Friday, April 3rd, 2015

NARS Starscape Blush
NARS Starscape Blush

NARS Starscape Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “neon pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is slightly darker, cream. Colour Pop Homie (P, $8.00) is cooler-toned, darker. LORAC Unashamed (LE) is cooler-toned. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Savage (P) is darker, cooler-toned. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is lighter. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is darker, redder. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is similar. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

As I mentioned in my review of Silent Nude, this is a new formula that’s described as a “soft, silky texture with sheer, buildable matte color.” There’s a bit of chalkiness to the product with some powdery excess that gets kicked up as you touch the brush against the powder’s surface. The texture has that thin, slightly dry feel and the powder is firmly packed into the pan, though it isn’t stiff at least. It’s definitely less intense than a lot of NARS’ blushes have been, but it’s more semi-opaque than truly sheer, as you only need a small amount to get color to pop on the skin. It was fairly blendable but not as forgiving as NARS’ original formula. On me, it lasted for eight hours before showing signs of fading.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2015

NARS Silent Nude Blush
NARS Silent Nude Blush

NARS Silent Nude Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft beige.” It’s a light-medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Guerlain Clair / Brunettes (01) (P, $53.00) is more orange. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is pinker, darker. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is more orange, brighter. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is similar. Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is pinker, peachier. MAC Bareness (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

You are being warned… the powder blushes in this collection represent a new formula. If you gasped, so did I as I was so surprised to see the words “new formula” in my email from NARS that I double-checked to confirm. The new formula is described as a “soft, silky texture with sheer, buildable matte color.” The texture is noticeably thinner and more powdery than most of the NARS blushes I’ve tried in the past while the powder seems to be pressed more firmly into the pan. It had semi-opaque color coverage at best, but it tended to apply semi-sheer. This is a shade best suited for light-medium and fairer skin tones, as it barely shows up on my medium skin. It applied evenly and didn’t look powdery or dry on my skin, though it might not be the case if you have dry patches on cheeks (my swatching arm is a bit drier and it caught a bit on the driest area). On me, it lasted for seven hours before fading.

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

NARS Quantum Illuminating Multiple
NARS Quantum Illuminating Multiple

NARS Quantum Illuminating Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “sheer iridescent magenta.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and subtle silver and pink micro-shimmer. It is sheer, just as described, with a very thin consistency that I found difficult to spread across the skin for even color. The Multiple itself is almost dry with a velvety feel, like a cream eyeshadow that’s on its last legs and has pulled away from the edges of the jar. It seemed more like a blush with a satin finish than a highlighting/illuminating product. On cheeks, it lasted for six hours on me, and on lips, it was a painful two hours before I had to remove it, because my lips were so, so parched. I try really hard to wear things for as long as they’ll wear, drying or not, but I couldn’t make it past two hours – and I suspect it would have lasted around three at most. Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer, powder. Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is brighter. NARS Adoration (Right) (P) is powder. MAC Bred for Beauty (LE) is cooler-toned, powder. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is powder. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is powder. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $29.00) is brighter, powder. YSL Rose Frivole (02) (P, $40.00) is similar. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, powder. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is brighter, powder. Bobbi Brown Summer Pink (LE, $26.00) is similar. NYX Bourgeois Pig (P, $5.00) is powder. NARS Mata Hari (P, $29.00) is darker, powder. MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is powder. MAC Weekend Getaway (LE, $22.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Violet Atom Illuminating Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “sheer iridescent violet.” It’s a cool-toned, pinky-lavender base with iridescent gold and violet shimmer. Again, it’s as sheer as you’d expect, given the description and its categorization as an “Illuminating Multiple.” The color had an iridescent sheen to it that made it seem like a more unique shade to me. The drier, thin consistency of this product made it prone to clumping. I only was able to apply it by taking a chunk off of it, warming it between my fingertips, and then patting it and swiping at it with the edge of my finger to blend it out. The color lasted for seven hours on the cheeks, and it lasted an hour on my lips and felt like it was sucking the life out of them every second of that hour. NARS Adelaide (LE, $30.00) is more sparkly. Giorgio Armani No. 08 (P, $59.00) is pinker. MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $26.00) is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

In general, I like The Multiple most as a cheek product and sometimes on the eye, but they’re a really poor performing product on the lips, due to just how dry and silicone-like the texture is, in my experience. If you only want to use it as a cheek product, you’ll want to think of the rating as a little higher, though Quantum was still disappointing even as a cheek product. Both of these seemed exceptionally lacking in some of the glide that I’ve typically see present in the Multiple formula, and as mine are press samples, I don’t know if they’ve somehow dried out or if these new, Illuminating Multiple shades are just like that.

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5/10

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10/10

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is available in ten shades from a highlighter to a deepened red. I reviewed all of these last year after I visited a Barney’s location and saw Surratt’s range for the first time. Of all the products I swatched at the counter, I left with all ten shades–they were that impressive in texture, even after being swatched by dozens before me. I never did a roundup of them when I finished reviewing the range, and since several asked me about reviewing the range, a roundup seemed like the perfect way to dust off those old posts :) The texture is remarkable, as it is a powder product, but it is so finely-milled, silky, and smooth, that it feels like a cream, and despite all that silkiness, it doesn’t feel or turn powdery. The finish is subtle and luminous, so it’s flattering on the skin. I would love to see an expansion of the shade range to include more mid-tone and deeper shades, like a cool-toned berry, rusty brown, and medium pink.

If you’re unfamiliar with Surratt’s range, all of the powder products are designed to be put into palettes (the brand has two available, but I keep mine in a Z-Palette with magnets attached to the back). Each plastic pan comes with a thin, slide-off plastic “sleeve” that’s more substantial than a plastic insert you might find with a pan eyeshadow, but it’s not sturdy enough to really withstand being put into a makeup bag or traveling. If you just keep everything in a vanity or train case, I think you can leave it as-is without getting a palette for it.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

ColourPop Hello Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Hello Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Hello Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft pastel yellow in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, light yellow with a white base and matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and had a drier texture that tended to pill. It didn’t feel dried out per se in the pot, but it just didn’t have the same blendability or slide of the majority of the range. I couldn’t get the color to go on completely smoothly, unfortunately. It started to crease after eight hours of wear. Colour Pop One & Done (LE, $5.00) is more beige. Makeup Geek Mirage (LE, $5.99) is darker. NARS Misfit #1 (P, $24.00) is darker, more beige. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop In a Pickle Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pastel coral pink in a matte finish.” It’s a softened, light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on evenly, but it was a little drier in how it looked on the skin where it almost balled up in places and wasn’t as blendable. It wore well for nine hours before creasing. Hourglass Monochrome #3 (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S800 Grenadine (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Palpitation (104) (LE, $29.50) is darker, cooler-toned. Chanel Quadrille #3 (LE) is slightly darker. MAC Early Bird (LE, $16.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Dear Cupcake (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Daddy Super Shock Pressed Pigment ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned vibrant violet in a matte finish.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark purple with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation but wasn’t fully pigmented. I didn’t realize this was a Pressed Pigment (which means it is “not intended for use in the immediate eye area”) until I went to write up the review–it just didn’t seem vibrant enough to make me double check–so I went back and swatched/tested it as a blush as well (after having mistakenly used it as an eyeshadow). As a blush, it was fairly blendable but doesn’t feel quite as velvety and easy to use as the actual Super Shock Cheek formula. It lasted for eight and a half hours on my cheeks. Colour Pop Liaison (LE, $5.00) is darker. Maybelline Painted Purple (P, $6.99) is cooler-toned. Inglot #379 (P, $6.00) is darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Clinique Cheek Pops ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) now come in eight more shades! It’s one of my favorite powder blush formulas, so I was thrilled to see them expand the range from four to twelve, but I was even more excited to find them to be as high-performing as the original four shades. There are a lot of great things about the formula, but my personal favorite is the luminous finish that gives the skin a real glow without looking shimmery, frosted, or shiny. All of the new shades had good color payoff, long-wear, superior blendability, and were very easy to use. The weakest part of the range is how dupable many shades are, so you may find you already have similar shades in your stash from other brands. You can’t go wrong with any of the shades, and I would happily use any of the twelve. I think it’s going to come down to your own preference for color and undertone and what you might reach for more. I would love to see an almost highlighter-like shade (something champagne/beige), neutral medium rosy brown, and a cool plummy-taupe next, please and thank you!

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WARM UNDERTONES: Cola Pop (A+), Fig Pop (A+), Ginger Pop (A), Melon Pop (A-), Nude Pop (A), Peach Pop (A)
COOL UNDERTONES: Berry Pop (A), Heather Pop (A-), Pansy Pop (A-), Pink Pop (A+), Plum Pop (A), Rosy Pop (A)

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