Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Becca Gypsy Mineral Blush
Becca Gypsy Mineral Blush

Becca Gypsy Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “ballerina pink.” It’s a light-medium, cooler-toned pink with warmer gold shimmer that gives it a soft, frosted sheen. Illamasqua Lies (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is warmer. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Azalea in the Afternoon (LE, $27.00) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Boba (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It had decent to good color coverage that was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque with a strong sheen. It’s the type of blush that looks as if you applied a separate highlighter over your blush, because the underlying color seems less connected to the warmer sheen. The texture was blendable but a little powdery, slightly dry, though it looked good on the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading along the upper cheek area.

Formula Summary | Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to be a “delicate powder blush” with a “buildable formula” that gives a “natural-looking, flushed appearance.” They typically have a soft, creamy consistency that is a little denser than the average powder but not truly dense. Some of the very shimmery shades feel a little dry compared to the more pearly ones. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to apply and blend on the skin without any need for special tricks; they felt very grab-and-go, the kind of blush where there’s no fight to diffuse and soften edges or get even coverage. They are more pigmented than what I’d term as “buildable,” which some will appreciate, some will be disappointed by. The wear ranges from seven to nine hours with the brighter and more satin-to-matte shades lasting longer. My favorite part of the formula is the luminous sheen they give to the skin, so they don’t look too shimmery on the skin. I think if you find Becca’s pressed highlighters to be too shimmery, you may find their blushes more up your alley with respect to finish.

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Gypsy

B+

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

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5/5

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Friday, July 10th, 2015

Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? Love Flush Blush
Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? Love Flush Blush

Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? Love Flush Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “watermelon pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is lighter, warmer. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE, ) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Toile (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is more shimmery, lighter. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is cooler. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is darker. Milani Coral Cove (05) (LE, $7.99) is warmer. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter, more muted. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It had good color payoff with a soft, slightly firm, texture that was fairly blendable on the skin. This shade took a smidgen extra effort to blend compared to Baby Love. The more satiny finish gave this blush a soft, natural sheen on the skin without being shimmery. After nine hours of wear, I started to notice the blush fade.

Formula Summary | Too Faced Love Flush Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is supposed to be an exceptionally long-wearing (16 hours), pigmented, and “buttery soft” blush. It’s a nice blush, but unsurprisingly, it doesn’t last 16 hours. Some shades last eight hours, others last a little closer to ten hours–it is nice wear for powder blush generally, but you’ll find that many shades’ ratings took a hit because of the 16-hour wear claim. The blush has a soft texture that’s just firm enough not to kick up a lot of excess powder, but it’s not too firm where you can’t get good color payoff when you use it. Pigmentation varied from shade to shade and ranged from semi-opaque to totally opaque, while the blush tended to blend well on the skin with a satin to luminous finish. The compacts may be a little hard to open if you have larger fingers/hands (like me), and sometimes I felt like the pattern made it harder to get good pigmentation out of the blush if I used a more feathery brush.

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How Deep is Your Love?

B-

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, July 10th, 2015

Giorgio Armani No. 09 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 09 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 09 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a bold, brightened, fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and fine gold, pink, and violet shimmer. This is sheerer than it looks, though it is one of the more buildable shades in the range. It is easiest to get a sheer tint of color (noticeable but still lets a lot of the natural skin color come through), but two to three layers gets you semi-opaque color, if desired. The finish is more satin once applied as the shimmer doesn’t stand out. I liked applying this prior to foundation and then using foundation to help keep it from being too intense on me, when I wanted to wear it as more of a distinct blush. For a sheerer tint of color, applying on bare skin or over foundation worked just fine with a few pats of the fingertip or a small, stippling brush. The texture was thin, a little watery, and it did seem thinner than the average shade in this range. On me, the color wore for almost ten hours before fading slightly. Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is less shimmery. YSL Fuchsia Desinvolte (01) (P, $40.00) is brighter, cooler. NARS Adoration (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Surratt Beauty Rougeur (P, $32.00) is darker. Burberry Hydrangea Pink (P, $42.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Too Faced Baby Love Love Flush Blush
Too Faced Baby Love Love Flush Blush

Too Faced Baby Love Love Flush Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft dusty nude with fine gold sparkle.” It’s a muted, medium rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a dusting of gold shimmer and sparkle. Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Tarte Empowering (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is warmer. Tarte Elevated (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is lighter. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. Tarte Celebrated (LE, $26.00) is lighter. YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is more shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores or the natural texture. This shade lasted well for eight and a half hours on me before fading, which is quite a ways from the 16-hours promised (but decent wear if you ignore that tall claim).

Formula Summary | Too Faced Love Flush Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is supposed to be an exceptionally long-wearing (16 hours), pigmented, and “buttery soft” blush. It’s a nice blush, but unsurprisingly, it doesn’t last 16 hours. Some shades last eight hours, others last a little closer to ten hours–it is nice wear for powder blush generally, but you’ll find that many shades’ ratings took a hit because of the 16-hour wear claim. The blush has a soft texture that’s just firm enough not to kick up a lot of excess powder, but it’s not too firm where you can’t get good color payoff when you use it. Pigmentation varied from shade to shade and ranged from semi-opaque to totally opaque, while the blush tended to blend well on the skin with a satin to luminous finish. The compacts may be a little hard to open if you have larger fingers/hands (like me), and sometimes I felt like the pattern made it harder to get good pigmentation out of the blush if I used a more feathery brush.

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Baby Love

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9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

5.5/10

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5/5

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Giorgio Armani No. 07 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 07 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 07 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is an iridescent, pink-tinged white with lighter pink and violet iridescent pearl. The shimmer in this liquid highlighter is quite fine, which makes it more readily used as a multi-tasking product that can be mixed in with other base products, applied alone, or over foundation. I felt like the finish on this was subtler than a lot of the Fluid Sheers, so it’ll be a good option for someone who likes a dewy but less shimmery effect. I suspect it will also read cooler-toned on those with neutral or cool undertones, but if you are warmer-toned like me, don’t fear that this will look too stark on! The iridescent sheen on this makes it really good for layering over blush, too. The texture was lightweight, blendable, and thin with sheer coverage that lasted for eight and a half hours on me. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery. NARS Craving (Left) (P, ) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani No. 08 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Colour Pop Monster (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Hippo (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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9/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

NARS Tribulation Blush
NARS Tribulation Blush

NARS Tribulation Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “shimmery rosy sand.” It’s a light-medium gold muted slightly by hints of beige paired with a luminous, shimmer-sheen finish.
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The texture of this was soft, smooth, and denser than most NARS blushes; it felt the softest and smoothest, without being powdery, of all the NARS cheek products I have ever tried. It blended out beautifully without losing its color or sheen, and the more you buffed it into the skin, the more the glowing finish came out. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture either, but this is not a subtle highlighter, so it is better suited for someone who likes a noticeable sheen to their highlighters. I was surprised that NARS didn’t call this out as a “Highlighting Blush” (like Albatross), as it is more highlighter on light to dark skin tones, while very fair to fair skin tones will see slight warmth/beige color, plus the sheen. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading slightly.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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