Sunday, December 15th, 2013

bareMinerals Crystallized Collection
bareMinerals Crystallized Collection

bareMinerals Crystallized Collection (was $54.00, now $38.00) is a holiday set that’s already on sale, so I guess the timing of this review still works out since now you can get it for even more of a steal than before! It contains eight products, and most of them are full-sized. Everything is in silver-hued packaging. The standsout in the kit are definitely the Eyeshadow Duo (but I’m such a huge fan of the formula, that’s not a surprise) and lipstick.

Presto is described as an “almond satin.” It’s a pale, golden beige with a frosted, almost metallic, sheen. It also had flecks of fine copper sparkle that didn’t seem to combine well with the base color (they seemed to sit on top). I wouldn’t have described the finish as satin at all. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. It wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches.

Abracadabra is described as a “shimmering slate.” It’s a medium-dark gray with a frosted, metallic sheen. The color payoff was good, and the consistency was soft and smooth. It wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches.

Mesmerized is described as a “dark charcoal.” It’s a dark, warm-toned gray with a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff when applied dry or wet. It lasted eight and a half hours before fading slightly on my lash line. See comparison swatches.

Steam is described as a “silver shimmer.” It’s a brightened, silvery white with golden edges and a frosted, metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation and lasted eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches.

Golden Gate is a soft, rosy plum with a frosted, sparkling finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was finely-milled and velvety. It wore well for seven hours, and it did somewhat emphasize pores. See comparison swatches.

Hypnotist is described as a “holographic violet-peach.” It’s a color-shifting shade of pink that goes from pink to violet to coral. It looks almost like it’s a pink flame. However, this only looks that way sometimes; it shifts other times to a pale, millky pink. It’s a chameleon, and for that reason, I don’t have dupes for this one. The formula was light-medium in weight, non-sticky, and lightly hydrating for the two hours it lasted. It had sheer color coverage, which is in line with how it’s marketed (bareMinerals says it has “sheer, pure color”).

Break Away is described as a “luscious mauve.” It’s a warm-toned, rosy plum with a satin-matte finish. It had full, opaque color coverage. The texture was lightly creamy, easy to apply without it tugging on the lips, and wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches.

The kit also includes a full-sized Lash Domination mascara and Dual-Ended Shade and Line Brush (works all right, nothing special, nothing horrible).

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palette

Crystallized

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Presto

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9/10

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9/10

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10/10

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Product

9.5/10

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9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

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Thursday, December 12th, 2013

MAC Sweet as Cocoa Blush
MAC Sweet as Cocoa Blush

MAC Sweet as Cocoa Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “brown with pearl [with a Sheertone Shimmer finish].” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark brown with very fine copper and bronze shimmer. It had a satiny finish–just a little luminosity and sheen. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is lighter, rosy. MAC Exotic Ember (LE, $25.00) is darker, browner. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is slightly warmer and less brown. Bobbi Brown Bahama (LE, $38.00) is rosier, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Sweet as Cocoa is part of MAC’s permanent range, which means it can also be purchased in pan-form for $17, and there’s no mad dash to grab it! It had good color payoff that was mostly buildable from medium coverage to full coverage.  On my medium complexion (with a light application), it adds warmth, luminosity, and a subtle reddish-brown color. This could work well as an every day color for medium and deeper complexions. The subtle shimmer yields a lovely glow when buffed and blended into the skin, and it doesn’t emphasize pores at all. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade.  The only downside is that the texture is a little on the drier side; it could be softer and more finely-milled.

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Sweet As Cocoa

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Too Faced Peach Beach Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush
Too Faced Peach Beach Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

Too Faced Peach Beach Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush ($29.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “shimmering peach,” “rose pink,” and “shimmering light golden bronze.” Swirled together, it creates a light, champagne-shimmered, medium brown with a soft, rosy tint. It had a lightly frosted finish. Charlotte Tilbury First Love (P) is slightly darker, warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is browner. MAC Seasonal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Margin (P, $21.00) is warmer, more shimmery. MAC Barefaced (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Chanel Espiegle (P, $43.00) is pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Like Something About Berry, powderiness characterized the texture of this powder. That powderiness resulted in sheerer, softer color–it’s just prone to sheering out as soon as you go to blend it–and didn’t contribute happily to wear time, either, as this was noticeably faded after the six-hour mark. I have had this experience with a lot of baked products, so if you have experienced better wear out of baked blushes and the like, consider your own experience as a good starting point. This particular shade will work best on light-medium skin tones or fairer complexions, as it was nearly lost against mine; there is a subtle brown-ish warmth but it’s very, very subtle. This shade was a lot less pigmented compared to Something About Berry, which contributed heavily to why it was rated even lower.

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Peach Beach

D+

Like Something About Berry, powderiness characterized the texture of this powder. That powderiness resulted in sheerer, softer color--it's just prone to sheering out as soon as you go to blend it--and didn't contribute happily to wear time, either, as this was noticeably faded after the six-hour mark.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Too Faced Something About Berry Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush
Too Faced Something About Berry Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

Too Faced Something About Berry Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush ($30.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a trio of “shimmering mauve pink,” “golden peach,” and “shimmering magenta pink.” Swirled together, it creates a brightened, medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a warmer, golden beige shimmer for a soft, frosted finish. Tarte Crave (LE) is less shimmery, warmer. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is lighter. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is a touch lighter. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is lighter, slightly warmer. MAC Star Wonder (LE, $23.50) is darker. See comparison swatches.

The Sweethearts blush is a baked formula, which Too Faced says “allows it to truly work on all skin tones–the blush can be applied as a beautiful buildable finish.” The size of the blush will allow you to apply all three together, or you can lean a little more towards the left (warmer) or to the right (cooler). To use them individually, you’d have to use a really small brush, so it’s not practical for most. The color was buildable, and the deeper pink shade is fairly intense, so fairer skin tones will want to pay attention to how much they apply or else tap off excess product on the brush (even soft brushes pick up a lot of product). However, because the texture is powdery, it is prone to sheering out more than it is to building up, so pat on for more intense color before blending too much–oilier skin types (or apply over liquid foundation just before it fully dries down) may not experience this as much. The texture is powdery–you’ll want to use your softest blush brush to minimize the excess that gets kicked up. On the skin, it doesn’t look powdery, though, and it only slightly emphasized pores, while it wore well for six hours before showing signs of fading–both of those traits are common to baked formulas, in my experience.

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Something About Berry

C+

The texture is powdery--you'll want to use your softest blush brush to minimize the excess that gets kicked up. On the skin, it doesn't look powdery, though, and it only slightly emphasized pores, while it wore well for six hours before showing signs of fading--both of those traits are common to baked formulas, in my experience.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, December 9th, 2013

Benefit Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain
Benefit Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain

Benefit Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain ($30.00 for 0.42 fl. oz.) is described as a “candy-orchid tint.” It’s a cool-toned, pinky-lavender with blue undertones and a satin sheen. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Blush (LE) is shimmery, powder. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is a powder, lighter. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is shimmery, powder. MAC Peony Petal (LE, $21.00) is powder, lighter. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is powder. See comparison swatches. (Note, I couldn’t think of any dupes that mimiced the lip stain aspect.)

Lollitint applied to lips was horrific; my lips looked shriveled and terribly dry (I spared you the close-up–it was a total train-wreck). It’s something that I think could be worn as a base, but you’d need something nicely hydrating on top to bring back moisture and smoothness to the lip. It almost had a slightly stinging sensation for the first half a second it was applied, and I tried it on two separate occasions and had the same feeling and end results. It applied somewhat evenly, but it doesn’t stain the lips evenly–it absolutely stains, though. I don’t recommend swatching this on an area you don’t want pink-tinted for the next two days! On lips, the stain aspect seems to last four hours or so. It was unbearably drying, unfortunately. I’m not sure why, but the wear and feel of Benefit’s stains totally varies from shade to shade when it comes to wearing them on lips.

On cheeks, it was infinitely better, both in terms of application as well as the final result. It has a very thin consistency, but it’s not so thin that it’s water-like. You’ll want to work one cheek at a time, as it dries down fairly quickly and doesn’t remain blendable for long. I liked fingertips best for blending and maneuvering the color on the skin. It does apply more easily over bare skin, but I was still able to pat and blend over foundation. You can also apply this more heavily onto bare skin, then apply your foundation and use only light coverage on cheeks–the color will still come through! If you have a liquid foundation that takes a bit longer to dry, it’s particularly nice to apply this when your foundation is still slightly wet. It wore well for ten hours on bare cheeks–at the very least–and that was with a light-handed application.

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Lollitint

B+

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Fyrinnae Nordic Angel Powder Blush
Fyrinnae Nordic Angel Powder Blush

Fyrinnae Nordic Angel Powder Blush ($6.50 for 0.21 oz./6 grams) is described as a “vibrant pinky-peach blush.” It’s a warm-toned, pink-tinged peach with a barely-there satin finish. Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P) is more shimmery. Tarte Darling (LE) is less pink. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is lighter, pinker. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is darker, a cream product. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $21.00) is similar. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is slightly pinker. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches.

You may have seen this when I reviewed Winter Romance yesterday, and since so many of you asked about it, I tested it straight away. It’s a new shade for their winter collection, and it’s available in full-size or sample size ($1.75), and I bought just the sample size, which should yield plenty of uses. Also, worth noting, it is listed as lip-safe but not eye-safe. The finish is incredibly well-done; it’s almost matte but has just enough luminosity that it looks like the skin’s natural dewiness when applied. The more you buff and blend the blush into the skin, the more it comes out. It’s quite pigmented, and I preferred to lightly tap out some of the loose blush color into the lid, and then pick up the color with my brush from there. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend on the skin. It wore well for almost eight hours on me.

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Nordic Angel

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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