Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)
Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) ($38.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden rosy pink.” It’s a medium-dark, copper-brown with pink and gold pearly shimmer. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is a powder, darker. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is slightly more shimmery. MAC Linda (LE, $21.00) is powder, less shimmery, more orange. NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is darker, powder. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is a powder. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is redder. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is a powder. MAC Barbados Girl (LE, $20.00) is similar. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $30.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is a liquid highlighter that comes in a bottle with a pump, which tends to pump out at least as much as you’d need to mix in with a base product (foundation, moisturizer, primer, etc.), so you’ll want to have a smaller sample jar on hand for excess if you plan to use it for spot highlighting. The liquid version of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors is designed to be sheer, and it is just that–sheer–though this one is naturally darker and will give a little color to the skin for fair to medium skin tones. When mixed in, I get a very, very subtle glow and warmth, but it doesn’t add really noticeable color–it’s not as if I used self-tanner, so if the darkness of the color has made you wary of mixing it with a base product, it might surprise you. The texture is lightweight, thin and almost watery (not in a bad way), which is easily spread across the skin without lifting base products, if you prefer to apply on top of other products. On its own, it wears for seven and a half hours, and when I mixed it, it didn’t interfere with the longevity of the base product.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)
Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid)

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) ($41.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale gold.” It’s a muted, light golden champagne with very fine shimmer and warmer undertones. Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is a powder, pinker, less shimmery. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is a cream, slightly more shimmery. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery. Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 (P, $48.00) is lighter. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $28.00) is more sparkly, powder. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (P) is darker, powder. Tarte Champagne (LE) is a powder. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is a powder. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be a “sheer cream-liquid” that gives the skin a “soft, natural glow.” The liquid version of the Shimmering Skin Perfector is the sheerest option, though it is still a noticeable highlighter when applied on top of bare skin or foundation. I personally prefer using the liquid for mixing in with base products (like foundation, moisturizer, or primer) for an all-over luminosity, and then defer to the cream or powder versions for spot highlighting (cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and so forth). The texture is thin, watery (not in a bad way), and very spreadable across the skin. It doesn’t emphasize pores or look too shimmery on the skin, even when blended all-over. On me, it doesn’t seem to decrease or increase the wear of my base product, and as a standalone highlighter, it stays on well for seven and a half hours. The pump mechanism is hard to control if you want just enough for cheeks, as it tends to pump out enough for all-over.

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

ColourPop Between the Sheets Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Between the Sheets Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Between the Sheets Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone beige pink in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, pink-coral-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s lighter and pinker than a peach-brown, but it’s so muted, that it doesn’t read coral either. Tarte Fame (LE, $26.00) is brighter, warmer, powder. Colour Pop Quarters (P, $8.00) is darker. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is browner, powder. Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, powder. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker, lighter. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is powder. MAC Melba (P, $21.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula has buildable coverage that ranges from light-medium to fully opaque, depending on your choice of application. According to the brand, fingertips will yield the greatest amount of coverage, which holds true, and then using a duo fiber brush (often the go-to for a cream-based blush) will have the sheerest coverage, which also holds true. I really love how consistent the formula has been for me: the pigmentation is exactly as described, and the wear is excellent at ten hours. The texture is lightweight, like a cream-powder hybrid with some give that you’d expect in a cream, but it lacks the slip and shine of the average cream blush formula. It tends to feel and act more like a powder product once you apply it to the skin. I think there’s a bit of a learning curve when working with these, but once you figure out the best method for you, they become really easy to use.

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9.5/10

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Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

MAC Bronzing Powder
MAC Bronzing Powder

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder ($27.50 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “bronze.” It’s a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture was drier, chalky, and powdery–but very thin–which made it difficult to get it to stick to the skin. It is better applied over still-damp foundation, but over bare skin, it is more difficult to use. It had semi-sheer color payoff that was buildable to semi-opaque coverage. On me, the color wore well for seven hours before fading. This shade is part of the permanent range. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is yellower. Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $65.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder ($27.50 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “finely spun golden with soft pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish-brown with warm undertones and fine gold shimmer. The shimmer tends to act like larger sparkle here, which means a lot of it doesn’t adhere to the skin and either gets dispersed in the air or trapped in your brush’s bristles. It had good color payoff, though the texture had a dryness to it that made it feel almost chalky to me. Despite the dryness, the powder was fairly blendable when I applied it to my cheeks, and it didn’t look too dry on. This bronzer lasted for seven and a half hours. This shade is part of the permanent range. Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is more muted. Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is slightly less red. Guerlain Bronzer (LE, $53.00) is more orange. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is more matte. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is more shimmery. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched (P, $55.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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7.5/10

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Friday, May 1st, 2015

MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powders
MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powders

MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder ($35.50 for 0.35 oz.) is a new product in the upcoming Wash & Dry collection. I wasn’t a fan of the Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows, and these aren’t winning me over, either. The texture is stiff, thin, and hardens incredibly easily; I had to jab at the pan’s surface with a metal spatula to get enough visible color for swatches. It’s this texture that is the real bane of this product, because I couldn’t get color out of this with a brush as a result. I don’t have any official descriptive information regarding the new formula, and I can only make some generalizations that it probably has the same type of technology behind it as the eyeshadows and the permanent Studio Sculpt Defining Powder. If I get more specific information, I may adjust the review (e.g. if these were intended to be ultra sheer). For now, I’m reviewing these based on the descriptions of the previously released eyeshadows and current Defining Powders and looked for these to have: “medium buildable coverage” that will “blend easily and comfortably” with a “silky and cream-like” texture.

I’m not sure if it these are limited edition or permanent (most likely limited edition), and as soon as I find out, I’ll be sure to update this post (for now, I’m marking them as limited edition).

MAC Delicates Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder ($35.50 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “neutral deep bronze with fine gold shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. In order get color payoff for a swatch, I had to scrape off a layer of product with a metal spatula. The surface hardened noticeably after using it three times (once to swatch, twice to apply to the face). The texture is very thin and stiff, which made it difficult to dislodge color from the pan. Applied, it doesn’t look bad, and it has a nice, satin-matte finish that doesn’t look flat but isn’t luminous, but unless you’re very fair, you’ll need to pack it on with five or six layers (I used eight just to get it to show up in photos). The powder that I did manage to apply lasted for seven hours before fading. It’s actually blendable once you get it on the brush, so it’s such a shame that it is pressed so firmly. Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is warmer, yellower. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Spice (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is more matte, cooler-toned. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Golden Rinse Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder ($35.50 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light brick reddish bronze with fine shimmer.” It’s a light-medium tan brown with subtle, warm undertones and a barely-there, satiny sheen. The texture felt smooth to the touch, but it was extremely stiff and firmly packed into the pan, so it was a challenge to grab pigment from the powder without scraping off layers or jabbing a rough brush against the surface. The powder itself, once loosened, has a very silky feel that is blendable and sits beautifully on the skin–but getting it on the skin is frustrating. With how firm the powder is, coverage is very sheer, but turned into a loose powder, it is more medium to full coverage depending on application. Applied, this shade wore well for seven hours on me. Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is darker. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is slightly darker. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker, matte. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is darker, matte. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, April 30th, 2015

MAC Blush
MAC Wash & Dry Blushes

MAC Crisp Whites Blush ($24.50 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “pale tangerine with pearl.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, satiny sheen. It had a fairly soft, smooth texture that was blendable on the skin, while the finish appears pearly at times, once on the skin, it seemed more semi-matte to satin-like, but it wasn’t noticeably shimmery. The color seemed to darken slightly when applied to bare skin (unless you’re very dry, it can happen with some blushes due to the natural oils on the skin) and shows subtly on my medium complexioni, but it is likely a color better suited to lighter skin tones unless you’re going for subtle. It wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Freshen Up (LE, $35.50) is darker, brighter (and potential to be redder). Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is darker. Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC Style Cast (LE, $21.00) is slightly more shimmery. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is darker, more matte. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is yellower. NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Hipness Blush ($24.50 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “light peach.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, thinner texture that wasn’t powdery but was harder to blend on the skin. It seemed to stick in certain areas and darken in some areas but not in others–I highly recommend using a translucent powder under this to make it easier to apply, as it wasn’t forgiving. The version released in this collection is about two shades darker than the version I have from the Fafi collaboration many years ago, and the older version I have didn’t stick or darken in places like this one did. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is a cream blush, pinker. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is pinker. MAC Secret Admirer (LE, $22.00) is a cream product. Tarte Pampered (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is warmer, more orange. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is pinker. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is similar. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is similar. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is darker. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is darker. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is similar. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is similar. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is similar. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is similar. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is darker. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is a smidgen lighter. NARS Amour (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The collection will be available online on May 14th and in-stores on May 21st.

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8/10

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