Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, darkened bronze-shimmered reddish-brown. It sheers out to a burnt sienna kind of color with a faint red and bronze shimmer that’s very, very fine so it’s hard to see on the skin (and gives off more of a sheen overall). MAC Stylish Me is similar when this is applied sheer. MAC Hidden Treasure is redder, not as warm-toned. MAC Stratus is more plum, less brown. See comparison swatches.

The Fluid Sheer formula can be worn however you want; it’s a face product, but it could easily be used as a body product, too–highlighter, bronzer, blusher, all-over.  With the intensity of No. 12, it most obviously works as a blush and bronzer, but with just a little amount mixed into foundation or moisturizer can give a slightly sunkissed look all over the face without being too much (but very fair complexions may find it is too strong).  This is a shade that will be exceptional on medium-dark and deeper skin tones.  The consistency is thin, very fluid, and sheers out readily, but a little goes a long way, so be very gentle and slow when pumping out product.   I was able to control the pump enough to get just a drop out a time, but one full pump is likely far more than you’ll need for any small area.  The resulting texture, as it dried down, was slightly dewy, part glowy, that didn’t emphasize my pores and looked like a natural finish.  This shade lasted nine hours on me when I wore it as a blush.

P.S — Giorgio Armani Beauty is also having their Friends & Family sale now through the 30th, so that’s 20% off + free shipping when you spend $75.

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No. 12

A+
It's a very rich, buildable product that can also be worn sheer with little problems, as it is very blendable and remains that way for enough time to spread and blend it out to even the sheerest layer of product.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Giorgio Armani No. 10 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 10 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 10 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a warm, medium golden bronze with a very fine shimmer–reads more as a sheen than a shimmer. Physicians Formula Light Bronzer is more pigmented, warmer. Burberry Copper Glow is darker, browner, matte. MAC Gold Deposit is darker, more shimmery. MAC Fresh Honey is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Blazing Haute is lighter, more orange. All of the possible dupes I came up with are blushes/bronzers, so they were all more pigmented. If your coloring is medium or deeper and you’re looking for a bronzer, you might want to consider one of the dupes, as this is designed to be sheer and is very much so. For something more similar in type of product, MAC Golden Elixir, which is more bronze, and MAC Sun Rush, which is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

I think the finish is spectacular; it’s beautifully glowy on the skin while adding a golden warmth, and it never looked shimmery–just slightly dewy with a natural sheen. With my medium complexion, I can mix this with my foundation to use all over or even just pat this onto bare skin. The consistency is thin, so it ends up being rather sheer and spreads out easily. It also mixes readily with liquid foundation and moisturizer. It lasted well both mixed with foundation as well as patted on cheeks alone; gradual fading started just after eight hours of wear, and my foundation didn’t wear away any sooner than it normally would with this mixed in. For any warmer-toned complexion looking for a golden glow, No. 10 is worth checking out to see if it’s a good match for your skin tone.

P.S — Giorgio Armani Beauty is also having their Friends & Family sale now through the 30th, so that’s 20% off + free shipping when you spend $75.

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No. 10

A

For any warmer-toned complexion looking for a golden glow, No. 10 is worth checking out to see if it's a good match for your skin tone.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, June 28th, 2013

Giorgio Armani No. 08 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 08 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 08 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, shimmery pink with subtle cool undertones (it almost looks warm-toned on me, but it has a cotton candy-ish coloring overall). NARS New Order is lighter and more glittery. Lancome Moonlight Rose is lighter. powder. Illamasqua Lies is similar–a little warmer, less pink. Chanel Brompton Road is more matte. MAC Pink Buttercream is lighter and cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

If No. 04 was too weird for you, and No. 06 was too intense, No. 08 is subtle but still delivers some color on fairer complexions. On my medium skin tone, it gave me a very, very faint pink coloring but primarily a dewy, glowy look that was lovely–healthy, natural, but not oily and didn’t emphasize pores. Even over drier skin, it doesn’t cling to the skin in a way that looks patchy or uneven. This shade is also sheer and subtle enough that it could be mixed in with foundation or moisturizer as a shimmered base. Depending on the ratio, it never reads too glittery or sparkly, but I’d experiment and see what level of shimmer you like most. It has a thin, liquid consistency that’s easy to stretch and blend on the skin, as well as with other products.  As a blush/highlighter, it lasted eight hours well with minimal fading but no patchiness.  Mixed with foundation, I didn’t notice any breakdown of my foundation (lasted as long as it the foundation would on its own).

P.S — Giorgio Armani Beauty is also having their Friends & Family sale now through the 30th, so that’s 20% off + free shipping when you spend $75. I’m trying to get through all the shades I have before the sale is up–two more to test (today and tomorrow)!

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No. 08

A

Here's a shade that's difficult to overdo, and for lighter complexions, could work as both a blush as well as a highlighter. What I also saw was that it didn't go ashy or chalky on my medium complexion, which was refreshing as a lot of lighter pinks can do this, so it can work as a highlighter across a multitude of skin tones.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Giorgio Armani No. 06 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 06 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 06 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a deep, vibrant coral-red with gold micro-shimmer. In the bottle, it looks like a softer coral, but one pump, and it might be a bit of a surprise. It can be as intense as you want it to be, so when it’s applied as a sheer layer, it takes on a coral stain with faint gold shimmer, but it’s not as opaque or as vibrant. MAC Simmer is pinker, but when applied sheer, it’s hard to tell the difference. Tom Ford Flush is lighter, but again, applied sheer, the differences are minimized. See comparison swatches.

Fluid Sheer is a multi-tasking formula that can be used in a multitude of ways–really however you feel like–from mixed with foundation, on top, underneath, on lips, and so forth. This particular shade in the Fluid Sheer line is most obviously going to work as a blush on all complexions, but it can also be used as a lip stain and doesn’t feel uncomfortable used that way. It works well layered under foundation as well as patted on over foundation (I used Giorgio Armani’s Maestro, which is a liquid foundation, for both tests). For a shade that is as pigmented as this one, if you fear over-doing it, you can easily take any leftover foundation on your brush and lightly blend along the edges and on top to soften the look without impacting the texture. The shimmer is very fine, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or cause patchiness later on. This shade wore twelve hours on me, and it was still mostly visible–it acted a lot like a cheek stain.

I highly recommend using a very, very little bit in order to avoid over-applying the product, because a little goes a long way, and this is so intensely pigmented!  On the skin, it stays damp and movable long enough for you to blend and soften the color on the skin, and then it stays in place after that, but application is definitely not quite as foolproof as other shades of the Fluid Sheer family.

P.S — Giorgio Armani Beauty is also having their Friends & Family sale now through the 30th, so that’s 20% off + free shipping when you spend $75.

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No. 06

A+

I highly recommend using a very, very little bit in order to avoid over-applying the product, because a little goes a long way, and this is so intensely pigmented! On the skin, it stays damp and movable long enough for you to blend and soften the color on the skin, and then it stays in place after that, but application is definitely not quite as foolproof as other shades of the Fluid Sheer family.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

MAC Adored Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Skinfinishes

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Skinfinishes ($30.00 for 0.24 oz.) come in five shades: Adored, Gold Deposit (permanent), Lust, Rio, and Soft & Gentle (permanent). Except for Gold Deposit, the Mineralize Skinfinishes are on the lighter end of the spectrum, so for the majority of complexions, they’ll work more as highlighters than blushers or bronzers.  The textures of all five were less powdery than the blushes from this collection.  Gold Deposit was the only one that had a slightly sparkly/less smooth texture.  In my experience, MAC’s Mineralize cheek products don’t last as long as their regular powder blushes do.  I’ve only tested one of the five, and I’m in the process of testing Lust and Rio at this very moment and will update accordingly.  I expect to test the remaining two (which are permanent) tomorrow.  Overall, I think if you normally love and use Mineralize Skinfinishes as highlighters, one of the new shades is worth checking out, but the reality is they’re very similar to each other – each one slightly darker from Adored to Lust to Rio (Rio being the “darkest”).

Adored is described as a “coral with light beige pearl.” It’s a soft, pink-peach with a frosted, champagne shimmer-sheen. This shade is going to work best as a subtle blusher and highlighter on fair skin and then as a subtle highlighter on medium and darker complexions. It is true-to-pan in color, but the texture is soft and finely-milled to the point where it does tend to sheer out as it is applied, rather than build-up. This shade lasted for six hours, and it was noticeably faded after seven hours. On my normal-to-dry skin, it slightly emphasized pores but not too noticeably. MAC Lust is more shimmered and darker. NARS Sex Appeal is matte. MAC Stay By Me is more matte. MAC Light Year is darker, warmer. MAC Keep It Loose is darker. MAC Shell Pearl is slightly pinker, darker. See comparison swatches.

Gold Deposit is described as a “soft reflective golden bronze.” It’s a warm, orange-copper with a golden-copper sparkle and shimmer. The finish on this shade is more metallic, and the texture is a little sparkly, so it’s not as smooth as it could be. It was very pigmented. I will be testing this shade for wear tomorrow. Physicians Formula Light Bronzer is more orange. Urban Decay Baked is slightly less orange, browner. MAC Center of the Universe is similar. MAC Glorify is browner, darker, as is Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon. See comparison swatches. This shade is part of the permanent range.

Lust is described as a “pale pink with cranberry pearl.” It’s a dirty, warm-toned pink with a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. The color payoff was good, with the color getting to the same color as seen in the pan, and as a result, it is on the lighter side so medium and deeper complexions may find this acts more as a highlighter than much of a blusher. Because it does have a higher sheen in its finish, it did somewhat emphasize pores and skin texture. I will be testing this one today. MAC Rio is pinker, less beige/brown. Tom Ford Frantic Pink is pinker. Milani Dolce Pink is slightly pinker. MAC Legendary is less shimmery. MAC Born to Love is similar, slightly darker. MAC Definitely Defined is more beige. Bobbi Brown Peony is a touch pinker. See comparison swatches.

Rio is described as a “bronze with bright pink pearl.” It’s a medium pink with a soft, frosted finish and warm undertones. It had good color payoff with true-to-pan color that was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. On my medium complexion, it added subtle pink color and sheen, so for fairer complexions I could see it working as a highlighter and blush more so than on deeper complexions. I will be testing this shade for wear today. Tom Ford Frantic Pink is less shimmery, darker. Milani Dolce Pink is warmer. MAC Stunner is slightly pinker. MAC Easy Manner is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Soft & Gentle is described as a “gilded peach bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, champagne beige with a frosted sheen. It had true-to-pan in color, though it is a lighter shade, so on all but very fair skin tones, it act primarily as a highlighter.  It only emphasized my pores/natural skin texture very slightly. bareMinerals The Love Affair is more beige. MAC How Beautiful is darker, browner. MAC Whisper of Gilt is more golden/yellow. NARS Nico is less shimmery, more beige, lighter. See comparison swatches.

P.S. — Nordstrom has these listed for $29.

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Adored

B
This shade is going to work best as a subtle blusher and highlighter on fair skin and then as a subtle highlighter on medium and darker complexions.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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4.5/5

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Gold Deposit

B
The finish on this shade is more metallic, and the texture is a little sparkly, so it's not as smooth as it could be. It was very pigmented.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

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4.5/5

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Lust

B
The color payoff was good, with the color getting to the same color as seen in the pan, and as a result, it is on the lighter side so medium and deeper complexions may find this acts more as a highlighter than much of a blusher.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush
MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Blushes

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Blushes ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) sees the launch of three limited edition shades.  All three had rich, intense color payoff, but I did experience shorter wear (which is my typical experience with the mineralize face products), so the ratings reflect that shortcoming.  The other thing was that all three were extraordinarily powdery–the merest touch of MAC’s 116 dislodged quite a bit of powder and left powdery remains pushed to the edges.  MAC’s new 159 brush is better for these, just because it doesn’t seem to disturb the powder as much, so there is less excess and waste, and it is also easier to get less product so you can build the intensity to the desired level rather than starting at level ten.

Exotic Ember is described as an “orange with bronze pearl.” It’s a deep, bronze-shimmered brown with subtle warm undertones. This is a shade that is going to be tricky for some skin tones, amazing on others; I think if you liked Metal Rock, you’ll like the color of this. Aside from the tricky color, the orange shade was difficult to blend with the brown. It was like the two were oil and water and really didn’t want to blend together, so the color looked splotchy applied. I tried it over different foundations (two liquids, a powder, and bare skin), and I still had the same issues trying to get it to look even. I had the best results with I used a fan brush to use it very, very lightly as a contour but the color may not work as a contour for all skin tones (it doesn’t for mine, for reference). As a blush, it did emphasize pores and skin texture. I will try to snap a photo of it being used more as a contour sometime this week. It lasted six hours on my skin, and it was patchy after eight hours of wear (this is typical wear for me with MAC’s mineralize products). MAC Earthshine is less warm-toned, slightly redder/more plum in a way. MAC Pressed Amber is lighter, less warm-toned. Bobbi Brown Bahama is lighter, more plum. See comparison swatches.

Simmer is described as a “burnt rose with peach/gold pearl.” It’s a brightened, pink-coral with gold shimmer. The majority of the color is coming from the red bits, and this is extremely pigmented, so I would use a lot less than you expect and build up. If used very lightly, it only emphasizes pores in a minor way (not too noticeable by others, only if you look in the mirror), but as the color builds up, so does the metallic-like shimmer, which was unforgiving if you don’t have perfectly smooth skin. It lasted six and a half hours on me, and then it was faded and somewhat patchy after eight hours. Tom Ford Flush is more orange. theBalm Frat Boy is more matte. NARS Deep Throat is more muted. NARS Amour is more matte. MAC Star Wonder is less warm-toned but somewhat similar. MAC Flaming Chic is softer, more muted. Benefit Bella Bamba is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Sweet Samba is described as a “dark pink with tan pearl.” It’s a pink-plum with a soft, pearly sheen and neutral-to-cool undertones. It had intense color payoff, so go easy with a brush and lightly tap onto cheeks and then build up the intensity. It’s much easier to build than it is to diffuse and soften if you apply too much. I will be testing out the wear of this shade today.  This had the most forgiving texture and only slightly emphasized pores/the natural texture of the skin. theBalm Cabana Boy is less pink, more plum. NARS Oasis is darker, more plum. NARS Outlaw is similar, more subdued. MAC Mocha is pinker. MAC Star Wonder is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Gentle is pinker. See comparison swatches.

P.S. — Nordstrom still has these listed for $23.50.

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Exotic Ember

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The biggest problem was that this didn't want to blend; the two shades didn't want to come together as a single shade, so the end result was a rather splotchy, uneven color that needs some work to get just right. For those who have missed Metal Rock, they may enjoy this shade and find it worth the extra time to get it to look even on the skin, as these types of shades are hard to come by.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Simmer

B
While it was intensely pigmented, the texture was surprisingly powdery (even allowing for baked products in general). It lasted only six hours on my skin (which is normal to dry), and it was faded and somewhat patchy by the eighth hour of wear.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sweet Samba

B+
Sweet Samba was richly pigmented, though somewhat powdery, and was the most forgiving finish once applied. It only very subtly emphasized pores/skin texture compared to the other two.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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