Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush ($26.000 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with warm undertones, hint of pink, and a satin finish. theBalm Cider (P) is lighter, pinker. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is powder. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker, powder. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is more orange, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever’s new HD Blush formula is one of my new favorites, because it has a lightly creamy consistency that applies evenly, smoothly, and blends easily and feels and looks like a powder shortly after applying it to the skin. It’s never tacky, as it dries down to a powder-like finish, which also means it has a subtle, satin finish–nothing too dewy or luminous. This shade had very true-to-pan color payoff, though it’s a lighter shade so it will show up best on fairer complexions. On my medium skin tone, it is a soft, muted blush on me, but it wore well for eight hours before beginning to fade.

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#225 HD Blush

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10/10

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony Vitality Cheek Stain
It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony Vitality Cheek Stain

It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony Vitality Cheek Stain ($24.00 for 0.136 oz.) is a medium-dark, pinky-coral with a gold, frosted sheen. Milani Lady Rouge (06) (LE, $7.99) has no shimmer. NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is a cream product, has no shimmer. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is lighter. NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $29.00) is slightly pinker. NARS Realm of the Senses #1 (LE, $29.00) is lighter. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $29.00) is similar. MAC Simmer (LE, $25.00) is less golden. NARS Deep Throat (P, $29.00) is lighter, less pink. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Vitality Cheek Stain formula is supposed to combine the long-wear of a stain with the ease of application of a powder. The brand says it will give a “naturally pretty flush of color … [and] that lit from within glow.” Pretty in Peony is intensely pigmented with a soft, velvety consistency that feels like a really smooth, buttery powder. A little goes a long way, so if you tend to be heavy-handed or have fairer skin, you’ll want to be sure to use less and build up (and a stippling or feathery brush should help!). It applied evenly, smoothly, and blended fairly easily on bare skin as well as over liquid foundation. There is a fair amount of sheen, though, and I felt like it did slightly emphasize pores along my cheeks. The color wore well for ten hours, though, which was impressive.

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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10/10

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Monday, March 24th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) Cheek Fabric Blush
Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) Cheek Fabric Blush

Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) Cheek Fabric Blush ($46.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a dusty, muted, medium rosy pink with a soft micro-sparkle and satin finish. Divergent Misty Rose (LE) is darker, more matte. Tarte Elevated (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is darker, less rosy. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is lighter. MAC At Dusk (LE, $25.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches or view dupes.

It’s a new blush formula for the brand, and it’s supposed to be a “vibrant, beautiful formula with a thin, soft texture that brightens your face and highlights cheekbones for the ultimate glow.” There are eight shades available, and this is the only shade I’ve tried, so I can’t weigh in on any of the other shades. The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, yet a little powdery and I can definitely feel that it’s a “thin” formula. It seemed almost dry, because it was thin, but it’s a blush that looks better applied on the face as a true blush than merely swatched, as it melds as it is blended and applied so it looks more like a second-skin tint of color–even over bare skin (and I have normal-to-dry skin, for reference). I found the pigmentation to be semi-opaque at most, buildable to that point with two light layers. The sparkle is visible in the pan, barely visible when heavily swatched, and on the cheeks, it looks like a subtle, soft sheen–not quite luminous, somewhere between matte and satin. The blush wore well for eight hours on me, which is about average, before it started to fade.

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Daybreak (503)

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9/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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5/5

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Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

NARS Gienah Contour Blush
NARS Gienah Contour Blush

NARS Gienah Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) features a highlight and contour shade, and they’re supposed to add “natural-looking dimension for the face with a lightweight luminous finish.”  This is the third and final option in the new Contour Blush range, and it’s the darkest of the three, and though any skin tone can wear it, this duo is one that will show up on medium-dark and darker complexions more so than the other two. On fairer skin tones, the highlight shade could be used as a contour or as a subtle bronzer. The finish is far closer to matte than luminous or satin for both shades, and depending on your skin tone and skin type, the more matte highlighter might not read very illuminating on the skin. The contrast on my skin tone did seem to give a slight illuminating effect without the shimmer or sheen, though. Both shades wore well for eight hours on my skin before beginning to fade.

The Highlight shade is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned brown with a mostly matte finish. The finish almost seemed satiny when built up, but it was still mostly matte. The texture was soft, blendable, and finely-milled. It seemed to take a layer or two before it was a softer powder, as the very top layer was a little drier than what was underneath. NARS Paloma Contour (P) is a smidgen lighter.Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is rosier, more shimmery. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is more shimmery, a touch lighter. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, a little warmer. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter, warmer. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is a bit darker, more satiny. Bobbi Brown Bahama (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, slightly rosy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Contour shade is dark, warm-toned brown with a satin-matte finish. It had more buildable color coverage, and like the other shade, it seemed to get a little softer and more pigmented after I swirled my brush across the uppermost layer of the powder. It was blendable on the skin and sat well–didn’t look powdery at all. MAC Exotic Ember (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Richly Honed (LE, $20.00) is a cream product, darker. See comparison swatches view dupes.

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9/10

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Gienah Highlight

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Tarte Flush Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Flush Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Flush Amazonian Clay Blush ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “pinkish berry.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a satin finish. Make Up For Ever #210 (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Blush (P) is lighter. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery, brighter. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is brighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is brighter, cooler-toned. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is a little lighter. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is warmer. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches. As a note, reader Erin has noted that this shade is not the same as a previously-released Flush (in past kits from Tarte).

The powder had a soft, finely-milled texture that applied evenly and blended fairly easily on the skin, but it was a little stiff in the pan and required some swirling of the brush. It seemed like the top layer was stiff, but underneath (after a few uses), it wasn’t problematic anymore. It had so-so color payoff that was mostly buildable to true-to-pan intensity, if desired, but it does require a few layers. In general, Tarte’s Amazonian Clay formula doesn’t last twelve hours on me (which is what they claim), and Flush was no exception; it wore well for nine hours–longer than the average blush but short of the claimed wear time.

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Flush

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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4.5/5

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

 

NARS Paloma Contour Blush
NARS Paloma Contour Blush

NARS Paloma Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) features a highlight and contour shade, and they’re supposed to add “natural-looking dimension for the face with a lightweight luminous finish.”  It’s more of a medium, neutral-toned set of shades, relative to the other two duos available, though I think the textures and finishes will make each duo more versatile and work for multiple skin tones.  The Highlight shade wasn’t as powdery as the shades in Olympia, while the Contour shade was a little drier but luckily did not look dry on the skin.  Both shades wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly.

The finish is far closer to matte than luminous or satin for both shades, and depending on your skin tone and skin type, the more matte highlighter might not read very illuminating on the skin. The contrast on my skin tone did seem to give a slight illuminating effect without the shimmer or sheen, though. The powders lasted for eight hours on my skin before beginning to fade.

The Highlight shade is a neutral-to-cool toned, light beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture was soft, finely-milled, and not too powdery. NARS Olympia Highlight (P) is lighter. Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Nico (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

The Contour shade is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned brown with a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation but builds slightly. The texture was fairly soft but seemed a little dry. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is similar. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is similar. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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