Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Chanel Jersey (80) Joue Contraste Blush
Chanel Jersey (80) Joue Contraste Blush

Chanel Jersey (80) Joue Contraste Blush ($46.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, peachy brown with subtle gold shimmer. Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE) is a touch lighter, more shimmery. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is darker, redder. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is warmer, less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Chanel Cheeky (79) (LE, $38.00) is darker, cooler-toned, cream. Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury First Love (P, $40.00) is lighter, browner. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $29.00) is slightly more shimmery. MAC Seasonal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is darker, warmer. Chanel Espiegle (DC, $45.00) is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I believe this came out somewhat recently, though I can’t recall exactly when, and Chanel’s website lists it as permanent. I was expecting to buy the new, holiday shade, but Nordstrom didn’t have it in yet (they just put it up when I checked last night–bought it, but it’ll take a few days before it arrives to me here on the west coast!), so I thought it might be a good time to try and review this shade. The texture was very soft and silky, but it didn’t seem powdery, and it blended out beautifully on the skin. It felt nearly effortless to apply, as the pigmentation was good (but not so intense that the barest touch of the brush gets too much product in one go) and easily diffused along the edges. It’s warm without being red or strongly orange, and the soft shimmer gives the finish a satiny glow that doesn’t emphasize pores. On me, the color wore well for almost eight hours before fading.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

NARS Laser Cut Palette
NARS Laser Cut Palette

NARS Laser Cut Palette ($59.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes three eyeshadows, one lipgloss, one blush, and one bronzing powder. The eyeshadows are marked as “Hardwired Eyeshadow” on the back of the palette, though I couldn’t tell you how they really differ from the permanent formula, other than it seems like a denser, less thin formula. The palette leaves something to be desired — I don’t think it’s NARS at its best–it’s just kind of in the middle.

Shade I is described as a “perfect neutral vanilla.” It’s a light beige with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture was very powdery. See comparison swatches
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Shade II is described as a “shimmering cafe au lait.” It’s a golden brown with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had nice pigmentation, though the texture was a smidgen crumbly and the sparkle did fall out during wear (as well as application), while the color itself stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shade III is described as a “matte army green.” It’s a medium-dark, olive green with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was really soft but incredibly powdery to the point where most of it dusted away and only some managed to stay on the skin. What did adhere to the skin stayed on for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolce Vita is described as a “sheer dusty rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink-plum with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It’s not sheer at all, and this version included in the set matches the original formulation, but it feels more like the new formula (which is a lot cooler and pinker in color). It lasted for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Day Dream is described as a “flirty sheer peach.” It’s a pink-peach with warm udnertones and a satin finish. It’s warmer and less pink compared to the individual version that was released last year. It is sheer as described (though “sheer” was not part of the description when it originally launched), with a thinner, slightly dry, texture, but it wasn’t stiff. My standalone version is more pigmented. It lasted for seven hours applied. See comparison swatches
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Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a meidum-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery?sg=175779,171535,168835,165621,142013,141615,111363,108999,108998″>See comparison swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Laser Cut

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury The Climax Cheek to Chic Blusher
Charlotte Tilbury The Climax Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury The Climax Cheek to Chic Blusher ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, slightly muted, orange-brown with a golden shimmer-sheen finish. Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) is cooler-toned. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, cream. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is browner. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Shape the Future (LE, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The blush is made up of two distinct colors–a gold-shimmered peach and a warm, reddish-brown–that swirl together to create what you see applied. You can get deeper, richer color by concentrating the brush along the sides, or you can lighten the color up more by concentrating on the center. I went for equal parts (to whatever degree that seemed achievable) for most of the application, and then I tried to get a little more of the lighter shade to dust along the tops of cheek bones (like a highlighter) to give it more dimension. The consistency of the powder was soft, smooth, and finely-milled, which made it a cinch to apply to the skin as well as when it came down to blending the edges away. It had good color payoff, and the finish on this shade seemed slightly more frosted than other shades I tried, to the point that it seemed to emphasize pores just slightly. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Make Up For Ever S732 Orange Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever S732 Orange Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright pop of yellowed tangerine–mostly orange with very strong yellow undertones–and a satin finish. Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is lighter. Guerlain Orange Blush (LE) is more muted. NARS Puerto Vallarta (LE, $39.00) is darker. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, redder. MAC Fresh Honey (LE, $27.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture is so smooth–it feels like a cream more than a powder, but it definitely acts and plays more like a powder than a cream on a brush, on the skin, and so forth. With the satin finish, there’s enough sheen to give the skin a light glow that’s natural without being frosted or metallic (and therefore, it doesn’t emphasize pores at all). At this point, it comes as no surprise that it is incredibly rich in pigment, so a little goes a long way, but that smooth, buttery texture makes it easy to blend on the skin. It is also denser, so there’s no excess product being kicked up, and I felt like I didn’t have to worry about how much (or little) I was getting on the brush a lot. On my skin, it wore well for nine hours before fading slightly.

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10/10

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10/10

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set
Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set ($59.00 for 2.05 oz.) includes a 20-pan eyeshadow palette, plus a deluxe sized mascara, cheek stain, Maracuja Oil, Smooth Operator finishing powder, and a LipSurgence Lip Gloss and Lip Tint, which are all housed in a zippered travel bag. Overall, it’s a decent palette. There were a couple of misses for eyeshadows, but I actually found that the lip/cheek products were more problematic, as they lacked staying power and the lip products weren’t hydrating for me. I think if you like more muted eyeshadows with more matte finishes, this might be a good palette to consider. Just for reference, this review only covers the eyeshadows, cheek and lip products (color cosmetics).

Palace of Versaille is a light pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, soft texture that was only a smidgen powdery, and wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Moulin Rouge is a plummy taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was good, while it wore well for eight hours before fading and had a soft texture that was blendable. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

I Think I Cannes is a muted, medium-dark purple-plum with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It was slightly powdery but had fairly good pigmentation and was blendable on the skin. It lasted for eight hours applied. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

My Own Cotes de Rhone is a dark, cool-toned, muted purple with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, as the texture was slightly powdery, but it wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Boudoir Noir is a dark burgundy-brown with warm, reddish undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had really rough, uneven color coverage with a drier, slightly powdery, texture that made it hard to blend on the skin. What made it on lasted for eight hours, at least. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Fall in Louvre is a softened, peach-orange with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft without being powdery. The color lasted for eight hours before fading. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Provence Upon a Time is a dark, brown-ish gold with a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable. It wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Eiffel for You is a muted, medium-dark olive brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation, and the texture was slightly powdery. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Haute to Handle is a medium-dark, bronze-shimmered brown with warm, yellow undertones. It had a thin, but smooth, consistency that went on with mostly opaque color coverage that lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bastille in the Night is a dark brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a satiny finish. It had excellent pigmentation that on smoothly and evenly. I didn’t notice any fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Chantilly Lace is a light, warm-toned beige with a satin finish. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft and only a smidgen powdery, while the color stayed on well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Merci You Later is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, though it was slightly powdery. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

No Champagne, No Gain is a muted, medium gold with hints of brown and a metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff, and it went on smoothly and evenly. I didn’t see signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Take on Bordeaux is a dark, chocolate brown with warm, red-yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff that went on fairly smoothly. It wasn’t powdery, but it was still blendable, and this shade stayed on well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

French Riviera is a muted, dirty green with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was a soft and blendable. The color lasted for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

C’est La Vie is a sparkly, metallic golden pewter. It had sheer color coverage, while the texture was crumbly and resulted in a fair amount of fall out during wear. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Marseille the Word is a muted, medium-dark pewter-gray with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Play Nice is a muted, gray-ish purple with a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was only a smidgen powdery, but it could have been more blendable. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

On a Good Notre Dame is a deep, dark black with a semi-matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and while it wasn’t powdery, it could have been easier to blend on the skin. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Le Cordon Bleu is a cool-toned, bluish purple with a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery and harder to blend on the skin, though it lasted for eight hours once on. The color payoff was decent but needed to be built up. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Muse is a beige-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Tarte’s Cheek Stain formula is described long-wearing and natural. It is mostly a sheer sheen on me with little color, and it lasts five and a half hours on me (not long-wearing at all). See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Visionary is a soft, medium peach-coral with warm undertones and a fine shimmer. Tarte’s LipSurgence Lipgloss formula is supposed to give a “pop of color” with “lasting shine” while being hydrating and vanilla-scented. It had semi-sheer color coverage that added warmth and glossiness to the lips. It lasted for two hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Romantic is a soft, muted coral-pink with a glossy shine. Tarte’s LipSurgence Lip Tint formula is supposed to be a hydrating, natural-looking lip stain with a “wash of color.” It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. I didn’t find it hydrating, though, and it lasted two and a half hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Bon Voyage

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Palace of Versaille

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O' Blushes
Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes ($36.00 for 1.08 oz.) includes six powder blushes and a cream highlighter–all shades from Benefit’s permanent line-up in a metal tin. I found the color of Bella Bamba and CORALista to be different in the palette compared to my standalone versions, with CORALista being very different and Bella Bamba more “within variation” that you might expect over the years and the like. The change in color may appeal to you, or it may disappoint you, depending on the color you prefer. Most of Benefit’s blushes run rather warm-toned, and there are a lot of warm pink/coral variations here, so it may feel redundant if you are on the hunt for a really diverse blush palette. The packaging is ridiculously bulky and clunky–all I could think of was, “Why is this so heavy and noisy?” A few readers mentioned they easily depotted the blushes from the palette, so hopefully that’s an option for others. It’s unnecessarily large and nowhere near travel-friendly, and of course, it is very decked out in holiday-print, so it may feel out of place in April.

Hoola, Coralista, Bella Bamba, and Rockateur each contain 0.17 oz. of product, while Dandelion contains 0.14 oz, Sugarbomb contains 0.21 oz., and Watt’s Up! contains 0.05 oz. It works out to be about $103 in value across the seven products included in it–most of the blushes are about half the size of full-size, while Rockateur is the same as a full-sized one (I’m not sure how that worked out!). I think if you’ve always wanted to try Benefit’s blushes, or you’ve tried one or two but have wanted more, this is a great opportunity to try them.

Dandelion is a light, muted pink with subtle warm undertones and a barely-there gold shimmer-sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that blends easily and wears for seven and a half hours on me. Benefit describes this particular Box o’ Powder as a highlighter to “brighten” the complexion. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bella Bamba (Palette) is a medium-dark pink with frosted, gold shimmer. The texture was a little dry–almost crumbly to the touch–so it didn’t go on smoothly as I would have liked. With some buffing and blending, it will work into the skin and look lovely, but it’s not quite as easy to use as my full-sized version. It lasted for eight hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugarbomb is a frosted, pink-tinged peach with a golden sheen. It’s a lighter shade, so it will not yield a lot of visible color on most skin tones, but it is pigmented (just light). The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Hoola is a medium-dark, yellow-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation and was easy to apply, as the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin. There was a tiny bit of powderiness to it, but it wasn’t noticeable on the skin. When I tested the wear, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

CORALista (Palette) is a light peach with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, gold finish. This one is very different from the box I have–it is very, very light and orange, whereas the original I have is pinker. Aside from the major color difference, the texture was a little dry, but it didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. The color payoff was pretty good, and it didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Rockateur is a soft, rosy plum with warm undertones and a soft, satiny finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and a bit powdery, but it didn’t look cakey applied. This blush stayed on well for eight hours before fading. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Watt’s Up! is a soft, champagne beige. It’s a cream-to-powder highlighter that doesn’t emphasize pores, wears just over eight hours, and gives a luminous sheen wherever it’s applied. The glow is strong enough that it is visible, but it isn’t metallic or wet-looking. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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