Monday, September 30th, 2013

theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette
theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette

This is part two of our review of theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette ($42.50 for 1.21 oz.), so if you missed the first part, check out this post.

A1 is a soft, pink-tinged mauve with a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and it was soft and buttery to the touch, so it applied smoothly and evenly. Urban Decay Bordello is pinker. MAC Circa Plum is darker, purpler. Giorgio Armani #27 is darker. See comparison swatches.

B1 is a light beige with neutral-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color payoff, but the texture was so soft that it turned a bit powdery. Urban Decay Bleach is yellower. LORAC Cream is pinker. theBalm Matt Smith is a touch cooler-toned. theBalm Adagio is also a bit cooler-toned. Urban Decay Anonymous is satiny. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is similar. See comparison swatches.

C1 is a soft, light-medium yellow gold with a frosted finish. It had decent pigmentation but was somewhat powdery. Illamasqua Precipice is a cream product. Disney Sand in the Glass is darker. Urban Decay Vanilla is lighter. MAC Nylon is more frosted. Chanel Pearl River #2 is similar. See comparison swatches.

D1 is a yellow gold with a frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff, though the texture felt soft, finely-milled, and smooth. NYX Hot Yellow is lighter. NARS Goldfinger is similar. MAC Gorgeous Gold is also similar. bareMinerals Standing O is lighter. Inglot #403 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Second Officer is a cool-toned, blue-based muted red with a satin finish. On cheeks, as it tends to be applied more lightly, it turns to a pinkish-red coloring, and then on lids, it is more opaque and bolder. It lasted for five and a half hours on lips but was quite drying, while it lasted for eight hours well as a blush. MAC Keep It Casual is not as cool-toned. See comparison swatches.

First Officer is a medium-dark, peachy orange with a satin finish. It wore well for four and a half hours on lips but was drying, and then it wore well for almost eight hours on cheeks. Chanel Preesage is lighter. MAC Out for Fun is similar. Illamasqua Rude is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Captain is a plummy pink with a satin finish and cool undertones. It had full color coverage when applied to lips, but once again, it was drying when worn, though it lasted for five hours. As a blush, it wore well for eight hours. Illamasqua Peaked is lighter, more plum. Chanel Fantastic is brighter. Illamasqua Seduce is more plum. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Kevyn Aucoin Fira Pure Powder Glow
Kevyn Aucoin Fira Pure Powder Glow

Kevyn Aucoin Fira Pure Powder Glow ($37.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a fiery, red-orange with a satin finish. NARS Taos is more muted, shimmery. NARS Liberte is browner, more muted. NARS Exhibit A is most comparable, but it seems slightly muted when put side-by-side, and it is not as red-toned. MAC Hidden Treasure is redder, darker, more muted. See comparison swatches.

If you fall head-over-heels for intensely pigmented blushes, keep reading; and if you run in the opposite direction in fear, keep running. Fira is so richly pigmented–I see this working particularly well on deeper complexions–but it’s totally workable on even fair skin tones. You doubt me, but the texture is ultra-soft, finely-milled, and very blendable. The blendability enables the color to be diffused and softened on the skin to yield a subtle color. Of course, you’ll want to use a light hand and a feathery brush (like a fan or stippling brush) to avoid applying too much product right out of the gate, because a little goes a long, long way. The more it gets worked into the skin, the more luminous the finish becomes, but it never emphasizes pores. Fira wore well for eight hours when I wore it very softly, and when I wore it more heavily, it lasted well for almost nine hours.

P.S. — This is the last of my Kevyn Aucoin blush reviews! Hope you enjoyed :)

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If you fall head-over-heels for intensely pigmented blushes, keep reading; and if you run in the opposite direction in fear, keep running. Fira is so richly pigmented--I see this working particularly well on deeper complexions--but it's totally workable on even fair skin tones. You doubt me, but the texture is ultra-soft, finely-milled, and very blendable.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Friday, September 27th, 2013

Kevyn Aucoin Natura Pure Powder Glow
Kevyn Aucoin Natura Pure Powder Glow

Kevyn Aucoin Natura Pure Powder Glow ($37.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium brown with hints of peach and rose, along with white shimmer over a satin finish. NARS Madly is browner, darker. NARS Douceur is less warm-toned. MAC Baby Don’t Go is less warm-toned, lighter. MAC Harmony is less shimmery. Burberry Earthy is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

I must admit, the shimmer I saw in the pan and in the swatch had me a little worried on how it would translate to skin, but somehow, it manages to work nicely without emphasizing pores or looking sparkly or shimmery. I think a good portion of the shimmer/gets trapped in the bristles of my blush brushes, so little appears on the skin when applied. Depending on your skin tone, this could work as a blush, bronzer, highlighter, or contour powder. On my medium complexion, it’s a subtle contour or a barely-there bronzer. The texture was silky, soft, and finely-milled without being powdery, and the powder applied evenly and smoothly on the skin. It had fairly good color payoff overall but is a more buildable product than one that starts off intensely pigmented. It wore well for just over eight hours, and after nine hours, I saw some light fading along the edges.

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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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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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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 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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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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