Saturday, April 11th, 2015

ColourPop Olive Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Olive Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Olive Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “true baby pink in a matte finish.” It’s a light-medium pink with soft, cool blue undertones and a satin finish. (And in case you were wondering, the product is named after a dog, not the color olive.) Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, slightly cooler-toned. Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is darker. Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is similar, powder. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is powder/ Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is powder. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is powder. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Blush (P) is more matte, powder. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is powder. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The finish is definitely not matte–there is a shimmer you can see in the swatch, which is less noticeable applied to the cheeks and blended out. I don’t find it gives a real sheen, but it keeps the finish from looking flat. The Super Shock Cheek formula is a cream-based one that is supposed to have buildable coverage that will have the most payoff when applied with fingers and less color coverage when used with brushes. It had a smooth, velvety consistency with just a little creaminess to it–these feel more like clay than your traditional cream blush–that is very blendable on the skin as it blends more like a powder, so it doesn’t look streaky. The coverage was semi-sheer to semi-opaque at best but never fully opaque. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Friday, April 10th, 2015

Urban Decay Obsessed Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Obsessed Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Obsessed Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pinky-lavender with a semi-matte finish. Clinique Pansy Pop (P, $21.00) is darker. Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is similar, cream. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is pinker, cream. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is a smidgen more lavender. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is pinker. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is pinker. NARS Gaiety (P, $30.00) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Despite being one of the lighter shades in the range, it had more semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation, even though the formula is described as sheer and buildable. With a lighter hand, sheerer coverage is definitely to be had, but it leans towards more moderate color payoff. The powder had a silky, smooth feel that was a smidgen powdery at times, but the powderiness didn’t translate to the skin, as the blush looked natural and sat well on the skin. It was easy to sheer the color down or build it up, because the blush was very blendable. The color stayed on well for eight hours before I noticed slight fading along the edges.

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Friday, April 10th, 2015

ColourPop In Bloom Set
ColourPop In Bloom Set

ColourPop In Bloom Set ($39.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes three cheek colors and three lipsticks released in collaboration with Jamie Greenberg. It’s an assortment of brightened takes on spring shades, and it seems like a little preview of the brand’s upcoming cream highlighters (they’ve teased about them on Instagram) with Double Dip. All six products performed good to great, were easy to apply, and lasted a nice length of time. I think a lot of the shades included are on the more dupable side, but the silver lining is that this is a more affordable way to get a lot of those higher-end similar shades, though they have to be purchased as a set. I hope we’ll see some shades get added to the permanent range!

Double Dip is described as a “soft peach with subtle highlights with a satin pearl finish.” It’s a champagne beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was lightly creamy–a little more emollient than most of their cheek colors–and was easy to blend on the skin, but the more velvety, clay-like formula (generally) made it appear as a subtle sheen on the skin, rather than full-on frost. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hysterical is described as a “cool-toned plum pink with a matte finish.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to fully opaque, depending on whether you applied with fingertips (as recommended for full coverage) or a stippling brush (as recommended for light coverage). The texture was velvety and smooth, and it blended nicely on the skin while wearing for nine hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tongue Tied is described as a “bright warm coral with a matte finish.” It’s a vibrant, coral-orange with warm, reddish undertones and a satin shimmer. I’m not sure why it’s described as matte, because there is definitely a fine shimmer running through it that gives the skin a natural sheen (but doesn’t emphasize pores). It had good color payoff that was opaque when applied with fingertips and more semi-sheer to semi-opaque when applied with a brush (depending on your choice of brush). The color wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Frenemie is described as an “electric warm-toned coral with a cream finish.” It’s a bold, medium-dark coral-red with warm undertones and a soft, creamy finish with a light shine. It had almost cull color coverage that applied fairly evenly and smoothly. The texture had more slip than some of the other shades in this formula have had for me. The lipstick glided on without tugging and wore well for five hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Freshman is described as a “deep hot pink with a cream finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. The texture was light-medium in thickness with a moderate amount of slip, which gave it that really opaque coverage that was still creamy and very wet-looking. It wore well for six hours and left a stain behind, but I had a little bit of feathering after four hours of wear. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sweet-Thing is described as a “cool-toned medium true pink with a cream finish.” It’s a lightly muted, medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The color stayed on for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating over time. The texture was slightly thicker but held in place without sliding around. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Tarte Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.41 oz.) contains six eyeshadows and one blush housed in a rectangular-shaped palette. It’s a warmer-toned set of matte neutrals paired with a frosted pink-coral blush. The colors work well together, and they were usable without primer, but Tarte’s formula here is one that will benefit from having the smoothness of a primer for the color to adhere to, for both better color payoff as well as easier blending, and then of course, longevity. Also, interesting thing to note is that this is priced the same as the Showstopper palette, but Poppy Picnic contains a lot less (0.41 oz. vs. 0.73 oz.).

Glisten is described as a “golden peach pink.” It’s a pink-coral with golden shimmer and a frosted finish. The texture was thin and dry, where the shimmer particles sometimes separated from the base color. If patted into the skin with a firmer blush brush to start, it helped a lot to keep the color together. It had semi-sheer color payoff that I could only build to semi-opaque coverage. The color lasted for seven hours on me, which was surprisingly short (especially since it’s supposed to last twelve!). This shade is also available individually in the permanent range, which performed better for me, when I reviewed it three years ago. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Summer Breeze is described as a “cream.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that was just a smidgen powdery. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sweet Tea is described as a “tan.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture had a silkiness to it that made it very blendable, even on bare skin, and it had mostly opaque pigmentation. It started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ice Cream Cone is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a blackened brown with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the texture was slightly thin so it needs the help of a primer to go on smoothly and blend evenly. It stayed on for seven hours for me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Barefoot in the Grass is described as a “nude.” It’s a light-medium peach with strong, orange undertones and a matte finish. It’s a bit powdery, but it applies fairly smoothly and blend well. It had decent to good pigmentation. On me, it creased after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Peach Poppy is described as a “peach.” It’s a softened orange with a matte finish. The texture was thin and a little powdery, so it was prone to sheering out and only had semi-opaque pigmentation. It lasted for seven hours on me before creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Picnic Basket is described as a “brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff but was a little powdery, so it didn’t adhere as well to bare skin. It was buildable, though, and was fairly blendable when I used it. On me, it started to crease after seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer ($50.00 for 0.39 oz.) is described as a “warm bronze shade fused with Radiant Light.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen finish. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is a smidgen lighter. Too Faced Spice (LE) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is cooler-toned. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is redder, less shimmery. MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is darker. MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is similar. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

As I mentioned in my review for Luminous Bronze Light, the new bronzing formula takes the “illuminating effects” of their signature Ambient Lighting powders with “bronze pigments” to give a “natural, sun-kissed glow.” The formula is supposed to have “buildable color and a radiant finish” with a “sheer, airy” feel. This particular shade is designed for “medium/deep complexions.” It was very pigmented and a little went a long way, but I’m not sure this is dark enough for very deep skin tones, though the luminous finish may help it still add some noticeable warmth/sheen, even if it doesn’t add much color. It’s rather full coverage, instead of buildable, but you can blend/diffuse it for a sheerer look as the formula is forgiving. It seemed rather sparkly when swatched, but the way it translated onto skin is almost magical, because I didn’t see a lot of sparkle, I saw the luminosity. The texture was silky, smooth and blends easily on the skin, while the sheen didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours before I noticed any fading. It was hard for me to see a noticeable difference in color when I wore both this and Luminous Bronze Light on my skin tone; the lighter shade seemed a bit less warm/more subdued, but it was a subtle difference.

Forgot to mention: the Ambient Lighting Bronzers are the same physical size as the Ambient Lighting Powders. These have 0.39 oz. in them, whereas the original powders have 0.35 oz. On a price per ounce basis, the Bronzers are $128.21/oz. and the Powders are $128.57/oz. Of course, if you look at it from more of a “per use” basis, you may feel that you stand little chance of finishing the bronzer and would have preferred it in blush-size (which costs $35 for 0.15 oz. or $233.33/oz.).

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Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer ($50.00 for 0.39 oz.) is described as a “medium tan shade fused with Luminous Light.” It’s a muted, medium tan brown with warm, yellow undertones and a fine golden shimmer-sheen. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is similar. Too Faced Spice (LE) is similar. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is darker. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The newest addition to the Ambient Lighting range is bronzer–just in time for summer–and is available in two shades. The formula is marketed as combining the “illuminating effects” of their signature Ambient Lighting powders with “bronze pigments” to give a “natural, sun-kissed glow.” It’s supposed to have “buildable color and a radiant finish” with a “sheer, airy” feel. This shade is supposed to be for “fair/light complexions” as it gives a “softer, candlelit warmth.” It had more semi-opaque color coverage to start, which could then be intensified to full coverage or sheered out for lighter coverage. If I wanted to dust this all-over, I’d have to use a light hand and a fan brush (something naturally feathery with little density).

When I first swatched it, I was worried about the level of shimmer, but on the skin, it is beautifully luminous and glowy–it doesn’t emphasize pores at all, and it doesn’t even look frosty. On my medium complexion, I had no trouble getting this to show up well on my skin tone, but it was surprisingly similar to Radiant Bronze Light (which is about two shades darker, but depending on application, any difference may be difficult to detect, as it was on my skin tone!). I would have loved to have seen a greater contrast between the two shades, since there are only two. The texture is silky, smooth, and seemed less prone to kicking up excess powder compared to the original Ambient Lighting Powders. On the skin, it blended effortlessly and wore well for eight hours before fading on me.

Forgot to mention: the Ambient Lighting Bronzers are the same physical size as the Ambient Lighting Powders. These have 0.39 oz. in them, whereas the original powders have 0.35 oz. On a price per ounce basis, the Bronzers are $128.21/oz. and the Powders are $128.57/oz. Of course, if you look at it from more of a “per use” basis, you may feel that you stand little chance of finishing the bronzer and would have preferred it in blush-size (which costs $35 for 0.15 oz. or $233.33/oz.).

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