Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Chanel Star Dust Joues Contraste
Chanel Star Dust Joues Contraste

Chanel Star Dust Joues Contraste ($43.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “shimmering soft pink.” It’s a pale, yellow-toned pink with golden shimmer and sparkle. NARS Undress Me is actually similar in color, but it has chunky glitter in it. MAC Launch Away is darker, brighter. MAC Crew is a little darker. MAC Flower Fantasy is more frosted. Chanel Brompton Road is very similar. Chanel Pink Cloud is similar–more frosted. Benefit Hervana is a little darker and matte.

It’s a really pale color even in the pan, so it’s only going to be a blusher on light complexions. On medium to dark complexions, it’ll be more of a highlighter. It’s true-to-pan color–it’s just so light in the pan that it’s not going to work as a blush for some–but it never looked chalky on.

The texture is so, so soft–like silk–and finely-milled! It applied smoothly and was a cinch to blend out.  I was extremely surprised with the way this looked on the skin, because the sparkle-content worried me.  It was almost like wearing a Glossimer but made for cheeks–it had a very refined, subtle quality.  A little dazzle, a little zing, but it wasn’t chunky or gritty or really glittery on.  It did not emphasize pores either.  I wore this twice last week, and both times, it lasted for eight hours without fading.

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Star Dust

A
A really well-done blush with sparkle; it doesn't overdo it and has a subtle, sparkling effect that works beautifully on the skin. It can work as a blush or highlighter on light skin tones, but it will be more of a highlighter for medium to dark skin tones.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, September 27th, 2012

MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush
MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush

What’s the Perfect Cheek Look Like Anyway?

MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “neutral pink beige.” It’s a rosy pink with neutral undertones and a matte finish. MAC Have a Lovely Day is similar but in cream form. Illamasqua Ambition is similar in color but also has shimmer. MAC Pink Cult is grayer.  This is a repromote, though it’s been awhile.

The color is buildable, and it had good color payoff; you won’t have to pack it on if you have a deeper complexion. Because it is a medium color, it won’t look too dramatic on lighter skin tones even if used heavily.  It had a soft, finely-milled texture that was easy to blend and diffuse on the skin.  I used MAC’s 116 brush to apply to cheeks, and it had a lovely natural look–didn’t look too dry or the like, even though it has a matte finish. There’s no powderiness, so it tends to “melt” into the skin once applied.  I wore the original that came out previously earlier this week, and it wore for eight hours with very minor fading around the edges. I’ll be testing the latest iteration for wear today. If there are any discrepancies, I’ll be sure to update.

Keep in mind, online retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Bloomingdale’s will also launch the collection online. These retailers typically launch close in time to the in-store release date (October 4th).

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The Perfect Cheek

A
It had a soft, finely-milled texture that was easy to blend and diffuse on the skin. This type of color is easy to wear, because it looks natural and pairs well with a variety of looks.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, September 27th, 2012

MAC Legendary Blush
MAC Legendary Blush

Will This Be the Next Legendary Coral?

MAC Legendary Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pale soft coral.” It has a satin finish. The color is a subdued pink-coral with a subtle golden shimmer-sheen. Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight is very similar. theBalm Don’t You Want Me is darker. Tarina Tarantino Feather is similar. MAC Immortal Flower is pinker and has no shimmer. MAC Supercontinental is much more orange and brighter.

The texture was soft but a little stiff. It had decent color payoff, though I did need to build up the color to get it to show up on my coloring (about NC30, for reference).  What was nicest about the blush was its finish; it gave just a glimmer of sheen and glow, but it didn’t emphasize pores or look frosted.  The finish was natural and lovely.  I wore this yesterday after swatching, and it managed to last seven hours without fading but after another half hour, it looked faded around the edges.

Keep in mind, online retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Bloomingdale’s will also launch the collection online. These retailers typically launch close in time to the in-store release date (October 4th).

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Legendary

B
If it was a little softer, it would be easier to blend and apply better. I also wish it wore for a full eight hours! I think this works best on light to light-medium complexions.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Buxom Swept Away True Hue Blush
Buxom Swept Away True Hue Blush

Fair Maidens Get Swept Away with Buxom

Buxom Swept Away True Hue Blush ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “peachy nude.” It’s a pale peach with a hint of pink and a subtle sheen. MAC Stay By Me is actually a bit similar. NARS Sex Appeal is a bit more peach, less pink.  It has a lot in common with Sex Appeal, as it’s the kind of shade that isn’t universal but works really well for some.

Buxom’s True Hue formula is supposed to be “silky, sheer, and ultra-buildable.” It’s both sheer and very, very light in color, period, which means it’s not really an appropriate shade for my coloring (it’s just hard to see it!). From what I was able to see and gather from trying it out was that it’s mostly buildable, but it did seem to be just shy of true-to-pan color even when layered heavily. This was actually more likely due to the slightly dry texture, which made getting color more difficult than had it had a softer, creamier texture. Applied to my skin, it worked more as a highlighter; there was a soft, barely-there shimmer-sheen–nice and glowy–without much color. It looked nice, and the glowy sheen lasted a full eight hours on me. I would only recommend this shade for fairer complexions, though.

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Buxom Swept Away True Hue Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
If the texture was a little softer, it would be more buildable, and then it'd be really as marketed. This is a particular shade that will be best on those with very fair skin who like soft color, because the pan color is fairly light!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Buxom Euphoria True Hue Blush
Buxom Euphoria True Hue Blush

Buxom Adds a Little Euphoria to Your Day

Buxom Euphoria True Hue Blush ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “lively coral.” In the pan, it looks like an orange-coral, but when I swatched it, the color was much more medium orange with a more tangerine-like hue when blended out. Illamasqua Expose is darker, less bright. MAC Optimistic Orange is a touch darker. NARS Gina is browner, more subdued.

Buxom’s True Hue formula is supposed to be “silky, sheer, and ultra-buildable.” While I was less impressed with Luvitate, Euphoria was much better! The texture was softer, more finely-milled without being dry nor powdery, while the payoff was sheer as advertised–but buildable, also as advertised–so you can use it without fear of overdoing it while medium and deep complexions can still use it, too.  The soft texture made it easy to apply, layer, and blend out Euphoria on the skin.  It wore for a full eight hours with no noticeable fading.

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Buxom Euphoria True Hue Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

A
I'm so pleased that Euphoria turned out to be a much better performer than Luvitate! Now, I'm eager to see how other shades in the range perform.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Tom Ford Narcissist Cheek Color
Tom Ford Narcissist Cheek Color

Ooh! You’ll Need a Pair of Sunglasses for This One!

Tom Ford Narcissist Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a subtle fuchsia-pink sheen. NARS Desire is more blue-based and lighter (but if you use it lightly, they look more alike). MAC Florida is more magenta. Tarte Amused is a touch lighter. MAC Her Blooming Cheek is more fuchsia. Make Up For Ever #3 is similar. Make Up For Ever #75 is more magenta.

This shade is deliciously bright! It’s rich in color, incredibly saturated, and bright without being neon. It’s bold, dramatic, and buildable. It’s a very pigmented shade, so you will need to use a light-hand if you want softer, sheerer color. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooth, which aids blending; it easily softens and diffuses with a flick or two of your brush. If you only use it lightly, there are definitely similar shades on the market; if you want to use it so it looks more true-to-pan, then you’ll see the differences start jumping out at you. When worn softly, it almost looks like a plum-kissed raspberry pink. I wore this shade last week, and it lasted a full ten hours on me without any fading.

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Narcissist

A+
Because it's so pigmented, it will show up readily on even the deepest complexions. Ultra fair complexions should be ready to use a light hand, but it absolutely can be worn softly. There's a noticeable cool undertone, but it's not too blue-based, so it will flatter both warm and cool skin tones.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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