Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette ($58.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a trio of Hourglass’ blushes, including one shade (Incandescent Electra) that’s exclusive to the palette. Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure were very similar to the individual, permanent versions I have, though they varied slightly as is the nature of the product (swirled, so yours may be lighter or darker, depending on how much the blush and illuminator portions are). The Mood Exposure in the trio has more of the illuminator showing, but the general composition, look, feel, and so forth, are in the line with the standalone shades. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes have a very soft, finely-milled feel that’s silky and a little powdery in the pan, but they don’t look powdery applied. They have good color payoff that’s buildable as well as blendable, so you can always take it down a notch if you prefer or go for full-coverage.

Full-sized blushes are $35 for 0.15 oz. or $233.33/oz., and each blush is 0.11 oz. in the palette for a total of 0.33 oz., so the palette contains $77 worth of blush. The Ambient Lighting Powders are $45 for 0.35 oz. or $128.57/oz. The Ambient Lighting Palette is $58 for 0.35 oz., so only a $45 worth of the Ambient Lighting powders, so the blush palette is actually a value-packed palette in comparison. If you rarely finish blushes, you may also consider that $58 for three blushes compared to $105 for three full-sized blushes (and similarly with the powder palette, $58 for three compared to $135 for three full-sized powders).

Everything about this palette is nice with regards to quality, wear, and color payoff, but I really wish the blushes had more variety in their undertones/colors–I think if you are very fair, you will notice the most difference between the three. On my medium skin tone, they look very similar with Incandescent Electra being the lightest and pinkest, followed by Luminous Flush, which is slightly warmer, and finally by Mood Exposure, which has a warmer, redder tone applied. I would have loved to see a cool-toned pink and more mauve-berry shade, because they could really be mixed and layered for even more variet (and that makes more sense to me for a trio format). This is how I felt about the permanent range when it initially launched as well. I hope Hourglass will consider adding more differentiated shades in the future.

Luminous Flush is described as a “champagne rose.” It’s a pop of light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was a bit powdery in the pan but looked soft, luminous on without emphasizing pores or skin imperfections. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is warmer. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is pinker. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is warmer. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is similar. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is darker, pinker. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is darker. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is slightly pinker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Incandescent Electra is described as a “cool peach.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a satiny finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture felt soft and smooth, though it was slightly powdery in the pan. It wore well for eight hours before fading, and it looked luminous without being too shimmery on the skin, so it didn’t emphasize skin imperfections or pores. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is a touch darker. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is darker, more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery. Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Launch Away (LE, $21.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Easy Manner (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mood Exposure is described as a “soft plum.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy pink with warm undertones and a soft, satiny shimmer-sheen. The one in the pan seemed to have slightly less shimmer this time around, but it was within what I’d consider a normal variation for this type of product. It didn’t seem to impact the overall look of it once applied, which was softly luminous but not shimmery, so it didn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for eight hours on me. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is very similar. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is slightly more shimmery. Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is darker, more shimmery. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

YSL Rebelle (7) Blush Volupte
YSL Rebelle (7) Blush Volupte

YSL Rebelle (7) Blush Volupte ($47.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a softened, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, yellower. Guerlain Orange Blush (LE) is brighter. Givenchy In Vogue Orange (P, $44.00) is similar. MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $21.00) is slightly brighter. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is darker, browner. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is yellower, lighter. Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is a smidgen lighter. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is the last shade I bought from the Blush Volupte range. I thought it was interesting that between the three I have, they each had a different finish, with Rebelle (7) having the least shimmery, more matte of the finishes. It had fairly good color coverage, though I wouldn’t describe it as “intense color payoff.” The texture has a soft, finely-milled, silky feel to it but is also slightly powdery. Luckily, it does not appear powdery, dry, or cakey on my skin when applied as a blush and blended/worked into the skin. There’s just enough satin in the finish to avoid it looking flat or dull on the skin, and the coverage is buildable to truer-to-pan color if desired. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before it started to show signs of wearing away.

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a violet sheen. Make Up For Ever ME912 Orchid (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid (LE) is more muted, purpler. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is similar. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s incredibly rich in color payoff–there’s no shortage of pigmentation in this shade–but the lightly creamy, dense, and buttery consistency of the gel-powder formula makes it a lot easier to use. It really does feel like it has some of the blendability found in creams but with the more forgiving evenness of powders. The finish has a noticeable sheen that doesn’t look frosted on the skin and gives off a gleaming glow that doesn’t emphasize pores. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. I had light staining on my arm from swatching this that was gone after a few hours, but I didn’t notice any staining on cheeks after wearing it.

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

YSL Passionnee (6) Blush Volupte
YSL Passionnee (6) Blush Volupte

YSL Passionnee (6) Blush Volupte ($47.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned pink with golden shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. It is a very dupable shade, though this variation is more muted/less warm-toned than others in the family. Laura Mercier Golden Pink (LE, $35.00) is a cream product, lighter. Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is lighter. Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is pinker, darker. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P) is similar. Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Last week, I reviewed Singuliere (1). Passionnee (6) had better color payoff, but the texture was a wee bit powdery, though the powder itself had a silky, finely-milled quality to it. The finish is more shimmery with this particular shade, which still reads as luminous and glowing on the skin and doesn’t emphasize pores. It had mostly opaque color payoff, which can easily be applied less intensely or blended down from initial application due to the softness of the powder. This shade wore well for almost eight hours on me but faded a little faster than the first shade I tried.

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Monday, September 15th, 2014

Make Up For Ever ME912 Orchid Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever ME912 Orchid Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever ME912 Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, fuchsia-magenta with a frosted, violet sheen. Ardency Inn Orchid (P, $21.00) is slightly more shimmery. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid (LE) is more muted. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is more muted. Maybelline Pink Rebel (P, $6.99) is lighter. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is more fuchsia. Urban Decay Junkshow (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Infamous (LE, $18.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Power Boosted (LE, $15.00) bareMinerals Boudoir (P) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had good color payoff, though it was not quite as intense as other blush shades thus far, but it’s probably sufficient for most looking to use this as a cheek color. This shade is part of the Metallic line-up, so the finish is more shimmery and reflective applied. Surprisingly, it didn’t emphasize pores or look full-on, metallic when I tried it as a blush. The texture was lightly creamy, dense, and buttery, which helped it apply and blend out more readily so even though it is a bolder, bright shade, it wasn’t fussy to work with. ME912 Orchid wore well for eight hours before showing signs of minor fading.

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9/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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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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