Monday, April 6th, 2015

Urban Decay Rapture Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Rapture Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Rapture Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “deep mauve with a hint of shimmer.” It’s a softened, medium-dark plummy purple with cooler undertones with a warmer, golden shimmer-sheen. The shimmer is very fine so that it creates more of a sheen on the skin than visible shimmer. MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $21.00) is warmer, browner. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is brighter. NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is warmer, redder. NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is warmer, less purple. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is pinker. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is slightly warmer. NARS Sin (P, $30.00) is darker, richer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The upcoming Afterglow blushes are supposed to have sheer, buildable coverage with a “soft, creamy texture” that is “extremely blendable.” I can see this one becoming a popular shade, as it seems like a shade that will be very wearable on cool and warm-toned skin tones. The coverage is buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque, with the overall color having a muted quality to it, so it is hard to overdo. I don’t know that the color is rich enough to show up as well on deeper skin tones, but it may be worth a look (I lean towards steering you to check out NARS Sin (P, $30.00), as it starts off more pigmented and is richer overall, making it a better pick for deeper skin tones). It has a very silky, finely-milled texture that sits well on the skin without looking powdery, and it blends and diffuses without a lot of effort. The powder has a thinness to it, which gave me pause when I was swatching, but it seems to shine in practice (when you actually apply it and start blending it out). The shimmer in this gives it an exceptionally satiny, lightly luminous effect that is great if you like the idea of shimmer but don’t want to see it. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

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Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Urban Decay Bittersweet Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Bittersweet Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Bittersweet Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “bright purple.” It’s a softened, medium purple with subtle, pink undertones and a mostly matte finish. It seems to run slightly cool in undertone, but I think it may depend on what you pair it with whether it will read genuinely cool-toned or not. Make Up For Ever S924 Purple (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler-toned. Too Faced Ooh la Orchid (LE, $16.00) is warmer (also an eyeshadow). NARS Fashion Rebel #2 (LE, $24.00) is similar (also an eyeshadow). MAC Evening Stroll (LE, $22.00) is a cream product. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

According to Urban Decay, the Afterglow formula is supposed to be an “extremely blendable, finely milled formula [that] goes on sheer that provides eight long hours of wearable, buildable color.” The texture is very, very finely-milled and silky-feeling, and it goes on smoothly, though it is a thinner texture that is prone to kicking up excess powder–it reminded me of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes to a degree, but I would say Urban Decay’s formula is a bit thinner still. It never looked powdery on the skin, and as I worked the color into the skin, the finish seemed more satin-to-matte than a true, flat matte. The formula of Bittersweet is best described as buildable; the color goes on noticeably in one go on my medium skin tone, but it can be built-up to richer, truer-to-pan color if desired, or it can be blended (or applied with a lighter hand) for even softer color. I would say this is semi-sheer to semi-opaque in color payoff, and then buildable from there. This shade was fairly blendable, but it seemed to take a little extra effort compared to the average blush (as well as compared to other blushes in the range). On me, it lasted for eight hours and started to fade.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2015

NARS Starscape Blush
NARS Starscape Blush

NARS Starscape Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “neon pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is slightly darker, cream. Colour Pop Homie (P, $8.00) is cooler-toned, darker. LORAC Unashamed (LE) is cooler-toned. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Savage (P) is darker, cooler-toned. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is lighter. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is darker, redder. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is similar. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

As I mentioned in my review of Silent Nude, this is a new formula that’s described as a “soft, silky texture with sheer, buildable matte color.” There’s a bit of chalkiness to the product with some powdery excess that gets kicked up as you touch the brush against the powder’s surface. The texture has that thin, slightly dry feel and the powder is firmly packed into the pan, though it isn’t stiff at least. It’s definitely less intense than a lot of NARS’ blushes have been, but it’s more semi-opaque than truly sheer, as you only need a small amount to get color to pop on the skin. It was fairly blendable but not as forgiving as NARS’ original formula. On me, it lasted for eight hours before showing signs of fading.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2015

NARS Silent Nude Blush
NARS Silent Nude Blush

NARS Silent Nude Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft beige.” It’s a light-medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Guerlain Clair / Brunettes (01) (P, $53.00) is more orange. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is pinker, darker. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is more orange, brighter. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is similar. Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is pinker, peachier. MAC Bareness (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

You are being warned… the powder blushes in this collection represent a new formula. If you gasped, so did I as I was so surprised to see the words “new formula” in my email from NARS that I double-checked to confirm. The new formula is described as a “soft, silky texture with sheer, buildable matte color.” The texture is noticeably thinner and more powdery than most of the NARS blushes I’ve tried in the past while the powder seems to be pressed more firmly into the pan. It had semi-opaque color coverage at best, but it tended to apply semi-sheer. This is a shade best suited for light-medium and fairer skin tones, as it barely shows up on my medium skin. It applied evenly and didn’t look powdery or dry on my skin, though it might not be the case if you have dry patches on cheeks (my swatching arm is a bit drier and it caught a bit on the driest area). On me, it lasted for seven hours before fading.

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

NARS Quantum Illuminating Multiple
NARS Quantum Illuminating Multiple

NARS Quantum Illuminating Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “sheer iridescent magenta.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and subtle silver and pink micro-shimmer. It is sheer, just as described, with a very thin consistency that I found difficult to spread across the skin for even color. The Multiple itself is almost dry with a velvety feel, like a cream eyeshadow that’s on its last legs and has pulled away from the edges of the jar. It seemed more like a blush with a satin finish than a highlighting/illuminating product. On cheeks, it lasted for six hours on me, and on lips, it was a painful two hours before I had to remove it, because my lips were so, so parched. I try really hard to wear things for as long as they’ll wear, drying or not, but I couldn’t make it past two hours – and I suspect it would have lasted around three at most. Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer, powder. Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is brighter. NARS Adoration (Right) (P) is powder. MAC Bred for Beauty (LE) is cooler-toned, powder. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is powder. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is powder. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $29.00) is brighter, powder. YSL Rose Frivole (02) (P, $40.00) is similar. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, powder. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is brighter, powder. Bobbi Brown Summer Pink (LE, $26.00) is similar. NYX Bourgeois Pig (P, $5.00) is powder. NARS Mata Hari (P, $29.00) is darker, powder. MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is powder. MAC Weekend Getaway (LE, $22.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Violet Atom Illuminating Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “sheer iridescent violet.” It’s a cool-toned, pinky-lavender base with iridescent gold and violet shimmer. Again, it’s as sheer as you’d expect, given the description and its categorization as an “Illuminating Multiple.” The color had an iridescent sheen to it that made it seem like a more unique shade to me. The drier, thin consistency of this product made it prone to clumping. I only was able to apply it by taking a chunk off of it, warming it between my fingertips, and then patting it and swiping at it with the edge of my finger to blend it out. The color lasted for seven hours on the cheeks, and it lasted an hour on my lips and felt like it was sucking the life out of them every second of that hour. NARS Adelaide (LE, $30.00) is more sparkly. Giorgio Armani No. 08 (P, $59.00) is pinker. MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $26.00) is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

In general, I like The Multiple most as a cheek product and sometimes on the eye, but they’re a really poor performing product on the lips, due to just how dry and silicone-like the texture is, in my experience. If you only want to use it as a cheek product, you’ll want to think of the rating as a little higher, though Quantum was still disappointing even as a cheek product. Both of these seemed exceptionally lacking in some of the glide that I’ve typically see present in the Multiple formula, and as mine are press samples, I don’t know if they’ve somehow dried out or if these new, Illuminating Multiple shades are just like that.

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is available in ten shades from a highlighter to a deepened red. I reviewed all of these last year after I visited a Barney’s location and saw Surratt’s range for the first time. Of all the products I swatched at the counter, I left with all ten shades–they were that impressive in texture, even after being swatched by dozens before me. I never did a roundup of them when I finished reviewing the range, and since several asked me about reviewing the range, a roundup seemed like the perfect way to dust off those old posts :) The texture is remarkable, as it is a powder product, but it is so finely-milled, silky, and smooth, that it feels like a cream, and despite all that silkiness, it doesn’t feel or turn powdery. The finish is subtle and luminous, so it’s flattering on the skin. I would love to see an expansion of the shade range to include more mid-tone and deeper shades, like a cool-toned berry, rusty brown, and medium pink.

If you’re unfamiliar with Surratt’s range, all of the powder products are designed to be put into palettes (the brand has two available, but I keep mine in a Z-Palette with magnets attached to the back). Each plastic pan comes with a thin, slide-off plastic “sleeve” that’s more substantial than a plastic insert you might find with a pan eyeshadow, but it’s not sturdy enough to really withstand being put into a makeup bag or traveling. If you just keep everything in a vanity or train case, I think you can leave it as-is without getting a palette for it.

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