Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Make Up For Ever S852 Neon Pink Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever S852 Neon Pink Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever S852 Neon Pink Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a vibrant, neon fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satiny finish. It appears more matte when applied heavily, but as it is blended and sheered out, the satin finish becomes more apparent. Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Acid #9 (P, $9.99) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Savage (P) is very similar. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is darker. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is more shimmery. NARS Desire (P, $29.00) is similar. Milani Shocking Pink (P, $5.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Magenta Madness (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Sugarpill Dollipop (P, $12.00) is less magenta. Make Up For Ever #26 (DC, $20.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s an incredibly bold, bright, and off-the-charts pigmented blush. A little goes a long a way, and I highly recommend using a stippling brush and building up the color to your desired intensity as it is extremely rich in color. The finish gets more luminous as it is blended and buffed into the skin, so used as a blush, you can really appreciate the subltly of the finish. If you were to use it in its fully opaque form, it appears mostly matte. The texture is smooth, lightly creamy–like a cross between cream and powdery, and is fairly blendable (but it could be somewhat easier to even out on the skin). It wore well for nine hours on me, and I didn’t have any staining when I removed it, but if applied more heavily, it may stain. This is another shade that’s part of the Artist Shadow line but is labeled “Blush” on the packaging and product as it is not considered eye safe in the U.S.  Sephora is now showing which shades are really blushes under “How to Use.”

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Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I922 Electric Purple Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever I922 Electric Purple Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever I922 Electric Purple Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a vibrant, violet purple with cool, pink undertones and a satiny sheen. Ardency Inn Royal (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Urban (P) is slightly more shimmery, a touch darker. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is more muted. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (DC, $8.25) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Of all the shades in Make Up For Ever’s massive (original) eyeshadow range, #92 was iconic. It was that bold, bright, deep purple with a matte finish that so many people had to have (myself included), so it was a real surprise to see how much they changed it in the new formula. I had asked specifically what shade replaced #92 in the new range, and the answer was consistently I922. The finish is obviously different, as the new one has a satiny, pearly sheen and the original had a matte finish. The original was also darker overall, so they’re not too similar in color or finish. I don’t remember if #92 was actually eye safe or not, but I922 is listed as a “Blush” rather than an eyeshadow, even though it is lumped with all of the eyeshadows.

It was intensely pigmented with a soft, lightly creamy (but it is more powder than cream) consistency that blends fairly easily on the skin. Applied with a lighter hand, it takes on a pinky-lavender coloring rather than the richer violet you see in the heavy swatch. As a blush, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Rougeur Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Rougeur Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Rougeur Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “classic rouge.” It’s a lightly brightened, raspberry red with subtle, cool undertones and a satiny sheen. Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer, cream. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is lighter, more muted. Bobbi Brown Berry (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Keep It Casual (LE, $20.00) is warmer, cream. Chanel Rouge (LE, $45.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s quite pigmented with a soft, velvety texture that feels almost like a cream but is definitely a powder. It’s a deeper, richer shade that would be excellent on all skin tones, though you may need a light hand and the right brush in your arsenal if you are light-medium or fairer. Applied with a lighter hand, it takes on more of a raspberry pink look and as it is blended out, the finish becomes more and more luminous–but never emphasizes pores–that’s natural and gives skin life. The color lasts eight and a half hours on me before fading.

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow Cheek to Chic Blusher
Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow Cheek to Chic Blusher ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium, almost cool-toned pink with a pearly, golden sheen. The golden shimmer/sheen makes it seem warmer overall, but the pink itself reads cool-toned. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (P, $6.99) is less golden. Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is brighter. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is a touch lighter. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is brighter. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is warmer. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Gentle (P, $27.00) is similar. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is brighter. NARS Orgasm (P, $34.00) is more shimmery and warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s the finish that makes this blush sing–it’s luminous without being metallic or frosted, so it doesn’t emphasize pores while giving skin a really lovely glow and flush. It had good color payoff, and it had a soft, velvety, finely-milled consistency, which helped the powder apply easily and sit well on the skin. When I tested it, the color lasted for eight hours before fading. The blush is easiest used swirled together, because neither are that large on their own, so you’d really need to use smaller, more precise blush brushes to fit into them. You can read my other reviews for this formula here.

The brand has launched in the U.S. today at Nordstrom, Beautylish, NET-A-PORTER, Bergdorf Goodman.

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Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Tom Ford Softcore Contouring Cheek Color Duo
Tom Ford Softcore Contouring Cheek Color Duo

Tom Ford Softcore Contouring Cheek Color Duo ($77.00 for 0.70 oz.) contains a highlighter and blush. Though pricey, as far as Tom Ford goes, the duo is actually a bit of a steal–it contains 0.70 oz. of product, which is over double the amount of product contained in a Cheek Color single (0.28 oz.), and those retail for $55. There was some confusion in regards to which duo was named what, but I purchased one of each direct from the Tom Ford Chicago boutique, and Softcore (featured in this post) is the darker, plummier shade, and Stroked is the lighter, more coral shade. I wish Softcore’s blush color was cooler-toned–more berry than plum–and its highlighter shade pink-toned so that the duos would be more distinct. (I also like the idea of giving a cool and warm-toned option for better coverage of the spectrum of skin tones.) The quality of both shades was nice, long-wearing, and blendable.

Highlighter (Softcore) is a light, warm-toned peach with a shimmery finish. It is less yellow compared to Stroked’s highlighter. It had excellent color payoff, and a little goes a long way. I felt like this one was more shimmery than the highlighter in Stroked. It read more metallic on the skin, and it did slightly emphasize pores, though it lasted for ten hours before fading. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is pinker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is more beige. Urban Decay Highlighter (P) is similar. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is a touch lighter. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is lighter, less peach. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Contour (Softcore) is a lightly brightened, reddish plum with warm udnertones and a satiny finish. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. It is very, very pigmented and the merest touch of the brush to the surface yielded plenty of color for application. The consistency is not quite as dense or as buttery as the highlighter, though. It wore well for eleven hours before fading. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. NARS Seduction (P, $29.00) is darker. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base
MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base

MAC Artificially Wild features two new, limited edition shades of MAC Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.). Shell is also being repromoted (but it is part of the permanent range). For those unfamiliar with Cream Colour Bases (also known as CCBs), they’re described as a “versatile and multi-purpose” product that can be “applied directly to bare skin, or layered over foundation, moisturizer, or powder.” You can “apply with a brush, sponge, or fingers.” The color payoff ranges “from a light veil to highly dramatic, depending on method of application.”

I struggled a lot with these, because both shades felt even more emollient–almost greasy–than most CCBs. When I wore then on the eyes, I kept having to pat the CCBs back into place, but they would just pull right into the creases within a few minutes and remained very emollient. I tried applying eyeshadows on top to set, but it creased within a few hours. Then, I tried to wear each shade as a contour color, which worked better but they had to be dabbed on as they were very emollient and would sheer out very easily. Normally, I don’t have so much trouble working with CCBs, and though they don’t wear long on their own, setting usually keeps them in place for a more reasonable length of time–but it didn’t seem to be the case with these two. The best results I had were from dabbing the more shimmery shade on the brow bone or along the tops of cheek bones, as it seemed to last a bit longer and didn’t slide as noticeably.

MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dirty mustard olive.” It’s a dirty, yellowed green with warm, olive brown undertones and a satiny sheen. This shade had semi-opaque color coverage that was more buildable. It lasted six hours on cheeks. Divergent Intrepid Moss (LE) is a powder, more shimmery, browner. MAC A Harvest of Greens #3 (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery, powder. MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $15.00) is a powder, greener, less yellow. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Breaking Ground Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light iridescent mauve.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark taupe with a purple/gray leaning. It had a more frosted finish, which applied semi-opaque at most but naturally wanted to apply sheer. This one was even more prone to sliding around, and I couldn’t get the color to build much more than semi-opaque. It lasted for five hours on the face. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker, powder. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is powder. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is darker, powder, warmer. MAC Parlor Smoke (LE, $15.00) is darker, powder, less shimmery. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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