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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Summer Pink

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7/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

4/10

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Sunlit Nude

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7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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9/10

Longevity

4/10

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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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Spellbound

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder
Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Radiant Light Ambient Lighting Powder ($45.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “golden beige powder.” It’s a subdued, light-medium peach-orange with golden shimmer. Because of the type of product it is, it sheers out considerably to mostly translucent powder that adds warmth and radiance. NARS Miss Liberty has a similar coloring but has larger shimmer/sparkle. Chanel Lucky Stripes is more pigmented and works as a bronzer/highlighter. See comparison swatches.

The texture is very soft and finely-milled; feels like silk and blends out smoothly, but it is a very soft powder so there is some excess powder that gets dislodged while brushing against the surface. Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powders are supposed to mimic different types of light, generally giving skin a softer, smoother look with subtle glow Radiant Light is supposed to “[enhance] the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth.”  That’s exactly what it does:  it gives skin a gentle warmth while having a soft-focus effect that makes skin appear smoother than it actually is.  Because this is a powder, for my normal-to-dry skin, it also sets my foundation and prolongs the wear of my foundation by an hour (like a setting powder), even though it’s not claimed to do so. I suspect on very fair skin that this may be like a soft bronzer.

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It gives skin a gentle warmth while having a soft-focus effect that makes skin appear smoother than it actually is.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Chanel Delice (78) Joues Contraste Powder Blush
Chanel Delice (78) Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Chanel Delice (78) Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($43.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a pale, aqua-shimmered white highlighter. In the promo photos, it looked more minty green, and in real life, it looked nearly white except for a very faint hint of green–but at a glance, it looked mostly white. Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #1 is similar. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

I worried that such a pale color would turn chalky or ashy against my medium skin tone, but it actually worked quite well as a highly reflective, shimmered highlighter, so I was happy to see it will be something that not just very fair complexions can use. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend on the skin. In the photo below, I wore it on top of my cheek bones and lightly on my nose and brow bone. It is somewhat buildable, so you can go from a very translucent, almost finishing-like effect to a more obvious shimmer-sheen finish (like I wore on cheeks). A heavier application did emphasize pores slightly that was visible at a close distance but not from afar, while a lighter application gave a soft all-over glow without emphasizing any imperfections. It lasted well for seven hours, and after eight hours, it looked slightly patchy.

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Delice (78)

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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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

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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

Application

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

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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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