Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Veronica's Blush Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Veronica’s Blush Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Veronica’s Blush Pearlmatte Face Powder ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “silvery pink base with deep pink hearts.” The base color is a pale pink with a subtle silver sheen. The hearts are a darker pinker with a barely-there sheen. Together, they created a soft, pale pink with a silver shimmer-sheen finish–it’s a darker pink than the base alone. MAC Unconventional is more lavender. MAC Full of Joy is brighter and much purpler. NARS Gaiety is brighter, darker, and bluer-toned. Chanel Brompton Road is warmer. Illamasqua Katie is matte but similar in color.

The hearts are small enough that as a face product, it’s best used altogether. I also found the hearts were very, very low in color payoff. I really had to scrape the product off the top using a metal spatula to get any color payoff on my arm. There’s a definite effect from the color of the hearts on the overall color of the product, but it has a subtle impact.  MAC suggests using it as a highlighter, blush, or an eyeshadow; as an eyeshadow, the dark pink hearts are very disappointing because of how low in pigment they are.

On the skin, it applied evenly and laid down smoothly. There was just the barest emphasis of skin texture but to such a subtle degree that the overall glowy sheen added more to the complexion than it took away. Veronica’s Blush wore well for eight hours without fading or getting patchy.  The texture was very soft, smooth, and finely-milled.  For a product that could have turned out really gimmicky, I think it was well-done.  On my medium skin tone, it showed up as a slight tint of pink but the sheen was more pronounced–I would likely use it more as a highlighter than alone.  Because of its pale white base, it may turn ashy on deeper complexions.

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Veronica's Blush

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The texture was very soft, smooth, and finely-milled. For a product that could have turned out really gimmicky, I think it was well-done.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, January 31st, 2013

MAC Shell Pearl Beauty Powder
MAC Shell Pearl Beauty Powder

MAC Shell Pearl Beauty Powder ($24.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “pale peach with gold pearl.” It’s a soft pink-tinged peach with a golden shimmer-sheen. MAC Legendary is darker, pinker. MAC Born to Love is quite a bit darker, less peach. Guerlain Peach Boy is a touch darker and more shimmery. Benefit Sugarbomb is pinker, but I would say this is the closest when applied.

The first time I remember seeing it was with Liberty of London. MAC describes this Beauty Powder “as a highlight, soft blush, or overall finish.” It also has a snake skin pattern embossed across the top. Some of it should remain intact after a few uses, but within a dozen or so uses, I think the majority will be softened or flattened, but there’s no overlay masking the real color of the product.  The cardboard box also has the collection’s promotional design printed on a cardboard sleeve, but the compact itself is standard MAC packaging.

Shell Pearl has true-to-pan color payoff, which is, overall, on the lighter side, and it has a pale base, so I expect it will be most appropriate for light to light-medium complexions, with it possibly turning ashy on some darker skin tones.  I’m around NC25/NC30, and it worked as a subtle blusher and highlighter.  The texture was soft, finely-milled, and applied smoothly–but there was some excess powder that kicked up when I was applying it (I used MAC’s 116 brush).  It wore well for seven hours, and after eight full hours, there was noticeable fading.

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Shell Pearl

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I would recommend this for lighter skin tones, as it may turn ashy on deeper skin tones. There is some powderiness in the texture, and I think this contributed to the slight fading I encountered after eight hours.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, January 21st, 2013

Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Face Palette
Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Face Palette

The Secret to No Makeup Makeup is Makeup

Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Face Palette ($39.00 for 0.65 oz.) includes a bronzer, cream blush, powder blush, concealer, luminizer, and brightener.

Bronzing Veil is a beige-brown with a soft shimmer; it’s definitely not even close to being orange. For very fair complexions, it’ll be well-received. For medium to dark, it will hardly show up (better as a highlighter than anything else). It has a soft, finely-milled feel, but it is a little powdery. On its own, it wore for six and a half hours. MAC Sun Dipped is warmer and browner.

Creme Blush is a cool-toned, blue-based cotton candy pink with a semi-matte finish. There’s very little sheen/shimmer in this, so it looks natural on the cheeks, and it does blend out well. The cream blush only lasted four hours on me, and I have normal-to-dry skin (and I was on the drier side at the time of testing). MAC I’m the One is darker and powder-based. NARS Gaiety is a touch bluer and powder-based. MAC Peony Petal is darker and powder-based.

Blush is a cool-toned, bule-based cotton candy pink with a light dusting of silver shimmer over a matte finish. It is very, very close in color to the cream blush in the palette. The pigmentation was good, and it blended well on the skin. It wore for seven and a half hours. MAC I’m the One is darker. NARS Gaiety is a touch bluer. MAC Peony Petal is darker.

Conceal is a light beige with subtle warm undertones. It’s very creamy and wet, and it’s thin with semi-sheer coverage. The dry down time was a little long, and it tended to get caught in fine lines and settle there. For anyone who regularly uses concealer, I don’t think this will be your go-to; if you rarely use concealer or only in emergencies, it might work. Because of the lighter shade, it will be better for lids and under eyes for more complexions, whereas light-medium complexions may find it works all over.

Luminize is a shimmering beige. It’s very, very sheer and more of a faint, dustnig of sheen/shimmer. I tried wearing it on cheeks as well as on the brow bone–you couldn’t really see the brow bone getting highlighted. It seemed a little better on the cheek.

Brighten is a pink-toned, very pale beige. It has a thin, creamy consistency. I used this lightly on the lid and patted over the concealer (that I used beneath my eye). This had more impact on brightening/covering my under eye area more than the concealer.

This is a palette that would be best suited for lighter complexions; I think darker skin tones will find the bronzer to be better as a highlighter, while the concealer and brightener may not be useful at all. Similarly, if you don’t like cool-toned blushes on you, both are very, very blue-based. As a comment for all, I wasn’t overly impressed by the concealer, luminizer, or brightener–I think there are definitely better standalone products on the market that will do a lot more for your complexion. Sometimes palettes knock it out of the park because you get a ton of fantastic products for the price of just a few, and other times, palettes perform decently, but individual products out-perform them. With staples like concealer, brighteners, and the like–I would spend my money on the right shades for your skin tone in excellent formulas.

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Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Face Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

B
The bronzer and two blushes are the better part of the palette, but the concealer, luminizer, and brightener are really so-so. They're best for someone who rarely uses these types of products and doesn't have standalone versions.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Estee Lauder Tease Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush
Estee Lauder Tease Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush

Estee Lauder Pretty Naughty: Tease

Estee Lauder Tease Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush ($40.00 for TBA oz.) is a highlighting powder and blush with “soft color” that “builds to a high sheen.” It’s a soft pink with a hint if plum and slight cool undertones with a frosted, lightly metallic finish. It’s very much in the same vein (as far as finish goes) as other iterations of the formula. MAC Flower Fantasy was the closest color I could think of, but it’s a bit lighter. Lancome Moonlight Rose has a similar finish, but it’s much, much lighter. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose is warmer, less pink, more beige.

The pigmentation on Tease is excellent; it’s a very buildable product, but it doesn’t require careful application to avoid getting too much pigment. It should work well for really pale complexions as well as much deeper ones. It has a beautiful, finely-milled consistency and soft, smooth texture that applies and blends well on the skin. There is a very slight emphasis of pores and skin texture, but it’s at a level where the glow it yields seems like a good trade-off and is not noticeable from afar. On my medium skin tone, it added both soft color and sheen. It lasted for eight full hours without fading.  If you are a fan of this type of powder product, I think this one is definitely worth checking out.

I’m not sure how much product this contains (the back of mine has sample labeling), but I know that previous versions of the Illuminating Powder Gelees have been 0.15 oz. and 0.17 oz. The size of this compact is the same, so I would expect it to be of similar size. There definitely seems to be plenty of product in the pan.

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If you are a fan of this type of powder product, I think this one is definitely worth checking out. It will work on a variety of complexions, has a lovely texture, and true-to-pan pigmentation.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, January 11th, 2013

bareMinerals Secret Radiance Remix Edition All-Over Face Color & Radiance
bareMinerals Secret Radiance Remix Edition All-Over Face Color & Radiance

There’s Nothing Secret About This Radiance

bareMinerals Secret Radiance Remix Edition All-Over Face Color & Radiance ($19.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “sheer radiant sheen” that gives a “radiant glow” with a “natural-looking luminosity.” It’s a light-medium golden champagne with a strong gold shimmer-sheen and warm, yellow undertones. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City is more golden. Chanel Empreinte de Chanel is more orange. Chanel Shimmering Tweed is a touch more golden.

It is plenty pigmented, and the texture is super soft, finely-milled, and it blends out easily. This is not a product I’d use all-over, because it’s very, very frosted and metallic–I applied it very, very lightly all-over face and then buffed it into the skin, and it was still a rather metallic effect; instead of giving me a natural, luminous lit-from-within glow, I looked oily (and I have normal-to-dry skin). I applied it more heavily along my upper cheek bones as a highlighter, and it’s the kind of frosted/metallic finish that will emphasize pores if not used very, very slightly.

So for me, it didn’t work well as an all-over powder, and it didn’t work well as a more targeted highlighter. I think it’s better as a highlighter than anything else, though with as many highlighters as there are on the market, this would not be my first choice. This lasted six and a half hours on me, and by eight hours, it looked slightly patchy.

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Secret Radiance

B-
I think it's better as a highlighter than anything else, though with as many highlighters as there are on the market, this would not be my first choice.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, January 7th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette

An Orange Blush that’s Happy to See You

Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette ($4.99 for 0.40 oz.) is a mix of medium peach and orange-brown. Together, they create a coppery, orange-brown with a frosted, metallic sheen. NARS Luster is less brown, more orange. MAC Alpine Bronze is more subdued, less shimmery. MAC Glorify is browner. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is browner, darker.

This will tend to be more flattering on warmer complexions and deeper skin tones. I think many will find it too orange, though it is more flattering than an orange-toned bronzer/brown blush, because this is more orange than brown, so it adds color, warmth, and glow without potentially turning ruddy.  The frosted, metallic finish did emphasize pores and imperfections in skin texture.  It is a baked product, so you could use it wet or dry, though the pigmentation was true-to-pan when used dry.  When applied wet, you’ll get an even more metallic finish.  The texture is soft, more finely-milled than a lot of baked products, but not as finely-milled as most powder blushes. Rose Golden Goddess lasted just over six hours on me, and after seven, it looked patchy. It’s on par with the majority of baked products and how long they wear on me, so if you normally get longer wear out of your baked products, this might wear similarly.

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Wet 'n' Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
This will tend to be more flattering on warmer complexions and deeper skin tones. I wish I saw better wear out of the formula, though, because then it would be a killer deal.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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