Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days The Celestial Bronzing Veil
Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days The Celestial Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days The Celestial Bronzing Veil ($48.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a medium, golden brown with a hint of gray–there’s an almost “dirty” aspect to the color–and a shimmery, luminous finish. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is warmer. Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is more shimmery. Too Faced Spice (LE) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Secret Radiance (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s designed to add both color as well as glow by using “crystal pigments in bronze, gold and silver” (the latter seems to give it that more neutral/dirty vibe that I see). The color payoff was excellent and easily delivered true-to-pan color onto the skin, but the silky, lightweight, ultra-soft powder is easily blended and manipulated on the skin. You can also concentrate your brush towards the upper half of the pan for a lighter, more shimmer-based glow, or towards the bottom half of the pan for more color with less shimmer. I tried to swirl for a good mix of color and shimmer when I applied it to my cheeks for testing. I really loved the texture, as it was a cinch to apply. It didn’t accentuate my pores, and the powder sat well on the skin without looking powdery nor shiny. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Urban Decay Naked On the Run Palette
Urban Decay Naked On the Run Palette

Urban Decay Naked On the Run Palette ($54.00 for 0.73 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, blush, bronzer, lip gloss, eyeliner, and mascara. Five eyeshadows are 0.04 oz., and then one is a larger-sized eyeshadow at 0.07 oz. The gloss is full-sized, while the eyeliner is 0.03 oz. (compared to 0.04 oz. for full-sized). The mascara is travel-sized (which may make replacement difficult–UD has a travel-sized Supercurl, though I’m not sure it will fit). In order to accommodate for the depth of the gloss, the palette is quite thick, and overall, I wish it was lighter-weight. I also would have rather Urban Decay had included a double ended brush or two, rather than the gloss, because I think having brushes inside the palette protects them particularly well, whereas many of us have lip colors stashed in our makeup bags. The quality is good for the most part with the highlighter eyeshadow being quite powdery. I do think the color combination runs rather dark and feel like more contrasting shades would have provided for a more versatile palette.

Stag is a dark brown with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had so-so pigmentation in a single stroke and was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It wore well for eight and a half hours on my lower lash line. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

Sesso is a warm-toned, medium-dark pink-plum with lighter pink pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage, was mostly non-stickyand comfortable to wear for the three hours it lasted on me. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

Dive is a sparkly, medium-dark, rosy copper with a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation and went on fairly smoothly; it wasn’t overly glittery or sparkly, so it didn’t feel chunky to the touch. It had some fall out during application but minimal fall out during wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

Fix is a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. The color payoff was good, and it was very blendable on the lid, though it was so soft that it was slightly powdery. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

Resist is a warm, golden taupe with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation and the texture was soft and fairly smooth. It wore well for eight hours on me. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

Dare is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This was a really lovely shade to work with, as it was richly pigmented and had a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t powdery. It stayed on without fading for eight hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

Stun is a rich, chocoalte brown with warm, yellowish undertones and chunkier micro-glitter and sparkle. The texture was a little dry to the touch,. and there was fall out during application as well as during wear due to the amount of sparkle in this shade. It had great color payoff, though. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

5050 is a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, but it was rather powdery to work with, so it was messy to use during application but also prone to fading faster than other shades. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

Naked on the Run Bronzer is a light-medium, yellow-toned brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The powder was silky and soft, while the color payoff was true-to-pan, but it was easily blended on the skin for a lighter (or heavier) look, as desired. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

Naked on the Run Blush is a brightened, light-medium pink with strong, blue undertones and a satin finish. It was slightly powdery to work with, but it was nicely pigmented and blendable on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder
MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder ($70.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “bare shouldered bronze.” It was a medium-dark, tan brown with a subtle gray-tinge and warm undertones. It had a matte finish. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is rosier. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is similar. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more satin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It is housed in a large, hefty metal compact (there’s no lack of weight with this compact). The product inside is part of the permanent range, which can be add for a mere $25.00 (and is also 0.35 oz. in size), so with this you are truly paying $45 just for packaging. It had decent to good color payoff, but the texture wasn’t impressive. It feels almost soft, yet dry, where the powder clumps and sticks together but doesn’t blend out easily. It’s hard to explain, but it lacks silkiness and blendability. On me, it lasted for eight hours before fading. I wish MAC had chosen to create a new, limited edition highlighter, probably with a design on the actual powder, with a really lovely texture; something that would rival luxury, seasonal highlighters that brands like Dior and Chanel release.

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced La Belle Carousel ($49.00 for 1.45 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows, two bronzers, two blushes, and a travel-sized Better than Sex Mascara. What’s neat about this particular set is that the container holds five separate palettes and then the mascara in its own box. It’s perfect for giving and getting–a little for you, a little for a friend–or easily broken up and given as stocking stuffers. The back of each of the palettes actually have “to” and “from” lines, so they’re ready to gift. The set is a great value, and overall, it’s nice–not A+ territory, but it’s decent to good. The majority of the eyeshadows were nicely pigmented, wore for eight hours, and were easy to apply–there were a few (noted below) that had fall out due to more glittery textures or were lacking in pigmentation. The cheek products, except the matte bronzer, were rather frosted, so there was some emphasis of pores and skin imperfections.

Luminous Peach is a softened, medium orange with a golden orange frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me, but the frost slightly emphasized pores. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sun Bunny #1 is a medium-dark, yellowed brown with a frosted finish. It emphasized pores somewhat, but it had good color payoff and a blendable texture. It is the darker half of the Sun Bunny bronzer duo, which is part of Too Faced’s permanent range. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Who’s Your Poppy is a medium, warm-toned pink with a frosted, golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, though the texture was noticeably powdery. It didn’t emphasize pores too much, which was a surprise. The color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Soleil is a medium-dark, tan brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a satin-matte finish. It’s a permanent product in Too Faced’s range, and it’s in nearly every holiday palette from them this year (and was often included in their various palette/sets released in the past). The texture is soft, silky, lightly powdery, but blendable and fairly pigmented. It lasts about eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nutcracker is a bright, cool-toned white with a soft, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nude Beach is a golden peach with a metallic finish and large, gold glitter. The underlying color applied fairly well, but the glitter gets everywhere. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Boxes & Bows is a brightened, warm pink with a gold, metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff and applied evenly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugar Plum Fairy is a deepened, eggplant purple with subtle, cool undertones and bluish-silver sparkle. The sparkle tended to fall out over time, though the base color was nicely pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frost is a medium, cool-toned white with a sparkly, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was dryer and more crumbly, and there was fall out during wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tin Soldier is a dark, metallic silver with cool undertones. It had a fairly soft, buttery consistency with nice pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Christmas Tree is a cool-toned, emerald green with a subtle olive undertone and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was nice, but the texture, while smooth, had a drier consistency that made it a little harder to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Santa’s Boots is a neutral-toned black with subtle silver sparkle. The sparkle isn’t noticeable on the lid, because most of it never arrives, so the result is really a matte black. It’s semi-opaque but dusty to work with. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tufted Suede is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, and it applied beautifully. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Angel Hair is a muted, golden brown with a hint of copper and a soft, frosted finish. It had so-so pigmentation, and the texture was a smidgen powdery, but it applied better on the eye than it swatched. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Haute Chocolate is a rich, deepened bronze with a metallic finish and warm undertones. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was really soft and buttery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Yule Log is a dark, chocolate brown with copper flecks of sparkle over a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was drier and there was some fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

NARS Laser Cut Palette
NARS Laser Cut Palette

NARS Laser Cut Palette ($59.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes three eyeshadows, one lipgloss, one blush, and one bronzing powder. The eyeshadows are marked as “Hardwired Eyeshadow” on the back of the palette, though I couldn’t tell you how they really differ from the permanent formula, other than it seems like a denser, less thin formula. The palette leaves something to be desired — I don’t think it’s NARS at its best–it’s just kind of in the middle.

Shade I is described as a “perfect neutral vanilla.” It’s a light beige with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture was very powdery. See comparison swatches
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Shade II is described as a “shimmering cafe au lait.” It’s a golden brown with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had nice pigmentation, though the texture was a smidgen crumbly and the sparkle did fall out during wear (as well as application), while the color itself stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shade III is described as a “matte army green.” It’s a medium-dark, olive green with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was really soft but incredibly powdery to the point where most of it dusted away and only some managed to stay on the skin. What did adhere to the skin stayed on for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolce Vita is described as a “sheer dusty rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink-plum with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It’s not sheer at all, and this version included in the set matches the original formulation, but it feels more like the new formula (which is a lot cooler and pinker in color). It lasted for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Day Dream is described as a “flirty sheer peach.” It’s a pink-peach with warm udnertones and a satin finish. It’s warmer and less pink compared to the individual version that was released last year. It is sheer as described (though “sheer” was not part of the description when it originally launched), with a thinner, slightly dry, texture, but it wasn’t stiff. My standalone version is more pigmented. It lasted for seven hours applied. See comparison swatches
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Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a meidum-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery?sg=175779,171535,168835,165621,142013,141615,111363,108999,108998″>See comparison swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, October 13th, 2014

NARS Algorithm Laguna Bronzing Powder Palette
NARS Algorithm Laguna Bronzing Powder Palette

NARS Algorithm Laguna Bronzing Powder Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes a bronzing powder and a travel-sized Ita brush. I was surprised by how little bronzer is included in this, because it is such a huge palette (I think it is unnecessarily large–feels bulky in the hand). It actually contains less than a full-sized version of Laguna (which has 0.28 oz. for $38). I don’t have a full-sized Ita brush to compare the travel-sized one with, but I didn’t like the feel of the travel-sized, as the bristles were cut unevenly and felt scratchy and prickly against the skin. I liked the shape, as it does work well to contour the cheeks. However, at $89, you could purchase a full-sized Ita for $55 and a full-sized Laguna for $93. For $4 more, you would get something a lot more lightweight, versatile, and possibly better quality (again, I can’t weigh in on how it compares to the full-sized). Update on 10/13/2014:  NARS sent out a correction via email regarding price, and the price is supposed to be $59.

Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It has more buildable color payoff than full-on, rich pigment. The texture was soft, lightweight, and blendable, though it can be a smidgen on the powdery side (which it seems in this particular palette). NARS has a tendency to put this in many of its palettes, so you may find you already have one (or half a dozen), and it is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

 

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