Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Tarte Amused Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush
Tarte Amused Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush

Tarte Amused Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush

Tarte Amused Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.”  It’s bright, all right!  It looks practically glowing in the pan, but if you’re like me and fear more pigmented blushes, it can be blended out to look like a soft pop of pink.  It’s very easily a brightened, medium-dark pink with cool blue undertones set in a satiny finish.  There’s just a hint of sheen but nothing shimmery or frosty. MAC Overdyed has a similar intensity, but it’s less pink, more purple. MAC Amazon Princess is also less pink, more purple–but not quite as purple as Overdyed. MAC Her Blooming Cheek is just slightly less pink but similar. Make Up For Ever #3 is a bit darker.

I really like the texture, finish, and feel of the formula, but the wear definitely doesn’t get to 12 hours for me.  Amused managed to look mostly fresh for eight hours but did look noticeably faded after ten hours.  The lighter shades in the range don’t do quite as well, but these really intense shades seem to linger for longer.  The powder is very finely-milled and soft, but it’s also so soft that powder easily gets disturbed, and it’s easy to get too much on the brush.  Since this shade is so intensely pigmented, I recommend a stippling brush and/or gently tapping the excess off for light to medium color coverage.

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Tarte Amused Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
It doesn't quite meet the twelve-hour claim, so wear is where this product falls short for the most part. It is almost too soft, though it's both good and bad, as it adds to the blendability but creates excess loose powder on the pan itself as well as allows too much product onto the brush at once. The pigmentation is plentiful, and the texture is silky soft, though it almost gets powdery.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Make Up For Ever #10 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #10 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #10 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #10 Aqua Cream ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden tangerine sheen.” It’s a vibrant orange with golden shimmer-sheen. It’s borderline retina-burning, honestly! It’s approved for use on the lips and cheeks (so not eyes). Whether it’s used more opaque or sheer, it’s a rich color and applies opaque. You would use the teeniest, tiniest bit to get a wash of color for blush or a lip tint. It has a more molten, deeper hue when layered (like the heavier swatch). OCC Banjee is lighter but still bright–it’s the only shade I could think of that came close to being a dupe. A lot of the other orange lipsticks I thought off are darker.  Maybelline Fierce & Tangy is much lighter.

Aqua Creams work well on the cheeks as far as wear goes, and lower shimmer shades like #10 add color easily that also sticks around for eight hours or longer. Because it has a softer finish, it doesn’t emphasize pores, so it sits well on the skin. What I really like is that these don’t remain sticky on the cheeks, which many cream blushes do. On the lips, I find this one stains a bit, and again, because the finish has less frost in it, it is not as drying as other Aqua Creams have been for me. It’s not my first choice in lip color, because it’s not hydrating and a bit drying, but it does wear for five to six hours and leaves behind a subtle tint.

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A-
Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream is a great formula, but while I love the performance for eyes, it's not quite as stellar when it comes to cheeks/lips--so if it's not eye-safe, then the overall score is a bit less. It's good on the cheeks when it has low shimmer, but on lips, it's long-wearing but somewhat drying.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blush
Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blush

Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blush

Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blush (£16.50 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “warm rose pink” with a “dewy finish.” It’s a medium-dark raspberry pink with warm undertones and a dewy finish. It can be very opaque if you wish it to be, but it is blendable if you want softer, sheerer color (and I caution you to use a dab at a time). It reminded me of MAC Mighty Aphrodite, perhaps blended. MAC Amazon Princess is a bit darker, redder. MAC Full Fuchsia is darker, pinker. Bobbi Brown Plum is darker, redder.

Seduce wears six to seven hours on my skin, which has been normal-to-dry but closer to normal than dry (no dry patches, despite the winter temperatures!). The finish is softly dewy; it’s not slick, shiny, or oily-like in any way, but it will give the skin a glowy look. If you are very sensitive to “glow,” then this may be too much for you. I expect it will be a welcome glow for most, though. The texture of the blush is creamy and soft, and once applied, it feels like it melts against the skin, so it looks natural and doesn’t feel heavy. It also worked well over and under foundation without caking or looking patchy.

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Seduce

B+
I can see why Illamasqua's Cream Blushes are popular; the wear is good (but it has some room for improvement), and the color is buildable and blendable, which are really two must-have characteristics of a cream blush.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

NARS Gaiety Blush
NARS Gaiety Blush

NARS Spring 2012: Gaiety Blush

NARS Gaiety Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “bright candy pink.” It’s a light-medium cotton candy pink; it has a strong blue base, so it reads cool-toned. It has decent to good color payoff, but it tends to need layering and building to achieve color if you are light-medium or darker. Compared to some of NARS’ other blushes, which may be considered hyper-pigmented, it is rather soft and you won’t need a light hand with it.  It has a natural matte finish, which means it doesn’t look totally flat but still looks mostly matte against the skin. MAC Azalea Blossom is darker and purpler. I don’t think I own NARS Desire, which seems like it may not be quite as cool-toned. NARS Angelika has less of a blue-base, is more of a medium pink, and includes sparkle.

The texture is very soft and finely-milled, and the lightness in color certainly saves it from looking too cool-toned against my skin tone, so I don’t think the blue-base would make it a no-go for warmer skin tones. It will definitely flatter cooler complexions, though. When I tested the wear of NARS’ newest blush, it wore for eight hours and looked fairly good at that point.

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NARS Gaiety Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
This spring certainly has a theme: light pink blushes--and they tend to work best on light to light-medium skin tones. Though many of NARS' blushes, even their lighter shades, tend to be very, very pigmented, this one is not particularly intense. I would recommend medium-dark to dark skin tones check it out in store.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, January 9th, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane Dollskin Cheek Blush
Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane Dollskin Cheek Blush

Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane Dollskin Cheek Blush ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “muted pink beige.” It’s a medium-dark fleshy beige; it’s very skin-like in its color, and it has a nearly matte finish. There is only a hint of rosiness; if you have pinker undertones, this might be more apparent on your skin than against my yellower undertones. It has more beige in it compared to MAC Brit Wit, which looks pinker compared to this. MAC Darkly My Dear is a few shades darker and browner. It is extremely similar to Tarte Exposed, though slightly less pink. Korres Natural is browner.

The powder is very finely-milled and soft to the touch. It applies smoothly and blends out effortlessly, and because of the naturalness of the color, it’s impossible to overdo. I love blushes in this color family, because they act as a my-cheeks-but-better kind of color. They merely accentuate and emphasize the natural tones of the skin. This lightness of this color means it works best on fair to medium skin tones, while medium-dark to dark may find it to disappear against their skin tone (blushes in this tone but several shades darker would work for the darker end of the spectrum). I was really pleased with the wear of this shade; eight hours without fading.

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Neopolitan Lane

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I highly recommend this for light to medium (possibly medium-dark) complexions as an easy, wearable, everyday kind of blush. It works well with dramatic looks as well as subtle, barely-there looks. Usually when I can't think of what blush to pair with the rest of my look, I reach for this kind of color.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Chanel Brompton Road Poudre Tissee / Highlighting Powder and Blush
Chanel Brompton Road Poudre Tissee / Highlighting Powder and Blush

Chanel Brompton Road Poudre Tissee / Highlighting Powder and Blush

Chanel Brompton Road Poudre Tissee / Highlighting Powder and Blush ($80.00 for 0.50 oz.) is a limited edition powder from Chanel’s Knightsbridge collection. It’s supposed to “bring a radiant flush and iridescent shimmer to the face.” Like a lot of recent Chanel highlighters, this is one that seems well-suited for lighter complexions. It’s certainly not a blusher on light-medium or darker skin tones–on me, it gives my cheeks a bit of a washed out appearance when I used it as a blush.

The powder has a similar look as Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees, though the underlying colors are different and set-up in another design. The finish seems subtler, though, as I found Beiges Ombres Tissees to be almost too frosted.  The wear is similar; around seven to eight hours before fading, which is good.

It has a silver glitter overlay, which is actually really, really annoying. I would highly recommend taking a big fluffy brush and really decimating that top layer and brushing it off. The glitter looks atrocious on the skin, even in tiny bits. Underneath, there are two colors: a pink-coral and pale ivory. Both of these have a subtle shimmer-sheen, while the pink-coral has a subtler finish–not quite matte but nearly. It’s not practical to use the colors individually (you would need to use an eyeshadow brush), so the swirled look is a pale petal pink with yellow undertones and a shimmer-sheen.

It is much, much lighter compared to Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel, though the finish (amount of shimmer/sheen) is the same. I think Blush Horizon de Chanel is more versatile and flattering. Chanel Pink Cloud is yellower. Benefit Hervana is sheerer and yellower. Illamasqua Katie is blue-based but just as light.

This powder is one of the pricest powders I’ve purchased in the past couple of years. Even for Chanel, there was some sticker shock. The compact that’s most similar to this was Beiges Ombres Tissees–and it was $75 in August–four months later, add another $5.  The powder is hefty at 0.5 oz., which is nice, but this is certainly not a wallet-friendly blush/highlighter.

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Brompton Road Poudre Tissee Highlighting Powder

B+
The color and effect, while pretty, is most suitable for fairer complexions. For light-medium to dark skin tones, I'd recommend looking elsewhere.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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