Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Tarte Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.41 oz.) contains six eyeshadows and one blush housed in a rectangular-shaped palette. It’s a warmer-toned set of matte neutrals paired with a frosted pink-coral blush. The colors work well together, and they were usable without primer, but Tarte’s formula here is one that will benefit from having the smoothness of a primer for the color to adhere to, for both better color payoff as well as easier blending, and then of course, longevity. Also, interesting thing to note is that this is priced the same as the Showstopper palette, but Poppy Picnic contains a lot less (0.41 oz. vs. 0.73 oz.).

Glisten is described as a “golden peach pink.” It’s a pink-coral with golden shimmer and a frosted finish. The texture was thin and dry, where the shimmer particles sometimes separated from the base color. If patted into the skin with a firmer blush brush to start, it helped a lot to keep the color together. It had semi-sheer color payoff that I could only build to semi-opaque coverage. The color lasted for seven hours on me, which was surprisingly short (especially since it’s supposed to last twelve!). This shade is also available individually in the permanent range, which performed better for me, when I reviewed it three years ago. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Summer Breeze is described as a “cream.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that was just a smidgen powdery. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sweet Tea is described as a “tan.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture had a silkiness to it that made it very blendable, even on bare skin, and it had mostly opaque pigmentation. It started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ice Cream Cone is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a blackened brown with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the texture was slightly thin so it needs the help of a primer to go on smoothly and blend evenly. It stayed on for seven hours for me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Barefoot in the Grass is described as a “nude.” It’s a light-medium peach with strong, orange undertones and a matte finish. It’s a bit powdery, but it applies fairly smoothly and blend well. It had decent to good pigmentation. On me, it creased after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Peach Poppy is described as a “peach.” It’s a softened orange with a matte finish. The texture was thin and a little powdery, so it was prone to sheering out and only had semi-opaque pigmentation. It lasted for seven hours on me before creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Picnic Basket is described as a “brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff but was a little powdery, so it didn’t adhere as well to bare skin. It was buildable, though, and was fairly blendable when I used it. On me, it started to crease after seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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8/10

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8/10

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7.5/10

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette
Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette

Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette ($38.00 for 0.73 oz.) is a new, limited edition round compact that features six eyeshadows and three cheek products. It’s a decent to good eyeshadow palette, and though none of the shades are particularly unique, it may be nice for travel. The one thing to keep in mind is you may need to take your own brow bone/highlighter shade, as the cheek highlighter is pretty over-shimmered relative to the finishes of the eyeshadows. I think last year’s Rainforest After Dark palette was better coordinated, though, as the really warm-toned blush doesn’t complement the eyeshadow shades as well as it could. The quality is about the same, and I think if you normally use primer and like the colors included, you may really enjoy the palette. Most of the shades wore a little shorter on me, which brought down the overall rating.

Fame is a brightened pop of medium orange with warm, reddish tones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff with what seemed like a soft, silky consistency in the pan, but it wasn’t as blendable as it could have been in action. Though Tarte touts the wear of the formula at twelve hours, it lasted for eight and a half hours on me.
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Park Ave Princess is a dark brown with subtle, yellowish undertones and a semi-matte finish. You can find this in their permanent range as well, and if you have more than a handful of Tarte palettes, you probably have it in another palette as well! It had good pigmentation with a lightly powdery texture that was blendable on the skin and wore for eight hours. I feel like every version I have of this product is a little different than a past version; the one in this palette is a bit darker and less warm/red. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Pink is a brightened, pink-tinged white with a metallic sheen. It had a really soft, blendable consistency that yielded great pigmentation that could be applied easily on the skin. I recommend applying with a very feathery brush (I used a fan brush), as it can emphasize pores. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Showstopper Copper is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and silver sparkle. It had good pigmentation with a silky texture that ran thin but was still blendable and easy to work with. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Go for the Gold is a softened, dirty gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was slightly dry and thin, which gave it a semi-opaque result on the skin, while it had a tendency to sheer out further when blended on bare skin. It lasted for six and a half hours before creasing. This was the kind of eyeshadow that greatly benefits from a primer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

You’re a Natural is a muted, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff that had a soft, silky texture. It could get a smidgen powdery in the pan, but it applied evenly and blended well on the skin. On me, it started to crease after seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Steel the Scene is a medium-dark, taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that was really easy to blend on the eye. It wore well for eight hours before I noticed slight creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Rose to the Top is a darkened, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, blendable texture that was dense and creamy. The color lasted for eight hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dim the Lights is a deep, dark brown with neutrla-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It is more pigmented than it appears in the swatch, but the texture is a little powdery and doesn’t stick as well to bare skin, though it was buildable enough when I was using it on my eye in practice. It was fairly blendable and stayed on for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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8.5/10

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Urban Decay Crush Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Crush Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Crush Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium pink.” It’s a subtly, cool-toned medium pink with a satin-matte finish. MAC P.S. I Like You (LE, $22.00) is a cream product, warmer. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (LE) is slightly darker. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned, cream. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, cream. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is more luminous, darker. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is similar. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Crush had buildable pigmentation that ranged from sheer to semi-sheer, while semi-opaque coverage was still achievable through three (light) layers. It didn’t feel like I had to pack it on over and over again to get visible color on my medium complexion, but it’s not an intensely pigmented formula (and it’s not supposed to be) right off the bat, so deeper skin tones may need to apply multiple layers. The powder had a silky, smooth consistency that ran thin and could kick up excess powder, because it seemed quite delicate, but it didn’t look powdery on the skin at all and was easy to blend out. The finish is mostly matte, but as the blush is worked and blended into the skin, there’s an ever-so-subtle sheen. It wore well for eight hours before fading.

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10/10

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9.5/10

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

ColourPop Rain Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Rain Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Rain Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone lavender in a matte finish.” It’s a lightly pink-tinged, medium lavender with subtle, cooler undertones and a semi-matte finish. Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Clinique Pansy Pop (P, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid (LE) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is a cream-based formula that is billed as having buildable coverage with the greatest coverage achieved by applying with fingertips and the least by using a stippling brush. It was sheer to semi-opaque, depending on your application and how much you layered, but it always appeared slightly lighter applied than it did in the pan–I think the pink tone comes through more. The texture was lightly creamy, fairly blendable, and sat well on the skin, while it lasted for almost nine hours on me. This one wasn’t quite as blendable as other shades I’ve tried in the formula, but it wasn’t too difficult to use. It is a good option for someone wanting to try purple blush but doesn’t want to break the bank!

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9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Urban Decay Bang Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Bang Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Bang Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “bright red-orange.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a very subtle golden satin sheen. Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is lighter, less red, cream. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is lighter. YSL Corail Affranchi (07) (P, $40.00) is lighter, cream. Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is redder, darker. Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is more orange, cream. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted. Maybelline Coral Burst (LE, $5.99) is more shimmery. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is similar. NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is redder. MAC Optimistic Orange (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Chanel Frivole (P, $45.00) is lighter, less red. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This particular shade is one of the deeper, brighter, and more intensely pigmented ones out of the twelve-deep line-up. It had more semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation, which remained blendable, so you can apply less or blend down for sheerer color, but I wouldn’t consider it sheer coverage. The brand’s positioned the formulas a both sheer and buildable, so the richer pigmentation may be good or bad, depending on what you were looking for, but this is a shade that will work really well across skin tones as it is vibrant and pigmented enough to show up across the spectrum. It had a really lovely finish that was not quite matte but not quite satin; the more it was buffed and worked into the skin, the more luminous the finish became. On me, it actually ended up wearing nine hours, which is better than advertised.

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9.5/10

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7.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Urban Decay Video Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Video Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Video Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “soft nude.” It’s a softened, medium brown with warm, lightly rosy undertones and a semi-matte finish. Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is slightly more orange and shimmery. Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is cooler-toned, cream. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is warmer. MAC Liberating (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter, yellower. Too Faced Peach Beach (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is rosier, more shimmery. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is darker. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is rosier, darker. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is rosier, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to offer “sheer … wearable, buildable color” that’s “extremely blendable” and wear for “eight long hours.” It’s buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that builds to true-to-pan color overall. The texture is soft, silky, and smooth without being too powdery–there is some excess powder kicked up along the edge of the pan–that sits well on the skin and doesn’t accentuate pores or the skin’s natural texture (I’m currently a little dry on my cheeks). It was blendable on the skin, and the color lasted for exactly eight hours before it started to fade away.

As an aside, I had hoped that this would appear cooler-toned (this has no impact on the rating)! I thought it might be able to double as a contour, but it’s still rather warm-toned, so it isn’t the most natural contour on a lot of skin tones. I think Urban Decay’s new color range could have really benefited from a cooler, rosier brown blush (and they’re so hard to find!), especially since Kinky is fairly similar applied. Maybe next time! :)

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