Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

MAC Just a Wisp Mineralize Blush
MAC Just a Wisp Mineralize Blush

MAC Just a Wisp Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pink.” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. The highly reflective finish is actually what makes this less similar than other pale pinks I’ve come across. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is more muted, more matte. Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more matte. Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is more matte. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is another new (and permanent!) shade that’s been added to the Mineralize Blush range in the new, updated packaging. It had semi-opaque coverage in one layer, but it was buildable to full coverage in two layers or easily blended out for sheerer color. If you use a fan brush and a light hand, it becomes more of a pink-tinged highlighter. The high shimmer content makes it more wearable on darker complexions as well, as it doesn’t appear chalky at all, but it would make for a nice, soft pink blush on fairer complexions as well. The finish is quite reflective but seemed to only emphasize pores very, very slightly–something I only noticed when I looked exactly for that but felt like you couldn’t really tell at a distance. The texture was soft, lightly powdery, but smooth and silky to the touch. This shade wore well for seven hours before it turned a bit patchy.

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Just a Wisp

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, June 23rd, 2014

MAC New Romance Mineralize Blush
MAC New Romance Mineralize Blush

MAC New Romance Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “peach.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with a soft, champagne frosted finish and warm undertones. Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is warmer, more golden, darker. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery, less pink. MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Light Year (LE, $30.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a new–and, wait for it, permanent!–shade released with the packaging update on MAC’s Mineralize range. I sent in an inquiry about whether the Mineralize products were reformulated or simply repackaged, but I haven’t heard back. From what I can tell through texture, wear, and application, I think that some of the older shades have been updated to reflect some of the more recent textures we’ve seen in the Mineralize range. According to MAC, the Mineralize Blush formula is described as a “sheer and lightweight” formula where “colour builds lightly” with “luminous, pearlized shimmer.” It also looks like these increased in price to $27 (I reviewed two in February ’14, and they were $25), though the size is the same. The updated packaging is similar in size but is now glossy black, and the bottom of the compact curves inwards, which does make them more space-saving, but I wouldn’t recommend stacking these vertically, as they wobble–it is nice if you store them on their side in a container, though.

The texture of the powder was soft, smooth, and silky without being too powdery or dusty, as some of the Mineralize products can be. It had semi-sheer color payoff initially, but it was buildable to fairly opaque coverage (it is a lighter shade, though, so skin tones like mine or deeper will naturally see less wham! color than someone who is very fair) in a couple of layers. The powder blends easily once applied to the skin for a soft, diffused edge, but the high-shimmer finish does somewhat emphasize pores. When I wore this blush, the color stayed true for six and a half hours and then started to fade from there.

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New Romance

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Makeup Geek Honeymoon Blush
Makeup Geek Honeymoon Blush

Makeup Geek Honeymoon Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light pink with mauve undertones and silver flecks.” It’s a muted, rosy peach with a frosted finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Stereo Rose (2014) (LE, $30.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is less shimmery. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $25.00) is more mauve. MAC Light Year (LE, $30.00) is slightly pinker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade was designed more of a highlighting blush, per Makeup Geek’s video preview of the range, and it definitely depends on your skin tone how it might look. The texture is a little drier compared to other shades, though still soft and blendable during application. On fairer complexions, this could easily be an everyday, shimmery blush, but with the right brush (like a fan brush), it could be a dusting of shimmer as well. I’m more medium in complexion, and it is primarily a highlighter that adds slight warmth but mostly shimmer. I was nervous that this was going to emphasize pores, because of the silver flecks in it, but it ended up having a subtler sheen once applied. It wore well for just over eight hours before breaking down slightly.

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Honeymoon

A-

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, June 20th, 2014

Becca Fig Beach Tint
Becca Fig Beach Tint

Becca Fig Beach Tint ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “tea rose pink.” It’s a muted, neutral brown with a hint of rosiness and a saitn finish. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, powder. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is warmer, powder. MAC Peachtwist (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is darker, powder. Chanel Cheeky (79) (LE, $38.00) is similar but more pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

For a more detailed overview of the Beach Tint formula, check out my previous review here. To summarize, the formula is supposed to be a cheek-and-lip stain with sheer, natural-looking color. The formula separates inside the tube, so you can get an almost oily-like clear liquid squeezed out either with the color or before the color, so it needs to be mixed up. I like to turn it upside down and right-side-up, leaving it in each direction for about five minutes. This is, however, frustrating to deal with every time I squeezed product out (five separate occasions). It has a sweet, fruity scent that is strong while the product dries down, but it dissipates once dry. It is better as a cheek stain as a lip stain, as it is thin and clingy on the lips, looks dry, and emphasizes every imperfection on the lips. On cheeks, it has a much more natural finish that adds glowiness without being oily or dewy. Fig is a color I would recommend to fairer complexions than mine, as it takes three layers to get visible color to show on my skin tone (it’s just too close to my natural skin tone, it seems like it has the right pigmentation, but it’s the wrong color for my skin tone). The consistency is thin, liquid-like, almost watery but not quite. On lips, the product is noticeably tacky, though not thick, so at least it doesn’t feel glue-y, and lasts for three hours. On cheeks, it dries down after two to three minutes and has almost no tackiness once it sets, and the color wore well for seven hours on me.

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Fig

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Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush
Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light bubblegum pink with slight shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, cotton candy pink with bluish undertones and a pearly shimmer. In the pan, it looked almost warm-toned, but applied, it looks cooler-toned. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is a touch darker. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had excellent color payoff; you could achieve rich, true-to-pan color with one layer of product, but it blends beautifully on the skin, so it is easy to sheer or soften the color. The blush’s texture is soft, silky, and smooth, which helped it apply easily to the skin and looks more and more luminous as it is buffed into the skin. This is one of the more shimmery shades in the range, but the shimmer didn’t emphasize pores–it’s more of a shimmer-sheen than a frosted shimmer finish. The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours before I noticed some fading along the outer edge.

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Head Over Heels

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Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Chanel Innocence (160) Joues Contraste Powder Blush
Chanel Innocence (160) Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Chanel Innocence (160) Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as “rosewood.” It’s a muted, medium pink with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is a touch lighter. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is darker. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is a touch lighter. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I was surprised to find the texture of the blush to be incredibly thin and somewhat stiff. It’s quite sheer and really requires three to four layers to get visible, more true-to-pan color on the skin (both in the swatch and applied to cheeks). Normally, Chanel’s blushes are very soft and silky, sometimes bordering on powdery, but this one was thinner and drier. It didn’t feel genuinely stiff, yet little color was coming off of the pan when I was trying to apply it with a blush brush. Even the process of blending the color was challenging, as the color didn’t blend easily, so it had a tendency to look uneven and splotchy. The color lasted for seven hours on me before turning patchy and faded.

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Innocence (160)

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6/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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