Monday, April 20th, 2015

ColourPop Bonus Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Bonus Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bonus Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone true peach in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened pop of orange with warm, reddish undertones and a very fine gold micro-shimmer. Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is darker. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is more shimmery, powder. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is a powder, darker, redder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is powder. MAC Ocean City (LE, $32.00) is redder, powder. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is similar. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, powder. Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is darker, powder. Chanel Frivole (P, $45.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula is supposed to offer buildable coverage that is most intense when applied with fingertips and sheerer when applied with a stippling or duo fiber brush. It is a cream-based blush that feels more like a kind of clay, as it will indent if you press it, and you can almost mold it into a shape, if desired, so it’s not as emollient or as wet as your typical cream blush. It tends to look, feel, and behave more like a powder blush when applied to the skin, as there is no slip, but it is blendable and diffuses easily across the skin. For the easiest, quickest application, I’ve had the best luck applying with fingertips and merely skimming the side of the fingertip pad across the cheeks, which gives color and spreads it out well without disturbing base products. If you need more intensity, tap the color into place and then lightly skim on top. I also like using a stippling brush, which works just fine for my medium coloring with the medium to dark-hued shades and doesn’t feel like it takes forever to build by any means. Bonus had good color payoff that was buildable from semi-sheer to fully opaque (about two layers, depending on how heavy-handed you are). It wore well for ten hours before fading slightly.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Urban Decay Indecent Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Indecent Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Indecent Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “light peachy nude.” It’s a light-medium, peach-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker. NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is pinker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is more shimmery. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is similar. YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is similar. Givenchy In Vogue Orange (P, $44.00) is darker. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is pinker. MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker. Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay’s describes their powder blush formula as having “buildable color” with a “blendable, finely milled” texture that will wear for “eight long hours.” This shade had semi-sheer to opaque color coverage possible, depending on how many layers you applied or whether you used a more densely-packed brush. It was easily built-up or diffused if you felt like you over-applied. The texture had a silky, smooth feeling to it that kicked up a little bit of excess powder in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery on the skin. As you buff and blend the color, the satiny finish comes through–just enough sheen to give it a natural, skin-like finish that doesn’t get too matte but is never shimmery. As it is a very light color, it will tend to be a better pick for lighter complexions, as even though it buildable to fuller coverage, it may not give a lot of visible color to darker complexions–it is subtle on me (light-medium). It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Urban Decay Fetish Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Fetish Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Fetish Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium pink nude.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is lighter. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is brighter. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to have “buildable color” with a “blendable, finely milled” texture and “eight long hours” of wear. The texture is, indeed, finely-milled with a very silky, smooth consistency that can get a little powdery. This particular shade seemed thinner and dustier, where it was prone to sheering out and didn’t stick to the skin as well as the other shades I’ve tried in the range. The coverage was sheer to semi-opaque, but it’ll take a few layers for medium or darker skin tones to see visible color on their skin tone. Luckily, despite the powderiness, it doesn’t look powdery on the skin, and as it is blended on the skin, it takes on that satin-matte finish that’s natural without flattening the skin. On me, it stayed on well for seven and a half hours before it faded noticeably.

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8/10

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9/10

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8/10

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9/10

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Urban Decay Kinky Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Kinky Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Kinky Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “light peach with light shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, peach-orange with lighter golden orange shimmer over a satiny finish. Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is darker, browner, less shimmery. Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is lighter, peachier, less shimmery. NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is more shimmery. NARS Craving (Right) (P) ius darker, more shimmery. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker, browner, less shimmery. Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is brighter. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is lighter. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is warmer, lighter. Clarins Graphic Expression (LE, $35.00) is lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

As the brand promises, the coverage is buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. Unfortunately, like Score, the performance fell somewhat short. The texture shares the same soft, smooth, and silky consistency as a lot of the other blushes, but the shimmer and sparkle don’t seem to bind with the powder, so it doesn’t translate onto skin and gives it a slightly drier overall feel. Aside from the sparkle, the powder was still easily blended on the skin and had a soft, satin-matte finish applied (with almost no visible shimmer). On me, the color wore well for seven hours before fading slightly. The other thing I noticed is that applied, it tended to look a lot like Video, just a bit warmer, and I think they could have created a more differentiated shade.

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Kinky

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8/10

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9/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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5/5

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Urban Decay Score Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Score Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Score Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium pink-peach with a touch of shimmer.” It’s a softened, light-medium pink-peach with warm undertones and fine gold micro-sparkle. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Sand (LE, $65.00) is pinker, cream. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Colour Pop Trickery (P, $8.00) is lighter, cream. Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is lighter. LORAC Unimaginable (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Who’s Your Poppy (LE) is more shimmery. Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery. YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is similar. Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is darker, more shimmery Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is darker. Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is similar. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is brighter, warmer. Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) is more shimmery. NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is similar. Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P) is warmer. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This powder blush formula is supposed to offer buildable color with eight-hour wear and a blendable consistency. This was my least favorite of the Urban Decay blushes, as it was drier, almost dusty, with a tendency to sheer out on the skin. The sparkle seemed to separate from the base color, which may have contributed to that dusty feeling–and that there was almost no shimmer once applied to the face. The texture wasn’t as blendable, and I could only build it from sheer to semi-sheer color coverage, so I wouldn’t recommend it for deeper skin tones. It is also extremely dupable with many, many better-performing options out there. On me, it lasted for seven hours before fading.

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7/10

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8.5/10

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Urban Decay Quiver Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Quiver Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Quiver Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pinky-red with cool, bluish undertones and a satin-matte finish. Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is slightly warmer, cream. NARS Panic (Left) (P) is more shimmery, pinker. Surratt Beauty Rougeur (P, $32.00) is darker, redder. Chanel Chamade (67) (P, $38.00) is brighter, cream. MAC Whole Lotta Love (P, $23.50) is lighter. MAC Magenta (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is warmer. Burberry Hydrangea Pink (P, $42.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to have buildable color coverage, wear for eight hours, and have a “blendable, finely milled” texture. The color coverage ranges from semi-sheer to semi-opaque, depending on your brush and how heavy or light your hand is, and it is definitely buildable to fully opaque, true-to-pan color if desired. On my medium skin tone, I didn’t feel like I had to use the tiniest amount, but I still recommend using less than you think and building up, if necessary, because you don’t need much for medium coverage. The texture was very finely-milled and silky, on the thinner side, and a smidgen powdery, though it didn’t look powdery on the skin. It was fairly blendable, but it wasn’t as blendable as the other shades in the range. The finish looks matte initially but diffuses to a more satiny finish as it is blended and worked into the skin. On me, it wore well for almost nine hours.

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9/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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10/10

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4.5/5

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