Friday, September 12th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I736 Copper Red Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever I736 Copper Red Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever I736 Copper Red Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a golden copper, frosted sheen. Make Up For Ever ME734 Tangerine (P, $21.00) is brighter, more orange. LORAC Nude #5 (LE) is browner. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is browner. Makeup Geek Goddess (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, slightly browner. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is more muted, browner. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is darker. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever #10 (P, $23.00) is more orange, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It is intensely pigmented, and it’s a blush where a little goes a long way. The creamier, denser texture makes it easier to apply, blend, and diffuse for a softer application if so desired. It can also just as easily be applied at full color coverage for a more dramatic, richer look. Your choice in tools will make a world of difference with a blush as pigmented as this one; I highly recommend a less dense, stippling-type brush (I like MAC’s 159) for applying color, and if you feel like it’s still too bold, you can use a buffing brush to soften further or take a colored setting powder to tone it down (alternatively, I often use my foundation brush to diffuse edges). The finish has more shimmer in it than some of the other blushes in the range, but it didn’t emphasize pores and appears more pearly than shimmery on. As a blush, the color lasted well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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9/10

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5/5

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Urban Decay Aura Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder
Urban Decay Aura Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Aura Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder ($29.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft pink shimmer with golden iridescent sparkle.” It’s a pink-peach with a golden shimmer-sheen with larger gold sparkle and a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is pinker, finre shimmer. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is darker swatched but looks similar applied. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Like the original (now called Luminous, this has an abundance of sparkle and a more metallic finish. I’m always surprised that it doesn’t create hyper-awareness of pores, just because it looks like a glitter-fest in the pan and when swatched, but I think that a lot of the sparkle gets trapped between the bristles of the brush (both the included one, hidden underneath the powder that Urban Decay created as well as any brush I use from my own stash) so less makes it onto the face. It does slightly emphasize pores even with a light application. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a very finely-milled and silky texture, but it was powder, so despite seeming to have a lot of payoff, only some of it adheres to the skin (the rest blends away, you could even just blow it away). There is a lot of excess powder that gets kicked up the moment anything touches the surface of the powder. You may want to use a stippling or less dense brush with this, as a brush picks up more product than most will probably want applied, given how metallic the finish runs. The sparkle is mostly visible in the sunlight, where the light reflects and catches on it, but it’s more of a frosted sheen under most lighting conditions. It wore well for seven hours on me before it started to fade. It has the same suede-like exterior packaging as the original release.

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Aura

B-

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8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

YSL Singuliere (1) Blush Volupte
YSL Singuliere (1) Blush Volupte

YSL Singuliere (1) Blush Volupte ($47.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satiny finish. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is brighter. Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is pinker. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is brighter, cream. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Dame (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

YSL’s description of the formula is mostly fluff: “pure color and light heart,” and “freed of of opaque powders, color expresses itself without any constraint.” Sephora’s description is the easiest to understand, as it says it offers “intense color payoff” with a “silky finish.” The blush can be applied swirled together, which is the most practical way, or you can use the center shade, which is lighter, for highlighting. The center is less than a 1″ square, so it is quite small, and you’ll probably need to use a large eye brush to use it without getting the outer color mixed in with it. The texture is silky and velvety–finely-milled and smooth–but the color payoff isn’t intense. It’s moderately pigmented and builds to semi-opaque color payoff at most. If you love sheerer blushes that you never have to worry about going overboard with, you may like this shade, because the finish is lovely on the skin: lightly luminous, doesn’t emphasize pores, and is easy to blend and apply. On me, the blush lasted for eight hours before fading slightly.

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Singuliere (1)

B+

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I746 Watermelon Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever I746 Watermelon Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen finish. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter, pinker. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is pinker. Divergent Obscure Coral (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, less shimmery. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is very similar. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, more muted. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is lighter. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is more muted, pinker. Dior Coral Glow Blush (LE) is less shimmery. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is a little lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a very intensely pigmented blush with a soft, creamy, buttery texture that goes on on smoothly and evenly. The finish has a luminous sheen–not shimmery or frosty–so it looks glowing on the skin. The creamier texture makes it really easy to blend on the skin so it doesn’t look splotchy, and it is forgiving, despite the rich color payoff. You can blend it out for sheerer color without a lot of work, though you’ll certainly want to start with a light to moderate hand. On me, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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10/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Monday, September 8th, 2014

Clé de Peau Delicate Pink (14) Luminizing Face Enhancer
Clé de Peau Delicate Pink (14) Luminizing Face Enhancer

Clé de Peau Delicate Pink (14) Luminizing Face Enhancer ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pale, pink-tinged beige with a warm, golden champagne shimmer. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Urban Decay Highlighter (P) is warmer. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is warmer. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $68.00) is slightly warmer. Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees (LE, $75.00) is darker, pinker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade seemed to be the most shimmery out of the four variations available, though it still applied with a soft, noticeable glowing sheen–luminous but not metallic or glittery on the skin, so it didn’t emphasize pores for me. The powder has a soft, finely-milled, silky texture that sits well on skin and is easily blended/sheered out, though it is fairly pigmented. It’s forgiving, so it doesn’t feel like you have to be careful when applying it, but you don’t need a lot to get a luminous sheen. On me, this highlighter lasted well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

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Delicate Pink (14)

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9/10

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9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Make Up For Ever S852 Neon Pink Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever S852 Neon Pink Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever S852 Neon Pink Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a vibrant, neon fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satiny finish. It appears more matte when applied heavily, but as it is blended and sheered out, the satin finish becomes more apparent. Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Acid #9 (P, $9.99) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Savage (P) is very similar. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is darker. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is more shimmery. NARS Desire (P, $29.00) is similar. Milani Shocking Pink (P, $5.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Magenta Madness (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Sugarpill Dollipop (P, $12.00) is less magenta. Make Up For Ever #26 (DC, $20.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s an incredibly bold, bright, and off-the-charts pigmented blush. A little goes a long a way, and I highly recommend using a stippling brush and building up the color to your desired intensity as it is extremely rich in color. The finish gets more luminous as it is blended and buffed into the skin, so used as a blush, you can really appreciate the subltly of the finish. If you were to use it in its fully opaque form, it appears mostly matte. The texture is smooth, lightly creamy–like a cross between cream and powdery, and is fairly blendable (but it could be somewhat easier to even out on the skin). It wore well for nine hours on me, and I didn’t have any staining when I removed it, but if applied more heavily, it may stain. This is another shade that’s part of the Artist Shadow line but is labeled “Blush” on the packaging and product as it is not considered eye safe in the U.S.  Sephora is now showing which shades are really blushes under “How to Use.”

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S852 Neon Pink

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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4.5/5

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