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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Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder
MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder

MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft taupe matte.” It’s a medium-dark, slightly cool-toned brown with a matte finish. NARS Paloma Contour (P) is slightly warmer. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is cooler-toned, grayer. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, slightly warmer. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is rosier, lighter. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is warmer, redder in tone. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is redder in tone, slightly shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sculpt has long been one of my favorite contouring powders, and it’s one that I personally reach for as it is the right balance of color, tone, and depth for my skin tone (NC25/NC30). It can be purchased in pan form for $16.50, as it is part of the permanent Pro range, which is available to all online (and if you live near a Pro store or don’t mind ordering over the phone, you can also get it from Pro stores). There are also four other shades available in the Sculpting Powder range, if Sculpt doesn’t seem like the right fit. I have them all, and I’ve always loved them, just that Sculpt is “the one” for my coloring, so I haven’t used the others often. The texture is soft, smooth, finely-milled, and blendable (so key for a contouring product!). It wears eight hours on me before starting to fade.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Bronzing Wardrobe
Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Bronzing Wardrobe

Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Bronzing Wardrobe ($44.00 for 0.39 oz.) is a new, limited edition palatte that features three of Too Faced’s Bronzers. Each bronzer is “cocoa-infused” with textures that range from matte to shimmer. It’s housed in a metal tin that also includes a flat-topped kabuki brush that fits inside. If you have wanted to try Too Faced’s bronzers or often use bronzer in your routine, the palette is a great value, as you get three bronzers to try out, each a little less than half the size of a full-sized product. To put it in perspective, the size of these is more in line with a blush than a bronzer, but it’ll take quite awhile to get through any of these shades, even with daily use.

Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned brown a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, so it the color appeared true-to-pan and could be used as a sheer, light layer or applied normally for more opaque color. The texture was soft, silky, and very finely-milled. On me, it wore well for seven and a half hours before starting to fade. It is also available permanently for $30.00/0.35 oz. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is warmer. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer #1 is described as a “rich satin bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-brown with warm, gold frost. I reviewed this in one of last holiday’s palettes, and it was more shimmery in that palette; here it is a lot more subdued, and it was a bit less intense and appeared lighter. The texture was soft, blendable, and didn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for seven and a half hours. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is lighter. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer #2 is described as a “satin suntan.” It’s a light-medium, gold-shimmered orange with a soft, pearly sheen. I’ve reviewed this previously when it was released in a holiday palette, and I felt like this version was drier, a little stiff, so the color payoff wasn’t as intense or as rich. (It was also… reversed in terms of which shade was on top/bottom.) This shade lasted for seven and a half hours well. It is available permanently for $30.00/0.35 oz. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is warmer, more shimmery. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is darker. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer is described as a “golden bronze, delicate pink, white, [and] fawn glimmer.” Swirled together, it’s a lightened, golden bronze with a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, blendable, and smooth, so it was easy to apply on the skin. It did emphasize pores somewhat, though, so that might be a deal-breaker for some. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. It is also available permanently for $30.00/0.28 oz. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is darker. Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is darker. Chanel Sable Beige (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Giorgio Armani #100 Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15
Giorgio Armani #100 Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15

Giorgio Armani #100 Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15 ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is described as a “radiant, sun-kissed glow.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned brown with a very fine gold shimmer over a satin-matte finish. Divergent Intelligent Bronze (LE) is powder, lighter. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is powder, similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is powder, redder. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P) is powder, similar. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is powder, lighter. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is powder, slightly darker. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is powder, slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It felt very much like the Maestro foundation in terms of consistency: thin, almost watery, but as it dried down, it had a more velvety feel that was satiny–not shiny but not totally flat. A little went a long way, but I felt like it was more forgiving than not when applied to the skin, as it blends very easily and can be buffed down to a softer color if you overdo it. Worth noting, of course, is that against my skin tone, it isn’t too dramatic, so fairer complexions may find the learning the curve steeper. I think the product itself works well; it feels comfortable on the skin, looks natural, blends beautifully, and wears a solid nine hours before starting to fade slightly. It worked well over and under foundation as well as on bare skin. It has the same type of packaging as the Maestro foundation, which has a dropper, but I didn’t need more than one or two drops, so I think the packaging could be improved. The other downside was that it’s more of a one-size-fits-all approach, so very fair, very cool-toned, or deeper complexions may find it’s not a suitable shade for them. I’d love to see a rosy-brown and deeper bronze shade released to at least accommodate a greater variety in skin tones.

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Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

NARS Gienah Contour Blush
NARS Gienah Contour Blush

NARS Gienah Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) features a highlight and contour shade, and they’re supposed to add “natural-looking dimension for the face with a lightweight luminous finish.”  This is the third and final option in the new Contour Blush range, and it’s the darkest of the three, and though any skin tone can wear it, this duo is one that will show up on medium-dark and darker complexions more so than the other two. On fairer skin tones, the highlight shade could be used as a contour or as a subtle bronzer. The finish is far closer to matte than luminous or satin for both shades, and depending on your skin tone and skin type, the more matte highlighter might not read very illuminating on the skin. The contrast on my skin tone did seem to give a slight illuminating effect without the shimmer or sheen, though. Both shades wore well for eight hours on my skin before beginning to fade.

The Highlight shade is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned brown with a mostly matte finish. The finish almost seemed satiny when built up, but it was still mostly matte. The texture was soft, blendable, and finely-milled. It seemed to take a layer or two before it was a softer powder, as the very top layer was a little drier than what was underneath. NARS Paloma Contour (P) is a smidgen lighter.Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is rosier, more shimmery. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is more shimmery, a touch lighter. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, a little warmer. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter, warmer. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is a bit darker, more satiny. Bobbi Brown Bahama (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, slightly rosy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Contour shade is dark, warm-toned brown with a satin-matte finish. It had more buildable color coverage, and like the other shade, it seemed to get a little softer and more pigmented after I swirled my brush across the uppermost layer of the powder. It was blendable on the skin and sat well–didn’t look powdery at all. MAC Exotic Ember (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Richly Honed (LE, $20.00) is a cream product, darker. See comparison swatches view dupes.

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

 

NARS Paloma Contour Blush
NARS Paloma Contour Blush

NARS Paloma Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) features a highlight and contour shade, and they’re supposed to add “natural-looking dimension for the face with a lightweight luminous finish.”  It’s more of a medium, neutral-toned set of shades, relative to the other two duos available, though I think the textures and finishes will make each duo more versatile and work for multiple skin tones.  The Highlight shade wasn’t as powdery as the shades in Olympia, while the Contour shade was a little drier but luckily did not look dry on the skin.  Both shades wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly.

The finish is far closer to matte than luminous or satin for both shades, and depending on your skin tone and skin type, the more matte highlighter might not read very illuminating on the skin. The contrast on my skin tone did seem to give a slight illuminating effect without the shimmer or sheen, though. The powders lasted for eight hours on my skin before beginning to fade.

The Highlight shade is a neutral-to-cool toned, light beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture was soft, finely-milled, and not too powdery. NARS Olympia Highlight (P) is lighter. Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Nico (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

The Contour shade is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned brown with a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation but builds slightly. The texture was fairly soft but seemed a little dry. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is similar. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is similar. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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