Friday, January 24th, 2014

Clinique Ginger Pop (01) Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Ginger Pop (01) Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Ginger Pop (01) Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a reddened coral with a subtle satin finish. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is lighter, pinker. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is pinker, cream. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is cream. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is lighter. NARS Boys Don’t Cry (LE, $41.00) is brighter. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is similar. Dior Coral Glow Blush (LE) is warmer. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

This is one of four shades that Clinique’s released just in time for spring–I will be reviewing the other three as I work through wearing each of them. The formula is described as “vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that looks virtually powderless.” There is some magic at work with this formula; because it feels like a powder but applies, blends, and looks more like a cream-to-powder formula on the skin, but it’s definitely a powder. I took a chunk out of the pan to play with, and it crumbles and smooths out like a powder. Ginger Pop blends so beautifully on the skin, and as Clinique touts, it truly seems effortless to soften and sheer out the color, which is very pigmented and true-to-pan if desired. A little goes a long way, but the texture is forgiving and easy to blend out, so a full spectrum of skin tones should be able to work with this formula. The texture is soft and smooth, not at all powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me before showing signs of fading.

I’ve spotted them online at Nordstrom as well as Sephora.

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Bobbi Brown x L'Wren Scott Amnesia Rose Palette
Bobbi Brown x L’Wren Scott Amnesia Rose Palette

Bobbi Brown x L’Wren Scott Amnesia Rose Palette ($68.00 for TBA oz.) features six eyeshadows, one blush, and one Pot Rouge (which can be used on cheeks/lips). I’ve only seen it available online at Barneys, but it will be releasing in full at other retailers (see official information here) in February. At a glance, it might seem like a bolder offering from Bobbi Brown, and to an extent, there’s some brightness and color that is unexpected, but the textures ensure that they’re sheerer, softer hues–some by design, others the result of more powdery consistencies. Ultra Violet is supposed to be sheer, but one of the issues I had with it is that it doesn’t apply evenly, so it’s not a sheer, even layer of color. I thought the matte shades tended to be quite powdery, though they blended easily on the lid, they also would sheer away and looked faded before the eight-hour mark. If you pat the shades on enough, just lightly blend along the edges, and do major clean-up after application, you can achieve fairly close-to-pan color. You could also use a white eyeshadow base, which would improve the adhesion and vibrancy of the sheerer shades in this palette.

Amnesia Rose is a muted, rosy plum with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. It seemed like it would have good color payoff, because the texture was incredibly soft and silky, but it was fairly powdery, so while some of it adhered to the skin, it was prone to dusting and sheering away. Urban Decay Nooner (P, $18.00) is darker. LORAC Mauve (P) is slightly cooler-toned. Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $28.50) is a couple of shades darker. Illamasqua Forgiveness (LE) is darker. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #5 (LE) is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Silver Lilac is a cool-toned, white-lavender with a sparkly finish. It is a Sparkle Eye Shadow, which are sheerer, glittery shades. It looks a lot more lavender in the pan, but when swatched, it’s a lot whiter. I had just a little fall out with this shade, but it’s something that works better on its own as a wash of sparkle or patted over a more opaque eyeshadow as a layering product. Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $30.00) is more lavender. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is more iridescent, less glittery. MAC Angelic (P, $21.00) is whiter. MAC Triple Impact (LE, $19.50) is less glittery, more iridescent. MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is more lavender, darker. See comparison swatches.

Pink Lilac is a cool-toned, pink-tinged white with a silvery sparkle finish. It looks very much like Silver Lilac, which is only a bit more sparkly and less silvery. I had just a bit of fall out when I wore this shade, and these are designed to be less pigmented, but it’s a shame they aren’t at least more true-to-color (to how they look in the pan). Marc Jacobs Beauty Stagelight (302) (LE, $32.00) is more glittery. MAC Winterscape (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Angelic (P, $21.00) is whiter. See comparison swatches.

Sand Pink is a slightly muted, dusty rose with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft and silky. It blended fairly easily on the skin, though it is not the most effortless blush to apply. The color wore well for eight hours before it started to fade. This shade is part of the permanent range. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is shimmery, warmer. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $29.00) is redder, deeper. MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) is brighter, less muted. See comparison swatches.

Desert Rose is a soft, medium rosy pink with a satin finish. It’s lightly creamy, blends nicely on the skin, and is a little tacky on the skin for about forty minutes. It wears well for seven hours before starting to become patchy and fade. As a lip color, it lasts three hours. It’s the only cream product in the palette, and I wish it was a powder, because it collects powdery so easily! Bobbi Brown Summer Pink (LE, $26.00) is warmer. Chanel Rose Initiale (P, $43.00) is powder, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Iron is a medium-dark gray with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft but powdery, which is why it tended to sheer out when applied. bareMinerals Velvet Charcoal (P, $14.00) is similar. Guerlain Crazy Paris #5 (LE) is slightly darker. MAC Howzat (LE, $15.00) is not quite as matte. See comparison swatches.

Ultra Violet is a brightened, fuchsia purple with a faint pink sparkle. It’s part of the “Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow” family, which is described as a “sheer, lightly pearlized shadow.” True to form, it’s semi-sheer with slight sparkle, and the texture, while soft, was powdery. Too Faced Ooh la Orchid (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #6 (P) is purpler. NARS Fashion Rebel #2 (LE, $24.00) is purpler. bareMinerals Statement (LE) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Mulberry is a cool-toned, dusty, medium-dark purple with a matte finish. In one sense, it’s very pigmented, and in another, it’s just so-so. The texture is so soft but very powdery–just purple powder everywhere–and some of it sticks, some of it dusts away. NARS Demon Lover #2 (P, $24.00) is much darker. Inglot #386 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Revlon Racy Rose (008) Blush
Revlon Racy Rose (008) Blush

Revlon Racy Rose (008) Blush ($9.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a a warm-toned coral with a hint of pink and a frosted sheen. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is more matte. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $55.00) is pinker. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Born to Love (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

I wish I could say I had much better luck with this shade over Haute Pink, but this shade had a lot of similar issues. The formula is described as an “ultra-soft, silky powder [that] adds a natural flush of color to your cheeks.” The color is “buildable” with a “soft satin finish.” In order to get any color payoff to really show on the skin, I had to scrape off layers of the powder, as it is very firmly packed into the pan. It’s incredibly stiff in the pan, so you need something that will dislodge the powder off the surface, like a rough/scratchy brush you don’t like much or, in my case, a metal spatula. The finish of Racy Rose is more frosted than Haute Pink, so I did have some trouble with the powder emphasizing pores. The color lasted for six and a half hours before showing signs of fading. The color range is really pretty and would be a nice alternative to high-end blushes, but the texture of the powder makes it difficult to use, both in terms of just getting color onto the skin as well as blending it out.

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Monday, January 20th, 2014

NARS NARSissist Cheek Kit
NARS NARSissist Cheek Kit

NARS NARSissist Cheek Kit ($49.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes three cheek products–a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. I can’t tell you how frustrating it was to start photographing and swatching this only to realize that lo and behold, it’s Orgasm and Laguna yet again. NARS has a full range of blushes, and even more, a lot of them are amazing. I wish NARS would work on introducing fans to new shades rather than throwing the same two at us over and over again. If you picked up the One Night Stand palette over the holidays, you already have all three shades within that palette. The permanent versions of Orgasm and Laguna that I have are both softer, less stiff,  and easier to work with than the palette versions included here. I didn’t care for the brush; it was somewhat scratchy and rough against the skin. I used it for application, and it agitated the skin on my cheeks to subtle but reddened bumps (something I experience with MAC’s 129 as well).

In terms of value, it’s hard to really pinpoint it, since you are getting a brush with it. If we just pretend the brush isn’t part of the equation, it works out to be $204.17/oz. as compared to $181.25/oz. for a full-sized blush (and $128.57/oz. for full-sized Laguna). You can also purchase a duo of Orgasm/Laguna for $41 (or $117.14/oz., as it contains 0.35 oz. — more than this palette in total!), or the mini-sized version for $24 (0.17 oz. total, or $141.18/oz.).

Devotee is a pale, pink-tinged beige with a frosted finish. The texture is soft, lightweight, and easy to blend. It had buildable color payoff to about semi-opaque, but it is designed to be a highlighter than a blush. I was surprised, but it just barely emphasizes pores, and if you really blend it out a lot, it becomes very glowy and luminous without the emphasis. It wears six and a half hours on me, which is short of average. Urban Decay Naked (P, $29.00) is similar. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is warmer. NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter (LE, $29.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Orgasm is described as a “peachy pink with golden shimmer.” It’s a warm, medium pink with a stong golden shimmer-sheen. Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) is similar. Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is also similar. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $6.49) is very similar. Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P) is slightly less pink. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is softer. See comparison swatches.

Laguna is a medium-dark tan brown with warm, orange-yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. I reviewed this in full here. I find the quality of the Laguna in this palette to be the same as it was in the previous palette I tried (NARS Hearts New York); the quality of the individual pan is slightly higher. It lasts well for eight hours, had good color payoff, and a fairly soft texture. Urban Decay Toasted is darker, browner. MAC Lush Light Bronze is warmer. MAC Refined Golden is browner, darker. MAC Soft Sand is slightly warmer, lighter. Burberry Summer Glow is more yellow-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Revlon Haute Pink (002) Blush
Revlon Haute Pink (002) Blush

Revlon Haute Pink (002) Blush ($9.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a subtly cool-toned, light-medium pink with a satin finish. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is brighter, more matte. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Formal (LE) is similar. Too Faced Lollipop (LE) is similar. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is more matte. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is more matte. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lovecloud (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Divine Desire (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

The formula is described as an “ultra-soft, silky powder [that] adds a natural flush of color to your cheeks.” The color is “buildable” with a “soft satin finish.” Here’s what you need to know: in order to get a swatch of the product at all, I had to scrape off layers of product with a metal spatula. This is a very, very sheer product, and based on the description, it’s not designed to be wham! in-your-face color, but if you have to scrape off product to get color, there’s trouble. At best, it is buildable to semi-sheer color coverage, but I fear that it isn’t buildable to the point where all skin tones could wear it with ease–I think deeper complexions will not find it builds up enough color to show up well. The texture is soft, lightweight, and not at all powdery, as it doesn’t loosen from the surface that much–soft but stiff in a sense, so it’s not as easy to blend on the skin as I’d like. The finish doesn’t emphasize pores, and it does get more shimmery/luminous the more it is buffed and worked into the skin. It wore well for six and a half hours on me before showing signs of fading.  The color is absolutely gorgeous, and the finish is so lovely–I wish it was softer, a little less tightly packed/pressed, because I think the color payoff would be much improved and it would blend more easily on the skin.

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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) DiorBlush
Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) DiorBlush

Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) DiorBlush ($43.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is a cream product. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is a smidgen lighter. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $21.00) is less pink. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is similar. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is slightly warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $55.00) is brighter. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is a touch pinker. See comparison swatches.

This is a new and limited edition blush for spring, and the color certainly fits with what comes to mind during the season. It had good color payoff, and it was a both blendable and buildable, so it could be worn very lightly or more intensely, depending on the pressure and application. The finish is somewhere between a satin and a matte; the more is it blended and buffed into the skin, the more satiny the finish becomes–just a little luminous along the edges but not shiny or metallic. It never emphasized pores, and when applied more heavily, it never looked powdery or caky. The texture was soft and finely-milled, blendable, and easy to use. The blush lasted almost eight hours on my normal-to-dry skin before it started to show signs of fading.

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