Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Aveda Hibiscus Petal Essence Face Accents
Aveda Hibiscus Petal Essence Face Accents

Aveda Hibiscus Petal Essence Face Accents ($24.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as a “nude highlighter to soft coral to bright coral.” Together, the blush swirls to create a subtly pink-tinted coral with a soft, beige-champagne shimmer-sheen finish and warm undertones. Tarte Curious is pinker. Too Faced Sweethearts is lighter and pinker. bareMinerals The Natural High has a stronger gold sheen. MAC Fleet Fast is darker. NARS Deep Throat is similar. Because this is a split-pan blush, it can be applied lighter/darker depending on how you swirl your brush. The individual shdaes consist of a deep, rich orange-red with a satin finish; light-medium rosy beige with a satin finish; and champagne beige with a champagne sheen.

This blush is easiest to use altogether or concentrating on two of the three shades, because each strip of color just isn’t wide enough to accommodate most blush brushes. It is supposed to ve scented with lavender, though I couldn’t really smell it in the pan or on. All three individual shades were very, very pigmented, so when applied together, the result is just as rich in color payoff, but the texture is very soft and smooth. It can be sheered out to a lighter color or built up for something more intense. It has a delicate satin finish, so there’s just barely enough shimmer to give cheeks a natural glow but nothing frosted or metallic, which means pores are not emphasized either. Hibiscus lasted eight and a half hours on me, and I saw signs of fading after nine hours of wear.

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It's a very richly pigmented blush, and if you like the idea of being able to lighten/darker the general color, this is one to consider. I only wish that the strips were a bit wider to better use them individually!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

MAC Stylish Me Blush
MAC Stylish Me Blush

MAC Stylish Me Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “deep dirty mauve [with a satin finish].” It’s a muted, reddish-brown with a champagne shimmer-sheen and neutral-warm undertones. Burberry Russet is more matte but very similar in color. MAC Poised is lighter and browner, much less red. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is more plum. MAC Stratus is much darker and richer in color with a stronger plum coloring. MAC Darkly My Dear is a bit less brown/warm and matte. MAC Notable is more plum, less red/warm.

Stylish Me had great pigmentation that applied true-to-pan but can be layered, sheered out, or built-up, depending on your intensity preference. The texture was very soft and finely-milled, which made it easy to blend and apply on the skin. It wasn’t powdery, and it sat well on the skin. There’s a delicate shimmer in the finish that translates into a healthy glow as you work and blend the powder on the skin, and it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It lasted eight hours well on me, and after nine, there was noticeable fading.

P.S. — The Nudes & Metallics Collection may be frustrating to find. When it launched in PRO stores on the 18th, every store I called was sold out of over half the collection already. The online launch date has been pushed to mid-June (no specific date was given). It is supposed to be for PRO only, which may mean that it is restricted to PROs only even online, but you should be able to call MAC PRO at 1-800-387-6707 and order (for anyone, PRO and non-PRO alike) per a LiveChat I did this morning.

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Stylish Me

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The best part of this shade is its finish; glowy, delicate, and natural and looks fantastic on the skin. It has good pigmentation and can be easily sheered our or built-up to match your preference.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

MAC Barefaced Blush
MAC Barefaced Blush

MAC Barefaced Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone warm nude [with a satin finish].” It’s a medium, slightly subdued, warm brown with hints of orange/tan and a satiny sheen. NARS Silvana is warmer, lighter, yellower in tone. NARS Madly is very similar–a smidgen browner, at most. Burberry Earthy is more matte and browner. MAC Poised is rosier but if you have pink undertones, it may appear similarly on. MAC Equilibrium is browner.

It has a beautiful finish; the satin sheen gives it a glowing, pearly look that gives the skin a healthy glow without emphasizing pores. The color payoff is fantastic–true-to-pan and buildable–and should work well as a blush on fair to medium-dark complexions (it may get lost on deeper skin tones and work more as a highlighter). The texture is soft, smooth, and silky, and the powder blends out easily on the skin. It lasted almost eight hours well; there was a bit of fading along the edges but no patchiness.

P.S. — The Nudes & Metallics Collection may be frustrating to find. When it launched in PRO stores on the 18th, every store I called was sold out of over half the collection already. The online launch date has been pushed to mid-June (no specific date was given). It is supposed to be for PRO only, which may mean that it is restricted to PROs only even online, but you should be able to call MAC PRO at 1-800-387-6707 and order (for anyone, PRO and non-PRO alike) per a LiveChat I did this morning.

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This is a great neutral blush, particularly for warmer complexions, that adds a little color but nothing too dramatic. The finish is incredibly flattering, and the texture and payoff are excellent as well.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Dior Pink Glow (001) Nude Tan Paradise Duo
Dior Pink Glow (001) Nude Tan Paradise Duo

Dior Pink Glow (001) Nude Tan Paradise Duo ($56.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a split-pan powder that features a bronzer and blush, and each of those is split as well into a lighter and darker section. It comes with a small, domed brush (like a buffer brush) as well.

Pink Glow Bronzer is a light-medium, peach-orange with a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, was buildable, and the texture was incredibly soft and silky, so it was a cinch to apply and blend the bronzer on the skin. This shade wore well for eight full hours and was just starting to fade after nine. Guerlain Terra Ora is shimmery and browner. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless is browner. Illamasqua Disobey is darker, browner, less orange. MAC Optical is less orange.

Pink Glow Blush is a subtly warm-toned, pink-coral with a subtle, satin finish. It had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t buildable to totally true-to-pan color (slightly shy of, so not terribly sheer but not opaque as it could be). It lasted eight hours well but had noticeable fading after nine hours of wear. NARS Boys Don’t Cry is bolder, brighter, and more orange. Guerlain Pink Punk is similar–perhaps a touch pinker that won’t be detectable if the two are applied and blended out. Burberry Blossom is a bit brighter. MAC Supercontinental is lighter. MAC Fleet Fast is darker. Tom Ford Flush is brighter. Tarte Blissful is somewhat brighter.

I don’t think owning both this and Dior Coral Glow is necessary. The bronzers differ the most between the two, while the blushes are more similar than not–the Coral Glow Blush is warmer and less pink (more orange) but on, it’s hard to differentiate between the two. Coral Glow’s Bronzer is yellower and darker, but applied, again, the differences can get lost if they aren’t applied heavily. The difference is going to be most visible on very fair skin and on cooler complexions, but light-medium and darker complexions will likely see less of those differences in practice.

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Dior Pink Glow (001) Nude Tan Paradise Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you prefer pinker corals, you may prefer this over Coral Glow. I think the two are similar enough that having both isn't necessary (and more of an indulgence--a nice-to-have), since they look rather similar once applied!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Dior Coral Glow (002) Nude Tan Paradise Duo
Dior Coral Glow (002) Nude Tan Paradise Duo

Dior Coral Glow (002) Nude Tan Paradise Duo ($56.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a split-pan powder that features a bronzer and blush, and each of those is split as well into a lighter and darker section. It comes with a small, domed brush (like a buffer brush) as well.

Coral Glow Bronzer is a medium orange with peach and brown undertones (to keep it from being a full-on orange or tangerine) with a nearly matte finish. It had good color payoff, which was also buildable. The texture was incredibly silky and finely-milled, so it felt smooth and was easy to blend during application. Because it is lighter and has more yellow in it, I think it may work for anyone who finds peachy blushes and shades do well to camouflage or minimize redness found on their cheeks. This shade wore eight full hours on me, and after nine, there was a smidgen of fading. Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Bronzer is darker, browner. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless is a bit browner. Burberry Summer Glow is more shimmery and browner.

Coral Glow Blush is a warm-toned, medium pink-tinged coral with a subtle satin finish. It had fantastic color payoff–very true-to-pan but also buildable and blendable so you can adjust the intensity to your preference with ease. The texture was soft, silky, and very smooth; really, it was the kind and type of feel you expect and want out of high-end powders. The blush wore well for eight hours, and it wasn’t until after nine that I could see it starting to fade. NARS Boys Don’t Cry is several watts bolder an brighter, plus matte. Guerlain Pink Punk is a smidgen pinker. MAC Supercontinental is lighter. MAC Fleet Fast is more subdued and has a stronger sheen. Tom Ford Flush is very similar, perhaps a touch pinker. Tarte Blissful is a little pinker and brighter.

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Dior Coral Glow (002) Nude Tan Paradise Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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The texture was soft, silky, and very smooth; really, it was the kind and type of feel you expect and want out of high-end powders. Both shades had nice color payoff, were buildable and easy to blend out.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Bobbi Brown Pink Rose Blush
Bobbi Brown Pink Rose Blush

Bobbi Brown Pink Rose Blush ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “dusty pink.” It’s a softened, medium-dark pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. NARS Mata Hari is a bolder, brighter version. MAC Prom Princess is darker and cooler-toned. MAC Subtle Breeze is a smidgen cooler-toned.

It’s supposed to be a “silky-sheer powder blush that … gives cheeks a … natural-looking pop of color” with a matte finish and long-wear. It can be applied as a veil of sheer color, and in fact, does better when applied that way, but it is buildable to heavier color. Pink Rose had a stubborn texture; dry, stiff, and difficult to work with. It was challenging to dislodge enough product to get even, consistent color, and the powder didn’t want to blend easily on the cheeks, either. I really felt like I had to jab at the surface to get any color payoff or product out of the pan. It’s a shame as the color cold be very workable on both cool and warm-toned skin as a subtler, everyday kind of shade but also as something more dramatic once built up. The product managed to wear mostly intact for about eight hours, but it was hard to determine, as it looked patchy initially (so, so difficult to blend!).

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Pink Rose

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The color could have been very versatile, but the texture prevented this blush from working well -- it was stiff and dry, which made it hard to get color to apply and then even harder to blend it out.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

2.5/5

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