Saturday, July 16th, 2011


Urban Decay Toasted Baked Bronzer

Urban Decay Toasted Baked Bronzer

Urban Decay Toasted Baked Bronzer ($26.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “matte bronze.” It’s a matte, medium-dark tan with subtle warm undertones. It’s not oompa loompa orange, but it’s not neutral either–there is an underlying orange tone to it that brings warmth to the overall color. It’s darker than MAC Give Me Sun!, though when blended out, the two are more similar.

The texture is soft, finely milled, and very smooth.  It blends out easily because of the softness in texture, but it can be a touch powdery. When you go to blend, though, it does sheer out a fair amount and may necessitate a second application to give enough color on medium to dark skin tones. It wears just under eight hours on me, which is good but not perfect.

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This will work best on warmer skin tones, because it does have some orange in it, so it may look ruddy on cooler skin tones. It could be used to contour on warmer complexions as well, because it does have a more matte finish.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, July 9th, 2011


Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder — #02 and #03

Quick Review:  Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($49.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a long-time favorite bronzing powder of mine, but for summer, Guerlain tweaked and expanded the range to bring out eight shades. Three shades (00, 02, 04) are designed for lighter, pink complexions, while four shades (01, 03, 05, 07) were designed for more golden tones. For darker skin, #08 was created to add a touch of copper.

Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing Powder is lightweight, finely milled, and has a soft glowy sheen–no heavy shimmer here. It can be applied lightly with ease, but for a richer, deeper bronzed look, the color can be built. #02 is is a medium, reddish-tan with a soft sheen. #03 is a warm, medium golden tan with a soft, golden sheen. #02 actually seems a hair darker on me, and side-by-side, it’s clear that #03 leans yellow, while #02 has a reddened undertone.

I love these bronzers for their soft, natural look. They darken the skin in a way that suits your natural skin tone, so you don’t look orange or overdone. The texture of these is so refined and smooth, which allows it to apply and blend out easily, as well as contributes to giving it a natural finish once applied.  These wear a solid eight hours on me.

Quick note: for those sensitive to scent, the powder is scented with Guerlain’s signature violet notes, though it also reminds me of baby powder.

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Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Review, Photos, Swatches (02, 03)

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When you begin your hunt for a really great bronzer, Terracotta is a good place to start. For most of us, one bronzing powder will do, and this is always one of my top favorites each summer.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, July 4th, 2011


Bobbi Brown Bronze Tortoise Shell Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Bronze Tortoise Shell Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Bronze Tortoise Shell Eye Palette ($60.00 for 0.32 oz.) is new and limited edition for fall and contains eight eyeshadows: Banana (buttery cream), Olive (golden olive), Gold Nugget (yellow gold), Bronze (true bronze), Tiger’s Eye (golden copper), Copper Cocoa (light chocolate brown), Espresso (dark chocolate brown), and Amber (pink bronze).

Here’s a quick breakdown of Bobbi Brown’s finishes: regular eyeshadows have a matte finish, which means no shimmer; sparkle eyeshadows are glittery and have a translucent base to allow it to glide onto the lid; metallic eyeshadows are richly pigmented with a bright sheen; and shimmer wash eyeshadows are sheer and lightly pearlized.

  • Banana is a darkened butter yellow with a matte finish. This has a matte finish. It had nice color payoff and applied smoothly, softly, and didn’t feel powdery.
  • Gold Nugget is a sheer, yellowed gold color base with yellow gold glitter and shimmer. This has a sparkle finish. The color payoff is low here, which makes some sense if it’s supposed to have a “translucent base,” though I’m not entirely certain that these are supposed to be sheer. To me, this didn’t feel like a regular sparkle–it felt smoother. It’s a lot like MAC Goldmine.
  • Olive is a dirty khaki bronze with a metallic sheen. This has a sparkle finish. It’s noticeably more pigmented than Gold Nugget, yet it, too, has a sparkle finish. There is a little sheerness still. It is similar to Make Up For Ever #148 and a little less brown compared to Giorgio Armani #6.
  • Bronze is a red-toned bronze brown with a high-shine, metallic sheen. This has a metallic finish. This shade had nice color payoff. It’s a little less amber compared to Giorgio Armani #5. Inglot #406 is similar but richer. This seems like it would be similar to MAC’s Woodwinked.
  • Tiger’s Eye is an orange-y brown with a frosty finish. This has a metallic finish. It seemed less metallic, more frost to me. It had nice color payoff. Milani Bronze Doll is a lighter version but comparable in overall tone and color.
  • Espresso is a deep black-brown. This has a matte finish. It has really nice color payoff, but it looks a lot darker swatched than in the pan. This shade is part of the permanent range.  It seems comparable to MAC’s Showstopper.
  • Copper Cocoa is a warm, chocolate bronze with a subtle, pearly sheen. This has a shimmer wash finish. If shimmer washes are supposed to be sheer, this is quite off the mark. It’s one of the more pigmented shades in the palette. It’s a little warmer and lighter than Inglot #409.
  • Amber is a semi-sheer, orange-peach with gold and copper shimmer-sparkle. This has a shimmer wash finish. It’s sheer and has bits of sparkle that do leave some fall out when used. Urban Decay Blaze is similar but without the glitter/sparkle.

Unfortunately, the product sample I received to review did not come with a box, and the label on the back of the compact had sample labeling, so I couldn’t get an ingredients’ list or how much product was in it. I called my local Bobbi Brown counter and asked, and they said that the regular eyeshadows (mattes) contain 0.04 oz., sparkle finishes contain 0.02 oz., metallic finishes contain 0.05 oz., and shimmer wash finishes contain 0.05 oz. This palette contains 2x regular, 2x sparkle, 2x metallic, and 2x shimmer wash, which ends up being the equivalent value of: $20 in regular eyeshadows, $7.38 in sparkle eyeshadows, $20 in metallic eyeshadows, and $25 in shimmer wash eyeshadows. All in all, this palette contains $72.38 worth of product.

This is a warmer palette–very bronze indeed–that will suit medium to dark skin tones with yellow undertones best, but I do think it’s suitable for lighter complexions as a few of the shades are softer/sheerer.  There are at least two shades (Gold Nugget and Tiger’s Eye) that I could see turning rather orange on pinker complexions, though.  Fans of bronzes, earth tones, and metallic-like finishes will find this palette right up their alley, but those who prefer softer, subtler finishes may find this one too sparkly.

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Bobbi Brown Bronze Tortoise Shell Eye Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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This palette is a good mix of finishes at first glance, but the finishes tend to run together and you're left looking for more satin/matte finishes. Not all of the shades are fully opaque when used, and some are designed that way, but whether that's a positive/negative is personal preference.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, June 24th, 2011


MAC Semi-Precious Pearl Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Semi-Precious Pearl Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches, Photos, Reviews

MAC Semi-Precious Pearl Mineralize Skinfinish ($28.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “beige champagne base with inner circle of white, plum, and bronze.” The center splotch is an russet bronze with heavy shimmer and slightly frosty finish. The outer ring is a pearly, white gold that’s a little sheer as it is mostly shimmer and sheen as opposed to color. Together, they swirl and create an ambery bronze with a white gold sheen. It adds a little warmth with a high sheen on my cheeks; there is some color, but it is light. With an even lighter hand, I could see this working well as a highlighter or just-barely-there glowy sheen.  I would like to know why these are 0.22 oz. as compared to 0.35 oz. for previous mineralize skinfinishes.

The center portion is a bit like MAC Honey Rose, just a little hint of gold instead of pink. It has more red in it than Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder.  I think the versatility of this particular shade will make it easier to dupe yet harder for me to give you possible dupes, because it really depends on just how heavy you go with the outer ring of color, since it’s so light, it can greatly alter the shade.

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I see Semi-Precious Pearl working well as a highlighter, and I think this is a shade many are going to gravitate towards. It's easy to wear, should flatter many skin tones, and has that glowy sheen many look for in a mineralize skinfinish.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, June 24th, 2011


MAC Semi-Precious Goldstone Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Semi-Precious Goldstone Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches, Photos, Reviews

MAC Semi-Precious Goldstone Mineralize Skinfinish ($28.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “brown base with inner circle of rosy pink, white, and gold.” The center splotch creates a soft peach with a hint of pink and gold sparkle, while the outer ring is a warm, medium-dark bronze with gold shimmer. When mixed together, they create a softened bronze with a hint of orange and gold sheen set off by gold sparkle. On cheeks, it gives a bronzy glow and the sparkle doesn’t seem to translate much, so it is primarily shee. It seems more flattering than past mineralize skinfinishes, too, as I don’t feel like all I see are pores. I would like to know why these are 0.22 oz. as compared to 0.35 oz. for previous mineralize skinfinishes.

It’s more pigmented with a heavier sheen than Chanel Bronze Rose, with a similar color (but slightly sheerer and with shimmer) to MAC Sun Power. I think MAC Pink Power is going to get you close, but it will be with less sparkle, perhaps less of a dirty color, if you mixed within the compact.

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MAC Semi-Precious Goldstone Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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It works best as a bronzer; it's not too warm, but the slight orange tint may make it more appropriate for warmer skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, June 13th, 2011

theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer
theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer

theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer Bronzer

It seems like every brand has put out a new and (for the most part) awesome bronzer this year, and theBalm is no different. theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer ($24.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as “a silky smooth pressed powder that can be used as a bronzer, eye shadow, and all-over shimmer.” It’s supposed to diffuse light while providing subtle warmth to the skin.

Betty Lou-Manizer is a dirty bronze with a warm, golden shimmer-sheen. The shimmer is incredibly fine, while the sheen is glowy and reflective. If you’ve tried out theBalm’s other powder products, you’ll find the texture is consistent–silky smooth with rich color payoff. It has such a fine texture that it applies well to skin, because it practically melts onto the skin and looks natural and never powdery.

It’s packaged well, too. The compact is a nice size with a mirror on the inside, and the compact itself is sturdy and fits well in the hand. The ingredients are also listed on the back of the compact, which is a nice touch, because I know that I don’t keep the boxes around for long (straight to the recycling bin!).

I actually found the effect to be quite comparable to Guerlain’s Terracotta Mosaic Powder. theBalm’s has a more noticeable shimmer/brighter sheen, while Guerlain’s is a little softer, more orange with less brown, but on the cheeks, the differences are minimized.

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I see this working best on warmer skin tones, and this is a bronzer that should work well for darker skin tones, too. The golden sheen will provide the warmth and glow, while the actual color will give that sunkissed effect.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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