Friday, August 15th, 2014

Tom Ford Stroked Contouring Cheek Color Duo
Tom Ford Stroked Contouring Cheek Color Duo

Tom Ford Stroked Contouring Cheek Color Duo ($77.00 for TBA oz.) is supposed to create “sculpted cheekbones” by using the “lighter, pearlescent shade to highlight” and the “deeper, matte shade to add definition and structure.” Long-time readers may be well-acquainted with my love for Tom Ford’s Cheek Color formula, so I’ve been eager (but anxious) about the arrival of the new, limited edition duos. The illuminating powder is impressive with a really soft, buttery consistency that sits on the skin beautifully. The blush-like color had a slightly thinner texture in comparison and could have used a wee bit more pigment, though it was still a soft, finely-milled, blendable blush. I’m definitely going to buy the other duo whenever I see that available online!

Highlighter is a peachy beige with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and so smooth. Applied, it illuminates the skin without emphasizing pores. I would consider this a higher-sheen highlighter, so if you prefer more subdued finishes, this might be too glowy in comparison. On me, the highlighter wore well for almost ten hours before breaking down. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is warmer, darker. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is similar. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is a touch lighter. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is more golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Contour is a muted, medium orange-brown with a satin-matte finish. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, but it was slightly thinner/less dense. It had good, buildable pigmentation, though it wasn’t as pigmented as the blush formula typically is. It was easy to apply, and it was very blendable on the skin. The color lasted well for ten hours before fading gradually. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter, less red. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is darker. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is slightly darker, more muted. MAC Coppertone (P, $21.00) is similar. Burberry Tangerine (P, $42.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, August 4th, 2014

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes one highlighter (0.14 oz,) one bronzer (0.14 oz.), one blush (0.21 oz.), and six eyeshadows (0.035 oz. each). It’s a nice palette for someone who likes softer, more muted colors in medium tones. I found the palette to be warmer-toned, though some of the eyeshadows are only a little warm-toned. My least favorite product was the blush, as I found it to be weaker in pigmentation and harder to blend–it tended to look uneven applied and took quite a bit of buffing to get to look half-decent.

I bought mine at Sephora and received it on Friday, and only realized on Saturday evening that, “Hey! You should review this now! Tarte has a F&F sale going on!” 30% off at Tarte through today with code FANDF.

Unleashed is described as a “nude rose.” It’s a light-medium, coral-pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation, but the texture was a little dry, slightly stiff. I found it difficult to blend on the skin, as it tended to stick wherever it initially was applied but wouldn’t diffuse. It lasted eight hours on me before fading (nowhere near the 12-hours the formula is supposed to wear). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Champagne is a light, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft. It wore well for eight and a half hours before turning patchy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Park Ave. Princess #2 is a medium-dark, tan brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation that applied well and blended easily on the skin. The color wore well for almost nine hours before fading. This is nothing like the Park Ave. Princess I have from last holiday’s Off the Cuff palette; they’re two distinct colors, and I don’t own the permanent, standalone Park Ave. Princess to tell you which is closest to that, but it is so frustrating when brands can’t match their own products from release to release. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bare to Explore is described as a “pink beige.” It’s a pink-tinged beige with a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff that was soft, slightly powdery, but blendable. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make a Mauve is described as a “plum mauve.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum-brown with subtle warm undertones and a satiny shimmer. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly on the lid. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plum Away With Me is described as a “dark plum.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with a frosted finish. It had really good color payoff that applied beautifully with a smooth, even result. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Up to No Gold is described as a “gold.” It’s a light-medium, orange-toned gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was very soft and had great pigmentation, but it was a little powdery so it didn’t adhere quite as well to bare skin as I’d like (better over a primer). On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tan-gled Up in You is described as a “tan.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff that was easy to apply and blend; soft but not powdery. It lasted well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Don’t Turn A-Brown is described as a “dark brown.” It’s a dark brown with a very subtle cool undertone and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was just a smidgen powdery but easy to blend on the skin. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before there was slight fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Rainforest After Dark

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Monday, July 28th, 2014

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a rich, shimmering copper-bronze with warm, golden shimmer and a frosted finish. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is redder-toned. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is darker. MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is darker, redder-toned. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The powder has a soft, smooth, almost creamy texture. It’s incredibly pigmented, so it’s something that could be worn more as a bronzer or blush on some skin tones if you don’t use a very light hand. It does, however, blend and sheer out quite a bit if you want it to, so you can get more a golden warmth/sheen that highlights the skin without producing a lot of color (which is how I wore it in photos). I found the finish of this one, despite its frostiness, to be more forgiving on the skin than others, as it didn’t feel like there was such a fine line between “glowy goodness” and accentuating pores like the other shades in the formula. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before turning slightly patchy.

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Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder
Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder

Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder ($80.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as shades of “beige, pink, and bronze.” It’s a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is more metallic. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is pinker. MAC Belightful (LE) is more sparkly. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is yellower. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is pinker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Whether or not this highlighter is worth the splurge is a discussion between you and your wallet, but I can tell you that the quality is superb. Chanel has created an exceptional illuminating powder that adds a natural, luminous glow that lifts and brightens the face. The shimmer is fine and creates a delicate sheen, rather than a frosted finish, and so it doesn’t emphasize pores. Instead, it gives the skin a smoother, softer look as it reflects light. It can be worn alone over cheek bones or dusted lightly all-over the face, and of course, it can be layered over your favorite blush to add more sheen. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, while the highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours on me. It’s available now as a Nordstrom exclusive.

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10/10

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange
Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange ($42.00 for TBA oz.) is a light-medium, plummy brown with a soft sheen and neutral-to-warm undertones. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is darker, more shimmery. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler-toned, more matte. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is more matte. MAC Baby Don’t Go (P, $23.50) is pinker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Launching soon with Laura Mercier’s fall collection, this limited edition Cheek Melange is supposed to “add natural, glowing colour to cheeks … It provides natural radiance to complexion and is designed to complement all skin tones.” If you are light-medium or fairer, you may get slight color out of this, but on my medium complexion, I applied four layers–packed on–and could barely distinguish the color on me. It does, however, add a soft, luminous sheen to the skin without brightening. The powder is somewhat stiff, which contributes to needing to layer it on, though once dislodged from the pan, goes on smoothly and doesn’t look powdery. It seems to add “natural radiance” regardless of skin tone, but it doesn’t add “glowing color” to all skin tones. It doesn’t have any white base to it, so it can be applied to deeper skin tones without looking chalky, but it will be very subtle and produce mostly a soft sheen. The color/sheen lasts for almost eight hours on my skin. There are better, more finely-milled, higher performing highlighters at the $40+ price point, so this left me unimpressed. It’s too bad, because the shade itself is more unusual, so something with more color payoff and a softer texture would have been interesting.

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6.5/10

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6.5/10

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7/10

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “golden opal pearl.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with a frosted, reflective finish. Urban Decay Strip Highlighter (P) is darker. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lighter. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Star! (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Belightful (LE) is darker. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is similar. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s an intensely pigmented, ultra-soft highlighter where a little goes a long way. There’s a definite sweet spot with application, and both your technique and your tool of choice will be key, as too much product can emphasize pores. When it’s applied lightly and buffed into the skin, it looks really lovely and luminous on the skin. I liked using a stippling brush or a moderately dense, tapered highlighting brush and dusting it along the tops of cheek bones. It’s not a foolproof highlighter, though, but it’s not difficult to use, especially if you know that it’s very pigmented so you start with less. The powder’s texture is incredibly soft, almost creamy, and finely-milled with a smooth–not powdery–feel. Applied, the highlighter lasts for almost nine hours before fading, but it never looks patchy.

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