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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Shimmering Marsala

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Spanish Villa

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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Coral Pink

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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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)

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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.

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Jardin de Chanel

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Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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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).

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Uplifting

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

MAC Please Yourself Mineralize Blush
MAC Please Yourself Mineralize Blush

MAC Please Yourself Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light pink with plum marble.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and silver sparkle and finer silver shimmer. Tarte Embraced (LE, $26.00) is less sparkly, darker. Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (P, $6.99) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is darker, less sparkly. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is less sparkly. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $55.00) is less sparkly, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was fairly soft, but there is a lot of sparkle/glitter in the blush, so it doesn’t feel totally smooth on the skin. The sparkle is very noticeable on the skin, and it did seem to get everywhere. Beyond the sparkle, it has a frosted sheen that slightly emphasize pores. It had decent pigmentation, which was buildable to mostly true-to-pan color if desired. The color blended nicely and looked even and smooth on the cheeks. On me, the blush lasted for six and a half hours on me, but there was a lot of glittery bits all over my face by the end of the day.

The Glossover

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Please Yourself

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Tarte Celebrated Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Celebrated Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Celebrated Amazonian Clay Blush ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a dusty pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Tarte Breathless (LE, $26.00) is browner. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is similar. Tarte Elevated (LE, $26.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is darker, browner. NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is darker, pinker. MAC Blush All Day (P, $23.50) is more shimmery. MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a blush best for fairer skin than mine, as it really doesn’t show up on my cheeks (my arm is lighter than my face); sometimes with shades like this, I can see the effect more in real life than in photos, but I could barely tell I had anything on. Even as I layered it on, all I could start to detect was a slight difference in texture (more mattified relative to the rest of my face). The blush had a fairly soft texture, but it was slightly powdery, though I think with one or two layers of the blush, it didn’t look powdery on the face. What I was able to see on my cheeks seemed to last well for almost eight and a half hours, and then it started to fade and let some shine through.

This is part of Tarte’s spring collection, which should be available soon.

The Glossover

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Celebrated

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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