Saturday, October 26th, 2013

MAC Love, Rihanna Bronzing Powder
MAC Love, Rihanna Bronzing Powder

MAC Love, Rihanna Bronzing Powder ($30.00) is described as a “soft golden brown with gold pearl.” It’s a medium brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a barely-there satin finish. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is slightly darker. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is similar–a touch yellower. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is darker. Burberry Copper Glow (P, $48.00) is similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is browner, more shimmery. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is less orange. Dior Pink Glow Bronzer (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Now, for the first several swatches or uses of the product, it’s a completely different color, because the raised “R” in the compact has a copper-hued frost over-spray which dramatically changes the color to a coppery, medium-dark brown. Unfortunately, it is just an over-spray, as I vigorously brushed away all of the over-spray on the lettering, and it did disappear, and I did, also, dig into the pan a bit and only saw more of the softer brown color come through. I think this could have been more of a special shade if the color on the “R” went all the way through the powder. The consistency of the powdery was fairly soft and velvety, and it blended easily on the skin.  It had decent to good color payoff (judging by once all of the over-spray was removed).  I wore it yesterday, and it wore well for seven and a half hours, and then it started to look a bit faded after eight hours of wear.  The best part about the powder was how blendable it was, but it is similar to a lot of bronzers by MAC (including Hibiscus Kisswhich launched in the summer under the RiRi Hearts MAC banner).

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first :)

Please note:  this is a sneak peek.  I’m in the process of testing for wear, and as soon as I wrap up testing, I will update this post with that information as well as a full rating.

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Love, Rihanna

B+
The best part about the powder was how blendable it was, but it is similar to a lot of bronzers by MAC (including Hibiscus Kiss, which launched in the summer under the RiRi Hearts MAC banner). If they had kept the coppery color sprayed over the "R," I think this would have been a big hit - something more different than similar.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

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Monday, October 21st, 2013

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette ($49.50 for 0.295 oz.) is a warm-toned palette with products for eyes, lips, and face. It contains three eyeshadows (0.028 oz. each), two lipsticks (0.024 oz. each), one iridescent powder (0.176 oz.), and one eye pencil (0.015 oz.). The products represent a a total value of $44.09 –$16.80 worth of eyeshadows, $7.20 worth of lipsticks, $15.09 worth of iridescent powder, and $5 worth of eyeliner. Over time, as more and more brands churn out mega palettes for the holidays all around $50 or so, and I wish MAC would step-up the value (or reduce the cost) of their holiday sets and kits.  Golden and Showstopper were the major misses here, as neither performed well; while Myself wears away quickly and Coffee is uncomfortable to use.

Golden is described as a “muted golden tan-beige with shimmer.” It’s a softened, medium orange-brown with golden shimmer. The texture of this was strangely dry and almost crumbly/chunky. It flaked away and didn’t bind together well. The color payoff was so-so but it tended to sheer out/blend away as the product didn’t stick to the skin well. What did apply lasted six and a half hours. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is browner. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more golden.MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Myself is described as a “light dirty mauve with traveling pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a pale, muted pink with neutral undertones and a golden sheen. On lips, it lightens the natural color and has semi-opaque color coverage. It wore for two hours. MAC Sublime Pleasure (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $15.00) is also similar. MAC Feed the Senses (LE, $15.00) is darker. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Love Talk is described as a “mid-tone cool nude [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a plummy brown with neutral-cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage and wore for four hours. It was a smidgen drying–but this is typical of Cremesheen finishes for me, though I know others do not have any issues with this finish! Bobbi Brown Soft Nude (P, $24.00) has more plum in it. MAC Viva Glam VI (P, $15.00) is more frosted, less brown. Guerlain Chant d’Aromes (P, $35.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Uber Suede (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Tenderly is described as a “soft warm pink with frost [with a frost finish].” Though it has pink tones, it translated to more like a neutral-cool pale beige with a warmer, golden sheen. It had so-so color payoff. NARS Mississippi Mermaid (LE, $24.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is warmer. MAC Dew (LE, $15.00) is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

After Dusk is described as a “mid-tone rosy pink with pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a rosy plum with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. theBalm Just This Once Jamie (P, $16.00) is browner. MAC Performance Art (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) is purpler. MAC Star Violet (P, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Showstopper is described as a “deep blackened brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, deep dark brown with a matte finish. The only problem is it doesn’t look like much applied, because it had such poor color payoff and a really stiff, dry texture that made it difficult to apply and blend. Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is similar. MAC Set to Dance (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $15.00) is similar. Inglot #329 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Coffee is described as an “intense bronze.” It’s a chocolate brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a bit dry. It was uncomfortable to apply to the lash line, as it tended to skip and tug. The color wore well for almost eight hours with minimal fading. Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE, $24.00) is similar. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is more neutral-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Stroke of Midnight/Warm

C

Golden and Showstopper were the major misses here, as neither performed well; while Myself wears away quickly and Coffee is uncomfortable to use. It was a disappointing palette overall.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4/5

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9/10

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Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes
Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes ($45.00 for 1.28 oz.) features two palettes, one titled Be Merry, the other titled Be Bright. Each palette has six eyeshadows and two cheek colors. Each eyeshadow contains 0.06 oz. of product, while each cheek color contains 0.14 oz. The two palettes come in a zippered makeup bag with a full-sized Lash Injection mascara. The approximate value of this palette is $285, with a breakout of: $216 worth of eyeshadow, $48 worth of cheek products, and $21 worth of mascara.  Overall, the Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup palette set is quite nice, and the Be Merry palette has solid pigmentation across the board with no troublesome shades; the “worst” was Chocolate Moon, which was a little drier compared to the other shades.  The worst performer in Be Merry was Mauvelous, which was prone to fall out and sheerer.  The majority of the products wore well, with the eyeshadows ranging from eight to nine hours on average with Mauvelous was the only one that had fall out during wear.

Egg Nog is a pale, neutral beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff and was soft, smooth, and not powdery. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE) and Too Faced Snow Angel (LE) are both similar. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC Cream (P) is darker. Too Faced Dainty (LE) is pinker. bareMinerals Boss Lady (LE) is similar. theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is also similar. theBalm Adagio (P, $16.00) is a touch darker. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Very Merry is a light-medium green with golden, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Golden Olive (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Lucky Green (P, $15.00) is brighter. Dior Garden Pastels #1 (LE) is less frosted. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is lighter. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is more metallic but very similar. See comparison swatches.

Buttered Rum is a warm, golden medium-dark brown with a frosted, metallic finish and warm undertones. It had really nice color payoff and a soft, smooth texture. Sleek MakeUP Court in Cannes (LE, $9.99) is lighter. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is more sparkly. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Ambush (LE, $18.00) is less metallic. Urban Decay Radar (LE, $18.00) is browner. Too Faced Gangsta (LE) is slightly darker. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bubbly is a warm, light-medium peach with soft gold shimmer. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was smooth overall, but the gold shimmer seemed to flake away from the underlying color. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE) is darker. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE) is warmer. MAC Her Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Brown Sugar is a dark, chocolate brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had excellent pigmentation and a soft, buttery texture. Too Faced Yule Log (LE) is less metallic, darker. MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay West (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Roasted Chestnut (LE, $32.50) is similar. Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Chocolate Moon is a dark gray with brown undertones and a soft sparkle. It looked brown in the pan but swatched rather gray, so it was unusual in that respect. Kat Von D Dark Throne (LE) is similar. theBalm A4 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Poison (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Siouxsie-sioux (P) is similar. MAC Steel (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Typographic (P, $15.00) is less sparkly, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Spice is a light-medium orange with subtle brown tones and a golden sheen. It had so-so color payoff with a slightly dry texture. On my medium complexion, it added slight golden warmth but didn’t look too orange, and the satin sheen did not emphasize pores. It wore well for eight hours but was faded after nine hours. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is more orange. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Peachy Keen is a warm, light-medium pink with gold shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft. This one did slightly emphasize pores with the higher shimmer content. It wore well for almost eight hours. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $11.99) is less shimmery. MAC Rio (LE, $23.50) is warmer. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is similar. MAC Star Wonder (LE, $23.50) is darker. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is darker. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is similar. bareMinerals The Natural High (LE, $22.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

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Be Merry, Be Bright

A-

Overall, the Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup palette set is quite nice, and the Be Merry palette has solid pigmentation across the board with no troublesome shades; the "worst" was Chocolate Moon, which was a little drier compared to the other shades. The worst performer in Be Merry was Mauvelous, which was prone to fall out and sheerer.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Egg Nog

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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5/5

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Very Merry

A-

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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Friday, October 11th, 2013

Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette
Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette

Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette ($56.00) includes twenty eyeshadowa, two blushes, two bronzers, full-sized Lip Injection Color Bomb! (in Bee Sting), and travel-sized Better Than Sex Mascara.  Too Faced listed the value of the set at $436.

Overall, it’s a decent palette with a variety of shades from neutral to color as well as finishes that range from matte to satin to frost. The cheek products tended to run warmer rather than cooler, though one shade was neutral to cool. The palette itself is slim and doesn’t waste space; it feels as minimal as they could make it. There were definitely a few duds within the eyeshadows included in the palette (notably, Snowflakes, Moon on Their Wings, Woolen Mittens, and Party Time), which did bring down what otherwise felt like a good palette. These misses tended to be both sheer and powdery.

Blushes/Bronzers

Raindrops on Roses is a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and an overlay of gold shimmer. The more the color is blended out, the more frosted the finish becomes. It also seems to get warmer when it is sheered out, but it might be an illusion on my warmer-toned skin. It had fairly good color payoff, and it blended out easily. This shade wore well for seven hours and was noticeably faded after eight hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $55.00) is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is less gold-shimmered. MAC Divine Desire (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Gentle (P, $25.00) is more muted. Chanel Pink Explosion (LE, $43.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is matte. See comparison swatches.

Chocolate Soleil is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a satin finish. It was nicely pigmented and applied easily. This shade is part of the permanent range. It wore well for seven and a half hours but was slightly faded after just over eight hours of wear. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is warmer. Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more golden. MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is similar. MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Melt Into Spring is a medium, pink-coral with a matte finish and warm undertones. It is extremely pigmented, and the texture is soft but a smidgen powdery. Luckily, it doesn’t look powdery on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours on me, and it started to look somewhat worn away after nine hours of wear. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is warmer. MAC Simmer (LE, $25.00) is slightly darker. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is similar. Dior Pink Happiness (LE, $42.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Sun Bunny #1 is a coppery brown with a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was very soft but did emphasize pores when applied to the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours before looking faded at eight hours. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) See comparison swatches.

Sun Bunny #2 is a light-medium orange with gold shimmer and frost. It had fairly good pigmentation and was soft overall. It did somewhat emphasize pores. The bronzer wore well for seven and a half hours but was somewhat faded after eight hours of wear. Physicians Formula Light Bronzer (P, $13.95) is yellower. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is browner. Dior Coral Glow Bronzer (LE) is less frosted. See comparison swatches.

Eyeshadows

Snowflakes is a pale white gold with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was somewhat chunky in the pan, so it really has to be pressed and blended to smooth out the color, which is easier to do on the arm than on the lid. If you are not careful, this can layer and look chunky/crepe-y on the lid. This shade had some fall out while worn. MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is sheerer. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is similar, Urban Decay Polyester Bride (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Whiskers on Kittens is a pale peach with a hint of pink and gold sparkle. It had fairly good color payoff, but the gold sparkle seemed to disperse off the surface of the underlying peach color, so I did have some fall out with this shade while worn. The texture was soft and not powdery. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE) is less pink, more peach. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Chocolate Milk is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled without being powdery. It wore well on the lid and didn’t have any issues fading or creasing. Bobbi Brown Frappe (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is similar. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is more satiny, darker. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is darker, redder in tone. See comparison swatches.

Moon on Their Wings is a warm, golden beige with a frosted, metallic finish and gold micro-glitter. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was somewhat chunky. I had noticeable fall out while wearing this shade, and the color did crease somewhat after eight hours. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is less glittery. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC Retrospeck (P, $15.00) is more beige. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Dark Chocolate is a dark brown with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery, but it was not as blendable as I’d expect it to be. It wore well for seven and a half hours but was slightly faded after eight hours. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is similar. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Foreshadow (P) is cooler-toned. Inglot #326 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Cream Colored Ponies is a pale, cool-toned ivory with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. The texture was soft without becoming powdery. It wore well for almost eight hours before starting to fade. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Kinky (LE, $18.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Ivory (LE, $29.00) is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Bone (P, $29.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Honey Honey is a warm, golden copper with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was slightly chunky, so it really needs to be pressed into the skin and then smoothed out for best results. It had good color payoff, and it wore well without fading/creasing for eight hours–I did see a smidgen of fall out, though. MAC Creative Copper (LE, $15.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is also similar. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Chopper (P, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Limelight (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. Dior Night Golds #2 (LE) is more glittery. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is similar. Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Buche de Noel is a medium-dark brown with a golden, frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for eight hours without fading or creasing. MAC Brownluxe #4 (P) is darker, less metallic.Urban Decay Chase (P, $18.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #6 (P, $33.00) is similar. Inglot #409 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Evergreen is a medium-dark forest green with cool undertones and a pearly finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was on the drier side, so it didn’t have fully opaque color and wasn’t as blendable as I expected. It wore well for seven hours but was somewhat faded after eight hours of wear. Sephora Collection Rolling in the Grass (10) (P, $13.00) is more sparkly. Urban Decay Bender (P, $18.00) is darker. NARS Night Porter (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Humid (P, $15.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Greensmoke (DC, $15.00) is warmer. L’Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is similar. Make Up For Ever #310 (P, $20.00) is slightly darker. Inglot #418 (P, $6.00) is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

Blue Satin Sashes is a deep, dark blue-teal with a matte finish and subtle gold sparkle. The gold sparkle might as well not exist, as it doesn’t show up visibly on the lid when applied. The color is very pigmented, but the texture is so soft that it is powdery, so it’s a shade that can have excessive fall out during application. Once applied, it did wear well for almost eight hours. MAC Prussian (P, $15.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #60 (P, $20.00) is richer. Make Up For Ever #8E (P, $20.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

This review excludes the mascara and the Color Bomb!, for your information, with the latter excluded because Too Faced’s original Lip Injection brutalizes my lips in a way that few products ever have and I am not courageous enough to make an attempt to try the next iteration of the formula at this time.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

B

Overall, it's a decent palette with a variety of shades from neutral to color as well as finishes that range from matte to satin to frost. The cheek products tended to run warmer rather than cooler, though one shade was neutral to cool. The palette itself is slim and doesn't waste space; it feels as minimal as they could make it. There were definitely a few duds within the eyeshadows included in the palette (notably, Snowflakes, Moon on Their Wings, Woolen Mittens, and Party Time), which did bring down what otherwise felt like a good palette. These misses tended to be both sheer and powdery.

Product

8/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Raindrops on Roses

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9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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4.5/5

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Chocolate Soleil

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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8/10

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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder
Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder

Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder ($69.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “peach-hued harmony infused with invigorating bursts of pink.” It’s a soft, light-medium peach-orange with a satin-matte finish. When I swatched it, the pink seemed to mute the overall warmer undertones of the color but didn’t read rosy or pink-tinged. NARS Soulshine #2 is warmer, more orange, more shimmery. NARS Gina is darker, browner. MAC Cream Soda is lighter/ MAC Wartmh of Coral is more orange. Chanel Tweed Rose is pinker. Chanel Espiegle is similar. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

The texture is like silk–finely-milled, smooth, and wonderfully soft–against the skin, so it blends and softens beautifully with hardly any effort at all. The color itself is on the lighter side, so it is better suited for light to medium complexions, as it may not show up well on deeper complexions. It barely shows up on my medium complexion, and it tends to add a soft warmth but not obvious color (which may work for some, but others may want an actual bronzing powder), as a reference. It wore well for eight hours without fading and showed some signs of fading after nine hours of wear.

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Crazy

A

The texture is like silk--finely-milled, smooth, and wonderfully soft--against the skin, so it blends and softens beautifully with hardly any effort at all. The color itself is on the lighter side, so it is better suited for light to medium complexions, as it may not show up well on deeper complexions.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, September 27th, 2013

Kevyn Aucoin Natura Pure Powder Glow
Kevyn Aucoin Natura Pure Powder Glow

Kevyn Aucoin Natura Pure Powder Glow ($37.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium brown with hints of peach and rose, along with white shimmer over a satin finish. NARS Madly is browner, darker. NARS Douceur is less warm-toned. MAC Baby Don’t Go is less warm-toned, lighter. MAC Harmony is less shimmery. Burberry Earthy is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

I must admit, the shimmer I saw in the pan and in the swatch had me a little worried on how it would translate to skin, but somehow, it manages to work nicely without emphasizing pores or looking sparkly or shimmery. I think a good portion of the shimmer/gets trapped in the bristles of my blush brushes, so little appears on the skin when applied. Depending on your skin tone, this could work as a blush, bronzer, highlighter, or contour powder. On my medium complexion, it’s a subtle contour or a barely-there bronzer. The texture was silky, soft, and finely-milled without being powdery, and the powder applied evenly and smoothly on the skin. It had fairly good color payoff overall but is a more buildable product than one that starts off intensely pigmented. It wore well for just over eight hours, and after nine hours, I saw some light fading along the edges.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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