Monday, June 17th, 2013

MAC Hibiscus Kiss Powder Blush Duo
MAC Hibiscus Kiss Powder Blush Duo

MAC Hibiscus Kiss Powder Blush Duo ($26.00 for 0.37 oz.) is described as a “cool coral blush and matte neutral bronze duo.”  I’m presently wearing both (bronzer more as a contour, the blush as a blush), and it’s been six hours–the wear still seems just fine, and I’ll be sure to update later today after I’ve wrapped up testing (most MAC powders last between seven and nine hours, usually somewhere in the middle).

Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer is described as a “matte neutral bronze.” It’s a medium-dark tan with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a matte finish. It had good, buildable color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that didn’t look powdery applied. Clarins Splendours is darker, redder-orange in tone. Burberry Copper Glow is a touch lighter, less brown. MAC Soft Sand is slightly cooler-toned. Dior Coral Glow Bronzer is lighter. Burberry Summer Glow is darker and more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Hibiscus Kiss Blush is a softly warmed-up, coral-pink with a satiny sheen. The color seemed rather poor in the pan, but it was buildable and with enough layering, it should show up (somewhat) on darker complexions (I’m medium or NC30 for reference). The texture felt a little dry and stiff, so when I really jammed my brush at the powder to dislodge more product, that was when I was able to get the payoff needed to show up on my skin tone. MAC Royal Sunset is lighter. Edward Bess Secret Affair is warmer, less pink. theBalm Don’t You Want Me is similar. theBalm Frat Boy is also similar. NARS Amour is slightly pinker/darker. MAC Fleet Fast is warmer and more shimmery. MAC Flaming Chic is pinker. Dior Pink Glow Blush is warmer. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The RiRi Hearts MAC summer collection will launch June 18th at noon EST exclusively online for North America; June 20th exclusively online for international.

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Hibiscus Kiss

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Hibiscus Kiss Blush

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It ended up having more buildable pigmentation than the initial swatch seemed to show, but it really comes down to the texture being stiff so you really have to layer and layer if you have a medium or darker complexion for this to show up.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer

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It reads rather warm-toned on me (not neutral as described), so depending on your preference for bronzers, some might find this too warm.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, June 17th, 2013

MAC Barbados Girl Lustre Drops
MAC Barbados Girl Lustre Drops

MAC Barbados Girl Lustre Drops ($20.00 for 0.60 fl. oz.) is described as a “rose gold bronzer.” It is a warm-toned, coppery bronze with a frosted shimmer-sheen. Blended out, it will add a coppery warmth to the skin along with flecks of golden copper shimmer and sparkle. Illamasqua Supernatural is slightly warmer/darker but still similar–it is a cream formula, so it is also more similar than a powder product would be. MAC Sun Rush is lighter, more golden, less coppery. See comparison swatches.

The texture is thinner than lotion, thicker than water; and it sheers out easily and quickly. The consistency makes it work well mixed with moisturizer or liquid/cream foundation. It can also be patted onto the skin with fingertips, sponge, or brush. To test the wear, I patted it along the top of my cheek bone with my fingertip and then lightly blended it with a fan brush. It did emphasize my pores slightly; enough to be noticeable but not so much that I felt self-conscious.  The wear with Lustre Drops does depend on how they’re used, as mixing with foundation or moisturizer makes it harder to tell when it “stops” wearing well (since everything is so mixed together, it seems to wear as long as the foundation would).  In the past, when used as a cheek highlighter or color, they’ve worn between eight and nine hours.  I’m wearing Barbados Girl today, so I’ll check in when I’ve wrapped up testing (so far so good).

The RiRi Hearts MAC summer collection will launch June 18th at noon EST exclusively online for North America; June 20th exclusively online for international.

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Barbados Girl

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, June 17th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Face & Body Bronzing Duo
Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Face & Body Bronzing Duo

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Face & Body Bronzing Duo ($42.00 for 0.60 oz.) consists of a bronzer and blush that can be used individually or blended together.  It’s not your typical bronzer, because it’s not an orange/tan-based one, and those who tend to prefer slightly reddish tones to their blush/bronzer in the summer may like the shades included in this duo.  I wasn’t keen on the texture and blendability of the bronzer, unfortunately, as it was difficult to get it to look even and smooth on the skin.  Both shades wore well for seven and a half hours, and after eight hours, I noticed some slight fading along the edges.

Nude Beach Blush is a dirty, reddish-plum with a matte finish. It had good color intensity, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and fairly easy to blend out on the cheeks. NARS Seduction is bolder, darker, redder. NARS Lovejoy is similar in color but has more shimmer. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Nude Beach Bronzer is a dirty, plummy-brown with subtle warm undertones and a satiny sheen. This shade was sheerer, though still somewhat buildable. I had similar issues with blending, though, where it was difficult to soften or diffuse the edges of the color. It looked somewhat splotchy applied as a result. MAC Stylish Me is warmer, lighter. MAC Earthshine is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

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Nude Beach

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It's not your typical bronzer, because it's not an orange/tan-based one, and those who tend to prefer slightly reddish tones to their blush/bronzer in the summer may like the shades included in this duo. I wasn't keen on the texture and blendability of the bronzer, unfortunately, as it was difficult to get it to look even and smooth on the skin.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Nude Beach Bronzer

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Product

7/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3/5

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Sunday, June 16th, 2013

MAC Ambering Rose Blush
MAC Ambering Rose Blush

MAC Ambering Rose Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “muted rose.” It’s a burnished, rosy brown with gold shimmer. NARS Seduction is more burgundy, less warm-toned, but is somewhat similar applied. NARS Taos is slightly darker. MAC Hidden Treasure is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

It has good color payoff that’s buildable from sheer to mostly true-to-pan, opaque color.  The blush feels soft to the touch, but it’s not powdery.  It has a slightly stiffer texture, but it’s still blendable and fairly easy to apply to the skin.  The more it’s blended and buffed into the skin, the smoother the sheen becomes.  On my warmer complexion, it tends to take on a warmer, burnt (but in a good way) coloring, and I expect on cooler, pinker complexions, it may turn more of a rosy hue.  It lasted seven and a half hours when I wore it.  This shade was probably one of the first blushes I ever owned (the very first was MAC Margin).

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Ambering Rose

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph Creme Fresh Tint
Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph Creme Fresh Tint

Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph Creme Fresh Tint ($28.00 for 0.17 oz.) is warm, coral-orange with a satiny sheen. It can be worn on both lips as well as cheeks, and what I like most about the formula is that it’s just as nice as a cream bluash as it is as a lipstick–and very few cheek/lip products work well on both areas (usually, one of them has to give). The consistency is very soft and creamy; it almost seems like it’s partially melted. The product blends out well on the skin, doesn’t feel sticky or greasy, and wears well.

As a blush, it appears as a soft coral with slight orange/red tones. It has a dewy finish that’s perfect for summer, as it gives the skin a fresh, glowy finish but doesn’t slide around the face. I’ve had this product for a year now (yes, that’s how long my backlog is), and I originally tested this product prior to moving, but I wanted re-test as well as re-shoot the photos for the blush swatch. In the summer heat, I had no trouble with it lasting eight hours with minimal signs of fading. MAC Ripe for Love is a powder product and has a stronger frost finish. NARS Gilda is darker and a powder. MAC Stereo Rose is pinker, more frosted, and a powder. MAC Something Special is pinker. Illamasqua Rude is more orange. Burberry Blossom is a powder and slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Coral is less shimmery and a powder. See comparison swatches.

As a lipstick, it has opaque color coverage, and it applies smoothly and evenly. It lasted four hours when I wore it. MAC Sweet & Sour is similar. MAC Reel Sexy is pinker. MAC Razzledazzler is darker. MAC Ever Hip is pinker. Burberry Pink Apricot is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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Coral Nymph

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What I like most about the formula is that it's just as nice as a cream bluash as it is as a lipstick--and very few cheek/lip products work well on both areas (usually, one of them has to give).

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, June 14th, 2013

Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact
Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact

Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact ($35.00 for 0.70 oz.) is described as “three sheer sun-drenched powders in a chic compact.” Swirled together, they created a warm, golden tan with a subtle golden, satiny sheen–but very, very subtle on the sheen/shimmer. It almost looks matte overall–the only shimmer is coming from the very center color. Burberry Copper Glow is lighter. MAC Refined Golden is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches.

The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooth. Applied on skin, it buffs into the skin nicely without looking powdery or cake-y. The color is buildable from a soft, golden brown to a deeper, warmer tan (but I wouldn’t call it sheer as Clarins’ described it). It’s a nice bronzer, particularly for medium to dark complexions as there is plenty of color to go around, and for the $35 price tag, you sure get a ton of bronzer. (A lot of blushes are 0.20 oz. or less, and bronzers are often larger, but this is 0.70 oz., which is huge!) When I wore this earlier this week, it lasted eight hours well with some minor fading becoming noticeable just before the nine-hour mark.

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Splendours

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If you like your bronzers with a mostly matte finish, like warm orange and red tones, and use bronzer on the regular, Clarins' Splendours is worth a look-see!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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