Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Guerlain Champs Elysees Meteorites Perles
Guerlain Champs Elysees Meteorites Perles

Guerlain Champs Elysees Meteorites Perles ($58.00 for 1.05 oz.) is supposed to “capture light to create a more luminous and even skin tone.” It does this through a combination of “beige, purple white, gold, and two pinks.” It’s a soft, pale pink with a dusting of white sparkle and a satin-matte finish. MAC Rosy Outlook and Chanel Star Dust are pale pink blushes but both are less highlighters than they are blushes. Guerlain Perles du Dragon is more luminous. Guerlain Perles de Nuit is also more luminous. In the tin, it did seem somewhat similar to Perles du Paradis, but I had almost no visible payoff, so it’s hard to say if they really are similar. See comparison swatches.

Surprisingly, when applied more heavily, it gave my cheeks a soft flush of pink (even on my medium complexion). Otherwise, it brightens and softens the skin in a very subtle, barely-there way as most Meteorites do. I feel like this is a product you either love or hate–you’ve had the Kool-Aid or you moved right along. If you’re looking for a traditional highlighter, you’re better off looking elsewhere as Meteorites, generally (including this one) are subtle. If you wear really, really matte foundation or set heavily with a matte powder, this is a product that breathes life back into the finish of the skin by giving it a natural luminosity that’s not shimmery or sparkly.

Champs Elysees is less luminous compared to recent limited edition iterations, but it still does add luminosity to the skin though just not enough to really live up to its description. It seemed to brighten more than other shades, and made me look more awake. It seems to wear well for eight and a half hours, and it doesn’t impair the wear of my foundation or blush in any way.  Though Meteorites Perles are gorgeous in their tins, the effect (in my experience) doesn’t change too much from shade to shade, and I would imagine that the impact might be more noticeable on fairer complexions.

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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder
Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder

Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder ($69.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “peach-hued harmony infused with invigorating bursts of pink.” It’s a soft, light-medium peach-orange with a satin-matte finish. When I swatched it, the pink seemed to mute the overall warmer undertones of the color but didn’t read rosy or pink-tinged. NARS Soulshine #2 is warmer, more orange, more shimmery. NARS Gina is darker, browner. MAC Cream Soda is lighter/ MAC Wartmh of Coral is more orange. Chanel Tweed Rose is pinker. Chanel Espiegle is similar. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

The texture is like silk–finely-milled, smooth, and wonderfully soft–against the skin, so it blends and softens beautifully with hardly any effort at all. The color itself is on the lighter side, so it is better suited for light to medium complexions, as it may not show up well on deeper complexions. It barely shows up on my medium complexion, and it tends to add a soft warmth but not obvious color (which may work for some, but others may want an actual bronzing powder), as a reference. It wore well for eight hours without fading and showed some signs of fading after nine hours of wear.

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The texture is like silk--finely-milled, smooth, and wonderfully soft--against the skin, so it blends and softens beautifully with hardly any effort at all. The color itself is on the lighter side, so it is better suited for light to medium complexions, as it may not show up well on deeper complexions.

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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Chanel Accent (84) Joues Contraste Powder Blush
Chanel Accent (84) Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Chanel Accent (84) Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($43.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “luminous pink beige.” It’s a softened, medium-dark rosy brown with neutral-warm undertones and a soft shimmer finish. The finish seemed more shimmery than a satin, but it doesn’t look like a full-on frost. Kevyn Aucoin Natura is warmer, lighter. NARS Douceur is lighter. MAC Baby Don’t Go is much lighter. MAC Stylish Me is darker, warmer. MAC Superb is warmer, more frosted. Burberry Earthy is browner, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

When I opened the compact, it reminded me of a warmer Notorious–they aren’t dupes at all, just to make that crystal clear–as Accent came across as a complex, unusual color, but it is far browner than Notorious but something that might work for those who found Notorious to be too cool-toned or too gray. The texture was soft, silky-smooth, and finely-milled and yielded even, true-to-pan color with good color payoff. It could be applied heavily or softly, depending on application, but the color easily blended and diffused along the edges. It wore well for seven and a half hours and showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear.

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Monday, September 30th, 2013

theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette
theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette

This is part two of our review of theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette ($42.50 for 1.21 oz.), so if you missed the first part, check out this post.

A1 is a soft, pink-tinged mauve with a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and it was soft and buttery to the touch, so it applied smoothly and evenly. Urban Decay Bordello is pinker. MAC Circa Plum is darker, purpler. Giorgio Armani #27 is darker. See comparison swatches.

B1 is a light beige with neutral-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color payoff, but the texture was so soft that it turned a bit powdery. Urban Decay Bleach is yellower. LORAC Cream is pinker. theBalm Matt Smith is a touch cooler-toned. theBalm Adagio is also a bit cooler-toned. Urban Decay Anonymous is satiny. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is similar. See comparison swatches.

C1 is a soft, light-medium yellow gold with a frosted finish. It had decent pigmentation but was somewhat powdery. Illamasqua Precipice is a cream product. Disney Sand in the Glass is darker. Urban Decay Vanilla is lighter. MAC Nylon is more frosted. Chanel Pearl River #2 is similar. See comparison swatches.

D1 is a yellow gold with a frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff, though the texture felt soft, finely-milled, and smooth. NYX Hot Yellow is lighter. NARS Goldfinger is similar. MAC Gorgeous Gold is also similar. bareMinerals Standing O is lighter. Inglot #403 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Second Officer is a cool-toned, blue-based muted red with a satin finish. On cheeks, as it tends to be applied more lightly, it turns to a pinkish-red coloring, and then on lids, it is more opaque and bolder. It lasted for five and a half hours on lips but was quite drying, while it lasted for eight hours well as a blush. MAC Keep It Casual is not as cool-toned. See comparison swatches.

First Officer is a medium-dark, peachy orange with a satin finish. It wore well for four and a half hours on lips but was drying, and then it wore well for almost eight hours on cheeks. Chanel Preesage is lighter. MAC Out for Fun is similar. Illamasqua Rude is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Captain is a plummy pink with a satin finish and cool undertones. It had full color coverage when applied to lips, but once again, it was drying when worn, though it lasted for five hours. As a blush, it wore well for eight hours. Illamasqua Peaked is lighter, more plum. Chanel Fantastic is brighter. Illamasqua Seduce is more plum. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Kevyn Aucoin Fira Pure Powder Glow
Kevyn Aucoin Fira Pure Powder Glow

Kevyn Aucoin Fira Pure Powder Glow ($37.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a fiery, red-orange with a satin finish. NARS Taos is more muted, shimmery. NARS Liberte is browner, more muted. NARS Exhibit A is most comparable, but it seems slightly muted when put side-by-side, and it is not as red-toned. MAC Hidden Treasure is redder, darker, more muted. See comparison swatches.

If you fall head-over-heels for intensely pigmented blushes, keep reading; and if you run in the opposite direction in fear, keep running. Fira is so richly pigmented–I see this working particularly well on deeper complexions–but it’s totally workable on even fair skin tones. You doubt me, but the texture is ultra-soft, finely-milled, and very blendable. The blendability enables the color to be diffused and softened on the skin to yield a subtle color. Of course, you’ll want to use a light hand and a feathery brush (like a fan or stippling brush) to avoid applying too much product right out of the gate, because a little goes a long, long way. The more it gets worked into the skin, the more luminous the finish becomes, but it never emphasizes pores. Fira wore well for eight hours when I wore it very softly, and when I wore it more heavily, it lasted well for almost nine hours.

P.S. — This is the last of my Kevyn Aucoin blush reviews! Hope you enjoyed :)

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If you fall head-over-heels for intensely pigmented blushes, keep reading; and if you run in the opposite direction in fear, keep running. Fira is so richly pigmented--I see this working particularly well on deeper complexions--but it's totally workable on even fair skin tones. You doubt me, but the texture is ultra-soft, finely-milled, and very blendable.

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Friday, September 27th, 2013

Kevyn Aucoin Natura Pure Powder Glow
Kevyn Aucoin Natura Pure Powder Glow

Kevyn Aucoin Natura Pure Powder Glow ($37.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium brown with hints of peach and rose, along with white shimmer over a satin finish. NARS Madly is browner, darker. NARS Douceur is less warm-toned. MAC Baby Don’t Go is less warm-toned, lighter. MAC Harmony is less shimmery. Burberry Earthy is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

I must admit, the shimmer I saw in the pan and in the swatch had me a little worried on how it would translate to skin, but somehow, it manages to work nicely without emphasizing pores or looking sparkly or shimmery. I think a good portion of the shimmer/gets trapped in the bristles of my blush brushes, so little appears on the skin when applied. Depending on your skin tone, this could work as a blush, bronzer, highlighter, or contour powder. On my medium complexion, it’s a subtle contour or a barely-there bronzer. The texture was silky, soft, and finely-milled without being powdery, and the powder applied evenly and smoothly on the skin. It had fairly good color payoff overall but is a more buildable product than one that starts off intensely pigmented. It wore well for just over eight hours, and after nine hours, I saw some light fading along the edges.

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