April 15th (MAC corporate confirmed as of 4/10 8:26AM PST). This is the only shade I have from the collection, but once it launches, I will purchase the remaining two (just a heads up!). The Casual Colour formula is a lip-and-cheek product, but it’s one that performs better on cheeks than on lips. As a blush, it wears about seven hours and has buildable, semi-opaque color coverage, but due to the lightness of the color, it’s best suited to lighter skin tones (it doesn’t show up on my medium complexion very noticeably). As a lip color, it wears three hours but tends to “crack” and settle into lip lines as it wears, due to the drier consistency. It’s very unforgiving as a lip product if your lips are not completely smooth, as the product will catch easily on any unevenness. I also found it somewhat drying as a lip product and generally uncomfortable to wear, so again, it’s a product that seems best applied as a cream blush. On the upside, each pot contains significantly more product than the average lipstick or cream blush.

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For Your Amusement

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Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, April 5th, 2014

NARS Hot Sand Illuminator
NARS Hot Sand Illuminator

NARS Hot Sand Illuminator ($30.00 for 1.10 fl. oz.) is described as a “peach champagne.” It’s a light-medium, champagne-shimmered peach with a frosted sheen. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is similar but is a powder. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is warmer, a bit darker. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is a smidgen darker. NARS Miss Liberty (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, warmer, powder. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s very similar in consistency and finish to 413 BLKR, just in a different color (413 BLKR is much, much lighter). The texture is fairly thin, but a little goes a long way, so you won’t need much. I expect a tube will last you quite awhile! Whether you are more inclined to mix with your foundation or pat it along the high planes of the face, you don’t need much to get a glowing, luminous finish. If mixed with foundation, it just breathes life back into the skin if you tend to favor a satin or matte foundation. Applied to the high planes of the face (like cheek bones, down the length of the nose, cupid’s bow, etc.), it has a very high-shine finish that doesn’t emphasize pores but is a noticeable highlighter. This could be nice patted over a warmer blush or bronzer, but I would recommend applying the highlighter first, then the blush/bronzer to avoid displacing the blush/bronzer as the Illuminator tended to push away the powder. It didn’t impact the wear–neither lengthening nor shortening–of my foundation when mixed in with it, and it lasted seven and a half hours on its own before getting somewhat patchy.

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Hot Sand

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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9/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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