Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Illamasqua Lies Cream Blusher
Illamasqua Lies Cream Blusher

Illamasqua Lies Cream Blusher ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “light pearly pink.” It’s a light pink with a pearly, frosted finish and subtle, warm yellow undertones. It actually reminded me of MAC Veronica’s Blush, only in a cream form. NARS New Order is cooler-toned. MAC Flower Fantasy is slightly darker.

It’s going to work more as a cream highlighter on light-medium and darker complexions than as a blush, because it’s just a very pale, light color. Lightly tapped and patted on the higher planes of the face, it creates a glossy, high-shine look and reflection. For anyone who prefers subtler highlighters, I wouldn’t recommend this, but for those who want a more dramatic highlighter, this works nicely.  It does slightly emphasize pores in low light, but with more lighting or when you’re outdoors, it reflects so well that you don’t see the pores.  When I trialed it, Lies wore for eight hours without fading (or melting or sliding around).

It looks like it’s out of stock at Sephora at this very moment, but it’s part of the permanent range so it should be restocked For our international readers, it is also available directly from Illamasqua.

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Lies

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It's really easy to apply, and you can control the strength of the highlight by applying more or less. Lighter skin tones may find it adds some natural flush to their cheeks, but most skin tones will find this highlights without adding much color.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, April 1st, 2013

NARS Super Orgasm Blush
NARS Super Orgasm Blush

NARS Super Orgasm Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink with gold glitter.” It’s a golden-shimmered, warm pink with gold glitter. It is Orgasm with glitter particles. I think that this appears slightly lighter with a stronger sheen, though. As a result, all the dupes for Orgasm apply to Super Orgasm–minus the glitter. bareMinerals The Natural High is slightly warmer in its base color (less pink). Guerlain Blush G Serie Noire is slightly deeper and pinker. Benefit Sugarbomb is much, much lighter (and sheerer). Rock & Republic Call Me is slightly less pink. Milani Dolce Pink is more frosted/sparkly. Tarte Glisten is similar–slightly darker.  MAC Springsheen is also similar.  This older post is a good comparison reference for coral blushes.

I’m not a fan of NARS’ glittery blushes (or their eyeshadows). In general, while glitter is absolutely fun, it needs to be something that stays in its place, rather than heading for parts unknown. Unfortunately, the glitter in Super Orgasm does just that: gets everywhere else after you’ve applied it to your cheeks. The glitter doesn’t stick or adhere to the powder, so it is like applying loose glitter to your cheeks. A lot of the glitter does seem to get trapped in the brush or disperse in the air, but I did get some on the cheeks. The texture of the blush is slightly gritty, given the glitter content, but the underlying color is soft and smooth. It seemed to have a higher frost content, though, and it did emphasize pores just slightly. Super Orgasm wore for seven hours well but was slightly faded after eight.

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Super Orgasm

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Between Super Orgasm and Orgasm, I'd go with the latter, because the glitter added to the blush really doesn't add anything positive.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “pink rose.” It’s a light-medium, cotton candy pink with blue undertones and a satiny finish–not quite matte but not quite a full-on sheen. NARS Gaiety is cooler-toned, bluer-based. NARS Angelika is darker, sparkly. MAC Pink Tea is more shimmery. MAC Peony Petal is cooler-toned. Tarte Dollface is a touch lighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is more muted, slightly lighter.

Normally, I like Bobbi Brown’s blush range for a formula that’s mostly matte, pigmented, and blendable, but Pastel Pink was so dry and stiff. This was another shade from the collection that I had to scrape off layers of color just to get a “heavy” swatch of color.  I really had to swirl and pack on the color to get enough payoff to show up on my skin tone for photographs and testing. If you have any scratchy brushes, I’d recommend using it with this, because it will help dig into the product to yield more payoff.  While I can appreciate that fairer skin tones often prefer a blush that’s not so intense so they can use it with ease, the texture makes this one hard to use even if all you want is soft color.  It’s not very blendable and really needs to be buffed and worked into the skin as it has a tendency to stick and look splotchy.  It lasted for seven hours well, and after eight hours, there was noticeable fading.

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Pastel Pink

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I felt like I was in the twilight zone, because this blush almost felt as if I were trying to swatch from a plastic pan of color instead of a pan of powder. It did not want to yield anything! The texture is just so dry and stiff that it makes it such a total pain to use.

Product

4/10

Pigmentation

5.5/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

2.5/5

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Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

NARS Sin Blush
NARS Sin Blush

NARS Sin Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “berry with gold shimmer.” It’s a gold-shimmered plum with a frosted finish. It’s less red, more plum compared to NARS Oasis. MAC Plum Foolery is lighter but similar. MAC Vintage Grape is purpler. theBalm Cabana Boy is similar–perhaps a smidgen lighter.

Sin is like a plummy version of NARS Orgasm, because both of a golden shimmer/sheen that alters the underlying base color. It’s slightly cool-toned, but the golden shimmer adds warmth and makes it appear almost neutral in tone on the skin. It had great pigmentation, so it should show up well on most skin tones. The texture was soft and finely-milled. The finish is softly frosted on the skin after it is applied and blended out. There was a very, very slight emphasis of pores but it was hardly noticeable and the resulting glowy sheen was luminous without being oily. Sin wore just over eight hours well but started to fade after nine hours on my skin.

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Sin

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Sin is like a plummy version of NARS Orgasm, because both of a golden shimmer/sheen that alters the underlying base color. It's slightly cool-toned, but the golden shimmer adds warmth and makes it appear almost neutral in tone on the skin.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 21st, 2013

 

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Shimmer Brick
Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Shimmer Brick ($42.00 for 0.40 oz.) is described as “bright pink, golden pink, and icy pink pearl pigments.” It’s a cool-toned, rosy pink with a frosted, shimmer-sheen finish. Estee Lauder Tease is surprisingly similar, though it has a single color throughout; it is marginally more pink-hued, but the finish and effect on cheeks makes it hard to tell the difference. MAC Flower Fantasy is also similar in color but has less of a frosted finish. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose is warmer on me, less pink/lilac, and more beige/brown, but because both are on the subtler side regarding color, the sheen isn’t largely different–the resulting cool/warm undertone difference will be more visible if you have really warm or really cool undertones in your skin.

Though everything seemed to swatch well initially, this Shimmer Brick is more sheen than it is color. Other Shimmer Bricks deliver both a highlighting sheen as well as some color, but this one works primarily as a highlighter on medium and deeper complexions; on fairer skin tones, I think it may work as a subtle blusher, too. The texture of the Shimmer Brick is soft and smooth, but it is very frosted–even for a Shimmer Brick–and I did notice that my pores were emphasized when I applied this on my cheeks. It seemed sparkly and frosty, so the sheen was not as smooth and reflective.   Lilac Rose lasted eight hours well on me, and by nine hours, there was some light fading along the edges.

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Lilac Rose

B

It's not my favorite Shimmer Brick; I don't think it's as versatile as some of the other variations released (both past and present). The finish isn't as kind to the skin, which may or may not be a deal-breaker for you.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 21st, 2013

NARS Silvana Blush
NARS Silvana Blush

NARS Silvana Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “natural peach terracotta.” It’s a medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a pearly finish. NARS Madly is a touch browner, less warm-toned. MAC Lush-Light Bronze is browner and more matte. MAC The Soft Meow is browner, less warm-toned. MAC Other Worldly is more shimmery and orange.

It has good color payoff, though I’d say it’s less intense compared to some other famous (infamous?) NARS blushes by just a notch–so you won’t have to fear over-applying the color or having to use a light hand with a stippling brush. The texture is soft, finely-milled but not powdery, so it applies smoothly and evenly on the skin without looking powdery or heavy. Silvana wore well for eight hours, and after nine, there was some noticeable fading. It blends out readily, and for light-medium and darker complexions, a very easy-to-wear, hard-to-overdo kind of color. On my medium complexion, it adds warmth and a touch of color but nothing too much or obvious.

I like brown-based blushes for any look that I’m not sure about a blush color for, because they add some definition and dimension without adding too much color. It has a light shimmer, so the finish is somewhat luminous but not shimmery or frosty; it didn’t emphasize pores or any underlying imperfections of the skin.

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Silvana

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I like brown-based blushes for any look that I'm not sure about a blush color for, because they add some definition and dimension without adding too much color.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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