Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes

Here’s a quick sneak peek at two of the Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush! I bought all six on Friday (they haven’t arrived yet!), and two press samples arrived earlier this afternoon so I photographed them right away.  I’m wearing both now and should have reviews up for them tomorrow.

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Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Clinique Peach Pop (02) Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Peach Pop (02) Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Peach Pop (02) Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a pink-coral with a satin finish and warm undertones. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is darker, more orange/red, less pink. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is a smidgen lighter. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is warmer, cream. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is similar. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

This is definitely one of my new favorite powder blush formulas!  Peach Pop was just as impressive as Ginger Pop.  The texture is soft and blendable, but the smoothness of the color is extraordinary.  It smooths and skims across the skin as if it were a cream blush, but it’s definitely a powder.  If you want a sheer wash of color, it’s easily achieved by using a light tap of the brush into the pan, but it has good, true-to-pan color payoff that can be as intense or as soft as desired, as it blends out so effortlessly.  The finish is lightly luminous, doesn’t emphasize pores, and looks like skin–never powdery.  Peach Pop wore well for eight hours, and then it started to fade.

I’ve spotted them online at Nordstrom as well as Sephora.

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Friday, January 24th, 2014

Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette ($36.00 for 0.85 oz.) contains six eyeshadows, two eyeshadow/liners, and one blush. Each square-sized eyeshadow is 0.0758 oz., while the blush is 0.1544 oz., and the two rectangle-shaped eyeshadows are 0.1185 oz. each for a total weight of 0.8462 oz. If you’re familiar with Tarte’s formula, these performed similarly to past Tarte eyeshadows I’ve tried; the biggest takeaway is that they’re so soft that they are quite powdery. You’ll want to use softer brushes and a light touch when you go to pick up product to apply to the lid. I recommend patting the color on, then blending, to minimize excess powder falling underneath the lid.

For me, this is the type of texture that is very workable, as it still adheres well to bare skin and blends nicely without sheering away to nothing, but it usually has a fair amount of powdery fall out that is easiest to clean up if you do your eyeshadow before your base products. On my medium skin tone, a lot of the lighter colors all looked the same on, which had no impact on the rating, but may be something to keep in mind if you’re of a similar complexion. The majority of the eyeshadows in the palette lasted seven and a half hours and then showed signs of fading. I like the palette, and if the colors show up with enough differentiation on you, it would be a nice neutral palette that’s not too warm or too cool-toned. It’s also very well-priced with plenty of product for the price tag.

Elevated is a soft, medium rose with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It is part of the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush formula. It had excellent color payoff, was buildable and blendable on the cheeks, and had a soft, silky texture (slightly powdery, though, so go easy on the surface). I don’t usually get 12 hours of wear out of this formula, and Elevated lasted well for nine hours before showing signs of fading but was significantly faded by the twelfth hour. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is browner. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is warmer,. bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is slightly pinker. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is a touch lighter. MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is pinker, cooler-toned. Tarte Exposed (P, $26.00) is a touch darker, a smidgen browner. See comparison swatches.

Sand Out from the Crowd is a light beige with warm, vanilla undertones and a matte finish. The texture was very soft, and it had good color payoff, but it was powdery. As it a staple/basic shade, there are a lot of similar shades — see comparison swatches.

Peach for the Stars is a rosy, light-medium beige-brown with a matte finish. Again, the texture was so soft that it was powdery, though definitely silky to the touch, and it had good pigmentation. Urban Decay Freestyle (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Frisco (LE, $15.00) is a touch pinker, lighter. Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Antique Rose (LE, $29.00) is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Two Plums Up is a dark, neutral-to-warm-toned plum with a matte finish. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and silky, so the color was easy to blend out on the skin and lid, but it is on the powdery side. It had fairly good color payoff. Tarina Tarantino Deep Dahlia (LE) is shimmery. Kat Von D Fur Elise (P) is warmer. theBalm Sexy (P, $16.00) is warmer. theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is also warmer. bareMinerals Nightcap (P) is cooler-toned, purpler. MAC Hyperviolet (LE, $18.00) is a cream product. MAC Palace Pedigreed (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #160 (P, $20.00) is more berry-hued, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Pink Outside the Box is a light, pastel pink with a matte finish. This might be somewhat chalky, as it had a stronger white base, on deeper complexions. The texture was soft, somewhat powdery, but it had good color payoff and adhered well to the skin. MAC Flounce (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Strawberry Bon Bon (P) is similar. Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE) is lighter. LORAC Light Pink (P) is a touch lighter. MAC Pen ‘n’ Pink (P, $15.00) is similar. NARS Bouthan #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is similar. bareMinerals Giddy (P) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Rose to the Occasion is a medium-dark, rosy brown with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was soft and silky though powdery to work with. It a few shades darker than Peach for the Stars, but if you have a medium skin tone like mine, they look about the same applied. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (P, $14.00) is a touch browner. Aveda Bare Bellis (P, $14.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $28.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

View from the Taupe is a medium, neutral-to-warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It’s a very, very warm taupe, but it read more brown than taupe to me. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft without being too powdery (one of the least powdery shades in the palette). Clarins The Essentials #4 (LE) is more satiny. Too Faced Cookie Dough (LE) is similar. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Dream in Chocolate is a deep, dark chocolate brown with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and like the rest, it was soft but powdery. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is similar. MAC Midnight Hour (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is more muted. LORAC Espresso (P) is similar. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is cooler-toned. NARS Mekong (P, $24.00) is shimmery. MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Dance in the Dark (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Embark (P, $15.00) is deeper. See comparison swatches.

Don’t Stand Black is a medium-dark black with a mostly matte finish, though it had a very slight sheen compared to the more matte finishes of the other shades. This was the weakest performing shade in the palette, as it didn’t stick as well to bare skin, even though the texture didn’t feel stiff or dry (soft but powdery). As this is a more basic/staple kind of shade, there are lots of potential dupes, and here are twelve to consider — see comparison swatches.

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If you're familiar with Tarte's formula, these performed similarly to past Tarte eyeshadows I've tried; the biggest takeaway is that they're so soft that they are quite powdery. You'll want to use softer brushes and a light touch when you go to pick up product to apply to the lid. I recommend patting the color on, then blending, to minimize excess powder falling underneath the lid.

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Friday, January 24th, 2014

Clinique Ginger Pop (01) Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Ginger Pop (01) Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Ginger Pop (01) Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a reddened coral with a subtle satin finish. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is lighter, pinker. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is pinker, cream. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is cream. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is lighter. NARS Boys Don’t Cry (LE, $41.00) is brighter. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is similar. Dior Coral Glow Blush (LE) is warmer. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

This is one of four shades that Clinique’s released just in time for spring–I will be reviewing the other three as I work through wearing each of them. The formula is described as “vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that looks virtually powderless.” There is some magic at work with this formula; because it feels like a powder but applies, blends, and looks more like a cream-to-powder formula on the skin, but it’s definitely a powder. I took a chunk out of the pan to play with, and it crumbles and smooths out like a powder. Ginger Pop blends so beautifully on the skin, and as Clinique touts, it truly seems effortless to soften and sheer out the color, which is very pigmented and true-to-pan if desired. A little goes a long way, but the texture is forgiving and easy to blend out, so a full spectrum of skin tones should be able to work with this formula. The texture is soft and smooth, not at all powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me before showing signs of fading.

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Bobbi Brown x L'Wren Scott Amnesia Rose Palette
Bobbi Brown x L’Wren Scott Amnesia Rose Palette

Bobbi Brown x L’Wren Scott Amnesia Rose Palette ($68.00 for TBA oz.) features six eyeshadows, one blush, and one Pot Rouge (which can be used on cheeks/lips). I’ve only seen it available online at Barneys, but it will be releasing in full at other retailers (see official information here) in February. At a glance, it might seem like a bolder offering from Bobbi Brown, and to an extent, there’s some brightness and color that is unexpected, but the textures ensure that they’re sheerer, softer hues–some by design, others the result of more powdery consistencies. Ultra Violet is supposed to be sheer, but one of the issues I had with it is that it doesn’t apply evenly, so it’s not a sheer, even layer of color. I thought the matte shades tended to be quite powdery, though they blended easily on the lid, they also would sheer away and looked faded before the eight-hour mark. If you pat the shades on enough, just lightly blend along the edges, and do major clean-up after application, you can achieve fairly close-to-pan color. You could also use a white eyeshadow base, which would improve the adhesion and vibrancy of the sheerer shades in this palette.

Amnesia Rose is a muted, rosy plum with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. It seemed like it would have good color payoff, because the texture was incredibly soft and silky, but it was fairly powdery, so while some of it adhered to the skin, it was prone to dusting and sheering away. Urban Decay Nooner (P, $18.00) is darker. LORAC Mauve (P) is slightly cooler-toned. Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $28.50) is a couple of shades darker. Illamasqua Forgiveness (LE) is darker. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #5 (LE) is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Silver Lilac is a cool-toned, white-lavender with a sparkly finish. It is a Sparkle Eye Shadow, which are sheerer, glittery shades. It looks a lot more lavender in the pan, but when swatched, it’s a lot whiter. I had just a little fall out with this shade, but it’s something that works better on its own as a wash of sparkle or patted over a more opaque eyeshadow as a layering product. Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $30.00) is more lavender. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is more iridescent, less glittery. MAC Angelic (P, $21.00) is whiter. MAC Triple Impact (LE, $19.50) is less glittery, more iridescent. MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is more lavender, darker. See comparison swatches.

Pink Lilac is a cool-toned, pink-tinged white with a silvery sparkle finish. It looks very much like Silver Lilac, which is only a bit more sparkly and less silvery. I had just a bit of fall out when I wore this shade, and these are designed to be less pigmented, but it’s a shame they aren’t at least more true-to-color (to how they look in the pan). Marc Jacobs Beauty Stagelight (302) (LE, $32.00) is more glittery. MAC Winterscape (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Angelic (P, $21.00) is whiter. See comparison swatches.

Sand Pink is a slightly muted, dusty rose with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft and silky. It blended fairly easily on the skin, though it is not the most effortless blush to apply. The color wore well for eight hours before it started to fade. This shade is part of the permanent range. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is shimmery, warmer. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $29.00) is redder, deeper. MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) is brighter, less muted. See comparison swatches.

Desert Rose is a soft, medium rosy pink with a satin finish. It’s lightly creamy, blends nicely on the skin, and is a little tacky on the skin for about forty minutes. It wears well for seven hours before starting to become patchy and fade. As a lip color, it lasts three hours. It’s the only cream product in the palette, and I wish it was a powder, because it collects powdery so easily! Bobbi Brown Summer Pink (LE, $26.00) is warmer. Chanel Rose Initiale (P, $43.00) is powder, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Iron is a medium-dark gray with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft but powdery, which is why it tended to sheer out when applied. bareMinerals Velvet Charcoal (P, $14.00) is similar. Guerlain Crazy Paris #5 (LE) is slightly darker. MAC Howzat (LE, $15.00) is not quite as matte. See comparison swatches.

Ultra Violet is a brightened, fuchsia purple with a faint pink sparkle. It’s part of the “Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow” family, which is described as a “sheer, lightly pearlized shadow.” True to form, it’s semi-sheer with slight sparkle, and the texture, while soft, was powdery. Too Faced Ooh la Orchid (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #6 (P) is purpler. NARS Fashion Rebel #2 (LE, $24.00) is purpler. bareMinerals Statement (LE) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Mulberry is a cool-toned, dusty, medium-dark purple with a matte finish. In one sense, it’s very pigmented, and in another, it’s just so-so. The texture is so soft but very powdery–just purple powder everywhere–and some of it sticks, some of it dusts away. NARS Demon Lover #2 (P, $24.00) is much darker. Inglot #386 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Revlon Racy Rose (008) Blush
Revlon Racy Rose (008) Blush

Revlon Racy Rose (008) Blush ($9.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a a warm-toned coral with a hint of pink and a frosted sheen. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is more matte. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $55.00) is pinker. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Born to Love (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

I wish I could say I had much better luck with this shade over Haute Pink, but this shade had a lot of similar issues. The formula is described as an “ultra-soft, silky powder [that] adds a natural flush of color to your cheeks.” The color is “buildable” with a “soft satin finish.” In order to get any color payoff to really show on the skin, I had to scrape off layers of the powder, as it is very firmly packed into the pan. It’s incredibly stiff in the pan, so you need something that will dislodge the powder off the surface, like a rough/scratchy brush you don’t like much or, in my case, a metal spatula. The finish of Racy Rose is more frosted than Haute Pink, so I did have some trouble with the powder emphasizing pores. The color lasted for six and a half hours before showing signs of fading. The color range is really pretty and would be a nice alternative to high-end blushes, but the texture of the powder makes it difficult to use, both in terms of just getting color onto the skin as well as blending it out.

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