Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

MAC Springsheen Blush
MAC Springsheen Blush

MAC Springsheen Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden tawny peach [with a Sheertone Shimmer finish].” It’s a pinky-coral with a frosted, golden sheen and warm undertones. MAC Petal Power (LE, $25.00) is very similar. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P) is warmer, less pink. Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) is very similar. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is warmer, less pink, darker. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is very similar. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is less warm-toned. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is darker, less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Springsheen is part of the permanent range, and it’s a long-time favorite for many readers. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooth when applied and buffed into the skin. It applies color evenly, and it blends beautifully on the skin. It has a more shimmery finish, so I noticed very slight emphasis of pores, but I was surprised to find it more forgiving than the average blush with this much shimmer–especially as it is blended and softened, it seems to lessen. It had excellent color coverage that was buildable, while the blush wore well for eight hours before starting to show signs of fading.

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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Sunday, March 30th, 2014

MAC Lovecloud Blush
MAC Lovecloud Blush

MAC Lovecloud Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright mid-tone pink.” It’s a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a satiny sheen. This is a pink that leans blue, but it doesn’t pull so blue that it is difficult for warmer complexions to wear. The pigmentation was excellent–very true-to-pan color that was easy to achieve without having to pack it on. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth. This shade wore just over seven and a half hours on me before starting to fade. Make Up For Ever #210 (P, $26.00) is warmer, cream product. Urban Decay Blush (P) is darker, more matte. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is darker, matte, warmer. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is more matte. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is a little more matte. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “red-orange.” It’s a medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a soft, frosted finish. This shade was more shimmery than the rest, and I felt like the permanent edition was just a tiny bit more shimmery than my original version (not enough to seem like a genuine difference, more like a batch variation) as well as slightly more blendable. It had great color payoff, while the texture of the powder was soft, smooth, and blendable. I really liked how consistent these blushes were across the board. Modern Mandarin managed to last eight hours on me before fading. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is a cream, lighter, no shimmer. Tom Ford Beauty Savage (P, $55.00) is darker. NARS Gilda (P, $29.00) is a smidgen lighter. Guerlain Peach Boy #1 (P) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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Sunday, March 30th, 2014

MAC Full of Joy Blush
MAC Full of Joy Blush

MAC Full of Joy Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, light lavender with a hint of pink and a satin finish. It’s a true lavender–this is a blush that doesn’t just turn pink applied to the skin. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was blendable, buildable, and wore for almost eight hours before starting to fade. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is much pinker. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is also pinker. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is pinker. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is slightly p inker. MAC Lazy Sunday (LE, $20.00) is lighter, pinker, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Peony Petal Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright blue pink.” It’s a medium, blue-based pink with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had great pigmentation, and it applied easily–no issues blending or applying it to get smooth, even coverage. The most recent release seems slightly softer and easier to use than the original, which felt a little dry for the first few uses. The color wore well for almost eight hours before it started to fade. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is lighter. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is lighter. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter, warmer. Illamasqua Morale (P, $26.00) is more shimmery.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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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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4.5/5

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9.5/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Giorgio Armani #100 Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15
Giorgio Armani #100 Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15

Giorgio Armani #100 Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15 ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is described as a “radiant, sun-kissed glow.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned brown with a very fine gold shimmer over a satin-matte finish. Divergent Intelligent Bronze (LE) is powder, lighter. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is powder, similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is powder, redder. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P) is powder, similar. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is powder, lighter. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is powder, slightly darker. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is powder, slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It felt very much like the Maestro foundation in terms of consistency: thin, almost watery, but as it dried down, it had a more velvety feel that was satiny–not shiny but not totally flat. A little went a long way, but I felt like it was more forgiving than not when applied to the skin, as it blends very easily and can be buffed down to a softer color if you overdo it. Worth noting, of course, is that against my skin tone, it isn’t too dramatic, so fairer complexions may find the learning the curve steeper. I think the product itself works well; it feels comfortable on the skin, looks natural, blends beautifully, and wears a solid nine hours before starting to fade slightly. It worked well over and under foundation as well as on bare skin. It has the same type of packaging as the Maestro foundation, which has a dropper, but I didn’t need more than one or two drops, so I think the packaging could be improved. The other downside was that it’s more of a one-size-fits-all approach, so very fair, very cool-toned, or deeper complexions may find it’s not a suitable shade for them. I’d love to see a rosy-brown and deeper bronze shade released to at least accommodate a greater variety in skin tones.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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5/5

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Friday, March 28th, 2014

Dior Transalantique Diorskin Nude Tan Golden Shimmer Powder
Dior Transalantique Diorskin Nude Tan Golden Shimmer Powder

Dior Transalantique Diorskin Nude Tan Golden Shimmer Powder ($58.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “soft golden glow.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is very similar. Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $39.00) is yellower. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had very rich color payoff, and in a highlighter that’s as metallic/frosted as this, it makes it a little more difficult to apply as a little goes a long way–and more than a little is a recipe for emphasized pores. I applied this with a stippling brush (MAC’s 131) with a light hand along the tops of cheek bones and down the bridge of my nose, and I still felt like it slightly emphasized the texture of the area. It was quite reflective, though, that seemed to almost mitigate some of that emphasis that I saw when I looked closer in the mirror. The texture of the powder was soft, finely-milled, and smooth; it was also effortless to blend it out on the skin. When I wore it, the highlighter wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly.

I bought mine as soon as I saw it online for sale (the 20th), received it on the 26th, and now it’s gone! If it’s something that interests you, it’s a Saks’ exclusive, so you’ll have to track it down in-store.

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush ($26.000 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with warm undertones, hint of pink, and a satin finish. theBalm Cider (P) is lighter, pinker. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is powder. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker, powder. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is more orange, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever’s new HD Blush formula is one of my new favorites, because it has a lightly creamy consistency that applies evenly, smoothly, and blends easily and feels and looks like a powder shortly after applying it to the skin. It’s never tacky, as it dries down to a powder-like finish, which also means it has a subtle, satin finish–nothing too dewy or luminous. This shade had very true-to-pan color payoff, though it’s a lighter shade so it will show up best on fairer complexions. On my medium skin tone, it is a soft, muted blush on me, but it wore well for eight hours before beginning to fade.

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#225 HD Blush

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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