Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

NARS Seduction Blush
NARS Seduction Blush

NARS Spring 2013: Seduction

NARS Seduction Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as “sangria.” It’s a deep, red wine with a very faint shimmer-sheen finish. Initially, the color in the pan reminded me a bit of NARS Outlaw, but the two aren’t the same; Outlaw is more berry-hued and has golden shimmer/sheen. NARS Dolce Vita is pinker, not quite as dark. MAC Hidden Treasure is more orange, less wine/berry. MAC Stratus is warmer, a little browner in comparison. NARS G-Spot is lighter, more muted. It’s also similar to NARS Grenadine, which is an eyeshadow, though the eyeshadow is redder.

Seduction is insanely pigmented; use a really, really light hand with this one–even on my medium complexion, the barest pat of the brush yielded plenty of color. It has a soft, finely-milled texture that applies to the cheeks smoothly and blends out easily. There’s no dryness or powderiness, so even if you over-apply the color, it can be blended and diffused without much trouble.  Because of its intense pigmentation, it will be lovely for darker complexions, and some fairer skin tones who want a less fussy/more fool-proof blush may want to opt for something like Dolce Vita, which will end up looking more similar than different when applied lightly.  Seduction does have a lot of red in it, so it may accentuate any natural redness in the cheeks.  When I wore it, the blush managed to stay on for seven hours, and it was slightly faded after eight hours.

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Seduction

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Because of its intense pigmentation, it will be lovely for darker complexions, and some fairer skin tones who want a less fussy/more fool-proof blush may want to opt for something like Dolce Vita, which will end up looking more similar than different when applied lightly.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Benefit Fine One One
Benefit Fine One One

Benefit Fine One One ($30.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “coral pink flush.” There are three shades in the stick that work together to create a sheer, brightening effect on the cheeks and lips. The palest color is a pale, white gold beige with pale gold shimmer (highlighter). The middle color is a pop of light-medium pink with a hint of coral (blush). The bottom color is a tangerine orange (“contour”). Together, they create a sheer tint of coral-orange with a very subtle sheen.

I was not a fan of this product. The texture is a little tacky, firm, and generally not the best feel or consistency for a cream blush. Because of the natural tendency for cheeks to be curved, it’s difficult to get all three colors at the same pressure. I ended up just swiping a brush across the surface and applying the color to my cheeks that way, because from the stick itself didn’t work well or make much sense–you’d get three stripes of color that you’d have to blend out anyway. It’s not as blendable as a cream blush should be; there’s a stiffness and stubbornness to the texture that doesn’t want to blend onto skin. The way it feels and dries down is not quite powder, not quite cream; it looks uneven and a little patchy within hours of applying. It’s pulled a disappearing act after a mere three hours.

I really disliked it on lips; it’s not particularly easy to apply, and it’s so, so drying. It looked like my lips were flaking, and it felt like they were after trying to wear it for two hours–not a forgiving nor hydrating formula at all. It just sat on top, not really blending in or staining the lips.

This is not going to show up on medium or darker complexions; it just barely shows up on me even layered and built up as much as possible. There are too many excellent coral blushes to opt for this one. Even Benefit’s own ChaCha Tint works infinitely better, though it is more orange–you can’t tell the difference on the skin.

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Fine One One

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There are too many excellent coral blushes to opt for this one. Even Benefit's own ChaCha Tint works infinitely better, though it is more orange--you can't tell the difference on the skin.

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

3/10

Application

3/5

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Thursday, January 10th, 2013

bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal Blush
bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal Blush

I’m Plum Out of Indecent Proposals

bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described simply as a “dusty plum.” It is a darkened plum with subtle red undertones and a very fine dusting of gold micro-shimmer (just barely noticeable when blended out). MAC Stratus is a more intense version–also has a stronger sheen. MAC Notable is more subdued.

Last year, bareMinerals released a pressed version of blushes–as part of the Ready range–after the success of their eyeshadows. I like their blushes, but I’m not as in love with the blush formula as I am with the eyeshadow one. I find the texture of the Ready blushes to be a little stiffer, less dense (lacks that buttery consistency of the eyeshadows). The texture is a smidgen powdery, though finely-milled and soft to the touch. When I wore this, I ended up pushing it to sixteen hours of wear (we took a trip down to Monterey!), and it lasted well for a full ten and looked noticeably faded after sixteen. It’s advertised as “up to eight hours,” so it certainly lives up to that claim and then some.

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The Indecent Proposal

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The texture could be a bit more blendable and yield more pigmentation without having to build it up so much.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, January 7th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette

An Orange Blush that’s Happy to See You

Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette ($4.99 for 0.40 oz.) is a mix of medium peach and orange-brown. Together, they create a coppery, orange-brown with a frosted, metallic sheen. NARS Luster is less brown, more orange. MAC Alpine Bronze is more subdued, less shimmery. MAC Glorify is browner. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is browner, darker.

This will tend to be more flattering on warmer complexions and deeper skin tones. I think many will find it too orange, though it is more flattering than an orange-toned bronzer/brown blush, because this is more orange than brown, so it adds color, warmth, and glow without potentially turning ruddy.  The frosted, metallic finish did emphasize pores and imperfections in skin texture.  It is a baked product, so you could use it wet or dry, though the pigmentation was true-to-pan when used dry.  When applied wet, you’ll get an even more metallic finish.  The texture is soft, more finely-milled than a lot of baked products, but not as finely-milled as most powder blushes. Rose Golden Goddess lasted just over six hours on me, and after seven, it looked patchy. It’s on par with the majority of baked products and how long they wear on me, so if you normally get longer wear out of your baked products, this might wear similarly.

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Wet 'n' Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
This will tend to be more flattering on warmer complexions and deeper skin tones. I wish I saw better wear out of the formula, though, because then it would be a killer deal.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, January 5th, 2013

bareMinerals The Natural High Blush
bareMinerals The Natural High Blush

bareMinerals Remix: The Natural High

bareMinerals The Natural High Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden petal peach.” It’s a peachy-gold shimmered rosy pink; a little coral-pink but still more pink than coral even on my warmer skin tone. It’s a shade a lot of us have in our stash, in some variation, as many, many brands make this shade–most notably NARS Orgasm. NARS Deep Throat is darker, pinker. MAC Fleet Fast is redder, less shimmery. Tarte Glisten is comparable.

It’s soft to the touch (softer, denser than other Ready blush shades I’ve tried), finely-milled, and nicely pigmented. It’s buildable, blendable, and wore for a full eight hours (exactly as long as bareMinerals’ lists the wear as). The shimmer-sheen finish doesn’t accentuate pores or imperfections in the skin texture, so it ends up being a flattering sheen and glow on the cheeks, along with the rosy flush.  If you already have other peachy-shimmered corals, it’s not a must-have, but the formula worked well and the payoff was true-to-pan, so if you don’t have it, this is a good candidate for consideration.

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The Natural High

A+
If you already have other peachy-shimmered corals, it's not a must-have, but the formula worked well and the payoff was true-to-pan, so if you don't have it, this is a good candidate for consideration.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Carnaval in Rio To Reflect Shimmer Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Carnaval in Rio To Reflect Shimmer Palette

A Bronzy, Baked Powder from Wet ‘n’ Wild

Wet ‘n’ Wild Carnaval in Rio To Reflect Shimmer Palette ($4.99 for 0.40 oz.) is a rich, copper-shimmered bronze. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is darker, browner–less coppery. MAC Glorify is similar, slightly darker. MAC Worldly Wealth is less coppery.

It has a soft consistency, and it feels like a finely-milled baked powder, similar to MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinishes but smoother. It has a high-shine, frosted and metallic finish, so there is a great deal of reflection, but there is also a slight emphasis of pores and any natural imperfections in skin texture. Carnaval in Rio has a lot of warmth coming from the orange and copper hues in it, so it acts a bit like a bronzer or warming glow. I suspect that this is going to be particularly lovely on a deeper, warmer complexions. It lasted seven hours, which is a little longer than I get with many baked products, but a little short of the average blush/bronzer.

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Wet 'n' Wild Carnaval in Rio To Reflect Shimmer Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

A-
It has good pigmentation, blendability, and is soft, though it does emphasize pores slightly and doesn't wear a full eight hours.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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