Monday, August 4th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Ponceau Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Ponceau Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Ponceau Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “poppy.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink-coral with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is brighter, more shimmery. NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, darker, cream. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is lighter. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is warmer, cream. theBalm Toile (P, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The incredibly silky, smooth consistency of Surratt’s blushes never ceases to amaze me, because despite all that softness, they’re never powdery. I’d love to see the brand add a few more unique shades to the line-up, though the core selection has some nice offerings, they’re just easily found elsewhere (or you already have them in your stash). Ponceau has that same, impressive texture along with good color coverage that can be built up or easily sheered out if you find you’ve applied too much. The finish is lightly luminous without being shimmery or shiny, and it doesn’t emphasize pores. It wears just over eight hours on me before fading softly.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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5/5

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC Animal Instincts Blush
MAC Animal Instincts Blush

In the upcoming A Novel Romance collection (online August 14th, in-stores August 21st), there are two limited edition shades of MAC Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.).

MAC Animal Instincts Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.). is described as a “shimmering plum [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark warm plum with a soft sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, thin but not powdery, and blendable. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is more shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Fun Ending Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.). is described as a “soft neutral peach [with a Satin finish].” It’s a pink-peach with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. I noticed that this blush had a tendency to darken on the skin if there was any natural oils on it, which made it look very similar to Animal Instincts applied lightly! The texture was soft, blendable, and smooth, while it had good pigmentation. It lasted for almost eight hours on me before fading. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is pinker. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Animal Instincts

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Parfait Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Parfait Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Parfait Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “coral.” It’s a light-medium, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, satin finish. MAC Love & Laughter (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is a cream product. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is darker, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery. NARS Final Cut (LE, $29.00) is darker, more matte. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is pinker, lighter. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is slightly muted. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is darker, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P) is more shimmery. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is darker. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Surratt’s blush range is nothing if not consistent–every shade I’ve tested so far has been soft, silky-smooth (so smooth that it almost feels like a cream product, but it is a powder blush) with solid, buildable color coverage. The downside is really that it is a more basic or core set of shades, which makes sense for the brand, but may make it harder to indulge as they’re colors many of us already have in our stashes. Parfait is no different; it’s a nicely pigmented product that goes on beautifully, blends nicely, and has a great, natural finish. It has a softly luminous finish that never emphasizes pores or even looks shimmery, but it is more natural than a matte finish would be on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours before it started to fade slightly.

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10/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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Monday, July 28th, 2014

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a rich, shimmering copper-bronze with warm, golden shimmer and a frosted finish. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is redder-toned. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is darker. MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is darker, redder-toned. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The powder has a soft, smooth, almost creamy texture. It’s incredibly pigmented, so it’s something that could be worn more as a bronzer or blush on some skin tones if you don’t use a very light hand. It does, however, blend and sheer out quite a bit if you want it to, so you can get more a golden warmth/sheen that highlights the skin without producing a lot of color (which is how I wore it in photos). I found the finish of this one, despite its frostiness, to be more forgiving on the skin than others, as it didn’t feel like there was such a fine line between “glowy goodness” and accentuating pores like the other shades in the formula. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before turning slightly patchy.

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10/10

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10/10

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9/10

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector
Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector

Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a hint of gray and a semi-matte finish. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is less brown, less gray, lighter. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is less yellow. MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is warmer, less gray. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s described as “an adaptive contouring cream that combines the warmth of skin-authentic undertones with natural-looking shadows for a sculpted look.” For those who want a forgiving contour that can be applied softly, you may enjoy Becca’s take on it. The creamy nature of the product makes it very easy to blend on the skin, so there are no harsh or obvious edges, and if you feel like it’s too dramatic, you can easily sheer it out further. It’s moderately pigmented, but the coverage is buildable, so one layer won’t give you the kind of color you see in the pan. The consistency is lightweight, non-tacky, and dries down and seems to set fairly well. On me, it lasted about seven hours before starting to separate slightly. I think it’s best for light to medium complexions, as even when layered, it is a subtle product against my skin tone (which is about medium).

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Lowlight Sculpting Protector

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8.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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7.5/10

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5/5

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Friday, July 25th, 2014

MAC All About Plum Look in a Box
MAC All About Plum Look in a Box

MAC All About Plum Look in a Box ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) is described as “shades of cool-toned lilacs, soft pale pinks, and silvery warm greys.” The palette contains two blushes, six eyeshadows, two lipsticks, and a double-ended brush (275SE/316SE). Each eyeshadow is 0.0176 oz. each (0.106 oz. total), blush is 0.14 oz. each (0.28 oz. total), and lipstick is 0.02 oz. each (0.04 oz. total). Based on price per ounce, the kit contains $31.68 worth of eyeshadow, $28 worth of blush, and $6.40 worth of lipstick, which adds up to $66.08. There is also a dual-ended brush, so I guess that’s valued at $34.92 in order to add up to the $101 value listed.

There were a couple of complete misses in this palette, but most of it was just average, which isn’t impressive. There were only three shades (out of 10) that were B+ or better rated. It’s always disappointing when MAC puts out subpar palettes like this, because they can do an excellent eyeshadow, so I don’t know why they don’t improve the formula in these. I’d rather they offer less product if they could be more consistent with the quality.

Lessons in Love (Blush) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen. It had decent color payoff, though it was slightly dry and powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

All Races (Eyeshadow) is a pale, cool-toned, lavender-gray with a matte finish. It is lighter and very, very stiff/dry in the pan–very unlike the single version I’ve used (it is limited edition but has been released previously). It started to fade after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Elementary Pink (Eyeshadow) is a brightened, light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled, though a touch powdery. I noticed fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lingering Dusk (Eyeshadow) is a muted, bronzy pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had a drier consistency, which made getting the pigment out of it more difficult, and it didn’t blend as easily on the skin. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dress to Impress (Lipstick) is a light, cool-toned milky pink. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied fairly evenly, though not perfectly. The lipstick wore well for three hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Style Cast (Blush) is a light-medium, muted orange with gold shimmer. It had decent color payoff that was fairly blendable. The color stayed on for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fashion Beat (Eyeshadow) is a light-medium, golden taupe with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and was easy to blend. The color didn’t fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stormy Sunset (Eyeshadow) is a muted, light-medium gray with a hint of purple and a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t fully pigmented as a result of the slightly dry texture. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blackboard (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark, warm-toned black with a matte finish. It was powdery, semi-opaque, and faded after seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Up the Amp (Lipstick) is a brightened, pinky purple with subtle, cool undertones and a soft shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage and wore well for five hours. This is a permanent shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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All About Plum

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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All Races

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6.5/10

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6.5/10

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6/10

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7.5/10

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4/5

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