Thursday, March 29th, 2012

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush
MAC Modern Mandarin Blush

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “red-orange” with a satin finish. It’s a muted tangerine orange with a soft sheen. I don’t catch a lot of the red in it myself, but it’s there in a very subtle way–it’s what turns it down from being true orang. In the copy, MAC said “go hip in bright red-orange” – there’s actually a lovely muted quality about Modern Mandarin that actually makes it different than a bright pop of orange would be. Becca Damselfly has a similar softness but it’s more orange and has a golden sheen. Shades like Illamasqua Expose and MAC Optimistic Orange are too orange to be similar. Make Up For Ever #5 is the closest, though it is a touch more intense because it has a matte finish, so there’s no reflective qualities to the finish to give it a lighter look.

This is one of the more pigmented shades out of the six, and you can easily get full color coverage if so desired, but a softer look is fairly easy to get as well. I could see this particular one not being as foolproof as some of the other shades, just because it has more pigmentation. It layers and builds up well, so you can begin application with a lighter hand and build up to ensure you get the right level of color you’re aiming for.  Modern Mandarin has a soft, natural finish that’s not frosted at all, so it looks natural and luminous on the skin and doesn’t emphasize pores or other skin imperfections/textures.

It has a soft feel, and the softness translates to application, where it blends out pretty easily, though perhaps not quite as easily as the other shades.  I’d still say there was no troublesome blending with it either way.  I’ve tested numerous MAC blushes in the past, and overall, they hold up between seven and eight hours. Out of this particular launch, I have only specifically tested Full of Joy (which stayed true to the average) but this morning, I applied Immortal Flower on the apple of one cheek with Modern Mandarin on the rest of the cheek (almost like a gradient–that way I can test both shades while testing out Glorify on the other cheek).  I will update this post if the wear of Modern Mandarin falls inside or outside of that seven to eight hour average.

This shade would be especially beautiful on deeper complexions (not to say it couldn’t work on lighter ones), because it offers enough pigmentation to show up but still has that softer quality that one is usually after in a springtime blush.

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MAC Modern Mandarin Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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This shade would be especially beautiful on deeper complexions (not to say it couldn't work on lighter ones), because it offers enough pigmentation to show up but still has that softer quality that one is usually after in a springtime blush.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

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Thursday, March 29th, 2012

MAC Lovecloud Blush
MAC Lovecloud Blush

MAC Lovecloud Blush

MAC Lovecloud Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright mid-tone pink” with a satin finish. This is almost a yellow-based pink, but it looks blue-based when it is applied heavily. I would err and say it is just barely cool-toned. Tarte Dollface is similar, but it has a softer sheen. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is similar but has stronger blue undertones and a matte finish. NYX English Rose is a bit lighter and cooler toned. Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink is very similar but a little less blue-based and more matte in finish.

The color coverage is definitely buildable–you can go from a soft, sheer look to a much more intense, bolder cheek without too much work. Lovecloud may be listed as a satin finish, but it bordered on frost–it had one of the strongest sheens of the six blushes from this launch. While it did not truly emphasize skin imperfections and pores, it was less naturally luminous on the skin compared to the other shades.

It felt soft to the touch without being powdery, and once applied, it blended out without difficulty when I used the 116. I’ve tested numerous MAC blushes in the past, and overall, they hold up between seven and eight hours. Out of this particular launch, I only specifically tested Full of Joy (which stayed true to the average) but hope to try a couple more shades. If there are any discrepancies, I’ll be sure to update the review to reflect that.

Because this shade doesn’t lean too blue, it should work well on both warmer and cooler complexions, and because the pigmentation level is higher, it can be suitable for a wider range of skin tones as well. I think this particular shade will be a good go-to for a transitional blush between spring and summer.

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MAC Lovecloud Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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Because this shade doesn't lean too blue, it should work well on both warmer and cooler complexions, and because the pigmentation level is higher, it can be suitable for a wider range of skin tones as well. I think this particular shade will be a good go-to for a transitional blush between spring and summer.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 29th, 2012

MAC Immortal Flower Blush
MAC Immortal Flower Blush

MAC Immortal Flower Blush

MAC Immortal Flower Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright peach.” This is an interesting color, because it looks like a soft peach in the pan, but it’s much more coral when swatched and applied to cheeks. It was a bit puzzling, in all honesty! The hue reminded me of Tarina Tarantino Feather, which is a little less pink and has a heavier shimmer. theBalm Frat Boy is more intense, but the color, when used lightly, is very comparable.

It has a satin finish, officially, but it’s almost matte. There is certainly a soft sheen to it, but it is incredibly subtle. In certain lighting, you may even think it is a matte finish! This pigmentation in Immortal Flower was not as buildable as it was in Full of Joy. There’s an underlying sheerness to it no matter how much product I applied. I would say the coverage is medium at its most intense, rather than full. MAC seemed to be aiming for a blush that was sheer and buildable, though not necessarily fully opaque.

The texture is soft, just powdery enough to allow for enough product to be picked up by the brush without having to scrape at the pan. I love how it is soft without being powdery yet still blends very easily on the skin. I suspect this is going to be one of the more popular shades out of the six from Tres Cheek, just because it has that subtle coral tint that makes it warm and wearable and perfect for summer. It was impossible to overdo on my skin tone, but it gave a nice, summery glow and flush.

I’ve tested numerous MAC blushes in the past, and overall, they hold up between seven and eight hours. Out of this particular launch, I have only specifically tested Full of Joy (which stayed true to the average) but hope to try a couple more shades. If there are any discrepancies, I’ll be sure to update the review to reflect that.

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Immortal Flower

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I suspect this is going to be one of the more popular shades out of the six from Tres Cheek, just because it has that subtle coral tint that makes it warm and wearable and perfect for summer.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 29th, 2012

MAC Full of Joy Blush
MAC Full of Joy Blush

MAC Full of Joy Blush

MAC Full of Joy Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “lavender” with a frost finish. It’s a pale, lilac-tinted pink with strong blue undertones and a satiny sheen. I wouldn’t classify it as a frost really–it’s not shimmery enough to be frosted. It has, perhaps, more of a sheen than your average satin finish blush, though. The most comparable shade I could think of was NARS Gaiety, which has a very blue base, but it’s a darker pink–this is much lighter, more spring-like. MAC Azalea Blossom is also darker, a bit purpler, too. Make Up For Ever Smooth Talker is similar in lightness but is pinker with blue undertones but lacks the lilac tint.

Despite being labeled a frost, the finish appears more luminous against the skin; it does not accentuate pores or skin imperfections. There’s a soft sheen that reflects light without being metallic. There’s a good amount of color pigmentation in this shade, though I would describe the payoff as buildable overall. You can apply a sheer layer without a fuss, but you can do a heavier application without having to apply ten layers (I just swirled my brush in the compact a bit for a heavier look). On my warmer skin tone, it’s not particularly flattering, but with a vampier lip or smoky eye, it could work. I see this working beautifully on cool-toned complexions, probably on the lighter end of the spectrum.

The texture is soft but not dense; it has the feel of a lot of MAC’s matte eyeshadows and blushes.  A little dry, and while soft, not so soft that there’s a lot of excess powder kicked up when your brush touches the surface.  It does blend well despite the seemingly dry texture (but not so dry it’s chalky or that it drags and skips).  I had no problems applying the blushes from Tres Cheek with either the 129 or 116 brushes (I prefer the latter, as the bristles are softer).

With eleven different blushes launching (over three collections) at once, I can’t test the wear for each individual shade. Yesterday, I tested this shade (Full of Joy) on one cheek with Glorify Extra Dimension Highlighter on the other. Today, I hope to do another split test involving one shade from Tres Cheek and another highlighter. This shade wore for seven hours well, and after eight, it looked a little faded, but it held up fairly well overall. MAC blushes, generally, wear between seven and eight hours on me; their mineralize products tend to wear away a little faster, but their powder products, like this blush, wear better.

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MAC Full of Joy Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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On my warmer skin tone, it's not particularly flattering, but with a vampier lip or smoky eye, it could work. I see this working beautifully on cool-toned complexions, probably on the lighter end of the spectrum.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Tarte Glisten Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush
Tarte Glisten Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush

Tarte Glisten Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush ($25.00) is a pop of medium pink with a hint of warm coral and a golden shimmer-sheen. Tom Ford Lovelust is more orange. Tarina Tarantino Parasol is pinker, less golden. NARS Orgasm is very similar. Guerlain Blush G is also similar. Rock & Republic Call Me is more coral. theBalm Frat Boy is similar in the base color but lacks the golden shimmer and sheen.

It’s lovely and all things pretty, but at the end of the day, it’s one of those shades that every brand seems to have some iteration of. Some are pinker, some are more coral, and others are more orange. They’re often more universally flattering, and coral blushes are always sought after. I like having options, and there is always room for another coral blush in my heart, I can tell you that! Tarte’s variation is gorgeous on the skin, though it wears seven to eight hours on me, which is about average for blushes (definitely not the 12 hours the brand claims).  The texture is fairly soft, though not quite as soft as their non-shimmery shades.  It has nice blendability, and the way it lies on the skin looks natural.

P.S. — The blush arrived the way it was photographed–since I really just needed the color, it still served its purpose!

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It's lovely and all things pretty, but at the end of the day, it's one of those shades that every brand seems to have some iteration of. Some are pinker, some are more coral, and others are more orange. They're often more universally flattering, and coral blushes are always sought after.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Tarte Dollface Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush
Tarte Dollface Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush

Tarte Dollface Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a brightened light pink with blue undertones and a natural sheen. The hue reminded me of recently reviewed Bobbi Brown Nude Pink, which has more of amatte finish. NYX English Rose offers a barely-more-affordable dupe with a touch less brightness. Urban Decay Quickie is similar but in cream form. MAC So Sweet, So Easy is lighter. MAC Well-Dressed seems like it would be lighter, not quite as bright.

The texture of Tarte’s Amazonian blushes is so, so soft, though it tends to kick up excess powder, so use a lighthand and look at the pan before you over-swirl!  It’s very finely-milled, which allows for superb blending and naturalness in the finish.  Dollface wore for just over eight hours, and there was certainly some hanging around after ten hours, it was noticeably faded.

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Dollface

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I wish Tarte wasn't so specific about their 12-hour claim! It's a really nice formula overall, with the exception of the wear, which I've yet to achieve a full 10 hours of, let alone 12. This is an excellent shade for an everyday blusher for cooler complexions.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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