Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, darkened bronze-shimmered reddish-brown. It sheers out to a burnt sienna kind of color with a faint red and bronze shimmer that’s very, very fine so it’s hard to see on the skin (and gives off more of a sheen overall). MAC Stylish Me is similar when this is applied sheer. MAC Hidden Treasure is redder, not as warm-toned. MAC Stratus is more plum, less brown. See comparison swatches.

The Fluid Sheer formula can be worn however you want; it’s a face product, but it could easily be used as a body product, too–highlighter, bronzer, blusher, all-over.  With the intensity of No. 12, it most obviously works as a blush and bronzer, but with just a little amount mixed into foundation or moisturizer can give a slightly sunkissed look all over the face without being too much (but very fair complexions may find it is too strong).  This is a shade that will be exceptional on medium-dark and deeper skin tones.  The consistency is thin, very fluid, and sheers out readily, but a little goes a long way, so be very gentle and slow when pumping out product.   I was able to control the pump enough to get just a drop out a time, but one full pump is likely far more than you’ll need for any small area.  The resulting texture, as it dried down, was slightly dewy, part glowy, that didn’t emphasize my pores and looked like a natural finish.  This shade lasted nine hours on me when I wore it as a blush.

P.S — Giorgio Armani Beauty is also having their Friends & Family sale now through the 30th, so that’s 20% off + free shipping when you spend $75.

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No. 12

A+
It's a very rich, buildable product that can also be worn sheer with little problems, as it is very blendable and remains that way for enough time to spread and blend it out to even the sheerest layer of product.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Giorgio Armani No. 10 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 10 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 10 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a warm, medium golden bronze with a very fine shimmer–reads more as a sheen than a shimmer. Physicians Formula Light Bronzer is more pigmented, warmer. Burberry Copper Glow is darker, browner, matte. MAC Gold Deposit is darker, more shimmery. MAC Fresh Honey is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Blazing Haute is lighter, more orange. All of the possible dupes I came up with are blushes/bronzers, so they were all more pigmented. If your coloring is medium or deeper and you’re looking for a bronzer, you might want to consider one of the dupes, as this is designed to be sheer and is very much so. For something more similar in type of product, MAC Golden Elixir, which is more bronze, and MAC Sun Rush, which is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

I think the finish is spectacular; it’s beautifully glowy on the skin while adding a golden warmth, and it never looked shimmery–just slightly dewy with a natural sheen. With my medium complexion, I can mix this with my foundation to use all over or even just pat this onto bare skin. The consistency is thin, so it ends up being rather sheer and spreads out easily. It also mixes readily with liquid foundation and moisturizer. It lasted well both mixed with foundation as well as patted on cheeks alone; gradual fading started just after eight hours of wear, and my foundation didn’t wear away any sooner than it normally would with this mixed in. For any warmer-toned complexion looking for a golden glow, No. 10 is worth checking out to see if it’s a good match for your skin tone.

P.S — Giorgio Armani Beauty is also having their Friends & Family sale now through the 30th, so that’s 20% off + free shipping when you spend $75.

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No. 10

A

For any warmer-toned complexion looking for a golden glow, No. 10 is worth checking out to see if it's a good match for your skin tone.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

MAC Adored Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Skinfinishes

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Skinfinishes ($30.00 for 0.24 oz.) come in five shades: Adored, Gold Deposit (permanent), Lust, Rio, and Soft & Gentle (permanent). Except for Gold Deposit, the Mineralize Skinfinishes are on the lighter end of the spectrum, so for the majority of complexions, they’ll work more as highlighters than blushers or bronzers.  The textures of all five were less powdery than the blushes from this collection.  Gold Deposit was the only one that had a slightly sparkly/less smooth texture.  In my experience, MAC’s Mineralize cheek products don’t last as long as their regular powder blushes do.  I’ve only tested one of the five, and I’m in the process of testing Lust and Rio at this very moment and will update accordingly.  I expect to test the remaining two (which are permanent) tomorrow.  Overall, I think if you normally love and use Mineralize Skinfinishes as highlighters, one of the new shades is worth checking out, but the reality is they’re very similar to each other – each one slightly darker from Adored to Lust to Rio (Rio being the “darkest”).

Adored is described as a “coral with light beige pearl.” It’s a soft, pink-peach with a frosted, champagne shimmer-sheen. This shade is going to work best as a subtle blusher and highlighter on fair skin and then as a subtle highlighter on medium and darker complexions. It is true-to-pan in color, but the texture is soft and finely-milled to the point where it does tend to sheer out as it is applied, rather than build-up. This shade lasted for six hours, and it was noticeably faded after seven hours. On my normal-to-dry skin, it slightly emphasized pores but not too noticeably. MAC Lust is more shimmered and darker. NARS Sex Appeal is matte. MAC Stay By Me is more matte. MAC Light Year is darker, warmer. MAC Keep It Loose is darker. MAC Shell Pearl is slightly pinker, darker. See comparison swatches.

Gold Deposit is described as a “soft reflective golden bronze.” It’s a warm, orange-copper with a golden-copper sparkle and shimmer. The finish on this shade is more metallic, and the texture is a little sparkly, so it’s not as smooth as it could be. It was very pigmented. I will be testing this shade for wear tomorrow. Physicians Formula Light Bronzer is more orange. Urban Decay Baked is slightly less orange, browner. MAC Center of the Universe is similar. MAC Glorify is browner, darker, as is Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon. See comparison swatches. This shade is part of the permanent range.

Lust is described as a “pale pink with cranberry pearl.” It’s a dirty, warm-toned pink with a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. The color payoff was good, with the color getting to the same color as seen in the pan, and as a result, it is on the lighter side so medium and deeper complexions may find this acts more as a highlighter than much of a blusher. Because it does have a higher sheen in its finish, it did somewhat emphasize pores and skin texture. I will be testing this one today. MAC Rio is pinker, less beige/brown. Tom Ford Frantic Pink is pinker. Milani Dolce Pink is slightly pinker. MAC Legendary is less shimmery. MAC Born to Love is similar, slightly darker. MAC Definitely Defined is more beige. Bobbi Brown Peony is a touch pinker. See comparison swatches.

Rio is described as a “bronze with bright pink pearl.” It’s a medium pink with a soft, frosted finish and warm undertones. It had good color payoff with true-to-pan color that was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. On my medium complexion, it added subtle pink color and sheen, so for fairer complexions I could see it working as a highlighter and blush more so than on deeper complexions. I will be testing this shade for wear today. Tom Ford Frantic Pink is less shimmery, darker. Milani Dolce Pink is warmer. MAC Stunner is slightly pinker. MAC Easy Manner is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Soft & Gentle is described as a “gilded peach bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, champagne beige with a frosted sheen. It had true-to-pan in color, though it is a lighter shade, so on all but very fair skin tones, it act primarily as a highlighter.  It only emphasized my pores/natural skin texture very slightly. bareMinerals The Love Affair is more beige. MAC How Beautiful is darker, browner. MAC Whisper of Gilt is more golden/yellow. NARS Nico is less shimmery, more beige, lighter. See comparison swatches.

P.S. — Nordstrom has these listed for $29.

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Adored

B
This shade is going to work best as a subtle blusher and highlighter on fair skin and then as a subtle highlighter on medium and darker complexions.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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4.5/5

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Gold Deposit

B
The finish on this shade is more metallic, and the texture is a little sparkly, so it's not as smooth as it could be. It was very pigmented.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

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4.5/5

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Lust

B
The color payoff was good, with the color getting to the same color as seen in the pan, and as a result, it is on the lighter side so medium and deeper complexions may find this acts more as a highlighter than much of a blusher.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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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

A-

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

C+
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.

The RiRi Hearts MAC summer collection will launch June 18th at noon EST exclusively online for North America; June 20th exclusively online for international.

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Hibiscus Kiss

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Hibiscus Kiss Blush

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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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