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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Opal

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

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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Duchesse

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush
MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush

MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light yellow pink with gold pearl.” It’s a medium pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is more neutral, rosier. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is brighter, warmer, more matte. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is darker, less shimmery. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is darker. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, more matte. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, more matte. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was soft, finely-milled, and lightly powdery, though it was certainly easy to blend when applying to the skin. It doesn’t look powdery on the skin, once blended and buffed on. According to MAC, the Mineralize Blush formula is described as a “sheer and lightweight” formula where “colour builds lightly” with “luminous, pearlized shimmer.” This had semi-sheer color payoff in one layer, though it was buildable to richer, more opaque coverage in two to three layers (depending on how much you grab each time). This newly repackaged version (I still haven’t received confirmation on whether or not the formula was updated) seems to have a smoother consistency than the older version, though the color seems about the same. On me, this shade wore well for seven hours before fading.

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Dainty

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NARS Mauritanie Matte Multiple
NARS Mauritanie Matte Multiple

NARS Mauritanie Matte Multiple ($39.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “strawberry red.” It’s a brightened, copper-orange with warm, rusty red undertones and a semi-matte finish. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is more orange, powder. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is brighter, powder. NARS Liberte ($29.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes. On lips, it looks even more matte and has a lighter, less reddish tone. If you’re trying to replicate the color, here are some comparison swatches.

The Matte Multiple formula can be used dry or wet (dry for more opaque color, wet for sheerer color) on lips and cheeks. Mauritanie is a new and limited edition shade from the fall collection. There’s certainly no shortage of pigment in this shade–it’s incredibly rich and yields one-stroke full color coverage. The consistency is smooth and velvety (feels like a silicone-based primer almost). I like to apply it with a stippling brush, so I can control the intensity better, as a little goes a long way. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours as a blush. The color lasted for five hours on lips, but it’s uncomfortable to wear on lips, as it clings to the surface, which both highlighted imperfections as well as made lips look drying. It was also quite drying on lips when worn.

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Mauritanie

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, July 7th, 2014

NARS Unlawful Blush
NARS Unlawful Blush

NARS Unlawful Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as an “amber pink with silver pearls.” It’s a muted, rosy-brown with warm undertones and silver shimmer and slight silver sparkle. Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, cream. MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is darker, slightly warmer. Maybelline Barely Pink (202) (LE, $8.99) is lighter, sheerer, cream. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is browner. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is browner, darker. Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, slightly rosier. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Peachtwist (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a new (and permanent!) shade from NARS’ upcoming fall collection (launches online on July 15th). The powder felt soft, finely-milled, and fairly smooth when applied. It had good color payoff, but it builds nicely to true-to-pan coverage if desired. Initially, there seemed to be soft, silver sparkle strewn through the powder (not too much but noticeable), but applied, I really didn’t see any bits of sparkle whatsoever. The resulting finish was quite subtle–a soft, lightly luminous finish that didn’t emphasize pores. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading.

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Unlawful

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Makeup Geek Blushes

Makeup Geek Blushes ($9.99 for 0.15 oz.) are a much welcomed addition to the world of blush!  The formula is amazing, and the price point just makes it all the sweeter, but these perform just as well as any other A-rated blush at $30+ (that’s why price doesn’t impact the ratings, so an A product is an A product, whether $5 or $50!).  The texture is phenomenal, as they’re soft, smooth, and blendable but not powdery.  They have good color payoff, wear well, and are all-around worth considering if you’re in need of blush.  I’d like to see a few deeper shades for darker skin tones, as well as a couple of contour and highlighting shades, added to the range in the future.

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