Friday, July 4th, 2014

Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush
Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush

Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “soft burnt orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a semi-matte finish. MAC Ocean City (LE, $30.00) is brighter. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is a cream product. NARS Final Cut (LE, $29.00) is pinker. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is lighter, pinker. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is a cream product, brighter. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is more orange. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is more orange, redder, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a richly pigmented blush with an incredibly silky-smooth texture that feels like butter and blends beautifully on the skin. I would recommend using a light hand and a fluffier brush (I like fan or stippling brushes) for application to ensure that you get the intensity you want, as you can apply less and build to the right level of color. However, even if you over-apply, the blush is blendable, so it is a more forgiving formula, but it is always easier to start with less and build up. Applied with a lighter hand, it almost looked coral-orange on my medium complexion. The color stayed put for a solid nine hours before it started to break down and fade.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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5/5

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Makeup Geek Smitten Blush
Makeup Geek Smitten Blush

Makeup Geek Smitten Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “pale creamy apricot.” It’s a brightened, liight-medium peachy orange with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is yellower. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is yellower. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is darker, yellower. MAC Peaceful (LE, $24.00) is similar. Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is lighter. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is lighter, pinker. Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s nice about this particular shade of peach-orange is that it doesn’t lean too yellow or too red, so it is easier to wear, regardless of cool or warm undertones. The finish is mostly matte but does produce a more natural finish once blended and buffed into the skin. The texture was soft, silky, and smooth, while it had good color payoff. On me, this shade stayed on for eight hours before it started to fade.

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9/10

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9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

It Cosmetics Warm Radiance CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer
It Cosmetics Warm Radiance CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer

It Cosmetics Warm Radiance CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer ($34.00 for 0.57 oz.) is described as a “radiant bronze.” It’s a muted, medium brown with subtle warm undertones and a champagne and bronze shimmer. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is browner, less shimmery. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is yellower, less shimmery, darker. Chanel Sable Beige (LE, $60.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The palette has a mix of a more matte bronze and a more shimmery bronze, with the idea being you can adjust to get the desired finish you want. A little of the shimmer goes a long way; I don’t think I’d describe it as “subtly shimmering” as they do. It seems like a softer frost finish initially, but it had quite a bit of sheen and emphasizes my pores and the natural texture of the skin. The texture of the powder itself feels so lovely; incredibly soft, creamy, and smooth, but it really doesn’t do any favors for my skin once applied. It had good color payoff, and it was easy to blend and apply to the skin. The way the palette is designed, it’s hard to just get the matte bronzer side, as there’s only a wee bit of it peaking through, and honestly, the shimmer is quite woven throughout, even when it appears matte. The shimmer dominates in this palette, so I would only recommend this to someone who loves a shimmery, almost metallic, finish. The formula is also supposed to be waterproof and long-wearing, and it seemed water-resistant to me, but you can’t go swimming it and come out looking the same! Applied, the color wore well for nine hours, which was good wear.

P.S. — Sorry for the crazy eyes! Was already wearing the LORAC palette when this arrived for the day and wanted to try it right away, haha! A little taste of what it’s like behind-the-scenes :)

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Warm Radiance

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8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “neutral tan with silver sheen.” It’s a muted, medium copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is warmer. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is warmer, more golden. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is more orange. Urban Decay Baked (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is more orange. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is more orange, coppery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The last time I swatched this shade was when it released in 2007, so it’s been awhile! I couldn’t find one in my stash, so I’m not able to compare the original to the current version. The texture of the powder was soft and fairly smooth, but it was powdery, so there was excess product kicked up in the pan as well as when applied. It will buff away easily enough, but I wish it was smoother. It had good color payoff, and it could be applied with a lighter hand or a fan brush for a warm glow with less color, but it does yield a fair amount of color. The finish is quite metallic and though MAC says “silver sheen” it reads golden on my skin. There was some emphasis of pores and the skin’s natural texture, unfortunately. Applied, the color wore well for seven hours before looking faded and patchy. It’s neat to see MAC bring back a long-ago shade from the range to make permanent, but between this, Cheeky Bronze, and Gold Deposit, they really could have brought back one or two other, more differentiated shades.

The new packaging is glossy black, but the size is the same as the previous compacts. The bottom of the compact is curved inward, so these will fit more snugly together for better storage. They contain the same amount of product, but MAC increased the price from $30.00 to $32.00.

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Global Glow

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8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, June 30th, 2014

Makeup Geek Romance Blush
Makeup Geek Romance Blush

Makeup Geek Romance Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “soft rose with gold shimmer.” It’s a gold-shimmered, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is a cream product. MAC Petal Power (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is darker, pinker. NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is very similar. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is pinker. MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $30.00) is less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

In the pan, one might think it’s the brand’s version of NARS Orgasm, but this is much warmer, more orange-based than pink. The texture is soft and smooth, lightly buttery, and the higher shimmer level doesn’t emphasize pores. It gives the skin a glowing, luminous sheen while the color is even and easily blended on the skin. It had good pigmentation and was true-to-pan in color. Applied, the blush lasted well for eight and a half hours before I noticed it looking faded.

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Auréole Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Auréole Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Auréole Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “highlight” shade. It’s a very light, gold-shimmered ivory with a soft, frosted finish. Divergent Gleaming Pearl (LE) is warmer, more metallic. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is more golden, more shimmery–this is like a less intense version of Albatross. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more beige. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer, more shimmery. NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC In for a Treat (LE, $30.00) is less golden. MAC Too Chic (LE, $24.00) is similar. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is a cream product. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige #1 (LE) is less shimmery, more beige. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The powder is ridiculously soft, silky, and smooth–so much so that it almost feels like a cream texture, because it is never powdery and seems to bind very well. It had semi-opaque color coverage, though as a highlighter, one is more likely to apply it with a sheer to semi-sheer effect, which is easily done (you won’t feel like you have to use a featherlight touch with it). For medium or deeper skin tones, a sheer application seems to work best or else the lighter base can look a bit ashy when it gets built up. The shimmer translates to a luminous, glowing finish that doesn’t look frosted or metallic, and as a result, it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s imperfections. Instead, the finish makes skin look radiant and illuminated. On me, the highlighter wears well for almost eight hours before starting to show signs of fading.

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9.5/10

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10/10

Longevity

8/10

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5/5

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