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

A-
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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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Illamasqua Dixie Cream Blush
Illamasqua Dixie Cream Blush

Illamasqua Dixie Cream Blush

Illamasqua Dixie Cream Blush (£16.50 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “warm coral pink.” It’s a subtly warmed-up pink-coral with a satiny sheen. The color can be built up to be more true-to-pan or blended out for a very subtle flush of warm pink on cheeks. Tarte Blissful is similar, slightly less pink. MAC Posey is similar but less bright. Smashbox Blushing/Peony is milkier. theBalm Frat Boy is similar but softer. Make Up For Ever #6 is similar but less pink and lighter.

When it comes to cream blushes, don’t let the color of the pan scare you away, because of the density of creams, they often appear darker on the surface than they do when swatched. The intensity of application is in your hands! Typically, creams blend out easily and require very little product if you want just a tint of color. Illamasqua’s formula is lovely, because they provide a dewy finish that’s natural and luminous but never greasy or oily. It also works well on both bare skin and foundation. The texture is soft and creamy, and with Illamasqua’s highly-pigmented formula, I tend to use a stippling brush (like MAC’s 188) to yield light to medium color coverage. It wears for around seven hours on my skin and looks a noticeably faded after eight hours.

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Dixie

A-
If you love coral blushes and cream formulas, this is one worth checking out. The color is very flattering on both warm and cool-toned complexions because of the amount of pink in the base color. I wish it wore just a wee bit longer, though!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, February 20th, 2012

Illamasqua Expose Blush
Illamasqua Expose Blush

For Posterity: Illamasqua Expose Blush

Illamasqua Expose Blush ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is–apparently–discontinued.  I had already written up this review (and then reworded it to reflect the news) when I discovered there was no place to link to in order for readers to buy it!  This post is mostly for posterity, then, and if someone already owns it, since I couldn’t find it anywhere.  Perhaps a local store or counter has a lone one of these in stock, but otherwise…

It’s a matte, softened orange. NARS Taj Mahal is brighter, more tangerine with gold shimmer. The color can be applied intensely (think true-to-pan color) or lightly for more of a peach-orange tinge to cheeks.   Becca Damselfly is more coral. Make Up For Ever #5 is darker and more coral. NARS Exhibit A is much redder. MAC Optimistic Orange is brighter, more neon.

Illamasqua has one of the better matte blush formulas on the market, and when they really nail it, they hit it out of the park, which was the case with Expose.  Despite its matte finish, it almost has an ethereal glow when it’s blended out just right.  It doesn’t look chalky or powdery, and it wears incredibly well, still looking good after nine hours of wear.  Wonder why Expose got the axe…

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Expose

A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Blush ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as the “palest pink.” While new, it’s being added to the permanent range, so you don’t have to worry about it selling out! :) I would describe it as a blue-based, cotton candy pink–that’s just slightly muted. NARS Gaiety is much cooler and bluer. NYX English Rose is less blue-toned. MAC So Sweet, So Easy is lighter. Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink is warmer. Urban Decay Quickie is a little brighter. Chanel Tweed Fuchsia is warmer.

Bobbi Brown’s blush formula is supposed to feel silky and have long-lasting wear. The texture is very soft and smooth–it has a very finely-milled texture that applies with a mostly matte finish. What I really liked was how the matte finish didn’t make this a powdery product, which can often happen with drier, matte textures like this one. It doesn’t look dry or patchy on the cheeks either–it has a very soft, natural appearance without shimmer or sheen. I wore this last week to test out the wear, and this shade managed to last for a solid eight hours. I love that the blush can be used as a standalone product or popped out and inserted into a larger palette–even if it is a third to a half the size of your average blush.

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Nude Pink

A
It's an exceptionally nice matte blush--not dry, powdery, or chalky on, which is surprising, because it is a lighter shade! It's a soft color overall, so it's not going to produce a big pop of pink, but you can true-to-pan color if you so desire.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Nude Peach Blush
Bobbi Brown Nude Peach Blush

Bobbi Brown nude Peach Blush ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “pale nude nectar.” It recently debuted in the Neons and Nudes collection but should now be part of the permanent range. It’s a darkened peach-orange with a satin-like sheen and a faint hint of shimmer. It has good color payoff, but it’s not a blush you’d describe as intense. Burberry Tangerine is similar but darker, less peach. Chanel Espiegle is more orange, lighter. Urban Decay Indecent is more orange. MAC Melba is darker, more orange.

The texture is soft without being powdery, so it applies subtly at first but the color can be built up. There’s a soft glowy finish, because the shimmer is downplayed, the sheen is more emphasized. On my skin tone, it adds a peach glow. It should work as a blusher on light to medium skin tones, but darker complexions may find it acts more as a warm highlighter. Bobbi Brown’s blush formula, when I tested out this shade, wore well for eight hours.   I like that you can easily pop out the blushes to put into palettes, but I’m not so keen on the minimal quantity provided–0.13 oz. is about a third to a half the size of your average blush.  If you own more than a handful of blushes, you’re not likely to finish this quickly by any means, though.

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Nude Peach

A-
Soft and natural, it's hard to overdo and the finish also looks incredibly natural when applie.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color
Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Love Lust Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a dark coral with hints of orange and gold shimmer and just a smidgen of pink thrown in. There’s plenty of pigmentation–you can sheer it out for something softer, more of a sheen with a touch of color, or apply a little more for a bolder cheek. Chanel Tweed Brun Rose is more orange and matte. MAC Stereo Rose is less pink. MAC Marine Life is similar but has less shimmer. MAC Ripe Peach has less shimmer and less pink. Chanel In Love is browner.

The formula is supposed to deliver buildable color, whether you want a soft glow to a dramatic look. It’s supposed to have “the comfort of a cream” with “outstanding lumiosity” and “velvety transparency.” This powder is insanely soft; it feels like velvet against the skin–so finely milled that it really does have a creaminess to it, even though it is most definitely a powder product. The shimmer is fine, not too much, and most of it translates into a sheen rather than a shimmer. My favorite part about the formula was that this blush would wear for ten hours without fading on me. It may be one of the longest-wearing blushes I’ve tried to date.

Tom Ford Beauty is a luxury brand; it’s not just high-end, it’s luxury, which means it comes with a price tag that may inspire fainting, quips about the product being made out of gold/doing your taxes, and the like. Everyone’s budget and priorities are different, which is why I removed price from the rating system–whether it’s $1 or $100, the rating means the same thing. You’ll go through your rationalization process to determine whether something is worth it or not.

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Love Lust

A+

It's one of the best blush formulas I've come across, because of the ultra finely-milled powder that almost feels like cream and blends seamlessly across the skin--and then there's the out of this world wear.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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