Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Urban Decay Strip Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Strip Naked Flushed Palette

Urban Decay Strip Naked Flushed Palette ($30.00 for 0.49 oz.) just debuted on the brand’s website and will be available at all the other retailers later this month/early June. I’m not in love with the texture that Urban Decay has in their cheek palettes, as there’s always something off about them. Strip didn’t impress me, as two shades were problematic. The best shade was the bronzer, but if you aren’t a fan of more shimmery bronzers, that will likely make this an automatic pass.

Strip Bronzer is described as a “deep bronze shimmer bronzer.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly red-toned brown with gold shimmer and a frosted finish. It’s shimmery enough to impart a soft glow to the skin, but it doesn’t seem to emphasize my pores (just maintains the status quo). It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. The color lasted for eight hours on me, which is about average. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is lighter. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is yellower. Urban Decay Baked (P, $26.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Strip Highlighter is described as a “golden shimmer highlighter.” It’s a light-medium, golden brown with larger, gold sparkle and shimmer. It doesn’t bind together well and almost seems like a loose highlighter. It tends to catch on any baby hairs you may have on your face, and it doesn’t adhere to the skin, so it travels to parts unknown. It also emphasizes pores, unfortunately. The sheen was visible for six and a half hours. Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is less sparkly. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Strip Blush is described as a “deep mauve blush.” It’s a medium, rosy plum with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, while the texture felt soft, it also seemed powdery and didn’t bind together well, so it sheered out easily. This shade stayed on the skin for seven hours. Divergent Misty Rose (LE) is darker, pinker. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer. Tarte Elevated (LE, $26.00) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Cheek Souffles
Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Cheek Souffles

Interestingly enough, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes instantly came to mind when first seeing Becca’s blush in the pots, as they both have that marbleized effect, and now, the way I feel about these is also reminiscent of the Hourglass blushes: they’re all more similar than not, and generally, they run quite warm-toned. Guava/Moonstone is a lighter, more golden (compared to coppery) version of Fig/Opal, while Lychee/Opal is the most reflective/frosted and is a warmer version of both Raspberry/Opal and Watermelon/Moonstone. The last two are very similar to each other with Raspberry/Opal being a tiny bit cooler-toned and a smidgen darker. Papaya/Topaz is unlike the other five, as it is much, much deeper and darker in color. Of the six shades, Papaya/Topaz, Raspberry/Opal, and Watermelon/Moonstone are the most easily used as an illuminating blush, while the other three shades are much softer and lighter on the skin, so they’ll be blushes on fairer skin tones but may only illuminate on deeper complexions. I wish there was a better variety of depth and undertone showcased in the range so it would be a more versatile selection of shades.

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Friday, May 9th, 2014

Becca Guava/Moonstone Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle
Becca Guava/Moonstone Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle

Becca Guava/Moonstone Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle ($27.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “coral infused with pale gold.” It’s a light-medium, golden bronze with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted sheen. Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is more muted, less warm-toned. Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) (LE, $8.99) is more champagne. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is a smidgen lighter, powder. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is a touch darker, powder. See comparison swatches / a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/makeup-dupe-list?id=165114″>view dupes.

The Shimmer Souffle formula is supposed to add a “pop of color” to the cheeks while also illuminating the skin. The texture is spongy, wet, and almost cool to the touch, while the color can be applied as a sheer wash of barely-there color and more obvious shimmer to semi-opaque color and shimmer. Fig/Opal was less shimmery compared to this one, as I felt like Guava/Moonstone did emphasize pores slightly. This shade would also be better on lighter skin tones than mine, as the color was barely visible on my medium complexion (it ends up being primarily a highlighter on my complexion). It’s easy to apply, blend, and wears seven and a half hours on me.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Becca Fig/Opal Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle
Becca Fig/Opal Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle

Becca Fig/Opal Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle ($27.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “nude infused with golden opal.” It’s a light-medium, gold-shimmered coppered-peach with a soft, frosted sheen. Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) (LE, $8.99) is lighter, more metallic. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is yellower. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is described as a “four-in-one air-whipped souffle formula that adds a flush of color to cheeks.” It is supposed to give a “pop of color,” “stain to give staying power,” illuminate, while also being water-resistant. The formula takes Becca’s Beach Tint and mixes them with their Shimmering Skin Perfector. Initially, it looked almost like a loosely pressed powder in the glass jar, but it is, in fact, a souffle–it’s spongy, wet, and airy. Visually, they appear similar to other marbleized formulas, like the recent Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes, but the formula here is much more shimmery–there seems to be an emphasis on the shimmer or illumination effect over color. On my medium skin tone, it yields a darker peach color with a golden champagne shimmer-sheen finish. It doesn’t emphasize pores (but it doesn’t soften them), is easy to apply and blend, and sits well on the skin (over bare skin or over liquid foundation). I have normal-to-dry skin, which is closer to normal these days, and it lasts seven and a half hours on me before starting to fade. I wish it was in different packaging, because the glass jar’s opening is on the smaller side (think your more typical cream eyeshadow jar), so getting your favorite blush brush in might take a little maneuvering. I bought all of the shades in the formula, and as I finish testing them, you’ll see reviews for additional shades become available.

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Friday, May 2nd, 2014

MAC Natural Beauty Powder
MAC Natural Beauty Powder

MAC Natural Beauty Powder ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft peachy pink.” It’s a very pale, pink-tinged white-beige with a satin-matte finish and subtle, cool undertones. Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is darker. MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC In for a Treat (LE, $30.00) is warmer, more shimmery. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. MAC Forever Marilyn (LE, $24.00) is similar, just a bit pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

One question that gets asked often whenever a Beauty Powder releases is, “How do I use it?” They can be used as highlighters, blushes, bronzers, contour powders, or finishing powders, much like Mineralize Skinfinishes, and so it depends on the shade of the Beauty Powder and your own skin tone. Generally, they’re a subtle product, often used as highlighters, finishing powders, or barely-there blushes. Natural is very light, and it has almost no shimmer to it, so it lightens the area it is applied to generally, but if you have very fair skin, it could be used as an all-over finishing powder as well. On my skin tone, for instance, it adds a bit of light to the tops of my cheek bones, but it did look somewhat ashy, depending on the angle/amount of light in the room, but dusting it all over looks as if I’m trying to lighten my entire face a few shades, so it doesn’t work in that fashion for me. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and powdery enough that it may look chalky if you aren’t very fair. This is definitely an instance where I think MAC could have released two shades, one for lighter complexions and one for deeper complexions.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Laura Mercier Golden Pink Sheer Creme Glow
Laura Mercier Golden Pink Sheer Creme Glow

Laura Mercier Golden Pink Sheer Creme Glow ($35.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “pinkish gold.” It’s a light pink–almost a cool-toned-pink–with a gold shimmer. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is a powder, less shimmery. darker. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is brighter, darker. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is a powder, slightly darker. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a new, limited edition formula/shade that’s supposed to provide a “soft veil of colour.” It’s described as an “ultra-sheer, blendable formula” that leaves the skin looking “soft and highlighted” and should last for eight hours. I wanted to love it, because I’m easily won over by gold-shimmered pinks, but it really emphasized the texture of my skin and the size of my pores. I felt like it just made my cheeks look rather rough, when I know they’re not. I’ve more metallic/frosted powder shades look worse, but for a cream, it wasn’t as forgiving as I expected. The color is sheer, as stated, but it’s quite shimmery, so it will add a sheen to most skin tones, but the pinky color will get lost on deeper skin tones. It was very blendable and easy to apply, and once on, it lasted for seven hours on me.

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