Thursday, March 26th, 2015

ColourPop Clutch Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Clutch Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Clutch Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “vivid rosy red in a matte finish.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium-dark pink-red with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is lighter. MAC Secret Admirer (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is lighter, powder. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is powder. Milani Lady Rouge (06) (LE, $7.99) is darker, powder. NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is warmer. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is lighter, powder. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is powder, warmer. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is pinker, powder. NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, powder. MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, powder. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It had rich, buildable coverage that was intense if applied or patted on with fingertips or more semi-opaque when applied with a stippling brush. I felt like a little went a long way, but the product remained blendable, so it is versatile for the full spectrum of skin tones as you can really adjust and play with the level of coverage. The texture has that lightly spongy, slightly creamy consistency that turns into more of a powder-like texture and finish once you start to apply it to the skin. In the pot, it’s distinctly a cream-based product, but it plays more like a powder product when you actually work with it. I think it looks like a cross of the two in terms of how it sits on the skin, as it looks almost like a stain due to that near-matte finish that doesn’t look totally flat. On me, this shade lasted for ten hours before fading.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Clinique Melon Pop Cheek Pop
Clinique Melon Pop Cheek Pop

Clinique Melon Pop Cheek Pop ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is pinker, more matte. Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer, more matte. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker. Tarte Unleashed (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is more matte. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is more matte. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is pinker, more matte. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is darker. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is lighter. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is similar. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $55.00) is pinker. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is more orange. MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is pinker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Here’s the last of the new spring shades I have for now (the other two shades are still on back order), and it’s another shade that I suspect will win over fair to medium skin tones looking for a softer, warm-toned, everyday blush. I think it may be too subtle for deeper skin tones, though it will still produce a soft, warm sheen. (If you’re looking for a deeper coral, consider Peach Pop and Ginger Pop.) It had good color payoff that was easily sheered out or layered for greater intensity, but the color darkened slightly on the skin compared to how it looks in the pan (which is a bit lighter, more orange). The texture was soft, smooth, and incredibly blendable on the skin. I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but the finish of the formula is why this blush stands out: it’s beautifully luminous with a glow that doesn’t emphasize pores. On me, this blush wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

MAC Puttin' on the Spritz Casual Colour
MAC Puttin’ on the Spritz Casual Colour

MAC Puttin’ on the Spritz Casual Colour ($22.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “bright intense coral.” It’s a brightened, orange-coral with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had buildable color payoff whether patted onto cheeks or applied to lips that could be blended out for sheer color or layered for true-to-pan coverage. I would highly recommend applying this with a lip brush if you want to use it as a lip color, as you’ll get better coverage, evenness, and it will be less drying (but regardless, it is always somewhat drying worn as a lip product–it’s uncomfortable for me after an hour and a half of wear–and lasts two and a half hours). As a blusher, a stippling or duo fiber brush works just fine, but a little goes a long way! It wears for seven hours on the cheeks. Tom Ford Beauty James (LE, $32.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Twist of Fate (LE, $50.00) is similar. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is pinker. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Understudy (114) (P, $30.00) is darker. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is brighter. MAC Coral Lumineux (LE, $70.00) is slightly redder. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is pinker, powder. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is matte, powder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. MAC Ocean City (LE, $32.00) is powder. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is slightly more muted. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is more orange, powder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC P.S. I Like You Casual Colour ($22.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “carnation pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with warm undertones and a soft sheen. As a lip color, it is drying and lasts for two hours. As a blush, it is blendable and wears for seven hours. Chanel Edith (424) (P, $36.00) is darker. Maybelline Blushing Bud (705) (P, $7.49) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Patrick (LE, $32.00) is less glossy. Colour Pop Rocket (P, $5.00) is brighter, more matte. Bite Beauty Tatin (P, $24.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is more muted, matte. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is darker. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is lighter. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Hoop (DC, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is more matte. Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is powder. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is darker, powder. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is powder. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is brighter, powder. Chanel Revelation (63) (P, $38.00) is lighter. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Puttin' on the Spritz

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Friday, March 20th, 2015

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder
MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder ($26.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft peachy pink with gold.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a delicate golden sheen. Colour Pop Trickery (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cream. NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is lighter. MAC Fun Ending (LE, $21.00) is slightly more muted. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is brighter, less shimmery. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is darker. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is darker. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

On light-medium and fairer skin tones, this could easily be used as a blusher. It’s very subtle on my medium skin tone, so I would expect it will be more and more subtle on deeper skin tones. The texture is thin but smooth with a firmer press where a denser blush brush is key to getting color to transfer onto the brush. More feathery brushes don’t seem to pick up much product when I was playing with it. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage and a satiny sheen that didn’t emphasize pores. It was easily blended on the skin so it looked even and diffused. On me, it wore well for seven and a half hours before fading.

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8.5/10

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9/10

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7.5/10

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Friday, March 20th, 2015

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder
MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder ($26.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light pink with silver pearl.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a silvery, frosted sheen. NARS Adoration (Left) (P) is more sparkly. MAC Just a Wisp (P, $27.00) is brighter. MAC Azalea in the Afternoon (LE, $27.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Veronica’s Blush (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Long-time MAC fans might already have this in their stash (I remember it from Barbie Loves MAC in ’07), and I myself remember using this heavily years ago (along with Pearl Sunshine). The color and finish are the same between this newest release and mine from 2007, though the texture is a bit different–my older one has a denser feel to it, more pliable. The texture is smooth but thin in the pan; there’s a firmer press going on these days when it comes to a lot of MAC’s Beauty Powders, I think. It’s not stiff to me, but it is thinner and smooth yet not really silky (usually smooth and silky are characteristics that go together). On my medium skin tone, I get both color, shimmer, and luminosity, though it could be applied with a less dense brush (I used a blush brush) for a more delicate sheen with less color. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to more opaque. It wore well without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture and lasted eight hours on me before starting to breakdown.

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Pearl Blossom

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9/10

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10/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

ColourPop Birthday Suit Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Birthday Suit Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Birthday Suit Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “neutral pink with a satin finish.” It’s a muted, medium pink with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and silver-ish micro-shimmer. NARS Fervor (Left) (P) is lighter, warmer, powder. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is less sparkly, powder. Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is less sparkly, powder. MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is cooler-toned, powder. YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is a powder. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly, powder. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter, powder. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is a powder. MAC Formal (LE) is more matte, powder. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is less sparkly, powder. NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is less sparkly, darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Though the finish is described as a satin, I’ve found that the shimmer is very hard to see on the skin–they all look semi-matte once they get blended out on the skin. The texture is lightweight, blends easily without looking streaky or uneven, and stays put for eight and a half hours before fading becomes apparent. The texture is sponge-like–a definite cream-based product, but it lacks the slip of most traditional cream blushes. It is supposed to have buildable coverage with the most coverage achieved when applied with fingertips, but even applying with fingertips, I was only able to get semi-sheer pigmentation out of this shade, which was comparable to the coverage achieved using a denser synthetic brush. You can use a duo fiber or stippling brush for sheerer application that is still buildable to semi-sheer color payoff, if desired.

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Birthday Suit

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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