Saturday, August 31st, 2013

MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Coral Palette
MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Coral Palette

MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Coral Palette ($46.00 for 0.45 oz.) contains an iridescent powder (0.12 oz.), blush (0.13 oz.), and beauty powder (0.20 oz.). It’s a limited edition palette that releases on September 12th. I can’t remember the last time a full-sized Iridescent powder came out (to my recollection, which is not infallible, there were some in Fafi, which were $21 a pop and contained 0.28 oz., and blushes were $17.50 then, so my guess is these would be around $24), and then blushes are typically $21.00 for 0.21 oz. and beauty powders are typically $24.00 for 0.35 oz. So the palette contains $9.00 worth of iidescent powder, $13.00 worth of blush, and $13.71 worth of beauty powder–a total value of $35.72. You pay for convenience and variety, but if you only used one or two shades, you might consider finding similar products individually.

Star! is described as a “peachy gold with pink and yellow pearl.” It’s a light golden beige with warm undertones. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, which is as expected. It had some gold sparkle, but it seemed to disappear before it was applied. This shade wore well for six and a half hours but was patchy after seven hours. It did emphasize pores slightly.
NARS Nico gives a similar, but more flattering, glow to the skin. MAC Soft & Gentle is more beige, metallic. Chanel Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Passion for Colour is described as a “mid-tone coral [with a Satin finish].” It’s a coral-orange with a subtle sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and it was easy to blend and apply to the skin. It wore well for seven hours and looked somewhat faded after eight hours. Edward Bess Secret Affair is slightly darker. Tom Ford Love Lust is more shimmery. Aveda Hibiscus is pinker. MAC Ripe for Love is more orange. MAC Supercontinental is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Smooth Harmony is described as a “medium golden bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-brown with a golden sheen. (I don’t remember Smooth Harmony being this orange.) The color payoff was just so-so, and it was somewhat powdery. It wore well for six and a half hours, but it had noticeably faded after seven and a half hours. Physicians Formula Light Bronzer is more orange. MAC Fresh Honey is darker, more orange. MAC Blazing Haute is similar. Dior Pink Glow Bronzer is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a pale, golden beige with a frosted sheen. Becca Moonstone is slightly yellower, while theBalm Lou-manizer is a touch darker. Illamasqua Aurora is similar but a cream product. See comparison swatches.

The selling point of this product is its texture: silky-smooth, buttery, and incredibly finely-milled. It’s a product that delivers a true sheen of a finish–it’s not sparkling, shimmery, or glittery in any way. It can be applied as a subtle, barely-there glow or as something more metallic, almost wet-looking, with a denser brush. For a really lovely result, I liked using a fan brush across the tops of cheek bones. It wore well, lasting eight hours and only looking slightly faded after nine and a half hours but no patchiness, and didn’t emphasize pores or any imperfections on the skin. Because the texture is so soft, it’s a cinch to blend and buff the product into the skin for a nice glow. It’s a lot like Chantecaille Rose Petals, which I adored, but warmer and more beige/yellow than pink.

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a shimmering, golden champagne with a frosted sheen. theBalm Solid Gold is nearly identical. Illamasqua Aurora is a cream product. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat can be darker, more golden. See comparison swatches.

Just released, the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed is supposed to be a “creamy powder luminizer that absorbs and reflects light for a superb natural glow.” The texture is a dream: soft, smooth, incredibly finely-milled and silky against the skin. It had excellent color payoff, and to get the most natural, barely-there glow, I highly recommend using a light hand with a fluffy or fan brush. It has such a high shimmer content that a denser brush tended to apply it too heavily, which resulted in emphasized pores. On my medium complexion, too much washed me out and acted like neon, flashing lights for Pores’ville, but applied lightly–especially over blush–it worked beautifully.  Moonstone wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to fade around nine hours.

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It can be very, very beautiful and ethereal when applied just right, but it's not as foolproof as some highlighters on the market. It does wear well, though, and the texture is amazing.

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Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Clarins Splendours Shimmer Body Oil
Clarins Splendours Shimmer Body Oil

Clarins Splendours Shimmer Body Oil ($32.00 for 3.3 fl. oz.) is a body oil with deep gold shimmer. The purpose of this product is three-fold: illuminate while hydrating and scenting the skin. Clarins recommends applying it over “collar bone, arms, and legs.”

After I tried Caudalie Divine Legs, I was angling for something that would give some of the warmth but with less tint, and since this arrived shortly after, it seemed like a good summer product to try next. This type of product is less foreign to me, as it is really just a shimmery body highlighter with no real tint, but I haven’t tried a lot of body oils previously, so there was still some newness (which is always exciting).

It doesn’t tint, so even though it looks golden bronze in the bottle, it’s really just a lot of shimmer on. I think if you have very, very fair skin you might see a hint of golden warmth against the skin. The shimmer doesn’t look chunky, but I was able to see it up close, so it isn’t just a sheen but a real shimmer. It absorbs fairly quickly, and it doesn’t feel sticky or greasy afterwards. I didn’t find it all that hydrating in the short-term, and I didn’t try it continuously for weeks on end, but my skin felt the same after several hours of wearing it as it had before applying it.

The consistency is very water-like, but it is just slightly oily, and it spreads easily across the skin. I wish this had different packaging, because it pours out a ton of product even if you’d just like a dab. It almost always dribbles down the side of the bottle when I’ve used it, and I always get more than I bargained for. I think a pump or smaller opening would be much, much better and easier to manage. It has a soft citrus scent that I couldn’t smell unless I stuck my nose to my skin, which is great if you prefer light scents and less so if you wanted this for its scent.

On me, the shimmer only lasted three or so hours, and then it seemed to just fall away, so it’s definitely a product best suited for special occasions, evenings out, and the like. I thought it worked best on collar bones and decolletage, but on legs, it didn’t have an impact from a normal viewing distance. The light seems to hit my collar bones/decolletage more often, so the shimmer dances more there.

I didn’t like this product overall, just because the effect only lasted a few hours, the scent was barely-there (for a product that lists “scenting” as a goal, it seems it’s an issue), and wasn’t hydrating enough to use alone for all-day hydration. The shimmer definitely rubs off on clothing as well.  Initially, I wore this three days in a row, but my skin needed more hydration (particularly my legs; my arms were satisfied with the hydration the oil alone provided), so I had to use a another lotion beforehand to ensure smooth skin (I’ve been alternating between Kiehl’s Creme de Corps and Bath & Body Works Body Creams for the past couple of months) for the remainder of the week that I tried this. Worth noting, Clarins’ conducted their own study and they had the group use it for four weeks, and the results of the study were such that the majority did find it hydrating.

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I didn't like this product overall, just because the effect only lasted a few hours, the scent was barely-there (for a product that lists "scenting" as a goal, it seems it's an issue), and wasn't hydrating enough to use alone for all-day hydration on areas where I tend to be drier (like legs).

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Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Bobbi Brown Summer Pink Sheer Color Cheek Tint
Bobbi Brown Summer Pink Sheer Color Cheek Tint

Bobbi Brown Summer Pink Sheer Color Cheek Tint ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “sheer bright pink.” It’s a slightly cool-toned, medium pink. Applied to my medium skin tone, it gives just a hint of pink–very natural and subtle. I suspect this will be harder to see on deeper skin tones and then potentially bolder on fairer complexions. Chanel Affinite is slightly darker. Edward Bed of Roses is cooler-toned and a powder product. MAC Weekend Getaway is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Seduce is more plum. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Sunlit Nude Sheer Color Cheek Tint ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden pearl pink.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark bronze that sheers out to more of a golden bronze shimmer and sheen. Against my medium complexion, it’s a barely-there highlighter and adds a dewiness to the cheek without much color or visible sparkle (but that does mean it doesn’t emphasize pores!). Based on the sheerness and tint level, I only see this working for fairer complexions. MAC Bootcamp Bronze is more orange. MAC Worldly Wealth is darker, powder. MAC Glorify is more metallic, darker. See comparison swatches.

I reviewed Nude Beach earlier, and my major issue was the wear time, which was what my concern was with these two as well. The consistency is slick, almost gel-like, and easy to spread and blend out on the skin. They never set (which is why I think they slide around and fade so quickly), and they remain slightly tacky throughout the wear. Both Summer Pink and Sunlit Nude just don’t last on the skin–on bare skin, they’re gone by the fourth hour, and over foundation, they stay on a bit longer but look patchy after three hours. They work best on bare skin, as they don’t seem to cooperate with foundation. If applied to bare skin, then foundation layered over, it doesn’t turn as patchy as quickly, but for anyone with skin darker than fair, this way means you get virtually no color, because the foundation completely masks the underlying tint. I very much wish these more buildable, so they could be used and worn by medium or darker skin tones–that desire has no impact on the rating, of course.

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Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft rose-gold.” It’s a warm, champagne-shimmered copper–it doesn’t really look pink on me, like a rose gold, it’s a little warmer, more orange. On cooler skin tones, the rosiness may be more apparent. NARS Luster is more orange, more pigmented. MAC Poised is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Barefaced is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Light Year is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Spellbound is supposed to highlight the face with “buildable long-wearing color.” It has a soft, smooth texture that makes blending a breeze. The color just diffuses and softens with ease and doesn’t look on uneven on the skin. It does have buildable color, so if you have a medium or lighter complexion, you’ll see some warmth and color added as well as a reflective sheen. I have normal-to-dry skin, and it does emphasize pores slightly when I used it on my cheeks, which wasn’t surprising, given the finish has such a high-shine. If used very lightly (like with a fan brush) just over the high planes of the cheeks, then I didn’t see any emphasis, so it will depend on how much you apply, where, and so on. It lasted eight hours well on my cheeks, and after nine hours, it started to look a bit faded and patchy.

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