Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as “tangerine.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a satin finish. YSL Corail Affranchi (07) (P, $40.00) is more muted. YSL Orange Fougueux (04) (P, $40.00) is redder. Maybelline Coral Burst (LE, $5.99) is powder. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is lighter, shimmery, powder. NARS Rotonde (LE, $41.00) is lighter, powder, matte. MAC Optimistic Orange (LE, $21.00) is redder. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The HD Blush formula is a soft, creamy, lightweight, and extremely blendable. You need that blendability because it is also a highly pigmented formula, but it can easily be applied with a light hand for sheer color or built up for true-to-pan color. The texture feels creamy initially but dries down to a powder as you apply and blend it into the skin, but the powder dry down is still blendable, so you never feel like you have to hurry. #515 wore well for nine hours on me before starting to fade slightly. This is the last shade I had to review, and you can read all my past reviews for other shades here.

The Glossover

P
product

#515 HD Blush

A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Guimauve Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Guimauve Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Guimauve Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light, subtly cool-toned pink with a satin finish. On me, it looks almost warm-toned, because the natural yellowness of my complexion come through, but if you have naturally cooler-toned skin, it will appear more true-to-pan applied. Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is darker. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is slightly darker, warmer. Urban Decay Blush (P) is brighter, darker. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Chanel Inspiration (64) (P, $38.00) is warmer, cream. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is darker. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is a touch brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush is like creamy silk; it’s so soft and finely-milled that it almost feels like a cream blush, but it is, in fact, a powder. Despite its softness, it doesn’t feel or turn powdery. It was easy to apply and blend, but this shade was less pigmented than others in the range. The color was buildable to about mostly true-to-pan opacity if desired, but unless you’re fair, you’ll need at least two layers to get it to show up on your skin. As the blush is blended on the skin, the finish becomes luminous and glowing but doesn’t emphasize pores. On me, this shade wore well for eight hours before it showed signs of fading.

The Glossover

P
product

Guimauve

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as “raspberry.” It’s a rich, raspberry red with subtle cool undertones and a satin finish. Chanel Chamade (67) (P, $38.00) is lighter, pinker. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is darker, powder. NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Keep It Casual (LE, $20.00) is redder. Chanel Rouge (LE, $43.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

As I mentioned previously, I’m generally a fan of Make Up For Ever, and their newer HD Blush range is one of my favorite cream blush formulas on the market. It feels like a lightweight, thin cream going on but dries down to powder as it is blended into the skin, but it remains blendable even in its “powder” form, which is why it’s so easy to work with. It’s very pigmented, so you can go light or heavy, depending on your preference, though it is forgiving if you’ve used too much. #510 was incredibly pigmented, and it wore well for nine hours before fading but seemed to stain just very slightly (for about an hour and a half after I removed it). You can read my reviews for other shades here.

The Glossover

P
product

#510 HD Blush

A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Troy Surratt Cantaloup Artistique Blush
Troy Surratt Cantaloup Artistique Blush

Troy Surratt Cantaloup Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “golden melon.” It’s a pop of yellowed orange with a soft, satiny sheen. Guerlain Orange Blush (LE) is more matte, darker. Givenchy In Vogue Orange (P, $44.00) is darker. MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $21.00) is darker, more orange, less yellow. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Fresh Honey (LE, $25.00) is similar. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is a bit more muted. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The description for the formula is short: “Flushed cheeks with an aura of vitality. Naturally glowing finish. Shades range from demure to provocative.” I think what is most noteworthy about the formula is really the texture; it is incredibly soft and silky but not powdery–almost like a cream as it is so buttery and smooth. I was very surprised at how soft and lightweight the blush was, even after the tester had been swatched many, many times by otherse (they often get hardened over time because of the natural oils we have on our fingers). It applies nicely to the skin with even, smooth color that blends easily and really nails that “naturally glowing finish” aspect. There’s a little luminosity to the color that breathes life into the face but never emphasizes pores. The color had good pigmentation and was buildable to true-to-pan color, if desired. On me, Cantaloup lasted eight hours before starting to fade.

The packaging is specifically designed as minimalistic, as they’re meant to be slotted into the brand’s compacts. It is sturdy enough to be used as is, but it is a thinner plastic, so if you do a lot of traveling, a compact might be a worthwhile investment. A large compact fits three blushes; a small compact fits two. It would be nice if they had a more mega-sized version for at-home use, perhaps less so for traveling.

The Surratt Beauty range is carried exclusively at Barneys, so it wasn’t until this past April when I was out of town and happened to be near a Barneys, that I was able to check out the Surratt range (it was actually quite unplanned, and my wallet is still recovering!). I bought this, along with other things (more to review and share soon, hopefully); you can purchase online or call Roger Toledo at Barneys in Scottsdale, AZ at 602-337-6010.

The Glossover

P
product

Cantaloup

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

MAC Corol Blush Duo
MAC Corol Blush Duo

MAC Corol Blush Duo ($33.00 for TBA oz.) is consists of two blushes, with them being split unevenly–the lighter shade covers about two-thirds, while the plum shade is about a third of the compact. It is larger than MAC’s normal blush compact–more like their Beauty Powders. It is packaged in a rubberized black with gold trimmings. What you really need to know is that the texture is incredibly stiff and stubborn to work with: all swatches required use of a metal spatula to scrape off layers of powder. Once layers were dislodged, I was able to jab at them with a brush to loosen and apply, but the powder in the compact felt almost like plastic to the touch. After it was loosened and crushed into a fine powder, the actual texture from there was softer and fairly blendable–but getting to that point required extreme measures. It took a fair amount of product to get “decent” color payoff, even after scraping away at it. It did not improve with use, unfortunately, and I’m pretty sure I caught it laughing evilly at me. I don’t know if I’ve encountered quite as stiff of a powder as this that wasn’t really plastic–I am totally flabbergasted that this made it out of production.

I purchased an additional Corol through maccosmetics.com to see if it would be any better. I’m happy to report that it is better in texture–there was no need to scrape layers off.  The texture was soft, a little powdery, and the lighter shade was almost chalky, but the consistency of the powder was infinitely better than the one I received as a sample.  When I compared the two powders together, I noticed that the lighter side darkens after you remove a few layers.  At first, I thought the shades differed, but after I brushed away several layers from the second powder, the two matched.  A few readers also reported that their powders were manageable, which is great news.  The original rating was 0.5, 3, 4, 6.5, and 0.5 for the powder as a whole; I’m updating the rating to reflect the consumer version available based on the one I purchased but leaving the original review so that we have a complete story going forward.

Corol #1 is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-coral with a hint of pink and has a matte finish. I couldn’t get pigmentation to show up with a brush or sponge applicator; I scraped off layers of product, which I was then able to smash into a finer powder, and that is what I could apply. I had two options: show you bare skin, or at least show you what the color could look like (with some extreme measures taken) so we could talk dupes instead, because the product is quite difficult to use. At best, this lasted six hours on me (from what I could distinguish). Hourglass Diffused Heat is pinker, but it is one of the closer shades that is also permanent. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is darker. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is darker, more shimmery. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is nearly identical. Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss (LE) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Corol #2 is described as a “mid-tone neutral plum.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle warm undertones and a satiny sheen. The texture of this one was only marginally less difficult to work with, but I still took a metal spatula to it to scrape away product, which I then smashed and manipulated so it turned into a loose powder. The problem is just swiping it with a brush, sponge, etc. yields nothing–it just doesn’t give color out at all. This shade wore well for six and a half hours before fading away. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Corol

B-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!
LE
product

Corol #1

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
LE
product

Corol #2

B-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush
Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush ($52.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “highly pigmented blush” that is liquid in form. The brand recommends using a single drop for application. They weren’t kidding, because this is insanely pigmented; a single drop may still be too much product. One bottle might last you a lifetime, and that really doesn’t feel like an exaggeration; I wish they had reduced the bottle size and dropped the price. There are three shades available, all are permanent, and I’ve only just tried the one featured here. Next time Giorgio Armani has a sale, I might pick up the other two shades–we’ll see! It’s a great product, but the price point will make you think twice, even if it contains more than enough product (it’s just so much that it seems like a waste, rather than a value).

Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush ($52.00 for 0.60 fl. oz.) is warm, coral-rose with a satin-matte finish. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, powder. NARS Taos (P, $29.00) is powder. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s intensely pigmented–a little goes a very, very long way. I don’t even think a single drop is useful; I think it’s far too much! It is better to take a little bit off of the applicator with a brush or palette knife, because then you can dab and stipple it on gradually. Once applied, it dries down to a powder-like finish that is still somewhat blendable, though it is best blended while it is setting. The texture is lightweight, never tacky, and very comfortable to wear. The finish is almost matte but still gives the skin signs of life–it’s not flat. It lasted for ten and a half hours before slightly fading, and it leaves a very slight stain behind on the skin that seems to fade away within two hours of removal.

The Glossover

P
product

#500

Temptalia Recommends
A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →