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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Guava/Moonstone

B+

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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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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Fig/Opal

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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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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Natural

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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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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Golden Pink

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Product

7/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, April 5th, 2014

NARS Hot Sand Illuminator
NARS Hot Sand Illuminator

NARS Hot Sand Illuminator ($30.00 for 1.10 fl. oz.) is described as a “peach champagne.” It’s a light-medium, champagne-shimmered peach with a frosted sheen. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is similar but is a powder. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is warmer, a bit darker. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is a smidgen darker. NARS Miss Liberty (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, warmer, powder. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s very similar in consistency and finish to 413 BLKR, just in a different color (413 BLKR is much, much lighter). The texture is fairly thin, but a little goes a long way, so you won’t need much. I expect a tube will last you quite awhile! Whether you are more inclined to mix with your foundation or pat it along the high planes of the face, you don’t need much to get a glowing, luminous finish. If mixed with foundation, it just breathes life back into the skin if you tend to favor a satin or matte foundation. Applied to the high planes of the face (like cheek bones, down the length of the nose, cupid’s bow, etc.), it has a very high-shine finish that doesn’t emphasize pores but is a noticeable highlighter. This could be nice patted over a warmer blush or bronzer, but I would recommend applying the highlighter first, then the blush/bronzer to avoid displacing the blush/bronzer as the Illuminator tended to push away the powder. It didn’t impact the wear–neither lengthening nor shortening–of my foundation when mixed in with it, and it lasted seven and a half hours on its own before getting somewhat patchy.

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Hot Sand

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

 

NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator
NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator

NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator ($30.00 for 1.1 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering champagne.” It’s a brightened, light, gold-hued champagne with warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is a powder product, less warm-toned. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is warmer, less metallic, powder. Urban Decay Naked (P, $29.00) is more sparkly, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, powder. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a product where less is more; if you go too heavily, it looks frosted and can start to emphasize pores, but if patted on and sheered out, it gives a dewy, luminous look to the skin (and just barely emphasizes pores). Unlike NARS Adelaide (my first experience with NARS’ Illuminators), this isn’t glittery or sparkly–shimmery, yes–but no over-the-top glittery bits to worry about. It has a thin consistency, so it can also be mixed into liquid or cream foundation for an all-over glow. When you mix a product like this with your foundation, it’s a much subtler effect, and you’ll just notice a more luminous finish overall, compared to your foundation’s normal finish but still understated. I am all about a liquid highlighter mixed into foundation right now, because it is a surefire way to give skin a lit-from-within-glow that makes people ask you what you’re doing to keep your skin so lovely! Wearing this as a highlighter on the cheek bones, it wore well for seven and a half hours before starting to turn patchy.

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413 BLKR

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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