Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush

For spring, there are four new and limited shades of Milani Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.60 oz.) available. The formula is supposed to be a “luxurious matte blush” that has a “micro-milled … powder.” I’ll have reviews for all four as I work through testing them, but here’s the first one I tried…

Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “bright coral.” It’s a brightened, orange-coral with a matte finish and warm undertones. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, more orange. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is slightly shimmery. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is a cream product, darker. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is more muted. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is pinker. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, pinker. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $55.00) is brighter, more shimmery. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE) is more shimmery, more orange. See comparison swatches.

While soft, the texture is extremely dry, powdery, and feels rather chalky. It seems like there is a lot of talc in this product, and it’s absolutely something I noticed straight off the bat. If you have dry skin, the powder doesn’t adhere well–it will pick and choose the rare spots it sticks, and subsequently, it looks quite patchy and uneven. For example, my forearm is normal-to-dry, and the powder was troublesome to swatch. On my face, which is normal at the moment, I had slightly better results as more product adhered to the skin (more natural oils for the blush to stick to). This is a blush that really needed a base underneath, such as foundation, to apply decently. Despite how chalky and powdery it felt in the pan, with a good base, it did not appear powdery applied to cheeks. Coral Cove is moderately pigmented; it seems intense, but it tends to sheer out very readily due to the powderiness. It blends decently but does need some extra patience and buffing to get just right. When I tested it, the color lasted for seven hours.

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Friday, February 28th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Hibiscus Pot Rouge
Bobbi Brown Hibiscus Pot Rouge

Bobbi Brown Hibiscus Pot Rouge ($26.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “bright red coral.” In the pot, it looks like a really bright, intense red-coral, but applied, it’s much more muted–it’s a softened, medium orange-coral with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. theBalm Crisp is more shimmery. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is a powder. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is pinker. Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P) is darker, brighter, powder. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is more muted. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is more orange. Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $55.00) is brighter, powder. NARS Boys Don’t Cry (LE, $41.00) is darker, powder. MAC Out for Fun (LE, $20.00) is slightly more orange. Guerlain Peach Boy #1 (P) is a powder. See comparison swatches.

The Pot Rouge formula is supposed to be a “multi-tasking cream color” for lips and cheeks. Bobbi Brown says to “blend it on the apples of your cheeks for a just-pinched look.” The color is buildable, but it never looks as intense applied as it does in the pot, even though it seems opaque when layered on the skin. The finish has just enough sheen to give the skin a natural, lightly dewy finish that doesn’t look oily or shimmery, and it didn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for seven hours applied to cheeks, and I had no trouble wearing it on bare skin or patted over (liquid) foundation. As a lip color, it was somewhat drying over time, though it lasted for four hours and left a very subtle stain behind, but it did have fully opaque color coverage–again, it did not look anywhere near the intensity or richness of the color in the pot. As tends to be the case, this product performed better as a cream blush than a lip color, so you’ll want to consider how you might use this and round-up or down the overall rating, as the rating reflects how the product performs in both ways.

P.S. — Today is the last day of Bobbi Brown’s Friends & Family sale!

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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “cool pink.” Urban Decay Blush (P) is powder. Sleek MakeUP Macaroon (P) is warmer, darker. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is powder. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is brighter, cooler-toned, powder. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is powder. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is darker. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker, powder. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches.

After trying #330 and #410, I was pretty impressed with the newest cream blush formula from Make Up For Ever. #210 is lightly creamy, somewhat emollient, when initially applied, but it dries down and sets to a very powder-like finish–so it’s smooth, blendable, but it won’t slip around throughout the day. The texture gets more velvety and powder-like when applied, but it still retains the blendability and evenness in color of a traditional cream blush. It had excellent, true-to-pan color payoff, that could easily be applied with a lighter hand for softer, sheer color, or more intensely for a more opaque color. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before it started to fade.

P.S. — For those that were concerned about lack of cool-toned shades in the new range, don’t trust Sephora’s stock photos–they’re definitely off significantly! The image for this shade makes it look like an orange-coral!

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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

NARS Vientiane Matte Multiple
NARS Vientiane Matte Multiple

NARS Vientiane Matte Multiple ($39.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “copper bronze.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange-yellow undertones and a satin finish. It is surprisingly similar to NARS Cappadoce (P, $39.00), except Vientiane appears and applies darker on cheeks/lips. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is a powder. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is more shimmery, powder. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is brighter. Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched (P, $55.00) is very similar but a powder. See comparison swatches.

The finish of Vientiane seemed more like a true satin than a satin-matte or matte–there was a bit more sheen there. It was richly pigmented in a single swipe; there’ll be no trouble getting true-to-tube color with this shade. The formula is very much like the other six; velvety in feel, blendable, and not at all tacky. It dries down in two to three minutes giving you enough time to work with it to blend and sheer out as desired but not so long that it slips or slides on the skin. This shade wore well for almost eight hours (as a blush) and four hours (as a lip color) before starting to show signs of fading on me. It was moderately drying when worn as a lip color. For more of an overview of the Matte Multiple formula, check out this post.

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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

NARS Laos Matte Multiple
NARS Laos Matte Multiple

NARS Laos Matte Multiple ($39.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “rose coral.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink-coral with a satin-matte finish. theBalm Pie (P) is lighter, warmer. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is also lighter, less pink, but sheered out, they’re very similar applied. NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Simmer (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, slightly lighter. MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) is less warm-toned, pinker, powder. See comparison swatches.

Laos is another really richly pigmented, intense shade of blush, so it’s absolutely a blush that will show up on all skin tones. The consistency is lightly creamy with a silicone-heavy texture, which gives it a velvety feel when applied to the skin. It blends out really well, which is key when you’re working with such a bold shade, so you can adjust the intensity to the level you’re looking for. Of course, I recommend applying less rather than more initially, and then building up the color as needed to get the opacity you’re after, as a little goes a long way (which seems to be a recurring theme within the Matte Multiples!). It sets in a few minutes, and I had enough time to work with the color and blend and sheer out to get the right look without having to work furiously to do so. This shade wore well for nine hours, and it still looked pretty good at that point. I have very light staining after removal, but it was gone in a couple of hours. Again, as a lip color, it was less impressive, as the consistency ended up feeling clingy, and the formula was drying over the four and a half hours the color wore. I noticed some settling into lip lines as it faded. For more of an overview of the Matte Multiple formula, check out this post.

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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed Palette ($30.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a new trio that features a bronzer, highlighter, and blush. It is a follow up to Naked Flushed. This one seems to [attempt to] match the blush to the colors of Native Lipstick and Native Lip Pencil, which are both light-medium pinks. I don’t think it’s a great match for either the lipstick or pencil, as it is distinctly cool-toned, whereas the lipstick is warm-toned and the pencil more neutral-to-warm-toned. To me, the color is a better match for Obsessed Lipstick. I didn’t like the original Naked Flushed palette, as I felt like the texture was firm and drier, but I didn’t love this one either, as it was powdery–makes me feel a bit like Goldilocks. Though you’ll see excess powder as you grab product onto your applicator, it doesn’t seem to look powdery on the skin, so that’s definitely a plus. It’s not ideal to have so much excess sitting on the surface of the pan when there are three shades that sit next to each other. The highlighter emphasizes pores/skin texture, which is a drawback. If used lightly, that effect can be lessened, but some care is required–it’s not foolproof.

Bronzer is described as a “medium bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was very soft and smooth, but it was powdery. When I applied it to cheeks, it was easy to do so–it blended easily, and it didn’t look powdery on. The bronzer wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P) is yellower. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, yellower. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Highlighter is described as a “pale pink shimmer.” It is a light, pink-tinged peach with light, warm undertones and a champagne shimmer-sheen. The finish is fairly frosted, and the pigmentation was really true-to-pan and rich, so a little of the highlighter goes a long way! I thought it applied best with feathery, sweeping motions and a less dense brush onto the high planes of the face. It did emphasize pores slightly, and it wore well for seven and a half hours before starting to look patchy. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is very similar. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Naked (P, $29.00) is lighter, more sparkly. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is pinker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Blush is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was soft and finely-milled but powdery, so the color was somewhat buildable but easily sheered out as it was applied so I wouldn’t describe it as richly pigmented. This shade didn’t adhere as well to bare, normal-to-dry skin, but if you typically wear a liquid or cream foundation and apply over that, it should apply more readily. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is warmer, darker. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is darker, brighter. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is warmer. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Peony Petal (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

A word about names: there have been a few more recently released products with names that have stirred readers’ feelings. I want to reiterate that discussion is encouraged on Temptalia, and it is good to have open, honest, and civil conversations about things that are important to each of us. Please take great care in appreciating the diversity in opinions within the community without invalidating the other person’s feelings. While a name may not bother one person or someone interprets it differently than someone else, just because one person is not offended doesn’t mean that someone else shouldn’t be or can’t feel the way that they do. There are a million names to choose from, so if and when brands choose one over another, it’s okay to question that choice. You can read why the name of this product hasn’t been well-received by some readers here.

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