Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Givenchy It-Girl Purple Le Prisme Blush
Givenchy It-Girl Purple Le Prisme Blush

Givenchy It-Girl Purple Le Prisme Blush ($44.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a cool-toned, light-medium pink with blue undertones and a satin finish. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $21.00) is a smidgen darker. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is comparable. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

The texture was incredibly soft and finely-milled, and at times, a bit powdery, though it did not show on the skin–it looked soft, lightly luminous but never dry or powdery. It blended out easily, and the color was buildable and nicely pigmented. The blush lasted almost eight hours on me before it started to show signs of fading.  The satin finish gave off a gorgeous sheen and luminosity that didn’t emphasize pores.  I think this would be particularly lovely on cooler complexions as a go-to everyday shade.

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Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Givenchy In Vogue Orange Le Prisme Blush
Givenchy In Vogue Orange Le Prisme Blush

Givenchy In Vogue Orange Le Prisme Blush ($44.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a brightened pop of tangerine orange with a soft, barely-there satin finish. MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $21.00) is similar. NARS Puerto Vallarta (LE, $39.00) has a golden sheen and is a cream product. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is more muted, slightly browner. MAC Warmth of Coral (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is yellower. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches.

The Le Prisme formula is supposed to have “a higher pigment concentration [so that] the color on the cheeks is immediate.” It contains four shades, and “the upper right shade for the blush is the reference shade for the final result when mixing together.” The compact itself is small–the right size for a blush brush but not much larger–so if you wanted to use the shades individually on the cheeks, it’s not practical. You can certainly concentrate the brush on two or three of the shades, though. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, and when applied to the skin, it sat beautifully and gave skin a soft, luminous glow and warmth. It had good pigmentation, though it was more buildable than it was pigment-packed. It wore well for eight hours before it showed signs of fading.

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10/10

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Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

bareMinerals The Many Splendors Face & Body Luminizer
bareMinerals The Many Splendors Face & Body Luminizer

bareMinerals The Many Splendors Face & Body Luminizer ($45.00 for 1.10 oz.) is composed of three shades that you could use alone or together, but the compact is quite large, so each section easily can be used individually (though probably not with the brush included with the set!). There is a very large powder brush that comes with the compact, and it’s actually incredibly soft, dense, and lovely to use (I was worried, as last time I tried brushes from bareMinerals, they were very scratchy). However, for all those good characteristics, it’s massive and quite long, so it’s almost floppy. It provides a very dense and heavy-handed application. The brush is nice on its own, but I didn’t love it with this particular product. It’s a mega-sized powder–can’t imagine running out of it any time soon!–and if you use highlighters or bronzers on decolletage or the body, it would go a long way.  The quality of the powders is okay; the peachy shade was oddly under-pigmented, while the bronzer was very pigmented and easy to blend.

The Many Splendors #1 is a pale, gold-shimmered beige. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. I noticed, however, that applied, it did somewhat emphasize pores. It wore for seven hours. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is similar. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is very, very similar. See comparison swatches.

The Many Splendors #2 is a warm-toned, peachy-pink with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. This one had so-so color payoff–it was unusually difficult to get pigmentation out of it, even though it seemed soft to the touch. When applied, it did slightly emphasize pores and wore for seven and a half hours. On very fair skin, this could work as a blusher, but on my medium complexion, it worked out more as a highlighter with a smidgen of color. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $25.00) is darker. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is more matte. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $25.00) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Many Splendors #3 is a medium-dark, orange-brown with a deep, orange-gold frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and it was the best performing shade within the compact. It wore for eight hours well, though it did slightly emphasize pores and imperfections. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

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7/10

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Monday, November 25th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick
Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick ($45.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “shimmering quartet of pearlescent colors.” It’s a medium-dark, bronze and copper-shimmered brown with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. There is a hint of gray to the browner coloring, but it is still a warm-toned hue. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is less shimmery, warmer. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is rosier. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is less shimmery. MAC Exotic Ember (LE, $25.00) is darker, browner. MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $25.00) is grayer. MAC Superb (LE, $30.00) is slightly rose-toned. Bobbi Brown Bahama (LE, $38.00) is rosier. See comparison swatches.

Shimmer Bricks can be used as face/cheek products, but they individual shades can also be used as eyeshadows. For the purposes of this review, it focuses on the product worn as a cheek product. I have included swatches of the individual shades for anyone who might be thinking about using it them as eyeshadows. It had good color payoff, and the texture of the powder is soft, finely-milled, and very blendable on the skin. It just slightly emphasized pores, but it was hardly noticeable if you weren’t really looking for it (as in, I don’t think anyone but the wearer would notice!). It wore almost eight hours on me before gradually fading. There was some patchiness after nine and a half hours.

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8.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Monday, November 18th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up (302) Lightshow Luminizing Powder
Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up (302) Lightshow Luminizing Powder

Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up (302) Lightshow Luminizing Powder ($59.00 for 0.38 oz.) is described as a “multidimensional powder [that] flatters all skin tones by diffusing light and minimizing imperfections.” There are three colors within the palette, though you could certainly use them in any combination. Practically, it’s easier to use the highlighter on its own, and then using the two more contour-hued shades together, as an average-sized blush brush doesn’t fit well into a single stripe without getting a little of what was next to it as well. The palette comes with a gold overspray, which will last a use or less, so I brushed it off entirely before swatching or using the powder. I wore the lightest shade as more of a highlighter with the less shimmery, more brown-ish shades as a blush and contour, respectively, and the highlighter seemed to fade faster than the others–at around seven hours–while the other two lasted a bit longer but not for a full eight hours. The powder is quite generously-sized, though, at 0.38 oz., but the performance could be better across the board.

Close-Up #1 is a pale, shimmering white with a subtle, cool, almost gray-ish, undertone. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was a little powdery, and it may be chalky against deeper complexions. I applied this to the cheekbone (with the other shades below as more of a contour), and it was very reflective, almost metallic, and did somewhat emphasize pores. Urban Decay Naked (P, $29.00) is more sparkly but the two are similar. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is warmer. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) has a stronger gold sheen/cast. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Close-Up #2 is a medium brown with soft, warm tan undertones and a satin finish. It had decent to good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled and not too powdery. This will be a better fit for lighter skin tones than mine as it really disappears on my medium complexion. Too Faced Spice (LE) is darker. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is darker. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is rosier, darker. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Close-Up #3 is a golden, medium brown with a pale, yellow gold sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, but the texture was on the more powdery side. It’s soft, blendable, and easy-to-apply, though. Too Faced Spice (LE) is darker. MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is warmer. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is redder in tone. Illamasqua Disobey (P, $26.00) is more matte, warmer. See comparison swatches.

For your reference, I also included swatches of the two brown shades blended together as well as all three shades together! The similarities in color with the two brown shades made them look almost like the same color, depending on the lighting, and the sizing of each component doesn’t lend itself to really individualized use.

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I wore the lightest shade as more of a highlighter with the less shimmery, more brown-ish shades as a blush and contour, respectively, and the highlighter seemed to fade faster than the others--at around seven hours--while the other two lasted a bit longer but not for a full eight hours. The powder is quite generously-sized, though, at 0.38 oz., but the performance could be better across the board.

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7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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Friday, November 15th, 2013

Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy Cheek to Chic Blusher
Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy Cheek to Chic Blusher (£30.00 for 0.28 oz.) consists of an exterior shade that’s a warm, coral-orange with a soft, frosted finish, and then an interior shade that’s a pink-coral with gold shimmer. Tilbury recommends applying the exterior shade across the cheeks in a larger sweep while concentrating the interior shade more on the apples of the cheek. Together, they create a warm, coral-orange with a satiny finish. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Blush (LE, $21.00) is sheerer. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is very similar. Aveda Hibiscus (LE, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is darker. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches.

The texture is very soft, silky, and finely-milled, though it can be slightly powdery at times as it is a more delicate powder overall. It does blend beautifully on the skin, though, and it almost melts as you swirl it onto cheeks. The soft shimmer in the finish gives cheeks a glowy, luminous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores. The color payoff was good–the interior shade could have used a little more pigmentation. Ecstasy wore well for seven and a half hours, but it was noticeably faded and somewhat patchy after eight hours, which shorter wear (on me, on average). Normally, I see some slight fading but most blushes don’t turn too patchy. I’ll also reiterate that while the two shades can be used separately to a degree, you’ll need smaller tools or else you’ll find some of one or the other also on the brush.  I found it more practical to use altogether.  My favorite aspect to the product was really the texture, which felt incredibly soft.

Note, I can’t personally recommend purchasing through Selfridges without a warning–you can read about my experience here so you know what you could (potentially) be getting into. I fervently hope to see the brand launch in the U.S. sometime next year.

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