Saturday, April 19th, 2014

NYX Powder Blush

NYX Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0. oz.) comes in 27 shades (at least, that’s what I counted on their website), and I recently purchased 12 shades to swatch and (possibly) review. Not sure when/if I’ll have a chance to review all of them, but I know I’ll have a few reviews, at least. I can, however, promise you photos and swatches. :) You’ll also find these have been added to the Swatch Gallery/The Dupe List features! Now, let’s take a look at the first six…

Apricot is described as a “pink peach with gold shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark pink coral with a satin finish. The gold shimmer is very subtle in this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Summer Peach is described as a “peachy pink with gold reflects.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-coral with a semi-matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pinched is described as a “coral pink with gold iridescence.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-coral with a soft golden shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Peach is described as a “matte baby pink.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned pink with a satin-matte finish. (Why is it called PEACH!) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cinnamon is described as a “matte bright orange.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned orange with a satin finish. I wouldn’t call it matte, as when it blends out, it develops a soft sheen–subtle but there. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Garden is described as a “pink with gold reflects.” It’s a medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a satin finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s Swatch Saturday? I can’t always review products with full, in-depth reviews, but sometimes, I can at least give you photos and swatches, and then also provide a link to dupes and comparisons for those interested! This also helps us to build up our Swatch Gallery and add even more entries to The Dupe List, which can be helpful to readers at any point.

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Friday, April 18th, 2014

Chanel Canaille (89) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Canaille (89) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Canaille (89) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark, slightly muted, orange-brown with a soft, satiny shimmer. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $21.00) is a bit darker. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is less orange, browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was incredibly soft, finely-milled, and silky without being powdery or dry. It had rich, true-to-pan color payoff that could be applied at full color coverage or built up in layers if you preferred a lesser intensity. The blush applied evenly, smoothly, and it was easy to blend out the color so that it looked natural and effortless on the skin. With the satin finish, it looked glowing and luminous on the skin without emphasizing pores. Canaille lasted for a full eight hours before I noticed slight fading along the top of the cheeks.

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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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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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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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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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