Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush ($35.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “golden fuchsia.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a satin finish. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter, less pink. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker, less pink. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is a smidgen darker. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is brighter. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is darker. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is brighter. Chanel Revelation (63) (P, $38.00) is a cream product, pinker. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches

The finish is less shimmery/sparkly compared to Diffused Heat. Speaking of that shade, this is darker, but when they’re applied, there is not much of a difference. If you have a cooler complexion, you might see more of the pink tones of Radiant Magenta come forward. The texture of the powder is soft, finely-milled, but it can be somewhat powdery to work with. On the skin, it did not look powdery or cakey, even as I layered and built up the intensity (I am normal-to-dry). The way this powder feels is much like the Ambient Lighting Powders. It is nicely pigmented with buildable, even color, and it’s easy to blend out the edges or sheer out the color if you’ve over-applied, as it is a very forgiving powder that yields a soft, luminous sheen that does not emphasize pores. When I wore this shade, the color wore well for eight hours before I started to see signs of fading.

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Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush ($35.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “vibrant poppy.” It’s a soft, light-medium pink with warm, peach undertones and a subtle sparkle and luminosity. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is a touch pinker and has a stronger sheen. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is warmer, less pink. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is less pink, more shimmery. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is darker. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is a bit darker. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The new formula, which is available now through Hourglass directly for all and on Sephora for VIBs as a preview until February 1st (with full release on February 21st), is supposed to have “depth and dimension” unlike traditional blush, be “lightweight and airy,” and have the “perfect balance of pigment and powder.” Hourglass says it uses “an advanced ‘miscelare’ technique,” which means to mix in Italian (per Sephora) and is how the marbled effect is achieved.  The blush is also supposed to have “buildable color.”  It does bring to mind the concept of a lot of baked formulas on the market, but I think the texture is softer and more finely-milled than most.

The texture is very soft and delicate; it feels exactly like the Ambient Lighting Powders. In an all-over powder, I don’t mind what can sometimes veer on powderiness, but in a blush, it can be easy to overload color onto the blush and then onto the skin. I wish it was slightly firmer or less powdery, which would minimize waste and make it more foolproof to apply. If you are really fair, I highly recommend using a light hand, perhaps a stippling brush, and feel out the process–a regular blush brush might prove dense and pack on too much color. I used Tom Ford’s Cheek Blush Brush to apply, which worked well, because I’m of a medium complexion, but I also used a lighter hand initially and found it applied a good amount of color from the get-go.

Diffused Heat has good color payoff, and the color was buildable, blendable, and could be sheered out to whatever intensity desired.  It’s not a blush that needs to be packed on (though this is a lighter color, period, so it may not show up on all skin tones) to get true-to-pan color.  The powder had such a soft, silky feel to it that made blending out the edges of the blush easy and left the blush looking natural on the skin. I wore this yesterday, and it lasted well for eight hours before starting to fade.

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Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes

Here’s a quick sneak peek at two of the Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush! I bought all six on Friday (they haven’t arrived yet!), and two press samples arrived earlier this afternoon so I photographed them right away.  I’m wearing both now and should have reviews up for them tomorrow.

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Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Clinique Peach Pop (02) Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Peach Pop (02) Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Peach Pop (02) Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a pink-coral with a satin finish and warm undertones. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is darker, more orange/red, less pink. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is a smidgen lighter. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is warmer, cream. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is similar. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

This is definitely one of my new favorite powder blush formulas!  Peach Pop was just as impressive as Ginger Pop.  The texture is soft and blendable, but the smoothness of the color is extraordinary.  It smooths and skims across the skin as if it were a cream blush, but it’s definitely a powder.  If you want a sheer wash of color, it’s easily achieved by using a light tap of the brush into the pan, but it has good, true-to-pan color payoff that can be as intense or as soft as desired, as it blends out so effortlessly.  The finish is lightly luminous, doesn’t emphasize pores, and looks like skin–never powdery.  Peach Pop wore well for eight hours, and then it started to fade.

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Friday, January 24th, 2014

Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette ($36.00 for 0.85 oz.) contains six eyeshadows, two eyeshadow/liners, and one blush. Each square-sized eyeshadow is 0.0758 oz., while the blush is 0.1544 oz., and the two rectangle-shaped eyeshadows are 0.1185 oz. each for a total weight of 0.8462 oz. If you’re familiar with Tarte’s formula, these performed similarly to past Tarte eyeshadows I’ve tried; the biggest takeaway is that they’re so soft that they are quite powdery. You’ll want to use softer brushes and a light touch when you go to pick up product to apply to the lid. I recommend patting the color on, then blending, to minimize excess powder falling underneath the lid.

For me, this is the type of texture that is very workable, as it still adheres well to bare skin and blends nicely without sheering away to nothing, but it usually has a fair amount of powdery fall out that is easiest to clean up if you do your eyeshadow before your base products. On my medium skin tone, a lot of the lighter colors all looked the same on, which had no impact on the rating, but may be something to keep in mind if you’re of a similar complexion. The majority of the eyeshadows in the palette lasted seven and a half hours and then showed signs of fading. I like the palette, and if the colors show up with enough differentiation on you, it would be a nice neutral palette that’s not too warm or too cool-toned. It’s also very well-priced with plenty of product for the price tag.

Elevated is a soft, medium rose with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It is part of the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush formula. It had excellent color payoff, was buildable and blendable on the cheeks, and had a soft, silky texture (slightly powdery, though, so go easy on the surface). I don’t usually get 12 hours of wear out of this formula, and Elevated lasted well for nine hours before showing signs of fading but was significantly faded by the twelfth hour. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is browner. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is warmer,. bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is slightly pinker. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is a touch lighter. MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is pinker, cooler-toned. Tarte Exposed (P, $26.00) is a touch darker, a smidgen browner. See comparison swatches.

Sand Out from the Crowd is a light beige with warm, vanilla undertones and a matte finish. The texture was very soft, and it had good color payoff, but it was powdery. As it a staple/basic shade, there are a lot of similar shades — see comparison swatches.

Peach for the Stars is a rosy, light-medium beige-brown with a matte finish. Again, the texture was so soft that it was powdery, though definitely silky to the touch, and it had good pigmentation. Urban Decay Freestyle (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Frisco (LE, $15.00) is a touch pinker, lighter. Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Antique Rose (LE, $29.00) is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Two Plums Up is a dark, neutral-to-warm-toned plum with a matte finish. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and silky, so the color was easy to blend out on the skin and lid, but it is on the powdery side. It had fairly good color payoff. Tarina Tarantino Deep Dahlia (LE) is shimmery. Kat Von D Fur Elise (P) is warmer. theBalm Sexy (P, $16.00) is warmer. theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is also warmer. bareMinerals Nightcap (P) is cooler-toned, purpler. MAC Hyperviolet (LE, $18.00) is a cream product. MAC Palace Pedigreed (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #160 (P, $20.00) is more berry-hued, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Pink Outside the Box is a light, pastel pink with a matte finish. This might be somewhat chalky, as it had a stronger white base, on deeper complexions. The texture was soft, somewhat powdery, but it had good color payoff and adhered well to the skin. MAC Flounce (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Strawberry Bon Bon (P) is similar. Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE) is lighter. LORAC Light Pink (P) is a touch lighter. MAC Pen ‘n’ Pink (P, $15.00) is similar. NARS Bouthan #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is similar. bareMinerals Giddy (P) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Rose to the Occasion is a medium-dark, rosy brown with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was soft and silky though powdery to work with. It a few shades darker than Peach for the Stars, but if you have a medium skin tone like mine, they look about the same applied. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (P, $14.00) is a touch browner. Aveda Bare Bellis (P, $14.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $28.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

View from the Taupe is a medium, neutral-to-warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It’s a very, very warm taupe, but it read more brown than taupe to me. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft without being too powdery (one of the least powdery shades in the palette). Clarins The Essentials #4 (LE) is more satiny. Too Faced Cookie Dough (LE) is similar. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Dream in Chocolate is a deep, dark chocolate brown with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and like the rest, it was soft but powdery. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is similar. MAC Midnight Hour (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is more muted. LORAC Espresso (P) is similar. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is cooler-toned. NARS Mekong (P, $24.00) is shimmery. MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Dance in the Dark (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Embark (P, $15.00) is deeper. See comparison swatches.

Don’t Stand Black is a medium-dark black with a mostly matte finish, though it had a very slight sheen compared to the more matte finishes of the other shades. This was the weakest performing shade in the palette, as it didn’t stick as well to bare skin, even though the texture didn’t feel stiff or dry (soft but powdery). As this is a more basic/staple kind of shade, there are lots of potential dupes, and here are twelve to consider — see comparison swatches.

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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.

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