Friday, January 10th, 2014

NARS Love Blush
NARS Love Blush

NARS Love Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “tea rose.” It’s a rosy pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Tarte Crave (LE) is pinker, brighter. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is brighter. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker. Illamasqua Naked Rose is lighter, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

It applied better than it swatched–it ended up being more buildable as I was applying it to cheeks, than it would seem in the pan. It had moderate pigmentation; it’s not intense like Exhibit A, but it wasn’t difficult to get true-to-pan color. The texture is finely-milled, soft but firm–so it’s not powdery like some matte blushes can be. I’ve always found that mattes often are either really soft, but then a little powdery, or soft but firm, where they often apply better than they initially swatch. Against my warmer skin tone, it looked warmer and less pink than it did in the pan, so I would expect on cooler, more pink-toned complexions, the blush would look truer to how it appears in the pan. I wish it was slightly softer and more pigmented. When I wore it yesterday, it lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

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Love

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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Guerlain Cherry (02) Meteorites Bubble Blush
Guerlain Cherry (02) Meteorites Bubble Blush

Guerlain Cherry (02) Meteorites Bubble Blush ($42.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “cheerful fuchsia.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based fuchsia magenta with a satin finish. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is lighter, powder. NARS Desire (P, $29.00) is brighter, powder. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is similar but powder. MAC Peony Petal (LE, $21.00) is lighter, bluer-based, powder. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is slightly more magenta. See comparison swatches.

It’s a new–but limited edition–formula in Guerlain’s Meteorites Blossom Collection. It’s described as having a “satiny finish with a delicate violet scent.” It’s supposed to “instantly melt into [the] skin.” It’s housed in a small “bubble” with a rounded top but flat bottom. The first thing I noticed about it was actually the packaging, as it felt a somewhat cheap–it’s definitely not as luxe or as fancy as Guerlain’s palettes and lipsticks. It almost looks like a lip balm. I was able to use a small stippling brush (MAC 188) to grab color to apply to the cheeks, even though the whole blush is on the small side.

The pigmentation is more on the intense side, though it is blendable and buildable, so a little tap of product can go a long way, depending on how you like to wear your blush. It applied best over bare skin, though lightly patted and blended over not-quite-dry liquid foundation (I used Guerlain’s Parure de Lumiere) worked fairly well. The blush feels and looks more like a powder once applied, as there is no dewiness, and it sets and stays in place shortly after application. When I wore this, it lasted well for almost eight hours before showing signs of fading.

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9/10

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10/10

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Friday, December 27th, 2013

bareMinerals Swoon Blush
bareMinerals Swoon Blush

bareMinerals Swoon Blush ($19.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “petal pink satin.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with a matte finish. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is warmer, slightly more orange. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is lighter.MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $21.00) is a touch warmer. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is darker. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is pinker, less matte. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is several shades darker. See comparison swatches.

The texture was soft, silky, and very finely-milled. When applied to the skin, it blends beautifully–no harsh edges, no powderiness, just soft color. It had good color payoff, though it is a more buildable blush than it is incredibly intense from the get-go. I wore it on a couple of days ago, and it wore well for almost eight hours–just slight fading but no patchiness. This shade is part of the spring True Romantic collection, and it is new and limited edition.

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Swoon

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

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5/5

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Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Chanel Chamade (67) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Chamade (67) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Chamade (67) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “deep pink.” It looks rather red in the pan, and applied, it’s more like a reddish-pink with subtle cool undertones and a satin-matte finish. It is extremely pigmented; as in, a couple pats of color onto the cheeks is plenty for fair to medium complexions. The consistency is lightweight, creamy initially, but it quickly sets to a soft, powdery texture that is easy to blend out on the skin. It lasted well for nine hours on me before showing signs of fading. Chanel Affinite (65) (P, $38.00) is much lighter. MAC Keep It Casual (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Rouge (LE, $43.00) is powder and more shimmery. Burberry Hydrangea Pink (P, $42.00) is slightly pinker, powder. See comparison swatches.

Intonation (69) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “warm rose.” It’s a pink-tinted coral with a satin-matte finish and warm undertones. This was incredibly rich in color payoff, so a little goes a long way, but the lighter color (in general) makes it easier to blend out if you over-apply. When I wore it, the color lasted well for just over nine hours. If Presage was too orange, you might love Intonation. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is a powder, lighter. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is a powder, slightly lighter. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is also a powder and is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $55.00) is brighter, powder. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is less pink, powder. See comparison swatches.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

10/10

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Product

10/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Skinfinishes
MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Skinfinishes

There are three shades of MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.31 oz.) in the upcoming Magnetic Nude collection, which launches in-stores and at-counter on December 26th. Superb is a repromote, while the other two shades are new (and of course, limited edition). Those are the two that I’m testing for wear today, so I will update with ratings and wear times once I’ve finished wearing them.

Fairly Precious is described as a “peach with dimensional pearly green.” It’s a light-medium, peach (that leans a little orange) with a warm undertone and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and easy to blend out on the skin. On medium and deeper complexions, it will primarily add sheen with, at best, a little warmth. On fairer complexions, it will do both. It looks soft, glowy, and luminous on the skin and just slightly emphasizes pores and the skin’s texture.  It lasted for seven and a half hours before showing signs of fading. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $30.00) is darker, more orange. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is darker, less orange. NARS Realm of the Senses #3 (LE, $29.00) is similar but less frosted. MAC Solar Ray (LE, $25.00) is more orange, darker. Chanel Espiegle (P, $43.00) is darker, pinker, less frosted. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Magnetic Appeal is described as a “medium tan with fine gold sheen.” It’s a coppery-brown with a copper-gold shimmer and warm undertones. This was less frosted compared to the other two, but when blended, it does take on a more metallic finish (but not quite as metallic as Fairly Precious or Superb). I’m surprised to see this one, because it was really quite similar to MAC’s Glorify–the range isn’t so extensive that you’d expect to see such close releases. It had excellent pigmentation, and the color applied well on the skin and blended very easily. I saw slight emphasis of pores/skin texture, but it was minor (and compared to its metallic finish, again, impressive). It wore well for a full eight hours before starting to fade at the edges.  bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is more golden. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less brown. MAC Gold Deposit (P, $30.00) is more orange, less brown. MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is slightly browner, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Superb is described as a “soft peachy nude with multidimensional shimmer.” It’s a soft, muted beige-brown with champagne frost and shimmer. This shade has been repromoted twice in the past, and I’ve reviewed it twice before, so I won’t be re-testing this, but the photos and swatches are from the latest release (but is the same as the past releases). To recap, it’s a rather frosted, shimmering finish. Depending on the skin tone, it can add both color as well as a highlighting sheen. It has a fairly metallic finish, and yes, it does emphasize pores, but it is very slight, and for something as metallic as this, it’s impressive how little it does that. It wears eight hours with minor fading on me. Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $42.00) is lighter. MAC Redhead (LE, $30.00) is less beige. MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $30.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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Superb

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9.5/10

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Blushes
MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Blushes

In the MAC Magnetic Nude collection, there are three shades of Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) releasing. The collection will be available in-stores and at-counter on December 26th.

At Dusk is described as a “dirty cool pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, neutral-to-cool-toned pink with a warmer, golden satin sheen. This was originally released this past April, so if you purchased from that collection, you may already have this one! When I tested it in April, it wore well for seven hours but was faded after eight hours of wear. I hope to re-test this later on this week, but I prioritized wearing the new shades first :) The texture actually felt a little better this time around; it didn’t feel like there was any waxy film sitting on it at all–it was soft, finely-milled, and had good color payoff from the get-go. It’s a lighter color in general, though, so it will tend to show up better on fairer complexions. It did not emphasize pores. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is warmer, more matte. MAC Rosy Outlook (P, $23.50) is similar. MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is pinker. Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Peony (LE, $26.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Autoerotique is described as a “dirty coral rose [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft, satin finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was very soft and easy to blend and apply to the skin. If anything, it can be a little powdery at times, and you’ll want to use a light hand and build up the color to ensure you get the intensity you desire. It wore well for seven hours but was noticeably faded by the eighth hour. Tarte Dazzled (P) is mor emuted, less pink. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is similar. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is more orange. NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $29.00) is brighter, more shimmery. NARS Amour (P, $29.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is slightly warmer. Chanel Fleur de Lotus (LE, $43.00) is a touch pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Pleasure Model is described as a “soft terracotta with pearl [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium, coppered brown with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation–very, very intense with little product needed–and the consistency was soft, smooth, and easy to blend on the skin. The finish was luminous without emphasizing pores, while the color lasted seven and a half hours before fading. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Destiny (61) (P, $38.00) is browner, cream product. NARS Luster (P, $29.00) is lighter, more shimmery. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is lighter, browner. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is browner. MAC Coppertone (P, $21.00) is more matte, lighter. MAC Shape the Future (LE, $30.00) is warmer, more orange. Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is more orange, matte. See comparison swatches.

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At Dusk

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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9/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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7.5/10

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5/5

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Pleasure Model

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9/10

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10/10

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