Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

MAC Film Noir Blush
MAC Film Noir Blush

MAC Film Noir Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “rich warm chocolate [with a Matte finish].” It’s a very deep, dark burgundy brown with warm, reddish tones and a matte finish. I couldn’t think of any dupes based on products I’d reviewed in the past; it’s much, much darker than anything I was considering (Chanel Plum Attraction, MAC Pressed Amber, NYX Taupe).

This is one of the new (and permanent!) blush shades, and I imagine it’s inspired by Film Noir lipstick. The color is so cool, and I love that it is a more unique blush shade, too. It was mostly opaque in terms of pigmentation, but the texture was drier and a little firmer, which made blending it out a real challenge. No matter what brush I used, it was difficult to correct once applied. The only way I could correct it at all was to use a damp sponge or foundation brush that had a little foundation on it to help buff the edges. I had the best luck applying with a very, very feathery brush and just lightly swirling it out. Once diffused, it looks more like a cooler-toned plum than a really deep brown/burgundy, but it is certainly a blush best for someone who is willing to take their time to get it just right. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

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9/10

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7/10

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Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Sleek Makeup Pixie Pink Blush
Sleek Makeup Pixie Pink Blush

Sleek Makeup Pixie Pink Blush ($6.99 for 0.27 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft and silky with some excess powder kicking up in the pan, but on the skin, the blush didn’t look powdery, which is where it counts the most. It was richly pigmented, and the silky quality of the powder made it easier to blend on the skin. I noticed it darkened on my skin, though if you are naturally drier, you may find it stays truer to the color in the pan. It wore for eight and a half hours before breaking down. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $30.00) is darker. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is more muted. NYX Flamingo (P, $5.00) is . Urban Decay Quickie (LE, ) is darker. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $30.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sleek Makeup Pomegranate Blush ($6.99 for 0.27 oz.) is a brightened, reddish-plum with cool, pink sheen and warmer, coppery undertones. It was very, very pigmented, so a little went a long way, and I’d recommend using a feathery brush with this and building up color to your desired intensity. Thankfully, the powder is soft, smooth, and blendable, which will make it easier to diffuse or sheer down the color if you’ve applied to much. It wore for nine hours before fading on me. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Hot Nights (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter, cooler. IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $55.00) is warmer. Surratt Beauty Rougeur (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Adoration (Right) (P, ) is lighter. IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, warmer. NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer. theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Sleek Makeup Blush ($6.99 for 0.27 oz.) is supposed to be “ultra long lasting” and “highly pigmented.” My experience with their blush formula has been true to both; they’re intensely pigmented and a little goes a long way. The powder’s texture is soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. The finish varies from shade to shade, so some are more luminous while others can be very frosted and metallic. On my normal-to-dry skin, they last between eight and nine hours on me.

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Sleek Makeup Antique Blush
Sleek Makeup Antique Blush

Sleek Makeup Antique Blush ($6.99 for 0.27 oz.) is a subdued, plummy brown with soft, warm undertones and silver micro-glitter over a more satiny finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores. The micro-glitter isn’t too detectable unless you’re looking up-close in a mirror, and a lot of it seems to disappear between the pan, brush, and face. On me, this shade lasted for nine hours before fading slightly. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Earthshine (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Crazed Imagination (LE, $21.00) is darker. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sleek Makeup Rose Gold Blush ($6.99 for 0.27 oz.) is a warm, medium pink base color with a mega-ton of frosted, gold shimmer. The pigmentation was rich with a very soft, buttery texture that was so soft that it was almost crumbly if you weren’t careful. I had better luck applying in sheerer layers. The higher shimmer content in the finish did emphasize pores to a moderate degree when applied. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Sand (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Who’s Your Poppy (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Glisten (P, $26.00) is warmer. bareMinerals The Natural High (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is lower quality, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Sleek Makeup Blush ($6.99 for 0.27 oz.) is supposed to be “ultra long lasting” and “highly pigmented.” My experience with their blush formula has been true to both; they’re intensely pigmented and a little goes a long way. The powder’s texture is soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. The finish varies from shade to shade, so some are more luminous while others can be very frosted and metallic. On my normal-to-dry skin, they last between eight and nine hours on me.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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Rose Gold

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9/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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4.5/5

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Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium, gold-shimmered rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted, luminous sheen. Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is warmer. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is . Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer, lower quality. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It is exactly the same as last year’s Spellbound. I strongly would have rather the brand use the same name, because I didn’t know until I received the product and went, “This seems familiar.” It’s a lovely, moderately luminous highlighter otherwise. Laura Mercier describes it as “buildable long-wearing color” to highlight the face. The texture is soft, lightweight, very blendable, and very slightly emphasizes pores at times. I noticed if I used a fan brush, it was fine, but if I used a highlighting or blush brush, there was slight emphasis. The color lasted for eight hours on me.

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Indiscretion

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9/10

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10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Saturday, June 13th, 2015

NYX Amber HD Blush
NYX Amber HD Blush

NYX Amber HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. The finish has a soft sheen to it that gives the a skin a nice glow without emphasizing pores or appearing overly shimmery. It had a soft, silky consistency that kicked up excess product in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery applied to the skin. The blush had mostly opaque coverage that was easily blended down or built to true-to-pan intensity in two layers. On me, it lasted seven and a half hours before fading. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is cooler. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is brighter. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Love (LE, $30.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Pink the Town HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It’s a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and just a hint of pink. It had a softly luminous finish, so it gave the skin a nice glow without emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. It was somewhat powdery to work with, though I didn’t notice it looking powdery or dry on the skin, but be careful of excess powder accumulating in the pan. The blush blended easily, and it wore for seven hours on me. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is darker. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is glossier. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is cooler. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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7.5/10

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5/5

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Thursday, June 11th, 2015

IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple Vitality Cheek Flush
IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple Vitality Cheek Flush

IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple Vitality Cheek Flush ($24.00 for 0.136 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with subtle, cooler undertones and a matte finish. MAC Hipness (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Amour (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is cooler. MAC P.S. I Like You (LE, $22.00) is cooler. Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is darker, brighter. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter. Milani Tea Rose (08) (LE, $7.99) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be long-wearing and give the “glow of of a stain.” This shade is the most matte out of the four shades available in the formula, and I found the texture to be a little thinner and more prone to powderiness (at least, in the pan) as a result, though it remained blendable on the skin and applied and looked even. On me, despite it leaning cool in the pan, it ended up looking warmer and more like a pinky-coral, so those who have cooler, pinker undertones may find it stays truer-to-pan on them. It has a more “natural matte” finish, where there isn’t really shimmer or a strong sheen, but it doesn’t look totally flat like a true matte would. The color wore well for nine and a half hours before fading.

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Matte Sweet Apple

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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