Sunday, March 30th, 2014

MAC Full of Joy Blush
MAC Full of Joy Blush

MAC Full of Joy Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, light lavender with a hint of pink and a satin finish. It’s a true lavender–this is a blush that doesn’t just turn pink applied to the skin. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was blendable, buildable, and wore for almost eight hours before starting to fade. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is much pinker. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is also pinker. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is pinker. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is slightly p inker. MAC Lazy Sunday (LE, $20.00) is lighter, pinker, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Peony Petal Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright blue pink.” It’s a medium, blue-based pink with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had great pigmentation, and it applied easily–no issues blending or applying it to get smooth, even coverage. The most recent release seems slightly softer and easier to use than the original, which felt a little dry for the first few uses. The color wore well for almost eight hours before it started to fade. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is lighter. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is lighter. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter, warmer. Illamasqua Morale (P, $26.00) is more shimmery.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush ($26.000 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with warm undertones, hint of pink, and a satin finish. theBalm Cider (P) is lighter, pinker. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is powder. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker, powder. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is more orange, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever’s new HD Blush formula is one of my new favorites, because it has a lightly creamy consistency that applies evenly, smoothly, and blends easily and feels and looks like a powder shortly after applying it to the skin. It’s never tacky, as it dries down to a powder-like finish, which also means it has a subtle, satin finish–nothing too dewy or luminous. This shade had very true-to-pan color payoff, though it’s a lighter shade so it will show up best on fairer complexions. On my medium skin tone, it is a soft, muted blush on me, but it wore well for eight hours before beginning to fade.

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#225 HD Blush

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10/10

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony Vitality Cheek Stain
It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony Vitality Cheek Stain

It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony Vitality Cheek Stain ($24.00 for 0.136 oz.) is a medium-dark, pinky-coral with a gold, frosted sheen. Milani Lady Rouge (06) (LE, $7.99) has no shimmer. NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is a cream product, has no shimmer. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is lighter. NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $29.00) is slightly pinker. NARS Realm of the Senses #1 (LE, $29.00) is lighter. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $29.00) is similar. MAC Simmer (LE, $25.00) is less golden. NARS Deep Throat (P, $29.00) is lighter, less pink. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Vitality Cheek Stain formula is supposed to combine the long-wear of a stain with the ease of application of a powder. The brand says it will give a “naturally pretty flush of color … [and] that lit from within glow.” Pretty in Peony is intensely pigmented with a soft, velvety consistency that feels like a really smooth, buttery powder. A little goes a long way, so if you tend to be heavy-handed or have fairer skin, you’ll want to be sure to use less and build up (and a stippling or feathery brush should help!). It applied evenly, smoothly, and blended fairly easily on bare skin as well as over liquid foundation. There is a fair amount of sheen, though, and I felt like it did slightly emphasize pores along my cheeks. The color wore well for ten hours, though, which was impressive.

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Monday, March 24th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) Cheek Fabric Blush
Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) Cheek Fabric Blush

Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) Cheek Fabric Blush ($46.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a dusty, muted, medium rosy pink with a soft micro-sparkle and satin finish. Divergent Misty Rose (LE) is darker, more matte. Tarte Elevated (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is darker, less rosy. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is lighter. MAC At Dusk (LE, $25.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches or view dupes.

It’s a new blush formula for the brand, and it’s supposed to be a “vibrant, beautiful formula with a thin, soft texture that brightens your face and highlights cheekbones for the ultimate glow.” There are eight shades available, and this is the only shade I’ve tried, so I can’t weigh in on any of the other shades. The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, yet a little powdery and I can definitely feel that it’s a “thin” formula. It seemed almost dry, because it was thin, but it’s a blush that looks better applied on the face as a true blush than merely swatched, as it melds as it is blended and applied so it looks more like a second-skin tint of color–even over bare skin (and I have normal-to-dry skin, for reference). I found the pigmentation to be semi-opaque at most, buildable to that point with two light layers. The sparkle is visible in the pan, barely visible when heavily swatched, and on the cheeks, it looks like a subtle, soft sheen–not quite luminous, somewhere between matte and satin. The blush wore well for eight hours on me, which is about average, before it started to fade.

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Tarte Flush Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Flush Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Flush Amazonian Clay Blush ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “pinkish berry.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a satin finish. Make Up For Ever #210 (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Blush (P) is lighter. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery, brighter. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is brighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is brighter, cooler-toned. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is a little lighter. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is warmer. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches. As a note, reader Erin has noted that this shade is not the same as a previously-released Flush (in past kits from Tarte).

The powder had a soft, finely-milled texture that applied evenly and blended fairly easily on the skin, but it was a little stiff in the pan and required some swirling of the brush. It seemed like the top layer was stiff, but underneath (after a few uses), it wasn’t problematic anymore. It had so-so color payoff that was mostly buildable to true-to-pan intensity, if desired, but it does require a few layers. In general, Tarte’s Amazonian Clay formula doesn’t last twelve hours on me (which is what they claim), and Flush was no exception; it wore well for nine hours–longer than the average blush but short of the claimed wear time.

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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep
Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep ($26.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes two Luminizers and one blush. I loved the mix of colors in the palette, and I really appreciated that they went for a true, “Radiant Orchid” blush–it’s a shade that you just don’t see often as a genuine blush (but there are similar shades if you look at eyeshadow). I wish the two Luminizers were a bit less metallic, as they can slightly to somewhat emphasize skin imperfections/pores. Otherwise, all three shades had really good color payoff, and the textures were soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. You get plenty of product in the palette, and it’s an excellent price point, so I think it’s well worth checking out–especially if you’ve ever craved a purple-y blush!

Bridal Rose is a medium-dark, pinky-plum with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and this shade, while called a Luminizer, is more of a blush than a traditional highlighter as it has quite a bit of color as well as sheen. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. It does emphasize pores somewhat, though, and it wore seven and a half hours on me before looking patchy. NARS G-Spot (P, $39.00) is darker, less metallic, cream. MAC Rose Quartz (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $25.00) is less metallic, darker. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Spanish Villa is a golden beige with a frosted, metallic finish. This had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. It has a lot of shimmer and sheen, so I saw slight emphasis of pores/skin texture with this hue. If I swept on the highlighter with a fan brush, I had a subtler sheen, but it didn’t emphasize pores, so that was a plus. It wore well for seven hours before it looked a bit patchy and faded. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is more golden. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is similar.Urban Decay Naked (P, $29.00) is more sparkly. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is more golden. See comparison swatches.

Radiant Orchid is a cool-toned, pinky-purple with a pearly finish. It’s intensely pigmented, and the texture was soft and blendable. This is not a shy shade at all, and I was surprised to see just how purple it actually was. I don’t have anything quite like this as far as blush goes, so I turned to eyeshadows. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet (LE, $21.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is a touch lighter. Too Faced Ooh la Orchid (LE, $16.00) is matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #6 (P) is darker, matte. See comparison swatches

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