Saturday, March 21st, 2015

MAC Blush Pink High-Light Powder
MAC Blush Pink High-Light Powder

MAC Blush Pink High-Light Powder ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light pink with silver.” It’s a light, pink-peach with a semi-matte finish. The silver is an over-spray that will disappear after one use. NARS Paloma Highlight (P) is lighter. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is slightly darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Like Nude Pink, this performed more like a setting powder than a highlighter. It took away the natural luminosity of the skin and made my skin look dull and flat, but on the upside, even the paleness of this product didn’t look chalky against my skin tone. Instead of brightening or highlighting, it helped to remove shine and gave my skin a smoother appearance where pores were minimized. I think the powderiness of the texture made it dull the skin, as you could see the powdery finish once applied. If you have oilier skin, it might not look as dry applied (I am normal on my cheeks). It was hard for me to judge how long this wore, but the mattifying effect lasted for six and a half hours before breaking down.

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Blush Pink

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Product

6/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, March 21st, 2015

MAC Nude Pink High-Light Powder
MAC Nude Pink High-Light Powder

MAC Nude Pink High-Light Powder ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “champagne base with silver.” It’s a light-medium peachy-beige witha very fine gold shimmer. The silver is merely an over-spray and disappears the first time the brush swishes across the surface (which I removed prior to swatching/using). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Perles d’Etoiles (LE, $60.00) is warmer. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Bareness (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is one of the more confusing formulas released by MAC, as it is called a “High-Light Powder,” yet the effect of the shimmer was almost imperceptible on my skin–even in person. I’m not surprised that it barely produces color on my medium skin tone (it is too close to my natural coloring), but I thought it might work to give a luminous, natural sheen to the skin. Instead, it seemed to make the skin appear smoother but made the skin look flat, so it seemed more like a setting powder in regards to what the end result was. On fairer skin tones, this might work as a really subtle blush or brightener, and it may reduce some redness due to its generally peachy tone. The texture is really soft and finely-milled but fairly powdery, so I would recommend using a very light touch to avoid a lot of excess powder kicked up in the pan. What little color I could see seemed to last for eight hours on me.

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Nude Pink

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Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 20th, 2015

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder
MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder ($26.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft peachy pink with gold.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a delicate golden sheen. Colour Pop Trickery (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cream. NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is lighter. MAC Fun Ending (LE, $21.00) is slightly more muted. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is brighter, less shimmery. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is darker. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is darker. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

On light-medium and fairer skin tones, this could easily be used as a blusher. It’s very subtle on my medium skin tone, so I would expect it will be more and more subtle on deeper skin tones. The texture is thin but smooth with a firmer press where a denser blush brush is key to getting color to transfer onto the brush. More feathery brushes don’t seem to pick up much product when I was playing with it. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage and a satiny sheen that didn’t emphasize pores. It was easily blended on the skin so it looked even and diffused. On me, it wore well for seven and a half hours before fading.

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Alpha Girl

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 20th, 2015

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder
MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder ($26.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light pink with silver pearl.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a silvery, frosted sheen. NARS Adoration (Left) (P) is more sparkly. MAC Just a Wisp (P, $27.00) is brighter. MAC Azalea in the Afternoon (LE, $27.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Veronica’s Blush (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Long-time MAC fans might already have this in their stash (I remember it from Barbie Loves MAC in ’07), and I myself remember using this heavily years ago (along with Pearl Sunshine). The color and finish are the same between this newest release and mine from 2007, though the texture is a bit different–my older one has a denser feel to it, more pliable. The texture is smooth but thin in the pan; there’s a firmer press going on these days when it comes to a lot of MAC’s Beauty Powders, I think. It’s not stiff to me, but it is thinner and smooth yet not really silky (usually smooth and silky are characteristics that go together). On my medium skin tone, I get both color, shimmer, and luminosity, though it could be applied with a less dense brush (I used a blush brush) for a more delicate sheen with less color. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to more opaque. It wore well without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture and lasted eight hours on me before starting to breakdown.

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Pearl Blossom

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is available in three forms: liquid, cream, and pressed powder. Here’s how I would describe each formula:

  • Original (Liquid) has the most slip with a thin, almost water-like consistency that spreads very well over even dry patches and mixes easily with other products (like liquid foundation, moisturizer, etc.). Best for anyone who likes a dewy sheen with less shimmer and visible color, best for all-over luminosity (I prefer mixing in with a liquid foundation). Due to the pump mechanism, it is harder to get a very small amount out (if I want to
  • Poured (Cream) has nearly opaque color coverage with a stronger sheen than the liquid version. It has a thin texture that doesn’t feel wet or tacky on the skin, spreads and blends out very well so sheerer coverage is totally possible.
  • Pressed (Powder) has nearly opaque color coverage with the strongest sheen and the most noticeable shimmer particles (I wouldn’t describe them as noticeable, only relative to the other two formulations). I find it easiest to over-apply and then have the finish emphasize pores with the powder version.

When deciding, I would think about what types of products you use most often and what level of coverage you would want to have most of the time. If you have drier skin, you may prefer the liquid or cream versions. If you have oilier skin, the cream or powder versions may appeal more. If you don’t like a lot of shimmer or want something that can easily be used all-over, I think the liquid is best. If you love shimmer and the more reflective the better, the powder is an excellent choice. I think the colors are fairly consistent across the board, particularly once applied to the skin, with the liquid versions giving the least amount of color due to their deliberately sheer quality.

  • MOONSTONE: The liquid version is the sheerest, while the cream version is slightly yellower and more pigmented than the liquid and powder versions. The powder is the most reflective.
  • OPAL: All three are very similar in color, though the powder appears a smidgen darker and has a higher sheen with the most noticeable color.
  • PEARL: This is only offered in liquid and cream form at this time. Both versions have identical color to me with the cream version being more pigmented and giving a greater effect on the skin.
  • ROSE GOLD: The cream version is slightly darker with a smoother sheen, whereas the liquid and powder versions are nearly the same in color but offer different opacities, and the powder version is more metallic on the skin.
  • TOPAZ: The actual color is consistent across all three, but you’ll notice that the cream and powder versions are much, much more intense due to being a lot more pigmented. The cream version offers the smoothest sheen, while the powder version has a more shimmery finish.

Price Comparison

  • Original (Liquid) — $41/1.7 fl. oz. or $24.12 per (fluid) ounce.
  • Poured (Cream) $38/0.19 oz. or $200.00 per ounce.
  • Pressed (Powder) $38/0.28 oz. or $135.71 per ounce.

Application Tips

  • Original (Liquid) — I prefer mixing with other products, whether moisturizer or liquid foundation for an all-over glow, usually one pump. For more concentrated application, I’ll try to pump the tiniest amount out and pat over the area with my fingertip, then skim the fingertip in small circles using just the edge of the finger pad (less contact). I’ve used it over and under foundation, but if I’m using it all-over under foundation, I’d rather mix it as I think the results are more cohesive.
  • Poured (Cream) — It works well on bare skin or over liquid foundation from my experience. I like using duo fiber or stippling brushes gently swirled in the compact, then lightly patted in three places along the cheek bone for initial lay-down of color, and then blend by swirling in feathery circular motions. Fingertips are also excellent for blending out the color once you’ve applied the initial amount.
  • Pressed (Powder) — I reach for my least dense, most feathery brushes for applying these to get more of a luminous sheen of a finish than a really intense metallic sheen. For example, I applied all of the pressed powders with a fan brush for this post. Even a fan brush will still yield color and pigment, but it helps keep the shimmer at a luminous level that doesn’t emphasize pores. If you ever feel like you’ve gone over-board, dust a translucent or setting powder (in your skin tone) over, which will minimize some of the shimmer (and color, if you use a colored powder) but will not take it all away.

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured
Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured ($38.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “soft gold infused with rose tones.” It’s a light-medium, peachy brown with a hint of reddish copper tones, gold shimmer, and strong, warm undertones overall. It had a luminous sheen. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is darker, powder. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is slightly rosier. LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is warmer, powder. Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE) is powder, less shimmery. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is lighter, powder. Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is rosier, powder. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is a powder. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is sheerer. MAC Margin (P, $21.00) is rosier, powder. View swatches of similar shades / compare dupes side-by-side.

At last, the final shade of the five new Poured shades (which means a comparison is coming soon–I promise!). Mine arrived in a bit of a state, after having been rerouted to the wrong location, and I’m wondering if its extra four days to go from southern California (where it went mistakenly) to northern California during a particularly hot weekend caused it to liquefy in transit. I’m not entirely sure, but my other four arrived pristine, while this one spent over a week in transit (the others went air). Other than not looking so hot, it feels and performs like the other four shades do. The texture is lightweight, not too emollient but has enough slip that it easily blends on the skin. It had fairly rich color payoff–mostly opaque–that added color to my complexion while also adding a noticeable shimmer and luminous sheen. This one seemed slightly more shimmery compared to some of the other shades. On medium-dark and deeper skin tones, I expect it’ll add some warmth but primarily a rosy sheen, whereas on lighter complexions, it can work as a highlighter and blush/bronzer in one. The finish can emphasize pores slightly if you apply it as more of a blush–it was more forgiving when it was applied semi-sheer. Rose Gold wore well for eight hours before fading on my skin.

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Rose Gold

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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