Friday, December 19th, 2014

Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a champagne-shimmered peach with warm undertones and a luminous finish. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is slightly more beige. Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more golden. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is more beige but very similar applied. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is more metallic. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is similar. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is similar. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is similar. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

If you’re familiar with Candlelight, this is a new shade in the range. It’s darker and warmer, more orange/peach-based than beige-based. The texture was soft, almost creamy, and smooth that applied flawlessly to the skin; it was so, so easy to use as it blended beautifully and sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores but still giving off that luminous glow. Some products are just top notch; as soon as I applied this and saw it in the mirror, I was like, “Yep, that’s the stuff.” When I wore it, the effect lasted well for just over nine hours before fading. Only bummer is that when they redid the packaging on The Celestial Powder, they reduced the size quite a bit (0.17 oz. to 0.11 oz.), but the price is the same, and it would have been nice to see a slight price drop (maybe $36 or so).

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “shimmery pale peach with lavender marble.” It’s a golden peach with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE) is more sparkly. Tarte Champagne (LE) is similar. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is similar. theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is similar. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade will launch on December 26th in-stores and pop-up a bit earlier on MAC’s website on the 23rd. It is a repromote, so you may already have it in your stash if you tend to pick up the Mineralize Skinfinishes that get released. The texture felt soft and finely-milled once dislodged from the pan, but the pattern makes it feel less smooth to the touch compared to the more domed pan of the regular Mineralize Skinfinishes, though I think this is slightly drier in comparison. That being said, the color of this one differs noticeably from my version of it from this year–this is a lot more golden, way less peach (which was also unlike the version I have from 2009…). I don’t know if it’s a genuine change or if it’s the difference in pans, as the actual pan of the product featured in this post has significantly more gold/yellow areas and less brown/peach (so the way it swatches is consistent with the proportions of veining/colors in the pan). It produces a soft sheen that doesn’t seem to emphasize pores while still looking luminous but not oily or overly dewy. It had good color payoff that was easily applied true-to-pan for a bit of color (more for fairer skin tones) or as a highlighter with less opacity. On me, the effect lasted well for almost seven hours before fading.

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Perfect Topping (Lightness of Being)

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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5/5

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a golden, pearlescent sheen–the base looks almost neutral-to-cool but the shimmer is strong enough that I think it ends up leaning warm. This version seemed slightly less frosted/metallic to me than the permanent version. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is cooler-toned. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is more sparkly. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Too Chic (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I swear, I review this Mineralize Skinfinish at least once a year! I actually purchased this shade to review when it was added to the permanent earlier this year, but I never got around to it (such is the life of a permanent product–go sit in the corner until I’m done with these limited editions!). It gives a a soft sheen that’s luminous without being metallic, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or skin imperfections. The color payoff is decent, but it is a more buildable product than one that’s intense right out of the pan. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and goes on smoothly without looking powdery on the skin. On me, it actually lasted six and a half hours, which is improved from a few years ago–I have found that MAC has improved their Mineralize products over the years (especially in regards to texture).

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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5/5

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Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium/Candlelight The Creamy Glow Duo
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium/Candlelight The Creamy Glow Duo

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium/Candlelight The Creamy Glow Duo ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a highlighting and contouring set of shades in a cream formula. I think this will be nice on medium and fairer skin tones, with it being subtler on medium-dark skin tones. The contouring shade may be too subtle on deeper skin tones, though the highlight should be lovely. I was impressed by the long-wear, because both shades have a creamy, thin, emollient consistency that just doesn’t seem like something that would have any longevity, but there they were, nearly eight hours later with both color and a light sheen. (I have normal skin at the moment, for reference.) The contouring shade just made me long to try The Sculpting Powder to see how it works with the Celestial Powder. My only complaint is that actual pans are quite small, and it was difficult to use any of my angled contouring brushes as they were all oversized. I ended up flattening my brushes between my fingers and focused on getting the product primarily on one side of the brush.

Sculpting Medium is a medium-dark brown with yellow undertones and a subtle gray overtone with a satin-matte finish.
Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is much more shimmery, powder. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is warmer, powder. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is powder. MAC Pure Sculpture (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Becca Lowlight (P, $38.00) is warmer. MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is more olive, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Candlelight is a champagne gold with a luminous sheen and very, very fine shimmer. It translates to a dewy glow on the skin that works as well on bare skin as it did layered over foundation (even when already set with powder). Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 (P, $48.00) is sheerer. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE) is more sparkly. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is cooler-toned. Tarte Champagne (LE) is warmer. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more metallic, warmer. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is a smidgen warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is lighter (I think the effect is similar, but the cream version runs more golden). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is similar but a powder. theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is more metallic. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is a smidgen less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Candlelight

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9.5/10

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Thursday, December 4th, 2014

MAC Hot Sensation Beauty Powder
MAC Hot Sensation Beauty Powder

MAC Hot Sensation Beauty Powder ($26.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “sheer pale peach highlighter.” It’s a very light white-beige with a satin finish. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) and Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) are both more shimmery. NARS Highlight (P) is similar. Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $80.00) is warmer. MAC Forever Marilyn (LE, $28.00) is darker, pinker. Natural Beauty (LE, $30.00) is darker, peachier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It doesn’t have much of a sheen, so it is a very subtle highlighter, and on me, it tends to look chalky/ashy because it is more lightening than highlighting on my skin tone. It would be a better for fairer complexions than mine. If you prefer more shimmery highlighters, you’ll want to look elsewhere. The consistency is very silky and finely-milled, so it’s soft without being powdery and applies to skin easily. It worked better to set concealer, though it is still on the light side for me, but for light or fairer skin tones, it may work well for brightening certain areas of the face without adding a lot of shimmer or metallic sheen. It seemed to last about seven and a half hours on me when I wore it dusted on cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose, and lightly across the forehead. Beauty Powders are more of a multi-purpose product, though this one is described as highlighter, but they’re often marketed as highlighters, finishing powders, or blushes (when they provide more color).

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Hot Sensation

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

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5/5

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days The Celestial Bronzing Veil
Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days The Celestial Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days The Celestial Bronzing Veil ($48.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a medium, golden brown with a hint of gray–there’s an almost “dirty” aspect to the color–and a shimmery, luminous finish. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is warmer. Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is more shimmery. Too Faced Spice (LE) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Secret Radiance (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s designed to add both color as well as glow by using “crystal pigments in bronze, gold and silver” (the latter seems to give it that more neutral/dirty vibe that I see). The color payoff was excellent and easily delivered true-to-pan color onto the skin, but the silky, lightweight, ultra-soft powder is easily blended and manipulated on the skin. You can also concentrate your brush towards the upper half of the pan for a lighter, more shimmer-based glow, or towards the bottom half of the pan for more color with less shimmer. I tried to swirl for a good mix of color and shimmer when I applied it to my cheeks for testing. I really loved the texture, as it was a cinch to apply. It didn’t accentuate my pores, and the powder sat well on the skin without looking powdery nor shiny. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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