Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Kevyn Aucoin Neolita Pure Powder Glow
Kevyn Aucoin Neolita Pure Powder Glow

Kevyn Aucoin Neolita Pure Powder Glow ($37.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “berry.” It’s a medium-dark, reddened berry with a satiny finish. Bobbi Brown Berry is cooler-toned and darker. MAC Hot Nights is purpler. NARS Dolce Vita is slightly more muted. See comparison swatches.

The texture is soft, incredibly finely-milled with a silky feel that applies smoothly, evenly, and remains easy to blend–even with a shade as richly pigmented as Neolita. It’s not a shade for the faint-hearted, as it is bold, bright, and has excellent color payoff. The finish has a subtle shimmer that translates to a luminous sheen as it gets blended and worked into the skin. It didn’t emphasize pores, and it really did give off a “pure powder glow.” Neolita wore well for almost nine hours and started to fade just after that.

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Neolita

A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, September 21st, 2013

MAC Well Dressed Blush
MAC Well Dressed Blush

MAC Well Dressed Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as an “immaculate pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, blue-based pink with cool undertones and a soft, satiny sheen. MAC Pure Femininity is darker. theBalm Down Boy is slightly darker, less shimmery. NYX English Rose is warmer. MAC Stay Pretty is darker, less cool-toned. MAC Sunday Afternoon is lighter, cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Nude pink is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

It had fairly good color payoff, but it is not intensely pigmented. The color is somewhat buildable to about medium-full coverage applied with a blush brush, so those with medium and darker complexions may find it too subtle for their liking. For reference, I’m about NC30 and it just shows up softly on me when applied more heavily. For fairer complexions, though, it is an easier blush to use without fearing it will be too bright and bold against the skin. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and silky–just a smidgen powdery but doesn’t look it on the skin–so it is easy to blend and diffuse the edges. It wore well for almost eight hours on me, and then it showed some signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear.

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Well Dressed

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, September 20th, 2013

theBalm Down Boy Blush
theBalm Down Boy Blush

theBalm Down Boy Blush ($21.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “baby pink.” It’s soft, light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. MAC Pure Femininity is darker, less blue-based. theBalm Argyle is warmer. MAC Peony Petal is cooler-toned. MAC I’m the One is similar, slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is similar. See comparison swatches.

The texture of the blush was soft, finely-milled, and silky to the touch. It then applied evenly to the skin, and then blended out easily. The color can be applied as true-to-pan color with rich pigmentation or more softly and built up to a lighter flush. Down Boy wore well for eight and a half hours, and after nine hours, it started to show faint signs of fading. It is a lighter color, so if you have a medium or darker complexion, it may not be the best of theBalm’s blushes–unless you want something very subtle!

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Down Boy

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Down Boy wore well for eight and a half hours, and after nine hours, it started to show faint signs of fading. It is a lighter color, so if you have a medium or darker complexion, it may not be the best of theBalm's blushes--unless you want something very subtle!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Physicians Formula Rose Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush
Physicians Formula Rose Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush

Physicians Formula Rose Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush ($11.99 for 0.19 oz.) is a soft, subtly warm-toned pink with a silvery-white sparkle and metallic sheen. The majority of the powder is a warmer, pale pink (almost peachy), and then the center is a darker, berry-ish pink. There is some sparkle, as well as shimmer. MAC Rio is darker but has a similar sheen. Giorgio Armani No. 08 has a sheen but less color. MAC Stunner is warmer. MAC Easy Manner is less shimmery. MAC Porcelain Pink is less pink but has a similar sheen. Illamasqua Lies is cooler-toned but has a similar sheen. See comparison swatches.

According to Physicians Formula’s website, it’s supposed to be the “perfect blend of shimmery blushing tones … for an instant sexy boost with an alluring blushing glow.” The product is vanilla scented. It’s a soft, subtle pink hue on my medium complexion–so on paler skin tones, I would expect it to show up more as a blusher, and on medium or deeper complexions, more as a sheen and highlighter. The texture was fairly soft (but you could feel the sparkle at times), and it applied smoothly, though the finish is quite metallic so it did emphasize pores just slightly. I felt like the luminous finish was distracting enough from that defect, so it wasn’t as noticeable. It wore well for almost eight hours, and it started to look a bit patchy after that. While ULTA’s website said it said it has 12-hour wear, I didn’t see this claim on the brand’s website (or on drugstore.com), so I’m deferring to the brand on wear (or the lack of a particularly long-wearing claim).

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Rose

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

MAC Bad Girl Gone Good Blush
MAC Bad Girl Gone Good Blush

MAC Bad Girl Gone Good Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “warm copper [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, dusty orange with brown undertones and a barely-there satin finish. MAC Tease Your Tastes is rosier, cream. Marc Jacobs Irresistible is lighter, brighter. Chanel Destiny is browner, cream. NARS Gilda is pinker. MAC Seasonal Appeal is browner. MAC Eternal Sun is also browner. MAC Coppertone is a touch lighter. MAC Fiery Impact is redder and warmer. Illamasqua Expose is brighter. Chanel Espiegle is lighter. Burberry Tangerine is lighter, browner. See comparison swatches.

It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin. Depending on your skin tone, this may appear warmer and more orange than it does against mine (which seems to bring out the brown/beige tones). If you have a darker complexion, it may also not show up well, as I noticed that if I blended it out too much, I didn’t see the color. The sheen of the satin finish only comes forth if you really buff and work the color into the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours, and after eight and a half hours, there was some patchiness.

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Bad Girl Gone Good

A-
It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin. Depending on your skin tone, this may appear warmer and more orange than it does against mine (which seems to bring out the brown/beige tones). If you have a darker complexion, it may also not show up well, as I noticed that if I blended it out too much, I didn't see the color.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher ($26.00 for 0.18 oz.) is described as a “dusky coral.” It’s a medium-dark coral with a hint of pink and subtle warm undertones; there is a dusty/muted element to it, which may make it a great coral for anyone who has tended to shy away from the brighter releases. MAC Passion for Colour is lighter, powder. NARS Soulshine is powder. Chanel Presage is more orange. Edward Bess Secret Affair is powder. Tom Ford Flush is pinker, brighter, powder. Aveda Hibiscus is a powder. Burberry Blossom is a powder. Dior Coral Glow is a touch darker, powder. See comparison swatches.

This shade performed similarly to Peaked when I test-drove it yesterday. It wore well for eight hours and started to show some signs of fading after nine hours of wear. The consistency feels like a very thin, lightweight cream initially, but once it touches the skin, it turns slightly powdery. I feels more like a powder but retains the blendability of a cream product. The surface of the blush, though, feels stiff and hard, but whether you use fingertips or a brush to get the color off of the surface, you’ll have no trouble doing so–the blush is incredibly pigmented. It is buildable, blendable, and as a result, you can sheer out just a couple of dabs on the skin for a subtle flush or pat on more before blending for a more intense look. The formula reminded me a lot of Chanel’s Le Blush Creme de Chanel (and Illamasqua’s version is both cheaper and contains more product).

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Sleek

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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