Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo
MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo

MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo ($33.00 for 0.32 oz.) contains two shades, which are most easily considered a bronzer and highlighter. This set of shades was less powdery than Jolly Good, but it was still slightly powdery and didn’t wear quite as long as the average cheek colors do.

Bronzer is described as a “light summer peach tan.” It’s a medium, yellowed brown with warm, orange-yellow undertones and a satiny sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and it wasn’t too powdery, so most of the color stayed on the skin as applied, rather than disappearing when you went to blend it. The color lasted for six and a half hours before fading. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Divergent Intelligent Bronze (LE) is yellower. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is darker. Burberry Copper Glow (P, $48.00) is darker, more matte. Dior Pink Glow Bronzer (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Highlighter is described as a “golden pink.” It’s a champagne-peach with warm undertones with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, was slightly powdery, but it adhered fairly well. It does emphasize pores and any imperfections on the skin. The highlighter lasted for six hours on me before starting to look faded and patchy. Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is lighter, cooler-toned. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is more orange. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter (P) is less orange/peach. MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $30.00) is very similar, slightly more beige. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is less orange. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Refresh

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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8/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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4.5/5

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Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

MAC Jolly Good Mineralize Skinfinish Duo
MAC Jolly Good Mineralize Skinfinish Duo

MAC Jolly Good Mineralize Skinfinish Duo ($33.00 for 0.32 oz.) contains two shades, with one portion being a very larger, more bronzer-like shade and one being smaller and more highlighter-like. The major downside to this product was really the powderiness; the texture seemed silky and finely-milled, but I had great difficulty getting the powder to adhere to the skin. As I applied it, the powder would just sweep right back off the skin and into the air. The bronzer component was less problematic compared to the highlighter, which had a slightly chunkier texture. On the skin swatch, I could blow lightly on the skin, and over half of the powder would disappear.

Bronzer is described as a “light cool beige.” It is a light-medium, muted golden brown with a satin finish. The texture was finely-milled but quite powdery, which made application troublesome, as the powder would not stick to the skin. It didn’t seem like color payoff was a problem, just that the color you applied wouldn’t stay on the skin. This is a shade that is going to best show-up on fair skin tones. You can see that the “blended” swatch almost matches the color of my forearm, which is about NC20. The color being true-to-pan is what I look for; if it doesn’t show up on my skin tone due to the lightness of the color itself, that’s not something that impacts the rating, but if it doesn’t show up due to poor pigmentation, then that would be a problem. It seemed like wear lasted for about six hours, which isn’t much shorter than average with Mineralize Skinfinish products for me (they usually wear shorter than regular powder blushes do). Urban Decay Streak Bronzer (P) is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Highlighter is described as a “soft pale pink.” It’s a light, yellow-toned pink with gold sparkle. Again, the texture was powdery, and this section wasn’t as finely-milled. I had the same issues with this shade as I did with the Bronzer shade. I didn’t find that it emphasized pores, though not a lot of the product stays on the skin, which certainly helped! It gave a very subtle luminosity to the skin. I am of a medium complexion, so it didn’t add “color” to my skin tone, just shimmer, but if you are very fair, you might see a slight pink tinge. It lasted about six hours before starting to fade. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is warmer. MAC Blonde (LE, $30.00) is darker. Chanel Pink Cloud (LE, $43.00) is slightly darker, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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7/10

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9.5/10

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5/10

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6.5/10

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4.5/5

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Saturday, May 17th, 2014

MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer

MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “soft brick tan with a touch of shimmer.” It’s a medium, orange-brown with strong, warm undertones and a golden shimmer. Guerlain Bronzer (LE, $69.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Bronzer (P) is less yellow. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P) is similar. Dior Coral Glow Bronzer (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

As mentioned in the review for Aphrodite’s Shell, the formula is supposed to wear for ten hours and have a luminous finish. The texture of this shade was softer and easier to work with; it was soft, somewhat silky, and blendable on the skin. It had better color payoff, though it was still a sheerer product that could be built up for about semi-opaque coverage in three to four layers. The shimmer in this shade was more pronounced, but it didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture when I wore it. It only wore for eight hours, which is about average for most face powders, but it is short of the ten-hour wear time claimed.

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Delphic

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8/10

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8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Saturday, May 17th, 2014

MAC Aphrodite's Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Aphrodite’s Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer

MAC Aphrodite’s Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze with a touch of fine shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium golden brown with a soft, golden shimmer and satin finish. It had warm, yellow undertones. Urban Decay Bronzer (P) is warmer, darker. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is darker, browner. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is a touch darker. MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is described as long-wearing (specifically a whopping “ten hours”) and as having a “luminous” finish. This is going to be a shade that is best for very fair to light complexions; it just barely shows up at all on my skin tone (medium or NC25). The texture is thin, a little dry, though “smooth” to the touch, but the product doesn’t easily loosen from the surface, so the initial coverage is sheer. It’s somewhat buildable, but it takes several layers and a scratchier brush (which helps to get more product off of the surface of the pan). The color seemed to last for around eight hours (it was more visible in person than in photos, so I was able to track the wear, thankfully!), but it didn’t get to ten.

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7/10

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7/10

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6.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Urban Decay Streak Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Streak Naked Flushed Palette

Urban Decay Streak Naked Flushed Palette ($30.00 for 0.49 oz.) just debuted on the brand’s website and will be available at all the other retailers later this month/early June. It features a bronzer, highlighter, and blush in a slim compact. The texture of the bronzer and highlighter were good, while the blush was powdery and didn’t apply evenly. I wish the highlighter was just a bit less metallic, as it tended to emphasize skin imperfections and enlarge pores.

Streak Bronzer is described as a “pale bronze matte bronzer.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-brown with soft, gold shimmer. I wouldn’t describe it as matte, though it is not loaded with shimmer. The texture was soft, smooth, blendable, while it had good color payoff. It lasted for eight hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is yellower. bareMinerals Golden Gate Radiance (LE, $19.00) is pinker. MAC Optical (LE) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Streak Highlighter is described as a “peachy shimmer highlighter.” It’s a very light, gold-shimmered peach with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. The finish is high-shine, though, and it emphasized pores. The shade wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Streak Blush is described as a “bright coral blush.” It’s a pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, but the texture was really powdery and didn’t bind well together, so it didn’t apply as nicely to skin. If you wear liquid foundation and apply this while the foundation is still drying down, you’ll have better luck getting good color payoff. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, pinker. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is warmer. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is a touch lighter. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is brighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Streak Highlighter

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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4.5/5

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Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Urban Decay Strip Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Strip Naked Flushed Palette

Urban Decay Strip Naked Flushed Palette ($30.00 for 0.49 oz.) just debuted on the brand’s website and will be available at all the other retailers later this month/early June. I’m not in love with the texture that Urban Decay has in their cheek palettes, as there’s always something off about them. Strip didn’t impress me, as two shades were problematic. The best shade was the bronzer, but if you aren’t a fan of more shimmery bronzers, that will likely make this an automatic pass.

Strip Bronzer is described as a “deep bronze shimmer bronzer.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly red-toned brown with gold shimmer and a frosted finish. It’s shimmery enough to impart a soft glow to the skin, but it doesn’t seem to emphasize my pores (just maintains the status quo). It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. The color lasted for eight hours on me, which is about average. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is lighter. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is yellower. Urban Decay Baked (P, $26.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Strip Highlighter is described as a “golden shimmer highlighter.” It’s a light-medium, golden brown with larger, gold sparkle and shimmer. It doesn’t bind together well and almost seems like a loose highlighter. It tends to catch on any baby hairs you may have on your face, and it doesn’t adhere to the skin, so it travels to parts unknown. It also emphasizes pores, unfortunately. The sheen was visible for six and a half hours. Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is less sparkly. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Strip Blush is described as a “deep mauve blush.” It’s a medium, rosy plum with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, while the texture felt soft, it also seemed powdery and didn’t bind together well, so it sheered out easily. This shade stayed on the skin for seven hours. Divergent Misty Rose (LE) is darker, pinker. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer. Tarte Elevated (LE, $26.00) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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7/10

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7.5/10

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7/10

Longevity

7/10

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4.5/5

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