Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft rose.” It’s a medium, pink-plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Fetish (LE) is darker. NARS G-Spot (P, $39.00) is darker, more shimmery, cream. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is much warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is the kind of shade that is easy to wear on light to medium skin tones but may get lost on deeper complexions. It isn’t too warm or reddish, and it has a subdued quality to it, so it is easily worn as a sheer layer of color or applied with more true-to-pan color. It had a soft, silky texture that felt almost like a cream blush, though it was definitely a powder product. La Vie En Rose seemed less pigmented than other shades I’ve tested in the Surratt range, though it had decent, buildable color coverage. It has a satin-matte finish that gets more luminous as it is buffed and worked into the skin, but it never looks shimmery or frosted, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or skin imperfections. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before it started to fade along the edges.

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Monday, August 4th, 2014

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes one highlighter (0.14 oz,) one bronzer (0.14 oz.), one blush (0.21 oz.), and six eyeshadows (0.035 oz. each). It’s a nice palette for someone who likes softer, more muted colors in medium tones. I found the palette to be warmer-toned, though some of the eyeshadows are only a little warm-toned. My least favorite product was the blush, as I found it to be weaker in pigmentation and harder to blend–it tended to look uneven applied and took quite a bit of buffing to get to look half-decent.

I bought mine at Sephora and received it on Friday, and only realized on Saturday evening that, “Hey! You should review this now! Tarte has a F&F sale going on!” 30% off at Tarte through today with code FANDF.

Unleashed is described as a “nude rose.” It’s a light-medium, coral-pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation, but the texture was a little dry, slightly stiff. I found it difficult to blend on the skin, as it tended to stick wherever it initially was applied but wouldn’t diffuse. It lasted eight hours on me before fading (nowhere near the 12-hours the formula is supposed to wear). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Champagne is a light, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft. It wore well for eight and a half hours before turning patchy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Park Ave. Princess #2 is a medium-dark, tan brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation that applied well and blended easily on the skin. The color wore well for almost nine hours before fading. This is nothing like the Park Ave. Princess I have from last holiday’s Off the Cuff palette; they’re two distinct colors, and I don’t own the permanent, standalone Park Ave. Princess to tell you which is closest to that, but it is so frustrating when brands can’t match their own products from release to release. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bare to Explore is described as a “pink beige.” It’s a pink-tinged beige with a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff that was soft, slightly powdery, but blendable. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make a Mauve is described as a “plum mauve.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum-brown with subtle warm undertones and a satiny shimmer. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly on the lid. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plum Away With Me is described as a “dark plum.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with a frosted finish. It had really good color payoff that applied beautifully with a smooth, even result. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Up to No Gold is described as a “gold.” It’s a light-medium, orange-toned gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was very soft and had great pigmentation, but it was a little powdery so it didn’t adhere quite as well to bare skin as I’d like (better over a primer). On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tan-gled Up in You is described as a “tan.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff that was easy to apply and blend; soft but not powdery. It lasted well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Don’t Turn A-Brown is described as a “dark brown.” It’s a dark brown with a very subtle cool undertone and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was just a smidgen powdery but easy to blend on the skin. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before there was slight fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, August 4th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Ponceau Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Ponceau Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Ponceau Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “poppy.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink-coral with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is brighter, more shimmery. NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, darker, cream. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is lighter. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is warmer, cream. theBalm Toile (P, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The incredibly silky, smooth consistency of Surratt’s blushes never ceases to amaze me, because despite all that softness, they’re never powdery. I’d love to see the brand add a few more unique shades to the line-up, though the core selection has some nice offerings, they’re just easily found elsewhere (or you already have them in your stash). Ponceau has that same, impressive texture along with good color coverage that can be built up or easily sheered out if you find you’ve applied too much. The finish is lightly luminous without being shimmery or shiny, and it doesn’t emphasize pores. It wears just over eight hours on me before fading softly.

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC Animal Instincts Blush
MAC Animal Instincts Blush

In the upcoming A Novel Romance collection (online August 14th, in-stores August 21st), there are two limited edition shades of MAC Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.).

MAC Animal Instincts Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.). is described as a “shimmering plum [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark warm plum with a soft sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, thin but not powdery, and blendable. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is more shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Fun Ending Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.). is described as a “soft neutral peach [with a Satin finish].” It’s a pink-peach with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. I noticed that this blush had a tendency to darken on the skin if there was any natural oils on it, which made it look very similar to Animal Instincts applied lightly! The texture was soft, blendable, and smooth, while it had good pigmentation. It lasted for almost eight hours on me before fading. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is pinker. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Animal Instincts

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8.5/10

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Parfait Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Parfait Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Parfait Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “coral.” It’s a light-medium, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, satin finish. MAC Love & Laughter (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is a cream product. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is darker, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery. NARS Final Cut (LE, $29.00) is darker, more matte. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is pinker, lighter. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is slightly muted. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is darker, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P) is more shimmery. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is darker. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Surratt’s blush range is nothing if not consistent–every shade I’ve tested so far has been soft, silky-smooth (so smooth that it almost feels like a cream product, but it is a powder blush) with solid, buildable color coverage. The downside is really that it is a more basic or core set of shades, which makes sense for the brand, but may make it harder to indulge as they’re colors many of us already have in our stashes. Parfait is no different; it’s a nicely pigmented product that goes on beautifully, blends nicely, and has a great, natural finish. It has a softly luminous finish that never emphasizes pores or even looks shimmery, but it is more natural than a matte finish would be on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours before it started to fade slightly.

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Monday, July 28th, 2014

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a rich, shimmering copper-bronze with warm, golden shimmer and a frosted finish. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is redder-toned. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is darker. MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is darker, redder-toned. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The powder has a soft, smooth, almost creamy texture. It’s incredibly pigmented, so it’s something that could be worn more as a bronzer or blush on some skin tones if you don’t use a very light hand. It does, however, blend and sheer out quite a bit if you want it to, so you can get more a golden warmth/sheen that highlights the skin without producing a lot of color (which is how I wore it in photos). I found the finish of this one, despite its frostiness, to be more forgiving on the skin than others, as it didn’t feel like there was such a fine line between “glowy goodness” and accentuating pores like the other shades in the formula. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before turning slightly patchy.

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