Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Skinfinishes
MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Skinfinishes

There are three shades of MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.31 oz.) in the upcoming Magnetic Nude collection, which launches in-stores and at-counter on December 26th. Superb is a repromote, while the other two shades are new (and of course, limited edition). Those are the two that I’m testing for wear today, so I will update with ratings and wear times once I’ve finished wearing them.

Fairly Precious is described as a “peach with dimensional pearly green.” It’s a light-medium, peach (that leans a little orange) with a warm undertone and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and easy to blend out on the skin. On medium and deeper complexions, it will primarily add sheen with, at best, a little warmth. On fairer complexions, it will do both. It looks soft, glowy, and luminous on the skin and just slightly emphasizes pores and the skin’s texture.  It lasted for seven and a half hours before showing signs of fading. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $30.00) is darker, more orange. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is darker, less orange. NARS Realm of the Senses #3 (LE, $29.00) is similar but less frosted. MAC Solar Ray (LE, $25.00) is more orange, darker. Chanel Espiegle (P, $43.00) is darker, pinker, less frosted. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Magnetic Appeal is described as a “medium tan with fine gold sheen.” It’s a coppery-brown with a copper-gold shimmer and warm undertones. This was less frosted compared to the other two, but when blended, it does take on a more metallic finish (but not quite as metallic as Fairly Precious or Superb). I’m surprised to see this one, because it was really quite similar to MAC’s Glorify–the range isn’t so extensive that you’d expect to see such close releases. It had excellent pigmentation, and the color applied well on the skin and blended very easily. I saw slight emphasis of pores/skin texture, but it was minor (and compared to its metallic finish, again, impressive). It wore well for a full eight hours before starting to fade at the edges.  bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is more golden. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less brown. MAC Gold Deposit (P, $30.00) is more orange, less brown. MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is slightly browner, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Superb is described as a “soft peachy nude with multidimensional shimmer.” It’s a soft, muted beige-brown with champagne frost and shimmer. This shade has been repromoted twice in the past, and I’ve reviewed it twice before, so I won’t be re-testing this, but the photos and swatches are from the latest release (but is the same as the past releases). To recap, it’s a rather frosted, shimmering finish. Depending on the skin tone, it can add both color as well as a highlighting sheen. It has a fairly metallic finish, and yes, it does emphasize pores, but it is very slight, and for something as metallic as this, it’s impressive how little it does that. It wears eight hours with minor fading on me. Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $42.00) is lighter. MAC Redhead (LE, $30.00) is less beige. MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $30.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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8/10

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Magnetic Appeal

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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5/5

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Superb

A-

Product

9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Saturday, December 14th, 2013

rms beauty Living Luminzer
rms beauty Living Luminzer

rms beauty Living Luminzer ($38.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as an “ultra sheer, glowing, luminizer with a translucent, satin-pearl finish.” It’s a pale, champagne beige–a warmer, more golden beige–with a soft, frosted sheen that blends out to a barely-there glow (no frost) when applied to the skin. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is warmer, shinier. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is more frosted. See comparison swatches. MAC Strobe Cream, when mixed with moisturizer, also has a similar effect on the skin.

If you’re someone who feels like they’ve tried dozens of highlighters and they all feel over-the-top, pore-emphasizing, too frosted, too shiny, and just too much, you may find the Living Luminizer is exactly what you’ve been looking for. Subtle is the name of the game here. It mimics an illusion of glowing, healthy skin, which may be too subtle for some or just right for others. It doesn’t emphasize pores, dryness, or skin imperfections. When my skin is drier, and I’m not wearing any other base makeup, this is a nice way to add a little natural-looking luminosity onto my skin without wearing foundation and powder. If I apply a light-medium coverage foundation with a more luminous finish, I get similar results–I can’t really tell that I’ve applied the Living Luminizer in that instance. If you have a more matte-finish foundation, it will help to breathe life back into it so it’s not as flat all-over. The consistency is creamy, a little thick, but blendable and does melt on contact with the skin. It doesn’t feel tacky, but it never fully sets or dries down. On me, it lasted five hours on cheeks, four hours on the bridge of the nose, and five hours on the cupid’s bow.

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Living Luminizer

B
It does exactly as it is supposed to--gives skin a subtle glow that looks effortless and natural without emphasizing pores or imperfections--and it's easy to apply and impossible to go overboard with it. However, it doesn't wear long, so for some, that might be a deal-breaker.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, December 8th, 2013

NARS Maldives The Multiple
NARS Maldives The Multiple

NARS Maldives The Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink champagne.” It’s a soft, muted pink-shimmered beige with a luminous finish. On the skin, it’s like a veil of lightly warmed-over champagne sheen. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is lighter. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $25.00) is a powder but similar in color. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is very comparable. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is somewhat warmer. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is more frosted. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $42.00) is also more frosted, powder. See comparison swatches.

NARS describes the formula as a “multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips and body” that gives “sheer color” that can be blended for “shimmering accents; contours or dynamic highlights.” The suggested application method is with fingers, as the heat will warm up the product and enable it to be more easily blended. NARS’ The Multiples and I have an interesting relationship, because while I like them (at least, some of the time) on cheeks and eyes, I don’t like them on lips (uneven application, tends to drag and pull during application, and drying), so they’re always a disappointment in one of the three areas it’s designed to be used. Maldives didn’t work well on lips, but it did work excellently on cheeks, eyes, and decolletage. The finish is incredibly flattering–glowy, luminous, dewy but not oily or pore-emphasizing–and the wear is about seven and a half hours on cheeks and brow bone (on the lid, it creases within five hours).  It applies and blends beautifully on the cheeks as a highlighter.

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Maldives

B

If you only use Multiples as cheek products, then for your reference, this product is more of an A- product, but if you really wanted a multi-tasking product that worked on eyes, lips, and cheeks (or body), then it's not as adept at working well on all those areas.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

bareMinerals The Many Splendors Face & Body Luminizer
bareMinerals The Many Splendors Face & Body Luminizer

bareMinerals The Many Splendors Face & Body Luminizer ($45.00 for 1.10 oz.) is composed of three shades that you could use alone or together, but the compact is quite large, so each section easily can be used individually (though probably not with the brush included with the set!). There is a very large powder brush that comes with the compact, and it’s actually incredibly soft, dense, and lovely to use (I was worried, as last time I tried brushes from bareMinerals, they were very scratchy). However, for all those good characteristics, it’s massive and quite long, so it’s almost floppy. It provides a very dense and heavy-handed application. The brush is nice on its own, but I didn’t love it with this particular product. It’s a mega-sized powder–can’t imagine running out of it any time soon!–and if you use highlighters or bronzers on decolletage or the body, it would go a long way.  The quality of the powders is okay; the peachy shade was oddly under-pigmented, while the bronzer was very pigmented and easy to blend.

The Many Splendors #1 is a pale, gold-shimmered beige. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. I noticed, however, that applied, it did somewhat emphasize pores. It wore for seven hours. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is similar. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is very, very similar. See comparison swatches.

The Many Splendors #2 is a warm-toned, peachy-pink with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. This one had so-so color payoff–it was unusually difficult to get pigmentation out of it, even though it seemed soft to the touch. When applied, it did slightly emphasize pores and wore for seven and a half hours. On very fair skin, this could work as a blusher, but on my medium complexion, it worked out more as a highlighter with a smidgen of color. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $25.00) is darker. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is more matte. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $25.00) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Many Splendors #3 is a medium-dark, orange-brown with a deep, orange-gold frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and it was the best performing shade within the compact. It wore for eight hours well, though it did slightly emphasize pores and imperfections. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

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The Many Splendors

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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The Many Splendors #1

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8/10

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8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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7.5/10

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7/10

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7/10

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7.5/10

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Monday, November 25th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick
Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick ($45.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “shimmering quartet of pearlescent colors.” It’s a medium-dark, bronze and copper-shimmered brown with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. There is a hint of gray to the browner coloring, but it is still a warm-toned hue. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is less shimmery, warmer. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is rosier. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is less shimmery. MAC Exotic Ember (LE, $25.00) is darker, browner. MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $25.00) is grayer. MAC Superb (LE, $30.00) is slightly rose-toned. Bobbi Brown Bahama (LE, $38.00) is rosier. See comparison swatches.

Shimmer Bricks can be used as face/cheek products, but they individual shades can also be used as eyeshadows. For the purposes of this review, it focuses on the product worn as a cheek product. I have included swatches of the individual shades for anyone who might be thinking about using it them as eyeshadows. It had good color payoff, and the texture of the powder is soft, finely-milled, and very blendable on the skin. It just slightly emphasized pores, but it was hardly noticeable if you weren’t really looking for it (as in, I don’t think anyone but the wearer would notice!). It wore almost eight hours on me before gradually fading. There was some patchiness after nine and a half hours.

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Nude Glow

A-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, November 18th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up (302) Lightshow Luminizing Powder
Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up (302) Lightshow Luminizing Powder

Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up (302) Lightshow Luminizing Powder ($59.00 for 0.38 oz.) is described as a “multidimensional powder [that] flatters all skin tones by diffusing light and minimizing imperfections.” There are three colors within the palette, though you could certainly use them in any combination. Practically, it’s easier to use the highlighter on its own, and then using the two more contour-hued shades together, as an average-sized blush brush doesn’t fit well into a single stripe without getting a little of what was next to it as well. The palette comes with a gold overspray, which will last a use or less, so I brushed it off entirely before swatching or using the powder. I wore the lightest shade as more of a highlighter with the less shimmery, more brown-ish shades as a blush and contour, respectively, and the highlighter seemed to fade faster than the others–at around seven hours–while the other two lasted a bit longer but not for a full eight hours. The powder is quite generously-sized, though, at 0.38 oz., but the performance could be better across the board.

Close-Up #1 is a pale, shimmering white with a subtle, cool, almost gray-ish, undertone. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was a little powdery, and it may be chalky against deeper complexions. I applied this to the cheekbone (with the other shades below as more of a contour), and it was very reflective, almost metallic, and did somewhat emphasize pores. Urban Decay Naked (P, $29.00) is more sparkly but the two are similar. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is warmer. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) has a stronger gold sheen/cast. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Close-Up #2 is a medium brown with soft, warm tan undertones and a satin finish. It had decent to good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled and not too powdery. This will be a better fit for lighter skin tones than mine as it really disappears on my medium complexion. Too Faced Spice (LE) is darker. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is darker. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is rosier, darker. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Close-Up #3 is a golden, medium brown with a pale, yellow gold sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, but the texture was on the more powdery side. It’s soft, blendable, and easy-to-apply, though. Too Faced Spice (LE) is darker. MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is warmer. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is redder in tone. Illamasqua Disobey (P, $26.00) is more matte, warmer. See comparison swatches.

For your reference, I also included swatches of the two brown shades blended together as well as all three shades together! The similarities in color with the two brown shades made them look almost like the same color, depending on the lighting, and the sizing of each component doesn’t lend itself to really individualized use.

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Close-Up (302)

C+
I wore the lightest shade as more of a highlighter with the less shimmery, more brown-ish shades as a blush and contour, respectively, and the highlighter seemed to fade faster than the others--at around seven hours--while the other two lasted a bit longer but not for a full eight hours. The powder is quite generously-sized, though, at 0.38 oz., but the performance could be better across the board.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Close-Up #1

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7.5/10

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8/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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4.5/5

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Close-Up #2

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Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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