Sunday, April 7th, 2013

MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder ($30.00 for 0.42 oz.) is described as a “light silvery pink base with dark pink flowers and periwinkle leaves.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a blue-gray cast and a soft, white shimmer-sheen finish. Chantecaille Rose Petals is warmer, less pink. Lancome Moonlight Rose is warmer. Guerlani Cruel Gardenia is less pink and warmer. NARS New Order has a similar base color but has gold shimmer and sparkle. MAC Veronica’s Blush is warm-toned. MAC Full of Joy is more lavender. MAC Unconventional is more lavender and blue-based.

Like In for a Treat, it did emphasize pores somewhat; it wasn’t the worst offender I’ve come across, but it didn’t minimize or soften them in any way (and didn’t leave them as-is, either). There is actually something about the finish that reminds me of frosting (but I can’t actually recollect eating frosty with shimmer!). Pink Buttercream could be used as a blush on very fair skin tones, as it does have more color in its base than the other Pearlmatte. On my medium complexion (NC25/NC30), it adds a little pinkness but mostly shimmer/sheen. The texture is very soft and silky, and it blends out easily on the skin. It lasted seven and a half hours on me, and after eight, there was some very faint fading.

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Pink Buttercream

B+
I loved the texture--so soft and smooth--but wish it was more flattering on the skin. If it was, it could be really quite lovely!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

MAC In for a Treat Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC In for a Treat Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC In for a Treat Pearlmatte Face Powder ($30.00 for 0.42 oz.) is described as a “champagne base with matte coral flower and mint leaves.” It’s a pale champagne beige with a barely warm-toned golden champagne shimmer-sheen. MAC Lightscapade is warmer, less shimmery. NARS Nico is more beige, warmer, less shimmery. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel is slightly pink in its base. NARS Albatross has a stronger golden sheen (and a whiter base color). Illamaqua Aurora is a cream product and more metallic.

If you’ve never used the Pearlmatte formula, it’s supposed to be a highlighter and a blush with a “rich texture and velvet finish.” Now, I don’t think this is going to be a blusher even on really pale complexions, but it is a highlighter. I think the finish is too shimmery with a stronger sheen/frostiness that it’s better as a highlighter than an all-over powder. If used with a very light hand and the right brush, it could be used all-over–just not as effortlessly as a true finishing powder. There was a slight emphasis of pores when I applied it to my cheeks. In for a Treat lasted seven hours well, and then after eight, there was light fading/patchiness beginning to become apparent.  It has good color payoff, and the outer white is an overspray, but the leaves and flower petal colors go all the way through the power (I chipped out a section in the middle to check).  I thought the best aspect of the powder was its texture, as it was soft, finely-milled, and buttery to the touch.  I wish it lasted longer and was more flattering on the skin.

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In for a Treat

B+
I thought the best aspect of the powder was its texture, as it was soft, finely-milled, and buttery to the touch. I wish it lasted longer and was more flattering on the skin.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

MAC Double Definition Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Double Definition Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Double Definition Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “soft shimmery gold” and “patina bronze.” Together, they create a warm, golden-shimmered bronzed-tan with a frosted, not-quite-metallic finish. The lighter shade is a metallic yellowed gold, while the deeper shade is a pearly gold-shimmered, medium-dark brown with a slightly shadowy cast. MAC Worldly Wealth is warmer, more orange. MAC Glorify and Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon are both darker, warmer. MAC Light Over Dark is somewhat similar. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City is similar to the lighter shade.

The product can be used individually or together, as each section is large enough to accommodate a normal blush brush. The lighter shade has an extremely frosted, metallic finish that’s very, very pore-emphasizing. The darker shade is more flattering against the skin, as it does not emphasize the skin’s natural texture or its pores. Swirled together and then applied, there is still noticeable emphasis of the pores due to the more metallic finish. Aside from the nature of the finish, I think this color will work well on deeper complexions. I feel like if you loved MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinishes with ultra metallic finishes and shades like Metal Rock (which I don’t own, so I can’t compare directly), you’d like this. Double Definition wore seven hours well but showed some patchiness after eight hours.  The texture was soft and blendable, but there was some dryness there–dry in the weird way that this formula can be, such that it feels dry to the touch but doesn’t perform as if it were dry.

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MAC Double Definition Extra Dimension Skinfinish Review, Photos, Swatches

B
This product is incredibly well-pigmented, but it emphasizes pores and imperfections of the skin quite a bit. It also doesn't wear for a full eight hours, so it could use improvement there, too.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, April 4th, 2013

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft candlelight beige with multi-dimensional shimmer.” It’s a pale, neutral-to-warm-toned white with a frosted, shimmering finish. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel is more golden but similar. Too Faced Spun Sugar is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige is lighter. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is more beige. MAC Snowglobe is more frosted. Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees is more beige and frosted.

Now, last I remember, Lightscapade was supposed to join the permanent range, and it is still available at retailers like Nordstrom but doesn’t exist on MAC’s website when I searched just now. It is set to launch with the MAC x Hayley Williams collaboration on April 9th (but hardcore fans may want to start stalking a little earlier).

What I like about Lightscapade is that it highlights and adds glow wherever you put it, and it doesn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture or pores. My continuing issue with Lightscapade (and MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinishes in general) is that they don’t wear well or long at all–by eight hours, it’s nearly invisible, and there’s noticeable fading after four to five hours. The texture is soft, finely-milled, but there is a smidgen of powderiness so it doesn’t have fantastic color payoff (it takes some building to get an even layer of color). This year’s Lightscapade is very similar to the one I had in 2012, but it has a lot less veining (more beige/white) than the one I have from 2011.

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Lightscapade

B-
It's really the lack of wear time that makes this product such a disappointment! If only it lasted longer on!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder
Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder ($32.00 for 0.80 oz.) is supposed to be “inspired by nature’s most flattering pink and golden-light at dusk … to impart a lit-from-within radiance.” When all the heart-shaped beads are swirled together, the resulting color is a warm champagne-shimmered tan with a slightly frosted, shimmery finish. Chanel Sable Beige is similar but less orange. NARS Miss Liberty is lighter. NARS Satellite of Love is very similar but has more golden shimmer/sparkle.

Based on Too Faced’s description of this product, it seems to be designed to use all-over rather than as a very targeted, specific highlighter. In practice, I don’t think it is workablef or allover, and the reason is that it emphasizes imperfections in the skin from having too much frost/pearl in the beads. I thought it was a highlighter, actually, because it appears frosted on the skin and emphasized the pores along my cheeks. I don’t think it’s flattering used allover or as a highlighter on cheeks. Though the color is supposed to be buildable, it required several layers just to get it to kind of show up on my medium complexion. The beads just don’t want to give up product, so it wasn’t as easy to apply as I had hoped. The wear is average; six hours of good wear but noticeable fading after eight hours. The texture is slightly gritty from the sparkle and shimmer, and it never fully smooths out.

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Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

D+
It's not buildable enough to be a good highlighter, but then it's not subtle enough to work all-over. The finish emphasizes pores and imperfections of the skin's texture, so it doesn't enhance the complexion.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

NARS Nico Highlighting Blush
NARS Nico Blush

NARS Nico Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “natural glow.” It’s a lightly warmed-up, pale beige with a subtle sheen. When I tried thinking of potential dupes, I wasn’t finding any. The closest I could come up with was theBalm Solid Gold, which is really much yellower and frosted.

I actually think Nico was one of the first few NARS products I ever purchased, and it may have been one of my first NARS blushes. It was recommended to me as a brow highlighter, actually, and as a light wash of color for lids. As a blush, it doesn’t quite work on my skin tone. Nico is a shade that you’ll love or never have a use for, and it’s really going to depend on your skin tone and how you want to use it. It’s categorized as a blush, but I think it might be better suited as a NARS “Highlighting Blush.”  As you can see on my skin tone, it’s very nearly my skin tone–just with a sheen, so it does give me a slight “glow” when worn on the cheeks.  I do prefer it (on me) as a brow bone highlighter, because I feel like you can see it better, and it sometimes looks a bit powdery when I’ve worn it on cheeks.

The texture is very soft and finely-milled, and I’d recommend using softer bristles with it, as it can be powdery with a denser blush brush (the “scratchier” the brush feels on your skin, the more powder gets dislodged from the pan).  Nico lasts seven hours on my cheeks, and then it starts to look a bit patchy towards the eight-hour mark.  I’ve worn this of and on throughout the years, and when my cheeks are more normal, it can be quite nice, but it definitely isn’t as flattering if my cheeks have any dryness. I think for those with oilier skin types, it might work well as a highlighter as it shouldn’t look too dewy or glowy (which can sometimes make oilier skin types look oilier).  The sheen does not emphasize pores, which is the best part about it, though–it’s all sheen, no shimmer or frost.

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Nico

A-
The texture is on the powdery side, which can make it look less flattering on drier skin types as well as be easy to over-apply. It is soft and very blendable, so if you apply too much (and it looks powdery), it can be smoothed and blended away.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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