Friday, June 24th, 2011


MAC Feeling Flush Mineralize Blush

MAC Feeling Flush Mineralize Blush Swatches, Photos, Reviews

MAC Feeling Flush Mineralize Blush ($23.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “melange of pink, deep blue-pink, and soft brown.” It swirls together and creates a plum-tinged pink with blue undertones and a satin sheen. The mineralize blushes from this collection have a very different texture than past mineralize blushes. These have the texture of the In the Groove mineralize eyeshadow trios–very silky smooth, soft, and really no frost or grittiness.  The overall feel is reminiscent of Chanel’s Joue Contrastes (not quite as silky).  These feel even softer and have less of a sheen the the less frosted side of the In the Groove mineralize blush duos.

Feeling Flush has good color payoff, and it’s very blendable on the cheeks. It’s a shade that will flatter darker skin tones and cooler skin tones best.  I tend to get six hours of good wear with the mineralize blushes before they begin to fade.

It’s a lot less vibrant and fuchsia compared to MAC Her Blooming Cheek, plummier and less fuchsia compared to Full Fuchsia, and pinker than MAC Overdyed. It’s actually more like a mix of Full Fuchsia and Dirty Plum.   It’s a lot less red compared to Amazon Princess, not really similar.  It is comparable to Band of Roses with slightly less sheen, maybe a little bluer.

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Feeling Flush

B+
I think mineralize blush fans will enjoy the difference in texture, while those who tended to stay away from mineralize blushes because of their often frosty finishes will find these a welcome surprise.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, June 20th, 2011


Burberry Tangerine Natural Blush

Burberry Tangerine Light Glow Natural Blush ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) is new for spring/summer, and it is a darkened, pink-tinged peach with a mostly matte finish. The Light Glow line is designed to deliver softer, more natural color, so the pigmentation level on this blush is right on target–the color payoff is there but it’s not intense or overdone.  Initially, it seemed like it was too close to Burberry’s Russet, but this is pinker, less brown. It’s not as plum as MAC Darkly My Dear Blush. It’s pinker than Chanel Espiegle, which comes across as more of a true peach in comparison.

It’s called Tangerine but there’s no accompanying official color description, and this is kind of tangerine, but it’s not the first color I’d think of when I hear the word “tangerine.”   I think it’s close enough, and with the way it’s muted down, in line enough not to merit any point deductions.

It’s a soft, easy-to-wear color on both warmer and cooler skin tones, because it’s very much a natural color, and it applies softly without being invisible. I found it impossible to overdo blush with this product, which makes really easy to use. It has a soft, finely milled texture that allows for effortless blending. You won’t have to worry about diffusing harsh lines at all, because the color stretches and blends with a seamless result.  It wears for around eight hours over foundation before beginning to disappear.

I think Burberry has done a stellar job on packaging their line, because they provide the heft of high-end with a metal compact that has the brand’s signature check printed on the outside (as well as on the powder itself).  Many high-end brands like Chanel and Dior house the majority of their products in plastic, and for $42, it’s nice to see something else.  It’s compact, sturdy, slim and portable.  It comes with a nice-sized mirror along with an angled brush (that’s actually soft enough and shaped well to make it usable).

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Tangerine

A+
For a more natural look, Burberry's Light Glow Natural Blush line is one of my favorites. The powder is so silky smooth and easy to blend that it makes the natural look a cinch to achieve.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, May 26th, 2011

theBalm Frat Boy Blush
theBalm Frat Boy Blush

theBalm Frat Boy Blush

theBalm Frat Boy Blush ($21.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as a “peachy apricot” and can be used as both an eyeshadow and blush. It’s more of a medium-dark coral-pink with very subtle gold micro-shimmer and a pearly sheen. The powder is incredibly soft–very silky and smooth–but doesn’t look powdery on at all (sometimes really soft powders can also be powdery). I was able to get good color payoff with ease; it gives a flushed look in one swipe but can be built up to something more intense with a little more product. The payoff is nicely balanced between natural and bold without being too sheer or so pigmented that you have to take care in applying it. When I tested it (over foundation, set with powder–all part of my normal routine), it wore for eight hours without fading.

The blush is on the larger side, too, at 0.30 oz. (many blushes are 0.20 oz. or less) and is housed in a cardobard palette that comes inside a sleeve (which has the same design as the actual compact). Inside, there is a small mirror framed by a football field. Though cardboard may get dinged here and there from anything in your bag with sharp corners and the like, it’s a lot less prone to scratches and breakage than plastic–and if you drop this from four feet, the cardboard absorbs more of the impact.

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Frat Boy

A+
If you're a fiend for pinks and corals, I think Frat Boy will be right up your alley. It reminds me of several popular coral blushes from the past, but the texture is really lovely and makes me want to reach for this one more.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, May 6th, 2011

MAC My Paradise Surf Baby Cheek Powder
MAC My Paradise Surf Baby Cheek Powder

MAC My Paradise Surf Baby Cheek Powder

MAC My Paradise Surf Baby Cheek Powder ($28.00 for 0.42 oz.) is described as a “peach pressed powder with gold hibiscus flower overspray.” I would consider it more like an overlay than an overspray, because it’s a significant amount of gold laid on top of the actual powder. I had to rub away a good deal to see whether it went through or not, and then wised up and dug out an actual chunk (as shown later in this post) to show that underneath is the darker orange-red. The base color of the blush is a brightened, medium-dark orange red, and the gold overspray mixes in to create a soft orange with an orange-gold shimmer and sheen.

The texture is decent but has this thin, dusty feel–despite being pigmented, the color dusts away easily, which means that it also blends out that way. Depending on how much of the overspray you get on the brush, the shimmer content will go up or down (and the less shimmer you get, the darker the color will be, too). I do recommend going easy on the overspray, because it adds up quickly.  You’re getting a good amount of product, though–nearly triple the size of your typical blush.

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My Paradise

B
The warmth of the gold overspray combined with the orangeness of the blush itself will make this blush more suitable for warmer skin tones but with enough of the gold overspray, it might just be peachy enough to work on cooler skin tones.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, April 30th, 2011


MAC Packed to Go: 4 Lips & Pressed Powder

MAC Packed to Go: 4 Lips & Pressed Powder

MAC Packed to Go was originally a duty free launch, but it’s landed online at maccosmetics.com now. It features several sets of products, and I’m reviewing three of the offerings. The reason I am not reviewing the rest is because they contain products I’ve reviewed in the past or are permanent shades. 4 Lips & Pressed Powder ($38.00) contains four lipglasses: Riviera Ready (warm light nude), Poetic License (pale apricot), Rosehips (mid-tone rosy pink), and Quick Change (mid-tone cool blue rose) along with one powder:  Belightful (gilded peach bronze). Poetic License, Rosehips, and Belightful are repromotes.

  • Riviera Ready is a warm, yellow-based nude with soft gold shimmer. It is semi-sheer on lips. C-Thru is the closest permanent gloss, but it is less warm and creamier.
  • Poetic License is a milky peach-pink with subtle pink and gold micro-shimmer. It is semi-sheer on lips. It seems closest to Florabundance.
  • Rosehips is a rosy plum with a creamy finish. It is semi-opaque on lips. It is lighter than Lust.
  • Quick Change is a rpasberry pink with lots of golden shimmer. It is semi-sheer on lips. I can’t think of a permanent dupe in MAC’s line for this, but it is similar to Korres #18 Peach lipstick.
  • Belightful is a champagne bronze with flecks of bronze glitter. The glitter is noticeable on skin but not chunky. I did feel it emphasized the texture of my skin, though. Try theBalm’s Mary Lou-manizer as a dupe.

If you’re familiar with MAC’s holiday palettes from last year, the packaging is very similar–this palette is just all black and has no special design on the outside. Each lipglass well contains 0.049 oz. of product (total of 0.196 oz.), while the powder is 0.17 oz. In the palette, you’re getting $16.72 worth of lipglass and $13.96 worth of powder (I believe the Iridescent Powder retailed for $23 for 0.28 oz.). The palette is actually more expensive than the amount of product you actually get, though you do get to try five different products for $38.

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MAC Packed to Go 4 Lips & Pressed Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

C+
The lipglasses are always sheerer in the palettes than they are in tubes, which makes application frustrating. Belightful was sheer and difficult to apply evenly.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, April 28th, 2011

NARS New Order Highlighting Blush
NARS New Order Highlighting Blush

NARS New Order Highlighting Blush

NARS New Order Blush ($27.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “soft pink with gold and silver glitter.” It’s actually listed as a “Highlighting Blush Powder,” which is important to note because then the pigmentation level here will be “soft” as described, rather than the intense pigment expected of NARS’ blushes. When NARS says glitter, they really mean it–the glitter flecks here are large and in charge. I found them incredibly noticeable on my cheeks, and later on, I found glitter in my brows and on my chin.

While a couple particles escaping wouldn’t have been a major cause for concern, the way the glittery bits just laid on the skin wasn’t flattering. It was obvious and accentuated any roughness in the texture of your skin. Instead of the glowy, luminous sheen of Albatross (which is NARS only other Highlighting Blush Powder), we have chunky glitter doing the reflecting–less glow, more disco ball, I suppose! The color of the product is a soft, cool-toned pink, and I was able to get some color on cheeks, though I would expect those with dark skin tones to find it too light. I found the texture to be on the powdery side, too.

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NARS New Order Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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The texture is a miss--a little powdery, traveling glitter--and make it less appealing. I don't think the chunky glitter really does a good job highlighting or adding sheen/glow to the skin, either; it just seems to sit there and look just like... glitter. The blush lacks refinement, and from NARS, it's something unexpected.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

5.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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