Thursday, May 1st, 2014

MAC Sea Me, Hear Me Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Sea Me, Hear Me Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Sea Me, Hear Me Extra Dimension Blush ($27.50 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “beige pink.” It’s a muted, warm-toned coral with a satiny sheen. The texture was incredibly soft, finely-milled, and smooth, but it never veered powdery; it was extremely blendable on the skin, and it had good pigmentation that was buildable. It wore well for almost eight hours on me before starting to fade. Divergent Obscure Coral (LE) is warmer, more shimmery. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is lighter. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is brighter, pinker. Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P) is lighter. Tarte Dazzled (P, $26.00) is similar. Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is lighter. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Seduced at Sea Extra Dimension Blush ($27.50 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone neutral plum.” It’s a muted, medium orange with a hint of pinky-red and a golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, while the consistency was soft, velvety, and smooth. I had no issues applying it to the skin, blending it out, or getting it to look even. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores either, which was a happy surprise. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, redder, brighter. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $29.00) is lighter. NARS Gilda (P, $29.00) is redder. MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sea Me, Hear Me

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Seduced at Sea

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Guerlain Sun Celebration Terracotta Bronzing Powder & Blush
Guerlain Sun Celebration Terracotta Bronzing Powder & Blush

Guerlain Sun Celebration Terracotta Bronzing Powder & Blush ($76.00 for 0.56 oz.) consists of three distinct shades with a gold overspray (which I removed by brushing it away before swatching/applying). There is a pinky-coral, tangerine, and brown. It’s most practically used in halves, so taking the bronzer and either adding the orange blush or the pink-coral blush to it, but the size of each quadrant isn’t quite big enough for an average-sized blush brush. If you have a smaller blush or highlighter brush, you could feasibly use each shade individually.

Coral Blush is a brightened, medium-dark pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but it was a product that performed best in application, not just a mere swatch (which isn’t uncommon with Guerlain’s blushes–their blush duos are far more impressived applied than just swatched). The texture is thin, finely-milled, and blends well on the skin. On its own, this shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Milani Lady Rouge (06) (LE, $7.99) is brighter, darker. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is lighter. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is also lighter. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is more muted. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is similar. NARS Amour (P, $29.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sun Celebration Orange Blush is a light-medium, yellowed orange with a satin-matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and not at all powdery. It applied well on the skin and blended easily. This shade wore well for just over eight hours when I tested it. Givenchy In Vogue Orange (P, $44.00) is slightly less yellow-toned. MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $21.00) is similar. NARS Puerto Vallarta (LE, $39.00) is more shimmery, cream. Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is lighter. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sun Celebration Bronzer is a medium-dark, yellow-toned brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was buildable, but it didn’t have intense color payoff. Even when layered, it reaches semi-opaque coverage but doesn’t hit full. The texture was soft, lightly powdery, but smooth and sat well on the skin. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. NARS Vientiane (P, $39.00) is a cream product. NARS Cappadoce (P, $39.00) is darker, cream. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is similar. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is a touch yellower. Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched (P, $55.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I bought mine on Sephora, but Nordstrom also has it now.

The Glossover

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Sun Celebration

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Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sun Celebration Coral Blush

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sun Celebration Orange Blush

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil
Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil

Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant cool red.” It’s a subtly cool-toned, medium cherry red with a glossy finish. NARS Rose Gitane (P, $26.00) is warmer. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is similar. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is warmer. Chanel Emoi (P, $32.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (For blush comparisons, look here.)

My experience with this shade mirrored what I experienced with Timeless Coral. The formula is supposed to be a hydrating tint that can be applied on lips and cheeks–”natural-looking, never-greasy color.” It performs best as a lipgloss, but it’s more of a gloss, less of a stain. This shade did leave a very, very slight stain behind, and it wore two and a half hours, which was longer. It is somewhat hydrating as a lip gloss, though there are gritty bits here and there in the product. As a blush, it feels oily and slick, and it never sets or remotely dries down, so it moves around and looks uneven as it wears away (or breaks down foundation if you wear it on top of foundation, and I only saw about three hours of decent wear that way) after five hours on bare skin. The texture is dewy and lightly tacky on the cheeks, but it doesn’t feel tacky on the lips. It has a sweet, almost citrus-y, scent and taste.

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Always Cherry

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Product

6/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Dior My Lady (003) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition)
Dior My Lady (003) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition)

Dior My Lady (003) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition) ($60.00 for 0.35 oz.) is is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, cream. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is warmer. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is similar. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is pinker. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is similar. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is warmer. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is slightly warmer. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade is definitely darker and warmer compared to My Lady (002), but there’s a subdued quality to it that keeps it from looking bright. If coral blushes tend to look too warm on your complexion, you might like the way the pink dominates in this shade. The texture is finely-milled and soft to the touch, easy to blend, but it was also a little powdery (not quite as powdery as the other shade, though). It had fairly good pigmentation, and the color wore well for eight hours on me when I tested it.

This blush is listed as a Saks’ exclusive, and it sold out within a day or two of being available online, so you’d have to find it at a Saks’ store locally or have it shipped to you. When I looked up the nearest local store to me, the locator showed San Francisco’s location (call 866-873-0972). Saks also says, “This item may be available in the Dior boutique within a Saks store … Please call 1.877.551.7257 for assistance.”

The Glossover

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My Lady (003)

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Dior My Lady (002) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition)
Dior My Lady (002) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition)

Dior My Lady (002) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition) ($60.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a silvery-white shimmer. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Blush (P) is cooler-toned, matte. Revlon Haute Pink (002) (P, $9.99) is slightly warmer. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is brighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, matte. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is less shimmery. MAC Lovecloud (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Dame (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s just barely cool-toned, as the dominant shade in the palette is more of a peachy-pink, followed by a cool-toned pink, and finally a softly warmed-up rose. Applied, it looked almost warm-toned on me (as I am warmer in tone), so you may find it behaves more like a chameleon depending on your skin tone and where you concentrate your brush during application. The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, but it leans on the powdery side so those with drier skin may find it less flattering. It had good color payoff, and the shimmer finish didn’t emphasize pores when applied to the cheeks. Worn, the color lasted for almost eight hours before starting to fade.

This blush is listed as a Saks’ exclusive, and it sold out within a day or two of being available online, so you’d have to find it at a Saks’ store locally or have it shipped to you. When I looked up the nearest local store to me, the locator showed San Francisco’s location (call 866-873-0972). Saks also says, “This item may be available in the Dior boutique within a Saks store … Please call 1.877.551.7257 for assistance.”

The Glossover

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My Lady (002)

B-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, April 28th, 2014

NYX Desert Rose Blush
NYX Desert Rose Blush

NYX Desert Rose Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte burgundy pink.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark, pink-berry with a soft, pearly finish. Burberry Hydrangea Pink (P, $42.00) is is lighter. MAC Supernova (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, slightly more muted. NARS Mata Hari (P, $29.00) is a touch more matte, cooler-toned. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is warmer, darker. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is brighter. Clinique Berry Pop (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $29.00) is slightly more muted, matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX describes their powder blush formula in a way that’s pretty confusing: “delivers sheer, silky color that glides on,” followed by “the formula is richly-pigmented and lasts for hours.” ULTA’s description says “highly pigmented,” “rich color,” and “rich pigmentation.” I’m going to interpret that as a more buildable formula that can be applied more subtly but is still very pigmented and can be applied with true-to-pan color, but I think NYX should clarify or update their description to avoid confusion. It is nicely pigmented with fairly true-to-pan color payoff, and the texture is soft, a little powdery, but blendable on the skin, which is much appreciated given the brightness of this shade. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

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Desert Rose

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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