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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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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8/10

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8.5/10

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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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Friday, March 14th, 2014

Sisley Paris Mango (3) Phyto-Blush Eclat
Sisley Paris Mango (3) Phyto-Blush Eclat

Sisley Paris Mango (3) Phyto-Blush Eclat ($85.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a satiny, golden sheen. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is darker. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is pinker. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is more matte, darker. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is more beige, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to be an “ultra-fine powder texture [that] allows for customized makeup application that is appropriate for all skin shades,” while also being long-wearing. The brand also includes skin softening ingredients in the formula (it’s a very skin care driven brand), but short of wearing this for weeks on end, I won’t be weighing in on that aspect. It’s not all that practical to use the shades individually, as each section isn’t large enough to accommodate a blush brush, though you could try to concentrate your blush in the lighter/darker sides. When swirled, the lighter, peachy color dominated whereas the pinky-coral hue darkened it slightly and gave it additional warmth. It’s a blush that is going to work best on lighter complexions; I’m about medium and at its most buildable, it’s a subtle blush on me–it adds warmth, a little color, and a subtle sheen. It gives more of a glowing effect than overt shimmer, so there’s no fear of emphasizing pores or skin imperfections. The texture is soft, finely-milled, though it felt a little thin–not quite as buttery as I expected or as smooth. The color wears eight hours on me before starting to fade. The included brush was somewhat scratchy and prone to shedding.

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9/10

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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Maybelline Just Pinched Pink (10) Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick
Maybelline Just Pinched Pink (10) Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick

Maybelline Just Pinched Pink (10) Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick ($8.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with soft, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, powder. Chanel Revelation (63) (P, $38.00) is lighter. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is slightly darker, powder. See comparison swatches.

The Master Glaze formula is supposed to give cheeks a “dewy and gently glazed” look with “the sheerest color.” The texture is moderately creamy, so it glides across the skin easily, but it can sometimes feel a little oily on the skin. It never fully dries down, so there’s dewy sheen that straddles the line between luminous and oily. You can minimize some of the oiliness (and also prolong the wear) by applying translucent setting or finishing powder on top. The color coverage was more buildable than it was “the sheerest color,” though it can easily be worn as a sheer pop of rosy pink as it is very blendable, and the color wore well for six hours before there was noticeable fading. It doesn’t build up to truly opaque color, though, as it takes a fairly thick layer to do so, which just doesn’t wear or feel right as a blush (very slippery and seems to look patchy within an hour).

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10/10

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8.5/10

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6.5/10

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Divergent Collector's Kit
Divergent Collector’s Kit

Divergent Collector’s Kit ($59.50) includes fifteen eyeshadows, two blushes, one bronzer, one highlighter, four lipglosses, and a double-ended eye/cheek brush. I’ve been waiting to hear back from Sephora regarding the Lipglosses to get names (mine weren’t labeled–thank you readers Denise & Thu for your help!), but now the palette is listed as out of stock! I’m not entirely sure it’s going to be back in stock, and as it is listed as only available online, you can’t track it down in stores. Reader Erica, who works at Sephora in Pittsburgh, said stores will have them. (Could this launch be any more confusing–VIB rouge, then VIB, no everyone! online! no, maybe stores, too?!) I’m going to share my overall thoughts on the kit along with full photos and swatches, but I’m not going to consider going as in-depth as I typically would unless it becomes available again.

Overall, it’s actually a decent kit, and you get a lot of product for your money. The eyeshadows were fairly pigmented, soft (sometimes powdery, a couple were dry), and wore well for seven to eight hours. The cheek products were a little powdery but blendable and buildable, and those wore seven to eight hours applied as well. The lipglosses were mostly non-sticky, lightweight, glossy, and sheer to semi-sheer, while they wore two to three hours on average. It performed better than expected, but the colors are more dupable than not.

There is something about the set that feels very familiar, particularly in regards to the lipglosses, which mimic Hourglass’ gloss packaging (and it might be generically available packaging, rather than uniquely made for Hourglass) and the cheek palette feels like they’ve attempted to dupe NARS’ blushes (Orgasm, Amour, Laguna, Albatross), but the blushes aren’t really true dupes for the NARS’ ones that came to mind.

Cheek Palette

Obscure Coral is a medium-dark, coral-red with a golden sheen. See comparison swatches.

Misty Rose is a muted, dusty rose pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. See comparison swatches.

Gleaming Pearl is a cool-toned, white base with a glowing, golden sheen–almost green-tinged, very metallic. See comparison swatches.

Intelligent Bronze is a medium-dark, yellow-toned brown with a golden sheen. See comparison swatches.

Eyeshadow Palettes

Transform is a sheer, silver glitter that feels almost wet to the touch. See comparison swatches.

Bold Espresso is a dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a satin-matte finish. See comparison swatches.

Intrepid Moss is a warm-toned, olive green with a frosted finish. See comparison swatches.

Golden Honesty is a bright, light-medium yellow gold with a metallic finish. See comparison swatches.

Altruistic Almond is a light-medium, yellow-toned beige with a matte finish. See comparison swatches.

Choose is a golden beige with warm undertones and a glitter finish. See comparison swatches.

Burnt Mahogany is a red-toned, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. See comparison swatches.

Radiant Initiation (which appears to be spelled wrong on the palette) is a cool-toned, medium taupe brown with a satin-matte finish. See comparison swatches.

Peaceful Shimmer is a brightened, coppery orange with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. See comparison swatches.

Humble Sheen is a light, peachy-beige with a frosted finish. See comparison swatches.

Diverge is a dark, taupe-brown with a golden glittery sheen. See comparison swatches.

Dauntless Ink is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. See comparison swatches.

Abnegation Stone is a cool-toned, taupe with a frosted sheen. See comparison swatches.

Erudite Sapphire is a cool-toned, navy blue with a pearly finish. See comparison swatches.

Serene Vanilla is a light beige with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. See comparison swatches.

Lipglosses

Natural Virtue is a light-medium, muted peachy-orange with warm undertones. It looks milky applied, settles into lip lines tremendously. See comparison swatches.

Supreme Ritual is a light, gold-shimmered peach with warm undertones. See comparison swatches.

Temptation’s Choice is a muted orange with bronze and tangerine shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Fear Not is a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with gold shimmer. See comparison swatches.

P.S. — Thank you to readers Denise & Thu for helping with the lipgloss’ naming situation! Kits bought through Sephora should have labels on the back (mine was a press sample).

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