Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

NARS Quantum Illuminating Multiple
NARS Quantum Illuminating Multiple

NARS Quantum Illuminating Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “sheer iridescent magenta.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and subtle silver and pink micro-shimmer. It is sheer, just as described, with a very thin consistency that I found difficult to spread across the skin for even color. The Multiple itself is almost dry with a velvety feel, like a cream eyeshadow that’s on its last legs and has pulled away from the edges of the jar. It seemed more like a blush with a satin finish than a highlighting/illuminating product. On cheeks, it lasted for six hours on me, and on lips, it was a painful two hours before I had to remove it, because my lips were so, so parched. I try really hard to wear things for as long as they’ll wear, drying or not, but I couldn’t make it past two hours – and I suspect it would have lasted around three at most. Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer, powder. Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is brighter. NARS Adoration (Right) (P) is powder. MAC Bred for Beauty (LE) is cooler-toned, powder. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is powder. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is powder. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $29.00) is brighter, powder. YSL Rose Frivole (02) (P, $40.00) is similar. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, powder. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is brighter, powder. Bobbi Brown Summer Pink (LE, $26.00) is similar. NYX Bourgeois Pig (P, $5.00) is powder. NARS Mata Hari (P, $29.00) is darker, powder. MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is powder. MAC Weekend Getaway (LE, $22.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Violet Atom Illuminating Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “sheer iridescent violet.” It’s a cool-toned, pinky-lavender base with iridescent gold and violet shimmer. Again, it’s as sheer as you’d expect, given the description and its categorization as an “Illuminating Multiple.” The color had an iridescent sheen to it that made it seem like a more unique shade to me. The drier, thin consistency of this product made it prone to clumping. I only was able to apply it by taking a chunk off of it, warming it between my fingertips, and then patting it and swiping at it with the edge of my finger to blend it out. The color lasted for seven hours on the cheeks, and it lasted an hour on my lips and felt like it was sucking the life out of them every second of that hour. NARS Adelaide (LE, $30.00) is more sparkly. Giorgio Armani No. 08 (P, $59.00) is pinker. MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $26.00) is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

In general, I like The Multiple most as a cheek product and sometimes on the eye, but they’re a really poor performing product on the lips, due to just how dry and silicone-like the texture is, in my experience. If you only want to use it as a cheek product, you’ll want to think of the rating as a little higher, though Quantum was still disappointing even as a cheek product. Both of these seemed exceptionally lacking in some of the glide that I’ve typically see present in the Multiple formula, and as mine are press samples, I don’t know if they’ve somehow dried out or if these new, Illuminating Multiple shades are just like that.

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is available in ten shades from a highlighter to a deepened red. I reviewed all of these last year after I visited a Barney’s location and saw Surratt’s range for the first time. Of all the products I swatched at the counter, I left with all ten shades–they were that impressive in texture, even after being swatched by dozens before me. I never did a roundup of them when I finished reviewing the range, and since several asked me about reviewing the range, a roundup seemed like the perfect way to dust off those old posts :) The texture is remarkable, as it is a powder product, but it is so finely-milled, silky, and smooth, that it feels like a cream, and despite all that silkiness, it doesn’t feel or turn powdery. The finish is subtle and luminous, so it’s flattering on the skin. I would love to see an expansion of the shade range to include more mid-tone and deeper shades, like a cool-toned berry, rusty brown, and medium pink.

If you’re unfamiliar with Surratt’s range, all of the powder products are designed to be put into palettes (the brand has two available, but I keep mine in a Z-Palette with magnets attached to the back). Each plastic pan comes with a thin, slide-off plastic “sleeve” that’s more substantial than a plastic insert you might find with a pan eyeshadow, but it’s not sturdy enough to really withstand being put into a makeup bag or traveling. If you just keep everything in a vanity or train case, I think you can leave it as-is without getting a palette for it.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

ColourPop Hello Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Hello Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Hello Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft pastel yellow in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, light yellow with a white base and matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and had a drier texture that tended to pill. It didn’t feel dried out per se in the pot, but it just didn’t have the same blendability or slide of the majority of the range. I couldn’t get the color to go on completely smoothly, unfortunately. It started to crease after eight hours of wear. Colour Pop One & Done (LE, $5.00) is more beige. Makeup Geek Mirage (LE, $5.99) is darker. NARS Misfit #1 (P, $24.00) is darker, more beige. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop In a Pickle Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pastel coral pink in a matte finish.” It’s a softened, light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on evenly, but it was a little drier in how it looked on the skin where it almost balled up in places and wasn’t as blendable. It wore well for nine hours before creasing. Hourglass Monochrome #3 (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S800 Grenadine (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Palpitation (104) (LE, $29.50) is darker, cooler-toned. Chanel Quadrille #3 (LE) is slightly darker. MAC Early Bird (LE, $16.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Dear Cupcake (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Daddy Super Shock Pressed Pigment ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned vibrant violet in a matte finish.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark purple with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation but wasn’t fully pigmented. I didn’t realize this was a Pressed Pigment (which means it is “not intended for use in the immediate eye area”) until I went to write up the review–it just didn’t seem vibrant enough to make me double check–so I went back and swatched/tested it as a blush as well (after having mistakenly used it as an eyeshadow). As a blush, it was fairly blendable but doesn’t feel quite as velvety and easy to use as the actual Super Shock Cheek formula. It lasted for eight and a half hours on my cheeks. Colour Pop Liaison (LE, $5.00) is darker. Maybelline Painted Purple (P, $6.99) is cooler-toned. Inglot #379 (P, $6.00) is darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Clinique Cheek Pops ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) now come in eight more shades! It’s one of my favorite powder blush formulas, so I was thrilled to see them expand the range from four to twelve, but I was even more excited to find them to be as high-performing as the original four shades. There are a lot of great things about the formula, but my personal favorite is the luminous finish that gives the skin a real glow without looking shimmery, frosted, or shiny. All of the new shades had good color payoff, long-wear, superior blendability, and were very easy to use. The weakest part of the range is how dupable many shades are, so you may find you already have similar shades in your stash from other brands. You can’t go wrong with any of the shades, and I would happily use any of the twelve. I think it’s going to come down to your own preference for color and undertone and what you might reach for more. I would love to see an almost highlighter-like shade (something champagne/beige), neutral medium rosy brown, and a cool plummy-taupe next, please and thank you!

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WARM UNDERTONES: Cola Pop (A+), Fig Pop (A+), Ginger Pop (A), Melon Pop (A-), Nude Pop (A), Peach Pop (A)
COOL UNDERTONES: Berry Pop (A), Heather Pop (A-), Pansy Pop (A-), Pink Pop (A+), Plum Pop (A), Rosy Pop (A)

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

Clinique Fig Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Fig Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Fig Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deepened, orange-coral with a hint of pink-red and a subtle, golden micro-shimmer that gives it a luminous sheen.
MAC Puttin’ on the Spritz (LE, $22.00) is more orange, cream product. Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is pinker. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is darker, browner. MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is similar. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) is similar. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is more orange, less shimmery, cream. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker, less shimmery, cream. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is brighter, pinker. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cream. Tom Ford Beauty Savage (P, $55.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Ripe for Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Ring of Saturn (LE, $27.00) is darker, redder. MAC Early Morning (LE, $27.00) is similar. MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is more orange. Dior Coral Glow Blush (LE) is pinker, brighter. Chanel Frivole (P, $45.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture of this blush was incredibly soft, smooth, and almost velvety, despite being a powder product. It sits beautifully on the skin giving it a luminous sheen but never emphasizes pores or the skin’s natural texture. It had rich, true-to-pan color payoff that can be applied and blended down, applied with a lighter hand, or at full intensity, but no matter whether you want to build the color or take it down, it’s easy to work with. I feel like when I applied the blush, it already looked soft, diffused, and blended, while still seeing plenty of color show on my skin. On me, the blush wore well for nine hours before fading slightly. The only downside is that I think it is close enough to Ginger Pop that it may be redundant depending on how you apply Ginger Pop, though this seems a bit less shimmery and more toned down.

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Sunday, March 29th, 2015

ColourPop More, Please Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop More, Please Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop More, Please Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “vivid fuchsia with a violet-blue duochrome in a pearlized finish.” It’s a bright, fuchsia magenta with cool, blue undertones and silver and violet pearl. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is more matte. Colour Pop Homie (P, $8.00) is purpler, matte. Colour Pop Pegacorn (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, more muted. Colour Pop Fantasy (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, purpler. Colour Pop Slave2Pink (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S852 Neon Pink (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, matte. Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Jilted (P) is purpler. Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $13.00) is cooler-toned. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula is a cream-based blush that will have the most intense pigmentation when applied with fingertips and lesser, more buildable coverage when used with a brush (the more feathery or less dense the brush, the sheerer the coverage). A little goes a ridiculously long way when it comes to this shade, as it is intensely pigmented: a mere pat of the fingertip on the surface is enough for semi-sheer coverage. The shimmer is a lot more visible on the skin than it has been in other shimmery blushes I’ve seen from ColourPop, so it’s nice to see the finish actually show up on the skin. It had a wetter, more emollient and cream-like consistency compared to other Super Shock Cheek shades I’ve tried, which made it easier to apply and very, very blendable on the skin, but it didn’t slide all over the place. This shade wore well for almost ten hours on me.

P.S. — ColourPop just tweeted that they’re doing a 24-hour flash sale on their foursomes (now $16, regularly $20) and the Not a Box of Chocolates (now $24, regularly $30).

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