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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9/10

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Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector
Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector ($38.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a warm-toned, light-meidum peach-brown with rose, gold, and copper shimmer. Urban Decay Glint is lighter. MAC Soft & Gentle is lighter, more beige. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper is lighter. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold is pinker. Not a dupe but because it does come to mind, Benefit Rockateur is significantly pinker. See comparison swatches.

This is a new–and limited edition!–shade for the holidays, and it also has a raised pattern/design in the pan. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and very blendable. It gives a noticeable but not over-the-top glow to the skin when dusted lightly over it–the finish doesn’t turn metallic. On my skin tone, there’s almost no visible color, but on fairer complexions, I would expect to see some warmth and color, not just a sheen. Like Moonstone, it’s not a totally foolproof highlighter, because it is incredibly pigmented, so it can be easy to over-apply and get a finish that emphasizes pores. I had the best luck applying with a fan brush across the high planes of the face. Rose Gold wore well, though, and stayed on my skin for eight and a half hours and only started to show signs of fading afte rnine hours of wear.

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10/10

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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Le Metier de Beaute Whisper Radiance Powder Rouge
Le Metier de Beaute Whisper Radiance Powder Rouge

Le Metier de Beaute Whisper Radiance Powder Rouge ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a soft, peachy-beige with a frosted sheen. It has definite warm undertones, and the finish isn’t subtle. Urban Decay Glint is lighter. bareMinerals The Love Affair is more beige. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold is pinker. See comparison swatches.

After swatching, I was quite worried that this was going to be frost-overload applied and make every single pore I had (and ones I didn’t even know I had) stand out like beacons in the night. I was completely wrong–the resulting finish was just right; glow-y without being too oily, a luminous sheen that wasn’t metallic. The texture was soft, buttery, finely-milled, and a little powdery (the surface of the pan was very soft, so if your brush is stiffer or “scratchy,” it can cause excess product to come loose). On the skin, it wore well for eight hours, and after just under nine hours of wear, I saw some light fading. If you have fairer skin, you may notice this adds warmth as well as sheen, but on more medium and darker complexions, it will be primarily sheen.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Physicians Formula Rose Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush
Physicians Formula Rose Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush

Physicians Formula Rose Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush ($11.99 for 0.19 oz.) is a soft, subtly warm-toned pink with a silvery-white sparkle and metallic sheen. The majority of the powder is a warmer, pale pink (almost peachy), and then the center is a darker, berry-ish pink. There is some sparkle, as well as shimmer. MAC Rio is darker but has a similar sheen. Giorgio Armani No. 08 has a sheen but less color. MAC Stunner is warmer. MAC Easy Manner is less shimmery. MAC Porcelain Pink is less pink but has a similar sheen. Illamasqua Lies is cooler-toned but has a similar sheen. See comparison swatches.

According to Physicians Formula’s website, it’s supposed to be the “perfect blend of shimmery blushing tones … for an instant sexy boost with an alluring blushing glow.” The product is vanilla scented. It’s a soft, subtle pink hue on my medium complexion–so on paler skin tones, I would expect it to show up more as a blusher, and on medium or deeper complexions, more as a sheen and highlighter. The texture was fairly soft (but you could feel the sparkle at times), and it applied smoothly, though the finish is quite metallic so it did emphasize pores just slightly. I felt like the luminous finish was distracting enough from that defect, so it wasn’t as noticeable. It wore well for almost eight hours, and it started to look a bit patchy after that. While ULTA’s website said it said it has 12-hour wear, I didn’t see this claim on the brand’s website (or on drugstore.com), so I’m deferring to the brand on wear (or the lack of a particularly long-wearing claim).

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

MAC Diamonds Cream Colour Base
MAC Diamonds Cream Colour Base

MAC Diamonds Cream Colour Base ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “golden shimmer cream [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm-toned champagne-beige with champagne shimmer and a lightly frosted, metallic finish. Urban Decay Glint is more frosted, powder, and a touch pinker. bareMinerals The Love Affair is a powder but similar. See comparison swatches.

It has a creamy, emollient consistency that applies easily to the skin and can be blended beautifully. The finish is more metallic than it is a barely-there glow, so take your preferences into consideration. The nature of the Cream Colour Base is that they tend to look wet and never fully set without a powder to help, so it definitely gives a sheen, shine, and glow–with some shimmer. The effect is a glimmering sheen that doesn’t add a lot of color, but on very pale skin, I could see it adding subtle warmth in addition to the sheen. It seemed to just barely emphasize pores when I patted it on my cheek bones. It can also be used to highlight the brow bone, inner corner of the eye, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, collarbones, and so on.  Pigmentation on the Cream Colour Base just seems to depend on the shade, as the paler, more pearly shades are generally touted as highlighters, which would lend themselves to sheerer coverage, which is more in line with Diamonds‘ color payoff (semi-sheer but sheers out readily as it is so emollient).

It wears well for about six hours on me, and then it starts to make everything in the area look oily rather than dewy or glow-y.  I can see a lot of people really enjoying this product, but it doesn’t dry down, so based on my experience, it’s a product that is better for special occasions or shorter trips out rather than a go-to, everyday product–unless, of course, you set it with a powder, which should make it last longer.  Also, this is a bit larger than the standard CCB (0.17 oz. vs. 0.12 oz.).

The RiRi Hearts MAC (Fall Edition) launches in MAC stores on September 26th, online September 30th, and everywhere else October 3rd (including international).

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It wears well for about six hours on me, and then it starts to make everything in the area look oily rather than dewy or glow-y. I can see a lot of people really enjoying this product, but it doesn't dry down, so based on my experience, it's a product that is better for special occasions or shorter trips out rather than a go-to, everyday product--unless, of course, you set it with a powder, which should make it last longer.

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8/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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Monday, September 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case
Urban Decay Shattered Face Case

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case ($44.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes five eyeshadows, one lip color, one eyeliner, two blushes, and one highlighter. Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz., each blush is 0.05 oz., the highlighter is 0.05 oz., Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color is 0.10 oz., and the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is 0.03 oz. There is $54 worth of eyeshadows, $9 worth of blush (Urban Decay doesn’t currently sell powder blushes, so I took the price-per-ounce for the Naked Flush palette, which is the most comparable product I could think of), $19 worth of lip color, and $14 worth of eyeliner. The kit is at least $96 in value (the blush/highlighter could make the value higher if they were actually sold separately).

The Shattered Face Case is much better than the Anarchy Face Case, as the overall quality is higher.  None of the products are outright bad here; Temper and Bleach are a smidgen powdery, while Remix and Nameless are slightly dry (not as buttery/creamy as the best Urban Decay eyeshadows are!).  Shakedown was the best powder product as it had the nicest texture and payoff.  The blushes performed better here, though Glint did emphasize pores slightly.

Lovechild is described as a “cool pink cream.” It’s a medium pink with subtle, blue undertones and a glossy sheen. It had opaque color coverage and wore well for four hours. MAC Steady Going is cooler-toned, matte. MAC Next Fad is shimmery. MAC Please Me is similar, more matte. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is darker. L’Oreal Florid Pink is sheerer. Urban Decay Obsessed is a bit lighter. MAC Viva Glam Nicki is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Overexposed is described as a “dusty rose.” It’s a muted rosy pink with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and not powdery. This shade wore well for eight hours and showed slight signs of fading after nine hours. theBalm Houndstooth is a bit richer in color, so it is a bolder pick. MAC Rosy Outlook is less warm-toned. Bobbi Brown Peony is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Temper is described as a “soft baby pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had decent to good pigmentation, and the texture was finely-milled but a little dry, so it didn’t blend as easily as I would have liked to have seen. It wore well for seven and a half hours and showed some signs of fading after eight and a half hours. MAC Pure Femininity is similar. Chanel Inspiration is warmer, lighter, cream. theBalm Argyle is similar. MAC Stay Pretty is a bit cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Glint is described as a “soft pink-champagne shimmer.” It is a muted, champagne beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend on the skin. It lasted just over eight hours well on my skin, and it was noticeably faded after eight and a half hours. It does slightly emphasize pores. Tom Ford Guilt is a cream product. bareMinerals The Love Affair is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Nameless is described as a “medium gray-brown satin.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe. It’s a mix of gray and brown where the top is gray while the undertone is a strong, orange-toned brown. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. Urban Decay Lost is warmer. MAC Satin Taupe is similar. Urban Decay Barlust is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Muse is also darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Remix is described as a “rich purple shimmer with tonal micro-glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff but the texture was slightly dry. MAC Pinkluxe #3 is pinker. Urban Decay Last Call is warmer. MAC Pink Union #1 is very similar. MAC Universal Appeal is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Shakedown is described as a “rich brown-gunmetal satin.” It’s a medium brown with warm, golden sheen and warm, orange-y undertones. It had a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, and the color payoff was fantastic. CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame is a cream product, lighter. Urban decay Nevermind is less metallic. Buxom Mutt is a cream product, warmer. bareMinerals A-Ha is less metallic. Inglot #402 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Minor Sin is described as a “champagne-pink satin.” It’s a light pink with warm undertones and a pale golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. MAC Cheryl Chic is slightly pinker. MAC Love Power is a cream product. MAC Rose Light is similar but more frosted, less warm-toned. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Bleach is described as a “yellow-beige matte.” It’s a light beige with creamy yellow tones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture–just a tiny bit powdery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hard Being the It Girl #3 is darker. MAC Greenluxe #1 is more shimmery. Disney Ali Ababwa is similar. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Foxy is a smidgen yellower. NARS Biarritz is less yellow. MAC Brule is similar. L’Oreal Endless Pearl is less yellow. Inglot #353 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Zero is described as a “zealous black cream.” It’s a medium-dark black with a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it’s a good basic black. It wears eight and a half hours well on me. See comparison swatches.

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The Shattered Face Case is much better than the Anarchy Face Case, as the overall quality is higher. None of the products are outright bad here; Temper and Bleach are a smidgen powdery, while Remix and Nameless are slightly dry (not as buttery/creamy as the best Urban Decay eyeshadows are!). Shakedown was the best powder product as it had the nicest texture and payoff. The blushes performed better here, though Glint did emphasize pores slightly.

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9/10

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9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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