Friday, February 3rd, 2012

MAC Flower Fantasy Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Flower Fantasy Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Vera: Flower Fantasy Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Flower Fantasy Pearlmatte Face Powder ($28.00 for 0.42 oz.) is described as “pale coral with slight gold pearl, slightly blue pale pink, soft pale salmon.” The largest shade is a dirty coral; it’s a little brown, little coral, with a subtle sheen.  The smaller color in the middle (so-to-speak) is a pale rosy pink with a pearly sheen. The final shade in the palette is a frosted peach champagne. Together, they create a warm peach-pink with a shimmer-sheen finish. If you want less shimmer in your finish, avoid the bottom portion of the palette. Chanel Pink Cloud is lighter and less pink. Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel is less shimmery, pinker. MAC Semi-Precious Rose Quartz is more of a dirty pink. MAC Oh So Fair is lighter, less pink.

Though the individual shades don’t seem quite pigmented and almost a little stiff, when swirled together, there doesn’t seem to be any pigmentation or texture issues. When I tested the wear of this, it wore for six and a half hours before it started to look a little faded and patchy.  The texture is soft though not as finely-milled as some of the best powders. There is some emphasis of the quality and texture of skin, but it’s very slight.  

You can vary the shimmer in the finish and how light you want to go by using less of the bottom shade, which has a really frosted finish that adds lots of shimmer as well as lightens the color.  I did dig through the product to verify that the three distinct shades go all the way through.  The metallic silver that is between the shades is just an overspray.

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Flower Fantasy

B+
It's better than the first Pearlmatte Face Powder that came out, and it balances color with sheen to be both a blush and highlighter (though if you prefer a more distinctive highlight, then you may want to use a stippling brush and a separate blush).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Tarte Amused Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush
Tarte Amused Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush

Tarte Amused Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush

Tarte Amused Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.”  It’s bright, all right!  It looks practically glowing in the pan, but if you’re like me and fear more pigmented blushes, it can be blended out to look like a soft pop of pink.  It’s very easily a brightened, medium-dark pink with cool blue undertones set in a satiny finish.  There’s just a hint of sheen but nothing shimmery or frosty. MAC Overdyed has a similar intensity, but it’s less pink, more purple. MAC Amazon Princess is also less pink, more purple–but not quite as purple as Overdyed. MAC Her Blooming Cheek is just slightly less pink but similar. Make Up For Ever #3 is a bit darker.

I really like the texture, finish, and feel of the formula, but the wear definitely doesn’t get to 12 hours for me.  Amused managed to look mostly fresh for eight hours but did look noticeably faded after ten hours.  The lighter shades in the range don’t do quite as well, but these really intense shades seem to linger for longer.  The powder is very finely-milled and soft, but it’s also so soft that powder easily gets disturbed, and it’s easy to get too much on the brush.  Since this shade is so intensely pigmented, I recommend a stippling brush and/or gently tapping the excess off for light to medium color coverage.

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Tarte Amused Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
It doesn't quite meet the twelve-hour claim, so wear is where this product falls short for the most part. It is almost too soft, though it's both good and bad, as it adds to the blendability but creates excess loose powder on the pan itself as well as allows too much product onto the brush at once. The pigmentation is plentiful, and the texture is silky soft, though it almost gets powdery.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, January 27th, 2012

NARS Laguna The Multiple
NARS Laguna The Multiple

NARS Laguna The Multiple

NARS Laguna The Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “brown with golden shimmer.” Multiples are a cream-to-powder product that is touted as “all-in-one” and multi-purpose.  It can be used on eyes, lips, and cheeks.  It’s a warm bronze-brown with golden shimmer-sheen.  The color is buildable, so the level of opacity you want depends on how much product you apply or how much you blend it out.  It’s less warm-toned compared to theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer. It’s less red-toned compared to MAC Gilty.

As with most Multiples, Laguna works best as cheeks/face, because it’s very drying on the lips.  It just has this uncomfortably dry feeling when applied to lips that continues and leaves lips parched after an hour or two of wear (it doesn’t even wear well or long!).  On the brow bone, it’s more practical, but on the lid itself, I wasn’t able to get it to stay longer than a few hours before there was noticeable creasing.  Applied to cheeks, Laguna wore for four and a half hours.  By five hours, it looked a bit faded and patchy.

The texture of Laguna is creamy but there’s a dryness to it, which I found difficult to blend over foundation.  It’s easier to apply and blend over bare skin, but I’m not blessed with beautiful skin so it’s not a product I could use without foundation.  You can layer foundation over it, but it makes the routine slightly more complicated and precision will count, so you don’t layer so much that you cover up the bronzer!

I wish I liked Multiples better, but I don’t find they’re nearly as multi-talented as they claim to be!  I’m always a bit disappointed in the wear (four to five hours isn’t good!).  I get better wear out of NARS’ powder blushes!  Laguna may not work for all skin tones; I found it looked a little dirty on me–you might need to have some natural redness or pinkness in your undertones so it brings out the golden hues of the color.

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Laguna

C-
The dry texture works against this product, because it makes it harder to blend out (which is an absolute must when this is used as a blush/bronzer!) and yields an unpleasant experience when worn on lips.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

3/5

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Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Make Up For Ever #10 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #10 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #10 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #10 Aqua Cream ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden tangerine sheen.” It’s a vibrant orange with golden shimmer-sheen. It’s borderline retina-burning, honestly! It’s approved for use on the lips and cheeks (so not eyes). Whether it’s used more opaque or sheer, it’s a rich color and applies opaque. You would use the teeniest, tiniest bit to get a wash of color for blush or a lip tint. It has a more molten, deeper hue when layered (like the heavier swatch). OCC Banjee is lighter but still bright–it’s the only shade I could think of that came close to being a dupe. A lot of the other orange lipsticks I thought off are darker.  Maybelline Fierce & Tangy is much lighter.

Aqua Creams work well on the cheeks as far as wear goes, and lower shimmer shades like #10 add color easily that also sticks around for eight hours or longer. Because it has a softer finish, it doesn’t emphasize pores, so it sits well on the skin. What I really like is that these don’t remain sticky on the cheeks, which many cream blushes do. On the lips, I find this one stains a bit, and again, because the finish has less frost in it, it is not as drying as other Aqua Creams have been for me. It’s not my first choice in lip color, because it’s not hydrating and a bit drying, but it does wear for five to six hours and leaves behind a subtle tint.

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#10

A-
Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream is a great formula, but while I love the performance for eyes, it's not quite as stellar when it comes to cheeks/lips--so if it's not eye-safe, then the overall score is a bit less. It's good on the cheeks when it has low shimmer, but on lips, it's long-wearing but somewhat drying.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blush
Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blush

Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blush

Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blush (£16.50 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “warm rose pink” with a “dewy finish.” It’s a medium-dark raspberry pink with warm undertones and a dewy finish. It can be very opaque if you wish it to be, but it is blendable if you want softer, sheerer color (and I caution you to use a dab at a time). It reminded me of MAC Mighty Aphrodite, perhaps blended. MAC Amazon Princess is a bit darker, redder. MAC Full Fuchsia is darker, pinker. Bobbi Brown Plum is darker, redder.

Seduce wears six to seven hours on my skin, which has been normal-to-dry but closer to normal than dry (no dry patches, despite the winter temperatures!). The finish is softly dewy; it’s not slick, shiny, or oily-like in any way, but it will give the skin a glowy look. If you are very sensitive to “glow,” then this may be too much for you. I expect it will be a welcome glow for most, though. The texture of the blush is creamy and soft, and once applied, it feels like it melts against the skin, so it looks natural and doesn’t feel heavy. It also worked well over and under foundation without caking or looking patchy.

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Seduce

B+
I can see why Illamasqua's Cream Blushes are popular; the wear is good (but it has some room for improvement), and the color is buildable and blendable, which are really two must-have characteristics of a cream blush.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

NARS Gaiety Blush
NARS Gaiety Blush

NARS Spring 2012: Gaiety Blush

NARS Gaiety Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “bright candy pink.” It’s a light-medium cotton candy pink; it has a strong blue base, so it reads cool-toned. It has decent to good color payoff, but it tends to need layering and building to achieve color if you are light-medium or darker. Compared to some of NARS’ other blushes, which may be considered hyper-pigmented, it is rather soft and you won’t need a light hand with it.  It has a natural matte finish, which means it doesn’t look totally flat but still looks mostly matte against the skin. MAC Azalea Blossom is darker and purpler. I don’t think I own NARS Desire, which seems like it may not be quite as cool-toned. NARS Angelika has less of a blue-base, is more of a medium pink, and includes sparkle.

The texture is very soft and finely-milled, and the lightness in color certainly saves it from looking too cool-toned against my skin tone, so I don’t think the blue-base would make it a no-go for warmer skin tones. It will definitely flatter cooler complexions, though. When I tested the wear of NARS’ newest blush, it wore for eight hours and looked fairly good at that point.

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NARS Gaiety Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
This spring certainly has a theme: light pink blushes--and they tend to work best on light to light-medium skin tones. Though many of NARS' blushes, even their lighter shades, tend to be very, very pigmented, this one is not particularly intense. I would recommend medium-dark to dark skin tones check it out in store.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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