Monday, June 8th, 2015

LORAC Pro Contour Palette
LORAC Pro Contour Palette

LORAC Pro Contour Palette ($45.00 for 0.74 oz.) includes three highlighters and three contouring powders. Five of the powders are matte, while one of the highlighters is frosted. The shimmery highlighter and medium contour powder are larger than the other four shades. It comes in a slim, cardboard packaging like the rest of the Pro palette range, plus a contouring brush, which is a nice, synthetic brush that doesn’t feel scratchy and blends fairly well. It seems to pick up a lot of product, even with a light hand, so those who prefer a subtler contour may want to choose another brush, while it doesn’t work as well for highlight placement. The powders are supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” and “blendable.” The texture of all of the powders is comparable to LORAC’s spring blush palette as well as their eyeshadows: very silky, finely-milled, and smooth but kicks up excess powder easily, so it can seem powdery.

It’s extremely similar to Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Contour PalettE, though these were even more matte (in general) and LORAC’s palette contains an overtly shimmery highlighter. Kat Von D’s palette doesn’t include a brush (though she has one designed for the palette) and is $45/0.72 oz., so they’re similarly sized, but you’ll find the six shades in Shade + Light are the same size.

Beige Highlight is a light beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was smooth but prone to kicking up excess powder, though it never looked powdery on the skin. From what I could tell (it doesn’t show up well on my skin tone), it lasted for eight hours. Too Faced Light Cocoa (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Kat Von D Lucid (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Light Contour is a light-medium brown with rosy, subtly warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a really soft, smooth texture that was blendable on the skin and lasted for nine hours. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Kat Von D Sombre (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Yellow Highlight is a muted, light yellow with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that was blendable on the skin, but it did kick up a lot of excess powder in the pan, so use a very light touch to minimize waste. It wore well for eight hours on me. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is lighter, more muted. Kat Von D Levitation (P, ) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highlight (P, ) is darker, more pigmented, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Deep Contour is a subdued, dark brown with slight warm, reddish undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was soft to the touch with a silky, finely-milled feel that was slightly powdery if you weren’t careful, but it didn’t look powdery on the skin. I had a little trouble blending out this shade, which may have been the result of this one not adhering as well to bare skin as the other powders. I tried three different times, and I had to use a different brush (something more feathery) than the included brush in order to get a more blended out look. It wore well for nine hours on me. Kat Von D Subconscious (P, ) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is darker, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is lighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shimmer Highlight is a pale, pink-tinged white with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that wasn’t too powdery to work with. It didn’t emphasize pores, though this one doesn’t smooth them out either. It’s more than just luminous, as you can see the shimmer particles. You can also mute the shimmer by dusting one of the more matte highlight powders on top. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is less shimmery. MAC Too Chic (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Medium Contour is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly, while the texture was silky and blendable. Like the other shades, the consistency is so soft that it is easy to kick up powder in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery or cakey applied to the skin. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is cooler. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is darker, cooler. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (005) Highlighting Powder
Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (005) Highlighting Powder

Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (005) Highlighting Powder ($54.00 for 0.42oz.) is described as a “medium, rosy amber with a golden glow.” It’s a medium, golden brown with a golden shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is darker. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is darker, warmer. Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is darker. Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, darker. Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is darker. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

A couple of months ago, HauteLook had Rouge Bunny Rouge on sale, which means I pretty much maxed out what I could fit into two orders (this and a bunch of eyeshadows), and this was one of the items I bought. According to the brand, their highlighting powder is supposed to feel “feather-light and creamy” with a “natural, even and radiant look.” The powder had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that could be worn as a veil of color when applied with a more feathery brush (like a fan brush) or semi-sheer to semi-opaque if applied with a more traditional blush brush. It had a soft, blendable consistency that was a little powdery and kicked up excess product unless used with a very soft, feathery brush. On the skin, it didn’t emphasize pores, and the sheen was surprisingly subtle, given how it appeared merely swatched on the arm. I’m light-medium with yellow undertones, so it didn’t add a lot of noticeable color, though it is like a subtler bronzer on my skin tone, and it didn’t have a white base, so it didn’t look chalky. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

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Monday, June 1st, 2015

bareMinerals The Color Compatibles Palette
bareMinerals The Color Compatibles Palette

bareMinerals The Color Compatibles Palette ($39.00 for 0.51 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and three cheek products. If you’re a long-time bareMinerals Ready palette collector, you’ll probably find this has too many repeats in it to justify, but if you haven’t tried the Ready line and like warmer neutrals, it’s well worth some consideration. Ready eyeshadow is one of my favorite eyeshadow formulas, and it shines in this palette. The formula is supposed to have twelve-hour wear, be pigmented, and have “seamless blendability.” The Ready blush and bronzer formula is supposed to have an eight-hour wear time with “stay-true, buildable color.”

Empress is described as a “creamy peach.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to work with. It wore well for ten and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals Enjoy (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Bubbly (LE, $16.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Magnate (LE, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bragging Rights is described as a “shimmering rose gold.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark copper with warm, orange-red undertones and a metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a very soft texture that was so soft that it tended to dislodge more product than desired, but it is a denser powder, so it doesn’t turn powdery. I recommend barely tapping the brush against the surface to avoid over-applying! It wore well for twelve hours. Milani Bella Copper (23) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Carnelian Opal (LE, $30.00) is lighter. LORAC Unleashed (P, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Bon Bon #2 (P, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is warmer. LORAC Nude #5 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Collective Chic #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Tan Lines (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Espresso Blend #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, more muted. Too Faced Cannes (P, $16.00) is more muted, warmer, darker. Illamasqua Bronx (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is brighter. theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shiver is described as an “iced lilac.” It’s a muted, dirty lavender with hints of gray and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff with a buttery, blendable texture that applied evenly. It wore well for ten and a half hours. Kat Von D Astrological (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Gravitron (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Chanel Poesie #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC A Party of Pastels #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Tropical Princess #2 (LE, $24.00) is brighter. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is darker, cooler. MAC Triple Impact (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Crystal (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals Flash (P, $16.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Priceless is described as a “heathered smoke.” It’s a gray-leaning taupe with a satin finish that appears more matte applied. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it was the weakest product in the palette, as it was a little dry and thin. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. bareMinerals Exec (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC All Woman (LE, $16.00) is darker. Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Velvet Charcoal (P, $14.00) is darker. MAC Tailor Grey (P, $18.50) is glossier. Hello Kitty 1974 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Subtly Elegant (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Stony (LE, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC Navy #2 (LE, ) is lighter. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is cooler. theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hoopla is described as a “glowing copper.” It’s a brightened, subtly muted medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent pigmentation with a very blendable, long-wearing (eleven hours) formula, though the texture was a hair dry. It was more pigmented and smoother, but it was also more metallic (and therefore, lighter) than the one I have from before. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is lighter. Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE, ) is darker. Stila Vitality (P, ) is more muted. Tarte Up to No Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE, ) is lighter. Sephora Collection Girls Night Out (03) (P, $13.00) is darker. LORAC Unlimited (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #3 (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Amberluxe #3 (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Prancer (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #2 (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Amber Lights (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Ritzy is described as a “shimmering cocoa.” It’s a rich, medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden bronze frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It was intensely pigmented with such a soft, smooth, buttery texture that was heavenly to work with. No complaints; if every eyeshadow was this good, we would all be broke. It wore well for twelve hours before fading. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Cognac (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Woodwinked (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Inglot #409 (P, $6.00) is darker. Too Faced Don’t Settle (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is cooler. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is lighter. Too Faced Biscotti (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is cooler. Buxom Haute Couture (P, $12.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Oxydus (P, $37.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Bette (P, $32.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Spring Fling is described as a “creamy peach.” It’s a light-medium, pink-peach with warm undertones and a natural matte finish–enough of a “sheen” to keep it from looking flat or dry on the skin, but it is mostly matte. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that lasted for eight hours. The texture was a smidgen powdery. This shade is going to be better suited for fair skin tones, as it doesn’t show up well on my medium complexion. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is darker. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is lighter. Benefit Georgia (DC, $28.00) is lighter. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is darker. Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Five Star Treatment is described as a “pink champagne.” It’s a light, pink-peach with a frosted sheen that translates to a luminous, glowing finish on the skin. It had good, buildable color payoff that had a soft, blendable texture that sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores. It wore well for nine hours before fading slightly. MAC Coupe d’Chic (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Aura (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P, ) is warmer. href=”http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery?sg=198032,189541,174736,165496,102510″>See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The High Dive is described as a “tan.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-orange tones and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable, but the texture was firmer and drier in the pan than most Ready powders, which was a surprise. It did last for the eight hours as promised. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is warmer. Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is darker. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($26.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with a luminous sheen. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is more shimmery. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, more muted. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE) is slightly darker, more shimmery, sheerer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and despite looking nearly metallic when swatched, the finish is really more of a luminous sheen or glow applied to the cheeks. The formula is supposed to be sheer, but my experience showed it to be more of a medium coverage product that could be applied more sheer if you used a feathery brush/light touch, but it tended to apply with semi-opaque or greater pigmentation with most brushes. It does an excellent job at illuminating and reflecting light on the high points of the face, and the highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

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Monday, May 25th, 2015

ColourPop Most Necessary Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Most Necessary Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Most Necessary Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft copper with rosy gold highlights.” It’s a medium, orange-toned brown with warm undertones and a frosted pink and gold sheen.
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Here we are at last: the final highlighter! ColourPop’s highlighter formula is really just a different finish (“pearlized”) of the Super Shock Cheek formula (which initially came out with mostly matte shades). This particular shade could be used as a blush, bronzer, or highlighter, depending on your skin tone. The texture is shimmery enough that the sheen translates to the skin, but it isn’t as metallic as it looks heavily swatched once it is blended out on the cheeks. It doesn’t emphasize pores, but it’s not going to smooth them out either. The texture has a lightweight, lightly creamy consistency that’s thin but pigmented and easily blended on the skin. It can be applied with fingertips or a brush, though I prefer working with brushes (in general), so I’ve been reaching for a stippling brush to apply a lot of these for testing. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

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Sunday, May 24th, 2015

ColourPop Smokin' Whistles Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Smokin’ Whistles Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Smokin’ Whistles Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned pink champagne with silver highlights.” It’s a light beige with a hint of pink and a metallic sheen. I think on cooler-toned skin with stronger pink undertones, this will actually look more pink-based. It’s only when I look at it against more distinctively warm-toned shades side-by-side that the pink comes through against my undertones. It had excellent color payoff that was easily sheered out if desired. This is one of the more metallic finishes in the range, but it didn’t emphasize pores (I was really surprised). It is a strong sheen, so it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $26.00) is more sparkly. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less metallic. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is a touch pinker. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less metallic, more beige. MAC Snowglobe (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Stole the Show Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “light cool-toned gold with luminous flashes of pink, silver, and gold.” It’s a cool-toned white with a light gold shimmer-sheen finish with pink and gold sparkle. This shade had a more noticeably sparkly finish, so there was some visible sparkle applied, but I didn’t notice actual emphasis of pores or the skin’s natural texture. The texture was a little drier compared to most shades in the line-up, though it was still lightly creamy and applied easily to the skin without being difficult to blend. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Tarte Champagne Pink (LE) is similar. Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is whiter. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is a powder. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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