Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick
Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is supposed to be a multi-tasking product that can be used on lips and cheeks, and the formula says it will hydrate the skin and uses ceramidone that acts like a “poly-filler to refill and plump the skin.” From the description, it sounds like these are a “natural flush,” so not fully opaque coverage but some color. As you might expect, the product performs better on the cheeks than on the lips, though I wasn’t overly impressed with it as a cream blush either. As a blush, it must be applied directly from the tube in order to achieve any visible color; using fingertips, most of the color adhered to the fingertip rather than transferring onto the skin, and with a brush, the formula seemed streaky and very, very sheer and difficult to build up intensity. This meant it wasn’t ideal for applying over a base, as the consistency isn’t so creamy that hardly any pressure is used, so it ended up moving my foundation if I used it over a blush (but I tested longevity on bare skin). Once on, it dries down to a semi-dewy finish; it’s not really shiny or wet-looking, but it’s not matte and never fully sets in place, so the wear time was six hours or less as a blush. As a lip product, they’re just drier in feel, though they weren’t as drying as I expected given how parched they make my lips look. It’s a lip product that really needs a topper, be it lip balm or gloss, to smooth out the lips–the Beach Stick on tended to emphasize the texture of the natural lip, giving it that drier, parched appearance. They yielded more color payoff as a lip product than the cheek (they seem to adhere better).

Charlotte Tilbury Es Vedra Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a “mystic sunset coral.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark coral-red with gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage. It lasted for six hours as a blush, four hours as a lip product (lightly drying but not as drying as it looked). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Formentera Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is “sun-kissed berry.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark brown with hints of rose and a soft sheen. This was one of the less shimmery shades in the range, and it had a more emollient consistency, which helped it look better on the lips but minimized its wear time–five hours on the cheeks, three hours on the lips (lightly drying). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is “burnished bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, rich bronze with warm, golden yellow undertones and light gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff that lasted for six hours on cheeks, four hours on lips (lightly drying). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Las Salinas Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is “candy, fresh, pretty pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with cool undertones and warmer gold shimmer. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff and was one of the more difficult ones to build-up and too many layers made it look incredibly splotchy, so I wouldn’t recommend this for medium or deeper skin tones looking to wear it as a cheek color. As a blush, it lasted for four and a half hours, and as a lip product, it lasted four hours but was moderately drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Moon Beach Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a “rose gold, iridescent peach.” It’s a light-medium, gold-shimmered orange with a hint of red in its undertone. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff that is really more of a highlighter on my medium skin tone, so this is another shade better as a blush shade for fair skin tones but can still work as a highlighter on other skin tones. The color had turned patchy after four and a half hours of wear on cheeks and two and a half hours on lips but settled significantly and was drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

ColourPop Tasty Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Tasty Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Tasty Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “candy coloured coral with multi-dimensional pink and copper duochrome.” It’s a slightly muted, medium orange with a pink to gold shimmer-sheen. Colour Pop Bonus (P, $8.00) has a similar color but is matte. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter, powder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) is powder. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, powder. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is brighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It was richly pigmented and applied with full coverage when tapped on with a fingertip, but you could apply even less or simply blend out, as it blends effortlessly on the skin. You could also use a stippling or duo fiber brush to get sheerer coverage with little work. I find the Pearlized finish to be extremely forgiving, and it is very hard to overdo as a result. Though it appears slightly frosted when swatched heavily, as it is blended out, the finish becomes more of a pearly sheen, and as a result, it is actually one of the subtler shades with respect to the finish. I can see a definite shift to pink as I turn my head in the mirror, so depending on the angle, it can look more or less orange-coral. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me before fading.

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Friday, May 15th, 2015

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush
theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush ($21.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a luminous finish. Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter, warmer. Chanel Cheeky (79) (LE, $38.00) is a cream product. Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is more shimery. NARS Douceur (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Peachtwist (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture was lightweight, silky, and smooth to the touch, though it felt thinner than many of theBalm’s other cheek products. It had good color payoff that could be easily worn sheer or at richer, true-to-pan color. The finish is extraordinary, as it looks beautiful on the skin with a natural-level luminosity that gives the skin a real glow but doesn’t look frosted, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. The silky texture made blending a cinch, and I felt like I barely had to do any work to apply it evenly. On me, the product stayed on well for nine hours before fading slightly.

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

ColourPop Highly Waisted Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Highly Waisted Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Highly Waisted Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft golden peach with pink and gold duochrome.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with pink and gold shimmer that shifts to a distinct pearly pink sheen when the light catches the cheekbones just-so. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $55.00) is pinker. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) lacks the duochrome. NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is darker, no duochrome. MAC Uplifting (LE, $27.00) is similar in color and finish but doesn’t have the same pink tint. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is darker, no duochrome. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is more frosted, but it has a slight pink tone to it that makes it one of the more similar shades, though it isn’t a duochrome either. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This shade had good color payoff, though it wasn’t completely opaque when applied with fingertips unless layered. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, thin, and lightweight, which made it very blendable on the skin and easily wore over bare skin or on top of your base products of choice. That thinner texture makes it easy to skim the product across the surface of the skin without disrupting base products underneath. Highly Waisted has a visible duochrome, which gives a real pink-gold coloring at times, but for medium complexions or darker, I’d recommend wearing a blush or bronzer to coordinate, or else it appears as if there is almost no color on the skin, while fairer complexions will likely get light warmth even when viewed straight-on. It’s a shade that may be a highlighter on some skin tones and a highlighting blush on others. It had a noticeable, lightly metallic sheen, but it didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. On me, it lasted for eight and a half hours. The duochrome finish made this highlighter one of the more unique ones I’ve come across.

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

ColourPop Hippo Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Hippo Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Hippo Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned icy lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, pinkish-white with a pearly, violet sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage when applied with a fingertip, but the consistency was creamy and smooth, so it was easily blended down to sheer coverage, or you can apply with a brush to achieve less payoff initially. Very fair skin tones could easily wear this alone, but it’ll pop more on darker skin tones when paired with a blush (it looks amazing with Sticky Sweet). On me, this shade lasted for seven and a half hours before fading slightly, which does make it one of the shorter-wearing shades I’ve tried so far. Colour Pop Monster (P, $8.00) is less cool-toned, pinker-based, though on my skin tone they appear more similar than not until I turn my cheek, then you get a stronger duochrome sheen out of Monster that’s a smoother, less frosted sheen. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is darker, less shimmery. NARS New Order (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, darker, less shimmery. MAC Full of Joy (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned, less shimmery. MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $26.00) is warmer, slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Monster Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “light pink with highly opalescent duo chrome finish.” It’s a very subtle, pink-tinted white with pink to violet pearly sheen. The duochrome effect is visible, but of course, at angles, so it’s a chameleon of a shade that very much shifts as you move your face or different light sources enter the equation. It’s one of the more complex and interesting highlighters I’ve tried. Like Hippo, it becomes even more interesting when layered with blush, as it can change the way those appear in undertone. On me, this shade lasted for eight hours. Colour Pop Hippo (P, $8.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Giorgio Armani No. 08 (P, $59.00) is darker, pinker. MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $26.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, May 11th, 2015

ColourPop Avalon Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Avalon Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Avalon Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “true golden bronze with a pink duochrome finish.” It’s a medium-dark copper with warm, orange-red undertones and a frosted sheen that shifts from gold to pink subtly. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is a powder, redder. LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is a powder, less shimmery. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is less shimmery. MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is a powder. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is a powder. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is yellower, powder. MAC Worldly Wealth (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is slightly darker. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is less red-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This shade was richly pigmented and could easily be worn as a blush or bronzer, not just as a highlighter. If you apply it with a feathery or duo-fiber brush and a moderate hand, you can get subtle color out of it with a stronger sheen. It had a pearly sheen when blended out on the cheeks and only looks really metallic if left at full coverage; the more it gets buffed and blended, it becomes more luminous. It didn’t emphasize pores (it’s not going to camouflage them, though!), and the consistency was lightly creamy, smooth, and blendable. The color wore well for nine hours on me before fading.

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