Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Chanel Fleur de Lotus Joues Contraste / Blush
Chanel Fleur de Lotus Joues Contraste / Blush

Chanel Fleur de Lotus Joues Contraste / Blush ($43.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “joyful color.” It’s a warm coral with a hint of pink and a satiny sheen. This is definitely a color we’ve seen pop up several times over the year. MAC Fleet Fast is similar, slightly darker and has a more golden sheen. Tom Ford Flush is brighter, more matte in finish. theBalm Frat Boy is pinker. Tarte Blissful is a touch pinker, brighter, and more matte.

This shade is a Nordstrom exclusive, and it’s a very pretty, summery coral with a lovely sheen that gives the face a warm, ethereal glow.  While it seems pigmented enough, it’s hard to build up color on the cheeks, so it’s not a blusher I’d recommend for medium-dark to dark skin tones. It delivers both subtle and more medium color, so for those with paler complexions, it is easy to use without fear of going overboard.  The texture is soft, finely-milled, and not powdery.  It feels like silk against the skin and lies beautifully once applied.  Fleur de Lotus is also extremely blendable and wore for eight hours without fading.

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Fans of Chanel's silky-soft blushes will enjoy this take on coral, which isn't too orange or too pink. It has a soft sheen, no shimmer or sparkle, so it looks natural against the skin.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, August 13th, 2012

Guerlain Peach Boy Blush Duo
Guerlain Peach Boy Rose aux Joues Blush Duo

Guerlain Goes Two-for-One with New Blushes

Guerlain Peach Boy Blush Duo ($50.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains a vibrant orange-coral with a mostly matte finish and a gold-shimmered peach-coral. Combined, the two work together to create a soft gold-shimmered, light-medium coral-orange. For the dominant shade, the color is more intense than NARS Gilda but less intense than NARS Exhibit A; MAC Modern Mandarin has a soft sheen that makes it appear just a hair lighter, while MAC Out for Fun is very similar. Make Up For Ever #5 is also simimilar in color.

The lighter shade is lighter and less coral compared to Make Up For Ever #153, more golden than Tarina Tarantino Feather, and softer than Tom Ford Lovelust. Together, it reminded me of a pinker MAC Ripe Peach, more shimmered MAC Marine Life, shimmered version of Chanel Tweed Brun Rose, or gold-shimmered Tom Ford Lovelust.

Each blush duo is designed to have a dominant shade that yields a pop of color, while the smaller shade can be used blended in or used to highlight or contour.  In Peach Boy, I think it’s safe to say that the bottom shade is a highlighter, given it’s shimmering content and finish.  It definitely works that way.  The darker shade was soft, had good color payoff, but was never powdery–it wasn’t as blendable as I’d like, though it was not too stubborn to work with. I’d recommend using a light hand with the color; it builds nicely and doesn’t go on true-to-pan with one touch, but it can look heavy quickly.

The lighter shade was soft, a little creamier in a way, and blended out beautiful on the cheeks. The shimmer seemed large when I swatched, but it came together nicely on the cheek; it didn’t emphasize pores and yielded a beautiful sheen.  I liked them best together, though, as the highlighting shade alone doesn’t have a lot of color, and when they’re used blended together, you get something with a lovely sheen and just enough color.

When I tested the wear of the darker shade, it wore for eight hours and had no fading that I could note.  The lighter shade wore for eight hours with minor fading.  Together, they wore for eight hours with very minor fading along the edges.  The textures of Guerlain’s new blush duos are very reminiscent of their eyeshadow palettes, which have a drier texture–just a bit firmer–but still finely-milled and soft.  The duo comes with a brush, which was soft enough to be usable, though I still preferred to use a full-sized brush. Also worth mentioning is that the powder is lightly perfumed (in line with other Guerlain powder products).

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Guerlain Peach Boy Rose aux Joues Blush Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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The concept of a blush duo is great--you get a little more bang for your buck, because you get two colors instead of just one, and because the two are meant to work with each other, so you have a lot of layering opportunities available.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, August 9th, 2012

NARS Gilda Highlighting Blush
NARS Gilda Blush

Gilda the Good Blush

NARS Gilda Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “perfect coral with a hint of red.” It’s an orange-coral with a little burnt red tinge and matte finish. NARS Exhibit A is much more intense, deeper, and redder. MAC Modern Mandarin is brighter with a satin finish. Make Up For Ever #5 is richer in color but similar in color. MAC Out for Fun is a cream blush but very comparable in color.

The hint of red is readily apparent in this blush, and for some, it may bring out any underlying redness and give that sunburned look that’s less-than-lovely.  If you don’t have a lot of natural redness in your cheeks, this should read prettily on your skin.  The texture is soft, finely-milled, and looks natural against the skin. Despite the matte finish, it doesn’t look dry or flat, and it never accentuates pores or skin imperfections.  Gilda has good color payoff, though you don’t have to fear too much about overdoing it–you don’t need a feathery hand like you do with Exhibit A. It’s buildable, blendable, and a good alternative to Exhibit A if it just seems too intense for you. When I wore this, Gilda lasted for a full eight hours and didn’t have any fading at all.

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It's buildable, blendable, and a good alternative to Exhibit A if it just seems too intense for you. If you already own Exhibit A, you can always just use it really, really lightly, because the two look fairly similar when applied.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, August 6th, 2012

NARS Gaiety Highlighting Blush
NARS Gaiety Blush

Once More with… Gaiety!

I reviewed this blush just seven months ago when it originally launched with NARS’ spring collection. This is mostly a summary and an update with newer, better quality photos along with the diffused flash/studio lighting for the full face photos along with an updated list of potential dupes (based on added product swatches).

NARS Gaiety Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “bright candy pink.” It’s a cool-toned cotton candy pink with strong blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. I remember some readers inquiring about its similarity to NARS Desire, which I did not own previously, but now that I do, I can say that it’s far, far different–Desire is darker, richer, much more intense overall. MAC Full of Joy is lighter, more purple. MAC Peony Petal is darker, pinker. MAC Azalea Blossom is more purple. MAC Briar Rose is pinker.

Gaiety has a soft, touchable texture that’s finely-milled but not powdery. It delivers decent color payoff, but with it being a lighter color, it will take some layering to achieve true-to-pan color on medium to dark complexions. On lighter skin tones, it’s a very wearable pale pink with blue undertones–perfect for those with similarly cool undertones. I re-tested the wear, and it still wore well; a solid eight hours with very minimal fading along the edges.

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It delivers decent color payoff, but with it being a lighter color, it will take some layering to achieve true-to-pan color on medium to dark complexions. On lighter skin tones, it's a very wearable pale pink with blue undertones--perfect for those with similarly cool undertones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Chanel Rose Initiale Joues Contraste / Blush
Chanel Rose Initiale Joues Contraste / Blush

Chanel Rose Initiale Joues Contraste / Blush ($43.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as “peach pink.” It’s a subtly yellow-toned medium pink with subtle peach shimmer that translates into more of a sheen. Tom Ford Frantic is much lighter and warmer–less pink. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is much more blue-based. MAC Subtle Breeze is a smidgen darker, no shimmer. Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel is lighter and looks a bit warmer on cheeks. MAC Stunner is much lighter. MAC Mighty Aphrodite is less pink. Chanel Pink Explosion is a little lighter and blue-based.

New and not listed as limited edition (!), Rose Initiale will be a lovely go-to, everyday kind of color on light to medium-dark skin tones, regardless of undertone. It’s not too warm or too cool-toned. On deeper complexions, it may disappear somewhat, but I think it’s going to be a color that’s right on the edge, so if it really appeals to you, still check it out. The pigmentation is true-to-pan, and it’s buildable but blendable, so you can achieve the intensity you desire up to the color in the pan. Because the shimmer is very subtle, it looks and acts as more of a sheen; it doesn’t emphasize pores.

The texture of Chanel’s Joue Contraste formula (including this shade) is soft, silky-smooth, and a wee bit powdery because of just how finely-milled it is. Thankfully, it doesn’t look powdery at all on the skin. It has a very natural consistency and texture once applied. When I wore Rose Initiale, it managed to look good for a solid eight hours. It was starting to fade after nine hours.

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It's a surprise blush color for fall, but I think it's incredibly wearable by a variety of skin tones. It wears well, blends beautifully, and has buildable color.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

NARS Outlaw Blush
NARS Outlaw Blush

NARS Fall 2012: Outlaw Blush

NARS Outlaw Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “soft rose with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark raspberry pink with a faint golden shimmer-sheen. MAC Mocha has a similar base color without the golden sheen, a little more red-toned. MAC Star Wonder is similar but a little lighter. Illamasqua Ambition is lighter, paler. MAC Plum Foolery is plummier. theBalm Cabana Boy has more plum in it and no golden sheen.

It looks like Outlaw is being added to the permanent range, as it is not noted as limited edition with the fall collection (only the eyeshadow trio and nail polish are). The color is undoubtedly gorgeous; it seems like a shade that would be wearable on a variety of complexions. Working with it was troubling–trying to do a heavy swatch required a lot of scraping of the product to get enough loose for decent pigmentation. The texture was so dry that it was almost unmoveable, which led to really disappointing color payoff, sheerness, and patchy color overall.

Sometimes this can happen but will be less of a problem during application–this was not that case–it was difficult to blend out the color once applied.  The pigmentation seemed a bit better, because I was able to really loosen the powder by jabbing my blush brush into the pan, but trying to apply and blend it out around the edges was a more frustrating effort.  The wear of Outlaw was seven hours with minor fading around the edges.  Overall, the color is beautiful, but it needs major improvement on the texture. It’s not the highly pigmented, soft, blendable formula NARS describes it as.

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Outlaw

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Overall, the color is beautiful, but it needs major improvement on the texture. The texture was so dry that it was almost unmoveable, which led to really disappointing color payoff, sheerness, and patchy color overall.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3/5

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