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

LE
product

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

LE
product

Celebrated

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, December 7th, 2014

MAC Red Obsessed Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Red Obsessed Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Red Obsessed Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($22.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft rose.” It was a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft, golden frosted finish and a natural sheen. Maybelline Just Pinched Pink (10) (P, $8.99) is pinker. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is a powder. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $11.99) is a powder. MAC Keep It Loose (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes. Here are some dupes for it as a lip color.

It had semi-sheer, buildable color coverage, though this one was definitely running sheerer overall. It had a glossy sheen that was noticeable on the cheeks, and even when applied to lips, there was still some shine and creaminess to it, which isn’t the norm for the formula. I found it to be drying when I wore it on lips, and it lasted about three hours. It worked better on cheeks, as it was easily blended on the skin and sat well without emphasizing pores. The color wore well for seven hours as a blush.

Just to reiterate, this has 0.08 fl. oz., which is a huge reduction from the 0.43 fl. oz. that came in the clear pot (which I believe last released in April 2014, so it wasn’t that long ago).

The Glossover

LE
product

Red Obsessed

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, December 5th, 2014

MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($22.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is described as a “coral pink.” It’s a brightened, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. MAC Hi Jinks! (LE, $20.00) is warmer. theBalm Pie (P) is redder. MAC Posey (P, $21.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes. Here are dupes for this shade as a lip color.

First… whoa, whoa, whoa, size reduction! These were put into medium-sized MAC compacts (like Cream Colour Bases), and they contain 0.08 fl. oz., whereas the original packaging for Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colours (here are two from April 2014) contained 0.43 fl. oz. That’s a reduction of 81%! (And the price went up a dollar, just to make it even more painful.) Second, it’s a dual-purpose product that can be used on lips or cheeks, but I haven’t had much luck using the formula on lips, as it is a very thin, clingy formula that strips the lips of moisture and generally makes my lips look worse than they really are. As a blush, the formula performs better: seven hours of wear with a blendable consistency that sets to a more luminous, natural finish–a little sheen but not shine. Secret Admirer was true to formula, as it was drying over the three hours it lasted on my lips (and looked poor on), and then it lasted seven hours as a blush.

The Glossover

LE
product

Secret Admirer

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve Vitality Cheek Stain
IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve Vitality Cheek Stain

IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve Vitality Cheek Stain ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a rich, brightened, berry-purple with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is warmer. MAC Hot Nights (LE, $21.00) is similar. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is more muted, warmer. MAC Restores Dazzle (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s intensely pigmented–a little goes such a long way! If you prefer a very foolproof blush, you might look elsewhere, as this requires a very feathery touch to control just how much gets applied. The powder itself has a soft, buttery, and silky consistency, so it is easy to blend out on the skin and diffuse for softer color. It’ll be a nice option for anyone who prefers a more pigmented blush that doesn’t require building to get true-to-pan color. As the blush gets blended and buffed onto the skin, it looks more luminous than shimmery with a light glow and a distinctive “stained” look, even though it is a powder. This shade wore well for ten hours before fading slightly along the edges.

The Glossover

P
product

Magical in Mauve

Temptalia Recommends
A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Make Up For Ever S718 Salmon Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever S718 Salmon Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever S718 Salmon Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of beige–there’s a muted quality there–and warm undertones with a satin finish. Make Up For Ever S714 Bisque (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, darker. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is less shimmery. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is more matte. bareMinerals Peace (P) is more beige. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I was surprised that this was listed as a blush shade, but it is officially listed as one. The satin texture lends itself well for blush application, as the color goes on effortlessly, blends easily, and looks natural without being too shimmery or too flat/matte. It is a shade that will show up best on fairer skin tones than mine, though it gave my medium skin tone a slight peachy warmth (I think it is more noticeable in person). This shade was nicely pigmented with a soft, almost creamy consistency that was very smooth. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

The Glossover

P
product

S718 Salmon

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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