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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Monday, May 18th, 2015

ColourPop Boba Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Boba Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Boba Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone true pink with golden highlights.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with lighter gold shimmer. Applied, the finish looks more like a luminous sheen than a frosted or overtly shimmery highlighter. This shade is more like a highlighting blush, as it gives color as well as highlights the skin. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and very blendable. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Please Yourself (LE, $27.00) is darker. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is less shimmery. MAC Just a Wisp (P, $27.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. NARS Adelaide (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Morale (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Lunch Money Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft light gold with a reflective golden duochrome finish.” It’s a light, golden beige with a frosted sheen and warm undertones. It had good color payoff that yielded full coverage applied with fingertips, but the lightly creamy, emollient consistency blended out well so it could be sheered out with fingertips or applied sheer from the get-go with a brush. The finish may seem frosted in a swatch, but on the skin, it’s a luminous glow that doesn’t emphasize pores, but it does have very slight sparkle that is sometimes visible (depends on the angle), though it doesn’t seem to migrate. It lasted for eight hours on me. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is a powder. MAC Perfect Topping (Lightness of Being) (LE, $30.00) is more beige. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $28.00) is more sparkly. Tarte Champagne (LE) is similar, powder. Urban Decay Craze (LE) is lighter, powder. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is powder. theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is darker. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

ColourPop Tasty Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Tasty Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Tasty Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “candy coloured coral with multi-dimensional pink and copper duochrome.” It’s a slightly muted, medium orange with a pink to gold shimmer-sheen. Colour Pop Bonus (P, $8.00) has a similar color but is matte. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter, powder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) is powder. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, powder. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is brighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It was richly pigmented and applied with full coverage when tapped on with a fingertip, but you could apply even less or simply blend out, as it blends effortlessly on the skin. You could also use a stippling or duo fiber brush to get sheerer coverage with little work. I find the Pearlized finish to be extremely forgiving, and it is very hard to overdo as a result. Though it appears slightly frosted when swatched heavily, as it is blended out, the finish becomes more of a pearly sheen, and as a result, it is actually one of the subtler shades with respect to the finish. I can see a definite shift to pink as I turn my head in the mirror, so depending on the angle, it can look more or less orange-coral. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me before fading.

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