Saturday, April 6th, 2013

 

NARS Puerto Vallarta Multiple
NARS Puerto Vallarta Multiple

NARS Puerto Vallarta Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “shimmering tangerine.” That description is right on the money–it’s a brightened, tangerine orange with a soft gold shimmer-sheen with warm undertones. MAC Blazing Haute is softer and lighter, plus it is a powder. NARS Gina is darker. MAC Solar Ray is slightly redder and more shimmery. Illamasqua Lover is a touch more orange and matte. As a lip color, it is similar to MAC Delectable (less frosted), NARS Biscayne Park (no shimmer), and NARS Isola Bella (darker, no shimmer).

The Multiple had good color payoff; it starts off as semi-sheer but is a buildable product, so if you want a little more opacity, it’s possible without having to pile on the product. It has a creamy, slightly silicone-like consistency that glides over the skin well. On cheeks, it was blendable and resulted in an added warmth and sheen that didn’t emphasize pores. On lips, it was uncomfortable to wear, drying, and had a dry, frosted finish. It also tends to gather and pill on the lips. When I wore it on cheeks, it lasted for six and a half hours, but it started looking patchy afterwards, and it lasted two and a half hours on lips before it mostly gathered into lip lines.

I like the concept of the Multiple, but I find it really performs best as a cheek product or brow bone highlighter–it is always disappointing as a lip product, and as a result, the overall rating for the Multiple always is lowered significantly!  So, with that being said, if you only want to wear it as a blusher, then it’s better than it appears at a glance.

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Puerto Vallarta

B
It doesn't wear too well on me, and it's hard to wear as a lip product, as it is drying and has an oddly uncomfortable texture.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

MAC Fiery Impact Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Fiery Impact Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Fiery Impact Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “burnt red bronze.” It’s a burnt orange–a little redness to it–with a subdued quality so it doesn’t appear too red or intense–and a barely-there satin sheen. Chanel Frivole is bolder and more matte. Guerlain Peach Boy is brighter and redder. NARS Gilda is redder.

It had buildable color coverage from sheer to true-to-pan color, which is deep and dark enough to work on deeper complexions but still be an easier shade to apply for even fair skin tones. The texture has the dryness present in the formula, but this dryness doesn’t seem to contribute to a powdery look on the skin or difficulty in blending out the product. Instead, the product applies evenly and easily, blends out well, and the finish gets more and more natural the longer you work it into the skin. Fiery Impact wore for eight hours–quite impressive given the wear of other shades and that MAC states these have a six-hour wear time–and didn’t look faded at all.

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Fiery Impact

A
It had buildable color coverage from sheer to true-to-pan color, which is deep and dark enough to work on deeper complexions but still be an easier shade to apply for even fair skin tones.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

MAC Blazing Haute Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Blazing Haute Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Blazing Haute Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “dirty peach.” It’s a warm-toned tangerine orange with a golden peach shimmer-sheen. MAC Fresh Honey is a touch brighter and more orange. MAC My Highland Honey is more matte and a touch darker. Illamasqua Lover is matte and more orange.

It had better pigmentation compared to the last two shades I’ve tested; it is more buildable and true-to-pan. Also a plus is that because it’s a brighter and more pigmented shade, it will work across more skin tones. The shimmer in the finish of this shade was a bit stronger/more shimmery than others, but it still was rather subtle once blended and buffed on the skin and didn’t emphasize pores or any imperfections in the skin’s texture. It lasted for seven hours well, which was a nice plus, since it is only listed as having a six-hour wear time by MAC. The texture is slightly dry, but this did not seem to interfere with the application.

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Blazing Haute

A
It had better pigmentation compared to the last two shades I've tested; it is more buildable and true-to-pan. Also a plus is that because it's a brighter and more pigmented shade, it will work across more skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

MAC Bareness Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Bareness Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Bareness Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “rosy beige.” It’s a soft peach with a subtle warm undertones and a beige shimmer that translates to a satiny sheen when buffed out. NARS Sex Appeal is lighter. MAC Cream Soda is brighter and more matte. Chanel Espiegle is darker, more orange.

The color payoff is sheer to semi-opaque but does require a few layers to get true-to-pan color (and the coverage of these ranges from sheer to greater).  It has a slightly dry consistency that makes it a smidgen on the powdery side. The formula is supposed to wear for six hours, and this does–but it is noticeably faded after seven. I don’t think six hours is particularly great wear, but because it’s all MAC says it’s supposed to last, it meets the claim.

Like At Dusk, this is a subtle color for anyone who is has medium-colored skin or deeper. I’m about NC25/NC30, and it shows up as a barely-there peach–a little warmth and glow–and on fairer complexions, the color may be more apparent. On deeper complexions, it might not show up at all. The finish is really lovely applied, though, as it buffs out to a beautiful, glowing sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores and looks effortlessly natural. If it shows up on your complexion, it’s worth a look-see.

P.S. — Does anyone else find it interesting that the blushes are supposed to have six-hour wear while the Skinfinishes are supposed to have ten-hour wear? The description is off, too, since these don’t actually have a metallic finish at all.  I just wonder what magic is in the Skinfinish that isn’t in the eyeshadows or blushes!

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Bareness

A
The finish is really lovely applied, though, as it buffs out to a beautiful, glowing sheen that doesn't emphasize pores and looks effortlessly natural. If it shows up on your complexion, it's worth a look-see. Of course, if you need your blush to last eight hours, it might not be the right formula for you.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush
MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush

MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rose.” It’s a pale, light-medium pink with mostly neutral undertones (it almost has a gray cast) and pale gold shimmer. Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose is more frosted. MAC Stay Pretty is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Naked Rose is pinker and matte. MAC Rosy Outlook is lighter and has no golden shimmer.

If you’ve ever felt like the Extra Dimension Skinfinishes were too shimmery, frosted, or metallic (or else over-the-top), you may appreciate the Extra Dimension Blush formula, which is much, much subtler. The finish is much more like a satin or pearl. At Dusk has good pigmentation, and it is mostly true-to-pan; but by virtue of its coloring, will naturally lend itself to paler complexions. On my medium skin tone (NC25/NC30), it shows up lightly, but I need to layer the color to get it there–and it will work as a subtle, everyday kind of shade on medium skin tones. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and the more you buffed the product into the skin, the prettier the sheen became (more glowing than shimmery). This was the first blush I tested yesterday, and it lasted seven hours but was slightly faded after eight.

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MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
It's a rather neutral-toned blush that would work well on lighter complexions. On medium skin tones, it will be rather subtle, and I'm not sure it will be visible on deeper complexions.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, April 4th, 2013

NARS Taj Mahal Blush
NARS Taj Mahal Blush

NARS Taj Mahal Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “blazing burnt orange with golden shimmer.” It’s a bold, vibrant orange with a hint of red and a golden shimmer-sheen. Wet ‘n’ Wild Golden Goddess is more subdued, browner. MAC Center of the Universe is also more muted and browner. MAC My Paradise is more coral/red. Jasmine Rajah (which is an eyeshadow) is very similar but has a subtler golden sheen.

Oh, this is a bold, vibrant shade of blush. There’s no shying away from that! It’s undeniably warm-toned and just brings forth every image of summer. With a very, very light hand, it works as a golden orange gleam, and the more color you use, the deeper and more reddened the color gets.  The pigmentation is insane; incredibly rich that deeper complexions will not need to build up the color to see it show up on their skin tones, while fairer complexions will have to use feathery touches and, perhaps, a stippling brush, to yield softer color.  Taj Mahal had a soft, finely-milled texture that applied smoothly and blended out easily.  This blush wore for nine hours without fading–which makes it one of the best NARS’ blushes I’ve tried.

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Taj Mahal

A+
It's one of the best-performing blushes by NARS. Taj Mahal has intense color payoff, long-wear, and a beautiful texture.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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