Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

It Cosmetics Warm Radiance CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer
It Cosmetics Warm Radiance CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer

It Cosmetics Warm Radiance CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer ($34.00 for 0.57 oz.) is described as a “radiant bronze.” It’s a muted, medium brown with subtle warm undertones and a champagne and bronze shimmer. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is browner, less shimmery. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is yellower, less shimmery, darker. Chanel Sable Beige (LE, $60.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The palette has a mix of a more matte bronze and a more shimmery bronze, with the idea being you can adjust to get the desired finish you want. A little of the shimmer goes a long way; I don’t think I’d describe it as “subtly shimmering” as they do. It seems like a softer frost finish initially, but it had quite a bit of sheen and emphasizes my pores and the natural texture of the skin. The texture of the powder itself feels so lovely; incredibly soft, creamy, and smooth, but it really doesn’t do any favors for my skin once applied. It had good color payoff, and it was easy to blend and apply to the skin. The way the palette is designed, it’s hard to just get the matte bronzer side, as there’s only a wee bit of it peaking through, and honestly, the shimmer is quite woven throughout, even when it appears matte. The shimmer dominates in this palette, so I would only recommend this to someone who loves a shimmery, almost metallic, finish. The formula is also supposed to be waterproof and long-wearing, and it seemed water-resistant to me, but you can’t go swimming it and come out looking the same! Applied, the color wore well for nine hours, which was good wear.

P.S. — Sorry for the crazy eyes! Was already wearing the LORAC palette when this arrived for the day and wanted to try it right away, haha! A little taste of what it’s like behind-the-scenes :)

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8/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “neutral tan with silver sheen.” It’s a muted, medium copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is warmer. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is warmer, more golden. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is more orange. Urban Decay Baked (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is more orange. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is more orange, coppery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The last time I swatched this shade was when it released in 2007, so it’s been awhile! I couldn’t find one in my stash, so I’m not able to compare the original to the current version. The texture of the powder was soft and fairly smooth, but it was powdery, so there was excess product kicked up in the pan as well as when applied. It will buff away easily enough, but I wish it was smoother. It had good color payoff, and it could be applied with a lighter hand or a fan brush for a warm glow with less color, but it does yield a fair amount of color. The finish is quite metallic and though MAC says “silver sheen” it reads golden on my skin. There was some emphasis of pores and the skin’s natural texture, unfortunately. Applied, the color wore well for seven hours before looking faded and patchy. It’s neat to see MAC bring back a long-ago shade from the range to make permanent, but between this, Cheeky Bronze, and Gold Deposit, they really could have brought back one or two other, more differentiated shades.

The new packaging is glossy black, but the size is the same as the previous compacts. The bottom of the compact is curved inward, so these will fit more snugly together for better storage. They contain the same amount of product, but MAC increased the price from $30.00 to $32.00.

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8/10

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9/10

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Inglot #401 HD Pressed Powder
Inglot #401 HD Pressed Powder

This June, Inglot released HD Illuminizing and Sculpting Pressed Powders. Normally, I prefer to only wear one product at a time so you can easily see each color, but the HD Illuminizing Pressed Powders are really more like finishing or pressed powders, rather than a standalone highlighter. It’s hard to really see them on their own, so I’ve tried to pair them with a coordinating Sculpting Powder. The formula on both shades was very soft and finely-milled, but they are powdery and a lot of excess powder gets kicked up when your brush touches the powder’s surface. I don’t think either powder looks powdery or cakey applied to the skin, but there is some product waste and the compact/palette will get messy. I wish the powders were the same shape/size, because I could see putting them together in a palette together for personal use or being able to stack each set on top of each other in same-shaped palettes.

Inglot #401 HD Illuminizing Pressed Powder ($15.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a very light, pale pink with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. There seems to be just the slightest bit of micro-shimmer scattered through the powder, but applied, it really looks mostly matte. The texture of this is incredibly soft but very powdery (more powdery than the Sculpting Powder). I think my skin tone swallows this shade up quite a bit, so unfortunately, I don’t think you can glean much from the photo of it applied. Even though it doesn’t seem to visibly change my skin color or tone, it does give the skin a slightly smoother look–very finished. It seemed to last about seven and a half hours on me. Despite its lightness, I didn’t feel like it looked chalky on me (but it may on deeper complexions). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is slightly warmer, darker. MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Inglot #504 HD Sculpting Powder ($18.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy taupe with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture is more powdery, so it doesn’t “stick” quite as well. If you normally wear a liquid or cream foundation, and then apply it, I think you won’t notice the texture so much. It is very blendable, though, which is a must for a contour powder. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is similar. Chanel Notorious (LE, $43.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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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

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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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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

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8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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