Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange
Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange ($42.00 for TBA oz.) is a light-medium, plummy brown with a soft sheen and neutral-to-warm undertones. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is darker, more shimmery. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler-toned, more matte. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is more matte. MAC Baby Don’t Go (P, $23.50) is pinker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Launching soon with Laura Mercier’s fall collection, this limited edition Cheek Melange is supposed to “add natural, glowing colour to cheeks … It provides natural radiance to complexion and is designed to complement all skin tones.” If you are light-medium or fairer, you may get slight color out of this, but on my medium complexion, I applied four layers–packed on–and could barely distinguish the color on me. It does, however, add a soft, luminous sheen to the skin without brightening. The powder is somewhat stiff, which contributes to needing to layer it on, though once dislodged from the pan, goes on smoothly and doesn’t look powdery. It seems to add “natural radiance” regardless of skin tone, but it doesn’t add “glowing color” to all skin tones. It doesn’t have any white base to it, so it can be applied to deeper skin tones without looking chalky, but it will be very subtle and produce mostly a soft sheen. The color/sheen lasts for almost eight hours on my skin. There are better, more finely-milled, higher performing highlighters at the $40+ price point, so this left me unimpressed. It’s too bad, because the shade itself is more unusual, so something with more color payoff and a softer texture would have been interesting.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “golden opal pearl.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with a frosted, reflective finish. Urban Decay Strip Highlighter (P) is darker. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lighter. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Star! (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Belightful (LE) is darker. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is similar. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s an intensely pigmented, ultra-soft highlighter where a little goes a long way. There’s a definite sweet spot with application, and both your technique and your tool of choice will be key, as too much product can emphasize pores. When it’s applied lightly and buffed into the skin, it looks really lovely and luminous on the skin. I liked using a stippling brush or a moderately dense, tapered highlighting brush and dusting it along the tops of cheek bones. It’s not a foolproof highlighter, though, but it’s not difficult to use, especially if you know that it’s very pigmented so you start with less. The powder’s texture is incredibly soft, almost creamy, and finely-milled with a smooth–not powdery–feel. Applied, the highlighter lasts for almost nine hours before fading, but it never looks patchy.

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Auréole Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Auréole Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Auréole Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “highlight” shade. It’s a very light, gold-shimmered ivory with a soft, frosted finish. Divergent Gleaming Pearl (LE) is warmer, more metallic. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is more golden, more shimmery–this is like a less intense version of Albatross. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more beige. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer, more shimmery. NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC In for a Treat (LE, $30.00) is less golden. MAC Too Chic (LE, $24.00) is similar. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is a cream product. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige #1 (LE) is less shimmery, more beige. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The powder is ridiculously soft, silky, and smooth–so much so that it almost feels like a cream texture, because it is never powdery and seems to bind very well. It had semi-opaque color coverage, though as a highlighter, one is more likely to apply it with a sheer to semi-sheer effect, which is easily done (you won’t feel like you have to use a featherlight touch with it). For medium or deeper skin tones, a sheer application seems to work best or else the lighter base can look a bit ashy when it gets built up. The shimmer translates to a luminous, glowing finish that doesn’t look frosted or metallic, and as a result, it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s imperfections. Instead, the finish makes skin look radiant and illuminated. On me, the highlighter wears well for almost eight hours before starting to show signs of fading.

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Inglot #401 HD Pressed Powder
Inglot #401 HD Pressed Powder

This June, Inglot released HD Illuminizing and Sculpting Pressed Powders. Normally, I prefer to only wear one product at a time so you can easily see each color, but the HD Illuminizing Pressed Powders are really more like finishing or pressed powders, rather than a standalone highlighter. It’s hard to really see them on their own, so I’ve tried to pair them with a coordinating Sculpting Powder. The formula on both shades was very soft and finely-milled, but they are powdery and a lot of excess powder gets kicked up when your brush touches the powder’s surface. I don’t think either powder looks powdery or cakey applied to the skin, but there is some product waste and the compact/palette will get messy. I wish the powders were the same shape/size, because I could see putting them together in a palette together for personal use or being able to stack each set on top of each other in same-shaped palettes.

Inglot #401 HD Illuminizing Pressed Powder ($15.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a very light, pale pink with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. There seems to be just the slightest bit of micro-shimmer scattered through the powder, but applied, it really looks mostly matte. The texture of this is incredibly soft but very powdery (more powdery than the Sculpting Powder). I think my skin tone swallows this shade up quite a bit, so unfortunately, I don’t think you can glean much from the photo of it applied. Even though it doesn’t seem to visibly change my skin color or tone, it does give the skin a slightly smoother look–very finished. It seemed to last about seven and a half hours on me. Despite its lightness, I didn’t feel like it looked chalky on me (but it may on deeper complexions). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is slightly warmer, darker. MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Inglot #504 HD Sculpting Powder ($18.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy taupe with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture is more powdery, so it doesn’t “stick” quite as well. If you normally wear a liquid or cream foundation, and then apply it, I think you won’t notice the texture so much. It is very blendable, though, which is a must for a contour powder. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is similar. Chanel Notorious (LE, $43.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

MAC Hush Cream Colour Base
MAC Hush Cream Colour Base

MAC Hush Cream Colour Base ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “soft peach with icy shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm-toned, peachy-beige with a frosted sheen. MAC Diamonds (LE, $22.00) is similar. MAC Highlighter (LE, $30.00) is a powder. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is lighter, powder. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is a powder. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is more beige. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter (P) is a powder. MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $30.00) is a powder. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

If you’re unfamiliar with Cream Colour Bases, they’re designed to be a multi-purpose product that can be used on eyes, lips, or cheeks. They can be used under or over foundation, as a sheer “veil” of color or yield “highly dramatic” color, “depending on method of application.” Hush is part of the permanent range, so if the packaging doesn’t sway you, you can save $2 by going for the regular, black compact version instead. This shade lends itself to highlighting easily, though on fairer skin, you may see some warmth come from applying it, too. The consistency is creamy, lightweight, and very blendable. The effect is luminous, dewy, and doesn’t seem to emphasize pores. It only lasts about six hours on me, but it is a product that can take a translucent setting powder without totally getting lost, if you need better wear.

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo
MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo

MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo ($33.00 for 0.32 oz.) contains two shades, which are most easily considered a bronzer and highlighter. This set of shades was less powdery than Jolly Good, but it was still slightly powdery and didn’t wear quite as long as the average cheek colors do.

Bronzer is described as a “light summer peach tan.” It’s a medium, yellowed brown with warm, orange-yellow undertones and a satiny sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and it wasn’t too powdery, so most of the color stayed on the skin as applied, rather than disappearing when you went to blend it. The color lasted for six and a half hours before fading. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Divergent Intelligent Bronze (LE) is yellower. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is darker. Burberry Copper Glow (P, $48.00) is darker, more matte. Dior Pink Glow Bronzer (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Highlighter is described as a “golden pink.” It’s a champagne-peach with warm undertones with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, was slightly powdery, but it adhered fairly well. It does emphasize pores and any imperfections on the skin. The highlighter lasted for six hours on me before starting to look faded and patchy. Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is lighter, cooler-toned. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is more orange. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter (P) is less orange/peach. MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $30.00) is very similar, slightly more beige. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is less orange. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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