Friday, June 21st, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest Color Icon Bronzer
Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest Color Icon Bronzer

Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest Color Icon Bronzer ($3.99 for 0.46 oz.) is a medium-dark, orange-toned tan with a soft, champagne shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer is more orange. Burberry Copper Glow is slightly warmer. MAC Lush Light Bronze is slightly browner. MAC Refined Golden is darker. Burberry Copper Glow is more golden. See comparison swatches.

It had a soft, finely-milled texture that applied evenly and smoothly. The more the product is worked into the skin and buffed out, the more refined the shimmer becomes and more natural the glow looks. It adds a lot of warmth, some orange tones, but it isn’t too frosted on the skin, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. Bikini Contest was easy to apply and blend out, and on my warmer complexion, didn’t look sunburnt or too orange. I think it may be too orange-based for cooler skin tones, though. When I wore it, the bronzer lasted seven and a half hours well on my cheeks, and after eight hours, it started to fade.

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Bikini Contest

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This is a fantastic budget-friendly bronzer! If you've been scared of bronzer or uncertain about what shade would work best, you might consider this formula.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Physicians Formula Light Bronzer Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Baked Bronzer
Physicians Formula Light Bronzer Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Baked Bronzer

Physicians Formula Light Bronzer Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Baked Bronzer ($13.95 for 0.38 oz.) is a warm-toned, orange-tan with a copper-gold shimmer-sheen, when swirled together. The individual components consist of an orange-tan with a low shimmer and lighter, gold-shimmered orange. Burberry Summer Glow is darker, browner. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer is more matte. Dior Coral Glow Bronzer is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The texture of this is soft and blendable, but there is a fair amount of gold sparkle that looks almost like micro-glitter. On the skin, the sparkle showed up as grainy bits and the overall finish has a high sheen so it did emphasize pores and any texture imperfections on the skin (like dry patches). For warmer complexions that are medium and fairer, it will show up as a warming element–on my medium skin tone, it adds warmth and some color, but it’s subtle. This is expected, given there is a Light Bronzer and a Bronzer, with the latter being darker. If you focus your brush on the outer area, then you can minimize how much sparkle you get, as most of it is present in the center shade (the heart). The sparkle tends to migrate during the day, so you may find bits on your chin, which is definitely a downside. I don’t have great luck with a lot of baked formulas lasting well on my skin, and Light Bronzer lasted six hours well but was half gone by eight hours.  The powder has a sweet violet scent, which is noticeable both during application and occasionally while worn.

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Light Bronzer

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On the skin, the sparkle showed up as grainy bits and the overall finish has a high sheen so it did emphasize pores and any texture imperfections on the skin (like dry patches).

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, June 17th, 2013

MAC Hibiscus Kiss Powder Blush Duo
MAC Hibiscus Kiss Powder Blush Duo

MAC Hibiscus Kiss Powder Blush Duo ($26.00 for 0.37 oz.) is described as a “cool coral blush and matte neutral bronze duo.”  I’m presently wearing both (bronzer more as a contour, the blush as a blush), and it’s been six hours–the wear still seems just fine, and I’ll be sure to update later today after I’ve wrapped up testing (most MAC powders last between seven and nine hours, usually somewhere in the middle).

Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer is described as a “matte neutral bronze.” It’s a medium-dark tan with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a matte finish. It had good, buildable color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that didn’t look powdery applied. Clarins Splendours is darker, redder-orange in tone. Burberry Copper Glow is a touch lighter, less brown. MAC Soft Sand is slightly cooler-toned. Dior Coral Glow Bronzer is lighter. Burberry Summer Glow is darker and more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Hibiscus Kiss Blush is a softly warmed-up, coral-pink with a satiny sheen. The color seemed rather poor in the pan, but it was buildable and with enough layering, it should show up (somewhat) on darker complexions (I’m medium or NC30 for reference). The texture felt a little dry and stiff, so when I really jammed my brush at the powder to dislodge more product, that was when I was able to get the payoff needed to show up on my skin tone. MAC Royal Sunset is lighter. Edward Bess Secret Affair is warmer, less pink. theBalm Don’t You Want Me is similar. theBalm Frat Boy is also similar. NARS Amour is slightly pinker/darker. MAC Fleet Fast is warmer and more shimmery. MAC Flaming Chic is pinker. Dior Pink Glow Blush is warmer. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Hibiscus Kiss

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Hibiscus Kiss Blush

C

It ended up having more buildable pigmentation than the initial swatch seemed to show, but it really comes down to the texture being stiff so you really have to layer and layer if you have a medium or darker complexion for this to show up.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer

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It reads rather warm-toned on me (not neutral as described), so depending on your preference for bronzers, some might find this too warm.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, June 17th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Face & Body Bronzing Duo
Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Face & Body Bronzing Duo

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Face & Body Bronzing Duo ($42.00 for 0.60 oz.) consists of a bronzer and blush that can be used individually or blended together.  It’s not your typical bronzer, because it’s not an orange/tan-based one, and those who tend to prefer slightly reddish tones to their blush/bronzer in the summer may like the shades included in this duo.  I wasn’t keen on the texture and blendability of the bronzer, unfortunately, as it was difficult to get it to look even and smooth on the skin.  Both shades wore well for seven and a half hours, and after eight hours, I noticed some slight fading along the edges.

Nude Beach Blush is a dirty, reddish-plum with a matte finish. It had good color intensity, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and fairly easy to blend out on the cheeks. NARS Seduction is bolder, darker, redder. NARS Lovejoy is similar in color but has more shimmer. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Nude Beach Bronzer is a dirty, plummy-brown with subtle warm undertones and a satiny sheen. This shade was sheerer, though still somewhat buildable. I had similar issues with blending, though, where it was difficult to soften or diffuse the edges of the color. It looked somewhat splotchy applied as a result. MAC Stylish Me is warmer, lighter. MAC Earthshine is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

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Nude Beach

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It's not your typical bronzer, because it's not an orange/tan-based one, and those who tend to prefer slightly reddish tones to their blush/bronzer in the summer may like the shades included in this duo. I wasn't keen on the texture and blendability of the bronzer, unfortunately, as it was difficult to get it to look even and smooth on the skin.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Nude Beach Blush

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Nude Beach Bronzer

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Product

7/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3/5

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Friday, June 14th, 2013

Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact
Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact

Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact ($35.00 for 0.70 oz.) is described as “three sheer sun-drenched powders in a chic compact.” Swirled together, they created a warm, golden tan with a subtle golden, satiny sheen–but very, very subtle on the sheen/shimmer. It almost looks matte overall–the only shimmer is coming from the very center color. Burberry Copper Glow is lighter. MAC Refined Golden is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches.

The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooth. Applied on skin, it buffs into the skin nicely without looking powdery or cake-y. The color is buildable from a soft, golden brown to a deeper, warmer tan (but I wouldn’t call it sheer as Clarins’ described it). It’s a nice bronzer, particularly for medium to dark complexions as there is plenty of color to go around, and for the $35 price tag, you sure get a ton of bronzer. (A lot of blushes are 0.20 oz. or less, and bronzers are often larger, but this is 0.70 oz., which is huge!) When I wore this earlier this week, it lasted eight hours well with some minor fading becoming noticeable just before the nine-hour mark.

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Splendours

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If you like your bronzers with a mostly matte finish, like warm orange and red tones, and use bronzer on the regular, Clarins' Splendours is worth a look-see!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Burberry Copper Glow Warm Glow Bronzer
Burberry Copper Glow Warm Glow Bronzer

Burberry Copper Glow Warm Glow Bronzer ($48.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a warm-toned, medium-dark tan with orange and brown tones and a matte finish. MAC Lush Light Bronze is darker. MAC Refined Golden is much darker. MAC Soft Sand is cooler. Dior Pink Glow is lighter. Burberry Summer Glow is yellower, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

It is rich in color and very true-to-pan; it’s buildable, though, and easy to blend out if you want a softer, less intense look. The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, so it feels like silk and melts against the skin. It’s the kind of texture that just doesn’t look caky on the skin. It sits so well on the skin, and on me, it lasted for eight and a half hours well. I saw it start to fade at the nine-hour mark. For warmer complexions that like matte finishes, this is one of the nicest bronzers I’ve tried, because of how smooth and blendable it is.

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Copper Glow

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For warmer complexions that like matte finishes, this is one of the nicest bronzers I've tried, because of how smooth and blendable it is.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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