Thursday, October 25th, 2012

MAC Easy Manner Blush
MAC Easy Manner Blush

It’s a Manner of Everyday Ease with This Blush

MAC Easy Manner Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “light dirty peach.” It’s a soft yellow-toned pink–a smidgen coral-pink. It has a satin finish, so there is an ever-so-slight sheen that’s really barely-there and just makes it look natural and not flat on the skin. MAC Legendary is more coral. MAC Rosy Outlook is similar–more matte. Illamasqua Naked is darker, pinker. Tom Ford Frantic Pink is warmer, less pink. Chanel Blush Horizon is less warm. Benefit Hervana is similar. MAC Stunner is similar but has more of a sheen.

Easy Manner is one of those shades that seems to darken when applied.  It does the same on my arm as it does on my face; on my cheeks, it looks a little less pink, but it’s definitely darker than the color in the pan.  It’s a very easy-to-wear color for light to medium-dark skin tones.  On darker complexions, I think it might get lost, but it is definitely buildable and still yielded a lot of color on my medium skin tone without having to pack it on, so it may be worth a look.  It doesn’t have a chalky base color, so it shouldn’t turn ashy.  The texture is a bit dry and stiff, but I didn’t have trouble blending out the color when I applied it (I used MAC’s 116).  This shade wore for eight hours with minor fading along the tops of my cheek bones.

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Easy Manner

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For light to medium complexions, I could see this becoming a go-to everyday blush color. I wish it was a little softer in texture, but it's a sold blush.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Burberry Earthy Light Glow Natural Blush
Burberry Earthy Light Glow Natural Blush

Burberry Earthy Light Glow Natural Blush ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a light-medium brown with subtle warm tan undertones. It has the barest sheen in its finish; not matte but not satin. Giorgio Armani #1 is similar but more beige. NARS Madly is darker, more orange. Burberry Russet is darker, redder. MAC Baby Don’t Go is lighter, less warm.

On my skin tone, Earthy is a light dusting of warmth and natural color; it’s a shade I can use as a light bronzer or as a contour. On lighter complexions, it could be used similarly, but it will be more noticeable as a blusher if desired. It will have a tendency to look invisible on darker complexions, because the color itself will be too similar to the natural pigmentation, but it might work as a finishing powder or as a highlighter on deeper skin tones. It doesn’t have an ashy base color, so it won’t look chalky on darker skin tones.

Burberry’s blush stands out for its incredibly soft, silky-smooth, and finely-milled texture.  It’s like crushed pearls to the touch.  It’s one of the softest blushes on the market, and it’s not even a smidgen powdery.  Those qualities enable it to apply beautifully and lay naturally against the skin.  It doesn’t look caked on no matter how much you apply, and it blends effortlessly.  It has good color payoff, but it’s buildable color, too.  Earthy lasted eight hours and had signs of fading after nine hours.

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Earthy

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Earthy will be most versatile on light to medium complexions. I'd recommend Russet for darker complexions to get more out of their blush.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette

A Dark, Somber Fall Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette ($88.00 for 0.43 oz.) is a glossy black compact that features a light face powder to illuminate skin “with the signature ‘Armani Glow’” and three eyeshadows–two matte shades with “intense hues” and a satin-finished illuminator. This is one of two palettes released for fall; the second one seems to be a little warmer (from the descriptions, as I haven’t seen it).

The face powder is described as “ultra-fine, “transparent,” and listed as “sheer beige.” After reading the official description, it made a lot more sense to me–and I’m glad that the brand described the product as it actually was. It is a pale, neutral-cool beige with a very subtle satiny sheen. It will best suit light to medium complexions, but it is very finely-milled and sheer that it could be used on a variety of skin tones. The base color isn’t ashy or chalky, so even darker complexions can use it as a setting powder or the like. The finely-milled texture allows this to sit beautifully on the skin–very naturally–as it melts against the complexion. MAC Baby Don’t Go is pinker.

The first eyeshadow is supposed to be the “satinized illuminator,” which Armani describes as “soft beige.” It’s a warm, golden champagne with a frosted finish. The color payoff is really as described, which is decent to good, but it illuminates as it is supposed to. It has a soft, finely-milled texture that applies very smoothly. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is very similar, a smidgen lighter. Giorgio Armani #18 is yellower. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is similar, a bit cooler-toned. MAC Femme-Fi is close.

The second eyeshadow is a medium-dark warm-toned brown with a mostly matte finish, but there is a smatternig of fine golden shimmer strewn throughout–you don’t really notice when it is applied. It had a slightly stiff texture, though certainly finely-milled, which resulted in so-so pigmentation. Dior Golden Savannah is similar but more pigmented, so it appears a bit darker. Urban Decay Snakebite is warmer, richer.

The third eyeshadow is a deep, dark matte black. There are a few bits of shimmer, but like a lot of other shades in this family, the shimmer isn’t noticeable on. The texture was soft and smooth, with rich color payoff. It similar to shades like Le Metier de Beaute Fin, Urban Decay Blackout, and Milani Pitch Black.

The double-decker palette is sleek and convenient to use, and the four shades in the palette coordinate and complement each other well.  I would have loved to see the bottom compartment feature only eyeshadow, rather than two tiny sponge-tipped applicators, though.  It would make the palette a better value.  Overall, the quality of the products included is good–the only shade that fell short was the brown eyeshadow, which could have been a little denser, more buttery, or else more pigmented.  When I wore the eyeshadows, they wore for eight hours without creasing or fading (with or without a primer), and the face powder lasted eight hours and helped reduce late afternoon shine.

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#1 Fall Collection 2012

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It's a basic but travel-friendly palette of colors. If you have a larger stash already, you likely have shades similar enough not to merit picking this palette up.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Blush ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “warm baby pink.” It’s a light-medium strawberry pink with subtle blue undertnoes against my skin tone. It looked a little cool-toned in the pan, too. The finish was mostly matte. MAC Stay Pretty is lighter. NARS Angelika is a smidgen darker and bluer-toned. MAC Weekend Getaway is similar but cream. Tarte Dollface is lighter.  It seemed darker than the original Pretty Pink that came in a palette previously.

The texture of Pretty Pink was on the dry side, but it is plenty pigmented; you can get true-to-pan color if desired, but not so much gets picked up on the brush that you can’t get a subtler look if that’s what you prefer.  I recommend building up the layers, because the drier texture made this blush less blendable than ideal once applied to the skin.  I liked that it seemed to melt against the skin, though, and the finish looked wonderfully natural on.  Pretty Pink wore well for seven hours, and after eight, there was some slight fading around the edges.

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Pretty Pink

B+
It's a pop of pink that doesn't look too bubblegum-pink on, so it will work on yellow undertones as well as on pink undertones (because it's really not very warm, if at all).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Milani Dolce Pink Blush
Milani Dolce Pink Blush

A Glowing Pink for Your Cheeks

Milani Dolce Pink Blush ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium pink with gold shimmer. Tom Ford Frantic Pink has a similar look, but it is more matte. MAC Stunner is a bit cooler-toned and has less shimmer. MAC Mighty Aphrodite has a similar coloring to the underlying pink color but not the golden shimmer. NARS Outlaw is darker, more plum. NARS Orgasm is similar.

Milani’s Baked Blush is supposed to have a silky smooth application with a luminous finish.  I think the formula is fairly comparable to MAC’s Mineralize Blush formula, so if you like that formula or you’ve always wanted to try it but haven’t wanted to pay MAC prices, you might try this range.  Dolce Pink has a fair amount of gold shimmer, and it is soft and applies fairly smoothly.  The shimmer does accentuate the size of pores a little bit (and I find this is true with MAC’s Mineralize range), but it gives a nice glow from the golden shimmer that looks more like a sheen when applied.  Dolce Pink wore for six hours well, and after seven, there was some noticeable fading along the edges.

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Dolce Pink

B+
It's a glowy, warm-toned pink that can be used wet or dry and wears for just over six hours before there is noticeable fading (based on my experience). It is very similar in feel and wear to MAC's Mineralize Blushes.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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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

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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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