Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Becca Champagne Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Champagne Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Champagne Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “soft warm gold.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with a frosted sheen and warm undertones. Dior Gold Shock (001) (LE, $80.00) is less sparkly, slightly darker, but it looks similar on. Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani No. 04 (P, $59.00) is a liquid product, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The performance of this shade is consistent with the rest of the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powders. It had really good color payoff that was buildable, blendable, or easily applied as true-to-pan color, if desired. The texture of the powder was soft, almost creamy, and very smooth. This shade does run yellow, not just gold, and so it may not work as universally as some of the other shades. The only downside to Becca’s formula is that it is more frosted, so a little goes a long way and too much can emphasize pores. It’s one of those products where it’s better to build up to the desired luminosity level, but the good thing is that even if you feel like you’ve gone overboard, you can easily buff it back down to a soft, luminous sheen that gives skin a glow but doesn’t emphasize imperfections. I prefer using fan brushes with highlighters like these, as it is almost impossible to over-apply! On me, this highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

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Champagne Gold

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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10/10

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9/10

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Dior Gold Shock (001) Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder
Dior Gold Shock (001) Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder

Dior Gold Shock (001) Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder ($80.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a highlighter “infused with golden yellow shimmer.” It’s a yellow gold with gold shimmer and slight sparkle. Becca Champagne Gold (P, $38.00) is very similar, just more shimmery and more gold than yellow, but applied, they’re similar (just Becca is way better). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani No. 04 (P, $59.00) is a liquid. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is lighter. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $42.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is one of the more disappointing high-end highlighters I’ve come across, and while I don’t usually find Dior’s eyeshadows to be impressive, I usually have good experiences with their cheek and face products. The texture of the powder was dry, almost chalky, and it’s more yellow than it is really shimmery or luminous on the skin. The only thing about the powder that feels luxurious to command an $80 price tag is the compact, which is hefty, though it is thick and smaller in diameter than your average highlighter powder. The majority of the sparkle you see initially is an over-spray; there is still some gold sparkle within the powder itself, so it is subtler than it appears. I’m really frustrated by the texture, though, as the drier, chalkier consistency means less color payoff and shorter wear-time (six and a half hours)–but it just doesn’t feel like a luxury product. At least it doesn’t emphasize pores, and the included brush isn’t that scratchy.

The Glossover

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Gold Shock (001)

C+

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7/10

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4/5

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Monday, October 20th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette ($49.50 for 0.287 oz.) contains three eyeshadows, two cheek products, and two lip colors housed in a medium-large sized ivory-hued palette with a strand of “pearls” along the exterior edge of the palette. It has a mirror on the interior and a plastic flap that covers the three cream products and protects them from getting powdery bits mixed in them. I wasn’t wowed by any of the products in this particular set, unfortunately. The pearls feel flimsy–I greatly worry about them lifting while traveling (same goes for all of the compacts like this in the collection). The palette includes: $18 worth of eyeshadow, $5.44 worth of lipstick, $15.40 worth of Cream Colour Base, and $8.63 worth of Iridescent Pressed Powder (best estimate based on last price/oz. I have, since this isn’t a formula MAC has released in a long time individually). There is also a double-ended 275/316 brush included, which adds some value. The value of the color products is $47.47 plus the brush. MAC’s pre-made face palettes always seem to be the least value-packed.

Born to Dazzle is described as a “white gold champagne with pearl.” It’s a very sparkly, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a glittery finish. It is more metallic on the skin, so it does emphasize pores somewhat. The color payoff is nice, and it doesn’t have a white or chalky base to it. On me, it lasted seven and a half hours before turning patchy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Filament is described as a “platinum silver [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a golden silver–like a really, really light warm pewter–with a sparkly finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, in line with the Lustre formula, and a sparkly texture that resulted in some fall out during wear. A lot of the sparkles didn’t seem to translate on the lid, though. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes. /

Aristocratic Aura is described as a “dirty blue grey with silver pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium taupe with a hint of mauve and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was really stiff to work with, which made it frustrating to apply. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It’s made a few appearances in the holiday collection this year, and none of them good. This version was particularly bad, as the color payoff was sheer, while the texture was so, so dry and stiff. You can the ever-growing list of dupes here.

Pearl is described as a “pale gold with icy shimmer.” It’s a light, golden beige with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff that was buildable and blendable, so you could wear it more intensely or as a subtle wash. It had a creamy, emollient consistency that made it easy to spread across the skin, but it only wore for six and a half hours on me. It’s part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Petulance is described as a “mauvey mid-tone nude [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium, pink-tinged peach with a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, but it could be a bit streaky if you’re not careful. It lasted for three hours and felt thin, a little clingy, on the lips. It didn’t seem drying, though, so that was a surprise. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Evening Posh is described as a “clean bright red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage and wore well for six hours. The consistency was creamier than Petulance, so it applied more readily and was comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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palette

Smoky

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Born to Dazzle

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Filament

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7/10

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9/10

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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Friday, October 17th, 2014

Chanel Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder
Chanel Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

Chanel Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder ($72.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light, almost cool-toned gold with a luminous sheen. Tarte Champagne (LE) is warmer, darker. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is warmer. Divergent Gleaming Pearl (LE) is yellower. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is warmer, more beige. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, slightly warmer. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) has a whiter base. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is warmer. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is whiter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I feel like this is a cooler-toned version of Dentelle Precieuse (Saks and Chanel both still have it), and it’s actually a better deal, as it contains 0.28 oz. (compared to 0.21 oz.) and is cheaper–though just as a heads up, Nordstrom has it for $76, but Macy’s (and Bloomingdale’s prior to selling out) has it for $72. (And the eyeshadow palette in the collection is $70 at Nordstrom yet $80 everywhere else.) The texture is similar as it is soft, smooth, and blends effortlessly on the skin. Camelia de Plumes is slightly more shimmery and more pigmented–you don’t need much to get that delicate sheen. It’s not so fussy that you have to use the lightest touch with the lightest brush, but it is a noticeable highlighter, not a subtle one. Straight-on, it looks softly glowing, and if you tilt your face or turn slightly to the side, you’ll see the sheen in all its glory. It didn’t emphasize pores when I applied it, but it is pigmented enough that it will if applied more heavily. The highlighter lasted well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

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Camelia de Plumes

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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10/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Monday, October 13th, 2014

NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette
NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette

NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette ($65.00 for 0.95 oz.) includes a highlighter, three blushes, and a bronzer. It is a Sephora exclusive and launches November 1st. All of these shades have been released before with Sex Fantasy and Final Cut being limited edition, and the other four are part of the permanent range. It’s a decent palette, and I like the value behind it, though I wish the quality was at least as good as the standalone versions that have been released. They don’t fall too short, but in general, the texture had a thinner quality to it that made it less luxurious compared to full-sized blushes. Overall, the palette had good color payoff, blendable textures, and most wore for around eight hours. I felt like the palette was too bulky/heavy for what it was, but it at least doesn’t feel cheap.

NARS blush retails for $30.00 for 0.16 oz., and Bronzing Powder retails for $38.00 for 0.28 oz. This palette has 0.60 oz. of blush, which is a $112.50 worth of blush. Now, go figure, but this palette contains more than a full-sized Laguna (and far more than the one included in the Algorithm palette!) at 0.35 oz. or $47.50 worth of bronzer! The palette contains a total of $160.00 of NARS Blush/Bronzer, so it is a great value. In terms of price, for the cost of just over two full-size blushes, you’re getting five shades (sometimes a better way to think about value if you rarely finish products).

Miss Liberty is described as a “soft shimmering peach.” It’s a light, golden peach with a white sparkle and warm undertones. The way the shimmer and sparkle of this one act, it looks almost like a wet sheen on the face, but there are noticeable sparkles on the skin–it is by no means a particularly subtle highlighter option. It seemed slightly lighter than the permanent version I have, though effect for most skin tones will likely be the same since it is so sheer. It wears for seven hours on me. This shade is part of the permanent range of Highlighting Blush. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Throat is described as a “flirty sheer peach.” It’s a medium, coral with gold shimmer and hints of pink. The texture was soft, a little thinner than the permanent version, but it was blendable and had fairly good color payoff–it just looked a little faded compared to the permanent version. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. This shade is part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It has more buildable color payoff than full-on, rich pigment. The texture was soft, lightweight, and blendable, though it can be a smidgen on the powdery side (which it seems in this particular palette). NARS has a tendency to put this in many of its palettes, so you may find you already have one (or half a dozen), and it is part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes of dupes / view dupes side-by-side side-by-side.

Sex Fantasy is described as a “pale lavender pink.” It’s a very light, cool-toned pink with a hint of lavender. It has a totally flat, matte finish. The texture is soft and finely-milled, but it is powdery (more so than the permanent version). On me, it lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Final Cut is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a softened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and silky, and it was only a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes
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The Glossover

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palette

Virtual Domination

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Miss Liberty

B+

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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9/10

Longevity

8/10

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4/5

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Deep Throat

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Guerlain Perles d'Etoiles Meteorites Illuminating Pearls
Guerlain Perles d’Etoiles Meteorites Illuminating Pearls

Guerlain Perles d’Etoiles Meteorites Illuminating Pearls ($60.00 for 0.88 oz.) is a softened, medium beige with golden shimmer. I expect mine is leaning a bit more obviously beige/warm, since some of the pearls (and it appears the bronzy ones!) were crushed. Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more golden. NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is liquid. theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is pinker. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is pinker. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is darker, more shimmery. Chanel Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I’m going to refer you to the promotional image for the Meteorites here, as a few pearls in mine were pretty crushed up, which gives mine the appearance of being all gold and bronze pearls. Trying to dust them off was a bit like excavating at a dig site (and didn’t go so well for me). The promotional image shows pearls that range from beige, gold, pink, berry, and bronze (there are supposed to be six, but I could only really see five distinct shades). It comes in a gold case with a “bow” on top and a red pouf. The product that comes off from the pearls once you touch it (whether with the pouf or a brush) is soft, silky, and finely-milled with a low-level sheen without any over-the-top sparkle. The gold and bronze pearls bring a lot of warmth to the party, but it is sheer enough that it can be dusted all-over for a warm, luminous glow. Applied more heavily, it warms up my cheeks and gives off a glow that doesn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. Meteorites are somewhere between a highlighter and finishing powder, as they can be used all-over or applied more heavily as a targeted highlighter (though they’re subtle applied that way). They seem to give the skin a softer, glowy look that’s more, “Your skin looks great, did you change your skin care?” and less “What highlighter are you wearing?” I was bummed to see this year’s tin only contains 0.88 oz. compared to last year’s 1.05 oz.

Update (10/9/14): I’ve added photos of a second one, where the pearls aren’t crushed (purchased from Sephora).  The effect is still the same applied–a light warmth with soft shimmer–but a smidgen more beige overall.

The Glossover

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Perles d'Etoiles

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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