Thursday, June 13th, 2013

theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush
theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush

theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “petal pink.” It’s a bubblegum pink–a light-medium, blue-based pink–with a matte finish. NYX English Rose is more shimmery, darker. MAC Stay Pretty is warmer. MAC I’m the One is brighter. Chanel Pink Explosion is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

It had rich, true-to-pan color payoff. It packs quite a punch, so I’d recommend using a light hand to build up the color to your desired intensity. The texture is soft, finely-milled but not powdery. It blends well if you use a light touch, but I noticed that it has a tendency to stick where it’s placed once it is buffed into the skin to a degree. Argyle lasted well without fading or becoming patchy for a solid ten hours, so it is indeed long-wearing. It removed easily, though, with makeup remover, whereas a traditional stain would still leave something behind, so I wouldn’t describe this as a cheek stain, but it was an exceptionally long-wearing powder blush.

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Argyle

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It's exceptionally long-wearing and incredibly pigmented! It can be a little tricky to apply and blend out to just the right intensity, especially if you want to wear it as a softer wash of color.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Edward Bess Filled with Desire Blush Extraordinaire
Edward Bess Filled with Desire Blush Extraordinaire

Edward Bess Filled with Desire Blush Extraordinaire ($43.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pale pink.” It’s a lightened pink with subtle warm undertones and a satiny sheen. MAC Stay Pretty is darker. MAC Rosy Outlook is slightly warmer. MAC Launch Away is a smidgen lighter. MAC Easy Manner is warmer. Illamasqua Naked Rose is darker. Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel is darker. Burberry Misty is a touch warmer. See comparison swatches.

Filled with Desire is a shade that is best for fair complexions, as the color in the pan is about what you get when swatched, which is just a lighter shade that won’t show up well on darker skin tones. The texture was soft, finely-milled, but it was somewhat powdery to the touch. Once applied and blended into the skin, I didn’t notice any powderiness on the skin, and the blush had a very subtle sheen that was luminous but not frosted. This shade lasted eight hours well on my skin and looked slightly faded after nine hours of wear.

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Filled with Desire

B+

The texture was soft, finely-milled, but it was somewhat powdery to the touch. Once applied and blended into the skin, I didn't notice any powderiness on the skin, and the blush had a very subtle sheen that was luminous but not frosted.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, May 30th, 2013

MAC Immortal Flower Blush
MAC Immortal Flower Blush

MAC Immortal Flower Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright peach [with a Satin finish].” It’s a soft, pink-coral with a subtle, satin sheen. Tom Ford Frantic Pink is more shimmery, pinker. Guerlain Blush G is more shimmery. MAC Supercontinental is darker, pinker. MAC Legendary is pinker. MAC Flaming Chic is darker and pinker. MAC Shell Pearl is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss is more orange. See comparison swatches.

Immortal Flower had nice, buildable color that seemed to apply pinker on the skin than it looked in the pan (where it looked mostly peach/orange). The texture is soft, almost powdery but not quite, and feels finely-milled and goes on smoothly. It does have a tendency to sheer out, so medium and darker complexions will need to build in layers and be careful not to over-blend. It looks mostly matte on the skin, but as the powder is buffed into the skin, the glowy sheen starts to come through. I’ll be testing this blush for wear today, but I generally get between seven and eight hours of wear with MAC’s satin finish blushes.

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Immortal Flower

A-

The texture is soft, almost powdery but not quite, and feels finely-milled and goes on smoothly. It does have a tendency to sheer out, so medium and darker complexions will need to build in layers and be careful not to over-blend.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

MAC Royal Sunset Blush
MAC Royal Sunset Blush

MAC Royal Sunset Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft cool peach [with a satin finish].” It’s a warm-toned pink with a hint of coral and a satiny sheen. MAC Legendary is less pink, darker. MAC Launch Away is lighter, pinker. Dior Pink Happiness is darker. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Royal Sunset had good color payoff and was buildable, blendable, and easy to use. It didn’t look powdery on the skin, and the satin finish didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It lasted eight hours well on me, which is slightly longer than average for MAC’s satin blushes in my experience. The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled. The satin finish looks matte initially, but the more you buff the blush into the skin, the more glowy the finish becomes. MAC paired the warmer, more orange-inspired hues of this collection with grays, and as some readers were uncertain about how everything would work together, I did want to show how they come together (the combination of the quad, blush, and lipstick doesn’t work on my skin tone).

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Royal Sunset

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Royal Sunset had good color payoff and was buildable, blendable, and easy to use. It didn't look powdery on the skin, and the satin finish didn't emphasize pores or the skin's natural texture.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

MAC Honey Jasmine Blush
MAC Honey Jasmine Blush

MAC Honey Jasmine Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft warm coral [with a satin finish].” It’s a medium orange with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a barely-there satin sheen. Chanel Espiegle is more frosted, less orange. Chanel Frivole is much darker, redder. Illamasqua Rude is redder. MAC Blazing Haute is more orange, lighter. MAC Warmth of Coral is more frosted. MAC Cream Soda is lighter. NARS Gina is slightly browner, a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

When MAC puts out a highly pigmented satin-finish blush, it’s always a reason to celebrate.  Honey Jasmine has buildable, true-to-pan color payoff that can be as intense or as subtle as you’d like.  The texture is soft, finely-milled, and applies smoothly without looking powdery on the skin.  The more you blend and buff the blush into the skin, the more the satin sheen comes through.  It never becomes too much, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture.  Honey Jasmine wore well for seven hours, and I noticed some slight fading along the edges after eight hours of wear.

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Honey Jasmine

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Honey Jasmine has buildable, true-to-pan color payoff that can be as intense or as subtle as you'd like. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and applies smoothly without looking powdery on the skin.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire
Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire

Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire ($43.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a warm-toned, pink-tinged coral with a gold shimmer. Tom Ford Flush is slightly less pink, less shimmer. theBalm Don’t You Want Me is lighter. theBalm Frat Boy is pinker. Burberry Hibiscus is warmer. NARS Deep Throat is similar but more shimmered. MAC Supercontinental is slightly lighter. MAC Fleet Fast is darker. MAC Flaming Chic is pinker. Dior Pink Glow is more orange. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is more shimmery. Burberry Blossom is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Secret Affair has good color payoff that is buildable and blendable, so you can adjust the intensity depending on your preference and what suits a particular eye/lip combination. The texture is soft, very finely-milled, and smooth. It has a light golden shimmer that buffs into a very luminous sheen the more you blend it into the skin. It did not emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It lasted eight hours well on me and had some minor, but noticeable, fading after nine hours of wear.

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Secret Affair

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It's a great coral shade that leans warmer and more orange than it does pink, though there is some pink tint to the color overall. There's a light shimmer that works well to give it a glowy sheen. It is a more common shade, so it may not be worth the splurge.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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