Friday, February 27th, 2015

Estee Lauder x Courreges Illuminations Face Powder
Estee Lauder x Courreges Illuminations Face Powder

Estee Lauder x Courreges Illuminations Face Powder ($32.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “glowing, otherworldly” powder with a “burst of pure light.” It’s a brightened, golden champagne with a frosted, metallic sheen. Tarte Champagne (LE) is slightly lighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is a smidgen lighter. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora gave early access to VIB Rouges to the new collaboration collection between Estee Lauder and Courreges, and this particularly product went very quickly (it’s not even listed on the site any more, but I’m hoping that it’ll reappear when the collection is fully launched as well as be available at other retailers and at counters). The texture is a lot like a baked powder product (think MAC Mineralize products) with a soft, smooth, but almost dry, feeling to the touch, though it doesn’t look dry on the skin. It had good color coverage that was easily blended and diffused on the skin, and for a really ethereal look, could be applied with a feathery touch and fan brush for a mere dusting of sheen. Applied with a more traditional highlighting brush, the finish can veer too metallic and emphasize pores slightly, but for as high-shine as it is, I was surprised that it didn’t make pores look glaringly obvious. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading.

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Courreges

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, February 7th, 2015

MAC Mystery Princess Beauty Powder
MAC Mystery Princess Beauty Powder

MAC Mystery Princess Beauty Powder ($25.00 for TBA oz.) is described as a “pink beige with silver shimmer.” It’s a sparkling, cool-toned beige with a white base and a metallic, frosted sheen. MAC also described this as “matte” in the press release, but it is definitely not that, so my guess is that was misprint/mistake. Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 (P, $48.00) is warmer, liquid. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is slightly darker. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, lighter. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is similar. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is warmer. MAC Too Chic (LE, $24.00) is less sparkly. MAC Snowglobe (LE, $24.00) is less sparkly. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $24.00) is less sparkly. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $68.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s not quite as sparklly as Coupe d’Chic, but the texture of the powder felt similar–dense, textured from the shimmer/sparkle content, but still fairly smooth. This one didn’t emphasize pores for me, though it’s metallic enough that if you’re more concerned about pore-size, you might want to try it in person if you can. It blended easily, and I had less issue with the sparkles getting all-over during application, but they do travel throughout wear. This is one of the more shimmery Beauty Powders I can recall, and it really felt and applied like the Iridescent Pressed Powder, but this shade was slightly less sparkly/glittery. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

The Glossover

LE
product

Mystery Princess

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, February 6th, 2015

MAC Coupe d'Chic Iridescent Pressed Powder
MAC Coupe d’Chic Iridescent Pressed Powder

MAC Coupe d’Chic Iridescent Pressed Powder ($28.00 for TBA oz.) is described as a “light golden peach with gold shimmer.” It’s a pinky-peach with warm, sparkling gold. Urban Decay Aura (P, $29.00) is warmer, less sparklly. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is less sparkly. theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is less sparkly, darker. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is darker. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was dense, almost cream-like (but definitely a powder), and you could feel the sparkle in the texture. I wouldn’t describe the texture as dry or gritty necessarily, but there is a ton of sparkle, and it comes through even by touch. As you might guess, due to the amount of sparkle and shimmer in it, there is some emphasis of pores and the skin’s natural texture. I found that most of the time, it also read rather metallic that it reflected enough light that pores weren’t noticeable. It’s a semi-sheer product without a lot of natural binding qualities, so a lot of the product seems to dust everywhere, so sparkle was, as a result, all over my face, though more concentrated along the upper cheekbones. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

The Glossover

LE
product

Coupe d'Chic

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette
Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette ($46.00 for 0.72 oz.) includes three highlight shades (0.08 oz. each) and three contour shades (0.16 oz. each). I wish the palette ran cooler in overall tone, or at least had the first set of highlight/contour be cool-toned, the middle be more neutral-cool, and the last set be deeper and more neutral-cool. They all run warmer both in the pan, swatched, and applied. The texture of the powders is incredibly silky and smooth with a little bit of powderiness, but it’s not excessive, and it seems to make these incredibly easy to work with, so blending and diffusing the color on the skin isn’t frustrating. If you are fairer and prefer very subtle contours, this palette might be too dark overall, but the shades are quite forgiving and blendable, so I think that they can all be worn across most skin tones, just depending on the intensity of application.

Lucid is described as a “pinkish nude.” It’s a brightened, light beige with subtle, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft and silky–just slightly powdery–but sat well on the skin. It had good color payoff and was both buildable and blendable, as desired. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sombre is described as a “true taupe.” It’s a medium taupe brown with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was easy to work with. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lyric is described as a “yellow beige.” It’s a brightened, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It was nicely pigmented with a very soft, finely-milled texture, but it was a bit powdery. I thought it exacerbated dryness if/when I had any, but if you have oilier skin, I don’t think it will be an issue. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shadowplay is described as a “soft brown.” It’s a medium brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but it was weaker compared to other shades in the palette. The texture was soft, blendable, and not at all powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. The color appears more bronzer-like than a true contour, though it has a muted quality that makes it not quite as warm or orange-toned as a bronzer can be. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Levitation is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a yellowed peach with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color payoff that was easily sheered out or blended, depending on the look you wanted. The texture was finely-milled, incredibly soft and smooth, but a little powdery. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Subconscious is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had nice pigmentation that was blendable on the skin with a soft, silky texture. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

palette

Shade + Light

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Lucid

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sombre

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Product

9.5/10

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10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Guerlain Clair (02) Meteorites Compact
Guerlain Clair (02) Meteorites Compact

Guerlain Clair (02) Meteorites Compact ($62.00 for 0.35 oz.) uses “green dots [to] hide redness, white dots [to] illuminate, and champagne [to] even out skin tone.” I feel like the best way to describe Meteorites and their effect on the skin is that people start asking you, “What are you doing with your skin? It looks amazing!” You get comments on your skin, not your makeup. That being said, I also feel like it’s a product that is more believable in person than in photos. On me, it imparts subtle luminosity and gives my skin a smoother appearance while minimizing pores and skin texture. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and it feels velvety and smooth on the skin. Even though this shade is technically designed for fair skin, it worked well on my medium complexion (likely due to the translucent nature of the product).

I think if you’ve been tempted by the Mythic Voyage Powder, this is an excellent alternative, and I can’t tell the difference between the two applied. It’s really great to see the pressed Meteorites make a return in a more affordable form than the Voyage powders (which do come in a much more substantial compact, but the lower-priced version is easier to travel with). It works well as a finishing powder, and breathes life back into the skin, especially if you tend to use a more matte foundation or setting powder. For me, I have normal-to-dry skin (quite normal at the moment, though), and if I only use this without setting powder, my foundation does last an extra half hour to an hour, but I wouldn’t recommend this in place of a setting powder (I typically use both in a full look). I also like this dusted over bare skin for really lazy days. The pressed version has the same violet scent as their other powder products.

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Clair (02)

Temptalia Recommends
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Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, December 29th, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Eva Glow Illuminating Powder
Dolce & Gabbana Eva Glow Illuminating Powder

Dolce & Gabbana Eva Glow Illuminating Powder ($68.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a very pale, muted yellowed beige with a light dusting of silver sparkle. It looks mostly matte on the skin, in terms of finish, and at most, it gives the appearance that the area it applied is lighter. I couldn’t think of another highlighter that had a similar color or finish.

I can’t say that this really worked to illuminate on my skin tone at all–maybe if I looked very closely and there was a fair amount of light. I could barely detect it, which might make it more suitable as a finishing or setting powder, though when I attempted to use it that way, I looked ashy (so I think it would be a shade that might work better for very light to fair skin tones). The powder itself feels very soft and finely-milled but terribly powdery; there’s a lot of excess that gets kicked up as soon as the brush touches the surface, and it can easily look powdery on the skin if you’re not careful. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to achieve the “radiant glow” described by the brand. In order to test wear, I just layered more heavily on cheekbones so I could actually see it, and it was noticeably faded within six hours.

The version featured in this post is the Collector’s Edition, but the shade itself is available permanently for $51 (without the red lacquered cover/design on the powder).

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Eva

D

Product

4/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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