Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush ($35.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft plum.” It’s a rosy plum with subtle warm undertones and a satiny finish. In the pan, it looks more neutral-toned, but when everything is blended and applied, I don’t get any of that neutral (let alone cool) undertone coming through. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $25.00) is darker, more plum-hued, more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is browner, less rose/plum. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is much darker overall, but applied with a softer application, it is similar–just a little more shimmery. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The texture is incredibly soft, finely-milled, and silky, so it blends beautifully on the skin. Though it seems a little powdery in the pan (excess builds up in the corners), it doesn’t look powdery or cakey on the skin. In fact, the powder almost melts against the skin, because it looks natural and smooth; very much that “seamless, soft-focus” look Hourglass was after. This particular shade has a soft sheen that gives skin a glowing, healthy finish but doesn’t emphasize pores or imperfections.  It had good color payoff that was both buildable and blendable.   Mood Exposure wore as well as the other shades–eight full hours before there were signs of fading along the edges. The quality seems comparable across the board from the five (of six) I’ve tried and tested now.

P.S. — As soon as my order of Ethereal Glow arrives and I’ve written up a review for it, I will do a round-up with some overall thoughts and commentary!

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Hourglass Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush ($35.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “champagne rose.” It’s a pink-tinged coral with warm undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. Depending on the lighting, it looked pinker and less pink/more true coral. I could walk into one room and see the pink tones, and then walk into another room and lose them almost entirely. I think if you have stronger pink undertones (compared to my yellow), it may stay pinker-toned on you, but the undertone is definitely warm. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is lighter. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is darker, pinker. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is slightly darker. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is similar. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches. This shade seems to fall in-between Diffused Heat and Radiant Magenta; they’re not dupes when swatched, but on, they look more similar than dissimilar.

The powder had a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too powdery (and less powdery than others in the range). It blended effortlessly on the skin, so it was easy to apply and nearly impossible to overdo! The color coverage seemed true-to-pan, and the color could be built up in thin layers or applied more intensely from the get-go. I didn’t see any visible sparkle, just a satiny sheen that gave a glow and sheen to the skin without emphasizing pores. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before beginning to decline in intensity.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Hourglass Dim Infusion Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Dim Infusion Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Dim Infusion Ambient Lighting Blush ($35.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “subdued coral.” It’s a light, peachy-orange with a subtle satin sheen. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker, less shimmery. bareMinerals The Adrenaline Rush (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is more orange, lighter. Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (LE, $28.00) is darker, less warm-toned. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) See comparison swatches.

The texture was interesting; it was soft, yet there was a slight difference between the light beige (“Dim”) and the more coral-hued shade, as the latter felt a little stiffer, but together, I didn’t really notice a difference in texture. It had true-to-pan color payoff, which could be applied at true intensity or more softly, and then blended out to whatever desired sheerness one wanted. The color is on the lighter end of the spectrum, so it is a shade better suited for lighter complexions. It just barely shows up on my medium complexion, and I’m about NC25/NC30 for reference. I get just a little warmth and color, which can work, but it’ll depend on what you’re after in terms of blush colors. The texture didn’t emphasize pores and had a fair amount of sheen. It wore well for eight hours before starting to show signs of fading.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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5/5

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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Hourglass Dim Infusion Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Dim Infusion Ambient Lighting Blush

My order of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes arrived today! I’ll be testing the three I didn’t have today and tomorrow. I ordered Ethereal Glow directly through Hourglass, so that’s not here yet… So far, it seems like these run very warm, and I would definitely have loved to see something cooler-toned somewhere (at least a pink or plum). Full reviews to come – I would appreciate it greatly if you would hold questions until I’ve written the reviews. Thank you!

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Monday, January 27th, 2014

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush

With Cheek Pop Blush, Clinique hit a home run. Every single shade has been high quality, richly pigmented, and effortlessly blendable. They’re all fantastic, and I can recommend them each equally–it’s a matter of your preference on color, but you can’t go wrong formula-wise. It’s not often that a brand puts out a new formula that’s as impressive as this offering but to be consistent across the shades? so infrequent.

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Clinique Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Clinique Plum Pop (04) Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Plum Pop (04) Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Plum Pop (04) Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a cool-toned, plummy pink with blue undertones and a satin finish. It is lighter, less pink, and cooler-toned compared to Berry Pop, though applied they look more similar than dissimilar! Guerlain Cherry (02) (LE, $42.00) is a cream blush and has less of a sheen. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Blush (LE) is more shimmery. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is lighter, more matte. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is brighter, matte. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is more matte. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is brighter, darker, and a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Plum Pop has an incredibly soft but smooth, even color application, and it delivers color as intense or as sheer as your heart desires. Deeper skin tones won’t feel like they’re spending ten minutes to layer on the product while fairer complexions can easily use a lighter touch/brush and blend and sheer away the product with ease. The finish is luminous, glowy, but very natural; it looks like a cream blush when applied–never powdery–and applies like one, as the way it blends and smooths over the skin is incredible. Plum Pop lasted well for eight hours on my skin before starting to fade away along the edges.

I’ve spotted them online at Nordstrom as well as Sephora.

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Plum Pop (04)

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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