Monday, April 13th, 2015

Urban Decay Quickie Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Quickie Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Bittersweet Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a medium, magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is lighter, cream. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer, cream. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is darker, cream. Colour Pop Homie (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter, cream. LORAC Unashamed (LE) is darker. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is very similar. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is slightly less cool-toned. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to have “buildable color” and wear for “eight long hours.” It had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two to three passes of product. I didn’t feel like I needed to pack it on for it to show up on my medium skin tone, so fairer and deeper complexions should be able to adjust their application to easily use this as they desire. It seems very versatile as a result of that buildability, combined with how blendable and silky the texture is. In the pan, it seemed almost powdery, but on the skin, it seems to almost melt into the skin and gives a natural matte finish, where skin still looks like skin and not totally flat. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours.

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Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Tom Ford Pink Sand Cream Cheek Color
Tom Ford Pink Sand Cream Cheek Color

Tom Ford Pink Sand Cream Cheek Color ($65.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “pearlized peach-pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and gold shimmer. MAC Red Obsessed (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery. Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is a powder. Laura Mercier Golden Pink (LE, $35.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is a powder. Tarte Glisten (P, $26.00) is darker, powder. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is darker, warmer, powder. NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is a powder. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is a powder. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is a powder. MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is a powder. Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is a powder. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It has a thin, emollient texture with a light tackiness, and it never fully dries down/sets so there is always a sheen. It worked best over bare skin, but it is possible to apply over liquid foundation, though I recommend either patting on with light pressure or applying while the liquid foundation is drying down (so there’s some dampness to it) to minimize disturbing your underlying base products. The blush was blendable on the skin and looked even. It had semi-sheer coverage–and the brand only describes it as a “healthy glow and natural burst of color”–that builds to semi-opaque at most. It’s predominantly a highlighter on my medium skin tone with only smidgen of pink appearing on the skin. I think fairer complexions will be able to use this more as a blush as well as to add radiance. The finish has a moderate shine and looks luminous on the skin without emphasizing pores. On my normal skin, it lasted for seven and a half hours before starting to break down.

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Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Compact
Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Compact

Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Compact ($95.00 for 0.47 oz.) is an indulgence, but it performs well across the board and everything works well together. The majority of the colors are on the dupable side, so some may find there are too many near-repeats to make it a worthwhile splurge. I’m a huge fan of Tom Ford’s blush formula–it’s my favorite–and constantly wish he would expand it (permanently!), and the blushes in here are gorgeous. I cannot express to you how glowing and luminous the effect of the two are, individually or layered together. The palette has strong, warmer undertones across all of the shades. The weakest performer was the glittery shade, which had some fall out, but the almost wet-like texture helped it apply with stronger coverage and less fall out initially than your traditional, more true-to-powder-form glittery eyeshadow.

Pink Glow #1 is a light, white-beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky-smooth consistency that blended well and wore well for nine hours on me. Guerlain Les Nuees #4 (LE) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Paris #2 (P) is less shimmery. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $19.50) is warmer. LORAC Vanilla (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever S522 Pinky Nude (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I526 Pearl Beige (P, $21.00) is pinker. Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Andromeda (P, $29.00) is brighter. MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE) is similar. Maybelline Pure Nude (80) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Too Faced Champagne Truffle (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Polyester Bride (P, $18.00) is more glittery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Glow #2 is a sparkling golden beige with a lot of glitter. It had a thin, almost wet, cream-like consistency that applied without a lot of fall out with semi-opaque coverage. The texture is similar to other glittery shades in the Tom Ford range, but it is also similar in feel to formulas like Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadows, MAC Pressed Pigments, and Charlotte Tilbury’s sparkle eyeshadows. It wore well for nine hours without creasing, but there was some fall out over time. Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is darker. Dior Rivage #4 (LE) is less sparkly. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE) is similar. Dior Golden Flower #3 (LE) is lighter. MAC 2x Dare #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Glow #3 is a plummy red with warm, orange-red undertones and pink shimmer that gives it a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a really soft, dense, and creamy consistency that applied and blended beautifully. It wore well for nine hours. Makeup Geek Showtime (P, $9.99) is darker, browner. Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is a cream product. Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is pinker. MAC Trusted Instinct #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time (LE, $21.00) is similar. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P) is darker. Dior Trafalgar #3 (P) is brighter, lighter. Make Up For Ever I824 Ocher Pink (P, $21.00) is warmer. NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is darker. Urban Decay Gash (DC, $18.00) is darker. MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Cranberry (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily (P, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Glow #4 is a light-medium, peachy-pink with a strong, yellow gold sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a really smooth, buttery texture that blended nicely on the skin. Despite having a lot of sheen, it didn’t emphasize pores. On me, it wore well for ten hours. Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $28.00) is more orange, darker. MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is darker, pinker. Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is darker, pinker. MAC Stereo Rose (2014) (LE, $30.00) is more orange. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Glow #5 is is a medium-dark, plummy pink with warm undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. It had rich color payoff where a little goes a long way–I tapped the merest amount on my brush onto my cheek and was able to blend that bit out and that was it! The texture was buttery and dense, but very, very smooth and incredibly blendable. The finish is luminous and gives the skin a sheen that doesn’t emphasize its natural texture. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is warmer. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is redder, brighter. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, April 11th, 2015

ColourPop Olive Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Olive Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Olive Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “true baby pink in a matte finish.” It’s a light-medium pink with soft, cool blue undertones and a satin finish. (And in case you were wondering, the product is named after a dog, not the color olive.) Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, slightly cooler-toned. Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is darker. Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is similar, powder. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is powder/ Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is powder. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is powder. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Blush (P) is more matte, powder. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is powder. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The finish is definitely not matte–there is a shimmer you can see in the swatch, which is less noticeable applied to the cheeks and blended out. I don’t find it gives a real sheen, but it keeps the finish from looking flat. The Super Shock Cheek formula is a cream-based one that is supposed to have buildable coverage that will have the most payoff when applied with fingers and less color coverage when used with brushes. It had a smooth, velvety consistency with just a little creaminess to it–these feel more like clay than your traditional cream blush–that is very blendable on the skin as it blends more like a powder, so it doesn’t look streaky. The coverage was semi-sheer to semi-opaque at best but never fully opaque. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Friday, April 10th, 2015

Urban Decay Obsessed Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Obsessed Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Obsessed Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pinky-lavender with a semi-matte finish. Clinique Pansy Pop (P, $21.00) is darker. Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is similar, cream. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is pinker, cream. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is a smidgen more lavender. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is pinker. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is pinker. NARS Gaiety (P, $30.00) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Despite being one of the lighter shades in the range, it had more semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation, even though the formula is described as sheer and buildable. With a lighter hand, sheerer coverage is definitely to be had, but it leans towards more moderate color payoff. The powder had a silky, smooth feel that was a smidgen powdery at times, but the powderiness didn’t translate to the skin, as the blush looked natural and sat well on the skin. It was easy to sheer the color down or build it up, because the blush was very blendable. The color stayed on well for eight hours before I noticed slight fading along the edges.

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Friday, April 10th, 2015

ColourPop In Bloom Set
ColourPop In Bloom Set

ColourPop In Bloom Set ($39.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes three cheek colors and three lipsticks released in collaboration with Jamie Greenberg. It’s an assortment of brightened takes on spring shades, and it seems like a little preview of the brand’s upcoming cream highlighters (they’ve teased about them on Instagram) with Double Dip. All six products performed good to great, were easy to apply, and lasted a nice length of time. I think a lot of the shades included are on the more dupable side, but the silver lining is that this is a more affordable way to get a lot of those higher-end similar shades, though they have to be purchased as a set. I hope we’ll see some shades get added to the permanent range!

Double Dip is described as a “soft peach with subtle highlights with a satin pearl finish.” It’s a champagne beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was lightly creamy–a little more emollient than most of their cheek colors–and was easy to blend on the skin, but the more velvety, clay-like formula (generally) made it appear as a subtle sheen on the skin, rather than full-on frost. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hysterical is described as a “cool-toned plum pink with a matte finish.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to fully opaque, depending on whether you applied with fingertips (as recommended for full coverage) or a stippling brush (as recommended for light coverage). The texture was velvety and smooth, and it blended nicely on the skin while wearing for nine hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tongue Tied is described as a “bright warm coral with a matte finish.” It’s a vibrant, coral-orange with warm, reddish undertones and a satin shimmer. I’m not sure why it’s described as matte, because there is definitely a fine shimmer running through it that gives the skin a natural sheen (but doesn’t emphasize pores). It had good color payoff that was opaque when applied with fingertips and more semi-sheer to semi-opaque when applied with a brush (depending on your choice of brush). The color wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Frenemie is described as an “electric warm-toned coral with a cream finish.” It’s a bold, medium-dark coral-red with warm undertones and a soft, creamy finish with a light shine. It had almost cull color coverage that applied fairly evenly and smoothly. The texture had more slip than some of the other shades in this formula have had for me. The lipstick glided on without tugging and wore well for five hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Freshman is described as a “deep hot pink with a cream finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. The texture was light-medium in thickness with a moderate amount of slip, which gave it that really opaque coverage that was still creamy and very wet-looking. It wore well for six hours and left a stain behind, but I had a little bit of feathering after four hours of wear. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sweet-Thing is described as a “cool-toned medium true pink with a cream finish.” It’s a lightly muted, medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The color stayed on for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating over time. The texture was slightly thicker but held in place without sliding around. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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