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Hourglass Euphoric Fusion & Iridescent Flash Ambient Strobe Lighting Blushes

01/07

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Euphoric Fusion

Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush ($38.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a soft, medium pinky-plum with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. The powder was incredibly smooth and finely-milled, though it kicked up excess powder in the pan and looked dusty when swatched, but the more I blended it out, the smoother and more luminous it looked on the skin (without looking dusty or dry). It had medium, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque) and the shimmery finish never emphasized my skin’s natural texture. The color stayed on well for eight hours before fading on me.

The Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder is designed to have the “illuminating effects” of their Strobe Lighting Powder with “vivid cheek colors.” The formula features “buildable color” with a “natural-looking, radiant finish.” The texture of the powder is very, very silky and finely-milled, which can result in noticeable powder that gets kicked up in the pan, though they apply beautifully to the skin and never look dry or dusty actually applied (which is where it counts!). One of the things I have noticed over the years is that the depth of color can vary dramatically depending on the marbling of the powders; some have more of the “Strobe” shade and others have more of the “blush” shade.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Euphoric Fusion
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blushes

01/06

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush

Wrapped Candy

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is rich, medium-dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and cooler, violet and pink pearl. It was richly pigmented, and a little went a long way, but the soft, blendable consistency made it easier to control and work with on the cheeks–essential characteristics for something darker and pigmented. As I blended out the powder, it became more luminous and the cooler shimmer made it read cooler than it looked in the pan. The blush started to fade after ten hours of wear.

The Extra Dimension Blush formula is supposed to have “long-wearing colour with prismatic reflections” that wears for “10 hours.” The formula is typically very pigmented with a soft, smooth texture that’s firmer in the pan but not difficult to use–I had no issues grabbing color with even my softest brushes–and has no dustiness or powderiness in the pan. The blushes are usually blendable with a luminous glow on the cheeks that did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. With MAC’s newly-added permanent shades, the wear time has ranged from eight to ten hours.

MAC Extra Dimension Blush Wrapped Candy
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

01/09

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple

Navagio Beach

NARS Navagio Beach Sheer Pop Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is a medium gold with warm undertones and a subtle, pearl sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a smooth, lightly emollient texture that glided across bare skin exceptionally well.

The new, limited edition formula is supposed to be a “buildable formula that delivers sheer, high-impact color on lips and cheeks,” and it’s also said another way: “pairs vivid color with a weightless touch,” which seems to suggest that the “sheer” quality is more with respect to the feel of the product than the coverage. That being said, the coverage seems to be “buildable” but still “vivid.” On my skin tone, this color worked more as a highlighter than a blush, but on very fair skin tones, it may also add subtle warmth. It applied best and easiest over bare skin but was workable over a liquid/cream product; I would avoid using it over powder as it tended to cause splotchiness. As a cheek color, it lasted for seven and a half hours, and as a lip product, it lasted for two and a half hours and was non-drying.

NARS Sheer Pop Multiple Navagio Beach
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MAC Faux Sure & Telling Glow Extra Dimension Blushes

01/05

MAC Faux Sure Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Faux Sure Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Faux Sure Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Faux Sure Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Faux Sure Extra Dimension Blush

Faux Sure

MAC Faux Sure Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark, rusty copper with warm, red undertones and fine, gold and pink pearl. It appeared redder in the pan as well as applied on my cheeks, especially as I blended and diffused the powder, whereas when swatched, it appeared browner. The consistency was smooth, just a smidgen dry, but it remained blendable and easy to work with as a blush. It had opaque coverage that wore well for nine hours before fading.

The Extra Dimension Blush formula is supposed to have “long-wearing colour with prismatic reflections” that wears for “10 hours.” The formula is typically very pigmented with a soft, smooth texture that’s firmer in the pan but not difficult to use–I had no issues grabbing color with even my softest brushes–and has no dustiness or powderiness in the pan. The blushes are usually blendable with a luminous glow on the cheeks that did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. With MAC’s newly-added permanent shades, the wear time has ranged from eight to ten hours.

MAC Extra Dimension Blush Faux Sure
Faux Sure
Faux Sure
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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NARS Cote Basque Sheer Pop Multiple

01/09

NARS Cote Basque Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Cote Basque Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Cote Basque Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Cote Basque Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Cote Basque Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Cote Basque Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Cote Basque Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Cote Basque Sheer Pop Multiple

NARS Cote Basque Sheer Pop Multiple

Cote Basque

NARS Cote Basque Sheer Pop Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is a medium, pink-coral with fine, golden pearl. The consistency was smooth, more emollient than the traditional Multiple formula (which has a more velvety, silicone-like feel to me), so I felt like it yielded a more stained-like look applied to the cheeks.

The new, limited edition formula is supposed to be a “buildable formula that delivers sheer, high-impact color on lips and cheeks,” and it’s also said another way: “pairs vivid color with a weightless touch,” which seems to suggest that the “sheer” quality is more with respect to the feel of the product than the coverage. That being said, the coverage seems designed to be “buildable” but still “vivid.” It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that was also blendable enough that I could sheer out the coverage to semi-sheer, if desired. It applied better over bare skin, but it was workable over liquid/creams, though it looked patchy over powders. It lasted for eight hours as a blush.

On the lips, it was more comfortable to wear than the original Multiple formula (the additional slip helped!), and the less velvety feel made it appear more like a lip stain. The color lasted for three hours and didn’t actually stain, though.

NARS Sheer Pop Multiple Cote Basque

MAC Into the Pink & Just a Pinch Extra Dimension Blushes

01/05

MAC Into the Pink Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Into the Pink Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Into the Pink Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Into the Pink Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Into the Pink Extra Dimension Blush

Into the Pink

MAC Into the Pink Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium pink with very subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. At first, it seemed like it might have a more frosted shimmer to it, but as I applied and blended out the color, it yielded that same, glowing, luminous finish that I’ve come to expect from the formula. The blush had opaque pigmentation, but the softer consistency (that wasn’t dry or dusty!) made it easy to pickup less product on my brush for less coverage as well. The blush also blended out with ease, so if I felt like I over-applied, I could correct it. This shade wore well for almost nine hours before fading.

The Extra Dimension Blush formula is supposed to have “long-wearing colour with prismatic reflections” that wears for “10 hours.” The formula is typically very pigmented with a soft, smooth texture that’s firmer in the pan but not difficult to use–I had no issues grabbing color with even my softest brushes–and has no dustiness or powderiness in the pan. The blushes are usually blendable with a luminous glow on the cheeks that did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. With MAC’s newly-added permanent shades, the wear time has ranged from eight to ten hours.

MAC Extra Dimension Blush Into the Pink
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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