Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil
Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil

Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant cool red.” It’s a subtly cool-toned, medium cherry red with a glossy finish. NARS Rose Gitane (P, $26.00) is warmer. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is similar. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is warmer. Chanel Emoi (P, $32.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (For blush comparisons, look here.)

My experience with this shade mirrored what I experienced with Timeless Coral. The formula is supposed to be a hydrating tint that can be applied on lips and cheeks–“natural-looking, never-greasy color.” It performs best as a lipgloss, but it’s more of a gloss, less of a stain. This shade did leave a very, very slight stain behind, and it wore two and a half hours, which was longer. It is somewhat hydrating as a lip gloss, though there are gritty bits here and there in the product. As a blush, it feels oily and slick, and it never sets or remotely dries down, so it moves around and looks uneven as it wears away (or breaks down foundation if you wear it on top of foundation, and I only saw about three hours of decent wear that way) after five hours on bare skin. The texture is dewy and lightly tacky on the cheeks, but it doesn’t feel tacky on the lips. It has a sweet, almost citrus-y, scent and taste.

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Always Cherry

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6/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Dior My Lady (003) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition)
Dior My Lady (003) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition)

Dior My Lady (003) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition) ($60.00 for 0.35 oz.) is is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, cream. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is warmer. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is similar. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is pinker. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is similar. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is warmer. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is slightly warmer. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade is definitely darker and warmer compared to My Lady (002), but there’s a subdued quality to it that keeps it from looking bright. If coral blushes tend to look too warm on your complexion, you might like the way the pink dominates in this shade. The texture is finely-milled and soft to the touch, easy to blend, but it was also a little powdery (not quite as powdery as the other shade, though). It had fairly good pigmentation, and the color wore well for eight hours on me when I tested it.

This blush is listed as a Saks’ exclusive, and it sold out within a day or two of being available online, so you’d have to find it at a Saks’ store locally or have it shipped to you. When I looked up the nearest local store to me, the locator showed San Francisco’s location (call 866-873-0972). Saks also says, “This item may be available in the Dior boutique within a Saks store … Please call 1.877.551.7257 for assistance.”

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My Lady (003)

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Dior My Lady (002) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition)
Dior My Lady (002) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition)

Dior My Lady (002) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition) ($60.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a silvery-white shimmer. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Blush (P) is cooler-toned, matte. Revlon Haute Pink (002) (P, $9.99) is slightly warmer. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is brighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, matte. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is less shimmery. MAC Lovecloud (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Dame (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s just barely cool-toned, as the dominant shade in the palette is more of a peachy-pink, followed by a cool-toned pink, and finally a softly warmed-up rose. Applied, it looked almost warm-toned on me (as I am warmer in tone), so you may find it behaves more like a chameleon depending on your skin tone and where you concentrate your brush during application. The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, but it leans on the powdery side so those with drier skin may find it less flattering. It had good color payoff, and the shimmer finish didn’t emphasize pores when applied to the cheeks. Worn, the color lasted for almost eight hours before starting to fade.

This blush is listed as a Saks’ exclusive, and it sold out within a day or two of being available online, so you’d have to find it at a Saks’ store locally or have it shipped to you. When I looked up the nearest local store to me, the locator showed San Francisco’s location (call 866-873-0972). Saks also says, “This item may be available in the Dior boutique within a Saks store … Please call 1.877.551.7257 for assistance.”

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My Lady (002)

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, April 28th, 2014

NYX Desert Rose Blush
NYX Desert Rose Blush

NYX Desert Rose Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte burgundy pink.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark, pink-berry with a soft, pearly finish. Burberry Hydrangea Pink (P, $42.00) is is lighter. MAC Supernova (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, slightly more muted. NARS Mata Hari (P, $29.00) is a touch more matte, cooler-toned. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is warmer, darker. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is brighter. Clinique Berry Pop (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $29.00) is slightly more muted, matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX describes their powder blush formula in a way that’s pretty confusing: “delivers sheer, silky color that glides on,” followed by “the formula is richly-pigmented and lasts for hours.” ULTA’s description says “highly pigmented,” “rich color,” and “rich pigmentation.” I’m going to interpret that as a more buildable formula that can be applied more subtly but is still very pigmented and can be applied with true-to-pan color, but I think NYX should clarify or update their description to avoid confusion. It is nicely pigmented with fairly true-to-pan color payoff, and the texture is soft, a little powdery, but blendable on the skin, which is much appreciated given the brightness of this shade. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

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Desert Rose

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Maybelline Pink Fever (20) Master Glaze Blush
Maybelline Pink Fever (20) Master Glaze Blush

Maybelline Pink Fever (20) Master Glaze Blush ($8.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a cool-toned, light-medium pink with white shimmer. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Blush (LE) is a powder. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is less shimmery, powder. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is a powder. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Master Glaze blush formula is supposed to give dewy, sheer color. It applies sheer in one layer, but I found it to also be buildable to light-medium coverage. The consistency is quite emollient with a high degree of slip, and it doesn’t fully set or dry down, so the finish is more luminous–which may look oily if your skin is already naturally dewy. It didn’t emphasize pores, and the shimmer seemed almost undetectable once applied. On my normal-to-dry skin, Pink Fever wore well for six hours, but it was faded and patchy after that.

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Pink Fever (20)

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Josie Maran Timeless Coral Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil
Josie Maran Timeless Coral Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil

Josie Maran Timeless Coral Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant warm coral.” It’s a muted, medium coral with warm, reddish undertones and a glossy finish. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is less warm-toned. NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is similar. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is darker. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (For blush comparisons, look here.)

I picked this up during the sale a couple of weeks ago, because it was new and sounded interested. The formula is supposed to be hydrating and works as a tint for lips and cheeks. Josie Maran describes it as “natural-looking, never-greasy color.” As far as I’m concerned, this is only a lip product, because on cheeks, it feels oily, lightly tacky, doesn’t set or dry down, and slides around after five hours of wear. I found it difficult to wear with foundation, whether applied over or under, as the emollient texture makes applying foundation over it difficult, and applying it over foundation led to the foundation breaking down after two to three hours. I had the best results over bare skin, but they weren’t great results.

Though it felt greasy on the skin, it was comfortable to wear on the lips–very cushion-y, gel-like, and somewhat hydrating. The major downside is that as a lip product, it needs regularly reapplication as it doesn’t really leave a stain behind, and the color and glossiness wear off in two hours or less. I also found it gritty, and I don’t know why there was any grit element to it at all, but it was something I noticed when swatching both on skin, applied to cheeks, and on lips. It had a sweet, citrus-y scent and taste to it that I couldn’t really place but is there. It’s a real disappointment, because the price point is fantastic, and even better, it contains a lot of product.

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Timeless Coral

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6/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6/10

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4/5

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