Monday, July 6th, 2015

NARS Tribulation Blush
NARS Tribulation Blush

NARS Tribulation Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “shimmery rosy sand.” It’s a light-medium gold muted slightly by hints of beige paired with a luminous, shimmer-sheen finish.
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The texture of this was soft, smooth, and denser than most NARS blushes; it felt the softest and smoothest, without being powdery, of all the NARS cheek products I have ever tried. It blended out beautifully without losing its color or sheen, and the more you buffed it into the skin, the more the glowing finish came out. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture either, but this is not a subtle highlighter, so it is better suited for someone who likes a noticeable sheen to their highlighters. I was surprised that NARS didn’t call this out as a “Highlighting Blush” (like Albatross), as it is more highlighter on light to dark skin tones, while very fair to fair skin tones will see slight warmth/beige color, plus the sheen. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading slightly.

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

Becca Flowerchild Mineral Blush
Becca Flowerchild Mineral Blush

Becca Flowerchild Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink, golden highlights.” It’s a light-medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a light dusting of gold shimmer. This is a very standard shade for most brands to include in their blush offerings, so there is no shortage of dupes! Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Sand (LE, $65.00) is lighter, cooler. Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is less shimmery. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Fervor (Left) (P, ) is lighter. Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is darker. Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker. Tarte Glisten (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer. YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Who’s Your Poppy (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE, ) is more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is cooler. Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P, ) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It has a moderate golden sheen to the skin that gives off a glowing appearance but doesn’t emphasize pores. The texture was soft, smooth, and easily blended on the skin. It was mostly opaque, so I’d recommend using a lighter hand or less dense brush if you prefer sheerer coverage or want to build up the color in layers. On me, this shade wore well for eight hours before fading.

Formula Summary | Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to be a “delicate powder blush” with a “buildable formula” that gives a “natural-looking, flushed appearance.” They typically have a soft, creamy consistency that is a little denser than the average powder but not truly dense. Some of the very shimmery shades feel a little dry compared to the more pearly ones. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to apply and blend on the skin without any need for special tricks; they felt very grab-and-go, the kind of blush where there’s no fight to diffuse and soften edges or get even coverage. They are more pigmented than what I’d term as “buildable,” which some will appreciate, some will be disappointed by. The wear ranges from seven to nine hours with the brighter and more satin-to-matte shades lasting longer. My favorite part of the formula is the luminous sheen they give to the skin, so they don’t look too shimmery on the skin. I think if you find Becca’s pressed highlighters to be too shimmery, you may find their blushes more up your alley with respect to finish.

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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium copper with warm, orange undertones and fine, gold pearl shimmer. It had sheer coverage that was buildable to semi-sheer. The texture was thin, almost watery (but not in a bad way), and spread across the skin easily with even, sheer dispersion. It leaves behind a dewy, luminous sheen on the skin when it dries down. On me, the color wore for eight and a half hours before fading. This one was easy to mix in with foundation for general warmth, but it may be a little too shimmery for some, depending on what your preference is. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is lighter. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more pigmented. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is cooler. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Barbados Girl (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

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Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “soft white gold with pinky peach undertones.” It’s a brightened, light-medium gold with warm, orange-y undertones and a frosted sheen. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter. Sephora Collection Jubilant (21) (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, lighter. NARS Tribulation (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. L’Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Frenzy (Left) (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed is supposed to be a “creamy powder luminizer” that gives a “superb natural glow.” In general, I think Becca’s highlighters have a really great, soft and smooth consistency with excellent color payoff and a high-shimmer finish. It’s not a highlighter for those who like their highlight subtle, as it is very bright and reflective unless you use a light hand. Champagne Pop is soft, blendable, and easy to apply with good pigmentation that can be sheered out or applied at full intensity. I find it can emphasize the skin’s natural texture at times, so it depends on the application. I like using a fan brush or a feathery, less dense highlighting blush to get a luminous glow that looks good without compromising the way the skin’s texture looks. On me, it wore for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

If you already have Moonstone and Opal, the two layered together look identical to this. I would argue that Champagne Pop has a stronger sheen and has a few slightly larger shimmer particles in it (it seems almost looser in the pan, though not really dry or powdery). You can also see my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Guide for all things Becca highlighters. Towards the end of the post, you’ll find swatch comparisons between the three as well as Moonstone and Opal layered and swatched next to Champagne Pop.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Giorgio Armani #2 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani #2 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 02 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a sparkling, light golden beige with larger, more glittery particles than fine shimmer. It had sheer coverage that illuminated skin when applied as a highlighter on the cheek bones and just barely emphasized pores, but the sheerness made it less apparent (if applied more heavily, I think the effect would be more noticeable). It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. This one also works nicely for decolletage, as the larger shimmer makes it more noticeable to the eye. Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, more pigmented. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, more pigmented. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Maestro Bronzer
Giorgio Armani Maestro Bronzer

Last year, Giorgio Armani Maestro Bronzer ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) launched in Sun Kiss (100), which I really loved as a formula. It was limited edition, but this summer, it’s back along with two more shades (one lighter and one darker) and seems to be permanent. I remember last year that I wished for a rosier and deeper shade for darker skin tones, and now we have one lighter and darker! The formula is thin, almost watery, with a velvety feel that has a more satin finish to it–if you’ve tried the Maestro line at all, the texture is very in line with the rest of the range. It sits extremely well on the skin, whether bare or over/under foundation, and it blends out easily and lasts for nine to ten hours. The only thing I’m not keen on is the packaging, which uses a dropper to dispense the product. One bottle contains a mega-ton of bronzer, so it’ll take a long time to get through a bottle, and I’d rather a half-size option for $40 or so instead (same with the brand’s Fluid Sheers).

Giorgio Armani Sun Glow (90) Maestro Bronzer ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a light-medium brown with soft, yellow undertones and a very, very fine golden shimmer-sheen that gives it a more satin finish. It was very pigmented but blendable and easily sheered out if desired. This color doesn’t show up much on my medium skin tone, so it would be better for fairer complexions or for mixing with foundation to add an all-over glow. It lasted for nine hours on me. Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is cooler. Giorgio Armani Sun Kiss (100) (P, $64.00) is darker. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker.See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Sun Kiss (100) Maestro Bronzer ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is medium brown with warm, yellow-red undertones and a very fine, golden shimmer that creates a more satin-like finish on the skin. It had rich color coverage in a single drop, and I use about one to two drops per cheek at most (you really don’t need much at all!). It blended out beautifully and wore for nine hours on me. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, cooler. Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani Sun Glow (90) (P, $64.00) is darker. Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is less shimmery. Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Dark Cocoa (P, ) is warmer, less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE, ) is more shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P, ) is less glossy. Divergent Intelligent Bronze (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. (, $0.00) is warmer, less pigmented, better quality, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Sun Bath (110) Maestro Bronzer ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a rich, coppery brown with fine gold shimmer that gives it a satin finish overall. The texture was blendable, thin, and easily sheered out, if desired. It was richly pigmented and a little went a long way. On me, the color wore for almost ten hours before fading slightly. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is cooler. MAC Billionaire Bronze (LE, $29.50) is less shimmery, darker. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is lighter, warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched (P, $55.00) is warmer. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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